Friday, July 02, 2004
Better Off Dead?
Another pro-war argument down the crapper
As recently as Thursday, White House press secretary Scott McLellan proclaimed, "Saddam Hussein's regime has been removed from power, and the world is better off for that."
Vocal critics such as former U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix have been calling bullshit on that for months.
Now Bush's own General Accounting Office is blowing over his house of cards.
The GAO reports, via Knight-Ridder:
In a few key areas - electricity, the judicial system and overall security - the Iraq that America handed back to its residents Monday is worse off than before the war began last year.Well, gee. Good thing we at least took away their weapons of destruction! Oh, wait...
Bush Goes Green
His voice is like money.
Lost in Bush's economic pep rally today was this statement about energy policy:
We knew that if we were dependent upon foreign sources of energy it would create not only an economic security risk, but a national security risk. And so we proposed ways to increase conservation.Um, that's not what I remember. I remember him saying this: "We need an energy bill that encourages consumption."
Consumption, conservation. What's the diff?
Well, I feel heavy metal...
Google has suddenly begun offering a new spelling correction for "whopundit":
Did you mean: wahoo punditWahoo, indeed.
On a more serious note, jobs growth reports this month didn't keep up with population growth, let alone rampant predictions of 250,000. Bad news for the millions of unemployed, but hopeful news that Bush may soon join their ranks.
Thursday, July 01, 2004
Quiet is still the new loud
I'm downloading the forthcoming album by Kings of Convenience as we speak. I heard lead single "Misread" on KEXP, and it's fantastic.
But the first song on the album is even better. Called "Homesick," it evokes the finest moments of Simon and Garfunkel. All acoustic guitars and vocal harmony, it's a sound few bands really try to emulate anymore, as it leaves one's melodies and lyrics dangerously exposed. But what lyrics! Here's my transcription. Savor them, and look for the record, Riot on an Empty Street, when it hits record stores at the end of the month.
Kings of ConvenienceUpdate: Unfortunately, based on my first listen to the mp3s, the rest of the album isn't as good. A pity.
The Moonie Times and the Sorcerer of Arkansas
Panbillophobia: The fear that Clinton is everywhere
The Moonie Times on Harry Potter:
Bill Clinton is such a repulsive subject I never thought I would ever write about him again after he was replaced by a man of decency and integrity in the White House. Yet the sight of all those women lining up to buy his book, to get that book autographed by a serial abuser of women, like prostitutes idolizing their abusive pimp, is sadly illustrative of a bizarre truth.What does this red-faced rant have to do with a beloved hero of children's literature, you ask? You know what to do: just click here.
(More at Atrios and Campaign Desk.)
Wednesday, June 30, 2004
You Can't Hide Your Lying Lies
It's been a long day, and I hate the fucking Eagles
First off, sorry I've been away for a few days. I moved, and the cable guy only today restored my connection. So, sorry.
Secondly, did the Iranians get to Nicholas Kristof, too? He wrote a great series of columns describing that country's political state. Then he returned to domestic politics and, today, wrote something completely nonsensical.
You see, liberals shouldn't call Bush a liar. Bush is a misleader, not a liar, he explains. Here comes the money quote:
Indeed, there's some evidence that Mr. Bush carefully avoids the most blatant lies.Uh, yeah. I'm glad there's at least "some evidence" a president avoids "blatant lies." Pass the Kool-Aid! (Via Poor Man via Atrios)
In other news, how ugly is Pitchfork's new design? About as ugly as Comic Book Store Guy, one imagines. Here's a scathing critique. (Thanks once again to Steve Gozdecki.)