Monday, October 09, 2006

What a Weekend

Holy crap. What a weekend. Extremely discombobulated. Must speak and write in clipped sentences. Articles. Below. Interesting. Read. DBT post on Friday. Pictures. Incredible. Rocked the bark off of the trees in Golden Gate park.

Unclaimed Territory - by Glenn Greenwald:
"The absolute refusal ever to admit error. The desperate clinging to power above all else. The efforts to cloud what are clear matters of wrongdoing with irrelevant sideshows. And the parade of dishonest and just plainly inane demonization efforts to hide and distract from their wrongdoing: hence, the pages are manipulative sex vixens; a shadowy gay cabal is to blame; the real criminals are those who exposed the conduct, not those who engaged in it; liberals created the whole scandal; George Soros funded the whole thing; a Democratic Congressman did something wrong 23 years ago; one of the pages IM'd with Foley as a 'hoax', and on and on. There has been a virtual carousel -- as there always is -- of one pathetic, desperate attempt after the next to deflect blame and demonize those who are pointing out the wrongdoing. This is what they always do, on every issue. The difference here is that everyone can see it, and so nothing is working."

Whiskey Bar: Hot Republican Studds:
It's the talking point of the day for Republicans -- and yes, it is a talking point.

Gerry Studds (D-MA) had sex with a 17-year-old male page in 1983. He was reprimanded. Republicans wanted to censure him. But 79 Dems voted against upgrading the condemnation.

It may be the talking point of the day, but it's also a lie."

Pelosi says she would drain GOP 'swamp:
"Day One: Put new rules in place to 'break the link between lobbyists and legislation.'

Day Two: Enact all the recommendations made by the commission that investigated the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Time remaining until 100 hours: Raise the minimum wage to $7.25 an hour, maybe in one step. Cut the interest rate on student loans in half. Allow the government to negotiate directly with the pharmaceutical companies for lower drug prices for Medicare patients.

Broaden the types of stem cell research allowed with federal funds — 'I hope with a veto-proof majority,' she added in an Associated Press interview Thursday.

All the days after that: 'Pay as you go,' meaning no increasing the deficit, whether the issue is middle class tax relief, health care or some other priority.

To do that, she said, Bush-era tax cuts would have to be rolled back for those above 'a certain level.' She mentioned annual incomes of $250,000 or $300,000 a year and higher, and said tax rates for those individuals might revert to those of the Clinton era. Details will have to be worked out, she emphasized.

'We believe in the marketplace,' Pelosi said of Democrats, then drew a contrast with Republicans. 'They have only rewarded wealth, not work.'

'We must share the benefits of our wealth' beyond the privileged few, she added."

Which is scarier? This:

Bush: Job Ratings

Or this:

It puts the lotion on its skin:


Jez said...

That torture guy looks like a younger Bobcat Goldthwait.

I'm just sayin'.

AAW said...

He also looks like one of the Duke boys from Dukes of Hazzard.