Executions of GLBT Iraqis Expected To Begin This Week

Does anybody remember why we invaded Iraq in the first place?  Our dear President George W. Bush told the public that there were “weapons of mass destruction” in Iraq.  The Republican Party justified our invasion because Saddam Hussein was a “bad man”  – “He killed masses of people in their sports arenas!” they said!  “We had to take Saddam out, the killing just has to stop.”

So, we invaded Iraq.  We killed Saddam and his two sons.  But that wasn’t good enough to leave the country.  President Bush insisted that we had to stay – “until the country could hold fair elections”.  And the rest is history – “we have to stay”, “we had to fight for freedom in that country”, blah blah blah…

How come it’s always easier to sell War than it is to sell Peace?

In September of last year, Gays Without Borders blogged a staggering list of gay and lesbian people who’ve been murdered in the streets and in barbershops (no less).   The religious leaders of Iraq have declared a holy fatwa on all of Iraq’s GLBT citizens including: killing of lesbians and gays in the “worst, most severe way possible.

To make matters worse, heterosexuals who have friends that are gay are being targeted and executed:

Heterosexual friends of gays are also executed. This happened to Majid Sahi, a 28-year-old civil engineer who was not gay but had been helping Iraqi LGBT members in Baghdad. Majid was abducted from his home by Badr Corps members, and his family was told he was kidnapped because of his “immoral behavior” in helping Iraqi gays. His body was found with bullet wounds to the back of his head on February 23, 2007.

According to Iraqi LGBT, a small non-profit group in London, UK, is sounding the alarm that over 128 Iraqi peole have been rounded up and the government has announced that executions – in groups of 20 – are expected to begin this week in Bagdad.

“Death penalty has been increasing at an alarming rate in Iraq since the new Iraqi regime reintroduced it in August 2004.  In 2008 at least 285 people were sentenced to death, and at least 34 executed. In 2007 at least 199 people were sentenced to death and 33 were executed, while in 2006 at least 65 people were put to death. The actual figures could be much higher as there are no official statistics for the number of prisoners facing execution,” he said.

fruitfly21Is this the “peace” and “freedom” that President Bush promised both the American and the Iraqi people?  This is his idea of “freedom”?

The United Nations has confirmed the killings in a report published in January ’09 by the United Nations Assistance Monitoring in Iraqi (UNAMI).

Iraqi LGBT posted this yesterday:

Urgent action is needed to halt the execution of 128 prisoners on death row in Iraq. Many of those awaiting execution were convicted for the ‘crime’ of homosexuality, according to IRAQI-LGBT, a UK based organisation of Iraqis supporting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in Iraq.

According to Ali Hili of IRAQI-LGBT, the Iraqi authorities plan to start executing them in batches of 20 from this week.

If Saddam Houssein was so terrible… How is this getting any better?

David Grey, a film director, produced a short-film for the Village Film called “Queer Fear – Gay Life, Gay Death in Iraq“, you must click on it and watch.  It is 9:17 long.

Yesterday, the Obama administration responded to Iraqi LGBT’s news by noting on its “change.gov” website that the President is aware of it, he insists the Office of the President and Congress address this issue as quickly as possible.  The piece also noted that it was just a few weeks ago when US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton said publicly:

Human rights is and always will be one of the pillars of our foreign policy. And in particular, the persecution and discrimination against gays and lesbians is something that we take very seriously. It is terribly unfortunate that right now in unfortunately many places in the world violence against gays and lesbians, certainly discrimination and prejudice are not just occurring but condoned and protected. And we would hope that over the next few years we could have some influence in trying to change those attitudes…

FruitFly 6Who is going to take a guess with me by saying it’ll be the first 20 gay people who are executed before anybody from any government does something to stop anymore executions.  They’re all going to sit on their hands until the first twenty are dangling at the end of their respective ropes before the US, the UK or the Canadians do anything to stop this atrocity.  Oh wait!  Who am I kidding?  285 gay Iraqis were killed last year alone!  Why should 120 additional executed GLBT Iraqis get any government to do anything?

Compassionate Republicans: The Rat

From Think Progress:

Unemployment in South Carolina reached 11 percent in February, a “dramatic increase from January’s 10.3 percent.” Five counties in the state face more than 20 percent unemployment, with the highest, Allendale County, at 23.4 percent. Even as he is being warned about enusing “chaos,” Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC) continues his efforts to block $700 million in federal stimulus aid to the state, a move that could result in at least 4,700 teachers and prison guards being laid off.

The governor of South Carolina would prefer voters in his great state to remain destitute and without jobs in exchange of super-funds from the Federal Government.  Do I understand that thought correctly?!

American (South Carolina families) have garnished enough value that they have collectively become financially worthy of Republican political gain.


American labor (in South Carolina) has become available (sold / auctioned-off)  for the highest prostitution political bidder.

Because if I’m tracking – and I just have to ask: What’s the difference between this kind of brute force dictatorship here in the USA and that of other dictatorships like President Charles Ghankay Taylor, Mobutu (Sese Seko) of Congo or Robert Mugabe?

To repeat :

“Even as he is being warned about enusing “chaos,” Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC) continues his efforts to block $700 million in federal stimulus aid to the state, a move that could result in at least 4,700 teachers and prison guards being laid off.”

I beg your pardon, but these are Americans living in South Carolina – and their Governor (Mark Sanford) would happily throw his citizenry into despot poverty in exchange for political prosperity?

At 11% unemployment, this political dictator Governor Mark Sanford would happily ignore financial assistance in exchange for the deft approval from the Rush Limbaugh Fan Club.

Pray tell: What happened to the alleged “Compassionate Republican?”

Did he get voted out of office?!?FruitFly 6

The Republican Party is a social disease – They don’t care about your job, they don’t care about your coupon-clippings.  And they certainly don’t care about that knock-off label clothing allowance that you’re currently spending at Myrvins and Kohls!

For God’s Sakes – Please: Don’t kiss the Republicans!

Liberal Press: Caught padding their Editorial “Letter of the Day’ with GOP Trash

Awww – Poor Star Tribne!  Did you ever wonder why the Strib is bankruptcy court?  Could it be: “Pandering to the Right Wing means lower sales?”  Now here’s a newspaper that has diminished itself into obscurity while doing it willingly – with eyes wide open.

In today’s Editorial Page, the Star Tribune’s “Letter of the Day” was written by Senator Norm Coleman’s former Press Secretary, Andy Brehm.  Now it’s the content of that letter that I want to look at, but it’s ironic that the Star Tribune seems to be in the habit of publishing Mr. Brehm’s letters whenever he pleases!  For example; in Jan 11, 2008 – the Star Tribune highlighted Andy Brehm’s work titled Republicans Must Retrun to their Reagan Roots.

Q: “Why would any “liberal” newspaper bother publishing anything from a Republican in the first place?!”

A:  “Because the Star Tribune is nothing but a tool-job for the Republican propaganda machine!”

On April 13, 2008 – Andy gets highlighted again on a piece titled; “Actually, We’d do just fine without Earmarks“.  OH!!  And let’s not forget January 2006 when the Star Tribune published Andy Brehm’s piece “Replace the Dome or Lose Twins“. And then there was that time on Februrary 2007 when the Star Tribune printed Andy Brehm’s letter – Wait…Lemme get it – Oh! Here it is!  Filed by those Communist Sinners over at Lberal Elite blog titled: “Hack Alert: Andy Brehm“. Even Michael Brodkorb, Minnesota’s favorite GOP hack, crows about the Star Tribune’s love of publishing Right Wing Nutjobs’ letters in their Editorial Pages. fruitfly21

When the Star Tribune says Andy Brehm is a student at the U of MN Law Center, can we safely assume that the Strib is actively involved in helping Brehm with his homework too? (Please don’t tell the Strib Editorial staff that Mr. Brehm is no longer a “student” – with his current employer being an associate over at Dorsey & Whitney LLP.) Is it any wonder that Andy Brehm’s Facebook page lists the Minneapolis Star Tribune has one of his favorite “Products”?  The Star Tribune’s over-exposure would garnish him a far better pay-grade than he’s worth?!

Andy Brehm on a good day

Andy Brehm on a good day

Today is nothing new in this “news” paper.  Andy Brehm gets published as the Star Tribune’s “Darling of the Day” with this piece of garbage:

In his Tuesday night news conference, President Obama responded to questions about the colossal impact his budget will have on the federal debt the same way he always does: remind Americans that he inherited the current budget shortfall and that some Republicans critical of his deficit spending advocated in favor of President Bush’s. We’ve heard this again and again, and we get it, Mr. Obama. The previous administration was not particularly conservative when it came to fiscal matters, and recovering big spenders like Mitch McConnell and John Boehner are not ideal spokesmen for the GOP on this one. I think most Republicans would agree. I certainly do.

But this is 2009, not 2008. Obama is no longer a candidate, he is the president. His insistence on arrogantly brushing aside serious and legitimate questions about his ballooned budget with political potshots is irresponsible at best, and cowardly at worst. The truth of the matter is that under the president’s proposed budget plan the national debt would more than double over the next decade, adding $9.3 trillion in red ink to Washington’s balance sheets by 2019. In fact, Obama’s budget would create more federal debt than that produced by all of his 43 presidential predecessors, combined. No commander in chief in American history has proposed doing this much damage to the national bottom line.

It’s clear that Obama, who seems to embrace liberal European-style economic initiatives, wishes to take this country in a drastically different direction. I’m not a sore loser; he won the election in November and has every right to pursue an agenda of his choosing. But he also owes those of us deeply concerned with his feckless fiscal policies a better explanation than simply pointing to the past. Younger citizens like me who will have to pay for the White House’s proposed short-term spending spree throughout our lifetimes deserve more details and less demagoguery.

Can you smell the hypocracy from across town?

He’s got all of the sexy buzzwords embedded into the piece too: “liberal”, “European-style economic initiatives”, “ballooned budget”, and “deficit spending”.  Why, it seems that the Star Tribune would once again – give Law Student Andy Brehm an A-Plus and three gold stars!

On October 6, 2006, Senator John McCain, who was the GOP’s Presidential hopeful at the time, blamed President Clinton for North Korea’s sub-mountain nuclear explosion.  McCain said:

I would remind Senator Clinton and other Democrats critical of Bush administration policies that the framework agreement her husband’s administration negotiated [with North Korea] was a failure. Every single time the Clinton administration warned the Koreans not to do something—not to kick out the IAEA inspectors, not to remove the fuel rods from their reactor—they did it. And they were rewarded every single time by the Clinton administration with further talks.

To Diane Sawyer of ABC News, McCain threw the Clintons under the bus with:

“Having said that, during the Clinton administration years, here we concluded an unenforceable and untransparent agreement, which allowed [North Korea] to keep plutonium rods in a reactor … in order to make them nuclear material,” McCain said. “[His negotiations] would put them on the path to develop nuclear weapons. … And we did nothing but more talk.”

Fox Trash quoted McCain by saying:

“I would remind Senator (Hillary) Clinton and other Democrats critical of the Bush administration’s policies that the framework agreement her husband’s administration negotiated was a failure,”

Fox Trash follows up with this little gem:

The agreement to which McCain referred was the 1994 U.S.-North Korean Agreed Framework which called for the construction of two light water reactors in North Korea and the delivery of large quantities of heavy oil to help meet energy demand. In exchange, the North agreed to allow in U.N. inspectors

But the agreement collapsed in 2002 when North Korea decided to revive activity at a nuclear plant which had been frozen as part of the 1994 agreement. U.N. inspectors who had monitored the freeze were then expelled.

Oops… The agreement that was built between the Clinton Administration and North Korea collapsed under Bush’s watch – But Clinton deserves to get blamed anyway.

FruitFly 6Let’s re-group for all of the GOP readers out there who are a little slow:  The Clinton Administration has been gone for six years and the Republicans are still blaming him for the world’s problems, but Andy Brehm is bawling about the Obama Administration blaming Bush only two months after the Bush Administration is gone?   And this my friends – wins the Star Tribune’s “Letter of the Day”!

Compare and Contrast: “Six Years” versus “Two Months”.  Compare and Contrast…

The Bachmann Look

My parents, God love ’em both, live in Minneosta’s 6th CD – a.k.a. “(Michele) Bachmann Country”.

My Dad bragged throughout last year that while attending Bachmann’s re-election rallies, he loved hearing Michele Bachmann talking about how “every chance she gets – she jumps in Nancy Pilosi’s face and tells her off on why she doesn’t like Pilosi’s liberal politics”.

We would meet at Don Pablos, over in Roseville – I hear the same story.  We would meet at Outback Steakhouse, I hear the same story.  Finally one day, probably while I was in the bathroom with my Star Tribune and my “Morning Constitution” I managed to squeeze out a thought….

I had dinner with my ‘Rents at TGI Fridays – I had the Cobb Salad, my Dad decided on some red meat for his protein and my Mom decided to mooch off the both of us.  My Dad brought it up again: “I like Michele Bachmann!  Do you know…Every chance she gets – she gets up in Nancy Pilosi’s face and tells her off on why she doesn’t like Pilosi’s liberal politics!  Every chance she gets!!”

I said: “That’s great Dad!  Tell me… How does that benefit you and your neighbors?  How’s that working out for you?  Have you seen some great new programs come in from the Federal Government that helps your Congressional District out?  I’m confused:  How well does Bachmann pay off for you guys in the 6th?!  Is she that effective for your District?”

My Dad’s jaw dropped.  He had this look on his face:

Brought to you via that world famous “Minnesota Progressive Project” and “Talking Points Memo“, I give you that same bewildered look, forever to be framed as “The Bachmann Effect”:

I’ve now discovered at least three examples of a curious phenomenon: The Bachmann Effect. When Bachmann is out there talking about the issues in an adversarial setting, her opponents find themselves on a very unsure footing — mainly because they’re shocked and befuddled to hear what she’s saying.

These three individuals don’t know each other, and yet on three separate occasions you’ll see the exact same facial expression each time.

I had to watch this video three times – and sure enough – these people all had the same look on their face that my Dad had on his face while I was chewing on hard boiled egg and low fat French dressing… It’s the exact same look – and it’s funnier than all get out…

“What?!  What are you talking about?! Huh?!”

Hint: Tim Geitner’s look is the best…However, Steny Hoyer’s is pretty damned funny too.FruitFly 6

It’s funny because Republicans really do believe she’s  a great politician!  It’s even funnier because Republicans seem to be confused when they see that same look on your face while they’re gushing about their love and respect for Bachmann’s accomplishments as a US Congresscritter.

I am so looking forward to the day when Marcus Bachmann comes Out of the Closet.  Michele will, for the first time, sport that same look on her face; “Huh?!  What?  What are you talking about?!”

Dear GOP: Eat me!

Watching Republicans lick their wounds is sweet. This from the folks over at Think Progress:

Since his (CNBC’s Jim Cramer)brutal interview with Jon Stewart on Thursday, CNBC host Jim Cramer has largely disappeared from public view. He skipped a planned Friday morning appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and MSNBC producers were also asked to avoid bringing up the debacle during yesterday’s programming. Today, the Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz hints at the internal turmoil the interview caused, noting that staffers were “furious” with Cramer for failing to defend the network:

Cramer has told colleagues he felt blindsided by Stewart’s hostile approach. But many CNBC staffers were furious with Cramer yesterday for failing to defend the network’s reporting or to criticize Stewart’s video clips as selectively edited or out of context. CNBC declined all interview requests, saying in a statement: “CNBC produces more than 150 hours of live television a week that includes more than 850 interviews in the service of exposing all sides of every critical financial and economic issue. We are proud of our record.

Cramer used an analogy to the college basketball playoffs to depict himself as the underdog. “When you are a Big East team and you are 16th seed in the Western Regional, you just want to leave with your head intact,” he said by e-mail. “When I walked out, I checked in the mirror. It was still attached. So I am thrilled to have been in the tourney.

Watch up to 4:13 – And then you can speed-dial me…

…The GOP catches a black-eye from a comedian — How fragile are these (“Compassionate Conservative”) bullies?!

My Confession Sunday

In late May, 2003 – Matt Labash, senior writer for (conservative) The Weekly Standard was asked why he thought conservative Fox News and his own paper had grown in popularity over the past few years. Labash giggled by saying:

…because they feed the rage. We bring the pain to the liberal media. I say that mockingly, but it’s true somewhat…. While these hand-wringing Freedom Forum types talk about objectivity, the conservative media likes to rap the liberal media on the knuckles for not being objective. We’ve created this cottage industry in which it pays to be un-bjective…. It’s a great way to have your cake and eat it too. Criticize other people for not being objective. [An meanwhile] be as subjective as you want. It’s a great little racket.”

I think all of that ideology has been turned inside out today, six years later.  He was right!  I’ll have to agree with him. But no longer.   Today, it’s the Republican Party who’s feeding the rage and it’s the conservative media that’s being criticized for being subjective.  Their precious “cottage industry” has been yanked away from them and they haven’t figured out what to do next!

My Confession #1:  I no longer care what conservatives and Republicans think, aside from being great fodder for a blog.  The Republican Party has become shrill, almost idiotic.  And corporate media fuels those flames of idiocy so that becomes a backlash against them.

Consider Minnesota’s liberal largest newspaper the Star Tribune in today’s issue.   On the back-page of the Opinion section, Star Parker writes an amusing piece complaining about President Obama and griping that the media is too focused on Rush Limbaugh and RNC Chair Michael Steele for Scripps Howard:

We now have the most left wing president in our history using the excuse of a recession and the leverage of his “honeymoon,” together with decisive Democrat majorities in both houses of congress, to turn our country into the Soviet States of America. And instead of a clear and articulate message from the opposition, the press is writing about Steele and Rush Limbaugh.

Now that’s Idiocy!  That’s being shrill.  And that, my friends – is the Republican Party.  Ms. Parker is president of “CURE”, or Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education.  She’s a Right Wingnut that runs her organization (according to Wiki): It is a social policy think tank that looks at issues of race an poverty and tries to come up with alternative answers to thewelfare statethat are faith based and market based.  (In other words: “You can pray to Jesus to take your poverty away and then you can sell it to your neighbors!”)

My Confession #2: WCCO”s own Esme Murphy, is probably one of the most conservative of Republicans on the WCCO staff.  Pat Kessler of WCCO, Don Shelby, those two both run conservative “Republicanish” radio programs on the air.  Since Murphy doesn’t (and I don’t listen to ‘CCO so I’ll assume she doesn’t) have a radio show, she uses her blog to show off her own “Republicanish” style.  Her blog just of Right Wing Talking points: She comments on the famous Jon Stewart v Jim Cramer spectical last week on the Daily Show.   Without any consideration for the point Stewart was making (which was a pretty damned good point), she sympathized for poor Jim Cramer by saying:

Stewart’s assault on the network over the past couple of weeks has to be a blow to its credibility. I was shocked that Cramer last night didn’t attempt to mount much of a defense. Stewart has been using about eight minutes of clips from CNBC to attack the network recently…Stewart landed his most significant body blows when he questioned whether the network was really the cheerleader for corporate CEOs instead of playing the watchdog role that any journalistic organization should aspire to. Why, Stewart asked, wasn’t CNBC watching out for the small investors whose 401k contributions were keeping the fat cats fat?

What’s all the more amazing is that all of this has been raised by Jon Stewart and Comedy Central. No wonder the traditional network newscasts and news organizations are in trouble and people are turning to alternative sources for their news.

fruitfly21No Esme – people are turning away from you just like they turned away from the Republican Party.  Since you have nobody shilling for the Democrats in your news – nobody cares about you!  You have made yourself irrelevant. And, like the liberal Star Tribune and everyother corporate manufactured propaganda outlet for the  Republican Party, you’re paying the price for it!

But I have digressed.  Earlier last week, there was a dust-up in the DFL lead legislature on the debate of letting bloggers into the capitol galleries or not.  The conventional thought: “Are these professional journalists, or a bunch of hucksters who will hinder us during our debates with cellphone photography and instant on-line access”.  The DFL has decided against it, for whatever reason and this obviously has brought bloggers from both political persuasions together in unison.  The Republican bloggers obviously want photos of DFL members picking their nose and Democratic bloggers want photos of Republican members picking their underwear from out of their buttocks!  Gruesome, I know – but that’s the conventional wisdom in the Legistlature.

Esme Murphy went on that attack – on the DFL (of course). In a piece she titled “More on Capitol Censorship“, she swoons over Michael Brodkorb’s uber-Rightie blog “Minnesota Democrats Exposed” in an entry he titled: “The House Democrats should be Ashamed.  Esme writes:

I couldn’t agree more.

The quote is from Michael Brodkorb the author of the blog Minnesota Democrats Exposed commenting in Pat Kessler’s 5 p.m. story on the proposed censorship of journalists at the capitol.

She throws in Jason Barnett, from The Uptake, into her puddle of pooh as her “Lefty Voice” in a thinly veiled attempt to show bias, granted.  But, I’m fed up with Right Wingers in our news media.  Especially when they’re so patently right-wing, their credibility is completely gone!  Who can sit back and watch anything Pat Kessler, Don Shelby or Esme Murphy say on WCCO related to politics?!  There’s nothing – absolutely nothing, any of those people on WCCO say in relation to politics that I’m going to believe or even consider!  NOTHING!

Fox News claims to be “fair and balanced”, but they’re not.  Why would we even consider anything Fox News has to say when they’re so patently partisan?!  So, we don’t watch Fox News!

…And, WCCO is now in the same category:  “Ignored”.

Fustrated with all of this – especially with Murphy’s partisanship; I fired off this stinging little ditty Esme’s Blog:

Esme – you’re such a terrible Republican hack — you equate to being nothing short of a Sunday morning cartoon.

Literally: It’s the Star Tribune on a Sunday morning… and I’m reading Garfield, I’m checking out Pearls Before Swine and we’ve got you on the tube – occassionally.  And there’s confusion on differentiating between the soy ink on the printed page and what you’re babbling about on the television!

Point to note: I really don’t give a toot why you’re upset with DFL on this “blogger in the House gallery” story.  I really don’t!  The point is that you’d latch on to another Republican hack like Michael Broadkorb and readily agree with him while at the same time – note that lefty blogger Jason Barnett’s also ripping of the DFL.  In other words; you can’t even pretend to be biased in your political views!  And that strikes me as hilarious.

You could say, as an example; “Righty Brodkorb and Lefty Barnett agree: The DFL should be ashamed of themselves!”  That would work, Esme!

But that’s not what you say, is it?

It’s your willingness to run out there and grab those pom-poms for Team GOP.  And that thin veil makes you nothing more than a giggle right after finishing Beetle Bailey.

Pat Kessler (R-Hack) and Don Shelby (R-Hack) must be proud of you.  Query: Do you require the entire WCCO team to sign your Annual Performance Evaluation before discussing your pay-raise?  Or does WCCO simply farm out all of their employees reviews for Limbaugh’s approval? (I’m sure you’ve heard: Rush is your new boss.  He’s deciding your Party’s Ditto-Agenda.  If you haven’t received the memorandum – Your office mail clerk, Michael Steele, will be pushing his mail-cart by your cubicle soon.)

Oh!  And did I note?   Michael Brodkorb is so pleased with your agreeing with him – he’s noting his pleasure by updating his blog with your quote!  My guess: He’s so thrilled, he’s grabbing the seams of his trousers on both sides and he’s just finished whizzing inside of his Underoos.

Have a pleasurable day.  And remember:  – instead of Dilbert…This coming Sunday – we’ll still be laughing at you!

And that’s exactly what I was doing this morning…  Esme had Jason Burnett on her show, and constantly panned a camera lense over Brodkorb’s “Minnesota Democrats Exposed” blog site and I was laughing at the Daddy Alligator who threw the remote at the television blowing it up in Stephan Pastis’ “Pearls Before Swine”.

In the dust-up between Rush Limbaugh and Michael Steele, (R-Chair RNC) and Rush Limbaugh and Congressman Phil Gingrey (R-GA), has proven once and for all – Rush Limbaugh is the Republican Party’s “de factor leader”!  And, as stunning as it sounds: There’s no prominent Republican out there who will disagree with me on that!   Well, except for maybe this guy:

Even more stunning is the fact that Rush remains ungrateful for their loyalty.  He’s the “petulant king”. His show berates the “real” Republican leadership and all of the peasants living in Rush Country cheer him on some more!

Since Rush Limbaugh is so disliked in the country – the Democrats love to paint the Republicans with Rush’s big fat face. After all, the Republicans used to paint the Democrats with faces like Jane Fonda and Michael Moore!  So, why not?

fruitfly21So that’s my confession: I no longer care what Republicans think anymore.  Matt Labash was correct: The “Achille’s Heel” of the Democratic Party is that we’re too inclusive. ( “All are welcome! All are welcome!” said Tangina in that movie Poltergeist.)  And the Republican’s ginned up a cottage industry by simply saying; “How come you don’t welcome me?”  And it worked!  Liberals and progressives are notorious for listening and considering what is best for everybody in the country.  Not just the rich, not just the blacks or the gays – but for everybody.  And the Democrats have done gone out of their way to capitulation with the Republican Party.  And it’s high time we stop.FruitFly 6

If the Republican Party has become nothing but children suckling on Rush Limbaugh’s toes, while he bitches and snarls at them – There’s no logical reason we have listen to them complaining about us and our views.

“Stop complaining about the Democrats, you guys – and go back to your sucking!  You don’t want your fat fearless leader to get mad at you now!”

So there’s my Sunday Confession: “I no longer give a toot what the Republican Party thinks” and “I was a little snarky on Esme Murphy’s blog”.

Dick Cheney on CNN tomorrow

Well, it’ll be a time of shock and horror tomorrow:


  • Shock that John King (R-CNN) couldn’t find a prominent Democrat to interview so he’s going with a Republican that’s half dead
  • Horror that we’ll have to endure more time with the worst Vice President this country’s ever had.

What do you think John King will ask Dr. Evil?

Better question: What does it matter? Cheney will lie about those things that’ll get him in trouble and he won’t be telling the truth on anything else.FruitFly 6

Just remember! This is a “liberal” media we have here. This is commonly known as the “Clinton News Network”! ‘Course, if they actually interviewed a liberal, they might be ehem… “Right”!

Who is Michael Steele?! (It’s Worth 1,000 words)

gopnosteele2David Patterson (D-NY), governor of New York, appointed Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand to fill Hillary Clinton’s position in the US Senate. He set the election date for March 20th – giving candidates only a few weeks to campaign. Jim Tidesco, (R-NY) is running a campaign that would make Norm Coleman (R-MN) proud: “Slimier than ever!” and Scott Murphy (D-NY) is behind in the polls by about 7 points. (Hint: NY-20th is a heavy Republican district. Trailing 7-points is pretty darned good!)

Conventional wisdom is strongly held that the Republican Party is holding its breath until after that election. The game plan is simple: Hold a “No Confidence Vote” for Michael Steele to make him “go away”…Think “Hudson River and Cement-galoshes”. (The No Confidence Vote was initially floated by SC’s Katon Dawson (R-SC); a man who magically realized that he was a member of a whites-only country club and thought it was naughty and racism was “wrong”.) Apparently, Michael Steele’s ideas of attracting racial minorites, being anti-homophobic and thinking pro-choice thoughtsFruitFly 6 are in danger of attracting Republican-voters that the RNC just doesn’t want.

Obviously, Michael Steele, the Chair of the Republican National Convention won’t be missed.

The picture is hysterical: It only took 0.01 seconds for the GOP.com website to tell you that it’s never heard of a “Micheal Steele”. It’s the antithesis for “cohesion”. I’m going out on a limb here and guess that if you searched “Rush Limbaugh” on that website you’d crash the server in 0.01 seconds…

Sen Coleman: Leaking credit card data of 50,000+ contributers!!



The ineptitude of this man is shocking. Hrmmm…Stunning. Umm… RIDICULOUS!

On my PC, I have two files – one which holds over 51,000 names of people who’ve donated to Norm Coleman’s campaigns over the past decade.  The other file, an additional 4,700.

You want to snoop?  Help yourself!  They’re laying wide open on Wikileaks‘ website.

I’ll make it easier for you:  Click here for the big one and click here for the littler one.  You know me; I’m gay…I went right for the big one first!  (…check out the little one in case I get hungry later!)

Joe Bodell, over at MN Progressive Project broke it, near as I can tell.  Joe writes:

Back in January, in what appeared to be a public relations stunt, Norm Coleman’s campaign/recount team accidentally revealed their technical ineptitude and their supporter/donor database for the world to see.

In the ineptitude’s case, not such a big deal. But revealing donor information? Kind of a big deal.

Now WikiLeaks.org is publishing the database, along with a suggestion to those found in it that they cancel the listed credit cards.  The database does not appear to contain full credit card numbers, only the last four digits and the three-digit security code.

Interesting, huh?  Joe goes on to say that two letters were published by Wiki, the first explaining to these “Hapless Republican” contributors that their credit card information been compromised and the second letter going on to say:

Following our earlier email over the Coleman leak, we have discovered that all on-line Coleman contributors had their full credit card details released onto the Internet on 28 of Jan, 2009 by Coleman’s staff.

Senator Coleman was made aware of this yet elected not to inform supporters in violation of Minnesota Statute 325E.61…

We provide proof of here (Windows Excel spreadsheet), which if you are a contributor will provide the last 4 digits of your Credit card and the security numbers on the back.

Nice.  Coleman knew it and he decided he wasn’t going to tell anybody about it.  It’s just nice to know how well Coleman will take care of the public in Minnesota, when he’s willing to throw 56,000 of his own contributors under the buss and just walk away.  Wiki is out there doing the “Lord’s work” by trying to be proactive here – and Coleman…Shoot, if it isn’t money from his buddy Kazeminy – then who the hell cares?!  Hrmm…wait a minute!

Searching both files for Kazeminy’s name  and I come up with zilch.  Aapparently his donations aren’t kept in this file.  This must be the two files Coleman keeps on the “scum” and the “peasant” Republicans.

Anyway – after Team Wiki did everything they were supposed to do and Coleman wouldn’t, Team Coleman came out with a response (wearing fire-engine pajama bottoms with the little feet attached and a white top with little red trucks printed on it, I’ve been told):

“We contacted federal authorities at that time, and they reviewed logs from the server in question as well as additional firewall logs,” campaign manager Cullen Sheehan said. “They indicated that, after reviewing those logs, they did not find evidence that our database was downloaded by any unauthorized party.

“Let me be very clear: At this point, we don’t know if last evening’s e-mail is a political dirty trick or what the objective is of the person who sent the e-mail.

“What we do know, however, is that there is a strong likelihood that these individuals have found a way to breach private and confidential information.”:

The federal government showed up and reviewed the logs on the server as well as the firewall logs?  They didn’t find evidence that their database(s) were download by any unauthorized party?!?! What are you talking about?! Because…the Feds didn’t find anything wrong, then nothing is wrong?!  You left the person and private information of over 50,000 contributors to your campaign, including their credit card information and the three-digit code on the backs of those cards and all you have to say is; “oopsie”?!

Joe Bodell said it so much better than I could – Joe?  …Take it away, please:

Coleman campaign manager Cullen Sheehan is clearly confused in his response to this latest event, since the reason the database was publicly available was precisely because the campaign HAD NO FIREWALLS PROTECTING THAT DATA.

HA!  HA!   In all caps even!!

Aaron Landry over at MNPublius takes it one step farther by noting Sheehan is lying his nasty little ass off:

  1. Firewalls have nothing to do with it. Firewalls do not manage permissions on where this database was stored. In fact, it’s quite possible this database wasn’t even behind a firewall.
  2. If they did indeed review their server logs, those logs would indicate that people were at accessing the directory that contained this database. How do I know? There’s screenshots that prove it.

He’s right! Here it is!

coleman-databaseWe need to do two things:

  • We need to collect all of these email addresses, all 56,000 of them, and put them on a “Jesus Loves You” spammer list.  One of those heavy hitters.
  • And we need to email Laurie Coleman and remind her to keep working really hard because “HER HUSBAND IS A FREAKING IDIOT!!!!”

FruitFly 6I’m keepin these two files for a really long time.  Who needs Open Secrets when you’ve got cybergold like this?

In the immortal words of Bugs Bunny: What a maroon!

Jim Cramer (Mad Money Ghuru) admits to manipulating stock markets

The Huffington Post has dug up this little gem:

After complaining about Jon Stewarts’ skewering him on a comedy show, Cramer has proven to be a bigger dirtbag than previously assumed.  Cramer brags about manipulating the market:

(Cramer) calls it “a fun game, and it’s a lucrative game.” He suggests all hedge fund managers do the same. “No one else in the world would ever admit that, but I could care. I am not going to say it on TV,” he quips in the video.

He also calls Wall Street Journal reporters “bozos” and says behaving illegally is okay because the SEC doesn’t understand it anyway.

Why isn’t this guy  in jail?!

The Huffington Post frames Cramer’s views nicely:

  • -On manipulating the market: “A lot of times when I was short at my hedge fund, and I was positioned short, meaning I needed it down, I would create a level of activity before hand that could drive the futures,”
  • -On falsely creating the impression a stock is down (what he calls “fomenting”): “You can’t foment. That’s a violation… But you do it anyway because the SEC doesn’t understand it.” He adds, “When you have six days and your company may be in doubt because you are down, I think it is really important to foment.”
  • -On the truth: “What’s important when you are in that hedge fund mode is to not be doing anything that is remotely truthful, because the truth is so against your view – it is important to create a new truth to develop a fiction,” Cramer advises. “You can’t take any chances.”

This guy needs to be locked up.

fruitfly21On March 9th, Cramer sent a memo to Bill Mahr where he complains:

“Stop insulting my faux great-great-uncle Vlad Lenin. I am using him to dramatize the point of a failed nationalization and confiscation of the banks at the hands of the people. It is funny how the right is certainly very civil as my old friends and new allies as of last week, Fred Barnes and Sean Hannity, don’t hold my left wing social view against me when they talk about my criticism of the president! I always love anyone from Fox on the team because they are fierce in their defense with much less gratuitous slamming.”

Ben Folds: You don't know me
What a disgusting Republican turd.  He’s convinced greedy people to spend friviolously on the stock market, lost them mllions of dollars and now he’s clinging to Right Wing douchebags and complaining that people on the “Left” don’t like it.  …That those “Lefties” have no right to criticize him on anything.

Throw this douche in the slammer!