Goodness me, what’s the SecDef smoking?

From Billmon’s entry about the failure of Iraq to build it’s own civil defense force to anything more than a single battalion:

Here’s the Donald’s response to a question about insurgent infiltration of the Iraqi security forces:

”It’s a problem that’s faced by police forces in every major city in our country, that criminals infiltrate and sign up to join the police force.”

So I guess we can expect those suicide bombings in Detroit to kick off any day now. Whatever medication Rumsfeld is taking, it ain’t working.

Man, that’s some outer-space shit. What the hell’s going on up there in DC?

We’re all in this together, y’know…

Man, you guys rock.

From Shakespeare’s Sister:

I don’t even know how to properly express my gratitude to everyone who has shown such an outpouring of kindness toward me today. I really don’t feel as though I can say thank you enough, or convey how deeply appreciative and genuinely moved I am.

I only just got paid today, so I am headed over there now to drop a little something in the hat.

We gotta take care of our own, folks.

“Let’s fuck Libby”

Just a thought-
what if all of these meetings between Judith Miller and John Bolton and the coterie of insiders were all just negotiations to figure out who was going to take the fall for the Plame link? The possibility has been raised that the Plame leak was a coordinated attack to push back against critics of not only the administration’s policies, but also the complicity of the NY Times in building the (false) case against Iraq.

I mean, did Scooter Libby actually grant Judith Miller permission to blow his cover or did Karl Rove grant it for him?

Just a thought.

I love press like this

We got to Augusta and discovered this paragraph about us in the local entertainment paper:

When you’re staring down a band like Athens’ Music Hates You, it’s like coming face-to-face with a grizzly. You know you’re going to get batted around, but if you can escape at all, you’ll call yourself fortunate.

It helps that I think of certain right wing gas bags when I play.

Remember the Bill Cosby routine about using karate to break bricks? “Think through the brick…”

That’s how I like to play drums.

Oops. This could get really, really bad

Looks like they’re going to have to open Pandora’s photo album after all. This cannot go any way but badly.

Pictures of detainee abuse at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison must be released despite government claims that they could damage America’s image, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

Yes, these are the worst of the worst. These are the photos and videos that Sy Hersh warned us about. You may recall my mention of them some time ago;

Sy Hersh gave us the heads up and a thousand right wing ankle-biters screamed “If he has the pictures, then he needs to pony up, because we, in our infinite wisdom, think he’s full of shit.”

Well, Sgt. Keyboard… looks like he’s not full of shit. Rumsfeld knows it. What he also knows it that right now the Pentagon is trying to hold back a giant tsunami of shit that will come cascading down when those pictures finally are leaked or released.

Will it fall on Rumsfeld’s head? Don’t kid yourself.

It’s going to blow back on the men and women who are already in harm’s way. The thirst for American blood in the Middle East will be unquenchable. It could theoretically make Tet look like a barn dance.

This might be the reason the President was just yesterday talking about an escalation of violence heading into October. What he said was

“We can expect they’ll do everything in their power to try to stop the march of freedom,” Bush warned during comments in the Rose Garden about terrorism.

But I think he knows these pictures are coming out, too. Anything to push responsibility off onto someone else. It’s people with purple fingers that the terr’ists want to destroy. It has nothing to do with torture and brutality.

Things to do when they’re gone

OK, if Karl Rove and Tom DeLay and Bill Frist are in jail, most of the troops are home and the rest of the world is constructively engaged in rebuilding Iraq, President Dumya is forced into early retirement by an angry electorate, and the idiots at Powerline are forced into the obscurity they so richly deserve, what are we lefty bloggers going to do with our time?

Here are my plans-

1. Create MySpace, Orkut, Facebook and Friendster accounts for my dog.
2. Take up that whole Bonsai tree thing.
3. Welcome the ornery but charming Michele Catalano back into the fold.
4. Go back to traveling the world without a Canadian flag patch on my backpack.
5. Make this a blog about organic farming and playing music, like it was meant to be in the first place.

You?

What are your plans?

big show tonight

Sorry I have been so quiet today.

Music Hates You has been in the hangars polishing the jets this week in preparation for our show in Augusta tonight. Zaxx has purchased another box of speakers, which means his rig now towers above him at a height of six and a half feet.

Rock and roll, man.

I think I am going to go buy a lottery ticket tonight

Let’s review this remarkable day, shall we?

1. Tom Delay indicted. (Follow that link to the best caption ever.)

2. Frist is facing a serious SEC audit of his personal finances.

3. Bill Bennett: “[Y]ou could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down” Hello, new face of republicanism!

4. Rumors are flying about an October Rove indictment.

5. Someone finally snapped a picture of a giant squid. (sweet.)

And none of my homies died today. Today was a good day.