"I can respect anyone who chooses to live in
the closet on one condition: They don't actively fight for laws in an elected office that allow for
discrimination, hate and bigotry. If Senator Craig needs (to give a stranger a blow job) every now
and then from the men's room, I think that's pathetic, but ... to each his own and understand, you're
going to get caught." --
Sara Whitman, Link
Excerpt: Everyone has their favorite "Gonzo" memory: his
endless "do not recalls"; his quibbling
definitions of torture; his dismissive attitude
toward the "quaint" and "obsolete" Geneva Conventions.
But my personal favorite was his insistence that
the U.S. Constitution doesn't expressly recognize
habeas corpus, the great fair-trial principle
of English law that dates back to the Magna Carta in 1215.
"There is no expressed grant of habeas in the
Constitution," Gonzales told congress on Jan. 18.
He did acknowledge, however, that there was "a
prohibition against taking it away."
"I want to be perfectly clear: I do not think
the hatred against Hillary Clinton is justified. I don't begin to understand it. But
you can't pretend it doesn't exist, and it will energize the Republican base. Their nominee
won't energize them, Bush won't, but Hillary as the nominee will. It's hard for John to
talk about, but it's the reality." -- Elizabeth
Another reality is the GOP is going to demonize anyone they run
They'll put horns on Hillary's head and call her the Devil.
They'll morph her into Osama and say, "Don't
elect Osama for president."
Running against fascist thugs is a contact sport, and we need
Does John Edwards seem to you to be an experienced knife-fighter?
Does Obama seem to you to be an experienced knife-fighter?
Elizabeth seems to suggest that if we send up a decent,
honorable man, the GOP will respect
that and play fair and not demonize the guy, even tho we already
tried that with Gore and Kerry.
More than a few Republicans must be muttering
that question, despite the fervent denial of
Larry "Wide Stance" Craig that he is, indeed,
gay. As one embarrassing episode follows another,
with almost predictable regularity, perhaps it
is time for Republicans and conservatives to ask
themselves an obvious question: What makes the
Republican Party -- and the conservative
movement more generally -- so attractive to closeted
Somewhere in the textbooks of psychosexual pathology
there may be a straightforward answer,
so to speak. Does the party draw closeted men
because they can hide behind Republican homophobia?
Or does the party promote homophobia as a political
ruse while closeted men run the show?
Meanwhile, the GOP keeps insisting being gay is
So why do so many devout right-wingers choose
to be gay?
"This administration has undone so much. Not
unlike the Germans in the 1930s. Civil liberties, the environment, replacing
all the judges...It's been a grassroots thing. Which is what the Nazis did.
Cheney not letting people have access is very Nazi." -- Viggo Mortensen,
RE: Last issue's Monkey mailer: Another
religious nut that thinks all of us who aren't Jesus freaks
will suffer the righteous judgement of his imagination.
If Kahana would only read further in Romans 2
he would see that his so-called brethern
or "religious" flock (sheeple) that still support
the Bush agenda may be the ones that are
ultimately punished for their support of Bush's
bad deeds in the world.
Maybe he should also read up on Matthew 7 - especially
the part about false prophets of peace
(i.e. Bush) in sections 15-20. Then he
may understand why everything Bush touches turns to shit.
Religious values & American values should
not be forced upon other peoples by law or by gunpoint.
True American & spiritual values are worth
living and should set an example that others would want to follow.
Jim in Seattle
Excerpt: Add faked photos to the list of lies told by
the Bush-Cheney Administration before its invasion of Iraq.
In a town hall meeting in Bloomsburg, Pa., this
week, Rep. Paul Kanjorski, a 12-term congressman,
said that shortly before Congress was scheduled
to vote on authorizing military force against Iraq,
top officials of the CIA showed select
members of Congress three photographs it alleged were
Iraqi Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), better
known as drones. Kanjorski said he was told that
the drones were capable of carrying nuclear,
biological, or chemical agents, and could strike
1,000 miles inland of east coast or west coast
Hmmm, unmanned drones that could deliver WMDs 1,000 miles inside
That's almost enough to make one want to defuse
that threat, unless, of course, you're sure the
CIA is lying, then you're clear to gamble with
those hundreds of millions of American lives.
Should Rep. Paul Kanjorski have called them liars
to their faces?
I mean, everyone knew the CIA was lying
- at the time - right?
Excerpt: The temperature topped 110 degrees as Bush stepped
off Air Force One. A Marine Cobra pilot briefed Bush
about the positives and negatives of current
troop rotations. He told the president that troops were not getting
enough time at home and did not have enough
time for training.
"Morale?" asked Bush. "How's morale?"
"Very high sir," the pilot, Capt. Lee Hemming,
If that's true, if morale is "very high" why do they need more
time at home?
The answer is Capt Lee Hemming lied to the president, like all
the people Bush talks to.
Nobody wants to say, "Moral is very
low because these men are tired of war and they want to go back to their loved ones and
their daily lives," so they lie to Bush.
Soldiers like Lemming are the reason a 12-month tour turns into
15 or 18 months.
If morale is "very high," why would they need a break?
"'Red state' means gay-fearing conservative.
So in scarlet-red Idaho, you won't get very far if you're gay. You won't be at all happy in the Republican
circles if you're anything but a straight arrow, so to speak. And don't give me Log Cabin Republicans.
They're not very happy. They're gay."
-- CNN's Bob Franken, speaking for all gay Republicans, Link
Not sure how Bob Franken became an expert on Log Cabin Republicans,
but if they're not happy,
they could always leave the GOP and join a political party that
doesn't hate them up-front.
What the fuck is happening? All the signs point
to Bush and Cheney doing the ultimate insane thing
of an already insane presidency--attacking Iran.
There are warnings flying all over the place.
If these threats are not merely intended to intimidate
Iran (trial balloon sorts of things) and are in fact
harbingers of things that are going to happen
soon, what can we do? I don't hear any big time Democrats
objecting -- they're all too intimidated at the
thought of being called traitors by Hannity, Rush and Coulter.
(Why haven't they figured out that those assholes
will call them traitors no matter what the Democrats do?)
An attack on Iran would be a catastrophe, possibly
the start of World War III. So what the fuck can we do, Bart?
Is it time to hit the streets? Can anything be
I doubt you and I can do anything, but Reid and
Pelosi could warn Bush that any attack on Iran would
seal his fate in history as the Worst President
Ever by giving Bush the BIG FREEZE on any legislation
that he might try to get thru congress in the
next year or so - leaving the bloody quagmire his sole legacy.
But they won't do that because they're too timid
With Rove gone, you'd think they'd get a little
braver, but noooooooo.
Single, white, wide-stancy male looking for
other wide-stance-ual men for some anonymous wide-stance-omy. Don't
worry if you tell other people that wide-stance-ication with the same stance is
a sin - your secret is safe with me.
They say that ignorance is bliss and the Senator
Larry Craig incident has shattered my ignorant bliss.
I've used the restrooms at airports for some 30
years without even considering that guys were in there
trying to pick up other guys for sex. I was very
happy not knowing anything about this and now when
I walk into a public restroom I'm going to be
aware of what Republicans might be doing around me.
The innocence of just going to the bathroom is
Excerpt: Shortly after the Petraeus lies are presented,
Bush will be presenting the latest bill for the surge
- an estimated $50 billion on top of the $147
billion Congress just voted for continuing the war.
That will bring the ongoing tab for Iraq to near
$15 billion a month.
Or, as they say, in for a penny, in for $1 trillion,
and please ignore the fact that we can't find the money
or the leadership needed to repair our own failing
air traffic control system, our aging infrastructure of
roads and bridges and sewer and water systems,
health insurance for the 47 million Americans who
don't have it and can't afford it, or our military
forces and equipment, which have been stretched
beyond the breaking point by endless combat tours
in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Excerpt: Two years ago, Americans watched in horror as
a great city drowned, and wondered what had happened
to their country. Where was FEMA? Where was the
National Guard? Why wasn't the government of the
world's richest, most powerful nation coming
to the aid of its own citizens?
The levees were breached Monday morning - but
as late as Thursday evening, New Orleans "still had no
visible government presence," while "corpses
lay out in the open among wailing babies and other refugees."
Meanwhile, federal officials were oblivious. "We
are extremely pleased with the response to this terrible tragedy,"
declared Michael Chertoff, the secretary for
Homeland Security, on Wednesday. When asked the next day
about the situation at the convention center,
he dismissed the reports as "a rumor" or "someone's anecdotal version."
It must've broken CNN's heart to run the pictures of what was happening
in New Orleans.
After all they'd done over the years to candy-coat Bush's crimes and
mistakes, the pictures
told a horrible truth that the CNN press puppies couldn't spin as "another
Here is find myself defending a Republican Senator.
I am beside myself, but my principles have got the better of me.
The guy pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly
conduct. Since when is that enough to demand that a Senator or
Congressman resign? Yes, he is a big fat stinking
hypocrite and a closet case, but those are hardly resignable offenses.
Make no mistake about it, Senator Craig is being
hounded out of office because he is a homosexual Republican and
a closet case. Should every misdemeanor offense
be impeachable? Bush and Cheney and Kennedy and a hundred
other DUIs go out. Yeah, the guy is a repugnant
pig and I wouldn't vote for him, but I wouldn't vote for him because
of his policies and positions, none of which
None of us, straight, gay, black, white, Jew,
Catholic, commie, Dem or Republican will ever have any real freedom
as long as a bunch of fundamentalist homophobes
can run one of their own out of office for being queer. I'm not happy
with the disorderly plea, but it's a disorderly
plea, no one has ever been run out of a Senate seat for this before.
This is a step backward, even for a hypocritical
closet case like Craig.
We should all write him letters, urging him to
It might be fun if he hung around... :)
The GOP is holding
in Minneapolis. I think they all want a crack at that infamous
Men's Room Stall.
Excerpt: The freedom to travel of more than 100,000 Americans
placed on "watch" and "no fly" lists
is being restricted by the Bush-Cheney regime.
Citizens who have done no more than criticize
the president are being banned from airline flights,
harassed at airports', strip searched, roughed
up and even imprisoned, feminist author and political
activist Naomi Wolf reports in her new book,
"The End of America."(Chelsea Green Publishing)
"Making it difficult for (Bush enemies) to travel
is a classic part of the fascist playbook," Wolf says.
Yep, that's the playbook they use, The Fascist
Playbook, the one Adolph and Prescott wrote.
Excerpt: Why do you think Americans care so much about
an "issue" that ignites so little controversy in Europe?
Why are we alone in the developed world in our
intense distress about the fact that a minority of people
are erotically attracted to members of their
own their own sex rather than to the opposite sex?
I would have felt deeply sorry for the blockheaded
senator (how could he possibly have thought he
could keep such an arrest out of the papers?)
if he were not one of those moralizers who wants to police
everyone else's sex life. How terrible it must
be to live an entirely life at odds with your deepest desires,
and how terrible it must be for a woman to know
that she has been living with such a man for years.
You watch - the GOP will send him Tom Hagen-like messages to "Do
the right thing" and kill himself.
to save the GOP from further shame. Then they can say the Democrats
killed that poor gay Republican.
James Inhofe -- "Possibly the dumbest senator
ever" -- is up for re-selection next year.
Do we really need a psycho who still maintains
that global climate change is a hoax and that
"God's Will" should be taught INSTEAD of science,
who said all the "suspected terrorists"
being tortured "must have been guilty, or they
wouldn't be there?"
Inhofe's response to Larry Craig propositioning
a total stranger in a public bathroom
(hey, NOBODY SANE cares
who someone not your own spouse has sex with,
so long as they're a consenting
adult, but bumping uglies with a total stranger
in a public bathroom?
That's just NASTY)
was "Nobody in MY family has ever been a homosexual!"
(Um, how would he know?
Did he follow his greatgrandparents around to
see everyone they had sex with?
Does he follow his grandchildren around and spy
on them? That's a little disturbing, man.)
Maybe, with enough national public attention,
we could get the voters and recognize a lunatic
when they see one foaming at the mouth.
Or maybe we could find a whore ugly enough and
desperate enough to be seen with him.
Excerpt: Eighteen Nigerian men accused of dressing up
as women during a party at a hotel
went on trial Tuesday before an Islamic sharia
court in the northern state of Bauchi.
Dozens of residents shouted abuse and hurled stones
at the men as they were escorted
into an armored prison vehicle after the hearing,
prompting police to fire tear-gas at the crowd.
The men, mostly in their 20s, were arrested in
a Bauchi hotel on August 4. Police say
they were dressed as women, which is illegal
under the state's sharia penal code.
Muhammad Bununu told reporters the accused were
"addressing each other
as women and dressing themselves as women."
The offence is punishable by up to a year in prison
and 20 lashes by cane.
is that with fun whips
or that nasty kind of whip?"
"We have a real distaste for some of the things
Bush has done. But to let that be the driving force for our actions to
block the surveillance of someone and perhaps stop another attack like 9/11 would
be unwise." --
Rep. Lincoln Davis (D-Tenn.), who voted to allow Dubya to spy on all of
Typical idiotic Democrat, allowing Bush
to frame the black-and-white issue in his terms.
Bush can spy on anyone he wants - as long
as he keeps records so we can see who he's spying on.
If he's spying on the bad guys overseas
- fine - but that's not what he's doing. He's spying on Hillary
and Obama and old girlfriends - and if
he's not, why can't we know who he's spying on?
Democrats - stupid and cowardly at
the same time.
"We can do this, but you have to keep in mind
Republicans care more about catching Democrats than catching terrorists.
They have spent years taking Roosevelt's notion that we have nothing to fear but fear
itself and given us nothing but fear."
-- Rep. Rahm Emanuel, one of the few Democrats who's not
stupid or cowardly, Link
Bart, I got the radio and it is well worth the
price of admission... Thank you....
Now down to business...
Why aren't the Democrats taking the pervert sex
thing and running with it?
Like to the end zone? Don't Republican's
even do girls anymore?
This could be sooo much bigger if the handjob
media would do their f-ing job.
Me myself would be terrified at even entering
an airport restroom. Is anyone addressing My pain?
You're right. Guys blowing each other in public
facilities. It's hard enough at that advanced age to
start the stream without some Republican Senator
tapping on your foot......
PS. Anyone that enjoys you for free would really
get a kick out the radio show... Dude. It's worth it......
Excerpt: I had the bad luck to be on the 2000 to 0800
night shift. And so I saw the detainees dragged in
for interrogation, heard the screams, and saw
many of them dragged out.
Watching Act I of the faux-trial of Lt. Col. Steven
Jordan last week at Fort Meade, Maryland,
confirmed my worst suspicions. I know Jordan;
I was in place for his entire tenure at Abu Ghraib,
including when prisoners were being tortured;
he was my immediate boss.
Enter from the wings Maj. Gen. George Fay who
was handpicked to run interference for Rumsfeld
by conducting the same kind of "full and thorough
investigation" that Nixon ordered for Watergate.
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