Monday, July 31, 2006

Boysetsfire is breaking up, and, unfortunately, Hoobastank are not

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Posturing leaves a bad taste in my mouth;

Democrats threatened to boycott the Iraqi PMs visit, and Howard Dean called him an anti-semite because he refused to condemn Hezbollah, and here's the thing, he's a damn politician. In his part of the world, with his political base, he can't. And the fact that Dems are using that to make themselves seem more pro-Israel, I dunno, it rubs me the wrong way.

In other news:

Exxon makes $80,000 a minute

The US wants Poland to provide a military base with no oversight and legal immunity

President Bush ignores history and reality and blames Iran for the middle east's plight

and, On the heels of his failing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Bush eyes sending 30,000 troops to Lebanon

Saturday, July 22, 2006

The Yard Dogs Road Show makes me wish I'd been a carney;

Friday, July 21, 2006

Borrowed from Raw Story;

Negroponte blocks analysis of Iraq civil war

Director of National Intelligence Michael Negroponte is preventing a thorough examination by intelligence analysts of the civil war in Iraq, RAW STORY has learned.

A report at Washington Babylon, the blog of Harper's Magazine's Washington Editor Ken Silverstein, indicates that Iraq analysts at the CIA have been pushing to complete a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on the political situation in the country. NIE's are the most authoritative intelligence documents produced by the CIA, and the last NIE on Iraq was rejected by the Bush administration for being too negative.

But since the calls to analyze the Iraq conflict have emerged, Silverstein reports, Negroponte has tamped them down. One of Silverstein's sources explained that Negroponte didn't want President George W. Bush to be confronted with a pessimistic assessment of the war in Iraq.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Panic At The Disco is maybe the worst band on the face of the planet;

For those not keeping score with Neo-Con war planning, William Kristol told NPR that there was "no basis" for belief that Shia, Sunni, and Kurds don't get along, and that Iraq "was always a very seccular state." Which is true. Because Saddam, scum that he was, was a secularist. Also, Iraqi expatriots who met with Bush before the invasion had to explain to him that Iraq was made up of different ethnic groups, because one month before the invasion he didn't know, and responded, "I though Iraqis were Arabs." In related news, the one thing Iraqi factions and the Iran-loyal Prime Minister we installed do agree on is the denoucement of Israel.

In more news;

Israel is planning a ground incursion into Lebabon in this slap fight that's been going on since '82

and, Our failed foreign policy is actually bolstering terrorism

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

The Middle East is Imploding again;

Thursday, July 13, 2006

In other news;

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Borrowed from Raw Story;

An exchange between Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Justice Department legal council chief Steven Bradbury regarding prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay ended with Bradbury announcing "the President is always right," RAW STORY has learned.

Leahy had asked Bradbury about what the Department of Justice had advised the President, and how certain decisions regarding Guantanamo Bay had been made. A transcript of the rest of the exchange follows:

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MR. BRADBURY: Well, Senator, I think -- as I said in my testimony, obviously the court's decision does not call into question our ability to hold detainees --

LEAHY: Not my question. The president said very specifically -- and he said it to our European allies -- he was waiting for the Supreme Court decision and that would tell him whether he was supposed to close Guantanamo or not. After, he said it upheld his position on Guantanamo. In effect, it actually said neither. Where did he get that impression?

BRADBURY: Well --

LEAHY: The president's not a lawyer. You are. The Justice Department advised him. Did you give him such a cockamamie idea or what?

BRADBURY: Well, I try not to give anybody cockamamie ideas, and I --

LEAHY: Well, where'd he get the idea?

BRADBURY: Obviously -- the Hamdan decision, Senator, does implicitly recognize that we're in a war, that the president's war powers were triggered by the attacks on the country, and that law of war paradigm applies. That's what the whole -- the whole case was about --

LEAHY: I don't think the president was talking about the nuances of the law of war paradigm. He was saying that this was going to tell him whether he could keep Guantanamo open or not. Afterward, he said it said he could.

BRADBURY: Well, it's --

LEAHY: Was the president right or was he wrong?

BRADBURY: It's under the Law of War that we --

LEAHY: Was the president right or wrong?

BRADBURY: -- the president is always right, Senator.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

I just enjoyed a mint julep and some scrabble;

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Big Ups to Italy;

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Just for kicks;

My July 2006 (Barring Injuries) NFL Playoff Picks:

NFC East; NY Giants
NFC North; Chicago Bears
NFC South; Carolina Panthers
NFC West; Seattle Seahawks

Wildcards; Washington Redskins & (Toss-Up) Arizona Cardinals/Tampa Bay Bucs

AFC East; NE Patriots
AFC North; Cincinnati bengals (Cleveland wins 8+ games this year)
AFC South; Indianapolis Colts (Indy and Jacksonville each win 12, Indy wins tie breaker)
AFC West; Kansas City Chiefs

Wildcards; (Toss-Up)Miami Dolphins/Jacksonville Jaguars and Denver Broncos

Friday, July 07, 2006

Short Holiday Week;

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Some news bits;

Monday, July 03, 2006

I think I've figured it out:

Ann Coulter IS Andy Kaufman. It's the only thing that makes sense.

I'm addicted to "The Revolution" series on The History Channel;