The Trick Is Not To Mind It

I think Amanda is in large partcorrect here: Amy has a hypothesis. “If only,” it goes, “Democrats acknowledged that abortion is a difficult decision with moral dimensions and said they were Christians, then they would get all these votes of people who badly want to vote for them, but need to hear these magic words.” Luckily, you can apply that hypothesis to the real world. Let’s say Democratic politicians quit crowing about their atheism and their love of abort— What’s that you say? Democrats already talk god and moral complexity. And we haven’t gotten that 40% of the vote yet? … Continue reading The Trick Is Not To Mind It

Today On Holden’s Obsession With The Gaggle

Dana Don’t Know! Q The U.S. military conducted 19 focus groups throughout Iraq last November, and its report on those focus groups stated that Iraqis from every ethnic and sectarian group are united in the belief that the U.S. invasion is the root cause of the sectarian violence in Iraq, and that the departure of the U.S. military is the key to national reconciliation. And I wondered, has the President seen the military’s report on those focus groups? MS. PERINO: I don’t know if he has. I haven’t either, and I’d refer you to DOD because I don’t know the … Continue reading Today On Holden’s Obsession With The Gaggle

Today on Athenae’s Obsession with John McCain’s MySpace

Y’all thought I was kidding (warning, sound at the link, and not good sound, either, it’s like “America, are you ready to rock but not too hard?!!!”): First, from the whitest white boy ever, and this is me saying this: This is a real azz mo fo right hurr. F the haterz that say he isn’t this or isnt that…they aren’t to bright…this is my main ninja right hurr…VIVA MCCAIN, the next president of the United States of America Next, in the Department of You Know, If It’s Not Gonna Interfere With Your Dinner Plans, or Anything: Save America if … Continue reading Today on Athenae’s Obsession with John McCain’s MySpace

Today On Holden’s Obsession With The Gaggle

Shorter Dana Peroxide: I’m Not A Statistician

Q We’re coming on to the fifth anniversary of our invasion of Iraq, and two years ago the President summed up the number of Iraqis possibly dead as a result of that to 30,000. Do you have any new estimate now for summing up of this war?

MS. PERINO: I don’t with me, Helen, no.


Q A British research organization said about a million Iraqis have died as a result.

MS. PERINO: I don’t know if that’s accurate.

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Your President Speaks!

Today, at theWhite House. Launching Weapons To Us Regimes that adhere to extremist ideologies, which may have the capability of launching weapons to those of us who love freedom, they’re the threats to peace. What NATO Has Go To Be NATO has got to be in a position to deal with the true threats of the 21st century. Thanks, Willingness! And I thank your willingness to send troops into Afghanistan. Making The Case Of Obviously, this is a complicated issue that requires the United States, one, to make the case of why a missile defense is needed in the first … Continue reading Your President Speaks!

Forget the Freepi

I think I just found a new obsession. The comments on Janet Huckabee’s MySpace: We are praying for you and Mike and that America will come to her senses and elect God’s man for our Nation…Mike Huckabee!! God bless you both!!! I wrote a song in support of your husband – check my myspace and you can listen to it! Anything to help out Mike! JANET I WANT TO SEND YOU SOME WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT. GET READY! GET READY! CAUSE HERE IT COMES GOD WILL BLOW THE DOORS OFF THIS CAMPAIGN AND RAISE UP THAT MAN OF GOD! I know … Continue reading Forget the Freepi

Your President Speaks!

Today, inWashington. Say A Clear Message And the trade bill with Colombia would say a clear message to a strong democratic ally: We support you; we support you in your efforts. The Global War On Articles Continues It would send a chilling signal to our allies, and it would harm national security of the United States. Don’t Bogart The Columbian Goods! Many of the Colombian goods come into our country duty-free, it seems like we ought to be treated the same way by sending our products into their countries. What People Do A Lot Of Time A lot of time … Continue reading Your President Speaks!

Oh No! We Suck Again!

Huge jump in foreclosures. The number of homes facing foreclosure jumped 57 percent in January compared to a year ago, with lenders increasingly forced to take possession of homes they couldn’t unload at auctions, a mortgage research firm said Monday. Nationwide, some 233,001 homes received at least one notice from lenders last month related to overdue payments, compared with 148,425 a year earlier, according to Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac Inc. Nearly half of the total involved first-time default notices. [snip] The U.S. foreclosure rate last month was one filing for every 534 homes. The Cape Coral-Fort Myers area in Florida posted … Continue reading Oh No! We Suck Again!


Welcome to theBush Economy. Inflation at the wholesale level soared in January by the fastest pace in 16 years, pushed higher by rising costs for food, energy and medicine. The Labor Department said Tuesday that wholesale prices rose 1 percent last month, more than double the 0.4 percent increase that economists had been expecting. The worse-than-expected performance was certain to capture attention at the Federal Reserve, which has chosen to combat a threatened recession by aggressively cutting interest rates in the belief that weaker economic growth will keep a lid on prices. But the combination of rising inflation and weaker … Continue reading Ouch!

Today On Holden’s Obsession With The Gaggle

Dana Peroxide Is Back, Just In Time For Another Helenization

Q Is the President’s position that he would veto it without retroactive immunity?

MS. PERINO: That has been his position for a long time, and the reason is because you can’t have — without the cooperation of the companies, we won’t have a program


Q Who gave them the right to break the law?

MS. PERINO: Nobody broke the law, Helen. That might be your opinion, but nobody broke the law.

Q When these companies — when no warrant is given, and they didn’t break the law?

MS. PERINO: Helen, you’re entitled to your opinion, but you’re not entitled to your own set of facts.

Q Oh, come on, let’s —

MS. PERINO: And the facts are that companies were asked to help, and they were helped —

Q Why can’t they get —

MS. PERINO: — and they allowed — they helped with a legal program that has helped save lives.

Q Who told them they could break the law?

MS. PERINO: That is just — that’s not true, Helen.

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Your President Speaks!

Today, at theWhite House. There Is A Lot Of Good Folks What I do want to share with you is that there’s a lot of good folks, and you know it, too, and I want to thank you all very much for these counterterrorism cells. What The Governor Of New York Got I look at the governor of New York, they got an unbelievably good fusion center in New York City. Brainwreck Secondly, today — and I see that you’ve been given this book — this is a book which describes the faith-based and community organization initiative. What People Have … Continue reading Your President Speaks!


Jonathan Penner. Hey, if I’m gonna get dinged for watching Survivor, I’m at least gonna show you what the appeal is. Seriously, though, this Barack Obama “patriotism” thing. This is why the whole electability conversation is basically crap. Nobody’s immune from the slime machine, and nobody should even worry about immunity, honestly. Nobody should even worry about defense. Nobody should even worry about how best to answer whatever hypothetical attacks the Republicans/press/stupid among us might come up with tomorrow. It’s pointless. Whatever you say in your defense, once you’re defending, it’s over, so don’t even bother defending. ATTACK. A. Continue reading Immunity

Holy Shit

You might want to start doing a better job of looking for these. Holy shit. I would like to believe thatthis is just a one-time fuck up. I really would. Security details at Barack Obama’s rally Wednesdaystopped screening people for weapons at the front gates more than an hour before the Democratic presidential candidate took the stage at Reunion Arena. The order to put down the metal detectors and stop checking purses and laptop bags came as a surprise to several Dallas police officers who said they believed it was a lapse in security. Dallas Deputy Police Chief T.W. Lawrence, … Continue reading Holy Shit

Today On Holden’s Obsession With The Gaggle

Oh, Lord.Snott Stanzel Blames The Trial Lawyers

Q Okay, and one quick follow up on that. As I understand it, the sticking point is really about retroactive immunity for the telecoms, not prospective immunity. So help me understand the administration’s argument that without this retroactive immunity, the telecoms would be reluctant in the future to cooperate with a surveillance request. If prospective immunity is already assured, I don’t understand how retroactive immunity has any effect.

MR. STANZEL: Well, retroactive immunity is something that the DNI has spoken regularly about. He spoke last weekend about it on one of the Sunday programs. And it’s important that we provide that retroactive immunity for companies that were alleged to have helped after the 9/11 attacks.

What we have is a situation now where the Protect America Act was let to expire, calls into question prospective retroactive — or prospective immunity. And the more uncertainty there are on these issues, the less willing these companies are going to be, presumably, to put their shareholders at risk of these multi-billion dollar lawsuits.

Q But let’s assume it was passed with prospective immunity — which is had, you know, six months ago — but retroactive immunity wasn’t there. Wouldn’t that solve the concerns?

MR. STANZEL: We have always been supportive of providing retroactive immunity to the companies that felt a patriotic duty to help their country in the aftermath of the most significant terrorist attack in the history of this nation. We think that’s important.

The opposing arguments for that I assume are because they want trial lawyers to be able to sue those companies. We don’t think that’s right. We think that we should provide that immunity and we think that that’s necessary.

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