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Sunday, July 31, 2005


Alert!!!!
Swing State Project promises "huge news" that will change the dynamics of the Ohio special election.

BIG UPDATE: Bob Brigham of Swing State Project just announced that Hackett's opponent Jean Schmidt lied about not knowing the scandal-plagued Tom Noe.


Saturday, July 30, 2005


Update On Paul Hackett
The other day I asked if anyone was covering the Hackett campaign on the ground. It appears as Bob Brigham is doing some fieldwork for the Swing State Project blog. I'll use this site to keep an eye on the race. Thanks to reader Frank for pointing this out to me.


Friday, July 29, 2005


Journalistic Misconduct
If this is true, then right off the bat, it is a violation of the first two provisions listed in the Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists: namely that "Journalists should test the accuracy of information from all sources and exercise care to avoid inadvertent error. Deliberate distortion is never permissible;" and "Journalists should diligently seek out subjects of news stories to give them the opportunity to respond to allegations of wrongdoing."

A case could also be made that the other provisions were violated: notably "Journalists should remain free of associations and activities that may compromise integrity or damage credibility;" and "Journalists should be vigilant and courageous about holding those with power accountable."


Robert Parry on the Need for Genuine Independent Investigative Journalism
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Thursday, July 28, 2005


Quick Note
I have read a lot about Paul Hackett, who is running in the special election for Ohio's 2nd Congressional district. Other blogs have written a lot about him; it's a GOP district but he's a sharp guy. Click here for his official campaign site.

Question: I wanted to link to any bloggers in Ohio who are following the race on the ground and posting on a regular basis. E-mail me if you know. Gracias.


Help Me Mess With a 419 Scammer
Those of you who follow this blog know that on occasionally I mess with the Nigerian 419 Scammers/Spammers (e.g., here)

The latest scammer claims to be the widow of a former Nigerian strongman. I've wasted a lot of his/her time so far. Help me out:
1) Write the person at hmariam44@sify.com and indicate your interest in the business offer. Start the letter out "Dear Hajia Mariam" or "Dear Hajia"
2) Keep the scammer busy for as long as possible. The anti-419 web site 419 Eater has tips and some funny stories about the scammers being scammed by counter-scammers (such as this one).

Note: Of course, don't give your telephone number or any personal info like, duh, bank account numbers.


Wednesday, July 27, 2005


ConWebWatch Takes on Scaife Flunky Richard Poe
Click here. Poe previously had blasted me for criticizing Poe's conspiracy-laden Hillary's Secret War.


Joe Conason on the Plans to Slime Patrick Fitgerald
Click here


Tuesday, July 26, 2005


Moonie Hypocrisy on Rovegate
Robert Parry:

Another stunning part of the Rove defense has been how quickly right-wing commentators have flip-flopped from their traditional hard-line stance decrying the unauthorized disclosure of national security secrets.

For instance, six months ago, Tony Blankley, editorial page editor of the Washington Times, suggested prosecuting New Yorker investigative reporter Seymour Hersh on espionage charges (carrying a possible death penalty) for disclosing secret U.S. military reconnaissance operations inside Iran.

In a Jan. 19, 2005, column entitled “Espionage by any other name,” Blankley argued that Hersh had given sensitive secrets to the enemy by describing U.S. preparations for war with Iran. Blankley cited the precedent of the government using the Espionage Act to convict Navy analyst Samuel Morison for selling photos of a Soviet ship to a Jane’s military publication in the mid-1980s.

Yet Hersh’s article had an obvious importance to a national public debate about whether the Iraq War should be extended to Iran. Hersh’s New Yorker article was alerting the American people to how advanced the war planning already was.

No similar argument could be made about an overriding need for the public to know the identity of Valerie Plame. Yet, the Washington Times – along with other conservative news outlets – decried the Hersh leak while defending the Rove-Novak leak.

There is also irony in the Washington Times making pronouncements about espionage when it has been kept afloat since 1982 with secret financing from Rev. Sun Myung Moon, who was unmasked in a 1978 congressional investigation as a covert agent of the South Korean government trying to penetrate U.S. media and politics.

[For more on Moon’s espionage role – and his ties to the Bush family – see Robert Parry’s Secrecy & Privilege: Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq.]

But the right-wing campaign to continue denigrating Joe Wilson carries another troubling message: that some Washington conservatives care less about genuine national security than they do about protecting their friends and maintaining their political dominance.

Read the whole article.

Monday, July 25, 2005


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Sunday, July 24, 2005


Crude, Lousy House Mix, and Unfair
But Funny: Fuzzy Math by The Bots.


Friday, July 22, 2005


Projection
Projection: the attribution of one's own ideas, feelings, or attitudes to other people or to objects; especially : the externalization of blame, guilt, or responsibility as a defense against anxiety.

Example:David Limbaugh(who writes for both NewsMax and WorldNetDaily):

But it is these people, in their shameless elevation of Joe Wilson--among other things--who are complicit in sacrificing our national security interests for their own political agenda.

Thursday, July 21, 2005


Psst, Sean, Ever Hear of Valerie Plame?
I'm not making this up. I just heard this on Sean Hannity's radio show. Hannity was talking to Senator Orrin Hatch about the story in the LA Times that the wife of Supreme Court nominee John C. Roberts is an anti-abortion advocate and made the following comment, "Shouldn't a person's family be off-bounds here?"


Anyone Feel Like a Recall Drive?
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"(T)" Marks the Spot (for Treason)
Read the story. I'm glad the Roberts nomination didn't cause this to go away.

Let me repeat what I wrote on Indepeendence Day: "Liberals saw the savagery of 9-11 and the attacks and prepared for war; Karl Rove saw the savagery of the 9-11 attacks and then outed a CIA operative responsible for keeping weapons of mass destruction out of the hands of terrorists."


God, This is Sick
I just got this from NewsMax: "Syndicated radio host Dr. Laura Schlessinger will make her stage debut in a new one-woman theatrical event entitled 'Dr. Laura: In My Never To Be Humble Opinion.'"


Who or What Should I Google bomb?
I haven't done much with the Google Bomb Blog lately. Any ideas about people or things I should Google bomb? Email me at scoobiedavis77@yahoo.com


What I'm Reading
Killer Camera Rigs That You Can Build: How to Build Your Own Camera Cranes, Car Mounts, Stabilizers, Dollies, and More by Dan Selakovich. Here's the web site for the book. The first thing I'm building is a dolly.


Wednesday, July 20, 2005


Moonie/GOP Cybersquatter Exposed!
Click here. The part of the post I found most amusing was when David Payer, the Moonie/Iowa GOP operative and cybersquatter, complained that journalist John Gorenfeld was trying to make self-proclaimed messiah Sun Myung Moon look "odd." That would be like trying to make Paris Hilton look like a trollop.


This is Great!!!!!
Ann Slanders in a plagiarism scandal.

This isn't the first time Coulter has been accused of plagiarism. Here's more from Treason-Blog.


This Just In: Scotty Has Been Beamed Up (to Heaven)
James Doohan (1920-2005) (via Levine Breaking News)


Scientologists Don't Want To Rule The World
I liked Michael Crowley's Slate article on Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard with the exception of this line: "Comparable crackpots-in-chief like Lyndon LaRouche and Sun Myung Moon have had almost no detectable national influence."

John Gorenfeld has a succinct rejoinder to this sentence. Living in LA, I am somewhat irritated with all the attention here that Scientology has gotten compared to the Unification Church. While assuredly I have no brief for the Church of Scientology, it has little effect on the lives of Angelinos (or Americans in general, for that matter) who are not members.

On the other hand, Moon has enormous influence over the lives of every American. Pseudo-journalists who work for Moon's Washington Times such as Bill Sammon (scroll down to yesterday's post) are just one example. Some might scoff and point out that the Moonie Times is largely viewed as a joke by real journalists and it only has a circulation of about 100,000 (about one-eighth of its cross-town rival the Washington Post). However, as I and others such as David Brock have pointed out, The Washington Times is an integral component of the "Republican Noise Machine." Other right-wing media outlets give the Times' pseudo-journalism massive influence. A textbook example can be found here (scroll down to "Case Study Number Two: The Right-Wing Media Nexus").

The problem is not just Crowley, a senior editor at The New Republic, who should know better. It's a problem with the entire Washington press corps which is out of touch with the American people and does not give Moon the attention he deserves.


Don't Take the Bait
Randi Rhodes was right on her show yesterday: there's plenty of time to focus on the Supreme Court nominee (John G. Roberts). It will be at least five weeks before there are hearings. Getting Rove indicted and Bush impeached should be top priorities. Plamegate and the Downing Street Memo should be our top priorities.

Quick note on Rove: while I believe this alleged human is unfit for national duty--or any contact with decent human beings--I don't believe he should be fired. As more information comes out that shows what a complete lowlife Rove is, the better it is because it shows what kind of man (or lack of a man) George W. Bush is.

UPDATE: MoxieGrrrl has more.


Tuesday, July 19, 2005


Confronting Bill O’Reilly about Journalistic Misconduct by Two Fox News Analysts
I tuned into Bill O’Reilly’s radio show this morning. The topic for the first hour of O’Lielly’s show was Bernard Goldberg’s book 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America:(and Al Franken Is #37). O’Reilly wanted callers to make their suggestions about who should be on the list. I called in (I gave my name as Irv):

O’REILLY: . . .Let’s go to Irv in Los Angeles. What’s going on, Irv?

SCOOBIE: Hello, Bill. I have a few people to add to the list; they would include Ann Coulter, Christopher Ruddy, as well as your boss Roger Ailes.

O’REILLY: Now, you’re a left-wing guy, right?

SCOOBIE: Center-left.

O’REILLY: Alright, now, what’s the matter with the Fox News Channel? Why don’t you like that?

SCOOBIE: Well, how about the term “journalistic misconduct”?

O’REILLY: You want to give me one example of that?

SCOOBIE: Yes. Fox News hired Bill Sammon of The Washington Times, the Moonie-run newspaper, and he lied in his book about the 2000 election [At Any Cost: How Al Gore Tried to Steal the Election] in which he--

O’REILLY: How did he lie in his book?

SCOOBIE: What? [I didn’t hear his question because he was talking over me]

O’REILLY: How did he lie in his book?

SCOOBIE: Yes, The Daily Howler, the journalistic research group, looked at a quote he [Sammon] did of Ceci Connolly—who also works for the Fox News Channel—and found that he had taken it completely out of context--

[Around this time, O’Reilly hit the mute button. I could hear O’Reilly but when I tried elaborating on Sammon’s libel and Fox News Analyst Ceci Connolly’s journalistic misconduct in the case, but the radio audience couldn’t hear me. What a chickenshit.]

O’REILLY: You’re taking one oblique example from the Daily Howler—which nobody’s ever heard of—alright, and attaching it to a Fox News contributor--a guy named Bill Sammon, who I think is a good reporter—and therefore drawing a conclusion that the Fox News Channel is not worthy. Hey, Irv, that’s a stretch, man. If you can’t come up with more than that, you’re going to get laughed out of any court in the country. You gotta--look, I don’t mind your opinion, Irv. I mean, I disagree with you obviously. I work for Fox and I think that Fox News has added to fairness in this country more than any other media organization in my lifetime, because before Fox News, you had no counter-voice to the left-center or far left media that dominates. You just didn’t have anything on television at all. You did have talk radio. You did have The Wall Street Journal but nothing on television. Nothing. So, you know, I’m glad you called, Irv, and I’m glad you made that point: Daily Howler, 2002 [sic], Ceci whatever-her-name-is, and all of that—because if that’s all you‘ve got, Irv, you don’t got a lot.

REALITY: O’Reilly’s stacked-deck methods he used with me illustrate the Fox News mentality. He mutes me after I give one example of why Fox News is bad for America and then gives the “is-that-all-you-got?” defense. That is pathetic.

Sammon’s libel is just one of dozens of examples of why Fox News is bad for America. I could have given more had Mr. Loofah given me the opportunity.

The reason I gave the example of Sammon because his conduct was so vile, so unbecoming a reporter, that I felt someone should confront O’Reilly about it. Sammon is the type of person whom Roger Ailes would hire. He is a lowlife and a disgrace to journalism. What he did to Al Gore was libel. Fellow Fox News contributer Ceci Connolly’s silence on the matter also is egregious.

Although O’Reilly didn’t give me much of a chance to talk, the call was an overall success because it allowed me to mention Sammon’s misconduct and the Daily Howler’s discovery of it. It was also good that O’Reilly mentioned Sammon and the Daily Howler at the end of the call. Hopefully, many radio listeners will do a Google search of Sammon + Daily Howler. If they do, the Daily Howler article and my article on the controversy pop up first.


Alert: Just spoke to Bill O'Reilly on his Radio Show
Falafel-boy cut my mike off quickly but I'll put the transcript up soon. Stay tuned.


Comic-Con
I went to Comic-Con on Saturday. It was a blast. I was thrifty but I overspent my budget. Things I saw and people I met. Jack Black was there roaming the exhibition hall. I told him I liked Saving Silverman and he thanked me. I got Kyle Baker's comic Nat Turner. There was a talk by Ward Sutton. Sutton said that reporters for papers he drew for told him that it was common knowledge that Jeb Bush and Katherine Harris were getting it on. I went to the Fantagraphics area and told Ivan Brunetti that I really liked his cartoons about James Thurber (I lived in Columbus). I got an autographed copy of Schizo. I went to the Drawn & Quarterly table and got a copy of Optic Nerve and Adrian Tomine signed it (I first learned about Optic Nerve from The Happy Mutant's Handbook). A religious table had copies of "This was your Life." I grabbed a copy. At last year's Comic-con, I mentioned that I got a copy of Tex: George W. Bush and the Fine Art of Character Assassination. Atomic Basement, which publishes Tex, had a table. They have a comic serial Gone South. With my John McCain/boobs post in mind, I asked Mike Wellman, the author, if there were any boobs in Gone South; he showed a pair in Gone South #3. That was enough for me to buy a copy.


"He's a Democrat"
Read Michael Tomasky.


Just In From Robert Parry
"Rove-Bush Conspiracy Noose Tightens"


DSL was out most of yesterday.

Sunday, July 17, 2005


Just got back from the San Diego Comic-Con. I almost got arrested (just like during last year's Comic-Con). Details tomorrow.

Friday, July 15, 2005


That Settles It for Me
Sean Hannity today on his radio show: "Karl Rove is exonerated."

A little background on Joseph Curl the "journalist" whose Moonie Times story allegedly helps to exonerate Rove: Curl was the one behind the chain reaction smear of Bill Clinton in the days after 9/11 (Click here and scroll down to "Case Study Number Two: The Right-Wing Media Nexus").

UPDATE: Synchronicity. In my previous post, I mentioned boobs; in this post, I mention Karl Rove. Here's a post involving boobs and Rove.


The Real Raunch
On Wednesday, I read the following headline on the Drudge report: "SEN. MCCAIN STARS IN BOOB RAUNCH FEST."

My curiosity was peaked so I read the story:

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. -- who once held hearings chastising Hollywood studios for producing R- rated films and marketing them to teens -- is now playing a part in one!

Opening this weekend, WEDDING CRASHERS, a movie packed with raunchy moments and bare-breasted beauties bedding down with the guys.

And Senator John McCain!

"In a summer full of sequels and remakes rated PG-13, we feel an original R-rated comedy will stand out," said Rolf Mittweg, president of worldwide distribution and marketing at NEW LINE.


Did McCain appear in a raunchy film? I, unlike Drudge, have seen the film (I crashed the press screening in June). Wedding Crashers is about two lovable rogues (played by Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson) who crash weddings to meet pretty women to seduce. There are some cheesecake scenes in which some hot women show their boobs in a tasteful manner (Quick note: Naureen Zaim, Laura Orrico, and Cindy Taylor were all looking totally hot). I thought the two main character’s behavior was a bit caddish (see addendum) but they eventually meet their matches with the daughters of a government official played by Christopher Walken.

To sum it up, it’s about normal guys (i.e. horndogs). Wedding Crashers veers between a sex comedy and a romantic comedy. I think the director didn’t know what he wanted to make it—which is one of its charms to me because it isn’t the typical by-the-numbers crap that Hollywood churns out. Wedding Crashers clearly fits into the category of ribaldry. The film falls short of Aristophanes or Rabelais, but it’s not raunchy. FYI to the Puritan Right: sport-humping is as American as apple pie. The problem this country faces is not reasonable partying, it is puritan killjoys.

It’s not surprising that members of the Puritan Right would consider the film smutty. But ironically it’s the Puritan Right which craves real raunch. Drudge slams a movie like WC as raunch but his own ovular activity tells another story. I’ve told readers of this blog that Dr. Laura’s show is ostensibly about doing the right thing but it’s more about dom-sub relationship with her wimpy callers. Sun Myung Moon calls for abstinence before marriage but he gets his rocks off by have married Moonie couple have sex in front of his picture and use his sacred cumrag, The Holy Handkerchief. Jerry Falwell rails against fornication but during the 1990’s he sold lurid videos to his flock alleging that Bill Clinton was a cokehead who murdered his enemies—GOP porn. Self-appointed Virtue Czar William Bennett loves to be dominated. Public scold Bill O'Reilly loves lame phone sex.

That’s because Puritanism and really sick and kinky sex are two sides of the same coin. These people deny the joys of fornication and their sex lives become affected by it. One final thought, my entertainment budget is probably 1/100000 of people like O’Reilly, but I have much fun than them. It doesn’t matter how much money you have if you are a joyless, dour person who embraces a joyless, dour ideology. In short, Sun Myung Moon, Dr. Laura, Limbaugh, Drudge, Bennett, and O’Reilly represent America’s lowest, basest values: that’s the real raunch.

Now, back to the subject of John McCain. Clearly McCain has degraded himself--but not by appearing in a film that shows some nice racks; he showed himself to be an unprincipled whore by embracing the same people who viciously attacked his family. In 2000, after McCain had a surprise victory in the New Hampshire primary, Rove and Bush did a vicious smear attack that included whisper campaigns that he was gay, his wife was a drug addict, and that his daughter was a black love child.

However, McCain wants to be elected president in 2008. So he changed course and embraced Bush and Rove—vigorously endorsing Bush and standing by while Rove and company smeared fellow war hero John Kerry last year. McCain reminds me of the Suck Up character from the Degree Deodorant commercials. What a pathetic soul.


Dharmic Party Crashing
One of the favorite practices of the contemporary American right is to slam Hollywood. I have no brief for Hollywood (though I respect individual people in Hollywood and have noted the right's hypocrisy for slamming it) but one thing I love about Hollywood is that they know how to throw a party. Tom Arnold in Fade In magazine: "No one ever helps their acting career by going to cool Hollywood parties."


The Rules of Party/Event Crashing
If you're planning to crash a private party, go to a wine shop. Find a
nice bottle of wine and ask the wine shop owner what is special about it. When you get to the party give it to the host/hostess and explain what is special about it. After that, the issue of whether you were invited is no longer an issue.

Use deception to get in but once you're in, be yourself. You'll feel better in the morning.

Ethical bounds of embellishment when rapping with women: This was my problem with Wedding Crashers, not the hooters shown in the film. Wilson and Vaughn's characters were caddish with women. I think it's better to be honest. It's one thing to puff yourself up a bit but be true to yourself and treat the female party guests with respect.

If you crash a party given by a studio, eat, drink, and be merry, but generously tip bartenders and servers.

If there are gift bags being given out at a party (common practice for premiere after-parties), make sure there are enough for the invited party guests before you take one.

If you see a guy you want to talk business to and he's talking to a woman, don't interrupt his rap. This is a good rule in general: Don't interrupt another man's rap.

When you crash a party, give more than you take. It's about the people; show people you are the type of person they would like to work with and associate with.

In short, be a good person. As the great sages Bill and Ted say, be excellent to each other and party on!

Thursday, July 14, 2005


Screening
I got back from Beverly Hills. I was at a screening of The Chumscrubber. I liked the description but when I saw the film, I really, really, really didn't like it. After the film was over, the first thing I asked my friend was, "What the fuck was that?" He asked me if I was joking because he loved the film. Maybe there was a point I was missing but I thought it was pretentious trash.

After the screening, there was a Q & A with the director, writer, and one of the actors. I asked if William Fichtner's character in the film, an ineffectual psychiatrist, was based on Alan Colmes because the character's resemblance to Colmes was uncanny. The director and writer said no.

UPDATE: One important thing about the film: before I asked the Colmes question I was going to ask the writer and director if the Church of Scientology has any part in the film's anti-psychiatric medication stance (there's a Scientology flier on the protagonist's bedroom wall from the Scientology front group Citizens Commission on Human Rights that reads "Psychiatry Kills"). The person right before me asked the question and the writer and director said that they weren't Scientologists and that the anti-psychiatry elements of the film had nothing to do with Scientology.


Long post soon. I was working on a short post and it has become a long, unwieldy post. I'm going to hang out today and finish it. Stop back later today.

Also, sorry about about not writing much lately. The rest of the blogosphere is picking up the slack big-time--especially on Rove. I'm very busy. Preparing for ComicCon (among other things).


F-ing Moonies!!!
I just checked my Sitemeter stats and found out my site appears in the top ten sites for a Google search of "FUCKING MOONIES." I will probably have more on Moon later in the week.


Wednesday, July 13, 2005


"Ferocity and nihilism, feeding off each other."
Read Josh Marshall.


Google Bomb the Republican Surrogate Channel
From the Google Bomb Blog:

1. Copy and paste the following to your web site or on an internet bulletin board:

<a href="http://www.foxnews.com">republican surrogate</a>

The results will look like this:

republican surrogate


1990's Freeper Catchphrase Updated for 2005
"Karl Rove: From the White House to the Big House"


Posting later

Tuesday, July 12, 2005


Media Bias
Read Cenk Uygur


Monday, July 11, 2005


I like the Huffington Post's headline for this story, "'Deficit Of Decency' Author Sen. Zell Miller Pocketed Taxpayer Money..."


I Read the Book so You Don't have To
In Mark Fuhrman's new book Silent Witness: The Untold Story of Terri Schiavo's Death, he discusses one of his inspirations for writing the book: "Coach" Sean Hannity's dispassionate quest for the truth:

A few days after Terri died, Sean Hannity called me at home. Sean had just spent a week covering the countdown to Terri's death. He had grown close to the Schindler family, who had been begging law enforcement agencies to look into charges that Michael Schiavo had abused Terri and not getting anywhere. Sean asked me, "Will you investigate this case?" Sean went on for the better part of an hour about the case, the evidence, and what his gut was telling him. "I don't care what you find," Sean told me, "I just want to know what happened to her."

Sunday, July 10, 2005


Newsweek: Rove's Ass is Grass
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UPDATE: Here's the Newsweek article.


Thursday, July 07, 2005


Keith "Leaving the Left" Thompson: Punk
Read about it in HorowitzWatch.


London
I just got up and saw the TV; this is terrible.


Wednesday, July 06, 2005


David Sirota on Robert Novak
I couldn't agree more:

. . .the truth that no one who hobnobs with Bob Novak in his insulated Washington cocktail party world wants to say, but everyone knows: Bob Novak is a dishonest, self-serving shill who is willing to sell out America's security in order to further his fringe-right-wing ideological agenda - and as a reward for his right-wing ideological hackery, he has gotten his freedom, even though he has sold out his country.


Turnabout
People familiar with the tone of the Clinton Chronicles videos, the Clinton body count conspiracy theories (popular on the Free Republic web site), and the "journalism" of Christopher Ruddy might be amused by this analysis of Karl Rove's nefarious activities.


New Chick Tract!!!
It's called, "What's Wrong With This?"


What is the Term?
In Japan, there are these guys who make a living by doing unpleasant tasks that people don't want to do but don't know who else to hire. I've been trying to find out the name given to these people. Email me if you know. Gracias.


Typical Bernard Goldberg
Can anyone tell me anything more absurd (or galling)than someone who takes a paycheck from Roger Ailes to tell America who is screwing it up?


Fox News' Roger Ailes Should Keep his Shirt on in Cincy
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Monday, July 04, 2005


Happy 4th of July!
It's in the air: Rove's ass is grass! What a victory for the U.S.A.!

Liberals saw the savagery of 9-11 and the attacks and prepared for war; Karl Rove saw the savagery of the 9-11 attacks and then outed a CIA operative responsible for keeping weapons of mass destruction out of the hands of terrorists.

I agree with The Talent Show.


Saturday, July 02, 2005


Woo Hoo!!!!!!
Just the increased probability of seeing Karl Rove being frog-marched out of the White House is reason to celebrate! It would be evidence of karma.
UPDATE: Lawrence O'Donnoll said that another source confirmed what he said on The McLaughlin Group Friday night and that Newsweek is working on a story. This is a wonderful birthday gift to the U.S.! Happy Fourth of July! Also, congrats to American Politics Journal, Democratic Underground, and the Daily Kos for scooping Drudge.
UPDATEGive 'em hell, Lawrence!


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