Monday, November 13, 2006

6 Bullets and an Alabama Ass Whuppin

OK, we've had about a week to soak in the glory of the Alabama Ass Whuppin' dispensed by the Dems on the Rethugs. Some might say the the Republicans.... oh, why try to put it in words when a cartoon says it so well:

Best. Cartoon. Ever.

BUT, unfortunately we can't hold an election for our teevee and radio news fools who still aren't doing their jobs worth a fuck. No way to kick them out of their jobs. So, we alternative news consumers will have to continue pulling the curtain away from their song and dance.

A big fallacy being pushed now is that all these Democrats are actually conservatives. Imagine! A loss not being a loss for these guys. Nevermind the fact that the 3 months before Nov. 7 these 'conservative' Democrats were being painted by the Rethugs as the most liberal of the liberal who would be allowing gay abortions in the streets all the while taxing you into oblivion.

Daily Kos: We're All Conservatives Now:
"I woke up Wednesday morning and found out I was a conservative. See, a whole slew of candidates I supported were elected - enough to form a majority that will work to pass legislation of which I wholeheartedly approve - and I discovered from pundits that this is evidence of how conservative America really is. Since the outcome is precisely what I hoped for, I must be a 'conservative Democrat' too.

They've been beating the drums for 72 hours now - 'conservative Democrats, conservative Democrats, conservative Democrats.' Both Hunter and Markos tried to set the punditocracy straight, but I suspect this probably does as much good as spitting in the wind. So I'm ready to go all contrarian and Zen on right-wing blowhards and embrace the label."

Another fallacy is this expectation that the Dems have to be nice and bipartisan now that we are in control. Huh? Fuck that, I want partisanship out the wazoo and I want these fuckers to be held accountable. None of this "what's in the past is past" bullshit. Hey, I'm not saying we should spend all our time and energy prosecuting these fools. We've got a lot of work that needs to be done for the greater good of this country. But, we can certainly do more than two things at once and one of those things should be hearings, supeonas and jail time. If you don't hold 'em accountable then it sets a presedence that it is acceptable. Tis not and punishment are due.

Bring it home, Molly: - Creators Syndicate:
"AUSTIN, Texas -- The sheer pleasure of getting lessons in etiquette from Karl Rove and the right-wing media passeth all understanding. Ever since 1994, the Republican Party has gone after Democrats with the frenzy of a foaming mad dog. There was the impeachment of Bill Clinton, not to mention the trashing of both Clinton and his wife -- accused of everything from selling drugs to murder -- all orchestrated by that paragon of manners, Tom DeLay.

Media Matters collected some gems of fairness. For instance, Monica Crowley with MSNBC, in the wake of John Kerry's botched program, astutely observed 'how lucky we are that he was not elected president. ... The Republicans remain the grown-ups, the responsible ones on national security.'

How many dead Americans has this grown-up war resulted in? "

And can we stop with the masturbatory drooning that Karl Rove is some sort of genius?

The Architect's Faulty Specs:
How did the man they call Bush's brain get it so wrong?

Rove's miscalculations began well before election night. The polls and pundits pointed to a Democratic sweep, but Rove dismissed them all. In public, he predicted outright victory, flashing the V sign to reporters flying on Air Force One. He wasn't just trying to psych out the media and the opposition. He believed his 'metrics' were far superior to plain old polls. Two weeks before the elections, Rove showed NEWSWEEK his magic numbers: a series of graphs and bar charts that tallied early voting and voter outreach. Both were running far higher than in 2004. In fact, Rove thought the polls were obsolete because they relied on home telephones in an age of do-not-call lists and cell phones. Based on his models, he forecast a loss of 12 to 14 seats in the House—enough to hang on to the majority. Rove placed so much faith in his figures that, after the elections, he planned to convene a panel of Republi-can political scientists—to study just how wrong the polls were."

But there is some good in the media. Maybe a model of what journalism can turn back to as this article implys:

Olbermann taps a well of discontent as the anti-O'Reilly:
"And just like that, Olbermann found his voice -- the angry everyman. He became a liberal counterpoint to conservative media ranters like O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh, and an Internet star, too.

The result has been a cultural earthquake."

Internets 3.0:

Entrepreneurs See a Web Guided by Common Sense:
Referred to as Web 3.0, the effort is in its infancy, and the very idea has given rise to skeptics who have called it an unobtainable vision. But the underlying technologies are rapidly gaining adherents, at big companies like I.B.M. and Google as well as small ones. Their projects often center on simple, practical uses, from producing vacation recommendations to predicting the next hit song."

Six times? Jeebus. Talk about 'hell hath no fury'. Just wait until she gets out of hospital.

Brazilian woman survives 6 shots to head:
"SAO PAULO, Brazil - A woman was released from the hospital a day after she was shot in the head six times in an attack police blamed on her ex-husband, Brazilian media reported Saturday.

Patricia Goncalves Pereira, a 21-year-old housewife, was shot Friday after an altercation with her ex-husband, who was upset because she refused to get back together with him, Globo TV reported.

'I know this was a miracle,' Pereira told the TV network. 'Now I just want to extract the bullets and live my life.'


davyproctorboy said...

Molly Ivins for prez...

JPW said...

Love that gal, Dave. She's been battling cancer like a champ. I hope she hangs in there. We need her kind to stick around. We already lost Ed Bradley.