You gotta move it!

If I don't post very much, if at all, for several days, don't worry - that's because I'm moving and am quite busy.


Washington Supreme court's Unelected Black-Robed Activist Judges Rule Against Equal Rights

From Morons.org: WA Supreme Court Justifies Anti-Gay Law with Tortured Reasoning
Black-robe-wearing judicial activists on the Washington Supreme Court have upheld an anti-gay ban on same-sex marriage in that state, employing some of the same tortured reasoning we saw in the recent case in New York and in other cases where the court has deferred to the legislature rather than have the courage to confront the real civil rights issue.
You might want to go read the whole thing; Nick makes good points.

I'm not surprised by this - despite the right's hatred of the courts and screeding about "judicial activists" and "unelected black-robed activist judges" whenever courts decide to rule in favor of people's rights, many courts still rule against the public interest and in favor of far-right hatred.

One wonders how these kind of courts would have framed other decisions on civil rights, like segregation.


Bush Vetoes Lifesaving Research Funding Bill in Secret

From CNN.com: Bush vetoes embryonic stem-cell bill
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush used his veto power Wednesday for the first time since taking office 5 1/2 years ago, saying that an embryonic stem-cell research bill "crossed a moral boundary."
I'd like to know what crosses more of a moral boundary: not funding research that could save thousands of lives and possibly cure horrible diseases, or saving clumps of cells that will be disposed of anyway?

Naturally, the pro-death, pro-hate, anti-choice culture fostered by the Bush-Leaguers and their Christofascist friends says it's more important to save the clumps. People aren't important unless they're not alive. They're especially unimportant if they're poor and/or brown-skinned. If Bunnypants gave two squirts of piss about life, he wouldn't be sending our citizens to die in Iraq, nor would he be supporting the killing of civilians for the actions of other people. "Life", to Bush and his ilk, means "white upper-class people, clumps of cells, and brain-dead people", and nothing more.

"This bill would support the taking of innocent human life in the hope of finding medical benefits for others," Bush said Wednesday afternoon. "It crosses a moral boundary that our decent society needs to respect. So I vetoed it."
And this right here is proof that Bunnypants knows shit-all about any of this, and he's just pandering to the anti-choice, anti-woman, anti-science, anti-life segments of his hatemonger base - they aren't alive, they aren't ever going to be, and you're just a filthy fucking LIAR.

Even worse, Bunnypants didn't make much out of vetoing the bill - he did so practically in secret. Why? Because he knows that this is going to alienate him even more from his party, which has many people who are actually in favor of funding the research, and from the country at large, of which 66% support stem cell research.

Quite frankly, it's garbage like this that's going to result in a massive backlash in the next two elections. People are sick of it. We're all sick of the lies, the spying, the death, the war, the hate, the heartlessness.

UPDATE, 9:30 PM: Hell, even the kids these days realize how wrong this guy is!


Bush to Kill Thousands With Veto

From the Associated Press: Senate Stem Cell Bill to Prompt Bush Veto
Debating science, ethics, morality and humanity, the Senate prepared Tuesday to send a bill expanding federal funding of embryonic stem cell research to an unreceptive President Bush.

Despite a White House statement reaffirming Bush's veto threat, supporters said the pressure of public opinion eventually will push the government toward funding. They argue that research into stem cell treatments holds the promise of cures for a host of debilitating diseases afflicting millions of people.
One veto.

Bush has not yet vetoed even one bill in his whole time as the unelected President. This will be his first. And he's using that first veto to essentially kill thousands who could benefit from this research. All to pander to the so-called "pro-life" lobby.

So what's so goddamn pro-life about destroying the possibly of cures for horrible diseases? Nothing, that's what - pro-life is the most incorrect label possible for these people. They're pro-suffering, pro-death, pro-hate, pro-disease.

And even worse, since they know the public supports the research, the Greedy Old Prats and resorting to their favorite way of spinning things - making shit up:
"I've got — one, two, three more articles. These are just a summation, peer-reviewed articles. They form tumors. That's the problem with embryonic stem cells. So while the senator from California, the senator from Michigan, from Iowa, from Pennsylvania, other places saying we want cures, I want cures.

"The research is saying, embryonic stem cells form tu tumors. You put them into individuals, they form tumors. And while we may, we hope, at some point in time something positive happens, the problem is they form tumors."
Sen. Sam Brownback, everyone. He's saying that stem cells cause tumors. Where's the proof, Sammy? Well, I'll tell you where - it's where he pulled that so-called fact from: UP HIS ASS.

"The greater the lie, the greater the chance it will be believed." I'm not gonna come out and say who said that, but let's just say it's someone that the extreme elements of the Right idolize, and that Bush's ancestors had some relations with.

God damn, this makes me wanna throw up.


Reality 1, Kook 0

From Reverent and Free: Andrew Kaduk vs. Reality

Craig at R&F covers Andrew the Kook's - oops, I mean Andrew Kaduk's - need to childishly attack me because I think justice should be done about the leaking of Valerie Plame's identity. Andrew, for those who don't know, is the one who send Trollpig (I mean Hellpig) and Dim Tank (I mean "Tim Zank" - gee, I'm bad with names today) after me because he can't stand it that someone's out there showing how very, very WRONG people like Kook really are.

The crazy mirror world that Kook lives in must be a sad place today.

Bush Unplugged - Album Coming Soon

From Crooks and Liars: Bush Unplugged at the G8 over Middle East Conflict
Mr Bush was caught saying that a key to defusing the Middle East crisis was for "Hizbollah to stop doing this s**t". "What they need to do is get Syria to get Hizbollah to stop doing this s**t, and it’s over," Bush told British Prime Minister Tony Blair at a leaders’ lunch at the Group of Eight industrial countries gathering here. The President was on camera but apparently unaware that his words were being captured by a microphone.
Okay, now that's pretty funny. I needed that.

Truth is, I'd alomst be more inclined to side with him if he were like this all the time. Not so much the "we gotta make sure all them bad folks is wiped out" part or the "Kofi Annan is a pansy-ass because he doesn't wanna blow shit up" part, but the "stop doing this shit" part. We need more of Dubya just talking straight. No mincing words, no diplomacy (like he even knows what that word means), just him telling folks to cut the shit out. Either he'd get run out of Washington on a rail, or he'd actually get something worthwhile done. Either way, we all win, y'know?


Wilson and Plame suing leakers

From CNN.com: Former CIA officer sues Cheney, Libby, Rove over leak
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The CIA officer whose identity was leaked to reporters sued Vice President Dick Cheney, his former top aide and presidential adviser Karl Rove on Thursday, accusing them and other White House officials of conspiring to destroy her career.

In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court, Valerie Plame and her husband, Joseph Wilson, a former U.S. ambassador, accused Cheney, Rove and I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby of revealing Plame's CIA identity in seeking revenge against Wilson for criticizing the Bush administration's motives in Iraq.
Now, of course, the right-wing trolls will come out of the woodwork on this, trying to say that this lawsuit is frivolous and that Plame wasn't undercover.

It's still bullshit no matter how many times they repeat it. If she wasn't undercover and leaking her identity wasn't a crime, why did the CIA refer the matter to the DoJ, and why has the DoJ pursued a case that's supposed to not be a case? If it's so obviously not an issue, why is it... well, such an issue?

Is anything going to come of this? Probably not - the scumbags of the administration will come off scot-free, as always. But it's a refreshing change to see someone stand up for themselves against these criminal acts being perpetrated.

Middle East blowing up all over

I've been seeing the news today about the trading of blows between Hezbollah and Israel. Part of me couldn't possibly care less, since this has been going on for years and will eventually result in the two parties wiping each other out. Most of me, though, is wondering how this is going to play out.

I can tell you one thing: the right-wing blowhards and Christofascist end-timers will be rooting Israel on, hoping to "wipe dem ebil brown folks out and get JAAAAYYYYZUS to come back so alls them evil non-Christians will burn in HAYL!" (Oddly enough, that would include the Jewish people of the world. Whom, by the way, the right-wingers hate because they're not Christian and are usually pretty level-headed. Go fig.)

Ultimately, I would hope that one of these days, they'll stop all this bullshit and at least TRY to get along. Not Hezbollah, at any rate - they ain't nice folks. I'm talking about the entire Muslim and Jewish peoples.


Novak: "Rove done did it"

From the Assocaited Press via Yahoo!News: Novak: Rove was a source in outing Plame
WASHINGTON - Now that Karl Rove won't be indicted, now that the president won't fire him, now that it really doesn't matter anymore, more details of the Valerie Plame leak investigation trickle out.

In his latest syndicated column released Wednesday, columnist Robert Novak revealed his side of the story in the Plame affair, saying Rove was a confirming source for Novak's story outing the CIA officer, underscoring Rove's role in a leak President Bush once promised to punish.

The columnist said he learned of Plame's CIA employment from a source he still refuses to publicly identify, and then confirmed with Rove and then-CIA spokesman Bill Harlow, whose roles in talking to Novak have been previously reported.
What a surprise. We were right the whole time, and nothing comes of it. These criminals will never see punsihment unless we get some accountability into Washington - that's why we need to vote in people who aren't surgically attached to Bush's ass by their silicone-injected lips.

Good gravy, I really hate these people sometimes.


Enron Chief Thief Lay Dead

From CNN.com: Enron founder Ken Lay dies
Kenneth Lay, who rose from a poor preacher's son to become a millionaire before being convicted of corporate fraud, died early Wednesday in Aspen, Colo., a family spokeswoman said.

Lay, 64, was awaiting sentencing after being found guilty of conspiracy and fraud in the Enron trial in May.

In a statement, spokeswoman Kelly Kimberly said, "The Lays have a very large family with whom they need to communicate, and out of respect for the family we will release further details at a later time."

Lay "suffered a massive coronary and died," according to his pastor, Dr. Steve Wende of Houston's First United Methodist Church. "Apparently, his heart simply gave out."
What heart? This guy was one of Dubya's closest friends and a massive thief who screwed his employees over by torpedoing his company after getting as much as he and his rich-boy buddies could out of it.

Well, I guess it was either this, or he spend no time in jail and be pardoned by his good friend, President Bunnypants, when Bunnypants was on his way out of office. This way, it seems a little like justice.


Bush Ordered Leaking of Plame's Identity

From the National Journal: Bush Directed Cheney To Counter War Critic
President Bush told the special prosecutor in the CIA leak case that he directed Vice President Dick Cheney to personally lead an effort to counter allegations made by former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV that his administration had misrepresented intelligence information to make the case to go to war with Iraq, according to people familiar with the president's statement.

Bush also told federal prosecutors during his June 24, 2004, interview in the Oval Office that he had directed Cheney, as part of that broader effort, to disclose highly classified intelligence information that would not only defend his administration but also discredit Wilson, the sources said.
Where is the outrage? There's your leak, right-wingers - there's your compromise of national security. Not the New York Times, which, by the way, was reporting something that the Wall Street Journal was told by the administration to report and hasn't seen these whiny cries of "TEH TREASON OH NOES". I know you'll try to spin this. You'll say Bush has the power to compel his staffers to do that, and that by letting it be leaked, it was declassified. Except that's not the truth, and you know it.

Bush himself said that anyone in his administration who was leaking information would be found and removed. What's he gonna do now that we know it was him?