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That was fun, now back to my regularly scheduled programming of not noticing the little f*ck’s existence. BTW, if you run a Google search of “Michael Savage”, the number 3 hit is Savage Stupidity, followed by Michael Savage The #2 hit is also a parody site. The objective is to keep linking to these sites until they surpass (that’s not the URL, but I’m not linking to as the top Google hit for “michael savage”.

Also, I wish more–or even some–conservative bloggers had joined in. Seriously, most of us moderate lefties (and even the extreme lefties) vigorously repudiate ANSWER–can’t some Righties do the same with Savage?

Finally, Via Blah3, here’s the most comprehensive list of appropriators I’ve found, give them all a hand! And props to Neal Pollack for taking the initiative.

Angry Bear, Ann Slanders, Army Of Fun, Atrios, Bag Times, Big Picnic, Bitter Obscurity, Blah3, Bunsen, Bush Is A Moron, Deckie Holmes, Duckwing., For Freedom Century, Fengi, Haypenny, Genoan Sailor
I Am The Man Who Will Fight For Your Honor, Left Pedal, Liberal Media Conspiracy, Like Father Like Sun, Lisa Rocci, Matthew Tobey, Max Sawicky, Michael Savage’s Only Official Website, Monkeytime, Mykeru, Nurse Ratched’s Notebook, Off the Kuff, Pandagon, Rashomon, Rob Curran, Sam Heldman, Savage Ass Rape, Savage Cruel Bigots, Suckful, Shared Thought, South Knox Bubba, Ted Barlow, The Daily Harrumph, The Donkeypissonian, The Funny Farm, The Plunketts, Utter Wonder, Warblogger Watch, Yankee Pot Roast, and Yar’s Revenge


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A Picture Tells a Thousand Words

Remember, these graphs only go through 2000, so this is before the Bush tax cuts. Still, these wealthy people stand to lose a lot more from a crappy economy than they stand to gain from Bush’s tax cuts–but when will they figure this out? Go read the whole NYT story. And hell, I pay an effective tax rate a bit over 20%, the same as 400 wealthiest taxpayers paid in 2000.


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Flood the Jackass Zone

I tend to ignore Michael Weiner (who you may know as Michael Savage) because anyone who would listen to him for more than two minutes is beyond reason or redemtion. My initial take when MSNBC hired him was to highlight the obvious:

“Michael Savage is a jackass…I guess that makes the decision-makers at MSNBC objectively pro-jackass.”

Surprisingly, in spite of terrible ratings, to date MSNBC is maintaning its objectively pro-jackass stance.

A few things to note about Michael Weiner: 1. Changed his last name to “Savage”, 2. Visits wax museums to get a photo of him touching Barbra Streisand’s breast (it’s true–check near the bottom of his homepage if you are so inclined), and 3. Is obsessed with phallic symbols guns. All of these can lead to only one conclusion: a chronic and severe inability to interact romantically with women, a condition exacerbated by a particularly virulent strain of ClenisTM envy.


P.S. If you are wondering why so many blogs have Savage/Weiner related posts today, click here and then here.

Here are the sites that are being sued: Take Back The Media, Michael Savage Sucks, and Savage Stupidity. Give them a visit and a buck or two.

UPDATE: Partial list of sites appropriating “Savage” for their own purposes: Ted Barlow, Neal Pollack, South Knox Bubba, Jesse, Atrios. Dwight Meredith has a brief explanation of why Savage deserves scorn, here.

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Failing the Hillary Test

By now you have probably heard about the latest move by the Senate Rules Committee: passing, in a voice vote in which no Democrats were present, a measure proposed by Bill Frist to “provide for a series of cloture votes, where the threshold would gradually decrease until only a simple majority is required to overcome it [a filibuster of a judicial nominee].” Fortunately, as The Hill reports, “Under Senate rules, a two-thirds majority vote is required to overcome a filibuster of a rules change, giving a disciplined minority the ability to stop the GOP effort in its tracks.” So the Democrats will have to filibuster the Republican’s anti-filibuster measure in order to continue the Democratic filibuster of Bush’s far-right nominees to the Appellate Courts.

So it’s probably much ado about nothing, but the Republicans really are huffing and puffing over this issue. I suggest they take the Hillary TestTM, which I believe was originally used in the context of the Patriot Act’s substantial expansion of the Attorney General’s power:

Would you want Hillary Clinton to have these powers if she were Attorney General?

I recommend that Republicans think carefully about this Hillary test:

Would you want to rule out the filibuster option if Hillary Clinton were Senate Majority Leader?

I’m pretty sure the answer is “No!”


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More on Web Page Seizures

Earlier, I commented on the Justice Department seizing (pre-trial) a web site that has information on how to pirate X-Box and PlayStation games, and then redirecting visitors to a DOJ site. A ZDNET commentary has a bit more:

That’s why we should think twice before applauding this trend in police power. One reason is that the Justice Department’s privacy policy allows it to hand over information it collects from people visiting seized Web sites to “appropriate law enforcement officials” for criminal prosecution.

It’s possible to imagine a scenario where an innocent Web visitor becomes unfairly targeted by the Feds. It’s legal to browse the Web for information about illegal drugs and even legal to read about bypassing copy-protection technology (though under the DMCA, researchers writing such papers may have cause for concern). But in a newly security-conscious climate, the Justice Department may not be terribly sensitive to Americans’ First Amendment rights and may assume the worst about visitors to its collection of seized domains.

What’s more, the Justice Department is able to review the search terms that people type in before connecting to the seized site from search engines such as Google or AltaVista. That’s because Web protocols pass the search terms to the destination site in the Referer: header.


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If Only Nixon Knew you could do this with an Enemies List

In the too weird to not be true category:

Vanity Fair reported in the article that in 2000 [Michael] Jackson attended a voodoo ritual in Switzerland where a witch doctor promised that Spielberg, music mogul David Geffen and 23 other people on the entertainer’s list of enemies would die.


P.S. The title is only a reference to “Enemy Lists” and not meant to imply that Nixon wanted to kill anyone.

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Rate cut 1/4 point

To 1%, the lowest level since 1958:

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) – The Federal Reserve cut its key short- term interest rate Wednesday by a quarter percentage point to the lowest level in 45 years, expressing worry that the economy still isn’t strong enough to fight off deflation.

Because the rate cut came in at the minimum level that people expect, it was already largely priced into the stock market, so don’t expect to see much action there. It will help to keep finance rates around their current levels, continuing to prop up consumer durable goods and housing expenditures. Some of the effects will be attenuated by the fact that so many people expected a 1/2 point cut that those expectations will shift to expecting another 1/4 point rate cut at the next Fed meeting (in August)–so firms that might have borrowed now in response to a 1/2 point cut may choose to wait two months (for a second cut) before borrowing. On balance, it’s a “hold the course” cut that, given the current course, seems a little timid. On the other hand, the Fed doesn’t want to run out of bullets (it’s got four left now).


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Press Still Turning

Still slowly, but in ways medium and small (not yet big), the press is continuing to be less sycophantic towards the administration (see posts here, here, and the initial post here). Josh Marshall picks up on this phenomenon in this post [emphasis mine]:

Actually, in my Wednesday morning column in The Hill I said that there really is no new debate or new scandal. It’s really more that it’s suddenly become acceptable to discuss what everyone knew for the last year or so: that is, that the administration was willfully misrepresenting the evidence both on WMD and a purported link to al Qaida.

I keep harping on this point because if the press turns on Bush then Kerry or Edwards has a decent shot in 2004.


P.S. Yes, I left Dr. Dean out of the list of people with a chance in ’04. (That’s what the comments are for).

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