pork with a side of greed

Before adopting the $141 billion measure, 93 to 1, senators also defeated an effort to add more than $3 billion for home-heating assistance for low-income families. The proposal, by New England lawmakers who fear sky-high heating costs this winter, failed to attract the 60 votes that Senate procedures require.

This is why GOP terms like small government are total bullshit. When a GOPer says small Government what he really means is Government big enough to help me but too small to help you.

Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, was personally insulted, however. Alaska, which ranks No. 1 in per capita federal spending, was being unjustly singled out, he argued. The 37-year Senate veteran threatened to resign and “be taken out of here on a stretcher” if the Senate killed off perhaps the most egregious example of wasteful spending in the massive highway bill.

Nice to know he is willing to stand on lack of principles.

Maybe someone will explain to me why this law; one which restricts the rights of the individual while empowering unelected judges isn’t and example of Big Government.

french bashing

I’m getting a little sick of the French Bashing from the right wing. I’ve noticed the following two themes:

  • When the French do something in their national interest that somehow conflicts with our interests, they are betraying us.
  • When we do something that is in our national interest but conflicts with French interests, we are asserting our independence

If you point this out as a double standard, you somehow hate America.

paul krugman

George W. Bush, I once wrote, “values loyalty above expertise” and may have “a preference for advisers whose personal fortunes are almost entirely bound up with his own.” And he likes to surround himself with “obsequious courtiers.”

Lots of people are saying things like that these days. But those quotes are from a column published on Nov. 19, 2000.


Pat Tillman

War hero Pat Tillman, who was killed in Afghanistan last year, believed the US war on Iraq was “f***ing illegal” and counted Noam Chomsky among his favorite authors.

Must read story from The Nation. The right wing hasn’t come up with its spin yet, so they are just claiming to know Tillman more than his Mother and war buddies.

what karl told the fbi

WASHINGTON – Karl Rove testified for the fourth and final time Friday before the grand jury investigating whether his conversations with two reporters led to the leaking of a CIA operative’s identity.
The White House aide spent about four and a half hours inside the federal courthouse, and left without commenting to reporters.

From the WaPo

INDICTMENTS POSSIBLE NEXT WEEK: Fitzgerald could send out “target” letters to senior administration officials at any time, advising them that they are targets of the investigation, and bring indictments as early as next week, the lawyers said.

Also from WaPo

If Rove told the FBI agents the same story that he and McClellan were telling the press, then he might have set himself up for a felony charge of lying to a federal law enforcement official. And if he lied, then he need not have been under oath to have committed a crime.

From Salon

Unlike in Watergate, which was largely advanced by the press, this scandal has unfolded despite much of the press corps’ efforts to avoid, demean or restrain the story until very recently. Also unlike in Watergate, major influences in the press have aligned with their sources in the administration, not with the professionals in the government acting as whistle-blowers.

Also from Salon

By the way, when The Times prints something that looks like an obituary your days are numbered. Spin aside, Prosecutors have told Rove they can not guarantee that he will not be indicted over the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame’s identity.

fool me once, shame on you

We bring you these coincidences, reminding you, and ourselves here, that perhaps the simplest piece of wisdom in the world is called “the logical fallacy.” Just because Event “A” occurs, and then Event “B” occurs, that does not automatically mean that Event “A” caused Event “B.”

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me 13 times, my head just may explode.