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Thursday, October 19, 2006

rumor has it

archpundit is saying that asspress is about to out somebody (carl nyberg at dkos thinks it's publican rep. jerry weller) as a hetero page turner...
posted by skippy at 11:21 AM | 0 comments

don't buffalo us

vox verax finds minnesota congressiona candidate michele bachman (who believes to have been endorsed by god) has been conversing with indie the buffalo for political advice.
posted by skippy at 9:45 AM | 0 comments

that really ken burns us up

via atrios...a documentary about the bravest men and women who ever blogged in their pajamas...the war of the words, part 3 (here's the home page for the other parts of the documentary).
posted by skippy at 9:25 AM | 0 comments

too many cooks

we couldn't register for the first day of hotsoup, due to technical difficulties.
posted by skippy at 8:53 AM | 0 comments

the one episode you need to listen to

the classic "this american life" that will certainly up your blood pressure.
contributing editor nancy updike went to iraq to try to figure out what it's like to be a private citizen working in the middle of a war zone. private contractors are a part of this war in unprecedented numbers, but we don't know that much about the people doing these jobs – why they chose to come to iraq, and what they're seeing that we can't.
listen here and look for the story "i'm from the private sector and i'm here to help"
posted by cookie jill at 7:32 AM | 0 comments

let us now bow our heads and weep big, wet tears for the wealthiest americans and their heavy tax burdens

republican candidate for the us senate from new jersey, thomas kean junior, just released his tax returns for 2005.

here's what republican candidate for the us senate from new jersey, thomas kean junior, said about taxes when asked about his personal income taxes:
"i think my tax burden is too high. i think everybody's tax burden is too high."

here's how much money the republican candidate for senate from new jersey, thomas kean junior, received as income in 2005 (we can't say "earned" as income because he's a trust fund baby): $202,488

here's how much the republican candidate for senate from new jersey, thomas kean junior, paid in income tax for the year 2005: $8,146, an effective tax rate of 4%

junior kean thinks his tax burden is too high because he pays a whopping 4% on his $200,000+ income.

he also voted against raising the state minimum wage when the bill came before the legislature.
posted by DBK at 4:15 AM | 6 comments

heartbreaking

that military families have to wait in line at food banks.
the women and children who formed a line at camp pendleton last week could have been waiting for a child-care center to open or disney on ice tickets to go on sale.

instead, they were waiting for day-old bread and frozen dinners packaged in slightly damaged boxes. these families are among a growing number of military households in san diego county that regularly rely on donated food.

....
the base's list of recipients swells by 100 to 150 people a month as the food programs streamline their eligibility process, word spreads among residents and ever-proud marines adjust to the idea of accepting donated goods.

at least 2,000 financially strapped people in north county qualify for food and other items given out at the center and a camp pendleton warehouse run by the military outreach ministry. - sandy eggo union tribune

allowing military families to go hungry....is this awol's idea of "supporting the troops?"

posted by cookie jill at 3:14 AM | 5 comments

to dream the american dream

monkeyfister has posted some pics of his american dream, including a barn, a greenhouse and a chicken coop.

great good luck to you, mf! may you get out of escrow alive!
posted by skippy at 12:07 AM | 0 comments

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

your words are power, sir

we've got to watch keith's back. i'm very afraid someone is going to "disappear" him.

we have lived as if in a trance.

we have lived… as people in fear.

and now — our rights and our freedoms in peril — we slowly awake to learn that we have been afraid… of the wrong thing.

therefore, tonight, have we truly become, the inheritors of our american legacy.

for, on this first full day that the military commissions act is in force, we now face what our ancestors faced, at other times of exaggerated crisis and melodramatic fear-mongering:

a government more dangerous to our liberty, than is the enemy it claims to protect us from.

go see crooks and liars to hear keith speak the truth.
posted by cookie jill at 10:22 PM | 1 comments

you can't judge a song by its cover part three

one of the best covers ever...are we not stones?

posted by skippy at 9:53 PM | 1 comments

stoller and leiber...man...

words to get you "all shook up"
posted by cookie jill at 9:46 PM | 0 comments

use the silent 'e,' luke

this is what the world's been waiting for...



star wars clips set to tom lehrer music.
posted by skippy at 9:45 PM | 2 comments

hey...dems...

now might be time to ask who the holders of ajustable rate mortgages who they're voting for.
the number of californians who are significantly behind on their mortgage payments and at risk of losing their homes to foreclosure more than doubled in the three months ending sept. 30, providing the latest evidence of trouble in the housing market, figures released wednesday show. - latte times.
the number of notices of default, the first formal step in the foreclosure process, jumped 89.2 percent in the nine bay area counties in the third quarter compared with the same period a year ago, according to the real estate research firm dataquick. - sfgate
the number of foreclosures in nevada has more than tripled in the past year and jumped 83 percent since may, giving hints of what's to come in the housing market, observers said. - inbusinesslasvegas

ms. mcgee went on to say that the foreclosure epidemic was already happening in colorado where rising interest rates were colliding with slumping home prices and squeezing homeowners out of their houses. "for example," said ms. mcgee. "in greeley colorado, at the end of the second quarter of 2006, one in every 66 households was in some stage of foreclosure." - foreclosures.com
posted by cookie jill at 9:21 PM | 0 comments

say hello

to whiskey fire and in the driver's seat.
posted by skippy at 9:03 PM | 1 comments

read 'em and weep

does the web site look any better? here at skippy international we've just installed a new server.
posted by skippy at 5:17 PM | 2 comments

he's not a doctor but he plays one on the factor

maru over at wtf is it now? finds that bill "falafel" o'reilly thinks there's never a time when a woman's life is in danger giving birth, because you can always do a c-section.
posted by skippy at 5:05 PM | 1 comments

void where geneva conventions still apply



the torturecorps...via the1bostongirl’s comment on dkos.
posted by skippy at 4:41 PM | 1 comments

et, phone from home

debra bowen, who is running against bruce "why not just certify the espresso machine" mcpherson for secretary of state in california, is asking us to introduce you to her "phone from home" action alert.

go here and sign up with the bowen campaign to help by phoning california voters from your own home...you don't have to go anywhere! and it's a good way to donate your weekend cell minutes to a good cause!

debra and mcpherson are neck and neck in the polls, so it's going to take some actual work to get this sucker in orbit! kos and bowers are both saying that just 'cuz the polls have the dems ahead at this point, is no reason to stop working and rest on our laurels. get involved, put shoeleather on the pavement, fingers on the dial and gotv!

sign up today to help restore integrity to the california voting system!
posted by skippy at 11:51 AM | 1 comments

it's nice someone noticed

dave johnson at seeing the forest got linked to several times by john kerry writing at the huffpo about dave's newest project (in conjunction w/our other good blog buddy taylor marsh), the patriot project.
posted by skippy at 10:12 AM | 0 comments

send in the clowns

tho many on the hardly-ever-right are blaming the dems for making closeted homosexuality an issue in this campaign, what else could the publicans expect when they established their base in the religious right while courting the gay vote at the same time?

it's rather like blaming the late great steve irwin for pointing out that your zoo exhibit of cobras and mongeese isn't going to last long.

the latimes puts it thusly:

in recent years, the republican party aimed to broaden its appeal with a "big-tent" strategy of reaching out to voters who might typically lean democratic. but now a debate is growing within the gop about whether the tent has become too big — by including gays whose political views may conflict with the goals of the party's powerful evangelical conservatives.

some christians, who are pivotal to the gop's get-out-the-vote effort, are charging that gay republican staffers in congress may have thwarted their legislative agenda. there even are calls for what some have dubbed a "pink purge" of high-ranking gay republicans on capitol hill and in the administration.

the long-simmering tension in the gop between gays and the religious right has erupted into open conflict at a sensitive time, just weeks before a midterm election that may cost republicans control of congress.

"the big-tent strategy could ultimately spell doom for the republican party," said tom mcclusky, chief lobbyist for the family research council, a christian advocacy group. "all a big-tent strategy seems to be doing is attracting a bunch of clowns."

now the gop is facing a hard choice — risk losing the social conservatives who are legendary for turning out the vote, or risk alienating the moderate voters who are crucial to this election's outcome.
on that same point, glenn greenwald does his usually thorough job of finding the hypocrisy of the hardly-ever-right wing, which was happy to make the shape of clinton's penis national fodder, but is getting the vapors over the asking of the question, "can a closeted homosexual vote against gay rights and be considered ethical?"
posted by skippy at 10:04 AM | 2 comments

we'll have a gay old time

we are not going to get into whether it's ethical or not to "out" people who are "in" the "closet," or whether it's "ethical" to "use" someone's sexual "preference" in a political "action." we don't even want to "discuss" the "overuse" of "quotation marks."

what we will do, however, is report that new west network is reporting that mike rogers (wasn't he on m*a*s*h?) from blogactive is reporting that anti-homosexual activist publican senator from idaho larry craig (wasn't he on m*a*s*h) is himself a closeted homosexual:

mike rogers, who calls himself "the nation’s leading gay activist blogger" has just finished a nationally-broadcast interview on the ed schultz radio show in which he alleges that idaho republican senator larry craig has engaged in same-sex sexual activity.

senator craig’s office flatly rejected the claims. "the senator says this story is absolutely ridiculous – almost laughable," said press secretary sid smith. “it has no basis in fact.”

rogers said he has talked to three men unknown to each other who all reported in detail their sexual encounters with craig over the last four years. the men were of legal age, rogers said.
legal age? whew! at least the senator's not mark foley.
posted by skippy at 12:35 AM | 6 comments

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

for people who fancy themselves "progressives"

one would have hoped that they knew that one could roughly translate into spanish "nova" as "it doesn't move" or "no go". is that anyway to start a new "progressive radio network?"...no go radio?

nova m radio, inc. based in phoenix, arizona officially announced the formation of its new progressive talk radio network. debuting on the network will be the long awaited return to the airwaves of america’s original “truth-seeker” mike malloy.

joining nova m radio as media and communication consultant will be joe trippi and associates. also joining our team will be internationally renowned pollster john zogby, president and ceo of zogby international. - robwire
posted by cookie jill at 11:14 PM | 1 comments

and now a word from the people of the united states of america



from take back the capitol
posted by skippy at 8:36 PM | 0 comments

skippy looks at books

a couple of new publications crossed our desk today and we wanted to bring them to your attention.

the nastiest things ever said aobut republicans, edited by martin higgins, is simply a collection of a few hundred quotes about various publicans, none of them flattering, all of them funny. (kayne west: "president bush doesn't care about black people." hilarious!) marty is, among other things, a stand up comic, film maker, and blogger at huffpo. lest the hardly-ever-right wing get up in the air over "fair and balanced," marty's other book, "the ntesa democrats," is also available.

also on the book shelves: patriots act; voices of dissent and the risk of speaking out by bill katovsky. of his book, bill told about.com:

now what does dissent mean? in dysfunctional countries like iraq, which is simply unable to conform to the u.s. brand of democracy, it means horrific carnage like bombings, sectarian killings, and complete breakdown of social order.

in america, dissent,too can have murderous overtones--just look at timothy mcveigh--but he had a twisted,grotesque version of being a dissenting patriot.

the people chosen, however, for my book have taken a non-lethal course of action; many are practitioners of non-violent civil disobedience. it takes immense courage, i believe, to willingly want to be arrested for a just cause.

daniel ellsberg, kathy kelly, and john sellers of the ruckus society, have been arrested dozens and dozens of times; they are not anarchists, but believers in the power of social and political change by pacifism, protest, and putting themselves in harm's way. who wants to be the receiving end of a police baton anyway? or spend time in jail?

paul hackett, who is profiled in the book, put it this way to me. he's the wealthy cincinnati attorney who re-enlisted in the marines, and then came back from iraq to run as a "fighting democrat" who was vocal in his opposition to the bush and the war, and though he was vying for a seat in a very republican district in southern ohio- he almost won.

he said that the difference between america and iraq is that over there disputes are often resolved in an alley with an ak-47, and here they are addressed through politics. "moreover, those of us who served our country in combat believe that political dissent is at the heart of patriotism. on a day-to-day basis, those who served and fought were motivated by the fact that in some disconnected way, we are fighting for america’s freedom. and that freedom is well-defined by political dissent. that is what differentiates us from rogue nations."
all these books are available at your book store.
posted by skippy at 8:21 PM | 0 comments

¡peligro! ¡peligro!

dangerous notes being sent to lo-cal residents. but only to a certain "type".....
the state attorney general is investigating a spanish-language letter warning some orange county latinos that they could be jailed or deported if they vote in the november election.

the letter, which purports to be from a huntington beach-based group, also warns that the state has developed a tracking system that will allow the names of latino voters to be handed over to anti-immigrant groups.

"you are advised that if your residence in this country is illegal or you are an immigrant, voting in a federal election is a crime that could result in jail time …," the letter says. - latte times and kcal
posted by cookie jill at 7:57 PM | 0 comments

Blood on their hands

One who condones evils is just as guilty as the one who perpetrates it.

Martin Luther King Jr.

And thus I clothe my naked villainy
With old odd ends, stol'n forth of holy writ;
And seem a saint, when most I play the devil.
William Shakespeare


They do not see the blood on their hands.

They have blinded themselves to it.

They do not hear the cries of those they ordered tortured nor the screams of those dying from the war they unleashed.

They cannot bear the burden of their sins so they pretend they do not exist.

They are liars that believe their own lies. Their delusions make them false prophets.

The nation's forefathers would call out from their graves against the injustice to the Constitution, to freedom and liberty that so many sacrificed to achieve only to have this administration and Congress squander away.

The gold in their purse is smeared with blood for their clutched it with their blood-drenched hands.

History shall judge them as murderers and thieves.

They are not monsters. Only monstrous. Evil cannot be other than evil. They are not evil men. They are guilty of evil deeds, but they are banal, insipid, incompetent, contemptible. And that makes their deeds even worse.
posted by Carnacki at 3:25 PM | 4 comments

i have a theory

my new theory is that comic books are actually methods of predicting the future.

rare meteorite found in kansas field

come on - kansas, rare meteor - i'm going to start looking out for flying men in red capes.
posted by The One True Tami at 12:51 PM | 2 comments

rip freddie fender & cbgb

two iconic music legends are no more this week. tex-mex balladeer freddie fender passed away on saturday, and the next day saw the last concert of the seminal punk rock club cbgb in nyc.

eonline sez about freddie:

the tex-mex hitmaker, known for such '70s jukebox standards as "before the next teardrop falls," "since i met you baby" and "wasted days and wasted nights" died saturday of complications from lung cancer at his home in corpus christi, texas, surrounded by his family. he was 69.

"today is a sad day. the music industry and fans worldwide lost a friend and fellow musician,” fender's long-time publicist, kirt webster, said in a statement. “freddy was a true music icon. he will be missed dearly."

a three-time grammy winner, fender was one of the first mexican-american singers to find success on both the pop and country charts.
also this weekend, on the other end of the musical spectrum, patti smith, flea, and a host of others said goodbye to the most famous club of the punk rock/alternative scene. rolling stone:

at the end of a three-and-a-half hour show, on the last night of music at the new york club cbgb, patti smith read a list of the fallen, just a few of the musicians and spirits who were so important to the room's legend but couldn't be there for the october 15th wake. they included the cramps' bryan gregory, the critic lester bangs, singer helen wheels, guitarist robert quine, johnny, joey and dee dee ramone and smith's original pianist richard sohl. as her band played at soft funeral-march volume behind her, someone in the audience yelled out, "you missed one." smith smiled. "we remember everything," she said with maternal assurance. then she pointed out that cbgb was expiring at thirty-three -- the same age as jesus…

yet cbgb had always been there, until last night, for any musician with a bright new idea, especially those young bands that couldn't get booked anywhere else in the city. the flood of obituaries for the club has focused, naturally, on its mid-seventies heyday, when the ramones, blondie, richard hell and talking heads were among the nightly entertainment with smith and television. but some of the best shows i ever saw there were in this century, including but hardly limited to: soundtrack of our lives (their first u.s. tour), the raveonettes (their first u.s. show) and, just a few months ago, proto-metal gods blue cheer, who played to what looked like half a house. in comparison, the line into the club last night ran around the block; i was in that line for ninety minutes and missed smith's first four songs.

but i walked in at a perfect point: smith reminiscing about her first cbgb moment -- television on easter sunday, 1974 -- and singing that band's "marquee moon" in a subdued folk-ballad arrangement with serpentine electric flourishes by television guitarist richard lloyd. smith, who divided the evening into an acoustic-mood set and two hours of full electricity, frequently paid heartfelt tribute to kristal, sitting on the raised platform in the back. she did not wax nostalgic for the ambience. "this is not a fucking temple -- it is what it is," she declared after a blistering version of the who's "my generation." anyone else could start a club just like it, she said, anywhere in the world. all it takes is the will.
time keeps on slippin' slippin' into the future...
posted by skippy at 11:17 AM | 0 comments

mission accomplished

meanwhile, back in iraq:

families fled in search of safety monday as open warfare raged for a fourth day between shiite militias and armed sunni men in tigris river towns north of baghdad. militias allied with iraq's shiite-led government held sway in balad city, forcing out sunni families and leaving the bodies of slain sunni men to rot in the streets, according to police, residents and hospital officials…

the escalating violence in the tigris river towns in many ways serves as a microcosm of the daily violence roiling iraq. sectarian attacks have increased more than tenfold since the start of the year and now claim more than 100 victims a day, according to the iraqi government.

the violence in balad was unusual because of the sustained deployment of the militias on the streets, and the killing seemed particularly vicious. balad was "under siege from all sides," police 1st lt. bassim hamdi said by telephone from the city. "we demand that leaders from both sides intervene to stop the bloodshed. because if this goes on, it will explode sectarian violence all over iraq."
heckuva job, awol!
posted by skippy at 10:13 AM | 0 comments

on the radio...woh woh woh woh on the radio...

joe gandelmen at the moderate voice tells us that president awol met in secret with a whole slew of hardly-ever-right wing radio talk show hosts...probably to pitch his agenda:

you have to ask yourself: who ever would have thought 30 years ago that talk radio would evolve into where three hour "shows" would essentially become propaganda strips for political parties — and if the hosts wavered from the party line the president would meet with them to get them back "on message?"

but that is the case now:

on an overcast friday morning last month, white house aides ushered an influential group of conservative radio hosts into the oval office for a private audience with the president.

for an hour and a half, mr. bush discussed his case for the war in iraq, his immigration proposals and even the personality of his scottish terrier barney, who scratched on the door during the session until the president relented and let him into the office, according to several hosts who attended.

the meeting, which was not announced on the president’s public schedule, was part of an intensive republican party campaign to reclaim and re-energize a crucial army of supporters that is not as likely to walk in lockstep with the white house as it has in the past.

conservative radio hosts are breaking with the republican leadership in ways not seen in at least a decade, and certainly not since rush limbaugh’s forceful advocacy of the party in 1994 spawned a new generation of stars, said michael harrison, publisher of the industry’s lead trade publication, talkers.
you then have to ask some self-evident questions such as: why wouldn't the president also meet and make his best case to more centrist radio talk show hosts (if they exist)? or talk show hosts identified as progressives? answer: because they don't already largely agree with him, and might ask questions he and his advisers don't like or take something unflattering from the meeting and mention it on the air.

talk radio has become the world wrestling federation of politics: the good guys, versus the bad guys. even the lingo on most talk radio shows is "us" versus "them."
maybe he asked air america to come, but they couldn't afford cabfare.
posted by skippy at 9:54 AM | 1 comments

and now, an idle question...



which genesis alumnus do you admire more -- phil collins or peter gabriel?

i love them both equally, so i guess i cancel myself out...
posted by Mimus Pauly at 7:06 AM | 13 comments

duncan's right on

for the new meaning of g.o.p.

grand old police blotter.
posted by cookie jill at 2:35 AM | 1 comments

nobody likes war

at least, that's what cnn found:

a poll conducted for cnn over the weekend suggests support among americans for the war in iraq is dwindling to an all-time low. just 34 percent of those polled say they support the war, while 64 percent say they oppose it.

women led the opposition, with seven in 10 saying they oppose the war. twenty-eight percent say they support it, which is the lowest support among women in any cnn poll taken since the invasion more than three years ago.

support among men is stronger, with 40 percent supporting the conflict and 58 percent opposed to it.
and the other 2% unsure, we suppose.

addendum: apparently nobody likes awol, either. via thinkprogress:

Example
posted by skippy at 12:12 AM | 1 comments