January 12th, 2007

Last one before bed...

From Bartcop:
"These two regimes are allowing terrorists and insurgents to use their territory to move in and out of Iraq. Iran is providing material support for attacks on our troops. We will disrupt the attacks on our forces. We will interrupt the flow of support from Iran and Syria."
- Oil for brains, last night


But Monkey, YOU support the Shiia in Iraq - they ARE Iran. If YOU support the Iraqi Shiia, why can't Iran support the Iraqi Shiia?

You're on Iran's side, numbnuts.


Juan Williams Hits His Limit on Fox News Sunday: ‘Sometimes I Just Want To Scream’

There aren't enough moments like this, frankly - where you literally get to see a Fox News hack unplug himself from the Murdoch Matrix. As for the other panelists, Brit Hume is just an uglier, older Hannityite/O'Reillyian blowhard and Bill Kristol is perhaps one of the creepiest men I've ever seen, bar none. Seriously, Bill Kristol is "hide your children from Uncle Creepy" kind of creepy.
Imagine No Religion


Who's the bane of YOUR existence? Surely there's someone who pisses you off in such a huge way that it merits flogging, at least. 'Round here, we call that person a RAT BASTARD. Who is the person you most want to rip a new asshole for whatever reason? Go ahead - now's your chance to put them on blast. Start commenting, and have fun gettin' your hate on - and out. IP logging is off and anonymous commenters are welcome.

Go on - vent your spleen...

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Imagine No Religion

Hat Tip to randomcub for this gem

Thank You, Jimmy Carter
Rabbi Michael Lerner
Michael Lerner is editor of Tikkun magazine, rabbi of Beyt Tikkun synagogue, which meets in San Francisco and Berkeley, and national chair of the Network of Spiritual Progressives. He is the author of Healing Israel/Palestine (North Atlantic Books, 2003) and of the national best-seller The Left Hand of God: Taking Back our Country from the Religious Right (Harper San Francisco, 2006).
Jimmy Carter was the best friend the Jews ever had as president of the United States.

He is the only president to have actually delivered for the Jewish people an agreement (the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt) that has stood the test of time. Since the treaty, there have been bad vibes between Israel and Egypt, but never a return to war, once Israel fully withdrew from the territories it conquered in Egypt during the 1967 war.

To get that agreement, Carter had to twist the arms of Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat. Sometimes that is what real friends do—they push you into a path that is really in your best interest at times when there is an emergency and you are acting self-destructively.

When the U.S. government is following a self-destructive policy, even a policy backed by people in both major political parties, its best friends are those who try to change its direction and are not afraid to offer intense critique. That’s why a majority of Americans, and 86 percent of American Jews, voted in the 2006 midterm elections to reject Bush’s war in Iraq and his policies suspending habeas corpus and legitimating wire-tapping and torture. Not because we were disloyal, but precisely because we love America enough to challenge its policies even when Vice President Cheney questions our loyalty. We know that critique is often an essential part of love and caring.

That is precisely what Jimmy Carter is trying to do for Israel and the Jewish people in his new book Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid.



Video: Fox crew 'bashes' Boxer for 'childless Condi slur:' White House spokesman later calls senator 'tacky'
"Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, an appalling scold from California, wasted no time yesterday in dragging the debate over Iraq about as low as it can go – attacking Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for being a childless woman," the New York City tabloid reported on its front page Friday. "Boxer was wholly in character for her party – New York's own two Democratic senators, Chuck Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton, were predictably opportunistic – but the Golden State lawmaker earned special attention for the tasteless jibes she aimed at Rice."

Boxer asked Rice, who was defending Bush's new Iraq policy to the Senate, "Who pays the price?"

"I'm not going to pay a personal price," Boxer said. "My kids are too old, and my grandchild is too young."

Then, Boxer said to Rice, "You're not going to pay a particular price, as I understand it, with an immediate family."

"Breathtaking," the Post observed. "Simply breathtaking. We scarcely know where to begin."

The paper wrote that Boxer "apparently believes that an accomplished, seasoned diplomat, a renowned scholar and an adviser to two presidents like Condoleezza Rice is not fully qualified to make policy at the highest levels of the American government because she is a single, childless woman."

Multi-billionaire Rupert Murdoch owns both the Post and Fox News Channel.

Defending Condi and criticizing Boxer.

Because it's a valid question, that's why. Fox News - doing their partisan hackery part for the fight against the 'liberal media'. Fucking morons!

Back Home

Cagle: New voter ID proposal won’t come to Senate vote
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle told reporters today a measure to amend the Georgia Constitution to clear the way for a controversial photo voter ID requirement will not come to the Senate floor for a vote.

Senate Resolution 4, sponsored by Sen. Cecil Staton (R-Macon), was assigned to a Senate committee Thursday. If approved by a two-thirds majority of the Senate and House, and then by Georgia voters in a statewide referendum, SR 4 would allow the General Assembly to enact regulations over voting, including a future photo ID requirement.

Past attempts by the Legislature to enact photo ID at the polls have been struck down by state and federal courts. A Fulton superior court judge last year ruled that the Legislature lacked the authority in the state Constitution to pass laws restricting the right to vote to only those who hold picture ID.

On Thursday, Sen. Kasim Reed (D-Atlanta) predicted that another bitter, divisive fight over photo ID in the General Assembly would harm the newly-inaugurated lieutenant governor’s efforts at bi-partisanship.

In a question-and-answer session in his office today with reporters, Cagle said he supports the voter ID requirement, but he said he doesn’t believe SR 4 can gain the required two-thirds majority in the Senate.

“If you don’t have the votes, it’s not worth the fight,” said Cagle, who has appointed three Democrats to chair Senate committees. “I’m not pushing it. I’m not interested in bringing bills to the floor … if there’s no possibility of it passing.”

Cagle, the presiding officer in the Senate, said he doesn’t want to push a vote on the floor of the chamber simply to force legislators to take a stand on the issue, which has been championed by Republicans.

“I want this body to be a deliberative body and I want everyone’s voice to matter,” Cagle said. “We’re not going to cause people to walk the plank if the votes aren’t there.”

The court cases over photo voter ID in both state and federal court are still pending.

They all agree: Bush is crazy

DNC: Editorials Around the Country Blast Bush's War Escalation With Troop Increase
The notion that the "surge" in U.S. troops amounts to a new policy is laughable.
-- LA Times

The president now is going to change strategy but that had better include a recognition that the American people want more than vague promises and goals that sound good but remain out of reach.
-- Raleigh News & Observer

There is nothing novel, and certainly nothing magical, about Bush's plan to surge. It has been tried twice, and it failed.
-- San Francisco Chronicle

Americans are tired of sacrificing blood and treasure for vague, moving goalposts. They want results.
-- Wichita Eagle

Bush's last-ditrch effort is a futile gesture, a vain attempt to salvage what is already lost.
-- Atlanta Journal Constitution

There is no reason to believe that throwing more troops and more dollars will do any good. The time for surge of U.S. troops has passed.
-- Dallas Morning Whore

We'd like to believe such a strategy could reverse Bush's debacle in Baghdad, but nothing we've heard so far has convinced us that is the case.
-- Rocky Mountain News

There was a time when a surge made sense. But that was nearly four years ago,
-- Albany Times Union

The public is weary of seeing young Americans killed or maimed for no discernible purpose in a land that many deem unredeemable.
-- New York Daily Whore

Any proposal that says "surge" but means whatever it takes for however long it takes will similarly fall with a serious thud.
-- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,

Bush has often said that he gives his commanders what they need to get the job done. That means he gives them early retirement when what they think differs from his thinking.
-- Albuquerque Journal

Bartcop: So, everybody agrees Bush is insane and lying, so how do we stop him? How do we save the lives and limbs Bush is willing to throw away so easily?