Friday, October 20, 2006


Perhaps correctly reading (and wouldn't that be a first) the writing on the wall, the Republican National Committee, we hear, has rescinded its targeting project of Maryland, hoping to turn it red. That decision, we're told, came sometime in the last week, shortly after the poll numbers showed Ben Cardin with a nine-point lead. If it's true, it means the reds have determined that a Repiglican win is unlikely, if not impossible. Oooo... Things ain't looking good for the neofascist party in Maryland.... or anywhere else for that matter. Under normal circumstances, this would be the time the administration pulls out the big guns and sends the Fearless Leader, or his protege, Reichfuhrer Cheney out to pimp the party picks. But with six years of breathtakingly bad government as their only recommendation, even your run-of-the-mill, half-bright repiglican candidate knows shit on a stick tends to drive voters away rather than attract them.
So, six months ago, democratic Party strategists were thinking that they could probably regain control of the House in the mid-term. Now it's nearly a forgone conclusion, and the Senate seems a real possibility as well. ... And this is as it should be; one party controlling the executive branch while the other control the legislative side. But don't look for the federal government to regain it's footing anytime soon. Even if the Dems do regain control of congress, they still may have a serious battle in front of them in the next two years. The First Shrub has vastly exceeded his authority and it will take some time and muscle to wrest it back.
And by that time, we'll be into another election season, so it's likely we'll end up with a single party controlling both the executive and legislative branches.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006


....Black people don't trust the police.
Yup. Let's just let that sit there for a moment so we can ponder this breaking news....
Okay, that's long enough.
Was this headline really worth the cyberspace is took up? I mean, this can't be news, given the elitist and bullying nature of so many cops. Whether we want to admit it or not, the truth is that prejudice is a big part of the law enforcement psyche.... We've all seen the court case where various police agencies are taken to task for racial profiling... Ever been to a jail or a prison and seen the racial makeup there? Majority black. Death sentences are imposed much more in cases where the victim was white and the accused was black than on black on black, or white on black.
and this is not even to mention people like Bull Connors, George Wallace, Lester Maddox, or Nathan Bedford Forest. That blacks don't trust the cops is not news. News would be if a poll showed that blacks do trust the cops. News would be if a serious poll showed that that majority of white people don't trust cops..... though that would be an interesting poll, wouldn't it?
Me, I'm white as Wonder Bread, but I grew up on the streets and I absolutely don't trust cops. That not to suggest that I think all cops are dirty. I don't. But I don't think cops, as demographic group, are any more clean than any other group of randomly-picked citizens of the same age, gender, racial and educational makeup.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006


Call it gun control if you want. I call it muzzle discipline. .... Hittin' what you're aiming at and not whacking the friendlies while you're doing it. But for those ignorant sons-of-bitches out there who believe that because I support certain issues that they oppose, then I must also support gun control -- as in outlawing private ownership of firearms... I don't. But that's not the end of the statement. Neither do I support unregulated ownership.... here's the bottom line: you want to own a device that's designed to kill things, people included. Okay, then own the respopnsibility for it too. If you get shitfaced, get mad at your wife, your neighbor, or anyone else and decide to cap them, you pay the price. By the same token, if you're stupid, lazy or both and your gun finds its way into the hands of someone who shouldn't have it, there has to be a penalty for that too -- especially if it causes injury or death to someone. If you sell, give, or lend it to someone who is prohibited from using or owning it.... penalty time. And these "costs" and "penalties," that means significant time in the Big House. Mandatory.
And I don't have a problem with registration or pre-sale ballistic fingerprinting either. I mean, you're a law-abiding citizen who bears no evil intent, right? So, what's the problem?
Personally, I don't need the NRA to defend my constitutional rights. ... They're not doing it out the goodness of their heart, anyway. They're doing it to make money. The NRA is a business, not a 501-C3.
As to gun-control reducing crime, that's bullshit. When the citizenry looses the right to own guns, then the only people that will have guns will be those that make the rules. We call that a police state.

Sunday, October 15, 2006


Resume - George W. Bush6-21-6
ResumeGEORGE W. BUSH 1600 Pennsylvania AvenueWashington , DC 20520
LAW ENFORCEMENTI was arrested in Kennebunkport, Maine , in 1976 for driving under the influence of alcohol. I pled guilty, paid a fine,and had my driver's license suspended for 30 days. My Texas driving record has been "lost" and is not available.
I joined the Texas Air National Guard and went AWOL. I refused to take a drug test or answer any questions about mydrug use. By joining the Texas Air National Guard, I was able to avoid combat duty in Vietnam
I graduated from Yale University with a low C average. I was a cheerleader.
I ran for U.S. Congress and lost. I began my career in the oil business in Midland , Texas , in 1975. I bought an oil company, but couldn't find any oil in Texas . The company went bankrupt shortly after I sold all my stock.
I bought the Texas Rangers baseball team in a sweetheart deal that took land using taxpayer money. With the help ofmy father and our friends in the oil industry, including Enron CEO Ken Lay, I was elected governor of Texas .
I changed Texas pollution laws to favor power and oil companies, making Texas the most polluted state in the Union.
During my tenure, Houston replaced Los Angeles as the most smog-ridden city in America
I cut taxes and bankrupted the Texas treasury to the tune of billions in borrowed money.
I set the record for the most executions by any governor in American history.
With the help of my brother, the governor of Florida , and my father's appointments to the Supreme Court, I becamePresident after losing by over 500,000 votes.
I am the first President in U.S. history to enter office with a criminal record.
I invaded and occupied two countries at a continuing cost of over one billion dollars per week. I spent the U.S. surplus and effectively bankrupted the U.S. Treasury.
I shattered the record for the largest annual deficit in U.S. history.
I set an economic record for most private bankruptcies filed in any 12-month period.
I set the all-time record for most foreclosures in a 12-month period.
I set the all-time record for the biggest drop in the history of the U.S. stock market.
In my first year in office, over 2 million Americans lost their jobs and that trend continues every month.
I'm proud that the members of my cabinet are the richest of any administration in U.S. history. My "poorest millionaire," Condoleeza Rice, had a Chevron oil tanker named after her.
I set the record for most campaign fund-raising trips by a U.S. President. I am the all-time U.S. and world record-holder for receiving the most corporate campaign donations.
My largest lifetime campaign contributor, and one of my best friends, Kenneth Lay, presided over the largest corporatebankruptcy fraud in U.S. History, Enron.
My political party used Enron private jets and corporate attorneys to assure my success with the U.S. Supreme Courtduring my election decision.I have protected my friends at Enron and Halliburton against investigation or prosecution.
More time and money was spent investigating the Monica Lewinsky affair than has been spent investigating one of thebiggest corporate rip- offs in history.
I presided over the biggest energy crisis in U.S. history and refused to intervene when corruption involving the oilindustry was revealed.
I presided over the highest gasoline prices in U.S. history.
I changed the U.S. policy to allow convicted criminals to be awarded government contracts.
I appointed more convicted criminals to administration than any President in U.S. history.
I created the Ministry of Homeland Security, the largest bureaucracy in the history of the United States government.
I've broken more international treaties than any President in U.S. history.I am the first President in U.S. history to have the United Nations remove the U.S. from the Human Rights Commission.
I withdrew the U.S. from the World Court of Law.I refused to allow inspectors access to U.S . "prisoners of war"detainees and thereby have refused to abide by the GenevaConvention.
I am the first President in history to refuse United Nations election inspectors (during the 2002 U.S. election).
I set the record for fewest numbers of press conferences of any President since the advent of television.
I set the all-time record for most days on vacation in any one-year period. After taking off the entire month of August, I presided over the worst security failure in U.S. history.
I garnered the most sympathy for the U.S. after the World Trade Center attacks and less than a year later made the U.S. the most hated country in the world, the largest failure of diplomacy in world history.
I have set the all-time record for most people worldwide to simultaneously protest me in public venues (15 millionpeople), shattering the record for protests against any person in the history of mankind.
I am the first President in U.S. history to order an unprovoked, pre-emptive attack and the military occupation of a sovereign nation. I did so against the will of the United Nations, the majority of U.S. citizens, and the world community.
I have cut health care benefits for war veterans and support a cut in duty benefits for active duty troops and theirfamilies-in-wartime.
In my State of the Union Address, I lied about our reasons for attacking Iraq and then blamed the lies on our Britishfriends.
I am the first President in history to have a majority of Europeans (71%) view my presidency as the biggest threat toworld peace and security.
I am supporting development of a nuclear "Tactical Bunker Buster," a WMD. I have so far failed to fulfill my pledge to bring Osama Bin Laden [sic] to justice.(and I'm not sure the man exists at all)
All records of my tenure as governor of Texas are now in my father's library, sealed and unavailable for public view.
All records of SEC investigations into my insider trading and my bankrupt companies are sealed in secrecy and unavailablefor public view.
All records or minutes from meetings that I, or my Vice-President, attended regarding public energy policy are sealedin secrecy and unavailable for public review.

I am a member of the Republican Party.