Church of Ineffable Stupidity 7/17/06

2003 – India declines a United States request to send an occupation force to Iraq. United States Envoy assures that Indo-US relations will not be hampered by the refusal.

2007 – US begins bombing of India
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Coincidence? I think not!

“The church has always been willing to swap off treasures in heaven for cash down.”
— Robert Green Ingersoll


a) Ineffably stupid mom
Single mom ignores kids, goes to a party. Gets shit-faced drunk. Stumbles home to feed her infant. Passes out while nursing said kid. Suffocates kid. She wins the Church award for Ineffable Stupidity, that and the fact that Condi and George have been hogging the award for months now.
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b) 26th and Cal
Everyone in Chicago knows what this is. A dank, dark, stained, smelly, stinking block-sized complex located at the corner of 26th street and California. It serves as Cook County Court’s criminal division. Perhaps on the day it opened, it did not smell like sweat, piss, blood and worse. Nor did it have odd stains dotting the environment. Every day thousands of accused folks get filtered through the county’s criminal justice system. Just walking into any one of the buildings in the complex depresses you.

Now that R Kelly’s trial is starting, the brass doors look like brass for the first time in decades. There is a carpet in the entry. (We weren’t sure what to call what was there earlier.) The WALLS are painted!. The urine and sweat smell is gone. and the courtroom for his trial has been transformed into a hi-tech, internet savvy, carpetted, gleaming, shiny, clean, spiffy courtroom.
Boy, talk about LA-Law. In Chicago, no less!
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c) Iraqnam
I’ll say one thing for Israel’s invasion of Lebanon. It took the stinking corpse of Little George’s Iraqnam off the front pages.
So, you did not learn the the Iraqi parliament condemned Israel’s attack on Lebanon. You did not learn that Sunday was the deadliest day since our invasion ended. You did not learn that we are close to 2600 casualties. You did not learn that Baghdad is now considered a dead city, a ghost town filled with combatants in a civil war. Even US military are calling it that.
And probably, you did not hear that more than 100 people a day are finding themselves dead. Mission accomplished.
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d) Porta-president
Everywhere the president goes, he gets his own personal, portable convenience. Why? Because you can get a lot of diagnostic value from someone’s urine and crap, including accurate readings of blood alcohol levels, prescription drugs and medical conditions.
What is the president hiding? Is he taking psychotropic drugs? anti-depressants? Zoloft? anti-psychotics? Is he pounding too many down each day?
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e) Big Dig
Bechtel and Parsons may face millions in personal injury damages, but actually fear a conviction for fraud and rebuilding costs. hundreds of millions in repair costs are likely. Pity the poor Bush supporter – every time they try to tie the Dig to the democrats, it turns out that the GOP actually ran things.
the last 4 governors? GOP
the last 5 project managers? GOP
the three largest companies building it? GOP
the two companies who stole or supplied substandard concrete and steel bolts? GOP
Yup, it sure does look like a democratic problem.
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On the other hand, as the truth comes out, watch for congress to try to legislate more tort deform legislation to protect some of their largest lobbyists and campaign donors.

The REAL problem with Speaker Pelosi

To be fair, it is not just one issue. It is not simply being from San Fran, nor being a perceived liberal, nor being a woman (ergo hysterical, emotional, cat-fighting, menstruating, etc), nor is it the fact that she attempting to herd a gaggle of cats known as the Democrat Party House Congresscritters. It is all of that and it is none of that.

It is immaterial who the new speaker is. The GOP response would have been the same regardless of who it was. They, under Mitch McConnell, Ed Gillespie, Dick Cheney, and many other hatchetmen, would have pulled the same criticisms, complaints and below the belt attacks on any Democrat who would be taking control in a month and a half. Heck, these talking heads are already blaming us for inaction WHILE THEY CONTROL THE CONGRESS! And not one MSM talking head has bothered to call them on their campaign. Perhaps, KO, but few others.

Nancy Pelosi is a smart, experienced, and respected leader. Her steady hand has been obvious throughout her tenure as minority leader; I expect the same degree of exellence and professionalism from her as Speaker. These attacks are meant to hamstring her, to make her lame, to make her damaged goods in the minds of Americans in advance of ’08. The fact that she is female, liberal, from San Fran AND successful in herding cats simply makes her more of a target.

One thing I admire about her is how she is dealing with the strain and responsibility of arranging the new congress. It is no easy task. She has a snake in the grass in J. Harman, an AIPAC operative more in line philosophically with the neocons than the Dems. She has history with Alcee Hastings, an undistinguished jurist, but a popular and apparently, effective legislator and representative. She shows a willingness to support mavericks, like Murtha, yet reach to Boehner and make peace in a public and convincing way. She has 230 children she must coral, tame, and at the same time, keep energized. Considering that there are at least that many personalities (some suffer from multiple ones), egos, needs, demands, assets and liabilities, while undergoing one of the most aggressive attack campaigns before taking office, she is doing a bang-up job. We are lucky to have her where she is.

The attacks on Speaker Pelosi (damn, that just rolls off the tongue so comfortably, no?) remind me of something that took place in 1992, when a governor from a backwards southern state was about to be sworn into office. We made a serious mistake then. We did not defend Bill Clinton as we should have early on. It was understandable, although regretable, because most of us hardly knew him or about him. After months of constant attacks, many of us actually believed that there had to be something behind the rumors, etc. So we sat by and watched as special prosecutors sucked the life and energy out of his appointees; as rumors grew and grew, until they sounded like conventional wisdom instead of a finely crafted(and false) attack. In retrospect, the attack mounted on Bill Clinton was a conspiracy of sorts. It was financed, organized, and controlled by some rabid neoconMen intent on controlling all branches of government. Well, they succeeded – and look where that got us. They are starting their nepharious attacks again, this time against Nancy Pelosi. This time we cannot afford to sit back and let them do their damage. We need to out the attackers, refute all accusations, and place the blame squarely where it belongs – on the folks who got us here in the first place.

The real problem with Pelosi is that she exists at all. That is reason enough for these attack dogs. And that is reason enough for us to stand behind her and support her during these trying first days. You go, Nancy. We love and respect you!