Wednesday, May 31, 2006
whoops, where were we?
Vampire Slayer Act passes in California
A version was cross posted at The Mystery of the Haunted Vampire.
me tarzan you jane
we at skippy international, whose headquarters are situated in the district the jane currently represents (and that marcy hopes to), are taking great interest in this race, and enjoy what howie has to say:
funny how out-of-touch harman is not to be able to figure that out herself. of course, if she pulled her head out of bush’s ass, she probably wouldn’t be as disliked as she is by members of her own caucus and by grassroots democrats back home. and, although i recognize what a tough journey it is for a under-funded challenger to go up against a powerful incumbent, if anyone can do it, it is marcy winograd. click here if you’d like to send marcy some last minute support. and if you’re in the neighborhood next weekend (as well as monday and tuesday), marcy’s campaign would love some more volunteers to help out.
blocking the blockheads
who needs reality when you've got experts?
according to taylor, awol has invited amir taheri, the doofus that wrote the original bogus story in the canadian star, to the white house as an "expert" on iran.
hm. in that case, spongebob squarepants should be invited as an expert on marine biology.
Take the poll and vote for Linda.
Haditha is a spectacularly illustrative point in a succession of atrocities, the war itself being less an atrocity than an incredible error, the pebble kicked down the mountainside that starts the rock-slide that dislodges the damn that floods the city. The crimes of Guantanamo Bay were only the beginning of the Abu Ghraibs that were part and parcel of the Hadithas. This is what so many of us have been talking about, the things that have been ignored by so many others, or shrugged off as the price of war. But these are the things to which ignoring the standards of the Constitution lead. These are the things that spying on Americans without warrants, without probable cause, without even a nod in the direction of the Fourth Amendment can become. These are the things that a war of aggression started for a lie and continued for the sake of politics can become.
The American people lowered the standards first by electing an incompetent circus act as president, a fake cowboy from Connecticut with a fake Texas accent, a graduate of Andover, Yale, and Harvard pretending to be a folksy, down-home, country boy who made good despite the hardship of having grown up wealthy and privileged and never having had to work a day in his life. The American people lowered the standards and the fake cowboy, whose competence has never been questioned because it never existed, performed exactly as common sense says you could expect: he failed miserably and dragged the rest of us down with him.
(Cross-posted from Blanton's and Ashton's, where we like to slip out of our wet clothes and into a dry martini.)
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
ms. dozier's reports from iraq were concise, clear and authorative, and we found her to be a reporter which we respected. when we heard it was she who got injured in the terrible suicide attack, we were a bit shaken. we wish her and her family all the best.
however, why now? states something that lurks in the back of our minds:
but we also wonder, along with why now?, if the press had made the same fuss over the previous 2465 deaths of american military personnel, maybe this war would have been over long before today.
ooh me so porny
Monday, May 29, 2006
ever go to egypt?
why doesn't awol remember the veterans on memorial day?
bush, who sends soldiers to risk their lives every day in iraq, strongly supports rescinding the lifetime healthcare benefits promised to wwii and korean veterans. his proposed budgets, despite dollar amount increases, don't factor in inflation or the increasing numbers of veterans needing healthcare, and thus have repeatedly failed to fully fund benefits to the men and women who have served our country.
consequently, va hospitals and clinics have closed, many veterans' healthcare programs have been cut back or eliminated, entire groups of vets have been denied eligibility for service, and those that are eligible may wait months and even years for appointments and necessary surgeries at the remaining va facilities.
but the president lectures us about the importance of supporting our troops.
(thanks and a tip of the bush kangaroo hat to maliberal's comment on dkos for the link!)
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May 29, 1917
american presidents - cspan
profiles in courage
- The men who create power make an indispensable contribution to the Nation’s greatness, but the men who question power make a contribution just as indispensable, especially when that questioning is disinterested, for they determine whether we use power or power uses us.
between the crosses, row on row,
that mark our place; and in the sky
the larks, still bravely singing, fly
scarce heard amid the guns below.
we are the dead.
short days ago
we lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
loved, and were loved, and now we lie
in flanders fields.
take up your quarrel with the foe:
to you from failing hands we throw
the torch, be yours to hold it high.
if ye break faith with us who die,
we shall not sleep, though poppies grow
in flanders fields.
(john mccrae, "in flanders fields")
* * *
"...i've always been amazed that the very people forced to live in the worst parts of town, go to the worst schools, and who have had it the hardest are always the first to step up, to defend us. they serve so that we don't have to. they offer to give up their lives so that we can be free. it is remarkably their gift to us. and all they ask for in return is that we never send them into harm's way unless it is absolutely necessary.
will they ever trust us again?" (michael moore, fahrenheit 9/11)
happy memorial day
among our hot dogs and beer, let's all take a moment to reflect on the men and women of our armed forces who gave their lives for our great country.
Sunday, May 28, 2006
john kerry: "close that barn door!"
horses' telegram: "love the beach wish you were here"
the nytimes reports:
"they lied and lied and lied about everything," mr. kerry says in an interview in his senate office. "how many lies do you get to tell before someone calls you a liar? how many times can you be exposed in america today?"
his supporters are compiling a dossier that they say will expose every one of the swift boat group's charges as a lie and put to rest any question about mr. kerry's valor in combat. while it would be easy to see this as part of mr. kerry's exploration of another presidential run, his friends say the swift boat charges struck at an experience so central to his identity that he would want to correct the record even if he were retiring from public life.
forgive our collective sigh of "so what?", but it seems to us that if he had put half of this effort into this very project back when it was actually happening during his campaign, we might have been blogging about president kerry right now. not because the actual truth would have changed anyone's minds, so much, but the sight of a decisive, courageous man ready to take on the lying press would have swayed several hundreds of thousands of voters to his camp (and all we needed in ohio were a few hundred).
in related news, kerry demands an investigation into the valacci case, and asks for a national day of grieving for the victims of the hindenburg disaster.
thinking of you...
Memorial Day Weekend Tradition in Santa Barbara
goring the truth
gore was often spanked in the press for sounding smart and right about everything. but if you have a problem with someone calling out motherfuckers for fucking their mothers, then perhaps you need to take another look at who's in your bed. you look at gore now and you can't help but think that perhaps we've moved past the forrest gump-ish wisdom of the stupid phase and want the cold comfort of a poindexter telling us what's real. it's been said, and it's true, that gore is liberated now. he was marginalized and now he's moving back to the center of the national discourse.
Veterans Home Sues Rumsfeld
sixteen residents of the u.s. armed forces retirement home in washington d.c. this week filed a class-action suit against the government and the facility, alleging budget cuts by the defense department have resulted in poor medical care.
more than 1,000 residents cannot get prescriptions and regular doctor checkups due to service cuts since the defense department installed new management, the suit claims. because of the cuts, the number of deaths at the home increased from 59 in 2000 to 131 in 2003, according to the suit, which was filed on behalf of all residents. - mcknightsonline.com
happy memorial day, rummy.
all blogs that's fit to print
scapegoat, noun: one made to bear the guilt of others; synonym: sacrificial lamb...
...there was a lot, i mean a lot that the andersen folks were not privy to. especially stuff that went on at the top and was hidden from andersen auditors. of course, there is enough blame to be spread around. but the job of an auditor is to make sure that things aren't out of whack, and lots of that is based on the client's management, the management representations, information provided by the client and other things that are done by the client. there were fraudulent documents that were provided by enron management. there were schemes that were hidden form andersen. but of course, andersen does deserve a share of the blame.
both my wife and i swore (even back in late 2001/early 2002) that we were done with bu$hco because of bush and cheney's relationship with lay and the enron crew, and us losing our jobs because of it. it is clear to us that cheney and the justice department were more interested in finding a scapegoat and moving on.
andersen was that scapegoat. little did we know at the time how effectively this administration would rely on the "scapegoat" strategy...
my readers are probably getting tired of reading this, but i've been saying essentially the same thing about lay and skilling that this guy's saying about arthur andersen, and given that wanton irresponsibility is treated like a virtue by too many adults who certainly know better these days, i cannot emphasize this point enough: ceos have have a clear-cut responsibility to know what's going on in their companies. this is because ceos answer to their boards of directors, and these boards' interests are the same as those of investors. doesn't matter whether it's an accounting firm like andersen, an energy trading firm like enron, a bank, a legal firm, or a fast food chain -- those who choose to buy stock from any given corporation are entitled to know, at least in general but honest terms, how that corporation is functioning. the stock market is risky enough without corporate executives stringing investors along for their own gain.
sometimes it's hard to tell, but there's a wide chasm separating capitalism from plunder...
(full version at mockingbird's medley...)
"the buck stops here...in my buddy's pockets"
be vewy vewy quiet...it's hunting season
the latest encounters happened separately tuesday afternoon within minutes of each other on a footpath along campus lake, prompting assumptions that the same doe was responsible, said todd sigler, the school’s public safety chief. two of the victims sought medical treatment.
the recent attacks were earlier in the fawning season than a series of them that came last june. then, three attacks by possibly different deer sent four people to the hospital, also mostly with minor injuries. the spring fawning season generally peaks in june…
concerned about last year’s cases, siu officials last week launched a public-awareness campaign to implore anyone on the 20,000-student campus to watch out for deer, to not approach the animals and, if a wild-eyed deer starts bounding their way, run.
calling it like she sees it
yes, i am actually calling them racist, by molly ivins, truthout, may 22, 2006
beach season starts this weekend
according to a ucla study released last week, the top layer of sand at many los angeles county beaches is harboring bacteria usually associated with feces, giving beachgoers more reason to wash up after a day in the sun.
....the tests showed that e. coli and enterococci bacteria were prevalent in the top layer of sand even when the water tested clean. the highest concentrations were found in the sand on enclosed beaches — the kind often favored by parents with toddlers. - ventura county star
a stat to keep in mind
mortgage defaults between january and march of this year numbered 323,102 compared with 188,122 during the same period last year — an increase of 72 percent. - msnbc
oh...and the median price house here in santa barbara....$1,000,000. however, the per capita income for the city is $26,466.
Saturday, May 27, 2006
dogsit barney and date jenna
a 26-year-old college dropout who carries president bush’s breath mints and makes him peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches will follow in his boss’s footsteps this fall when he enrolls at harvard business school (hbs) - the crimson and the nationoh...great...a bushie "hair" apparent.
Jackie, from Brooklyn, NY writes:
Hi Blake, you are doing a great job, I would like to know what is that bag that you always carry on your shoulder, when you are following the President. and, are you part of the secret service? I see you always talk to them.
Thanks a lot
Fortunately for the President and the country, I am not - in any way - responsible for the President's safety. I do work closely with them, though. All the men and women of the Secret Service, especially the Presidential Protection Division (PPD), do a fantastic job, and I am proud to call many of them my friends.
The bag just has hair products for me. I keep all the President's official stuff in my suit pockets.
chip the foreigners
or maybe they'll go ahead and chip us all. (cue twilight zone music now....)
(thank you mike!)
verichip's silverman bandied about the idea of chipping foreigners on national television tuesday, emboldened by the bush administration call to know "who is in our country and why they are here." he told fox & friends that the verichip could be used to register guest workers, verify their identities as they cross the border, and "be used for enforcement purposes at the employer level." he added, "we have talked to many people in washington about using it...."
the numbering and chipping of people seems like a plot from a dystopian novel, but the company has gotten the buy-in from highly placed current and former government officials, including columbian president alvaro uribe. he reportedly told senator arlen specter (r-pa) that he would consider having microchips implanted into colombian workers before they are permitted to enter the united states to work on a seasonal basis.
...tommy thompson, former secretary of health and human services joined the board of verichip corporation after leaving his bush administration cabinet post. shortly thereafter, he went on national television recommending that all americans get chipped as a way to link to their medical records. he also suggested the verichip could replace military dog tags, and a spokesman boasted that the company had been in talks with the pentagon. - spychips
law & order: suv
gotta know when to fold'em
beginning next month, washington residents who play poker or make other types of wagers on the internet will be committing a class c felony, equivalent under the law to possessing child pornography, threatening the governor or torturing an animal.
although the head of the state gambling commission says it is unlikely that individual online gamblers will be targeted for arrest, the new law carries stiff penalties: as much as five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. - seattle pi
yeah...we're making friends in iraq
the pictures are said to show wounds to the upper bodies of the victims, who included several women and six children. some were shot in the head and some in the back, congressional and defense officials said. - latte times
my tirade against tyrants
email to sen. murray
Friday, May 26, 2006
skippy's long lost cousin
and now some news about the american idol sponsor....
coca cola plant's twin tubewells siphon off close to 2.5 million of litres of drinking water a day from the district's aquifer, resulting in a sharp fall in ground water levels, dry wells and hand-pumps, and the destruction of local agriculture. the company has also been charged with polluting fields and water bodies with toxic effluents, lowering farm yield, encroaching on government land, and intimidating local dissenters.
email to senator cantwell
memorial day weekend
memorial day greetings from arlington west, santa barbara, united state of california.
smoke 'em if you got 'em
"we hypothesized that there would be a positive association between marijuana use and lung cancer, and that the association would be more positive with heavier use," he said. "what we found instead was no association at all, and even a suggestion of some protective effect."
federal health and drug enforcement officials have widely used tashkin's previous work on marijuana to make the case that the drug is dangerous. tashkin said that while he still believes marijuana is potentially harmful, its cancer-causing effects appear to be of less concern than previously thought.
earlier work established that marijuana does contain cancer-causing chemicals as potentially harmful as those in tobacco, he said. however, marijuana also contains the chemical thc, which he said may kill aging cells and keep them from becoming cancerous.
and the "best analogy of the week award" goes to
in the mass media age political discourse devolved into something like puppet theater. we turn on the little puppet theater box in our living rooms and watch representative partisans bash each other like punch and judy. and we know their strings are being pulled by more powerful forces hidden behind the scenery. the performance may be entertaining, but the audience can only watch, passively. the audience has no part in the script.
exactly how is that more “real” than the internet?
look! it's punch
addendum: while we're on the subject of song parodies, listen to what if god smoked cannabis?
"man, these friggin' democrats..." (one miffed mocker's mulling)
are those flip-flops you're wearing or have you suddenly become happy to see us?
quote of the day
an image from videotape taken shortly after a fatal raid in haditha, iraq. residents there said several marines carried out unprovoked killings.
two lawyers involved in discussions about individual marines’ defenses said they thought the investigation could result in charges of murder, a capital offense. that possibility and the emerging details of the killings have raised fears that the incident could be the gravest case involving misconduct by american ground forces in iraq.
officials briefed on preliminary results of the inquiry said the civilians killed at haditha, a lawless, insurgent-plagued city deep in sunni-dominated anbar province, did not die from a makeshift bomb, as the military first reported, or in cross-fire between marines and attackers, as was later announced. a separate inquiry has begun to find whether the events were deliberately covered up.
evidence indicates that the civilians were killed during a sustained sweep by a small group of marines that lasted three to five hours and included shootings of five men standing near a taxi at a checkpoint, and killings inside at least two homes that included women and children, officials said.
friday cockatiel blogging
angelina, big boy and clicky. notice big boy has devil eyes.
Desmond and Hamza
Hamza El Din video
Desmond Dekker video
The loss of two great talents was announced today – Desmond Dekker and Hamza El Din.
Dekker’s song “Israelites” was a surprise hit out of
Desmond was a brilliant singer and songwriter. He was slated to star in “The Harder They Come” but had to bow out for health reasons. Jimmy Cliff got the role and became a huge star. Desmond had written “You Can Get It If You Really Want” for the movie, and it became a Cliff hit. My son and I were just listening to his records on our road trip this week – but then, that’s no real coincidence. He’s a family favorite, so we listen to him often.
Desmond Dekker died at 64. The AP obit for him says that he was a “welder” before becoming a singer, but then lots of reggae singers (including Bob Marley) told hapless reporters they had been welders – since “welding” was a Jamaican euphemism for sex.
Gunshots in DC at Rayburn Office Building garage
UPDATE: This is everything that CNN has right now:
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Capitol Police said Friday they were investigating reports of shots fired in the garage of the Rayburn Office Building, where members of the House have their offices.
The entire Capitol complex has been locked down, CNN's Dana Bash reported.
Tunnels connect all of the buildings in the complex.
UPDATE: Yahoo News has more on the story, but everyone is playing it pretty low-key. Nothing really of significance beyond what has been reported so far is known.
friday random 10
Today's random walk:
- "Betty & Dupree," Cookie & His Cupcakes - Heartbreak with piano triplets.
- "Nashville Cats," Lovin' Spoonful - Great record. But "yellow Sun records" were from Memphis, John, not Nashville.
- "A Picture of Me Without You," George Jones - Seeing George sing this on TV is 1968 changed my life. No kidding.
- "Stormy Monday Blues," Bobby Bland - The Voice does T-Bone's classic.
- "Party of Special Things to Do," White Stripes - Unto each generation is sent a rock & roller. This time it's Jack.
- "I'm Ready," Muddy Waters
- "It's a Good Feeling," Smokey Robinson - He says his biggest vocal influence was Sarah Vaughan.
- "Junkie's Promise," Sonic Youth
- "My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You," Webb Pierce
- "Ain't That Lovin' You Baby (live)," Van Morrison
- BONUS TRACKS: "Runnin' Dry (Requiem for the Rockets)," Neil Young & Crazy Horse
- "Ego Trip," Albert Collins
What is "net neutrality" and why should you support it?
It also makes clear why everyone who isn't actually in charge of a large corporation should support net neutrality. Small business owners and employees, mid-size business owners and employees, anyone who sends email, anyone who wants to be able to use the Internet for any reason, should be calling their representatives in Washington and telling those representatives to support net neutrality.
(Cross-posted from Blanton's and Ashton's, where the brin d'amour is always fresh.)
and now, some actual great news...
oh, which reminds me: at&t is one of those soulless telecoms. the same at&t that happily hands its customers' phone records to the nsa. the same at&t that has been my long-distance carrier for fourteen years. and this is how at&t treats me. it might be time to sign on with a new long-distance carrier. anyway...
the fourteen democrats who did the right thing: edward berman, rick boucher, john conyers, sheila jackson-lee, zoe lofgren, jerrold nadler, linda sanchez, adam schiff, robert scott, chris van hollen, debbie wasserman-schultz, maxine waters, anthony weiner, and robert wexler.
the six republicans who did the right thing: chris cannon, bob goodlatte, robert inglis, william jenkins, daniel lungren, and james sensenbrenner.
the twelve republicans who did the republican thing: spencer bachus, steve chabot, howard coble, tom feeney, randy forbes, trent franks, elton gallegly, mark green, john hostettler, ric keller, steve king, and lamar smith.
and the one democrat who voted "present": william delahunt. his d.c. office phone number: (202) 225-3111. or, if you prefer, you can visit his website and voice your disappointment in him there.
for phone numbers and websites of all the other committee members, go here.
enjoy your day...
it's also the kind of milk we drink
rohe v. waif
And the last time I looked it was john mccain losing his soul to "the man" at liberty.
but as for insulting ms. coulter's "intelligence," well, that hardly is worth the effort. we're talking about a woman who hails senator joseph mccarthy as a hero. she's a soft sister from connecticut, trumpeting spiritually and connectivity when no one wants to claim her. she's a hypocrite of the highest order. no wonder she and sean hannity are pals.
ann coulter, stossel and the dean of disinformation, david horowitz, believe that the anti-establishment rebels in colleges across this country are all leaning republican.
who's buying that one?
why would young people, who have their lie detectors on lock and load, buy what over 60% of america aren't buying anymore? they aren't, they won't and they don't.
wake up and smell the wingnut fairy tale burning, because no one is leaning republican anymore.
Thursday, May 25, 2006
the cookie jar rant...beware the chips are flying
campaign commercials come fast and furious in california around voting time. the state is undergoing some serious issues that we have to face up to and find solutions for. but you couldn't tell that from the sludge, aka campaign spots, of the two democratic "goobernatorial" challengers - steve westly and phil angelides.
i got fed up. i decided to let some fellow "donks" know that i will not be voting for either phil or steve. if neither could talk like an adult, they didn't deserve my vote. if neither could talk about themselves without playing moronic high school "tit for tat" slime tossing...why should i expect anything different should they get into office?
i called dr. dean's office at the national level. the office has always been great when i have called up with complaints, concerns and words of encouragement for the good doctor from vermont. and, as before, they were great in listening and thanking me for taking time out to call and voicing my concerns.
i called the offices of the california democratic party. the office in sacramento has always been rude, unresponsive and condescending. they basically told me "tough luck" in a very snotty tone of voice. the office in los angeles was an entirely different story. i had a great intelligent discussion with the woman who answered the phone. we bantered. we laughed. we weighed pros and cons of not voting. she empathized. hell....if i could remember her name i recommend we put her on the next gubernatorial ballot. (note to california democrats - don't bother calling the sacramento office. go straight to the los angeles office.)
i called westly's campaign. i think the silence on the other end of the phone after my rant said it all....
i finally got through to angelides' campaign. the guy at the other end of the line was defensive and slightly condescending. "well if you would only bother to look at the candidates..." he sniped at me. ah...hello, dude. i have. neither one is good enough for my vote.
it feels good to get some concerns off of ones chest. it's telling to hear the various responses to my concerns. makes me want to do it daily. hmmmm......
my call for tomorrow....to nancy pelosi's office to tell her to "go girl" and thank her for standing up to the black caucus. if we have a dirty dem in the house...time to do some cleaning. it has nothing to do with race or position. it has to do with holding our own to the same laws we are accusing the other side of the aisle of breaking. now...if i as a regular american had $90,000 wrapped in tin foil in the fridge and video footage of me taking a $100,000 bribe could i expect to keep my day job without wearing some black and white striped outfit?
oh..and mr. jefferson....you think i'm not paying you f*****king enough to keep honest?
hey, tell you what, you egotistic cheeseball....i'll take your healthcare options that my taxes go to paying for you....i have no healthcare coverage. i could use access to a doctor or dentist one of these years.
better stop typing and save my fingers for dialing tomorrow.
Perhaps I am a dim bulb, but President Bush has never surprised me, and that is probably why I have never felt let down or "betrayed" by him. He is, in essentials, precisely who he has ever been. He did not surprise me when he managed, in August of 2001, to find a morally workable solution in the matter of Embryonic Stem Cells. He did not surprise me when, a month later, he stood on a pile of rubble and lifted a broken city from its knees. When my NYFD friends told me of the enormous consolation and strength he brought to his meetings with grieving families, I was not surprised.I am feeling agreeable so to The Anchoress, I'll say, yes, perhaps you are a dim bulb.
This is the aWol Apologist at her purest. The praising of aWol for his response to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks when what anyone with the ability to think critically would recognize as one of the greatest failures ever by a president.
There's the standard misrepresentation by the conservatives too...
There were no surprises when he went after an Iraq which everyone believed had WMD...
As Wolcott points out, The Anchoress writes like Peggy Noonan at her most shrill although even Noonan has shown an inclination of late to throw Bush under the bus. She at least recognizes Bush is an anchor to sink the conservative movement whereas The Anchoress just can't seem to understand that if everyone is running away from aWol, it is because he is a monster and not the hero she wishes him to be.
But what really shows how dishonest or insufferably unobservant The Anchoress to be was this:
When my NYFD friends told me...
Would anyone who really has friends on the Fire Department write "NYFD?" I've only visited New York twice in my life. Once on my honeymoon and once after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks when the New York Times wrote an editorial pleading for tourists to return to the city to save the city's economy. I passed by many fire stations on that grim day caused by Bush's inattention to the numerous warnings given to him of an impending attack. (Just as he ignored the Hurricane Katrina warnings later.)
And I know this. Anchoress, it is FDNY. This is a long standing point of pride with the firefighters and EMS workers. It is not the kind of mistake anyone who really has friends on the FDNY would ever make.
The Anchoress is not attached to reality in believing the American public failed aWol and not the other way around. Nor is she much attached to telling the truth. And those explain why she is able to be a proud supporter of aWol.
it's snow season
one snow job moves in....another snow job set to go.
treasury secretary john snow has signaled to the white house he is ready to leave once president bush has picked a successor, administration officials and people close to snow said thursday. - ap
the bush administration was said to have sounded out some top wall street executives, including
goldman sachschairman henry paulson, but was having trouble attracting a candidate from the financial markets to serve at treasury for the remaining 2 1/2 years of bush's tenure. - the boston globe
"and the new treasury secretary, what a record we have here! john snow, chairman of a champion corporate tax-dodger. according to citizens for tax justice, snow's company, csx corp., a railroad, paid no federal income tax at all in three of the past four years. instead of paying taxes, csx supplemented its over $1 billion in pretax profits (los angeles times) over the four years with a total of $164 million in tax rebate checks from the federal government. just the guy we need at treasury -- makes a profit, pays no taxes and gets tax rebates on the taxes he didn't pay. during the same period, csx gave snow $36 million in salary, bonuses, stock and options, and forgave a $24 million loan so he would not lose money along with other shareholders as the company's stock price declined. lends a whole new meaning to 'snow job.' - sourcewatch
have you thanked the little energy company
time to re-thank them for taking on kennyboy et al.
from their 2/2005 press release
snohomish county public utility district (pud) today publicly released a new set of evidence showing enron energy traders fabricated repair needs in order to take a nevada power plant offline during the height of power blackouts in california in early 2001. the evidence also highlights illegal gaming schemes that crossed into
and involved senior enron officials. pud evidence reveals that enron’s market manipulation started at least two years prior to the western energy crisis as part of a premeditated plan to reap unjust profits from western consumers. the evidence was filed this week at the federal energy regulatory commission (ferc) as part of the pud's efforts to void a $122 million lawsuit by enron against the pud. canada
“beyond the illegal nature of enron's gaming of the energy market, its insensitivity to human suffering is reprehensible,” said
pud general counsel. “countless consumers and businesses lost thousands of dollars during blackouts. this new evidence reaffirms that ferc should require enron to disgorge all illegal profits and to void the $122 million termination payment that enron is seeking from the pud. michael gianunzio
imagine this happening in america
- running water is available for one hour, between 1 and 2 in the morning
- garbage chokes a city of 4.5 million people. trash collection is erratic or nonexistent. more than 300 garbage collectors have been killed in the past six months
- garbage clogs sewage pipes, causing raw sewage to overflow into the streets and fill the air with the stench of decay
- scores of gas stations have shut down....stations still open, lines of cars stretch sometimes for more than a mile, waiting for gasoline that has quadrupled in price
da vinci is like the beatles: bigger than christ
however, gibson of all people should be the last person to criticize any film for taking dramatic license by positing theories and/or spinning some imagined history.
after all, the former maverick had more than a few “maverick” moments in his jesus movie.
the real reason, in our opinion, that the faithful are getting the vapors over dvc is not so much that movie-goers would suddenly stop believing in christ and start believing in dan brown. no, we think that the religious officialdom of christianity is worried that the "faithful" might do something even worse...start asking questions! like san luis obispo resident connie hasley:
according to hasley, the novel’s main premise — that the catholic church spent centuries covering up the idea that jesus christ married and had a child — didn’t rock her faith as a christian. but it made her realize how little she knows about the founding of her own religion.
“now i really do want to know what pieces are totally bogus and what pieces are true,” she said.
multiple dkossacks dressed us down for using the world "slut" (as in, "jane, you ignorant slut") and some over at booman were quite perturbed at our use of "nancyboys" to describe the pusilanimous repubbbs that would surrender civil rights in the mock-war against "terra."
we now realize we may have offended a great deal of people. we have reconsidered, and now wish to offer our regrets in an act of sincere contrition.
we apologize to all you sluts and nancyboys out there.
happy third blogiversary*
*yes! talkleft coined that phrase!
Podcast with congressional candidate
(Cross-posted from Blanton's and Ashton's, where the fromage is always fresh.)
an offer he can't refuse...
...listen denny, the man owns your house! you got it? that's rule number one. he can come in anytime he wants and you just put out a plate of cold cuts and some scotch and welcome him like royalty, okay?
after all, mr. rove was just having the fbi go after a black democratic congressman to play the race card and shift the focus from the ongoing revelations about the republican mob. it was a two-fer. magnifico!
and what did you do? you ruined the operation.
you start screaming about how "your house" was violated and the separation of powers and all that stuff that gave me a headache in high school. the man is the power: there ain't no separation. you dig, denny?
and then you sign a letter with that democratic lady -- "poodle pelosi" -- asking the fbi to return the files they seized from that black guy's office. man, you're lucky you're still breathing, my friend. you got mud all over karl's good work. you sat on his cheese sandwich. a made man like yourself ought to know better...
("never let anyone outside the family know what you're thinking..." -- don corleone)
Saving the Internet: Net Neutrality Actions Today
The House Judiciary Committee is beginning to "mark up" a good Net Neutrality bill at around 11am (EST) this morning. Then they're going to vote on whether to bring it to the full floor. Many in the Committee are being pressured by AT&T, Verizon and other major telcos to vote down the net neutrality provisions in this bipartisan bill.
Below are the members who need to hear from you and your readers to support this important bill. Urge them to support the Sensenbrenner-Conyers "Internet Freedom and Nondiscrimination Act of 2006" (HR 5417) in the Judiciary Committee -- and to support it without amendment. (Saying without amendment is key as the telcos want to re-write it in a way that guts Internet freedom).
Here are the members who need to hear from you and your readers right now:
Marty Meehan (D-Mass. 5th)
Phone: (202) 225-3411
Fax: (202) 226-0771
Howard Berman (D-Calif. 28th)
William Delahunt (D-Mass. 10th)
Phone: (202) 225-3111
Fax: (202) 225-5658
Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas 18th)
Phone: (202) 225-3816
Fax: (202) 225-3317
Bobby Scott (D-Va. 3rd)
Phone: (202) 225-8351
Fax: (202) 225-8354
Chris Van Hollen (D-Md. 8th)
Phone: (202) 225-5341
Fax: (202) 225-0375
Maxine Waters (D-Calif. 35th)
Phone: (202) 225-2201
Fax: (202) 225-7854
Mel Watt (D-N.C. 12th)
Tel. (202) 225-1510
Fax (202) 225-1512
Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y. 9th)
Phone: (202) 225-6616
Fax: (202) 226-7253
Robert Wexler (D-Fla. 19th)
phone: (202) 225-3001
fax: (202) 225-5974
Howard Coble (R-NC 6th)
phone: (202) 225-3065
fax: (202) 225-8611
Elton Gallegly (R-CA 24th)
phone: (202) 225-5811
fax: (202) 225-1100
Bob Goodlatte (R-VA 6th)
phone: (202) 225-5431
fax: (202) 225-9681
Steve Chabot (R-OH 5th)
phone: (202) 225-2216
fax: (202) 225-3012 (fax)
Dan Lungren (R-CA 3rd)
phone: (202) 225-5716
fax: (202) 226-1298
William Jenkins (R-TN 1st)
phone: (202) 225-6356
fax: (202) 225-5714
John Hostettler (R-IN 8th)
phone: (202) 225-4636
fax: (202) 225-3284
Mark Green (R-WI 8th)
phone: (202) 225-5665
fax: (202) 225-5729
Ric Keller (R-FL 8th)
phone: (202) 225-2176
fax: (202) 225-0999
Freedom is on the stumble
The ACLU has the case. I'm rooting for freedom in all its ugly rawness.
(Cross-posted from Blanton's and Ashton's)
not much under the hat
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
a valid reason to love that random "next blog" button at the top of blogger sites
suzanne had a great time! we are jealous!
and, by the way, guys, they filmed "star wars" right here on earth, too
this morning, delay’s legal defense fund sent out a mass email criticizing the movie “the big buy: tom delay’s stolen congress,” by “outfoxed” creator robert greenwald.too bad for delay that rowan and martin stopped doing "news of the future," he might like to know if he's going to jail or not.
the email features a “one-pager on the truth behind liberal hollywood’s the big buy,” and the lead item is colbert’s interview with greenwald on comedy central (where colbert plays a faux-conservative, o’reilly-esque character). the headline of the “fact sheet”:
hollywood pulls michael moore stunt on delay
colbert cracks the story on real motivations behind the movie
delay thinks colbert is so persuasive, he’s now featuring the full video of the interview at the top of the legal fund’s website. and why not? according to the email, greenwald “crashed and burned” under the pressure of colbert’s hard-hitting questions, like “who hates america more, you or michael moore?”
an inconvenient email
how the movie does today and over the weekend will determine how it's received in the press and even how many other cities get to see it. that's why we're asking folks to pledge and get tickets in advance to see the film.
you can sign the pledge and buy tickets to the film (for any day) through the link below. just click here:
you'll also be invited to join a special conference call with al gore in early june where you can learn more about global warming and ask him questions. plus, paramount classics just announced that it will donate 5% of ticket sales to the alliance for climate protection—so just by going to see the film, you'll be donating to help fight global warming.
the movie is technically a documentary, but it's also been described as a thriller and some folks have even called it scary. it's scary because it's a serious look at the grave path we're heading down if we don't take real steps to stop global warming today. i've seen it and it's a powerful film. even though i pay pretty close attention to these issues, it made me think about the crisis we face in a whole new way…
you can check out the trailer here. then, please sign the pledge and get tickets to see it by clicking below:
see you at the theater,
–eli, nita, tom, rosalyn and the moveon.org political action team
wednesday, may 24th, 2006
survey says: good golly miss molly....
so i gets t' readin' it. first song on the list: "won't get fooled again" by the who. i damn near fouled my boxers, i was laughing so hard. (note to self: in the future, blog first, pig out on pizza later.) are these people for real?! they adopted a british band's song about the unfairness of the british system circa 1971 as their american conservative anthem? were their drugs kicking in at the time, or wearing off?!
and what does this song's chorus say about their inherent gullibility? i get on my knees and pray we won't get fooled again -- hel-lo-ooo, could you wonder bread types pretty please with sugar on it peel yourselves away from american idol and fox news long enough to... oh, i dunno... give a f&#k?
okay, stupid question. more the fool me. let's try a different tack.
better yet, let's launch a new survey:
what are the 50 greatest liberal rock songs of all time?
'cause when you think about it, "rock songs" and "conservative" go together the way water and oil do. rock and roll, whatever it looks like nowadays, has always been a liberal animal. leave your selections in the comments section, or e-mail them to me. (i won't rank them when all's said and done, i'll just announce the most popular fifty -- the last survey i conducted evolved into a migraine.)
til further on...
jane stop this crazy thing
paul in virginia used to work on capitol hill. and he tells us about jane:
her reputation for how she treated her staff and the staff of other congresspersons was pretty legendary when i was there a little over ten years ago. every time i see her on tv, as a matter of fact, i still get the willies.
i have seen staffers from other offices come back to the office after a meeting where she was at in tears. not once but twice with two different people. she gets mean-spiritied and personal and thinks nothing of berating staff in public. i never worked for her, nor ever would.
as a matter of fact, i quit the whole capitol hill game after seeing that kind of crap from people like her and seeing that the other side had just taken over. there are people who are vindictive and almost insane. then there is her.
i would look at a congressional directory going back to that time i was there (i am not sure if this is true now) and look up how much her staff rotated. i don't thinkl even wal-mart had that kind of rotation. let's just say it was an inside joke amongst dem staffers that they would starve before they even considered applying at her office (these were staffers who lost their jobs in 1994).
i don't want to engage in anything else specifically because it was not anything i saw first hand. i stayed far, far away from her.
you have much to answer for regarding your support for this illegal war. what have you done regarding the illegal use of torture, the misrepresentation of intelligence to justify the invasion of iraq? what will you do to prevent the invasion and/or bombing of iran? why do you think you are qualified to represent us?
jane harman comes to the friday morning venice farmers' market to meet and greet voters in her district. it's a small farmers' market as these things go in los angeles. it's easy to see everything that's going on in the parking lot where it's held.
unfortunately for ms. harman, jodie evans of code pink is in her district, as well as a code pink office. while my husband is finishing the shopping, he sees a several code pink women approaching jane harman. they ask her the hard questions on iraq, and are not satisfied with her refusal to call for an end to the occupation. on his way to join the group to speak with ms. harman, he sees her turn and stalk out of the market.
he was particularly struck by the fact that ms. harman lost her temper at her constituents when pressed on her politics. he wanted to ask the same questions, but as he said, "the ladies beat me to it."
venice has a reputation as a politically active community with a progressive (detractors say socialist!) and pacifist agenda. could jane harman be so ignorant of her district that she didn't know that her support of the iraq war would be challenged if she appeared in venice?
during last year's municipal elections, venice supported progressive bill rosendahl for la city council. his was a grass roots campaign that inspired us to get out the vote. he won. we are hoping for the same with marcy.
mad about the nytimes
do not adjust your blog
it's time once again for media needle theater.
the lizard king's heart of glass
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
deal with the devil
we are just sick and tired of it all - a skippy rant
we grew up during the 60's, when america had a real enemy, an enemy that could actually blow this country up: the soviet union. a country with a real government, a real army, a real cadre of nuclear missiles and submarines which, at any moment, was poised to shoot across the oceans onto our heads.
we grew up with the fear of air raid sirens going off at any possible moment; we grew up with the constant rehearsals in school of "duck and cover," as if the wooden slate of our desks were going to shield us from the 20 megaton nuclear bomb implanted in the nose of the icbm theoretically heading down towards our quivering little bodies.
we grew up when the leader of the biggest industrialized state in the world threatened that "we will bury you." we grew up when our enemy was a country 8 times bigger than our own, with the third largest population on earth (much larger than ours), ready to dominate the world at any moment.
we were young adults when that same country sent spies and cells and undercover agents to work their ways into our society, ready to wreck havoc on us at the drop of a "tovarich" from their masters halfway across the world (anyone remember charles bronson in "telefon"?)
we knew the constant possibility of nuclear war from the time we were old enough to understand about countries and the world, and the evil that men do.
and we managed to live through it.
we managed to live through it without giving up any of the first ten amendments to the constitution.
we managed to survive without granting our government leave to tap everybody's phone.
we managed to get through life without granting our military the right to torture captured combatants.
we managed to thrive without letting administrations lock people away in perpetuity, without access to the legal process.
we walked through life facing down a real enemy, an enemy which proclaimed its desire to infect the world with its own way of thinking, without ever once giving up any of the civil liberties our forefathers built into our way of government and which our fathers fought and bled on foreign shores to protect.
vandals with cell phones didn't make us poop our pants. hooligans that liked to blow themselves up didn't send us cowering in fear in the corner, crying, "please, mommy, make them stop, take away our rights as citizens, destroy our way of life, just make those mean brown people stop wearing cloth on their heads and insisting their god is bigger and badder than ours, we are so helpless, and we just can't join the armed forces and fight them ourselves!"
because make no mistake about it, friends, the "war on terra" is less about fighting some ill-defined political-cum-religious platform than it is part of the greater war against the mud people.
is it a coincidence that the same administration that denigrates the most popular religion in the worlds as a religion of hate, also wants to militarize our southern border, with nary a peep about posting soldiers along that long, long open demarcation between minnesota and ontario?
no, it is, to paraphrase public enemy, fear of a brown planet that drives this entire enterprise.
there is no reason that a disorganized bunch of fundamentalist enemies should shut this entire country down. we've faced enemies before.
make a note of that: america has always had enemies, and america has always survived, nay, even flourished long past the demise of those enemies.
it's just the way of the world. them that gots, gots enemies. deal with it.
but you don't deal with it but giving up what you gots, while the folks in charge that are constantly crying "wolf" are secretly scooping up all that you have relinquished in your panic-striken attempt to be good citizens.
it's time to stand up to the nancy boys. go toe to toe with the namby-pamby poopy pantsers. if some religious nut with a bomb on his belly halfway around the world makes those self-soiled bullies cry in their bedrooms about how terrible things are, imagine what those same bullies would do if we, collectively, actually stood our ground and said, "no. these are our rights. this is our country. you will not take them away from us through fear and hype and echo chamber reverberations.
"because we are sick and tired of you all."
a loaf and fish in every pot
the rev. o'neal dozier said that before the dream he did not know crist, nor had crist made known his plans to run for governor.
"the lord jesus spoke to me and he said 'there's something i want you to know,'" said dozier, pastor of the worldwide christian center in pompano beach. "'charlie crist will be the next governor of the state of florida.'"
the da vicious code
besides the obvious lure of tyco lucre, mccloskey is drawn to converts of a particular ideology. his list of converts beyond belinick and regnery sounds like a conspiracy theorist's dream:
- dr. bernard nathanson, founder of the national abortion rights action league, who was personally involved in 75,000 abortions, before becoming a prominent pro-life advocate with the book "aborting america" and the stunning video, "the silent scream."
- lawrence kudlow, a cnbc economic commentator, whose career was nearly ruined by a cocaine addiction before his conversion.
- robert novak, a syndicated political columnist for 40 years and a non-practicing jew, often called "the prince of darkness" for his gloomy presence on cnn's "crossfire" and "the capital gang."
- u.s. sen. sam brownback, a methodist and a conservative who teamed up with liberal sen. paul wellstone to sponsor a law to curb sex trafficking, which brings 50,000 prostitutes for brothels in the u.s. annually.
- judge robert bork, who was nominated by president reagan to the supreme court, but suffered defeat in a democratic senate opposed to his pro-life views.
fair is helping to organize the new york city protest.
join us. make your voice heard.
wednesday, may 24th
at the verizon world headquarters
140 west street (at vesey street).
12:30-1:30pm (pre-assemble at 12:15pm)
a/c/e/2/3 trains to chambers st.
other day of out(r)age actions across the country include:
rally: 1:30 – 2:00 pm in front of the massachusetts state house, beacon street
press conference: 2:00 – 3:30 pm the grand staircase at the massachusetts state house
url: www.acmeboston.org (action coalition for media education, boston chapter)
the event: "at&t: bringing us to tiers"
the place: outside the at&t / sbc building, at the intersection of congress parkway and south federal street in downtown chicago (just a block south of the library / state and van buren cta station, immediately west of the harold washington library center)
date/time: wednesday, may 24, 4pm - 6pm
two community actions hosted by media alliance
12 noon at at&t park
join media advocates & community activists out front of the sf giants game for some activist style theatrical sports. help make the point that consumers won't play ball with at&t and other telcos that play ball with the nsa.
4:00pm - 6:00pm at at&t's main san francisco headquarters 666 folsom street - between 2nd & 3rd
more info at: http://saveaccess.org/protest
members of the saveaccess.org coalition include:
fairness & accuracy in reporting (fair), nyc grassroots media coalition, paper tiger tv, center for digital democracy, free press, association for community networking, action coalition for media education, chicago media action, media alliance, media tank, cctv-cambridge and the center for media & democracy