Thursday, August 31, 2006

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

The Stealth Presidency

Andy-fave blogger Eric Alterman alerts us to an interesting Boston Globe article looking at who's really in charge. It's something we must consider when wishes of impeachment float about in the liberal blogosphere. It would require a full White-House-cleaning. And yeah, Rummy, you too.

Good News?

One can hope the recent ratings slump by FOX News is a trend, not a blip.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Tiger Lily

One of our favorite goddesses speaks out down under. And that's the truth, ppppppppppppppp.

Scuse me while I kiss the sky


The wonderful Wonkette tips us off to an, er, easing of Transporation Safety Administration guidelines on what one can and cannot check and what you can and cannot carry-on. Scroll down to PERSONAL LUBRICANT category...

So why is only 4 ounces safe, and more than four not safe? Discuss.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

It's a Small World

The United States xenophobia watch continues.

No, Katherine, Don't Mince Words...


Just when we thought the woman who helped hand the country over to the Bushies couldn't say anything dumber, along comes another amusing performance piece from our Favorite Floridan (other than Kevin). Dear Kath, if "God chooses our rulers," then either God sure has one hell of a sense of humor or we've really pissed Her off.

He'll get back to the Israeli Prime Minister just as soon as he finishes this chapter...

A HuffPo blogger takes issue with the contention that Dubbya is a bookworm.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Impeach Cobbler

Huffington Post offers a great article by Bill Maher, who lays out the case to ITMFA.

Photo Op-alling

So, Mister Terry--you'll throw your body in front of an abortion clinic to save unborn children but you won't acknowledge your own adopted children of color, one of whom is gay? Explain, please, how this promotes family values?

Monday, August 21, 2006

Action, Affirmative?

Democrats reached a compromise on language to "encourage inclusion" rather than set more concrete "affirmative action" goals for LGBT delegates. (Hat tip, RodOnline.)

Hmmmm... Thanks, Howard. Did that guest spot on the 700 Club scar you more deeply than we thought?

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

"Duhhh" Moment du Jour

Is the sky blue? Does a bear... oh you know the rest.

Did George Sr sign it? Or Barbara?

McSweeney's offers us Dubbya's report card.

Evidence of Things Not Seen

Andrew Sullivan makes an interesting observation about the alleged terror plot to blow up planes on their way from the UK to the US. The pieces of this puzzle ain't fitting right, and might produce a more disturbing picture. Is this terrorism or errorism? An election-year distraction to scare voters back to Republicans? Will the American people keep paying attention if it turns out the plot itself was not as first reported--and half of these people still think Saddam was a part of the 9-11 plot?

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

What You Don't Know CAN Hurt Us

Rod 2.o alterts us to disturbing results in an AOL/Black Voices survey regarding HIV testing. Thirty-seven percent had never had a test. Why? Fifty-one percent say they don't want to know.

Homecoming Queen's Gotta Gun? Call Homeland Security!


Slate.com writer and jurisprudence goddess Dahlia Lithwick alerts us to the fact that post-9/11 "anti-terror" laws are being used against teenagers. Will there be an MTV Real World set at GitMo?

Knowing Thine Enemy

Time to crank up those voter registration efforts, as the Christianists are doing so. I certainly hope that Certain Homo-rganizations have strategies to countery them. Democracy is, after all, about Who Shows Up.

If you are wondering what the term "Christianist" means (as opposed to Christian), Andrew Sullivan is championing the term, and his explanation is here.

I was raised in the Fundamentalist Pentacostal Church, and though I now consider myself agnostic (or fagnostic), I respect those who follow the teachings of Christ, and feel sorry that they are often tarred by a brush carried by the lunatic seen above.

Counterhistory

A fascinating group of articles in New York Magazine speculates on What If 9/11 Never Happened. (Hat tip to Andrew Sullivan.)

Monday, August 14, 2006

"You Earth People are Stupid! Stupid, stupid, stupid!"

Eric Alterman's excellent blog entry today on the stupidity of current political discourse reminded me of my favorite quote from Plan 9 From Outer Space. Then again, so does most Bush policy. Ed Wood could probably have better planned an occupation.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Ask, Tell, Ready-Aim-Fire

Great blog entry on HuffPo by the witty plawright Christopher Durang. Who better to tackle the issue of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" than a man who writes funny farces.

Friday, August 11, 2006

How Safe Do You Feel?

Okay, then read this. Thank goodness we can trust them to Keep Us Safe.

Impeach these people, please, someone.

Not Yet Over the Hill(ary)

Mrs. Clinton says what we're all thinking. Okay, Hill--now please fill the vacuum with opposition to and criticism of this Stupid War (and while your at it, get my Senator Cantwell to do the same). Arianna takes a bit more time to spell it all out.

For More Gore?

HuffPo offers a practical plan to draft Al in 2008. Hell, I'd vote for him again.

Truth and Lieberman

Eric Alterman deftly deconstructs the buzz on the post-Lieberman primary loss, as moderates claim the sky is falling. Are the Democrats in a sorry state? Sure. Does history repeat itself? Sometimes. But, please, people, take a breath first before pronouncing the Progressives lost in the wilderness again.

Dumb and Dumber

Americans really are getting dumber. What next? Rejection of the Copernican Solar System Model?

End the Ban Now

Andrew Sullivan brought to our attention this study about the ridiculous (and dangerous) results of "Don't Ask/Don't Tell," and this poll, which shows an increasing majority of people supporting lifting the ban. If Republicans and conservative Democrats claim to follow the will of the people...

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Married? Married? Quite Contraried!

Seattle's indie weekly The Stranger has some great articles in the wake of the Washington Supreme Court ruling upholding the state's ban on Marriage Equality. The main article points out this isn't the first time Washington State has faced a challenge for equal marriage rights. Another article excoriates a judge who stabbed queers in the back. Columnist Dan Savage gives a personal account on what's really at stake, and why we feel so uneasy in the wake of the loss. But by far the most interesting article is a sit-down with the Chief Justice, a confrontational "explain yourself" dust-up.

Clearly, Seattle queers will not go quietly. Nor should they. Some say this is the wrong fight at the wrong time. Perhaps, rightly or wrongly, the can of worms was punctured in Hawaii in 1996 and opened fully in Massachusetts in 2003. It's here, we're queer, we're entitled to equal rights. Get used to it.

Friday, August 04, 2006

"Duhhh!" Story of the Day

Are we surprised that only two months before invading Iraq, Bush didn't know there were two different sects of Islam?

How Does This Man Keep His Job?

Our Defense Secretary blames everyone and everything but himself for Iraq's devolution into civil war, which he refuses to acknowledge even as his own generals finally are finally admitting. How does he keep his job? What would he have to do to get fired? Robert Patrick says, "Kiss a man."

I expect if Rumsfeld were to expire, they'd prop up the corpse in his office at the Pentagon until Bush finished his term.

At least someone has finally got off her ass and called for his resignation. How if she's just condemn the war as a mistake...

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Quote du Jour

"Nothing so clearly illustrates the pitiable state of the Republican mind as their dickering about whether Iraq is having a civil war or whether the Jewish/Arab thing is a war or not. The poor things are running around trying to find a rubric to make themselves feel good while real people are really being torn apart by real bombs--a thing they cannot for a moment face. The entire universe is for them merely a vast mirror in which they minute-by-minute consult their image to see if they are being "good" or "bad," terms which have very different meanings in their two criteria--Christianity and Capitalism--and so they can never be good by both sets of rules at once. That is the infantile force by which the world is being run--distraught neurotics in a nursery frantic to blame their crimes on imaginary playmates. God help whoever the blame falls on moment by moment--abortionists, homosexuals, pornographers--I fear the purges may be about to begin." --Robert Patrick (gay theater pioneer and playwright, not the X-files actor)

Tuesday, August 01, 2006