Friday, October 28, 2005


On a party-line vote, a Republican-run U.S. House of Representatives committee voted to cut food stamps by $844 million on Friday, just hours after a new government report showed more Americans are struggling to put food on the table.


"Cutting food stamps now is a scandal," said David Beckman of Bread for the World, pointing to losses from hurricanes.
On Any other day? maybe. Today? It doesn't even register. Plus sticking it to 'the poor' never really hurts a politician: they don't contribute $$$, hire lobbyists or vote so they don't count.

Avoid These Elves

Good advice all year long... any year.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

AmericaBlog Points for Discussion

The always indispensable Americablog has some great points about the end of the Miers nomination (but she seemed like such a nice asexual lady!) that we should discuss next week. Many good ones but I point out this one for your consideration:
The GOP just lost all of their Supreme Court talking points. Who in the GOP is going to be able to stand up with a straight face and say "every nominee deserves an up or down vote"? Kiss that talking point good bye.
Indeed. Let's hope the media gets that one as well.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

If Fox Had Been Around Through History

Kos links to Fark... but it that link is all screwed up. The 2 Kos has tell you all you need know.

Arnold's Neighborhood

A little Flash fun for your week. Hilarious.

Cheney Monster. 'Nuff said.

Methinks Phil Angelides is gonna be trouble for Ahnold.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

A Bit Closer to Home

I have to say that 'Which Way L.A.' really fascinates me and last's nights show, The Homeless of Skid Row should be required listening for all Angelenos (of which I am proud to be one). Get this part:
Last week on skid row in downtown Los Angeles one man smoked crack and another shot heroin in the presence of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. LA Times columnist Steve Lopez also was on the scene, which Police Chief William Bratton calls "the worst situation in America."
Do yourself a favor an listen.

As the the man said:
"They call Los Angeles the City of Angels. I didn't find it to be that exactly, but I'll allow as there are some nice folks there."

Cheney Cabal Now On Tour!

Lawrence Wilkerson, Colin Powell's former Chief of Staff, has come out swinging lately against the 'cabal' he says has caused all the trouble. Thanks, Larry... but you're a little late (so much for the 'adults')

The best bits?
The administration's performance during its first four years would have been even worse without Powell's damage control. At least once a week, it seemed, Powell trooped over to the Oval Office and cleaned all the dog poop off the carpet. He held a youthful, inexperienced president's hand. He told him everything would be all right because he, the secretary of State, would fix it. And he did — everything from a serious crisis with China when a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft was struck by a Chinese F-8 fighter jet in April 2001, to the secretary's constant reassurances to European leaders following the bitter breach in relations over the Iraq war. It wasn't enough, of course, but it helped.

Today, we have a president whose approval rating is 38% and a vice president who speaks only to Rush Limbaugh and assembled military forces. We have a secretary of Defense presiding over the death-by-a-thousand-cuts of our overstretched armed forces (no surprise to ignored dissenters such as former Army Chief of Staff Gen. Eric Shinseki or former Army Secretary Thomas White).
Now I appreciate the nice summary, but come on Larry: your former boss is hardly blameless - if he was this important, he should have told US, the people, what was going on and been a real hero. But he didn't. And thousands have paid with their lives. I hope Powell can live with that because he share responsibility for it... good soldier or not.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Straight Out of Central Casting

So, in the spirit of 'Fitzmas,' I've been thinking about what will happen to poor, disgraced columnist Bob Novak. Poor Bob: used to commit treason by folks he sucks up to. That's a tough one Bob.

Anyways, I've always thought that they should re-make 'It's A Wonderful Life' with Bob starring as Mr. Potter. He'd be perfect!

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Some Folks Just Don't Know When To Quit

Some folks just don't know when to lay low:
DeLay's staff disclosed that he flew to Houston on Thursday morning on a corporate jet owned by R.J. Reynolds, a longtime contributor that has flown him to Puerto Rico and other destinations; they said the jet was "used in compliance with regulations." The company, which has also given $17,000 to DeLay's legal defense fund, did not have a comment Friday.
You know what? It may be "in compliance with regulations" but that doesn't make it right and it certainly tells you where Hot Tub Tom's allegiances lay... and it isn't to the People.