Monday, April 10, 2006

London Calling

Not much commenting today. Still trying to mend a hangover from Friday night... Yes, I said Friday night. I know it's Monday, fool! This is what happens when you get older. I'm trying to get into fighting shape for the DBT concert May 5th and 6th.

First, here are a couple of protest songs worthy of a listen.

Pink and the Indigo girls pull no punches with this one. A great, great song.

I've posted previously about the Dixie Chicks new one. They've added a video you can watch.

Now onto the insanity:

Washington's First and Last Lesson: Power Is Fleeting
"'A staggering collection of misfortunes and failures,' declared Harry C. McPherson of the week. Mr. McPherson should know; he has watched power ebb and flow in town since he came to Washington half a century ago as a Senate aide to Lyndon B. Johnson.

After years of remarkably efficient Republican rule, Congress felt last week like a free-for-all, as conservatives and moderates seemed liberated to pursue their own agendas, something they could never have done when Mr. Delay was their leader."
A 'Concerted Effort' to Discredit Bush Critic:
"As he drew back the curtain this week on the evidence against Vice President Cheney's former top aide, Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald for the first time described a 'concerted action' by 'multiple people in the White House' -- using classified information -- to 'discredit, punish or seek revenge against' a critic of President Bush's war in Iraq.

Bluntly and repeatedly, Fitzgerald placed Cheney at the center of that campaign. Citing grand jury testimony from the vice president's former chief of staff, I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby, Fitzgerald fingered Cheney as the first to voice a line of attack that at least three White House officials would soon deploy against former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV."
Welcome to our world, Mr. Pissed-off Republican.
Conniving, greedy, lying and deceitful:
"I have been a registered Republican since the early 1950s, as has my wife, Dot. In fact our dedication to the Grand Old Party was such that we used to ride our horses around our Buckingham Township, Pa., neighborhood with Republican candidates' bumper stickers on their backsides. Now, we never considered the implication, but we found out later that one of those candidates was a real 'horsesass.'

If we had horses today, that's right where we'd stick George Bush's bumper sticker, on our horses' asses."
So scary:
Local Teacher's Run-In With Homeland Security Creates Insecurities:
"A local school employee said a rough run-in with a couple of Homeland Security officers has left him with a strong sense of insecurity.

Leander Pickett, a teacher's assistant at Englewood Elementary, said he was manhandled and handcuffed by two plain clothed Homeland Security officers in front of the school Tuesday for no reason at all."
Even scarier:
Terror and the clash of ideologies:
"British anti-terrorism detectives escorted a man from a plane after a taxi driver had earlier become suspicious when he started singing along to a track by punk band The Clash, police said on Wednesday."

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