October 31, 2006

CT native George Bush : Even dumber than John Kerry

John Kerry, while campaigning yesterday in CA, told a joke and flubbed it because he's, you know, a giant goob. The joke was (in the midst of ripping on CT native George Bush):

"I can't overstress the importance of a great education. Do you know where you end up if you don't study, if you aren't smart, if you're intellectually lazy? You end up getting us stuck in a war in Iraq."

Instead he said...

"You know, education -- if you make the most of it, you study hard and you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well.

"If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq."

In context, it's actually pretty funny. Of course, the White House, being filled with fucktards, took it completely out of context and instead of interpreting it as something that makes fun of Bush (which it did), thought that it was insult to American troops. Never mind that the Administration insults the troops every day by lying about Iraq. Not to mention that Administration officials (like the VP, SoS, SoD) lied to fucking everyone about the reason we had to invade Iraq in the first place.

Don't even get me started on the fact that the White House created the intelligence that led us to war. It didn't exist, so they made it up out of a bunch of bullshit that every intelligence agency in the world (including the CIA) said was, in fact, bullshit.

So the White House put their spin on the joke, lied about the meaning (it's a force of habit with them. Lying that is) and started whining about "John Kerry insulting the troops". Unfortunately, for CT native George Bush, no one's believing him (except the base and they're numbers are dwindling daily), the story is staying in the news and John Kerry isn't backing down.

Yep. JOHN KERRY ISN'T BACKING DOWN. Where the fuck was this John Kerry in 2004? If his statement on this doesn't impress you, then you're irredeemably stupid. Just like our President and his staff.

"If anyone thinks a veteran would criticize the more than 140,000 heroes serving in Iraq and not the president who got us stuck there, they're crazy. This is the classic G.O.P. playbook. I'm sick and tired of these despicable Republican attacks that always seem to come from those who never can be found to serve in war, but love to attack those who did.

I'm not going to be lectured by a stuffed suit White House mouthpiece standing behind a podium, or doughy Rush Limbaugh, who no doubt today will take a break from belittling Michael J. Fox's Parkinson's disease to start lying about me just as they have lied about Iraq . It disgusts me that these Republican hacks, who have never worn the uniform of our country lie and distort so blatantly and carelessly about those who have.

The people who owe our troops an apology are George W. Bush and Dick Cheney who misled America into war and have given us a Katrina foreign policy that has betrayed our ideals, killed and maimed our soldiers, and widened the terrorist threat instead of defeating it. These Republicans are afraid to debate veterans who live and breathe the concerns of our troops, not the empty slogans of an Administration that sent our brave troops to war without body armor.

Bottom line, these Republicans want to debate straw men because they're afraid to debate real men. And this time it won't work because we're going to stay in their face with the truth and deny them even a sliver of light for their distortions. No Democrat will be bullied by an administration that has a cut and run policy in Afghanistan and a stand still and lose strategy in Iraq ."

Damn, John. Good job, hermano. I still don't want you to be our nominee in 2008 but hell of a job fighting these cocksuckers.

Seriously, y'all... the only people freaking out about this are retard consultants in Washington who still don't get that 20-30% of Bush's 2004 voters WISH they'd voted for John Kerry. The more this stays in the news, it's going to get explained and people are already looking for a reason to beat up on CT native George Bush.

It may be two years too late but John Kerry made George Bush his bitch today. It's about fucking time.

UPDATE 9:06 - I'm watching CNN and Andrew Sullivan and David Gergen think this is damaging to the Democrats. They advise Kerry to get off TV and stop defending himself. Idiots. The one thing I've noticed is that everytime there has been a Democrat on TV, they've shifted the discussion from Kerry to Bush's failure. The only people dwelling on this are morons.

Methinks that when Andrew Sullivan says you should do something, you should do the complete opposite. He seem sto think this has focused attention on John Kerry. What the comment really did was open up the door for everyone to beat the hell out of President Bush. Once one guy takes a shot at the big bully, everyone gets in line to get in their licks. That's what happens in a fight and Democrats are ready for it.

Watch as this turns over the next few days, provided that Kerry doesn't back down and instead continues to articulate like he did with his statement this afternoon. Charlie Cook may get his Democratic pickup of 60 seats.

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WTF Barbara Ann?

I swear I love Barbara Ann Radnofsky and I hope she somehow beats the stuffing out of KBH, but just what am I supposed to think when I get a press release titled

Radnofsky Launches 19th Century Ad Campaign
Radnofsky Launches 19th Century Ad Campaign

Houston, Texas

October 31, 2006

"Mark Twain Would be Proud"

Barbara Ann Radnofsky, launching 5th wave of radio on the Iraq war, lauds latest 19th Century campaign:

While we’ve had great national coverage on our innovative use of technology, award-winning website, and TV puppet commercials, we've also benefited by campaigning with technology from the days of Mark Twain.

The book: Mark Twain hit the road for book and lecture tours out of financial necessity. He lost his fortune on what he ruefully admitted were harebrained investments. Finally learning his lesson, Twain wrote of the day he drove a crackpot from his door, refusing to purchase a half-interest in the most preposterous invention of all. The charlatan looking for Twain's support: Alexander Graham Bell.

Barbara Ann's book, written on her BlackBerry, was published October 1 with a press conference in San Antonio and a write-up in the New York Times. This prompted an ABC News story on the book, which in turn led to a world championship "BlackBerry type-off" in which Barbara Ann was crowned champ.

The book was also promoted at a signing with Liz Carpenter. "I enjoyed the book signing immensely,” says Barbara Ann. "Of course, it helps to be co-owner of the bookstore promoting the book."

Small town newspapers: We've taken out big ads at great prices in small newspapers. It dovetails beautifully with our vote plan and is well worth the investment. It helps since my opponent has a weekly free column in many papers, using an old photo from more than ten years ago. The Radnofsky photo is old-fashioned, surrounded by red, white, and blue bunting at one of 560 campaign stops around the state. We understand that my opponent hasn’t spent a single dollar from her $9.5 million war chest in these rural newspapers.

Radio: Popularized by Marconi in 1895, radio emerged full bore in the roaring twenties, followed by FM transmission in the 1950's. The Radnofsky campaign relies heavily on this cheap and effective form of communication. It also puts dollars back into the voters’ communities. Our opponent has refrained from radio ads, preferring to hoard her campaign dollars for other uses after “cutting and running” from her senate seat, if re-elected.

We started July 31, 2006 knowing how parents and kids travel before school starts. The radio waves were uncluttered with campaign ads in August, resulting in a massive jump in the polls in September, with my opponent dropping to 45 percent, prompting this comment from Zogby in September: "Texas’s Senate contest is suddenly closer than the incumbent would no doubt like [---] With the race now in single digits, Hutchison looks marginally vulnerable."

The campaign has posted all the radio commercials online. Listener feedback has helped refine the message, and airing commercials on over 175 stations has reached Independents, enthusiastic Radnofsky Republicans, and loyal Democrats. The Internet allows delivery of new commercials to all of the radio stations for immediate copy change. Using the Internet, in less than 24 hours a new message can be aired. We purchased key time slots for the final weeks well in advance to ensure maximal coverage.

Radnofsky’s book, "The Dancer's Dead" is available at www.lulu.com, on Amazon, and at the Brazos Bookstore in Houston. BAR


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I ain't scared of no ghost

You know, sometimes I actually feel sorry for kids these days. Sure, when I was growing up Mister H Bomb loomed over us all, but we were allowed to play dodge ball, play unsupervised with pretty much anyone we wanted ("play dates"? what nazi dreamed those up?) and Halloween was all about the candy.

Bruce Watters used to simply hand out candy on Halloween, just like his neighbors in St. Petersburg, Fla., until he decided the holiday's ghoulishness really didn't jibe with his Christian beliefs.

But rather than skip the neighborhood ritual, he's put a Christian stamp on it. For the third year in a row, kids will leave his porch with a piece of candy, plus a religious tract - a concise, colorful handout telling how to attain salvation through Jesus Christ.

Good luck with that.

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Ripping on Joe Barton

Lesson one for candidates... don't piss off bloggers (we're heartless bitches. It's because of the drinks). Lesson two for candidates... don't piss of media personalities that have far bigger megaphones than you.

Don Imus is shitting all over Joe Barton every chance he gets. And I love it, mostly because I like Dave Harris but also because Joe Barton is a douche.

Imus, whose "Imus in the Morning" program is heard on radio stations across much of the country and is seen weekday mornings on MSNBC, has described Barton as "a lying, fat little skunk from Texas," a "pipsqueak," a "coward and a crybaby" and "another congressional dirtbag" for holding up a bill on autism research.

Holding up an autism bill?Jesus, Joe... how low can you go?

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Yeah. Let's just leave it up to the fuckhead from Connecticut

Connecticut Native George Bush recently signed into law the John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007 which amends some super fun parts of US law like

  • The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878

  • The Insurrection Act, a set of laws that limits the President's ability to deploy troops within the United States
  • That's right boys and girls, the Republican Congress, without too much fanfare, further enhanced Bush's dictatorial power and gave him the ability to federalize national guard troops without the authorization of the Governor of their state, gave him the ability to garrison NG units from one state in another state, and allows him to task military forces with police functions over the objections of State officials.

    For the current President, "enforcement of the laws to restore public order" means to commandeer guardsmen from any state, over the objections of local governmental, military and local police entities; ship them off to another state; conscript them in a law enforcement mode; and set them loose against "disorderly" citizenry - protesters, possibly, or those who object to forced vaccinations and quarantines in the event of a bio-terror event.

    The law also facilitates militarized police round-ups and detention of protesters, so called "illegal aliens," "potential terrorists" and other "undesirables" for detention in facilities already contracted for and under construction by Halliburton. That's right. Under the cover of a trumped-up "immigration emergency" and the frenzied militarization of the southern border, detention camps are being constructed right under our noses, camps designed for anyone who resists the foreign and domestic agenda of the Bush administration.

    No, this isn't a bunch of Alex Jonesian conspiracy crap. It's real. I wonder how many loyal Republicans realize that their President is working hard to gut the Constitution they claim to love?

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    Happy Halloween, Bitches

    Happy Halloween, kids (and McBlogger-ites)! I love it! This year I am going to be a bumblebee! Can you dig it? I love it so much I think I will wear my costume to ballroom dance class. Yes, that's right, I'm taking ballroom dance lessons. It is a lot harder than you think. My partner is really good, and picks up the steps right away. I am not so fortunate. Photobucket - Video and Image HostingMr. Happy Feet just moves along like that spry little Joey Lawrence, and I plod along after him like a brain damaged Clydesdale. I think he is trying to sabotage me. He likes to give me a shove when I go to twirl just to hear me squeal. I chalk his behavior up to the fact that he is an actor. He says it might help him land a future performance in a play if he knows how to do these dances. I guess I can see that. I don't see it helping me any. I don't think anyone is going to buy a house because I can tango.

    Anyway, finding something interesting to write about has been more difficult that sitting through an entire episode of 'Breaking Bonaduce'. Have things been kinda boring, or is it just me? Here are the few things that gave me pause.

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingI really don't care if she adopts that baby or not. I really don't get what the big stink is about. After Brad and Angelina this kind of thing is just old hat. Something did occur to me as I was looking at a pictureof Madonna. She is starting to resemble the dried apple head I made in kindergarten for Halloween. If you had a childhood, you know what I'm talking about. Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

    Britney & new baby
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    It seems the little tyke is not named Sutton Pierce. I was actually glad to read this. I know I'm weird, but I never liked that name. Sutton rhymes with mutton. Babies as meat is so Jonathan Swift. Anyway, it seems they have named the baby Jayden James, which is totally gay. I even know what part of the float he is going to be on (the bantamweight at the front of the float, dancing with his arms in the air). However, I strike it up to his influence that Britney is starting to dress better.

    Mary Kate and Nicole
    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingCome the fuck on! I know this is an overtired subject, but it has seriously gone on for too fucking long! Seriously, look at her. I could pick her up and stir my scotch with her. Now Nicole Richie is in a treatment facility for nutrition. It is delaying the taping of another season of 'The Simple Life'. Get it together baby girl! Those average joes aren't going to annoy themselves! Irritation is the one thing you do really well. Get to it!

    NBC & The CW
    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingThe Weinstein Company has accused NBC and the CW of banning ads for the Dixie Chick's documentary 'Shut up and Sing'. I sincerely hope that is not the case. I might expect such behavior from NBC, but CW, say it isn't so! How can the home of 'Veronica Mars' be so foolish? Pull your shit together and grow a pair! It's not like you can't use the money or that you're too classy to run this.

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingI was in Toys "R" Us last week looking for a birthday gift for my 5 year old cousin. I thought it would be fun, but it proved exceedingly difficult. Every toy seemed too retro or too tacky. Do little girls still play with Cabbage Patch dolls? Anyway, I checked out a phenomenon that I had heard about on 'The Soup'. BRATZ! Now I have been told that I tend to be somewhat old fashioned, but this is incredibly fucked up! Are we training a nation of little girls to be scantily clad baby prostitutes? Kumi. Yasmin. Jade. Roxxi. Sasha. That is not a list of cartoon characters. That is roll call at a brothel. I checked out a talking Bratz doll. The box was designed to allow you to press the button to try it out and instructed you to ask the doll a question. I asked, "Oh omnipotent Yasmin, should I purchase a wildly inappropriate doll for a young impressionable child that might possibly lead her to desire a future in the sex trade?" The doll's answer was "Hard to say." I went with my gut and decided against it. She is going to have to make do with watching that slutty crap on TV. I'm glad I'm aware of it though. If my cousin starts talking like a bobble headed valley girl I will know where to place the blame.

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingAnyway, everyone deserves a good fright on Halloween...Now, I love, love, love Dolly Parton so I am not going to rip into her. Although the photo does make me a little concerned for Dakota Fanning. No, now that I think about her performance in 'War of the Worlds', the little wench deserves whatever she gets. I hate her and her retard dolphin scream.

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    So Fat People Really Are More Stupid

    At least, so say the French.

    The new five-year study of more than 2,200 adults claims to have found a link between obesity and the decline in a person's cognitive function. The research, conducted by French scientists, which is published in this month's Neurology journal, involved men and women aged between 32 and 62 taking four mental ability tests that were then repeated five years later.

    The researchers found that people with a Body Mass Index – a measure of body fat – of 20 or less could recall 56 per cent of words in a vocabulary test, while those who were obese, with a BMI of 30 or higher, could remember only 44 per cent.

    The fatter subjects also showed a higher rate of cognitive decline when they were retested five years later: their recall dropped to 37.5 per cent, whereas those with a healthy weight retained their level of recall.

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    October 30, 2006

    Beer Goggles

    This video just screamed McBlogger to me.

    Question is, does it work for gin and tonic as well?

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    "It hurts"

    No real reason to post this, other than that I found it funny. Chalk it up to a slooooow day.

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    Contractor abuse? Say it ain't so...

    DailyKos poster jorndorff has a great article up about Republican's hindering oversight of government contractors by Congress. Instead of doing the right thing for the country, as the Democrats did in World War 2 and Vietnam, the Republicans have allowed their contributors to feed uninterrupted at the government trough.

    Nowhere is this more apparent than in the recent firing of 60 contracted investigators from the Surveys & Investigations Staff (S&IS) of the House Appropriations Committee. The S&IS has been an active component of the House Appropriations Committee for 63 years, made up of former employees of the FBI, CIA and other federal investigative bodies. The bulk of its work is done covertly, its findings largely classified and rarely published.

    On October 16th, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jerry Lewis (R-CA) unilaterally fired the 60 contractors, leaving the unit gutted with only 16 permanent investigators remaining in the unit. (Lewis himself has spent over $50k on lawyers over the course of this past month, as federal investigators continue to look into his history with the Copeland, Lowery, Jacquez, Denton and White lobbying firm and more specifically former disgraced congressman-turned-lobbyist Bill Lowery.)

    So, I guess Republicans are for less government only when it comes to making sure taxpayers are actually getting their money used efficiently. This is especially intereating in light of all the stories about bad acts (here and here) with taxpayer funds by Halliburton, the former corporate home of VP Cheney. But there's no collusion there. Yeah, and I'm a washing machine.

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    Is John Davis a retard?

    This is John Davis. I would say this is John Davis on drugs but I'm not sure if he is or not. I'd like to believe he is because I'm all about giving people the benefit of the doubt as to intelligence and this, if he wasn't tripping balls, makes him look like a retard.

    How fucking hard is it to say that you think that protecting the environment, improving air quality and better public health should take a back seat to jobs? Jobs at chemical plants that would rather dump shit into the air than clean up their emissions.

    You know, before the EPA and Clean Air Act existed, back in the early 70's, people said we were going to lose jobs if we restricted industry. We did but not many. We also got a cleaner environment, less asthma and respiratory illness and a better quality of life for our kids. Industry, and the economy, has prospered since then... the naysayers were wrong then.

    They are wrong now, as well, but John Davis is too stupid to know that. Do what you can to help out Sherri Matula because we need people smarter and more able than John Davis in the Capital!

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    October 29, 2006

    New John Courage commercial

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    McBlogger's Humor Tips


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    Todd Staples and his GIANT freak head. Always funny, day or night. Sister Ruth would call it a 'laff riot' because she has a good sense of humor and thinks funny things are, you know, funny. That, unfortunately, is mitigated by the fact that she's also pretty lame for using phrases like 'laff riot'.

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    Martha Wong in cowboy drag.

    Not Funny

    Stupid attack ads that try to imitate the style of South Park and fail miserably. Oh, so very, very miserably.

    Super Not Funny

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    Martha Wong and her retard bangs. Girl, 1958 called and it wants it's hair back!

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    Sunday morning fun

    Some people love the smell of punditry in the morning. They'll spend Sunday flipping between shows like Meet the Press and Face the Nation Late Edition and Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz. The rest of us tiptoe quietly by them and prefer things like David Letterman skewering Bill O'Reilly. Enjoy (until CBS has it yanked)!

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    October 28, 2006

    Republican Dirty Tricks in Travis County

    OK. So, most of y'all know that I work part time for the county elections division. Tonight, one of our trainees let us know that they'd been invited by the Republican Party to a "special training" for election judges. The Republicans are holding a training to instruct their judges how to pre-screen voters. There's only one reason, that I can think of, to PRE-SCREEN...to prevent or discourage people from voting.

    Here's what's happened today...spread the word as far as you can reach...

    Well, my friend actually attended the secret election judge training at Republican HQ today. He recorded the whole thing. He's given it to Travis County, the Secretary of State, the Democratic party, the ACLU, and is awaiting a call from Keith Obermann from MSNBC.

    In the secret Republican training, the "trainer" suggested that both Provisional Balloting and Failsafe Voting were actually the invention of our County Clerk/Democrats to mess up the voting process for Republican voters. Why is this sinister? ---The County Clerk/Democrats did not invent procedures to harm Republican voters in Travis County. In fact, provisional voting was created as a result of the Helping Americans Vote Act. It's a federal policy, not local. Further, Failsaife Voting is a procudure created by the Secretary of State of Texas...a Republican. The "Trainer" is giving local judges false information in an attempt to politicize the election process and the county clerk. He is fanning the flames creating an atmosphere wherein changing the rules of an eleciton on the fly would be considered a reasonable act given how poorly the local elections are run.

    Get it??

    Politicizing the election at a local level by blaming local officials for unpopular laws and procedures created by the federal government (Republican Run) and the Secretary of State of Texas (Republican).

    Beyond that, the training materials they were using had several procedures outlined incorrectly. For example, you are allowed to bring outside material into the polling place as a reference. ...According to these Republicans, you cannot. There were others, but they are of a very technical nature.

    Here's what you need to know:

    You do NOT have to have a photo ID to vote. You can use a voter registration card, green card, passport, Sam's card (w/ photo), work badge, printed check from govt. entitiy, bank statement, utility bill, any official government communicaiton to you on letterhead with your name and address. Further, you do not have to have a current license or voter registration card. You can use an out of date piece of ID.

    Don't be fooled!!!

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    Attorney General Greg Abbott likes to spend your money... on his campaign

    EVERYONE is posting about this today... so, I'm joining in but not actually writing much of anything because that's like, you know, hard and stuff. That and it's Saturday, I've been working all day and I'm really ready for a much deserved nap.

    Mama needs to rest her eyes. Especially if I'm going to be drinking with The Mayor and Sister Ruth tonight. I'll add only my minor commentary that Attorney General Greg Abbott is buttcrust. Just look at some of our classic posts about Attorney General Greg Abbott.

    TXSharon has an excellent post up on KOS about it. As does just about everyone else in the TexRoots (just check the LeftyBlog's wire). Canofun (who we LURVE, by the way) also has some video up from the WFAA-Dallas report that kicked off the fun.

    Go DVO! Kick Attorney General Greg Abbott's ample ass!

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    Great Christmas idea for your mom

    Well, for YOUR mom, maybe... mine would kill me if I gave her a pair of these

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    October 27, 2006

    Perry keeps it going with the weird comments...

    First there was this (which, coincidentally, proves Gromer Jeffers has a great sense of humor)

    Gov. Rick Perry grabbed a hunk of rare roast beef and tossed away the bread."Hold on. I'm getting some of this meat," he said before answering a question for a reporter hanging out on his campaign bus.

    Earlier in the week was this from an article talking about the budget surplus he's all excited about which HASN'T EVEN materialized yet. The other part of this that's funny (aside from the comment) is that he wants to cut taxes that have yet to be levied. I guess that means we're just going to hand people money?

    “Our budget surplus is going to be so friggin’ big,” Perry said. “So why not lower the [business] tax rate down to three-fourths of a cent, or a half-cent? . . . I’m all for that.”

    Put the two together and what Failure is really saying is that

    This meat is so friggin' big!

    Take the dick outta your ass, sweets. I thought Geoff was in Africa or some insane place... so, the real question is, Who IS fucking Governor Failure?

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    Young Republicans give Sex Advice to Porn Website

    Ok, it's "intellectual porn" or "salacious sexual content on a website" - whatever you call it, it's my favorite website (and maybe second to BOR)

    Nerve.com has some of the best articles around (yes, I read it for the articles!), but this takes the cake. In honor of Election season, Nerve has come out with it's Politics edition with one of the first articles being their weekly advice column being "Sex Advice from....Republican Activists."

    The first thing I noticed about this is, well, all the interviewees are under the age of 28. What could they possibly know about sex! (Oops, sorry about that 24, you're excluded - I swear!...) The second was Nerve throwing them softballs! I mean, come on, some of those questions are juvenile...

    But next week, stay tuned for ... "Sex Advice from......Democratic Strategists!"

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    Great story on the Ag Commissioner's race

    Yet again, Hank continues to make Flip-Flop Todd his bitch. Oh, and again... Hello Staples Staffers and welcome to McBlogger! Sorry you have to work for such a douche.

    Some highlights...

    Q: Are you for or against the Trans-Texas Corridor, and why?

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingGilbert: One of the main issues that started this race for me was the Trans-Texas Corridor. I have been studying it for a couple of years. I am definitely against the corridor. It will eventually take over 1 million acres of prime agricultural land in Texas and turn it over to a Spanish company. This company will construct over 4,000 miles of toll roads and rail, dissecting Texas into fragments. It will destroy rural Texas as we know it, and displace hundreds of thousands of Texans from their farms and homes. It will go down as the largest eminent domain project in the history of the United States if it allowed to continue. I pledge to the people of Texas to do everything in my power to stop this huge Texas land grab.

    My opponent helped to create most of the legislation concerning the Trans-Texas Corridor, and in the last session, authored SB2702 that will allow TxDOT to toll existing roadways. Clearly, he cares little for private property rights. He has also authored legislation giving the state the right to move water from one part of the state to wherever they deem necessary. Inside the corridors will be large water transmission lines capable of transporting water throughout and outside of Texas. With Mexico needing water for irrigation (NAFTA) and the U.S. always needing oil, is there much question where our water may be going? This is politics that goes directly against Texas agriculture, and I plan to put a stop to it.

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingStaples: I am not a proponent of the TTC in its current form. As Ag Commissioner, I will fight for needed changes to ensure private property owners’ rights are a priority in Texas; and I am honored to be endorsed by champions of private property owner rights such as the Texas Farm Bureau and Texas Cattle Raisers. I will work to find rural and urban solutions to our state’s mobility crisis which are respectful of property rights.

    Gee, Flip-Flop... you liked it so much you voted for it every time it came up. Yet now, you claim not to be a proponent of it when it's obvious that people hate it. So which is it? If you had problems with it, why'd you support it? Flip-Flop, Flip-Flop. Hank say's you're just pandering. I'm inclined to agree.

    I'm posting the rest of the article in the supersize... it's well worth the read.

    Ag commissioner candidates share ideas on key issues
    From staff Reports

    Republican candidate Todd Staples

    Democratic candidate Hank Gilbert

    OCT. 26, 2006 – The 2006 General Election ballot in Texas will host a great list of candidates for jobs ranging from governor to county judges. One section on the ballot, of keen interest to Texas agricultural producers, is the one for Commissioner of Agriculture.

    The elected commissioner will, for four years, lead the Texas Department of Agriculture, a state agency established by the Texas Legislature in 1907. TDA enforces all agricultural laws in the state, such as animal quarantine, food inspection, disease and pest control (including pesticide safety), and promoting exports, according to the Texas Politics website. The agency also oversees many programs, in divisions of communications (such as the Hay Hotline), governmental affairs (such as Livestock Assistance Grant Program), marketing and promotion (such as GO TEXAN), food and nutrition (including school breakfast program), pesticide (applicator licenses), regulatory (ranging from organic producer to seed labs to rose grader), and rural economic development (such as the biofuel incentive program).

    The newly-elected commissioner will take office Jan. 1, 2007, and will replace Susan Combs, who served as Texas Commissioner of Agriculture for the maximum two terms.

    Three candidates for Commissioner of Agriculture are on the 2006 General Election ballot:

    • Democratic candidate Hank Gilbert, a 47-year-old self-employed rancher and former high school agriculture teacher, from Whitehouse;

    • Independent candidate Clay Woolam, a 21-year-old student from Richardson; and

    • Republican candidate Todd Staples, a 43-year-old small businessman and rancher from Palestine. Staples is also currently a state senator in District 3.

    (More information about each candidate can be found on their website, or from their party’s website.)

    In an effort to provide Country World readers with a little window into the ag candidates’ ideas on some key issues, Country World provided a short questionnaire to each, and two responded. Following are the questions, and the responses from Hank Gilbert and Todd Staples.

    Q: Are you for or against the Trans-Texas Corridor, and why?

    Gilbert: One of the main issues that started this race for me was the Trans-Texas Corridor. I have been studying it for a couple of years. I am definitely against the corridor. It will eventually take over 1 million acres of prime agricultural land in Texas and turn it over to a Spanish company. This company will construct over 4,000 miles of toll roads and rail, dissecting Texas into fragments. It will destroy rural Texas as we know it, and displace hundreds of thousands of Texans from their farms and homes. It will go down as the largest eminent domain project in the history of the United States if it allowed to continue. I pledge to the people of Texas to do everything in my power to stop this huge Texas land grab.

    My opponent helped to create most of the legislation concerning the Trans-Texas Corridor, and in the last session, authored SB2702 that will allow TxDOT to toll existing roadways. Clearly, he cares little for private property rights. He has also authored legislation giving the state the right to move water from one part of the state to wherever they deem necessary. Inside the corridors will be large water transmission lines capable of transporting water throughout and outside of Texas. With Mexico needing water for irrigation (NAFTA) and the U.S. always needing oil, is there much question where our water may be going? This is politics that goes directly against Texas agriculture, and I plan to put a stop to it.

    Staples: I am not a proponent of the TTC in its current form. As Ag Commissioner, I will fight for needed changes to ensure private property owners’ rights are a priority in Texas; and I am honored to be endorsed by champions of private property owner rights such as the Texas Farm Bureau and Texas Cattle Raisers. I will work to find rural and urban solutions to our state’s mobility crisis which are respectful of property rights.

    Below are statements from the Farm Bureau and Cattle Raisers on this issue:

    “When we brought our concerns about the TTC to Sen. Todd Staples, he not only listened, he went to work and spearheaded legislation to protect private property owners’ rights. That is why the Texas Farm Bureau AGFUND asked him to run for Commissioner of Agriculture. He fought for land owners in the senate and he will fight for us all as Commissioner of Agriculture.” - Kenneth Dierschke, president of AGFUND and Texas Farm Bureau

    “In the Texas Senate, ranchers and landowners needed a trusted friend to carry legislation to protect their interests regarding the TTC. We found that champion in Sen. Todd Staples. He listened to our concerns and acted quickly to tackle many of the concerns of private property owners. Todd Staples is needed as Commissioner of Agriculture to carry on the fight.” - C.R. “Dick” Sherron, M.D., president, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association

    Q: The draft State Water Plan will be presented to the Texas Water Development Board in November for approval. What do you see as the biggest challenge(s) regarding ensuring an adequate water supply for all Texans in the next 50 years?

    Gilbert: The biggest challenge apparently is enforcing water conservation policies that we have on the books. Every day we have large water users that do not conform to our laws, yet nobody is holding them accountable. Manufacturers, industry, oil companies are using large amounts of water each day, then pumping the contaminated water back into the ground and/or releasing it untreated into our rivers and streams. This not only wastes valuable water, but it contaminates future water supplies. In the midst of the driest year on record, we cannot allow private estate owners to use 3 or 4 million gallons of water per month to water their lawns. This type of behavior is irresponsible.

    We have to look at other alternatives. Desalination plants need to be constructed along our coastline to convert brackish waters of the Gulf into potable water. We need to look into creative ways of capturing overhead waters without damaging our lakes and rivers. All of these projects are doable and economical. The only way they can be accomplished, however, is to remove some politicians and the political barriers. In these desperate times, common sense and creative thinking are in greater need than politics and political posturing.

    Staples: Texas is a big state, big enough to develop win-win solutions to our water challenges without pitting one region of Texas against another. As our population doubles, we must develop new water resources through conservation, desalination of brackish groundwater, and other ecologically sound measures.

    Without an ample supply, agriculture producers will not be able to lead the nation in many areas of production and our consumers will not have an available and affordable food supply.

    Our state must continue to invest in hydrological research and consider a low-cost revolving loan fund to assist communities with anticipated infrastructure costs.

    Texas must also continue the regional water planning group process to ensure local water leaders spearhead the water planning effort that has been tremendously successful.

    Q: What are your thoughts on the issues of illegal immigration and the guest worker program in regards to how it affects farmers and ag-related businesses in need of workers?

    Gilbert: First and foremost, people in this country without proper documentation are here illegally, and should be returned home. The laws of our country govern that. Furthermore, employers that are working these people illegally should also be dealt with in accordance to our laws. One cannot happen fairly without the other.

    Having said that, nationally, 45 percent of all farm labor is migrant labor. In Texas, that number is closer to 65 percent. If all of these people are sent home, the hardest hit industry in this country will be agriculture. Can we survive … I don’t know. The Hispanic population accounts for about 11 to 12 million of the projected 35 million illegal immigrants in our country. There are a lot more to send home to other countries if we chose to send them all home. Can we physically do this? Personally, I don’t think so. We can’t seem to find one man hiding in a country a lot smaller than ours, so how can we expect to find 35 million people in ours.

    Staples: We need a zero tolerance policy to illegal immigration and a secure the border first approach. Our country must develop a LEGAL process of immigration and an agricultural guest worker program which has the necessary checks and balances to ensure that immigration policy has clear requirements, guidelines and penalties. Today’s confusing and convoluted system encourages illegal immigration and this must be stopped at our borders and in our policies. I believe we must secure our borders and end illegal immigration, and oppose amnesty.

    Q: Some Texans are voluntarily registering their premises within the state’s portion of the National Animal Identification System, but not all livestock and poultry owners are on-board with the plan. Would you encourage Texans to participate in NAIS? If yes, why; and if no, why?

    Gilbert: Not only would I not recommend Texans to participate in the NAIS, when elected, I plan to file an injunction in federal court excluding Texas from participating in the NAIS as it currently exists. This plan was flawed from the beginning. When the “Big 3” meat packers sponsor the federal legislation, that should tell you something. By eventually making this program mandatory, it will force small beef cattle producers out of business, therefore giving the large meat packers complete control of the live cattle industry.

    Texas is the largest beef-producing state in the country, with 70 percent of that beef being produced by individuals owning less than 50 head of cows. With the economic restraints placed upon these producers to implement this program, it will put many of them out of business. The local auction barns around the state don’t want it either.

    The trace-back mechanism in this program is no better than what we have with the current brucellosis program or the “brand law” already in place. Everything goes back to producer’s records.

    I am in favor of voluntary programs that will benefit our producers economically, and intend to create some of those types of programs after elected for various phases of the agricultural industry. Mandatory programs never benefit anyone except the last link of the chain, not the producer. The current agriculture commissioner and my opponent support this legislation. Once again, politics over common sense, and the losers are the rest of us.

    Staples: I oppose mandatory NAIS, and instead support a true voluntary program that allows for rapid trace back for animal diseases to ensure we maintain an open market for Texas animal products here and abroad. I also support strict inspection at our processing facilities. Texas must take a cooperative approach among producers to develop a reasonable program to ensure we have safe, reliable and disease free products.

    Q: What positive attributes will you bring to the office of Texas Agriculture Commissioner that your opponents cannot?

    Gilbert: I bring practical and real-life experience in the field of agriculture. I have been involved in agriculture my entire life. Besides growing up in a cattle operation, I taught it in high school for 13 years, owned a livestock auction barn for several years, and continue to raise cattle with my wife and two sons.

    I’m not a politician, but I know how to get things done. I bring common sense and practicality to this office, not politics. I plan to involve everyday agriculturalists in the planning of our state’s agriculture industry. I plan to form committees made up of individuals who making their living in that industry, to identify the problems within that industry, and to set goals for improvement. This country, and the world, depend upon Texas for abundant, safe food products. It will be my job to make sure that we can continue to live up to that commitment. Political obstacles like the Trans-Texas Corridor and the NAIS make that job very difficult, if not virtually impossible, to achieve. I will make it my goal to eliminate these obstacles, and to return Texas to the ranking of the No. 1 agriculture state in the nation.

    Staples: I have a lifelong agricultural involvement operating a family cow/calf operation, serving as a former state vice president of Future Farmers of America, and earning an Agricultural Economics degree from Texas A&M. I have also endorsed by every major agricultural organization in Texas including Texas Farm Bureau, Texas Forestry Association, Texas Poultry Federation, and the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers. My public service career also includes service on my local city council, as a State Representative and I am currently serving as a State Senator.

    I have also authored and been a key legislative leader in the Texas Legislature on property owner rights, agricultural issues, reforming our failed workers’ compensation system, providing sound water policy, strengthening our criminal justice system and ensuring every child in Texas has access to a quality education.

    Most importantly, I am a person like yourself. My wife, Janet, and I have four children and are active in our church and with community service. Also, my father is still active on our family cow/calf operation. As I have done in the state legislature, I will approach every issue as Texas Commissioner of Agriculture with one question: “How will it affect our families?”

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    Kay Granger presents a fucking insane gross recipe for margarita's

    Here's her site as featured on part of CNN's thing on bad campaign websites which The Mayor posted about yesterday.

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    BEER IN A MARGARITA? Fucking gross. This is a recipe to make people throw up. Kay Granger, if she drinks this shit, is one nasty bitch. BTW, take a look at the photo they chose for the cover of her retard book. Solid gold comedy.

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    Yeah. Popular like a bat to the head...

    Quote of the week goes to the irredeemably stupid fuckwit from Williamson County, the Hon. Mike Krusee

    toll roads are enormously popular

    Don't even bother wasting your time telling Mike you feel about this or about 3588, the original TTC bill. Just take some time, wherever you are, to do what you can for Karen Felthauser.

    (hat tip to EOW)

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    Tactical nukes detonated in Iraq?

    Take a look at this video and tell me at 3:56 that's not a low-yeild nuke.

    In the supersize I'm posting another video, supposedly from a Marine with a closer view of the blast which rocked most of Baghdad on October 10th as Forward Operating Base Falcon's ammunition supplies were targeted and destroyed by insurgents (The Islamic Army in Iraq has claimed responsibility for the attack), along apparently with the base itself. Although initial reports put the death toll at 0 (which no one believed) there are new reports surfacing that casualties may have been 'covered up' and are in fact at least 300, possibly higher.

    Why would DoD and the Administration cover this up? Simple... for the same reason Bush is saying we're going to get out of Iraq while privately delivering assuarances to the Iraqi's that it's all 'election year politics' and that we have no intention to pull out. They don't want to be devastated in the midterm elections now little more than a week away.

    At this point I'm disinclined to believe the massive explosion was a tactical nuke detonation because the Marine video was shot fairly close by and the detonation of a nuclear bomb always generates an EMP pulse. While I can't say for sure how localized the effects of the EMP would have been from a small nuke, I think it probable that had the blast been nuclear it would have fried out the camera the Marine was using to video. Anyone have any ideas as to what it might have been? Anyone have any info on the propogation of EMP from smaller weapons?

    Regardless, the fact remains that the attack on FOB Falcon was far more devastating than we were originally told.

    UPDATE As The Mayor points out in the comments, the marine video is not of the attack at Falcon. It was footage from ANOTHER ammo dump fire in April. I'm leaving it up because it's kind of cool footage. However, it is not of the event on October 10th.

    (Hat tip to Stephen Webster at The Gonzo Muckracker)

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    October 26, 2006

    I stand corrected

    I had thought that Comptroller candidate Fred "Who let the dogs out" Head had the worst political website anywhere. But it turns out I hadn't seen nuthin' yet.

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    34296 results found

    Over the last few days, Busholini was on TV saying

    We were never about staying the course

    Ambushed by the reality-based world, his spokesman Tony Snowjob did have to concede that the Crawford Caligula had used the phrase a few times

    A few times?

    Here's a little game you can play: go to the White House website and run your own search on stay the course. How many is a few for you?

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    F-list celebrities come out against stem-cell research

    In response to the ad shot by Michael J. Fox supporting Missouri Senatorial candidate Claire McCaskill, anti-stem cell research folks have pinned their hopes and dreams... on a bunch of people Kathy Griffin wouldn't even acknowledge (seriously, that retard from Everybody Loves Raymond was the only one I recognized). This follows comments from the massive Rush Limbaugh, the Orson Welles-ian sized commentator who said that Fox was faking or exaggerating his symptoms. I'm posting the anti-stem cell ad in the supersize along with Fox's response to the whole thing. Now, enjoy the ad that started it all off and remember that decisions we make at the poll this year will have real world consequences for millions of Americans who need help.

    (hat tip to SuperWow! and the gang at PinkDome)

    Who the hell created this disjointed mess?

    Now, Fox's response...

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    Hank wins in Wichita Falls

    Like the endorsement from the Round Rock Leader, it's a great endorsement for a Democrat to get in a deeply red area, Wichita Falls.

    Agriculture commissioner: Hank Gilbert, an East Texas rancher who grew up learning the business. Like Susan Combs, Mr. Gilbert puts ag promotion and rural development at the top of his list of projects. Mr. Gilbert is a no-bull straight-shooter, something Austin needs.

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    Flip-Flop Todd reaches a new level of lame

    Flip-Flop's website went down on Wednesday because it exceeded it's bandwidth allocation.

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    Nothing lamer than a campaign site that goes offline less than two weeks before an election. Todd, could you suck more?

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    October 25, 2006

    NJ opens the door to equality for gays and lesbians

    NJ's Supreme Court ruled that homosexual couples are entitled to the same rights as heterosexual couples but did not rule on a mandate for full marriage rights. The Court passed the responsibility back to the legislature in NJ and gave them 180 days to fix the situation either by allowing marriage or civil unions.

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    Flip-Flop Todd and a Tale of the TTC

    First, he loved the TTC and thought it was faboo. Now he claims he hates the TTC. Todd 'Flip-Flop' Staples has pulled out all the stops to pander to whoever will listen. In fact, the editorial boards of the Cox Newspaper's in Texas (Waco, Lufkin, Austin) all loved Todd so much they even lied for him saying that he was "against the TTC".

    Which left us wondering if he was for it or against it when he sponsored it in the Senate? Was he for or against it when he voted for it? These august newspapers, of course, did not answer these questions. Neither does Flip-Flop Staples, the Flip-Floppinest Senator in the State of Texas.

    The folks over at Don't Get Stapled have found a great press release from Flip-Flop's early days in the Senate (just a few short years ago. Which reminds me... Whitmire, when I told him that Staples' was the R running for Agriculture Commissioner said "That boy don't know enough". I kid. He actually said something much worse. Or he would have if I'd ever talked to him) that you should check out for some toll road comedy. It's as if Flip-Flop really thinks toll roads are some kind of new fangled invention.

    Check out DGS and Flip-Flip's dumb press release. I gotta say, it's really impressive the way the stupid comes across. By the way, Flip-Flop (or a staffer... I know you guys read us), why don't you tell us all about your retard plan for corn ethanol. Or soya diesel. Here's a question for you, Flip-Flop: What resource does corn-based ethanol production waste in massive quantities? Which agricultural input is in really short supply in Texas?

    Give up? I'll give you the answer after the jump. Flip-Flop, you do know biofuels have advanced since 1980, right?

    It's water... but I know you probably guessed that already because people who read McBlogger are, by default, extremely smart.

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    The difference between a timetable and a benchmark

    "See, a timetable tells you what time the train is coming, see. Heh heh heh. And you sit on on the bench, while you're waiting, while you're waiting, for the train, see"
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    "And if something startles, that is, if there's any untowarderness while you're sitting on the Group W bench, then you might just leave a mark. Heh heh heh heh heh."

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    ...And Perry wants him to come?

    This is pretty dumb. Bush is coming to Texas. He's going to CD22 (Fort Bend County) to hurt that stupid old woman's (what's her name? Shelly something or other? I don't usually remember the names of the insane) chances to beat one of the other write-in candidates on the ballot since they've given up all hope to defeat Lampson.

    Then Bush is going to head to Dallas for a 'campaign event' with Governor Perry, the few remaining supporters in Dallas Metro they have, a ton of protestors and a few crickets who are trapped in Reunion. Honestly, I'm nervous about the two of them being at the same venue as that much negativity and unpopularity might create a black hole of suck that could consume most of downtown Dallas before it stops. If you're in Dallas I would stay away from this event... why risk being sucked in with two people that most of the country dislikes? And by 'dislikes' I mean 'fucking hates'.

    Clinton is expected to campaign for Bell which is cool and all... except that I know, with absolute certainty that Fleetwood Mac will be played at the event. Which will automatically make it suck. Of course, it'll still be better than the R event. Bell may come across as a little boring at times but he's no Perry. Which makes him much more electable than Perry.

    And it means people don't want to spit on him like they do Perry.

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    On the damn call

    I want a cigarette. Thanks to Mickeysoft NetMeeting, I'm stuck in front of the computer in my house. I don't smoke in mi casa because it's gross and makes everything smell like ass. I'd rather limit that assfunk/old smoke smell just to my car, know what I mean?

    Anyhoo, Chimpy is giving a presser. About the changing strategy in Iraq. That's right, I wrote 'change' and 'Iraq' in the same sentence. You should understand it's historic because He Who Doesn't Look At Polls is making changes that happen to indicate that he does, in fact, look at polls. And knows he's about to get his butt stomped.

    Will it be enough? At this late stage of the game, after so many bait and switch games, I'm going to guess probably not. You're about to get spanked, dipshit.

    He's just admitted there have been mistakes in the Iraq war to which I would like to say, "No shit. You invaded them in the first place, fuckwit". And with that bit of clever I must leave... my VPN has already crashed twice and I'm a little behind on my super fun conf call (which is neither 'super' nor 'fun')/

    That's how much I love you. Bringing you the news even when my boss is making me listen to him.

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    A little lesson for you youngsters out there

    This is why you don't send out press releases while you're drunk.

    Who's the world's fastest BlackBerry typist? ABC World News Webcast is going to find out on Wednesday, October 25.

    With 1.5 million downloads a day, this global daily newscast is going to feature Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate from Texas, Barbara Ann Radnofsky, as she competes against veteran ABC political editor Mark Halperin to see who's got the world's fastest BlackBerry digits.

    The Radnofsky campaign contacted ABC and said that not only was Barbara Ann the fastest BlackBerry typist in the world, but that we'd love to prove it on TV pitted against the best they had to offer.

    ABC webcast producers Tom Johnson and Nick Schifrin loved the idea and immediately got the gears turning on the world's first BlackBerry type-off. The Radnofsky campaign, cameras rolling, received the challenge text via fax, and placed the paper in front of Barbara Ann, who then proceeded to type it out. You'll have to tune in to see her winning time and to hear her message for opponent Kay Bailey Hutchison, as well as to find out the name of the first world BlackBerry typing champ.

    Speaking of BAR's message--- Shudder.

    Posted by mayor mcsleaze at 08:33 AM

    October 24, 2006

    Tragically hip

    Remember when Dennis Hopper was cool?

    Yeah, my memory's not that good either.

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    Calculating Suck

    Have you ever heard yourself say "I don't know much about art, but I know this sucks!"? Have you then been called a douche by your friends who actually paid attention in art history? Because you didn't 'get' the esoteric piece of trash they are admiring?

    Now you can purchase a device to back up your claim and show your arty friends that THEY don't know a damn thing about art or technology.

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    This the Art-O-Meter. It's a device that, when placed under an installation, will track the number of people who actually stop to look at the miasma as well as how long they remained to contemplate what should be in a dumpster. Obviously, it would also make an exception stupid people tracker if it could be tied into a facial ID data base.

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    Horses for Radnofsky

    Now only if they could vote.

    Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate Barbara Ann Radnofsky received the endorsement of the International Fund for Horses. Vivian Farrell, president of the fund, declared support after Radnofsky announced her opposition to horse slaughter.

    Two of the three horse slaughter plants operating in this country are in Texas. Polls show that a majority of Texans are firmly against horse slaughter and support federal legislation amending the Horse Protection Act to make horse slaughter and export illegal. H.R 503 passed the U. S. House of Representatives 263-146 and is now awaiting a vote in the Senate.

    Radnofsky said, "I absolutely support the bill. I call on my opponent to denounce the over-breeding fueling the market for slaughtered horsemeat."

    Such silliness.

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    Olbermann nails GOP on use of Bin Laden in ad

    Yet again, The Keith rocks! Check out the video here at Crooks and Liars.

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    Just out of curiosity...

    Am I the only one that thinks the Discover Card ad with the scissors jumping around on the street cutting up credit cards is a little creepy? Especially the part where the baby throws a credit card to one? Still don't know what I'm talking about? Does this ring a bell?

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    What happens if the scissors get a little overeager and decide to clip a finger or two? What happens when they turn on the humans? It could happen, you know, when we run out of credit cards to feed their insatiable need to clip. Will they then turn on people close to the ground like the woman lying there innocently?

    I'm overthinking this, right?

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    October 23, 2006

    Bill Welch – not so compassionate conservative

    GOP politicians are always flapping their lips about supporting small business and having charities take over government social services. Well, Bill Welch, the “me generation” party candidate for state rep in district 47 showed his disregard for these groups at a recent community event.

    Groups and individuals put up booths to sell food for either their livelihood or collect charity for worthy causes. Mr. Welch gave his love by setting up tents and giving away barbeque – for free. You can imagine the consternation of the people who count on these events to make ends meet or give to those in need.

    Hey Bill, it’s called community. Something the “ownership society” party has forgotten.
    But hey, he’s wants to lower your taxes. What a swell guy.

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    The shape of things to come?

    Soon-to-be ex-congressperson Katherine Harris gives a glimpse of enhancments to come...
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    And here I thought the Statesman was the worst paper in Austin

    Not so much. The worst paper in Austin is here. The Daily Texan has endorsed not only Matzo but has also sung the praises of Todd 'Flip-Flop' Staples.

    Yes, Todd of the Big Head.

    Forget the Matzo endorsement... it's retarded more than anything. The endorsement of Staples is the real comedy. I know the kids are busy these days but really, did they actually do any research?

    Not only is the current state senator an experienced politician, he is the kind of moderate conservative who can serve both the private and the public sectors equally.
    Moderate conservative? The same guy who tried to dilute the Byrd Hate Crimes bill? The same guy who carried the anti-gay Proposition Two in the Senate? Oh yeah... by 'moderate' they must mean 'super extreme right wing'.
    A supporter of fair trade, alternative fuel sources and quality nutritional programs in schools, we believe Staples can stand by his promise “to represent the interests of farmers and ranchers, consumers and processors” in Texas.
    Todd supports FREE, not FAIR, trade. It's a nit-picky observation as far as the Daily Texan is concerned, incredibly important to the millions of people in Texas who've seen their incomes cut dramatically due to unfair trading practices with Mexico, Argentina and Brazil. He doesn't support any changes to Comb's very unsuccessful school nutrition program and his promises are empty since he doesn't have nearly the clout at the Capitol Todd would like to think. On alternative fuels, his solutions will actually excerbate problems with water distribution in this state, not to mention that his plan revolves around the production of crops that are the most inefficient for producing bio-fuels, corn and soybeans. However, this is nothing compared to the next part which is what will really be damaging to Texas Agriculture.
    Staples is also against the Trans-Texas Corridor project and would like to see a voluntary program for animal identification.
    Actually, Todd authored, sponsored and/or voted FOR every single bill related to the construction of the Trans-Texas Corridor. He liked it sooo much in fact that he voted some of the bills out committee then voted for the final version. He's now telling people he's against the very thing he voted FOR. Is this kind of politician we need in Austin, someone who does nothing but pander to voters while running for office, then seeks to agressively undermine them once elected? Or, in the case of the TTC, take ONE MILLION ACRES OF THEIR LAND FOR A TOLLWAY WE DON'T NEED?

    While in the Lege, Flip-Flop Todd also voted FOR a mandatory animal ID program TWICE. Now that the public is pissed about it, he says he's for a voluntary program.

    I guess TDT was too busy writing their endorsement to admit they made a mistake. They are right that Hank is a novice politician though they are really far off the mark when it comes to Hank's very detailed plans regarding the commission and especially, as part of this year's big issue, drought relief. You'll have to pick up a copy of The Texas Observer to see that.

    After years of seasoned, polished politicians using and abusing this office, it's time for a real Texan who actually knows how to make Texas Agriculture great again. That man is Hank Gilbert but you'd have to talk to the UDems about that... not so much the clueless staff at The Daily Texan.

    I can understand the Cox newspapers in Texas letting Staples lie his way out of trouble. They are, after all, mouthpieces of the Cox publisher's, not so much the actual editorial boards. The Daily Texan staff has no excuse for their intellectual laziness.

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    Tulia Attorney - Innocence Projects must be careful

    Grits for Breakfast has a great piece up about Innocence Projects and how they must be careful how they approach their cases, in terms of restricting or eliminating the ability to pursue civil claims.

    He described a case where defendant's attorneys, in their appellate briefs, laid the whole fault for the defendant's wrongful conviction at the feet of the prosecutors. Unfortunately for their client, prosecutors have nearly complete immunity, so after he was found innocent the poor fellow couldn't pursue civil damages. Blackburn said there was plenty of room in the case to preseve the idea that police may have also been at fault, but that criminal defense attorneys didn't understand why they should nuance such claims - they weren't thinking ahead to what the civil litigation would look like if their client won.

    Harry? Anything you'd like to add?

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    Ah. So it's not just me...

    Apparently, I'm not the only one who thinks the ed boards have gone crazy when it comes to the Ag Commissioner's race. Karl-Thomas at BOR and Kuff both seem to see the same thing.

    Or maybe we're just all crazy. If so, we're in good company.

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    Wham Bam Thank you founding fathers

    Somebody has to be the first name on the list, so Sister Ruth and I inaugurated one of Travis County's many fine early voting locations at an ungodly hour this morning. Who will join us in (metaphorically) tearing Rick Perry's head off and kicking it down Congress Avenue?

    And for the love of god... make the robocalls stop!

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    October 22, 2006

    As early voting starts, remember

    Kinky's not a joke.

    Jokes are funny.

    The DMN had a story about the last time Texas elected a novelty candidate governor, "Pappy" Daniels.

    Most praise Mr. O'Daniel today for his colorful and charismatic ways, but they also acknowledge his time in office was far from perfect. Researchers say he was one of the worst governors and senators in Texas history.

    "He ran it like a business, but he almost ran it into the ground," said Bill Crawford, co-author of the book Please Pass the Biscuits, Pappy . "I'm sure if Kinky won as governor, he'd be equally inept and awful in office, but that's not to say that he's not a wonderfully entertaining candidate."

    But Mr. Friedman contends – as he often does – that musicians can run the state better than politicians.

    "We mostly have two qualities that politicians don't, that's integrity and creativity," he said.

    Musicians have integrity? Ever leave one alone with your sister?

    Posted by mayor mcsleaze at 11:21 PM | Comments (3) | TrackBack

    Best swift boat counter-ad I've seen

    (For those of you expecting a mad rant regarding the Statesman's endorsement of Governor Buttplug, you'll have to wait a bit. I've quite a bit going on today. However, I will say this : The Mayor and I are pretty damn close to raising capital to start our own dead tree publication)

    ADMIRAL Joe Sestak hits back at Curt Weldon who tried to swift boat him despite the fact he's never served a day.

    Note to Republicans : It's a super bad idea to attack Democratic Vets. Unless they are John Kerry. In Texas, Gene Seamen tried the same thing against Juan Garcia and got fucked pretty hard. Are R's really this stupid?

    (mad props to Anna)

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    Q: What's the difference between a steaming pile of dog poo and the Austin-American-Statesman?

    A: When the Slag hits your driveway, it's already wrapped in a plastic bag.

    Posted by mayor mcsleaze at 08:16 AM | Comments (1)

    October 21, 2006

    The State Superintendent of Schools shot my homework!

    H o l y f u c k i n g s h i t !

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma (AP) -- A candidate for state superintendent of schools said Thursday he wants thick used textbooks placed under every student's desk so they can use them for self-defense during school shootings.

    Crozier and a group of aides produced a 10-minute video Tuesday in which they shoot math, language and telephone books with a variety of weapons, including an AK-47 assault rifle and a 9mm pistol. The rifle bullet penetrated two books, including a calculus textbook, but the pistol bullet was stopped by a single book.

    Crozier said the demonstration shows that a student could effectively use a textbook as protection in a school shooting.

    You probably won't be surprised to hear that Mr. Crozier is a republican.

    Posted by mayor mcsleaze at 05:30 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack

    Snap! Dewhurst pulls the rug from under Shapleigh's challenger

    People in this part of the state rarely give El Paso a second thought... probably because it's way, way, way out there somewhere to the west. And El Pasoans rarely raise much of a fuss... probably because of all the lithium in their drinking water. But the state senate race there has been getting a little attention. For one thing, if Democrat Elliot Shapleigh should lose his seat, there would be no telling what shenanigans the republicans could get up to in that body in the next session. For anothe, his republican challenger Dee Margo has been able to raise cash in sums rarely seen in the Sun City since they forgot the fabled Lost Padre Mine's whereabouts, and he's even gotten Laura Bush to campaign for him.

    One of the local issues in El Paso has been funding for a medical school. It's one of those things that the Lege just never quite can find the money for. During the school funding trench warfare that marked the last two years, Speaker Craddick once was even able to get the whole El Paso delegation to sign off on one of his shell game plans in exchange for funding the med school. Of course, Craddick's legislation died a horrible death and one again Lucy yanked the El Pasoans' football away at the last moment.

    Margo has been attacking Shapleigh over the issue, claiming it demonstrates the incumbant's ineffectiveness. But now Shapleigh has found support from a seemingly unlikely source, republican Lt. Governor Dewhurst, who told the El Paso Times that the fault lies not with Shapleigh but with Craddick's House o' Reps.

    "The problem was in the House, and it was an issue between the House delegation and the speaker," Dewhurst said. "It was not an issue between Shapleigh and anyone in the Senate, including me.

    "We passed the funding for the medical school in the Senate. I put it on the budget every chance I got, and I have gotten assurances that the funding will be there this coming session."

    Dewhurst offering support to Shapleigh over his republican challenger? I'm not sure just what to think, but it does make ya go hmmmmmm.

    Posted by mayor mcsleaze at 04:27 PM

    Permits issued for coal plants as Perry continues to payoff supporters

    That's right, TCEQ issued preliminary permits Wednesday to begin hearings on the construction of some of the coal plants. Let's not forget that Perry has received massive donations from the power industry even though their plans will supply far more power than Texas needs. Even in 2040.

    That's the thing about these projects. Thanks to the Republican's, our environmental laws are so weak that we have become the preferred locale for anyone looking to generate power, pollute the shit out of the air AND ship the power out of state.

    Now, don't get all cross with me about the use of the word payoff. I'm not calling it a bribe because Perry is right, the contributions are listed on his TEC report. However, it's the kind of politics that Perry has been adept at playing usually to the detriment of the people of Texas.

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    OMG! Boyd is back at the keyboard!

    If you're regular McBloggerphile, chances are your email inbox got at least one copy of the latest missive from Chairman Nabisco.

    Take the pledge

    Dear fellow Democrats,

    This November, Texas voters will make an important decision about the future of our state and country.

    Do we continue with the failed leadership of the Republican Party that is more concerned with lining the pockets of Republican lobbyists and campaign donors than supporting Texas families? No, and that’s why this election is so important.

    Here are just a few examples of how Texas Republicans have put the needs of special interests above you and me:

    * Did nothing while electric utilities rose to among the highest in the country

    * Voted to outsource child health care to an incompetent, politically connected foreign company whose mismanagement hurt thousands of children and working families

    * Support building a toll road that will seize millions of acres of private property and family farms and give profits to a foreign owned company

    * Increased in-state college tuition rates, making college too expensive for middle class families.

    Today, you can take the first step to moving Texas forward.

    Take the Pledge - “I pledge to Vote Early and Vote the Straight Democratic Ticket.” / Haga la Promesa - “Yo prometo para votar temprano y para votar por el Partido Demócrata.”

    Of course, if you live in Congressional Districts 15, 21, 23, 25 and 28, you will need to vote twice on November 7th – once for a Democrat for Congress and once for the rest of the Democratic ticket!

    Please forward this email to your friends and family and get them to Take the Pledge. The Texas Democrat who gets the most Texans to Take the Pledge will win two VIP tickets to the TDP's Salute, a reception where Democratic members of the State House and Senate come together with the Democratic Party and kick-off the legislative session in January. All you have to do is make sure your friends and family enter your email as the referral. Or you can have voters sign paper pledges and you can enter them on our website.

    There are less than three weeks left. Now’s the time to make your voice heard! Take the Pledge and tell your fellow Texans why YOU are voting the Straight Democratic Ticket.

    Your friend and fellow Democrat,

    Boyd L. Richie

    The first thing you should all do is actually take the pledge and enter mcblogger@mcblogger.com as the referring email. What better way to demonstrate the power of the netroots than by sending McBlogger and Sister Ruth to some fancy-shmancy party?

    Well, that's all fun. But Boyd Richie needs to make a pledge to US in return...

    I don't think I'm revealing any deep, dark secrets if I say that overall things for Texas Democrats really suck this year. Statewide we do have some very good candidates this year, but we also have some who are frankly appalling. This is not to criticize those who stood up and made the decision to run when it looked like the TDP wasn't going to bother fielding a slate of candidates this year. I reserve my criticism for the leadership of the party, and especially the Texas Trust and other big contributers who actually run the TDP, for deciding that this 2006 was going to be a rebuilding year, they would just concentrate on a few legislative or congressional. races and ignore the rest. As a result of this conservative, short-sighted policy, we end up with things like a gubernatorial candidate's near-invisibilty until John O'Quinn decides to breath a little life into his campaign scant weeks before the election; Hank Gilbert, the best thing to come around in years in his own right, scraping for cash to strangle the TRP's next Rick Perry in the cradle; and a candidate who thinks his major issue is some crappy novel his opponent wrote years ago. (Sorry, Fred, you're not running for Commissioner of Literature.) In a year that promises to be a disaster nationwide for the republicans, the TDP has done damn little to energize its supporters and get them to the polls..

    So, Chairman Richie, in return for my pledge I ask for something similar from you. I want you to pledge that the party will really be run by the SDEC, not by the monied interests. I want you to pledge that the TDP is committed to fielding a slate of first-rate candidates statewide. ANd I want you do plesge that the TDP is committed to having viable county parties with access to modern organizing technology in all 254 of Texas' counties.

    Ya basta!

    Posted by mayor mcsleaze at 12:07 PM | Comments (2) | TrackBack

    Conference Recorder for iChat AV

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    Finally, an easy way to record your iChat audio and video chats cam2cam naked shows. Conference Recorder is an add-on for iChat AV which automatically transforms your conference sessions into QuickTime movies Bel Ami Blockbusters. Conference Recorder is great for lessons, interviews, video podcasts or just having fun.

    Now you’ll be able to replay those treasured memories for years to come. Log (tehe) video conferences for future viewing. Tape both sides of an "audio conference" with perfect clarity.

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    October 20, 2006

    Bush signed the bill Congress passed. To gut the Constitution

    That's right, on Tuesday President Bush signed the instrument of the destruction of the American Republic. Dramatic? Aw, shit... I tend to get that way when my elected officials decide to abdicate their responsibilities and turn the Presidency into nothing more than a dictatorship.

    Olbermann had a great commentary on it. See it here.

    Posted by mcblogger at 05:06 PM | Comments (3) | TrackBack

    You know, The DMN really does suck...

    Slowly but surely, much like the AAS, the DMN has become one of the worst papers in the United States. By doing what newspapers should never do... engaing in wishful thinking, ignoring reality and writing badly.

    That's right, a blog that features posts about A Dildo that may (or may not) have been up Perry's ass is calling out the established dead tree media.

    I've read stories recently about hard times at the newspapers around the state. There's a reason for that... the quality is so low that it's a tedious chore to read them. The DMN has become little more than an in-flight magazine: Lots of ads, little or no real thought and nothing that will actually inform people. I dropped my subscription years ago because I found myself more interested in the Best Buy circular than in the front page. And I hate Best Buy.

    The fault lies not only with the overbearing management but with the staff as well. Often, after reading an article online (you didn't think I actually paid for the paper, did you?) I'm struck by the fact that the issue, about which the reporter is writing, is being misrepresentated. Take the Iraqi Invasion and Occupation. The Press, as a whole, did a piss poor job of questioning the intelligence that led us to war. Congress did as well, which is one of the reasons the Rs are about to get the shellacking they richly deserve. HOWEVER, even after the facts started coming out about manipulation of intelligence, reporters still wrote of not the central issue but instead of the talking points being used on either side. Talking points. Journalists became reporters became stenographers.

    Without ever questioning the truth of those talking points, and nary a word about whether they were right or wrong, is it any wonder that reporters are often afforded such little respect? They are, at best, unreliable flesh and bone tape recorders.

    Pink Lady has a story up about endorsements and how the editor of the AAS is making a command decision on the Governor's race. It seems that Rich Oppel is overriding the Editorial Board and demanding an endorsement of Perry. The same guy who has failed year after horrendous year. Of course, so has Rich. His tenure at The Statesman has been remarkable for one thing... the number of subscriber's lost. While Austin continues to grow, The Statesman continues to be an albatross just as the DMN is in Dallas. Did Belo Corp make a command deicison there with the comical endorsement of Perry? I mean seriously, touting Perry's stance on energy deregulation was pure comedic genius in light of the fact that your own paper published a story earlier this week about what a disaster deregulation has been.

    Until newspapers start doing their jobs again and until reporters start acting like the journalists they claim to be, we're going to keep pointing and laughing at you when we see you around town. Respect has to be earned and it's pretty sad when a blog (which has it's ed board meetings in a bar) actually garners more respect than a newspaper. Yes, I'm talking about INPT.

    What, you thought I was talking about McBlogger? Shit. Even the guy at my favorite liquor store doesn't respect us.

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    Dregs : John Davis, a new sig, Toll roads and Governor bullshit

  • John Davis likes gasoline. Apparently, he likes to buy it in Westlake a lot. Muse has the story... and I have a simple question, Was all of this campaign related? I'm thinking not so much...
  • While I don't think my employer would sign off on this sig, I would totally love to use it.
    This transmission may also lament the feeling of dying that pervades this small and sensibly decorated workspace, while days tick by on computer calendars and the sun only briefly and barely brushes the edges of the windows in the conference room. This transmission may go on to say that, for the last year, this job hasn't felt right: cheerful on the surface, but faceless and cold.
  • Ben Wear loves him some toll roads...I'm guessing he won't have to drive on them.
  • Vince over at BOR wants to know when Perry and Strayhorn developed amnesia and/or alzheimers regarding their own massive contributions from none other than Dr. Shitheel Leininger.
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    Round Rock Leader endorses Hank

    Honestly, it's not as huge as an endorsement from the DMN simply because of circulation. However, if you look at the community the paper serves (VERY red Williamson County) it's a big deal for them to endorse a Democrat. Of course, it's also nice to see a paper put politics aside, actually research the issues and come to the same conclusion that many Republicans, Independents and Democrats have already reached... that Hank Gilbert is the best person to be our Commissioner of Agriculture.

    Gilbert knows the issues The race for Texas Agriculture Commissioner is a two-man contest, pitting Democrat Hank Gilbert against Republican Todd Staples.

    There is no incumbent in this race. Agriculture Commissioner Susan Combs - who was first elected in 1998 - has her sights set on being elected State Comptroller next month.

    Gilbert and and Staples each bring their own background, experience and qualifications to the table, but after talking with both men we give the nod to Gilbert.
    Wednesday, October 18, 2006

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    October 19, 2006

    Ugly People in the Senate

    Barbara Ann is debating weak chin'd (and badly spoken) Scotty Jameson (nice neckfat, bitch) is debating that sad old cow, Hutchison (girl, where the hell did you get that wig).

    So far it's just talking points and about as interesting as watching paint dry. I will say this, though BAR has a criminal sense of style, she is WAY better looking than Hutchison. D women are hot but they often dress like they just went to SteinMart. R women mostly look like they just came from Foley's (of course).

    Did y'all catch the interviewer with that dog ugly heart tie? Someone dress him better when he's on TV! Jameson is talking now about SocSec and obviously doesn't understand the issue. Or that button down collars are a no-no at something like this.

    Hutchison sounds like a bobblehead when she talks.

    BAR is far too strident. Jesus, Team RAD... didn't y'all do any prep? Tell, her to smile and not be so damn condescending. Good handle on SS but went to0 far away from it to attack on the veterans stuff. Should have waited and brought that up over and over again. You can tell she's not a litigator.

    If Hutchison had Iraq to do all over again and knew about the WMDs she wouldn't have cast the vote. However, she doesn't think Bush would have asked for the vote. Moron. He engineered the intelligence and you fell for it. BAR is way too angry. And now we hear from the moron Jameson. With the bad tie. And the button down collar.

    Sorry, had to break for a drink and a cigarette... BAR just made a joke and it fell flat.

    No it's on to pay raises... BAR is calling out KBH on her pledge to keep her self-imposed term limits. Nicely done.

    Jameson goes on some kind of libertarian rant about the minimum wage and congressional pay. He thinks we don't need FICA, probably doesn't think we need an income tax, THEN says "I yeild the balance of my time to the Senator from Texas". What does this think this is, model Senate?

    KBH is defending earmarks. Go ahead, tie that noose tight, Kay. BAR wants earmarks ended and calls KBH on her shit... nice job. BAR pounding away on the fact that Kay hasn't been getting enough for Texas. Great job and even a hint of a smile.

    Heart tie from the SAEN is asking a question about the inability of the government to negotiate for the drug benefit. KBH totally flubbed the shit out of it and allowed BAR to come in and pound her on it. Did the Libertarian just ask for universal health care? Holy shit... did the world just turn upside down?

    Closing it out... this has been fun (no it hasn't). I've really enjoyed being able to hear the people vying for the Senate debate (about as much as I enjoy have cigarettes put out on my arm). KBH is starting to look like the crypt keeper (no shit, she totally looks like shit).

    I'm still voting for BAR but I don't think this will have the same effect on her campaign that Bell's performance had on his.

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    Campaign ads and Endorsements

    Ads from John Courage (CD 21) and Mary Beth Harrell (CD 31) in the supersize. I would front page them but The Mayor says he'll take away my scotch if I do. And we all know that mother needs her tonic.

    ALSO, endorsements galore! As The Mayor pointed out earlier, The Statesman endorsed Valinda Bolton. In addition, the Corpus Christi Caller Times (WTF is with old newspaper names... they need to change them to something more catchy. You know, like McNewspaper Corpus Christi and McNewspaper Austin) endorsed Bell, which is really cool since I got to see him perform live last night at Keep Austin Blue. I'm not joking when I say it was cool, he, Doggett and Maxey all did amazing jobs and provided a great motivator to get out and do what we can.

    Formerly cool weekly, The Austin Chronicle (it's as lame as a TinaFish newsletter), also endorsed Bolton, John Courage and Harrell as well as a host of other Democrats. Of course, being the spiteful bitches they are, they left off Hank. Why? They endorsed Melton in the primary. The guy who lost by 73%, I think... yeah. They aren't much for admitting they made a mistake. I talked to someone with the Gilbert campaign about it and she said she had tried to schedule something with them, or at least send them a press pack. They said no thanks which isn't all that strange because they kinda suck.

    STILL, they DID endorse some great people which mitigates, in part, their entry into suckdom.

    Posted by mcblogger at 03:38 PM | Comments (2) | TrackBack

    You say YOU'RE concerned?

    An interesting comment in the Slag's endorsement of Valinda Bolton for HD-47 (who by the way is wonderful and also picked up the Austin Chronicle's endorsemnt this week.) Talking about her doomed republican opponent, the Statesman comments

    At an Oct. 11 voters forum, however, Welch could not recall the name of his top campaign donors. We are concerned that Welch, who told voters he would not be beholden to special interests, forgot the $35,000 given to him by Bob Perry, the power broker who finances much of the state's Republican leadership.

    We share the newspaper's concern. Imagine, though, how Bob Perry must feel. If I gave someone thirty-five large, he'd damn well better remember my name!

    Posted by mayor mcsleaze at 10:58 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

    I love campaign shit...

    I'm tied up this AM helping my favorite candidate... talk amongst yourselves.

    In the meantime, please enjoy this video (and a huge shoutout to SuperWow! at PinkDome)

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    October 18, 2006

    Burka : The best conventional wisdom money can buy...

    I like Paul Burka, I really do. What I dislike (I'm working on using the 'hate' word less. My therapist says it will help with my mood swings. However, she also said I needed to quit drinking. Anyone know of a good therapist?) about him is how frequently he clings to conventional wisdom. About half the time, this strategy will pay off, a quarter of the remainder you'll be close and the other quarter, you'll be way off. It's a sucessful model and one that Burka has been adept at using.

    It also means that when you're wrong, you're really wrong.

    This is one of those years and though everything has been pointing in a certain direction for months (not to mention the bungling of the hapless Republicans), Burka stubbornly refuses to see it. He derides the Democrats being disorganized and talks of how Travis County is the only remaining effective D organization. This ignores all the work being done in Harris, Fort Bend, Dallas and Tarrant Counties. The Valley has remained strong and will this election (despite 11 mayors who should be nervous as hell) as well.

    This is not to say the State party isn't dysfunctional (it is). Nor is it to say there's not a fair amount of rebuilding to be done (there is). However, what started in 2004 has been carried forward and D's this year are going to do far better than anyone expects. I'm thinking at least two statewide offices, close the gap in the house and possible a few congressional seats no is expecting. One thing Burka isn't reporting is that a lot of die hard R's are no longer calling themselves R. Further, a lot of those people are on GOTV lists and lying when they get the GOTV calls, at least about who they are going to vote for.

    But they'll be voting.

    Last thing and then I'll drop it... whether the morality voters come out this year or not is largely irrelevant. The R's have lost enough of their base to make the difference and I's are falling into the D column like I do into bed after a long night out.

    Posted by mcblogger at 03:40 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack

    I'll give you an E for effort

    However, I'm still giving this an L for LAME. I got a link to this emailed to me on Tuesday. I loved it so much I thought I just had to post it along with my critique.

    The music is dumb even though the overall premise is a decent one. I did like the little kid standing in front of the White House holding his ears.

    Good message but it blows as much as one of the Kinky's ads. I think I got my bitchy back! What are your thoughts? YES, YES, we know you think the message is good. Other than that, doesn't it kinda suck?

    Posted by mcblogger at 01:52 PM | Comments (5) | TrackBack

    Why do I keep jonesing for the AAS

    This is a little late as most of you have already seen the AAS (fair and balanced) statewide endorsements. Long hours at the shithole I call work has gotten me behind the curve. But why tell you, since most of us work in shitholes. Corporations and Republican work-place policies have pretty well stripped any resemblance of pride and self-worth out of workers. ANYWAY

    At one time I liked the rag because I thought the newspaper actually made an attempt to tell some truth to issues. Now, it’s just Fox News-local venue.

    By endorsing every Republican for statewide office, with Perry a given, the paper must agree with the GOP direction in governing Texas. Conservatives have driven this state to last or near the bottom in education, environmental protection, worker’s rights, property tax, health care, and rural concerns. Let’s not forget this is also the party responsible for unresolved immigration issues, and erosion of rights.

    The paper describes the Republican candidates as having better political skills and knowing their way around state government. What it means is that these people know how to circumvent the laws to throw favor to corporations and the wealthy at the expense of the middle class and poor.

    The AAS at one time was noted for seeing through this façade, but the paper is so tied to large corporate media that it no longer speaks for all of us. Apparently, government of the people, by the people, and for the people is a silly little notion to the paper.

    By the way, Lamar Smith, another member of the New Hawtness, responding to a letter to the editor, fawned about his magnificent voting record. If you are in his district, please, please, please keep him under 50% in the special, so John Courage can kick his stinky, smelly ass in the runoff.

    Posted by Captain Kroc at 10:44 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

    It must be from Italy...

    Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting... because it says "FRA-GI-LE". You know what I'm talking about if you've seen A Christmas Story ("You'll shoot your eye out, kid!").

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    Yes, it sucks

    Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting This is Dyson's version of a dustbuster. It's got that special kind of suck that's unique to Dyson. It's $149 which makes me wonder if they maybe could have bumped the price up to $165 and actually made it, you know, not quite so ugly.

    Is there anything from this dumb company that doesn't either suck or blow?

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    October 17, 2006

    Sessions caves, returns Foley money

    Anna over at Annatopia sooo rocks... not only did she break the story, she actually pulled enough attention to him to get it to cave in. A few years ago, after Foley's activities were already known, Congressman Pete Sessions (R - Carnival Scum) took a $1,000 check from him.

    And only gave it back when someone called bullshit. That's a Republican for you...

    Posted by mcblogger at 01:12 PM | Comments (1) | TrackBack

    I'm sooo using this...

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    If you're like me (and I think you are) you hate those awkward "No, really. It's me. It's not you. You're wonderful and I'm a loser. Can we break up now?" calls. I normally just stop returning calls. Seriously, I ended a relationship by doing nothing other than ignoring the person I desperately wanted out of my life. No returned calls, no emails... just nothing. Childish? You bet... you should know that about me by now.

    In fact, the jackass guy in this ad kinda looks like him. But, I digress...

    Now you too can complete the impersonal experience known as modern dating by breaking up much the same way you began your relationship... via ubreakup.com.

    Tell me you don't love this! Really? I think it just because you didn't think of it first.

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    Character is good, m'kay

    National Character Counts Week sounds like the sort of lame exercise you were forced to write an essay about in the eighth grade. But it turns out to be the sort of thing the Crawford Caligula proclaims during those brief respites between vacations.

    Our changing world requires virtues that sustain our democracy, make self-government possible, and help build a more hopeful future. National Character Counts Week is an opportunity to recognize the depth of America's character and appreciate those who pass on our values to future generations.

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    Anyone else's Irony Meter pegged?

    Posted by mayor mcsleaze at 06:12 AM | Comments (0) | TrackBack

    Hank bitchslaps Todd

    Kudos to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for pointing out the hypocrisy and bad acts of Todd 'Giant Freak Head' Staples. Seems Toddy tried to kill the Texas State Railroad by helping to end it's funding THEN by trying to have a reservoir built which would effectively drown the railroad.

    And this was in his home district. Imagine all that he'd do to mess things up as Commissioner of Agriculture.

    activists have sided with Gilbert on the issue, saying that by supporting the reservoir, Staples has acted against the creation of the refuge and the preservation of the railroad. Rerouting those tracks, or building a bridge to carry them over the reservoir if it ever were built, would cost $100 million or more, says Michael Banks, co-chairman of the Friends of the Neches River.

    And that, he said, would effectively doom the historic landmark. "It is now apparent that the reservoir and the Texas State Railroad are not compatible ... [and] Senator Staples is talking out of both sides of his mouth," Banks said.

    Good job, Star-Telegram!

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    October 16, 2006

    Bell's new ad rocks!

    The Bell campaign decides to bring it and the results are very nice. This is what I'm talking about...

    I honestly don't have a negative thing to write. Good job, Team Bell. Way to rise above the crowd and create some good TV.

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    Energy : Nuke me, Bitch; Perry gets bought and deregulation was a crock

    The DMN is reporting that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (or the Nukular Commission to those in the know) is prepping to fast track a bunch of new power plants. Honestly, I don't think this is such as bad idea as they'll be using a standardized design to accelerate the time to completion. Part of the problem with older nuclear plants is that they are all unique, making safety and security evaluations problematic at best. With a standard design, there can be a fixed set of criteria that regulators can use to shut down badly operated plants, before they can harm people.

    As always, I'm concerned about the waste because really, Where is it going to be stored? Do we have that solved yet? I'm pretty sure (due to the anti-nuke folks) that these aren't going to be fuel-recycling breeder reactors.

    It's obvious our need for electricity is growing as fast as my need for alcohol (it's an insatiable thirst). However, we need to find a balance that will allow us to breathe (gratuitous slam against coal fired plants) and keep us from glowing in the dark. One point of curiosity, if utilities move forward with additional nuclear capacity, don't we need less coal fired plants?

    As it turns out, no. Those are going to move forward because of a certain cheap bitch named Rick Perry. Coal and utility interests have given him more than $132,000 SINCE he fast tracked the power plants. Who knew Perry could be purchased at such a discount? He's like the Dollar General of elected officials.

    And all this in the face of the fact that utility deregulation has been a disaster. Even the CATO Institute is for the re-regulation of the industry.

    A truly competitive market has never developed, and, in most areas, the number of power producers is small. In New Jersey, for example, only six companies produce power, and not all of them sell to every utility.

    Some utilities have decided to buy electricity not from the cheapest supplier but from one owned by a sister to the utility company, even if that electricity is more expensive. That has been the case in Ohio.

    And if electricity is needed from more than one producer, utilities pay each one the highest price accepted in the bidding, not the lowest. This one-price system, adopted by the industry and approved by the federal government, is intended to encourage investment in new power plants, which are costlier than older ones.

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    You sexy motherfucker...

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingThis is the man who would be Senator. Specifically, the man who would be Senator from District 14. Ladies and Gentlemen, I'd like to introduce you to Robert 'Rock' Howard Jr., or as we at McBlogger have started calling him, The New Hawtness.

    This sexy beast is the Libertarian candidate in the race for SD14. Against Kirk Watson. Why?

    But if politics provided the spark to get him into the race, a longstanding grudge against Watson over Liberty Lunch cinched the run.

    "I moved to Austin in 1989 for two reasons: high tech and to put together a band and play at Liberty Lunch. Watson killed my second goal (by tearing down Liberty Lunch as part of the Smart Growth development initiatives in the downtown) and I have never forgiven him for that."

    Don't you totally think of a guy who looks like The New Hawtness when trying to picture a rock star in your mind? Yeah, Watson was the one who ended your dream. In a town where any dive bar will let you play as long as you don't piss people off. Right. And you were sooo going to play Liberty Lunch, TNH.

    TNH became a Libertarian because of sobriety checkpoints. He hates them. So do we. However, just because we agree on that doesn't mean we want you to be our Senator. Dude, that's a real job...

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    Look what the cat drug in

    If it wasn't true (or ay least plausible) it wouldn't be on Wonkette.

    Disgraced former Representative Mark Foley was spotted by an eagle-eyed blogger — in Austin, Texas, naturally.

    The alleged attempted page-fucker was enjoying the Americana-tinged power-pop of alt-country act the Old 97’s, though there’s no word on whether the “closet drinker” imbibed any alcohol.

    How do we expect to defend our borders when we can't even defend our city limits?

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    What say you, civil rights or Transparency is hidden by many colors

    My first post was going to be a pathetic attempt at snarky humor interspersed with pirate slang, but this is a serious week, so serious matters won out.

    The question begs to be asked, What did Chris Bell do to garner such disdain from African-Americans?

    First, he is voted out of a district redrawn to include a black majority, even though almost all factions deemed him a very effective legislature who served the community with distinction and integrity.

    Then last month, the Texas Publishers Association, which is a statewide association of African-American owned and operated newspapers, endorsed Carole Strayhorn. Huh? She gave up her membership for the common good of all people of Texas when she abandoned the Democratic Party.

    Unfortunately, it does not end there. According to a Saturday article in the AAS, the NAACP welcomed Bell warmly. Warmly? The article goes on to say that many at the convention favored Strayhorn. There was also some support for Governor Goodhair

    Also, a DMN telephone poll shows that Bell was supported by only 37% of African-Americans.

    I'm cognizant that Dems have fallen short on their promise to African-Americans, but for God's sake, a Republican and a Republican calling herself an independent are not only going to do less, but will attempt to rollback 50 years of progress. So are you going to vote for a party that just attempted to reinstate a modern poll tax by requiring government-issued identification to vote?

    Maybe I'm not seeing the big picture. When minorities start putting money and self-interest above the community, they are voting and acting just like, uh, well, caucasians.

    Maybe that's true integration.

    Maybe I should be happy.

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    October 15, 2006

    How Long WAS That Box Turtle?

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    "I'm not shitting you, Mark, it was that long!"

    The Republicans are dumbasses. No news there. Frank Rich has a new Op-Ed, "The Gay Old Party Comes Out" (sorry, stupid Times Select only), in which he says:

    If anything good has come out of the Foley scandal, it is surely this: The revelation that the political party fond of demonizing homosexuals each election year is as well-stocked with trusted and accomplished gay leaders as virtually every other power center in America. "What you're really seeing is the Republican Party on the Hill," says Rich Tafel, the former leader of the gay Log Cabin Republicans whom George W. Bush refused to meet with during the 2000 campaign. "Across the board gay people are in leadership positions." Yet it is this same party's Congressional leadership that in 2006 did almost nothing about government spending, Iraq, immigration or ethics reform, but did drop everything to focus on a doomed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

    No fucking kidding. Did we know that Karl Rove's dad was gay? Boobilicious did not know this. Boobilicious does not care except that the Republican party is so virulently anti-gay in it's rhetoric and policies and Karl Rove should just shut the hell up, as a general rule.

    Box Turtle Cornyn and Man on Dog Santorum - now there are two Republicans skilled at winking and nodding at the homosexuals in their midst while they make fools of themselves obsessing about everyone's sex lives.

    Hey, isn't it a blast watching the Republicans blame Clinton for Mark Foley's pedophelia? I don't think Rich does a good job of pointing out pedophelia and homosexuality are not the same thing, but good on him for spelling "hypocrisy" R-E-P-U-B-L-I-C-A-N.

    What do you want to bet that The Decider is exaggerating the length of that box turtle?

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    Déjà vu all over again.

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    Fox "News" megabrain Brit Hume:

    If the U.N. itself isn't willing to do this then the United State with willing allies could do it… or the United States could do it by itself — which, I think, is probably the best hope…

    Wasn't that our Iraq stategy? Better be careful... one of those flowers flying through the air could put your eye out!

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    October 14, 2006

    A new low in the Texas Governor's race


    Glad I got that out, and yes I goddamn do mean it. All four (the fifth, that Lib whacko, is just a lunatic) of the main goob candidates are the biggest losers with some of the worst campaigns I've ever fucking seen. Perry, the miserable failure and assclown we've had to put up with since Bush went to screw up Washington, is running negative ads against Bell.

    Yeah, I'm guessing Baseslice has finally updated his model. I'm also guessing he knows that the Republicans have suffered permanent damage here in Texas. It's kinda shitty to realize the party you helped put in power has just gone and fucked everything up, ain't it Mike?That helps explain the 'why' of the attack. They're scared of Bell. Kinda funny when you realize that Bell's only winning because D's have just had enough of the bullshit. Actually, the VAST MAJORITY of Texans has had enough of this bullshit. However, this is the best they could do?

    Perry, you are a bigger queen than the first guy I ever fucked. Seriously, you wouldn't know hard work or actual effort if it bit you on the ass. You're a lazy, pathetic miserable excuse of a man... a real low even for a politician. You were re-elected in 2002 by a wide margin and now you can't even solidly beat Chris Bell, who while being intelligent and the best choice this year, has all the personality of a potted plant (seriously, Chris... one on one and off-script you're funny and warm... do THAT more often and kill those awful commercials that make you look like you're in the law office of Attorney Better Blackwell).

    THIS IS YOUR NEGATIVE ATTACK? Calling Chris Bell 'liberal?!?!?! Telling people he's taking money from John O'Quinn who, by the way, people like a hell of lot more than Bob Perry and Leininger. And WTF is with the sharks? See what I'm saying... PATHETIC. The only thing I really hate in campaigns is badly done TV and we're definitely getting an eyefull this year. From Perry alone.

    No wonder Anita always has a sour look on her face. If you fuck like you run a campaign she's not been laid well since you got married.

    (Update: Phillip Martin at BOR has Bell's response...not bad)

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    October 13, 2006

    Yes, I'm still alive

    You may have noticed that we're a little light on posts for today. It's not because I died, nor is it because some ninja's broke in and cut off my hands though that would be a fantastic excuse.

    I moved to a different company about a month ago. Yesterday afternoon I finally got my new computer from them so I can now get into our internal systems. See, new company has all kinds of security and crap so I have to use one of their computers which sucks ass because frankly, it's a piece of shit. That's what has distracted me all day. That and Sister Ruth calling about some inane thing or another.

    Of course, there could be more posts if the 1,000 people (other than myself and The Mayor) who CAN post actually DID post. But they don't. I blame the extraordinarily pleasent weather we are having today in Central Texas. The Mayor is blaming alcohol. Which reminds me that it is very close to quitting time and so I'm off to enjoy a beverage of my own.

    Yes, I'll be posting this weekend and should be back to full strength on Monday. Which reminds me, anyone have any ideas for another ¿Quien es mas macho?, Ask A... or even have some endorsement announcement ideas?

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    SSSSS : Returning to check up on things

    Recently I had another opportunity to stop at the Bellmead Exxon, the subject of our very first edition of Super Shitty Service Station Spectacular.

    This time the men's was out of order. Probably because someone shit out a volkswagon and tried to flush it down, along with 200 lbs. of toilet paper.

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    Which left the ladies. I'll be honest, my expectations were high even though I'd been trained to expect little from Bellmead Exxon. Ladies are supposed to be neat and discreet. However, this experience left me secure in the knowledge that y'all are some nasty bitches.

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    Melanie is a slut. Good thing Jason B. and Bobby don't go into the ladies room. Going to make things very confusing when Melanie turns up pregnant.

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    Corey -n- Brandi. How sweet. Declaring your love on the wall of the Bellmead Exxon ladies room is Klassy.

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    The hover toilet. You'll want to hover over it ladies, know what I'm saying?

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    Someone who feels genuinely sorry, as I do, for the people who have to live in Bellmead. Or are simply too stupid to leave.

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    One of the inmates citizens of Bellmead got a little offended by the pity. It's pity, by the way... not an apology.

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    Other denizens of Bellmead chime in. They call Bellmead Frog Town. That seems about right.

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    Again with Brandi and Corey. WTF? Trash. And what's with the highlighter?

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    Like a tatoo, things written on the wall of Bellmead Exxon ladies room can't be easily erased. Melanie did love Nathan. Now she loves Jason B. and/or Bobby. Melanie is a bit like a slot machine, I'm guessing.

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    Yeah. Girls are gross.

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    October 12, 2006

    Pastures of Plenty

    Afghanistan: easy to invade, hard to conquer. Ever wonder why?

    Canada troops battle 10-ft Afghan marijuana plants

    Like they say, war is hell.

    OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian troops fighting Taliban militants in Afghanistan have stumbled across an unexpected and potent enemy -- almost impenetrable forests of 10-feet (three meter) high marijuana plants.

    General Rick Hillier, chief of the Canadian defense staff, said on Thursday that Taliban fighters were using the forests as cover. In response, the crew of at least one armored car had camouflaged their vehicle with marijuana.

    "The challenge is that marijuana plants absorb energy, heat very readily. It's very difficult to penetrate with thermal devices ... and as a result you really have to be careful that the Taliban don't dodge in and out of those marijuana forests," he said in a speech in Ottawa.

    "We tried burning them with white phosphorous -- it didn't work. We tried burning them with diesel -- it didn't work. The plants are so full of water right now ... that we simply couldn't burn them," he said.

    Even successful incineration had its drawbacks.

    "A couple of brown plants on the edges of some of those (forests) did catch on fire. But a section of soldiers that was downwind from that had some ill effects and decided that was probably not the right course of action," Hillier said dryly.

    One soldier told him later: "Sir, three years ago before I joined the army, I never thought I'd say 'That damn marijuana'."

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    CO Republicans are all about scapegoating brown folks

    Oh, this has to be a new low for Republicans. I think this most suprising thing about this is that it happened in CO, not TX. CO State Rep. Dave Schultheis sent an angry email to a newspaper in CO taking them to task for not providing information on the legal status of three children (who weren't at fault) that were killed in a traffic accident. See what a hispanic surname will get you in CO?

    The paper then turned around and published it which really pissed off the public. The fact that the public is mad about Schultheis insensitive email is now the fault of the newspaper. XicanoPwr over at ¡Para Justicia y Libertad! has the full story.

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    Comcast is all about naps

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingComcast is all the time sending people out to fix things. Like converters and modems. They do it because it gives them an opportunity to service their customer base. It also gives their employees a chance for a nap.

    A Garden City family is questioning Comcast cable after the family said they found one of the company's workers asleep on the job twice. Misty Maironi said the worker went downstairs to work on her cable. She said he was gone for an hour so she sent her son down to see what he was doing.

    The son returned with a picture from his camera phone of the worker asleep on his bed.

    Chris Maironis woke up the man. Maironis said the man then proceeded to lay there and fall asleep again.

    As isolated occurance? Not so much as it turns out...

    This. Shit like this is why I have DirecTV. Granted, I still have to deal with AT&T for DSL, but in the four years we've had it I've only had to make occasional calls to them and I've never been on hold for more than 2-3 minutes waiting for 'Chip' from Bangalore.

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    Happy (belated) Birthday, VHS

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingOh, VHS. How I've used and abused you. Even today I use a VCR to (gasp!) RECORD TELEVISION SHOWS I WANT TO WATCH AT A LATER TIME! Call it my DVR anciens, but I intend to keep using it until they replace the damn thing with another removable media recorder that's as easy to use and doesn't have a bunch of DRM suck embedded in it.

    VHS turned 30 yesterday, meaning that it's like my little brother or sister. Which is kinda funny since it's been so many things since my parents first introduced us in 1979. It's been a substitute parent, a sibling, a friend, a nurse, a babysitter and most of all, a source of unrelenting entertainment and pure viewing pleasure. It also made me, a child of 5, the undisputed king of electronics in my parents home (a title I still hold to this day). VCR's remain one of my favorite technologies of all time.

    Except for all the goddamn commercials. And (on the original) the 20 foot corded remote. And that retard camera my dad was all the time breaking out to record every inane moment of Barfly's early life.

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    Chris Shays is a douche

    From the McBlogger Dept. of WHAT THE FUCK WERE YOU THINKING?!?!?

    Representative Chris Shays excused Denny Hastert's coverup of the Foley Scandal by saying...

    "I know the speaker didn't go over a bridge and leave a young person in the water, and then have a press conference the next day," the embattled Connecticut congressman told The Hartford Courant in remarks published Wednesday.

    "Dennis Hastert didn't kill anybody," he added.

    Shays' comments recalled the Chappaquiddick incident, when Kennedy's car ran off a Massachusetts bridge, killing his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne. Kennedy did not immediately report the tragedy, and he later pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident.

    No, Chris he didn't have an accident in which someone died. He just covered up (for what, five, maybe six years) the fact that a known pedophile was preying on children in the Congressional Page program. That's what Denny did. No one night traffic accident, YEARS of letting a predator do what he wanted to do.

    And people I know wonder why I have such little respect for Congressmen/women. WTF is going on in CT?

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    McCain squanders remaining credibility

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingOh, now this is dumb. While campaigning for some Republican who's going to lose in November, Senator John McCain (oh, you remember... the guy Bush made his bitch during the 2000 R primaries) carried some water for the floundering Bush Administration and blamed North Korea's test of a nuke on Clinton.

    Seriously, here's a link to some video and it doesn't appear he was drunk. Or trying to be funny. Or trying to be a funny drunk.

    The Senator made no mention of the fact that Clinton left office almost six years ago. Nor did he mention that all the progress made by Clinton during his term in dealing with North Korea (for example, getting UN inspectors into NK and keeping them from testing, you know, a nuclear device) was dropped by President Bush who decided his way was better.

    So, let's look at the record. Clinton was President for 8 years and during that time North Korea didn't test a nuclear bomb. Bush has been President for 6 years and in that time North Korea not only built but tested a nuclear bomb. Bush's way was to ignore North Korea and so they tested their little nuke so they could get some attention. Now Bush wants to push sanctions. Against a country that doesn't have anything and doesn't produce anything. Which is also what we've been doing for almost 6 years and we all know how well that worked.

    Oh, John. Like so many other things you Republicans have totally screwed up, this is not Clinton's fault. It's yours. However, you're old and senile so I'll cut you a little slack. However, I do wish you were just a little more of a Goldwater Republican.

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    October 11, 2006

    Pete Doherty in Rehab Now Redux

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingRemember Pete? The psycho who decided to sneak some coke into rehab? Well, apparently they believe he's really trying to get clean. Honest.

    Musician Pete Doherty arrives at Ealing Magistrate's Court in West London for a hearing on possession of cocaine and heroin, in this Jan 11, 2006 photo. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

    Last month Doherty, in court on drugs charges, avoided jail after a judge said she was "impressed" with his attempts to beat his addiction.

    The singer had pleaded guilty to five counts on possessing heroin, cocaine and cannabis. He was allowed to continue his drug treatment and told he would be sentenced in December.

    Yeah. Right. Whatev.

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    Matzo continues to suck ass

    Yesterday, when we were drinking, the DMN posted a story about Bell calling Matzo to ask him to withdraw from the race. Bell wanted to keep it on the DL, but Matzo being the graceless asshole that he is, decided to make it public, as if he was killing Bell.

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingBut he took delight in Mr. Bell's message that the independent is taking a toll. "What can it possibly mean other than that we're killing him?" Mr. Friedman said. "We're getting all of the liberals. We're getting all of the conservatives."

    No, Matzo. The only people you're killing are the people of Texas. We want to get rid of Perry and that should be the overriding factor. You are pulling just enough D's to cause Bell to fall short of the number needed to win. That's already starting to change because of your racism and poor debate performance... Bell was trying to be nice and offer you an opportunity to withdraw.

    But, he'll beat you and Perry anyway. Everyone knows you certainly can't do it. Perry pushed you around like a rag doll on that stage, which says a lot about what a pathetic slob you are. Perry's a big nelly queen and he didn't have much of a problem making you his bitch. Bell owned you, in case you missed it.

    Would someone put a fork in Matzo? I think he's done... especially when this is the only way he can get his name in the papers.

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    The President questions D's support of civil liberties

    The President, at a press conference this morning, said that 'The majority of Democrats voted against interrogating al Qaida suspects'. Of course, he missed on the fact that the reason they voted against it was that it handed unprecedented power to the executive branch, making it a de facto dictatorial position.

    Yeah, they voted against it. I wish more of them had as well. It was a bad bill and deserved to be voted down. Just like el Presidente needs to be impeached. The question isn't why the Democrats voted against this, it's 'Why did so many Republicans VOTE FOR IT? Why did so many Republicans vote to give blanket imprisonment powers to the Preident? Why did so many Republicans vote to destroy many of the protections in the US Constitution, abandoning their oath office and turning their backs on our founding fathers?'

    Oh, Mr. President... this isn't a debate you want to have. Watching him at a press conference is a bit like watching Denny Hastert. The more they open their mouths, the worse it gets for them.

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    Shelly is banned from YouTube and misses the point

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingLast week, Shelly was hellapissed because some retard video she or some other dork posted on YouTube that ripped on muslims was pulled off. More importantly, it violated YouTube's terms and conditions for material. Of course, Shelly, like others of her ilk, thinks she's entitled to ignore the rules.

    Except that YouTube totally disagreed. And shit all over her, much like her husband during sex.

    THEN, today, she goes off about a video made by a someone in al Qaida that says they won't stop until they are at the White House. Which we already knew and which is why most of the people in the US (the sane ones) have been all kinds of dismayed about how badly Bush has fucked up this war. You know, by invading Iraq.

    The ironic thing? Shit you not, the al Qaida fighter who made the video had been incarcerated at a US prison in Afghanistan. He escaped. Just another example of Republican incompetence in the war on terror. Fair and balanced Shelly ignored that little fact.

    What more can you expect from the same person who calls those on the left 'moonbats' and 'unhinged'. Which is funny and all because bitch is bat-shit crazy.

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    TTC : Just how much IS Cintra-Zachry paying?

    Questions, questions, questions... Hank issued a press release today thanking TDP for speaking up about corruption surrounding the TTC (just FYI... this isn't the last you'll be hearing about it. There's more out there). Aside from the corruption surrounding the plans of Rick Perry and Todd Staples to sell off transportation in Texas, Somervell County Salon picked up on a really nice piece of information. Cintra-Zachry is only putting up about 30% of the money needed for the TTC-35. The rest is coming from special federal loans, among other things.

    Which, in the event of a default, leaves the US taxpayer on the hook. In essence, we are subsidizing the privatization of our own assets.

    Wanna stop it? There is a way... you simply have to vote for Democrats and shut out the Republicans in November.

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    October 10, 2006

    Jamie Lee Curtis is giving up the gig

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingJamie Lee Curtis has decided to quit acting. Everyone just kind of yawned. She's going to concentrate on her family and writing children's books. Since the world needs another author of children's books.

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    Are you registered?

    Voter Registration ends today at midnight, so make sure your cards are in!

    Here are the last minute locations in Travis County....

    * University Co-Op, 2246 Guadalupe St.
    * Sam's Club, 4970 U.S. 290 West
    * Wheatsville Food Co-op, 3101 Guadalupe St.
    * Goodwill Industries, 2800 S. Lamar Blvd.
    * Whole Foods Market, Sixth Street and Lamar Boulevard
    * Sun Harvest Farms, 2917 W. Anderson Lane
    * Fiesta Mart, Interstate 35 and East 38 1/2 Street
    * Güero's Taco Bar, 1412 S. Congress Ave.
    * City Market, 6319 Cameron Road.
    * City Market, 1148 Airport Blvd.
    * Estrada's Cleaners and Tuxedo Rental, 2618 E. Seventh St.
    * Riverside Grocery, 1727 E. Riverside Drive. (now moved to Albertson's on Riverside due to rain)
    * 1819 South Pleasant Valley Road
    * Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, 701 E. Stassney Lane.
    * Blockbuster Video Manchaca Road and Slaughter Lane
    * Chinatown Center, 11000 N. Lamar Blvd.

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    Perfuming The Pigs

    The AAS continues it's love affair with all things fat and Republican (not to mention, Republican Fatties ... yeah, I'm looking at you, Congressman Carter) with a puff piece on what great guys Congressman Carter (R-CandyAss) and Congressman McCaul (R-ClearChannel) are and how much they've done for their districts. Which is interesting and all because they've done fuckall for their constituents.

    Carter and McCaul are keen on ferreting out wasteful government spending. Carter's crop insurance bill came from his teaming up with Tarleton State University on a data-mining project that found "$250 million worth of cheating" on crop insurance claims, he said.

    "I am a true believer there are trillions of dollars we can find," Carter said. "With the modern technology that's available — data mining — I think we have great possibilities," Carter said.

    TRILLIONS? Come on, Carter... even you can't be that dumb. The total federal budget is only around 2.1 trillion dollars. Even if 25% of that is wasteful spending, that's only $500 billion, not a trillion let alone trillions. I find it interesting, also, that Carter chooses to focus on farmers and $200 million while BILLIONS of dollars are missing in the Iraqi reconstruction.

    I guess those farmers didn't give enough to Carter's 2004 re-election campaign. While he's focused on someone who is lying a little on their insurance claims (something that's not even been proven) large companies are stealing billions in Iraq. Billions of taxpayer dollars. Of course the stenographer who wrote the article in the AAS failed to mention that. Check out Mary Beth Harrell, the incredible woman who's running to replace Carter in Congress.

    As for McCaul, all they could say about him was that he was ambitious and that he likes to scapegoat brown people for raping white women. Now, where have I heard that before?

    Yeah, you might want to help out Ted Ankrum. I know he'd appreciate it.

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    Foley makes into yet another cycle

    As Nixon learned, it's not the issue or problem itself that keeps people on something. It's the coverup. As far back as 2000, Republican lawmakers knew of (and covered up) Congressman Foley's way too personal emails and IM's with congressional pages. Check out the full story at the WaPo.

    And right now, we make it to yet another day as the immensely stupid and lardilicious Denny Hastert gives ANOTHER press conference during which he says

    he'll dismiss anyone on his staff found to have covered up concerns about ex-Rep. Mark Foley"s approaches to former pages.

    At the very least, someone should really tell him not to drop his staff in the grease, especially when he's the one with the ultimate responsibility.

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    Texas Prisons Rule

    Ok, so it isn't quite that awesome (yet.)

    From lovely Mason, Texas:

    MASON, Texas (AP) - Three county inmates in the jail here lay on their bunks, not saying much.

    They wore pink jumpsuits and pink slippers, and one was wrapped in pink sheets. They were surrounded by pink bars and pink walls.

    They were not comfortable.

    So here's the real deal:

    Is it just me, or is it funny that crime is actually deterred because of the threat of...dun dun dun...pink jail walls and pink jumpsuits?

    "I'm not going outside in these things. It's a good deterrent because I don't want to wear them anymore."

    "You can make that two," another inmate said from a different cell.

    "You can probably make it three or four," the inmate added.


    Low got the idea of pink jumpsuits from a sheriff in Arizona, Joe Arpaio, who bought pink boxers to keep inmates from stealing the underwear and other clothing. In Mason, Low dyed the jumpsuits and slippers pink, and the color later bled to sheets, underwear and other articles during washings.

    Low, who was a deputy in Mason before being elected sheriff, estimated the re-offense rate in the county is down 70 percent since he switched to pink jumpsuits for the inmates. He also said there have been no fights between inmates in the jail since it was painted.

    "I wanted to stop re-offenders," Low said. "They don't want to wear them. Working inmates get a choice to work outside or sit inside, and some choose to sit inside because they don't want people to see them. They would rather stay upstairs."

    Texas being the most fucked up state there is death penalty wise doesn't do it. But pink...lookout.

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    North Korea : "I will not be ignored!"

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingMuch like Glenn Close's character in Fatal Attraction, North Korea and it's pasty little leader have decided to detonate their own little nuke which had the predictable effect of focusing attention back on the troubled nation. Though no one knows the yeild or the type of weapon (uranium or plutonium, fission or fusion), that information did not stop basically the entire world from saying...

    Not so much

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    nukes, dick!

    The Russians believe the yeild was in the 5-15 kilotons of TNT range. By comparison, the bomb US forces dropped on Hiroshima was the equivalent of 15 kilotons of TNT. The South Koreans, who are either really smart or super dumb, estimated the yeild at 550 tons of TNT.

    Of course, the Foley thing is still much sexier which is really a sad, sad commentary on just what an ugly man Kim Jong Il is. The President also had something to say about it but it was so full of dumb that I'm not even going to bother linking. And yes, he still mispronounces 'Nuclear'.

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    October 09, 2006

    George Allen finds a new way to fuck up

    What is it with this guy? Can he do anything right? The NYT has an article up on stock options that Allen received while serving on corporate boards between his time as Governor and his election to the Senate. Apparently, dickhead didn't report that he rec'd the options AND didn't report certain events to the SEC as the law requires insiders to do (and you're pretty damn inside if you sit on the BoD). Allen's people, who have to be the biggest retards when it comes to damage control since... ah, shit, I can't think of anyone off hand who's worse, said only that

    his staff sought to play down his corporate dealings, saying they were a good learning experience but did not lead to any large amounts of money, except for a $250,000 windfall from Com-Net Ericsson stock.

    Granted, if I won 250k I wouldn't be quitting the job that pays my bills. Still, it IS a large amount of money. Trying to downplay this is really dumb since the amount of money is not at issue. What IS at issue is that Allen didn't follow ethics rules. He also didn't follow SEC regs and therein lies the rub... that may be what actually ends up ridding us of Senator Macaca.

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    Perry takes some underserved credit

    One of the dumbest people in the universe (no, not Matzo) is taking credit for something he didn't do. Which isn't really that big a suprise, especially when you consider that he's a Republican and they're all the time taking credit for things they didn't really do. Like balancing the budget, building a strong economy, protecting us from terrorism and giving us cheap gasoline.

    A nanotechnology consortium is being set up in Texas at UT-Austin. Perry thinks it's because he's such a super-fabu gov and couldn't possibly have anything to do with the fact that Austin is one of the leading areas in the world for electronics R&D and manufacturing. I think UT's excellent EE program also has something to do with it.

    Texas has been awarded a prestigious nanoelectronics research center funded by the National Science Foundation and the Semiconductor Research Corporation. It is only the third such research center in the nation; the others are in New York and California.

    Called the Southwest Academy of Nanotechnology (SWAN), it will be located at the University of Texas at Austin under the direction of the principal investigator, Dr. Sanjay Banerjee.

    TI and SRC are the primary funders, though this press release shows the 'State of Texas' is also funding the project, no doubt from University budgets. From what I can tell, none of Perry's slush fund money is being used... it's all coming from the research budgets the Uni's already had.

    Perry compared projects like this to the very successful Sematech project in the late 1980's and early 1990's. He, of course, had nothing to do with that, either. That's why it was successful, dummy.

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    Kevlar couture

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingWhat's the hottest thing on the runway in Baghdad? Why it's our own Condi Rice, blitzkreiging her way to fashion valhalla in DKNY's new line of pret a porter body armor. Power tie? That's soooo five minutes ago. Nothing says power like bullet proof! Drop and give me twenty, maggot!

    Meanwhile, back at the White House...

    .Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Laura, Laura, Laura. We've had this talk before. You simply have to stop tearing down the drapes in the Lincoln Bedroom and wearing them in public. No wonder George's eye is wandering. Put your chin up, girlfriend. Take another xanex and think about Jesus

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    Beam me up, Hamlet

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingFirst it was individual atoms. Now, it's trillions of atoms. Soon it will be you. Or me. Or the bottle of scotch you're just dying to send to me, right?

    Danish researchers have teleported both matter and light over a distance of half a meter. While this isn't exactly Star Trek, it's a start to creating commercialy viable quantum computers and ultimately, commercial teleportation.

    Given the advance of technology and not fully knowing our ultimate needs, wouldn't it be prudent to not engage in some kind of massive transportation project?

    Last question... could we also use it to put Matzo somewhere in deep space? Like beyond the orbit of Pluto? Without a spacesuit? I guess we'll have to contract that out to the Danes.

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    October 08, 2006

    Sometimes, a picture really is worth a thousnad words

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    The northern end of a south-bound elephant. On newstands now!

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    Hacky sack: threat or menace

    Hacky sack can be kind od annoying, the sort of thing that we used to deal with by telling the players to "beat it" and perhaps suggesting they seek gainful employment. But then, 9/11 changed everything.

    Ford said he and a buddy were lobbing a Hacky Sac back and forth in the fountain area outside the Boulder County Courthouse when Officer Colin Stephens approached.

    Stephens asked for the footbag and requested the pair come sit by him, Ford said. The teens did as they were told, but asked if the officer had the authority to take their sack, according to Ford.

    "He said it's evidence in a crime," Ford said. "He said you can't Hacky Sac on the mall."

    Stephens, who couldn't be reached for comment Wednesday, escorted Ford to the Pearl Street police annex and issued him a $250 ticket for "releasing projectiles on the mall," according to Ford. He explained that the footbag is a projectile because it flies through the air.

    I guess that's what happens when cops don't have any unsolved cases to keep them busy.

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    October 07, 2006

    The Debate : Holy Shit, are we ever in trouble

    Seriously, this is the best we can do?

    I went to Psycho Beach Party last night and wasn't able to see the debate until I got home a little after 1:00. It helped that I was quite drunk, otherwise I would have been tempted to cry.

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingFirst off, yes, Bell won. Hands fucking down. Still, that doesn't mean he knocked the ball out of the park as you have to think of this in the context of the overall clusterfuck. The format sucked ass, as did the questioners and the moderator ("moving on" ). Honestly, I wanted the entire set to burst into flames and take everyone, sans Bell, onto their great reward. Bell's performance, in relation to the pitiable antics of Strayhorn, Perry and Matzo, was great. But ONLY in that context. Had there been real people on that stage we would all be caling for Chris Bell's head. Instead, there were three retards and Chris Bell. He couldn't help but look good, even if it did at times appear that his battery was running down.

    Only in a race like this can boring be considered good enough. The sad thing is that Chris is witty, quick and very personable none of which came across last night and all of which are endearing to voters. While it's a shame that Republicans and Independents didn't get to see that Chris Bell last night, I'm thinking enough D's saw it to close ranks and 'ring the Bell'. His policy was solid, he stayed on message and while he wasn't as pointed in his comments toward Perry (come on! If ever there was a time to call Perry a miserable failure it was last night. Chris, you missed an opportunity to dress down Perry and make him your bitch last night) he stood head and shoulders above the crowd as the voice of sanity.

    Why am I so dissapointed in Bell last night? He missed an opportunity to overwhelm these clowns. Last night he could have secured himself an unassailable lead. Instead, he'll edge ahead but it'll still be close. What Texans are hungry for is the one thing Bell has to offer... leadership. I've seen it in him when talks about education and stem cell research. Last night, that fire wasn't evident.

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingPerry... oh, you fuckwit. Way to lie your way through an hour. For one thing, voters NEVER approved the TTC, you have screwed over rural Texans and we can all see in your 'transparent' finance report that you've been bought and paid for by folks like Bob Perry (whose people sit on your 'homeowner's commission'), James Leininger and the nice folks at Cintra and Zachry. Yeah, we can see the whole dirty, sordid mess and WE HATE YOU. You talked about all the things you wanted to do in another term, none of which sound all that great, without even a hint of irony. You've been Governor for SIX MOTHERFUCKING YEARS. In that time Texas has slid to the bottom of the list in a lot of categories and it's not just how you look at the statistics, dickhead. You've been nothing but a complete and total failure... little more than the bitch of Dewhurst and Craddick. You are far too weak a personality to be in the mansion.

    You can't even pick and appropriate suit to wear to a debate. Three-button? What are you, trying to recapture your twenties? You're far too long in the tooth to wear a coat like that.

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingOSB... it's really like kicking a puppy. 'In a Strayhorn Administration...' needs to tatooed on her forehead. Girl, you suck. This isn't your year and this is not your race. Honestly, only Kinky looked worse. Her lack of knowledge was impressive, as was her disregard for anything real. I did like how combative she was with Perry but other than that there wasn't anything likable about her.

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingMatzo... Dick, it's time to hang up that smelly hat, stub out the cigar and get on down the road. It was obvious to everyone last night just how tired your schtick is and how thoroughly unequal you are to the task of governing the second largest state in the nation. Please, either step down or go on that last, great, bender. Whatever you do, just go away.

    This was mediocrity on display. I had someone tell me that they thought Bell looked the most like a statesman. Yes, in comparison to the other assholes, he definitely looked like a statesman. Compared to true statesman, not so much. What Bell is offering is a victory this year; Balance and sanity to a political animal run amok. He's not offering the kind of electric shock that the people of Texas (well, over 60% of them, at any rate) are looking for. That's what most dissapoints me about him and how he's running this race.... he has the opportunity this year to advance the ball 80 yards. Instead, we'll be lucky to make first down.

    Texans are looking for a leader and Bell's the closest they are going to get.

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    October 06, 2006

    Debates are loads of fun

    Sadly, I won't be watching the Debate tonight. I will be watching Psycho Beach Party in which a friend is appearing. No, I've not developed a sudden love of theater. In fact, it irritates me. Still, I'm all about supporting my friends. Except for Sister Ruth.

    HOWEVER, if you want to watch the debate with like minded folks, try one of the parties up on the Bell site. I noticed that the Austin site wasn't a bar but was instead the AFL-CIO. I think they are pretty open about BYOB. They damn well better be... I know some of you are like me. You want televised bloodsport and you want to enjoy drinks along with it, right?

    Or is that just me?

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    Republican scandals negatively effecting employment

    51,000 jobs. That was the number of jobs created during the month of September, per the Labor Dept.'s preliminary unemployment numbers. Even with such anemic growth, unemployment declined from 4.7 to 4.6% which is funny and all but not funny ha-ha... more funny, strange. You know, like that neigbor who lives nearby and totally creeps you out.

    Apparently, though growth in the previously booming Republican sycophant sector has slowed to a halt and even begun to decline, those laid off as part of the scandals are not being placed on unemployment, and no one knows why. Asked about this earlier today, Speaker Hastert said only, "Fuck off! I'm not resigning you goddamn vultures!". He then ran from reporters, got into an unmarked car and sped away. A disheveled staffer was asked about the Speaker's hasty get-a-way and simply shuddered uttering the words "Cracker", "Barrell" and "BelAir".

    Challenger, Gray and Christmas (it's real, bitches) reported growth in only one sector of the economy, retail. Are there many new Gaps opening? Maybe they are referring to the Neiman Marcus expansion?

    So what exactly DOES it mean when job growth is super low, not even enough to maintain static employment? You need to grow the economy by 150k jobs per month to take care of the net additions to the workforce. If that isn't happening, what's the deal with theunemployment number? Shouldn't the two jive? They would... if you used the same statistics for each number:

    The payrolls figure and the unemployment rate come from two different statistical surveys, which can provide -- as in Friday's case -- a somewhat mixed picture of what is happening in the labor market.

    The seasonally adjusted overall civilian unemployment rate -- 4.6 percent in September -- is based on a survey of 60,000 households. It showed that 271,000 people said they found employment last month, outpacing the number of people who couldn't find work.

    Economists tend to put more stock, however, in the much broader business survey of 400,000 work sites that is used to calculate the payroll figures.

    That's right... the unemployment number is based on household information, not information from people who actually write checks every two weeks. So the government is STILL counting the millions of people making bank by selling on EBay and craigslist. If that makes sense to you then you're one up on me because the reality is that asking people whether or not they are working (and only 60k households at that) makes as much sense as invading a country that poses no threat to the US. Look how well that turned out.

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    Live from FedEx...

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingBush is speaking from a garage at a FedEx facility in the DC area. He said he'd just been talking to small business owners. I'm guessing he was at a really huge FedEx Kinko's with a private conferencing facility. They have to have meetings there now because the government can't afford to pay for them at the White House. Bush has bankrupted it. Even Condi's plane is a broken down piece of crap. She and bush recently visited a DC area dealership which turned them down for having 'overextended their credit'.

    Clearly delusional, President Bush also referred to anemic job and wage growth as 'very good' and 'as planned'. He talked about how bad increasing taxes on the middle class and small business owners would be, to which Democrats replied, "Dude. We're NOT RAISING taxes. We're just going to put them back where they were. You know, when the economy was really growing. And there's no way were going to do anything to the middle class or small businesses. The President needs to get off the drugs and the little boys."

    He then talked specifically about the unemployment number which he clearly did not understand so everyone just kind of laughed at how stupid he was to even bring it up. Everyone knows it's a totally bullshit number except for Mr. Bush who really still believes everything he's told by his advisors. Again, he's not smart enough to learn from his mistakes... be patient with him and make sure you put enough Democrats in Congress to override this nutjob and put Congress in the driver's seat.

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    Poll Position

    Does it really matter? Sure. Yeah. Whatev.

    As always, look at the source. We have one poll out from TTLA that shows Strayhorn doing well (no data yet on the crosstabs or the sample). Then we have the DMN poll showing The Former Used Car Salesman Also Known As Rick Perry (was he a car salesman? Who can say? Does he have a dildo? Am I off topic?) doing very well. The only thing I can think to ask them about it is...undersampling of minorities and oversampling Republicans will not give you good numbers, so why do it?

    Which leads me into the first reason I'm posting this (as if I need a reason... reasons for posting are like reasons for eating a donut. There aren't any, but damn it's fun): We're a month out from the election. Bell's ads haven't even hit the air, yet some are already calling OSB the person capable of defeating Perry. I think that's bullshit. Yes, Bell's newest ads suck, but they ARE better than those being aired by OSB and Perry. I think it's way too early to call anything, especially in a year when the next Republican scandal is just around the corner.

    The second reason is related to something Burka wrote that EOW was kind enough to quote...

    Of course, it’s hard for the “Democrats” to grasp anything, since there is no effective Democratic organization in this state outside of Travis County.

    This isn't really true anymore, Paul. Part of what's made Travis County so good at electing Democrats is that thousands volunteer each cycle to make phone calls, blockwalk and register voters. This last part is key since unless you have your card, you can't vote. It's all the personal contact that Democrats in Travis County have with voters that really seals the deal. As we all know, when you register everyone and ASK them to vote, many of the do and Democrats always benefit from that.

    D's in Texas have strayed from that because they got lazy. They got used to fat budgets and big media campaigns spurred by a need to 'get on TV'. We lost that 'touch' we had with the actual voter, that primary contact of just simply asking them to register. You may laugh, but it's critical and it IS the reason Democrats win in Travis County. Sure, we succumbed to Keel, Stick and Baxter because we thought they were OK guys. When we learned differently we moved heaven and earth to rid ourselves of them. Hell, two of them didn't even have the sack to face a run this year. That's how good the GOTV effort in Travis County is.

    What Burka doesn't know or doesn't want to see is that Travis County isn't the only place where stuff like that is going on. It's also happening in Dallas County, Harris County and in large parts of the Valley. El Paso never really wavered and they'll be strong again this year. Polls won't tell you about any of this until it's too late.

    There are going to be a lot of new voters this year. However, they won't be voting for Matzo.

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    October 05, 2006

    Q&A with our bud, the Ayatollah

    (We're looking for subjects for our next Ask A... column and would love if some of the retards hyper-intelligent people who read McBlogger would suggest some ideas. Promise, we'll listen to them. The Mayor and I are all the time praising you guys. Seriously. We even do it when we're not drunk. Granted that's not often, at least for me, but The Mayor loves y'all. Hit us up at mcblogger@mcblogger.com)

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingIt's RAMADAN, the Muslim holy month, which is extremely important in Islam. You know, just saying RAMADAN sounds exciting, doesn't it? Like a time so chock full of possibility that you can barely sit still. The parties, the laughter, the fun...

    Oh wait. I just looked at the Aytollah's website (people have computers and net access in Iran? I thought they frowned on porno) and it turns out my excitement about Ramadan is way misplaced. It's about fasting. What're they, Catholic? Here's a sample:

    Question: There is a medicine for asthma patients, which is in the form of a spray containing a vapor-borne powder which enters the patient’s lungs through the mouth providing him relief. At times, asthma patients need to use it several times a day. Is it permissible to fast while using such a spray?
    Answer: If it is compressed air mixed with medicine in the shape of powder or gas and enters the throat, the fast’s validity is problematic. If fasting without using it is difficult or impossible, using the medicine is permissible. However, it is a caution not to perform any other invalidator and to make qaḍā’ of the fast without using it, if possible.

    Fasting?!?! Oh. Hell. No. Fasting=no fun and I loves me some religion with fun. Without potluck dinners and the hidden alcoholism, church is just so... well, it's church. About as exciting and fun as watching grass grow. Or Rick Perry talk about what a fabulous leader he is while Evan Smith sucks his cock. See what I'm saying?

    Still if you're religious (read : non-Methodist heathen) and interested in Islam you should check out the Ayatollah's site and find out why Religion magazine named Islam 'the second least fun religion'.

    The least fun? Whatever in the hell in the Amish practice. They said that totally blows.

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    More on the crisis in Oaxaca

    ¡Para Justicia y Libertad! has more up on the situation in Oaxaca. Before you freak out on me and ask why the hell I'm so concerned about Mexico, let me explain that an unstable Mexico, led by people whose legitimacy is doubtful at best, is not a good thing for Americans. Further, we may end up having to do the same thing in November.

    Have you sent your letter yet? If not, keep in mind that Mexico is our largest trading partner here in Texas. What Texan's think actually does have an impact on Mexican leadership, especially when they realize we're standing with the people, not the power.

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    Who is looking out for you?

    Don't you just hate it when you're suckered into reading some supposedly "banned book"? You expect to be titillated by its salacious content but it turns out to be just another boring cautionary tale? One about a totalitarian dystopia where individuality and dissident thoughts are verboten? At least some Virginia students will be spared that disappointment thanks to Harrisonburg Schools Superintendent Donald "Macaca" Ford, who banned the local high school's display of banned books.

    The high school library display, Ford said, seemed to entice students into reading the books because they are on a list.

    "We are not going to send a message to kids encouraging them to read ‘banned’ books. Our message should be to read books, a wide variety of books.

    "But I don’t think we should tease kids into reading a book by trying to say, ‘there might be something juicy or controversial in this book. Therefore, it would be a good one for you to sneak home and read."’

    And just what sort of books will the Blue Streaks not be tricked into reading thanks to Ford's courageous action?

    High School Principal Irene Reynolds recalled that the titles included "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," by Mark Twain; "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury; "The Diary of Ann Frank," and "The Bible."

    Does the Nobel Committee award a prize for irony? I'd like to make a nomination.

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    YAY! Thanks, Judge Sparks!

    The AAS has an article up on modifications to the heinous smoking ban (Glen, you still suck!).

    A federal judge on Wednesday struck down part of Austin's smoking ban and found that some of its enforcement provisions were "unconstitutionally vague."

    The decision by U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks did not overturn the smoking ban, enacted by voters in May 2005. But Sparks did clarify what steps a business owner must take to be in compliance with the ordinance. Sparks was presiding over a lawsuit filed last year by a group of bar owners.

    Sparks said the businesses must post "no smoking" signs and remove ashtrays and other smoking accoutrements. However, the owner can no longer be held liable for not taking additional steps if patrons continue to smoke, Sparks ruled.

    So, it falls to the City to ticket individual smokers. I'm sure that won't clog up the courts much. HAHAHAHAHAHA

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    October 04, 2006

    Dyson has another stupid idea...

    Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting This is the Dyson Airblade. It's a hand dryer that uses a jet of air pumped out at 400 mph. According to CrunchGear, it's no more antiseptic than a crappy, old-school hand dryer. PLEASE, if you're responsible for stocking bathrooms, put in paper towels.

    Another great idea from the guy who brought you that dumb looking vacuum.

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    Worst Day Ever

    Let's face it, being mauled by your pit bull sucks. But as if to prove something I said only this morning, things can always get worse.

    A 21-year-old Vallejo woman was mauled by her pet pit bull Tuesday, and authorities responding to the emergency discovered about 100 marijuana plants inside her home, police said.

    The woman, who was not identified, was flown by air ambulance to a hospital after receiving bites oN her legs and arms and losing a large amount of blood. She underwent surgery and was listed in serious condition, police Lt. Kevin Kelly said.

    Police arrived at the residence and found the marijuana plants as they searched the house for the dog. The plants have an estimated street value of about $400,000, Kelly said. It was unclear whether the woman will face charges for having marijuana plants.

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    A song for the ages...

    In honor of the George W. Bush buttplug, Kuffner sent a link to a wonderful song you should all hear.

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    Dramatization of the Foley IM convo's

    (via Wonkette)

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    Proof that no matter how bad things are, they can always get worse.

    Federal investigators were set Tuesday to begin an investigation into a fire that ruined about 4 percent of America's yield of hops, used as flavoring in the brewing of beer and ale.

    The fire started shortly before noon Monday in a 40,000-square-foot (3,600-square-meter) warehouse operated by S.S. Steiner Inc., one of the four largest hop buyers in the Yakima Valley of central Washington. By mid-afternoon flames engulfed most of the building, sending up plumes of smoke and a pungent aroma.

    Municipal fire crews, aided by regional firefighters, ripped away metal siding to shoot water directly onto the hops.

    Based on an industry official's estimate of the quantity of hops in the warehouse, the loss could amount to $3.5 million to $4 million. The impact on brewers and beer prices was unclear early Tuesday.

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    Frist says we can't win the war on terror...

    Well, Bill, we probably can't. At least not the way you losers are fighting it.

    The LAT is reporting that Sen. Frist (R - Telemedicine) is playing Mr. Happy while visiting our troops in Afghanistan. You know, the place that was actually involved in the war on terror (as opposed to, I don't know, IRAQ).

    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) said Monday that the war against Taliban guerrillas in Afghanistan could never be won militarily, and he urged support for efforts to bring "people who call themselves Taliban" into the government.

    Frist said he learned from military briefings that Taliban fighters were too numerous and had too much popular support to be defeated on the battlefield.

    WTF? Is he channeling Representative Murtha? Could it be at long last that the evil Herr Docktor Frist is finally learning that reality is, indeed, reality?

    The sad thing about all this is that Afghanistan should be a model democracy at this point. It would have been, had Bush and Co. put the time and effort into transforming the country. Instead, they pretended everything was great and went on to invade Iraq.

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    Ivins endorses Bell

    No it's not a huge suprise and in fact, MANY others have posted about it today. Still, it's nice to know that someone like Ivins sees some of the same things in Bell that a lot of us do. PLUS, it's caused BOR commentor Baby Snooks to officially declare his/her support for Bell which prompted one commentor to ask if it was snowing in Houston.

    No, it wasn't snowing in Houston. Bell's just managed to begin parting the Red Sea.

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    October 03, 2006

    Ben Stein equates homosexuality with pedophilia

    Former Nixon speechwriter (and celebrity... let's not forget his time as Jimmy Kimmel's long ago sidekick) Ben Stein has a stupid-as-hell commentary piece up on American Spectator. Don't worry, I'm posting the whole thing in the supersize so you won't have to provide them with any traffic.

    In the piece, Mr. Stein discusses 'Democratic hypocrisy' on two issues. First there's the brouhaha over Mark Foley's solicitation of underage boys. Stein writes...

    We have a Republican man in Congress who sent e-mails to teenage boys asking them what they were wearing, and an entire party, the Democrats, whose primary constituency, besides the teachers' unions, is homosexual men and lesbian women. I hope it won't come as a surprise to anyone that a big part of male homosexual behavior is interest in young boys. (Take a look at anyone renting Endless Summer next time you are at the video store.)

    I guess Ben missed the fact that the overwhelming majority of pedophiles are straight men and women. Sure, there are a few gay pedophiles, but being gay has nothing to do with it. Pedophilia is pedophilia... orientation is meaningless, unless you're a freak homophobe preacher or former celebrity who's pissed as hell he can't get a job. Representative Foley, the man Ben is carrying water for here, is probably going to jail. Ben makes some lame argument about how we all love Clinton even though he got a blowjob in office. The difference, as someone smart should point out to Mr. Stein, is that Monica Lewinsky was an adult. Was the behavior reprehensible? Eh, difference of opinion and it's largely between Monica, Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Clinton.

    Wait... I left out Ben Stein. Shit, no I didn't... he has nothing to do with that tryst. Except in his own deranged mind.

    Then he goes on to excuse his loutish commentary by saying...

    Don't get me wrong. My very best friend is gay. I have many gay friends and they are great people. But how the Democrats, the party of gays, can be coming down this hard on a MC who's gay is simply beyond belief.

    Notice the use of the same rhetorical device so often used to deflect any criticism of the author as a racist, or in this case a homophobe. I'm going to go out on a limb and predict that Ben has no gay or lesbian friends. Even if, by some miracle, he did, they will probably be abandoning him about the time they read this. Read the line again and tell the difference between it and "There's a difference between blacks and ni**ers. I should know, my best friend is black." Seriously, if you can find it then you're a hell of a lot more imaginative than I. You're also probably not drunk.

    Please take a look at the whole thing... especially when he calls out Democrats for beating up on a racist like George Allen while being nice to an apologetic former member of the Klan, like Senator Byrd.

    (thanks for the tip off, JM!)

    pecial Report
    Hypocrisy, Democrat Style
    By Ben Stein
    Published 10/2/2006 1:12:08 AM

    If there were an Academy Award for Hypocrisy, the surefire favorite for 2006 would be the Democratic Party. Just two recent items make the decision a virtual certainty:

    The Representative Foley "scandal" is really worthy of a whole book on hypocrisy. On the one hand, we have a poor misguided Republican man who had a romantic thing for young boys. He sent them suggestive e-mail. I agree, that's not great. On the other hand, we have a Democratic party that worships (not likes, WORSHIPS) a man named Bill Clinton who did not send suggestive e-mails as far as we know, but who had a barely legal intern give him oral sex kneeling under his desk in the Oval Office while he talked on the phone to a Congressional Committee Chairman, took great pleasure in putting a cigar in her orifice and then smelling it and tasting it, and having her fellate him when in the sacred seat of power of the world's leading Republic. And the Democrats cheer themselves hoarse for him. His wife has a great shot at being our next President.

    We have a Republican man in Congress who sent e-mails to teenage boys asking them what they were wearing, and an entire party, the Democrats, whose primary constituency, besides the teachers' unions, is homosexual men and lesbian women. I hope it won't come as a surprise to anyone that a big part of male homosexual behavior is interest in young boys. (Take a look at anyone renting Endless Summer next time you are at the video store.)

    Don't get me wrong. My very best friend is gay. I have many gay friends and they are great people. But how the Democrats, the party of gays, can be coming down this hard on a MC who's gay is simply beyond belief. One of my top, favorite congressmen, Barney Frank, is openly gay. Might he say a word in defense of his fellow gay MC right about now? Hmm, I thought not.

    Second, let's look at George Allen. Now, he's a bad guy because he has a Confederate flag. Let's get it straight. To millions of our fellow citizens, this flag has zero to do with racism. It is entirely about respect for a time of unbelievable horror in our society, The Civil War, and respect for men who fought so brilliantly for a cause that was unquestionably -- by decent standards -- a bad cause. Moreover, the stars and bars are a beautiful design and show nothing whatsoever about a person's views about non-whites. No one has suggested that George Allen did anything racist or anti-black in his work in the Senate or as Governor. For him to be judged by what historical relics he owns is pure thought crime.

    But the hypocrisy comes in because the Democrats have as their dean in the Senate an actual former Klansman, Robert Byrd of West Virginia. In my very clear memory, the whole bulk of the senior Democrats routinely called blacks "nigras" and voted against any kind of civil rights laws, right down to anti-lynching laws. And this is the party that presumes to judge a man because he owns a Civil War artifact memorializing incredible American courage? Didn't we just recently have as President a Democrat from Georgia who was inches away from being a segregationist in his early career? And what did his state flag look like when he was governor? And George Allen is being judged by these people?

    Again, for sheer hypocrisy, the winner is: the Democratic Party. Again.

    Ben Stein is a writer, actor, economist and lawyer living in Beverly Hills and Malibu.

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    No, you're not an alci... you're a pedophile.

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingI officially hate Mark Foley (who, by the way, was STILL online as of this morning). The pedophile is blaming all his problems on alcohol. Of course, no one remembers him having a drinking problem...

    Foley's announcement Monday surprised Sarah Chamberlain, executive director of the Republican Main Street Partnership. Foley emceed the group's annual dinner Wednesday.

    "At the dinners, he was always working, so usually he didn't have anything to drink," she says.

    This is an afront to all dysfunctional AND functional drunks and alcoholics. We all know that at some point in our lives, like a muslim making the Hajj, we must try to make the trip to The Betty. This asshole non-alcoholic is instead going to some unnamed off-brand 'clinic'. He can't even fake things well enough to be believable. Have fun at Schick-Shadel, loser.

    What a joke. Speaking of, Rawhide over at Pink Dome has some great (read: fucking awful) Foley jokes up.

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    This is what happens when you open the 9/11 can 'o worms

    Tenet drops Condi in the grease, says they had a meeting in July 2001 where he clearly stated that al Qaida was planning something and Condi brushed them off because 'The President doesn't want to swat at flies'. One has to wonder what really could have been done that late in the game to prevent the attacks on NYC and Washington, but the fact remains... when you have high level intelligence staff coming to you asking for you to pay attention, you DAMN WELL BETTER PAY ATTENTION. Yes, it could have saved lives... however, we'll never know because Condi, much like her boss, was incompetent.

    Condi's response to Tenet's statement recalling the meeting?

    "Oh I don't remember the meeting. It didn't happen. But if there was a meeting, and I'm not saying there was or wasn't, we didn't talk about that. In fact, the only thing I remember about that time was buying some new Ferragamo stilettos. Wait. That was during Katrina. When did this take place again? Oh. I think there was a meeting. Yeah, but we talked about Iraq, their WMD's and how much we love President Bush."

    I kid. That wasn't really what she said. However, it's accurate (the first part) in that she's saying she doesn't recall. As ELLN points out, this isn't the first case of Condi having a Reagan-esque memory...

    Over the years she has used this excuse a number of times.

    She claimed she didn't remember giving speeches saying Iraq was not a military threat during her first year.

    She claimed she didn't remember that there were briefings of a possible terrorist attack on the United States.

    She claimed she didn't remember the name of the report "Al Qaida determined to attack in the United States."

    She claimed that she didn't remember being told that terrorism would be the number one national security threat to the United States during the Bush transition.

    She claimed she didn't remember repeated requests to hold a high level hearing on terrorism threats.

    She claimed not to remember several messages from the CIA that Iraq was not seeking uranium from Africa.

    She claimed she didn't remember that terrorists flying planes into buildings was considered a top security threat and the subject of several exercises.

    She claimed that she didn't remember receiving a plan detailing the means for the United States to roll up terrorists in Afghanistan before 9/11 and urging immediate action and which ended up being the plan the United States followed.

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    Just the thing I need...

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingI present to you, the Suspicious Looking Device! It's guaranteed to get you hassled at any airport security checkpoint by some 'tard named Randy, the newly minted TSA security officer who just turned 18 and is now qualified (he took a 30 minute class, dude!) to sit in judgement of you and your carryon.

    "The only function of the Suspicious Looking device is to appear as suspicious as possible, whether carried in hand or placed indiscrimately in public places." - Junkfunnel Product Page

    Christmas is coming up and many of you apparently forgot that that for my birthday you are supposed to give me stuff. Christmas, just FYI, works the same way. Of course, this doesn't apply to you good, decent, WONDERFUL people who actually did buy me something.

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    Bush is a bigger pussy than I thought....

    Photobucket - Video and Image HostingApparently, the loser couldn't even find the time to ask for Colin Powell's resignation himself. Powell, as some of you will remember, was the only credible member of the Administration. That is, until he prostituted himself at the UN to 'make the case for invading Iraq'. The Washington Post has a nice piece up about what a douche the President was and how hard it was for Powell to compromise his integrity to make the speech at the UN.

    I still have a lot of respect for Powell. However, his time serving as SoS under Bush has tarnished that respect. While it may have been hard for him to present the case for invasion, he did it anyway which makes him puts him just a small step above Senator John McCain. Both were willing to make compromises for this disasterous President. Both will share in his horrible legacy.

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    October 02, 2006

    In which Barfly tortures our mother's dog

    This is my mother's dog in her Halloween costume. People can be so cruel to animals.

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    What the hell is going on in Oaxaca?

    XicanoPwr over at ¡Para Justicia y Libertad! has a post up about the situation in Oaxaca which is, to say the least, disturbing as hell. Apparently, the Mexican government is prepping for an attack on civilians in the city who have been engaged since May in an active protest of the Governor, Ulises Ruiz, who they claim was elected fraudulently. While we can't speak to their claims, given the recent Presidential election and how disputed it was (as well as the 2000 and 2004 Presidential elections here in the US) I'm more than willing to give folks the benefit of the doubt and call for at least an investigation into whether election fraud was committed.

    I'm also more than willing to call bullshit on using armed forces and tanks to beat up on civilian protestors.

    I'm pasting information how to get a letter to President Fox in the SuperSize as well as link to a site with more details on what's happening in Oaxaca. Please keep in mind, before dismissing this, what happened last Thursday and realize that the people we help today may be the ones who help us tomorrow!

    from El Enemigo Común

    Dear President Vicente Fox,

    Please do not authorize the use of Federal force to resolve the current social and political dispute in Oaxaca.

    Your Name Here

    Write to:

    Vicente Fox Quesada
    (Presidencia, Los Pinos)
    011 52 (55) 2789 1100
    011 52 (55) 18 7501 Atencion Ciudadana
    Fax: (55) 52 77 23 76
    email: vicente.fox.quesada@presidencia.gob.mx

    If you use email, please send copies to:

    President Elect Felipe Calderón Hinojosa: felipe@felipe.org.mx and

    Secretary of Government: Carlos Abascal: segob@rtn.net.mx

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    Mouthbreathers will decide the election...

    The Statesman has a pretty decent article up about voter indecision being the key factor in this years election. They place the undecideds at 10-20 percent of the electorate, which would put all of the candidates potentially over the top.

    Especially in a year when undecideds may not know which of the three little pigs they'll vote for, they do know they don't want Jimmy Perry again. I think even is mom is voting against him, but I digress since his mom really isn't the point (she made her decision because she always liked OSB. They share a degenerative neural disease... you get to guess which one).

    So, what did the Statesman do? They went out and found them some undecideds. And you gotta read this shit...

    My comments in italics much liek this one

    Martin Thomas, 41

    Home: Owns a home with his wife in South Austin; two daughters, ages 5 and 8

    Work: Freelance graphic designer, animator and illustrator

    Worth noting: Spends free time going to movies or kids' birthday parties with his family

    Plans to vote for: Strayhorn, Bell or Friedman

    A couple of weeks ago, Martin Thomas got a newsletter from his kids' school, Lee Elementary, saying the PTA is raising money to keep art, music and physical education teachers on campus full-time and to pay for Spanish classes, which the district does not provide.

    The father of two wonders about "all this talk about the lottery" for education when his kids' school requests parent donations for classes such as art.

    Education funding and "sticker shock" upon seeing his latest property tax valuation have contributed to Thomas' dissatisfaction with the current administration.

    "I'm in the anybody-but-Rick Perry camp," he says. "I want to go with whoever has a good chance to win."

    He likes the fact that Strayhorn, a former Austin mayor, knows Austin well. But Thomas, who said he often votes for Democrats, doesn't like that until recently, Strayhorn was a Republican.

    As for the Democrat in the governor's race: "I don't even know who it is."

    Friedman has some appeal as an outsider, he said. "He's fun for people to get behind, but when it comes to making their mark in the voting booth, they won't do it."

    Nelson Aguilar, 35

    Home: The Rio Grande Valley native lives in a South Austin apartment

    Work: Pre-kindergarten teacher at Dawson Elementary

    Worth noting: Guitar player in the band Maneja Beto

    Plans to vote for: Friedman or Werner

    At Austin's Dawson Elementary, where Nelson Aguilar teaches, 88 percent of students are economically disadvantaged. Aguilar sees many families struggle to get health care and find affordable housing.

    That leaves him dissatisfied with the current administration and concerned that businesses, not ordinary people, benefit most from Texas policy.

    "It seems to me like (Texas) is becoming Mexico — the middle class is disappearing," says Aguilar, whose grandparents immigrated to Texas from northern Mexico.

    His students' families aren't the only ones feeling an economic crunch, he said. Teachers with Aguilar's amount of experience — six years — earned about $39,000 last year at Dawson.

    "Thirty years ago, a teacher could afford to buy a home," he says.

    Aguilar is concerned about immigration and border issues, but none of the candidates has offered what he thinks is a viable plan.

    He knows he's not voting for a Republican or Democrat, nor is he a fan of independent Strayhorn. "She says she wants to represent teachers, but I'm not buying it — it's just lip service."

    Aguilar was leaning toward Friedman but was turned off when the independent said recently that Texas could curb illegal immigration by offering Mexican generals money to police the border.

    "That's just insane. I hope something will turn around with Kinky — it would be really cool to have him win."

    GREAT IDEA, NELSON. Vote for the Libertarian. You might want to look into this a little more, Mr. Teacher, since the Libertarians aren't so much for public school, they certainly hate property taxes and that combo will leave you without a job. And while it may be 'cool' to have a governor who stinks of sweaty old man and cat sick, he's not going to do a damn thing either. Open your eyes... I think I get more upset by teachers who don't know what's going on than I do by teachers who voted for Perry. You guys better get on the same page and help us get rid of Jimmy. Otherwise, you can forget any sympathy from me... you deserve your hell.

    Cassandra Sanchez, 25

    Home: Lives with her mother in Round Rock

    Work: Recent St. Edward's University graduate looking for a job in marketing or public relations

    Worth noting: Fifth-generation Texan

    Plans to vote for: Bell, Strayhorn or Friedman Cassandra Sanchez considers herself part of a what she calls the 9/11 generation. By that, she means young people who never experienced adulthood without the fear Sept. 11 brought.

    "What we thought our world was going to be like, what we were taught in high school what it was going to be like, when we got out it was completely different," she said.

    One of her top concerns for Texas is safety. She doesn't think the Perry administration is equipped to protect Texans from terrorism or natural disasters. She worries about a repeat of the Hurricane Rita evacuation last year that caused a massive traffic jam.

    As the daughter of a teacher, she likes Strayhorn's commitment to education. She hasn't heard much from Bell but hopes to learn more.

    And Friedman is a possibility.

    "You're thinking, 'Well, maybe,' if anything, just to mix it up a bit," she says of Friedman.

    Sanchez's family moved to Round Rock from the Texas Panhandle when she was 8. Her father is an Austin police officer; her mother is a teacher.

    She seeks a change for Texas.

    "I think that people my age are really saying, OK, we need to fix something; we need to try to make something work."

    So I guess indecisiveness runs in this 'post-9/11' crowd.

    Liz Shelton, 28

    Home: Just bought a house in Buda with her husband after living in Austin for a decade

    Work: Biotech company in Austin

    Worth noting: Coaches a running group

    Plans to vote for: Strayhorn, Friedman or Bell

    Each weekday morning, Liz Shelton leaves her house at 7 a.m. to try to beat the Interstate 35 rush hour race to Austin.

    Traffic is one of Shelton's main concerns as she considers the governor's race. She sees that residents northwest of Austin will benefit from the planned commuter rail line. She sees east side residents getting Texas 130, now under construction. But for those who use I-35, she doesn't see a long-term plan.

    "It seems like certain parts of town are being excluded while other parts will have a nice rail," she says.

    And she doesn't like the idea of tolling existing roads. She thinks Kinky Friedman "stands up for what the people want" on transportation.

    As for Perry, she thinks "he is one of those career politicians who says one thing and does another."

    But it doesn't bother her that Strayhorn has a long career as a politician. She likes Strayhorn's plans for education ("she has all these ideas on where the money should go") and has confidence in the comptroller's expertise on budgets.

    Shelton says she has voted for both Republicans and Democrats. "It depends on the topic and the person."

    Bell, Liz. Bell.

    Marilyn Folta, 49

    Home: Owns a home near Bee Caves Road and MoPac Expressway with her husband

    Work: Recruits engineers for tech companies

    Worth noting: Grew up in the Philippines; plays soccer

    Plans to vote for: Strayhorn or Friedman

    As a corporate recruiter, Marilyn Folta sees plenty of résumés. She notices that foreign job candidates often have more advanced degrees than local ones. She thinks the Texas educational system could use more emphasis on academics and less on football. "We seem to be lagging. It's very sad."

    Folta considers herself a Republican but doesn't think she will vote for Perry.

    Since he's been in office, "I haven't really seen a vast improvement," she says. "The taxes are still unreasonably high, always going up."

    Folta lives in the Eanes Independent School District, which has been sending more than half its property taxes outside the district as part of the state's share-the-wealth law. Although her two children have graduated from Westlake High School, she worries about the tax dollars flowing away.

    "We can't put our schools in jeopardy because we're giving money out," she says.

    She's leaning toward Strayhorn.

    "She's a mom. She's not really looking for a career to move up to; it's more the issues she believes in," Folta says. "She seems pretty passionate. But I've got to see more, do more research."

    She hasn't heard much about Chris Bell. She said Friedman is "just too odd" but later said she's willing to consider him because she disapproves of his opponents attacking him for long-ago racial remarks Folta thinks were taken out of context.

    Uhm... your property taxes keep going up because the value of your home keeps going up. That's right... the shack you paid 100k for in the early 90's is now worth 800k. Congratulations. As for the comments of Matzo being taken out of context... not so much. In fact, I think the only ethnoracial group he didn't rip on is filipino.

    Gordon Hamilton, 69

    Home: Owns home with his wife in Northwest Austin

    Work: Retired dentist

    Worth noting: Volunteers at SeniorNet Computer Learning Institute at Austin Groups for the Elderly

    Plans to vote for: Perry or Bell

    Gordon Hamilton passionately believes in the possibilities of embryonic stem cell research.

    And the retired dentist's vote may hinge on that.

    "I don't see it as a strong moral issue as other people do — I see it as a scientific issue," he says. "I don't think we're going to stop this kind of research by ignoring it or saying it's immoral."

    Perry is against embryonic stem cell research, his campaign said. No state money now funds such research.

    Hamilton is impressed by Bell's desire to change that.

    On most other issues, Hamilton agrees with Perry. When he considers Perry's achievements — closing loopholes in the corporate franchise tax and launching a network of congestion-easing toll roads and rail — he's impressed.

    "When you see it all added up, I think, 'Hmm, that's not a bad legacy, not bad at all,' " says Hamilton, a native of Illinois who has lived in Austin for 30 years. "He tends to take care of the business without all the hoopla."

    But Hamilton, who says he usually votes Republican but is not committed to the party, would like to hear more about what Perry plans for another term. As he learns about Perry's agenda, "it may inspire me. Perhaps that will take precedence over the stem cell research."

    As for Strayhorn, Hamilton thinks she'd be a good education commissioner. Friedman, Hamilton thinks, will polarize voters.

    Gordy, come on, man! You're impressed by toll roads? What ELSE has Perry done? He didn't even close the biggest loopholes and school funding is a wreck. Remember when you go to the polls... 'Stem Cells' and 'Bell', all I'm saying...

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    Welcome to Texas. Move the fuck out of the way!

    I went to Waco today. A trip to Waco entails a drive up and back down 35, normally an irritating experience that makes me want to start flicking cigarettes at other cars on the road. Today was different... in fact, it was actually kind of nice because for the first time in a long time, people weren't assholes. When they saw me coming up on them at 85 or 90 (I drive fast. What're you? My insurance agent?) they got out of the way. The people from Texas, that is.

    And no, I wasn't drinking.

    The foreigners, however, must have been to the 'blind grandmother' school of driving which teaches 'as long as you are actually in motion, you belong in the left lane'. Shit you not. Keep in mind, I'm not referring to drivers from Mexico... they know better, with the only exception from south of the border being those jackass car dealers who are all the time driving down their latest purchase from Dallas to Brownsville. The foreigners to which I am referring were from less exotic places like Iowa, Indiana, Virginia, Oklahoma, and Illinois. Basically, states other than Texas where apparently stupid is a either taught to them early on or is a congenital defect.

    Being the nice person I am, I thought I'd provide a handy 'tip sheet' to those of you coming to visit or even live in Texas. We're thrilled to have you, as long as you get out of our way... this ain't really the south, y'all. Technically it's the southwest and you'll learn soon enough that we're always in a hurry.

    McBlogger's Handy Driving Tips

    and Suggestions

  • For the love of God, stay out of the left lane unless you are going to quickly pass someone.

  • If you're the kind of asshole who decides to ignore the above, at least be swift enough to realize when there is a large SUV rapidly approaching from behind. I HATE to use my brakes, so please try looking in your rearview mirror at least every minute or so

  • When someone gets out of your way, as you pass please wave them a 'thank you'. This is Texas and no matter what kind of issue is causing you drive like a bat out of hell, you've always got time to be friendly

  • If you're from California, we get that traffic on the 405 is always bumper to bumper and hardly moving. We also know it's that way on the 10, the 5 and the all the other freeways. However, you're in Texas now which means unless the car in front of you is at a dead stop, your foot better be on the accelerator. Pressing down.

  • If, when passing a tractor-trailer, you notice a car or two behind you, assume the worst because it's reality. There is a mile of cars backed up behind you, all of which are being driven by people who wish you were anywhere BUT in front of them. Slam on the gas, pass the damn truck and GET THE HELL OUT OF THE WAY.

  • Yes, yes... you drive as fast as you think is safe. That's great for you. Please don't be the guy who's trying to hold down the speed for everyone. That guy's a dick. Be the guy who realizes that while 70 is a perfectly acceptable speed, others may want to go faster. In fact, to them, 70 is excrutiatingly slow.

  • For all you country folks... there is no shame in being passed. This isn't the speedway in Ennis. This is real life and by playing games, you're fucking with mine. That makes me mad as hell so please don't think of it as losing... think of it as helping a fellow Texan.
  • If there's anything I missed please feel free to leave a comment and let me know. If you think that one of the tips applies to you, then please take a moment, think about what you've done and remember... traffic is hell everywhere. Let's make it a little easier on all of us.

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    October 01, 2006

    A page from Roman history

    Just about everyone knows (at least thinks they know) something about the fall of the Roman Empire. Far fewer recall that before the days of the emperors the Roman Republic had grown, prospered, and even managed to bury many of its enemies. Eventually the republic ended in decades of civil war and dictatorship before power was concentrated in an individual as other governmental institutions withered away. Writing in a NYT Op-Ed column, Robert Harris recounts a situation with distressing parallels to events in our own time.

    Pirates had attacked Rome's seaport of Ostia...

    But such was the panic that ensued after Ostia that the people were willing to compromise these rights. The greatest soldier in Rome, the 38-year-old Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus (better known to posterity as Pompey the Great) arranged for a lieutenant of his, the tribune Aulus Gabinius, to rise in the Roman Forum and propose an astonishing new law.

    "Pompey was to be given not only the supreme naval command but what amounted in fact to an absolute authority and uncontrolled power over everyone," the Greek historian Plutarch wrote. "There were not many places in the Roman world that were not included within these limits."

    Pompey eventually received almost the entire contents of the Roman Treasury — 144 million sesterces — to pay for his "war on terror," which included building a fleet of 500 ships and raising an army of 120,000 infantry and 5,000 cavalry. Such an accumulation of power was unprecedented, and there was literally a riot in the Senate when the bill was debated.

    Nevertheless, at a tumultuous mass meeting in the center of Rome, Pompey's opponents were cowed into submission, the Lex Gabinia passed (illegally), and he was given his power. In the end, once he put to sea, it took less than three months to sweep the pirates from the entire Mediterranean. Even allowing for Pompey's genius as a military strategist, the suspicion arises that if the pirates could be defeated so swiftly, they could hardly have been such a grievous threat in the first place.

    But what relevance can the politics of two millenia ago have for us today? Consider this. A couple of centuries ago, when the Founders were launching their own political experiment, there really wasn't much material out there on republics. They knew of the Greeks, the Romans, and the ENglish Civil War of the 1640s; all of which had ended in military dictatorshop of one kind or another leading back to monarchy. They were careful to craft a system of checks and balances that would preserve our basic institutions and liberties from one generation to the next. Any time we diminish any part of what they fashioned for us we risk writing the final chapter in the history of our own republic.

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