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10/21/2005

My letter to Blue Cross of California 

I was recently turned down for health insurance by Blue Cross of California. I am 30 years old, in reasonably good health, but the reason they gave me was that I have two chronic conditions (neither life threatening).

Here is the letter I wrote them:

Dear Blue Cross of California -

Thank you for your recent rejection of my application for health insurance through your firm. While it would have been nice to have health insurance, it is far more important that corporations like Blue Cross of California keep a healthy bottom line than for a nobody like me to have the resources to afford staying healthy or the risk of health-care cost induced bankruptcy mitigated.

I understand completely why my application was rejected; after all, I have two conditions (depression AND migraines!), which would obviously be a drag on your profits. It is entirely possible, after all, that my depression could easily bloom into a full-blown MAJOR depression - and the resulting change in medication prescribed to me could really hurt Blue Cross of California's bottom line, and by proxy, would hurt America. I don't want that; obviously, neither do you.

You see, corporations like you are the life-blood of America. If not for the great catch-22 that is the Insurance industry, how could ANYBODY afford the out-of-control prices of health care in the 21st century? They couldn't! (Well, except for the 2% among us who could.) So I thank you from the bottom of my heart for keeping America strong by rejecting my application and boosting your profits. If I am hurt in an auto accident, or have a severe migraine that requires hyper-expensive medication to stop the extreme pain, I will comfort myself by thinking of all the underwriters who remain employed by your great company, and rejoice in the six-figure (or seven-figure!) salaries of your top executives. I'm sure their kids are happy, healthy, and headed for Ivy-league schools. All thanks (in part) to the rejection of applications for health insurance of millions of Americans like me! I will see these smiling rich faces in my moment of need, and the knowledge that Blue Cross of California has had a killer quarter (no pun intended) will act as a salve for my pain.

Thank you, once again, for doing what is necessary to make America the strongest and richest country in the world. Hopefully none of the people who have been denied health insurance through your company will push for that most Communist of all evils, "socialized medicine." I've seen your reports - I know it doesn't work - but I don't know about my fellow insurance-challenged citizens. Some of them think that the insurance industry's deep aversion to single-payer health insurance is a self-serving effort. I know that you are only trying to do what is right for America, and I will try to convince everyone I can of this before I die of some easily-treatable disease.

Thank you for everything,

(my name)
Rejected Applicant
Application control ID # FX78521C

11/14/2004

Idea from Steve Gilliard:

so sad... the number one request at walter reed hospital is phone cards. Because the priority of our government is to continue tax cuts for the likes of paris hilton, the government doesn't pay ld phone charges and these guys, many of them amputees, are rationing their calls home. Many will be there throughout the holidays. Remember that most are from poor families. It is disgusting that they cannot keep in touch with family after what they have been asked to sacrifice for bushco; especially this time of year. Support the troops -- cuz bushco doesn't. Send phone cards of any amount to:

medical family assistance center
walter reed medical center
6900 georgia avenue, nw
washington, dc 20307-5001

they say they need an "endless" supply of these -- any amount even $5 is greatly appreciated.



11/06/2004

Words to Remember From Jefferson: 

In 1798, after the passage of the alien and sedition acts under President John Adams, Thomas Jefferson had these still relevant words of solace for a friend:

A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to its true principles. It is true that in the meantime we are suffering deeply in spirit, and incurring the horrors of a war and long oppressions of enormous public debt.... If the game runs sometimes against us at home we must have patience till luck turns, and then we shall have an opportunity of winning back the principles we have lost, for this is a game where principles are at stake.


11/05/2004

It's On, Motherfuckers. 

David Rees (of Get Your War On fame) has this to say to those of us who are despondent due to Dubya's recent electoral win.

It's on, motherfuckers. It's on.

11/03/2004

Dear World: 

We are so, so, so sorry. We tried to stop this. We weep with you.

Love,
Yasonyacky

10/30/2004

GOP + OBL: FOREVER!!! 

It's more than a little strange that the Republicans are so thrilled about Osama bin Laden still being alive to make videotaped messages to the American people. Wasn't he "Wanted: Dead or Alive" or some cowboy horseshit like that?

Let me try to make sense of this... Kerry is lambasted for talking about a "global test" for American military operations. Meanwhile, our Marines are getting blown up while awaiting orders from Iraq's interim prime minister, Ayad Allawi, before attacking Fallujah. Three days before the presidential election.

???

10/23/2004

59 Reasons Why Bush Sucks. 

Send your undecided friends and family to this OC Weekly story:

http://www.ocweekly.com/ink/05/05/cover-stacy.php

10/21/2004

The Big Dog Shoots for the Top U.N. Posting. 

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton has set his sights on becoming U.N. secretary-general.

Hell yes! Kofi Annan is great and all, but this would be absolutely key. John Kerry in the White House, Bill Clinton at the U.N. Secretary-General post, and Barack Obama as a U.S. Senator...

"...I've got to admit it's getting better... better all the time..."

10/18/2004

How can Bush protect us against bioterrorism when he can't even protect us against the flu? 

Seriously.

5/09/2004

A Real Kick in the Whatever It Takes. 


Regarding the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal and other strategic and tactical blunders:

A Special Forces officer aimed higher, saying that "Rumsfeld needs to go, as does Wolfowitz."

Asked about such antagonism, Wolfowitz said, "I wish they'd have the -- whatever it takes -- to come tell me to my face."
Washington often looks and sounds like playground politics, but this is somewhere around sixth grade level. No, fifth. Note to Wolfowitz: I wish you and other top administration officials had the -- whatever it takes -- to admit this whole thing has been a huge mistake right from the start.


4/10/2004

"...[t]he gates of hell will open up...." 


Haven't they already?

"I can see clearly now, the rain is gone... it's gonna be a bright, bright sunshiny day..."

Why Aren't Heads Rolling In the Bush Administration? 


Atrios gets it right on the money:
Les Aspin resigned in shame when 18 people died in Somalia. When is someone in this administration going to lose his/her job?


3/26/2004

We Should Have Known. 


"...there was specific information about use of airplanes, that an attack was on the way two or three months beforehand and that several people were already in the country by May of 2001. They should've alerted the people to the threat we're facing."
This from former FBI wiretap translator Sibel Edmonds, who gave this explosive information to Salon.com.

3/21/2004

Infrequent Postings. 


I'd like to apologize for the infrequent postings as of late. I just lost my job last week, and I've been scrambling to find work relatively quickly. Beginning tomorrow, however, I'm committing to posting back on a semi-regular schedule.

So this isn't (wasn't) really a hiatus - just another fire to put out. And considering I've had the bad luck to be laid off from the last three jobs I've held, it shouldn't be too tough for me to come to grips with this one!

Thanks for your patience over the last ten days or so. Back soon - bigger and better than ever.

3/09/2004

The Defections Continue. 


Good news, everybody: Dobbs has officially left the reservation (or the ranch, as the case may be). And after this slanderous hit piece by the Wall Street Journal editorial page, it will be amazing if he doesn't officially become an (I) for good.

Although I don't think most progressives will be thrilled about his racist rants about the horrors of illegal immigrants, it's still nice to have another voice criticizing Bush. And the existential fact of the WSJ piece just confirms the import of Lou's defection.

3/08/2004

Awesome Ad of the Day. 


Via Tom Tomorrow, here it is:

The funniest spoof ad I have ever seen.

...Which is why the only man who can get us out of this mess is the man who got us into it. George W. Bush has a plan... ...It'll be like the last four years never happened. Yes, George Bush has a plan. To find out what it is, vote for him in November. Also, he speaks awesome Spanish.

"Soy George W. Bush. Yo probe este message."
Fun-ny.

Rove Admits to Disseminating Damaging Plame Info 


This piece of news on the Plame scandal really made my day:

President Bush's chief political adviser, Karl Rove, told the FBI in an interview last October that he circulated and discussed damaging information regarding CIA operative Valerie Plame with others in the White House, outside political consultants, and journalists, according to a government official and an attorney familiar with the ongoing special counsel's investigation of the matter.

But Rove also adamantly insisted to the FBI that he was not the administration official who leaked the information that Plame was a covert CIA operative to conservative columnist Robert Novak last July. Rather, Rove insisted, he had only circulated information about Plame after it had appeared in Novak's column. He also told the FBI, the same sources said, that circulating the information was a legitimate means to counter what he claimed was politically motivated criticism of the Bush administration by Plame's husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson.
Note that Rove is still insisting that he was not the source of the initial leak to Novakula. Regardless, this information is pretty damaging stuff. I really, truly can't wait for the frog march.

Josh Marshall has more.


Almost There... Stay on Target... 


I don't want to fall into the trap of giving Dubya - the "Master of Low Expectations" - the Underdog label. But these poll numbers are wonderful. More, more, more! "Almost there... Stay on target..."

(Thanks to cheney_usa in Atrios' comments section for the quite appropriate line from Star Wars.)

Hunters and Anglers Against Bush 


The irrational Bush hatred bandwagon on the far fringes of the left keeps on rolling, with this article in Field & Stream taking Bush and Cheney to task on environmental issues. Here's an excerpt (emphasis added):

Rod and gun in hand, and backing the Second Amendment right to own firearms, President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have won the hearts of America’s sportsmen. Yet the two men have failed to protect outdoor sports on the nation’s public lands. With deep ties to the oil and gas industry, Bush and Cheney have unleashed a national energy plan that has begun to destroy hunting and fishing on millions of federal acres throughout the West, setting back effective wildlife management for decades to come.
So it's clear that this irrational hatred of Bush is limited to the far fringes of the radical left. If radical left anti-Amurikan fifth column screeds like this from Field & Stream (and the like) continue, it's possible (though not really probable) that the next great irrational anti-Bush hatred Islamo-fascist hit piece could come straight from the pages of Guns & Ammo.

One can only hope.

Republican Gospel Singers Against Bush 


This is great. More Republican Gospel singers like this, please.

With the backbone of the Democratic Party, William Jefferson Clinton, out of the way and the Bush Storm Troopers in place, democracy took the day off. Then this war-for-profit crew moved forward with their plans as if world opinions were irrelevant.... Now that the moment of glory has passed and the long years of blood, sweat and tears are upon us, they will yet again -- according to plan -- take their spoils and move on, leaving the rest of us to bury the dead and balance the checkbook.
Once the gospel singers start peeling off, Bush clearly has some serious reasons to worry.


3/05/2004

Ha ha. 


From Cosmic Iguana:

New Mexico Republican arrested for DWI right after signing DWI bill.

Sorry for the schadenfreude (I know it's unseemly), but I just love these "Great Moments in GOOPer Hypocrisy."

3/04/2004

A Seriously Good Idea. 


A great idea from Pandagon:

Let's say John Kerry holds a press conference in early June announcing that he'll reveal his VP in one week. Seven days later, he announces his Vice-President. He then reveals that the ticket will retire for a week to name the cabinet (keep the press coverage on). After two weeks of non-stop coverage, this is what the American people see:

President: John Kerry
Vice-President: Bill Richardson
Sec. of State: Sam Nunn
Sec. of Defense: Wesley Clark
Sec. of Homeland Security: Gary Hart
National Security Advisor: Rand Beers
Sec. of Veterans Affairs: Max Cleland
Attorney General: John Edwards
Sec. of Labor: Dick Gephardt

More, of course, would follow. But let's form a real shadow government. Let's have Edwards release statements every time Ashcroft abrogates liberties, let's watch Gephardt give press conferences every time the RNC outsources campaign calling to India, let's see Rand Beers expose the inept counter-terrorism team he left because they weren't making us safer, let's see Rumsfeld's policy of oppositional engagement with "old" Europe and his love of "new" Europe criticized by the man who led Old Europe in freeing New Europe.
Yes. Yes! Can you imagine the power this would generate?

Kerry campaign, you listening?

UPDATE: Matthew Yglesias has more.

Way To Go, Nader! 


Awesome! I'm glad folks' political consciences are so advanced that they would rather suffer another four years under Bush than cast a vote for a candidate who doesn't match their outlook exactly! [/sarcasm]

Look, I understand that some people think "voting your conscience" means voting for the person who most closely matches your ideological profile in all situations. I just happen to think that's thick-headed and wrong, especially in the situation we (as progressives of whatever stripe) find ourselves in today.

What really sucks is this - if Kerry moves far enough left to pick up the Nader voters, he'll likely lose just as many (if not more) voters in the center.

Okay, fine. Take your ball and go home. The rest of us will just have to figure out how to beat Bush without you.

Fear Channel 


The right's Mighty Wurlitzer is apparently losing some pieces. When Clear Channel suspended Howard Stern's channel in half a dozen markets last week, it was difficult to argue that the broadcast conglomorate's action was anything but a blatant reprisal for Stern's criticism of Bush. But the real surprise in that package was the fact that Stern had actually criticized Bush - and continues to do so. Here's hoping this influential voice stays on the side of good. (Fingers crossed.)

BTW, Andrew Sullivan's changed his tune, too. Here's a choice excerpt from his blog from recent days:

"Memo to straights: you're next."

2/28/2004

Echoes of the Dark Past In Current Debate Over Same-Sex Marriage. 


Atrios has a great comparison between the arguments of those who currently oppose same-sex marriage and those who opposed inter-racial marriage in the early 20th century, and I think he hits the nail right on the head.

Why can't we just agree that civil marriages should have nothing to do with religious marriage ceremonies? Oh yeah - I forgot. In the culture wars, the religious right wants the rest of us to accept fundamental Christianity and/or [insert religion of choice here] as the basis for civil laws and society.

It's stuff like this that makes me want to move to Canada. But I've been thinking about it a lot, and I have decided that the best thing I can do is to stay here in the U.S. and fight for what's right. Running away might make me feel better, but I get the feeling that the progressive movement needs as much help as it can get. Hopefully we're nearing a tipping point back toward sanity (fingers totally crossed).

2/27/2004

Yasonyacky Gets Haloscan Upgrade. 

I usually reserve the posting area here for political news, analysis, and general mockery of the current administration - and I'll get back to that soon, I promise - but today something special happened. I upgraded my Haloscan account with a donation of $15 (the minimum donation for upgrade is $12), and I did so happily. Simon and Jeevan (the cats who run Haloscan) have paid all the expenses of running HaloScan right out of their own pockets, and provide a wonderful service for bloggers.

For me, blogging (and reading the blogs of others) would not be nearly as interesting without the ability to comment on individual posts and to read the comments of others. If you regularly visit the blogs with heavier traffic (e.g. Atrios), you can't help but have noticed that a lot of heavy lifting gets done in the comments section. The most amazing thing is that you can get a HaloScan account for free. That's saying a lot. There's not much that's free these days.

Anyway, I donated to help out the HaloScan community (the more people who become "premium" members, the better services they'll be able to provide to everybody). I also donated to help out Simon and Jeevan, who are true heroes of the blogosphere. And finally, I donated to get myself a "premium" HaloScan account, which (among other things) provides this blog with:

Increased post length.
Free Account - 1000 characters max.
Premium Account - 3000 characters max.

Full Template Customization.
Look for my comments section to sport a snazzy new look in the near future.

There are several other features that will probably be very helpful as readership here grows, but those are my two favorite. Most important for you, dear blog reader, is the fact that your comments can now be up to 3000 characters,which should please some of you immensely (I'm talking to you, Darwin). Oh, and the ability to delete the postings of trolls right in the comments window! I can't wait!

So, if you're a blogger, and you're not using HaloScan, try it out. It's a great service.

If you're a blogger and you're using the free version of Haloscan, upgrade your account by donating $12 (or more) to Simon and Jeevan so they can add more features and so you can get lots of the awesome features they already provide for premium accounts.

Thanks, Simon and Jeevan, for providing a much-needed service to bloggers and blog-readers. You rock!

UPDATE: I've chosen a "snazzy new look" - let me know how you like it. The comments template I chose is called commentlight.css, authored by "comments." (I don't think that's the person's real name, but whatever.) Let me know what you think.

2/25/2004

Mista Perle Out. 


Good riddance! Don't let the door hit you in the ass, Dick.

I wonder if this is related to Perle being investigated by the SEC, as noted in this previous post?

UPDATE: Joe at American Leftist has posted the text of Perle's resignation letter here.

2/24/2004

New "Get Your War On." 




See more of David Rees's Get Your War On here.

2/23/2004

Secret Pentagon Document Warns of Catastrophic Global Climate Change. 


The Observer of London has unearthed a "secret report," apparently suppressed by the Pentagon, that warns of the potential catastrophic effects of climate change on human life.

"The document predicts that abrupt climate change could bring the planet to the edge of anarchy as countries develop a nuclear threat to defend and secure dwindling food, water and energy supplies... 'Disruption and conflict will be endemic features of life,' concludes the Pentagon analysis."
It's a good thing the Bush administration is taking climate change seriously. Oh, wait - they're not taking it seriously. Instead, they're militarizing space and building missile defense shields.

Here is the list of key findings from the report.

Yikes.

2/22/2004

Atrios has Trackback. 


Thanks to Atrios for the heads up - Haloscan provides Trackback now. I will also get trackback set up on this blog soon.

UPDATE: Trackback has now been added to Yasonyacky.

2/20/2004

Take Them at Their Words. 


Bruce Miller, the author of "Take Them at Their Words: Shocking, Amusing and Baffling Quotations from the G.O.P. and Their Friends, 1994-2004," is interviewed by BuzzFlash.

My favorite excerpt from the interview:

I mean, is this what civilization is supposed to look like: angry, bitter, hateful white people running around claiming that anyone who disagrees with them is working for Lucifer?

WTF, Tom Daschle? 


I have thus far refrained from criticizing the Senate minority leader in print. But I think this abrupt about-face on WMDs and Iraq offers a fine occasion to begin.

He's "satisfied with the way things are going in Iraq?" He "praised the Bush administration's war and nation-building work in Iraq"? He "has no serious concerns" about the weapons of mass destruction (or lack thereof)? WTF?

I'd like to remind everybody that this is our Senate minority leader. Perhaps this is a signal that the DNC thinks a backlash is imminent, but I don't think so. The media haven't really been harping on Bush - he's been tripping over his own god-damned shoelaces. There's not really much to lash back against. Besides, the Coulters and the Scarboroughs have been lashing back.

I think this is just re-election equivocation. Or full-blown treason. Take your pick.

(Thanks to Bing Crosby in Atrios' comments for digging this one up.)

The "Troubled" Meme. 


The Bush administration is "troubled." They're also "deeply troubled." And they find a lot of things "troubling," "deeply troubling," and "troubling and tragic." That's what they say, anyway. Here's an overview of the White House's use of the "troubled" meme.

Bush is "troubled" by the same-sex marriages happening in San Francisco this week.

Bush's science adviser, John Marburger, is "troubled" by the fact that prestigious scientists signed a 37-page report accusing the Bush administration of distorting and suppressing findings that contradict administration policies.

White House Spokesman Scott McClellan said on February 4th - five times - that the recent MA Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage was "deeply troubling." Okay, Scottie, we get the point. "Deeply troubling." Got it. And where did Scottie get that phrase? From the boss, of course.

That same day, Bush had issued a statement calling the MA Supreme Court ruling "deeply troubling."

And back on November 5th of last year, in his remarks occasioning the signing the "Partial Birth Abortion Ban," Bush called the facts about so-called "partial birth" abortions "troubling and tragic."

Damn, this guy is "troubled" a lot, isn't he? But there's more.

In a September 17, 2003 letter to the Speaker of the house, Bush referred to Iraq and Afghanistan as part of a "troubled region."

Bush was "troubled" in June 2003 at the Israeli helicopter gunship attacks.

And Ari Fleischer later told the gaggle - four times - that the President was "deeply troubled" at the same Israeli helicopter gunship attack. A question about 1/4 of the way through the press briefing (after the fourth and final use of the "troubled meme" at this briefing) raises a germane question - "Ari, if the president is so deeply troubled, why doesn't he pick up the phone and call Ariel Sharon?"

In May of 2003, Bush spoke of Iraq as part of a "troubled neighborhood."

In April of 2003, then-White House spokesman Ari Fleischer called Cuba's reelection to the UN's Human Rights Commission "troubling" and "troublesome."

In April of 2003, in "The President's Recommendations for Improving Physical Fitness," Bush calls the steep rate of increase in obesity in young people "particularly troubling."

In January 2003, during the run-up to war in Iraq, a White House news release said that information on Iraq's apparent possession of undeclared chemical warheads was "troubling and serious."

Also in January 2003, speaking in St. Louis, Bush called it "troubling and disturbing" that Saddam Hussein "want[ed] to play a game" with regard to disarming.

In September 2002, Ari Fleischer called reports that Iraq had begun new construction at sites previously used for nuclear activity both "troubling" and "deeply, deeply troubling."

In July 2002, Bush said that the International Criminal Court was "troubling to the United States, troubling to the administration, and obviously trouble with the United States Senate as well." He then went on to say that as the U.S. "works to bring peace around the world," he feared that U.S. diplomats and soldiers "could be drug into this court and that's a very troubling -- very troubling to me."

Back in January 2001, Bush said he was "troubled" by Clinton's pardon of Marc Rich.
You know how when you say a word over and over and over again, it begins to somehow magically lose its meaning? Isn't that how you feel about the word "troubled" right now? Can you even remember what it means? I didn't think so.

2/19/2004

Federal Court Agrees to Hear Request to Reopen Roe v. Wade. 


No, I'm not joking. As unbelievable as this is, and as much as I hate the fact that this is even a remote possibility in the U.S. in 2004, it might just chip off quite a few women from the (R) ticket - just in time for the November elections. If not, I'd better start practicing my Canadian vernacular now:

What a bunch of hosers.

Just for the record, I will not live in a country in which abortion is illegal. I simply refuse. Canadians - please write me with advice as to which of your fine cities I should visit if my "world tour" becomes necessary.

Dem Talking Points '04! 


From a comment over at Atrios:

1. President Bush wants to repeal the 14th Amendment.

2. President Bush caused the recession.

3. President Bush moved your job overseas.

4. President Bush lied to you about a threat in Iraq in order to steal your tax money to give to Haliburton.
Indeed. Does anybody have Terry McCauliffe's telephone number?

Perle Under Investigation. 


The London Times has a heart-warming article on Mistah Perle's "apparent contravention of the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s rules."

Drip, drip.

I'm waiting for these last two Texas dominoes (1, 2) to fall into place before I start to really celebrate.

2/18/2004

DoD WMD Talking Points! 


This is awesome. (Thanks for digging that one up, Josh!)

To recap the most important point in the DoD's talking points, there was no disagreement as to the existence or scope of before Shrub launched his revenge-war. (The "Everybody Was Wrong" meme.)

Carry on.

2/15/2004

It's One of Those Things You Always Knew Was True, But Didn't Want To Believe. 


College Republicans offer whites-only award

Not much else to say on this one. Sad.

UPDATE: Of course, Atrios got to this one before I did. I was snowboarding all day, so I missed it. Damn. :-)

2/14/2004

WaPo Nukes Bush Campaign on Kerry "Special Interests" Attacks. 


No, that's not a typo. The Washington Post, in an editorial with no byline in today's issue, excoriates the Bush campaign over its recent attacks on John Kerry on the issue of "special interests." While conceding that "Mr. Kerry's fundraising and his relationships with Washington lobbyists are a legitimate topic" (especially since he has positioned himself as the enemy of special interests), the piece uses figures from the Center for Responsive Politics to show that Bush has actually collected more than four times as much from lobbyists in the 2004 elections than Mr. Kerry has ($960,000 for Bush, $235,000 for Kerry). The Bush attacks cite figures from the Center for Responsive Politics in its attacks, but only those having to do with Kerry. How would Nedra Pickler write it?

"When the Bush campaign says that John Kerry is 'brought to you by special interests,' it neglects to mention the fact that it has raised more than four times as much money directly from lobbyists as Kerry has, and that at least $6.5 million for Bush's re-election campaign has been 'bundled' by 53 registered lobbyists working as 'Pioneers' or 'Rangers' for the Bush campaign." Anyway, here are excerpts from the WaPo article (Nedra Pickler-free!)

Of Mr. Bush's Pioneers -- those who raised at least $100,000 in the 2000 campaign -- 21 snagged ambassadorships, and these weren't hardship postings. Checks from "HMOs, telecoms, drug companies"? Mr. Bush has swamped Mr. Kerry in all three sectors during this campaign, raking in 10 times as much from donors connected to the pharmaceutical industry ($585,000 to $58,000) and telecommunications ($578,000 to $58,000).

...

And, since Mr. Bush brought it up, it's worth remembering that Mr. Kerry actually has some bona fides in the area of campaign finance ethics. He swore off checks from political action committees during his Senate races. He supported the McCain-Feingold legislation to end big soft-money checks to political parties -- which Mr. Bush's party did its best to kill and which the president only reluctantly signed. While the Bush administration fights to keep secret the activities of its energy task force, Mr. Kerry has promised to release the records of his meetings with lobbyists during his time in office.
As the worm turns...


2/13/2004

Ann Coulter not a "Fox News contributor," despite 50 appearances since 2002. 


Apparently, after her venemous little tantrum about Max Cleland, Fox News doesn't like the idea of being linked with Ann Coulter - and more specifically, doesn't want anybody calling her a "Fox News contributor" - despite the fact that her fat adam's apple has bobbed up and down on that channel at least 50 times since 2002. I just got this email from "The Progress Report," the daily newsletter from The Center for American Progress (emphasis mine):

EDITOR’S NOTE: After publishing the Progress Report this morning, Fox News called to protest our description of Ann Coulter as a “Fox News contributor." Fox News said Ann Coulter "is not a contributor to this network" and "has not been a contributor the last couple of years." Though Fox News’ Sean Hannity described Ms. Coulter in December of 2002 as "a Fox News contributor," and despite Coulter appearing 50 times on Fox News since 2002, we regret any confusion this may have caused.


Somebody Floats a Rumor - The Remix. 


With the post just previous in mind, I read this exchange between Scott McClellan and the White House press gaggle with interest (emphasis mine):

Scott McClellan: I didn't say that. I said that these were all issues addressed four years ago. If there's additional information --

Q: This issue quite obviously wasn't addressed four years ago.

Scott McClellan: Oh, issues -- these issues were addressed four years ago.

Q: This issue was? The community service issue was addressed four years ago?

Scott McClellan: The issues -- the issues that we're going to here --

Q: I don't recall --

Scott McClellan: This is called chasing a rumor. And I'm not going to engage in this kind of politics, Bill.
Does this remind anybody else of the "Somebody floats a rumor and that causes you to ask a question... [a]nd I refuse to play" formulation by Bush when he was running for office in 1999?

UPDATE: Thanks to Tena (filling in for Atrios this weekend) for linking to this post. As you can imagine, site traffic just increased a thousandfold. A millionfold. A billionfold. Infinitely. Whatever. Thanks, Tena!

UPDATE II: Atrios reader 71077345 provides this compelling example [warning: Salon link] of a much older McClellan remix of the Resident's formulation, 1999 style (emphasis mine):

The Bush campaign refused to comment on the allegations. "We do not dignify false rumors and innuendos with a response," campaign spokesman Scott McClellan told Nothing Personal. "As a matter of principle, the governor refuses to play that game."
What the hell?