Daily Archives: May 13, 2007

Condi had an extreme makeover

I don’t know whether it was in response to Laura Bush’s catty comments about not having a family, or just the usual middle age crisis, but Condi Rice has definitely had some work done on her face and teeth. Since she doesn’t really engage in any diplomacy, I guess she’s not had any other demands on her time. Who missed her, while she was convalescing? I mean, the only thing on her plate was the Provincial Reconstruction Teams for Iraq that W promised us, but everybody knew that was a fraud anyway. Look at Condi on Charlie Rose, a few minutes into this Bill Moyers’ piece, and compare it with any images from two years ago and you will be shocked by the difference. And no, losing a few pounds doesn’t account for it…that doesn’t defat your eyelids or de-gap your teeth.

So now she looks like a different person. I just wish she actually WERE a different person. Or gone. But I’m sure work-husband George appreciates the hard work. I don’t imagine Laura does.

Great surgery, and the cosmetic dentistry is also very good, I have to admit.

I’m happy that in her advancing years Condi has managed to fix up her face. Sort of like the lipstick she tries to put on her performance as National Security Advisor and Secretary of State, or on the illegal disaster that is Iraq.


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Milk protein concentrate: the next gluten?


Milk protein concentrate, which enters the United States as an industrial-grade ingredient to make adhesives and which has never been subject to consumer-safety testing or given Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS) status by the FDA, is now found in hundreds of adulterated cheese products, candies, chips, nutritionaldrinks and other processed junk foods. For powerful corporations like Kraft, it is much more lucrative to import milk protein concentrate to make Velveeta, Mac n’ Cheese or Kraft Singles and hope pliant FDA officials turn a blind eye than to pay U.S. family dairy farmers a fair price for real domestic milk.

Responsibility for this latest food scandal lies with runaway globalization, as well as the corrupting influence of corporate agribusiness on government oversight.

As U.S. trade barriers came down and imports skyrocketed, corporations raked in unprecedented profits and consumers were left fearing the old Latin adage: “caveat emptor,” or buyer beware.

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Big Lebowski Roundup

Let’s go bowling.

—Go here to play Homeless or Jesus; keep playing til you see someone you know….

—John Goodman does a tape for Katrina victims, which is great, but the “rug” is over the line, Smokey! It doesn’t tie the room together.

That’s my homework,  Smokey!

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Party on, Dubya, party on…

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image of Bush hanging out in Kansas

just another grope photo op

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Frank Rich: GOP dreams of Reagan, acts like crooks

Sunday NY Times Select (subscription):

The candidates mentioned Reagan’s name 19 times, the current White House occupant’s once. Much as the Republicans hope that the Gipper can still be a panacea for all their political ills, so they want to believe that if only President Bush would just go away

…it isn’t just the divisive Bush-Rove partisanship that led to scandal. The corruption grew out of the White House’s insistence that partisanship — the maintenance of that 51 percent — dictate every governmental action no matter what the effect on the common good. And so the first M.B.A. president ignored every rule of sound management. Loyal ideologues or flunkies were put in crucial positions regardless of their ethics or competence. Government business was outsourced to campaign contributors regardless of their ethics or competence. Even orthodox Republican fiscal prudence was tossed aside so Congressional allies could be bought off with bridges to nowhere.

This was true way before many, let alone Matthew Dowd, were willing to see it. It was true before the Iraq war. In retrospect, the first unimpeachable evidence of the White House’s modus operandi was reported by the journalist Ron Suskind, for Esquire, at the end of 2002. Mr. Suskind interviewed an illustrious Bush appointee, the University of Pennsylvania political scientist John DiIulio, who had run the administration’s compassionate-conservative flagship, the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. Bemoaning an unprecedented “lack of a policy apparatus” in the White House, Mr. DiIulio said: “What you’ve got is everything — and I mean everything — being run by the political arm. It’s the reign of the Mayberry Machiavellis.”

His words have been borne out repeatedly: by the unqualified political hacks and well-connected no-bid contractors who sabotaged the occupation and reconstruction of Iraq; the politicization of science at the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency; the outsourcing of veterans’ care to a crony company at Walter Reed; and the purge of independent United States attorneys at Alberto Gonzales’s Justice Department. But even more pertinent, perhaps, to the Republican future is how the Mayberry Machiavellis alienated the precise groups that Mr. Bush had promised to add to his party’s base.

“Wrongdoing of this magnitude does not happen by accident, but it is not necessarily instigated by a Watergate-style criminal conspiracy. When corruption is this pervasive, it can also be a by-product of a governing philosophy. That’s the case here. That Bush-Rove style of governance, the common denominator of all the administration scandals, is the Frankenstein creature that stalks the GOP as it faces 2008. It has become the Republican brand and will remain so, even after this president goes, until courageous Republicans disown it and eradicate it.”

“We’ve certainly come a long way from that 2000 Philadelphia convention, with its dream of forging an inclusive, long-lasting GOP majority. Instead of break dancers and a black Republican congressman (there are none now), we’ve had YouTube classics like Rove’s impersonation of a rapper at a Washington journalists’ banquet and George Allen’s “macaca” meltdown. Simultaneously, the once-reliable evangelical base is starting to drift as some of its leaders join the battle against global warming and others recognize that they’ve been played for fools on “family values” by the GOP establishment that covered up for Mark Foley.”

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