Frontier Former Editor

December 29, 2008

Object lesson for 2009




Never, ever, send a one-armed one-eyed man or Tom Cruise to do something that needs to be done right.

September 2, 2007

The joys of re-enacting, or designer SPAM and potted meat

Sometimes I go wandering through my IE favorites to see what stuff I bookmarked for a particular project.

I’ve got a lot of projects. Too many projects.

Being an inveterate modeler, I’ve always found the Internet to be a treasure trove of quick research for all those kits I’ll never build or will partially build. But after last week’s essay on school lunches and canned food at Teeny Manolo, I remembered the time last year when I was working on a figure of a German infantryman and started looking for info on helmet covers (yep, the hobby can get strange . . . .)

And as I scrolled down the faves list, there it was, a website devoted to reproduction field rations.

While I’m a historian by education and often interested in minutae as well as broad strokes, I’m not sure I’d pay the equivalent price of a steak dinner for this:


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.


July 28, 2007

In honor of our fine, upstanding administration . . . .

Filed under: cool stuff, humor, Monty Python, old times, theft is sincere flattery, Third Reich — Frontier Former Editor @ 11:31 pm

I’ve located this clip, featuring Michael Palin as Alberto the G, Graham Chapman as Tony Snow, and John Cleese in a composite of damn near every other scumbag working in the Executive Branch.

July 1, 2007

Selective nostalgia

I particularly relish this piece because my independent study course as a history major covered Chamberlain’s actions in 1938-40 . . . .

Why Winston Wouldn’t Stand For W
George W. Bush always wanted to be like a wartime British prime ministers. He is. But it’s not the one he had in mind.

By Lynne Olson
Sunday, July 1, 2007; B01

President Bush‘s favorite role model is, famously, Jesus, but Winston Churchill is close behind. The president admires the wartime British prime minister so much that he keeps what he calls “a stern-looking bust” of Churchill in the Oval Office. “He watches my every move,” Bush jokes. These days, Churchill would probably not care for much of what he sees . . .

June 26, 2007

If I were the Bundeswehr (besides having to eat for several hundred thousand . . . )

Filed under: cinema, Is he tall enough to reach the table?, mad bombers, neofascism, Scientology, Third Reich — Frontier Former Editor @ 10:29 am

I’d tell Tom Cruise, “Sure, you can film at our facilities, as long as you do some real method acting . . . like losing the arm and the eye and a few fingers . . . for real.”

May 18, 2007

My word, it’s all so clear now . . . .

Filed under: doomed to repeat, dumbasses, Heinrich Himmler, neofascism, politics, Satanic verses, scumbags, Third Reich, vampires — Frontier Former Editor @ 1:40 am

Guess where Alberto Gonzales is going?

May 11, 2007

Talk about butter melting in one’s mouth . . .

Filed under: doomed to repeat, dumbasses, Iraq, neofascism, politics, Texas contortionist, Third Reich — Frontier Former Editor @ 2:52 am

From the Washington Post’s account of the unwelcome White House-guests . . .

“White House officials said Mr. Bush welcomed the observations of the lawmakers. “The president encouraged the members to give unvarnished opinions and views,” said Dana Perino, a White House spokeswoman.”

Yeah, right before Rove ordered them all hung by piano-wire nooses attached to meathooks in the Reich Chancellery courtyard . . . . .

It’s nice to see the Republican party is developing some backbone, albeit the rather flexible, form-fitting, opportunistic spine found in eels. And the core to their newly-found candor with President von Hindenbu . . . er, Bush? “We’re gonna get voted out of office if you don’t do something!”

Screw ’em. Just don’t screw our troops by leaving them in the middle of a modern re-enactment of ‘Quit India” or, even worse, ‘Chinese’ Gordon’s Khartoum nightmare.

March 29, 2007

Truly a shame I didn’t find this until now . . .

because it beats dogs playing poker as art any day of the week . . .

 (From via kchristieh’s blog)

The Mad Tea Party

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.

March 26, 2007

Another bonus from the Karl Rove Fan Club, right here at Frontier Former Editor

 I’ve known this more than intuitively since 2000, but it’s always nice to hear the case restated succinctly. Please share this with your friends, your enemies and those who claim to have little or no opinion on the current American political situation.

Heck, even share it with your elected Congressional representatives along with a reminder that those fuckwits have enabled things to get to this point.

Rove, proven liar

President Bush’s “offer” to let Congress interview Karl Rove about the U.S. attorney firings without an oath is a joke. As we learned in Plamegate, Rove cannot be trusted to tell the truth. By Joe Conason

Mar. 23, 2007 | Confronted with subpoenas from Congress demanding the sworn testimony of Karl Rove on the matter of the eight fired U.S. attorneys, those guileless guys in the Bush White House sound puzzled. Both press secretary Tony Snow and communications director Dan Bartlett say they cannot understand why the House and Senate Judiciary Committees won’t accept the offer to interview Rove in private, behind closed doors, without putting him under oath or transcribing the proceedings.If the Congress is honestly interested in the truth about those firings, as Snow exclaimed yesterday under questioning from reporters, why wouldn’t the committees agree to that “extraordinarily generous” proposal from the White House? Why not just let ol’ Karl sit down in a back room with a few senators and members of Congress and explain everything, without stenographers and reporters and videotapes and nosy rubbernecking citizens?

The proposal to interview the president’s chief political counselor without an oath or even a transcript is absurd for a simple and obvious reason. Yet the White House press corps, despite a long and sometimes testy series of exchanges with Snow, is too polite to mention that reason, so let me spell it out as rudely as necessary right here:

Rove is a proven liar who cannot be trusted to tell the truth even when he is under oath, unless and until he is directly threatened with the prospect of prison time. Or has everyone suddenly forgotten his exceedingly narrow escape from criminal indictment for perjury and false statements in the Valerie Plame Wilson investigation? Only after four visits to the grand jury convened by special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald, and a stark warning from Fitzgerald to defense counsel of a possible indictment, did Rove suddenly remember his role in the exposure of Plame as a CIA agent.

Not only did Rove lie, but he happily let others lie on his behalf, beginning in September 2003, when Scott McClellan, then the White House press secretary, publicly exonerated him of any blame in the outing of Plame. From that autumn until his fifth and final appearance before the grand jury in April 2006, the president’s “boy genius” concealed the facts about his leak of Plame’s CIA identity to Time magazine correspondent Matt Cooper.

There is no reason to believe that Rove would ever have told the truth if Fitzgerald had not forced Cooper to testify before the grand jury and surrender his incriminating notes, with a contempt citation and the threat of a long sojourn in jail. Indeed, there is no reason to think that even knowing Cooper had testified would have made Rove testify accurately. He failed to do so from July 2005 until April 2006, after all. But in December 2005, Fitzgerald impaneled a new grand jury and started to present evidence against him.

In the embarrassing aftermath of that very plain history of lying, covering up and gaming the prosecutor, Rove’s friends offered two cute explanations. Explanation one was that he supposedly didn’t remember that he had spoken about Plame with Cooper until Time reporter Viveca Novak reminded his attorney of that fact. Explanation two was that he didn’t say Plame’s name aloud to Cooper but merely referred to her as Wilson’s wife and said she worked at CIA. So technically, when he claimed he didn’t name her, he wasn’t literally lying. Except that he didn’t remember doing any of that anyway. What-ever!

By now the porous brainpans of the Washington press corps not only seem to have excused Rove’s leaking and lying about Plame’s CIA position, but also to have erased that disgraceful episode from their memories. The president and all his flacks can stand before the public and act as if Rove should be treated like a truthful person whose words can be believed — and not as someone who lies routinely even in the direst of circumstances. The press secretary Snow can say, without fear of contradiction, that the best way to ascertain the facts about the White House role in the firing of the U.S. attorneys is to interview Rove without benefit of oath or transcript.

“Do they want the truth, and do they think they’re not going to be able to get it?” Snow asked rhetorically. “And the answer is, of course, they’re going to get the truth. They’re going to get the whole truth. ”

Why didn’t everybody laugh when he said that?

— By Joe Conason

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