Pontificator: News and Commentary

Thursday, October 02, 2003 :::
The Perfect Storm

Right-wingers seem to have flown into what can only be described as the Perfect Storm of political disasters.

Drudge is reporting that Rush has abused pain pills, and that he has been caught on tape purchasing said pills. We should know by tomorrow whether this story has merit. It's been up for hours on Drudge's site, and since first being posted Rush has resigned from his ESPN gig. UPDATE: It's a real story. Rush is finished.

The L.A. Times has a devastating expose on Arnold the Octopus. 6 women, 2 named, and evidence of repeated, repeated, repeated bad behavior, covering three decades.

Meanwhile Plame-gate, or Traitor-gate, or whatever you want to call it, has seriously pissed off the American voters.

Finally, we apparently need to spend another $600 million to find WMD in Iraq. Talk about throwing good money after bad!

Oh well, at least no one got a blow job! (yet. . . )

::: posted by Pontificator at 12:44 AM

Wednesday, October 01, 2003 :::
Either Rush Limbaugh is Going Down. . .

Or Matt Drudge is. Simply stated, one these two persons will have his reputation shattered by this time tomorrow. At this point, however, I really can't say which one it is.

::: posted by Pontificator at 10:53 PM

Looks like Somebody Needs W to Give Them a Presidential Pardon. . .

According to Larry Johnson just now on Buchanen and Press (who very artfully said something without saying something, if you know what I mean), it's the 8 of Spades.

::: posted by Pontificator at 6:50 PM

Naaaah, No Need for an Independent Counsel Here

Guess who's done campaign work for John Ashcroft since 1985, and was instrumental in getting Ashcroft appointed Attorney General?

Answer: Karl Rove

::: posted by Pontificator at 12:51 PM

Tuesday, September 30, 2003 :::
Time for ESPN to Fire Rush Limbaugh

For those who thought Rush's idiotic hate-radio blather wouldn't infect his sports commentary on ESPN, well you're wrong. Rush adds new meaning to the term "color" commentator:

Limbaugh's idea of commentary Sunday involved an absurd attack on Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb and on "the media" that have overrated him because "the media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. There's interest in black quarterbacks and coaches doing well." McNabb, Limbaugh said, isn't "as good as everyone says he has been."

Now, I'm not much of a football fan, so I'm not personally harmed by the fact that ESPN has decided to hire this pathetic moron. But my friend Troy is a HUGE football fan, and he is quite annoyed (to say the least) that he can longer do what he used to enjoy -- watch a quality ESPN sportscast -- without being assaulted by a moronic hate-monger. Troy writes the following:

1) Rush Limbaugh is obviously less knowledgeable about the game than I gave him credit for; black quarterbacks have been doing well in the NFL for some time now, as well as the NCAA. HIs comment therefore is innaccurate.

2) Rush is no idiot; he wants to be able to claim responsibility for good ratings, and he tries to do so by making inflammatory comments like this. His specialty when making such comments is the ones that deal with race, because they allow him to express a fraction of what he feels about minorities in a seemingly legitimate fashion. He is, without a doubt, a racist. Get mad all you want about me calling it like it is, but it's true. He's every bit as much a racist as O'Reilly and Coulter, and he's not ashamed of it, so dont waste your breath defending him.

3) THe way Philly fans are towards players has nothing to do with this; McNabb is an All Pro QB who has had a rough start, nothing more. To say he is not as good as advertised is beyond stupid. The man took the Eagles, without much wide receiver help, to TWO CONSECUTIVE NFC Championship games. He is a smart, quick and athletic QB, able to thrive in the pocket or on the run. He is as good as the hype indicates; if that was not the case, he'd never have experienced the degree of success that he's attained in such a short period of time. THe NFL does not allow half-steppers to thrive at quarterback. You play right or you get cut, no guaranteed contracts (other than the signing bonus).

And so there you have it - an ignorant, asinine comment made by the anus of the conservative nation, Rush Limbaugh. I quit watching ESPN's pregame shows because of him, and this is why. It truly irritates me to have my sanctuary, SUnday Football, invaded by such a repulsive presence. I'd no more want him in that spot on ESPN than I'd want Al Franken or Michael Moore. THe Dennis Miller experiment failed, let's allow this one to die it's natural death. Keep politics and sports separate!

ESPN should wake up and realize it's alienating 50% of its fans. More importantly, ESPN should wake up and realize that it has a hired a racist moron who doesn't know the first thing about football. It's time this little experiment ended. Rush should be fired NOW.

::: posted by Pontificator at 11:41 PM

Going Out on a Limb

Prediction: Plame-Gate will have a body count. Two senior white house officials will resign by the end of the week, and probably this Friday, October 3, sometime between 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. (i.e., the time period when the White House prefers to release bad news, because of the low news-viewership on Saturdays).

As to who resigns, that is a more difficult question. I think Rove has to go. If the Bushies try and blame it on Rove's lieutenants, (say, Dan Bartlett), those underlings will turn on Rove when faced with an attack-dog Justice Department prosecutor, and the White House's attempt to control the damage will then fail. If the White House wants to stop this, Rove has to go.

Unless, of course, Rove had no foreknowledge of, or participation in, the Novak leak. (LMAO!)

::: posted by Pontificator at 10:34 PM

Plame-Gate Defenders Enter 'Comical-Ali' Territory

The spin put out by the Bush defenders doesn't even begin to pass the laugh test. Scoobie Davis publishes the panicked hate-radio reaction, including the fact that Rush Limbaugh today suggested that Plame's identity was leaked by a Clinton holdover. The best the more serious hacks can come up with are irrelevant and unsupported attacks on Joseph Wilson.

As Comical Ali would say:

Joesph Wilson and Valerie Plame are putty in our hands!

The humiliation of the CIA is complete!

Karl Rove's Holy Republican Guards will crush the infidels!

::: posted by Pontificator at 7:08 PM

Monday, September 29, 2003 :::
Enronomics at the Department of Defense

Looks like DoD is using Arthur Anderson to do its accounting:

The Pentagon's internal auditor is investigating allegations that Defense Department officials tried to hide $20 million from Congress by temporarily putting the funds in the budget of the Special Operations Command, Defense officials said yesterday.

Officials at that secretive military headquarters, which oversees the Green Berets and other units that specialize in clandestine operations, were first asked to hide $40 million, but told Pentagon officials that they couldn't handle so large an amount, according to an article in yesterday's edition of the St. Petersburg Times.

Oliver North meets Worldcom. Scandals of old are being replayed as farce.

::: posted by Pontificator at 11:24 PM

Glenn Reynolds Can't Read

Either that, or he's an intellectually dishonest liar.

Bob Novak, in trying to explain away his unethical publication of a CIA operative's identity, gives the right-wing hacks a kernel to snap at which, if they choose to be intellectually dishonest, will allow them to pretend that the statement exculpates the Bushies when, in reality, it does nothing of the sort:

'Nobody in the Bush administration called me to leak this. In July I was interviewing a senior administration official on Ambassador Wilson's report when he told me the trip was inspired by his wife, a CIA employee working on weapons of mass destruction.

Clearly, the import of the Novak explanation had nothing to do with whether the information was actually leaked, but rather had to do with who initiated the phone call in which it was leaked.

Professor Reynolds, however, chooses to read the explanation as exculpatory of the Bushies:

PEJMAN YOUSEFZADEH thinks that the air is going out of the Plame/Wilson affair as Robert Novak says it wasn't leaked by the Administration.

Since Prof. Reynolds is a law professor, and since law professors normally are skilled at discerning the truth in strangely worded statements, such as Novak's, I have trouble believing that the title of this post is true, and that Professor Reynolds can't read/. Rather, I think it's fairly clear that Professor Reynold is an intellectually dishonest liar.

::: posted by Pontificator at 8:51 PM

Sunday, September 28, 2003 :::
Going Down in Plames

Interesting weekend! A "senior administration official" (probably George Tenet or one of his top two deputies), accused two "senior white house officials" (probably Karl Rove and Dan Bartlett) of committing a felony punishable by 10 years in prison -- outing Valerie Plame as an undercover CIA agent -- in order to exact political revenge against Ms. Plame's husband, Joesph Wilson, who blew the whistle in Yellowcake-gate. Ashcroft's highly politicized Justice Department is purportedly "investigating" the accusation. And Condoleeza Rice believes that it's not the President's responsibility to determine if any of his employees committed a felony in the course of their employment.

It's not everyday that a sitting cabinet official accuses two top political operatives in the same administration of committing a major felony. It's kind of a newsworthy event, in my opinion.

But hey, at least no one got a blow job!

::: posted by Pontificator at 11:44 PM


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