Saturday, January 07, 2006


Once again, it just doesn't get any better than Joe Conason.

If you didn't know, has been up for some weeks now. Go there and read!

If you don't have a subscription to, get it now!

And if you're not reading Conason on a regular basis, you are missing out on writing from one of the best commentators and investigative journalists of our time.

Bush: Erratic, Crazy, Proud.

Would you put this photo up on the web as part of your PR?

I don't think so.

Hastert: 108,000 Jobs=Roaring Economy.

What the fuck is with this guy?

I used to think Ron Bonjean wrote all this nonsense. Now I think Denny Hastert is as blind and stupid as he seems.

108,000 new jobs in a month is nothing more or less than anemic.

He's Doin' a Heck of a Job!

I Guess That's What You Call Pathological Liars.

Even now, DeLay himself and Hastert's Bonjean can't stop lying.
    "During my time in Congress, I have always acted in an ethical manner within the rules of our body and the laws of our land. I am fully confident time will bear this out," DeLay wrote.
And then there's Bonjean, the former braintrust that bungled Lott's Leadership position with the way the Strom Thurmond comments were handled:
    His spokesman, Ron Bonjean, said the petition drive "is consistent with the speaker's announcement ... that House Republicans would revisit this matter at the beginning of this year."
So that's why Denny postponed the opening session until the end of the month?

Friday, January 06, 2006

I'll Tell You What...

If I had an attorney in my family to bail me out, I'd be out whooping it up tonight.

Better yet, if I had a politically connected former government official watching my back all the time, I wouldn't worry about my family and friends being out there breaking the law or getting into various situations, either.

Man, oh, man.

Ah... The Smacking Sound of Republicans Eating Their Own.

Ronald Raygun is spinning like a trout lure.

Now, what did I tell you all the other day?


President Rudy?


Just keep repeating this, sports fans.

Justice To Indict Half-Dozen Congressmen,
Half-Dozen Or More Cong. Staff In Abramoff Scandal.

Perhaps more Executive Branch officials will be indicted, as well. In all, 60 will be investigated. All by the end of 2006.

So says former House Counsel, Stan Brand, predicting the scope of damage, on yesterday's Diane Rehm Show.

If you're not listening the Diane Rehm's show on 89.5 WNIJ (Northern Public Radio in DeKalb reaches quite far, I've found), you're missing some really great quality radio programming and stimulating discussion.

Why does 91.5 WBEZ hate the Diane Rehm Show?

OK. That went too far.

Freak Show.

People actually watch this.

You know, tune in to John Gibson and follow what he has to say.

What a country.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Hastert's Mighty Press Operation Silent.

I'd be quiet, too, if I didn't want people to notice things like this.


Wow. $70,000.

Golly. Goodness!

You could do an awful lot with $70,000. That's a lot of drink money.

That's a lot of bail money!

You could pay for a lot of fundraiser dinners with that!

You could probably pay for three letters to a Cabinet member with that.

Whew! Denny Hastert Takes a Dump.

This would be funny if it weren't so pathetic.

Really, boys. Just giving the money away and then saying, "Well, it was all legally donated to us," is just too fucking pathetic.

It's almost as bad as the old, "Some Democrats took money from him, too," defense.

I have not heard a single rebuke of super scum bastard Abramoff since all this blew up in GOP faces.

Come to think of it, though, why would Denny Hastert issue a rebuke of Jack "MoFo" Abramoff when he's about to start singing?

Hmmmm. There's a tasty new year party treat.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006


The news as I awoke this a.m. to rush off to the airport (to wait... and use the free wireless) was just horrible.

How could the message get so screwed up? How could anyone let such a horrible build-up go on for 3 hours?

Abramoff Deal Will Be Very Bad Deal For Denny.

Oh, yeah. Anyone out there thinking that Hastert won't be hurt because of his squeaky clean image should think again.

The image is clean because the details have been kept from you.

Illinoisans: Think "Paul Powell."

While I doubt there are shoeboxes full of cash to be found at the Plano estate, you're going to start seeing two things while Hastert's Do-Nothing (Good) Congress is out on "DeLayed" holiday this month.

First, you're going to start seeing rats who are not tainted by Abramoff getting together and talking about how to take their party back. That's bad for Hastert, who would undoubtedly be jettisoned in the maelstrom. I don't think those efforts will succeed, though.

Second, you and I have just started the first year of the worst years of Denny Hastert's political life. A good deal of his dirty back-stabbing political deals are going to start unraveling out of the grips of his handlers.

Watch, learn, enjoy!

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Blogger Explosion.

Sorry for (obviously) being away from the throttle of this thing for too long not to notice the structure has become completely corrupted or something.

My lovely stock template is back, but I don't have the mental faculties to remake all the links tonight. I've been drinking, and on east coast time, since Sunday.

See you all tomorrow, and will write again soon...

Oh, yes. You all should be reading more on the story I've been alluding to. Very soon, I understand.

Twelve Alive!

CNN is now breaking the story that 12 miners have been found alive!

I am ecstatic, having known a number of fellows who've worked in the mines over the years. Have been watching this rather closely from the road.

Coal mining, if you didn't know, or just didn't believe it, is probably about the worst job you could imagine. I realize that almost half our electricity comes from coal, but sending men underground to work in the cold, in a shaft that could collapse or emit toxic levels of invisible gases... well, it's just dreadful to think about the risks.

Let's see if there's some more coverage of the company that owns this mine to see what standard operating procedures are, and how this happened.

Flaky Blogger.

What else is new. I've been down for quite some time. Sorry about the gap...

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Is It Legal To Conceal Open Records?

That's a good question. The answer, according to the Illinois Attorney General's office, is "NO."

And why is this important? It seems there's been some hanky-panky with a routine situation right in Kendall County over the holidays. And the hanky-panky is a cover-up. In classic fashion, the incident is not the issue; it's the cover-up.

Sources tell me that an incident was not reported recently -- not because the local media withheld the story -- but because the incident is being kept under wraps.

And who is behind it? I won't give it up, but the last name begins with Hastert. At least two others with ties to the Speaker are also allegedly implicated in the scheme.

By the way, I hope everyone took my advice yesterday.

Happy New Year!