Archive for August 6th, 2007

Great Moments In Failure

Today marks the sixth anniversary of a vacationing Preznit Dubya blowing off the Presidential Daily Briefing warning him that al Qaeda intended to attack in the United States. It is very rare for a mistake to have such a beneficial outcome for the person who made it, and such a terrible outcome for everyone else.

As his lovely mother would say, This has worked out very well for him.

My personal belief is that Bush and his inner circle knew the PDB was for real and calculated (correctly) that a terrorist attack was exactly the provocation they needed to set the neocon blow-up-or-invade-the-entire-Middle-East plan in motion, but they had no idea just how huge it would be. Just read the Operation Ignore chapter of Al Franken’s Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them and tell me you don’t get a major fingers-in-their-ears, “LA-LA-LA-LA I’m not LISTENING!!!” vibe from it.

And if that’s not enough for you, there’s more:

Ripley at Zen Cabin

Diane at Cabdrollery

Dan McEnroe at ABlogNamedSue

Watertiger at DependableRenegade

scout prime at First Draft

David (Austin TX) at Supreme Irony of Life

Doug at Balls and Walnuts

Kevin Hayden at The American Street

thepoetryman at A Poetic Justice

Disgusted in St Louis

Blue Gal at BlueGalRedState

NTodd at DohiyiMir

jurassic pork at Welcome to Pottersville

Sinfonian at Blast Off!

Morse at Republic of Sestakastan

DivaJood at Journeys with Jood

Manila Ryce at The Largest Minority

Diane at miaculpa/GreatScat

Battochio at Vagabond Scholar and at BlueHerald

George at I’m Not One to Blog, But

Anthony at A Boy and His Blog

Mark at The Aristocrats

Sherry at The Pittsburgh Women’s Blogging Society

Jess at I Was Just Wondering What If?

Semidi at his blog Semidi

dhonig at My Left Wing

LS at Lucky Strike Parade of Hits

tengrain at Mock, Paper Scissors

Coffee Messiah at Coffee Messiah

Bing at Happy Jihad’s House of Pancakes

Erin Alecto at The Left Coaster

DCup at PoliTits

xan at CorrenteWire

Samurai Frog at Electronic Cerebrectomy

La Sirena at La Sirena

Distributorcap at distributorcapNY

Commander Other at TheOtherWhirled

Steve Benen at The Carpetbagger Report

madamab at Oooh, Nuance!

Spocko at Spocko’s Brain

Kathy at Birmingham Blues via Queer Voice

1 comment August 6th, 2007 at 06:51pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Politics,Terrorism

Cenk You Very Much

Cenk Uygur isn’t real happy about the Democrats caving on FISA to make it even easier for the government to spy on American citizens with no oversight whatsoever.

It really is extremely frustrating and infuriating, after the netroots and grassroots helped sweep the Democrats into power for the express purpose of ending the occupation of Iraq and checking Dubya’s dictatorial ambitions, they have done neither. So now what? It doesn’t seem like we have any good options, other than Cenk’s recommendation of a massive primary campaign against all the capitulators (much easier said than done).

If we can’t pull off a bunch of successful progressive primaries, then I think we’re left with the following four scenarios, all of which suck pretty hard:

1) Grassroots/netroots sit on our hands and refuse to support feckless Dems, and they win anyway. Feckless Dems confirm that they don’t need us to win, cozy up even closer to corporate lobbyists.

2) Grassroots/netroots sit on our hands and refuse to support feckless Dems, and they lose. 50/50 chance of feckless Dems either getting the message, or concluding that they weren’t centrist enough. America moves ever closer to the banana republic event horizon.

3) Netroots/grassroots hold our noses and support feckless because they’re still not Republicans, and they win. Feckless Dems conclude that we’re suckers who will support them no matter what they do.

4) Netroots/grassroots support feckless Dems and they lose anyway. Feckless Dems conclude that not only are we suckers, but we’re ineffectual and irrelevant, and that they must move farther to the “center” in order to win. America’s spiral towards the banana republic event horizon accelerates.

It looks like primary challenges may be our only hope of detaching the Democratic Party from the Republican Party. They will not listen to us unless they fear us.

4 comments August 6th, 2007 at 11:55am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Constitution,Democrats,Politics,Wankers

NYC B&W Faceblogging

Faces and facelike things:

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Lesbian statues in a small park near Christopher St., I think.

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Gay statues from the same park.

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Gender and orientation unknown, but it sure looks happy.

1 comment August 6th, 2007 at 11:35am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: NJ/NYC,Photoblogging

Gun Control

I keep hearing about the Terrible Deadly Threat Al Qaeda In Iraq, but now I’m starting to worry that there’s an NRA In Iraq:

The Pentagon has lost track of about 190,000 AK-47 assault rifles and pistols given to Iraqi security forces in 2004 and 2005, according to a new government report, raising fears that some of those weapons have fallen into the hands of insurgents fighting U.S. forces in Iraq.

The author of the report from the Government Accountability Office says U.S. military officials do not know what happened to 30 percent of the weapons the United States distributed to Iraqi forces from 2004 through early this year as part of an effort to train and equip the troops. The highest previous estimate of unaccounted-for weapons was 14,000, in a report issued last year by the inspector general for Iraq reconstruction.

(…)

Although controls have been tightened since 2005, the inability of the United States to track weapons with tools such as serial numbers makes it nearly impossible for the U.S. military to know whether it is battling an enemy equipped by American taxpayers.

“They really have no idea where they are,” said Rachel Stohl, a senior analyst at the Center for Defense Information who has studied small-arms trade and received Pentagon briefings on the issue. “It likely means that the United States is unintentionally providing weapons to bad actors.”

(…)

She noted that the Bush administration frequently complains that Iran and Syria are supplying insurgents but has paid little attention to whether U.S. military errors inadvertently play a role. “We know there is seepage and very little is being done to address the problem,” she said.

Stohl noted that U.S. forces, focused on a fruitless search for weapons of mass destruction after Baghdad fell, did not secure massive weapons caches. The failure to track small arms given to Iraqi forces repeats that pattern of neglect, she added.

I think our course of action is clear. If we are truly serious about cracking down on those who would arm Iraqi insurgents, then we have no choice but to invade ourselves.

August 6th, 2007 at 11:14am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Iraq,Republicans,War

Monday Media Blogging

My friends and I used to bring our dinner trays into the TV room and watch Sesame Street every evening… in college.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlypxopxUlM
The fat cat sat on the hat saw a rat on the mat had a bat had a chat with a gnat that he’d pat in a bat that was flat, oh yeah!  Um, or something like that…


Over, under, around, and through, with the Yo-Yo Master.


The Yo-Yo Master again, explaining what to do if you get lost in Freaky Surreal-Land.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3W0GtIn9lx0
Poor kitty.

1 comment August 6th, 2007 at 07:35am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging


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