Saturday, August 14, 2010

The egg settin' horse and...

I've posted about Utah Phillips before. He's gone now, but he's still one of the best storytellers goin'. This story is on his CD The Moscow Hold which I highly recommend to anyone who likes to hear funny stories.

His performance at the Strawberry Music Festival Spring 2007, Camp Mather, Yosemite.

Thanks to VeniceArtists.

Saturday Emmylou Blogging

Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt ~ Raise The Dead
Thanks to 1000Magicians, UK.

Goodbye, Amsterdam ...

Gotta catch a ship. Some stuff from our last day in Amsterdam.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Cal Thomas Says the Terrorists Are Right

El Rude-o

That headline is not hyperbole. Entirely straight right-wing nutzoid Cal Thomas, who is entirely straight despite always looking like he's contemplating balls dangling in front of his face, said so in his latest "column" (if by "column," you mean, "the incoherent yawps of a man so sexually repressed that he'd make John Calvin say, 'Dude, you need to get laid'"). The entirely straight Thomas writes, regarding the Proposition 8 decision in California, "A nation that loses its moral sense is a nation without any sense at all. Muslim fanatics who wish to destroy us are correct in their diagnosis of our moral rot: loss of a fear of God, immodesty, especially among women, materialism and much more."

You got that? The Muslim terrorists are right. Even though he follows it up with "their solution -- Sharia law -- is wrong," he adds, "they are not wrong about what ails us."

And the entirely straight Thomas doesn't even condemn the tactics of "Muslim fanatics." No, just that they prefer nutzoid Islam to nutzoid Christianity. Thomas says of the post-1950s "destruction" of America through "tolerance," "None of this should surprise anyone who takes the time to read and understand what happens to people and nations that disregard God." See? Entirely straight Cal Thomas is very different from Muslim extremists because...ummm...

I'm sure 'tolerance' is the problem. Yeesh. Right-wing religious nutzoids are right-wing religious nutzoids. Period.

Let's send ours to fight theirs. In Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, the middle of the Gobi, anywhere the noise wouldn't keep us awake, and let 'em have at it. They'd be out of our hair for a while and hopefully not many would return.

Spaceballs = No Balls

David Sirota

Call me an '80s junkie, but when I saw the results of this week's closely watched Colorado election, I immediately thought of "Spaceballs." In that Mel Brooks masterpiece, a Darth Vader spoof named Dark Helmet says "evil will always triumph because good is dumb." Make it "dumb and broke," and you have a powerful explanation for incumbent Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet's narrow primary victory over former state legislator Andrew Romanoff.

For those who care about a progressive economic agenda and about injecting democracy into the Democratic Party, this is encouraging when put next to the similarly impressive results of White House-thwarting Democratic primary challengers in Pennsylvania and Arkansas. And that trend explains the increasingly fierce pushback from Washington.

Yes, this is why Obama's spokesman, Robert Gibbs, so vociferously berated the progressive movement on the eve of Colorado's primary, and why DNC powerbrokers moved so forcefully against Romanoff. He was the latest candidate to represent what those elites know to be an ascendant national progressive uprising inside the Democratic Party – one that keenly understands money's corrosive effects on public policy and that, therefore, rejects the Beltway's corporatist model.

Seeing that this uprising threatens their power and their D.C. worldview, these elites are desperate to preserve Dark Helmet's principle – so desperate, in fact, they have resorted to employing Obama's presidential campaign infrastructure to prop up more conservative candidates against progressive challengers in intra-party battles.

This unholy alliance managed to hold off the onslaught this time. But make no mistake – Colorado is yet more evidence that the days of "Spaceballs" defining the Democratic Party are ending.

The right has gone farther to the right and so has the left as if it were the right thing to do. It's not. I hope Sirota's right but I'm not holding my breath.

"Spaceballs" refers to the "space" where the Dems' "balls" oughta be.

In The Matter Of Robert L. Gibbs

Paul Krugman. Short, sweet, and to the point.

There he goes again. What gets me is how unprofessional the whole thing is.

Look, if you’re a public figure of any kind, you’re going to face a lot of criticism. Much of it will seem unfair to you; some of the unfair criticism will come from people you expected to take your side; you’ll be angry, you’ll feel that people are putting their egos or their personal aggrandizement above the cause.

Welcome to reality. It’s my reality — and I’m just a professor/columnist. Someone actually in the White House has to be prepared for much more of this kind of thing — and if you don’t have a thick enough skin to take it, find another form of employment.

I’m not saying to turn the other cheek and always say something polite as a general principle; by all means lash out at your critics, if you have something to gain by doing so. Rudeness at the proper moment can serve a purpose — as I hope I’ve demonstrated over the years. But if you vent for the sake of venting; if you alienate people you’re going to need; then you’re just being stupid.

And that, I’m afraid, is what’s going on here. Rachel Maddow isn’t going to go away, or turn all meek, because the White House Press Secretary implicitly denounced her. Even more to the point, liberal critics have an audience because they’re reflecting real concerns of real people. Those concerns need addressing, if necessary in the form of explanations of why their expectations can’t be met. Denouncing the people giving voice to those real concerns as the “professional left” is both unfair and, as I’ve said, stupid.

And both the president and, more important, the country deserve better.

Over 200 comments. I won't go quite as far as No. 5 because the wingnuts are the greatest danger to this country in our history and I'm not going to sit out any elections ever, but this is what could happen:

I can only speak for myself, I'm not going to vote for Obama or the Democratic party any more. They give a harsher lashing to the left than the right. The people on the left have a desire to improve things and the people on the right only want to win. If the president doesn't denounce these comments and get his act together very soon, he's lost a strong supporter. This is not an overreaction. He just doesn't get it and doesn't deserve reelection. I'd rather see Palin destroy the Republican party for good as president than watch Obama prop it up with his naiveté.

Obama's not going to lose those who know over Gibbs' comment, but he needs to not lose those who aren't as committed to truth, decency, and reality. He might not have turned out the way we wanted, but he's what we've got.

I've been insulted before. I'll get over this one too. Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me. Repug rule can and will and must be prevented from doing so.

Voting for Democrats may have devolved into simply being the lesser of two evils, but that's the system we're stuck with.


One of the commenters has linked us to "The Basic Laws Of Human Stupidity".

Go read this. Fits the right to a T.

Canals and jetlag ...

Got to bed early Wednesday night but not before cruising the canals of Amsterdam.


Since I had some time this afternoon (tough day of shopping with the Mrs.), I figured I'd put a post up of yesterday's adventures.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

I'm taking today off

The wingnuts are going more batcrap crazy by the day. The White House is too afraid to take on our enemies so they're making their (former) friends into straw men and calling us names. Yada yada. Nothing new. I'm dead from it. Fuck it for today.

Dam straight!

We're here and I got wifi in the hotel room! Yay!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Take this job and slide it

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report) August 10, 2010 – Effective immediately, all workplaces in the United States will be fitted with inflatable slides to enable disgruntled employees to quit as dramatically as possible.

Starting on Monday, inflatable slides will be installed in such diverse workplaces as Home Depot, Starbucks, and the White House, said Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.

"If post offices had inflatable slides, think of the lives we could have saved," she said.

Alarming Repuglicants

Thanks to YubaNet.

Cast thy gaze heavenwards


The Perseids come every year beginning in late July and stretching into August. Among the many nights of the shower, there is always the one night that the viewing of the shower is at its best. This year, that evening falls on Thursday, August 12. Sky watchers can witness colorful fireballs, occasional outbursts and long hours of gracefully streaking meteors.

Get a chaise lounge and do some oohin' an' awin'. Hints & tips.

Note to The Biggest Little City In The World, 35 miles away: Turn them f**kin' lights down for a while, willya?

Gibbs attacks the fringe losers of the left

Glenn Greenwald, links at site:

You may think that the reason you're dissatisfied with the Obama administration is because of substantive objections to their policies: (list follows, yada yada yawn)

But Robert Gibbs -- in one of the most petulant, self-pitying outbursts seen from a top political official in recent memory, half derived from a paranoid Richard Nixon rant and the other half from a Sean Hannity/Sarah Palin caricature of The Far Left -- is here to tell you that the real reason you're dissatisfied with the President is because you're a fringe, ideological, Leftist extremist ingrate who needs drug counseling:

So, to recap: (1) The Professional Left are totally irrelevant losers who speak for absolutely nobody, and certainly nobody in Real America who matters; but (2) they're ruining everything for the White House!!! And: if you criticize the President, it's only because you're such a rabid extremist that you harbor a secret desire to eliminate the Pentagon -- that's how anti-American you are! You're such a Far Left extremist that Dennis Kucinich isn't far enough Left for you, you subversive, drug-using hippies! You're so far to the Left that you want to turn the U.S. into Canada. As David Frum put it today: "More proof of my longtime thesis, Repub pols fear the GOP base; Dem pols hate the Dem base."

Perhaps one day the White House can work itself up to express this sort of sputtering rage against the Right, or the Wall Street thieves who destroyed the American economy, or the permanent factions that control Washington. Until then, we'll have to satisfy ourselves with White House explanations that the Real Culprits are not (of course) them, but the Professional Left, that is simultaneously totally irrelevant and ruining everything. I'll give credit to Gibbs for putting his name on this outburst: these are usually the things they say anonymously and then deny afterward on the record that it's what they think.

[...] On September 9, 2008 -- roughly two months before the election -- Barack Obama addressed a large, enthusiastic crowd and said: "As president, I will lead a new era of accountability in education. But see, I don't just want to hold our teachers accountable; I want to hold our government accountable. I want you to hold me accountable." In 20 short months, we've gone from "hold me accountable" to "get drug tested," you wretched ingrates.

Heh. If he isn't already, Gibbs is going to rue the day he went off like that.

"They're hiding behind the Constitution!"

The Political Carnival on the latest media darling right-wing moron, links and video:

Back in April he railed against “liberal elites”. Today he railed against the cultural center and prayer room that is at the center of a firestorm, because it would be built a couple of blocks from Ground Zero. My previous post explaining why barring it’s construction would be a mistake is here.

What struck me about his laughably irrational punditiocy was this quote (nearly verbatim):

In this case, “they’re gonna hide behind our rights– freedom of religion– hide behind the Constitution.”

How does this guy get himself out the door in the morning? Does he realize what he said? Carl Paladino just condemned the Constitution for being the the supreme law of the United States, the ultimate, top, super duper, ultra, go-to document:

The nerve– the very nerve!– of Americans to “hide behind” the U.S. Constitution and all those freedoms! Why, the founding fathers are turning over in their graves! Following the laws of the land is a sin! A sin, I say!

That man… is an idiot.

Yes, sometimes "that goddamned piece of paper (GWBush)" is damned inconvenient to wingnuts. The Bill Of Rights is there to protect us from mob rule, whether the mob is ignorant peasants with teabags and misspelled signs, or even or maybe especially if the mob is rich and powerful.

And while I'm on the subject:

Neutie's at it again:

Newt Gingrich is the latest Republican to speak out against the Muslim community center planned for near Ground Zero, arguing on his Web site that New York should ban the lower Manhattan mosque "so long as there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia."

Yes, we must hurry and catch up with Saudi Arabia as a model of religious freedom. Yeesh.

On the other hand, Neutie and his ilk would probably like the United States to be a one-party totalitarian state run by a minority throwback religious sect.

"Meanwhile, there are no churches or synagogues in all of Saudi Arabia. In fact no Christian or Jew can even enter Mecca."

I'm sure Jews probably aren't allowed in Neutie's neighborhood either and I'll bet they're not exactly thrilled by real Christians.

You better be careful about dissin' the Saudis, Neutie boy. The people who are funding you have interests there and might not like you rockin' the boat.

Shorter Gibbs: Left Wing Pressure is Working

A 'must read' at Antemedius.

When Obama took office, the voters had had enough of Republicans. But as a nation we were still trapped in the very powerful cultural and political atmosphere of fear imposed by the Republicans after 9/11. The paradigm of the Right Wing had been shoved down America's throat for so long that everything...and I mean everything was approached, examined, and acted upon from a RW viewpoint.

But now with the Republicans out of political power, and thus unable to effectively ratchet up the fear without the bully pulpit, and with a new generation rising that does NOT buy their divisive wedge tactics such as gays are evil or mosques are evil and Muslims are coming to kill you in your bed or that Christianity is the State Religion. And with the rash of Republican sex scandals that have forced them to back away from claiming the mantle of Family Values....

The cost of being forced to pander to the Republican paradigm on absolutely everything from national security to health care has taken an immense toll not only on the sensibilities of many of the folks who would like to support Obama....but even worse, on the policies themselves. Pre-compromising to the Republican paradigm, going way too far, farther than was absolutely necessary, to pander to the Republican paradigm lost Obama a LOT of goodwill. And that and that alone makes the arguments that "Obama has achieved more than any President" ring false to aware lefties. We KNOW we could have gotten much more through Congress if it wasn't for this pre-capitulation to the existing paradigm.

As the old paradigm fades and a new one is established sans the Cheney/Bush/Religious Right influence, the Obama administration will be forced (kicking and screaming apparently. in Gibbs' case) to adjust to the new paradigm. A paradigm where the horrific, ineffective and just plain wrong policies and views of the past have far lesser currency.

This guy had me going 'til the very last line and then I was forced to nod my head and agree, but it reminded me that even a spark plug takes time to fire the mixture. It has to start somewhere.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

WH: Liberals need to be drug-tested

Forgot who put you where you are and gave Dems the House and Senate, didja?

Raw Story

In an interview with Sam Youngman of The Hill published Tuesday morning, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs unleashed a series of forceful attacks on some unnamed progressive critics of President Barack Obama.

"I hear these people saying he’s like George Bush. Those people ought to be drug tested," Gibbs said. "I mean, it’s crazy."

Drug test that flaming librul Richard Armitage while you're at it. On Charlie Rose last night he said Obama is a 'kinder, gentler Bush' on foreign policy. I'm sure we can all think of other areas as well.

The tone of Gibbs’ interview signals brewing frustration in the White House over parts of its base as midterm elections approach. It might hearken back to when White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel privately and pointedly described some liberals as "fucking retarded."

"I understand why the [White House] is frustrated by liberal dissatisfaction, but not why they complain about it in interviews," said Ezra Klein of the Washington Post in response.

"Maybe one day Robert Gibbs can gear himself up to express some anger at the Right, too," tweeted Salon's Glenn Greenwald, one of the president's most consistent critics from the left.

Maybe Gibbs'll have time after the upcoming election when the wingnuts turn out in droves and a lotta lefties don't and there's nothing getting done.

In the meantime, I like you OK, Gibbs, but just this once go fuck yourself until you get your mouth and attitude toward your base under control.

Write if ya get work...

So long, Fixers! Have a great trip! Thanks for leavin' me the keys, where'dja hide the battery?

Per tradition, I leave you with yet another version of this tune:

Thanks to jimbuffett.

Headline of the Day

E=mc2 Is A Liberal Conspiracy

I must go to the sporting goods store and get some longer waders. Chest-deep ain't doin' it any more...

Leaving ...

Doing the final load of laundry and the last minute packing. The car will be here this afternoon and we still have to head over to the 2000 Year Old Man's (Dad-in-Law Fixer) house and get him squared away before we go.

As usual, Gord's got the keys (if anybody with posting privs here wants to, feel free). Behave yourselves, don't give him too much shit, and stay outta my liquor cabinet. Heh ...

The itinerary is here. As usual, I'll be posting at Worlds so you guys can see what we're up to.

Hopefully, the wifi in the hotel is better than it was the last time we were there. If not, you'll hear from me on Saturday when we get on the ship. If I can get a signal, I'll post once we get in.

Per tradition, I leave you with yet another version of this tune:

Peter, Paul, & Mary - Leaving On A Jet Plane

See yas when we cross the pond!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Repugs React...

Yes, by all means. Close the lid tight. We'll knock when it's safe to come out. You'll know it's us because we'll be speaking Russian. Or Ebonics. Or [crickets]...

Thanks to YubaNet.

And how was your weekend?


NEVADA CITY, Calif. August 9, 2010 - The Tahoe National Forest got hit by 238 lightning strikes on Sunday, according to Public Affairs Officer Ann Westling. 992 downstrikes were detected statewide, with 632 hitting National Forest lands throughout California.

Only one small fire was detected on the TNF near Boca Reservoir. Additional fires, if any, are being located by an airplane doing reconnaissance flights this morning.

The lightning strikes were mostly accompanied by rain - at times heavy precipitation caused flash flood advisories.

If you look at the larger map you will see two roads leading north from Lake Tahoe. I live in between them a little south of where SR267 intersects with I-80. The area is known as 'The Sawtooth' probably because of its shape and there is virtually nothing but pine forest south of my 'hood for the 12 or so miles to the lake. There's a wonderful network of dirt roads capable of supporting high-speed motorcycling. My tax dollars at play. It also supports logging trucks so you have to be a little careful. "Hear the Jake, hit the brake!" But I digress.

We could hear the thunderstorm coming. It got closer and closer 'til me 'n the pups were sharing quality time under the couch. Not scared, of course. I like to play with them and lured them under there with a ham sandwich. The lightning and its thunder became simultaneous and LOUD! At one point I was looking out the window and saw an orange flash as lightning hit a tree a coupla hundred feet from my house. Normally I would go investigate for fire, but a) Mrs. G in her wisdom said to not go walking in the woods during a lightning storm, and b) it was raining like a cow pissin' on a flat rock, so I didn't worry about fire very much.

Thunderstorms are quite common around here between May and September, but they don't always come this close. There have been almost 10,000 lightning strikes in California in the last coupla months.

The rain abated and the storm moved on, but it was an exciting coupla hours. Today dawned misty and eerie and now it's beautiful out and cooler than normal. Just another day in Paradise.

America Goes Dark

Paul Krugman

The lights are going out all over America — literally. Colorado Springs has made headlines with its desperate attempt to save money by turning off a third of its streetlights, but similar things are either happening or being contemplated across the nation, from Philadelphia to Fresno.

Meanwhile, a country that once amazed the world with its visionary investments in transportation, from the Erie Canal to the Interstate Highway System, is now in the process of unpaving itself: in a number of states, local governments are breaking up roads they can no longer afford to maintain, and returning them to gravel.

In effect, a large part of our political class is showing its priorities: given the choice between asking the richest 2 percent or so of Americans to go back to paying the tax rates they paid during the Clinton-era boom, or allowing the nation’s foundations to crumble — literally in the case of roads, figuratively in the case of education — they’re choosing the latter.

How did we get to this point? It’s the logical consequence of three decades of antigovernment rhetoric, rhetoric that has convinced many voters that a dollar collected in taxes is always a dollar wasted, that the public sector can’t do anything right.

The antigovernment campaign has always been phrased in terms of opposition to waste and fraud — to checks sent to welfare queens driving Cadillacs, to vast armies of bureaucrats uselessly pushing paper around. But those were myths, of course; there was never remotely as much waste and fraud as the right claimed. And now that the campaign has reached fruition, we’re seeing what was actually in the firing line: services that everyone except the very rich need, services that government must provide or nobody will, like lighted streets, drivable roads and decent schooling for the public as a whole.

So the end result of the long campaign against government is that we’ve taken a disastrously wrong turn. America is now on the unlit, unpaved road to nowhere.

Balls out, pedal to the metal, Somalia or bust!

Oh, the irony...

Ironic Times

After taking oath, discovers hand glued to bible.

Midterms: Republicans Hope To Gain Control of House
“Then you'll really see some inaction,” says one.

Hollywood Conservatives Gather
Dennis Miller, Jon Voigt, Gary Sinise, three others have lunch.

Dogs Granted Right to Marry
But not gay dogs.

There's a couple of 'em around here that I think want to marry my leg...

Some BP Gas Stations Consider Changing Name
To Aunt Tilly's Fuel Emporium and Soda Shoppe.

Heh ...

Way to go, Gord!

[Just a warning, almost all the links in this post are NSFW]

Almost 2 years ago, Gord alerted us to the fact that Hustler was making a porn parody flick about Sarah Palin.

Well, today as I was going through the site stats, I noticed our hits were out the roof. I figured we got a nod from Crooks and Liars, so I checked to see where folks came from, just so I could thank Mike Finnigan for including us in the "Round-Up" again.

Needless to say, I was quite surprised when I noticed most of the hits came from Google searches by a buncha Republican pervs (I would gather). They were all looking for Who's Nailin' Paylin, which was released today, and ended up at Gordon's post.

Heh ... Thanks, Larry!

Just die ...

Can it be any more obvious that they don't give a shit? Those who took the "public option" off the table from the get-go have these poor folks' blood on their hands. Those who call this "reform" should have taken deductibles into consideration. If you can't afford to pay your deductible, you can't afford your medications.

While politicians play games, people live with the economic fallout of their cowardice. Because this was a predictable problem, and the health care reform bill should have included free prescription coverage for people in situations like this:

In 2009 and 2010, as the economic collapse shuddered across the globe, oncologists in California noticed a troubling trend: Three patients who had had serious tumors under control for as long as eight years reappeared in the clinic with massive cancer regrowth which, in one case, required emergency surgery. In retrospect, this downturn in fortunes should have been predictable: The economic recession had forced the patients to discontinue a life-extending medication.


Sunday, August 8, 2010

Under the red maple tree ...

All my dogs come home.

I was telling the Mrs. just the other day that I wish, for the first time, a dog of mine would die from natural causes, as opposed to me having to make the decision to put them down. As someone who's dealt (and still deals) with PTSD, it's not a good position to be in (I haven't slept right since we had to put Shayna down).

I'm not one to let the vet dispose of my animals, I bring them home. Hey, for all the loyalty they showed me, I believe I should give them an exalted place to rest. Thing is, there's a law in NYC and Long Island that you can't bury remains in your yard, only ashes. A law I choose not to recognize.

For those who don't know, I live in the house I grew up in; moved back after mom passed. All my pets have been buried at the back of the property; the dogs under the red maple tree. We chose this spot because George, my German Shepherd Dog who was with me throughout my military service (who was 18 when I had to put her down) liked to take a leak under the maple. Hey, I'm sentimental. The Mrs. laughs and says that if anyone dug the place up, they'd think it was the location of a Stephen King novel.

Back to the law. I try to give them a place of reverence, but I don't want anyone to think it looks like a graveyard. At least, I don't want to make it too obvious. So this is what I came up with. Yes, it looks big enough to have a human body under there, but I count on the fact I have my neighbors terrified and they won't ask themselves too many questions as they look over the fence. I also don't put up headstones (why not?) so I'm cryptic. George is marked by the old stone (on the left), Shayna by the new.

Click to make bigger

Call me crazy but I like to know the animals who were so loyal to me are tucked in all cozy at their time of rest. George and Shayna are nose to nose.

From the musical 1776 - Momma, Look Sharp

I got the grave (I had to enlarge it) finished this afternoon. I betcha I'll sleep like the dead (bad choice of words) tonight.

Just For Fun

Nanci from Norwegian TV on St Olav's Gate and From A Distance

Subtitled for your convenience.

Thanks to 1000Magicians, UK.

Headline of the Day

White supremacist school board candidate: ‘Jew media’ attacking me


Iraq: Requiem for a Profound Misadventure

Joe Klein in Time magazine, in toto Below The Fold.

It is a matter of some relief that Barack Obama did not announce the end of major combat operations in Iraq under a banner that said "Mission Accomplished." He did it in a speech to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), the most grave and sober audience imaginable. And appropriately so, after a war that should never have been fought, a war that by some estimates will cost $3 trillion before it's done (including the health care services rendered to those represented by the DAV), a war whose casualties number in the hundreds of thousands. Iraq hasn't been much in the news over the past year, but this is an important milestone — even if our mission there will continue on a much smaller scale for 16 more months — a moment for reflection and humility in the face of a national embarrassment.

There is no "victory" in Iraq, nor will there be. [...]

Coulda told ya that, Einstein.

The idea that it was our right and responsibility to rid Iraq of a terrible dictator — after the original casus belli of weapons of mass destruction evaporated — turned out to be a neocolonialist delusion. The fact that Bush apologists still trot out his "forward strategy of freedom" as an example of American idealism is a farce. [...]

It is appropriate that Obama's speech to the DAV will not be remembered as vividly as George W. Bush's puerile march across the deck of an aircraft carrier, costumed as a combat aviator against a golden sunset, to announce — seven years and tens of thousands of lives prematurely — the "end of combat operations." Obama's announcement was no celebration. [...]

One of the biggest dangers we face now is being hit by flying pundits as they jump off the Bush band/warwagon. Thanks a pile, fellas. You could have stopped this when it counted. Journalism is about digging out and disseminating the truth and it was there and some did, but most of you should forever be ashamed over Iraq.