Saturday, April 15, 2006

Happy Easter.

Enjoy your Peeps and chocolate!

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Kendall County's Political Merger.

While I was out last week, apparently the torch was passed from the current Democratic party leadership in the county to a new slate of candidates, led by the inimitable Jim Birch Society president himself.

The torch is, indeed, passed, as there were no objections presented and no other candidates nominated for the party offices.

This is quite interesting on a number of fronts, as Birch was quoted after forming his own party organization two years ago, that it would be less formal than the county's central committee. My understanding of party structure is that every countywide party organization is chartered under the state party org, which requires "formalities" such as the use of Robert's Rules of Order, which stipulates adherance to such "formalities" as having a quorum, recognizing voices from the floor, etc.

Another silly formality is the process of assuring the survival of the organization, itself.

Now that Birch effectively controls both party organizations in the nation's third fastest growing county, it remains to be seen what approach either organization will take.

Consider this, however: The entire party will now be controlled by one person. Not good. Interesting that that was the complaint the Birchers had the past few years about the Flowers organization, which is closely tied to the Illinois House Speaker.

And consider this: The Birchers have no such support from any party official outside of Kendall county. What a quaint little island the county will make.

Over the past few months, since the January petition challenges, I have learned that a number of the Birchers (some now nominees to head the local party) have only provided lip service to the Blagojevich campaign. In fact, more than one of the slated Kendall county party nominees have openly criticized Gov. Blagojevich, saying they hope Topinka runs him out of office in November because she'll be easier to work with.

Fact: This is the political equivalent of the sin of blasphemy.

Also consider that a number of the Kendall County Progressives actively supported Republican States Attorney candidate Eric Weis, and engineered the crossover vote to prevent another Ingemunson from gaining elected office. By anyone's estimation, that was a terrible move that will cost Kendall Dems dearly. Daddy Ingemunson won't let that one slide.

Whatever you think of Dallas Ingemunson, know one thing: a man who raises nearly a quarter of a million dollars for his son's election to a local office doesn't like losing. Not with the deals that no doubt were made when the money changed hands.

The local Dem support of Weis was the political equivalent of a murder-suicide. But of course, the suicide victims are not bright enough to realize they've swallowed the poison they themselves mixed into everyone's kool-aid.

Will the Jim Birch Society slate candidates on the countywide ballot? Will they fill the remaining precinct committeeman posts, and tie up their stranglehold on the local party? Will they slate a candidate against Eric Weis in November? Ever?

It's enough to make a girl wonder if the neighboring countywide Dem organizations are even aware of the alliances that have been put in play along the way.

Hello out there? Kane, DuPage, DeKalb, Will and Grundy Democratic party heads? Are you ready to watch the Democratic party in the fastest growing county in the midwest slip down the drain for good?

Blessed Be The Ties That Bind.

Sidney Blumenthal explains how the Bush administration's web of lies, now a giant tangled ball of momentum, has finally begun to tie up and roll over the beast.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

$4 Gasoline, $3.50 Diesel.

Yesterday's news from the U.S. Ministry of Energy Propaganda would be laughable if it weren't for the fact that we're all about to get repeatedly sodomized by Big Oil again this year.
The Energy Department says it expects the price of regular to average $2.62 a gallon, 25 cents more than last summer, over the April-September driving period. But prices around the country already are above that.

Hello? Anyone in those empty suits? It's been higher than that for more than two weeks in Chicagoland!

Imagine returning from vacation only to have to fill up three vehicles that cost more than $140 to fill up. Now go higher.

The best part, however, is directly from the EIA Short-Term Outlook:
By September 2006, fuel prices are expected to be much lower than last year because of the crude oil and natural gas production and refinery outages caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. With another active hurricane season possible this year, news of any developing hurricanes and tropical storms with a potential to cause significant new outages could add to volatility in near-term prices in the latter part of the summer.

I say again... Hello? I think we call it a hurricane season down there... which NOAA forecast last year to be more volatile in the coming years, and likely more like last year's multiple hit parade.

We are so screwed as long as these incompetent boobs are working in government.

If only there were some body of politicians who represented the various regions of the country... let's call it a Congress!

Today's Overstated Headline.

"U.S. Trade Deficit Improves in February" should actually read "Little Change in Worst-Ever Trade Gap."

A 4.2% drop in the trade deficit in the middle of winter is nothing to write home about. On the whole, if this good news, that the trade deficit dropped a whole 4.2% from the previous month, were extrapolated we would still have a massive figure of more than $658 Billion at year's end.

Worse yet, if the trade deficit drops a whopping 4.2% from last year's record it would stand at more than $693 Billion.

Let's see if Hastert's website uses this somewhere in their countdown on the old homepage.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Watching the Reports...

A keen eye on the blog report tells me that my earlier post about Hastert's desire to jail much of his hometown may have produced this result.
The two top Republicans in Congress, confronted with internal party divisions as well as large public demonstrations, said Tuesday they intend to pass immigration legislation that does not subject illegal aliens to prosecution as felons.

A written statement by House Speaker Dennis Hastert of Illinois and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee, did not say whether they would seek legislation subjecting illegal immigrants to misdemeanor prosecution or possibly a civil penalty such as a fine.

"It remains our intent to produce a strong border security bill that will not make unlawful presence in the United States a felony," the two men said. An estimated 11 million men, women and children are in the United States illegally.

sssssssssss... I'm so hot tonight.

But there is no explanation why Fristy Hastert have been bragging about their work on crafting legislation that... well, treats illegal aliens as felons. Hmmm. Guess they forgot that part.

It Simply Begs The Question.

Anybody who knows anything about Kendall county knows two things that play heavily in today's House Bill to felonize illegal aliens.

#1: Kendall county farms have used braceros for generations to work their farms at a lower cost, and many are not exactly the model citizens that the Sensenbrenner Immigration Control Act might envision.

#2: Plano, Denny "J. Dennis" Hastert's adopted hometown, is full of illegal Mexican immigrants (at least, that's what the rumors have said for years).

So this begs the question: Why does Denny "J. Dennis" Hastert hate property owning, economic engine feeding people in Plano who happen to have a different skin color and first language?

Why would he rather send these people to prison, or to Mexico, to start their lives over again?

Doesn't he have enough of the pie, already?

Part of The New CNN.

If you're able to watch the ongoing live coverage CNN is currently running of the Iranian announcement that their nuclear energy program has now achieved enrichment of uranium, you should watch.

The coverage -- especially when you consider what CNN daytime programming has come from in just a couple of years -- is simply superb.

Another thing that's just taken place in the coverage is the dancing, shouting group in tribal costume that's moved on-stage to hail the latest development in the nuclear energy/arms program.

If, for a moment, you're able to kind of remove yourself from your body and look down, you can see how our nation's own theocrats and Iran's are calling the shots.

Pretty scary shit.

Wish we had a down-to-earth local leader in Washington who could help moderate the tone. We just don't have one, though.

The Little Blog Report.

It's true. Sometimes all you need to do is point out to someone that they've been jerking off at work in order to get them to stop it. Such is the case with the "Speaker's Journal" blog, which I wrote about here on March 29.

Lo! and Behold! Thus Spaketh The Speaker's Ghost Writer on March 31!

And so it goes. Another piss-poor, I-can-see-exactly-what-you're-up-to propaganda mill churns anew.

Rife with invective, the latest post reads like an extended press release. The theme: The GOP is mature and knows what Americans want; the Democrat party is weak, doesn't understand national security issues, and must often be referred to as "the other side."


Think about this: this is the tone representing the largest legislative body in our government.

Now stop jerking each other off and get the hell back to work.

The GOP H8s Voters.

This is shocking, while at the same time, not at all surprising.

Does that make sense? How about this: Everything old (Nixon, anyone?) is new again.

Why does this White House and all of its followers hate voters so much that they would do this?

And what do the leaders of Congress have to say? This, from the latest joint press conference with Fristy Hastert, a statement on the GOP scheme to rig elections with dirty tricks.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Back to Work!

Good thing I'm not in the news business. I would have spent all day at the saloon!

What a dreadful news day. Get a load of these headlines.

Oil Climbs $1, Keeps Record In Sight

Bush: Iran Attack Talk "Wild Speculation"

Group Burns Mexican Flag, Plans On Igniting More

Hastert Resigns, Gives Congress to Democrats

OK. That last one would have been good news, and was fantasy, related to my travels last week.

Ah... Perchance to dream...

Return to Madness.

While most people these days leave work for a week, only to return to the madness of the pace of work, I have the added benefit of returning to this crazy shit today.

Of course, anyone who knows anything about these guys knows that they want to sound like they're crazy right out of the gate. Perhaps, however, we could hear from some Congressional voices... Dunno... Maybe the Speaker of the House... on applying some moderation to the drumbeat to war?

Hello? Anybody in that size 78 suit?