Thurs-Friday July 9-10, 2009 Vol
2362 - Magical Dust Pan
"He kind of looked like a clown when I was talking to him." -- Jim Inhofe, about Al Franken, Link
I thought it was against the senate rules
to be a total dick to another senator.
Today's Tequila Treehouse...
Rises, Palin Falls
Lies Of Sarah Palin
Tell the Truth?
Who Stole Away
'Department of Law'
"We’re crazy about Obama in Europe. We’re all
Obama crazy. Everyone thinks he’s sexy. He’s brought back dignity, which is
an amazing thing to put back on the cultural agenda."
-- Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys, Link
Excerpt: No one understands me. It’s like I’m speaking
some Eskimo dialect or something.
Andrea Mitchell follows me all the way to Kanakanak
Beach and I get a French manicure
and set up this huge photo op for her, even though
she spooked the salmon.
Todd and me are in our cool fishing bibs. Piper’s
helping out on the boat. It’s an amazing day that shows
how our Creator favored my beloved Alaska, gatekeeper
of the continent, and makes a great shot for all
the network reporters up here to milk. This progresses
me away from my image as some kind of flaky
“rogue diva” and back to my image as a tough
huntin’ and fishin’ gal.
But Andrea makes such a darn big deal about how
I’m quitting in the middle of my term.
"You’re not listening to me!" I snap. She says
maybe I didn’t want to go back to the nitty-gritty of
Alaska politics after the bright lights of the
national campaign. "The nitty-gritty, like, you mean,
the fish slime and the dirt under the fingernails
and stuff that’s me?" I said. Awesome response, huh?!!"
"This is probably - along with the ExxonMobil
board room - the last place that sober people debate whether or not these problems are real,
but we intend to work with you anyway..."
-- Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), talking about global warming
We need to get some video of the younger
elected assholes denying global warming.
Asshats like Inhofe will be dead before
long and the up-and-comers need to be punished
for refusing to recognize the obvious.
If Democrats would just plan for the future... (No sense in finishing
How often do we have to repeat that Reagan and
Bush 41 sold weapons to Iran and CHEMICAL weapons to Iraq?
What part of Iran-Contra didn't they get? Of
course this is the same bunch that loved to see felon G. Gordon Liddy
slobbering over Bush 43's overstuffed crotch.
Lately, they sound like they want a civil war.
Or at least a gold ole fashion lynchin'. But nobody can tell me why.
Is this just pushback for it's own sake or do
these folks really have serious memory impairments?
If you want a war, just say it! Aren't you all
Republicans - if you break it, you've bought it.
If you open the box to see what's in Argentina, then your opponents
will see the same things. Don't bring your family,
your sex slave, or your drugs to the party unless you want them noticed.
When you impeached Clinton and spent milllions
funding Ken Starr's masturbatory fantasies, you gave everyone else
carte blanche to do the same to you. Oh, and
let's not even start on Ed Meese's fantasies. Or James Watt's.
Or Raymond Donovan's. Or David Safavian's. Or
John Poindexter's. Or Thomas Reed's. Or Rush Limbaugh's.
Or Newt Gingrich's. I could just go on like this
all fucking day....
Steve in MT
Republicans think funny.
They see Clinton's "affair" as the epitome of all that's evil, but
rape, torture, kidnapping,
senseless invasions and selling weapons to terrorists is OK if you're
Excerpt: Bill Clinton, who spearheaded the last effort
to overhaul the broken health care system, predicted that Obama will
succeed where he failed. He said that he
suspects Obama will "get a health care reform bill" because of three distinct
"The filibuster won't be an option," Clinton said,
"the small business community won't be as against any plan we got now,
and frankly the economy is in such a mess that
you've got a little more budget flexibility."
The former president also made it known that he
fully backs a government-run option for health insurance coverage
as a means of lowering costs and adding competition
to the private sector.
"I'm for the public option because I think there
needs to be some competition here," said Clinton.
'Yes, I favor a public health option, Yes, I
favor the efforts the administration has made to get the drug companies,
the hospitals, and everybody else, to chip in
and give up some of their projected future increases based on rampant inflation.
And yes, I favor organizing a society so that
old people stay healthier and young people don't get diabetes.
Otherwise we will pass this health care plan
and five years from now we will be back to the drawing board.'"
I just sense the same sexism and misogyny directed
at her that was directed at Hillary.
Just because she's on the other side doesn't
mean we can still disagree with her with respect.
You respect that crazy fraud - really?
Attack her policies and her stands, not her and
her family. Yeah they did it to us
(the repugs, that is, well the Dem party as whole
did it against Hillary, but that's another story).
We're falling into the same trap the Repugs accepted
I feel more and more the Democratic party I grew
up with no longer exist.
It's a bit depressing
But why is Palin off-limits?
It seems insulting to women to say they shouldn't
be held accountable.
Why is it sexist and misogynistic to call an
evil woman an evil woman?
Far as I know, I've said Palin is super-stupid
and proud of it - just like Bush.
Have I attacked her family?
Sidebar: There's obviously some humor in their meth problems
and their sexual hypocrisy.
They claim abstinence works after their daughter
had an unplanned baby.
Is it wrong to point out their lies?
Pointing to their lies might result in fewer
pregnancies - don't you think?
Spermboy was bragging on his web page - he's
not fair game?
Palin keeps claiming people are ridiculing her
Downs Syndrome baby.
Are you buying that line of crap?
To me, Palin is Fuhrer II, so is attacking her
a bad thing?
If she was butt-ugly, would you feel the same
Excerpt: The new senator from Minnesota is a comedian,
writer and actor who lived on the Upper West Side of Manhattan
and raised a lot of money from friends in Hollywood.
The departing governor of Alaska is a hockey mom from a small
backwoods town who likes to hunt and fish. Yet
Al Franken looks wholesomely mainstream while Sarah Palin seems
headed for the tabloid fringe...
Back around the time that Mr. Franken quit Saturday
Night Live for the second time, Ms. Palin entered public life as
a civic activist and candidate for local office
in Wasilla, Alaska, where she was soon elected mayor. She was a populist
of the right-wing variety, a fundamentalist churchgoer
and a scourge of politics-as-usual. Concerning herself with such
conservative staples as government spending,
tax cuts, term limits and gun rights, she was a textbook Republican officeholder.
But somewhere along the road, everything changed
for both them and their parties. Mr. Franken left showbiz behind
to prove himself a serious policy wonk as well
as a devoted family man; Ms. Palin transformed herself and her family
into a reality television show.
The entertainer became a public servant - and
the public servant became entertainment
Enjoyed your site for years, especially proud
of you (and saw all the grief you took) for your loyalty to Hillary until
I was a National Delegate for Hillary in Denver
and I saw first hand how the Democrat leadership fucked her.
But this Palin thing is ridiculous Bart.
You are over the line....she's a Governor, she's a conservative, she's
but she's not the anti-Christ. What's the
deal? How much kool-aide did you drink? You've lost your perspective,
Palin did nothing to deserve this hatred and
your are promoting it. It's not funny. It's just hate.
Sorry, I can't participate any more by giving
you a 'hit'. Good luck to you. (I mean that sincerely.)
I specifically asked for someone who could explain
this irrationality and I got YOU, instead.
It seems to me like YOU have the problem, not
I've been doing what I'm doing for 14 years, and
suddenly when a woman is involved
you declare my humor "out
of bounds and over the line?" What's
wrong with you?
Apparently you have no problem with me ridiculing
and taunting Ashcroft, Bush, Cheney, Larry Craig, Tom DeLay,
Jeff Gannon, Giuliani, Denny Hastert, McCain,
O'Reilly, the vulgar Pigboy, Reagan, Romney, Karl Rove,
Tortureboy Gonzales, Wolfie and Scotty the Underbear,
but when it's a woman I'm suddenly "out
Sounds like you think female outlaws should be
treated with respect because they're women.
I think that's crazy and you have failed to explain
How can you have such a strong opinion about this
subject and still be unable to explain yourself?
If I can't explain myself I keep my stong opinions
And once again, after 2360 issues averaging 70
subjects per issue
you find ONE THING to bitch about and bail on
Hillary wouldn't quit - she'd stay and fight,
At least you didn't say you were about
to send me a big check - but now you ain't.
Excerpt: Palin lied when she said the dismissal of her
public safety commissioner, Walt Monegan, had nothing to do
with his refusal to fire state trooper Mike Wooten;
in fact, the Branchflower Report concluded that she
repeatedly abused her power when dealing with
Palin lied when she repeatedly claimed to have
said, "Thanks, but no thanks" to the Bridge to Nowhere;
in fact, she openly campaigned for the federal
project when running for governor.
Palin lied when she denied that Wasilla's police
chief and librarian had been fired; in fact, both were
given letters of termination the previous day.
Palin lied when she wrote in the NYT that a comprehensive
review by Alaska wildlife officials showed
that polar bears were not endangered; in fact,
email correspondence between those scientists showed the opposite.
Palin lied when she claimed in her convention
speech that an oil gas pipeline "began" under her guidance;
in fact, the pipeline was years from breaking
ground, if at all.
Palin lied when she told Charlie Gibson that she
does not pass judgment on gay people; in fact, she opposes
all rights between gay spouses and belongs to
a church that promotes conversion therapy.
Palin lied when she denied having said that humans
do not contribute to climate change; in fact,
she had previously proclaimed that human activity
was not to blame.
Palin lied when she claimed that Alaska produces
20 percent of the country's domestic energy supply;
in fact, the actual figures, based on any interpretation
of her words, are much, much lower.
"The Republican Party leadership has made a
decision that they want to deny President Obama success, which means
they are rooting against the country..."
-- Henry Waxman, touching the tip of the iceberg with his little toe,
Excerpt: During her resignation speech last week, Palin
presented herself as a heroic defender of the taxpayer.
She said that money being spent on government
lawyers to defend against these “frivolous ethics violations”
could be “going to things that are very important,
like troopers and roads and teachers and fish research.”
Palin repeated exactly the same point this week.
But David Murrow, a spokesperson for the Governor,
said in an interview that much of this money was
budgeted to the lawyers in advance and would
have gone to them anyway, even if state lawyers hadn’t been
defending against these ethics complaints.
In response to our questions, the Governor’s office
provided us with a detailed breakdown of the millions
Palin has claimed has gone to defending against
ethics complaints. It does list roughly $1.9 million in expenditures.
But Murrow, the spokesperson, acknowledged to
our reporter, Amanda Erickson, that this total was arrived at
by adding up attorney hours spent on fending
off complaints - based on the fixed salaries of lawyers in the governor’s
office and the Department of Law. The money would
have gone to the lawyers no matter what they were doing.
The complaints are “just distracting them from
other duties,” Murrow said.
I really don't have a dog in this fight because
MJ already sucked by the time I was a big boy --
"Remember the time" and "Black or white" are
the only videos I remember from childhood
-- but you seem to avoid the fact that he settled.
You say he was an idiot to do so, but would
the finest lawyers money can buy really have
advised him to settle if he hadn't messed around?
By your standards, OJ would be considered innocent
too if only he had settled his civil cases.
Admitting I'd lose to you in court,
Wes in Singapore
I think it was a mistake to settle, but I don't know Bush about
In most non-political, non-show biz cases, the lawyers might say,
"They want $50K but it'll cost you $200K in
legal fees to fight it."
If that case settling might be a good idea - if a gag order is
The bad news about being high-profile and super-rich is lawsuits.
I think one of Michael's lawyers said he'd been sued 200 times.
It's possible that MJ was 100% innocent of all charges.
Excerpt: Sarah Palin has a new plan for dodging “spurious”
ethics charges — if winning the White House is considered a plan.
In an nterview, Palin signaled that if she succeeded
in a presidential run, life would get easier.
“I don’t think it will be the day after day after
day of ethics violation charges that are frivolous, that are ridiculous,”
“I think on a national level your department
of law there in the White House would look at the things we have been charged
and automatically throw them out, not make somebody
hire their own personal attorney to get out there and fight.”
There is no ‘department of law’ at the White House,
though Palin may have been referring to the White House counsel’s office.”
She could also have been referred to the Justice
She could be referring to Bullwinkle the Moose - we have nop idea.
Palin is so stupid, Bush stanbding next to her could wear the "I'm
with Stupid -->" shirt.
"And it's it interesting that if we debated,
you'd be getting Kotex enemas for a week."
I broke out with some not so quiet laughter, and
my wife and kids were asking me what was so funny.
I couldn't tell 'em.
By the way, I think of you when I sip on my Tres
I love Tequila, and it is partly due to you...but
mostly because I love good liquor.
As soon as I get a job, you're getting some turkee
to keep it going.
I have been around cats my whole life, you're
doing just fine.
They do stupid shit, but the nine lives thing
really is true.
The major concern about the heights is fractures
onto the hard floor, they can take the fall if
the landing is softer.
Yesterday, Dax was sleeping on the cable receiver on top of the stack
He started to fall, so he grabbed the cable box and pulled it down
He only fell 30 inches but it sounded like a piano falling down the
I can't remember if I wrote this or talked about it on BCR, but when
we first got him,
he'd try to jump from the kitchen island to the counter and I guess
he didn't get a good
push off the island and at least three times he got a face full
of cabinet - it was tough to watch.
Subject: Democrats are selling
out to the Insurance Companies
Unfortunately politics isn't as simple as the
good guys vs. the bad guys.
Even though the Republicans are totally sold
out to corporate interests doesn't mean that the Democrats aren't as well.
With huge majorities in the House and the Senate
and the Presidency there's no reason why we shouldn't get a public
insurance option that would best serve the people.
But the insurance industry has just switched from bribing Republicans
to bribing Democrats and several Democrat senators
are on the take. It is up to us as citizens to rise up against these
sell out politicians and insure they do the people's
work. If we don't get a public option it will be the Democrats fault.
"I don't dictate how people vote. If it's an
important vote, I try to tell them how important it is... But I'm not very good at twisting arms. I
try to be more verbal and non-threatening. So people who have different opinions not to vote the way
that I think they should. But that's the way it is. I hold no grudges."
-- Harry Reid, (D-Surrender) The King of Pitiful, explaining
why he's such a sorry leader, Link
Why do we let the worst of the worst become
"Reid is pitiful. The guy should be embarrassed.
What a wimp. LBJ busted balls and got lots of great stuff accomplished. Reid tickles his
colleagues' nuts and the result is mediocre legislation."
-- SJW Link
"Reid stands for nothing. He's accomplished
nothing. He leads nowhere. His expends the most energy staying to the right of center and making
excuses for why he can't accomplish anything and then watching the clock so he can go home at 5 and get to
bed early so he can get up and do it again tomorrow. Reid neither enforces nor leads. Reid sits and complains
or sits and shrugs his shoulders. And sits. He's useless."
-- Burro Link
"Isn't there anyone in the Senate with
enough fire in the belly and enough of a following to kick Reid out? Maybe not, and more's the pity. Reid is a
disaster, and has been since day one. He's a total embarrassment not only to the Democrat, but to the whole
country. "Oh, I'm not good at this so I'll just keep doing it anyway." Is he a Rethug plant? With Reid at the helm
the Democrats could have a 100 votes and the Rethugs would still call the shots."
-- RRK1 Link
The range of Americans who were unbothered
by this sort of thing was surprisingly wide.
Some were members of Congress, such as Republican
Rep. Peter King of Long Island,
who stayed with IRA supporters on visits to Northern
Ireland and drank at a Belfast club
called the Felons, whose members were all IRA
Excerpt: Sarah Palin is a sinner. She has violated several
commandments and thoroughly deserves
the savage beating that she is now getting from
political mandarins and media elites.
If it were not for one simple fact, I would say
she was through in politics. And that fact is
that if braindead Republicans were picking a
nominee today, they would pick Sarah Palin.
No? Don’t believe me? Who would beat her? Tim
Pawlenty? Bobby Jindal?
Haley Barbour? Mike Huckabee? Mitt Romney?
All of these men might build credible, attractive,
even powerful political operations by 2012.
But right now? Today?
Today, Sarah Palin would be the winner, because more than anyone else,
she has won over the hearts and minds of the
Republican rank and file. (And tell me that a Palin-Gingrich
ticket would not set conservative hearts aflutter.)
Maybe, but they'd never win in November.
America had a genius president, followed by the
brainless Worst President Ever, followed by
a genius president. I don't think voters
would gamble with another brainless WPE.
I was listening to Ed Shultz on my XM radio and
I had an epiphany during one of his commercials
I already knew:
-When they killed JFK, the BFEE benefitted.
-When they framed Nixon for Watergate, the BFEE
-When they convinced the terrorists to hold American
hostages until the 1980 election, the BFEE benefitted.
-When they created a cocaine epidemic in this
country, the BFEE benefitted.
-When they attacked us on 9-11, the BFEE benefitted.
-When they started unnecessary wars in Afghanistan
and Iraq, the BFEE benefitted.
The only thing I couldn’t figure out was how did
the BFEE benefit by crashing the economy.
I thought that maybe they didn’t mean to destroy
Maybe this once, the Bushes didn’t benefit from
the harm they caused others.
Then I heard that commercial on XM that gold prices
have gone up almost 300% since 2001
and I remembered how the Bushes are a major owner
of the world’s largest gold deposits through
their ownership of Barrick gold mining company.
Increasing gold prices were a predictable result
from crashing the economy. The price of
gold always goes up when the stock market goes down.
The Bush bastards destroyed the global economy
on purpose. With their holdings in gold, the Bushes
not only dramatically increased their share of
total planetary wealth; they actually tripled the dollar value
of their holdings. Now, Ed Shultz is helping
them dump their gold at inflated prices.
This actually makes a lot more sense than believing
that this one time, Bushes’ apparent blunder
was a mistake and there was no evil plan and
no benefit to the Bushes. What was I thinking?
Please share this with your readers and, if you
can, provide some links
to the Bush ownership of the worlds largest gold
Here's a link
$10 billion giveaway to Barrick Gold
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