Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Who are Palin's Parrots?

Palin's 2012 bankroll includes:

Toomey in PA
Raese in WV (also PA sic)
Ayotte in NH
O'Donnell in DE
Angle in NV
The inimitable Alan West in FL
Joe the Jailer Miller in AL

A few dozen more here

What a Kitchen Cabinet that would make.

If she wanted to add gravitas to her list she would endorse the guy from the Rent is Too Damn High Party.

At least someone would have a coherent platform.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I do not understand my country

It the article we get not only that headline but also the first 5 paragraphs about how the shortage affects executions in these United States.

Then we get this quote:

'“I’ve been practicing for 25 years and have never seen anything like the frequency and variety of drugs that are in short supply,” said Dr. Alexander A. Hannenberg of Newton, Mass., the president of American Society of Anesthesiologists.'

Then we get 3 more paragraphs about the impact on executions

Then we get this graph:

'Several anesthesiologists, including Dr. Hannenberg, said they had not yet heard about medical procedures being delayed because of the shortages. But he said it was nearly universal that anesthesiologists were being forced to use less familiar medications that leave patients groggier and with a higher risk of nausea and headaches. 

“I have a huge concern,” said Dr. J. P. Abenstein, an associate professor of anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine in Rochester, Minn., “because we’re having to alter the anesthetics not for the needs of the patient but because of what’s available in the marketplace.”'

Y'know I can almost remember the time when pharmacology's primary focus (raison d'etre?) was  on alleviating illness.  But we have gotten ourselves to such a place as a nation that it is more newsworthy that the too-many-dozens of executions - and one state sponsored murder is too many - we perform each year are in jeopardy because of delay than the fact the stuff isn't available for the therapeutic purpose for which it was supposedly developed. 

A uniquely American Problem

Shortage of Widely Used Anesthetics Is Delaying Executions in Some States

I'm sure they will find a uniquely American solution.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


So the Republicans along with last days on the public tit (directly class) Senator Lincoln and just to be an asshole Senator Pryor voted to filibuster a defense authorization bill. What do you hear? Crickets. That's what. You can tell because crickets don't lie.

Now imagine that a Republican Congress stuffs a defense bill with all kinds o shit. Tax cuts. Special favors for Blackwater. Easier torture rules. You know, the usual stuff.

Now just imagine that a Democratic minority filibusters and the filibuster is sustained. What do you think you would hear? Sat what? Can't hear the crickets now can you?

Saturday, September 04, 2010

post 2010

What happens.

Situation 1 : The Democrats lose the House and the Senate.
Situation 2: Dems lose House Keep Senate
Situation 3: Dems hold house lose senate - not gonna happen.
Situation 4: status quo - also highly unlikely

1) Hellacious 2 years. Maybe Rahm will get to use his alleged madskilz as a street fighter. He sure has shit ain't used them yet. Government shutdown. Fox will cheer on the right of course. But here is the bright side the press will have to chose. Obama possibly will be impeached - I tend to think most of the talk or in a Roe-V-Wade vein. The Republicans talk about it but never get around to it. But still the press finds there really are 2 count them 2 sides and they are distinct and you can no longer say "they both do it".

2 - articles of impeachment. Subpoena 1-2-3 ad adsurdum. At least this time the special prosecutor law lapsing is a good thing.

3 not gonna happen

4 - Don't know how this is possible but if it did happen, it would be a total "refutation" of the right.
Many Blue dogs would not survive - because they ain't no matter what and it would be even a smaller margin in the house and senate. But by any measure it would be a mandate.

Time to pour out the tea.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Pool Time

Bush gave his last State of the Union. And by the judgment of a case of even advanced Bush Hate Derangement Syndrome it was a yawner. Even Bush looked bored. Hell, the only time he came alive was when he looked downright annoyed he was kept up late for this shit.

So among all the talk of his legacy we will hear over the next (LAST) 12 months of his bushiness here is the real question that will test the nation for the remainder of the Bush Presidency.

That is of course exactly how soon after January 20, 2009 12:00 noon will President Brush Cutter unload his Crawford fantasy ranch (at a significant profit).

Extra points if you guess which department of the Wingnut Welfare Administration buys it.

My pick is the Presidential Library Committee by May 2009. Bush will move to Southern CA. San Diego off chance Palm Springs.

Friday, November 02, 2007

George Bush's Successful Administration

It is time to concede this simple fact. The Bush Administration has been a successful presidency. I think at this point seven years into his incumbency there can be little doubt.

Granted for the first six years he had a rubber stamp Congress only too eager to hitch their own stunning corruption to his wild brand of success.

The gains he made in destroying the public commonweal from the surplus to public education to Medicare prescription benefits to almost but not quite Social Security were astonishing.

But even since 2006 in the true test of adversity George Bush has been almost singularly successful.

He turned the Department of Justice from an institution internationally admired for its impartial adherence to the rule of law to – excuse me, words fail me here – the closest I can come to it is stalinesque,

Evisceration of Constitutional guarantees of Habeas Corpus? Ditto.

A feeble FEMA? enough said.

A mercenary military? Blackwater - aka Hessians R us.

Not to mention the implicit but oft constitutionally upheld right to privacy. He has been singularly successful there. George Bush turned your telephone into his earphone and your Congress can barely stifle a yawn.

Now that is success.

But it is was ability to make torture the official policy of the United States that has been simply elegant.

I admire the man. Really, I do.

Poll after poll says that George Bush is a President as despised as Richard Nixon was at the nadir of the Watergate scandal. A majority of our fellow citizens say this country is on the wrong track. Measure after measure. Issue after issue.

But does Congress act to compel this man to actually honor his oath to “protect and defend the Constitution”?

Nahhh! To actually believe that stuff is for the simple people like you and me. Not those we elect to office. They know better. I sometimes forget my place in this democratic ecosystem and wonder why.

But surely it is not meant for people like our senators. Mine are Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins. They like to be called moderates. They must be. They certainly use their Constitutional office to hold a lawless and outright criminal administration to account pretty moderately. I don't expect your's do any better, But I do wish mine would decide to spend more time with their families.

No, our Congress has become bi-partisan. That means giving your telephone company immunity for illegally giving George Bush illegal information he was not legally entitled too is reasonable. Even though they all had a way to do it legally if it was necessary. That was a law called FISA. But you can forget I said it because that will be an obsolete acronym soon enough.

Why is it that “reasonable” with these people always ends up meaning selling out the Constitution?

Ahh but then there is torture.

That is George Bush's crowning glory - so to speak. Since the very founding of our nation torture has been the one area that we have steadily held to be the very the definition of Scum of Humanity. If you do it you are Scum. It really was that simple. For hundreds of years our civilization the one that bore this nation held torture beyond contempt becoming more and more certain in its determination that that was so. Even when that belief was breached it was eventually corrected. Often by hanging.

We hung Nazis to prove we meant it.

In those times the United States – our country- drove the efforts to outlaw torture forever everywhere no matter what. These efforts became the third and fourth Geneva conventions. We created the international institutions that recognized torture as the abomination that it is.

We even explicitly made those conventions our laws.

These days our government still can criticize those governments we don't like that do torture but how George Bush keeps a straight face, I don't know. The man is a genius. And certainly the world only laughs at us.

Somehow George turned it all around. We torture.

You and me and the guy next to you – we all do it. We do it in Guantanamo. We do it in the CIA's black sites. We have Syrians and Egyptians do it for us and wherever else we can KlubMed those we want beaten to within a heartbeat of their lives without the rule of law getting in the way.

Because George Bush made it OK. Need more proof?

The likely next Attorney General will be just like the last Attorney General – Fredo - in being completely happy to let you and your country torture people.

Senate Question: Waterboarding?

Nominee Answer: That's personally abhorrent.

Senate Question: “Is it torture? “

Nominee Answer: Wink Wink...

Senators Diane Feinstein and George Schumer: “Well, that's enough for me.”

And your Congress will happily go along.

Oh sure they will make long faces and talk about the rule of law before they vote to approve his nomination but that is talk for the simple people like you and me.

Chalk another win up for President Bush.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Sometimes a useless fuck is a ...

The "Hitler comparison" should be shouted from the rooftops, as should the Goebbels comparison, the Himmler comparison, the Mengele, Stalin, Torquemada, Beelzebub comparisons and all the rest. If it struts like a Nazi, talks like Nazi, tortures like a Nazi and wages aggressive and illegal war like a Nazi... it's not a duck.

Press kit: Watch til you get it. Criminy what does it take?

Who is this national self?

Josh Marshal say this: "Tancredo doesn't cut much of a figure in the progressive blogosphere. But in the mainstream media circles he's treated as a respectable if rather outlandish figure. But it's worth pausing play for a moment and recognizing the guy as we would if read about him in the history books: a hate-peddler and huckster, the dark side of our national selves.

But I am developing a problem with this kind of observation.

Yeah Tancredo is a cretin.

Yeah his supporters are cretins.

But how exactly does he represent some (implicitly ) dark side of our national selves?

Our national selves have acquiesced in building a virtual fence along the border to keep out "those people".

Our nation selves have allowed a war criminal president and his war criminal minions to torture whomever he likes. And Our national selves do not stop him.

Our national selves have stripped a millennium old rule of Habeus Corpus from our national protections. And our national selves do not stop it from happening or correct it.

Our national selves are about to allow the telecoms to walk away from abetting a lawless, unconstitutional and criminal regime from commandeering information that they were constitutionally and legally required to protect. And our national selves do not demand that they stand up to their obligations.

Our national selves have allowed the rule of law to become the rule of fiat by the ruling party. And our national selves yawn.

Sure we have had able assistance from a Republican party whose members seemingly in every office and every position of responsibility have chosen a Stalinist one-party system over the Constitution. But our national selves tune into their prurient lies.

And sure we have had the miserable assistance of the Democratic majority in the House and Senate who have chosen - frankly I don't know what they have chosen but whatever it is, it superseded their oath to support and defend the Constitution.

SO no, I don't understand what "dark side" Josh Marshal is referring to. As near as I can figure. Tancredo and the rest are representing us pretty faithfully.