Thursday, September 29, 2005

Out on the Links

Slow day here at work, so I've had some time to surf the internets for a bit. Before I take off my wetsuit let me pass along a few things I came across that might interest some of you out there in Generik Brandland...

Here's a great compendium of videos including recent commentary from Keith Olbermann, Bill Maher and more; also plenty of footage of Preznit Foot In Mouth and his minions. It's Ruminations for the Easily Amused Where Distractions Are Always Welcome. Be sure to view the one titled DC Confidential.

Speaking of videos, how about viewing one of Tom DeLay incriminating himself? That ought to be worth the price of admission and then some.

And from Freedom Underground, via mrgumby2u at itlookslikethis comes this chilling video about the 9/11 Pentagon crash that will give all the conspiracy theorists out there some real grist for the mill. Yikes!

For an audio clip, how about one letting us all know that Bill Bennett doesn't care about black people?

Addressing a caller's suggestion that the "lost revenue from the people who have been aborted in the last 30 years" would be enough to preserve Social Security's solvency, radio host and former Reagan administration Secretary of Education Bill Bennett dismissed such "far-reaching, extensive extrapolations" by declaring that if "you wanted to reduce crime ... if that were your sole purpose, you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down." Bennett conceded that aborting all African-American babies "would be an impossible, ridiculous, and morally reprehensible thing to do," then added again, "but the crime rate would go down."

Nice, Bill. Care to go double or nothing on that assertion?

Arnold Schwarzenegger, on the other hand, doesn't care about gay people. That's okay, it looks like fewer and fewer people care about him. Go back to Hollywood, you groping, right-wing hack.

The SF Chronicle's Joan Ryan has some choice words for the IDiots out in Dover, Pennsylvania. Gee, she sounds a lot like me!

Juan Cole, also sounding a theme that I've been pounding lately, has some very interesting things to say in the current (membership or ad-watching required) about the current crop of calcium- and testosterone-challenged Democrats.

Behind the scenes, many representatives and senators are still furious about having been lied to and misled. They should put aside their fear of looking like dupes (most Americans were duped) and be frank with the American people. They should put the blame on Bush for hyping unreliable intelligence (intelligence which his administration drummed up) and point to his having been the dupe of ambitious Iraqi expatriates such as Ahmad Chalabi (now enjoying cushy offices in Baghdad as vice premier while Americans are taxed to pay for his rise to power).


Even Democrats who are not veterans of Iraq need to find the courage to speak out on the war if they are effectively to challenge the Republicans. Simply waiting around for things to get worse in Baghdad is a dangerous strategy, not so much because the situation is likely to improve any time soon but because the American people want real leadership on this issue and they know they are not getting it from Bush.

To illustrate just how far out of touch the Democrats are these days, here's the breakdown of the half-and-half vote on the John Roberts confirmation:

Democrats who voted in favor of confirmation: Baucus, Bingaman, Byrd, Carper, Conrad, Dodd, Dorgan, Feingold, Johnson, Kohl, Landrieu, Leahy, Levin, Lieberman, Lincoln, Murray, Nelson, Nelson, Pryor, Rockefeller, Salazar and Wyden.

Democrats who voted against confirmation: Akaka, Bayh, Biden, Boxer, Cantwell, Clinton, Corzine, Dayton, Durbin, Feinstein, Harkin, Inouye, Kennedy, Kerry, Lautenberg, Mikulski, Obama, Reed, Reid, Sarbanes, Schumer and Stabenow.

Finally, at the same time that the Army announces that it is closing the investigation into the website that allows US soldiers to exchange blood-porn for nekkid-porn (, reported on here in August), a judge has ordered that the Pentagon release more images from Abu Ghraib that are bound to disturb the average American, incite the average Muslim and give all the pilonadil cysted-Limbaugh Legionaires woodies for days.

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