s skippy the bush kangaroo: May 2007

skippy the bush kangaroo



Thursday, May 31, 2007

scattered to light blogging

skippy will be blogging only intermittantly these next few days, as he has taken mrs. skippy over to the mandalay bay in las vegas to celebrate their anniversary.

addendum: skippy also promises to learn how to spell "intermittently" before he gets back.

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posted by skippy at 11:37 PM | 5 comments

skippy's thursday nite music club



loretta lynn - everybody's somebody's fool

the song was made famous by connie francis, but loretta makes it her own here in 1963.

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posted by skippy at 11:34 PM | 1 comments

using slave labor to build the u.s. embassy

in iraq.
during a telephone interview last weekend, [a high-level project manager] said the laborers “had their backs to the wall,” and had been living 20 to a trailer. protests over first kuwaiti’s bad food, abusive treatment from managers and unsafe working conditions were routine among many of the 2,700 workers during much of 2005 and 2006.

...the most basic of medical needs missing and that clinics lacked hot water, disinfectant and hand washing stations. ...prescription pain killers were being handed out “like a candy store … and then people were sent back to work,” to operate heavy equipment or climb scaffolding...- iraq slogger via think progress
oh, and the state department freaked out that americans found out about $592 million, 104 acre (think 80 football fields) monstro-city they want to call the u.s. embassy in iraq and ordered the photos taken off the website of the architects. but think progress has some visuals captured.

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posted by Cookie Jill at 11:07 PM | 1 comments

ap is watching us

quote them.
the associated press will intensify its efforts to protect its copyrights on the web and possibly uncover new sources of revenue by working with a silicon valley startup that's trying to help the media gain more control over digital content. - ap via seattle p.i.
ken doctor, an affiliate analyst with outsell research, thinks that anything ap is testing could pave the way for other newspapers. "i think it's part of a pattern on the front-end. content needs to be freely distributed, but that doesn't mean free. if that is to happen we need to know where it is." - editor & publisher
just wait...the important news that everyone should able to access will be behind pay to read walls while the fluffstuff (bald bimbo's barfing and spoiled brats passing out in passenger seats after, what, their second or third stint at a rehab center)

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posted by Cookie Jill at 10:43 PM | 1 comments

the next plague

wonder if someone will ask guiliani about this, seeing as he is running on the 9/11 soapbox.
the head of the largest program tracking the health of world trade center site workers said several have developed rare blood cell cancers, raising fears that cancer will become a "third wave" of illnesses among those exposed to toxic dust after sept. 11

..."the kind of thing that worries us is that we know we have a handful of cases of multiple myeloma in very young individuals, and multiple myeloma is a condition that ... almost always presents later in life," she added. "that's the kind of odd, unusual and troubling finding that we're seeing already."- ap
ask him how he would cover the medically uninsured afflicted by cancer caused by the 9/11 particulates.

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posted by Cookie Jill at 10:31 PM | 0 comments

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

i'm truly at a lose for words

at how horrible this administration is.
u.s. soldiers with missing limbs are being allowed to return to active duty- international herald tribune
so...what are the romney boys up to? perhaps the bush twins want to vacation in iraq, poolside?

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posted by Cookie Jill at 8:23 PM | 4 comments

f.d.a. chief sentenced to death

well...the chinese f.d.a. chief, over the "secret ingredient", melamine and accepting bribes.

the former head of china's top food and drug safety agency was sentenced to death tuesday after pleading guilty to corruption and accepting bribes, according to the state-controlled news media.

zheng xiaoyu, who served as director of china's food & drug ddministration from its founding in 1998 until mid-2005, was detained in february as part of a government investigation into the agency that is supposed to be the nation's food and drug watchdog. - ap via sfgate

perhaps some folks in this country should be sweating bullets tonight....

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posted by Cookie Jill at 8:04 PM | 4 comments

a memorable memorial day

prose before hos has pictures of the iraqi boy seeking shelter behind a u.s. soldier this last memorial day.

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posted by skippy at 3:43 PM | 1 comments

order in the blog

blue girl of blue girl, red state, has helped to file a petition w/the federal court in dc in the scooter libby case:

just a few minutes ago, an amicus brief was filed in federal district court in washington d.c. petitioning for the public release of the pre-sentencing letters that were submitted to the court for consideration in the sentencing of i. lewis "scooter" libby. for once, the blogs are pushing back after being singled out by libby's attorney for scorn and ridicule. two of the principals from right here at watching those we chose are proud and honored to be the named parties in this formal legal brief filed with the court, not just on behalf of ourselves, but more importantly, for all of the blogosphere.

bloggers across the spectrum did an incredible job covering and analyzing the libby trial. led by the groundbreaking work of firedoglake, with marcy wheeler and jane hamsher live blogging the trial in real time from the e. barrett prettyman courthouse, bloggers provided a level of coverage, opinion commentary and legal analysis that simply was not available anywhere else in the media, mainstream or otherwise.

bloggers clearly provided something the public craved as well, because the traffic at sites working the libby trial was off the charts during the trial. the efforts of bloggers were widely praised nearly everywhere, but are still clearly feared by the power brokers like libby and his enablers. it was important to fight back against the slurs of libby and his ilk, and we have.

bloggers are here to stay, and we here at watching those we chose are excited to be a part of this important effort.

always knew i would be a party to a federal case before i shuffled off this mortal coil – but i was thoroughly convinced i would be a defendant…

update: here is a link to the brief. sorry for the delay. (adobe difficulties...h/t to no quarter for posting that link as part of their post.)

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posted by skippy at 3:30 PM | 2 comments

skippy's wednesday nite music club



james taylor & carly simon - close your eyes

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posted by skippy at 3:28 PM | 3 comments

verschärfte vernehmung

german for "enhanced interrogation"

what a coinkydink...that's il duce due awol's newspeak for torture, too.

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posted by Cookie Jill at 12:55 AM | 1 comments

down the penrose lane

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posted by skippy at 12:17 AM | 0 comments

indict dick

because he's not above the law.
a lawyer for vice president dick cheney told the secret service in september to eliminate data on who visited cheney at his official residence, a newly disclosed letter states.

..“the latest filings make clear that the administration has been destroying documents and entering into secret agreements in violation of the law,” said anne weismann, crew's chief counsel. - sandy eggo union tribune
more at think progress.

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posted by Cookie Jill at 12:01 AM | 1 comments

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

hey virginia toensing

how 'bout them apples?
cov·ert (kvrt, kvrt, k-vûrt) adj.
1. not openly practiced, avowed, engaged in, accumulated, or shown: covert military operations; covert funding for the rebels. see synonyms at secret.

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posted by Cookie Jill at 11:20 PM | 0 comments

if cindy sheehan were the freeway blogger

it might go a little something like this...

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posted by skippy at 5:48 PM | 0 comments

hit 'em where it hurts...the pocketbook

steven d, writing over at booman (and mlw) has a great suggestion as to how we can let the dems know about our dissapointment in their refusal to stop funding the war...stop funding the dems:

ah yes, the fabled liberal netroots. whatever else "we" are, the most important thing we represent to the democratic party is a constant source of "free" money in the form of contributions. contributions to presidential candidates, to various senators and representatives' political action committees, to the dnc, the dccc, the dscc and to individual candidates. i should know. half my spam these days comes from democratic politicians requesting my credit card number, or my check, preferably in an amount larger than $100. true, it does get worse during an election year, but since 2008 is the "big one" with the presidency up for grabs, the calls for cash have started earlier and earlier.

now, why do i call it "free" money? it certainly isn't free to you or me. but it is "free" to those who receive our contributions because they come with "no strings attached." we aren't corporate lobbyists who can take possession of a congress person's ear hole anytime they want. we aren't "fat cat" donors or hollywood celebrities like barbara streisand, who can call up their favorite senator (or two, or three) whenever they feel like it and demand that their voice be heard on whatever is their pet issue of the moment.

no, we are the free money people. our emails receive automated replies, not personal ones. our phone calls get stuck in easily deleted voice mail caches, or if we're lucky, half listened to by some young staffer who probably thinks what we have to say is a big fat waste of his or her time. and the reason is because we can't contribute enough money in our pay to play political system to earn us any real access…

okay, that's fine. nobody said politics wasn't a dirty game. but no one said we have to keep paying for being mistreated and abused by the party that putatively represents our interests, either. so here's my recommendation to you:

stop sending dems your money!

i mean it. stop all contributions. and after you do, send them emails or call them on the phone and tell them you will no longer contribute to any democrat or democratic organization or political action committee, ad nauseam, until they stop funding the iraq war. that's what i am going to do with respect to the democratic national committee, the only democratic organization i contribute to on a regular (i.e., monthly basis). i send them a monthy amount via my credit card every month. but no more.
look, i understand that democrats can't get much of their agenda, if anything, passed so long as george bush can veto their legislation. they can't pas universal health care, for example, or a bill to start limiting our use of fossil fuels by putting caps on carbon emissions. they don't have the votes to override a veto by bush. so i won't hold them accountable for not passing much needed progressive legislation.

but funding the iraq war doesn't require passing legislation. all it requires is not passing a bill to fund the war in iraq. or keep sending the same bill back to bush which mandates a withdrawal of us troops and make him blink first. but they couldn't do that, despite the fact that 70% of americans disapprove of both bush and his handling of the iraq war.
we at skippy are 1000% on board with this. how about you?

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posted by skippy at 5:32 PM | 2 comments

skippy's tuesday nite music club



kanye west - jesus walks

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posted by skippy at 5:25 PM | 1 comments

maybe we should just pay closer attention to the high-profile bloggers in our midst...

i've been thinking this over a little: i really should have seen the transformation in markos moulitsas' behavior coming months before election day. i don't know markos personally -- hell, i've never even met him -- so what follows is based entirely on conjecture drawn from personal experience. i could be flat out wrong about this, but here goes...

markos reminds me of a few of the union stewards i knew years ago when i worked for a paper bag manufacturer. these folks took their steward responsibilities seriously. most of my co-workers couldn't be bothered to attend any of the meetings (i'll admit, i skipped more than a few myself), but whenever the company porked them out of a little money that was rightly theirs, the first person they went complaining to was their union steward -- and most of the time, the porked employees were compensated in a timely manner. these stewards knew that the bag plant knew what its own rules were, and they knew the rules as well. they played sort of an enforcer role in that sense. and they played it very well.

however, when a lower-level management job opened up, the first person the company would usually tap was also a union steward. and not only would they accept the position, their personality would change dramatically. they were still enforcers, but now their focus was on getting the employees to toe the rulebook line. they began acting as if their time as stewards never happened, now that they were on their way to becoming part of the establishment. i ended up developing a distrust of unions based on that alone, one i still haven't quite shaken off: these stewards were just supervisors waiting to get the call. the rest of us served mainly as tools for their supervisory training.

now i see this same dynamic applies among political activists, too. markos is as much of an activist as he ever was, but more and more he engages in his activism on behalf of the democratic leadership, not the democratic voters. he was an insider waiting to get inside all along.

i don't blame him for being that way. to each his own. i blame myself for not picking up on this a lot sooner. maybe i could have rung a bell or something...

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posted by Jim Yeager at 8:42 AM | 16 comments

sheehan resigns

cindy crushed by democrats giving in to boy king.

democratic "leaders" were afraid to turn down $100 billion to the man who couldn't get bottled water to new orleans. what makes them think any of it ends up with "the troops"?

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posted by George at 8:37 AM | 1 comments

we like what you've done with the place

via talkleft, huffpo has a new look.

now, if they'd just add skippy to the blogroll, it would be perfect.

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posted by skippy at 12:01 AM | 0 comments

Monday, May 28, 2007

where's the wanking on the right

when relatives of il duce due awol's relatives are involved with hedge funds?
lehman brothers has nabbed george h. walker, the ceo of goldman sachs hedge fund strategies, to be the global head of its $188 billion investment management division, lehman brothers announced today. - the street
a first cousin of president bush is emerging as a peripheral player in the increasingly bizarre bayou management hedge fund scandal.

sources say john p. ellis, a former journalist turned investment banker, represented several companies in investment presentations to im partners, a side venture set up by samuel israel and daniel marino. israel and marino were the management team that ran bayou and who federal prosecutors allege defrauded investors out of $300 million. - the street

you remember john p. ellis, don't you....he's the one that "called the election."
a fox news consultant involved in making judgments about presidential "calls" on election night admits he was in touch with george w. bush and florida gov. jeb bush by telephone several times during the evening, but denies having broken any rules.

fox is considering disciplinary action against the consultant, john ellis, who is a cousin to bush and a former boston globe columnist who stopped writing about the campaign for the paper, citing family "loyalty" to bush. - cbs

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posted by Cookie Jill at 11:49 PM | 2 comments

united databases of america

it's just not possible illegals who will have to be screened by the government...everyone who works will have to get ready to be screened.
the screening system, called basic pilot, is run by the department of homeland security. so far, it's being used by only about 16,700 employers — 2,100 or so in california — out of 7 million nationwide.

but it's set to dramatically expand into a national electronic employment verification system under the senate proposal; within 18 months, it could be used to check every new hire in the country. as the legislation is written, all 150 million workers in the united states will have to submit to the checks within three years.

..."we're handing over the power to the federal government to tell us yes, we can work, or no, we can't work, and because the database isn't what it should be, there are people who are going to be told they can't work," said tyler moran, employment policy director for the national immigration law center, which advocates for immigrant rights. "this is going to affect every single worker in the country, and this is going to affect every business in the country." - latte times

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posted by Cookie Jill at 11:02 PM | 2 comments

no one to blaine



david blaine's street magic part 2

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posted by skippy at 5:45 PM | 0 comments

skippy's monday nite music club

the only clinton we'd ever consider voting for...



george clinton - atomic dog

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posted by skippy at 5:27 PM | 1 comments

skippy's monday nite music club - bonus trax

the video is nothing much, simply pictures of the two bands, but...



beatles vs. nine inch nails - come closer together mashup

one of the best mashups we've ever heard...it proves that a good mashup isn't only about rhythm, lyrics and timing, but about putting the very cores of two songs side by side and examining the similarities and differences.

and if you think about it, come together is probably a distant cousin to closer in spirit.

we suggest you sit back and close your eyes as you listen.

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posted by skippy at 5:22 PM | 4 comments

a taste for rabbit

via she who designed our blog, lauren, at faux real

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posted by skippy at 5:01 PM | 2 comments

housekeeping

we've added the seminal to our blogroll, because they were kind enough to do the same for us, only first.

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posted by skippy at 4:16 PM | 0 comments

your honor, we rest our case

as to those who say markos never presented himself as anything other than a democrat wanting to get democrats elected, we thank msoc at mlw for this:

a friend of mine alerted me to this happy post -- davidnyc congratulating moulitsas on his 5th blogging birthday.

what made my jaw drop was the quote he referenced, apparently the very first words moulitsas ever posted on daily kos:

sunday | may 26, 2002

day 1

i am progressive. i am liberal. i make no apologies. i believe government has an obligation to create an even playing field for all of this country's citizens and immigrants alike. i am not a socialist. i do not seek enforced equality. however, there has to be equality of opportunity, and the private sector, left to its own devices, will never achieve this goal.

posted may 26, 2002 12:57 pm
"i am progressive," "i am liberal," "i make no apologies."

well -- one true statement out of three ain't bad, i guess...

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posted by skippy at 4:11 PM | 0 comments

making this day memorable

evil mommy:

today is when we celebrate memorial day in the us. it’s a time for thinking about the men and women who served our country, and are no longer around to celebrate with us. it’s more than just a time to head to the beach or the campground for a long weekend. for some of us, it’s a lot more.

evil dad is off buying a flag holder this morning. the one that came with our flag appears to have escaped into the garage’s black hole, never to be heard from again. my theory is that it’s keeping my granddad’s safety glasses (from the mines) company - i’ve been searching for those buggers for three months now. when he gets back, we might go up to our local-ish military cemetery and talk with big girl about what this day represents.
clammy c at mlw:

just around 1,000 us troops in iraq have died since last memorial day – 1,000 more people who have given their lives for what has become most obviously based on greed and lies, not to mention an unmitigated disaster on every level with no plan or end in sight. and as so eloquently done in doonesbury, there will be many lists, memorials, thoughts, speeches and prayers given to not only those 1,000 fallen soldiers, but also the roughly 2,500 others before them, and (hopefully) the countless wounded troops, civilians and civilians who have lost their lives.
brendastewart at booman:

will do only one thing. i will go to the grave side of my middle child and give her some live flowers. live flowers are a tribute to her and her life. she was full of life and she was bright and giving. she was a veteran of the navy reserve and loved what she did in that regard as well. she was loved by many and is missed by many too. but there is not one day that does not go by that i do nto think of her. i even have dreams of her at times.

why am i writing about this today? well, i am not the only mother who has lost a child. this is not normal, you know. parents are to go before the children... why is this? i think because it hurts so damn bad. i want to give you a shoe of which i have walked in for a few moments.
joshua holland at peek:

ap, via huffpost:

americans have opened nearly 1,000 new graves to bury u.s. troops killed in iraq since memorial day a year ago. the figure is telling -- and expected to rise in coming months.

in the period from memorial day 2006 through saturday, 980 soldiers and marines died in iraq, compared to 807 deaths in the previous year. and with the baghdad security operation now 3 1/2 months old, even president bush has predicted a difficult summer for u.s. forces.

"it could be a bloody _ it could be a very difficult august," he said last week.

u.s. commander gen. david petraeus on saturday acknowledged the increase in casualties as a result of the american surge in forces to regain control of baghdad.
happy memorial day, everyone.

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posted by skippy at 12:28 PM | 1 comments

death gets a holiday

"bush pays tribute to fallen u.s. troops". how can we tell awol loves fallen troops? he made so many of them.

(cross-posted from my place)

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posted by George at 11:17 AM | 0 comments

opening up today....

the creation museum.



who knew that some folks thought that the flintstones was a documentary.

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posted by Cookie Jill at 8:47 AM | 2 comments

warner brothers tries to save taz

the studio made millions off of the cartoon version of "the tasmanian devil" and now wants to give some back to save the "real life" version.
warner bros. will donate money from the sale of dvd's featuring bugs bunny and daffy duck to help efforts to save the tasmanian devil from extinction, an australian official said.

the looney tunes character taz -- a whirling, growling rival to bugs bunny -- is based on the australian marsupial, which is being threatened by a contagious cancer in its homeland, the island state of tasmania. - ap
“tasmanians are faced with an enormous challenge to save one of our most precious icons, the tasmanian devil, and the tasmanian government will ensure we can do everything in our power to make this happen,” ms wreidt said. - thewest.com.au
let's just hope the tasmanian devil's story doesn't end the usual looney tunes way..."that's all, folks!"

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posted by Cookie Jill at 1:21 AM | 1 comments

there was one benchmark in the funding bill

the benchmark for "privatizing iraqi oil." the only benchmark that awol cares about.

the legislation contains a particular provision that would lead to the privatization of iraq's oil, a provision that i'm quite concerned about, because i think that if we take that position, it will make it very difficult for us to ever be able to end the war.

so today i'm going to lay out the case as to why this provision that's in the bill would advance privatization and as to what the options are for this congress.

as many know, the administration has set forth several benchmarks for the iraqi government, including the passage of a hydrocarbon law by the iraqi parliament. the administration has emphasized only a small part of this law, what they call the "fair distribution," that's in quotes, of oil revenues.

i want this house to consider the fact that this iraqi hydrocarbon law contains a mere three sentences that generally discusses the so-called fair distribution of oil. except for three scant lines, the entire 33-page hydrocarbon law is about creating a complex legal structure to facilitate the privatization of iraqi oil. as such, it is imperative that members of congress read the iraqi parliament's bill, because passage of any legislation that includes insisting that the iraq government push the passage of a hydrocarbon act puts this congress on record to promote privatizing iraq's oil. - dennis kuchinich from the floor of the house, may 23, 2007


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posted by Cookie Jill at 12:52 AM | 0 comments

Sunday, May 27, 2007

thanks for everything, kos; or, ralphie boy was right

by now everyone should be over their initial depression of the democrats selling out to awol's war earlier this week.

tho we ourselves had high hopes that the dems had grown spines ( indeed, there had been some reports of such skeletal formations spotted in the last few months), we were not at all surprised when the very people that were elected to stop the war in iraq pulled down their pants, bent over and said "thank you sir, may i have another?"

the majority of americans think things are going badly in iraq; the majority of americans think we never should have gone into iraq; the majority of americans support a timetable for withdrawl from iraq.

and yet, the democrats that america voted into office last fall gave up their fight to acknowledge and appease such majority views.

thanks, democrats. oh, and thanks, markos, for convincing us to vote for those democrats.

the brooklyn rail, reviewing crashing the gates last year, pointed out markos' platform vis-a-vis progressives:

kos has repeatedly called for progressives to approach the party as a “big tent,” with room for positions that deviate from the ostensible party line on abortion, gun control, the death penalty, the environment—or the legion of “social” issues that the pundits argue have made it a pariah in many states.
and so we voted for anyone who had a big "d" next to their name...whether or not he or she actually believed in, not only what we believed in, but also in what he or she actually said he or she believed in.

in his quest to become the "not leader" of liberal blogs, markos banned jews, palestinians, feminists, and everybody who posts at my left wing.

yes, mid-ameirca can now read the daily kos without see the "f" word in the titles of diaries. and the right-of-center can rest easy that nobody will raise the ugly spector of issues like abortion or what really happened on 9/11.

but as a wiser man than we once said, "those who stand for nothing, fall for anything." sure, there are numbers of great quantity in the middle, but the fire is along the edges of american politics.

bob fertik says today at democrats.com:

kos the impeachment koward just kondemned one of my favorite progressive bloggers, poputonian:

digby defends the iraq supplemental bill out of the house. this, on the other hand, is utter horseshit. there's little worse in progressive politics than "holier than thou" purity trolls. they are just as destructive to the progressive movement as dlc trolls.
what did poputonian write to get kos so enraged?

poputonian quoted david swanson's criticism of democratic house leaders for blocking a vote on the lee amendment, and swanson's criticism of moveon for aiding and abetting that vote denial through their dishonest member "poll"…

so apparently if you agree with any of these points, kos believes you are a "holier than thou" purity troll who is just as destructive to the progressive movement as [a] dlc troll.

it seems that those of us fought to the end for the lee amendment have touched a very sensitive nerve by objecting to the manner in which it was killed by house democratic leaders and their allies in the "progressive" movement, most conspicuously moveon.

if moveon, sirota, and kos were mere spectators in that effort, their lies and vicious attacks wouldn't make much sense.

could it be that some of our "progressive" allies were working with house democratic leaders in the runup to the supplemental to help them kill the lee amendment?

maybe poputonian unwittingly hit the nail on the head when (s)he wrote america: still an insider's game?
and markos has tried like hell to become one of those insiders in that past months.

congratulations, markos. you've made it. the stephanie herseths, the jim webers, the john testers owe you a big, big debt of thanks for helping get them elected.

those are the guys who voted for the stripped down iraq funding bill, right?

now, we don't think markos is to blame for the dems' caving on the iraq funding bill (he is, however, obvioulsy responsible for the virginia tech massacre).

but we do think that his pointed efforts to "play to the middle" at the expense of actual convictions, plus his obvious work for getting anyone elected that claimed to be a democrat, is indicative of the core problems with the entire party.

the repubbblicans, for all their wrong-headedness, bigotry, selfishness and fantasy-world beliefs, at least have some beleifs. we often (and lately especially) have come to think that the only thing elected democrats believe in is getting elected.

and to those who say the democrats are acting just like repubbblicans, we ask: does the name ralph nader ring a bell?

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posted by skippy at 6:49 PM | 8 comments

skippy's sunday nite music club



the flaming lips - the yeah yeah yeah song

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posted by skippy at 6:38 PM | 0 comments

happy anniversary!

to mr. and mrs. skippy, who are celebrating their 23rd wedding anniversary today.

for their celebration, the skippy's enjoyed brunch at the beautiful four seasons hotel in beverly hills, where among the dim sum, omlette bar, exotic cheeses and flan they spotted larry flynt and his party also enjoying the sumptuous spread.

then a romantic viewing of the intimate film shrek 3, and a quiet renewal of their vows in the mall parking lot, and the skippy's prepared to enjoy the next 23 years, which promise to be as exciting, fun-filled and sexy as the last.

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posted by skippy at 4:53 PM | 13 comments

happy 70th birthday!


golden gate bridge!


it opened up for "business" at 6:00 a.m. 70 years ago today.

it is used by more than 100,000 commuters a day, visited by as many as a million tourists a month, and crossed by 40 million drivers a year. its bold beauty is staggering, its mystique legendary. - sfgate

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posted by Cookie Jill at 3:42 PM | 0 comments

arnold's sneaky war on agriculture

the ethicurean alerts us to a little "add on" on the governator's budget plan
...if owners of working farms and ranches are required to pay property taxes based on their land’s residential or commercial valuation, they usually have no choice but to sell the land to developers. a 1965 california law known as the williamson act helps preserve farms and ranches by allowing those who enroll in the program to have their land taxed at a rate based on actual use, not potential use.

buried in gov. arnold schwarzenegger's budget plans for next year is a small but truly bad idea. he wants to save $40 million by canceling a farmland preservation program.

he thinks he can dump the costs on rural and suburban counties, a favorite gambit of sacramento budget balancers. in this case, however, he will unhinge a successful state plan that rewards agriculture and local government for staving off sprawl.

at issue is the williamson act, designed to give farmers and ranchers a break on property taxes. counties are reimbursed by sacramento when they lower property taxes for agricultural land. the idea is to remove a temptation to shut down operations and sell to the highest bidder, namely developers. for 40 years, the program has meant that marin county hills, sonoma county pastures and contra costa county vistas are dotted with crops or cows, not subdivisions. - sfgate

call your representatives. now.

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posted by Cookie Jill at 2:05 PM | 1 comments

arlington west

in santa barbara every sunday.

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posted by Cookie Jill at 10:42 AM | 0 comments

why doesn't this surprise us?

scientists: epa chemical screening program flawed. scientists say the bush administration is developing a chemical testing program on endocrine disruption that favors the chemical industry when it comes to judging whether certain substances in the environment might cause cancer, infertility, or harm to babies in the womb.

..they say the environmental protection agency has:...failed to guarantee that tests will be conducted on prenatal exposure to chemicals. last week, a group of 200 scientists signed a declaration warning that exposure to chemicals in the womb may make babies more likely to develop diabetes, obesity, attention deficit disorder and infertility. the group urged action from governments around the world.- dallas morning news
guess they don't want us to know about results like this...
scientists report that almost all babies measured in a large study in baltimore had been exposed to perfluorinated contaminants -- pfcs -- while in the womb. pfcs are widely used in consumer products like teflon and gore-tex. they are extremely persistent. the levels observed were well beneath those shown in most experiments to be necessary to cause developmental harm in animals. - acs publications

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Saturday, May 26, 2007

hoppy blogiversary

dk

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posted by Cookie Jill at 9:37 PM | 0 comments

mad about the iraq war

mad kane, that is!

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posted by skippy at 8:19 PM | 1 comments

golden words for the golden state

the freeway blogger might be the most widely read political commenttor in california.

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posted by skippy at 8:17 PM | 0 comments

skippy's saturday night music club

memorial day version - remembering some of those who served

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posted by Cookie Jill at 7:52 PM | 0 comments

man, i almost forgot...

thank you all. even holden.
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no one could have imagined...

the democratic leadership (and i use both words loosely) betrayed the american public for this? iraq's benchmark in the "support the troops" bill is to privatize iraqi oil to american oil companies.

our children are dying for this? reid and pelosi and all the cheney democrats should take cheney's advice and ...

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posted by George at 3:45 AM | 4 comments

speaker's email addy

rep. pelosi replied to my email in which i expressed by disgust at her caving in to awol's blackmail to make sure halliburton gets its billions. her auto reply wrote:
Congressional courtesy prevents me from replying to emails if I cannot determine
that you are a constituent of mine.If you are not a resident of California's 8th
Congressional District and are contacting me in regard to my role as Speaker,
please email me at mailto:AmericanVoices@mail.house.gov.

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posted by George at 2:49 AM | 3 comments

Friday, May 25, 2007

skippy's friday nite music club

they're a little older here, but they're all the originals and they still sound like satin...



the satintones - shake me wake me

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posted by skippy at 3:40 PM | 0 comments

hanh?!

i got this from gordon of alternate brain (go to the brain for an explanation, i ain't in the mood right now):



somebody please remind me why the greatest generation fought to take down the biggest anti-semitic regime in human history...
posted by Jim Yeager at 1:11 PM | 4 comments

down the penrose lane

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posted by skippy at 12:16 AM | 1 comments

mo gitmo

the talking dog interviews robert rachlin who represents, the td tells us,

two gtmo detainees including one (al-sharbi) who had been previously charged by the military commissions but seeks to represent himself.
the td goes on:

the irony, btw, is that the same democratic congress that just surrendered on iraq funding has, despite great hope of people like me who worked to get it elected, done very little in this area as well, though much of the world's "journalists" seem to have abandoned the story to me; at one time, i estimated i accounted for around 10-15% of the world's journalism in this area; now i suspect i'm up to around 1/3. and that is not a good thing.
no, talking dog, it is not a good thing.

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

let the games begin...



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posted by Jim Yeager at 9:28 PM | 2 comments

rich white guys are the only ones fit to rule

prose before hos points out that the us has a disproportionate mix of people in government in realtion to the demographics they represent. for instance:

women - women of voting age represent 51.6 percent of the voting age population yet are 16.3% of the congress, putting america below the global average of 17% female representation at parliamentary level. as of 2007, the us ranks 68th in terms of women holding office in the legislature — this puts the us just above turkmenistan, and just below el salvador and panama.

latinos - hispanics represent over 14% of the u.s. population, while their congress representation is 3% in the senate and about 5% in the house.

african-americans - the senate is 1% african american and the house is roughly 9.2% african american compared to the 12.3 percent of american population that are of black or african-american descent.

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posted by skippy at 9:02 PM | 0 comments

that's not just hedging your bets, that's outright topiary

maha over at mahablog reports that hillary and barak "to the future" obama voted 'no' on the iraq supplemental funding bill, but waited till there were plenty of 'yes' votes to pass it before casting theirs.

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posted by skippy at 8:48 PM | 0 comments

skippy's thursday nite music club



yehudi menuhin on violin (w/adolph baller on piano) - hungarian dance no. 5 in g minor by johannes brahams

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posted by skippy at 8:29 PM | 1 comments

il duce due in the line of fire

priceless.
as president bush took a question thursday in the white house rose garden about scandals involving his attorney general, he remarked, "i've got confidence in al gonzales doin' the job."

simultaneously, a sparrow flew overhead and left a splash on the president's sleeve, which bush tried several times to wipe off. - abc news
blood on his hands. bird cr*p on his sleeve.

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posted by Cookie Jill at 7:40 PM | 1 comments

ferocious looking fugitive finally captured

reggie, the harbor city alligator has been captured.
reggie the alligator's two years of freedom ended this afternoon when the coldblooded fugitive left the chilly waters of lake machado and was taken into custody on the shore.

the 7-foot alligator was taken to the los angeles zoo, where he will be quarantined for up to 60 days to make sure he isn't carrying any diseases.
and, yes, it did have an l.a. ending....cut to helicopter tracking a white vehicle on the freeway.
and in a scene reminiscent of a certain chase of a white bronco, channel 7 news broke into its broadcast this afternoon to show the white animal control truck carrying reggie up the harbor freeway. - lattetimes.
wonder if he'll have enough time to get back to blogging...but he better change the title, though. "life in the lake" isn't going to be cutting it anymore.

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posted by Cookie Jill at 7:15 PM | 0 comments

drive by posting

10 rules for dating the military-industrial complex.
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il duce due's power grab

from the last word blog....
so let me get this straight... el presidente can now have a little tissy fit freak out and take over all power levels of government under his sole discretion? let's see what webster has to say:

1 a : a person granted absolute emergency power; especially : one appointed by the senate of ancient rome b : one holding complete autocratic control c : one ruling absolutely and often oppressively

see: hitler, mussolini, caesar, stalin, tse-tung, kai-shek, lenin, pol pot, hideki, khan, tito, ceausescu and lots of other a*****s. hey george, your proctologist called, they found yer head.

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posted by Cookie Jill at 12:00 PM | 3 comments

save the troops... save the world!

contact your representative demanding that they don't give in to childish bully george bush. demand they vote against funding troops staying in iraq.

contact your senators demanding that they don't give in to childish bully george gush. demand they vote against funding troops staying in iraq.
ask that they filibuster against giving more money to awol's folly.

i suggested that sen. obama lead the filibuster.

impeach the cheerleader...save the world

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posted by George at 11:49 AM | 1 comments

15 landscape gardeners found shot dead

or rather, members of "a vegetative management team" of the four legged variety.
fifteen young goats, part of a herd of several hundred goats grazing for weed-control purposes near king estates recreation area in the oakland hills, were found shot to death tuesday morning.

..."the concern we have is that it's probably a young person with a rifle that is out shooting squirrels, and then decides to move on to the goats. really senseless acts of violence against animals present a disturbing pattern — you don't want to see it escalate to harming more animals. so it's not a good sign, and we've notified park rangers to be on the lookout for someone like this."

the officer found the 15 juvenile goats in a corner of one of the 30-by-60-foot portable corrals set up by the herd's owner, about 200 feet from howard elementary school, police said. the goats were killed with a large weapon, possibly a .22-caliber rifle, cronin said. "there were entry and exit wounds. this was definitely not just a pellet gun," he said.

...."the goats are a very special and reassuring part of the community experience here in our peaceful and friendly little neighborhood," said resident tamara thompson. "they herald the coming of summer. this is my ninth summer of goats, and there is blood. i am heartbroken." - insidebayarea.

goats have been increasingly used to pare back the "fire food" in various areas of the state,
from the end of the rainy season until september, hundreds of goats are brought to the east bay hills from the carquinez strait to castro valley to munch on vegetation and overgrown weeds to increase fire safety. the goats are hired from private herders. - sfchron
including around the getty museum
tom bristow of the county fire department said the goats are often more efficient than a hand crew or bulldozer. - knbc.
and, because of california's extreme fire hazard conditions due to drought, and these goats were being used to aid in lessening the danger to firefighters and the community, who ever is found responsible for this heartbreakingly senseless act, should be charged with a crime against the state.

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posted by Cookie Jill at 2:47 AM | 2 comments

not just an excuse to take off from work

via crooks & liars, we find john edwards is calling for everyone to support the troops with action alerts for this memorial day weekend.

go to support the troops end the war to find out what actions are happening in your neighborhood this weekend.

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escrow where ya wanna go

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our good friend monkeyfister is quite aware of the skippy's adventures in trying to buy housing in the los angeles real estate market. monkeyfister himself has just closed on his own american dream down in tennessee, and for that, we congratulate him.

we are also, therefore, touched that he would give the skippys' search for affordable housing a shout out over at blah3, where monkeyfister gave us all the bad news: and that is, the nightly news isn't giving us the real news, which is, the bad news is much worse than we thought.

in this article, [economist barry ritholtz takes a look at a report by real estate analyst john burns, and concurs-- the real estate market is falling out faster than the media is reporting.

here are some highlights to get you started:

• closing data: sales have actually fallen 22% year-over-year, based on comparing trailing 12 month periods. if you compare year over year sales, the decline is even more severe.

• mortgage bankers association [mba] data: mba seasonally adjusted purchase application index is down 18% from its peak in september 2005.

• builder data: d.r. horton (dhi) and lennar (len) have reported that orders have declined 27% to 37%, year-over-year -- even as they have dropped prices significantly. these are the nation's two largest homebuilders.

• realogy corporation data: in 2006, there was a year-over-year decline of 18% in brokerage related transactions at realogy owned firms (century 21, coldwell banker, and era)

• 2005-2006 national association of realtors state data: the nar is showing some very sharp year-over-year corrections: florida down 28%; california down 24%; arizona off 28%. however, the nar data may actually be understating the falloff. john's data shows the more likely actual sales decrease to be closer to 34%, 27% and 38%, respectively. prior to 2005, john's data tracked very closely with the nar, so this deviation is worth further investigation.
mrs. skippy hasn't given up checking the internet everyday for new listings. but the skippy's have noticed that several listings that were on the market last year are still available now, only at lower prices.

unfortunately, not low enough for the skippy's! but we still wish the monkeyfisters a sincere housewarming in their new digs!

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posted by skippy at 12:01 AM | 6 comments

we like what you've done with the place

evil mommy has redesigned her blog! looks good! and evil!

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

legally blonde...

the disbarment.

more than likely, reese's next flick is to play the "white house liaison" who never "liaisoned" with the white house.

monica might want to change her name to "bad"ling.

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posted by Cookie Jill at 9:28 PM | 1 comments

oh, poor baby....

she had no problem when enron's downfall trashed other people's future, ended their retirement dreams, closed businesses and literally shook california's economy while they were laughing about "little old ladies" being defrauded.
the widow of enron corp. founder kenneth lay is asking a judge to let her keep nearly $13 million in assets -- particularly the family condominium -- that the federal government is trying seize.

...enron's collapse wiped out thousands of jobs, more than $60 billion in market value and more than $2 billion in pension plans. - juan lozano/ap

whaaaaaa whaaaaaa freakin' whaaaaaa.....they showed a callous disregard for human life. why does she believe she deserves special treatment?

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posted by Cookie Jill at 7:35 PM | 4 comments

skippy's wednesday nite music club

in honor of tonite's new american idol (whomever that may be...mrs. skippy likes blake, skippy's voting for jordin)...



kelly clarkson - cryin by aerosmith




reuben studdard - ain't to proud to beg by the temptations




fantasia barrino - summertime by george gershwin




carrie underwood - san antonio rose - traditional, but made popular by our fav, bob wills and the texas playboys (whose fiddle player, johnny gimble, joins carrie, along w/asleep at the wheel's ray benson...after a very long introduction by reba)

good luck to whoever wins tonite!

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posted by skippy at 5:01 PM | 2 comments

and now, a few nuggets of blue-collar wisdom (a slowly vanishing branch of philosophy)...

1) before operating a printing press, it is imperative that you familiarize yourself with the locations of each one of its emergency stop buttons. these buttons are typically easy to identify, appearing large, red, and upsetting. they are also the most important feature of the machine: should the machine begin to malfunction while in "run-mode," you must quickly depress the nearest emergency stop button, thus bringing its run to a rolling halt, in order to prevent (or at least minimize) any mechanical damage. there is a strong consensus among blue-collar masters that it is perfectly natural for operators to fear these buttons -- they do have a way of slicing into one's production numbers, which in turn displeases the owner(s) of the machine. however, as a citizen of a country that owes its very existence to the technology of the printing press, when it starts f*%k#$g up, you better d$#n well smack one o' those buttons.

2) while the printing press is in "run-mode," take account of the many exterior elements of the machine. all of its elements (including the non-visible ones deeper within the machine's workings) can be classified into one of two categories: those that exhibit motion, and those that do not. the majority of those elements that do not exhibit motion are safe to touch, but if you are unsure of any element's nature, then do not touch it at all. unsafe stationary elements include (but are not limited to) those which radiate excessive heat and those which channel electrical currents. those elements that do exhibit motion are never to be touched while they remain in motion, without exception. your duties as conservator of the printing press include ensuring your own physical safety. if we have to replace machine parts because being told that running a printing press has nothing to do with playing "tag" didn't make an impression on you, then we will consider you a stupid @$$#*!&. you will be fortunate if we mourn the loss of your right arm more than the loss of our next annual profit-sharing check, you are so stupid.

3) never, ever, ever... mess with another operator's printing press without his or her consent. if you must refrain from hitting an emergency stop button while your machine is jamming up, shredding its drive belts, and stripping its gears, the rest of us will still embrace you -- after we're convinced that you've been completely humiliated. if you must play grab-ass with a rotating cylinder and end up becoming an amputee, it will be impossible for the rest of us to find it in our hearts to excuse you -- but we will still consider you one of ours. if you mess with someone else's printing press without permission, and you mess it up in the process, then you shall refrain from repenting, and the rest of us shall refrain from forgiving. you do not beg, and the rest of us do not offer mercy. you will not be spared the wrath of a higher authority, and the rest of us will not turn ourselves into pillars of salt on your behalf. you break this rule, m*&^%f$#k@*... the rest of us break you.

welcome to printing -- in a metaphorical way of speaking...

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posted by Jim Yeager at 11:34 AM | 1 comments

welcome back, carter

mediabloodhound muses on the eminently relevant "irrelevant" jimmy carter.

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posted by skippy at 9:24 AM | 0 comments

gore-ing aWol

taylor marsh participated in the bloggers' conference call w/al gore. she's got some thoughts about it, plus the complete audio over at her blog.

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posted by skippy at 9:19 AM | 0 comments

everybody loves hillary...except the voters

everywhere we look, we see polls with hillary clinton way out front among democrats.

apparently, we're not looking in the right places. via vamonitcello at mydd, this poll from strategic vision political shows hillary third place among likely iowa caucus voters:

john edwards 29%
barack obama 24%
hillary clinton 16%
bill richardson 9%
joseph biden 3%
chris dodd 2%
dennis kucinich 1%
undecided 16%

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posted by skippy at 12:13 AM | 0 comments

separation of church and blog

we've been tagged by beep! beep! it's me, who is under the mistaken (tho entirely understandable) impression that we are an australian blog.

b!b!im wants us to support the national day of securlarism on may 26th in australia. it sounds like a great idea, and there should be a comparable observation here in america.

Example

the thinker's podium describes it well:

we are secular for a reason; so one narrow group of denominations can’t gain privilege and have the state oppress those of other or no-faith on their behalf.

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posted by skippy at 12:13 AM | 2 comments

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

my tax money will be used to pay for this?

she's a freaking senator from marin county. take it out of her own freaking salary.... since she was a complete imbecile and a driving menace to society.
state sen. carole migden bounced her state-issued suv off the concrete median on interstate 80 and nearly ran other motorists off the freeway before slamming into the back of another vehicle last week, the california highway patrol and witnesses said tuesday.

more than half a dozen motorists made emergency calls about migden's erratic driving before the friday accident, the chp said. the rear-end collision in fairfield, midway between san francisco and sacramento, injured a woman and her 3-year-old daughter, who were sent to the emergency room.

...in a telephone interview tuesday with the ap, jordan said two drivers who followed migden off the interstate began berating her immediately after the accident.

"one of them said she'd run him off the road. they were pretty upset that she'd been driving so badly," jordan said.

"she kept saying, 'you can't talk to me like that, i'm a state senator,"' he said. - ktvu
carole. yeah, they can talk to you like that. they're your employer. why don't you keep that in mind. pay the insurance out of your own pocket. pay the hospital bills for the mother and child you sent to the hospital.

(hat tip to calitics)

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posted by Cookie Jill at 8:21 PM | 1 comments

mad about the dems caving on the timetable withdrawl of troops from iraq

mad kane, that is!

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posted by skippy at 8:19 PM | 1 comments

i wonder who's schlessinger now?

family values on display: via majikthise, we find that the son of dr. laura schlessinger is in hot water for obscene material on his personal myspace site. saltlaketrib:

the soldier son of talk radio relationship counselor laura schlessinger is under investigation for a graphic personal web page that one army official has called "repulsive."

the myspace page, publicly available until friday when it disappeared from the internet, included cartoon depictions of rape, murder, torture and child molestation; photographs of soldiers with guns in their mouths; a photograph of a bound and blindfolded detainee captioned "my sweet little habib"; accounts of illicit drug use; and a blog entry headlined by a series of obscenities and racial epithets.

the site is credited to and includes many photographs of deryk schlessinger, the 21-year-old son of the talk radio personality known simply as dr. laura. broadcast locally on 570 knrs, "family values talk radio," the former family counselor spends three hours daily taking calls and offering advice on morals, ethics and values. she broadcast a show from fort douglas, in salt lake city, last week.
the question remains, is she her child's mother?

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posted by skippy at 8:04 PM | 1 comments

all the president's menus

walter scheib, former white house chef, cooks up a delicious tale of his time in the basement at 1600 pennsylvania.
if you believe the old adage that you are what you eat, it is not surprising america's current president seems artificial, bland, insipid and rather unsubstantial. the man who cooked president george w. bush's breakfasts, lunches and dinners for the first four years of his presidency reveals in a new book that the most powerful man in the world likes no more than a cheap processed cheese sandwich for lunch.

"kraft singles on white bread was one of this president's most requested lunch items," says walter scheib, who, from 1994 until he was sacked by laura bush in early 2005, was executive chef at the white house. - sunday herald


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posted by Cookie Jill at 7:49 PM | 7 comments

#1 with a bullet

or two...or three...
the new u.s. embassy in baghdad will be the world's largest and most expensive foreign mission, though it may not be large enough or secure enough to cope with the chaos in iraq.

...the $592 million embassy occupies a chunk of prime real estate two-thirds the size of washington's national mall, with desk space for about 1,000 people behind high, blast-resistant walls. the compound is a symbol both of how much the united states has invested in iraq and how the circumstances of its involvement are changing.

...the embassy also is a prime target- houston chron

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posted by Cookie Jill at 7:35 PM | 0 comments

defeatocrats refuse to call it defeat

sen. reid takes popular position with american public and flushes it down the toilet to give awol, mr. 28% popularity, everything awol wanted: all the money with no timetables and no benchmarks. sen. reid refuses to call this defeat.

this money is not going to the troops - troops are not paid out of the war money but out of the pentagon budget - halliburton is getting the money from this latest cave in by defeatocrats to the bush junta.

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posted by George at 7:24 PM | 2 comments

skippy's tuesday nite music club



goldfrapp - strict machine

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posted by skippy at 5:21 PM | 2 comments

solamente una palabra para describir gonzales

mentiroso

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posted by Cookie Jill at 9:04 AM | 0 comments

you can't torquemada anything*

pissed on politics points out that newt gingrich, speaking at liberty university's commencement exercises, would have made a good politician in spain...in the 1500's.

gingrich claimed americans draw strength from falwell’s “life model,” and said that falwell, who infamously called the 9/11 attacks god’s punishment on the united states, “bore witness to the truth” and “knew this truth in his bones.”

but perhaps gingrich’s most controversial remarks came in an interview after his speech, in which gingrich cited the opportunity “to convert all of america.”

* history of the world, part i

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Monday, May 21, 2007

don't you have to cover babies w/cellophane before you put them in the microwave?

we have nothing to add to this post found at the galloping beaver:

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posted by skippy at 9:27 PM | 6 comments

file this under, "well...duh!"

msnbc is asking, should awol be impeached? go vote.

(hat tip to silent patriot at c&l)

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posted by skippy at 7:58 PM | 0 comments

they had better be dang good pancakes

and real maple syrup....for a $2,300 a pop breakfast with barack.

now...going from "affluent" society...to "effluent"

vidiot speak's lawyerly friends (stalkers) have some "cra**y" cases.

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posted by Cookie Jill at 7:46 PM | 1 comments

another illegality for this administratio...stop the presses

arlen parsa, guesting at the bradblog, makes the case that awol's denial of the 3.5% pay raise for our troops is illegal:

although democrats have been arguing for the 3.5% raise, what neither they, nor any news organization seems to have thus far noticed, is that the administration's meager compensation plan would be, in fact, illegal.

increases in military salary are traditionally determined by increases in average civilian salary, according to a method of measurement called the employment cost index. regardless of the actual dollar increase in salary, the base pay for service-members must be at least 0.5% above the corresponding civilian pay because of a defense authorization act which congress passed in 1999.

but according to bureau of labor statistics numbers, the bush administration's proposed raise of only 3% for active-duty troops in iraq and afghanistan is actually less than the average increase in civilian wages from 2006 to 2007 (3.2%), instead of the required 0.5% more than the average civilian wage (which would be equal to 3.7%).

if congress passes the funding plan that the administration has proposed, they will, in effect, be illegally depriving the troops of the minimum pay raise guaranteed to them by the earlier law. the move would save the bush administration millions and could cost new us army recruits (who are the least effected by the proposed pay raise) a few hundred dollars annually.
more, including a neat-o bar graph, at bradblog.

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posted by skippy at 6:58 PM | 2 comments

concert for nola

we received this email:

new orleans created american music. now a group of musicians including the indigo girls, ok go's damian kulash, my morning jacket's jim james, san francisco singer matt nathanson and new orleans' legends al "carnival time" johnson and bonearama will help recreate the devastated city by playing a benefit concert to fund housing for the city's struggling musicians and artists.

it will be a loose and fun show with each artist performing a few songs with many of them sitting in on each other¹s songs. the full billing will be released closer to the concert, which will take place at tipitina¹s uptown on sunday, may 27.

the concert is being presented by the future of music coalition and air traffic control.

proceeds will benefit sweet home new orleans, a coalition of non-profit organizations, including the renew our music fund, that helps find affordable housing in new orleans and provides rental assistance for katrina displaced musicians, mardi gras performers and other traditional new orleans artists. to find out more about what sweet home new orleans and renew our music fund do, please go to www.sweethomeneworleans.org and www.renewourmusic.com.

"the musicians of new orleans have given their rich musical heritage to this country and they deserve to be supported in this time of need. while our nation's response to the katrina tragedy was and continues to be sorely lacking, the work of grassroots activists has shown through. we are looking forward to spending a little time in new orleans to witness and support the work that has been done by these tireless and dedicated folks. we also are very excited to play a bit of music in such a beautiful community!" said amy ray of the indigo girls.

prior to the event, a group of musicians will tour new orleans on saturday to see the damage left by hurricane katrina and the rebuilding that still needs to be done. they include jim james from my morning jacket and sandy pearlman, the producer of the blue oyster cult. this part of the event is not open to the press.

"i'm very excited about the work that fmc is doing, bringing politically and socially active musicians together, and i'm especially glad that at this year's meeting we'll have the chance to help out in new orleans. it's a great place for musicians to focus on community, both because we owe so much to that city for a century of incredible music, and because the local musicians there need our help right now," said damian kulash of ok go.

ticket for the benefit concert are $20 before the show and $25 at the door. tickets can be purchased through ticket web (www.ticketweb.com). doors open at 8 p.m. and the music starts at 9 p.m.

about the future of music coalitionfuture of music coalition is a national non-profit education, research and advocacy organization that identifies, examines, interprets and translates the challenging issues at the intersection of music, law, technology and policy. fmc achieves this through continuous interaction with its primary constituency - musicians - and in collaboration with other creator/citizen groups.

what you need to know

what: musicians bringing home musicians ii

artists: indigo girls, ok go's damian kulash, my morning jacket's jim james, matt nathanson, bonearama, al "carnival time" johnson

location: tipitina's uptown, 501 napoleon avenue

show time: doors open at 8 p.m. music starts at 9 p.m.

tickets: $20 before the show and $25 at the door. tickets can be purchased at www.ticketweb.com.
indigo girls and part of my morning jacket! sweet! sounds like a great time, wish we were there, son of a gun, gonna have some fun on the bayou.

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posted by skippy at 6:46 PM | 1 comments

freeway blogging isn't free

the latest from the freeway blogger, who has obviously been watching too much tv.

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herb caen't dot dot dot

we are sorry to learn from our good friend joe gandelman of the moderate voice that the sanfran chronicle will cut jobs by a fourth:

coming on the heels of steep job cuts at the los angeles times, and the sale of the times, plus the sale of the legendary knight-ridder chain, this spells yet more b-a-d n-e-w-s for the print media. the paper itself reports:

to cut costs and try to adapt to a changing media marketplace, the chronicle will trim 25 percent of its newsroom staff by the end of the summer.

“this is one of the biggest one-time hits we’ve heard about anywhere in the country,” said tom rosenstiel, director of the project for excellence in journalism, in washington.

eighty reporters, photographers, copy editors and others, as well as 20 employees in management positions are expected to be laid off by end of the summer. chronicle publisher frank vega said friday that voluntary buyouts are likely to be offered.

vega declined to say whether the paper is continuing to lose $1 million a week, as hearst attorney daniel wall stated in court in november during a hearing on an antitrust suit filed by san francisco businessman clint reilly.

“we’re not getting into any specifics at this point,” vega said. “it’s fairly common knowledge that we have had a tough financial row here for several years. as we continue to evaluate our situation, unfortunately continued belt-tightening is necessary.”
that's too bad, tho not unexpected. we've spent several of our formative years in the bay area, and the chronicle (and it's legendary pink section on sunday) entertained us in ways too numerous to mention.

alas, so goes the way of the dead trees media in the 21st century.

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skippy's monday nite music club



tom t. hall - chatanooga dog

we confess an affection for tom t. hall, one of the seminal story tellers of 70's country music.

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skippy's monday nite music club bonus trax

via jane at fdl, this is brilliant:



margo guryan - 16 words

addendum: kudos to cannablog, who's been touting this same amazing piece since february.

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alien nation

via fdl, here's lou dobbs going all medieval on laura flanders' ass for daring to suggest that the marchers who were attacked by the lapd on may day were actually legal citizens:

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down the penrose lane

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pick hillary's official theme song

readers of this space will remember our suggestions for hillary's official campaign song.

we also asked our readers for their suggestions, offering a skippy tee shirt to the person who came up with the best answer.

we at skippy international were able to winnow the answers down to a mere 16...but now we need your help.

on our right hand side bar, directly under our cute 'roo logo, is a poll offering the 16 best suggestions for hillary's theme song. it's up to you, our readers, to vote for your favorite. and the winner will get a skippy tee shirt, size large, because that's what we've got left in the warehouse.

you can see videos of most of the songs on our sister site skippy junior.

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Sunday, May 20, 2007

skippy's sunday nite music club



dean martin & jerry lewis - that's amore

from the caddy.

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posted by skippy at 6:47 PM | 2 comments

key scary word...

"government"...this is not a business to business buy in...this is foreign government buy in.
the chinese government has agreed to acquire a $3 billion stake in u.s. private equity firm blackstone group lp in a deal that marks china's long-anticipated move to diversify how it invests its massive foreign exchange reserve.

..china's stake will mark the first time that country's government has sunk cash into a foreign private equity firm, which makes its money by acquiring ailing companies, turning them around, and then selling them at a profit.

"we hope this is an important first step in broadening the capital flows between china and the u.s.," blackstone's chairman and co-founder, stephen schwarzman, said in a statement. - ap

"they will use their money to gain influence, and this is a good example of this," said peter morici, a professor at the university of maryland's robert h. smith school of business. "blackstone isn't just a fund, it's a very influential group in the united states. basically, it's the chinese government making a significant stake in a highly influencial wall street firm. and, in turn, that firm has an influence on u.s. policy." - ap
and a little bit about blackstone....

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full frontal jessica

Example

celina interviews jessica upon the publication of jessica's book full frontal feminism over at feministing.

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dueling lawyers

you may remember when this space reported that a local blog, the foothill cities blog, was sent a nasty letter by the city of pomona threatening to sue them for defamantion.

foothill cities blog got a lawyer themselves, one who specializes in defamation suits, and he fired back a nasty letter, reminding pomona that slapp suits are rarely successful. you can read both letters here.

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