s skippy the bush kangaroo: December 2006

skippy the bush kangaroo



Sunday, December 31, 2006

sunday night music club


the elements by tom lehrer and sir arthur sullivan - animation by mike stanfill, private hand

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posted by skippy at 5:43 PM | 0 comments

prospero ano y anthony bourdain!

after you spend the evening partying away, spend new year's day traveling with anthony bourdain....he's back on the road with "no reservations!"

posted by Cookie Jill at 12:19 PM | 0 comments

the top 20 stories on skippy in 2006

it's that time of year for that old chestnut, the year end review. every blog, newspaper and tv news show has theirs, so, without further ado, here are the twenty biggest, most imortant stories on skippy during the last year (we would have just done 10, but there were so many good ones):

#1.
skippy wins the coveted golden monkeyfister award! proud to be among the "a-list of the b-list blogs," as shystee describes it, we are both touched and invigorated at winning the first annual golden monkeyfister. it couldn't have come at a more oppurtune time. also, our co-blogger, mimus pauly, is a runner up for the coveted golden monkey au peer award.
#2.
skippy finds factual error on ben domenech's blog at the washpost. skippy is first to find an error on red america, pointing out that the daily kos, in fact, was not "0 for 19" in endorsing winning political candidates. atrios linked to skippy's finding, and the letters of disapproval from everyone in blogtopia (yes! we coined that phrase!), plus the revelations that dommie plagiarised the way other people breathed (ie, often) helped get dommie darko relieved of his duty by week's end.
#3.
skippy comes in #8 for best liberal blog at the 2006 weblog awards. we were astounded to be nominated, let alone to actually make it to the finals. as someone said, being nominated is honor enough; but you can bet we'll be keeping the finalist banner on our sidebar for as long as the bandwidth holds out.
#4.
skippy practices real journalism by interviewing prof. richard hanley of quinnipac university school of communication on the role of blogs in the lieberman-lamont race.
#5.
the yearly kos refuses to print the fact that yes! skippy coined the phrase "blogtopia." long story short: the committee putting together the yearlykos thought it was too much to add the words "yes! we coined that phrase!" to skippy's credit in exchange for a donation towards helping the convention pay for the printed program. in spite of that tussle, skippy still attends yearlykos, meets lots of old friends, makes lots of new ones, and liveblogs the whole thing.
#6.
skippy gets a new look. the lovely lauren bruce designed a new template for our blog, and the equally lovely august j. pollack drew a portrait of skippy for the masthead.
#7.
the skippy challenge. skippy raised quite a few hackles in blogtopia (y!wctp!) by asking how ethical it was to run a blogad against net neutrality while simultaneously promoting net neutrality in the editorial content on one's blog. skippy then challenged any blog that ran the ad to donate the revenue therefrom to savetheinternet.com, and to show his good faith, skippy donated 3 months worth of blogad revenue.
#8.
daryn kagen, the first person to mention skippy's blog on national tv, retired from cable news and got into blogging.
#9.
skippy got his 1,500,000th visitor.
#10.
talkleft uses a skippy-created snarky photoshop picture. there are many other examples we could use to demonstrate skippy's use of the newly-aquired photoshop, but jeralyn's use of our rendition of talkleft buried in the denver blizzard is by far our favorite!
#11. #12.
skippy writes letters and makes phone calls...one letter to jay rosen's forum defending jane hamsher of firedoglake over the whole deborah howell printing assumptions about the abramoff scandal as facts fiasco; one to albequerque tribune pointing out that the majority of americans think awol should be impeached; one call to sen. feinstein asking what was the senator's position on sen. feingold's censure resolution; another call to sen. feinstein asking her to promote net neutrality; a letter to wonkette dressing her down for spreading the false "dkos is 0 for 20 in picking winning candidates" meme (and wonkette wrote back!); another call to bill clinton's office warning that he should look into the fact that joe lieberman's staff refused to let jane hamsher and spazeboy into a joe-nertia rally; a letter to slate asking why this blog should plug slate's stories when slate referenced this blog without a link; an email to keith olbermann's countdown stating that rudepundit was the first to investigate the annthrax coulter plagiarism story; a call to the california sec. of state decrying macpherson's midnight certification of diebold voting machines; and emails to every disney email address we could find to protest abc's showing of the docufantasy "the path to 9/11."
#13.
skippy travels to the east coast, and has breakfast with nyc bloggers, including our own dbk, and also lunch in maine with pudentilla.
#14.
skippy gets nominated as best group blog on the koufax awards. skippy, in his quest to garner as many blogging accolades as possible, invited several co-bloggers to work on this humble site in hopes of getting that specific nomination. and he did.
#15.
skippy visited ground zero for the first time since 9/11.
#16.
skippy is interviewed for bluegrassroots radio. ben and alex, the guys at bluegrassroots, were always kind to skippy, and they have, since this interview, gone on to law school and internships in government. good luck to them both!
#17.
skippy meets markos and jerome at the "crashing the gate" book signing party in los angeles.
#18.
skippy gets in the middle of jeff goldstein vs. unknown lefty blogger fracas, by posting on another blog, who then takes skippy out of context and ascribes unwarranted death wishes towards children to him.
#19.
skippy attends the townhall meeting for voter responsibility, and meets, among others, marcy winograd and mimi kennedy (dharma's mom!) as well as our good blog buddy brad friedman.
#20.
skippy sells skippy t-shirts. and there's still a few left, at the rock bottom price of cost to us, $15! buy one today, while they last!
and there you have it, the skippy year-end review. what's that you say? oh, we thought you wanted the top 20 stories about skippy in 2006. sorry.
posted by skippy at 12:01 PM | 6 comments

happy new year

3000 americans killed in iraq. asspress:

the death of a texas soldier, announced sunday by the pentagon, raised the number of u.s. military deaths in iraq to at least 3,000 since the war began, according to an associated press count.

spc. dustin r. donica, 22, of spring, texas, was killed thursday by small arms fire in baghdad, the defense department said.

the grim milestone was crossed on the final day of 2006 and at the end of the deadliest month for the american military in iraq in the past 12 months. at least 111 u.s. service members were reported to have died in december.
posted by skippy at 11:47 AM | 5 comments

Saturday, December 30, 2006

War criminals

Presidential envoy Donald Rumsfeld meeting Saddam Hussein in 1984. Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

Details at The Washington Post:

Among the people instrumental in tilting U.S. policy toward Baghdad during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war was Donald H. Rumsfeld, now defense secretary, whose December 1983 meeting with Hussein as a special presidential envoy paved the way for normalization of U.S.-Iraqi relations. Declassified documents show that Rumsfeld traveled to Baghdad at a time when Iraq was using chemical weapons on an "almost daily" basis in defiance of international conventions.

snip

The administrations of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush authorized the sale to Iraq of numerous items that had both military and civilian applications, including poisonous chemicals and deadly biological viruses, such as anthrax and bubonic plague."

The story of U.S. involvement with Saddam Hussein in the years before his 1990 attack on Kuwait -- which included large-scale intelligence sharing, supply of cluster bombs through a Chilean front company, and facilitating Iraq's acquisition of chemical and biological precursors -- is a topical example of the underside of U.S. foreign policy.

When is the next tribunal?
posted by Carnacki at 9:33 PM | 4 comments

The Saddam within

It's weird how many right wingers who are celebrating Saddam Hussein's execution for the massacre of innocent Iraqis in reprisal for an attack upon him are calling for the U.S. to behave just like him.
posted by Carnacki at 8:24 PM | 4 comments

saturday night music club

if you liked our presentation of eric clapton doing layla last week, you'll love this:



cream - strange brew

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posted by skippy at 6:36 PM | 1 comments

how do you handle a problem like saddam?

let's get things back into perspective!!! here gives us his musical tribute to saddam.
posted by skippy at 6:34 PM | 0 comments

he's no doc ock

10 zen monkeys presents the first debate between awol and spiderman.
posted by skippy at 6:32 PM | 0 comments

we hope it's just temporary

tbogg has caught a bit of ted barlow disease...and won't be blogging for a few days.

we hope he comes back soon!
posted by skippy at 6:30 PM | 1 comments

in the althouse again

prof. alternative outhouse is at it again...this time incorrectly attributing threatening comments on her blog to a former student and blogger, and refusing to correct the mistake when called on it.

derve gives us the low down on yet another attempt by prof. alternative outhouse to drive up her blog traffic:

the reason comment moderation is enabled is because i called her on her lie, asking for proof of what she wrote linking me, a former student, to the person who threatened her car. it's been all day, and i still haven't seen it. though everyone did catch that she cried, like a baby, and called people racists for disagreeing with her. suddenly, i feel in good company. i take responsibility for what i’ve written, but not what’s being unfairly pinned on me from someone althouse insinuates is me. if it ain't by derve or mary, those are enemies you cultivated on your own, professor; don't go around smearing former students without any proof.

what i ask your readers to think about:

how easy is it to manipulate blog comments? why does she allow some vulgar comments to stay up, yet delete honest others who may choose strong words? does she know certain commenters are, tracking their isps? really though, how easy would it be to pretend you are a left-leaning voter and comment outrageously to make them look bad? is this happening there? is anybody tracking the commenters? (i’m just glad they’re not being portrayed in nyt articles as the “voice of the people” anymore, without a positive verification of who’s writing what.)

finally, is there a line that should not be crossed when a professor is blogging? because it sure felt like it reading my name there this morning. if you disagree with what derve wrote, disagree. i have several times said my real name that i posted under previously was “mary”. my blogs are linked. i’m not hiding anything.

but to identify me, mary, as someone else writing negatively about you, and then to wrap that all up with the “former student” label, that’s not cool, professor. not cool to uw, not cool to me. i’m not going to generate all the much traffic for you; why the heck would you choose to lie on your blog about a former student? i honestly don’t get it.

my defense – that’s what i was trying to get into the comment section all morning on her blog, which originally contained the falsehood. it kept getting deleted, as she let in the posts repeating the lie and joking further on it. was it really worth it?? why target somebody small like me?

perhaps the good professor is being "abused" online. perhaps she should use her tracking system to determine who is "abusing" her before making false accusations against former students. in short, don't lie online about your former students, professor.
posted by skippy at 6:25 PM | 0 comments

mad about canadian ice shelf melting

mad kane, that is!
posted by skippy at 6:20 PM | 2 comments

letters...we get letters...

an email we received, en toto:

hello,
maybe, you can tell me how often you can use a lozenge, nowhere on the box is that indicated. tried calling the 800-# left a message two days ago. thanks
posted by skippy at 6:18 PM | 2 comments

money could have been saved

apple investigates self; clears jobs of wrongdoing. just think how much money we could have saved if we let enron investigate itself.
posted by George at 12:47 PM | 2 comments

Friday, December 29, 2006

some in this administration believe

this was created by noah's flood.

“in order to avoid offending religious fundamentalists, our national park service is under orders to suspend its belief in geology,” stated peer executive director jeff ruch. “it is disconcerting that the official position of a national park as to the geologic age of the grand canyon is ‘no comment.’' - public employees for environmental responsibility

wow...ain't that just "grand"
posted by Cookie Jill at 7:42 PM | 6 comments

friday night music club


martina mcbride & pat benetar - we belong

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posted by skippy at 6:27 PM | 0 comments

he hopes it keeps up

john "crossing over" edwards must certainly hope the rest of his campaign goes as well as his first official event. an overflow crowd of 800, too many to fit into the room in which he spoke, greeted him at one of his first stops in new hampshire. asspress:

it was a crowd to warm any candidate's heart even in a new hampshire winter. over a year ahead of the nation's first presidential primary, so many voters turned out friday to hear democratic hopeful john edwards' call for a new spirit of american activism on problems ranging from poverty to global warming that hundreds were left standing outside in freezing temperatures.

nearly a quarter of the crowd of more than 800 were unable to squeeze into the elementary school cafeteria where edwards was to speak.

the former north carolina senator and 2004 vice presidential nominee ended up giving his introductory remarks outside, using a microphone that broadcast his voice inside, before heading indoors.

"what we're asking is for you, the people of new hampshire, not to wait for the next election to take responsibility," he said. "identifying a problem and talking about hope is talking about tomorrow. we can't wait until tomorrow."
posted by skippy at 6:23 PM | 2 comments

holy evil doers, batman!

via c&l (thanks for the bandwidth, guys!):

Example

awol beats satan! finally!
posted by skippy at 12:15 AM | 9 comments

barrack to basics

johnathan singer, over at mydd, makes an interesting discover with the new arg poll...no, not that it sounds like what capt. dyke says when she keelhauls angelina jolie...but that, unlike what the cw would have you believe (not the tv network, the conventional wisdom), it's not obama that sen. clinton should be looking over her shoulder and sweating about. no, it's john "crossing over" edwards:

clinton - iowa 31% - nevada 37% - s. carolina 34% - new hampshire 27%

edwards - iowa 20% - nevada 8% - s. carolina 31% - n. hampshire 18%

obama - iowa 10% - nevada 12% - s. carolina 10% - live free or die 21%
everyone else is in single digits, with the exception of undecided, who seems to be holding his own in third place. perhaps a vice presidential nomination is in his future. and, we're not sure, but we think undecided is distantly related to nunally a. bove.
posted by skippy at 12:01 AM | 2 comments

Thursday, December 28, 2006

take that, wendy mccawcaw

"destroyer" (owner) of the santa barbara news-press...
a federal agency filed a complaint against the santa barbara news-press, claiming the newspaper retaliated against employees who wanted to join a union.

...it concluded the newspaper fired a reporter, issued two-day suspension notices to 11 employees, and canceled a weekly column written by a staffer because it wanted to discourage workers from engaging in union activities. - san jose mercury news
why don't you take your ex-husband's millions and go mess up someone else's local newspaper/community.
posted by Cookie Jill at 8:32 PM | 1 comments

good to have electricity again

yesterday, a good deal of santa barbarianville, and a few other parts of the united state of california, were blown back to another century.
winds gusting with near-hurricane force left tens of thousands without power thursday while the tail end of a storm front dumped snow that closed a major freeway....

on wednesday, high winds downed trees that crushed several cars and also felled power lines, causing dozens of small fires in santa barbara county. - sfgate
i was half-way expecting to see ruby red slippers underneath the house this morning with different landscape.
posted by Cookie Jill at 8:14 PM | 0 comments

thursday night music club


chrissy hynde & the pretenders - back on the chain gang

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posted by skippy at 6:31 PM | 2 comments

say hello

to let's get things back into perspective here!!! a personal view from the great white north.
posted by skippy at 6:30 PM | 1 comments

speaking of dead people

some blogs just can't leave well enough alone.

we are unable to confirm the fact that mark spittle, of spittle and ink, was poisoned with radioactive polonium, and died on christmas day in tampa, fla. his website states:

authorities are investigating whether the poisoning was due to mark’s intention to run for the office of presidency of the russian federation, against vladimir putin’s intended successor, dimitry medvedev. authorities are not ruling out that mark may have been killed by a conservative blogger, either. or a liberal blogger, for that matter. or another podcaster.

mark leaves behind a wife, solange, and three sons, marjorie, bettina and judith. he was buried next to his mother, who hated him passionately, at kensico cemetary in his home state of new york. his only dying wish was that his tombstone read “don’t organize. mourn!” this was honored.
on a related note (dead people), the satirical political report gives us awol's utlimate tribute to gerald ford: whip insurgents now!

addendum: keeping with the theme, poutonian over at digby's place has a guest post by the late, great political cartoonist herbert block.
posted by skippy at 4:08 PM | 0 comments

gee whiz, it must stink being white...

the gop's alignment with white supremacists like virgil goode and george allen -- let's call a peckerwood a peckerwood here -- took place decades ago, in the face of the civil rights movement. now they're reaping a whirlwind of their own sewing -- the white supremacists are the only remaining faction the republicans can count on for support, the rest of us having all but totally given up on counting on that party to accomplish anything beyond sewing discord and unleashing chaos.

that's quite an accomplishment, when you think it over. the pro-business gop has abused, and thereby squandered, the fierce loyalty of much of its corporatist bloc. this party of jesus has likewise alienated many a devoted evangelical, charismatic, pentecostal, and fundamentalist. americans who would preserve the flag first and the republic later have begun to realize that the republicans have been cynically running them up the flagpole all these years, and now they're disillusioned, too. the same goes for people who live to outlaw abortion. if only what little money going to the troops overseas for body armor could be used to inform people about the evils of abortion, why, the world would be a more moral place -- but they've given up on the republicans selling that sort of gospel, never mind delivering what was promised to them before election day. and times must be really trying for those who can't bear the thought of gay people being one hundred percent human. it's bad enough that upstanding anti-gay preachers in colorado are being exposed as closet homosexuals with drug issues -- how can you, as an incorrigible rabid gay-basher, trust a conservative christian party that willingly harbors a grown male representative who talks dirty to boy pages while congress is in session?

(cross-posted at the f&#k-the-white-conservative-male-identity-movement's medley...)
posted by Jim Yeager at 10:40 AM | 1 comments

ho ho ho oh oh

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christmas shopping wasn't all that jolly this year. bloomberg:

u.s. retailers' sales growth during the holiday season may fall short of forecasts because the slowdown in housing and higher energy costs curbed consumer spending.

retail sales rose 1.7 percent last week, the smallest gain since february 2005, prompting the international council of shopping centers to say growth in november and december will be at the ``low end'' of its forecast for 2.5 percent to 3 percent. mastercard advisors, which measures purchases made by cash, checks and mastercards, said holiday revenue gained 3 percent.

the fourth quarter is critical to retailers' profitability, with companies such as wal-mart stores inc., target corp. and federated department stores inc. earning the largest portion of their net income in the period. about 32 percent of the industry's profit came in the last quarter of 2005, according to the new york-based icsc.
the asspress agrees:

retail sales surged in the last days before christmas but not as much as expected, two reports confirmed wednesday, putting more pressure on stores to get shoppers to open their wallets in the final days of december.

according to the international council of shopping centers, same-store sales rose 2.0 percent for the week ended saturday compared with the previous week. same-store sales rose 1.7 percent compared with the year-ago period. same-store sales are sales at stores open at least a year and are considered the standard way to measure a retailer's health.

based on results so far, michael p. niemira, chief economist at the international council of shopping centers, now believes same-store sales growth will be at the low end of his already-reduced range of 2.5 percent to 3.0 percent for the november-december period.
and newratings.com in london echos the overall concern that this news is not good for the u.s. economy in general:

in a research note published this morning, the analysts mention that holiday spending in the us was up by a disappointing 6.6% y/y, as compared to 8.7% growth in the same period last year. since retailers usually generate as much as 50% of their annual revenues during this period, the data could revive concerns over consumer health as well as over the state of the economy going ahead, the analysts say. against this background, us stocks opened only modestly higher today, alfa bank adds.
happy new year.
posted by skippy at 12:47 AM | 3 comments

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

the deification of ford

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we hate to say we told you so, but we told you so.

now that president ford has passed on to that great un-elected office in the sky, the mmm (multi-millionaire media) have begun to remember what a powerful, forthright, healing, integritous leader he was.

uh, are they talking about the same gerald ford that we remember?

not to speak ill of the dead, but the best thing we can come up with as ford's legacy is "whip inflation now." and if all that one can remember of your administration is a catchy slogan, we're not so sure that you qualify as a brilliant leader.

(granted, we bet awol hopes and prays to his god nightly that the worst people remember him for is his catchy slogans: "bring it on!" "raise the pie higher!" and "fool me once, shame on, shame on you, fool me, can't get fooled again!")

mind you, there was nothing particualrly terrible about ford. of course, following nixon could make coolidge look like wilson, wilson look like roosevelt, and roosevelt look like roosevelt.

but we'd have to ask ourselves, having not only lived through ford's presidency, but having made actual comedy for a salary about him during those years, is the ford in today's papers the same one we remember? we think not.

gerald r. ford: a healer of wounds sez the washpost.

woah! not only deified, but performing miracles! and by acts of god, no less:

gerald r. ford was the most accidental of american presidents, but when he unexpectedly appeared at the crossroads of history, he seemed to have been placed there by a deliberate act of providence.
you can't get any more godly than that.

and the asspress spares no superlative in describing president ford's tenure: former president gerald ford hailed as selfless leader who led nation through strange chapter.

[ed. note: if the 70's were a strange chapter, this the 21st century is a heavy metal comic book.]

“with his quiet integrity, common sense and kind instincts, president ford helped heal our land and restore public confidence in the presidency,” president bush said in a statement to the nation from his texas ranch wednesday.
jealous much, georgy?

time magazine pulls out all stops: gerald ford: steady hand for a nation in crisis.

again, we have to say, if we were in crisis back then, then today we are in the apocalypse! and ford's hand wasn't all that steady (certain his wife's wasn't...but enough aa jokes). sure, he oversaw the helsinki accordes, and the salt ii agreements, but we had to look those up to even remember his accomplishments.

we're not saying he didn't do a good job. compared to the last few guys who held the office, he rated a solid b-. but we are afraid that the media is going to use his passing as an excuse to prop up an ailing publian party...any old excuse for a tongue bath, as the saying goes.

don't get us wrong. president ford was a moderate republican, the last of a dying breed, and were he in politics today, limbaugh, hannity and coulter would be screeching him out of the party for being so wimpy. he was a good man, and a decent president. we offer our sincere condolences to his family (and betty, sorry about the 'steady hand' joke).

but he was no healer of a divided nation. if that were true, why are we more divide than ever?

addendum: neurophius, in our comment section, puts it far more succinctly than we do (and we apologize for being so sneaky as to mention it at the end of our long-winded tirade, rather than the beginning, where you would be able to skip our words completely):

...it just occurred to me what bothers me so much about the line that ford “healed the nation’s wounds” when he pardoned nixon.

ford didn’t heal the nation. what he did was to take a major step toward healing the republican party so that it could come back and bite the country on the ass in 1980 with the election of reagan.

or so it seems to me.

i say this with all due respect for the departed former president. but let us not forget the facts.
posted by skippy at 9:10 PM | 9 comments

wednesday night music club


eric clapton - layla (what else?)

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posted by skippy at 7:33 PM | 0 comments

john edwards crosses over, enters presidential race

the amazing nedra pickler of asspress tells us, in sentences so clumsily contructed that it's hard to figure out exactly what happened, that former vp candidate john edwards has announced his candidacy for president:

former democratic vice presidential nominee john edwards jumped into the presidential race wednesday a day earlier than he'd planned, prodded by an internet glitch to launch a candidacy focused on health care, taxes and other domestic issues.
what's that, nedra? was edwards going to run on foreign policy, taming the deficit and the war in iraq, except some strange mistake in the internets caused him to change his entire platform? some "glitch" made him dump his previous agenda?

"damn! i sure wanted to bring the troops home, but that stupid html code is forcing me to concentrate on domestic issues!"

nedra, nedra, nedra! commas, even parathases, are your friend. use them wisely.

she goes on to explain:

the north carolina democrat's campaign accidentally went live with his election web site a day before an announcement thursday that was supposed to use hurricane-ravaged new orleans as a backdrop.

the slip-up gave an unintended double-meaning to his campaign slogan on the john edwards '08 web site: "tomorrow begins today."

aides quickly shut down the errant web site but could not contain news of the obvious, even in the shadows of former president ford's death.

"better a day earlier than a day late," said jennifer palmieri, an edwards adviser.
is that advice for nedra taking a writing class?
posted by skippy at 4:05 PM | 5 comments

while going north...

everything was fine until i got to the tappan zee bridge, near white plains, new york, on i-287 east. this stretch of my all-too-seldom commute to the family has always confused me. personally, i thought odd-numbered interstates were supposed to be given north and south designations. granted, i'm just a slowpoke, so what the frig is my opinion worth? but this occasion was even more baffling, at least to me. i reached this brdge well after sunrise; the weather was totally overcast, incredibly foggy, and a bit misty. hitting the bridge at about 50 mph, i could see three, maybe four cars ahead of me, so i gently eased off of the gas pedal and slowed down a little more. all of a sudden, many drivers behind me began rocketing past on either side, weaving in and out of the cars in front of me, and disappearing forever into the big bright gray before us -- while the wind was nudging my own car a little to the left then, a little to the right now, as the bridge slowly inclined up, up, and up some more. why so many people chose that moment to go completely r#!no$#!+ i cannot begin to fathom, but they did. for all i knew, the bridge didn't stretch all the way across the river, and every one of us was blissfully ignorant of being seconds away from plunging to our very own icy, wild-eyed, and shriek-filled deaths.

fortunately, that didn't happen...
posted by Jim Yeager at 12:37 PM | 5 comments

Memory Lane - David Brooks edition #3

Online NewsHours: Shields and Brooks, December 26, 2003

I think the Democrats have committed political suicide. I think in the 1990s they had a solution, a formula for winning elections. This was the third way formula that Tony Blair and Bill Clinton came up with. It was for middle class tax cuts, it was moderate but religious on values; it was for free trade. And this was like a quarterback with a pass pattern that works every single time. The defense doesn't know what to do about it but they gave it up. They walked away from that strategy. And it's mystifying to Republicans why they would walk away but they have walked away and they walked away in part because some of the things Mark has talked about, which is the polarization of both parties. I'm not sure it is all Bush and DeLay's fault. I think the country has just become polarized. It is become much harder for either party to be a third way centrist party.
Why is David Brooks so sure, so vapid and so wrong? Because he knows no matter what he says, he'll never be fired. And people complain about tenured professors. Sheesh.
posted by Pudentilla at 6:37 AM | 5 comments

going to pot

we agree w/jeralyn (but probably not for the same reasons): pot should be legal.
posted by skippy at 12:17 AM | 0 comments

who needs to prof read?

why now? finds a cnn piece that could use a grammar check.
posted by skippy at 12:09 AM | 0 comments

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

tuesday night music club


mott the hoople - all the young dudes

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posted by skippy at 11:03 PM | 0 comments

the great ones always die in threes...

james brown, gerald ford...and galina ulstvolskaya.
posted by skippy at 10:13 PM | 0 comments

gerald ford, rip

msnbc is reporting that betty ford sez former president gerald has died. will bring you more as we find it.

addendum: cbs/asspress corroborates:

gerald r. ford, who picked up the pieces of richard nixon's scandal-shattered white house as the 38th and only unelected president in america's history, has died, his wife said. he was 93.

details on his death tuesday were not immediately available.

ford had been fitted in august at the mayo clinic with an implantable cardiac pacemaker to regulate his heartbeat after he had been admitted to a colorado clini days earlier for tests.
it was pointed out on dkos by fleetadmiralj that ford was the only person never to be elected vice president or president that held both those offices.
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administrations idea on handling immigrants....

getting them to serve in the armed forces?
the armed forces, already struggling to meet recruiting goals, are considering expanding the number of noncitizens in the ranks -- including disputed proposals to open recruiting stations overseas and putting more immigrants on a faster track to us citizenship if they volunteer -- according to pentagon officials. - boston.com
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30 days hath september, april, june and saddam hussein

how is saddam hussein unlike a new 2007 calendar?

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saddam only has 30 days, beginning tomorrow:

iraq's highest appeals court on tuesday upheld saddam hussein's death sentence and said he must be hanged within 30 days for the killing of 148 shiites in the central city of dujail.

the sentence "must be implemented within 30 days," chief judge aref shahin said. "from tomorrow, any day could be the day of implementation."
how is saddam hussein like a new 2007 calendar? his days are numbered...
posted by skippy at 5:30 PM | 4 comments

say hello

to spiiderweb.
posted by skippy at 4:00 PM | 1 comments

top 10 stories you might not have heard of

foreign policy's list
project censored top 25

what stories are on your list?
posted by Cookie Jill at 9:49 AM | 1 comments

je suis tesla

et vous?

I'm Nicola Tesla! Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzt!
Which Historical Lunatic Are You?
From the fecund loins of Rum and Monkey.
posted by Cookie Jill at 8:34 AM | 2 comments

what a christmas present

this administration gave the country.
in a span of a few hours, 2,973 people were killed in the sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. in a span of 45 months, the number of american troops killed in iraq exceeded that grim toll as the war continues.

the milestone in iraq came on christmas, nearly four years after the war began, according to a count by the associated press. - nytimes


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happy boxing day

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Monday, December 25, 2006

perenniel winner

the unofficial winner of the annual skippy "best christmas song ever" from last year, and this year, too:



the pogues: fairy tale of new york

featuring the late great kristy mccoll
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sprechen sie vomit?



david hasselhoff sings "silent night"...in german
posted by skippy at 7:50 PM | 5 comments

our christmas wish

one of our favorite holiday songs is this transmogrification of put a little love in your heart by al green & annie lennox into a christmas melody (for the bill murray romp scrooged)



here's wishing you and yours a peaceful, prosperous new year.
posted by skippy at 7:46 PM | 0 comments

christmas classics

no christmas could go by without a trip down to the skippy vaults to dredge up this old chestnut: yes, viriginia, there is a war on christmas:

[ed. note: this is a reprint of the famous 1897 column from the national review online. we think it is as relevant to today's issues as it was back then]

we take great pleasure in answering at once the communication below, expressing at the same time great gratification that its author is numbered among the friends of nro:

“i am 8 years old. some of my liberal friends say there is no war on christmas. they say it’s just another code-word-filled wedge distraction to keep us from discussing real issues like iraq, the deficit, the patriot act, katrina and the administrations abysmal record on human rights. papa says, 'if you see it on the internets, it’s so.' please tell me the truth, is there a war on christmas?"

virginia o’scamlon

virginia, your liberal friends are wrong. they have been affected by the secularism of a secular age. they do not believe except what michael moore tells them. they think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their godless minds.

yes, virginia, there is a war on christmas.

it exists as certainly as lesbian feminazi’s who want to abort all the babies in the world exist, it exists as certainly as communist jewish pinkos who want to force children to worship satan in the schools exist. alas! how dreary would the world be if there were no war on christmas! it would be as dreary as if there were no loofas or falafels. there would be no unquestioning faith in republicans, no pollack jokes, no unfettered greed to make tolerable this tenuous economy. the eternal light with which childishness fills the american dream would be extinguished.

not believe in the war on christmas! you might as well not believe in the war on terror. you might get your papa to hire men to watch all the malls during december to catch godless communists trying to force people to say “kwanzaa hannukah ramadan,” but even if you didn’t see anybody try to wrestle christ away from the true believers at the gap, what would that prove? nobody ever sees secular heathens actually try to drink the blood of christian children, but that is no sign there is no war on christmas. the most real things in the world are those that neither logical men nor rush limbaugh can see. did you ever see jesus ride a dinosaur? of course not, but that’s no proof that he didn’t. nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are available only to the truly faithful, who shall delight in watching their enemies be smitten down in flames when the lord takes his rightful place in the mall.

you tear apart a david brooks argument and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the most evil liberal, nor even the united strength of all the hateful secularists and the aclu and all godless jews who ever lived could ever tear apart. only undying allegiance to talk radio, complete loyalty to fox news and our beloved leader, george w. bush, can push aside that curtain and view the eternal joy of the beauty of the faithful, rejoicing by god’s side as the evil-doers burn in torment, including those who watch the daily show and listen to al franken.

is the war on christmas real? ah, virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real.

no war on christmas? thank god it lives forever and ever, as long as filthy multi-culturalistic pedophiles want to keep christ out of the malls in december. a thousand years from now, virginia, nay, 6,000 years from now, because the earth itself is only 6,000 years old, the war on christmas will continue to make glad the heart of neocons all over.
posted by skippy at 7:19 PM | 1 comments

most outrageous quotes of 2006

"they shot the wrong lincoln." - anne coulter on lincoln chaffee

media matters' has a roundup.
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we feel bad

rip, james brown, 1933-2006

greg kohl, of the chitrib, tells us:

if there is a lingering popular image of who james brown was, it is of that exotic, possessed entertainer. he was the "hardest working man in show business," with buckets of sweat soaking through his suit, makeup and pompadour. there were the hot-foot dance steps, the flying splits in polished boots, and finales with a cape draped across his shoulders. on stage, he didn't so much sing as scream, grunt and growl, like a libido gone haywire.

but that image is a cliché. brown was a great showman, but he was no cartoon. that he was demonized by legal troubles didn't help. but he was no circus act. he was a brilliant singer, musician, band leader and conceptualist. from the mid-'50s to the mid-'70s, he had a run of innovation, creativity and popularity that rivals any recording artist of the last half-century. in 1986, he was among the first batch of artists, including presley and chuck berry, to be inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame.

"you gotta dance to release that pressure," he told the tribune in 1991. "but you need to set an example too."
james brown, the hardest working man in heaven.

addendum: we alternately grieve and marvel at the timing of our recent saturday night music club selection of two weeks ago, when we brought you james brown singing with joss stone on it's a man's world and papa's got a brand new bag, which we reproduce here, in memoriam of the godfather of soul:

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feliz navidad

and namaste.

for more ottmar....his blog, his website, his youtube, his flickr.

posted by Cookie Jill at 8:49 AM | 1 comments

Merry Christmas

Juan Cole describes what our Christian overlord has done for Christmas in Bagdhad. NPR has a similar story this am. So does the NYT. aWol, the only man in the world who could make us willingingly recall the Bandaid Christmas song.


video

On the other hand, a big part of being a Christian is to live your life in consequence of the Incarnation, not simply despite, but rather because, of people like aWol. On the third hand, the dogs are waking Mrs. P., so it time to open presents.

Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men, everyone.
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merry christmas!

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from the gang at skippy!
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Sunday, December 24, 2006

sunday night christmas music club

one thing we can thank youtube for...providing a forum for cute girls to lip sync in goofy ways to old standards

all i want for christmas is you - two cute goofy girls

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posted by skippy at 7:35 PM | 0 comments

sunday night christmas music club

not a youtube, but follow this link (courtesy of c&l) to the best rendition of "white christmas" ever.

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happy fesitivus

Example
christy at fdl gives us the history of festivus.
posted by skippy at 4:21 PM | 2 comments

say hello

to scum at the top.
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happy birthday general clark

albeit a day late....

and, we'd have cooked up something for YOU!
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does america needs a 'surge' protector?

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"forget talks, bush prefers plan for 'surge' of 30,000 troops into iraq" - uk telegraph:

when president george w bush meets his national security team at his texan ranch this week to draw up a new military strategy for iraq, a 56-slide powerpoint presentation entitled choosing victory: a plan for success in iraq will be at the heart of their discussion.

the report, put together by frederick kagan, a conservative military analyst, and jack keane, a retired general, proposes "surging" at least 30,000 extra us troops into baghdad and other iraqi hotspots, as a first step to quelling the bloodshed and restoring security.

the strategy is at odds with the much-vaunted findings of the bipartisan panel of experts of the iraq study group (isg), not to mention the army's top commanders who argue that they do not need more forces on the ground and fear a further strain on resources.

but when mr bush announces his plans for iraq next month, he is expected to draw heavily on the kagan-keane plan – put together over a single weekend last month, after a brainstorming session with other senior, former military officers and defence experts.
somebody save us from the decider surge!
posted by skippy at 10:36 AM | 1 comments

beware....

the buddhist jihad

namaste, dude. namaste!
posted by Cookie Jill at 9:43 AM | 2 comments

"i'll be broke"

promises aren't the only thing gov. ah-nold breaks, according to our favorite newspaper named after an insect, the sacramento bee:

gov. arnold schwarzenegger broke his right leg while skiing saturday morning in sun valley, idaho, the exclusive resort town where he maintains a vacation home.

the governor is scheduled to have surgery on his right femur when he returns to california after christmas, mere days before his scheduled jan. 5 inauguration, according to the governor's office.

he was treated and released saturday from a hospital in sun valley, where x-rays revealed the fracture in his femur, located in the thigh.
wonder how difficult it's going to be for the governator in the hospital when he needs a nurse?


[ed. note: cookie jill already blogged about this here. we really outght to start reading our own blog before we write]
posted by skippy at 12:36 AM | 3 comments

forget the muslim democratically elected to congress

what's congress critter goode going to do over two, yes 2, buddhists recently elected to congress!
in all the brouhaha stirred up by virginia republican u.s. rep. virgil goode over the first muslim ever elected to congress using a koran in his private swearing-in ceremony next month (the official swearing-ins are done sans holy books of any kind), little attention has been paid to the fact that on nov. 7 the first two buddhists to ever serve in congress were also elected. - stevensonblog.tuscaloosanews.com
who knew?
posted by Cookie Jill at 12:18 AM | 1 comments

Saturday, December 23, 2006

who knew reuters

had blogs?
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oh, poor ahnuld

at least he has insurance. (6.6 million californians don't have that luxury)
california gov. arnold schwarzenegger was briefly hospitalized saturday after suffering a leg fracture that will require surgery. the injury occurred while he was skiing on a family holiday in sun valley, idaho, the governor's office said saturday night. - sfgate
and, what, skiing in "kahliforneya" isn't good enough for him?
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saturday night christmas music club

yes, it's that wacky duo from the year without santa claus


mister heat miser, and


mister snow miser

plus, bonus extra added attraction! "wazzup, snow miser?"

very funny mash up of the 'wazzup' budweiser guys vs. the misers

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we got fruitcake



sonny and cher spread the joy


if only listen to one silly song parody this holiday season, listen to this one
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jolly old st. nicholson



jack does christmas
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let that reindeer fly



pam tillis sings the story of blitzen and vixen
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the x-mas files



scully and muldar investigate
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jingle bell schlock



buying crap set to music
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the politically correct christmas album



offends no one!
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goes where no christmas album has gone before!



a star trek christmas
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protect your car this christmas!



with the ho ho ho-jack!
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the 12 days of shopping


gifts for everyone!
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guerilla theater

coalition forces have been known to dress up as insurgents and fire on iraqi police. Now awol wants a surge to fight the insurgents. is our troops mission really to provide stability? if so then why have coalition forces murdered and raped? Is torture a stabilizing ifluence? is awol's military presence in iraq really a stabilizing force? was his presence in new orleans a stabilizing force?
(cross-posted from ofp)
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we'll take traffic from wherever we can get it

why we love the random "next blog" button at the top of blogspot blogs - example #57.

(and, we highly recommend all the tips!)
posted by skippy at 10:48 AM | 1 comments

a story for our own beloved dbk

(formerly known as the infamous frogsdong)

the dog who loved to suck on toads. - npr
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it's going to be the hayward fault

that's next "to go." i tell ya!

a small earthquake rattled the east bay this morning, the third in the same area this week. - sfgate

usgs california/nevada earthquake page. hayward fault...wikipedia.

and, did you know, today in earthquake history:

1906 Kodiak Island, Alaska

Epicenter
7.3 100th Anniversary

One of the Largest Earthquakes in the United States.


1972 Managua, Nicaragua

Epicenter
6.2 5,000 deaths. Thousands injured. Preliminary estimates indicate approximately $800,000,000 damages in Managua. Hundreds of aftershocks were reported, but only two exceeded magnitude 5, and these occurred within an hour of the main shock.
From Significant Earthquakes of the World 1972, and Earthquake Information Bulletin, Volume 5, Number 1.
One of the world's deadliest earthquakes.
posted by Cookie Jill at 9:55 AM | 1 comments

double congrats

to our good blog buddy desi of mia culpa, for winning the coveted "golden monkeyfister au peer award."

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big congrats to our own mimus pauly, whose blog, mockingbird's medley, was a runner-up in this category (so you can't complain you don't ever get nominated any more, mimus)!
posted by skippy at 9:30 AM | 1 comments

Memory Lane - David Brooks edition #2

Online NewsHour: Political Wrap - December 20, 2002

DAVID BROOKS: We are closer to war than we were a week ago. Saddam Hussein's report was an insult to the U.N.; Hans Blix accepts that. The French ambassador accepts that. Colin Powell expressed that very eloquently yesterday. We are closer to war because Saddam Hussein is driving us to war....[h]e hungers for an apocalyptic conflict.

Historians of this era will be required to theorize the personal and social processes by which members could share the psychological projections of their cult leader.
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more macaca hits the fan

even the virginia papers can't believe rep. virgil goode would be so stupid as to make openly anti-muslim remarks about newly-elected keith ellison. roanoke.com's op-ed piece:

virgil goode isn't about to apologize for his racist diatribe that equates muslims with illegal immigrants and terrorists. he shouldn't apologize for his beliefs because that would just pile the sin of hypocrisy onto the heap of bigotry.

but his constituents in virginia's 5th congressional district should be hopping mad, because goode now has the nation believing that they are as small-minded as he is.

goode never intended for everyone to know that he fears now that one muslim has been elected to congress, illegal immigrants and terrorists will pour over our boundaries. his letter -- the one that has made national news for a few days running -- was intended to go out to only his xenophobic supporters.

one copy mistakenly went to a non-supporter in what goode's office claimed was a "clerical error." too late. they couldn't take it back or deny it. instead, goode defends his stance and claims it mirrors his constituents' views.

would that include his thousand or so constituents of arab descent? or those of african descent who make up about 23 percent of his district?...

the people of his district look the other way when he gets wrapped up in a campaign finance scandal; they excuse him in martinsville where the town is on the hook to pay back a substantial grant because of a goode scheme with disgraced mzm officials. they have forgiven him so easily because they believe good-old goode is "one of us"…

goode's got another two years in congress, but his constituents will have little representation during that time. no one, other than of a handful of his bigoted supporters, will ever take goode seriously again. not that he'll notice.
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Friday, December 22, 2006

5 troops killed by iraqi insurgents...time for a 'surge'

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insurgent attacks killed five more american troops west of the iraqi capital, the military said friday, making december the second deadliest month for u.s. servicemen in 2006.

so far this month, 76 american troops have died in iraq, the same number that were killed in all of april. with nine days remaining in december, the monthly total of u.s. deaths could meet or exceed the death toll of 105 in october.

as american deaths in the war pushed closer to 3,000, iraqis continued to fall victim to sectarian violence between shiites and sunnis. police recovered 21 more bodies in the cities of baghdad, baqouba and kut. with 140,000 u.s. troops now in iraq, president bush is considering whether to send thousands more to control the bloodshed. - asspress
good time for a surge, wouldn't you say?
posted by skippy at 9:54 PM | 0 comments

friday night christmas music club



the waitresses - chrsitmas wrapping

pls. forgive the homemade video accompanying this great song...but this girl's performance is infinitely more watchable than the only other version of the song available on youtube...trust us.

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merry christmas

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from google, who inexplicable seems to be stealing skippy's theme!
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yo, yo-yo ma! yo mama!

there aren't many places you can find good cello jokes. but rob paravonian has a whole routine on playing "pachabel's canon" on the cello.



very funny, even (especially?) for those who don't like classical music.
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top story of the year: housing sucks!

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the asspress biz section sez the biggest story in business this year was the declining housing market:

the nation's house party ended with a thud in 2006, leaving everyone from condo flippers to federal reserve chairman ben bernanke waiting to see what would happen next.

the sudden stall in home sales, home construction and home prices -- and what that will mean for the economy -- was voted the top business story of the year by u.s. newspaper and broadcast editors surveyed by the associated press.

at the housing market's peak, buyers rushed to open houses, blank checks in hand. lenders gave big-money mortgages to people who could barely afford their monthly payments. that ended in 2006, when home builders scuttled projects, walked away from land they'd hoped to develop and would-be buyers canceled orders.

the story bumped high energy prices from the top of the list, where it had been for the past two years. many of the year's other top business stories were the latest installments of years'-long sagas, such as u.s. auto makers' woes and the unraveling of enron corp.

some of the new faces on the list, including hewlett packard co.'s former chairwoman, patricia dunn, and separately, the growing group of executives who manipulated their stock options, might wish they were elsewhere -- even at a lonely open house.
other notable business stories this year: enron sucks, executives backdating stock orders sucks, the automobile market sucks, oil prices suck, gas prices suck, and the dow jones hits a record.

not that there's any cause and effect.

(thanks and a tip of the hat to cookie jill for the story!
posted by skippy at 2:14 PM | 2 comments

new jersey politician of the year a blogger


politicsnj.com, the top news web site for new jersey political news, has a list of its year-end winners and losers. this year's winner of politician of the year is juan melli, the man who started bluejersey.com (where I have the privilege of being a front-page blogger). i could go on about how hard he's worked and how successful he's been all year (and not just this year), but politicsnj.com says it very well without any help from me:
it's not easy to balance an aggressive activist bent with the ability to work with the established politicos, but melli and the folks at blue jersey, the progressive blog he started, have been able to do it. The online presence is often caustic and pointed, and willing to take on powerful democrats like sen. bob menendez after his fall vote to authorize wiretaps without warrants, or to ridicule governor jon corzine for flip-flopping on property tax reform. but melli is able to tap fellow blue jersey bloggers and his own real world network to get podcast interviews with these same politicos -- including menendez -- and get them to give blunt assessments on the record. the reason is that melli is always fair and unwilling to go after someone unless it is deserved, and politics watchers, from the most radical activist to the most entrenched politicos, know it.
this is so sweet and so well-deserved.

at least one previous winner of this prestigious award is awaiting sentencing.

(cross-posted at blanton's and ashton's, where we secretly substituted instant coffee for fresh-brewed)
posted by DBK at 10:12 AM | 1 comments

operation surge and splurge

karena of karena's blog (one of my personal favorites) parsed the decider's press conference statements the other day on the iraq fiasco troop surge as well as the decider's call for americans to support the war effort by shopping and came up with this: operation surge and splurge.

read the article and enjoy the photo (which cracks me up bigtime).
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Memory Lane - David Brooks edition

Online NewsHour: Shields and Brooks - December 6, 2002

Iraq's approaching deadline

MARGARET WARNER: Let's switch to Iraq. This is the final build up to the big declaration coming up this weekend. You've got a week plus of these early inspections.

How well do you think the White House has handled this so far?

DAVID BROOKS: I think quite well. I think Saddam Hussein has handled it well for them. If they stick to their story that they have no weapons of mass destruction, that just makes life easy for the Bush administration. They could have come out and said we have this and this but not nukes or not that. That would have made it tough.

David BrooksBut if` you come out and say we have nothing, well, then that makes it easy to say this is a material breach of the U.N. Resolution. The U.N. resolution says no omissions, that's in Article IV; in Article III, the U.N. Resolution is very fastidious about what you have to list, and if this 8,000 page document doesn't list the stuff and does have omissions, it becomes easy for the Bush administration to say next week or two weeks later it's a material breach and win some support around the world for that position.


Which leads us to the question, why does the NewsHour still feature Brooks every week? The answer: because the main stream media is a full employment act for Republican propagandists.
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Thursday, December 21, 2006

it's bad when an entire museum distances itself from you

dennis prager, loud-mouth hardly-ever-right wing radio talkshow host, managed to offend both jews and muslims with his instance that newly-elected rep. keith ellison swear his oath of office on the bible and not the koran. nytimes:

the board that oversees the united states holocaust memorial museum here publicly distanced itself on thursday from a member who recently condemned the first muslim elected to congress for planning to use a koran during the private part of his swearing-in ceremony.

in november, the board member, dennis prager, a conservative commentator and radio show host, said that keith ellison, the newly elected muslim member of congress, should give up his post if he could not take his oath on a bible, which mr. prager said was the traditional religious text of the united states.

in its resolution, the council’s executive committee criticized mr. prager’s remarks as “antithetical to the mission of the museum as an institution promoting tolerance and respect for all peoples regardless of their race, religion or ethnicity.”

mr. prager, one of 68 members of the board, known as the holocaust memorial council, was appointed to the unpaid post by president bush, and is serving a five-year term, which expires in 2011, said andrew hollinger, a spokesman for the council.

mr. hollinger said mr. bush had the sole power to remove mr. prager.
great, but who has the sole power to remove mr. bush?
posted by skippy at 11:26 PM | 1 comments

special thursday night christmas music club



bing crosby & david bowie with little drummer boy/peace on earth.

complete w/corny dialogue up front.

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thursday night music club

thanks to iced ink's comment on c&l, we give you



the california guitar trio doing bohemian rhapsody

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there's snow business like snow business

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denver shut down as major storm hits:

more than 30 inches of snow fell in the mountains and up to two feet fell in the denver metro area wednesday and early thursday. the final tally once the storm ends could be between 2 and 4 feet of snow, cbs early show meteorologist dave price reported. the dry, flaky snow, blowing and drifting, will make visibility a big problem...

the storm comes after forecasters predicted a dryer-than-average winter, rick salinger of cbs station kcnc-tv in denver reported.

the wind-whipped snow was finally expected to taper off in colorado on thursday afternoon. to the east, warmer temperatures meant even chicago was only forecast to get heavy rain as the storm moved through.

in colorado's eastern half, though, few travelers were going anywhere thursday morning. the colorado springs airport reopened and some airlines were flying, but getting there was nearly impossible.

some denver airport monitors tantalized travelers by listing "on time" beside arrivals and departures, but [airport spokesman steve] snyder said that was probably caused by a computer glitch.

people spent the night at the airport on cots, in chairs or on the stone floor. some slept within the roped-off lanes in front of the check-in counters, hoping to get first crack at a flight.
some colorado cities have become ghost towns:

in denver, colorado springs and other cities along the rocky mountain front range, workers slipped and slid their way home on wednesday and stayed there, leaving the cities virtual ghost towns thursday, typically a busy shopping day. a few pedestrians trudged down the middle of unplowed streets as the snow continued…

in colorado’s socked-in eastern half, few travelers were going anywhere.

the colorado springs airport reopened and some airlines were flying, but getting there was nearly impossible.

gov. bill owens declared a state of emergency and activated the national guard, which assisted dozens of motorists on the highways around denver and delivered diapers, formula and bottled water to denver’s airport.

long stretches of interstates 70 and 25, the main east-west and north-south routes through the mountain west, were closed. interstate 76 was closed from denver to nebraska.

police in the denver suburb of broomfield rescued nearly 100 people who had been stranded in cars along u.s. 36, the main route between denver and boulder.

national guard and sheriff’s deputies rescued about 50 people overnight from snowbound vehicles in weld county, where up to 22 inches of snow fell. about 18 others were still stuck in their cars thursday morning, said weld county emergency management director roy rudisill.
we hope our buds at talkleft are keeping warm!

addendum: cookie jill sends us the link to the colorado snow cams! watch it snow! live!

double addendum: our blog buddy jeralyn merritt has wandered out into the snow to take pictures! she's nuts! but here they are!

triple addendum: big thanks to jeralyn for using our pic of her blog snow-bound! we love photoshop!
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don't go read atrios

he's not there. he's here.

addendum: no, he's not there either, he's back here now.
posted by skippy at 9:51 AM | 3 comments

we're atheists, god willing

10 zen monkeys reports on the blasphemy challenge, where a group of "activist atheist" film makers are calling for people to post their best blasphemy on youtube:

the war on christmas” is an absurd fantasy concocted by the religious right. but it doesn’t have to be. if brian flemming has his way, we’ll get a real war on christmas, complete with atheistic shock troops (called “rational responders”) confronting believers with the non-logic of their dearest religious beliefs. his “rational response squad” is encouraging young people to take the blasphemy challenge — to commit blasphemy and post the results on youtube.

it’s all part of the continuing promotion for flemming’s worthy documentary film, the god who wasn’t there . the film, in the words of newsweek, “irreverently lays out the case that jesus christ never existed.” uber-athiests sam harris and richard dawkins appear, helping flemming make his sacreligious point.
posted by skippy at 9:47 AM | 6 comments

mad about shopping

mad kane, that is!
posted by skippy at 9:43 AM | 0 comments

the must have product for the holidays

get your "family survival kit" before you venture off...
posted by Cookie Jill at 3:08 AM | 1 comments

forget the alamo

new "moto" of texas could be "remember the rain?"
as much as 20 percent of the state remains in exceptional drought and a similar percentage is enduring extreme drought, texas cooperative extension drought specialist travis miller said.

...the drought, now in about its 20th month, also sparked deadly wildfires and dropped lake levels to their lowest point for this time of year since 1978.

...the drought cost the state -- the nation's leading producer of cotton and cattle -- $2.5 billion in lost crops and $1.6 billion in livestock losses

...in september, about 24,000 texas producers in 216 drought-stressed counties became eligible for $16.1 million from the federal livestock assistance grant program.

sen. kay bailey hutchison, r-texas, recently told texas farm bureau members she had "every confidence" federal disaster assistance would materialize in the next budget. - ap

hey kay, hate to remind you, but there ain't no money. your buddyboy awol's spending it all over in iraq. and, um, in regards to money going toward disaster assistance, you might want to talk to louisiana on how that's coming along.

posted by Cookie Jill at 2:04 AM | 2 comments

housekeeping

we're pleased as platypuses to add p! to our permanent blogroll.

addendum: by popular demand, we are also adding watergate summer to our blogroll, just in time for christmas, because enigma has been such a good little girl.

we're a little miffed we couldn't think of a word that begins with 'p' for 'blogroll,' but we do what we can.
posted by skippy at 12:05 AM | 4 comments

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

things that make you go....

wtf?

schwarzenegger released his deep list of 22 inaugural committee co-chairs, which includes incoming house speaker nancy pelosi and assembly speaker fabian núñez, as well as u.s. sens. barbara boxer and dianne feinstein. during angelides' unsuccessful campaign, he named all four democrats as his own co-chairs in hopes that their popularity would extend to his own effort. the inaugural co-chairs are ceremonial positions. - sacbee

tip o' the kangaroo tail to calitics.
posted by Cookie Jill at 8:49 PM | 0 comments

hey....i've got an idea....

hmmmm....
john mack's record for the biggest bonus ever paid to a wall street chief executive didn't last even a week. it was smashed by the $53.4 million that goldman sachs gave its chief executive, lloyd blankfein.

...the bonuses come after goldman reported last week that it had earned the highest yearly profit in the history of wall street. net profit rose 70 percent to $9.4 billion on revenue of $37.67 billion. goldman and other firms have benefitted from a surging market for takeovers and a strong stock market. - sfgate

the pentagon wants the white house to seek an additional $99.7 billion to fund the wars in iraq and afghanistan, according to information provided to the associated press.

the military's request, if embraced by president bush and approved by congress, would boost this year's budget for those wars to about $170 billion. - sfgate

pentagon meet goldman sachs employees....
posted by Cookie Jill at 8:33 PM | 1 comments