Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Something we should know, Mr. President?

"I'm going to spend a lot of time on Social Security. I enjoy it. I enjoy taking on the issue. I guess, it's the Mother in me."—Washington D.C., April 14, 2005

Monday, April 18, 2005

Mini Hiatus

As you have noticed.....

With the arrival of Spring and a ton of other obligations at hand, things are slow around here. Look for an update later this week, and thanks to those who emailed me to get my butt in gear.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Alphabet Soup....

....or "Eating Words"

From the great Kos.

Thu Apr 7th, 2005 at 08:57:34 PDTThey won't apologize, because being wrong and lying aren't impeachable offenses if you're Republican and are guided by Divine Providence. But we can still have fun at the expense of the blowhards who just made shit up. Aravosis found most of these:
Sen. Bennet: Sen. Robert F. Bennett, Utah Republican, said the issue "stinks" of a news fabrication similar to the one that engulfed CBS anchorman Dan Rather during the 2004 presidential campaign, after he reported that President Bush did not fulfill his duties while in the National Guard, citing documents that CBS later admitted could not be authenticated.

Tucker Carlson:
"Last week a memo surfaced, reportedly written by the Republican members of Congress explaining how to make hay with the Terri Schiavo case, the Talking Points Memo, Ah, I think within a week or two it will become clear that that memo was a forgery, possibly written by Democrats on the hill in an effort to discredit Republicans. Bloggers are saying that now and it sounds like they may be right."

Fred Barnes:
"So rather than an example of aggressive reporting, the memo story turns out to be yet another instance of crude liberal bias, in this case against both Republicans and those who fought to have Schiavo's feeding tube restored. Naturally, the memo had a second life when the story was picked up by other news outlets, pundits, and columnists. How did ABC and others get wind of the memo in the first place? It came from 'Democratic aides,' according to the New York Times, who 'said it had been distributed to Senate Republicans.' Not exactly a disinterested source."

There was just one problem: Closer examination by The American Spectator, talk show hosts Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, The Weekly Standard, and Accuracy in Media (AIM) indicates that the memo is a fraud - a political dirty trick, if you will, specifically aimed at causing public revulsion at Republicans.

Rush Limbaugh:
"Truth Detector: Supposed GOP Schiavo Memo Forged by Democrats."

Michelle Malkin:
I suspect that no one at the Post or ABC News still believes the amateurish, unsigned, misspelled memo was circulated by Republican Party leaders.

Accuracy in Media:
Accuracy in Media today questioned the authenticity of the much-publicized "GOP Talking Points" memo on the Terri Schiavo case.

In the Agora:
On Friday four staffers accused a renegade aide to Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) of distributing forged "talking points" to members of the media and claiming Republican authorship. In the Agora's extensive investigations in the alleged "GOP" Schiavo talking points memo reveal possible tricks from low level Democratic aides. Two of the four GOP staffers tell ITA they were eyewitnesses to the exchange.

Ass Rocket:
In the meantime, there is not a bit of evidence connecting the memo to any Republican, and, for all of the reasons we have repeatedly spelled out on this site, there are excellent reasons to believe it is a hoax perpetrated by still-unidentified Democrats.

Fun fun fun. Eat it.

Monday, April 04, 2005

Medal of Honor awarded.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Paul Ray Smith has been awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest honor for valor, for actions in combat on April 4, 2003, at the Baghdad International Airport.

From CNN

Smith is credited with protecting the lives of scores of lightly armed American soldiers who were beyond his position in the battle, on April 4, 2003, near the gates of Baghdad International Airport.
On Monday, exactly two years after Smith's death, President Bush awarded him the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest honor for valor.
"We are here to pay tribute to a soldier whose service illustrates the highest ideals of leadership and love of our country," Bush said in a ceremony in the East Room of the White House.

This honor has only been bestowed on two other soldeirs since Vietnam. Army Master Sgt. Gary I. Gordon and Army Sgt. 1st Class Randall D. Shughart received the award posthumously after defending the crew of a helicopter that was shot down in Mogadishu, Somalia in the now infamous battle for mogodishu that spawned the book, and the movie "Black Hawk Down"

A new addition to the survival kit.

I, _________________________ (fill in the blank), being of sound mind and body, do not wish to be kept alive indefinitely by artificial means.Under no circumstances should my fate be put in the hands of peckerwood ethically challenged politicians who couldn't pass ninth-grade biology if their lives depended on it.If a reasonable amount of time passes and I fail to sit up and ask for a Tanqueray on the rocks; cold beer etc.( substitute your choice), it should be presumed that I won't ever get better. When such a determination is reached, I hereby instruct my spouse, children and attending physicians to pull the plug, reel in the tubes and call it a day.Under no circumstances shall the hypocritical members of the Legislature (State or Federal) enact a special law to keep me on life-support machinery. It is my wish that these boneheads mind their own damn business, and pay attention instead to the health, education and future of the millions of Americans who aren't in a permanent coma.Under no circumstances shall any politicians butt into this case.I don't care how many fundamentalist votes they're trying to scrounge for their run for the presidency, it is my wish that they play politics with someone else's life and leave me alone to die in peace.I couldn't care less if a hundred religious zealots send e-mails to legislators in which they pretend to care about me. I don't know these people, and I certainly haven't authorized them to preach and crusade on my behalf.They should mind their own business, too.If any of my family goes against my wishes and turns my case into a political cause, I hereby promise to come back from the grave and make his or her existence a living hell.





If you were near a TV tuned to a "news" network this past weekend as the Pope's health declined, You know how downright ugly it was. The mainstream media never fails to make me blush. Highlighted of course by some major jumping of the gun and calling the Pope "Dead" before he actually was. Slate has the run down...

"If it weren't for the death of Terri Schiavo yesterday, and the nation's recent obsessive conversation about the definition and meaning of the end of life, would the coverage of this pope's demise have such a relentlessly grisly, medicalized tone? It's as if the 24-hour networks, primed by the last few weeks of eagle-eyed vigil, have developed a taste for the gory details of infection and uremia, feeding tubes and EEGs. On shows like the Discovery Health Channel's Birth Day Live!, you can now watch babies being born; maybe soon, there'll be a channel devoted to watching old people die."

The wisdom of Bill O'Reilly = Confused as always...

Via Kos.

O’Reilly on the Pope recently:

"But I do know that I’ve studied this pope as well as I’ve studied anybody. And I can’t find anything, anything that this guy didn’t walk the walk. You know, right down the line. Nobody’s perfect, but this guy was close in his personal behavior and the way he conducted himself."

O’Reilly March 12, 2003:

"But as I’ve said before, I believe also that John Paul is naive and detached from reality. If America does not lead an attack on Iraq, once again, Saddam remains in power and is free to use his anthrax and other terrible weapons as he chooses.

So the pope does not seem to be concerned about that or about Saddam’s behavior in general. Once again, he must know Saddam is a killer. He must know he’s oppressed his own people using murder and torture. He must know that [...]

Summing up, Jacques Chirac is our enemy, and the pope, well, I don’t know what to think."

Then, theres this......

O'REILLY: All right, this hour's devoted to the most intense threat to your freedom in the world. It's not Al Qaeda. Al Qaeda is not the most intense threat to your freedom -- it's the American Civil Liberties Union. And I will back up what I say.