Why being unable to blog during the day sucks

March 7, 2007

It’s not that I wish I were home all day to be able to write something brilliant when Big News Breaks, because that would mean that I was unemployed. And if it’s a choice between designing return address logos and reformatting user and design specifications or being home to blog but living in constant gnawing fear about being able to pay the bills, well, that’s a no-brainer.

But still, when I see the big GUILTY show up and I can’t write about it, it’s frustrating as hell.

I’m not under any delusions that the conviction of Scooter Libby on four out of five counts (which came as a surprise to me, given how long the jury was out and the Administration’s track record of strongarming the justice system) means a hill of beans. Far from being chastened, the Usual Suspects not only don’t care about the unholy marriage of this Administration and its lackeys in the mainstream media that were revealed during this trial, they are sticking to their own delusions that Joseph Wilson is a liar, that Valerie Plame was not NOC, and perhaps the couple’s biggest crime — that they are Democrats.

As to whether Libby will ever spend a day in jail, well, it’s a certainty that he’ll be pardoned, despite the limp and pathetic entreaties of Harry Reid.

Meanwhile, the fact that the Iraq war was based on total fabrications, the fact that the worst kind of lies were told by Dick Cheney and George W. Bush, will continue to go unpunished. The Bush/Cheney legacy will be a dark one, to be sure, but one without consequences. Patrick Fitzgerald has said that he is done, that he is not going to go after Cheney. And perhaps this is the correct decision, if Cheney has covered his tracks sufficiently well so that conviction is impossible. As to the political ramifications, they are unimportant where Dick Cheney is concerned, especially if you assume that this bunch will leave office in 2009 — something of which I am not yet convinced. Cheney isn’t going to run for president. In theory his years in power will be over, unless some future Republican president loses his mind — or more likely, the public loses its memory — and decides his “experience” is an asset. Perhaps this is the reason for shoveling such huge amounts of cash into Halliburton’s coffers from so many projects, not just the Iraq war — it’s Dick Cheney’s retirement plan.

So while it’s tempting to rejoice at the idea that someone in the Bush Administration is actually going to have to accept some consequences for the lies and corruption that are this bunch’s hallmark, the reality is that the only person who may suffer consequences is Tim Russert, who is likely to find himself outside in the cold, his nose pressed against the window, where access to this administration is concerned.

(cross-posted at Brilliant at Breakfast)


High Praise for My Left Wing

March 6, 2007

Just spotted this diary at My Left Wing.

My Left Wing Earns High Praise

…CJ emailed me today to let me know that My Left Wing had caught the eye of Cyrano’s Journal Online and wanted to tell me how much appreciation there was thereabouts for MLW.

Featured Writers of CJO:

Gore Vidal (Emeritus), Noam Chomsky, Alex Cockburn, Uri Avnery, Michael Parenti, Glen Ford, Edward Herman, Stephen Gowans, Ernest Stewart, John Steppling, Guy Zimmerman, Jason Miller, James Petras , Sheila Samples, Robert Parry, Phil Rockstroh, Bruce Dixon, Danny Schechter, Ilan Pappe, Carolyn Baker, Slavoj Zizek, Margaret Kimberley, Stephen Lendman Charles Sullivan

Click to read all the nice things they have to say about My Left Wing. Very cool.

Surprise- A Religion Cartoon

March 6, 2007

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Hey Hillary! Once you go Black…

March 6, 2007

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To do this strip, I listen and read a LOT of right wing crap and yesterday’s painful brush with idiocy was with Rush Limbaugh.

I heard Hillary’s clip from Selma during her rendition from Cleveland’s hymn. It sounded so atrocious and fake, I thought it was a satire piece from Limbaugh’s production staff – it almost sounded like Whoopie Goldberg in A Color Purple. It wasn’t until later yesterday when I realized, it was a real recording.

Holy crap! It was like she was trying out for Spielberg. It wasn’t a Southern accent, I can detect those, this sounded to me like a slave accent.

Yes, I know Hillary spent 17 long years in Arkansas, but surely, she would have a passable Southern accent by now. Ya know?

Posts at the mirror site

March 6, 2007

I tried again, and still can’t get the import function to work. So, a quick note that there are two posts at the mirror sites that do not (as yet, anyway) appear here.

Does Anyone Care About America’s Prison Industrial Complex? by Rob
howdy and a tip of the bush kangaroo tail by skippy

Bono’s NAACP Chairman’s Award Acceptance Speech

March 6, 2007

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…When people talk about the greatness of America, I just think of the NAACP…
See, I grew up in Ireland, and when I grew up, Ireland was divided along religious lines, sectarian lines. Young people like me were parched for the vision that poured out of pulpits of Black America. And the vision of a Black Reverend from Atlanta–a man who refused to hate because he knew love would do a better job. (Applause). These ideas travel, you know? And they reached me, clear as any tune, lodged in my brain like a song. I couldn’t shake that. And this is Ireland in the 70s growing up. People like me looked across the ocean to the NAACP, and I’m here tonight, and that feels good. It feels very, very good! (Applause.)

Well today, the world looks again to the NAACP. We need the community that taught the world about civil rights to teach it something about human rights. I’m talking about the right to live like a human. The right to live, period. Those are the stakes in Africa right now. Five and a half thousand Africans dying every day of AIDS, a preventable, treatable disease. Nearly a million Africans, most of them children, dying every year from malaria. Death by mosquito bite.

And, this is not about charity, as you know here in this room. This is about justice. It’s about justice and equality. (Applause.) Now I know that America hasn’t solved all of its problems, and I know that AIDS is killing people right here in America. And I know the hardest hit are African Americans, many of them young women. Today the church in Oakland, I saw such extraordinary people. This lioness here, Barbara Lee (applause) took me around with her pastor, J. Alfred Smith, and may I say that it was the poetry and the righteous anger of the Black church that was such an inspiration to me, a very white, almost pink, Irish man growing up in Dublin.

This is true religion, true religion will not let us fall asleep in the comfort of our freedom. “Love thy neighbor” is not a piece of advice, it’s a command. (Applause and cheers.) And that means a lot. That means that in the global village, we’re going to have to start loving a whole lot more people. That’s what that means. That’s right–its truth is marching on. Two million Americans have signed on to the One Campaign to make poverty history, tonight the NAACP is signing up to work with us. And so can you. Its truth is marching on! Because where you live should not decide whether you live or whether you die.

And to those in the church who still sit in judgement on the AIDS emergency, let me climb into the pulpit for just one moment. Because whatever thoughts we have about God who he is, or even if God exists, most will agree that God has a special place for the poor.

The poor are where God lives. God is in the slums, in the cardboard boxes where the poor play house. God is where the opportunity is lost and lives are shattered. (Standing ovation.) God is with the mother who has infected a child with a virus that will take both their lives. God is under the rubble in the cries we hear during wartime. God, my friends, is with the poor, and God is with us if we are with them.

This is not a burden–this is an adventure! And don’t let anyone tell you it cannot be done. We can be the generation that ends extreme poverty! Thank you.

Technical difficulties

March 6, 2007

Grrr! Yesterday I thought I’d found a good solution for including posters who would prefer to stick with Blogger/Blogspot. Because WordPress allow you to import posts from other blogs, I figured that I could have those people sign up as contributors on a mirror site I set up on Blogspot, and then I could simply import those posts so that they would display here as well. I have used this feature a number of times, so I had every reason to believe it would work this time as well.

Sigh. The best laid plans of mice…

It is *not* working. Here’s what I’ve gotten the first half dozen or so times I’ve tried to import posts from the new Blogspot version of this site.

Trouble signing in
We were not able to gain access to your account. Try starting over.

No idea why that is, or if it’s a temporary issue, or something related to the switch to the new Blogger. Will try again tomorrow, though.