Saturday, March 31, 2007
Friday, March 30, 2007
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Monday, March 26, 2007
I've also been asked about the proper attire for the get-together on friday night. The pic at the left shows acceptable attire.....(insert evilgrin icon here)
And, of course, we expect some REPUBLICAN girls at the party.....sure...they'll eventually marry Republican boys but they want to date Democratic Boys first because, after all, they do deserve SOME FUN in life.....(insert snarky evilgrin here)
Here's Josh at Talking Points Memo
"None of this is about Alberto Gonzales. This is about the president and the White House, which is where this entire plan was hatched. Gonzales was just following orders, executing the president's plans.
This is about this president and this White House, which ... let's be honest, everyone on both sides of the aisle already knows."
Earlier, he said:
"This isn't a case where Alberto Gonzales has fallen short of the president's standards or bungled some process. This is the standard. The Attorney General has done and is doing precisely what is expected of him."
Don't forget this.....this IS President Bush's scandal....he and his advisors "cooked" this plan and Gonzales and his staff inplemented it. It isn't that Gonzales is a renegade Attorney General, he's a loyal (to a fault, really) "Bushie"
And never forget, this wasn't just some "inside the beltway" blowjob....no...Josh also reminds us of what this is really about (again):
"...What we seem to see are repeated cases in which US Attorneys were fired for not pursuing bogus prosecutions of persons of the opposite party. Or vice versa. There's little doubt that that is why McKay and Iglesias were fired and there's mounting evidence that this was the case in other firings as well. The idea that a senator calls a US Attorney at home just weeks before a federal elections and tries to jawbone him into indicting someone to help a friend get reelected is shocking. Think about it for a second. It's genuinely shocking. At a minimum one would imagine such bad acts take place with more indirection and deniability. And yet the Domenici-Iglesias call has now been relegated to the status of a footnote in the expanding scandal, notwithstanding the fact that there's now documentary evidence showing that Domenici's substantial calls to the White House and Justice Department played a direct role in getting Iglesias fired."
I dunno.......that whole "impeachment thing" is beginning to make sense....
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Friday, March 23, 2007
"What they don't expect is that the political apparatus of the White
House will use the Department of Justice as a tool to protect criminal
wrongdoing among their own and trump up charges against their political
opponents. That is not just a different focus or legal prioity. That's
corruption, pure and simple, and may constitute obstruction of justice. (And
believe me, if there had been any evidence that Clionton had such motivations
the Republican congress would have investigated it in 1994 when they took
office. They investigated everything.) ..."
Rove thanked the audience for “all that you are doing in those hot spots around the country to ensure that the integrity of the ballot is protected.” He added, “A lot in American politics is up for grabs.”...
One audience member asked Rove whether he’d “thought about using the bully pulpit of the White House to talk about election reform and an election integrity agenda that would put the Democrats back on the defensive.”
“Yes, it’s an interesting idea,” Rove responded.
Let me submit to you the problem we have today is not that we didn't
listen enough to people like The Washington Post. It's that we listened too
much. They endorsed going to war in the first place. They helped drive the
drumbeat that drove almost two-thirds of the people in this chamber to vote for
that misbegotten, stupid, ill-advised war that has destroyed our influence over
a third of the world. So I make no apology if the moral sensibilities of some
people on this floor, or the editorial writers of The Washington Post, are
offended because they don't like the specific language contained in our
benchmarks or in our timelines.
What matters in the end is not what the specific language is. What
matters is whether or not we produce a product today that puts pressure on this
Administration and sends a message to Iraq, to the Iraqi politicians that we're
going to end the permanent long-term dead end babysitting service. That's what
we're trying to do. And if The Washington Post is offended about the way we do
it, that's just too bad.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
"...if this country once begins to suspect them, or any among them, of any dispostion to make political capital at home out of a course that would lead us to war, it will never forgive them."
Damn that Bush administration!
Oh, wait a minute, you want the cite from the paper huh?
Here it is, The Times of London, OCTOBER 2, 1922 (Taken from A Peace to End All Peace, David Fromkin, Owl Books 1989, pg, 542)
In case you're wondering, I didn't cite that to exhonorate Bush, Blair and their respective administrations, but rather, to point out that super powers have always played some version of "the great game" with countries of the Middle East, and Iraq has been their personal ping-pong ball for almost 100 years.
That same book also points to a terrible harbinger of things to come by quoting from a letter to the wife of a Standard Oil Company geologist in Iraq, who claims he it there to map out the greatest known source of oil now remaining and to "claim it for America as it rightly belongs." Unfortunately that happened under the British Protectorate of Iraq after King Feisel was installed. It caused quite a stir. King Feisel banned Standard Oil from surveying which eventually lead to Standard Oil and the American Consulate proclaiming that they supported the "protectorate" and had no intentions of undermining it (as long as they got to drill for oil) and....privately, they wrote that Iraq was a country of such warring tribes that the British "protectorate" was absolutely essential in protecting Standard Oil's interests...
Things haven't changed much have they?
Meet the New Boss
Same as the old Boss.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
and because you're probably nosey...YES I did finish my lessons for the day...
Bush claimed in his press conference (the Rude pundit calls it something else...rudely) that he had made a "reasonable offer to the Democratic controlled Congress to allow Harriet Meirs and KKKarl Rove to testify. Really reasonable....
No oaths to be taken
Done behind Closed doors...
No transcripts of the hearing....
I used to work in the agricultural industry and I KNOW THE SMELL OF BULLSHIT ...and this IS BULLSHIT.
TBogg snarks it better than I do:
"If the Democrats truly do want to move forward and find the right
information, they ought to accept what I proposed," Bush said. "If scoring
political points is the desire, then the rejection of this reasonable proposal
will really be evident for the American people to see."
and Tbogg responds:
No oath, no transcript.
Just a little chat over Zimas and everything will be right as rain.
Jesus on Jeopardy, not even Doug Feith is that stupid.
As of around 10:30 this morning, the Democrats in the House of Representatives, proved they were indeed smarter than Doug Feith..here's the link
and the lede paragraph:
WASHINGTON - A House panel on Wednesday defied the White House and authorized subpoenas for President Bush’s political adviser, Karl Rove and other top aides, setting up a constitutional showdown over the firings of eight federal prosecutors.
This constitutional showdown has been brewing for a long time folks....hop in, buckle up and HOLD ON....it's gonna be quite a ride....
Okay....back to CEUS
Want to jump in?
I'll post a couple of things here and then head off to the "other" world.
BREAKING NEWS! REPUBLICANS DISCOVER "OVERSIGHT".
I like Glenn Greewald's take on this. It seems suddenly, the Republicans in Congress (especially the House of Representatives) have discovered that their job is "oversight" of the Executive Branch. This is breath-taking. It's like Columbus discovering America....except it was probably Haiti....and...except it was probably done several hundred years before by the Vikings....but what the hell....it's still important. (Repub "crybaby" thanks to firedoglake)
Here's what it's all about:
The House Judiciary Committee yesterday held a hearing concerning the FBI's illegal use of NSLs to spy on Americans. The Inspector General who revealed (at least some of) the abuses, Glenn Fine, along with the FBI's General Counsel, Valerie Caproni, testified.
And a sample snip of the newfound, Republican outrage:
From the attorney general on down, you should be ashamed of yourself," said Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. "We stretched to try to give you the tools necessary to make America safe, and it is very, very clear that you've abused that trust."
And if you have a weak heart, hold on..."our own" (sarcasm off) Congressman James Sensenbrenner (R-CooCooVille) even found it necessary to criticize the Bush Administration:
Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.) expressed surprise at how widespread the use of national security letters had become, asking: "Do we have that many potential terrorists running around the country? If so, I'm really worried." He said the inspector general's report shows that "the FBI has had a gross overreach," and added that its officials "can't get away with this and expect to maintain public support for the tools that they need to combat terrorism."
But to be honest, Glenn expects that the newfound outrage was for show purposes and won't really last among the Republicans. He predicts that they'll return to their old ways once the glare of the "kleiglites" if off.
Speaking of Kleiglites...it seems that Bush found a particular fascination for the word in yesterday's [s]temper-tantrum[/s] Press conference. The Rude Pundit mocks it here.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Monday, March 19, 2007
Sunday, March 18, 2007
(bilde photograph at right)
An object lesson, forwarded to me by one of the ten smartest men in America (and a liberal):
Liberal: The USA has fifty states.
Conservative: No, it doesn’t.
Liberal: Yes, it does. The USA has fifty states.
Conservative: What about Guam? What about that Guam, huh? Or theVirgin Islands?
Liberal: Those are territories, not states. The USA has fifty states.
Conservative: Oh, so you’re saying those don’t count?
Conservative: Oh, so the people there don’t count? They’re not good enough, huh? I thought you liberals wanted everybody to be counted.
Liberal: No, I said the territories don’t count as states. The USA has fifty states.
Conservative: You’re really something, you know that? You liberals are always going on about how all of us conservatives are racists, how we don’t care about anybody but people who look like us. But you don’t even want to count the blacks who live in Guam as Americans.
Along those same lines, Sadly, No gives Conservatives credit.....to wit:
You know, the Right’s successful campaign of inventing their public image as heartland populists while portraying the Left as sissified elitists is one of the most remarkable achievements in all of modern propaganda. It’d be like my goofy white ass convincing y’all that I’m really a beautiful black lesbian lawyer named Foxy Bradrocket. It’d be like Dan Riehl convincing y’all that his parents now allow him to use utensils that don’t have rubber safety tips at the end of them. It’d be like Ann Coulter convincing you that her totally enormous Adam’s apple really isn’t a malevolent leprechaun that lives inside her throat and tells her to call people “faggots.” It’d be like Jamil Hussein and Daffyd ab Hugh convincing you that the giant sandwich they found outside that burned and bombed mosque is really a… no, f**k it, I will simply not go there.
The point is, it’s an amazing feat. They have waged a brilliant information war that has convinced millions of people to believe precisely the opposite of what is true. At some point, you just have to tip your hat.
Some great "snark" from Alicublog:
TORTURED LOGIC. After years in U.S. custody, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has confessed to being the "mastermind" of 31 terrorists attacks from 9/11 to the mysterious death of your pet schnauzer.
Friday, March 16, 2007
I got to see some of the hearings on CSPan and also reviewed some of it on YouTube and it was fascinating that Valerie lived up to the expectations of everybody in Left Blogsylvania. For that matter, Waxman did also. Paul Hoades was a surprise...a bonus actually.
Most of Blogsylvania is absolutely giddy over the smackdown of Victoria Toensing by Waxman and other Democratic members of the committee when she trotted out the dead horse Republican talking points and held onto them tenaciously and heroically in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. When Waxman indicated he would "hold the hearing record open because of the conflicting testimony" it was a clear message to Toensing that she was bordering on perjury.
And if that wasn't enough....
CBS News says that Alberto Gonzales has a constituency of exactly ONE.... and that ONE happens to be a "pugnacious" President Bush. You can read more about it here...
Here's a quote that tells us what we've been dealing with for the past six years.
Republicans close to the White House tell CBS News chief White House correspondent Jim Axelrod that President Bush is in “his usual posture: pugnacious, that no one is going to tell him who to fire.” But sources also said Gonzales’ firing is just a matter of time.
So he's still "the decider"
The adrenaline is still flowing.....may not be able to sleep tonight...
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Tonight is RESOLUTIONS NIGHT!
If you want to bring a resolution to the 7th CD Convention on April 28, it has to get passed by the County Party TONIGHT! ....and, of course, if your Resolution passes the 7th CD Convention in April, it will go to the STATE CONVENTION in June....
Remember that all resolutions must BEGIN with a "Whereas" Statement
(example) Whereas, George W. Bush is stupid....
and it has to be completed with a "Be it Resolved" statement
(example) Be it Resolved that, George W. Bush is the WORST President, ever!....
Oh yeah, one more thing...it has to be 100 words or less....
See you in Pittsville at the Legion Building at 6:30 PM.....
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
As you might suspect, it's done by one of the best columnists in the business, Glenn Greenwald and appears in today's issue of Salon. Glenn explains in the most clear, precise language why we should be scared to death of George W. Bush.
I strongly urge you to click the link and read the full article, but as usual, I'll provide a few "snippets".
Let's set the stage a little bit. A number of articles have appeared in Washington based news reports about the "Literary Luncheon" given for the President last week which was hosted by some of the premier architects of Neoconservative Thought (I know, I know...neoconservative + thought is an oxymoron...I know that too)
and to honor a new hero of Neoconservativsm, "historian" Andrew Roberts. (read his interview with Front Page Magazine here) You may have heard of Roberts before. He is one of the leading Neoconservative Historical "Revisionists" who have rewritten history with an eye toward conservative ideals. (e.g. every evil in the world since the beginning of the 20th Century is the fault of LIBERAL THOUGHT) Or, as Glenn reminds us from that interview captioned above:
Roberts recently wrote the right-wing historical revisionism tract entitled History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900. The book, as Roberts himself described it in an interview with Front Page Magazine, "does not consider British imperialism to have been a Bad Thing, argues that the Versailles Treaty was not harsh enough on Germany, [and] defends the bombing of Dresden, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki . . . . " A central theme is that "Intellectuals of the Left bear a heavy responsibility for the cruelties and savagery of the 20th century," and Roberts' world-view is filled with banalities like this:
"I fear, in the light of Congress's recent nonbinding (and utterly
self-contradictory) resolution opposing the surge, the gross bias of much of the Left-Liberal media, and the present poll ratings of Sen Hillary Clinton, that the US will lose the will to fight the War against Terror in any manner that might hold out the hope of ultimate victory."
Okay....so you get the idea of the theme of the "Literary Luncheon"
Greenwald lists some of the Neoconservative luminaries present at the luncheon but the key was that this luncheon wasn't arranged by the Neocons to simply honor their latest shill, Roberts, instead it was formated to give "lessons to the President". That's right.....LESSONS FOR THE PRESIDENT... tutoring at the feet of the Strausian disciples of the New American Century.
And those lessons, my dear friends, are why we should be scared senseless about George W. Bush's remaining days in office.
I won't go into all of the lessons that were reported, or for that matter, will I recount the reported reactions of the President to those lessons....except.....except this one:
Here it is:
On one subject the president needed no lessons from Roberts or anyone else in the room: how to handle pressure. "I just don't feel any," he says with the calm conviction of a man who believes the constituency to which he must ultimately answer is the Divine Presence. Don't misunderstand: God didn't tell him to put troops in harm's way in Iraq; belief in Him only goes so far as to inform the president that there is good and evil. It is then his job to figure out how to promote the former and destroy the latter. And he is confident that his policies are doing just that.
Or, as luncheon attendee Michael Novak of the American Enterprise Institute recalled (also in The Weekly Standard) the President saying: "I want to have my conscience clear with Him. Then it doesn't matter so much what others think." (Novak also revealingly marveled that "The President was not at all intimidated by his fifteen or so guests" even though the guests included Podhoretz, Himmelfarb and "Irwin Stelzer himself" -- in Novak's world, one expects the President to be intimidated to be in the presence of such powerful neoconservative luminaries, not the other way around).
Greenwald spells out the chilling effect of this "lesson".
"....One can see that dynamic powerfully at work in the interaction between these neoconservatives and the President. They have seized upon the President's evangelical fervor and equated his "calling" to wage war for Good in the world with the neoconservative agenda of endless wars in the Middle East. "
And the more unpopular the President becomes as a result, the more of a failure these policies are, the more strongly they tell him to ignore all of that, that none of it matters, that his God and history will conclude that he did The Right Thing, provided that he continue steadfastly to pursue their agenda. And the President believes that. That is why nothing will stop him in pursuing the path he created years ago when, in January, 2002, he became convinced to name not only Iraq, but also Iran, as standing members of the "Axis of Evil" (even though our relations with Iran were rapidly improving at the time) and cited the 9/11 attacks in order to all but vow war on those countries, despite their having nothing to do with those attacks. The President's "lessons" at the feet of neoconservatives continue, and he is as faithful a student as ever.
Take the time to read the whole article.
Anybody want to join me for a good, stiff drink?
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Yep...two documents to read...both highly technical legal documents....one of 109 pages and the other of 212 pages....sort of like reading the phone book ...only a lot less interesting....
Catching up on the news today...
Apparently the work of Josh Micah Marshall at Talking Points Memo on the firing of the 8 U. S Attorneys has metatisized into an major headache for the Bush administration...so great a headache that Senator Diane Feinstein and Senator Chuck Schumer held a joint press conference to call for the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales....this, of course, prompted Gonzales to hold a press conference at which he said, mistakes were made, but not by him, and that besides there wasn't anything wrong anyway, and besides that, well because, just because...
Now, here's the latest update from Josh....it's a quote from a floor speech by Senator Arlen Specter about one of the U. S. Attorneys who was fired, Carol Lam:
Mr. Specter raised the question of whether Ms. Lam had been dismissed.
because she was “about to investigate other people who were politically
powerful,” and he questioned the Justice Department’s initial explanation that
those who had lost their jobs had received poor performance evaluations
This is going to be interesting....
Monday, March 12, 2007
We often hear elected officials talk about “family values.” I think it’s time more of our political leaders show that they truly value families, by enacting policies that protect working families from unfair business practices and help them build a strong foundation for the future.
To that end, I’m pleased to support the Wisconsin Families First agenda which includes a series of initiatives to help the legislature focus its priorities on the real needs of Wisconsin’s middle class.
A key aspect of Wisconsin Families First is a series of consumer protection legislation to end practices that hit families in the pocketbook and invade their privacy.
Wisconsin’s popular “Do Not Call” list protects consumers from unwanted telephone solicitation. But there are whole categories of consumers who are currently unprotected–including the growing number of people who use cell phones. It’s bad enough to be hassled by a sales call you don’t want to receive; it’s even worse when you’re paying for the call, which is often the case with cell phone plans. A new bill will extend “Do Not Call” protection to cell phone users. The bill also lets small business phone customers request inclusion in the “Do Not Call” directory, and makes it easier for other non-residential phone customers to avoid unwanted telephone and fax solicitations.
Currently, a violation of the “Do Not Call” law brings a fine of not more than $100. That’s not nearly enough to deter violators, which is one reason that complaints about “Do Not Call” violations are on the rise. The new bill will increase the penalty for violations to between $1,000 and $10,000. And individuals who suffer damages as a result of a violation will be permitted to seek an injunction against the violator or sue for damages of up to $500 per violation. These provisions will put teeth into the “Do Not Call” law and provide a real deterrent to telemarketers who are ignoring it.
Another area that we are turning our attention to is the “payday loan” industry. These lenders offer easy credit—anyone with a job can post-date a check as collateral for a short-term loan. For cash-strapped families, payday lenders appear to offer a way to make it from one paycheck to the next. But by charging extraordinarily high interest rates, many borrowers are pulled into a spiral of debt. Shockingly, Wisconsin families borrowed more than $640 million in 2005 from these storefront lenders.
This session, I will support legislation to regulate this industry and put an end to predatory lending practices.
Privacy protection has become a growing concern. Many of us use tax preparation services; but while we enjoy the convenience and savings tax services offer, few people are aware that the personal information they provide to the preparer is not protected. The fine print in many tax service contracts permits the preparer to share and sell your information to third parties: When you sign your return, you’re signing your privacy away.
New legislation I will support will protect consumer privacy by requiring tax preparation services to disclose the third parties they intend to share personal information with; customers must approve those disclosures in writing. This kind of informed consent will protect privacy and give consumers more control over their personal information.
Email spam is another growing invasion of privacy. There’s not much that state government can do to stop spam—but we can avoid being part of the problem. For instance, the DNR provides a listserve that consumers can sign up for when they apply for hunting and fishing licenses. Although consumers can request that other information they provide on a license application be kept private, the email address they provide for the listserve is not exempt from the state’s open records law. This session, we propose to change the law so that email addresses on the DNR listserve will be protected. There’s no reason that the state should leave your email address open to potential abuse by spammers.
With these and other proposals, the Wisconsin Families First initiative will take important steps to fulfill government’s most important role: defending the families that are the cornerstone of our society. To me, that’s what real family values are all about.
Madashell posted it on another board but you can see the whole thread here
Dave's whole response can be found here but here are a few "snippets".
“I am sorry that I yelled at them. I respect their passion on the issue; I wish they would respect mine. We are both frustrated, and that led us to have an argument that we never should have had because we both want to see an end to U.S. involvement in that war. What divided us was the question of how.
“When they were arguing that I should vote against the legislation that I am sponsoring, they did not know that the proposal would in fact give the House its first opportunity in the four years of this misguided war to vote on a time line for bringing it to a close.
and a "killer" line at the end:
“This is just another example of how Americans have become needlessly and painfully divided on a war that I have opposed from the beginning and that the President should never have misled us into.
“I intend to continue to press forward to pass this legislation because it is the best chance we have to bring our involvement in that civil war to a conclusion.”
I have never doubted Dave's sincerity. I have never doubted his opposition to this war. I will tell you an awful secret about being an elected official. The difference between what your constituents WANT versus what is POSSIBLE is sometimes gigantic. And sometimes elected officials have to do the most difficult thing imaginable: tell their constituents the truth they don't want to hear.
Well....that's what Dave did....rudely perhaps....brusquely perhaps...and for that we accept his apology...
The National Transportation Safety Board recently divulged they had
"covertly" funded a project with the U.S. automakers for the past 5 years,
whereby the automakers were installing black-box voice recorders in 4-wheel
drive pickup trucks and SUV's in an effort to determine fatal accidents, the
circumstances in the last 15 seconds before the crash.They were surprised to
find in 48 of the 50 states the recorded last words of drivers in 61.2 percent
of fatal crashes were, "Oh Shit!"
Only Wisconsin and Minnesota were different, where 89.3 percent of the
final words were: "Hold my beer, I'm gonna try something."
Sunday, March 11, 2007
I understand that a clip of it appeared on This Week with Stephanopolis ... I don't understand what purpose that would serve other than to drive a wedge between the perceived factions within the Democratic party.
In the meantime....
firedoglake is picking up on the same news that Josh Marshall and Talking Points Memo is looking at....namely, that KKKarl Rove's fingerprints appear to be all over the firing of the 8 federal prosecutors. TPM has a great piece on the contradictions from the head of the Nevada Republican Party.
Christy's link at firedoglake gets into a lot more detail and speculates that tossing Roberto Gonzolas to the wolves has all the earmarks of standard operating procedure for KKKarl Rove's political operations. Rove usually doesn't leave "fingerprints" of any kind so it's possible he'll escape accountability once again...as he did by throwing "poor" Scooter Libby under the bus to keep Fitzgerald off of himself.
Here's how Christy puts it:
Funny how Alberto Gonzales got shifted into the hot seat this week, just as a spotlight began to shine on the White House — and Karl Rove — isn't it? Not that Gonzales doesn't deserve a heaping helping of scorn, but let's step back a moment and contemplate who gives marching orders to whom in the White House pecking order. And who has a history of shifting blame off himself at all costs
hmmmmm....I wonder....who ????
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Dave Obey represents a pretty conservative district that is not exactly easy for a Democrat to represent (this is why the NRSC can’t wait for him to retire). He originally voted against the war, he has been one of the most outspoken critics of the war, and he has repeatedly used his position as Appropriations Chairman to try to get the situation in Iraq under control. These are the facts, and I witnessed it first hand, having worked for him a few years ago.
Now, you can argue whether his tactics right now are smart. You can have a reasoned disagreement about whether he should be pushing a supplemental appropriations bill that includes new money for veterans medical care and binding language to end the war by March of 2008. There is a very legitimate case to be made that Democrats shouldn’t support any money to continue the war and that the supplemental appropriations bill that Obey is carrying does also do that.
"However, berating one of the antiwar movement’s longtime leaders and then trying to mount his head on the virtual YouTube wall over a debate about the best WAY to end the war suggests that the antiwar movement fundamentally does not understand the very power structure it is trying to influence...."
Friday, March 09, 2007
Late yesterday afternoon, word began to leak out that Barone was disavowing that he ever wrote that piece even though it appeared on the magazines site under his by-line...
turns out he didn't write it.
The website was hacked and the post put up there under his by-line falsely.....
too bad....it was a good story....
Maybe bloggers should adopt a "wait 24 hours" policy before reprinting each other's work?
Thursday, March 08, 2007
It's the "other side" (the Ann Coulter Contingent) that believes tthat gays, lesbians, bi's and transgender (GLBT for short) should be discriminated against....that's the reason....and the ONLY reason we find it humorous when one of the "other side's" heros is "outed"....and it happens a lot.....And it just happened again....more ironically, it happened to a person who received an award at the same Conservative Conference where Ann Coulter made her demeaning "faggot" comment.
Our friends at Americablog have the story....
and here are a few snippets:
"In this first-person piece he just wrote in Salon, former gay porn star and gay prostitute Matt Sanchez, a GOP hero, blames those evil liberals for outing his man-whore, porn star past. Sanchez, who starred in such thrillers as "Touched by an Anal: Four Hours of Heavenly Anal Action" - I'm not joking (this is NOT a work-friendly link) - now says that the porn industry is evil and liberal and that's why he became a conservative. "
"Seems that in addition to being a star at CPAC and in other right wing circles, including appearances on O'Reilly and Hannity, Sanchez has starred in a number of "films" that probably weren't being shown at CPAC -- or maybe they were."
And the priceless Press Release from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (also from AmericaBlog)
The real eleven inches of pure hypocrisy
Statement by Matt Foreman, Executive DirectorNational Gay and Lesbian Task Force
“While it may be delicious to watch our opponents twist and squirm after honoring and embracing a larger-than-life gay porn star, I don’t see any hypocrisy in U.S. Marine reservist Matt Sanchez’s actions. As is his right, he spoke out against what he believed was bad treatment by Columbia’s ‘radical anti-military students’ (Sanchez’s words). Right-wing pundits and organizations pounced on the handsome Latino Marine and showered him with praise and media exposure. Now, they’re scrambling for cover.“Porn — gay or straight — has no ideology. Porn stars and porn consumers are Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives, atheists and evangelicals. There’s no inherent contradiction between Matt Sanchez being pro-military and being part of the ‘adult film’ industry. The real hypocrisy expresses itself in two different and important ways. First, the failed ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ law requires Matt Sanchez and thousands of other loyal Americans to hide their sexual orientation to serve their country in the military. Second, Ann Coulter and her ilk lift a man to hero and spokesperson status until — gasp! — he is found out to be a ‘faggot’ (Coulter’s word).
Guess who he had his picture taken with?
photo courtesy of Americablog......roflmao at the caption.....they had to designate WHICH one was the former gay porn star.......roflmao, roflmao
I admitted in my post last night that I really don't know what we're being distracted from here and, if I had taken the time to read all of Scarecrow's post over at firedoglake, I might have let it go at his explanation...in part, it reads:
"Yesterday a jury of 11 of his peers convicted Scooter Libby of four felonies: giving false statements (lying) to the FBI, two counts of perjury (lying) before a federal Grand Jury and obstructing justice in the investigation into who disclosed the identity of a CIA agent. But the unamimous guilty verdicts by the jurors who actually heard the evidence did not matter to the Administration apologists who simply don't care about the evidence. Unlike Iraq, where the Administration apparently has no "Plan B," their supporters were ready with their response to the verdicts: control the media narrative, bury the obvious accountability moment, obscure the "cloud over Cheney," and more important, discredit the legal process and manipulate the eventual outcome. The coverup is in still on." (additional emphasis mine)
Scarecrow points out two of the points I made in this post. That is, the right wing was eminately prepared for this assault, and, they were determined (and successfully executed) control over the media narrative.
Scarecrow goes on to say:
Lies never die with these people. The guilty verdicts changed nothing for them. All of the lies that have been repeatedly discredited are still being told by the Administration's supporters without shame and too often without response. The cover up continues and is in full force. Libby is still the fire wall to protect Cheney and others, and the apologists and neocons are working very hard to make sure he stays the firewall. The strategy now seems to create a dominant view that a pardon is not only fair to poor fallguy Scooter Libby but inevitable. So there's no reason to wait.
I somewhat agree that at least some of the motivation for the noise machine is to protect Cheney...to keep Scooter as the firewall to protect Cheney...but from what?
Cheney is politically and (to some extent) legally insulated from this scandal. He can only be reached through impeachment which the Congress is loathe to even talk about, and he can, if he wishes, obfuscate any supeona with claims of "Executive Privilege" until he runs out the clock on this administration's term. Why the desperation? (note: this is essentially the same question Scarecrow is asking? "Why the rush to pardon Libby?" "Why must (as the right wing pundits insist) the pardon be granted NOW?")
Put your hands over your wallets folks....something is amiss here.
Scarecrow thinks its to protect Cheney.
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
But the spin is making me dizzy....obviously the Republicans were expecting this because their legions were on every talk show spouting the same talking points...busting out the same spin...scarecrow over at firedoglake has a good overview of the spinmeisters at work
.....and worse yet, even the Washington Post is REPEATING the same lies which were debunked years ago about Joe and Valerie (Plame) Wilson. Attaturk does a good job of documenting it here....
That's Valerie and Joe in the picture at the right...
As a side note, I can picture Valerie as a "soccer mom" but the desecription of her being trained to use an AK-47 assault rifle just sort of ....boggles my mind....
update: 9:49AM....Just ran across this article from TPM Cafe by Eric Kleefeld ...about the "experts" that Fox News trotted out to explain the verdict....read the article here
Also....the incomparable James Wolcott had a few words to say about it...
"As Fox News roll out a furry tribe of Defrosted Caveman Lawyers....."