Monday, August 27, 2007

Post-Gonzo Planning

Glenn Greenwald on what the so-called opposition party need to do in the wake of Fredo's departure if they hope to restore a semblance of accountability to this government. Will it happen? Based on the the Dems' valiant history of caving, caving, and caving some more (and that's just since they've had the majority!), computer says "no."

Gonzo is Gonzo

Embattled Attorney General Resigns

Given both Gonzales' and Bush's obstinate "Ain't goin' nowhere" stance in the face of ever-increasing scrutiny over the past few months, I have to admit that this too, like Rove's resignation, caught me off-guard.

That being said, let's hop in the Wayback Machine and look at what I wrote when former AG John Ashcroft resigned in '04:
I have a feeling a lot of people are going to be rejoicing over this news, but I'm a little leary of who BushCo is going to pull out of their hat to fill in the ranks. Forgive my pessimism, but this administration's history can be summed up in various permutations of bad and worse.
We all know how that shook out, so here I sit waiting, again, for that other shoe.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Recommended Reading

Fred Kaplan of Slate breaks down Rudy Giuliani's recent foreign policy manifesto for Foreign Affairs magazine, and gives us yet another reason why "America's Mayor" is about the worst choice possible for the next president.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Smile.

Say hello to the Joker, 2008 model, as played by Heath Ledger, and as seen in next summer's The Dark Knight. All I can say is that it's certainly a switch from the popularized Cesar Romero/Jack Nicholson version of the character that most people are probably familiar with, and while I don't have have any strong feelings either way, I can definitely see this getting under the skins of the more dedicated fanboys out there. I'm just curious as to what the in-story explanation is for his pasty complexion. Guess we'll all find out next year.

For a boatload of production stills from the flick, jump on over to Dark Horizons and check 'em out (unless the lawyers at WB have had 'em pulled by the time you read this...).

Monday, August 13, 2007

Recommended Reading

Jonathan Alter, columnist for Newsweek and a regular contributer to Countdown with Keith Olbermann, sums up what precisely it means to you, me, and Joe Blow, that Congress, with the willful acquiescence of the Democratic so-called opposition, last week authorized a revision to the FISA domestic surveillance law, effectively taking a whiz on the Constitution in the process.

Out of the frying pan...

Just when you think world opinion of the US can't sink any lower, here comes Joe Conason at Salon to break it down for us:
In his rhetoric, the president usually seeks to distinguish the religion of Islam, which he has honored in the White House on many occasions, from the murderous perversion of that faith. And in his best moments after 9/11, he has defended the rights of Muslim Americans to live here without suffering persecution or prejudice.

Perhaps Bush's efforts deserve to be dismissed as little more than lip service, but semantics matter. The Republicans most likely to win their party's presidential nomination constantly use language that is meant to inflame anger against Muslims for political advantage.

I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm shocked -- shocked -- that Republicans would stoop to such tactics.

Flushed Turd

Karl Rove to Resign At the End of August

Wow. I genuinely can't say I saw this one coming. Not sure what it portends for the junta one way or the other, but there it is.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Chicagoing

The soup, as they say, is on. I know posting has been a little infrequent this summer, mainly due to my hectic course load, but it's gonna be just about non-existent for the next two weeks, as I head to the Midwest to visit the family and for some much-needed R & R. I may not be in until the 23rd, but feel free to hang out. Just remember to turn the lights out when you leave.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Recommended Reading

If it wasn't so darn serious, it'd be comical how Alberto Gonzales manages to stay in his job after his (take your pick) lying, incompetence, malfeasance, and just general obstinacy, all in violation of his oath to the Constitution, and all mandated by his buddy from Texas. Well, if you're wondering why the heck he's still around as A.G., look no further than this article from Sidney Blumenthal that lays bare the elaborate machinery at work here, and why Gonzales' presence at its center is so integral for BushCo.