Thursday, July 26, 2007
I'm dusting off my holy rollers. Ave Maria is open!
Yippee! Its time to toss some of that Catholic guilt and revel in some Catholic glee. Forget the fact the our very own Attorney General Abu Ghraib Gonzales, ya know.. the guy who oversees America's Justice Department... perjured himself. Forget the fact that Bush's latest Executive Order allows him to chuck aside the 5th Amendment and seize your assets. Forget the fact that a retired 3 star general is getting the Pat Tillman death cover-up placed at his feet exclusively. Focus instead on this: Ave Maria is open for business! The holy city, long a dream for Domino's Pizza billionaire wingnut Tom Monaghan, is probably one of Pope Benny's wet dreams... if he were allowed to have them, that is. The Yahoo News tape about the city showed a young couple who raced to Ave Maria to buy up 1 of the 11,000 homes. When asked if they would be okay with a gay couple buying a house next door to them.... a p-a-i-n-f-u-l silence.... followed by a meek: "Yeah, sure." Call me crazy, but this town won't allow porn, abortions, and contraceptives... somehow I'm thinking that Bryan and Ryan's home purchase will not be met with a neighborly rainbow "welcome" cake. Especially when you consider that Tom Monaghan is real tight with this gay-bashin'/ woman hatin' priest. And according to Monaghan's own words: If Monaghan had his way, Ave Maria would be God's town: "I thought we owned the real estate, so we can lease to whoever we want and put things in the contract, but there are laws and there were lawsuits out there," Monaghan said. Laws and lawsuits? Feh! Just do what Att Gen Gonzo does: Say fuck it. And apparantly, Monaghan is pretty anti-nooky, too: If ya send your kids to Ave Maria University, ya better stock up on chastity belts and/or back-up college plans. Why? Engaging in pre-marital sex is grounds for expulsion from the school. But hey... if the Fuzzy and Blue family were to head on down to Naples, FL and set up shop, I would finally be able to freely use these Holy Rollers, wear this Bible Belt, and nibble on these Little Baby Cheeses in full-on Catholic glee. But all Catholic glee set aside, there is one very serious matter one has to wonder about: What about the sun? Will it revolve AROUND the town since Monaghan wants only that authentic old-timey Catholicity and none of the "new-fangled" post medieval crap? And I'm no expert in the field of pizza like Mr Monaghan (who in 1998, sold 93% of his share in Domino’s to Bain Capital, Inc., the venture company founded in 1984 by Mitt Romney) but something tells me that ya won't be hearing this when ya order a pizza: "Ave Maria's pizza. No fetus can beat us. Can I take your order?"
Dems on healthcare: Socialists and proud of it! Republicans on healthcare: Get sick and die, ya lousy peasants!... and PROUD of it!
Ahh yes... if Ronnie Ray-Gun was against it, it simply must be evil, no? And isn't that pix of crazy Ronnie simply classic? You have to read the April 07 Huffington post article it comes from to get the gist of it, but as you can guess, the GOP hatred of providing every American citizen with healthcare goes way back to the time when Harry Truman (yep... another Dem) proposed universal healthcare for Americans. To see more great ideas about universal healthcare, please check out Michael Moore's hour long appearance on Hardball. I Tivo'ed it, and I guess giving Moore this hour to discuss this massively critical issue kinda sorta makes up for Chris Matthews letting Ann Coulter spew her insane vomit and twitch nervously in the hot sun as she tried not to think of that itchy duct tape that holds down her dick that is taped to her thigh underneath of that dirty black dress of her's. Kinda sorta. I also watched the Dem's "YouTube" debate on CNN tonight, and by and large, the debate left me feeling proud to be a part of the party that faces REALITY and TRUTH with the FACTS most of the time. I think Hillary won (she was more than ready for every question and answered the questions completely) and how refreshing was it that there were no shameful scenes of folks raising their hands to be counted as those candidates for Prez who do not believe in evolution and/or hate gay folks? Since we're talking about universal rights for all, what about John Edwards?... who may have oh-so important "gee your hair smells terrific" hair... *yawn*... but I believe this shows that there is hope that he's evolving on the issue of gay marriage. If he were a Repuke, I'd say that kind of evolution on an issue would be as likely to happen as me seeing THIS alongside the road. Hey... speaking of vets getting nuthin but screwed (ya would have had to click on that last link to understand), how exactly are the Chickenhawks gonna explain the GOP= support for the troops when the Iraq war vets are forced to SUE the head of the VA for denying them disability pay and mental health treatment? Ummm... lemme guess: They will do what Romney has said about Katrina and shake their fingers and say: "Look America, this is why we just can't trust the govt to handle healthcare." Of course, they don't offer us a plan for healthcare other than "get sick and die, ya lousy peasants" and forget the shameful fact that the US would finally join every other first world nation by providing universal healthcare. I wanna ask these GOPers this: How come it is perfectly acceptable for Iraq to have universal healthcare as a guaranteed right according to their Constitution, yet doing so in the USA would make us... *whisper now*... socialists? Yes, wanting to better ALL of society, not just the wealthiest of society, is socialism, and I'm damned proud to support that. If you don't want ALL of America to be educated, prosper and be healthy, WTF is wrong with you? Why do you hate America and her citizenry? Besides, all of that, 60% of all health care expenditures are already being sponsored in some way, either directly or indirectly through subsidy, by the federal govt by providing benefits to all of those folks on Medicare, Medicaid, veterans, and subsidies to public hospitals and clinics. So, we working class stiffs pay thru the nose for our own insurance PLUS we pay w/our taxes for the 60% who get socialized care from the feds... YET we don't get to enjoy socialized care ourselves?? Niiice. I wish someone... anyone... on the Dems side would scream these facts from the rooftops. Maybe then, the Repuke ability to give you a Cleveland Steamer and tell ya its a gourmet lunch you should feel good about could be wiped (no pun intended) away.
Who's responsible for Bush’s own failures in Iraq? Hillary & war dissenters, of course
Do ya think it was Rove or was it The Big Dick who came up with this latest GOP mantra?: Just keep lowering expectations and assigning blame. Seriously. Besides blaming everybody else except the very folks who created this clusterfuck in the first place, isn't it strange that the very party that harps about personal responsibilities and being held accountable absolutely refuses to take responsibility and be held accountable for their actions? Isn't it bizarre that the very same people who incessantly threatened to get rid of the filibuster outright if the Dems ever "dared" to use it, now suddenly can't just get enough of it when it suits them and their warmongering agenda? Does anyone else find it beyond ironic that the very same people (who refuse to serve themselves or send their own kids there) are the same who preach that we are winning this war, that our troops are dying and getting maimed in Iraq to somehow protect "our freedoms"... yet all the while, want to chuck aside and stifle the very freedoms the troops are supposedly shedding their blood for? Who knew that Uncle Sam had the right and/or wanted all of us to blindly follow a governing leader without asking a single question or uttering a peep of dissent... even if you are an American citizen and/or a Senator who sits on a committe that has oversight of the Def Dept and its budget? Wow.... if that's the case, I guess that the pack of unpatriotic guys who lead that whole "Revolutionary War" thing must've been r-e-a-l-l-y hated and punished for their treasonous and traitorous actions, huh? Feh, don't worry. Today's current party of "less govt" and "life" have a glorious plan in place for "traitors" in a time of war. Sure, it sounds ALOT like this guy's plans not so long ago... but hey... who has time for facts and reality and original ideas when there are people to be smeared, stifled, and scapegoated and oh-so successful surges to be cheered on... til at least November?
Thinking Blogger Award... is my brain showing?
Lew Scannon has kindly picked me as one of the 5 blogs that make him think and given me a Thinking Blogger Award. Lew, I feel like we frequently have mind melds on many issues, too. Especially when we're pretty pissed off... which since BushCo slithered into office... is way too often. Now truth be told, InvisbleWmn JuBlue nabbed me a while back for this award, but I didn't get back to her... even though she makes me think plenty when I visit her place. 1.) So, I will name The Invisible Woman as one of my 5 blogs that make me think, but of course, she doesn't have to play tag along with me because she was just tagged. JuBlue can tell a story like few can, and she blends humor and wiseass-cracks with truth like no other. 2.) The next place that never ceases to amaze me is Tennessee Guerilla Women. They dish the dirt like few can... and they always nail the GOP with the Republicans' worst enemies: Reality and Facts. 3.) Diva Jood at Journeys with Jood is my 3rd pick of blogs that always makes me think. She can make me laugh, cry, and get pissed all in the course of reading only one post... and I cherish that. 4.) Enigma 4Ever at Watergate Summer... (oh yes... E is back from her rest and respite... and she is better than ever)... is my 4th pick. She is another strong mommy/blogger/ activist who is an amazing story teller and she can nail GOPers like few can with her mighty pen, and I admire that in a fellow redhead. 5.) My 5th blog choice is SheaNC at Constantly Amazed, yet Never Surprised. Shea's comments never fail to amuse me, as do his posts. I appreciate his sarcasm and biting wit, and besides... anyone who chooses Charlie Brown as their blog icon deserves a round of applause, no?
NOW... here is somethin' I've been pondering: Since BushCo is claiming "executive privilege" for everything from Harriet Miers to Pat Tillman's death coverup, can I somehow claim "spousal privilege" for EVERY ISSUE if I ever get caught up in illegal activity? Unlike The Big Dick, I do know which branch of govt I belong to and/or do not belong to, but I am married and do discuss pretty much everything with my Hubby, so could I also pull off some really illegal shit if I claimed it all fell under "spousal privilege"? Who am I kidding? Most GOPers think women are mere chattel and wouldn't believe that a husband really t-a-l-k-s to his wife, so there goes my defense... but ooooh... look-ee here: been forgotten bin Laden surfaced again! Guess the heat in BushCo's kitchen has been a wee bit too hot, eh? Time to again pop out the big bad boogeyman that we've never bothered to catch. But never fear that BushCo's clusterfucks have lead to bin Laden being free... the crack team of airline security will toss mommies and talkative toddlers off of planes if need be in these tense "terra" times.
Sen Vitter (R-LA) --a pillar of GOP virtue, shows up in D.C. Madam's phone records... with MANY revealing updates + GOP's Jack Burkman
I see that our great Emperor Bush has declared executive privilege when it comes to his "girls" Harriet Myers and Sara Taylor being called to the Hill to testify. And I also see that the D.C. Madam, who was in charge of few girls of her own, finally released her phone records.... and guess what crept out of the slime? The phone number of Republican Senator David Vitter from Louisiana, who did in fact cop to the "sins" of using this escort service: "This was a very serious sin in my past for which I am, of course, completely responsible. Several years ago, I asked for and received forgiveness from God and my wife in confession and marriage counseling. Out of respect for my family, I will keep my discussion of the matter there — with God and them. But I certainly offer my deep and sincere apologies to all I have disappointed and let down in any way," Vitter said in a written statement late Monday night. Aaaw. Isn't it sweet how he just had to bring up God after the fact? Now personally, I DO care about Bush not letting us in on the lies of his personal whores, but I DON'T care who seeks the services of a real whore. Actually, hookers are way more respectable and honest than most politicians on any day. But what does bowl me over is the stench of hypocrisy from this holier than thou GOP ass and his wife. Ya see, in 2005, Vitter attacked 'the Hollywood left' for "redefining the most basic institution in human history." And just last June, Vitter stood up and announced that THE SINGLE most important issue facing Americans was gay marriage. Not the war. Not healthcare. Not bankruptcies and foreclosures. But gay marriage. Now I'm no expert, but I am a married hetero, and I would think that one of the things that really does in a straight marriage is banging a hooker, not Bryan and Ryan leading a life of legal wedded bliss. In fact, just hear what Vitter's own wife had to say about married men cheating... married men like Bill Clinton: "Vitter's wife, Wendy, was asked by the Newhouse reporter: If her husband were as unfaithful as former President Bill Clinton, would she be as forgiving as Hillary Rodham Clinton? Her response: "I'm a lot more like Lorena Bobbitt than Hillary. If he does something like that, I’m walking away with one thing, and it’s not alimony, trust me." Hmm, Vitter claims he told her and God all about his hooker romp. Wonder if he did that while wearing chain maille undies? Oh and the hypocrisy gets even worse: Vitter was only able to became a senator when he filled the seat vacated by Rep. Bob Livingston, who was headed toward the House speakership in 1998 but was stopped when he was forced to reveal his marital infidelities... AND... Vitter receives a 100% voting record rate with the folks who really know hypocrisy and hate... err... GOP morals: The Christian Coalition. The hypocrisy just never ends, does it? Oh well, at least he wasn't caught sexually harassing teenage pages, seeking well endowed guys online, falsely obtaining a White House press pass when you are actually a gay escort, or going on a meth fueled sex rampage with a gay hooker. But what I'm really wondering is this: How exactly will the "party of family values" blame this on Clinton?
UPDATE: I somehow missed THIS lil golden nugget of info while researching Vitter for this post: Vitter decided to run for governor of LA... BUT... in June 2002, shortly before the Louisiana Weekly ran a story about Vitter's alleged relationship with a prostitute, Vitter dropped out of the governor's race, saying he and his wife were dealing with marital problems. "Our marriage counseling sessions have ... led us to the rather obvious conclusion that it's not time to run for governor." Not time to run for gov? Maybe once you're finished with getting your whistle blown by a hooker you could devote more of that precious time to a gov's campaign, huh? But wait... there is more: When the allegations surfaced again in 2004 about Vitter's lengthy affair with known French Quarter prostitute Wendy Cortez, Vitter said this: "I think you know that that allegation is absolutely and completely untrue. I have said that on numerous occasions. I'll say that in any forum. Unfortunately, that's just crass Louisiana politics, now that I am running for the Senate. I have made that clear that it is all completely untrue. And, it's obviously politically motivated." Uh yeah... one hooker/ one time might be forgiven. Several hookers/ MANY times/ over several years... well, that is what a called pattern Senator, and it is a pattern that is NOT politically motivated, but it is motivated by the fact that you are a hypocritical pussy-hound... just ask this Canal Street Madam in New Orleans who has come foward and admitted that Vitter made use of her girls' services, too.
UPDATE II: It seems that Salon... back in 2004... had Vitter's number. And this ain't just about Vitter being a hypocritical pussy-hound. Toss in racist liar who was in cahoots w/ white supremacist David Duke, and ya have it.
UPDATE III: Sweet Jesus... this Vitter guy's hypocrisy is truly unfuckingbelievable. Turns out that the holy conservatives' refusal to want to protect prostitutes from HIV/AIDS thru condoms & HIV preventation funding just may have allowed the obviously fertile Vitter to pop out a kid w/his longtime hooker companion Wendy Cortez: "It isn't yet public, though apparently it's widely known in Louisiana political circles, that Vitter's commercial romance was blessed with issue. Reportedly his natural child now lives with her mother in Alexandria, VA. That they are receiving financial support from the Senator has not been shown. The lady's surname sounds Hispanic; perhaps, as a friend suggested, Vitter's fervent opposition to immigration reform reflected a general disposition to screw Latinas." I wonder if Vitter's wife lets her 4 kids call the kiddo on the high holidays, as any good Christian woman would? And I wonder if she keeps diseases like AIDS at bay thru prayer since it is obvious her man doesn't use those damned liberal condoms... even when using the services of a pro. Feh... maybe she doesn't have to worry about it much. Maybe the almighty power of a Pampers protected her. Seems that Mrs Vitter's beloved spouse didn't just love hookers. He also loved hookers who would dress him up in diapers.
UPDATE IV: Another GOP scumbag's phone number crept out of the slime: The phone number for GOP political operative/conservative pundit, John (Jack) M. Burkman Jr. (Pres of Burkman Associates, LLC, a DC based political consultant/strategist, and a former Fox News conservative political analyst) appears in the database of phone records of the DC Madam. This is the same Jack Burkman who echoed Ann Coulter’s disgusting hate rant about the 9/11 widows on Scarborough Country last year (yikes!... no wonder he has to pay for pussy), and the same loser who has a reputation for soliciting young, "well-endowed" women by giving them his business card, requesting that they contact him and even offers to pay them for sex. His defense? A classic, as usual for these hypocrites: The false allegations were perpetuated by "left-wing people seeking to intimidate conservatives and independants." Uh... yeah. It is all a liberal's fault. And Vitter swore he never banged a hooker... yet he has been w/ MANY and has a kid with one. Try again hypocritical asshat.
Rumsfeld called off capturing al Zawahiri in 05
As I happily watched people like Lenny Kravitz, Al Gore, and The Beastie Boys try to save our planet, Saturday's news from Iraq was especially bloody: 150 killed by car bomb and 250 wounded. Too bad spilled blood and body parts couldn't stop global warming, huh? But I tried to be upbeat. Millions of folks were trying to change the world in peace and unity... but then I read the NYT's for Sunday. Ya know, when I first used this pix of RumSkull in a post on August 30 of 2006, I never thought I'd have to dig this image up again. I was wrong. It seems that in addition to being a colossal moron and creator of clusterfucks, we can now add pussified and pissing in his pants Republican chickenhawk to his list: "A secret military operation in early 2005 to capture senior members of Al Qaeda in Pakistan’s tribal areas was aborted at the last minute after top Bush administration officials decided it was too risky and could jeopardize relations with Pakistan, according to intelligence and military officials." Wha-wha-what? A plan to capture senior Al Qaeda members was aborted? I bet the senior Al Qaeda members were just nobodies, right? Uh... no.: "The target was a meeting of Al Qaeda’s leaders that intelligence officials thought included Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s top deputy and the man believed to run the terrorist group’s operations (including inside Iraq)." Capturing bin Laden's top deputy who is helping to kill our troops in Iraq? Who in their right mind would call off THAT?: "The mission was called off after Donald H. Rumsfeld, then the defense secretary, rejected the 11th-hour appeal of Porter J. Goss, then the director of the CIA." Oh... well... umm... clearly the mission was scrubbed because we just weren't ready... right?: Uh... no: "Members of a Navy Seals unit in parachute gear had already boarded C-130 cargo planes in Afghanistan when the mission was canceled, said a former senior intelligence official involved in the planning." Hmm... well maybe NOT taking out bin Laden's top deputy isn't such a big deal, huh? Uh... no: (From FoxNews on July 5, 07) "Al Qaeda's deputy leader sought to bolster the terror network's main arm in Iraq in a new video released Thursday. Ayman Al-Zawahiri called on Muslims to follow a two-pronged strategy: work at home to topple "corrupt" Arab regimes and join Al Qaeda's "jihad," or holy war, in Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia to fight and train "to prepare for the next jihad." Oh... shit. I got nuthin'. Well.. uh... hey... wingnuts told me that Clinton was too busy getting a blowjob to prevent 9/11 from happening. Well that simply isn't true, and as horrific as it was, 9/11 killed less than 3000, yet the war in Iraq has killed nearly 4000 US troops/ wounded 1000s and 1000s and killed 100s of 1000s of Iraqis, so there ya big doodyhead.
Tagged... what to do.... what to do?
So... I've been tagged by Lola Heatherton. One would think that dear Lola would be waaay too busy bearing some man's child, but alas, she has tagged me :) Here are the rules about this tag, and here are 8 things about me that I'm pretty sure most of you don't know about me:
1. Although I have never ever learned how to swim (I had a horrific near drowning experience in Lake Erie) as a child, I used to pretend that I was a mermaid in the bathtub. I would keep my legs crossed to resemble a mermaid fin for my ENTIRE bath. As you can guess, my mom had to intervene at the end of my mermaid soak to... ahem... wash the nether regions... and to help me up out of our old fashioned claw-foot bathtub because after keeping my legs fused together for so long, agility was next to nil.
2. Despite all of my bitching about the Church, I am a devoted Catholic to our Blessed Mother, and my 2 most fav saints: Mary Magdalene and Jude. In fact, both of my kiddos have some kind of variation of those saints in their names.
3. When asked as a kid "what did I want to be when I grew up?" I wanted to be one of 3 things... all of which my mother informed me I could NOT be because nice girls didn't become such things: 1) A belly dancer. 2) A hockey player. 3) A flamenco dancer.
4. Before I met my husband, my mother and I lit a novena together to help allow me to end my relationship with my then REALLY bad boyfriend and to open the cosmic door to a really good man whom I could love, respect, marry and have children with. 2 weeks after lighting that candle and praying, I got hired at the place where I met my husband. 1 year (total time) after meeting, we were married. Coincidence?... or Fate??
5. I used an ovulation monitor to conceive both of my children. It took us 8 months of using the monitor to conceive BabyGirl. It took us only 1 month of using the monitor to conceive Lil Man. I was nearly 5 yrs older when I conceived him from the time when I conceived BabyGirl (just after Sept 11th). I guess that whole "your eggs are drying up as we speak after age 30" is crapola, huh? And of course, I spent the extra money to buy the 3 month supply of test sticks for the monitor because I just "knew" it would take us several months to conceive again... sigh...
6. I have never ever voted for a Republican. Even if I despise the Dem who is running against them. NEVER EVER.
7. My husband and I have "christened" every single vehicle we have owned... unless of course your name is Mike P. and you bought Hubby's 1991 Firebird off of us this spring... then... I swear we never "christened" that car. That car with the T-tops that allowed a beautiful thunderstorm be seen while... cough... ahem... we never "christened" that car.
8. My home is filled with lovely images of women, many are curvy redheads with flowing hair, and most are Victorian/ pre-Raphaelite, with a few exceptions for the breathtaking Italian master Botticelli.
Now... whom do I tag? Let's see... how about the original HeMaster Rudy, and the always lovely and incomparable NvisibleWmn.
So, if Scooter were to lie about giving Bush a bj, would the perjury conviction stick?
Forget the fact that plenty of Republicans were rightfully pissed off when Pres Clinton pardoned the disgustingly slimy billionaire Marc Rich. Forget the fact that the Supreme Crt just decided a few days ago that a 33 month sentence is a completely appropriate punishment for perjury. Forget the fact that Bush 41 said leakers are traitors and Bush 43 said any leakers would be taken care of. Forget the fact that 70% of Americans do NOT want Scooter Libby pardoned. And forget the fact that Pres Bill Clinton and former Cheney aide Scooter Libby were both found guilty of perjury. Both men were investigated by a Republican appointed special prosecutor (Ken Starr and Patrick Fitzgerald ). Both men were "judged" by Republicans (Bush appointed Judge Reggie Walton and the then Republicans in the House of Reps). One man, a married man and father, lied about having an extramartial affair with an intern who consensually and according to her own words, happily blew the Prez, whom she claimed to be in love with. Whom did Clinton's lies hurt? His wife and his daughter. One man, a lawyer and an advocate of preemptive war against Iraq since 1992, happily lied about blowing the cover of an undercover CIA agent in an attempt to crush the only correct critic (at the time) of the Bush White House's propaganda to toss us into a war. Whom did Scooter's lies hurt? The undercover CIA agent. Her war critic husband. Any and all of her undercover contacts. Her small children. Her immediate family members. Our nation, which was desperately relying upon undercover intelligence to help us avoid more terror attacks. All of the 1000s upon 1000s of dead and wounded US troops and Iraqis who have been killed and/or maimed as a result of this trumped up war that NEVER EVER should have been launched in the first place. And THE TRUTH, because by giving Scooter a free pass, we the people will NEVER EVER know the truth about all of those pre-war lies. So, the real question is this: If Scooter Libby were to get down on his knees and lie about blowing President Bush, would those perjury charges stick? Would Bush even dare to speak of pardons and commuting sentences? Would the Washington Post openly weep for poor lil Scooter who openly colluded with the White House to toss us into this war? Would Republicans then finally cheer and applaud "law and order" for Scooter's perjury lies as they did when Clinton lied about cheating on his wife? I guess all it takes is a blowjob. Who knew? I'm with Keith O when it comes to Bush & Cheney... for the love of God and country... please resign. Happy Fourth of July everybody. But instead of celebrating, I feel like building a time machine so I can restore our nation to pre-Bush administration destruction. A girl can dream, huh?