Sing Along With Mitch

Bob Edwards’ interview recently with reporter John Cheves of the Lexington Herald-Leader has inspired the crack editorial staff here at KIAV to create a brand new category for a single solitary senator: Mitch McConnell.

Cheves has been writing a series of articles about McConnell, who will be majority leader in the Senate if the Democrats do not succeed in their bid to sweep the Republigoats out. Cheves says McConnell is the Senate’s foremost expert on that body’s rules and that he is one of its most successful fundraisers. He was one of the most stalwart obstacles to McCain-Feingold. He’s one of the big reasons that Medicare can’t negotiate for better? pharmeceutical prices. And, I think most terrifying of all, he’s a pioneer in the practice of? tying foreign aid to campaign finance.

Here are some of Cheves’ articles. Read up. Set a Google alert for “Mitch McConnell.” I intend to blog about? Mitch quite a bit. ?

Signed, Aaron’s Dad

Today, a guest post from my Dear Old Dad, one of the smartest guys I know:

I? am distressed that no one in the Democratic party has articulated what seems to me to be the simplest and most direct response to Busch on the ? prosecution of the war on terror. Busch says he is fighting the war on terror. Democrats say he lied about Iraq and has failed absolutely to deliver on his promise to rebuild Iraq, establish democracy there etc: Of course the Democrats are right, but these positions do not address Busch’s claim.

“I am fighting the War on Terror”, he says. The answer is that he is not. Not by a longshot.

To fight the war on terror, we need to:? 1.? Establish a comprehensive defense by a. ? protecting our infrastructure. (The Head of Homeland Security says we can’t afford to do that because of budget constraints) b. establish a better intelligence network. (In five years we still have no farsi or erdu speaking FBI agents). 2.? Build effective networks around the world that can help us contain terrorists economically and cooperate in information gathering. (We cant do this because everyone hates us, thanks to Busch policies). 3. Build long-term infrastructure that will enable us to defeat terrorism. This might involve an international liberal educational program where American students learn Farsi, Erdu and other key languages, study cultures etc: while foreign students, Arabs, Phillipinos, Asians, Europeans learn American culture; address the economic issues that underlie the distrust and hatred of the developed world by improving the quality of life in those countries. 4. Remove dependence on oil. 5. Address the religious and cultural underpinnings of Wahabbism, and similarly militant cultures that foment international terrorism. ? This may require recognizing that some cultures just hate us and recognizing that we just need to deal with that, perhaps by military means. One important thing to recognize is that The Wahabi hate other Muslems more than they hate us. Busch has given all Muslems a reason to forget their differences and hate us first.

Finally to fight the war on Terror we have to walk away from the side show in Iraq. ? It is straining our resources, killing our kids and not accomplilshing a damn thing. ? We have a lot of work to do. The Democratic Party should be demanding that we get to it. Now.

WTF?

A question rolls around in today’s news out of Iraq: How do we stand down when they? stand up if every time they stand up someone? saunters by and swats them in the nuts with a rolled-up City Paper? ?

The Iraqi government, you see, has postponed a “reconciliation conference,” which was supposed to have done something or other for the year-old government. Ironically, the conference was postponed due to shrapnel. And whilst all this is going on, there are some, um, Islamo-fasshists, running around claiming to have founded their own? caliphate right there in Iraq, and it’s being reported that a panel established to consider the issue has come around to the novel idea that “stay the course” is, well, stupid.

If this is how it’s going in the first front of the “war” on “terrorism,” then it’s once again time for all ya’ll to think: Are these the folks you want conducting this “war,” anyway?

But We’ll See If They’ll Play This

Post Update: A few notes about the filing, which is available? @ The Smoking Gun:

  • AAR owes Al Franken $360,749.98 in wages.
  • AAR owes Mike Malloy $114,678.64 in wages.
  • AAR owes Chuck D (Carton Ridenhour) $10,749.99 in wages.
  • AAR is already in the hole to Peter Werbe for $600 and to the Young Turks for $6,923.10 in wages.
  • Former AAR heads Goldberg, Krantz and Sinton have disputed wage claims.
  • There is a nearly $300K claim, undisputed and unliquidated, with ICBC Broadcast Holdings Inc., a.k.a. WLIB-FM.
  • AAR owes Real Networks $85,100.
  • I have not been able to find George Soros’ name ANYWHERE in this document. ?

Get ready for the BillOs of the universe to run out of their offices and to start dancing in the streets like the malevolent little schadenfreude junkies that they are. Tune into “The Factor” tonight and do a shot every time the phrase “I told you so” leaves that big mouth on that enormous, enormous head.

Air America Radio has filed for Chapter 11.

You see, the policies of this government are apparently so paper-thin that they can’t stand up to the slightest of scrutiny by anyone, not even by a motley band of misfits broadcasting on frequencies that render them as HAM radio operators. From day one, many of the most predictible of voices have beaten this drum, that Air America Radio will fail, and worse: Indeed, the Big Giant Head once said that they should be rounded up and arrested, just for broadcasting.

Fortunately, Chapter 11 doesn’t strangle AAR’s ability to? “annoy and to bait Bill O’Reilly.” Probably quite to the contrary. The glee from these folks that is around the corner indicates that they? don’t understand or want to pretend they don’t understand the difference between a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing and one filed under Chapter 7.

You see, Billy, if AAR were actually about to go tits up, they’d file Chapter 7. Filing Chapter 11 means they intend to stay in business. So, I wouldn’t get your “Be-A-Pepper-Drink-Dr-Pepper” dancin’ shoes out of the closet just yet. You can revel when you tune in an AAR affiliate and hear salsa music. Until then, you’ll just have to seethe about AAR’s existence, just as we seethe about the existence of Fox “News.”

The crack editorial staff here at KIAV will do everything we can to support our beloved radio de la moonbat. Starting with this one thing you should know: Your Washington, D.C. AAR affliate, 1260 AM WWRC, carries its programming via Internet stream. That means you can listen to it on your compyooter, supporting your local AAR affiliate even if you can’t seem to tune it in on your hi-fi.

And I’m A Genius, Genius

You’ve probably heard by now that David Kuo, an evangelical Christian conservative and former White House Staffer, has written a book that claims that the Bush administration was disingenuous and indeed downright dismissive of its evangelical supporters.

How about a big Nelson Muntz-style cheer for my friends in evangelical circles? Ha-ha.

You, fucktards, have apparently been hornschwaggled like the rest of America. I mean, who could have imagined when George W. Bush ascended to the throne promising something called the “White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives,” that it might conceivably be nothing more than a cynical tactic? for the President and his CREEP? Who could have imagined that this President uses religion for nothing but political gain, that he semaphores to his base over the rest of our heads and then calls them “ridiculous” “boorish” “nuts” in private?

This President? Conceited, ruthless, and completely callous? No. Way.

I cannot wait to get my paws on this book.

One Downsmanship

“I know the speaker didn’t go over a bridge and leave a young person in the water, and then have a press conference the next day,” said Chris Shays.? “Dennis Hastert didn’t kill anybody.”

Oh, Jesus H. Asshat. Seriously? We’re playing the Chappaquiddick card while the nice lady who sleeps next to the President has also been involved in an automobile accident when she was a youngster that killed a person?

All righty, fine, dummy. Have it your way: Oh, yeah? Well, Ted Kennedy never left the House floor during a vote to mutually masturbate with a teen in IMs.

Nyah, nyah.

I’ve Tidied Up, and I Can’t Find Anything

It is not good to get into a housecleaning mood on the back end of one’s Web log and to act upon it compulsively. I quite stupidly deleted a misnamed database and lost a lot of entries. Some can be recovered. But I won’t bother with a lot of it. The point isn’t that you tweaked the Republigoats yesterday. The point is to keep writing them acerbic letters, as the dedication recipient of this blog so wonderfully put it in his last words. I’ve not explained that before, so I shall reference Mr. Heller’s obit once again?especially now that I’ve discovered it’s no longer archived at the Chicago Tribune:

Theodore Roosevelt Heller
Theodore Roosevelt Heller, 88, loving father of Charles (Joann) Heller; dear brother of the late Sonya (the late Jack) Steinberg. Ted was discharged from the U.S. Army during WWII due to service related injuries, and then forced his way back into the Illinois National Guard insisting no one tells him when to serve his country. Graveside services Tuesday 11 a.m. at Waldheim Jewish Cemetery (Ziditshover section), 1700 S. Harlem Ave., Chicago. In lieu of flowers, please send acerbic letters to Republicans. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals, Douglas MacIsaac, funeral director 847-229-8822, www.cjfinfo.com.

Anyway. On to bigger and, well, more things. And a new theme to boot. I lost that, too. I like the new one, tho.

In Which W.J. Clinton Reminds Us Why We Lurve Him

Interesting thing about the whole Clinton/Wallace flap. Do you remember in “Unfoxed,? when they discussed a regularly permeating interview technique of Fox “News” known as “some people say?” Wherein one of their blabbing bobbleheads shits all over journalism with the faux attribution of “some people say?” Remember?

Remember how Wallace opened the segment? He said: “When we announced that you were going to be on FOX News Sunday, I got a lot of email from viewers, and I’ve got to say, I was surprised most of them wanted me to ask you this question: Why didn’t you do more to put Bin Laden and al Qaeda out of business when you were President?”

Chris Wallace might as well have said, “Some people say you should have done more to put Bin Laden and al Qaeda out of business when you were President.” Classic Fox “News” bullshit move, and I am elated that Clinton didn’t let it schmooze him into complacency.

Indeed. He was anti-schmoozed. He was brilliant. He said exactly and everything that needed to be said, at the precise moment it needed saying. He could have said it a year ago, but it wouldn?t have had the impact because it wouldn?t have been on the eve of CGI II, and it wouldn?t have been on Fox “News.” And he hit all the notes as surely as Joss Stone.

Everyone laughed at Hillary many years ago, when she dared to name the evil what was then only seething slowly from its cage, the “vast” “right-wing” “conspiracy.” Everyone, including me. I laughed a little. At the time, I was less aware and the context didn’t seem so very real. Now today, I have caught up with her, as, apparently, has her husband, his teeth a little clenched, his eyes a little wild, but he, always steering and braking the entire room. He had the exact right spot in the time/space contiuum to do the exact right thing, and he did. He reminded us why we lurve him, why he is and was the best, and why, had he been President on September Eleventh, we would now be experiencing an unprecedented global era of world peace, freedom from disease and famine, and previously unseen prosperity.

Now, as Ariana Huffington said and I?m paraphrasing, maybe he’s finally all in the ring. I kinda hope so.

Ketchup Is A Vegetable

On Sept. 4, 1981, at the suggestion of Reagan budget director David Stockman and under the direction of President Ronald Reagan, the USDA classifed ketchup as a vegetable. It is outstanding, the forward-thinking genius of that administration, to have been aware of the life-saving benefits of lycopene in the early ’80s.

Not only was this savvy political manuver a clear sign of a caring, compassionate federal government, it was a bold attempt to save—and by “save” I mean “slash from the federal school lunch program”—$1.5 billion. Pundits galore still applaud this exemplary policy-making. Mark Shields, for example, says the ketchup-as-vegetable strategy was undertaken “stupidly and indefensibly.” High praise, indeed, and right on. “Ketchup is a vegetable” was not only a transparently cynical policy, it was and is to this day a powerfully iconic one. Editorial boards hold it up almost universally as premium example of what’s wrong with Republican governing. Any American citizen can cite this four-word phrase that has almost become a single word on its own without knowing its specific origin. Indeed, this “let them eat cake” of the 20th century is nearly the stuff of legend.

Therefore, I was floored to discover that nobody had yet fashioned the phrase into a domain name. I felt rather compelled—no, obligated—to purchase it and to create yet another damned blog by yet another damned self-appointed political pundit. This seems like the time to do it, too. I am inspired by the growing list of liberals stepping up to bark back at the likes of Ann Coulter and Sean Hannity and to voice vital opposition to the utterly wrong direction this nation is taking. We’re in big trouble, folks. Our executive’s eyes are bigger than his stomach, and, as if that isn’t enough, he is much too sure of his own ability to handle the utensils.

There is a scene in the film “Being John Malkovitch” where Malkovitch himself goes on the John Malkovitch ride and is transported into his own head. If you’ve seen the film, you know the consequences. I like to imagine President George W. Bush in similar circumstances. I imagine that, were he similarly transported, the phrase he’d hear spat out by every Dubya doppelganger in the room would be the title of this Web site. One can almost hear it in every statement he makes, that subtle, underlying insincerity that has been such a central tenet of his administration. “Ketchup is a vegetable,” he’d say, perhaps while winking and firing his fingers at you. “Ketchup is a vegetable.” Such is the extent of our president’s disingenuousness. I do not trust our Executive any farther than I could throw a planet. In the same ideological universe where he resides, “ketchup is a vegetable” was once a truth. It is fitting and necessary to remember that as we march into the last 13 months of this political season.