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Fri Oct 03, 2008 at 10:34 AM PDT

Gordon Smith: A Pirate Rant

by Tyrannocaster

Th’other day me old grammer be a-watchin th’ movin’ image where the politicos their lies do spout like the blowfish they ape wi’ such shoutin’ out success. Belike she were listenin’ to our own local pile o’ color-changin’ ineptitude for she begun to steam about the ears and the imprecations come thick and fast. Have I not told ye she’s got a tongue on her? A smart man’d do well to steer clear when the fire be upon her but I’d not give warnin’ to this partickilar fish crotty, me not bein’ me brother’s kipper and all.

Harken to th’ conversation, only the one side o' which I be givin' ye:

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Fri Sep 05, 2008 at 11:42 AM PDT

McCain's Pop Tune Problem

by Tyrannocaster

Heart axed McCain’s playing of Barracuda. Jackson Browne vetoed Running On Empty, although the title was at least accurate for the given usage. John Mellencamp nixed Our Country and Pink Houses. And everybody remembers the contretemps over Born in The USA.

With all the trouble John McCain has had about using pop songs without their writers’ consent I started thinking about just what might be an appropriately themed anthem for the Abe Simpson/Tonya Harding ticket. McCain has had problems with voters wondering what he actually stands for, given the number of about-faces he has executed, and now he is being plagued with comments about being overshadowed by his Vice-Presidential pick; she seems to be much more interesting to his fans (if that is the right word to use) than he is.

There is one song that seems to fit perfectly:

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Thu Nov 22, 2007 at 07:48 AM PST

Raptor Dogs: the low-down

by Tyrannocaster

Since Thanksgiving is likely to be a low news day, I thought I’d pass on this news report I came across earlier this week. With no political content whatsoever, it might be interesting for those who are either:

a) Tired of candidate diaries and bashing
b) Dog lovers and haters
c) Exceptionally wealthy people (see article)

Attack Dogs Take Terror to A New Level

Laguna Negra, Brazil, CPI News
A heretofore unknown Brazilian dog trainer has created a new protection dog which is taking the dog world by storm according to reports in the Journal Of Canine Hermeneutics. The trainer, Peinhador Luzadon, is credited with reviving the sagging Brazilian guard dog market which is currently suffering because of the poor performance of the Fila Brasilieros and Argentine Dogos often used there. Additionally, the dogs, which only weigh about 25 pounds, have created an entirely new kind of protection dog technique: the Piranha Attack, in which a group of dogs is employed to savage an intruder from all directions with a total body mass greater than that of the larger, more traditional guard dogs.

Only the bones are left, and they get chewed eventually.


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Tue Sep 25, 2007 at 07:56 AM PDT


by Tyrannocaster


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For those who don’t follow business news, here’s a catch from the IPN I found yesterday. The implications are interesting.

From the Incorporated Press Network

New York - The McDonald’s and Monsanto corporations announced today that they have reached agreement on terms leading to a merger of the two industry leaders. The new entity, to be called "McSanto", will be a "complete top-to-bottom market-streaming food payload delivery system of unparalleled depth covering a full spectrum age demographic", according to Jeffrey Spottiswode, principal analyst of Scientists Helping Industrial Litigation Licensing. "We have been examining the proposed merger for some time and I am satisfied that the real beneficiary of the deal will be the consumer, who will have better access to food choices than she has ever had at any time in history."

Both companies’ stock prices rose slightly on the announcement.


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Tue Aug 21, 2007 at 08:50 AM PDT


by Tyrannocaster

In a very Wizard Of Oz sort of way some of the irritated citizens of the country tried to fly a banner over Nancy Pelosi: "Pelosi Impeach Bush! Text IMPEACH to 30644."

Over at Bob Fertik has a short post on this event, which included the group’s plane apparently being chased out of the area by another plane and at least one demonstrater with an IMPEACH-type sign being hustled off by security.

I wonder if it’s even possible for any of these upper-echelon types to actually find out what the peons are feeling; I wonder "If they do know, do they actually care?" I know that recently my own Democratic senator held a town-hall meeting and seemed astounded by the reaction of the audience when he said that impeachment would get in the way of the important work the Senate has and anyway, there wouldn’t be enough votes for it so it was a non-starter. He got roasted. It’s to his credit that he came to the meeting, and I think it was important for him to hear that, but I really do wonder what these people, who live in a very odd and privileged bubble, are able to find out about their constituents’ views.

For two cents I only got four paragraphs.


It’s hard to imagine a weapon nastier than a bomb which throws out hundreds of bomblets which in turn explode, spewing shrapnel or incendiary material for hundreds of feet, covering an area the size of a football field, and yet leaving behind a large percentage of duds which can explode on contact years later to kill civilians and animals.

But there is something worse, and we have been using it in Iraq.

Although there have been stories on cluster bombs on DKos before, this was news to me. For more, turn the page

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Sun Aug 19, 2007 at 09:01 AM PDT

What's with the cluster bombs?

by Tyrannocaster

What could make Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Chris Dodd, and Charles Schumer vote with Republicans like Cornyn, Brownback, Dole, Domenici, Frist, Lieberman, McConnell, Sununu, and Vitter?

I’ve been looking at the results of the vote on Diane Feinstein’s September 6, 2006 Amendment # 4882 ("To protect civilian lives from unexploded cluster munitions") and I just can’t understand what I’m looking at. Well, no, the real problem is that I seem to comprehend it fine - I just can’t imagine why I’m seeing what I’m seeing.

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I’m curious: do any of you ever actually go and read right-wing blogs? I’ve tried (I felt I owed it to myself to see what they were saying about us, if nothing else) but I find I just don’t have the stomach for it. I am assuming that the feeling is mutual and that they probably don’t spend too much time reading pages at places like Kos or FDL. We (and they) end up proving our points to our own choirs, separate echo chambers in the night, as it were.

I’m not trying to set up some sort of communication link between the sides here! I’m just interested in finding out how many people actually expose themelves to this stuff. (And note that I was polite; I used the word "stuff".) Hence, another not especially useful poll, although I would find it personally interesting if you took the time to answer.


Do you read postings on Republican blogs?

19%19 votes
44%44 votes
36%36 votes

| 99 votes | Vote | Results


I’ve been lurking at Kos for the last year or so and finally started posting a few weeks ago; in the time I’ve been reading here I’ve learned quite a bit and I’ve had to think and research some ideas. Initially, I had three candidates to choose from - even though Dennis Kucinich has a lot of positions on paper that I really like, his woo-woo new ageiness gets to me and his abortion inconsistency bothers me. I also don’t believe he has any sort of chance of winning in a primary at all, although I do believe you should vote your heart rather than your cynicism; still, he just doesn’t do it for me. There are other candidates, I know, but I really feel I am left with Clinton, Obama, and Edwards.

Let me take an apparent detour, which I promise will return to the main road very quickly.

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Thu Aug 09, 2007 at 08:56 AM PDT

The Five Sons

by Tyrannocaster

Mitt Romney made the news with his answer to Rachel Griffiths’ question ( ) about how his sons were supporting the nation’s war on terror when none of them, although eligible, are members of the armed forces. Briefly, Romney said that his sons are their own men with their own choices but that they do show their support by helping his election campaign. The argument has also been made (  ) that the question itself was unfair because the sons are not the ones running for president.

However, long ago and far away (at least, culturally speaking) there was another man with five sons, and there was a terrible war at that time, too.

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Wed Aug 08, 2007 at 03:19 PM PDT

Leahy gives WH another extension

by Tyrannocaster

Think Progress has a report on a letter from Patrick Leahy to Fred Fielding in which he moves the goalposts again. Letter is here:

Leahy is giving the Whitehouse a new date of 8/21 since they missed the earlier date of 7/18. This part just seems kind of sad:

I look forward to compliance with the Judiciary Committee’s June 27, 2007 subpoenas to the White House Office, the Office of the Vice President, the National Security Council, and the Department of Justice.

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