Wednesday, August 30, 2006

new GOP talking points as election draws closer

Fox News is profoundly successful at the "some people say . . . " tactic, which is a great way for an anchor to express an opinion or spout a talking point while appearing to just report the news. For example, "Some people say that if Ned Lamont wins in the general election, the terrorists will walk right into your house and steal all your beer." or "Some people say that George Bush is the greatest most super duper awesome fantastic president ever in the history of the world and everyone who doesn't support him is a terrorist lover who had a party on 9/11 because they hate America so much." etc.

It's been very successful, because the Fox audience, who so desperately want to believe that Dear Leader and his Merry Band of Colossal Fuckups are doing a great job, can hear "some people" and immediately substitute "those evil liberals" or "the Democrat party[1]."

Now the "some people" language is moving up a notch in the GOP food chain, from Fox News right up to the White House.
A couple of days ago, we heard Dick Cheney say:
"Some in our own country claim retreat from Iraq would satisfy the appetite of the terrorists and get them to leave us alone," Cheney told a Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Reno, Nevada. "A precipitous withdrawal from Iraq would be ... a ruinous blow to the future security of the United States."
The big problem with this claim is that nobody is saying that. An even bigger problem is that the media are dutifully and credulously spreading the specious claim. Now Rumsfeld is using the same "some people" language, and making the same completely false claims, which 36% or so of sadly deluded Americans are gleefully listening to and believing.

Expect this language, and this framing, to be repeated more and more as we get closer to the election, and especially when the Decider tries to make everyone believe that Iraq=9/11 and Saddam=Al Qaeda.

Guess what? "Some people" are finally waking up and realizing that George Bush's GOP is a complete and utter failure.

(via Americablog)

[1] As an aside, whenever you hear someone call Democrats or the Democratic party "the Democrat Party" you can be assured you're listening to a wingnut. The right wing noise machine has been trying to replace "Democratic" with "Democrat" for a little over a year, now.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

dangerous expansion of unconstitutional powers, thanks to dear leader

This article from the San Francisco Chronicle details the truly amazing story of two U.S. citizens -- a 45-year old resident of the San Francisco area and his 18-year old son -- who, after travelling to Pakistan, have been barred by the Bush administration from re-entering the country. They have not been charged with any crime, and no court has ordered or even authorized this denial of entry. The administration is just unilaterally prohibiting these two Americans from re-entering their country.

A relative of the two men (the older man's nephew) was convicted in April by a California federal jury on charges of supporting terrorism as a result of his attending a Pakistani training camp (and just incidentally, the conviction was obtained under some controversial circumstances). And the Federal Government is now demanding that his two relatives submit to FBI interrogation in Pakistan as a condition for being allowed to return home to the U.S.
Gosh, why in the world would anyone be reluctant to submit to interrogation in Pakistan, even if it is allegedly done by the FBI, without access to counsel and without the protections American citizens are supposed to have, regardless of where they are geographically, when they are in American custody? (Hint: the answer rhymes with "water boarding.")
Over the past five years, this administration and its supporters have advocated empowering the Government to detain U.S. citizens indefinitely in military prisons without a trial, eavesdrop on their telephone conversations without any warrants, track and chronicle all of their telephone calls, and now bar their entry into the U.S. -- all without any criminal charges being filed and without any opportunity to contest the accusations, all of which are formed in secret.
Blood boiling, yet? Try this one one for size, from Digby:
For several years,
Javed Iqbal has operated a small company from a Brooklyn storefront and out of the garage at his Staten Island home that provides satellite programming for households, including sermons from Christian evangelists seeking worldwide exposure.

Mr. Iqbal’s home, a modest two-story stone and brick house on Van Name Avenue in Mariners Harbor, stands out because among the children’s toys in the backyard
were eight satellite dishes.

But this week, the budding entrepreneur’s house and storefront were raided by federal agents, and Mr. Iqbal was charged with providing customers services that included satellite broadcasts of a television station controlled by Hezbollah —
a violation of federal law.

Yesterday, Mr. Iqbal was arraigned in Federal District Court in Manhattan and was ordered held in $250,000 bail. The Hezbollah station, Al Manar — or “the beacon” in Arabic — was designated a global terrorist entity by the United States Treasury
Department in March of this year.
The Bush administration has decided to equate Mr. Iqbal's rebroadcast of what is little more than propaganda (pretty awful stuff, no doubt, but ultimately just propaganda) as material support for terrorists. That's ridiculous. Call it horrible, say that it's disgusting propaganda, but don't classify it as material support for terrorists, because that's just stupid. So open up your big book of rules to the page that says things like "buying or supplying weapons or providing financial support" for terrorists (start at the Saudi Arabia page, if you get lost) and add "rebroadcasting television programming." You should also grab a marker, and just wipe out the first amendment portion of your Constitution.

Bush and Cheney are fascists, and their Republican-controlled Congress are little more than enablers. We need to blow the Republicans out of Congress in November because our American way of life (freedom of speech, press, religion, right to be secure in our houses and not subject to unreasonable searches, etc.) can not stand two more years of a Bush White House and a Republican Congress.

Thursday, August 17, 2006


Everything you need to know about Joe Lieberman is summed up in this screengrab from Google News:

Yeah, the Democrats counter "Lieberman and GOP" on Iraq, and who is cheerleading for Joementum? Why, FOX News, of course.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Doughty's Creative Process

Super Special Questions Blog: Methods.
I've been trying to write more songs for a session in September; time is limited, obviously, and I don't have the sheaf of culled phrases from months of journals that I usually use as a lyrical source. So I've been reading books with a pen in hand, underlining interesting and/or rhythmic words, and then writing them down the next day--over several columns on several sheets of paper, to put them in an order other than that in which they appeared in the books--and then when I go to the guitar and the drum machine I use those words to plug into the lyrics.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

scenes from a media room

INT. Media Room -- Late Night.

April: Oh man, I feel like an eighty year-old woman.

Wil: You don't know what an eighty year-old woman feels like.

Pauly: Hey, don't knock it 'till you've tried it.


Wil and Pauly explode into laughter.

April: What? Oh! Gross!

Fade to Black.

how you know you've been in Vegas too long

You wonder where all these goddamn people came from, and then realize: oh yeah, it's the weekend.