Friday, September 03, 2004

The Roman Way

A very disappointing speech. I mean, if you can't bring Osama bin Laden out in chains (or at least in a cage) then wake me when the bloviatings done with.


Thursday, September 02, 2004

Not on My Watch
Whose watch was it, then?

Bush, tonight:

I believe the most solemn duty of the American president is to protect the American people. If America shows uncertainty and weakness in this decade, the world will drift toward tragedy. This will not happen on my watch.
It already happened once. "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S." Usually, when someone's incompetence contributes to the death of thousands of people, they get fired -- not given the chance to fuck up again as their first mistake slips down the memory hole. (Also thanks to Atrios.)

- Marc

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

It's Official
No, not the nomination

I'm officially a writer for Pitchfork. Given how carefully and often I critique them on this site, it's almost like Bob Somerby getting a column at the New York Times, or, uh, me having a rap battle with David Brooks.

In that spirit, here's my first bitingly negative review for the 'fork.

- Marc
With That Dry, Cool Wit, I Could Be an Action Star

I know, I know, he's just some meathead actor married to a Kennedy. I shouldn't take it seriously. But c'mon, have you ever heard a stupider line than Gov. Schwarzenegger's "economic girlie men" line? Fer chrissakes, "girlie men" isn't even his line is it? It's from Hans and Franz, right? Or am I wrong. Secondly, this shit sandwich jobless recovery of an economy and the thought of paying for this debt looming on the horizon like so much California smog is nothing but pessimism-inducing. If your not pessimistic about Dubyanomics then you're not paying attention.

Ugh, can Friday get here already?


Monday, August 30, 2004

American Beauty
FMA co-sponsor turns out to be gay

Wow. Rep. Ed Schrock (R-Va.) has resigned, "effective immediately." The reason? Certain audio in which he tells a dating service he's looking for a man to go down on.

He was Pat Robertson's congressman and the co-sponsor of the Federal Marriage Amendment. I don't know about you, but it sure makes me wonder if every reactionary right-winger in God's Official Party is really just a self-loathing hypocrite. What a pathetic old man. (Via Atrios.)

- Marc
American Taliban
GOP stands for "God's Official Party," apparently

Today in New York the chair of the Iowa state Republican delegation offered a revealing glimpse into the right-wing psyche:

Let's remember what's paramount in our life: God ... This is the GOP: God's Official Party.
At that, there was sustained applause, according to this account by the New Republic's Michael Crowley. (Note to those who would use "The Ann Coulter Defense," that this was just a joke: People didn't laugh, they clapped.)

I can't wait until Thursday, when Bush institutes shariah law and declares war on all infidels. That quote represents to me all that is dark and hate-filled about humankind, the cause of self-righteous atrocities from time immmemorial to the Cruades to Nazism. If God is really on our side, He'll save some wailing and gnashing of teeth for the political parties who claim a special relationship with Him: Hezbollah, the Taliban and the GOP. [Via Brad Delong, via Washington Monthly.]

- Marc

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