Archives for: June 2005

06/30/05

More of the Right of Right Evangelicals Protest another fallen Hero

Crazy Evangelicals

The damn people are so disturbed that I can honestly say, I wish they would die. This is the warped GodHatesFags people. They are "Christian" they run around the country protesting gay pride events, funerals, and now, the services being held for those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Here is the reason why, to them Bush is a leftist bastard, and because this nation is not shooting fags on site we are a nation heading to hell. So they protest funerals of our troops because "God hates America, and this is punishment".

They should read the bible they claim to follow; there is a whole bunch of crap in there about not judging people, loving your neighbor and so on...

There is a special place in hell for these people...

From there website (I choose not to post the URL)

Number of Americans who have entered hell as result of this bloody takeover of Babylon:

1,723

So to my friends in Tampa, please read this, They are coming to a service of a fallen soldier near you...

The Rev. Phelps, pastor of Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas, does not attend the funerals to comfort family members, however.

He is there to express thanks for the soldiers' deaths.

Phelps and his followers believe that the deaths of American soldiers is God's retribution for society's acceptance of gay Americans.

Although Phelps says he's targeting servicemen and women of all sexual orientations, he's perhaps best known for showing up with vicious signs at the funerals of AIDS victims, as well as gay victims of a hate crimes.

Phelps and other followers say they're going to create the same scene at a St. Petersburg Church where a funeral will be held Monday for Sgt. James Stewart, who died last week in Iraq. Stewart spent most of his boyhood in St. Petersburg and his mother still lives there.

Bush's "Nothing Accomplished" Speech Was a Flop

Failed Presidency

Well it looks like invoking September 11th to whoo the American People into ignoring your failed presidency is just not working anymore. His poll number skip even more.

From Zogby

President Bush's televised address to the nation produced no noticeable bounce in his approval numbers, with his job approval rating slipping a point from a week ago, to 43%, in the latest Zogby International poll. And, in a sign of continuing polarization, more than two-in-five voters (42%) say they would favor impeachment proceedings if it is found the President misled the nation about his reasons for going to war with Iraq.

The Zogby America survey of 905 likely voters, conducted from June 27 through 29, 2005, has a margin of error of +/-3.3 percentage points.

Just one week ago, President Bush's job approval stood at a previous low of 44%-but it has now slipped another point to 43%, despite a speech to the nation intended to build support for the Administration and the ongoing Iraq War effort. The Zogby America survey includes calls made both before and after the President's address, and the results show no discernible "bump" in his job approval, with voter approval of his job performance at 45% in the final day of polling.

Oh my, the only think that will save the GWB Titanic is impeachment.

06/29/05

More True Republicans Speak Up...

Right Wing Hypocrisy

Contrary to the tripe you hear from the Republicans, many of those on the left have in fact served in the military. Some have even seen combat.

Well it is often said on the left to the right, "If you are so supportive of the war, you should enlists, I hear they are looking for a few good men", and yet, they are still in a shortage.

So lets here it from a horses mouth... (from The Nation)

By the time I encountered Cory Bray, a towering senior from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business, the beer was flowing freely. "The people opposed to the war aren't putting their asses on the line," Bray boomed from beside the bar. Then why isn't he putting his ass on the line? "I'm not putting my ass on the line because I had the opportunity to go to the number-one business school in the country," he declared, his voice rising in defensive anger, "and I wasn't going to pass that up."

And besides, being a College Republican is so much more fun than counterinsurgency warfare. Bray recounted the pride he and his buddies had felt walking through the center of campus last fall waving a giant American flag, wearing cowboy boots and hats with the letters B-U-S-H painted on their bare chests. "We're the big guys," he said. "We're the ones who stand up for what we believe in. The College Democrats just sit around talking about how much they hate Bush. We actually do shit."

Bush Supporters Protest Fallen Hero's Funeral

Crazy Evangelicals



I wanted to point out some more Bush supporters at work...

Setting: Funeral of a fallen soldier.
Who: Staff Sgt. Christoper Piper.

A Green Beret served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, he was awarded a bronze star for his combat service. He was killed in Afghanistan.

Now here is where I do not understand these Whack jobs...

From Huffington Post

... a right-wing Protestant Christian church group from Topeka, Kansas [the Phelps people] is planning to demonstrate at Piper's funeral services at the Old North Church. They claim U.S. soldiers like Piper are dying because the country is being punished for its tolerance of what they see as immoral behavior, such as homosexuality.

So these sickos are protesting the Funeral of a fallen hero, because god hates fags? Did I miss something. Keep in mind people, this is the people that Bush works for, Every single one of these whacks voted Bush, and he loves them...

Read the signs people ...
"Thank God for IED's" (Roadside bombs)
"God Hates America"
"Fag Soldiers in Hell"
"God Blewup the Troops"
"Fags Doom Nations"

Why are people of this breed able to get the ear of Bush. They should be tired for treason. All of them should be on a terror watch list....

Bush to the Vets, "I Still Hate You", Repubs Late to the Game, Again

Military

Readers know I am a huge advocate for veteran's rights, because I am one. I am also a huge advocate to the healthcare needs of our disabled vets, because I am one. For some time I have been saying that the Bush Administration loathes the vets, and could care less about them. He has cut Healthcare, training, decreased their benefits while raising the price on the ones we keep, all in all a hardy F U to those that served out nation in the past...

Well from the Washington Post...

The Bush administration disclosed yesterday that it had vastly underestimated the number of service personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan seeking medical treatment from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and warned that the health care programs will be short at least $2.6 billion next year unless Congress approves additional funds.

Veterans Affairs budget documents projected that 23,553 veterans would return this year from Iraq and Afghanistan and seek medical treatment. However, Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson told a Senate committee that the number has been revised upward to 103,000 for the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30. He said the original estimates were based on outdated assumptions from 2002.

-snip-

Senate Republicans, embarrassed and angered over the revelations, yesterday announced plans to pass emergency legislation this morning to add $1.5 billion to the fiscal 2005 appropriation. The move is designed to appease angry veterans groups and preempt a Democratic proposal calling for $1.42 billion in increased VA spending.

I want to point out who did care about the vets....

March 15th 2005, Sen Patty Murray (D) - Amendment on FY 2005 Supplemental Appropriations--VA Health Care Funding
Rejected
Press Release
Disabled American Vets Comments

March 10, 2005 Sen Bill Nelson (D) - Amendment. No. 2745; Budget Appropriations, FY2005
Rejected

There are more, but as you see the Dems have been looking out for the vets long before

Go to http://www.KnowTheFacts.net for the record....

Republican's a day late, and dollars short.

Permalink Categories: Thats Gay   English (US)

More news on Hillsborough Co (Tampa) Hate Law.

Thats Gay

A call to arms, I urge anyone who lives, or PLANS TO VISIT the greater Tampa Florida area to please sign this online petition, here is the link.

The one that has pushed for a very anti-gay law is this right-wing whacko, Ronda Storms. Tampa for the most part is a fairly progressive city, it has had anti-discrimination laws on the books for a while now, and the Mayor has voiced opposition to this law.

What is the law, well it basically says that the county "abstain from acknowledging, promoting and participating " on any pride events, the issue is how this heartless gal has pushed it. County Commissioner Ronda Storms has pulled pamphlets about Gay Youth and made county libraries. Her comment, "In my opinion, it engages Hillsborough County in very high-risk behavior, not to mention encouraging children to engage in very high-risk behavior"...

Please get the word out, if you plan to visit (hint hint) to the Greater Tampa area, you should speak up.

06/28/05

Permalink Categories: Failed Presidency, Bush Lies   English (US)

Bush Team Faked the Applause.

Failed Presidency

If you watched the speech, it was oddly quiet, I mean you could have heard an Airman fart, it was that quiet. There was one point towards the end when there was some applause, and guess what, it was faked (Like everything else in the Bush Administration)

From Americablog, who was watching ABC

ABC's Terry Moran just reported that the only time Bush got applause was in the middle of his speech when a White House advance team member started clapping all on their own in order to cajole the soldiers into clapping, which they dutifully did.

Nothing Accomplished...

Failed Presidency

I just got out of the shower, I needed one after watching the Dumbass in Chief. If you missed the speech I will give you the short version.

Blah blah blah blah blah September 11th blah blah blah blah Terrorist blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah, blah blah, 9/11 blah blah. Blah blah Iraq blah blah. Resolve blah blah blah blah blah Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard blah blah blah blah blah blah.

Here is the count...

  • References to "September 11″: 5
  • References to "freedom": 21
  • References to "Saddam Hussein": 2
  • References to "Osama Bin Laden": 2
  • References to "a mistake": 1 (setting a timetable for withdrawal)
  • References to "mission": 11

What is more odd is the words that were missing, some that we almost heard everyday.

  • References to "mission accomplished": 0
  • References to "exit strategy": 0
  • References to "weapons of mass destruction": 0

(thank you to ThinkProgress.com)

I am not kidding this was a total, "Please love me again America" speech. He offered nothing you have not heard 50 times. If I were NBC, ABC, and FOX, I would charge him for the time he wasted.

Your Tax Dollars at Work, and Republicans Still Hate the Troops

War Profiteering

It is called War Profiteering, It is discussting, and Bush is not only allowing it to happen, but encouraging it. I guess Bush is getting all the money taken away from his family a long time a go, Prescott Bush.

Testimony of several whistleblowers to Congress.

Rory Mayberry
Food Manager for KBR at Camp Anaconda in Iraq

Found that KBR was overcharging the Army for food. Philipino workers were given garbage bags of food left over by the soldiers, but KBR charged the [US] Army for fresh food anyways. Additionally they charged the Army for food they supposedly fed the soldiers, while not actually providing the meals. They simply falsified the numbers on their reports. KBR also paid their subcontractor PWC too much for the food itself. Tomatoes locally cost $5 per box, but PWC cost $15 per box, primarily because they transported food from Philadelphia. He was told to go into convoy trucks blown up by insurgents, remove the shrapnel and bullets from any food that survived the attack, and ship it to other bases. They would then charge the Army AGAIN for that food. They also were instructed to erve outdated food to the soldiers. Managers like him were told to hide from inspectors who came on base, and were told not to talk to them if confronted. If found talking to inspectors, these contractors would be intentionally sent to dangerous locations such as Fallujah.

I want you to please get one of the more discussting part of this, that shows the total disrespect for our soldiers by this Asministration...

They also were instructed to erve outdated food to the soldiers.

That is right, nothing is to good for our men, and nothing is what they are going to get. This is sick...

Bush Approval at lowest point in history

Failed Presidency

It has been happening for some time, but it looks like the lipstick is finally worn off the pig, and Americans are seeing the truth, Bush could care less about you, your family your loved one, or your children in uniform. His only care is for the corporations and uber-rich. Halliburton is being investigated for war profiteering, and while we are running record deficits the GOP continues to lavish rich corporations with huge tax cuts. Well his poll numbers are showing the wakeup in the populous.

According to the CNN/USA Today/Gallop poll, under the banner "Disapproval of Bush at high point" you find "highest disapproval rating recorded in the CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll since Bush became president in January 2001."

Here are some tid bits...

The approval percentage -- 45 percent -- matches a low point set in late March. The 8-point gap between those who disapproved and approved was the largest recorded during Bush's tenure.

As Bush prepares to address the nation Tuesday to defend his Iraq policy, just 40 percent of those responding to the poll said they approved of his handling of the war; 58 percent said they disapproved.

But the poll also found that issues other than the Iraq war may be dragging down Bush's numbers.

Respondents expressed even stronger disapproval of his handling of the economy, energy policy, health care and Social Security.

The lone bright spot for the president in the poll was his handling of terrorism, which scored a 55 percent approval rating, compared to just 41 percent who disapproved.

The president's worst numbers in the latest poll came on the issue of Social Security, with respondents disapproving of his performance by a margin of more than 2-to-1 -- 64 percent to 31 percent.

06/27/05

More GOP on GOP Name Calling, Is it over for them?

Life in Bushs America

I wrote just yesterday how the GOP is starting to eat itself, well it has continued. The following was said at the Collage Republican Conference, or Cowardly Republican Conference as I like to call it, anyway

Speaking to the same group a few hours later, party strategist Grover Norquist lambasted three Republicans who broke party ranks over the issue of judicial filibusters. He referred to them as "the two girls from Maine and the nut-job from Arizona" - Sens. Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe and John McCain.

So here you have a right wing republican strategist turn on his own.... Hey more power to ya, I am sure that John McCain is 10 times the man you are.

Permalink Categories: Crazy Evangelicals, Judges   English (US)

No 10 Commandments in Gov Buildings.

Crazy Evangelicals

Oh I am sure that the un-Christian Christians are up in arms at the Supreme Court today. In a 5-4 ruling, they said you could not display the "10 Commandments" INSIDE courthouses and government buildings...

We await a ruling from a Texas case that has a huge monument on the ground of the state house.

Update: SC okays 10 Commandments on the grounds of the state house in Texas...

Bush using the Military as Backdrop to hide failures as a president

Military

I am not sure exactly the words I am looking for, but I think there is something fundamentally pathetic how this administration uses the military as tool of propaganda. Tomorrow, Mr. Bush is going to address the nation, an attempt to convince us that he has a plan. While anyone with class would have addressed us in the oval office, the Map Room, or even the Rose Garden, having a face to face, heart to heart with the American people. Not Bush, he is going to use the military as a backdrop, an attempt to use the war, and the warrior to prop up his failures as a president. I am sure that every soldier in the audience is hand selected to make sure that he gets the "Hooo Ahhhs" he wants.

I, as a veteran, find this whole thing deplorable at best. Contrary to the talking point, this president has done very little to help the military, and even less to help those that have served in the past. He has sent our boys over there without the tools they need to win, he has set them up for failure. Years into this effort, we still have soldiers that lack the basics of warfare. There is no excuse for this.

Allow me to show why there is no excuse, WW2, the US was able to manufacture...

  • 297,000 planes
  • 86,000 tanks
  • 6,500 naval vessels
  • 64,500 landing craft
  • 5,400 cargo ships
  • 315,000 artillery pieces
  • 4,200,000 tons of artillery shells
  • 17,000,000 rifles

So, why can't we get some body armor, and some humvees?

He will not give then the type of hazard pay they should be getting; I am only assume that this would cut into the Halliburton budget. A soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan (Iraqastain) gets $7 a day in hazard pay.

This Commander in Chief will use the service men and women as a backdrop, but has failed to attend one funeral for one of the fallen. Al Franken has visited Walter Reed more often than Bush has.

Bush has advocated cuts to Veteran re-education programs, Healthcare, prosthetics research, nursing homes, and more. Shame on you Mr. Bush, shame on you for using the military to pay Halliburton, shame on you for using them to prop up your failed Administration.

06/26/05

Permalink Categories: Iraq, War on Terror, Fallen Heros   English (US)

1732 as of Today, and No End in Sight.

Fallen Heros

Mouse Over any of the icons for more information, bless them all

You should go to MoreThanANumber.org, and see all of them. I warn you, it is very hard to look at.

Dick turns on Fellow Republicans, and of cource, lies.

Iraq

So now Bush-Cheney are going after fellow Republicans who may be starting to see through the lies of the Administration. Dick lashed out and slanders Senator Chuck Hagel because Hagel has started asking questions about the quagmire on Iraq. Here is what Dick said...

Since 9/11, we've had people like Chuck Hagel and other politicians and we've had people in the press corps and commentators who've said we can't do Afghanistan.

Chuck has never ever said anything about Afghanistan, he is very much sceptical of the Iraq mess, this is part of the Administration's effort to attempt to trick you into thinking they are one in the same. As a friend of my calls it Iraqistan..

So because Hagel is questioning the Administration, he is now going to get the patented "Bush discrediting super cycle". The issue is that the once they start doing this to fellow Republicans then the wall will crumble. Hagel's roots go far deeper than Bush-Cheney could ever have, he has been in for a long time...

Sit back boys and girls, it is starting to get fun, as this wall of lies starts coming down.

Permalink Categories: Crazy Evangelicals, Thats Gay   English (US)

Help Overturn Hate Legislation in Tampa.

Thats Gay

A week or so ago, I wrote how Hillsborough County, the county that contains Tampa has passes a very mean spirited anti gay resolution. In a true Republican tactic, they also voted that a super majority would be needed to overturn it (So much for that up or down vote they are always screaming for).

Well a group has started a grass roots campaign to overturn this un-American hate legislation, and I think they are being smart, they are going after a huge money maker, the Super bowl. Very very smart.

They also have a petition, You can sign it here

From thier a supporter (www.stoprondastorms.com)

We are hoping everyone will write to the NFL Commissioner Paul John Tagliabue and ask him to move the superbowl, if this ban is not overturned. We are planning to picket the superbowl if they do not comply.

They say that the have a link to his email, but I was not able to find it on the site, if you find it, comment here, and I will update the post.

I think that this move fron Hillsborought is real sad, the mayor of Tampa has come out in opposition. Here is another reason never to go home again.

What Conservative Party was Karl Talking About?

Right Wing Hypocrisy

As you know, Karl the other night was in New York basically stroking "conservatives" while attempting to demonize liberals. I am not sure what conservatives Karl was talking about, because the facts (Something that is like Kryptonite to this administration) show that conservatives are not the people they think they are.

What did Karl say...

Conservatives believe in lower taxes; liberals believe in higher taxes.

So what did this tax cut to the rich get us?

deficet
Wow, I remember those black line, man was it great back then.

We want few regulations; they want more.

Umm, if I recall this administration has or has tried to regulate everything from Stem cell research to education, have you read the "no child left behind" act? That is a pile of regulation. Regulate marriage, regulate children, regulate books, media. The only people that are not being regulated in Bush's America are the ones that need it the most, oil, gas, and power.

Conservatives measure the effectiveness of government programs by results; liberals measure the effectiveness of government programs by inputs.

This administration has been sued because of "No Child Left Behind", they have cut money from it just yesterday, and more. It has been shown to be a ineffective at best. Oh also, how is that war in Iraq going?

We believe in curbing the size of government; they believe in expanding the size of government.

fed

The Bush administration has created a gov larger than it has ever been in our history. So, who is he talking about.

Conservatives believe in making America a less litigious society; liberals believe in making America a more litigious society.

What you really believe is that citizens should not be able to sue any corporation, no matter how negligent. So while some would make sure that the corporation do things that are responsible to consumers, Bush has just said, corporations, do what you want, we will protect ya from those pesky consumers. Think asbestos.

Medical malpractice, never happens in Bush's America I guess.

We believe in accountability and parental choice in education; they don't.

Okay so where is my money? I don't have any kids, so if you are so big on accountability then you owe me something. Who should I call?

Conservatives believe in advancing what Pope John Paul II called a "culture of life"; liberals believe there is an absolute unlimited right to abortion.

So when Bush signed the "Futile Care Act" of 1999, that allowed, and has allowed babies to be cut off from life support because they don't have any money, that was a "Culture of Life"? A record number of children are uninsured in Bush's America, "Culture of Life"? The US Military has sent pregnant women to Iraq, Telling children that condoms cause cancer, the 2005 budget cuts funding for healthcare to the elderly, the poor and children, so what part of the "Culture of Life" are we to listen to the redirect or the facts?

Sadly, to conservitives, life starts at conception, and after it passes the vaginal opening, it's on its own, welcome to the Bush's "Adept or Die" America.

Thank you to NoInfo over on DailyKOS for the insperation for this post...

06/25/05

India Demands more American Jobs...

Economic News

I work in the IT field, I have many friends who are on visas to the US for work. Sadly there are times in which we need them, because as the Christatian right dismantle education and science in America, a mass attempt to dumb us down, we are going to need people who can help us innovate, and do work for us while we are in church 14 hours a day.

I say that to say this, I think that the number of H-1b visas are right where they need to be, and this story drives me nuts...

From C|net

According to a report today in The Economic Times, India's government has made a proposal to the World Trade Organization demanding that the United States' annual cap for H-1B visas be raised sharply, to 195,000.

Currently, the annual ceiling for the guest worker visas is 65,000, along with an additional 20,000 visas reserved for foreigners with advanced degrees from a U.S. institution.

If the story in the Indian press is true, the move likely would be welcomed by U.S. employers who have pushed for more visas, but criticized by labor groups already wary of the guest worker permits.

From the The Economic Times

NEW DELHI: IN A move that has significance for Indian professionals seeking to work in the US, the government has made a formal proposal to the WTO demanding that the yearly quota of H1B visas be increased to 1,95,000 from the current ceiling of 65,000.

If conceded, the move could turn out to be a boon for IT and other skilled professionals heading for the US.

Republicans Action Show they Still Hate Americans.

Republicans

Republican reaffirms their "Hate Americans" agenda. The house voted on a Friday night, after you went home and geared up for the weekend, in hopes no one would notice, 250 - 151 to basically send the message, "Americans are the problem with America"

Here is some of the breakdown of this budget...

  • Healthy Communities Access Program - has been totally unfunded - what did this do? It helped communities offer health care to the uninsured, you know the that group that Republicans can't stand. ($83 Million)
  • Education Department grant program targeted at low-income and underachieving schools. ($205 Million)
  • Training programs for Doctors and Nurse (Please keep in mind, nurses are at critical shortage, so we should cut them) (84% cut, from $300 million to $47 Million)
  • $806 Million in the practically unfunded mandate "No Child Left Behind" face it George, you are leaving us all behind.
  • Grants community-action groups use to help the poor would be cut in half, to $320 million (Screw the poor, welcome to the Republican "Adapt or Die" America)

This is the message we need to keep passing out, Republicans hate Americans, their actions speak louder than their words.

Here is a story from the Washington Post.

06/24/05

Karl, you are a coward, You have ran for war when you had a chance.

Right Wing Hypocrisy

Karl said...

Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 and the attacks and prepared for war. Conservatives saw what happened to us on 9/11 and said we will defeat our enemies.

Really Karl, you prepared for war? How did you do that, play golf or have dinner at the White House? You make the conservatives sound so strong, yet, if I recall Karl, you have never severed, in fact I am not sure you could tell me what a 5 down 2 up on a blue uniform is (it is a rank). I also recall that your puppet Bush ran to protect Austin from the Viet-cong while his fellow Americans were dieing in the rice patties of Vietnam. Cheney had more deferrals than a tree has leaves. So I ask again, how do conservatives prepare for war?

You prepare for war by jumping on a tragedy to divide America, to further your agenda, to create a war that did not need to be fought. For the love of god, I would have been the first one in Afghanistan; we should have turned that nation into a sheet of glass. The fact remains, not a single solitary person on any of those planes that were used against us in September 11th were Iraqi, furthermore most of them were from Saudi Arabia, a nation that we are currently bedding (screwing) our leader daily.

So in short Karl, you prepared for war by running under Bush's desk like a coward. You are a cowered, your boss is a coward, and his puppet master is a coward and the bulk of the conservative are yellow tailed cowered.

I have worn the uniform, I know what it is like to squeeze off rounds from an M-16, I know the joy of having an officer pin a medal to your shirt, I know the hardships of living off of 12,000 a year. I am a liberal and I HAVE PREPARED FOR WAR you fucking coward.

TO hell with you, you are nothing more than a hate mongering pussy that uses one of the darkest days in American's recent history to buoy a failing president, a failed administration, and a horribly failed war. Do me a favor, and shut the fuck up you cowardly asshole.

Anyone can take your House, and you can't stop them.

Life in Bushs America

The SCOTUS ruled that if you are not using your property in a way that generates the most tax money, the city, town, county, or state can take it.

The ruling looks at imamate domain. Before yesterday, a government body could take your property from you if its use was for the betterment of the community. So let's say you live next to a road, and the state wants to build a highway, it could force you to sell your house because the community is better served by the new highway.

Well yesterday the Supreme Court tossed all that out the window, and defined betterment to the community as almost anything.

Let's say you have a farm, it has been in the family for 10 generations. The county that you live in can TAKE your farm and build tract homes on it, because the TAX revenue from the 345 homes they will cram on it is betterment to the community over your farm.

Here is a good one, you live in a neighborhood, an older one. Many of the houses have been expanded over the years, add-ons, new floors and so on. You have not done anything, and your house is still the small ranch that your mother dreamed of in 1956. The city can force you to sell your home, so that a larger more expensive house can be built. The taxes on the new $800,000 home will be far nicer than your $189,000, and therefore a betterment to the community.

See where this can go?

I would recommend you contact your congressman and senator, laws can be placed to limit this, but it will need pressure.

06/23/05

Permalink Categories: War on Terror   English (US)

Families of September 11th Speaks about Karl's Comments.

War on Terror

Families of September 11th Speaks.

As families whose relatives were victims of the 9/11 terror attacks, we believe it is an outrage that any Democrat, any Republican, any conservative, or any liberal stakes a "high ground" position based upon the September 11th death and destruction. Doing so assumes that all those who died and their loved ones would agree. In truth, some would and some would not. By definition the conduct is divisive and, because it is intended to be self-serving and politicizes 9/11, it is offensive. We are calling on Karl Rove to resist his temptations and stop trying to reap political gain in the tragic misfortune of others. His comments are not welcome.

Source

Dems Say Rove Should Apologize or Resign

Life in Bushs America

Harry Reid has responded to Karl

"I am deeply disturbed and disappointed that the Bush White House would continue to use the national tragedy of September 11th to try and divide the country. The lesson our country learned on that terrible morning is that we are strongest when we unite together, that America's power is in its common spirit of democracy and freedom.

"Karl Rove should immediately and fully apologize for his remarks or he should resign. The lesson of September 11th is not different for conservatives, liberals or moderates. It is equally shared and was repeatedly demonstrated in the weeks and months following this tragedy as Americans of all backgrounds and their elected representatives rallied behind the victims and their families, united in our common determination to bring to justice those responsible for these terrible attacks.

"It is time to stop using September 11th as a political wedge issue. Dividing our country for political gain is an insult to all Americans and to the common memory we all carry with us from that day. When it comes to standing up to terrorists, there are no Republicans or Democrats, only Americans. The Administration should be focused on uniting Americans behind our troops and providing them a strategy for success in the war on terror and the conflict in Iraq. I hope the president will join me in repudiating these remarks and urge Mr. Rove to take appropriate action to right this terrible wrong."

Even some mods have something to say, this is worth a read, (The Moderate Voice)

Also a story about it on the wire.. Here

Karl Hoping to Use 9/11 to Divide, because People are Uniting

War on Terror

Against the Bush Administration

Karl Roves uses the tragedy of 9/11 to try to divide the nation. I guess he had to pull out the big guns, because more and more Americans are siding with me, that this administration is a failure, this war is wrong, and we will be paying for it for the rest of our lives. You see as Bush's poll number slip into the very low 40's they are struggling to recapture that "terrorist high" that masked the failings of Bush before now.

Here is what Karl Said...

Liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers. Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 and the attacks and prepared for war. Conservatives saw what happened to us on 9/11 and said we will defeat our enemies. Liberals saw what happened to us and said we must understand our enemies.

Sadly Kral you hit the nail right on the head, you have to understand them before you can defeat them, did you not read about Vietnam?

I saw the savagery of 9/11 from my office window, I could see the Pentagon from there, so please stop speaking for me...

Kos said it best, and I will just reprint it, because I couldn't say it better.

He's right. We want to understand.

We want to understand why Osama Bin Laden hasn't been captured? Why did the administration take its eyes off Al Qaida to invade Iraq? I mean, Al Qaida is the enemy Rove himself said we had to defeat. But we haven't.

Instead of defeating our enemies, we went to war against an impotent enemy -- Saddam. And yes, we want to understand. Like, why did they lie to go to war in Iraq? Why is that war still going, unabated? Why are we no closer to victory now, than we were in when Bush declared "mission accomplished"? Why don't our troops have proper ammo? Why aren't there enough boots on the ground in Iraq? Why are we still dying in Afghanistan?

He's right. I want to understand. I don't understand why the administration hasn't called for sacrifice. Why won't war supporters enlist? Why won't they encourage their circle of influence to enlist? Why won't they level with the American people, and give an honest assessment of what's going on in Iraq and Afghanistan?

I don't understand how our nation, always the good guys, is now perceived as the "bad guy" the world over. I don't understand how torture has become a commonplace occurrence inside facilities that bear the stars and stripes.

MSNBC has Karl's comment

06/22/05

Bill O'Reilly Says That Progressives should be Jailed.

Right Wing Hypocrisy

Bill O'Reilly would like you to think that he is "Fair and Balanced" and we all know that he is a liar. In fact my right-wing grandmother (81, right in Bill's target audience) gets a chuckle out of that claim.

Well now Bill is asking that the FBI should "Put into chains". How can this man not be arrested for inciting violence. Hear is what he said...

O'REILLY: And when he [Durbin] went out there, his intent was to whip up the American public against the Bush detainee policy. That's what his intent was. His intent wasn't to undermine the war effort, because he never even thought about it. He never even thought about it. But by not thinking about it, he made an egregious mistake because you must know the difference between dissent from the Iraq war and the war on terror and undermining it. And any American that undermines that war, with our soldiers in the field, or undermines the war on terror, with 3,000 dead on 9-11, is a traitor.

Everybody got it? Dissent, fine; undermining, you're a traitor. Got it? So, all those clowns over at the liberal radio network, we could incarcerate them immediately. Will you have that done, please? Send over the FBI and just put them in chains, because they, you know, they're undermining everything and they don't care, couldn't care less.

What the hell? How can you even say "... and they don't care, couldn't care less." without God strike him dead right now. What scares you Bill is that they do care, and you are losing your views in droves. Scared Much?

Here are some things that the Bill O'Reilly's party (Republican)

  • Veterans - Republicans can't stand them.
  • Our Troops – Republicans wishes they would just die (see here)
  • Disabled People - Republicans say to hell with them
  • Elderly - Republicans say, who cares, they will be dead soon.
  • Children - Republicans care about them until they pass the vaginal opening, and them, they can go drop dead.
  • Poor - The uninsured mean little to the Republicans

Here are some things the Republicans do care about.

  • Lying - The Republicans can't go a day without doing it.
  • Dictators - They have never meet a dictator they didn't like. Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, and at one time Iraq,our best friends, all lead by a dictator
  • Corporations - They never meet a corporation they did not love, Enron, Tyco, and so on
  • Oil - The Republicans will sell their mothers lungs if there is oil in them. If there was oil under Terry Shivo, she would have been unplugged 10 years ago.
  • War - The Republicans have learned that war is very profitable, blocking all efforts of the American people to find out where there money went.
  • Death - Republicans are allowing the troops to go without, babies, anyone who stands in tier way.

Here are some things that Bill O'Reilly cares about.

  • Allegedly using a vibrator on his ass while he talks dirty to a co-worker
  • Lying like there is no tomorrow, this guy can't go a gay without just blatantly lying.
  • Treating victims of 9/11 as being unpatriotic
  • Calling anyone who disagrees with him a lair, and to shut up.

You are welcome to check out Media Matters, they have info on this story.

Man Honoring is Charged with a Crime, and Harassed.

War on Terror

I have little to say here guys, I think this guy is a hero, other, don't.

From the Salt Lake Tribune

Since Mike Norton, of Layton, began displaying the pictures of American soldiers killed in Iraq on an illuminated sign in his front yard, his home has been vandalized, cars have stopped in front of his home and honked horns in the early morning hours and he has received anonymous harassing phone calls.

Now the city of Layton has gotten into the act.

Norton, who was told by a city official last winter that the sign in his yard did not violate zoning ordinances, received a letter from the Layton City Attorney's Office recently informing him that, upon further review, the sign does violate the ordinance and he would have 10 days to take it down.

The sign currently contains 1,715 postage-stamp-sized pictures of each dead soldier that Norton downloads from CNN's Web site. The number is updated whenever there is a new casualty. Above the pictures is a large bold-faced headline denoting the latest number of Americans killed in Iraq. Next to the sign is an American flag.

06/21/05

A True Republican Speaks Up.

Crazy Evangelicals

I wanted to point out to you just what is wrong with the right. The following post comes from a comment made on a blog I follow (Phish fan in Jesus Land). The person who makes these comments is a crazy right wing Christian that is a school teacher at a Christian Academy. Until a few hours ago, he had a blog, but he has removed it.

Proof that Republicans hate the troops.

You can see all the drama around this here, on a DailyKOS thread.

But here is the comment he made here that truly shows the attitude of the right, the sayanything crowd.

the Logic Monkey said...

Ho hum- I should've joined the army, since I'm for the war.....got anything new? God, I'm so sick of that argument. Really. You can apply it to anything- gee, if you are concerned with crime, you should go join the police, right?

What do you people think the army is for? It's for murdering people- that's the the army does. Do you think kids join the army so they can just sit on their ass and do nothing?

As for me or the "chickenhawks" I return to an argument I made a while ago- if Bush is so wicked and evil- if Republicans really are "theocrats" who are going to destroy the country, then you need to pick up a gun and try to kill as many of us as you can. Otherwise, we, being so all powerful, are going to win, aren't we?

If some 18 year old kid gets killed in Iraq, I don't care. Really. It's his job to kill and possibly be killed- if he didn't know that when he signed up, then he deserves to die. You have no sense of brutality and that's why you will lose and lose and lose- the army that kills the most, that causes the most unmitigated pain and misery to the other side is the army that wins, as Von Clausewitz told us.
1:49 PM

Wow, I am ashamed that this guy is an American. He is a coward, a freaking coward.

06/20/05

Buy Your Own Armor, Because We Don't Care.

Military

We all know the Republicans hate vets, loath them. And we know they hate the active duty troops as well, so when I read this, to be honest I was not shocked.

Dad picks up $600 tab to get Marine battle ready

Marine Pfc. Jeremy Tod called home with news that his superiors were urging him and fellow Marines to buy special military equipment, including flak jackets with armor plating, to enhance the prospects of their survival.

The message was that such purchases were to be made by Marines with their own money.

"He said they strongly suggested he get this equipment because when they get to Iraq they will wish they had," Tod said.

Total estimated cost: $600.

Tod said his son's call about two weeks ago from the Marine Corps Air Station-Yuma was a sobering reminder that the military is not prepared to equip Pfc. Tod and fellow Marines with the best equipment.

Besides the essential flak jacket with steel "trauma" plates, the shopping list for the young Marine included a Camelbak (water pouch) special ballistic goggles, knee and elbow pads, a "drop pouch" to hold ammunition magazines and a load-bearing vest.

How sad, Bush, his supporters, and the Republican Congress should be ashamed, I know I am.

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What 1,724 Look like, and why the number means little

Fallen Heros

Please take a few moments and take a look at a new project I have started.

I want people to SEE what 1,723 looks like, because the number itself does little to show you the number...

Have a look, this is a BushsAmerica.com Project.

Forget the Numbers

Forget the Numbers

Forget the Numbers

Forget the Numbers

Operation Yellow Elephant

Life in Bushs America

OPERATION YELLOW ELEPHANTThe objective of OPERATION YELLOW ELEPHANT is to recruit College Republicans and Young Republicans to serve as infantry. They demanded this war and now viciously support it. It's only right that they also experience it.

The 56th College Republican National Convention is the setting for many of the proposed ops. It begins on Friday, June 24.

The General encourages his readers to take the initiative to create materials and to plan and conduct special operations. Please let him know what you've done and he'll try to post it.

Get all the information on Jesus' General website.

UK Foreign Office diplomat, WMD Claim was a Total Lie.

Downing Street Memo

Well like I said before, I am sure Bush want to invade the UK right about now, to shut them the hell up...

Now a Foreign Office diplomat has come out and said the claim was "totally implausible".

From the Guardian...

A key Foreign Office diplomat responsible for liaising with UN inspectors says today that claims the government made about Iraq's weapons programme were "totally implausible".

He tells the Guardian: "I'd read the intelligence on WMD for four and a half years, and there's no way that it could sustain the case that the government was presenting. All of my colleagues knew that, too".

"There was a very good alternative to war that was never properly pursued, which was to close down Saddam's sources of illegal revenue", he says.

He is right, You could have closed down Halliburton, who was doing illegal work in Iraq. Oh, then there was the "oil for food" scam, where a US (Texas) comp, Bay Oil was the largest taker of the oil, 54%.

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It begins, Iran, We are Coming for you.

War on Terror

Let the games begin. For those of you that are in the least bit educated in the current administration, you know about the lies that lead us up to war in Iraq. Well, hear we go again... Today CNN reports that CIA Director Porter Goss has an "excellent idea" where Osama bin Laden is hiding. I will give you 3 guesses...

Read the story...

"That is a question that goes far deeper than you know," he said. "In the chain that you need to successfully wrap up the war on terror, we have some weak links. And I find that until we strengthen all the links, we're probably not going to be able to bring Mr. bin Laden to justice.

"We are making very good progress on it. But when you go to the very difficult question of dealing with sanctuaries in sovereign states, you're dealing with a problem of our sense of international obligation, fair play.

Goss did not say where he thinks bin Laden is, nor did he name the country or countries he was referring to when he spoke of sanctuaries.

Well if you look at how this administration works... Iran, your next!! Oddly the "you're dealing with a problem of our sense of international obligation" part freaks me out, because we never seemed to care about any other nation, and what the international community wants. Why start now?

My Home Town has Become a "antigay bigotry" haven...

Thats Gay

I moved to Tampa Florida at the age of 14ish. I went to Hillsborough High School, joined the military, and did some time at MacDill AFB. I have friends and family there right now. My mother works on Dale Maybry, so this is why this saddens me so much...

I will post this story from the St. Pete Times...

Few acts by Hillsborough commissioners have shamed the county like Wednesday's vote stoking antigay bigotry. The board voted 5-1 to "abstain from acknowledging, promoting or participating in gay pride recognition and events." The move has dubious legal force - no one bothered to ask the lawyers beforehand what the declaration might mean. Still, it is alarming that elected representatives would foster discrimination as a matter of policy.

One need not single out Ronda Storms, who raised the issue. Aside from Commissioner Kathy Castor, an overwhelming board majority embraced her public display of prejudice. Commissioner Ken Hagan was outside the room and should have the chance to cast his vote because the record is important. Constituents, gay or not, need to know where all commissioners stand.

Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio immediately denounced the move, which within hours reverberated worldwide through media reports and Internet sites. The county's image will suffer. The board made Hillsborough look ignorant and crude, just as local government is spending millions in tax dollars to attract artists, creative industries, tourists and conventions. Those commissioners who voted for it should explain the value they saw in running down their own community.

Hillsborough, and the city of Tampa is nothing but a "hate group".

06/19/05

FBI Failed to Hire Mideast Terror Experts

War on Terror

Something a little new, for me at least, I am just going to point to stroies you should read, not much to say, but...

Good lord, Save us From Bush.... From the AP

Condi Rice is a Damn Liar.

Iraq

Once again, Secretary of State Condi Rice is lying to the American public. On Fox News Sunday, when asked whether she stated that "the Bush administration fairly [can] be criticized for failing to level with the American people about how long and difficult this commitment will be?" Rice responded "[T]he administration, I think, has said to the American people that it is a generational commitment to Iraq." A generational commitment my ass you liar. The administration did state that the war on terrorism would be a generational commitment, and the administration is right, now that they have allowed Iraq to become a terror hangout, we will be fighting it forever.

Thanks to the mess of this administration, we will be losing children to this war for years...

With regard to the Iraq war the following statements were made prior to our invasion in March 2003:

  • Feb. 7, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, to U.S. troops in Aviano, Italy: "It is unknowable how long that conflict will last. It could last six days, six weeks. I doubt six months."
  • March 4, Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at a breakfast with reporters: "What you'd like to do is have it be a short, short conflict. . . . Iraq is much weaker than they were back in the '90s," when its forces were routed from Kuwait.
  • March 11, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, in a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars: "The Iraqi people understand what this crisis is about. Like the people of France in the 1940s, they view us as their hoped-for liberator."
  • March 16, Vice President Cheney, on NBC's Meet the Press: "I think things have gotten so bad inside Iraq, from the standpoint of the Iraqi people, my belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators. . . . I think it will go relatively quickly, . . . (in) weeks rather than months." He predicted that regular Iraqi soldiers would not "put up such a struggle" and that even "significant elements of the Republican Guard . . . are likely to step aside."

So Condi, what you said was a lie, you are attempting to rewrite history to suit the failings of the Bush Administration. As Randi Rhodes said, "If a person tells you they are a liar, believe them!"

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News of the Future: Bush Used Recess Appointment to get Bolton in.

Failed Presidency

There is a stir in the political world here in Washington that Bolton is dead in the Senate, that the Democrats have said, rightfully so, until we get the information that we have requested from the White House, we are not going to let this nomination go forward. All the Democrats are asking for in information that they want to see so that they can make an educated decision on Bolton. Unlike the Republicans, the Democrats to not see themselves as a rubber stamp for Mr. Bush.

Bolton is a key in the upcoming war in Iran, and that is why the White House is so pissed in the delay. Bolton is the man that is going to bully the UN, and tell them to go F themselves if they don't give the US the okay...

So here we come to future news. Soon the congress is going to close for the year, possibly with no vote on Bolton. Bush WILL use the recess appointment process to put Bolton in the UN.

Please keep in mind that Mr. Bush is the ONLY president to use this tactic. It is a tactic that he has used to get his way, to circumvent the rule of law, the only way he gets these nut bags in office is to circumvent the congress...

Are you embarrassed yet? You should be.

British and American Bombing Raids were Illegal

Downing Street Memo

You read it right, ILLEGAL

In the run up to the war in Iraq, the UK and the US were doing everything they could to get Saddam to pull the trigger first. They were bombing the shit out of Saddam in the run up to war, tiring to get him to fight back, so they have an excuse. Saddam did not fight back...

Now the UK Foreign Office, in a leaked document, said that the "Spikes of activity" was illegal, from the Times Online...

A SHARP increase in British and American bombing raids on Iraq in the run-up to war "to put pressure on the regime" was illegal under international law, according to leaked Foreign Office legal advice.

The advice was first provided to senior ministers in March 2002. Two months later RAF and USAF jets began "spikes of activity" designed to goad Saddam Hussein into retaliating and giving the allies a pretext for war.

The Foreign Office advice shows military action to pressurise the regime was "not consistent with" UN law, despite American claims that it was.

-snip-

The increased attacks on Iraqi installations, which senior US officers admitted were designed to "degrade" Iraqi air defences, began six months before the UN passed resolution 1441, which the allies claim authorised military action. The war finally started in March 2003.

This weekend the Liberal Democrat peer Lord Goodhart, vice-president of the International Commission of Jurists and a world authority on international law, said the intensified raids were illegal if they were meant to pressurise the regime.

I Guess a Few Republican Do Have a Mind to call Their Own

Iraq

No, I am not talking about the members of the 234th Blog Brigade, you know the ones, they sit around all day and troll sites defending the president with one tired Rush phrase after another. The ones who are vocal about how great the war is going, and yet, not rushing down to a recruiter and joining in the war effort.

No they are still firmly on board with Mr. Bush's lies. I speak of Sen. Chuck Hagel, apparently he is starting to see the light, and starting to the president as a cinder block tied to their own career.

From US News and World Report

Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel is angry. He's upset about the more than 1,700 U.S. soldiers killed and nearly 13,000 wounded in Iraq. He's also aggravated by the continued string of sunny assessments from the Bush administration, such as Vice President Dick Cheney's recent remark that the insurgency is in its "last throes." "Things aren't getting better; they're getting worse. The White House is completely disconnected from reality," Hagel tells U.S. News. "It's like they're just making it up as they go along. The reality is that we're losing in Iraq."

That's strikingly blunt talk from a member of the president's party, even one cast as something of a pariah in the GOP because of his early skepticism about the war. "I got beat up pretty good by my own party and the White House that I was not a loyal Republican," he says. Today, he notes, things are changing: "More and more of my colleagues up here are concerned."

Indeed, there are signs that the politics of the Iraq war are being reshaped by the continuing tide of bad news. Take this month in Iraq, with 47 U.S. troops killed in the first 15 days. That's already five more than the toll for the entire month of June last year. With the rate of insurgent attacks near an all-time high and the war's cost set to top $230 billion, more politicians on both sides of the aisle are responding to opinion polls that show a growing number of Americans favoring a withdrawal from Iraq. Republican Sens. Lincoln Chafee and Lindsey Graham have voiced their concerns. And two Republicans, including the congressman who brought "freedom fries" to the Capitol, even joined a pair of Democratic colleagues in sponsoring a bill calling for a troop withdrawal plan to be drawn up by year's end. "I feel confident that the opposition is going to build," says Rep. Ron Paul, the other Republican sponsor and a longtime opponent of the war.

06/18/05

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Last 10 days, 6/7 - 6/17 - 40 Dead - 1709 Total - 12,855 Wounded

Fallen Heros

Mouse Over any of the icons for more information, bless them all

Lieutenant Colonel Terrence K. Crowe - Tall Afar [Ninawa Prov.] - Hostile - hostile fireSpecialist Eric T. Burri - Baghdad (north of) - Hostile - hostile fire - IED attackLance Corporal Marc Lucas Tucker - Hit (near) [Al Anbar Province] - Non-hostile - vehicle accident1st Lieutenant Michael J. Fasnacht - Ad Dwar (near) [Salah ad Din Prov.] - Hostile - hostile fire - IED attackCaptain Phillip T. Esposito - FOB Danger (nr. Tikrit) - Non-hostile - homicide1st Lieutenant Louis E. Allen - FOB Danger (nr. Tikrit) - Non-hostile - homicidePrivate 1st Class Douglas E. Kashmer - Nippur [Al Qadisiyah Prov.] - Non-hostile - vehicle accidentSergeant Roberto Arizola Jr. - Baghdad - Hostile - hostile fire - IED attackSergeant David Joseph Murray - Baghdad - Corporal Brad D. Squires - Haqlaniyah (near) [Al Anbar Prov.] - Hostile - hostile fire - IED attackLance Corporal Devon Paul Seymour - Haqlaniyah (near) [Al Anbar Prov.] - Hostile - hostile fire - IED attackLance Corporal Daniel Chavez - Haqlaniyah (near) [Al Anbar Prov.] - Hostile - hostile fire - IED attackStaff Sergeant Mark O. Edwards - Tuz (near) [Salah ad Din Prov.] - Non-hostile - unspecified causeLance Corporal Thomas O. Keeling - Haqlaniyah (near) [Al Anbar Prov.] - Hostile - hostile fire - IED attackLance Corporal Dustin V. Birch - Haqlaniyah (near) [Al Anbar Prov.] - Hostile - hostile fire - IED attackLance Corporal Mario Alberto Castillo - Saqlawiyah (near) [Al Anbar Prov.] - Hostile - hostile fire - IED attackLance Corporal Andrew J. Kilpela - Saqlawiyah (near) [Al Anbar Prov.] - Hostile - hostile fire - IED attackSpecialist Casey Byers - Camp Taqaddum (18 mi. SW of) [Al Anbar] - Hostile - hostile fire - IED attackSergeant 1st Class Neil A. Prince - Camp Taqaddum (18 mi. SW of) [Al Anbar] - Hostile - hostile fire - IED attackSergeant Larry R. Arnold Sr. - Amiriyah (12 mi. SE of) [Al Anbar P.] - Hostile - hostile fire - IED attackCorporal Stanley J. Lapinski - Baghdad (southwest part) - Hostile - hostile fire - IED attackSpecialist Terrance D. Lee Sr. - Amiriyah (12 mi. SE of) [Al Anbar P.] - Hostile - hostile fire - IED attackSpecialist Anthony D. Kinslow - Ramadi (near) [Al Anbar Prov.] - Hostile - hostile fire - grenadeSergeant Larry R. Kuhns Jr. - Ramadi (near) [Al Anbar Prov.] - Hostile - hostile fire - grenadeLance Corporal John J. Mattek Jr. - Bethesda Naval Hosp., MD - Hostile - hostile fire - explosionSergeant Anthony G. Jones - Baghdad - Hostile - hostile fire - IED attackPrivate 1st Class Joshua P. Klinger - Ar Rutbah (near) [Al Anbar Prov.] - Hostile - hostile fire - IED attackPrivate 1st Class Michael Ray Hayes - Baghdad - Hostile - hostile fire - RPG attackPrivate 1st Class Nathan B. Clemons - Ar Rutbah (near) [Al Anbar Prov.] - Hostile - hostile fire - IED attackPetty Officer 2nd Class Cesar O. Baez - Ramadi (near) [Al Anbar Prov.] - Hostile - hostile fireLance Corporal Chad B. Maynard - Ramadi (near) [Al Anbar Prov.] - Hostile - hostile fire - IED attackLance Corporal Dion M. Whitley - Ramadi (near) [Al Anbar Prov.] - Hostile - hostile fire - IED attackCorporal Tyler S. Trovillion - Ramadi (near) [Al Anbar Prov.] - Hostile - hostile fire - IED attackCorporal Jesse Jaime - Ramadi (near) [Al Anbar Prov.] - Hostile - hostile fire - IED attackLance Corporal Jonathan R. Flores - Ramadi (near) [Al Anbar Prov.] - Hostile - hostile fire - IED attackLance Corporal Erik R. Heldt - Ramadi (near) [Al Anbar Prov.] - Hostile - hostile fire - IED attackSpecialist Anthony S. Cometa - Safwan - Non-hostile - vehicle accidentCaptain John W. Maloney - Ramadi (near) [Al Anbar Prov.] - Hostile - hostile fire - IED attackNAME NOT RELEASED YET - Buhriz (near) [Diyala Prov.] - Hostile - hostile fireNAME NOT RELEASED YET - Buhriz (near) [Diyala Prov.] - Hostile - hostile fire

To see all of them, please click here

Iraq Front on the War on Terror, Thanks to Mr. Bush.

War on Terror

The quote has been attributed to many people, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain and so on, it goes basically like this.

It is better to be thought of as a fool, then to open your mouth and remove all doubt

Someone should tell Mr. Bush this...

Today Bush said in his radio address that we were not going to pull out of Iraq. Fine, the one thing he said that made my blood boil is the following;

Some may disagree with my decision to remove Saddam Hussein from power, but all of us can agree that the world's terrorists have now made Iraq a central front in the war on terror,

He is right, thanks to the actions of Bush, Iraq IS a central front in the war on terror. Iraq was nothing more than a broke dick nation before Bush started this war. Your comments, Mr Bush, shows just how out of touch you are. You made it the front, you did.

He also said "We will settle for nothing less than victory", yet he is not sending the men, equipment or resources to make it happen.

What a fool, the emperor is not wearing any clothes, and the people are starting to notice.

Source NY Times

Republicans Say, "To Hell with the Rule of Law"

Crazy Evangelicals

The Rebublicans have told the US Court system to get to hell...

From the NY Times

The House of Representatives took a little- noticed but dangerous swipe at the power of the courts this week. It passed an amendment to a budget bill that would bar money from being spent to enforce a federal court ruling regarding the Ten Commandments. The vote threatens the judiciary's long-acknowledged position as the final arbiter of the Constitution. It is important that this amendment be removed before the bill becomes law.

-snip-

Since the Supreme Court decided Marbury v. Madison in 1803, it has been clearly established that the courts have the ultimate power to interpret the Constitution. But right-wing ideologues, unhappy with some of the courts' rulings, have begun to question this principle as part of a broader war on the federal judiciary. The amendment that passed this week reflected an effort to use Congress's power to stop the courts from standing up for the First Amendment and other constitutional principles.

The Republican will stop at nothing to distroy this nation from the ground up. What a waste of air.

06/17/05

What nation is going to make formal Bush's War Crimes

Life in Bushs America

So if a "primitive war" is illegal by international standards and the classification if "Enemy combatants" is not recognized by the rest of the world. When the people help at Bush's "fun" camps is clearly a violation of the Geneva Convention, regardless of what Gonzales says. When is a nation outside of the US going to stand up and charge these bastards in the administration with the charges they face?

I would like to see nothing more than a "request" for extradition of Bush and the gang. I would get a kick out of the fact that Bush would fear leaving the boarders of the US, because he could be arrested. I will love the fact that he would be tried in absentia where all the juicy details that we saw yesterday in the Conyers hearing will not be relegated to a basement, but instead the world court for all to see.

So what nation is going to levy the charges that are so necessary to save the world from the action of our Napoleonic Ego crazed President, and his band of crooks?

06/16/05

Bush's Poll Numbers Make Nixon Look Great...

Life in Bushs America

Going DownBush's approval number are tanking even more. So I can only expect one or more of the following. New Osama Tape, Attack on a major "Blue" city, or random changed in the terror alert (Note to readers, notice that it hasn't changed after the election? Odd, maybe is was a tool?)

Here are his numbers in the latest CBS / NYT Poll

6/10-15. MoE 3%. (May results)

  • Bush approval

    Approve 42 (46)
    Disapprove 51 (48)

  • Action in Iraq

    Right Thing 45 (47)
    Should have Stayed out 51 (49)

  • Terrorism

    Approve 52 (58)
    Disapprove 40 (53)

  • Economy

    Approve 39 (38)
    Disapprove 56

  • Foreign Policy

    Approve 39 (40)
    Disapprove 51

  • Iraq

    Approve 37 (38)
    Disapprove 59

  • Social Security

    Approve 26 (26)
    Disapprove 62 (62)

  • Bush shares your priorities for the country?

    Yes 35 (34)
    No 61 (61)

  • Congress shares your priorities for the country?

    Yes 19 (20)
    No 71 (68)

This is great news for the Bush Supporters, because I hear they were saying just the other day, "Is there a way we can look MORE like asses?"

06/15/05

You Were Wrong, Dead Wrong

Republicans

This was posted by Bill in Portland Maine on DailyKOS

A brief message to the Knuckledragger wing of the Republican party:

You guys are idiots. Fucking idiots. In fact, I've never seen such a collection of morons in my life, and that includes the Nixon guys.

When I say idiots and morons, I don't mean walking into walls or sticking your hands into vats of bubbling tomato sauce. I mean, you guys are wrong. And you're wrong so often and on such a massive scale that science should come up with a new term for your species: homo stupidus.

The catalyst for this reality-based rant is the Terri Schiavo autopsy. But this isn't about the Schaivos or the ethical and moral questions that arose during that awful episode. It's about looking into the rear-view mirror and seeing that you Bible-thumping shitheads and your attack poodles in the media got it all wrong. Again.

Terri wasn't following that balloon with her eyes, Dr. Bill "Fuckhead" Frist, because she was blind. She didn't say "Mommy," Sean "Shithead" Hannity, because her cognitive abilities were gone. She wasn't strangled, Dr. William "Dick" Hammesfahr, but thanks for proving just how pathetically wrong you "experts" on the rabid right were in this case. You fucked up big-time because you idiots dove into what you thought was a "hot button issue" without a clue what you were doing. You couldn't have been more wrong.

But the Schaivo embarrassment is just one more stinking turd on your Republican "Dungheap of Wrong."

  • You were all wrong on Iraq. Completely, utterly, insanely wrong on everything. The list has gotten too long to print.
  • You're wrong on global warming. And now we know you'll resort to doctoring scientific documents to hide your wrongness.
  • You're wrong on homeland security because we know that our ports, borders and infrastructure still aren't adequately protected. You're so wrong that we've been at terror threat "Yellow" for 1,204 days now, and at "Blue" or "Green" for zero.
  • You're wrong on those idiotic tax cuts. They haven't stimulated job growth in the slightest, nor have they helped the middle or lower class. Any idiot could see that, and I'm surprised you don't because you are such an extra-special class of idiots.
  • You're wrong for plunging our country $7.7 trillion into debt. What the fuck were you thinking? Have any of you ever balanced a checkbook in your life?
  • You're wrong for trying to fool us into thinking that throwing Social Security into the gnashing jaws of Wall Street will solve the (minor) problem we'll face 35 years down the stinking road.
  • You're so wrong ---oh God, how you're just lame-brained here---for ignoring the massive health care crisis in this country. A grade of F- to you...and my extended middle finger, too.

You're wrong on stem cell research. You're wrong on "intelligent design." You're wrong on this crazy missile defense shield. You're wrong to ignore the genocide in Africa. You're wrong to force a cookie-cutter education "plan" on states without paying for it. You'wrong to send an abusive shithead to be our ambassador to the United Nations even though he openly despises it. You're wrong to embrace a radical, hateful religious faction of your party while---wink, wink---you claim to welcome all religions. And you're damn well wrong to suck up to residents of another country (Israel) because you think their destruction is your key to salvation. "Jerusalem's gone! Pack yer bags, Ma!"

There isn't a duncecap big enough to fit your big fat fucking arrogant heads. There isn't a corner big enough for you to take a time-out in. You guys have been so absolutely, positively wrong about everything that it boggles the reality-based mind. And not just wrong---but willfully wrong.

I just wanted you to know that, you filthy, stinking radical Republican hacks. Hope I didn't spoil your golf game.

GOP is Not Happy with Bush.

Failed Presidency

Bushs Black HoleYes, it looks as if the GOP is starting to distance themselves from this lame ass president. His numbers are in the tank, his Social Security plan is not selling well, and the war in Iraq is starting to unravel at the seams.

The Republican members of Congress are starting to feel the gravitational pull of the Bush Black hole. Lets pray that they toss him out to take the blame of this failed Republican experiment.

This from the AP...

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fearing that President Bush's political problems may become their own, Republicans in Congress and elsewhere are beginning to yearn for the good old days of seven months ago, when he had somebody to run against.

-snip-

Now, with the death toll in Iraq pushed above 1,700, more than double the number of a year ago, it's no longer a choice between Bush and Kerry.

It's Bush's war. Period.

"There's just a general angst right now," said Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla. "He's paying for his Iraq policy more now than he was before the election. People know we have to win, but they're not very happy about it. So he has a lot of problems and, frankly, nobody to blame them on.

"And the Democrats are in the unique position of not having to propose anything," Cole said.

Beyond Iraq, the economy has risen to the No. 1 concern of voters, according to at least one poll, and every survey shows a majority of voters disapproving of Bush's performance on that issue. His plans to overhaul Social Security have gotten no traction in Congress or with the general public.

The president proudly considers himself a politician who forges ahead, despite the obstacles, but some Republicans are worried that Bush's resolve could cost them control of Congress in 2006 or 2008.

They fear his advisers are ignoring the signs of voter discontent, moving too slowly to adjust their strategies to new realities. Some top Republicans also blame GOP congressional leaders for focusing on legislation that seems to help a select few while making no progress on issues that matter to many.

These Republicans include lawmakers and consultants who are allies of the White House. Most spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing reprisal from the administration.

"They might not realize what a challenge we face here," said Joe Gaylord, a Republican consultant close to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. "The challenge is they're in campaign mode. Americans can be patient for a while, but when they see nothing going on, they get to wondering, 'What's going on here?'"

06/14/05

More on the Events Leding Up to the War in Iraq.

Downing Street Memo

To be honest, I suspect that the White House is wondering if they can get away with bombing Great Britain at this point. Every time we turn around, more on the pile of lies from Bush and Company keep coming.

This one came out an May 1st, but was somewhat lost in the wake of the Downing Street Memo...

From the Guardian Unlimited

On the sixth floor of the State Department in Foggy Bottom sits the recently vacated office of William Taft IV. Despite the peculiarity of his name, few in Britain will have heard of him or his distinguished Republican pedigree.

Yet The Observer can reveal that this great-grandson of a former Republican president played a critical role in persuading Goldsmith's that the war against Iraq was legal. Taft was one of five powerful lawyers in the Bush administration who met the Attorney General in Washington in February 2003 to push their view that a second UN resolution was superfluous.
Goldsmith, who had been expressing doubts about the legality of any proposed war, was sent to Washington by the Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, to 'put some steel in his spine', as one official has said.

On 11 February, Goldsmith met Taft, a former US ambassador to Nato who was then chief legal adviser to the Secretary of State, Colin Powell. After a gruelling 90-minute meeting in Taft's conference room 6419, Goldsmith then met the US Attorney General, John Ashcroft, followed by a formidable triumvirate including Judge Al Gonzales, Bush's chief lawyer at the White House.

You should go read this, it has a lot of data... more than I can place here...

How to Sell a Lie to the American People

Iraq

Colonel Sam Gardiner (USAF, Ret.) wrote a paper back in October of 2003, and it bares looking at again, given what is coming out of Great Britain right now.

The Colonel identified 50 false news stories that were leaked to the press in order to create a "environment" for war.

The other reason why we are revisiting this report is because it was never even spoken about in the US, and it still is not, but the Netherlands publication "the Scoop" is..

So what does it say, a lot, here are some highlights, here is a link to the whole story.

Colonel Sam Gardiner (USAF, Ret.) has identified 50 false news stories created and leaked by a secretive White House propaganda apparatus.

Bush administration officials are probably having second thoughts about their decision to play hardball with former US Ambassador Joseph Wilson. Joe Wilson is a contender. When you play hardball with Joe, you better be prepared to deal with some serious rebound.

After Wilson wrote a critically timed New York Times essay exposing as false George W. Bush's claim that Iraq had purchased uranium from Niger, high officials in the White House contacted several Washington reporters and leaked the news that Wilson's wife was a CIA agent.

-snip-

Gardiner has credentials. He has taught at the National War College, the Air War College and the Naval Warfare College and was a visiting scholar at the Swedish Defense College.

According to Gardiner, "It was not bad intelligence" that lead to the quagmire in Iraq, "It was an orchestrated effort [that] began before the war" that was designed to mislead the public and the world. Gardiner's research lead him to conclude that the US and Britain had conspired at the highest levels to plant "stories of strategic influence" that were known to be false.

-snip-

Gardiner's dogged research identified a long list of stories that passed through Rumsfeld's propaganda mill. According to Gardiner, "there were over 50 stories manufactured or at least engineered that distorted the picture of Gulf II for the American and British people." Those stories include:

1. The link between terrorism, Iraq and 9/11

2. Iraqi agents meeting with 9/11 hijacker Mohammed Atta

3. Iraq's possession of chemical and biological weapons.

4. Iraq's purchase of nuclear materials from Niger.

5. Saddam Hussein's development of nuclear weapons.

6. Aluminum tubes for nuclear weapons

7. The existence of Iraqi drones, WMD cluster bombs and Scud missiles.

8. Iraq's threat to target the US with cyber warfare attacks.

9. The rescue of Pvt. Jessica Lynch.

10. The surrender of a 5,000-man Iraqi brigade.

11. Iraq executing Coalition POWs.

12. Iraqi soldiers dressing in US and UK uniforms to commit atrocities.

13. The exact location of WMD facilities

14. WMDs moved to Syria.

Every one of these stories received extensive publicity and helped form indelible public impressions of the "enemy" and the progress of the invasion. Every one of these stories was false.

06/13/05

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TheRawStory timeline.

Downing Street Memo

theRawStory has put together a great timeline that lead up to the war in Iraq, starting in Jan 26, 1998.

Click here is is great!

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Death Toll in Iraq Passes 1700, With No End in Sight.

Iraq

The FallenA pair of roadside bombs has killed 4 more of our young men. That has pushed the death toll to 1702. This has given the President who signed the papers that killed them 1702 chances to go to a military funeral. He has attended zero to date. Must be easy to ignore them until the camera is on, or the holiday comes along that forces you to acknowledge their sacrifice.

What a shame, none of them had to die at all.

You are welcome to read the story here from the AP, about the last round of deaths.

Dean, Smartest Man Ever!

Life in Bushs America

Dean Speaks for meBest Quote from Dean so far....

"My view is FOX News is a propaganda outlet for the Republican Party and I don't comment on FOX News"

06/12/05

More Information is Leaking, Bush Lied, He Knows It.

Downing Street Memo

More info leaking all over about the pre-Iraq, it is only a matter of time before this blows up in the administrations face. Is that impeachment I smell in the air?

Here is the text from the memo... (you can see the PDF itself here)

SECRET - STRICTLY PERSONAL
FROM: DAVID MANNING
DATE: 14 MARCH 2002
CC: JONATHAN POWELL; PRIME MINISTER

YOUR TRIP TO THE US

I had dinner with Condi on Tuesday; and talks and lunch with her and an NSC team on Wednesday (to which Christopher Meyer also came). These were good exchanges, and particularly frank when we were one-on-one at dinner. I attach the record in case you want to glance.

IRAQ: We spent a long time at dinner on IRAQ. It is clear that Bush is grateful for your support and has registered that you are getting flak. I said that you would not budge in your support for regime change but you had to manage a press, a Parliament and a public opinion that was very different than anything in the States. And you would not budge either in your insistence that, if we pursued regime change, it must be very carefully done and produce the right result. Failure was not an option... Condi`s enthusiasm for regime change is undimmed. But there were some signs, since we last spoke, of greater awareness of the practical difficulties and political risks. (See the attached piece by Seymour Hersh which Chrisopher Meyer says gives a pretty accurate picture of the uncertain state of the debate in Washington.)

From what she said, Bush has yet to find the answers to the big questions:

* how to persuade international opinion that military action against Iraq is necessary and justified;

* what value to put on the exiled Iraqi opposition

* how to coordinate a US/allied military campaign with internal opposition (assuming there is any)

* what happens on the morning after?

Bush will want to pick your brains. He will also what to hear whether he can expect coalition support. I told Condi that we realized that the Administration could go it alone if it chose. But if it wanted company, it would have to take account of the concerns of its potential coalition partners. In particular:

The UN dimension. The issue of the weapons inspectors must be handled in a way that would persuade European and wider opinion that the US WAS CONSCIOUS OF THE INTERNATIONAL FRAMEWORK, AND THE INSISTENCE OF MANY COUNTRIES ON THE NEED FOR A LEGAL BASE. Renewed refusal by Saddam to accept unfettered inspections would be a powerful argument;

- the paramount importance of tackling Israel/Palestine. Unless we did, we could find ourselves bombing Iraq and losing the Gulf.

YOUR VISIT TO THE RANCH

No doubt we need to keep a sense of perspective. But my talks with Condi convinced me that Bush wants to hear your views on Iraq before taking decisions. He also wants your support. He is still smarting from the comments by other European leaders on his Iraq policy.

This gives you real influence: on th public relations strategy; on the UN and weapons insepections; and on the US planning for any military campaign. This could be critically important. I think there is a real risk that the Administration underestimates the difficulties. They may agree that failure isn't an option, but this does not mean that they will avoid it.

Will the Sunni majority really respond to an uprising led by Kurds and Shias? Will Americans really put in enough ground troops to do the job if the Kurdish/Shi'ite strategem fails? Even if they do will they be willing to take the sort of casualties that the Republican Guard may inflict on them if it turns out to be an urban war, and Iraqi troops don't conveniently collapse in a heap as Richard Perle and others confidently predict? They need to answer these and other tough questions, in a more convincing way than they have so far before concluding that they can do the business.

The talks at the ranch will also give you the chance to push Bush on the Middle East. The iraq factor means that there may never be a better opportunity to get this Administration to give sustained attention to reviving the MEPP.

DAVID MANNING

Dobson's Lapbot, Frist is Having Money Issues?

Republicans

Bill Frist, the fool It looks like Bill Frist may be in some trouble for some campaign funds and what he did with them. Bill Frist wants to be the next President of the United States, he is the lap dog of Dobson and the evangelical right wing whack jobs, maybe. They are not that happy with him, he failed on the filibuster thing.

So here is the story from the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hundreds of thousands of dollars Frist's supporters had given him to run for the Senate were dwindling at a rapid rate. Much of that money was lost in a stock market investment that experts say was out of line with the way candidates traditionally invest campaign funds. Frist's campaign also took on more than $1 million in debt so that it could repay Frist for interest-free loans he made to his campaign six years earlier. You want THIS guy in charge of the nations budget?

The Frist campaign's reversal of fortunes, traced through bank documents and often incomplete and inaccurate campaign disclosure forms, centers on three key decisions Frist made in 2000 that ultimately drained away much of the money entrusted to him by his supporters.

The situation raises the question of whether Frist, the scion of a wealthy Nashville family and one of the South's premier heart-lung transplant surgeons, was cavalier with other people's money while protecting his own.

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US Papers Starting to Ask Questions.

Downing Street Memo

The more lies you tell, the more misdirection you use, and the more you keep secret, the more likelihood that it is all going to start blowing up in your face. Are we starting to see this?

There are articals all over the nation, the one I want to highlight is a story from Philip Gailey, of the St. Pete Time. Why I want to point this out is because he is starting to call a liar a liar...

Sir Richard told the prime minister Bush seemed determined to topple Saddam Hussein by military force and that U.S. intelligence was "being fixed around that policy," according to Rycroft's notes of the meeting. "Military action was seen as inevitable," the notes said, quoting Sir Richard as saying, "Bush wanted to remove Saddam through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD (weapons of mass destruction). But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy."

Jack Straw, the British foreign secretary, was quoted as saying the case for war was "thin" as "Saddam was not threatening his neighbors and his WMD capability was less than that of Libya, North Korea or Iran."

At a joint White House news conference last week, both Bush and Blair denied that intelligence had been "fixed" to justify military action.

"There's nothing farther from the truth," Bush said.

"No," Blair added, "the facts were not being fixed in any shape or form at all."

Some will ask: What's the point of bringing up the Downing Street memo now, two years after the invasion and at a time when terrorist suicide bombers are making life hell not only for U.S. troops but the Iraqi people? The point is this: President Bush didn't level with the American people before going to war. And he still hasn't.

06/11/05

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At This Rate, We May Need to Bomb Britain

Downing Street Memo

Because the documents keep getting leaked...

It looks like Britain is going to do it's best to bring down everyone associated with this war. Tony is out, he knows it and so does his party, that did not do as well as before in last months election.

So here is another leaked document that is a Cabinet Office briefing paper dated July 23, 2002...

This is fresh off the Sunday Morning Times of London.

Ministers were told of need for Gulf war ‘excuse'

MINISTERS were warned in July 2002 that Britain was committed to taking part in an American-led invasion of Iraq and they had no choice but to find a way of making it legal.

The warning, in a leaked Cabinet Office briefing paper, said Tony Blair had already agreed to back military action to get rid of Saddam Hussein at a summit at the Texas ranch of President George W Bush three months earlier.

The briefing paper, for participants at a meeting of Blair's inner circle on July 23, 2002, said that since regime change was illegal it was "necessary to create the conditions" which would make it legal.

This was required because, even if ministers decided Britain should not take part in an invasion, the American military would be using British bases. This would automatically make Britain complicit in any illegal US action.

-snip-

The paper was circulated to those present at the meeting, among whom were Blair, Geoff Hoon, then defence secretary, Jack Straw, the foreign secretary, and Sir Richard Dearlove, then chief of MI6. The full minutes of the meeting were published last month in The Sunday Times. This means that this paper was on the passed out at the meeting spoken about at the "Downing Street Memo (Minutes)

The document said the only way the allies could justify military action was to place Saddam Hussein in a position where he ignored or rejected a United Nations ultimatum ordering him to co-operate with the weapons inspectors. But it warned this would be difficult.

"It is just possible that an ultimatum could be cast in terms which Saddam would reject," the document says. But if he accepted it and did not attack the allies, they would be "most unlikely" to obtain the legal justification they needed.

The suggestions that the allies use the UN to justify war contradicts claims by Blair and Bush, repeated during their Washington summit last week, that they turned to the UN in order to avoid having to go to war. The attack on Iraq finally began in March 2003.

This is a MUST READ guys, it is further proof that the meeting took place, and that the Bush Administration needed to make, read it please

Here is the source document

Oh, Cookie, Cookie, Cookie Starts with Cuts!

Media

cookie mosterFor some time the only real news source that was not worried about ratings and entertainment and really into reporting the news was PBS, and it's sister NPR. The right would have you believe that these 2 organizations, which fall under the umbrella called Corporation for Public Broadcasting, are nothing but a haven of leftist news. They my be right if you place them next to Fox News, or CNN, but of whom have given up reporting real news for some time.

So how does the right fight back against those that tell the truth? Cut their funding so they can not operate.

Here is some of an article from the San Francisco Chronicle

House panel OKs big cuts in public broadcast funding

A House subcommittee voted Thursday to sharply reduce the federal government's financial support for public broadcasting, including eliminating taxpayer funds that help underwrite such popular children's educational programs as "Sesame Street" and "Arthur."

In addition, the subcommittee acted to eliminate within two years all federal money for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting -- which passes federal funds to public broadcasters -- starting with a 25 percent reduction for next year, from $400 million to $300 million.

In all, the cuts would represent the most drastic cutback of public broadcasting since Congress created the nonprofit CPB in 1967. The CPB funds are particularly important for small TV and radio stations and account for about 15 percent of the public broadcasting industry's total revenue.

Expressing alarm, public broadcasters and their supporters in Congress interpreted the move as an escalation of a Republican-led campaign against a perceived liberal bias in their programming.

But the Republican chairman of the appropriations subcommittee on Labor, Health & Human Services and Education said the panel was simply making choices among various worthy government programs.

The subcommittee's action, which came on a voice vote, doesn't necessarily put Big Bird on the endangered species list. House members could restore funding as the appropriations bill moves along or, more likely, when the House and Senate meet to reconcile budget legislation later this year.

I would urge you all to please write both of your Senators and you House Member. You can do all that here.

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6/5 - 6/6 - 20 Dead - Totals: 1695 Deaths - 12855 Wounded

Fallen Heros

Mouse Over any of the icons for more information, bless them all

Lance Corporal Jonathan L. Smith - Fallujah (near) [Al Anbar Prov.] - Hostile - hostile fire - IED attackSpecialist Brian M. Romines - Baghdad - Hostile - hostile fire - IED attackLance Corporal Robert T. Mininger - Fallujah (near) [Al Anbar Prov.] - Hostile - hostile fire - IED attackLieutenant Colonel Terrence K. Crowe - Tall Afar [Ninawa Prov.] - Hostile - hostile fireSpecialist Eric T. Burri - Baghdad (north of) - Hostile - hostile fire - IED attackLance Corporal Marc Lucas Tucker - Hit (near) [Al Anbar Province] - Non-hostile - vehicle accident1st Lieutenant Michael J. Fasnacht - Ad Dwar (near) [Salah ad Din Prov.] - Hostile - hostile fire - IED attackCaptain Phillip T. Esposito - FOB Danger (nr. Tikrit) - Hostile - hostile fire - explosion1st Lieutenant Louis E. Allen - FOB Danger (nr. Tikrit) - Hostile - hostile fire - explosionPrivate 1st Class Douglas E. Kashmer - Nippur [Al Qadisiyah Prov.] - Non-hostile - vehicle accidentSergeant Roberto Arizola Jr. - Baghdad - Hostile - hostile fire - IED attackSergeant David Joseph Murray - Not reported yet - Hostile - hostile fire - IED attackCorporal Brad D. Squires - Haqlaniyah (near) [Al Anbar Prov.] - Hostile - hostile fire - IED attackLance Corporal Devon Paul Seymour - Haqlaniyah (near) [Al Anbar Prov.] - Hostile - hostile fire - IED attackLance Corporal Daniel Chavez - Haqlaniyah (near) [Al Anbar Prov.] - Hostile - hostile fire - IED attackStaff Sergeant Mark O. Edwards - Tuz (near) [Salah ad Din Prov.] - Lance Corporal Thomas O. Keeling - Haqlaniyah (near) [Al Anbar Prov.] - Hostile - hostile fire - IED attackLance Corporal Dustin V. Birch - Haqlaniyah (near) [Al Anbar Prov.] - Hostile - hostile fire - IED attack

To see all of them, please click here


06/10/05

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Friday Night Political Cartoon Roundup.

Life in Bushs America

Well said


Here is More Proof Dean was Right, White and Christian

Crazy Evangelicals

White and Christian
The irony is that God does not have a political party, I would think that god would basically have no need for the politics here.

I will speculate, that is God did vote, he would not vote Republican. Why?

  • I think God is pro helping the poor - Republicans do not
  • I think that God would want to save earth - Republicans do not
  • I think God would want to make sure that children are kept healthy - Republicans do not.
  • I think that God would not care how much money the CEO makes - Republicans Do.
  • I think that God is for the most part against un-just wars - Republicans live for it.
  • I think God would choose medical care for the old over a pay out to the oil comps - Republicans don't agree.

Man I think I could go on, your welcome to add your own.

I do think that God would be a pro-lifer. But then again, he is god, he could tell us when life begins. That is the only think I think that God is for, oddly, the Republicans do not hold a patent.

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Oh, I Guess Dean was Right, the Republicans Are all White.

Republicans

This was dug up by John Aravosis, Americablog.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jessica Smith or Brendan McCarthy,
Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004 Fenton Communications

BEHIND TODAY'S FACADE OF DIVERSITY LIES
A NEARLY ALL-WHITE REPUBLICAN PARTY

One Percent of Republican Legislators in the States And Washington are African-American or Hispanic

Newspaper Ads Point to Retro Republican Reality

The uninformed viewer watching TV coverage of this week's Republican national convention in New York might come away thinking that the President's party is built upon a solid commitment to inclusion of racial minorities. Once again, as it does every four years, the Republican Party is trying to portray itself as a 'big tent,' with room for every American.

But a new book about America's political divisions notes that the 99 percent of all Republican legislators across the country and in Congress are white. The national Republican Party, whose base is in the South, the Plains and the Mountain states, looks to white men as its power base and source of leadership. Even when Republican states have significant minority populations, the elected Republican representatives rarely are drawn from those communities.

The Great Divide: Retro vs. Metro America, a new look at political divisions in America by educator-entrepreneur Dr. John Sperling, calls those states 'Retro America,' and notes: 'Its whiteness and maleness are mirrored in the Republican Party.'

Of 3,643 Republicans serving in the state legislatures, only 44 are minorities, or 1.2 percent. In the Congress, with 274 of the 535 elected senators and representatives Republican, only five are minorities - three Cuban Americans from Florida, a Mexican American from Texas and a Native American senator originally elected as a Democrat. [NOTE FROM JOHN: That means the GOP has elected ZERO blacks to Congress.]

'President Bush's home state leads the way. Texas, with a minority population of 47 percent, has 106 Republicans in the state legislature, but there are 0 blacks and 0 Hispanics among them,' Sperling writes. 'No major corporation doing business with the government could be so white without being subject to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) action!'

An advertisement appearing in the New York Times and Washington Post this week describes this 'Retro Republican Reality.' For more information and to download chapters of the Sperling book, go to www.retrovsmetro.org. Print editions of The Great Divide are on sale exclusively at amazon.com/greatdivide.

Sad State of the Media, If You can Call it That

Media

In Light of the DMS, I Thought This was Worth a Reprint.

Downing Street Memo

This only adds yet another arrow pointing to the face that the Downing Street Memo is true and right on...

From CommonDreams.org dated Oct 28, 2004 (by GNN.tv)

Two Years Before 9/11, Candidate Bush was Already Talking Privately About Attacking Iraq, According to His Former Ghost Writer

Two years before the September 11 attacks, presidential candidate George W. Bush was already talking privately about the political benefits of attacking Iraq, according to his former ghost writer, who held many conversations with then-Texas Governor Bush in preparation for a planned autobiography.

"He was thinking about invading Iraq in 1999," said author and journalist Mickey Herskowitz. "It was on his mind. He said to me: 'One of the keys to being seen as a great leader is to be seen as a commander-in-chief.' And he said, 'My father had all this political capital built up when he drove the Iraqis out of Kuwait and he wasted it.' He said, 'If I have a chance to invade·.if I had that much capital, I'm not going to waste it. I'm going to get everything passed that I want to get passed and I'm going to have a successful presidency." Herskowitz said that Bush expressed frustration at a lifetime as an underachiever in the shadow of an accomplished father. In aggressive military action, he saw the opportunity to emerge from his father's shadow. The moment, Herskowitz said, came in the wake of the September 11 attacks. "Suddenly, he's at 91 percent in the polls, and he'd barely crawled out of the bunker."

That President Bush and his advisers had Iraq on their minds long before weapons inspectors had finished their work - and long before alleged Iraqi ties with terrorists became a central rationale for war - has been raised elsewhere, including in a book based on recollections of former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill. However, Herskowitz was in a unique position to hear Bush's unguarded and unfiltered views on Iraq, war and other matters - well before he became president.

Hey Bush Supporters, Embarrassed yet? 41% Approval!

Life in Bushs America

You should be...

It looks like the American people are waking up and finding out that they were duped by this President. He played on their fears to get re-elected. Now that the mirrors have been placed back into storage, and the smoke has cleared, they ask, "What have we done?"

The number don't lie, Bush's approval rating is the lowers it has ever been, ever...

From the AP

As the war in Iraq drags on,President Bush's job approval and the public's confidence in the direction he's taking the nation are at their lowest levels since The Associated Press-Ipsos poll began in December 2003.

About one-third of adults, 35 percent, said they think the country is headed in the right direction, while 43 percent said they approve of the job being done by Bush. Just 41 percent say they support his handling of the war, also a low-water mark.

"There's a bad mood in the country, people are out of sorts," said presidential scholar and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution Charles Jones, who lives near Charlottesville, Va. "Iraq news is daily bad news. The election in Iraq helped some, and the formation of the government helped some, but dead bodies trump the more positive news."

-snip-

The poll conducted for AP by Ipsos found 45 percent support Bush's foreign policy, down from 52 percent in March.

Bush's popularity reached its zenith shortly after the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, when various polls found nearly 90 percent approved of the job he was doing. It was close to 80 percent when Ipsos started tracking attitudes about Bush at the start of 2002, and was just over 50 percent when the AP-Ipsos poll was started in December 2003.

06/09/05

Republicans Side With the Giant Tel-Coms, again...

Republicans

Wi FiOnce again the Republicans are showing that they are all for the corporations, and can't stand Americans. Here is the deal, many cities are releasing hot spots for Wi-Fi internet in places throughout the city. This is a great gimmick to draw in businesses, and tourists. Well the giant Tel-Coms are pissed as hell. If the city gives it away, then they can't sell it...

Never fear, the Republicans are here! From Mobile Pipeline

A Texas Congressman has introduced a bill that impose a nationwide prohibition on municipally-sponsored networks.

Dubbed by the Author, Representative Pet Sessions (R-Texas), the Preserving Innovation in Telecom Act of 2005, the bill prohibits state and local governments from providing any telecommunications or information service that is "substantially similar" to services provided by private companies.

The bill, HR 2726, is similar to a host of state bills pushed by telecommunications companies aimed at fending off municipally-run wireless networks. Some of those bills, most recently one in Texas, have been stalled in state legislatures.

The telecommunications operators say that such networks represent unfair competition while municipalities claim that the services are needed to promote business and close the gap between digital haves and have-nots.

According to Sessions' on-line biography, he is a former employee of Southwestern Bell and Bell Labs. The bill will first be considered by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Thanks Republicans, because of you more children have health care, our economy is on track for strong growth, and we are safer than ever. Oh wait, that is not you guys...

Texas' governor Tells Gay Veterans Returning Home, to Get Out!

Crazy Evangelicals

Avoid TexasI am from Texas, I was born in Dallas, and spent most of my childhood in Round Rock, Tx, north of Austin. I am also a Vet, and I am also Gay, so this story is aimed at me I guess.

This story broke a few days ago, and I blogged on it here. There is another issue that has arisen from this. When he was asked about how he would tell gay and lesbian veterans of combat in Iraq that they cannot come home and get married, he replied,

Texans made a decision about marriage, and if there's a state that has more lenient views than Texas, then maybe that's a better place for them to live.

Wow, what a message to send those that defended their nation. I mean we all know that the Republicans have a clear loathing of the troops, but damn...

I also find it odd that all of this very anti-gay legislation is being pushed my a single 38 year old, makes me think... I mean the last politician that was as anti-gay as Perry was Mayor West, of Spokane Washington, and now he has been outed that he likes to hook up with young men on the side... Hmmm, I wonder.

Republican "We Hate Americans" Agenda not sitting well with Americans.

Republicans

Unless you have been living in a box, or a rock, or you are one of those people that live in Republican Dreamland, you may have notices that the Republican Agenda is very anti-Americans. Slashes in Medicare, Medicaid, for the disabled, skyrocketing uninsured, including children, the deficit, they war in Iraq, the list can go on and on. Well it looks like Americans are starting to reject the "We Hate Americans" Agenda.

From Salon.com

As the public grows skeptical about the war effort, Republicans in general are getting less love from the American people. Sixty-one percent of respondents said that Bush and the Republican leaders in Congress are not making good progress on solving the nation's poblems, and of those who said progress isn't being made, 67 percent faulted Bush and the Republicans for the lack of positive action.

Poll results also showed that this month is the first time since 9/11 that more respondents said they trust Democrats than Republicans to do a better job in coping with the main problems the nation will face in the next few years -- with 46 percent putting their faith in Dems, versus 41 percent who favored the GOP.

The Republicans are doing nothing for the people in America. The "We are making you safer..." argument has lost it's appeal. 2 main things are happening under this administration, corporations are getting richer than all hell, and the average American is paying for it.

06/08/05

Permalink Categories: Life in Bushs America, Issues   English (US)

Maryland MARC Trains Uses Soviet Style Posters.

Life in Bushs America

MarcMARC Train Poster

For some time I took the Brunswick line from my home into my office on K Street and 13th Steet, so I am familiar with Marc. So when I saw this posted on Obsidian Wings I was a little shocked. This was very much a reminder of a long lost time. I am not sure who the artist is...

Now real U.S.S.R. propaganda
CCCP Posters

Wow, looks like we have hired the USSR's head poster maker, I am guessing it is a sign of Bush's America.

Why Is there No Anger when Republicans Say Stuff?

Right Wing Hypocrisy

The right is going nuts because Governor Dean said that the Republican Party was "White and Christian", You know what, he is right! While I am not assuming that there are no republicans of color, I am saying that the higher up the GOP chain you go the whiter it gets.

So here is where I have an issue, how come there is almost a 24 hour news coverage of Deans comments, but the absolute lie make by Ken Mehlman on "Meet the Press" gets no mention at all.

If your complaint is that his comment was crass, your right, it is about time that someone speaks the truth, and says it without the layers of sugar coating...

So bonddad on DailyKOS was asking the same thing, and came up with some great, hateful comments that no one cared about.

FOX's Dick Morris: "[T]here never will be any" moderate Muslim voices...

On FOX, Tony Blankley called Soros "a Jew who figured out a way to survive the Holocaust"

Sean Hannity: God is "no Democrat";

Dennis Miller: Jesus "prefers Bush to Kerry"

"The Democrats want Saddam back" and other Coulterisms

Republican reverend ignored recent history in condemning only Democrats for atrocities against African Americans

Coulter on MSNBC and FOX: called Americans who don't support Bush "traitors"

Oliver North: "Every terrorist" wants Kerry to win
CAP: Hannity explained that asking "Is it that you hate the president or that you hate America?" is not equal to questioning patriotism

Michelle Malkin defended WWII internment, racial profiling today; said Mineta's view "clouded" by his internment

Coulter blamed Democrats for 9-11, USS Cole attack, embassy bombings

Oliver North denied that atrocities occurred in Vietnam; moments later, anti-Kerry vet said they did occur

Coulter: "Kerry will improve the economy in the emergency services and body bag industry"

Gingrich: George Soros "wants to spend $75 million defeating George W. Bush because Soros wants to legalize heroin"

How would she know? Coulter the latest to claim terrorists support Kerry

Coulter on women: "We're not that bright"

Go to the DailyKOS post, he has alot more! So where is the anger here from the media.

Marines Resorting to Kidnapping?

Military

I am not saying that they are, but I read this and all I could think of is kidnapping. The basics of this story is, a Marine recruiter pulled everything he could out of the box to get this young man to join, including waiting till the parents were away and nabbing this kid at his place of work.

Here are some bits from the story from the SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER

Axel's father, a Marine Corps vet who served in Vietnam, died when Axel was 4.

Clearly the recruiters knew all that and more.

"You don't want to be a burden to your mom," they told him. "Be a man." "Make your father proud." Never mind that, because of his own experience in the service, Marcia says enlistment for his son is the last thing Axel's dad would have wanted.

The next weekend, when Marcia went to Seattle for the Folklife Festival and Axel was home alone, two recruiters showed up at the door.

Axel repeated the family mantra, but he was feeling frazzled and worn down by then. The sergeant was friendly but, at the same time, aggressively insistent. This time, when Axel said, "Not interested," the sarge turned surly, snapping, "You're making a big (bleeping) mistake!"

Next thing Axel knew, the same sergeant and another recruiter showed up at the LaConner Brewing Co., the restaurant where Axel works. And before Axel, an older cousin and other co-workers knew or understood what was happening, Axel was whisked away in a car.

"They said we were going somewhere but I didn't know we were going all the way to Seattle," Axel said.

Just a few tests. And so many free opportunities, the recruiters told him.

He could pursue his love of chemistry. He could serve anywhere he chose and leave any time he wanted on an "apathy discharge" if he didn't like it. And he wouldn't have to go to Iraq if he didn't want to.

At about 3:30 in the morning, Alex was awakened in the motel and fed a little something. Twelve hours later, without further sleep or food, he had taken a battery of tests and signed a lot of papers he hadn't gotten a chance to read. "Just formalities," he was told. "Sign here. And here. Nothing to worry about."

By then Marcia had "freaked out."

She went to the Burlington recruiting center where the door was open but no one was home. So she grabbed all the cards and numbers she could find, including the address of the Seattle-area testing center.

Then, with her grown daughter in tow, she high-tailed it south, frantically phoning Axel whose cell phone had been confiscated "so he wouldn't be distracted during tests."

Axel's grandfather was in the hospital dying, she told the people at the desk. He needed to come home right away. She would have said just about anything.

But, even after being told her son would be brought right out, her daughter spied him being taken down a separate hall and into another room. So she dashed down the hall and grabbed him by the arm.

"They were telling me I needed to 'be a man' and stand up to my family," Axel said.

What he needed, it turned out, was a lawyer.

Five minutes and $250 after an attorney called the recruiters, Axel's signed papers and his cell phone were in the mail.

Don't Like what the Report Says, Just Change it!

Failed Presidency

I do not have much to add here, I am not feeling well, but this is so appropo for this administration.

From the NY Times.

A White House official who once led the oil industry's fight against limits on greenhouse gases has repeatedly edited government climate reports in ways that play down links between such emissions and global warming, according to internal documents.

In handwritten notes on drafts of several reports issued in 2002 and 2003, the official, Philip A. Cooney, removed or adjusted descriptions of climate research that government scientists and their supervisors, including some senior Bush administration officials, had already approved. In many cases, the changes appeared in the final reports.

The dozens of changes, while sometimes as subtle as the insertion of the phrase "significant and fundamental" before the word "uncertainties," tend to produce an air of doubt about findings that most climate experts say are robust.

Mr. Cooney is chief of staff for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the office that helps devise and promote administration policies on environmental issues.

Before going to the White House in 2001, he was the "climate team leader" and a lobbyist at the American Petroleum Institute, the largest trade group representing the interests of the oil industry. A lawyer with a bachelor's degree in economics, he has no scientific training.

The documents were obtained by The New York Times from the Government Accountability Project, a nonprofit legal-assistance group for government whistle-blowers.

Read the whole thing, it is good...

06/07/05

Bush and Blair Asked About DSM, Raiese More Questions.

Downing Street Memo

My god, a few moments ago, Bush and Blair were asked about the Downing Street Memo. I am sure that the reported that asked it will not be employed by morning. So here is what was asked...

On Iraq, the so-called Downing Street Memo from July, 2002, says "Intelligence and facts remain fixed around the policy of removing Saddam through military actions."

You can read it all here...

Blair started with the "Spin of the Day" let me break the spin down for you, because it is hard to follow. Both men basically said, the intelligence couldn't be fixed, because they had not gone to the UN yet. So if we are to believe the two B's (And no, I don't) No, none, nadda was discussed before they went to the UN. In order to buy this weak-ass explanation, you have to dismiss the memo all-together, something neither of them does. So if the Memo is real, and not one has said it was not, then Bush and Blair just lied there asses off.

Is this the America you want to live in, do you want to live in an America were your President does not even try anymore. What an embarrassment, and his supporters are as well.

Here is some more from Think Progress, and something else for the Dreamworld Dwellers can Spin.

President Bush, for his part, never rejects the idea that the intelligence was being fixed around his policy of attacking Iraq. (Wouldn't that be the most damaging claim you'd want to rebut?) Instead, Bush takes the same tact as Blair and emphasized that he hadn't gone to the U.N. at the time the memo was written. Bush's argument appears to be that because the administration had not yet gone to the U.N., there's no way he could have already decided to attack Iraq.

Upon closer examination, however, the U.N. process itself strongly indicated that Bush had already made up his mind. Consider:

  1. Bush never wanted to go the U.N. in the first place to get Resolution 1441

    Ex: Bush derided any talk of delaying for UN resolution, saying opponents were waiting "for somebody else to act"

  2. Bush claimed the resolution never prevented him from attacking Iraq

    Ex: Bush: "[T]he resolution does not prevent us from doing what needs to be done."

  3. After claiming he would get a 2nd resolution before attacking Iraq, Bush recognized he had little support for it and instead dashed off to war with his "coalition of the willing"

    Ex: Bush said he would ask countries to "show their cards" by calling for a vote on a 2nd U.N. resolution, but he dropped that call after seeing little support.

  4. Bush made it clear the U.N. wouldn't impact his timeline

    Ex: Bush: "This is a matter of weeks, not months. Any attempt to drag the process on for months will be resisted by the United States."

More Proof that the Downing Street Memo is True

Downing Street Memo

If you recall a few days ago I made the mistake tiring to speak to some right-wing crack pots, you can read that post here.

In short, they say that the Downing Street Memo is a fake, and that you must forget all other data points that only add validity to the DSM. You know it is easier to spin one thing at a time, because the whole mess is not so easy to spin.

So here is some MORE stuff, this from Think Progress,

The Downing Street Memo reported that in a July 23, 2002 meeting between Prime Minister Blair and his war cabinet, attendees of the meeting discussed the fact that President Bush had already made up his mind to attack Iraq. According to the minutes of the meeting:

"There was a perceptible shift in attitude. Military action was now seen as inevitable. Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action."

Bush: "Of course, I haven't made up my mind we're going to war with Iraq." [10/1/02]

Bush:"Hopefully, we can do this peacefully - don't get me wrong. And if the world were to collectively come together to do so, and to put pressure on Saddam Hussein and convince him to disarm, there's a chance he may decide to do that. And war is not my first choice, don't - it's my last choice." [11/7/02]

Bush: "This is our attempt to work with the world community to create peace. And the best way for peace is for Mr. Saddam Hussein to disarm. It's up to him to make his decision." [12/4/02]

Bush: "You said we're headed to war in Iraq - I don't know why you say that. I hope we're not headed to war in Iraq. I'm the person who gets to decide, not you. I hope this can be done peacefully." [12/31/02]

Bush: "First of all, you know, I'm hopeful we won't have to go war, and let's leave it at that." [1/2/03]

Bush: "But Saddam Hussein is - he's treated the demands of the world as a joke up to now, and it was his choice to make. He's the person who gets to decide war and peace." [2/7/03]

Bush:"I've not made up our mind about military action. Hopefully, this can be done peacefully." [3/6/03]

Bush: "I want to remind you that it's his choice to make as to whether or not we go to war. It's Saddam's choice. He's the person that can make the choice of war and peace." [3/6/03]

Bush: "We are doing everything we can to avoid war in Iraq. But if Saddam Hussein does not disarm peacefully, he will be disarmed by force." [3/8/03]

Bush: "Should Saddam Hussein choose confrontation, the American people can know that every measure has been taken to avoid war, and every measure will be taken to win it." [3/17/03]

Go ahead guys, jet to spinning, or are you just going to give up?

Bush Limits Prosecutions of People who Steal Medical Records

Life in Bushs America

On the heals of CitiBank discloser that it lost 3.9 million peoples personal information, George Bush's Justice Department has redefined who is covered under the law, and opened it up to anyone that may work for the doctor.

From the NY Times

An authoritative new ruling by the Justice Department sharply limits the government's ability to prosecute people for criminal violations of the law that protects the privacy of medical records.

The criminal penalties, the department said, apply to insurers, doctors, hospitals and other providers - but not necessarily their employees or outsiders who steal personal health data.

In short, the department said, people who work for an entity covered by the federal privacy law are not automatically covered by that law and may not be subject to its criminal penalties, which include a $250,000 fine and 10 years in prison for the most serious violations.

The reasoning is that federal regulations establish the standards for medical privacy. The regulations apply just to "covered entities," including insurers and health care providers. Thus, only covered entities can be prosecuted for criminal violations of the law.

Welcome to Life in Bush's America.

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Americans to Bush, Remember Us?

Failed Presidency

In case you were wondering, Bush does not give a rat's ass about you. That is unless you are ultra-rich, funnel large amounts of cash to his Republican buddies, or you are from Saudi Arabia (He has never meet a Saudi he didn't like)

Well, Americans are starting to get the message, and the numbers are showing it.

From Washington Post(on the ABC Poll)

Underlying that finding is a continuing deep and bitter partisan divide that has fueled increasingly bitter fights in Congress, most recently over some of Bush's nominees to the federal courts. Relatively few Americans viewed that issue as particularly important.

According to the poll, nearly eight in 10 Democrats say Bush is not concentrating on issues they personally view as vital while three out of four Republicans disagree.

Ominously for Bush and the Republicans, a strong majority of self-described political independents--68 percent--say they disagreed with the president's priorities. That suggests Bush's mixed record in the second term on issues the public views as critical--particularly on Iraq and the economy--may be as much a liability for GOP candidates in next year's mid-term election as his performance in his first term was an asset to Republican congressional hopefuls last year and in 2002.

Overall, the president's job approval rating stood at 48 percent, virtually identical to where it was last month. Currently 52 percent of the public disapproves of the job Bush is doing as president, the highest negative rating of his performance since taking office.

Continuing violence in Iraq continues to fuel negative views of the White House. Four in 10 Americans currently approve of the job that Bush is doing in Iraq while 58 percent disapproved. It marked the 13th consecutive month that less than half of the country approved of Bush's handling of the situation in Iraq.

I wonder when Bush is going to get the message?

USS Bill O'Reilly Sinks Before It Even Sails.

Humor

Bill is a shillThis post has nothing to be about anything really, it is just that I have a pure and unending dislike for the fake news man, Bill "Vibrator in my ass" O'Reilly.

Bill wanted to follow in the footsteps of other right-wing hacks like G. Gordon Liddy, and have his very own cruise. I guess it was going to be called the USS I'm a Lying Blowhard Who Thinks For More of Myself Than the Rest of the World. For those that do not know about this phenomenon, the right-wing hack, in this case Bill "Vibrator in my ass" O'Reilly, fleece their followers, making them pay far more for a cruise than it is worth so that they can wave at Bill in the dinning room, and hear an "Exclusive" lecture on how great he is.

This came from a great website Steet Jesus I hate Bill O'Reilly

Hello and thank you for your interest in the Thomas More Law Center Cruise with Bill O'Reilly. Unfortunately, the cruise did not have the participation that all parties anticipated. Although the guest appearance by Mr. O'Reilly and the other speakers have been canceled, the ship will still sail...

Ironically, the cruse was called "The Battle For American Values", and it made me wonder, should he really take our cue from Bill on family values? If I recall this guy was allegedly having phone with a producer of his show, he was allegedly using a vibrator in his ass at the time, and if I recall his wife was pregnant while this was going on. Family values Bill, you, really?

It the Economy STILL, Stupid

Economic News

Well last week the labor department released last months job numbers were released, and they were well below the numbers they were expecting. Last month 78,000 jobs were made, out of the 175,000 that were expected. For you statistics geeks out there that is a 56% shortfall in the job growth.

Well, if that is not indicator of the poor economy, this was just released from the AP. GM is cutting 25,000 or more.

General Motors Corp. (GM) expects to cut 25,000 or morejobs as it closes more assembly and component plants over the next few years , Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoneer told shareholders at the company's annual meeting on Tuesday.

Wagoneer said the company expects the actions will generate annual savings of about $2.5 billion.

Why is this happening, well mainly because GM banked on the SUV, and are losing their shorts. Gas prices are out of site, and people are turning to more economical vehicles, and sadly, in my opinion, the foreign markers make a far better sedan than then any American auto maker. The other issue that is hitting GM very hard is the sky-rocketing healthcare, it costs GM $1500 per car.

The CEO said

significant disadvantage versus foreign-based competitors," and said GM has conducted "intense discussions" with the unions about how to reduce health-care costs.

These jobs are being lost, and can be directly correlated to failures in the Bush administration.

Here is another think you should know. While GM (and soon Ford) is slashing jobs, Toyota, Honda, and other foreign auto makers are building plants in the US. Thanks Mr. Bush, your leadership is running up into the ground!

06/06/05

Permalink Categories: Crazy Evangelicals   English (US)

New Abortion Law In Texas signed, In a Church!

Crazy Evangelicals

Avoid TexasTexas has become a social experiment on what happens when the Republicans and the Christian Right has there way in all things. Thanks to Tom DeLay, and his TRMPAC has basically created a Right Wing utopia.

Today, the governor (38 Year Old Single Man, Hmmm) today signed into law a bill that would further limit abortions in the state, he signed it at a Christian Collage, while those around said, "Amen!" and "Praise Jesus"

From AP, via CBS News

In a ceremony filled with religious references, Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed a bill at a church school gymnasium that imposes more limits on late-term abortions and requires minors to get written parental consent for abortions.

The signing on Sunday came as several hundred demonstrators - some opposed to the signing of a bill on church property - protested outside.

"It has been a tragedy of unspeakable consequences that for decades activist courts denied many Texas parents their right to be involved in one of the most important decisions their young daughter could ever make - whether to end the life that was growing inside her," Perry told a crowd of about 1,000 people gathered at the Calvary Christian Academy. "For too long, a blind eye has been turned to the rights of our most vulnerable human beings - that's the unborn in our society."

-snip-

Before Perry spoke, several pastors received standing ovations and shouts of "Amen!" from the crowd as they touted the two measures being signed by Perry.

"It seems to me that people of the great state of Texas will be silent no more," said Rod Parsley, of the Center for Moral Clarity in Ohio. "Folks in this room understand, God is still watching."

So let us look for a moment on what you get in the new Christian Utopia gets you.

Well, if this is what you get, count me out...

DSM and All the Other Evidence The War Data was Fixed.

Downing Street Memo

Hear No Evil CoinSo yesterday I made the mistake of engaging with those that live in Dreamland (They had Trackedback a blog entry I did a few days ago). You know the place, Bush is the greatest thing in the world, Iraq is going swimmingly (though none of them see to be rushing to enlist and server there nation, odd), anyone who is critical of our beloved leader is a "loser" and maybe even un-American. They support everything he does even though he does nothing but harm them with his piss poor pro American Corporation, anti American People economic policies. They support his raping of veteran's benefits, screwing the elderly, the disabled and the infirmed. They hate children, especially dark ones, single mothers, the unemployed, and anyone who thinks that dinosaurs are real. They support huge tax cuts to the rich while our nation falls deeper and deeper into debt. You know the place. In fact, this man can do no wrong in their minds. I suspect that if he were to go out onto the south lawn of the White House, and club baby seals with an inner-city orphan, they would be clapping and saying "Oh, he is so great, and he loves animals"

But I regress, so the "conversation" was on the Downing Street Memo, from what I could get from the spin, the memo was fake, or that everyone but these geniuses was misinterpreting it. I had made the comment that the Downing Street Memo was one of MANY pieces of evidence that backed up the validity of the content of the Downing Street Memo. They cried foul, you see in Dreamland you must attempt to debunk things one at a time, and you must suppress the brain in drawing any correlations from one data point to another, because that makes spinning the subject at hand much harder.

So in there, "see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil world", they said, show us, show us other information that adds any weight to the Downing Street Memo. I gave an example, somthing I had off the top of my head, a quote pulled from The Sunday Times of London...

The RAF and US aircraft doubled the rate at which they were dropping bombs on Iraq in 2002 in an attempt to provoke Saddam Hussein into giving the allies an excuse for war.

The response from them was... "...the newspaper editorialized that...", spin - spin - spin, your so right, heaven for bid someone make a EDUCATED observation based on other data points presently in play (See Below)...

So, I gave up, these guys choose to remain ignorant, so screw them. So this morning, I was surfing the blogs I hit daily, and colinb at DailyKOS must have been reading my mind, he wrote...

Are they ignoring it because they want corroborating evidence? Well, if it's corroborating evidence the press wants, let's help em out.

He them had this list (Well most of it, I have added to it) It is long...

I am sure they will try to spin them away one by one, because they can not spin it away as a collective group. So be it, let them.

  • Exhibit 1:
    1999: BUSH PLANS WAR IN '99, WELL BEFORE ELECTION (Link)
  • Exhibit 2:
    9/2000: Bush plans Iraq 'regime change' before becoming President (Link) Sunday Herald
  • Exhibit 3:
    1/2001: Bush plans Iraq invasion before 9/11 (Link) CNN
  • Exhibit 3:
    1/2001: Secret U.S. Plans For Iraq's Oil Spark Political Fight Between Neocons and Big Oil (Link) Democracy Now
  • Exhibit 4:
    3/2001: Cheney Task Force Eyes Iraq Oil (Link) TruthOut
  • Exhibit 5:
    9/12/2001: Rumsfeld considers Iraq bombings one day after terror attacks (Link) AP
  • Exhibit 6:
    12/2001: Bush Begins to Plan Iraq War Three Months After 9/11 (Link) Washington Post
  • Exhibit 7:
    2002-2003: Cheney Pressures CIA on Iraq (Link) Washington Post
  • Exhibit 8:
    Spring/2002: A high-ranking military officer reveals how Defense Department extremists suppressed information and twisted the truth to drive the country to war. (Link) Salon
  • Exhibit 9:
    4/7/2002: The Crawford Deal: Blair signs up for war at Bush's Texas ranch in April 2002 (Link) ICH
  • Exhibit 10:
    5/9/2002: U.S. war hawks oust Bustani from UN because he was attempting to get Iraq to allow chemical weapons inspectors in the country, which would have deprived Washington of a quasi-legal justification for military action against Baghdad. (Link) The Institute for Public Affairs
  • Exhibt 11:
    5/20/2002: COALITION FORCES STRIKE AIRCRAFT DETECTION SITE IN IRAQ (Link) GlobalSecurity.org
  • Exhibit 12:
    5/22/2002: COALITION FORCES STRIKE TWO IRAQI ANTI-AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS (Link) GlobalSecurity.org
  • Exhibit 13:
    5/24/2002: COALITION AIRCRAFT STRIKE INTEGRATED AIR DEFENSE SYSTEM (Link) GlobalSecurity.org
  • Exhibit 14:
    5/30/2002: COALITION AIRCRAFT STRIKE INTEGRATED AIR DEFENSE SYSTEM (Link) GlobalSecurity.org
  • Exhibit 15:
    6/14/2002: COALITION STRIKES IRAQI OFFENSIVE AIR SITE (Link) GlobalSecurity.org
  • Exhibit 26: 6/17/2002: Turn Toward Iraq' Has Been Made (Link) Wall Street Journal
  • Exhibit 17:
    6/20/2002: COALITION STRIKES IRAQI OFFENSIVE MILITARY AIR DEFENSE SITE (Link) GlobalSecurity.org
  • Exhibit 18:
    6/28/2002: COALITION FORCES STRIKE AIR-DEFENSE FACILITIES (Link) GlobalSecurity.org
  • Exhibit 19:
    7/2002 President Bush diverts $700 million into Iraq invasion planning without informing Congress. (Link) Centers for American Progress
  • Exhibit 20:
    7/13/2002: COALITION FORCES STRIKE AIR-DEFENSE FACILITIES (Link) GlobalSecurity.org
  • Exhibit 21:
    7/15/2002: COALITION FORCES STRIKE MOBILE RADAR UNIT (Link) GlobalSecurity.org
  • Exhibit 22:
    7/18/2002: COALITION FORCES STRIKE IRAQI COMMUNICATION FACILITIES (Link)GlobalSecurity.org
  • Exhibit 23:
    7/23/2002: COALITION FORCES STRIKE IRAQI COMMUNICATION FACILITIES (Link) GlobalSecurity.org
  • Exhibit 24:
    7/23/2002: Downing Street Minutes (Link) Times Online (UK)
  • Exhibit 25:
    7/28/2002: COALITION FORCES STRIKE IRAQI COMMUNICATION BUNKER (Link) GlobalSecurity.org
  • Exhibit 26:
    8/5/2002: COALITION FORCES STRIKE IRAQI AIR DEFENSE COMMAND AND CONTROL FACILITY (Link) GlobalSecurity.org
  • Exhibit 27:
    8/14/2002: COALITION FORCES STRIKE IRAQI AIR DEFENSE SYSTEMS (Link) GlobalSecurity.org
  • Exhibit 28:
    8/15/2002: COALITION FORCES STRIKE SURFACE-TO-AIR MISSILE SITE (Link) GlobalSecurity.org
  • Exhibit 29:
    8/17/2002: Coalition Air Forces Strike Iraqi Mobile Radar Unit August 17 (Link) GlobalSecurity.org
  • Exhibit 30:
    8/20/2002: COALITION FORCES STRIKE IRAQI MILITARY COMMAND AND CONTROL FACILITY (Link) GlobalSecurity.org
  • Exhibit 31:
    8/25/2002: COALITION FORCES STRIKE AIR DEFENSE RADAR SYSTEMS (Link) GlobalSecurity.org
  • Exhibit 32:
    8/27/2002: COALITION FORCES STRIKE IRAQI MILITARY COMMAND AND CONTROL FACILITY (Link) GlobalSecurity.org
  • Exhibit 33:
    8/29/2002: COALITION FORCES STRIKE MILITARY RADAR SYSTEM (Link) GlobalSecurity.org
  • Exhibit 34:
    8/29/2002: Boucher Says Regime Change Is Only Way to Solve Iraq Problem (Link) GlobalSecurity.org
  • Exhibit 35:
    9/2002: White House Silences Experts Who Question Iraq Intel Six Months Before War (Link) AntiWar.com
  • Exhibit 36:
    9/27/2002: Bush calls Saddam 'the guy who tried to kill my dad' (Link) CNN
  • Exhibit 37:
    10/2002: White House kills Pentagon plans to strike Zarqawi's camp in Northern Iraq in order to maintain the White House's claim that Iraq has ties to terrorists (Link) MSNBC
  • Exhibit 38: 10/02/2002: US sliding into war with Iraq? (Link) The Christian Science Monitor
  • Exhibit 39:
    10/2002: National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq WMD stripped of dissenting opinions * (Link) CCTimes
  • Exhibit 40: 12/2002: Britain and US step up bombing in Iraq (Link) Guardian (UK)
  • Exhibit 41:
    *1/2003: Britain, U.S. spy on UN allies over war vote (Link) independent-media.tv
  • Exhibit 42:
    1/2003: 'We're Going to Have to Go to War,' Bush Says to Rice (Link) Washington Post
  • Exhibit 43:
    1/6/2003: It is revealed that special forces have been operating on missions inside Iraq since August of 2002 (Link)
    The Sydney Morning Herald (AU)
  • Exhibit 44:
    Spring/2003: Blix suspects U.S. spying on him (Link) Guardian (UK)
  • Exhibit 45:
    3/17/2003: Ex-CIA Accuse Bush of Manipulating Iraq Evidence (Link) Fox News
  • Exhibit 46: 1/11/2004: Bush Sought ‘Way’ To Invade Iraq? (Link) CBS/60 Mins
  • Exhibit 47:
    9/2004: President Bush has Saddam's Pistol (Link) NRA

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06/05/05

Permalink Categories: Iraq, Fallen Heros   English (US)

This Weeks Deaths - 1671 Dead - A Whole Lot Wounded

Fallen Heros

Mouse Over any of the icons for more information, bless them all

Lieutenant Colonel Albert E. Smart - Doha - Non-hostile - illnessSpecialist Phillip N. Sayles - Mosul - Hostile - hostile fire - IED attack1st Sergeant Michael S. Barnhill - Haqlaniyah (6 mi from) [Al Anbar Prov.] - Hostile - hostile fire - IED attackLance Corporal Alan Brackenbury - Al Amarah (25 mi S of) [Maysan Prov.] - Hostile - hostile fire - IED attackStaff Sergeant Victor M. Cortes III - Baghdad - Non-hostile - unspecified injuryCorporal Jeffrey B. Starr - Ramadi (near) [Al Anbar Prov.] - Hostile - hostile fireCaptain Derek Argel - Jalawlah (near) [Diyala Prov.] - Non-hostile - airplane crashStaff Sergeant Casey Crate - Jalawlah (near) [Diyala Prov.] - Non-hostile - airplane crashCaptain Jeremy Fresques - Jalawlah (near) [Diyala Prov.] - Non-hostile - airplane crashMajor William Downs - Jalawlah (near) [Diyala Prov.] - Non-hostile - airplane crashSergeant 1st Class Steven M. Langmack - Al Qaim (nr. Syrian border) - Hostile - hostile fireSergeant Miguel A. Ramos - Baghdad - Hostile - hostile fire - rocket attackPrivate 1st Class Louis E. Niedermeier - Ramadi (near) [Al Anbar Prov.] - Hostile - hostile fireStaff Sergeant Virgil R. Case - Kirkuk - Non-hostile - unspecified injurySpecialist Phillip C. Edmundson - Ramadi (near) [Al Anbar Prov.] - Hostile - hostile fire - IED attackNAME NOT RELEASED YET - Kirkuk (near) - Hostile - hostile fire - IED attack

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Permalink Categories: Failed Presidency, Iraq, Military   English (US)

According to Bush, Iraq is Great... Someone Should Tell Iraqis

Iraq

According to BushCo, Iraq is almost a utopian society shaped in Bush's grand image. If you are believe the hype from the White House, Iraqis skip through the streets and praising our name, so why is the NewsWeek Baghdad bureau chief singing a different tune...

From NewsWeek's Rod Nordland

Two years ago I went to Iraq as an unabashed believer in toppling Saddam Hussein. I knew his regime well from previous visits; WMDs or no, ridding the world of Saddam would surely be for the best, and America's good intentions would carry the day. What went wrong? A lot, but the biggest turning point was the Abu Ghraib scandal. Since April 2004 the liberation of Iraq has become a desperate exercise in damage control. The abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib alienated a broad swath of the Iraqi public. On top of that, it didn't work. There is no evidence that all the mistreatment and humiliation saved a single American life or led to the capture of any major terrorist, despite claims by the military that the prison produced "actionable intelligence."

-snip-

Living and working in Iraq, it's hard not to succumb to despair. At last count America has pumped at least $7 billion into reconstruction projects, with little to show for it but the hostility of ordinary Iraqis, who still have an 18 percent unemployment rate. Most of the cash goes to U.S. contractors who spend much of it on personal security. Basic services like electricity, water and sewers still aren't up to prewar levels. Electricity is especially vital in a country where summer temperatures commonly reach 125 degrees Fahrenheit. Yet only 15 percent of Iraqis have reliable electrical service. In the capital, where it counts most, it's only 4 percent.

The most powerful army in human history can't even protect a two-mile stretch of road. The Airport Highway connects both the international airport and Baghdad's main American military base, Camp Victory, to the city center. At night U.S. troops secure the road for the use of dignitaries; they close it to traffic and shoot at any unauthorized vehicles. More troops and more helicopters could help make the whole country safer. Instead the Pentagon has been drawing down the number of helicopters. And America never deployed nearly enough soldiers. They couldn't stop the orgy of looting that followed Saddam's fall. Now their primary mission is self-defense at any cost-which only deepens Iraqis' resentment.

Sad, Bush has made far more terrorists then there ever was pre-9/11. Thanks for making us safer Mr. Bush.

Culture of Life, Send Pregnant Girls to Iraq?

Military

What does the military do when it can not get new recruits in the door. Send pregnant girls to war. Oh, also druggies and other unstable people.

From the Guardian

The US military has stopped battalion commanders from dismissing new recruits for drug abuse, alcohol, poor fitness and pregnancy in an attempt to halt the rising attrition rate in an army under growing strain as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

An internal memo sent to senior commanders said the growing dropout rate was "a matter of great concern" in an army at war. It told officers: "We need your concerted effort to reverse the negative trend. By reducing attrition 1%, we can save up to 3,000 initial-term soldiers. That's 3,000 more soldiers in our formations."

Officially, the memo, reported in the Wall Street Journal and posted on Slate.com, ordered battalion commanders to refer cases of problem soldiers up to brigade level. Military experts warned that the move would make it more difficult to remove poor soldiers and would lower quality in the ranks.

A military spokesman told the Guardian yesterday: "It was merely a question of an additional set of eyes looking at an issue before we release potential recruits."

06/04/05

Congress is Going Back to Work, for businesses.

Life in Bushs America

Now that the filibuster fight is over (for now, you wait) Congress is going to get back to work. So you may ask, what are they going to tackle, Uninsured Americans, the lies that led us into Iraq, maybe the poor economic situation, or the countless other issues that are facing Americans everyday. No, they are not. Forget Americans, there is some legislation that the businesses need...

From Knight Ridder Newspapers

Congress turns its focus to business agenda

Republicans in Congress and their corporate allies see some daylight for pro-business legislation in the weeks ahead, now that judicial nominations and House Republican leader Tom DeLay's travails have slipped into a legislative twilight, at least for the moment.

As lawmakers return Tuesday from a Memorial Day recess, Republican leaders are eager to work on such business priorities as energy legislation, a Central American trade treaty and asbestos-litigation relief. Bipartisan success on those measures would temper weeks of partisan confrontation and give President Bush some needed victories after recent setbacks in Congress.

All three issues pose a leadership challenge, particularly to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., who faces Republican defections on trade and asbestos and a difficult floor fight on energy.

Time is short. Frist is under pressure to test the strength of a judicial confirmation deal between seven Democrats and seven Republicans that averted a partisan showdown before Memorial Day. A new confrontation over judges could lay waste to any Republican initiative awaiting congressional action.

So the real question is, why the when are we going to see this headline. Congress turns its focus to Americans agenda

Permalink Categories: War on Terror   English (US)

United Tells Wife of 9/11 Pilot to Pound Sand.

War on Terror

United AirlinesI read this, and all I can say is what a shame. First United Airlines takes a huge bailout from the feds to stay afloat after 9/11. Then earlier this month, they turned over their pension to the feds, and basically bailed out on the money they owed their employees. Now this, you are not going to believe this, it will make you sick.

(this letter was originally posted on a privately-run, united airlines employee group site)

To Congressman Miller;

My name is Ellen Saracini. My husband Captain Victor J. Saracini was the captain of United Flight 175 that struck the south tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 at 9:03 am. While no one could have imagined the events of that infamous day, neither could Victor have imagined what would be happening right now to his wife and his two daughters.

I am writing this letter to voice to you what is being taken away from Victor and his family. If you knew my husband you would know he was a true family man who made sure his family's future was provided for. I am currently receiving the spousal portion of Victor's pension, which is 50% of what he thought would be there for his family. After United took away our ESOP stock, this pension is how I am supporting our two daughters and myself.

I was given a choice to sue the Airlines, Port Authority, and others, or join in the victims' compensation fund set up by the government. I pledged I would not sue and proceeded with the fund; after all, this is the company Victor was so proud to work for and the same company of his United brothers and sisters. Every bit of preparation that Victor and I worked for was used against the claim. Life insurance was deducted. My full pension was deducted from the award. Now I will have a double jeopardy as I will again loose my pension with no recourse on either side.

During the last three years, my girls and I have been impacted more than words can explain. One daughter is in counseling, the other won't talk, and both have medical problems stemming from the loss of their father while at the same time maintaining excellent grades in honors and AP courses. I have stood up and been an advocate on the steering committee of the terrorist's lawsuits, gaining information to aid our Government. I have worked with APSA to defend our cockpits. I am fundraising for the Garden of Reflection, a memorial park dedicated to all we lost on that day. I have started a flight scholarship in Victors name to continue his legacy in flight. We are doing everything that can be done to make it better for all.

I can't help but to ask myself at what point are companies allowed to take away so much from the lives of dedicated employees and their families? At what point does our Government step in and stop atrocities such as this before they are allowed to irrevocably change the lives of so many? I refuse to believe that this is the only solution that can be reached.The PBGC's decision to allow United Airlines to end their pensions is just wrong. If this monumental verdict moves forward, I will be faced with many hardships. Victor was a proud United pilot, husband, father and friend who fought a war with terrorists. Never would he have imagined that he would have to fight for his family's well-being with the very company he so proudly spread his wings.

Sincerely

Ellen Saracini

White House Declines to Dispute the Downing Street Memo

Downing Street Memo

Eric Brewer: Scott, last week you said that claims in the leaked Downing Street memo that intelligence was being fixed to support the Iraq War as early as July 2002 are "flat-out wrong." According to the memo, which was dated July 23, 2002, and whose authenticity has not been disputed by the British Government, both Foreign Minister Jack Straw and British Intelligence Chief Sir Richard Dearlove said that the President had already made up his mind to invade Iraq. Dearlove added that "intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy." Do you think these two very senior officials of our closest ally were ‘flat-out wrong?' And if so, how could they have been so misinformed after their conversations with George Tenet and Condoleezza Rice?

Scott McClellan: Let me correct you on the - let me correct you on the characterization of the quote you attributed to me. I'm referring to some of the allegations that were made referring to a report. In terms of the intelligence, the - if anyone wants to know how the intelligence was used by the administration, all they have to do is go back and look at all the public comments over the course of the lead-up to the war in Iraq, and that's all very public information. Everybody who was there could see how we used that intelligence.

And in terms of the intelligence, it was wrong, and we are taking steps to correct that and make sure that in the future we have the best possible intelligence, because it's critical in this post-September 11th age, that the executive branch has the best intelligence possible.

Please note what is missing, like anything about the question asked. So Scott, totally omits the Downing Street Memo.

Permalink Categories: Media, Humor   English (US)

Rewriting History in the Internet Age.

Media

Let's face it the truth is Google is your friend. If you are smart enough to get to this blog, I am sure you have used Google to find something, anything.

Google is becoming the bane of politicians these days, because not only does it constantly capture, catalog, and sort the net for you. Well Google (And Yahoo for that matter) has spoken, and what does it say...

Google

While google is always changing, you are welcome to give it a try yourself, you can just click here, or go yourself...

Yes that is right, google has made the NUMBER ONE item on your search for the word "failure" is the Biography of President George W. Bush

Biography of President George W. Bush
Biography of the president from the official White House web site.
www.whitehouse.gov/president/gwbbio.html - 30k - Cached - Similar pages

06/03/05

Permalink Categories: Iraq, War on Terror   English (US)

News You Were Not To Notice, We Did Trash the Quran

War on Terror

The best of bad news always comes out on Friday, after you leave for work. Commute over, radio off, and you plan your weekend, by Monday, what ever is old news. Well this evenings "please forget" story is that we, the United States, did in fact disrespect the crap out of the Quran.

From the News we get this...

The Pentagon on Friday released new details about mishandling of the Quran at the Guantanamo Bay prison for terror suspects, confirming that a soldier deliberately kicked the Muslim holy book and that an interrogator stepped on a Quran and was later fired for "a pattern of unacceptable behavior."

In other confirmed incidents, a guard's urine came through an air vent and splashed on a detainee and his Quran; water balloons thrown by prison guards caused an unspecified number of Qurans to get wet; and in a confirmed but ambiguous case, a two-word obscenity was written in English on the inside cover of a Quran.

The findings, released after normal business hours Friday evening, are among the results of an investigation last month by Brig. Gen. Jay Hood, the commander of the detention center in Cuba, that was triggered by a Newsweek magazine report - later retracted - that a U.S. soldier had flushed one Guantanamo Bay detainee's Quran down a toilet.

Permalink Categories: Iraq, War on Terror   English (US)

Bush Started the War Before he "Started" the War.

Iraq

RedplaneWell I am not shocked at this news at all, because I have read the Downing Street Memo, and I know Bush is a damn liar. Guys this is a must read, because you are not going to find it in a main stream news paper, you will not see it on CNN, or Faux News.

From The Nation (Great Paper)

t was a huge air assault: Approximately 100 US and British planes flew from Kuwait into Iraqi airspace. At least seven types of aircraft were part of this massive operation, including US F-15 Strike Eagles and Royal Air Force Tornado ground-attack planes. They dropped precision-guided munitions on Saddam Hussein's major western air-defense facility, clearing the path for Special Forces helicopters that lay in wait in Jordan. Earlier attacks had been carried out against Iraqi command and control centers, radar detection systems, Revolutionary Guard units, communication centers and mobile air-defense systems. The Pentagon's goal was clear: Destroy Iraq's ability to resist. This was war.

But there was a catch: The war hadn't started yet, at least not officially. This was September 2002--a month before Congress had voted to give President Bush the authority he used to invade Iraq, two months before the United Nations brought the matter to a vote and more than six months before "shock and awe" officially began.

At the time, the Bush Administration publicly played down the extent of the air strikes, claiming the United States was just defending the so-called no-fly zones. But new information that has come out in response to the Downing Street memo reveals that, by this time, the war was already a foregone conclusion and attacks were no less than the undeclared beginning of the invasion of Iraq.

Where Are the Jobs Mr. Bush?

Economic News

While Bush is running around trying to trick people into allowing him to dismantle Social Security, the American economy is showing how week it is. While Bush is "absurd'ing" anything that comes out of Human Rights Groups about his Arab Death Camps, the American economy heads south.

From the AP

The payroll gain of 78,000 followed a hiring spurt of 274,000 in April. Job cuts last month were reported in the categories of manufacturing, leisure and hospitality, and professional and business. Those losses tempered gains elsewhere.

The generally lackluster performance surprised economists. Before the report was released, they were predicting jobs to grow by around 175,000 and the jobless rate to hold steady at 5.2 percent.

"Clearly there's some disappointment here," said Anthony Chan, senior economist at JP Morgan Asset Management. "But this may be a gift to financial markets and Main Street because the Federal Reserve might not have to be so aggressive in raising rates. In that regard, it is almost a good report."

06/02/05

DeLay's Lobbyist Friend Jack Sold Access to Bush!

Tom DeLay

Shocked BushTexas is the second largest state in the union, but the thieves run in very tight circles. So as this Tom DeLay, Jack Abramoff story starts to unfold one question was raised, "Where is Bush in this?" Like I said the circles are tight in Texas, so it was not a matter of if, but a matter of when, and how...

Well looks like we may know...

Jack Abramoff bilked the Coushatta Indian Tribe, the same tribe he bilked for $82 million, into donating $25,000 to Grover Norquist's "Americans for Tax Reform". Remember these guy were not giving the money for fun, they wanted something, what did they want ? A private meeting with Bush!

Check

Here is some more from The Texas Observer

Four months after he took the oath of office in 2001, President George W. Bush was the attraction, and the White House the venue, for a fundraiser organized by the alleged perpetrator of the largest billing fraud in the history of corporate lobbying. (...) Abramoff was so closely tied to the Bush Administration that he could, and did, charge two of his clients $25,000 for a White House lunch date and a meeting with the President. From the same two clients he took to the White House in May 2001, Abramoff also obtained $2.5 million in contributions for a non-profit foundation he and his wife operated.

Abramoff's White House guests were the chiefs of two of the six casino-rich Indian tribes he and his partner Mike Scanlon ultimately billed $82 million for services tribal leaders now claim were never performed or were improperly performed. Together the six tribes would make $10 million in political contributions, at Abramoff's direction, almost all of it to Republican campaigns of his choosing. (...)

Go read the whole thing, it is great...

Permalink Categories: Failed Presidency, Iraq, Military   English (US)

Hollow Military? Well, Thanks to Bush, Yes.

Military

In an ever growing sign that the military is eroding from the inside, we find this story.

Air Combat Command (ACC), the primary provider of combat airpower, is cutting 32,000 flying hours to help compensate for its $825 million operations and maintenance shortfall.

The cuts come as Air Force aircrews are heavily worked, flying missions in Iraq, Afghanistan and over some U.S. cities in an attempt to prevent another terrorist attack.

"Starting early this summer, units may have aviators unable to get required training to maintain full combat-ready status," Col. Jim Dunn, deputy director of flight operations for ACC, said in a written statement. "Overall effectiveness will become a growing challenge."

With this cut, the command now has 21,000 flying hours left of the original 53,000-plus hours programmed for the rest of this fiscal year -- a 60 percent reduction...

I guess that Haliburton has taken all the money, and there is not any for the REAL military. I thought we were at war, and maybe, we should make sure that our pilots are trained... oh, but not in Bush's America...

06/01/05

Permalink Categories: Iraq, Media, Economic News   English (US)

Did Someone Say the "I" Word.

Iraq

Ralph Nader and Kevin Zeese laid out in the Boston Globe Tuesday the reasons why we should IMPEACH Mr. Bush.

THE IMPEACHMENT of President Bush and Vice President Cheney, under Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution, should be part of mainstream political discourse.

Minutes from a summer 2002 meeting involving British Prime Minister Tony Blair reveal that the Bush administration was ''fixing" the intelligence to justify invading Iraq. US intelligence used to justify the war demonstrates repeatedly the truth of the meeting minutes -- evidence was thin and needed fixing.

President Clinton was impeached for perjury about his sexual relationships. Comparing Clinton's misbehavior to a destructive and costly war occupation launched in March 2003 under false pretenses in violation of domestic and international law certainly merits introduction of an impeachment resolution.

Eighty-nine members of Congress have asked the president whether intelligence was manipulated to lead the United States to war. The letter points to British meeting minutes that raise ''troubling new questions regarding the legal justifications for the war." Those minutes describe the case for war as ''thin" and Saddam as ''nonthreatening to his neighbors," and ''Britain and America had to create conditions to justify a war." Finally, military action was ''seen as inevitable . . . But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy."

Indeed, there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, nor any imminent threat to the United States:

The International Atomic Energy Agency Iraq inspection team reported in 1998, ''there were no indications of Iraq having achieved its program goals of producing a nuclear weapon; nor were there any indications that there remained in Iraq any physical capability for production of amounts of weapon-usable material." A 2003 update by the IAEA reached the same conclusions.

This goes on for sometime, it is worth a read. This man needs to be impeached, he has strapped us with debt as far as the eye can see. He lied about the war, and we have lost 1665 fellow Americans as of today, this whole administration has been one lie after the next.

Clinton was impeached for far less, and to use a phrase that is floating around the net, "At least when Clinton lied, people did not die"

Hate Group Boycotts Ford.

Crazy Evangelicals

Proud FordThe American Family Association, a group that claims to be for good biblical values, yet as an odd fixations on gays has turned it's hate onto Ford Moters. Why Ford? Well because Ford offers thier employees domestic partnership benefits. They are also guilty of placing ads in "Gay" publications.

I want to break this down for those of you who visit my site because I am evil. This hate group is mad because a company has made the choice to NOT discriminate against its own employees. They are mad because other human beings are given health care. They are mad because they advertise in gay publication.

This is a hate group, a group that decides to hate another group, and forms an organization to spread that hate is a hate group. It does not matter if they hide there hate under the bible, Koran, or the Constitution. Hate is Hate!

You are welcome to visit the site they have set up www.boycottford.com, it is quite funny.

If one looks for the company which has done the most to affirm and promote the homosexual lifestyle, he would be hard-pressed to find a company which has done more than Ford Motor Company. While this is hardly known to the general population, it is well known by numerous homosexual organizations. In fact, the Human Rights Campaign (a national homosexual organization whose goal is homosexual marriage) gave Ford a 100% corporate rating.

Ford makes not only Ford, but also Lincoln, Mercury, Mazda, Volvo, Jaguar, and Land Rover.

I say good for you Ford, thank you for seeing that all humans deserve to be treated as such, I wish the hate group American Family Association same. They should spend more time reading the bible, then hitting people with it.

Please go hear and sign a counter petition.

Permalink Categories: Failed Presidency, Issues   English (US)

White House Hiding Illegal Activates of Contributors?

Failed Presidency

Last week, even Uber Right Wing nut Pat Buchanan said something to the effect of "the White House must have something to hide, that is the only reason for not releasing these documents" when asked about the White Houses rebuffing of Senate requests...

So the International Herald Tribune has a peice that raises questions.

The information that the White House has refused to provide Congress for its review into the nomination of John Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations includes the names of companies mentioned in intelligence reports on commerce with China and other countries covered by export restrictions, according to officials briefed on the matter.

So why does the White House want to hide these names? Could it be that they did something they were not allowed to do?

The names of the individuals and companies, which remain highly classified, were provided to Bolton by the agency in response to requests he made as under secretary of state for arms control...

But the White House has said Congress has "all the information it needs" to make a decision on the nomination, and at a news conference on Tuesday, President George W. Bush dismissed the request for more information as "just another stall tactic by his opponents in Congress."

The government officials who described the intelligence reports declined to speak for the record, citing the classified nature of the documents and the extraordinary political sensitivity surrounding them. They would not say what countries other than China might have been the subject of the intelligence reports, but they noted that Bolton's responsibilities also included monitoring efforts to prevent Iran, Libya and other countries from acquiring dangerous weapons.

So here is what we know, Bolton's job was to make sure that the "bad peoples" do not get weapons they should not have. We know the docs were given to John as part of his job, and lastly the names of the companies is being withheld. The addition of the "extraordinary political sensitivity surrounding them" can lead to only a few conclusions.

  1. Bush is a moron, and just likes to withhold shit because he think it is cool to be able to do it.
  2. The Companies involved, that may have sold information to the "bad peoples" are tied to Bush in some way, most likely via campaign contributions. So then it raises the question, was the contributions given to keep their name out of the record, or is this Bush's "Thank you"
Permalink Categories: Iraq, Military, War on Terror   English (US)

More Troops Needed, and Fast.

Iraq

In what is yet another example of the Department of Defense, under Donald Rumsfeld is setting out solders up for a devastating loss.

From KnightRidder.

U.S. Army officers in the badland deserts of northwest Iraq, near the Syrian border, say they don't have enough troops to hold the ground they take from insurgents in this transit point for weapons, money and foreign fighters.

From last October to the end of April, there were about 400 soldiers from the 25th Infantry Division patrolling the northwest region, which covers about 10,000 square miles.

"Resources are everything in combat ... there's no way 400 people can cover that much ground," said Maj. John Wilwerding, of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, which is responsible for the northwest tract that includes Tal Afar.

So if I do the math (10,000 Square Miles / Number of Troops) that is a force of .04 troops per square mile. Now I have not been in a combat area ever (I was in the Air Force, we fly to the fight, and then flight home) but I can not see how 1 man can watch over a square mile, much less .04 of a man. That is like a big toe, for ever square mile. That is like placing 2.4 men to protect all of Washington DC, or all 400 of them protecting the state of Vermont.

Sad, the Administration can use them for a photo opp, but can't give them the tools they need to win, not the levels they need to crush our foes.

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