Friday, February 18, 2005

I wonder...

How many people currently the subject of a felony narcotics investigation are able to get clearance to visit U.S. Troops in Afghanistan, along with a U.S. Government official?

Who cleared Limbaugh?

What was the procedure?

What is the cost to the taxpayers (U.S. and Afghani)?
Dupe me again George, Oh yeah!

Can we get someone to challenge Feinstein?

First President Bush wanted to "reform" Medicare.


"Wrestling with the complexities of how to add prescription drug coverage to the Medicare program has been high on the political to-do list for at least five Congresses. This year, more than ever, there is a glimmer of hope that all the debate, formulas and analyses might coalesce into law.

That would be good news for today's seniors. But if a final agreement is devoid of even the smallest steps to make Medicare more financially sound, it would be bad news for tomorrow's seniors."

Then she voted for it and...

Medicare's new prescription drug program will cost taxpayers $720 billion over its first 10 years, with costs reaching $100 billion a year by the middle of the next decade, according to a new estimate by the Bush administration.

Then, apparently, she read the bill.

Now she says:

This new information further demonstrates what appears to be an attempt to dupe Congress and win passage of the legislation,” said one such lawmaker, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., calling for an investigation by the Senate Finance Committee.

Now President Bush wants to "reform" Social-Security.

As you know, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) of South Carolina has been running a bipartisan phase-out book club up on the hill. And my sources tell me that the participants are ...

Baucus (D)
Carper (D)
Collins (R)
Conrad (D)
Feinstein (D)
Graham (R)
Grassley (R)
Gregg (R)
Lieberman (D)
Lincoln (D)
Ben Nelson (D)
Bill Nelson (D)

This isn't even ideological. It is just manifest incompetence, and stupidity. Who could challenge Feinstein?

Well, there's
this guy.

And this guy.

And then there's her (she might want to re-design her webpage, though).
The Right-Wing Reaction to "Gannon"-gate
(departing from the sub-contintent)

Why is the media starting to inquire into the story of a man with no journalistic experience (but experience as a gay escort), who, working under a pseudonym, was able to get a White House press pass (and apparently have an uncanny ability to get inside scoops into things such as Plamegate and the Iraq war)?

My theory is that they are upset that a pervert, normally a Democrat constituent, is actually a Bush supporter. I mean, come on, we all know some Christians vote democrat, it only makes sense that some percentage of perverts and ex-cons would vote Republican.

We know that Hillary has called for all felons to be allowed to vote, afraid that they may be losing the felon support, of which they greatly depend, so too I guess they have to fight to maintain the pervert vote.

That has to be it. Has to be. There's no other explanation.

Indeed, there is no other explanation...No other explanation that is as completely devoid of reason and logic and blinded by bigotry, the Freeper forgot to add.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

I Fire the Crew

Yup, John and Chris are gone....Indian labor is so much cheaper. Here is some of the insightful new coverage you can expect...*

Thulla in Bakery Case

Delhi police joint commissioner Kanwaljit Deol will be a member of a high-level Supreme Court panel appointed to probe the veracity of a series of charges and counter-charges made by Best Bakery case controversial witness Zahira Sheikh and social activist Teesta Setalvad. The latter was in the forefront of the litigation for having the case transferred from Gujarat to Mumbai.

Certainly we all agree that it is long past time for the veracity of these charges to be investigated, yaar. Whether they turn out to be true or not, the palour cast over the Bakery industry alone calls for a speedy resolution to this case. Although we would have preferred that the case had been transferred to Andhra Pradesh and not Mumbai, let us hope that Mumbai ultimately proves the venue where justice will be done, na?

Do you think you have what it takes to out-perform our team in Bangalore? Send in a writing sample and tell us about yourself, and you may be the next (or first?) great writer. Ideological persuasion no bar (except, of course, if you are a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party).

*Actually I didn't exactly fire the crew, and I didn't outsource the jobs to India. I think Chris and John are doing other things right now. They are of course welcome to come back (although a little-noticed provision placed in the emergency appropriations bill passed by Congress last year will make their compensation much less lucrative).

This is excellent. A reader writes

Hi, my name is jeff slick (not my real name). I,m an ex gay porno star/prostitute(not that there is anything wrong with that) who has just been named bush's economic advisor on dismanteling social security. I attenended an intense two day course at a school in Texas which of course gives me instant access to the inner oval office!

I'll say this for the guy: he certainly seems to have the credentials.

Bushism of the day:

"Benefit cuts is an interesting word."

Sunday, February 13, 2005

You're the President of Serbia....

And let's say that there was a war a few years back during which the biggest divisions between Serbia and and what used to be an autonomous province of Serbia, Kosovo, were divided along ethnic/religious lines.

And now, that province, where the population is over 90 percent Albanian, and somewhere around 2 percent Serbian, after having been governed by the U.N. for several years, is working towards statehood.

Now let's suppose you make a trip to Kosovo. That's a good step...but this sure ain't:

Serb leader unyielding on Kosovo

Mr Tadic is the first Serbian leader to visit Kosovo in years
Serb President Boris Tadic has declared he would never accept an independent Kosovo, during a visit to the province.
He told Serbs at a rally in Strpce, 25 miles south of Pristina, he would do all in his power to prevent secession


"I am against the independence of Kosovo and for me, it is unacceptable," Mr Tadic told some 2,000 Serbs gathered to greet him."

[At a later rally with 2000 Albanians, he said that he had just been "jokin' around" about that comment].

[Actually, there was no such later rally].

He added:

"I don't have a magic wand to fix all the problems," Mr Tadic told a crowd of hundreds in the village of Silovo.

A magic wand? You don't need a magic wand. How about starting off by talking to the 98 percent of Kosovars that are not Serbian? Even if you are only concerned about the 2% minority Serbs, don't you think a dialogue with the Albanians would be a starting point for ensuring their welfare? Because that 98% majority is going to have a great deal of influence over what happens to the 2% minority. That would be a much more effective strategy than a search for a magic wand.