Archive for May 4th, 2007

People George W. Bush Is Less Influential Than

According to Time, by way of Raw Story:

(In descending order of more-influential-than-Dubyaness)

Justin Timberlake.


Josh Mayer.

Kate Moss.

Rosie O’Donnell.

Nancy Pelosi.

Ayatollah Khameini.

Osama bin Laden.


Tyra Banks.

George Clooney.

Chien-Ming Wang.

Al Gore.

Nearly half of the 100 Most Influential People are people I have never even heard of. Not sure whether this says more about Dubya or me…

And if you ask Time’s readers, you can add Perez and Paris Hilton, Kos, Keith Olbermann, Hugo Chavez, and SANJAYA to the list of people Dubya is less influential than.

May 4th, 2007 at 08:50pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Media

Wanker Of The Week

This is just nuts:

The Chungs, immigrants from South Korea, realized their American dream when they opened their dry-cleaning business seven years ago in the nation’s capital.

For the past two years, however, they’ve been dealing with the nightmare of litigation: a $65 million lawsuit over a pair of missing pants.


The lawsuit was filed by a District of Columbia administrative hearings judge, Roy Pearson, who has been representing himself in the case.


According to court documents, the problem began in May 2005 when Pearson became a judge and brought several suits for alteration to Custom Cleaners in Northeast Washington, a place he patronized regularly despite previous disagreements with the Chungs. A pair of pants from one suit was not ready when he requested it two days later, and was deemed to be missing.

Pearson asked the cleaners for the full price of the suit: more than $1,000.

But a week later, the Chungs said the pants had been found and refused to pay. That’s when Pearson decided to sue.

[The Chungs’ lawyer Chris] Manning said the cleaners made three settlement offers to Pearson. First they offered $3,000, then $4,600, then $12,000. But Pearson wasn’t satisfied and expanded his calculations beyond one pair of pants.

Because Pearson no longer wanted to use his neighborhood dry cleaner, part of his lawsuit calls for $15,000 – the price to rent a car every weekend for 10 years to go to another business.

“He’s somehow purporting that he has a constitutional right to a dry cleaner within four blocks of his apartment,” Manning said.

But the bulk of the $65 million comes from Pearson’s strict interpretation of D.C.’s consumer protection law, which fines violators $1,500 per violation, per day. According to court papers, Pearson added up 12 violations over 1,200 days, and then multiplied that by three defendants.

I have to wonder whether this Pearson jackass is some kind of tort reform double agent…

2 comments May 4th, 2007 at 08:23pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Wankers

Red Flag Of The Day

When the DoJ has an urgent meeting with the White House to fine-tune the message that… the White House was barely involved.

Back on March 5, several top Justice Department officials were summoned for an emergency meeting at the White House. On the agenda: Going over “what we are going to say” about why eight U.S. attorneys had been summarily fired.

The reason for the urgency: principal associate deputy attorney general William Moschella was testifying before the House Judiciary Committee the next day.

Deputy White House counsel William Kelley sent an e-mail over to Justice early in the afternoon, saying that he had “been tasked” with pulling the meeting together, and that “we have to get this group together with some folks here asap.”

The meeting was held at the White House later that day. And who did Kelley mean by “some folks here”? Well, among others, Karl Rove — the White House’s chief political operative, and the man who may very well have set the unprecedented dismissals in motion in the first place.

But after the coaching session, Moschella went out and told Congress that there was no significant White House involvement in the firings, as far as he knew.

So they needed the White House to tell them that the White House had nothing to do with the firings. Yeah, that’s real convincing.

Josh Marshall has a question:

Remind me. Why do you need to ‘agree on clear reasons why each prosecutor was fired’ if the reasons were actually clear when you did the firing and if the reasons can be stated publicly? Think about it. Why do Rove and the other heavies from the White House need to tell these guys how important it is to get their stories straight? If I fire someone, I know why I fired them. I don’t need to get my story straight unless the real reason can’t be stated and I need to come up with a defensible and plausible alternative explanation.

Really, any time you need to meet to “get your stories straight,” that’s a bad sign – even more so when people who were supposedly peripheral to the decision process are driving the story-straightening process.

1 comment May 4th, 2007 at 06:56pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Corruption/Cronyism,Politics,Republicans,Rove

My Bad.

BC over at Cliff Schecter’s place has uncovered the real cuplrit behind gun violence:

I was over at, trying to see what they thought about the GOP debate, when the title of an article caught my eye. It was called “What is it with Jews and guns?” and it was written by Burt Prelutsky.


Frankly, having given it some thought, I believe the reason that the Left hates guns so much is because of us Jews. With very few exceptions, we are terribly squeamish around firearms. The fear is totally irrational. It’s not just that we think someone will shoot us with our own gats, but that the guns, themselves, are anti-Semites, and will kill us of their own accord.


Even though America is the most tolerant nation on earth, Jews tend to think if terrible things happened to their ancestors in 15th century Spain and 19th century Russia and 20th century Nazi Germany, it can and will happen here. It’s a form of paranoia. But it’s a very strange form. For as we all know, this is a nation of 300 million. So, wouldn’t you think a minority numbering a mere five million, and in constant fear of pogroms, would spend as much time as possible on the firing range?

Please allow me to apologize most abjectly for letting my own irrational anti-semiautoism force the progressive movement down a dangerous anti-gun path which ensures that only criminals will be able to buy guns, thus giving them a free hand to go on mass killing sprees any time the mood strikes them.

Really, I have no idea what I was thinking, and I promise I’ll try to better from now on.

Also, now that us Jews are calling the shots for the progressive movement, could you please tell your fanatically pro-Israel, anti-Muslim friends to stop calling liberals anti-semitic? That would really help their self-esteem, and people who feel good about themselves will find it much easier to say no to their Jewish friends when we tell them they must destroy all guns to keep us safe.

May 4th, 2007 at 05:41pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Republicans,Wankers

Question Of The Day

From an NYT letterwriter:

Do Republicans want their party to be a political party or a religious one?

I’d say that just about sums it up.

And we already know the answer.

4 comments May 4th, 2007 at 11:31am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Quotes,Religion,Republicans

Programming Note

I will be on Heading Left BlogTalkRadio today with Nate Wilcox and James Boyce to talk about this reasonable-sounding-but-obnoxious Jonathan Chait column. The show starts at noon, and my segment will be on around 12:25.

This is my first interview, so the odds are good that I’ll make a complete fool of myself – who’d want to miss that?

UPDATE: If you’re having trouble finding today’s show, click on the blue “schedule” button, which should then reveal the “Click To Listen” button up top.

3 comments May 4th, 2007 at 07:35am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Blogosphere,Coolness,Media

Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

This week’s quote is from Outside Providence, spoken, I believe, by Alec Baldwin:

Classy broad? You wouldn’t know a classy broad if she took a dump on your head.

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


The shadowy and mysterious Codename B.

May 4th, 2007 at 07:27am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

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