* I forgot to mention this earlier, but I watched Ong-Bak, the Thai Warrior last night. Get used to the name Tony Jaa- he will be up there with Jackie Chan and Jet Li and others. And the Muay Thai moves are just cool.
* What if Ted Kennedy wrote children’s books? Fark gives us a sample.
* Cathy Young discusses Haleigh Poutre/Terri Schiavo and why they are different.
* A Denver Bronco’s fan claims he was humiliated in the classroom by his teacher and classmates, who are Steelers fans. BEFORE the game.
* George Galloway, human scum, shaking hands with Uday Hussein and taunting America. Cathy Young comments.
* Harold Meyerson echoes my sentiments:
Incompetence is not one of the seven deadly sins, and it’s hardly the worst attribute that can be ascribed to George W. Bush. But it is this president’s defining attribute. Historians, looking back at the hash that his administration has made of his war in Iraq, his response to Hurricane Katrina and his Medicare drug plan, will have to grapple with how one president could so cosmically botch so many big things — particularly when most of them were the president’s own initiatives.
Even in the few cases I support Bush still, he seems to work overtime to make me wish I weren’t.
* Glenn Greenwald has a long post up that claims that Sen. Mike DeWine (R-OH) introduced legislation that would make legal that which the administration is now accused of doing illegally. And the administration opposed it. Cue Harold Meyerson. Or maybe they didn’t.
I am on a diet starting today, not drinking any wine for a few months, and trying to shed some unhealthy weight I have put on. Expect me to be an XL-sized jar of attitude for a few days until I adjust. You have been warned. Speaking of fat, this is interesting:
West Virginia, which has one of the nation’s worst obesity problems, is expanding a project that uses a video game to boost students’ physical activity.
All of the state’s 157 middle schools are expecting to get the video game “Dance Dance Revolution,” and officials hope to put it in all 753 public schools within three years. A pilot project began in 20 schools last spring.
Students 10 to 14 years old are being targeted first because it is a key point in children’s development, said Linda Carson, a professor at West Virginia University’s School of Physical Education in Morgantown.
Who else have I seen in file footage shaking hands with one of the Hussein boys?
Galloway is by all accounts a nut OK. But this obsession is almost Sheehanish.
I won’t defend Galloway. Will you defend Rumsfeld?
Ahh- The nuance brigade sure showed up early to defend Galloway- because Rumsefeld meeting with Hussein in an official capacity when Hussein was our ally IS THE SAME EXACT THING as Galloway meeting privately with Huseein’s sadistic son, swearing to stick with him until the bitter end, attacking the west and inciting violence, after the Gulf War and during sanctions.
BECAUSE IT IS THE SAME THING.
I love watching you guys defend Galloway.
Perhaps we are all worked up in a lather, and GW will fail harder with the fascism schtick.
Or perhaps he’ll become a superhero, the Unitary Theory Man.
My problem with Ong-Bak was the HHH problem.
The dude booked himself to be the strongest fighter in the known universe. Even the fight he loses? It comes out that he deliberately threw the fight. He can’t be stopped! He never had to overcome any odds. He’s friggin’ Galactus.
I found myself looking at my watch starting about halfway through.
Here’s the formula that Jackie Chan perfected:
1) young upstart does a lot of stunts
2) young upstart gets the itshay kicked out of him
3) young upstart overcomes odds
Now *THAT* is a good formula that engages the audience, I tell you what.
So now I’ve defended Galloway? I suppose the same way I “went crazy” previously by pointing out you twice voted for Dubya?
Jeez, you’re like Bif Barker the Sports Man!
I call them they way I see them!
And if I don’t see them, I make them up!
Lesson for the class. Pointing out that John’s first name is “John” is in effect a defense of Juan Cole.
Pretty freaking pathetic John, but as I commented before. You are obviously having a pretty tough time internally dealing with things.
So feel free to lash out at me if it helps. But perhaps professional therapy would be more prudent?
I loved Ong Bak, because of the awesome moves and because of the anticolonialist overtones. Good, good stuff. Totally worth the dollar I spent at the second-run.
Good luck with the healthy diet thing, Mr. Blog-owner.
I suppose I was just defending Charles Manson when I mentioned that Sirhan Sirhan had killed somebody.
I suppose now is a really bad time to show you the picture of Galloway shaking hands with Tony Blair eh?
Isn’t he an elected member of Parliment in an allied government? You’d think that some relevence might attach to him for that reason alone. Well, that and his tendency to fellate communists, islamists and secular despots. Now, I could see it if he were just an oafish buffoon. Or is it “buffoonish oaf”?
But really, I think the obession might be approaching BDS.
Ok, it’s not even close to that, but still…
Davebo- IF you were not equating Galloway with Rumsfeld, as I think you were, I apologize. otherwise, after all the barbs you fling my way, I find your appeal to sympathy amusing.
Plus, I am cranky and hungry.
Don’t miss the quick link about a uniformed Iraqi General being tortured to death by US soldiers, after he had surrendered (because the US was holding his son hostage):
The Chief Warrant Officer said he was “following orders”. Must be another bad apple.
No, he’s not.
Ouch! You obviosly are, shall we say, much more “familiar” with Mr. Galloway than I. Well, except for that whole member of Parliment part..
Let me guess, you take Simon and Paula Abdul way way to seriously as well….
I read DaveBo as pointing out that shaking hands with Uday Hussein, boy psychopath, was not in itself a crime.
I really don’t want to be too hard on Galloway, though — given a few billion years, his descendants might eventually evolve into pond scum.
Bite me. You gave up wine for a month, I’m two weeks into quitting a 26 year two pack a day Marlboro habit.
Nuance point here. George Galloway is the sole representative of RESPECT in the Parliament in Westminster. He’s not a member of the government, having been thrown out of Labour some years ago.
Galloway’s talk is a lot uglier than Rumsfeld’s was. On the other hand, Rumsfeld sold the bad guys a lot more guns than Galloway did. I’m not sure John is being exactly rational about which is worse.
You are correct, he is still a member of Parliment. My bad.
We really need to stay the hell away from each other.
The Other Steve
I think it’s fair to say that both Galloway and Rumsfeld are human scum, based on their past behaviors and actions.
John apparently doesn’t see that nuance, and thinks calling them both scum is the same as defending Galloway.
The logic for that opinion escapes me.
Davebo, who is currently the Member of Parliment for thye London district of Bethnal Bow and Green?
(Hint: It’s George Galloway)
PS: Care to retract?
No wine for a few months? What are you going to do on Super Bowl Sunday?
not drinking any wine for a few months,
You’re starting this BEFORE the Super Bowl?? I see some choice Lloyd-Bridges-in-Airplane quotes in your future.
Clearly they aren’t exactly the same thing, for the reasons you list. But I don’t think the comparison is irrelevant either. If John Smith defends an utter psychopath because he believed doing so was in his best interest, we should have a whole lot of tough questions for Mr. Smith. “Was it legal?” or “Did you do it because your boss asked you to?” should not be the end of them.
Glad to hear it. We love watching you defend Rumsfeld too.
My first thought after writing that sentence was “Isn’t this great, neither side has accused the other of actually supporting Saddam himself yet? This is one of the most civilized and open-minded Web sites, whether in the blogosphere or American politics in general.” My second thought was “Jesus Christs I have low standards for political discourse.”
I’m 10 months out, on my umpteenth attempt. This really helped.
John is being fairly tame. You want to see viscious, you should see Chris Hitchens go after Galloway. I thought there was going to be a brawl when they were on Maher’s show last fall.
For the record, Galloway is an asshat. But their I go, equating him with Rumsfeld again. (sorry, had to)
And for editing too, apparently…
The Other Steve
Ok, John… That “myth” isn’t quite solved. That comment is based off of conventional weapons shipments, as reported by SIPRI. Here’s a list of what they bought:
So Russia sold them a lot of tanks and planes and choppers. The US sold them some choppers and transport planes.
But if you look at the biological weapons side, the issue isn’t quite so simple.
Nobody is disputing that the US shot down a lot of Russian planes back in ’91, or destroyed a lot of Russian tanks. We also know the Iraqi army was equipped with AK-47s.
But that isn’t the arms that Bush claimed as a reason to invade.
Ong Bak is a great movie! Be warned however, his second movie, Tom Yum Goong, is not nearly as good. The fight scenes are great, but the rest is a disappointment.
I already did above.
But seriously, Galloway is a nobody. There’s a reason you see him making a fool of himself on British reality TV. Mainly because it’s the last avenue he has left to make a fool of himself. Heck Michael Moore has more relevence and that’s not saying much.
I don’t see why he should. Galloway is a member of the Parliament, indeed, but there’s a technical meaning of the term “in government” in a parliamentary democracy, and Galloway is most certainly *not* in government.
That ‘myth’ isn’t even close to being disproved. (Glad I followed the link though–the retro talking points about Saddam being a threat brought me back. If you want a more accurate history, go here.
Not to detract from the always-fascinating George Galloway, but there are some significant legal distinctions involved in the DoJ’s initial disinclination to support the bill to lower the FISA warrant standard and the NSA program. I discussed them at length with a couple of other people yesterday, so rather than repeat it all, I will simply provide a link to that discussion: Proposed FISA Amendment from 2002 (I am Amuk! there).
Ong Bak is great fun, but Tony Jaa is far from being the next Jackie Chan or Bruce Lee or Jet Li. Yeah, he can fight like a motherfucker. But seriously, he has no real onscreen charisma, he can’t act worth a stitch, and he doesn’t have anything resembling a personality. He needs to find something other than kicking he can do well if he wants to have a real career.
Officers Say US Aided Iraq in War Despite Use of Gas
Much of the US support to Iraq and Iran was not direct. It was a shell game, ala Iran Contra (for example, US-made arms in Israel were shipped via a middleman to Tehran, and Colin Powell sent replacements to Israel from US depots).
Just like we didn’t ship weapons to the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan, we leaned on our allies (Saudi Arabia, etc).
I don’t want to get in a link war with John, but the page of “Iraq myths” he links to isn’t exactly the most reliable source. I’ll quote one of the myths that may, or may not, reflect on whether we should take the word of some website as to whether the United States armed Iraq:
The fact is, the US had lots of reasons for not wanting to engage in open, publicly documented arms sales to Iraq, but there’s no question that both Reagan and Bush believed it was in our national interest to make sure Iraq won the war with Iran. There is literally a mountain of evidence that the US (1) sold large amount of “dual-use” materials to Iraq, that is, materials that don’t have to be classified as arms because they technically have a civilian use; and (2) facilitated a great many arms sales to Iraq by third parties outside the US.
I don’t believe these facts are reasonably subject to dispute, although if it helps you sleep at night to read one page of “myths” about Iraq and assume that represents the complete and final truth, so be it. At the end of the day, I still think it’s funny how we often judge people more harshly for their words than their actions.
But this is way, way cooler:
Dance Dance Immolation
Interestingly Steve, I just watched Lord of War last night (meh), and Nic Cage said roughly the same thing.
Andy Borowitz: Naked Photos of Bush and Abramoff Rock White
Mr. McClellan said that the American people ‘would have no problem believing’ that Mr. Bush posed naked with Mr. Abramoff on five different occasions without actually knowing who he was.
Whenever I see a good DDR’er, it’s always a big sweaty fat guy. Or an Asian. Is it possible that instead of turning kids skinny, it will turn th– no, prolly not.
Dodd, interesting stuff. I think you might be missing a crucial piece though in that it’s not just about the admissability of evidence. It’s affirmatively a felony to wiretap without a warrant (FISA 1809, IIRC). So from that standpoint whether it was preventive or prosecutorial in nature is largely irrelevant. (Though I suppose it could have bearing on affirmative defenses).
An interesting, but ultimately tangential, question is whether information gathered under the proposed “reasonableness” standard would be admissable (and would that require “PC warrants” and “reasonable warrants?” And how do “poisonous tree” issues interact with that.
Buwahahahaha! Thanks Steve!
I haven’t the slightest idea what this means or why you’ve said it. The question, now clarified, has always been whether Galloway is an MP.
And um, he is.
Jean Kerr: “In the long run, a marriage is based not on sex appeal but on the agreeability of the partners to each other. And a woman who has had noting to eat all day but three hard-boiled eggs is going to be about as cuddly and agreeable as an IRS inspector.”
Or, as C.M. Kornbluth said when a doctor told him that he’d have to give up booze, tobacco and salt or he’d be dead in a year: “In that case I’d rather be dead.” One year later, bingo — but I myself refuse to say he was wrong. God is out to get us in any case.
In other words, you were talking through your hat. What you said was laughably stupid, but, hey, I’m glad you’re proud of that.
But I have to disagree with that. The model was to protract the war and weaken Iran. Both we, Israel and the Saudis were not enamored with Saddam winning the thing.
Eventually, the Saudi’s had had enough and starved the war by opening the oil floodgates. It also had alot of nice secondaries:
1) starved the Soviets of oil income
2) helped the western economies
3) wiped out the domestic-production competition
4) made us more dependent on foreign oil
But nobody could possibly be that smart, right?
NSA link of the week.
No, I said that Galloway is an MP, which is correct. What on Earth are you on about? Exactly what did I say that was “laughably stupid”?
Everyone, add this Slate article to Glenn Greenwald’s post. If anybody here has studied the legislative history of FISA (S. 1566) or executive privilege issues, at least a little, they know that the president’s excuses on the warrantless wiretapping, etc., are weak and that the DOJ’s current claims concerning the president’s wartime powers are a sham. Truly a sham. And I know that all Republicans will regret their decision to let the president’s current spinning (because that’s honestly what it is) become the truth.
The mention of fake Ted Kennedy-authored children’s books makes this as good a place as any to bring you:
NEW CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE TITLES
Ted Kennedy also sponsored FISA.
I was imprecise and you are correct. Our objective was to keep Iran from winning the war, not to ensure that Iraq won it.
Bob In Pacifica
Wait, Rumsfeld shaking hands with Hussein when he was our ally was just fine with you? You STILL don’t fucking get it. While Hussein was our ally he was using that poison gas against the Kurds. The same greedheads who have made a mess of Iraq under a flag of convenient lies were helping Saddam target his weapons with US tax dollars back then. George Senior was fraudulently moving money through agricultural loans to finance Hussein.
And you get excited enough to wank off on a couple of pictures of Galloway with the late Uday Hussein? The rule is if you visit someplace to get something you get your picture taken with the local tyrant. Ask Jack Abramoff. We know Galloway made visits to Iraq for the purpose of peace, and there are allegations Galloway MAY have been involved with the oil-for-food program, but apparently there isn’t enough real evidence to get the DOJ to file any charges, this in our country which no longer needs charges at all to jail people indefinitely, thanks to the gang of guys who used to get their photos taken with Uday’s dad.
You know, John Cole, you are one sick bastard. Get off your hate trips and figure out why you start supporting crap like Dubya’s line of shit and then a couple years in you scratch your head and wonder what went wrong.
I hope this isn’t too nuanced.
Bob In Pacifica
Pablo, there is no evidence that Galloway fellated anyone.
However, google “lips” “Bush” and “Yale” and see what you come up with. Not that there’s anything wrong with helping out a classmate. But it’s wrong to be punishing others for your own secret desires. How many times do the Secret Service records show Jeff Gannon visiting the White House? 200 times?
No, duckie, you didn’t. You may have *meant* to say that, but what you said was “Isn’t he an elected member of Parliment in an allied government?”
Being “in government” in a parliamentary system means being in a party with a ministry, either with or without portfolio. People in government actually have a say in the government — everyone else has none whatsoever. As far as Great Britain’s concerned…well, Galloway is having more effect on the country on Big Brother than he would have had he actually done the job he’s being payed for.
Bob in Pacifica, are you a homophobe?
Uh, sorry slappy. You lose. He’s a member of Parliment. The Parliment he’s part of is a governing body of an allied country, ie: the government.
Parliment is part of the British Government. They may not be in control, but they still vote. Government is still subject to the Parlimentary process. They are indeed part of government, although not part of the ruling party.
What you’re saying is like saying that Democrats are not part of our government, since they are assed out of control of every branch thereof. An interesting thought, but wrong.
I don’t understand why anyone equates Galloway with Rumsfeld in any way. Rumsfeld went in a capacity to help Iran from winning the war with Iraq, as Steve above said. If you want to know the details, look it up, like I just did.
Rumsfeld went as an envoy in 83 and 84. In 84, there was a report that Iraq used chemical waepons against Iran. He resigned his position a month and a half later. Where is the knowing evil in this? This is why the current hard left is not to be trusted. I have heard about this story for years now as an example of Rumsfeld’s “evil”. When I actually bothered to look up the details, the facts were much different, as usual.
Was it Rumsfeld responsibility to get on the bully pulpit and deplore the chemical weapons used against Iran? No. He was following orders from above to keep a lid on it so that Iraq would cooperate with us against Iran. If you want to blame anyone for that, blame Reagan, the President, and the person responsible for setting the policy.
Nope. Just because you want a word ot mean something doesn’t mean it does, whatever Humpty Dumpty or William Safire told you.
YOu know, Pablo, I’m proud of you, though. I’m glad for you that your ignorance makes you happy. It’s good to see someone come to terms with the capacities that make them special.
Nope. This is not part of the British government. Has nothing to do with it. It’s about cheese, really. And the occasional crumpet.
John, how do all these dumb sonfobitches find your blog?
Well, actually, no, snookums. It’s the entire British Government.
In fact, right now, somewhat more than half of it is the British Government. The rest is “the British opposition”, also known as “the Tory and Liberal blowhards — and George Galloway”. But I don’t expect you to understand any foreign nation’s government; it’s really amazing that you’ve even managed the limited comprehension of your own that you evince.
Given that you don’t know the difference between 11-11 and 12 even, anyway.
Awww. Normie and John won’t like this.
BBC: Galloway Wins Libel Award Battle
I don’t know from Ong Bak but “Bang Rajan” is amazing. Go rent it now. And it has a lot more to say about our current situation.
The Other Steve
Oh my God! You made me spit my coke out at the screen.
My God, you are such a tool.
The note seems to imply Rumsfeld resigned over this, I somehow doubt that, but don’t have evidence.
I can’t speak for the others, but I don’t see Rummy as evil for the Iraq trips. What’s evil is that many republicans rant and rave about evil Saddam, but would never be honest to admit what you just did. In fact, just now, on another thread, Mac Buckets isolates Saddams “madman” status to 1990. Which is at least consistent with then-Republican realpolitik thinking, but not with revisionist post-9/11 WMD theory.
So Galloway is a scumbag. No argument from me. How about this – let’s say there is a current senior Iraqi leader and US ally who was a key middleman in violating UN sanctions, and made 10’s of millions smuggling oil during the 90’s.
Who’s more of a “human scum”, Galloway, or this senior Iraqi leader?
I don’t know. Why do we always have to compare? I mean that’s probably human nature and all, but not always productive. Galloway, fortunately, has not had much power in his life, so he has not had the ability to do too much evil. He is too transparent and too out-there to ever get to that level. However, in terms of phoniness and lying and hypocrisy, he’s a winner. And the fact that he was a symbol, even if for just one second, of the left, is a definte embarrassment for them.
By the way, I was just reading up on Bush’s gayness. I don’t know – might be. I always thought it might be too good to be true that he never cheated on his wife. It didn’t sound like a normal man to me. In honor of all that gay stuff I just read about, I am inspired to go see the Brokeback Mountain late show tonight.
One of John’s rants was that Galloway had connections to sanctions violations, so he’s not just a loon.
As for Bush’s gayness, I’ve got no comment. But I can tell you what people with 1st hand experience (90’s) have – he’s a real hothead on the job, and in private he projects a sense of desperation in wanting. As someone said to me once “he knows he’s not the smartest person in the room, but he wants to be the favorite”.
John, I won’t piss you off by commenting on Galloway, because I neither know, nor care to know who he is.
I will, however, piss you off by asking how you’ve managed to gain weight despite having that fancy new recumbent exercise bike. If you need inspiration, or need to be talked away from the junk-food ledge, email me. I’ve lost 65 lbs, so I know what you’re currently going through.
Bob In Pacifica
No, Pablo, I’m not a homophobe for pointing out that there are in fact stories about George W. Bush’s homosexuality. As you recall, this started when you said that Galloway fellated socialists or something. And, of course, Galloway has a history of philandering, but with the opposite sex. Your misstatement (which a casual observer might interpret as homophobic) allowed me the opportunity to point out that our President is more likely the fellator, considering that his nickname at Yale was “Lips Bush” for his oral ministrations of classmates. Maybe if he’d admitted his sexual self instead of channeling his sexual frustration into politics the world would be a better place today.
George Bush is leading a party of homophobes, and many in leadership positions are closeted gays. George Bush, whose party is anti-gay in oh so many ways, has a reported history of gay sexual adventures. A gay male prostitute went to the White House somewhere between 190-200 times according to White House logs, so maybe George’s past is present too.
Now he wants to punish people who have the same sexual desires and are honest enough to admit it. So he’s a sexual hypocrite and his hypocrisy destroys lives. Sexual repression is part of the reactionaries’ gameplan. Success through fear and frustration.
Good Job Muffins.
Glad-handing Uday in 1999 is not the same as glad-handing Saddam sometime in the ’80s, period.
Of course, Paddy, there is a reason why Tom Cruise’s motto is “I’ll sue you in England!” P.S. Galloway faces yet another investigation.
“A video showing Galloway shaking Uday’s hand and vowing to stick with him ‘until the end’ has been passed to the Sun newspaper.”
That Galloway, what a hero for peace!
That presupposes that a) that what we have here is actually wiretapping, which term has been used very loosely but which may not actually apply; b) that Congress has the authority to circumscribe the Executive Branch’s authority to engage in the activities necessary to carry out these activities (a position every President from Carter forward has denied) and, indeed, a duly authorized military campaign, which it definitely does not; and/or b) that the AUMF does not constitute a statute which would authorize this surveillance in FISA’s own terms, a proposition which the Hamdi decision leans heavily against (not to mention every lower court ruling that’s ever touched on the subject).
A) Not wiretapping? Fine, “Electronic Surveillance” same thing. There is no serious claim that the activities were not within the ambit of the FISA statute.
B) You second claim is false, Carter on forward claimed to comply with FISA. The Ames case concerns a physical search when said searches were not covered by FISA
C) If AUMF supercedes FISA, then the PATRIOT provisions amending FISA supercede the AUMF. Further, why was an ammendment to FISA proposed and rejected in 2002 if that was non-applicable anyway. As to the Congress lacking power, see Youngstown, (via Dames & Moore) and Art I, Sec 8. Further, what couldn’t be done under that rationale? Yet to see a compelling answer.
D) Hamdi? That’s a massive massive stretch, especially considering the “not a blank check” language in that decision. Foreign battlefield capture is not analogous to domestic surveilance. As for ‘lower court cases’ please give me more then the in re sealed case dicta.
Then what is your point inpassing unfounded rumor around?
Yes, but I was speaking figuratively, which should have been clear to anyone with 3 or 4 firing synapses. You, on the other hand, seemed quite literal, and still do.
So, what is it you’re trying to say, Bob? That this is a good thing? Of course, I have just as much evidence that you’re a homosexual (a little bird just told me so), so now I’m wondering if you might be looking for a date with W.
Is that it, Bob? And who is he “punishing”? You’re wishing he’d punish you, aren’t you, Bob. With Jeff Gannon. Hubba hubba!
Galloway is part of Parliament. Parliament is part of the British Government. You are a dumbass, and a poor opponent. Grow up, take some ginko, and try again.
I need to see this expressed as a Venn diagram. When the Labour Party won a majority last time round, the Queen performed her constitutional duty by asking the leader of that party to form a government, which he did. That government consisted of appointees from the Parliamentary Labour Party, and its business is regulated by Labour Whips. What this has to do with Galloway is known only to Pablo.