s skippy the bush kangaroo: July 2006

skippy the bush kangaroo



Monday, July 31, 2006

feel the joe-nertia!

from the new haven independent, things aren't going all that well for joe lieberman's state-wide bus tour:

joe lieberman failed to attract even a dozen genuine neighborhood supporters to an anemic reelection campaign rally in his new haven hometown's dixwell section monday. but the pictured policeman and his supervisor showed the beleaguered u.s. senator some love by trying to intimidate teenagers out of allowing an anti-joe display…

the most interesting moment of the event took place before lamont arrived, at the home of mckinnie's next door neighbor, whom mckinnie identified as "jonelle." mckinnie had previously convinced jonelle to support lamont and place a lamont sign on her front lawn. seeing that sign, two lamont supporters -- local activist edward anderson and influential national blogger matt stoller of mydd.com -- asked for permission to park the pictured flatbed display (of the famous bush-lieberman kiss) in the driveway. jonelle wasn't home; her teenaged daughters said yes. the driveway is a bit away from the rally site, but remotely visible.

but when anderson and stoller parked, officer herb sharp (pictured) ordered them to move. they told him they had permission from the tenants. he said they still had to move. a reporter -- me -- happened to be watching and taking photos. sharp ordered me to leave the area. he claimed (falsely) that i was in his way. (i was standing behind him.) he said i was "interfering." when i refused, he told me to speak to his supervisor, sgt. anthony duff. duff came forward and denied that sharp had told me to leave, only to stay out of his way. sharp proceeded to knock on the door of the home and speak to two teen-aged girls. their mom wasn't home. one of the girls went to take away the lamont sign from the front yard.

i asked sgt. duff why the display couldn't remain parked in the yard. he responded that the police had previously worked out security arrangements with the public-housing complex's management. (the area was festooned with joe lieberman campaign signs, including some held by members of sgt. duff's family.) "our job here is to keep the peace," duff sasid. why can't tenants allow someone to park in their driveway? "there are teenagers here. the head of the household isn't here," he responded. one of the teen-agers called her mom. her mom said yes, she was happy to have the pro-lamonters' display in her driveway.

duff relented. the display stayed in the driveway. one of the teens returned the lamont sign to the front yard. "we're ned lamont people," she said. she preferred not to give her name for publication.
posted by skippy at 11:14 PM | 0 comments

write a blog, lose your job

steveaudio has the details.
posted by skippy at 11:00 PM | 0 comments

universal soldiers

general jc christian has some fine pictures of the brave soldiers engaged in the war on of ideas.
posted by skippy at 10:50 PM | 0 comments

zip a dee doo dah zip a dee ayy, poor mitt romney's on the aryan way...

via holden at first draft, we find the gov. of mass. made an incredibly stupid as well as racially insensitive remark over the weekend...and, unlike mel gibson, he wasn't even drunk:

governor mitt romney yesterday apologized for using the expression ``tar baby" -- a phrase some consider a racial epithet -- among comments he made at a political gathering in iowa over the weekend.

``the governor was describing a sticky situation," said eric fehrnstrom, the governor's spokesman. ``he was unaware that some people find the term objectionable, and he's sorry if anyone was offended."

in his first major political trip out of the state since a ceiling collapse in a big dig tunnel killed a boston woman on july 10, romney told 200 people at a republican lunch saturday about the political risks of his efforts to oversee the project.

``the best thing for me to do politically is stay away from the big dig -- just get as far away from that tar baby as i possibly can," he said in answer to a question from the audience.
he also expressed surprise that some people objected to the hooded sheet he was wearing at the time. "i call a spade a spade," he said, "so try not to be so niggardly about this. you got me downright spooked!"
posted by skippy at 10:22 PM | 0 comments

talkin' 'bout m-m-m-my generation

badtux the snarky penguin muses thoughtfully on why israel's war (and that one in iraq) is going so badly:

yet still nobody seemed to notice that traditional notions of warfare had been rendered obsolete by the huge number of guerilla-ready weapons on the world market, the increasing affluence of the world at large which made those weapons affordable by even the poorest guerrillas, and the improving communications infrastructure of the world, especially satellite communications which allowed someone in afghanistan to order an attack upon new york city despite the fact that afghanistan's communications infrastructure had been bombed to rubble repeatedly over the prior 20 year period. and so now we end up with the current situation in iraq and lebanon, which pit 4th generation non-state actors against 3rd generation militaries, with predictable results -- the 3rd generation militaries and the nations supporting them are being bled dry by the enormous expenses of maintaining a large 3rd generation army in the field, said 3rd generation military is killing lots of civilians unnecessarily because they do not recognize that what would be a valid military target if fighting another 3rd generation military is militarily useless when fighting a 4th generation non-state actor, and said 3rd generation military is getting their butt handed to them strategically despite any tactical victories that they achieve, managing to do nothing other than destroy their country's economy while increasing support for the insurgents that they hoped to fight.
posted by skippy at 6:23 PM | 0 comments

wrong presidential candidate to be seen with in connecticut

colin mcenroe, over at salon, points out that, if joe lieberman wanted to get some connecticut democrat votes on august 8, bill clinton wasn't the man to get your picture taken with:

lieberman's years in public life have been a steady drumbeat of disappointment for connecticut democrats, a liberal lot who do not share his often conservative views. end-of-life issues are just one example. in 1992, the state's democratic voters picked jerry brown over bill clinton in the presidential primary. lieberman, meanwhile, spent the 1990s joining cultural conservative bill bennett in a kind of sherman's march through american culture, handing out silver sewer awards for sex and violence and denouncing such pornographic abominations as "married … with children."

tag teaming with bennett was one of the senator's early experiments in what he calls "bipartisanship," which often entails adopting republican positions without leveraging any concession from the other side. tell me how bill bennett moved toward the middle to accommodate joe lieberman. pretty much the way bush and cheney moved to the center to meet democrats on iraq. not at all.

yet lieberman's reputation in connecticut is not purely that of an out-of-step conservative. it's much more complicated, and frustrating, than that. he's a serial raiser and dasher and re-raiser of hopes.
[ed. note: emphasis ours, to make our point, of course.]

we recommend that you read the entire article.
posted by skippy at 4:59 PM | 0 comments

the chuck stops here

four months ago, sen. chuck hagel (r-ne) described the conditions in Iraq as a “low grade civil war.”

today, his view is much more bleak. in an interview with the omaha world herald, the vietnam war veteran said that the country had descended into “absolute anarchy” and the war was “an absolute replay of vietnam.”

.... “they’re destroying the united states army.“

thank you think progress

"the iraq war should not be debated in the united states on a partisan political platform," the nebraska senator remarked. "this debases our country, trivializes the seriousness of war and cheapens the service and sacrifices of our men and women in uniform. war is not a republican or democrat issue. the casualties of war are from both parties. the bush administration must understand that each american has a right to question our policies in iraq and should not be demonized for disagreeing with them. suggesting that to challenge or criticize policy is undermining and hurting our troops is not democracy nor what this country has stood for, for over 200 years. the democrats have an obligation to challenge in a serious and responsible manner, offering solutions and alternatives to the administration’s policies."

(update) chuck's showing more spine today. (take a note dlc'ers)

urging president bush to turn all u.s. efforts toward "ending this madness," a leading republican senator monday broke with the bush administration and called for an immediate cease-fire in the mideast.

"the sickening slaughter on both sides must end and it must end now," nebraska sen. chuck hagel said. "president bush must call for an immediate cease-fire. this madness must stop."

..."our relationship with israel is special and historic," he said. "but it need not and cannot be at the expense of our arab and muslim relationships. that is an irresponsible and dangerous false choice."

"this is not about setting a timeline," hagel said. "this is about understanding the implications of the forces of reality." - cnn

thank you senator hagel.
posted by Cookie Jill at 3:52 PM | 0 comments

you gotta laugh or else you'll cry

here's a couple of things to laugh at:

the satirical political report gives us don mclean's american lie; and

mediabloodhound gives us uncle karl's latest talking points.

addendum: check out the freeway blogger's newspaper article israel bombs mel gibson.
posted by skippy at 3:41 PM | 0 comments

cnn...aka youboobtube

"so-called" journalists? thought they already had those sitting all pretty in their atlanta studios reading the cue cards.....
with camera phones and other gadgets a greater part of everyday life, cnn wants to make it easier for viewers to submit images they happen to capture as they witness news in the making.

...cnn is creating a permanent place, at cnn.com/exchange, where so-called citizen journalists can submit any photos, graphics, audio and video. it is also accepting submissions via e-mail. contributors will not be paid,
however.

...one key difference, though, is that cnn's staff will vet every submission and post only those it deems authentic and appropriate.

...msnbc.com said it is also expanding its citizen-journalism efforts, but won't announce details until later this year. - ap
posted by Cookie Jill at 1:07 PM | 0 comments

news you might have missed this weekend

but eco-ookie jill thought you might like to know about.....

the secretive fight against bioterror. the bush administration is building a massive biodefense laboratory unlike any seen since biological weapons were banned 34 years ago. it intends to operate the facility largely in secret. washington post. - 30 july 2006.

more than 60 percent of u.s. in drought. more than 60 percent of the united states now has abnormally dry or drought conditions, stretching from georgia to arizona and across the north through the dakotas, minnesota, montana and wisconsin. ap.- 30 july 2006.

dry and desperate. across the upper midwest, a deep and unrelenting drought has a punishing grip on the land. it is withering crops and herds, constricting businesses, limiting recreation and lawn care, and even raising the price of breakfast foods. minneapolis star tribune

altered oceans. low-oxygen 'dead zones' are spreading as fertilizer use and coastal populations boom: the first of a 5-part multi-media series. latte times. - 30 july 2006.

the pay zone. to truly grasp the scope of the crisis looming before them, americans must retrace their seemingly ordinary tankful of gasoline back to its shadowy sources. this is, in effect, a journey into the heart of america's vast and troubled oil dependency. chicago tribune - 30 july 2006.

heatwave shuts down nuclear power plants. the european heatwave has forced nuclear power plants to reduce or halt production. london observer 30 july 2006.

last call. with uncertainty spreading about the world's crude output, many experts fear that energy wars will become the defining struggles of the early 21st century. chicago tribune - 30 july 2006.

growing greener. the recent boom in construction of "green" buildings has pushed st. louis into the nation's top 10 cities with the highest number of green developments. st. louis post-dispatch - 30 july 2006.

bravely hopping where the 5:00 news talking heads fear to tread.
posted by Cookie Jill at 12:43 PM | 0 comments

some reservations

our friend allison of hartsongs and blah3 sends us anthony bourdain's piece from der spiegel: watching beirut die.

from where i'm sitting, poolside, i can see the airport burning -- the last of the jet fuel cooking off like a dying can of sterno. there's a large, black plume of smoke coming from the south of the city -- just over the rise, where the most recent airstrikes have been targeting the shiite neighborhoods and what are, presumably, hezbollah-associated structures. my camera crew and i missed it the first time they hit the airport. slept right through it. woke up in our snug hotel sheets to the news that we wouldn't be making television in beirut (not the show we came to do anyway), and that we wouldn't be getting out of here anytime soon.
our ecological co-blogger cookie jill has followed the travels and travails of mr. bourdain in beirut with her posts here and here and here.
posted by skippy at 9:53 AM | 0 comments

like public opinion only sooner...

i have been calling for impeachment for years now. it seems public opinion has caught up with me. msnbc poll puts it at 87% in favor.

can we stop saying awol is popular now? will democrats dare go on the attack?
posted by George at 9:19 AM | 0 comments

Sunday, July 30, 2006

feel the ned-mentum!

over at mydd!
posted by skippy at 9:23 PM | 0 comments

it's just getting worse in the middle east

israel defends its attack on the lebanese village of qana by insisting rockets were being fired from there. the jerusalem post:

some 150 rockets were fired from the lebanese village of qana over the past 20 days, air force chief of staff brig.-gen. amir eshel said on sunday evening.

speaking to reporters, eshel added that hizbullah rocket launchers were hidden in civilian buildings in the village, showing a video footage of rocket launchers being driven into the village following launches.
that might be true, but we doubt those rockets were fired by the 15 disabled children killed in the attack. the australian:

fifteen physically or mentally handicapped children were among 52 people killed by israeli raids on the village of qana in south lebanon overnight, a lebanese mp said today.

"there were 15 physically or mentally handicapped children among the children killed in qana," said bahia hariri, who represents south lebanon.

mr hariri, who presides over several charitable organisations, said several families had already been evacuated towards the city of sidon but some families of the handicapped had wanted to stay.
other reports say most of the dead are women and children.
posted by skippy at 12:40 PM | 0 comments

washpost stops short of endorsing lieberman

greg sargent at tpm cafe tells us the washpost "gives nod to lieberman -- or so it seems":

the washington post today seems to throw its support behind joe lieberman, though the editorial oddly doesn't explicitly say the paper is endorsing him. and it adds:

"[v]oters who believe that mr. lieberman is wrong on the war and that the war is the paramount issue are entitled to vote for his opponent in the aug. 8 primary. that's democracy."

well, yes -- thanks for that, wapo.
even worse, the actual editorial goes on to say;

but it seems that mr. lieberman is also being pummeled for his ability to work with republicans and get things done in washington -- also rare traits -- and that's a criticism that strikes us as shortsighted even from a partisan democratic point of view.
the problem is, lieberman's ability to work with repubbblicans and get things done in washington is reminiscent of chamberlain's ability to work with hitler and get things done in europe.

that is to say, concessions are not the same as co-operation. at least, not in our book.
posted by skippy at 12:25 PM | 0 comments

there's a killer on the golf course

reader pastormaker informs us that things are looking bad for skippy's cousins at the yarrambat park community golf course in northern melbourne, where the headless bodies of 22 grey kangaroos have been found. a 'roo serial killer is feared:

since january last year, the bodies of 22 young eastern grey kangaroos have been found at the yarrambat park community golf course, most without heads. another four bodies have been found in nearby suburbs. the rspca's inspectorate services manager, greg boland, said it was hard not to suspect it was the work of humans. many had been killed in the same way and in the same place.

"if it was just the odd one or two you could probably put it down to animal attack, but when it's been so reasonably frequent, the circumstances are very suspicious," he said.

he said authorities were keen to catch the culprit before things got worse. "the natural fear is escalation," he said. "it's well documented in lots of situations that people who have a prior history of animal cruelty can move on to potentially harming people."
yikes! skippy's not coming to the rescue on this one, mates! his handicap is 7, not being headless!
posted by skippy at 12:09 PM | 2 comments

Vampires in swinging London

Curt at the Groovy Age of Horror interviews Mark Ricketts about his graphic novel Night Trippers. Check out the interview here and his review of Night Trippers here. Both are well worth the click of the link.
posted by Carnacki at 11:17 AM | 0 comments

dude is silly bean...

that would be the figurehead president of iran. he wants to ban foreign words from the persian language. i'm supposed to be afraid of this dipstick?

iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad has ordered government and cultural bodies to use modified persian words to replace foreign words that have crept into the language, such as "pizzas" which will now be known as "elastic loaves," state media reported saturday... {yahoo! news}


well, sufferin' succotash. what's ahmadinejad's term for stromboli, then? a "stuffed elastic loaf"? what does he call calzones? "cheesy turnovers"? no, wait, maybe the word "turnover" is too foreign for reactionary persian sensitivities -- let's substitute the term "puff sandwich."

waiter, i'll have a cheesy puff sandwich with pepperoni and sausage.

i take that back -- make it a cheesy puff sandwich with two kinds of spicy ground meat (and allah knows what else) encased in animal intestines...
posted by Jim Yeager at 2:55 AM | 0 comments

Saturday, July 29, 2006

the passion of the jack daniels

david e's fablog examines mel gibson's arrest for drunk driving, his drunken tirade against jews, and his apology the next day.
posted by skippy at 4:18 PM | 0 comments

that's one excuse we haven't tried yet

via talkleft, crooks&liars has the david letterman piece which rebuts annthrax's contention that the big dog is gay.
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it's looking lousy for lieberman

equally startling is the composition of the senator's support. doug schwartz, survey director at quinnipiac university, said lieberman polled ahead of lamont only among voters 65 and older, those with incomes of less than $30,000 a year, and those without a college degree.

lamont, 52, ran ahead in the survey among voters in all other age and income groups, as well as among those with college degrees, schwartz said. lamont outpolled lieberman among men, 56-44 percent. fifty-one percent of the women surveyed backed lieberman, to 47 percent for lamont, a statistically insignificant difference.

one democratic strategist, speaking on condition of anonymity, said internal polls showed similar results. - asspress
posted by skippy at 12:01 PM | 0 comments

the nytimes, they are a changin'

at least, they're endorsing ned lamont. from an adnags piece to be run tomorrow:

the new york times, in an editorial published on sunday, endorsed mr. lamont over mr. lieberman, arguing that the senator had offered the nation a “warped version of bipartisanship” in his dealings with mr. bush on national security.
posted by skippy at 11:48 AM | 0 comments

We Have A Winner! (several, actually)

I just realized - I ran two contests and never announced the winners! My bad. To make up for lost time, I’m announcing the winners to both competitions: the "write a yellow ribbon slogan” contest (My Country Went to Iraq and All I got Was This Lousy Yellow Ribbon), and my contest to pick the most ridiculous case of phony, trumped-up conservative outrage.

Without any further ado, here the winners:

Yellow Ribbon Contest:

Of the many fine entrants, here are the five selected to receive a copy of Paul Reickhoff’s fine book about serving in Iraq, Chasing Ghosts:

Fourth Place: Dudeattack! for “My first ribbon ran out two years ago.”

Third Place: Gary Linz for "Support My Habit.

Second Place: ran for "Hi, I'm Tony Orlando"

And a tie for First Place: Steve Marvin and decorticator for “Support Our Oops”

Winners, please send me an email with your name and address and I’ll send the book along to you. And don’t forget to support Paul’s organization here.

HuffPo! Phony Conservative Outrage Contest:

No prize was offered for this contest other than a laurel, and hardy handshake. The idea was to select which of the phony, trumped-up “outrages” from the right was the most ridiculous. Here are the winning entries:

Fourth Place: Mr. Knuckles for “Liberal Pot Shots Aimed at Rummy ‘Not Funny!’" says White House.

Third Place: James for “The fake ‘racism’ charges in the Gonzales and Alito hearings.”

Second Place: To numerous entrants for the “incivility at the Wellstone funeral.”

First Place: To mac691 for his lengthy entry that begins “Once again, a thoroughly dishonest blog from noted dishonest blogger RJ. Obviously, if you think that political correctness is not a problem, you have never been on a college campus …”

This submission is brilliant - best of the lot. Mac691 chose to illustrate the absurdity of conservative outrage by creating parody outrage about the … contest itself! This is so "meta" it's wildly hip. It's absurdist theater of the highest order. “A bravura performance by a brilliant performance artist. My hat is off to you, sir!

________________

Thanks once again to all our talented participants. There will be another new and exciting contest soon!

posted by RJ Eskow at 11:45 AM | 0 comments

temporary ted barlow disease

but anna promises she'll be back soon!
posted by skippy at 12:09 AM | 0 comments

Independent voice?

The other day I received a message from Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito saying she should be re-elected since she's an "independent voice" in Congress.

The thing is, she can't run from her record of being a Rubber Stamp Republican, one of the largest recipients of the corrupt Tom Delay's campaign contributions. And now she has President Bush fundraising for her.

How independent from awol's failures do you think she can be when he's campaigning for her?

She's been nothing but a Rubber Stamp Republican who has provided no oversight of the run-amuk corruption and incompetence of the Republican leadership and this administration. Indeed, she's benefited by it, receiving campaign contribution after campaign contribution from Delay and from corporations eager to profit off the Iraq War at the expense of our soldiers and eager to see the elimination of worker safety regulations and inspections. From the invasion of Iraq to the cutting of federal mining inspections before the Sago Mine Disaster, she's been with the administration in lock-step all the way.

From the Charleston Gazette:

President George W. Bush spent a few hours in Charleston Wednesday afternoon, raising money for a political ally at a private fundraiser and getting jeered by opponents of the war in Iraq.

Air Force One touched down at Yeager Airport at 4 p.m. Bush and U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., got off the plane and were first greeted by Gen. Allen Tackett, head of the state’s National Guard.

Republican officials said about 275 people attended the fundraiser, which raised an estimated $500,000 for Capito. Many paid the maximum of $2,100 per person. She is seeking a fourth two-year term in a race against Democrat Mike Callaghan.

snip

Callaghan, Capito’s opponent, said Bush’s visit shows Capito’s vulnerability this November and her solidarity with the Bush administration’s failed policies. He held his own fundraiser Wednesday evening, asking $21 per person for dinner, or 1 percent of the maximum allowable donation.

“The Callaghan campaign is about changing the direction of this country, which includes pushing the administration to find a way to end the war in Iraq, pushing the administration into providing health care for every man, woman and child, and pushing the administration into making prescription medication affordable to our seniors,” he said.


If we really want an independent voice who'll fight for the working people of West Virginia and not just for the wealthy people outside of the state, we need Mike Callaghan in Congress.
posted by Carnacki at 12:09 AM | 0 comments

Friday, July 28, 2006

wo ist die blogger?

majikthise was quoted (about awol groping chancellor merkel) by der spiegel, germany's premiere news magazine!

sehr gut, lindsay!
posted by skippy at 10:51 PM | 0 comments

Listen

From the White House press briefing July 27:
Q In terms of world opinion, you keep saying the "what if" game, if it seems as though the strategy is to isolate Hezbollah. Is there a risk with the United States and Israel gets isolated in terms of world opinion by not saying, let's cut the shooting now, cut the rockets now, and work it out? I hear what you're saying about --

MR. SNOW: Let me counterpose. There's an even greater danger that if the U.S. looks ineffective in doing this, that you not only have a loss in terms of world opinion, but credibility. And you cannot -- we've said it many times, you cannot run foreign policy on the basis of public opinion polls. Quite often there are perceptions that people may get from fractional coverage of the situation that don't expose the real realities on the ground. We are in very constant consultation with people in the region to try to find out exactly what the facts are.
From The New York Times:

Now, with hundreds of Lebanese dead and Hezbollah holding out against the vaunted Israeli military for more than two weeks, the tide of public opinion across the Arab world is surging behind the organization, transforming the Shiite group's leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, into a folk hero and forcing a change in official statements.

The Saudi royal family and King Abdullah II of Jordan, who were initially more worried about the rising power of Shiite Iran, Hezbollah's main sponsor, are scrambling to distance themselves from Washington.
Listen. Some where at this moment in Israel or Lebanon or Iraq, a father like me is wailing in agony because his child is dead from an explosion or gun shot.

With each birth of my daughters I thought my heart would swell and explode through my chest because I was so filled with so much love and happiness by their arrival. I love my life, but if I ever had to trade it to keep one of them safe from harm, I would make that bargain with a glad heart for I love them so.

And some where in Lebanon or Israel or Iraq, a father who felt the same way about one of his children is holding a still-form. No torment in hell holds worse suffering.

Listen. Close your eyes and listen. You can hear his screams even here on the other side of the world.

The world should stop spinning in orbit to hear such a tormented soul's cry of despair.

Dear Lord, people are dead because the president failed to listen. Children are dead. They cannot listen. They cannot hear their father's cries. They cannot hear their mother's desperate screams to come back to them. They cannot hear their brothers and sisters calling out their names.

Listen. Diplomacy begins with listening to each other. awol just wants to speak and have people follow his orders rather than listen.

Listening never killed anybody.

He did not listen to those who warned of the dangers of invading Iraq.

He did not listen to the screams of the tortured.

No, he believes he can govern by photo ops. They do not require him to listen.

So when awol's spokesman speaks of a "greater danger," what danger is he speaking of? There is no danger in asking people to stop killing each other and to sit down and listen. What is more dangerous than the bombs dropping and the gun shots flying? Snow claims that the administration is in consultation with people, but certainly the Lebanese people will no longer listen to us. They are going to listen to Hezbollah for standing up to those that sent the bombs that were dropped on them.

The same is true for the Israelis and the Iraqis. They are not going to want to listen to those that shipped death and destruction their way.

And so the world trembles at the anguish of the fathers and mothers with their children dead. You can hear them, but awol cannot. He does not listen.

Listen.

posted by Carnacki at 9:05 PM | 0 comments

be afraid

be very afraid...of garth marenghi's dark place.

it's coming.
posted by skippy at 7:29 PM | 0 comments

lest we forget















" ... I rise today to make a most difficult and distasteful statement ... the President of the United States had just confessed to engaging in an extramarital affair ..."

"... disgraceful behavior ... "

"... it is hard to ignore the impact of the misconduct the President has admitted to on our children, our culture and our national character."

"Such behavior is not just inappropriate. It is immoral. "

"... it sends a message of what is acceptable behavior to the larger American family, particularly to our children ..."

"... This is unfortunately familiar territory for Americas families in today's anything-goes culture, where sexual promiscuity is too often treated as just another lifestyle choice."

"... the President has undercut the efforts of millions of American parents who are naturally trying to instill in our children the value of honesty."

"... my feelings of disappointment and anger have not dissipated. "

"... these feelings have gone beyond my personal dismay to a larger, graver sense of loss for our country ..."

"... ultimately an accounting of the impact of his actions on our democracy and its moral foundations ..."

.".. the transgressions the President has admitted to are too consequential for us to walk away and leave the impression for our children and for our posterity that what President Clinton acknowledges he did within the White House is acceptable behavior for our nation's leader."

- Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D (CT)


posted by RJ Eskow at 5:54 PM | 0 comments

hoppy kangaroo blogging friday

curiosity may have done something to cats, but it never hurt a roo...really.
posted by Cookie Jill at 4:57 PM | 0 comments

you tube wars continue

donita sparks, music maven over at fdl, in her discussion of summertime music, made us think of our all time favorite dance number, because this is the kind of music that makes us dance...

posted by skippy at 1:58 PM | 0 comments

the reality-making business can be a real bitch sometimes...

in 1996, a bill known as the war crimes act was passed by both bodies of congress and signed into law by then-president bill clinton. the act essentially reinforces the rules of wartime conduct as spelled out by the geneva conventions. from the washpost:

...the law's legislative sponsor is one of the house's most conservative members, rep. walter b. jones jr. (r-n.c.). he proposed it after a chance meeing with a retired navy pilot who had spent six years in the notorious "hanoi hilton," a vietnamese prison camp. the converstaion left jones angry about washington's inability to prosecute the pilot's abusers.

jones's legislation for the first time imposed criminal penalties in the united states for breaches of the geneva conventions, which protected detainees anywhere. the defense department's deputy general counsel at the time declared at the sole hearing on it in 1996 -- attended by just two lawmakers -- that "we fully support the purposes of the bill," and urged its expansion to cover a wider range of war crimes. the republican-controlled house passed the bill by voice vote, and the senate approved it by unanimous consent...


...

ah, but that was then. 9/11 changed everything, you see. and awol, having finally been handed a worthwhile mission in life courtesy of osama bin laden and al-qaida, became responsible for defending the united staes against its sworn, bloodthirsty enemies. he knew he had to fight back -- he had, in fact, no alternative.

the thing is, when defending your country, you should try your best to defend it according to your country's own laws -- even if this turns into a big pain in your ass, it shows everybody that you are serious. it gives you quite a bit of credence and some extra leverage in dealing with your enemy as well, because defending your country on your country's own terms is both a requirement of effective leadership and a strong sign of integrity. furthermore, if you look over the history of humankind, you will notice that it all boils down to three words: progress, not regress. it's a very good thing that our founding fathers just happened to be observant students of history -- as a result, the american liberties we presently take for granted are, to a deep extent, predicated on the progress-not-regress language contained in the constitution. if awol had sufficient common sense, he'd know that upholding our laws and preserving our liberties are equal and indispensible goals in the fight against terrorism.

so what happens on his watch? his administration tries to undermine the war crimes act to protect him and his oh-so-loyal minions from any and all threats of prosecution for war criminality...

(full version at bloggingwhore's medley...)
posted by Jim Yeager at 1:58 PM | 0 comments

look who's coming to santa barbara

stephanie miller's "future husband"...
sen. feingold! and he's taking on the "squishy middle"
posted by Cookie Jill at 1:45 PM | 0 comments

a tale of two lieutenants

eat the state recaps ehren watada's case. let me get this straight, an army lieutenant refuses orders to go kill civilians in an undeclared war faces seven years in prison. meanwhile, a national guard lieutenant who refused orders to take a physical (it is suspected he would fail the drug test) gets to write his own ticket....
posted by George at 1:34 PM | 0 comments

more inconvenience.....

some heat crazed concerned scientists have made their own movie. and you can get it here!

move over al gore. a group of california scientists and activists have made their own documentary about global warming, and if they're right, the state has a dismal future if nothing is done to stop it. "california: on the front lines of global warming," is aimed, in part, at getting residents to push state lawmakers to adopt the nation's first cap on greenhouse-gas emissions from vehicle tailpipes and industrial smokestacks. the move would reduce global-warming emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. assembly bill 32 will be heard sometime after the legislature gavels back into session aug. 7

. ..two-thirds of californians polled by the public policy institute of california, in a survey released this week, said they want the state to address global warming independent of the federal government. nearly half, 49 percent, said they considered it a "very serious" threat to state's economy and quality of life. - pe.com


we have choices.....climate choices.
posted by Cookie Jill at 1:24 PM | 0 comments

a convenient screening

cookie jill wants everyone in socal to know about a special screening of al gore's "an inconvenient truth" this saturday:

join us on saturday for an afternooon screening of "an inconvenient truth", and hear from state assemblywoman fran pavley on current legislation authored by speaker fabian nunez and primary co- author fran pavley.

if you have seen the movie, join us again and hear what you can do here in california. bring a friend who hasn't seen it as of yet. if you haven't seen it yet; this is a great opportunity to do so.

tom mullens, chair, socal grassroots

come join us on saturday, july 29 for a screening of an inconvenient truth and hear from assemblywoman fran pavley about her assembly bill to curb the effects of global warming. she and the speaker of the assembly fabian nunez have co- authored ab32 - solutions for global warming (for more information, see http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=plxzexbab.0.b5e45wbab.d9spuyn6.0&ts=S0193&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.solutionsforglobalwarming.org%2F).

tickets are $10 through actblue. you can also rsvp to screening@socalgrassroots.org - the tickets will be available at the theatre starting at 2:15 pm.

the afternoon starts with assemblymember pavley's presentation and introduction of the film at 2:40 pm, followed by an inconvenient truth at 2:55 pm - please arrive no later than 2:30 pm to get your seat and catch the entire event!

if you have seen an incovenient truth, join us again and hear how the state assembly is working to curb global warming.

haven't had a chance to see this movie? now is a great time to do so - bring a friend and experience the truth of global warming, while supporting socal grassroots.

laemmle's monica 4-plex
1332 2nd street
santa monica, ca
90401310-394-9741
map & parking information

to find out more about assemblymember fran pavley of the forty-first assembly district, visit her office website.
posted by skippy at 9:48 AM | 0 comments

say hello, and happy 3rd blogiversary

to rey on the hill!
posted by skippy at 9:46 AM | 0 comments

Thursday, July 27, 2006

spazeboy gets ink

beau anderson, the man who, along w/jane hamsher, was refused admittance to bill clinton's speech supporting joe lieberman, is the subject of a hartford courant profile:

spazeboy, a.k.a beau anderson, a.k.a "the known protester," is a soldier in the hustling internet army behind greenwich millionaire ned lamont's bid to knock off joe lieberman. so of course he was there at central connecticut state university wednesday when his candidate appeared, recording every word.

this is the bristle-haired, beguiling 25-year-old from iowa with a video camera and his own website. spazeboy, who lives in new britain and goes to tunxis community college, hasn't just gotten under the lieberman campaign's skin. he's in their kitchen making breakfast.
we're not sure what that metaphor is supposed to mean, but apparently spazeboy has become a major source of irritation to the lieberman camp, considering they refused to let him in to hear the big dog speak.

spazeboy said the lieberman campaign staffers who yanked his ticket didn't ask his name and didn't have a list with them.

now, the "known protester" is a blogging hero, attracting online fans across the country. it's the latest sign that something is happening and the lieberman folks don't know what it is.
we're not sure, either. is it "making breakfast"?
posted by skippy at 11:03 PM | 0 comments

mad about condi

mad kane, that is!
posted by skippy at 10:56 PM | 0 comments

that darned liberal media

mediabloodhound points out the number of major television network news programs that reported on the war protester that interrupted prime minister maliki's speech before congress, causing such a ruckus that he had to stop speaking until the demonstrator (from code pink) was forcibly removed by capitol police:

zero.
posted by skippy at 7:07 PM | 0 comments

what if "the corner" writers were around between the two world wars?

alicublog has the answer.
posted by skippy at 6:50 PM | 0 comments

use a picture phone go to jail

via dizzy days, we learn of a man who was arrested on his own property for taking a picture of an arrest that was taking place in the street in front of his house:

[philadelphia resident neftaly] cruz said that when he heard a commotion, he walked out of his back door with his cell phone to see what was happening. he said that when he saw the street lined with police cars, he decided to take a picture of the scene.

"i opened (the phone) and took a shot," cruz said.

moments later, cruz said he got the shock of his life when an officer came to his back yard gate.

"he opened the gate and took me by my right hand," cruz said.

cruz said the officer threw him onto a police car, cuffed him and took him to jail…

cruz said police told him that he broke a new law that prohibits people from taking pictures of police with cell phones.

"they threatened to charge me with conspiracy, impeding an investigation, obstruction of a investigation. … they said, 'you were impeding this investigation.' (i asked,) "by doing what?' (the officer said,) 'by taking a picture of the police officers with a camera phone,'" cruz said.
and don't even think about using your roll over minutes!
posted by skippy at 5:49 PM | 0 comments

stop the freaking bombing....

along lebanon's sandy beaches and rocky headlands runs a belt of black sludge, 10,000 to 30,000 tonnes of oil that spilled into the mediterranean sea after israel bombed a power plant.

lebanon's environment ministry says the oil flooded into the sea when israeli jets hit storage tanks at the jiyyeh plant south of beirut on july 13 and 15, creating an ecological crisis that lebanon's government has neither the money nor the expertise to deal with.

but one of the main problems is that an israeli air and sea blockade in place since the war began on july 12 is hampering both the clean-up and the delivery of equipment.

"to really clean it up we need access to the sea, which we don't have," sarraf said. "we need more equipment and mobilisation but for that we need the hostilities to end."

...commercial fishing and tourism has been at a standstill since the war began because of the air and sea blockade.- reuters and motherjones
posted by Cookie Jill at 3:24 PM | 0 comments

neil young...

sometimes he's a hard rocker, other times he's a soft roller -- and once in a while, he produces someting truly atrocious like arc. neil young is proof positive that there's no accounting for taste.

not that that's a bad thing. overall, i like him. it's just that i love him the most when he's playing the soft roller. his hard rocker guise is all right -- i just get the impression that he's a bit of a fish out of water when he's playing an electric guitar. he always sounds a little out of his element to me that way. but when he's playing acoustic guitar...

well, i've watched his heart of gold dvd three times now, and i simply can't get enough of it. neil and company (including the graceful emmylou harris) deliver a splendid performance. and i'm not just saying that because my favorite neil young song, "harvest moon," is on it. this is a wonderful dvd, people -- and considering that i'm a short-tempered gen xer who will very likely have no choice but to clean things up after the sixtyish hippies like mr. young (the bastids), that's saying an awful lot. i strongly recommend this dvd to anyone willing to watch it.

til further on...
posted by Jim Yeager at 1:56 PM | 0 comments

leadership

this is what it looks and sounds like

"it's important for us to get some kind of ceasefire now"
posted by Cookie Jill at 1:19 PM | 0 comments

the sierra clubernator

anyone check the temps in hades of late?

schwarzenegger joins sierra club to oppose senate offshore drilling bill

seems...just in time....kinda.
by a vote of 86-12 the senate agreed to proceed with the legislation that
opponents fear could open the way to lifting a federal drilling moratorium that
has protected 85 percent of the country's outer continental shelf from new
england to alaska for a quarter century. - ap
posted by Cookie Jill at 12:10 PM | 0 comments

lieberman gets op-eded

from the darien, conn., news:

lieberman, however, announced earlier this month that a loss to ned lamont in the primary will not stop him from seeking that fourth term as an independent candidate – and after 18 years in the senate, lieberman is likely to get the petition signatures required to force his way onto the nov. 7 ballot.

but to what end? there appear to be two answers to that question, neither of them good. one, it could be that lieberman just wants to preserve his job. understandable. nobody likes to be fired. but we would like to think we would all risk unemployment rather than abandon our principles. if lieberman is willing to abandon his if that’s what it takes to get re-elected, he should do it now, not after the results are tallied late at night on aug. 8. otherwise it looks like lieberman is saying, “i believe this, unless i lose the primary, in which case i believe this.”

two, lieberman is using fear, vengeance or both. vengeance in that he will go out of his way – and out of his party – to hurt lamont should lamont defeat him in the primary. or perhaps it’s fear instilled in connecticut democrats, who may have to consider the possibility that voting their conscience by voting for lamont – and many have pledged to do just that – ultimately could cost the democrats what appears to be a safe seat in the senate because lieberman, by running as an independent, could divide the democrats’ voting power and hand the seat to republican challenger alan schlesinger.
posted by skippy at 11:56 AM | 0 comments

echidne of the snake handlers

echidne of the snakes tells us that cnn is taking the apocalypse seriously:

with kyra phillips's discussion of the apocalypse and the middle east conflict with christian authors jerry jenkins and joel c. rosenberg -- who share the view that the rapture is nigh -- cnn has, for the second time in three days, featured a segment on the potential coming of the apocalypse, as indicated by current conflicts in the middle east.

for the second time in three days, cnn featured a segment on the potential coming of the apocalypse, as indicated by current conflicts in the middle east. the july 26 edition of cnn's live from ... featured a nine-minute segment in which anchor kyra phillips discussed the apocalypse and the middle east with christian authors jerry jenkins and joel c. rosenberg -- who share the view that the rapture is nigh. at one point in the discussion, phillips asked rosenberg whether she needed "to start taking care of unfinished business and telling people that i love them and i'm sorry for all the evil things i've done," to which rosenberg replied: "well, that would be a good start." throughout the segment, the onscreen text read: "apocalypse now?"

as media matters for america documented, the july 24 edition of cnn's paula zahn now featured a segment examining what "the book of revelation tell[s] us about what's happening right now in the middle east." cnn re-aired this segment the next day. media matters also noted that rosenberg is just one of several conservative media figures who have identified and expounded upon the purported signs of the apocalypse to be found in the israel-hezbollah conflict. during his appearance on live from ..., rosenberg claimed that he had been invited to the white house, capitol hill, and the cia to discuss the rapture and the middle east, and noted -- several times -- that the apocalyptic events described in his novels keep coming true.
when it comes to having to watch a minority extremist cult being given substantial air time on a major cable news network, pardon us, but we'd rather be left behind.
posted by skippy at 11:08 AM | 0 comments

read em and weep, mmm

as cap points out, when will the multi-millionaire media catch up with the rest of the country?

check out some of the numbers in the guts of today's new york times poll that didn't make it into the paper's article about it. they're pretty eye-opening:

do you think the united states should or shouldn't set a timetable for withdrawal from iraq? should: 56 should not: 40

do you think it is worth the loss of life and other costs for the united states to remain in iraq until there's a stable democracy there, or is it not worth the loss of life and other costs, or are you unsure?
worth it: 25
not worth it: 42
unsure: 32

how do you think the war with iraq is affecting the united states' image in the world? is the war making the u.s. image in the world better, making it worse, or is the war having no effect on the u.s. image in the world?
better: 10
worse: 72
no effect: 12

do you think the u.s. presence in iraq is leading to greater stability in the middle east, less stability, or won't it have any effect on the stability of the middle east?
greater: 25
less: 41
no effect: 25

if the u.s. stays in iraq for several more years, do you think that will eventuallly make the united states more safe from terrorism, less safe, or won't it make any difference?

more safe: 27
less safe: 21
no effect: 50

regardless of how you usually vote, do you think the republican party or the democratic party is more likely to make the right decisions about the war in iraq? republican: 36 democrat: 42
posted by skippy at 11:01 AM | 0 comments

save the planet win valuable prizes

sign up w/the sierra club, get a free "i'm here to save the planet" button (via cookie jill).
posted by skippy at 10:11 AM | 0 comments

cue donna summers

msoc and mcjoan will be on the radio...woah woh woah woh on the radio....woah woh woah woh on the radio (radio radio radio)...

from msoc's self-described blogwhoring (and we say that with the most possible respect):

at the risk of being flayed alive for my blatant self-promoting, attention whoring ways, i thought i might give those of you who give a shit a heads up about my radio appearance this morning. (hey, mike stark does it all the time -- i've often wondered why i get so much flak for doing the exact same thing -- is it because when he goes on right wing radio, he's openly hostile? or what? meh -- talk about getting off topic...)

i'll let the producer, emily wilson, give you the info:

this is a live show, your call, a political affairs and culture show on kalw radio in san francisco . . . it airs from 10-11 am. the host is mary ambrose and chris nolan from "spot on" will be in our studio...

[it will be] a show about hillary being the front runner for the democratic nomination. what does that mean for the democratic party? who's excited about her? who isn't? we would like to have someone on from the left who is not excited about the idea of hillary being president.

also, it looks like we'll have joan mccarter (aka mcjoan of dkos) on for the first part. it is a call-in show, just to let you know and we're an npr affiliate, if i didn't already say that.

people can listen online and call in if they want. here's the web site:
www.yourcallradio.org

show time: 10-11ampt/1-2pmet.
phone numbers: 415-841-4134 (bay area)
866-798-talk (toll-free)
webcast: listen to the show online
radio: tune into kalw 91.7 fm in the san francisco bay area.
give a listen, kids! these are two of the most savvy ladies in blogtopia! and yes! we coined that phrase!

ps we're listening noW
posted by skippy at 9:54 AM | 0 comments

this is one issue of playboy we really are going to read for the articles















former fema head michael brown is set to rail against the bush administration, in an upcoming issue of playboy, raw story has learned.

several quotes from the piece appeared in today's washington post, including rages against president bush, congressman gene taylor (d-ms), and homeland security head michael chertoff.

in the interview, brown reportedly characterizes himself in the playboy piece as a victim of scapegoating. the former attorney for the international arabian horse association and bush fundraiser was booted from his job after heavy criticism for his handling of the hurricane katrina aftermath.

it was later ..
raw story
posted by skippy at 9:48 AM | 0 comments

speaking of vacations

the rude pundit is also going on vacation next week, and he has lined up a bevy of blogging beauties to fill for him.

we're not sure if any of them can be as rude as he is. well, maybe one.
posted by skippy at 12:59 AM | 0 comments

we're waiting for site dedicated to doeggels

admittedly, it's one joke done over 200 times, but the very existence of the blog cats that look like hitler is enough to justify looking (#222 is our favorite).

still in all, it can't hold a paw to my cat hates you.com.
posted by skippy at 12:46 AM | 0 comments

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

cue the go-go's

brad friedman is taking a well-deserved vacation, but don't worry, the winter patriot is keeping the heat on e-voting over at brad blog.
posted by skippy at 10:34 PM | 0 comments

not that there's anything wrong with that

via oliver willis, lance bass admits he's gay.
posted by skippy at 10:32 PM | 0 comments

skippy tee shirts cure global warming!

suzanne of the two ton green blog correctly ascribes the ability to change the weather to her skippy the bush kangaroo tee shirt:

picked up my lovely skippy t-shirt and the fog returned! down to 88 degrees today.

dayam, if i wudda known that skippy t-shirts had such good weather karma, i wudda ordered one much earlier in the month. perhaps i could have avoided 12 straight days of over 100 degree temps.
glad we could help, suzanne!
Example

remember, the 4th blogiversary special price of $16 for a skippy tee shirt is only good thru july! so order yours today!

Example
posted by skippy at 9:36 PM | 0 comments

mad at lieberman

mad kane, that is! here's her latest limerick, no liebe for lieberman.
posted by skippy at 8:45 PM | 0 comments

she was just showing him around the twins...cities

norm coleman sr., (81) the father of minnesota's junior senator, was cited for lewd and disorderly conduct tuesday after police officers reported finding him engaged in a sex act in a car near a pizzeria on e. 7th st. in st. paul.

a police report said officers were called to savoy inn about 6:30 p.m to investigate a report that two people were having sex in a car. the police report stated a woman, patrizia marie schrag, 38, also was cited for lewd and disorderly conduct. - twincities.com

(we don't know where atrios finds these stories...)
posted by Cookie Jill at 4:41 PM | 0 comments

the tax man cut-eth

surprise! it's getting really ugly for average working americans....

the federal government is moving to eliminate the jobs of nearly
half of the lawyers at the
internal revenue service who audit tax returns of some of the wealthiest americans, specifically those who are subject to gift and estate taxes when they transfer parts of their fortunes to their children and others.

the administration plans to cut the jobs of 157 of the agency’s 345 estate
tax lawyers, plus 17 support personnel, in less than 70 days. kevin brown, an i.r.s. deputy commissioner, confirmed the cuts after the new york times was given internal documents by people inside the i.r.s. who oppose them.

...but six i.r.s. estate tax lawyers whose jobs are likely to be eliminated said in interviews that the cuts were just the latest moves behind the scenes at the i.r.s. to shield people with political connections and complex tax-avoidance devices from thorough audits.- nytimes

in the late '90s, a crooked banker gave the irs records on 1,600 criminal tax cheats who used his cayman islands bank. the justice department prosecuted 49 of them, but the other 1,551 were not even asked to pay, lawyers for some of them say.

two billionaires in new york, the art dealer alec wildenstein and his former wife, jocelyn, (pictured above) testified under oath in their divorce that for 30 years they never filed a tax return. they have not been prosecuted. - sfchron via common dreams

posted by Cookie Jill at 12:11 PM | 0 comments

welcome back, blogger

norwegianity is back in business.
posted by skippy at 10:01 AM | 0 comments

the headline says it all....

conocophillips 2q profit rises 65 pct. - ap - lofty oil prices fueled a 65 percent surge in conocophillips' second-quarter net income, the company announced wednesday.

it is all about the oil...and greed
posted by Cookie Jill at 9:02 AM | 0 comments

Jersey Folk: Campaign Event

this is a campaign announcement i am cross-posting from blanton's and ashton's. i'm hoping skippy won't mind me putting such a blatant advertisement here, especially since i have been a poor contributor for some weeks now. although i have been wearing my skippy the bush kangaroo t-shirt and drawing many admiring looks from both ladies and gentlemen.

on saturday, july 29 at 1:00pm, the rush holt for congress campaign is opening its new campaign space in support of congressman holt's re-election. please join them for live music, light refreshments, and a short program. if you are interested in volunteering please stop by, sign up, and enjoy the festivities.

here are the details:

rush holt for congress

2500 brunswick pike
suite 200 (ground floor)
lawrenceville, nj 08648
(business rt.1 northbound side, off the texas ave. jug handle, between the "dollar tree" and the "perfect dress")

for directions or more information,
call alison at (609) 278-0800, email alison@rushholt.com,
or visit www.rushholt.com

if you're in the area, turn out for the congressman and help make the event a success.


Congressman Holt at a Rock the Vote Event of a few years ago; he still wears that tie
posted by DBK at 5:12 AM | 0 comments

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

late night music club

w/cab calloway



reefer man
posted by skippy at 11:23 PM | 0 comments

can't be any worse than what we've got now

sasha undercover supports bill moyers for president.
posted by skippy at 8:28 PM | 0 comments

it's time to play leslie nielsen characters in bad parody films jeopardy!

remember, you must get both the name of the character and the name of the film to get all the points!

  • $200 - leslie played bram stoker's nocturnal creation in this mel brooks film

  • $400 - leslie had to avoid prison and richard crenna while solving the murder of michael york

  • $600 - with the help of nicolette larsen, leslie protected the world from a marcia gay harden and an andy griffith gone bad

  • $800 - leslie played this government official in these two separate yet related films about alien invasions

  • $1000 - as a man of the cloth, leslie had to exorcise linda blair for a second time in this movie

  • and, the final jeopardy: leslie travels to the moon to rescue the president in this little seen (for good reason) movie.
no fair using imdb!
posted by skippy at 7:47 PM | 0 comments

our first thought is, old people don't like the word "eons"

a new "web lifestyles" company called eons, inc. catering to the over 50 set, has started a new social website for baby boomers.

they rejected the first name "myachingbackspace."
posted by skippy at 5:54 PM | 0 comments

california cows aren't happy cows these days...

gripped by a 10th straight day of 100-degree heat, the number of suspected heat-related deaths climbed to at least 53 tuesday and the rotting carcasses of thousands of dairy cows and other livestock baked in the sun. - ap

one man has died and cows are dropping dead in their tracks as relentless heat continues to scorch the inland valley. temperatures topped the 100-degree mark throughout the region monday, hitting 103 in ontario and 106 in fontana and pomona. - the daily bulletin

the situation is dire enough for san joaquin county to permit dairy farmers to take their dead animals to the local landfill or cover them in compost piles on their property, rather than rendering plants. the rendering plants say they don't have the room to accept any more animals. - kxtv
posted by Cookie Jill at 4:25 PM | 0 comments

40 years changes things

joe lieberman on civil rights:

before i got into politics, my first act of public service was in the civil rights movement. i marched with dr. king 40 years ago, i went to mississippi to fight in 1963 for the right of african americans to vote.
about.com's 20 surprising facts about joe lieberman:

7. joe was part of the martin luther king, jr. march into washington in august 1963. he's said that dr. king's "i have a dream" speech was a moment "that really did transform my life."

8. inspired by the washington march, lieberman went to mississippi to work for civil rights. it was the first time he felt and witnessed the emotional impact of racial segregation.
the jewish ledger:

joe lieberman was born in stamford in 1942, where his father henry owned a liquor store. a product of stamford's public schools, he received his b.a. from yale university in 1964 and his law degree from yale law school in 1967. during his years at yale, he became active in the civil rights movement, and traveled to mississippi where he helped register that state's african-americans to vote.
lieberman staffer to police officer before spazeboy is thrown out of bill clinton's speech yesterday:

“officer, he’s a known protester”
gotta love that irony!
posted by skippy at 3:32 PM | 0 comments

the 'roo calls the big dog

skippy, upon hearing of the egregious behavior which his personal friend jane hamsher suffered at the hands of joe-nertia's staff at the bill clinton speech yesterday, called the clinton's office at 212-348-8882, ext. #3, and read a prepared text onto the recording.

unfortunately for skippy, he hadn't read the firedoglake thread far enough to find out that you should press ext. #4 to talk to a live person, so he was stuck talking to a recording, which kept shutting down after a specified amount of time. skippy, being the dedicated kangaroo that he is, continuously called back:

hello president clinton, my name is skippy the bush kangaroo, i voted for you both times when you ran for president.

i’m calling to tell you how disappointed i am that you chose to associate yourself with joe lieberman by campaigning for him yesterday. now i am not referring to his policies, but rather to the fact that his staff refused entrance to two registered democrats who had legitimate tickets to hear you speak, one of whom was a connecticut resident. their names are jane hamsher and spazeboy and they wanted very much to hear what you had to say.

while they are both active in the campaign to elect ned lamont, neither has ever disrupted a lieberman event, heckled a lieberman speech or in anyway caused problems. but since they are known to be the opposition they were excluded from seeing you and hearing your speech.
at this point, the machine thanked skippy for his time, and hung up. skippy called back:

hello, president clinton, this is skippy again, calling about jane hamsher and spazeboy getting ejected from your speech for joe lieberman yesterday.

is this what the democratic party has come down to? refusing entry to a public event to citizens that happen to disagree with those in charge? that’s something that george w. bush has done throughout his administration, and there are numerous instances of people even going to jail for simply wearing an opposition button or tee shirt.

this kind of fascism is not the democratic party i know. for you to be associated with this kind of elitist exclusivity not only does not reflect well on you, but will ultimately not reflect well on your wife, sen. clinton, should she want to obtain any higher office.

i’m a blogger, i’ve been blogging for 4 years, and jane is a blogger, both of us attended the yearlykos in las vegas last month. i know markos of dailykos and duncan of eschaton and pretty much all the major bloggers, and i can assure you that this story will not sit well with the readers of our blogs who thought america was the land of free speech and the freedom to associate.
once again, the recording thanked skippy for his time and hung up. skippy called right back:

sorry president clinton, skippy again, and i was almost finished with my comment when your machine hung up on me. i just want to say, thank you for your time, and for your patience, and if i might, i would suggest you make a public statement condemning this action.

oh, and, i always wanted to know...did monica use her tongue in any way?
ok, skippy didn't really say that last part, but he was adamant and unwavering in his commitment to be heard, as we all should be.
posted by skippy at 12:34 PM | 0 comments

happy birthday

to our buddy jane hamsher of firedoglake!

who, along with connecticut resident spazeboy, got thrown out of the bill clinton stump speech for joe lieberman for, well, for being jane hamsher (and spazeboy):



both jane and spazeboy had legitimate tickets, and neither have disrupted lieberman's speeches or caused a ruckus, unless you consider asking the senator questions about his positions "causing a ruckus" (which, apparently, joe-nertia does).

it doesn't make bill clinton look good, being associated with gestapo tactics that refuses to let the opposition just listen to his speech.

why not email bill at the clinton foundation, or call him at 212-348-8882, to let him know how you feel about his hanging out with people that bar citizens from open public events?

(thanks to jenny from the blog for the clinton foundation info!)

addendum: mia culpa is reporting that the lieberman campaign insists the reason the two were refused admittance is because their names were not on the list (what is this cbgb's?), and according to spazeboy himself, he did indeed have someone else's ticket. we're not sure about jane's ticket at this point.
posted by skippy at 11:50 AM | 0 comments

it's not easy being green, eh

but the canadians are building some cool "green" roofs...that are making sense ecologically and economically....go figure, eh?

The north and south sides of the roof on the Robertson Building in downtown
Toronto look as different as the before-and-after photos in a men's hair
replacement ad. While the north side is a bald expanse of asphalt roofing, the
south side has been transformed into a luxuriant meadow of indigenous grasses
and wildflowers.

It is a rare example of a Canadian building owner looking beyond the
lack of any major payback associated with installing a green roof and seeing the
bigger picture of environmental stewardship in urban areas.

For Urbanspace Property Group, owner of the Robertson Building and
another on nearby Richmond Street, the rooftop meadow is also a selling point
for the kinds of tenants the Toronto-based firm likes to attract -- film
production companies, galleries, design firms and non-profit
organizations.

"We want our tenants to love it here, stay here and tell their
friends," says Anne Currie, Urbanspace's environment, health and safety
co-ordinator, as she stood on the deck above the grasses that covers more than a
third of the Robertson's 20,000-square-foot roof. "We want them to have a great
outdoor space where they can hold meetings if they want -- or do yoga, or play
the guitar. And we want them to know that the building owners care about the
environment." - globe and mail

check more out at greenroofs.net!

posted by Cookie Jill at 10:47 AM | 0 comments

'cause sometimes...

it's best to just sit down, shut up, and listen to what others have to say. because occasionally one's attitutde toward the rest of humankind needs to be properly realigned, lest one's attitude unleashes so much as a drop of the universe's near-absolute-zero indifference to one's problems in response. (translation: my attitude toward the rest of humankind brought me a little too close to getting my fine feathered ass tarred in addition by a driver in an advanced stage of road rage -- and i was on foot. i may have had the right of way, but i still had an obligation to check before crossing the road, especially at six in the afternoon. bird-brain that i am, i just had to go into wtf mode. fortunately, all i got was chewed out...)

this technique also lends itself very well to blogging, i've learned. wouldn't have fathomed that a few days ago. i do believe i'll keep it handy. there are times when i link to what i think is a great article, post, item, or thingumajigger, but struggle with what to add to it before posting. well, hell. why bother adding anything at all? just give a link and an excerpt, and shaddap. that will at least keep the universe at bay, and that's a good thing.

'cause sometimes, senoras and horsemen, i ain't got nothin'. that reminds me of a line paul newman spoke in one of the best movies i've ever seen: "sometimes nothin' can be a real cool hand."

love that line. now here's to hoping i can take acvantage of nothin' without getting shot!

til further on...
posted by Jim Yeager at 6:40 AM | 0 comments

avedon explains it all

dr. avedon carol of the sideshow finally figures it all out. in a letter to the editors of the washpost, she writes:

reading senator arlen specter's comments in this morning's paper ("surveillance we can live with", 24 july), i asked myself what he and his colleagues must think they are doing when they place their hands on the bible and swear to uphold the constitution.

but then i recalled that legislators and representatives of the administration have argued, both in public and in court, that the words "under god" in the pledge of allegiance don't actually mean anything - that it is just a ritual phrase with no real content, and thus not forced religious speech.

so this is what they have been telling us all along: their oath of office means nothing to them, because swearing before god, like pledging allegiance, is "just ritual" - a bit of theater, a charade, devoid of content.

and devoid of honor.
there's more. oh, yes, there's much more.
posted by skippy at 12:37 AM | 0 comments

the few...the proud...the myspace users...

shakespeare's sister tells us the marines are now recruiting on myspace:

so far, over 12,000 web surfers have signed on as friends of the corps in response to the latest military recruiting tactic. other military branches may follow.

…the marine corps myspace profile — featuring streaming video of barking drill sergeants, fresh recruits enduring boot camp and marines storming beaches — underscores the growing importance of the internet to advertisers as a medium for reaching america's youth.
posted by skippy at 12:34 AM | 0 comments

those darn internets!

full of poison and hatred...like the populations of two warring countries talking with each other without government intervention, like alternate brain tells us is happening with lebanon and israel...
posted by skippy at 12:17 AM | 0 comments

Monday, July 24, 2006

leave it to beaver

the youtube wars continue!!
posted by skippy at 9:15 PM | 0 comments

bury the lead

susan haigh over at bosglobe echoes the latest cry for help from joe-nertia's camp in today's article, mainly, if joe loses, all the other dems will probably lose, too!

let's put aside the monumental ego that has to go into the shaping of such a world view (tho we admit that if skippy stops blogging, every other blog will most assuredly shut down) and just examine the logic therein.

but ed patru, a spokesman for the republican congressional committee, said if lieberman's name appears on the november ballot as an independent, democratic voters will be drawn away from the party.

"it has a negative impact on the democratic party's base," he said. "it makes their (publicity) confusing and it takes a lot of energy out of the party's grass roots in a year when they need everything they can to challenge three independent, well-funded, republican incumbents."
gee, thanks for being so concerned, mr. repubbblican. where have we heard that kind of concern for dems before?

but then we get down to the nitty gritty:

lieberman has traditionally given money to his fellow connecticut democrats. state rep. robert godfrey, d-danbury, a lieberman supporter, said both lieberman and u.s. sen. christopher dodd, d-conn., have contributed $800,000 to $1 million to the state party in election years. that money is then distributed to candidates running across the state.
oh ho! it's the fear that joe-nertia will take his money and go home. that's the problem!

be that as it may, we had to read all the way down to the bottom of the article to find an opposing viewpoint, and one that we would not discount:

some democrats, however, said privately monday that a lamont primary win could help the other democrat candidates. they speculated that lamont could help drive turnout and enthusiasm on election day should he defeat lieberman on aug. 8.

sandra proper of waterbury, who waited in line to see clinton on monday night, said she's not worried about other democratic candidates should lieberman lose the primary.

"there's enough publicity in tv, if people watch tv," she said. "and who doesn't watch tv?"
who, indeed?
posted by skippy at 8:58 PM | 0 comments

say hello

to my two cents, and the fink file, and to antagony & ecstacy.

sample of tim's writing over at a&e, from his review of clerks ii:

i've been on the receiving end of plenty of defenses for the first clerks that attempt to justify the immobile camera and indifferent lighting, but one can only go so far: smith is not ozu, and there's a diffence between static shots for emphasis and static shots because the director seems unaware that the camera can actually be moved.
posted by skippy at 7:14 PM | 0 comments

listless

gladkov, commenting on our diary about joeboxer over at dkos, put together an amazing list of reasons to not vote for joe lieberman, which we reproduce here, en toto (and dorothy, too):

tell me you are a dem and not appauled by this list:

  • interference in the schiavo matter (meanwhile nothing about texas futile care law with which people who cannot afford life support are yanked)


  • support of nafta/cafta


  • support of the bush energy policy

  • willingness to deny rape victims emergency contraception

  • support of someone from the international arabian horse association to run fema

  • his unwillingness to demand censure on wiretapping

  • support of no child left behind'

  • support of school vouchers

  • support of a non-provoked attack on iran

  • interest in privatizing social security

  • support of gonzales and the torture policy

  • vote on cloture for alito

  • yes confirmation vote on rice

  • support of the bankruptcy bill

  • support of defence of marriage act (clinton did too, both were wrong)

  • supported our ports being run by dubai

  • for telling democrats they criticize the president at their own peril (of course, no republican ever criticized clinton)

  • friends with rush limbaugh and sean hannity, who call democrats terrorists

  • friends with convicted felon, former governor john rowland

  • does not comport self like opposition party member, e.g. one of the few democrat
    attendees at a valentines soiree with the bushes
    http://www.forbes.com/technology/ebusiness/feeds/ap/2006/02/14/ap2527187.html

  • supported bush on faith-based programs that spread lies about choice and abortions http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2002/02/images/20020207-9.html

  • has essentially endorsed john mccain for president. “i hope he runs.”

  • against universal health care.

  • against gay marriage, not proposed anything on domestic partner benefits

  • on iraq: time magazine's baghdad bureau chief michael ware: “either senator lieberman is so divorced from reality that he's completely lost the plot or he knows
    he's spinning a line. because one of my colleagues turned to me in the middle of this lunch and said he's not talking about any country i've ever been to and yet he
    was talking about iraq, the very country where we were sitting"

  • yes vote for john roberts

  • voted to stop federal aid to public schools that used materials "supportive of
    homosexuality"

  • at memorial day parade, marched with republican nancy johnson while ignoring dem. candidate chris murphy

  • formed his own party, to run against the democratic opponent, if he loses the primary

  • was hostile and boorish to opponent ned lamont in primary debate, treated dick cheney with kid gloves in vice presidential debate.

  • has been seen on fox news more than in connecticut

  • has been in downtown baghdad more than downtown bridgeport
addendum: snowball, commenting over at crooks&liars, suggests we can add voting for alberto gonzales to the list as well.
posted by skippy at 5:47 PM | 0 comments

better late than never, we suppose

sorry, we were busy running real life errands, but as promised, here is the boxer meltdown tape as provided by the kids at fdl, where the senator lies about joe lieberman never having said the remark about rape victims taking a short ride to another hospital:



in case you'd like to write or call the senator and remind her of joe's exact words, here are the numbers, and here's the exact quote from the new haven register (be sure to register):

u.s. sen. joseph i. lieberman, who often takes a conservative line on social issues, is facing a liberal democratic primary challenge from wealthy greenwich businessman ned lamont. but that hasn’t stopped lieberman from supporting the approach of the catholic hospitals when it comes to contraceptives for rape victims.

lieberman said he believes hospitals that refuse to give contraceptives to rape victims for "principled reasons" shouldn’t be forced to do so. "in connecticut, it shouldn’t take more than a short ride to get to another hospital," he said.
[ed. note: emphasis, and snarky "we told you so" sing-song intonation, ours]
posted by skippy at 4:34 PM | 0 comments