"Announcing your plans is a good way to hear god laugh." - Al Swearingen
Sunday, October 31, 2004
Colin Powell believes U.S. is losing Iraq war
Salon.com reports on a coming Newsweek article.
Secretary of State Colin Powell has privately confided to friends in recent weeks that the Iraqi insurgents are winning the war, according to Newsweek. The insurgents have succeeded in infiltrating Iraqi forces "from top to bottom," a senior Iraqi official tells Newsweek in tomorrow’s issue of the magazine, "from decision making to the lower levels."I believe that we are paying the price for two things: The Bush administration's inability to perceive reality, and the purge of all generals in the Pentagon who remember Viet Nam.
I mean, who couldn't have predicted this? Really? posted by lazarus | 14:10 | |
Friday, October 29, 2004
Bush Asked to Stop Using 'Still the One'
Why is another Republican stealing music? First Reagan tried to hijack Springsteen's "Born in the USA". "Don't Worry, Be Happy" was also used by one of the campaigns, I think Bush1's.
Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Presidential Politics Gets Ugly in Fla.
Ugly? Yeah, I guess a gun to the head could be considered "ugly".
An anti-John Kerry demonstrator was charged with felony aggravated assault with a gun for allegedly pointing a weapon at the head of a Kerry supporter.
posted by lazarus | 23:27 | |
that was interesting
Blogger was apparently down for a while. Sorry about that.posted by lazarus | 13:27 | |
New Florida vote scandal feared
Greg Palaststrikes again. Another story you won't hear much about here in the States:
"A secret document obtained from inside Bush campaign headquarters in Florida suggests a plan - possibly in violation of US law - to disrupt voting in the state's African-American voting districts, a BBC Newsnight investigation reveals.posted by lazarus | 10:27 | |
US gave date of war to Britain in advance
Simply amazing. Looks like all the October Surprises are on our side. Betcha a dollar this isn't covered 24/7 here.
Secret plans for the war in Iraq were passed to British Army chiefs by US defence planners five months before the invasion was launched, a court martial heard yesterday.
posted by lazarus | 10:25 | |
Monday, October 25, 2004
Eminem's Mosh Video 21:49 | |
British armed forces recognise first ever Satanist
"A technician in the Royal Navy has become the first serviceman in Britain's armed forces to be officially recognised as a Satanist, the Defence Ministry said today.posted by lazarus | 21:48 | |
Tracking the Weapons: Huge Cache of Explosives Vanished From Site in Iraq
If this doesn't bring down the Bush Administration, something is badly wrong. 380 tons of high power explosives were snuck out of an armory under American control. They've known about this for some time. Condi Rice found out last month, at the very least.
Friday, October 22, 2004
Hunter S. Thompson: Fear and Loathing, Campaign 2004
Need I say more? Okay, how about a taste:
Back in June, when John Kerry was beginning to feel like a winner, I had a quick little rendezvous with him on a rain-soaked runway in Aspen, Colorado, where he was scheduled to meet with a harem of wealthy campaign contributors. As we rode to the event, I told him that Bush's vicious goons in the White House are perfectly capable of assassinating Nader and blaming it on him. His staff laughed, but the Secret Service men didn't. Kerry quickly suggested that I might make a good running mate, and we reminisced about trying to end the Vietnam War in 1972.The doctor is in.
posted by lazarus | 12:11 | |
Blackwell offers 'barnyard' take on gay marriage
This is justsickening:
"(Ohio) Secretary of State Ken Blackwell is under fire for saying that same-sex marriage is so absurd that it defies 'barnyard logic.'Suppose I should send him video of our two male cats humping each other? posted by lazarus | 11:15 | |
Thursday, October 21, 2004
Look what happens
This is cool. I take a break for a couple of days (with an ear infection), and get mentioned on Slate.posted by lazarus | 21:01 | |
Edwards Wonders Who's Minding the Store
Damned good question. It seems Bush has put his whole cabinet on the campaign trail, while Iraq falls apart, we have a serious flu vaccine deficit, and terrorists are about to blow up a nuke in one of our cities (according to Scary Dick Cheney).
Sunday, October 17, 2004
No Talent Assclown Ron Silver
He claims he can't find work.
"Michael Moore and that faction of the party was one of the factors that did not let me support the Democratic nominee this year," Silver said. "He is a charlatan in a clown suit. I compare him to Leni Riefenstahl and Goebbels," referring to Adolf Hitler's infamous propagandists.Yes, a man whose chosen allies are constantly accusing us of calling Bush Hitler is making this statement.
I'll take irony for $1000, Alex. Ron Silver is someone who views the war on terror as a great way to be a bigot without admitting it. His rhetoric, when he's not spewing about how bad liberals are, is about how bad Muslims are.
Silver says his political change of heart and outspoken support of President Bush has exacted a high professional cost in Hollywood, where Republicans are a decidedly rare breed.But has it?
Margery Tabankin, who advises Barbra Streisand and other Hollywood heavyweights on their political giving, said Silver's views, behavior, and claims about his career are in keeping with his persona.So, he's full of shit, and a hypocrite. What else is wrong with Ron Silver?
"I know John Kerry, I like John Kerry and I respect him, but he is the candidate of the party," Silver said. "And if it's the party of Howard Dean, Dennis Kucinich and Michael Moore, then it's not my party."He is apparently a big baby, too.
Oh, and he's a liar. Let's take a look at his career as listed at IMDB:
2004: 3 listings
2003: 2 listings
2002: 2 listings
2001: 4 listings
2000: 4 listings
1999: 3 listings
1998: 4 listings
1997: 1 listings
1996: 5 listings
1995: 4 listings
1994: 1 listings
1993: 2 listings
1992: 2 listings
1991: 2 listings
1990: 3 listings
The rest of his career is no more than 2 listings per year. As for 2004, he's had 3 TV appearances, twice as himself, once on Law and Order.
Yeah, he's just dying out there. Maybe he'd get more work if he spent less time whining about how scared he is of the rest of the world, and more time looking for work. posted by lazarus | 20:19 | |
Friday, October 15, 2004
Calif. Woman Dies After Wait for Flu Shot
Nothing to say, really. This is just sad.posted by lazarus | 16:29 | |
Pentagon plans promotion for Sanchez
Standard operating procedure for Republicans. Reward those who screw up, so long as they're not poor or lower class or anything unseemly.
Rumsfeld and others recognize that the Texas native remains politically "radioactive," in the words of a third senior defense official, and would wait until after the Nov. 2 presidential election and ongoing investigations of the Abu Ghraib affair have faded before putting his name forward.Yeah, "radioactive". The man who oversaw Abu Ghraib is being rewarded. This'll give the Iraqis a lot to think about, won't it?
posted by lazarus | 16:15 | |
Platoon defies orders in Iraq
"A 17-member Army Reserve platoon with troops from Jackson and around the Southeast deployed to Iraq is under arrest for refusing a 'suicide mission' to deliver fuel, the troops' relatives said Thursday.There's much more to this, I find. I normally don't do bulk cut and paste, but here it goes.
"I got a call from an officer in another unit early (Thursday) morning who told me that my husband and his platoon had been arrested on a bogus charge because they refused to go on a suicide mission," said Jackie Butler of Jackson, wife of Sgt. Michael Butler, a 24-year reservist. "When my husband refuses to follow an order, it has to be something major."Things are very, very bad over there.
posted by lazarus | 09:46 | |
U.S. Orders Freeze on Zarqawi Network Assets
"The United States on Friday ordered a freeze on assets of the militant group led by Jordanian Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, which has claimed responsibility for a series of bombings, kidnappings and beheadings in Iraq (news - web sites)."We're just now getting to this? posted by lazarus | 09:44 | |
Thursday, October 14, 2004
Bush administration takes emergency steps to avoid debt ceiling
So, after attacking Kerry over hitting the debt ceiling, the Bush administration has no choice but to cheat.
Wednesday, October 13, 2004
My one comment: I missed the point where Ted Kennedy became our candidate.
Tuesday, October 12, 2004
Cheney: Iraq Could Have Been Arms Source
So, let's get this straight. Saddam could have provided weapons he didn't have to groups he wasn't communicating with?
Yahoo! News - Cheney: Iraq Could Have Been Arms Source: "Vice President Dick Cheney, who acknowledged last week that Iraq had produced no weapons of mass destruction after 1991, said Tuesday that under Saddam Hussein the country likely could have served as a source of weapons for terrorists.posted by lazarus | 10:33 | |
Sunday, October 10, 2004
It's a back brace, folks
Everyone's up in arms about Bush's being 'wired', particularly since the "hump" showed up in the second debate:
Saturday, October 09, 2004
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Friday, October 08, 2004
September Job Growth Weaker Than Expected
This is sad for those out of work. But it's also going to make an interesting point in the debate tonight.
U.S. businesses added 96,000 jobs to payrolls in September, the government reported on Friday, a weaker-than-expected total that was expected to sharpen a presidential debate later in the day over the economy's direction.Takes around 150,000 jobs to keep up with population growth. If we added only 96k, and unemployment stayed static, that means 54,000 people just quit looking.
posted by lazarus | 07:24 | |
Beyond the Turnstile
Just made a nice big post on the NBA over at my sports blog, Beyond the Turnstile. Posting's been sparse over there, as we tend to primarily be basketball and hockey fans. Oops. Jeff's been keeping us going with college football, but with the NBA heating up, I'm hoping we can get it fairly active now.posted by lazarus | 04:09 | |
Wednesday, October 06, 2004
More debate crap
Okay, I'm not sure. My initial impression of the debate was that of a draw. Cheney was his usual lying self, and Edwards, while good, missed a huge number of knockout blows.
Tuesday, October 05, 2004
My blood pressure's too high to blog this debate. Never seen so much outright lying before.
Unsafe Products Reaching Retail Shelves, Consumer Reports Says (washingtonpost.com)
Unsafe Products Reaching Retail Shelves, Consumer Reports Says (washingtonpost.com): "Dozens of dangerous products that violate federal safety standards are finding their way onto retail shelves, while hundreds of other recalled items banned for sale in the United States are being shipped to shoppers abroad, according to an investigation by Consumer Reports magazine.Why is this happening?
The magazine faulted the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission for the continued sale of unsafe products both here and abroad. Citing a steep erosion in the agency's budget and staff, it said the agency was inadequately and inconsistently enforcing federal safety laws and policing store shelves.But isn't that the beauty of Free Market Capitalism? No regulations, and the market will correct itself, right? Any libertarians/free marketers out there care to take up the cause and explain to me why this is a good thing?
posted by lazarus | 05:00 | |
Monday, October 04, 2004
"Of the 70 dead brought to Samarra General Hospital since fighting erupted, 23 were children and 18 were women, said hospital official Abdul-Nasser Hamed Yassin, the Associated Press reported."And this is a victory? posted by lazarus | 05:48 | |
Saturday, October 02, 2004
US forces to 'flatten Falluja' before Iraq's first vote
Scotsman.com News - International - US forces to 'flatten Falluja' before Iraq's first vote
Oh yeah, this sounds good.
Wired News: ID Rule Exists, But Can't Be Seen: "Government lawyers defending the identification requirement at the nation's airports from a lawsuit by privacy activist John Gilmore admitted in a new filing Wednesday that the requirement exists, but argued it cannot be challenged or seen in full because it is a law enforcement technique, not a law."posted by lazarus | 01:17 | |