We keep hearing this unexamined Republican talking point that all shipping containers can't be inspected for, say, loose nukes. From WaPo's stenography department today: Read more about Of course all containers can be inspected
Sure, sure, there have been leaks: some pre-alpha frames, some beta frames, maybe even some pre-release frames, but today the White House released the golden master frames (version 1.0). Some real news at last! Let's check in with TASS, er, FUX: Read more about White House ends embargo on approved frames for tonight's Iraq speech from Bush
This may not mean much to you now. But this is the tip of the iceberg. On the other side of the big park just across from Cottage grove, Englewood is one of the poorest neighborhoods in the country, with 43% of the population living below the poverty line, and the stronghold of two of the nations most powerful gangs. Read more about Arenda Troutman arrested for selling out Englewood community to developers
President Bush just moments before being taken outside and buried in the White House lawn
THE TOP TEN
#10.Visiting dignitary notices a high-pitched whistling sound when Bush exhales.
#9. The back of his head has deep puncture marks.
#8. Deep puncture marks to back of head make him look more distinguished.
#7. Conservative War Bloggers get all pissy when this subject is brought up. Read more about Top Ten Signs Your President Is A Chew Toy
My candidate for off-key Republican talking point of the year:
On Wednesday night, [a senior White House Official] said,
the presidentBush will explain "that we have to go up before we go down."
Well, if Bush only could go down...
It's all about partei, yeah!
Having a partei, y'all
[Get up for the down stroke?] [Get down!]
Oh, make up your own jokes! Read more about Get up for the down stroke
â€œIf you really want to change the situation on the ground, demonstrate to the president heâ€™s on his own,â€ said Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. â€œThat will spark real change.â€
Can Biden seriously think Bush gives two shits about being "on his own"? Read more about Tool time with Joe Biden
In the Straits of Hormuz. (Sorry, missed that one Monday.) Whoopsie:
The Japanese Transport Minister is demanding more information after a US nuclear-powered submarine collided with a Japanese oil tanker near the busy shipping lanes of the Straits of Hormuz on Monday night.
Orcinus wrote "The Political and the Personal" back in 2003, and it's worth repeating today, because every word of it is still true. I remember my growing sense of awe, and recognition that he was putting into something I felt so strongly into words so much better than I could have; and when I came to the end of reading the post, I knew there was no turning back. He concludes: Read more about Orcinus on "civility"
Where there is NO will, there are LOTS of excuses.
This applies to anything Politicians do not want to do. The same template can be applied to any issue (global warming, universal health care, etc.).
Today's example: Can the Congress stop Bush's Escalation of the War in Iraq?
Excuse #1: "It's Impossible!"
Joe "Teeth" Biden suggested this weekend it would be "unconstitutional" for Congress to block the funding.
Fact: Bullshit! Read more about Where there's a will, there's a way
(Or MOTD.) So people are talking about a dumb comment that is also racist by a rich and possibly hypocritical celebrity. I'm...bored. I know celebrity and celebrities have influence in the political world, but my rule is, "no more than a regular person has." But I found this comment to better sum up my feelings:
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A lot of people are talking about the various "mandatory" plans floating about various congressional and gubernatorial offices right now. Ahnold's, Wyden's, etc. It's all the Rage, for young politicians: it's an issue that is still unmade in the national media (what is to come, not what is) and if you're enterprising you can ride this political wave for a generation or more. If as a consumer, you've ever had problems with Phase One of the plan to keep people separated from their dollars and their health, you know what I mean. Read more about Random Thoughts on Health Care in the 110th, etc.
Our Betters, the permanent Beltway ruling class, the cocktail wienie-gobbling clowns and Republican creatures and think-tank dilettantes and shadowy Christianist billionaires who created the Iraq Clusterfuck and now can't figure out how to evade accountability for the greatest strategic disaster in American history... Read more about Foreign policy is a synonym for date rape?