spook of the ozarks

unapologetic liberal

Friday, June 29, 2007



WASHINGTON — Facing eroding support for his Iraq policy, even among Republicans, President Bush on Thursday called al Qaida "the main enemy" in Iraq, an assertion rejected by his administration's senior intelligence analysts.
The reference, in a major speech at the Naval War College that referred to al Qaida at least 27 times, seemed calculated to use lingering outrage over the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, to bolster support for the current buildup of U.S. troops in Iraq, despite evidence that sending more troops hasn't reduced the violence or sped Iraqi government action on key issues.

At least a tie

Juan Cole:

These words may be the stupidest ones ever uttered by a US president.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Come September

Saturday, June 23, 2007

All Qaeda

Our military leaders have recently enrolled everybody we fight or kill in Iraq in al Qaeda, and the media just go right along.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

The end begins

Who would have thunk this would bring them down?

Rainbow Family

Wednesday, June 20, 2007


Sunday, June 17, 2007

Free Scooter

Friday, June 15, 2007

AT&T Yahoo! Mail Beta

Sucks worse than the original.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Nyuk, nyuk, yuck

Meet Justin Povick, local weatherman. Innocent until proved guilty, of course.

House of cards


WASHINGTON - The White House's former political director was furious at Justice Department officials for disclosing to Congress that the administration had forced out the U.S. attorney in Little Rock, Ark., to make way for a protege of Karl Rove, President Bush's political adviser, according to documents released late Tuesday.
... [Sara] Taylor called [Bud] Cummins "lazy" and said that was "why we got rid of him in the first place." Cummins, reached Tuesday, said, "I don't know how Sara Taylor would have any information about my work ethic."

They shouldn't have started with Bud.

Monday, June 11, 2007


Saturday, June 09, 2007

Compare, contrast


A decision by the Supreme Court on Monday that made it easier for prosecutors to exclude people who express reservations about the death penalty from capital juries will make the panels whiter and more conviction-prone, experts in law and psychology said this week.


BEIJING, June 8 — China, which puts more inmates to death than the rest of the world combined, is reporting fewer executions this year after reinstating a requirement that every death case be reviewed and approved by the country’s highest court.

What's wrong with this country?

Friday, June 08, 2007

Deja vu

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

30 months

This is fucking funny


WASHINGTON, June 4 — If President Bush and Vice President Cheney can blurt out vulgar language, then the government cannot punish broadcast television stations for broadcasting the same words in similarly fleeting contexts.
That, in essence, was the decision on Monday, when a federal appeals panel struck down the government policy that allows stations and networks to be fined if they broadcast shows containing obscene language.

Sunday, June 03, 2007


Saturday, June 02, 2007


The FCC's Michael Copps:

America lets radio and TV broadcasters use public airwaves worth more than half a trillion dollars for free. In return, we require that broadcasters serve the public interest: devoting at least some airtime for worthy programs that inform voters, support local arts and culture and educate our children -- in other words, that aspire to something beyond just minimizing costs and maximizing revenue.
Using the public airwaves is a privilege -- a lucrative one -- not a right, and I fear the F.C.C. has not done enough to stand up for the public interest. Our policies should reward broadcasters that honor their pledge to serve that interest and penalize those that don’t.