Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Women Soldiers die of dehydration... Fear rape in latrines

Last week, Col. Janis Karpinski told a panel of judges at the Commission of Inquiry for Crimes against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration in New York that several women had died of dehydration because they refused to drink liquids late in the day. They were afraid of being assaulted or even raped by male soldiers if they had to use the women's latrine after dark.

This problem has become so acute that the Army has set up its own sexual assault web site.

read more on truthout.com

State of the Union: 9/11 Beat the Clock

Guessing how long it will take before President Bush invokes 9/11 in a speech is one of our favorite diversions at the Huffington Post. The over/under is usually around 90 seconds.
video via Huffington Post

T-shirt Folding Machine

Video shows you how to make your own T-Shirt folding machine from cardboard and tape. Pretty cool

Monday, January 30, 2006

Farm Security Administration Photographs

See em here

Operation Yellow Elephant

On Monday January 30, the College Republicans will sponsor a "Finish the Job: Support Our Troops" Rally on Capitol Hill in Washington DC (6:00 pm [New Time], American Legion Post No. 8, 224 D St. SE, Metro Capitol South) to support President Bush's January 31 State of the Union address.
Operation Yellow Elephant is urging them to enlist if they're so gung-ho on the war.

Cindy Sheehan said it best: If you support the war, I think you should join it. I hear recruiting numbers are low. It's the College Republicans' day; don't spoil it with anti-Bush counter-protests against the war itself. By encouraging the College Republicans and their supporters, including Protest Warrior, to volunteer for military service: Be A Man! Enlist!, we respectfully and patriotically remind them of their national leadership responsibilities as the future leaders of our governing party, as chosen by the American people.

Woman Becomes Quadruple Amputee After Giving Birth

Yeah, she's suing.

Shiny Mud Balls

Apparently making them is all the rage in Japan
Its really just mud
Instructions here

A Clown walks into a bar and orders a beer...

Watch the video
From OutHouseRag.com

$300k of Whale Vomit

An Australian couple who picked up an odd-looking fatty lump from a quiet beach are in line for a cash windfall.
read the rest

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Red food coloring is made from bugs

That ice cream you're eating or the lipstick you're wearing just might contain extract from crushed bugs. On purpose.

Oh yeah, and soylent green is people

Conservative writer: Polls Show Many Americans are Simply Dumber Than Bush

Read this article by Paul Craig Roberts, he's not exactly a liberal democrat
Here's his credentials
Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page and Contributing Editor of National Review.

Did Bush buy off Abramoff Prosecutor?

Prosecutor in Abramoff Probe Steps Down
The chief prosecutor in the investigation of lobbyist Jack Abramoff is stepping down because President George W. Bush has nominated him to the federal bench.

Glad things are working out for them...

Halliburton swings to $1.1 billion profit, cites 2005 as company's best

DALLAS – Oilfield services conglomerate Halliburton Co. swung to a profit in its fourth quarter on robust sales and increased rig activity, and called last year the best in its 86-year history.
via Rawstory.com

Rick Santorum lies, gets caught on tape

Denying ties to the K Street project and Grover Norquist,
Rick Santorum said
"I had absolutely nothing to do -- never met, never talked, never coordinated, never did anything -- with Grover Norquist and the -- quote -- K Street Project," Mr. Santorum said.

Except there's video shot from a June 28, 2005 press conference in which Grover Norquist introduces Sen. Rick Santorum.

Sen. Santorum says, "Thank you Grover, and I appreciate your help and support on this and many other issues..."

DeLay appearance cost Fox $14,000

DeLay appearance cost Fox $14,000
Chartered jet ferried just-indicted politician to Washington studio last fall.
(Think they got their monies worth?)
Austin American Statesman

well look who's wakin up

CNN Poll: Most think Bush is failing second term
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A majority of Americans are more likely to vote for a candidate in November's congressional elections who opposes President Bush, and 58 percent consider his second term a failure so far, according to a poll released Thursday.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Who's gonna visit ME in jail?

Nbc News In Atlanta reports:
Two documents relating to anti-war and anti-government protests, and a vegan rally, prove the agencies have been "spying" on Georgia residents unconstitutionally, the ACLU said.

The government file lists anti-war protesters in Atlanta as threats, the ACLU said. The ACLU of Georgia accuses the Bush administration of labeling those who disagree with its policy as disloyal Americans.

"We have heard of not a single, government surveillance of a pro-war group," Weber said. "And I doubt we will ever hear of a single surveillance of a pro-war group."

Scott MacLellan's pants on fire.

Crooks & Liars has a great video from the Daily Show.
Scott Maclellan promising to do a thorough report "hopefully very soon" on whitehouse staff level meetings Abramoff might have attended.

2 weeks later. "I don't ever get into discussing staff level meetings"

robot sculptures

Bennett Robot Works:
These robot sculptures created by Gordon Bennett,
are made from a mixture of found objects which are both old and new.

Bush OPPOSED legislation to make it easier to wiretap under FISA

Really amazing....
At the time they said the proposed legislation went too far and was most likely unconstitutional.
NOW, they claim to have opposed it because it didnt give them enough powers.
read about it here on America Blog

You get the president you enable

That has to be my favorite line in a long time.
From America Blog, discussing the Washington Post finally coming around to criticizing Bush

You know, it's a bit late for the Washington Post to complain that President Bush is acting like he's above the law. The Washington Post and most of the traditional media enabled Bush, helped him get to where he is today by not questioning his repeated lies, his repeated over-reaching for more and more power, to hell with the law, and now that the chickens come home to roost, the Post is suddenly shocked - I say, shocked - that George Bush is refusing to come clean.

You get the president you enable.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006


Just what you needed
via the presurfer

Marla Olmstead

From The Presurfer
Marla Olmstead is an abstract painter. She attracted international attention when The New York Times featured her first major exhibition.

Marla's work has been featured on The Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, BBC World News and Time Magazine. Marla enjoys reading, cooking and gymnastics but is at her most joyful and expressive before the canvas.

Marla Olmstead is 5 years old.

Earle Probes Possible Cunningham-DeLay Tie

Cunningham is the congressman who after pleading guilty in November to accepting $2.4 million in bribes from defense contractors.
Delay is now tied to the same defense contractors

top 10 conservative idiots

Over at the Democratic Underground, they do a weekly
Top Ten list of Conservatives Idiots.
It's really good. I just wish they had an rss feed to remind me to read it.
Heres a sample:
#3 Scott McClellan
Is there any doubt that Scott McClellan is the worst White House press secretary of all time? His daily briefings have been a joke for some time now, although since Scott hit his stride during the whole Valerie Plame "ongoing investigation" fiasco, things have quieted down a bit. That changed last week when Scott fended off questions about Jack Abramoff (and guess what - the "ongoing investigation" excuse is back!)

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

FACT CHECK: Abramoff, The Bipartisan Scandal

The Democratic Underground has lots of this... its worth reading:
The media keeps pushing the line that Democrats are equally tainted by Abramoff because his clients donated money to Democrats as well as Republicans. Now why would Abramoff encourage his clients to donate to Democrats? This is a guy who once said, "It is not our job to seek peaceful coexistence with the Left. Our job is to remove them from power permanently." Not only does Abramoff hate Democrats, they aren't even in power. Why encourage his clients to give them contributions?

FACT CHECK: Warrantless search program

From the Carpet Bagger Report:
Includes gems like this:

Bush: "Predecessors of mine have used that same constitutional authority."

No, they haven't.

Licensed to Thrill

The photo hasn't been manipulated, nor is the license plate shown a personalized one (deliberately chosen for its naughtiness or otherwise) — the tag is a random, regular-issue plate assigned to a Lincoln LS automobile registered to a Miami-based computer company. And thanks to the Internet, it's now one of the most recognizable license plates in the U.S.
via snopes

Falwell-Robertson-Bin Laden Quiz

A 20-item quiz: Falwell-Robertson-Bin Laden Quiz.

Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson and Usama Bin Ladin have a lot in common. Take the quiz and see if you can identify statements by each of these "leaders."

I got 10 of 20 correct.
via j-walk blog

Scalia went on luxury Federalist tennis trip

ABC NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Supreme Ethics Problem?

What Was Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Doing on Day of Supreme Court Swearing-In?

Jan. 23, 2006 — At the historic swearing-in of John Roberts as the 17th chief justice of the United States last September, every member of the Supreme Court, except Antonin Scalia, was in attendance. ABC News has learned that Scalia instead was on the tennis court at one of the country's top resorts, the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Bachelor Gulch, Colo., during a trip to a legal seminar sponsored by the Federalist Society.

One night at the resort, Scalia attended a cocktail reception, sponsored in part by the same lobbying and law firm where convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff once worked.

Via Rawstory.com

A rose by any other name...

Warrantless wiretaps have a shiny new name.
Terrorist Surveillance Program
Now.. who could be against that?
And.. ketchup is a vegetable.

Impeachment: The White House prepares for the worst

According to Insight Magazine the online sister publication of the staunchly conservative Washington Times:

The Bush administration is bracing for impeachment hearings in Congress.
"A coalition in Congress is being formed to support impeachment," an administration source said.

Left Wing Lunatics

58% of us are wacky:

A new USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll shows that 51% of Americans say the administration was wrong to intercept conversations without a warrant. The poll also showed that 58% of Americans support appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the issue. The poll of 1,006 adults was taken Friday through Sunday and has a margin of error of +/—3 percentage points.

via atrios

Monday, January 23, 2006

Peaches urges celebs not to give their kids stupid names

Peaches Geldof is appealing to celebrities to stop giving their children ridiculous names.

Peaches, the daughter of Sir Bob Geldof and the late Paula Yates, says her own name has made her life hell.

Her given name in full is Peaches Honeyblossom Michelle Charlotte Angel Vanessa Geldof.

She said: "I hate ridiculous names, my weird name has haunted me all my life.

"I hate being famous; people claim to know me because of my surname."

Peaches has three sisters named Fifi Trixabelle, Pixie and Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lilly.

via annanova

Bush Takes Unscripted Audience Questions

Big news from the AP!
Sounds great til you see this part....
"The sessions are not open to the public, but instead limited to invited groups. "
I knew there was a catch.

Whitehouse Spin on warrrantless wiretaps

The main talking point on the right is:
Only Democrats are against the wiretaps, and that's because we are unpatriotic, and we want the terrorists to win.

On friday Karl Rove was quoted in the NYT said:

Mr. Rove's speech on Friday to the Republican National Committee was a classic example. "Let me be as clear as I can be: President Bush believes if Al Qaeda is calling somebody in America, it is in our national security interest to know who they're calling and why," Mr. Rove said. "Some important Democrats clearly disagree."

And according to The Carpet Bagger Report
"Yesterday on Fox News Sunday, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) became the latest Senate Republican to raise legal questions about the president's warrantless-search program.

...that brings the total of Senate Republicans who don't believe the president had the lawful authority to engage in this surveillance to seven: Specter (Pa.), Graham (S.C.), Hagel (Neb.), Snowe (Maine), Lugar (Ind.), Brownback (Kan.), and now, McCain.

The point, of course, is that we're talking about bi-partisan criticism. Karl Rove is desperate to convince the nation that Dems don't want any surveillance against suspect terrorists — a demonstrable lie — but the fact is, the body of critics against the president's program is growing and spans the ideological spectrum."

Bush's Freudian slip?

Bush Clip from Letterman
After a while you just have to wonder if he actually believes this himself.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

limited-edition street banners from museums around the world

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this has to be the toughest job in the world

but watching this guy squirm is just sooo much fun
via crooks&liars

Why the Chris Matthews smear matters

In case you don't know...
Last week, Chris Mathews and others in the media compared Osama Bin Laden's comments to
those against the war in Iraq ( a majority of the population at last polling)

"Matthews: I mean he sounds like an over the top Michael Moore here, if not a Michael Moore. You think that sells..."
video here

Why it matters:
This is all part of a broad, ongoing and potent campaign to equate opposition to George Bush with being pro-terrorist, and the origin of this campaign is the Administration itself. Bush himself thus uses the language of treason -- treason -- to instruct us that we are permitted to criticize his policies only on the narrowest grounds and with the utmost respect, otherwise we are guilty of aiding the enemy:

more on crooks&liars

stabbed in the head

I want this knifeblock
via boingboing

Friday, January 20, 2006

What the foreign press says about America

These are from a great site, Watching America, it translates and posts stories about America as they appear in the foreign press.

Here's 2 really good examples:

Bush Should Lose Cheney and Save the Presidency
Al-Ahram, Egypt, Jan. 10 - 18 Issue

Letter from a Disgruntled Iraqi to President Bush
Azzaman, Iraq, Jan. 16

AP confirms that Clinton searches were legal under FISA, Bush's were not

McClellan said the Clinton-Gore administration had engaged in warrantless physical searches, and he cited an FBI search of the home of CIA turncoat Aldrich Ames without permission from a judge. He said Clinton’s deputy attorney general, Jamie Gorelick, had testified before Congress that the president had the inherent authority to engage in physical searches without warrants.

“I think his hypocrisy knows no bounds,” McClellan said of Gore.

But at the time of the Ames search in 1993 and when Gorelick testified a year later, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act required warrants for electronic surveillance for intelligence purposes, but did not cover physical searches. The law was changed to cover physical searches in 1995 under legislation that Clinton supported and signed.

Think Progress via Americablog

Republican Insider Trading Scandal

Allegedly, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) and former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) had "day traders" in their offices trading on inside information about pending legislation.

"An article that ran below the radar in November revealed the "day trading" practice, in which little-known firms use sources in Congress to glean information relevant to publicly-traded stocks."

Read the rest: The Raw Story

Liberal Media Myth

The Washington Post's ombudsman's recently blogged that lobbyist Jack Abramoff gave money to both parties. Despite what you hear, it is not true. Abramoff is/was a republican lobbyist and personally, only gave money to Republicans. Clients of his (the indian tribes) DID give money to some Democrats, but there is no evidence that it was directed by Abramoff, or that the money was given to democrats as part of a quid pro quo.

That started a firestorm of comments on the Post's blog.

The Post's ombudsman then tried to clarify her remarks, and made things worse.

The Post's solution??

Shut down comments on their blog, and take down the existing ones.
You can see them archived here.

Bush demands your Google search results

from america blog

"Did you look for any porn? Bush's Justice Department will now know. Any gay sites? Any cancer sites? Sites about depression? About AIDS? Sites about sex? Your federal government will now know. Do you like to read Republican or Democratic Web sites, and do you think it's the government's business what your politics really are? Did you ever Google anything about guns? Or how about Al Qaeda? You're about to be put into a Justice Department database, just in case your interest in any of those topics is a bit too suspect. We are at war, after all, and you can never be too safe."

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Presidential Adventure

From J-walkblog

If you've ever played the old Zork text adventure game, you might
like this. From Defective Yeti: Iraqi Invasion: A Text Misadventure.

It starts out like this:

Oval Office

You are standing inside a White House, having just been elected to
the presidency of the United States. You knew Scalia would pull
through for you.

There is a large desk here, along with a few chairs and couches. The
presidential seal is in the middle of the room and there is a
full-length mirror upon the wall.

What do you want to do now?


You are not able to do that, yet.


Self-reflection is not your strong suit.


It's not that kind of seal

(now go read the rest)

and in case you missed it read this too:
Poker with Dick Cheney

Count to over one thousand using nothing but your fingers

Binary Counting
from: howtoons

Most Popular Myths in Science

Does it really take 7 years to digest gum?
How long can a chicken live without a head?
from LiveScience.com

Thursday, January 12, 2006

subservient donald

Trump will do whatever you ask

Why Americans still think Saddam was tied to al Queda

Even now, nearly three years after the war in Iraq began, 41% of Americans still believe Saddam Hussein had "strong links" with Al Qaeda. Why? Because even now, nearly three years after the war in Iraq began, people like Dick Cheney are repeating discredited talking points.

The Impeachment of George W. Bush

A former DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE Republican member of Congress who sat on the House Judiciary Committee during Nixon's impeachment reveals the whys, whens and hows of ousting president Bush.
corrected republican to representative (oops)

Anti-Gay Pastor Allegedly Propositions Male Officer

Latham, who has spoken out against homosexuality, left jail Wednesday and told media that he was set up.

"I was in the area pastoring to police," he said, according to an Associated Press report.

After his arrest, Latham resigned from his church, the board of directors of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma and the executive committee of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Christian book-seller arrested for raping his two sons

So when is Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, the American Family Association and the men at the Concerned Women for America going to apologize on behalf of their community? Will they be offering legislation to ban Christian book-sellers from having kids?

3 Attacks kill one scandal reporter, beat another, and a witness

David E. Rosenbaum spent his long newspaper career unraveling the lies and scandals of Washington, from Watergate to Iran-Contra to Samuel Alito's defense of illegally spying on Americans.

The veteran reporter was attacked Friday night by two men on the street near his home in a wealthy Northwest D.C. neighborhood where crime is unknown.

The men escaped in a black sedan after smashing Rosenbaum's skull. He died at Howard University Hospital on Sunday.
Just Two Months Ago ...

On November 8, there was a similarly mysterious attack in the area.

Emilia DiSanto, a chief investigator on the Senate's finance committee, was prominently involved in the unraveling of convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff's dirty deals.

She drove to her suburban Virginia home across the river from the Capitol. A man was waiting in the dark. He wore black clothes, black gloves and a black hat. He beat her so savagely with a baseball bat that it took nine staples to close up her head again.

He took nothing, and fled when people heard her screams. The crime was never solved.

And in June, a Los Alamos whistleblower was lured to a fake meeting with informants just before he was to testify for Congress.

Tommy Hook was horribly beaten by "three or four" assailants in a parking lot. Again, they focused on the head.

"Mr. Hook was hospitalized in an emergency room with severe trauma to his face and head, including a fractured jaw, and a herniated disk," the Project on Government Oversight announced after the attack. "He is heavily medicated today and unable to speak to the media."

Or to Congressional investigators

Read the rest

Tom Delay - Dead Horse

Here's the ad that Tom Delay promised to sue
any station that aired it.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Yikes! ugly drunks

The story of a 39 year old woman in an alcholic version of
Morgan Spurlock's film Super Size Me.
In an experiment for a British TV documentary, the single mother spent a month matching the bingers drink-for-drink to see what it did to her body and mind.

googled it .. its true... check the before and after pics.

WebRanger Classic TV and Cartoons

This is too cool....
"WebRanger is an internet TV station sending public domain and open source television 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from dedicated servers on an optical network.

Some of the special features include the Ultraman marathon. Channel 1 is playing some Boris Karloff movies.

If things don't work, read and follow the directions in the one page help file. You really will need to read that if you have trouble."

Monday, January 09, 2006

toynbee tiles

the mystery continues

delay recap

from firedoglake
"Now that Tom DeLay has informed Dennis Hastert that he is still calling the shots in the House and has determined what committee he will be assigned to, Republican corruption in Congress is a thing of the past."

from think progress
"DeLay announced his official resignation on Saturday, he also announced he was “reclaiming” his seat on the powerful Appropriations Committee."

Why is there a seat available?
Because Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, R-Rancho Santa Fe pled guilty to charges that he accepted bribes from defense contractors.

And about that Contractor...
Contractor Brent Wilkes, named as “co-conspirator No. 1″ in Cunningham’s plea agreement, has given $30,000 to DeLay

And finally, from think progress again

Video of Delay on Fox claiming a conspiracy to get him to step down.
A conspiracy that in addition to Prosecuter Ronnie Earl and 8 grand juries, includes The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

sam's a classy guy!

"sam's a... got the intellect a... to bring a... a.... lotta class to the supreme court."
video of bush winging it from bradblog

watch "the corporation"

on google video


dang ... google video rocks

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Saturday, January 07, 2006

this explains a lot

Ney: Congress’s “Ethics” Instructor
Ney has been named as Representative #1 in the plea agreeements of both Abramoff and his partner, Michael Scanlon

Before they take their seats in the House of Representatives, newly elected lawmakers come to Washington for a weeklong orientation that includes a briefing on congressional ethics.

Presiding over their instruction is the chairman of the House Administration Committee, who since 2001 has been Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio.

Anyone can buy a list of your incoming and outgoing phone calls, cell or land-line, for $110 online

And the best part? Congress and the Executive branch have known about this problem for half a year or more and no one did a damn thing to fix it.

In a nutshell, the Chicago Sun-Times ran a story two days ago about a Web site that sells phone records, for cells and land-lines, for $110 a pop. The company boasts on its own Web site:


another bad logo

Pediatric center's bad logo

Most Marines killed in Iraq could have been saved by body armor

WASHINGTON (AFP ) - A secret Pentagon study reportedly found that as many as 80 percent of Marines killed in Iraq from wounds to the upper body could have survived if they had had extra body armor.

Cartoon Corner

Foghorn Leghorn (1948)
This is one of the very 1st Foghorn Leghorn Cartoons, it even introduces Henry Hawk.

Foghorn Leghorn - Leghorn Swoggled(1951)
Another early Foghorn Leghorn.

Marvin The Martian - Hare Way To The Stars(1958)
Bugs Bunny and Marvin The Martian.

Tom & Jerry First
This is the first ever Tom & Jerry cartoon.

Tom & Jerry - Dog Trouble(Ep-5,1942)
Episode # 5 of the Tom and Jerry Cartoons

Popeye The Sailor(1932 Betty Boop)
Did you know that Popeye the Sailor was first introduced in the Betty Boop cartoons. This is the first ever cartoon of Popeye The Sailor.

Speedy Gonzales - Cat Tails For Two(1953)
This is one of the very first if not the 1st 'Speedy Gonzales' cartoon.

Banned commercials - 1961 flintstones cartoon - winston cigarettes

Spike & Tyke - Give And Tyke(1961)
Remember Spike the dog in the Tom & Jerry cartoon series, well here he is with his boy.

Bugs Bunny - Rare
I favor those old WWII cartoons

Woody Woodpecker - Knock Knock
This is the very first Woody Woodpecker cartoon. Woody was introduced in the Andy Panda cartoon series.

Yosemite Sam - Roman Legion Hare(1955)
Another Yosemeti Sam Cartoon

Huckleberry Hound - The Unmasked Avenger
Here's an old (1960) Huckleberry Hound cartoon

Tex Avery - Field And Scream
Another 'Tex Avery' cartoon. (1955)

Tex Avery - House Of Tomorrow
What was thought to be the house of tomorrow , another Tex Avery cartoon (1949)

Tuba Tooter (1932)

An early Black & White Felix the Cat Cartoon.

Tex Avery - I Love To Singa(1936)
This is a very early Tex Avery Cartoon, a spoof on Frank Sinatra.

Merrie Melodies - Uncle Tom's Bungalow (6-5-1937)
This was banned from TV over 50 years ago because they buy and sell black slaves in this cartoon along with very noticable racial overtones.

Debunking the myths about domestic spying

Point by point rebuttal of the GOP talking points.
Why are they still saying they cant wait 72 hrs for fisa approval? The truth (and they know it)is they have 72 hrs after they've already spied to file with fisa?

how to get a better cup of coffee...

and pay less too. Interesting marketing lesson here as well.

unintentionally phallic logo awards

probably not safe for work.. then again.. they are unintentional

Friday, January 06, 2006

cnn reports on nsa bugging amanpour

"A senior us intelligence official tells us that our colleague Christianne Amanpour has never been targeted by the National Security Agency and nor has any other CNN journalist."

Which leaves the questions of why Andrea Mitchell asked the question of James Risen, and why NBC pulled the question from the transcripts?

True or not, (and it might still be who knows) it illustrates the dangers of Bush having a good reason to tap someone's phone, in this case Amanpour's news sources that may have terrorist ties. (In August 2002, Amanpour worked on a special that was billed as an inside view of al-Qaeda.) But the implications of who else may have been bugged in the process are pretty scary.

Still havent heard why getting the FISA courts approval (even 72 hrs after the fact) hinders the war on terror. Or, why the NYT disclosing the NSA was listening to phone calls illegally aids the terrorists. Wouldnt they assume we were listening? Doesn't anyone else remember hearing that OBL was using multiple cell phones to communicate so we couldn't trace him?
more here

Thursday, January 05, 2006

did bush bug clinton, clark, and kerry?

NBC's Andrea Mitchell was interviewing James Risen the NY times reporter who broke the story about Bush's domestic spying. She pointedly asked him "You don't have any information, for instance, that a very prominent journalist, Christiane Amanpour, might have been eavesdropped upon?"

Why would her phone be tapped? Amanpour as a reporter is expected to have spoken with both gov't officials and those that might have terrorist ties.
If she was tapped, anyone else that used her phone/computer at home or at work would also be using a tapped phone/computer.

Her husband has probably used the phone at home.
Amanpour is married to Jamie Rubin. Jamie Rubin was:
A Clinton administration senior official and a spokesman for the State Department.
Chief foreign policy adviser to General Wesley Clark's presidential campaign.
Senior national security adviser to John Kerry's presidential campaign.

Even odder still, NBC pulled the question from the transcript of the interview.
When asked why, they replied they're still investigating the issue.

read more about it on attytood and americablog

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

really nice website

Its for some artist portfolio.. but the interface is pretty unique...

Joe Smith: Common man, regular guy

Sutton Impact's Person of the Year

cool site... track politcal donations

who gave what to which candidate.
search by name or zip code

despite what you hear

Here is the list of who Abramoff gave money to, per Michael Petrelis' research:

$172,933 - Republican
$88,985 - special interest
total: $261,918

That's 229 donations and not a DIME to Democrats.
from americablog

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

best headline

The bad news is that Pete Townshend is going deaf.
The good news is that he is a third of the way to becoming a pinball wizard


Norman Solomon compared fellow Creators Syndicate columnist Bill O'Reilly to Joe McCarthy in a piece titled "Media New Year's Resolutions for 2006."

Solomon advised O'Reilly: "Carefully listen to the archival footage in [the movie] 'Good Night, and Good Luck.' If you don't notice your strong resemblance to Sen. Joseph McCarthy, ask someone who doesn't work for Fox to explain it to you."

Read the rest here.

you almost feel sorry for him

McClellan was against polls before he was for them

and how was abramoff caught?

a woman scorned

it really shouldnt be this much fun.....

but, they're really makin this easy.
Scott McClellan comments on an ongoing criminal investigation.
Note to MSM: Guess that rule's out the door.

Get yer programs here!

A comprehensive look at the potential scope of the “biggest scandal in Congress in over a century“:
Think Progress has the key players and its HUGE

Monday, January 02, 2006

Betty Boop - Minnie the Moocher (1931)

The famous Cab Calloway song and the cartoon icon

worth watching

Pants Pants Pants Full House video for "Fabio Salsa"

San Francisco's Laptop Indie Rock pioneers succeeded in re-shooting, scene for scene, and in excruciating detail, the entire opening sequences of season 1 and season 5 of the popular television show "Full House."

you need this

Theres a new vulnerability not patched by microsoft. It affects all versions of windows.
It doesnt matter if you use firefox internet explorer, safari or opera browsers.
You can be infected viewing a web page, reading an email or looking at an infected file on your computer. Antivirus helps some (updating it is always good).
Researchers say attackers use the entry point to install hidden programs that can launch pop-up ads or steal passwords and other sensitive information.

Yes .... it is that serious. You can read about it here

Unregister the DLL:

  • Click Start, click Run,
    type "regsvr32 -u%windir%\system32\shimgvw.dll"
    (without the quotation marks), and then click OK.

  • A dialog box appears to confirm that the un-registration process has succeeded. Click OK to close the dialog box.
Then download this patch:
  • Microsoft has not yet released a patch. An unofficial patch was made available by Ilfak Guilfanov. Our own Tom Liston reviewed the patch and we tested it. The reviewed and tested version is available here (now at v1.3, MD5: 14d8c937d97572deb9cb07297a87e62a), PGP signature (signed with ISC key) here. THANKS to Ilfak Guilfanov for providing the patch!!

  • Our current "best practice" recommendation is to both unregister the DLL and to use the unofficial patch.

    After you reboot , download and run the vulnerability checker.

    you ask for it

    he'll doodle it on a yellow pad
    yellow pad doodles

    Sunday, January 01, 2006

    So here's the question that every Democrat running for any office must answer:

    wow ... gotta read this. Mostly about voting issues in the US (which sound a little tinfoil-hatish at first, until you read the Diebold stuff) but has links to an article in The Financial Times about American foreign policy with quotes like this:

    "Under Mr Bush's presidency a new international community has begun to emerge but, rather than being aligned with the US, it is counterposed to it."

    'Downing Street Documents' - Confirmed and Corroborated!

    Brad Blog:
    Leaked Top-Secret British Documents Revealing Bush Intended to Launch a War on Iraq -- No Matter What -- Have Been Proven Legitimate and Correct.

    Video - William Safire: "I'm with the critics" - over warrantless wiretapping

    From Crooks and Liars
    "I was writing a speech on welfare reform, and the president looks at it and says, "OK, I'll go with it, but this is not going to get covered. Leak it as far an wide as you can beforehand. Maybe we'll get something in the paper." And so I go back to my office and I get a call from a reporter, and he wants to know about foreign affairs or something, and I said, "Hey, you want a leak? I'll tell you what the president will say tomorrow about welfare reform." And he took it down and wrote a little story about it. But the FBI was illegally tapping his phone at the time, and so they hear a White House speechwriter say, "Hey, you want a leak?" And so they tapped my phone, and for six months, every home phone call I got was tapped. I didn't like that. And when it finally broke--it did me a lot of good at the time, frankly, because then I was on the right side--but it told me how easy it was to just take somebody who is not really suspected of anything for any good reason and listen to every conversation in his home--you know, my wife talking to her doctor, my--everything."

    video here: Crooks and Liars

    18 Tricks to Teach Your Body

    Soothe a burn, cure a toothache, clear a stuffed nose...
    From Mens Health Magazine

    dc follies

    Countdown with Keith Olbermann of MSNBC
    presents "DC Follies"

    conservative commentator in a conservative paper.

    From a column in the Washington Post (practically the print version of fox news)
    Written by Bruce Fein, a former Associate Deputy Attorney General under President Reagan.

    "President Bush presents a clear and present danger to the rule of law"
    And that's the nicest part.

    sushi documentary

    I dont know.. its bizarre though..
    watch it here
    Sushi is awesome. Sushi is hot. Sushi is good. Sushi is tasty. Sushi is delicious. Sushi is fishy. Sushi sushi sushi sushi. Japanese people have one thing straight, and that's sushi.

    million dollar web page

    4 months ago in August, a college student in England decides to raise money for school. He takes his home page, divides it into a million pixels, and sells pixels for $1 each in groups of 100. After selling $1000 worth, he starts to issue press releases. Large corporations buy space and find its a great use of their advertising dollar. He's out of pixels, a million dollars richer, and hes getting job offers and approached by investors.