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It's not about being liberal or conservative anymore y'all. That is a hype offered by the fascist whores who want to confuse the people with lies while they turn this country into an aristocratic police state. Some people will say anything to attain power and money. There is no such thing as the Liberal Media, but the Corporate media is very real.

Check out my old  Voice of the People page.

Gino Napoli
San Francisco, California
High School Math Teacher

Loyalty without truth
is a trail to tyranny.

a middle-aged
George Washington

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Wednesday, 1 February 2006 at 2h 35m 25s

Bush spits on the Union

Ugh, how he has just exploited that soldiers dying words and his family ? I cannot recall the last time there was this use of American soldiers as a symbolic mythological creation of a failure for a Presidency.

And just minutes before he declares "We are Winning."

Winning what? What is it exactly that is being "won" ? What does "winning" mean? Give us a vision, sir Presidente, that isn't airy declarations that corrupt overlord gang filed Afghanistan is actually a "democracy" because a few thousand woman in Kabul voted on election day, when the rest of Afghanistan is under the umbrella of the Taliban.

Wednesday, 1 February 2006 at 2h 20m 28s

What you should know about Rupurt Murdoch

Thanks to Atrios. .

MURDOCH THE APOLOGIST FOR DICTATORSHIPS: Time Magazine reported that while Murdoch is supposedly "a devout anti-Soviet and anti-communist" he "became bewitched by China in the early '90s." In an effort to persuade Chinese dictators that he would never challenge their behavior, Murdoch "threw the BBC off Star TV" (his satellite network operating in China) after BBC aired reports about Chinese human rights violations. Murdoch argued the BBC "was gratuitously attacking the regime, playing film of the massacre in Tiananmen Square over and over again." In 1998 Chinese President Jiang Zemin praised Murdoch for the "objective" way in which his papers and television covered China. [Source: Time Magazine, 10/25/99]

MURDOCH THE PROPAGANDIST FOR DICTATORS: While Murdoch justifies his global media empire as a threat to "totalitarian regimes everywhere," according to Time Magazine, Murdoch actually pays the salary of a top TV consultant working to improve the Chinese government's communist state-run television CCTV. As Time notes, "nowadays, News Corp. and CCTV International are partners of sorts," exchanging agreements to air each other's content, even though CCTV is "a key propaganda arm of the Communist Party." [Source: Time Magazine, 7/6/04]

MURDOCH THE ENABLER OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATORS: According to the LA Times, Murdoch had his son James, now in charge of News Corp.'s China initiative, attack the Falun Gong, the spiritual movement banned by the Chinese government after 10,000 of its followers protested in Tiananmen Square. With Rupert in attendance, James Murdoch called the movement a "dangerous" and "apocalyptic cult" and lambasted the Western press for its negative portrayal of China's awful human rights record. Murdoch "startled even China's supporters with his zealous defense of that government's harsh crackdown on Falun Gong and criticism of Hong Kong democracy supporters." Murdoch also "said Hong Kong democracy advocates should accept the reality of life under a strong- willed 'absolutist' government." It "appeared to some to be a blatant effort to curry favor" with the China's repressive government. [LA Times, 3/23/01]


[ here's a larger snippet of the Time article ]

Murdoch, a devout anti-Soviet and anti-communist, became bewitched by China in the early '90s. The Chinese leadership, while liberalizing in terms of economics, still attempted to control information; satellite broadcasting seemed an obvious threat to its ideological stranglehold.

To try and persuade the Chinese he was not a danger, Murdoch threw the BBC off Star. He argued that it was gratuitously attacking the regime, playing film of the massacre in Tiananmen Square over and over again. He also pointed out that since the BBC broadcasts only in English, almost no Chinese could understand it. In 1998 he ordered his British publishing firm, HarperCollins, to drop the memoirs of Chris Patten, the last governor of Hong Kong and another fierce critic of Beijing. The reward came last December when Chinese President Jiang Zemin praised Murdoch for the "objective" way in which his papers and television covered China.

When I put it to him that he was betraying his anti-communist values to ingratiate himself with Beijing, he said: "I don't think there are many communists left in China. There's a one-party state and there's a communist economy, which they are desperately trying to get out of and change. The real story there is an economic story, tied to the democratic story." He argues that Western entertainment, even without Western news, will help further dilute the regime.

In case you didn't know, Rupurt Murdoch is the owner of all the ancillary branches of the Fox Corporation both in the United States and abroad.

Wednesday, 1 February 2006 at 1h 15m 22s

They just don't care

You have to wonder just how hard George Bush's appointed heads of FEMA and Homeland Security (Michael Brown and Michael Chertoff) tried to deal with Hurricane Katrina. Especially after the following story reported in the New York Times yesterday. [SOURCE .] The story is written by Eric Lipton, someone whom I have found to be consistently fair and reliable.

As Hurricane Katrina passed across the Gulf Coast last August, the federal Interior Department offered hundreds of trucks and flat-bottomed boats, thousands of law enforcement officers and even 11 aircraft to help with the rescue effort. But much of the equipment and personnel were not used as part of the federal response, or at least not used effectively, according to an account prepared by department officials.

"Clearly these assets and skills were precisely relevant in the post-Katrina environment," said the department's assessment, prepared at the request of a Senate committee investigating the government's flawed reaction to the storm. The report focused on the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The Interior Department, the document says, has a staff of 4,400 law enforcement officers, "many of whom work in harsh environments and are trained in search and rescue, emergency medical services and evacuation," and many of them were in the Gulf Coast area. Yet the report says they were not called to help by FEMA until late September.

The Interior Department was not the only government agency to offer assistance that was not used, or at least not used effectively. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, Democrat of Louisiana, said in September that Amtrak had offered, before the storm, to carry residents out, but that its train had left nearly empty. New Mexico offered National Guard troops, but for days officials waited for formal approval to use them.

But the internal documents note that the Interior Department is formally a part of the January 2005 Southern Louisiana Catastrophic Hurricane Plan, prepared by FEMA, and was supposed to play a support role in the "need for rescue and sheltering of thousands of victims," according to the plan....

Even without an official federal assignment, some Interior Department boats and security squads took part in rescue efforts, but it occurred on an ad hoc basis, ultimately helping about 4,500 people, the department said.

They knew the Hurricane was going to be devastating at least 2 days prior to hitting "Democratic-ly" dense New Orleans, and yet ignored every single agency and public corporation ( Greyhound in addition to Amtrac ) that offered to help rescue people. They even allowed a Naval vessel to lay off the coast of Louisiana waiting to be given an order to send in helicopters for 3 days because, according to the Officer in charge, the president had not given orders to act. When the evacuation finally proceeds they send all the refuges all across the United States, rather than accumulate them in various different places nearby -- like they did when THREE FREAKING Hurricanes tore into Florida during Presidential election year 2004. I guess 2005 was not an election year. Oh yea .... the Governor of Florida is brother Jeb Bush.

They exclaimed that no one predicted the levees would break, but then a report prior to the Hurricane -- and emails -- come out indicating that they themselves were well aware the levees could potentially give way. Rumsfeld and others spoke of newspaper headlines that said New Orleans missed the bullet, only to discover -- oopsie -- there were no newspaper headlines that said any such thing. George Bush himself spent the first 2 days fund-raising in Arizona and Colorado, then joining Senator McCain for his birthday party. And when he finally made his way East on Wednesday, he spent the night in Crawford -- although he did "fly-over" the hurricane affected area for 15 minutes.

And don't forget the plethora of "photo-ops" the President made, where according to German press reporters for Der Speigel, the constructed water bottle dispersal centers were instantly deconstructed when the cameras were turned off. And don't forget the firefighters who were re-routed to Atlanta, Georgia for a couple days so they could be trained in public relations before they could actually help anyone.

The President couldn't take the disaster seriously, but he did find time to suspend the Davis-Bacon provisions of Government Contract Laws AND to a recess appointment of a Department of Justice official that coincidentally happened to oversee the Abrahmoff case. One has to have priorities, you see. The suspension of the Davis-Bacon provisions is exceptionally egregious, since this dropped the wage level for workers involved in the reconstruction from the "prevailing wage" criterea to whatever the contracted corporations decided they wanted to pay. Bush calls it "giving business incentives" when he gets on this topic in his speeches. Really now, and with Karl Rove himself the point man in charge of the Katrina Reconstruction processs, I'm sure the decisions on who gets contracts are very fair and absolutely non-partisan.

Except one thing. It came out in November that -- oopsie -- KNPR ( a branch of Halliburton ) was caught importing workers from Honduras. Instead of hiring workers who actually live ( or lived ) in the area. Now surely, this was never the intention by Bush when he suspended the Davis-Bacon provisions.

In the meantime, Karl and the gang sit back and toss fishes to the sharks, hungry for more power.

This was by design folks, don't fool yourself. They are not incompetent. They purposely allowed Katrina to become a disaster, because they thought they could spin it as the fault of "the local politicians" while they filled the big bowl for the contracting gravy train.

That's the sad, pathetic story of Katrina. Quite frankly, it really pisses me off. My family is from New Orleans. I lived there from age 9 to 27.

And you wonder why I'm so passionate about this corruption and the lies which are used to conceal the fact that these people are monsters.

Tuesday, 31 January 2006 at 4h 41m 26s

This speech sounds better than the real one

This is damn hilarious. I had to paste the full copy, but I did not write this. The author's site is here.

The State of the Union - first draft

(Hey, Karl. Here’s the first draft of my “State of the Union” speech. I’ve put some questions for ya in parenthisaurs. Let me know what you think. Best -W)


Mr. Speaker, Vice President Cheney, extreme members of Congress, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls and children of all ages.

As we boldly enter a new year of hurling before us, I’ve come before you to tell you that Freedom is spreading like cancer in the Middle East, our economy is even robustier than it was last year and, if we all work together in this coming year, there will be countless more fish to fry, or bake if you’re watching your cholesterol.

Tonight, with more and more Americans going back to work, with our nation an active force for goodnicity in the world, the state of our union is truly flamboyiscious. (SP?)

This past year, we have accomplished many things that no one expected and some outright feared.

Our No Child Left Behind Act has not only increased our youngins’ ability to read and do math, but we have decreased the student population dramatically, nationwide. Now, when a child graduates high school, not only will he or she be able to print his or her name tag while asking “Do you want fries with that?” they’ll be able to add up the menu total.

The past year, we’ve reframed and totally regurgitated Medicare, creating thousands of jobs in emergency room care.

We have added two million jobs in non-auto construction related fields.

We have plugged the holes of the bankruptcy dykes, who threatened to cheat honest bankers and credit card employers out of their hard squandered cash.

We have tackled such hard questions as how frightened are you of Social Security disappearing, how many hurricanes can FEMA handle and how fast can the House pass a bill when no one is looking?

But we must not rest on our laureates.

The year ahead will present us with challenges both overseas, at home and elsewhere.

I’m going to remind you all that we’re living in hysteric times. The decisions we make today will help shape the direction of events for years, even weeks, to come.

Now, recently, there has been a hornet’s nest of inflappatory (SP?) rhetoric concerning my involvement with so called “domestic spying.” It’s true, I have allowed NASA to spy on Americans but let me remind you of one important fact: the world changed after 9/11.

Think about it. 9/10? You’re riding your bike whistling a happy tune. 9/12? You’re scared stiff. In between? 9/11. Bingo.

If any of you don’t remember 9/11, we were attacked by a group of drooling madmen who hate us for our freedoms, so I decided to lessen them.

And, if NASA can safely land people on the Moon, it can handle this finely.

Our “domestic spying” program isn’t. (Does that make sense, Karl?) It’s a program devoted to “terrorist surveillance” or, as I call it, “terrorist tattling.”

If al Qaeda is talking to you? E-mailing you? Sending you a candy-gram? I want to know about it. This program only involves American citizens who are calling known terrorists in another country or another state. We have a list of terrorist groups we’re monitoring from al Qaeda to al PETA and al Quaker.

The terrorist tattler program is necessary to protect America from attacks either within our own borders or even closer. Terrorists will use every available weapon at their disposal, from dirty bombs to free speech, to break the will of the American people. I vow I will never let that happen. That’s my job.

Some people say that I’ve broken the law. That’s not true. A President has inherent authorities given to him by the Constitution. One of them is breaking the law. I hope this puts an end to the issue.

Oh, yeah, I don’t know Jack Abramoff, either.

This year, I’m asking Congress to help me in passing bills that will help all American people struggle.

We’re setting a goal of creating two million more jobs, some of them actually in this country.

We will tackle affordable Health Care insurance the way we did Medicare. By this time, next year, Americans will be dancing in the streets, unless they’re too old or too sick.

We will help an additional 200,000 unemployed workers get training for a new job. If you could build a Bronco, you can flip a burger. It’s the American way.

We should not be content with laws that punish hardworking people who want only to provide for their families, and deny businesses willing workers, and invite chaos at our border. It is time for an immigration policy that permits temporary guest workers to fill jobs Americans will not take, like joining the military. This will not apply to Canadians.

Because marriage is a sacred institution and the foundation of our society, it should not be re-defined by activist judges or odd people. For the good of families, children, and society, I support a constitutional amendment to protect the institution of marriage as long as divorce is left out of the equestrian.

As you all know, the world is facing a possible pandemonium of bird flu. As your President, I vowel that no foreign birds will be allowed in this country without having proper background checks done.

I’m also pleased to report that our ongoing War on Global Terror has had an explosive effect on the world. After 9/11, and our world changed after 9/11, we decided to go after the evil-doers and tackle Afghanistan. I’m proud to report that Afghanistan is now a democracy, the Taliban has started it’s own political party and that formerly vicious warlords are now elected officials. Plus, their economy is booming thanks to farmers who grow flowers. From what I understand, they’ve had a record year.

In Iraq, the Iraqis are standing up so we can sit it out. They now have their own government, their own Constitution, their own problems.

Before the United States of America drove out the Butcherer of Baghdad, Iraq was a country filled with mass graves. Today? There are no more mass graves, just a whole bunch of little ones. Before the United States went to the aid of our Iraqi brothers and sisters, Saddam brutalized his own people. Now that they have their own elected government, Iraqis are free to brutalize each other as they see fit.

(Karl, I think this is where we should introduce dead soldiers’ parents, wives and kids. See if you can get one kid to bring a bunny. Bunnies are cute. Plus, Easter is right around the corner.)

Democracy is on the march in the Middle East, with more and more people choosing ballots over bullets or, sometimes, both.

As you know, even in Palestinia, there were free elections. And, if not free, relatively cheap. We look forward to working with the Humus Party in reaching a peaceful settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian problem as soon as they take Israel’s total destruction off the table.

Now, I know, when it comes to my foreign policy of peace, democracy and loving yourself as much as your neighbor does himself, there are some naysayers in this country who say “nay.” But, where you say “nay?” I say, “hey, how’s it going?” And many brave people with purple fingers say “hey” back, but it’s in a different language so I can’t quite catch all of it. It’s awesome-inspiring.

I suppose that makes me an optometrist. Some people look at a glass and wonder if it’s half-empty or half-full of it. I always know it’s half-full of it.

Now, in order to protect our great Homeland and to allow it to prosper, I ask Congress to do two things: make my tax cuts permanent and re-authorize the Patriot Act.

Many of my opponents have unfairly said my tax cuts are biased because rich people save the most. Well, a-heh-heh (Karl. People love it when I wink and laugh.), any economist knows that rich people have the most money to save because they have the most money. (Karl. Is this redundant or smart?)

They, then, take their savings and put it back into our great economy, creating new jobs for house servants, valets, car detailers, and tennis pros.

And don’t forget the backbone of our country, the small businesses run by entremanures. My tax cuts guarantee them savings when they expand their temp services, limousine services and landscaping enterprises.

As some of you know, the world changed after 9/11 and, since the creation of The Department of Homeland Security, we have not been attacked a second time. Sure, a lot of other countries have, but they don’t have Homeland Security departments. We do. They don’t. That simple.

Remember, these evildoers we are fighting never sleep. Their vision is dark and dim and they never have their eyes checked. Like the Tin Woodsman in ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ they have no hearts. They don’t even have tin. They kill innocent men, women, children and bunnies (Karl. I guess I’m just in a bunny mood today.). In order to save the children and bunnies, I ask Congress to make Homeland Security a bastardion of our country.

The War on Global Terror will last a bazillion years. In Iraq alone, we’re battling “rejectionists,” “poo-pooers,” “al Qaeda,” “foreign fighters,” “local fighters,” “commuters,” “Baathists,” “Showerists,” and Venutians. We have to be vigilant. We have to stand tall in the saddle.

Now, I know I have my critics because of the war and Homeland Security, and I know this is an election year but, in the spirit of bi-partisanship, I extend a fig towards the opposition and say, if I may use Latin? “Ix-nay.”

Every bad thing you say about the War on Global Terror makes the evil-doers laugh and our soldiers cry. Think about it.

So, in closing, in this coming year, we must not look back. We must look in the opposite direction. We must jog on the treadmill of hope towards a more peaceful and zesty future. The road somewhere will be long and, maybe, lumpy. But it’s up to us, as pothole filling patriots, to keep that road alive and well. And tread upon it as we do ourselves.

As Franklin Deleanor Roosevelt once said: “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” So, smile and be afraid. I’m in charge.

God bless me. God bless Mommy and Daddy. And Barney. God bless all Americans. God bless der Homeland.

Tuesday, 31 January 2006 at 2h 49m 21s

The essential point about the FISA law circumvention

From Larry Johnson:

I suppose the average American, one who has never held a security clearance or handled NSA intelligence, is inclined to cut George W. Bush some slack. Only a crazy person would argue that Al Qaeda terrorists have a right of privacy in the United States. But that, my friends, is a canard. The issue is not about giving aid and comfort to the enemy. Instead, does this President, hell, any President, have the right to unilaterally decide what does and does not constitute a threat to national security? We are a Republic founded on the principle that the power of the Federal Government is limited. It does not matter if George W. Bush is sincere or his intentions benign. What matters is whether he has chosen to ignore the Fourth Amendment because he, and he alone, has decided that the end justifies the means.

There's more here.

Saturday, 28 January 2006 at 3h 25m 25s

Defeat the spin machine

It's a Republican scandal stupid. Here's the proof.

Not more than one dime of Abrahmof money went to a Democrat. True there were tribes which contributed to Democrats, but that was both before and after Abrahmof became a player and redirected those contributions. In other words, not relevant nor even related to the purposes by which Abrahmof and the K- street project were a strategy to turn Washington into a one-party regime.

But the media whores lie. That's why they get paid the big bucks.

Friday, 27 January 2006 at 3h 37m 29s

Our legal scholar in chief

"FISA's still an important tool. It's an important tool, and we still use that tool. But, also -- and I looked. I said, 'Look, is it possible to conduct this program under the old law?' And people said, 'It doesn't work in order to be able do the job we expect us to do.' And so, that's why I made the decision I made. And, you know, 'circumventing' is a loaded word. And I refuse to accept it, because I believe what I'm doing is legally right."

That is George W. Bush, on January 26, 2006 confusing the law with being "an important tool" and reassuring us that by breaking the law he still believes what he's doing is "legally right."

Don't worry. They still use the FISA "tool", but since people have said that the "tool" keeps them from doing what they want to do, that's why he made the decision to break the law.

And by the way, I refuse to accept that the word "circumventing" is loaded. So is "tool" but since I believe what I'm doing is legally right, I'll break any damn law I want to.

Amazing. Simply. Amazing.

Wednesday, 25 January 2006 at 2h 27m 57s

Why they are hypocrites

You should go read the source for this paraphrased and quoted summary here from Glenn Greenwald.

Basically, the Bush administration and the Congress both agreed in 2002 that the circumvention of the FISA laws was unconstitutional. A Congressmen named DeWine submitted an amendment

. . . .to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to modify the standard of proof for issuance of orders regarding non-United States persons from probable cause to reasonable suspicion. . . .

"During that time, the Administration was asked to advise Congress as to its position on this proposed amendment to loosen the standard for obtaining FISA warrants, and in response, they submitted a Statement from James A. Baker, the Justice Department lawyer who oversees that DoJ's Office of Intelligence Policy and Review" which thanked the Congress for the Patriot Act lee-way of 72 hours before a FISA court had to be notified. Furthermore, Baker said in the statement:

This modification has allowed us to make full and effective use of FISA's pre- existing emergency provisions to ensure that the government acts swiftly to respond to terrorist threats. Again, we are grateful for the tools Congress provided us last fall for the fight against terrorism. Thank you.

Mind you they were already breaking the law at the time of the above Statement. So why are they lying? Why did they need to monitor 18,000 persons inside the United States without bothering to inform the FISA court, when they were gleefully touting the 72 hour leeway provision?

Because they are spying on "political" opponents, trying to blacklist them like J. Edgar Hoover did when he ran the FBI like his own personal fiefdom. The FBI (pushed on by the Nixon administrations operators) were infiltrating peace groups and Democratic Party functions in the early 1970's. There is a history here folks. We already know that John Bolton used wire-taps from the NSA on two occasions: to try and derail Joe Wilson's excursion to Africa, and on a diplomatic excursion to North Korea. We already know that Karl Rove has used bugs and a plethora of dirty tricks throughout his career.

Here is the 4th Amendment:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Is that absolutely clear people? Don't let the corporate media jackals dumb it down, or try to use weasel words. If the Bush administration can't notify the FISA court 72 hours after they wire tapped someone -- or whatever -- they are violating the Constitution and breaking the law. They want to make this a "fighting terrorism" issue, but they are completely full of shit. They were spying on political groups not at all related to "terrorism" and this is why they keep feebly changing the story and why they ignored the laws for 3 years. They quite obviously understood the law in 2002, and in a signed statement to boot.

But this is their modus operandi. They want to center all authority in the executive department and the judicial branch that they think they can control. This is the central idea behind Samuel Alito's "unitary executive" theory. What the biscuit! We got a constitution for a reason, and this is not a god- damn scientific inquiry. Were we to allow "theories" about the constitution, than what theory do we pick? I got a few theories myself.

And as far as the executive goes, we aught to heed the first inaugural executive our nation ever had ... George Washington, who himself respected the right of Congress to deliberate, who obeyed the Constitution in its infant stages, and who understood the true role of the executive as meant by the fore- fathers. Washington always worked through Congress during a time when the Colonies were being freaking invaded by the British Army, but this "unitary executive" theory proposes just the opposite in this new dangerous world that is supposedly different from the old dangerous world.

Again, this is how the Aristocracy builds and creates an Aristocratic state. You make narrow and whittle-down the interpretation of the laws until the vast numberless people who aren't super-rich find that they are surrounded by bureaucratic intermediaries between themselves and their rights.

Sunday, 22 January 2006 at 17h 7m 55s

Like get-over it will ya

As to the tripe of "Oceans do not protect us" and "we live in a dangerous world" I have two responses.

When has the world not been dangerous? When? Give me a decade, or any year in a decade. There has always been something that was dangerous that could quite possibly harm us. That is why we need representative democracy and the rule of law more than ever. What we have "now" is not something so completely new that we must dismantle the constitution and obviate the rule of law. That is the stuff Adolph Hitler said back in the 1930's.

Uh, Oceans have never protected us morons. Washington was burned by the British during the War of 1812. Immigrants flooded the country between 1880 and 1910. Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941. The Oil shortages occurred in 1973.

The Bush administration deliberately ignored the evidence that was abundantly available during the first 8 months of 2001. Cheney could have multiple meetings with Energy conglomerates where oil maps of Iraq were looked at, but could not hold one single meeting on Terrorism, despite the heated debate from ex-Clinton officials and Richard Clarke.

Sunday, 22 January 2006 at 16h 51m 47s

Why I love Atrios

... Because he sees through all of the Bulls**t. [SOURCE ]

I imagine that there are some out there who wonder why a factual error in an ombudsman's column combined with the dismissive attitude about complaints pisses people off so much. It's very simple. Time and time again those of us who pay attention see how right wing narratives grow to dominate ongoing news stories. Factual errors, distortions, and general misinformation on which those right wing narratives are hung are repeated over and over again both by right wing hacks and mainstream journalists.

Since the Abramoff story broke there has been a concerted effort by right wing hacks, journalists, and their editors to paint this as a bipartisan scandal when it simply isn't one. Doing so requires a degree of ignorance about who Abramoff is and what his role was which, no matter what one's opinion of the general intelligence of the Washington press, simply has to be deliberate. Reporters understand how lobbying works in DC. They also understand who Abramoff was, what his history was, what his role was, what his entire existence in Republican politics was about.

Small factual errors aren't in themselves the biggest deal in the world, but nor are they in the words of the increasingly wankerific Michael Crowley "foolish semantics." The propogation and repetition of these errors provides the structure onto which the false narrative can be hung.

Are their corrupt Democrats in congress? Quite possibly. I have no illusions that having a 'D' after your name guarantees your purity. Will their be lobbying scandals which bring down Democrats at some point in the future? Quite possibly. But this isn't a general "lobbying scandal," this is a Jack Abramoff scandal. It is a Republican scandal. That is what this story is about, and any seasoned media observer who hasn't yet figured out how bullshit right wing narratives are constantly wrapped around "foolish semantics" just hasn't figured out how this game is played.

Thank you Atrios, a true patriot.