Archive for December 5th, 2007

Michael Savage’s Special Purpose?

I think I may have finally figured out Michael Savage’s role in the world.

There’s an old joke that Keith Richards’ primary function in the Rolling Stones is to make Mick Jagger look healthy. I think Savage’s primary function in talk radio is to make Rush Limbaugh look tolerant.

1 comment December 5th, 2007 at 09:52pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Politics,Republicans,Teh Gay,Wankers,War

Call Off The Search

We have found the dumbest person on Earth.

Yes, that’s right: Christianity pre-dates everything. Perhaps even the Old Testament!

This is the same woman who is so busy trying to figure out how to feed her family on her measly six-figure (seven-figure?) salary, that she can’t even contemplate inconsequential trifles like whether or not the Earth is flat.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbizzLzcpnM

The mind is too stunned to even reel.

(h/t Caro Kay)

1 comment December 5th, 2007 at 08:38pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Religion,Republicans,Science,TV

Go, Joe!

I’m not the world’s biggest Joe Biden fan by a long shot, but he certainly does have his moments. This is one of them:

“Are you telling me a president who is briefed every single morning, who is fixated on Iran, is not told back in August that the tentative conclusion of 16 intelligence agencies in the United States government said they had abandoned their effort for a nuclear weapon in ’03?” Biden said in a conference call with reporters.

“That’s not believable,” Biden added. “I refuse to believe that. If that’s true, he has the most incompetent staff in … modern American history and he’s one of the most incompetent presidents in modern American history.

Bush told reporters earlier Tuesday that he was made aware only last week of a National Intelligence Estimate that described the stop to the Iranian nuclear program.

“I love presidents who parse words,” Biden said in response. “The NIE didn’t get written until a week ago.”

The Delaware Democrat, who argued that the administration is again misleading the country, charged that Bush must have known about the suspicion of the intelligence services when he made his famous remarks that tied the possibility of World War III to Iran’s possession of nuclear weapons.

More like this, please.

(Actually, Dubya may be both the most incompetent and the most dishonest president in American history, which is a truly impressive achievement.)

But wait, there’s more: Biden also promised to call for impeachment if Dubya tried to invade Iran without congressional approval.

Of course, Biden can’t control what goes on Nancy Pelosi’s table (which she prefers to keep as spiffy clean as possible, apparently), and there’s no guarantee that Dubya wouldn’t be able to get congressional approval (remember, even if Iran isn’t working on nukes, they’re still single-handedly sustaining the insurgency in Iraq and bunging up Bush’s Grand Vision Of Middle-Eastern Democracy)… but it’s still refreshing to see a prominent Democrat suggest that even the president is not entirely above the law.

December 5th, 2007 at 06:06pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Democrats,Iran

Huck-A-Bye, Baby?

It’s been a rough couple of days for the Huckster. First he shows himself to be utterly unserious on the most important foreign policy matters, and now the Wayne Dumond scandal has just gotten a whole lot worse:

As governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee aggressively pushed for the early release of a convicted rapist despite being warned by numerous women that the convict had sexually assaulted them or their family members, and would likely strike again. The convict went on to rape and murder at least one other woman.

Confidential Arkansas state government records, including letters from these women, obtained by the Huffington Post and revealed publicly for the first time, directly contradict the version of events now being put forward by Huckabee.

While on the campaign trail, Huckabee has claimed that he supported the 1999 release of Wayne Dumond because, at the time, he had no good reason to believe that the man represented a further threat to the public. Thanks to Huckabee’s intervention, conducted in concert with a right-wing tabloid campaign on Dumond’s behalf, Dumond was let out of prison 25 years before his sentence would have ended.

“There’s nothing any of us could ever do,” Huckabee said Sunday on CNN when asked to reflect on the horrific outcome caused by the prisoner’s release. “None of us could’ve predicted what [Dumond] could’ve done when he got out.”

But the confidential files obtained by the Huffington Post show that Huckabee was provided letters from several women who had been sexually assaulted by Dumond and who indeed predicted that he would rape again – and perhaps murder – if released.

In a letter that has never before been made public, one of Dumond’s victims warned: “I feel that if he is released it is only a matter of time before he commits another crime and fear that he will not leave a witness to testify against him the next time.” Before Dumond was granted parole at Huckabee’s urging, records show that Huckabee’s office received a copy of this letter from Arkansas’ parole board.

The woman later wrote directly to Huckabee about having been raped by Dumond. In a letter obtained by the Huffington Post, she said that Dumond had raped her while holding a butcher knife to her throat, and while her then-3-year-old daughter lay in bed next to her. Also included in the files sent to Huckabee’s office was a police report in which Dumond confessed to the rape. Dumond was not charged in that particular case because he later refused to sign the confession and because the woman was afraid to press charges.

[See the full letters sent to Huckabee’s office here.]

Huckabee kept these and other documents secret because they were politically damaging, according to a former aide who worked for him in Arkansas. The aide has made the records available to the Huffington Post, deeply troubled by Huckabee’s repeated claims that he had no reason to believe Dumond would commit other violent crimes upon his release from prison. The aide also believes that Huckabee, for political reasons, has deliberately attempted to cover up his knowledge of Dumond’s other sexual assaults.

(…)

In 1996, as a newly elected governor who had received strong support from the Christian right, Huckabee was under intense pressure from conservative activists to pardon Dumond or commute his sentence. The activists claimed that Dumond’s initial imprisonment and various other travails were due to the fact that Ashley Stevens, the high school cheerleader he had raped, was a distant cousin of Bill Clinton, and the daughter of a major Clinton campaign contributor.

The case for Dumond’s innocence was championed in Arkansas by Jay Cole, a Baptist minister and radio host who was a close friend of the Huckabee family. It also became a cause for New York Post columnist Steve Dunleavy, who repeatedly argued for Dumond’s release, calling his conviction “a travesty of justice.” On Sept. 21, 1999, Dunleavy wrote a column headlined “Clinton’s Biggest Crime – Left Innocent Man In Jail For 14 Years”:

“Dumond, now 52, was given conditional parole yesterday in Arkansas after having being sentenced to 50 years in jail for the rape of Clinton’s cousin,” Dunleavy wrote. “That rape never happened.”

A subsequent Dunleavy column quoted Huckabee saying: “There is grave doubt to the circumstances of this reported crime.”

After Dumond’s release from prison in September 1999, he moved to Smithville, Missouri, where he raped and suffocated to death a 39-year-old woman named Carol Sue Shields. Dumond was subsequently convicted and sentenced to life in prison for that rape and murder.

But Dumond’s arrest for those crimes in June 2001 came too late for 23-year-old Sara Andrasek of Platte County, Missouri. Dumond allegedly raped and murdered her just one day before his arrest for raping and murdering Shields. Prior to the attack, Andrasek and her husband had learned that she was pregnant with their first child.

The excerpts just barely scratch the surface of the story. Read the whole thing.

Also, John Aravosis is… displeased with Huckabee’s claim that he “felt sorry” for Dumond, which really is kind of an extraordinary thing to say about a brutal serial rapist and soon-to-be murderer. Especially when he knew that the rape Dumond was in prison for was far from an isolated incident.

In a sane and rational country, these two days would be enough to decisively end Huckabee’s presidential campaign. In this country, they might be nothing more than a minor blip.

Best case would be if Republican primary voters cheerfully overlook Huckabee’s ineptitude and moral phoniness… but no-one else does.

3 comments December 5th, 2007 at 11:57am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Elections,Huckabee,Iran,Politics,Republicans

Random NYC Photoblogging

Just some more random NYC shots:

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December 5th, 2007 at 11:12am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: NJ/NYC,Photoblogging

Wednesday Why-I-Love-The-Weekly-World-News Blogging

So that’s why The Rapture hasn’t happened yet…

(By Michael Forsyth)

A funny thing happened on the way to Doomsday – the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse got lost and had to ask for directions!

That is the wild story of a French police officer who claims that one of the fearsome riders trotted up to him on the roadside and sheepishly asked, “Do you know the way to Rome?”

“It was the one on a red horse, holding a broadsword. I guess that must be the Second Horseman, the War guy,” highway patrolman Michel Clenard told a Paris newspaper.

“I was totally taken aback. I mean, these guys are supposed to be determining the fate of all mankind – but they seem to have no Earthly idea where they’re going. And I didn’t know whether to point them in the right direction or send them on a wild goose chase.”

(…)

Officer Clenard was assisting a a female motorist whose auto had broken down on the side of the road, when he first spotted the hooded horsemen and their giant steeds.

“They had stopped on the other side of the road and they were arguing over their map about which way to go,” said Officer Clenard. “I was concerned because cars were whizzing by really fast and the horses seemed like they were getting anxious.”

Officer Clenard said eventually one of the horsemen was sent over to his patrol car.

“The guy seemed reluctant and when he got close enough for me to recognize him from illustrations in my Bible, I understood why,” he said. “The guys are supposed to be these big, bad harbingers of doom – asking for directions must have been humiliating.”

(…)

“I advised him to keep his sword sheathed and I gave him directions, but I’m not sure he got them right,” the cop said. “When the riders took off, two of them headed the wrong way!”

So until the Horseman of GPS shows up, it looks like we’re all safe.

2 comments December 5th, 2007 at 07:00am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Weekly World News


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