Saturday, January 22, 2005

No Crisis

From now on, all my posts will have the following link:

Just so you know.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Scandals as a Spectator Sport

Salon has compiled a list of "34 scandals" in the first 4 years of the GOP regime that are worse than Whitewater. Atrios says that Whitewater wasn't a scandal and while it technically might not have been a scandal as (surprise!) the Clintons didn't do anything wrong, it ends up as a scandal because everyone treated it that way so the practical effect is the same. In the interest of framing the issue however I am quite happy to parrot "Whitewater was not a scandal!"

Anyhow, for your viewing pleasure I've compiled a list of the Salon scandals, sans description:

1. Memogate: The Senate Computer Theft
2. Doctor Detroit: The DOJ's Bungled Terrorism Case
3. Dark Matter: The Energy Task Force
4. The Indian Gaming Scandal
5. Halliburton's No-Bid Bonanza
6. Halliburton: Pumping Up Prices
7. Halliburton's Vanishing Iraq Money (Haliburton HAT TRICK!)
8. The Halliburton Bribe-apalooza
9. Halliburton: One Fine Company
10. Halliburton's Iran End Run (DOUBLE HAT TRICK!)
11. Money Order: Afghanistan's Missing $700 Million Turns Up in Iraq
12. Iraq: More Loose Change
13. The Pentagon-Israel Spy Case
14. Gone to Taiwan
15. Wiretapping the United Nations
16. The Boeing Boondoggle
17. The Medicare Bribe Scandal
18. Tom DeLay's PAC Problems
19. Tom DeLay's FAA: Following Americans Anywhere
20. In the Rough: Tom DeLay's Golf Fundraiser
21. Busy, Busy, Busy in New Hampshire
22. The Medicare Money Scandal
23. The Bogus Medicare "Video News Release"
24. Pundits on the Payroll: The Armstrong Williams Case
25. Ground Zero's Unsafe Air
26. John Ashcroft's Illegal Campaign Contributions
27. Intel Inside ... The White House
28. Duck! Antonin Scalia's Legal Conflicts
29. AWOL
30. Iraq: The Case for War
31. Niger Forgeries: Whodunit?
32. In Plame Sight
33. Abu Ghraib
34. Guantánamo Bay Torture?

Monday, January 17, 2005

Dumb Things

Note: This is going to be a blog-centric post, only loosely tied into current events.

Many of you may have heard about Armstrong Williams, a conservative commentator that the Department of Education and Rod "teachers-are-terrorists" Paige paid $250,000 to promote NCLB. A few less may have heard about Zephyr Teachout talking about the Dean campaign paying Markos Moulitsas and Jerome Armstrong as web/blogger consultants but onstensibly so they would positively pitch Dean. A few of the more savvy may imagine what happened when Zephyr's comments appeared in the Wall Street Journal.

The 101st Fighting Keyboarders as well a few more of the rights tv comentators tried to link this to the Williams story and equate them because Armstrong Williams was really starting to make a bit of a stink. There was anger and recriminations at Zephyr because not only had she hinted at something that was in actuality a lie--Jerome didn't blog while on the Dean Payroll, and Kos had a disclaimer on his page; both only did consulting work for the campaign as in their job descriptions--but something that was really stupid. Not only was it going to be used to reduce the noise about Armstrong Williams but it might harm Dean's status as fighting for the DNC chair! Now Zephyr has since said and its been proved that by all intents and purposes the story that ran in the WSJ was a dead story. No legs and if it was printed it was printed because of an agenda.

Moreover... Armstrong Williams was PAID VIA YOUR TAX DOLLARS to be a shill. Even if Jerome and Kos had shilled for Dean it would have been paid for out of campaign money donated by people like me ($100!) for the express purpose of shilling for Dean. Now the Bushies do this a lot, like for instance the Social Security Administration sending out packets talking about the "crisis" that social security is in. Take it from me, another young 23 year old young person, that I expect social security to be there and that if it is in a crisis, it is one of George Bush's making. But that's a subject for another post (but keep demagouging it seems to be working!). The point is Zephyr did something really dumb, refused to recant because of a different goal (discussing blogger ethics) and now the wingers are using it to blunt some criticism at them.


Oh yeah, I'm not a reporter but a partisan hack! (Not a shill, because I'm not getting paid!) There's your disclaimer for you.