Fighting Corruption – One Majority Leader at a Time.

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This is flying around the internet and though I would help pass it along:

We are bloggers with boatloads of opinions, and none of us come close to agreeing with any other one of us all of the time. But we do agree on this: The new leadership in the House of Representatives needs to be thoroughly and transparently free of the taint of the Jack Abramoff scandals, and beyond that, of undue influence of K Street.

We are not naive about lobbying, and we know it can and has in fact advanced crucial issues and has often served to inform rather than simply influence Members.

But we are certain that the public is disgusted with excess and with privilege. We hope the Hastert-Dreier effort leads to sweeping reforms including the end of subsidized travel and other obvious influence operations. Just as importantly, we call for major changes to increase openness, transparency and accountability in Congressional operations and in the appropriations process.

As for the Republican leadership elections, we hope to see more candidates who will support these goals, and we therefore welcome the entry of Congressman John Shadegg to the race for Majority Leader. We hope every Congressman who is committed to ethical and transparent conduct supports a reform agenda and a reform candidate. And we hope all would-be members of the leadership make themselves available to new media to answer questions now and on a regular basis in the future.


N.Z. Bear, The Truth Laid Bear

Hugh Hewitt,

Glenn Reynolds,

Kevin Aylward, Wizbang!

La Shawn Barber, La Shawn Barber’s Corner

Lorie Byrd, Polipundit

Jeff Goldstein, Protein Wisdom

John Hawkins, Right Wing News

John Hinderaker, Power Line

Jon Henke / McQ / Dale Franks, QandO

James Joyner, Outside The Beltway

Mike Krempasky,

Michelle Malkin,

Ed Morrissey, Captain’s Quarters

Scott Ott, Scrappleface

John Donovan / Bill Tuttle, Castle Argghhh!!!


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Ted Kennedy, eerily reminiscent of Peter Potamus, to Arlen Specter:
Did… you… get… that… thing… I… sentcha?“.

*Peter Potamus appears in the Adult Swim / Cartoon Network cartoon called “Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law

*Ted Kennedy appears where ever there is beer and free chicks.

*Arlen Specter has no flaws I’m aware of, though I’m sure someone can dig up some stupid club he once belonged to earlier in his career.

PPS. I just googled CAP and didn’t get to the right one ‘till the 22nd page. You would think that, with all the hub-bub about it this week, it would be on the first couple of pages. Does the organization even exist today??


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For Jason!

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THIS was what I wanted to post.

Not What I Was Looking For…

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…and it’s even better that what I was!

UPDATE: One more for the road.

My First Prediction of 2006

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When Democrats don’t gain complete control the House of Representatives and the Senate, someone will point to this poll as evidence that Republicans committed some sort of election fraud.

Here is an example from the last election.

It's Back…

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The Best Show on TV… Period!

The BSG Drinking Game!

A little BSG Humor!

The State of Modern Art, aka Toilet Humor

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This is a sad case of art vs art.

“Duchamp’s 1917 piece — an ordinary white, porcelain urinal that’s been called one of the most influential works of modern art — was slightly chipped in the attack at the Pompidou Center in Paris, the museum said Thursday. It was removed from the exhibit for repair.”

I think I’m siding with M. C. Hammerguy on the one. He deserves a medal or something.

Biggest Threat???

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He almost said Linux. Almost.

MSM Follies, pt 1

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The Sonic-Mate made a funny tonight. His comment on how the MSM will cover the passing of Ariel Sharon:

“Ariel Sharon is dead. No. Ariel Sharon is alive. Everyone else is dead!….
No. Scratch that. It’s just Sharon. We repeat, Ariel Sharon is dead…. but there were unconfirmed reports of alleged cannibalism”.

I added the bit about cannibalism in homage to the Katrina coverage.

PS. Please don’t take this the wrong way and think we take this lightly. We hope Sharon pulls through. But Greg’s dad had the same type of bleeding stroke last year. Though it was not as severe as Sharon’s, and he has recovered nicely, Greg’s dad nearly died due to the complications from his stroke. During recovery, stroke victims tend to form blood clots around the heart, which can dislodge and travel to the brain, causing an ischemic stroke (clot blocks blood flow to part of the brain). Doctors normally use anticoagulants to try and prevent this. Problem is – you can’t give anticoagulants to victims of hemorrhagic stroke as that will thin the blood and in many cases lead to more hemorrhagic strokes. Greg’s dad formed clots in his lungs, and though this is not likely to cause another stroke, it did cause him to suffer severe hypoxia. The clots were interfering with his lungs abilities to absorb oxygen. He almost died from anaphylactic shock, caused by medication given while he was at Stanford Medical in San Jose. There was more stuff that happened, but I listed the most severe to make a point. Many people who survive the initial stroke die from the complications. Given the experience with Greg’s dad, I don’t think Sharon has much of a chance of pulling through. Here’s hoping that I’m wrong.

PPS. The brain damage suffered by Greg’s dad was moderate, if that. No slurred speech or droopy face. He can walk, for short distances, with out assistance. He was very, very lucky the stroke didn’t do more damage.