Wandering through the Washington Post, I found an interesting little crop of op-ed and news pieces on my favorite fat, slimy bastard, Karl Rove. Consider the source of each one . . . .
August 26, 2007
August 20, 2007
Thanks to Bagel, I get another midday reminder of how enlightened some of our God-fearing Christians really are:
Wasn’t this already done as “The Stepford Wives”?
From the Author (via Amazon.com)
My name is Leah Kelley. Though I am the author of several stories, novellas, and novels, I am first and foremost a stay-at-home wife and mother. As far as my writing goes, romance is my passion. I grew up in the late 70’s and early 80’s with Kathleen Woodiweiss, Johanna Lindsey, Amanda Scott, all those authors who used to write the best books with alpha-male heroes. Unfortunately the romance genre has decided to “reform” itself to look better in the public eyes (more politically correct), so you no longer find those good old-fashioned romance stories. As a matter of fact, I rarely find a book on the shelf I want to read anymore. It’s so disappointing.
So I write, as I have done since I was thirteen years old. I love to create stories with strong heroes teaching and leading their feminine heroines as set up in the Bible. Men were never meant to be the wimps the world and the church have taught them to be. They were meant to lead their families, not be a joke to them. They were given authority over all in their families and with that comes the right to back up that authority. Nowhere in the Bible is authority given without the means to back it up. The Bible even says the person in authority has to give account for the ones under his authority. Do you think it would be fair to expect a husband to answer for his wife if he has no control over her actions? I don’t. That’s why I believe he has the right to spank his wife if need be.
In my stories I try to strike a balance between love and discipline. The hero has that “edge” but it is tempered with the knowledge that he loves the heroine and wants only what is best for her. To date I have completed three novels, two novellas, and a host of short stories with many more works in progress. I hope you will enjoy them.
More reading here
July 3, 2007
NEW YORK – The three-year marriage ofand has ended, their publicists said Monday. “Salman Rushdie has agreed to divorce his wife, Padma Lakshmi, because of her desire to end their marriage,” his representative, Jin Auh, said in a statement. “He asks that the media respect his privacy at this difficult time.”
The bad part is, except for the baldness, I don’t look all that different from Salman . . . .
most of all because that fat, bald, arrhytmic neofascist Cheney got away with the real crime.
Statement by the President On Executive Clemency for Lewis Libby
The United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit today rejected Lewis Libby’s request to remain free on bail while pursuing his appeals for the serious convictions of perjury and obstruction of justice. As a result, Mr. Libby will be required to turn himself over to the Bureau of Prisons to begin serving his prison sentence.
I have said throughout this process that it would not be appropriate to comment or intervene in this case until Mr. Libby’s appeals have been exhausted. But with the denial of bail being upheld and incarceration imminent, I believe it is now important to react to that decision.
From the very beginning of the investigation into the leaking of Valerie Plame’s name, I made it clear to the White House staff and anyone serving in my administration that I expected full cooperation with the Justice Department. Dozens of White House staff and administration officials dutifully cooperated.
After the investigation was under way, the Justice Department appointed United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois Patrick Fitzgerald as a Special Counsel in charge of the case. Mr. Fitzgerald is a highly qualified, professional prosecutor who carried out his responsibilities as charged.
This case has generated significant commentary and debate. Critics of the investigation have argued that a special counsel should not have been appointed, nor should the investigation have been pursued after the Justice Department learned who leaked Ms. Plame’s name to columnist Robert Novak. Furthermore, the critics point out that neither Mr. Libby nor anyone else has been charged with violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act or the Espionage Act, which were the original subjects of the investigation. Finally, critics say the punishment does not fit the crime: Mr. Libby was a first-time offender with years of exceptional public service and was handed a harsh sentence based in part on allegations never presented to the jury.
Others point out that a jury of citizens weighed all the evidence and listened to all the testimony and found Mr. Libby guilty of perjury and obstructing justice. They argue, correctly, that our entire system of justice relies on people telling the truth. And if a person does not tell the truth, particularly if he serves in government and holds the public trust, he must be held accountable. They say that had Mr. Libby only told the truth, he would have never been indicted in the first place.
Both critics and defenders of this investigation have made important points. I have made my own evaluation. In preparing for the decision I am announcing today, I have carefully weighed these arguments and the circumstances surrounding this case.
Mr. Libby was sentenced to thirty months of prison, two years of probation, and a $250,000 fine. In making the sentencing decision, the district court rejected the advice of the probation office, which recommended a lesser sentence and the consideration of factors that could have led to a sentence of home confinement or probation.
I respect the jury’s verdict. But I have concluded that the prison sentence given to Mr. Libby is excessive. Therefore, I am commuting the portion of Mr. Libby’s sentence that required him to spend thirty months in prison.
My decision to commute his prison sentence leaves in place a harsh punishment for Mr. Libby. The reputation he gained through his years of public service and professional work in the legal community is forever damaged. His wife and young children have also suffered immensely. He will remain on probation. The significant fines imposed by the judge will remain in effect. The consequences of his felony conviction on his former life as a lawyer, public servant, and private citizen will be long-lasting.
The Constitution gives the President the power of clemency to be used when he deems it to be warranted. It is my judgment that a commutation of the prison term in Mr. Libby’s case is an appropriate exercise of this power.
from the White House
June 4, 2007
“Have you had a sexual encounter with a current member of the United States Congress or a high-ranking government official?”
I knew my chance to get rich would come eventually!
“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hustler magazine is looking for some scandalous sex in Washington again — and willing to pay for it.
“Have you had a sexual encounter with a current member of the United States Congress or a high-ranking government official?” read a full-page advertisement taken out by Larry Flynt’s pornographic magazine in Sunday’s Washington Post.
It offered $1 million for documented evidence of illicit intimate relations with a congressman, senator or other prominent officeholder. A toll-free number and e-mail address were provided.
The last time Flynt made such an offer was in October 1998 during the drive to impeach President Bill Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky scandal.”
Dear Mr. Flynt,
I have been repeatedly gangraped by all
435 535 members of Congress; the inhabitants of the White House, Naval Observatory and some remote secure location in Cheyenne Mountain, Wyoming; and the entire Justice Department. Of course, several million of my fellow Americans may be filing the same claim, so I got dibs!
May 18, 2007
May 15, 2007
Thanks to Kelly for reminding me of my agnostic duty . . .
I’m putting odds on Pat Robertson as the best pick to follow Jerry Falwell to the biggest surprise of their afterlife.
I’m guessing that Pat will a) be crushed while doing one of his famous 2-ton leg presses; b) die from Red Chinese-poisoned wheat gluten in his Heavenly Protein Shake, or; c) suffer a massive embolism when he sees two or more Regent University graduates under Congressional immunity instead of God’s protection.
Place yer bets – the wheel is spinning!
May 6, 2007
I’ll admit rather readily that I’m an agnostic. I do believe that there is some central phenomenon that dictates how the world goes ’round, so to speak, but I’m not ready to accept that the Bible – such as it is – or the Torah or the Koran or the Book of Mormon or whatever ‘holy’ book you choose is the explanation of it all. I certainly don’t accept baptism, transubstantiation, or any other religious or mystical rite as anything more than tradition, and I’ve seen religion cause more hate and discontent in my time than any single other cause.
Do you need a fairy tale to justify being a good, decent person?
Enjoy a little Christopher Hitchens while I struggle through Oracle homework . . .
April 13, 2007
I’ve refrained from saying much about the Imus dustup until now for the same reason that any sane person would avoid stepping between two vampires fighting over a used Band-Aid.
But now that Big Don is looking for work and that Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are basking in their victory, please allow me to make a few observations.
First, if Martin Luther King Jr. and W.E.B. DuBois rose from the grave today, I suspect that they’d roll up a newspaper and smack Jackson and Sharpton across their noses for being cheap rabble rousers and manipulating this whole debate to depict themselves as leaders of public opinion. In the end, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson fundamentally are no different from Father Charles Coughlin of seven decades ago or Jerry Falwell or Pat Robertson.
Second, Imus has either bored me to tears the few times I’ve bothered to listen to him or just underwhelmed me with whatever he’s been trying to pass off as talent, savoir faire and a finger on the pulse of the nation. In this case, he’s simply lived down to my expectations. With all this talk about how he’s raised money for charities, perhaps he ought to think about how he should have maintained his effectiveness in that role.
Third, everyone is right on one point – when can one call someone a ho’? If it’s not good for Imus, why in hell is it good for anyone else?
Fourth, corporate America – and, I’ll be willing to wager, John Q. Public – has merely behaved in the same time-honored, gutlessly incremental manner it always has when faced with a choice between profit and public outrage. In that aspect, Imus can be compared fairly accurately with the string that was the downfall of the Dalkon Shield.
Fifth, Rosie O’Donnell – despite her general attempt through her career since VH-1 to make noise to be noticed – managed to stumble across one good point: part of the firestorm was simply an opportunity to wield force on the part of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. This aspect was not a ‘black thing,’ as Sharpton and Jackson would have had many of us believe as they trolled the news and morning show circuit.
And sixth – and probably most significantly – one of the Rutgers players observed that Imus’s ‘nappy headed ho’s’ were also somebody’s daughters.
I think everyone needs to sit down and watch ‘Blazing Saddles’ so everyone’s sensibilities can be offended.
March 29, 2007
because it beats dogs playing poker as art any day of the week . . .
(From artofmarkbryan.com via kchristieh’s blog)
And, after seeing this little piece of tomfoolery (see link below) from the radio and television press dinner Wednesday night, if I ever see NBC’s David Gregory in person I will spit in his face.