To blog, perchance to bleed

It’s an odd time for a bleeding heart to hit the blogging world, even one in a big hat. I mean, so much has been accomplished in the last year–Tom Delay has been trundled off to his post-congressional hootenanny, where, one presumes, he’ll get to throw back a few with the lobbyists, glorying in past pork like a hog-farmer on his monthly bath night. Scooter Libby scooted off to the hoosegow. Bill "Cat...

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Bush's disappearing halo

A while back, I collected photos of Our Dear Leader with a halo. Apparently some AP photographer was having a good time fuzzing up the presidential seal, making Bush look downright saintly. See what I mean? I was never quite sure what this was supposed to mean. Was the AP joining the pro-Bush propaganda bandwagon? It’s an enduring mystery, like why the number of hot dogs in a pack doesn’t match the number of buns in a...

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Git a rope

For all you wannabe cowboys, I’ll say this: Saddam? Bad guy. He meted out his share and more of ugly death. Though I oppose the death penalty, there have been times I couldn’t muster the high-flown idealism to oppose it. This is one of those times, and the other in recent memory was Timothy McVeigh’s seeing-to. Having said that, I found one sidecar fact in that whole poorly-managed, low-tech affair utterly...

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Oh great swami

"Oh great swami," many people say to me, "what will happen in 2007?" And unto them I say: "I know not much. But I can guess a few things and see what sticks." Chief among those things is this: now that Democrats have managed to take both houses of Congress, the Republican minority will become the party of martyrs. Clearly, they will claim, the Murkan People didn’t understand that the Democrats will...

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The boy can write, too!

Dubya wrote an opinion column. Well, at least his name is on it. Shouldn’t they credit the starry-eyed Oral Roberts University grad or College Republican Lieutenant who no doubt saw this ghost-writing gig as his (uncredited) moment of Kool-Aid-fuelled glory? Here it is. It’s futile to deconstruct the disingenuous ramblings offered to the Wall Street Journal readership under the George W. Bush brand. The only thing I...

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Gore was right

Today’s unusual fact: The world really is falling apart. The whole dang thing. In pieces, I tell you. See? Via Fortean Times, a very fine UK publication.

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Dem busts a move?

Keith Ellison, new Minnesota congressman and Muslim, shows us how to give as good as you get from the merciless commentators of the Right. This is the guy who was told by Glenn Beck on CNN, "You are a Democrat. You are saying, ‘Let’s cut and run.’ And I have to tell you, I have been nervous about this interview with you, because what I feel like saying is, ‘Sir, prove to me that you are not working with...

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Bush and the Progressive Angst Two-Step

The frustrations of those of us who never fell for Bush’s propagandizing destructions of rhetoric and common sense have been manifold. The Bushites’ overwhelming number of manipulations of process and loopholes have been nearly impossible to track, thanks to their penchant for secrecy. Just as there’s a procession of steps in grieving, I’ve found that there’s a progression in progressive angst following...

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Bush may have done something good

Interesting how on the day Virginia Rep. Virgil Goode’s worst nightmare happens–Muslim Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) gets sworn in with the Koran (see earlier post "Dem busts a move?")–it’s breaking news that Bush has chosen to send as our ambassador to the United Nations another Muslim, current Iraq ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad. It almost looks like a rational move from the Boy Wonder, so I’m...

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the rest of the axis of evil

While Bush is planning to "surge" us into oblivion Iraqi-style, the North Koreans are looking for a little love, too–according to ABC News, there’s activity at a nuclear test site. That’s the problem George has never gotten used to: the rest of the world doesn’t always go along with whatever Karl Rove thinks we ought to be paying attention to. And if you stretch the armed forces beyond reason fighting...

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Hogzilla

I really don’t care for politics. I’ve been up to my widow’s peak in it since 2000, but it’s only because it’s seemed necessary in a way it never was before. The whole Gore-Bush election-stealing bit woke me from my slumber, and since then, it’s become clear that the mundane minutiae of the political process–this is stuff that requires an understanding of parliamentary procedure, about as...

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Napoleon could learn a thing or two

A few days ago, I wrote about the multi-step process that kicks in every time I read of a new example of Bush hubris. At that point, it was Bush’s desire to read anybody’s mail he’d like to, given "exigent circumstances," a term so vague you could write a dissertation on it. The grander strategy of this White House (and I use that all-inclusive bit of metonymy because it’s very hard to know who within...

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Texas pigotry

Sometimes the best you can say of my home state is that it’s got a flamboyant sense of style like few other places. In this case, even the anti-Muslim push in Katy, Texas is utterly Texan: the guy who lives next to a proposed mosque site is throwing pig races on the Muslim holy day to keep the potential terrorists at bay. The clip also features two instances of (fairly mild) infection with a most peculiar disease, the suburban...

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What's the word for soulless sell-out?

Last night on the NPR show Fresh Air, Terry Gross interviewed Frank Luntz. When I found the link this morning to review the show, I was stunned at what a freshly scrubbed, chipper face evil has chosen to wear. Luntz has even shaved his beard. Luntz is usually dubbed a "Republican pollster." But he’s far more than that. Luntz has made a career of helping Republicans and other corporate manipulators change our...

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Progress in the ongoing battle to sell more stuff

There’s a central theme to what fills me with dismay about my country. (And this time I mean all of it, not just Texas.) It’s full of good, decent people who, I believe, are mostly generous and want to do the right thing. So what is it about us Americans that we have immense power and wealth at our disposal, and all we seem to be able to do with it is choose from a) blow up stuff, or b) improve Cheetohs? There’s a...

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Iraq or Iran?

Though it’s certainly important to note another piece of pig news (pork arson?), there are yet bigger doings in the world that need addressing. Steven Clemons’ blog The Washington Note features some insider confirmation of the president’s obsession with throwing down the gauntlet with Iran. Clemons spoke to former CIA and current National Security Council guy Flynt Leverett, who, with his wife Hillary, recently made...

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Turducken without all that danged stuffing!

And you thought meat came from cows. In my ongoing attempt to stay on top of all the porcine news, I give you: Mad scientist time. It’s not strictly pigs, but you could do bacon. Foxes, henhouses and of course, covering W’s arse What do you do when you’re in danger of being investigated by U.S. Attorneys General, as is pretty much the entire Bush administration at long last? Some saps, of course, would defend...

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A proposal: the troop Serge

A brilliant idea, prompted by the musings of one Tom Sturm. The Rebubblicans keep sayings the Democrats don’t have any ideas, but this’ll stop ’em dead in their tracks. You can have the troop surge. We want a troop Serge, as in French pop star Serge Gainsbourg: It would probably be plenty just to send in Gainsbourg albums to stun the insurgents into an extended state of ennui, during which they would all smoke...

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Turrists, identify yourselves!

Gentle reader, I humbly beseech thee: proffer thine assistance. You see, it’s getting tough to keep straight who’s a turrist and who’s not. Not to mention who’s giving in to the turrists by thinking the wrong thoughts. The bellwether has been our boy Dick Cheney for a long time, but lately things have gotten more complicated. It used to be easy. Here are a few quotes to remind you: From a CNN story, 1/14/07:...

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Decider, Educator-in-Chief, NeoClown

Straight from the big top, I give you Giorgio "Wiggles" Bushemi. You can certainly expect to see more of him. And his sidekick, Richard "Bubbles" Chainlink. Staying the course. With many thanks to Josh Ryan for these fine...

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O Little Town of Bethlehem how subversively we see thee lie

This from Yahoo News today: "BETHLEHEM, Pa. – An elderly man who wrote in a letter to the editor about Saddam Hussein’s execution that "they hanged the wrong man" got a visit from Secret Service agents concerned he was threatening President Bush. … [81-year-old] Tilli said the statement was not a threat. "I didn’t say who — I could’ve meant (Osama) bin Laden," he said Friday....

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Peanut patty pilot

When I was in high school in Texas, my best pal and I had a little notion. We thought, "Hey, what would happen if we blurred the focus on the old Pentax and threw stuff up in the air?" The results, some of which I hope to post later, were some of the most convincing UFO photos I’ve ever laid eyes on. I found myself starting to question whether an alien or two had perhaps dipped down for a flyby to see what those two...

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NASCongress

My steamed colleague over at the Frank Dodge Report has endorsed a Jim Hightower notion I strongly support: "Make them folks in congress dress like those NASCAR fellows. They shld wear jumpsuits with patches for all their sponsors. bigger the patch, bigger the sponsor. They dont even have to wear helmets unless they want to." I think Frank and Jim are onto something (which I only grudgingly admit, seeing that Frank is a real...

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The perils of youth in Asia

Weird things happen everywhere. But only in Asia are people producing weird things from their bodies. I mean, apart from the usual what-have-you. There was this one time I… oh, forget it. Anyway, it was weird enough that Nepal recently boasted a young girl who produces glass shards from her forehead. I mean, regularly. Like, 130 times. But Malaysians apparently don’t like to be one-upped by the cousins up north. Today we...

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From the We Told You So Department

Today brings a small victory for those of us who’ve maintained that there was more than ample fishiness in the results of the 2004 presidential election in Ohio. Robert Kennedy, Jr., in a Rolling Stone article, did a very fine job of laying out the many problems, from too few machines in black precincts to a mysterious "level 10" terrorism alert that somehow required counting behind closed doors. It’s a...

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In outer space, no one can hear you vote Republican

If living in a red state seems tough, you could give a try to the red planet. And as U2’s The Edge once said in an online chat, "I think Mars is a great idea. I’m all in favor of Mars."

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The pen is mightier than a lion

Seems a fellow on the West Coast got attacked by a mountain lion, and, from the lion’s mouth, calmly directed his wife to get the pen from his pocket and poke the lion in the eye. The jury may still be out on whether the pen really is mightier than the sword, and the lion’s eye did bend this particular pen, but it seems we now know the pen (with the help of a log) is mightier than a lion. That seems important. And,...

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Our Republ president and his Republ friends

Earlier in my voyage in Blogland, I pointed out the language-based sins of Frank Luntz, "Republican pollster" and bald-faced manipulator of public discourse. He’s one of those guys who’s long been in the inner circle of stratospheric, amoral liars. He even thinks "Orwellian" is a positive adjective. Anyhow. He didn’t apparently coin the "Democrat" instead of "Democratic" usage...

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Your very own Bush appointee!

We are apparently fighting the nonsense at home so we don’t have to fight it abroad. What I mean to say is, when do we get to stop writing, over and over, the same story? Yep: the Bush-child has given himself, you guessed it, even more power! New York Times: "…Mr. Bush said that each [executive branch] agency must have a regulatory policy office run by a political appointee, to supervise the development of rules and...

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a tip of the hat to Molly

The world is poorer for the loss of Molly Ivins, dead at 62 of breast cancer. Texas, thanks to its political exports, has plenty to be ashamed of these days. But to those who would decry my home state, I can always point to Ivins and say, "They ain’t all bad." That leaves only Jim Hightower (from the same town as me, I’m proud to say) and Kinky Friedman as nationally known voices of Texan dissent. She leaves some...

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Deus ex Marketa

Here’s a story to watch for sure. A cheap drug called DCA has demonstrated the ability to kill cancer cells. Not just one type, mind, but apparently most cancer cells in general. In cancer cells, the main cell body produces energy through something called glycolysis, and scientists thought that was because the usual process was impossible, thanks to irreparably damaged mitochondria. DCA revives the mitochondria, and the...

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Say it ain't so, Chewie

It just breaks my heart when wookiees turn bad. Best quote: "Nobody tells this wookiee what to do!" Chewbacca, we hardly knew ye. Superman was a witness. This whole scene seems like some sort of comics convention gone very wrong. What will we tell the children? Our friends the Saudis It’s become quite clear–indeed, for many of us it was never unclear–that the war in Iraq has nothing whatsoever to do with...

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Electric squid

Had to take a little time in non-blog mode there in order to re-point my spurs and grout the old gray mare. Or something. Anyway, it’s good to be back in the saddle. Much of note has gone down, most notably Great Leader Bush has decided to speak out on his own about how big a deal it is if somebody Iranian is helping out the insurgents and doesn’t know it. It’s also a little bit less of a deal if they do know it. Boy...

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The %**mind of Bush

I often feel as if we’re led by a 12-year-old, but apparently we’re led by a Deliverance-style 12-year-old. Ted Haggard ain’t got nothing on Brokeback Bush, it seems. From a Ha’aretz review of a Sharon biography: Speaking of George Bush, with whom Sharon developed a very close relationship, Uri Dan recalls that Sharon’s delicacy made him reluctant to repeat what the president had told him when they...

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When all else fails, bike sideways

Of course, people are naysaying this brilliant inventor, who’s come up with a sideways bike. Useless, you say? Well that’s what they’ll say when I come out with my double 2-liter drinking cap, not to mention my non-swivelling chair and my pen that only writes up and down. And they’ll be just as wrong. Always slagging the unconstrained thinker. This sideways bike, all these naysayers should note, will probably...

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