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The Blog Has MOVED

2005-02-27T13:37:53.690-05:00

The time has come to bid a fond farewell to Blogger. Running Scared has moved to "better quarters on campus" as the Ghostbusters once said. Our new address is as follows:http://www.runningscared.org/Please update your bookmarks, blogrolls, hate e-mail lists, etc. And, as a favor, if you would be willing to help spread the word through your own outlets to make this transition as smooth and



Hypocrisy thy name is the Religious Right

2005-02-27T11:40:53.093-05:00

If there was ever any doubt that the Radical Religious Right organizations were simply fronts for the Rovian Republican machine rather than the keepers of "moral values" that doubt has been eliminated by their silence on the Jeff Gannon affair.Why have the 'traditional family values' folks erected a wall of silence around the Gannon scandal? They were livid over SpongeBob Square Pants'



Move over Chicken Dance, Do the Numa Numa

2005-02-27T11:45:32.246-05:00

In a way, I kind of feel sorry for this kid. It's the story of a young man who put a somewhat embarrassing (I suppose) video of himself up on the internet and was instantly launched into national fame in what might be considered to be a less than flattering light. He's doing what he calls the "Numa Numa Dance."Here, then, is the cautionary tale of Gary Brolsma, 19, amateur videographer and guy



Growing Up Rove

2005-02-27T09:18:13.403-05:00

It's become the new fad among Bushies to downplay and scoff at any mention of Bush's Brain (a.k.a Karl Rove) by saying that "Democrats blame everything that ever happens in politics on Rove." In a particularly insightful column this Sunday, Dave Rossie counters that there's a pretty good reason for that. While it is true that Democrats like to blame Rove for anything that smacks of political



Will it stick this time? To Delay that is.

2005-02-26T12:33:25.963-05:00

Via Preemptive KarmaThe Raw Story reports that the National Journal will have an article today reporting that Tom (the bugman) Delay has once again been caught with his hand in the forbidden cookie jar. National Journal has obtained a copy of an expense voucher that Abramoff filed the law firm where he was then a leading lobbyist, Stone reports."Among the big-ticket expenses that Abramoff listed



Enough to make a grown man cry.

2005-02-26T11:16:23.816-05:00

Hat tip to "anonymous" in our comments section.Last bottle of world's oldest single malt whisky leaves Scotland. LONDON (AFP) - The last remaining bottle of the world's oldest single malt whisky left its distillery in Scotland bound for Hong Kong, where it will be the star attraction at an airport shop. The bottle of Glenfiddich Rare Collection 1937, left to mature in a cask for 64 years



Pataki and the Governator look at the "Clear Skies" plan.

2005-02-26T10:44:07.840-05:00

"Excuse me, Mr. President, but our major cities appear to be drowning in toxic crap pits."That's not exactly what they said, but the message was clear. In this article, "Clear Skies' plan: the battle heats up", a number of people, including ten State Attorneys General, raise complaints about the various and well documented shortcomings of Bush's environmental policies. The congressional fight



Powerblogs Move Update

2005-02-26T08:46:56.436-05:00

Last weekend I mentioned that Running Scared would be moving to Powerblogs. No, we haven't forgotten about it or dropped the idea. The move is proceeding full speed ahead. The new blog has been purchased and the initial build is underway. There's still some stylesheet and template work to finish, and the migration of the archives from this site should be done by the excellent Chris, from



Here we go: Smash, Jazz, Ron, Joe, lock stock and two smoking barrels

2005-02-28T18:55:23.763-05:00

I will give full and fair warning right here. This one is going to drag on for a long, long time. So if you're going to read it, you may want to pour yourself a big cup of coffee, get your most comfortable seating arrangement and settle in. This post, for those of you not following the story to date and associated comments, is the fallout from a previous post by Ron about a post over at Joe



Some thoughts on war, protest and losing your cool

2005-02-25T18:13:20.093-05:00

I have a great deal of respect for Joe Gandelman of The Moderate Voice but I did take him to task this morning. I perhaps became upset with Joe because I do respect him after he directed me to and seemingly endorsed an inflammatory post by one Smash at The Indepundit.I have opposed the war in Iraq from the beginning and know many really good people who did as well. We all do all we can to support



Conflicted at Heart

2005-02-25T15:55:23.863-05:00

10 Voters on Panel Backing Pain Pills Had Industry Ties (free registration required bien sur)Ten of the 32 government drug advisers who last week endorsed continued marketing of the huge-selling pain pills Celebrex, Bextra and Vioxx have consulted in recent years for the drugs' makers, according to disclosures in medical journals and other public records.Well, hell. I was really excited about the



Turmoil in the Senate?

2005-02-25T14:36:46.193-05:00

Who would have thought that things couldn't go swimmingly in the home of the ten seat majority? <> The Senate is headed toward turmoil unless it can resolve its bitter impasse over judicial nominees, a key Republican warned yesterday. But neither party showed signs of yielding as senators scheduled a hearing next week for one of the 10 appointees blocked last year. Judiciary



Disappointed in Joe Gandelman

2005-02-25T20:59:37.456-05:00

Jazz and I both have a great deal of respect for Joe Gandelman over at The Moderate Voice, but he has done what we expect Faux News to do, emphasized the very worst of the antiwar movement while giving no mention to the vast majority who are protesting this awful illegal war. He did this by sending his readers over to what sounds like the Iraq version of "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth", The



Hillary's been drinking the water overseas, I see

2005-02-25T10:21:44.216-05:00

Mahablog has an excellent take on the recent dodging and weaving of Hillary Clinton, and asks the question, "Can we agree that Hillary Clinton is not going to be the 2008 presidential nominee?" First, she provides some of the quotes from Senator Clinton's weekend talk show stops as she tours Iraq, Afghanistan and, apparently, Mars. She was



Misdirection 101

2005-02-25T09:52:35.746-05:00

A typical ploy of the right wing, whenever something bad comes up for the Bushies, is to try to turn the issue into something else entirely. If you can shift the dialogue away from the real problem, you can generate a "Fog of Hype" that provides cover for the guilty by obfuscating the real meat of the story.You can see another example of this again today at Betsy Newmark's Blog, where she uses



Wanker of the Year Award Nominations are Closed

2005-02-25T09:31:29.343-05:00

You know, we often have a great deal of fun taking apart the seemingly random blathering that emanates from Power Line so very often. But today, our work has been done for us. Check out Apostropher's analysis of this incredible case of Deacon making up a story entirely and then judging the Democrats on it. Want to see how a bullshit snowball rolls downhill and becomes an avalanche?Is it any



The incredible shrinking dollar

2005-02-25T09:05:10.280-05:00

Der Spiegel has a very good article on why having a week dollar is not all what it's cracked up to be (like oil prices at $50 a barrel). I have just one question about President Bush's trip to Europe: Did he and Laura go shopping?If they did, I would love to have been a fly on the wall when Laura must have said to George: "George, do you remember how much these Belgian chocolates cost when we



Blogging and Rapping

2005-02-25T07:53:46.220-05:00

What do Atrios and Wonkette have in common with P-Diddy and Lil' Kim? Why, simply the fact that bloggers and rappers are the same animal. Don't believe it? We're discussing a Slate article over at Middle Earth Journal which will make you vomit explain everything.



Fishing for women with loose moral values

2005-02-25T08:24:42.100-05:00

That seems to be the new hobby of Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline. Apparently he began his own private fishing expedition last October in the form of a secret investigation where he demanded that abortion clinics in the state surrender the complete medical records of women who had abortions. Up to 90 women may be affected. The reason he gave for this jaw dropping demand? Two clinics are



Friday Double Cat Blogging

2005-02-25T05:56:25.800-05:00

Happy Friday! This morning we bring you the usual weekly reminder for creature lovers to swing by The Modulator for the Friday Ark, a roundup of animals of all sorts, living and extinct. And then, on Sunday, you feline fanciers should remember to stop by the Carnival of the Cats, which this week will be hosted by Mind of Mog.Today's photo is a twofer... that is to say, two cats caught where they



Democracy is Messy

2005-02-24T14:06:29.986-05:00

"The best worst laid schemes o' mice and menGang aft a-gley,And leave us naught but grief and painFor promised joy."Robert BurnsJuan Cole has a commentary in The LA Times today, The Downside of Democracy, where he discusses that freedom and democracy in Iraq are not producing what the neocons had in mind. Anyone who had even one foot in the world of reality could have predicted that the "freedom"



How on Earth did we miss this?

2005-02-24T13:32:19.046-05:00

I rarely get the opportunity to throw a hat tip to a right wing blog for something so fabulously hilarious, but Betsy Newmark gets the credit for this one. (Of course, she was complaining about it, where I'm looking for an address to place orders.) Piss Off A Belgian novelty shows what the good people of Brussels really think about George W. Bush. by Paul Belien 02/22/2005 8:



Another little piece of perspective

2005-02-24T13:03:11.900-05:00

Simply because the Bushies simply love to bring up this fact so often...Q: Which United States Presidential candidate received more votes than any other in American history?A: George W. Bush (Nov. 2004)Q: Which United States Presidential candidate received the second most votes of any in American history?A: John F. Kerry (Nov. 2004)



Kharazi: West ignores realities in Iran

2005-02-24T12:24:03.046-05:00

This just in from the Iranian press. Iran's foreign minister apparently feels that the United States exercises a "double standard" when dealing with Middle East powers on matters of terrorism, and ignores productive efforts that the Iranians are involved in. Hrmm... I wonder where he could have gotten that idea?(NOTE: This is a direct English translation site of the Islamic Republic News Agency



Destroying the Work of Generations

2005-02-24T10:41:35.726-05:00

Reading through reports of GWB's recent trip to Germany made me realize how badly he has destroyed the immage of the USA in Germany. Everyone has seen Kenedy's famous speach in Berlin in front of a hystric crowd, exstatic about his support in a bad time. 1989 Bush Sr. went to Mainz, the same city his son went to. Bush Sr. got greeted by similarly enthusiastic crowds, a friend of the people. I