Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004


Atrios has started this thing
called Drinking Liberally.  It’s just what it sounds like – pick a
bar, get some liberal friends, and go drink there and shoot the shit
about politics.

I think this could be very fun.  Am I alone in thinking so?

Also, serious cheers to Katastrophes, for gracing me with a Gmail account. (more…)

OK, so you all know it:  I love a ridiculous conspiracy theory.  Specifically, my fave of today is this one:

Mentioned in these books is that persons at Yale University have
been selected to be pushed to the top by the American Aristocracy,
including members of the Bush Family. To be initiated, they are forced
to divulge their entire sex life and other deep personal details. These
satanic rituals are carried out in a window-less building at Yale,
known as The Tomb.

New members engage in homosexual acts while they lay in a coffin.

[…]

Two important reputed pictures of George W. Bush were in the custody
of American Media, Inc., headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida.
publisher of several supermarket tabloids including National Enquirer.
One was an authenticated one of George W. Bush, laying in the satanic
ritual coffin while engaging in homosexual acts with his male sex-mate
who was later to engage in such over later years and traveled with Bush
and reportedly on occasion stayed at Bush’s Texas ranch. The other
picture was mentioned in Part 13 of this “Overthrow” series.

Now, I find this whole idea as ridiculous as anybody else.  To be
perfectly frank, I doubt there’s anything more to S&B than a bunch
of Yalies who like to get trashed, talk shit about one another and
generally party down.  I think a typical tableau of a party scene
from their house would be lots of dudes in Izods, lampshades adorning
their heads, with a big banner in the back that reads, “WE 0WNZ0RED THE
WORLD!”  I can’t find them very threatening, and although the
sexual-history-from-the-coffin aspect of their initiations is described
identically in Kitty Kelley’s new book, I somehow find it hard to
believe that these moneyed illustrations of otherwise standard
frat-cheese would engage in “homosexual acts.”  I mean, I know it
happens, I know there’s a lot more Bro-on-Bro hanky-panky that goes on
than is publicly admitted to – this is a simple enough conclusion to
make based on there simply being a given population of humans involved, true of any organization or body or society or culture or whatever – but I don’t in fact secretly think (or fantasize) that Republicans are bumping same-sex uglies in some joint called The Tomb.

However, this bit caught my attention:  One was an authenticated one of George W. Bush, laying in the satanic
ritual coffin while engaging in homosexual acts with his male sex-mate
who was later to engage in such over later years and traveled with Bush
and reportedly on occasion stayed at Bush’s Texas ranch.

Why’d that catch my attention?  Because that’s one of the
hypothetical dirty little secrets of George’s past that was originally
rumored to be in the Kitty Kelley book, as well.  It Came From Blogistan, so take it with the whole pillar of salt and then find a little more
salt to go with it, but I find it interesting the same rumor would turn
up in two obscure and assumedly unrelated places.  I haven’t
gotten far enough into Kitty Kelley’s book to know whether it’s in
there, too, or not, but I think tonight I might have to do something
about that.

On the other hand, we all know the phrase that shoots down any
argument, any position, any thought, once used to preface the
same:  “But it must be true, I read it on the Internet…” 
And, frankly, the wooly world of conspiracy theories is precisely the
most likely place for one theory to end up worming its way into a dozen
others.  Rumors don’t spread in the land of conspiracies – they infect

Still, the thought of Bush having a fuckbuddy on the side from his
college days is high hilarity.  It makes me giggle, and I like
that. (more…)

The deadline to register to vote in the November election is October 8.  That’s two weeks from Friday.

You can check the status of your registration online, right now, and correct any issues you find well in advance of the deadline.

Do so.

Also, you can use this to check on, say, the party affiliation of your
sister, who for some reason is registered Republican, about which I
might have to talk to her.

On an up-note, my father is registered as a Democrat.  So’s my mom, but that’s no surprise – so’s her sister and her mom.  Ahem. (more…)

Specifically, by asking what if America were like Iraq? (more…)