Friday, July 16, 2004

 
Falwell Fucks Up
Tax laws got Al Capone, too

Delicious schadenfreude from the AP:

A religious watchdog group claims the Rev. Jerry Falwell has violated his church's tax-exempt status by endorsing President Bush and urging followers to donate to a conservative political action campaign.

...

In a newsletter sent to supporters July 1, Falwell wrote:

"For conservative people of faith, voting for principle this year means voting for the re-election of George W. Bush."

...

In a document sent to officials at the Republican and Democratic national committees last month, the director of the IRS's exempt organizations division, Steven T. Miller, said religious leaders are strictly prohibited from politicking as spokespeople for the church.

"Leaders cannot make partisan comments in official organization publications or at official organization functions, including official church publications and functions," Miller wrote.
Busted!

- Marc

Thursday, July 15, 2004

 
9/11, Episode II: Attack of the Queers!
Who's the more foolish: the fool or the fool who follows him?

By now you've probably heard what Pennsylvania congressman and professional bigot Rick Santorum said about the failed Federal Marriage Amdendment yesterday:

Isn’t that the ultimate homeland security, standing up and defending marriage?
Via Brad DeLong, Angry Bear points out the meaning of "ultimate homeland security"; in other words, stopping gay marriage is more important to Rickypoo than capturing Osama bin Laden or intercepting intelligence about possible terrorist attacks.

A picture is worth a grand or so. And Angry Bear delivers the goods:

Santorum would rather stop THIS...



...than THIS.



Oh, Rick. You're a beautiful boy on a beautiful dance floor. And I like you even less than I like Scottish poseurs Franz Ferdinand. There, I said it.

- Marc

P.S. Am I allowed to say "queers" these days? I read it all the time in the Village Voice. But then, I'm not that hip. Feel free to flame me (am I allowed to say THAT?) if I'm being insensitive.
 
Damned If You Do...
Why even get out of bed in the morning?

Matthew Yglesias makes a chillingly depressing (and correct) point:

So if we are attacked again, what do we do? Law enforcement and intelligence work, AL suggests, which I think is right. But the current tenor of the political campaign strongly suggests that hawks are afraid John Kerry will offer a merely law enforcement and intelligence oriented response to future attacks. See what I'm getting at?
Um, I'm going to get back to enjoying life and going to Disney World. That's too much for me to think about. Let's hope Kerry has a better answer to this than mine, which is to curl up in a fetal position and hope an Evan Dando-like drug buddy will walk in and make everything OK. I know a place that's safe and warm...

- Marc

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

 
File Under: Not Really Surprised

Just follow this link, print, carry in your wallet, and disperse as needed whenever you see those freshly scrubbed lads and lasses downtown trying to recruit you to sign up Nader to get on your state's ballot. Then ask them why they are so into him. Honestly, what's the appeal of Nader at this point, and who are these volunteers? I understood it when he was the Green Party candidate (and I voted for him, in fact, in uncontested New York State). The Greens have a network of tie-dyed old hippie ladies and Birkenstocked college chapters and everything. But Nader running as a complete loner? Are all these volunteers I see Ralph's nieces and nephews?

--Fritz
 
Feeling Foxy

Wonkette has published 30 emails, leaked by the makers of the documentary "Outfoxed," from Fox News chief John Moody to his staff. The emails purported prove the top-down direction of the news coverage of, specifically, the recent War in Iraq. And dammit all if they don't.

Whopundit reports (okay, okay, technically Wonkette reports). You decide.

Fritz

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

 
If It Feels Good, Lie About It
Bush: My fellow Americans, go Cheney yourselves!

Bush just kept yapping in Marquette, Mich., today:

We're changing the culture of America from one that has said, if it feels good, do it.
Cheney's explanation for his silly little curse word:

I expressed myself rather forcefully, felt better for having done it.
B-b-b-but -- but -- Bush said that's not a good reason to do things! Holy cognitive dissonance, Batman.

Maureen Dowd, as usual, captured the situation a few days ago with the cleverest wit: "Hey, if it feels good, Dick, do it."

- Marc
 
Et Tu, Mooch?
As if destroying the 49ers wasn't enough...

I thought only I hated Detroit Lions coach Steve Mariucci for presiding over the re-mediocritization of my beloved San Francisco 49ers.

Then I read Bush's remarks today from Marquette, Mich.:

I appreciate being introduced by Steve Mariucci. (Applause.) Yes! Do you know what he said to me? He said, you get reelected, and I'm bringing the Lions to the White House. (Applause.) And if anybody can lead that group of men, he can. He's a fine man. I'm proud to call him friend. I know you're proud to call him citizen of the UP. Thank you, Steve, for coming. I'm proud to -- proud you're here. (Applause.)
Mooch, you've got some 'splaining to do. And did I mention you're a really crappy coach?

- Marc
 
Rock Over London, Rock on D.C.
George Walker Bush: the next Wesley Willis?

Today PopMatters published my review of Bushspeak, a new CD of Bush's "curious wit and wisdom."

The gist:

In the annals of outsider recordings, an obscure Texas poet named George Walker Bush seems poised for canonization.

Like Daniel Johnston or Wesley Willis, Bush possesses an austere naïveté. His malapropism-ridden words open up worlds of expression that more technically proficient artists can never duplicate.

Unlike other childlike performers, however, Bush laces his whimsical self-expression with dark humor worthy of Joseph Heller, paranoia reminiscent of Franz Kafka, and enough fear and loathing for another Hunter S. Thompson book.
The truth will set you free.

- Marc

Monday, July 12, 2004

 
JFK Echoes JFK
Kerry waxes surprisingly eloquent

Today Kerry said the single best thing I've ever heard him say:

[T]he job of the presidency is not to look for the lowest common denominator of American politics by which you can divide and win for a few; it's to find the highest common denominator of American politics and unite and win for the many.
Savor that. Something about the cadences, the sentence structure, and, yes, the substance echoes some of the sentences that we look upon as our cultural heritage as Americans.

Think "Ask not what your country can do for you..." or "We hold these truths to be self-evident."

It's a far cry from our current president's most memorable locutions, ranging from "dead or alive" to "bring 'em on" to "fool me, you can't get fooled again."

Wow. If Kerry keeps talking this way, perhaps the pundits on high will let him shed his "Anyone But Bush" label and acknowledge that, yes, Americans can get excited over John Forbes Kerry. Mr. Bush, meet History.

- Marc
 
Republicans for Bigger Government
The paradox of social conservatism continues

From a New York Times article today on gay marriage:
"The political side of the gay marriage conversation is once again, John Kerry says something and his words are just empty," said Nicolle Devenish, the communications director for Mr. Bush's re-election campaign. "He says he thinks marriage is between men and women, but he has never backed a policy to make that so. He has never once supported a policy to make it law."
Isn't that the whole crux of this election? Bush is against abortion personally, so no one should be allowed to have any abortions. Bush is against gays personally, so no gay person should ever be allowed to be in love. Kerry has beliefs about these issues but, as a responsible adult, is able to set his personal convictions aside to keep the ship of state sailing smoothly and justly.

The point is, if you want a president whose every passing whim will become enshrined in the Constitution to deprive you of your liberty, vote for Bush. He may take our lives, and he will also take our freedom.

- Marc

Sunday, July 11, 2004

 
My Letter To Herr Krauthammer
Doc, stop self-prescribing, you quack!

Re: this hate-filled column

Dear Sir,

You feign concern that liberals cannot fall on a single specific reason for Bush's using 9/11 to launch a misguided war in Iraq, a war that once again today yet another body has confirmed was begun under false pretenses. Fair enough -- if your mind is too little to follow the many possible reasons, that's all too human.

Yet you have no such troubles with the "anti-American left." Why, exactly, do you assume that Michael Moore hates America? I cannot speak for all of his points, and I certainly have major problems with various moments in his films. He's an entertainer, not a political figure, and that's certainly part of a disturbing trend.

But let's imagine, you and I, just for a moment, that the liberals who criticize your beloved President do so not because they are anti-American but because they are JUST AS PATRIOTIC AS YOU. I know, that may be shocking. Unless you are just faking your vitriol.

If liberals are patriotic (bear with me, cowboy), then perhaps you can see how they would be upset that, in such a dangerous time, an American President took advantage of our precarious situation to put us in even greater danger. Our troops are over-extended in a country that had no WMD. Afghastian is still chaotic; the Taliban still commits attacks.

How exactly does one condemn as "anti-American" attacks on a president who has made America less safe?

Say what you will about Hans Blix. I'd say picking on his statements just proves how small-minded you are. Bush has said far crazier things, and he's actually important. Lay off the Kool-Aid....

Best,
Marc
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Dept. of Disingenuousness
Anyone who opposes me is evil

Bush on Friday, making me puke yet again like only tequila usually can:
The best way to make sure our people find work and keep work is to reelect a pro-growth, pro-entrepreneur, pro-small business, pro-farmer President, George W. Bush. (Applause.)
I don't even know where to begin with this one. But basically he's saying that his opponents are anti-growth? Anti-entrepreneur? Anti-small business? Anti-farmer? ANTI-AMERICAN???!!!!

Mr. President, it's time you go back to Iraq where you belong. Seriously. This agression will not stand, dude.

- Marc
 
     

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