Archive for March 16th, 2007

My Blog No Longer Sucks.

Now that Atrios has helpfully explained why my blog sucks, I have taken bold and decisive action to remedy the situation.

Note the handy “Choose a color scheme” dropdown on my sidebar. I even created a special color scheme just for Atrios!

11 comments March 16th, 2007 at 10:37pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Uncategorized

Recruiting

The Bush administration is the best thing that ever happened to al-Qaeda recruiters, and the worst thing that ever happened to CIA and military ones.

5 comments March 16th, 2007 at 07:03pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Iraq,Libby/Plame,Republicans,War

I Agree With Krauthammer

Cheney’s not insane.

He’s just a colossal asshole.

2 comments March 16th, 2007 at 05:40pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Cheney,Media,Republicans,Wankers

No-One Could Have Anticipated…

Valerie Plame testifies, Republicans continue to make excuses:

Rep. Tom Davis of Virginia, the ranking Republican on the committee, said that since Fitzgerald didn’t charge anyone with the leak, the hearings were unlikely to add any insight.

”No process can be adopted to protect classified information that no one knows is classified,” Davis said. ”This looks to me more like a CIA problem than a White House problem.”

Really. How about this, for starters: Make it a crime to reveal a CIA employee’s identity without affirmative confirmation that they are not covert? The law as currently constructed affords carte blanche to out as many CIA agents as you want, so long as you have plausible deniability that you didn’t know they were covert. That is inexcusably sloppy protection for people risking their necks, and the Bush administration cynically took advantage of it.

Congress must amend the law to protect the agents instead of the leakers.

6 comments March 16th, 2007 at 11:44am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Libby/Plame,Republicans,Wankers

Insane Spam Of The Week

From “MHAPOE Staff,” the evocatively titled, “you can’t evaluate a sentence that you don’t possess with your memory”:

The tribunal says that some raper is sane and has no mental illness or disability; this means: physiological activity, non pathological activity. Also crimes against the patrimony or with economic motive are non physiological conduct (biological group self-destructive activity..if
everybody would do that..)

Sane doctors don’t fight each other, not for economic motive, not for
general security motive respecting exact national and international rules;
in any conflict almost one fighter is mentally insane. Communists and
nazists are either mentally insane, or they got the reason. Kamikaze bombers are severe maniacs and agents of devil, enemies of their own god, lord of medicine.

“Egyptians kill gays but children are not born gays: egyptians corrupt then
kill children, using facts indicated as crimes by their actual penal code”
This is an example, told with impressive and exact words, of something that can happen in this reality and that medicine must avoid to happen. It is the description of “case A” that with the genetic case, the “case B”, describes the all possible existable cases, also the “predisposition plus activation” case. Why slapping child isn’t a crime and a mania ?

Killing animals is a crime and a mania, according to a general penal rule
approved by each national medical council. Why eating dead animals isn’t a crime and a mania ? In every case it is a parasitic activity.

Siegmund Freud lies not knowing to be lying: is he a conceptual pedophile
who says children has sexsual attraction for parents, and that mind is
partitioned in three parts: ego, superego, es ? Is psychoanalysis a fake ?

Wow. Gonna be hard to top that one.

4 comments March 16th, 2007 at 11:06am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Spamoptikon

NYT Hearts Josh Marshall

Talking Points Memo, 3/13:

There’s a sub-issue emerging in the canned US Attorneys scandal: the apparently central role of Republican claims of voter fraud and prosecutors unwillingness to bring indictments emerging from such alleged wrongdoing. Very longtime readers of this site will remember that this used to be something of a hobby horse of mine. And it’s not surprising that it is now emerging as a key part of this story. The very short version of this story is that Republicans habitually make claims about voter fraud. But the charges are almost invariably bogus. And in most if not every case the claims are little more than stalking horses for voter suppression efforts…. Why didn’t the prosecutors pursue indictments when GOP operatives started yakking about voter fraud? Almost certainly because there just wasn’t any evidence for it.

NYT lead editorial, 3/16:

In partisan Republican circles, the pursuit of voter fraud is code for suppressing the votes of minorities and poor people. By resisting pressure to crack down on “fraud,” the fired United States attorneys actually appear to have been standing up for the integrity of the election system.

John McKay, one of the fired attorneys, says he was pressured by Republicans to bring voter fraud charges after the 2004 Washington governor’s race, which a Democrat, Christine Gregoire, won after two recounts. Republicans were trying to overturn an election result they did not like, but Mr. McKay refused to go along. “There was no evidence,” he said, “and I am not going to drag innocent people in front of a grand jury.”

There is no evidence of rampant voter fraud in this country. Rather, Republicans under Mr. Bush have used such allegations as an excuse to suppress the votes of Democratic-leaning groups. They have intimidated Native American voter registration campaigners in South Dakota with baseless charges of fraud. They have pushed through harsh voter ID bills in states like Georgia and Missouri, both blocked by the courts, that were designed to make it hard for people who lack drivers’ licenses – who are disproportionately poor, elderly or members of minorities – to vote. Florida passed a law placing such onerous conditions on voter registration drives, which register many members of minorities and poor people, that the League of Women Voters of Florida suspended its registration work in the state.

The claims of vote fraud used to promote these measures usually fall apart on close inspection, as Mr. McKay saw. Missouri Republicans have long charged that St. Louis voters, by which they mean black voters, registered as living on vacant lots. But when The St. Louis Post-Dispatch checked, it found that thousands of people lived in buildings on lots that the city had erroneously classified as vacant.

(…)

[T]he accusation that Mr. McKay and other United States attorneys were insufficiently aggressive about voter fraud [is] a way of saying, without actually saying, that they would not use their offices to help Republicans win elections. It does not justify their firing; it makes their firing a graver offense.

Excellent. This needs to be in the mainstream of our political conversation.

March 16th, 2007 at 08:02am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Elections,Republicans

Friday Quote And Blanket Octopus Blogging

This week’s quote is from the B-movie Star Portal, about a sexy female alien who needs to send human blood back to her home planet for… some reason:

But why did you come here? Do you wish to take me upstairs and have the missionary position with me?

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s blanket octopi:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zy-ZlzAM6f8
Ooo…

March 16th, 2007 at 07:22am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging


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