Georgia On My Mind

No one could have predicted:

A nine-month European Union investigation into the 2008 war in the Caucasus has concluded that Georgia triggered the conflict, but that Russia prepared the ground for war to break out and broke international law by invading Georgia as a whole.

Conclusions to the roughly 1,000 page report, released on Wednesday by Swiss diplomat Heidi Tagliavini, also found that Russia-backed South Ossetian militias committed atrocities and “ethnic cleansing” of Georgian villages during and since the war. It faulted Russian forces in control of the territory that either “would not or could not” control the South Ossetians.

Was the McCain/Palin campaign right about anything? It is probably worth remembering that Randy Scheunemann, a long time lobbyist for Georgia and agitator against Russia, was whispering in McCain’s ear during the crisis as one of his key advisors, and he has now moved on to position himself as the next Turdblossom in a future Palin administration. Remember, being wrong about everything is a key qualification for promotion in the current Republican party.








Attention, “Fiscal Conservatives”

You would think that this would be the topic of some debate:

In a bid to wrangle concessions from the Blue Dog Coalition on healthcare reform, House leaders Thursday released CBO estimates for liberals’ preferred version of the public option that show $85 billion more in savings than for the version the Blue Dogs prefer.

Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, D-S.D., a Blue Dog co-chair, said any possible new momentum toward a public option tethered to Medicare rates is, in part, “because of the cost issue” and the updated CBO score.

The original House bill required the public plan to pay providers 5 percent more than Medicare reimbursement rates. But as part of a package of concessions to Blue Dogs, the House Energy and Commerce Committee accepted an amendment that requires the HHS Secretary to negotiate rates with providers. That version of the plan will save only $25 billion.

In total, a public plan based on Medicare rates would save $110 billion over 10 years. That is $20 billion more than earlier estimates, a spokesman for House Speaker Pelosi said.

You know, sometimes it almost seems like fiscal conservatives are full of shit, and it is just a ruse to get elected. Kind of like how the “fiscal conservatives” in the GOP have done a complete and total about face on Medicare.

I bet the folks at Reason could explain all this too me.

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How The Village Thinks

I know I always put my health at risk when I read the Moustache of Understanding, but sometimes I can not resist. Like today:

Sometimes I wonder whether George H.W. Bush, president “41,” will be remembered as our last “legitimate” president. The right impeached Bill Clinton and hounded him from Day 1 with the bogus Whitewater “scandal.” George W. Bush was elected under a cloud because of the Florida voting mess, and his critics on the left never let him forget it.

And Mr. Obama is now having his legitimacy attacked by a concerted campaign from the right fringe. They are using everything from smears that he is a closet “socialist” to calling him a “liar” in the middle of a joint session of Congress to fabricating doubts about his birth in America and whether he is even a citizen. And these attacks are not just coming from the fringe. Now they come from Lou Dobbs on CNN and from members of the House of Representatives.

Got it? Clinton and Obama are not legitimate because the lunatics say they aren’t.








Late Night Open Thread: More Lexiconning

So, here are the proposed additions to the BJLex I’ve collected since Saturday:

Banana Republican
Brooks Brothers Riot
Calvinball
FTW (add as a synonym to ‘This’)
He-Man Woman-Hater’s Club – Chris Matthews, Beltway Chapter President
Heh, Indeed
Millblogger
Moderate – someone who gets all their news from network television
Movement Conservative (Adult Diaper Division)
Poutrage
Stay Classy, ___ !
TIDOS (Treason in Defense of Slavery) Conservatives
Up or Down (Upperdown) Vote
Warpr0n
Won’t Someone Think of the Children? ! ?
Working the Refs – the process whereby prominent wingers excoriate media institutions for a supposed bias in order to keep said institutions on guard and, hopefully, force them to be more lenient on Republican ideology masquerading as legitimate analysis of daily events.
WTF

And of course the evolving dichotomies…
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Tech-illiterate Bleg

Since I know there are professional developers out there, a question. Starting Sunday morning, whenever I attempt to Edit the BJ Lexicon, I’ve been getting the same message:

Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 33554432 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 122880 bytes) in /home/jcole1/public_html/bal/wp-includes/general-template.php on line 1524

I’ve tried it on two separate systems, so I don’t think it’s my PC. Can anyone out there tell me if there’s something I can do from the peon user end to rectify this? Or at least explain why WordPress has banhammered me in terms I can understand?



Seriously, WTF?

You know, when I used the phrase Banana Republicans in the past, I didn’t really think it would come to this:

There is a remote, although gaining, possibility America’s military will intervene as a last resort to resolve the “Obama problem.” Don’t dismiss it as unrealistic.

America isn’t the Third World. If a military coup does occur here it will be civilized. That it has never happened doesn’t mean it wont. Describing what may be afoot is not to advocate it.

[…]

Will the day come when patriotic general and flag officers sit down with the president, or with those who control him, and work out the national equivalent of a “family intervention,” with some form of limited, shared responsibility?

Imagine a bloodless coup to restore and defend the Constitution through an interim administration that would do the serious business of governing and defending the nation. Skilled, military-trained, nation-builders would replace accountability-challenged, radical-left commissars. Having bonded with his twin teleprompters, the president would be detailed for ceremonial speech-making.

I eagerly await the Fonzi of Freedom Nick Gillespie, Matt Welch, and the rest of the Reason crew explaining how it is the folks in the middle who are a threat to Democracy and our freedoms.

And seriously, this person was an official in two previous administrations (Johnson and Carter). At what point does this shit become unacceptable in the village?



Open Thread

Cold here- about 50 degrees. Thirty degree drop in just a few days, so I am couchbound watching Dexter Season 3.

When does Season 2 of Chuck come out on DVD?