Thursday May 7, 2009 Vol
2330 - The Knothead Faction
"I'll do my damndest to defend (the
out there--be they in the agency (torturering
the helpless victims)
or the lawyers who wrote the (torture
memos). I don't know if anybody else will, but I sure as hell will." -- Cheney, who
has to make sure nobody
gets immunity to testify against him
Erik has been advertising on bartcom.com since 2002.
"This is the first time that I can recall that
we've had an administration come in, take power, and then suggest using the power of the government against
their predecessors, from a legal standpoint. Criminal prosecution of lawyers in the Justice Department whose opinions
they disagreed with on an important issue. Criminal prosecutions. When was the last time that happened?"
-- Cheney the Dick, Link
First, that never happened.
The opposite is true and Cheney is just running scared.
Second, what if your lackey shylocks said rape, murder
and bank robbery were legal?
Whoops, I tricked myself - they DID legalize rape and murder.
Third, if you think it's impossible for a president
to commit a crimne,
why did you sons of bitches impeach Clinton for having a girlfriend?
Del Castillo will be in Memphis on June 6th.
I won't be of course, but the Del Castillo band
Perhaps if enough people show they'll come back
when I'm actually in town.
Let the people know Bart, let them know.
Keith in Memphis
Excerpt: The person Obama wants to put on the Supreme
Court is "far to the left," says one Senate Republican.
A "hard-left judicial activist," a conservative
group says. The nominee better remember that judges have to
"subordinate themselves to the law," another
GOP senator warned Tuesday.
Imagine what they'll say when they actually know
who the nominee is.
Just days after David Souter announced plans to
retire at the end of the current term, the right wing is already
gearing up for a battle, no matter whose name
Obama sends up to the Senate for confirmation. While the Senate
GOP seems to lose power every day, don't tell
that to conservatives. To listen to some of the rhetoric coming out
of the right, you'd think George W. Bush was
"Nominees can be Democrats," Sen. Jeff Sessions,
the Alabama Republican who was elected Tuesday afternoon
to become the GOP's leader on the Judiciary Committee,
said magnanimously not long afterward. 'They can be liberals.
As long as they have a deep commitment to the
law and recognize that when they put on the robe, that they go beyond
politics and they're required to subordinate
themselves to the law as written.'"
This is a perfect storm for the Fascist dogs.
The ONLY way they can escape massive damage is
if Obama picks a right-leaning centrist.
Right now, he can have Jane f-ing Fonda if he
wants, so I hope he picks a Lefty. A young Lefty.
Barack, a suggestion?
Pick someone who has paid their taxes.
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. . . ." óGrattan Woodson, MD, FACP
author of THE BIRD FLU MANUAL
"What are we, in a time machine? We just got
clobbered in two successive elections and lost majorities in both Houses, and the
leadership appears to keep on playing the same cards." --
GOP pollster Tony Fabrizio, saying going negative on a popular president
might not be a good idea Link
"The sane members of the party are getting
desperate...I expect Limbaugh to come out and set Fabrizio straight. Iím sure heíll
change his tune after feeling the wrath of the ditto heads." -- DJShay, Link
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"Obama has a problem in that he voted against
Roberts and Alito. He did so after saying they were qualified. So having voted against Bush's qualified nominees,
he canít turn around now as president and say a well-qualified liberal nominee ought to be given the same
benefit of the doubt. Because he didnít give them the benefit of the doubt."
-- Karl Rove, Link
If I had three wishes, one of them would be that the Republicans
were as stupid as our Democrats.
When Bush nominated Roberts and Alito (and don't forget he also
nominated his nanny, Harriet Miers)
our idiot Democrats said, "The president
should get the nominess he wants."
What are the odds the Republicans would ever say anything that
...and don't ask what
the other two wishes would be :)
During the last 8 years the Republicans have been
waving their flags and passing laws with names like the "Patriot Act."
Now that they are no longer in power Republicans
are openly wishing the president will fail in a time of national crisis.
Republicans are talking about states seceding
from the country. Where is all that patriotic talk now?
Like fiscal responsibility, the Republicans have
now abandoned patriotism.
The reason we are in this crisis is because for
the last 8 years the Republicans were on a drunken spending binge.
Now that the spending party is over, the Republicans
are running out of the bar without paying their tab.
This is their crisis, they caused it, and
Republicans should have to pay the price for their actions.
Republicans need to take responsibility for what
they did rather than heckling President Obama
and the Democrats while they and the taxpayers
clean up their mess.
Excerpt: Gov. Musclehead said that the time is right to
debate legalizing marijuana for recreational use in California.
The governor's comments were made as support grows
nationwide for relaxing pot laws and only days after
a poll found that for the first time a majority
of California voters back legal marijuana. Also, a San Francisco
legislator has proposed regulating and taxing
marijuana to bring the state $1.3 billion a year in extra revenue.
Schwarzenegger said: "I think it's time for debate.
I think all of those ideas of creating extra revenues - I'm always for
an open debate on it."
The governor said California should look to the
experiences of other nations around the world in relaxing laws on marijuana.
Schwarzenegger also said: "I love two tings
- I love da weed and I love da tiddys."
After an aide whispered to him, Schwarzenegger
said: "I also love my wife, Maria."
"Kids, Mr. Bunny was a bad, bad bunny. And
he had information that President Raccoon needed. So the president got his lawyer squirrels to write a magic
letter, which made everything he did perfectly legal. Then, Mr. Bunny was strapped to an inclined bench with a blankie
over his nose and mouth, and Willy the Whale squirted water into his face so that Mr. Bunny thought he was drowning.
But remember, President Raccoon had a magic letter, so it was not a violation of Common Article III of the Geneva
Conventions." -- Stephen Colbert, hitting it out of the park and
into San Francisco Bay, Link
Excerpt: Bristol Palin walked the red carpet in midtown
Manhattan with Hayden Panettiere of NBC's "Heroes" and ace Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Garza.
The three appeared at a town-hall meeting for teenagers organized by The Candie's Foundation, which
works to reduce teen pregnancy.
What a HYPOCRITE!!! She is dead to me...
Robert in Seattle
Robert, I don't get the "whore" or "hypocrite" assertions.
Is this like Clinton working with Poppy Bush to help tsunami victims?
Hayden is a lefty/Democratic Get Out the Vote activist
who did a greatanti-McCain
commercial last year.
She's a tree-hugging, vegetarian, animal rights proponent who's never
been arrested or seen drunk in public.
She's working with one of her sponsors to reduce teen pregnancy.
What's the bad news?
If she declared, "Abstinence works best"
that would make her wrong and uninformed but speaking to
and appearing with a dependent Republican to reduce teen pregnancy
doesn't really make her a whore.
Unlike, say, Tiger Woods, she actually gives her time to the causes
she believes in.
And Bristol Palin's place is to say, "Don't
do what I did," which is a positive message
like Gary Busey saying, "Don't do cocaine
or you might end up like me."
She's not dead to me - I enjoy her still photography work, but I admit
I stopped watching Heroes because that show makes Lost seem totally coherent by
"I know the administration is being pushed,
but I think it would be a bridge too far right now. It seems to me this first pick is going to be a kind of
important one, and my hope is that he'll play it a little more down the
middle. A lot of people would react very negatively."
-- -- Sen. John Thune, Link
Hey Thune, blow me.
Nobody cares what a fascist dog thinks because you lost the election
and your party is so hated
by most Americans that only 21% of people will admit to pollsters
that they are Repuiblicans..
Please, please go to war with Obama's nominee.
I know - maybe you could filibuster every nominee he sends
That way we could have 80 Democratic senators by January 2011.
Jane Fonda for the Supreme Court!
Followed by Bartcop, Mike Malloy and Wanda Sykes.
Wanda to roast Obama this Saturday Night on C-Span.
I can't find it on my Cable guide - do you show it listed on yours?
For Saturday night it says "American Perspective."
Excerpt: President Obama has an opportunity to make history
by nominating the first Latino for a Supreme Court seat and
putting the final nail in the GOPís coffin simultaneously.
Whether he selects the current favorite Sonia Sotomayor
or another person not yet named, a Latino selection
would be disastrous to the GOP.
I have little doubt that the Republican Party
will launch merciless attacks on the Supreme Court nominee and if
that nominee is a Latino, there will be serious
consequences for the GOP at the polling booths in 2010 and beyond.
The GOP already has severe problems with the Latino
communmity but when they declare war
on Obama's Latino nominee, the fastest growing
minority will stay away from them in droves.
Excerpt: A defense contractor charged with trying to smuggle
firearms out of Iraq claimed Blackwater guards asked him
to help get rid of weapons after a deadly 2007
shooting in Baghdad, two government informants say in court documents.
The contractor told one of the informants that
Blackwater guards wanted to dispose of the weapons before an investigation
into the September 2007 shooting that left several
civilians dead, according to a criminal complaint filed in the smuggling
The contractor, John Houston, did not work for
Both informants were Army reservists stationed
in Iraq. Houston approached them for help with smuggling,
the complaint states, and one of them tipped
off investigators about the scheme.
Five Blackwater guards face manslaughter and weapons
charges in the shooting, which prosecutors say was
an unprovoked attack on civilians. The shooting
strained relations between Baghdad and Washington and led
Iraqi leaders to order Blackwater out of the
Excerpt: Remember the Rule of Law? In the late 1990s,
it was all the rage in conservative circles. Having maneuvered Bill Clinton
position where he could either lie under oath
or suffer massive personal and political embarrassment, conservatives reasoned
Clinton must be held accountable for (alleged)
perjury or the basic underpinnings of democracy would be shattered. The
sensibility was best reflected by the Wall Street
Journal editorial page, which not only crusaded for impeachment but demanded,
in 2001, that Bill Clinton be indicted even after
Over the last decade, though, the right's thinking
on this question has evolved. Today, the administration malfeasance consists
illegal torture, a crime I'd argue is no less
serious than lying under oath about fellatio. Yet Republicans now believe
that the Rule of Law
is not only consistent with letting administration
crimes go unpunished but actually requires it. To prosecute the departed
would make us (to use their new catchphrase)
a 'banana republic'--the premise being that banana republics are defined
not by their use
of torture but by their overly zealous enforcement
of anti-torture laws.
Someone asked about making online deposits to
Full Tilt Poker.
but since I have the brain of a seven year old,
I can't find the e-mail.
Apparently the corrective laws haven't quite been
passed yet, but the last time
I made a deposit it went right thru in less than
a minute. I don't remember if it was
a credit card or a debit card (It's been a while
and my luck has been pretty good lately)
but it was the quickest and easiest deposit ever.
And if you're not playing because you heard there
was some online cheating,
trust me, nobody is stealing money from
games and tournaments :)
Any bad stuff that happened was in the $5,000
they caught the guy.
If you DO sign up, tell them bartcop
They'll give us both some extra chips.
And if we can get 5 or 8 players to sign up, we can play our own private
tournaments which means some Bartcopper will win the money. I'd hate for
a Republican to get any of it :)
If you any self-control (Odd that I find myself in that category) you
can play for about an hour
for just $1.25
is cheap entertainment during hard times - AND you might win.
"During all this growth I havenít lost any
audience. Iíve never had financially a down year." Thereís supposedly a recession, but I always
believed that if weíre going to have a recession, just donít participate."
-- Rush Limbaugh, telling homeless, out of work people to "knock it off."
"Ahh the irony of Rush causing the company
that gave him his $400 million to go bankrupt."
"It is so nice to know that even $400 million
still can't buy any of the finer things in life, like earned professional
respect or having a lover that makes you the envy
of onlookers. $400 million and Rush is still where he's at when he did
radio in Sacramento. But he does have a gold microphone
and a can of Crisco to go with the shot glass set from the Dominican!"
I'm so old, I remember Rush before he turned
gay for little boys.
In Sacramento, he refused to put female
callers on the air unless they had
previously sent their pictures in so he
could masturbate to them while they talked.
Now it's all Viagra and little brown boys.
"Chortling over other people's pain is a symptom
of right-wing authoritarianism... Note the sadistic tendencies and love
of inequality. These are the guys who torture animals."
-- Perry logan,
Note: They're so brave, they also
hunt animals locked inside cages.
"Idiot Republicans think's he is on *their*
side. Just like Colbert - hahahaahah!"
"Take the bridge across the Potomac and youíll
find yourself on Jefferson Davis Highway. Yes. A highway named after the political leader of a rebellion
against the duly constituted government of the United States, founded on
the principle that democracy was less important
than the right of white people to own black people. Right there on signs and everything. It puts the fact that a guy
like Jeff Sessions can be ranking member on an important committee in perspective." -- Matthew Yglesias, Link
"The so-called "health care" (an oxymoron if
ever I saw one) industry has exactly calibrated, practically to the
penny, how much they can extract from a Stage 4 cancer
patient, in terms of costs for drugs, hospitalizations, etc., in the same
way that the Nazis calculated just how little
they needed to feed a labor camp prisoner to keep him alive and get the
maximum amount of work possible out of him."
I don't know whether Ninjalibrarian has actually
gone through this, or is just picking up what (s)he read, but as someone
with Stage III cancer,
I can say that at least where I'm being treated,
they seem to have nothing but my health in mind. I don't feel used,
or subjected to unnecessary tests.
Everyone I've been in contact with has had my
health as the uppermost priority in my treatment. It may be that
some places don't, or it may be that
Big Pharma exacts a high price (although these
probably are not cheap drugs to develop, or at least that's what they want
us to believe)
but I don't think my cancer center (Dana Farber)
is trying to milk me - they're trying to save me.
It's always hard to speak for someone else, but
maybe what she meant was Big Pharma pays our crooked government
to keep pot illegal because you can't patent
something and make money from a plant that anyone can grow in their backyard.
Whenever hundreds of billions of dollars are involved
you can't rule out evil thugs trying to take
control of things.
I know how you feel and I wish you the best of luck.
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