Uncivil Discourse

Because civility is overrated.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Some Things Just Bring A Tear To Your Eye

Commenter McMartin points us to this beautiful piece of White Girl in Trouble News. It's too damned perfect.

And yes, I know updates have been sporadic. It's because life's goddamned busy. Hopefully I can update more soon, but really, time is better spent at a strip club than worrying about it overly.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Blah

Today's blogging time was eaten up by Liberal Masturbation With Alcohol, always known as Drinking Liberally. More will come tomorrow.

But in the meantime, here's a joke: What does Bush think of Roe v. Wade?

Answer: He doesn't give a fuck how you get out of New Orleans.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Maybe Getting Sodomized With A Microphone Isn't Enough For Bill O'Reilly

Eric Alterman watches Fox Nooz, and gets this tidbit:

Bill O'Reilly, deaf and blind to the obvious class implications of the pre-flood exodus, speculated, "A lot of the people who stayed wanted to do this destruction" and wondered why "looters" were not being shot on sight.
I'm just waiting for this demented, ranting, spitting, jackass with the ability to put forward the most idiotic fucking ideas as if they were perfectly reasonable to start eating kittens in a valient effort to raise his share already. It's coming soon!

He also spots Fred Barnes making Richard Baker look like a sane son of a bitch, as opposed to a fucking insane tidbit one just removed from one's ass over the course of a rather violent and bloody shit: "They know they're going to flood. And when these things happen, they want the taxpayers all over the country to pay, and they do."

Almost makes me glad I don't have cable.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Speech Away

Doghouse Riley has what seems to be the best response to Bush's speech, so go read.

Worst TV Ever

So over the past few days, I caught part of the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearings on John "Peppermint Patty" Roberts. And dear sweet god, was it painful. It's not just that one got nothing out of substance between Senators prattling and Roberts' refusal to answer any questions on the grounds that he's not as mindblowingly stupid as Antonin Scalia. It's not even that, watching it, one would think that Roberts' only personality trait is that he's humble. It was more like trying to watch a boxing match that you don't have money on and where you know the better prizefighter is going to either go down in the 5th or he's going to have his balls cut off: pathetic, sad, and frustrating.

Cause, see, on Tuesday, you had Joe Biden refusing to let Roberts answer his questions, knowing that not only was he not going to, but that it wasn't going to matter a whit anyway. Chuck Schumer and Dianne Feinstein were reduced to stating that they just don't know how they're going to vote, and how they really just wanted to get to know John Roberts the man, who is apparently so very, very, very humble (his judicial philosophy also consists of "I'm humble"). Schumer also had a spectacular ramble about movies and how some people liked Casablanca on Wednesday that highlighted the completely irrelevance of it all, and how it's just a formality on the road to Bush's packing the Court. Ted Kennedy? He talked about Katrina.

But, oh dear god, the Republicans were even more idiotic than is their norm. Lindsey Graham used some of his question time to ask John Roberts why we as a nation won't support our President in this time of national crisis. Tom Coburn, well, he did the crossword, cried, and asked if the opposite of being dead was being alive. And so on, and so forth, just as it always was.

I think I'd rather have watched Survivor. At least that game's not rigged. Here, it's like watching porn with the word "anal" in the title. You know there's going to be some assfucking. It's not even an issue of when, it's going to happen soon, and it's going to happen a lot.

Though, if we could vote Senators off the Judiciary Committee, it would be a massive improvement. It might, in fact, be the best reality show ever. Can't you just see it? And now, I need to run, but later, I'll post my order of who should get voted then.

But mind you, it will be void of specifics, it will refuse to commit to anything, it will be irrelevant, it will go on and on at length about irrelevant things, and most of all, it will be humble, because it's related to the Judiciary Committe's hearing of John Roberts, and you have to write your subject.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

So...

I was going to post tonight about labor, etc, but jesus fuck, it's been a long day. So that'll have to wait. Tomorrow morning, though, delayed reflections on the Roberts hearing, or why the Judiciary Committee would be a lot more fun to watch if we could fucking vote Senators off at the end of every session.

Surprisingly enough, Coburn wouldn't be the first one off if I had my way.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Just A Quick Question

Whose goddamned idea was it to put Tom Coburn on the Judiciary Committee, and why hasn't their head been put on a pike yet? This is a man who asked a Supreme Court nominee today if the opposite of being dead is alive.

And why the hell did Roberts pause before answering that question?

Monday, September 12, 2005

Freedom Day And Other Things

Jesus shit and goddamn, am I still riding my Freedom Day high. I wasn't able to attend the hoedown of a Freedom Walk, but man, would I have given anything to commemorate our "freedom." If there's one thing George Bush's America has taught us, living here and being able to speak our minds and practicing our own religion isn't celebrating our freedom, unless we're sacrificing by shopping and stuff. Any more fun and they'd have to call it a Freedom Rave, complete with X-using bitches liquid dancing. Getting serenaded by Clint Black, seeing Donnie Rumsfeld, being out there with a few thousand other freedom lovers who all pre-registered online...nothing says "spontaneous celebration of freedom" like that, does it? I know the first thing that came to mind were historic events like King's March on DC or Vietnam Veterans Against the War's DC protest. Ok, ok, enough sarcasm. DrPepper over at the Daily Pepper finds himself reminded of Robespierre's Festival of the Supreme Being.

Digby had previous referred to this as the "Triumph of Will" march; Billmon compared it to tributes to Fearless Leader. Of course, he meant in North Korea, but that seems a perfectly apt name for Li'l Bushie the Pilot. And truly, isn't that what was being celebrated here? This band of assclowns (and, why yes, they are no talent) that didn't come close to closing out the Taliban or cornering Osama bin Laden through their own ineptitude? That banked so much on our troops drowning in thrown flowers and sweets by the Iraqi populace that they forgot to do a little thing like "securing the country" or "winning hearts and minds"? That has done all they can to use the Constitution as toilet paper here at home while being apparently unable to forsee one of the most obvious natural catastrophes that was facing us? Shit, this isn't Triumph of the Will, it's Triumph of the Moronic Inept Jackasses Who Couldn't Guide Their Penis Into An Open And Willing Pussy. I suppose that doesn't acronym nicely, though.

Jesus shit and goddamn, what a day Freedom Day was. There's nothing like a good dose of Orwell to liven up American society, is there?

Other things from last weekish:

1) Kanye West is a fucking badass. Finally, here we have a man who's not worried about saying shit. It's not the whole story that George Bush doesn't care about black people, sure, but this ain't a class issue. In 2000 and 2004, the Republican Party didn't try to disenfranchise poor white voters. There are a good number of Republicans -- not all, not most, but a good number -- who would rather screw themselves then give money to help blacks. Abortion isn't the only reason poor whites support the Republicans, y'know. Race is a part of the issue. Let's not be goddamned Marxists.

So yeah, we can talk about if Kanye is right or not til the cows come home. But he's gonna make us talk, just like he's gonna make rappers talk about how their attitude towards gays is not all that different from people's attitudes towards blacks 50 years ago, or even to a good extent today. That Kanye's doing something right should be evidenced by the fact that his mike didn't work at a later telethon, while he was trying to perform "Jesus Walks." If you like rap, Kanye's new album is a triumph, go buy it. If not, go buy it anyway to make up for one offended white suburban soccer mom who cares more about someone saying something he knows is inflammatory to express himself than someone like Faith Hill not even considering that what she does might be offensive.

2) Rehnquist kicking the bucket: I only have one thing to say about this. It should've fucking happened six years ago. And now, we go through replacing Sandra Day O'Connor again. Lovely. Maybe this time it'll be horsewomen of the right-wing apocolypse Edith Jones.

I can't say I hope he had a comfortable death. Though, still, Rehnquist is preferable as Chief Justice to Roberts: he was less of a nutjob, and wasn't completely a partisan hack.

Tomorrow's post'll be on the sorry state of the labor movement in this country.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Happy Freedom Day

Been having issues that prevented me from posting. More on Freedom Day later, though.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Leading Ain't Easy But Somebody's Gotta Do It

Blondesense Liz makes the appropriate comparison for our fucking smirking little organ grinder's monkey president's reaction to Nawlins becoming a part of Lake Pontchartrain. It's My Pet Goat, all over again, but worse, man. The sinking of a great, and quite possibly the most unique, American city couldn't pry the man away from his "working vacation" until his handlers applied a crowbar. It was more fucking difficult than separating a crack addict from his pipe. He did so much work on his vacation, in fact, that he couldn't be bothered to look at, y'know, ANYTHING, including Fox Nooz, or talk to anyone, or he might have realized that everyone and the bitches they were fucking knew the levees might very well break.

Oh, but Bush went far beyond revealing his own stupidity. He tried playing the "I feel your pain" card, saying "I fully understand people wanting things to have happened yesterday...I understand the anxiety of people on the ground."

No, you dumb coke-snorting son of a bitch, you don't understand shit. This is a man who has never wanted for anything in his life, who was given everything on a silver platter. This is a man who has never had to face consequences for any of the horrible decisions he's made. If Bush had been a resident of New Orleans, he could've hired some of them uppity lootin' negroes to carry him out of the city on their shoulders. He would've been one of the first out of the city, having his stuff shipped over to Houston, and he would've gone skiing in Colorado. See, when Bill Clinton talked about feeling people's pain -- well, shit, you know the poor son of a single mother did. It doesn't work when you're the rich son of a former CIA Director and President, and man for whom "need" only referred to alcohol and cocaine.

Bush's lack of understanding, though, goes oh so much deeper. He doesn't get that "President" is more than a title. Presidents lead. Or at least they try to. This man has not once, in 4 years, tried to lead anything. After being told America was under attack, he continued to read a children's book. He took his self-proclaimed War on Terror so seriously that he asked Americans to sacrifice, well, jack shit, other than their dignity. After what may well be the worst natural disaster to hit the United States, he kept doing, well, whatever the fuck it is he does.

So you know what? Fuck George W. Bush. Fuck every goddamned last pundit and newspaper writer who're focusing on looters. People are dying in the streets for want of food and water, having done nothing but be poor. Stealing a TV is nothing compared to trying to change that subject and being too self-absorbed and clueless to lead when it's your goddamned job. Score another victory in the Global Struggle to Embarass America.

Sure, he might be the President. But this country has no president. And if Congress had any integrity whatsoever, they'd be debating if a gross failure to do the job is an impeachable offense. It may well not be. But it's a moot point, isn't it? We're a country led by no one. New Orleans is just the icing on that cake.

Additionally, our good friend Anntichrist S. Coulter, who's doing her best to help out the poorest of the poor in New Orleans, posted this message from a friend of hers. Read and be pissed off.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

I'm Turning Red

You know it was coming, didn't you? Oh yes, once the event was announced, this was inevitable. That's right -- during Save Iraq Tour 2005, George W. Bush has outdone himself in the Global Struggle To Embarass America.

It wasn't his claim that Iraq's struggle to work on a constitution, one that allows freedom of speech and press so long as it does not "violate...public morality, was just like ours, which only says that in the fevered dreams of James Dobson. Let alone, of course, the dreadful disanalogies of the entire goddamned thing.

No, now Bush has done far, far worse -- he's claiming al-Qaeda are Nazis and the Iraqi insurgents are the minions of Tojo. As he said yesterday (fuck it, I haven't gone to sleep yet: it's still the 31st as far as I'm concerned), "As freedom advances across a troubled part of the world, it is once again opposed by fanatical adherence of a murderous ideology. And once again, the stakes are high. Now, as then, our enemies have made their fight a test of American credibility and resolve. Now, as then, they are trying to intimidate free people and break our will. And now, as then, they will fail."

The corollaries, of course, are that those of us who say "Hey, wait a second..." to this particular adventure, which resembles the way the British governed a few of their colonies informally with every passing day, are roughly the equivalent of the isolationists of the time, and that Bush is Franklin D. Roosevelt (or so he wishes; let's see that son of a bitch win a third term).

Last I recall, though, FDR didn't send troops into battle without armor. He didn't try to send fewer troops than his advisors said he needed when enough were there. He sure as hell hasn't raised taxes to get more and better equipment to troops. And, well, this is all moot, because FDR didn't attack Britain to get revenge on Japan for bombing Pearl Harbor.

George W. Bush is a walking poster child for why children should have to learn history well or not at all. Add that to the list, I suppose, given that he's only seen enough of science to know it's supposed to explain stuff, and only enough of government to know that he nominates Supreme Court justices. Who knows what levels of embarassment we'll stoop to when he remembers further tidbits from when he was pretending to pay attention in various classes so he wouldn't get his slacker ass booted out of school? It would surely be a victory in the continuing GSTEA, though, whatever it is.

Rapng Republicans

A while ago, the Rude Pundit advocated raping Republicans in quite a literal sense (I believe he also reiterated this in his highly successful live show). I'm all for raping the shit out of conservative America, but first, we must try to do so verbally.

Of course, we haven't. We continue to kowtow to their agenda while going at each other in a manner reminscient of celebrations of Bacchus. Pepper catches Kos in the midst of such an act. Howard Dean says Republicans are the party of white Christians, despite being a party that opposes affirmative action and embraces the religious right like Jim West embraces young boys , and what's the result? Howie apologizes for perhaps putting things too indelicately for Republican constitutions -- the same constitutions that were a-ok with this slanderous shit. The list, of course, goes on and on. But instead of trying to take back the terms of the discourse, supposed leaders of the grassroots left like Kos react, well, like Kos tends to react when someone doesn't fall in line.

This is, of course, entirely counterproductive. In the meantime, Republicans are out there making the word "liberal" the worst label this side of "terrorist." And it's going to take something shocking, at this point, to change our behavior and theirs. Something that, whenever it's displayed on one of those insipid Sunday morning political talk shows or, god forbid, CNN, makes Michael Powell shit himself in agony. It's time to call a motherfucker a motherfucker. It's time to talk, in graphic, graphic detail, about how Republicans are fucking the shit out of the anus that is this country, about how Karl Rove is nothing more than a pathetic old man who enjoys making others suffer to mask his own insecurities over his small, small penis. Let's call the Minutemen what they are -- needledicked, paranoid, overcompensating dipshits. Haley Barbour, with his talk about how Hurricane Katrina is "our tsunami," is a white supremacist stooge who, if there existed a just God, would have been gutted like a fish, while alive, a long time ago. Anyone who wants the 2008 presidential nomination should be up there saying Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell should have dildos covered with ant bait shoved up their ass and a colony positioned with ready access. The politics needs a-changing, after all, and as Talib Kweli put it, language is immersed in vulgarity as it is.

And if that doesn't work, if it's not enough, then shit, I've got dibs on Michelle Malkin's asshole.