I have had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn’t it

AP Poll: Bush, Congress Ratings Low

President Bush and Congress retained their dismal levels of popularity and huge majorities are unhappy with how things are going in the country, according to a poll released Thursday.

Of course the public is unhappy with Congress. They continue at best to try and slap the hands of criminal-in-chief and a delusional one at that, Bush’s Messiah Complex –  This article is a little surreal. Bush keeps repeating variations of the same doggerel over and over again on his travels in the Middle-east. It like a stump speech, except instead of running for office he’s running as messiah-in-chief, don’t believe your lying eyes about Bush’s disasterous record of achieving absolutely nothing, believe what he tells you to believe. If someone else ran around saying the same thing except poor and dressed in tattered old clothes the authorities would pick him up and forcibly institutionalize him. Its amazing how power, money and a few million unhinged supporters can insulate one from the consequences that would be suffered by anyone else.

Some telecoms have cut off FBI wiretaps because the federal agency hasn’t been paying its bills. My experience with companies like AT$T is that its their attitude that you should pay any bill they send you then make a statement of why you think its wrong. Then maybe in a few months after countless phone calls, letters and e-mails they might credit your account for the amount they over billed.  So while the FBI might be misusing its surveillance powers as far as their bills from the phone companies go they might be in the right.

One of the Right’s more consistent attitudes toward the Big Gov’Mint which they have claimed they’re against for fifty years, but then turnaround and support unquestionably ( a fascist trait by the way) is the blind faith that anyone arrested must be guilty of something. UK civil servant cleared in CIA rendition secrets leak case

 UK prosecutors Wednesday dropped charges against Dennis Pasquill, a civil servant in the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office who was accused of leaking secret documents about CIA rendition flights  to the New Statesman and the Observer  newspapers in violation of the Official Secrets Act . Pasquill’s lawyer said the decision to drop charges showed that Pasquill’s actions were in the public interest. The Foreign Office said that leaks are “absolutely contrary” to good government…

If you reveal government wrong doing you’re a criminal. Doing good is the new wrong.

Sunnis that the Bushies, echoed by Right-wing blogs held up as examples of how they were winning get treated to 40,000 lbs of explosives. One assumes as a reward of some kind, In Iraq, U.S. airstrikes target insurgents near supposedly safe zone 

The U.S. military dropped 40,000 pounds of explosives southeast of Baghdad on Thursday in a series of airstrikes that underscored the tenuousness of U.S. progress against Islamic extremists in Iraq.

The targets were near the town of Arab Jabour, a Sunni Muslim-dominated district on Baghdad’s outskirts that American officials recently held up as a security success and an example of how local Sunni tribesmen known as “concerned local citizens” had turned against al Qaida in Iraq.

Jonah Goldberg’s family might want to consider an intervention. he is obviously misusing his meds, Goldberg: ‘Conservative Groups’ Don’t Try To Dictate What Sexual ‘Positions You Can Be In’ 

Goldberg shrugs off  David Neiwert’s very thoughtful criticisms of Goldberg’s asinine revisionist history. Goldberg accusing someone of being his intellectual inferior is just a few more steps down bizarro lane, he seems determined to talk in circles when it comes to defending his basic premise and very likely to continue since he doesn’t have the ammo to stand up to actual history. Neiwart lists Paxton’s nine “mobilizing passions” of fascism which Goldberg should have read before claiming to be the world’s biggest espert on both fascism,

   — — a sense of overwhelming crisis beyond the reach of any traditional solutions;

— the primacy of the group, toward which one has duties superior to every right, whether universal or individual, and the subordination of the individual to it;

— the belief that one’s group is a victim, a sentiment which justifies any action, without legal or moral limits, against the group’s enemies, both internal and external;

— dread of the group’s decline under the corrosive effect of individualistic liberalism, class conflict, and alien influences;

— the need for closer integration of a purer community, by consent if possible, or by exclusionary violence if necessary;

— the need for authority by natural leaders (always male), culminating in a national chief who alone is capable of incarnating the group’s destiny;

— the superiority of the leader’s instincts over abstract and universal reason;

— the beauty of violence and the efficacy of will, when they are devoted to the group’s success;

— the right of the chosen people to dominate others without restraint from any kind of human or divine law, right being decided by the sole criterion of the group’s prowess in a Darwinian struggle.

Conservatives or the modern Right might vary in some degrees of these goals and outlooks and the means to enact them, but they are certainly not tenets of liberalism. Several blogs and their commenters have zeroed in on Goldberg’s basic techniqueThe Goldberg Principle: “You can prove any thesis to be true if you make up your own definitions of words.” When Goldberg decides that he and only he is the new king of linguistics then suddenly every citizen of Kentucky circa 1792 was also a fascist. The word Holistic gets a new definition – if this is genuinely what Goldberg thinks it means in the context of ecological systems he obviously never bothered to learn what it meant in proper context – but that would have meant he couldn’t use the word in his made up world of false equivalences. At several points in the Salon article Jonah says that liberals are not giving the kind of intelligent response his great tome deserves. On the contrary it is getting far more thoughtful readings and critique then it warrants,

But then, what’s the relevance of it? That’s the incoherence that bedevils the whole book. Jonah protests that his repeated efforts to use benign political ideas to draw connections between reprehensible political movements and the contemporary American left are not an effort to create equivalence, or even say anything at all. If that’s true, however, most of the book is pointless, largely a collection of odd trivia about various totalitarian movements. If it’s false, then the book is misleading, mean-spirited, and filled with pretty reprehensible slurs; a manipulative series of attempts to create the impression that liberalism is like fascism by redefining fascism to include liberalism, and leave the reader with a sense of equivalence that the author can then deny. By making the definition a bit less odious — “The autobahn was fascistic,” says Jonah, “that doesn’t mean that we should ban highways.” — Goldberg seeks plausible deniability for what the book actually does, which is smear his political opponents with the most vicious analogies available in our discourse. Or he can argue that it really does nothing at all.

In many ways Goldberg’s book is another case of the Emperor and his new clothes. There are only so many ways to point put that the Emperor is naked and bereft of substance.

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“I have had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn’t it.” ~
Groucho Marx

“Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power” ~ Benito Mussolini

Frozen Trees Blue Skies wallpaper

Frozen Trees Blue Skies wallpaper 

Your government is a little less corrupt today. Rep. Doolittle to Retire From Congress – Republican Rep. John Doolittle of California stated, “My wife, Julie, and I have made this decision after much prayer and deliberation. It was not my initial intent to retire, and I fully expected and planned to run again right up until very recently,”. There’s nothing inherently wrong with prayers, but it makes you wonder about both Doolittle’s sincerity and what or who he intermittently prays to. Boring in its predictability Doolittle went out whining that it was all part of a big conspiracy, Doolittle attacks critics as ‘weasels’

 Rep. John Doolittle, R-Calif., denounced his GOP critics as “weasels” Friday even as his chief of staff appeared before a federal grand jury investigating Doolittle’s ties to jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Doolittle also told reporters on a conference call Friday that he believes the Justice Department’s long-running probe “borders on harassment.”

Prosecutors are investigating connections between Doolittle and Abramoff including payments that Doolittle’s wife, Julie, got from Abramoff even after a fundraiser she was paid to plan got canceled.