Saturday, May 03, 2003

For Senator Rick Santorum Every Sperm is Sacred

The leaders of the Republican Party have no problem with Santorum's anti gay tirade.
But what Santorum said is not only anti gay, it’s anti protestant, and anti fun in the bedroom for you and your spouse.

If you read his remarks carefully you will see he is against the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision Griswold v. Connecticut case, which established the right of married couples to use contraceptives. Does this man wake up each morning singing Every Sperm is Sacred ?
For Santorum society " based on one thing: that society is based on the future of the society. And that's what? Children ...
So sex and marriage has one primary purpose; procreation." So ladies toss out those pills.

But it gets worse he also says "We have laws in states, like the one at the Supreme Court right now, that has sodomy laws and they were there for a purpose."
Please remember that sodomy (and sodomy law) is not exclusive to man on man sex. So if you ever "go down" on your spouse Senator Rick Santorum thinks this is not OK. You do not have this right, and if you follow his logic, police can come into your house for indulging in this act.

Soccer moms, this is what the Republican Party calls "an inclusive man." So just remember when you vote in 2004 you might be voting for your right to an orgasm.

More On Mathews

Howl Away

Thankfully, very few are watching

Appealing to the better angels of our nature

Alan Wolfe on Leadership
from Salon

Eloquence may well be the most misunderstood characteristic of leadership... Eloquent presidents...are those who perceive a need the public does not even know it has and find the right words to address it. Eloquence is the opposite of both manipulation and demagoguery. The manipulative leader perceives correctly what people really need and then tries to persuade them that they need something else. And the demagogue takes the needs people are persuaded they have and reinforces them, even when people's perceptions of their own needs are incorrect; demagoguery flatters, while eloquence elevates. Presidents who manifest eloquence intuitively understand what people would choose when they are guided by what our most eloquent (and without doubt our greatest) president, Abraham Lincoln, called the "better angels of our nature."

Sound like anyone you know?
The manipulative leader perceives correctly what people really need and then tries to persuade them that they need something else. And the demagogue takes the needs people are persuaded they have and reinforces them, even when people's perceptions of their own needs are incorrect; demagoguery flatters

Friday, May 02, 2003

Mathews on Heroes

'I just can’t see ... John Kerry in that uniform today. Can’t see it.'
'Americans love having a guy as president, a guy who has a little swagger, who’s physical, who’s not a complicated guy like Clinton or even like Dukakis or Mondale, all those guys, McGovern.'

George McGovern:
B-24 pilot, 35 missions, Distinguished Flying Cross, and yet never brought it up during the 1972 Presidential campaign for cheap political benefit.

Jon Kerry:
Silver Star, Bronze Star with Combat V, and three awards of the Purple Heart for his service in combat

Chris Matthews
did not serve.

George Bush
Air Guard.
Enlisted for duty in the Texas Air National Guard
On application: checked "do not volunteer" for overseas assignment
For Details see Uggabugga

Who would you choose to lead you into battle, which of these men would you want beside you in a foxhole?
I know who gets my vote.

Thursday, May 01, 2003

From Oberman’s Countdown:
American's love having a 'guy' is president. Someone not complicated like Clinton or McGovern ...Women like this war, we like having a hero, its simple, we don't want an indoor prime minister type....I just can't see John Kerry in that uniform today.

Well fuck you Chris Mathews, John Kerry is a brave American who fought in a war while George Bush hid (and went AWOL apparently to avoid a drug test) in the National Guard.

I dare you to say that SHIT to John Kerry's face.

Lies, Deception or Incompetence?

Either our president is a liar or our Intelligence Department is run by total idiots.
Bush said Saddam had a nuclear program that could produce a bomb in six months. If he thought this was true, and it is now obvious that it is false, you would have to conclude that the information he was given was bogus.
So who is feeding bad intelligence to our commander and chief? Who are the incompetent fools that mislead our president? There should be a complete investigation. Heads should roll. Or is it that our president was telling a ...


Cue the Ennio Morricone music please.

From The NYTimes
A former Iraqi Army officer bent on revenge for the death of his oldest brother, an army major, executed in 1990.

'Things have improved,' the man said, now that Saddam Hussein is finally gone. 'I can sleep at night now.
But I continue to kill people,' he added. 'I want to reach the number 20. Then I will feel good that I have completed my duty. Twenty will feel good. But if I kill more it will be even better.'
'With the Americans in control, it's much easier for me ...I feel safe now doing it because the Americans will not hold you accountable for it.'


Condoleezza Rice has a new excuse for not finding the WMD's. Now it seems the evildoers were so sophisticated they had dual-use facilities.
Today we need roach killer; tomorrow we need Saran. Simply retool, manufacturer and ship

From The Washington Post:
She had a new explanation too for Iraq's ability to launch these weapons that were not assembled. "Just-in-time assembly" and "just-in-time" inventory, as she put it.

I think we need to fumigate the White House.

Scrape the Democratic Convention

From Michael Tomasky at Tapped

Get really creative and declare that the era of the convention is over -- which is something we've all known to be true for about 20 years anyway -- and then announce that they're not even having a convention in the traditional sense. Maybe a mini, two-day gathering, so the nominee can make his speech with network coverage. But otherwise, take the money saved and spend it more wisely on other things, especially as they're running against a guy who destroyed another agreed-upon tradition (albeit only 30 years old this time) by refusing to abide by established spending limits and who will therefore have "more money than God," as the Republicans have lately become fond of saying. (Odd locution for such pious types, no?)

Conventions are meaningless now anyway. The last time the outcome of the convention was in real doubt was McGovern in 1972.

Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Fresh Air Audio
Linguist Geoff Nunberg on the stylistic differences between writers on the political left and right.
Go Listen.

Monday, April 28, 2003

Today's Leadership Example

David Border, Chris Mathews and 80% of the population seem to think Bush is a great leader.
Great leaders are known for taking bold unambiguous stances on controversial issues of the day.
Lets see how George does on this issue: The Confederate Flag

Both Georgia and South Carolina have been embattled with the issue of the Confederate Flag.
Bush visited both states and has had a chance to form an opinion on this subject. Should a state fly the confederate flag above it's state house?
Should a state that incorporated the confederate flag into its state flag during the racially charged 1950's still fly this flag?
For a politician (especially a right leaning politician) it is a hard question.
Do you:
1.) Risk alienating white voters by saying its time to leave this symbol behind?
2.) Say the flag is part of the great southern heritage; that it is a memorial to those who fought and died for what they believed?
3.) Say that it is issue for the state and not take a stance.

What would a leader do? Would a leader side step the issue, or would a leader take a stand and live with the consequences?
Well, our boy George goes for option 3. 'It's the right of the state of South Carolina to make the decision on the flag.' ? GWB

Grade: F
Note to parents: George tends to pussyfoot around controversial issues.

For the record I live in Georgia, I was born in South Carolina. I'm white, my great grandfather's father owned a plantation near Union, South Carolina, and yes he owned slaves. I have relatives that died wearing the confederate uniform.