Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Truth Seekers Triple Play

Kevin Phillips, was a senior strategist for Richard Nixon's 1968 presidential bid, and rose to prominence on the heels of Nixon's political triumphs. In 1969, Phillips book "The Emerging Republican Majority" was hailed as a visionary work of political analysis. He also wrote the 2004 bestseller, "American Dynasty", which I believe is a must-read. His latest, just published book is "American Theocracy", and looks like it could be an even more important book than those previous two. (Listen to him interviewed and read the entire 4th chapter of "American Theocracy" here.) Also see Phillips website(s) and ...

Friday, March 10, 2006

Claude Allen Update

This is bizarre. A few posts ago I wondered why Claude Allen resigned suddenly. Well it turns out that this top Bush aide was arrested yesterday in a shop-lifting scheme that's been going on since at least October. Atrios at Eschaton has the scoop.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

WAIT! There's a Case Against Impeachment

My favorite, the one that made me LOL, was: "If Dick Cheney becomes President he's likely to shoot a lot more people."
see the cartoon by Ward Sutton

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

What George Clooney was Saying

I'm posting here, (at the end of this post, below my comments,) the best part of George Clooney's Academy Award acceptance speech, (for Best Supporting Actor, in Syriana.)

(First, background needed...) Dowser Sez: The right wing radio propagandists, their sycophant devotees, and television evangelists love to blame everything on "liberal Hollywood". They also slam liberal and progressive people, said essentially to be led by Hollywood. A Hollywood that is said to be "OUT OF TOUCH with the American people", which supposedly force feeds them liberal, commie, (read atheist), pinko, fag, propaganda that will eventually bring on the downfall of American civilization, and perhaps even hasten Armageddon. In short: the work of SATAN.
Below is his response. I took a quick look for a link to an insightful article, but I'm surprised how many people don't seem to know what this is about and misrepresented Clooney's speech as being "self deprecating". Sad, since it is more in the vein of the speeches made that helped precipitate the end of the ugly McCarthy era....which was the subject of his movie "Good Night and Good Luck". He is also addressing the fascistic intimidation and interests of the right wing in this country today, and perhaps keeping in mind America's imperialist actions featured in his other movie, Syriana. (Aspects of the storyline of Syriana are similar to the theme of John Perkins best selling, controversial, autobiographical, "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" which I am reading.) Oh, and the types that support the NeoCons also despise drawing attention to the issue of gay rights, which "Brokeback Mountain" does, (at least in part).

"And finally, I would say that, you know, we are a little bit out of touch in Hollywood every once in a while. I think it's probably a good thing. We're the ones who talk about AIDS when it was just being whispered, and we talked about civil rights when it wasn't really popular. And we, you know, we bring up subjects. This Academy, this group of people gave Hattie McDaniel an Oscar in 1939 when blacks were still sitting in the backs of theaters. I'm proud to be a part of this Academy. Proud to be part of this community, and proud to be out of touch."

Photo GNU-GPL'd by "BadDog" (And no I didn't create this post as a reason to post a pic of George Clooney on my blog! ...but it'll do.)