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Quote Of The Day

Seattle Post-Intelligencer editorial on the missing White House e-mails:

…[A]ccording to The Post, “security was so lax that e-mail could be modified by anyone on the computer network until the middle of 2005.” Naturally, in a related e-mail scandal, the Republican National Committee, which has promised to dig around its archives for e-mails sent by White House officials (such as Karl Rove) using RNC e-mail accounts, also decided to simply stop doing so.

This behavior, from the administration and the party that backs the Protect America Act and the government’s desire to spy and archive our every move or thought expressed, would be screamingly hilarious were it not so galling.

More scrutiny for us citizens, less scrutiny for the government. Just the way it should be. After all, they’re the ones with nothing to hide, right?

(h/t to The All-Seeing Eye Of Froomkin again – his column was a goldmine today)

1 comment February 29th, 2008 at 09:56pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Constitution,Corruption/Cronyism,Media,Republicans

Inside The DubyaBubble

Nooo, Dubya isn’t out of touch at all…

Dana Milbank writes in The Washington Post about Bush’s surprise upon hearing from a reporter yesterday that Americans are facing the prospect of $4 a gallon gasoline:

You could’ve knocked Bush over with a feather. “Oh, yeah? he said. “That’s interesting. I hadn’t heard that.”

Uh-oh. The president, once known for his common-guy skills, sounded eerily like his old man, who in 1992 appeared surprised that supermarkets had bar-code scanners. On Wednesday, the $4-a-gallon forecasts had been on the front page of the New York Times, and on NBC’s ‘Today Show’ and CBS’s ‘Early Show.’ In the days before that, the prediction — made by AAA, among others — was in the Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, the New York Post, the Dallas Morning News, even the Kansas City Star. The White House press secretary took a question about $4 gas at her Wednesday press briefing. A poll last month found that nearly three-quarters of Americans expect $4 gas.

Maura Reynolds, Michelle Quinn and Ronald D. White write in the Los Angeles Times:

Bush’s acknowledged unfamiliarity with the recent cost of gasoline produced some fumes at the pump.

At a Shell service station in the Bay Area city of San Mateo, the price of a gallon of regular had already reached $4.29, well above the state average of $3.42, as measured by the AAA auto club.


Roy Persinco, who filled up his Ford 250 pickup truck for $3.25 a gallon at a Santa Monica Shell station Thursday, said he spent $125 a week on gas.

“I can’t believe that an ex-oilman could be so unaware and ignorant of what is going on around him in the real world, but I’m sure his old buddies in the oil industry can tell him they’re doing just fine,” Persinco said.

I especially like the blaseness of Dubya’s reaction. Not, “Oh, that’s terrible – I have to do something about that,” but rather, “That’s interesting. I hadn’t heard that.” Which roughly translates to, “Boy, that sure sucks for you.”

February 29th, 2008 at 08:45pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Economy,Energy

The English Language Is Officially Dead

Karl Rove has tortured it well beyond the point of major organ failure:

ROVE: …[Obama] is a very left-wing Democrat. He came out of a very radical background in organizing. His record in the Senate is the most liberal, according to the “National Journal.” He has been a conventional far-left Democrat. And we ought to recognize that. As a result, he has these associations and these people he has been comfortable being with who are not in mainstream America. Look, after 9/11, when he said true patriotism did not consist of wearing a lapel pin – – an American flag lapel pin on your lapel, but instead speaking out on the issues, he was basically, with the back of his hand, being very dismissive to millions of Americans who thought it was a patriotic act to put a flag pin on their lapel.

COLMES: Does he lack patriotism because he does not wear a lapel pan? Is he basically saying, patriotism isn’t about a pin? That is his point of view.

ROVE: Alan, I didn’t say that. What he said was that people — he was implicating that people who did wear a flag on the lapel were not true patriots. My point is not — in America, you get to decide whether you want to wear a flag lapel pin or not. What he did though was say, it was true patriotism to speak out on the issue, not to wear a flag lapel pen. He was the one questioning the patriotism of people with flags on their lapels.

COLMES: I didn’t get that from what he said. What I got –

ROVE: Read the statement carefully. He said, true patriotism — quote, true patriotism consisted of speaking out on the issues, not wearing a flag lapel pin.

COLMES: He wasn’t questioning people who wore it. He was questioning the war.

ROVE: No, he was questioning the patriotism of those who did put a flag on their lapel. Admit it. I’m not questioning his patriotism. But he certainly questioned the patriotism of millions of people who felt the simple gesture of putting the flag on their lapel was a patriotic act, and it was.

Uh-huh. If Obama questioned anyone’s patriotism with that statement, it was the patriotism of people who didn’t speak out on the issues. In other words, people who wore a flag pin but didn’t say or do squat. Or, more to the point, people who just went along with whatever the president told them to do, no matter how insane, ill-advised, unconstitutional, or downright criminal it might be.

I can certainly see where Karl might feel the need to stick up for those people. Oh, and bonus points for working in the bogus Obama-is-the-most-liberal-Senator canard.

(h/t to The All-Seeing Eye Of Froomkin)

1 comment February 29th, 2008 at 07:56pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Obama,Politics,Republicans,Rove,Wankers

Two Of Dubya’s Favorite Things

Money and Secrecy:

Ken Herman writes for Cox News Service:

President Bush, declining to say if he would disclose which donors will give millions of dollars to build his library in Dallas, said Thursday the facility will probably be funded in part by foreign money.

Addressing the topic publicly for the first time since last week’s formal announcement of the selection of Southern Methodist University for the library, Bush didn’t directly answer questions about how much it will cost and whether Americans should know who’s paying for it.

Brendan McKenna writes in the Dallas Morning News:

Mr. Bush said at a news conference that some people ‘like to give and don’t particularly want their names disclosed . . . and so we’ll take that into consideration. . . .

Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., who authored a bill to require disclosure of donations to presidential library foundations, said the prospect of secret donors poses a problem.

“When you have foreign governments and foreign business people and corporations giving huge amounts of money when the president is sitting there able to do favors for them, we ought to have it disclosed,” he said. “I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt that maybe he hadn’t thought it through. … I hope he’ll become more sensitive to it.”

Bush tried to explain his non-answers about the library by saying: “We just announced the deal, and I, frankly, have been focused elsewhere, like on gasoline prices and, you know, my trip to Africa.”

Taking ginormous undocumented contributions from foreign nationals is hard. It’s hard work.

Anyway, it’s not like anyone made a big deal about foreigners giving money to Clinton, right? Right?

February 29th, 2008 at 06:44pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Corruption/Cronyism,Republicans

Alien Invasion


Frankly, I’m a lot more worried about that Simpsons episode where Earth is taken over by giant iPods who keep whipping everybody.

Ow! What do you want from us?


Can you prove it didn’t happen?

February 29th, 2008 at 11:46am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Comics

Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

This week’s quote is from an unknown gem called Guilty As Charged, wherein Rod Steiger has built a homemade electric chair in the basement of his meatpacking plant, which he uses to execute criminals who have escaped justice. Cast also includes Lauren Hutton, Isaac Hayes, a very young Heather Graham, Mitch Pileggi, Ferris Beuller’s dad, and the Ah-mon! guy from The Fallen Ones.

With the simple misuse of a vegetable slicer, he committed unspeakable acts against your loved ones, your sons and your daughters!

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

The shadowy and mysterious Codename B. being adorable and sweet.

February 29th, 2008 at 07:27am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

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