Monday, July 31, 2006

Recipe for disaster.

The sense of entitlement of Richard Nixon and the grace of Gerald Ford.

Ford redux?
AP/Haraz N. Ghanbari

"No, that's not a penis.

It's Florida."

one from column A

"Ah'm marchin' right down to the

recruitin' office . . .

AFP/Paul J. Richards

. . . and gettin' another pass!"

U.S. Middle East foreign policy.

But Rice also denied that the United States bore any responsibility for not demanding an immediate cease-fire when most European and Arab allies did so several days ago. The administration, she said, was working harder than any other party to stop the violence.

Condi Plays
[image © me! Heh.]

more self-denial here.

Stand back, my head's gonna pop.

And it won't be pretty.

Senator Charles Schumer, a New York Senator, appeared last night on CNN's Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer. During the course of the interview, Schumer explained "I think that if you count the votes, a filibuster is unlikely, but a lot of Democrats are deciding, weighing the positive of Bolton that he's been for Israel and negative that he has almost an antagonistic, "go at it alone" attitude to the nations of the world, which we need with us to fight a war on terror."

rest here. Now if somebody would be so kind as to fetch me a roll of paper towels so I can clean up this mess...

What Tom said.

Tom Tomorrow.

Just go read.

[h/t GWPDA]

"You want this?

Too bad! PSYCH!"

gimme it!
REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Whatever you do, kid, don't make eye contact.

"C'mon, George!

I want a piece!"

oh dear.

"Go, End Times!

We're ready for ya!"

what war?
REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Oh, Mr. Mays. What the hell are you doing there? And I'm glad Mr. Bush has the time to go to t-ball games while the world burns.

"How 'bout we ditch the kid?

She can find her way home."

no comment
REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

One thing's for certain: that girl has more athletic talent than the Preznit.

"See, the guy hits the ball

with a long metal stick toward a hole..."

golf commentator
REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

George Bush, golf commentator.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

The Snark Doctor is in.

Snarkotics available with prescription only.

"Hey, I am not an

Israeli puppet!"

perp walk
REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

"34 Lebanese kids

dead in Qana? Oh well. Live and learn."

oh, well.
REUTERS/Larry Downing

They don't call it

"Heavenly Blue" for nuthin'.

Morning glory

A small corner of my mother's garden.

Miles in repose.

Yes, it's a cat picture. I'm burnt out, people!

Miles 2

And it's just too bloody hot to get worked up about anything.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Y'know, you're old enough to get it yourself.

An adolescent bluejay on the patio whinging at his parents.

juvie bluejay

We never really stop that at any point in our lives, do we.

Sorry for the light posting.

I'm at the beach. I know, woe is me.

Buh bye Joe.

Now let's see you run as an Independent. Not even the Big Dog can save your sorry ass.

[The New York Times, in an editorial published on Sunday, endorsed Mr. Lamont over Mr. Lieberman, arguing that the senator had offered the nation a “warped version of bipartisanship” in his dealings with President Bush on national security.]

"But . . . but . . . I'm a righteous dude!"

AP/Jamison C. Bazinet

full story here.

9/11, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11

He really has nothing else to contribute to the global conversation.

"We saw the consequences on September the 11th, 2001, when terrorists brought death and destruction to our country, killing nearly 3,000 innocent Americans," Bush continued.

"The experience of September the 11th made it clear that we could no longer tolerate the status quo in the Middle East," Bush said. "We saw that when an entire region simmers in violence, that violence will eventually reach our shores and spread across the entire world."

. . . .

"When the Middle East grows in liberty and democracy, it will also grow in peace, and that will make America and all free nations more secure," said Bush.

"Memorizin' more than '9/11''s hard work!"

REUTERS/Jason Reed

transcript here.

"Ha! You really DO look

like a Klingon when you're angry!"


Moments before Condi has Javier Solana's finger as an appetizer.

Friday, July 28, 2006

American Idol® meets

American Idiot.*

American Idol

*With apologies to Green Day.

I don't know about you motherfletchers,

but I already am home.


[This sign is currently at the Assemblies of God church in Forts Lake, Mississippi, a non-incorporated rural settlement near the Alabama state line at the Gulf Coast.]

h/t reader wildsage

water + tiger =

AFP/DDP/Martin Oeser

[h/t Darryl Pearce]

"It's my flag, George.

At least let me piss on it before you."

Taking a piss
AP/J. Scott Applewhite

"Yo, Blair!

Da poodizzy's in da White Hizzy! Slap me five, honky."

Yo, Blair
REUTERS/Jason Reed

It's a spendy month.

Another watertiger sibling birthday today (all four of us are within one month): Happy Birthday to my NYC sister, owner of Miles the Cat!

"I won't tell a soul."


(photo courtesy duh)

How do you say "Pink Sugar" in Russian?

Democrat leader Howard Dean compared Republican Senate candidate Katherine Harris to Stalin for her role in the 2000 presidential election recount. . .

Sorry, I just couldn't resist.

katie stalin1

more here.

It just keeps getting better.

An obscure law approved by a Republican-controlled Congress a decade ago has made the Bush administration nervous that officials and troops involved in handling detainee matters might be accused of committing war crimes, and prosecuted at some point in U.S. courts.

Senior officials have responded by drafting legislation that would grant U.S. personnel involved in the terrorism fight new protections against prosecution for past violations of the War Crimes Act of 1996. That law criminalizes violations of the Geneva Conventions governing conduct in war and threatens the death penalty if U.S.-held detainees die in custody from abusive treatment.


I've said too much.
AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

full story here.

"I don't wanna go to work!"

REUTERS/Thierry Roge

"Ew, mister!

That's your urine sample?!"

Urine sample
REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

"You're gonna pay for that, right?"

Thursday, July 27, 2006

"This is a Klingon

song of celebration. Can't you tell?"

musical Klingon

Oh, and lose the black shoes with that ensemble. Didn't you learn anything in Rome?

Doing New Jersey proud.

A United States Senator has introduced an amendment to re-name the Republican energy bill after an infamous Ex-Exxon-Mobil executive, RAW STORY has learned.

Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) filed the amendment today. It would re-name the bill itself, "The Lee R. Raymond Oil Profitability Act.”

There's gold in them thar goiters!


more here.

Oy vey, here we go.

"Hezbollah attacked Israel. I know Hezbollah is connected to Iran," Bush said tersely at the end of Oval Office meetings with Romanian President Traian Basescu. "Now is the time for the world to confront this danger," Bush said.

"I'm nothing if not utterly predictable."


more here.

Dem kats is kraaaaazy!

via The Poor Man Institute, another cat video that made me laugh until I almost puked.

Well, slap my ass and call me Katyusha.

[Maliki's speech was] right out of George W. Bush's playbook. It painted the war in Iraq as a struggle between democracy and terrorism. "Iraq is free," he said, "and the terrorists cannot stand this." Those who killed thousands of Americans on Sept. 11 are "the same terrorists" as those killing innocent Iraqis today. "Iraqis are your allies in the war on terror," and Iraq is this war's "front line."

He expressed gratitude to Congress for standing with the Iraqi people—a line that drew the loudest and longest of several standing ovations (self-righteousness being the favorite sentiment on Capitol Hill). He described Iraq as a country where people "rely on dialogue to resolve their differences," where "women are equal to men" (in the constitution anyway), and where he plans very soon to establish a free-market economy and to loosen restrictions on foreign investment. These fairy tales, too, triggered what the transcripts of speeches before the Soviet Union's Central Committee used to call "stormy applause."

bush and toy1

more here.

The Man with the Merdes Touch.

So the people Bush sent overseas to fight an unjust and ill-conceived war come home to find they can't get jobs because that war is rapidly bankrupting the nation's economy and the soldiers' chances for employment. Nice.

From the Air Force Times:

Young veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are havng a harder time finding a job than their peers who didn’t serve in the military.

Last year, about one in six veterans between 20 and 24 was jobless, nearly double the rate for nonveterans their age. It was brighter in the second quarter of this year, when young vets had an 11.2 percent jobless rate, but that was still higher than the 8 percent for nonvets their age and more than twice the overall unemployment rate.

How much you wanna bet Dick "5 Deferments" Cheney would say: "Hell, being unemployed is better than being in a body bag."

full story here.

Maurice Sendak was right on the money.

Little Bear
REUTERS/Nikolay Doychinov

"Whoa. What was in that

cigarette I had with Malikiliki?"

AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

And now for something completely different.

Catblogging. This is Miles. You've met him before. Miles enjoys long walk on the porch, hiding in closets, and gently batting his owner's mouth with one paw to get her up in the morning.


Wednesday, July 26, 2006

That's one helluva act -

where the dummy holds the ventriloquist.

Ventriloquist's dummy
REUTERS/Jason Reed

Hey, George? This is "irony."

Soldiers and their families dining with the two men who see them as nothing more than cannon fodder and collateral damage. Amnesty, anyone?

Monkey Boy and his lousy choice for a Puppet.

monkey boy
AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

How's that last meal tasting?

patronizing git
AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

And for what?

AP/Elise Amendola

Strike a pose!

al-Maliki auditions for Madonna's world tour.

AP/Ron Edmonds

Bush and his new BFF al-Maliki

practice for the three-legged race to be held at Walter Reed Hospital.

3-legged race
AP/Haraz N. Ghanbari

"We're listing to starboard, Cap'n!"

AP/U.S. Coast Guard, Petty Officer Joseph Zemchak



"I can't believe I'm missing

the sale at Jimmy Choo's!"


I so don't feel sorry for her.

Heckuva job, Condi.

One source involved in the talks said everyone but the United States wanted to press ahead with an immediate cease-fire, but Rice argued that taking that approach would leave Hezbollah in place and still armed with its rockets.

Rice also expressed concern over what she said was Iran and Syria's involvement in the conflict, while Annan said that future dialogue should involved Tehran and Damascus.

"Screw you guys. I'm going to Prada."

screw you guys.

more here.

[photo h/t Pony Boy.]

Here's a thought.

Condi "I'm Just Here for the Shoes" Rice says that the U.S. isn't interested in a "quick fix" for the Israel-Hezbollah conflict and prefers an "enduring ceasefire."

How 'bout we get the quick fix and figure out the long-term solution at the same time? Y'know, save some lives? Oh, but that doesn't interest you, does it, Condi? Or can you not do two things at once?

"New shoes. My dogs are BARKING!"

AP/Alessandra Tarantino

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

"People, you are REALLY starting

to piss me off! Don't make me come down there...."

AP/The Republic/Michael Chow

Hey, Spiny Norman!


(actually, it's an echidna. No, not Echidne...)

"Caddy pake, caddy pake,

Baker's . . . aaahhhrrrrr!"


"No shoe shopping until we

stop this madness!"

finger pointing
REUTERS/Loay Abu Haykel