Excerpt: Last week, Bush said the Middle East is a freer,
more hopeful place today than when he took office.
He said the threat from terrorist groups like
al Qaeda has been curtailed and that Iran faces greater
pressure from the international community than
ever before. Mr. Bush described his Mideast policies
as 'ambitious in vision, bold in action and firm
Bush's vision may have been ambitious and his
plan bold, but history will record that he utterly failed to meet
those objectives. He emboldened America's enemies,
put Israel's security at greater risk, mired our military in
an endless occupation and diminished our prestige
around the globe. No pixie dust can change that reality."
But the whore media will back him up.
The newspapers and the networks write the first
draft of history.
History will say Clinton was one scandal after
another and that Bush protected us from al Qaeda.
Owning the whore media gives the Republicans a
Excerpt: The federal manslaughter indictment of five Blackwater
security guards in the horrific massacre of more than
a dozen Iraqi civilians in Baghdad may look like
an exercise in accountability, but it's probably the opposite
-- a whitewash that absolves the government and
corporate officials who should bear ultimate responsibility...
As with the torture at Abu Ghraib, Bush is deflecting
all scrutiny from the corporate higher-ups who employed
the guards -- to say nothing of the policymakers
whose decisions made the shootings possible, if not inevitable...
Did the guards who were indicted yesterday have
any reason to believe they would be punished for the rampage?
Or were the shootings considered acceptable inside
the Blackwater bunker? Company executives should have to
answer these and other questions -- under oath...
But a real attempt to establish blame for this
massacre should go beyond Blackwater. It was Bush
who decided to police the occupation of Iraq
largely with private rather than regular troops
On exposing the idiocy of Z.D. Billingsley.
He's been polluting the opinion page of the St.
Louis Post-Dispatch for years.
His most notorious was a column blaming the Katrina
victims for depending of the government.
I've been reading your site for years, it truly
got me through the Bush years. My late mother
who always voted Rethuglican actually voted for
Kerry because she'd watch along when I'd
read bartcop on her webtv when I'd stop over.
Keep up the good work!
Douglas in St. Louis
Excerpt: Obama and a Democratic Congress are about to
serve up a supersized helping of big-government liberalism.
So, Kristol got a Magic 8 Ball for Christmas?
How does he know what the future will bring?
And why hasn't he moved to Vegas if he has this
Conservatives will be inclined to oppose much
of what Obama and his party cook up. And, I believe, rightly so.
But conservatives should think twice before charging
into battle against Obama under the banner of
'small-government conservatism.' It's a banner
many Republicans and conservatives have rediscovered
since the election and have been waving around
energetically. Jeb Bush, now considering a Senate run in 2010,
even went so far as to tell Politico last month,
'There should not be such a thing as a big-government Republican.'
Really? Jeb Bush was a successful and popular
conservative governor of Florida, with tax cuts, policy reforms
and privatizations of government services to
show for his time in office. Still, in his two terms state spending
increased over 50 percent -- a rate faster than
inflation plus population growth. It turns out, in the real world
of Republican governance, that there aren't a
whole lot of small-government Republicans.
Oh, so Republicans are really about spending our tax money like crazy?
"It was in this room that a prominent member
of my political party said, 'You must remove troops from Iraq because it could cost
us elections if you don’t.' And it was in this room I looked at him and said, 'You must
not understand George W. Bush.'"
-- Der Monkey, on the advantages of being a heartless lame duck,
Excerpt: I must admit to puzzled disappointment with his
recycling of Clinton era veterans, who reek of déjà
Surely we might have expected a better mix of
fresh faces and progressive voices? Obama's team may
have underestimated the labyrinthine personal
interconnections and habit-worn loyalties of that cliquish crew.
As for Obama's appointment of Hillary Clinton
as secretary of state, what sense does that make except
within parochial Democratic politics? Awarding
such a prize plum to Hillary may be a sop to her aggrieved
fan base, but what exactly are her credentials
for that position? The secretary of state should be a more
reserved, unflappable character -- not a drama
As I mentioned in BCR 147, there's a new law,
that you can't mention Hillary without mentioning
the word "drama."
I'll bet this horse never questioned Kinda Sleazy's
but it's acceptable, no, it's the DUTY of all
Lefties to harrass Hillary.
BTW, who is Camille Paglia?
All I know about her is that the vulgar Pigboy likes her.
That's really all I need to know, right?
4200 dead soldiers in two quagmires and still our national clown continues to play the fool.
"Kos is angry that somebody in the press has
the temerity to be shrill about Obama’s continuing failure to provide anyone
in his inner circle who represents the Democratic wing of the Democratic party. Obviously,
the kingmaker who didn’t actually make the king is fretting that someone might observe
the fact that the left-wing blogosphere is currently being used by the Democrats the same
way the socons are used by the Republicans."
-- demimondian Link
I don't quite get what's going on there but Kos does seem to think
of himself as a kingmaker.
I wish I had a dollar for every time Kos says, "This
is not about me."
Excerpt: Hildebrand is firing up the whaaaaaaaambulance
to whine and cry and moan about "the left."
Really, what is with top Democrats explicitly
attacking "the left wing of the Democratic Party"
in Fox News-style talking points? Why is every
substantive, non-partisan, non-ideological
question of pragmatism from progressives almost
automatically portrayed as some sort of
super-Trotsky-ite, ideological and wholly inappropriate
demand for Obama to be a president
"just for those on the left?" Can anyone even
ask a non-ideological question of Obama without
being attacked as some sort of raving left-wing
David, why do you think people see you as a raving
Could it be because you are?
Right now, you can get a lot of
exposure by attacking Obama for not being "Left" enough.
Arianna and Kos and other sites will eat that
shit with a giant spoon.
The same handjobs who screamed "racist bitch"
at Hillary are now screaming at Obama.
What is Obama's crime? Winning, I suppose.
And notice Hildebrand is using "Fox
News-style talking points?" Well of course he is - he works for Obama!
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The Foundation has issued small grants to migrant-related
support service organizations.
"It remains a mystery to me why Obama would
want to bring in the Clinton circus, which frequently features excessive
spin, backstabbing, leaking and messy melodrama. Sen. Clinton is a smart woman with
globetrotting experience. But as health-care czar in her husband's administration, she
set back that cause by nearly two decades." -- Davod Corn, who I
used to like, getting it all wrong Link
Health care was set back two decades by
the Republican screaming
"Health care is too big to fix and Hillary
is a Stalinist/Leninist" and the scared-as-bunnies Democrats who
agreed with them.
That's how we lost the Congress in 1994,
The Clintons are the only people I've ever seen who got blamed
Subject: Re: "Visible"
You simply can't stand anyone who would dares
question your agenda.
You'd have more credibility if you would discuss
differing opinions from yours
instead of simply labeling people "crazy." But
you have the podium all to yourself
and don't have to enter into any kind of rational
debate. Visible's opinions are just
as extreme as your own. Does that make him crazy?
Vince B., New Orleans
I can't be held responsible for the insanity
And if you think Obama loaded his cabinet with "main
zionist, right-wing, warmonger capitalists"
then you're a loon, too.
"This truly will be an administration that
looks like America, or at least that slice of America that got double 800s on their
SATs. Even more than past administrations, this will be a valedictocracy -- rule
by those who graduate first in their high school classes. If a foreign enemy attacks us during
the Harvard-Yale football game, we're screwed."
-- David Brooks, making a funny Link
Subject: BO writer gropes
Hillary's cardboard cutout
Bart, for some testosterone-soaked notion of acceptable
behavior, one that feeds, nurtures,
fuels mindless misogyny and sexism, the very
monstrous streak of inhumane rights perpetrated
by falsely designated "entitled males"--designated
"entitled" by the tacitly condoned psychotic
perspective of patriarchal religious madness
that demonize The Feminine" essentially out of
jealousy and fear of the Awesome orgasmic and
creative power of the female body that
control-freak patriarchs have wished for thousands
of years shackle and whip (either physically
or via emotional Humiliation and societal ganging
up on women (see Stoning in the Street),
into a controlled subservient sex-slave mode
and therefore tacitly condones all actions that
serve the undermining of female empowerment,
female intelligence, education and pubic power,
and orgasm (cliterectomy, "moral" "good" women
who practice "celibacy" to be "pure" of that
"evil thing--sexuality that terrifies man")--as
the Psychotic patriarchal practice of demeaning,
crushing power of the brighter females of our
society, and in some way either shut them up,
steal their power, demean, humiliate, slander,
excoriate, publicly stone (emotionally if not
literally) to take them own to the level of groveling
silence--categorically kicking them to
the curb with nary a look back.
If you think this "boys will be boys" messing
with the Hillary cutout is just normal maleness,
then see how "OK" it would be if the cutout was
of Michelle Obama. Here's what that looks like:
To all the naysayers who argue that Obama's
head speech writer Jon Favreau is just having fun with his "little joke" about sexual
assault and Hillary: Is it still a harmless joke when the object is the wife of Barack Obama?
Or is it suddenly a horribly offensive act because now it harms Obama?
Looking at the cutout of Michelle Obama being
violated by 27 year-old men (an act that looks
remarkably similar to what one expects of pubescent
boys), I felt should that be really happening,
the American BObots would rise across America
waving torches and clubs to Mob hunt-down the
despicable twerps who dared so disrespect Michelle.
Good men need to not condone this crap any longer.
So take it back, Bart.
It's not a Boy's Will Be Boys OKAY thing to do.
It's fucking NOT okay.
Lené in Las Vega
Lené, we need to be sure what it is we're
From its charming and angst-ridden first season to the darker, apocalyptic
Buffy the Vampire Slayer succeeds on many levels, and
in a fresher and more authentic way
than the shows that came before or after it. How lucky, then, that
with the release of its
boxed set of seasons 1-7, you can have the estimable pleasure of watching
of Buffy in any order you choose. (And we have some ideas about how
that should be done.)
40 disks of hotties beating up vampires! How can you go wrong?
"A CNN poll finds 79% of Americans approve
of Obama's performance so far during transition, with just
18% disapproving. ."
-- Political Wire, Link
"An Obama job approval rating of 79% -- that's
the sort of rating you see when the public rallies around a leader
after a national disaster. To many Americans, the Bush administration
was a national disaster." --
CNN's Bill Schneider, Link
Thanks for the bartcop radio, it's great; I've
never had a chance to listen before and am really enjoying it.
I wanted to sound off on these guys who are suddenly
bashing Obama because he's not [fill in the blank] enough.
I agree wholeheartedly with that guy who said
"he can't even get a tuna melt at the White House yet and already
he's a failure?" Especially obnoxious to
me is Avarois at AmericaBlog; as you said he all but committed murder
for Obama, and suddenly he's turned on him because
Obama can't produce magical unicorns for all?
I stopped reading AmericaBlog when he was hating
on Hillary; after the election I tried it again but that only
lasted a couple of days and I deleted him.
As my old Oklahoma-born mother (Tupelo, 1908; it's no longer there)
would have said, "he'd kick if he was in swimming."
I loved the Dick Cheney duck hunt, though!
See, some people do follow the linked pages.
Keep hammerin! I was hoping you could take
a break, not that I'd want you to,
but it looks like we'll need you more than ever!
written with my big yellow long-haired cat (Harry-the-hairy-cat)
laying on my keyboard,
rdale in Utah
I had a great time in Egypt. Was in
Cairo and Giza to start the trip off. After that I went to Luxor and worked my way
through the Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, etc. Hope the
Holidays are treating you and Mrs. Bart well - RJ the world traveling
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