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27 January 2005

You can't spell "obnoxious asshole" without "Bush"...

Gee, aren't we full of ourselves?

Bush said he is leading the United States toward an honorable goal in Iraq and across the world. "I firmly planted the flag of liberty," he said.

Wouldn't you have thought he'd like to share the credit?

26 January 2005

Hey, remember when John McCain wasn't a partisan hack?

Yeah, I'm finding it harder and harder to remember it, too, but this was surprising...

"So I wonder why we are starting this new Congress with a protracted debate about a foregone conclusion," McCain said. Since Rice is qualified for the job, he said, "I can only conclude that we are doing this for no other reason than because of lingering bitterness over the outcome of the election."

C'mon Senator, you really don't understand why your colleagues, who you've claimed to respect in the past, might have misgivings about Rice given her past performance and weaselly appearance at her confirmation hearings? Of course you don't agree, but feigned ignorance as a rhetorical device? Cheap shots? I expect that crap from Santorum, not you.

Hey, Dubya, I'm a shitty writer, can I get paid too?

C'mon, people, we all knew it wasn't just Armstrong Williams.

I'm sure my Comments box will soon be flooded with Republicans who will temporarily forget partisanship to denounce this irresponsible usage of their tax dollars...

23 January 2005

Don't let yourself grow cold, fox in the snow...  Posted by Hello
Crystal flows silent as links...

It's time for my occasional cleaning of the links page (sorry Poker Blog Dude), which this time is devoted to pages that certainly don't need my links but wouldn't refuse them out of good manners...

Media Matters has been doing vital work calling bullshit on the major news netwoks. I can't believe people actually have the stomach to watch and document this; ten minutes of CNN now and I can feel pieces of enamel on my tongue...

I've always been a fan of Steve Gilliard, but this past week he's been even better than usual, so the least I can do is give him a link and move him up the ecosystem. Why don't you go and read his stuff now? He's been "beating" Kos AFAIC...

21 January 2005

Yep, our electorate, ladies and gentlemen...

I was going to link to this article and comment on how Bush's re-election has hurt our standing in the world, but frankly, it was a lot more fun to read the idiotic comments from the mouthbreathers under "Read/Post Messages".

My favorite subject heading? "EUROPE: WORST COUNTRY EVER"

Sigh. I wish I were kidding.

19 January 2005

How long has the CNN Quickvote writing staff been on crack?

I mean, they've had some shitty questions, but this one's a howler. I had to answer "the same", because how the hell could Dubya be less effective this term?

16 January 2005


Hey, I didn't vote for the guy, and I never believed him when he said he would usher in a new era of personal responsibility, but those voting for Dubya on those grounds should be kicking themselves right about now.

President Bush said the public's decision to reelect him was a ratification of his approach toward Iraq and that there was no reason to hold any administration officials accountable for mistakes or misjudgments in prewar planning or managing the violent aftermath.

"We had an accountability moment, and that's called the 2004 elections," Bush said in an interview with The Washington Post.

Anyone who voted for him under principles of economic conservatism should be howling that their tax dollars are being used to pay off political pundits; I wonder how many people who felt Clinton's lying was grounds for impeachment will step up and denounce our president now.

I mean, really, I understand Republicans wanting to give their guy the partisan benefit of the doubt, but aren't you getting tired of being lied to all the time?

14 January 2005


Are we supposed to be impressed that Bush admitted he's an idiot?

"I don't know if you'd call it a regret, but it certainly is a lesson that a president must be mindful of, that the words that you sometimes say. ... I speak plainly sometimes, but you've got to be mindful of the consequences of the words. So put that down. I don't know if you'd call that a confession, a regret, something."

Yes, the fact that he speaks like a grown-up thalidomide baby is a problem, but it's a small problem compared to his inability to catch terrorists and his desire to raid Social Security...

12 January 2005


I'm getting tired of Bush's further attempts to scare the shit out of us, but the least he can do is not insult our intelligence...
"I happen to believe people who have been elected to office who ignore problems will face a price at the ballot box," Bush said during a forum with voters who support his goal of creating private investment accounts to partly replace guaranteed benefits.

No, you don't. Your own re-election proves that (Whatsama's his name?)...

09 January 2005

Things I learned in London...

* Lovely city. There was just too little time to do everything, but we did a lot, mostly visit museums. And if a gun was held to my head and I was forced to choose only one to visit next time, it would be this one.

* When I visited Russia in the mid-90s, I'd always get a bit of schadenfreudistic glee when I exchanged dollars and received thousands and thousands of rubles. Exchanging money in London gives you the opposite feeling. Our dollars are 50p notes.

* I shook the hand of a Welshman, yes I did, yes I did.

* Is there any culinary product in the UK that Jamie Oliver wouldn't deign to place his used-to-be-hunky-but-now-kinda-chunky likeness?

* I'm a big pussy. We were recommended the Good Mixer pub in Camden (where Blur and Oasis used to hang), but as we approached the smoke-filled pub, packed with rather muscular-yet-lithe patrons clad in Doc Marten Touriststompers, my wife asked if we could pass as she didn't want her clothes to be covered in smoke. Feigning disappointment, I agreed, but secretly glad my clothes weren't to be covered with my teeth...

* I'm a big pussy. We saw We Will Rock You and I liked it...

* When one of my wife's colleagues told me that the food in London was horrible, I thought that he was just being a stereotype-indulgent asshole (good guess given his support of Republicans). But if my experience was any indication, he was kinda right. We sort of abandoned the restaurant idea and just kept getting grub at the local Sainsbury's(endorsed by Jaime Oliver!) And in a pinch, Pizza Express made a decent meal.

* Yeah, I felt like a schmuck for stopping at Starbucks, but at least I wasn't a schmuck with a caffeine-deprivation headache. Anyway, I've never seen such a concentration of Starbucks in my life.

* That Jimmy Carr's a funny guy. Actually, he's rather obnoxious, but ninety percent of the time that's the same for me.

* Didn't see one corgi. Or one MP doing a silly walk. Oh well, can't let life's little disappointments get you down. Can't wait to go back...