February 26, 2003

It's only Wednesday.
I still can't get the parrot to yell "Wolf, you whore!" when I turn on CNN, but he does turn his back to the tv and make farty-noises.
Song playing in my head: Barenaked Ladies' "It's All Been Done."

"John, you clueless Puritan ass"
Bigwig at Silflay Hraka reams the Crisco Kid a new one, with John Ashcroft Fails Another Multiple Choice Exam. I was going to send it to Carnival of the Vanities, but I'm too late, dammit! Next: Ashcroft bans toy submarines in bathtubs....

Darth 'Warboner' Rummy does Baghdad
Nice doin' bizniz with ya, Saddam - now, where can we get some hookers?

Stephen Green writes: "It was Rumsfeld himself who, as President Reagan's Middle East Envoy, had traveled to the region to meet with Saddam Hussein in December 1983 to normalize, particularly, security relations. At the time of the visit, Iraq had already been removed from the State Department's list of terrorist countries in 1982; and in the previous month, November, Reagan had approved National Security Decision Directive 114, on expansion of U.S.-Iraq relations generally. But it was Donald Rumsfeld's trip to Baghdad which opened of the floodgates during 1985-90 for lucrative U.S. weapons exports - some $1.5 billion worth - including chemical/biological and nuclear weapons equipment and technology, along with critical components for missile delivery systems for all of the above...There were few if any reservations evident in the range of weapons which Ronald Reagan, and his successor George W. H. Bush were willing to sell Saddam Hussein." - from CounterPunch, thanks to Democrats.com.

Great moments in television, part 1
Ari Gets Laughed Out of the White House Briefing Room

From BuzzFlash: A reporter asked about a French report that says Bush is offering a bundle of concessions (and I think she actually said 'buying votes') to Mexico and Colombia, granting worker amnesty and so on. Ari tap-danced. Then she (the reporter) started to press the issue by saying "they (the French) are quoting two US State Dept. Diplomats that Bush intends to give work permits to Colombia and Mexico."

WOW. WOW....Ari just drew himself up with imperious indignation and said something like "you're implying that the President is buying the votes of other nations and that's just not a consideration" or words to that effect.

And guess what happened? The whole press corps, normally sheep, broke out in laughter...sweet, derisive laughter. They kept on laughing as Ari turned on his heels and strode out. Sheesh.

On C-Span, go down to White House Press Briefing (02/25/2003) and click on the video. After it buffers, play from about 28 minutes forward for context, 30 minutes forward to watch Press laugh at Ari's BIG FAT GOP LIE: C-Span, and link to the transcript. I haven't been able to view it - I think I need to download RealPlayer.

More fun with Ari: watch him dance around the "credibility contest" question of pReznit Gameboy wanting to assassinate Saddam Hussein.

"Quit picking on me, Helen!"

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