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October 21, 2005 9:27 AM   Subscribe

Fitzmas is coming!... isn't it? Can you stand the anticipation? Could this major holiday turn out to be a big letdown? (Remember, "Fantasies of Cheney being indicted and Bush as unindicted coconspirator are just that at this point--fantasies.") But that doesn't mean we can't be ready with Fitzmas carols or Indictment Bingo, which Wonkette proposed and BackupBrain has now rendered as an actual randomized Fitzmas Bingo card for playing along at home.
posted by soyjoy (45 comments total)

 
lots of handwaving going on...funny how specujournalists get so busy when they have no inside info.
posted by jsavimbi at 9:29 AM on October 21, 2005


I want a pony.
posted by homunculus at 9:32 AM on October 21, 2005


Salon is reporting that Rove & Libby have received their "target letters".
posted by daksya at 9:36 AM on October 21, 2005


That randomized Fitzmas Bingo card rocks.
posted by If I Had An Anus at 9:37 AM on October 21, 2005


Let's get the gloating and merrymaking over with.
If there are any indictments of senior officials, it's a sad day for America. Whether we agree with our leaders or not, we expect honesty and accountability, and we've been let down. Again.
posted by beagle at 9:45 AM on October 21, 2005


Sad day? I think not. It will be a day that reinvigorates, if even on a microscopic level, Americans' belief that the system can work.

Also there will be ponies. Bright pink ponies with satin manes.
posted by basicchannel at 10:01 AM on October 21, 2005


Well, we will know by next Friday.
posted by caddis at 10:03 AM on October 21, 2005


I plan to make merry with utmost vigor the first sign in a very long time that the American system does not have terminal rot.

Go for it, Fitz.
posted by digaman at 10:04 AM on October 21, 2005


Shhhh. Be vewy, vewy qwiet...

A Palpable Silence at the White House.
posted by ericb at 10:07 AM on October 21, 2005


And my oh my it's getting dark in here...

The case has cast a cloud over the White House...
posted by ericb at 10:08 AM on October 21, 2005


Can someone please explain the pony meme? I've come across this on several blogs, and cannot make heads or tails of it. (pun intended, and sorry to derail slightly)
posted by jeff-o-matic at 10:10 AM on October 21, 2005


Ponies
posted by mr.marx at 10:17 AM on October 21, 2005


Wondering why Calvin calls her "names for no reason? It's just mean," Susie wishes she had a hundred friends. "Then my hundred friends and I would go do something fun, and leave Calvin all alone! Ha! …and as long as I'm dreaming, I'd like a pony."
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 10:22 AM on October 21, 2005


So let's say Fitzgerald nails the bastards. Will that make it more likely or less likely that voters will elect a more centrist administration in 2008?

I keep thinking that BushCo is the wrong target, that it's conservative voters who are ultimately responsible for Dubya's record and that not enough energy is being spent on dialog with the people who gave him their votes.
posted by 327.ca at 10:26 AM on October 21, 2005


I'd greatly appreciate if future links to Fitzmas Carols could be marked [nsfw]. I'm not supposed to look at obscenely masturabatory websites while at work.
posted by I Love Tacos at 10:29 AM on October 21, 2005


I want a pony.


In Soviet Russia pony wants you.


text not particularily sfw and a gratuitous derail to boot
posted by CynicalKnight at 10:29 AM on October 21, 2005


not enough energy is being spent on dialog with the people who gave him their votes.

Part of the problem with this is their inability to understand polysyllabic words.
posted by wakko at 10:33 AM on October 21, 2005


Part of the problem with this is their inability to understand polysyllabic words.

Well, that's constructive. Must suck to be American.
posted by 327.ca at 10:34 AM on October 21, 2005


mr. marx, that's part of it, but I don't think the blogosphere in general is using it in the Mefi sense.

I'm not supposed to look at obscenely masturabatory websites while at work.

ahem.
posted by soyjoy at 10:35 AM on October 21, 2005


Pretty much.

And that's "'murkin".
posted by wakko at 10:36 AM on October 21, 2005


Heh, found this while looking up the quote about 'hanging together'.
posted by Mr T at 10:43 AM on October 21, 2005


The pony meme, explained.
posted by Wulfgar! at 10:52 AM on October 21, 2005


“It will be a day that reinvigorates, if even on a microscopic level, Americans' belief that the system can work.”
posted by basicchannel at 10:01 AM PST on October 21 [!]



Like the O.J. conviction?
posted by Smedleyman at 10:58 AM on October 21, 2005


Actually, I'm unclear on how Cheney or Bush would be indicted. Or rather, prosecuted. Seems like they have all the cards. Certainly they can be shamed and disgraced, but you'd need someone within the party to drop the axe.

Hmmm... Don't know about McCain. Doubtful.


Ponies indeed. One can dream.
posted by Smedleyman at 11:05 AM on October 21, 2005


Fitzgerald Launches Web Site
"Special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald has just launched his own brand-new Web site.

Could it be that he's getting ready to release some new legal documents? Like, maybe, some indictments? It's certainly not the action of an office about to fold up its tents and go home.

Fitzgerald spokesman Randall Samborn minimized the significance of the Web launch in an interview this morning.

'I would strongly caution, Dan, against reading anything into it substantive, one way or the other,' he said. 'It's really a long overdue effort to get something on the Internet to answer a lot of questions that we get . . . and to put up some of the documents that we have had ongoing and continued interest in having the public be able to access.'

OK, OK. But will the Web site be used for future documents as well?

'The possibility exists,' Samborn said. [Washington Post | October 21, 2005]
posted by ericb at 11:32 AM on October 21, 2005


In related news ... Plame plans to sue White House officials.
posted by ericb at 11:37 AM on October 21, 2005




That randomized Fitzmas Bingo card rocks.

Whoo hoo! I made the front page of MF, and I didn't even have to self-post!!

Thanks, jsavimbi!
posted by Dori at 2:18 PM on October 21, 2005


Of course, he could also have put up the page so that there would be a place to explain why there were no indictments...
posted by Joey Michaels at 3:16 PM on October 21, 2005


soyjoy: touché.
posted by I Love Tacos at 4:08 PM on October 21, 2005


What does it say about my cynicism that Fitzmas carrols and the bingo card totally made my day? This is awesome.
posted by mai at 4:09 PM on October 21, 2005


Apropos ponies.

John has developed an infallible way to improve any public policy wishes. You just wish for the thing, plus, wish that everyone would have their own pony! So, in Chafetz' case, he should not only wish that Bush would say a lot of good things about democracy-building and fighting terrorism in a speech written for him by a smart person, he should also wish that Bush should actually mean the things he says and enact policies which reflect this, and he should wish that everyone gets a pony. See?

posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 4:26 PM on October 21, 2005


tomorrow is saturday. doesn't nix- uh, bush fire the special prosecutor?
posted by quonsar at 5:38 PM on October 21, 2005


tomorrow is saturday .. and Bush needs Andrew Card at Camp David. Card was to appear in Rhode Island tonight (Friday) for a GOP fundraiser, but had to cancel.
"All we know is that the White House called and said he had to be with the president," Morgan said. "He needs to be at Camp David this weekend." [The Providence Journal | October 21, 2005]
Hmmm...I guess Rove or Libby weren't invited.
posted by ericb at 7:57 PM on October 21, 2005


As a non US resident the most baffling thing to me is still how people with nicknames like Scooter and Turd Blossom get to be a part of your nation's administration.
posted by bangalla at 8:31 PM on October 21, 2005


Fuck me, but quonsar wins.

(Welcom back, q-)
posted by eriko at 8:47 PM on October 21, 2005




As a non US resident the most baffling thing to me is still how people with nicknames like Scooter and Turd Blossom get to be a part of your nation's administration.

Funny you should ask. So many people are curious about us Americans. We ARE a wacky bunch.
posted by Danf at 9:02 PM on October 21, 2005








bangalla, as soon as I figure it out I'll let you know.

Personally I think it has to do with lots of alcohol myself.
posted by Talanvor at 12:14 PM on October 22, 2005


John Dean: "In short, I cannot imagine any of them being indicted, unless they were acting for reasons other than national security. Because national security is such a gray area of the law, come next week, I can see this entire investigation coming to a remarkable anti-climax, as Fitzgerald closes down his Washington Office and returns to Chicago."
posted by homunculus at 12:41 PM on October 22, 2005


I don't want a pony anymore.
posted by homunculus at 11:42 PM on October 23, 2005


UPI is reporting (in sometimes comically old-school terms) that the investigation now seems to encompass the original forging of the Niger documents and the overall planning of the marketing of the Iraq war.

An interesting development, if true. (And this is a good place for it, right? Don't let's have a whole freakin' FPP about it.)
posted by soyjoy at 7:58 AM on October 24, 2005


Cute.
posted by homunculus at 5:08 PM on October 24, 2005


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