Friday, May 26, 2006

This is crazy.

I was inclined to not worry so much about the separation of powers issue when the Feds raided Jefferson's office. I guess the freezer full of cash cooled (ha!) my sympathy for the argument that this was one branch using its power over another branch.

But now Bush is getting involved?

That makes those separation of powers alarm bells ring a whole lot louder.

Bush respects no bounds when it comes to politics. His intervention in the matter of these seized documents raises the level on this whole thing.

Apparently, AG(GH!) Gonzalez signed off on the Jefferson raid. Hmmm. Wonder if there was a similar request for Cunningham's offices. Or DeLay's. And if there were other requests, I wonder if the AG(GH!) turned them down.

In and of itself, this Congressional office search could be justified. But in the context of Bush's tendency to use a copy of the Constitution that was heavily edited by former Kremlin officials ("you vant new justice system, only militwary courts? no problem! vat a country", etc., etc.), then this is definitely cause for concern.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Shorter Howard Kurtz: If you disagree with what a person has to say, it can only be because you refuse to listen to what he is going to say. Even if that person is an established politician with plenty of public remarks on which to judge him.
Shorter George Will: People who don't speak English are too stupid to vote.

Bonus: Watch me parse the word racist, as if I live on a planet Earth in some parallel dimension.
Ben Sisario, I'd like to introduce you to two gentlemen who have been selflessly mocking this effort to claim artistic stuff in the name of conservatism. I mention this because you seem to be unaware of their defining work, and therefore your article is, well, a bit naive and little sad.

Also, Mr. Sisario, you need to rethink this one:
The list comes at a time when liberal protest songs are gaining popularity. Public approval of the Bush administration and the Iraq war is at a low, and the patriotic sentiments expressed in some rock and country songs in the aftermath of 9/11 seem to have vanished.

The copy of the Constitution that President Bush goes by seems to have been edited, possibly by former Kremlin officials. The copy that the rest of us are familiar with does not jive with Guantanamo and ignoring pesky international agreements like the Geneva Convention; the copy that the rest of us know actually contains the 1st, 4th, and 6th amendments.

In light of this, saying that "Let's Impeach the President" is somehow not a "patriotic sentiment," well - you didn't even know that was Kool-Aid you were drinking, did you? Poor fella.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Think Progress calmly explains that AG Gonzales' pants are on fire.

Via Atrios.

Bush's Sandbox, update

Armed Groups Propel Iraq Toward Chaos
Such is the country that the new Iraqi leaders who took office Saturday are inheriting. The headlong, American-backed effort to arm tens of thousands of Iraqi soldiers and officers, coupled with a failure to curb a nearly equal number of militia gunmen, has created a galaxy of armed groups, each with its own loyalty and agenda, which are accelerating the country's slide into chaos.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Dammit, who can compete with this?
Worried that someone, somewhere might temporarily be behaving like bigger fucking douchebags than they were, the Jingosphere decided to join in...

Curse you, Editors. Curse you.