Thursday, July 31, 2008
skippy's thursday nite music club
godsmack - whatever - live!
live at camp pendleton...w/special guest shredder sgt. wesley dimwitty
mcmuffin's stupid ad backfires
it seems that the elder hilton has donated $18,400 to the mccain campaign, and $35,000 to the national republican senatorial committee in the last couple of years. (paris’s father, rick hilton, has given an additional $6,900 to the mccain campaign. suffice it to say, he’s none too pleased either.)..
i suspect that heads will roll at the mccain headquarters - if not within the staff, then i wouldn’t be surprised if steve schmidt starts looking for a new consulting firm for the next round of ads. this is a reminder to my brethren at the campaign: don’t bite the hand that feeds us.
paris hilton isn’t just a tabloid tart to be tossed around willy-nilly. she’s the living brand name of one of america’s most successful global corporations. it’s no wonder her grandfather’s upset: every time paris is in the news, fewer people stay at their hotels. try explaining that to the blackstone group - the hedge fund firm that bought into hilton hotels last year. blackstone chairman peter g. peterson gave $30,800 to the mccain campaign this year. guess who also called the campaign today?
(thx to memeorandum for the initial link!)
tho we are sad to have to be able to say hello to this blog.
for those of you unfamilair w/pvt. johnson's story, crooks&liars has a good wrap up of her tragic life and death:
“our worst fears were substantiated when we started going through information from the army,” johnson said.
he said the pictures and documents from the incident proved that his daughter had been brutalized - raped, beaten, shot and set on fire.
“someone poured lye in her vagina to destroy evidence,” her father said. “her body was dumped in a dirty, filthy contractor’s tent. read on…
lt. governor john garamendi
mission canyon...death trap?
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sometimes when ralph daniel looks out the huge plate-glass windows of his 1959 ranch house, a bobcat stares back at him from the patio. he delights in the quiet, the bird songs, the expansive view of the santa ynez mountains.
like millions of other californians, daniel, 63, likes to live on nature's edge. he is a 10-minute drive from both downtown santa barbara and los padres national forest. but he has no illusions. one day he expects to see a wildfire bolt through the chaparral and down the slopes toward his house on the fringes of mission canyon.
"that's where i think it's going to come from," he says, pointing to a ridgeline from a seat on his patio.
when it does, getting out could be a nightmare. like many rustic communities in the
west, mission canyon is a maze of narrow, twisting roads, dead-end drives and too few exits. - latte times
i remember many fond years up in mission canyon...the sound of the creek...the animals...the wild turkeys...the neighbors donkey. but, you have to be prepared to let go of your possessions in a seconds notice now with the area lacking in water.
elizabeth taylor *update*
mad about media sheep
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
skippy's wednesday nite music club - rip jo stafford
jo stafford - the gentleman is a dope
and here she is with the group she started with, the pied pipers:
pied pipers - it started all over again
bloomberg tells us:
the biggest hit for stafford, a singer in the pied pipers and then a soloist, was ``you belong to me'' in 1952, which sold 2 million copies, the newspaper said. her death, caused by congestive heart failure, was confirmed by her son, tim weston, the newspaper said.
a performer from the late 1930s until the mid-1950s, stafford started singing with her older sisters in a country- western group called the stafford sisters, then joined seven men as the pied pipers, the newspaper said. the octet was cut to a quartet and joined the tommy dorsey band, and became backup singers for frank sinatra, the newspaper said.
while recording with capitol records, stafford toured with the u.s.o. in 1944 and 1945, earning her the ``g.i. jo'' nickname from servicemen, the newspaper said.
jo's melodious caressing of lyrics and her enthusiasm and energy will certainly be missed.
oil derrilicks....the ocean fleas
we must fight back. we must.
quote of the day
water finds its own level; or, dancing w/ the stupids
the 61-year-old quayle is a former indiana senator and also served as vice president under george h. w. bush from 1989 to 1993.
should he actually be cast for dancing with the stars, quayle would actually be the second politician to appear on the show -- following in the footsteps of third-season participant jerry springer, who had previously served as the mayor of cincinnati.
we understand dick cheney applied to be on fear factor; not as a contestant, but rather as the fear factor itself.
riverboat ring your bell! fair thee well, anna belle! luck is the lady that he knows the best!
soon the texans of that era and area were applying the term derisively, to mean a person who was too stubborn or stupid to attend to business and ended up losing their shirt.
a bone to pick with t boone
beyond wind plan, pickens eyes pipelines in drought-ridden us. while t. boone pickens has detailed his plans to develop windpower in the us, he has a lesser-known plan centered on becoming a water baron. - popular mechanics.
but oil is a thing of the past for pickens; the article claims he is now the largest single individual owner of water rights in the usa. he owns a huge ranch in roberts county, tx, and would like to pump ground water from the ogallala aquifer beneath his ranch and sell it to thirsty texas cities.problem is....the ogallala aquifer is drying up.
how much? try 200,000 acre-feet per year. he can pump this much because of texas' quaint ground water law, "the right of capture", aka "the law of the biggest pump." if you own land, you can sink a well and pump virtually to your heart's content. doesn't matter whether you own one acre or 68,000, the size of pickens' ranch. - waterwired
water for pickens' plan would come from the panhandle portion of the ogallala aquifer. one of the largest underground repositories of water in the world, the ogallala stretches from texas to south dakota and once held more water than lake huron. that was a century ago, before the advent of cheap electric pumps gave farmers the power to lift water hundreds of feet. statistics on the ogallala are unreliable, but here's one: the aquifer waters one-fifth of the nation's irrigated land. and here's another: in less than a decade from its peak in 1978, the area of agricultural land irrigated by the ogallala fell by 20 percent, at least partly because of the ogallala's depletion.
the ogallala isn't like rivers, lakes or even most other aquifers: it has no source of replenishment. it holds "fossil water," sealed underground for hundreds of thousands of years. once it's used, it's gone forever. now, as the ogallala's water level continues to fall, pickens is proposing to expand its use, so far chiefly agricultural, to include supplying large, distant cities. - salon.com (2001)
this is why skippy is in show biz
not that any of these people are ugly, by any stretch of the imagination. but, being "not ugly" is not the same as being "beautiful."
we think it was bill maher who is taking credit for the phrase that "politics is hollywood for ugly people." this feature, purportedly highlighting the most gorgeous in washington, seems to bear that out.
now, we don't mean to be catty about how people look. tho it must be pointed out that all 50 of these "capitol hill beautiful people" obviously posed for this feature, and must thereby consider themselves to be qualified to be counted as among the most attractive inside the beltway. so they are big boys and girls, they can take what we dish out.
but we only mean to use the hill's application of standards as a metaphor for what else goes on in dc.
just as being "not ugly" is not tantamount to being "beautiful," it also follows that being "not malicious" is not the same as being "beneficial;" that being "not destructive" is not the same as being "constructive;" that being "not highly immoral" is not the same as being "highly moral."
that being "not evil" is not the same as being "good."
[addendum: we thought of an even better phrase during lunch: "not going backward" is not the same as "going forward."]
dc is a place where good enough is; where just getting thru the day without getting slimed (or caught) is an achievement worth drinking one's self into oblivion over; where keeping the status quo is seen as progress.
we have no solutions, other than to keep harping at american citizens to be ever-vigilant about those they vote into office and their lackeys. democracy, as has been said, is not a spectator sport.
we must insist the denizens of dc raise their standards in all things; and to be perfectly honest, the gorgeousness of people is actually the last quality we care about in our government employees; let's get them to aim for justice, fairness and compassion first.
(tip o'the kangaroo tail to memeorandum for the link!)
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
skippy's tuesday nite music club
carole king - i feel the earth move under my feet
big joe turner - shake, rattle and roll
in honor of our little "foot massage" today
because when you need good essay writing, you naturally turn to musicians
essayists include greg saunier of deerhoof, and alina simone. hopefully more will be forthcoming.
get a room already
sign the petition.
remember, the center for media affairs at george mason university found that obama got far more negative press on the big three networks than mcsame (72% negative for obama to 57% negative for mclame).
true hero in ken. church shootings - a liberal
you don't survive that, and he had to know it. so he knew what he was doing, and he made a decision—to put the lives of others above his own.
then the congregants tackled the shooter, took him down, and held him for police.
love of others, sacrifice for others, and calm collective action to deal with a threat.
they say that unitarians are the most liberal church around.
i don't know if that's true, but in the face of tragedy, unitarians certainly showed what liberalism should be.
god bless greg mckendry.
(addendum: ian provided us w/a link to the story)
if this city's rockin', don't come knockin'
there have been three 3.8 aftershocks, so far.
the seven-count indictment charges stevens with making false statements by failing to disclose things of value he received from the veco corp., an alaska-based oil services compmany, and from its ceo, bill allen, over an eight-year period.
the indictment charges that among the undeclared items were substantial improvements to stevens' home in girdwood, alaska; automobile exchanges in which he received new vehicles that were worth far more than the old ones he exchanged; and household goods, including a viking gas grill.
steven's home was raided by the fbi last year with investigators taking a close look at renovations done on his alaska home.
readers of this space also recognize sen. stevens as a staunch opponent of net neutrality, the man who described the web as "a series of tubes."
(thanks to firedoglake and memeorandum for the links!)
la is one big freeway
some democratic campaign buttons made for distribution in idaho show an unlikely pair: democratic presidential candidate barack obama and republican sen. larry craig. but don't expect the staunch republican to throw his support behind obama or for the presidential candidate to ask craig to change his mind and run for senate again. apparently the button manufacturer picked a picture of the wrong idaho larry. - seattletimes
Monday, July 28, 2008
skippy's monday nite music club
vic damone & debbie reynolds - imagine
not the john lennon song you're thinking about, this is a number from the otherwise forgettable film athena
just in case, we want all wackos w/guns out there, to know that we are 'moderate.' yeah, that's it, 'moderate.'
knoxville police sunday evening searched the levy drive home of jim david adkisson after he allegedly entered the tennessee valley unitarian universalist church and killed two people and wounded six others during the presentation of a children's musical…
adkisson targeted the church, still wrote in the document obtained by wbir-tv, channel 10, "because of its liberal teachings and his belief that all liberals should be killed because they were ruining the country, and that he felt that the democrats had tied his country's hands in the war on terror and they had ruined every institution in america with the aid of media outlets."
adkisson, 58, of powell wrote a four-page letter in which he stated his "hatred of the liberal movement," owen said. "liberals in general, as well as gays."
apparently, however, his ex-wife, who took a restraining order out on adkisson years ago, was a member of the church he targeted for his rampage, so his berzerking may have had a more personal reason than first suspected. uuworld:
witnesses reported hearing three shots fired before adkisson was tackled by church members while trying to reload his 12-gauge, semiautomatic shotgun. mckendry, the first to be shot, may have been trying to stop the man, members said. police arrived within minutes.
but his reading list can't be ignored.
(tip o' the kangaroo tail to memeorandum for the link!)
we're on fire....yet again
an out-of-control wildfire near one of the entrances to yosemite national park charred more than 18,000 acres, destroyed eight houses and has put about 2,000 homes at risk, fire officials said on sunday. - reuters
hunger in america
food pantry operators throughout the los angeles region report that demand for free groceries has surged to the highest level in recent memory this summer as the sagging economy has hit not only the poor, but also middle- and upper-class families."this is probably the most people we've ever seen use emergency food assistance," said darren hoffman, communications director for the 35-year-old los angeles regional food bank.
"we're seeing people who were making $70,000 a year coming into a food bank for the first time. . . . they've used their retirement to pay their mortgage, and gone through their savings." - latte times
no credibility gap here
the playlist includes various song styles, one for each of the people in awol's cabinet that deserves shearer's sharp wit pointed at them. our favorite was the faux-bluegrass ditty, the turdblossom special, dedicated to karl rove.
this might get him out of the traffic ticket
novak said he was diagnosed sunday with a tumor and will soon begin treatment at brigham and women’s hospital in boston…
the diagnosis was sudden. novak became ill sunday during a family outing near cape cod, mass. a family member called 911, and he was brought by ambulance to brigham and women's hospital, where the diagnosis was made.
it’s too early to know whether the tumor is malignant or benign, his assistant said. (via)
a statement released by novak says he will suspend his journalistic duties for now, but hopefully for not too long.
we at skippy international sincerely wish mr. novak a speedy recovery, and hope for the best in his medical trevails.
in iraq, reality bites mclame in the ass again
except, maybe, for reality. nytimes (login required, try "skippy" and "skippy"):
in the northern city of kirkuk, at least 24 people were killed and 187 wounded, after a female suicide bomber blew herself up amid thousands of kurdish demonstrators who had gathered near the provincial headquarters building, said brig. gen. burhan tayyib taha of the iraqi police in kirkuk. the bombing immediately set the city on edge. many kurds believed the city’s ethnic turkmen were behind the blast and retaliated by attacking the headquarters of turkmen political parties.
in the attacks in baghdad, three women used suicide vests and a bomb in a bag to make strikes just minutes apart, killing 24 people, all apparently shiite pilgrims marching in a festival, according to an official at the interior ministry. the dead included at least four children, one of them an infant, and there were at least 62 other people wounded, according to police officials and witnesses.
the senior senator from arizona said his democratic rival would "rather lose a war in order to win a political campaign." what's next, an open charge of treason?...
in fact, the iraqi leaders and even president bush have agreed on a goal of a heavy u.s. drawdown, even though the white house prefers to call it a "general time horizon" rather than a timetable. talk about a fuzzy description.
mccain still hasn't told us what his oft-called-for victory would look like. even his friend republican sen. chuck hagel of nebraska says mccain is treading on thin ground with his personal attack on obama's motives.
don't you just hate when reality won't cooperate?
(some links via memeorandum, thanks!)
"hello, god? it's me, barack"
the note was subsequently removed from the wall, according to the israeli newspaper, ma'ariv, which printed what it said were the contents of the prayer...
"this sacrilegious action deserves sharp condemnation and represents a desecration of the holy site," said rabbi shmuel rabinowitz, who supervises the western wall, in a statement.
he said notes are supposed to be removed twice a year, on the eve of jewish new year and passover, and placed in a repository under supervision "to keep them hidden from human eyes."
the nypost has published the note as well. and, defying religious tradition, we here at skippy international will also disclose the contents of the note:
pleez let john mccain's dependz fall down at the debatez.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
skippy's sunday nite music club
joy division - transmission
joy division was a brilliant post-punk band whose lead singer, ian curtis, committed suicide when the band was on the brink of international stardom. wikipedia tells us:
in may 1980, on the eve of the band's first american tour, curtis, overwhelmed with depression, committed suicide. joy division's posthumously released second album, closer (1980), and the single "love will tear us apart" became the band's highest charting releases. after the death of curtis, the remaining members reformed as new order, achieving critical and commercial success.
knock knock - who's there? - cicero - cicero who? - cicero mero!
it's a good flick, maybe not as great as the hype would have it, but heath ledger's performance certainly is brilliant.
the script could have used another pass with the scissors (it clocks in over two hours long), and some of the dialogue was mumbled and hard to understand, but the effects (especially harvey dent's two-face appearace) were great.
someone dies, and we won't give it away, except to say it was a surprise. and we enjoyed seeing exactly how harvey dent became two-face this time around, because the old batman movies had billy dee williams inexplicably become tommy lee jones.
who's going to slap our faces with his cock now?
let the flame wars begin.
that's not what we meant by "the surge is working"
jesus christ, has reddi kilowatt changed his name to sunni kilowatt or something? why is it that even electricity seems to be at war with us now? of the 4,125 u.s. servicemen killed in iraq at this writing, one out of every 317 was killed in an electrical mishap.
so let’s get to the kellogg, brown & root of the problem: kbr – the halliburton offshoot that was given highly lucrative no-bid contracts to build facilities for our forces in iraq – evidently used such poor materials and untrained labor, with little or no oversight, that there are systemic electrical problems throughout the theater of war. according to a report by pentagon official ingrid harrison, kbr was aware of the hazards yet “chose to ignore the known unsafe conditions.”
a bit of history: when dick cheney was secretary of defense under george h.w. bush, he had the pentagon pay millions of dollars to halliburton to produce a study showing how, gee, halliburton could more effectively perform the infrastructure work – construction, food service, etc. – previously done in-house by the military. returning to private life, cheney, who had no business experience, was made ceo and chairman of halliburton, and used his pentagon contacts to weave halliburton into military operations.
the idea was that our troops would be better and more economically served by privatization. from electrocuted green berets to troops sickened by sewage water served as potable, from the shameful privatized conditions at walter reed hospital to billions in over-billing, it’s been working out great, hasn’t it?
by the epa’s new estimate, those 13 electrocuted servicemen are worth $93.8 million. kbr’s most recent contract to service our forces in iraq is for $150 billion. guess who wins that cost-benefit analysis?
the best way to show someone hating the troops is to show them loving the troops
also: jonathan martin catches an odd detail:
mccain's new ad accusing obama of refusing to meet troops includes a clip of obama playing basketball with ... troops.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
skippy's saturday nite music club
dave clark 5 - glad all over
if we weren't so secure, we might take it personally
holy incompetence, batman!
many, many other, better (at least, higher traffic) blogs than ours have already deconstructed the lunacy of this argument.
so we will content ourselves to point out two things: one, if awol is batman, using terror to fight terror, that makes osama bin laden the joker, and he's the one getting all the good press from the movie. there's even talk of a post-humous oscar nod for heath ledger; ergo, if bin laden is the joker, then we like him, we really like him!
and, secondly, if awol is batman, does that mean jeff gannon is robin?
blogher? we don't even know her!
physioprof comes out swinging:
granted, many of wymyn's blogs are about momhood, sex lives and boyfriends, and a pet pic or two here and there. and that's the sort of angle the nytimes piece focused on:
there were also more than 40 brands, including general motors and k-y jelly, sponsoring the blogher event in hopes of connecting with the scene’s microcelebrities.
“i’m kind of famous,” said kristen dimont, whose design and parenting blog is called mod mom, during a break between panels on the first morning.
as if on cue, she was stopped by a woman toting a swag bag, who revealed herself as a blogger for mums the wurd, a product blog for parents. “you’re mod mom,” the admirer said. “i’ve been following you forever.”
aside from our old blog flame megan "don't call me jane galt" mcardle (she never blogrolled us, and she always blamed her co-blogger, the hussy!) we didn't see any name of any of the wymyn we read on a regular basis.
we assume jane hamsher and christy hardin smith and marcie wheeler were at the not-necessarily-the-yearly-kos convention in austin, which happened to run at the exact same time (a coincidence not lost on the blogher creators), so we can forgive the nytimes for not mentioning them. ditto for digby (yes! we coined that phrase, too!).
but not mentioning anybody from feministe? or jessica and her buds at feministing? or amanda, melissa, maryscott, echidne, roxie, or even avedon or marybeth?
the times article even alluded to dkos as a male-dominated blog. while that's true, there are many women front pagers there as well.
perhaps because most of the political/social female bloggers were in austin or just not in sf at the time, the times decided to concentrate on the wymyn that were present.
but to write about female bloggers and not mention those who are the top political writers in blogtopia and yes, we coined that phrase, seems deliberately dismissive.
(thx to memeorandum for the original links!)
addendum: whoa! how could we forget the beautiful and erudite pam, she of the house blend? who writes not only about feminist issues, but minority issues as well?
double addendum: even worse, amanda tells us she was interviewed for the article, and wasn't included in the published piece! which makes our point even pointier!
triple addendum: granted, the piece mentioned arianna. but until she links to us, we aren't going to.
quadruple addendum: how could we forget our benefactor, jeralyn merritt of talkleft? we are ashamed. she was one of the very first in blogtopia and yes, we coined that phrase, to link to, encourage and advertise our work, and we owe her much, if not all, of our blogging success. and, she's been an astute analytical blogging mind for over 6 years, and there's no excuse that the nytimes overlooked her talent.
quintuple addendum: our commentors remind us also of pam and lindsay and susie. and we imagine more will be forthcoming.
bloody good show
the scary black man is even scarier than we thought
two weeks ago hugh hewitt sent you an email regarding his letter to a young obama supporter. thousands of you responded and requested this important pamphlet that puts the facts into the hands of people that are being fooled by all the obama hype.
your first issue of townhall magazine will include an in-depth report revealing the secrets of barack obama's chicago political machine. hugh's letter outlines the risks associated with putting barack obama in charge of the war on terror and the american economy. townhall magazine exposes obama's calculations and associations with corruption that have not been reported in the main-stream media.
anyone who speaks to multitudes just can't be trusted
stein might be right. anybody who has the power to attract 75,000 to listen to a speech in a stadium has to be evil.
we are not sure how this happened, but we have failed to list both martini
trust us, our faces are red.
we highly encourage our dear readers to visit both blogs on a regular basis.
[mea culpa on the mea culpa: martini revolution, the blog we added to our roll, is a splinter blog from the now-defunct martini republic, which was what we were thinking of when we wrote this post last night. apparently we had one too mini martoonis. thanks to carl for pointing out our error.]
Friday, July 25, 2008
skippy's friday nite music club
laura branigan - gloria
"campaign as i say, not as i campaign"
“i would rather speak at a rally or a political gathering any place outside of the country after i am president of the united states,” mccain told o’donnell. “but that’s a judgment that sen. obama and the american people will make.”. . . that he forgot that he himself gave a speech paid for by his campaign “outside of the country” just last month:
however, on june 20, mccain himself gave a speech in canada — to the economic club of canada — in which he applauded nafta’s successes. an implicit message behind that speech was that obama had been critical of the trade accord. also, mccain’s trip to canada was paid for by the campaign.
we have a wiener!
as you can imagine, many people are not so happy about this. via crooks&liars, we find the blowback just beginning.
cleaveland's whk 1420 am is dropping savage's show. cleveplaindealer:
"this guy's a knucklehead, and i want to get rid of him," jaycox said…
jaycox decided to yank savage after receiving about two dozen calls and e-mails from parents of autistic children, who said they were hurt by the remarks
“i had one dad almost cry,” jaycox said.
"ada watch/ncdr calls on talk radio network to fire michael savage. as america prepares to celebrate the 18th anniversary of the americans with disabilities act (ada) on july 26th, people with disabilities, parents, family members, friends and advocates across the nation are outraged over savage's latest attack on people with disabilities. his despicable assault on children with autism -- calling them "frauds" and "brats" -- is rightly being condemned as hateful and bigoted. but it is just the latest of savage's numerous and painful attempts to demean and disenfranchise people with disabilities."
savage has also used his bully-pulpit to declare that:
-- high levels of asthma impacting minority children was because "the children got extra welfare if they were disabled." (july 2008)
-- the "handicapped" workers at the phoenix cafe would "drool" and put dung in diners food. he made up names for the food on the menu, such as "nutburger." (july 2002)
-- members of the disability rights community are the "wheelchair mafia."
-- the americans with disabilities act (ada), the world's first civil rights law for people with disabilities, should be called the "lawyers' improvement act."
-- his political opponents are "degenerate slime bags" with "mental disorders" and have a "virus like leukemia."
-- when he was younger, he "touched the hand of a midget [dwarf]," it really "freaked him out" and, since that episode, he doesn't like public places. (june 2004)
-- the "autism lobby of devastated parents is just a scam to get more money."
obama isn't visiting the troops, each side blames the other
the hardly-ever-right wing cried aloud, oh that obama is snubbing our hard working men and women in uniform, but he's happy to raise cash at a nazi rally!
except, it was the pentagon that nixed obama's visit w/the troops. lynn sweet @ the chisun-times:
though the rammstein visit had been planned for days, obama senior strategist david axelrod said that that pentagon notified obama military advisor scott gration only yesterday or the day before that he should not come.
the pentagon "viewed this as a campaign event and therefore they said he should not come," axelrod said. obama has been at the base in previous overseas trips. he visited with troops--even played basketball--when he touched down in kuwait during the iraq and afghanistan leg of his swing.
“senator obama, in his official capacity, is always welcome to visit landstuhl or any other military hospital. but it is not permitted to bring with him campaign staff. his team was notified of that, and they made a decision not to visit the hospital. but we were ready and willing to host him there. in fact, we had made arrangements for his campaign plane to land at ramstein, and to take care of the campaign staff and press in a passenger terminal there, while the senator and senate staff, if he liked, went on to visit wounded warriors. they made a decision based on their own calculations not to visit. senator obama, like any other member of the senate, is always welcome to visit our wounded warriors or our military hospitals around the world. but they do so in their official capacity, and not as a candidate. he can come in and bring senate staffers as well, if he likes, but campaign staffers and press are not permitted to accompany him. that would be a violation of dod directives.”
(tip o' the kangaroo tail to memeorandum for the links!)
addendum: greg sergent at tpm central confirms that it was the pentagon who nixed the trip, not obama's campaign:
after being told this, the obama campaign announced yesterday that it had decided it was "inappropriate" to make the visit as part of a campaign trip.
it's unclear how obama could have made the visit at all, given the pentagon's directives. no senate staff was on the trip, and the obama camp says they received the pentagon's directives on wednesday, after they were already abroad.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
skippy's thursday nite music club
robert johnson - me and the devil blues
robert johnson is widely considered to be the father of the blues, and the grandaddy of rock n' roll...most major rockers cite him as a big influence on their work, everyone from muddy waters and bob dylan and jimi hendrix, eric clapton and the stones to jeff beck, robert palmer and jack white.
ich bin ein obama
altho we had to laff as we channel-surfed past faux news yesterday. chris wallace and a panel of concern trolls were discussing"is the media biased towards obama?" complete w/a chyron that boldly proclaimed the same question.
to us, faux worrying about media bias is rather like the pot convening a panel of experts to discuss what color the kettle is.
john chiang...california treasurer
while the governor is poised to order the cuts on monday, state controller john chiang, who is responsible for disbursing state workers' paychecks, said thursday that he will refuse to go along with the governor, setting up a political standoff and a possible legal fight.
"the authority to issue people's paychecks is mine. i have both constitutional and statutory authority," said chiang, a democrat. "frankly, (the governor) is just trying to make me do something that's improper and illegal."- sfgate
contact mr. chiang. drop him a little "thanks."
this foible will finally land criminal rove in the slammer.
karl rove has threatened a gop high-tech guru and his wife, if he does not "'take the fall' for election fraud in ohio," according to a letter sent this morning to attorney general michael mukasey, by ohio election attorney cliff arnebeck. - the brad blog
poll numbers are moving mclame's way...and, since america elects its president by the popular vote, then - oh, wait a minute...
oddly enough, the article doesn't deign to mention the margin of error in this poll, which we are betting is more than the measly 2 points separating the two candidates.
[ed. note: reader sean found the margin of error and posted them in our comments section. it was moer than the 2 points, but only fractionally.]
this would be of great concern if we elected the president by popular vote. but as al gore can tell you, that don't mean a thing if it ain't go that swing. john zogby, who maintains that his electoral map was remarkably accurate in the 2006 elections, still puts obama far, far, far ahead:
the latest calculations represented by the map are the result of analysis by pollster john zogby, based on zogby and industry polling, as well as other factors.
pollster john zogby: "for the time being, obama maintains the edge and has the strength of a majority of electoral votes. his triumphant foreign trip allows him to continue to define this race. but too many of these states are close and a sizable number are undecided or choosing a third party candidate. so there is a lot of fluidity."
and remember, a candidate needs 270 votes to become president.
of course, a zogby poll is worth exactly the same as a quinnipac poll: absolutely nothin'. it's the poll on the first tuesday in november that counts.
value us! value us!
"how many of you," she asked, "can pay your mortgage 'eventually?'" "how many of you can go to the grocery store and say 'hey, catch you later?'"
another union official, larry perkins, suggested that if the governor's plan is enacted, workers should work for 20 minutes, then take a 40-minute break to reflect their reduced compensation. - sacbee
obama goes to germany
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Wednesday, July 23, 2008
skippy's wednesday nite music club
perfume - electro world
drinking for obama
but, for a change, there was an actual point to the gathering...the group was joined by venice for obama, and had the mission statement, along with getting drunk, of helping to come up w/ideas for the national democratic platform.
of course, the 'getting drunk' part was probably not only easier but more productive in reality, but at least the energy and excitment produced by the idea of helping obama's campaign was palpable and infectious.
skippy saw several old blogging friends, including hekebolos, thereisnospoon, shayera and the ever-increasingly prolific d-day. and the lovely mary jack who, while still refusing to make a blog of her own, is an ethusiastic local democratic leader and provacateur.
tho a good time was had by all, skippy was reminded once again that if anyone can snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory, it's the democrats. faced with the task of coming up w/ideas for a global warming plank for the democratic platform, the group of liberal drinkers skippy found himself in took what seemed like hours, debating form and vocabularly, before even putting pen to paper (or, more appropriately for tonite's gathering, marker to oversiezed art tablet).
at one point, worried about reaching blue collar slash common american voters, one participant opined "farmers don't know much about the environment." (believe us, kids, skippy comes from a long line of american prairie dwellers, and if there's one thing farmers know about, it's the environment.)
but a good time was had by all, and the enthusiasm that obama generates is fun, once everyone gets over their own candidate having lost.
revolt rumbles in tomato town?
arnold slashing pay for 200k state workers to federal minimum wage
btw...federal minimum wage $6.55/hr.
ok...morning cup o'joe
when bloggers attack
note to cnn....
it really made the chattering class hosts look more foolish than usual.
and, although i disagree with him on most issues, i do give hagel credit for standing up to awol (showing more spinal fortitude than most of the democrats) and going on this bipartisan trip.
bob novak, [bodily orifice], cited after hit-and-run
a politico reporter saw novak in the front of a police car with a citation in his hand; a wjla-tv crew and reporter saw novak as well. the pedestrian, a male in his 60s, was hospitalized at george washington university hospital with minor injuries according to the metro fire department. novak was later released by police and drove away from the scene.
bono said the pedestrian, who was crossing the street on a "walk" signal and was in the crosswalk, rolled off the windshield and then novak made a right into the service lane of k street. “the car is speeding away. what’s going through my mind is, you just can’t hit a pedestrian and drive away,” bono said.
he chased novak half a block down k st., finally caught up with him and then put his bike in front of the car to block him and called 911. traffic immediately backed up, horns blared, and commuters finally went into reverse to allow novak to pull over.
bono said that throughout, novak "keeps trying to get away. he keeps trying to go.” he said he vaguely recognized the longtime political reporter and columnist as a washington celebrity but could not precisely place him.
“’learn to read the signs, [bodily orifice]!’ novak snapped before speeding away,” according to an item in the washington post’s reliable source column.
maybe he thought the guy was mclame.
addendum: via thinkprogress, here's the local abc (wjla) report:
the money quote from reporter suzanne kennedy:
double addendum: jon swift tells us that the man novak hit is an obama supporter. that's one way for the gop to win...
[ed. note: jon swift updates his post to reflect the fact that he got his facts wrong; the obama supporter was the bicycling witness, not the pedestrian victim. we really should start reading this crap before citing it...]
you know things are going bad for mclame when his base (the media) turns on him...
poor john mcsame...even
this is a clear choice that the american people have. i had the courage and the judgment to say i would rather lose a political campaign than lose a war. it seems to me that obama would rather lose a war in order to win a political campaign.this is the ninth presidential campaign i've covered. i can't remember a more scurrilous statement by a major party candidate. it smacks of desperation. it renews questions about whether mccain has the right temperament for the presidency. how sad.
we point this out not because it's news that mclame is desparate and willing to shoot off his mouth without thinking first...that's not news to anyone who's been paying attention.
but rather we find it interesting that a pillar of the mmm (multi-millionaire media) finds it newsworthy. the trend seems to be that pundits are actually paying attention to the crap coming out of mclame these days, and not dismissing it as "authentic maverickism."
this might be a good thing.
addendum: elrod at the moderate voice points out that this sort of reckless accusation-tossing will hurt mclame amongst independents, the folks he needs the most to win:
double addendum: well, apparently not all of the media has noticed. huffpo reports that cbs deliberately edited out from their newscast an historically-incorrect answer from mclame to a question from morning personality katie couric, and instead inserted an answer to a totally different question!
katie couric: senator mccain, senator obama says, while the increased number of us troops contributed to increased security in iraq, he also credits the sunni awakening and the shiite government going after militias. and says that there might have been improved security even without the surge. what's your response to that?in fact, as spencer ackerman and ilan goldenberg have reported, the record firmly establishes the opposite: instead of being caused by the surge, the key signs of the anbar awakening occurred not only before that strategy was implemented, but before it was ever conceived.
mccain: i don't know how you respond to something that is as-- such a false depiction of what actually happened. colonel macfarland was contacted by one of the major sunni sheiks. because of the surge we were able to go out and protect that sheik and others. and it began the anbar awakening. i mean, that's just a matter of history.
yet mccain's error was not seen by any cbs evening news viewers. as msnbc's keith olbermann noted (video below), "cbs curiously, to say the least, left it on the edit room floor. it aired katie couric's question, but in response, it aired part of mccain's answer to the other question instead." (ironically, this edit came on the same day that mccain's campaign released a video mocking the media's "love affair" with obama.)
the fact remains, however, that the military official cited by mccain, then-colonel sean macfarland, described the anbar awakening in september 2006 -- four months before the "surge" was even announced -- noting that tribal leaders were "stepping forward and cooperating with the iraqi security forces against al qaeda." moreover, a military review written by macfarland notes that his unit actually left anbar before most of the surge troops arrived; his success in the region came between june 2006 and february 2007.
(tip o' the kangaroo tail to memorandum) for all the links!)