Archive for July 13th, 2007

Okay, Now He’s Just Messing With Us…

At a certain point, I think it ceased to be about some kind of political calculation; Lieberman has now dedicated himself to provoking us with ever more repellent statements:

Yesterday in an interview with right-wing radio host Hugh Hewitt, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) praised President Bush’s policies in Iraq and predicted that Bush will be remembered by historians as a great President:

HEWITT: Oh, that’s fascinating. Last question, how do you think history’s going to evaluate George W. Bush?

LIEBERMAN: Well, I personally believe look, mistakes were made, and I know the polls are down, but I think on the largest issue of our time, which is the rise of Islamist extremism, that he will be judged as a president who saw the threat, and in the midst of an unpopular war, he stuck with it. And so I think overall, over time, his ratings among the historians will be greater than his ratings in the polls today.

Ow, it burns, it buuuurrrrrns…

July 13th, 2007 at 11:59pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Iraq,Lieberman,Wankers

Just Because

Klingon Frasier.

“I Feel Pretty,” sung in the original Klingon.

July 13th, 2007 at 10:06pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Monday Media Blogging

Friday Quote & Bunny Blogging

This week’s quote is from the Hitchcock random-dead-body classic, The Trouble With Harry:

That was a two-muffin rabbit.

I have no idea what it means.

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

Show-jumping bunnies!
The kitty can’t make up his mind whether to love on the bunnies or eat them. I would recommend not leaving them alone with him…

(h/t Cute Overload (of course) for the bunny viddies)

1 comment July 13th, 2007 at 09:41pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

What If Gawd Was One Of Us?

I saw this in WaPo’s On Faith section, which I typically don’t read. The column as a whole didn’t do much for me, but I thought the first paragraph was pretty amusing:

I used to be a lector at my parish on Long Island. Have you ever heard the Old Testament read with a Long Island accent? God sounds like Fran Drescher from The Nanny: “And the Lawd Gawd said ta Moses: I am the Lawd your Gawd; you shall nawt have otha Gawds befaw Me.”

Heh heh heh. I’m reminded of a Billy Crystal riff where he imagines his childhood hero, Mickey Mantle, giving the Hebrew “Baruch Atta Adonai” blessing in that thick, laconic Oklahoma accent.

2 comments July 13th, 2007 at 05:37pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Quotes,Religion

Is This What It Looks Like?

I often read about how the Bush administration’s use of stop-loss orders, shortened leaves, and extended tours will “break” the Army, but I’ve never been entirely sure what that meant in practical terms. They’ve been overextending and pushing harder and harder for at least a year or two since I first starting seeing that phrase, and we still have an Army, the troops haven’t spontaneously dissolved into goo or anything.

And then I see stories like this:

Florida soldier who enlisted after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks plans to sue the military, fighting his fifth order to combat, according to a Local 6 report.

Twenty-six-year-old Erik Botta, who is a Port St. Lucie reservist, signed up for the service days after the Sept. 11 attacks. He did a tour in Afghanistan and three in Iraq, but he said enough is enough.

And now this:

A Bronx soldier who lost his stomach for war allegedly hired a hit man to shoot him in the leg so he wouldn’t have to go back to Iraq, prosecutors said yesterday.


He said [his wife] knew a man named Felix who would carry out the shooting for $500, officials said. She sent him a text message with the time and location. All Aponte had to do was stand there and suffer the pain.

“I smoked a cigarette and kept my eyes closed because I did not want to see it coming,” Aponte told police. “Next thing I know, I was shot in the knee.”

Yeah, I know the “breaking” will probably manifest more in terms of morale problems and plummeting effectiveness, not to mention increased brutality, but it’- interesting to see these stories of troops just saying “Enough!” in one way or another. Then again, maybe troops have been doing this kind of thing all along, and it’s the reporting that’s changing.

In any case, the circumstances of the first story make it clear why we need Jim Webb’s amendment to limit troop deployments: The Bush administration treats our troops like sweatshop laborers who just happen to have bullseyes on their backs.

Of course, the Republicans in Congress don’t care, and scum like Lieberman even have the nerve to claim that they’re the ones trying to give our soldiers a break.

2008 can’t come soon enough, and I hope the Republicans truly reap what they have sown.

2 comments July 13th, 2007 at 11:52am Posted by Eli

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

Letter Of The Day

In today’s NYT:

I am a scientist who traveled to and lived in Romania between 1980 and 1990 while the brutal Stalinist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife, Elena, ruled the country during most of that period. Every scientist was required to cite both Ceausescus liberally in any papers they published or speeches they delivered. The Romanian secret police listened to every speech and scoured every scientific paper to make sure the rule was followed. Violations of the rule led to catastrophic occupational consequences for the scientist.

Your July 11 article recounting the requirement that President Bush’s name be mentioned three times on every page of speeches by Dr. Richard H. Carmona, the former surgeon general, was reminiscent of the Ceausescu government. But at least Dr. Carmona was not required to mention Laura Bush as well, so I guess that is some progress.

At this point in the godawful Bush presidency, revelations of politicization of yet another government position are depressing but hardly surprising. But this three-Bushies-per-page requirement is novel and creepy. It doesn’t really advance any kind of ideological agenda, and serves no other purpose than the aggrandizement of Dubya The God-King.

We are truly ruled by insane children.

4 comments July 13th, 2007 at 11:16am Posted by Eli

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

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