Wednesday, June 30, 2004

and more linky frenzy!

hey, i've been savin' these up ALL DAY. now you get to read 'em. if you so desire.

Richard Goldstein on the Mauling of Michael Moore

...When you consider how well the film is doing despite this pile-on, you have to conclude that most people haven't been affected by the media's negative spin. They want to see what all the fuss is about. Of course, the real question is whether audiences will leave the cineplex arguing about Moore's truthfulness or his insights into Bush. If the film turns out to have an impact on the fall election, we'll learn something about the limits of the media's power to shape perceptions. Since this is a recurring theme of mine, I hope Fahrenheit 9/11 affirms my conviction that the press distorts but we decide."

matt taibbi on christopher hitchens on michael moore.

Well, that's rich, isn't it? Christopher Hitchens crawling out of a bottle long enough to denounce Michael Moore as a coward. I can't imagine anything more uplifting, except maybe a zoo baboon humping the foot of a medical school cadaver...

Such is the pretense of modern journalism, that we are to be lectured on courage by a man who has had his intellectual face lifted so many times, he can't close his eyes without opening his mouth.

By a man who, if the Soviets had won the Cold War, would be writing breathless features on Eduard Shevardnadze for three bucks a word in Komsomolskaya Vanity Fair ("Georgia on His Mind: Edik Speaks Out." Photos by Annie Liebowitz...). "

good stuff, good stuff.

oooh, and ANOTHER surprise...Army announces emergency call-up of 5,600 former soldiers for Iraq duty

man, this war is SUCH a good thing for all the hard-workin' americans out there.


surprise! surprise!

Bush supporters illegally aiding Nader campaign!

naw, republicans and democrats, they're EXACTLY alike, see, exactly! so it's really DEMOCRATS helping Nader, yeah. right.

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

a couple of good reads...krugman and Who Lost Iraq?

and juan cole's take:

"It is hard to interpret this move as anything but a precipitous flight. It is just speculation on my part, but I suspect that the Americans must have developed intelligence that there might be a major strike on the Coalition Provisional Headquarters on Wednesday if a formal ceremony were held to mark a transfer of sovereignty. Since the US military is so weak in Iraq and appears to have poor intelligence on the guerrilla insurgency, the Bush administration could not take the chance that a major bombing or other attack would mar the ceremony.


This entire exercise is a publicity stunt and has almost no substance to it. Gwen Ifill said on US television on Sunday that she had talked to Condaleeza Rice, and that her hope was that when something went wrong in Iraq, the journalists would now grill Allawi about it rather than the Bush administration. (Or words to that effect). Ifill seems to me to have given away the whole Bush show. That's what this whole thing is about. It is Public Relations and manipulation of journalists. Let's see if they fall for it."

the optimist in me hopes he's wrong. that this is a new beginning for the long-oppressed people of iraq. that the big experiment upon which we've embarked, however foolishly, will work out for the best.

i guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Monday, June 28, 2004

premature relegation?

US hands over sovereignty in Iraq

"At a low-key ceremony in Baghdad, US administrator Paul Bremer gave legal documents to an Iraqi judge. He later left the country by plane.

Iraq's interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, who also took part in the ceremony in the heavily-guarded Green Zone, said it was "a historic day".

Hours later, Mr Allawi was officially sworn in along with the other members of his government.

After formally taking office, he said the transfer of power was a "massive victory" for the forces of good in Iraq. "


"The BBC's political editor Andrew Marr in Istanbul says the early transfer of power was originally due to be announced in Baghdad - and that Mr Zebari visibly startled Mr Blair by publicly revealing the plan.

Another BBC correspondent in Istanbul, Jonny Dymond, says it appears that the date was brought forward to pre-empt further attacks by militants to coincide with the handover.

He says recent violence in Iraq in the run-up to the transfer of power has forced the hand of the authorities. "

go iraq! now, good luck with that.

Sunday, June 27, 2004

green justice?

Green Party Refuses to Back Nader for President

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Reuters) - The Green Party on Saturday refused to back Ralph Nader in his independent run for the White House, a move that could reduce his chances of being a factor in this year's election.

Delegates to the half-million-member party's presidential convention voted to nominate party activist David Cobb, a California lawyer who led the delegate count going into the meeting.

On the second round of voting, Cobb captured 408 delegates, more than the 385 needed to gain the nomination.

"What you have here before you are working class people who have demonstrated that it is possible to build a political party on principles and values -- without corporate money and without selling out," he told a lively crowd after he won the nomination.

"Ralph Nader has had more influence on my life than anyone who is not a direct relative. I am a lawyer because of Ralph Nader. Without Ralph Nader, this nomination wouldn't have happened," Cobb added.

Nader had not sought the party's nomination but said he would have accepted either that or an endorsement as a possible route to getting on the ballot in 22 states and the District of Columbia. The party earned those ballot positions as a result of its showing in 2000 when Nader headed its ticket.

good. maybe some of those starry-eyed green party activists won't fall for the Nader BS this time 'round (like i did last time).

did ya know that various GOP groups are working furiously to get his name on the ballot in many states? and that he doesn't seem to mind in the least?

are you aware of nader's absolute hatred of the democratic party, and that he's sworn to take 'em down any way he can?

as adam says so eloquently so many times, IF YOU VOTE FOR NADER, YOU MIGHT AS WELL VOTE FOR BUSH.

reuters link from andante

Thursday, June 24, 2004

austinites, don't forget...

BigTent Fundraiser
benefitting Darling New Neighbors' tour
HotWetDeepSouth 2004 (i.e., paying for the rental van)

Sunday, June 27, 4:00-9:00 p.m.
Church of the Friendly Ghost (209 Pedernales)
$5 suggested donation

free refreshments, freaks & beauties, contests of strength and wit

click here for PDF printable flyer

BigTent Schedule:
4:00 - Silence Gribbie
4:45 - the Butchers
5:30 - Jerm Pollet & the Total Foxes
6:15 - Gays in the Military
7:00 - Darling...New...Neighbors, club version, including world debut of original showtune "Big Dreamer", with bigband & male chorusline.

Interlude entertainments: live-band musical chairs, hula-hoop contest, cakewalk

(and your very own julie beth featured on the accordion during the big band number!)

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Because I Said So!

mark morford on what has become the Bush administration's only line of reasoning left to them.

best bit:

"...But the amazing thing about BushCo's line is how quickly it can turn from a cheap escape route into a sort of desperate prayer, a final gasp of hope that their regime's insidious policies will somehow see them through into a second term, despite the enormous wake of destruction and bile. We'll win because we said so! We'll be admired by those who now scorn us because we said so! We'll cling to our power like desperate monkeys on meth because we have no other choice!

At which point America will stomp into the room and check the clock and realize, oh my God, little Dubya has been up way, way past his bedtime, and has clearly become far too whiny and bitchy and destructive and needs to be put to bed, pronto. Why? Simple: Because we, the Bush-sickened voters, will finally say so. "

and, as an aside, the second-best bit: "(BushCo Fun Comparison: 1) Budget allotted the 9/11 commission to investigate one of the most horrific atrocities in American history: $15 million. 2) Budget allotted Ken Starr and his flying monkeys during the GOP's appallingly nasty effort to crucify Bill Clinton because he had mediocre oral sex in the Oval Office: $70 million. Just, you know, FYI.)"

Saturday, June 19, 2004

holy bootlegging, batman!

oooh, oooh, oooh! check it out: it's good dating a bootlegger! my new band, Anything But Prettier, played a gig last night, a gig that turned out quite well, we kicked ASS, and dutcher was there, and unbeknownst to me, he bootlegged it! go listen to Anything But Prettier play!

Friday, June 18, 2004

siblings in arms...

(no, i know, that has absolutely no ring to it.)

brothers and sisters in arms!

check it out! Off the Kuff has a whole LIST of texas political blogs!

another good texas politics blog: Off the Kuff

(i can't believe i just used the phrase "good texas politics." don't quote me on that)


"hey baby, wake up from your asleep!" ...inside tank of fuel is not fuel; but love.

"The president is just sneaky. The vice president lies."

Fred Kaplan at Slate on the prez and VP's continued assertions that there was collaboration between Al Qaida and Saddam Hussein: "It Depends What the Meaning of "Relationship" Is - President Bush's Clintonian calibrations on al-Qaida."

choice bit:
"It makes Bill Clinton's classic line - that the answer to a question 'depends on what the meaning of 'is' is' - seem forthright, by comparison."

Thursday, June 17, 2004

this day in history:

The Battle of Bunker Hill took place during the American Revolution.
The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City aboard the French ship Isere.
Amelia Earhart embarked on the first trans-Atlantic flight by a woman.
the Republic of Iceland was established.
U.S. Supreme Court ruled that no locality may require recitation of Lord's Prayer or Bible verses in public schools.
Burglary of Democratic Party headquarters in Washington, DC, started the Watergate political scandal.
Julie Beth was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
President George H.W. Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed a breakthrough arms-reduction agreement.
O. J. Simpson's slow-speed chase by the police, watched by millions on TV, ended in his arrest.
Australian scientists announced that they had "teleported" a laser beam—breaking it up and reconstructing it in another location.

...yes! it's my birthday! i'm old, now.

and i share birthdays with the following: Actor Peter Lupus is 72. Singer Barry Manilow is 58. Comedian Joe Piscopo is 53. Actor Mark Linn-Baker is 50. Actor Jon Gries is 47. Actor Greg Kinnear is 40. Olympic gold-medal speed skater Dan Jansen is 39. Actor Jason Patric is 38. Rhythm and blues singer Kevin Thornton is 35. Tennis player Venus Williams is 24. Actor-rapper Herculeez (Herculeez and Big Tyme) is 19. Actor Damani Roberts is 8.

ayup, me, venus, and damani.

who the heck is damani roberts?

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Mark Morford: Enough With Reagan Already / The Gipper's true legacy? Making the GOP as it is today: nasty, brutish and shortsighted.

glowing review of Fahrenheit 911, from Fox News, no less.

holy shit.

as the independent commission investigating the september 11th attacks nears completion of its final report (due July 26th), scarier and scarier details about the 911 attacks come out:

"According to the staff report, Mohammed initially proposed hitting CIA and FBI headquarters, unidentified nuclear plants and tall buildings in California and Washington state, in addition to the World Trade Center, Pentagon and White House or Capitol.

Mohammed, who is in U.S. custody at an undisclosed overseas location, told interrogators that rather than crashing his hijacked plane into a target, he wanted to land and make a political statement. Mohammed proposed killing every male passenger aboard, landing at a U.S. airport and making a "speech denouncing U.S. policies in the Middle East before releasing all the women and children."

That plan was rejected by Osama bin Laden, who ultimately approved a scaled-back mission involving four planes. Training for it began in 1999.

The report said Mohammed wanted more hijackers — up to 26, instead of the 19 who actually participated. The commission also identified at least 10 al Qaeda operatives who were to participate but could not take part for various reasons including visa problems and suspicion by officials at airports in the United States and overseas."

and re: whether or not our dear mr. saddam had links to al qaeda, as the president and VP are so fond of claiming day in and day out:

"In recent days, administration officials have reiterated their claims of a link. Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday at a reception in Florida that Saddam "had long established ties with al Qaeda."

But the Sept. 11 panel said that while a senior Iraqi intelligence official reportedly met with bin Laden in 1994 in Sudan, and bin Laden asked to set up training camps in and for help with weapons, "Iraq apparently never responded." "

linky linky!

more to watch, if you're into that sorta thing...

Texas Tuesdays; a blog wot will keep you abreast of what's going on in Texas Politics. good for researching candidates, issues within the state, even things going on outside the state that impact us as Texas citizens and voters. good stuff.

Dix Hill Publishing. okay, so this mostly just seems to be another blog that's preachin' to the choir, but i do agree with the guy, except on his propensity for sports posts. the reagan post was very, very nice, though. read it!

more liberal goodness from corrente. a-men, brothers and sisters!

and last but not least, Kuro5hin.org. a rather wiki'd community blog that has everything you could possibly want! fiction, op-ed, news, technology rants and raves, you name it, it's there.

...and the chickens come home to roost.

Ethics complaint filed against DeLay

wow. someone dared rebel against the Republican Congressional Machine? sweet. and that someone is Rep. Chris Bell of the Houston area, Texas.

""It's my opinion Mr. DeLay is the most corrupt politician in America today," Rep. Chris Bell of Texas said after filing the complaint, which stretches to 187 pages, including copies of tax forms, newspaper articles and other supporting material.


The complaint is three-pronged. It accuses DeLay of wrongdoing in his dealings with Westar Energy Corp., which contributed money to Republicans, the complaint alleges, in the hopes of getting "a seat at the table" on pending legislation. It also accuses DeLay of illegally funneling corporate contributions to candidates for state offices in Texas. Finally, it alleges DeLay used his influence to get the Federal Aviation Administration to help track a plane carrying Texas Democratic legislators as they fled the state to derail a vote on redistricting.

"The credibility of this great institution is under attack," Bell said, explaining why he filed the complaint. "This attack on Congress comes in the form of serious criminal acts including bribery, extortion, fraud, money laundering and the abuse of power."

DeLay denied the charges."



as someone who worked day and night to cheat Texas out of as much Democratic party representation as possible, he can't possibly be surprised.

"Bell, whose district includes communities south and east of Houston, said he expects Republicans to retaliate against him personally.

"I do not underestimate the dangers and political risks involved in asking for an investigation of the very powerful majority leader. I expect the full wrath of Mr. DeLay's attack machine," Bell said.


DeLay accused Bell of filing the complaint because he is "bitter" about his primary loss in a congressional district that was redrawn with DeLay's help."

ayup. might have something to do with it, you crooked anti-democracy, anti-american cheater.

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Grass Green; Sky Blue; Ashcroft Worst Attorney General in American History

The New York Times >Krugman: Travesty of Justice.

for NYT link use salon/tabletalk for login/password or bugmenot.com.

Monday, June 14, 2004

melissa's got a new column! melissa's got a new column!

and you can read it over at domestic disturbance.

and yet another internet personality quiz...

(got sick of paying attention to the news!)


Which Personality Disorder Do You Have?
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getchyer fresh hot Darling New Neighbors news here!

Darling New Neighbors: BigTent Fundraiser

Darling New Neighbors, your local all-female honkytonk garage band, is hosting a BigTent Fundraiser at the Church of the Friendly Ghost (209 Pedernales) on Sunday, June 27, from 4:00-9:00 p.m.

For a suggested donation, enjoy acts such as: Jerm Pollett & the Total Foxes, Gays in the Military, the Butchers, and a one-time-only showtune performance by Darling New Neighbors. Other attractions include free refreshments, feats of strength and wit, party games and prizes, freaks and beauties, and an appearance by Silence Gribbie.

Proceeds go toward Darling New Neighbors’ (DNN) upcoming tour HotWetDeepSouth 2004. On July 7-13, DNN will tour the Southeast of this fair country: Athens, GA (at the 40-Watt); Chapel Hill, NC; Greensboro, NC; and Jackson, MS.

for the record, you can also look up what they've got to say for themselves at their VERY OWN WEBSITE: www.darlingnewneighbors.com!!!!

sweet. they rock. check 'em out. especially if you're into the ol' squeezebox.

more molly...

molly ivins and The Day the Constitution Died.

and one more...


You're Mexico!

While some people think you're poor and maybe a little corrupt, you
know where it's at, enjoying good food and nice beaches.  You like to take things a
little slower than those around you, and you really wish the air were cleaner, but sometimes
compromises must be made.  For some reason, Chevrolet keeps trying to sell you Novas
as well, even though they don't really go.

the Country Quiz at the href="http://bluepyramid.org">Blue Pyramid

You're The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe!

by C.S. Lewis

You were just looking for some decent clothes when everything changed
quite dramatically. For the better or for the worse, it is still hard to tell. Now it
seems like winter will never end and you feel cursed. Soon there will be an epic
struggle between two forces in your life and you are very concerned about a betrayal
that could turn the balance. If this makes it sound like you're re-enacting Christian
theological events, that may or may not be coincidence. When in doubt, put your trust
in zoo animals.

Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

Friday, June 11, 2004

opens June 25th

noseyonline gave me a link to where you can look up theaters where Fahrenheit 9/11 will be playing in Texas (lotsa theaters in austin, sweet!).

(actually, you can use that link to look up anywhere the film will be playing. i'm just partial to the austin area, of course.)

Italian police get Lamborghinis

way cool!

"Italian police have been given something of a helping hand in their bid to catch crooks.

The latest addition to their fleet of cars is a Lamborghini sports car with a top speed of 192mph.

The 2-seater Lamborghini Gallardo will be used along highways in southern Italy.

The car, a gift from the Italian car factory, uses a V10 cylinder DOHC four valve V90 5 litre, 500 Hp engine.

from andante!

diversions from the reagan love-fest currently dominating all media in the US of A:

kevin drum on the Abu Ghraib scandal about to break wide open?

Krugman (in the NYT) on the truth about Reaganomics: " It's a measure of how desperate the faithful are to believe in the Reagan legend that one often reads conservative commentators claiming that the Clinton-era miracle was the result of Mr. Reagan's policies, and indeed vindicated them. Think about it: Mr. Reagan passed his big tax cut right at the beginning of his presidency, and mainly raised taxes thereafter. So we're supposed to believe that a tax cut passed in 1981 was somehow responsible for an economic miracle that didn't materialize until around 1997. Apply the same timing to the good things that happened on Mr. Reagan's watch, and you'll discover that Lyndon Johnson deserves the credit for "Morning in America."

So here's my plea: let's honor Mr. Reagan for his real achievements, not dishonor him — and mislead the nation — with false claims about his economic record.  "

and last, but not least, a quiz totally stolen from adam,

Mean lil fellow, arn't you?

Thursday, June 10, 2004

put on your tinfoil hat!

or, could it possibly be true?

CIA plotting a giganto coup d'etat against the neocons and their little bush administration. tenet's just the first drop in the bucket, the first leak in the dike, the straw that jumped over the moon...etc.etc.etc.

hmmm. read and see for yourself. makes interestin' readin', if nothing else...

Study finds dogs understand language

awwww. up to 200 words! i don't think nora understands near that many...but still. i've tried to add words like "yummy," "walk," "car" and "outside" to her vocabulary, and avoided linking words like "vet" and "toenail clippers" to anything unpleasant. i think it's worked so far.

just wait and see...she's probably planning total world domination in the near future, meanwhile i'm worried that she'll figure out what "bath" means...

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

check out kerry's competition this fall: Bush/Zombie Reagan 2004!!!

(seriously, how is this different than reality? how?)

only in KENYA!

yeah, and this is a revisitation, but i love it. KENYA!!!!

plus, an update: kenya LIVE!!!!

short film and fun extravaganza!!

footy - football and england! footy!!

a very special delivery.

yes, i'd jump 10 feet into the air. it wouldn't be pretty.

hypnotize your friends and influence your enemies with this astounding tool!

got a lot of spare time on your hands, a wicked color printer, some scissors, glue, and an innate fondness for '80s video games? why, then, paper arcade is for you!!!

from those lovely boys over at b3ta.com.

spite voting

man, i have a lot of thoughts on this, but i just got back from the dr. office, after having my insides rooted around in, and i'm not exactly fit for posting. just thought i'd throw that out there ... for spite. heh. enjoy.

When Ignorance Isn't Bliss

5 congressonal votes everyone should know about, even though not very many people do. read it. it'll tear you up. or tear. either way, good readin'.

Monday, June 07, 2004

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?

from laura!

You are BIG DAVE BREWSTER! You work hard, start a
successful business, fuck around with your
friend's wife, and what do you get for it?
Killed, is what. Good thing you're a
successful mob boss on another show.

What Coen Brothers character are you?
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more reagan memoria

Federal Offices to Close on Friday - holy cow. this is a 93-year old alzheimer's patient who finally got to die. and he was a horribly nation- and world-damaging man, at that. yeesh.

that said, i hope the state of texas closes down, too. would be nice to have a 4-day week.


truthout.org on reagan.

"...In the final analysis, however, the legacy of Ronald Reagan - whether he had an active hand in its formulation, or was merely along for the ride - is beyond dispute. His famous question, "Are you better off now than you were four years ago?" is easy to answer. We are not better off than we were four years ago, or eight years ago, or twelve, or twenty. We are a badly damaged state, ruled today by a man who subsists off Reagan's most corrosive final gift to us all: It is the image that matters, and be damned to the truth."

in memoriam

juan cole (of Informed Consent) on the continuing legacy that Ronald Reagan bequeathed upon us.

"...Reagan's policies thus bequeathed to us the major problems we now have in the world, including a militant Islamist International whose skills were honed in Afghanistan with Reagan's blessing and monetary support; and a proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, which the Reagan administration in some cases actually encouraged behind the scenes for short-term policy reasons. His aggressive foreign policy orientation has been revived and expanded, making the US into a neocolonial power in the Middle East. Reagan's gutting of the unions and attempt to remove social supports for the poor and the middle class has contributed to the creation of an America where most people barely get by while government programs that could help create wealth are destroyed.

Reagan's later life was debilitated by Alzheimer's. I suppose he may already have had some symptoms while president, which might explain some of his memory lapses and odd statements, and occasional public lapses into woolly-mindedness. Ironically, Alzheimer's could be cured potentially by stem cell research. In the United States, where superstition reigns over reason, the religious Right that Reagan cultivated has put severe limits on such research. His best legacy may be Nancy Reagan's argument that those limitations should be removed in his memory. There are 4 million Alzheimers sufferers in the US, and 50% of persons living beyond the age of 85 develop it. There are going to be a lot of such persons among the Baby Boomers. By reversing Reaganism, we may be able to avoid his fate."

Saturday, June 05, 2004

Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events trailer!

from boingboing.

Thursday, June 03, 2004

ooooh! fahrenheit 9/11 trailer!

from hullabaloo.

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

More Thoughts About Kerry Health Care Proposals: Archive Entry From Brad DeLong's Webjournal

good readin', that.

possible repair of Hubble?


Tuesday, June 01, 2004

WHO'S indecisive?

President Bush: Flip-Flopper-In-Chief

"From the beginning, George W. Bush has made his own credibility a central issue. On 10/11/00, then Governor Bush said: "I think credibility is important. It is going to be important for the president to be credible with Congress, important for the president to be credible with foreign nations.""

uh-huh. credibility never really has been your forte, now, has it, george?

common sense prevails...

Federal judge says partial-birth abortion ban unconstitutional

A federal judge Tuesday declared the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act unconstitutional, saying the measure infringes on a woman's right to choose.

The ruling applies to the nation's 900 or so Planned Parenthood clinics and their doctors, who perform roughly half of all abortions in the United States.

U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton's ruling came in one of three lawsuits challenging the legislation President Bush signed last year.

"The act poses an undue burden on a woman's right to choose an abortion," she wrote.

not to mention an undue burden on a woman's right to live, a woman's right to be able to carry more pregnancies to term, and so forth. this isn't some spur-of-the-moment abortion procedure. this is a life-or-death choice that some women are, unfortunately, forced to make the choice about. dammit.

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