Friday, July 14, 2006

AP Hastert Story Not the Whole Story.

While this may seem to set aside rumors that the condition is not as serious as it could be, think back to the number of times the media has mentioned Denny "J. Dennis" Hastert's diabetes.

OK. Done thinking? You're just now finding out?

The story does not mention that he is considered an "insulin diabetic" by those close to him, and that he is known to give himself a shot before binges on sweets. This is fact.

Not a guy you want two heartbeats away from the nuclear codes?

Come on!

Thursday, July 13, 2006


I've already been notified that the link to the "Red Buttons With A Blonde Babe" photo is now working.

Exactly. See what I mean?

He's either having coffee with Ken Lay in the basement of the White House, or he's been killed.

God Damn it.

Fuck The Poseidon Adventure, Part II.

Yeah, that's right. I said it.

I'm bitter that Red Buttons, the immortal redhead Renaissance man of Vaudeville, born in 1840, is dead.

Now I'll never know what happens to Gene Hackman in the sequel.

God Damn it.

Anybody who looks at the photo link here will see an important clue into his death, too, btw.

The link is dead. Just like Red Buttons.

God Damn it. Where does the madness stop?

Comedian Red Buttons Dead at 87.

Another reason to drink.

I thought this guy was going to live forever.

The world is about to end.

Hastert Hospitalized.

For a grossly overweight diabetic who is known to give himself the odd insulin shot to ward off the after-effects of overeating and sweets binges, I'm not surprised at this.

One other thing to consider: He would not be entitled to such care had he not entered "government service" as a Congressman.

Oh, yes. And there's that other thing of Denny "J. Dennis" Hastert holding a position against regular people like you and me getting this type of "whatever-it-takes" care.

You know, you and I would probably have a limb amputated before it got this serious.

But not Denny "J. Dennis" Hastert.

Diesel Smoke & Mirrors.

When I read the posts from a campaigner recently that they had been test-driving this great new Jeep Liberty Diesel model that gets such great mileage, it was the first I'd heard of it.

Like many, I've been yearning for Diesel engines to make a comeback since GM thoroughly botched its Diesel strategy in the '80s. Diesel is a cleaner fuel, and the turbo models are probably the most efficient engines ever put under the hood.

Well, then there's the whole thing about NOLA being the main terminal for Diesel shipments in the U.S., but that's a whole other problem...

So it's with great pain that I offer my opinion of the cute little Jeep Liberty that's now being advertised as getting an incredible 26 mpg!

Another brilliant advertising strategy is that it will give you an incredible 500 miles between fillups!

Well, if you run the 20.5 gallon tank down to empty, and you drive at a constant speed of 55 mph, that's true.

But we've found over the past 20 years that EPA estimates on the car stickers are a joke. Overall mileage on any vehicle is more likely to trend toward the lower city driving figure. Look it up.

To all of this, I simply say, Big Fucking Deal. This is a big fucking disappointment.

Now, making a Jeep that gets a nominal 20 mpg is not such a big deal, but if you've ever driven one, you know they're like heavy trucks. You'll likely never get 20 mpg in the larger Cherokee models (which aren't really all that big inside). Ever.

So what's the issue here? Is it that Daimler is misguided in putting Diesel into the Jeep line? Is the Liberty, let alone any Jeep, the wrong line to spark the Diesel craze again in the U.S.? Why don't we see U.S. cars and trucks making a leap over the 30mpg range when turbo Diesels are used? Is it just not possible?

Why is it only going into the 4x4 models, which naturally require more engine?

Well, you just have to wonder what is holding these guys back. Europeans, after all, are driving some great sports cars and sedans that are turbo Diesel-powered animals getting around 50 mpg. That's right. 50.

We'll just have to wait a little longer for these guys to get their shit together, I guess.

And without meaningful CAFE standards, which Republicans abandoned more than a decade ago, automakers and Big Oil, led by Chief Sandwich and Coffee Fetcher and Speaker of the House Denny "J. Dennis" Hastert, will continue to hold all of us hostage.

Speaker Hastert Hails Rapture.

How's that look in a headline?

There are about 300 press releases in Hastert's multi-million dollar press operation's archive with the word "hail" in the headline.

It just seems fitting that he would "hail" the end of the world as we know it, as it appears to be unfolding in the Middle East.

At some point today or tomorrow, I'm counting on someone in the GOP to blame Bill Clinton for this. At about the same time, you'll hear anger from the GOP when Democrats accurately state that this is a direct (albeit somewhat delayed) result of the Bush administration's refusal to get involved in Middle East negotiations.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Thank Gog.

The scourge of internet gambling is finally behind us!

Anybody think the gambling lobby bought and paid for this legislation?

Gee. I dunno.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Don't Be Fooled.

There is an old saying about the one who will suffer a fool.

That was my immediate reaction to the story of Pete Hoekstra's story that the Bush administration may have broken the law in its pursuit of "the terrorists."

Don't buy it for a minute. Since the days of Reagan, when it became sacrilege, above all, to speak ill of another Conservative. This is most likely just a ruse to pacify the voters until after the November elections.

Call me cynical, but I've seen this movie before.

When I see indictments handed down in the months before such an important election, I may begin to believe it.

Otherwise, I will not suffer the rambling of fools.

Diplomacy in the Bush II Era.

Never mind the "legacy" he's trying to work on now. We have plenty of evidence of the legacy of this president who has taken advantage of every possible loophole to naked power and secrecy.

And now we have this little bit of cheery news.

Wonder how Poppy feels about that?