s skippy the bush kangaroo: March 2005

skippy the bush kangaroo

Thursday, March 31, 2005

uh, because we don't want to be slaves to the corporate elite, or else in jail?

shakespeare's sister asks the question of all who wants to answer: where do you get your passion from politics from?
posted by skippy at 12:12 PM | 0 comments

if there's a candlelight vigil being prepared for these victims, please let us know...

according to an editor and publisher article, florida has been having a lot of difficulty lately keeping track of its sexual predators:

the state of florida lost track of at least 1,800 of 30,000 sexual offenders in the month before a 9-year-old homosassa, fla., girl was kidnapped, raped, and murdered by a registered sexual offender, who has confessed, the miami herald reported tuesday.

about 800 sexual offenders and predators unaccounted for in january had committed lewd acts against children, and about 130 had been sentenced for raping minors under 16, according to a review by the herald. most of the remaining 870 had committed sexual crimes against adults or teenagers 16 and older...

officials say john evander couey, 46, has admitted abducting jessica lunsford on feb. 23 from her bedroom and then raping and killing her. couey wasn't listed as missing on the database because state officials were unaware he had moved and was staying near the lunsfords...


the database is intended to be a tool to alert residents of potentially dangerous people living in their neighborhoods and to help with criminal investigations.

"it is absolutely a partnership between the state, the community, and local law enforcement agencies," said mary coffee, who supervises the department that maintains the registry. "the registry is not something that is going to eliminate all sex offenses"...

that, and it's difficult to keep track of the important stuff when all that gaggle whose members blithely refer to themselves as "the media" seem to want to do is keep floridians gnawing away at a now-deceased human vegetable...

(big tip o' this part-time roo's left ear to michael hussey at the progressive blog alliance for the heads-up...)
posted by Jim Yeager at 10:41 AM | 0 comments

it'll all panel out in the end

we are proud as a wallaby to have our name attached to the lefty letter to the national press club decrying the imbalance of a panel discussion about blogging which includes jeff "mandate" gannon but nobody who actually was involved in the blogging investigation of him.

but as glenn kenny points out in romenesko's letter section ...hey, it's just a stupid panel:

as sympathetic as i am in theory to steve gilliard's concerns about the makeup of an upcoming national press club panel on blogging, i can't help feeling that the whole thing's not really worth all the breast-beating. the thing is, it's just one stupid panel. (at a prestigious venue, granted.) the bigger issues are all going to come out in the wash. despite the fact that jeff guckert is capable of "taking notes" and "writing reports" he still has the intellectual apparatus and prose style of an only moderately precocious fifth-grader. the over-excitable mickey kaus reads like isaiah berlin next to this guy. as for wonkette, well, ana marie cox's slow slide from an antic muse to a telegenic smirk (and proud of it!) has been dispiriting to witness, but in time, a la the cheshire cat, nothing's going to be left except said smirk, and all the ass-fucking jokes in the world won't change that. so don't sweat over an hour or two of blather at some "club," mr. gilliard. the wheat will either be separated from the chaff, or the chaff will get tina brown's sunday night spot on cnbc, or msnbc, or wherever it is.

we couldn't have been snarkier ourselves!

addendum: americablog points out that the npc panel is now closed to the public. that's right, the national press, whose dictate is to get information to the public, is limited a panel discussion on the changing definition of "journalist" to only people who fit into the old definition of "journalist," thus denying the public access to information.

irony, thy name is media!
posted by skippy at 10:16 AM | 0 comments

a cry for help from our planet

Posted by Hello
the doctors' warning ought to be clear: the living planet earth is in trouble.

the millennium ecosystem assessment -- a massive four-year study by 1,300 scientists from 95 countries -- found that 60 percent of the world's resources are at critical levels or are being used up. the resources at stake are the basics of life -- water, food, timber, clean air and a predictable climate.

the report predicts the consequences of environmental degradation will include the emergence of new diseases, inadequate clean water supplies, continued collapse of fisheries and dramatic changes in regional climates.

half the urban population in africa, asia, latin america and the caribbean suffer from one or more diseases associated with inadequate water and sanitation, the report said. the death toll is 1.7 million people per year. - seattlepi

time for our society to hear the cry. time for our congresscritters to hear the cry. time for us to freaking do something.
posted by SantaBarbarian at 7:35 AM | 0 comments

Speaking of stolen elections...

Blanton's and Ashton's has a brief article on a study of the exit polling data from the 2004 presidential election. The chances of the exit polling data predicting a Kerry win, as it did, and being wrong, as it is supposed to have been, are a million to one. The study sharply contradicts an earlier study, done by the company that did the polling, which claimed it was all the polling company's fault. Instead, it suggests that voting irregularities are to blame. Fancy that.
posted by DBK at 7:14 AM | 0 comments

if it's wrong for mrs. schiavo to starve to death

shouldn't it be wrong that the rate of acute malnutrition among children in iraq has doubled in the last five year? shouldn't americans be holding vigils and protest rallies? shouldn't tom delay and bill frist hold hearings and passing laws?

[we stole this from juan cole].

note - fixed a mistake, the malnutrition rate doubled last , not in the last five years.

update: abc is reporting that mrs. schiavo died this morning (via americablog). may she rest in peace and may those who have love her find peace.
posted by Pudentilla at 6:22 AM | 1 comments

we have just one word to say to you,

plastics. who knew it could save the environment?
posted by Pudentilla at 4:28 AM | 0 comments

the great zero-tolerance campaign against 12 years olds meets resistance

parents object when son sent to juvie for pocket knife in jacket pocket. we would just like to warn parents out there that if you start yielding on these issues, pretty soon you're going to end up with students who think for themselves. danger will robinson, danger!
posted by Pudentilla at 4:24 AM | 0 comments

rummy's $11 billion toy endangers troops in iraq

Study Faults Army Vehicle - Use of Transport in Iraq Puts Troops at Risk, Internal Report Says - The Army has deployed a new troop transport vehicle in Iraq with many defects, putting troops there at unexpected risk from rocket-propelled grenades and raising questions about the vehicle's development and $11 billion cost, according to a detailed critique in a classified Army study obtained by The Washington Post.

we hear they're having recruiting problems, too.
posted by Pudentilla at 4:16 AM | 0 comments

old guys in drag peeved at pride event in jerusalem

Clerics of 3 Faiths Protest Gay Festival Planned for Jerusalem - Now major leaders of the three faiths - Christianity, Judaism and Islam - are making a rare show of unity to try to stop the festival. They say the event would desecrate the city and convey the erroneous impression that homosexuality is acceptable.
funny, jesus, himself, didn't have an exception clause for gay people when he taught his followers:

Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matt 22:36-40.
you should read the article if only for the sake of the picture.
posted by Pudentilla at 3:58 AM | 0 comments

critics of awol's sense of irony confounded

Bush Invites Critics to Show, Tell - The president warns there may be political repercussions for lawmakers who don't address Social Security's solvency problems. - CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — President Bush tried Wednesday to persuade congressional skeptics to back his approach to Social Security restructuring and invited critics to join him at the negotiating table. [--snip--]

Bush said lawmakers who tried to avoid dealing with Social Security might be held accountable by constituents.

"There's a political price for not getting involved in the process…. There's a political price for saying it's not a problem..."

what if that tick-tock sauron hears, is the watch of a lame duck waddling down pennyslvania avenue?
posted by Pudentilla at 3:48 AM | 0 comments

if you liked the jesuits, wait till you meet these guys

New Order of Catholic Priests Is Forming to Fight Abortions - AMARILLO, Texas — The Roman Catholic Church plans to establish its first religious society devoted exclusively to fighting euthanasia and abortion, church leaders said this week. [--snip--]

The order will have a decidedly political bent, and will be active rather than contemplative, Pavone said.

Its priests will be trained to conduct voter-registration drives, use the media to get out their antiabortion message and lobby lawmakers to restrict abortion rights.

They also will learn to lead demonstrations outside offices where abortions and family-planning services are provided.
there will be no companion order of nuns. their seminary will be in texas. the founder is mr. frank pavone (but he likes you to call him "father"), a member of "priests for life "and spiritual advisor to the shindler family. mrs. schiavo's tragedy, the gift that keeps on giving to religious radicals.
posted by Pudentilla at 3:34 AM | 28 comments

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

the future?

it's 2014. the nytimes is offline. do you know what news has become? a fascinating 8 minutes from the museum of media history.

thanks to protein feed for feeding my imagination.
posted by SantaBarbarian at 9:05 PM | 0 comments

the "ugly face" of the us "class system"
despite numerous cuts in his proposed fy 2006 budget, including an overall 4.4 percent cut in funds for the labor department, president george w. bush has called for a $7 million increase in funds for audits of labor unions to combat fraud and embezzlement - "greenwatch" funded by capital research center
but...if you don't have to work for your money....
with all those tens of millions of dollars flowing out over the years to maintain a lifestyle beyond comprehension to most people--$60,000 in dog bills exceeds the annual income of three-fourths of all working americans who pay taxes--you might think that alec and jocelyne also forked over millions of dollars to the internal revenue service. but you would be wrong. they didn't pay a penny in us income tax.

in fact, they never filed a federal tax return.

..."the irs does not fully investigate high-income nonfilers, which creates an ironic imbalance. unlike lower income nonfilers in the substitute for returns program, high-income nonfilers who do not respond to irs' notices are not investigated or assessed taxes. even if high-income nonfilers eventually file tax returns, their returns receive less scrutiny than those who file returns on time." -
"the taxfree millionaires" from the washington monthly.
posted by SantaBarbarian at 7:44 PM | 0 comments

one picture is worth three words


via jul's dkos diary and a bunch of other blogs.
posted by skippy at 2:30 PM | 16 comments

change of address card

our good blogging buddy dave johnson informs us that seeing the forest has left blogger (thank goodness one of us made it out!!) and can now be found at www.seeingtheforest.com.

be sure to change your links and bookmarks!
posted by skippy at 1:59 PM | 0 comments

finally, someone on the right is right!

imagine our relief to find a (former) repubbb senator who agrees that the religous fundies are out of control in his own party.

john danforth, who is currently a minister, so you can't call him a godless heathen, is upset that his party is catering to a small minority at the expense of values traditionally held by the repubbbs. from a nytimes op-ed:

by a series of recent initiatives, republicans have transformed our party into the political arm of conservative christians. the elements of this transformation have included advocacy of a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, opposition to stem cell research involving both frozen embryos and human cells in petri dishes, and the extraordinary effort to keep terri schiavo hooked up to a feeding tube…

high-profile republican efforts to prolong the life of ms. schiavo, including departures from republican principles like approving congressional involvement in private decisions and empowering a federal court to overrule a state court, can rightfully be interpreted as yielding to the pressure of religious power blocs…

when government becomes the means of carrying out a religious program, it raises obvious questions under the first amendment. but even in the absence of constitutional issues, a political party should resist identification with a religious movement. while religions are free to advocate for their own sectarian causes, the work of government and those who engage in it is to hold together as one people a very diverse country. at its best, religion can be a uniting influence, but in practice, nothing is more divisive. for politicians to advance the cause of one religious group is often to oppose the cause of another….

during the 18 years i served in the senate, republicans often disagreed with each other. but there was much that held us together. we believed in limited government, in keeping light the burden of taxation and regulation. we encouraged the private sector, so that a free economy might thrive. we believed that judges should interpret the law, not legislate. we were internationalists who supported an engaged foreign policy, a strong national defense and free trade. these were principles shared by virtually all republicans.

but in recent times, we republicans have allowed this shared agenda to become secondary to the agenda of christian conservatives. as a senator, i worried every day about the size of the federal deficit. i did not spend a single minute worrying about the effect of gays on the institution of marriage. today it seems to be the other way around.
posted by skippy at 12:12 PM | 0 comments

too much caffeine?

cookie jill, who is having as much trouble with blogger today as we had yesterday, sends us this piece from the st. petersburg times.

apparently conservatives are upset with starbucks for printing quotes on their coffee cups from liberals. dangerous, family-destroying quotes, like

america's national debt is now $7.5-trillion, and it's skyrocketing, even as america's population ages. there will never be a better time to start paying off this crippling debt than today.

how can those godless heathens dare to thrust such subversive ideas into the public's latte experience? have they no shame?

if this offends you, or if you are glad to read al franken with your half-caf double espresso, be sure to go to their web forum and register your opinion.
posted by skippy at 12:01 PM | 0 comments

say hello

to brother kenya's paradigm.
posted by skippy at 11:47 AM | 0 comments

moral beliefs, schmoral beliefs, it's just bad customer service

churchofbruce over at dkos has an excellent suggestion for dealing with the pharmacists who suddenly know better than you and your doctor what's good for you.

when/if you run into a pharmacist who refuses to fill your birth control prescription on the grounds of "moral beliefs," then, file a complaint with the management.

but, churchofbruce (who works at a chain pharmacy) says,

you will probably have to mention that you had a prescription that was refused to be filled, but do not emphasize that. emphasize that you had a 'bad customer service experience.' emphasize the pharmacists' 'rudeness' and 'bad customer service'. make it about that--customer service. don't make it a 'it's my body!' issue. emphasize you aren't happy with the customer service.

why? this gives the chain an 'out.' firing someone because of their 'religious beliefs' creates all kinds of problems for them. the chains really are between a rock and a hard place here. however, customer complaints about customer service is a perfectly legitimate reason for firing someone from working in a retail enviroment. happens all the time. we had a pharmacist fired very recently because she was a rude you-know-what to customers. six complaints in a couple months, and they let her go.

poor customer service. poor customer service. poor customer service. don't make this a 'moral' issue for the chains--because that just gets them caught between competing moralities. don't make it a 'rights' issue because that just gets them caught between competing claims of rights. poor customer service.

trust me on this one. and if you--or maybe someone you know--can nail the same pharmacist on a customer service issue that has nothing to do with bc pills, then you're really going to get somewhere.

i know for a fact that my chain has had a couple problems. i also know that when they tried to 'counsel'--not fire, just counsel--one of these pharmacists, they got threatened with a religious discrimination lawsuit. they really do have problems. i have to tell you, though, my chain does not want this publicity, they do not want people walking out of the store upset--people walk out of the store upset anyhow, usually because of insurance issues, so adding to that by creating problems ourselves is a bad, bad thing. so, if you make it a pure customer service issue, that helps the chains.

trust us, stores don't like to hear complaints about bad customer service!
posted by skippy at 11:31 AM | 0 comments

what's your beef?

you have to admire the japanese. when they want something, they sign the petitions. hungry japanese beef and rice lovers put their names where their mouths are as 1.9 million of them signed a petition to reopen japan to american beef. the japanese market has been closed to american beef for 15 months following the discovery of bse (bovine spongeiform virus) in an american herd.

the mechanic nose

from the canadian press, a louisiana family took their car to a mechanic because it wasn't running properly. the mechanic discovered that the car, purchased as a used car by the family and driven by them for years, had two bricks of cocaine attached to the fuel line. gentlemen, start your noses.
posted by DBK at 10:06 AM | 0 comments

we've always maintained the world needs more dead kangaroo art

an artist in australia is upset that the government removed a carcass of roadkill kangaroo from her sculpture depicting the destruction of the environment. abcnews online:

a far nsw south coast activist has demanded an apology from the premier, claiming her entry in a snowy mountains easter sculpture competition was damaged by the department of environment.

activist harriet swift's work was altered when a government ranger removed a dead kangaroo from the sculpture.

the sculpture features a logger holding a chainsaw in one hand and an axe in the other.

originally draped around his neck was a road kill kangaroo, representing the destruction of wildlife when forests are logged.

the australian gets a bit more detailed:

the piece centred on a logger made from old logging machinery with a road-killed roo draped around its neck. "the kangaroo represents the destruction of wildlife when forests are logged for woodchips in the southeast," swift told aap. she's seeking an apology from carr, which sounds a bit rich as draping dead animals over things does not necessarily make art. of course, if she had encased it in glycerine damien hirst style, the roo could have been entered in this year's turner prize.

for you art morons: hirst is the guy that puts dead animals in large chunks of plastic, cuts them up,


and calls it art.

this is how skippy feels about the whole thing:
posted by skippy at 9:49 AM | 0 comments

now that we've opened up anwr, expect a lot more of this

the third largest spillage of crude product has occurred on alaska's north slope. and have you heard about it?

from the anchorage daily news:

as many as 80 workers were hustling monday to clean up oily water in what ranks as one of the largest industrial spills ever seen in the north slope oil fields.

the spill came from a buried pipeline at a gravel production pad on the western side of the kuparuk oil field. kuparuk is the slope's biggest oil field after prudhoe bay.

dawn patience, a spokeswoman for conoco phillips alaska inc., which runs kuparuk, said the spill is estimated at 111,300 gallons of "produced water" covering about two acres.

produced water is water that's been separated from the mixture of crude oil and liquid natural gas that comes out of producing oil wells…

the spilled water contains only a trace of crude oil, and the amount of actual oil spilled is believed to be slightly more than one barrel or about 50 gallons, patience said.

but much of the water is seawater, and the salt can kill tundra plant life just as crude oil can, said leslie pearson, spill prevention and emergency response manager for the alaska department of environmental conservation…

the spill, if the size estimate holds firm, ranks as the third largest saline or oil spill ever recorded on the slope, according to a 2003 report by the national research council on cumulative environmental effects of oil activity on the region.

naw, anwr drilling won't have any impact on the environment up there!
posted by skippy at 9:30 AM | 0 comments

pulling the feeding tube out of congress

from time:

time poll
posted by skippy at 9:23 AM | 0 comments

more club, less press

sean-paul at the agonist writes another firey letter to the members of the national press club, asking again why there are no bloggers who were involved in uncovering (pun intended) the jeff "mandate" gannon scandal involved in the upcoming panel on jeff "mandate" gannon:

a panel on the case of jeff gannon, especially one including gannon himself, should have representation from someone who did heavy lifting there, someone intimately familiar with the process that brought gannon's identity and his relationship with the white house press corps to the public eye. that voice must be a blogger who was a key player in the investigation of gannon, his role in the media and his background.

many people at various blogs, including susang at daily kos, media matters, world o crap, atrios, and americablog were at the fore of this investigation. traditional media ignored the story until bloggers uncovered it. that's why you're having a panel on it. however, not one of the individuals who worked hard on the story was approached with an invitation to speak on the panel. even outside the context of right versus left, this exclusion raises a serious issue of journalistic imbalance. this was not a careless oversight. the institutional press is giving the investigated his voice while not allowing the investigator to have its say.

thus, we cannot recommend strongly enough the inclusion of americablog's john aravosis on this panel. he has volunteered to be the representative of those who worked on the gannon investigation.

as we have noted above, you're discussing a story broken by blogosphere yet cutting out the very people who made it a story there. this exclusion is shortsighted and raises questions of journalistic imbalance and ethical malfeasance. thus, we again must raise our collective voice and insist that john aravosis sit on the panel.

please continue your calls to julie shue or rick dunham at the the national press club and politely insist that they include john aravosis of americablog.org at their event. here are there numbers: 202-662-7500 or 202-662-7501 or email at tglad@press.org and info@npcpress.org.

we agree, everyone call those numbers!
posted by skippy at 8:56 AM | 0 comments

fanmail from some flounders

let's open the ol' skippy mailbag...

blogtopus tells us about people kicked out of awol's ss rally in denver for having the wrong bumper sticker on their car;

mad kane sends us her latest ode to delay (to the tune of "to all the girls i've loved before");

the independent institute sends us "three strikes for empire;

the democracy corps sends us jim carville's memo on regaining the catholic vote (pdf file);

judd legum sends us proof that santorum swings both ways;

and cookie jill sends us an afl-cio announcment for a march on the offices of wall street investment firms to protest ss priratization.
posted by skippy at 8:23 AM | 0 comments

ask to see i.d.

the next time someone dressed up like a fed tries to boot you from a bamboozlepalooza tour (yjmctp!) event, and then say, "18 U.S.C. § 912." the reaction may surprise you.

yjmctp!: "yes, josh marshall coined the phrase!"
posted by Pudentilla at 7:26 AM | 0 comments

a gentle reminder

please take some time out of your busy day to contact the folks at the national press club and ask them to include bloggers who, you know, actually covered the story, in their panel on the james jeffrey guckert gannon male escort cum white house day pass scandal. you can read the letter that some bloggers have sent to national press club members here. the letter requests that the npc ask john aravosis of americablog, who played a major role in revealing the extent of mr. jj/gg's qualifications. mr. aravosis, himself, noting that npc backed down enough to include matt yglesias on the panel, suggests that the bloggers at dkos, eschaton and world o crap who covered the story would be appropriate.

you can reach the npc here (and remember to be nice little roos):
Julie Shue or Rick Dunham: 202-662-7500 or 202-662-7501 or email at tglad@press.org and info@npcpress.org.
for her part, pudentilla has the following questions:
1. do reporters find it ironic that bloggers are doing all the work here to salvage the professional identities of reporters by insisting that jj/gg's role as participant in this scandal not be occluded by the npc's effort to elevate him to the role of analyst of it?

2. will someone ask jj/gg if he's slept with anyone who's worked in awol's administration or one of his campaign teams?
is that too much to want to know?
posted by Pudentilla at 6:14 AM | 0 comments

we guess she's really out now

mary cheney has agreed to write a memoire
and for her efforts, simon and schuster will pay her $500,000 - which will certainly buy mary and her girlfriend as many subarus as they could possibly want. we care less than a whit about ms. cheney's ability to dance in and out of her republican closet for pay. we are startled, however, by the fact that simon and schuster has established a subdivision to publish conservative books and has named mary matalin, a republican party strategist and former aide to the dark lord, himself, to head the outfit.

on the one hand, we might take comfort in the fact that conservative tomes may be subject to the standards of factual accuracy real publishing houses employ, rather than those of vanity presses like regnery, whose own standards seem to have been crafted by sci-fi fans. on the other hand, given the explicit and unashamed level of insider dealing in its very first transaction, we would be naive not to worry about the ability of simon and schuster to sustain its reputation.
posted by Pudentilla at 5:50 AM | 23 comments

if mrs. awol is so eager to help afghan women,

why isn't she having dinner with this young woman, while she's in afghanistan?
posted by Pudentilla at 5:38 AM | 0 comments

these are the folks awol want to give your retirement security to

your retirement security will sure help these guys shore up their declining retail business, if they can ever stop fighting with each other. but hey, it's your money, you're entitled to assume the risk. indeed, awol thinks you're obliged to.
posted by Pudentilla at 5:24 AM | 0 comments

"rendition" - awol speak for kidnapping and outsourced torture

recently reviewed federal aviation records support the claim of maher arar, a candian engineer, that he was kidnapped by u.s. officials when he changed planes in new york and transported to syria in one of a group of executive jets that the cia appear to have leased. mr. arar was tortured for months in syria. awol's boys say that not a rendition, but a deportation based on secret information that mr. arar was al-q, so its ok.
After 10 months in a cell he compared to a grave, and 2 more months in a less confined space, Syrian officials freed Mr. Arar in October 2003, saying they had been unable to find any connection to Al Qaeda. The Syrian ambassador to the United States called the release "a gesture of good will toward Canada."
awol's boys won't cooperate with the canadian inquiry into mr. arar's case and want a judge to dismiss his lawsuit because it would require them to reveal classified information. and after 9/11, who could possibly want that? 9/11 changed everything.
posted by Pudentilla at 5:06 AM | 0 comments

deathwatch update

the pope's on a feeding tube and the 11th circuit has decided to let mrs. schiavo's parents file a new appeal (even though the deadline had passed). the court didn't say whether it would grant a hearing on the appeal or whether it would order doctors to insert a feeding tube into mrs. schiavo. jerry falwell is stable but critical. awol and his wife, as well as their parents, have living wills. white house spokesperson decline to state whether the king of compulsory life has a dnr order in his.

fact-esque has a dose of snark for mr. falwell.
posted by Pudentilla at 4:54 AM | 0 comments

hipparchus finally vindicated! ptolomey's supporters in disarray!

at last, at last! an intrepid astronomer has proven (by analyzing the farnese atlas, no less) that hipparchus was the true atronomical genius of the ancient world. ptolemy, you ask? feh. purely derivative. we sincerely hope that readers whose children study classics and/or astronomey call them up and congratulate them on the timely relevance of their academic pursuits.
posted by Pudentilla at 4:47 AM | 0 comments

the way we live now

two women were caught on tape stealing a fetus from an exhibit of human body parts in california. ok class, three pages on which is weirder, the exhibit or the theft.
posted by Pudentilla at 4:37 AM | 0 comments

"reverse rendition" = awolspeak for illegal extradition

Case Allegedly Shows U.S. Practice of Secret Arrests - A Yemeni reportedly jailed by Egypt in 2002 apparently has been in covert American custody since, without legal recourse. - "One thing that we're trying to point out here is the way in which these reverse renditions occur entirely outside the rule of law," said John Sifton, a New York-based lawyer for Human Rights Watch. There has been no extradition process and no ability to challenge the detention, he said.

"What we're saying is if you're going to detain people, use existing legal principles and laws," Sifton said. "They will work."

we guess rummy forgot to send mr. sifton the memo. after 9/11 there is no law.
posted by Pudentilla at 4:29 AM | 0 comments

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

no seal of approval

Posted by Hello
thousands of sealers armed with clubs, rifles and spears headed for the ice floes off eastern canada on tuesday for the world's largest seal hunt, one expected to bring poor coastal communities millions of dollars but condemned by animal rights activists as barbaric. - sfgate

perhaps the most shocking aspect of canada's commercial seal hunt is the fact that it is supported with canadian tax dollars. a number of years ago, an economic analysis of the hunt done by an economics professor from the university of guelph revealed that the hunt provides only 100 to 150 full time jobs per year, at a cost of nearly $30,000 each to canadian taxpayers. - ifaw

for the latest information about this year's commercial seal hunt, look at the report "seals and sealing 2005" (pdf)

hey...all you floridians....or protesting christians...if you really want to save a life, click here....eh...
posted by SantaBarbarian at 11:23 PM | 0 comments

april ah-nold action alerts

two events are coming up for california residents to help point out what a greedy hypocrite der governator is.

first of all, if you live in los angeles or san diego, april 1st will see a socal freeway blogging spree. hollywood liberal has the skinny over at dkos.

then, on tuesday april 5th, if you're in the san francisco bay area, head on down to the ritz carlton hotel at stockton and california streets to protest ah-nold's fund raising (much more than his predecessor) with the california nurses.

well, actually, since that's near the top of nob hill, we should say head on "up" to the ritz carlton.

either way, join the california nurses and their patients (which includes anybody's who's sick...of ah-nold!) at 6 pm outside the hotel to protest der governator's hypocrisy, his back peddaling, his corporate favoritism, and especially, "jingle all the way."
posted by skippy at 6:13 PM | 0 comments

blogtopia* rejoice!

the whiskey bar is open again!

(and yes! we coined that* phrase!)
posted by skippy at 6:08 PM | 0 comments

say hello

to thoughts and stuff and milk river blog and firedog lake and whtz on my mind.
posted by skippy at 6:05 PM | 0 comments

uncommon dreams

kudos to our very own rj, who blogs at night light as well as being part of the staff here at skippy international, for getting his piece "dear war supporter: since you asked" published over at common dreams!

rj is a funny guy, and common dreams is one of the premier progressive publications on the web, so the combination couldn't be better, and we couldn't be more proud!
posted by skippy at 6:04 PM | 0 comments

if the coffin fits, then call it quits

johnny cochran dead at 67.
posted by skippy at 6:02 PM | 0 comments

another panel about blogging with no bloggers involved

dcmedia girl alerted us to the latest journalistic analysis into blogtopia (and yes! we coined that phrase!). and much like last week's brookings institute, they apparently don't need any actual bloggers to discuss the phenomenon.

the national press club tells us

now that anyone with a computer and an internet connection can set up shop on the web, the days when you could tell who was a reporter by looking for a press card stuck in a fedora are long gone. both journalists and bloggers will debate whether there's a difference between them, on fri., apr. 8, at 9:30 a.m. the panel includes jeff gannon, whose question at a presidential press conference focused attention on the issue; ana marie cox, editor of wonkette.com, and congress daily's john stanton. reserve at 662-7501.

oh, boy! jeff "mandate" gannon and ana marie cox! knockers up, boys, it's a 60's party record gone wild!

sean-paul, over at the agonist, writes a letter on behalf of all liberal bloggers, suggesting that john aravosis of americablog be included to represent the lefty's:

the discredited conservative media operative jeff gannon, neé guckert, has been invited to sit on a panel at the prestigious national press club to talk about the scandal surrounding his access to the white house and more generally, the similarities and differences between bloggers and journalists. guckert's token liberal counterpart will be a gossip blogger and sex comedy blogger.

[ed. note: mee-oww!]

while we have nothing but the greatest respect for mr. graff and ms. cox we believe that neither represents bloggers who write about hard-nosed politics. and as for mr. guckert, he isn't a blogger, he's barely a journalist, and not a single political blogger involved with the gannon/guckert scandal, or otherwise, has been invited to sit on the panel to counter mr. guckert's arguments.

therefore, we the undersigned bloggers, respectfully but firmly insist that a serious political blogger such as john aravosis, of americablog.org be included on the panel to fairly and accurately represent our industry and us. mr. aravosis has agreed to our request that he serve on the panel as our representative and is available should such an invite be forthcoming.

sean-paul suggests we all call julie shue or rick dunham at the npc (202-662-7500 or 202-662-7501 or email at tglad@press.org and info@npcpress.org) and respectfully insist that they include john aravosis.

be as polite as you can muster. no snarkiness, now!

addendum: in case you haven't noticed, blogger has been sucking very badly these past two days. the upshot of that is we were not able to post this post when we wanted to.

as of now, the national press club has at least added matt yglecias, a very fine liberal blogger, and the guys from dcfishbowl, the first blogger to get a press pass for the white house without being a gay male escort.

though john at americablog makes the point that the npc is still avoiding the issue completely.

and atrios links us to the debate at romenesko between the npc and editor&publisher.
posted by skippy at 5:30 PM | 0 comments

blogger sucks!

skippy has been totally unable to post on blogger for two days. if this message gets through, send lassie!
posted by skippy at 12:37 PM | 0 comments

chicks 1: lazy sexist administrators: 0

Yahoo! News - Court: Title IX Protects Whistleblowers: "The Supreme Court expanded the scope of a landmark gender equity law, ruling Tuesday that it shields whistleblowers who accuse academic institutions of discrimination based on sex." [--snip--]

Jackson lost his coaching job in 2001 after repeatedly asking Birmingham, Ala., school officials to provide his team a regulation-size gym with basketball rims that weren't bent — just like the boys' team had. He then sued under Title IX, claiming wrongful termination.
way to go, coach.
posted by Pudentilla at 8:42 AM | 32 comments

neo-fascism, noun: the far-right agenda (synonym: jawohl incorporated)

katrina vanden heuvel of the nation is working to compile a republican dictionary of gop-favorite words and phrases -- for example, "personal retirement accounts, n. chinese communist party loans."

the folks over at tomdispatch thought this was a splendid idea, so they put their minds to it and came up with a whole bunch of submissions, such as:

homeland n: a term successfully used by the germans and the soviets in world war ii, less successfully (and in the plural) by apartheid-era south africa. it means neither home, nor land, has replaced both country and nation in american public speech, and is seldom wielded without the companion word "security." it is the place to which imperial forces return for r&r...

leave no child behind: social class divide maintenance system...

march of freedom around the world: john negroponte's career...

"burning bush": a biblical allusion to the response of the president of the united states when asked a question by a journalist who has not been paid to inquire...

democracy n: a country where the newspapers are pro-american...

mandate: 1. the opinion expressed by about a quarter of the eligible voters. 2. the opinion reflected in an electoral-vote margin smaller than in any 20th century election other than 1916 and 200. 3. the opinion expressed by the smallest popular vote margin obtained by a sitting president since 1916...

right here, right now, i submit "chickenhawk, noun: a jingoist subsidized by american taxpayers"...
posted by Jim Yeager at 5:54 AM | 35 comments

pop quiz

didn't you just hate geography quizzes in highschool history class? too bad. it's time for another. first, read this article about awol's plans to upgrade u.s. military bases in afghanistan. then consider this map of the middle east. Then answer this question:
what country is awol most likely to attack next?
geography is destiny.
posted by Pudentilla at 5:45 AM | 20 comments

who let the dogs out?

Conservatives Splitting on Social Security - Some Opinion Leaders Unconvinced on Bush Proposal for Personal Accounts - Kevin A. Hassett, director of economic studies at AIG, said the splintering of ideas [on private social security accounts] among conservatives is only natural. For all of its talk, the White House has yet to formally propose a comprehensive overhaul of Social Security, and in its absence, intellectuals have jumped into the fray.
didn't anyone tell sauron that if awol didn't have a plan the academics would start offering their own?
posted by Pudentilla at 5:25 AM | 0 comments

ambassadors protest bolton nomination

Ex-Diplomats to Urge Rejection of Bolton as U.N. Ambassador - WASHINGTON, March 28 (AP) - A group of former American diplomats plan to send a letter to urge the Senate to reject John R. Bolton's nomination to be the next United States ambassador to the United Nations. [--snip--]

Their criticism dwelt primarily on Mr. Bolton's stand on issues as the State Department's senior arms control official. They said he had an "exceptional record" of opposing American efforts to improve national security through arms control.

But the letter also chides Mr. Bolton for his "insistence that the U.N. is valuable only when it directly serves the United States."
guess it doesn't hurt to ask the folks who know, does it. melanie at just a bump in the beltway has the link to the video where you can observe awol's answer to nero's horse in his own words.
posted by Pudentilla at 5:22 AM | 0 comments

everyone copes with his grief in his own way

List of Schiavo Donors Will Be Sold by Direct-Marketing Firm - WASHINGTON, March 28 - The parents of Terri Schiavo have authorized a conservative direct-mailing firm to sell a list of their financial supporters, making it likely that thousands of strangers moved by her plight will receive a steady stream of solicitations from anti-abortion and conservative groups. [--snip--]

[T]he firm, Response Unlimited ... is asking $150 a month for 6,000 names and $500 a month for 4,000 e-mail addresses of people who responded last month to an e-mail plea from Ms. Schiavo's father.
perhaps next the religious radicals could sell her clothes on ebay, citing John 19:23-24. or would that, at last, be a sacrilege.

[ed. note: thanks, pudentilla, for not using the pun "schindler's list" in the headline, like every other blog]
posted by Pudentilla at 5:06 AM | 0 comments

it's official - there never were any wmd

Panel's Report Assails C.I.A. for Failure on Iraq Weapons - The report particularly ridicules the conclusion that Mr. Hussein's fleet of "unmanned aerial vehicles," which had very limited flying range, posed a major threat. All of those assertions were repeated by Mr. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and other senior officials in the prelude to the war. To this day, Mr. Cheney has never backed away from his claim, repeated last year, that the "mobile laboratories" were probably part of a secret biological weapons program, and his office has repeatedly declined to respond to inquiries about whether the evidence has changed his view
but you knew that didn't you? everyone knew it except the dark lord. we wish some intrepid reporter would ask cheney, "do the meds affect your cognitive abilities, or are you just fluffing the base when you prattle this nonsense?" - or words to that effect.
posted by Pudentilla at 4:52 AM | 0 comments

bankruptcy judges think awol's bankruptcy bill sucks

Judges Say Overhaul Would Weaken Bankruptcy System - "The folks who brought you 'those who can pay, should pay' are pulling the stuffing out of the very part of the bankruptcy law where debtors do pay," said Keith Lundin, a federal bankruptcy judge in the eastern district of Tennessee in Nashville and an authority on bankruptcy repayment plans.

"The advocates aren't trying to fix the bankruptcy law; they're trying to mess it up so much that nobody can use it," Lundin charged.

never hurts to ask someone who actually knows what he's talking about, does it?
posted by Pudentilla at 4:44 AM | 0 comments

memo to sauron

if you want a lock on florida, you shouldn't mess with social security and end of life issues. lots of senior citizens live in florida.

memo to democrats: please pay attention to this.
posted by Pudentilla at 4:37 AM | 0 comments

lots of schools and casualties, but still no democracy

Iraqi Lawmakers Fail to Agree on Speaker - BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Shouting from their seats, lawmakers failed to agree on a parliament speaker during their second-ever National Assembly meeting Tuesday, as officials continued to haggle over the role of Sunni Arabs in the new government, a role officials hope will quell the Sunni-led insurgency.

weren't the elections two months ago supposed to be a "turning point?" next time one of awol's boys talks about a "turning point," we wish some intrepid reporter would ask him if he's talking about an anne bancroft movie.
posted by Pudentilla at 4:27 AM | 0 comments

big brother is watching himself

Video shows wounded Iraqi's death - WIESBADEN, Germany -- Nearly three minutes before a U.S. Army captain fired close-ranged shots at an Iraqi man who lay wounded on a dirt road last May, the man's right arm appeared to be waving in the air, according to a video shown to a jury Monday in the officer's court-martial trial.

The color video taken by a secret U.S. Army drone hovering overhead also seemed to show Capt. Roger Maynulet rocked off balance as the muzzle flash of his M-4 military rifle sparked on the screen.

After what appears to be another shot, the man's body jolts off the ground from the impact of the bullet as a pool of blood quickly grows near the man's head.
we wonder how hard the cops are going to push for traffic cameras now.
posted by Pudentilla at 4:23 AM | 0 comments

Monday, March 28, 2005

this is an audio post - click to play
posted by SantaBarbarian at 9:27 PM | 0 comments

bombs away!

from our favorite christian web log (that's jesus' general, home of general j. c. christian, commander of the fighting 101st keyboarders) comes the story that randall terry, cited below by my colleague rj eskow, has his own talk radio show, and according to the hype on the web page:

after a three year sabbatical, like the aging of a fine wine, randall
terry is back with depth, humor, comedy bits, and energy that
is sure to make him one of the top contenders in the realm
of talk radio.

i would say that i hope he bombs, but when this guy bombs, he literally bombs.
posted by DBK at 11:25 AM | 0 comments

tell a congressjerk what you think!

but actually, rep. louise slaughter is one of the few non-jerks in that mess.

over on dkos, she's soliciting opinions and suggestions to make her official website better and more user-friendly.

go give her some feedback.
posted by skippy at 10:18 AM | 0 comments

everything you wanted to know about jeff "mandate" gannon, but were afraid to ask!

susan g and her intrepid band of keyboard reporters on dkos have put together an exhaustive expose on the meteoric rise of john guckert/jeff gannon from office boy to everybody's favorite gay escort/white house reporter.

the more you read it, the more you realize that the real questions are not being asked, let alone answered. mainly: how did a nobody get into the press briefing room with little more than 8+ cut?
posted by skippy at 10:07 AM | 0 comments

who needs newspapers when newspapers have blogs?

cookie jill sends us this asspress piece about a greensboro, nc, paper which is publishing staff-written blogs:

it's a journalist's job to ask questions, but they're usually aimed at outsiders. at the news & record, a 93,000-daily circulation newspaper in greensboro, reporters and editors are asking tough questions about the paper itself. the biggest questions: if the paper needs to change to survive, what changes should be made? what can it do, especially online, to make itself the electronic equivalent of a town square?...

the news & record's web site features 11 staff-written web journals, or blogs, including one by the editor that answers readers' questions, addresses their criticisms and discusses how the paper is run.

that puts the paper way ahead of even much larger news organizations. the news & record's blogs range from "just-the-facts, ma'am," to slightly spicy.

there's a page for reader-submitted articles, another for letters to the editor and an online tips' form. the web site hosts online forums on 23 topics, including safety at a local high school, fedex corp.'s move to the area and cameras at local stoplights. traffic cams monitor local road conditions.

gee, maybe skippy should start a newspaper!
posted by skippy at 9:43 AM | 0 comments

say hello

to the seventh cross, and fact-esque, a reality-based blog, and patriside, a pretty interesting blog by a single full-time father.

and while we're at it, we are adding a few blogs to our roll, who made their feelings known on the comments section of our housekeeping post. we'll be adding folkbum's rants and rambles and the ever-popular scrutiny hooligans and as i please, mainly because that blog turned us onto the nameless dread, a blog which marries the writings of hp lovecraft with the drawings of the family circus for an oddly-well-fitting result.
posted by skippy at 9:31 AM | 0 comments

new earthquake in indonesia; tsunami watch begins

an 8.2 earthquake was registered just off the coast of sumatra. the biggest fear now is a repeat of last year's tsunami. msnbc:

a large earthquake was registered monday off indonesia's sumatra island, the u.s. geological survey reported, describing it as a "great earthquake" with a magnitude of 8.2 on the richter scale.

the usgs advised officials in the area to move people inland, and thai officials were among the first to issue a tsunami warning for the andaman sea.

no reports of injury or damage had been received from the region. the dec. 26 quake that launched the massive tsunami was a 9.0, the usgs said.

speaking of the last tsunami, brendan brewin of dc for democracy sends us a bbc news article reporting an oxfam study which found that the majority of dead in that disaster were female (in some areas, 4 to 1).
posted by skippy at 9:07 AM | 0 comments

god is love, american-style

As the Terri Schiavo incident begins to wind down, a (hopefully) backward glance at the man her parents chose as a spokesman:

"I want you to just let a wave of intolerance wash over you. I want you to let a wave of hatred wash over you. Yes, hate is good ... our goal is a Christian nation. We have a biblical duty, we are called by God to conquer this country. We don't want equal time. We don't want pluralism."

-- Randall Terry, speech in Jackson, Miss., 4/92

... and the fate he can expect after this country is 'conquered':

Leviticus: 20:10: And the man that committeth adultery ... the adulterer and the adulteress (in Terry's case, his 22-year-old assistant) shall be put to death.

My roundly-ignored suggestion for reconciling both sides on this issue is here.
posted by RJ Eskow at 8:49 AM | 0 comments

hey, "red" men, you're going to be making a lot more child support payments

because the compulsory life types are urging pharmacists to refuse to fill birth control prescriptions:
"More and more pharmacists are becoming aware of their right to conscientiously refuse to pass objectionable medications across the counter. We are on the very front edge of a wave that's going to break not too far down the line."
we have no problem with religious radicals committing these crimes as acts of civil disobedience, as long as they're willing to do the time, lose their licenses and pay damages in the civil suits that their victims may bring. of course we're gay as geese. you straight people may take this more personally.
posted by Pudentilla at 6:17 AM | 0 comments

not that there's anything wrong with that

ever wondered how those pictures get into those art museums? i always thought the museums bought them or some wealthy person donated them. turns out they may just be reverse-stolen. reuters (by way of yahoo news) explains:

many a visitor to new york's museum of modern art has probably thought, "i could do that."

a british graffiti artist who goes by the name "banksy" went one step further, by smuggling in his own picture of a soup can and hanging it on a wall, where it stayed for more than three days earlier this month before anybody noticed.

the prank was part of a coordinated plan to infiltrate four of new york's top museums on a single day.

frogsdong once smuggled an oil painting by katia pissaro into his childhood home and hung it on the refrigerator, where it remained undisturbed for six days until lillian shao noticed it and tore it down in a fit of jealous rage.
posted by DBK at 5:34 AM | 0 comments

sauron doesn't think the social security battle is over

from the smarmy nty fluff job

And there is grumbling among some Republicans that Mr. Rove has mishandled the Social Security campaign. But Mr. Rove's allies and fans say that he anticipated the difficulties of moving the Social Security debate forward and that he and Mr. Bush remain convinced that they will win in the end.
if he doesn't, we shouldn't.
posted by Pudentilla at 5:23 AM | 0 comments

"red" support for troops wanes when chance to foreclose beckons

Though statistics are scarce, court records and interviews with military and civilian lawyers suggest that Americans heading off to war are sometimes facing distracting and demoralizing demands from financial companies trying to collect on obligations that, by law, they cannot enforce.
we would call them pond scum, but we have too much respect for pond scum to engage in such an invidious comparison.
posted by Pudentilla at 5:14 AM | 0 comments

congress questions rummy's fantasy life

hey - he's 70, give him a break. he dreams about techno guns. apparently rummy keeps forgetting to include all the development costs of his future combat systems program. seems like someone's noticed that the cost of our wars in iraq and afghanistan is $275 billion. rummy wants to add weapons programs estimated at 1.3 trillion to those costs.

so our question is: will awol's epithet read, "i could have made social security and medicare fiscally solvent in perpetuity, but rummy really wanted guns, so i started a bunch of wars and gave tax cuts to rich people who don't create jobs, instead?"
posted by Pudentilla at 5:02 AM | 0 comments

if there were more girl bloggers

would chicks finally start earning as much as boys?
posted by Pudentilla at 4:58 AM | 0 comments

compulsory life for you

because life is god’s absolute gift and is absolutely good and nothing must diminish it in every way, and we must be willing to destroy even the institutions of civil society to protect this gift…so we’re very sorry but you cannot make decisions about your loved one’s at the end of their lives, heck, they shouldn’t even be allowed to make those decisions, and don’t even get me started on the fallacy that allows a woman to believe she has the right to make decisions about her uterus and the cells that reside in it. besides, we have to err on the side of life. so, everyone, compulsory life for you,

but not for tom delay [yes, really] who chose to take his father, and robert shindler [teri schiavo’s father – yes, really], who chose to take his mother off lifesupport systems - each in tragic end of life circumstances – because their situations were different – really, it's a subtle distinction, you wouldn’t understand – so sacred life is compulsory for you, but not for us, because we’re more equal – got that? good.

all hat no cattle has some thoughts (and a great cartoon) on this political debacle you may wish to consider.
posted by Pudentilla at 4:42 AM | 0 comments

Sunday, March 27, 2005

it's funny because it's true

cookie jill sends us the orgasmica on line...how to see how the opposite sex experiences an orgasm.
posted by skippy at 8:44 PM | 0 comments

say hello

to blogger radio.
posted by skippy at 8:39 PM | 0 comments

shut the fox up

Posted by Hello
it's not that sam kimery objects to the views expressed on fox news channel. the creator of the "fox blocker" contends the network is not news at all.

kimery says he has sold about 100 of the little silver bits of metal that screw into the back of most televisions, allowing people to filter fox news from their sets. the tulsa, okla., resident also has received thousands of e-mails, both angry and complimentary, as well as a few death threats since the device debuted in august.

"apparently the making of terroristic threats against those who don't share your views is a high art form among a certain core audience," said kimery, 45. - the seattle times

a kangaroo tip o' the tail to the political wire for sending us this way. we will be ordering one up but quick.
posted by SantaBarbarian at 4:41 PM | 0 comments

vidal sassoon he ain't, but no bore this gore

minneapolis/saint paul city pages' interview with gore vidal
city pages: i'll start with the broadest of questions: why are we in iraq, and what are our prospects there at this point?

gore vidal: well, let us say that the old american republic is well and truly dead. the institutions that we thought were eternal proved not to be. and that goes for the three departments of government, and it also goes for the bill of rights. so we're in uncharted territory. we're governed by public relations. very little information gets to the people, thanks to the corruption and/or ineptitude of the media. just look at this bankruptcy thing that went through--everybody in debt to credit cards, which is apparently 90 percent of the country, is in deep trouble. so the people are uninformed about what's being done in their name.

and that's really why we are in iraq. iraq is a symptom, not a cause. it's a symptom of the passion we have for oil, which is a declining resource in the world. alternatives can be found, but they will not be found as long as there's one drop of oil or natural gas to be extracted from other nations, preferably by force by the current junta in charge of our affairs. iraq will end with our defeat.

the left coaster expands and expounds on this and more....go read
posted by SantaBarbarian at 3:42 PM | 0 comments

note to cable news camera operators: it's called "zoom out"

james wolcott has a great suggestion about cirque de schiavo:

just for the kooky hell of it, why don't they provide us with one wide shot or overview of the protestors and vigil-holders in pinellas park just so we can see how big the gathering is? is it a big, swelling group, or is it like the jubilant iraqis surrounding hussein's razed statue, a seeming mass revealed in long wideout as a motley get-together? and what is the ratio of schiavo deathwatchers to media deathwatchers? are there as many reporters there as sign-holders, or what?

because whenever there's a ground-level view of the vigil, it seems to be the same scraggly-looking characters and showboating franciscan friars moving back and forth across the screen, clogging the view.

and we're still trying to figure out why the media showed not a whit of the iraq war protestors of a week ago, instead concentrating on the schiavo demonstation, though there were literally thousands more anti-war marchers across the country.
posted by skippy at 10:35 AM | 0 comments

say hello

to major disaster (as in, you "major disaster, now lie in it"), and pseudo-adrienne's liberal feminist bias.
posted by skippy at 9:57 AM | 0 comments

the easter sunday peeps show

Posted by Hello
happy easter sunday to all the roo's out there in blogtopia (y!sctp) for your peeping pleasure, may we here at skippy international, media stars as we are, present:

lord of the peeps, fellowship of the peep (thanks to the sideshow)

peep research

marshmallow peeps in outerspace

peeps - toy or food?

peep haiku
posted by SantaBarbarian at 9:06 AM | 0 comments

Saturday, March 26, 2005

some housekeeping

the interns and the i t guy at skippy international have been busy cleaning up our blogroll.

we have deleted many links. most those were to blogs that (a) no longer exist (b) haven't been updated since howard dean screamed, or (c) no longer link to us.

(for the life of us, we can't figure out why brad de long and pandagon de-linked us. in brad's case, it seems like he de-linked everyone. and he's still a smart economist, so we're keeping him on the roll. but jesse...say it ain't so!)

we also, regretably, de-linked several blogs from which we never heard in the past year, be it by email, comments in our comment section, or by traffic referral data on site meter.

if you write a blog that has been taken off our roll, and you think unfairly (the taking off the roll, not the thinking), please feel free to drop us a note asking to be put back on.

we will happily comply.

on to another editorial note: as atrios pointed out a couple of weeks ago (and who the hell has time to search his archives for a link to it, just trust us, he said it), when folks email us, they often fail to sign their names.

thusly we are obliged to guess who argoblot@earthlink.net and bbsendk23@netzero.com and darthvdr@verizon.com are.

this is difficult. we can't even remember to zip up sometimes. how do you expect us to remember everyone's name just by their email address?

so please, please, please, when you write us, include your name and/or a link to your site. when we post the interesting info you send us, we like to credit you, and we can't do it if we don't know who the hell you are.
posted by skippy at 6:08 PM | 0 comments

and what if tapped linked to us?

we love dcmedia girl's site.

it's kind of like what if ana marie cox was actually a blogger?
posted by skippy at 6:05 PM | 0 comments

who needs "inside the blogs"? not skippy!

it looks like we no longer have to whine about our humble site not being on tv anymore.

no, judy and abbi and jacki are still snubbing us. but thanks to trey jackson over at jackson's junction, and to peter himself, we were alerted to the fact that peter daou (of the daou report) not only quoted our blog on msnbc (the ron and monica show), but showed a screen shot of our page as well!

we're mentioned about a minute into the piece. peter quotes cookie jill's question about the imax theaters that refuse to show the volcanos movie which has the word "evolution" in it.

see it on jackson's junction or on the political teen.

everyone who blogs should feel like we do, grateful that there is someone like peter on tv who not only brings readers, but also validity and integrity to blogtopia! and yes! we coined that phrase!

bottom line: who cares if skippy is still outside inside the blogs? at least peter daou looks into the camera, instead of at a computer, when he's presenting his piece to the audience.

and, here's a tip, cnn...peter actually blogs!
posted by skippy at 12:23 PM | 0 comments

say hello

and we are most apologetic for being so remiss in introducing the fine stylings of the heretik.
posted by skippy at 12:21 PM | 0 comments

letters...we get letters...we get stacks and stacks of letters

[ed. note: tell the headline writer to come up with a reference from this millennium.]

let's open up the ol' skippy mailbag...

cookie jill sends us a wral-tv report that some north carolina cities and government agencies are pushing for a new law to sue citizens that request public records.

jenny greenleaf writes at the american street about a faith-based community organization peace not poverty, which is sponsoring a "write-in" for peace action alert.

joseph braude at the new republic online finds that strangely enough, the arab decision-makers don't care that arab opinion is in favor of democracy.
posted by skippy at 11:50 AM | 0 comments