Dub Not Dubya

Thursday, October 06, 2005
Seriously, you need to check out today's issue of Bartcop (permalink). It has so many great cartoons that my friends are going to be pissed at me for sending them so many in one day. And for those who won't click, let me at least share this email that a reader sent to Bart:

Subject: world peace


I know it's morally reprehensible, but if your sole purpose was to cut down on world crime and wars, I know a way that would do just that: 

if you aborted all Bush fetuses it would go a long way toward reducing the wars, global crime spree, and destruction being perpetrated on the inhabitants of this planet.

Nuff said.

Sunday, October 02, 2005
The Phelps cult protested in a Portland, Oregon suburb recently, and apparently one of the counterprotesters brilliantly took inspiration from Comic Book Guy. His clever sign even made the AP coverage of the event, but the picture is from the local Indymedia coverage.

Friday, September 02, 2005
Don't know if this is a Bartcop original or if he got it from elsewhere on the net, but either way, it must be spread around:

Monday, August 22, 2005
A quirk of being a state that is so often dissed by people from elsewhere due to our size is that Rhode Island loves to be first, last, best or worst at anything at all. We make little secret of cheering when we hear that we have the worst drivers, the most corruption, etc, and never mind any unarguably positive firsts or bests The only two positive superlatives I can think of right now are us giving Gore his highest percentage in 2000 and us being the first state to pass a freestanding transgender civil rights law. Anyway, I have found something else for us to cheer for. In a state-by-state breakdown of Shrub's approval ratings, Rhode Island gives him the highest disapproval rating (68%). Woo-hoo! We're number one!

Saturday, August 06, 2005
I sent this to Buzzflash, but I don't think they used it. I doubt anyone else out on the web has seen it, and for that matter it's unlikely that they'll see it here in my blog either, but nonetheless I'm posting it as useful material: Commentary from former holder of top-secret clearance explaining that Rove knew exactly what he was doing. Excerpt:

When I was first granted the clearance, I was made to read and sign several documents that outlined my responsibilities in reference to the information I would be made privy to, and what punishments could/would be visited upon me should I violate the agreements by disseminating the information to unauthorized individuals.
The hard and fast rule in the intelligence community is “Need To Know.” What that means is that the mere fact that I had a top-secret clearance did not mean that I could look at anything classified top secret or below. What it meant was that I was allowed access to such information as was necessary to do my job, and no more.
Essentially, if I had a friend who worked on a different project who also had a top secret clearance and, if I shared information from my project with him, I could have been, and likely would have been, prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Just having the same or greater level clearance was/is not enough. To get access to information on a given classified project, the individual must have a valid “Need to Know” in addition to having the necessary clearance.
It is also important to note that simply confirming the veracity of a piece of classified information to an unauthorized individual was considered to be essentially the same as disseminating the information. So not being the first source on a bit of information is no defense if you could be considered a confirming source.

Saturday, July 02, 2005
It's so simple. Why can't our society get it? At least some countries do. Read Zapatero's speech about Spain legalizing same-sex marriage. Maybe someday we too will have politicians who make sense.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005
The Boston Police let the Phelps klan know what they think of them:

 Holding signs reading, ``Thank God for dead soldiers,'' ``God blew up the troops,'' and ``Fag body bags,'' the demonstrators chanted derisive anti-gay slogans and sang a derogatory version of ``God Bless America'' that opened with: ``God hates America, land of our fags.''

They were surrounded by dozens of uniformed and plainclothes cops and blocked from the public by the Boston Police Department Mounted Unit, which strategically pointed the backs of their horses toward the group.