July 31, 2006

National Poetry Slam Aug. 9-12th

Dear Liberals, Activists, and Flawless Texans,

Being a liberal in Texas is harder than Dick Cheney’s robot heart. Y’all know. You do the work. You give your time, energy, and resources to your neighbors, your country, and the world. Your reward: lots of email asking for more time and money!

So, I am not going to ask you for anything. Instead I’d like to invite you to the National Poetry Slam (www.myspace.com/nps2006). Running from August 9-12th, 500 poets, social activists, hell raisers, and artists will descend upon Congress Avenue’s finest venues for 4 tremendous days of competition.

And here’s the important part activists…the first two days of shows are FREE. We want you to come and listen, bring your pals, and argue about what it all means late into the night.

The National Poetry Slam is an event meant for you. We want to shake the foundations and make some changes. We want to have the tough discussions, tell our truths, and enjoy this beautiful city.

Check this week’s Austin Chronicle for show times and exact locations. Remember there are teams from all over the country (and FRANCE!) performing at the Art House, Ruta Maya, The Hideout Theater, Jo’s (on 2nd), Ego’s, and Antone’s. If you have any questions, feel free to email me: genvc@yahoo.com.

Thanks and peace.

Genevieve Van Cleve

Here’s a schedule of where Team Austin will be:

(7 p.m.) on Wednesday night at Ruta Maya, Austin - Ego's Team will compete against Decatur, Detroit, Mesa, and Corpus Christi.

(9 p.m.) on Thursday night at the Hideout, Austin - Ego's Team will compete against Boise, Bowling Green, Ventura, and Omaha.

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Adopt a sign

And you thought Travis County Dems had all the clever ideas...
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This is a yard sign. It needs adopting. For a mere $10 donation to Fort Bend Democrats, I will write your name and hometown on the bottom of this sign with a felt-tip marker and plant it safely in the yard of a local Democrat. For many people here, it's the first time they've seen the word "Democratic." For a $20 donation, I will plant the sign, take a picture of it and email you the picture and name of the street where the sign is.

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News from HankLand

The Texas Young Democrats have been tracking Hank as he travels around Texas talking about the TTC and the effect it will have on Agriculture. Speaking of Hank, his new website has launched and it looks great! Go Hank, GO!

Speaking of the TTC, I've talked to a few D members of the Lege and each one has said roughly the same thing... the Republicans made it clear that the only new roads that they would allow to be built in Texas (and trust me, we need the roads) would be toll roads. Whatever you do, let people know about this! No one wants a bunch of good Democrats who hate this thing voted out when the real blame lies with the assholes in the Republican caucus. The only way we're going to get freeway expansion and new roads, is to unseat a lot of Republicans in November.

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An excellent review of Godless by Ann Coulter

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Sometimes you read a review of a book so stunningly spot-on and well written that it leaves you breathless.

This is that review

This week, sweet Ann Coulter released her latest in a series of pre-rehab books, entitled Godless. Naturally, the title led me to believe that it was an unexpectedly candid autobiography. Alas, she may be saving that book until after she's been strapped to a bed at Hazelden for a month. Instead of using this book to dabble in the bracing novelty of introspection, Miss Coulter turns her two-setting mind ("off" and "off her rocker") to hector us about religion.

Let's be honest: Reading a book about religion from Ann Coulter is tantamount to reading a book about dieting from Michael Moore. After all, who wants to be lectured about not being Christian enough by an almost-50 year-old boozehound in a black leather miniskirt who has never been married? Count me as having a healthy skepticism over whether Miss Coulter has saved herself for marriage. Or anything, for that matter.

All this from Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian.

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Hank and the TTC

Faith Chatham has a great piece up over at Texas Kaos on the TTC. Check it out here... lots of great pictures and information. This is an issue that continues to gain mo and it's obvious as hell that it is going to take down a lot of Republicans in rural areas.

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Ewe. I'm so not using soy sauce anytime soon...

The Chinese have decided to make soy sauce... out of human hair. Like I could make this up...

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The journalists then found the amino acid syrup manufacturer (a bioengineering company) in Hubei province. When asking how the amino acid syrup (or powder) was generated, the manufacturer replied that the powder was generated from human hair ( 1 , 2 , 3 ). Because the human hair was gathered from salon, barbershop and hospitals around the country, it was unhygienic and mixed with condom, used hospital cottons, used menstrual cycle pad, used syringe, etc (figure 1). After filtered by the workers, the hair would then cut small for being processed into amino acid syrup (chart 1) ( 1 ).

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July 30, 2006

Dregs : ASSlove; Separation anxiety and more

  • Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Muse has a great article up via the Houston Chronicle about a little problem with Perry's ethic's report. Seems he noted many of those small time donors who are sending him pennies to protest the tax scheme he and the Republicans shoved through the legislature earlier this year. Apparently, they noted the donors with the acronym ASS which stands for A Small Supporter. Get it. HA! Very clever those shitheals in Perry's office. Godo job, Y'all.

  • Tom over at Lake Jackson Democrat has a piece up about someone who (like me) feels strongly about the separation of Church and State.

    'But I will not accept my government telling me who are the children of the greater God and who are the children of the lesser God.

    'That's the difference,' he said. 'I will not defend — I will fight them tooth and nail and lay down a withering field of fire and leave sucking chest wounds — if they engage the machinery of the state, which is what they're doing.'"

  • Remember that great ad the DCCC put out recently? The one that had the nutters freaking? Well, they've found something they can sink their teeth into... the fact that the DCCC ripped the DeLay mugshot from Chickenhead. You'd also, if you read some of the crap these guys are writing about Chickenhead, think they were powering the servers that run the site by burning dead babies and zygotes.
  • Which dovetails nicely with two things... Chickenhead and Lance Bass. It's time for another visit to Peggy Kressler's Postal Proposals. Here's the one for Lance Bass and it ROCKS...

    Dear Lance, Forget Justin Timberlake! He’s sooooooo nasty! It’s you I love Lance! You have this boyish charm and cute smile and when I see you on TRL my crotch turns to butter and melts down my freshly shaved calves. I know you’d never soil yourself by probing a whore like Britney Spears. You’re totally pure and fresh – just like my breath after eating four or five Dentyne Ice's.

    You know your movie On the Line? Where you play a totally convincing ad exec who searches for the love of his life? I saw that one like 12 times in the theater. You’re a genius actor, baby! Like Marlon Brando… only cute and not fat and you’ve actually been in a good movie unlike him.

    I also think you are a brilliant musician and I love N’Sync (even though you’re the only really talented one – everyone else just rests on your laurels). My ex Robbie Carlson hates your music, but he listens to Creed and Creed is for faggots.

    Once we’re married, I’ll play your new album to the baby in my tummy and he or she will grow from a tadpole to a baby while doing choreographed steps to your music and then you’ll lean down and I’ll gaze into your twinkling blue eyes and tongue kiss you like there’s no tomorrow! Tee hee!

    Eternal love,

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    The eels! Will no one think about the eels!

    Iraq is still on fire, Israel is bombing the crap out of Lebanon while Hezbollah shoots rockets into Israel, but at least dead eels are finally starting to get some respect.

    Giant dead eel tossing contest canceled

    LONDON - For more than 30 years, crowds have flocked to the small English fishing village of Lyme Regis to watch an annual tradition — two teams of fishermen standing on wooden platforms as human bowling pins, hurling a dead giant eel at each other. But the ritual was abruptly abandoned after an animal rights activist threatened to draw negative publicity to the latest tournament, organizers said Saturday

    The practice, known as conger cuddling, is the annual highlight in the small coastal town about 155 miles southwest of London. The object of the game is to knock the opposing team off the platform by swinging a 25-pound eel at them.

    Crowds have flocked to Lyme Regis since 1974 to watch rival teams of nine men swing the giant conger eel — suspended in the harbor by a rope — and local residents said they are dismayed at the demise of their historic event.

    Andrew Kaye, a resident and spokesman for the Lyme Regis lifeboat crews who raise money through the tournament, said an anonymous e-mailer had called the practice disrespectful to the dead eel.

    The lone activist threatened to film the contest to attract adverse media attention, Kaye said

    They called this thing off because of a threat from an anonymous emailer? God help us all if that guy ever gets his hands on a blog!

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    Homage to catatonia

    Interoffice memo
    To: McBlogger
    Re:Lee Siegel calling bloggers fascists

    I told you there was going to be hell to pay when we bombed Guernica, invaded Poland and put all those people in concentration camps.

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    Continued Important Coverage of Lance Bass

    We hear that he'll be teaming up with J. Depp for Ass-Pirates of the Carribean.

    Seriously, we only tease Lance because he teased us for so long.

    And because the politics of it all- so hawt!

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    July 29, 2006

    Lee Siegel whines about how mean bloggers are

    TNR has an article up by Lee Siegel in which he whines Malkin-esque-ly about bloggers being fascists.

    This isn't the first time I've heard this argument so it's hardly an original thought (not that Seigel is ever bothered by those). The MSM and tradmed people think we're all on the same page. What they don't get is that we're NOT all on the same page. They keep trying to figure out why people love blogs and it's so simple... they give people a chance to interact in an immediate way. I could also mention that in some cases the writing is better than that from people like Siegel (Seriously, trashing bloggers with hyperbole? Quit whining and do a better job... maybe then people will buy a subscription). I do not include myself in this because honestly I think half the time an orangutan could write better. The other half of the time it actually IS an orangutan writing.

    He calls us fascists because some people asked him to suck their balls. Big fucking deal. What a crybaby. Then he spends too much time ripping on Kos. Who.Fucking.Cares?

    Other than Lee Siegel and Joe Lieberman, I mean. Oh, and Lee... I'll need to see a picture before I invite you suck my balls.

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    July 28, 2006

    Birthday ideas for McBlogger

    Some of you are aware that in a few months I will be celebrating another birthday. I know you've already begun thinking of things to buy me (like a body bag or a grave marker) so to help you along I thought I'd mention a few things from time to time that I would like.


    Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Yummy, yummy scotch. Talisker is from the Isle of Skye and I Iove it. Buy some for me here and google for the location closest to you.

    Toy Watch

    Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting I got an email from Neimans yesterday advertising these watches. I want one. The red one. You can buy it here.
    Of course I know it'll be out of style in six months. Why do you think I want YOU to spend YOUR money on it and GIVE it to me?

    You think I'm kidding but you people better get to work. I want some good stuff this year.

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    Excuse me, Sir. May I see your computer?

    ars technica has the deets up on intrusive searches of computer hardware by border agents.

    The case made its way to a Nevada court, which found Romm guilty. An appeal of the case went to the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco, which was charged with deciding an important issue: can border patrol agents search laptops without a warrant and without probable cause? The court's ruling was handed down on Monday, and said that yes, agents can search laptops for any reason.

    Granted, the guy was into kiddie porno but how long will it be until some kid is busted for illegal MP3's on his iPod by some overzealous wage slave?

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    Update - Ask A... Dildo that may or may not have been in Rick Perry's ass

    It's been a week and the dildo is getting impatient. We have recieved 2 (two) questions from you lazy bitches at McBlogger corporate (read:my office). Don't be shy, no question is too dumb to ask the dildo...

    What are you afraid of? Delisi and Black? Creampuffs. Let the omniscient dildo wrap you in it's protective embrace. And then penetrate just like it may or may not be penetrating Rick Perry as I write.

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    Another bad bill from Senator Cornyn DIES

    SCS has a great post up about Cornyn's bill to hand US taxpayer money to Latin and South American governments to 'build roads' (no doubt with Cintra Zachry). I guess someone told him it was a bad idea because he's given up on it. He's also abandoned plans to have taxpayers buy him a new pool and a PlayStation 3 (when they FINALLY arrive in stores). Instead he's settling for a Rolex and he's going to get it as a gift from a lobbyist.

    A lobbyist whose client will receive a $20 mn contract from the DoD with Cornyn's support. We're guessing put doesn't that just SOUND right?

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    Mandrake, have you ever seen a commie drink a glass of water?

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    If you watch Comedy Central late at night you're probably aware that a new flick called America: From Freedom to Fascism is opening in Austin today. While it would seem that the title could encompass a wide range of outrages, this movie actually seems to focus on the particular part of the crackpotosphere which holds that all evil flows from the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Reserve. Of course, they are part and parcel of the nefarious New World Order conspiracy which leads to black helicopters in our skies, fluoride in our water, and jackbooted UN troops in our streets. Sort of like an Alex Jones/Jeff Davis public access show except presumably the guy in the control room knows how to run the audio board. Of course, I can only guess about that since bloggers were excluded from the press screening.

    Far more intriguing is the recommendation given by Todd David Schwartz, who says this film

    Makes Fahrenheit 911 look like Bambi

    (I know I always have to fight back the tears when that mean hunter shoots Michael Moore's mom.)

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    Still, since I haven't seen the movie and presumably he has, I'll leave the last word to TDS:

    "I would advise movie theatre managers to hand out vomit bags. You may end up needing one."

    Kind of sounds like Gigli.

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    The Chinese can be so naive

    So recently the Flag Burning Amendment reared it's retarded head again. HRC even wrote a version of her own which makes her a douche royale. Still, it's always interesting to see what happens in other countries when the flag is desecrated... and hear what they think about us.

    From Riding Sun

    When a Chinese used a hunting rifle to shoot at birds on a university campus, he shot a hole in the Communist's red diaper cloth [the Chinese flag] by accident. As a result, he was sentenced to 20 years in jail. In America, "publicly" burning the American flag on the street is regarded an expression of thought and an exercise of freedom of speech, and is constitutionally protected.

    The day that I can burn the Chinese national flag at Tiananmen Square will be the day when mainland China becomes an "America" with democracy and economic wealth — a beautiful, good and wealthy country.

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    July 27, 2006

    Boys Banding Up Behind Bass

    With the stunning announcement of N'Sync's Lance Bass's blatent and latent homosexuality, fellow bandmates have had to be careful in their press statements so as to not ensure the wrath of the Gay Mafia (head up of course by Elton John).

    Sadly, Justin Timberlake (whose surname is Apache for Hard Wood Near Water) fell into the trap of unfortunate 'official statements'.

    "Lance is one of my great friends," Timberlake said in a statement issued by publicist, Ken Sunshine. "I support him and wish him all the happiness in the world."

    An otherwise safe statement was screwed up by the fact that his publicist's name is Ken Sunshine. Now that's just gay.

    Bandmate Joey Fatone had this to say.

    Joey Fatone from N’Sync also has kind words for Bass: "He took years to really think about how he was going to tell everyone. I back him up 100 percent."

    We bet you back him up Joey. At least we know who's a bottom now. We just didn't know that you walked in on Lance once.

    Fatone was the first 'NSYNC bandmate Bass told about being gay, after Fatone walked in on Bass and a male date at his house in Orlando, Florida. Fatone's response at the time? "Dude, I don't care," Bass recalled him saying. Chris Kirkpatrick found out last summer and JC Chasez three months ago.

    But all jokes aside (which puts every boy band in existance off the table), what really gets to me most is the human element to this story. It reminds us that even fake people are real people.

    Telling his bandmates has been easy, but telling his family was another matter. His sister became pale and started crying when he told her, while his mother "broke down." "The worst part about it was my mom found out not from me," Bass said. "She found out on the Internet, and that's what just killed me. ... It destroyed her for a little bit." His father, in the meantime, was concerned about diseases, telling Lance that "It's much easier for gay people to get AIDS," and "Statistics show that these relationships don't last. You know it's not going to last." "I was like, 'Dad, wow!' "

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    Visuals We Didn't Want of Our Parents

    How would you like to be the Republican Senator of Minnesota? Um, not so much today (nor being a Republican ANYDAY!) But I wouldn't want to be the Senator, getting a call from the cops that my Dad is doing it in the back seat of a car in a parking lot.

    Ok, there are SO many things wrong with this story....

    "Coleman's Father Cited for Lewd Conduct
    Police charged the 81-year-old father of Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) and a female companion "after officers reported seeing them engaged in a sex act in the parking lot of a popular pizzeria," the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

    Coleman issued a statement: "I love my father dearly. I do not condone his actions or behavior, and I am deeply disturbed by what I have learned. He clearly has some issues that need to be dealt with, and I will encourage him to seek the necessary help."

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    TTC Road Show in Temple

    I went, I saw, I exhausted myself handing out flyers and bumper stickers for Hank. I ran into CanOFun as well as Bree Buchanon, Fred Head, Edward Lindsay, Linda Stall from Corridor Watch, Agnes from Blackland Coalition, Barbara McLean from Forthright, 3rd Left Productions (she's making a TTC doc), Mary Beth Harrell and of course OSB.

    1472. That was the official count of the people who attended and signed TX DoT's form. There were probably a few hundred more who didn't. If you have a chance to go to one of the meetings, you really should. This thing is a nightmare, more than I ever could have imagined. Not only is it environmentally a bad idea, it will do nothing to relieve congestion in the cities and will more than likely restrict building additional freeways capacity.

    Of the 1472, there were 11 who were for it, including the galactically stupid Mayor of Temple who WOULD.NOT.SHUT.UP. Fucktard. Honestly, the WORST politician I have ever seen. I was rooting for some of the good ole boys who were standing around me to kick the shit out of him in the parking lot as he tried to weasel out. Alas, no bloodsport.

    Talked to a TX DoT rep who said the money required to fully expand the 35 freeway to the fifty year traffic projection is 28 bn. That was the official number. UNOFFICIALLY, they were talking about 12-16. Big money to be sure but a hell of a lot better than 30-40 TTC-35 is probably going to cost.

    More and some pics in the supersize

    The people I felt worst for (other than those who will lose their homes if this thing gets built) were the TX DoT staff who were friendly, courteous and TOLD what to say and do. I don't like Perry playing politics with the staff, especially when he tasks them with selling such an unpopular concept.

    All in all a great meeting. Howdy to everyone!

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    Mary Beth Harrell
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    Hank talking to folks

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    Chris Matthews gets it....

    Sister Ruth pointed me too this after reading the post about Shelly and the chickenhawks like Cheney who hide behind her. It's a 'video' of Imus' boring ass show when Chris Matthews called in for an interview. It's long (about 12 minutes) but he tags the neocons perfectly. An excerpt:

    MATTHEWS: I think we’ve completely lost the ability to be a power broker. Look at Condi Rice, it’s a joke. He trusted the pencil necks–it’s ideology with this crowd.

    MATTHEWS: It’s all ideology with this crowd. All they care about is ideology. The President bought it, hook, line and sinker. He had– but you know, it was just put into his head, some time after 9-11, and his philosophy is what he has given it. He didn’t have to have any philosophy when he went in, and they handed it to him. These guys– the guys–you know, the guys that you used to make fun of at school–pencil necks, the intellectuals, the guys you never trusted. All of the sudden, he trusts the intellectuals, the guys you knew at school, yeah, they’re a bunch of pencil necks and now he buys–completely–their ideology, because he didn’t have one of his own coming in. That was his problem. I don’t know what Bush stood for, except I’m a cool guy and Gore isn’t, and that was our problem. We elected the guy because he was a little cooler than the other guy, and, I hope the next election, it isn’t a problem of who goes to bed with their wife at 9:30 at night, or who knows how to tell a joke on a stage. But it’s who had the sense of strength that comes from having read books, most of their life, tried to understand history

    Then I found this yesterday and I simply could not believe I found myself agreeing with Chris Matthews AND Patrick Buchanan. Seriously, watch it.

    Could Bob Shrum be more of a tool? When the hell did NBC hire him as a 'political analyst'? Morons.

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    Myron LOVES him some oil rigs in the Gulf

    (Seriously, you Republicans have got to hire better spokespeople. Myron makes my eyes hurt and he's just so fucking dumb)

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingOur old pal Myron Ebell was on CNBC advocating unrestricted drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Sounds like a great idea, right? Why not put thousands of tons of machinery in one of the most hurricane prone bodies of water on the planet. Even better, let's use the machinery to drill a hole in the floor of the ocean and suck up fuels like natural gas a petroleum. You know, if they spill into the ocean it's only the people on the beachfront in MS, AL, LA, FL and TX who'll be forced to deal with it. At least they're already voting Republican so they're not going anywhere.

    Myron LOVES to shill for the people who write his checks, the oil companies that are the ultimate funding source of his shell of an organization, the Competitive Enterprise Institute. They should call themselves the Big Oil Prostitute.

    I can dream of a day when the Gulf is so crowded with drilling platforms that you can literally hop from platform to platform, from Texas to the Yucatan. Anyone else think this is kind of dumb? The idea that we can drill our way to energy independence is dumb from a number of perspectives not the least of which is that there's an environmentally better alternative that actually COULD make us independent.

    If only people like Myron would stop sacrificing their integrity.

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    July 26, 2006

    A modest proposal for peace between Israel and Lebanon

    While it's exciting as hell to argue back and forth about Israel, Lebanon and Hezbollah (we could also throw in Iran and Syria but that would just muddy the waters), it's counterproductive. So, in the interests of global peace and security, I would like to propose the following:

  • That Israel give Lebanon $100,000,000

  • That Lebanon use that money to establish a fund for the people hurt during this 'war', and

  • That Lebanon use the remaining money to put a $100,000 bounty on the head of EVERY MEMBER OF HEZBOLLAH KILLED
  • If they need more money, the Israeli's should cough it up. The Lebanese are still trying to rebuild after decades of fundamentalist bullshit. While they should have eliminated Hezbollah years ago it just wasn't practical. Will vigilante's end up killing some innocent people? No doubt. But will they FINALLY put the fear of God in these bastards? Oh hell yes.

    Hezbollah doesn't want compromise or negotiation. They want the end of Israel. So, it's either eliminate Israel or take out Hezbollah. I'm for the later, especially as it will help finally bring peace to Lebanon.

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    Ask A .... Fairy Princess....'Cause My Gaydar is better than Your Gaydar

    Way back when, when I had a brief bout of bad music, I liked 'N Sync. Mainly because I lived in WeHo (West Hollywood, for those of you who don't KNOW) and we KNEW those pretty boys were too pretty to be straight.

    So na-ne-na-ne boo boo to all you nay-sayers!

    Lance Bass: I'm gay
    'N Sync singer worried he would harm group

    Wednesday, July 26, 2006; Posted: 1:16 p.m. EDT (17:16 GMT)

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Lance Bass, band member of 'N Sync, says he's gay and in a "very stable" relationship with a reality show star.

    Bass, who formed 'N Sync with Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick, tells People magazine that he didn't earlier disclose his sexuality because he didn't want to affect the group's popularity.

    "I knew that I was in this popular band and I had four other guys' careers in my hand, and I knew that if I ever acted on it or even said (that I was gay), it would overpower everything," he tells the magazine.

    'N Sync is known for a string of hits including "Bye Bye Bye" and "It's Gonna Be Me." The band went on hiatus in 2002. Bass has also found headlines for undertaking astronaut training and failing to raise money for a trip into space.

    Bass says he wondered if his coming out could prompt "the end of 'N Sync." He explains, "So I had that weight on me of like, 'Wow, if I ever let anyone know, it's bad.' So I just never did."

    The singer says he's in a "very stable" relationship with 32-year-old actor Reichen Lehmkuhl, winner of season four of CBS' "Amazing Race."

    Bass and Fatone, 29, are developing a sitcom pilot inspired by the screwball comedy "The Odd Couple," in which his character will be gay.

    "The thing is, I'm not ashamed -- that's the one thing I want to say," Bass says. "I don't think it's wrong, I'm not devastated going through this. I'm more liberated and happy than I've been my whole life. I'm just happy."

    Copyright 2006 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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    Texas Parks listed on MLS? Perry's selling out the State!

    PDiddie has a great post up about The Texas Progress Council's efforts to shed light on the Republican plan to sell State Parks. That's right, boys and girls, Perry has decided to sell the land to the highest bidder. While the Alamo and San Jac aren't on the block yet, 46,000 acres of Big Bend may soon be.

    The lie coming from Perry, Staples and the rest of the R's is that the State doesn't have enough money to operate the parks. Unfortunately, that's just legislative and fiscal mismanagement on their part. Rather than cop to it and admit to the people of Texas that they need to pay a little more to get the stuff they want out of government (you know, ROADS, POLICE, EDUCATION, PARKS), they're making excuses and selling off invaluable state treasures.

    I always thought Perry and Staples were spendthrift but I had no idea just how far they'd sink. They're like greedy heirs, selling of their inheritance before the body's even cold. Of course, they never think about that day when they'll be out of assets... and there will be nothing left to sell. Problem is, it's not just them... they're going to drag us all down with them unless we get rid of them in November.

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    Malkin sucks off Chickenhawks

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingShelly Malkin, whiner extraordinaire, is once again carrying water for the chickenhawks. This time, she does it with an assist from Jeff Jacoby.

    You don't need medical training to express an opinion on healthcare. You don't have to be on the police force to comment on matters of law and order. You don't have to be a parent or a teacher or a graduate to be heard on the educational controversies of the day. You don't have to be a journalist to comment on this or any other column.

    Shelly, dumbass, when people call Rummy and Cheney chickenhawks it's to point out that they when they had the chance to go out in the field and fight they weaseled out. No one is saying that civilian control of the military is bad. However, as long as nutters like yourself insist on calling brave men and women (like Max Cleland) cowards, THEN WE ARE GOING TO BLOODY YOUR FUCKING NOSE.

    Jesus, Shelly. Have none of you ever been in a fight? It's not fun. Maybe that's the problem with y'all... we're fighting a war today because y'all were a bunch of pussies in high school.

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    Todd Staples : Promoter of Terrorism

    Protecting Texas families by advocating sound anti-terrorism and inspection policies in conjunction with federal officials to ensure a safe and reliable food and water supply, and to secure our borders.

    That's lifted straight off Todd's lame page-o-goals (Don't Get Stapled rips on another of Todd's goals here). One has to wonder how Todd's pet project, the TTC will fit into this. It allows for trucks, etc. to pass THROUGHcheck the Texas/Mexico border and NOT BE TOUCHED UNTIL THE SHIPMENT HITS THE TRANSFER HUB IN KANSAS CITY. That's right, Todd's Trans-Texas Corridor could conceiveably allow a nuclear weapon to be transported into the United States and Travel within 30 miles of San Antonio, Austin and Dallas, putting more than TEN MILLION TEXANS at risk.

    Sound anti-terrorism? I'm calling bullshit on Todd. He's pandering and cares as much about your security as he does about the rights of hispanics to vote in the valley (the SC recently ruled redistricting that Todd helped push through back in 2003 violated the rights of hispanics in The Valley).

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingTodd's helping al Qaida by making it easier for them to strike deep in the heart of Texas.

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    Presidential signing statements and impeachment

    Both Nate over at Common Sense and Bradley at North Texas Liberal have posts up about the ABA's TASK FORCE ON PRESIDENTIAL SIGNING STATEMENTS AND THE SEPARATION OF POWERS DOCTRINE. And what did the task force vote to recommend? Among other things that they should...

    oppose, as contrary to the rule of law and our constitutional system of separation of powers, a President's issuance of signing statements to claim the authority or state the intention to disregard or decline to enforce all or part of a law he has signed, or to interpret such a law in a manner inconsistent with the clear intent of Congress

    Now Specter is readying a bill that would allow Congress to sue the President over the signing statements. It's a stop gap to avoid impeachment which is what would normally happen when the President breaks the law (even the ones he doesn't think he should have to follow). Or obstructs an investigation.

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    July 25, 2006

    Murkowski May Not Make It

    A new(ish) poll out of Alaska shows Republican Gov. Frank Murkowski may not make it past his primary:

    Fmr. Wasilla Mayor Sarah Palin (R) 36%

    State Sen. John Binkley (R) 23%

    Gov. Frank Murkowski (R) 21%

    Personally, I'm rooting for Binkley in that race. Could Knowles make up a better name for his opponent? I mean, I don't know Alaska politics very well, but here's what the name Binkley conjures up for me (hint: use a British accent in your head when reading the rest of the post): "Excuse me, Senator Binkley, but would you like one lump or two?" and "Senator Binkley, I'm afraid your box at the opera house has unexpectedly collapsed." and "Tell me, Senator Binkley, which artist did you find for this oil painting of you on the veranda exhanging longing glances with your man-servant, Standish?"

    And here's what else the name Binkley conjures up for me:

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    It Wasn't Mercury In Retrograde Today...

    It was all the fuckers trying to put prayer in schools invading Austin! Yes, that anger you felt in the air was the White House Conference on Faith-Based and Community Initiatives prowling about the ATX. Bible-pushers on us heathens!

    They met today as one "in a series of regional meetings designed to help faith-based organizations better utilize Federal and private funding."

    In other words, how can we more effectively take all funding from family planning and sex education so our children get knocked up at 12 years old and put it to lame ass programs like making them wear a ring to promise to not have sex until marriage?

    I want to know why no one warned us about this!

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    A problem with Neimans? Damn you, contractors!

    The Statesman is reporting a minor fire at the site of the STILL under construction Neiman Marcus here in Austin.

    Workers installing an air-conditioning unit sparked a fire Monday that caused an estimated $1 million in damage to a Neiman Marcus store being built in North Austin, a fire official said. There were no injuries reported.

    The blaze began about 1 p.m. at the construction site at 11701 N. MoPac Blvd. (Loop 1) just south of Burnet Road.

    Listen up, shit heals. I know y'all are just doing your job but some of us have been waiting for that store for more than a DECADE. We need our
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    TTC : Tons of fun for every-one!

    Loads of stuff out today about the TTC. Karl-Thomas of BOR has an awesome editorial in the Daily Texan (he's posted it here) dealing with the TTC.

    The most unsettling thing about the project is that the terms are sealed, unreadable by the public. Texans have no way of knowing who will ultimately pay for the inevitable cost overruns, nor do they know what will happen when the actual revenues from the TTC are lower than the estimates used to secure the financing. Who will pay for that: the private management company or Texas taxpayers?

    The entire piece is spot on, especially in regard to the TTC raising property taxes in every county it cuts through.

    The Daily Texan scoops the AAS with a great story on the TTC hearing last night in Georgetown.

    The more than 250 Williamson County residents who gathered at Georgetown High School Monday night weren't there to hear a Texas Department of Public Safety official explain the ins-and-outs of the Trans-Texas Corridor. Though questions abounded, most of the meeting attendees came ready with their own answer: Don't build it.

    The Trans-Texas Corridor, proposed by Gov. Rick Perry in 2002, is scheduled to begin construction in 2010 and slated to cut a 1,200-feet-wide toll road through Texas running from Oklahoma to the Mexico border.

    "I'd like for all of you that are opposed to this to raise your hands," said former state Rep. Fred Head, who is running for state comptroller in November, at the public hearing.

    Nearly every hand in the room shot up.

    Eye on Williamson also has a piece up about the meeting last night in Georgetown and the Somervell County Salon posts about the meeting in Waco (which was where Hank was last night). Needless to say, The TTC is becoming the nightmare issue for the Republicans, especially Todd Staples (who authored the bill that gave the damn thing life) and Rick Perry (who signed Staples' bill).

    Neither Todd Staples nor Rick Perry showed at any of the meetings proving once again they are complete pussies cunts. Rick, are you going to hide behind Robert Black until election day?

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    John Edwards... on myspace?

    Oh,damn. I really liked him.

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    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingPresident Bush, at a press conference with Iraqi PM al-Maliki, said that he would be increasing the number of US troops in Iraq. He also reiterated his ridiculous belief that the one thing Islamic terrorists hate is Democracy.

    I don't even get the impression HE believes this bullshit anymore.

    Remind me again why all this started? Oh yeah, because Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rove and Rice all talked up a threat from Iraqi WMDs. People said, at the time, Iraq didn't have WMDs but that didn't stop the people in the White House who ALWAYS know better than everyone else because they think they know better (see how that works? Cool, huh?). They doctored intel, sold the package to Congress and the US invaded a country that hadn't DONE A GODDAMN THING TO US.

    Worst President in history? Oh, that's not nearly damning enough. This motherfucker needs to spend the rest of his life in a very dank, dark cell in Leavenworth. With a very agressive and extremely lonely man named Willard who will make W his bitch.

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    Dregs : Oil Independence in five years; polls reveal more of the same

  • Vinod Khosla, famed venture capitalist, is all over the place pimping for CA Prop 87 as well as more ethanol. Here's video of him at a google conference that's making the rounds (Easter Lemming tipped me, I found source @ Wired). The video is about an hour (here's a link to the PPT presentation). Honestly, it's compelling and interesting if you like hearing someone talk for an hour about energy independence and how much cellulosic ethanol makes.

    Needless to say, I'm sold.

  • New TX Governor Poll is out and Perry is showing some resilience about 5 points over where I was thinking he'd be but within the MOE still. The big news is that Kinky's strength continues. If you want to know why Bell and Perry aren't neck and neck, it's Kinky... not OSB. Come on, Chris. You gotta headbutt the son of a bitch sooner or later. Now's the time.

    Radnofsky is continuing to gain mo against KBH which is very good news indeed. Hank, of course, is soundly stomping Staples (at least I'm SURE that's what the data would show were there a poll in the field:))

  • Have a goodun!

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    July 24, 2006

    Ask A ... Dildo that may (or may not) have been up Rick Perry's ass

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingCertainly y'all remember the scandal involving Rick Perry's questionable sexuality two years ago. The Governor denied the allegations and went on to feed his angry base some red meat last year on the Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment. Still the questions are out there and will likely remain for years... unless, of course, Geoff Conner (Perry's alleged lover) ever comes forward.

    Rather than explore the question of whether or not Rick Perry is gay (which is, frankly, overtired), we thought we'd advance things a bit and ask the far more important question, What would a dildo that may (or may not) have been up Rick Perry's ass have to say for itself? Hypothetically. Of course, in hypothetical land, Rick Perry is actually a good Governor as oppossed to the shitbox we currently have in that pretty house caddy-corner from the Capitol. So, in this post we are going to just go ahead and assume Rick's into some assplay. Seriously, straight boys can be, too. See how that works? Gay or Straight, in hypothetical land there is a dildo that may (or may not ) have been up Rick Perry's ass and now you can ask it questions!

    Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting This is a picture of the actual dildo that may (or may not) have been up Rick Perry's ass. Seriously, ask it questions but please don't be freaks... email them in so we can keep them private until the dildo has a chance to answer them. Some will of course ask why we phrased the title in such an ackward way. Well, Rick's dildo may look completely different and we really needed a visual aid on this. This may be the kind Rick likes. Or it may not. Or he may not even own one. But we're assuming he does.

    Go crazy, Kids!

    If you like the dildo that may (or may not) have been up Rick Perry's ass, please visit these delightful people who'll be happy to supply you with your own for $17.99... if it's not illegal to purchase them where you live.

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    What kind of 'Tards make fun of disabilities?

    The kind that live in Nephi, Utah (duh!)

    So a neighbor puts up a sign saying "Caution, Retards in the Area" because (supposedly) the 13-year-old developmentally disabled boy has been "harrassing" his daughter.

    So the NBC affiliate goes out to the scene, and this is what happens:

    "As we were filming the sign, we could see the neighbors who put it up were outside, so we approached them for their side of the story.

    Sam Penrod, Eyewitness News: "Why did you put that sign up?

    Neighbor: "I've been harassed for six months, my daughter has been assaulted."

    Sam Penrod, Eyewitness News "By who?"

    Neighbor: 'The young boy, we got pictures and everything and they would not press charges because he is handicapped.' The neighbor claims Colton threw a rock at his young daughter. Other neighbors told us they have frequently found Colton wandering onto their property."

    Kids wander and throw rocks all the time. They are kids, that's all there is to do, besides hang out in the Wendy's parking lot eating frostys and macking (oh, wait, that's what I did in small town Louisiana, after we went cow tipping...)

    Only a total asshole does something like this.

    Read the whole story here (including great pictures of the Trailer Mama telling off the police!)

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    Gingrich is a douche

    Newt has been making the rounds on the talking head circuit, bleating on about how the WoT is actually World War III. It's good someone finally let him in on what we've all known for a while. Of course, the R's being as stupid a box of rocks, think they've stumbled on something new...

    Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting"This is World War III," Gingrich said. "Israel wouldn't leave southern Lebanon as long as there was a single missile there. I would go in and clean them all out and I would announce that any Iranian airplane trying to bring missiles to re-supply them would be shot down. This idea that we have this one-sided war where the other team gets to plan how to kill us and we get to talk, is nuts."

    Because then the Iranians would claim it was a humanitarian flight or some nonsense. It's the complete lack of subtlety that really irritates me about people like Newt. Of course, the R's are also looking at this as a helping hand going into the midterms.

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingGingrich also maintained that the use of the term "World War III" could re-energise the base of the Republican Party. He pointed out that public opinion can change "the minute you use the language" of World War III. The message then, he said, is "okay, if we're in the third world war, which side do you think should win?"

    Well of course we should win it, you dipshit. That's the problem with you guys... you talk, you bluster, then you go and FUCK EVERYTHING UP. We shouldn't even BE in Iraq, for example, except that you morons wanted us to be. So you cooked up intelligence and spewed ad nauseum about mushroom clouds on Meet The Press.

    Start running your mouth you fat Georgia cracker. Voters trust Democrats more on Nat Sec because of your endless screwups. Start running these talking points and you're going to get more than a proverbial bloody nose. You try playing this shit going into the fall and you'll be lucky if the Republican Party even in Texas doesn't end up on life support.

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    July 23, 2006

    Sunday Fun

  • You may remember that the forces of darkness were gearing up to discredit and swiftboat Gore. They failed but the problem with these losers is that they never stay dead. They always rise again. So, in the interest of disseminating some good information...

    Whenever emailed a 'letter' from a 'scientist', fact check. Go to snopes.com and the always helpful CMD SourceWatch (Real Climate is another good source). At this point, they've stopped on whether or not warming is occuring. Now they're focus is on making it all a natural process (humans have no impact or at most a negligible impact). This is not entirely without merit but it is NOT a reason to sit on our hands. The extent to which we are impacting the atmosphere through gas and particulate pollution is the only thing that is in question. Still, as Carl Wunsch of MIT pointed out rather elegantly

    Thus at bottom, it is very difficult to separate human induced change from natural change, certainly not with the confidence we all seek. In these circumstances, it is essential to remember that the inability to prove human-induced change is not the same thing as a demonstration of its absence. It is probably true that most scientists would assign a very high probability that human-induced change is already strongly present in the climate system, while at the same time agreeing that clear-cut proof is not now available and may not be available for a long-time to come, if ever. Public policy has to be made on the basis of probabilities, not firm proof.

  • Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting I've had this floating around for a couple of months but have only recently had a chance to really listen to it. It's Graham Coxon's new album, Love Travels at Illegal Speeds and it's ROCKS. Check it out when you have a chance.
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    Here It Comes...

    This week's Time magazine reports the following:

    "... As for Bush himself, he is curtailing his traditional August working vacation at the ranch so that he can barnstorm before the midterm elections. Their outlook thus far seems so ominous for the G.O.P. that one presidential adviser wants Bush to beef up his counsel's office for the tangle of investigations that a Democrat-controlled House might pursue.

    With the Democrats determined to make a major issue of Bush's foreign policy competence, the President seems ready to leap at the chance to refresh the landscape and make his own history. He had deliberately diverged from the Middle East course set by his two predecessors when he hired an unabashedly pro-Israel staff. "I'm all for conferences," Bush said in a 2004 appearance with British Prime Minister Tony Blair, "just so long as the conferences produce something." George H.W. Bush and his Secretary of State James Baker were seen as heroes by some Palestinians; Bill Clinton made the quest for Middle East peace a centerpiece of his legacy project. Bush aides say the times were different then and the vaunted progress under Clinton turned out to be what one called "a false stability."

    Imagine that.... the Director of Lessons Learned (who makes more money than the Director of Fact Checking) must have told his President that the only way to defeat Democrats is by delving into their personal and not-so-public lives in attempt to disgrace them, because, let's face it, they ARE wrong on all the issues...

    Read the whole story here

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    July 22, 2006

    Ask A... Homosexual in Lebanon!

    The rockets red flare, the bombs bursting in aiir, but is it proof that the homosexuals are still there? We know that's what you've been asking yourself as Israel takes Beirut to task for not keeping thier terrorists in line. Thanks to some pulitzer level reporting, we have this "Ask A...." interview for you.

    Let's begin with the most pressing questions.

    x-man.jpgWhat's happening with gay people there now? Are gay clubs closing?

    HiL: Almost all the clubs -- gay and nongay -- are closed since the Israeli aggression, so I suppose that means the gay clubs are closed.

    How is the war affecting gay people in Lebanon?

    HiL: The war is affecting gay people the same way it is affecting straight people for the moment. It is depressing for both gay and nongay people to see that all the effort Lebanese people have made for the past 15 years has been destroyed within five days.

    Actually, for more of this fabulous interview, please go here. Yes, believe it or not, it's a real interview and I've lied to you the entire length of this post about it being a McBlogger production. Then again, gay.com never really was known for it's amazing journalistic skillz.

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    July 21, 2006

    UPDATED - A series of unfortunate pictures...

    ... of Todd Staples and his Giant

    Freak Head...

    Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting These guys I really feel bad for. I mean, they're having to hang out with Big Head Todd of the Tassel Loafers. That can't be fun for them. I bet he's boring the shit out of them with tales of his super lameness. Like when he went to Whole Foods downtown and saw a chick with blue hair. Gasp!

    I think the guy in the purple shirt either wants to kill Todd or is trying to figure out a way to kill himself.

    Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Again with that wicked huge head. Todd's not the smartest guy in the State by a long shot so you have to wonder how defective all that tissue between his ears has to be. You know there is a lot of it. It's a shame he hasn't used it more.

    His head is so large and distracting in this picture you almost don't notice the other two people. I think the older guy is someone from Cintra.

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingThis is a shot of Todd, his wife and Mr. and Mrs. Geeque of Lamont, OK. Todd had just finished begging for money from Mr. Geeque when this picture was taken. The group was on it's way to a fancy dinner at the Golden Corrall (where else?).

    See how Todd's head really distracts from his criminal sense of style? In that way it's extremely helpful.

    UPDATE: We were informed last night that the woman standing next to Todd isn't his wife. Apparently that woman is Todd's mom. We apologize for the mistake.

    Here's a shot of Todd when he was a little boy...

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    WE love us some Kirk Watson

    Yes, I like Kirk. Not in THAT way, but in that 'guy I respect kinda way'. I can't take y'all anywhere, can I?

    This week, Kirk's on target about health care... so perfectly on target, in fact, that I wanted to alert you to what the presumptive Senator from Travis County has to say.

    Briefly, the speech emphasizes both the dollar and human costs of the holes in the state's health care system, as well as the toll on our economy. It also advocates four critical, common-sense approaches that will dramatically help Texans' health care and the state's budget:

    * Cut down on emergency room visits
    * Ask for the state's fair share of federal health care money
    * Increase health care to children
    * Look for creative, innovative, efficient ways of providing health care

    Now, if you're like me, you read that list and are as underwhelmed by my creativity as you are disappointed that we're not doing those four things already. Believe me, nothing would make me happier than having to get more inventive about improving health care for Texans. But such is the tragic state of Texas that such a basic to-do list hasn't been done.

    Go Kirk!

    Hello, Friends.
    I'm sure that between this summer's barbecues, swimming, vacations, and, you know, work, you've kept up with the developments on KirkWatson.com. But in case you've been too busy to pay attention to me, I wanted to point you to a speech I gave to a group of Texas hospital administrators about one of the most important and vexing issues facing this state: health care. Here's an excerpt and a link:

    "I grew up in a hospital. My mother worked most of my life as a nurse in a hospital. I got the chance to work there too as an orderly. I loved being an orderly, even though the nurses were merciless in finding the nastiest things on earth for me to do.

    I'm also passionate about health care. For very personal reasons.

    I'm supposed to be dead. As many of you know, I'm a cancer survivor. I would be dead, but for access to excellent, early and frequent health care. I'm one of those people who did not die because I didn't need more health care than I could afford.

    I lost my mother Billye Watson to cancer when she was only 62. Daddy died because of cancer 13 months before her, when he was only 66. But, both lived many years fighting that beast because of access to quality health care.

    Each day, Liz, our son Preston, and I address the needs of that great kid who is basically on a life support system, working to control his Type 1 diabetes with at least 4 shots of insulin a day and blood tests that are no less frequent than 8-10 times a day.

    So, I'm personally committed to assuring health care for Texans. It is a key reason I want to be in public service.


    Briefly, the speech emphasizes both the dollar and human costs of the holes in the state's health care system, as well as the toll on our economy. It also advocates four critical, common-sense approaches that will dramatically help Texans' health care and the state's budget:

    * Cut down on emergency room visits
    * Ask for the state's fair share of federal health care money
    * Increase health care to children
    * Look for creative, innovative, efficient ways of providing health care

    Now, if you're like me, you read that list and are as underwhelmed by my creativity as you are disappointed that we're not doing those four things already. Believe me, nothing would make me happier than having to get more inventive about improving health care for Texans. But such is the tragic state of Texas that such a basic to-do list hasn't been done.

    If you want to learn more about the challenges facing Texas' health care system, I highly recommend reading Code Red, a report compiled by a distinguished panel of experts and published by the University of Texas System. It provides a true road map for where we need to go and how we need to get there. Seriously, if you read only one high-level policy document this summer (I know there are probably several on your bedside table right now), read this one. Then encourage elected officials to steal its ideas. I don't think the authors will mind.

    In other news, I continue to get out in the community to hear what folks are thinking and to share ideas. On Monday, I traveled to South Texas to look at a health care facility there. Also in the last few days, I have talked with:

    * A group supporting stem cell research
    * The Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber Corporate Roundtable Luncheon
    * The interns and volunteers at Environment Texas
    * Rep. Mark Strama's splendid Campaign Academy for young people
    * Residents of Westminster Manor retirement center

    This weekend, Preston–who turns 17 next month–and I are headed to Colorado to look at colleges. I'm not sure I'm equipped at this point for three days of low heat, low humidity, and thin oxygen. Hopefully, the separation anxiety will take the edge off.

    Thanks, as always, for everything you all do to help Central Texas. Keep having a good summer, and I'll see you soon.

    Copyright © 2006 Kirk Watson for Texas Senate. Political advertisement paid for by Kirk Watson for Texas Senate, P.O. Box 2004, Austin, TX, 78768; Rosie Mendoza, Treasurer.
    If you do not wish to receive future Watson Wires, reply to this email with the word 'unsubscribe' in the subject line.

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    Dirty Coal? Oh, fuck you TXU, Rick Perry and Todd Staples

    Does Governor Buttplug think global warming is all a bunch of bullshit?

    You betcha!

    Why the hell else would he fast track new dirty coal power plants, not to mention giving all kinds of lulu's to polluters like TXI in Midlothian. You have to ask... why does he hate people who like to breathe so much?

    Of course, the DMN only wants to talk about it in the context of Bell's criticism. Then they can make it all about a campaign instead of a very real public health issue.

    Our good friend Tassel Loafer Todd had his finger in the pie. As always... he is a greedy fuck. What saga of political corruption and lobbying pay-to-play would be complete without some donations from the very people who are benefitting from the laws he writes to make it easier for people to get away with destroying the environment. Need to get a faster permit to make the air more polluted? Just call TLT. He's the go-to guy for stuff like this as long as there is something in it for him. Perry'll sign it, too... but he's going to need a bigger check.

    (via The North Texas Liberal)

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    Poll : UT to come in second

    Sports. I don't know a damn thing about them so would someone please 'splain to me how the hell OU is going to beat us next year?

    Defending national champion Texas is picked to finish second in the Big 12 South in a media poll released Thursday. Oklahoma, which received 23 of the 28 first-place votes, was the odds-on pick to win the division. Texas received the other five first-place votes.

    My natural inclination is to think this is just the AAS being dumb.

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    The perfect website for a douche named Gohmert

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingA new blog has appeared aimed squarely as a kick to the crotch and considerable ego of Congressman Louie Gohmert. You remember Louie, right? He's the douche who thought it would be a great idea to amend and basically gut the Voting Rights Amendment. THAT Louie Gohmert. From Tyler.

    Good job, peeps!

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    July 20, 2006

    Hot New Pictures

    As was noted in this great entry last week, the great folks over at phonesexshop.com took the time to upload a far better picture than we could have dreamed of in replacement of this one of their hot telephone.


    I really have to say, there has to be something said for a phone sex shop telling anyone else that "they suck". I mean, honey, when it comes to sucking, I think we all know that *you* have us beat. These lips are proof positive.

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    Best analysis of Hezbollah and Israel yet...

    Abram over at Casual Soapbox put this up last night and it's honestly the best analysis I've seen so far. In none of the scenario's I've seen does Hezbollah just go away without a fight and I honestly think the Israeli's intend to do everything to put the organization to sleep.

    If they were raining bombs, as Abram points out, on Houston wouldn't we do the same?

    Sadly, There Will Be No Peace in Lebanon

    As I've said before, the Israel-Lebanon crisis has me depressed. I'm both a lover of peace and a supporter of Israel, and it annoys me when I can't have my cake and eat it too. I'm fairly certain a fearsome ground invasion of southern Lebanon by the Israelis is coming, and I'm sad for the devastation I know this will cause innocent Lebanese bystanders. But I have to support Israel's right to defend itself here. Here's the analogy I think is relevant for most Americans:

    If a Mexican gang, that held positions in the Mexican government, were launching rockets at Houston, demanding the return of California, what would we do? If the gang kidnapped a couple of National Guardsmen keeping watch on the border? Would it be an acceptable solution to let an international peacekeeping force made up of Cuban, Venezuelan, and Chinese soldiers patrol Juarez and Nuevo Laredo?

    Disclaimers: I support Israel. I support a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. I don't support terrorism. I don't like war and wish there were a way for Israel to be secure without attacking Hezbollah in Lebanon. I wish war had no casualties. I wish there could be no innocent civilians killed in war. And I certainly don't think it's fair for Lebanese civilians to have to be punished for Hezbollah's actions. If I could see a peaceful solution, I would support it, but I just don't.

    Israel cannot allow rockets to rain down on its heartland without retribution any more than any other country. Israel cannot allow French and Russian troops to be responsible for securing Israel -- they won't be truly willing to do what it takes. Israel might agree to American peacekeepers, but we'd never do it, and we're stretched pretty thin as it is. The Lebanese government is incapable of publicly criticizing, much less disarming, Hezbollah. And an air war alone will not be sufficient to neutralize Hezbollah to any lasting extent. The world political situation is about as favorable for an Israeli strike on Hezbollah as it's likely to get for decades. Israel sees this as an opportunity for at least a medium term solution. It seems to me that Israel will invade and crush Hezbollah (or at least try).

    Our government wants nothing more

    than for Israel to go right ahead. In fact, Condoleeza Rice's trip to the region is not going to produce any sort of diplomatic settlement because we don't want one, and Israel won't accept any plan that Lebanon is capable of meeting. In fact, I'm not really sure how her trip is going to do anything other than make her look ineffective. She probably shouldn't be going.

    Syria could bring pressure on Hezbollah to stop the escalation, but they won't. Israel probably won't go into Syria because they're afraid of what might arise there in the place of the Syrian regime. But of course, in war, the unexpected can and will happen. That's what's getting Bill Kristol and the neoconservatives all worked up again -- the prospects of a wider war in which all the governements they don't like get toppled after all. If Bush won't do it, how about Olmert?

    But Lebanon will face terrible destruction. Israel doesn't intend to occupy Lebanon again. They intend to inflict as much damage as possible in order to knock Hezbollah back years. And then they'll withdraw. The Lebanese government may well fall. I wonder if we won't see more hostage-taking of Americans in Lebanon. But then again, our government is being awfully carefree about getting our people out of Beirut. I wonder if our government knows something, or is just utterly incompetent? Not that they're mutually exclusive.

    Again, all of this has me very depressed. I want a peaceful settlement, but I doubt Lebanon can deliver one the Israelis will accept -- one in which Hezbollah is brought under control by the Lebanese government. And in absence of such a settlement, I'll support Israel's right to defend itself. What would we do if the rockets were hitting Houston?

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    ...except for the fact that he's a 'tard

    Once again, Don't Get Stapled has put a smile on my face. A comment posted there is just too perfect...

    In response to this post, Anonymous wrote:

    Oh wow, the sentimental "drafting" of Todd Staples reminds me of Cincinatus returning to Rome to rule the empire except that Todd Staples fucking sucks. Besides that, its the same.

    That's right, Todd's spinning his candidacy as being drafted INSTEAD of the vanity campaign it so obviously is. Oh, and the Texas Farm Bureau... they have as much to do with farming as Sister Ruth. They're an insurance company... and not much more. A shadow of the once great Farm Bureau organization, today's Farm Bureau cares more about toll roads than they do about the farmers and ranchers of this State.

    If they had any self respect they'd pull the endorsement and stand up for a real Texan, instead of a tassled loafer wearing real estate appriaser who does, in fact, 'fucking suck'.

    Coming up... more of his stupid pictures of Todd Staples and his monsterous freak head!

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    Hank in Fort Worth

    FUCK YEAH... Canofun has a great video up of Hank at the Fort Worth TTC meeting. Great speech... it's worth the 3 minutes!

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    Didn't We Defeat These Fuckers?

    I mean, seriously, why are these people still around. I thought we demolished their asses a couple years ago.

    Afghanistan: Soldiers Reclaim Town From Taliban

    The second of two southern towns seized by the Taliban this week went back into government hands after more than 1,000 Afghan and American-led coalition troops swept into the area. Two Afghan soldiers were wounded and two Taliban were killed in the fight to retake Garmser, a town of about 50,000 people in Helmand Province.

    I guess Operation: Smoke Their Asses Out of Those Goddam Caves missed a few mountains.

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    A funny thing happened while I was drinking at the bar

    Yes. It's a recap of the KAB meeting. Fun? Si. Hot? Oh fuck yeah. However, I braved the heat along with the Mayor, Sister Ruth and (mercifully) with the help of a steady stream of gin and tonics.

    Hank Gilbert and David Van Os were GREAT. Seriously, I don't know what else to say. It's good to see old school speaking from Democrats combined with an engaged crowd. Honestly, it was a lot of fun.

    I have to give shouts out to the always wonderful Sandra Ramos, Garry Brown, Abram from Casual Soapbox and more people than my gin saturated brain can remember right now.

    Just as an FYI... Chris Bell is having a press conference tomorrow at 5:00 at Mother Egans on stem cell research. Given what the jackass in the Oval Office did today, it's topical and I'm sure Chris will beat his ass on it. Go for it, Team Bell!

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    July 19, 2006

    The Happening Happy Hour before Happy Hour

    Join the precocious lot of True Blue Travis at the campaign headquarters grand opening (and boy, do I mean GRAND!) Thursday from 5:30 to 8pm. We'll be kicking off the campaign season in style - featuring your first pizza of the election cycle (though, sadly, none with the image of the Virgin Mary), jammin' tunes from Sun Tzu (or better known as Sandra Ramos' iPod), and all the usual Democratic games (I'm thinking about breaking out the Twister, what do you think?)

    Please join us - there is a bar across the street (I hear it's a "leather" bar, but I've been watching mopey Indie boys who need a haircut go in there all night. )

    Could be fun, no?

    Oh, come on!

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    Coming Home From Lebannon

    We have heard from our family in Lenannon. If everything goes well, they'll be leaving tomorrow at 1pm. They're going to Beruit and then onto a cruise ship for an 8 hour ride to Cyprus. Then, they wait for a flight to London. We'll stop worrying and obsessively watching CNN when they're home.

    While it is absolutely fantastic to have this news, this episode has brought the frustration and fear of the Middle East into our home. I have no answers or wisdom, and neither does anyone else.

    I feel naive and stupid. Why can't we all just get along? Why are people fighting over an area as big as Maryland? How do you stop this level of hatred? What do you do once you decide it's ok to start killing other people's kids?

    If I were a better person I'd read Foreign Policy Quarterly, disregard my suspicion for organized religion, and write letters for Amnesty International. In lieu of all that, I suppose we have politics, elected leaders, peace talks, diplomacy, and hope.

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    Gilbert and Van Os at Keep Austin Blue TONIGHT

    Hope y'all can make it down for Keep Austin Blue's meeting tonight at 6:30 at Mother Egans (715 W 6th St). Hank and THE one and only DVO will be speaking tonight so it should be a great event. This will be ANOTHER fabulous opportunity to bribe the members of Team McBlogger by buying them drinks.

    Yes, we're serious. We're totally for sale... you DID see all the MapChanger's stuff, no?

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    Face of Jesus at Mother Egans


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    No one from the resteraunt will comment on the miracle. Mystie Rain Wyandotte, 46, of Lampasas said that she was overwhelmed by the miracle.

    It's like that special time when you get to the end of a box of cereal and it's just all sweet and delicious from all the sugar that's fallen off the frosted flakes. It's at times like these you know God not only exists... but that he's smiling on you. I feel so blessed. Now I know that God loves me more that Abbie Mae Simpson.

    Abbie Mae Simpson was unavailable for comment.

    The Almighty spoke with unusual brevity regarding the event.

    Oh, you've GOT to be kidding me. She MADE that. It's soooo obvious! I'm going to smite her by making her cereal taste like crap.

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    Speculation, Geopolitics and Terrorism

    US Energy Secretary Samuel (BitchBoy) Bodman thinks that high oil prices are a function of speculation in the market. Eric Bolling, a Merc trader agrees with him. Bolling's estimate is that around $30 of the price of oil is related purely to speculation, geopolitics and terrorism.

    The interesting thing is that neither of them will say anything about the difference between the spot market and contract pricing of oil. Meaning, that the oil used to make the gasoline Exxon sells at the pump costs Exxon LESS than the spot market price. However, they base their price to the consumer off the spot market. There is not really a wholesale market for crude. That's the real shame.

    Accounting rules should be changed for oil companies and taxation should be levied accordingly. Theoretically, that already happens, right? Not really. Exxon really doesn't pay much in taxes compared to their profits and the massive tax breaks they get from the government. So, we need to change the way we look at how government taxes them. That's the only way gas companies will see it in their best interests to start competing on price, instead of the defacto fix based on the spot market.

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    July 18, 2006

    ALERT - Help Houston see that Hank Gilbert's the best choice for Ag Commissioner

    Houston Business Connection is running an internet poll of who will be the best candidate for Ag Commissioner in 2006.

    Vote NOW!

    (FD - I'm volunteering for Hank Gilbert)

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    Bush: Liebes-Attacke auf Merkel!

    I think that means Bush wants to annex the Sudetenland or something. Okay, I admit it, I don't read German, but apparently Chancellor Merkel is not a fan of Dear Leader's impromtu neck massages.
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    The video is even better.

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    Where conservatism went wrong

    The Mayor and Sister Ruth are both in various stages of reading John Dean's new book, Why I'm Still Relevant, which they decided to tell me about Sunday night. Rather than go through all that, Easter Lemming has a great post up about it so I thought I'd post it instead (in case you missed it).

    Apparently, it's all about authoritarianism...

    Authoritarianism is not well understood and seldom discussed in the context of American government and politics, yet it now constitutes the prevailing thinking and behavior among conservatives. Regrettably, empirical studies reveal, however, that authoritarians are frequently enemies of freedom, antidemocratic, antiequality, highly prejudiced, mean-spirited, power hungry, Machiavellian, and amoral. They are also often conservatives without conscience who are capable of plunging this nation into disasters the likes of which we have never known.

    Huh... and I thought they were just bossy.

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    July 17, 2006

    FINALLY! A good use for solar power

    Keeping beer cold? I guess that's as good as any other use.

    The material being developed by researchers at the US Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute sticks solar cells and heat pumps onto surfaces, and could ultimately turn walls, windows and even beer bottles into climate control systems.

    Actually, my first thought was my car... it get's hot as hell during the day and this would certainly cut down on my AC and fuel consumption.

    This is a nice way of delving into a subject that in the age of $3.00 gasoline should be getting more attention and research money... hyperefficient polymerized PV systems. Forget biofuels... all we need is a good flexible PV panel and a quick charging battery system and the solar electric car is here. Granted, I'm not selling my ADM stock but as soon as someone goes public with this technology I will be picking up some stock.

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    New blogs...

    or, much like merchandise in a resale shop, they're new to us... and we love them.

    Justin Hamilton

    Jobsanger - DESPITE his Kinky-er tendencies.


    TX-06 Democratic Candidate David Harris' blog

    Somervell County Salon

    Terrell Today - Keep up the good fight against that asshat Hensarling!

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    In Austin tonight? Come say Howdy to Chris Bell

    Candidate Party!

    Chris Bell is having a thing at Mother Egan's tonight to talk about new grassroots tools and make a Major Campaign Announcement'. The Mayor is hoping it's not an action figure.

    Buy any member of Team McBlogger a drink and we'll say something nice about you and promise to never post a bad picture of you... unless you're running for office.

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    Why did the man in the chicken suit cross the road?

    This just in from the Commissioner: Carole Whatzername is officially BORRRRRRRing. After all, the best Our Lady of the Many Surnames can do to drum up publicity is file a lawsuit to be called "Grandma" on the ballot. Meanwhile, in Tennessee, they really know how to stir up a big clucking mess.

    Corker worker, man in chicken suit have run-in

    Feathers flew Friday in downtown Chattanooga when a volunteer for U.S. Senate candidate Bob Corker says he was hit by a car driven by a man in a chicken suit who had been heckling the candidate.

    "I will definitely not be having poultry for dinner. That's for darn sure," said Bryan Shannon, 30, who works for an insurance company in Chattanooga

    The man in the chicken suit, a Bryant supporter, may press charges against Shannon for "physically assaulting his car," Bryant campaign manager Michael Luethy said.

    "Bob Corker and his campaign need to lighten up and get a sense of humor or enroll in anger-management class," Luethy said.

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    July 16, 2006

    LaBare-ing Your True Beliefs

    This story was just too great not to pick up and pick apart.

    Austin tries to close male strip club

    Officials in Austin, Texas, are trying to close down a male strip club that caters to women, arguing that LaBare lives up to its name.

    The club's owner, Kevin Cox, told the Austin American-Statesman...

    Wait. Stop right there. LaBare is owned by a man named COX?!?!? Fucking awesome. I think it should be pointed out right here and now that the ASS, I mean, AAS is owned by, yes, wait for it, COX Newspapers, Inc.

    ...the dancers do not go beyond the topless stage, with boxers or briefs covering their genital areas.

    Who wears boxers at a strip club? Where are the thongs people? I wouldn't want to go see some ladies prancing around in granny's knickers! Hell, that's a better reason to shut the place down.

    He describes the dance routines as fantasies in which the strippers do standup comedy or dress up as firefighters or police officers.

    What is this, the YMCA? Or do I just really not understand what the hell straight women think is a 'hot night out at the strip club'?

    But city officials say some of the routines imitate sex acts and the men sometimes bare their rear ends. Because the club is within 1,000 feet of the Texas School for the Deaf and Town Lake Park, that would be illegal.

    The school for the deaf?!?! So just how bad is the dance music and that stand up comedy act? *eye roll* Somehow I'm really doubting that anyone is going to LaBare while class is in session. You know, because most people go to class during the daylight hours, and to strip clubs when it's dark outside?

    Still, this story would be about 249% more hilarious if the strip club were within 1,000 feet of the Texas School for the Blind. Or if LaBare was the headquarters for Quest Personals phone division.

    So here is my solution for the whole bootylicious problem with LaBare and the School for the Deaf.

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    With friends like these, who needs enemies?

    There's an old theory that if you move far enough to the left politically, you find yourself within handshaking distance of the Right. Then there's another theory that the continent is tilted to the west so lots of loose nuts end up in California. Recently evidence to support both of these ideas has turned up in the form of a collection of West Coast crackpots styling themselves the "Patrick Henry Democratic Club".

    Normally I wouldn't give a second thought to what some people half a continent away talk about when they get together at Denny's. But it seems that they are sticking their noses into Texas business. If you go to their website, which is sort of a Tiger Beat for fans of Dennis Kucinich put together with the graphical skills of a three year-old, you will see that they are also fans of a certain Texas congressman.


    Thank Dennis Kucinich, Jim McDermott, Ron Paul and Pete Stark for being the only consistent votes against the rush to war with Iran. To those who don't know, in February, the House voted overwhelmingly for a resolution "condemning the Government of Iran for violating its international nuclear nonproliferation obligations and expressing support for efforts to report Iran to the United Nations Security Council." While some others voted "present" and some did not vote, these four had the courage to stand up and be counted against this resolution fast-tracking the next war. In April, another bill looking like a declaration of war with Iran was approved by the House. These four, joined by others, voted against that. Then, in May, these four and others voted against a bill which appears to call for the overthrow of the elected government of Hamas. Pelosi lead the majority of Democrats in voting with the Republicans in support of all three of these bills. We are very proud of Dennis Kucinich, our Congressman of the Year, for leading the opposition to war against Iran and Palestine.

    Everyone here is encouraged to donate to these four individuals who have consistently stood up as lone voices for peace. Their web sites are http://kucinich.us, http://www.mcdermottforcongress.com/, http://www.ronpaulforcongress.com/, and http://www.petestark.com/.

    That's right, these "Democrats" are raising money for Ron Paul, the incumbant republican congressman whose bizarro world libertarian beliefs occasionally result in him making statements that are somewhat soothing to liberals' ears. Yes, Ron Paul is against the war, but as an excellent post on BOR recently reminded us, he is also against aid to the poor, against affirmative action, against helping the victioms of Hurricane Katrina, against Medicare. And his openly racist views were expressed yet again just last week when he voted against the extension of the Voting Rights Act.

    A few years ago, when Tom DeLay and Tom Craddick carried out their infamous redistricting of Texas' congressional districts, their mission was to cement republican dominance. If Ron Paul actually represented a threat to the GOP thugocracy in Congress, he would have been gerrymandered into oblivion. Instead, The Hammer actually sliced off some red-voting territory from his own district to strengthen Paul's.

    Shane Sklar, the Democrat running against Paul certainly has his work cut out for him, even without so-called Democrats from out of state sending checks to his opponent. The republican leadership knows that they have a solid ally in Ron Paul. Too bad the PHDC can't seem to figure that out.

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    When man bites dog that's news they say

    And when dogs start running people over...

    OGDEN, Utah - A police dog that was left in a pickup with the engine running apparently knocked the vehicle into gear and ran down a woman who was walking to her mailbox.

    The dog, a German shepherd named Ranger, had been left in the truck while its handler responded to a domestic disturbance call Tuesday, police Lt. Loring Draper said. The truck’s engine was on so Ranger would have air conditioning.

    Draper said Ranger must have hit the shift on the steering column, putting the automatic transmission into gear. As the truck slowly rolled forward, police officers yelled to Stone, but she couldn’t get out of the way in time, he said.

    A front and rear tire ran over her. “She had tire marks on her clothes,” her husband said.

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    July 15, 2006

    You call this an Apocalypse?

    Turn your speakers on.
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    Saudi's try to put the brakes on Hezbollah

    Saudi Arabia issued what has to be (for them) a stern warning to Hezbollah

    The kingdom "clearly announces that there has to be a differentiation between legitimate resistance (to Israel) and uncalculated adventures", said a Saudi official quoted by the state Saudi Press Agency.

    The Saudi official said Hezbollah's capture of two Israeli soldiers could lead to "an extremely serious situation which could subject all Arab nations and its achievements to destruction".

    "The kingdom sees that it is time for those elements to alone shoulder the full responsibility for this irresponsible behaviour and that the burden of ending the crisis falls on them alone," the official said.

    Well, at least it's something...

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    July 14, 2006

    Life sucks when you think Wal Mart is fancy

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    Breaking... State Submits plan to butffuck Travis County

    Seriously, buttfuck may be too kind. The new map with leave Travis County with three Congressional districts. The Reps? Bonilla, McCaul and Smith.

    The map splits Travis County among U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio; Henry Bonilla, R-San Antonio; and Michael McCaul, R-Austin.

    Doggett would be left with some difficult choices. He could run against McCaul, where Doggett now lives, or against Smith, who would inherit a large chunk of Doggett's Democratic base in Travis County. Or, as Abbott seems to suggest Doggett could run in his redrawn district, which would stretch from Caldwell County to the border.

    The crew here at McBlogger would like to send a big FUCK YOU! out to Governor Cocksucker, Attorney General Greg 'Wheelie' Abbott, Speaker Tom CradDICK and of course Lt. Governor Dewhurst.

    Special thanks go to that One Senile Old Bitch, C4N3P without whom this whole fucking fiasco wouldn't have been possible.

    Finally a word of advice to the R Congressmen who are probably thinking "YEAH ME!"... you DON'T want to campaign in Austin. EVERY single event will be protested. We will make your life miserable. Quit now and we MIGHT leave you alone. Otherwise, WE'LL PICK YOU OFF ONE BY ONE, ELECTION BY ELECTION. Ask The Keels if we're serious.

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    New way to suck oil out of Central Asia

    With the opening of the BTC Pipeline we can do lean back and relax... the oil bomb will be a dud.

    Speaking at the opening ceremony on Thursday, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish prime minister, called the pipeline "the Silk Road of the 21st century", saying it would boost economic development, co-operation and stability in a region that was once the Cold War frontier between Nato and the Soviet Union.
    The pipeline will carry oil from the Caspian Sea fields, which is the world's third largest reserve, to Western markets.

    Oh wait... the damn thing only carries 1mm/bbl per day. And we use 20 mm/bbl per day.

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    Hillary Dances

    Dance, Hillary. Dance.

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    Jeb Hensarling, Whiney Titty Baby, bitches about the DCCC video

    I've not been a particularly big fan of the DCCC, until now. Click the player and watch...

    You get it, right? Well, Jeb Hensarling, one of the Dallas area Congressional Republicans, apparently is a fucking retard and issued this letter.

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Jeb Hensarling (TX-05) today asked that Rep. Rahm Emanuel, Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), apologize to American military families for using images of the caskets of U.S. soldiers killed waging the War on Terror in a Democratic fundraising video. Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting "The families of the fallen heroes of the War on Terror deserve our utmost respect and compassion," said Hensarling. "They do not deserve to see the deaths of loved ones exploited by Rep. Emanuel and the DCCC."

    "As former executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, I have seen the Democrats employ a lot of low-brow political tactics over the years, but Rep. Emanuel has sunk to a new low with this video," Hensarling said. Using images of flag-draped coffins of American heroes in this sort of video is shameless and disgusting, and I ask that Rep. Emanuel apologize to military families for any pain that he has caused."

    But I guess what y'all did with those who died on 9/11 was appropriate? Jeb, I gotta tell ya... that's a MIGHTY BAD rug you have on your head. That's the first thing you really need to know since you apparently don't own a mirror. The second thing you need to know is that the failed policies of you and your Party put those men and women in those coffins. Their blood is on your hands because of your lies and poor decision making. Democrats aren't exploiting that, merely pointing out that coffins draped with flags, the result of a war of choice in Iraq, are the cost of failed Republican policies and Republican lies.

    You'd rather the public not see those images. The public might start asking questions then about the lies you and other Republicans told them leading up to the invasion of Iraq. Those images make me realize the cost of your incompetence, Jeb... a cost paid by men and women none of us will ever know.

    America needs to see that. How else will people so far removed from the war know about the very real human cost?

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    Dregs : Isreal v. Hezbollah, Vote for BAR, VRA passes House

  • Abram over at Casual Soapbox has a great post about Stratfor's analysis of the current conflict between Isreal and Hezbollah.

    It would appear Israel will invade Lebanon. The global response will be noisy. There will be no substantial international action against Israel. Beirut's tourism and transportation industry, as well as its financial sectors, are very much at risk.
  • BAR is running third in Barbara Boxer's PAC For Change contest. This time I'm not prostituting, I like BAR and BB. Go give 'em some support...

    Current Vote Leaders

    Claire McCaskill (MO) 17%
    Bob Casey (PA) 16%
    Barbara Radnofsky (TX) 14%
    Pete Ashdown (UT) 11%
    Sherrod Brown (OH) 9%

    Cast your own online ballot at www.barbaraboxer.com/vote!

    Over 14,000 people have already cast online votes for the Democratic Senate challenger who will be featured in the next fundraising email from PAC for a Change.

    But we haven't heard from you yet. Please cast your ballot now!


    This is a big decision for our community to make. We are only six seats away from winning a majority in the Senate, and the candidate who wins this online vote will get a critical financial boost as we move ever closer to the November elections.

    We saw the power of our PAC for a Change community at work last month when, thanks to your support, a fundraising email raised more than $80,000 for my friend and colleague Sen. Maria Cantwell in her race against the deep-pocketed Mike McGavick in Washington.

    Now we can do the same thing for a Democratic Senate challenger in one of these important races across America -- races that will determine whether or not we close the gap and take back control of the Senate this November.


    The early voting leader was Bob Casey (PA), but he was overtaken just this morning by Claire McCaskill, showing how tight this race is right now. These two are followed closely by Barbara Ann Radnofsky (TX), Pete Ashdown (UT), and Sherrod Brown (OH).

    But we've still got more than a week left until our online balloting wraps up on July 21st -- and another 12 candidates who are close on the heels of our early voting leaders -- so those results could still change dramatically between now and then.

    The best way to help your favorite Senate challenger is to vote. So please, take just a minute right now to participate in this exciting community-driven decision-making process.

    Which candidate will our PAC for a Change community choose to support next? The decision is in your hands.

    In Friendship,

    Barbara Boxer

    P.S. After you cast your vote at www.barbaraboxer.com/vote, be sure to forward this message to your friends and family so they can participate as well. Help us make sure we get as much input as possible about who will receive a fundraising email to our entire community!

  • Vince over at Capital Annex has the Texas Delegation's recorded votes on the Voting Rights Act Renewal. It passed the House today and is now on it's way to the Senate where I'm sure Cornyn will find something to hate about it.
  • Have a goodun!

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    July 13, 2006

    A cranky old man explains the Internets

    just the other day got, an internet was sent by my staff at 10 o'clock in the morning on Friday and I just got it yesterday. Why?

    Because it got tangled up with all these things going on the internet commercially.

    The regulatory approach is wrong. Your approach is regulatory in the sense that it says "No one can charge anyone for massively invading this world of the internet". No, I'm not finished. I want people to understand my position, I'm not going to take a lot of time.

    They want to deliver vast amounts of information over the internet. And again, the internet is not something you just dump something on. It's not a truck.

    It's a series of tubes.

    The cranky old man has been identified as Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska. And his computer has been identified as. . .

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    Univac. With tubes like those, no wonder his bandwidth is as clogged as his arteries.

    And if you don't understand those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and its going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material.

    I leave these: a box of mint-condition 1918 liberty-head silver dollars. You see, back in those days, rich men would ride around in Zeppelins, dropping coins on people, and one day I seen J. D. Rockefeller flying by. So I run of the house with a big washtub and? hey! Where are you going?

    ... Anyway, about my washtub. I?d just used it that morning to wash my turkey, which in those days was known as... a walking bird. We'd always have walking bird on Thanksgiving with all the trimmings: cranberries, injun eyes, yams stuffed with gunpowder. Then we'd all watch football, which in those days was called "baseball"

    Now we have a separate Department of Defense internet now, did you know that?

    Do you know why?

    We can't bust heads like we used to, but we have our ways. One trick is to tell 'em stories that don't go anywhere - like the time I caught the ferry over to Shelbyville. I needed a new heel for my shoe, so, I decided to go to Morganville, which is what they called Shelbyville in those days. So I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time. Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on em. 'Give me five bees for a quarter,you'd say.

    Now where were we? Oh yeah - the important thing was I had an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time. They didn?t have white onions because of the war. The only thing you could get was those big yellow ones...

    Because they have to have theirs delivered immediately. They can't afford getting delayed by other people.

    Now I think these people are arguing whether they should be able to dump all that stuff on the internet ought to consider if they should develop a system themselves.

    Not many people know this, but I own the first radio in Springfield. Not much on the air then, just Edison reciting the alphabet over and over. 'A' he'd say. Then 'B'. 'C' would usually follow.

    Maybe there is a place for a commercial net but it's not using what consumers use every day.

    It's not using the messaging service that is essential to small businesses, to our operation of families.

    Three wars back we called Sauerkraut "liberty cabbage" and we called liberty cabbage "super slaw" and back then a suitcase was known as a "Swedish lunch box." Of course, nobody knew that but me. Anyway, long story short... is a phrase whose origins are complicated and rambling...

    The whole concept is that we should not go into this until someone shows that there is something that has been done that really is a viloation of net neutraility that hits you and me.

    Posted by mayor mcsleaze at 08:38 PM | Comments (4)

    In which Falwell and Robertson try to play Perry Mason

    When I first heard about the Alliance Defense Fund I thought it must be a joke. Then I realized that it WAS a joke, just not one with a punchline I thought was funny. And Falwell and Robertson are laughing their asses off.

    The ADF is like the dominionist equivalent of the ACLU. Only instead of furthering and protecting the civil liberities of Americans, they want to take them away. For instance, prayer in school. Those of us who took calculas in high school remember damn well that there is prayer in school. These were the dumb kids who never took anything hard enough to require a deal with God at the last minute. They wanted a teacher to lead them in prayer, possibly because they didn't know what to ask for other than a monster truck, boobs and maybe a job.

    Of course, a Teacher can't lead a prayer... that would be school sponsorship and that would offend people like me. Why? I grew up Methodist in a Baptist town. I don't want to pray some stupid Baptist prayer. God wouldn't realize it was me. Not to mention we DID have some Catholics and Mormons. I'm sure the inquisition would have been called in had the Catholics been forced to do anything by a Baptist. Fortunately, school SPONSORED prayer was struck down by the Supreme Court. You can still, even to this day, pray in school... it just can't be the school telling you do it or what prayer you should use.

    Dominionists like Falwell and Robertson want to change all that and they're using the ADF to do it. They're working hard to create theocracy right here in America which is funny since it's been such a miserable failure everywhere else it's been tried.

    Full text in the supersize

    Bringing the Church to the Courtroom
    Christian Group Becomes Force in Major Legal Battles

    By Peter Slevin
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Monday, July 10, 2006; A01

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A 29-foot war memorial shaped like a cross should be allowed to remain on public land. A teacher should be able to emphasize references to God in the Declaration of Independence. Protesters should be permitted to approach women near the doors of an abortion clinic.

    These courtroom fights and dozens of others pending across the country belong to the portfolio of the ambitious Alliance Defense Fund, a socially conservative legal consortium. It spends $20 million a year seeking to protect what it regards as the place of religion -- and especially Christianity -- in public life.

    Considering itself the antithesis of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Scottsdale-based organization has used money and moxie to become the leading player in a movement to tug the nation to the right by challenging decades of legal precedent. By stepping into the nation's most impassioned debates about religion in the public sphere, the group aims to bring law and society into alignment with conservative Christianity.

    The group successfully challenged the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses in California and Oregon, and worked on statewide ballot initiatives prohibiting such unions. Its attorneys helped the Boy Scouts win approval of a policy barring gay Scout leaders.

    The group has been battling embryonic stem cell research in Missouri and won a Supreme Court stay preventing the removal of California's 29-foot Mount Soledad cross. In Florida, where saving the life of brain-damaged Terri Schiavo became a crusade, the group supported efforts to nourish her.

    "What we are really trying to protect are the things this country was founded on," said D. James Kennedy, leader of Florida's Coral Ridge Ministries and one of the prominent Christian conservatives who fashioned the alliance in 1993 as a sharp stick in the national culture debate.

    That is not how opponents see the organization. While crediting the ADF with training troops for battles once fought by a haphazard assortment of government lawyers and often ill-prepared volunteers, critics question the alliance's commitment to tolerance and the Constitution.

    "They're not for some form of generic religious freedom. They're for Christian superiority, that Christians take over the courts," said Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. "They are living in this fantasy world where the majority religion, Christianity, is claimed to be literally under attack."

    Gary S. McCaleb directs the ADF's litigation team from a file-filled office in a nondescript Scottsdale office park. He said the 16 staff lawyers are in such demand that the ADF created separate divisions for marriage issues and for university free-speech questions.

    The ADF underwrites legal fights and increasingly handles litigation itself. Groups receiving significant funding include the American Center for Law & Justice, founded by evangelist Pat Robertson, and Liberty Counsel, backed by the Rev. Jerry Falwell.

    "We're certainly stretched. I feel I could put a hundred attorneys to work tomorrow," said McCaleb, who said the ADF files one to two cases a week and is deeply involved in 80 to 100 open cases at any one time. He calls this a "pivotal time" in U.S. history.

    "What we see is an overarching agenda from the left wing and the pro-homosexual groups," said McCaleb, who perceives "clear hostility to Christian thought." He described the stakes as "the fundamental ability of Christians to speak their minds on the issues of the day."

    The day McCaleb said this, lawyers were preparing to intervene in the dispute over the Mount Soledad cross, a war memorial erected in 1954 in La Jolla, Calif., and challenged by an atheist veteran. Federal judges ordered the cross to be removed from government land, but Justice Anthony M. Kennedy granted a temporary stay on July 3.

    "For private citizens to be told they can't memorialize their dead is an outrage," said McCaleb, noting similar cases elsewhere. "It's not a matter of these crosses radiating secret Christian rays that will convert people."

    Federal courts have said in the Mount Soledad case and other disputes that private land, including church property, is the appropriate place for such religious displays. They cite the Establishment Clause in the Constitution, which prohibits the government from sanctioning or favoring one religion over another.

    What motivated D. James Kennedy and other conservatives -- including James C. Dobson of Focus on the Family and William Bright of the Campus Crusade for Christ -- to form the ADF was the impression that Christians were losing too many such battles.

    "It was just years of seeing the ACLU and its cronies attacking religious organizations or religious exercise," Kennedy said. "And, very frequently, there was nobody that even showed up to defend the Christian position."

    To change the equation, the alliance hired Reagan-era prosecutor Alan Sears. He later brought in corporate lawyer Jeffery Ventrella. Mostly under Ventrella's watch, the ADF has schooled more than 800 outside lawyers, each promising to donate 450 hours to the cause.

    Ventrella runs an annual summer seminar, which this year brought 100 law students to Scottsdale. The idea, according to ADF documents, is to train them in "a distinctly Christian worldview of law" before they head to clerkships and other influential posts, "perhaps even Supreme Court justices."

    Some of them met recently at a training session in Chicago. Lawyers and preachers jotted tips as ADF speakers explained that prayer is not always enough: Protecting the faith sometimes demands lawsuits and clamor.

    "I was looking for a way to reconcile my faith and my professional life. The ADF helped me be not a Christian and a lawyer but a Christian lawyer," said Chicago litigator Melanie Jo Triebel, who says that the "Christian side of the debate" has not been effective enough.

    The ADF's rising profile in churches and the media attracts an average of 300 inquiries a month. One recent day, a call came from a government employee disappointed by a diversity training video because it did not portray homosexuality negatively. A graduating high school senior called to say he had been told not to use Jesus's name in a speech.

    "It's definitely an affirmation of our fallen state as humans," Renee Bergmen said of her work evaluating such complaints. "But it's a blessing to provide an answer, and that answer being faith in Jesus Christ."

    Every December, the ADF monitors the expression of Christmas, fearful that the encouragement of greetings such as "Happy Holidays" and other steps taken in the name of cultural sensitivity are costing the day its religious identity. Last year, the organization received 434 calls.

    A recent case, now pending, focuses on a Pittsburgh ordinance that requires protesters to remain 15 feet from an abortion clinic door. ADF lawyer Elizabeth Murray sued, saying she represented "a compassionate, professional nurse who has devoted much of her life to kindly and gently counseling women during a difficult time in life."

    The ADF took up the cause of Stephen Williams, a fifth-grade teacher in Cupertino, Calif. School authorities, wary of proselytizing, said he was overemphasizing religious excerpts from the Declaration of Independence and other documents.

    When Williams sued in November 2004, asserting religious discrimination as a Christian, the alliance attracted enormous attention -- particularly from the religious right and conservative media outlets -- when it announced, "Declaration of Independence Banned From Classroom."

    Authorities at Stevens Creek Elementary School said the Declaration continued to be taught. They pointed out textbook references and said it hung on school walls. Williams, they said, chose materials so narrow that they were forced to act. Williams agreed to withdraw his suit in August 2005.

    Outsiders questioned the ADF's motives and legal reasoning.

    "They know that a teacher who has a pattern of proselytizing has crossed the line," said Charles C. Haynes, a senior scholar at the Freedom Forum's First Amendment Center, asserting that the ADF went too far. "When they do that, it may raise money, it may raise their profile, but it undermines their credibility."

    "They seem to have an ACLU-envy problem. They distort the position of the ACLU to justify themselves," said Jeremy Gunn, director of the ACLU's Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief. He said the ADF favors a "Walt Disney version of American history."

    "There's no mugging of their free speech," Gunn said. "They talk about freedom and liberty. What they really want is the government to endorse their version."

    Alliance executives say they are on solid ground when it comes to history and the law, and they insist that the pendulum is beginning to swing their way. Sears said the group, "by grace," expects to grow 20 percent a year.

    "Over and over, there's a search-and-destroy mission for religious expression," Ventrella told the trainees in Chicago. "Do we want to forget our religious heritage? When we abandon God, we will forget man. So what's God got to do with it? Everything."
    © 2006 The Washington Post Company

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    The REAL problem with America

    It has nothing to do with conservative vs. liberal. It has to do with nosey, bossy people who can't seem to focus on anything other than what they perceive others are doing 'wrong'.

    In short, the problem with America are all these Americans who refuse to mind their own fucking business.

    Panhandle Truth Squad has a great piece up about Conservatism being the problem with America today. While I agree that strict adherence to conservative policy has been disasterous (you know, because it's OBVIOUS), I think the biggest problem with conservatism is the obsessive need to force their will on others, not the ridiculous 'get-something-for-nothing mentality.

    Liberals have the same problem, though it's no where near as bad as the bossy know-it-all conservative movement.

    Is apathy the answer? In part, especially when comes to matters in the bedroom and doctor's office. Take away those two issues and the conservative platform is ripped apart.

    How do we turn mountains of conservative rhetoric on it's head? Simple. If someone tries to engage you regarding gay marriage ask them why they care if gays get married. Ask them if they're gay. When they respond 'NO', then ask them why they're all up someone else's ass. Recommend they spend some time worrying about themselves and less about two gay guys getting married in Massachusettes.

    We need more disinterested third parties and fewer nosey neighbors.

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    Censor yourself

    Ever wanted to have that super cool black censor bar look IN THE REAL WORLD? Now you can!
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    These Stupidiotic Black Bar Censor Bar Glasses are crazy. “On their own, Black Bars appear to be ridiculously silly looking sunglasses. In a social setting, they instantly become the life of the party. Inhibitions fade away. You’re immediately popular with the “IN” crowd. Others will wonder if you’re famous or dangerous. Stupidiotic Black Bars look and photograph just like censor bars.” Great idea.
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    I LURVE the name of this company!

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    Horsing around with Mark Warner

    The last few weeks have been like caring for an aged, dying, impossibly wealthy relative that you despise yet desperately hope will remember you in their will. At long last they finally die and now you can reveal your true feelings while reveling in the knowledge that just as soon as the will is probated, you will have a mightily fattened bank account.

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingThat's right, over the last few weeks I've prostituted myself and the blog for someone I can't stand. Tonight, I can reveal the fact that I HATE MARK WARNER.

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingOh, I know you could figure it out from my derision in the MapChanger posts. I hated the contest but even more I hated the self serving egomaniacal former Governor behind it. Horsey McHorseface acted as though the entire thing was a function of his generous nature, as though his 'largesse' was something other than a fantastic fundraising and database building tool.

    Some may call this sour grapes. You're entitled to your opinion, no matter how inaccurate. I would have received nothing out of Courage winning MpaChangers. In point of fact, I'm not paid by ANY campaign. Still, I was willing to get down on my knees and worship at the alter of Mark because I so desperately want to elect Democrats in Texas. I know I'm not the only one feels the same way. The one thing that gives me hope is that we all came together in an attempt to make something good happen. Courage and Bell will receive 5k a piece and we all get emails from the Warner people until we puke. Mark raised millions and came out of this with a tremendous email list. We're the ones who got screwed... even the guy who won only got, what, 50k? What is that, a week of TV? In Boise?

    The more I thought about it today the more I got pissed. Not because it was opportunistic (it WAS) but because I actually held back on criticism. In the end I'm pissed at myself.

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingI know some of you like him and my hope is that over the next 18-22 months you'll figure out what I have... that Mark Warner is little more than Joe Lieberman with a southern pedigree and buck teeth. Consider this fair warning, Warner lovers... I don't share your warm affection for the former Governor of Virginia. To paraphrase something Portia de Rossi said to Clint Howard in an episode of Arrested Development, I think he's gross.

    I do hope he'll come to Texas and help out the Dems down here. It would, at the very least, show him as someone who does care about party building instead of just building up for his inevitable run at the Presidency.

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    July 12, 2006

    Is your refrigerator running?

    As Oscar Wilde said, there are two kinds of bloggers... those who recognize satire, and those who are total fucking idiots. Guess which group includes this right-to-lifer...

    Murder without conscience

    .Here are some quotes from a pro-abortion person, Miss Caroline Weber, who wrote an article at The Onion online magazine.

    The Onion Article

    When referring to the killing of her child she said:

    "I am totally psyched for this abortion!"

    "Those pro-life activists made it pretty clear that, unlike me, they actually think abortion is bad and to be avoided. Are they nuts? Abortion is the best!"

    "It wasn't until now that I was lucky enough to be pregnant with a child I had no means to support."

    "I just know it's going to be the best non-anesthetized invasive uterine surgery ever!

    Who does Miss Weber blame her abortion on? The pro-life movement.

    "The funny thing is, I actually have the pro-life movement to thank for this opportunity."

    It's our fault? She says:

    "If my HMO wouldn't have bowed to their pressure not to cover oral contraceptives, I never would've gotten pregnant in the first place."

    Sorry ma'am, if you hadn't had sex you wouldn't have gotten pregnant, it's not the HMO's fault for not supporting your promiscuity while not married.

    To sum it up, Miss Weber said:

    "I realize there are people who will criticize me, calling me selfish and immature because I took "the easy way out." I realize there are those who will condemn me to hell for what I'm about to do. Well, I don't care what they say: It's worth it for all the fun and laughs I'm going to have at the clinic. So listen up, world: I'm pro-abortion... and I love it! See you at my post-abortion party, everybody!"

    Miss Weber, you have killed your child, which you admit is a baby/human being, intentionally. That does make you an admitted murderer. I'm not going to "condemn you to hell", I'm going to pray for your forgiveness and for the suffering which you will endure when you realize what you have done. Every baby you see from that moment on is going to wake you up to the realization that you killed your child.

    Speak out against abortion. Don't just complain about it. Join the Monthly Call for Life at MonthlyCallForLife.com. We call, email and/or march to let our representatives know that we will not stop until they stop the killing of innocent human beings!

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    Texas tribe seeks to bitchslap Ralph Reed, take his illgotten gains

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingPhotobucket - Video and Image HostingThe Alabama-Coushatta tribe of Texas, the Indian tribe ripped off by infamous Republican lobbyist (I LOVE writing that), Jack Abramoff, has taken the step of filing a civil suit against him and his accomplice, Georgia Lt. Gov candidate RALPH REED who is running as a Republican.

    An East Texas American Indian tribe denied the right to run its own casino filed a lawsuit today against disgraced Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his associates, including Ralph Reed, formerly of the Christian Coalition and now a candidate for Georgia lieutenant governor.

    The lawsuit brought by Alabama-Coushatta tribe of Texas in federal district court in Austin accuses Abramoff, Reed and three other associates of misleading Texas lawmakers to kill legislation in 2001 that would have legalized casino gambling by the East Texas tribe.

    The defendants are accused of hiding the fact that they were being paid by a Louisiana tribe to defeat gambling in Texas. They are accused of conspiracy, fraud and racketeering.

    Reed, according to the lawsuit, used his contacts in the religious community to make it appear there was a groundswell of opposition to the gambling bill from religious organizations.

    I certainly hope the soon-to-be-poor Ralph Reed will be able to enjoy living on Kraft Macaroni and Cheese dinners.

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    So I go to look at email...

    and found the following...

    Subject: **VL-JUNK** With Penis Enlarge Patch you can wrap your long penis around your waist instead of the belt.
    From: "mcbri001@umn.edu"
    Date: Wed, July 12, 2006 10:35 am
    To: mcblogger@mcblogger.com
    Priority: Normal
    Options: View Full Header | View Printable Version

    You inherited a small dick from you father @nd think there is no way to help it. Penis Enlarge Patch is what you need.

    Normally, I delete this shit but I was reading email sequentially and came up on this. First, the eye grabbing subject...

    With Penis Enlarge Patch you can wrap your long penis around your waist instead of the belt.

    Who would want a dick that big (other than Harry who would no doubt use it to intimidate opposing counsel and mesmerize a jury)?

    The second thing that grabbed my attention...

    You inherited a small dick from you father @nd think there is no way to help it. Penis Enlarge Patch is what you need.

    Of all the things that make up the cruel joke that is my genetic inheritance (why these bitches LOVE greasy salty food so much is a mystery), that has to be cruelest. Way to cut deep at a point of deep personal shame. I thought my baby penis was only known to myself a few others. How DID they find out?

    It had to be one of my exes. So I called them all. They, of course, being the liars I remember, denied any knowledge but thought it was H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S that I would get a penis enlargement email written in such a way. So, I had to have them killed.

    You understand, right?

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    You never know what you'll find at the post office

    Recently I had to actually go to the post office to mail a letter. Like you, I HATE THE POST OFFICE... the lines, the surly employees who are seemingly ALWAYS on break and of course the perpetually broken stamp machines. Obviously though, someone has different ideas about the post office and more specifically alternative uses for the parking lot.

    As I stepped out of my car at the Balcones PO in Northwest, I found the following

    Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting A used condom

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    The wrapper

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingAnd a sign over the entrance touting the 24 hour availability of their automated systems (a complete lie, post office) which I thought was great since you never know when you're going to need to fuck a skank in the parking lot AND post a letter.

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    July 11, 2006

    It's for the Children...

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingPhillip Morris today announced they are releasing a new cigarette, the Marlboro School Finance Edition. For every specially marked pack that's purchased, the company will donate $1 to the Permanent Education Fund to support Texas schools.

    PM spokesperson Maggie O'Brien said

    We at Phillip Morris are extremely pleased to be able to do this for the children of Texas. It's a wonderful opportunity for the company and our consumers to give back to the communities in which they live.

    Packs go on sale September 1st, 2006.

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    Seen Elvis lately?

    Sad to say, Elvis sightings have been trailing off lately, even among the chain-smoking lumpenproletariat bingo parlor denizens most likely to spot the King pumping gas at a Billings, Montana truck stop. In the absence, the tinfoil hat crowd is going gaga over the prospect that Enron chief Ken Lay faked his death and still walks---err, is limousined around---the earth.

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    We here at Americans for Equal Justice feel strongly that the possibility exists that Mr. Lay, like Hitler, Elvis, and Tupac before him, has faked his own death in order to avoid any more unwanted public scrutiny. If this is true, then it is our responsibility as good Americans to bring this criminal to justice by reporting his whereabouts to the proper authorities.

    Posted by mayor mcsleaze at 07:29 AM

    Gilbert hits Staples at TTC meeting in Ennis

    From the Gilbert Campaign...do I really need another disclosure on this?

    GILBERT CRITICIZES STAPLES FOR SUPPORT OF TRANS TEXAS CORRIDOR --- Staple’s plan includes foreign management of Texas roads
    (Ennis)//Hank Gilbert, Texas Democrat for Agriculture Commissioner, criticized Todd Staples for his support of the highly controversial Trans- Texas Corridor (TTC) which could destroy hundreds of family owned farms and small businesses.
    In a packed town hall meeting in Ennis on Monday, Gilbert met with hundreds of concerned citizens who turned out to express their outrage over what is being called “the greatest land grab in the last 100 years” and will benefit a foreign corporation at the expense of rural and suburban Texans.
    “It is simply wrong for family farms to be torn apart for toll roads which will be leased to a foreign company,” Gilbert, a rancher from Whitehouse said. “I am impressed by the turnout and the crowd’s understanding of the issue. It’s important for all Texans to understand what’s at stake with the TTC and to do everything they can to stop it.”
    Gilbert campaign spokesperson, Katy Cutright said, “I am very encouraged to hear from so many voters--not just Democrats, but Republicans and Independents too—who support Hank on this issue. Todd Staples obviously values big business over the agricultural interests of Texas.”
    Gilbert received a standing ovation when he emphasized what needs to be done to stop the TTC, “You’ve got to turn out and vote for candidates who won’t sell out your interests. The TTC will kill small towns and family farms all along its path from Laredo to Oklahoma. My opponent doesn’t care what taking your land and handing it over to a foreign corporation will do to you. It is time to clean house and you can start by making sure I’m elected instead of my opponent.”
    “This is not about Republicans, Democrats or Independents, this is about what is right for Texas. We can’t allow our valuable resources to be used to fatten the profits for some foreign corporation while robbing many Texans of their land and driving up taxes for all of us.”

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    Pete Hoekstra says the White House is hiding more

    Click through for the video at Crooks and Liars

    The New York Times published a letter from Republican Representative Pete Hoekstra to President Bush. Hoekstra, who is chairman of of the House Intelligence Committee, criticized Bush for hiding surveillance programs from Congressional oversight.

    On this morning’s Fox News Sunday, Hoekstra said that a whistleblower came to him with several more spying operations that were in danger of being abused without oversight.

    Hoekstra: …this is actually a case where the whistleblower process was working appropriately. Some people within the intelligence community brought to my attention some programs that they believed we had not been briefed on. They were right. We have now been briefed on those programs, but I wanted to reinforce to the President and to the executive branch in the intelligence community how important and by law–the requirement that they keep the legislative branch informed of what they are doing.

    Wallace: Chairman, the President always says in these cases that congressional leaders– including you, as the chairman of the House intelligence–are briefed. How do you explain this failure and how serious do you take it?

    Hoekstra: Well, I take it very, very seriously otherwise I would not have written the letter to the President.

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    July 10, 2006

    Oh, well... nukes? Oil? Same diff

    Nate over at Common Sense has a quote up from our buddy (and favorite member of the living dead), Senator John Cornyn explaining why we invaded Iraq.

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingThe worldwide demand for oil has placed pressure on all nations to maintain access to fuel, which he says is a factor in the current war in Iraq.

    “There is no coincidence that we’re engaged in wars in the Middle East,” he said. “One of the reason we fight these fights is to keep ourselves from being cut off.”

    OK. At least that's settled.

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    Recirculation of The Memo

    [in response to the posting below about cellphone use in movies]

    yes, the rules of etiquette have been rewritten for this bold new century and many of us did not get the memo the first time around. For those of you out of the loop, the guiding principle now is YOU CAN DO WHATEVER THE FUCK YOU WANT REGARDLESS OF HOW IT MIGHT AFFECT OTHER PEOPLE!!!!

    wanna better view of the rush hour traffic jam? SCREW GLOBAL WARMING AND PEAK OIL - GET A HUMMER!

    having trouble maneuvering said Hummer into those teensy spaces at your fave local restaurant? TAKE TWO!! SCREW THE GUY BEHIND YOU WHO'LL HAVE TO WALK FOR HALF A BLOCK FROM THE ALTERNATIVE PARKING AREA!!

    prefer mindless nosepicking in the airport security line to removing metallic objects from your pockets in anticipation of the metal detector? FUHGEDDABOUDIT!!! (after all, those people behind you would just drive their Hummers if they were serious about traveling somewhere.)

    Johnny Depp's pirate character remind you that you need to call your friend right at that precise moment and have a vapid conversation about nothing? RING HIS ASS UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MOVIE!!! he can't hear you? USE YOUR OUTSIDE VOICE!!!! BECAUSE HERE IN 2006, IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU -

    now if you'll excuse me, i have to take this phone call....as soon as the NSA transcribes it i'll be sure and post it here so you can all enjoy every tasty morsel of my conversational minutiae. it might require clearing out everyone else's postings so there's adequate space for it, but hey, it's my world anyway. you're all just living in it.

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    Mapchangers and Boxer - Help Radnofsky AND Courage (not to mention every Democrat in Texas)

    (I'm reposting this because it's important! Vote for John and Barbara!)

    Monday is it, hand to God, and I'll quit bugging you about this. Courage is extremely close right now and Radnofsky now needs your help as well. I want to win this not only for the money (which IS needed), but to show everyone that Democrats are alive and kicking ass in Texas.


    Senator Barbara Boxer also has an online competition taking place in which she has asked which Senate challenger her PAC should support next, and Barbara Ann Radnofsky is one of 16 finalists. With your help we can propel her to the top!

    Previous candidates that have been assisted by a national solicitation from Senator Boxer’s PAC have had tens of thousands of dollars come into their campaigns, and Barbara Ann Radnofsky is campaigning hard across the state and has an opportunity to garner national attention with an endorsement from PAC For a Change. Imagine what she could do with that money!

    Click HERE to vote for BAR!

    JOHN COURAGE: MAPCHANGERS CONTEST - Funds for statewide online tools for everyone!

    John Courage, candidate for CD 21, has maintained a first-place spot in Governor Mark Warner’s Mapchanger competition over the first 7 days, and with three days left, the race is very close. He is in second place by less than 10 votes. You can see the current standings here. Chris Bell and I have been working together to ensure that the grand prize of a fundraiser with Governor Warner comes to Texas. In the event of victory, which is entirely attainable with Texans working together, I have agreed to use the first $15,000 from the Warner fundraiser to underwrite the development of tools that can be used by EVERY Democrat across the state—every candidate, every activist, every volunteer, every organization—the possibilities are endless.

    I need your vote today and the votes of your friends to help bring this money to Texas and to bring these tools to fruition for all of us to use.


    Click HERE to vote for Courage and to vote for Texas!

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    Just consider it part of your severence package...

    About a month ago, National Semiconductor announced that earnings were great and so they would be giving their employees video iPods. Yay.

    This month they laid off 35 workers in Arlington (you know, because business is just so good) and (like I could make it up) asked for the iPod's back.

    A person who called the Star-Telegram claiming to have been one of the 35 laid-off workers said many employees at the Arlington plant were under the impression that the iPods were theirs to keep. Some had sold them or given them as gifts, according to the caller.

    "Nothing was ever said about ever having to give it back," the caller said. "If I'd known it was company property, I never would have picked it up."

    I've heard of companies doing some tacky shit (I DID tell you about my last trip to CA, right?) but I don't think I've ever heard of someone giving back a gift... especially after being laid off. That's just hella shitty.

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    American Ayatollah's, New Blog on the Block and more

  • Boadicea has a great post up on the top ten religious 'reich' organizations that's worth the read. Pat Robertson is on it (186 Million Dollars?? I soooo need to start that church I've been talking about) as is our favorite, Falwell the Fatass.
  • The Houston GLBT Caucus has a new blog. Click the link and welcome them to the blog-o-sphere (sorry, I fucking hate that word. We need another. That's a project for you).
  • I LURVE BONDDAD! He posted a great piece tearing down Larry Kudlow.... with the one thing Kudlow doesn't like, facts and things that contradict his worldview.

    Larry Kudlow is at it again - using really bad economic analysis to tell Republicans "It's all OK. Our policies work. Everybody is fine" Powerline and Instpundit (who claims "I've always found Kudlow to be reliable") have of course linked to the article, further reinforcing the right wing echo chamber. Unfortunately, Republicans take this guy seriously. So, it's time to put on the waders and walk through another pile of Kudlow's bullshit.
  • Have a goodun!

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    July 09, 2006

    Ten Commandments of mobile etiquette

    Infoworld has some commentary up on the proper use of cell phones.

    3. Thou shalt turn thy cell phone off during public performances. I'm not even sure this one needs to be said, but given the repeated violations of this heretofore unwritten law, I felt compelled to include it.

    I'm guilty of some of these, especially talking on a plane as it's taxiing, though my conversations are never banal. So, if you've been on a plane with me and I've 'forced' to listen to my conversation, sorry. Not really, but it sounds nice, doesn't?

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    A line in the sand

    I don't care if they show it on ESPN. Hot dog eating is not a sport.

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    July 08, 2006

    Even a blond mammoth would have been easy to spot

    If you've been laying awake at night, wondering what color woolly mammoths were, ponder no longer.

    Some of the curly tusked animals would have sported dark brown coats, while others had pale ginger or blond hair.

    The information was extracted from a 43,000-year-old woolly mammoth bone from Siberia using the latest genetic techniques.

    Writing in the journal Science, the researchers said a gene called Mc1r was controlling the beasts' coat colours.

    The scientists said they were unsure why different-coloured mammoths existed..

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    A little mindless fun for the weekend

    Ever wanted to smite El Presidente with a plague of locusts? Here's your chance!

    Bonus fun: The only Ann Coulter interview where she doesn't say anything offensive.

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    Random photosop fun

    Caption this...

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    (courtesy of Sister Ruth who pulled it off DU)

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    Everyone's taking off their clothes in Austin

    Some of y'all are nasty. Seriously, there have been 62 incidents of indecent exposure in Austin in 2006 and we're only in July.

    From Fox7

    Austin police arrest a man they say is caught on video exposing himself in a popular department store.

    Police say 32 year old Allen Bradley Bell was taken into custody last night. His bond is $10-thousand dollars.

    Store employees spotted the man in the woman's shoe section at Neiman Marcus on Thursday.

    A store spokeswoman would not comment about the incident, she only said the store is working closely with APD.

    Detectives say this man has publicly exposed himself on numerous occasions, including an incident in an alleyway at the Aboretum.

    A bit more detail (suprise, suprise) from the Statesman.

    Granted, it was only Neiman's Last Call but come the fuck on. It's bad enough you're going to Neiman's garage sale (yeah, I've been there and that's what it is)... don't add humiliation by flashing people.

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    July 07, 2006

    Says it all, no?

    From an article in today's NYT, cited in Dan Froomkin's White House Briefing column in the WaPo, lies this revealing comment - arguably a Freudian slip - by Dan Bartlett, in reference to the advantages of taking His Deciderness' show on the road:

    "It also gives Mr. Bush an opportunity to do what he does best: act like a candidate, though one who is not running for anything."

    Sometimes, a little bit of truth slips out when they think we're not paying attention. But there you have it - an insider concedes that the Decider is better at trying out for the job than actually doing the job (although vacationing from the job is arguably where he really shines brightest, as we'll all be reminded next month when the next big disaster inevitably hits).

    Incidentally, i highly recommend Froomkin as a regular source for anyone not inclined/capable of reading several different papers and blogs a day to get the particulars on how Bush has sucked lately. Second to none, except of course, for McBlogger himself, who gives you all that AND a bag of chips (chili-lime flavored, too!)

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    Bush talks up economy, Reality shits all over him

    121,000. That is the preliminary number of jobs the economy added in June. To maintain static employment, just to take care of the additions to the workforce from immigration and kids turning 18, we need to generate 175,000.

    That means the economy, if the preliminary number isn't reduced (it usually is), fell 54,000 jobs short of static employment. But what about the unemployment rate? It's unchanged at 4.6% which is a joke. The real question is how many people fell off the roll because they've been on it as long as they can be and the government can now stop counting them.

    The 'expansion' has been one of the weakest on record with the most anemic job growth and low to negative wage growth. Now President Asshole is trying to spin his tax cuts as the economic miracles they aren't. The only group that's benefited from this 'expansion' is Neiman Marcus.

    And rate increases are only now starting to hit families.

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    Bush : I'm willing to abide the SC decision on enemy combatants

    Would somone let this maniacal dumbass know that he kinda has to abide by the rulings of the highest court in the land?

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    Growing a Coke bottle

    So while everyone is busy wringing their hands over the end of cheap oil, no one seems to be thinking about the things we create out of a barrell of oil. Plastics. You know, coke bottles, cling wrap, Todd Staples' hair and Susan Combs' suits.

    Wired has a great article up on making plastics from sugar. It's not the most exciting thing in the world, but it should provide at least a little reassurance that even though oil may be getting more expensive, American's will still be able to continue our love affair with wasteful packaging and ugly clothes.

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    Dumb pictures of Todd Staples

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    which one doesn't belong...9 of these guys look like, you know, guys. One of them looks like a childrens toy.

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    Todd and his tragic staff. I feel sorry for these people. We laugh at Todd all the time, they actually have to be respectful (at least to his face).

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    July 06, 2006

    Ted Stevens explains the internets (now with visual aides)!

    check it out here and for the original post that kicked off all the fun, click here. Be sure and read the forensics of the delayed internet that Sen. Stevens talks about. Turns out it was a message, not an entire internet.

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    Tom Delay has to stay on the ballot in 22

    Christmas comes early to the Lampson campaign!

    Sparks' order prevents state Republican Chairwoman Tina Benkiser from completing the process of naming a DeLay successor. Although the Republican Party is expected to appeal, Sparks' order keeps the campaigns of possible GOP candidates for congressional District 22 in limbo.

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    Maybe one day Ann Coulter will plagerize you...

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingI think Ann Coulter is a mad old cow so I don't often talk about her. Or her freakish alien hands. It's not just that I don't care about the nasty things she says (I don't), I think her schtick is tiresome in the extreme. Don't kid yourself, it's a show to sell an image (cheesy and retarded as that image may be).

    However, rawstory has a great post up about Coulter's mad copy and paste writing skillz. Wicked good, y'all, especially when you think about it in the context of her criticism of Jayson Blair, the NYT reporter who liked to make things up and, like Ann, plagerize.

    "The New York Times is to be commended for ferreting out Jayson Blair, the reporter recently discovered making up facts, plagiarizing other news organizations and lying about nonexistent trips and interviews. A newspaper that employs Maureen Dowd can't have had an easy time settling on Blair as the scapegoat. Blair's record of inaccuracies, lies and distortions made him a candidate for either immediate dismissal or his own regular column on the op-ed page." -- Ann Coulter

    Let's not forget Ann's take on hypocrisy...

    "The reason any conservative's failing is always major news is that it allows liberals to engage in their very favorite taunt: Hypocrisy! Hypocrisy is the only sin that really inflames them. Inasmuch as liberals have no morals, they can sit back and criticize other people for failing to meet the standards that liberals simply renounce. It's an intriguing strategy. By openly admitting to being philanderers, draft dodgers, liars, weasels and cowards, liberals avoid ever being hypocrites." -- Ann Coulter

    And for those of you who still can't find it in yourselves to laugh at the crazy bitch, check out I fucked Ann Coulter in the ass, hard.

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    NY Appeals Court : Not so much with the Gay Marriage

    From CNN.com:

    "We hold that the New York Constitution does not compel recognition of marriages between members of the same sex," the appeals court said in its 70-page ruling. "Whether such marriages should be recognized is a question to be addressed by the Legislature."

    In February, New York's law was upheld in a lower appeals court, forcing the fight to the State Court of Appeals.

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    Madness : Minorities screwing Minorities

    I'm posting this under Stupid Democratic Tricks because the whole damn thing is stupid. You've got blacks who won't work with hispanics, hispanics who won't work with blacks, members of both groups who won't work with whites and vice versa and none of them particularly want to work with gays and lesbians (not to mention the fact that gays and lesbians sometimes don't get along so well). While all these different groups are angling for positions and power, nothing gets done and the Republicans continue to strengthen. One of the things that attracted me to the Democratic Party was a theme of (don't laugh) togetherness despite difference. WE'RE ALL FIGHTING TOGETHER. Does that mean that every interest group is going to get everything they want? No, not entirely and certainly not all at once. However, when we all work together, we get something for all until eventually we do achieve our objectives.

    I once thought only Republican's were dedicated to 'me first, then screw you'. Now I realize it holds true even in the Democratic Party. It's time to put that aside, and realize that only by working together will we get the better government and greater freedom we all want.

    This article on MSNBC's site is just one of the many that are out there right now about conflicts between minorities.

    Leticia Vasquez calls hers a "typical immigrant story." Her parents, poor strivers from Mexico, raised five splendidly thriving children—one of whom, Leticia, 34, is now mayor of Lynwood, Calif., the small town where she grew up. It is a heartwarming tale that readily brings to mind a host of clichés about the American dream. But the story does not end with wine, roses and applause. Instead it segues into the troubled terrain of race, corruption and polarization.

    Of late, Vasquez has been pilloried by fellow Mexican-Americans for being—in her estimation, at least—too sympathetic to black constituents. Her foes, whose attempt to recall her failed last week when their petitions were found to be lacking, claim race has nothing to do with their discontent. Armando Rea, a former mayor and prominent critic, says the problem is that Vasquez, a "pathological liar," is intent on levying taxes the community cannot afford. Fliers circulated by recall proponents also portray her as the puppet of a former mayor, Paul Richards, who is black and is currently in prison for siphoning off city funds. Vasquez, who says she barely knows Richards, sees the charges as nothing but a smoke screen for racism: "There is this mind-set that if you support someone outside of your ethnicity, you must not like who you are."

    Welcome to the topsy-turvy world of ethnic politics in the 21st century, when blacks and Latinos, once presumed to be natural allies, increasingly find themselves competing for power and where promotion of racial harmony is as likely to evoke anger as admiration. Lynwood is a case study in the power of prejudice, the pitfalls of ethnic conflict and, perhaps, ultimately, the potential for interethnic cooperation. It may also foreshadow America's future—one that will increasingly see blacks and Latinos fighting, sometimes together and sometimes each other, to overcome a history of marginalization.

    Lynwood's ethnic tensions stem, in part, from the town's rapid ethnic transformation. In the 1970s, blacks began to arrive in significant numbers in the small, largely white, bedroom community of Los Angeles. In 1983, Lynwood elected its first black council member, Robert Henning, who was joined two years later by Evelyn Wells—a black female, who promptly nominated Henning to be mayor. The council (which names the mayor) went along. Blacks quickly came to dominate the political power structure. Meanwhile, Latinos were growing in number. Rea, the first Latino council member, was elected in 1989. In 1997, Latinos (who now comprise 82 percent of the city's 72,000 residents) gained control of the five-member council. Vasquez, who was not then active in politics, remembers "people knocking on the door saying we needed to get rid of black city-council members."

    With Rea installed as mayor, the city fired several blacks and dismissed some black contractors. "They got rid of 15 people at one time. Thirteen of those people were black," claims the Rev. Alfreddie Johnson, a Vasquez ally currently on the council. Three black contractors filed suit accusing Rea and his allies of rampant racial discrimination. Rea adamantly rejected the allegations. "There is no color in my council," he declared at the time. No one currently in government seems to know exactly how much ultimately was paid out to settle discrimination complaints or how many people were affected, but Vasquez and Johnson insist that the amount was substantial and the experience traumatic. A former schoolteacher elected in 2003, Vasquez sees herself as a bridge between the two communities. Johnson sees Vasquez as a godsend: "The unique thing about her [is] ... she has this huge affinity for black people." Many longtime black residents are grateful. "We need somebody, regardless of what race they are, to speak for us, too," said Dorothy Smith, a retired teacher and social worker. "A lot of them [Latinos] want to shut us out completely."

    As Latinos increasingly become the ethnic majority in once proudly black venues (including Compton, a hip-hop capital, and Watts, formerly L.A.'s black mecca), and as headlines tout them as America's hot, and largest, minority group, many blacks share Smith's fear of being "shut out." Earl Ofari Hutchinson, an L.A.-based writer and activist, recalls the bitter reaction he got for writing a series of articles sympathetic to Latino immigrants: "I have never received so much hate mail from blacks. It touched a nerve among black folks, a raw nerve."

    Against the backdrop of Latino-black violence in Los Angeles County jails (which resulted in the deaths of two black inmates), and interethnic fighting in the schools, Najee Ali, executive director of Project Islamic Hope, organized a so-called black-Latino summit earlier this month. There, Christine Chavez, the granddaughter of legendary farmworker leader Cesar Chavez, spoke movingly of her grandfather's patterning his work on Martin Luther King's movement. "In order for a movement for mostly Latino workers to be successful," she said, "we had to reach out to other communities."

    After May's massive and largely Latino demonstrations for immigration reform, some believe that era may have passed. "I turned on the TV and saw millions of people nationally and [felt] a sense of fear," confided Ali. "We were now being marginalized." Upon reflection, Ali concluded that the protest paved the way for blacks and Latinos together to "demand a bigger piece of the pie." Many who came to his summit agreed. Blacks and Latinos, they argued, should focus on the powerful interests exploiting both groups instead of squabbling with each other. As California state Sen. Gloria Romero put it, "Nobody walks into a field and says, 'Move over, bro, I'm working now.' These jobs are offered, they are not taken."

    That message resonates in Tar Hill, N.C., where black and Latino workers at the colossal Smithfield pork-processing plant originally had little to say to each other. To help break down walls, the United Food and Commercial Workers union organized a monthly potluck dinner. "People started bringing all kinds of food ... from all kinds of ethnic backgrounds, and they shared their stories," said union organizer Eduardo Piña. "People that usually don't trust each other" are recognizing "how similar their situations are."

    Ted Shaw, head of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, thinks it is in blacks' self-interest to embrace Latinos struggling to survive. "I think black folks should think long and hard before we ... alienate a growing and powerful community [with] many interests in common," he says.

    No one really disagrees with the idea of focusing on common problems instead of retreating into ethnic enclaves. Still, it is anyone's guess how well the black-Latino unity message ultimately will play. Uncontroversial as the principle may be, it is rather difficult to practice; it is almost always easier to see the things that divide Americans than to see what binds—or should bind—us together. What the new demographics are making very clear is that not only whites can have vision problems, but so, too, can blacks and Latinos.

    With Andrew Murr
    © 2006 Newsweek, Inc.

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    July 05, 2006

    Geopolitics and that sinking feeling

    So, North Korea tests their ICBM and it fails. The next question is, what the hell do they want now? What can we give them to have a reasonable assurance that they won't rattle everyone again for a few years? On Monday I suggested we euthanize North Korea, just consider it so far gone that redemption is no longer an option. Sister Ruth mentioned that it was callous to just forfeit the lives of all the innocent North Koreans who have nothing to do with the regime. I agree, it is callous. But is it any less callous to sacrifice the hundreds of millions of people in range of possible North Korean nuclear weapons?

    Then comes word that Iran will not respond to an offer presented by the US and EU until August and will miss the deadline to stop enriching uranium on July 12th. What's on the table? A free light water reactor with all the trimmings and membership in the WTO.

    Let's not forget that Iraq is constantly in flux. Yeah, things aren't getting better there but I hear the green zones are nice.

    How much of this can be laid at the President's feet? Roughly, all of it. By invading Iraq, Bush created an environment that scared AND emboldened the leaders of Iran and North Korea. By not negotiating early on with North Korea, we now find ourselves in a spot where Kim feels he has to continuously draw attention to himself and North Korea to get anything out of us. And what IS the payoff this time? For what will North Korea and Iran both give up their nuclear dreams?

    NOTHING. They'll never give them up because they can use them as sort of a global ATM card with the international community's checking account and we'll continue to throw them lulu's 'to give up their weapons'. So we'll play cat and mouse for the foreseeable future. This leaves us in a rather intractible position, tied down in a country that we invaded by choice, fighting a 'global war on terror' , and working diplomatically with states that would rather have nukes than not have them. Diplomacy has never been the strong suit of the Bush Administration (take Ambassador Bolton, for example. No seriously, take him). Anyone else have that feeling that we're about to get really fucked?

    Worse, we're tied down in Iraq to such an extent that we might be able to handle one additional theater but not two. Which leaves us only able to respond with nukes, a tactic that would no doubt earn us nothing but scorn from our allies and probably put us on a war footing with China, Russia or both.

    Duncan Hunter was on Larry King Live last night bleating on about an ABM defense system, the so-called missile shield. Idiot. Here's a deal for the retarded Congressman from Lockheed and Raytheon... show us a system that works in the real world, not some contrived test, and we'll deploy it. Otherwise, go to the back of the short bus and shut the fuck up.

    So what IS the solution... the easy answer is I don't know which is what I would like some of the talking heads within government to actually say. One solution involves a remilitarized Japan, a prospect the Chinese would really hate. Withdrawing all forces from South Korea? Not a bad idea and it does have the potential to sharpen South Korea as to what they really face. The two countries that stand to gain the least from any change in the state of North Korea are South Korea and China both of which would really hate to have refugees spilling over the border.

    Let's try something new... let's withdraw our troops from SK, leave a naval force in the area, and drop this volatile problem into the laps of the President of South Korea and Hu Jintao.

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    Texas Pensions : More regulation needed

    So the Lege passes the statute to create oversight for public pensions around the state. BUT, they don't make it strong enough because plans across the State have just decided that they don't so much want to participate.

    HOWEVER, the original problem remains... the oversight of public pensions is lax, municipalities aren't putting enough money away and the two groups who will eventually get screwed are the firefighters, police and other muni employees who depend on the funds for retirement. Oh, and the tax payers who will have to ante up to pay the obligations.

    When will these morons learn that fully reserving for pension obligations is better THAN waiting until things go bust?

    (crossposted at KAB)

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    GOP Strategy part two... Bring it on, Motherfucker

    (Unlike our retard governor, I don't have a problem writing or saying motherfucker. Mofo. What a 'tard)

    So the SC says not so much to the Administration's broad interpretation of executive authority under the authorization to use force in the war on terror and the Invasion of Iraq. Now the strategy is to get Congress to formally abdicate it's powers and extend them to the executive which is apparently what Senator Lindsey Graham is looking to do.

    "The Supreme Court did not require these people to be let go. They simply said, If you want to try them, Mr. President, you need to get Congress involved.' I agree," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a former military lawyer, told CNN.

    "Once we do that," he added, "I think this problem will be behind us."

    Senator, I know this may come as a shock but the people of South Carolina DID NOT elect you to be a rubber stamp for an out of control whacko.

    The SC went even further

    In claiming broad latitude to act, Bush has relied on Congress' original authorization for conducting the war on terrorism. But the Supreme Court specifically said that act contained no explicit authorization to ignore existing laws on judicial procedure and hinted that it might take the same position on other assertions of executive authority on terrorism, potentially including spying on domestic communications and financial transactions.

    The base won't come out for this. Rove's grand strategy has been to paint Democrats as weak and focused on a pre-9/11 mindset that doesn't allow them to focus on all the bad things that Republicans can focus on. But, it leaves him open to the very strategy that no one used in 2004... branding the GOP as nothing more than a rubberstamp for an out of control President, spending recklessly and giving up the rights of oridinary Americans.

    At a time when so many Americans don't just question the President but truly think he's out of control, it's an issue on which the Democrats can win. In fact a few of them are ready for Rove and company to politicize the issue.

    Indeed, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) issued a warning yesterday: "Republicans will rue the day if they politicize this," she told ABC's "This Week."

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    Ken Lay dies dot com

    really, this is one of those times where less is truly more.

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    In case you missed it, CIA closes Bin Laden Unit

    The CIA says it's still looking for him but they have closed the unit that was tasked with finding Bin Laden and existed prior to September 11, 2001.

    The unit, known as Alec Station, was disbanded late last year and its analysts reassigned within the C.I.A. Counterterrorist Center, the officials said.

    The decision is a milestone for the agency, which formed the unit before Osama bin Laden became a household name and bolstered its ranks after the Sept. 11 attacks, when President Bush pledged to bring Mr. bin Laden to justice "dead or alive."

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    July 04, 2006

    Happy Fourth and Abbott, Perry's AG

    Happy Fourth. I'm off to a wedding and you're not. At least I'm pretty sure you're not. If we do run into one another you can really get into my good graces by making sure my glass of champagne has a shot of vodka in it.

  • Vince over at Capital Annex has a great post up about the VRA. Check it out here.

    As we celebrate freedom and American independence, let us not forget that there is a price for independence, and a constant struggle for our freedoms.

    Great post, hermano!

  • Pdiddie has an interesting piece up about Attorney General Greg Abbott and the money he's accepted from Houston homebuilder and all around shithead (he was the schmuck who funded the swift boat liars), Bob Perry, while ruling on matters affecting Bob Perry and his business.

    Since the Attorney General and his staff likely started their holiday weekend early last Friday and couldn't get back to Casey with a response, we'll just have to answer for him:

    "There IS no limit, according to my well-documented Christian principles. There is NO MAXIMUM amount of money I will accept that would prevent me from passing legal judgment in favor of my largest campaign contributors.

    "After all, billion-dollar corporations are people, too."

  • Have a goodun!

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    TONIGHT! Double Platinum

    If you're looking for something fun to do other than watching fireworks and drinking (I know, what could be more fun than that) check out Double Platinum on Lifetime! Brandy AND Diana Ross in the same TV movie. ROCK!

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    Senator Suck starting a petition

    I fucking knew I should have started drinking early this morning, continuing the party from last night that the Mayor and I had with K-T and Muse.

    We told you a couple of weeks ago that Sore Loserman is worried about his chances in the upcoming primary against Ned Lamont. Well, today Bush's (or The Connecticut, if you prefer) Cockwipe announced that he has decided to gather signatures to have himself added to the ballot as an 'independent Democrat' should he lose the primary he is currently favored to win by 15 points. That's right kids, even if he loses he'll likely be on the ballot anyway.

    Good luck to the people of Connecticut getting rid of this albatross. You're gonna need it.

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    July 03, 2006

    Let's just euthanize North Korea

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, through his mouthpiece the Korean Central News Agency, issued this statement today

    "This is a grave military provocation and blackmail to the DPRK, being an indication that the U.S. is rapidly pushing ahead in various fields with the extremely dangerous war moves," the dispatch said.

    "The army and people of the DPRK are now in full preparedness to answer a pre-emptive attack with a relentless annihilating strike and a nuclear war with a mighty nuclear deterrent,"

    What brings yet another round of bellicose noise from the lunatics north of the 38th parallel? They are about to test a missile that could, possibly, reach the US with a light (read low yeild) payload. So the US, Japan, China, South Korea and Russia are all asking them not to fly the stupid thing and to back off. But the little crazy country that could just keep trucking along screaming about how powerful they are.

    Can we just stipulate to the fact that North Korea is pretty much lost? We can? Great. Let's just euthanize the fucker.

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    Enough with the commentary, bobblehead

    I'm sitting here watching a 'discussion' on CNBC between the anchor (not in a capacity as moderator, but actually adding her bit of stupid to the party) , Myron Ebell (who could forget Myron??!?) and some nebbish named Michael Ewall, Director of the Energy Justice Network... if he's the director the rest of the staff must be a bunch of trolls.

    Myron is ALL about ethanol now. He used to hate it as part of the Heritage Foundation. Now that smaller companies are entering the ethanol refining business and sending money to him and his cronies, he's ready to give them a big, wet, sloppy kiss. The kind of kiss that only can be delivered by someome who looks, you know, like Myron.

    I didn't think it was possible to find someone lamer than Myron but Ewall is definitely a new low. Mikey doesn't like ethanol because he's just cranky. Or something. His big point was that to get enough ethanol to power cars in the US you'd have to convert a tremendous amount of agriculture to corn for ethanol. I guess no one told Mikey that ethanol can be made of out lots of things and that those plants can be engineered to yeild more ethanol. Science sooo rocks.

    The part that really caught my ear? The bobblehead anchor, Melissa Francis, when prompted by Ewall's comment that most of the newer ethanol refineries were powered by coal, "the most pollutive energy source", said

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    I know there are some people who would disagree with you on that.

    WTF? COAL IS FUCKING POLLUTIVE AND IS THE DIRTIEST BURNING OF ALL THE FOSSIL FUELS, SAVE MAYBE PEAT. The only people who have a different 'opinion' are idiots unfamiliar with the subject matter or paid shills who make their living telling the kinds of lies that would have made even Nixon blush.

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    Holy sneak attack, Batman!

    It looks like the War on Drugs isn't going any better than the War on Terruh.

    Crack Found in Foam on Shuttle

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    Take the Citizenship Challenge

    Thanks to Stace Medellin @ Dos Centavos for the link to MSNBC's site where they are have a real live citizenship test up. Seriously, it takes all of 2 minutes and while it may not be the most fun you'll have all day, it was entertaining.

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    July 02, 2006

    I fucking hate Bill Bennett

    I didn't realize gluttony was a virtue, Bill 'FatAss' Bennett.

    In the clip Priest of the WaPo bitchslaps Bloated Bloviating Bastard Bill Bennet over whether reporters should be imprisoned for publishing information the Administration doesn't like.

    Splendid job Ms. Priest. Managing to work in WMDs and Plame... masterful!

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    Thanks, but no thanks

    Okay kids, learn from Peggy Noonan's mistakes. If you must mix scotch and valium, step away from the keyboard!

    LBJ felt anguish; there are pictures of him, head in hands, suffering. Bush the Elder wept as he talked, with Paula Zahn, about what it was to send men to war. Bush the Younger would breastfeed the military if he could.

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    Low hanging fruit

    In today's Slag

    Texas mental health system strained

    And they're not even talking about the possibility of yet another Special Session to correct the redistricting fiasco wraught by previous Specials!

    Posted by mayor mcsleaze at 12:29 PM

    A weary nation asks

    How much longer must we wait for the snakes on a muthafuckin' plane?

    But in the meantime, enjoy dogs with fireworks.

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    July 01, 2006

    Revising a comment

    Earlier this week I said something semi-nice about Ralph Nader. But today Sister Ruth dragged me to An Inconvenient Truth and all I can say is fuck fuck fuck Ralph Nader! And every clueless idiot who still defends voting for that egomaniacal scumbag in 2000 should be loaded on a rocket and shot into the Sun.

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    MapChangers - Round Three and Bell asks you to support Courage

    I'm so sick of Mark Warner and his fucking PAC. Seriously, we don't even know what the big payoff is but we're all running around trying to get our guy to win.

    Still, Chris Bell has asked us all to vote for John Courage. I think this is a brilliant decision on the part of the Bell campaign as it continues a very good strategy of building Democratic unity and, dare I say it, SOME REAL FUCKING MOMENTUM? Chris, I don't know what's changed but hand to God I think you're finally turning a corner.

    Dear Friend,

    Thank you for your help!

    With your help over the past two weeks, we smashed our online fundraising goal and advanced to the finals of Mark Warner's Map Changer contest. We also asked you to join is in supporting the other Texas campaigns in this contest, and you came through by sending John Courage into the finals as well. It's a great example of what Texas Democrats can accomplish when we work together.

    Now as we start the final round, there are ten candidates from across the country vying to win a fundraiser with Governor Warner. Voting runs through July 10th, and you can only vote for one candidate. It's a testament to the strength of the Texas netroots that we have two Texans into final ten, and we'll need every bit of that strength to bring Mark Warner to Texas. That's why we need to work together to make sure we do not split our votes.

    I've talked with John Courage and we've decided that, in the spirit of Texas unity, and on behalf of all Democratic candidates and activists across Texas, we will ask all of our supporters to join together:

    Please vote for John Courage in this contest.


    John is a great Democrat and a great candidate, and he finished the second round only a handful of votes shy of being the leading vote-getter nationwide. We believe that if we can pull together and get all of Texas behind John Courage and take him to victory, that we can accomplish a much greater victory for all of us across the state

    Our new field director, Glen Maxey, is working with activists and campaigns all across the state to build a website at TrueBlueAction.com that will offer netroots organizing tools that will help Democrats win in November and beyond. If we can put John Courage over the top, he has agreed to use the first $15,000 raised at the Mark Warner fundraiser to underwrite the development of these tools and this website. These tools will help us across the state for years to come, and they will only get better as we build and improve on them.

    The TrueBlueAction.com web site is under construction and is being developed as a open access site with lots of organizing tools for candidates and activists to use to register and turn out Democratic votes. It will be open for the use of local, state and federal candidates. It will be open for the use on any individual wanting to help the Democratic ticket or a candidate.

    That's why winning this contest is bigger than John Courage or me. It's about what all Texas Democrats can accomplish if we work together. By voting for John Courage in the Map Changer contest, you will be helping all Democratic candidates in Texas.

    Vote today: http://www.forwardtogetherpac.com/mapchangers

    Vote for Texas. Vote for Courage.

    In unity,

    Chris Bell
    Chris Bell

    P.S. I need to thank you again for helping us smash our goal on our online fundraising drive. We set a goal of raising $25,000 through our website in the last two weeks of June. With your help, we ended up bringing in more than $40,000 from grassroots Texans. The momentum keeps building as we get closer to November, and I'm glad to have you at my side in this fight.

    Looks like our folks are finally getting their shit together!

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    ¿quien es mas macho?

    (We promise, another edition of Ask A... relatively soon, which is best defined as when we decide on who or what we will offer up to you. You could also interpret 'soon' to mean 'when we sober up' and be perfectly accurate.

    Quit bitching, it's not atractive.)

    New Segment Time! It's the Most Macho Deathmatch where you decide who is the most macho of our contestants. This time around we have two titans of Texas politics, Governor Rick Perry vs. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee.

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    My money is on Jackson-Lee.

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