Saturday, November 10, 2007
Jamario Moon* was a surprise starter for the Raptors on Saturday, as they thumped the hapless Bulls. Moon had 12 points, six rebounds, three steals and one block in 23 minutes. He easily earned another start with this performance, although he got into foul trouble and will probably be inconsistent, statistically. Keep an eye on Moon, especially if you own the guy he replaced in the starting lineup, Jason Kapono.
*sounds like one of K-Mad's Kidz.
Northern Ill 7 14 3 3 27
In the last minute, Kent State was penalized for "disconcerting signals." I can't think of a more disconcerting signal than being less than a minute away from losing to the Huskies.
Basketball team down only 46-32 to UMass...
Big Fees for Little Credit
Some companies issue cards with the sole intent of collecting fees from gullible customers, not offering them credit.
A typical example the law center offered was this: a card issued with a credit limit of $250. After a $95 program fee, a $29 setup fee, a $6 monthly “participation” fee and a $48 annual fee, the consumer winds up with “an instant debt of $178 and buying power of only $72.”
Included in the report is the tale of a sailor on leave who charged $85 to her new card. Because of all the fees, that put her over her $250 limit, which led to penalties and a balance of more than $300.
Friday, November 9, 2007
Weekend of rain coming, but in small doses
SAN DIEGO – A little bit or rain could go a long way this weekend. It could both cleanse the air and reduce worries about debris flows in recent burn areas.
A weak low-pressure system moving into Central California could bring drizzle or light rain Friday. Rainfall amounts should be just a few hundredths of an inch. Saturday is expected to be cool and partly cloudy.
hoaxers perpetrating greatest hoax ever perpetrated going to elaborate lengths to perpetrate hoax (cont'd)
Case in point:
RADICAL RIGHT -- RIGHT WING TRUMPETS TV WEATHERMAN'S GLOBAL WARMING DENIAL
Georgia’s ‘unorthodox’ response to a drought
By: Steve Benen @ 5:17 AM - PST
Georgia is in the midst of an awful drought, so Gov. Sonny Perdue (R) has decided to, well, just take a look.
What to do when the rain won’t come? If you’re Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, you pray. The governor will host a prayer service next week to ask for relief from the drought gripping the Southeast. “The only solution is rain, and the only place we get that is from a higher power,” Perdue spokesman Bert Brantley said on Wednesday.
It’s the 21st century. I just thought I’d mention that.
The governor’s rain-prayer service is scheduled for Tuesday outside the state Capitol. If weather.com is right, they’ll have to move it inside — the forecast is for rain.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
BY ADAM NICHOLS DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
It might leave your stomach bulging, but the world's most expensive dessert will leave your wallet $25,000 thinner. The Frrrozen Haute Chocolate mixes top-grade cocoa from 14 countries, spiced with 5 grams of edible gold and shavings of a multithousand-dollar truffle. For the price, you can afford to forget to count the calories.
"Nobody's ever tried to figure out how fattening it is," said Joe Calderone, spokesman for upper East Side eatery Serendipity 3, exclusive home to the swanky sweet. "Let's face it: It's not for everybody," said restaurant owner Stephen Bruce. "I expect people buying this would be marking a very special occasion. They'd also be extremely wealthy."
The dessert was officially recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records yesterday - although the restaurant has yet to sell the first superpricey chocolaty treat. "To qualify, it doesn't matter if it has been bought," said Guinness researcher Stuart Claxton. "It's enough that it's available for somebody to buy." The choice chocolate is the latest pricey food served up in New York restaurants, which already have $1,000 pizzas and $55 macaroni and cheese on their menus.
It is served in a goblet dressed with a golden band dripping with 1 carat of white diamonds. It is eaten with a specially made spoon, encrusted with 3 carats of diamonds. Chefs need two weeks' notice to prepare it. "The ingredients have to be flown in specially from around the world," Bruce said. "That's why it's such a special dessert."
The restaurant - a setting for the John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale movie "Serendipity" - already holds the record for the most expensive drink, the $1,000 Golden Opulence Sundae. Both expensive treats are based on the basic Frrrozen Hot Chocolate. It costs $8.50.
Rudy Giuliani’s BFF was just indicted by a federal grand jury!
A FEDERAL GRAND JURY HAS VOTED TO INDICT EX-N.Y. CITY POLICE COMMISSIONER BERNARD KERIK ON CHARGES STEMMING FROM TAX EVASION AND CORRUPTION ALLEGATIONS, SOURCES TELL ABC NEWS.
And to think Rudy recommended him to Bush to replace Tom Ridge as secretary of Homeland security.
Just what is Rudy G. doing behind there?
-- The Weather Channel founder and long-time "TV weatherman" John Coleman, 11/7/07
Like being a weatherfraudster in the Land Without Weather isn't the biggest scammiest fraud of all time...
* Behold the Bushian self-assurance
just when you think you've explored every hidden cove in the dark icy caverns of his titanic idiocy, you find a whole new wing you never knew about
Nov. 08, 2007
(AP) — Somewhere between sliding sales and regular protests outside their downtown Chicago store, Macy's Inc. executives realized they had a problem.
Two years after the company bought May Co. for $11 billion and started replacing homegrown department stores with the Macy's brand, anger from stubborn Chicago shoppers over the loss of the iconic Marshall Field's chain refuses to subside.
Macy's executives have struggled in other cities to reel in customers who miss local department store favorites — including Kaufmann's and Filene's. But nowhere has the task proved more difficult than Chicago.
"There are a lot of people who just can't get over the Marshall Field's name change," said Frank Guzzetta, the former president of Marshall Field's who now is chairman and CEO of Macy's North, one of seven regional divisions. "Those people, no matter how hard we worked at it, have continued to be detractors."
That's why this holiday season, Macy's has all but given up wooing the Field's faithful.
Instead, executives are mounting a full-fledged campaign to bring in new shoppers — especially those who lack a deep-rooted Field's connection — to its flagship State Street store.
The changes include a wine bar in the store's Walnut Room — hallowed ground for generations of Chicagoans who make meals served by tuxedo-clad waiters part of a holiday tradition. There's also free Wi-Fi, the city's only FAO Schwarz toy store and college nights featuring denim fitting clinics — designed to target children, college students and young professionals flocking to new downtown condos.
Ok, if I ever need a clinic to figure out how to wear blue jeans, I hope one of you has the guts to step up and have me humanely destroyed.
The efforts all are flanked by a new advertising campaign, dubbed "Take Me To State Street."
Oh that is catchy... put that on a pillow...
"You have to, at some point, stop and say, 'I apologize. I'm sorry you feel that way' and move on," Guzzetta said.
A classic non-apology apology, as in, I'm sorry you misunderstand me, I'm sorry you're an idiot, I'm sorry my brilliance confuses you, I'm sorry you're so easily offended by the asinine things I say and do, etc.
Critics aren't making the transition any easier.
There were more protesters at an anniversary rally outside the store this fall than there were during the initial switch in September 2006, organizers said.
"We're not acquiescing," said Jim McKay, the founder of the anti-Macy's group Field's Fans Chicago, which organizes protests. "It's part of our civic identity, it's part of our history."
Chicago, which gave birth to the mail-order movement led by Montgomery Ward and Sears, Roebuck & Co. during the late 1800s, began its love affair with the dry-goods store that eventually became Marshall Field's in 1865.
Over the decades, the retailer built its reputation on customer service (the company purportedly once sent all its elevator operators to charm school), eventually becoming as synonymous to the city as the Bears and deep dish pizza. Yeah, speaking of things that suck...
And, praise Jesus, who could forget:
Now appearing Japan...
Sources told the Chicago Sun-Times that the Cubs will make "a serious run" at Kaz Matsui.
The Cubs are all over the Japanese players right now, with rumored interest in Kosuke Fukudome, Hiroki Kuroda and Hitoki Iwase as well. If the Cubs sign Matsui, it might be to turn Mark DeRosa back into a utility player. The other option would be to go with Matsui at short and make Ryan Theriot a reserve. However, if they want to replace Theriot, they can do better.
Is Jimbo still enjoying Oktoberfest?
Matsui on the road in '07:
Mike Costanzo: He's a long shot to contribute in the majors.
Geoff Geary: Impossible. There was simply no way Ed Wade was going to pull off a five-player deal without getting himself a veteran middle reliever. It couldn't happen.
Michael Bourn: If you look at it as one year of Lidge for five for Bourn, it doesn't seem so bad. Still, the Astros just weakened their pen and their offense with this stroke.... Bourn wasn't a great OBP guy at the top levels of the minors and he strikes out quite a bit. He's a terrific defender and baserunner, but if he doesn't get on-base enough to be a leadoff guy, he'll barely be an adequate regular.
Brad Lidge: We're not at all impressed with Ed Wade's first move as Houston's GM. Bourn could have a long career as a fair regular, but he's basically another Willy Taveras for the Astros. If Lidge's arrival in Philadelphia results in Brett Myers' return to the rotation, this could be a big winner for Pat Gillick.
Pele: US fans were misled about Beckham's goal scoring before MLS move (AP)
You know, it's so much harder to keep up with this blogging thing when you're on vacation. Even if that vacation is spent at home for the most part. Wonder why...
Yes, indeed. There's been a hyoooge-@ss "marine layer" for like two days. No sun expected until next week! I even had to wear a jacket yesterday!! This climate change crap is for the phokking birds, i can tell you...
He even makes John Ashcroft look honorable. "Let the Eagle Soar," John, you earned it.
And this was right out of the K-Mad playbook: the only reason i picked him was the funny name. Speakin' o' which, here's anudder shteal:
Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 18 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks as the Cavaliers lost a tough game in Utah on Wednesday. The fact he did this on a night when LeBron posted a monster triple-double is impressive. He hit 9-of-14 shots on the night and looks like a solid No. 1 fantasy center option this year. He was likely stolen in your draft, as he's racked up a double-double in four of five games this season, and hasn't had less than 12 boards in a single game.
LONDON - Fan sites dedicated to Prince say they have been served legal notice to remove all images of the singer, his lyrics and "anything linked to Prince's likeness," and have vowed to fight what they said was censorship.
I've hated Prince ever since i was in the audience for the Letterman show and Prince was supposed to perform, but we were told he would not play live in front of a studio audience. His segment was previously recorded. But we were still supposed to clap. MF@. I'm surprised he has fans left to sue.
Eagles Exclusive Wal-Mart Release is the Number One Selling Album in the U.S.
Wal-Mart Stores, U.S. has announced that the Eagles' "Long Road Out of Eden" -- released Oct. 30 exclusively at Wal-Mart, Walmart.com, Sam's Clubs and Samsclub.com -- has sold more than 700,000 units in its first week of release.
The Big Lebowski said it best, "I hate the fucking Eagles."
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Smiff tried to warn em...
Beshear routs Fletcher in the race for governor of Kentucky
Hello friends this is Pat Boone a fellow Kentuckian by descent from grandaddy Dan’l. I’ve always been proud of Kentucky’s stance on patriotic, military and moral issues; a great heritage. Now, as an American and a Christian I am very conservative about the upcoming governor’s election. Ernie Fletcher is a typical Kentuckian, he’s worked long and hard for the state, its people, and its traditions. And, of course, he has come under attack by political opponents and now he faces a man who wants his job who has consistently supported every homosexual cause: same sex marriage, gay adoption, special rights, to gay, lesbian, bisexual, even transgender individuals.
The problem (inaudible [probably something dirty]) gay advocacy groups (inaudible [probably something DELIGHTFULLY filthy]) enthusiastically endorse Beshear, knowing he’s their guy. Kentuckians have already voted to amend the state constitution to prohibit same sex marriage. Now, do you want governor who’d like Kentucky to be like another San Francisco? (Apparently so -- ed.) Please reelect Ernie Fletcher.
This message paid for by the Kentucky Republican Party. Now go phokk yourself.
– “I’m proud to say that the tide has turned in Iraq and we’re winning that war. And if we don’t let down our troops, they’re going to bring home a victory that will protect us here at home from today’s threat — totalitarian terrorist Islamism that’s trying to take our liberty from us.” [11/06/07]
– “Overall, I would say what I see here today is progress, significant progress from the last time I was here in December. And if you can see progress in war that means you’re headed in the right direction.” [5/30/07]
– “The last two weeks…may be seen as a turning point.” [12/17/05]
– “Does America have a good plan for doing this, a strategy for victory in Iraq? Yes we do.” [11/29/05]
– “We have to stay the course in Iraq now. … If we do that, we will…have won a victory in the war on terrorism.” [1/4/04]
Alaskan youth testifies on the Hill — and draws Limbaugh's ire
So, apparently the “values” of the “Values Voter” include infidelity, divorce, tolerance of homosexuality, cross-dressing, mob ties and bearing false witness. Cool.
Seems strange - maybe Pat-Rob likes what he sees in the strategy against uppity darkies:
Strategists for Rudy Giuliani are quietly preparing a significantly race-based campaign strategy to strengthen support among socially conservative white voters, in the South as well as in the North. […]
Giuliani’s eight years as New York’s chief executive exemplified a Northern adaptation of the GOP’s politically successful “Southern strategy” - the strategy playing on white resistance to and resentment of federal legislation passed in the 1960s mandating desegregation - resistance that produced a realignment in the South and fractured the Democratic loyalties of white working class voters in the urban North from 1968 to 2004.
It’s hard to know exactly what this strategy would look like in practice, but Tom Edsall’s report suggests Giuliani will appeal to white conservatives by emphasizing his conflicts with NYC’s African-American community. The idea, apparently, is to deflect attention from his positions on abortion, gays, guns, and immigration by pointing to race — the implicit message being: “How liberal can Giuliani be if he constantly fought with black people in New York?”
Now, will Rudy except the endorsement from a man who said we deserved to be attacked on 9/11?
JERRY FALWELL: And, I know that I’ll hear from them for this. But, throwing God out successfully with the help of the federal court system, throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools. The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way-all of them who have tried to secularize America - I point the finger in their face and say “you helped this happen."
PAT ROBERTSON: I totally concur. The problem is that we’ve adopted that agenda at the highest levels of our government. We’re responsible as a free society for what the top people do and the top people are the court system.
Round and round the wingnuts go, how shameless they will get nobody knows...
Pakistan has enough material for over 60 nuclear weapons, an unstable government, strong Islamic fundamentalist influences in its military and intelligence services, and armed Islamic fundamentalist groups operating on its territory — including Osama bin Laden.
Allan Wood (a baseball megafan who has written a book about Babe Ruth) purchased over $280 worth of digital downloads of baseball games from Major League Baseball, who have just turned off their DRM server, leaving him with no way to watch his videos. MLB's position is that since these videos were "one time sales," and that means that Wood and everyone else who gave money to MLB is out of luck -- they'll never be able to watch their videos again,.
MLB shut down the DRM server because they've changed suppliers, and now they expect suckers to buy downloads of games in the new DRM format. Anyone who does this needs their head examined -- using DRM itself is contemptible enough, but using DRM this way is just plain criminal.
Just got off the phone with a MLB customer service supervisor.
"MLB no longer supports the DDS system" that it once used and so any CDs with downloaded games on them "are no good. They will not work with the current system."
Great. Just effing great. ... As I told the supervisor, this is right in line with how wrong-headed and stupid and ass backwards MLB does everything.
I was told there is absolutely nothing MLB can do about these lost games. Plus, they said my purchases were all "one-time sales" and thus "there are no refunds".
In related news:
MLB posts record revenues
Major League Baseball will finish this year with just over $6 billion in revenue, according to Bob DuPuy, MLB's president and chief operating officer.
Baseball's sales have increased 50 percent from 2004 and have doubled since 2000, CNN reported. DuPuy said that the level of growth this year had surprised even him and Commissioner Bud Selig.
“We have seen a healthy increase in every one of our revenue streams," DuPuy said. "We saw about a $0.5 billion from sources that really didn't exist 10 years ago."
DuPuy told CNN he expects revenue growth in the single digit percentage range in 2008 and an even bigger jump in revenue in 2009.
In soon-to-be-related news:
Look for across-the-board ticket and concession price hikes at every major league park in 2008...
The 2007 Weblog Awards
By Chuck Squatriglia
November 02, 2007 | 11:53:39 AM
If there's a sadder commentary on the state of American society, we can't think of it -- we've grown so fat we sink the boats of It's A Small World.
1 White Castle Homestyle Onion Rings - Sack
Trans Fat: 30 grams
2 White Castle Fish Nibblers - Sack
Trans Fat: 16 grams
3 KFC Chicken Pot Pie
Trans Fat: 14 grams
4 Burger King Hash Browns - Large
Trans Fat: 13 grams
5 White Castle Chicken Rings - 20 rings
Trans Fat: 13 grams
6 Jack in the Box Fish & Chips - Large
Trans Fat: 12 grams
7 Jack in the Box Bacon Cheddar Potato Wedges
Trans Fat: 12 grams
8 White Castle Clam Strips - Sack
Trans Fat: 12 grams
9 Dairy Queen Chicken Strip Basket 6-piece
Trans Fat: 12 grams
10 White Castle French Fries - Sack
Trans Fat: 11 grams
International Fast Food
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
UK chooses 'most ludicrous laws'
My personal favorite:
6. In the UK a pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she wants, including in a policeman's helmet.
Love to hear the story behind dat one...
News Item: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice criticizes Pakistan's state of emergency, saying the United States "does not support extraconstitutional measures."
News Item: Regarding the impeachment of the vice president, The White House said Democrats were shirking responsibilities on issues such as childrens' health insurance.
The secret to good comedy is to stay deadpan during the delivery.
MS. PERINO: In our opinion, no.
Pat Boone: Hating the Gay
The Republican Party of Kentucky has created a robo-call advertising campaign featuring singer Pat Boone warning that the election of Democratic gubernatorial nominee Steven Beshear will put a governor in office who supports “every homosexual cause.”
This just in: he's folksy.
No bail for Ex.-Gov. Ryan
U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens (commie) has rejected former Gov. Ryan's bid to remain free, requiring him to report to federal prison by 5 p.m. tomorrow.
"I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully."--Da RezzziDUNCE, Saginaw, MI, 9/29/00 (elected for the FIRST time just weeks later!)
Would you be shocked to learn this is in Missippippi?
I'll have to check, but i don't think genocide is a Judeo-Christian value. At least what Jesus preached, but then fundamentalist lunatics who somehow have nationally televised talk shows don't have much need for Jesus's teachings. Anyway, how will Beck kill millions of people? Will he be consulting the Nazis' playbook? Good luck wid dat. Ah, he was probably just trying to be funny, which is what he said about American-hating, gay-loving Californians who deserved to have their houses burned down. Just hilarious stuff, Glenn!
Udder fun facts about this enormous moron (if you believe Wikipedia):
His mother and one of his brothers committed suicide.
Wouldn't you, with Glenn around?
Beck played the cornerback position at Northwestern University.
Now you know he really does SUCK.
Beck is a self-described reformed alcoholic and drug addict.
Really? That explains a lot--especially all the dead brain cells.
He converted to Mormonism and started a personal relationship with God.
Probably the smiting kind.
he is nothing if but flexible...is he a former gymnast?...well, it would explain the leotards and tutus he likes to wear...
Now that Rudy Giuliani is a serious presidential contender, he’s moved to the far right on most of the issues, flip-flopping all the way. But when it comes to healthcare, particularly for low-income kids, the former mayor has exectued a rare flip-flop-flip. It’s quite an accomplishment.
First, Giuliani was against expanding access through programs like S-CHIP…
Before his illness, Giuliani the Mayor resembled Giuliani the Presidential Candidate. Both showed little interest in expanding coverage to New York’s poor or uninsured, and both Giulianis gave only tepid support and financial backing to an S-CHIP-style program for New York’s uninsured children.
…then he was for it…
[I]n the immediate wake of his own cancer diagnosis, Mayor Giuliani embraced government-run health insurance, or what candidate Giuliani now calls “socialized medicine,” and explicitly tied his change of heart, in deeply personal and emotional terms, to his own experience as a prostate cancer patient.
…and now he’s against it again:
It now appears that Giuliani has forgotten all about his and other people’s pain, and his previous backing of a significant expansion of the role of government in helping to ease it.
We reported earlier today that it looked like Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher was banking on immigration if he were to salvage his reelection. We were wrong. It's gays. After the Republican Party of Kentucky sent out robo-calls telling voters they better vote for Fletcher if they didn't want Kentucky to become another San Francisco, Republicans went on the road to hammer Democrat Steve Beshear and his running mate Dan Mongiardo for an endorsement they received from C-Fair, which supports equal rights for gays and lesbians. At a campaign rally at the Kentucky Horse Park tonight in Lexington, Fletcher running mate Robbie Rudolph may have implied the Democratic ticket was gay when he asked the crowd, "Do you want a couple of San Francisco treats or do you want to reelect Gov. Ernie Fletcher?" Attorney General candidate Stan Lee referred to Beshear and Mongiardo as "San Francisco treats" as well.
Shockingly, the corrupt, full@s#i+ Fletcher is 20 points behind in the polls. If this crap doesn't play in Kentucky, where will it?
Monday, November 5, 2007
Or look at it this way: Shouldn't we be flattered that he is following President Bush's example?
In related news:
News Item: "No e-mail privacy rights under Constitution, U.S. government claims."
I will vote against the nomination of Judge Mukasey to be the next Attorney General. This was a difficult decision, as Judge Mukasey has many impressive qualities. He is intelligent and experienced and appears to understand the need to depoliticize the Department of Justice and restore its credibility and reputation.
At this point in our history, however, the country also needs an Attorney General who will tell the President that he cannot ignore the laws passed by Congress. Unfortunately, Judge Mukasey was unwilling to reject the extreme and dangerous theories of executive power that this administration has put forward.
The nation’s top law enforcement officer must be able to stand up to a chief executive who thinks he is above the law. The rule of law is too important to our country’s history and to its future to compromise on that bedrock principle.
Bush: “My favorite picture is a picture of American soldiers surrounding a guy whose been in a foxhole, Iraqi soldier, and the American guy says, we’re not going to harm you, we’re American soldiers.” (fights back tears)
Who's next? Ollie North?
Sunday, November 4, 2007
That was followed by an ad for Pizza Hut's "Stuffed Crust Pizza." Thank God. I mean, there has been a dangerous lack of cheese on pizza recently that we have to put it inside the pizza. Another American innovation...
Now if only i could get a deluxe "left-handed cheese straightener" with my state motto on it. Some day, somewheres...
*code for: a tremendous pack of lies
**code for: whitey getting darky to keep da Fants down
***code for: a HYOOOGE plutocratic @sshole.
The Cardinals aren't going to have him signed within their 15-day window. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch believes the White Sox will "lead the bidding" for Eckstein.
The gritty, gutty Eck who comes to play every day, gets the most out of his abilities, a Gamer! a Grinder!, a proven winner, a veteran, doesn't strike out, and is even shrimpier than Ozzie? Ozzie won't need the Viagra this year.
Joe Crede for Johnny Damon? Well, he's better dan Podzzzie or Erstad, but that's like saying Dan Quayle is smarter than George W. Bush.
from Rich in today's Times:
In 2002 Senators Clinton, Biden, John Kerry, John Edwards and Chris Dodd all looked over their shoulders at such polls. They and the party’s Congressional leaders, Tom Daschle and Dick Gephardt, voted for the Iraq war resolution out of the cynical calculation that it would inoculate them against charges of wussiness. Sure, they had their caveats at the time. They talked about wanting “to give diplomacy the best possible opportunity” (as Mr. Gephardt put it then). In her Oct. 10, 2002, speech of support for the Iraq resolution on the Senate floor, Mrs. Clinton hedged by saying, “A vote for it is not a vote to rush to war.”
We know how smart this strategic positioning turned out to be. Weeks later the Democrats lost the Senate.
This time around, with the exception of Mrs. Clinton, the Democratic candidates seem to be saying what they really believe rather than trying to play both sides against the middle. Only Mrs. Clinton voted for this fall’s nonbinding Kyl-Lieberman Senate resolution, designed by its hawk authors to validate Mr. Bush’s Iran policy. The House isn’t even going to bring up this malevolent bill because, as Nancy Pelosi has said, there has “never been a declaration by a Congress before in our history” that “declared a piece of a country’s army to be a terrorist organization.”
In 2002, the Iraq war resolution passed by 77 to 23. In 2007, Kyl-Lieberman passed by 76 to 22. No sooner did Mrs. Clinton cast her vote than she started taking heat in Iowa. Her response was to blur her stand. She abruptly signed on as the sole co- sponsor of a six-month-old (and languishing) bill introduced by the Virginia Democrat Jim Webb forbidding money for military operations in Iran without Congressional approval.
In Tuesday’s debate Mrs. Clinton tried to play down her vote for Kyl-Lieberman again by incessantly repeating her belief in “vigorous diplomacy” as well as the same sound bite she used after her Iraq vote five years ago. “I am not in favor of this rush for war,” she said, “but I’m also not in favor of doing nothing.”
Much like her now notorious effort to fudge her stand on Eliot Spitzer’s driver’s license program for illegal immigrants, this is a profile in vacillation. And this time Mrs. Clinton’s straddling stood out as it didn’t in 2002. That’s not because she was the only woman on stage but because she is the only Democratic candidate who has not said a firm no to Bush policy.
That leaves her in a no man’s — or woman’s — land. If Mr. Bush actually does make a strike against Iran, Mrs. Clinton will be the only leading Democrat to have played a cameo role in enabling it. If he doesn’t, she can no longer be arguing in the campaign crunch of fall 2008 that she is against rushing to war, because it would no longer be a rush. Her hand would be forced.
Mr. Biden got a well-deserved laugh Tuesday night when he said there are only three things in a Giuliani sentence: “a noun and a verb and 9/11.” But a year from now, after the public has been worn down by so many months more of effective White House propaganda, “America’s mayor” (or any of his similarly bellicose Republican rivals) will be offering voters the clearest possible choice, however perilous, about America’s future in the world.
Potentially facing that Republican may be a Democrat who is not in favor of rushing to war in Iran but, now as in 2002, may well be in favor of walking to war. In any event, she will not have been a leader in making the strenuous case for an alternative policy that defuses rather than escalates tensions with Tehran.
Noun + verb + 9/11 — also Mr. Bush’s strategy in 2004, lest we forget — would once again square off against a Democratic opponent who was for a pre-emptive war before being against it.
Not to mention the Enormous Matter-Devouring Black Hole of a Gaping @sshole-in-Chief, da RezziDUNCE, George (Gee Dumbya) "Dumphokk" Bush (HE SUCKS).