"Our country is at war. Let's find out who
really wants to end it. All I ask is that people spend 15 minutes in their living room with
some men and women who spent nine months in hell." -- Sopranos
star James Gandolfini, at the premiere of "Alive Day Memories," the HBO
which he interviews 10 soldiers who left limbs, eyes and bits of their
sanity in Iraq, Link
Excerpt: While few tears will be shed over the resignation
of Larry Craig, there's a far stronger case for
sequenced resignations from Cheney and Bush over
a host of misjudgments and misdeeds.
If one were simply considering what was "good
for the country," a reasonable idea might be to arrange
a choreographed Agnew-Nixon pas de deux,
with Cheney stepping down first (as Agnew did in 1973),
a replacement VP quickly getting approved, and
then Bush bowing out (as Nixon did in 1974).
Since Virginia's 80-year-old Republican Sen. John
Warner has just announced he is leaving the Senate,
he might make an excellent candidate for "caretaker"
president, someone who could finish up Bush's term
and implement a bipartisan strategy for extricating
U.S. forces from the Iraqi quagmire.
"My bet is that when all is said and
done, they will."
-- George W Monkey, a really bad gambler, betting thousands of soldiers'
will eventually accept a permanant US military presence "in the region," Link
George, why would they accept your stealing their oil and raping
and burning their woman?
"We understand that benchmarks are important." --Dubya,
on May 17, 2007, http://www.salon.com/politics/war_room/
"If you simply look at benchmarks, you're going
to miss a lot of the fine-print reporting ...that does give you a sense of a whole lot
that's going on right now." --Tony
Snow on July 13, 2007, http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/07/20070713-5.html
"It would be a mistake to limit one's view
of what goes on in Iraq to the benchmarks." --Tony Snow, August 30, 2007, http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/08/20070830-1.html
"Actually, a number of those benchmarks I thought
were unrealistic from the beginning." --John
McCain, to Whore Hannity, http://www.salon.com/politics/war_room/
Are we gays weirded out by all the perv talk?
I'm not weirded out. The question of entrapment,
however, is clear to me.
This is a very informative article, which I can
vouch for from personal experience.
Excerpt: Humphreys broke down these transactions into
phases, which are similar to Craig's behavior.
First is the approach: Craig peeks into the stall.
Then he takes the stall next to the policeman.
Signaling: Craig taps his foot and touches the
cop's shoe, then slides his hand along the bottom of the stall.
There are more phases - maneuvering, contracting,
foreplay and payoff - but Craig was arrested
after the officer presumed he had "signaled."
Clearly, whatever Craig's intentions, the police
entrapped him. If the police officer hadn't met his stare,
answered that tap or done something overt, there
would be no news story. On this point, Humphreys was
adamant and explicit: "On the basis of extensive
and systematic observation, I doubt the veracity of any person
(detective or otherwise) who claims to have been
'molested' in such a setting without first having 'given his consent.'
As a straight man with no known homophobia, what
does a man do when the guy in the next stall
doesn't take no for an answer? What is
the tappee is extra handsome and the tapper is extra horny?
(I assume gay men can be as obsessed with sex
Besides, aren't there gay clubs in every larger
Why do gays need to meet in such seedy places?
Craig's actions come off as "I
don't have time to find a gay club and I need me some before I get on this plane in 45 minutes,"
which adds to the "perv" quality of all this.
I have no problem with guys hooking up, I just
don't want to be a witness.
Seems like the cop could clear a lot up by telling
us if he was on "Perv patrol" or if he was
just a cop using the restroom and was being repeatedly
hit on by the old dude.
Tell us what the hell the point of this column
Does she like the Clintons? Does she hate Hillary?
What was the point? What was the column's
Did she say anything, or was she just handing
in a column under deadline?
Winner gets a pair of shotglasses or a
t-shirt or 90-day subscription - your choice.
My computer crashed while compiling the contest entries. We'll have to work on that over the weekend.
Rumor:FOX News's Rita Cosby is pregnant by P Diddy.
Subject: Hillary & the Inaction
Bart, you asked:
> There are 535 members of congress - how'd
you single her out for the Inaction Award?
Simple answer, the other members of congress aren't
running for President (or at least not polling
anywhere near electable). She's also, whether
actually making any decisions or policy concerning
the move towards attacking Iraq or not, been
in the spotlight since the beginning.
She stands out, she stood wrong, and now she wants
to be President. That gets her the award.
Am I going to lose this argument to the WABAC
You say, "She's
running for president!" - but she wasn't
running in 2003 when she voted
to defend America against Bush's fake WMD drones
that the CIA "proved" were aimed at us.
How can you hold Hillary 2003 to 2007 standards?
I'll still vote for her, but only because I want
Bill back, not on her own merit of which she has little.
Oprah was voted Second Most Admired American female.
Care to guess who beat her?
I've asked before and you didn't respond, what
are her noteworthy accomplishments that indicate
she should be the leader of the most powerful
nation in the world. Being better than Bush isn't an answer.
Is "Compared to who?" an answer?
Who's your idea of an accomplished American female
- Elizabeth Dole?
Someday she's going to list "former president
of the United States" on her resume.
Will you deem that "noteworthy?"
I don't dislike her, but I also don't see her
just less contemptible than the other candidates
(plus the Bill factor).
I also still maintain that if the Democratic ticket
is a woman and a black man,
in America, we're going to get hosed no matter
what the polls say. Sad, but true.
Obama has already burned that bridge to the future.
He said Hillary was Bush-Cheney lite - how could
he end up running with her?
I don't think Obama played his cards right.
He's going "all in" as a newbie freshman - I'm not sure that's a smart
If you're an up & coming boxer, do you go after the Champ when you're
Excerpt: Such references to spiritual warfare - prayer as
battle against Satan, evil, and sin - might seem like heavy
evangelical rhetoric for the senator from New
York, but they went over well with the Sojourners audience,
as did her call to "inject faith into policy."
It was language that recalled Clinton's Jesus moment a year earlier,
when she'd summoned the Bible to decry a Republican
anti-immigrant initiative that she said would "criminalize
the good Samaritan...and even Jesus himself."
Liberal Christians crowed ("Hillary Clinton Shows the Way
Democrats Can Use the Bible," declared a blogger
at TPMCafe) while conservative pundits cried foul,
accusing Clinton of scoring points with a faith
not really her own.
So she's trying to fool the religio-crazies to get a few votes.
Talk about conspiracy theories. That's almost
as bad as those idiots saying that liberal talk radio fails
because of a corporate media conspiracy.
Newsflash...it fails because nobody wants to listen to that bullshit.
Then why does Randi Rhodes beat your hero Rush head-to-head?
Remember, 70% of America agrees with us - only 30% agree with you and
Der Monkey Fuhrer.
You're out of the mainstream - normal Americans wonder why you like
dead soldiers so much.
Excerpt: U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero today stated
that a section of the updated USA Patriot Act
"offends the fundamental constitutional principles
of checks and balances and separation of powers,"
and struck down the provision in the law allowing
the government to secretly obtain personal records,
according to The Whore AP.
Marrero ruled that the National Security Letter
provision of the Act, permitting the FBI to demand the
private information and then gag those who received
the order, violated the the 1st amendment to the
Constitution protecting free speech and also
threatened separation of powers.
> "Iran needs to be stopped before they get
Q#1: Why? Is Iran more dangerous than the other
countries with nukes?
Q#2: Are you thinking that Hillary is "the guy
to do it"?
Pandora is my good friend, I've been to
her house, her Dad is my good friend,
but that's a really, really stupid question that
only a anti-Israeli person would ask.
Pandora is as "caught up" in the Middle east
quagmire as any person I know.
To answer your question, no other "Death to
America, Death to Israel" countries have nukes.
You know that, but you're pretending the
facts aren't facts. That's what happens to people
who get so far into the Israeli quagmire that
they can't get out.
Please Bart, stop buying into this Iran fearmongering
Next thing, you'll be believing they have drones
ready to strike
1,000 miles into the US (with nukes)- or whatever
the next lie is.
One of us is crazy (I mean that with love) so
don't predict what "BS" I'll fall for next.
You think the religiously insane should have
nukes - I don't. Russia and China were
bad enough - but the reason we're all still alive
is because they're not into religion.
If they nuke us we nuke them and they don't have
the 72 virgins that the crazies have.
Don't you remember 100,000 handjobs in the streets
of Tehran in 1980, beating themselves
bloody with f-ing chains chanting "Death to Isarel?"
And you're telling me they'd be entirely
rational when it comes to nukes and Israel?
I'm glad you're not the president, Pandora.
Preemptive: Please don't give me your Nancy
Grace Guarantee that
no Arab or Persian would ever harm Israel if
they got their hands on a nuke.
There is NO EVIDENCE that Iran is developing nuclear
material for weapons.
The world disagrees with you.
Even if they have that ambition (and why wouldn't
they with Cheney et.al. putting them
in the crosshairs?) experts say that they are
+- 10 years away from nuclear weapons.
Other experts say 1-2 years - sounds like you're
into some serious gambling, but I don't
want you gambling with my life and tens of millions
of other lives, too - if that's OK with you.
Get with the facts, Bart.
People who are stuck in those never-ending pro-anti-Israeli
quagmires don't do facts...
Again, I say that with love and respect.
(You sound like most of the Dems, so I am not
No, I sound like every politician, from the left and the right.
Who's the biggest political name that agrees with you - Ramsey Clark?
(Bart supresses a snicker)
If Israel gets hit, they're going to launch every
nuke they have.
You ready to see Jesus ride in on that big, white
On people writing about their candidates on the blog - they need to
register at the blog
("Register" under the "Meta"
category in the right column) then send firstname.lastname@example.org their registered screen name so we can allow them to post (unless the
post is unacceptable.)
You don't actually get a password - you just get permission to post
once you are registered.
All right, I admit it. It's getting to be time
when I actually sometimes OPEN
the democratic party spam crap polluting the
trash bin in my email client.
I opened one from Carville this morning.
Go to http://www.dscc.org/slogan
and there's a bumper sticker contest.
What they came up with was the freaking LAMEST
excuse for a bumper sticker I ever read.
1) it contains the enemy's name 2)
it contains the enemy's slogan and 3) its three lines long.
Not only that, in the video, the woman sitting
next to Carville (D-Tool) is dressed like Condi Rice.
I KNOW BC readers can come up with a way better
The cute little British girl went missing in Portugal in May and her
story made headlines from New York to Tokyo.
Now her blood has shown up in a car rented by the family 25 days after
Did she die accidentally, and the panicked parents concocted the ruse
to hide it?
The smart move would've been to dispose of the body BEFORE getting worldwide
Would you stop running the ad on staring at women's
I find it so offensive that it may stop me from
reading your column.
That's a damn silly reason to stop reading the page.
Yesterday's page had SEVENTY ONE sections, and you found a section
that was so terribly offensive that you're going to cut yourself off
from the other 70?
That seems irrational to me.
Here's a novel thought: Women are not just bodies!
And after the 14th century,
the Catholic church decided that women may even
have souls! Imagine that!
Nobody ever said women were "just bodies," but if men didn't like to
look at women,
you and I wouldn't be here - and neither would the planet. How could
you get so angry
at the thought that a man might like to look at a woman?
Why are you insulting (I'm guessing) 50% of your
readers? I could look at the article once,
but if you are going to run it every time you
have a new page, count me out as a loyal reader.
There you go again.
There are almost 3,000 Bartcop pages and that pretend ad ran either
2 or 3 times.
Are you Catholic?
Besides, there were no breasts shown, it was a bit of humorous TALK
And remember, this isn't The Congressional Record - it's the Tequila
How can you like the page if you have no sense of humor?
There are dozens of humor-free political pages online, but I, for one,
can't bury my head
in war, murder, torture and death for 24 hours each day, 7 days a week
for 12 years.
Or maybe you can insert an article about men's
penises for us stupid wimmin -- to kind of even things out?
Wow, I can't believe how very disappointed I
am with you.
Wild guess - 3,000 pages times with maybe 50 articles each.
I failed you 3 times out of 150,000 attempts.
Excerpt: Bill Kristol should be made to visit the families
of each of these soldiers to explain why he thinks
the loss of their son, daughter, brother, sister,
husband or wife was a noble thing, while his kids
attend Ivy league schools. Then each member of
the family gets to kick him in the balls.
Excerpt: Obama doesn't understand that his new approach
- obliquely attacking Hillary by dismissing
"those who tout their experience working the
system in Washington" - cedes ground to her
by admitting she has more experience working
He allows Hillary to present herself as having
the experience to be president just because she
was married to one. He should be making the opposite
case, that Hillary - go ahead, use her name,
she won't bite you, or even if she does, you'll
get over it - knew from nothing about the system.
In the White House, she botched health care and
bungled dealing with special prosecutors - remember
that talent she had for losing critical files?
And in the Senate, she played it safe and became a Democratic
Senator Pothole while helping W. launch his disaster
Most of that is too stupid to reply to, but "losing critical files?"
Can Der Drangoness name one file that stayed missing?
And her Health Care proposal?
Dowd didn't read it - she just assumed it was shit because a Democrat wrote
She attacks Her for trying, then attacks Her for not trying.
Gee, it's almost like Dowd doesn't make sense.
Excerpt: Here is the sticky, irresistible question:
How many closeted, self-hating, violently repressed
"I-am-not-gay" totally gay hypocrites are there
in the Republican Party? Or for that matter,
in your average born-again Christian megachurch?
Or in the U.S. military? Or in (your morally
righteous group's name here)? Ten percent of them? Fifty?
Because it just keeps popping up, scandal after
scandal, homophobic lawmaker after anti-gay preacher
after gay marriage attacker after hooker-loving
"family values" adulterer, Bob Allen to Ted Haggard to
Jim West to Glenn Murphy Jr. to David "Diaperman"
Vitter, so many examples of a militant loudmouthed
Christian Republican suddenly caught with his
pants down around his boyfriend's ankles that, after so many
headlines, the notion that these cases might
be rare or exceptional simply vanishes and you are left only with
the undeniable fact that, oh my God, the American
right is simply teeming with so much murky, pressure-cooked
homoeroticism it might as well be a Young Republicans
kegger at Mark Foley's pink Miami Beach condo.
How heartless would you have to be to get 3,760
soldiers killed for oil?
How much did BIG OIL make yesterday? Exxon
makes $108M - every day
Bush can live with that,
Iraq's oil wells have no meters and his
front company is moving to Dubai.
a day, $200M a
day, $300M a
day - where's that money
Bush has killed more Americans than Osama.
Tonight, Bill Maher has Mos Def (I like
him) and Cornel West (Not so much) and Rahm Emanuel (D-Fighter).
Plus, via satellite, Col. Larry Wilkerson (R-Hates
Bush) and everybody's favorite, Ralph Nader, who no doubt
will spend the evening helping the Fascist dogs
by attacking the Democratic front-runner.
Tonight, The Fashion Awards (CBS) if you're
into Aerosmith and hot babes.
Tonight, NYWTimes whore Frank Rich (R-Insane)
Bart, it's the least I could do.
I read your page every day.
Excerpt: As Congress returns to session, Bush is pressing
his P.R. offensive on behalf of his troop "surge" in Iraq.
Like many members of Congress and Washington
pundits, President Bush even made a personal visit to
Anbar province to tout his successes. But is
there real progress occurring or is this just a modern version
of what the late Gov. George Romney (Father of
Flip-Flopper Mitt Romney) called "brainwashing" when
he got a similar tour of Vietnam four decades
ago? September 4, 2007
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