Monday, June 27, 2005

Karl Roves Lies About The Left Revealed As Lies (About The Left)

Mystery Pollster pretty much covers it: When Rove claimed that liberals "saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers. In the wake of 9/11, conservatives believed it was time to unleash the might and power of the United States military against the Taliban," he was clearly engaging in that most Bush-like of hobbies, slandering people and lying through his teeth for political gain.

And White House Spokesman Scott McClellan's claim that Rove was only talking about people like "Michael Moore and organizations like Moveon.org," is so incredibly bogus you'd think that Ari Fleischer had said it. Look over the transcripts of what Rove said: he says "liberals," not "Michael Moore and Moveon.org." Look, Mr. McClellan, if you're incapable of telling the truth then why don't you join the Bush administration. O, wait...

But the kicker is that Mystery Pollster shows that in a CBS/New York Times poll from 9/20-23/2001, the question "Do you think the U.S. SHOULD take military action against whoever is responsible for the attacks?" received the following responses from people self-identifying with various political ideologies: "Yes: 84% of liberals, 93% of moderates, 95% of conservatives."

I.e., and this is a point that cannot be made enough times, Karl Rove is a lying prick.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Waking Up To A True America

Recent polls indicated that Karl Rove's efforts to turn lies into accepted truths are starting to fail. Rasmussen reports that more Americans now believe that the war in Iraq was started by George Bush (famous for starting the war in Iraq) than by Saddam Hussein (famous for being a murderous dictator who, in spite of all his other crimes against humanity, didn't start the most recent war in Iraq...he did start some other wars though!)

President Bush, no longer riding the wave of Anti-French sentiment that swept American after 9/11, is also seeing his poll numbers begin to reflect the reality of his failed presidency.

Zogby has him at 44% approval rating, the liberal media scoundrels at Gallup place him at 47%, the fair and balanced pollsters at Fox give him 48%, and the anti-Americans at CBS News/New York Times give him 42%. Shockingly, in spite of his low poll numbers, Mr. Bush recently won an election to be head of a well known nation-state!

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Red Cross Commie Bastards

There's this weird paranoia brewing among Republicans, where they think that any criticism of America is the result of an anti-American agenda. It's become especially intense with the release of Amnesty International and The Red Cross's reports on torture and mistreatment of prisoners by the US.

The lame rhetorical trick being used against Amnesty is to focus on one word (ONE WORD) in their latest report in an effort to discredit them. It's true: Amnesty used the word "gulag." Therefore the thousands of other words in the report are all lies. And the idea that Amnesty is anti-American is just perverse: they write up 149 countries for abuses. It's incredibly whiny and pathetic to think they're "picking on" the US.

In other perversions, Republican Senators just released a report entitled "Are US Interests Disserved by the International Committee of the Red Cross?" The answer is clearly "no." US interests, as I understand them, should include the free exchange of information and the end of abusive actions all over the world. That's what the Red Cross is after: the very interests that the US claims to champion. Well, unless "US Interests" now means something else.

Rev. Fred Phelps Says God Hates America

Nothing shows God's boundless love like picketing funerals, and so Fred Phelps, famous for his "God hates fags" website (look it up yourself), has made quite a career out of suppressing his homosexual yearnings by picketing the funerals of AIDS victims.

Not content with such simply monstrous and inhuman acts, Phelps is now expanding to picketing the funerals of fallen U.S. soldiers. He claims that God lifted his veil of protection over our troops because America has turned its back on Christian values.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Getting High With Clarence Thomas in New Mexico

In the recent Gonzales v. Raich case, it was ruled by SCOTUS that the U.S. government can arrest people who use marijuana under a doctor's orders, in states that allow for medical marijuana use, even if the marijuana was produced in that state. This violates what we in Godless Unamerican Liberal-Land like to call "The Constitution."

In a moving dissent, Clarence Thomas (!) noted

Respondents Diane Monson and Angel Raich use marijuana that has never been bought or sold, that has never crossed state lines, and that has had no demonstrable effect on the national market for marijuana. If Congress can regulate this under the Commerce Clause, then it can regulate virtually anything--and the Federal Government is no longer one of limited and enumerated powers.

Meanwhile, in New Mexico, a group of mushroom-users are probably getting ready for a federal raid, since

The state Court of Appeals says growing hallucinogenic mushrooms is not banned under New Mexico’s law against manufacturing an illegal drug.
Since this will probably hit the Supremes in a few years, I wonder if we can look forward to Clarence Thomas becoming a hippie icon.

Peasants Rise Up

The Washington Post has a heartening story of Chines peasants succesfully beating back gov't agents. The peasants (are we really still supposed to use the word 'peasant'?) were upset about the industrial pollution they've been forced to wallow in, and set up a protest in the form of a tent village. 3000 Chinese gov't agents were dispatched to destroy the tents, but 20,000 peasants resisted them, and the gov't agents were driven back. Yay! I'm sure tommorrow 30,000 well-armed Chinese soldiers will be there to kick ass, but at least for a day something not unlike justice triumphed somewhere in the world.

Is This A Rerun?

The scandal-ridden Bush administration puts out so much fodder, it's starting to seem like it's repeating itself. The standard Bush admin story is: someone in the fold alters scientific findings to make them more amenable to big business or the religious right. The latest culprit, Philip A. Cooney, edited EPA reports and

[took] out a whole paragraph warning about higher temperatures resulting in melting glaciers and snow peaks in polar regions and having "serious impacts" particularly on Native American tribes that rely on fishing and hunting for their livelihood.
No surprise there, nor any surprise in learning tha Cooney has no scientific background. Nor is there any surprise in learning that he
recently left his EPA job and took another job...working for renowned environmental activist group ExxonMobil.

What I like best about the Bush admin is not the complete lack of ethics and morals, but the absence of accountability.

Your Freedom To Rot In Jail Forever

Jose Padilla, famous as the Chicago "dirty bomb" terror-suspect, provides an interesting case in the limits of government power. According to the now quaint U.S. Constitution, you can't just lock someone up indefinitely without charging them with a crime. But in the Padilla case, the government says it can do exactly that. All it has to do is say that the person is an "enemy combatant." An attempt to appeal Padilla's case to the Supreme Court was turned down the other day, as detailed here. Money quote:

But justices declined to address a separate issue: whether U.S. citizens arrested on American soil can be designated "enemy combatants" and held without trial.

Here's another money quote:

No person shall be ...deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.

It seems that money quote 2 should trump money quote 1, but then that would assume the constitution was still in effect.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Governor Rick Perry Tells Gay Veterans To Leave The State

Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, in an effort to mobilize the religious right, who are so oppressed and in need of a champion, recently signed two pieces of legislation in a church school. But it wasn't enough for Gov. Perry to ignore the first amendment's establishment clause: he wanted to make his intentions clear in signing a bill that would ban gay marriage (interestingly, gay marriage is not currently legal in Texas, so this is like banning squirrels from working as ski instructors) and so

During a news conference held in a Fort Worth church, Perry was asked what he would tell Texas gay and lesbian war veterans returning home from war about the law. Governor Perry responded, according to the Fort Worth State Telegram, by saying that “Texans made a decision about marriage and if there's a state that has more lenient views than Texas, then maybe that’s a better place for them to live.”

Yeah! Fucking gaywad heroes of the Gulf War! It's nice to see that, unlike so many of the anti-American types on the left, Perry supports our troops, or at least supports their right to move the hell out of Texas.

Freedom to use the word "Freedom" denied by Microsoft

"Microsoft's Chinese Internet portal has banned the words 'freedom' and 'democracy' from parts of its website in an apparent effort to avoid offending Beijing's political censors." Strangely, this story was reported on Microsoft's "Moneycentral" news website. Microsoft has an enlightened attitude about censorship, in that they censor stuff but don't censor mentioning of the fact that they are censoring.

But here's an idea: when totalitarian governments ask you to cooperate with them in maintaining their repressive power over their people, maybe it would be morally correct to just say no. At the very least, they should be aware that those who say no receive a better judgment in history than those who collaborate.

Saturday, June 04, 2005

For future dictionary editors...

Friday, June 03, 2005

Those Nostalgic Republicans

A state senator from Kansas, Kay O'Connor, is now seeking to run for Kansas' secretary of state. Oddly, while Ms. O'Connor is a woman, she has some deep reservations about the 19th amendment.

"I think the 19th Amendment, while it's not an evil in and of itself, is a symptom of something I don't approve of," she said at the time. "The 19th Amendment is around because men weren't doing their jobs, and I think that's sad. I believe the man should be the head of the family. The woman should be the heart of the family."
I feel this way about the 14th amendment. If slave owners had only been doing their jobs, as head of the slave-owning households, we wouldn't have needed to "free" the slaves. They would have been well-cared for!

Still, I can't help but wonder if Ms. O'Connor's opinions were given to her by this man, because, remember, the citizens of Kansas did not evolve as other human beings did, but spontaneously appeared due to the magic word power of the special sky god, at least according to the Kansas Board of Edumacationilaziting Our Childer-folk.

Perhaps Ms. O'Connor would enjoy living in a country where her principles are put into action.