Saturday, September 29, 2007
Summary: Rush Limbaugh has called the MoveOn.org "General Petraeus or General Betray Us?" advertisement "contemptible" and "indecent," but months earlier, on his radio show, he told his audience that he had a new name for Senator Chuck Hagel: "Senator Betrayus." Though Limbaugh has taken exception to accusations that he has attacked the patriotism of his political opponents, the "Senator Betrayus" remark is one of several instances in which Limbaugh has done so.
From Media Matters
According to the Iraqi Red Crescent, there has been a massive increase in the amount of Iraqis forced to abandon their homes in August. The majority of Iraqis are leaving in order to escape the violence and many are trying to find a new life all the way in Brazil. Palestinian Ghazi Shaheen, who lived with his family in Iraq, left the country "because there was no safety. You never knew who was going to knock on your door and try to kill one of your family."
From Air America
While Mrs. Senator Clinton doesn’t share a house with another woman, has never been caught soliciting sex from women in a bathroom, has never been accused of molesting pages or junior staffers, and has yet to be caught strangling a mistress or hiring hookers or divorcing her spouse in the hospital or during a press conference, a strange group of angry old white people — who, with the notable exception of Richard Mellon Scaife, are all kind of poor and fat — have spent the past two decades obsessed with “Hitlary” and her many crimes against nature and god, such as supposedly being a lesbian (because any woman married to a man who has affairs automatically “becomes” teh gayz) and murdering dozens of people, mostly brave Arkansas state troopers and Vince Foster.
It's an interesting little article - well written - at Wonkette.
Friday, September 28, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
President Bush may like to be seen as a swaggering tough guy with a penchant for manly outdoor pursuits, but in a new book one of his closest allies has said he is afraid of horses.
George W Bush saddles up,but where is the horse?
Vicente Fox, the former president of Mexico, derided his political friend as a "windshield cowboy" – a cowboy who prefers to drive – and "the cockiest guy I have ever met in my life".
New York Rep. Peter King, a prominent House Republican, said there are “too many mosques in this country” in a recent interview with Politico. “There are too many people sympathetic to radical Islam,” King said. “We should be looking at them more carefully and finding out how we can infiltrate them.”
"If you look back over our history, it will not take you long to realize that our people have shed more blood for other people's liberty than any other combination of nations in the history of the world." -- Fred Thompson, stump speech in Iowa, September 6, 2007.
Fact Check: While heavy, U.S. military casualties are still relatively low in comparison to the military casualties of its World War II and World War I allies. In World War II alone, the Soviet Union suffered at least eight million military deaths, or ten times the number of U.S. deaths in all wars combined.
From the Washington Post's Fact-Checker
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
A U.S. Justice Department official has been arrested on suspicion of traveling to Detroit over the weekend to have sex with a minor.
John David R. Atchison, 53, an assistant U.S. attorney from the northern district of Florida, was arraigned in U.S. District Court in Detroit Monday afternoon.
Read more at Click On Detroit
"It's bad enough when politicians turn their backs on a war they voted for and supported when it was popular," Cheney said Monday. "But no one in politics, regardless of party, should hesitate to object when an American soldier at war is mocked and insulted."
Delegates to the Republican National Convention found a new way to take a jab at Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry's Vietnam service record: by sporting adhesive bandages with small purple hearts on them.
Do they even believe the shit they say?
From Daily Kos
Without elaborating, he writes, “I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil.”
Read the entire (short) report on Crooks and Liars...
Monday, September 24, 2007
Iraqi lawmakers said on Saturday that Washington should take responsibility for the turmoil in Iraq and stop blaming Baghdad, Iran and Syria.
Frustrated by criticism from the United States over their slow progress towards political goals meant to foster national reconciliation, Iraqi leaders said Washington would be better served by examining its own progress in the unpopular war.
From Yahoo News.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The political movement loyal to anti-American cleric Moqtada al-Sadr quit Iraq's ruling Shi'ite Alliance on Saturday, leaving Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's coalition in a precarious position in parliament.
The move further weakens the ruling coalition, which even before the defection had failed to push through laws aimed at reconciling Iraq's warring majority Shi'ite and minority Sunni Arabs.
From Yahoo News
Friday, September 21, 2007
We had come so close to finding 34 of President Bush's 36 countries with troops in Iraq. But now it appears we won't be at 34 for long: next month, Iceland, part of the NATO mission to Iraq, is pulling out its one lone soldier.
Two officials at a Christian boot camp in Texas face charges after they allegedly tied a 15-year-old girl to a van with a rope and dragged her after she fell behind during a run.The two officials with Love Demonstrated Ministries face aggravated assault charges for the June incident.
Authorities say Charles Flowers ordered camp worker Stephanie Bassitt to run alongside the girl after she fell behind. When the girl stopped running, Bassitt allegedly yelled at her and pinned her to the ground while Flowers tied a rope to her. A witness reported seeing the girl being dragged on her stomach at least three times.
An independent watchdog agency has asked the Department of Education to investigate why President Bush's younger brother, Neil, has received money earmarked for the president's signature education initiative to sell a curriculum program that has not been subjected to the rigorous evaluation it deserves.
Read more at Raw Story.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
The following bit is from the New York Post which does tend to sensationalize stories, so read with some skepticism...
A charity that tapped the influence of former President Bill Clinton and ex-Sen. Bob Dole and raised more than $125 million to send the children of 9/11 to college is stiffing families it promised to help, The Post has learned.
Read more at the New York Post
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
In another blistering attack on conservative “values” voters, Hollywood Fred Thompson told South Carolina Republicans on Sunday that he isn’t a member of a church and only attends services when he visits his elderly mom in Tennessee. Even worse, Thompson says he won’t talk about religion while campaigning because it creeps him out — remember that George Bush Junior only won the reluctant support of Republican primary voters by jabbering about Jesus all the time.
Taking issue with data released last year by the U.S. Department of Education, The Washington Post refuted five myths about how American students are really performing on the international circuit:
Myth #1: U.S. students rate poorly compared to students in the rest of the world.
Truth: This is only the case if you pick and choose the results. In subjects like math and science, U.S. students performed in the middle of the pack - not great, but hardly a crisis. By the same token, no country scored higher than the United States in civics. And in reading, American students outperformed 87 percent of the students in other industrialized nations.
Myth #2: U.S. students are falling behind.
Truth: As the "Trends in International Mathematics and Science Studies" (TTMSS) shows, American eighth graders actually boosted their scores in math and science in 1995, 1999, and 2003, despite an increasing, percentage of diverse learners. Nevertheless, focus is often placed on where American students rank instead of on their improvement. This makes it seem that other countries are doing better.
Myth #3: U.S. students will be ill-prepared for the 21st century workforce. This myth is part of the never-ending notion that U.S. schools are in crisis.
Truth: This concern has been around since the turn of the 19th century when business leaders blamed schools when workers weren't adequately prepared. What's more, in the 20th century, headlines such as "Crisis in Education" and A Nation at Risk caused people to wonder whether America could possibly have a single citizen capable of producing or inventing a thing.
Myth #4: Bad schooling has undermined America's competitiveness. Truth: Last year the World Economic Forum dropped the United States from first to sixth place in its survey of international economies. This decline had nothing to do with school performance but rather with trade deficits, a low savings rate, tax cuts, and the federal government's increased spending on defense and homeland security.
Myth #5: How we stack up on international tests matters, if only for national pride.
Truth: Indeed, we are a nation of achievers and take pride in being number one. But if being first in education is our goal, shouldn't we also want to be first in other things linked closely to academic achievement, such as providing quality health care to every child, trimming the obesity problem, or wiping out homeless-ness? Making the quality of life better for all children is the target, no matter whether the United States is first on the SATs or not.
Source: The Washington Post
Monday, September 17, 2007
"Wow, that's impressive," Cheney said. "But you do realize he just says the words; he doesn't really understand what they mean."
"That's fine," Laura replied. "Neither does the parrot."
Sunday, September 16, 2007
A year or two back I got cornered, in a booth in a restaurant, by a Dobson fanatic. I had to listen for 20 minutes (I didn't want to be rude to this acquaintance who was lecturing to me) to the virtues of this nutjob Dobson. I wonder just how dumb you have to be to think that Dobson is the one true voice of Christian family values in this world?
James Dobson’s batshit organization lays off 30 people because nobody’s giving money anymore because nobody hates fags or believes in Jesus enough.