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.


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.


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.


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."

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.


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."


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."