Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wagn'nagl fhtagn ("In his house at R'lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming."). --HP Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu

The stars hath turned in the heavens once more: Mighty Cthulhu stirs. His dreams reacheth forth, communing with those with ears to hear. Iä! Shub-Niggurath! His thoughts trample down along the pathways of thy mind; thou knowest His footprints, each of which is a wound...

Thursday, July 29, 2004

120 Pounds of Durty Librul

Charger is looking pretty spiffy in his
new scarf. I like the idea of a massive Saint Bernhard/German Shephard having a better moral compass than the average neo-clown. Let's see O'Reilly tell him to shut up, heh heh.

A big thanx to
Jesus' General for helping expand my doggie's wardrobe.


Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Get Your War On

There's a new installment of
Get Your War On. Go check it out.

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

A Matter of Leadership

Got lots to do today, so can't post much--but I didn't want this to get lost amid the shuffle of other news items this week:

“Our company XO [Executive Officer] accidentally fired two grenades from a Mark 19 right in the middle of a town filled with civilians,” adds Soldier No. 2. “What the lieutenant was doing manning that weapon is beyond me. It’s normally a job for a grunt. The incident was covered up. No investigation. Nothing. Had a soldier done this he’d be in jail.”

Colonel Hackworth--whose excellent Soldiers for the Truth helped to break the Abu Ghraib story--reports on the abysmal lack of direction and leadership beleaguering our troops in Iraq:

“Most of the roads they want us to go down aren’t there or are impassable. Don’t our leaders go out and check them for accuracy? Like do reconnaissance like the good book says before sending us on foolish missions that can get people killed the way Lt. Tyson and Specialist McCaffrey were on 22 June when they were sent on such a fool mission?”

“McCaffrey always said that it was going to take someone getting hurt or killed before our leaders wake up and not run us into the ground,” says Soldier No. 5. “Now that he and the lieutenant got killed, I still see no upward learning curve from our officers.”

While Rumskull and the Army whitewash and sugarcoat everything they can, the fact is that our men and women are suffering--and dying--because poorly trained troops are being rushed into combat without proper leadership by an administration that cares more about body-counts than problem-solving.

Go give the Colonel a read, and then bookmark
SFTT. If you're not reading it once a week, then you're missing out on one of the most important reasons to vote Democrat this year: To support our troops.

Sunday, July 25, 2004

A Worthy Cause

Like most of you, I'm forced to sift through my junk mail because once in a while it's possible for something of worth to slip by. Thankfully, I caught this:

I am writing to you and a few other bloggers asking for help. My name is Tom Mauser and my son Daniel was killed at Columbine High School. If we don't stand up to President Bush and the NRA right now, the assault weapons ban will expire and AK47s and Uzis will be back on our streets.


Here is what you can do to help:

1) Sign my petition to extend the assault weapon ban:
When you sign up, we will automatically create a bloggable Personal Petition Page.

2) Link to your Personal Petition Page from your site and encourage your readers to sign up. Our special petition software will show you the number of people that sign up because of your effort, and even generate a map showing how the supporters are distributed across America.


Help honor the legacy of my son and prove that bloggers can make a difference!

Thank you,
Tom Mauser

For the casual reader of this blog, please sign the petition and let Rove know that it's in his best politcal interest to keep assault rifles out of the hands of children (I suppose you could argue the morality of machineguns and kids, but I think that would be quite a bit above Rove's moral compass).

And for you other bloggers out there,
sign here to set up your personalized petition link for your blog--like the man says, let's prove we bloggers can make a difference, even if it's only one rational voice at a time.


Saturday, July 24, 2004

So, He's Good at Something, After All

I was just going to sit around and suffer in the heat this weekend, but alert reader Anntichrist Coulter brought some great news to my attention: Our Dear Leader, Dumbya™ himself, has once again
received his due recognition for his only real talent:

The November elections may still be ahead of him but U.S. President George W. Bush came out a big winner Friday - at the World Stupidity Awards.

Bush was a dominating presence at the second edition of the awards presented at the Just for Laughs comedy festival.

Bush took the Stupidest Man of the Year Award and for the second time in the history of the two-year-old awards won the Stupidity Award for Reckless Endangerment of the Planet.

Well thank goodness for that. It sickens me that so many who struggle so hard with the only skill that God gave them should go unrecognized. Shrub™, at least, is getting the recognition that is his due. He also won Stupidest Statement of the Year ("Combat operations have ended in Iraq.") and shared an award with Tony Blair for Stupidity Award for Reckless Endangerment of the Planet (Invading Iraq).

Among the other winners:

...[they awarded] Fox's The O'Reilly Factor the Stupidest TV Show and gave Fox News the nod for Media Outlet Which Has Made the Greatest Contribution to Furthering Ignorance Worldwide.

My prediction for next year? Look for a tie with Shrub™ and this dizzy bitch:

Undercover federal air marshals on board a June 29 Northwest airlines flight from Detroit to LAX identified themselves after a passenger, “overreacted,” to a group of middle-eastern men on board, federal officials and sources have told KFI NEWS.

The passenger, later identified as Annie Jacobsen, was in danger of panicking other passengers and creating a larger problem on the plane, according to a source close to the secretive federal protective service.


Wednesday, July 21, 2004

What are they supposed to fight with? Harsh language?

Once again, ShrubCo™ shows that they're still trying to fight their dirty little war
on the cheap. And once again, it's up to Congress to fix Chimpy's shoddy accounting:

The U.S. military has spent most of the $65 billion that Congress approved for fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and is scrambling to find $12.3 billion more from within the Defense Department to finance the wars through the end of the fiscal year, federal investigators said yesterday.

So let's review:

March, 2003,
Paul Wolfowitz, among others, tells us that the war will by heavily subsidized by Iraqi oil profits:

"There’s a lot of money to pay for this that doesn’t have to be U.S. taxpayer money, and it starts with the assets of the Iraqi people…and on a rough recollection, the oil revenues of that country could bring between $50 and $100 billion over the course of the next two or three years…We’re dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon." -- [Source: House Committee on Appropriations Hearing on a Supplemental War Regulation, 3/27/03]

April, 2003, Shrub asks for $79 Billion to fund the invasion of Iraq.

November, 2003, Shrub comes back for an emergency supplement of
$87 Billion more.

And now we're looking at yet another funding shortfall for the military--The GAO reports that the Army alone is looking at a $9 Billion defecit:

The hard-hit Army faces a $5.3 billion shortfall in funds supporting deployed forces, a $2 billion budget deficit for the refurbishing of equipment used in Iraq and a $753 million deficit in its logistics contract. The Army also needs $800 million more to cover equipment maintenance costs and $650 million to pay contractors guarding garrisons.

So why is it that our men and women still can't afford the beans, bullets, and band-aids they need to do the job?

The Army, which is overspending its budget by $10.2 billion for operations and maintenance, is asking the Marines and the Air Force to help cover the escalating costs of its logistics contract with Halliburton Co. But the Air Force is also exceeding its budget by $1.4 billion, while the Marines are coming up $500 million short. The Army is even having trouble paying the contractors guarding its garrisons outside the war zones, the report said.

Ah, I get it now: The Army is spending money too quickly. And why is that?

When Bush requested that money, the Pentagon assumed that troop levels in Iraq would decline from 130,000 to 99,000 by Sept. 30, that a more peaceful Iraq would allow the use of more cost-effective but slower sea lifts to transport troops and equipment, and that troops rotating in would need fewer armored vehicles than the service members they replace.

Instead, troop levels will remain at 138,000 for the foreseeable future, the military is heavily dependent on costly airlifts and the Army's force has actually become more dependent on heavily armored vehicles. The weight of those vehicles, in turn, has contributed to higher-than-anticipated repair and maintenance costs. Higher troop levels have also pushed up the cost of the Pentagon's massive logistical contract with Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown & Root.

And it's no better for the Air Force, Marines, or Navy. Go read the rest, but be prepared for some eye-rubbing and teeth-clenching. Shrub will continue to starve the military just to avoid increasing the massive defecit that he created in the first place--god forbid that Congress revoke the tax-cuts the rich received just to pay for the disaster Dumbya™ created in Iraq. No, better to let the guys on the sharp end pay the price.

At least the GAO is doing their job; fat chance that the Commander-in-Thief™ will ever do his.


Freedumb® from Reality

ShrubCo™ seems to think that mindless repetition is the same thing as action, or at least evidence of action. And if that doesn't work, then they'll hit us with their version of Demokracy®.

Mr Stewart
explains the nuances.

Tuesday, July 20, 2004


From Quiet Sound, via

8 February, 2004
"I'm a war president. I make decisions here in the Oval Office in foreign policy matters with war on my mind."--George Bush

20 July, 2004
"Nobody wants to be the war president. I want to be the peace president."--George Bush

Well, I found something that should clear things up:

18 June, 2002
"I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we're really talking about peace."--George Bush

Uh, yeah...

The Trend Continues

Professor Steven Ruggles updates some interesting news:

Shrub's™ approval ratings just keep diving.  Looks like too many voters are taking too serious a look at chimpy, lately.


Monday, July 19, 2004

Drive-by Post
I've been stupendously busy these last few weeks, but should have time for regular snarkiness shortly.  Until then, enjoy:

And feel free to flow these guys a buck or ten.  Great stuff =)


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