Friday, October 28, 2005

One down, quite a few to go

Scooter Libby has just resigned following his five-count indictment for obstruction of justice, perjury and other niceties.

I just want to remind all of those Republicans who are about to dismiss these charges as "minor" of what happened to President Clinton.

He lied under oath about sex, something that didn't affect anyone in America directly except for the President, his family, and one White House intern, and he was IMPEACHED for it. By right-wing shmendricks.

Scooter Libby lied under oath about something having to do with the leak of a CIA agent's name, something that jeopardized not only the career, but the LIFE, of Valerie Plame. Not only that, but it jeopardized whatever intelligence-gathering that Valerie Plame was doing when she was outed. And that could cause more problems down the line that we can't even see right now.

So I don't want to hear any of you right-wing talk show hosts or other pundits talking about how "minor" these charges are, unless you're also prepared to admit that President Clinton did absolutely nothing wrong, and in fact was a real saint, in comparison.

These are big charges. If he's convicted, Scooter Libby will be going to jail for up to 30 years. And we don't even know yet whether Karl Rove is going to be indicted. We've just started to fall down this rabbit hole, and we don't know what's at the bottom...

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Welcome to lefthook

Welcome to lefthook, a stunningly insightful look at modern politics and the world around us. I am your host, Ethan J., and I will be captaining this left-handed political gondola, occasionally stopping to create stupid, cheesy metaphors that cause you to grimace and hate me.

Well, I hope that doesn't happen too often.

Feel free to browse through posts that I wrote back in the early days, way back in mid-2005, when this blog was The Left Hand, a somewhat less cleverly titled but startlingly similar blog.

My goal is to post as often as possible, or at least as often as something I read in the paper or on the news strikes my fancy or pisses me off or causes me to jump up and down in a blind stomping rage. Better to stomp on a keyboard than a cat, I say.

So off we go...

First topic: the withdrawal of Harriet Miers.

I don't think anyone's saying this, so I might as well be the paranoid conspiracy guy for once.

What if the administration set up Harriet Miers to fail from the beginning? The theory goes like this. Nominate someone blatantly, stunningly, blisteringly unqualified for the post, and then when everyone complains, including the all-important right wing of the Republican Party, have the nominee "conveniently" withdraw. Then, to "appease the base," nominate someone with a judicial philosophy somewhere between Scalia and Mussolini, and be praised by your Evangelical fan club, who are so "relieved" about the Miers nomination collapse, for your "brave choice."

Meanwhile, news that Tom Delay, Karl Rove, Scooter Libby and other top administration officials might be going down in flames is pushed somewhat to the side of the picture while everyone scrambles to interpret this breaking judicial "news."

I'm not saying this is what happened, nor am I saying that I have any concrete evidence that Miers was set up as a, but I am saying that I wouldn't put it past those creeps to do something slimy like that. That's all I'm saying. They're slimy. Slimy slimy slimeballs from the planet slime.

Then again, why didn't Bush just nominate a Mussolini-Scalia monster to begin with? He has the "political capital" to play with--controlling the House, Senate and the White House--so why bother playing a political game in the first place? Maybe I'm overthinking this situation and it was just another example of the "hey, I like you, so even though you're completely unqualified for this position, I'm going to nominate you for it anyway" modus operandi of this administration that worked so well with "Brownie" and others.

In any event, this administration is doing a "heck of a job." Really.

In other news, a new poll released says that if we held an election this year, Bush would LOSE TO A DEMOCRAT!!! Ok, so, um, Let's DO IT. Sigh...I wish. Hey, anyone up for a massive nationwide "recall the President" ballot initiative?

Ok, that's all for me tonight folks, till next time, this is lefthook, signing out without a catchphrase...

Monday, October 17, 2005

This blog is about to be re-launched

This blog is about to be re-launched as Left HOOK (the Left Hand Of OKlahoma). So stay tuned for our spunky new logo, coming soon, and fresh, crispy, succulent new political musings from blogmaster Ethan J.
On a related note, domain name acquisition is on hold at the moment as it's bloody expensive and complicated.

If you're reading this blog for the first time, here's some background. It was started as The Left Hand way back in the summer of 2005 by a guy who really wants to be like Al Franken, Molly Ivins and other political wonks who get paid to write about and tell people what they think about the issues of the day. Unfortunately, this guy tended to become sidetracked by, well, life, and so this blog fell into disuse. I am now committed to making this damned blog thing work, because I think I'm a good writer, and I think I have some good things to contribute. So there.