Archive for January 23rd, 2008

If You Liked The Chart, You’ll Love The Database

George W. Bush: Lyingest president ever. All other presidential liars pale before him.

Frankly, it doesn’t surprise me in the least that the Bush administration racked up 935 lies on the way to Iraq; they lied every time they opened their vile mouths (boy, it sure would have been nice to have this 4 years ago, eh?). And it’s not just the Republican Congress that covered for them:

So what, you may well ask, ever happened to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s promised inquiry into whether the White House intentionally deceived the public in the run-up to war? That, presumably, would provide an accountability moment of sorts.

You may recall that more than two years ago, in November 2005, Democrats were so upset about Republican foot-dragging on the inquiry that they brought the Senate to a halt with a rare closed session to demand that work resume.

The Republicans, not surprisingly, continued to stall anyway. But the Democrats have controlled the Senate for more than a year now. Where is the report?

Wendy Morigi, spokeswoman for Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, told me this morning that it will be out before the end of spring.

Why the delay? Due to the “lack of comity on the committee” when Rockefeller took over the chairmanship, he decided that pushing ahead with the inquiry right away “would again create tension,” Morigi said.

Nevertheless, the committee staff has “continued to work” on the report, she said. And a hearing on the matter will be held “within the next few months.”

Uh-huh. I’ll believe that when the image of the report is seared into my hot little eyeballs. Here’s how I see it playing out:

Report encounters delays, possibly due to White House stonewalling (the hell you say!). Report release pushed back to late summer/early fall. Rockefeller then decides that it would be inappropriate to allow it to influence the imminent election (God forbid voters should ever be reminded if what dishonest criminals the Republicans are at a time when it might actually make a difference), and delays release until December/January.

It’s not like the Democrats have given me much cause for optimism.

3 comments January 23rd, 2008 at 09:15pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Cheney,Cuteness,Iraq,Republicans,Wankers,War

The 7-Year Gaping Chest Wound

The Democrats have a chart. Go look at the chart.

You know that old question, “Are you better off than you were X years ago?” I think the chart answers it pretty clearly for the U.S. as a whole.

7 more years! 7 more years!

(h/t dakine01)

1 comment January 23rd, 2008 at 08:39pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush

This Can Only Be Good For Talk Radio

Well, this is all well and good…

While right-wing talkers like Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage, and Melanie Morgan continue to spew inflammatory rhetoric to incite their base, there are increasing signs that their influence in the conservative movement is temporarily evaporating. Conservative radio host Michael Medved — who got his start guest-hosting Limbaugh’s show — wrote this recently:

The big loser in South Carolina was, in fact, talk radio: a medium that has unmistakably collapsed in terms of impact, influence and credibility because of its hysterical and one-dimensional involvement in the GOP nomination fight.

For more than a month, the leading conservative talkers in the country have broadcast identical messages in an effort to demonize Mike Huckabee and John McCain. If you’ve tuned in at all to Rush, Sean, Savage, Glenn Beck, Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin, Hugh Hewitt, Dennis Prager, and two dozen others you’ve heard a consistent drum beat of hostility toward Mac and Huck. […]

In other words, the talk radio jihad against Mac and Huck hasn’t destroyed or even visibly damaged those candidates. But it has damaged, and may help destroy, talk radio.

Medved’s observation can be witnessed in Limbaugh’s recent discourse about the leading Republican presidential candidates. Yesterday, Limbaugh said, “I can see possibly not supporting a Republican nominee,” adding that “it’s gonna come down to which guy do we dislike the least. And that’s not necessarily good.”

Yet I can’t help but think that maybe it’s not so much that Medved genuinely fears for the credibility and well-being of right-wing talk radio, so much as he’s just a really big McCain fan.

January 23rd, 2008 at 06:31pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Huckabee,McCain,Media,Politics,Republicans

Black & White Reflections Photoblogging

Hey, look! I managed to get a theme going!

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I like buildings reflected in other buildings. And I even have people, for those of you who like that sort of thing.

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A closer look.

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My God – it’s full of clouds.

1 comment January 23rd, 2008 at 11:33am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

Romney Sticks Foot In Mouth, Is Partially Right

Very poor choice of analogy, but I agree with his basic premise:

In his remarks, Romney dismissed those who counsel diplomacy in the region — specifically the Baker-Hamilton Commission — as naively thinking “everything would be fine in the Middle East” if “we could just settle things between the Palestinians and the Israelis”:

The consequences of that accommodation of his [Hitler’s] press releases was devastating to the entire world, and most devastating to millions of Jews,” Romney said to about 200 people at a Republican Jewish Coalition of Florida function. “Today we have individuals who believe that the cause of the challenges in the Middle East is the conflict in Israel with the Palestinians, and that if somehow we could just have the Baker-Hamilton Commission imposed and we could just settle things between the Palestinians and the Israelis, why everything would be fine in the Middle East.”

Comparing attempts to broker peace between Israel and Palestine to the appeasement of Hitler is simply ridiculous. But so is believing that such a peace would somehow magically fix the rest of the Middle East. I think it’s the right thing to do for its own sake, and for the good of both the Palestinians and the Israelis, but I don’t think it would change anything else – it certainly wouldn’t have the slightest bit of impact on Iraq, Iran, or al Qaeda.

1 comment January 23rd, 2008 at 07:52am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Politics,Republicans,Romney,War

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

The Weekly World News uncovers NASA’s secret shame!

(By Mike Foster)

A creepy photo NASA has suppressed for decades proves that Apollo astronauts who landed on the moon were affected by the powerful lunar rays – and turned into werewolves!

The shocking picture, leaked by a space agency insider, shows a helmeted astronaut standing on the surface of the moon with wolf-like hair covering his entire face.

Controversial St. Louis astronomer Dr. Bernard Muselfreed, who received the mind-blowing photo from an unnamed NASA source, calls the bizarre image enlightening.

“We know that moonlight can cause some individuals on Earth to become lycanthropes,” he says. “It’s only logical that a person actually standing on the lunar surface and exposed to even more intense rays would be likely to undergo such a transformation.”

NASA’s reasons for keeping the eye-popping photo from the public are obvious. “Winning the space race by landing a man on the moon was a major propaganda victory for the United States,” notes aerospace historian Bob Dressel. “Certainly, news that or space heroes were turning into werewolves would have marred that success.”

Because the photo is undated, Dr. Muselfreed says it’s impossible to be sure which of the Apollo astronauts… is pictured.

But that’s irrelevant, he maintains, because “almost certainly” every man who walked on the moon spent minutes – or in some cases hours – as a werewolf.

“I believe that Neil Armstrong, the first human to walk on the moon… turned into a werewolf within moments of his arrival,” Dr. Muselfreed declares.

“We know that Armstrong almost immediately became disoriented, botching the line that had been carefully written for him – ‘One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind’ – and uttering instead the nonsensical ‘One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.’

“What few Americans know is that Armstrong’s speech deteriorated rapidly and moments later Mission Control heard what sounded like growls coming over the radio.

“At the time, this was dismissed as ‘static,’ but in light of this remarkable photograph, an educated guess would be that the astronaut was turning into a wolfman.”

Seven independent photo analysts who’ve examined the picture confirm its authenticity. While refusing to brand the photo an outright hoax, a NASA spokesman dismissed the werewolf report as “an exaggeration.”

Well, I guess that does all fit together, although I’m a bit unclear as to exactly what “lunar rays” are…

January 23rd, 2008 at 07:18am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Weekly World News

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