Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Loofa mitts will never be the same. Thanks O'Reilly. Jerk.

We don't mean to gloat but we're happy to see that the issue of cell phones and the sketchiness of polls has finally found a place at the Associated Press.

The Spinmeister Alert Today Is:
Mustard Yellow

The turntables are on 33rpm today, one assumes in preparation for this evening's debate. There was a piece that popped up in the WP noting that the spin that has been put out there on Kerry's health care plan is what they call "not entirely accurate." Translation: buncha hooey. "Fact sheets provided by the Bush campaign offered little evidence for these and other accusations beyond excerpts from such conservative forums as the Wall Street Journal editorial page and the Weekly Standard." Ooooh, that damned "liberal" media!

Meanwhile, James Baker, whom the media has taken to calling the Bush family consigliere, is working on Dubya's plan to convince the world that they should forgive Iraqi debt. Being that this is one of the few areas where we and the Bush administration have a little overlap (we're more on the we need to look at all developing world debt because it kills thousands and thousands of people every year, not just the countries that have become our colonies and whose debt might go to us mode of things, but there is a little overlap), we were rather disturbed (and perturbed) if not surprised to hear that Mr. Baker has figured out a way to make a buck out of it. While he's trying to convince everyone else that they should forgive the debt, he's representing Kuwait's claim to be paid its $27 billion in Iraqi debt. In real estate deals you aren't allowed to represent both the buyer and the seller without full disclosure, and even then it is not recommended. Why are there more controls on the sale and purchase of a used trailer home than there is for the exchange and forgiveness of billions of dollars?

Worried about those voting machines? You should be. Especially if you live in Florida.

Oh yes, and Mr. Delay seems to have wasted no time in circling the wagons. The response to his being admonished three times (and admonishing is pretty wimpy considering) by the House Ethics Committee was not contrition or even apology. Delay is accused of some serious stuff- including bribery- and he has so far gotten off with a slap on the wrist. GOP response? Threats apparently. "House ethics committee Chairman Joel Hefley (R-Colo.) said last week that Republican lawmakers have threatened him in the wake of his panel’s recent admonishments of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay". We'd try to say something snarky, but really, this is just appalling.

Finally, we know that schadenfreude is bad for the soul, but is it schadenfreude to feel satisfaction when the hypocrisy of someone who takes delight in schadenfreude is outed? It probably is. And on some level our souls are sad. But there is some satisfaction in Bill O'Reilly being sued for sexual harassment. Mostly we're just grossed out by the detailed shower fantasy and the apparently fulfilled Thai sex show fantasy. Glad to see spokesmen for the "Right" living upstanding moral lives that steer well clear of things like prostitution and human trafficking. Setting good examples and the like.

Last debate tonight-- domestic issues.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being sexually teased in the shower with a "falafel thing" by Bill O'Reilly (omigod!) sounds like almost as much fun as another night of watchin' Dubya drawl, scowl, slouch and say annoying things. Ugh to both.

October 14, 2004 at 4:06 PM

Blogger Calamity Jane said...

Oh, I feel so tainted by that use of the noble chickpea. Bill O'Reilly needs some serious, serious help.

October 17, 2004 at 11:10 AM


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