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A Resolution for The Left

by Oliver Willis | December 29th, 2005 | 12:31 pm
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One of the things we’ve got to start doing is quit accepting that the nonsense ginned up by the Republican PR industry (RNC, White House, MRC, AEI, Heritage, Fox, MRC, etc.) has any merits and must always be answered.

Folks, they’re lying and full of shit. When your opponent is lying like that, just say it and keep talking about what’s important. If someone says the sky is green, it’s no use to point out scientific data otherwise. It just isn’t true and you should say so. The time for this attitude has long passed.

Bush Does What Bin Laden Couldn’t

by Oliver Willis | December 29th, 2005 | 1:43 am
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Fear destroys what bin Laden could not

Never would I have expected this nation — which emerged stronger from a civil war and a civil rights movement, won two world wars, endured the Depression, recovered from a disastrous campaign in Southeast Asia and still managed to lead the world in the principles of liberty — would cower behind anyone just for promising to “protect us.'’

President Bush recently confirmed that he has authorized wiretaps against U.S. citizens on at least 30 occasions and said he’ll continue doing it. His justification? He, as president — or is that king? — has a right to disregard any law, constitutional tenet or congressional mandate to protect the American people.

Is that America’s highest goal — preventing another terrorist attack? Are there no principles of law and liberty more important than this? Who would have remembered Patrick Henry had he written, “What’s wrong with giving up a little liberty if it protects me from death?'’

This is part of a pattern of Bush doing exactly what Bin Laden wants. Leave Saudi Arabia? Inflame more jihadists? Sometimes it’s like they’re working on the same team.

Apple’s iPod Problem

by Oliver Willis | December 29th, 2005 | 1:36 am
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This is sort of out of left field for me, but it should be noted. The iPod is a really cool device, and I especially love listening to podcasts and music on the train on the way to work (recommended: Open Source, Slate Podcasts, and Weekend America) but damned if there isn’t something wrong with the device. In 2005 I had to replace my iPod mini twice (luckily there are a few Apple Stores in Maryland, as well as D.C.). This means I am now on my third iPod in less than ten months. The screen clouded out on the first one, the second one’s hard drive died, and the third seems okay so far though it doesn’t tell me “all clear” when it’s done syncing with iTunes like it’s supposed to. When it works, it’s great, and lives up to all the deserved hype about ease of use and interface.

When it works. Right about now Apple is acting like a certain other company who thinks they can do no wrong while shipping bad product.

Bush’s Wingnut Problem

by Oliver Willis | December 28th, 2005 | 12:31 am
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The neo-fascists at the copycat MoveAmericaForward group (headed by Melanie Morgan and failed senate candidate Howard Kaloogian) are doing an ad buy to bolster Bush’s low ratings… by claiming that there were WMDs in Iraq.

Somebody didn’t get the talking points.

No word yet on whether their next campaign will be to find Nicole Simpson’s real killer.

Wingnuts for Ehrlich

by Oliver Willis | December 27th, 2005 | 11:11 pm
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Maryland, my home state, happens to be a center-left state. Reliably Democratic (Maryland is 2-1 Democratic registration), the only way Bob Ehrlich won the governorship was by running as a moderate against one of the all-time worst gubernatorial candidates in American history. In 2006, he’s going to have a much harder time against Martin O’Malley… and now Ehrlich’s hard right base is grumbling.

No one believes that Republicans will abandon Ehrlich when he stands for reelection in November 2006. But Purtilo was one of numerous conservative leaders interviewed in recent weeks who said they are noticing cracks in the foundation that gave the state its first Republican governor in a generation.

Just as black voters have warned Democrats not to take them for granted in 2006, social conservatives are starting to send a similar message to the state’s leading Republican.

It’s hard work for Governor Bob. He’s already got weak re-election numbers because of his rightward lurch, and if he goes further to the right it’ll be a mess for him among whatever moderates are still left in his column. He’d like to pick a Democratic running mate, but the upside among Dems would probably be zip while it would tell the wingnut base to stay home.

Maryland ain’t Alabama, kids. Thank God.

Fool Me Twice…

by Oliver Willis | December 27th, 2005 | 4:04 am
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Hillary Clinton is trying to play this game where she comes across as the candidate you agree with, no matter what your position happens to be, without standing on any principles. It’s a decidedly pre-2000 electoral strategy and one that will be doomed to failure and quite open to a significant challenge within the Democratic primaries.


by Oliver Willis | December 24th, 2005 | 4:19 pm
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Nobody sweeps us in ‘05.
Ladies and gentlemen, the magic number is now… 1

Merry Christmas

by Oliver Willis | December 24th, 2005 | 12:27 pm
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We evil liberals failed to destroy Christmas this year in the made-up war, so I’m forced to wish all my readers a Merry Christmas as well as a Happy Hannukah. :)

Dear Washington Redskins,

by Oliver Willis | December 23rd, 2005 | 9:34 pm
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Bring me the head of Eli Manning tomorrow, or the season doesn’t mean jack.


P.S.: Dallas sucks.

The Political Teen linked with Go Redskins!!! (At the game)

Big Brother’s Name Is George

by Oliver Willis | December 23rd, 2005 | 9:26 pm
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Spy net may pull in all U.S. calls overseas

The National Security Agency, in carrying out President Bush’s order to intercept the international phone calls and e-mails of Americans suspected of links to al-Qaida, has probably been using computers to monitor all other Americans’ international communications as well, according to specialists familiar with the workings of the NSA.

Next time I call my mom in Jamaica, I guess I should tell the NSA agents listening in “hi”. What the…

Our New Overlords

by Oliver Willis | December 23rd, 2005 | 7:59 pm
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Nuclear Monitoring of Muslims Done Without Search Warrants

In search of a terrorist nuclear bomb, the federal government since 9/11 has run a far-reaching, top secret program to monitor radiation levels at over a hundred Muslim sites in the Washington, D.C., area, including mosques, homes, businesses, and warehouses, plus similar sites in at least five other cities, U.S. News has learned. In numerous cases, the monitoring required investigators to go on to the property under surveillance, although no search warrants or court orders were ever obtained, according to those with knowledge of the program. Some participants were threatened with loss of their jobs when they questioned the legality of the operation, according to these accounts.

Alito: Overturn Roe

by Oliver Willis | December 23rd, 2005 | 9:50 am
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Business just picked up…

AP: “Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito said in 1985 document that Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion should be overturned.”

Josh Marshall Didn’t Get The Memo

by Oliver Willis | December 23rd, 2005 | 8:20 am
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He wonders about the lack of terror alerts in 2005 vs 2004. Hello? George Bush was running for president in 2004, not ‘05. No need to scare the populace in ‘05. Silly liberals.

Bubble Boy

by Oliver Willis | December 22nd, 2005 | 7:07 pm
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Bush, 12/22/05: “It’s been a good year for the American people.”

Hurricane Katrina

The sheer physical size of Katrina caused devastation far from the eye of the hurricane; it was possibly the largest hurricane of its strength ever recorded, but estimating the size of storms from before the 1960s (the pre-satellite era) is difficult to impossible. On August 29, its storm surge breached the levee system that protected New Orleans from Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River. Most of the city was subsequently flooded mainly by water from the lake. Heavy damage was also inflicted onto the coasts of Mississippi and Alabama, making Katrina the most destructive and costliest natural disaster in the history of the United States and the deadliest since the 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane.

The official combined (direct and indirect) death toll now stands at 1,383, the fourth or fifth highest in U.S. history (behind the Galveston Hurricane of 1900, the Okeechobee Hurricane of 1928, the 1893 Sea Islands Hurricane, and possibly the 1893 Chenier Caminanda Hurricane). As of December 20, 2005, more than 4 thousand others remain unaccounted for, so the death toll may still grow. [2] As of November 22, 2005, 1,300 of those missing were either in heavily-damaged areas or were disabled and “feared dead”; if all 1,300 of these were to be confirmed dead, Katrina would surpass the Okeechobee Hurricane and become the second-deadliest in US history and deadliest in over a century. [3]

Not to mention 2,161 deaths of U.S. forces in Iraq.

But hey, if you’re a rich white guy and especially if your name is George W. Bush, 2005 was kick ass.

(not to mention our closest allies being bombed by terrorists)

Bless His Noodly Appendage, In Print

by Oliver Willis | December 22nd, 2005 | 11:19 am
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The gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is going to be on paper

WN: How were you inspired to write The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster?

Henderson: The book is necessary so that people see how much hard evidence supports the existence of the FSM. You can make a pretty strong argument for His existence. Especially if you use the same sort of reasoning the ID people do: specious reasoning and circular logic. I suspect the mainstream religions will concede after reading it.

How could they not? The evidence is clear.

AMAZON: The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

Waveflux linked with Bow before His Noodly Appendage!

He Said It

by Oliver Willis | December 21st, 2005 | 4:27 pm
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Rush Limbaugh tells the truth about President Bush.

Wacko Gun Nuts

by Oliver Willis | December 21st, 2005 | 2:28 pm
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Reality beats satire

Santa Claus points a handgun at a masked terrorist on a Christmas card that John Michael Snyder, public affairs director of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, sends this year to a number of recipients.

Named Dean of gun lobbyists by The Washington Post and The New York Times, Snyder includes the president and members of Congress as addressees.

Here’s the card.

Random Nuclear Strikes linked with Santa is a South Paw

Tony Blair On Elton John’s Marriage

by Oliver Willis | December 21st, 2005 | 1:45 pm
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Way to make America sound like the dark ages, Mr. Blair

Even Prime Minister Tony Blair mentioned the couple at a news conference. He wished them well and congratulated them, adding “and to all the other people exercising their rights under the civil partnership law, I think it’s a modern, progressive step for the country and I’m glad we did it.”

How It Works

by Oliver Willis | December 21st, 2005 | 12:12 pm
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Peter Daou expertly outlines why the biggest obstacle to Democratic success is the Democratic party. He’s 100% right. I’ve got more thoughts on this later.

Fantasy Time

by Oliver Willis | December 21st, 2005 | 12:50 am
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I’d like to see this family moving their furniture into 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. …