If you got a gift certificate for Christmas, I’d use it fast.
Dear, dear Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the incoming subpoena-wielding chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, was on Faux News this weekend, attacking ACORN and Attorney General Eric Holder, talking about how “corrupt” the Obama administration is. I thought I’d take the opportunity to remind you just who’s lecturing us on morality. Via Wikipeda:
A retired Army sergeant claimed that Issa stole a Dodge sedan from an Army post near Pittsburgh in 1971. The sergeant said he recovered the car after confronting and threatening him.
Issa denied the allegation and no charges were filed.
In 1972, Issa and his brother allegedly stole a red Maserati sports car from a car dealership in Cleveland.
He and his brother were indicted for car theft, but the case was dropped.
That same year, Issa was convicted in Michigan for possession of an unregistered gun. He received three months probation and paid a $204 fine.
[...] On December 28, 1979, Issa and his brother allegedly faked the theft of Issa’s Mercedes Benz sedan.
Issa and his brother were charged for grand theft auto, but the case was dropped by prosecutors for lack of evidence.
Later, Issa and his brother were charged for misdemeanors, but that case was not pursued by prosecutors.
Issa accused his brother of stealing the car, and said that the experience with his brother was the reason he went into the car alarm business.
A day after a court order was issued, giving Issa control of automotive alarm company A.C. Custom over an unpaid $60,000 debt, Issa allegedly carried a cardboard box containing a handgun into the office of A.C. Custom executive, Jack Frantz, and told Frantz he was fired.
In a 1998 newspaper article, Frantz said Issa had invited him to hold the gun and claimed extensive knowledge of guns and explosives from his Army service.
In response, Issa said, “Shots were never fired. … I don’t recall having a gun. I really don’t. I don’t think I ever pulled a gun on anyone in my life.”
Of course not. And Bill Maher will continue to invite him onto his show, and the ladies and gentlemen of our corporate media will pretend that none of this even happened. It’s so much easier that way!
Maybe we wouldn’t need to be so obsessed about terrorism if we stopped supporting Israel whenever they commit war crimes. Juan Cole on the latest from WikiLeaks:
The memos reveal that none of the goals of Israel’s 2006 war on Lebanon and its 2008-9 war on little Gaza were achieved, and that both Hamas and Hizbullah have effectively re-armed. What makes Ashkenazi think things would be different this time? Israel hawks have doomed themselves to the particular hell of Sisyphus, forced to roll the same stone up the hill over and over again with no hope of ever balancing it on the summit.
You know, Israel could have a peace treaty with Syria and Lebanon tomorrow by giving back the Golan Heights and the Shebaa Farms, and by accepting a two-state solution. Instead, its Dr. Strangeloves are planning out massive bombings of areas thick with innocent civilians and willing to subject Tel Aviv to two months’ worth of rocket fire.
Nor will the United States be held harmless from the blowback in the region caused by another Israeli war of aggression. Before September 11, Israel hawks used to make fun of Americans who warned that eventually there would be hell to pay for the Israeli strangulation of the Palestinians (for the argument, see this posting). And, imagine what a war would do to gasoline prices and to the world economy. My deepest fear is that US support for Israeli militarism, and the terrorism that support inevitably engenders, will be what finally finishes off the civil liberties enshrined in the American Constitution.
Using this very example, I’ve pointed out before that supporting white European Catholics who buy guns and explosives is perfectly okay. It’s buying band-aids for Palestinian children that’s the real problem.
Are we clear now?
UPDATE: Of course, Republicans always get to support any terrorists they like, no matter where they’re from!
The only time I’d go to see cover bands was when my friends were playing, and then, just to be nice. (Because it can be lonely up there!) But I preferred original music and to me, what was the point? That’s why I love this old Martin Mull song. The only version I could find on YouTube is by Animal on the Muppets show:
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AVEDON CAROL writes about American politics, captured media, captured government, censorship and health care. An anti-censorship and civil liberties campaigner, she is a sex crimes researcher, a former health counsellor and member of Feminists Against Censorship.
CS KENDRICK – A financial analyst by trade, Chris writes professionally with a focus on the life insurance industry and writes ‘recreationally’ as cskendrick at Dailykos and other progressive blogs. Pretty much any subject is fair game for his keyboard.
I had lunch today with my son in the place that was the birthplace of Larry Fine (of Three Stooges fame), and came upon this heartfelt message on the wall of a bathroom stall:
I really am starting to like him (Jacques). If he’s the right one for me, please show me a sign before I allow it to go any further.
You know, Ruthy, sometimes you get the sign — and he’s the wrong one, anyway. Just sayin’!
I kept hearing that Taylor Swift’s album was pretty good, and I finally checked out “Speak Now.” It’s good — but it also reminded me a lot of this Fred Knoblock song: