Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Excess hoggage

By Libby

Sure, it looks like I'm a slacker if you only follow me on this blog, but I've holding down the fort at Newshoggers while the rest of my colleagues were otherwise occupied this weekend. I did get a late start today though because of the damned helicopter circling my McCompound this morning. But in the news:

Air America's Rhandi Rhodes was badly injured. It's not clear how, but the wingnut's whining about the finger of blame pointing at them is more than a little disingenious.

I love miracles, and this is a good one. Some folks in Poland think they saw deceased Pope Paul waving from the grave.

Surprisingly, I got little vitriol from Ron Paul supporters on this one. Ron Paul rises on conservatism's fall. The comments are still pretty interesting though.

A new study shows Americans are pessimistic about the future. Does anybody really wonder why?

This was rather encouraging. There's a new group being organized that intends to bring back real investigative journalism. They won't be covering Brittany Spears. Reason enough to celebrate.

Speaking of the fake journalism, Malkin "quits" O'Reilly. Not too many people believe the quitting part. It isn't much of a stretch to believe her maliciousness had become so crass that even O'Reilly can't stomach it.

Meanwhile, new reports reveal the DoD has been illegally spying on us in cahoots with the FBI. It seems a lot of those warrantless NSLs were issued by the Pentagon.

And finally, if you're counting on the conscience of the military to prevent any further insanity from the White House or to prevent -- say -- martial law, well this may change your mind. Really interesting discussion in the comments on this one.

And of course, I'm always blogging at DetNews, although I've been light there in the last week. Scroll down and check the index to see what you've missed.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

You may have missed this nugget out in the mainstream media. Dick Cheney and Barack Obama are eighth cousins! Apparently his wife made the announcement. I don't know whether to laugh or cry! Right now I'm laughing so hard, I am crying!

9:13:00 PM  
Blogger Swampcracker said...

Whose wife? I gotta know which one first before I decide whether to laugh or cry. Yes, dammit, it makes a difference.

11:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, Swampcracker, it was Dick Cheney's wife who released the info. I doubt very much Obama would want that out, Maybe the Clintons paid them to disclose in order to tank his chances, I don't know. These days, Democrats, Republicans, makes no difference, if they're a politician, I don't trust any of them!

11:30:00 PM  
Blogger Swampcracker said...

Cheney's wife. Sacre Coeur!! What possible motivation would she have to release this info?

May I profer another theory? Perhaps Lynn is trying to tank Hillary by playing to the conservative base. In any case, there better be proof or I smell a rat.

12:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe Obama is trying to cover all his bases. Something for the black vote, something for the liberal vote and something for the conservatives. Weird, huh?

1:02:00 AM  
Blogger Swampcracker said...

Early this morning, I saw a report on CNN. Apparantly there is a connection going back some 7 or 8 generations. Henceforth, I will abandon all conspiracy theories and just go with the flow.

9:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to say comments from left field is as bad or worse than donald douglas. It's no surprise they have connections to Canada. Like douglas, they don't debate any of their points they make. they seem to feel its beneath them. I'm sorry, the idea that George bush is a conservative therefore we need a liberal president is preposterous. Bush is a bad president, we need a good one. and try as you might, liberals cannot outrun the will of the people, most of whom simply want to be left alone. from wars, from warrentless wiretapping from socialized medicine from the fairness doctorine. just leave us alone!

10:03:00 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

But the idea of government with limited power is the essential and definitive Liberal idea.

11:09:00 AM  
Blogger Swampcracker said...

Lester, I share your sentiments very much about wanting to be left alone. Right now, my daughter is held captive by events in Iraq, i.e. she is a captain in the U.S. Army on her third deployment and will not return to hearth and home until late 2008. There is a "stop loss" order that prevents her and others from leaving the military.

I do, however, want to respond to one of your other comments: I'm sorry, the idea that George bush is a conservative therefore we need a liberal president is preposterous. Bush is a bad president, we need a good one.

There are reasons why, in my opinion, a liberal president (or at least a moderate) should be the next one. Most important among these: Supreme Court nominations. Three justices may retire during the next presidential term, and it is vital to preserve the Sherman anti-trust act, Roe V. Wade, civil liberties, and the concept of established law (stare decisus). One more conservative nominee will turn the clock back on a century of legal precedent.

My other fear is this: We have already had one authoritarian/social dominator type in the White House. Another in the form of Rudy Guiliani would be a disaster. Guiliani has surrounded himself with neo-con hegemonist advisers. If he wins, it will mean more pre-emptive wars and a permanant loss of American prestige in the world community.

Do we really want to do this to ourselves?

11:22:00 AM  
Blogger Swampcracker said...

A postscript for Lester: I agree with your assessment of Donald Douglas. Like the schoolyard bully who invites you to his house only to beat you up, he is a notorious troller of liberal blogs for the purpose of antagonizing people. He regards political discourse as an act of war and thinks himself superior to all others. Overall, DD is a true narcissist, a highly pathological one.

11:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

eco- I was really confused by his blog. He would post like ten nasty insults here. So i went over there and he almost never responded to me. i almost always ended up arguing with this guy who makes some sort of high tech battery for the military. But commentfrom the left wasn't much different. I think some people they tell rather than show. it's like you are supposed to jsut nod your head because you are so stupid and they have a blog on the prestigious internet.

I am for Roe v Wade being overturned. I happen to be pro choice, but for one those decisions aren't supposed to be made at the federal level and for another the religious right feeds of that decision like ...food.

as a libertarian/ anarchist, you can imagine I don't have much problem with the trusts.

I agree about the police state stuff. I was listening to dennis pragers radio show the other day and he, and he is like THE neocon, basically has it in his mind that we need to massively ramp up defense spending, with or preferably without everything else. To make us a socialist sparta like Israel, perpetually hated / at war with it's neighbors. Why on earth guliani, who I thought was a great mayor, is in bed with those wackos is beyond me. It will ruin his campaign

3:53:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Well, I would comment here but you folks seem to be doing fine without me. I saw the Obama-Cheney thing. Blogged that over at DetNews. He had a great comeback.

Every family has a black sheep...

Lester - the Comments from Left Field are good peeps. They just don't understand you like I do. Otherwise, it's like Fogg and Eco say. We need a liberal president in 08. It's the only way to swing back to some balance.

4:29:00 PM  
Blogger Swampcracker said...

Hi Lester, this week I have trying, really trying, to find a conservative blogger without an ego and an axe to grind, who would be willing to engage me in a constructive dialogue. I think I have found one:

Robert at conservativeobservations.blogspot.com

Over time, I am sure we will have our spats over public policy, but he is respectful and gracious, and I find that we have shared values, albeit we may not necessarily agree on implementations or solutions. Nevertheless, Roberts seems like a good fellow. Check it out (but please be polite).

5:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

libby- you are kind of doing what I'm talking about. telling rather than showing. I don't want a liberal president. socially liberal maybe, but I'm not intersted in the government doing anything but shrinking in size and power. comments from left field is one of thousands of blogs that feature content and opinions that can be found anywhere, including on television. They have nothing there that justifies going and looking at it, except if you want to see what people who have no idea about how the market works make idiots of themselves in discussions of conservatism and monetary issues. I don't want them to understand me.

eco- Well, I'm pretty much as conservative as they come. i believe all spending is liberal and am against it. I'll check out that blog thuogh. I'd recomend the von mises blog, takimag.com blog, and anti-state.com board if you want to see where I personally am coming from though I don't post at anti-state as I am not a econ professor

10:02:00 AM  

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