The Case For Impeachment (Lapham, Harpers)

February 27, 2006

Lewis Lapham takes a serious look at the Conyers case for why we can no longer afford George Bush. Conyers explained why he entered his “futile” resolution on the phone with Lapham:

“To take away the excuse,” he said, “that we didn’t know.” So that two or four or ten years from now, if somebody should ask, “Where were you, Conyers, and where was the United States Congress?” when the Bush Administration declared the Constitution inoperative and revoked the license of parliamentary government, none of the company now present can plead ignorance or temporary insanity, can say that “somehow it escaped our notice” that the President was setting himself up as a supreme leader exempt from the rule of law.

Conyers report is available for a donation to the campaign to win back Congress. The more we take this seriously, the more serious we can make it.

Lapham’s article is excerpted on the Web. The full piece is in the March 2006 print edition of Harper’s Magazine.

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What if Microsoft Designed the iPod box?

February 27, 2006

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Dave Werner’s Amazing Portfolio

February 27, 2006

From Microsoft’s pre-emininent blogger, Scoble, by way of Adobe’s Photoshop Product Manager, John Nack a tip about Dave Werner’s brilliant web portfolio. Dave shows that he not only knows how to think about design, but even more impressive and practical, knows how to pitch it. Dave is from Portfolio Center, which ranking close behind Jez Graham, is one of the most important cultural landmarks of Atlanta

Report on the Bush bike crash in Scotland

February 27, 2006

Remember the president who couldn’t walk and chew gum at the same time? The current office-holder, it seems, can’t pedal, wave, and speak at the same time. News from Scotland yesterday details what happened last July when the president (who is also famous for falling off his couch, his mountain bike, and his Segway) fell off his bike. The police officer he struck was out of work for fourteen weeks.

Jim McDermott (D-WA 7th District): “Not only does he break the law over here on eavesdropping and spying on our own citizens, but it seems he can’t even keep to your law when it comes to riding a bike. It’s another example of how he can’t keep his mind on the things he should be thinking about.”

And the biggest rightie of all just fell out

February 24, 2006

William F. Buckley: “One can’t doubt that the American objective in Iraq has failed.” Posted today on National Review Online. His conclusion:

Mr. Bush has a very difficult internal problem here because to make the kind of concession that is strategically appropriate requires a mitigation of policies he has several times affirmed in high-flown pronouncements. His challenge is to persuade himself that he can submit to a historical reality without forswearing basic commitments in foreign policy.

He will certainly face the current development as military leaders are expected to do: They are called upon to acknowledge a tactical setback, but to insist on the survival of strategic policies.

Yes, but within their own counsels, different plans have to be made. And the kernel here is the acknowledgment of defeat.

But no… the righties didn’t all fall into line

February 24, 2006

Turns out that Bush is a lamer duck than I would have guessed. He didn’t pull the entire right-wing in behind the port contract. He had a sporadic mix of support from across the spectrum– Rush Limbaugh and Jimmy Carter — but Republicans from Sue (HELL NO) Myrick to Frist and Hastert all put the brakes on. Result–Bush blinks. Rove signals we don’t need to rush into this. What’s delicious about all this is that Bush has fallen into a trap that’s very much of his own making. By reducing all debate to a visceral, pavlovian set of signals in connecting Saddam to Al Qaeda through no chain of logic or evidence, but merely through relentlessly repeated association of the two names in close proximity, Bush prepared the country to salivate whenever the bell is rung. “Arab” what? “Terror” whoops. Dave Winer says, “It’s the Swift Boat logic turned back at the master. It’s as if Karl Rove was working for the Dems. I love it because it’s funny and it’s justice”

Commies and Righties

February 22, 2006

Back in the day of the CPUSA (Communist Party, USA) and their fellow travelers, there was an a bit of flip-flopping that went way off any scale that the Rove propagandists could have devised for John Kerry. Anti-fascist to the core, the American commies had to zig hard right in 1939 when Stalin signed a non-aggression pact with Hitler (actually Molotov signed it with Ribbentrop) only to zig hard left again when Hitler invaded the USSR in 1941.

Why bring this up now? Just some background to watch how long it takes the RWUSA (right wing, USA) to assimilate the Bush-United Arab Emirates deal.

From Daily Kos: a history of Bush era bi-partisanship

February 21, 2006

Shut up they explained.

Seize the Backdrop

February 20, 2006

Bush with Photoshopped Background
New game. Everytime Bush is photographed against a key-phrase backdrop, reach for the Photoshop. It’s right on your hard drive.

Matalin: Cheney “worthless” because he’s so “Harry-centric”

February 20, 2006

Elisabeth Bumiler in the NYT gives the Mary Matalin POV “And I said, O.K., this guy is going to be worthless about getting me what I need to help him here,’ ” she added, speaking of Mr. Cheney. “He’s so Harry-centric.”