Friday, June 24, 2005

Rove Round-up

Might the Republicans finally have gone too far? Will the American people at long last recognize that the Republicans have no sense of decency? Well, that's not likely, but this is what folks are saying about Rove's response to Durbin and Mehlman's and McClellan's responses to Rove...
First, what Rove said
"Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 in the attacks and prepared for war; liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers."
The poorman starts us off with a nice reminder of just how the President immediately responded to the attacks on 9/11 (by literally flying around the country hiding) and the White House lies about that response.
From Tapped, we get a link to a press release from Families of 9/11, "calling on Karl Rove to resist his temptations and stop trying to reap political gain in the tragic misfortune of others. His comments are not welcome."
Also in Tapped, Garance Franke-Ruta takes further issue with Rove's remarks, calling them
"a blatant falsehood and an insult to all the liberal victims of September 11 in the New York region who still want nothing more than for our military to get Osama bin Laden. Harry Reid, Howard Dean, and House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer have already called for Rove to apologize. I heartily concur."
She adds,
"Instead of attacking the patriotism of liberal victims of 9-11, Rove and the president should focus on catching bin Laden. The United States defeated Adolf Hitler’s army and the Italian fascists in three and a half years, but nearly four years after we got hit by Al-Qaeda, bin Laden is still at large and there appears to be no concerted effort to find him, even though CIA chief Porter Goss recently said we have "an excellent idea" where he is."
There's more, all of it good. Go read.
The DNC has its own take on the differences between Democrats and Republicans, among them,
"Democrats
Believe capturing the person primarily responsible for the attack should be a top priority.
Republicans
It's been four years, and Osama bin Laden is still free, even though Bush's CIA chief says he knows where he is."
Go read this, too.
Kevin Drum properly equates Rove's and McClellan's remarks with McCarthy level thuggery.
There's more, all over the internets.
For myself, I really don't want apologies from Rove, Mehlman, et al, and I certainly don't want to hear any more whiny calls for them to apologize coming from the Democrats. We should loudly and often point out that these comments are way bveyond the pale and demand nothing less than their resignations.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Celebrating Freedom in Alaska

It seems some folks up in Alaska are uncomfortable with people expressing views contrary to their own, so they're trying to organize a boycott of an upcoming (July 30)appearance by Steve Earle at the Southeast Alaska State Fair. As should always be the case with such things, however, their efforts seem to be backfiring, raising awareness of Earl's concert and increasing ticket sales.

To see how some of us BARBARians feel about Earle, click here or here, or even here.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

8th Annual BBQ At The End Of Time

Well, it's that time again when time itself comes to an end and we reverse course for yet another year of reliving the past. Come celebrate the 8th annual BBQ at the end of time at the fog ensconced Hellblazer residence in the fabled land of Moss Beach.

Please RSVP as soon as possible with how many will be attending so I can plan for food, drinks n' such. (Apologies for getting the invitation out late)

Please click here for formal invitation and RSVP directions.

Please remember to dress in layers. Here in the fog bound realm it could be beautiful and warm or dense fog and rather cold.

Remember, children are always welcome!

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Sorry I missed the Guns & Roses thang'

If I had known that everyone was in the neighborhood that Saturday I would have invited everyone over to the Fencing Club where I teach a few miles from there for a free fencing lesson.

With that said, I wonder if the Pen is mightier than the sword then the Blog must be mightier than the blunderbuss...

I missed all you bloggers with arms!

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Attention All Wanna-Be Tarantinos and Brett Ratners...

I know it's 8 days into the month already, but a friend of mine's putting on a '3-minute film festival' for movies directed, shot and edited during the month of June. It's open to seasoned auteurs and clumsy, ham-fisted amateurs alike.

Check out the site at http://3minutefilmfest.blogspot.com

Spread the word amongst any and all hipster Hollywood phonies you may know!!