Politics

Too Little Too Late

by Mary Pitt

As the time nears for the Democratic Congress to take office, debate is beginning to rage about whether the Pelosi approach is the correct one and it is more prudent for the Congress to launch investigations to hold responsible certain individuals in reverse chain-of-command fashion, dealing with rapscallions on each level in order to obtain testimony against those higher on the food chain or whether the direct attack would be more immediate and productive and follow the leadership of outgoing-Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and others of like mind and go directly to impeachment. It is the opinion of this writer that both approaches to haltering the rampant adventurism of this administration are too little and too late.

Much Ado About Nothing

by Mary Pitt

The elephant called the Iraq Sudy Group has labored long and hard and, after keeping their secret until “after the election”, has brought forth a gnat. They have utterly failed to discover a method for extracting W’s grubby little fist from the cookie jar this time. Instead they have delivered another missive of pomposity which has nothing new to offer and can only prove one thing. We are in another quagmire and there is no way we can get out of it without being covered with mud. One does not walk out of a door with honor after walking in without any. This committe recemmendation deserves only one title: “Too Little, Too Late”.

NIST Condemns Paperless Voting

“Paperless electronic voting machines ‘cannot be made secure‘ [pdf] according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). In the most sweeping condemnation of voting machines issued by any federal agency, NIST echoes what critics have been saying all along, that due to the lack of verifiability, ‘a single programmer could rig a major election.’ Rather than adding printers, though, NIST endorses the hand-marked optical-scan system as the most reliable.”

Golly gee whiz.

Like no one’s been SCREAMING that for YEARS. Nice to see the kids at NIST weigh in on this. Hopefully now all the naysayers will WTF up.

Means to an End

During a discussion with my cousin Joe I asked him what steps he would take to end the war in Iraq. His response (after qualifying that I might not like it) was that we should simply ‘dust’ people at funerals.

I submit this as evidence that such tactics usually don’t lead to peace:

http://politics.guardian.co.uk/northernirelandassembly/story/0,,1956753,00.html

Uproar at Stormont as loyalist killer with bomb tries to storm assembly

Coloradoan Hides Bias

It is my personal opinion, based on items posted at Colorado Media Matters and my own interactions, that the Coloradoan is deeply biased for the Republican Party. I’ll add more to this post as time permits detailing this.

Here’s some links for your reading pleasure:

Following Colorado Media Matters item, Coloradoan reports on Paccione’s Christian faith

Coloradoan reported voters support Musgrave because she is a Christian but omitted that Paccione also is a Christian.

When confronted with this information, both Kevin Darst and Bob Moore indicated they were confused and didn’t understand why I was upset. Their continued plea of innocence in the light of proof underlines this bias.

We Win!

Dems Take House - Nov 7 2006Dems Take Senate - Nov 7, 2006

Democrats have won majorities in both the House and Senate.

I’ve been watching for violent storms or hordes of locusts. Nothing so far.

Stay tuned.

Why Conservatives Balk at GOP

By William Frey, M.D.

October 26, 2006

Editor’s Note: George W. Bush frequently states that the U.S. government’s highest duty is to protect the safety of Americans. But many traditional conservatives — as well as many other Americans — disagree with Bush’s priority. They believe that the first responsibility of any President is to defend the Constitution and its guarantees of individual liberty.

Take Your Sticker and STICK IT

1st (2005) & 2nd (2006) Sessions of the 109th Congress showing the % of Yes Votes for Veterans Benefits*

HE’S B-A-A-A-A-C-K…

By Sheila Samples

“Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assault of thoughts

on the unthinking.”~~John M. Keyne

Much to the dismay of the Bush Crime Family and the Flying Monkey Right, their most fervent nemesis, talk-show host Mike Malloy, will return to progressive airwaves on Monday, Oct. 30 — a whole week-and-one-day before the mid-term elections. When you consider the corruption and scandals oozing like slime from the right over just the past week-and-one-day, Malloy’s return is not a moment too soon.

RARF!!

R. Crumb vs Dubya

A little mashup courtesy of R. Crumb and Steve Sack

Bush - Choose

Here’s the original cartoon by Steve, the R. Crumb illustration is out on the web somewhere… I’m sure.

A Libby Pardon for Christmas?

From TomDispatch:

Sometimes, the proximate cause of an unraveling, even an implosion, may catch everyone by surprise. This week the “tipping point” (to borrow a Bush administration phrase from the Iraq War) for the possible unraveling of Republican control of Congress may be the roiling, boiling Mark Foley affair with its sexually explicit emails and instant messages to teenage House pages, which, in the pattern of any such scandal, has surely not yet fully emerged into view.

FAUX News

O'Reilly is a punkLook carefully – this is why America hasn’t turned on the Republicans – Faux News keeps pulling shit like this. This was NOT a mistake. He’s listed as (D – FL) but ‘Republican’ in the small type.

Bill O’Reilly is a weasel of monumental proportions.

FOOL’S GOAL

By Sheila Samples

I will seize the opportunity to achieve big goals.”~~George W. Bush

My friend Bernie says a lot of folks have George Bush figured all wrong. “Sure he lies,” Bernie said, “every time he opens his mouth. But — think about it. Even when Bush is lying he ends up telling us what he’s gonna do. He can’t help himself — he just blurts it out. But by the time we understand what he’s saying — he’s already made a stinkin’ mess and moved on to the next one.”

Impeach NOW

from AmericaBlog:

Thursday, September 28, 2006

485 Contacts Between Jack Abramoff Team and Bush White House Officials

From Roll Call: Hundreds of contacts between top White House officials and former lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his associates “raise serious questions about the legality and actions” of those officials, according to a draft bipartisan report prepared by the House Government Reform Committee.

Why Bush Will Nuke Iran

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15118.htm

Why Bush Will Nuke Iran

By Paul Craig Roberts

09/26/06 “Information Clearing House” — — The neoconservative Bush administration will attack Iran with tactical nuclear weapons, because it is the only way the neocons believe they can rescue their goal of US (and Israeli) hegemony in the Middle East.