The Local Crank

Musings & Sardonic Commentary on Politics, Religion, Culture & Native American Issues. Bringing you the finest in radioactive screeds since 2002! "The Local Crank" newspaper column is distributed by Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc.

My Photo
Location: Cleburne, Texas, United States

Just a simple Cherokee trial lawyer, Barkman has been forcing his opinions on others in print since, for reasons that passeth understanding, he was an unsuccessful candidate for state representative in 2002. His philosophy: "If people had wanted me to be nice, they should've voted for me."

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Our Loss

Molly Ivins, Texas' answer to H.L. Mencken (only funnier and less bitter), has died after a long bout with cancer. She was genuinely one of the funniest, cleverest and most insightful people I have ever met and was a big part of my inspiration to write political commentary. Just like Ann Richards, she was a Texas original; her like will not be seen again. It's a double shame, since now more than ever, we need someone who can look at the sick sorry state of Texas politics and make us laugh so we don't cry.


Right Wing Amnesia Strikes Again

You see, it's only "giving aid and comfort to the enemy" and "harming the troops" when the war is in Iraq and Democrats oppose it. If the war is in Somalia and Republicans (like the Blessed St. John McCain) oppose it, well that's an entirely different matter. More here from Glenn Greenwald.

Labels: , ,

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

All We Are Saying...

The Quaker Agitator with pictures from the large anti-war rally in Washington, DC. The question is, was anyone paying attention?


Monday, January 29, 2007

A Closer Look, Part 2

More good news; the Army is apparently gearing up to investigate civillian contractors in Iraq. 'Bout time. I haven't talked to a soldier or Marine yet who has been in country and didn't absolutely despise these people. I've always maintained that the widespread use of civillian contractors in the War on Terror was primarily a fig leaf to cover how thinly stretched our uniformed military was and is. Plus, the idea of mercenary armies prowling around war zones has been a bad idea since Machiavelli warned about it.

Labels: , , ,

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Taking A Closer Look

As a bankruptcy attorney, I see firsthand the abusive and deceitful practices of major credit card companies all the time. Nice to know the US Senate is actually looking into it now.

Labels: ,

Friday, January 26, 2007

My Way or the Highway

Rabidly anti-Indian Congressman Frank Wolf of Virginia threatened then-Interior Secretary Gale Norton with loss of her job if she didn't back the uprecedented reversal of Federal recognition for the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation in 2004. I know this shouldn't surprise me; I should be used by now to the incredible level of vitriol and just plain racist hate that is brought to bear anytime Indians attempt some small measure of redress for the grievances done to them over the last 500 years. I should be used to it...


Thursday, January 25, 2007

Tom Tancredo: Defender of the Oppressed

Fearful of the awesome repressive power of the 40 black, 26 Hispanic, 7 Asian and 1 Native American members of the House of Representatives, Tom Tancredo has called for abolishing the Congressional Black and Hispanic Caucuses. White people everywhere can rejoice knowing that Tancredo is on the job, making sure their privilleges and birthright are not in the least way infringed upon by powerless caucuses of vastly outnumbered uppity racial minorities.

Labels: , ,

David Dewhurst: Ignorant or Just Plain Stupid?

You make the call.

Labels: , ,

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Conscientious Objector

A Navajo medicine man, from an exceedingly rare group known as hand tremblers, is seeking conscientious objector status from the Marine Corps.

UPDATE: The Commandant of the Marine Corps has reversed an earlier decision and granted conscientious objector status to Navajo medicine man Ronnie Tallman. Good on the Marines!

Labels: , ,

Mr. Manners Sez:

If your approval rating is in the Richard Milhous Nixon Memorial Sub-Basement, and you are trying to get in good with the new leaders of Congress who have no reason whatsoever to like or support you, stop deliberately mis-prononouncing the damn name of the majority party!

UPDATE: Bush attributes the gaffe to "Texas" and his inability to speak English.

Labels: , , ,

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Cherokee Around the Web, Part 2

My guest blog over at The Moderate Voice. I've been a little disappointed in some of the comments, which tend to follow the very predictable pattern of "Indians killed each other!" and "That was a long time ago!" After 500 years, you'd think white people could come up with better justifications for theft and genocide.

Labels: , , ,

Monday, January 22, 2007

Cherokee Around the Web

Here is a link to an interview with me at the Moderate Voice on issues related to Native Americans in general and the Cherokee in particular. Special thanks to Michael van der Galien for his interest in the topic.

Labels: ,

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Habeas, Shmabeus!

Reasons Why People Hate Lawyers #257 in a series.

aaaand #258.

Alberto Gonzales is a contemptible shill, the worst kind of smarmy mouthpiece, willing to regurgitate whatever bullshit gobbledygook weasel-words will best provide political cover for his reprehensible client. He's exactly the sort of shyster that would attack the victim (without evidence) in a sexual assault case, deliberately seek to provoke a mis-trial or file an obviously fraudulent suit in an effort to extort money from a deep pockets defendant. He is a disgrace to the Office of the Attorney General, the Department of Justice and the legal profession in general. Of course, he will never face the disbarrment he so richly deserves, but I least I only have to face two more years of watching his performances as they churn my stomach.

Labels: ,

Saturday, January 20, 2007

She's In

If you are just reading this here, then congratulations on becoming the official last person in the universe to find out that Hillary Clinton is running for President. Long time readers know that I am not much of a Hillary fan, dating back to her botching of what should have been Bill's first term triumph, health care reform. In fact, she reminds me a little too much of Bill in general, with an added sense of personal self-restraint, but without the wit, warmth and fine sense of political ju jitsu. She, like Bill, believes in political triangulation and not much else, and like Bill is willing to sell out the US economy to highest bidder through "free trade." Her shifting position on the Iraq War looks like exactly what it was: crass political calculus. Yes, as I have said before, I want politicians who are realists, but not ones so realistic they never attempt anything for fear of failure. Hillary has a long way to go to convince me that she's the one.
UPDATE: For the negative view, hilzoy at Obsidian Wings. For the positive (relatively speaking), Kevin Drum at Washington Monthly.

Labels: , ,

Friday, January 19, 2007

Column for 21 January, 2007

“Too long have I lived among those who hate peace. I am a man of peace; but when I speak, they are for war.”
--Psalm 120:6-7

I owe George Bush an apology. Not Dubya, the current occupant of the White House, safely ensconced in his tight little bubble of unreality. I don’t owe him diddly squat. No, I mean his daddy, George H.W. Bush, Bush 41, Poppy. He was right and I was wrong. Fifteen years ago, many Democrats, including myself, raked him over the coals for the way he handled Gulf War One. Look at this guy, we said. He’s cozying up to bloodthirsty dictatorships like Saudi Arabia, Red China and Syria just to put together some kind of “international coalition” against Saddam Hussein. Who does he think he is? And then after the war, we blasted him as a “wimp” because he didn’t “finish the job.” How come you didn’t take out the Republican Guard, George? Why didn’t you press on the last few miles to Baghdad? It would’ve been easy to take out Saddam. What are you, chicken? Yeah, we were idiots. George H.W. Bush, a veteran of World War II, knew very well that the first step to victory in war is getting the right allies. And sometimes, that means holding your breath and working with countries you would otherwise find to be morally repugnant. Franklin D. Roosevelt knew that; he knew he couldn’t defeat a brutal psychotic mass-murderer like Hitler without the help of a brutal psychotic mass-murderer like Stalin to pin down the Nazi war machine in the East. The First President Bush’s coalition was not a handful of token commitments of personnel, but a serious military alliance. Even the French committed naval, air and ground forces, including the famous Foreign Legion. By pointedly including Arab countries and giving them prominent leadership roles, Bush deftly prevented Saddam Hussein from making himself into a martyr to American Imperialism. When Hussein began wildly lobbing SCUD missiles at Israel, he didn’t inspire an Arab rebellion; he just made himself look even more pathetic and isolated. In fact, the only group that really supported him, the hapless Palestinians, ended up alienating their benefactors, the Saudis. Cut off from funding for their Intifada, the Palestinians had no choice left but to negotiate. In a very real sense, the Palestinian Authority would never have come into existence but for George H.W. Bush’s strategic vision in Gulf War One, though it’s unlikely he knew that at the time. As for “pressing on to Baghdad,” well, we pretty much know now what would have happened then if Bush 41 had listened to his critics. Saddam would have been overthrown, sure, but we would’ve lost most of our allies and Iraq would likely have collapsed into precisely the kind of bloody mess we see today. I still say Bush 41 should have and could have done more to protect the southern Shia and the Kurds from Hussein’s retaliatory massacres; we could’ve imposed a No Fly Zone over the entire country and sooner. But overall, he was right; any more damage to the Iraqi Army, which had nearly disintegrated anyway, and Saddam would have lost control of the country and a civil war would’ve erupted.
I was also wrong about the Iraq Study Group report. I thought, like many people, that George W. Bush would cling to it like a life preserver tossed to a drowning man. I should’ve known better. After six years, I once again underestimated the arrogance and fanatical ideological blinkers of this president. There was never going to be a “new course” on Iraq; only the appearance of one. Overwhelming public opinion; the devastation of his own fawning toadies in Congressional elections; the collective judgment of his father’s advisers—none of that matters to him. George W. Bush wants his war and he will have his war. Period. He will continue fighting it precisely the way he—not the generals and certainly not the Congress—wants it right up until noon on January 20, 2009, when this unspeakable disaster will become the problem of whichever poor chump takes the oath that day as the Forty-Fourth President of the United States. I would not go so far as to suggest, as some have, that Bush cares nothing about the troops under his command or that he was faking it when recently observed crying during a meeting with war widows; that’s just more asinine demonization. The man is not a monster, after all. I have no doubt he genuinely feels regret for the American soldiers, and likely the Iraqi civilians, who have died. The problem is not a lack of compassion, but rather that Bush is such a moral eunuch he simply cannot perceive any connection between his bull-headed monomania and the thousands of individual tragedies his policies have caused.
But Bush isn’t the only one living in his own private fantasy land regarding Iraq. Most critics of the war simply refuse to admit, to themselves or others, what we all know to be true: if and when they get their wish and all US forces are withdrawn, Iraq as a country will cease to exist, vanishing in a gory fog. If the withdrawal is gradual and orderly, we might be spared a repeat of Saigon in 1975, with helicopter gunships evacuating embassy personnel as Iraqi mothers desperately toss their children over the fences, but either way, it’s not going to be pretty. The “surge” is not going to end what is now an Iraqi civil war, but leaving isn’t going to end it, either. It’s not hard at all to imagine a scenario with a rump Iraq as a puppet of Iran, with a persistent Sunni insurgency and the Kurds in the far north simply declaring their independence, a move that could easily lead to intervention by Turkey, since they don’t want their oppressed Kurdish minority getting any bright ideas. In such a case, we will have expended much blood and treasure only to make the Middle East less stable and to increase the influence of Iran, a country whose President is only a few steps above Kim Jong Il on the “raving loony dictator” scale. The Middle East, the United States and the World will be scarier places after we leave Iraq, just as a series of disasters followed US withdrawal from Vietnam, culminating in Pol Pot’s attempt to murder his own country and the suffering of thousands of “Boat People,” trying desperately to flee persecution by the victorious communists. Right now, we don’t even have someone in the US Embassy in Baghdad who can process paperwork for asylum seekers. War critics are correct that Republicans have no moral right to demand that they “come up with their own plan” for “victory”; it’s the equivalent of smashing your mother’s china and then indignantly demanding to know just how she plans to fix it. But, the war critics should have to answer this question about the world after the last US soldier leaves Iraq: “Now what?”


Thursday, January 18, 2007

Ted Nugent: The Angel of Unity

Aging has-been rocker prances around inaugural stage in tasteful Confederate battle flag wife-beater, shouting incoherent insults at brown people who can't speak gooder english like him, to the delight of onlookers, especially those who find the idea of a preening nitwit like Rick Perry on a national ticket to be falling-down hillarious.

Labels: , ,

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Stupid White Man of the Week: Frank D. Hargrove, Sr.

This Republican Delegate to the Virginia State Assembly hit a rare hat-trick of racist stupidity during a debate over a proposed resolution apologizing for slavery in the Old Dominion. First, he told black citizens they should "get over it," asking "Are we going to force the Jews to apologize for killing Christ?" Then, when a Jewish delegate took offense at a repeat of this old discredited blood libel, Hargrove told him, "I didn't even know you were Jewish...I think your skin was a little too thin." And as the kicker, in further arguing against any apology for slavery, Hargrove added, "It would be far more appropriate in my view to apologize to the Upper Mattaponi and the Pamunkey [Indians for the loss of their lands in eastern Virginia]."
Hey, man, leave us out of this.


Monday, January 15, 2007

Dream On

Labels: ,

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Leeds Announces for Principal Chief


Tahlequah, OK – January 12, 2006

Stacy Leeds has announced her candidacy for Cherokee Nation Principal Chief. She is nationally recognized for her knowledge of tribal law and governance issues and is enthusiastic about the prospect of serving the Cherokee people. The general election is scheduled for June 23, 2007.
Leeds is the first and only woman to serve as a Justice on the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court. She is also a tenured Professor of Law at the University of Kansas where she directs the Tribal Law and Government Center and the Center for Indigenous Nations Studies. On the national level, she serves as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Tribal Courts Council. She is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on tribal governance, property law and economic development and she has clerked for the Native American Rights Fund.
Leeds was raised in Muskogee and was an all-state athlete at Muskogee High School. She received a bachelor’s degree from Washington University and ended her athletic career by setting the NCAA record for the most three-pointers in a championship tournament. She holds a law degree (J.D.) from the University of Tulsa and an advanced law degree (LL.M.) from the University of Wisconsin. Leeds currently resides north of Tahlequah with her husband Michael Stewart, a Choctaw language instructor for the University of Oklahoma.
Leeds is an independent thinker with a vision for a more transparent Cherokee Nation. “The on-going promise of economic growth comes with great responsibility and increased scrutiny.” she says. “It is essential for our future that our citizens and the general public view the Cherokee Nation in the very best light.”
Leeds is uniquely qualified to represent the Cherokee Nation at the local and national level. Her record demonstrates that she has deep respect for the rule of law and a commitment to improving the lives of people throughout Indian country through education and self-governance.

Stacy L. Leeds , Candidate for Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation; (918) 931-9972; 11177 Hwy 10, Tahlequah, OK 74464

Labels: , ,

Welcome Back Crooks & Liars!

I certainly wasn't expecting company on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Don't mind the mess; I've been running a fever all afternoon. Special thanks to Mike/Blue Gal for the sweet linky lovin's!

Labels: ,

Thursday, January 11, 2007


Dorkiest. Ant-War Speech. Evar.

Hat Tip to Wonkette!

Labels: ,

Supporting the Troops?

So, apparently, these 20,000 "new" troops (actually guys on their umpteenth rotation) will be going into battle, WITHOUT PROPERLY ARMORED HUMVEES. And this is THREE YEARS after the need for properly armored Humvees became clear. By this time in World War 2, we were literally burying troops under equipment and yet today we STILL have US Marines digging in trash dumps for "hillbilly armor" parts? If sheer, visceral, cosmic incompetence were an impeachable offense, this President would be tarred, feathered and ridden out of town on a rail.


Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Craddick Beats House Into Submission

Craven Republicans beg for mercy from their newly re-annointed Dread Overlord as he is carried into the Royal Chamber on a golden litter borne by 14 stout Democratic bootlickers. Once again, from the Dick Cheney White House, to Tom DeLay, to Tom Craddick, we see very clearly what it takes to be a Republican today: have your spine removed and become a lickspittle minion. That rumbling sound you hear? That's Abraham Lincoln spinning in his grave at the transformation of the GOP into a gang of cowardly, toadying sycophants. Pathetic.

Labels: , , , , , ,

Monday, January 08, 2007

Stupid White Man of the Week: Ed Butcher

This week's coveted SWMW award goes to Montana State Rep. Ed Butcher (R-Winifred) who referred to State Rep. Jonathan Windy Boy, who is also a member of the Chippewa-Cree Tribal Council, as "chief" and asked if his gavel could be used as a "war club." Back in 2002, at a town hall meeting, Butcher described reservations as "ghettos" and opined “They’re [Indians] unwilling or incapable of working like normal outside people do.” But just saying something stupid and offensive doesn't get you a SWMW Award, oh no. People say stupid things all the time, after all. Some of them are even President of the United States. No, this award goes to Butcher for the brilliant defense he gave of his remarks regarding Windy Boy:

Butcher said if he intended to say something disparaging about American Indians, “I would have come up with something (worse) than that.”

Instead of, say, just apologizing and moving on, which is why former candidate and now Congressman Steve Kagen didn't get an award.

Hat Tip (and salute) to Jesus' General.


Exercise Your Right to Vote

A friend recently e-mailed to remind me that the deadline to register to vote in the 2007 Cherokee Nation elections is January 26, 2007, at 5:00PM. The special election to determine whether the Freedmen will be expelled and barred from the tribe has been rescheduled for March 3, 2007. I don't think it's an exagerration to say this will be the most important election for the tribe since 1975. All enrolled Cherokee should register and cast a ballot to determine the future of the Nation.

Labels: , ,

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Republicans Love Pork!

The entire Texas GOP Congressional delegation (save only Mac Thornberry, the white sheep of the family) voted against earmark reform. Keep this in mind the next time you hear GOPhers inveigh against "pork barrel spending." Earmarks: The Other White Meat!

Labels: , ,

Craddick Agonistes

Tom Craddick's desperate fight to hang on to his gold-plated crapper is lovingly detailed by Kuff. This is a tough choice, from a purely partisan political viewpoint: on the one hand, I don't care much for Jim Pitts, but with him as Speaker, Democrats can at least expect their floggings to be limited to once per week. They may even be allowed to introduce and vote on legislation. On the other hand, nothing would help Democrats more than that venal blood-thirsty autocrat Craddick as the public face of the party in the Legislature for another two years.

Labels: , ,

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Ninety-Nine Percent of the Internet is Crap

Normally, I don't write about inter-blogosphere "controversies," primarily because most of them are about as interesting and relevant as a gang of fourth-graders armed with slam books. However, this typically exhaustive and well-written piece from Unclaimed Territory - by Glenn Greenwald demonstrates a point about the Right Wing Blogosphere that could easily be true of any conservative media or corporate media outlet: their shameless, blameless shilling for the Bush Administration.

Labels: , , , ,

The Mouse That Sued

And speaking of frivolous lawsuits, when a self-described "fifth tier blogger" began a letter-writing campaign to the sponsors of San Francisco talk radio KSFO, informing them of the violent, threatening, racist, eliminationist rhetoric being spewed on the airways, the Enchanted Lawyers of the Magic Kingdom were deployed to smack him with a happy "cease & desist" letter. This type of legal thuggery is known as a SLAP, or strategic lawsuit against the public interest, where giant corporations threaten uppity citizens with financial ruin, even though the threatened lawsuits clearly have no merit. This is a relatively small incident in the grand scheme of things, but it represents a growing threat: the ability of the wealthy and powerful to grind into paste any free speech they find annoying.

Labels: , ,

Column for 7 January, 2007

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.”

--1 Corinthians 13:1-3

I only have one New Year’s Resolution for 2007 but (typical lawyer) it has 23 sub-parts. I hereby resolve not to give a load of flaming dingo’s kidneys about the following:

1) The pro-war opinions of any able-bodied heterosexual US Citizen between the ages of 18 and 41 who is not currently serving in uniform, is not a veteran and is not currently serving as a police officer or a firefighter. If you fit the above category, and continue to support the bloody train wreck that is Bush’s war in Iraq, then put on a uniform, pick up a rifle and stand to post; otherwise, shut your festering gob because you are a hypocrite at best and a pulling coward at worst. Despite our extreme policy differences, Van Taylor will always have my respect in this regard because he, unlike so many others on the Right Wing of the political spectrum, put his money where his mouth is and his life on the line;
2) The anti-gay marriage opinions of anyone who has ever been divorced or had an affair. Try reading the Bible before you quote it to me;
3) Any news report announcing that anything has been found to cause and/or cure cancer;
4) Rick Perry;
5) Kinky Freidman, Texas’ answer to Ralph Nader, only less funny;
6) Anyone’s opinion on illegal immigration, unless they are an Indian. If your family wasn’t here in October of 1492, you are an illegal alien. If you aren’t willing to go back to Ireland, German, Italy or wherever and stay a year, pay 500 years of back taxes to the tribal government of your choice and then re-apply to be let back in, why would you expect anyone else to?
7) The opinions of the same people on English as an “official language.” Learn to speak Cherokee, then get back to me;
8) My hair. Whatever happens to my hairline in the next 39 years, I hereby vow never to resort to rugs, plugs or comb-overs;
9) My age. Nothing I can do about it, anyway;
10) People like Senator James Inhofe (R-Never Never Land) who still refuse to accept that global warming is both real and a bad thing. These people are simply idiots and I can’t fight the stupid;
11) The future. The future stinks anyway, or as my niece would put it, inhales vigorously. Here it is 2007, there’s no Moonbase and I still don’t have a flying car. War, famine, pestilence, poverty and John Tesh all remain stubbornly unvanquished. I think we got stuck with someone else’s crummy future. Maybe we should demand a refund;
12) Things I cannot change;
13) Republican Congressmen who will complain over the next two years about how badly they are treated by the Democratic Majority. You guys lost the right to that argument after 12 years of running Congress like Stalin’s Politburo;
14) Same thing for Republicans who will whine that Democrats are “harassing” the President with “frivolous investigations.” Remember when y’all wanted to investigate Bill Clinton for supposedly using government funds for his Christmas cards? Well, I do;
15) Liberal political extremists who are more concerned with ideological purity than winning elections. There is no prize for second place in politics;
16) Conservative political extremists who are more concerned with ideological purity than the Bill of Rights. The President puts his hand on the Bible and swears to uphold the Constitution, not the other way around;
17) The anti-abortion opinions of anyone who isn’t adopted or isn’t willing to adopt;
18) The latest gadget. My life would undoubtedly be better off without my cell phone, laptop or PDA, anyway;
19) Mistakes I have made in the past. Nothing I can do about those, either;
20) Anything spewed out of FOX News;
21) Anything on the internet. I may have mentioned this before, but 95% of everything on the internet is crap;
22) The fact that most kids today are fat. And the fact that they are fat because they spend so much time sitting on their fat rears and staring stupidly into screens that moss grows on their north sides. There’s really not much I can about this, either, except for my own kids;
23) Mean people. They, too, inhale vigorously. And there’s nothing I can do about it.

Happy New Year, y’all!


Friday, January 05, 2007


And, in a related story, I find myself agreeing with Charles Krauthammer. Further signs of the Apocalypse as events warrant.


Thursday, January 04, 2007

Fighting On

As a continuation of the Cobell Trust Fund lawsuit, the Native American Rights Fund has filed a massive class action lawsuit on behalf of 250 tribal governments whose funds have been "misplaced" by the federal government. US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has estimated the government's potential liability on all these claims as more than $200 billion.

Labels: , ,

A Tale of Two Speakers

In Washington, Nancy Pelosi took over as the first female Speaker of the House and pushed through her promised ethics reform package. Despite the many hosannas being sung, it isn't perfect and still contains some loopholes. It's a good start from a practical standpoint, though, and from a political standpoint, it helps link "Democrats" and "reform" (and by extension, "Republicans" and "corruption") in the public consciousness. The MSM will be watching the new Congress closely, alert for the slightest hint of hypocrisy. When ethical problems erupt, Democrats must act swiftly and decisively. If William Jefferson is indicted, he needs to be expelled from the House so fast it makes his refrigerator spin. If it had been up to me, he wouldn't even be in the Caucus now.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Tom Craddick clings desperately to power, learning that it is not always better to be feared than loved. He's not the worst Speaker of the Texas House (my vote would be either Gib Lewis or Gus Mustcher), but he is the best current symbol of the worst in Lone Star politics--vicious, unethical, power-mad. I can easily see him, as one blog poster noted, destroying the Republican Party in trying to save himself. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

UPDATE: This is exactly the kind of thing that Congressional Democrats need to be avoiding, not lamely spinning.

Labels: , , , ,

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Supporting the Troops?

According the Great and Powerful Kos, a recent Military Times poll of active-duty military personnel (as opposed to, say, cyber-chickenhawks safe here at home) shows only 38% support the President's proposed "surge" in troop levels in Iraq; only 35% approve of the President's handling of the war; and only 41% think we should've gone to war with Iraq in the first place. There are two astonishing things about this survey: one, it's skewed towards older military personnel and the officer corps, who are almost always reliably more conservative than short-timers or enlisted men and two, the Main Stream Media is not reporting this at all. Okay, I lied. there's only one astonishing thing.

Labels: , , ,

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

DOJ Begins Work on Massive Stone Wall Around Administration

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) is smacked upside the head with the ceremonial first brick. "And there's more where that came from!" shouted a defiant Attorney General Alberto Gonzales from the barricaded window of his office.

Labels: , ,

Monday, January 01, 2007


Here's to another year of ruthlessly mocking our duly-elected political leaders! Especially ones named Rob Orr (artist's conception shown above).