Archive for April 26th, 2007

Speechless

If there’s one thing that the last six years have taught me, it is that George W. Bush can always find a new depth to sink to:

The New Orleans City Business has an article on Louisiana’s effort to pressure Bush for the waiver. Though such a waiver is in the Iraq Supplemental bill which Bush will veto, we learn from the article that…

Bush also vows to veto any new funding or legislative attempt to waive the 10 percent match.

Here’s the White House justification…

The White House maintains $1 billion was provided for the 10 percent match in the $10.4 billion in community development block grants already awarded to Louisiana.

In other words Bush is saying give us back a billion of the aid we gave you and you’re good to go. Nice trick. But here is a major problem even with that…..

Bush ignores a major problem with using CDBG funds for the 10 percent match, said Landrieu spokesman Adam Sharp.

“It ignores the greater paperwork issue,” Sharp said. “Right now, each of the more than 20,000 public assistance projects require two different sets of paperwork – one for (the Department of Housing and Urban Development) to confirm that you are allowed to use CDBG funds to pay the 10 percent, and one for FEMA to confirm that disaster funds can be used for the other 90 percent. The paperwork can take months, if not years, to complete, per project. The red tape alone is enough to strangle recovery.”

Louisiana’s congressional delegation, Democrats AND Republicans alike, say they will continue to push for the waiver. Landrieu thinks the votes are there to over ride Bush’s vetoes ….

“I feel confident because the Democratic Congress is going to make sure that that happens even if the White House will not,” she said. “He can veto it. If that ever happens, I think we’ll have the votes to override him.”

I really hope Landrieu is right. I would love to see Bush show his true colors and then get overridden anyway. I can’t find the words to say how much this disgusts me. What an utter tiny-minded, petty, vindictive little bastard.

1 comment April 26th, 2007 at 10:52pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Katrina,Wankers

The Dean Of Wankers

Atrios flashes us back to 1969, when Broder was just a 40-year-old run-of-the-mill wanker:

If there are any smart literary agents around these days, one of them will copyright the title… “The Breaking of the President” for the next big series of nonfiction best-sellers. It is becoming more obvious with every passing day that the men and the movement that broke Lyndon B. Johnson’s authority in 1968 are out to break Richard M. Nixon in 1969.

The likelihood is great that they will succeed again, for breaking a President is, like most feats, easier to accomplish the second time around. Once learned, the techniques can readily be applied as often as desired – even when the circumstances seem less than propitious. No matter that this President is pulling troops out of Vietnam, while the last one was sending them in; no matter that in 1969 the casualties and violence are declining, while in 1968 they were on the rise. Men have learned to break a President, and, like any discovery that imparts power to its possessors, the mere availability of this knowledge guarantees that it will be used.

(…)

There is still a vital distinction… to be made between the constitutionally protected expression of dissent, aimed at changing national policy, and mass movements aimed at breaking the President by destroying his capacity to lead the nation or to represent it at the bargaining table.

The point is quite simple. Given the impatience in this country to be out of that miserable war, there is no great trick in using the Vietnam issue to break another President, you have broken the one man who can negotiate the peace.

But… what if the president was already broken when he took office? And what if he considers “negotiate” and “peace” to be synonyms for failure?

Atrios also links to a Begala column with some additional perspective on Broder’s rampaging wankery.

5 comments April 26th, 2007 at 07:32pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Iraq,Media,Wankers,War

It’s The Final Friedman!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xym7RlVhzzo
Dididoodoo, dididoot doot doo…
(Heh – this actually just came up on my iPod)

Cenk Uygur has a modest proposal for ending the war.

Former ambassador and Undersecretary Of State Ronald Speiers has an idea too.

I prefer Cenk’s, which forces the Republicans to pick a Friedman and stick to it, but either alternative would be infinitely better than Dubya’s “Over My Dead Body” withdrawal plan.

April 26th, 2007 at 05:44pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Democrats,Iraq,Politics,Republicans,War

Can We Talk About Guns Yet?

In between calls for relaxed concealed-carry laws, those sensitive and compassionate Republicans asked that we wait some respectable and decent interval to let the forgetting healing begin before we start talking about gun policy.

The NYT editorial board evidently believes we’ve waited long enough:

By now, the logic is almost automatic. A shooter takes innocent lives, and someone says that if the victims had been armed, this wouldn’t have happened. The only solution to a gun in the wrong hands, it seems, is a gun in the hands of everyone.

That’s the state of the debate over gun control today. The National Rifle Association and the gun lobby have silenced every legislature in this country. Instead of stricter laws, tighter controls and better background checks, the gun lobby proposes more guns. And what the gun lobby proposes, lawmakers deliver.

Seung-Hui Cho bought his guns illegally, though with the appearance of legality. He slipped through a loophole, through a disconnect between the way Virginia defines a disqualifying mental incapacity and the way the federal government does. After the fact, the loophole is self-evident, and it’s tempting to believe that now political leaders will work harder to keep people who are dangers to themselves from becoming dangers to others by buying guns. But the laws are as fragile and imperfect as they are because that is how the gun lobby wants them – and it is paying good money to keep them that way.

And Bob Herbert attacks the “Culture Of Life” on its home turf:

Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children’s Defense Fund… mentioned that since the murders of Robert Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968, well over a million Americans have been killed by firearms in the United States. That’s more than the combined U.S. combat deaths in all the wars in all of American history.

“We’re losing eight children and teenagers a day to gun violence,” she said. “As far as young people are concerned, we lose the equivalent of the massacre at Virginia Tech about every four days.”

The first step in overcoming an addiction is to acknowledge it. Americans are addicted to violence, specifically gun violence. We profess to be appalled at every gruesome outbreak of mass murder… but there’s no evidence that we have the will to pull the guns out of circulation, or even to register the weapons and properly screen and train their owners.

(…)

Those who are interested in the safety and well-being of children should keep in mind that only motor vehicle accidents and cancer kill more children in the U.S. than firearms. A study released a few years ago by the Harvard School of Public Health compared firearm mortality rates among youngsters 5 to 14 years old in the five states with the highest rates of gun ownership with those in the five states with the lowest rates.

The results were chilling. Children in the states with the highest rates of gun ownership were 16 times as likely to die from an accidental gunshot wound, nearly seven times as likely to commit suicide with a gun, and more than three times as likely to be murdered with a firearm.

Only a lunatic could seriously believe that more guns in more homes is good for America’s children.

Maybe Herbert should have provided some statistics on how many fetuses get shot to death; those appear to be the only deaths Republicans care about.

7 comments April 26th, 2007 at 11:54am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Republicans

Mr. 2000

This is my 2,000th post, and after only 797 days of blogging!

That makes for an average of just over 2.5 posts a day. However, since my 1,000th post (when I realized I wasn’t even averaging two posts a day), I’ve been averaging almost 3.7.

I know no-one really cares, but I kinda like the milestone/checkpoint stuff, what can I say. Maybe after I reach 10,000 I can withdraw my troops…

2 comments April 26th, 2007 at 11:38am Posted by Eli

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The Greatest Lifetime Movie Title Of All Time

soundoffear.jpg
Baby Monitor: Sound Of Fear.

This is even better than the shadowy and mysterious Codename V’s pick, Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?

1 comment April 26th, 2007 at 07:54am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Movies,TV

Wanker Of The Day

Broderella:

Here’s a Washington political riddle where you fill in the blanks: As Alberto Gonzales is to the Republicans, Blank Blank is to the Democrats — a continuing embarrassment thanks to his amateurish performance.

If you answered “Harry Reid” give yourself an A. And join the long list of senators of both parties who are ready for these two springtime exhibitions of ineptitude to end.

(…)

[C]onsider the mental gyrations performed by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) as he rationalized the recent comment from his majority leader, Harry Reid, the leading light of Searchlight, Nev., that the war in Iraq “is lost.”

On “Fox News Sunday,” Schumer offered this clarification of Reid’s off-the-cuff comment. “What Harry Reid is saying is that this war is lost — in other words, a war where we mainly spend our time policing a civil war between Shiites and Sunnis. We are not going to solve that problem. . . . The war is not lost. And Harry Reid believes this — we Democrats believe it. . . . So the bottom line is if the war continues on this path, if we continue to try to police and settle a civil war that’s been going on for hundreds of years in Iraq, we can’t win. But on the other hand, if we change the mission and have that mission focus on the more narrow goal of counterterrorism, we sure can win.”

Everyone got that? This war is lost. But the war can be won. Not since Bill Clinton famously pondered the meaning of the word “is” has a Democratic leader confused things as much as Harry Reid did with his inept discussion of the alternatives in Iraq.

(…)

Most of [Reid’s] earlier gaffes were personal, bespeaking a kind of displaced aggressiveness on the part of the onetime amateur boxer. But Reid’s verbal wanderings on the war in Iraq are consequential — not just for his party and the Senate but for the more important question of what happens to U.S. policy in that violent country and to the men and women whose lives are at stake.

(…)

Instead of reinforcing the important proposition — defined by the Iraq Study Group— that a military strategy for Iraq is necessary but not sufficient to solve the myriad political problems of that country, Reid has mistakenly argued that the military effort is lost but a diplomatic-political strategy can still succeed.

The Democrats deserve better, and the country needs more, than Harry Reid has offered as Senate majority leader.

Funny that Broderella only has a problem with Reid when he actually pushes back against the administration and the Republicans. He doesn’t say a word about all the times Reid has rolled over without a fight (Alito confirmation, Military Commissions Act), or his inexplicable and inexcusable support for the noxious Joe Lieberman. No, the only times Reid is an Incompetent, Bad Opposition Majority Leader are when he’s actually… opposing.

And oh-by-the-way, there’s nothing wrong with saying the war is lost. The war has been an unwinnable fantasy from Day One. If Schumer wants to try to spin and dodge that fact, that’s his problem, not Reid’s.

The fact is, I’m not wild about Harry, but for the opposite reasons from Broder. I don’t think he makes these kinds of “gaffes” (apparently defined as comments embarrassing to the Bush administration) enough.

2 comments April 26th, 2007 at 07:34am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Media,Wankers


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