Saturday, August 18, 2007

Oh gee, thanks Dave, bang-up job so far. Extortion, coercion; you'll pardon me if I ask you to kiss my pucker.

Any of you in California (Overdroid) please put some effort into defeating this horrendous ballot initiative sponsored by Republicans. I know it sounds alarmist but this simple initiative would be the difference between putting a President in office that acts responsibly towards the environment, the budget and foreign affairs or a Bush-clone like Giuliani.

I have nothing against proportional representation but agree with many critics of this measure that it needs to be put in place nationally and not unilaterally as California may do here. I also think on simple the substance of fairness this measure fails. It awards electoral votes by winner of congressional districts rather than vote percentages. In reality this would put a system in place that's not much different that we have now where the minority is over-represented and the will of majority of voters is diluted.

I long for the day when Republicans will move away from shenanigans as their foremost political tactic. From the Rovian games played at the Federal level with U.S. Attorneys to this ballot initiative I would like to see the Republican party re-engage with the electorate and try winning elections by just having better and more appealing policy positions.

I know that's a pipe dream.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

No, you ain't gonna hate me. I ain't gonna let you hate me.

In memory of the King of Rock and Roll

I'm fairly certain I'm going to "go" the same way.

(See what I did there? :-) )

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

You expect me to talk when all I could preserve is my own measly, worthless life? TOO BLOODY RIGHT, I'LL TALK! I'll talk, I'll talk.

Here's a wacky suggestion for Jeff Kosseff from the Oregonian- when your doing a story about what Oregon voters are telling them about Iraq as they tour the state on their August recess you just might want to actually go to some of these events rather than ask the politicians what they're hearing.

"Iraq is playing a prominent role in meetings that Oregon's representatives and senators have in Oregon during this month's congressional recess. Though recesses traditionally have been a time for members of Congress to connect with constituents on a wide variety of issues, this month's recess has a uniquely strong focus on the future of the Iraq war.

Next month, Gen. David Petraeus will deliver a report on progress in Iraq. Democrats and some Republicans say the report could create a turning point in congressional support of the war, possibly causing enough Republicans to break with the Bush administration to support a withdrawal of troops.

"This is one of the most crucial periods in this whole debate," said Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.As he normally does during recesses, Wyden is holding three town hall meetings this week. But unlike his usual practice of addressing all current issues, Wyden is focusing the meetings on Iraq.

"It seemed very important to give Oregonians a chance to weigh in going into the debate," Wyden said. "I know a lot of folks want to talk about immigration and health care and the like, but this is going to be an opportunity to make sure Oregonians' voices are heard."

Sen. Gordon Smith said Iraq was among the top issues in his conversations with people at county fairs last week. "There's a heightened expectation," said Smith, who voted to authorize the war in 2002, but in December publicly criticized Bush's Iraq policy. Since then, Smith has advocated redeploying troops. "Wisely or not, General Petraeus and the president have created an expectation that there will be an evaluation and a way forward that shows us a way home sooner than later. "

There's a bit in there from Republican Greg Walden where he says voters wan't the troops home but want the exit strategy to be "done properly." Sure. That would be a damnsight better than how you and your President but those boys over there to begin with.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Kroger, your Delta Tau Chi name is Pinto.

Karl Rove sighted the ubiquitous "leaving to spend time with my family" excuse for why he's resigning which is obviously not the truth. Others are speculating that it might have something to do with his legal troubles. That would seem the best possible explanation unless you happen to be the Dean of Faber College and have a former graduate/ mole on the inside at the White House and know otherwise. I am that Dean and have that mole.

My mole, let's call him "Neidermeyer" for now, is a sneak little shit that was able to obtain for this blog a copy of Rove's resignation letter. Below it is included in it's entirety.

Dear Big Kahuna,

It is with regret that I must inform you that I will be resigning the office of Deputy Director of Political Strategy effective August 31.

There are a number of factors in this decision. My duties serving in this office continue to stand in the way of my dream of joining the touring company of "Mama Mia." I would like to finish work on my cookbook tentatively titled "The Cannibal's Kitchen" and I'm not afraid to admit it after all these years but I'm in love with your wife. A Librarian that runs over and kills a former boyfriend is a secret fetish of mine. Every time I look at Laura: grroowwwlll.

I've enjoyed our many years together- whether we were laughing at the pleas of clemency from convicted murderers on death row back in Texas, hiding under the chairs together on 9/11 or helping you start a war for no good reason we always had fun. I will always cherish my time with you in the 2000 election when we watched Gore continually talk like he could actually win it and a fair count would prevail. As if.

I will forever be your Chunky Monkey, Bald Bomber and Turd Blossom.

Yours Truly,

Karl Rove