Kim Jong Il must have W’s military records

How else to explain this freakish item posted byAtrios

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A senior U.S. official said on Monday that North Korean leader Kim Jong-il is a “rational” leader who would be able to transform his impoverished Stalinist state once he resolves the nuclear standoff with the international community.

“Many accusations that he (Kim Jong-il) is some sort of crazy person are not correct,” U.S. Assistant Secretary of State James Kelly said in an exclusive interview with The Korea Times at his office in the State Department. He said Kim’s leadership is one that is unique and rational.

On the other hand, maybe it’s not news that W must respect Kim, much as he does Putin. “I took the measure of his craziness…” or some such tripe.

U.S. Says Terrorists Could Use Lasers

Yahoo! News – U.S. Says Terrorists Could Use Lasers

In related news, can someone throw me a fricking bone here? Oh, no– a thrown bone might fricking collide with a jetliner. Or cause a release of red-hot magma.

If the terrorists really want to get ahead of the Bush Administration and totally cut out the middle man, maybe they should attack us with bad movie clich├ęs and deprive the Badministration all of its best Orange Alert punchlines.

Kerry Won

Greg Palast, the reporter who uncovered many of the details in the 2000 Florida election fiasco, now claims that Kerry won Ohio. The culprit, he claims, is not provisional ballots, but undervotes and hanging chads: just like last time. Unlike last time, though, we didn’t even get to a recount after the Republican Secretary of State for Ohio loudly claimed it was a “statistical impossibility” for Kerry to win.

And you thought you were bitter!

Adam Felber’s Fanatical Apathy blog posts his own concession speech, worth reading in toto. The best bits:

There are some who would say that I sound bitter, that now is the time for healing, to bring the nation together. Let me tell you a little story. Last night, I watched the returns come in with some friends here in Los Angeles. As the night progressed, people began to talk half-seriously about secession, a red state / blue state split. The reasoning was this: We in blue states produce the vast majority of the wealth in this country and pay the most taxes, and you in the red states receive the majority of the money from those taxes while complaining about ’em. We in the blue states are the only ones who’ve been attacked by foreign terrorists, yet you in the red states are gung ho to fight a war in our name. We in the blue states produce the entertainment that you consume so greedily each day, while you in the red states show open disdain for us and our values. Blue state civilians are the actual victims and targets of the war on terror, while red state civilians are the ones standing behind us and yelling “Oh, yeah!? Bring it on!”

More than 40% of you Bush voters still believe that Saddam Hussein had something to do with 9/11. I’m impressed by that, truly I am. Your sons and daughters who might die in this war know it’s not true, the people in the urban centers where al Qaeda wants to attack know it’s not true, but those of you who are at practically no risk believe this easy lie because you can. As part of my concession speech, let me say that I really envy that luxury. I concede that.

Healing? We, the people at risk from terrorists, the people who subsidize you, the people who speak in glowing and respectful terms about the heartland of America while that heartland insults and excoriates us… we wanted some healing. We spoke loud and clear. And you refused to give it to us, largely because of your high moral values. You knew better: America doesn’t need its allies, doesn’t need to share the burden, doesn’t need to unite the world, doesn’t need to provide for its future. Hell no. Not when it’s got a human shield of pointy-headed, atheistic, unconfrontational breadwinners who are willing to pay the bills and play nice in the vain hope of winning a vote that we can never have. Because we’re “morally inferior,” I suppose, we are supposed to respect your values while you insult ours. And the big joke here is that for 20 years, we’ve done just that.


There goes MY Nader vote!

“I’ll show you! You won’t let me in the debates? I’ll have my own!” There’s a clip from Ralph’s action figure debate here.

Hey Ralph, last time around I actually defended your voters, I really did. We badly need governmental reform to support third party politics, I still believe that. And when I’m checking out my post-Kerry election optioins for how to continue the momentum for change, it’s one of the issues I’ll explore. But not until after. You can’t win, Ralph, why are you being such a spoiler? Could we put the fire out before we talk about how we’re going to remodel?

Related aside: I was in the library last week where I saw a woman wearing a Nader button. It took every ounce of self-restraint I had not to walk over to her and punch her. I totally could have taken her, she was pretty skinny.