Archive for February, 2006

That sinking feeling

Friday, February 3rd, 2006

Well dagnabbit, I almost forgot that it’s CatBlogging Friday again — how time flies! So let’s take a break from getting all worked up over the week’s political drama, relax, and check out the bewhiskered goodness. Today’s post features my favorite furboy Mr. Tiger, looking cute (as usual):

Did you know there’s an entire website dedicated to pictures of cats in sinks? I guess regular CotC readers are already aware of this, but I’m late to the party and have just discovered it. Now this is what I call media specialization, folks. I fully expect to also find sites devoted exclusively to photos of dogs on couches, ferrets in drawers, hamsters in pockets, mice in wine glasses, and who only knows what else.

Even though Tiger looks a bit surprised in the photo above, I think he’d certainly fit right in with all the other feline sink-dwellers. Here he is in a more relaxed and regal-looking pose:

Who could not love a face like that? In the immortal words of B. Kliban:

CAT: One Hell of a nice animal, frequently mistaken for a meatloaf.

Have a great week y’all, and thanks for stopping by my blog!

A good reason NOT to impeach Bush

Friday, February 3rd, 2006

What stops me from wanting impeachment for George “My job is to Presidate” Bush? Two words: Dick. Cheney. Let’s face it — Dubya may be a moron, but this guy is Dr. Fucking Strangelove. Do you really want his finger on the button? There’s only one other thought that creeps me out as much as the possibility of a Cheney presidency.

On a related note, here’s an article from The Borowitz Report:

CHENEY’S BRIEF APPEARANCE, RETURN TO SECURE LOCATION MAY MEAN SIX MORE WEEKS OF WINTER

White House Downplays Veep’s Influence Over Seasons

Vice President Dick Cheney emerged from his secure, undisclosed location to make television appearances following the president’s State of the Union Address, but then immediately returned to his hiding place — indicating that America may be in for six more weeks of winter, according to experts.

While appearing with NBC’s Tim Russert, observers say, the Vice President seemed distracted, looking over his shoulder repeatedly as if trying to see his own shadow.

A review of the broadcast indicates that Vice President Cheney, in fact, appeared to locate his shadow towards the end of his appearance.

He then abruptly concluded the interview, cancelled an appearance with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and returned to his secure, undisclosed location, which is believed to be underground.

Experts were divided as to impact of Mr. Cheney’s brief appearance and sudden disappearance upon the duration of the current winter season.

“You can read anything you want into Cheney seeing his own shadow and going back underground,” said Dr. Davis Logsdon of the University of Minnesota. “Yes, it may mean six more weeks of winter, but it may just mean that he’s trying to stay as far away from this Abramoff mess as possible.”

At the White House, spokesman Scott McClellan attempted to downplay the increasingly widespread impression that Vice-President Cheney can influence the seasons.

“Vice President Cheney is a respected voice within this Administration, but he does not make the climate warmer,” Mr. McClellan told reporters. “Only President Bush can do that.”

Who, me?

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

From the Seven Deadly Sins Quiz:

Your Sins are Revealed, Your Fate is Sealed

Your sin has been measured. You have committed many sins, but Sloth is the mortal sin that has done you in. Just below, discover your full sinful breakdown and learn what it is about you that condemns you to hell.

Greed: Medium
Gluttony: High
Wrath: Medium
Sloth: Very High
Envy: Medium
Lust: High
Pride: Medium

Ack! So this means I’m a lazy-ass horndog who eats like a pig? Well, I don’t think I’m that bad, but my honest answers to this quiz unfortunately seem to reveal otherwise. Not good. Looks like I better get working on cleaning up my act, toot sweet.

But wait – hold the phone: it might sound better just to say that I’m a cultured connoisseur of fine dining and beautiful women, who believes strongly in the conservation of personal energy. Yeah, that’s the ticket!

SOTU Update

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

SHEEHAN UPDATE: DC COPS BACK DOWN, DROP CHARGES

Charges against Cindy Sheehan, who wore her “2,245 Dead. How Many More?” T-shirt to Tuesday’s State of the Union address were dropped late Wednesday (February 1) as Capitol police apologized to the anti-war activist.

“The officers made a good-faith, but mistaken, effort to enforce an old unwritten interpretation of the prohibitions about demonstrating in the Capitol,” Capitol Police Chief Terrance Gainer said in a statement, according to The Associated Press. “The policy and procedures were too vague. The failure to adequately prepare the officers is mine.”

Sheehan, the mother of slain solder Casey Sheehan, has become a leading figure in the domestic anti-war movement since her vigil outside Bush’s Texas ranch last summer. She was arrested on unlawful-conduct charges and taken out of the Capitol in handcuffs before the address began.

Capitol police also escorted out Beverly Young, wife of Representative C.W. “Bill” Young (R-Florida), from the visitors gallery for wearing a shirt with a political slogan. Bill Young later told reporters his wife was humiliated and suggested Capitol police undergo sensitivity training.

“Neither guest should have been confronted about the expressive T-shirts,” Gainer admitted.

Sheehan had entered the gallery a few minutes before the speech, and was in her seat for less than a minute when a plainclothes Capitol police officer took her by the arm and said, “You’ve got to leave,” and quickly removed her, Reuters reported. Sheehan, who smiled and did not resist the officer, was charged with a misdemeanor count of unlawful conduct at Capitol police headquarters as the speech got under way and was released on her own recognizance.

“It stunned me because I didn’t know in America you could be arrested for wearing a T-shirt with a slogan on it,” Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey told the AP. “That’s especially so in the Capitol and in the House of Representatives, which is the people’s House.”

In an open letter attributed to Sheehan posted on several Web sites (including Wind In The Wire), Sheehan said she was “speechless with fury at what happened and with grief over what we have lost in our country.” In the note, Sheehan called press accounts of the arrest distorted and said that she had suffered bruises and muscle spasms from her rough treatment.

During Tuesday’s State of the Union, Democrats in Congress held their applause in protest of President Bush.

Source: mtv.com

You can draw your own conclusions about why the police had a sudden change of heart, but could it be that this particular attempt to discourage free speech was just a little too public, too obvious, and too embarrassing?

The SOTU address itself was just more of the same old BS – a real yawner. But I will give Bush credit for one thing: he invoked September 11th only twice, far short of my prediction. This reaction from Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) pretty much sums up my feelings as well: “America deserved more from President Bush tonight. It just wasn’t credible to hear him talk about making America more secure and honoring our troops or making America energy-independent or making health care more affordable without hearing him explain why he’s done just the opposite for the last five years.”

Finally, this report today by Kevin G. Hall, writing in Knight Ridder Newspapers:

WASHINGTON – One day after President Bush vowed to reduce America’s dependence on Middle East oil by cutting imports from there 75 percent by 2025, his energy secretary and national economic adviser said Wednesday that the president didn’t mean it literally.

The president’s State of the Union reference to Mideast oil made headlines nationwide Wednesday because of his assertion that “America is addicted to oil” and his call to “break this addiction.” Bush vowed to fund research into better batteries for hybrid vehicles and more production of the alternative fuel ethanol, setting a lofty goal of replacing “more than 75 percent of our oil imports from the Middle East by 2025.”

Not exactly, though, it turns out.

“This was purely an example,” Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman said.

Asked why the president used the words “the Middle East” when he didn’t really mean them, one administration official said Bush wanted to dramatize the issue in a way that “every American sitting out there listening to the speech understands.” The official spoke only on condition of anonymity because he feared that his remarks might get him in trouble.

And we’re supposed to believe anything that comes out of Dubya’s mouth? Let me say it again: more of the same old BS.

Cindy tells her story

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

Activist Mom Cindy Sheehan was arrested at Tuesday’s State of The Union address just for wearing a t-shirt reading “2,245 Dead – how many more?”. Chalk this up as an outrageous and pathetic attempt by this administration to harass and silence one of the most vocal critics of this war. Does it strike you as ironic that this happened while Bush was pompously preaching about “democracy”? Here are the events of last night, as told by Ms. Sheehan herself:

Dear Friends,

As most of you have probably heard, I was arrested before the State of the Union Address tonight.

I am speechless with fury at what happened and with grief over what we have lost in our country.

There have been lies from the police and distortions by the press. (Shocker) So this is what really happened:

This afternoon at the People’s State of the Union Address in DC where I was joined by Congresspersons Lynn Woolsey and John Conyers, Ann Wright, Malik Rahim and John Cavanagh, Lynn brought me a ticket to the State of the Union Address. At that time, I was wearing the shirt that said: 2245 Dead. How many more?

After the PSOTU press conference, I was having second thoughts about going to the SOTU at the Capitol. I didn’t feel comfortable going. I knew George Bush would say things that would hurt me and anger me and I knew that I couldn’t disrupt the address because Lynn had given me the ticket and I didn’t want to be disruptive out of respect for her. I, in fact, had given the ticket to John Bruhns who is in Iraq Veterans Against the War. However, Lynn’s office had already called the media and everyone knew I was going to be there so I sucked it up and went.

I got the ticket back from John, and I met one of Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s staffers in the Longworth Congressional Office building and we went to the Capitol via the undergroud tunnel. I went through security once, then had to use the rest room and went through security again.

My ticket was in the 5th gallery, front row, fourth seat in. The person who in a few minutes was to arrest me, helped me to my seat.

I had just sat down and I was warm from climbing 3 flights of stairs back up from the bathroom so I unzipped my jacket. I turned to the right to take my left arm out, when the same officer saw my shirt and yelled; “Protester.” He then ran over to me, hauled me out of my seat and roughly (with my hands behind my back) shoved me up the stairs. I said something like “I’m going, do you have to be so rough?” By the way, his name is Mike Weight.

The officer ran with me to the elevators yelling at everyone to move out of the way. When we got to the elevators, he cuffed me and took me outside to await a squad car. On the way out, someone behind me said, “That’s Cindy Sheehan.” At which point the officer who arrested me said: “Take these steps slowly.” I said, “You didn’t care about being careful when you were dragging me up the other steps.” He said, “That’s because you were protesting.” Wow, I get hauled out of the People’s House because I was, “Protesting.”

I was never told that I couldn’t wear that shirt into the Congress. I was never asked to take it off or zip my jacket back up. If I had been asked to do any of those things…I would have, and written about the suppression of my freedom of speech later. I was immediately, and roughly (I have the bruises and muscle spasms to prove it) hauled off and arrested for “unlawful conduct.”

After I had my personal items inventoried and my fingers printed, a nice Sgt. came in and looked at my shirt and said, “2245, huh? I just got back from there.”

I told him that my son died there. That’s when the enormity of my loss hit me. I have lost my son. I have lost my First Amendment rights. I have lost the country that I love. Where did America go? I started crying in pain.

What did Casey die for? What did the 2244 other brave young Americans die for? What are tens of thousands of them over there in harm’s way for still? For this? I can’t even wear a shrit that has the number of troops on it that George Bush and his arrogant and ignorant policies are responsible for killing.

I wore the shirt to make a statement. The press knew I was going to be there and I thought every once in awhile they would show me and I would have the shirt on. I did not wear it to be disruptive, or I would have unzipped my jacket during George’s speech. If I had any idea what happens to people who wear shirts that make the neocons so uncomfortable that I would be arrested…maybe I would have, but I didn’t.

There have already been many wild stories out there.

I have some lawyers looking into filing a First Amendment lawsuit against the government for what happened tonight. I will file it. It is time to take our freedoms and our country back.

I don’t want to live in a country that prohibits any person, whether he/she has paid the ulitmate price for that country, from wearing, saying, writing, or telephoning any negative statements about the government. That’s why I am going to take my freedoms and liberties back. That’s why I am not going to let Bushco take anything else away from me…or you.

I am so appreciative of the couple of hundred of protesters who came to the jail while I was locked up to show their support….we have so much potential for good…there is so much good in so many people.

Four hours and 2 jails after I was arrested, I was let out. Again, I am so upset and sore it is hard to think straight.

Keep up the struggle…I promise you I will too.

Love and peace soon,
Cindy