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Quote Of The Day

It was just after he was released from jail in the early 1990’s that Johnson… turned to evangelical Christianity and clown dancing more or less simultaneously.

From NYT’s Sunday Magazine article about krumping.

2 comments June 20th, 2005 at 04:26pm Posted by Eli

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Maybe it’s just me, but I have a sneaking suspicion that when this is how your defense wraps up, your chances may not be all that good…

The defense rested its case today in the trial of Edgar Ray Killen, a former Ku Klux Klansman who is being tried for his role in the 1964 killings of three civil rights workers in Mississippi.

The final witness for the defense was a former mayor of the rural town of Philadelphia, Harlan Majure, who testified before a packed courtroom that the white-supremacist group was a “peaceful organization,” according to The Associated Press. Mr. Majure said that Mr. Killen was a good man and that he “did a lot of good up here,” The A.P. reported.

Hey, a lot of Islamic terrorist organizations do charitable good works too! Maybe we should cut them a break!

And no, I don’t want to hear about “Ku Klux Kleagle Byrd” – yes, I think it’s appalling that he was ever in the Klan, but he’s repudiated it and apologized again and again, and I do believe that he genuinely regrets it. He did not downplay the KKK’s evil or claim it was a peaceful charity organization.

Sadly, even if Killin’- er, Killen, is convicted and imprisoned, well, so what? He’s 80 years old now. He’s lived a full life already, and had 41 years that his victims never will. If there’s a Hell, he’ll burn in it just as surely regardless of whether he is convicted in the courts of man.

Yes, I am assuming his guilt. When you have three people killed by Klansmen, I think it’s pretty safe to assume that an admitted Klan poobah damn well had something to do with it, even if he wasn’t there personally. I hope he does burn in Hell, and I hope I don’t have to sit next to him.

June 20th, 2005 at 04:07pm Posted by Eli

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And Now For Something Completely Different: Torture Profiteering!

Just when you think they couldn’t sink any lower…

More from Froomkin:

Carol Rosenberg writes in the Miami Herald [free registration required]: “The Pentagon capped a week of intense debate on the future of its prison for terrorism suspects Friday with an announcement that Vice President Dick Cheney’s old firm will build a new, $30 million 220-cell prison block at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

“Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown & Root received the work under a $500 million Navy contract from July 2004, according to a Defense Department contract announcement e-mailed to The Herald on Friday.”

June 20th, 2005 at 02:19pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Cheney,Corruption/Cronyism,Iraq,Prisoners,Torture,Wankers,War

Pat Riley For Preznit!

And for those of you who don’t like sport… There’s sport.

Dan Froomkin’s White House Briefing leads with a bunch of “Has Bush lost his touch?” stuff, suggesting that Bush’s salesmanship is somehow on the wane. I don’t think that’s exactly what’s going on. I think Bush’s approach is the same one he’s been using for the last four years, and that in itself is the problem.

It’s not that his skills have eroded, it’s that his act is starting to wear thin, and more and more people are seeing though it or tuning him out. Those of you who follow sports are well aware of this phenomenon – no matter how great the coach, they all ultimately hit a wall where their players have heard every motivational trick in the book, and it just doesn’t have the same impact any more.

And it’s not like Bush is a great coach. He’s abusive; he plays favorites and turns his players against each other; he misleads them about their role on the team; he likes to go with his gut and call risky plays that usually backfire; he jealously guards his own authority and turf; and, quite frankly, the team has completely gone into the toilet since he took over.

I could probably stretch the metaphor further (and is he the “coach” of America, or just of the Republican party?), but really, my central point is that maybe, just maybe, the country is starting to experience some much-needed Bush Fatigue, or better yet, Republican Fatigue. I only have two questions: Will it last? and WHY DID IT TAKE FOUR YEARS???  Again, this is not Sparky Anderson or Pat Riley (80s edition) we’re talking about here. We’re talking Billy Martin at best, but probably more like Rich Kotite or Ray Handley… Or possibly Jim Fassel or Wayne Fontes, two mediocre-to-bad coaches who always pulled off winning streaks just as they were about to lose their jobs. Until one day they couldn’t anymore. Let’s hope that day has finally come for Coach Bush, and maybe for the Republicans as a whole.

June 20th, 2005 at 02:00pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Politics,Polls,Republicans,Wankers

Pro-Torture Not Enough

Well. Apparently Abu “Torture Memo” Gonzales, the guy who thinks the Geneva Conventions are outdated and “quaint”, may be too moderate to be nominated as Rehnquist’s replacement.

A Gonzales appointment would be a politically appealing “first” that could ease the confirmation process among Democrats and help expand the Republican base, according to some strategists. But many conservative leaders see him as too moderate on issues such as abortion and affirmative action, and a Gonzales-for-Rehnquist trade would effectively move the court somewhat to the left.


…a Gonzales nomination could trigger internal dissension among GOP activists, some of whom have warned the White House against naming the attorney general. At a meeting of conservative groups last week to plot strategy for a possible Supreme Court nomination, one leader spoke out against a Gonzales appointment, according to people in the room.

“Some of the groups share that concern,” said Jan LaRue, chief counsel for the Concerned Women for America…. While she noted that her organization has not taken a position, she predicted that if Gonzales is chosen, some activists “may not as vigorously support” the nomination, while Roberts or Luttig “would certainly have broader support across the coalition of conservatives.”

“Everyone in my circle crinkles their nose when his name comes up,” another activist said of Gonzales. “It would be a disaster if that happened.”

My God, this is just terrifying. This pro-torture creep who shouldn’t be allowed to practice law at any level isn’t conservative enough???

My prediction is that Bush will nominate him anyway because Gonzales is his creature, one of those loyalists who would take a bullet for him. And better yet, it’ll give the right yet another cherished opportunity to accuse Democrats of racism and hypocrisy for opposing an awful nominee who happens to be a minority.

1 comment June 20th, 2005 at 11:45am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Constitution,Corruption/Cronyism,Judiciary,Politics,Republicans,Torture,Wankers

Sunday Softball Blogging

Well, this one was pret-ty damn lopsided – I think we won by more than 20 runs or something. Kind of a mediocre game for me, 5 for 10 with 3 runs but 3 pop-ups. I did have one caught at the fence that probably would have gone out if there hadn’t been a fielder there. Oh well. Fielding was less than brilliant, but I didn’t really get much action in left.

Current Stats: 12 games, .580 BA (47-81), 8 2B, 26 runs, 14 RBI.

There’s no shirt-wearing in baseball!

Well, okay. Red shirts are all right. But stay away from alien planets. Posted by Hello

June 20th, 2005 at 12:06am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Softball

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