Today on Athenae’s Obsession With The Freepi: We’re Not A Hate Site, You Filthy Bitch, Pt. 2

The Washington Post takes them to task for spreading the Obama/Muslim smear, and they respond with the kind of peace and tolerance that has given them the reputation they have: That bimbo Danielle Allen doesn’t have the first clue about stalking. If I wanted to, I could have her entire credit and employment history, complete criminal history, and a whole bunch of interesting stuff from her neighbors past and present, and she couldn’t do a damn thing about it. I spent enough years doing skiptracing for a major corporation that I could figuratively put a microphone and a camera up … Continue reading Today on Athenae’s Obsession With The Freepi: We’re Not A Hate Site, You Filthy Bitch, Pt. 2

Yeah, They Could At Least Throw In The Health Care

So long as we’re doing Stalinism, apparently: I would throw in the ecstatic rightwing support for police state government powers (and I’m not talking about the fringe – the line starts at Andrew Sullivan and includes every Republican Congressperson save one) to make a larger point. On the subject of government power, the reversal was so extreme that it was like watching the GOP step out of a bodysnatcher pod. It became obvious America doesn’t have a conservative party any longer. There aren’t even that many conservatives; if it was Jews most cities couldn’t form a minyan. In the late … Continue reading Yeah, They Could At Least Throw In The Health Care

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

Dana Sez We Can’t Outlaw Torture Q Has the President ever considered an executive order that would ban torture specifically? There’s a letter out now from a bipartisan group of former Secretaries of State, including Secretary of State George Shultz, with whom the President was a couple of weeks ago, and former Defense Secretaries and military officials saying that there should be an executive order with the force of law saying that torture is unacceptable. MS. PERINO: Well, we certainly respect the views of George Shultz. And one thing I would point to is that we have a set of … Continue reading Today On Holden’s Obsession With [Yesterday’s] Gaggle

Attacks in Afghanistan up 40%

CNNreported today that “the number of foreign forces in Afghanistan killed in June has reached 39, the highest monthly toll of the war.” In a Wednesday articleStars and Stripes reported that tactics used by insurgents in Afghanistan are becoming more complex and it included this: Compared to the same time period in 2007, there has been a 40 percent increase in attacks against coalition personnel in Afghanistan since he took his post in early April, Schloesser said. [Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey J. Schloesser, commander of Combined Joint Task Force-101] Insurgents attacking coalition forces have increased their use of direct-fire attacks, … Continue reading Attacks in Afghanistan up 40%


This is why it’s pointless to “work with them.” Because in the end, no matter how much they pretend to be your friends, they will fuck you when it matters. They have always done this, will always do this, and since nobody really cares anyway if Republicans and Democrats are nice to each other so long as they can continue to eat, you might as well on balance not waste your time. It’s on Brownback that he’s acting like a fucking asshole, don’t get me wrong. But this is exactly why most people who’ve been relatively awake for the past … Continue reading Sigh

Friday Ferretblogging: Troublemaking Edition

Disclaimer: I know we brought this on ourselves. We adopted big, fat, young boy ferrets, and they’re made of snips and snails and puppy dog tails and they’re just being big fat young boy ferrets. I’m notreally angry at them. “Vermin” and “varmint” are terms of affection. Now. I don’t know what it is this week. Astrology out of whack again? Moon phase not right? Heat making the beasties as crazy as it’s making me? For whatever reason, they’ve chosen this particular moment in time to be absolute monsters, climbing things we didn’t think they could climb (how did you … Continue reading Friday Ferretblogging: Troublemaking Edition

Stupid Shit Friday

Simple enough, right? Does the world ever seem absurd beyond reckoning to you? Above, you will see an ice cube bin. You probably have one in your freezer. Well, I recently bought a new one, myself.  It’s an ice cube bin. Labeled as such. For the storage of ice cubes. In your average department store, they’re sold right next to the ice cube trays.  If this seems a little repetitive, please just bear with me.  When I got home, and proceeded to wash it, I peeled off the adhesive label. And, at this time, I took a close look. Here’s … Continue reading Stupid Shit Friday

Know Who Your Friends Are

FDL has the FISA cloture vote tally. We get back up. We may take a minute to lay here and kick our feet (thanks for showing up to work, senators, honestly, thanks for making it into the office, I know it can’t be easy to walk with your head so far up your own colon) but in the morning, we get back up. When that’s all you’ve got left, that’s what you take. You pull me up, I’ll pull you. A. Continue reading Know Who Your Friends Are

Every Day

I love Steve Rhodes more: I read Lewis Lazare’s column today on a book called The Dumbest Generation with interest because for the last couple of years Lazare has called me up periodically to complain about how dumb young people are these days, and he usually blames the Internet. Why he calls me, I don’t know. I’ve never met the man. I also don’t believe today’s generation is dumber than those who came before because they don’t read newspapers. I think newspapers are dumber. And I’m not sure where a Sun-Times columnist gets off complaining that the Internet is dumbing … Continue reading Every Day

Today on Athenae’s Obsession with the Freepi: Vote For McCain!

The fate of Western civilization “is in the balance:” The fate of Western Civilization is in the balance, and the very best person the republicans could find was McCain??? The GOP forces this moron down our throats, then we are told that the entire fate of civilization depends on us to agree with them. What a bunch of lunatics! No President can save western civilation, especially McCain or Obama. Sounds like the promo for a WWF event. I could care less and I refuse to choose between the Flaming Marxist and the RINO Liberal!!! The Republican Party has cut it’s … Continue reading Today on Athenae’s Obsession with the Freepi: Vote For McCain!

They’re Not Like Us

Not that this is new, but HONESTLY: He seems to think the Iraqis are sad and mad because we liberated them instead of letting them liberate themselves. It’s nice that Tommy Friedman likes this happy rhetoric of liberation, though it’s a bit different from the days when he was saying we invaded Iraq so our soldiers could go door to door telling Iraqis to Suck. On. This. I don’t know how much our soldiers actually did this, but in any case Little Tommy Friedman can’t get himself to understand that maybe Iraqis are sad and mad because we invaded and … Continue reading They’re Not Like Us

A Recap of Today’s FISA Debate

Senate Chaplain: Please deliver us from the morons and attention whores in this chamber, and rendereth your healing powers upon Norm Coleman’s gopher-fur toupee, in the name of the Lord, amen. Chris Dodd: Let’s do dis. Mitch McConnell: If you’re not putting on a rabbit suit and engaging in what I think the kids today call “yiffing,” you don’t have anything to worry about from being wiretapped! Chuck Grassley: The phone companies are fine, patriotic corporate citizens who bent over their desks and took it just like your mom did. BOOYAH! Saxby Chambliss: The only people opposed to spying on … Continue reading A Recap of Today’s FISA Debate

Deadly consequence

NOPD Officer Nicola Cotton Bernel Johnson charged with the murder of Officer Cotton (Times Picayune photos) This is just a sad story all around. While I think it is something that could have occured in any city and in New Orleans prior to Katrina, the fact remains and has been known for quite some time that there is a continuing mental health care crisis in NOLA post Katrina/federal flood.Below are excerpts from a NYT article on the shooting death of NOPD Officer Nicola Cotton, 24, on Monday. She was shot 15 times by Bernel P. Johnson, a man with a … Continue reading Deadly consequence

Blog Pimpin’

Listen to her. Keep these fools off yo’ ass. Hey hey, everyone! My dear, dear friend Emily, who is also a friend of Athenae, has a blog. It’s not full of weighty stuff like politics and fuckin’ FEMA and Battlestar Galactica, but it will help you to look sharper. If you’re a guy. And, come on. You know you could stand to dress more nicely. I’ve seen what you wear. So check her out! She’s a hell of a writer, you’ll enjoy it, and, like watching Fat Albert, you just might learn something. Her place isFashionable Men-tions.  Continue reading Blog Pimpin’

Dodd FISA Filibuster Crack Van, Er, Speech

C-Span watch here. Fuck me blind, he’s actually doing it. Update: False alarm. Dodd gave an absolutely blistering speech, which ishere: None of our fellow Americans will have their day in court. What they will have is a government that has sanctioned lawlessness. Well, I refuse to accept that, Mr. President. I refuse to accept the argument that because this situation is just too delicate, too complicated, that this body is simply going to go ahead and sanction lawlessness. We are better than that. And if I have needed any reminder of that fact, simply look to all those who … Continue reading Dodd FISA Filibuster Crack Van, Er, Speech

Your President Speaks!

Today, at theWhite House, following a meeting with President Gloria Arroyo of the Philippines. A Lot Of American-Americans, Too First, I want to tell you how proud I am to be the President of a nation that — in which there’s a lot of Philippine-Americans. And When My Room Is Cleaned And I reminded the President that I am reminded of the great talent of the — of our Philippine-Americans when I eat dinner at the White House. There Is Some I know there’s some families that are hurting. The Importance Of Desiring The Advancing Of The Moving Forwarding We … Continue reading Your President Speaks!

British Airways angered by Bush visit’s disruption of 40,000 passengers

From the Guardian: British Airways has criticised Heathrow owner BAA for allowing George Bush to fly into the UK’s biggest airport, forcing the cancellation of at least 69 flights and disrupting the travel plans of 40,000 passengers. Willie Walsh, BA chief executive, said he was angry that the presidential entourage, which included two Boeing 747 jets and four helicopters, caused chaos 10 days ago as runways were closed and planes grounded. “The decision to allow President Bush and his fleet of aircraft to fly into Heathrow rather than a military base was one all of Heathrow’s users could have done … Continue reading British Airways angered by Bush visit’s disruption of 40,000 passengers

Today On Holden’s Obsession With The Gaggle

Appeasement! Q Dana, is the United States considering opening an interest section in Iran? How close are we to reaching a decision on that, and why would the U.S. do that? MS. PERINO: Well, I think that Secretary Rice said it best yesterday when she said that there might be some ideas out — floating out there, but there’s nothing concrete at the moment. In regards to us reaching out and talking directly to the Iranians, President Bush goes out of his way every time he talks about the Iranian issue, which is often; he gets asked about it and … Continue reading Today On Holden’s Obsession With The Gaggle

Slow Learners

AKA, “Republikkkans”. More Americans now say that the United States is less respected in the world than it has been in the past, and a growing proportion views this as a major problem for the country. More than seven-in-ten Americans (71%) say that the United States is less respected by other countries these days, up from 65% in August 2006. For the first time since Pew began asking this question in 2004, a majority of Americans now sees the loss of international respect for the United States as a major problem. The percentage of Americans saying the loss of international … Continue reading Slow Learners

Doug Feith Takes Your Questions

Scout, who likes to raise my blood pressure as early as possible in the day, sends this over to the Doug Feith Desk here at First Draft World HQ. And I pass it along to you all.Be polite. Not because he deserves it, but because you do. For what it’s worth, here are mine: Why did your book not address the scandal overLarry Franklin’s resignation and subsequent guilty plea? Did you not feel it was important to explain why your office harbored a traitor? If you truly felt that the Bush administration was taking the wrong tack by proposing a … Continue reading Doug Feith Takes Your Questions

CNN: FEMA Gave Away $85 million in household goods meant for Hurricane Katrina victims

It’s just incredible we’re still finding out craplike this happened: NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) — FEMA gave away about $85 million in household goods meant for Hurricane Katrina victims, a CNN investigation has found. The material, from basic kitchen goods to sleeping necessities, sat in warehouses for two years before the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s giveaway to federal and state agencies this year. James McIntyre, FEMA’s acting press secretary, said that FEMA was spending more than $1 million a year to store the material and that another agency wanted the warehouses torn down, so “we needed to vacate them.” SNIP … Continue reading CNN: FEMA Gave Away $85 million in household goods meant for Hurricane Katrina victims