Damnit, Bill O'Reilly, Now You've Gone Too Far!

Police: Hostages taken at Clinton office

ROCHESTER, N.H. – A man took an unknown number of people hostage at a New Hampshire campaign office for Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton, police said Friday.

The man claimed to have a bomb strapped to him when he walked into the office in Rochester, WHDH-TV reported.

Police said they believe two hostages were being held and that the man had released an adult and a child.

Bill Shaheen, chairman of Clinton’s campaign, said the hostages are two volunteer staffers. “Hopefully, they’re going to negotiate this so no one gets hurt,” Shaheen told WMUR-TV.

WMUR-TV quoted a woman, Lettie Tzizik, saying she spoke to someone who said she had just been released by the man.

“A young woman with a 6-month- or 8-month-old infant came rushing into the store just in tears, and she said, ‘You need to call 911. A man has just walked into the Clinton office, opened his coat and showed us a bomb strapped to his chest with duct tape,'” Tzizik said.

Police surrounded the building, evacuated the immediate area and placed other buildings, including a nearby school, under lockdown.

Clinton, who was scheduled to campaign in Virginia on Friday, was not at the office.

How Dare You Sponsor a Cruise, or Broadcast, or Breathe

I am working on what I hope will be an omnibus post that will run to commemorate the lovely occassion of the fourth birthday of Air America Radio in March 2008. But I did want to quickly note something that belies how nasty and truly un-American are the assholes who populate the right wang of American politics today.

Air America Radio is sponsoring a cruise. It’s something they’ve done informally in the past. Randi Rhodes recently took an Alaska cruise with some listeners, for example, but this is the first officially sponsored cruise by the network. The cruise covers Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta, and will feature many AAR talkers and keynote by Paul Krugman. This sounds inocuous enough, no?

Well, Michelle Malkin has a problem with it.

She writes: “Just got an e-mail notice about the first ‘Air America Radio Cruise.’ The boat is going to lean so far left that I fear for the passengers’ safety…”

Ha-ha! Do you see what she did there?

It’s not that these assholes simply disagree with the talent at Air America Radio or that they can be content to not listen. They hate its very existence. They despise its right to broadcast. They vomit a little even considering their stupid ideas being challenged publicly. They think Voltaire was a loon. Air America Radio can’t even do something as harmless as inviting listeners to join some of their talkers on a boat without triggering smarm from the likes of Michelle Maglalang. It’s unbelievable.

Keeping Up With The Trumps

“Never before have so many Americans gotten so wealthy so quickly. And never before have the wealthy spent so much on lifestyle and consumer goods. So what do you do to stand out? The challenge for today’s rich is to set themselves apart from the merely affluent. You want things no one else can afford or experience. The challenge is to always stay ahead.”

Robert Frank
Author of Richistan: A Journey Through the American Wealth Boom and the Lives of the New Rich
Quoted in Time Style & Design, Winter 2007

Charles Farthammer Strikes Again

For some reason, The Washington Post continues to employ Robert Novak, who publicly identified a covert CIA agent in the newspaper, and Charles Farthammer. The gist of Farthammer’s column today is that the war in Iraq is, um, “turning around,” and that Nancy Pelosi still says the policy is not werking.

Farthammer writes: “It does not have the drama of the Inchon landing or the sweep of the Union comeback in the summer of 1864. But the turnabout of American fortunes in Iraq over the past several months is of equal moment—a war seemingly lost, now winnable. The violence in Iraq has been dramatically reduced. Political allegiances have been radically reversed. The revival of ordinary life in many cities is palpable. Something important is happening.

“And what is the reaction of the war critics? Nancy Pelosi stoutly maintains her state of denial, saying this about the war just two weeks ago: ‘This is not working. . . . We must reverse it.’ A euphemism for ‘abandon the field,’ which is what every Democratic presidential candidate is promising, with variations only in how precipitous to make the retreat.”

Farthammer of course misses the mark from where I’m sittin’. But I reckon Charles Farthammer and I disagree on the most basic of premises. I don’t believe the Untied States of America had any business invading a sovreign nation had never threatened nor attacked. I assume that Charles Farthammer thought that was okay.

But Farthammer goes much further and works much harder to miss the point. Leaving Iraq is not a retreat. You can’t retreat from an occupation. It’s merely a withdrawal. Whatsmore, it’s not a defeat. It’s a strategy to win, to allow this country to sort out its shit without us as lightning rod. Bush’s occupation has had plenty of time. And now most Americans are behind getting the hell out. Hey. Charles Farthammer. I don’t think it’s the Speaker who’s in denial.

Note: hairy fishnuts wrote this post also, but better than I did ».

Make the Pie Higher

Make the Pie Higher
by George W. Bush
I think we all agree, the past is over.
This is still a dangerous world.
It’s a world of madmen and uncertainty
and potential mental losses.
Rarely is the question asked
Is our children learning?
Will the highways of the Internet become more few?
How many hands have I shaked?
They misunderestimate me.
I am a pitbull on the pantleg of opportunity.
I know that the human being and the fish can coexist.
Families is where our nation finds hope, where our wings take dream.
Put food on your family!
Knock down the tollbooth!
Vulcanize society!
Make the pie higher! Make the pie higher!

Tom Tancredo, Meet John Grisham. Ah. I See You Have Already.

A book review from Daddy Bonk. Man. I cannot wait to get to the Farm.


The Brethern might be one of John Grisham’s worst books.

I am having a very hard time finishing it—a bad melodrama about a member of the John F. Kennedy Look Alike Caucus who is tapped by the CIA to be the next president of the United States. There is some complication in the plot related to a bunch of lawyers serving time in federal prison for various frauds and murders and such who have a blackmailing ring. I have not had the patience to read far enough to figure out the exact connection. Probably a bribery thing coming up. It is not relevant.

Tom Tancredo, or one of his bat-brained aids, didn’t have to read that far either to get the idea for his Scare America Campaign. Yes. The CIA has decided that Congressman Lake, clean-cut, card-carrying member of the JFK Look Alike Caucus, will become president by scaring the shit out of America. So they run these ads about terrorists with nukes running around killing Americans. And the tagline?


Tom Tancredo is a shit-for-brains dumbass, and I can’t be too upset that his entire ad is plagiarized from John Grisham. Part of me is a little annoyed that the mainstream press didn’t catch this. The other part of me has concluded that only a shit-for-brains dumbass would read this book anyway.


For context, courtesy of YouTube. Complete unfortunately with the original poster’s dipshit political commentary. My posting of this piece of shit here should in no way be construed as support.

The Master Debaters

I stayed up way too late last night watching the Democratic “debate” on CNN. I have not sat through many of these events, partly because, like Christmas, it just seems like presidential campaign season just comes earlier and earlier every year and all the commercialism is just taking the spirit out of it; and also because I’m having more fun watching the Congress anyway. But I thought I’d trudge through last night. Here are my brief observations.

Four years ago right about now we were suffering the spectacle of Al Sharpton running for president as a Democrat. There are no Al Sharptons this year, and that is nice. There is of course Mike Gravel, whom they will not allow on the stage, but I do not find that troubling because he is a loon. Any man who can be invited on to three Air America radio programs and manage to pick fights with all three hosts is a loon. But of the candidates who were on the stage last evening, I have to say that I would be quite satisfied to have any one of them running for president, and it is encouraging to note this in light of the fact that each and every Republigoat running for president is a fucking bozo. It is easy this primary season to be an undecided Democrat because no matter who wins the nomination, he or she will be a competent, hardy candidate. I think Democrats can and should be utterly proud of this slate.

Halfway through, I kept urging Wolfie Blitzer to “let Dennis speak.” When he finally was allowed to open his yaw, he dropped the I-Bomb, and the crowd went mad. If I had my way in this world, Dennis Kucinich would be President of the United States. But I hope the jellyfins in Congress were watching and heard the roar. The people want impeachment hearings. And there’s only one candidate up there who’s tried to start that ball rolling.

But I like John Edwards. I went into this election season fully expecting to be an Obama guy. But I find him to be too calculating somehow. I’m finding that the guy who seems to have the fire in his belly is John Edwards. And let’s buck the conventional wisdom that the only one who can beat the Republigoats next year is Hillary. Edwards took on the Republigoats deep in Jesse Helms country and won, and he was part of a presidential ticket that gave us the closest popular margin ever for a victorious sitting President. He’s proven to be capable of winning.

Regardless, as I said, no matter who picks up the mantle, I think we’re ready.

P.S. The analysis to read is over at Firedoglake. Of course.

Stylish Campaign Finance Reform

Lizz Winstead on the Air America Radio just uttered a wonderful idea.

What if presidential candidates had to wear a PATCH for every big corporate donor like those NASCAR guys? And if, the bigger the donation, the bigger the patch? Then, you wouldn’t even really NEED the debates, would you? You just look at their jackets to see who’s purchased them and make your decision from there.

That’s it. I’m writing my Congessman.


The Bar Association of Rochester, N.Y. Does Something Cool

Father of KIAV pointed this one out. From RNews:

Solidarity For Pakistani Lawyers
by Mike Hedeen

Members of the Rochester judicial community marched to the Hall of Justice Thursday in support of their colleagues in Pakistan.

Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf declared emergency rule across the country last week and imposed a state of emergency.

The local rally was to show solidarity for the judges and lawyers arrested by the Pakistani military.

“It’s an attack upon the independence of the judiciary, the role of lawyers achieving social order, and the role of judges and lawyers holding everybody accountable to the law, even the highest political officials of a country,” explained Tom Smith, president of the Monroe County Bar Association.

Pakistan native Ruhi Maker is an attorney with the Empire Justice Center. She practiced law in Pakistan before moving to the United States.

Some of those under house arrest are her former colleagues.

“The gentleman who was my boss represented the chief justice, the recent Supreme Court chief justice in the recent event that occurred, he’s right now in prison,” Maker explained. “Nobody knows where he is. Rumor has it, and you have to realize there is limited news coverage so we have to rely on e-mails, that he is allegedly in a prison where people are taken to be tortured.”

When she was growing up in Pakistan, Maker says the United States was funding the Taliban, and some believe that group is looking to become a powerful force in the country’s government.

Maker blames the current problems in her homeland on U.S. foreign policy.

“It’s too much in the military’s interest to keep things going as the way they are,” she said. “If the Taliban would stop being a problem, if Osama were caught, Musharraf would lose all legitimacy. It’s what keeps him in power because the U.S. keeps him in power.”

The Pakistani Supreme Court was to rule on whether Musharraf could run for another presidential term and remain the top army general. He has since suspended the upcoming elections.

Questioning the Dems and a Horrible Mixed Metaphor at the End

Glenn Greenwald has today posted a stunner of a post questioning the Democrats’ alleged paralysis to do anything in the full Senate about the rubber-stamping of The Torture Guy II as A.G. Here’s the meat of it:

“Wow—it sounds as though there was really a lot at stake in this vote. So why would 44 Democratic Senators make a flamboyant showing of opposing confirmation without actually doing what they could to prevent it? Is it that a filibuster was not possible because a large number of these Democratic Senators were willing to symbolically oppose confirmation so they could say they did—by casting meaningless votes in opposition knowing that confirmation was guaranteed—but were unwilling to demonstrate the sincerity of their claimed beliefs by acting on them?

“The Post said the vote ‘reflected an effort by Democrats to register their displeasure with Bush administration policies on torture and the boundaries of presidential power.’ Apparently, they wanted to oh-so-meaningfully ‘register their displeasure’ but not actually stop confirmation.”

It’s been apparent on the surface for quite some time that this Congress suffers PTSD from being a beaten stepchild all of these years. Or, is it time to start wondering if they’re actually a wolf in sheep’s clothing?