Moral Poverty

Go read Maitri and then come back. Because, Jesus tits. Moral poverty? The absolute chutzpah it takes to write something like this: If you’re black and a hurricane is about to destroy your city, then you’ll probably wait for the government to save you. This was not always the case. Prior to 40 years ago, such a pathetic performance by the black community in a time of crisis would have been inconceivable. The first response would have come from black men. They would take care of their families, bring them to safety, and then help the rest of the community. … Continue reading Moral Poverty

Heckuva Job, Nouri!

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki continues to undercut US efforts in Iraq. A department of the Iraqi prime minister’s office is playing a leading role in the arrest and removal of senior Iraqi army and national police officers, some of whom have apparently worked too aggressively to combat violent Shiite militias, according to U.S. military officials in Baghdad. Since March 1, at least 16 army and national police commanders have been fired, detained or pressured to resign; at least nine of them are Sunnis, according to U.S. military documents shown to The Washington Post. Although some of the officers … Continue reading Heckuva Job, Nouri!


The Obama blog reminds me of Dean’s blog, and that’s a good thing. I dig the personal stories, I like knowing why politics, especially Democratic politics, lights people up and gets them excited.This is an especially good one: I didn’t buy the compassionate conservative stuff— it didn’t work. I appreciate the idea of limited government in some ways, I mean, I’m against wasteful spending. But the problem I have is that Republicans don’t actually believe in limited government—they believe in cutting programs that don’t get them votes. It’s about time more people recognized it’s not about anything but naked political … Continue reading Power

“It’s Mostly Maui-Wowie But It Has Some Labrador In It”

The US Attorney who prosecuted Tommy Chong is wrapped up in the US Attorneys scandal. With U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales under attack in Congress for firing eight U.S. attorneys, [U.S. Attorney Mary Beth] Buchanan has also come under scrutiny because of a Justice Department administrative post she held in 2005. A former top aide to Gonzales has said Buchanan was consulted in the firings, and now a House committee is seeking to interview her. The controversy has exposed a strong undercurrent of dissatisfaction with Buchanan in the legal community in western Pennsylvania, where critics say she has devoted too … Continue reading “It’s Mostly Maui-Wowie But It Has Some Labrador In It”

What’s Wrong With You People?

Don’t you know that your role in American society is to buy, buy, buy? Consumer spending rose at the slowest rate in five months in March, even though personal incomes posted a solid gain. The Commerce Department reported that consumer spending on all items was up 0.3 percent last month, the slowest increase since a similar rise in October. Incomes rose by 0.7 percent, the fourth straight solid month of income growth. The spending performance was even weaker when the effects of higher gasoline prices were removed. After adjusting for price increases, consumer spending actually fell by 0.2 percent in … Continue reading What’s Wrong With You People?

Hubris and Misplaced Loyalty

Add sheer stupidity to the many reasons why Condoleezza Rice is a gigantic failure. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice did not raise questions when the administration marched towards war in Iraq during the first term of President George Bush because of her loyalty to the President, a new book says. “Rice tended to enable the president’s missteps rather than check them. The basis of the relationship had been formed in the (election) campaign: she molded his instincts, she didn’t challenge them. So as the administration marched toward war in Iraq, she didn’t push back,” says Newsweek’s Marcus Mabry in … Continue reading Hubris and Misplaced Loyalty

All The Shiny Wore Off

John McCain’s dogged pursuit of ignominy continues. Public perceptions of Arizona Senator John McCain (R) have declined in recent months. The man once seen as the dominant GOP frontrunner is now viewed favorably by just 49% of Likely Voters, unfavorably by 43%. Those numbers reflect a dramatic decline from earlier polling–last month he was viewed favorably by 55% and unfavorably by 39% Continue reading All The Shiny Wore Off

Today On Holden’s Obsession With The Gaggle

Pony Blow Is Back

Q Where ya been? (Laughter.)

MR. SNOW: Just hanging out. Thank you so much, it’s great to be back.

Q We thought Rove double-deleted you. (Laughter.)

Pony Must Be Feeling Pretty Good As He Took A Shot AtTim Russert [scroll down] To Start Things Rolling

MR. SNOW: Okay, first, we can cut cameras now, because we have cut to the other portion of our thing.

As far as the Iran supplemental, we have not. So the real question —

Q Iraq.

MR. SNOW: I mean, the Iraq supplemental. Yes. The Iran supplemental would be entirely different. (Laughter.)

Q Did we leave the cameras on? (Laughter.)

Q How much is Iran — (Laughter.)

MR. SNOW: As one famous host said, “I-r-a-k.”

Q Oooh!

Q Oh, we love that. (Laughter.)

Q Are we still rolling? (Laughter.)


Q Has the administration been notified of anyone else who might be resigning, relating to the D.C. madam?

MR. SNOW: Not that I’m aware of.

Q Does the President have any opinion on the departure of Randall Tobias?

MR. SNOW: Well, he’s saddened by it, but it was the appropriate thing to do.


Q Just one quick one. You said — back to Randall Tobias. If, as he says, he just got massages, why is it the proper thing for him to do to resign?

MR. SNOW: Well, he apparently thought that it was the proper thing to do, and I will not get into details because I don’t know them. Whew! (Laughter.)

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Condi for President!!!!

Not so much. With a carefully orchestrated campaign by her advisers and media consultants, Condoleezza Rice was increasingly touted as a possible Republican Party presidential candidate for 2008. Certainly opinion polls in those heady months of 2005 showed that she was by far the most popular Administration official, with approval ratings close to 70 per cent and Republican activists urging her to run for president and launching “Condi for 2008” committees all over the country. Less than two years later, there is no longer any talk among her erstwhile supporters of a presidential campaign. The Condi for president websites have … Continue reading Condi for President!!!!

Boyfriend Trouble

Huh-oh. In a serious rebuff to U.S. diplomacy, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has refused to receive Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on the eve of a critical regional summit on the future of the war-ravaged country, Iraqi and other Arab officials said yesterday. The Saudi leader’s decision reflects the growing tensions between the oil-rich regional giants, the deepening skepticism among Sunni leaders in the Middle East about Iraq’s Shiite-dominated government, and Arab concern about the prospects of U.S. success in Iraq, the sources said. The Saudi snub also indicates that the Maliki government faces a creeping regional isolation unless … Continue reading Boyfriend Trouble

Don’t Fix It

Because it isn’t broken, you morons: The newspaper business has a simple model: charge advertisers for getting access to readers whom you attract with relevant content and cheap prices. That’s been a great model for a few centuries now, and it is far from dying. No reason to depart from it–and, in fact, that’s precisely the model Google (nasdaq: GOOG – news – people ) is using to sweep a path of destruction through every advertising-supported media business there is (more on this momentarily). It’s the physical method that newspapers use to do this–what business types call the “form factor”–that’s … Continue reading Don’t Fix It

Attempt to Imagine

The size of this story if it was a wealthy mother and her son in a tony northwest suburb. A 1-year-old boy was in critical condition this morning after he and his mother were shot Saturday night on the South Side by a gunman who was targeting someone else. The shooting occurred outside in the Englewood neighborhood in the 6400 block of South Hoyne Avenue around 9:40 p.m. Saturday when two men began arguing, said Police Officer Hector Alfaro. One of the men pulled out a gun and began firing, striking the mother, 22, and her son, who were not … Continue reading Attempt to Imagine


We haven’t had a lot of hockey posts this year, mostly because of the mediocrity tempered by the outright suck. But the women’s team deserves applause for a repeat, and I found this pretty cool: Piskula’s debut makes him the 18th former Badger to skate in an NHL game this season. Others include Chicago’s Bourque, Edmonton’s Gilbert and Brad Winchester, Chicago’s Adam Burish, Phoenix goaltender Curtis Joseph and forward Steve Reinprecht, Toronto defenseman Andy Wozniewski, Ottawa’s Dany Heatley, Carolina’s David Tanabe, New York Islanders’ Sean Hill, Atlanta’s Scott Mellanby, New Jersey defensemen Brian Rafalski and Alex Brooks, Detroit’s Chris Chelios … Continue reading Hockey

Your President Speaks!

Today, at Camp David, during a mini-presser with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe. The Interest of Maintaining Peace Our talks were very relaxed, but they were strategic. We think about the interest of our country and we think about the interest of maintaining peace in the world. Maybe Abe Will Puke On His Father One such issue, of course, I brought up to the Prime Minister is I’m absolutely convinced the Japanese people will be better off when they eat American beef. It’s good beef, it’s healthy beef; as a matter of fact, I’m going to feed the Prime Minister and … Continue reading Your President Speaks!

I’m All About The Ponies

New Pew poll [pdf]: Bush Job Approval Approve: 35% (+2)Disapprove: 58% (-1) The Congress is now debating future funding for the war in Iraq. Would you like to see your Congressional representative vote FOR or AGAINST a bill that calls for a withdrawal of troops from Iraq to be completed by August of 2008? Vote for withdrawl: 59%Vote against withdrawl: 33% Do you think the U.S. should keep military troops in Iraq until the situation has stabilized, or do you think the U.S. should bring its troops home as soon as possible? Keep troops in Iraq: 41%Bring them home: 53% … Continue reading I’m All About The Ponies

Targetting The Press

Bush started it, the troops simply followed his policy. A judge indicted three U.S. soldiers Friday in the 2003 death of a Spanish journalist who was killed when their tank opened fire at a hotel in Baghdad. [snip] Sgt. Shawn Gibson, Capt. Philip Wolford and Lt. Col. Philip de Camp were charged with homicide in the death of Jose Couso and “a crime against the international community.” This is defined under Spanish law as an indiscriminate or excessive attack against civilians during war. Following the incident, then-Secretary of State Colin Powell said the troops responded after drawing hostile fire from … Continue reading Targetting The Press

Bush vows to Veto ANYTHING that waives 10% match requirement now impeding Gulf Coast Recovery

When I was down in New Orleans I gave a tour to a group of college kids who worked with the First Draft Krewe gutting a home. They were a public policy class from Elon University. So I was explaining to them how Bush refuses to waive the 10% match requirement and how this is a tremendous obstacle to the recovery of the Gulf Coast. (background here) So I swear, hand to God, when one student asked why Bush just won’t waive the requirement, I said “because he’s a dick.” It just slipped out and I felt a bit bad … Continue reading Bush vows to Veto ANYTHING that waives 10% match requirement now impeding Gulf Coast Recovery

Where’s My Friggin’ Bush Boom?

The Gross Domestic Product increases at its lowest rate in four years. Economic growth slowed to a near crawl of 1.3 percent in the first three months of 2007, the worst performance in four years. The main culprit: the housing slump. The fresh reading on gross domestic product, released by the Commerce Department on Friday, was even weaker than the 2.5 percent growth rate logged in the final three months of last year. The new figures underscored just how much momentum the economy has been losing as it copes with the strain of the troubled housing market, which has made … Continue reading Where’s My Friggin’ Bush Boom?

Flat-Earth Wingers Can Suck It

America recognizes that global warming is a serious, imminent threat. Americans in large bipartisan numbers say the heating of the earth’s atmosphere is having serious effects on the environment now or will soon and think that it is necessary to take immediate steps to reduce its effects, the latest New York Times/CBS News poll finds. Ninety percent of Democrats, 80 percent of independents and 60 percent of Republicans said immediate action was required to curb the warming of the atmosphere and deal with its effects on the global climate. Nineteen percent said it was not necessary to act now, and … Continue reading Flat-Earth Wingers Can Suck It

Today On Holden’s Obsession With [Yesterday’s] Gaggle

The afternoon gaggle yesterday was really a response to Senate passage of the emergency supplemental appropriation for Chimpy’s Vanity War in Iraq.

Dana Opens By Spitting Fire

MS. PERINO: Eighty days after President Bush submitted his troop funding bill, the Senate has now joined the House in passing defeatist legislation that insists on a date for surrender, micro-manages our commanders and generals in combat zones from 6,000 miles away, and adds billions of dollars in unrelated spending to the fighting on the ground.

The Gagglers Spit Back

Q Dana, though, last year it was a Republican Congress that took 118 days to get you a war funding bill, and the White House didn’t complain that it took a long time. So why is 70 or 80 —

MS. PERINO: There’s a key difference. One is that — a couple of things. We did not provide the Congress the detail in the request that we did this year with the budget. In fact, we provided it to them later than when the budget came out. This year, we heard their complaints, and we got the request for the supplemental to them the same day as we sent up the regular budget of the United States.

In addition to that, there were some complaints, but the major key difference is, last year we knew that eventually — that we were going to get a bill that the President could sign.

Q The point is, though, that it took 40 days longer for a Republican Congress to pass a war funding bill, and the money still got to the troops in the field. So isn’t this — aren’t you exaggerating the effect on the troops in the field? Last year it took 40 days longer.

MS. PERINO: No, I don’t think that we’re exaggerating at all.

Another Logic Problem For Dana

Q The President has accused the Democrats of holding up funding to the troops. But it’s the President’s veto that will, effectively, put the funding — stop the funding in its tracks. So if this is so urgent doesn’t he at least share some of the blame?

MS. PERINO: No, Matt —

Q — some of the blame for the holdup, for failing to have his White House and his fellow Republicans achieve a workable compromise with the Democrats?

MS. PERINO: No. For several weeks the Democrats have known that if the bill, in its current form, is sent to him, that he would veto it. They’ve also said that they don’t plan on cutting off funds for the troops. And given that, since they don’t have and they know they don’t have the votes to override the President’s veto, it is their responsibility to send the President a bill that he can sign.

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Today On Holden’s Obsession With The Gaggle

Hey, for the second consecutive day the White House has posted the transcript to the morning gaggle, which is unusualy since they normally only post the afternoon gaggle transcript.

Dana Gets All Snippy About “Mission Accomplished”…

Q How quickly will the President deal with a bill? How quickly will he veto it once it arrives here? Can we expect it to be done the same day?

MS. PERINO: I’m not going to put a time on it. But I think — it will be very soon.


Q Do you think — what do you think about the effort to time this with the fourth anniversary of the President’s declaration of the end of major combat —

MS. PERINO: Well, I noticed that yesterday there are anonymous Democratic sources who are saying that this was their strategy and that an on-the-record quote from the Senate Majority Leader’s spokesman saying that that is preposterous. I wonder which one is accurate. And I think that if it is the case that they withheld money for the troops in order to try to play some ridiculous PR stunt, that that is the height of cynicism, and absolutely so unfortunate for the men and women in uniform and their families who are watching the debate — and you would hope that that is not true, although it does make you wonder, why did the House wait so long to appoint conferees? There were no conferees appointed during that two-week break.

And I would just remind you that I know that our opponents for years have tried — have misconstrued that speech. I would encourage anybody who’s actually going to write about this to go back and read that speech and what it was about and what the USS Abraham Lincoln was doing, how long they had been gone, way past their six-month deployment. I think they were gone nine to 10 months. They were expanded, and their mission was accomplished. The President never said “mission accomplished” in his speech.

And I would just hope that the cynicism on the Hill doesn’t run that deep, but I wouldn’t put it past them.

Leaving The Door Wide Open For Helen Thomas…

Q Is it cynicism to want to bring people home to safety, instead of the daily killing that we see in Iraq?

MS. PERINO: No, Helen, that’s not what I was —

Q I mean, those words are very tough, very tough.

MS. PERINO: Helen, that’s not what I was talking about.

But that’s not what Terry’s question was. What I was saying is that it is cynical if they withheld money from the troops in order to have a PR stunt.

Q They’re not keeping money from the troops. They’ll put money in to bring them home.

MS. PERINO: Caren.

Which In Turn Lead To A Feeding Frenzy

Q Dana, on the “mission accomplished” speech, though, wasn’t the phrase something to the effect of, “the battle of Baghdad is over”? Clearly that’s not true.

MS. PERINO: I think it was — it was major combat. And I — it was major combat operations. And at that point, if you’re going back — I’m not the greater historian on this, since I was at the Council on Environmental Quality during this episode, but Baghdad did fall very quickly. [Chimpy actually said, “Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed.”] One of the things that we have learned over the years is how strong, first of all, that al Qaeda would be in Iraq, that they would set up this battle as, in their own words, the battle to win. And we did not know that their stoking of sectarian violence would do what it did last year. We had — at the end of 2005 and early 2006, you had the votes for a government and a vote for a constitution with millions of people in Iraq. And it looked like we were moving towards a period of political reconciliation. And then if you look at the marker of the bombing of the Samarra mosque in February of 2006, it really started this chain reaction, which is — then in the fall of 2006, the President heard the call of the American people who wanted to see a change in Iraq, and he underwent an extensive review, a comprehensive review which led to the new Baghdad security plan, which is now under way as General Petraeus —

Q Four years ago he said major combat operations were over. All those things happened after he said major combat operations were over. Wasn’t that a rosy scenario?

MS. PERINO: He said that — he also said that a transition from democracy — I’m sorry, the transition from dictatorship to democracy would take time. And — go ahead.

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Scout’s Obsession with the GAO: Colbert Edition

OKsome of you encouraged me with this obsession and now everyone is stuck with it. Today though is video of last night’s appearance of the GAO’s Comptroller General David Walker on the Colbert Report. He did well. Lots of energy but then again he works at the agency that is ranked Number 2 in the recently released Best Places to Work in the Federal Government 2007! BTW… Department of Homeland Security which includes FEMA was ranked second to last place or #29 of 30. Last place was the Small Business Administration. But I digress… Continue reading Scout’s Obsession with the GAO: Colbert Edition

Lost In The Subpoena Shuffle

My, Henry Waxman was busy yesterday, wasn’t he? The White House has turned over to a House committee about 200 pages of documents related to a contract with a company run by a man who pleaded guilty to bribing a congressman. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform had planned to vote on a subpoena for the documents. That proved unnecessary after the White House delivered the documents Tuesday evening, said Karen Lightfoot, spokeswoman for the committee’s chairman, Rep. Henry Waxman (news, bio, voting record), D-Calif. [snip] At issue is a $140,000 contract awarded to MZM Inc. in July … Continue reading Lost In The Subpoena Shuffle

Arkansas: Today’s Home For FAIL

Lesbians, lesbians everywhere! In today’s internet age, books are almost a forgotten commodity in public libraries, but if you look hard enough you can still find some gems. For example, two teenage boys in Bentonville, Arkansas unearthed a hefty tome entitled “The Whole Lesbian Sex Book” while “browsing for material on military academies” — or so they told their father. Although the sex guide by Felice Newman has been “deemed suitable for all public libraries, according to the Library Journal,” the dad, Earl Adams, was so perturbed by its contents that he is suing Bentonville for $20,000. According to Adams, … Continue reading Arkansas: Today’s Home For FAIL

Happy Democrat Photo: Governor Ted Edition

Hotness: SALEM, Ore. – If Gov. Ted Kulongoski seems a little sluggish this week, he’s got an excuse: he couldn’t afford coffee. In fact, the Democratic governor couldn’t afford much of anything during a trip to a Salem-area grocery store on Tuesday, where he had exactly $21 to buy a week’s worth of food — the same amount that the state’s average food stamp recipient spends weekly on groceries. Kulongoski is taking the weeklong challenge to raise awareness about the difficulty of feeding a family on a food stamp budget. A. Continue reading Happy Democrat Photo: Governor Ted Edition