So, out of left-field, a Fox-news watching software engineer I work with says: "Can I ask you a political question? How do you feel about the money the US gives to the UN being used to support terrorists?" Read more about Have you stopped beating your wife yet?
Okay, we all know that the word
surge Bush has been using for "escalation" is never to pass our lips, right? Unless we're talking about natural forces like those which accompany hurricanes. The escalation is not a natural force. Read more about Taking Back the Language
I'm so mad at my dad.
We have an iron-clad rule about not talking politics, and I sorta slipped and invoked Al Gore by repeating Atrios' joke. I said, "I just talked to my brother (in Stamford, CT). He said it was 70 degrees. Damn you, Al Gore." Read more about Stay with me here: We Can't leave Iraq because of the Clenis
Kevin Alfred Strom, a major American neo-Nazi leader for almost 20 years, was arrested by federal agents in Virginia Thursday night and charged with possession of child pornography and witness tampering.
Bob "Ol' Crankypants" Schieffer grilled Madame Speaker Pelosi relentlessy asking her what the Dems are prepared to DO to stop Bush's Bullshit Surge. The Dems have come up with a clever answer:
"If the president chooses to escalate the war, in his budget request, we want to see a distinction between what is there to support the troops who are there now," she said in an exclusive interview on Face The Nation.
China, I'm your biggest fan! (China's a wonderful, diverse, inventive, rich commercial civilization with high art and great food--and a feudal past, just like ours, and an imperial history, just like ours, and huge extremes of weath and povery, just like we have. Except many thousands of years older, and with billions of people, not millions.) Read more about OK, I give. We're fucking doomed
General Wes Clark writes in The Independent:
The odds are that President George Bush will announce a "surge" of up to 20,000 additional US troops in Iraq. But why? Will this deliver a "win"? The answers: a combination of misunderstanding and desperation; and, probably not.
[UPDATE below: Israeli denials]
ISRAEL has drawn up secret plans to destroy Iranâ€™s uranium enrichment facilities with tactical nuclear weapons.
Two Israeli air force squadrons are training to blow up an Iranian facility using low-yield nuclear â€œbunker-bustersâ€, according to several Israeli military sources.
Oh. "Low-yield." I guess that's OK then. Read more about Times UK: Israel plans bunker-busting nuclear strike on Iran
"Fleshes out," eh? Like with human flesh?
As in a human "sacrifice"?
All on the altar of Bush's ego (and for the bottom line of winger billionaires, of course). Read more about One of the more unfortunate headlines I've read
These are examples of what caused Spocko of Spocko's Brain to write a polite letter to the advertisers on KSFO, as well as the management, in protest. Read more about Disney: Call 'em "ragheads"? Why not?
And it couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of Fascists.
By now, everyone's heard how the wingers tried to gin up a scandal about the supposed non-existence of AP Iraq source Jamil Hussein, and ended up getting him arrested by the "untidy" Iraqi government for talking to the press. Thanks for bringing freedom to yet another Iraqi, you silly bunts. Circle-jerking while Baghdad burns... Read more about Massive takedown of the winger blogs
Gibson: Would you vote in favor of money to support another 20,000 to 40,000 troops in Iraq?
Boyda: I think we're going to vote to support what the commander in chief and head of military asks to do. At least, I am certainly going to vote to support it.
Gibson: If he wants the surge, he'll get it.