Thursday, April 01, 2004

Randi Rhodes 

There's a lot of whining about Randi Rhodes going on in the comments over at Daily Kos. Some think she is too shrill or too caustic. Some are angry because she dared speak ill of precious Ralph Nader. The people crying the loudest seem to be the ones who also loved Howard Dean the most.

Those crybaby chardonnay sippers are wrong. A lot of liberals are pissed off. We're pissed at Nader for the 2000 election. We're pissed about four years of lying and corruption from Flightsuit Inc. We're pissed at DeLay and Catkiller Frist for pushing through their fascist agenda.

Now is not the time to play nice. Now is not the time for conceding points in congenial debate. You don't bring a knife to a gunfight. I, for one, am happy to hear someone expressing that anger on a national stage. We need more like Randi Rhodes on our side.


Jesus Christ Action Hero 

Check out the commercial for the Jesus Christ Action Figure.Cross not included.


Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Questions for the Liar... 

David Corn (get the day pass) has some questions for the 9/11 Panel to ask Dr. Condiliar Rice. My favorite:
18) And while we have you, are you aware of any conversations or meetings about leaking the identity of covert CIA Valerie Plame operative to conservative columnist Bob Novak?
The comission asking the Liar about the Traitor would make my day.


Political DVD Recommendations... 

I'm hooked on political movies right now. Every Bush Hater needs to watch Bob Roberts and watch it often. Bulworth is a must see. The Candidate is surprisingly relevant over 30 years after its original release. Nothing beats Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. I believe Richard Clarke will star in the remake of All the President's Men.

Watch them all.


Blogroll Update 

Please welcome Majority Report Radio to the blogroll. Janeane Garofalo is so smart and funny and liberal and pretty...


Air America Good 

Uber Asshole Ralph Nader just hung up on Randi Rhodes. She was asking tough questions and he couldn't take it.


Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Wacky Gas Tax... 

Can you guess who wrote this wacky gas tax theory?
Many members of Congress have been pushing for a cut in income taxes, but they've been unsure how to pay for it. Fortunately, I've figured out an answer: with a tax increase. Let's cut income taxes by 10% and finance it with a 50-cent-per-gallon hike in the gasoline tax.
If you have ever been stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic, you have probably wished there were fewer cars on the road. A gasoline tax would help to accomplish this by encouraging people to car-pool, take public transportation, or live closer to work.
Another benefit of a rise in the gas tax would be a reduction in the size of vehicles. Whenever a person buys a large car or a sport-utility vehicle, he makes himself safer, but he puts his neighbors at risk. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a person driving a typical car is five times more likely to die if hit by a sport-utility vehicle than if hit by another car. A gas tax is an indirect way of making people pay when their massive vehicles impose risk on others, which in turn makes them take account of this risk when choosing whether to buy some monster urban-assault vehicle or go with a sensible compact.

Environmentalists should also favor a higher gasoline tax. The burning of fossil fuels such as gasoline is widely believed to be the cause of global warming. Experts disagree about how dangerous this threat really is, and most economists who have studied the subject believe global warming would not be nearly the economic catastrophe that some environmentalists claim. But there is no doubt that a tax on gasoline, or on fossil fuels more generally, would help cut such emissions.
Cutting income taxes while increasing gasoline taxes would lead to more rapid economic growth, less traffic congestion, safer roads, and reduced risk of global warming--all without jeopardizing long-term fiscal solvency. This may be the closest thing to a free lunch that economics has to offer.
John Kerry? Nope

Ralph Nader? No way.

Al Gore? Wrong again.

It was Greg Mankiw. And who is he? The chairman of Bush's Council of Economic Advisers. Call me crazy but I don't remember hearing Greg's name in Bush's latest attack ad.


Why does the GOP hate American workers? 

TAPPED explains what happened to the overtime protection amendment offered by my good friend Sen Harkin. Senator Mitch McConnell had it killed.
Who is Mitch McConnell (besides a hardnosed conservative ideologue and Senate majority whip)?
Why, the husband of labor secretary Elaine Chao, of course.

That must make for some great pillow talk.
Taking overtime pay, and therefore food, out of the hands of the American worker is a brilliant re-election strategy.


He's Back!!! 

The Neal Pollack Invasion is making a triumphant semi-return.


Gas Prices... 

OPEC May Ratify Output Cuts, Sending Crude Oil Prices Higher
OPEC at a meeting today may leave in place production cutbacks planned for next month, six ministers said, a decision that may send oil prices in New York above $40 a barrel to reach levels last seen in the 1990-1991 Gulf War.

OPEC has ``had a stranglehold on this market for a very long time, so to doubt them is not a very smart move,'' said Edward Silliere, vice president of risk management at Energy Merchant LLC in New York. Oil prices may rise to $40 or $42 a barrel later this year as a result of OPEC's plan, he said.
Bush's administration has expressed concern of surging energy costs. U.S. regular-grade gasoline last week rose to a record $1.758 a gallon.
The administration has expressed concern but will never do anything about it. The Saudis bought the Bush family years ago.

OPEC does deserve much of the blame but there is plenty to go around. Go look in your garage or driveway. Do you see an SUV? If you do you have NO right to complain about fuel prices.


Republicans hate US jobs... 

Another Bush administration official praises overseas outsourcing of American jobs.
CINCINNATI - Treasury Secretary John Snow says outsourcing of American jobs, a hot issue in the presidential campaign, can help make the economy stronger.

``It's part of trade,'' Snow said. ``It's one aspect of trade, and there can't be any doubt about the fact that trade makes the economy stronger.''

``You can outsource a lot of activities and get them done just as well at a lower cost,'' Snow said after being asked about the issue during a stop here Monday.
Snow's comments on outsourcing followed remarks on the same subject last month by N. Gregory Mankiw, chairman of President Bush's Council of Economic Advisers, who stirred controversy by suggesting that shipping U.S. service jobs overseas could be good for the economy.
I hope the Bush team keeps saying stuff like this. It shows just how out of touch they are with the realities of the middle class. Tax cuts for the wealthy and job cuts for everyone else!


McCarthyism Watch 

Via The Fulcrum: Protests, Even Buttons, Verboten in Crawford
If you're ever thinking about going down to Crawford, Texas, to protest against Bush, beware.

The police do not take kindly to demonstrators there--or legal observers, for that matter.

And even if you're just wearing an anti-Bush button, you could get arrested.
The Bill of Rights (except the 2nd Amendment) is meaningless to Republicans.


Monday, March 29, 2004

Give them hell... 

As you probably know, NPR has decided to replace Bob Edwards as the host of Morning Edition. Senior Vice President for Programming Jay Kernis is the man responsible for the change. Read his half assed explanation and then give him hell. I am withholding my sponsorship dollars until I hear who is replacing Bob. NPR will never see another check from me if Juan "Fox News Shill" Williams or Mara "Bush Whore" Liasson gets anywhere near Bob's Chair.


Filing deadline... 

March 31st is the Federal Election Commission fundraising filing deadline. John Kerry is building momentum but he needs support to battle Bush's $200 million war chest.

How much does a Kerry victory mean to you? $5? $10? Click the link and throw them as much as you can spare. Every single dollar puts us one step closer to a Bushless America.

:: John Kerry for President - Contribute


Spring has sprung... 

Zoe enjoying the sunshine.


Liar Liar 

Yahoo! News - Rice Asserts She Can't Testify in Public
CRAWFORD, Texas - National security adviser Condoleezza Rice is waging a vigorous defense of her actions in every public forum except one: the Sept. 11 commission where she would be questioned about the government's failure to prevent the terrorist attacks.

Rice declared Sunday night that "nothing would be better, from my point of view, than to be able to testify" to the commission. But, she added, "there is an important principle involved here: It is a long-standing principle that sitting national security advisers do not testify before the Congress."
Liar. A sitting National Security Advisor cannot be compelled to testify to Congress. Sitting NSAs have voluntarily testified to Congress on several occasions. Rice obviously has something to hide and her attempt to hide behind separation of powers is laughable.

Condi, lies make baby Jesus cry. It's time to come clean.