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Archive for July, 2007

Consider this…

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

Watched an ad last night for the hot new product from Pur- “Flavor Options“. You press a button while getting filtered water, and the flavor of strawberry, raspberry or peach is added to water.

Is this necessary? Do we need this?

No.

If you have the mental ability needed to create a system that delivers some chemical into tap water that makes it taste like a fruit, then you probably have the imagination and skills needed to actually do something USEFUL instead of creating yet another insipid product for people to buy. Do the years of hard work you spent in college getting a degree, do they ring hollow now, now that all you do is come up with nothing more than…product? Did you ever hope to change the world? Make it better? Or did you toil all those years in hopes of adding one more useless piece of shiny crap meant to propel us off the couch and into a Lowes, eager for peach flavored water?

Everyone has a role to play in this grand drama called life. Some work to cure disease, others, feeding the poor. Your contribution?

Peach flavored water. Congratulations. Feel good? Was it worth it?

Pathetic.

Impeachment of Gonzo to begin?

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

Can the gelded majority party actually DO SOMETHING instead of talking about it? Let’s hope this is a first step:

Impeach Gonzales?

A group of House Democrats will introduce a resolution calling on the Judiciary Committee to begin impeachment proceedings against Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA) will sponsor the measure. It will be dropped in the hopper tomorrow.

It’s too early to say whether it will actually get anywhere.

Here’s the text of resolution…

RESOLUTION
Directing the Committee on the Judiciary to investigate whether Alberto R. Gonzales, Attorney General of the United States, should be impeached for high crimes and
misdemeanors.
1 Resolved, That the Committee on the Judiciary shall
2 investigate fully whether sufficient grounds exist for the
3 House of Representatives to impeach Alberto R. Gonzales,
4 Attorney General of the United States, for high crimes
5 and misdemeanors.

Do the work for which you were elected, Dems. Flush Bush and all his sewer rat minions.

Crazyman Ted Stevens raided, more corruption from GOP

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

FBI raids Sen. Stevens’s Alaska home

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) raided the home of Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) on Monday, advancing the corruption probe that has ensnared the once-untouchable GOP dean.

The Anchorage Daily News first reported the search of Stevens’s Girdwood, Alaska, residence on Monday afternoon, citing the assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s local office.

That home has fueled the investigation into Stevens’ ties to oil-field services company Veco, whose two top executives recently resigned after pleading guilty to bribery and fraud.

He’s up for reelection next year, so if he isn’t driven out of office before then by this investigation, he’ll be gone soon enough. Yeah. Although we have to admit, watching The Daily Show skewer this flake has been fun.

Brits to leave Iraq?

Monday, July 30th, 2007

And thus show even a modicum of sense, sense that so far eludes our King?

Downing Street remains emphatic that he will not unveil a plan to withdraw British troops, who are due to remain in southern Iraq until the Iraqi army is deemed capable of maintaining security. A spokesman said there had been no change in the government’s position.

Behind the scenes, however, American officials are picking up what they believe are signals that a change of British policy on Iraq is imminent.

All Cali voting machines hackable

Monday, July 30th, 2007

Nothing to see here, move along:

Most vote machines lose test to hackers

State-sanctioned teams of computer hackers were able to break through the security of virtually every model of California’s voting machines and change results or take control of some of the systems’ electronic functions, according to a University of California study released Friday.

The researchers “were able to bypass physical and software security in every machine they tested,” said Secretary of State Debra Bowen, who authorized the “top to bottom review” of every voting system certified by the state.

And don’t think its any better in your state, either.

Politics over facts everytime

Monday, July 30th, 2007

White House blocked surgeon general’s report

A Republican political appointee with close White House ties has blocked a 2006 report by the US surgeon general that called for action to tackle global health problems because the document did not promote the administration’s policy accomplishments, The Washington Post reported Sunday.

Citing current and former public health officials, the newspaper said the report described the link between poverty and poor health and urged the US government to help combat widespread diseases as a key aim of its foreign policy.

Carmona told lawmakers that, as he fought to release the document, he was “called in and again admonished … via a senior official who said, ‘You don’t get it,'” according to The Post.

He said a senior official told him that “this will be a political document, or it will not be released.”

Stories such as this about the Bush admin are many, which begs the question. If you focus so much of your attention on putting the right spin on everything- and you still end up with your party defeated in the ’06 elections, sure to lose the White House in ’08, and the lowest approval ratings since Nixon- who exactly are you attempting to spin? Because whoever it is, they ain’t buying it.

Chickenhawks get to play with real guns!

Friday, July 27th, 2007

Fundraiser to feature machine guns

BOSTON (Reuters) – A planned Republican fundraiser in New Hampshire aims to promote gun ownership in America by letting supporters fire powerful military-style weapons — from Uzi submachine guns to M-16 rifles.

The Manchester Republican Committee is inviting party members and their families to a “Machine Gun Shoot” where, for $25, supporters can spend a day trying out automatic weapons, said organizer Jerry Thibodeau.

“It’s a fun day. It’s a family day,” said Thibodeau of the August 5 event. “It’s quite exciting.”

fool

I’m sure this patriot will be there…

Again, the true believers look foolish

Friday, July 27th, 2007

Militarism – America’s State Religion
One soldier’s literary blasphemy
by Justin Raimondo

This has got the War Party in an uproar: Michelle Malkin’s head is spinning practically off its axis, like Linda Blair in The Exorcist, only faster, the boys over at Powerline are hotly demanding an “explanation,” and, to top it off, Jonah Goldberg, of all people, is waxing skeptical over “Shock Troops,” a piece in The New Republic by the pseudonymous “Scott Thomas.”

So what’s the big deal?

Apparently – not much. “Thomas” – now revealed to be Scott Thomas Beauchamp, a private stationed in Iraq with the First Infantry Division – details two incidents that have the neocon blogosphere in a major tizzy, but which, examined by calmer heads, don’t appear to be that big of a deal. So what’s up with that?

Ah, the comforting bubble of illusion that is a true believers mind. Too bad it gets people killed.

Hero shot in head

Friday, July 27th, 2007

New Details on Tillman’s Death

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Army medical examiners were suspicious about the close proximity of the three bullet holes in Pat Tillman’s forehead and tried without success to get authorities to investigate whether the former NFL player’s death amounted to a crime, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

“The medical evidence did not match up with the, with the scenario as described,” a doctor who examined Tillman’s body after he was killed on the battlefield in Afghanistan in 2004 told investigators.

The doctors – whose names were blacked out – said that the bullet holes were so close together that it appeared the Army Ranger was cut down by an M-16 fired from a mere 10 yards or so away.

Nice the way heroes are treated, ain’t it?

New review

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

Old man gets cranky on Ink 19.