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The Stars Hollow Gazette: It’s Joe Biden Open Thread

Do you really need a Joe Biden Open Thread?

The Stars Hollow Gazette

Do you really need a Joe Biden Open Thread?

Writing in the Raw

You say it’s your birthday

It’s my birthday too, yeah

They say it’s your birthday

We’re gonna have a good time

I’m glad it’s your birthday

Happy birthday to you.

Yes we’re going to a party party

Yes we’re going to a party party

Yes we’re going to a party party

I would like you to dance (Birthday)

Take a cha-cha-cha-chance (Birthday)

I would like you to dance (Birthday)


I would like you to dance (Birthday)

Take a cha-cha-cha-chance (Birthday)

I would like you to dance (Birthday)


You say it’s your birthday

Well it’s my birthday too, yeah

You say it’s your birthday

We’re gonna have a good time

I’m glad it’s your birthday

Happy birthday to you.

Oh there is so much more

The Morning News

The Morning News is an Open Thread

From Yahoo News Top Stories

1 Afghan militants kill 10 French, strike at US base

By JASON STRAZIUSO and AMIR SHAH, Associated Press Writers

13 minutes ago

SUROBI, Afghanistan – Insurgents mounted two of the biggest attacks in years on Western forces in Afghanistan, killing 10 French soldiers in a mountain ambush and then sending a squad of suicide bombers in a failed assault early Tuesday on a U.S. base near the Pakistan border.

The audacious strikes suggested a bolder insurgency is now willing to launch frontal assaults on U.S. and NATO troops.

Only months ago, militants shied away from large-scale attacks because of the heavy losses they could incur when jet fighters appeared overhead, NATO and U.S. officials said.

The Stars Hollow Gazette

This is very disturbing-

[W]hen asked what advice he would give to a President Barack Obama or Democratic Congress on the matter of handling former Bush officials, McClellan speaks now of the perils of probing the past.

“If Obama were to win,” he said last week, “that would be an issue his administration would have to face early … because he’s pledging to be a uniter, not a divider – without saying those exact words we campaigned on in 2000. He’s pledging to change the way Washington works, and if Congress were to pursue that, it would be very divisive.”

He continued: “That could be very problematic for his presidency right off the start.”

Motherfucking Villagers.

h/t John Aravosis & America Blog

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Anthrax

A Stars Hollow Gazette

Well, Detective Greenwald is back on the case, but before we get to him I just want to outline why I find it so fascinating.

To me the Anthrax attacks perfectly illustrate the Colossal Conspiracy of Incestuous Incompetence by our government’s leadership and agencies on the one hand and the Villager Idiots of our Mental Masturbatory Beltway Blind Bozo Media on the other.

And you get hairy palms too you perverts.

The story so far is that the FBI has decided to blame this dead guy who committed suicide under the pressure of their investigation.  None of their public “proof” holds up to any kind of scrutiny at all.  They are constantly changing their timelines and plotlines as new facts continue to be discovered and practically everybody in D.C. is trying to ignore that the only thing left of Ivins the Anthrax man is a corncob pipe and his button nose and two eyes made out of coal.

Oh and that old silk hat they found.  Must have been some magic in it.

Then there is the local angle- I’ve been in Oxford, where Ottilie Lundgren died, and to Pine Grove Cemetery in Ansonia, where she is buried.  I drive through Wallingford, where the postal processing center is, all the time when I’m traveling from Hartford to points south.

Still, I don’t want to seem obsessed-

And now-

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Anthrax

The Stars Hollow Gazette w/ Updates

Picking Fights and Drawing Lines in the Dirt.

Oh Noses. Daily Kos once again has it’s recommended list filled with scurrilous Consipracy Theories (CT stands for “Completely True” BTW).

While the point of this story doesn’t depend on the particulars I’ll briefly rehearse them so you understand the issues I’m really addressing.

So at Rick Warren’s “debate” John McCain told this heartfelt story about how he shared a moment of Christian worship with a guard who scratched out a cross in the dirt at his feet.  One problem with that story is it’s been attributed to Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

In Honor of Alexander Solzhenitsyn: Writer, Leader, Hero

Monday, August 04, 2008

By Paul M. Weyrich

This man who Solzhenitsyn said he had never seen at the gulag took a stick and drew a cross in the dirt. And he left, never to be seen again. Solzhenitsyn later came to believe that that kindly figure was Christ himself.

Other details differ, in Solzhenitsyn’s story the person who scratches the cross in the dirt is a fellow prisoner.

I can’t myself prove it comes from The Gulag Archipelago, it’s Googlebook search indicates no relevant matches from ‘cross’ or ‘dirt’ or ‘guard’, but there are redacted pages and I don’t have an account.  It might be from One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, I haven’t checked that.

What I do know is that Paul Weyrich is this Paul Weyrich and if he remembers it from TWO STINKING WEEKS AGO! so should John McShame or at least his PLAGIRIZING SPEECH WRITERS!  Otherwise they’re incompetent fools.

Just like when they plagiarized the Wikipedia article about Georgia (last week!) and those cookie recipes.

Thought seems to be split into three main camps, ‘Completely True’, ‘Cone of Silence’, and ‘Shut Up’.  ‘Cone of Silence’ isn’t what you think, it’s the contention that McShame’s cheating by knowing the questions before is the more important story.

‘Shut Up’ is exactly what you would think, Democrats too cowardly to challenge McShame’s character as if Mr. Wetstart had any.

Weekend News Digest

Weekend News Digest is an Open Thread

From Yahoo News Top Stories

1 Russia says Georgia pullout to begin Monday

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press Writer

10 minutes ago

GORI, Georgia – Russia’s president said troops would begin pulling out of Georgia on Monday, but made no mention of leaving the separatist province at the heart of the conflict between the countries.

A defiant Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili said the former Soviet republic would not relinquish South Ossetia or Abkhazia – both now overrun with Russian troops and abandoned by Georgian soldiers – as Western leaders pushed for a swift Russian withdrawal from positions it has held for days of warfare.

“Georgia will never give up a square kilometer of its territory,” Saakashvili told a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the latest Western leader to visit Tbilisi and offer support for a country that has become a proxy for conflict between an emboldened Russia and the West.

Weekend News Digest

Weekend News Digest is an Open Thread

From Yahoo News Top Stories

1 Bombers strike Iraq pilgrims for 3rd straight day

By SAMEER N. YACOUB, Associated Press Writer

1 hour, 17 minutes ago

BAGHDAD – Bombers struck Shiite pilgrims Saturday for a third consecutive day, killing six people in the latest in a series of attacks apparently aimed at stoking sectarian tension.

The attacks have targeted pilgrims headed for the Shiite city of Karbala, where hundreds of thousands of people have gathered for festivities that culminate Sunday morning.

No group has claimed responsibility, but assaults on Shiite civilians have been carried out for years by Sunni extremists such as al-Qaida in Iraq.

Gitmo On The Platte: The Police State Lives In Denver

cross-posted from The Dream Antilles

Just in case you thought that exercising your Constitutional Right to assemble in Denver,  engage in non-violent protest and perhaps participate in civil disobedience at the Democratic National Convention was going to be easy and humane, the NY Times informs in an article entitled, “Grim Warehouse Set To Process Convention Arrests,” that is not to be the case.  The Government has set up a mini-Gitmo to handle pesky protesters who get arrested in Denver.  And they’re telling you about it now, so you’ll reconsider your plans.  And maybe stay home.

Individuals arrested at the Democratic National Convention will be processed at an industrial warehouse with chain-link cells topped by razor wire, a facility some have compared to the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay. /snip

The Denver sheriff’s office, which operates city and county jails, insists anyone taken to the center will be there only a few hours while they’re fingerprinted, issued a court date and released after posting bail. Others will be transferred to facilities designed for longer detentions.

Of course if the numbers are overwhelming, that’s all going to be out the door,” said Capt. Frank Gale, a sheriff’s spokesman. ”If we’re inundated with a bunch of civil unrest, it doesn’t matter how well we prepare. If we get severe numbers it’s going to take us forever” to process those in custody. /snip  A sign [at the facility] read: ”Electric stun devices used here.”

Gale said each cell will be about 20-by-20 feet. He refused to say how many people could be processed there.  /snip

ACLU-Colorado legal director Mark Silverstein said city officials told him detained protesters will be taken by bus to the facility, about 2 miles northeast of downtown. Those who are unable or refuse to post bail will be taken to a downtown city jail to await a court date.

Silverstein said warehouse cells won’t have running water, bathrooms or telephones. Gale said deputies will escort anyone needing those services.

Great.  A mini-Gitmo on the Platte.  20 x 20 cells with an unknown number of people in them, for an unknown period of time, without food, water or toilets.  And the idea that if there are too many people, whatever planning there was would be overwhelmed.  And then those incarcerated would be stuck.

The Stars Hollow Gazette

So they’re putting the band back together.

Oh Brad, I’m frightened.  What kind of place is this?

Oh, it’s probably some kind of hunting lodge for rich weirdos.

This way.

Are you – giving a party?

No.  You’ve arrived on a rather special night.  It’s one of the master’s affairs.

Oh, lucky him.

He’s lucky.  You’re lucky, I’m lucky, we’re all lucky!

It’s astounding, time is fleeting

Madness takes its toll

But listen closely,

Not for very much longer

I’ve got to, keep control.

The Stars Hollow Gazette w/ Update

So I ran across this while surfing Yahoo News-

Hollywood Takes on the Left

Stephen F. Hayes, Weekly Standard

Wed Aug 13, 1:45 PM ET

You’ll note it’s from the Weekly Standard, Bill Kristol’s rag.

David Zucker is doing an allegorical remake of A Chrismas Carol called An American Carol, which like Ben Stein’s Expelled is supposed to combat left wing Hollywood bias.

Oh and it’s entertaining and funny and will make money too.  Would I lie to you?

Yes he’s that Zucker from Airplane, one of two and part of a team of 3; but he belongs like some to the Muslim Racist Paranoia Dennis Miller types who were scared so shitless of finding a brown skinned bomber under the bed that they wet themselves every night.

A coward.

Zucker was still nominally a Democrat when George W. Bush was elected in 2000. “Then 9/11 happened, and I couldn’t take it anymore,” he says. “The response to 9/11–the right was saying this is pure evil we’re facing and the left was saying how are we at fault for this? I think I’d just had enough. And I said ‘I quit.'”

He hooked up with an ex-Boxer staffer Sokoloff who- Hallelujah shares the save conversion story.

Although she didn’t vote for George W. Bush in 2000, Sokoloff says she was glad that he won. Less than a year later, she understood why. “When 9/11 happened, I knew Democrats wouldn’t be strong enough to fight this war.”

And started making commericials.

As the 2004 presidential election approached, Sokoloff and Zucker looked for a way to influence the debate. Their first effort was an ad mocking John Kerry for his flip-flops that the conservative Club for Growth paid to put on the air. In 2006, Sokoloff and Zucker followed that with a series of uproarious short spots mocking, in turn, the Iraq Study Group, Madeleine Albright and pro-appeasement foreign policy, and pro-tax congressional Democrats.

Spoilers below the fold.

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