Archive for January 5th, 2007

Canopy MADNESS!!!

All canopies, all the time.

Theoretically, this should work better as B&W, but for some reason I prefer it in color.

We mean no harm to your people…

Okay, not really a canopy pic, but you can kind of see the corner of one. I liked the abandoned, end-of-the-world vibe.

Note the bird on the post.

5 comments January 5th, 2007 at 10:02pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Favorites,NJ/NYC,Photoblogging

Eli’s Obsession With The Google

#1 search result for meet ass, and just outside of the first page of search results for Kenosha prostitute.


6 comments January 5th, 2007 at 06:16pm Posted by Eli

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Meet The Surgin’ General

Yes, I know I’m not the first one to think of it, which means it’s inevitable that it will become this poor sucker’s nickname.

Also, can any military experts tell me if I should read anything into the fact that Petraeus is a Lt. General and not a full one? I.e., that Bush couldn’t find anyone higher-ranking willing to be associated with this mess?

5 comments January 5th, 2007 at 04:23pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Politics

Quote Of The Day

…Two days ago.

It’s a dangerous sign when politically ailing sitting presidents read biographies of Harry Truman, as Bush has apparently been doing for a while. It’s like failing artists who take solace from the fact that van Gogh didn’t sell many paintings in his lifetime either. Maybe they’ll end up like van Gogh, too, appreciated years later. Then again, maybe they’re just lousy artists.

(Hat-tip to Howie)

January 5th, 2007 at 03:05pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Politics,Quotes,Wankers

Another Rat Overboard

When you’ve lost Krauthammer…

Of the 6 billion people on this Earth, not one killed more people than Saddam Hussein. And not just killed but tortured and mutilated — doing so often with his own hands and for pleasure. It is quite a distinction to be the preeminent monster on the planet. If the death penalty was ever deserved, no one was more richly deserving than Saddam Hussein.

For the Iraqi government to have botched both his trial and execution, therefore, and turned monster into victim, is not just a tragedy but a crime — against the new Iraq that Americans are dying for and against justice itself. [This is totally not hyperbolic at all, nope.]


The execution [was] a rushed, botched, unholy mess that exposed the hopelessly sectarian nature of the Maliki government.

Consider the timing. It was carried out on a religious holiday. We would not ordinarily care about this[!], except for the fact that it was in contravention of Iraqi law. It was done on the first day of Eid al-Adha as celebrated by Sunnis. The Shiite Eid began the next day, which tells you in whose name the execution was performed.

It was also carried out extra-constitutionally. The constitution requires a death sentence to have the signature of the president and two vice presidents, each representing one of the three major ethnic groups in the country (Sunni, Shiite and Kurd). That provision is meant to prevent sectarian killings. The president did not sign. Nouri al-Maliki contrived some work-around. [Probably a signing statement.]


Maliki’s rush to execute short-circuited the judicial process that was at the time considering Hussein’s crimes against the Kurds. He was hanged for the killing of 148 men and boys in the Shiite village of Dujail. This was a perfectly good starting point — a specific incident as a prelude to an inquiry into the larger canvas of his crimes. The trial for his genocidal campaign against the Kurds was just beginning.

That larger canvas will never be painted. The starting point became the endpoint. The only charge for which Hussein was executed was that 1982 killing of Shiites….

…Saddam Hussein will now never be tried for the Kurdish genocide, the decimation of the Marsh Arabs, the multiple war crimes and all the rest.

Finally, there was the motley crew — handpicked by the government — that constituted the hanging party. They turned what was an act of national justice into a scene of sectarian vengeance. The world has now seen the smuggled video of the shouting and taunting that turned Saddam Hussein into the most dignified figure in the room — another remarkable achievement in burnishing the image of the most evil man of his time.

Worse was the content of the taunts: “Moqtada, Moqtada,” the name of the radical and murderous Shiite extremist whose goons were obviously in the chamber. The world saw Hussein falling through the trapdoor, executed not in the name of a new and democratic Iraq but in the name of Moqtada al-Sadr, whose death squads have learned much from Hussein.

The whole sorry affair illustrates not just incompetence but also the ingrained intolerance and sectarianism of the Maliki government. It stands for Shiite unity and Shiite dominance above all else.

We should not be surging American troops in defense of such a government. This governing coalition — Maliki’s Dawa, Abdul Aziz al-Hakim’s Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq and Sadr’s Mahdi Army — seems intent on crushing the Sunnis at all costs. Maliki should be made to know that if he insists on having this sectarian war, he can well have it without us.

Seriously, for Chuck Krauthammer not to be happy about Saddam’s execution… it’s like they fucked up Christmas.

And he’s not down with Operation Surge And Awe either. Forget more troops – what Dubya really needs is more Kool-Aid.

2 comments January 5th, 2007 at 02:19pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Politics,Wankers

MMMOOOOOMMM, He’s Doing It Again!

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Every time, every single goddamn time Bush nominates someone, there’s always this exact same picture of him standing behind them with this creepy, smug, possessive, almost speculative look on his face, like he’s thinking, “Oh yeah, that’s mine, all mine. I wonder what he (or she)’s like in the sack.”

Gah. Gives me the right bloody creeps, it does.

(Photo credit: Doug Miller, NYT)

4 comments January 5th, 2007 at 12:26pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Media,Wankers

Who’s Tough On Terror Now?

Bad news for Republicans:

Capitalizing on their newfound political momentum, House Democrats are expected to submit a legislative package Friday that would bolster funding to regions at highest risk of terror attack like New York and provide more money for first responders.

Doing an end-run around the normal committee process, Democrats say they will force an up-or-down vote on the floor Tuesday, to fulfill their promise to pass the outstanding recommendations from the 9/11 Commission in their first 100 hours.

Among other things, the package sets timetables for more rigorous screening of air and ship cargo. It would also strengthen efforts to curb proliferation of materials that could be used to build nuclear weapons or “dirty” bombs, and would prohibit aid to countries that do not cooperate.

“Under Democratic leadership, the House is now taking long-overdue steps to close the dangerous air cargo security loophole that has left airline passengers and crew members vulnerable to another deadly terrorist attack,” said Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Homeland Security Committee. “We are also going to plug the wide open loophole through which thousands of containers are arriving in U.S. ports without first being screened overseas.”

So much for the bogus Republican narrative that Democrats are weak on terror. Hopefully the Democrats will do a good job of pointing out how they’re the ones taking real action while the Republicans just posture and take away civil liberties.

I dare the Republicans to try to shoot this down – there’s no bigger gift they could give the Democrats. I guess they could carp that it doesn’t go far enough, but what would that say about them that they didn’t go as far in six years as the Democrats went in six days?

More likely that they’ll try to hog all the credit for it, saying it just expands on the groundwork they laid down, and that they created the atmosphere for serious thinkage about such things, and that they would have proposed the exact same thing if they had retained control of Congress. I’m sure the media would willingly go along, and we’d see a whole bunch of tsk-tsk-y op-eds about how unseemly it is for the Democrats to take credit for riding on the Republicans’ bold and resolute coattails.

The story saves the best for last, though:

The Republican minority, meanwhile, is chafing at the Democrats’ attempt to bypass the normal committee process.

“To legislate all of this in one afternoon or one evening, when no one in the House will know the nuances, trivializes the importance of the issues,” said Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), former chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and now its ranking Republican.

Yes, you heard that right – the Republicans are whining about anti-terror legislation being rammed through without giving anyone time to review it. Delicious.

January 5th, 2007 at 09:11am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Favorites,Politics,Republicans,Terrorism

Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

This week’s quote is from the Wim Wenders classic Paris, Texas, starring Harry Dean Stanton, Dean Stockwell, and Nastassja Kinski:

To be a rich father, you must look at the sky, never at the ground.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s cats…

No eat shadowy and mysterious Codename V!

The shadowy and mysterious Codename B. is all about the play-biting. Very cute.

5 comments January 5th, 2007 at 07:38am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

B&W NYC Photoblogging

More from NYC.

Happiness runs in a circular motion…

Close-up of a semi-abstract sculpture of an apple.

Some sort of pavilion-y, canopy-y kind of thing.

And an entirely different canopy.

5 comments January 5th, 2007 at 12:04am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Favorites,NJ/NYC,Photoblogging

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