Saturday, November 11, 2006

Dog Blog

Remember when Rummy was sexy?
Donald Rumsfeld resigned a day after the election, and this weekend the Center for Constitutional Rights (that’s right, an advocacy group – a “special interest”- in the US) announced that it would file criminal charges against him for possible war crimes. In Germany.

Atlas Shrugged.
The blogs on the right are suggesting, politely, that the US should close all its bases in Germany. That’ll show ‘em!

Base closures in Germany: never happen.
It seems to me that poor old Rummy has been thrown to the wolves, and if the wolves go after him (well, special interest groups anyway), he is going to be on his own.

More gay Republicans?
Bill Maher outed Republican National Committee chairman Ken Mehlman on Larry King this November 8. He told Mr. King that he would out more on his next HBO show. Shades of Joe McCarthy! How many conservative homosexuals are there? Collect ‘em all!

Remember MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE? James Gregory was complaining to Angela Lansbury that the number of submerged communists keeps changing. He is seen dousing his food in Heinz 57 sauce. In the next scene, the exact number of communists has become 57.

Election
I don’t think I’ve seen anything like this in my lifetime. As a wholesale rejection of the Republican Party, it was jaw-dropping. Of course, many of the Democrats now slouching towards Washington are very conservative themselves, so I don’t know if this indicates any real change to come. But at least it seems to be a turn away from adventurism, empire-building, blundering, overspending, overreaching, refusal to listen, unbending behavior, idiocy, posturing, torture, name-calling, cultural blindness, stupidity, swaggering, and prayer breakfasts.

In related news, from the Des Moines Register.
“Former Iowa congressman Fred Grandy was so pessimistic about Republican chances in Tuesday's election that he swore that if the GOP kept control of the U.S. House, he would eat - a cheeseburger.

“The Washington Post reported this week that Grandy, who is a vegan, made the challenge on his WMAL-AM morning radio show in Washington.”

Whew. The cattle are safe. And dairy products everywhere can breathe a sigh of relief.

Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi has been portrayed as being to the left of Che Guevara, which always puzzled me. She strikes me as an old school politician, and the results of this election seems to reinforce that opinion. As a matter of fact, here in San Francisco, the left hate her. Case in point: her statement on 60 MINUTES a few weeks back that an impeachment of President Bush is off the table. Lefties, of course, want President Bush’s head on a pike, and are gnashing their teeth as they sip their lattes. But Pelosi is right. There’s no point to an impeachment. Well, there’s a point, but since it will never happen, cost millions, distract us from larger problems, and create another media circus where, really, none is needed, it is ultimately pointless. President Bush will be gone soon. Let us give him a lollipop and a pony, and move on.

New York Times: Harry Reid
A profile of Harry Reid in last Sunday’s Magazine, has him using the word “mojo,” doing push-ups and sit-ups, making jokes about Britney Spears, calling Senator Robert Menendez “my man,” and telling Hillary Clinton that he loved her. He also said to re-elected North Dakota Senator Kent Conrad, “Love you, man.” Harry Reid is, apparently, Cheech. On steroids.

Blue Dogs
This is a new one on me, but hey, I can’t pay attention to everything. The new conservative Democrats are “blue dog” Democrats. These are socially conservative Democrats (anti-abortion, anti-gun control, etc.). Blue Dog Democrats officially leaped into action in 1995. Part of their credo is that "common sense, conservative economics and compassion aren't necessarily mutually exclusive." That is from their web site.

Yellow Dog
Yellow Dog Democrats, I mistakenly thought, had to do with yellow dog contracts back in the early 20th Century. These were contracts signed by potential employees that they would not join a union. But it turned out that Yellow Dog Democrats refers to party loyalists: i.e. "I'd vote for a yellow dog if he ran on the Democratic ticket" So there you go. Thanks for asking.

The name “blue dog” means that they are “yellow dogs” that have been choked by extremists in both parties until they have turned blue. Whatever. Again, thanks for asking. Did you ask?

Daily Mail: Borat
“…[V]illagers of this tiny, close-knit community have angrily accused the comedian of exploiting them, after discovering his new blockbuster film portrays them as a backward group of rapists, abortionists and prostitutes, who happily engage in casual incest.”

Perhaps Baron Cohen and Donald Rumsfeld may be tried together. And, if convicted, join President Bush at Elba, where they can play pinochle together and reminisce about the glowing golden days of the early 21st Century.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merle Kessler wrote:
> But at least it seems to be a turn away from adventurism, empire-building, blundering, overspending, overreaching, refusal to listen, unbending behavior, idiocy, posturing, torture, name-calling, cultural blindness, stupidity, swaggering, and prayer breakfasts.
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It should be interesting to see how many of these are adopted by the Dems before 2008.

-D.E.
P.S. Nice W.B. Yeats "slouching" reference!

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