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A brief message to the Knuckledragger wing of the Republican party:

You guys are idiots.  Total, blazing idiots.  In fact, I've never seen such a collection of morons in my life, and that includes the Nixon guys.

When I say idiots and morons, I don't mean walking into walls or sticking your hands into vats of bubbling tomato sauce.  I mean, you guys are wrong.  And you're wrong so often and on such a massive scale that science should come up with a new term for your species: homo stupidus.

The catalyst for this reality-based rant is the Terri Schiavo autopsy.  But this isn't about the Schaivos or the ethical and moral questions that arose during that awful episode.  It's about looking into the rear-view mirror and seeing that you Bible-thumping lunkheads and your attack poodles in the media got it all wrong.  Again.

Terri wasn't following that balloon with her eyes, Dr. Bill "Bootlicker" Frist, because she was blind.  She didn't say "Mommy," Sean "Hack" Hannity, because her cognitive abilities were gone.  She wasn't strangled, Dr. William "Igor" Hammesfahr, but thanks for proving just how pathetically wrong you "experts" on the rabid right were in this case.  You screwed up big-time because you idiots dove into what you thought was a "hot button issue" without a clue what you were doing.  You couldn't have been more wrong.

But the Schaivo embarrassment is just one more stinking turd on your Republican "Dungheap of Wrong."

You were all wrong on Iraq.  Completely, utterly, insanely wrong on everything.  The list has gotten too long to print.

You're wrong on global warming.  And now we know you'll resort to doctoring scientific documents to hide your wrongness.

You're wrong on homeland security because we know that our ports, borders and infrastructure still aren't adequately protected.  You're so wrong that we've been at terror threat "Yellow" for 1,204 days now, and at "Blue" or "Green" for zero.

You're wrong on those idiotic tax cuts.  They haven't stimulated job growth in the slightest, nor have they helped the middle or lower class.  Any idiot could see that, and I'm surprised you don't because you are such an extra-special class of idiots.

You're wrong for plunging our country $7.7 trillion into debt.  What in God's name were you thinking?  Have any of you ever balanced a checkbook in your life?

You're wrong for trying to fool us into thinking that throwing Social Security into the gnashing jaws of Wall Street will solve the (minor) problem we'll face 35 years down the stinking road.

You're so wrong---oh God, how you're just lame-brained here---for ignoring the massive health care crisis in this country.  A grade of F- to you...and my extended middle finger, too.

You're wrong on stem cell research.  You're wrong on "intelligent design."  You're wrong on this crazy missile defense shield.  You're wrong to ignore the genocide in Africa.  You're wrong to force a cookie-cutter education "plan" on states without paying for it.  You're wrong to send an abusive hothead to be our ambassador to the United Nations even though he openly despises it.  You're wrong to embrace a radical, hateful religious faction of your party while---wink, wink---you claim to welcome all religions.  And you're damn well wrong to suck up to residents of another country (Israel) because you think their destruction is your key to salvation.  "Jerusalem's gone! Pack yer bags, Ma!"

There isn't a duncecap big enough to fit your big fat arrogant heads.  There isn't a corner big enough for you to take a time-out in.  You guys have been so absolutely, positively wrong about everything that it boggles the reality-based mind.  And not just wrong---but willfully wrong.

I just wanted you to know that, you incompetent radical Republican nincompoops.  Hope I didn't spoil your golf game.


Originally posted to Bill in Portland Maine on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:10 PM PDT.

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  •  Have my baby, Bill? nt (4.00)

    "Too many policemen, no liberty; Too many soldiers, no peace; Too many lawyers, no justice." Lin Yutang (1895-1976)

    by ogre on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:10:47 PM PDT

      •  Yeah, (4.00)
        especially since ogre is a "he".

        Big time fan.


        Something clever this way comes (or, maybe just something silly).

        by coigue on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:53:05 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  ogre is a he?? whaaaaaaaaaaaaa? (3.50)
          i don't know where that baby is coming out of ogre but i'd stand back.  WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY back!

          talk about labor pains.

          um.  bill for presnit?

          i noticed the MSM especialy the WRONG side (they gave up their claim to "right") is awfully quiet about Schiavo today.

          i want to take it to them about Terri.  they basically allowed a woman to be buried alive in her own body just so that they could feel holier than thou & for some (Santorum, Dobson, Frist) make some money & feed their ambitions.


          sorry for the caps.  they sure raise your blood pressure & voice.


          •  the dumbest guys in the world (4.00)
            Just saw the Enron doccie last night - The Smartest Guys in the Room - and they were so damned wrong about every single damn thing they believed, advocated and worshipped in that temple of rampant-gone-bezerk-and-shot-up-on-steriods-deregulated-outta-control-Texas-sized-GREED.    

            I walked out of that movie wondering how the hell to get the word out to Mr and Mrs Middle that these fuckers on the right are just WRONG WRONG WRONG!  And then, I wake up this a.m. to your diary.  Thanks!

            And a personal observation - when I was at law school in the last years of the 90's, just before the massive dot com crash, a lot of moderate to right law students (moderates being the "fiscally conservatives, socially liberal" types) were spewing out all that shit about the magic of the market, Adam Smith's invisible hand, free enterprise, government is bad, regulation is for wimps cant,* and it was hopeless, absolutely hopeless trying argue against them or persuade them otherwise.  You could trot out a thousand statistics.  You could cite a thousand experts.  You could put charts, graphs, mathematical formulas, statistical analyses, and any other version of scientific or quasi-scientific research in front of their noses (if you could find it in the first place - most of the "reality-based" books about the media, corporations, the administration, corruption, Bushco, etc. etc. had not yet been written so you had to look back to the 60/70's to find anything useful and that just made you seem, like so last era), and they'd just fix you with that half-smiling, shining-eye euphoria of one who has "seen the light" and must suffer fools sadly.   But perhaps even more disturbing were the mostly uninformed, depoliticized students (probably 60% of the population), who had no idea what anyone was talking about, and were mostly drawn to the incoherent babble of smiling, shiny, right wing nutjobs because what they said always sounded so easy, so simple, so "not my effing responsibility."

            So, to see the Enron movie, to read Bill's rant, is to wish I could line up all those sly-smilin', slick talkin', "you just don't get it" footsoldiers of the RW campus brigade and yell:  You're wrong you're wrong you're wrong, and nothing you say, do, invent, dream, fantasize, disclaim, imbibe, smoke, threaten, lie, cheat or steal, will ever, ever, ever make you right.  

            Okay, I feel better now too.

            Oh, and since those manic 90's, the American Constitution Society has come into being, so there's reason for hope on that front too.


            Reality addict - can't get enough of seeing it all clearly

            by writeout on Thu Jun 16, 2005 at 01:39:03 PM PDT

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      •  Wow! (3.75)

        From "cheers and jeers" to an AWESOME profanity-laden rant!  In one short diary, you managed to scream everything I constantly turn over in my anger-addled mind.  I wish I could carve that entire rant into the paint of every W'04 car I see.  

        "One-party rule has made the Republicans much more sloppy in their corruption," -- Ohio State Senator Marc Dann

        by sgoldinger on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 09:35:59 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  No! (4.00)
      Have MY baby!  Of course I am a 47 year-old male with a vasectomy--we will have to try real hard. . . .

      Maybe a frozen embryo. . .

      "It's been headed this way since the World began, when a vicious creature made the jump from Monkey to Man."--Elvis Costello

      by BigOkie on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 04:14:15 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Pimping for sad companion piece to this diary (4.00)
      Go read. Here
    •  NOOOOooo!! (none)
      He's mine I tell you! I'm happily married to a great lefty guy but Bill's diary just had me swooning..

      oh ps
      my husbands not a blog reader but I showed him this diary and he laughed heartily..

      great comments Bill

      "War is a racket" Major General Smedley Butler, 1935

      by sydluna on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 05:08:26 PM PDT

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    •  GOP - a gathering of Backwards Idiots (none)
      Nice tag, I think.

      "I don't do quagmires, and my boss doesn't do nuance."

      by SteinL on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 11:41:32 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Sad News.... (4.00)
        A woman phones her daughter with the terrible news that her husband (her father) had been fired from his job and faced criminal charges.

        "What the heck happened Mom?" asked the daughter.

        "He was caught lying to his boss, falsifying records, stealing from the payroll of the minimum wage workers, price gouging, taking kickbacks from sub-contractors, <sob>, dumping raw sewage into the river, shooting at the Bald Eagle that lived on the river and blaming it on everyone else."

        "Oh, Mom, I'm so sorry.... but when did Daddy become a Republican?!"

        GOP: Invading personal privacy ©¿©¬ and proud of it!

        by PBen on Thu Jun 16, 2005 at 05:47:53 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  Marry Me! (none)
      Well, Bill, I'm not in the mood just now to have any babies, but you definitely sound like an excellent candidate for marriage material! You seem like my kind o' man: passionate and smart! Too bad you're probably already spoken for - the good ones are always taken!
  •  you're right (4.00)
    on all this stuff...
  •  You tell 'em Bill. (4.00)
    Don't hold back.

    This signature proves I am deep and philosophical.

    by Frank on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:11:42 PM PDT

  •  When I was teaching. . . (4.00)
    a programming course to engineers the head instructor had a grading stamp specially made for me.  It said "wrong, Wrong, WRONG".

    I think I still have it somewhere.

    George W. Bush -- It's mourning in America.

    by LarryInNYC on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:11:54 PM PDT

  •  They don't give a shit (3.95)
    'Right and wrong' don't mean anything to those people, in both definitions of that phrase. All the wingnuts care about is taking power so that they can force other people to do what the wingnuts want them to do. Fuckers.

    I'm not part of a redneck agenda - Green Day

    by eugene on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:12:57 PM PDT

    •  Yep, right is more money in their pockets (3.75)
      and wrong is less. What's good or bad for anyone else is simply not even thought about.

      "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter." Dr. ML King, from a jail cell in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963.

      by bewert on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 04:39:33 PM PDT

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      •  "Right " or "wrong", (3.66)
        "good" or "bad"... the thing that is absolutely, and statistically, incredible -- somewhat like the various voting machine errors on Nov. 2nd that always went in one direction only -- is that they NEVER, even by ACCIDENT, get things right. I mean, statistically speaking, even with a village idiot in control, every now and then SOMETHING should turn out all right, shouldn't it? Just by chance? Like in the Law of Probability?

        How can you be persistently 100% wrong, and continue to plow blindly ahead, all the while adding more and more wrong things to the list? That's even harder than being persistently 100% right! And it seems that there's no limit to the things they can touch and make go wrong.

        It would almost seem that they are doing it on purpose. I can see no other explanation.

        "Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it." - Mark Twain

        by Donna in Rome on Thu Jun 16, 2005 at 04:37:47 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  testify, my brother! (4.00)
    testify! tell it like it is. go tell it on the mountain.

    beautiful rant, bill.

    "after the Rapture, we get all their shit"

    check out Daily Gotham, yo!

    by lipris on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:14:14 PM PDT

    •  Send it to American Spectator, PLEASE (3.88)
      Only add one you apparently forgot:

      They're wrong about "activist judges," who are only doing their jobs enforcing laws and constitutional rights the Republican Right find inconvenient or offensive to their arrogant religious beliefs.

      Journalism is yours! Please support ePluribusMedia

      by Dallasdoc on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 04:18:52 PM PDT

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  •  And They're Wrong (4.00)
    ..if they think a majority of the American people will tolerate their B.S. much longer.
  •  Tell it, Brother! (4.00)
    What more can I say?
  •  Who needs reality? (4.00)
    When you have faith.

    Nice rant from a guy who usually is usually trying to see the humorous side of things. :)

    "[A] 'Sharecropper's Society' [is] precisely where our trade policies, supported by Republicans and Democrats alike, are taking us." - Warren Buffet

    by RichM on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:15:05 PM PDT

    •  OBTW.... (4.00)
      This straight man has a serious man-crush on you :)

      "[A] 'Sharecropper's Society' [is] precisely where our trade policies, supported by Republicans and Democrats alike, are taking us." - Warren Buffet

      by RichM on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:22:49 PM PDT

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  •  Yeah... (3.85)
    it's incredible we've lost to these morons. After Sensenfuckers latest spat of lunacy, I can't imagine how any Republican would ever again win an election.

    I guess it really is that they just don't care. Which makes me wonder how right we actually have been about voting fraud, 911, and the potential of future devastating attacks organized by the GOP.

    " admirable evasion of whoremaster man, to lay his goatish disposition to the charge of a star!"

    King Lear

    by Norwell on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:15:32 PM PDT

    •  Think we'll have another election? nt (none)

      It is better to die standing than to live on your knees. - Emiliano Zapata

      by cotterperson on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:39:38 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  sure... (3.66)
        but will it be REAL

        Not until we conduct it like in afghanistan
        with indelible purple dye and paper ballots
        counted under video surveillance with volunteers from countries around the world to monitor

        Bush/Cheney04 Because it takes 8 years to Destroy the Country Download GeckosAgainstBS song

        by demnomore on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 05:46:49 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  We had monitors... (none)
          in the last election and they said the whole thing was ridiculous. Their report said it was ludicrous to have different means of voting in every single precinct... that our election system was worse than many in the developing world and by far, worse than most industrialized ones (Democratic one's obviously). No big surpise there....

          But that already happened. We're just sitting staring at our toes right now...

          Color-Coded Paper Ballots, hand counted for two days. It's really so simple if you aren't trying to rig the whole thing against the real mainstream America, which if educated and not propagandized, would probably look and act a lot like Michael Moore.

          " admirable evasion of whoremaster man, to lay his goatish disposition to the charge of a star!"

          King Lear

          by Norwell on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 08:39:25 PM PDT

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  •  It's A Great LawSuit (Call John Edwards) (4.00)
    Sounds like the Schiavos need John Edwards to defend them in the best LAW suitcase ha against the medical field that I have seen in a long time. Now just think of how long that woman was there and the Schiavos were given hope of her recovery and hear the sucking noise of the money going going almost gone in her care while her brain just kept shrinking. WOW, that gives me shivers.
    •  Do you mean the husband, (none)
      or the parents?  It reads like its the parents (as you use Schiavos, and not Schiavo, and the husband didn't have hope for her recovery and was trying to end it).

      If you eman the parents, they don't have a case.  

      1.  They were not in charge of the medical care.
      2.  The money spent didn't belong to them.  

      If you meant the husband, well, I guess he could have a case, but how much hope was he really given of her recovering?
    •  Samsonite? (none)
      Sounds like the Schiavos need John Edwards to defend them in the best LAW suitcase ha against the medical field

      Sorry, couldn't resist.

    •  The sad thing is, it seems they ARE considering (none)
      some sort of legal action, but not in the sense you were thinking; Yahoo News says, in "Schiavo's Parents Not Swayed by Autopsy":

      Bob and Mary Schindler disputed the results, insisting their daughter interacted with them and tried to speak. Their attorney said the family plans to discuss the autopsy with other medical experts and may take some unspecified legal action.

      Still looking for second opinions and hoping... but for what, in this case, now that it's all over?

      Would it make them feel better to find out that their conscious, healable daughter had been uselessly, prematurely, and cruelly put to death? Is that what they're hoping??? Shouldn't they feel relieved now, with these results? What on earth are they looking for? Don't they want some closure? Are they totally masochistic?

      Or is there something (or someone) else at work behind them?

      "Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it." - Mark Twain

      by Donna in Rome on Thu Jun 16, 2005 at 02:59:22 AM PDT

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      •  They just want to be right (4.00)
        Just like most Republicans we know, they just HAVE to prove that they were right at all costs, including doctoring up the evidence. Pathetic to watch.  These people are just hanging on to this anger and blame despite the facts.  Pathetic that they STILL will not let it go.
  •  very eloquently put (4.00)
    think the WaPo or NYT would publish it as guest editorial?
  •  sticking your hands (4.00)
    into vats of bubbling tomato sauce?  I love it.

    In fact I love all of this.

  •  Thanks (4.00)
    Great Rant.

    Now to take our country back...

  •  This is easily explained by quantum physics... (4.00)
    Y'see, under the uncertainty principle, Terri Schiavo's brain was both completely healthy and severely atrophied until the moment they actually performed the autopsy.  Call it "Schrodinger's skull."

    Hey, that's just the way the universe is.  You can hardly blame that on the Republicans....

    "Unk, the big trouble with dumb bastards is that they are too dumb to believe there is such a thing as being smart." -- Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan

    by Roddy McCorley on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:20:02 PM PDT

  •  I think (4.00)
    I just fell in love with you.......

    "September 11, 2001, already a day of immeasurable tragedy, cannot be the day liberty perished in this country." Judge Gerald Tjoflat

    by SanJoseLady on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:20:35 PM PDT

  •  Any Chance (4.00)
    You can get on the Democratic public relations committee, become a speechwriter for the DNC, or something similar?  I just read this out loud to a bunch of folk and we are all pumped!  Man, I love the way you write!

    Embrace diversity. Not everyone is intelligent.

    by FLDemJax on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:20:54 PM PDT

  •  Same thing crossed my mind this afternoon. (none)
    These fuckers are always wrong.

    This business will get out of control. It will get out of control, and we'll be lucky to live through it.

    by Omar on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:21:37 PM PDT

    •  They know it, too. (4.00)
      At the level of policy- and decision-making they're intentionally wrong.  Because all they care about is winning now.  They have no concern for the Schiavo family, no concern for the planet and no concern for anything in between: no concern for the Iraqi people, no concern for troops in mortal combat, no concern for the health of Americans, no concern for democracy, no concern for the future of the United States of America.  
      Maybe we should arrange a daily dkos scream, a la "Network".  

      When we outlaw free speech, only outlaws will speak freely. - DaveOinSF

      by Bob Love on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:45:29 PM PDT

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      •  re: all they care about is winning now (4.00)
        No, they care about money too. Lots and lots of filthy lucre to go around.

        Why is it so hot in here, and what am I doing in this handbasket?

        by justme on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 04:05:21 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Money, power ... (4.00)
          Well, yeah, money = power = money = every man for himself.  In a way, they've almost created a parallel economy, keeping money circulating in a perpetual circuit of campaign contributions, political favors and corporate tax cuts funding right-wing think-tanks, media whores and more campaign contributions.  

          When we outlaw free speech, only outlaws will speak freely. - DaveOinSF

          by Bob Love on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 04:38:05 PM PDT

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          •  Unfortunately (none)
            the donors end up getting hundreds of times more  than they put into the system, with the extra coming out of our pockets. What's happening isn't a closed parallel economy, it's a parallel economy living parasitically off of the actual, productive parts of the nation.

            Nobody lends money to a man with a sense of humor -- Peter Tork, "Head"

            by Field Marshall Stack on Fri Jun 17, 2005 at 12:18:36 AM PDT

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      •  Which is why (4.00)
        when "winning now" is defined as "pulling out of Iraq" they will do it.

        They wont, however, plan for the outcomes of that act because they cannot get it through their entitlement fogged brains that anything bad for them or their country could possibly result from anything they do.

        These are, by definition, "successful people". That means that they are destined to be successful. The corollary of which is that everything they do, whatever it is, leads inevitably to success.

        They don't need to plan, they don't need to consider others, they don't need to think, because the result will always be success for them, that's how Georgie Shitbag has experienced life and he is not alone.

        But having avoided doing all the things they actually need to do to succeed, their ability to do them, even to consider them, has atrophied.

        The don't plan or think because they can't any more.

        Oh, and great rant, add the extras and it will be perfect. The print it up and distribute it to every mailbox you come to.

        "Till the Last Dog Dies"

        by Deep Dark on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 05:52:44 PM PDT

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    •  Don't you people understand? (4.00)
      9/11 changed everything!

      War is peace!  Slavery is freedom!  Ignorance is strength!  Falsehood is truth!  Folly is wisdom!  Death is life!  Wrong is right!

  • (none)
    Put George on his rightful throne!

    Tikkun Olam: Heal the world.

    by diamondpen on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:22:09 PM PDT

  •  Kill (4.00)

    Anything by Loudon Wainwright III

    by Earl on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:23:39 PM PDT

  •  F*** Bush and Repubs We have to take them out (none)
    even if that means fixing the facts to support our policy...
  •  Lovely rant ... (4.00)
    but you know the best part? ...

    checking back in late tonight or tomorrow to read the hidden comments.

    Now post a tip-jar so we can 4 all over you.

    "That's disgusting! It must be from the internets." The C&J Cafe.

    by Baldwiny on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:23:53 PM PDT

    •  A question (none)
      Recently I made the transmutation to the lofty status of being able to see hidden comments.

      Now, in the past few days, I dont have that anymore.

      Did I piss someone off?  Did someone decide to change my status?

      Any clues, anyone?

      The SM-62 Snark was a USAF intercontinental nuclear cruise missile that was operational in 1960-1961.

      by nika7k on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 08:06:18 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Comes 'n' goes... (none)
        ...with a mysterious formula that is related to the frequency of, and recent dates of, your highly rated posts. The formula isn't precisely spelled out b/c that would make it even easier to game the system, I suppose. But generally, it is: fewer recent, highly-rated posts=gradual loss of mojo. Can be cleared up with daily doses of CnJ posts, a few excellent snarks posted early in somebody else's diary, or a few good diaries, or one excellent diary, with tip jar post(s).

        We now return you to our regularly scheduled rant, already in progress.

        There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. --Benjamin Disraeli, cited by Mark Twain

        by sheba on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 08:16:00 PM PDT

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  •  Yes! (none)
    It feels so good to read that.  Nice rant!

    When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. -Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Closet VB Coder on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:25:51 PM PDT

  •  Bill's body is now inhabited (4.00)
    by the Rude Pundit!
    •  Nah, not enough cuss words (4.00)
      It's more of a gonzo-style rant, possibly inspired by HST's spirit no longer being connected to the physical plane of existance (whatever that means).

      Then again, this wasn't the Fear that had gripped Bill, but the Anger and Frustration. And a keen eye and memory with a style that is entirely BIPM's.

      This post is best understood if you look at the fnords first.

      by Saint Fnordius on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 11:27:49 PM PDT

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  •  It's no surprise (4.00)
    The knuckledraggers are now arguing against the autopsy--they don't BELIEVE in science and facts.  They live in this alternate reality where they get to make stuff up, and unfortunately, the MSM follows along.  I saw the Schiavo press conference, and you could tell the reporters asking the questions didn't GET the significance of the fact that the Dr. said she was BLIND and had no cognitive ability--they kept repeating "but I don't understand...could you clarify..." over and over again.

    There's no point for democracy when ignorance is celebrated...insensitivity is standard and faith is being fancied over reason.-NoFx

    by SairaLV on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:28:24 PM PDT

  •  bill, (4.00)
    your restraint is admirable.

    i'm an agnostic, i'd be an atheist if it weren't for mozart

    by rasbobbo on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:29:23 PM PDT

  •  Homo Stupidus! lol, lol (4.00)

    ...Mama said there'd be days like this, there's be days like this, my Mama said...

    by PhillyGal on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:30:25 PM PDT

    •  And the hell of it is... (4.00)
      ...some fundie knuckledragger reading that would growl, "Hey, did that Bill guy just call me a HOMO?"

      There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. --Benjamin Disraeli, cited by Mark Twain

      by sheba on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 07:33:15 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Good on You Bill (4.00)
    I thought you just had Cheers & Jeers, but I agree with you.  Now if only the MSM would echo your sentiments.  Enough of Michael Jackson, missing white girls (my sympathies for the families), Paris Hilton, Tom Cruise, Pitt vs Aniston vs Jolie. Who cares? You all have a good life.

    Where is the hard real new? Only on BBC and other foreign outlets.

    Just remember 2006 and to vote these  Bush sycophants out. Enough of my rant.

    •  I won't make it to C&J early enough (4.00)
      I almost never do.

      But here, early--for tomorrow:

      Cheers for BIPM: He's not just for breakfast anymore.

      "Too many policemen, no liberty; Too many soldiers, no peace; Too many lawyers, no justice." Lin Yutang (1895-1976)

      by ogre on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 04:56:49 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  "'W' stands for 'Wrong'" (4.00)
    I never understood why that slogan didn't take off. Maybe because it was so right?

    Can you cross-post this at Free Republic? Then again, as you say, they are idiots ... why bother.

    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. -- Mohandas Gandhi

    by trueblue illinois on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:31:12 PM PDT

  •  Preach it brother! (4.00)
    This may be the choir, but what the hey! Amen!

    The right-wing deserves no cheers and plenty of jeers.

  •  Jeffersonian!! (4.00)
    In the Delaration of Independence, Jefferson line by line trashes King George. You could work this into a Declaration for the 21st Century where line by line you trash these guys.

    Well Fucking Stated!!!

    •  Actually, Jefferson's first draft was much racier (4.00)
      ... than the final product.

      From a little-known early draft stashed in the secrets vault of the National Archives:

      IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

      The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America: "George III of England canst kisse our collective hirsute hindquarters!"

      When in the Course of human events, it happens that a people become, through no faulte of their own, shackled to a complete phallus-pate of a ruler, they should stand for thier Rights.  Because George III is just such a King, we have Jointly decided to kicke his bloated, indbred arse out of our lands, and the mulitudes of his brutal, syphilitic army as well. [snip]

      It goes on in this vein for some length, a rambling diatribe with many scratch-outs and numerous wine and ale stains on the parchment.  At least 15 of the final signers of the official Declaration also signed this version, many with shakier hands than normal.  John Hancock actually signed it "John Muthafuckin' Hancock, Bitch!"

      True story.

  •  Oh you are wonderful (4.00)
    The master of snark is also one of the best humans on earth. Give them HELL Bill
  •  Where's my 2x4? (4.00)
    The sad part is Mrs Schiavo's parents are still talking about legal options!  I still think this was all about money.  If Michael had given her father half of the cash, none of this would have happened.  I just feel sorry for their other kids.

    Will anyone call out the media?  Doubt it.

    The one positive result was that the radical raving wingnuts were on TV 24/7 for 3 weeks.  That gave America a look at who's running the Repub party.  That's when Repub polls started the nosedive.  Thanks, wingnuts.

    Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. Buddha

    by x on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:32:57 PM PDT

  •  AAAhhh! Every word delicious.... (4.00) hot pepper candy!  Thanks Bill.  Now I can go on with my day.

    "It does not take many words to tell the truth." Chief Joseph

    by Gabriele Droz on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:33:09 PM PDT

  •  BiPM for Prez (4.00)
    Think you can be ready for 2008?

    I love this guy.  He's da bomb.

    Hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue.

    by JLongs on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:33:21 PM PDT

  •  Woo hoo! (4.00)
    Laughing my head off.

    Now we know for sure, W stands for Wrong.  

    It also stands for wicked, wacko, warped, wingnut, whore, wraith, whoopie cushion, worm, werewolf, waffle, wart, wanton, weird, weasel, wiseass, WASP, wobblehead and Wascally Wabbit,.

    Bewitched, bothered and bewildered

    by doodlebug on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:33:35 PM PDT

  •  Being wrong doesn't bother (4.00)
    the wingnuts or the Republican leadership, because they are in such deep, cognitively dissonant denial.

    And they can always hire some whores, in academia or media, to tell them they're right.

    The Republicans want to cut YOUR Social Security benefits.

    by devtob on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:33:43 PM PDT

  •  Right about one thing: (4.00)

     embracing P.T. Barnum's (attributed) maxim was the way to put Bush in the White House and take and hold the U.S. House and Senate.


    . . . religion is not a syllogism, but a poem. H.L. Mencken

    by BenGoshi on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:34:54 PM PDT

  •  Please don't anyone think I'm... (4.00)
    ...sitting here all smug and smiling.  I'm exhausted after that.  I'm furious.  I'm spent.

    I think this rant is the cumulative result of 4½ years of non-stop insanity in this country.  I've popped the cork...and I sure as hell don't like the way I feel right now.

    This is about our future.  Our kids.  Our world.  The radical Republican shitheads are abusing all of them.  God I hate them.  And I have good reason to.  This ain't a gray area.  This is black and white (and, in the case of Iraq, red all over).

    Thank you so much for your positive response.  It means a lot.

    •  Abso-fucking-lutely (4.00)
      This isn't comedy. It's tragedy.

      The outrages keep piling up without any break, and we've been on the ropes so long that it feels like home to too many of us.

      TODAY is Support Howard Dean Day so... Spread the word. Give to the DNC. Write your reps and your editor.

      by Malacandra on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:43:23 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Thank you Bill (4.00)
      I've been sick to my stomach all day. I've been sick for my country for the last 4 years. You articulate all our frustration and anger so beautifully. that you popped the cork (Poo-fucking-oof!) ...where is the bubbly??? ; )

      Dubya, yer momma may think yer cute, but I sure don't

      by cosmic debris on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:44:03 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  That's not the newspaper joke we're used to (4.00)
      But there is nothing funny about what's going on. Good rant, Bill

      From- A loyal sycophant (who middle-fingered W in person just last week)

    •  Beautifully Put, Bill (4.00)
      I too am sick at heart for my country and sick to fucking death of these sociopathic, money and war loving assholes. You've captured all my fury, stunned amazement, sadness, and outrage in this statement. And I'm sure you are speaking for a lot more people than we can even imagine.

      Truth to power, Bill. It's all there. Thanks.

      Hostage smiles on presidents, freedom scribbled in the subway. It's like night and day. - Joni Mitchell

      by jazzlover on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:54:12 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Now this (4.00)
      would make a GREAT signature line:

      In fact, I've never seen such a collection of morons in my life, and that includes the Nixon guys. - Bill

      Thanks Bill, for channeling your anger so deliciously.  Just reading it was better than a $75 session at the therapist.

      Oh, come and see the violence inherent in the system! Help! Help! I'm being repressed! - Monty Python

      by acuppajo on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:56:59 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  How do we love thee Bill? (4.00)
      Let us count the ways,
      of how the words you say,
      Gave us all such joy today,
      The wrongs we have felt,
      Begin to melt,
      And the rant we just read,
      Reminds us that we are not dead,
      We can continue to fight the fight,
      as you knock those "evil doers" out with your might.

      Oh..and by the way....I am even more in love with you now then I was a few posts ago : )

      "September 11, 2001, already a day of immeasurable tragedy, cannot be the day liberty perished in this country." Judge Gerald Tjoflat

      by SanJoseLady on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 04:03:54 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Ya did good Bill (none)
      I copied and printed this and pinned it above my phone so when the next winger calls me I'm going to let them have it with your rant. I always get tongue-tied but I am good at memorizing, I might try that!

      "I'm not going to be your monkey"

      by gabie on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 04:32:13 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Catharsis (4.00)
      You'll feel better.


      After the Republic gets a high colonic.

      "Too many policemen, no liberty; Too many soldiers, no peace; Too many lawyers, no justice." Lin Yutang (1895-1976)

      by ogre on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 04:58:34 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Thinking about it all (none)
      ... all the wrongs and stupidities - as a dungheap, a pile of turds, puts it into perspective.  You wouldn't want to "wrap your arms around it" but you can visualize it in all its foul and smelly ugliness.

      The image of the dungheap reminds me that eventually this too will pass.  

      Thanks for the rant.  It's up there with the ride of Paul Revere.  

    •  great list Bill... (none)
      ...but you forgot one, if I may.  They are also wrong in dividing this country as they have.  They have turned Americans against themselves, in the name of short term political gain with absolutely no freakin' clue what it means for the future.  As usual.  And they are going to screw that one up too... hopefully we as a country are stronger than them.
    •  You might be exhausted (none)
      but did you see what you just did? The energy you gave to so many people? Were you channeling the Force to all these people, or something?

      It was like a great performer on stage. Perhaps like Beethoven directing the premier of his 9th symphony. I hear that since he had lost his hearing by that point in his life, they had to turn him around to see all of the applause.


      "We must love one another or die." - W. H. Auden

      by marathon on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 09:20:44 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  No really (4.00)
    Tell us how you really feel.
  •  homo stupidus (none)
    Always capitalize the first letter of the genus, and  the whole binomial is italicized.

    Dude, this was one hell of a rant. One for the history books.  well done.

  •  Better Yet Sue Jeb and George and Bill all! (4.00)
    How about a law suit ie John Schiavo vrs the bushwacher bubba brothers and Bill Frist for violating his rights as a husband and citizen. There has to be a good one there too. Jesus, why did it take so long to look at one brain? Or were they waiting for it to die down first before they told the truth? So no one would care or notice. It's too hot, time for vacation, who cares anymore anyway bunch.

    You are so right Bill it's maddening the way they suck so much and get away with it all. Then all Howard Dean has to do is say something truthful and gets put on the stand like a criminal.

  •  " did you know........... (none)
    that it would work?"
    "Easy Lois.........Christians dont believe in gravity"

    And yes that was a lovely rant.

  •  I went over to Free Republic (4.00)
    Half of them think that it's a vast left wing culture of death conspiracy of which the Federal judiciary, the Florida Courts, the Guardian ad Litem appointed by Jeb Bush and then Medical examiner are all a part of.

    The other half is disappointed they didn't find any evidence to sentence Michael Schiavo to death for murdering his wife after abusing her in the first place.

    I exaggerate only a smidgen.

    It is a very mixed blessing to be brought back from the dead.

    by Steven D on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:39:11 PM PDT

    •  You're brave to go over there--I can't (4.00)
      stand it, makes me want to slit my wrists in a total absence of control.

      ...the White House will be adorned by a downright moron...H.L. Mencken

      by bibble on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:42:43 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  And I can't believe (none)
      there's well over a thousand entries at freeperland on this. Of course, several of them are by the same idiot saying the same thing over and over again, being too stupid to remember they just said it.


    •  Whew... (none)
      half of them have a shred of sense.  It's something to work with, anyway.

      It shows you that half of them is delusional (who else would buy this "left behind" crap?) and the other half is malicious.  When you have that combination, the duped become pawns for the malicious.

      What a combination.

      The American Taliban and their rabid, unthinking followers have no idea that they have become the crowd standing at Pontius Pilate's gate shouting, "Crucify him!  Crucify him!"

  •  GO BILL GO! (4.00)

    Just remember, a rant a day, keeps the freepers at bay!

    It also helps keep preserve delicate items like TV screens, computer monitors, flower vases, windows and cats.

    The vodka's good, but the meat's gone off. People and fish can peacefully co-exist.

    by NeutralObserver on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:39:45 PM PDT

  •  You go Bill!! (none)
    Well said!!
  •  wow... (none)
    can you hear my applause? thanks, man. that was cathartic for me; i sure as hell hope for you too... :)
  •  Awesome post! (4.00)
    I want to see more stuff like this.

    Tell it like it is, damnit!

  •  Bill (4.00)
    I am so proud to know you.


    "Just because you do not take an interest in politics, doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you" - Pericles, 430 BCE

    by 42 on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:41:49 PM PDT

  •  boy, nice rant.... (4.00)
    I feel better just reading it.
  •  I loved this--after a hard day at work, gave me (4.00)
    quite a laugh (and what a visual!): "But the Schaivo embarrassment is just one more stinking turd on your Republican "Dungheap of Wrong."

    Thanks, Bill (and thanks also for C & J, always great).

    ...the White House will be adorned by a downright moron...H.L. Mencken

    by bibble on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:44:03 PM PDT

  •  schindler's still think she was 'disabled'... (4.00)
    Here is a link to my diary in which i talk about the schindler's attorney, gibbs from msnbc's abrams report that was on a short while ago.  in htis interview, gibbs insisted that it was impossible to determine whether it was pvs on a deceased person.  she was severely 'disabled'...  and should we kill blind people...  so apparently these people don't think they were wrong no matter what the proof says!
    •  Randi Rhodes brought up a good point (4.00)
      The condition of Terri's body was such that she developed osteoporosis due to lack of muscle tone and years of lying down.  

      Every year that went by with artificial nourishment (it may be just food and water, but there's nothing natural or ordinary about being fed via a stomach tube) she broke and cracked more bones.

      They weren't saving her, they were TORTURING HER-- literally cracking her bones and wasting her body.  Not to mention whoring her image all over the media.

      Bottom line: Do we want our public policy dictated to us by delusional people with no grip on reality?

      •  i agree! (4.00)
        they keep trying to say that a feeding tube is a natural thing.  and that removing the feeding tube was torturing her.  obviously, considering the autopsy results this woman most likely didn't feel anything from the lack of food.  

        i say, why do 'christians' hate God?  why do they hate Terri?  They fought to keep her from going to heaven!  i know i am being snarky.  it just gets me so mad!

  •  Sublime (4.00)
    This has to be the most sublime rant ever.  It's practically orgasmic.  Hey, Bill ever think about switching teams?  I'm sure my husband won't mind.
  •  But, But (4.00)
    The wingnuts have spent 20 years building up "institutes" and "foundations" stuffed to bursting with "fellows" and experts.

    Think how much of poor Richard Mellon Scaife's money would be wasted if they couldn't trot out these experts to be wrong about everything.

    Yes, this is the awesome result of 20 years of building the infrastructure of the hard right. Too bad it leads to a blank brick wall.

  •  But Bill, (4.00)
    surely you realize that those of us who opppose God's Own Party do so because we're awash in Orwellian mind control enforced by the liberal media. Yes, it's true.

    I, personally, have finally seen the light thanks to a letter posted to our regional newspaper, the Times-Herald Record (of NY's Hudson Valley), which has recently abandoned its decided rightward leanings for something quite a bit more balanced. I quote from the letter, for your edification:

    '.. The Record's hatred of all things Bush has caused you to sympathize with Saddam, a dictator whose savage rape of his country for three decades passes all description.
    'No, no,' you say, 'we're not siding with Saddam .. we just want you to focus on the Real Issues!'  The 'Real Issues' , for those of you who tuned in late: 'journalists good, our paper in particular plus good; GOP and the military ungood; liberation of Iraq doubleungood; Bush doubleplusungood.'

    And so you see, Bill: critical thinking is the same as not thinking, balance is imbalance and wrong, of course, is right.

    Do you see now? I knew you would.


    •  What I find amazing... (4.00) that the writer of that letter is obviously familiar with Orwell and the concept of doublethink, but is unable to grasp that he is a victim of it himself.

      Wow! And they said irony was dead.

      "What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the wish to find out, which is the exact opposite." - Bertrand Russell

      by Mad Dog Rackham on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 04:57:30 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Projection (4.00)
        Simple projection

        The operation of expelling feelings or wishes the individual finds wholly unacceptable and too shameful, too obscene, too dangerous and by attributing them to another.

        I agree.  It is truly classic seeing a republican projecting the Orwellian delusion that is the republican party onto a newspaper it perceives as not sufficiently Orwellian.

        Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind. -Albert Einstein

        by Primordial Ooze on Thu Jun 16, 2005 at 08:47:19 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Don't (none)
    ... hold back at all, Bill.

    Let it out!  There.  That's better.

  •  Add my my extended middle finger to your rant! (4.00)
  •  One big one missing (4.00)
    You're wrong to make torture an American value, to imprison citizens and non-citizens indefinitely, and as a result to put our own troops in harm's way.
  •  Cleansing (none)
    Cleanse the soul.

    Thank you Bill! Kisses from AZ!! :-)

    You many now return to your regularly scheduled chaos.

    by becca00 on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:50:23 PM PDT

  •  Why can I only hit "recommend" once?? (none)
    Well said.
  •  the republicans are NOT wrong (4.00)
    Wolfgang Pauli (of Pauli exclusion principle fame) once replied to a request to review a scientific paper with,
    This paper is so bad, it's not even wrong.
    I think this applies here. They're so out in right field, that they're not even wrong on most of this stuff.

    Ye have locked yerselves up in cages of fear; and, behold, do ye now complain that ye lack freedom

    by Elmer McJimsey on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:52:47 PM PDT

  •  Bill (4.00)
    yes.  Just...yes.  Absolutely.  Thank you for articulating what so many of us feel on a daily basis.
  •  I've said this forever (4.00)
    What the hell have the ever been right about?

    Nobody can give me a damn instance where they were actually right about something.

    Against labor unions and labor laws - wrong
    For monoploies and trusts - wrong
    against the New Deal - wrong
    against minimum wage - wrong
    against equal rights - wrong
    against the great society - wrong

    The only time we lose is when we buy into their bullshit for that smidgen of a second long enough to doubt ourselves.  Which we do a lot!!!

  •  You pathetic heathen ... (4.00)
    ......Don't you know anything about divinely inspired flat-earth math? Fer cryin' out loud, Bill! Twenty-one teensy Republican wrongs make one great big right. Now say you're sorry.


    Writing dialog George Lucas so terrible at is. --Yoda

    Visit The Next Hurrah

    by Meteor Blades on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:54:34 PM PDT

  •  final triumph (4.00)
    It's the final triumph of pure capitalism, demonstrating that money can buy reality.

    When we outlaw free speech, only outlaws will speak freely. - DaveOinSF

    by Bob Love on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:54:48 PM PDT

  •  This crosses with the PoMo Right thread... (4.00)
    ...when you are defining what knowledge is, you cannot be "wrong". The whole idea that people are wrong based on some objective truth is the kind of pre-postmodern, Enlightment-era, rational thinking associated with the "reality-based" community; Republicans laugh it off and go on redefining reality to support their agenda.
  •  But They Were Right (4.00)
    that the earth is flat.  Friedman just confirmed this.
  •  A-FREAKING-MEN! (none)
    Testify, Brother Bill, testify!

    Tilting at windmills, with the proper armor and enough firepower, can be a productive effort.

    by Serephin on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:56:24 PM PDT

  •  And here in response to BIPM (4.00)
    is a spokesman for the Republican Party:

    No we're not.

    News is what powerful people don't want you to hear. Everything else is publicity.-Bill Moyers

    by jazzmaniac on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:56:40 PM PDT

  •  I shall now stand (4.00)

    and be clapping for the next 5 minutes. I am sure no one at work will mind, but that is what this deserves.

    Can blindly continued fear-induced, regurgitated, life denying traditions be overcome? - Alanis Morissette

    by SanDiegoDem on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 03:59:51 PM PDT

  •  "homo stupidus"--perfect...n/t (4.00)

    sign the petition at

    by DrKate on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 04:00:42 PM PDT

  •  BIPM... (4.00)
    Image hosted by

    "Fox News is a propaganda outlet of the Republican Party...." DNC Chairman, Gov. Howard Dean

    by Caldonia on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 04:00:55 PM PDT

  •  but you missed one thing, bill... (4.00)
    There isn't a duncecap big enough to fit your big fat fucking arrogant heads.

    yes there is. they call it a 'tent'. i've heard its pretty big.

    alcohol and night swimming. it's a winning combination!-l.leonard

    by chopper on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 04:02:04 PM PDT

  •  Bill, you're wrong on just one point (4.00)
    You weaken your case when you claim:
    "You're wrong on homeland security because we know that our ports, borders and infrastructure still aren't adequately protected.  ...

    The fact that our food, infrastructure, and chemical plants are totally, famously unprotected and are never attacked is daily, hourly proof that there is currently no terrorist threat against them.  Democrats who fail to point this out unwittingly contribute to the adminstration's Big Lie in their phony War on Terror.

    It is part of the Republican Lite dem strategy, and buying into it is central to all our recent political failures.  It's about as critical to our success as the attacks on Cuba in the Democratic Party Platform.  Don't buy into any of it, and discourage others.

    If you want those facilities to experience an actual threat, be sure to tell the world that our strategy is to protect them better, so we can be safe no matter how many innocent Muslims get tortured and killed and held without charges by Americans.

    •  y'know, (none)
      i'm beginning to feel the same way, considering the fact that they most certainly could have prevented 9-11.

      and it didn't seem to be that much of an intelligence problem, but a leadership problem.

      did he even read the fucking memoes july/aug 01??? no, fucking ignores them and goes on vacation.

      there is danger... yes, it's being monitored, and probably quite adequately, thanks to the patriot act (but they had plenty enough info before).

      there is danger, yes, but even though it seems every war has had its sad stories torture/unlawful confinement/etc... remember, we jailed jap-amer citizens wwII...

      seems just so ugly this time. something smells bad, like piss-on-a-bible bad.

      things were actually going pretty good, till jr got into office and went on his first 'hate me' world tour, telling countries off like a fuckin' drunk fratboy.

      oh - i forgot. he -is- a fuckin' drunk fratboy.


      •  Well said... (none)
        It had never really occured to me before that 9-11 really was Bush's fault.  Not because of any great conspiracy, but because he was the poor manager that we know him to be.  It puts the war in a very different, almost pathetic light.  

        It's a Big country.

        by Danny Boy on Thu Jun 16, 2005 at 01:06:42 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Nicely ranted, I must say... (4.00)
    ...and fulsome it was, with vituperative zeal.  Classic.

    Now here's the beauty part: Terry Shiavo was as much a live human as a two month old fetus, about.  Different life support, but just about the same relative cognative level, I'm guessing.  About the same as ten or twelve people, cumulatively, on a televangelist's frequent donor list (give or take a donor or two, it's just an estimate; I'm no transplant surgeon, if that gives you more confidence in my medical evaluation skills).

    Jorge's a renegade, there's blood on his hands, oil in his arteries and cyanide inside his glands...

    by nailbender on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 04:04:15 PM PDT

  •  WOW!!!!!! (none)
    Excellent! This rant made my day - everything I wanted to say when in the company of idiotic Republicans, but had to cut short due to my losing my patience, my temper and my verbal coherence. ^5
  •  I needed this (4.00)
    It's bad enough sometimes to read the WH briefing, but I have just subjected myself to a new kind of pain.  Actually listening to Scott McClellan speak!  Grrrrg!  What total unmitigated bullshit.  Total disconnect with reality.  Note to McClellan:  We are NOT fighting a war on terror. We are the terror!
    •  McClellan.. (none)
      and the rest of the reality challenged wingnuts must spend an inordinate amount of psychic energy taxing their exhausted neurons to come up with their circuitous, illogical rationalizations and explanations.   I get worn out just thinking about it.  It's a wonder they don't blow a gasket.
  •  This rant is a work of art. (4.00)
    I want to frame it.  

    If you can't support the veterans you have, don't make any new ones.

    by slackjawedlackey on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 04:07:59 PM PDT

  •  In defense of the bush administration: (4.00)
    Just because they're wrong about everything doesn't mean they don't know exactly what they're doing.

    When we outlaw free speech, only outlaws will speak freely. - DaveOinSF

    by Bob Love on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 04:10:24 PM PDT

  •  Marry me. (none)
    I know we'll be happy together.  Really, that just made my whole day.  

    Too bad the people who need to read that will never see it.

    Oh George, not the livestock!

    by espresso on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 04:10:56 PM PDT

  •  Yearrargh!! (none)
    Tell it like it is. A beautiful Rant!

    Trying to do my part to make the whole world a "reality-based community".

    by cmk on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 04:11:59 PM PDT

  •  Wow (4.00)
    So I take it this is a "Jeer?"

    Cheers, Bill. Fan-fucking-tastic.

    "Majorities, of course, are often mistaken. This is why the silencing of minorities is always dangerous." --Alan Barth

    by PerfectStormer on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 04:12:26 PM PDT

  •  Amen! (none)
    I think this all the time and it just makes me throb with anger.  Why?  Well because they deny all of this of course.  The REALITY is that it isn't simply a difference of opinion, THEY ARE WRONG! WRONG as in the absolute meaning of the word.  They are not "relatively" wrong, they're WRONG.  Oh, but remember, WE HATE OUR COUNTRY!  That's why we think they're wrong.

    I'd really like to tie the whole bunch of them up, gag their putrifying mouths and make them listen to everything they're wrong about and why.  Oh, it wouldn't make a damn bit of difference; they'd be sitting there thinking they're in the presence of lunatics, but it would be fun, or satisfying or something.  Yes, I'd like to shake them until I see in their eyes the recognition of what they've done.   It's so staggering you can't even talk about it any more.  YOu can't LIST things -- the list is so long and so full of incredibly important things with enormous ramifications that to list them renders them all of no consequence.  No one can take it all in anymore, it's just too much.  

  •  anti-slogan for GOP: 'The Party that's Wrong.' (4.00)

    "Think. It ain't illegal yet." - George Clinton

    by jbeach on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 04:15:06 PM PDT

  •  Gorgeous rant (4.00)
    Enough to just simper.  

    "But your flag decal won't get you into heaven anymore"--Prine

    by Cathy on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 04:16:07 PM PDT

  •  great, great, great.... (none)
    stuff.  You the man.  I love it, I love it!!!  Not only are they wrong about so much, I'm so tired of listening to their bullshit rationalizations for everything.  Dean better help the party turn 2006 into a national election.

    Keep writing my good man!!!

  •  Damn right (4.00)
    Republicans have been wrong about nearly everything the last five years (well, longer, but it's in our face now that they are in control).

    I actually couldn't believe it when not a SINGLE WMD was found in Iraq. Not even one for them to hang their hat on. It was almost too perfect.  Or the fact that Bush did not create a single job in his first term.  Or that the deficit exploded to all time highs.

    The Republicans have been spectacularly wrong about everything, yet they have conned themselves into thinking the total opposite.

    They think:

    1. The WMDs were there.  Saddam hid some, the Syrians/Iranians stole some, and the media hid the rest.
    2. Bush created millions of jobs, but the jobs surveys don't show them.
    3. The deficit is actually smaller compared to GDP than Reagan's deficits.
    4. 9/11 caused everything bad, not Bush or the Republicans. It was 9/11.  And the media.  And the liberals.

    What morons.
  •  Aahh.. (4.00)
    GOD that was good.
    I would love to take your rant to my (Rush Limbaugh loving Republican) in laws next time we visit. Except...we don't visit them anymore, since they seem to think any attempt to criticize the President is an attack upon our way of life.
  •  Rockin' Rant (none)
    Thanks, I needed that.
  •  Front Page - this is a very important diary (none)
    I am shocked and outraged at the WaPo editorial.

    The thought that there are Americans who honestly believe that "DSM is so yesterday" just "get over it" makes me so mad that I want to join forces with all progressives to loudly and for duration protest what we are uncovering with DSM. DSM and the knowledge by many in this country that the Government under George W. Bush has made multiple if not tens or hundreds of efforts to mislead me and all Americans is against the law, and the constitution. Worse - even worse it is Americans doing this to their own countrymen/women. I was lied to. I trusted my Government, Media, and fellow citizens to understand that what they have done is breaking the law. Don't do it - Please Report it - tell me the truth. Those of us not privy to these lies - albeit most of the nation, deserve and have a constitutional right to hold hearings and get to the bottom of what appears to be a huge cover-up of the truth. Perhaps larger than one could dream - bigger and better than a Reality TV Producers wet dream.  There needs to be one hell of an investigation. Thank you Rep. Conyers and all others for their efforts. How can we all continue to help get to the bottom of this? We must insist that it is not acceptable to "get over" what has been disclosed. No way. "DSM is not so yesterday". Hell - I believed Colin Powell was telling the truth. Not that I wanted to. Just this was the UN. Who can believe that they would stoop to this? Sure as hell not me. Obviously the defense by some will be the intimidation factor of BUSHco. That they made them do it. Ok - pleading this is for another day. All those Patriots that know something - even the well known of BUSHco fame - those that helped in the plot - tell us the truth. Please.  And let justice take it's course. The World is watching. I sure hope so. Man oh Man. I want the target off my back.

  •  Wonderfully stated, Bill (4.00)
    Very colorfully, as well!

    Unfortunately, these morons will never admit they are wrong.  No matter how much evidence is against them, they will never concede.  If you go over to Free Republic (must...clean off...slime), you will see that they are still in conspiracy theory mode over why she suffered brain damage in the first place, completely ignoring the autopsy results.

    The idiocy of these people astonishes me.  I will never understand the wingnut mentality, and I don't thing I want to understand.

  •  Was that Terry's brain or Bush's brain ? (4.00)
    He seems to also be blind with zero cognitive abilities and only half of the normal brain tissue...

    Dean speaks out the truth. I like it
    Iraq is based on a 'pack of lies.' Telling the truth looks like the only remedy to it.

    by lawnorder on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 04:30:03 PM PDT

  •  Just Wrong About One Thing... (4.00)
    Like everyone else - I add my congrats on a great rant.  You're correct on every point.

    But I find it especially disheartening that 51% of this nation's adults could not, would not see or closed their blind eye to, these same lies that were there last Novemeber.

    Unfortunately, we that read DKos and consider ourselves tolerant and progressive - and actually think are in that 49% minority.

    So what pisses me off is that being part of the 49%, I/we are subjected to the "public servants" and their government that those fucking idiots that voted for all of the homo stupidus so richly deserve.

    And it's even worse because I live in John Cronyn's texass.

    •  Take hope. (none)
      The way that this election worked out, as it often is, is about 30% voted for Kerry, about 31% voted for Bush, and about 39% didn't vote at all.

      Does this mean 51% of America thinks Bush's way?  not at all.  it means that 31% definitely does, 30% definitely doesn't, and that remainder is....apathetic.

      We need to get through to that apathetic portion.  If we had just managed to bring forth another angry 2%..who knows?

      Seriously, I'm (believe it or not) glad Bush won, it means that he has to suffer whatever this next three years will bring to him and his party.  It sadly also means we're along for the ride, but I have a feeling that was unavoidable.  The road we're on is sorta like that racecar ride at Disney, where you're on a rail and can't go freely.  Better to have the designer of that road still on it, and have to face the music.

      Ohhhh, I hope he does.

      "You're either with us or against us in the war on terror." - George W. Bush
      "Only a Sith deals in absolutes." - Obi Wan Kenobi

      by Stymnus on Thu Jun 16, 2005 at 09:36:25 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I think some of them know they're wrong (none)
    Because just yesterday, a very conservative man said something along the lines of "Well, we'll have Hillary in 2008 and then people will be so sick of Dems we'll never have one again."  !

    I didn't say a word, but I wondered; are some of them actually longing for a GROWN-UP for a change?  Some sane foreign policy? I know they don't like the huge budget deficits.  They do luvvvv their tax cuts, buddy.  But the rest of it...Beginning to wear a little thin, I think.

    War is not an adventure. It is a disease. It is like typhus. - Antoine De Saint-Exupery

    by Margot on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 04:34:11 PM PDT

    •  Why Is It (none)
      That they want to do away with the opposition so badly?  Don't they realize that would make us exactly like the Soviet Union (one party federal system).  What are they?  A bunch of commies?

      Embrace diversity. Not everyone is intelligent.

      by FLDemJax on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 04:47:30 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I honestly don't know (none)
        I think they've been poisoned from listening to Rush, FOX, and all those hate DJs.  I really do.

        We need a good deprogrammer, STAT.

        War is not an adventure. It is a disease. It is like typhus. - Antoine De Saint-Exupery

        by Margot on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 07:34:26 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  Oh Please Ask Him (none)
      "why in god's name do you think a majority of Americans will vote for Hillary, or any Democrat? Surely, after 8 years of total Republican control of the country, we will be living in something close to utopia, why would we want to change that, why?"

      "Till the Last Dog Dies"

      by Deep Dark on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 06:02:37 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  LOL (none)
        I will ask him that.  
        Another guy even said "It's our turn."  What a democratic idea that is!  "You had it for 40 years, now we're in the driver's seat so just shut up."
        I DID say something to that guy.  (Like, we aren't in kindergarten, you moron.)

        War is not an adventure. It is a disease. It is like typhus. - Antoine De Saint-Exupery

        by Margot on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 07:27:02 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  I think I owe you some royalty money or something (none)
    cause I just copied your post and emailed it to about 30 friends and family members....and asked them to do the same...
  •  There's nothing quite as ugly as (4.00)
    "weaponized ignorance" on a massive scale.

    Defeat the sound-bite.

    by sbj on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 04:37:08 PM PDT

  •  Bill: You SIZZLE! (none)
    Procrastinating with the Kos has paid off once again:  stumbling onto Bill's coda...  so perfect, so informed, so fabulous that now I don't even feel guilty not getting my work done.   THANKS BILL, you made my day!!!
  •  If Liberals Hated America (4.00)

    Well-behaved women rarely make history - Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

    by jaysea on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 04:40:46 PM PDT

  •  Very great! (none)
    Love every word of this . . . and am sending it far and wide.  

    Whatever you're drinking up there in Mainland, bottle it. I need some.

  •  It's (none)




  •  This administration... (4.00)
    ...reminds me of the old joke, "I've never been wrong in my life.  I thought I was once, but I was mistaken."  

    Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler - Proverbs 17:7

    by Barbara Morrill on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 04:43:57 PM PDT

  •  thank you Bill ... (none)
    If this were a poster I'd buy a dozen and send them out as gifts.

    Great rant.

    "Republican "Dungheap of Wrong."

    I was wondering what that smell was outside. Thought maybe the septic system had backed up ...

  •  Wow (none)
    I may have to memorize this and recite it every night before going to sleep.    
  •  Ahhhhhh.... (none)
    ....I felt so good after reading that.

    When Jesus returns, religious wingnuttia will have him committed to an asylum. - anonymous

    by Doug in SF on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 04:48:32 PM PDT

  •  Forgetting about the ports, harassing the elderly (4.00)
    "You're wrong on homeland security because we know that our ports, borders and infrastructure still aren't adequately protected."

    Yeah, but at the Sacramento Airport United Airlines passenger checkpoint yesterday they were making everyone take off their shoes.  Really fun, especially for the very elderly woman in line in front of me for her husband who needed a metal cane/brace to walk.

    Even the TSA functionaries looked nonplussed, saying, "Yeah, the regulations just keep getting worse, um, I mean, stricter."

  •  Bill ... you are so *right*! (4.00)
    ... as usual.

    "You don't lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case." - Ken Kesey

    by Glinda on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 04:50:46 PM PDT

  •  one thing (4.00)
    For the rich ones, they're correct about a lot. Or their portfolio managers are.

    The knuckle draggers are the ones who will pay the bill for the party long after the rich ones are dead and gone and their children inherit every last dime of their wealth.

  •  Sooooo Wrong. (4.00)
    BiPM - I've never posted a comment before (only been reading the dailyKos for 6-ish months, and C&J for a little less) - Friggin' BEEAUTIFUL - This diary, C&J (read it religiously) - just brilliant. Puts a smile on my face (in Portland Oregon) P.S. - I have no idea what the hell I'm doing with this posting stuff.
  •  Isn't it reassuring to know... (none)
    that are nation is lead by delusional psychotics!

    One point I'd like to make.  

    What makes it even worse, they don't care that they wrong.

    Great diary.

  •  Freeperville (4.00)
    I actually wandered over there this afternoon to see how they were dealing with the autopsy results(why yes, I was supposed to be working). Unreal. Some of them were fairly moderate, others were bringing up Vince Foster and screaming conspiracy so hard their tin foil hats were smoking. Mostly the latter.

    A terrible case, but very glad that the autopsy supported without a doubt the "rightness" of what was done. RIP, Terry... Frist's political career will be joining you post-haste.

  •  Even the cats think he's WRONG ... (4.00)
  •  Maybe they are right about... (4.00)
    Lynching ?

    Well at least a bunch of them seem to think so.

    Let the Democratic Reformation Begin

    by Pounder on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 05:05:49 PM PDT

  •  Bill, you just don't get it (4.00)
    You really don't get it at all, Bill. You see, everyone knows that the Republicans are wrong on these issues. We all know they are wrong on Schiavo, on Homeland Security, on Iraq, on Social Security, on taxes, on economic policy, on just about everything. So talking about it just doesn't really contribute to solving our country's problems, does it?

    <and yes, that was an attempt to snarkily spoof the current Republican stock response to just about any criticism>

    In loving memory: Sophie, June 1, 1993-January 17, 2005. My huckleberry friend.

    by Paul in Berkeley on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 05:12:51 PM PDT

  •  Absolutely, positively brilliant! n/t (none)
  •  Let's try to be positive. (4.00)
    I think we should list the things they get right.

    1)ummm hmmm ehem. I know there must be something.


  •  What good are they? taking up oxygen. (none)
    Not only not productive and beneficial to the world, they are a detriment.

    To thine own self be true - W.S.

    by Agathena on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 05:32:00 PM PDT

  •  A standing ovation! (none)
    Bravo!  Bravo!


  •  I think I just experienced a ranting biproxy.... (none)

    Never have so few taken so much from so many for so long.

    by mapKY on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 05:36:11 PM PDT

  •  whoo hoo! (none)
    you tell'em, brother.  Sa  

    Think I'll just sit here on my keyboard, like Helen Morgan on her piana and sing a couple of choruses of 'Just my Bill'

  •  Wow! (none)
    BiPM, the anti-Zell Miller of the Left

    "We must love one another or die." - W. H. Auden

    by marathon on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 05:44:49 PM PDT

  •  right on ! (none)
    You are oh so right! Will America ever wake up?
  •  wrongos (none)
    Ah, I feel better now.  Thanks Bill.
  •  Hey Bill! (none)
    Where's the tipjar?

    GOPSpell: You'll Laugh! You'll Cry! You'll Kiss your Freedom Bye-Bye!

    by akierig on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 05:51:31 PM PDT

  •  restoring my faith in rants... (none)
    beautiful...just beautiful.

    I have a right-wing friend (he is a right-wing christian death metal freak, to be about mixed up lol) who is going to get this in an email

    Mass Hypnosis Metal Radio- Sat Nights at 9pm PST

    by mhradio on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 05:54:49 PM PDT

  •  Rant (none)
    A rousing rant about the "rabid right" (great name, that should stick!).

    Homo stupidus is a classic...

    Though my favorite is " Hope I didn't spoil your golf game."

  •  you forgot peak oil. (none)
    If anybody thinks of anything else to add, now's a good time to post.

    I can say that this is a good job, it's longer than my own laundry list of GOP screwups.

    Looking for intelligent energy policy alternatives? Try here.

    by alizard on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 06:03:47 PM PDT

  •  Right on! (none)
    The only truly amazing thing about these people (homo stupidus) is their ability to lie to them selves. A sociopath would blush at the magnitude of the lies and they don't have a conscious.
  •  Thread (none)
    You are the man!!!!!
  •  Sweetheart, don't sugarcoat it! (none)

    "Folly is wont to have more followers and comrades than discretion." -Cervantes-

    by Don Quixote on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 06:13:42 PM PDT

  •  Beautiful, cathartic diary. (none)
    Pure cold fury.
  •  Why do hate America Bill? N/T (none)

    "Anyone who isn't a conspiracy theorist these days isn't paying attention." -Paul Revere

    by Blue Shark on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 06:26:25 PM PDT

  •  For i=1 to 10000 do; Pound head on wall (none)
  •  Those Republican'ts... (none)
    ...just can't seem to get anything right, ever.
  •  Incredible (none)
    That was incredible. BiPM, you must always remember to use these powers only for good and never in the service of evil.

    As if.

    The sleep of reason produces monsters. Francisco Goya

    by Dire Radiant on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 06:40:47 PM PDT

  •  Beautiful...All that I have been thinking... (none)

    "If you are not outraged, you are not paying attention."

    by adigal on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 06:48:57 PM PDT

  •  Heading to bed but I'll leave you with... (4.00)

    A quote from 'Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan' that seems to sum it up the republicans:

    Admiral Kirk to Khan: "You've managed to kill everyone else but like a poor marksman, you keep"

  •  Schiavo autopsy (4.00)
    Dammit, don't you get it, the Right isn't WRONG, the REAL Problem facing America is ACTIVIST CORONERS!!! I DEMAND to have the autopsy repeated by a PATHOLOGIST OF FAITH...who won't be blinded by the LIBERAL MEDIA..

    ...I'm snarking but I fear we will hear exactly this rant coming soon to a Winger Mouthpiece Near You...

    •  Very likely it already exists. (none)
      It's not like they have much respect for the professions to begin with.

      Look at the kinds of journalists and magistrates they produce, as two examples, or just professional writers as a whole: Cal Thomas. Jeff Gerth. Michelle Malkin. Jonah Goldberg. David Horowitz. Janice Rogers Brown. And so on.

  •  I was thinking of writing a diary today (none)

    "Bill Frist is a lying sack of shit"

    Thanks for picking up the ball.

  •  Bill (4.00)
    Why do you hate America? :D
    Seriously, I have never seen it all summed up so succinctly. You took each issue and showed that the wingnuts are simply wrong on every one.
    Must be that Otterbein liberal arts education. I think they did teach the proper use of "shithead" and "fuckhead" in freshman Comp and Lit....

    You have the right to free speech--as long as you're not dumb enough to actually try it! --The Clash

    by Bob Quixote on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 07:07:17 PM PDT

  •  Start cutting the pills in half (none)
    I am not anti profanity by any means.  I just find  it very juvenile and it takes away from an otherwise good rant.  Not to mention that it is very unprofessional.  
    •  I would risk acting juvenille (none)
      to help stop the Fourth Reich...

      Mass Hypnosis Metal Radio- Sat Nights at 9pm PST

      by mhradio on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 07:27:53 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Ville... You're wrong... (4.00)
      Profanity has its place when used sparingly, and this is one place where it is justified.

      Unprofessional? Really?  Sorta like the repugs, eh?

    •  Profanity has its place ... (none)
      ... and I believe that a rant is exactly that place (it also fits quite well into about 78.8% of Maryscott's posts, hehe). </snark>

      <seriously_though> Sometimes you have to call a spade a spade.  These people have been spectacularly wrong on virtually every move they have made since gaining power.  Sometimes a little more intensity is required to make that vital fact clear and cut through the deliberately obscuring clouds of spin and deception.  Profanity can be evry useful in that respect.

      Besides, it's not particularly unprofessional if reading and writing here isn't your job.  This is only an avocation for most of us.

    •  I listened to you...and you are right. (4.00)

      I was thinking the same thing, and I thank you for pointing it out.  I tweaked my post so that it's no longer so profanity-laced.  It retains its integrity and punch, I think.  So I'm actually happier with it the way it is now.  Thanks again.
    •  unprofessional?? (none)
      it's a frickin' blog for cryin out loud.

      alcohol and night swimming. it's a winning combination!-l.leonard

      by chopper on Thu Jun 16, 2005 at 05:27:35 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Would a little Bukowski (4.00)


    Jesus Christ
    some people are so dumb
    you can hear them
    splashing around
    in their dumbness ...

    I want to
    run and hide
    I want to
    escape their engulfing

    - Charles Bukowski, 1920-1994

    Bill, a great, great diary!

    Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings. - Heinrich Heine (1821)

    by Caneel on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 07:25:35 PM PDT

  •  Wrong (4.00)
    is the new Right

    "What in the wide, wide world of sports is a-goin' on here?" -- Slim Pickens in "Blazing Saddles"
    "I have more than 2 problems." - the Coach Z

    by AaronInSanDiego on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 07:28:39 PM PDT

  •  Long as she's smarder then mee (4.00)
    she's owekay and shouldn't get kilt.

    And long as Georbush smarder then mee, he'll make a fine preznit.

    The dark at the end of the tunnel is an oncoming age.

    by peeder on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 07:35:52 PM PDT

  •  Ya know... (4.00)
    I had been hanging out at RedState, innocently, to further my understanding on the other side.

    GAWD how good it feels right now to be a Democrat.

    Thanks Bill! A "4" and a recommend for you!

    Phillybits "Censoring torture stories doesn't help the troops."

    by Stand Strong on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 07:42:27 PM PDT

  •  Whoa nelly! (4.00)
    My dreads are just now laying down flat after that rant.  Nice job, there, my friend.  

    And you are 100% right.  I'm forwarding this via email right now.

  •  Rantus Maximus! (4.00)
    That's your new name, Frothingmouth Rantus Maximus.

    God, I love a good rant. Now that was a stemwinder, and I would pay good money to see it done live.

    Plane Crazy

    "It is hard to fight anger, for a man will buy revenge with his soul." Heracleitus, 500 BCE

    by PlaneCrazy on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 08:16:10 PM PDT

  •  That does it. (4.00)
    Bill, you're the nominee against Snowe next year. I'm coronating you.

    When Snowe makes a speech, the people clap wildly and say, "My, what a good speech!"

    When Bill makes a speech, the people yell "Goddam dirty rotten Republican fuckin' motherfucking goddam asshole fucking asslick shitbrick pick my nose and fuck me KILL the pinatahead toejam fucktards NOW!!!"

    "Hit a man with a fish, and he'll have a headache for a day. Teach him to hit himself with a fish, and he'll have headaches all his life!"--Karl Rove

    by AdmiralNaismith on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 08:19:22 PM PDT

  •  Way to civilize the debate Bill (none)
    We talk about the republicans as wingnuts all the time and they ARE wrong about these things. And it IS frustrating to see the media, the democrats and just about everyone else ignore just how wrong they are.

    But that's no reason to rant like this. We all feel this way, but it just brings us down to their level to express it like this. The Dems need to demonstrate their superiority with more than just opinions, we need to show that we're better PEOPLE too. That the values the right extol's so self-righteously are NOT what they seem to be, and that democrats are on the whole more decent. After we do that,maybe we get people to see that we ARE rigth about the issues.

    It saddens me to see this diary rise to the top of the recommended list, it means the DKos community has sunk to a level of discourse (even if it is out of frustration) it would be better to avoid.

    That being said. Yeah. They're pretty fucking wrong about alot of stuff.

    •  Catharsis (4.00)
      I saw a comment upthread that I think describes a lot of what's going on here: catharsis.

      When I was in college, we would have organized primal screams during finals. It was amazing how well attended they were. There have been days (especially quite a few recently) when I have wished for organized primal screams related to work. Then I go for lunch with a friend who works at a different company, vent, and feel better for a while. Then the same issues come up and I need to vent some more.

      And I think that is similar to what is happening here. The same issues keep coming up, and, because the conservatives are in power, it is difficult to make progress toward what people feel is right. So they need to vent.

      And then there is all of the energy that is unleashed by a rant like this. People want to join in the fun. Does some of it go too far? Perhaps, depending on the audience and the context. I think this kind of "preaching to the choir" can give energy to the members of the choir so that they can continue to "fight the good fight".

      Personally, I have never found this kind of approach helpful in trying to convince someone to my view. I have found the negative emotions to be much more likely to lead to a closed mind on the other side of the argument. I could be wrong, of course, but I don't really think this was written to convert the unconverted.

      "We must love one another or die." - W. H. Auden

      by marathon on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 10:05:02 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Exactly! (4.00)
        The spouse can tell you that I've been doing a lot of crying lately. Crying is what I do when I'm frustrated, confused and demoralized. After I cry, I feel tired and drained.

        A rant like this is just the opposite. It inspires and energizes me; it's a "call to action"...and it doesn't wreck my makeup.

        The Right sure as hell wasn't quiet during the Clinton years...and they took that energy and used it to get on radio and TV so that the whole country could hear their bitching. Because they have most of the media (islands of sanity like Air America and Pacifica Radio notwithstanding), we have to shout even louder to be heard.

        If you'll forgive a Biblical reference, BiPM is just one of many "voices crying in the wilderness".

        "It's an unnerving thought that we may be the living universe's supreme achievement and its worst nightmare simultaneously." -- Bill Bryson

        by Cali Scribe on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 11:55:56 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Spectacular Rant!! (none)
    Thanks for this.  Every time I look at my two toddler aged nieces I wonder with trepidation what the future holds for them.  Now, I must go and memorize your rant so that I may rant with as much eloquence as you have.

    "They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it's some kind of federal program." - G.W. Bush; 11/2/00

    by pilotweed on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 08:29:39 PM PDT

  •  Fantastic rant (none)
    Brilliant and bravo!  Think they'd let you on C-Span with that?

    Just an idea...(great rant)!

  •  Peace Prize (4.00)
    I nominate you for the Nobel Peace Prize in Medicine.
  •  Can't top that. (none)
    I would only add that many of them know they are wrong and simply don't give a shit as long as they are making more money or getting more power off of whatever lie it is they are telling.  And though there are some fundie idiots who believe even the stupidest of these lies, not even all of them are that stupid.  When you go out to kick winger ass you have to sort them out carefully.  Find the ones who know they are lying and spend your time giving them the metaphorical beating they deserve.  Only bother with the others when they interfere with what you are doing.

    The ...Bushies... don't make policies to deal with problems. ...It's all about how can we spin what's happening out there to do what we want to do. Krugman

    by mikepridmore on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 08:45:39 PM PDT

  •  Holey-er Than Thou.... (4.00)
  •  Wrong on reducing the tobacco settlement: (4.00)

    "Senior Justice Department officials overrode the objections of career lawyers running the government's tobacco racketeering trial and ordered them to reduce the penalties sought at the close of a nine-month trial by $120 billion, internal documents and interviews show.

    The trial team argued that the move would be seen as politically motivated and legally groundless.

    "We do not want politics to be perceived as the underlying motivation, and that is certainly a risk if we make adjustments in our remedies presentation that are not based on evidence," the two top lawyers for the tobacco trial team, Sharon Eubanks and Stephen Brody, wrote in a May 30 memo to Associate Attorney General Robert McCallum."


    "The newly disclosed documents make clear that the decision came after weeks of tumult within the Justice Department and accusations from lawyers on the tobacco team that McCallum and other political appointees had effectively undermined their case.

    McCallum, the third-ranking official at the Justice Department, is a close friend of President Bush and was also a partner at an Atlanta law firm, Alston & Bird, that has done legal work for RJ Reynolds Tobacco, one of the defendants in the case."

    Mother Nature bats last.

    by pigpaste on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 08:52:57 PM PDT

  •  The Quigley Salute (4.00)
    As my basic training instructor Sgt.Quigley said so eloquently more than a few times during a portion of my long ago military stint: "Outfucking standing."
  •  Radical Right won't really hear it but.... (none)
    I thoroughly enjoyed the rant and practically cheered out loud at times....Love your wicked wit!

    by thefos on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 08:54:36 PM PDT

  •  made me proud (none)
    not only to be a Dem, an American, but also proud to be working on a 2006 reelection camp for a Dem...

    thanks Bill!

  •  Wow, all I can say is wow... (4.00)
    Oh, and a major fucking CHEERS to BIPM, for waiting like leopord in the reeds of early  morning comedy only to pounce on the Republican moron machine like you haven't eaten in years.


  •  Cheers! (none)
    Bill, you missed your calling.  THIS needs to be a regula featcha.  

    Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others. Groucho Marx

    by markymarx on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 09:49:42 PM PDT

  •  NY Times Editorial (4.00)
    Shallow And Cynical

    The autopsy results released yesterday should embarrass all the opportunistic politicians and agenda-driven agitators who meddled in Terri Schiavo's right-to-die case. There is no evidence that Ms. Schiavo's husband did any of the awful things attributed to him, and no hope that her greatly damaged brain would ever have recovered. The courts were right to conclude that she should be allowed to die after 15 years in what her doctors described as a persistent vegetative state with no hope of recovery.


    Those conclusions underscore how shallow and cynical were the judgments-from-afar by the Senate majority leader, Bill Frist, who is a doctor, and by other Republicans in Congress who contended that Ms. Schiavo looked responsive and that her condition might be amenable to treatment.

    "Mr. President, I'm not saying we wouldn't get our hair mussed." General Buck Turgidson

    by muledriver on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 10:12:03 PM PDT

    •  NYT goes limp. (4.00)
      Delay, JEB, W, Dobson, even Jessie Jackson should all be named as opportunistic hacks.  They ought to have a pop at Parker and Stone, and all the reporters who slandered Michael. There are afew on the NYT as well. There are plenty in the UK like The Times' Gerard Baker and Bronwen Maddox who could be sued for what they wrote about him...
  •  Nice rant. (none)
    I have outrage fatigue,yet Bill in Portland and Howard Dean speak for me.

    Since when have we Americans been expected to bow submissively to authority and speak with awe and reverence to those who represent us? William O. Douglas

    by GayHillbilly on Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 11:59:19 PM PDT

  •  AWESOME!!!! (none)
    I love this post, I love this post.

    The tide against Bush, the Bush Administration, The Bush Believers and the Radical Religious Right is becoming a ground swell. It is clear these zealots have no place in politics and definitely not in Government. The backlash against these organizations should be swift, complete and without mercy. Get them all out in 2006.

    Time will Tell all the Truth VT, Virtual Truth

    by VirtualTruth on Thu Jun 16, 2005 at 12:00:39 AM PDT

  •  Schaivio autopsy results in MSM? (none)
    It's certainly being reported in UK mainstream media (heard it on the Radio 4 on the drive into work this morning - raised quite a smile, it did).

    My question is this - has the US MSM picked up on it? One can but hope - it's a perfect bit of journalism that sticks it to all the wingnuts that got involved.

  •  Captain KillJoy Here (none)
    I hate to be the one to break it to you, but as far as the Schiavo case is concerned, the fundies/neocons don't care if they were wrong as long as they erred on the side of life.

    that's why the prez stands there with that retarded look on his face and speaks about erring on the side of life.

    Does that mean we were right... on the side of death?

    probably not.

    While i realize how important it is for us to remind ourselves how right we are and how wrong they are, that for us this is everything....

    as far as they're concerned, underneath the rhetoric, being right or wrong isn't really the point.

    criticizing a repug for being wrong is like criticizing a fish for not having a bicycle.

    •  numb analogy, Cap'n (none)
      It would work if fish were clumsily trying to take control of the earth and they claimed to be expert bicyclists.  

      But thanks for trying to throw a wet towell on one of the finest polemics ever produced.  Looks like you need a new towell, though.

      Jorge's a renegade, there's blood on his hands, oil in his arteries and cyanide inside his glands...

      by nailbender on Thu Jun 16, 2005 at 03:40:46 AM PDT

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    •  Keyword is: "erred" (none)
      They "erred" on the side of life.

      In my dictionary, that means they made a mistake.  They were wrongo.  They "erred".

      And they're still "erring".

      Wrong.  Wrong.  Wrong.

      Geeze...I love a good rant, profanity and all.

      HotFlashReport - Opinionated liberal views of the wrongs of the right

      by annrose on Thu Jun 16, 2005 at 05:43:27 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Poor old Mike Shiavo. (none)
    you pay in blood if you are right.  I hope Delay apologizes to him.  Hey how about that, force the wingnuts to apologize to Michael Shiavo for the hell they put him through.  I expect he just s wants his privacy so it would be a non starter, but an apology is due.  
    •  I'd like to see him sue (none)
      all these right-wing thugs that slandered and libeled him.

      They accused him of everything:  murder not withstanding.

      He should bust their collective butts in a court of law...and should be rewarded with millions from their coffers.

      Lies.  Again lies from these right-wing idiots.

      HotFlashReport - Opinionated liberal views of the wrongs of the right

      by annrose on Thu Jun 16, 2005 at 05:09:00 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Speaking of wrong, Dick Cheney seems to be... (4.00)
    ...trying to set some sort of Guinness World Record for being wrong.

    "I think they're in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency."

    Well, Dick, no, I won't. Because you're full of shit for the 976,834,251,798th time since being "re-elected" vice president, if you will. Willfully wrong is absolutely correct, and unfortunately believed by people who simply have to be willfully stupid. The willful part is an important point. Because as much as I'd like to think that many if not most FOX watchers and GOP voters are simply ignorant and deceived victims of the right-wing propaganda machine, it gets harder to believe that with each passing day as they support politicians and pundit who are so ridiculously wrong on issue after issue.

    Greed and lies and prejudice are WRONG but they're so weak and pathetic and hateful that they desperately want them to be right. So they worship toads like Cheney, who allow them to live outside the reality-based world in a place where all that's wrong can seem right.

    If the Republicans stay in power much longer, An Army of One isn't going to be just a slogan.

    by MeanBoneII on Thu Jun 16, 2005 at 04:47:49 AM PDT

  •  No matter how wrong they are... (4.00)
    doesn't matter, because they don't care. In a nut shell, THEY DON'T CARE !!!

    When I screw up, I have to get myself out of it, that is the way I was brought up. They screw up and someone else gets them out of it. Savings and Loans, remember them? I had nothing to do with them, but I bailed them out. Bush's DUI, daddy bailed him out. The list goes on and on. There was a time when Republicans argued for a balanced budget and smaller government. It took a Democratic President to deliver both and the Republicans destroyed it, becuase a Democrat did it. It will take another Democrat to bail them out.

    Those who are willing to sacrifice liberty for safety deserve neither. (Paraphrasing B. Franklin)

    by p a roberson on Thu Jun 16, 2005 at 05:10:08 AM PDT

  •  OK, call me a contrarian.... (none)
    but I think your "rant" would be much more effective, and less childish, if you weren't so inarticulate as to have to resort to profanity every second or third word.

    My ole grandma always said "cuss words" showed a lack of vocabulary, and I must agree.  A couple sprinkled here and there would have been much more effective than your Uzi barrage.

    •  PS (none)
      Hate speech is hateful, no matter which side of the aisle is using it.
      •  And yet.... (none)
        I see that Bill has edited his post (in response to another's objection) so that it is much less profane.  I am glad to see that.

        I still think an insult-filled rant may make us feel good, but is stooping to the level of the other side.  We have RIGHT on our side, and INTELLIGENCE.  We don't need brickbats.

        •  Yeah, those crazy... (4.00)
          ...fact-filled rants.  I'm ashamed.  I'll speak much softer next time.  No one will notice, of course, and the GOP thugs will continue steamrolling us, but at least I'll be civil.

          And by the way, please look at the very first line of this post.  It addresses the Knuckledragger wing of the Republican Party.  They don't deserve civility...because they don't believe in it themselves.

          But to moderate Republicans I say: Muah! I used to be one of you!  Too bad you lost control of your party.

          •  yeah (none)
            "if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all..." is so NOT the solution.

            now more than ever, the use of strong language is NEEDED.

            fire it up.

          •  You're very proud of yourself. (none)
            And gosh, I don't want to burst your bubble.

            Just wanted you to know that shrieking invective is not universally admired at this site.  Apparently, pretty close to it, but not universally.

            You stoop to their level.  That makes you no better than them, no matter that you are RIGHT and they are WRONG.

            You sound EXACTLY like them.  That's my point.

            •  I may sound like them... (4.00)
     terms of volume.  But I certainly don't sound like them in terms of content.

              The radical right's excuse for everything is either "God says so, so shut up" or, just as common, "I say so, so shut up."

              And that's my whole point.  These guys are spectacularly wrong on just about everything based on actual evidence that just sits right in front of their noses.  And too many leaders on our side---and most certainly the press---just sit there and let 'em do it.

              I am civil 99% of the time, as 18 months of C&J and other posts will attest (more of that pesky hard evidence the radical right never sees).
              But once in awhile you just gotta open your mouth as wide as you can, take a huge breath, and scream, "You people are morons!!"

              But I respect your opinion, and I regret sounding too harsh above.

              P.S.  Proud of myself?  No.  Just pissed.

            •  no no, (4.00)
              'air america' often sounds just like them. we're freelancers here.
  •  What a tasty nut-shell Bill. (none)
    Frist was on the Today show just now saying that he NEVER diagnosed Terri on the Senate floor.  All he did was ask that the latest technology, like MRI's, be used to confirm the diagnosis before taking A HANDI-CAPPED LIFE.  And Hillary Clinton was standing right next to him.  They made a lovely couple.

    I'm trying to re-create the whole Today moment for a diary later.

    So why am I reading?  Damn this four decade writer's block!

    Still.  Your piece was an inspiration.

    "yes dear...conspiracy theories really do come true." (tuck, tuck)

    by tribalecho on Thu Jun 16, 2005 at 05:27:44 AM PDT

  •  I think I love you (none)
    Homo stupidus - brilliant!

    Thanks for venting :-)

    Liberal: "I still think it's a respectable word. Its root is "liber," the Latin word for "free," and isn't that what we are all about?"--Mary McGrory

    by mini mum on Thu Jun 16, 2005 at 06:06:21 AM PDT

  •  Preach on.. (none)
    Now tell us how you really feel.

    You've used up all of today's Jeers.  Guess your regular input will be only Cheers.

  •  When someone convinces me I'm wrong... (none)
    I've started a diary on what NeoCons do when they are convinced they are wrong... a related piece to this wonderful rant.

    You can read my thread here


    Non Sequitur

    Past performance is not an indicator of future results.

    by durrenm on Thu Jun 16, 2005 at 06:21:29 AM PDT

  •  Watch the calendar.... (4.00)
    We just started the 22nd week of the reign of George Walker Bush.  Twenty-two down, 184 to go.

    The best thing for this week would be to hear radio stations start playing the greatest protest song of the 60s...Les McCann and Eddie Harris jamming at Montreux...

    ...Possession is the motivation
    That is hangin' up the God damn nation...

    The president, he's got his war
    Folks don't know just what it's for
    Nobody gives us rhyme or reason
    Have one doubt they call it treason...

    Tryin' to make it real....Compared to what?

    It's gonna take an impeachment. And massive tax refusal, a march on Washington, civil disobedience.  

  •  Yeah! (none)
    Cheers to your Jeers!

    New Granada: tomorrow's

    by monkey knife fight on Thu Jun 16, 2005 at 06:26:47 AM PDT

  •  Choice quote (none)
    "What in God's name were you thinking?  Have any of you ever balanced a checkbook in your life?"

    Of course, they haven't, as Republicans pay accountants to do it, and no one will go after a Republican anyway -- they own the IRS, FDIC, SEC and the banks.

    Still, the quote's good for a badly needed laugh.

    My taxes support the troops, not a yellow sticker.

    by Dragonchild on Thu Jun 16, 2005 at 06:28:34 AM PDT

  •  You were wrong... (none)
    about gay marriage as well.  It seems that Rush Limbaugh's four marriages have done more to undermine the institution of matrimony than gays and lesbians getting married in San Francisco.


  •  Okay Bill (4.00)
    If you keep this up you're going on my short hero list real quick.  I love people that speak the TRUTH!

    Blue guy in a red state.

    by txbirdman on Thu Jun 16, 2005 at 06:29:19 AM PDT

  •  Arrogant (none)
    Bill, That one word sums it all up, Arrogant. The GOP elected and right wing media types feel they can do or say anything, and how dare we question them!
     Well the shimmer of the Bush/GOP Mission Accomplished banner is wearing mighty thin these days. Try as they may to link everything under the sun to the "War on Terror" it's just not cutting it with the American people anymore. Unfortunatley Americans were not able to see this, or chose not to see it in the days leading up to the election.
    Keep 'em coming Bill, Pour me another Gritty's
    •  ARROGANT (none)
      is the absolute key framing word, along with "power grab", that all Democrats should be using all the time to underscore each and every one of progressive issues and values.  Bill gets it right again.

      The revolution is coming... and we ARE the revolution.

      by RenaRF on Thu Jun 16, 2005 at 10:19:51 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Excellent!! (none)
    Fanfuckingtastical rant!  YOU are so right!

    When will this nightmare be over?

  •  Your point being....? (none)


  •  Bill... (none)
    Beautifully ranted... I have to agree with 42,  ...proud to know you.

    Ya' know... you could make some money I bet by printing a limited edition of these and signing them... I know I'd put one up!

    Je suis juste une petite horndogette... but at least we're not axe-murderers...

    by shermanesq on Thu Jun 16, 2005 at 07:10:20 AM PDT

  •  Good rant. (4.00)
    God, I just don't have the energy myself anymore.  Durbin gets attacked for saying that America shouldn't be torturing people.  Jesus weeps.

    9/11 was the Neocons' Reichstag fire. "Patriot Act" = Enabling Act.

    by Bulldawg on Thu Jun 16, 2005 at 07:14:04 AM PDT

  •  I have a new internet boyfriend! (4.00)
    or am I WRONG?!

    If you don't have something nice to say about someone...sit by me.

    by bwaybaby on Thu Jun 16, 2005 at 07:16:04 AM PDT

  •  I just wish... (none)
    you would tell us how you really feel.
  •  Wrong Answer (none)
    And the Most Important Wrong....

    "Mistakes?, I can't think of any" GWB

    "I'm not going to be your monkey"

    by gabie on Thu Jun 16, 2005 at 07:20:41 AM PDT

  •  Bill, like I've said before... (none)
    you are so damn good.

    Brilliant!  You hit it--square on the head.  Thanks.

    "The future is not a gift: it is an achievement." Robert F. Kennedy

    by PoliSigh on Thu Jun 16, 2005 at 07:30:50 AM PDT

  •  Bill, (none)
    When I saw the term "idiots" in the headline, I naturally assumed you'd be talking to me.  Of course I was surprised and relieved to find you directed your anger at the nincompoops on the right.


    Is there gas in the car? Yes, there's gas in the car.

    by nightsweat on Thu Jun 16, 2005 at 07:37:32 AM PDT

  •  548 recommends- you are awesome! (none)
    and Maine is indeed a very great state with you in it!  I am sending this to friends it is so awesome.
  •  Republicans for Voldemort (4.00)
    ... a bumper sticker I saw on my way to work this AM.

    Great rant Bill! You rock!

    You can't live without making a footprint, but you can choose the shape of the shoe.

    by angelama on Thu Jun 16, 2005 at 07:41:06 AM PDT

  •  2006 Republicans should be asked... (none)
    who in your party told you to push for and vote for and put your integrity on the line for these Dungheap of Wrong issues?

    Ask each and everyone of the candidates... Is it good for America that we focus attention on republican-framed "social/soft" issues versus what Democrats should be pressing "economic/hard" issues... health care crisis, pre-emptive war crisis (how can we afford it?), military vs. education spending (why do we spend more than the next 32 countries on the list combined?), education for future competitive economies(NCLB & bankrupt school districts need attention)...

    All the republicans politically care about are fetuses, terminally ill, and homosexual cartoon caracters... oh and corporate fat cats (pay no attention to the man behind the curtain).  These wedge issues get them to the Diebold(TM) polls.

    Where's that American practical sense?  When moderate/libertarian republicans are confronted with bread&butter issues that have been overshadowed ("hijacked") by the extremists in the republican party, they will have to revolt.

    Thanks for this rant -- 4 stars & a recommend.

    "do unto others..."

    by decitect on Thu Jun 16, 2005 at 07:52:22 AM PDT

  •  Bravo! (4.00)
    To quote Sean Connery:


  •  *bow* (none)

    What is thy bidding, my master?



  •  Yes! Yes! Yes! (none)
    And HELL YES! 100% correct on all counts.
  •  We're not worthy. (4.00)

    "Karyn is with us. A West Texas girl, just like me." -George 'Girlyman' Bush, 5/27/04

    by Joon on Thu Jun 16, 2005 at 08:26:21 AM PDT

  •  we need to be careful... (none)
    ...and pick our arguments with an eye toward consistency.  calling social security a "(minor) problem we'll face 35 years down the stinking road"  seems odd when algore was calling for the lockbox 10 years ago.  and the US has been quite vocal about the "genocide in Africa", while the UN and europeans (with greater historic ties to the region via colonialism) have allowed Darfur to become a true genocidal nightmare.

    from each according to his means, to each according to his needs

    by dummy on Thu Jun 16, 2005 at 08:35:29 AM PDT

  •  "Letters!! Oh we get letters...!" (4.00)

    From Bills emailbag:

    "Bill, You Are An Idiot...and it shows every time you write an inspid post on that anti-American hate site

    How were Republicans wrong on Schiavo? How does today's autopsy release prove Republicans were wrong? Maybe you can extend your hatred to Jesse Jackson, who stood by the parents of Teri Schiavo.

    How about Iraq? A despotic dictator is gone and free elections were held for the first time in a generation. Sounds like a success to me.

    Maybe those shitty vitamins you take and sell have turned your brain into shit.  Or maybe you were just born as another insane leftist from New England, like Dean or Kerry.

    Just tell em Mister Blaine flamed your liberal anti-American ass."

    Okay: "Mister Blaine flamed your liberal anti-American ass."  Do I win something now?

    UPDATE I  "How wrong..." is now 100% profanity-free.  It felt right when I wrote it, but an icky feeling set in so I gradually distilled the cuss woids out.  I don't believe it dilutes the column's effectiveness.

    UPDATE II  Because of the smear campaign against Durbin---which perfectly dovetails with the point I make in this diary---C&J will be posted in the diaries today.  But I don't want two BIPM entries in the Reco diaries during prime time (I know, I'm such a presumptuous ass), so I'll wait and post it later.

    Thank You for your enthusiasm towards this diary.


    •  Oh, and for the record, Mister Blaine... (4.00)

      ...I was born and raised in the red state of Ohio.
      •  Mister Blaine (none)
        Isn't that the same fool who was harassing MSOC a coupla months back???

        Sounds like someone with an aweful lot of time on his hands.  Perhaps he should be out there supporting a cause he believes in instead of sending nasty emails to Kossacks...

        Ideas anyone?

    •  Mister Blaine (none)
      Sounds like a cranky pants who needs a nap.  Most of them behave like toddlers who have been kept up too late.

      Yeah, who-hoo, he flamed you.  Still a shame about his penis though.

      "And on the eighth day, God created Starbucks as far as the eye can see, and he said, 'Give Me venti cappucino--I am exhausted'." Lewis Black

      by Revel on Thu Jun 16, 2005 at 09:23:19 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Re: C&J (none)
      Whatever you say, boss. If anyone needs me, I'll be the one huddling in the corner in a cold sweat, waiting for The Man to walk by and give me my fix.

      You know, I have been known to give "special favors" to people who give me my fix... <wink wink>

      "Majorities, of course, are often mistaken. This is why the silencing of minorities is always dangerous." --Alan Barth

      by PerfectStormer on Thu Jun 16, 2005 at 10:00:30 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Burnt Offerings? (none)
      Someone offered me money to come over here and UNrecommend this diary, so you get you arse back over to SeeJayLand where it belongs....

      What should I ask for? Whaddya think that'd be worth?

      GOP: Invading personal privacy ©¿©¬ and proud of it!

      by PBen on Thu Jun 16, 2005 at 10:20:57 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Reap-ublicans (none)
    They should be starting to worry, as they will most certainly reap what they've sown... if not the 2006 election, then the 2008!
  •  OP-ED (none)
    BIPM-Could you just submit this as a letter to the editor, or op-ed piece. Slight modifications might be in order, but the overall message is the clearest I've seen. Bob Herbert will love this!
  •  Sounds like Kerry- speech (none)
    W for Wrong

    find your local dem group link:

    by timber on Thu Jun 16, 2005 at 09:12:05 AM PDT

  •  Sure Bill (4.00)
    there you go being all rational and logical again. You sound like you're trying to make sense. See that's where you went wrong -

    Don't you know the terrorists aren't rational or logical? We have to give'em some of their own medicine.

    I know it doesn't make sense now to basically pour honey on ourselves and then jump into an ant bed but you gotta think like a terrorist. You gotta act like a terrorist.

    It's a long term strategy that's in the throes of the insurgency.
    Any day now.  

    There are no children left behind besides all the children left behind.

    It's promoting a culture of life and simultaneously discouraging birth control and increasing poverty.

    That's the plan Bill. I just don't think you get.

    "When the president talks to God/Does he ever think that maybe he's not?" Bright Eyes

    by McJagger on Thu Jun 16, 2005 at 09:13:37 AM PDT

    •  A bitter pill (4.00)
      Fine post, Mc  ;)

      Of course, as 'terrorism' is defined primarily with regard to action rather than by any other means of classification (like race or religious affiliation, for example), to 'act like a terrorist' makes you ..  

      .. wait, don't tell me ..

  •  Absolutely Beautiful! (none)
    Thank you Bill!  I think we see many of our thoughts reflected in what you have written.

    Amen Brother

    I am linking to this post at my site.  
    Left Handed Compliment>

  •  Man, I am with you. What you said. (none)

    The Axis of Evil runs somewhere between K Street and Constitution Avenue.

    by DanielMN on Thu Jun 16, 2005 at 09:25:29 AM PDT

  •  Oh my holy (none)
    Hell.  That was the most brilliant thing I have ever read.  I have been reading for about a month now and have never posted anything- but man!  You just moved me!  That R-O-C-K-E-D.  I heart you.
  •  Add me to the list of babymamas (none)
    Bill, I love you passionately.   I only wish that our elected officials had the balls to say half of what you said.  The Rs have no trouble finger pointing when they think somebody else is wrong.  High-profile Democratic leaders  need to start naming Republican failings, loudly, in public, in writing, on the internet, everywhere. No more toadying!  
  •  Amen, Bill, amen (none)
    Couldn't have said it better myself.

    They're also wrong because they think that they aren't wrong on all of those things you mentioned.

    As we like to say, Wrong-o, moose breath!

    Blog this! Visit me at K Street Blues. It will change your life.

    by AggieDemocrat on Thu Jun 16, 2005 at 10:30:11 AM PDT

  •  the answer to the "party of no" (none)
    Simply insert "so we are the Party of NO" after each of Brother Bill's items on his list of wrongs.

    You were all wrong on Iraq. So we are the Party of NO.

    You're wrong on global warming. So we are the Party of NO.

    You're wrong on homeland security because we know that our ports, borders and infrastructure still aren't adequately protected. So we are the Party of NO.

    You get the idea. We are the party of no because the madmen must be stopped.

    We are not obstructionists. We are an army of reasonable, rational, patriots holding out against the hordes of irrational idealogues who have hijacked our country.

  •  Dr. Cheers and Jeers (none)
    and Mr. Bill in Portland Maine.  Get them again, BIPM.

    Nothing is more real than nothing. Beckett

    by rx scabin on Thu Jun 16, 2005 at 11:29:45 AM PDT

  •  This rant made it onto the Yahoo message boards (none)

    Reality is just... a point of view - Philip K. Dick; Beautiful thing, the destruction of words. (from Orwell's 1984)

    by LionelEHutz on Thu Jun 16, 2005 at 12:02:24 PM PDT

  •  Way to undercut your argument (none)
    with that absurd title. I can understand frustration, but give me a break.
  •  Came to this late... (none)
    Glad I caught it before it slipped off the top 10.  Saw it first after the edit, loved it.  Loved even more how people connected to it.  Went back and read it again putting my favorite cuss words back in.  I don't know that many.  I realized how much I enjoyed the creativity of the new insults hurled.  The edit was my favorite part.  Good lesson about the creative process in there somewhere I'm sure.  Tap into the source when it touches you, honnor the creative urge.  Still trust your feelings as they evolve, no need to fear an editing process.  I kinda like swearing, and I just learned I also like not swearing.  Thanks Bill for puttin it out there.  Classy.
  •  Just Wait (none)
    It will probably get worse. We'll see how much faith helps when the Avian Influenza pandemic hits.
  •  Awesome (none)
    I didn't open this thread yesterday, because the title seemed too negative, even for my known penchant for flame throwing tongue. Boy I'm glad I read it.

    What is incredibly alarming is how Limbaugh and Hannity continue to defend and make excuses for stuff that is insane. I mean how corrupt or stupid are these people?

    The Bush administration is a Travesty of a Mockery of a Sham!

    by Bailey Savings and Loan on Thu Jun 16, 2005 at 05:45:36 PM PDT

  •  we're right and they're wrong. period. n/t (none)

    Politics is like driving. To go backward, put it in R. To go forward, put it in D.

    by TrueBlueMajority on Thu Jun 16, 2005 at 09:15:54 PM PDT

  •  626 recommends for Bill so far (none)
    man, what a performance!
  •  this rant rocks!!! (none)

    This should be required reading for every American -- red and blue.

    Nice straightforward deconstruction of the towering pile of turd that these boneheads have shat upon the heads of all of us (and our children, and their children, and so on and so on).


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