Archive for March, 2008

The FBI needs to keep it in their pants
March 31, 2008

What with Bob Ney, Duke Cunningham and Mark Foley all getting caught with their hands in the cookie jar right around the 2006 elections, I guess it’s kind of forgivable that the Republican Justice Department would get a raging erection at the thought of a real-life Democrat getting caught with a bunch of dirty money in his freezer. But it would have been nice if they could have put this scumbag behind bars without breaking the law themselves.

Of course, there’s really no way to draw a conclusion about this case that isn’t going to be seen as a partisan decision. If you don’t overturn the earlier ruling, you’re helping out a corrupt politician because you’re a die-hard Democrat who’s willing to sacrifice the rule of law to help out your friends in the party. If you do overturn it, you’re endorsing the illegal tactics of a heavily politicized Justice Department run amok. It kind of makes sense that John Roberts would take one look at this case and go, “Whoa! There is no way in HELL I’m getting my fingerprints on this mess.”

As for how this is going to affect the case against Jefferson as a whole: I have absolutely no clue. I’m obviously not a legal expert, but I’m going to hope the answer is not too much. Because watching crooked politicians get shipped off to the slammer is just so much fun.


WTF is synthenol?
March 31, 2008

I love the AV Club as much as the next guy – in fact, it’s pretty much my only source for music reviews these days – but their list today of fictional drugs is sadly incomplete. Come on, guys! The first drug on the list is a lame-o alcohol substitute from freakin’ Star Trek but you leave out adrenochrome? Doctor Gonzo would be displeased.

Dun. Dun. Dun. Another one bites the dust.
March 31, 2008

Jesus, being a Bush administration cabinet member gives you all the longevity of the slutty one in a teen slasher film. Just ask O’Neill, Ridge, Ashcroft, Powell, Rumsfeld, Tenet, Gonzalez and the dude from Scanners.


Why I support Change Congress
March 30, 2008

NOTE: For an explanation of what Blogrolling for Change is and how to get involved, click here.

When I was a senior in high school, The Nation had a contest where they asked high school and college students across the country what the most important issue facing young people was. In writing my response I deliberately chose to misread the question – rather than telling The Nation what I thought young people cared about the most, I decided to tell them what I thought the most important issue was, period. The answer? Undue corporate power and influence, particularly when it comes to the American political process.

Why that? Why did I get the vapors over a little dirty money changing hands when people are fighting and dying in Iraq, when millions of Americans are going without healthcare, when we’re facing a global environmental crisis and there are a million other problems that have a bigger direct impact on the lives of all of us as American citizens?

Because, as Lawrence Lessig said in the powerpoint presentation explaining what Change Congress is: This might not be the most important problem, but it is the first one. Without serious reform in the American policy process, we’re going to continue to be deprived of the substantive policy changes that need to be made.

Our legislative process is badly broken. American democracy is wounded. And until we mend it, every other policy problem we face is only going to get harder to fix.

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Remember when Kevin Spacey was in good movies?
March 30, 2008

21 is a really, really bad movie. Thank god it’s the funny kind of bad. ‘Cause it’s got Lawrence Fishburne yelling, “You think you can beat the system? Well here’s the system beating YOU!”

Now I want to read the book it’s inspired by. Because the basic premise is intriguing, but I would prefer it to involve people with personalities and some grounding in reality.

I guess I’m just not the same guy I was in Boston.

Blogrolling for Change
March 29, 2008

I’ve written previously about my support for Change Congress. Well, today, I’m putting my money where my mouth is. Except I don’t have any money, so I created a free account instead.

So here’s how it works: Say you have a website or a blog. If you write a page or post with the Change Congress button and a couple paragraphs explaining why you support Change Congress, you can then email or post to one of the flagship members (tagged here) and that person will add you to the account and (optional but encouraged) send you html to add the links to your site. The links from will be up on each of those four websites – if you want to become an active participant and add it to your own site as well, post here or email me.

I’ll have my post up with the links shortly in the next couple of days. Which is sort of like “shortly.” But less immediate.

UPDATE: It’s up!

Kittens, McCain and America: Soft and cuddly!
March 29, 2008

John McCain thinks America is really, really, really super-awesome. Like, the best thing ever. How do I know? Because he says “America” like thirty goddamn times. It’s Giuliani’s 9/11 Tourrette’s Part II: Electric [American] Boogaloo. In America.

Here’s the video:

You know what’s really depressing? This shit works, and John McCain knows it. As long as he just repeats positive-sounding words and images over and over again, McCain can get away with fucking anything. Now it’s just a matter of seeing how far he can push this. Expect a lot of ridiculous statements followed by soothing mental images. Such as:”When I am president, I will declare war on the continent of Asia.”

[Stunned, mortified silence.]

“Uh … look, everyone! A kitty!”

[Wild applause]

[Smirking]: “An American kitty.”

Rudymentum goes to Albany
March 29, 2008

Jesus Christ yes!!!

That’s right, just because almost no one wanted him to be President and the only reason he didn’t leave office as the most hated ex-mayor in the history of New York is because terrorists attacked it first doesn’t mean that Rudy Giuliani is finished politically. Oh, hells no! He’s having surrogates drop stories into the New York Post about how when the current governor David Paterson resigns over some scandal he hasn’t yet admitted to (although, I am personally dying to know what else can possibly be out there after he admits to cheating, drug use, misuse of campaign funds to cheat and possible misuse of taxpayer dollars to cheat) he’s totes gonna take the Governor’s Mansion. I mean, not that he’d live there because Albany sucks but he’s gonna run the state, assholes!

Ever since the Republican primary ended, there hasn’t been nearly enough schadenfreude in American politics. So thank you, Giuliani. Thank you for making this sacrifice so we can continue to mock you.

And to Mitt Romney: You should follow your former primary opponent’s example here. Run for office again! And hang in there, little guy!

Cynics’ Party added to the blogroll.

Great moments in mugshot history
March 29, 2008

Seriously, the mugshot at the top of Paul’s post here is awesome. It pretty much says all you need to know.

There’s some stuff about a DoJ investigation in this post or something, but I know that’s not what you’re interested in. What you’re wondering, and what Paul answers at the very bottom is this: What would the MySpace page of that popped-collar fratboy dick in your introductory economics class look like if he happened to be a war profiteer?

Well, it looks a lot like this.

Kind of a letdown, no?

March 29, 2008

So I went to the pre-convention event thing and managed to totally embarrass myself by kissing Atrios’s ass way too much, which was funny. He was very gracious about it and seemed kind of confused that anyone would be star-struck meeting him in person.

Also met TRex in person for the second time, after we worked together a little bit on the Ned Lamont campaign. And I realized – shit! – why haven’t I blogrolled this guy? Why did I let myself lose track of his writing after he left FDL? Terrible, terrible oversight on my part. Anyway, he’s on the blogroll now. So, oversight corrected.

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