Fear of Clowns

"Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable."
- H. L. Mencken

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Chuck Norris for President 

Dumbass Hollywood winger is excited about awakening "cells" of revolutionaries and,

You really have to almost laugh at some of this. For eight years, progressives were lambasted -- in the face of the most unpopular and arguably the worst American president since the Civil War -- as victims of "Bush derangement syndrome" or as "Kos Kooks." That was largely because in the face of a government that invaded another nation on bogus pretenses and violated laws on core issues like torture and domestic spying, a few people advocated impeachment, a deliberative process under the U.S. Constitution, and a tiny handful talked about things like moving to Canada.

Meanwhile, less than two months into the Obama administration, right-wingers are stocking the basement pantry, piling up the shotguns and organizing "cells," all with the help of a talk-show host who coincidentially became unhinged after he drove down the ratings at CNN Headline News, something that most people didn't think was possible. There's a lot to hash out in this country over the next few years but it's becoming more and more clear who respects the Constitution, and who does not.

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Chickens coming home to roost in a big way 

We want -- we want money being spent to help people buy homes. That's what we want ... Or if you're a consumer, maybe thinking about buying a house, if you look on your TV screens that say "March to War", you're not so sure you want to buy the house then, because you're not sure what the consequences of marching to war will be. Now we're marching to peace. We're marching to peace and the world is better off. We've overcome that obstacle ... Our nation's 68 percent home-ownership rate is the highest ever. More people own homes now than ever before in the country's history, and that's exciting for the future of America ... I set a good goal, which is adding 5.5 million new minority homeowners in America by the end of the decade.

- George Bush 3/26/2004

The Federal Reserve peeled out $300 Billion to bolster financial markets in the days after the 9/11 attacks. Maybe tomorrow I'll make a gruesome tally of what's been doled out since March in the last-second veer to avoid the impact of the GOP's attack on our economy under the flag of supply-side laissez-fair economics.

Here's an article mentioning the "d" word.

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Friday, September 12, 2008

A day late, but 

Via Crooks and Liars.

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

I can hear you, the rest of the world can hear you and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon. 

Forget the diversion of the invasion of Iraq for a moment. Forget it ever happened.

The seventh year after 9/11 has been the bloodiest for our troops in Afghanistan.

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Palin is unaware Pakistan is an ally 

That Palin doesn't know what the Bush Doctrine is is readily apparent in her first national interview. But watching the video a third time, it became obvious to me that Palin thinks Pakistan is not an ally, but an enemy,

As for the right to invade, we're going to work with these countries, building new relationships - working with existing allies - but forging new also, in order to, Charlie, get to a point in this world where war is not a first option ... We must not blink, Charlie, in making those tough decisions in where we go and even who we target.

UPDATE: Although a few ridiculous interchanges are mentioned, the Gray Lady publishes a faux obective account of the travesty. The full interview:

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

This is about par for the course 

"I believe 9/11 could have been prevented if we'd had a Republican president at the time."

- Mike Meehan
Republican Voter

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

I read the IAEA reports 

During the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, I read the IAEA and UNMOVIC reports. That is how I came to know Iraq had no WMD. Those only reading the US press - or more likely only listening to Bill O'Reilly had a different opinion.

It baffles me that most of those pushing the obviously unfounded Iraqi WMD lies still have the same jobs.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Senile or stupid? 

Your guess as good as any.

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Friday, March 21, 2008

Obama on national security 

This is relatively long for a YouTube clip, but I find it nearly spot on and complete:

I disagree that we as a nation should demonstrate such reflexive support of Israel's foreign policy as Obama seems to advocate here, but given the breadth of the speech, I feel comfortable with the foreign policy he outlines.

That said, I've noticed no candidate expressing extended thoughts about the credit failure we've brought on ourselves. America has lived on credit for years, paying debts with refinanced mortgages. One of Bush's 2004 campaign sound-bites was that an unprecedented number of Americans owned their own homes. It was true at the time, but in retrospect a negative, not a positive. People during Bush's first term were able to get mortgages they couldn't afford.

So I'd like a 2008 candidate lay out what we should do about it.

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Monday, December 10, 2007

Rudy Giggliani! 

From the veracifier.

Q: Why did your firm do business with friends of Kim Jong Il?
Rudy: Tee hee hee!

Q: Why did your firm do business with a friend of the Sept 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Muhammad?
Rudy: Ga ha hee hee!

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

GOP House leader on the ultimate sacrifice to one's country: "a small price" 

John Boehner of the Party Who Supports the Troops,

If 3,800 American lives and half a trillion dollars is a "small price", I shudder to think what we would be in for if Boehner was willing to make a modest investment.

Via Greg Sargent

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Koran 3:145: Only Allah can kill you 

Reading bin Laden's 1996 fatwa in which he declares war on Saudi Arabia and the "American-Zionist crusaders", this Koranic verse stuck out,

No one dies except by GOD's leave, at a predetermined time

That's some pretty hardcore predestination. No matter what you do, you aren't going to die unless it's the one and single time god picked for you already.

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Sixth anniversary 

Given a choice between a world of nations controlled by corporations standing to lose profits from war between their client governments and a world in which nations went to war among one another willy-nilly, I'd in pick the corptocracy.

As far as that scenario provides, I'm in agreement with Bush's foreign policy. And I rather think Bush's War on Terror is driven at least in part by the contrast between those two choices.

However, those aren't the only two choices available and a military struggle between ideologies without territories is futile. By the administration's own admission "the terrorists won't stop with Iraq". Iraq is not an Iwo Jima no matter how much supporters of the war try to make it.

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