Dear Mr. President

What Fareed said

(h/t Ellroon @ RftR)

Related post:

If it’s repugnant, it’s torture, asshole

Washington Post (h/t Creature @ SotD):

Attorney general nominee Michael B. Mukasey told Senate Democrats yesterday that a kind of simulated drowning known as waterboarding is “repugnant to me,” but he said he does not know whether the interrogation tactic violates U.S. laws against torture.

Related post:

No comments

Have you ever heard of a “wish sandwich?”

Posted in Music. 2 Comments »

Bush says Iran will pay for wildfires; admits to squirrel lovin’.

<strike>From a press conference in Southern California with President George W. Bush</strike>:

Q. Mr. Bush, what are your thoughts on the wildfires in Southern California?

Bush: Well, it upsets me that Democrats have politicized these fires. This has al-Qaeda written all over it and Iran had better step up and take responsibility. If they don’t, or deny setting these fires, we’ll have to take the next steps.

Q. What would those next steps be?

Bush: I don’t know. I’ll know when I know and then, we’ll all know. but it’s not for you to ask. It’s a national security issue obviously.

Q. What can you say to those affected by fire in the afflicted areas?

Bush: Well, tomorrow’s another day. Tomorrow, there’s a chance these people’s stuff may not be on fire. That’s what we call progress.

Q. How will this affect the environment?

Bush: You see, once again, this has gotten political. The environment is a political issue, best left to be discussed by politicians. In fact, better not to even talk about it. National security issues. Iran will have to pay the price obviously. Mostly, I worry about the poor squirrels. Because I love me some hot squirrel lovin’.

Source: Wolfrum @ Shakesville.

Update: It turns out this was just a joke. The management regrets any confusion.

(Think Progress has context for those not sure what’s going on.)

Update 2: more

Modesto, California


Pauli Banita is from Bulgaria. He sends along this documentary to explain his lack of nostalgia.

Warning: this is not easy to watch.

Don’t you worry ’bout me, or the government

Happy blogiversary, Creature & co.

State of the Day is two. Go visit!

She said

CNN Political Ticker (h/t):

Mayor Bob Coble also declared October 28th “Stephen Colbert Day.” Coble has endorsed another South Carolina native for President, the Democratic former Sen. John Edwards.

Asked about this apparent conflict, the Edwards campaign said that until Colbert wins the primary like Edwards did in 2004, he cannot claim to be a favorite son.

Edwards spokesperson Teresa Wells also ribbed Colbert for his ties to the snack food industry. Colbert has said his campaign will be sponsored by Doritos.

“What is more troubling than his quest for a status his own mother won’t grant him (favorite son) are his ties to the salty food industry,” Wells said. “As the candidate of Doritos, his hands are stained by corporate corruption and nacho cheese. John Edwards has never taken a dime from taco chip lobbyists and America deserves a President who isn’t in the pocket of the snack food special interests.”

She said


Maybe this will help

Not Happy, Kate

More singing:




Aurum metallicum

Recommended listening:


For Mai Bong City


“Give me liberty or give me death,” she wrote.

Robin Prosser was a friend of mine. I didn’t know that until tonight, because she posted under a pseudonym. I knew how sad she was right before she left; she did not know any escape from her situation. She was in tremendous pain and distress from an immunosuppressive illness similar to lupus erythematosis. She could not treat her pain or her suicidal thoughts without cannabis, she said.

Related post:

Who is John Galt?


It’s life, but not as we’ve known it

Saturday, October 27 — End the War

Posted in Peace. 1 Comment »

Puzzling Evidence

Ooh, sparkly

Fixing intelligence

An interview, about 35 minutes long.


Hat-tip Jerome Doolittle @ Bad Attitudes.

We’re all going to rise up, right now, and save the country

Naomi Wolf explains how, but you’ll have to be patient enough to listen to an explanation of what’s going on, first.

Hat-tip Monkeyfister.

Echoes of 2001

Made for the Native Americans

Amuse bouche

Hat-tip Maha.

Reject Mukasey

We should not have an attorney general confirmed into office who believes that the President is above the law.

I wonder why your lighter’s not working

An angel stepped down

On October 18, 2007, Robin Prosser took her own life

Update: Lee Rosenberg found her last blog entry. Go read.

I hope some other bloggers will be writing about her as well.

Update 2: Date corrected.



The Crown Jewels of the Cheney/Bush administration

Hat-tip Monkeyfister.

What kind of Christian are you (if you claim to be one)?

Ellroon @ Rants from the Rookery:

Look carefully at what you have become. You are endangering the life of a 12 year old boy.

You say you are good Christians? What Christian would support and encourage torture? What Christian celebrates war? Mocks injured children, soldiers and worse yet, belittles the wounded? What Christian declares intolerance to other beliefs a Christian ideal? What Bible are you reading from? This is not the Christianity I recognize.

And what kind of patriot are you?

You say you are patriots? What patriot hates his fellow citizens and demands the country change to fit his specific ideals? What patriot declares that this nation built on the dreams of immigrants should deny all other immigrants the chance to come here? What patriot states that diversity is a weakness not a strength?

Much more, read on

Recommended reading

Barbara O’Brien @ The Mahablog on the current slate of Democratic candidates.

My own thoughts are similar to hers on this as far as the nomination; as for the general election I would not cast a vote for Hillary Clinton.

Google exercise

“Government Knew in 1974”

Feel free to let me know what you think.

This is an open thread.

A musical offering and other observations


NTodd is wicked smart.

A musical box

You cannot make a sacred plant illegal

Cannabis does not need to be legalized. It is legal.

The unconstitutional prohibition must end.


Don’t turn away

Down by the sea


At potencies above 12C, no atoms of the original substance remain. At 30C, yet there is potency.

Hypothesis: A psychedelic remedy with physical effects caused by psychosomatic transference.


Be careful, it Gantz Graf.