Friday, March 31, 2006

They Believe Their Own Spin

Yeah. That's it. The reason we invaded Iraq four years ago was to stop that country from going into civil war. Yeah. That's the ticket.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Smackdown: Redux

I guess it's all in the eye of the beholder. Peter DiGuadio at Texas Hold'em Blogger thinks that Sean Hannity really laid a good one into Alec Baldwin while appearing on WABC Radio, hosted by Brian Whitman. The thrashing was so severe, he claims, that this was the reason Baldwin stormed out of the studio.

Well, things got a little too personal when Mark Levin asked why Baldwin's wife was so pissed off, prompting Baldwin to leave. Otherwise, I think Baldwin gave as good as he received. And, of course, once again, he was set up. Conservatives are the big cowards.

But this is typical behavior for Hannity (who is as boorish as it comes), Levin, DiGuadio and most right wingers. Well, here's one lefty who can swing with the best...Hey Sean, are you still boinking man-woman, Ann Coulter, or haven't you figured you have to approach her from behind?

There, is that vile enough for you hypocrites?

Another Conservative Lie Exposed Thanks to Kos

Another reason why you should discount anything Republicans, conservative columnists and talk show hosts (Patrick McIlheran, Charlie Sykes) and right wing bloggers (Jessica McBucher, Texas Hold 'em Blogger, etc.) tell you...

h/t Daily Kos

Howard Kallogian, a Republican candidate in the CA-50 special election, posted this picture, which he claims he took in Bahgdad:

He argues the picture is proof that Iraq is 'calm' and 'stable' contrary to press reports.

A few posters doubted this statement. One noted that the women were wearing western clothing, couples were holding hands and signs were in roman script.

Ah ha. It's discovered that the picture is actually of the Istanbul suburb of Bakirkoy...Turkey, not Iraq.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Insult of the Day

Patrick McIlheran has claimed he wants to promote civil discourse between left and right, but then he insults the people who are involved in the anti-war referendums by implying they somehow do not support the troops.

If you aren’t in a town holding a referendum but want to do something for our
soldiers anyhow, you can check America Supports You, a site run by the
Department of Defense to let people cheer on the soldiers.

Seems to me that the people holding these referendums to get our troops HOME, support them more than McIlheran who simply wants to cheer them on. “Go guys go, sorry you lost your big toe.”

And then, he has another piece on tolerance in San Francisco. The article he links to describes the efforts of Ron Luce, leader of a group of 25,000 Christian Evangelicals, who came to San Francisco to combat the “virtue terrorism" of popular culture.” McIlheran displays his hypocrisy by failing to note that the group involved, which is led by Ron Luce, has been praised by Rev. Jerry Falwell and Fox News commentator Sean Hannity (well known tolerant guys), and that much of the statistical backing for the horrors Luce claims comes from TV is provided by a group that is funded by the hyper-conservative and ultra-tolerant Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundations.

The "fair and balanced" McIlheran cannot get his facts straight either. Jessica McBucher is not a journalism prof as he states, she is a lecturer. Big difference.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Afghan Court Drops Case Against Christian Because of Conservative Bloggers

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan court on Sunday dismissed a case against a man who converted from Islam to Christianity because of a lack of evidence and because of the efforts of conservative bloggers back in the U.S., officials said.

The announcement came as U.S.-backed President Hamid Karzai faced mounting pressure from conservative bloggers such as Texas Hold’em Blogger, spottedhorse2 and Boots and Sabers to free Abdul Rahman, a move that risked angering Muslim clerics here and those bloggers who threatened to write in capital letters (a tactic known in blogging circles as yelling).

An official closely involved with the case told The Associated Press that it had been returned to the prosecutors for more investigation, but that in the meantime, Rahman would be released.

"The court dismissed today the case against Abdul Rahman for a lack of information, for a lot of legal gaps in the case and because of the pressure from bloggers in the states," the official said Sunday, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter and because if he did, bloggers would be able to track his e-mail address and call him out.

In another decision today, Islamic clerics have decided to call off further demonstrations against Denmark because of the calls of support for that little country from conservative bloggers.

A point was made that the actions by the bloggers in support of Rahman and for Denmark were really insignificant, much like the anti-war referendums that they disdain, but conservative bloggers refused to acknowledge the hypocrisy.

However, Afghan tribesmen did profess a quiet respect for the website Boots and Sabers, given their fondness for swords and horseback riding.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Up Is Down and Commies Are Around the Corner

Jessica McBucher writes from her blogsite (that doesn't allow comments) and attacks Eugene Kane because he doesn't allow comments on his blog. "Welcome to Kane World," she says, "where up is down and down is up."

And then there is McBucher World, where a conspiracy is always just around the corner, Willie Horton is her husband's best friend and she still doesn't allow comments on her blog ... apparently.

Wingnuts Are Moonbats Too

A Republican challenger to Sen. Hillary Clinton has apparently been reading Jessica McBucher’s blogspot. Former Reagan-era Pentagon official Kathleen "KT" McFarland told a group of Republican activists: "Hillary Clinton is really worried about me, and is so worried, in fact, that she had helicopters flying over my house in Southampton today taking pictures."

Her comments were confirmed by Suffolk County Republican chairman Harry Withers.

It was rumored that she then began to list a number of fringe “communist” groups who have been spying on her as well. She said that if President Bush were to listen in on their telephone conversations, her fears would be confirmed.

Clinton campaign spokesman Howard Wolfson denied any spying was going on. "We at the Hillary campaign wish Ms. McFarland the best and hope she gets the rest she needs," he said. He also said, "Some campaigns hand out campaign buttons; the McFarland campaign hands out tinfoil hats with antennas."

We here at “The Other Side” recommend she stop feeding her conspiracy theories by reading McBucher’s blog.

The latest news from McBucher is that failure to use signal lights when changing lanes on the freeway is actually code that communist groups use to help them infiltrate Friday night fish fries.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Scott Walker Receives Divine Inspiration

Scott Walker talking about his race for Governor: "Jim Doyle finally signed a cap on medical malpractice lawsuits on Wednesday. It is nice to see that Doyle is following our lead again.

Last year, Doyle vetoed a cap on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases. Now, he is willing to sign one after we made it a part of our first, 100-day agenda.

Last year, Doyle vetoed a cap on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases. Now, he is willing to sign one after we made it a part of our first, 100-day agenda.

Wait ... wait a moment ... I'm sorry ... I have a call. Hello? Jessica McBride ... oh, it's not. Uh huh.

Uh huh.

Pat Robertson too?

You think Ann Coulter isn't funny? Hmmm, most of us do.



Folks, that was God. He's changed his mind and wants me to step out of the race."

Thursday, March 23, 2006

When Does It End

A 15-year-old boy was severely beaten by four to five males about 1:50 p.m. near a bus stop at 1st and Center Sts., according to Milwaukee police.The youth died about 3 p.m., police said. The victim was a seventh-grader at Malcolm X Academy, according to Phil Harris, a Milwaukee Public Schools spokesman.

Just a posting that affected my emotional well being. No reporting done here, guys.

Way Too Much Time On Her Hands

The sequel to "You Darn JS, You Excised the Extremists Again" is hot off the presses at Jessica McBucher's Media Matters. Entitled "You Double Darn JS, You Excised the Extremists Again," McBucher's new piece is two to three times as long as the previous entry and says, ultimately the same thing. Average people like you and me cannot make up our own minds without help from Jessica and David Horowitz (though she left out links to him this time to throw us and make it look like she actually did her own work).

Later at this blog, a discussion on a little known possibility ... are Eva Braun and Jessica McBucher related?

Eva: "Liebchen, du bist mein hartz.
McBucher: "Paul loves my farts."

You be the judge. More at ten.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

James Spader Stands Up for America

H/t to John Sugg for this. I'll just reprint it in its entirety ... it's that good. By the way, this guy is a blogger journalist. You guys on the conservative side of the aisle who think you are ... you're not!

If you didn't catch the Boston Legal episode this week, you missed a speech delivered by James Spader, one that few in Congress -- other than Russell Feingold, Tom Harkin and Robert Byrd -- would make. The link is at:

But, it's been up and down. The text is below. It's worth saluting.

Alan Shore's closing argument

Alan Shore: When the weapons of mass destruction thing turned out to be not true, I expected the American people to rise up. Ha! They didn't.

Then, when the Abu Ghraib torture thing surfaced and it was revealed that our government participated in rendition, a practice where we kidnap people and turn them over to regimes who specialize in torture, I was sure then the American people would be heard from. We stood mute.

Then came the news that we jailed thousands of so-called terrorists suspects, locked them up without the right to a trial or even the right to confront their accusers. Certainly, we would never stand for that. We did.

And now, it's been discovered the executive branch has been conducting massive, illegal, domestic surveillance on its own citizens. You and me. And I at least consoled myself that finally, finally the American people will have had enough. Evidentially, we haven't.

In fact, if the people of this country have spoken, the message is we're okay with it all. Torture, warrantless search and seizure, illegal wiretappings, prison without a fair trial - or any trial, war on false pretenses. We, as a citizenry, are apparently not offended.

There are no demonstrations on college campuses. In fact, there's no clear indication that young people seem to notice.

Well, Melissa Hughes noticed. Now, you might think, instead of withholding her taxes, she could have protested the old fashioned way. Made a placard and demonstrated at a Presidential or Vice-Presidential appearance, but we've lost the right to that as well. The Secret Service can now declare free speech zones to contain, control and, in effect, criminalize protest.

Stop for a second and try to fathom that.

At a presidential rally, parade or appearance, if you have on a supportive t-shirt, you can be there. If you are wearing or carrying something in protest, you can be removed.

This, in the United States of America. This in the United States of America. Is Melissa Hughes the only one embarrassed?

*Alan sits down abruptly in the witness chair next to the judge*

Judge Robert Sanders: Mr. Shore. That's a chair for witnesses only.

Alan: Really long speeches make me so tired sometimes.

Judge Sanders: Please get out of the chair.

Alan: Actually, I'm sick and tired.

Judge Sanders: Get out of the chair!

Alan: And what I'm most sick and tired of is how every time somebody disagrees with how the government is running things, he or she is labeled unAmerican.

U.S. Attorney Jonathan Shapiro: Evidentally, it's speech time.

Alan: And speech in this country is free, you hack! Free for me, free for you. Free for Melissa Hughes to stand up to her government and say "Stick it"!

U.S. Attorney Jonathan Shapiro: Objection!

Alan: I object to government abusing its power to squash the constitutional freedoms of its citizenry. And, God forbid, anybody challenge it. They're smeared as being a heretic. Melissa Hughes is an American. Melissa Hughes is an American. Melissa Hughes is an American!

Judge Sanders: Mr. Shore. Unless you have anything new and fresh to say, please sit down. You've breached the decorum of my courtroom with all this hooting.

Alan: Last night, I went to bed with a book. Not as much fun as a 29 year old, but the book contained a speech by Adlai Stevenson. The year was 1952. He said, "The tragedy of our day is the climate of fear in which we live and fear breeds repression. Too often, sinister threats to the Bill of Rights, to freedom of the mind are concealed under the patriotic cloak of anti-Communism."

Today, it's the cloak of anti-terrorism. Stevenson also remarked, "It's far easier to fight for principles than to live up to them."

I know we are all afraid, but the Bill of Rights - we have to live up to that. We simply must.

That's all Melissa Hughes was trying to say. She was speaking for you. I would ask you now to go back to that room and speak for her.


Jessica McBucher, this piece was especially reprinted for you.

She's Still Yours, Conservative Friends

Ann Coulter, the darling of the right-wing nuts and of Patrick McIlheran (he calls her witty in the same mean way as Maureen Dowd -- whatever) has this column titled "Revenge of the Queers" at WorldNetDaily. In her column she welcomes Claude Allen, an African-American top administration official for 4 ½ years to her world, the world of those hated by the New York Times.

A couple of things: The New York Times is not the only institution that hates Ann Coulter … just one of many.

And this is funny, she says: “I'm sorry it took a tough period in Allen's life for the New York Times to feature him under a banner headline on its front page, but all in all, I'm glad to finally know about Claude Allen. I'm proud to have this great fellow sinner in our party.”

A tough period? He was caught (well, accused of…) stealing!

It’s hilarious. Not even shoplifting can change the attitude of conservatives toward one of there own. The party of crooks has added another.

Jessica, the 50s Are Over

Poor, poor Jessica McBucher, wife of mud-slinging and offensive human being, Paul Bucher. She just doesn't get it. She says this about a few posts that exposed her far right-wing leanings:
Apparently, some on the Left feel that it's inappropriate to expose the actual rhetoric and affiliations behind the "peace" groups behind the war referendums and Cindy Sheehan. They want to intimidate people into silence through their typical namecalling because they know that the average individual will reject the extremism if it's exposed. I simply reprinted what these groups have said and discussed who they admittedly are. But certain far-left bloggers think it's somehow "McCarthyism" to write about what these groups say and who they align with. These groups aren't embarrassed to be affiliated with Communists. They are quite vocal about it and proud of it! Keep trying guys. Like Paul says, it's the equivalent of getting lectured by inmates in the jail. So, thanks! (Oh, and the Lenin flag was for you.)
Ooh, that hurts. Last I heard, conservatives were crowing about the fall of Communism. It can't be that big of a threat anymore and also, last I knew, being a Communist in this country is not illegal.

In my original post, I simply pointed out that her information regarding these groups came from a former self-proclaimed Marxist who is now one of the worst of the mud-slinging right-wingers, David Horowitz. So, who to believe?

But I guess it's all right to sling mud, just not to receive it. Regarding your comment about inmates, Paulie boy should know, he's at their level.

By the way the nazi flag is for you … it suits your politics.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

The Leaves are Falling from the Shrub

At his news conference today, President Bush called the censure resolution “needless partisanship.” Bush challenged Democrats to go into the November midterm elections in opposition to eavesdropping on suspected terrorists. “They ought to stand up and say, ‘The tools we’re using to protect the American people should not be used,”’ Bush said.

What a bastard! No one is saying he can't use the tools available to protect Americans. What we are saying is: Use the tools in a legal manner.

Who Excises Jessica?

Jessica McBucher has a banal piece (among many) about the anti-war referendums sweeping the country, that Paul Soglin correctly labels as “red-baiting.”

As usual, McBucher blames the media for not doing enough to inform people about these referendums. Umm, well ... My only question is, if you don’t deny there are average and well-meaning Wisconsinites involved in the push for referendums, then what’s your point. Are you saying these people are not intelligent enough to make their own decisions on what groups to join, and who to protest with if this is what they choose.

Hmmm? Are you trying to say that these people are not as smart as you because, gasp, they don’t believe the same nonsense as you.

You are just a Joe McCarthy wannabe in a skirt. And by the way, you managed to excise the name of the leader of the group you use as a source for your innuendos. His name is David Horowitz, an extreme right-wing apologist who has said:

Regarding Cindy Sheehan: "It's very hard to have respect for a woman who
exploits the death of her own son and doesn't respect her own son's life. She
portrays him as an idiot."

Regarding the late Peter Jennings: "Peter Jennings is dead, may he rest in
peace. Lest we forget, however, while he was alive Peter Jennings did
considerable damage to the cause of civilization and human decency by his
sympathy for Jew-hating terrorists and their supporters."

Regarding Democrats in general: Democrats, media are "getting Americans
killed in Iraq ... because of their pathological hatred of George [W.] Bush.

David Horowitz proudly proclaims that he is an ex-Marxist, implying, I guess, that this makes him an expert. To me, the only thing he is an expert at is an inability to make up his mind.

As for his last comment, funny, I thought bombs and bullets were killing our soldiers … as well as George Bush. He’s the one who sent them there under false pretenses.

So Jessica, good source there. Thanks again for a laugh.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Be That As It May

Rush Limbaugh attacked poll of U.S. troops funded by peace studies center as:
"a bunch of long-haired, maggot-infested, dope-smoking, FM peace-types that have
an agenda."
As opposed to a balding, rolls of sweaty-fat infested, OxyContin-popping, AM racist-type with an agenda.

The Pen is Nearly as Mighty as the Almighty Dollar

Spivak and Bice would like us to believe that bloggers are just people who wish they were in print ...
...that all they want to do is go mainstream and make a buck says one blogger
quoted by the Long Island, N.Y., daily:" Every so-called professional blogger I
know wants to work for print," says Melissa Lafsky, 27, a lawyer whose popular
blog at led to her finding a book agent, quitting her big
law-firm job and starting a novel based on her blog. "There's still
that desire for legitimacy. I'll admit it: I'll feel like a real writer
when I have something published in print. 'Til then, I feel I'm faking it. Most
bloggers I've talked to feel the same way."
There's something to be said for that. Right-wing bloggers James Wigderson, Owen Robinson, Rick Esenberg and Dean Mundy all have columns in local newspapers ... I hope they're getting paid. I know of no local progressive bloggers with columns. In any case, I've no doubt that others would like to be heard regularly as well.

I don't. I have a degree in journalism, but soured on it many years ago. I would not mind someday writing that elusive fiction novel ... it will happen ... but in the meanwhile this is fine.

I wonder if it isn't so much being in print, however, but being read. I tell myself that it makes no difference that there are few comments made on my site. The site is relatively new and I am gaining links from other sites slowly and surely (more slowly). But then, I do look every day to see if comments have been made.

That I have managed to continue this for over two months, though, is pretty exciting. And, I have had e-mail conversations with some interesting people, and with one complete moron. It's after exchanging communications with this idiot for a couple days that my faith in mankind was restored to an extent. I had become quite cynical. After my encounter with this piece of horse dung, nothing looked quite as bad as it did.

Oh, did I mention, it feels good to vent publicly too. Because, in a sense, these blogs are the public squares of old. I feel the power when I type and press the "publish" button ... in much the same way, I imagine, that orators of the past felt when climbing up on their soapbox and heads turned to listen.

Revolutions were begun by people like that. Be proud bloggers ... we are revolutionary in our own way. Just don't get too carried away by self-importance. You know who you are.

At Ease

This letter from Bill Frist appears at DailyKos. I won't reprint the entire letter, but one portion of it is very funny (c-below) ... Frist's response to (purported memo) saying that Democrats should use military settings as backdrops for speeches and such.
In case Senate Democrats do not know, it is illegal to hold political events at
military bases. Not to mention despicable to use the military and their
families in this way.
No kidding Dr. Longe Range Diagnosis. But ... hmmm ... when was the last time that Bush and Cheney were not seen speaking in front of a military audience that was being used as backdrop for their speech?

Then, Frist says:
If the Democrats wanted to truly help our troops they wouldn't advocate
cutting-and-running from Iraq, they wouldn't call for a censure vote of
President Bush and they wouldn't ingratiate themselves with the Michael Moore
wing of their own Party.
Yeah, and maybe you can get your personal TV station, Faux News, to quit trotting out the Ann Coulter wing of your party.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Put a Sock In It

I always think it funny that conservatives and conservative bloggers like to complain that the MSM never prints stories about items imporant to conservatives and conservative bloggers. And if they do, it is never enough.

Did it ever occur to them that maybe, just maybe, they're only important in their own minds. The MSM is not required to report on every single story. The placement of a story and it's importance for their publication is their decision.

Conservatives and conservative bloggers spend more time complaining about the MSM in one day than the MSM does covering their antics in one entire year. Duh...there's a reason. You're no big deal.

Are They from the NFL or the NBA

Thirty-six have been accused of spousal abuse.

Seven have been arrested for fraud.

Nineteen have been accused of writing bad checks.

One hundred and seventeen have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least two businesses.

Three have done time for assault.

Seventy-one cannot get a credit card due to bad credit.

Fourteen have been arrested on drug-related charges.

Eight have been arrested for shoplifting.

Twenty-one currently are defendants in lawsuits.

Eighty-four have been arrested for drunk driving in the last year.

Can you guess which organization this is?

It's the 535 members of the United States Congress.

The same group of idiots that crank out hundreds of new laws each year designed to keep the rest of us in line.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Feingold Still the One

E. J. Dionne, Jr. of the Washington Post writers group tackles the issue of Senator Russ Feingold's censure move of the President. The piece is a good one and the more I look at Feingold's move, the more I wish that there had been coordinated effort behind this. Of course, the Democratic leadership has been in cut and run mode for so many years that I doubt anything would have come of that.

The difference in this case, for me in hindsight, is there might have been a better moment to unleash this bomb on the lying and law-breaking President. As Dionne says:
But at a moment when Democrats have Bush on the run, Feingold's proposal was a
tad inconvenient, a conversation-changer at a moment when Feingold's colleagues liked the way the conversation was going just fine.

Fair enough. Still, I am going to support Feingold because he is one of only a few principled politicians and he is not afraid to speak his mind and take the tough stance ... unlike his cowardly partners and the braying masses on the other side of the aisle.

But the Dems as a minority party are going to have to start making some positive moves or the Republicans will walk all over them again in the 2006 elections. Dionne says:
Here's the problem: Feingold and the activists are right that Democrats
can't just take a pass on the wiretapping issue because Bush's legal claims are
so suspect -- even to many in his own party. The opposition's job is to raise
alarms over potential abuses of presidential power.

But Democrats, unlike Republicans, have yet to develop a healthy relationship between activists willing to test and expand the conventional limits on political debate and the politicians who have to calculate what works in creating an electoral majority.

For two decades, Republicans have used their idealists, their ideologues and their loudmouths to push the boundaries of discussion to the right. In the best of all worlds, Feingold's strong stand would redefine what's "moderate" and make clear that those challenging the legality of the wiretapping are neither extreme nor soft on terror.
Give the Republicans credit, their discipline is to be admired. But it can also be their weakness. Jackboot displays are eventually frowned upon by the American public.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Ich Bin Ein Tasty Pastry

Charlie Sykes greets conservative bloggers before beginning the march on the Waukesha County Board. Chris, from spotted horse, stands behind Charlie.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Don't Touch That

The Center for Disease Control has issued a warning about a new virulent strain of sexually transmitted disease. The disease is contracted through dangerous high-risk behavior. The disease is called Gonorrhea Lectim and pronounced "gonna re-elect him." Many victims contracted it in 2004, after having been screwed for the past four years. Naturalists and epidemiologists are amazed at how this destructive disease originated only a few years ago from a bush in Texas.

Even More Clueless on the Right

My erstwhile buddy, Chris at spotted horse, has a thing or two to say about Russ Feingold, none very appetizing. Chris and his goon friends are happy to use foul language or insulting names to describe Feingold or other politicians/regular people they disagree with, but when someone says something that even remotely seems to slander someone they support (very remotely) then "Oh my gosh look how terrible the left is."

Chris, his full title is: Senator Russ Feingold. He has more class in one finger than you will ever be able to acquire in your lifetime.

Clueless on the Right

Funny line of the day:

"They don't have a clue."

Pat Robertson, Republican religious leader regarding his thoughts on the American populace's ability to determine whether Iraq is in a civil war or not.

Pat Robertson saying someone (anyone) doesn't have a clue is like Patrick McIlheran quoting conservative publications as proof of his contentions ... neverminding that the bias is obvious.

As Father Mulcahey said: "Jocularity, jocularity, jocularity."

Conservative Line Dancing

Saw this comment at The Talent Show. Reworked it a bit, but the thought is consistent with my own.

It's been suggested by many right-wingers that disagreement with the president after 9-11 was partisan.

If this is true, then why isn't knee-jerk acquiescence every bit as partisan, and every bit as dangerous?

Feingold No McCarthy

Right wingers still do not get it. Their new spin in the surveillance wars is whether Bush had the authority as commander in chief to order the NSA to copnduct surveillance, without going through the FISA motions. Their answer being yes, of course.

Senator Feingold has simply pointed out that 1) It's illegal. The President is not above the law (remember Nixon), and 2) If this is allowed to become precedent, what happens in the future when law is again ignored.

Our founding fathers would be aghast at the right's willingness to acquiesce to everything this administration wants.

Give away some of my rights to feel safer, you betcha they bray in unision. Eventually there will be none.

Feingold has been the only person to stand up to the Bush dictatorship...his fellow Dems are cowards.

Polling for Help

The latest NBC News and Wall Street Journal poll has President Bush's approval rating at 37 per cent. He's still more popular than bee stings. His cohort, Dick Cheney, cannot say the same.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Be Chaste, Lady Liberty

Looking Very Bedouin

New York...Land of the House of Saud

Cut and Run

I see that Peter DiGaudio (Texas Hold 'em Blogger) cut the link from my post here on the marriage amendment to his at his site. Conservatives, for the most part, are whiners and babies. Peter obviously can dish it out, but can't take it.

I Agree With Sykes...Help

It's weird. I find myself in agreement with Charlie Sykes. There needs to be an investigation and ultimately, Lee Holloway has got to go ... hopefully to jail.

Truth is, I find him as disreputable as Scooter Jensen and Chuck Chvala. Maybe the three of them can work on license plates together someday.

Impeach George Bush.

Crocodile Tears

It's getting old. Rightie bloggers are adding their tears to the recent rains and are flooding our streets with their lamentations for Scooter Jensen's family. Apparently Chuck Chvala's family needed no tears.

They were both guilty and deserved what they got ... sorry for the families, but Scooter and Chuckie should have thought of that ahead of time.

Get off your pedestals, hypocrites.

Monday, March 13, 2006

He's a Crook...Good Riddance

Conservative bloggers are oozing tears over poor Mr. Scotty Jensen's guilty verdict. This despite the fact he was found guilty of three felonies by a jury of his peers...fellow citizens. If these bloggers were alive in 1944, I'll bet they would have lamented the death of Mussolini.

"Ah, but he was a principled man and the trains did run on time."

Yeah, It Will Get Ugly

Peter DiGaudio at Texas Hold ‘em Blogger worries that the homosexual marriage debate could get ugly. Huh? What planet have you been residing on, Peter? The debate regarding homosexuality, in general, has been ugly for decades and most of the vitriol has been targeted toward homosexuals. This is news for you?

Besides being clueless, Peter is certain that the statistic claiming that 10 percent of the population is homosexual is a bald-faced lie. More like one or two percent he opines. Peter must have information that we other, mere mortals, do not have access to. Having said that, rather than be disingenuous like Peter, I’ll simply say that the answer is virtually unanswerable for many reasons. But then, does it really matter?

And sorry, buster, the only people claiming that homosexuality is a lifestyle choice are the nutbags on the right…including guess who. But then, I’ve forgotten, Peter knows all and Peter knows best. Not being homosexual, I don’t know the reason(s) for being homosexual. I do know, though, that it is not something you just decide to do one day. Fact is, the only people I know who are trying to have it both ways are conservatives.

Peter goes on to say that he can’t imagine Abraham Lincoln lining up with the homosexual movement. Considering that Abe would have preferred the status quo of slave vs. free states rather than go to war, and the only reason the Emancipation Proclamation was written was for the sake of political expediency, then Peter’s hypothesis about Lincoln is just so much hot air.

Peter whines that people are being labeled "bigots" for supporting the amendment. Boo hoo. Later in his own piece, Peter uses the terms “feminazi,” “militant homosexual movement,” and “black-robed federal mullah.” Can you spell hypocrite, Peter?

My favorite, though, is when Peter states that what two consenting adults do in the privacy of their bedroom doesn’t concern or bother him. Then he complains that being told to embrace, celebrate or even sanction their right to privacy…well, he draws the line there. Hmmm. What was your statement about not being able to have it both ways? It either concerns you or it doesn’t, Peter. Make up your mind.

To finish his piece, Peter laments about how awful the left is and warns us that people like himself may vote for the amendment if we don’t start being nice. Screw that. Your piece has already identified you as pro-amendment and anti-constitution. So what’s the difference?

They came for the communists, and I did not speak up because I wasn't a
They came for the socialists, and I did not speak up because I was not a
They came for the union leaders, and I did not speak up because I wasn't a
union leader;
They came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak up for me.

Maybe Later

Just been tired...and busy. Have been helping my ten-year old with two school projects. I think he is finally understanding that he actually has to do some work at times. Of course, I think he became just a little depressed when I impressed upon him that he had at least another 11 years of schooling.

Have been working on my free agency bids for the fantasy baseball league in which I compete. This could be a good team. Managed to free up some salary cap room by trading off younger players with mediocre seasons...and acquired a good young pitcher and relief pitcher. If free agency goes as I hope, will have added Andruw Jones to play center field and Adrian Beltre at third base. Beltre is coming off a poor year, but his gold glove caliber defense will be useful.

Way to go, Russ. I'm sure my conservative blogger brethren will howl and whine about his censure move, but he did the correct thing. Bush and his cronies are a danger to America. The wiretapping was ILLEGAL. You can spin it anyway you doesn't matter.

Thursday, March 9, 2006

From Where I Sit a Great Site

I was sitting at my desk doing a little surfing during that two-hour period between dropping off and picking the kids up from school, and wound up at a blog titled From Where I Sit.

Fascinating site and some excellent thoughts from the fictional Elliot, the site commander, and those who visit and comment. I especially liked the religious word battles. I'll set up my permanent link to that site and visit it often.

Read the first chapter of The Abortionist, written by Michael Caughill (Elliot is a character from this story). I would like to do something like that...have thought about it for years and perhaps this will provide the impetus for it...gotta say though, don't like the over the top premise. Hmmm, maybe I could write something like the "Over the Top Anti-Abortionist."

The woman woke to find she was naked and chained to a wall. The letter A had been painted on her left breast in black. She saw herself in a reflection from the sunglasses that a man wore who was sitting across from her. She could not see his eyes. He was sitting in a high back chair. He was dressed all in black...shirt, belt, pants and jack boots (polished to a high sheen). All black.

She shivered and in a frightened voice asked where she was.

"You will carry your child to term, " was all the man said.

"But I was raped."

"You will carry your child to term," he repeated.

There was no inflection in his voice. Pure monotone, low, evil and black.

Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Dred Activist Courts

A little judicial activism would have been a good thing when Dred Scott was decided 150+ years ago. If Scalia had been on the court then he would have likely voted for the property aspect. I wonder how Thomas would have voted?

Oh, he couldn't have voted.

Sykes and McBucher Would Dodge This

This conversation between Chris Matthews and Pat Toomey about abortion from atrios. Come on Charlie, Jessica and the rest of you righties and anti-abortion goofy-heads, I’m curious to hear your answer. Oh, Jessica, just another example of something that won't be reported by the right-wing media pretenders.

Note: I removed all the crosstalk references.

MATTHEWS: Well, let‘s talk about the mainstream. Would you like to repeal or have a court overrule Roe v. Wade?

TOOMEY: Yes, I would. I think that that was clearly not a legitimate decision. It was a case where five (actually seven) Supreme Court justices decided that...

MATTHEWS: Yes, so you would like to get rid of—yes, so you basically would like to see...

TOOMEY: They decided they were going to pass a law.

MATTHEWS: Well, do you think the Supreme Court was wrong in saying a woman has a right to an abortion in the first six months of pregnancy?

TOOMEY: Yes, I think they were wrong to say that. I think that‘s not a legitimate decision. The Constitution is clearly silent on the issue of abortion. States had addressed this issue, and the Supreme Court decided it wanted to overrule the legislative bodies of all 50 states and so it did. It issued an edict.

MATTHEWS: If you go back to state‘s rights on abortion, would you support banning abortion in Pennsylvania?

TOOMEY: Yes, I would, yes.

MATTHEWS: In other words, if a woman had an abortion in Pennsylvania, what would you do to her?

TOOMEY: Well, you know, Chris...

MATTHEWS: I‘m serious. What would you do to her? You said you want to ban it. You want to use the law to outlaw abortion.

TOOMEY: That‘s right.

MATTHEWS: What would you do to a woman who had an abortion? What would you do to her?

TOOMEY: Oh, I think we would first look at the doctor who is performing the abortion and have some penalties.

MATTHEWS: Why? Why don‘t you go after the woman? Why don‘t you go after the woman? In any other situation of law and justice, you go after the person who perpetrates the act. If it‘s wrong to commit...

MATTHEWS: No, really. This is what the whole issue of abortion is and where all the B.S. comes into this argument. Are you willing to say that you would put a woman in prison for having an abortion?

TOOMEY: Chris, I‘m not sure what the penalty would be. I‘m saying...

MATTHEWS: Well, say what you want it to be.

MATTHEWS: You said it should be banned. Would you please stand up for what you believe?

TOOMEY: That‘s right.

MATTHEWS: If abortion is wrong and it‘s a crime and it‘s murder, tell me what the punishment should be.

TOOMEY: And I‘m telling you that there should be legal action taken against the doctor who performs it.


TOOMEY: And we‘ve got to think through what we would do with regard to the woman.

MATTHEWS: What would you like to do?

TOOMEY: But, Chris, that doesn‘t change the fact...

MATTHEWS: You are running for the United States Senate.

MATTHEWS: And you‘ve said we ought to get rid of Roe v. Wade and you said that abortion should be banned in Pennsylvania, but you won‘t tell me what the penalty should be.

TOOMEY: That‘s right, Chris. Look, we can take things one step at a time. I think that the constitutional decision was invalid. It‘s perfectly OK to believe that these justices made up a right that doesn‘t exist in the Constitution without deciding exactly what the penalty should be under all circumstances.

MATTHEWS: You want to make up a law without a penalty. It‘s a crime without a penalty. I‘ve never heard of such a thing.

MATTHEWS: I‘m serious. This is the problem and the confusion over abortion rights in this country.

MATTHEWS: People on the far right side won‘t say what they‘ll do. They simply say they don‘t like the way things are now. What would you do?

TOOMEY: Well, if we overturn Roe vs. wade, one of the things we could do is leave it to states to make some decisions about this.

MATTHEWS: And what would you support Pennsylvania doing? You are running for senator from Pennsylvania. What should Pennsylvania do to women who decide to have an abortion? What would you do to them?

TOOMEY: Chris, I‘ve told you, I haven‘t figured out what I think we should be doing with

MATTHEWS: Well, shouldn‘t you figure out a few of these things before you run for office?

MATTHEWS: Shouldn‘t you make those basic decisions?

TOOMEY: I think my voting record is pretty clear. I have got a very long voting record. I have made a lot of decisions.And I think it‘s perfectly legitimate to say that one doesn‘t necessarily support this decision.

MATTHEWS: And what‘s Specter‘s position on abortion rights?

TOOMEY: Oh, is he a big advocate of abortion rights and taxpayer-funded abortion and all the rest, which is way outside the mainstream of the party.

MATTHEWS: OK, thank you very much, Congressman Pat Toomey. Thanks for playing HARDBALL. You may well win this one.

TOOMEY: All right.

A Brief

Right now the only brake on conservative/Republican excess is the judiciary.

Tuesday, March 7, 2006

Used Robe Sale

I was watching Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith with my son. You know how every time Obi Won Kenobi and the future Darth Vader prepare to do battle they first remove their outer robes?

Well, not once do you see them retrieve the robes afterword. They must go through at least twenty.

Very wasteful.

The Innocence of Bubble Baths

I was preparing to give my five-year old daughter a bath this morning when she asked me if it could be a play bath...meaning bubbles. I said sure, there was time, and wondered out loud if she wanted toys other than the yellow duckies. She said to bring her the Ken doll, "The one with the swimsuit on," and her Barbie. "But take her clothes off first" she said. I smiled as a memory was ignited from my wedding night....

I was already in the jacuzzi. It was about half full. I asked Kelly for the bubble juice. She handed it to me, but warned me to be careful because it was concentrated. I poured a little in and splashed it about with my hand. No bubbles.

Hmmm. I poured some more in and splashed again. Again, no bubbles.

"Kelly, this stuff must be old," I said.

Kelly looked into the mirror at me (isn't it fun how those little memories remain) and said that it was possible.

I poured a quarter of the bottle into the jacuzzi and splashed around. Still no bubbles.

"Oh well. Can you live without bubbles?"


"Okay," I sighed, and reached over and turned on the jets.

Bubbles began to appear.

"Hey look," I said. "Finally."

More bubbles. Soon bubbles covered the water.

"Uh. I think we may have a problem. Check this out, Kelly."

She turned and looked and laughed. "It's precisely for this reason that I married you," she said.

And the bubbles continued to grow until their peaks towered over my head. At that point I turned off the jets and disappeared, only to return a moment later looking like the Snow Miser. Then Kelly joined me in the tub.

Have you ever noticed that naked Barbies are very anatomically accurate these days, though it is still too easy to remove their arms and legs.

Conservative Hypocrisy at its Finest

Hat tip to Xoff for this link to Bob Dohnal, ranter extraordinaire and publisher of the Wisconsin Conservative Digest. Below is just a slice of Dohnal’s reasoned discussion style (bold face mine).
Just prior to the founding of the Wisconsin Conservative Digest and it’s
website, “”, Ed Garvey, a perennial liberal candidate for office
had founded “Fighting Bobfest”. This liberal hate-fest attracts a considerable number of wild-eyed leftwing activists to hear speakers disparage conservatives and their representatives in office with an incredible amount of vitriol. After reading the news articles depicting the antics of “Fighting Bobfest” I thought; “Boy if you gather a few nuts in one place you sure can attract a lot of squirrels.” It was this debacle that initiated the concept of a conservative conference built on positive discussion about solving problems in Wisconsin, rather than mindlessly lash out at liberals.
The last line is classic hypocrisy…Hmmm, no vitriol there. The families of anyone who would consider contributing to this site have got to be concerned for their sanity…or not.

Praise the Lord and Hide

Hat tip to Crawford's Take for this juicy tidbit from the weird state of Missouri. They'll be coming for you next if we don't take action.

House Concurrent Resolution No. 139

our forefathers of this great nation of the United States recognized a Christian God
and used the principles afforded to us by Him as the founding principles of our
nation; and

as citizens of this great nation, we the majority also wish to exercise our constitutional right to acknowledge our Creator and give thanks for the many gifts provided by Him; and

as elected officials we should protect the majority's right (bold face mine) to express their religious beliefs while showing respect for those who object; and

we wish to continue the wisdom imparted in the Constitution of the United States of America by the founding fathers; and

we as elected officials recognize that a Greater Power exists above and beyond the institutions of mankind:

Now, therefore,
be it resolved by the members of the House of Representatives of the Ninety-third General Assembly, Second Regular Session, the Senate concurring therein, that we stand with the majority of our constituents and exercise the common sense that voluntary prayer in public schools and religious displays onpublic property are not a coalition of church and state, but rather the justified recognition of the positive role that Christianity has played in this great nation of ours, the United States of

And just how will people who object be respectfully treated? Let's see...

Dear Sir,

Recently, your child, (Name), refused to recite the oath of allegiance to God and country, and did not participate in the voluntary prayer session afterword. You may have noticed that (Name) has not returned to your home. (Name) was consequently taken to the "Praise The Lord" Detention Center at 45th and Kilbourn.

You may come to the detention center between the hours of 8:00 am and 9:00 am to retrieve the body.

Respectfully yours, Obergrupenfuhrer (Name)

PS: We have set up a meeting for you and your wife for next Tuesday at 11:15 pm. Officers will arrive to escort you to the meeting. Please bring a toothbrush.

Clueless in Waukesha

Is this woman completely clueless? Jessica McBucher, once again, misses the point while commenting about Tim Cuprisin's article about John Mercure's wierd blog adventure.

Jessica, it's not about the's that Mercure is misleading people to believe that the original over-the-top post never existed. That's calling lying...and you are enabling that behavior. Typical for conservatives, though.

No Rights Unless We Say

Conservatives again show their true colors.

Monday, March 6, 2006

They Belong to You

You got to love Fox News. This on "Duke" Cunningham from Media Matters.
Reporting on the sentencing of disgraced former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham
(R-CA) during the March 3 edition of Fox News' Special Report with Brit Hume,
Fox News correspondent Anita Vogel did not once mention that Cunningham was a Republican. During the course of the report, Vogel instead referred to Cunningham as "the former Vietnam war hero," "U.S. congressman," and "representative."
For the record, Cunningham is a REPUBLICAN. As is Tom Reynolds, Charlie. And, sorry, you may not like her and you can disavow her all you want, but Ann Coulter is yours, conservative brethren.

Faux Froggies

This from Eric Neel at ESPN online (my favorite sports writer)...
You hear a lot of talk about the health, or lack thereof, of Kerry Wood and
Mark Prior.

But they aren't the big story in Chicago. The big story in Chicago is
non-roster invitee Marquis Grissom. Why, you say? What could a 39-year-old
outfielder who played in just 44 games last season in San Francisco possibly
bring to the mix?

Just this: If he makes the club, and if, say, the young Matt Murton
struggles early in the season, or strains a hammy or some such sadness, the Cubs
could play Marquis alongside Juan Pierre and Jacque Jones giving them what I
believe to be the major leagues' first-ever All Faux French Outfield, which
would, you know, be pretty funny.

Viva la France.

Conservative Pundits and TV Journalists(?) Still Liars

Contrary to what a couple righty bloggers have said, I say that Tim Cuprisin hit it right on the head regarding TMJ4 reporter John Mercure's blog comments. Here is an example of the original post by Mercure (from Cuprisin's article)...
In a Feb. 28 posting (since removed) about a convicted sex offender, Mercure
wrote: "This sick loser should be castrated . . . or strung up." His post,
with 28 exclamation points, features big, bold capital letters proclaiming
It's juuuust a little over the top...especially coming from a journalist(?). Obviously TMJ4 thought so too because the post was later replaced with this.

What compounds the problem is the blatant lie Mercure is caught in when he leads people to believe that the original post never happened by telling people to check out what Charlie Sykes thought of his post...never mentioning that Sykes was commenting about the original.

Of course, Sykes is involved in the coverup as well as he provides a link to the new post, not the original. What a surprise.


I respectfully believe that Belle at Leaning Blue should rename her blog. I've no doubt she is a nice person, obviously intelligent...but I think her blog, IMO, would be better titled Leaning Red.

That's all.

Sunday, March 5, 2006

Keep Your Info Safe

This came to me from my Mom...a source I, needless to say, trust.

The next time you order checks have only your initials (instead of first name) and last name put on them. If someone takes your checkbook, they will not know if you sign your checks with just your initials or your first name, but your bank will know how you sign your checks.

Do not sign the back of your credit cards. Instead, put "PHOTO ID REQUIRED".

When you are writing checks to pay on your credit card accounts, DO NOT put the complete account number on the "For" line. Instead, just put the last four numbers. The credit card company knows the rest of the number, and anyone who might be handling your check as it passes through all the check processing channels won't have access to it.

Put your work phone number on your checks instead of your home phone. If you have a P.O. Box, use that instead of your home address. If you do not have a P.O. Box, use your work address. Never have your social security number printed on your checks (DUH!). You can add it if it is necessary. But if you have it printed, anyone can get it.

Copy the contents of your wallet. Do both sides of each license, credit card, etc. You will know what you had in your wallet and all of the account numbers and phone numbers to call and cancel in case your wallet is lost or stolen. Keep the photocopies in a safe place.

Carry a photocopy of your passport when traveling inside the U.S. or abroad.

The individual who wrote this lost his wallet and in within a week, an expensive monthly cell phone package was ordered, a VISA credit card was applied for, a credit line was approved to buy a Gateway computer, a PIN number was received from DMV to change this individual's driving record information online, and more. But here's some critical information to limit the damage in case this happens to you or someone you know:

We have been told we should cancel our credit cards immediately. But the key is having the toll free numbers and your card numbers handy so you know whom to call. Keep those where you can find them. File a police report immediately in the jurisdiction where your credit cards, etc., were stolen. This proves to credit providers you were diligent, and this is a first step toward an investigation (if there ever is one).

But here's what is perhaps most important of all: Call the three national credit reporting organizations immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and social security number. I had never heard of doing that until advised by a bank that called to tell me an application for credit was made over the Internet in my name. The alert means any company that checks your credit knows your information was stolen, and they have to contact you by phone to authorize new credit. By the time I was advised to do this, almost two weeks after the theft, all the damage had been done. There are records of all the credit checks initiated by the thieves' purchases, none of which I knew about before placing the alert.

Here are the numbers you always need to contact about your wallet, etc., has been stolen:

Equifax: 1-800-525-6285
Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888-397-3742
Trans Union: 1-800-680-7289
Social Security Administration (fraud line): 1-800-269-0271

David Clarke is a Boor

It sounds like the 911 operator did respond in a tired fashion (link to Spivak and Bice column). Having said that, Sheriff David Clarke was highly unprofessional in his response. If he thinks that verbally berating an employee will cause positive change to be made, then he needs to take a refresher course in successful administration. And by the way, his repetitious asking of the question "What is it going to take..." was a bullying tactic. The time to have an attitude adjustment session with the employee was later in private, not over the phone and not by tieing up a 911 line. Clarke is a bully.

Another reason why the Republicans can have this guy and I will never vote for him.

Saturday, March 4, 2006

Don't Throw Stones

There is a good piece on the "defense of marriage" amendment written by Rick Esenberg. Mr. Esenberg also writes a column for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Anyway, in this piece he argues that it's the heated comments that make debate on this difficult.

I would suggest he is correct, but reasoned thought is not a province of the right only. And, tell that to the bible-thumpers.

I just want to add that adding discrimination to a document that lays out rights is obscene.

BTW: Gay people have been around for much more than twenty years and people of Abrahamic faiths have known of them. Times change. Also, sexual exclusivity is, I believe, part of what makes a marriage. Heteros have made a mess of that, though. It's that old glass house adage....

Friday, March 3, 2006

Goosestep With Me Baby

Another conservative talking point that is getting old (variations of this too)...

I couldn't believe he would deny a chance at a decent education to thousands of
poor African American kids in Milwaukee.

I have seen or heard this version at least a dozen times in the last month, by a number of different bloggers and right-wing talk show hosts. It is really very funny to see the conservatives marching in formation together, eyes right toward their fearless leader (it's a metaphor BTW).

Thursday, March 2, 2006

No Guts, No Glory

The MSM in this country amount to a bunch of woosies. They are too afraid to even ask any questions about the video with Bush that appears to contradict his statement two days later that no one anticipated the levees failing.

Bush is a failure as President in all regards but one...he has managed to muzzle the press. The next time a conservative tells me that the so-called liberal press does this and that...I will laugh long and hard.

Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Pathetic Melodrama

This from a local blogger:
In a week when we're mourning the loss of Michael Joyce, the former
executive director of the Bradley Foundation who gave life to the school
choice movement, we shouldn't see thousands of poor, disadvantaged children
see their dreams die with him.

Michael Joyce himself said he enjoyed a good fight and didn't mind getting into the fray. I say good riddance. He never cared about African-Americans. It was a fringe argument designed to get Repugs to the polls, just like the anti-gay measure voted on the other day (which cowardly conservative bloggers have yet to stand up against). He was just a totalitarian wannabe. He would have been great camp leader in some small communist-run gulag. How's that for getting into it?

Short and Simple

Conservatives lie and cannot be trusted. They never have the best interests of the people in mind. The "me first" attitude is a conservative invention.