Friday, December 29, 2006

Language That Has No Meaning

Beyond unbelievable and into the realm of head exploding absurdity. But what do you expect from the Bush administration.

HENRY: You know, going back to September 2001, the president said, dead or alive, we're going to get him. Still don't have him. I know you are saying there's successes on the war on terror, and there have been. That's a failure.

TOWNSEND: Well, I'm not sure — it's a success that hasn't occurred yet. I don't know that I view that as a failure.

Thanks to Crooks and Liars for the tip.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Conservative Insanity In 2006

Courtesy of Media Matters who do a most excellent job keeping an eye on the absolute insanity (seems to fit the best) that gets spread around daily by conservatives.

Here are a couple just to wet your appetite.

Limbaugh discussing a videotape released by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the then-leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq: "[I]t sounds just like the DNC [Democratic National Committee] is writing his scripts now."

Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and host of the daily Christian radio show The Albert Mohler Program: "Well, I would have to say as a Christian that I believe any belief system, any world view, whether it's Zen Buddhism or Hinduism or dialectical materialism for that matter, Marxism, that keeps persons captive and keeps them from coming to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, yes, is a demonstration of satanic power."

More here.


The Man Who Pardoned Nixon Has Been Dead For A Few Days

I am at a loss to understand how letting Richard "tricky Dick" Nixon off with a pardon was a "good thing" for the country. If you want to know why people are so cynical about politics and power in the good old US of A, all you have to do is look at this man getting off without paying for his crimes.

We won't mention Gerald Ford's support of the invasion of East Timor by Indonesia or the 200,000 dead because of it.
That would be too uncivilized at this time.

I know I am not the only one who has mentioned this but it can't be said enough as an antidote to all the tv talking heads who will rewrite history with a smile on his or her face.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Eddie Murphy - James Brown Hot Tub Party Video

Classic bit from Saturday Night Live.

James Brown - Popcorn Live Video

Enjoy this classic clip of early 70's funk with Maceo Parker.

RIP James Brown.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Take A Trip Down Memory Lane With Steve Moore

Watch a clip of the fanatic true believer Steve Moore, the President of the Club For Growth (no taxes for the rich is what it should be called) talk about how we are going to be out of Iraq in six months in this clip from 2004. You know, after they have elections and get the army trained...blah blah blah blah.

What liars they are.

I wonder if he is still doing the "Friedman" and saying we can get this thing under control in the next six months?

George Carlin talks about the real choices the public has in all of this, which is basically just the things you get to choose as a "consumer" but when it comes to make decisions that affect your real life you don't have much to say in the matter.

Monday, December 04, 2006

How Wrong Can The Right Brothers Be?

The rockin' songwriting "geniuses" who brought you the non-hit and pure fantasy of "Bush Was Right", are now making their way down the highway to the kingdom of rock glory by bringing you their next "hit" with the unintentionally hilarious tune called "I'm In Love With Ann Coulter".

And it appears they are serious.

Beyond satire could be patented by these guys.

Thanks to Crooks and Liars for the tip.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Peter Jennings & Henry Kissinger Incident

"Four years ago, Barbara Walters, who calls Kissinger “the most loyal friend,” was entertaining Kissinger and his wife at a dinner party for a D.C. politician when ABC News anchor Peter Jennings, who died last year, suddenly piped up, “How does it feel to be a war criminal, Henry?”

More here.

Wouldn't you have loved to have been a fly on the wall for this little exchange?

Peter Jennings actually does sound like a guy I could've gone out and had a beer with.

Debunking Of That Mythical Flat Tax Conservatives Love So Much

"According to Bush, Estonia has a “flat tax”—and not only that, it’s “transparent and simple.” We’re always surprised to read such things, because no major pol in our own advanced country has ever so much as proposed a flat tax—if by that we mean a tax plan where everyone is required to submit the same percentage of income. (What else does it mean to call a plan “flat?”) In Campaign 96, Steve Forbes made the most famous “flat tax” proposal ever—and everyone agreed to use that misleading name. But uh-oh! Due to the Forbes plan’s large deductions, many families would have paid no taxes at all, and others would have paid as much as 17 percent. It’s hard to know why you’d would want to call that “flat”—except, oh wait! It’s obvious why! The so-called “flat tax”—the “flat tax” that isn’t—is one of those carefully calibrated bits of deception churned out over the past forty years by our pseudo-con think tanks. For some reason, the notion of a “flat tax” sounds good to many people—and that’s especially true when scribes like Stolberg go along with the whole bogus concept. Of course, the real kicker in the Forbes plan was this—the proposal would have drastically lowered taxes on the highest earners. That’s OK, if you want to propose such a thing. But why would you call the Forbes plan “flat?” Unless you want to steer attention away from the real proposal, we’ve never had any idea."

Bob Somerby shows you how big media "journalists" haven't done their jobs on this issue. But then, that is not something new.

Can you guess which families would have paid no tax at all under the Forbes plan?

This is the "holy grail" of the conservative economic crowd, while the fundamentalists are out running around like inebriated chickens with their heads cut off over gays and abortions, they want more than anything to have a "flat" tax on income for the rich which is a code word for....they don't want to pay any tax at all. They are tired of putting their money in offshore bank accounts didn't you know?

You, however, have to pay.

Glenn Greenwald Destroys Thomas Friedman's Support For Invading Iraq

"That body of work is extraordinary. Friedman is truly one of the most frivolous, dishonest, and morally bankrupt public intellectuals burdening this country. Yet he is, of course, still today, one of the most universally revered figures around, despite -- amazingly enough, I think it's more accurate to say "because of" -- his advocacy of the invasion of Iraq, likely the greatest strategic foreign policy disaster in America's history."

Read the rest here.

Now you might think that Glenn is being a bit well, too harsh, on Friedman but just keep in mind what he advocated for with the invasion of Iraq and that he will never, ever take responsibility for it. Ever.

Besides, this is the same guy who said that as long as a trade agreement had "Free Trade" in it he was all for it. Even if he never read the thing.

Let that sink in for a moment.

To my way of thinking the word despicable doesn't quite do justice to Thomas Friedman.