Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Anderson Cooper's Freudian Slip...

The Rev. Jerry Falwell, ever the social gadfly these days, was stinking up the Anderson Cooper set last night, dribbling hate and Jabba juice out the corners of his mouth, when, lo and behold, Anderson developed an interesting pronoun orientation…

COOPER: But there are a lot of gay families out there, Reverend Falwell, there are a lot of gay families out there. I think there are like a million kids being raised by gay parents who say that if you want to protect families, you know, civil unions will give inheritance rights, will give Social Security, survivor benefits rights to...

FALWELL: Anderson, that's all a red herring. If you want to leave something to your cat, you can do that in your will...

COOPER: It's not a red herring. That's simply not true. It's not true. You know we pay taxes.

“We?” Anderson… we’re big fans. Welcome out.

Monday, November 29, 2004

Gay Republicans and Desperate Housewives…

Ever since 22 percent of the country's voters said on Nov. 2 that they cared most about "moral values," the Baptist ayatollahs on the right have been working overtime to inflate this non-mandate into a landslide by ginning up cultural controversies, seizing on a single over-hyped poll result, to exaggerate their clout, hoping to grab power over the culture. So now we have to listen to Jerry Falwell on Meet the Press???

The alarmingly bloated Falwell, looking like Jabba the Christian, couldn’t resist jumping on Russert during the following exchange:

MR. RUSSERT: On "Desperate Housewives," Newsweek says that the creator of "Desperate Housewives" is a conservative, gay Republican.

DR. FALWELL: Well, the fact that he's a gay Republican means he should join the Democratic Party.

Hear that, Ken Mehlman? Hear that, Matt Drudge? Hear that, Andrew Sullivan, and every other gay Republican out there? Notice there's no flexibility here. No willingness to accept or even consider other views. No room for discussion, acceptance or understanding. If you're gay - or likely even someone who believes in gay rights - there is simply no room for you at this Republican table.

Moderate Republicans (hard to believe there are any left) need to either take their party back or come to our side.

The mainstream press, itself in love with the "moral values" story line and traumatized by the visual exaggerations of the red-blue map, is too cowed to challenge the likes of the American Family Association. So are politicians of both parties. It took a British publication, The Economist, to point out that the percentage of American voters citing moral and ethical values as their prime concern is actually down from 2000 (35 percent) and 1996 (40 percent).

Why are the Democrats not pointing this out? Are they so terrified that a Racist Radical Cleric like Dobson or Falwell will call them "unchristian" that they can't even point out facts? Let's be clear about this. In 1996, when 40 percent of Americans based their votes on "moral values," they re-elected Bill Clinton. Now that the number of Americans who base their votes on "moral values" has been cut almost in half, they selected George Bush. And this gives the Racist Radical Clerics the ability to force their "religion" down everyone's throats?

And where's the discussion over what "moral values" means to different people? I've never thought that lining your own pocket at the public's expense, lying America into a war, or stirring up hate against minority groups were American values.

Oh, and Frank Rich notes one very telling statistic: "Desperate Housewives is hardly a blue-state phenomenon. A hit everywhere, it is even a bigger hit in Oklahoma City than it is in Los Angeles, bigger in Kansas City than it is in New York."

*(Editorial cartoon © Bill Mitchell, CNN.com)

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Barn Door’s Open…!

<Thanks to The Rude Pundit, we are made aware of the following…

A picture snapped of our President, crown prince of the last super-power on earth, a new presidential yacht in the offing, will of the people at his back, at the Asia-Pacific Economic Conference, standing among Prime Ministers and Presidents, swaggering down the front steps like he just got finished dipping raisin jack out of the toilet with his bare hands, apparently … wait for it… with his FLY OPEN! Lookin’ like he just pissed against the side of the building. Yep. It’s all there in the photo. Yee-Haw!

More evidence that this country, at large, is just stupid: New polls out illustrate the point.

The latest New York Times/CBS poll says that the majority, 56% of those polled, are "optimistic" about the next four years under Bush; what is meant, exactly, by “optimistic” is unclear. It either means we might live through it, or it could mean Bush and his cronies won’t really fuck us over completely.

The remainder of the poll demonstrates why the majority of those polled have to be slobbering idiots. 48% believe that Bush's next four years will "divide Americans" 54% believe the economy is headed in the "wrong direction," and 52% are "uneasy" with Bush's ability to make the "right economic decisions." 48% don't believe we were right to go into Iraq, 51% are uneasy with Bush's ability to "deal wisely with international crises," 51% don't believe Iraq is even a minor part of the "war on terror," 67% believe that reducing the deficit is more important than cutting taxes, 66% believe that corporations have too much influence on the Bush administration, and on and on and on. But still, most of them are “optimistic.” You tell me what it means…

Personally, I wouldn’t trust the man to sit the right way on a toilet seat. I am, however, optimistic that we’ve seen his underwear at a national summit for the last time. This team is just too good to let that happen again.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Deja vu, all over again...?

Dateline: Vienna – Shit’s hitting the fan between the U.S. and Iran over Iran’s alleged weapons of mass destruction (nuclear enrichment program), while France, Britain and Germany attempt to run interference between the two.

Sound familiar to anyone?

The Americans see the European proposal as too weak and want to include an "automatic trigger" which makes it clear that resuming any activities related to enrichment — a process of purifying uranium to fuel power plants or make weapons — would spark a referral to the U.N. Security Council and possibly sanctions.

Oh, so now sanctions DO work? Hmmm…

On Monday, Iran said it has kept a promise it made to the European Union by freezing its entire uranium enrichment program and the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog, Mohamed ElBaradei, gave a cautious confirmation.

President Bush reacted to the announcement with mild skepticism. "It looks like there is some progress, but to determine whether or not the progress is real there must be verification. We look forward to seeing that verification," Bush said.

Why not send in Scott Ritter and a team of weapons inspectors, Mr. President? Oh, wait a second, they’d just say that the Iranians were telling the truth, to which you would respond “Like hell! They’re lying, naturally. We must defeat terror. Let the bombing begin.”

Or, he’d say they’re lying, to which you’d reply with the last two of those four sentences.

The European press was reporting as early as July that the CIA was preparing for a major campaign of stirring up trouble in Iran, and the Pentagon was planning massive air strikes on strategic targets on the ground. The war will be portrayed as a "people's revolution" like the failed Shia uprising in Iraq a decade ago, but it will of course be backed by the US military. The process will not begin until after the US election.

The London Times in July of this year quoted a "senior official" in the US government. The source was supposed to be anonymous, but he uses the familiar rhetoric of Paul Wolfowitz.

They lied about the reasons for the conquest of Iraq and Afghanistan, and now they expect us to believe them about Iran. Sadly, many people will do exactly that. To pursuade you to accept or tolerate what happens next in Iran, the mass media in this country will escalate their rhetoric and accusations against the Iranian regime as the pre-war propaganda campaign begins.

In case anyone wants perspective on this… Sandwiched directly between Iraq and Afghanistan, where the US government has already installed new regimes, Iran is the world's second largest source of oil. Iran is now surrounded on all sides, essentially with U.S. allies, or U.S. conquests, or governments installed by the U.S., or some combination thereof... If I'm nervous about that, imagine how jumpy the Iranians are getting.

Looks like Freedom’s on the March again. I’m thinking of going into the backyard bunker building business…

Monday, November 22, 2004

Urgent 9/11 Reforms Delayed...

It seems as though Bush & Dick are having a hard time controlling their congressional majority over there on the hill. The President promised during the election that the reforms recommended by the 9/11 commission would be passed, and he would sign them. All of them. Then he swept into office with a staggering 1% majority, bringing with him decisive majorities in both the house and senate, setting the stage for the legislative rape of 49% of the country.

Seems like getting a popular piece of legislation like the 9/11 reforms through congress should be a snap, but it’s not working out that way. In a defeat for President Bush, rebellious House Republicans on Saturday derailed legislation to overhaul the nation's intelligence agencies along lines recommended by the Sept. 11 commission.

"It's hard to reform. It's hard to make changes," said Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., who sought unsuccessfully to persuade critics among the GOP rank and file to swing behind the measure.

Puh-leeze. What a load of horse shit. What’s so hard about it when you’re in the majority? Hmmmm?

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California boiled it down like this: "Republicans control the House, the Senate, and the White House, and the blame for this failure is theirs alone."

Hell yeah! I love watching the wheels come off the cart like this. They’re sniping at each other like a pack of hyenas shoulder deep in a zebra’s gut, and not one of them gives a crap about accomplishing anything for the country that doesn’t somehow benefit them or one of their fat-cat contributor clients. There’s a gonna be a reckoning, and I want a ringside seat.

Changing the subject…

On the subject of the Federal Marriage Amendment, I’d like to suggest a different tack; everybody write to your congressfolk and senators and demand that the amendment also ban divorce, infidelity, childlessness, and masturbation. If we’re going to defend marriage, let’s by-God defend it. Can you just imagine the conniption fits? Let’s see them come out in favor of divorce, infidelity, childlessness and masturbation… Pencils poised?

Friday, November 19, 2004

The Terrorism Blame Game, Redux...

It was so heartwarming to see Bush I and Dubya show up for Clinton’s library opening yesterday, wasn’t it? Barbara always has such a pleasant expression when she thinks she’s slumming, but even the rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of Bill Clinton.

Not that about 51% of the country gives a crap, but just for fun, and once and for all, let's set the record straight about which administration did what in response to the threat of terrorist leaders, acts and groups.

Here is only part of the Clinton/Gore anti-terrorism record:

· Developed the nation's first anti-terrorism policy, and appointed first national coordinator of anti-terrorist efforts.
· Stopped cold the Al Qaeda millennium bombing plot.
· Tried to kill Osama bin Laden and disrupt Al Qaeda through preemptive strikes (efforts denounced by the G.O.P.).
· Brought perpetrators of first World Trade Center bombing and CIA killings to justice.
· Did not blame Bush I administration for first World Trade Center bombing. Instead, worked hard, even obsessively -- and successfully -- to stop future terrorist attacks.
· Named the Hart-Rudman commission to report on nature of terrorist threats and major steps to be taken to combat terrorism.

Here, in stark contrast, is part of the Bush/Cheney anti-terrorism record before September 11, 2001:

· Backed off Clinton administration's anti-terrorism efforts.
· Shelved Hart-Rudman report.
· Appointed new anti-terrorism task force under Dick Cheney. Group did not even meet before 9/11.
· Called for cuts in anti-terrorism efforts by the Department of Defense.
· Gave no priority to anti-terrorism efforts by Justice Department.
· Ignored warnings from Sandy Berger and Louis Freeh about the urgency of terrorist threats.
· Halted Predator drone tracking of Osama bin Laden.
· Did nothing in wake of August 6 C.I.A. report to president saying Al Qaeda attack almost certain.
· By failing to order any coordination of intelligence data, missed opportunity to stop the 9/11 plot as Clinton-Gore had stopped the millennium plot.
· Blamed Clinton-Gore for 9/11.

And here's the Bush/Cheney anti-terrorism record after September 11, 2001:

· Prevented a bipartisan investigation of the circumstances and intelligence failures around 9/11
· Later, when pressed into allowing an investigatory commission, the "National Commission on Terrorist Attacks", Bush appointed an alleged war criminal (Kissinger) to head it up.
· When Kissinger quit amid a storm of conflict of interest allegations, 15 months after 9/11, the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks had no office, desks or even a telephone number.
· Bush/Cheney then neglected to fund the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks.
· Bush/Cheney bombed and invaded Afghanistan, and then installed an ex-employee of Unocal to govern the country, assuring that Unocal will get their long sought trans-Afgahnistan pipeline, and also assuring that the US will be even more hated in the region.
· Bush/Cheney bombed and invaded Iraq, assuring thousands of new terrorist recruits from all over the Middle East would sign up to attack the United States.
· Bush was forced by Congress, in March of 2003, to add a paltry $9 million in funding to his war budget for the commission (for comparison, the Starr/Clinton investigation cost $33.5 million and it's focus was a real estate deal gone wrong).
· Bush/Cheney pushed for additional tax reductions for the super-wealthy, unprecedented during war time, thus ensuring less funding would be available for terrorist prevention.

Like I said, not that around 51% of the country gives a shit. I know I've said it before, but this country is clearly stuck with a President who is a clear reflection of most of it's people: incurious, self-important, self-indulgent, egomaniacal, smug, vindictive, and paranoid. Let's hope the recent "purge" at the CIA isn't another bullet to add to the list of failures with real consequences above, but I fear, it will be.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Kinda Sleazzy Rice…

I can’t take credit for that one, but it was too good to pass up.

Up until this week, Condoleezza Rice’s job as National Security Advisor could be described as being the President’s walking, talking pooper scooper, running along behind him picking his messes and trying to make them smell good. She seemed up to that job, kind of.

She was originally brought in to try and help the candidate bone up on the world outside of Texas, assuming she could convince him there was one, and she almost made him sound a little less like a shaved ape. Her excellent tutoring paid tremendous dividends in shining moments like Bush's 1999 interview with a Boston TV reporter, in which he was unable to name the president of Pakistan while praising the military coup which created the anonymous fellow's dictatorship.

They walked into the White House without actually winning the election in 2001, and Condi was promptly appointed to the pooper scooper job, and everybody stuck their thumbs up their asses and sat around watching football and belching smugly, and Condoleezza Rice was right by his side, whispering in his ear when he forgot important civics facts, like the name of the Queen of Bavaria or the number of states in the union, until September 11th happened.

Behind the scenes, Rice had her hands full trying to run a Cabinet full of maniacs, including Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Colin Powell, all of whom were constantly at each others' throats over possible strategies, and the question of just how fast the hostilities in Afghanistan could be expanded to Iraq.

When U.S. military action to topple Saddam Hussein became an inevitability (historians have identified the date as September 12, 2001), Rice also became one of the leading salespeople in charge of jamming the inexplicable war down the throats of reluctant Americans and the reluctant rest of the world too.

The rest of her history is history, but if her performance with the NSA is any indication, she won’t actually be engaging in any real diplomacy as America’s Secretary of State (I love it that the acronym is SOS…). Her chief job will be explaining and dissembling on behalf of the administration while trying to convince other nations of the world that we really, really are telling the truth this time, honestly, no crosses count, so please join this or that coalition, because you know I could just mash one button and blow your shit away if you don’t. And I keep the button right here in my purse, so you might as well sit your ass back down, get it?

Why wouldn’t anyone believe this paragon of intellect and virtue? Let me just provide one example out of many, many, many…

CLAIM: "It's not as if anybody believes that Saddam Hussein was without weapons of mass destruction." – National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, 3/18/04

FACT: The Bush Administration's top weapons inspector David Kay "resigned his post in January, saying he did not believe banned stockpiles existed before the invasion" and has urged the Bush Administration to "come clean" about misleading America about the WMD threat. [Source: Chicago Tribune, 3/24/04; UK Guardian, 3/3/04]

I just can’t say enough about how confident I am…

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Please...try not to blame us.

A little noxious history… In 1993, when they were trying to end four decades of Democratic control of the House, in part by highlighting Democrats' ethical lapses, House Republicans adopted a rule stating that any leader facing criminal indictment must step down. They said at the time that they held themselves to higher standards than prominent Democrats like Dan Rostenkowski, who eventually pleaded guilty to mail fraud and was sentenced to prison.

Flash to present-day Washington… Last night, House Republicans proposed changing that rule to protect Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) in case he is charged by a Texas grand jury that has indicted three of his political associates, according to GOP leaders feeling indebted for his aggressive redistricting effort in Texas last year that resulted in five Democratic House members retiring or losing reelection. It also triggered a grand jury inquiry into fundraising efforts related to the state legislature's redistricting actions.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said last night: "If they make this rules change, Republicans will confirm yet again that they simply do not care if their leaders are ethical. If Republicans believe that an indicted member should be allowed to hold a top leadership position in the House of Representatives, their arrogance is astonishing."

But not surprising.

DeLay is a piece of shit, a loathsome reptile, and a "born-again Christian" (in the slobbering crazy sense). For those who don’t know, the congressman is a former insect exterminator from Sugar Land, Texas.

For those unfamiliar with the Houston suburb, Sugar Land is city of 25,000 in southeast Texas, with 65 churches (roughly one for every 385 people), which are filled on Sunday with Godly men who then go to Hooters up on the Southwest Freeway to get curb-crawlin’, screamin’ red-neck drunk while watching football and groping “waitresses.” DeLay is their congressman, and they love him because he believes, and has said publicly, that now that there’s an undisputed Republican majority, the work can begin to enshrine a “bible-based” government. You don’t have to believe me. It’s all been reported in the Houston Chronicle, a relatively conservative newspaper that refused to endorse either DeLay or Bush for re-election.

If by "bible-based" he means everybody goes to Hooters to watch football and get red-neck drunk with a bunch of cleaned-up hookers after church, it sounds like a pretty easy sell in Sugar Land.

Woo-hoo!!! Sheeee-yit!!! God bless Texas!!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Fuck Norquist, We've Got Shit to Do!

I really, strongly feel the need to respond briefly to the vile and arrogant editorial by Grover Norquist on NPR’s Marketplace yesterday, and then move on to something important.

He says the the modern Democratic party is over, since the Democratic party is the party of government, and Republicans now control the government. The first thing they’re going to do is shut down the trial lawyers, which will cut off the major source of funding for the Democrats. Next, they’ll privatize Social Security and repeal the “death tax”, which will create more investors, and more family farm millionaires. Then they’ll target labor unions, which they envision will shut down more funding, and the huge organizing advantage the Democrats have enjoyed through their partnership with organized labor. Apprently, few lawyers and more investors, via Social Security privatization, means fewer democrats and more republicans.

That’s right, all you liberals. Your “party” is over. What a delusional asshole. The Republican party is, and always has been, the party of disinformation, propaganda and fear. If the Democratic party has dropped the ball on anything, and it surely has, the first and most glaring is its failure to educate the public about the issues in a way that resonates, and isn’t too complex. Can you imagine a Republican effort to educate the public about an issue in a way that bears any resemblance to sanity and reason? Can you say “creation science” and “global warming is a myth?”

Which brings me to the point I wanted to make before Grover the Wonder Prick distracted me.

Gay rights activists have been a prime metaphor for the failures which also plagued the democratic party at large, in my humble opinion. The rush to the altar, and the big push for civil unions and marriage initiatives in various states, coupled with some court rulings in our favor, scared the be-jezus out of even some moderate conservatives, and gave them the perfect, made-to-order opening for much of what happened in those 11 states that passed constitutional gay marriage bans on November 2nd.

What happened? Let’s break it down. Many activists warned that this pudding was half-baked, but it didn’t slow the crowd, rushing to the courthouse in San Francisco. Gavin Newsom meant well, God bless him, but that shit didn’t help us. You can’t start telling people there’s nothing to be scared of blah-blah-blah, because once you’ve already scared the shit out of them, they’re not listening, they’re acting on their fear.

An official at The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, meeting in St. Louis last week, said in an interview with NPR that the legislative agenda of the movement has, up to now, been at least 10 years ahead of the political and public education strategy, which is putting the cart before the horse. It should be exactly the opposite. Efforts to education politicians and the public about our issues should precede legislative strategies (trying to get laws passed) by at least 10 years if you want to see any kind of success, and it just ain’t happened.

The disappointing and dispiriting bitch slaps suffered by the gay and lesbian community in November can largely be explained by our failure to educate politicos and the public about who we are, and what we are about, and what the issues really mean, so people voted their fear, which, (Hello!!) sounds like the same thing that happened to the Democratic party nationwide on that same day.
Yes, the problem is fear. And the answer is education. I’m a metaphor for the problem faced by the gay community at large. Nobody who knows me, fears me. Apparently, lots of people who don’t know me, do.

Monday, November 15, 2004

Moderate Schmoderate….

It’s official. There is no longer any point in being a moderate Republican. They have officially become irrelevant.

Take Arlen Specter. Specter made the mistake of saying that anti-choice Bush judicial appointees would have a hard time being confirmed by the Senate. The wing-nuts on the right are now demanding that Specter lose his chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Then Bill Frist shows up on the Sunday morning shows to snivel that whoever leads the Senate Judiciary Committee must agree to support the President’s judicial nominees. So much for checks and balances.

This is the face of the new Republican party. Welcome all ditto-heads, and please leave your brain at the door, if you had one with you when you got here, which remains in dispute.

I wonder if they’ve thought far enough into their imagined future to really consider the fall-out of this “we won, move to the back of the bus, and shut the hell up” playbook. Let the Republican majority purge all branches of the government of anyone who doesn't believe in the hateful, bigoted, narrow-minded, Baptist-taliban agenda. Then moderate Republicans, and the American people might wake up and realize the conservative vision of the "new" Republican party, and how things are going to shake out.

Give us Ralph Reed in a cabinet post. Let’s ram through a law that ties Federal money to prayer in schools, abstinence education, and the teaching of “creation science.” Let’s inscribe John 3:16 on Mt. Rushmore, right under W’s face. Why not move the swearing-in from the capitol steps over to Bob Jones University? Oh, and if we’re going to codify parts of the Bible, why not just go ahead and enact all of it. Too bad for Giuliani and Gingrich; they’ve had their last divorce, since it’ll be illegal now.

Get rid of all the so-called Republicans-In-Name-Only (RINO’s) who’ve been moderating the right wingers for years, and let it slide far enough to the right to scare the shit out of enough people so we can effect real change in 2006.

Friday, November 12, 2004

Mandate vs. Man Date...

From Maureen Dowd’s column…

"W.'s presidency rushes backward, stifling possibilities, stirring intolerance, confusing church with state, blowing off the world, replacing science with religion, and facts with faith. We're entering another dark age, more creationist than cutting edge, more premodern than postmodern. Instead of leading America to an exciting new reality, the Bushies cocoon in a scary, paranoid, regressive reality. Their new health care plan will probably be a return to leeches."

According to my dictionary, a "mandate" is a "clear instruction," but the Chimperor did not get a clear instruction from the electorate to carry out his radical policies in 2000, nor did he get a mandate for doing so in 2004. His margin of victory over Kerry was 3 million votes, the smallest margin of victory for an incumbent since 1916. Further, he took the 11 Southern States by 5 million and lost the other 39 states by 2 million. Finally, without Ohio, the Chimperor would have lost the election, and his margin of victory in Ohio can be largely explained by the gay-hate vote.

Since Trent Lott's attack on gays prior to the Clinton oral sex wars, it's been quite clear that gays have replaced Communists as the whipping boys used to get the Republican foot soldiers to the polls. In Ohio, Bush used gay-hate to get Christian conservatives to the polls to vote for him, and we're not just talking about gay marriage, here; Ohio voters may not have realized it, but they voted to strip people of the right to contractually arrange distribution of assets, child custody, pensions, and other employment benefits.

Then, in the aftermath, the Chimperor calls for the healing to begin. “Healing” is merely code for shutting up and allowing the President to do whatever the hell he wants. But we did that for four years. For four years we waited for the President to stop rending this nation apart and be a uniter not a divider, as he promised. For four years we gave him the benefit of the doubt as to his truthfulness. For four years the subservient press went along with whatever he and his minions said; there was almost no investigating, no insisting on substantive answers to important questions, no in-depth reporting on the effect the Bush administration was having on the country. And we kept watching. Now we should 'heal'? I think not. It's ludicrous to even use that word given the state of our country's affairs. Maybe he means “heel” (as in dog +leash…).

The funny irony is the president owes what he quaintly refers to as his “mandate” to the fanatical belief of his many evangelical followers that I should not have one. (A ‘man date,’ that is.) If the president really wants a man date, I think I can get him one. But that’s the only thing pronounced “mandate” he’ll ever have from this bitterly divided nation.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

In case any of you missed this...

PORT ANGELES, WA: Tom Bihn, a Port Angeles-based company that designs, manufactures and sells laptop bags, messenger bags, backpacks and briefcases, has garnered worldwide media attention this week over the contents of the label sewn into most bags.

The inside label carries instructions on washing and caring for the bags. Because the bags are sold in Canada, the instructions are also printed in French. The French version, however, contains an additional phrase: "NOUS SOMMES DESOLES QUE NOTRE PRESIDENT SOIT UN IDIOT. NOUS N'AVONS PAS VOTE POUR LUI."

Translated to English, the phrase reads, "We are sorry that our President is an idiot. We did not vote for him."

The "secret" message began as an inside joke among seamstresses and staff at the Tom Bihn factory, and was apparently intended to poke fun at company's founder and president, Tom Bihn.

Bihn has created a t-shirt featuring the label, and will donate all proceeds of the sale of the shirts to the Seattle Vet Center, specifically towards its Homeless Vet Program. The t-shirt is available for purchase on its Web site (www.tombihn.com), and at its Seattle retail store.

Tom Bihn products are proudly made in its Port Angeles, Washington, factory.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Spotted another one...

I always love spotting another one of my own tribe, i.e., Proud Pinko Liberal.

The Washington Post reports this, overheard...

After photographers at the Glamour magazine awards ask (the fabulous Texan) Helen Thomas to move to the left, she replies, "I'm already on the left. I'm a liberal, a glamorous liberal!"

Hell yeah! (Hey, Helen. So am I. ;-)

Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammo…


I’ve been thinking about something lately. I heard a story told by a veteran Democratic poll worker, working the polls on election day with a novice volunteer. They were approaching people with literature about the Democratic candidates, when he noticed that the newbie had allowed an elderly gentleman to walk right by him, and even though he wasn’t busy with another voter, he didn’t speak to him. The veteran asked him why he didn’t engage that gentleman, and the newbie said “What’s the point? He was wearing an American flag lapel pin. He’s obviously a Republican.” The same story could be told if the elderly voter had been wearing a cross, or praying hands lapel pin.

When did the progressive left abdicate patriotism and religion? I don’t know when it happened, but I’ve been guilty of buying into it myself. I have had the same exact reaction to these little cues that the novice volunteer fell victim to, and I’m not doing it any more. I have seen cars with yellow “support our troops” ribbons, or American flag stickers, or the Christian fish symbol, and I’ve reacted with a “Sheesh, what a rube” kind of head shake, and it’s just maddening when I realize it now.

I may be a pinko liberal, but I’m a goddamn patriot! And I may be a pinko liberal, but I’m a highly spiritual person, and have been active in churches all my life. The right cannot have this position any longer. It’s over. Does it piss anybody else off that so many Bush voters came out of the polls saying they cast their vote on moral values issues?!? Implication: if you believe in moral values, you are a conservative, and if you’re a progressive or a liberal, you do not. Hell with that shit from now on.

I shared with a lot of people that I intend to leave my Kerry-Edwards bumper sticker on until it falls off, or I get to cover it up with my Evan Bayh for America bumper sticker, but I’ve decided to do one more thing, and I encourage you all to do the same. Surprise some people. Put your “support our troops” or better yet… “pray for our troops” sticker right underneath it. I’m ordering one of those magnetic ones in the Stars & Stripes pattern which reads “Pray for Our Troops!,” and it’s going right back there under the Kerry/Edwards sticker. Liberals and progressives across the nation have to lay claim to our share of the “religious patriots for moral values” ground, or we’re going to be playing defense on it forever.

I learned about patriotism in school, and about prayer in church. Unless you want those roles reversed for your kids, we better get our shit together as progressives, and do it now.

Friday, November 05, 2004

Blame the Media, and Let's Move On...

And so it begins...

The post-mortem spin on why what happened, happened, is in full-tilt boogie mode, with our typically and reliably stupid media still dancing to the right’s tune, blaming the victim (Kerry and the Democrats) for losing, which is akin to blaming the thirteen-year-old girl for being raped by her mother’s crack-head boyfriend.

The real story of this race is that on every level, the Republicans ran a campaign that was sleazier, more ruthless, and more shockingly dishonest than any campaign since the Great Depression, and the media carried water for them like it was a regular job.

Even that great Grey Lady, The New York Times, carried Elizabeth Bumiller’s lengthy screed on the front page, dissecting Kerry’s loss, and quickly laying the blame anywhere but at the feet of media hacks like herself, who along with colleagues at CNN, MSNBC, and the nefarious FOX News, dutifully reported every alleged “flip-flop” charge, carrying unchallenged video clips from the President’s stump speeches to the adoring Stepford supporters, claiming “mah ‘ponent says you have to pass a ‘global test’ before you can defend ‘Mer’ca!” No analysis or commentary from the scribes or pundits -- just show it. Then show a clip from a Kerry speech on some subject or other, which doesn’t answer the President’s outlandish lie. See? That was fair. He gets a clip, and then the other guy gets a clip. The fact that the President of the United States just told a bald-faced lie isn’t worthy of some kind of comment? And it’s John Kerry’s fault that Bush and the Repugs won the election by 1% of the vote. Puh-thetic!

Karl Rove said the election turned out like it did because the voters “had deep doubts about the other guy.” Any mention in response to this of the “Swift Boat” Liars for Bush, or the “global test” lie the president kept repeating, or Cheney’s warning that a Kerry win would surely mean that we’d “get hit” even harder than before… any mention by the political press in response to Rove’s assessment to explain where these “deep doubts”, if they exist, may have come from? Abso-freakin-lutely not.

The political reporters can be counted on to play right along with the Republican lizards’ version of this post-mortem because, as always, to the victor goes the spin. The toothless White House Press Corps acquitted itself very well in the President’s first press conference yesterday…

“Hey, Gregory, you’re an asshole.”

“Thank you, Mr. President, sir.”

“Shut the fuck up, you ignorant prick!”

“Yes, Mr. President, sir.”

“Mandate! Political Capital! Bite me!”

“Thank you, Mr. President.”

Leave it to the Brits to ask out loud the question that the Proud Pinko Liberal was thinking to himself... Posted by Hello

from our friends to the north... www.marryanamerican.com Posted by Hello

From the Beautiful Mind of Molly Ivins...

Do you know how to cure a chicken-killin' dog? Now, you know you cannot keep a dog that kills chickens, no matter how fine a dog it is otherwise. Some people think you cannot break a dog that has got in the habit of killin' chickens, but my friend John Henry always claimed you could. He said the way to do it is to take one of the chickens the dog has killed and wire the thing around the dog's neck, good and strong. And leave it there until that dead chicken stinks so bad that no other dog or person will even go near that poor beast. Thing'll smell so bad the dog won't be able to stand himself. You leave it on there until the last little bit of flesh rots and falls off, and that dog won't kill chickens again. The Bush administration is going to be wired around the neck of the American people for four more years, long enough for the stench to sicken everybody. It should cure the country of electing Republicans.

© 2004 Working Assets.

Read the full article here: http://www.workingforchange.com/article.cfm?itemid=18028

Thursday, November 04, 2004

You gotta laugh...

Samples from the The Daily Show's first post-apocalypse hit:

Rob Corddry:

The Democrats wanted to keep this from going to courts. Thanks to their strategy of an incoherent campaign message, an uncomfortable Vietnam fetish, and an undying belief in the get out the vote power of Ashton Kutcher and Bon Jovi, it won't be.

Ed Helms on W's mandate:

If you want to have gay sex or visit a library, it's probably your last night to do those things. . . I'll be killing two birds with one stone.

Now what?

From the ‘Now what?’ file…

So, I’ve heard that after four years of demonizing gays, raping the environment, crapping on the Constitution, annulling civil rights, ignoring the poor, ignoring minorities, ignoring women, ignoring science, embracing extremists, invading sovereign countries, blowing up innocent civilians, and losing bin Laden, our exalted president now thinks it's a time for healing and unity.

How do I put this nicely? Fuck him!

I'm all for unity. I'm all for healing. But I'm not an idiot. George Bush isn't our new president, he's our old president. We've had him for four years and we know how he works. He surrounds himself with neocon hawks and ideologues, and is too stupid, or too ignorant, to do anything other than follow blindly the axis-of-Cheney. He will use the American military might to attack and trash and pillage again and again like he has for four years. As Ronald Reagan would say: Trust, but verify. I'm all for George Bush being a uniter, but we already know that’s not his priority. I'm going to trust the George Bush I know. I know George Bush, George Bush has been the president for four years, and Mr. President... you're an asshole.

As George Bush himself once said:
"There's an old saying in Tennessee - I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, fool me once, shame on - shame on you. Fool me - you can't get fooled again."

Your thoughts on ‘Okay, now what?’

'Nuff said. Posted by Hello



Boy, did that suck!

That being said, and I'm sure much more about that later... out of the ashes of the Pinko Liberal's despair over the disaster that was Election 2004, rose the phoenix of the Proud Pinko Liberal. This is my spot on the web for friends and onlookers to take heart, read my rants, reviews and cries into the abyss, and post their own thoughts as well, on politics, life in these United States, our once and future Chimperor, and the chimperialist dynasty he's set his sights on.

As Mo Udall once put it, "the people have spoken, goddamn them."

They showed up. The Republican base, that is. The people who believe that their marriages are threatened by those of gay people, the people who believe there were WMD in Iraq and that Saddam waved a hankie at Mohammed Atta, the people who believe His eye is on every embryo. They all showed up, and there are more of them than there are of us. This was a faith-based electorate and, for whatever reason, their belief was stronger than our reality. This is a country I do not recognize any more. But as Kate Hepburn said in The Lion in Winter, "What do you want me to do? Give up, give out, give in..?". She didn't as Queen Eleanor, nor shall I, and nor should any of you.

So, this is me, not giving up, giving out, or giving in, but rather giving 'em hell.

First things first... Hello, and welcome. Pinko Liberals, (and you know who you are,) are born, not made. PROUD Pinko Liberals, on the other hand, evolve. Where the fuck did this sad liberal self-hating shame come from anyway? (That's a rhetorical question...) Growing up, and (God help me) still living in the Bible Belt, I'd always accepted the conventional wisdom that "liberal = communist" and "conservative = Jesus." I had to evolve to the realization that Jesus was the biggest liberal ever, even way to the left of George McGovern and Paul Wellstone. No? Think Ann Coulter would give all her worldly possessions to the poor and hug up on a leper?

Webster's dictionary defines a Liberal as one who is open minded, not strict in the observance of orthodox, traditional or established forms or ways. Jesus was a pluralist Liberal who taught that one need not conform to strict and orthodox views of God, religion, and life. He rejected greed, violence, the glorification of power, the amassing of wealth without social balance, and the personal judging of others, their lifestyles and beliefs. Now I ask you... who wouldn't be proud to align themselves with such a philosophy. Well, I'd tell you who, but I think you already know. Them, that's who.

No more liberals crouching in corners, hiding under their desks, laughing at fag jokes to disguise their true liberal nature. I don't care if you live in Macon, Georgia, for Chrissakes! Come out, come out, wherever you are, and start right now, at ground zero of the greatest progressive election effort the world has ever seen, and stand proudly in the light of day, and shake your liberal fist in the face of the Chimperor and his ditto heads, and say it. "I'm a liberal American, and I'm proud of it. So fuck you!" There. Now didn't that feel good?

And look at it this way. More people in this country turned out on election day to vote AGAINST George W. Bush than have voted against any sitting president in the history of this democracy. So let Cheney stick that in his "mandate" and choke on it.