Note this toon is from four months into the future.
"I mean how can the guy face Ahmadinejad but he can't face Fox?" -- Glenn Beck,
pissed that Obama didn't take questions
from the whore network that calls him a Muslim, Link
Hey, Glenn, I have an idea.
Why don't you have some vodka and cry for
Today's Tequila Treehouse...
Black and White
Rice Pulls a Nixon
Tongue Proud to Testify
parties with Big Dog
In THE THIN WHITE LINE, author Craig DiLouie presents
a terrifying vision about how
a pandemic might unfold, focusing on the Canadian
experience but relevant to any country.
Reading as if it were a non-fiction book describing
a pandemic that has already happened,
THE THIN WHITE LINE presents a realistic, meticulously
"Craig DiLouie provides us with a clairvoyant
glimpse of life during the coming influenza pandemic. . . ." —Grattan Woodson, MD, FACP
author of THE BIRD FLU MANUAL
Excerpt: On his 100th day in office, Barack Obama enjoys
high job approval ratings, no matter what poll you consult. But if a new
is accurate, the president and some of his policies
are significantly less popular with white Americans than with black Americans,
and his sky-high ratings among African-Americans
make some of his positions appear a bit more popular overall than they
Asked whether their opinion of the president is
favorable or unfavorable, 49 percent of whites say favorable. Among blacks
is 80 percent. Twenty-one percent of whites say
their view is unfavorable, while Blacks with unfavorable opinions of Obama
is too small to measure.
Those opinion differences are clear in the traditional
"right track-wrong track" question, a key indicator of the public's mood.
Thirty-four percent of whites say the country
is headed in the right direction, while 56 percent believe it is "seriously
For black Americans, 70 percent say the country
is headed in the right direction, with just 23 percent saying it is off
(According to the U.S. Census, blacks make up
about 13 percent of the population, while whites make up about 80 percent.
The Times poll divided respondents into black
and white, with no other groups reported.)
On the economy, 55 percent of whites approve.
Among blacks, the number is 91 percent.
Thirty-six percent of whites disapprove of Obama's
economic performance, while just two percent of blacks disapprove.
How can we believe those numbers?
Since 80% of America is white, how can Obama not be popular with them
and still win the election?
Maybe the answer is in the poll taker - the New York Whore Times.
They might've faked the whole thing - why?
Because they are whores.
I thought it was weird that you printed nine rebuttals
with no explanation, much less a mea culpa.
It's just too subtle.
Did you mean "my bad" or "sorry, but Shep's still
R-tool" or "this is Fox pretending to be independent" or what?
Since when do you hold back? Not to nitpick,
just a rare moment of non-crystal clarity in your writing.
(I wanted to say in your non-writing but that
would just be being a dick.)
Wes in Baltimore
I was just making the point that, after 10 years
on live TV, Shep still can't control his mouth.
I never considered the possibility that he might
actually say something honest or intelligent.
Excerpt: In the turbulent imagination of the hard-core
conservative, American foreign policy should be about telling off the rest
of the planet.
According to the right-wing mind-set, a manly
foreign policy would curtail any effort at seeking influence abroad, cut
to developing countries, forget about improving
our global image and, above all, withdraw from the existing international
especially the United Nations, which is nothing
more than a gargantuan waste of money and a hive of parasitic bureaucrats.
Only if we
brusquely and even violently dismiss the obnoxious
foreigners who annoy us can we vindicate our political and moral superiority.
Then there is the real world, where we regularly
encounter threats like swine flu - and where we must depend on the other
who live in this world to help protect our nation
and our families. Certainly that is the outlook of America’s new presidency,
confirmed with profound urgency after 100 days
by the sudden prospect of pandemic disease.
"The questions put to Barack Obama at his news
conference last night covered nearly every topic but the Craigslist Killer, and if that
had come up, Obama probably would have answered it in stride. You ask, he'll answer -- earnestly,
disarmingly, enchantingly, even -- and most of the time convincingly, which is no small accomplishment for
-- Tom Shales, TV critic for the WaHoPo, Link
"This notion that because we're conservatives,
our doors are closed and we only take certain types of people is just crazy.
This is not -- never been the nature of this party."
-- Michael Tom Steele, trying to explain the all-white GOP,
I'm confused about something:
The GOP claims they don't hate Blacks, but they don't have any Blacks
in their party.
However, they openly admit they hate those terrible gay sinners, but
Larry Craig got caught
trying to get a strange man's penis in his mouth - and he's still in
Excerpt: Perennially wrong but never in doubt, Cheney
and his circle first pooh-poohed the al-Qa'ida terrorist threat, then panicked
quickly magnifying a band of stateless fanatics
with an appetite for mass murder into yet another existential threat to
the nation's survival.
They argued that the real threat to America wasn't
Osama bin Laden, but Saddam Hussein, calling on the CIA to produce ironclad
that the attacks on New York and Washington were
masterminded in Baghdad. Analysts who claimed that Iraq and al-Qa'ida were
enemies reportedly were met with derision, bullying
According to Mayer's brilliantly reported book,
Cheney and his staffers, particularly one David Addington, described by
"Cheney's Cheney," badgered the CIA to endorse
two fixed ideas: that Saddam possessed nuclear weapons and meant to use
on behalf of bin Laden. The inconvenient fact
that little or no evidence existed only caused them to redouble their efforts.
This increasingly appears to have been the cause
of the United States' sickening descent into torture.
Experienced Federal Bureau of Investigation interrogators
who'd extracted crucial evidence from captured al-Qa'ida functionary
Abu Zubaydah, including the identity of 9/11
mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, were unable to confirm Cheney's obsessions.
The result, beginning in August 2002, was Justice
Department memos dismissing as "quaint" the Geneva Conventions, and authorizing
waterboarding, sleep deprivation and beatings
falling short of "organ failure and death" specifically against Zubaydah.
It's the timeline that's significant. All this
took place precisely as the Bush White House began its 2002 pre-election
urging war with Iraq: "mushroom clouds," yellowcake
uranium, etc. Was it truth or useful fiction that Cheney's thugs were after?
Authoritarian regimes have always used torture
to secure false confessions.
"No matter who wins the race, there's always
going to be a cloud hanging over them -- did they really get more votes than the other guy. That's
a reality. And there's nothing you can do to change that."
-- Norm Coleman, very, very concerned about Al Franken's image after he
takes office, Link
"Where were you in 2000, Norm, when we really
-- Eric Kleefeld, proving that Coleman is a liar, Link
Excerpt: This study investigated biased message processing
of political satire in The Colbert Report and perceptions of Stephen Colbert.
We found that individual-level political ideology
significantly predicted perceptions of Colbert's political ideology. Additionally,
there was no significant difference between the
groups in thinking Colbert was funny, but conservatives were more likely
that Colbert only pretends to be joking and
genuinely meant what he said while liberals were more likely to report
Colbert used satire and was not serious when
offering political statements. Conservatives think Colbert dislikes
Bart, the Minnesota Supreme Court has given Coleman
until June 1st to prepare his oral arguments regarding the election recount.
Oral arguments to be held June 1st. Only
a month and half longer with only one Senator!
Excerpt: Shortly after Specter's announcement, a colleague
e-mailed around a press release from the Republican Majority for Choice.
She asked, "Am I crazy, or are they threatening
to defect along with Specter?" The consensus here was that the group's
does read as an ultimatum to scrap the conservative
social agenda, or else. For me, it brought on a daydream about the GOP
resorting to using reproductive choice as a party-saving
bargaining chip. But, as always, you can judge for yourselves:
Specter is joining the more than 240,000 former
Pennsylvania Republican voters who are a microcosm of voters nationally
who switched last year to the Democratic Party.
The vast majority of these voters were pro-choice, fiscal conservatives
believed that the Party had become too monolithic
and extreme in their agenda.
If anyone in the GOP is celebrating this day,
they are completely misguided. If the Party continues to be so inhospitable
anyone who does not adhere completely to their
strict dogma, then they better get used to being in the minority.
Without mainstream candidates the GOP will have
no ability to compete in huge pockets of the country.
The craziest part is the GOP claims to be the party of less government.
Yet they want to gag your doctor and tie his hands.
"The only people who are reliably missing how
marginal the Republican party has become are the top whores of the mainstream media. They report
on John Boehner and McCain, Newt Gingrich and Palin, Grover Norquist and Michele Bachmann, as if they matter
and make sense to most Americans. When will media elites turn to the real story: The GOP is committing slow
suicide, because it consciously chose a path of elitism and exclusivity, while the Democrats fought a brutal
battle, but came back together around the values of inclusion and equity that the political success of Barack
Obama and Hillary and Michelle – represent." -- Joan Walsh,
I'm thinking about selling t-shirts that say,
"You can't trust the media whores."
Condi: The president instructed us that
nothing we would do would be outside of our obligations, legal obligations
under the Convention Against Torture. So that's
-- And by the way, I didn't authorize anything. I conveyed the authorization
of the administration to the agency, that they
had policy authorization, subject to the Justice Department's clearance.
That's what I did.
Student Q: Okay. Is waterboarding torture
in your opinion?
Condi: I just said, the United States was
told, we were told, nothing that violates our obligations under the Convention
And so by definition, if it was authorized by
the president, it did not violate our obligations under the Convention
So Condi, if Bush and Cheney raped you and said
it wasn't rape, would you agree?
If all the man has to do is deny the facts, how
can we be a nation of laws?
Remember when Clinton had a girlfriend?
Back then, you Rethugs said laws were serious
things that had to be followed.
But when it's kidnapping, rape, torture and murder,
laws don't really matter?
Yes extraordinary rendition was authorized by
Not for taking people to be tortured but to bring
them to the US or Egypt for prosecution.
Before Carson gets too full of himself, Reagan
did that to bring the Achille Lauro pirates/hijackers to trial.
I have no problem with Reagan bringing the Achille
Lauro pirates/hijackers to trial, assuming they knew who was guilty.
You could argue Clinton’s administration might
not be clean but by his executive orders, any terrorist seized in
extraordinary rendition could not be sent anywhere
that did not torture. Richard Clarke and Al Gore were involved.
But the questionable cases were taken Egyptian
Terrorists to Egypt.
Extraordinary rendition for torture was definitely
a Bush II occurrence. His administration created the idea.
Name anyone who was seized in that manner and
was tortured and you see it as a Bush policy and no one else’s.
Jamil Gasim Saeed Mohammed 2001
Mamdouh Habib 2001
Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi 2002
Muhammad Bashmila 2003
Khalid El-Masri 2003 (it was the wrong
Abu Omar 2003
Majid Mahmud Abdu Ahmad 2005
Maher Arar 2005
Did Reagan knowingly sell weapons to terrorists? Or was he an old, doddering dupe who had no idea what his crooked VP was doing?
Subject: 2009 World Series
I got hired as a dealer for the WSOP this year,
they are having a 1,000 dollar buy in event, for the first time.
It's the "Stimulus Special" Sat. May 30th.
The rest of the schedule can be found at Worldseriesofpoker.com
If the money for the Bartcop WSOP dream slows
down you should offer folks half their donation as action,
somebody gives you 100 dollars, give them 5%
of any winnings you make, etc. etc.
-- Mike the Dealer.
Mike, that's a great idea - let's do that, because it looks
we're gathering enough donations to make that happen.
donated gets you 1% of my winnings.
Join Team Bartcop to make this once-in-a-lifetime dream
"Coming soon to a battleground state near you:
a new effort to revive the image of the Republican Party and to counter Obama's characterization of
Republicans as "the party of 'no.'" There's a new initiative, called the National Handjobs for a New America.
It will involve an outreach by a mix of GOP officials, ranging from McCain to Jeb Bush.
Others involved in the new group's "National Panel Of Experts" will include Haley Barbour, Bahbi Jindal and
Mitt Romney." -- CNN's John King, pretending he knows something
about something, Link
McCain and Jeb and that sack of has-beens is really going
to shake things up..
Excerpt: Former Bush liar Ari Fleischer argued forcefully
against launching an in-depth investigation of Bush's torture program.
However, he said that if it does happen, he's
ready for them to bring it on:
He argued that nobody is up to the task, and that
any investigation would "lead to acrimony and blame-gaming" and
"devolve into the worst type of partisanship."
While noting that “no one likes to get a subpoena,” Fleischer said,
“I’ll be proud to testify if I get a subpoena.
I’m proud of what we did to protect this country." Those wanting
Forked Tongue - or at least some of his former
colleagues - on the witness stand include Piggy Noonan, who called for
a 9/11 Commission-style handjob investigation.
Today, Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) also demanded an
investigation into Bush's torture program.
"To continue to ignore the mounting evidence
of clear wrongdoing is a national humiliation," writes Byrd.
Funny how Fleischer is the ONLY ONE willing to testify - all the others
have ignored their subpoenas.
Of course, you can only ignore a subpeona when it's handed to you by
a pissy-pussy like Pat Leahy.
Many Republicans are upset that Arlen Specter
left the Republican Party, but there isn't really a Republican party to
The party of Ronald Reagan no longer exists.
It is now the party of Bush, Cheney, Palin, Limbaugh, deficits, big government,
wire taping, unnecessary wars, borrow and spend,
Wall Street bailouts, Bank Bailouts, and torture. The party no longer stands
for anything, has no vision, and the only thing
left is the name and the logo. Now the Democrats are stuck cleaning up
Republican's mess and Arlen Spector has decided
to become part of the solution rather than part of the problem.
I say, welcome aboard, and welcome to the real
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