December 29, 2008

The Tattlesnake – Is Gov. Rod Getting Rammed? Edition

What’s the Republican Political Angle to the Blagojevich Prosecution?

Is Illinois’ F**king Golden Boy Merely the Stooge for a Partisan GOP Attack on Obama and the Dems?

Had Enough Leading Questions Already?

While some may choose others – such as Billo, Hannity, the Savage Wiener or Radio’s Anal Cyst Rush — as a reliable weathervane of what not to believe, I have my own preference – second-tier CNN newsreader Kyra Phillips. In the case of the first four names, we know they are regurgitating their daily Talking Points from the Ministry of DoublePlusGood Neocon Truth, but Kyra aspires to a level of journalistic integrity that renders her eructations of state-sanctioned Big Media hooey more entertaining – and she’s easier on the eyes and ears than the Cave Boys.

I first noticed Kyra’s particular talent in this regard back in May of 2003, following Junior’s Commander-Cody-with-a-Codpiece moment on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln and his hilariously boneheaded ‘Mission Accomplished’ ramblings afterward that ‘major combat operations’ had been completed in Iraq.

The Most Trusted Name in Newspeak had Kyra onboard the carrier that day and, with time to fill and a Glorious Victory in Eastasia to celebrate, she was given a free ride on a US Navy jet at the taxpayers’ expense. After landing, the breathless and excited Ms. Phillips gushed — only verbally, as far as I know — over the sea-going military, jet pilots, aircraft carriers and the whole goddamned Good War thingie – we had kicked Iraqi behind and all was right-wing with the world! But I noticed something in Kyra’s flushed smiling face and twittering-with-glee voice – why, it reminded me of a time decades before when I ran into a notorious groupie just hours after she had ‘balled’ (late ’60s slang term for copulation) every member of her favorite band! Of course, the video of Bush’s dumb publicity stunt is only useful now as a platform to launch a thousand jokes, and I’m sure Kyra’s embarrassing orgiastic spurt of militaristic slathering, wearing a flight helmet, no less, has been filed in the root cellar at CNN never to be seen again.

In the years since, whenever Kyra decides to editorialize the news, whether it be Rudy Giuliani’s popularity with Dixie-Fried Republicans, Fred Thompson’s manly irresistibility to voters, or Sarah Palin guaranteeing a big McCain win with the womenfolk, I have sure knowledge that whichever way Kyra blows, so to speak, the opposite is true.

This came up again a few weeks ago as the news of Scooter Libby prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald’s December 9th arrest of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich blanketed the airwaves like an all-day Chicago blizzard. There was Kyra, frowning eyebrows crawling toward one another, serious-minded caterpillars an omen of the bad news to come, hyperventilating that the Blago scandal was “ten times worse than Watergate,” an attitude likely shared by some of her second-string Big Media cable colleagues but not expressed in so grandiose and historic a phrase.

Really, Kyra, ‘ten times worse than Watergate’? Hint to Phillips’ fevered brainpan: Blago didn’t have a private ‘Plumbers’ force breaking into his political opponents’ offices, he didn’t suborn perjury, he didn’t claim executive privilege to protect himself, he didn’t have a slush fund with millions of dollars in it to pay off criminals in his employ, and any scandals he’s alleged to be involved in are fairly pedestrian examples of political corruption and not a Constitutional crisis for the nation.

Perhaps she was taking her cue from Fitzgerald, who buzzed that Blago was on a “crime spree.” Whoa! Al Capone went on ‘crime sprees’ such as the infamous St. Valentine’s Day Massacre – Blago’s babbling about wringing cash out of various politicians and bigwigs comes nowhere near that level of violent wrongdoing.

Whatever Blago’s crimes, no one died, no one was injured, he didn’t start any unnecessary wars based on lies, he didn’t authorize torture or the waste of billions of dollars in taxpayer money through no-bid contracts, he didn’t order Ken Blackwell to finagle the Ohio vote in 2004 to shoehorn Junior back into the presidency, he didn’t conspire to steal an election and jail the winner, as in the Don Siegelman case in Alabama, all of which seem to me to be much more serious than these routine instances of alleged malfeasance by Blagojevich.

But there’s more to this story than has been unearthed by the corporate BM, using the telescope from the wrong end, as usual.

Here are a few facts that have been missed in the rush to convict Blago:


December 26, 2008

Pardons Imply Guilt

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Bob Patterson @ 5:57 pm

 Critics of President Bush expecting that he would issue pardons to his staff for any possible war crimes, underestimated the devious cunning of his advisers.  Not issuing the pardons may have been their greatest stroke of genius because it provides President Obama with a loose-loose decision.

If President Obama initiates a war crimes investigation, the conservative talk show hosts will unleash a propaganda counter-attack that will be a relentless stream of vitriol that will question Obama’s reasoning, sanity, and patriotism.  The attempts to formulate a program of change will become deadlocked in a debate about the need for any war crimes trials.

The Republicans will use the “innocent until proved guilty” dodge to sabotage every step of the investigation process.  (Note:  by that criteria, Hitler can not be considered a war criminal.)

If President Obama does not conduct a war crimes investigation, then the Republicans can claim that it constitutes a <I>de facto</I> “not guilty” verdict and closes the topic forever.

Imagine that Hitler didn’t commit suicide and that after the Allied victory, Hitler avoided being indicted for war crimes.  Wouldn’t his supporters have claimed that the fact he wasn’t put on trial meant that there wasn’t enough evidence for a conviction? 

Was there any chance that Hitler would have been given a pass due to good-sportsmanship?

If President Obama wants to form a consensus majority, he has to avoid a divisive trial.

If he advocates “forgive and forget,” then eventually the Republicans can use the fact that no trial was held as the basis for saying “if there were any war crimes, then Obama became an accessory after the fact by not holding any investigations.”  At that point the Obama administration will want to avoid any discussions about the possibility that war crimes may have been committed during Bush’s term in office.

Forgoing any Christmas pardons for the advisers who delivered the “weapons of mass destruction” rational for going to war, was clever raised to the third power.

President Bush didn’t issue any pardons and now the next move is up to President elect Obama because any pardons would have been seen as avoiding punishment for some wrong that had been committed.  Without pardons to denounce and decry, the next move is up to President Obama and he has other more important issues needing immediate attention.

So who do you think will win this year’s Best Motion Picture Oscar

Ned Kelly said:  “Such is life.”

Now, the disk jockey will play AC/DC’s song “Highway to Hell” and we will scram.  Have a “no harm, no foul” type week.

December 23, 2008

More on the Death of Rove’s IT Man Michael Connell, Who Allegedly Helped Rig Elections for Bush and the GOP

Just to expand on Ken Carmen’s “A Very Convenient Crash” post at that dealt with the mysterious death last Friday of Karl Rove’s electoral IT man Michael Connell, here’s part of an interview Amy Goodman conducted with Mark Crispin Miller, who has been following this case, and Bush/GOP election fraud in general, closely.

Here are some fascinating excerpts, but read the whole transcript here.

Rove’s IT Guru Warned of Sabotage Before Fatal Plane Crash; Was Set to Testify
By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!
Posted on December 22, 2008

Amy Goodman: A top Republican internet strategist who was set to testify in a case alleging election tampering in 2004 in Ohio has died in a plane crash. Mike Connell was the chief IT consultant to Karl Rove and created websites for the Bush and McCain electoral campaigns. He also set up the official Ohio state election website reporting the 2004 presidential election returns.

Connell was reportedly an experienced pilot. He died instantly Friday night when his private plane crashed in a residential neighborhood near Akron, Ohio.

Michael Connell was deposed one day before the election this year by attorneys Cliff Arnebeck and Bob Fitrakis about his actions during the 2004 vote count and his access to Karl Rove’s e-mail files and how they went missing.

Velvet Revolution, a non-profit investigating Connell’s activities, revealed this weekend that Connell had recently said he was afraid George Bush and Dick Cheney would “throw [him] under the bus.” Cliff Arnebeck had also previously alerted Attorney General Michael Mukasey to alleged threats from Karl Rove to Connell if he refused to “take the fall.”

Well, Mark Crispin Miller joins us now, a professor of media culture and communication at New York University, the author of several books, including Loser Take All: Election Fraud and the Subversion of Democracy, 2000-2008 and Fooled Again: How the Right Stole the 2004 Election & Why They’ll Steal the Next One Too. Mark Crispin Miller us now in our firehouse studio.


AG: Alright, well, we had you on right before the election, because that’s when Mike Connell was being deposed. This news that came out of his death in a plane crash on Friday night, talk about what you understand has happened.

Mark Crispin Miller: Well, I cannot assert with perfect confidence that this was no accident, but I will say that the circumstances are so suspicious and so convenient for Rove and the White House that I think we’re obliged to investigate this thing very, very thoroughly. And that means, first of all, taking a close look at some of the stories that were immediately circulated to account for what happened, that it was bad weather. That was the line they used when Wellstone’s plane went down. There had been bad weather, but it had passed two hours before. And this comes from a woman at the airport information desk in Akron. We’re told that his plane was running out of gas, which is a little bit odd for a highly experienced pilot like Connell, but apparently, when the plane went down, there was an explosion, a fireball that actually charred and pocked some of the house fronts in the neighborhood. People can go online and see the footage that news crews took. But beyond the, you know, dubiousness of the official story, we have to take a close look at — and a serious look at all the charges that Connell was set to make.

AG: Now, he had asked the Attorney General Mukasey for protective custody, because of threats to him and his wife?

MCM: He reported threats to his lawyer, Cliff Arnebeck, and Arnebeck — also, Velvet Revolution heard from tipsters, as well, tipsters who also claimed that Connell’s life was at risk. Stephen Spoonamore, the whistleblower who was the first — who was the one to name Connell in the first place, also had an ear to the inside. He’s also very connected. And all these people were saying Rove is making threats, the White House is very worried about this case.

Having heard all this, Arnebeck contacted Mukasey, he contacted Nancy Rogers, who is the Ohio Attorney General, and he wrote a letter to the court, telling all of them that “This man should be in protective custody. He is an important witness in a RICO case. Please do something to look after him.” And they didn’t respond to this.


Questions about Gen. Patton’s Death

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — Bob Patterson @ 5:39 pm

(Fremantle W. A.)  On Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, on page 16, the Western Australian newspaper ran a story about a new book, “Target Patten,” written by Robert Wilson, described as a military historian, which suggests that the Office of Strategic Services may have deliberately staged an automobile accident that critically injured General George S. Patton and that subsequently the Americans may have ignored a Russian assassination plot against the injured American general.
The article, datelined Washington D. C., recounts the fact that the driver of the truck that hit the car carrying Patton was whisked out of the area and that no autopsy was performed.
The story provides the historic background for the death because many Americans were displeased with the famous American general because of his criticism of the Russians and the decision to let them be the ones to capture Berlin.
Two days after the article appeared, a search of Google-news provided several suggested links to other stories on the same topic, but they were for sources outside the United States.
Fact checking the details of this allegation while many miles away from the familiar surroundings of the Santa Monica Public Library is very difficult and so this columnist can only ask why isn’t this story appearing in publications and on web sites operating inside the United States?
Doesn’t the United States brag about freedom of the press and freedom of speech?
Why then isn’t this story being reported by the Huffington Post and/or the New York Times so that a Google-news search can prove that it isn’t up to a bloging columnist in Australia to bring this newsworthy new book to the attention of an American web site’s audience?
Could it be that the managing editors of the most influential newspapers have suffered a plague of simultaneous misjudgment or what?
It should be obvious to most of this site’s regular readers why the conservative talk show hosts would ignore this interesting bit of history, but why aren’t the newspapers trying extra hard to be vigilant after their disgraceful performance during the Bush years?
The conservative talk show hosts always maintain that the lunatic left journalists in the United States never miss a chance to make America look bad.  If Bill O’Reilly’s assessment of American Journalism was accurate, wouldn’t the New York Times and the Washington Post be all over this new book and putting reviews on the front pages?
A blogger traveling in Australia can cover anything that catches his fancy.  He could choose to cover the automotive event called the Summer Nats  ( and his friends back in the States would know he was having a good time.  It’s doubtful that this car event will get coverage in the USA and there will be no outrage, but is it OK for American media to drop the ball on the possibility that the U. S. may have changed history by hushing up a dissatisfied American general?
Readers of this column can urge American sources to investigate the possibility of a cover-up back in 1945 and they may or may not inspire some action and reaction in the media. 
Bill O’Reilly will continue to criticize the New York Times and the stories it runs, but it seems very unlikely that he will plug this column and this website.
Do Americans who lost relatives in the late stages of WWII care about things like the possibility that General Patton may have been prevented from closing the Falaise Gap?
All a columnist in Fremantle can do is bring up the topic and then perhaps go to South Beach to work on getting a better suntan.  (Does Jalopnik want photo coverage of an event in Australia?) 
The Western Australian quotes Charles Province, president of the George Paton Historical Society as saying “There were a lot of people who were pretty damn glad that Patton died.”
Now the disk jockey will play what the Aussies call “a Northern Hemisphere” song:  Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” (no this is not the signal to evacuate Saigon) and we’ll hang up our Christmas Stocking and hope that Santa brings us a chance to scoop the New York Times.  Have a “Merry Christmas!” type week.

December 22, 2008


Filed under: Toon — Peregrin @ 1:58 pm



Filed under: Toon — Peregrin @ 1:57 pm

Ooohh!  An intellectual toon!

Why We Shouldn’t Be in Afghanistan

Filed under: Uncategorized — alex @ 1:56 pm

We’ve now passed the grim milestone of over 100 Canadians killed in Afghanistan.
In light of that, I want to repost this clip from my podcast, detailing why the war in
Afghanistan is unwinnable, and why we need to bring the troops home.

Mission Impossible : The Afghan War – MP3 file 2.8M

Podcast Page

An excellent answer to our energy problems – Grimgold

Filed under: Uncategorized — grimgold @ 1:56 pm

First there’s this:

Armed with survey results revealing public misperceptions about energy use, The Pink Panther(TM), Chief Energy Officer at Owens Corning (NYSE: OC), broke his decades of silence on October 9, 2008 to focus national attention on the massive amount of energy used to heat and cool buildings. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), 40 percent of U.S. energy is swallowed by buildings, yet most Americans believe transportation and industry are the largest offenders.

To View the Multimedia News Release, go to:

Then there’s this:

The earth absorbs almost 50% of all solar energy and remains a nearly constant temperature of 50°F to 70°F depending on geographic location. Working with an underground loop system, a Climate Master geothermal unit utilizes this constant temperature to exchange energy between your home and the earth as needed for heating and cooling.

In winter, water circulating inside a sealed loop absorbs heat from the earth and carries it to the unit. Here it is compressed to a higher temperature and sent as warm air to your indoor system for distribution throughout your home.

In the summer, the system reverses and expels heat from your home to the cooler earth via the loop system. This heat exchange process is not only natural, but is a truly ingenious and highly efficient way to create a comfortable climate in your home.

I’m not sure pumping water into the ground to cool a building is the best way; air might do the job just as well and be a lot less problematic. But you get the idea – geothermal systems are an excellent way to reduce America’s energy consumption, yet are being largely ignored.


Filed under: Toon — Peregrin @ 1:55 pm

Did they shave her Adams Apple too?

Filed under: Uncategorized — grimgold @ 1:55 pm

Dear Mr. President, (Grimgold)

Filed under: Uncategorized — grimgold @ 1:53 pm

I e-mailed this to the white house yesterday:

Sir, I support your decision to help the auto companies, as long as it does not include Chrysler, which is owned by the hedge fund, Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.

Do you want to be remembered as the republican who signed every spending bill to cross his desk, refused to do anything about our southern border, and now the president who bailed out a hedge fund?!?

Bart’s Front Yard?

Filed under: Toon — Peregrin @ 1:53 pm

Nahhh, Bart’s not that mean.

December 20, 2008

Top Ten Albums of 2008

Filed under: Music Review — N @ 11:38 am

 It’s the end of the year and that means end of the year lists. As your resident music critic at the Bartblog here are my top ten albums of 2008. The albums are in no particular order.

  • Cardinals “Cardinology”
  • Beck “Modern Guilt”
  • Bob Dylan “Tell Tale Signs” 
  • Conor Oberst “Conor Oberst”
  • Kings of Leon “Only By the Night”
  • TV On the Radio “Dear Science”
  • Portishead “Third”
  • Pretenders “Break up The Concrete”
  • Vampire Weekend   “Vampire Weekend”
  • Ray LaMontagne “Gossip in the Grain”

Join in the fun and leave your top ten lists as comments or send them to, and I will post all of your favorites. Happy Holidays to all and to all a good listen. 

The Tattlesnake – The Quotalizer Rides Again Edition

Filed under: Commentary,Opinion,Quote,Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — RS Janes @ 7:52 am

A Quoteload of Seasonal Quotable Quotes of the Quippy and Quirky Variety

“How many observe Christ’s birthday! How few his precepts!
O! ’tis easier to keep holidays than commandments.”
– Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1757.

“Jesus wasn’t a Christian, and he never preached in a church. He was also a drinker, and liked to hang out with sinners. We think of him very highly in the Church of Stop Shopping. We put him right up there with Lenny Bruce.”
– Reverend Billy

“If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses.”
– Lenny Bruce (or, these days, tiny syringes.)

“Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.”
– Lenny Bruce

“Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian anymore than going to the garage makes you a car.”
– Dr. Laurence J. Peter

“Christ died for our sins. Dare we make his martyrdom meaningless by not committing them?”
– Jules Feiffer

“Life in Lubbock, Texas, taught me two things: One is that God loves you and you’re going to burn in hell. The other is that sex is the most awful, filthy thing on earth and you should save it for someone you love.”
– Butch Hancock

“To hear many religious people talk, one would think God created the torso, head, legs and arms, but the devil slapped on the genitals.”
– Don Schrader

“Christian fundamentalism: the doctrine that there is an absolutely powerful, infinitely knowledgeable, universe-spanning entity that is deeply and personally concerned about my sex life.”
– Andrew Lias

“The problem with fundamentalists insisting on a literal interpretation of the Bible is that the meaning of words change. A prime example is ‘Spare the rod, spoil the child.’ A rod was a stick used by shepherds to guide their sheep to go in the desired direction. Shepherds did not use it to beat their sheep. The proper translation of the saying is ‘Give your child guidance, or they will go astray.’ It does not mean ‘Beat the shit out of your child or he will become rotten’ as many fundamentalist parents seem to believe.”
– Author Unknown

“I read about an Eskimo hunter who asked the local missionary priest, ‘If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?’ ‘No,’ said the priest, ‘not if you did not know.’ ‘Then why,’ asked the Eskimo earnestly, ‘did you tell me?’”
– Annie Dillard

“Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day; give him a religion, and he’ll starve to death while praying for a fish.”
– Author Unknown

“Most sermons sound to me like commercials — but I can’t make out whether God is the Sponsor or the Product.”
– Mignon McLaughlin, “The Second Neurotic’s Notebook,” 1966.


December 19, 2008

Ye Olde Scribe Presents: Hell to the King, a Scent is Born

Filed under: Commentary — Ye Olde Scribe @ 11:27 am

Ye Olde Scribe’s Links to Oblivion and Other Fun Places
“Stinking up the net at the speed of Barf”

Horrible advertising. Won’t make it Scribe’s way. Scribe knew there must be other reasons why he was avoiding a place that tells even bigger Whoppers than he does.

“My pain runs deep. My acne has never left my face. My memories of adolescence are riddled with the smell of chicken tenders and Vanilla Shakes. I have seen the creatures that live at bottom of the dumpster. I have seen the rat by the soda machine. I have seen dead frogs in the fresh salad lettuce. I have seen undercooked meat served to children and I have seen bags of trash piled higher than I stand as they lay less than 3 feet from the hamburger meat. I am the DISGRUNTLED EX-BURGER KING EMPLOYEE!

Now, the Rest of the Whore-y
“Before our main attraction, ‘READ ME FIRST, READ ME FIRST’”

Looking for that special Christmas gift? Barf coated? Here ya go! But don’t forget to click above before seeing THE SOURCE FOR THE FOLLOWING SATIRE… done yet? Scribe will wait. (Whistling all the various orchestra parts for Scheherazade, one at a time, and then the 1812 complete with attempts at the canons.) Now, more in the Jeff the Cannon Gannon mode: here’s our main attraction.

Hell to the King, a Scent is Born



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You’re a broke one, Mr. Grinch

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