More on the F-word

Ken AshfordBush & Co.Leave a Comment

A little over a week ago, I wrote a post about the F-word ("fascism") being used to describe the Bush Administration by a prominent conservative magazine.

Was it just mudflinging . . . or is there something to the notion that we are heading into a fascist era?

This flash animation makes a compelling argument that we are indeed seeing the earmarks of a fascist state.

From the Producers of “The Swift Boat Veterans for *cough* Truth *cough*”…

Ken AshfordBush & Co., Sex/Morality/Family Values, Social Security1 Comment

… comes the latest in surreal conservative propaganda. And it is a doosy.

AARP: Anti-military. Pro Gay. Therefore, we should privatize social security.

This is a copy of the the ad being run by USANext, the conservative alternative to AARP (when you click the actual ad, you are taken to USANext‘s home page). 2

There’s no article or argument as to WHY the AARP is supposedly anti-military or pro-gay. They just . . . um . . . ARE . . . I guess.

Meanwhile get the scoop on USANext here.

I have no problem with there being an alternative to the AARP (although I’m not inclined to think of the AARP as anti-military, pro-gay), but really — a front for the pharma industry? How stupid do conservatives think our senior citizens are?

Disconcerting News

Ken AshfordHealth CareLeave a Comment

WASHINGTON – The Earth may be on the brink of a worldwide epidemic from a bird flu virus that may mutate to become as deadly and infectious as viruses that killed millions during three influenza pandemics of the 20th century, a federal health official said Monday.

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"The science here is all alerting us that we have a great deal to be concerned about," she said.

The CDC chief said her agency is getting ready for a possible pandemic next year.

Read the whole thing.

Bush’s “Schtick”

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Gotta love it. From the NY Times article on the newly-discovered Bush tapes:

He refused to answer reporters’ questions about his past behavior, he said, even though it might cost him the election. Defending his approach, Mr. Bush said: "I wouldn’t answer the marijuana questions. You know why? Because I don’t want some little kid doing what I tried."

Isn’t that the height of arrogance? Does Bush actually think that kids will try marijuana because HE did it? Like . . . of ALL the people that kids want to emulate, he’s #1?!?

He mocked Vice President Al Gore for acknowledging marijuana use. "Baby boomers have got to grow up and say, yeah, I may have done drugs, but instead of admitting it, say to kids, don’t do them," he said…

Because "just say no" worked so well in the 1980’s, I guess.

Anyway, instead of that message being sent, the message received is "It’s okay to do drugs, just so long as you don’t admit to doing them, so you can then tell others how bad drugs are."

When Mr. Wead warned that he had heard reporters talking about Mr. Bush’s "immature" past, Mr. Bush said, "That’s part of my schtick, which is, look, we have all made mistakes."

Schtick?!? That’s Yiddish for "gimmick", isn’t it? Here’s a nice example of more schtick . . .

Preparing to meet Christian leaders in September 1998, Mr. Bush told Mr. Wead, "As you said, there are some code words. There are some proper ways to say things, and some improper ways."

So . . . a man of principle? Or a class-A panderer relying on gimmicks and proper wordsmithing? You be the judge.

Hypocrisy of the Right – Part III

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From the comments at Body and Soul via Sisyphus Shrugged:

See, me, I’m fine with his being gay. Hell, I’m fine with him being a prostitute, if that’s what he needs to do to live.

What I want to see, and what thankfully I am seeing, is all of the right-wing pundits roaring anathema on left-wing blogs because by not recognizing that bringing up Jeff Gannon’s business (which, you know, he did advertise all over the internet) the left is showing hypocrisy and homophobia and not letting him have the privacy which he has every right to. Anyone who wouldn’t just tactfully not mention Jeff Gannon’s sideline is a gay-hating ignorant bad person.

I’m sure it comes as quite a shock to the twenty-something percent of the voters who came out and supported their guy because he was going to put it to all those terrible gay people that their opinion makers think so little of them.

The right has for years justified taking children away from gay women with nine to five jobs and not letting gay men adopt by trotting out the same footage of the mardi gras style parades in San Francisco and saying see? These people are freaks. You can’t let these people think they’re as good as we are. Society is going to fall down and go boom if we don’t put these people in their place.

Well then, fine. Y’all go ahead and explain to me why a woman who’s a good mother and a responsible citizen has lost her right to raise her children because and only because she loves another woman but Jeff Gannon, who peddles his ass to other men, is above reproach because

Because what?

What I don’t like about Jeff Gannon is his politics and his dishonesty. What the right is in an uproar about is what he does with his genitals behind closed doors.

Fine. Tell all the nice values voters why that’s something we shouldn’t penalize a person for. It’s an open book test. You can copy stuff off of every liberal blog in town.

Hypocrisy of the Right – Part II

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Eason Jordon believed that U.S. soldiers were targetting journalists. Ann "It’s Time for the New McCarthyism" Coulter wants U.S. soldiers to target journalists.

Eason Jordon’s statement is made in a closed-door symposium with relatively few listeners. He retracts it almost immediately.

Ann Coulter’s statement was made on national television to untold millions of listeners. She never retracts it.

Eason Jordon is compelled to resign as a result of his statement.

Ann Coulter gets booked on television, and gets asked back, as a result of her statement.

Right Wing blogosphere reaction to Eason Jordon: Pack mentality, and blood-revenge.

Right Wing blogosphere reaction to Ann Coulter: [crickets, a sagebrush blows in the wind, a dog barks in the distant, more crickets]

I’m just sayin’ . . .

Hypocrisy of the Right – Part I

Ken AshfordIraq, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

If the Clinton Adminstration had done something like this . . .

U.S. diplomats and intelligence officers are conducting secret talks with Iraq’s Sunni insurgents on ways to end fighting there, Time magazine reported yesterday, citing Pentagon and other sources.

… the right wingers would run the word "appeaser" into the ground.

But it is Bush, so they don’t. Hypocrisy of the right.

Of course, what you THINK is happening isn’t ACTUALLY happening, according to the Bush Administration:

The Bush administration has said it would not negotiate with Iraqi fighters and there is no authorized dialogue, but the United States is having "back-channel" communications with certain insurgents, unidentified Washington and Iraqi sources told the magazine.

I guess that’s why the right wing blogosphere isn’t calling Bush an "appeaser". Because Bush isn’t "officially" negotiating with terrorists. He’s only unofficially negotiating with terrorists, and that’s okay.

We Told You So (Again)

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And yet again:

The insurgency in Iraq continues to baffle the U.S. military and intelligence communities, and the U.S. occupation has become a potent recruiting tool for al Qaeda and other terrorist groups, top U.S. national security officials told Congress yesterday.

"Islamic extremists are exploiting the Iraqi conflict to recruit new anti-U.S. jihadists," CIA Director Porter J. Goss told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

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Meanwhile, new CIA Director Porter Goss told the Senate Intelligence Committee the Iraq war was giving terrorists experience and contacts for future attacks, and FBI Director Robert Mueller expressed worry that a sleeper operative in the U.S. may have been in place for years, awaiting orders for an attack.

Sleep tight, kiddies.

Mmmmmm. What will the winger response be:

  1. "You aren’t going to trust U.S. intelligence, are you?"
  2. "What are you saying? Are you saying that you love Islamofascists? Well, the why don’t you go join them since you obviously love them so much?" (followed by the K-I-S-S-I-N-G "up in a tree" song)
  3. "WaPo lies. The truth resides at Powerline and Free Republic."
  4. "Look! Over there! A professor I never heard of said something really BAD! And Oliver Willis is fat!"
  5. "It’s Clinton’s fault."

Bat Boy the Musical the Movie

Ken AshfordPopular Culture1 Comment

Word comes from our dear friend Miss Emily Mark — who apparently doesn’t have a website yet (*ahem!*) — that they are making Bat Boy into a movie.  She don’t lie.  We have a special affinity for that show.

John Landis is slated to direct.  No word on casting yet.  But if you are out there Mr Landis, may I recommend Ms. Mark?   She’s really good, and not doing much at the moment . . .

Kill the Wabbit, kill the wabbit . . .

Ken AshfordCrimeLeave a Comment

Somebody asked me if this — a guy threatening to kill a bunny unless he receives $50,000 — is legal. It sounds like it oughta be illegal, doesn’t it? But I racked my legal brain and, off the top of my head, I couldn’t find any reason why it is against the law. Unless of course, he doesn’t meet his goal and doesn’t kill the rabbit . . . in which case he may have committed fraud.

Life Imitates Python

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An indignant Israeli is suing a pet shop that he says sold him a dying parrot, reports the Ma’ariv newspaper. Itzik Simowitz of the southern city of Beersheba contends the shop cheated him because the Galerita-type cockatoo not only failed to utter a word when he got it home, but was also extremely ill. Mr. Simowitz adds that the shop owner assured him the parrot was not ill but merely needed time to adjust to its new environment.

(Source) Or pinin’ for the fjords, perhaps.