“It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into”

Jonathan Swift
"The Democrats have moved to the right, and the right has moved into a mental hospital." - Bill Maher
"The city is crowded my friends are away and I'm on my own
It's too hot to handle so I gotta get up and go

It's a cruel ... cruel summer"

Saturday, December 31, 2005

peace on earth, goodwill to men

In an extraordinary act of contrition and holiday season goodwill, Virgil Van KKKamp's column of Friday the 30th says Islam is

the greatest[!]

Okay, actually he says the religion is
the greatest threat to civilization and our way of life since Hitler, Mao and Stalin
but, hey, it's a start, right? Virgil also brags that his church had two services on Christmas Day. Virgil and I actually go to the same church, but we won't the day Virgil's hate becomes church doctrine. And not to nitpick, but our church only had one service on Christmas Day, so I'm guessing that Virgil was the same place I was on Christmas morning: home with family. Which is just one of many reasons I didn't join the throngs harassing churches for cancelling Christmas morning services. In a word, hypocrisy. Not theirs; mine.

A little below Virgil's letter, Lance McCown seems to suggest that "Islamoloonies" be hanged.

Glad to see things are back to normal after the holiday season. Nothing left but to name Virgil & Lance Amarillo Globe-Republican Man and Other Man of the Year and call 2005 a wrap.


Tuesday, December 20, 2005

some day we'll live in kansas / men will walk in dover / but we will still be monkeys / down deep inside

I try to blog on widely-discussed issues only when I have something specific of my own to add, and in this case I do:

Take that, Jay Richards!


spacedark finally gets it

The SO and I have been obsessing on The Emperor W's brilliant three-point plan for Iraq. If you missed the speech, the plan went something like this:

  1. Go on the offensive in Iraq.
  2. Establish Democracy in Iraq.
  3. Rebuild Iraq.
Dare I call it genius? Man, when I heard that speech I just hung my head in shame. To think of all the time I've wasted naysaying and being one of the nattering nabobs of negativism. While I was "protesting" and "blogging," The Emperor was calmly solving the problems. It just goes to show you why he was elected. I mean, Kerry's plan was what, ninety-eight points?

Go on the offensive, establish democracy, rebuild. Such elegant simplicity. [shakes head] Why didn't we think of this?


Victory - Again!

The ghostwriters at the Amarillo Globe-Republican have once again claimed Victory for the U.S. in this morning's paper, and I quote: "Victory comes in the form of more than 10 million Iraqis who voted Thursday for 275 members of the country's new national assembly." There you have it - Victory! - let's see - how many victories is that? The aircraft carrier speech; the January 2005 elections; capturing Saddam (by the way, I saw on a blog that it has been 1,550 days since the prez said we'd get Osama "dead or alive," just as an aside!), voting for the constitution; well, you get the idea.

We keep getting the "victories" that the preznit and his mouthpieces keep saying would signal - victory? - so we can begin bringing our troops home. Well, it certainly is a moving target, isn't it! Thanks Globe-Republican for another Victory!

The Liberalator

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Real Men Love Real Men

Leave it to a right-wing radio preacher to come up with one of the gayest things ever: Mr. Hetero

U.S. Corporations: Bah, humbug!

Merry Christmas.

If corporations were really people, we'd never invite them to our holiday parties.


sexual abuse of the mentally handicapped? bring it on, sez Alito

I've told y'all before that I have a relative with a learning disability who has had a hard time finding and keeping work, despite the fact that she is very willing to work. It's so important our family that be able to work that I've even been willing to give Wal-Mart a conditional, half-hearted pass because a local store has employed her and treats her well, so far.

You'll also notice that I haven't written anything about Judge Alito. I've been sure that he was quite dreadful, but hadn't seen anything to convince me that he was any worse than anyone else the Bush administration would create in their dark labs from the collected body parts of the dead.

So I've remained an Alito agnostic. Until now.


Monday, December 12, 2005

this provincial life redux

Remember 4 November 2005, when the Globe-Republican sang the praises of Don Powell who had just been tapped to run the Gulf Coast reconstruction effort?

Word is he isn't doing such a good job.


Sunday, December 11, 2005

Support The Troops

Hey righties. . .

Is transporting our fallen soldiers as regular freight without an honor guard or flag drapped coffin OK with you?

I look forward to your criticism of the Bush admin. on the editorial pages of the Republican-News!

-Prodigal Son

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Give A Listen

There is an interesting phenomenon going on in the Panhandle - a fair and balanced talk show right here in Amarillo!

Monday through Friday, 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. on 710 AM - KGNC Radio - the John Terry Show is on, and I'm daily amazed that the powers that be have kept him on. He is well read, obviously explores many sources beyond the Amarillo Globe Republican for information and listens to more than FOX and Rush Limbrain (even though his station requires a promo for Rush periodically).

He doesn't hesitate to constantly stir the pot on the Republican debacle going on (and rightly gets after errant Democrats as well!). It's fun to hear the few conservative callers trying to defend the indefensible - in that this is blood red country he doesn't get many right wing call-ins. And - he puts the lefties on the air also - imagine that!

What is really good though, is the fact that Mr. Terry is unfailingly polite to all callers (except the most outrageous), and treats all discourse with respect. What a pleasure to listen to a real fair and balanced talk show!

Give him a listen.

The Liberalator

Friday, December 02, 2005

Ghost's editorial just part of Republican mess

The Amarillo Globe-Republican Ghostly VoiceTM offered up a huge load of contrition to the newspaper's readers just before loosing Virgil Van Camp and the dogs of hellish racism.

The former Republican specter quit being such a jerk Monday after pleading guilty to several counts of conspiracy to commit perjury, mail fraud, wire fraud, fraud by newspaper subscription, and truth evasion.

He had to go. And now he has to face the consequences, which could include a 10-year reassignment as admin of TalkAmarillo.

But the Opinion page he leaves behind has some serious work to do, namely in repairing its image.

Most outrageous of all is that Republicans, who won control of the Amarillo newspaper on a program of staff “housecleaning,” now seem to be at least as guilty of sleazy conduct as the Amarillo National Bank and Mesa Petroleum employees who used to run the place.

Republicans took command of the Amarillo Globe-News with a noble goal: to rid the place of any semblance of journalistic integrity. They vowed to set higher ethnical standards and to make government that instills pride in white folks instead of making them laugh at Dave Chappelle’s jokes.

It hasn't turned out that way.

The Republicans who now control the Amarillo media have some serious housecleaning to do.

If they don't, then the citizens of this city just might decide to do the job themselves.