Random iTunes Play

  1. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer - John Lee Hooker
  2. That Old Black Magic - Kevin Spacey
  3. Broken Hearted Melody - Sarah Vaughn
  4. Dreaming - BT
  5. Jugband Blues - Pink Floyd
  6. Mood Indigo - Earl Hines
  7. Fill 'Er Up - Sting
  8. Spanish Key - Miles Davis
  9. Stay Awhile - Dusty Springfield
  10. Wonderful - Annie Lennox
It doesn't get any more schzoid than that.

Comparing the Military Records, Part Two

The Blogging of the President: 2004

Tom Toles, as succinct as ever.

Friday Five

Friday Five

Continuing the reach back:

1. What was the last song you heard?

One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer - John Lee Hooker

2. What were the last two movies you saw?

Manhattan - Woody Allen
The World of Henry Orient - Peter Sellers

3. What were the last three things you purchased?

Spray Starch, Two Blue Button-Down Shirts, Grande Mocha Frappaccino

4. What four things do you need to do this weekend?

Finish Final Day of Training at Jim 'n' Nick's, Do Two Shows, Go To Cast Party, Get My Check in the Bank

5. Who are the last five people you talked to?

My Roommate, Chris the Bartender at JnN's, Waitress at Chinese Buffet, Kevin the Shift Leader at JnN's, Addison another server at JnN's

Separated at Birth?

Bush Balked At WMD Evidence After Four Months Of Pumping It

Daily Howler

On December 21, 2002, Bush sat down with George Tenet and John McLaughlin to look at the best intelligence America possessed on Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction. He was less than impressed.

McLaughlin’s version used communications intercepts, satellite photos, diagrams and other intelligence. “Nice try,” Bush said when the CIA official was finished, according to [Woodward’s] book. “I don’t think this quite—it’s not something that Joe Public would understand or would gain a lot of confidence from.”

He then turned to Tenet, McLaughlin’s boss, and said, “I’ve been told all this intelligence about having WMD, and this is the best we’ve got?”

“It’s a slam-dunk case,” Tenet replied, throwing his arms in the air. Bush pressed him again. “George, how confident are you?”

“Don’t worry, it’s a slam dunk,” Tenet repeated.
Bob Somerby then carefully points out what the press is pretending not to notice: the Bush Administration had been hyping the intelligence for four months before this meeting.

On August 27, the Vice President spoke before a veteran's organization in Nashville and stated that there was "no doubt that Saddam now has weapons of mass destruction [and] there is no doubt that he is amassing them..." Two weeks later, Bush himself stated that Saddam had WMD. Bush did it again on September 26. Rice was pumping the aluminum tubes that she said could only be used to refine nuclear fuel for atomic weapons.

But George W. Bush only sat down to examine the evidence himself in December. He states as much in Woodward's account: "I've been told all this intelligence about having WMD..." Rice and Cheney have been feeding him a line the entire time! And now that he's looking at the real evidence, he realizes how weak it is.

And yet he still went to war.

Do we need any more proof that George W. Bush is not the leader of this country? He's the Focus-Group-in-Chief. He's the stooge that the criminals and powerhungry ideologues in his administration use to test their presentation before putting it in front of the public. If they can convince Bush by whatever means necessary, then they know they can persuade a majority of Americans of the same thing.

When do we get a grownup to be the President?

John Kerry's Military Records

John Kerry for President

To compare and contrast, go to awolbush.com.

Bush-Cheney 2000 Fined $90K For Illegal Funding of Recount Activities


This was a settlement fine, by the way. They neglected to tell the FEC that they had redesignated an election account to a recount account, one that raised $11 million and spent $13 million.

That's a nice trick. Are we to understand that the account had at least $2 million in it when the account was redesignated? Sounds like the Bush-Cheney campaign dodged a really bullet with their guilty plea.

I'd Tell His Mother's Maiden Name for a Dove Dark Chocolate Bar...


BBC News reports a recent survey that 70% of people would reveal their computer password for a chocolate bar. 34% gave it out without even needing a bribe.

Silly people.

PS: I don't use my mother's maiden name in any of my passwords, in case you were wondering...

Fanatical Apathy's Generic Templete for 9/11 Public Testimony

Fanatical Apathy

THOMAS KEAN: Mr./Ms. [WITNESS], I'd like to welcome you to these hearings, and thank you for all the time you've already spent with us. I understand that you have an opening statement prepared...

WITNESS: Thank you, Commissioner Kean. [Heavy sigh, fiddling with glasses/papers.] I was, as you know, the [TITLE] of [OFFICE] from [DATE] to [LATER DATE/PRESENT]. During that time, I was responsible for [THINGS]. Before 9/11, you have to understand, my specific job did not involve [KEY THINGS THAT WOULD MAKE IT MY FAULT]. During the lead up to 9/11, I received several important warnings about Al Qaeda's plans and intentions, but my hands were tied, largely due to the fact that [I WAS NO LONGER IN OFFICE/ IT WAS SOMEONE ELSE'S RESPONSIBILITY/ DAMN THAT BUREAUCRACY] as well as [SIGNIFICANT AND SOON-TO-BE-REITERATED BUREAUCRATIC OBSTACLE]. Thank you.

KEAN: Mr./Ms. [WITNESS], thank you for your persuasive and complete statement. I only have one main question: Given that you knew [IMPORTANT CLUE TO 9/11 PLOT], why didn't you take some sort of action?

WITNESS: Well, I did take the action that was appropriate to my position. Also, I wasn't aware of [ANOTHER IMPORTANT DETAIL]. But after I'd mentioned it to [IMPORTANT FIGURE IN ANOTHER DEPARTMENT OR ADMINISTRATION], there wasn't much else I could do.
Other than not throwing in a lick at Gorelick, I'd say that the templete is depressingly accurate...

The Kremlin More Informative Than Bush's White House


What was that someone was saying recently? "A country that's hiding something is a country afraid of getting caught." What's the Bush Adminstration afraid of getting caught doing?

And the Bolo Boffin "Light Brigade" Award Goes To...

Panda's Thumb > Alabama Citizens for Science Education

Godspeed, people. You've got your work cut out for you, but I'm rooting for you.

Hey, if you're a blogger who uses Haloscan for your comments (like me), you might be interested to know that you can keep up with your comments as they happen. Haloscan produces an RSS feed of your comments, and this feed can be accessed by a news aggregator like NetNewsWire. This is so sweet.

What Jesse Said

Pandagon: I Wish We Were Wrong

We need a change in the White House not because of partisan distinctions, but because government is ultimately supposed to be responsible to us...and Bush is responsible only to himself.

Fun with Iraqis!

Must Read: Hillary on Healthcare

The New York Times Magazine