Archive for August 2011

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AZ GOP raffles Glock as fundraiser; same gun type used to shoot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in the head.


"Get yourself a new Glock, just like the one Jared Lee Loughner used in his murders and attempted assassination! We need the money! Tell a friend!"

I don't even know what to say. This Moment of Extremely Bad Taste and Insensitivity is brought to you by Pima County Republicans. Who else, right?

Via HuffPo:

An Arizona Republican fundraiser is offering as a prize the same type of gun used in the attempted assassination of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. [...]

Arizona Republicans surely know just how effective this particular brand of gun can be. After all, it was only eight months ago that Jared Lee Loughner used a Glock 19 in Tucson - the seat of Pima County - to shoot Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in the head. [...]

Congresswoman Giffords' office had no comment, according to Interim District Office Coordinator Rodd McLeod.

Here is the PDF the of newsletter.

Here is who should never win another election again, ever:


AUDIO: You say Cheney, I say A**hole...


The next 16 seconds are brought to you by my friend, my radio host, my fellow snarkette, blogger, and all around smart cookie, Nicole Sandler:

Please click over and read her post after you stop laughing.


Rick Perry has "done something that neither Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney could do: wake up the left."


Politico makes the point that Rick Perry, of all people, has lit a very belated fire under-- wait for it-- the Democrats. Someone had to.

They note that he has "done something that neither Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney could do: wake up the left." I long for the days when candidate Obama did the same thing; I wish he could rekindle.

But I guess we owe Ricky one. He managed to panic us out of our political coma:

[A] wave of alarm [is] centering around Perry's drawling, small-town affect and stands on core cultural issues such as women's rights, gun control, the death penalty, and the separation of church and state."

Great. We finally got inspired again, but this time it was by a right wing dim bulb religious extremist with a hankerin' for corn dogs instead of dreams of hope and change.


"The most gratuitously -- and joyously! -- dickish move of his presidency."


Regarding this...

... Gawker said this:

"...The most gratuitously -- and joyously! -- dickish move of his presidency."

The Fix said this:

"The contrast the White House is hoping to force is between a sitting incumbent spending his time trying to find solutions to the big problems facing the country and a motley crew of Republicans fighting amongst themselves as they all try to run to the extreme ideological right."

And John Boehner did this:

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) wrote President Obama to ask if he would address a joint session of Congress next Thursday, September 8 -- the opening night for the National Football League.

Speaking of being "dickish":

So Boehner lied, what a surprise.

Meanwhile, as all of these games are being played out, Americans are out of work, need decent health care, are trying to recover from being slammed by earthquakes and hurricanes, and could use a dose of constructive legislation from their representatives.

In other news, President Obama asked The Boehner to move his drinking hours to after his term is up.


VIDEO- Former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel: Republicans now “too far to the right,” GOP leadership “irresponsible"


I sweartogod I was just discussing the "Whatever happened to Chuck Hagel?" mystery with a friend. Mystery solved.

It's jarring to see a more rational, reasonable member of the Republican party. They're an endangered species.

Video via Think Progress.


Hidden network of U.S. companies aided secret flights transporting terror suspects to overseas prisons


I've railed against extraordinary rendition over and over in my posts about torture, Guantanamo Bay, the Bush administration, etc. Here we go again. A New York billing dispute ended up revealing details of secret CIA rendition flights.

Of course, if one were to ask Dick Cheney, one would hear him bluster and boast and huff-and-puff about all the evil terrorists BushCo rounded up and how much safer this country is because of their illegal immoral deplorable daring war crimes efforts.


Documents filed in a New York court case show that the firms aiding in the "extraordinary rendition" flights ranged from a major government contractor, DynCorp, to flight companies and even caterers that stocked the planes with fruit platters and bottles of wine.


[D]etails about shadowy CIA flights... have emerged in a small Upstate New York courthouse in a billing dispute between contractors. The court documents offer a rare glimpse of the costs and operations of a controversial program that President Obama shut down shortly after taking office. [...]

In other cases, the government has invoked the “state secrets” privilege to shut down litigation about the CIA program, but the case in Columbia County proceeded uninterrupted in an almost empty courtroom. [...]

[The logs] show multiple calls to CIA headquarters, to the cell and home phones of a senior CIA official involved in the rendition program, and to a government contractor, DynCorp, based in Falls Church, that worked for the CIA. [...]

“This new evidence tells a chilling story, from the CIA’s efforts to disguise its illegal activities to the price it paid to ferry prisoners to torture chambers across the world,” said Cori Crider, Reprieve’s legal director. ... Over the course of 36 months, between 2002 and 2005, the Richmor plane flew at least 1,258 hours for the agency, including routine flights to transfer personnel to Guantanamo and other destinations, according to the court records.

The flights went to Guantanamo Bay, Germany, and the Middle East on a regular basis. The Bush crime family was clearly being sensitive to their dire need for fruit platters and wine.