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And We’ve Got Our First Hit!

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 9, 2007


(“Please, Mistress, please don’t expose your slave boy toy as a sanctimonious pseudo-Christian hypocrite!”)

David Vitter, freshman Republican Senator from Louisiana (and Rudy Giuliani’s Southern regional chair of his presidential campaign), has been outed as a client of the DC Madam’s establishment.

Check this out: It’s his letter backing abstinence-only education. You know, teaching teens the importance both of saving it for marriage and for being faithful once married.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Pass the popcorn, please!

[UPDATE: Looks like this is by no means the first — or only — time that Mister Chastity For Thee But Not For Me has been caught screwing around!]

[UPDATE II: Ooooh, this asshole was working with David Duke. Verily, he deserves to go down!  And for you irony fans, the congressional seat from whence he came was held by — wait for it — Bob Livingston.]

Posted in Busheviks, family values, Fundies, Good Things, hypocrites, marriage, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, rightwing moral cripples, Rudy Giuliani, Silly Republicans | 12 Comments »

And They’re Off!

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 9, 2007


 The first batch of the DC Madam’s phone records have been released.

There are now tens of thousands of people poring over the buggers. 


Posted in BushCo malfeasance, family values, GOP/Media Complex | 1 Comment »

Upcoming FDL Book Salon

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 9, 2007


Dr. Allan Ornstein of St. John’s University has a new book out entitled Class Counts: Education, Inequality and the Shrinking Middle Class. The gang over at Fire Dog Lake, my other online home, are going to discuss this in an upcoming FDL Book Salon.

From the dust jacket:

Class differences and class warfare have existed since the beginning of Western civilization, but the gap in income and wealth between the rich (top 10 percent) and the rest has increased steadily in the past twenty-five years. The United States is heading for a financial oligarchy much worse than the aristocratic old world that our founding fathers feared and tried to avoid. The middle class is struggling and shrinking, the Medicare and Social Security trusts are drying up, and education is no longer the great equalizer. A moral society, one that is fair and just, sets limits on the accumulation of wealth and inherited privilege and also guarantees a safety net for the less fortunate. This book describes the need for redistribution of wealth in order to make U.S. society more democratic, fair, and just, and outlines the ways in which we can begin to make these very necessary changes.

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Posted in capitalism as cancer, economy, education, Fire Dog Lake, real wages | Comments Off on Upcoming FDL Book Salon

MR News Roundup: Things You Probably Won’t See On The TV Evening News

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 9, 2007


…because they’re too busy telling us all about The Scary Brown People:

— From Orcinius via The Wege, a story that, had it featured Muslim and/or brown-skinned perps, would have been all over the US media for the past week:

Three Burleson [Texas] men who belong to a “radical Christian activist group” were in the Johnson County Jail on Friday night after a church deacon caught two of them attempting to ignite an explosive device on Independence Day at a church under construction in north Burleson, authorities said Friday.

Dayton Lee Calaway, 19, and Michael Philip Plaisted Jr., 18, were arrested Wednesday night near the Victory Family Church after they got bogged down in mud as a fleet-footed deacon chased them from the church in the 400 block of Northwest John Jones Drive, police said.

Two other people drove away, the deacon told officers.


The suspects said the group has three levels of involvement: Bible study, consensual fighting and destructive acts. Because one of their beliefs is free thought, however, participation in all three levels is not mandatory, they told police.

The three admitted to being in a core group of seven that created the explosive weapon as a test to draw attention to the demise of society and to see whether the device would work, Havens said.

“They believe that the past generations have accumulated trash and are responsible for making younger generations clean up their mess,” he said. “They’re trying to make a statement and get society’s attention regarding that.”

That’s why two of the men said they were involved in an earlier fire in a recycling bin at CentrePoint Church on Alsbury Road, Singleton said. That fire burned the materials in the bin but did not damage the church, he said.

— Norm Coleman [R-MN] is an invincible juggernaut and presidential timber. Except, of course, when he’s not. Wow. Not only has Al Franken outraised Ol’ Ignore The Blonde Behind The Curtain, he’s massively outraised his chief DFL primary rival Mike Ciresi. Here’s some fun facts about Franken’s fundraising:

Over 20 percent of the money comes from inside Minnesota.

36,000 people contributed this year, with 20 percent of the first quarter donors returning again last quarter.

The average contribution was $65 and 95 percent of them were less that $100, countering the perception that Franken is backed by rich Hollywood liberal types.

Dick Durbin’s Prarie PAC contributed $5,000, indicating some establishment Democratic Party support.

Posted in Al Franken, Norm Coleman, terrorism, Texas | 1 Comment »

Oh, My Goodness

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 9, 2007


From Wayne Madsen (subscription only) by way of American Politics Journal, we hear that the records of Pamela Martin and Associates (Debora Jeane Palfrey’s sex-worker outfit) include at least one call from a member of the Bush-Cheney 2000 transition team.

And it gets better:

Perhaps explaining why the major media decided to ignore the escort story after ABC News spiked it, the phone number for a senior executive for CNN’s parent company, AOL Time Warner, appears on PMA records from 1995.

Yeah, that would explain it.

Granted, one has to approach anything Madsen writes with more than a touch of skepticism (for one thing, anyone who calls DailyKos and Democratic Underground “Democratic Leadership Council/AIPAC shills”, as he did just today, needs to loosen the tinfoil lining in his/her hat), but that can be said of most news outlets nowadays. The time when one could trust any news org implicitly is long gone — if it ever really  existed.   (And it hasn’t existed in the US since at least the 1980s, when Mark Hertsgaard wrote On Bended Knee: The Press and the Reagan Presidency.)

Posted in Bush, BushCo malfeasance, Busheviks, Dick Cheney, GOP/Media Complex, hypocrites, media, Media machine, mediawhores, rightwing moral cripples | Comments Off on Oh, My Goodness

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