Friday, August 31, 2007

2006 Bill Maher, Barney Frank on Gay Republicans and Larry Craig

Bill Maher makes mention of Larry Craig being outed, this must have followed the article by Michael Rogers back in October 2006
Senator Larry Craig.... What's with the gay bashing?

Barney Frank on gay Republicans

It's A Funny Old World. Wooden Leg Edition

Strange buggers those Swedes.

Sock Addict Charged With Theft

The man in his 30s who was arrested in Örebro on Tuesday on suspicion of stealing socks from women was charged on Saturday with three counts of theft.

According to the newspaper Nerikes Allehanda, the man - masked with a stocking over his head - managed to remove the socks directly from the women's feet. One of the women was also relieved of her shoes and support braces.

Another disabled woman stated that the man seemed to "pant and shake with sexual excitement" as he tackled her footwear.

"But I just wanted to feel her artificial leg," said the man in questioning. "It was nothing sexual." source

I came across this snippet whilst tracking down another Mohamed cartoon story, if you have any interest click their homepage, personally I can't be bothering me arse to put it together.

The Sickness Of Suppression

And ain't it so, the Christian right could give the Muslims lessons in suppression. If they got rid of some God and realised this ain't a rehearsal and looked for reward and gratification in this world and not the next, then they might enjoy life a bit more, sans plank up their collective arses.

Satan's in the stall beside me. by Nina Burleigh

The demise of mountain state Republican Senator Larry Craig amuses those of us who enjoy watching right-wing heroes crash to the ground, spiked on their own hypocrisy. It further confirms my theory: prick any conservative and the kink oozes out. The rockier the rib, the more likely you'll find pink lingerie under the trousers or a bullwhip and manacles in the bedside drawer.

You can bet those Beltway dominatrices, madams and escorts (gay and straight) have been able to buy second homes -- maybe even in Sun Valley! -- with their haul during W's reign.
Satan's in the Stall Beside Me

Where From Here Pastor Ted?

At a guess, divorce, suicide for Ted, and Christ knows what for his kids.

If this isn't a portent of a future tragedy I don't know what is.

Halfway house pastor says no to Haggard

Slog's take on Ted: Get a job

Earlier. Haggard's Hypocrisy: The Stranger

Mine previous.

What The F*ck Is The Good Pastor Ted Up To?

Larry Craig, A few Albertos and a Pissed Bog Squad Cop: Audio Tape

It's human nature to lie when you're trying to save your ass but there comes a time when you have to hold your hand up.

Now I don't know if the good Godly people of the gem state are pissed because Craig is gay and has a penchant for seedy sex or they are pissed, as I would be, that Craig is asking them to believe stuff that even a congenital idiot of the Bush blood line would have a problem with.
This is certainly the case with the bog squad cop as Craig tries to convince him that he, the cop, has imagined how the whole thing went down.
Or perhaps what really pissed the cop was Craig throwing a few "Albertos" at him when Craig "couldn't recall."

Time to pull the stumps up Senator, leg before, played on and caught behind normally means you're out.

Eight minute audio of police interview with Craig

Idaho Governor: The Bell Has Rung

Idaho sees red over Craig

Keneth Foster's Death Sentence Commuted


There will be one little girl happy today that she still has a father, the same however can't be said of the victim's family.

Report LA Times
Report BBC

One Family Celebrates, Another One Laments Death Row Decision.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Integrity In The Press. There's Still Some Left

Editor tells Feebies "On yer bike."

CNN reported on Tuesday that when the FBI asked Seattle newspapers and televisions stations to run photographs of two dark-haired men, taken by the captain of a Seattle ferry who considered their behavior suspicious, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer refused.
The refusal, which was defended by Managing Editor David McCumber in his blog at the paper, was quickly painted as a major transgression by Fox News, Michelle Malkin, and right-wing blogs.

McCumber joined CNN's John Roberts to explain his decision.
"We felt that suspicion is not evidence and that homeland security isn't just a blanket reason to deviate from our usual standards," McCumber stated. Raw Story

Sharia Law Thriving In The USAF?


I would grant the waters are far from clear in this case and far be it for me to make a judgement, but it seems some kind of a strange system that an alleged rape victim ends up being court-martialled for "indecent acts" and those that stood accused of the rape are given immunity against prosecution and will testify against the girl.

It will be interesting to see what "evidence" is produced at the court-martial. Make of it what you will. (Raw) Story and video

It's A Funny Old World. Thieves Hunted By Police and Wile E Coyote


Thieves who stole a 4ft high plastic Road Runner in a break-in at a Llanelli business are being hunted by police. beep beep

China Introduces Internet Porn and Politics Busters

This kind of situation would be nirvana to the Christo Fundies.

It's almost like C.H.I.P.S. meets George Orwell's 1984 meets Murakami. The Chinese government has decided to use a pair of cartoon cops to patrol computer screens of Internet users to make sure they are abiding by strict censorship rules, and the duo will encourage others to help them by ratting out potential violators.

Thanks to Web 2.0, crime fighting and helping make a computer citizen's arrest has never been easier. Nor has creating an Orwelian state. If something on a Web site people visit or something they see another Web surfer doing strikes them as legally unkosher, a simple click of the mouse on one of the comic figures takes them straight to the police Internet site, where they can file a report on any lapses. more

Brothers of Slain Turkish Woman to Be Retried

And on it goes, there is a link in the article to the original story

Two brothers of a Turkish woman murdered in Germany in an honor killing have been ordered to be retried on charges of accessory to murder in the 2005 incident. There are suspicions that her youngest brother, who was convicted of the crime, did not act alone.

A German court has ordered the reopening of the trial of two Turkish immigrants who were acquitted of charges related to the honor killing of their sister, who apparently led a lifestyle that was too Western for her conservative siblings.

Germany's Federal Court of Justice in Leipzig on Tuesday ordered the 26- and 28-year-old brothers of Hatun Sürücü to be retried. Sürücü's youngest brother, who was 18 at the time, was convicted of shooting and killing the 23-year-old single mother. Spiegel

He would Have Made A Great Lawman, He Was A Natural

The great story faerie is smiling on me today, another little gem has fluttered in.

Daniel Sawyer really wanted to be a lawman.

Sawyer, charged with impersonating a police officer among other crimes, was arrested Wednesday morning in Cherokee County while taking the entrance examination to be a sheriff's deputy.

The Douglasville man was arrested on outstanding warrants for kidnapping, false imprisonment, battery and impersonating a police officer, said Sgt. Jay Baker of the Cherokee Sheriff's Office. more

A Shteap Cunt ! Who Dubya?

I had to go to Spiegel to track down a non pixilated image, here have at it. There are a thousand and one quips I could come up with to accompany this story, not one of them with the slightest bit of sophistication, but I don't need to, you must be there with me as you read away.
Sometimes you can't beat a bit of bad taste, after all there is no taste like bad taste.

It will go bigger with a click.

'Porn Bush' Angers Republicans

The tribute has not gone over well with Bush's supporters. A spokesman for Republicans Abroad International described the portrait as a "cheap stunt" in an interview......

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Republican Party in Bush's home state of Texas didn't find much humor in the portrait either. "This picture is very distasteful," he told the paper, adding angrily, "Why would anyone want to make a picture of our president from pornographic material?" Spiegel

Oh stop please my sides are hurting, how much of an "Only In America" is that?

Wake up and smell the coffee you dumb Texas fuckwad, stroll on, truly, only in America.

Zimbabwe Is Fucked

Well and truly.

Once considered a shining example of Africa's potential, Zimbabwe is now a country in the throes of its worst economic crisis in decades.

Critical shortages of food, fuel, foreign currency, and, in some areas, water beset a nation where the official inflation rate tops 7,600 percent. Some analysts believe the real figure is much higher and climbing fast.

"We can't get anything now – no bread, no petrol ... nothing," says Shephard Lunga, a truck driver from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second largest city. "If you don't have somebody who's outside the country supplying you with things, you're finished." more

Justice Texas Style


A 30-year old man, Kenneth Foster, is set to be executed today for a murder which he not only did not commit, but which the authorities in Texas accept was carried out by another man in 1996.

The trial judge, the prosecutor, and the jury that sentenced Mr Foster to die admit that he did not murder the victim Michael LaHood. But, under a controversial "law of parties", in Texas an associate of a perpetrator can be found co-responsible in a capital case. The law imposes the death penalty on anybody involved in a crime where a murder occurred. The Independent

A better background Dallas News

Allo Allo, Listen I Shall Say Zis Only Once


Missed out on, or never witnessed some classic BBC comedies? (and some not so classic I shouldn't wonder.)

Well Aunty Beeb has made available on line a rake of clips ranging from Steptoe and Son to Allo Allo to Little Britain and many more.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

A Nice Pair Of Boops

Whatcha got Betty?

A Nation Of Pussies. Bioterrorism Indeed

These opening paragraphs are courtesy of msnbc, but do visit John Cole and read his take on the thing. Welcome To Bedwetter Nation

No point in putting my two cents in, it would be far too predictable. There's one thing, It will give her something to talk about when she gets back to Germany.

If she ever gets back to Germany.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Two people who sprinkled flour in a parking lot to mark a trail for their offbeat running club inadvertently caused a bioterrorism scare and now face a felony charge.

The sprinkled powder forced hundreds to evacuate an IKEA furniture store Thursday.

New Haven ophthalmologist Daniel Salchow, 36, and his sister, Dorothee, 31, who is visiting from Hamburg, Germany, were both charged with first-degree breach of peace, a felony.

If you're unfamiliar with Fred you can find out about him here, a bit of a national institution of sorts.

Going To The Olympics? Stop by at Beijings Penis Emporium

When it comes to grub I'm a pretty adventurous type of bloke but this! forget it Molly.
Pretty damn gross, be warned.

There are many thousands of Chinese restaurants around in the UK and everyone has their favourite dish, but only in China itself do chefs specialise in a range of slightly more unusual delicacies.

The dish in front of me is grey and shiny.

"Russian dog," says my waitress Nancy.

"Big dog," I reply.

"Yes," she says.....more

About To Give Birth? Bring Your Own Candles


And water and cotton wool. Jesus H how can one man so totally fuck up a country?

Maternity care in Zimbabwe - please provide cotton wool, water and candles

Skivies and Bra Strap Update: Atlanta

I'm awfully glad I'm not an Atlanta taxpayer.

Atlanta officials did not decide Tuesday whether they should become fashion police.

However, they did agree to continue to debate whether the city should regulate whether folks can walk around Atlanta with saggy pants and exposed undies. Council members expect to create a 10- to 12-member task force soon to further the debate and decide whether Atlanta should — or can — pass a law to control fashion. more

The Boy Buggery Club's Betrayal Of Amnesty International

If your admiration for the Catholic Church, it's pious hypocrisy and it's adherence to dogma that results in the suffering and deaths of millions is equal to mine, then this is a must read for you.

Courageously Defying The Holy Roman Empire, Amnesty International Stands Tall by Rita Corriel

For this church to speak against Amnesty International, to the point of attempting to undermine it’s very existence, is blatantly hypocritical and disgraceful. AI is being discredited and even demonized, because it chooses to hold to its own sense of integrity and conscience......

Rev. William Skylstad, head of the U.S. Conference of Bishops claims that “The decision undermines Amnesty’s long standing moral authority”. I can think of no institution with less moral authority when it comes to the protection of children than the Catholic Church......

Why do these men express more caring and concern for embryos that are part of a woman’s womb, than for children who are real, whole human beings; indivduals whom they personally know or know about? Why are children whose psyches and bodies have been abused, violated and permanently damaged, not treated with basic human concern or respect? Where are their ‘human rights’? more

Louisiana Lynching and The Jena Six

For those that have been following this shameful carry on there is little new, but for others who have not here is general background to the sordid tale.

My previous posts on this subject are here and include a more in depth article of the scandalous goings on in this shabby redneck town. A direct link below then to the best reporting on the case that I have come across.

Modern-Day Court Lynching; Jena Louisiana

Louisiana Lynching and The Jena Six by Pierre Tristam

It’s the sort of story that should be front-page news and fodder for a national discussion: Six black adolescents railroaded by an all-white justice system in a small Louisiana town where terrorizing blacks is still in a day’s entertainment. Instead, between the follies in Iraq, the crack-pottery in the White House and the latest starlet sightings in rehab or in prison or in the buff, the story has barely made the major news organizations’ agenda.

There’s been some good reporting in the Washington Post and its affiliates, a few rare mentions on ABC and NBC news programs, and longer reports on NPR and Britain’s BBC. That’s about it.

What kind of shitferbrains redneck nails shite like this to his body? Stroll on!

Larry Craig. A less Gleeful Observation


Talk about sex selling newspapers, it's like stepping into the tabloid gutter doing the blog rounds this morning, one television station even going so far as to give an on air re-enaction as to what goes on when men cruise for bathroom sex. How low class can it get, the TV station that is, not the cruising?

I suppose Craig deserves a fair bit of stick given his voting record n'all but watching the vultures circling impatiently waiting to pick the carcass clean ain't a pretty sight.

At least, not as far as I know, the Devil, Jesus and therapy aren't involved which for myself and my fellow cynics has to be some kind of a relief.

In The Men's Room by Bill C Davis

Senator Craig most likely thought he was invisible - or he didn’t fully exist when he was in the men’s room.

What was he thinking? What did he need? Could he have found someone with whom to share that part of himself in a not any less hypocritical but at least in a more discreet and less dangerous way?

Update: Glenn Greenwald offers an excellent analysis on all the hypocrisy, not so much Craig's but that of the right wing punditry.

A then and now observation, then being just prior to the 06 elections and now being Larry Craig will you please fuck off and never darken the GOP doorway again.

Larry Craig's bathroom behavior and the right wing -- then and now

The reaction to the Larry Craig story provides one of the most vivid illustrations yet of how the right-wing movement works. Last October, just weeks before the midterm election, gay activist Mike Rogers reported that the married, GOP "family values" Senator repeatedly had sex with anonymous men in public bathrooms. His report was based on "extensive research," including interviews with several men whom Craig solicited for bathroom sex. more

Wednesday Boop

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

It's A Funny Old World. Drowned Witch Doctor Edition

So much for faith.

DAR ES SALAAM (AFP) - A traditional medicine man in Tanzania drowned after jumping in a river and promising to resurface three days later with relevations from ancestral spirits, police said Tuesday.

The local witch doctor, named as Nyasio Alfonso, staged his ill-fated stunt last week at the village of Masingo in the western Mpanda district near Lake Tanganyika, Rukwa regional police commander Daudi Siadi told AFP.

Dozens of villagers chanted and drummed as the fortune-teller dived to confer with the riverine spirits, he said. more

h/t Fark

Going To Be Trouble At 'Mill? : Turkey

Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, a former Islamist, has been elected president in a parliamentary vote.

Mr Gul was elected in a third round of voting, after months of tension between Turkey's ruling Islamist-rooted AK Party and the secular establishment.

The vote came a day after a new warning from the military about attempts to undermine the secular constitution.

Mr Gul, whose wife wears a Muslim headscarf, has pledged to respect Turkey's secular institutions.

The AKP, which won recent snap polls, needed only a simple majority in the third round of voting.

Turkey's military chief warned on Monday that "centres of evil" were trying to undermine the state. BBC

Perhaps A full Body Cavity Search Would Stop The Whinging

And yet another bunch playing the religion card. Nobody likes what goes on at airports, when American mothers are hassled over sippy cups, then these fuckers should shut it and grin and bear it like the rest of us.

Sikh outrage at US airport security

New US airport security measures have angered a Sikh civil rights group which says they will allow arbitrary searches of turbans, their religious headdress.

The groups said that under the new guidelines turbans could be subject to manual "pat-downs" even if their wearers had passed a metal detector test.

Amardeep Singh, executive director of the coalition, said that the policy allowed people to be singled out "on the basis of their religion". more

Now that's what I'd call a turban, smuggle a tank in that bugger.

Sharia Law Brought You Courtesy Of Whitehouse.Gov

Those Iraqis must be loving all this democracy.

Residents of Dora District in Baghdad have been fleeing after gunmen imposed a strict interpretation of Islamic Shariah law there....

The gunmen are particularly stringent when it comes to Christian families, who are forced to convert to Islam or pay huge taxes.

"We have left the area because we were being forced to live under strict Islamic laws. Men have to wear long beards and women veils, and the latter are not allowed to leave their homes without their husbands. Girls have been told they are forbidden to go to school after the summer vacation," said Haki Salam, 54, a resident of Dora who is now living as a displaced person on the outskirts of the capital. more

Daily Drivel: Fat Ass's Rule In Mississippi

Mississippi Ranked Fattest State in Nation

Experts say Mississippians need to skip the gravy, say no to the fried pickles and start taking brisk walks to fight an epidemic of obesity.

According to a new study, this Deep South state is the fattest in the nation. The Trust for America's Health, a research group that focuses on disease prevention, says Mississippi is the first state where more than 30 percent of adults are considered obese. more

American Taxpayer? If You Read Nothing Else Today, Read This: The Great Iraq Swindle

If you're a Yankee Taxpayer you would do well to neck a handful of Xanax before reading this catalogue of graft, corruption, embezzlement and just plain old highway robbery, in fact on reflection you'd be better advised to neck the whole bottle.

It really is a shocker, what I excerpt below is nothing compared to what unfolds, that below just lays out the conditions under which some of the greatest scams in the history of the world were allowed free rein to bloom like a desert flower after a downpour.

O'Beirne proved to be a classic Bush villain, a moron's moron who judged applicants not on their Arabic skills or their relevant expertise but on their Republican bona fides; he sent a twenty-four-year-old who had never worked in finance to manage the reopening of the Iraqi stock exchange, and appointed a recent graduate of an evangelical university for home-schooled kids who had no accounting experience to manage Iraq's $13 billion budget. James K. Haveman, who had served as Michigan's community-health director under a GOP governor, was put in charge of rehabilitating Iraq's health-care system and decided that what this war-ravaged, malnourished, sanitation-deficient country most urgently needed was . . . an anti-smoking campaign.......

In short, some $8.8 billion of the $12 billion proved impossible to find. "Who in their right mind would send 360 tons of cash into a war zone?" asked Rep. Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Oversight Committee. "But that's exactly what our government did." Rolling Stone

The Rolling Stone article makes mention of this:

BAGHDAD — Iraq's deadly insurgent groups have financed their war against U.S. troops in part with hundreds of thousands of dollars in U.S. rebuilding funds that they've extorted from Iraqi contractors in Anbar province.

The payments, in return for the insurgents' allowing supplies to move and construction work to begin, have taken place since the earliest projects in 2003, Iraqi contractors, politicians and interpreters involved with reconstruction efforts said. story

Others On Gonzales

I didn't have to go wandering hither and tither to bring you these, all via Huffpo and all readable.

Marty Kaplan. Bye Bye 'Berto

Nora Ephron. It was you, Fredo

Steve Benon. The Unspoken Rationale

James Moore. Oh, the places he went

Nothing of note from the Rude Pundit as yet, a few scraps but nothing in true RP style, I'm sure he won't disappoint and no doubt give us a classic in the near future.

It was way back in March when I added a caption to the graphic, whodathunk he would have lasted so long?

I did put together in April what I thought was a rather splendid "Mr Toast" cartoon essay.
The Trials And Tribulations Of Alberto Gonzales

Monday, August 27, 2007

Bush On Gonzales

Words fail me. Watch at C&L.

Brits Release Prisoners In Exchange For A Safe Withdrawal

If this has interest for you, read on. Christian Science Monitor.

Bishop Thomas Weeks III Blames The Devil


Stop please I'm a poorly man, it hurts when I roll about laughing.

As Bill Maher said a while ago about some other evangelical that was caught with his dick in the sausage maker, "You can't go blaming the Devil for your woes, he doesn't exist."
Oh and by the way God's in the middle of it all, he's going to sort it out.

Stroll on, only in America

Vick Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy

Judge to Vick: 'You're taking your chances'

Sentencing will be Dec. 10 after QB pleads guilty to dogfighting operation.

For fucks sake will you stop! I'm going to throw up.
What next Goddamn therapy?

We all make mistakes. I made a mistake for using bad judgement and making bad decisions," Vick said. "Dogfighting is a terrible thing and I didn't reject it. ... Through this situation I found Jesus and turned my life over to God." update