Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R TX) Is A Traitor

Kay Bailey Hutchison the former cheerleader, political reporter, and undistinguished member of the Texas House of Representatives, beat abuse of office charges and engineered her election to replace Senator Lloyd Bentsen in the same year, 1993.

Hutchison is not known for her daring legislative initiatives, but her time in the Senate has not been without achievements. She lied about limiting herself to two full terms. She greatly enriched Big Oil by keeping the Dept. of the Interior from collecting full royalty payments on federal land leases...while at the same time accepting $1.2M in industry contributions. She has voiced her tolerance for perjury...when it can be used a bludgeon against a federal prosecutor. And she voted twice to keep the minimum wage at $7.25 an hour, only relenting when Republicans held an increase hostage to an estate tax giveaway of millions to the wealthiest 1/2 of 1 percent of Americans.

And now...she's a traitor. On Thursday, she voted with 65 Senators to place the President above the Constitution on the subject of detainee trials, habeas corpus, and treaty authority. She violated her oath of office:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.
...making herself an enemy of our founding document, and in doing so has betrayed her country. That is the definition of a traitor.


My iPod Wants To Torture The President

OK campers...I'm as mad as hell and my music can't take it any more!

iPod of DoomBu$hCo and Congress have decided to do away with the Constitutional Republic that we all thought we lived in, and we need some tunes that will put the fire in our bellies.

F*ck Congress and all of its spineless sheep! I put the question to the iPod of Doom, and it replies that it wants Bush to burn in hell-fire--wants to torture him with these righteous tracks:

1. Contagion - "Aggress", Contaminant PCB
2. Consolidated - "Friendly Fascism", Industrial Revolution - Second Ed.
3. Front Line Assembly- "Outcast", Tactical Neural Implant
4. Gravity Kills - "Blame", Gravity Kills
5. Ministry - "N.W.O.", Psalm 69
6. Nine Inch Nails - "Head Like A Hole", Pretty Hate Machine
7. The Future Sound Of London, "We Have Explosive", Dead Cities
8. Pearl Jam, "Not For You", Vitalogy
9. Articles of Faith - "False Security", AoF Complete Vol. 1
10. Lo Fidelity Allstars - "Battle Flag", How To Operate With A Blown Mind

What does Satan's MP3 player say to you?

Bush and Pack of Traitorous Senators

What do you call a President so manifestly stupid, that he's unable to fight the so called War on Terror without eviscerating the Constitution? What do you call a pack of Senators that would expressly violate their oath of office to support that President? How about traitors? Is that too strong a word? Rethuglicans bandy it about all the time, and I'm getting sick of sugar-coating this sh*t. So here's the list of traitors who voted in favor of doing away with Article 1, Section 9, the 5th and 6th Amendments to the US Constitution:

Alexander (R-TN)
Allard (R-CO)
Allen (R-VA)
Bennett (R-UT)
Bond (R-MO)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burns (R-MT)
Burr (R-NC)
Carper (D-DE)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Coleman (R-MN)
Collins (R-ME)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Craig (R-ID)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
DeWine (R-OH)
Dole (R-NC)
Domenici (R-NM)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Frist (R-TN)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hagel (R-NE)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Lieberman (D-CT)
Lott (R-MS)
Lugar (R-IN)
Martinez (R-FL)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Pryor (D-AR)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Salazar (D-CO)
Santorum (R-PA)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Smith (R-OR)
Specter (R-PA)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Stevens (R-AK)
Sununu (R-NH)
Talent (R-MO)
Thomas (R-WY)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Warner (R-VA)

Apparently, Bush isn't the only one who thinks that the Constitution is, "...just a goddamned piece of paper."


PARK-ing Space


On Detainees, The Devil Is In The Ambiguities

Blocked by Hamden v. Rumsfeld from fully abusing powers that it doesn't really have, Bu$hCo is moving to make the Senate's bill on detainee treatment and trial another assault on the Constitution. And as always, ambiguity serves Bu$hCo to the detriment of your rights. If the last six years have taught us anything, it's that this administration will relentlessly exploit any loophole, circumvent any law in their pursuit of unchecked executive authority, and so it is with this bill.

Consider... The military has a definition of the term "enemy combatant":
...those who engage in acts against the United States or its coalition partners in violation of the laws of war and customs of war during an armed conflict.
But that isn't the definition Bu$hCo wants for this bill. The current language--which, by the way, has been made more ambiguous with each revision--states:
...has engaged in hostilities or who has purposefully and materially supported hostilities against the United States.
Note the lack of qualification regarding armed conflicts and direct action. In addition, the bill's language contains no exclusion for US citizens. So presumably stripping people of their citizenship before declaring them an enemy combatant won't be a problem. And if you think that the administration won't exploit these ambiguities to stifle dissent, think again. Bu$hCo is remarkably consistent about using the rhetoric of disloyalty against their opponents. So given the opportunity to quash dissent by holding up the specter of indefinite imprisonment, does anyone really think that the administration will resist?

Look at Bu$hCo's track record and decide for yourself.


Fashion Rendition - Hugo Chavez Loses His Hugo Boss

New York (f-A-ke. P.)

Fashion Rendition
Chavez intercepted by TSA agents who strip search him and then refuse to return his shiny, black, 4-button, Euro-trash suit. State Department spokesperson refers to the incident as a "fashion rendition". European purveyors of couture outraged--call for a boycott of US shows. Kofi Annan appeals for calm and negotiation, offers to serve as intermediary.

(Forgive me. I dumped this comment so many blogs, I figured it was time I put up or shut up.)


As The Turd Spins

So what do all of these rumors of Osama bin Laden's death really mean? Just this:

MSM Mouthpiece: "Mr. Rove, doesn't it look bad for the administration that Osama bin Laden was never taken into US custody?"

The Turd Blossom: "No at all. We forced him into hiding where his death from typhoid fever, away from the medical care that could have saved his life, was almost a certainty."

And to give credit where credit is due... James @ Genius of Insanity had the same idea, and beat me to the punch. :-)

A GOP Message for the Election Season

As I travel around America, I'm asked by many of our citizens, 'Mr. President, is your party going to lose control of Congress this November?' and, 'If Republicans loose, what will happen to our great country?' Well, I just want to let you know that this issue concerns me. Turd Blossom and I talk about this a lot, and I want to reassure all right-thinking Americans that this won't happen.

You see, all you citizens think that you have a right to vote in elections, but that just isn't true. Unless yer state has it in it's constitution, that right doesn't exist, and we're takin' steps to ensure that the wrong sort of people don't get into power. In fact, we don't even want 'em at the polls. That's why the GOP supports legislation in ever state that requires you to show two forms of Republi--I mean--government approved identification and to prove that you drove yer American-made SUV to the polling station.

I think we can all agree that uppity l'bruls taking over Congress is bad for America. Imagine if Nancy Pelosi replaces Denny as the Speaker. She'll probably try to replace our flag with that evil rainbow colored thing that flies over Satan's Hidey-hole (San Francisco). She'll put Italian espresso machines in House lunch room. It will be chaos, and chaos is good for the terrorists.

So, when you hear that your state is tossing voter registration cards into the nearest landfill, just think about something patriotic--like Rummy grinding the evil-doers under his boot--and don't worry. It's all for the best.

I'm George Bush, and I endorse this message.


You Know It's Coming - TSA Bans Humans

I bet we're going to hear this in the news very soon:
  • Man freezes a bottle of Pellegrino and attempts to sneak it past TSA.
  • Agency not amused by claims that, "It isn't a liquid!"
  • Man rendered to Albania and tortured before confessing to wide-spread plot involing aircraft, ice-cubes, jello-shooters, and rum-soaked lady-fingers
  • Administration bans solids onboard aircraft. When combined with the existing ban on liquids, TSA is forced to rule out letting humans through checkpoints.
  • United Airlines says, "What-the-f*ck?!" and votes for liquidation rather than trying to emerge from bankruptcy under these heightened security restrictions.
Just a thought on this Friday evening...

Thanks to Lukku Cairi for @ Godsylla for the inspiration.


Kvatch Kvetches - For Once It's Not the Automakers' Fault

Normally your author would be all over a suit trying to recover damages from a major industry on behalf of the state's residents. But in the case of the State of California v. [insert your favorite big automaker here], I just can't get on board.

Here's the deal, Granola-land is suing Big Auto, alleging that because cars pollute, contribute to global warming etcetera--and in doing so harm the economy, the public health, and the state's environment--the state is entitled to damages under Federal and State common law. In fact the MSM has gone so far as to compare this suit to the pioneering multi-state suit against the Tobacco manufacturers. There's only one problem...this is all a bunch of HORSE SH*T!

First off Big Tobacco didn't just lie to the public about the risks of smoking. They produced fake research to support their position, deceptively marketed their products to minors, and engaged in a multi-decade campaign to mislead the public and government about their product.

There is no such deception on the part of Big Auto. Even if it weren't basic common sense that buying a bigger, lower gas mileage, higher emissions auto contributes to global warming, then the EPA would be there to tell you exactly what-the-f*ck you're doing. Those measurements are online. They're on the god-damned sticker that they put on the frickin' windshield. The decision to pollute more is entirely in the hands of John Q. Public. You can buy a SUV...or not. The Prius is there if you want it. You can own a car...or not. Public transit is there if you want to take it. Mileage and emissions stats are there for you to read...or not.

If AG Lockyer wants to sue someone, he should sue California's 40,000,000 drivers. Damn! I sound like some kind of Libertarian. Don't worry... It won't last.


The Diebold AccuBar TSX

For Immediate Release:

Diebold AccuBar TSX
Responding to accusations that their touchscreen voting machines are as easy to get into as your average hotel minibar, Diebold today announced the immediate availability of the new AccuBar TSX--a combined voting machine and refreshment dispenser. Now not only can voters cast their ballot for their favorite (Republican) candidate, but they'll also be able to obtain a refreshing soft drink, mineral water, or alcoholic libation.

Diebold encourages only responsible consumption. Never drink and vote.
(Unless of course you live in Florida, and Katherine Harris is still in the Senate race.)


Breeding All The Way To The Ballot Box

Listen up liberals...you're doomed!

Able to leap tall diaghragms in a single bound, fertile, even fecund, super-Republicans are filling American bassinets with their babies. Forget "compassionate conservatism". We're talking "passionate conservatism". These people are putting "in" in "SIN", and pretty soon lefties are gonna to be outnumbered. Yes indeed the heartland is bumpin' and grindin' for God, and the future is looking much more retro than metro.




Who squats in the White House, A pox on D.C.?
Dim-witted, inane, and clueless is he.

If dangerous nonsense, yer looking to see...
Then shut off yer brain, and vote G-O-P!

And Snave, who never fails to rise to the challenge of verse, responds!


Sauce For The Combatant Is Sauce For The Citizen

Of all the stories that caught my attention this last week, the statement by Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne regarding the deployment and testing of non-lethal weapons, offered up the most staggeringly stupid bit of reasoning that we've seen from Bu$hCo in a long time.
The object is basically public relations. Domestic use would make it easier to avoid questions from others about possible safety considerations... If we're not willing to use it here against our fellow citizens, then we should not be willing to use it in a wartime situation. (Because) if I hit somebody with a non-lethal weapon and they claim that it injured them in a way that was not intended, I think that I would be vilified in the world press.
Now...setting aside the fact that Bu$hCo has never been particularly concerned about world opinion, would the Secretary like to explain whom he thinks we should test the weapons on? Protestors, strikers, wild bands of crazed morris dancers? There is a reason that the military is not allowed to act as a police force: Because it engenders a mindset of the citizen as the enemy.

Moreover, it's truly scary to realize that the man at the top of the Air Force is unable to think critically. He's got the consequences observation bass-ackwards. The battlefield, where the death of the target is assumed and anything short of that is an improvement, is exactly where you want to test a new weapon. What?! It's OK to use an RPG because it has no "unintended" consequences. Killing and maiming are assumed...but a new-fangled stun-gun is bad cause you don't know what exactly it'll do?!

But who knows, maybe Bu$hCo is gearing up to relax or circumvent the Posse Comitatus Act, and Wynne's statements designed to set the stage. If there is one thing that Bu$hCo does consistently, it's repeating nonsense so many times that it starts to make sense.


Kvatch On Hiatus For A Bit (Sort Of)

Dear Friends,

You've probably noticed that my blogging has been a bit sporadic lately. The reason is that, after taking the summer off, I've started a contract gig that should keep me employed through the end of the year. But here's the kicker: I'm using this as a springboard for restarting my LLC (going independent again), and I really need to kick ass on this job.

Though I've had more fun than I could have imagined these last 16 months--met and blogged with a great group of people--I simply don't have the time to keep Blognonymous vibrant, and I don't ever want this blog to become just a repeat of the day's top news story. Consequently, I'm going to limit myself to a post or two on the weekends, and see how that goes. (I promise that I'll try to do a bang up job for those few.) In addition, the Frogette has asked if she may use Blognonymous for a post or two of her own.

Thanks to everyone for reading. That interaction has meant more to me than I can easily express. With luck, some months down the line, I'll be able to get back to posting as usual.


(P.S., if any of your would like to use Blognonymous as your own megaphone, just let me know. Let's talk. If there is one thing that I do well it's craft titles that bring in the clicks from the search engines, and I'd hate for all that traffic to go to waste. :-) )


Future Headlines - Osama bin Laden In US Custody

The GOP is in trouble and they're gonna need some help in the midterms. So what could salvage their dismal prospects? Only one thing...Osama bin Laden in custody. In fact, we've probably had him for a while, but Bush is never going to admit that. As far as the administration is concerned, intrepid members of our armed forces swept into Pakistan--Afghanistan, the moon, wherever--and captured him. And now he's sitting in Gitmo, "...being treated humanely in accordance with our laws and international treaties."

In October - Surprise, Surprise!

Now a short addendum: I'd planned to post this last Friday but got distracted, and over the weekend the Xsociate did a post on the exact same theme. So it seems I'm not the only one who thinks that they might trot out bin Laden. Kudos for beating me to the punch sir! :-)

For The Intelligence Agent Who Has Everything - Insurance

Hot on the heels of Bu$hCo removing whistle-blower protection for EPA employees who tattle on their employer, Blognonymous hears that CIA agents are signing up for a government-reimbursed, insurance program that will cover expenses stemming from civil lawsuits or accusations of criminal wrongdoing.

"But why..." you might ask yourself, "...would agents need insurance if they've done nothing wrong?" Well, since it's not clear that the actions of the...say..Abu Grahib interrogators are legal, I can certainly see how, with trials pending, the agents might be getting a bit nervous. Nonetheless this stinks like day old tuna. First, if Bu$hCo was so damn confident of the legality of their actions, then why are they now seeking indemnification for CIA employees from Congress? Second, even if Congress fails to act isn't it the Justice Department's duty defend anyone accused of a crime related to fighting the WoT? You'd think so, but apparently the agents are no so confident, and well they should not be. Bu$hCo has hung numerous military officials out to dry. So why not the agents as well?

In the end though, I don't have much sympathy for the purchasers of these policies, be they FBI, CIA, contractors, or whomever. If you're so frickin' concerned about whether or not you've violated international or domestic surveillance law, then maybe you should just stop what you're doing. These people are certainly not ignorant of the law, and ultimately the responsibility is theirs. Nobody should want to go into court, even with their costs covered, and have to mutter, "I was only following orders."

1129 of 2996 - William Lum


I wasn't the same person the day before you died that I am today. That person was less in touch and a lot less angry. Watching 2996 people be murdered with you on the 11th, from out here on the West Coast, was a transformative experience. It filled me with frustration--filled me with dread. I waited for the other shoe to drop, and it never did. Hopefully it never will, but I can't help but feel that not experiencing 9/11 directly has left a shadow in my consciousness.

Though I was assigned your name at random, it seems that there may in fact be some fate in that coincidence. I'm sure that you and I have many differences, but I've learned that we also share some passions. You were a great lover of NYC as I am. I try to visit yearly and every time I do I feel exhilaration, renewed, vibrant--many of the same things that I'm sure you felt. I read how you planned parties for friends and for your family, especially the one at Window's on the World for your mother's 60th birthday. And I too am in the middle of planning such an event...my parent's 50th wedding anniversary.

So I guess what I really want to say here is thanks. Not for what happened that day. It was incomprehensible. Not for what happened after. It was tragic. But for the tributes and glimpses of your life that your family and friends thoughtfully posted for me to find. And perhaps that is what's most important. They remember you. I'll remember you, and we'll all heal a bit.

I discard the dark,
By looking back through your eyes.
Mind clearer...heart light.



September 12th, 2001 and What Came After

Above you can see me tribute to William Lum, one of the victims on 9/11. What I wrote was not my original inclination, but the Frogette implored me to keep my focus on the point of the tribute, and I tried. But I wasn't completely successful.

You see, I didn't feel the sense of togetherness that many Americans felt in the aftermath of 9/11. I felt anger--anger at what I perceived were the reasons behind the attacks, anger at my fellow citizens for seeming not to realize what would follow, and most of all anger at myself for keeping my mouth shut. That wouldn't last, though, and when I finally cracked in November, my anger came pouring out on my personal website. My ranting was badly conceived and unevenly directed. I received threats and lost friends.

Now, five years down the line, when I talk about healing--when I talk about the shadow that was on my consciousness--these posts are what I'm referring to: Here and here.


Shakes...On A Plane!

You know...on a Friday afternoon, the blogsphere doesn't get any better than this. A guy sticks a buzzing vibrator down his pants and then goes through airport security.


For The Terrorists? Gladiatorial Combat!

Washington (f-A-ke. P.) -

After acknowledging the existence of secret CIA prisons for 'foreign combatants', President Bush urged Congress yesterday to move swiftly on his proposals for bringing justice to the evil doers.

The cornerstones of the President's new plan are gladiatorial combats and spectacles for dealing with detainees accused of an expanded list of 27 offenses including: Conspiracy, hostage-taking, torture, rape and hijacking.
I thought about using military tribunals with classified or coerced evidence to convict these islamo-fascists, but frankly that just wastes time. My military officers have better things to do, and... you know I'm the deciderer. I say throw them to the lions, and let God sort 'em out. Cause thi--well this is more than they deserve, and we can be rid of them once and for all. Good enough for the Romans, right? Well then it's good enough for me.
Democrats were uniformly appalled by the new plan. Republicans expressed caution and stated that they would wait for a Justice Department assessment of the plan's constitutionality. A spokesman for the Attorney General remarked late in the day that it's probable that Congress authorized this when they granted the President the 'Divine right of kings' in the days following September 11th.

(Thanks to Sothis whose comment got me thinking along these lines.)


Huge Oil Field Discovered - Gulf of Mexico To Be Drained

Washington (f-A-ke. P.) -

After this week's announcement of a major new oil find in the Gulf of Mexico, Bush administration officials let it be known that the President is considering the most ambitious public works project since the Panama Canal -

"We intend to drain the Gulf of Mexico," Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne announced at midday press conference. "America needs energy, and we want to make it as easy as possible to suck that crude from the ground. No ships, no platforms. Just long, easy to maintain, pipelines headed out into our new territory. Moreover this will take care of our Hurricane problem once and for all. Never again will our southern coasts be threatened by the almighty's wrath."

When asked how other nations might feel about the loss of bountiful fishing territories and revenue from seaside tourist destinations, the Secretary replied, "They'll just have to get used to it. Where talking about our energy independence here."

Surprise! Surprise! It's September and we have prisons!

In our continuing coverage of Bu$hCo "surprises" we note that the September surprise is...well...not so surprising:

We have prisons--overseas prisons, and these prisons are filled with bad guys. Evil doers who want to come over here and destroy our way of life. McDonald's, ABC, and Bill O'Reilly...all gone! We torture these illegal combatants over there so we don't have to torture them over here. And why? Because irregular interrogation methods (aka, torture) work. We have obtained credible information from these little satans. Information that has saved lives--thousands of lives. You know they planned to blow up the thing and...the other thing, and we stopped them. "Alternative procedures" (aka, torture), applied by the CIA, really work!

And now we need to try these monsters, but not in a court. Cause you know our courts can't be trusted. Look at what the Supreme Court did in Hamden vs. Rumsfeld? Can't trust 'em. So we're going to ask Congress for tribunals, military tribunals--better, faster...able to leap tall islamo-fascists (read: "Osama bin Laden") in a single bound. We need to prosecute them with evidence the terrorists aren't allowed to see and with evidence obtained through coercive techniques (aka, torture).


Tomorrow Blognonymous will announce Bu$hCo's October Surprise. So stay tuned.


ABC Propaganda

American Bush-kissing Company

The Path to 9/11 is a bunch of propaganda, but I can see where this
is headed. So read up and let ABC know what you think.

Updated 2006/09/07, 9:39 AM PDT -

This just in: The Xsociate has learned that Disney intends to revamp The Path to 9/11 in order to calm the film's critics. Read all about it here!

Don't Tattle On The EPA - The King Doesn't Like It

In yet another blow to environmental standard's enforcement, Bu$hCo has managed to quietly exempt itself from "whistle-blower" prosecutions by EPA employees. In other words, if you work for the EPA and tattle on the agency for failing to enforce environmental law, you're no longer allowed to sue the administration, a right that all federal employees enjoy.

Now one might wonder what statute allows Bu$hCo to circumvent the whistle-blower laws. Well the Secretary of Labor's Administrative Review Board has made a ruling that cites an unpublished opinion from the Attorney General's Office of Legal Counsel. Interestingly, that opinion invokes the ancient doctrine of sovereign immunity--the old English legal maxim that "The King Can Do No Wrong." So now...not only does Bush get to act like a king (and a rotten one at that) but the Attorney General's office is laying the legal groundwork for him to rule like one.

Federal employees had better watch out. The next time somebody runs afoul of Bu$hCo policy the President may call for that person's head, and the Attorney General will be right there to swing the axe. 'Divine right of kings,' you know.


Kvatch Says: "Support Your President!"

It's a common refrain. We here it all the time on rightist blogs--an indictment of our anti-American Bush hating:
Unlike the left, I support whoever is President
In fact, just this past weekend Tom Hilton @ If I Ran The Zoo had an interesting post on the delusion that pervades the right regarding the supposed civility of the Clinton era. So let me just say that if a 5 year witch hunt, with numerous destroyed lives, culminating in botched impeachment of the most popular president in 40 years can be construed as 'supporting your president' then...I'm so on board!.

Iran and the GOP - Birds of a Feather Flock Together

"Today, students should shout at the president and ask why liberal and secular university lecturers are present in the universities..."

Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad --
Calling for a purge of liberal and secular teachers, 5 September 2006

"You could introduce a bill that says, proof that you're anti-American is grounds for dismissal."

Former Republican Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich --
Calling for the firing of professors on political grounds in a speech to the American Enterprise Institute, 25 February 2005


Condi Brings You The News

New York (f-A-ke. P.) -

Competition in network news heats up as Katie Couric takes over at CBS tomorrow night. But ABC has decided to respond and announced this evening that on September 18th Condoleezza Rice, the former Secretary of State, will become the anchor of World News Tonight.

World News Tonight With Condi Rice

Judith Miller the new Director of Network News at ABC said, "We're delighted to have Condi on board and are confident that she'll kick Katie's ass the same way she kicked that Hezbollah leader's ass--Nasramen, Nasra--whatever his name is." When asked if her move to ABC was motivated by the perception that her star in the Republican party is falling, Ms. Rice replied, "Absolutely not. I simply want to work someplace where my mission is clear, and I want to emphasize that everything we'll do to CBS is completely legal. In other words, we'll be acting within our Constitutional authority when we make them cry like little children."

Happy Labor Day - Reflect Then Shop Like A Subversive

I had hoped to come up with something deep and topical to post about today, but it seems that I've run dry. So instead I'm going to direct you to two bloggers who do have something important to say.

First up we've got John Good of Left in Aboite whose reflections on Labor Day covered everything I would have wanted to say, if I weren't so damn tired.

Then, after you've considered John's excellent reflections, head over to Knock Knock for Peacechick Mary's lessons in subversive shopping.

Happy Labor Day all!

Coming Soon To Your PC... Google Bug (beta)

Google wants to use your PC's existing microphone to listen in on what's going on in the background and then serve you relevant ads based on the sounds they find. Google Bug (beta)The Register reports that Peter Norvig, Google's director of Research, says that this product is going to show up eventually..."sooner rather than later".

Once this little gem is deployed, anybody want to take bets on how long the Feds wait before passing laws making the retention of the sounds mandatory and the use of the tech an FBI prerogative?


To Keep Rhode Island, GOP Will Eat Its Own

Senator Lincoln Chafee (R. RI), is so liberal that he's been courted by the Democrats the way Jim Jeffords (I. VT) was back in 2001. And the state Chafee represents, Rhode Island, is so Blue that it hasn't given a Republican presidential candidate more than 40% of the vote since 1988. But in order to keep Rhode Island, the GOP is willing to eat one of their own, Cranston Mayor, Steve Laffey.

You see Laffey is challenging Chafee for the Republican nomination, but in a state this blue a Bush-style Republican--support for the Prez, for the war, and for tax cuts--doesn't go over so well. Polls suggest that if Laffey wins then he'll get crushed in the general election by the Democratic challenger Sheldon Whitehouse.

So what's the GOP doing about it? Well it seems that the old tricks are the best tricks. They've ginned up a Willie Horton-esque commercial that tries tar Laffey as being an advocate of open borders--laughable considering his position on the issue is exactly that of the US Treasury Department. But no matter, when you're trying to do is keep control of the Senate, whose going to stand on principle. For the GOP seems even a "Blue" Republican is preferable to losing the seat.


More Good News On Voter Registration...

... Like Florida's draconian registration laws--struck down earlier in the week--Ohio's laws were nixed by a federal court yesterday.

This is excellent news for Americans interested in increasing voter participation and a blow to vote suppressors working on similar statutes in Georgia, New Mexico and Colorado. Moreover, its great to see Ken Blackwell, Ohio's Conflict of Interest Secretary, get his ass kicked in court.


What dominates your music collection?

I tend to think that few of us are not music lovers. We may not have extensive collections, but over the years there is almost always one artist that we gravitate to. Sometimes it's a taste that we develop early in life...sometimes it's a recent discovery.

So Blognonymous asks: What one artist, composer, or ensemble dominates your collection? And be honest. No matter how embarrassing you may think the answer is, there is always a reason, and usually it's a pretty good one.

And what dominates Kvatch's collection? Well...though I'm not a Split Enz fan--I started listening later--I am a huge fan of New Zealand artist Neil Finn. I first heard him when Crowded House released the single "Don't Dream It's Over" in the US in 1987, and have been hooked ever since. Between Crowded House, Finn Brothers (Neil and Tim), and solo releases I own 11 CD's from the man that I consider to the best song writer of his generation.

And just so you all won't feel too embarrassed to answer... If this question had come up 8 years ago when I still had some LPs, the answer would have been Alan Parsons, coming in at 12 (10 CDs and 2 LPs). So there. :-)

Shed Those Unwanted Pounds... With Photoshop

That's what CBS news did for Katie Couric. Check out these before and after photos. Cool huh?

Reality is no longer what it once was. Need to loose 20 pounds? Maybe even get rid of that jaundiced look? No problem. Just load up Photoshop and... Voila! But if even that is too much work for you, well...camera manufacturers have the solution there as well. HP's newest Photosmart cameras really are! They can slim you down or remove unsightly blemishes from your face. Wrinkles be gone! Some Olympus cameras can give you that golden tan you've always wanted.

Yes indeed. Who needs reality? Pretty soon Photoshop will come with plug-ins that age you backwards. "Adobe, helping you relive your 20s!"