Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Corrupt Republican Goes Down in Flames!

Watch this poor bastard cry like a baby when he's caught with his hand in the military industrial complex cookie jar! Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! We are engaged in a war under the shakiest of pretenses thanks to assholes like this guy being bribed by these merchants of death. And now we have another piece of that house of cards crumbling.

Monday, November 28, 2005

New Blog Renter

Let's all give a warm San Francisco Liberal welcome to our latest blog renter, TV Is My Drug of Choice. It's not entirely about TV though. I had to scroll down several posts before finding a TV-related entry, and it wasn't about some must-see sitcom but about a BBC documentary on Man's Best Friend (no, not dogs). Please support this blog's renters and pay her a visit. Go for the funky retro design and stay for the well written and humorous observations.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Dammit Ramsey, you're not helping here!

Ramsey Clark, you're not doing us folks on the anti-war left any favors by joining the Saddam Hussein defense team. What the hell are you thinking? Granted, we had no business going to war in Iraq. The intelligence used to justify the invasion was quite badly doctored, and the highest levels of the Bush administration played some very dirty politics with anyone who dared to speak out about that. Those of us on the left who have been opposing this war since the getgo have been accused of everything from loving Saddam, to hating America. And your joining the defense team of a murderous US puppet dictator gone bad does not exactly ease that stereotype as the support for this war declines even amongst republicans. Like anyone, Saddam deserves a fair trial, and hopefully lots of evidence will come out in the trial to show that he was propped up for decades by the US (including many current members of the Bush administration) who enabled his use of chemical weapons against the Iranians and the Kurds. I'd love to see Donald Rumsfeld on the stand explaining that famous handshake photo. But even if it is your goal to bring down everyone in the US that helped turn Saddam into the monster he was, you do this at the expense of the entire anti-war movement. Could there have possibly been somebody else who could have taken that job who is not part of the anti-war movement? Johnny Cochrane might be dead, but Dershowitz is still around.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Another Leaked British Memo = More Bad News for Bush

Just when you thought things couldn't look much worse for Bush, support for his war dropping even with members of his own party, members of his administration being indicted, people finally qestioning his sale of the war in Iraq... another British memo gets leaked that makes him look like an even bigger asshole than usual. If the Downing Street Memos weren't bad enough, this new one exposes his plan to bomb Al Jazeera's headquarters in Quatar (an allied country no less).
PRESIDENT Bush planned to bomb Arab TV station al-Jazeera in friendly Qatar, a "Top Secret" No 10 memo reveals.

But he was talked out of it at a White House summit by Tony Blair, who said it would provoke a worldwide backlash.

A source said: "There's no doubt what Bush wanted, and no doubt Blair didn't want him to do it." Al-Jazeera is accused by the US of fuelling the Iraqi insurgency.

The attack would have led to a massacre of innocents on the territory of a key ally, enraged the Middle East and almost certainly have sparked bloody retaliation.

A source said last night: "The memo is explosive and hugely damaging to Bush.

"He made clear he wanted to bomb al-Jazeera in Qatar and elsewhere. Blair replied that would cause a big problem.

"There's no doubt what Bush wanted to do - and no doubt Blair didn't want him to do it."

A Government official suggested that the Bush threat had been "humorous, not serious".

But another source declared: "Bush was deadly serious, as was Blair. That much is absolutely clear from the language used by both men."

Top 10 List, and The Boss Denied

You've heard it all before. It's the top ten arguments that the neocons and their supporters continue to use to justify Bush's war in Iraq. One dillegent blogger has taken the time to carefully debunk each of these straw men. Thanks Peter Daou! Bookmark that post the next time you're having a respectful debate with supporters of the war wasting your time trying to talk some sense into these braindead neocon sheeple.

And speaking of braindead neocons, Senate Republicans are refusing to honor Bruce Springsteen in New Jersey. Forget the fact that he's embodied the American Dream by rising up from the working class to becoming the biggest musical icon ever to come from the Garden State (in your face, Bon Jovi!). Forget the fact that his songs are about the trials and tribulations of regular working people who are trying to get by in this world. Forget the Boss' contribution to American culture through his music. He supported John Kerry, so there's no honor for him. Could the Senate republicans be more petty? I think not.

Monday, November 21, 2005

The war that wasn't

If you listen to the likes of Bill O'Reilly, you would think that there's a massive war being waged by the ACLU and others against Christmas. Yep, according the the right wing blowhard brigade, Christmas is under attack by from Walmart to public schools to town halls everywhere. Yep, in this country run by fundamentalist Christians who are pushing their agenda into every segment of our society, they are actually the victims! That would be a scary story, if it were actually true.
In fact, there is no war on Christmas. What there is, rather, is a burgeoning myth of a war on Christmas, assembled out of old reactionary tropes, urban legends, exaggerated anecdotes and increasingly organized hostility to the American Civil Liberties Union. It's a myth that can be self-fulfilling, as school board members and local politicians believe the false conservative claim that they can't celebrate Christmas without getting sued by the ACLU and thus jettison beloved traditions, enraging citizens and perpetuating a potent culture-war meme. This in turn furthers the myth of an anti-Christmas conspiracy.
The article is at Salon, so you'll need to sit through a quick ad to read it.

Friday, November 18, 2005

And speaking of religious crazies...

Today I was in my favorite burrito joint in San Rafael looking through the latest issue of the SF weekly while waiting for the best carnitas burrito in the North Bay. For those outside the Bay Area, the SF Weekly is one of our free alternative weekly papers. They've been running a GREAT column called Infiltrator. Writer Harmon Leon infiltrates various events and organizations and writes about them. There was the one where he went to Applebees with White supremecists. Or the one where he tried applying for jobs as an ex con. Or the one where he attended an Amber Frey seminar at the Learning Annex. This week he was part of the Prayer Team at a Promise Keepers Rally in the East Bay.

Here's the Infiltrator Archive.

And now for something completely different...

A little bit of Friday comic relief: Top 30 Facts about Chuck Norris.

A Democrat with Balls? Who'da thunk it?

Finally, there's a democrat who had the cajones to really let the Bush administration have it for selling us into an unwinnable war based on lies and deceit.
The war in Iraq is not going as advertised. It is a flawed policy wrapped in illusion. The American public is way ahead of us. The United States and coalition troops have done all they can in Iraq, but it is time for a change in direction. Our military is suffering. The future of our country is at risk. We can not continue on the present course. It is evident that continued military action in Iraq is not in the best interest of the United States of America, the Iraqi people or the Persian Gulf Region.
Here's the video:

Thursday, November 17, 2005

New Blog O' The Week

Has it been a whole week already? Thanks again to the fabulous Bonanza Jellybean for renting space here. Just because she's not the featured blog anymore doesn't mean you should stop reading her. She's now on the blogroll so give her some love.

Our new blog renter is Bread and Circuses. It's a Salon.com blog, so you can bet your ass the politics are good. The writing is a great mix of politics and entertaining quotes of the day (this is my favorite QOTD). Click on that button on the right and make it worth the Blog Explosion credits, would ya?

Meet the Religious Right

Want to see the sort of fundie wingnuts who Bush counts on for votes and caters to with his nominations? Look no further than this clip from Trading Spouses.

UPDATE: Check out this ebay auction (thanks to Gary Weiner)

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

He's making a list and checking it twice

Santa? No. Bill O'Reilly. Apparently, he's planning on posting a little enemies list on his website of blogs who have taken issue with his sociopathic rhetoric. I look forward to making it onto that list. I looked at his MySpace blog and don't see any list yet.

We don't torture...

...right?

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

George Bush Doesn't Like Black People

This song has been going around for a while, but somebody just made a video for it. Check it out:

Monday, November 14, 2005

Worst. Speech. Ever.

Did any of you happen to catch Bush's Veteran's Day speech? You know, the one where he attempted to kill the messengers who are finally waking up to the fact that he lied us into this war in Iraq. This speech has been called the worst in his presidency, and that's saying a lot because he has done a shitload of godawful specchifying throughout his presidency. Yes, this is worse than putting food on your family, making the pie higher, and Ob/Gyn's practicing their love. The fine folks at True Majority have taken this speech and added a ticker of facts to counter his lies. Here's the video.

And speaking of ridiculous speechifying by members of this criminal administration, did you hear the one about Karl Rove lashing out against imperialism? Could it be that he's talking about the war in Iraq? Perhaps our sweatshop-enabling trade policies with the third world? Don't be silly! Turd Blossom doesn't have a problem with that kind of imperialism! He thinks that judges who don't toe the neocon line are practicing "judicial imperialism," and that's what he railed against to those fair and balanced legal eagles at the Federalist Society.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know.

Yes, I've been gone. Yes, I haven't posted. Yes, I've been busy.

Sorry.

But see what happens? I don't post, and...

"Scooter" gets indicted
Democrats practically sweep the nation in the elections
Bush's approval ratings drop faster than acid tabs in Berkeley
DeLay gets indicted
Frist gets himself in a situation where he's GONNA get indicted
Repubs turn on each other like the crew of the HMS Bounty
Cheney gets himself forever on the world's shit list by actively lobbying for torture
Dems grow a pair and shut down the Senate in what can only be described as a "Yeah, well, FUCK YOU TOO!" move
And Angelina Jolie is only getting hotter.

So, I mean, what? I didn't even NEED to do anything, say anything. They're fucking it up perfectly for themselves.

On the other hand, I highly recommend you find where you lie on the politcal compass, if only to make sure you're on the right blog.

Turns out I'm the Dalai Lama. Who knew?

A Big San Francisco FUCK YOU to Bill O'Reilly

Hey, you know, if you want to ban military recruiting, fine, but I'm not going to give you another nickel of federal money. You know, if I'm the president of the United States, I walk right into Union Square, I set up my little presidential podium, and I say, "Listen, citizens of San Francisco, if you vote against military recruiting, you're not going to get another nickel in federal funds. Fine. You want to be your own country? Go right ahead."

And if Al Qaeda comes in here and blows you up, we're not going to do anything about it. We're going to say, look, every other place in America is off limits to you, except San Francisco. You want to blow up the Coit Tower? Go ahead. - link
Hey Bill, my city doesn't support this war. Why should our kids go over there to die for Bush's lies? You support it? Send your damn kids. But you won't see too much of that going on. The supporters of this war are notorious chickenhawks. They just want other people's kids to go die for Haliburton's stock prices to go up. It's one thing to disagree with our sentiment, but to suggest that we should die for it is low, even for the likes of you.

And Pat Robertson, just because the death that you wish on Dover, PA is based on your crazed superstition doesn't make you any less of a douchebag for saying:
"I'd like to say to the good citizens of Dover: if there is a disaster in your area, don't turn to God, you just rejected Him from your city," Robertson said on his daily television show broadcast from Virginia, "The 700 Club."

"And don't wonder why He hasn't helped you when problems begin, if they begin. I'm not saying they will, but if they do, just remember, you just voted God out of your city. And if that's the case, don't ask for His help because he might not be there," he said.
What prompted this fire and brimstone declaration, you ask? Just the fact that the folks in Dover want science taught in their science classes instead of superstition.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

A warm San Francisco Liberal Welcome...

I'd like to welcome my first blog renter. Good writing, sarcasm and profanity are all qualities that I look for in a blog, and you can find all of that and then some on Bonanza Jellybean. So go click her link to the right. Now. What are you waiting for?

California: Still Blue - Kansas: Still a Joke

Nice try, Arnold, but your propositions failed. You tried to chip away a woman's right to choose and it failed. You tried to weaken teachers and nurses unions and it failed. You tried to gerrymander our congressionali districts to try to get more republican seats in the midterms and it failed. You tried to let drug companies offer some ripoff "discount" plan and it failed. Perhaps the most arrogant of all your props, you tried to get around the other two branches of state government when it comes to writing the state budget, and thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster you failed. We neutered your ass at the polls yesterday, Arnie. If you had any political clout left from your record of chronic failure and your smears against the working people of this state, you sure don't have any left after wasting millions of dollars in your lame attempt to make our state a little more friendly to the Bush agenda. Good luck trying to get anything passed through the legislature. And good luck getting re-elected. Judging by his recent stunts, I would guess that Warren Beatty is probably gearing up to run against you. Besides being a solid progressive, he's a hell of a lot smarter and a better actor. Can Kindergarten Cop possibly take on Bullworth?

And in Red State news, Kansas has once again managed to make themselves the laughingstock of the world and it has nothing to do with the Snoop Zone, unless Snoop's real identity is the head of the State Board of Education. Kansans, if you want to get a real science education, might I suggest you go to college out of state, like perhaps here in the lovely Bay Area of California? Nobody in Berkeley will try to call their superstition a science and try to teach it to you alongside real science.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

WTF?

Totally non political, just a completely insane video. Fairly safe for work.

Bathroom Propaganda Wars

Flying Spaghetti Monster
I work in a rather unconventional office. It's part of a storage unit right on the Bay in Marin County. The building I'm in has our office, an apartment, and an office downstairs that the management uses as sort of a flophouse for cheap laborers from out of state. Right now, there's a family who could be considered on the loonie fringe of the fundamentalist religious right. One of them left this printout in the bathroom about some "religious science" that has to do with the fact that the end of the world is immanent because people are dreaming about it. My boss and I thought that it might be funny to print out a few brochures on Flying Spaghetti Monsterism. Last night, these brochures were obviously read, and laying on top was a new little tract called "The Atheist Test" which tries to use the banana as proof of intelligent design. While I find it a bit scary that in this day and age people still feel the need to believe in superstition to explain basic science, and while part of me really thinks that I should just live and let live, another part of me wants to fight these people since they are after all working towards legislating this crap and turning our country into a theocracy to rival the Taliban. So what's the next step? Can any of my dear readers suggest something I can print out to take on this silliness with a suitable sense of humor?

Rollin' down the hill, smokin' indo, sippin on Jesus Juice

Laid back, with my mind on my money and my money on my mind...

I heard about this on the news this morning and said to my wife "I'm getting a bottle of that! She wondered what kind of person would buy this stuff, to which I replied "people with a sick sense of humor like me, that's who." I'm glad to see that winemakers are finally starting to market to the likes of me. But why Merlot? Why not a shiraz, or a pinot? Like Paul Giamatti, I'm not drinking fucking merlot!

But enough about wine, Michael Jackson and Jesus... I need to urge all Californians who are reading this to get out there and vote today. Vote against props 73-78, and for props 79 and 80. The first batch of propositions are the wishlist of the extreme right and are all about redefining abortion in the state constitution, busting unions, redistricting to make California a red state in time for the midterm elections, and allowing a bad steroid brained actor to draft a state budget without any checks and balances from the other two branches of government. Also, San Franciscans should vote against Prop H, a citywide handgun ban that is downright Orwellian. I'm in favor of gun control to a certain degree, but this is ridiculous. A similar ban in Washington, DC was just found to be unconstitutional. And not that I really care what the likes of the NRA have to say about us, but enacting legislation that will actually confiscate legally owned handguns from private citicens will certainly be a huge fundraising push for them. So get out there and vote today. Terminate Arnold's fascist agenda, and don't get all knee jerky about guns. This has been a public service announcement from your friendly San Francisco Liberal.

Monday, November 07, 2005

WMDs in Iraq

Looks like somebody finally found some evidence of WMDs in Iraq. Yes, I am talking about actual chemical weapons, used on civilians... but it's not what you think. Watch this shocking video of US troops using chemical weapons against the civilians of Falujah.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

I'm back!

Once again, I'm sorry about the lack of bloggy goodness lately. I was in Las Vegas shooting some video at the Vegoose festival. It was an incredible time! I saw some great bands and performers, enjoyed the backstage access, saw old friends and made new friends. Then I came home to busted computers that needed fixing, but they're back up and I'm almost back in the blogging game. The other thing that was really nice about being away for 4 days was that it was a refreshing vacation from politics. I did hear about Scooter's indictment, but nothing in any kind of detail. That put a smile on my face. I also heard a bit about the appointment of Scalia 2: Alito Boogaloo. No surprise there. Since I've been back, I've heard about WalMart's massive freakout over the upcoming documentary about them. Otherwise, I'm just racing around trying to catch up on a lot of missed work. I'll try to get back to this blog at some point with the usual sarcastic political bitching and moaning and the usual high fives with fellow lefties in the comments and the pointless pissing matches with the couple of right wingers who still think that their opinions are going to make the slightest bit of difference to my worldview.

In the meantime, here's a little something to torture yourselves with... Have you heard the leaked track from Mr. Britney? Bad does not even begin to describe it.