Powerline: The Yeek That Never Stops

Marvel once again as John approves of a Bush speech, then jumps up and down with steam shooting out his ears:

Bush Takes His Case to the People

I was not able to watch President Bush’s speech tonight, but have read it. It was, I think, a great speech. Once again, the President, instead of retreating in the face of his enemies, has upped the ante and taken his case to the people. President Bush laid out the case for engagement in Iraq in a way that most will find compelling. And he postured the surge as an opportunity for pro-war and anti-war factions to unite:

Brilliantly, Bush is ‘posturing’ pro-war and anti-war people to unite behind his plan to keep having a war. What are his cowardly, sneering enemies thinking after this master stroke? Something deranged, as always — but always more deranged than last time, since everything in America is always simultaneously getting hugely better and horribly worse:

One more thing about the Rasmussen poll: thirty-seven percent of respondents have a favorable opinion of General Petraeus, while eighteen percent expressed an unfavorable view. Think about that for a moment: how in the world could anyone have an unfavorable view of David Petraeus? Whatever one thinks of Iraq, the man has devoted his life to serving his country. He is a brilliant soldier as well as a brave one. The eighteen percent that disapprove of Petraeus must define the portion of the country that has gone stark, raving mad. One might say that they have progressed beyond Bush Derangement Syndrome to a Generalized Derangement Syndrome.

Dude, at least we aren’t masturbating during blogger conference calls:

Feeling it

John McCain was “feeling it” during his blogger phone conference today.

This has been today’s Powerline moment.


Comments: 59


BTW Gavin this is absolutely brilliant. You have competition.


Could disapproving of General Petraeus possibly have something to do with, say, his performance? Or his decision to schmooze right-wing radio hosts in the middle of a highly controversial campaign that he was supposed to be commanding and observing with utmost impartiality and independence?

Is it the fact that after returning from his ‘mission’, he gave a presentation written by the White House that he was supposed to be independent of? And perhaps the fact that he followed that up by giving a PowerPoint presentation on the war to one of the most infamous Bush stenographers on a channel noted for its hyperactive Bushite partisanship — laughably referred to as an “interview”?

No. It must be loony moonbat derangement. Of course.


“President Bush laid out the case for engagement in Iraq in a way that most will find compelling.”

Hey, me and the rest of the guys at the office liked it, and I don’t see why we wouldn’t be a statistically scaled representation of the rest of the country.

“Think about that for a moment: how in the world could anyone have an unfavorable view of David Petraeus?”

We have a problem with his job performance, not him. Why these two seem to be intertwined to Powerline, we’ll never know.

Though, I’m certain that a good half hour’s google search could yield any number of reasons to not like the man on a personal level.

*Goes back to MST3k*


What does any of this have to do with Megan McArdle?


Why isn’t Powerline called BlogsforBush and vice versa?


Think about that for a moment: how in the world could anyone have an unfavorable view of David Petraeus? …

Apparently it helps to have worked with, or under, the man, since it was his co-workers who first used the “Betray-us” moniker. Of course, cheating on one’s peers and shitting on one’s subordinates is the current Oval Office definition of ‘management values’, so it’s no wonder the Wingnut Welfare lampreys had the orange-dusted fingers on their copy&paste macro button even before His Chimpness had skulked away from the podium.


Nice imagery, Anne Laurie. ‘Course, now I’m trying to picture lampreys with fingers and it’s much too early in the day for drinking.


Apparently the deranged include the wonder-general’s direct superior, the commander of US Central Command, Admiral William J Fallon, who says of Petraeus “He’s an ass-kissing little chickenshit – I hate people like that.”


How could anyone not like Petraeus?

In sharp contrast to the lionisation of Gen. David Petraeus by members of the U.S. Congress during his testimony this week, Petraeus’s superior, Admiral William Fallon, chief of the Central Command (CENTCOM), derided Petraeus as a sycophant during their first meeting in Baghdad last March, according to Pentagon sources familiar with reports of the meeting.

Fallon told Petraeus that he considered him to be “an ass-kissing little chickenshit” and added, “I hate people like that”, the sources say. That remark reportedly came after Petraeus began the meeting by making remarks that Fallon interpreted as trying to ingratiate himself with a superior.

Fallon’s derision toward Petraeus reflected both the CENTCOM commander’s personal distaste for Petraeus’s style of operating and their fundamental policy differences over Iraq, according to the sources.

The policy context of Fallon’s extraordinarily abrasive treatment of his subordinate was Petraeus’s agreement in February to serve as front man for the George W. Bush administration’s effort to sell its policy of increasing U.S. troop strength in Iraq to Congress.


oops, you beat me to it, Max.


Yes he was a proud recipient of the Bronze asslicker with 2 oak clusters,a poli-hack suckup of the first order.I don’t know if he has a CSB.or not but at that level he’s just another used car salesman.Only people die when they buy that lemon.Anybody remember Westmorland with his light and the end of the tunnel horseshit.That was way after the Pentagon papers were written and they all new it was a waste.They all know there’s no there there,just playing out the clock.I fucking hate them all.


You libs want magic stories and nice endings from a General in the middle of the most hellish war zone in the world. And you are disappointed when he tells you the truth instead of what you want to her. Ever thought of analyzing that instead of making fun of a man in charge of 150,000 troops like he’s a guy at the copy center? Dems want stories. Republicams make them.


Projection central.


Hey, wasn’t Petreus in charge of securitry training when they lost the bulk of those missing weapons in Iraq?


Why yes, he was…


Oh, and he has political ambitions too:



You libs want magic stories and nice endings from a General in the middle
of the most hellish war zone in the world.

Bush, in his garbled fucked up way, painted the magic story about bringing democracy and “they’ll greet us with flowers” and it will all be over in 6 months, remember Gary?

Nice to know you’re facing reality Gary. I hope you enjoy de Palma’s new movie about the gang rape and murder of the 14 year old Iraqi girl and her family by democracy-bringing American troops. Welcome to reality, Gary!


Fake Gary is right, though; Republicans DO make great stories.


It’s never too early to drink. I’ll be shitfaced by 10am.

Qetesh the Abyssinian

Uh, Bryan, bit of a heads up from the Antipodes: it’s generally considered impolite to leap into the comments section of a satirical article about a particular topic and start braying about another topic entirely. Just so you know.

And just so you know even more, folks here are intelligent and informed, so we actually know about Peak Oil and the ramifications thereof. Some of us, lordy lordy, even read topical sites on a semi-regular basis. But here on Sadly, No!, folks like to settle in and have some political snarking, okay? You want Peak Oil discussion, then go somewhere appropriate. You want to join in on the SN snarkfest, then play by the rules.

Qetesh the Abyssinian

Gary Ruppert said,
September 14, 2007 at 9:34
Wah wah wah wah wah, wah wah, the fact is wah wah wah.

Jesus, Gary, you’re such a knobhead.

You libs want magic stories and nice endings

“Magic stories” is how idiots like you characterise reality, while simultaneously portraying Iraq as knee-deep in flower fairies or something. Give me a break.

from a General in the middle of the most hellish war zone in the world.

And who made it so fucking hellish, Gary? Your fucking hero, George W. Total Fuckhead Bush, that’s who. If W. and his handlers hadn’t decided, for no reason other than that they’d planned this years ago, to attack Iraq, there’d be no war zone there. Hundreds of thousands of innocent people would still be alive.

And you are disappointed when he tells you the truth instead of what you want to her.

Fucking Petraeus wouldn’t know the truth if it stuck its tongue up his arse and wiggled it. He’s a lying sack of shit who bends over for anyone in charge. His own senior says that about him, so you can’t blame that on Teh Scary Libruls.

Dems want stories. Republicams make them.

Yah, Republicans make up stories. Too fucking right they make up stories. The selfish, violent, greedy, bastards do nothing but make up stories, and ignorant, stupid, inadequately socialised retards like you swallow them down whole. You fucking people make me sick.

Sorry, all, I’ve been drinking a tad. Does it show?


There’s one sure-fire method to gauge American’s support for Bush’s strategic blunder in Iraq – reactivate the Selective Service System. Let’s see how much support there is for continuing the fight when everyone’s balls are on the line. Odds are that the GOP Chickenhawks would pull out of Iraq faster than closeted GOP politicians are abandoning our public bathrooms.


Hmm, I don’t know guys, I thought this “General Betray Us” thing sounded quite sharp, but I must admit it is being totally pawned by “an ass-kissing little chickenshit”. Can we have a little opinion poll here, coz in my mind “chickenshit” wins by a big margin…


Bryan: Nobody is permitted to discuss this fact,

Permitted by whom, Our Dark Lord Kos?

Welp! Better shut up about it then.


You liberals all ignore the alliance between Communism, the American
Far Left, and Islamo-Facism. Its a reasonable and disturbing argument that Communism knew it would fail in a military struggle with us, so it cultivated other methods, subversive alliances, fanning the flames of MOslim discontent, feeding hate America worldwide.

Klein's tiny left nut


But he meant “ass-kissing little chickenshit” in a totally admiring way.

And shouldn’t we be showing more respect for Time’s Blog of the Year?

And, Gary, an alliance between communists, Islamo-Fascism and the American Left. Yeah, that makes a lot of sense. Because those of us who want to dedicate our lives to smoking dope and having hot homo sex, when we are not bringing about the workers’ revolution, are just dying to live under Sharia law.

You people are too fucking stupid to live. Do you have to keep a little note on your wrist that says “remember to breathe?”


“We conservative fucktards all ignore the alliance among Corprotocracy, the American Far Right and Christo-Fascism. It’s a reasonable and disturbing argument that Corprotocracy knew it would join Bu$hCo in a military struggle with Iraq, so it helped cultivate newer, more nefarious methods and internecine global alliances, fanning the flames of wingnut discontent and creating hatred of America worldwide.”

Fixed Gary Ruppert, with gratis grammatical corrections. (I don’t know how to do the strike-through thing.)


“You libs want magic stories and nice endings from a General in the middle of the most hellish war zone in the world.”

I thought Iraq was all ponies and fluff bunnies. I thought Teh Surge! had worked so well that we could start bringing troops home because of it.


So, when did the commies start supporting Islamofascism? Was it in the ’40s, when they supported Israel? Was it in the 1950s and 1960s, when they supported secular socialist rebels in Arab countries against Islamic nationalists? Or in the ’70s and ’80s, when it fought a protracted war against Islamic fundamentalists in Afghanistan? Or was it the start of the 1990s when they came down hard against Muslims in Chechnya? Maybe it’s today, when they treat Muslims in China like second-class citizens.

Meanwhile, of course, the western democracies have NEVER done anything to promote hardcore Islamic fundamentalism, not the Americans in Afghanistan or the British in Egypt or anything of the kind.


The communists have allied themselves with the Left? Shoulda seen that one coming…


Not just knee yeek, John was totally yeek when he watched the speech with me.


Bryan McN, I’d be all for some serious gloomin-n-doomin over the oil thing. I read Clusterfuck Nation every monday, and I find myself looking over the back lawn wondering how defensible it is if those guys from Mad Max start trying to steal my precious fuel. And I’m here to tell you, these fucking suburban enclaves are are simply not designed to withstand massive social upheaval and chaos. We’re wide fucking open. Nothing that a wise investment in armaments won’t help, but still, this fucking landscaping and cheap styrofoam walls don’t make it easy.

We are well and truly fuxx0r3d with the oil thing, given the economics of the situation. That’s really why we’re in Iraq: to buy us a few more years sucking on the oil pipe (and allowing Big Oil to thicken up a layer of subcutaneous profit to shield them from the extreme chill of our coming winter of discontent. Or something.)

I’m pretty sure Megor McCheese has a solution though.

See, it all ties together.


You liberals all ignore the alliance between Communism, the American Far Left, and Islamo-Facism

You left out the Mexicans! And teh Gays!


I didn’t watch the speech, but I did listen. And though I know it’s not saying much, I think it was one of Bush’s better speeches. Almost fully self-consistent and delivered with a minimum of verbal gaffes. You can’t expect much more than that from the guy.
Scary though in how choreographed the media coverage leading up to it was.


Gary –

Dunno if you were asleep, head up ass or what during the 80s, but…

Communism knew it would fail in a military struggle with us, so it cultivated other methods, subversive alliances, fanning the flames of MOslim discontent, feeding hate America worldwide.

Back in the 80s, St. Ronnie of Dementia was the one who gave aid&comfort to the Muslims. What? you say, this cannot be.

Dude. Afghanistan. The moral equivalent of the Founding Fathers. Freedom Fighters. We gave them weapons and training back then so they could expel the Russians (and as I’m in Moscow right now, working with several veterans of Afghanistan, I can tell you that they were not very pleased with our little adventure in selling Stinger missiles and tons of explosives and ammunition to the Afghans).

One of the biggest success stories of the CIA training? Guy by the name of Bin Laden.

Yeah, that bin Laden.

So the idea that the Soviets were training the mujahideen to kill Americans is pretty much totally fucked, you idiot. It was the other way around.

And then, as so very many stupid-ass ideas by naive and arrogant conservative Republicans do, it turned around and bit us in the ass on 9/11. The invasion of Iraq is going to do so, only on a much, much larger scale, over a longer period of time. Get used to a much lower standard of living, dingbat. The money done gone away, spilled on the sands of Iraq, and it’s not going to be around to spend on education so America’s kids can remain competitive. Or to fix the infrastructure (BTW – making a cellphone call here in Moscow? Easy. I get 5 bars on the Razr, even when I’m a mile underground on the Moscow Metro. Meanwhile, back in LA, I can’t go thru the La Cienaga pass without dropping a call.)

And I just realized that this is going to have no real impact on you whatsoever, reason does not penetrate the Stupid Zone of Denial that you have erected. Which, I guess, makes me the real idiot here.


That last one was the Best Fake Gary EVAH.


The true secret to good Gary is copy n pasting almost directly from the comments of rightwing blogs…


Not so much Fake Gary as NeoGary.

And don’t get me started on the “Single Gary” theory …


I Believe in a GaryMultiverse. MultiGaryverse.


Gary-plicity. Ruppertinuum.


Leave me outa this!


Don’t make me smack you with a big imitation-leather-bound copy of the Garynomicon.


Is there a Gary and an anti-Gary, then?

Which is the one with the beard? And what happens when they meet? I don’t actually know, but I’m pretty sure it’ll be garish.


And what happens when they meet?

A Rupperture in the space-time continuum.


Am I the only one who noticed “Republicams”?

Wasn’t that some running gimmick on early Letterman?


Words are falling out like
endless phlegm into a paper hat
Lame arguments pulled from my ass
They slip away across the Garyverse


it’s a world of cheetos, a world of ‘Dew
its a world of limbaugh, a world full of Poo
theres so much that we know
never gonna eat no crow
its a gary world after all

its a gary world after all
its a gary world after all
its a gary world after all
its a gary , gary world

There is just one truth and that belongs to bush
They are all our friends in the Hindu Kush
Though the liberals all lie
in the end they will cry
It’s a gary gary world



A Rupperture in the space-time continuum.

Bwaaaahahahahahaha! Genius.

The only Gary I believe in is Gary, Indiana – my home sweet home.


Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Gary Ruppert R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn


Zsa, you rule.

Plus, Powerline apparently doesn’t read Slate. http://www.slate.com/id/2173902

The question could be asked throughout the speech… : In what world is the president of the United States living?


Isn’t ass-kissing attention grabber an recognized class of person rising through the ranks in the military? Through the ranks of all organizations? Isn’t it necessary to hate them? Petraeus just brought back terrible memories of this ass kissing back stabbing woman I used to work with when I was a young lawyer. I still hate her. I hate him. I hate them all.


Gary Ahkbar! There is only one Gary and His Blessed Name is Ruppert! Verily I have seen His Face(book)!


I need a Rupperture-Ready sticker for my car. If I had a car.


Quantum theory Ruppertistics.Look out MIT.


Yes, the President did make much ado about a short period of moderate progress in Iraq, but as McCain said, “The Democrats refuse to acknowledge any progress at all…” There has been a little progress attributable, at least in part to the surge. Why is it so difficult for Democrats to admit it? Me thinks it’s pride.

And why is it so difficult for people who are against the war to go out of their way to offer statements of support to the military. Reject the mission if you must, but please don’t reject the military. I don’t think it’s time for them to come…

Dr BLT copyright 2007

Not just yet. You may disagree, but don’t let that stop you from offering your support to the troops.


Bacon is bad for you.


A great way to support the troops is to extend their tours of duty indefinitely. Won’t they be grateful when they learn they get to battle the islamocommunist threat forever? They’re so lucky! Shame about my trick knee, or I’d be right there with ’em, I tell you what!


I need a Rupperture-Ready sticker for my car. If I had a car.

In case of Rupperture this car will be unmanned?



“Bacon is bad for you.”

True, but it tastes soooooooooooooo good!


Peak Oil I can handle. Peak bacon is the nightmare we all must face, sooner or later.


We don’t need a draft to know which way the wind blows!

Would you be willing to spread the word about http://www.draftresistance.org? It’s a site dedicated to shattering the myths surrounding the selective slavery system and building mass civil disobedience to stop the draft before it starts!

Our banner on a website, printing and posting the anti-draft flyer or just telling friends would help.


Scott Kohlhaas

PS. When it comes to conscription, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!


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