Buffy Blogging

Season 5 is pretty good so far.

It is summer so I am doing some independent contracting- copy-editing, proof-reading and the like, (you can always tell when I am doing this because I blog- my way of taking a break from squinting at layouts) and so far I have to stop working to concentrate on the show several times. This was not often the case with Season 4, although “Hush” and the dream sequence Season Finale were highpoints.

Cool v. Uncool status:

Buffy’s sister- uncool
Giles’s new car- cool
Xander tired of being everyone’s ‘bitch’- cool
Riley- still uncool
Buffy in pink leather pants- cool
Spike only having cameos- uncool
My still missing the bitchy, whiny, shallow, obnoxious, and insufferable Cordelia (BEST. BUFFY. CHARACTER. EVER. Spike and Drusilla are a close second) even though she has been gone a season- uncool.
Xander’s Demonic girlfriend- very cool

Me not only watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer but blogging about it the day after my 35th birthday- a pathetic cry for help.

*** UPDATE ***

No spoilers, you rascally Buffy-luvin’ bastiches!

I am only at the beginning of season 5, and there are lots of people who aren’t even there yet. So, if you will, just general effusive praise for the series, please…

If you want soilers, go here.








And Now, For Dessert

For dessert, if you have not had your fill of bullshit this week, both sides are offering us a complimentary and tasty shit sandwich.

Hugh Hewitt is quoting George Soros and Michael Moore as proof that liberals really are pussies who want therapy for terrorists and who do everything they can to put our troops in danger. I am almost afraid to check Malkin on this, for I fear she might be doing a fund-raising drive for liberal internment camps.

On the other side, Hunter at the Daily Kos is calling Karl Rove a traitor, amid blaming him for the Plame scandal (what is the status of the Plame case?) and calling for him to resign. I fully understand why Democrats are pissed at Rove, but let’s just stop with the traitor talk. By everyone. Pretty please?

Someone please make it all stop. Maybe Jay Caruso has the right idea- no political blogging over the summer. He has some drums for sale, btw, in case you are tired of beating your head off the desk and want to try something new.

Sorry for the foul language.








Notice A Trend?

Pennywit does:

Here we go again. Another trip on the partisan modern partisan merry-go-round. It goes something like this:

1.) Party 1 poo-bah makes outrageous statement about Party 2 or its members.

2.) Party 2 poo-bahs get outraged, demand apology.

3.) Party 1 poo-bah hedges his remarks or tells his critics to pound sand.

4.) Party 2 poo-bahs demand further retribution.

5.) Party 1 poo-bah either retracts remarks or invites Party 2 pooh-bahs to commit biologically impossible act.

6.) Party 2 message-meisters merge Party 1 pooh-bahs remarks into narrative about unreasonableness of Party 1.

7.) Party 1 message-meisters merge Party 2 reactions into ongoing narrative of evils of Party 2.

8.) Lather.

9.) Rinse.

10.) Repeat.

I am starting to feel a bit like Dark Helmet:

Dark Helmet: “Careful you idiot! I said across her nose, not up it!”

Laser Gunner: “Sorry, sir! I’m doing my best!”

Dark Helmet: “Who made that man a gunner?”

Major: “I did, sir. He’s my cousin.”

Dark Helmet: “Who is he?”

Colonel Sandurz: “He’s an asshole, sir.”

Dark Helmet: “I know that! What’s his name?”

Colonel Sandurz: “That is his name, sir. Asshole- Major Asshole!”

Dark Helmet: “And his cousin?

Colonel Sandurz: “He’s an asshole too, sir. Gunner’s mate- First Class Philip Asshole!”

Dark Helmet: “How many assholes we got on this ship, anyhow?!”

Assholes (in unison): “Yo!”

Dark Helmet: “I knew it! I’m surrounded by assholes! Keep firing, Assholes!”

Unitarian jihad is sounding better by the day. At least now that we have become a nation of assholes.








Dream On, Andy

Here is a damned pipe dream if I have ever seen one:

It seems to me that the most inspired pick for the Supreme Court would be a thoroughgoing economic and social libertarian. The freedom-loving part of the Republican coalition has already been alienated in so many ways by this administration. A libertarian SCOTUS pick would go some way to winning them back.

Don’t hold your breath.








Site Maintenance

By a show of hands, how many of you would like me to set it up so my hyperlinks to other sites will create new browser windows.

Also, I think I addressed most of the big complaints from the last time- larger font in comments, etc. Is there anything else?

Maybe one of these days I will sell enough blogads to re-design the site, but for now we are just trying to make things more user friendly the cheapest way possible.

*** Update ***

Alright- I am leaning towards splitting the baby in half. How many of you would like a check box (much like what Atrios has at the top of his page), that you could check and make all links open in a new window? That way

Also, does anyone know where (I think Nancy addressed this before, but I forget) I can find those little button thingees that will allow people to italicize, bold, and hyperlink in the comments?

Thanks in advance.

*** Update ***

RSS feed icon added to the left.

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If there are any other RSS feed codes people are using, let me know and I will add separate buttons so people have a choice.








Sick Of It All

I am sick of the state of American politics right now.

I am sick of the arrogance of the Republican party and the impotence of the Democrats.

I am sick of people calling people traitors or un-American or anti-military or anti-Christian because they disagree with them on issues.

I am sick of everyone distorting everyone elses positions.

I am sick of the knee-jerk Bush apologists and the knee-jerk Bush attackers.

I am sick of people calling people pussies because they think chaining someone to the floor and forcing them to lie in shit for 24 hours is over the line.

I am sick of the Supreme Court consistently ruling against the individual.

I am sick of Congress passing inane and pointless laws.

I am sick of the disgusting spending.

I am sick of the assholes in my party who think they have an absolute and perfect view of truth and morality.

I am sick of the fact that Sean Hannity and his ilk represent the core values of the Republican party.

I am sick of the over-the-top hyperbole from political hacks and politicans, whose real priority is not the country, but the health of their political party.

I am sick and tired of it all. The Republicans, the Democrats, they can all go to hell. If I could do it over, I would vote for a Nader/Buchanan ticket to just to piss both parties off.

I am going to watch Buffy, Season Five. You guys have at each other in the comments.

*** Update ***

Karl Rove and Ted Kennedy are both trying to drive me insane.








Karl Rove’s Folly

If you don’t understand why Karl Rove’s remarks are pissing off Democrats, let’s look at some more of the remarks:

Liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers,” Rove said. “Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 and the attacks and prepared for war.”

Rove, President Bush’s chief political advisor, spoke at the state Conservative Party’s annual dinner. He praised the conservative movement’s success, calling it “the guiding philosophy for the White House, the Senate, the House.”

Rove said the Democratic Party made the mistake of calling for “moderation and restraint” after the terrorist attacks.

Just a quick trip down the memory hole brings up the September 14th Congressional Resolution, which states:

To authorize the use of United States armed forces against those responsible for the recent attacks launched against the United States.

Whereas, on Sept. 11, 2001, acts of despicable violence were committed against the United States and its citizens; and

Whereas, such acts render it both necessary and appropriate that the United States exercise its rights to self-defense and to protect United States citizens both at home and abroad, and

Whereas, in light of the threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by these grave acts of violence, and

Whereas, such acts continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States,

Whereas the president has authority under the Constitution to take action to deter and prevent acts of international terrorism against the United States.

Resolved by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

Section 1. Short Title

This joint resolution may be cited as the “Authorization for Use of Military Force”

Section 2. Authorization for Use of United States Armed Forces

(a) That the president is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on Sept. 11, 2011, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons.

(b) War Powers Resolution Requirements

(1) Specific Statutory Authorization — Consistent with section 8(a)(1) of the War Powers Resolution, the Congress declares that this section is intended to constitute specific statutory authorization within the meaning of section 5(b) of the War Powers Resolution.

(2) Applicability of Other Requirements — Nothing in this resolution supersedes any requirement of the War Powers Resolution.

It passed the House 420-1 and passed the Senate 98-0, with nary a mention of indictments, therapy, or calls for understanding . The one vote against was Barbara Lee.

My party no longer is merely content selling our bullshit. We are now starting to believe it. I’d say Mr. Rove has an apology to issue.

And then there is this (via Crooks and Liars):

Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), who joined Pryce at the press conference, told Cybercast News Service that it “is just inconceivable and truly incorrigible that in the midst of the war, that the Democratic leaders would be conducting guerrilla warfare on American troops…”

Beato’s write-up of this is pretty damned funny.

More here.

Joe Gandelman pretty much sums up my feelings:

Let me get this straight: Republicans who were upset over the over-the-top remarks of Senator Richard Durbin and the pungent comments of Senator Harry Reid are now defending Karl Rove accusing liberals and Democrats of not wanting to fight terrorism and in effect wanting to see American troops die?

Can there be any doubt that this White House and administration have no desire to work for national unity, even on issue of terrorism? It’s MO seems to be division and polarization whipping up rage against defined enemies…which now apparently include those who compete with it at the ballot box…

Pretty much. More here.








A Modern Rorschach Test

You gotta just love politics. If you thought this was offensive:

If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime — Pol Pot or others — that had no concern for human beings. Sadly, that is not the case. This was the action of Americans in the treatment of their prisoners.

Then pretty clearly you should be able to understand why this is being perceived as offensive:

“Has there ever been a more revealing moment this year?” Mr. Rove asked. “Let me just put this in fairly simple terms: Al Jazeera now broadcasts the words of Senator Durbin to the Mideast, certainly putting our troops in greater danger. No more needs to be said about the motives of liberals.”

One says that certain acts of abuse are reminiscent of tyrannical and murderous dictatorships (and admittedly over-the-top statement) but not as asserted, a smear of all American soldiers. The other claims that all liberals want to put our troops in danger, an outright smear and slur if there ever was one.

The hubris deepens.








Disney- No Longer the AntiChrist

It seems the Southern Baptist Convention has followed the lead of the AFA, and dropped their boycott of Disney:

The Southern Baptist Convention on Wednesday passed resolutions ending its eight-year boycott of the Disney Company and urging parents to monitor the educational influences on their children from public schools.

The 11,000 messengers at the SBCs annual meeting nearly unanimously passed the Disney Resolution, which declared a conclusion to the religious boycott that was launched in 1997.

The SBCs boycott followed the American Family Associations rejection of Disney in 1996, over what it saw as Disneys promotion of a gay agenda.

Last month, the AFA dropped its boycott, as did several other conservative Christian groups, such as James Dobsons Focus on the Family. Similar to those groups, the SBC said it will continue to monitor the products and policies at Disney, whose television series Desperate Housewives has been scorned for its sexual content.

Critics said the resolution was premature since Disney never changed any of its policies or practices in response to the boycott. The Disney Company continues to extend employment benefits to homosexuals, and has not halted Gay Days at its theme parks.

However, supporters said the removal of Disney CEO Michael Eisner, and dissolution of Disneys deal with the founders of Miramax studio, whose film Priest was the touch-point for the boycott, were signs of change. They also noted that Disney is developing a movie-version of C.S. Lewis beloved book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Ok.








Gerrymandering

Via Jeremy Dibbell, this story on a possibly very important piece of legislation:

Rep. Zach Wamp (R-Tenn.) became the first Republican to join a Democratic effort to limit gerrymandering.

Wamp yesterday signed on as a co-sponsor of a bill introduced by Rep. John Tanner (D-Tenn.) that would establish bipartisan commissions to redraw state congressional districts every ten years.

Too many Congressional districts have been carefully designed to guarantee victory for one political party or another, said Wamp. As the political lines become more skewed, successful candidates are increasingly more interested in political rhetoric than solutions and serving the public.

Redistricting has typically been a partisan exercise. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) won the admiration of fellow Republicans and condemnation from Democrats in 2003 when he engineered a mid-decade redistricting in Texas that led four House Democrats to lose their seats.

This might be one of the most important pieces of legislation that comes down the road in years. If you ever wondered why people like Cynthia McKinney and Tom DeLay can simply say whatever the hell they want, without any chance of losing their seat, it is because of the gerrymandered nature of House districts. Once elected, what with the powers and privileges of incumbency, extremists are essentially free to run around doing whatever the hell they want without fear of electoral repercussions. If you want to understand the extremely hostile nad polarized climate in the House, an examination of the impact of redistricting practices would be a good starting point.

I don’t know if a bi-partisan commission will solve things, because in the past these commissions have agreed to create the gerrymandered mess we are in, but it can’t make the situation worse. At any rate, I am willing to give this piece of legislation a chance.

Read Jeremy’s whole piece.

Thanks to the Latte Lib for the heads up.

*** Update ***

I have been informed McKinney was a bad example. Fine, insert the left-wing yahoo of your choice in her stead.








Daley’s Naivete

Apparently Mayor Daley is dumber than even I thought:

The mayor did not realize the impact his remarks would have, Heard said. Heard did realize it after she was on a conference call, she said, with Durbins staff.

The mayor did not understand that his comments gave the right-wing Internet websites, radio and cable shows the opening they were looking for and undermined Durbin. It also did not help Durbin that the criticism came from one of the nations leading Democrats who happened to be the mayor of the largest city in Durbins state.

Heard told the mayor his statement would become national news. The moment he realized that this had gone to a different level, he called Durbin to say this was not meant to hurt him, Heard said.

How he did not understand the impact his statement would have is beyond me. This is a seasoned pol? Daley’s statement, quite simply, cut Durbin off at the knees.








Property Rights- A Quaint Idea

This is a terrible ruling:

A divided Supreme Court ruled that local governments may seize people’s homes and businesses against their will for private development in a decision anxiously awaited in communities where economic growth conflicts with individual property rights.

Thursday’s 5-4 ruling represented a defeat for some Connecticut residents whose homes are slated for destruction to make room for an office complex. They argued that cities have no right to take their land except for projects with a clear public use, such as roads or schools, or to revitalize blighted areas.

As a result, cities now have wide power to bulldoze residences for projects such as shopping malls and hotel complexes in order to generate tax revenue.

Local officials, not federal judges, know best in deciding whether a development project will benefit the community, justices said.

“The city has carefully formulated an economic development that it believes will provide appreciable benefits to the community, including — but by no means limited to — new jobs and increased tax revenue,” Justice John Paul Stevens wrote for the majority.

He was joined by Justice Anthony Kennedy, David H. Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer.

And when I say it is a terrible ruling, I mean terrible in that I hate it. Not that it was flawed or what not, because, as always, I am not a lawyer and may distort the lega larguments. At any rate, if you nutters in the House want an amendment that will get some support- how about one re-defining individual property rights.

I should also point out that SCOTUSBLOG predicted this outcome, down to which Justices would vote in which way.

No doubt, the comments section at Red State will be fun to watch.

I don’t think there is any other way to put it but what Glenn said:

OUR STATIST SUPREME COURT STRIKES AGAIN: They’ve had quite a run lately.

This ruling, unless I am horribly mistaken, now gives local governments the right to sieze private property from a private citizen and give it to another private citizen in the name of the public good. Not a good day for any of us.

*** Update ***

Right Thinking and I came to the same conclusion about what type of amendment the ‘nutters in the House’ should be proposing.

Jeff Goldstein and Michelle Malkin (two days in a row I agree with Michelle- I feel feverish) have more.

And then there is this:

In an immediate municipal action based upon the just-released ruling by the United States Supreme Court, DC Mayor Anthony Williams has announced that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg “needs to start packing” as the city’s plans for a suburban homeless shelter have finally been vetted.








The Future of Iraq

This seems like a success:

A one-day international conference in Brussels that brought together more than 80 countries and organizations has pledged its support for Iraq’s transitional government and its plans for political and judicial reform and economic reconstruction.

The idea behind the conference, co-hosted by the European Union and the United States, was for Iraq’s elected authorities to lay out their priorities for the country. The international community was then expected to say how it could help the Iraqis achieve their goals.

Although there were no concrete aid pledges, nations gave their moral support to the Iraqi government and promised full backing for its transition to democracy, independence and peace…

Iraqi officials promised to make progress in bringing Sunni Arabs into the transition process as they write a new constitution and hold general elections later this year. They also said that over time Iraq will be able to deal with the stubborn insurgency plaguing the country, but for now it still needs U.S. and international military support.

Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari sounded optimistic as the conference concluded.

“Today was a good day for Iraq. It was a successful day for Iraq and good news for the Iraqi people to see that the international community is coming together to stand by the process they are trying to initiate to build freedom and democracy,” he said.

Now it would be nice if the entire international community would provide some, uh, substantial help. And, mind you, any kind of help would be appreciated. You don’t even need to send your military. Apparently, we are even facing a shortage of accountants.








SCOTUS

Well, I have to admit. That is not who I thought would retire.








Lot’s of Stupid Stuff Today

Seems like my birthday seems to be a focal point of stupidity (no surprise there), so here are several stupid things all wrapped up in one post.

1.) The first comes via Misha and is a visual:

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Syrian journalists on Monday, June 20, 2005, make TV images of the fence built by Syrian border soldiers near Badiah on the border between Syria and Iraq to prevent militants from infiltrating from Syria into Iraq to fight the U.S.-led coalition forces.

As noted at Misha’s:

No insurgent jihadist splodeydopes could get through that. Cows maybe, sheep certainly, but not insurgents.

2.) The second entry comes via America Blog and is a pair of quotes regarding the House passage of a flag burning amendment (yes, I know- wtf???):

Ask the men and women who stood on top of the (World) Trade Center,” said Rep. Randy (Duke) Cunningham, R-Calif. “Ask them and they will tell you: pass this amendment.”

But Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said, “If the flag needs protection at all, it needs protection from members of Congress who value the symbol more than the freedoms that the flag represents.”

A more damning indictment of the problems inherent in a two party system could not be produced.

3.) We’ll just call this an Everett Dirksen moment:

An audit by the U.S. Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction said U.S. auditors could not account for nearly $8.8 billion in Iraqi funds and the United States had not provided adequate controls for this money.

“The CPA’s management of Iraqi money was an important responsibility that, in my view, required more diligent accountability, pursuant to its assigned mandate, than we found,” said chief inspector Stuart Bowen in testimony.

A billion here and a billion there and pretty soon you’re talking big money.

4.) Finally, there is this:

Sen. Jim King, a Jacksonville political landmark since 1986, will face a re-election fight from conservative activist Randall Terry.

Terry, a nationally known abortion opponent and spokesman for Terri Schiavo’s parents this year, is scheduled to announce today he will run to unseat King next year. He had previously announced he was considering a run.

The contest is already centering itself as a core fight over Republicanism. King is a social moderate and fiscal conservative who has sometimes clashed with the right-wing elements of the party. Terry says the district has no room for moderation and that he can better represent Republican principles.

“I want a smaller government, lower taxes and more respect of life and marriage,” he said Tuesday.

Oh, f**k me. Serenity now.