October 5, 2007
More like the version of "Dynasty" where they slap each other in pools
I'm trying really hard to think of a stupider and more catty attack on Hillary Clinton's attempts to be president than this "dynasty" stuff, and I really can't.
Basically, the argument is that now that Baby Bush has gotten his eight years, all of a sudden it would be a horrible, terrible thing if the next president was a Clinton again. It's a continuation of the desperate myth conservatives are trying to push that America is "sick" of the Clintons, especially Bill Clinton, as opposed to the situation here on Planet Earth where he is considered one of the most valuable assets to Hillary's campaign.
Actually, Noonan goes for a twofer here by pointing out Hillary doesn't have a lot of elected experience, which like George W. Bush is compensated by their name brand... so in other words, now that Bush isn't up for election anymore- an act for which Noonan herself took a leave of absence from the Wall Street Journal to assist with- she feels it's important to reflect on how dangerous electing someone with so little experience can be. Gosh, thanks, Peggy.
For one thing, the idea that this will continue some kind of Clinton family heirarchy is laughable. Should Hillary win the 2008 election, there are no more Presidnet Clintons after this. Bill and Hillary have one child, who has expressed absolutely no interest in elected office whatsoever. The only place where it is even remotely considered that Chelsea might be President is in the laughably awful fantasies of a right-wing comic book writer who also thinks Sean Hannity would make a great superhero.
Continuing that thought, if right-wingers are so upset and irritated by a constant legacy of Bushes and Clintons, than the former is the brood they should be worried about. There's just a treasure trove of potential disaster waiting in the wings there.
Noonan, who ironically would vote for the rotting corpse of Ronald Reagan if it meant he could continue to be president forever, is one of many conservatives who is desperate to take Clinton's name and family history- probably one of the most helpful aspects of her campaign- and try and create the media perception that it's the worst. America isn't sick of the Clintons; they're sick of George Bush.
Meanwhile, many Democrats are trying to make hay of this "35 years of a Bush or Clinton" junk as well, and it's mostly a similar attempt to prevent Clinton from being the nominee as opposed to someone else and it's equally stupid. As I've said before, at this point I really don't have a dog in this nomination fight because I'm convinced whoever is the Democratic nominee is going to have to face a first-term legacy of simply how much of Bush's mess they can clean up.
October 3, 2007
Bush really likes letting people die
So just for the record, the "compassionate conservative" has vetoed only four bills in his entire reign as President. Two of them would have helped advance research into life-saving medical procedures. Another would have started bringing troops home from Iraq. This morning, he vetoed a bill that would have given millions of children health coverage.
There is something very disturbing about Bush having such a high standard for vetoing a bill, and that standard being that it might let people live longer and happier lives.
Adding: I know left-wing bloggers often have unrealistic demands of Democratic officials, but if the override vote fails, and Congress does anything other than keep sending this same bill over and over to Bush, I could really care less how well they do in 2008. With the entire bill resting on about a dozen Republican congresspeople flipping, the only next step Pelosi should be considering is just how deep she can bury the GOP on this. If Republicans don't want to renew one of the most popular social programs in a generation, and want to end health coverage for millions of children, then they damn well better be made to do that throughout the entire 2008 election.
October 2, 2007
Recently-vacated position now available in Maine Republican Party press office
Oliver's short bus start whining about who's sitting in the front
It's always interested me how angry white right-wingers seem to get when telling black people how they're "supposed" to feel about other black people.
Funny story I always remember about stuff like this: I went to a panel at Howard University a few years back about the state of the black vote in America, and two of the panelists were Armstrong Williams (then only a few weeks out from the revelation the White House bribed him to write pro-Bush editorials) and Al Sharpton. At one point during the panel, Williams and Sharpton got into an argument about the perception of Clarence Thomas, with Williams responding "it's offensive the way you [by that he meant black progressives] call Clarence Thomas an "Uncle Tom."
And Al Sharpton responded, "Clarence Thomas is an Uncle Tom." And the mostly-black audience exploded in applause.
Now obviously that's just a single example, just like any Friedman-esque Magical Cab Driver story (okay, also, my story is real) But my point is, as I've joked about before, right-wingers, especially right-wing pundits, are about the least credible authorites imaginable on anything the average black person is feeling at any given time. They have this unfathomable naivete in thinking that they're somehow going to convince black people that they don't actually feel the way they do about black conservatives- and often, of all things, by suggesting that black progressives are "the real racists."
It's a perpetual attempt to sell the most preposterous bullshit imaginable to an entire race of people, and it seems very clear that decades of black people simply not buying it pisses them off to no end. But anger that black people don't know their place in the cultural debate isn't exactly a new product of the internet generation, is it?
Junk in the... can
I'm proud to report that the newest and awesome-est SGWAW book has just gone to print. Barring any horrible printing mishaps or the publishing warehouse exploding or an apocalypse occurring in which only Kevin Costner is left to deliver my packages to me, the book should be ready for it's debut next week at the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland!
Long-time fans of the site know that I've tried to get a few pamphlets or 'zines out for the few shows I do every year. Well the era of Kinko's is over. This is an actual book that will actually look presentable on your bookshelf, coffee table, and/or outpatient waiting room magazine rack.
What's in this 150-page bad boy?
-Over 100 cartoons, as well as the supplemental blog posts for all the 2007 strips
-Extended essays from the website and elsewhere, including some original stuff for the book
-The complete text and supporting documents from the 2006 George W. Bush Dead Kitten Survey
-A sweet new full-color cover
-Foreword by Tom Tomorrow!
Junk in the Toaster and Other Brilliant Ideas from Some Guy With a Website - continuing the tradition of ridiculously long names for my books. The book will debut at SPX as part of the Ignatz Award ballot for debut comic- so in addition to coming by and buying a copy, make sure you come by and vote for it!
If you won't be at SPX, stay tuned as it'll be sold through the site starting in a few weeks!
They didn't have red onions in those days, because of the war
Newton, Ia. - Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson said Monday he was certain former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction prior to the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, a point of contention in the 4 1/2 years since the war began.
"We can't forget the fact that although at a particular point in time we never found any WMD down there, he clearly had had WMD. He clearly had had the beginnings of a nuclear program," Thompson told an audience of about 60 at a Newton cafe.
Thompson later said he was referring Saddam's attack on Kurdish northern Iraq with banned weapons in the 1980s.
"He acknowledged, I think, in filings made by the United Nations that prior to the invasion - sometime prior to the invasion - that he had chemical and biological weapons," Thompson said in a Des Moines Register interview. "I mean he used chemical weapons on the Kurds."
"The last time the meteors came, we thought the sky was on fire. Naturally, we blamed the Irish. We hanged more 'n a few."
October 1, 2007
There have been a lot of stories lately that just strain the limits of ignorance one would have to have to be surprised by the story. I'm glad that these stories are being reported- don't get me wrong here- but that some reporters are acting shocked or surprised about things like (gasp) unmonitored and unrestricted mercenaries turning out to be rampaging killing machines, let alone the viewers just makes me wonder how many people were sick from school the day they taught you how to put 2 and 2 together.
Later tonight or tomorrow, some news about a new project that's finally complete. The hint is you'll get to buy it sometime in the near future. But for now, join the list.