September 30, 2006

Party ID, or, Why Republicans are a bunch of gutless trash

Exhibit A is a picture of one of Congressman Mike McCaul's (R-Clear Channel Communications) signs. However, my camera literally broke into pieces as I snapped the photo. Thus, those of you outside of CD 10 will not have the pleasure of seeing MCCaul's cowardice on a 4x4. See, much like Martha Wong over in Houston, Mikey forgot to add on his party ID. Mikey, like Martha is using the 'we use two different signs. One for Primary and the other or General excuse'. We'll be sure and add that to our ever lengthening list of Lame Republican Excuses. I do wonder if maybe all the Republicans in East Texas are just not up to speed on things you should do... they don't seem to have a problem with party ID.

In the meantime, it's up to you, dear readers, to make sure EVERYONE in CD 10 knows that Mike McCaul is another no good, spineless dipshit Republican.

And if you feel like putting a Republican sticker on his sign... go for it.

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September 29, 2006

Happy Birthday, VD!

We at McBlogger would like to wish our friend, DU's own Velma Doo a very happy birthday!

How old are you anyway?

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Caught not in bed, but a live boy nonetheless

Chalk up another R corpse...

Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla., resigned from Congress on Friday, effective immediately, in the wake of questions about e-mails he wrote a former page.

"I am deeply sorry and I apologize for letting down my family and the people of Florida I have had the privilege to represent," he said in a statement issued by his office.

Foley, 52, had been considered a shoo-in for re-election until the e-mails surfaced in recent days.

Campaign aides had previously acknowledged that the Republican congressman e-mailed the former Capitol page five times, but had said there was nothing inappropriate about the exchange. The page was 16 at the time of the e-mail correspondence.

Foley's election opponent, Democrat Tim Mahoney, has called for an investigation.

The page was a 16 year old boy. In one exchange the Congressman asked him to send a picture. The boy then forwarded the email to a colleague in another R Congressman's office and used the word 'sick' 13 times.

I'm left wondering why this couldn't have been a creepy Texas Congressman like Lamar Smith or Jeb Hensarling?

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Damn. Wish I'd thought of that...

A Wisconsin businessman was detained when he tried to go through airport security with a message scrawled on his plastic bag of toiletries.

The message, "Kip Hawley is an Idiot," was on the plastic bag carried by Ryan Bird, whose ire was aimed at the director of the Transportation Security Administration.

Yeah, Mr. Bird. I know how you fucking feel.

"Way too many of the TSA rules are knee-jerk reactions to noncredible threats," Bird said Thursday in a telephone interview while traveling. "Bottled water was never a threat, toothpaste was never a threat."

The insane part? Sherrif deputies inteviewed him for 25 minutes after TSA called them in. A TSA supervisor told Bird he had no free speech rights in an airport security zone. Here's to the hope that Bird will sue the holy hell out of TSA and the supervisor individually. Oh, and KIP HAWLEY IS A FUCKING IDIOT.

(hat tip to Somervell County Salon)

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"WTF? I endorsed WHO?!?!?!"

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting (What follows is the official press release from Izzy, the lame mascot of the Atlanta Olympics, regarding the endorsement of Kinky 'Matzo' Friedman)

"I sincerely regret the endorsement of Kinky Friedman announced early yesterday. I have recently discovered that I have a substance abuse problem and will be seeking treatment. Additionally, my longtime relationship with Liz Smith has caused severe psychological damage and I plan to seek counseling while in treatment at The Betty"

This leaves few celebrity endorsements open to Matzo as Verissa, a fluffy angora bunny and Princess Stephanie have already committed to Bell. We should have some Strayhorn and Perry endorsements up soon as well.

(Don't get me wrong... I'm still pissed. However, endorsement BS is just the kind of thing I need to cheer me up. And a scotch)

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Traitors

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting In the supersize I am posting all the Texas Delegation votes on the bill that seeks to gut the individual rights of Americans and destroy the Constitution of the United States of America. Make no mistake, that WAS what happened yesterday, 'detainee/torture bill' be damned. The Congress of the United States decided to unilaterally end the rule of law which has existed for 217 years in this country and opted to surrender an unprecedented amount of power (functionally, dictatorial power) to the Executive Branch and it's current occupant, George W. Bush.

Every Republican and Democrat who voted for this is a traitor who violated their oath of office, betrayed their constituents and are now active participants in the effort to destroy the United States from within. While we can not vote against the supposed servants this year, we must NEVER FORGET THEIR BETRAYAL. That means we must re-elect the Democrats this year and we must eliminate them in the Primary. We simply can not trust Republicans, so it's essential that we re-elect these men and women. However, we must get rid of them in the next primary (for the members of the House of Representatives, in 2008 and for members of the senate in 2012).

The Democrats who allowed this to happen are the scum of the earth. Instead of protecting the people of the United States they, out of fear, turned their backs on us and handed power to a madman.

Mr. Bush attacked Democrats for voting against the legislation even before the vote began, signaling Republicans’ intention to use it as a hammer in their efforts to portray themselves as the party of strength on national security.

We would have stood behind you. We would have shouted down ANY Republican with the guts to defend this bill. Now, if didn't need your miserable asses, we would abandon you en masse. Unfortunately, we need control of Congress restored to the people so we will support you against the Republicans. For now.

This can not be forgiven. Not by a long shot. No excuse is good enough. There is no salve that will heal the wound inflicted on the citizens of the United States. My only hope now rests with the Supreme Court. May they strike down this wicked law and restore Constitutional rights to the citizens of the United States.

In the House of Representatives of the United States of America:

NAY Votes(TRUE AMERICANS):

Lloyd Doggett, Charles Gonzalez, Al Green, Gene Green, Rubén Hinojosa, Eddie
Johnson, Solomon Ortiz, Ron Paul, Silvestre Reyes

NV:

Sheila Jackson-Lee


YEA votes (TRAITORS):

Joe Barton, Henry Bonilla, Kevin Brady, Michael Burgess, John Carter,
Michael Conaway, Henry Cuellar, John Culberson, Chet Edwards, Louie Gohmert,
Kay Granger, Ralph Hall, Jeb Hensarling, Sam Johnson, Kenny Marchant,
Michael McCaul, Randy Neugebauer, Ted Poe, Pete Sessions, Lamar Smith, Mac
Thornberry

In the Senate of the United States of America, both Senator Cornyn and Senator Hutchison voted FOR torture, FOR rape, AGAINST the Constitution and AGAINST their constituents, the people of Texas by voting YEA on this bill.

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Cut-and-Paste Republicans

There's nothing I hate more than political sloganeering, especially when it's boiled down so much it doesn't even make sense anymore. From a CNN headline today.

President Bush counterpunched at Democrats on Thursday, saying their criticism of the war in Iraq has turned their party into one of "cut-and-run" obstructionists.

Ok, that doesn't even make any sense. In order to obstruct something, you have to block it, keep it from moving, in short, you are very much staying still and not budging. On the other hand, to cut-and-run very much would give on the sense of movement, fleeing, or leaving the general vacinity of a situation.

So how then, pray tell, does one be a "cut-and-run" obstructionist? Do you block policy by stealing it and holding on to it for dear life while you scamper away with it? Um, bullshit- now the President's just making up words again like a drunken 4 year old.

And how does one 'counterpunch' a political party? Was it giving the Prez too much sass so he grabbed it by its frumpled trashy hair and whamed it good against the formica tabletop? Is that a counterpunch?

Of course, nevermind the fact that 2 inches over from that impossible configuration of the English language was a story headline calling out

Poll: Nearly two-thirds say Iraq in civil war

Better be careful Bush. So much of the country is cutting and running that it's obstructing the bowels of democracy. Or some shit like that.

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Hates me some TTC

For those out there who have asked, "Is there not a better way to fufill out transportation needs?", the simple answer is Yes. TTC is not it.

I recently talked with Hank about the TTC and asked how he'd replace it. As many of you know, Hank is getting some blowback for taking a stand against TTC as a waste of money, time and land to build a road no one wants. Except maybe Perry, some contractors, a foreign company and the DMN, though I can't imagine why they want it. Other than a possible interest in a company that stands to benefit from road privatization.

That's what all this is really about... road privatization or, if you prefer, selling off our transportation assets (don't be fooled by the word 'lease'... I'm in the mortgage industry and a long term lease-hold is as good as ownership to us).

The perception in the media, played herein by people at the DMN and AAS (yes, Gardner, I'm looking at you) is that the only way to meet our transportation needs is to build out a project today that will not even be fully utilized for 50 years, to do it with 'private financing' (a lie) and allow a private contractor to make money off the construction of the project, THEN make money off it's operation. The dirty little secret? As Eye on Williamson has already figured out, it's that if traffic and revenue projections aren't met, the taxpayers of Texas will be on the hook for the bonds. Not the private contractor, in this case Cintra-Zachry.

Where I come from, private enterprise should bear risk for their reward. The way TTC is structured, even if the revenues don't live up to projectsions, the contractor is guaranteed not to lose money. You know, because taxpayers will make it all OK for them and insure them against losses. That's like telling Dell to make some ridiculously expensive computer and telling them that if they don't make any money on it, the government will pay off their losses.

Yes, we need roads. We also need rail. In fact, we need to rethink how transportation works in this state. However, the TTC isn't an answer unless the question is "How can we squander our resources and screw up our state?". This is where Hank comes in...

Current plans for the TTC are to the east of 35, paving over some of the most amazing farm and ranch land in the country. Land that can't be replaced. Land that's been in families for generations and land that will be worth far less once it is divided. This will severely damage agriculture in Texas (one of our largest industries) and the primary reason Hank is against the project. The problem is, many in the media have made an issue of Hank's opposition, as if he were anti-transportation when in fact nothing is further from the truth.

The solution? For one thing, the gas tax needs to actually be spent on transportation. Further, the people of Texas should have the right to choose, at the polls, whether they want tolls or gas taxes. If it's to be tolls, then let's keep private ownership out of the game. By adding in a private operater, you add in to the cost their necessary profit. Make no mistake, toll roads can be operated by the state just as cheaply as they can by Cintra-Zachry. The state can also issue bonds. In short, many of the 'innovative' solutions being touted by the pro-TTC crowd CAN be done without having to hang Texas taxpayer's to twist in the wind.

Want some proof? Don't forget that CAMPO estimated that all the toll projects in Travis County could be converted to free roads by increasing the local gas tax by only 2.4 cents if the roads were run by the state. TX DoT estimated it would cost 17 cents. Their calculation of 17 cents was based on the total revenue from the tolls and replacing profits to the contractors. It that doesn't wake people up to how expensive privatization is for Texans, I don't know what else will. Private enterprise is great at a lot of things but running roads is not one of them obviously.

The problem that Hank and the vast majority of Texans have with the TTC (aside from the waste of money and land) is that so much of it is secret, held from our view by a Governor that thinks he can get away with anything and certain Legislators who think of public office as their own personal piggybank.


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September 28, 2006

Burka loses his mind... thinks Shapleigh is in trouble

Oh, this is just dumb. Paul, back off the bong!

In all honesty, Shapleigh needs your help but so does every other Democrat. You could start by writing Congressman Reyes a nasty letter. Just sayin' is all.

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Where President Bush really wants to go...

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Friends, this is a President George W. Bush Buttplug. That bears repeating... A PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH BUTTPLUG.

The President wants to be all things to all people. Now, he'll get to be a butt plug to some lucky folks. You can buy one here and the next time we run into one another and you've got an ironic smile on your face, just say 'hello' and explain 'I can't talk right now. I've got the President up my ass'. The President also wants to know what they are thinking and saying. Can you think of a way to get any closer than up someone's ass? I'm all the time saying that I'm about jump up someone's ass if they don't do what I want.

And no, I don't mean it in a sexual way. It's like when I call someone a cocksucker. I have to explain to fellow 'mo's I call cocksucker that I don't mean it in that 'let's have dinner and drinks, then hook-up' kind of way. I mean it in the 'Oh my God. Do you ever suck!' kind of way. When I say 'I'm about to jump up your ass if you don't get this done' you should think of what that gerbil did (supposedly) to poor Richard Gere.

The best part about using the President George W. Bush buttplug... shitting the damn thing out. Just wish the country could do the same thing to the jackass in office. By the way, anyone want to chip in to buy one for Tinafish, Perry or maybe Staples? You know, for Christmas...

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Oh, sure Rick. Like anyone believes you now

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Dumbass Perry sent out a campaign email yesterday through the RPT which is apparently still operating under the pall of Tinafish. They are trying to breathe some life into the idiot's moribund campaign by announcing his five point plan of shit he'll do if re-elected. I'm posting the bullshit in the supersize because it's pretty damn funny and by funny I mean pathetic and stupid.

Mr. Perry, you've had six years and in that time you've done little more than put a bandaid on school finance that is already starting to fall off the wound. Oh, and you stopped the threat of gay marriage from effecting ABSOLUTELY NO ONE. You're a useless, miserable failure.

Texas is last in so many bad categories it's not even funny. I guess it would be if I lived in another state. However, I live here and you've had long enough to fuck things up. Time for you to, as they say where I grew up, move on down the road.

Perry Outlines Budget Reforms

5-Point Plan Would Lead to Less Government Spending, More Accountability for Taxpayers

DALLAS - Gov. Rick Perry today outlined a sweeping, detailed plan for budget reforms that will promote fiscal responsibility in state government.

“Today I am announcing five key budget reforms that will restrain spending, open the state government checkbook to the public, and end the disingenuous money-shifting shell games that allow funds to be spent on priorities other than what was promised,” Perry said. “I believe it is time to create a state spending limit in Texas that is real, that requires fiscal discipline and that more closely mirrors population growth and inflation costs.”

Perry said he is proud to be the only Texas governor since World War II to sign a budget that reduced state spending. He has also line-item vetoed more than $2.5 billion in proposed spending since becoming governor, nearly six times as much as the last four governors combined. The governor said his budget reform initiative is needed to ensure that state government is fiscally responsible with taxpayer dollars.

Perry’s 5 point plan would:

* Impose a real spending limit on state government. “It is time to create a state spending limit in Texas that is real, that requires fiscal discipline, and that more closely mirrors population growth and inflation costs,” Perry said. “The spending limit in effect today is hardly a limit at all because it is tied to personal income growth. Tying how much we spend to how much we make is a recipe for runaway spending.”

* Require dedicated funds to be used as intended, or refunded. “It is time for a truth in spending initiative that ends the fraud where money raised for one purpose gets spent on something entirely different. If you are charged a fee for a specific purpose, the money ought to go to that express purpose or be returned to the taxpayer who has been fraudulently charged,” Perry said.

* Require detailed budget line-items instead of lump sum line items. “Hiding wasteful expenditures behind worthwhile expenditures is a budgetary sham that makes government more bloated, less accountable and less transparent,” Perry said.

* Require all state agencies to publish expenditures online in a clear, concise and consistent format. “I have a simple philosophy about transparency in government: if the taxpayers are picking up the bill, they ought to be able to look at every item on the receipt,” Perry said.

* Amend the constitution to allow the state to return surplus revenue to taxpayers.

“If Texans elect me to another term as governor, I will fight to end the budgetary games, the funding diversions that charge a fee for one purpose and fund another purpose and I will stand for an effective spending limit that requires Austin to budget like working families do everyday,” Perry said.

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I'll take care of it. Thanks.

This marks probably the one and only time I will ever link to The Washington Times. I'm sure by now you've all had a chance to hear about what Rep. Rangel had to say about Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's comments about President Bush...

"You don't come into my country, you don't come into my congressional district and criticize my president," Mr. Rangel, a Democrat, told stunned reporters on Capitol Hill.

Hugo, hermano, I like you. But don't confuse that with carte blanche to insult the leader of my country while you're here as our guest. Believe me, I detest the man more than you. Why don't you just let American's take care of this? Believe it or not, we're doing a pretty good job of tearing him down on our own.

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Izzy, the lame Atlanta Olympics mascot, endorses Matzo

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingAnd so the November election endorsement announcements begin. Yesterday, Halloween Marshmallow Peeps endorsed Matzo. This follows the posthumous endorsement (announced by Liz Smith) of Ann Richards. Which Smith later admitted she totally lied her ass off about and retracted. Today, comes the most shocking endorsement of all, that of Izzy, the mascot from the Atlanta Olympics.

Speculation has abounded in the last few days over whom Izzy would endorse. Originally, Bell was the expected endorsee because Izzy (being queer as a three dollar bill) 'fucking hates that douche Perry'. Then the Bell campaign made a serious error by not actively seeking Izzy's endorsement because it's, you know, an imaginary character. This turn of events opened the door to Matzo and OSB with OSB representative OSB Son #1 making several trips to Atlanta to secure the endorsement.

In the end, Izzy, clearly making the decision while stoned out of his freaking mind, opted to endorse Matzo with this simple statement.

I've known Boyd Richie for years and he is, in my opinion, the best person to lead Texas Democrats to victory.

When asked what the hell Boyd Richie had to do with Matzo, Izzy replied, "Boyd? Aw, shit. Sorry about that man. I've been trippin' balls for like a day and half. I meant 'Kinky' instead of 'Boyd Richie' and 'Bad Writers' instead of 'Democrats' ".

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September 27, 2006

Dregs : NIE Online; More on John Davis; Arctic ice sheet dilutes the drink

  • So Bush has been bitching like a 16 year old whose phone has been taken about the release of pieces of the NIE. So, he's going to release more of it. The sad part? He's hoping the parts he released will at least not make the White House look too incompetent. Which means they fucked up pretty bad because from what I've seen so far, it looks like those who expected the Bush Administration to totally fuck things up were spot on
  • Muse has been doing a kick ass job of beating down the already pathetic John Davis. Never one to rest on her laurels, she hits his sorry ass again. We love you Muse!
  • Somervell County Salon has a good post up about some really bad news... at least it's bad if you're not to so much for global warming. Apparently, some of the perennial ice in the Arctic has melted away. How much? Apparently, it was a chunk the size of Texas. Yeah. Which reminds me, go visit Myron and tell him what a douche he is.
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    New Flavors from Mexico

    You love their illicit narcotics, cheap prescription dugs and chiclets. Now you can enjoy some of their quality meth, even better than the bathtub gin like shit made here in Texas by meth heads.

    It's methamphetamine, hecho en Mexico and it's coming soon to your local dealer.

    ...Grits has been sounding the alarm for some time - the crackdown on bathtub-gin style homemade meth handed the lucrative market to Mexican smugglers. The stuff they produce turns out to be purer and even more addictive. Whoops!

    Apparently, some of the big boys have set up great meth cooking operations just across the border and are making a high quality product that meth heads here in Texas, accustomed to stuff made with Drain-O, are totally digging. Grits for Breakfast has a full post up on it with a pointer to Rep. Pena who has been concerned about this for a while. Just another example of 'get tough' policies implemented by stupid people that have failed miserably.

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    Freaks...

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    Really, less is more. Wouldn't you agree?


    (hat tip to Pink Lady)

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    Feeling Minnesota

    (I wrote this late Monday... sorry about the delay in posting. Getoverit.com)

    Oh, I like you wouldn't believe. My day started early... breakfast with my boss, a trip to orientation (hello, diversity training... it's been soooo long since last we met. So good to know that my addition to the organization is going to make y'all look even better!), then a trip to the Maul of America (which sucks, BTW... seriously, it's a goddamn mall... I expected that damn thing to be made out of gold and for it to
    shower you with candy and gifts). Needless to say, it did not live up to expectations and it's only real impressive feature was it's size. By impressive I mean it TOOK FOR-FUCKING-EVER TO WALK THROUGH THE DAMN
    THING. We had lunch at a place which shall remain nameless but featured rather mediocre food and abyssmal service. Even my boss, coworkers and our EVP were pissed and they picked the restaurant.

    Then it was on to a meeting at our main office, actually a series of them. First there was the EVP, then the SVP. I'm starting to get the impression my new company is rather top heavy with management. Still, they must be doing something right as everyone looks very prosperous. Very Prosperous.

    Finally, I finished the day back at MSP waiting for my plane. I even ate at Subway which wasn't nearly as gross as I'd imagined it would be due to the use of bread that didn't suck, lots of cheese and cautioning the sandwich technician to LAY OFF THE MAYO. I then went shopping, a tedious
    experience in an airport and picked up a snowglobe FILLED to the brim with water and a bottle of water which the asshole who scanned my boarding pass told me I had to throw away. Why? I asked as well.

    See, when I bought the water and the snowglobe I asked the salesperson if I would have a problem with it. He said, and I quote, "No, as long as you buy it in the terminal you'll be OK". However, GateKeeper SuckAss told
    me that TSA's ban was still in effect... UNTIL TO-FUCKING-MORROW. I asked if it would be OK, if he'd look the other way if I stowed it in my carry on. He told me no, that if I did that he'd have to put me off the
    plane. Dickhead. You know, it's not the money, it's the principal of the thing.

    I've developed a new hatred for TSA and the teen's who work there. You guys suck ass. Nasty, smelly, unwashed ass that's crusted with cornshit. That's how I feel about you folks and your masters at Homeland Security. Because of you 'tards (liquid explosives... seriously, you people are dumber and more useless than a bag of hammers) you've made travel in this country a pain in the
    ass. I actually had a fetus sitting at the x-ray machine chastise me for the fact that part of a cable from a transformer was hanging over the laptop and it made it difficult to see. It was the fucking tip and it covered less than 2% of the computer. I need some 'tard kid to tell me I didn't put my stuff in the plastic tray the right way? Yeah, much like I need a lobotomy... maybe I should have asked who performed his.

    Curious, isn't it, that TSA now decides to lift the ban on liquids, gels, etc.? Couldn't have anything to do with the fact that Republican's are polling badly, could it? Yeah, I thought so... TSA is a joke. A huge, unfunny, stupid-uncle-with-bad-one-liner's kind of joke. I hope Democrats dismantle the whole stupid, frustrating, money wasting thing and fire the lot of them. Maybe then we can get back to being Americans and quit worrying about what terrorists may or may not do.

    In the end, it all worked out OK... being back in Austin feels great and I gotta say I LOVE MY SNOWGLOBE.

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    September 26, 2006

    Changing opinions and saying you were wrong...

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingI hate being wrong. I mean, I really hate it like a motherfucker. However, 'someone' at BOR has posted more from Matzo's 1980 performance. Last week they posted audio clips which actually did (out of context) sound like satire. Granted, extremely unfunny and lame satire, but satire nonetheless.

    However, now they have some more of the show posted up and the only thing I can say is I was wrong. This ISN'T satire, this is playing to a fucking racist crowd and using almost every ridiculous racial stereotype under the sun. As for the oft repeated "it was an equal opportunity offender", a white, Jewish, racist homophobe is still a white, Jewish, racist homophobe even if he IS on a fucking stage.

    I can't say I'm disapointed... to be honest, I'm glad this hasn't come back on the folks over at BOR or others in the TexasRoots who weren't quite as willing to give Matzo the benefit of the doubt. I'm glad that in context the whole argument about it being satire falls on it's ugly, smelly face. Much like Matzo after a fifth of Jamisons. I'm not happy that we've all had to listen to it, but I am happy it's out so people know who and what Matzo really is before they cast a vote for him in November. I never liked Matzo as a person or a candidate but I never thought he was a racist mostly because in my eyes that's a heavy accusation and one that I think made far too lightly.

    I know there are some readers out there still thinking of supporting Matzo. All I'll ask of you is that you follow the link and listen to the audio. Originally, I too thought this was just some bad satire. Again, it's not. Go have a listen.

    I've always thought Matzo was a miserable, mean, talentless old drunk. I guess we can add racist as well.

    You suck, Matzo.

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    Bush and Karzai show... dumb and dumber

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingThe President had a press conference with Hamid Karzai. Actually, calling it a press conference is extremely charitable... it's more like a 30 minutes of terror, Terror and more TERROR!

    Voice of America has a reporter at the White House? Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Voice of America a US GOVERNMENT AGENCY? She DID ask a decent question about all the great smack coming out of Afghanistan. Karzai is explaining how profitable it is for farmers to grow. That's a bit like someone explaining they use the phone because they need or want to talk to people who aren't in the immediate vicinity and left me wondering why reporters aren't a little more snarky with their subjects. Can you imagine me with a press pass? Of course, not... not only am I a mediocre writer (though, admittedly, better than Dick) but I'm also not a male prostitute. Prostitute's are paid for their services.

    So Bush gets the question about Clinton's statement that he was asleep at the wheel regarding Bin Laden during his first nine months in office. Prior to this, the President was combative, peevish and condescending. However, as soon as this question rolled out of "Jennifer's" mouth, it's all about 'not assigning blame', 'letting history decide' and 'look at these keys'. The answer to the question is No, he didn't have meetings and did, in fact, ignore terrorism until September 11, 2001. Some would argue that he's ignoring terrorism again today with his stupid ass invasion of Iraq. However, there was not direct answer to the question and NO ONE FOLLOWED UP ON IT.

    Basically, the President can be summarized as follows... yada, yada, yada, fight them over there, they attacked us, yada, yada, yada. In other words, the SAME HORSESHIT HE'S BEEN SHOVELING FOR A FUCKING YEAR.

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    Dumb Ass Headlines

    From the "Poop smells like shit and tastes like it too" department of research and writing comes this STUNNING headline from today's Daily Texan.

    Gubernatorial candidates securing endorsements: Anti-abortion group backs Perry, AFL-CIO supports Democrat Bell

    OH MY GOD NO FUCKING WAY!!!!!

    Next thing you know they'll be shocking us with tales of Republicans supporting tax cuts and Democrats helping the poor.

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    September 25, 2006

    Malkin makes Coulter look sane

    It's been a while since we last visited the retarded world of Shelly where right is right and left is treason. Let's just say we've had better things to do like focus on the Texas Governor's race, start a new job and develop an affinity for another brand of scotch.

    It's damn rough being me. Thank God for the Rude Pundit. The Mayor sent me this link last night because he knows how much I like it when someone else writes about the particular brand of brutal idiocy that's uniquely Shelly.

    Oh, fuck, at this point, can anyone point to a reason why the cruelly snarling Malkin shouldn't be interned without charge or trial for the duration of, well, hell, let's just say for the duration? 'Cause lately, the vicious she-beast (who lives by the dictum: "If you think Ann Coulter is crazy, watch me eat my own poo") has been practicing cuntistry at such a fevered level that it's like watching humping wolverines.

    Oh yeah, it gets better...

    9/20/2006
    Why Michelle Malkin Ought To Be Caged Like a Rabid Shih-Tzu, Part 782:
    Oh, fuck, at this point, can anyone point to a reason why the cruelly snarling Malkin shouldn't be interned without charge or trial for the duration of, well, hell, let's just say for the duration? 'Cause lately, the vicious she-beast (who lives by the dictum: "If you think Ann Coulter is crazy, watch me eat my own poo") has been practicing cuntistry at such a fevered level that it's like watching humping wolverines.

    As Glenn Greenwald points out, ideological consistency is as important to Malkin as a long-term mate is to a black widow spider. While Malkin has essentially said that anything the Bush administration does to torture, maim, or deprive of rights anyone merely tangentially suspected of having passed by an Islamic radical in the street is a-o-fuckin'-kay, she's got her vinyl thong in a crotch twist over the death sentence of three Catholics in Indonesia convicted, at a trial, no less, of having masterminded a massacre of 200 Muslims. See, apparently some of the evidence was "rejected by the court" and some witnesses weren't allowed to testify. So the condemned are appealing to the International Criminal Court.

    And one day later, as in today, Malkin's linking to nutzoid right wingers who think that anything approaching rights for terrorism suspects is capitulation to the point that we may as well be growing our beards and blowing up our Christian idols now. For instance, here's one of Malkin's links, the National Review's Andrew "Not the St. Elmo's Fire Guy" McCarthy in USA Today on the case of Maher Arar, the innocent Canadian arrested by the U.S. and renditioned to Syria for torture. Malkin calls Arar "the new liberal cause celebre." McCarthy opines of the Arar error, "[W]ith the lives of 300 million Americans at stake, the United States cannot make national security policy based on individual anecdotes about government roguishness."

    One imagines that while Arar was being held for ten months in a cell the size of a casket in a dungeon in Syria, only taken out for torture sessions, he must have been thinking, "Man, all these electrodes on my nuts, regular beatings, and things shoved up my ass really suck for me, but, hey, if it protects 300 million Americans, I'm willing to take one for the team." Yeah, those anecdotes, it's too bad they have to be made of flesh sometimes.

    Malkin also agrees with the detention of AP photographer Bilal Hussein. Hussein, whose photos of the real violence occurring in Iraq made him a target for right wing blogs, has been held without charges for five months now by the American military, who suspect him of collaborating with insurgents or "terrorists." AP and Reporters Without Borders have asked that he be charged or, you know, set the man free. Malkin will have none of that kind of pussy-ass assertion of rights for a fucker like Hussein. Screeches the she-beast, "Well before I reported on Hussein's capture, military bloggers and media watchdog bloggers had raised persistent questions over the past two years about Hussein's relationship with terrorists in Iraq and whether his photos were staged in collusion with our enemies."

    Malkin is blaming AP for suppressing the story. She and her flying monkey bloggers have already convicted Hussein. Unlike the three tried and sentenced Catholics in Indonesia, who were no doubt victims of an unfair process, no trial is needed when the religion of the person is the wrong one.

    // posted by Rude One @ 12:22 PM

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    What a DICK...

    Oh, we've no love for Sal Costello. Sometimes we've been on the same side but more often that not we've been on opposing teams. It really doesn't suprise us that he's trashing Bell, mostly because he'll trash anyone. It also doesn't suprise us that he's supporting OSB for governor. Why? Well, because he likes to lose.

    Keep your chin up, Team Bell. The guy's a mook. Instead of supporting candidates who have a chance to win and will actually kill toll roads in Texas (you know, like Hank and Chris), he's supporting OSB. That makes him a bad choice for those opposed to tolls.

    This Bell video is honestly one of the best I've seen this year. THIS is the Chris Bell that millions of Texans need to see. There's still time to change those ads, and this is the way to do it... LET CHRIS BE CHRIS.

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    Texans... what real leaders look like

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    Hank Gilbert, Barbara Radnofsky and Congressman Al Green.

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    Greetings from Minnesota...

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingMany of you (read:one) have written to wish me well while traveling. Thanks for that. I am currently in an interesting place called MINN-E-SO-TA. Yeah, that's what I said upon arriving after a not altogether tedious, but rather slightly annoying flight. What made it annoying? Onion Boy in front of me. Yep, BO continues to haunt my travels. I do have to say I like my new employer so far... the HR person who called to confirm my flight actually asked which airline I'd like to fly and the time I'd like to leave. Rock!

    I've seen Minnesota portrayed in movies and much like movies about Texas can say they are pretty much spot on. People DO talk the way you'd think and on the whole are very friendly. And fat. At least from what I've seen so far. There's also some gigantic maul nearby which I'm told we'll be visiting before I leave manana.

    So, enjoy your day in nice, warm and comfortable Texas while I am in a place where September is colder than it should be and feels more like late October in Texas. Lighting cigarettes with matches thanks to the diligent work of the fine people of TSA at Austin-Bergstrom.

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    September 24, 2006

    Oh----THAT'S why the hell not!

    I am impressed. The anti-Friedman offensive launched by our friends over at Burnt Orange Report may be the first intellegent move made by the Texas Democrats in this sorry election year. This puts an end to the free ride Kinky's been getting from the media, which has been by far his greatest asset. He's no longer the "wisecracking, unconventional candidate", he's now the "candidate who has repeatedly come under fire for his racially insensitive remarks". If that isn't changing the dynamic of the race, I don't know what is.

    Of course, being Democrats, we're now arguing amongst ourselves. Some say that Friedman is being Swiftboated; others are fretting that this may yet backfire on us.

    Is Kinky a racist? It's hard to know what's really in a man's heart, the best we can do is judge him by his words and actions. And if someone makes a career of telling racist jokes for twenty or thirty years and then, when someone calls him on it, instead of apologising denounces his critics as "cockroaches"... he might just be a racist.

    Could this backfire? I think anything you do in politics can potentially backfire if your opponent has the skills to deal with your gambit. But Kinky doesn't have Karl Rove, all he has is Kinky Friedman. So he responds with a couple of more jokes, says it was probably something he said when he was drunk or high (another smart move, Kinkster!) and calls anyone who brings up his past a cockroach. Are we going to change the minds of his hardcore supporters? No, nothing will. They are beyond reasoning with. But this can change the minds of Dems who've been thinking that Kinky is funny. Sure he's funny. But that doesn't mean he should be governor. In fact, everything he does shows how unqualified he is.

    We've been waiting all year for him to self destruct, and it hasn't happened. Thank goodness someone on our side has finally pushed the red button.

    Posted by mayor mcsleaze at 03:15 PM

    More Texas Governor's race bullshit

    The NYT has a write up on the governor's race. It's a pretty decent story but I gleaned a couple of quotes that are entertaining as hell.

    “We can’t pay you enough, but we try,” Mr. Perry told Monica Ferguson, a fourth-grade teacher at Oleson Elementary school in north Houston last week.

    Can you fucking believe that? He apologized so lamely? I wish I could write that Ferguson then beat the hell out of his lying, excuse-making ass. But she didn't. My mistake was in thinking that part of being a fucking leader is that you should FIND THE SOLUTIONS AND PAY PEOPLE WHAT THEY'RE WORTH. There isn't a soul in this state who thinks teachers aren't worth more. The vast majority would even pay higher taxes to get better schools. However, our governor makes a fucking excuse because he's too much of a goddamn coward to stand up to non-Texans like Grover Norquist and fund the fucking schools.

    You are a gutless eunuch, Mr. Perry. I feel bad for your kids having such a spineless, grasping embarrassment for a father.

    Then there is this from the useless moron and obligatory libertarian (oh, me too!) Weiner.

    “This will be won by anyone getting 38 to 40 percent of the vote,” Dr. Jillson said. With even 2 percent of the vote, Mr. Werner could pull enough from another candidate to make a difference, becoming the Ralph Nader of Texas, 2006.

    “I would be pleased if I could cost any of my opponents the election,” Mr. Werner said.

    So you're not running FOR anything, you're just running to be a spoiler, the ultimate dick. I hope you set yourself on fire, Mr. Weiner. People like Weiner are the most asinine members of society; too stupid and ineffectual to actually accomplish anything other than getting in someone else's way.

    I'm going to do everything I can for Bell. I'm tired of having an embarrassment for a governor. Say what you will about Chris (and we've said a lot) at the end of the day he's honest and geniune two things that can't be said of Matzo, OSB, Weiner or The Miserable Failure.

    Yep, I'm a Bellian. Though it would be easy to say I'm voting against the other four clowns, its far more accurate to say I'm voting FOR Bell. Out the current lineup, he's the only one with a chance of winning who will actually do a good job.


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    September 23, 2006

    Ted Turner : Invading Iraq was dumb

    I can't really say I've always admired Ted Turner... I always thought he was kind of a geek. However, I find more and more that I agree with what he says.

    The U.S. invasion of Iraq has caused "incalculable damage" that will take 20 years to overcome "if we just act reasonably intelligently."

    "It will go down in history, it is already being seen in history, as one of the dumbest moves that was ever made by anybody. A couple of others that come to mind were the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor and the German invasion of Russia," Turner told the forum.

    I'm posting the full text in the supersize

    Published on Wednesday, September 20, 2006 by Reuters
    Ted Turner Says Iraq War among History's "Dumbest"
    by Daniel Trotta

    NEW YORK - The U.S. invasion of Iraq was among the "dumbest moves of all time" that ranks with the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor and the German invasion of Russia, billionaire philanthropist Ted Turner said on Tuesday.

    The founder of CNN and unabashed internationalist also defended the right of Iran to have nuclear weapons and the effectiveness of the United Nations and, in a jocular mood, advocated banning men from elective office worldwide in a Reuters Newsmaker appearance.

    Alternately combative and humorous, Turner spoke nine years after his pledge to donate $1 billion to the United Nations over 10 years and on the same day President Bush addressed the U.N. General Assembly a mile away.

    The U.S. invasion of Iraq has caused "incalculable damage" that will take 20 years to overcome "if we just act reasonably intelligently."

    "It will go down in history, it is already being seen in history, as one of the dumbest moves that was ever made by anybody. A couple of others that come to mind were the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor and the German invasion of Russia," Turner told the forum.

    "It literally broke my heart. You don't start wars just because you don't like somebody. ... I wouldn't even start a war with Rupert Murdoch," Turner said, referring to his onetime cable network rival.

    Often contrarian, Turner called it a "joke" that Bush demanded that Iran abandon any ambitions for nuclear weapons while at the same time hoping to ban all such bombs.

    "They're a sovereign state," Turner said of Iran. "We have 28,000. Why can't they have 10? We don't say anything about Israel -- they've got 100 of them approximately -- or India or Pakistan or Russia. And really, nobody should have them.

    "They aren't usable by any sane person."

    POWER TO THE WOMEN

    One way to reduce such dangers in the world would be to leave women in charge, said the former husband of Jane Fonda.

    "Men should be barred from public office for 100 years in every part of the world. ... It would be a much kinder, gentler, more intelligently run world. The men have had millions of years where we've been running things. We've screwed it up hopelessly. Let's give it to the women."

    In the meantime, the United Nations represents the best hope, Turner said.

    While the world body is ridiculed as ineffective and irrelevant by its harshest critics and often criticized by its strongest advocates, Turner offered what was then one-third of his net worth to the world body nine years ago.

    "I am absolutely certain we would not have made it through the Cold War without the U.N.," Turner said. "When Khrushchev at the U.N. took his shoe off and hit podium he was so mad, but he had a place to let off steam. If the U.N. hadn't been there, that would have been war right then."

    When a questioner from the audience challenged Turner on the United Nations's value, Turner shot back.

    "The war between Lebanon and Israel and Hizbollah would still be going on if it hadn't been for the U.N., and that's only in the last two weeks, Bubba."

    © Reuters 2006

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    September 22, 2006

    Things to do this weekend...

  • Drink. Obviously.
  • Email everyone you know; Tell them to vote for Chris, Hank and every other Democrat on the ballot
  • Phone bank a little for Chris and Hank
  • Go to The Texas Patriot Network; pick up some stuff and get it to them. The troops need us because, as we all know, it's not like Republican's are going to do it.
  • Have a good weekend and try not to laugh Sunday evening when you realize that I am, in fact, on my way to an undisclosed location in the midwest. Yeah, as in north of Texas and way, way lame.
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    Matzo, would you like some cheese with your whine?

    Listening to the blow back from the Dick campaign is just irritating as hell. I know Stromberg is just doing her job, but don't talk about another candidate being in diapers. We all know that Chris Bell is younger and more vital than your decrepit wreck of a candidate, Laura, but you really shouldn't point that out so aggressively.

    Molly Ivins once said (and I'm paraphrasing so don't get angry if it's not perfect, " Texas politics have never been an ice cream social". Truer words have never been spoken. Sure, for the last few cycles Democrats have acted like a bunch of candy asses. Not so much anymore and EVERYONE better get good and goddamn ready, even a certain terrible comedian who lamely defends his excremental 'performance art'. I've seen old drunks throwing up on the street that are more entertaining that Dick. No, I'm not talking about Leslie.

    Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting"I don't remember it, but it sounds like it was part of a satirical stage show that was an equal-opportunity offender. ... There's probably all kinds of other stuff to put it in proper perspective. It was a pretty raunchy show and follows in the footsteps of Richard Pryor and Lenny Bruce," Friedman said, adding there were a "bunch of walkouts" from the audience.

    "It was an equal opportunity offender. To pull out one joke is not fair because there was homophobic stuff, there was sexist stuff. There were Jewish jokes and there were Hispanic jokes," said Friedman, who is Jewish.

    That's not an excuse... Dick, bad comedy is bad comedy and comparing yourself to Richard Pryor or Lenny Bruce is just whack. Your comment was nasty, insensitive, hurtful and you did it for no other reason than shock value. It's schtick, nothing more and what's worse is that it wasn't even funny. The only way you could get laughs was by working racist 'satire' that really wasn't all that satirical. Hang it the fuck up, hermano. I know funny and you ain't it.

    As for being a Governor of the second largest state in the country? Oh.God.No.


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    This is the part when vomit comes out of my mouth...

    Perry's ads suck cock, but they are pretty good at agitating the hell out of people who are already pissed off and in no damn mood to hear a bunch of bullshit excuses and lies from a miserable failure like Rick Perry.

    OSB's ads are probably the biggest dissapointment. Message to Brad: Find the people that did those ads after the election. Then kill them.

    Dick (or Matzo as I've taken to calling him) has those feel good 'Of Mice and Men' ads with all the damn animals. I felt like at some point he was gonna ask if it was OK to pet the bunny.

    THEN THERE'S GODDAMN BELL.

    Everyone else has dropped themselves in the grease with their television, but Team Bell doesn't learn from their mistakes. Come ON! These ads suck ass. Chris, you CAN be funny and wonky at the same time. Ever heard of self-deprecation? Even showing some personality would have been nice.

    The thing that pisses me off is that if Bell wins, awful media like this is going to get a lot of the credit.

    I'm going to drink my way into a coma now.

    I will say this one is better... but it's still so ordinary.

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    Matzo's not a racist...

    He's just a talentless fucktard. Here's the quote that has everyone up in arms...

    Then I come down to Houston, I went to a bowling alley. I couldn't go bowling, there were no bowling balls. The people here throw 'em all in the sea, thought they were nigger eggs…thought they were nigger eggs.

    Offensive? Absolutely. Does it mean he's a racist? Not really. Funny? Only if your brainstem doesn't connect, you know, TO YOUR BRAIN.

    We've said it before and we'll say it again... the guy is a talentless buffoon. Any comedian who has to work bad racist jokes is just a loser.

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    September 21, 2006

    Oceans rising faster? Oh, say it ain't so...

    Apparently, when you heat water it expands. Who knew? Also, when ice gets warm, it melts which was a real shock to me. Seriously, most of the time my glass is empty before the ice has a chance to really melt.

    The present prediction of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, from its third assessment report in 2001, is that global sea levels will rise by between 9cm and 88cm by 2100, depending on a number of factors including how far emissions are controlled, with a best guess of about 50cm over the century.

    Previous projections weren't near that because scientists using data developed in 2001 did not anticipate how fast warming would accelerate, thus raising ocean levels (threatening London and Bangledesh...oh, and New Orleans) through heat expansion and... ice melting.

    Last week, two American studies showed that the melting of the winter sea ice in the Arctic had accelerated enormously in the past two years, with a section the size of Turkey disappearing in just 12 months.

    At this point I'd like to take a moment to remember Myron, who now looks like the dumbass of the universe. Myron said that sea ice wasn't melting! Myron was wrong because Myron's a paid shill and a remarkably stupid person.

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    What a drag it is getting old

    Scientists have long predicted that the living creatures left after a nuclear holocaust will be cockroaches and Keith Richards. Recently the rock legend revealed he had stopped using drugs... because you just can't get the good stuff anymore.

    The Rolling Stones guitarist complained dealers and chemists have reduced the power of his favourite narcotics.

    And he doesn’t like modern drugs like ecstasy because they “mess with the brain”. Former heroin addict Keith, 62, moaned: “I really think the quality’s gone down.

    “All they do is try and take the high out of everything.

    “I don’t like the way they’re working on the brain area instead of just through the blood system."

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    September 20, 2006

    Mainstream media notices: Kinky is a dumb, racist cracker

    Sez the AP

    AUSTIN, Texas -- Gubernatorial candidate and professional wiseacre Kinky Friedman was accused Wednesday of making another racially offensive remark _ this time in a year-old interview in which he said sexual predators should be thrown in prison and forced to "listen to a Negro talking to himself."

    The independent candidate already was under fire for referring to Hurricane Katrina evacuees in Texas "crackheads and thugs." Some black politicians from Houston took that remark as a slap at black victims of the storm.

    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Houston Chronicle have reported on an interview with Friedman that aired on CNBC last year in which the country singer and comedian was asked what to do with sexual predators.

    "Throw them in prison and throw away the key and make them listen to a Negro talking to himself," Friedman said. He also called "Negro" a "charming word."

    Wait! This is déjà vu all over again! I just know I've read this story before... back in March on BOR. Well, it's still a good thing when readers of the print media finally hear about stories that have been floating around the blogosphere for months. Don't fret, Washington Post: we'll always have Watergate.

    Posted by mayor mcsleaze at 03:14 PM | Comments (1)

    Energy Update : Problems with Cuba, GM Cassava

  • I think the embargo of Cuba is retarded (even when I was a Republican). However, Republican's need those votes in southern FL so they will never repeal it. The problem is, Cuba has a lot of oil that India, China and Venenzuela are beginning to exploit... and US companies have been left out of bidding for tracts because of an archaic embargo of a country that can barely feed itself, let alone mount an attack against the southern US.
  • Monsanto and USAid are catching hell over a GM cassava crop introduced into Kenya. The transgenic was modified to resist disease but has apparently been extremely susceptible to cassava mosaic. Ostensibly, the crops were given out to help build food security in Kenya. There is speculation however that it's really to produce a high starch crop that can be used to make ethanol for the US.

    The DOE-JGI itself acknowledges that cassava is an excellent energy source which "is grown worldwide as a source of food for approximately one billion people, raising the possibility that it could be used globally to alleviate dependence on fossil fuels."

    According to the South African-based African Centre for Biosafety, these admissions mark a "dramatic about-turn from previous commitments to address hunger and the nutritional needs of people in developing countries."


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    Burka:Strayhorn is dead in the water

    OK, so now that MOTO is saying it can we all agree? As for you folks out there who are voting for Dick, let's talk. Seriously, because I think some of you believe Kinky stands for something other than politics as usual. Problem is, he's really just the last in a long line of gimmick candidates going way back in Texas politics. They've all sucked ass.

    The recent poll shows one thing clearly... Perry will be re-elected is nothing changes. The Bellraisers will blame the Dicky-ites. The Dicky-ites will blame the Bellraisers. The end result will be the same, a worthless, piece of shit governor will have been re-elected.

    So, it's time to get down to brass tacks. I like Bell. Yeah, I think he's cheesey as all get out. However, I think when it comes down to it, he's the best candidate for the job. He's smart, articulate, and has some great ideas about education, business development and infrastructure improvement.

    I think Dick is a joke. What will he do, if elected, to see that infrastructure in this state is renovated and expanded, maintaining the freeway system that has helped Texas grow into the economic power it is today? Was he serious about that 'five general's plan'? You see, I have real problems with what Dick wants to do. I do NOT want the Ten Commandments in public places. I do not want prayer in schools. That's NOT the damn problem with the schools and anyone who thinks it is should TALK to educators before listening to ANY of the candidates.

    Not to mention that I think Dick's gross.

    So, let's talk about this... I want to know why you're supporting him other than 'novelty'. Help me to understand... if not, maybe I can persuade you to vote for Bell. One way or the other, we have to start talking.

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    Oops... my bad!

    Recently I posted something about Suze Orman and used the wrong picture. The picture was of an Australian Dingo, not Suze Orman. I apologize for the mistake.

    But I'm not changing it. I think the picture I used was appropriate.

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    Budding alcholism or a brilliant path to more money?

    We've not posted a reader guide in a long time, mostly because we've been drinking a lot lately. Why? Because we recently developed a theory that more drinking=more money. Lo and behold, research by some, I don't know, scientists or something, shows us to be right.

    Oh, by we I mean me and by us... it's me again as well. It's creative license bolstered by an assload of yummy scotch.

    Two economists argue in a study to be released today that social drinkers tend to have more charisma, a fatter Rolodex and more friends than those who abstain or drink alone. That garrulousness, they say, translates into higher income — 10% more for men and 14% more for women.

    So, how many 'social' drinks does it translate into? Apparently, 35 per week. More than that and the pay increase disappears, mostly because it's offset by the inevitable trip to The Betty.

    So, here's the McBlogger Guide to a Better Career

  • Get a job

  • Be nice to others at aforementioned job

  • Actually do some work (strictly CYA)

  • Drink with coworkers... often
  • 35 drinks per week. No, you probably can't handle it but you can work up to it. It's 5 drinks a night, every night. Why not start now?

    Oh, and develop a taste for scotch. That's the real secret.

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    September 19, 2006

    It's a 12 point race

    Survey USA has a new poll out showing Perry at 35%, Bell and Dick at 23% and OSB at 15%. We need half of Dick's support to take out Perry...

    No information on the crosstabs, but there was a limited supporter breakdown...

    Perry is backed by 56 percent of Republicans, 57 percent of those identifying themselves as conservatives, and 42 percent of voters over age 65. Friedman's support is strongest among independents, men and young voters. Bell is supported by 55 percent of black voters and 55 percent of Democrats. Strayhorn's support is concentrated among women, voters over age 50 and moderates.

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    Dregs : Amaranth and TRS?, Coal isn't dirty, damnit!, John Davis ethically challenged

  • Amaranth Advisors, a large NY based hedge fund disclosed yesterday in a letter to investors that instead of the fund being up 22% for the year it was actually down 35% because of one bad bet on natural gas futures. The actual dollar amount of the losses on the contracts is unknown but it's estimated to be around $4 billion based on Amaranth's stated equity value of more than $9 billion. I wonder how long it will be until we find out that UT's endowment fund was invested in it, along with TRS?
  • Kip Averitt has got to be an idiot... both Sumervell and CapAnnex have posts up about his claim that air in Central Texas will not be adversely effected by FOUR new coal burning TXU plants. My amusement stems from his assertion that certain emissions will be less from these plants than from existing ones because of permitting. I guess no one has told the Senator that power companies can run generating units on a long shut down or start up cycle and the permits don't account for emissions during those times. In fact, pollution out of these plants will likely be more than double what they are permitted.

    CapAnnex also has a post up about some retard newspaper beating up on Laura Miller and Bill White for fighting against these new pollution generators.

  • Is John Davis using his campaign kitty to afford his rock and roll lifestyle? Sure looks like it. Muse has a nice piece up about his problem riddled ethics filing. Thank God Sherri Matula is running against this guy! We love you Sherrie!
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    Thus spoke The Idiot and more!

    The President addressed the UN. Here's a snapshot of the audience

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    Look like some engaged people, no? Seriously, I saw people LAUGHING at him around the time he once again said 'NUKULAR'. Basically, he said

    "My country desires peace," Bush told world leaders in the cavernous main hall at the U.N. "Extremists in your midst spread propaganda claiming that the West is engaged in a war against Islam. This propaganda is false and its purpose is to confuse you and justify acts of terror. We respect Islam."

    Damn! So I guess he IS looking at the polling data which means we'll be leaving Iraq soon, no?

    Addressing Iraqis specifically, Bush said, "We will not abandon you in your struggle to build a free nation."

    Damn. Guess he's decided to ignore the polling. Huh. Talk about mixed messages.

    He then went on to talk about Iran's nuclear program. And Sudan. Honeslty, I'm not sure what the rambling thing was about. However, that doesn't mean that the ambassadors weren't listening...

    He was wrong, but still forged ahead with war against Iraq without the support of many other nations. And he is still trying to rebuild credibility with the body, experts say.

    "The sense outside of the U.S. is that the United States is responsible for many of the failures in Iraq, first by going in mostly alone and then by incompetent administration," said Jon Alterman, a Mideast expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

    "The problem with the way he's talked about democracy in the Middle East is not that people see it as undesirable," Alterman said, "it's that people see it as naive. He needs to persuade cynical people that not only is he sincere, but it's achievable, and here's what they need to do to make it so."

    No worries, folks... we think he's an unrealistic nut as well.

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    Suze Orman offers "Don't get divorced quite yet!"

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingJust when you think you've got it all figured out, along comes Suze Orman to kick you in the gut and remind you that, you know, she's like a genius compared to your retard ass.

    On today's obligatory CNBC pre-commercial blurb, Suze decided to talk about social security... as many of you are no doubt aware, you have to be married to someone for 10 years or more to qualify to receive half their benefits upon their death and provided you are, of course, still alive. Suze mentions this by way of pointing out that "some of you..." (I presume she's talking to viewers who aren't myself since I can't get married) "...are with someone you're thinking of divorcing. If you're close to that 10 year mark, you might want to wait".

    Practical relationship advice from Suze Orman? Oh, yeah... she's just full of suprises (and I hear, much like a pinata, with delicious candy as well)!

    Seriously, is it just me or is this a little cold blooded?

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    Sometimes when Grimace is feeling fat, Travis County is the place to be



    Travis County rules for fat people. Maybe.



    From the Houston Chronicle:
    AUSTIN — Travis County is considering a pilot program to offer weight-loss surgery to its employees after a review suggested the move could save money in the long run. County commissioners may decide today whether to pay for up to 15 bariatric surgeries per year during a five-year trial. The surgeries, which involve reducing the size of the stomach or rerouting the intestines, would each cost about $15,000 to $25,000, the county said. "Unfortunately, the program is obviously very needed," County Judge Sam Biscoe said. "We do have more than our fair share of employees who qualify."
    Grimace is fat. But morbidly obese? Shit, better start eating some more Double Quarter Pounders.
    To qualify, county employees would have to be diagnosed with morbid obesity and go through one year of monitored unsuccessful dieting and exercise. The county estimates that 300 to 400 of its 4,100 employees would be eligible for the surgery.


    That shit looks hot like hades.

    Where's my motherfuckin Double QP with Cheese? Make it fuckin bacon bitch.


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    Oh, God... why?

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingCLAY AIKEN RELEASES NEW RCA RECORDS ALBUM 'A THOUSAND DIFFERENT WAYS' IN STORES ON SEPTEMBER 19th.

    I can think of about ten million things that would be more pleasent to the ears like...

  • Rick Perry talking about how swell things are in Texas

  • Kinky throwing up after a bender

  • Kathy Griffin
  • My dream is that people stop watching American Idol. Yes, it's entertaining but it released Clay into an unsuspecting world. It has to be ended and the only way it's going to happen is if you TURN THE CHANNEL.

    If you won't do it for me, do it for The Mayor.


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    Google starts philanthropic subsidiary

    Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting...and their first order of business? Better batteries and charging systems as well as cost effective plug-in hybrid technology. Google has incorporated the company as a for-profit meaning that it could, very well, be self-funding.

    Wonder how long it will be until Google.Org buys General Motors?

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    September 18, 2006

    Is Tony Perkins gay?

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingTony Perkins is all about some gay marriage. Specifically, banning it or something and he's pissed off that lots of people just aren't as worried about this as he.

    "There are a number of pastors that said, 'Look, we don't get involved in politics, I'm not going to get involved in this issue, I just want to preach the gospel,'" said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council. "When they realize their ability to preach the gospel may very well be at stake, they may reconsider their involvement."

    A couple of things to note... he's not able to stir up passions the way he once could SO, he's taken to even bigger, bolder lies to get his way? He's telling people that gay marriage will lead to the end of churches and nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, that 'non-existent' separation of church and state thing kinda keeps the government from telling churches they have to marry two men. The Constitution and SC rulings are cool like that.

    I think I'm beginning to understand Tony. I think he was probably stunned by a gay experience while in high school when he was rejected by the man of his dreams. So, now he takes revenge on the rest of us by being just as nasty a dick as possible.

    Oh, yeah... I think he's gay. I think he's as gay as Karl Rove. Those two, not to mention that doddering old bastard, are more obsessed with gay marriage than the biggest queens I know. I wish someone would just take one for the team and let us all off the hook. I just don't want that someone to be me.

    The one other thing about this... MA has been marrying folks or what, a year? Has it fallen into the Atlantic? No. Has some massive disaster struck? Nope. So, can we realize that maybe listening to religious zealots who obviously have something to hide isn't the best way to decide how to vote?

    (hat tip to Rawhide at PinkDome)

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    Could Bush be more petty?

    I was appalled tonight to learn (via Sister Ruth) that our former Governor and sitting President will not be attending the ceremony to honor Governor Richards. Yes, I know the history but that's hardly an excuse. Governor Richards served Texas well and whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, you should honor that service. I always thought the President was petty and childish. It's good to know I was right. For a former Governor to spurn services for another former Governor is unacceptable.

    The best thing that ever happened to Texas was Clayton Williams opening his mouth. The worst thing that ever happened to Texas was George W. Bush opening his. After taking credit for what Governor Richards did during her term and leaving a mess when he moved to Washington, the least he could do would be to honor a woman who did a lot for Texas.

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    September 17, 2006

    And now for something completely different

    A dog looking out a window...
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    There's really no point to this, I just wanted to have a little bit of a buffer... the blogging equivalent of a demilitarized zone... above the Ann Richards post before we go back to posting about Survivor: Race War and dildoes that may have seen parts of Rick Perry's anatomy you probably wouldn't want to discuss with your mom.

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    September 16, 2006

    Saying goodbye to heroes

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    I have to come right out and admit that I don't do grief well. And while it seems that every person you talk to in Austin has their own personal Ann Richards story, I got nothing. I never ran into her in a hallway during the 1988 Democratic Convention, was never in an elevator with her, and was certainly never the recipient of any of her sage, folksy advice. All I've got is this.

    Sister Ruth and I were at the Capitol early this morning to pay our last respects to Ann Richards. Well, not so early that we saw the DPS carry the casket into the building, and not so early that we could add a Bill Clinton sighting into our logbooks. But early enough that there was half an hour or more to wait before they opened the doors and let is file slowly around the rotunda. We ran into some friends and passed the time talking. Sister Ruth spoke about how we are all unready for our heroes to pass on, especially when we look around our own generation unable to discern who might take their places

    As it happened, there were actually two events going on. While hundreds lined up to mourn Governor Richards, the Capitol was also the starting point for a parade commemorating the 125th anniversary of the Austin Independent School DIstrict, and all the marching bands and drill teams were forming up in the great circular drive that circles the Capitol to await their turn to march down Congress Avenue. And so there were two lines of people, one solemn, the other celebratory. I think that former school teacher Ann Richards, our last governor who actually cared about public education would have smiled at the juxtaposition.

    Farewell, Ann. Your leaving us hurts more than I can say.

    Posted by mayor mcsleaze at 09:30 PM

    Excuses, ex-damn-uses...

    This is what I have to deal with from the jackass authors who never post.

    Excuses and nothing but. Damn you, Spishak. Damn you.

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    September 15, 2006

    Hank's got a blog

    That's right kids, Hank has added a blog to his great website. Go check it out...

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    ¿Quien es mas macho? Todd Staples o Susan Combs

    That's right, kids! Another edition of ¿Quien es mas macho?, the spot where we compare two ridiculous people... in an effort to, you know, make them look even more ridiculous. The victims subjects this week? None other than rather shitty (in my half drunk opinion... call it carryover from last night's 'celebration') State Senator (R-Pilgrim's Pride, Cintra-Zachry) Todd 'Giant Freak Head' Staples and current Ag Commissioner Susan '...and then he touched her in her special place' Combs. Susan had to take a break from her busy schedule of attending fundraisers and not really doing a damn thing to help agriculture in Texas to attend the photoshoot and we'd like to thank her for that (not aything else though because she hasn't done much for us).

    Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Here's Susan with Pickles (Susan's the tall one). Don't they make an adorable couple? It's just me, you say? Oh... well, that's what I think and I don't see your name on the post, now do I?

    While Susan may be wearing a smart suit (seriously, out of the all the Republican's I think she dresses most sensibly. From here it almost looks like a real Chanel suit. Almost.) I think she's a total stud here with Pickles and I'm pretty sure she could make Todd her bitch. Easily.






    Versus




    Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Here's Todd on a horse. Is that fear I see in those beady little eyes buried in his ginormous face? Probably. I don't think I've seen anything this uncomfortable since that time a friend of mine sent out the wrong pictures on her Christmas cards. I know this photo is supposed to make Todd look like a real Texan but you can probably pick up the shine on his boots from a satellite photo. I LOVE how it's also indoors so Todd can't get into too much trouble. Not that the poor nag he's sitting on has the energy to buck him off.

    I thought about doing Todd vs. Hank, but that's just mean since Hank is, well , a man. Even still, I think Combs could easily take him in a fight... don't let that O'Keefe she's standing in front of fool you, folks. She's all about being tough. Just ask farmers and ranchers all over the State who can't get her to do shit. She calls it tough love. I call it dereliction of duty, but that's just me.

    Vote in the comments!


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    Bravo is bringing it, bitches!

    I am just so in love with 'Project Runway'! Last night I missed the beginning
    though. I have been trying to walk in the park at night. It gets really dark and
    kinda creeps me out. However, I have found a new friend in Raul, a Hispanic
    mechanic (no bitching about the rhymes, yo!). He jogs beside me and we chat about the weather.

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingSince I missed the beginning, I had to stay up and watch the rerun. By the way,scotch+ 'Project Runway'= match made in heaven but I digress. Bravo was bringing it! Hardcore! It was so bad, it was good! First we received the fore shadowing that basically let us know that Kayne was a goner. That did not make me sad because Drop Dead Fred had been getting on my nerves. After a strong initial showing, he seemed to be buckling under the pressure. Then, the bombshell! Vincent came back. Then Angela walked in! Yes, indeed, I vomited a little in my mouth. I don't blame the other contestants for being pissed. The excuse for letting these mouth breathers back in was that they had won a challenge. How McLame! That blows like a baby prostitute!

    To add insult to injury, Angela was wearing one of those hideous poof skirts! I mean seriously. Who wears this shit and where did they receive their labotomy? Needless to say, everyone needed a drink, and this glass house has no comment on that.

    The challenge was a black and white cocktail dress. Big woo! The best part was when Laura totally called out Angela! Big time! She mentioned that Angela's win was for a team challenge. Basically Michael and Laura won the challenge, but Angela got the credit. SNAP! I loved it! From jump street you could tell what was going to happen.

    Angela's and Vincent's sole purpose was to prove the reason behind their dismissal. As if anyone did not get that! HELLO? Poor Kayne showed signs of strain early on. It was sweet that Michael tried to help him. That is why Michael is my sweet baby angel! That was when Laura started having a meltdown. She was so positive about her last endeavor that the resulting smackdown shook her to her very core. It must be hormones. Anyone in their right
    mind would have known that that dress looked cartoonish. But it is understandable. All of the contestants are struggling through this season, and Laura is doing it knocked up!

    The runway. Angela and Vincent were horrible, but you had to know that was coming since they, you know, suck more ass than one of my brother's dates. Angela did not learn from her past mistakes. I'll be damned if another of those fucking little rosettes did not appear between her fetus/model's pitiful excuse for boobs.

    Anyway, I know there are a lot of Jeffrey fans out there and you know that I love him. However, I would not be caught dead in the Jodi Whatley inspired concoction from last night. Not that I could squeeze one toe into those tights. Long story short, Laura won with Michael a close second. After Angela and Vincent left, Kayne and Jeffrey were on the cutting block. The judges told Jeffrey that they were tired of seeing him do the same look. That L.A. look. That was when I knew that Kayne was gone. It was the same fucking thing that happened last season. Let's call it the curse of Santino! Except Jeffrey has talent. Santino was a total butt plug.

    So, Kayne is no more, and I think we will all kinda miss the little queen. I am sure that there is a place for Kayne somewhere in the world. Maybe Vegas since I hear Liberace is dead.

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    September 14, 2006

    Rosie, Religion and why Larry Kudlow is an idiot

    So, Rosie made a statement that radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam. Amen, sister. As a Christian, I am sick to death of sanctimonious born again evangelists hell bent on making the rest of the world like them. Further, they are dead set on the fantasy that they alone are going to heaven while the rest of us shall be left to satan.

    I've had it with people who make a big deal out of being a 'person of faith'. One more time, Jesus warned us about you folks in Matthew 6:5-6

    6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

    It's not faith, it's hypocrisy and it does nothing other than turn the christian faith into a superstition.

    As for you, Kudlow and your buddy David Limbaugh, it's the Republican's who have failed America. It's the Republican's who lack a plan. It's Republican's who are actively trying to destroy this great nation and turn it into some kind of banana republic.

    If you're still on this fence this cycle, ask yourself if you want another war... if you want interest rates to keep going up... if you want the economy to keep tanking... if you want your wages to keep going down... if you want energy prices to keep going up. Finally, ask yourself if you deserve better than a Republican Congress that protects the lying Administration and remember, when you go into the polling booth, Iraq had no WMD's and Saddam had nothing to do with 9/11. Bush knew.

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    Ford Motor to make itself irrelevant

    This morning, Ford Motor Co., the perennial also-ran of the American auto industry, decided to announce ahead of a major restructuring road map to be released on Friday, that they were offering buyouts to 75,000 UAW employees. The move is expected to accelerate the closing of 8 final assembly plants nationwide.

    As Toyota expands, Ford contracts. Good job, Ford. Blame operational bloat for your problems, instead of the fact that you make cars that few rational people want to buy.


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    Al Qaida to nuke US late in the month

    Photobucket - Video and Image Hostinguh, yeah... whatev. As a side note, if a significant portion of an American city DOES evaporate suddenly in a nuclear fire, wouldn't that mean that everything the R's have been feeding us for years is bullshit?

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    Death Sucks Ass... Richards, Garner pass

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingAnn Richards, Former Governor of Texas and all around Kick Ass Democrat died on Wednesday. Glen Maxey posted his personal recollection over at BOR and the Star Telegram has a good obit piece.









    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingOn Tuesday, Tyrone Garner one of the plaintiff's in the landmark Lawrence v. Texas, died. He and John Lawrence, in deciding to fight the ridiculous criminal justice system and laws in Texas, helped advance the cause of human rights for gays and lesbians.

    Two amazing, courageous people have passed and we at McBlogger are sad to see them go. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families.

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    September 13, 2006

    Oil Prices... what's happening

    OK, it's really simple... the markets are digesting current inventories being way higher than projections, coupled with apparent drops in hostility in the middle east. Of course, the next time Bush get's up someone's ass in Iran, oil will pop above 70.

    The key is that demand DID go down. People used less gasoline and as a result, inventories built as the refiners continued to run full out. They will more than likely start slacking production heading into the winter (because of seasonally decreased demand) which will start dropping the supply of gasoline, providing a spot market floor of about $1.48/gallon ($2.20-2.30 at the pump). We've probably seen the floor in crude. For more, see Goldman Sach's comments here.

    While it may seem a little suspicious that prices are falling ahead of the election, it's really not. It WOULD have been suspicious had it happened in mid-October with no apparent reason. It really doesn't matter because even at $2.00/gallon consumers are still hurting and people are still pissed.

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    Toll roads and more lies from TXDoT

    Kuff, Somervell County Salon and EOW all have great posts up about toll roads and the fact that they really AREN'T needed to fill our transportation needs. TXDoT has an estimate of 17 cents per gallon in local gas tax to replace the lost revenue from tolls in Travis, Hays and Williamson Counties. CAMPO came up with 2.4 cents. Why the difference? Here's the raw copy from the Statesman...

    This latest calculation takes into account the lost profits from the toll roads over the next four decades, as well as a (hypothetical) $2 billion bond sale in 2048 to build more roads or rail projects, a borrowing that would be supported by the tollway profits still further in the future. That amounts to about $4.4 billion in revenue that would have to be matched by a gas tax, according to the analysis.

    As EOW points out astutely, if we are building public roads why are we worried about covering profits for a private contractor? Oh wait, that's right... if we build public roads we DON'T NEED A TOLL CONTRACTOR OR TO PAY FOR THEIR PROFITS! Further, why are worried about a bond package of $2 Bn in 2048? Seriously, this is the most specious argument to come out of TXDoT since the infamous $28 billion to expand the 35 came out... Why the hell would we spend money NOW to build out a freeway for traffic that won't be there until sometime in 2040??!?!?!? You BUILD incrementally with tax revenues, which leads me back into the projections on the Capital Area Toll projects. Forgetting profit and the retarded need to replace $2bn in funding in 2048 (are you laughing yet?), the number originally used by CAMPO is a hell of a lot more accurate.

    Now, expand it statewide, make it 4 cents per gallon and eliminate any diversion of transportation dollars from transportation projects (when the building backlog is longer than 4 years) and you have yourself an expanded system of public roads of which we can be proud.

    But McBlogger, you whine, I live in Tyler and don't want to pay for a freeway in Austin... WELL, in the event you don't enjoy sitting in traffic on Broadway, that money will ALSO HELP TYLER. Kuff has more on toll road math applicable to the Houston area but coming to soon to every region of Texas.

    They're talking about an additional local tax on gas, since the state tax is 20 cents per gallon. I don't really care about the details of this plan or the politics behind it, I just want to remind everyone of the numbers. I've done this calculation before, but it looks like I'm going to have to keep on doing it since the mainstream media doesn't. So: If you use 40 gallons of gas a week - and remember, that's the equivalent of driving 600 miles per week while averaging 15 miles per gallon - you'd pay an extra $6.80 per week with that 17 cent tax. I don't know what the toll structure would be like on this road, but a full-distance round trip on the Westpark Toll Road would set you back $6.50 per day, or $32.50 per week, assuming no weekend driving. Just getting on and off the Westpark Toll Road as part of your daily commute is $10 per week. Tell me again what's so damn scary about that 17 cent gas tax?

    Even at TXDoT's wildly inflated 17 cent number, GAS TAXES STILL MAKE MORE SENSE THAN TOLLS. In fact, increasing the gas tax of the state will increase commerce and create much needed job and wage growth, something not seen substantially in Texas this decade. Increases in the economy will more than offset the 4 extra cents per gallon you have to pay at the pump. Plus, it has always (as Kuff points out) made more sense to spread out taxes to the broadest base possible so no group is impaired. Tolls do exactly the opposite.

    I know you get it. It seems that more than more people are getting it which is why so many have turned out for the TTC meetings. The big question I have is why is this so difficult for the Statesman, the DMN, the Houston Chonicle and other papers to understand? One of the reasons the DMN gave for not endorsing Hank Gilbert was transportation which Hank is all for. What Hank is against are toll roads and the DMN has conflated one with the other. That makes them lazy at best, stupid at worst.

    Come on, Wayne Slater! You're smarter than this!

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    Lauer corners Bush on Torture

    This will piss you off you but you need to get over it and listen to what the man is actually saying. Please (see what you make me do? I'm asking nicely and shit!):

    It happens pretty early in the segment, something about the Justic Dept clearing as legal ALL interrogation techniques used. Lauer, sensibly, asks why, if the techniques were legal, the interrogations couldn't have been done at Gitmo. The President, blustering, dodges the question.

    So, when it finally comes out that we are using illegal techniques on captured 'terrorists' (at this point, I'm beginning to doubt if they are even terrorists. Seriously, remember those 'terrorists' the FBI found in Florida?) Bush is going to drop Gonzales in the grease and hope like hell he keeps his mouth shut.

    Alberto, are you there pal? You need to get your documentation together because you're about to be sent to slaughter by your President.

    (hat tip to the lovely and talented Pink Dome)

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    George Allen finds a new way to creep me out...

    In a move to redefine pret-a-porter comedy, Senator George 'Macaca' Allen decided to prove that he's all about minorities by holding (as if I could make it up) an ethnic rally. Is it me or can you totally see Senator Zombie doing this in 2008?


    Ethnic Community Rally
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    The strange thing? This has been up on Allen's site for DAYS. What's next for Macaca? Minstrel shows before his next performance at the CCC? Given his new found embrace of all things ethnic, the possibilities are indeed endless! For those of you worried about politicians following Dick's 'not-pandering' lead, George Allen is here to save the day! Coming soon to Taco Bell will be George Allen and his hispanics 'homies'. George Allen with then move on with some of his black 'brotha's and sista's' to the nearest AME church to sing hymns. That's George Allen, proud man of the people. How dare you call him racist! He has black friends! He even eats at a chinese restaurant once a month!

    Hand to God, I'm going to leave this alone in just a bit ...

    The ultimate test is when George will pull out the gay card and slap that nasty bitch down... will he play it like Perry and so many other Republicans have, beating up gays and lesbians for being, you know, that way? Or will he fight for their votes by going to Halloween (wait, is there a gay Halloween celebration in VA? ) in some gayborhood and doing shots at some place called Nasty's or The Village or Oil Can Harry's?

    Only time will tell...

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    It's in the water, part 2

    Both Can-O-Fun and Somervell County Salon have articles up about oil waste disposal wells coming soon to a community (and water supply) near you. Can-O-Fun has a video up of a meeting in Hico discussing it and Somervell has a list of sites in their county where wells are being drilled.

    Check out the video on COF... notice that there is no requirement for monitoring around the waste injection wells. So, the only way you'll know that your water has been contaminated is when you see an oily film on the top of a glass of water. Or when your skin 'starts to burn' while bathing.

    At this point out I'd like to send a massive shout out to Todd Staples, douche extraordinaire. Take a bow, Todd! You've done your part to make it easier for polluters to destroy the environment with toxic chemicals!

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    I now believe Dick is a serious candidate...

    for fuckwit



    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingCelebrity douche Dick 'Kinky' Friedman has dropped himself in the grease talking about Katrina evacuees who have made Texas home and blaming them for rising crime in Houston. Dick, don't you think it could possibly have something to do with the shitty economy? Oh, sure... the rich have been doing extremely well and GDP has grown but, as the saying goes, you can't eat it. Wage growth has been lousy and inflation has picked up especially when you include food and energy which have squeezed people.

    Poverty and desperation drive people to crime. Drug addiction and crime are symptoms of a larger problem.

    THEN, he goes on to talk about not 'how he's not going to pander'. Ventura and Ahnold did the same thing which makes Dick a copycat and a bad one at that. The key to not pandering is to not say anything about it. Actions speak louder than words or in this case, a gross, smelly old mook.

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    September 12, 2006

    Are Texas Ford dealers really going to diss gay customers?

    You know, as if Ford's piss poor corporate management and ugly ass products weren't bad enough, they've now decided to shun gay and lesbian customers... because the AFA crackers are on their ass. Can you believe that?

    Uhm... Texas Ford Dealers, y'all are already selling some of those dumbest cars in the world to a bunch of gullible queens and dykes. Well, except me... I'm gullible as hell but there's no way I'm driving a Ford product unless it's a Town Car.

    Oh, and I'm 90.

    I can't wait until I buy my next Japanese car! Thank's for making my decision easy, Texas Ford Dealers!

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    Yeah, there's something in the water

    “When I take a bath in it, it burns. I think

    we’ve been neglected because we’re black.”

    - Earnestene Roberson

    So what IS going on in Panola County? TCEQ and the RRC won't say. All they'll say is that the high levels of benzene (a cancer causing chemical), hydrocarbon wastes and barium that are contaminating the water (in some cases, hundreds of times over EPA limits for human consumption) couldn't possibly be caused by oil and gas waste disposal wells that have been dropped in the ground all over the county. Across the border in LA, no problems.

    That's because in LA the state regulates the disposal of oil-drilling waste. In Texas it's up to counties and as you may have guessed... Panola County has no rules, other than what federal law will allow.

    Who are the companies who've brought industry to this area (in the form of waste disposal) and are busily dropping it into the ground? Basic Energy Services and Falco. Falco's already settled one dispute with the RRC. But don't worry, they won't have to deal with another because of two words... campaign contributions. Is TCEQ doing anything? Yeah, they're testing...

    Surface-water runoff could have contaminated residents’ wells, although Tintera contends pollution wouldn’t have left the Basic site. Yet, samples at a monitoring well at the disposal site and a neighborhood spring showed nearly identical concentrations of barium and chloride. In TCEQ documents reviewing Basic’s test results, someone wrote in the margin, “interesting coincidence.”

    Oh sure. That's why the same chemicals being dumped (in some instances) 300 feet away are showing up in a water well that people use for potable, life sustaining water. It's all just a big 'coincidence'.

    The Lege, last session, restricted the ability of individuals to begin an enforcement action against a polluter. So, technically, TCEQ can't investigate based on complaints from the people who are affected. The author of that bill? None other than Todd Staples, current Republican candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture.

    Hank Gilbert is running against him... go here to help him out!

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    US working toward sanctions on Iran. Fools.

    Here we go again...

    “We are heading toward the U.N. Security Council to consider a sanctions regime,” R. Nicholas Burns, the United States under secretary of state for political affairs, said in a speech at the American Academy in Berlin after meeting with diplomats from Britain, France and Germany. He also met separately with representatives of China, Russia, Japan, Italy and Canada.

    Do the morons in the Administration not get just how weak their hand is? Inflamming the situation is going to drive oil above $120/barrel and at that level the economy in the US is screwed. Further, they've seen Bush use the military option... they KNOW we can topple them but much like the Taliban, they'll be able to come back and wreck havoc on everything. Nukes are off the table, so exactly which sabre are you going to rattle this time, President Bush? You've already broken the blades off the ones you have.

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    Nicely done, Keith

    Thank you, Mr. Olbermann.

    (...and thank you for finding it, Anna!)

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    Republican's doing their part for Austin Real Estate

    I know, I know... I've been rough on Republican's recently (mostly because they are all a bunch of assclowns) but I'm all about the love right now!

    State Representatives Gene Seaman, Rob Eissler, Vicki Truitt and State Senator Kim Brimer... THANK Y'ALL! Through your ethically questionable (and possibly illegal... I'm looking at you, Bad Facelift) property purchases you've helped prop up real estate values in Austin. Truly, being in banking, that means a lot to me so please accept my heartfelt gratitude.

    I know y'all will catch hell from some of your donors, especially the R small fry. However, keep your chin up! There's probably another check in the mail from Zachry on the way! That's gotta be good for another 12 months of 'rental' payments.

    Oh, and if you're looking to sell those soon, just drop me an email. I know a couple of GREAT Realtors!

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    September 11, 2006

    But, Mr. President...

    I'm watching the President's address on MSNBC right now (oh yeah... I'll be posting Olbermann's final word as soon as it's up on YouTube) and can sum it up with the following:
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    I screwed up. I made a mistake about Iraq and underfunding the efforts in Afghanistan. I have really dropped the entire country in the grease with the Iraqi Invasion. However, you're all kinda fucked so I need you all to unify behind me so I can make some more mistakes us victorious.

    Just kidding. Well, not about the unity part which begs the question, How can we unite behind you, Mr. President, when the overwhelming majority of us disagree with you? How can we unite behind you when you don't represent us?

    Saddam was a clear danger? We drove the Taliban from Afghanistan? Oh, Chimpy. You're so going down. Not one note of contrition for callously using the memory of September 11, 2001. Any Republican who uses these talking points needs to be beaten badly in November. This country has been through so much and for those hateful, horrible people to abuse the faith and trust of the entire country for their own political gain is unconscionable. Mr. President, you may love America but you most certainly hate Americans. The only person on this day that I hate more than Osama bin Laden is you, Mr. President.

    You may have voted for Bush in 2000. You made a mistake. You may have voted for him in 2004. You made another mistake. Please, do not make another one on November 7, 2006. Don't vote for a single Republican. America deserves better from it's leaders than Republicans can provide. At a time when most of use sprang into action, trying to get in touch with friends and loved ones in NYC, Bush sat like coward, listening to children read a book.

    You ARE a coward, Mr. President. Your father had more guts than you.

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    Vindication is MINE

    I love Project Runway. That and 'The Closer' have gotten me through the summer. It just cracks me up. I do not think I will ever tire of hearing those crazy wackos go at each other.

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingFirst of all, I must admit, I was so relieved when Angela finally got the boot. I talked smack about the frizzy twit and then she wins two challenges! As I was pulling up to my steaming plate of
    crow, she went and blew it. Thank heavens! Anyway, I am about to go somewhere potentially alienating, but...Episode 7: Everyday Woman.

    This was the episode that really made me hate Angela. Okay, let me say that Jeffrey was a total prick to Angela's mother. Jeffrey is a total prick. However, given the fact that the woman was a life drainer can we really blame him?. That whiny sequoia was a complete waste of skin. I read on other blogs that others feel Jeffrey was
    horribly cruel to her. Okay... I'm not saying what he did was right, but I can totally understand it. I know that I am being a bitch, but that is a freaking competition! The mad old cow was sabotaging him, however unintentionally. Oh well. I stand alone. Bitches.

    Anyway, last nights episode was better without Angela. They cut Vincent loose. That little sycophant. I think we all saw that coming. I am glad Michael stayed because he is my favorite to win! Looks like bitchy Laura is on her way out.

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    I hope everyone has seen the MTV VMAs by now. I watched it last Thursday night, but was not making notes. I tried to concentrate, but it is difficult while packing and painting your nails. I went out of town to see my boyfriend. He told me that a girlfriend was someone that you get to see and spend time with. Where do
    they get this stuff? I know, right?

    It was a really boring show this year. I personally hate the Pussycat Dolls. They are so tacky! Their single 'Buttons' actually makes my ears bleed. It is not as bad as 'Don't Cha' but it is in the fucking neighborhood. Also, Kelly Clarkson beating Christina Aguilera and Nelly Furtado? Did I enter an alternate universe where this would be possible?

    Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Also, although this is embarrassing to admit, I have always thought Shakira's 'Hips Don't Lie' featuring Wycleaf Jean was somewhat odd. It just sounded familiar to me. And then it came to me! It was just a reworking of Wycleaf Jean's 'Dance Like This'. It played at the end of 'Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights'. Yes, I have seen it. In fact as I was flipping during commercials I discovered that the fucking thing was playing on ABC Family! So...you know I had to watch the big dance scene.

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingAnyway, I think Pink was drunk. There was a cut away of Jennifer Lopez chewing her cud. Jack Black did a decent job. In my opinion he will never be funnier than he was in 'High Fidelity'. That is a Cosby sweater! A Cosby sweater!

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingIn the end, I was left pondering the appearance of VJ John Norris. He looks like an android mixed with a chihuahua. He should shoot his hairdresser on sight. Not everyone is meant to be blond, baby.

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    If you don't laugh at this you have no sense of humor

    Be careful with this, boys and girls...there is profanity in it so turn the speakers low and make sure your boss and that jackass co-worker are out of earshot.

    (KF you sooo rock)

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    So, what IS happening in Afghanistan?

    They're showing 'Taliban Redux' all over the country!

    On a July morning, Taliban gunmen shot dead the province’s most powerful cleric as he walked to the main city mosque to lead morning prayers. Five months later, they executed a teacher at a nearby village school as students watched. The following month, they walked into another mosque and gunned down an Afghan engineer working for a foreign aid group, shooting him in the back as he pressed his forehead to the ground and supplicated to God.

    Yeah, remember those guys who Bush said (while standing on the remains of One WTC) "were going to hear from us real soon" and he was going to get "dead or alive"? Yep, they're still alive. So's Osama. Are you, like me, wondering why these 'evil-doer's' haven't already been hanged? Failing that, are you asking yourself why they aren't at least standing trial in the 21st century equivalent of Nuremburg?

    There's a simple reason... Republican's are incompetent. I used to blame only Bush and a few members of Congress. Then Sister Ruth reminded me that they're all complicit. They've all aided Bush in his efforts. They're all to blame.

    At the very least, junkies can be happy since it looks like the price of smack is going to be coming down...

    Led by a 160 percent increase in Helmand’s opium crop this year, Afghanistan’s overall production grew by 50 percent to a record 6,100 metric tons, United Nations officials said Saturday. Afghanistan now produces 92 percent of the world’s supply of opium poppy, the basis for heroin.

    The best part about this? Had Rumsfeld or anyone in the Administration listened to Colin Powell a lot of this wouldn't be happening.

    The worst? The Pakistani's, our staunch allies, have pretty much folded up like a cheap suit.

    "In a move that some say appears 'a total capitulation' to pro-Taliban forces," reports the Christian Science Monitor, "Pakistan signed a peace deal with tribal leaders in the North Waziristan region of Pakistan Tuesday, and is withdrawing military forces in exchange for promises that militant tribal groups there will not engage in terrorist activities."

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    Five years ago...damn, I hate memories

    A few hours from now will be the fifth anniversary of the worst drive I've ever taken down MoPac. I was on my way to a training session at a company I left within a year and was listening to music coming out of my old school HP Jornada (remember those?) when the battery, which I'd forgotten to charge, died. I flipped around the radio to hear nothing but talk and was about to change over to KFAG (or, well... it used to be KFAG) when something caught my ear. Something going on in NYC, a plane crashing into a building or something. I listened intently because I had friends in NYC, many of whom worked in tall buildings in lower Manhattan.

    That was the first inkling that anything was wrong. I screamed at the radio to tell me what the fuck was going on! WHICH BUILDING GOT HIT?

    I picked up my phone and busily began dialing my former employer (the line was busy) and then cell phones of friends and former co-workers ('All Circuits Are Busy. Please Try Again'). I kept dialing over and over until finally I got through to one of my best friends and found out he was OK. His only request? "Call my Dad (who was vacationing in Colorado at the time) and let him know I'm OK". So, I spent the rest of my irritating (the traffic!) drive down MoPac dialing 970-xxx-xxxx. I wasn't able to get through until I got to the office and called from a landline.

    I rode the subway with people who worked in the WTC. I knew people who worked in the WTC. I didn't know anyone who died there that day. I'm glad I didn't and I have no problem admitting that. However, it doesn't stop me from feeling empathy for people who died there, for people who lost loved ones there, for people who lost friends there.

    I still talk to a lot of those people, but we never talk about that day. I've told people about it in the past... we all have stories we tell about what 'I was doing that day'. Something hit me tonight, though, and I realized I'm not really comfortable talking about it, mostly because I'm happy I didn't lose someone I cared about that day. That may make me petty; I frankly don't care. It's a horrible thing to realize that a place you used to walk through doesn't exist anymore because some assholes decided to make a statement. It's quite another to lose people you care about there. I think that's why some of the people I know in NYC and still talk to occasionally have never been quite the same as the people I knew. They did lose people in the WTC. In a way, I guess, I did lose people I cared about.

    I remember President Bush standing on the remains of, I think, One WTC. I remember him saying that those responsible would hear from us soon. They did, but the job wasn't finished and now they are resurgent in Afghanistan. I thought, off hand, the night of September 11, 2001 that Bush would use those horrible attacks as an excuse to invade Iraq. I dismissed it as soon as it popped into my head.

    By Janurary, 2004 I was angry and still am today. I will forgive President Bush and Republican's for politicizing the attacks on September 11, 2001. I know I will at some point because I'm that kind of person. However, I'm not going to do it now. They haven't asked for forgiveness.

    That's all I have to say about September 11, 2001.

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    September 10, 2006

    Kinky continues to implode; More on suspicious water deal in Hutto

  • Photobucket - Video and Image HostingDick is showing his true colors... this week, he decided to insult folks from NOLA who have chosen to make Texas home by calling them nasty names. You know, like a retarded child.

    ...Mr. Friedman after he referred to some Hurricane Katrina evacuees as "crackheads and thugs."

    The Bell campaign spokeswoman Heather Guntert responded by saying

    "I would think that a former cokehead would have more sympathy for a crackhead,"

    A-fucking-men, sista! Where they hell have you been, Heather? You're like a breath of fresh air!

    Then Dick the Dumbass went on later in the week to talk about appraisal caps, which failed to go anywhere last year. Why? Because they don't work and actually do more harm than good. Dick wouldn't know that because apparently his campaign forgot to print it on the bottom of a bottle of Jack Daniels.

    Why are caps stupid? For one thing, it's an artificial measure since the real estate market, not legislation, controls the value of real property. The real problem with them is that unless your rate of enrollment growth is limited to the caps on appraised value, they will not provide enough money to run your school district. The simple fact of the matter is that some districts are seeing population growth far in excess of 3% per annum. The real issue is that property values are increasing far faster than incomes ... but Republican's don't want to talk about that.

    Neither does Dick because at the end of the day, he really doesn't give a shit. Either that or he's just hopped up on something. Which is it, Dick?


  • Looks like the Statesman is paying more attention to what's going on in Hutto... and drawing the same conclusions we drew.

    Limmer, for example, on occasion has seen no conflict between voting to spend county taxpayers' money on road projects that affected the value of land in which he had an interest. And he's an investor and limited partner in Heart of Texas Suppliers Inc., which managed to get the City of Hutto — whose residents are his constituents as commissioner — to sign a contract that will require it to pay for 1 million gallons of water a day more than it needs, and will cost a residential customer an extra $500 a year.

    Good job, Statesman!

  • and with that, ladies and gentleman... I leave you to celebrate my birthday! Well, the part two anyway! Have a good afternoon!

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    September 09, 2006

    Go ahead. Make my day.

    Texans are supposed to be tough. Fake Texans act even tougher. But if you really value your hide, don't mess with New Yawkers.

    Margaret Johnson might have looked like an easy target.

    But when a mugger tried to grab a chain off her neck Friday, the wheelchair-bound 56-year-old pulled out her licensed .357 pistol and shot him, police said.

    Johnson said she was in Harlem on her way to a shooting range when the man, identified by police as 45-year-old Deron Johnson, came up from behind and went for the chain.

    "There's not much to it," she said in a brief interview. "Somebody tried to mug me, and I shot him."

    Now that is one tough grandma!

    Posted by mayor mcsleaze at 07:13 PM | Comments (2)

    September 08, 2006

    GOP TV - Time to boycott shareholders as well..

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    Uhm... some of you seem disappointed in ABC's decision to run their 9/11 mockudrama, It Was All Bill Clinton's Fault, which is understandable given that the thing is so full of lies and distortions of fact that they can't really even call it a docudrama. We should also remember this is a network that has game shows in prime time and whose signature show, Lost is about people traipsing through a 'deserted' island that curiously looks a lot like Hawaii. You know, because it is.

    Let us never forget the abyssmal Commander in Chief. Seriously, if you're going to be pissed at them, hate them for that television miasma. The wasting of the considerable talents of Donald Sutherland alone should be reason to have a couple of people at ABC killed.

    Anyone remember what a let down last season of Desperate Housewives was? They turned a perfectly good show into a lame fest by turning it into some kind of ersatz Dynasty. Further, Teri Hatcher's character... am I the only one who wants to see her die horribly?

    THIS IS THE NETWORK THAT NOW WANTS TO CARRY WATER FOR BUSH. Yes, ABC... the network so bad it makes old Soviet TV look good.

    Now they are planning to air an unabashadly biased look at failures leading up to 9/11. As William Rivers Pitt (Can I just call you Bill? I don't use all my names, you should seriously think about making it easier on us!) points out, the errors are manifold on the part of the Bush Administration and Clinton did in fact do a great deal more than conservatives are willing to admit. ABC doesn't care about that. In fact, the news division over there is looking more and more like Fox News which makes one wonder... if they've decided to marginalize themselves, why not let them? Leaving them to fight with Fox News and the Hitler Channel over the idiotic 25% of Americans who still think Bush is doing A-OK sounds like a plan to me.

    The best way to protest this is, as many have suggested, to boycott local advertisers. Another good thing to look into is boycotting the products of shareholders. That means, get rid of your Fidelity account, change your insurance provider from Geico and don't buy any See's Candy (yes, we know it's tasty but so is Russell Stover, titty baby).

    Finally, let's all take a moment to contact our local ABC affiliate... Here in Austin, that's KVUE. In case that link suddenly goes dead, I'm posting the phone numbers in the supersize.

    Contact KVUE:
    All E-Mail is answered Monday through Friday during regular business hours, and is not for emergency use.
    Email the News Room


    News Release/News Tips
    Switchboard 459-6521
    News Hotline 459-9442
    Newsroom Fax (512)533-2233

    Mailing Address:
    KVUE
    3201 Steck Avenue
    Austin, Texas 78757
    KVUE News/Story Ideas
    459-9442
    Broadcast and Internet Sales
    459-2023
    Forecast Line
    451-2424
    Marketing
    459-2026
    Programming
    459-2005
    Weather Dept.

    News Contacts:

    Newsroom Fax 533-2233
    News Director Frank Volpicella 459-2056
    KVUE.com Operations Manager Emily Hummel 459-2063
    Assignments Editor Keith Harris 459-2067
    Executive Producer Scott Reather 459-2068
    Daybreak Executive Producer Thea Williams 459-2069
    Special Projects Producer Kathy Hadlock 459-2060
    Newsroom Operations Manager John Gusky 459-2083
    KVUE's News Team Behind the Lens: KVUE Photojournalists

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    I know I shouldn't be suprised...

    ... but honestly, after what I heard yesterday from Hank about the DMN Ed Board meeting I have to laugh at their endorsements this morning, especially that of Todd Staples for Agriculture Commissioner. Todd was an early and ardent proponent of the Trans-Texas Corridor, the toll road project a part of which (TTC-35) will require the State to condemn more than 100,000 acres of the best farmland in the state of Texas. Think it's no big deal? Good blackland in Texas exists in a fairly narrow band... we can't afford to lose even 100,000 acres. The DMN, in it's ridiculousness, failed to adequetely take that into consideration, just as they seem to lack the intellectual fortitude to even contemplate whether or not we need TTC-35 (we don't, but they've so swallowed Staples' and Perry's line about toll roads that they actually believe they are the only way to fund transportation in Texas, without a massive increase the gas tax which is a lie).

    And that's what is really dissapointing about the DMN endorsement, IT WAS NOTHING MORE THAN THE RESULT OF INTELLECTUAL LAZINESS.

    Mr. Staples' familiarity with Austin makes him the better voice for Texas' farmers and ranchers. They deserve a commissioner who knows agriculture but can also navigate Austin.

    Todd's ability to 'navigate' Austin is little more than an ability to cash a lobbyist's check. Most of the legislation he's written is so bad it never sees the light of day. Still, that's better than some of Todd's greatest hits like pumping water out of East Texas to support Dallas Metro which should be looking at cost efficient desalination (yes, it does exist... CA and Australia are both using the technology). Of course, the DMN wouldn't know that because the DMN's research staff has been cut to one, an intern named Mitch who on his best days (you know, when he's not coked to the gills) can barely arrange words into sentences.

    Mr. Gilbert, a cow/calf operator in Troup, has plenty of ability to offer. In another race, we'd be happy to recommend him. (Libertarian nominee Clay Woolam of Richardson didn't respond to an interview request.) But, in this lineup, Todd Staples is the best candidate.

    Notice how, in the entire endorsement piece, not one word about child nutrition (which the Ag Commissioner controls), the National Animal ID System (NAIS)... NOTHING ABOUT AGRICULTURE. Had it been about agriculture, Hank would have been clearly the most qualified candidate. The DMN, however, is not interested in that... their primary interest appears to be destroying agriculture, the second largest industry in Texas. Given that goal, is there any suprise that they endorsed Staples?

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    What kind of a game is Sylvester Reyes playing?

    WTF is going on in El Paso?

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingPink Dome got an anonymous tip that Congressman Reyes was trying to 'dissuade' Governor Bill Richardson from helping out Senator Shapleigh by hosting a fundraiser for him. Of course, the Governor DID host the fundraiser, so obviously the Congressman's call didn't do much good. However, it begs the question... what IS Reyes up to? Why try to hurt a fellow Democrat, especially one we desperately need?

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    September 07, 2006

    Energy Deregulation : Perry and Staples screw over Texans

    Electricity deregulation was sold by Republicans as a way to making utility service more responsive and cheaper for the consumer. The benefits were going to be, we were told, plentiful. However, research and time have shown that the only entities benefitting from deregulation are the companies that no longer have to worry about the state calling them on their bad acts or excessive rates.

    Take this piece from the Galveston County Daily News

    We seldom receive news releases from Gov. Rick Perry’s office as interesting as the one issued Aug. 10 about a program to help poor people pay their power bills.

    The release was interesting for what it said and didn’t say.

    What the governor said was “electric prices are higher than they were in 2002 due to the higher cost of natural gas,” and “retail competition has resulted in benefit to customers … ”

    What the governor didn’t do was list or otherwise expound about what those benefits could have been. That’s a shame, because we looked for weeks and didn’t find even one.

    The piece goes on to talk about the massive difference, to the detriment of consumers, between electricity pricing in Austin and San Antonio vs. the rest of the deregulated state. Perry, Staples and the utilities who are major contributors to both will say only that the pricing is due to increased natural gas expenses. The problem, as the GCDN points out astutely, is that only half the electricity in Texas is produced by burning natural gas. How the hell could that be the problem?

    Well, simply put, Perry and Staples ALLOWED the utilities to price based off natural gas prices instead of actual cost. The result? The electricity you are probably paying for today is priced based on the cost of natural gas immediately following a natural disaster. Anyone remember Katrina? That's right, when natural gas soared to almost double it's current price, many of the energy companies locked in rates for delivery of natural gas. Because of their bad decision, your rates have been high and will remain high even though natural gas has dropped dramatically in price. Consumers won't benefit from the drop because when the state deregulated it lost to the ability to force utilities to stop price gouging through regulatory action.

    Could the AG do something about this? Sure. There are still laws on the books regarding price gouging but considering that Attorney General Greg Abbott has also been a beneficiary of utility company largesse it seems unlikely he'll do much to arrest the problem.

    The other oft-cited reason for higher prices is new generating facilities that are more efficient... however, if they are more efficient, shouldn't they be cheaper to run that those of Austin and San Antonio? If unlocking the electric market from regulation was boon to consumers, then why are the cheapest rates in the state offered by two municipal utiliies? The answer is, of course, that electricity is NOT like a car or toothpaste and price is being fixed on a scale many Texans can scarcely imagine. Changing providers won't help because they are all about the same.

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    Brilliant as ever

    You know, you gotta admire the Statesman for their efforts to keep trying even when clearly unable to grasp a concept.

    Take a look at this, then come back.

    See what I mean? I once thought the Statesman Ed staff irredeemably stupid, but not so much now. I have finally realized it's not stupidity; It's a need to conform as well as an accute lack of vision and imagination.

    Of course conservation is a necessitity... that's been pointed out with varying degrees of success for more than 30 years. However, even conservation, as we've seen here in the US, isn't enough. What's needed are fundamental changes in how we view energy and how it's created. While we can't drill our way to energy independence, we can grow our way, for example.

    My issue with the Statesman Ed staff is the lack of a call to action in this piece. Where is the call for more research money for clean electric? We've seen research out of Europe and Asia that clearly shows they are near a point where solar will not only become highly efficient but cheaply producable. Why is our government not spending our tax dollars in the best way imaginable... helping our companies get a handle on the technologies and develop them into deployable products? Why isn't the Statesman even discussing research into biofuels? Could it be because they know as much about the issue as they do about conservation?

    They do find time to rip on the idea of peak oil, in spirit at least, by mentioning a book by Daniel Goodstein, Out of Gas: The End of the Age of Oil. Here again, they fail to get the gist of the work which was that unless people find another way to power their civilization, they are going to have some big problems as finite fossil fuels begin to decline. This was not a doom and gloom work (no 'rash' predictions, Statesman Ed people), it was merely pointing out what everyone already knows... fossil fuels are a finite resource and we will eventually run out. We must therefore find other solutions.

    Instead of taking the time to really consider this and even call for action on the part of the government, the Statesman takes the position that conservation is the end all be all... we should demand cars that run on less oil. So what happens when it's $800 a barrel? Can we then start talking about alternatives and what's needed to bring them to market in something less than a derisive, condescending tone?

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    September 06, 2006

    New oil field in the Gulf; AMAT to make PV panels

    On the energy front...

  • Chevron announced on Tuesday a significant new find in the Gulf of Mexico, 175 miles offshore. The reserves are estimated at 15 bn barrels. It's being touted as a significant addition to North American reserves. However, the only reason it IS significant is that proven reserve numbers are so low.

    The head of an energy consulting firm, Art Smith, told the Associated Press news agency that despite the discovery, the US will still be importing more than 50% of its oil needs.

    "The US still has a big difference between its consumption and indigenous production," Mr Smith said.

    Experts said the oil from the well is unlikely to be available for many years and the discovery is not going to ease spiralling global oil prices.

    It actually will ease prices as it is significant productive capacity that has been added to the world market. However, it's not a panacea... in case you were wondering, 15 bn barrels only covers US consumption for a little less than 18 months. The sad thing about this discovery? Chevron has been looking for it since 2004... they've been drilling a lot of dry holes in the Gulf which kinda deflates that whole 'we can drill our way to energy independence' argument.

  • Looks like Applied Materials has caught the green power bug...

    Applied, the world's largest maker of semiconductor-manufacturing equipment, says it will adapt its knowledge from making very advanced gear for processing silicon wafers and flat-panel displays into new equipment for making solar panels.

    "We plan to change the cost equation for solar power through the adaptation of our existing technology and through new innovation in order to help make solar a more meaningful contributor to the global energy supply," CEO Mike Splinter said.

    FINALLY! With the addition of AMAT to the mix, it's likely that production costs for PV systems will start to decline. That'll shift the cost differential in solar's favor, over coal and nuclear especially when carbon and waste are factored in.

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    Growing Latino voting power but not ready for 2006?

    I hope the Chron is wrong, I really do. Still, with the results of 2002 fresh on people's minds, it begs the question: Will Latino's turn out in 2006 in larger numbers? Historically, we see 30-40% Latino turnout, which tends to lag turnout in white populations.
    Many tend to think of this as a lack of outreach but the real reason is, as James Aldrete points out, much simpler.

    "I get a little tired of people saying they (Hispanics) are not living up to their potential," said Democratic political consultant James Aldrete. "When you compare the education levels and the income levels, you're getting a not-disproportional turnout."

    Will it be soon enough to help out in 2006? I think so. With all the crap out of the R's about immigration and a lack of social issues that normally align Latino's with Republicans (not liking gays so much... ), there should be a natural tendency to support Democrats and even increase turnout over levels seen in 2002. Of course, that didn't stop the Chron from getting their money qoute (and speculating on Harris County taking over the Latino political mantle from San Antonio)...

    "When it's time for Democrats to start winning again, a Latino from the Houston area will probably be the one who emerges as the leader," said Democratic political consultant Marc Campos of Houston.

    I'm not sure I get the point, Marc... is this a Houston-centric thing or a Latino-centric thing?

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    Shout out to peeps in Fort Bend County

    The Mayor, Sister Ruth and I took a little trip Sunday to Sugar Land, home of Tom DeLay and more Democrats than, frankly, we expected. The Fort Bend Democratic Party put on a great event for Labor Day that pulled in many of the statewide candidates (BAR, Bell and Hank Gilbert) as well as the local candidates. It was great meeting a few folks (the incredible Sherry Matula and FINALLY meeting the great Charles Kuffner and his adorable daughter) and seeing others (Muse, John Coby and PDiddie). Thank y'all a ton for having us and for taking us to drink afterward. At BJ's. Insert obligatory fellatio joke here.

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    September 05, 2006

    Damn, I didn't know that...

    This morning I got to tranfer one more item of information I didn't know to the list of things I know now. Did YOU know that the Austin area franchisee for StupidCuts is none other than Alan Sager, the Chair of the Travis County Republican Party?

    That explains sooo much...

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    David Harris responds to affair rumors

    First, I hate this kind of thing. I hate posting about it and wasn't even going to until I read David's excellent post up at Texas Kaos regarding the situation. Basically, like many people, Democrat and Republican, David had an affair. Airing dirty laundry is something I think is highly inappropriate. For those of you wondering if I'm taking it easy on David, no. I would treat this the same way even if it was a Republican. Seriously, folks. I'm not going to rip someone for having a consensual affair with someone who turns out to be a little bit crazy.

    Is this an example of bad judgement on the part of David Harris. Absolutely. Does it show him to be flawed and human just like the rest of us? Damn right. Is Joe Barton still an irredeemable scumbag who cares no more for his constituents than he does for an ant he might step on? YES.

    Is David Harris still the best person to represent CD6 in Congress? Without reservation, yes.

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    September 04, 2006

    SLC Mayor beats the hell out of Bush

    You know, the mayor of the largest city in a state you overwhelming carried in the last election is THIS pissed, it's pretty obvs that you have some problems. Unless you're President Bush and in that case he 'just doesn't get it'. You know, the overwhelming majority of Americans 'just don't get it'.

    What incredible ineptitude and callousness for our President to talk about a Crusade while lying to us to make a case for the invasion and occupation of a Muslim country!

    Our children and later generations will pay the price of the lies, the violence, the cruelty, the incompetence, and the inhumanity of the Bush Administration and the lackey Congress that has so cowardly abrogated its responsibility and authority under our checks-and-balances system of government.

    We are here to say, "We will not stand for it any more. No more lies. No more pre-emptive, illegal war, based on false information. No more God-is-on-our- side religious nonsense to justify this immoral, illegal war. No more inhumanity."

    Full text after the jump (trust me, it's worth the read)

    Published on Friday, September 1, 2006 by CommonDreams.org
    We Won't Be Quiet
    by Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson
    Washington Square
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    August 30, 2006

    Dear friends:

    I delivered this address Wednesday afternoon on the occasion of a visit by President Bush, Secretary Rice, and Secretary Rumsfeld to Salt Lake City. Thank you for all the work you are doing to stand up and speak out against the disastrous policies of the Bush administration and our Congress.

    Best regards,

    Mayor Rocky Anderson
    Salt Lake City, Utah

    A patriot is a person who loves his or her country. Who among you loves your country so much that you have come here today to raise your voice out of deep concern for our nation--and for our world?

    And who among you loves your country so much that you insist that our nation's leaders tell us the truth?

    Let's hear it: "Give us the truth! Give us the truth! Give us the truth!"

    Let no one deny we are patriots. We love our country, we hold dear the values upon which our nation was founded, and we are distressed at what our President, his Administration, and our Congress are doing to, and in the name of, our great nation.

    Blind faith in bad leaders is not patriotism.

    A patriot does not tell people who are intensely concerned about their country to just sit down and be quiet; to refrain from speaking out in the name of politeness or for the sake of being a good host; to show slavish, blind obedience and deference to a dishonest, war-mongering, human-rights-violating President.

    That is not a patriot. Rather, that person is a sycophant. That person is a member of a frightening culture of obedience--a culture where falling in line with authority is more important than choosing what is right, even if it is not easy, safe, or popular. And, I suspect, that person is afraid--afraid we are right, afraid of the truth (even to the point of denying it), afraid he or she has put in with an oppressive, inhumane regime that does not respect the laws and traditions of our country, and that history will rank as the worst presidency our nation has ever had to endure.

    In response to those who believe we should blindly support this disastrous President, his Administration, and the complacent, complicit Congress, listen to the words of Theodore Roosevelt, a great President and a Republican, who said: The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole.

    Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else.

    We are here today as truth-tellers.

    And we are here to demand: "Give us the truth! Give us the truth! Give us the truth!"

    We are here today to insist that those who were elected to be our leaders must tell us the truth.

    We are here today to insist that our news media live up to its sacred responsibility to ascertain and report the truth--rather than acting like nothing more than a bulletin board for the lies and propaganda of a manipulative, dishonest federal government.

    We have been getting just about everything but the truth on matters of life and death...on matters upon which our nation's reputation hinges...on matters that directly relate to our nation's fundamental values...and on matters relating to the survival of our planet.

    In the process, our nation has engaged in an unnecessary war, based upon false justifications. More than a hundred thousand people have been killed--and many more have been seriously maimed, brain-damaged, or rendered mentally ill.

    Our nation's reputation throughout much of the world has been destroyed. We have many more enemies bent on our destruction than before our invasion of Iraq.

    And the hatred toward us has grown to the point that it will take many years, perhaps generations, to overcome the loathing created by our invasion and occupation of a Muslim country.

    What incredible ineptitude and callousness for our President to talk about a Crusade while lying to us to make a case for the invasion and occupation of a Muslim country!

    Our children and later generations will pay the price of the lies, the violence, the cruelty, the incompetence, and the inhumanity of the Bush Administration and the lackey Congress that has so cowardly abrogated its responsibility and authority under our checks-and-balances system of government.

    We are here to say, "We will not stand for it any more. No more lies. No more pre-emptive, illegal war, based on false information. No more God-is-on-our- side religious nonsense to justify this immoral, illegal war. No more inhumanity."

    Let's raise our voices, and demand, "Give us the truth! Give us the truth! Give us the truth!"

    Let's consider some of the most monstrous lies--lies that have led us, like a nation of sheep, to this tragic war.

    Following September 11, 2001, the world knew that Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda were responsible for the horrific attacks on our country. Our long-time allies were sympathetic and supportive. But our President transformed that support into international disdain for the United States, choosing to illegally invade and occupy Iraq, rather than focus on and capture the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks.

    Why invade and occupy Iraq? Vice President Dick Cheney and Condoleezza Rice represented to us, without qualification, that there were strong ties between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda.

    In September, 2002, President Bush made the incredible claim that "You can't distinguish between Al Qaeda and Saddam."

    President Bush represented to Congress, without any factual basis whatsoever, that Iraq planned, authorized, committed, or aided the 9/11 attacks.

    Our President and Vice-President, along with an unquestioning news media, repeatedly led our nation to believe that there was a working relationship between Al Qaeda and the Iraqi government, a relationship that threatened the US.

    Even last week, when I met with Thomas Bock, National Commander of the American Legion, I asked him why we are engaged in the war in Iraq. He said, "Why, of course, because of the 9/11 attacks on our country." I asked, "What did Iraq have to do with those attacks?" He looked puzzled, then said, "Well, the connection between Al Qaeda and Iraq."

    I was shocked. Here is a man who has criticized us for opposing the war in Iraq--and he is completely wrong about the underlying facts used to justify this war.

    Not only has there never been any evidence of any involvement by Saddam Hussein or Iraq with the attacks on 9/11, but there has never been any evidence of any operational connection whatsoever between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda.

    Colin Powell finally conceded there is no "concrete evidence about the connection." "The chairman of the monitoring group appointed by the United Nations Security Council to track Al Qaeda" disclosed that "his team had found no evidence linking Al Qaeda to Saddam Hussein." And the top investigator for our European allies has said, 'If there were such links, we would have found them. But we have found no serious connections whatsoever.'"

    President Bush himself finally admitted nine days ago during a press conference that there was no connection between the attacks on 9/11 and Iraq. It's terrific that the President has now admitted what others have known for so long--but where is the accountability for the tragic war we were led into on the basis of his earlier misrepresentations?

    Besides the fictions of Saddam Hussein somehow being linked to the 9/11 attacks and his supposed connection with Al Qaeda, what was the principal justification for forgoing additional weapons inspections, failing to work with our allies toward a solution, refraining from seeking additional resolutions from the United Nations, and hurrying to war - a so-called "pre-emptive" war--in which we would attack and occupy a Muslim nation that posed no security risk to the United States, and cause the deaths of many thousands of innocent men, women, and children--and the deaths and lifetime injuries to many thousands of our own servicemen and servicewomen?

    The principal claim was that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction--biological and chemical weapons--and was seeking to build up a nuclear weapons capability. As we now know, there was nothing--no evidence whatsoever--to support those claims. President Bush represented to us--and to people around the world--that one of the reasons we needed to make war in Iraq - and to do it right away--was because Saddam Hussein was seeking to build nuclear weapons. His assertions about Saddam Hussein trying to purchase nuclear materials from an African nation and about Iraq seeking to obtain aluminum tubes for the enrichment of uranium were challenged at the time by our own intelligence agency and scientists, yet he didn't tell us that!

    Ten days before the invasion of Iraq, it was proven that the documents upon which President Bush's claim about Saddam Hussein trying to obtain uranium was based were forgeries. However, President Bush did not disclose that to the American people. By that failure, he betrayed each of us, he betrayed our country, and he betrayed the cause of world peace.

    Neither did the vast majority of the news media disclose the forgeries--until it was far too late. It took our local newspapers here in Salt Lake City four months--until after President Bush declared that major combat in Iraq was over--to report the discovery that the documents were forgeries--and, therefore, that there was no basis for the false claims about Saddam Hussein trying to build up a nuclear capability. By its failure to promptly disclose the forgeries, the news media betrayed us as well. Had the American people known we were being lied to--had President Bush informed us that the documents were forged and that he had no other basis for his claim--had our nation's media done its job, rather than slavishly repeating to us the lies being fed to it by the Bush Administration--our nation may well not have allowed the commencement of this outrageous, illegal, unjustified war.

    To President Bush, to his Administration, to our go-along Congress, and to our news media, we are here today, demanding, "Give us the truth! Give us the truth! Give us the truth!"

    Then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice said that high-strength aluminum tubes acquired by Iraq were "only really suited for nuclear weapons programs," warning "we don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud." Undisclosed by President Bush or Condoleezza Rice was the fact that top nuclear scientists had informed the Administration that the tubes were "too narrow, too heavy, too long" to be useful in developing nuclear weapons and could be used for other purposes. Dr. Mohamed El Baradei, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, agreed. So much for the phony claims of Saddam Hussein building nuclear weapons--the primary claims justifying the rush to war. What were we told about chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction? These claims were as baseless and fraudulent as the claims about nuclear weapons.

    President Bush told us in his January 2003 State of the Union address that Hussein had the materials to produce as much as 500 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agent. Then, in May of 2003, he made the outlandish statement that, "We found the weapons of mass destruction. We found biological laboratories." Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld told us, "We know where the [WMDs] are." Vice President Cheney and then-Secretary of State Powell also joined in the chorus of lies and misinformation about weapons of mass destruction.

    Of course, no stockpiles of biological or chemical weapons were found. Bush Administration Weapons Inspector David Kay noted that Iraq did not have an ongoing chemical weapons program after 1991--a conclusion remarkably similar to statements made by Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice before the 9/11 attacks--and before they sacrificed the truth in the service of promoting the Bush Administration's case for war against Iraq.

    On February 24, 2001, less than 7 months before 9/11, Colin Powell said that Saddam Hussein "has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction. He is unable to project conventional power against his neighbors," said Colin Powell.

    And in July 2001, two months before 9/11, Condoleezza Rice said: "We are able to keep his arms from him. His military forces have not been rebuilt."

    It is astounding how they changed their claims after the President decided to make a case for the invasion and occupation of Iraq! To think that we could be lied to by so many members of the Bush Administration with such impunity is frightening--chilling. Yet these imperious, arrogant, dishonest people think we should just fall in line with them and continue to take them at their word.

    The truth has been established. Iraq had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks on the United States. There is no evidence of any operational ties between Iraq and Al Qaeda. And there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. What a tragedy, leading to greater tragedy. We are fed lie after lie, our media reinforces those lies, and we are a nation led to a tragic, illegal, unprovoked war.

    We are here because of our values. We love our country. We cherish the freedoms and liberties of our country. We don't call those who speak out against our nation's leaders unpatriotic or un-American or appeasers of fascists.

    We have good, wholesome family values. In our families, we teach honesty, we teach kindness and compassion toward others, we teach that violence, if ever justified, must be an absolutely last resort. In our families, we teach that our nation's constitutional values are to be upheld, and that they are worth standing up and fighting for. Our family values promote respect and equal rights toward everyone, regardless of race, ethnic origin, and sexual orientation. In our families, we teach the value of hard work and competence--and we are left to wonder about a President who, after receiving an intelligence memo about the threat posed by Al Qaeda, decides to continue his month-long vacation--just before the 9/11 attacks on our country.

    As we demand the truth from others, let us also face the truth. Our government all too often has not cared about the human rights of people in other nations--and it doesn't really care about democracy, unless it leads to the election of those who will do our bidding. Consider the irony regarding the claims that Saddam had chemical weapons and, because of that, we needed to rush to war in Iraq. When Saddam Hussein was using chemical weapons--first against Iranians, then against his own people, the Kurds - our country provided him with biological and chemical agents and equipment to make the weapons. Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush refused even to support economic sanctions against Hussein for his use of weapons of mass destruction. What did our nation do in response to Hussein's use of chemical weapons, killing tens of thousand of people, when he actually had them?

    We befriended, coddled, and rewarded him--with government-guaranteed loans totaling $5 billion since 1983, freeing up currency for Hussein to modernize his military assets.

    Perhaps those in the US government who aided and abetted Saddam Hussein to further US business interests, while he was gassing the Kurds, should be sharing his courtroom dock as he is being tried now for crimes against humanity. No more lies, no more hiding of the truth, no more wars that more than triple the value of stock in Dick Cheney's prior employer, Halliburton--and which, as of last September, has increased the value of the Halliburton CEO's stock by $78 million.

    We are patriots. We're deeply concerned. And we demand change, now. No more lies from Condoleezza Rice about whether she and President Bush were advised before 9/11 of the possibility of planes being flown into buildings by terrorists.

    No more gross incompetence in the office of the Secretary of Defense.

    No more torture of human beings.

    No more disregard of the basic human rights enshrined in the Geneva Convention.

    No more kidnapping of people and sending them off to secret prisons in nations where we can expect they will be tortured.

    No more unconstitutional wiretapping of Americans.

    No more proposed amendments to the United States Constitution that would, for the first time, limit fundamental rights and liberties for entire classes of people simply on the basis of sexual orientation.

    No more federal land giveaways to developers.

    No more increases in mercury emissions from old, dirty, dangerous coalburning power plants.

    No more backroom deals that deprive protection for millions of acres of wild lands.

    No more attacks on immigrants who work so hard to build better lives.

    No more inaction by Congress on fixing our hypocritical and inconsistent immigration laws and policies.

    No more reliance on fiction rather than the science of global warming.

    No more manipulation of our media with false propaganda.

    No more disastrous cuts in funding for those most in need.

    No more federal cuts in community policing and local law enforcement grant programs for our cities.

    No more inaction on stopping the genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan.

    No more of the Patriot Act.

    No more killing.

    No more pre-emptive wars.

    No more contempt for our long-time allies around the world.

    No more dependence on foreign oil.

    No more failure to impose increased fuel efficiency standards for automobiles.

    No more energy policies developed in secret meetings between Dick Cheney and his energy company cronies.

    No more excuses for failing to aggressively cut global warming pollutant emissions.

    No more tragically incompetent federal responses to natural disasters.

    No more tax cuts for the wealthiest, while the middle class and those who are economically-disadvantaged continue to struggle more and more each year.

    No more reckless spending and massive tax cuts, resulting in historic deficits and historic accumulated national debt.

    No more purchasing of elections by the wealthiest corporations and individuals in the country.

    No more phony, ineffective, inhumane so-called war on drugs. No more failure to pass an increase in the minimum wage.

    No more silence by the American people.

    This is a new day. We will not be silent. We will continue to raise our voices. We will bring others with us. We will grow and grow, regardless of political party--unified in our insistence upon the truth, upon peace-making, upon more humane treatment of our brothers and sisters around the world.

    We will be ever cognizant of our moral responsibility to speak up in the face of wrongdoing, and to work as we can for a better, safer, more just community, nation, and world.

    So we won't let down. We won't be quiet. We will continue to resist the lies, the deception, the outrages of the Bush Administration. We will insist that peace be pursued, and that, as a nation, we help those in need. We must break the cycle of hatred, of intolerance, of exploitation. We must pursue peace as vigorously as the Bush Administration has pursued war. It's up to all of us to do our part.

    Thank you everyone for lending your voices to this call for compassion, for peace, for greater humanity. Let us keep in mind the injunction of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

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    Crikey!

    The Crocodile Hunter is dead.

    A DOCTOR and witnesses have told of the desperate efforts to save Australian icon Steve Irwin after the Crocodile Hunter was struck in the chest by a stingray barb today.

    Irwin, 44, died this morning after being fatally injured while filming a nature documentary off Queensland.

    The news has shocked the nation and prompted a rush of tributes from politicians and the public alike.

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    September 03, 2006

    Dregs : Hokey Pokey with Ciro; Hezbocrats? Fuck you, Wal-Mart

  • Ciro backs out. Ciro's back in. It's like the fucking hokey pokey. Or the bunny hop. I'm tired of it
  • What would you say if I told you that one Wal-Mart's front group lackeys, Herman Cain, referred to Democrats as Hezbocrats?

    But, yesterday, Herman Cain, one of the steering committee members of Wal-Mart’s front group and a well-known right-wing commentator, completely crossed the line in a column he wrote by describing Democrats who are standing up, on behalf of working families, and asking Wal-Mart to be a responsible corporation as “Hezbocrats.”

    What an idiot and waht a fuck up for Wal-Mart. Click here to let them know that pisses you off. Also, check out this site... very nice

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    Cartoon torture

    Thumbscrews? The rack? Those are soooo Spanish Inquisition!

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    Toppled dictator Saddam Hussein is being tormented in jail – by being forced to watch HIMSELF in South Park.

    South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut was banned in Iraq on its launch in 1999 for showing Saddam as a homosexual.

    South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone yesterday revealed Saddam is made to watch the movie “repeatedly” by the US Marines guarding him.

    Speaking at Edinburgh TV Festival, Matt said: “I have it on pretty good information from the Marines on detail in Iraq that they showed him the movie."

    Of course, things could always be worse. At least they're not making Saddam watch X-Men 3.

    Tom Cruise, behold your fate!

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    September 02, 2006

    Travis Repubs running on fumes

    Back to the Slag for some GOP trash talk...

    Old-timers might wonder how the Rs landed at Scholz Garten, the close-by-the-Capitol hangout long cherished by liberals. Sally Aiello, the county party's executive director, reminded that the party had 2002 and 2004 kickoffs there, adding: "We're kicking the liberals out of downtown and celebrating November victories early."

    With brave words like those, you'd think they'd actually be running someone against Elliot Naishtat... or Kirk Watson.

    The Republicans have two candidates for state representative from Travis County, four court of appeals candidates, two District Court judge hopefuls and a county clerk nominee.

    Until a few weeks ago, of course, they did have three state rep candidates, until Ben "Douchebag" Bentzin cut and ran. If someday they're able to recruit a few more candidates, they might begin to rival the Libertarians for influence.

    Still, I have no doubt that some Travis County republicans still dream of herding their Volvo-driving Birkenstok-shod neighbors into an internment camp someday. I just hope it has a smoking section; McBlogger and Sister Ruth will be getting pretty cranky after about ten minutes of re-education.

    Posted by mayor mcsleaze at 04:50 PM

    Smoking while stealing gas = super bad idea

    While stealing gasoline from a ruptured pipeline in Iraq, some idiot killed more than 60 people... by lighting the darkness with a cigarette lighter.

    Dr. Hussain al-Janabi, director of Diwaniya hospital, said several bodies had arrived charred or burned beyond recognition. He said by telephone that witnesses had said that the spark that ignited the blast came from a man who used a lighter to check if his can was full.

    Wow. It's when you think there is a bottom to the depths of human stupidity that something comes along and drops the bottom a few thousand more miles.

    Now, you may be wondering how people were siphoning gas from a pipeline in supposedly secure Iraq. Well, it turns out the guards protecting the pipeline were pulled away to help fight off a shi'ite militia. Oh... yeah. You may not have heard this but there is still a lot of fighting going on as the opening scenes of Iraq:The Civil War continue.

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    September 01, 2006

    WTF?!?!?!

    I leave town for a few days and the whole world goes to hell.

    Case in point: The Slag has a story about next week's competing campaign kickoffs for the Travis County Democrats and the Forces of Darkness...

    Sandra Ramos, coordinator for the Dems' fall campaign, said many of the more than 25 Travis County Democrats on the November ballot are expected at the plaza. "We wanted to be somewhere accessible to the whole community," Ramos said. "Ours (also) isn't about drinking."

    Not about drinking? I haven't left the Democratic Party, but it sounds like the Democratic Party has left me.

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    Babysitters : A guide for parents

    Here at McBlogger we're all about helping our fellow man. At least we are NOW since that court mandated we start issuing a series of PSA's as part of what the judiciary calls 'community service'. Or something. So, here's the first in what we're sure will be an unfortunate chain of posts basically about crap you should really already know. This time around we're covering babysitters, specifically the babysitters you, as a parent, should NOT hire to watch your repulsive children.


    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingDick 'kinky' Friedman - Do you want your kids to hate you? I mean come on, this guy's nothing but booze and cigars (unlike myself who's nothing more than booze and cigarETTES). Well, that and some really bad writing and quips. First he grosses out your kids trying to make them eat a pickled pigs foot or something that's as gross as himself. Then, he forces their eyes roll from bad one liners (the ones that would make Henny Youngman retch) so many times that there is actually damage to the optic nerve. Finally, he'll make them contemplate self immolation by READING AT LEAST ONE OF HIS BOOKS. You don't want your kids thinking about suicide... therapists are NOT cheap.

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingDingos - Superbad idea, Mom and Dad. They ate Meryl Streep's baby in that movie, A Cry in the Dark. Or something. Anyway, these wild Australian dogs aren't like Lassie or even Ole Yeller before the hydrophoby. Please don't entrust your kids to them. It's just not their thing. Dogfights on the other hand are a different story.




    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingBuffalo Bill - If your child is heavyset then definitely a bad idea. May kill and remove large pieces of skin to complete Buttrick pattern 8811 (it's the cutest sundress you've ever seen, though it is kinda creepy that it's made outta human skin). Plus, you never know when Jodie Foster and her FBI buds are going to show up, shooting guns indiscriminately and possibly hitting your precious tykes. Not to mention adorable little Precious.










    Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Team McBlogger - Oh, come on. Would you seriously think about hiring one of us to watch your beloved progeny? From Sister Ruth to Grimace, we're seriously not the people with whom you'd want to leave your kids. McSleaze would probably put them to work improving his yard. Or making shoes in his sweatshop. Sister Ruth would take them to a bar and educate them about all things gin, followed by a course on scotch from Barfly. As for me, I did mention I set myself on fire, right? Then there is Harry who would probably show them how to sue you for emancipation. Gen, as a mother, would probably be a good person to let watch the kids. Hell, even Spamburgler would be OK when he's not hopped up on sugar. But the rest of us? Oh. God. No.

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingAttorney General Greg Abbott. Seriously, do you want your kids lost along with some ages old evidence that Attorney General Greg Abbott shouldn't have in the first place? Oh yeah, Mom and Dad. Attorney General Greg Abbott will put the kids to sleep alright... probably under a mountain of X-rays. Don't even think of then suing Attorney General Greg Abbott as his efforts to further 'tort reform' (which is republicanese for 'screwing the consumer') specifically exempted Attorney General Greg Abbott from being sued.

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingTodd Staples and his giant freak head. Oh, you may think Todd's nice and all but just wait until the kids get a load of the giant freak head. Yeah, we know it makes you uneasy but you have to realize it's not about you. The giant freak head is terrifying to children. And he probably won't even let them watch TV because he's, you know, a weirdo. Just take a long look at this picture. Do you really want to trust your legacy to a mouthbreather?










    There are good and bad babysitters out there and it's important to actually check people out before you hire them. While you may have problems with Suzy The Teenage Slut sitting for your kids, you'll have more a problem with any of the people(and the animal) we've presented here.


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    As predicted, the threat is Kinky

    Per analysis by Dean Rindy of Rindy Miller Media (who rocks, by the way), the Governor's race, at least in East Texas is looking like Perry's to lose. Obvs we'll have to help him along to that loss since he's out in front of the three little pigs who are really only weakening each other.

    Recent polling in East Texas opens a window to the inner workings of the Texas Governor’s race. Our conclusion: It’s Perry’s race to win; Strayhorn is in deep, deep trouble; Kinky mainly hurts Chris Bell; though Bell still has an outside chance of getting within striking range of Perry.
    A poll done just last week in HD-11---Rusk, Panola, Cherokee and Panola Counties—is typical of a lot of local areas we are working in. HD 11 is conservative, with a Democratic performance level only in the mid 30’s. Bush carried it by 70%, but the district will elect Democrats, like its incumbent State Representative, Chuck Hopson.
    The Governor’s horserace in HD-11 breaks down this way:

    Perry 37%
    Bell 17%
    Strayhorn 16%
    Kinky 10%
    Undec. 20%

    (HD-11 obviously has different demographics than Texas as a whole, but these numbers are strikingly close to the stateside results reported a few weeks ago in the Rasmussen Poll, which had Perry at 35%, with Bell, Kinky and Strayhorn all tied at 18%.)

    I've said it before and I'll say it again... more of Bell's votes go to Dick than OSB. Speaking of Dick, here are some great quotes...

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    "I am going to see nondenominational prayer and the Ten Commandments put back in the schools," he told the Kilgore News Herald several weeks ago. "If you don't love Jesus, go to hell," he added.





    Terribly Christian of you, Dick. Wait...

    (hat tip to K-T at BOR)

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    Horizontal Stripes DO Make You Look Fat

    Alright kids, it's time for "Fun Friday Fashion with Grimace."

    More evidence beneath the fold...

    Grimace had a revelation this morning when two bear friends came over to play:

    It made Grimace feel the need to reinforce the message--don't even fuckin' do it!

    Horizontal stripes make you look fucking fat and it sucks.



    You're welcome.

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