Frontier Former Editor

October 28, 2007

I suppose it is easy to get pissed . . .

when the kids are behaving exactly like the parents. Not that it really surprises me, but it does have its own chuckle factor:

WASHINGTON (AP) – The homeland security chief on Saturday tore into his own employees for staging a phony news conference at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “I think it was one of the dumbest and most inappropriate things I’ve seen since I’ve been in government,” Michael Chertoff said.“I have made unambiguously clear, in Anglo-Saxon prose, that it is not to ever happen again and there will be appropriate disciplinary action taken against those people who exhibited what I regard as extraordinarily poor judgment,” he added.”

Anglo-Saxon prose, eh? Fuck you Chertoff, you shitbag fuckwit goddamn Bush administration mouthpiece and douchebag. How’s that for unambiguously clear, Anglo-Saxon prose?

It doesn’t strike me as the dumbest and most inappropriate thing I’ve ever seen in government. After all, there’s:

  • – the actual FEMA and Homeland Security response to Hurricane Katrina
  • – the invasion of Iraq (and yes, it was an invasion)
  • – George W. Bush in general
  • – damn near anything Dick Cheney does on a daily basis, whether or not it’s classified.
  • – all those canned news spots issued by a private PR firm under a contract by the federal government on the Medicare drug benefit plan – the one with the fake reporter.

It just goes to show the real point Orwell made in 1984: totalianism in the future is the result of basically stupid, ignorant, know-nothing people that we allow to ooze into positions of responsibility.

September 23, 2007

I agree wholeheartedly . . . .

with Stiletto on this one:

By JENNIFER LOVEN, Associated Press Writer Sat Sep 22, 1:59 PM ET

WASHINGTON – President Bush again called Democrats “irresponsible” on Saturday for pushing an expansion he opposes to a children’s health insurance program.

“Democrats in Congress have decided to pass a bill they know will be vetoed,” Bush said of the measure that draws significant bipartisan support, repeating in his weekly radio address an accusation he made earlier in the week. “Members of Congress are risking health coverage for poor children purely to make a political point.”

In the Democrat’s response, also broadcast Saturday, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell turned the tables on the president, saying that if Bush doesn’t sign the bill, 15 states will have no funding left for the program by the end of the month . . . . more


September 20, 2007

In our continuing, spotty coverage of Election ’08 . . .

Filed under: Election '08, humor, invertebrates, national health care, politics, Rudy Giuliani — Frontier Former Editor @ 11:14 am

The best argument I’ve yet seen for a national health care system in the United States:

“Giuliani in NHS blast

By Emily Cook 20/09/2007

US presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani blasted the NHS yesterday on a visit to London.

The former mayor of New York said: “I had prostate cancer seven years ago. My chance of survival in the US is 82 per cent; my chance of survival if I was here in England is below 50 per cent.”

August 27, 2007

What’s one attorney general forced from office in disgrace?

Too goddamned late and not enough.

But, hey, you take what you can get.

So, without further ado,  the annotated news guide to Alberto “Heirich Himmler” Gonzales (and a not-very-smart Himmler wannabe at that) . . . .

By MATT APUZZO, Associated Press Writer 7 minutes ago

WASHINGTON – Alberto Gonzales, the nation’s first Hispanic attorney general (and a much bigger-haired version of Heinrich Himmler, Harry Daugherty and John Mitchell), announced his resignation Monday, driven from office after a wrenching standoff with congressional critics over his honesty and competence (there was no standoff over his honesty and competence – everyone knew that he was a dissembling, unethical, gutless mouthpiece with an anus big enough to have Karl Rove’s and Dick Cheney’s hands inserted to operate his eyes, head and mouth).

Republicans and Democrats alike had demanded his departure over the botched handling of FBI terror investigations and the firings of U.S. attorneys, but President Bush had defiantly stood by his Texas friend (and clinically-defined toady) for months until accepting his resignation last Friday.


March 22, 2007

Random thoughts, as so many of mine are . . . .

Filed under: dumbasses, free govt. stuff, invertebrates, lapdogs, politics, scumbags, sociopathy — Frontier Former Editor @ 1:42 pm

Tony Snow must either be clinically schizophrenic or totally without backbone.

Or both.

 I’ve watched at least three interviews with the blithering idiot this morning as he engages on his own Magical Mystery Tour to explain exactly how that keeping White House staffers out from under the encumbrances of sworn testimony on the record will serve the cause of giving the American public the truth about its government.

Snow’s performance, and the assertions of his handlers, reminded me less than vaguely of Christina Aguilera’s own PR tour a few months ago when she did interviews by not allowing interviewers to face her or to ask anything other than pre-approved questions or to deviate from that script.

 Tony Snow. What a schmuck.

 And, while tangentially related only by current circumstances, I finally sat down last week and watched “Remains of the Day.” If so many people are enthralled by Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter, they’re missing something even more striking in his quiet, painful depiction of the conflict between loyalty and morality and ethics.

Hey Tony! Go watch a movie, if you get my meaning.

March 25, 2006

A truly fun week

Filed under: dumbasses, invertebrates, politics — Frontier Former Editor @ 3:35 pm

After a jam-packed week as a mild-mannered weekly editor, what fun it was to see what throes the larger media market is weathering.

Ben Domenech highlights several concerns I’ve had with the turn that professional commentary has taken since 1980 (the opening salvoes of the Reagan conservatives, which eventually begat the so-called neo-conservatives).

I have no particular beef with Domenech’s politics; at least no more beef than I might have with his more liberal counterparts. But those of Domenech’s ilk, and those who represent his immediate spiritual parentage, do show something that concerns me far more than any conservative-liberal ideological debate.

It’s the long-standing refusal of both sides to engage in any sort of coherent, rational, empirical argument over their positions.

I really don’t consider Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh or the Fox News Network to be any substantive presence of conservative deep thought or accurate reflection of the nation’s conservative bent.

Collectively, they represent as much substance and intellect as Father Charles Coughlin’s anti-semitic nonsense, Walter Winchell’s ass-kissing, half-assed red-baiting, Joe McCarthy’s inquisition, or Andy Griffith’s rabble-rousing in “A Face in the Crowd.”

In fact, they’ve gone so far past any sort of credible conservative position that even Pat Buchanan sounds rational compared to them these days.

Never thought I’d ever write anything like that in my life, but desperate times . . . .

And, in case you’re thinking I’m on an anti-Republican bent, William F. Buckley, Jr. at least makes logical, rational constructs even if you may not lean toward his political views.

And there’s always Molly Ivins, Richard Cohen and Carl Hiassen to put some humanity and rationality into the discussion as well, although they’d typically be called bleeding-heart liberals by O’Reilly, Limbaugh, et al.

And while Al Franken’s brand of humor quite often nails the shrill hypocrisy of many of the “mainstream conservative” pundits, it’s not the sort of head-on, debate-me-like-a-man approach that all political thought deserves in order to prove its intellectual honesty.

The pro-conservative movement in the media is less and less an intellectual discussion and more and more apologism for the party in power.

And much of the ‘liberal’ counter to all this ? I’d hope it would be the unrelenting, logical dissection of any nonsense posing as conservatism.

I’d also hope that all this so-called neo-conservatism be called the mid 19th-century ‘Manifest Destiny’ and proto-fascism crap that it is.

Maybe even depicting O’Reilly, Roger Ailes, Rush Limbaugh and their ilk as the bunch of low-rent Goebbelses and intellectual Horst Wessels that they are?

Blog at