Sunday, April 30, 2006
Saturday, April 29, 2006
Over at Butt Busters, the wide loads are hissy-bitching about entirely accurate reporting.
Tiny Tim Graham leads off with this:
The Washington Post showed its liberal colors Saturday morning by running this copy in their "Inside" text box. "Rush Limbaugh Arrested: The talk radio icon surrenders on a charge of committing fraud to obtain prescription drugs." The headline for the story on the front of the Style section was also suggestive: "Rush Limbaugh Turns Himself In On Fraud Charge In Rx Drug Probe." The online link was "Limbaugh Charged With Prescription Drug Fraud," accurate but incomplete.
A casual reader of headlines could easily conclude that Limbaugh was admitting guilt, with words like "surrenders" and "turns himself in." But it was a part of a deal with no admission of guilt. The story by Peter Whoriskey noted: "The agreement is not an admission of guilt to the charge." A less inflammatory set of headlines would have said "Prosecutors, Limbaugh Strike Deal."
Yes, the headlines are entirely accurate, but people who read only the headline might get an inaccurate impression due to a combination of their own laziness and their own stupidity.
Tiny Tim clearly knows his audience.
Meanwhile, on Friday night, Brent Baker posted obsessively about every teevee news story reporting the corpulent junkie's arrest. I understand Baker's date was left stranded at the swap meet while Baker stroked his remotes late into the evening.
p.s. to Brent: The Doughboy Junkie was not a winner, no matter how you spin it. The only winner is Roy Black - to the tune of $750,000 or more, I'd guess.
From Duke Cunningham's alleged Neilsie-like affinity for free hookers, to Karl Rove's pre-indictment return engagement with the grand jury, to Mister Ed Morrisey's adopting a nickname used to identify cowards and predatory pedophiles, it's an embarassment of riches for left-wing bloggers.
Before getting started, let me list some topics I'm not particularly interested in:
1. The Duke University rape allegations
2. The Da Vinci Code (movie, book and/or trial)
3. Barry Bonds
4. Conferences of blogging law professors
5. Hate Air
6. What rightwing jackasses think about United 93
If I think of any more, I'll let you know.
Friday, April 28, 2006
Grand Old Police Blotter: Rush Limbaugh, Criminal Fraud Edition
Blue Baby Huey, a common criminal, has cut a deal (and not with his regular dealer):
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., April 28 (AP)-- Rush Limbaugh was arrested today on prescription drug charges, with his attorney saying he has reached a deal with prosecutors that will eventually see the charges dismissed if he continues treatment for drug addiction.Whatever happened to law and order, respect for authority and the rule of law? Tens of thousands of law abiding immigrants come to our beautiful country and and obey our laws while native-born criminals like Big Pharma piss on penal code and those who respect the law.
Limbaugh turned himself in to authorities on a warrant issued by the State Attorney's Office, said Teri Barbera, a spokeswoman for the State Attorney's Office.
The conservative radio commentator came into the jail about 4 p.m. with his attorney, Roy Black, and left an hour later after posting $3,000 bail, Ms. Barbera said. The warrant was for fraud to conceal information to obtain prescriptions, Ms. Barbera said.
Mr. Black said his client and prosecutors had reached a settlement on a charge of doctor shopping filed today by the state attorney, which Mr. Black said will be dismissed in 18 months if Mr. Limbaugh complies with court guidelines.
As a primary condition of the dismissal, Mr. Limbaugh must continue to seek treatment from the doctor he has seen for the past two and a half years, Mr. Black said.
I wonder if Tony Snow can be reached for comment.
(Sombrero tip: Urban Sombrero.)
The Pubic Interest
This is brilliant. Krazy Kounsellor Klayman is suing Judicial Watch, both for damages and to regain control of the organization. In the suit, Klayman immodestly avers:
"Klayman is a celebrity in the non-profit legal/political community. Klayman is widely recognized, both nationally and internationally, as the leading figure in the world of government and judicial oversight and pubic 'watchdog' groups." (Paragraph 97.)
Yes, you read that right. Krazy K admits to his voyeurism and/or porn addiction in his own lawsuit. It really was all about the Clenis for Klayman.
There's much, much more, including guest appearances by Jack Abramoff and the Tiny Toxic Texan (see Paragraphs 57 and 58) and Little Elian.
This lawsuit could be a motherlode of dirt on the Scaife/wingnut dirty tricks machine.
(Link via Slate)
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
I didn't realize Tony Ho's undistinguished career included work for the True Father at the Moonie Times. The man has already discredited himself.
Monday, April 24, 2006
Snivelling snitch Chris Hitchens asks, "Why no special prosecutor for the latest CIA leak case?"
Perhaps because in Ms. McCarthy's case, there are no blatant conflicts of interest such as those created by the fact that Smilin' Johnny Asscrack put himself in charge of investigating his former campaign consultant, Karl Rove, and a slew of other Administration crooks and liars, such as Scooter Libby. In this case, Andy Card and Abu Gonzales aren't working hard to give the Administration extra time to delete incriminating emails and purge inculpatory files before commencing the investigation.
Could that be it, Chris?
Sleep it off, Hitch, before you ask any more asinine questions.
And take that filthy Clenis out of your gob, once and for all.
Sunday, April 23, 2006
Usually at this time of the year, I make noises about traveling south to check out the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, but end up not going. This year, I'm not going to even bother making the noises.
Here are the schedules: Saturday, Sunday
One of the bigger events is a talk "Doctor" Laura Schlessinger, introduced by "Ms." Tammy Bruce. In an auditorium. To call these individuals "authors" or their output "books" is to insult the good names of whoever writes the Truly Tasteless Jokes series.
And does anyone need to witness a conversation with strokebook mogul Larry Flynt? (Unless he's in conversation with "Doctor" Laura?)
Not even the rare public appearance by the reclusive Frank McCourt has whet my appetite.
Here's a bit of cheery news you won't read at The Corner or on Depends Media -- Condi Rice is finally going to be placed under oath:
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Lawyers for two lobbyists accused of conspiring to obtain secret defense information said Friday that they intended to prove that senior administration officials, including Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, provided the lobbyists with some of the sensitive information.
Ratcheting up their defense against espionage charges, the lawyers, representing former employees of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, got tentative clearance from U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III to subpoena Rice and three other officials in the case.
At a hearing Friday, Abbe Lowell, the lawyer for former AIPAC employee Steven J. Rosen, said the testimony of Rice and the other officials was necessary to show that they also had disclosed sensitive information and that some of the disclosures at the crux of the indictments might have been authorized.
Each of the officials "has real-life dealings with the defendants in this case. They'll explain what they told Dr. Rosen in detail," Lowell said. "Day One - Rice tells him certain information. Day Two - [someone else named in the indictment] tells him the same thing" or similar information.
Day Three: Condi is indicted for leaking confidential information to AIPAC.
Day Four: Wingnut blogosphere says leaking is okay again, except when it isn't.
Remember, Condi: It's never the war crimes, it's the coverup.
(Link via Political Animal.)
Friday, April 21, 2006
Michael Kinsley's got a funny column about the "Win A Trip With Nick Kristof" contest.
In the column, he also announces a new, less humorous contest, "Win Michael Kinsley's Smug Sense of Intellectual Superiority." The winner will join Mike on 2-week tour of Iraq, where Mike will have the opportunity to fix his intelligence around the horrific consequences of Bush's policy.
Send all entries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amazing. You can win a Pulitzer for reporting a story you don't know the first thing about:
From the April 19 edition of Q&A:SCHMIDT: Well, that's, you know -- I think that some of the elected officials don't know how far this thing goes in their own parties, both Republican and Democrat. The Democrats have not been -- a few have been sort out there strident about it. But there's a deafening silence on the part of a lot of people, and that's because, actually, Abramoff had -- was giving a lot of money to Democrats, too.
Given that we've already been through this with Steno's vulgarian pal, Li'l Debbie Howl, this can't be passed off as a slip of the tongue. Not even Bush is that inarticulate.
Meanwhile, Michael Crowley is choking on the bile of his stunning ignorance:
It would seem the Pulitzer committee missed the memo from the liberal blogosphere that Washington Post reporter Susan Schmidt is a GOP-allied "stenographer." (But then, we always knew Rove and Mehlman are really behind the Pulitzers.) Congratulations to Schmidt and her colleagues James V. Grimaldi and R. Jeffrey Smith for a richly-deserved prize that should more than compensate for the stunning bile thrown at them (mostly Schmidt) of late.
UPDATE: I don't know whether it's hilarious or just tediously predictable that the Daily Kos post on the Pulitzers churlishly fails to mention the Washington Post reporters who helped to drum Tom DeLay out of Congress and may wind up contributing to actual jail sentences for various other GOP congressmen. (And if Schmidt's Pulitzer is just further evidence of the MSM's bankruptcy, then what are the Nick Kristof, Dana Priest, and James Risen awards doing in there? Give it up Schmidt-bashers: You've been routed. The bugle's playing "Taps.")
Give it up, Schmidt-licker. The bugle's playing "Hacks."
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Question: How do you tell a wingnut blogger from a fanboy?
Answer: Why bother?
From some dimwit not worth linking to:
"What better way to reign [sic] in the White House Press Corps than to install Jack Bauer as Press Secretary? Let's see if David Gregory has the guts to ask Jack Bauer about 'sloppy seconds'. Imagine Jack Bauer trying to sit still while Helen Thomas goes on one of her diatribes."
Boy, if George Bush was Batman, Osama would be laughing out of the other side of his mouth!
Speaking of Illiterates
Roger el-Simon's got loads of 'em working at his
money laundering operation Depends Media blog. Witness the following:
"Eugene Volokh writes about public charter school in Nevada who is really unhappy over a cultural competition about memorizing and reciting great poems that one of its students is winning his way up. Yes, winning."
Yes, mentally handicapped.
Tiffany Midgeson, Queen of The Junior Jumble
"SURI CRUISE [JPod]And if you leave the P and TZ off of Tiffany, you've still got an Od Hore.
That's the baby's name. Wonder how they came up with that unusual first name? Chop the C and the E off Cruise and do a little jumble with the letters. Tom Cruise is a FREAK."
Brit Hume: Unstable Lunatic
Even Howie the Putz, in his latest Faux News puff'n'blow, acknowledges Hume is mentally unbalanced:
"[Hume] can be withering in his comments to young staffers, say those who know him, and has a strong temper, once throwing a pitcher of half-frozen orange juice against the wall. But, they say, his flashes of anger quickly pass."
p.s. to Howie the Putz: You should've asked Spume why he supposedly regrets being a gay-bashing bigot.
Saturday, April 15, 2006
I haven't been able to post for several days. I realized that my cotinued absence might make it appear as if I was still sick, which I'm not. I hope I didn't confuse anyone with that. Sometimes there are just too many things to do and not enough time. I haven't abandoned the blog; I just haven't had the time to write anything (or at least anything worth reading).
Will be back soonish.
Friday, April 07, 2006
Books from Bigots
Impeccably researched, with over 600 notes, DONKEY CONS credibly proves its point that the Democrat Party is thoroughly corrupt and always has been. Beginning with fugitive, and former vice president Aaron Burr, this book details how the founders of what would become the Democrat Party were corrupt, then chronicles how that corruption became a trademark of the party in the ensuing centuries. McCain and Vincent argue that the fundamental difference between America's political parties is that when a Republican commits a crime he resigns in disgrace, but when a Democrat commits a crime, he never faces punishment and typically becomes a national icon of the party, to boot! Starting in the 1700s and finishing with the Abramoff scandal, DONKEY CONS exposes the Democrat Party's corruption, immorality, and hypocrisy.
Sorry, Jason. McCain's own paper, the Moonie Times, says the lying shit's full of himself on that one:
When recounting the scandal of Republican superlobbyist Jack Abramoff, the authors erroneously talk about the money that "Abramoff and friends' donated to Democratic Party committees. While Abramoff did tell others to give money to Democrats, he never contributed money himself to the party.
Who's McCain's source on that, Deborah Howell? With bald-faced lies like that, it sounds like McCain has footnoted 600 lies.
(By the way, Jason's such a little turd that Chinless Ed Gillespie wants him flushed.)
So far McCain's stooges have provided most of the Amazon reviews, but one person isn't drinking the KKKool-aid:
In any event, she [sic] omits discussion on the worst Mayor (GOP, Dick Murphy, San Diego, who bankrupted the city), worst US Rep (Duke Cunningham, GOP, also San Diego, highest bribes, now in leg irons in jail), worst Senator (Josephy McCarthy, GOP Wisconsin, a drunkard and deranged), worst cabinet member (Jospeh McFall, Teapot Dome scandal, sold US Oil Reserves during GOP Coolidge Administration), and Richard Nixon (GOP, Orange County, criminal) and soon to come, George W. Bush ( from where else, Texas).
From the blurb, it appears that McCain avoids discussing the truly shameful portion of the Democrats' past, namely, its history in the South as a whites-only party. (The party's transformation is undoubtedly what irks McKlan the most -- the party left him.)
It will be interesting to see whether this book gets any reviews in the legitmate press, and whether those reviews will address McCain's bigotry head-on. Equally interesting will be seeing who embraces the bigot from the right.
Fact Check Your Ass
Michelle Malkin, to name one writer revered by warbloggers (her site recently won Best Blog in an annual poll organized by Right-WingNews.com), is to critical thinking what Ralph Nader is to libertarianism -- a very good example of the opposite. The basic scholarship of her 2004 book In Defense of Internment was cut to ribbons by Japanese-internment historian Eric L. Muller (see "Indefensible Internment," December 2004), yet many of the same people who once trumpeted bloggers' ability to "fact-check your ass" simply shrugged, continued treating Malkin as a trustworthy source, and saved their real journalism criticism for those partisan hacks at CBS News and The New York Times.
This just in -- Joel Henry Hinrichs still is not an Islamojihadofascist.
Welch also takes the pulse of an elderly, incontinent hack who remains (in Welch's column) nameless:
Indeed, someone did tap into Reynolds (and Malkin, and 70 other high-profile bloggers), in the $3.5 million, pro-War on Terror collective known as Pajamas Media. But rather than blaze some new trail, the company stumbled badly out of the gate late last year, with a site chock full of wretched grammar, incoherent design (including an embarrassing name change from "Open Source Media," after a different "Open Source Media" protested), and much wince-inducing wannabe-journalist jargon, such as "compiled by OSM staff in Barcelona."
This just in -- Larry Franklin still a convicted traitor.