Saturday, October 14, 2006

Bring it On

I for one have long welcomed the return to the natural order of things with conservatives thinking the country would be better off if New York, and its 9 million or so inhabitants, could be completely obliterated. All that post-9/11 getting the love on for New York by people who just days before had probably been dreaming of its destruction was a bit much.

And with our good buddy Dinesh D'Souza coming out and admitting that yes, if we're being honest, the modern American conservative movement has much in common with people who want to blow us up, I think 5 years later things are finally returning to normal. Maybe we can even start calling them the Taliban wing of the Repuublican party again.

Fresh Thread


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Better Stop Whining


WASHINGTON - The FBI is investigating whether Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Pa., used his influence to secure lobbying and consulting contracts for his daughter, two people familiar with the inquiry said Saturday.

The inquiry focuses on lobbying contracts worth $1 million that Weldon's daughter, Karen Weldon, obtained from foreign clients and whether they were assisted by the congressman, they said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because of the confidentiality of the criminal investigation.

Weldon, a 10-term Republican from the Philadelphia suburbs, long has denied any wrongdoing, and his top aide Saturday said no one had notified him of an investigation.

Crazy Curt Rides the Wahhhhmbulance

So, pausing for a moment in his efforts to personally find the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, Crazy Curt and his gang are denying that federal investigators are trying to sap his precious bodily fluids.

Weldon’s office reacted with outrage late Friday night, denying that an investigation is under way and claiming the report is an attempt to influence the Nov. 7 election.

"There is no investigation," said the congressman’s spokesman, John Tomaszewski. "There is no formal investigation and there is no inquiry. There’s nothing. This is nonsense, ludicrous."

Tomaszewski said neither Weldon nor anyone in his office has been contacted by the Justice Department.

The sources of the story said the FBI obtained evidence over the last few months "suggesting that the congressman may have broken the law" by assisting Karen Weldon in obtaining overseas contracts. One source, described only as a law enforcement official, said Weldon hadn’t yet been told of the inquiry.

Did McClatchy get punked? Is there no investigation? I guess we'll have to wait and see...

Mr. Mayor

As I've probably mentioned a couple of times we have a rather odd mayor's race coming up here in Philadelphia with no clear favorite or favorites. We've got the machine labor guy, the multi-millionaire, the Congressman, the (former) city councilman, the state rep, and the former controller. All the likelies are presumed Democrats at the moment, though party switching for the purpose of running for the office is common behavior.

The one who gets my vote is the one who makes the public transit situation a priority.

3 Weeks Until Game Day

Well, it's almost election day again. Since this blog started we've had two major ones, with neither ending particularly well. Let's hope the third time's the charm.

Breaking the Law

Colorado's Republican candidate for governor appears to be improperly using federal crime databases.


In that other place:

BAGHDAD - Two car bombs exploded in central Baghdad, wounding two civilians, police said.

BAGHDAD - At least 25 bodies were found in different parts of Baghdad over the last 24 hours, police said. The bodies bore signs of torture and had gunshot wounds.


There's a reason the Guardians of the Universe have not given him a power ring.

Media Matters

From Jamison Foser.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Late Night

Portastatic - San Andreas

Friday Cat Blogging

Fresh Thread


Troubles for Crazy Curt

Oh my:

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department is investigating whether Republican Rep. Curt Weldon of Pennsylvania traded his political influence for lucrative lobbying and consulting contracts for his daughter, according to sources with direct knowledge of the inquiry.

The FBI, which opened an investigation in recent months, has formally referred the matter to the department's Public Integrity Section for additional scrutiny. At issue are Weldon's efforts between 2002 and 2004 to aid two Russian companies and two Serbian brothers with ties to strongman Slobodan Milosevic, a federal law enforcement official said.

The Russian companies and a Serbian foundation run by the brothers' family each hired a firm co-owned by Weldon's daughter, Karen, for fees totaling nearly $1 million a year, public records show.

Karen Weldon was 28 and lacked consulting experience when she and Charles Sexton, a Weldon ally and longtime Republican leader in Delaware County, Pa., created the firm of Solutions North America Inc. in 2002. Both are registered with the Justice Department as representatives of foreign clients.

Mark Hearts Grover

Guess who's going to be speaking at Grover Norquist's famed Monday Meeting?

MARK HALPERIN, Political Director of ABC News and creator and lead
author of the widely read on-line ABC News daily The Note, makes his
debut as a speaker at The Monday Meeting to tell us about his just
published book, The Way to Win: Taking the White House in 2008
(co-authored with John F. Harris of The Washington Post).


I've long said that a consistent trait among Republicans/conservatives is their apparent inability to understood the meaning of "consent" when it comes to sex. I'm not saying they're all rapists, just that they seem to fundamentally not quite understand the concept.

Digby writes:

What in the hell is wrong with these people? That's not torture? That stuff is over and above the things we've all seen with the forced masturbation, simulated fellatio, smearing feces on prisoners and forcing them to wear women's underwear while chained in stress positions to their cells or beds.

Characterizing what happened at Abu Ghraib as a "sex ring" is bizarre enough but he defends his comment the next day which means it wasn't a slip of the tongue or a badly worded phrase. He's thought about this and he believes it.

He said he looked at all those pictures and saw sex. Did you? I sure didn't. But then we libertine lefties base our belief that people should be able to do whatever they like in their private lives on the bedrock principle of individual freedom, agency and rights. It's the coercion that makes all this stuff so wrong. When somebody is coerced or forced into doing "sexual" things against their will, it can most certainly be torture. (I can't believe I even have to make that argument.)

Wanker of the Day

St. Rudy Giuliani.

More Pr0n

Report on the Special Survey in 49 Republican-Held Seats

Dear Friend:

Democracy Corps with Greenberg Quinlan Rosner has completed a survey of 1,200 likely voters in 49 Republican-held congressional districts that shows a dramatic change in the congressional race over the last two weeks. In this survey conducted October 10-12, 2006, Democrats lead Republicans 49-45 in the named congressional vote and they are also ahead by two points in the bottom tier of presumably safe Republican seats.

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Download the Tiers


Your modern GOP:

DES MOINES, IA - House Majority Leader John Boehner today accused Democrats of endangering House pages for political gain.

Boehner, speaking at a campaign event for 3rd District Republican candidate Jeff Lamberti, said Democratic operatives have known about inappropriate e-mails sent by former Rep. Mark Foley, a Florida Republican, to young male pages for some time. He said Democrats had been shopping the information around Washington as a political ploy.

"Someone who had this information allowed those 16-year-old pages to be at risk while they were playing their political games," said Boehner, R-Ohio. "I do not believe thus far that Republicans knew about these sexually explicit instant messages."

Sex Ring

The moral lepers in your modern GOP.

Fresh Thread



Yglesias writes:

When PNAC Democrats like Peter Beinart, Ivo Daalder, Michele Flournoy, Will Marshall, Michael O'Hanlon, and James Steinberg do something like sign PNAC's letter on the need for more American ground forces they serve to further cement the notion that people like Frank Gaffney, Bill Kristol, Cliff May, Daniel McKivegan, Danielle Pletka, and Gary Schmitt should be taken seriously as authorities on national security policy. Well, they shouldn't be taken seriously. And nobody serious about improving America's national security should be publicly collaborating with them.

I won't presume to speak for his list of PNAC Democrats individually, but I think we must acknowledge that many of such people have in fact for years considered the neoconservatives to be credible people "who should be taken seriously as authorities on national security policy." Certainly more seriously than, say, dirty hippies like myself who had the temerity to oppose the stupidest fucking foreign policy decision in the history of the universe. It's naive to assume that the Iraq war was somehow their come to Jesus moment and that they've now rethought their worldview entirely. They sign letters with people like May and Pletka because they quite frequently agree with them.

As Lind reminded us
, Daalder once wrote, "the real debate [in America] is not whether to have an empire, but what kind." The foreign policy establishment in Washington is deeply misguided and deeply rotten. It's very bad.

Ruled by Marty

The fine people at Joe Lieberman Weekly should be proud of the guy who signs their paychecks.

Bye Ney Ney

Fare well, my BFF.

WASHINGTON — Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, is to enter a guilty plea today to two felonies that could send him to prison for up to 10 years.

Ney is the first congressman to fall in the Jack Abramoff influence-peddling case, a controversy that has reached the Bush White House and Capitol Hill.

The six-term congressman signed papers a month ago admitting to charges of conspiracy and making false statements. He admitted taking tens of thousands of dollars worth of trips, sports tickets, campaign contributions, meals and casino chips in exchange for legislation and public statements supporting Abramoff's clients and a foreign businessman.

Morning Thread


Open thread

Enjoy this lovely painting.

(Hope nobody minds.)

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Fresh Thread

Computer problems. Oy.

The Last Honest Man

More lies from Joe.

Franken Comes to Town

I can't make it, but for anyone who is interested Al Franken is doing a fundraising event for Patrick Murphy and Lois Murphy, Saturday 4-6 at World Cafe Live. Info here (.pdf).

Innumerate Cowards



No, Evan Bayh will not be the Democratic nominee for president.


Chris Bowers becomes a pornographer.


Dangerstein's at it again, claiming "it was an “out-and-out lie” to say that Lieberman favors a stay-the-course policy in Iraq," calling one of Joe's veteran supporters a liar in the process.

Here's what Joe had to say last November:

Does America have a good plan for doing this, a strategy for victory in Iraq? Yes we do.

If Joe was a serious leader like the bullshit moose thinks he wouldn't have been telling us all to clap louder for Bush's plan to fuck things up.

do be do be do.

The War of the Words

The story of the 101st Fighting Keyboarders.

Foley Myths

Media Matters has put together a list of the top myths about the Foley scandal. I'll just add a little bit of advice to journalists: if a Republican member of Congress says something, it's best to check because, you know, they lie and stuff.

Just for One Day

I remember when walking around Washington, D.C. one day some years ago I stumbled upon a rather sad little protest led by Christopher Hitchens. Hitchy-poo's pal Kissinger was staying in a hotel there and Hitch and a half dozen or so of his acolytes were waving signs and chanting. It was all very cute. Even then it was obvious how much Hitchens saw whatever causes he was championing as a personal heroic struggle. I don't really understand what deep psychological problem causes people to need to imagine themselves at the center some heroic struggle but it's especially surreal when they become absolutely bonkers.

Federal Iraq

CNN is reporting that Iraq's parliament has approved a law establishing federal regions along ethnic lines in Iraq. I've never really agreed with those who advocated this as a solution to Iraq's problems as I imagine it will only exacerbate the violence and lead to even more ethnic cleansing (god that's an awful term which really needs to be retired). Once you establish borders, there's something tangible to fight for - territory and the resources within - and it's far easier to damage "them" without hurting your own.

Very bad.


The idea that Murtha was going to get knocked off by Diana Irey was always a bit of a masturbatory fantasy by the delusional nutters who read Power Line. Right Roots, their answer to ActBlue, raised a bunch of money for her. Idiots. He's leading 57-30.


Anyway, Mark Warner isn't running for president. Discuss.

Stupid Blogger

Totally bloggered.  Anyway, apparently Mark Warner isn't running for prez after all.

The Worst Journalist in America

John Solomon.

Late Night

Portastatic - Sour Shores (.mp3).

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

More Thread

I got nothin'.

Wanker of the Day

St. John McCain.

Bubba Mania

Spent the afternoon waiting for, and then finally seeing, President Clinton, along with Ed Rendell and Lois Murphy, speak to a crowd at Bryn Mawr College.

How long before we aren't ruled by idiots? oy

Deciphering Bush

If someone smarter than me can figure out the thought process behind this I think we'd understand our preznit quite a bit more than we do:

I am, you know, amazed that this is a society which so wants to be free that they’re willing to — you know, that there’s a level of violence that they tolerate.


But Laura Bush did.

More Thread

You people comment too much.

No Debate For You

Brian Todd on CNN just now:

One expert points out that this current debate could even be harmful to national security. The North Koreans, he says, are watching this, looking for seams inside America's political system to see how much maneuvering they can get.

There you go.

Your Liberal Media

Hey, time for an actual blogger ethics conference.

More here.

Blame America First

Disgusting twerp Dinesh D'Souza hates America.

The Failure of Our Policies is Proof of Their Success

Josh Marshall:

"Failure" =1994-2002 -- Era of Clinton 'Agreed Framework': No plutonium production. All existing plutonium under international inspection. No bomb.

"Success" = 2002-2006 -- Bush Policy Era: Active plutonium production. No international inspections of plutonium stocks. Nuclear warhead detonated.

Face it. They ditched an imperfect but working policy. They replaced it with nothing. Now North Korea is a nuclear state.

Facts hurt. So do nukes.

According to Booby:

George W. pulled Bandar aside.
"Bandar, I guess you're the best asshole who knows about the world. Explain to me one thing."
"Governor, what is it?"
"Why should I care about North Korea?"
Bandar said he didn't really know. It was one of the few countries that he did not work on for King Fahd.
"I get these briefings on all parts of the world," Bush said, "and everybody is talking to me about North Korea."
"I'll tell you what, Governor," Bandar said. "One reason should make you care about North Korea."
"All right, smart alek," Bush said, "tell me."
"The 38,000 American troops right on the border." ..."If nothing else counts, this counts. One shot across the border and you lose half these people immediately. You lose 15,000 Americans in a chemical or biological or even regular attack. The United State of America is at war instantly."
"Hmmm," Bush said. "I wish those assholes would put things just point-blank to me. I get half a book telling me about the history of North Korea."
"Now I tell you another answer to that. You don't want to care about North Korea anymore?" Bandar asked. The Saudis wanted America to focus on the Middle East and not get drawn into a conflict in East Asia.
"I didn't say that," Bush replied.
"But if you don't, you withdrawl those troops back. Then it becomes a local conflict. Then you have the whole time to decide, 'Should I get involved? Not involved?' Etc."
At that moment, Colin Powell approached.
"Colin," Bush said, "come here. Bandar and I were shooting the bull, just two fighter pilots shooting the bull." He didn't mention the topic.
"Mr. Governor," Bandar said, "General Powell is almost a fighter pilot. He can shoot the bull almost as good as us."

Late Night


Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Fresh Thread



New ad:

"Self-Obsessed, Obtuse Dick"

Heh. Indeed.

Speaking of Wankers

John Tierney.

Wanker of the Day

Joe Lieberman.

Tick v. Tack

Funny, but I had no idea Josh Trevino was still alive.

Send a Young Activist to a Fundraiser

Adam B is helping to a host a fundraiser for Patrick Murphy, Lois Murphy, and Joe Sestak. As it stars Hillary Clinton it's a high ticket fundraiser ($300), too high for many, especially younger people. If you're personally sitting on a nice chunk of change consider attending. Or, Adam is also pooling whatever small donations come in order to provide tickets for local activists. I chipped in to help send someone, and if you wish you can too.

Poor Mikey DeWine

Doesn't seem to take the security of the country very seriously.

Hastert: I Must Resign

Well, of course not, but he's trying to shift blame to everyone else for his own coverup.


In that other place:

The bodies of 60 men were found in and around Baghdad over a 24-hour period, and Iraqi officials said Tuesday the men appeared to have died at the hands of sectarian death squads.

The bodies, all riddled with bullets and all showing signs of torture — their hands and feet had been bound — were dumped in several neighbourhoods around the capital.


And on Monday evening, a bomb in a parked car exploded in an outdoor market northeast of Baghdad, killing 13 people and wounding 46 others.

For the lizard brains, in New York City in 2005 there were a total of 545 murders.


Must be tough being a reporter in Iraq and having to deal with the lizard brains:

Some readers and viewers think we journalists are exaggerating about the situation in Iraq. I can almost understand that because who would want to believe that things are this bad? Particularly when so many people here started out with such good intentions.

I'm more puzzled by comments that the violence isn't any worse than any American city. Really? In which American city do 60 bullet-riddled bodies turn up on a given day? In which city do the headless bodies of ordinary citizens turn up every single day? In which city would it not be news if neighborhood school children were blown up? In which neighborhood would you look the other way if gunmen came into restaurants and shot dead the customers?

Almost unimaginable
Day-to-day life here for Iraqis is so far removed from the comfortable existence we live in the United States that it is almost literally unimaginable.

It's almost impossible to describe what it feels like being stalled in traffic, your heart pounding, wondering if the vehicle in front of you is one of the three or four car bombs that will go off that day. Or seeing your husband show up at the door covered in blood after he was kidnapped and beaten.

I don't know a single family here that hasn't had a relative, neighbor or friend die violently. In places where there's been all-out fighting going on, I've interviewed parents who buried their dead child in the yard because it was too dangerous to go to the morgue.

Imagine the worst day you've ever had in your life, add a regular dose of terror and you'll begin to get an idea of what it's like every day for a lot of people here.

Fresh Thread

Enjoy. reader P pointed out, what the hell was Dead Man Walking thinking choosing a cemetery to be the backdrop for his presser.

Denny Time

A couple of emailers say that Dead Man Walking is having a press conference at 11AM, though I haven't found confirmation of that yet.

...confirmed. Get ready for some hot Hastert action.

...apparently he's vowed to find the people who revealed this. or something.

Carney Mania

Chris Carney is a good guy who has worked his ass off trying to to win an unwinnable seat. Yes, he's had the little advantage of the fact that his opponent, Don Sherwood, was accused of choking his young mistress and settled a multimillion dollar law suit over that accusation, but even with that he was seen as having a tremendous uphill battle. It looks like he might actually pull it off.

Carney also has the advantage of being in a cheap media market, which means your dollars can go a long way. Every little bit helps.

...Carney's coming to the neighborhood. Local people can go see Carney, Murphy, and Howard Dean on Thursday in Doylestown.

Fristed Macaca


Oct. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Stock options that Senator George Allen described as worthless were worth as much as $1.1 million at one point, according to a review of Senate disclosure forms and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

The records appear to contradict remarks he made to the Associated Press. ``I got paid in stock options which were worthless,'' AP quoted him as saying.


In 2001, Allen's first year in the U.S. Senate, the company's share price recovered to $5.46 on May 25, which would have valued 110,000 options at $71,500 before commissions and other brokerage fees. Some of the options exceeded their strike price as recently as July 2004.

Allen wrote a letter to the U.S. Army on Xybernaut's behalf in December 2001, AP reported, citing John Reid, Allen's spokesman, who told AP he wouldn't disclose the contents of the letter. In September 2003 the U.S. Defense Department announced $2.13 million in contracts to buy the company's wearable computers.

What You Can Do

I'm not one to hector people. People are busy and don't necessarily have much money. Still, I assume you come to this blog because you care about politics and with less than one month to go it'd be great if a few more of us got up off our asses and did something. Volunteer for a local candidate. Phone bank. There are even things you can do without getting up off your ass. And, yes, give a little money. Time's running out for your money to be useful as ad buys and sign printings and whatever else can't be done instantly.

Of all the people who read this site a relatively small fraction donate money and I'm reasonably sure an even smaller faction go out into meatspace and actively volunteer. That's fine. Not everybody has the time or money or feels comfortable doing such things. Still, hopefully with a little nudge a few more of us will choose to do something.

Where's My Summer of Love?

Back to the future once again.

Morning Thread


Monday, October 09, 2006

And They Arrived At That Conclusion All By Themselves

Pretty stunning, really:

Mr. Bush clearly faces constraints as he seeks to address the public concerns about Iraq that have shrouded this midterm election: 83 percent of respondents thought that Mr. Bush was either hiding something or mostly lying when he discussed how the war in Iraq was going.

83% is dipping into lizard brain territory.

More Thread


Lead, Don't Whine

Echoing Kos, there are numerous ways people can take things into their own hands including, of course, posting diaries on a highly trafficked site like Daily Kos, setting up your own Act Blue page, or going off line and doing things in our community.

Whether it's your cause or our candidate or whatever, as someone once said, you have the power.

No one's blog can be a nonstop public service announcement for ever worthy candidate or cause under the sun. That would be a very boring blog indeed. Instead of telling others what to do, take the goddamn initiative yourselves. The tools are there, go for it.

Local Calendar

Much happening.

Tomorrow night, Bill Scher of Liberal Oasis will be stopping by Drinking Liberally to chat with people about his new book or anything else. 6-? PM, Tangier, 18th and Lombard.

Tomorrow night at 7:30PM, Dan Savage will be at the Trocadero supporting Philadelphians Against Santorum.

Bill Clinton will be supporting Patrick Murphy in Bristol on Wednesday. Gates open at 10:30 AM.

Bill Clinton will be supporting Lois Murphy at Bryn Mawr College on Wednesday at 1:30.

and Jennifer O'Connor will be playing at the North Star Bar at 8pm.

Tucker to Evangelicals: Chumps

Here's what Tucker Carlson had to say on this weekend's Chris Matthews Show:

CARLSON: It goes deeper than that though. The deep truth is that the elites in the Republican Party have pure contempt for the evangelicals who put their party in power. Everybody in...

MATTHEWS: How do you know that? How do you know that?

CARLSON: Because I know them. Because I grew up with them. Because I live with them. They live on my street. Because I live in Washington, and I know that everybody in our world has contempt for the evangelicals. And the evangelicals know that, and they're beginning to learn that their own leaders sort of look askance at them and don't share their values.

MATTHEWS: So this gay marriage issue and other issues related to the gay lifestyle are simply tools to get elected?

CARLSON: That's exactly right. It's pandering to the base in the most cynical way, and the base is beginning to figure it out

And the Hits Keep on Coming


n overwhelming majority of Americans think House Republican leaders put their own political interests ahead of the safety of congressional pages in their handling of the Mark Foley scandal, according to a CBS News/New York Times poll.

Seventy-nine percent of those polled — including 61 percent of Republicans — say GOP leaders were more concerned with politics than the well-being of the teenage pages.

Sixty-two percent think the Republican leadership was aware of the sexually explicit e-mails sent by former Rep. Foley before the public learned about them in late September — a charge many top Republicans deny. Two-thirds of Americans say GOP leaders did not take the matter seriously enough when they first learned about it.


Democrats continue to hold a sizeable lead in the generic vote for Congress, with 49 percent of registered voters saying they'd support a Democratic candidate versus 35 percent who would support a Republican. Those numbers show little change from last month.


A separate CBS News/New York Times poll finds Mr. Bush's overall job approval is down to 34 percent, a drop of three points from last month.

Heh. Indeed.

What Yglesias says:

Fareed Zakaria's through with the Iraq War and says it's time to pack up and start heading home. Andrew Sullivan comments "I'm not there yet and willing to give the military one last try, if Rumsfeld is fired and a serious new plan for regaining control is unveiled." Personally, I'm willing to buy a $2 million townhouse if someone gives me $2 million to buy a house with. What does this mean? It's an escapist fantasy, not a position on the issues.

Rumsfeld isn't going to be fired and Bush has made his Iraq policy clear -- leaving is losing, so we'll just stay and people will keep dying. One can support that policy or one can cast one's lot with the opposition, but the leopard isn't going to change its spots and devise a magical new plan for victory.

Oh My

And, yes, generic congressional ballots don't mean as much as we'd like them to mean but still:

WASHINGTON — Four weeks before congressional elections, a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll shows Democrats hold a 23-point lead over GOP candidates. That's double the lead Republicans had a month before they seized control of Congress in 1994.

President Bush's approval rating was 37%, down from 44% in a Sept. 15-17 poll. The approval rating for Congress was 24%, down 5 points from last month.

(tip from pony boy)

Dead Man Walking

52% say Denny should go.

Wanker of the Day

Phil Bredesen.

The Power of Modern Pundtiry

Bill Kristol, on 9/3/2006:

It may be that things will look a little better in the next two months in Iraq.

To be fair, he has a bit over 3 weeks left....

Your GOP

Putting politics ahead of national security every time:

Now today comes word fom Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, that two other Senate Republicans have told him they'll break with the White House Iraq strategy.

But here's the hook -- they won't do so until after the November elections.

"Two leading Republican Senators have come to me," Biden recalled, and said that after the election "the need to protect the president will be nonexistent" and Republicans will be freer to break with the White House and call for change in Iraq.


In that other place:

The military on Sunday announced the deaths of five more American troops. Three Marines died on Friday “from enemy action” in Anbar province in western Iraq. Two soldiers were killed on Saturday, one in Mosul by a roadside bomb and the other in Baghdad by small arms fire.

On Sunday, the police found 35 bodies across Baghdad, many of the bearing signs of torture and shot at close range, an Interior Ministry official said.

President Pissypants


Now, however, friends, aides and close political allies tell the Daily News Bush is furious with his own side for helping create a political downdraft that has blunted his momentum and endangered GOP prospects for keeping control of Congress next month.

Some of his anger is directed at former aides who helped Watergate journalist Bob Woodward paint a lurid portrait of a dysfunctional, chaotic administration in his new book, "State of Denial."

In the obsessively private Bush clan, talking out of school is the ultimate act of disloyalty, and Bush feels betrayed from within.

"He's ticked off big-time," said a well-informed source, "even if what they said was the truth."

Fresh Thread

Home edition. What's going on?

North Korean Nukes

Heckuva job, Bushie.

Fresh Thread

Seattle airport edition.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Evening Thread

Go Iggles!


Kristof says we should commit to getting out of Iraq in one year. This follows his previous call he made last February to get out in (what was then) about two years.

Good for him, but none of these things are going to happen. Wishes aren't ponies when it comes to Iraq - whether it's hoping Bush's policies in Iraq create a pony gusher or hoping that gentle suggestions by elite pundits will cause those policies to change.

The only way to get any meaningful change in Bush's Iraq policies will be for the opposition party to get truly radical with respect to accountability and oversight hearings (assuming they take any control). But I don't expect the Wise Old Men to approve of that, either. Bad form, they'll probably say. It's all very depressing.

For the Record

There is no evidence that Congressman Patrick McHenry hasn't spent the last decade kidnapping babies, raping them, killing them, and piling them up in his basement shrine to Ronald Reagan.

No evidence at all that he hasn't done this.

Quite shocking, really.

...context here.

Dead Man Walking

According to Kirk Fordham, Denny Hastert's chief of staff/housemate informed him that he had told Hastert about the Foley problem.

Wanker of the Day

Cowardly scum Mike Fitzpatrick.

Please giv some turkee to Patrick Murphy.

Poor Fitzpatrick, he's gonna have a bad week.

Lies and the Lying Liars

Jack Kingston (R-Liarland) edition.

Where's Reynolds?

Amato sez he bailed on This Week. Was scheduled to be on.

...maybe this is why.

Sunday Bobbleheads

Document the atrocities.


Rock on.