Sunday, November 30, 2003

The Moral Bankruptcy of the Pentagon

Atrios and Talk Left report the new Time Online's story about the poor wretches at Gitmo. Turns out at least 20% - and who knows hoiw many more - were sent there because Afghan warlords turned them in to collect reward money for Taliban and Al Qaeda figures. Only they weren't. Some have been held two years - those that haven't committed suicide.

Anyone who trusts the judgment. or even basic decency of Bush or Rumsfeld should read this story. And weep.

Crony Capitalism and Bush Family Values

This one is for all the conservatiuves and libertarians who have convinced themselves that the interests of big business and a free markeyt are in harmony. Truthout reports a fascinating revelation during Neil Bush's divorce trial from his wife as to how big business finds people with the last name of Bush to be helpful in the business world - and how they are paid.

Any libertarians out there to comment?

Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Confused Thinking

Jonah Goldberg at National Review Online is complaining that they really haven't won the culture war, and offering to trade places with the institutions of their careful choosing: trading the WSJ for the NYT, Fox News of the other netwporks, etc. Even with control over the Presidency, House, Senate, and much of the courts, and access to corporate wealth beyond measure, they are powerless and besieged.

We weep with sympathy.

Left unmentioned is that NRO and their hard right allies have forged an effective alliance with crony capitalists and the religous right to gain political power - and if the price of their alliance is big government, corporate fraud, deficits, further erosion of federalism, and dishonesty and hypocrisy in high places - well, given their actions and words, it must not seem all that high to them.

Their powerlessness is the powerlessness of any member of any coalition - they have to share their goodies to get any at all. But theirs is a winning coalition of Bibles, bucks, and bombs, and they have lots to share.

big government and big business

Matt Yglesias calls it about right in a perceptive post, arguing

"Ultimately, it seems to me that the Democratic Party is just helpless when faced with the prospect of a GOP that isn't even going to try to stand for conservative principles. A party organized as an alliance between Big Government and Big Business just has too many big guns on its side. The only real question is whether or not conservatives will try and take their party back from the Rove-DeLay-Frist domestic policy agenda and return the GOP to advocating something that resembles a small government philosophy."

Cheney and the public good.

The Hamster reports that Dick Cheney's annual salary from government = $192,600
2001 Halliburton payments to Cheney = $205,298
Value of no bid contracts awarded to Halliburton in Iraq =$948 million

Saturday, November 22, 2003


Today's New York Times has an article critical of Howard dean's draft record. I guess this will become a campaign issue for the Republicans. I hope so, because then Dean can raise the issue of Bush's many months AWOL, months without punishment because of his daddy.

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Why Chickenhawks Matter

Eric Alterman has written an excellent piece, Why Chickenhawks Matter, which explains why the Bush administration has proven so militarily incompetent. Given that so many Americans and Iraqis are dying due to their decisions, and their egos, more of us need to know what Alterman has to report.

For more on who's served and who hasn't, check out our page on military service by prominent Democrats and Republicans.

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

The Left Not Wimping Out

Winston Smith does a great job of debunking the view that Liberals are "wimps" -- a view propagated by some in the Radical Right, most notably Mona Charen, who said that "Liberals, and this includes virtually all Europeans, believe that masculinity is unseemly as well as passé."

Smith rips apart a thesis currently circulating around the Radical Right on the web, which puts forth the view, like Charen's, that a 'wimpification' of the 'western male' is happening in this country. Smith goes to great lengths to point out that the thesis of the paper "gets lost in a torrent of bigotry, falsehoods, and right-wing fantasies." Sound familiar?

Here are some examples that are just mind-boggling:

  • "In the first instance, what we have to understand is that America is first and foremost, a culture dominated by one figure: Mother. It wasn't always so: there was a time when it was Father who ruled the home, worked at his job, and voted. But in the twentieth century, women became more and more involved in the body politic, and in industry, and in the media -- and mostly, this has not been a good thing. When women got the vote, it was inevitable that government was going to become more powerful, more intrusive, and more "protective" (ie. more coddling), because women are hard-wired to treasure security more than uncertainty and danger. It was therefore inevitable that their feminine influence on politics was going to emphasize (lowercase "s") social security."

  • "The scene opens at the morning breakfast table, where the two kids are sitting with Dad at the table, while Mom prepares stuff on the kitchen counter. The dialogue goes something like this:

    Little girl (note, not little boy): Daddy, why do we eat Cheerios?
    Dad: Because they contain fiber, and all sorts of stuff that's good for the heart. I eat it now, because of that.
    LG: Did you always eat stuff that was bad for your heart, Daddy?
    Dad (humorously): I did, until I met your mother.
    Mother (not humorously): Daddy did a lot of stupid things before he met your mother.

    Now, every time I see that TV ad, I have to be restrained from shooting the TV with a .45 Colt. If you want a microcosm of how men have become less than men, this is the perfect example.

    What Dad should have replied to Mommy's little dig: Yes, Sally, that's true: I did do a lot of stupid things before I met your mother. I even slept with your Aunt Ruth a few times, before I met your mother.

    That's what I would have said, anyway, if my wife had ever attempted to castrate me in front of the kids like that. But that's not what men do, of course. What this guy is going to do is smile ruefully, finish his cereal, and then go and fuck his secretary, who doesn't try to cut his balls off on a daily basis. Then, when the affair is discovered, people are going to rally around the castrating bitch called his wife, and call him all sorts of names. He'll lose custody of his kids, and they will be brought up by our ultimate modern-day figure of sympathy: The Single Mom."

  • "Finally, we come to the TV show which to my mind epitomizes everything bad about what we have become: Queer Eye For The Straight Guy. Playing on the homo Bravo Channel, this piece of excrement has taken over the popular culture by storm…

    I'm sorry, but the premise of the show nauseates me. A bunch of homosexuals trying to "improve" ordinary men into something "better" (ie. more acceptable to women): changing the guy's clothes, his home decor, his music -- for fuck's sake, what kind of girly-man would allow these simpering butt-bandits to change his life around?"

Well, the last one was my personal favorite as showcasing this guy as a royal ass-hole. I highly recommend reading the entire article, and for those interested, here is the link to du Toit's essay, "The Pussification of the Western Male."

Check it out.

P.S. I really dislike the words "pussy" and "wimp," but until du Toit finds a new hat, he ought to be careful about using either of those terms. You'll know what I mean when you see the site. Oh and Kim, the "Fab Five" would probably defer from giving you a make-over -- I think you're a lost cause.

Monday, November 10, 2003

Radical Right "Rogue of the Week"

Donald Rumsfeld

On the presence of WMDs in Iraq:
"We know where they are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat."
-Donald Rumsfeld, 03-30-03

On whether US troops would be welcomed in Iraq:
"There's no question but that they would be welcomed. Go back to Afghanistan -- the people were in the streets playing music, cheering, flying kites, doing all the things that the Taliban and the al-Qaida would not let them do. Saddam Hussein has one of the most vicious regimes on the face of the earth. And the people know that."
-Donald Rumsfeld, 02-20-03

Let's play a game here -- no not Rumsfeld Rummy -- I am talking a more hypothetical one here. Let's say you've staked your whole administration around a war premised on deceptive and misleading information, and suddenly (surprise!) people begin to realize that they have been, well, deceived. What do you do?

Normally in politics, when someone (or in this case an entire administration) gets caught with their pants down, they move into uber-spin mode. The Bush administration and Karl Rove have been particularly and infamously adept at wagging the dog -- remember the not-so-"Made in USA" box incident, or Bush's National Dress Up Day?

Well, Donald Rumsfeld apparently didn't get the memo. Instead of spin, here is how the Secretary answered a reporter's question about the exact statements above:

"Never said that. Never did. You may remember it well, but you're thinking of somebody else. You can't find, anywhere, me saying anything like either of those two things you just said I said." See the story here.

Come again? Well, we at deal-with-it.org already knew he was a crook, but this one blew us out of our seats. For this reason, Donald Rumsfeld earns the highly-coveted "Radical Right Crook of the Week" award for his unequivocal lie.

Wow, I just wish it were this easy all the time. In fact, I even hope the resolution urging Bush to fire Rumsfeld fails in the House.

Sunday, November 09, 2003

Welcome to deal-with-it.org

Well, this is the first time I have used a blog, so we'll see how it goes. But please do check our website, for more information on the radical right. Our hope is that each week we feature someone from our cards with updated information and analysis to keep you up to date on the dirtballs who are running this country into the ground. We will likely publish to the blog as often as possible, but our "Radical Right Rogue of the Week" will come out on Mondays. Stay tuned for tomorrow's!

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