Archives for: October 2005

10/31/05

Seven More U.S. Troops Killed in Iraq TODAY!

Fallen Heros

Sadly, we have lost seven more...

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You are welcome to read it here.

Press to Scott - We no Longer Trust You, or this Administration.

Failed Presidency

Scoot McClellan, the Official White House spin master got a grilling today, as always, the bolds are mine as are the comments.

Q Let me just follow up on an aspect of this and try it again here. On October 7, 2003, you were asked about a couple of the key players here, Karl Rove and Scooter Libby, as well as another administration official who has not figured in the investigation, so far as we know. And you said the following, "There are unsubstantiated accusations that are made, and that's exactly what happened in the case of these three individuals," including Rove and Libby. "They're good individuals, they're important members of our White House team, and that's why I spoke with them, so that I could come back to you and say that they were not involved." You were wrong then, weren't you?

MR. McCLELLAN: David, it's not a question of whether or not I'd like to talk more about this. I think I've indicated to you all that I'd be glad to talk about this once this process is complete, and I look forward to that opportunity. But, again, we have been directed by the White House Counsel's Office not to discuss this matter or respond to questions about it.

Q That was a public representation that was made to the American people.

MR. McCLELLAN: Hang on. We can have this conversation, but let me respond.

Q No, no, no, because it's such an artful dodge. Whether there's a question of legality --

MR. McCLELLAN: No, I disagree with you.

Q Whether there's a question of legality, we know for a fact that there was involvement. We know that Karl Rove, based on what he and his lawyer have said, did have a conversation about somebody who Patrick Fitzgerald said was a covert officer of the Central Intelligence Agency. We know that Scooter Libby also had conversations.

MR. McCLELLAN: I don't think that's accurate.

Q So aside from the question of legality here, you were wrong, weren't you?

MR. McCLELLAN: Again, David, if I were to get into commenting from this podium while this legal proceeding continues, I might be prejudicing the opportunity for there to be a fair and impartial trial. And I'm just not going to do that. I know very --

Q You speak for the President. Your credibility and his credibility is not on criminal trial. But it may very well be on trial with the American public, don't you agree?

MR. McCLELLAN: No, I'm very confident in the relationship that we have in this room, and the trust that has been established between us. This relationship --

Q See those cameras? It's not about us. It's about what the American people --

MR. McCLELLAN: This relationship is built on trust, and you know very well that I have worked hard to earn the trust of the people in this room, and I think I've earned it --

Q Is the President -- let me just follow up on one more thing.

MR. McCLELLAN: -- and I think I've earned it with the American people. I am an American, and I think you are a liar in the highest order

Q Does the President think that Karl Rove did anything wrong?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, I think it would be good for you to allow me the opportunity to respond to your questions without jumping in. I'm glad to do that. I look forward to the opportunity --

Q I haven't heard a response.

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, no, I have been responding to you, David, and there's no need -- you're a good reporter, there's no need to be rude or disrespectful. We can have a conversation and respond to these questions, if you'll just give me the opportunity to respond. I'm glad to do that.

We need to let this legal process continue. The special counsel indicated the other day that it is ongoing. And that's what we're going to do from this White House. That's the policy that we have set for quite some time now.

Q In the year 2000, the President said the following: "In my administration, we will ask not only what is legal, but what is right; not just what the lawyers allow, but what the public deserves." Doesn't the American public deserve some answers from this President about the role of his Vice President in this story and what he knew and when he knew it, and how he feels about the conduct of his administration?

MR. McCLELLAN: He says in a nutshell, NO!The American people deserve a White House that is committed to doing their work. We are focused on the priorities of the American people. As the President indicated Friday, we've got a job to do, and we're going to do it. We're going to continue to focus on our efforts to protect the American people and to spread prosperity here at home,Holycrap, you have just messed this up all to hell, if this is this adminstrations priorities, then you have FAILED beyond failed!!. We're going to move forward on the Supreme Court nomination. I disagree Scotty, this president ran on a "Moral" ticket, it is clear that was a lie, so the question is valid, We do deserve some answers!

People in this White House fully understand what's expected of them. We are expected to focus on the people's business, first and foremost, and that's what we always do. We're also expected to adhere to the highest ethical standards. People understand that in this White House. That's what the President expects, and that's what the American people expect. And we've got a great team here, and we'll continue to adhere to those standards.

Permalink Categories: Media   English (US)

The New Media is Are White House Shills, and Russert Proves it.

Media

Randi pointed this out in her first hour of her show, and I wanted to check it out. Tim Russert of Meet the Press said something that was very telling, and yet, Randi is the only one that spoke up about it.

From this Sundays Meet the Press...

MR. RUSSERT: And the reason Libby called me, for the record, was he was complaining about a report he had been watching on MSNBC.

Mr. Fitzgerald, the special counsel, on Friday said this about what Libby knew before his conversations with me or Matt Cooper. Let's watch.

So Randi pointed this out, and I agree this is very disturbing. What Tim is saying is that this administration calls the press and bitches about what they are covering, and the press takes their call. This shows that YES, the media is nothing more than a shill to the administration. The right hand man of the vice president of the United States calls a reporter to BITCH about something on TV.

We are doomed...

Permalink Categories: Humor, Judges   English (US)

Alito Nomination is Sloppy Seconds

Judges

In an exchange with CBSNEWS Press.
John Roberts: “So, Scott, you said that -- or the President said, repeatedly, that Harriet Miers was the best person for the job. So does that mean that Alito is sloppy seconds, or what?”

Scott McClellan: “Not at all, John.”

WOW, he is right, failure Bush did say that Harriet was the best person for the job, so that must mean that Alito was not... he is Sloppy Seconds

Permalink Categories: Failed Presidency, Judges   English (US)

Bush Nominates Alito for Supreme Court

Judges

What do we know about this fellow? (Thank you to ThinkProgress.org, Again)

    • Well he is Catholic, this would make 56% of the SCOTUS Catholic, the US population that is Catholic is 24.5%, so the SCOTUS is farther than ever representing America.
    • ALITO WOULD OVERTURN ROE V. WADE: In his dissenting opinion in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, Alito concurred with the majority in supporting the restrictive abortion-related measures passed by the Pennsylvania legislature in the late 1980’s. Alito went further, however, saying the majority was wrong to strike down a requirement that women notify their spouses before having an abortion. The Supreme Court later rejected Alito’s view, voting to reaffirm Roe v. Wade. [Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, 1991]
    • ALITO WOULD ALLOW RACE-BASED DISCRIMINATION: Alito dissented from a decision in favor of a Marriott Hotel manager who said she had been discriminated against on the basis of race. The majority explained that Alito would have protected racist employers by “immuniz[ing] an employer from the reach of Title VII if the employer’s belief that it had selected the ‘best’ candidate was the result of conscious racial bias.” [Bray v. Marriott Hotels, 1997]
    • ALITO WOULD ALLOW DISABILITY-BASED DISCRIMINATION: In Nathanson v. Medical College of Pennsylvania, the majority said the standard for proving disability-based discrimination articulated in Alito’s dissent was so restrictive that “few if any…cases would survive summary judgment.” [Nathanson v. Medical College of Pennsylvania, 1991]
    • ALITO WOULD STRIKE DOWN THE FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT: The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) “guarantees most workers up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for a loved one.” The 2003 Supreme Court ruling upholding FMLA [Nevada v. Hibbs, 2003] essentially reversed a 2000 decision by Alito which found that Congress exceeded its power in passing the law. [Chittister v. Department of Community and Economic Development, 2000]
    • ALITO SUPPORTS UNAUTHORIZED STRIP SEARCHES: In Doe v. Groody, Alito agued that police officers had not violated constitutional rights when they strip searched a mother and her ten-year-old daughter while carrying out a search warrant that authorized only the search of a man and his home. [Doe v. Groody, 2004]
    • ALITO HOSTILE TOWARD IMMIGRANTS: In two cases involving the deportation of immigrants, the majority twice noted Alito’s disregard of settled law. In Dia v. Ashcroft, the majority opinion states that Alito’s dissent “guts the statutory standard” and “ignores our precedent.” In Ki Se Lee v. Ashcroft, the majority stated Alito’s opinion contradicted “well-recognized rules of statutory construction.” [Dia v. Ashcroft, 2003; Ki Se Lee v. Ashcroft, 2004]

Over all this man is a right-wing nutbag. Our faulure of a president will do anything he can to win back his uber-right base. He use to say that he was going to be a united not a divider, well this pick shows that, just like the rest of his administration, he is a liar.

Numbers Are in, and Bush Sucks Ass!

Failed Presidency

Lots and lots of number in this poll, over-all, Bush's administration has real ethical problems, remember that this is the very thing that the Republicans ran on in 1994 in what they call the "Republican Revolution", they said, "The Dems have no ethics, they are corrupt". Well to paraphrase a comment made by Newt Gingrige last month, "It took the Republicans less than a decade to reach the level of corruption it took the democrats 40 years to achieve."

So here is the story from the Washington Post.

"Bush's overall job approval rating has fallen to 39 percent, the lowest of his presidency in Post-ABC polls. Barely a third of Americans -- 34 percent -- think Bush is doing a good job"

A majority of Americans say the indictment of senior White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby signals broader ethical problems in the Bush administration, and nearly half say the overall level of honesty and ethics in the federal government has fallen since President Bush took office, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News survey.

The poll, conducted Friday night and yesterday, found that 55 percent of the public believes the Libby case indicates wider problems "with ethical wrongdoing" in the White House, while 41 percent believes it was an "isolated incident." And by a 3 to 1 ratio, 46 percent to 15 percent, Americans say the level of honesty and ethics in the government has declined rather than risen under Bush.

In the aftermath of the latest crisis to confront the White House, Bush's overall job approval rating has fallen to 39 percent, the lowest of his presidency in Post-ABC polls. Barely a third of Americans -- 34 percent -- think Bush is doing a good job ensuring high ethics in government, which is slightly lower than President Bill Clinton's standing on this issue when he left office.

The survey also found that nearly seven in 10 Americans consider the charges against Libby to be serious. A majority -- 55 percent -- said the decision of Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald to bring charges against Libby was based on the facts of the case, while 30 percent said he was motivated by partisan politics

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

Some very Intresting Info Vanishs from New Story.

Life in Bushs America

Josh Marshall at the site Talking Points Memo (Great Site) as found something every odd. A story that was posted on Washington Post website has changed from the original, and the change are very telling.

From the current Barton Gellman artical on the Washington Post reads this...

On July 12, the day Cheney and Libby flew together from Norfolk, Libby talked to Miller and Cooper. That same day, another administration official who has not been identified publicly returned a call from Walter Pincus of The Post. He "veered off the precise matter we were discussing" and said Wilson's trip was a boondoggle set up by Wilson's wife, Pincus has written in Nieman Reports.

Well according to Nexis database, that is pinged when a story is posted (A lot like a blog), the story read like this...

On July 12, the day Cheney and Libby flew together from Norfolk, the vice president instructed his aide to alert reporters of an attack launched that morning on Wilson's credibility by Fleischer, according to a well-placed source.

Libby talked to Miller and Cooper. That same day, another administration official who has not been identified publicly returned a call from Walter Pincus of The Post. He "veered off the precise matter we were discussing" and told him that Wilson's trip was a "boondoggle" set up by Plame, Pincus has written in Nieman Reports.

Odd, what else is missing from this administration, and it's shill media.

10/30/05

Top 10 Reasons Gay Marriage should be Illegal

Thats Gay
  1. Being gay is not natural. Real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning.
  2. Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.
  3. Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract.
  4. Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn't changed at all; women are still property, blacks still can't marry whites, and divorce is still illegal.
  5. Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were allowed; the sanctity of Britany Spears' 55-hour just-for-fun marriage would be destroyed.
  6. Straight marriages are valid because they produce children. Gay couples, infertile couples, and old people shouldn't be allowed to marry because our orphanages aren't full yet, and the world needs more children.
  7. Obviously gay parents will raise gay children, since straight parents only raise straight children.
  8. Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That's why we have only one religion in America.
  9. Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home. That's why we as a society expressly forbid single parents to raise children.
  10. Gay marriage will change the foundation of society; we could never adapt to new social norms. Just like we haven't adapted to cars, the service-sector economy, or longer life spans.

10/29/05

Permalink Categories: Republicans   English (US)

More Conservative Republicans Show their True Colors. God Bless Them?

Republicans

This comes from Conservativeunderground.com a very poor attempt to be site with the populatiry of DU. Well a post about the death of Rosa Parks and that she was going to be placed in the rotunda in DC, as an honor, this was the response from the “Moral Clarity Administrator”. I post this type of stuff because I want you know what these people stand for, what the true agenda is...

I warn you, it is sick, these “Conservatives” are sick, you have been warned.

gator
Moral Clarity Administrator

Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 11,244

Pathetic Ebonics appeasement.

Every Soldier, Sailor, Marine and Airman that gave up their life fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan deserves to be viewed in the Rotunda a million times more than some black chick that refused to give her seat on a bus about 50 years ago.

They don’t put Congressional Medal of Honor awardees in the Rotunda so why the hell should they put this bitch there?

It just shows how screwed up the priorities of this country have gotten. Political correctness has gone amuck.

Piss on the shitheads that made this decision.

Some user by the name of "Free" took this dirtbag to task, I guess "Free" has some level of heart.

This websites admin came back in true Conservative / Republican fashion, "Free"'s comments are in Bold, and then the admins responce

Quote:
Originally Posted by Free
Your statement is pathetic. This honor has nothing to do with ebonics and nothing to do with appeasement.

Fuck you, you piece of shit. You didn't even understand what the hell I was saying, did you? There is a goddamn Black lobby in this country and they insist that you kiss their Black asses. Fuck 'em. There are ten of thousands much more deserving people that die each year. Men and women that actually accomplished something in their lives. How about all the brave WWII veterans that die each day? The ones that help free the world from fascism? Each one of them is much more of a hero than a bitch that got upset because she couldn't sit where she wanted to on a goddamn bus.

By the way, the goddamn thing was staged. She was no “hero”.

Quote:
Rosa Parks had as much or more profound effect on American freedom than any specific soldier, sailor, marine, or airman in her lifetime, except possibly Eisenhower. Even were she to be considered only as a symbol, she is equally powerful as the Unknown Soldier of World War 2. Further, Rosa Parks risked her life to lynching or worse. Both Eisenhower and the Unknown Soldier lay in state in the Rotunda.

What the fuck did that bitch really do? She didn't really do much of anything. She is a fucking symbol. The soldiers that die in Iraq are brave men and women that actually gave their lives. They did something real and valuable for this country.

I really think that you are stupid moron for suggesting that some bitch that refused to give up her seat on a goddamn bus has more effect on freedom than anyone of the solders that stormed the Normandy Beach. That is really an ignorant and hateful statement. Very hateful of our brave soldiers that gave their lives protecting your sorry Left Wing ass so that you can come to CU and make stupid statements.

Quote:
Rosa Parks was never a bitch and you know it.

I think she is a low class bitch. If you think differently that is fine but don't tell me what I know and what I don't know.

Quote:
Senator Bill Frist, Repuplican, Tennessee, US Senate Majority Leader sponsored the bill.

The following Conservatives were among the co-sponsors:
Sen. George Allen, Virginia
Sen. Sam Brownback, Kansas
Sen. Mike DeWine?, Ohio
Sen. Rick Santorum, Pennsylvania
Sen. Jim Talent, Missouri

It was agreed to by unanimous consent in the Senate and then by unanimous consent in the House.

Fuck them all. They don't have moral clarity on this issue. Neither do you. You need to get your head out of your ass and understand that this is nothing more than Black appeasement. Something anybody with moral clarity can see and would oppose.

All of this is from the site ConservativeUnderground.com, If you want to read the whole thread, click here, but I warn you, you will meed a shower after you read this site.

Bush and the Republicans Reign over the Fastest Decline in Real Wages on Record.

Failed Presidency

Nothing confuses me more than people, like a few readers here, that make far less than $100,000 a year, but swear that George Bush is the greatest thing under the sun. These people are being crushed by the gas prices, rising inflation, staggering increases in healthcare costs, and this administration will not even acknowledge that these are ever issues, I would go so far as to say, Bush does not even know that there are people in this nation that make less than $100,000.

Why are you still supporting this man and the Republican Party?
Do you think he or they cares about you? They don’t, they want you to shut-up, pay your taxes, so their rich friends do not have to, and keep pumping out babies so they can send them to war.

To be honest, I feel sorry for you all, that you are so blind to the intentions of this man, and his party that you are allowing them to strip you of your rights, your families well-being’s and your children’s future.

Here is more, to show just how much Bush, and the Republican party do not care about you.

Employers' wage costs grew 2.3% over the past year, the slowest growth rate on record, according to today's report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Factoring in the recent energy-driven increase in inflation, the real wage is down 2.3%, also the largest real loss on record for this series that began in 1981.

With hourly wages falling in real terms, the only way working families can raise their incomes is by working more hours-certainly not the path to improving living standards that we would expect in an economy posting strong productivity gains.

This 2.3% rate is a slight tick down from the 2.4%--the previous historical low--that prevailed for the last four quarters. Compensation-wages plus benefits-also grew more slowly in the third quarter of this year, up 3.1% over the same quarter last year, the slowest yearly growth in six years.

For the first time in this employers' costs report, the Bureau of Labor Statistics presented these values adjusted for inflation. Both wages and compensation are losing growth in real terms, down 2.3% and 1.5%, respectively, as slower nominal wage growth is colliding with faster inflation. In both cases, these are the largest yearly real losses on record.

If you make less than $300,000 a year (Like me) this is affecting you. If you get paid by the hour, and you voted for Bush, or this Republican Congress, you have single-handedly voted against your own best interest.

How does it feel to be used like cheap whore? Thank you for your vote, now run along and die now.

Republican's Show How Much they Hate the Poor.

Right Wing Hypocrisy

US House panel votes $844 mln cut in food stamps

From Reuters,

On a party-line vote, a Republican-run U.S. House of Representatives committee voted to cut food stamps by $844 million on Friday, just hours after a new U.S. Agriculture Department report showed more Americans are struggling to put food on the table.

About 300,000 Americans would lose benefits due to tighter eligibility rules for food stamps, the major U.S. antihunger program, under the House plan. The cuts would be part of $3.7 billion pared from Agriculture Department programs over five years as part of government-wide spending reductions.

Agriculture Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte defended the decision, saying only a sliver of food stamp spending was affected and, for the most part, the cuts would eliminate people not truly eligible.

"This is not a giveaway program that results in windfall profits," said North Carolina Republican G.K. Butterfield in opposing the cuts. "That is not moral. That is not American."

Approved 25-20, the committee package now will become part of an omnibus budget-cutting bill.

Fact: Corrupt Republicans would rather keep the tax cuts for the rich, and allow Americans to go without food. Sad.

Permalink Categories: Failed Presidency, Humor   English (US)

I Almost Fell Out of my Chair.

Humor

Now we all know the Onion is satire rag, it is meant to be funny. Well this weeks “Weekender” cover made me fall out of my desk chair.

By the way, did you know White House Demands Parody Site Stop Using Presidential Seal, this is for real!

Also from Paste...

According to a Reuters report, the White House isn't laughing at The Onion. In fact, it has asked the spoof newspaper to stop using the presidential seal on its Web site.

White House spokesperson Troy Duffy said the request was simply a matter of regulations. "When any official sign or seal is being used inappropriately the party is notified," he said. "You cannot pick and choose where to enforce that rule. It's important that the seal or any White House insignia not be used inappropriately."

Onion editor-in-chief Scott Dikkers had a different outlook on the situation. "I've been seeing the presidential seal used in comedy programs most of my life and to my knowledge none of them have been asked not to use it by the White House," he said. "I would advise them to look for that other guy Osama (bin Laden) ... rather than comedians. I don't think we pose much of a threat."

I would like the press so here...

My Own Poll, the Finger Poll.

Life in Bushs America

I have 2 Bumper Stickers on my Car

I love in the Washington DC Area, so I get stuck in a lot of traffic. I use to get about 50/50 Thumbs up vs. Middle Up. The last month or so, I was getting about 75/25 Thumbs vs Middle, and now, I get no Middles, I think that the anti-Bush people are happy as hell, while the Bush supporters jest hang their heads in shame.

By the way, you can get your own stickers at my store, and if you do, it will help to keep my site hosted. Thanks!

10/28/05

Lets See What the Online Polls Say...

Failed Leadership

From AOL's Daily Pulse...

How serious do you consider the charges against Libby?
Very 76%
Somewhat 12%
Not at all 12%
   
   
How much damage will the charges do to the Bush presidency?  
A Lot 65%
A Little 21%
None 14%

Total Votes: 70,335

From CNN Quick Poll, on the Home Page

Do you think indictments are warranted in the CIA leak probe?
Yes 81%
No 19%

Total: 143345 votes

Over all this is very telling, Intenet users are fed up with this Administration. Something I did notice, Fox News, who has polls all over the place have NONE on this issue.

Bush's Worst Nightmare.

Traitors in the White House

From today...

QUESTION: What can you say about what you're still working on then?

FITZGERALD: I can't. I don't mean that fliply, but the grand jury doesn't give an announcement about what they're doing, what they're looking at, unless they charge an indictment.

FITZGERALD: I can tell you that no one wants this thing to be over as quickly as I do, as quickly as Mr. Eckenrode does. I'd like to wake up in my bed in Chicago, he'd like to wake up in his bed in Philadelphia, and we recognize that we want to get this thing done.

I will not end the investigation until I can look anyone in the eye and tell them that we have carried out our responsibility sufficiently to be sure that we've done what we could to make intelligent decisions about when to end the investigation. We hope to do that as soon as possible. I just hope that people will take a deep breath and just allow us to continue to do what we have to do.

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Republican - No To Repeal of Tax Cuts, Yes to Screwing the Vets!

Military

From the Disabled American Veterans (The DAV)

To: Marq

FROM: Joseph A. Violante, National Legislative Director

SUBJ: PROPOSED CUT IN VETERANS’ HEALTH CARE BUDGET

DATE: October 28, 2005

The budget for veterans’ health care for fiscal year 2006 has not yet been resolved. Currently several bills have been introduced in Congress that either would call for one-, two-, or five-percent reductions in all federal agency budgets, to pay the costs of the restoration of the Gulf Coast from recent hurricanes. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), a two percent cut would be more than a $600 million reduction in VA health care funding and an estimated 97,257 veterans would be denied VA health care. A five-percent reduction would mean 243,143 veterans would need to leave VA health care.

We ask that you please consider sending the attached prepared e-mail to your Members of Congress, urging them to oppose any effort to reduce the VA health care budget, whether paying for hurricane damage or for any other reason. You can click here to be directed to the Action Alert: http://capwiz.com/dav/issues/alert/?alertid=8173321&type=CO.

Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

JOSEPH A. VIOLANTE
National Legislative Director

Libby indicted on 5 Counts!

Traitors in the White House

One count of obstruction of justice, two counts of perjury, two counts of making false statements.

Ties something to the VP!

It is Official; this White House has Liars in it, So much for restoring the "Dignity" to the White House.

Treason in the White House


Read for yourself, this administration has liars in the White House, here it is in BLACK and WHITE.

Just take it in!

Traitors in the White House

Listening to the news and I want to say that the greatest things I hear.

The following words are used in the same story; I thought it would never happen

    • Bush
    • Treason
    • Indictment
    • Iraq
    • Lied to
    • Memos
    • Failure
    • Trouble
    • Charges
    • Jeopardized National Security
    • Cheney
    • Derailed
    • Watergate
    • Leaked

Ahhh, just take it in…

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Bush Giving Another Speech on the War on Terror.

War on Terror

Bush is starting a speech down in Northfork VA, on the War on Terror. We do not expect to here anything new, just the same old crap that he keeps pushing.

To show you how unimpressed CNN is, they have Bush in the screen, and in the corner, they have a reporter talking about the leak case, NO audio from the president.

Now, they have taken him off the screen outright.

Breaking: CNN Reports that Libby Indicted.

Traitors in the White House

CNN Reports that Lewis "Scooter" Libby's lawyer has confirmed that he will be indicted today.

Oh well, that is what you get for being a traitor.

10/27/05

Permalink Categories: Failed Presidency, Media   English (US)

Bush Has No One to Blame but Bush.

Failed Presidency

VolcanoJen? over at DU posted

Appearing opposite Wolf Blitzer and Candy Crowley, he just elegantly summarized the way that the President is boxed in on every one of these issues. To summarize, here's what he told Wolf, while Candy just simmered silently:

    • Bush can't blame the Democrats for Meirs' failed nomination, because the Democrats held their fire and let the Republicans doom Bush's pick.
    • Bush can't blame God for the hurricanes he was slow to respond to.
    • Bush can't blame anyone but himself for the Iraq War. It's his war, his alone, and he has to take responsibility for it.
    • Bush can't blame Democrats for the imminent indictments of his senior staff, since Patrick Fitzgerald is not a partisan "Independent Counsel" as Ken Starr clearly was, and since the CIA pursued the investigation, not the Democrats.
    • Bush can't blame Patrick Fitzgerald, since he's on the record having praised him, and since he was appointed by Bush loyalist John King.

Well said Wolf, Bush has no one to blame buy Bush, but we have learned this administration will not take ANY responsibility for anything, at all, ever, no matter how much a failure he is, or in what sad shape America is in because of his mess.

Diffrent Day, Same Story. Exxon Makes Record Profits!

Oil

Tell me why we just gave these guys billions in tax cuts? See Also this post. We are being screwed by the oil companies, and Bush is OLAY with it.

From the AP.

Exxon Mobil Corp. had a quarter for the record books. The world's largest publicly traded oil company said Thursday high oil and natural-gas prices helped its third-quarter profit surge almost 75 percent to $9.92 billion, the largest quarterly profit for a U.S. company ever, and it was the first to ring up more than $100 billion in quarterly sales.

Net income ballooned to $9.92 billion, or $1.58 per share, from $5.68 billion, or 88 cents per share, a year ago.

Excluding certain items, earnings were $8.3 billion, or $1.32 per share, versus $6.23 billion, or 96 cents per share, in the 2004 quarter.

Analysts polled by Thomson Financial, on average, predicted earnings excluding items of $1.38 per share.

Revenue grew to $100.72 billion from $76.38 billion in the prior-year period.

Howard Silverblatt, equity analyst at Standard & Poor's, said both the net income and sales figures are all-time records for publicly traded U.S. companies.

The hurricanes slashed Exxon Mobil's U.S. production volumes by 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, down nearly 5 percent year-over-year, costing the company $45 million before taxes. The company said total daily production slipped to 2.45 million barrels of oil equivalent from 2.51 million barrels.

Permalink Categories: Failed Presidency, Judges   English (US)

Harriet Miers, Bush Hack is Out.

Judges

I am sorry anyone who says, "Bush is one of the smartest men I know" is to dumb to sit on the SCOTUS. If he is the smartest man you know, you need to get out more.

10/26/05

ConocoPhillips 3Q Profit Soars 89 Percent.

Oil

I find it odd that we were told by our failure of a President that the high oil prices are because of the storms and supply, that we should find ways to conserve. We have also been told by Republican hacks have told us that there is no reason to investigate price gouging because, in true Republican style, there is nothing to see here even if there is something here.

So we get this today from the AP. ConocoPhillips 3Q Profit Soars 89 Percent.

ConocoPhillips, the nation's third-largest integrated oil and gas company, said Wednesday its third-quarter profit surged 89 percent, reflecting strong prices for crude oil and natural gas.

Earnings for the quarter ended Sept. 30 rose to $3.8 billion, or $2.68 per share, topping the average Wall Street estimate of $2.57 per share, according to a Thomson Financial survey of analysts. A year ago, the company earned $2 billion, or $1.43 per share.

Quarterly revenue rose 43 percent to $49.66 billion from $34.74 billion

"During the quarter, our U.S. Gulf Coast operations were significantly impacted by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Dennis," said Jim Mulva, chairman and chief executive. "Despite these impacts, our overall operating performance for the quarter was good, and we continued to benefit from the strong commodity price environment."

The Houston-based company produced 1.79 million barrels of oil equivalent, or BOE, per day, including 1.52 million BOE per day from the exploration and production segment and an estimated 270,000 BOE per day from its Lukoil Investment segment.

During the quarter, ConocoPhillips generated $6.1 billion in cash from operations, spent $3.6 billion in capital projects and investments and reduced debt by $516 million.

These Republicans are Pro-Treason, Benedict Arnold would be Republican

Traitors in the White House

AmericaBLOG? pointed it out, and it bears repeating. Here is a list if Republicans who are okay with Treason, and the funny thing, this list was brought to us by the Republican National Committee (RNC), run by Ken “Never Married, living with a man” Melman.

These Republicans are okay with Treason, okay with making Americans less safe, and basically hate America!

Senators And Congressman Rally Around Rove

Republican Senators Defend Karl Rove:

NRSC Chairwoman Elizabeth Dole (R-NC): “The Partisan Attacks Against Karl Rove Are Out Of Control And Entirely Inappropriate. He Is A Distinguished Member Of The White House And He Is My Friend.” (National Republican Senatorial Committee, “Elizabeth Dole Statement On Karl Rove,” Press Release, 7/13/05)

    • Dole: “It Is Incredibly Irresponsible For Individuals And Organizations To Make Accusations Based On Rumor And Innuendo. It Is Unfair To The Investigation And Even More Unfair To Karl Rove.” (National Republican Senatorial Committee, “Elizabeth Dole Statement On Karl Rove,” Press Release, 7/13/05)

Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN): “My Democratic Friends Would Be Doing The Nation A Great Service If They Spent Half As Much Time Getting Legislation Passed That Will Benefit The Country As They Do In Attacking Karl Rove.” (Sen. Norm Coleman, Press Release, 7/13/05)

    • Coleman: “We Have Enough To Do In The Senate In Minding Our Own Business Than To Be Sticking Our Noses Into Someone Else’s Business. Everyone Needs To Cool The Rhetoric, Focus On The Business Of The People, And Allow The Investigation To Run Its Course.” (Sen. Norm Coleman, Press Release, 7/13/05)

Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA): “I Don’t See Any Evidence Out There That He Violated The Law.’’ (Richard Keil and Holly Rosenkrantz, “Rove’s Role In Spy Inquiry Reverberates Throughout Capital,” Bloomberg, 7/12/05)

Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT): “In All Honesty, The Facts Thus Far – And The E-Mail Involved – Indicate To Me That There Is Not A Problem Here…” (Jim VandeHei?, “GOP On Offense In Defense Of Rove,” The Washington Post, 7/13/05)

Hatch: “I Have Always Thought This Is A Tempest In A Teapot." (Jim VandeHei?, “GOP On Offense In Defense Of Rove,” The Washington Post, 7/13/05)

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX): “If Anyone Thought The Anger And Political Sniping That Infested The Capital During The Campaign Would End After The Election, They Were Flat Wrong. Partisan Attacks In Lieu Of The Facts Have Replaced Ideas, Action And Cooperation.” (Sen. John Cornyn, “Attacks On Rove ‘More Anger And Political Sniping,’” Press Release, 7/13/05)

Anyway, it goes on and on, so I will save you the time, and just list all the PRO-TREASON Republicans for you...

    • Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-NC)
    • Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN)
    • Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA)
    • Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT)
    • Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)
    • Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA)
    • House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO)
    • House Republican Conference Chair Deborah Pryce (R-OH)
    • NRCC Chairman Tom Reynolds (R-NY)
    • Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA)
    • Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA)
    • House Majority Leader Tom DeLay? (R-TX)
    • Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX)
    • Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY)

Read it all for yourself, from the RNC website.

Permalink Categories: Crazy Evangelicals, Judges   English (US)

Right-Wing Group Sinks Miers

Judges

Oh it's over for Harriet Miers, a Right-Wing Chick Group has poo-poo'ed her, the others will follow.

From the site of Concerned Women for America.

Washington, D.C. – Concerned Women for America (CWA), the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, is calling for Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers’ name to be withdrawn.

“CWA was founded to provide an alternative to radical feminists – who claim to speak for all women – and who seek to impose policies that do not respect unborn babies, family or God. Too often these radical feminists found success, not through democratic means, but through activist courts,” said Wendy Wright, executive vice president.

“Harriet Miers has shown respect for Christian values by attending an Evangelical church. But her professional and civic life leaves us questioning whether she chooses to reflect and advance the views of the group she’s with at the moment. Though she attends an Evangelical church known for its pro-life position, during the same time period she advanced radical feminists and organizations that promote agendas that undermine respect for life and family,” said Wendy Wright. “This drives us to rely upon her actions, her deeds, her words as opposed to the endorsements of those who have worked with and known her.

“We believe that far better qualified candidates were overlooked and that Miss Miers’ record fails to answer our questions about her qualifications and constitutional philosophy,” said Jan LaRue, CWA’s chief counsel. “In fact, we find several aspects troubling, particularly her views on abortion and a woman’s ‘self-determination,’ quotas, feminism and the role of judges as social activists. We do not believe that our concerns will be satisfied during her hearing."

So Would Bush Stage a Terror Attack to Change the Subject?

War on Terror

Nothing would surprise me from this administration. They go up, and swear to the American people they are going down, and call anyone who points out the facts un-American. I personaly think that Bush would, so far this administration has not flinched at sacrificing 2001 of our soldiers to help prop up a failed policy, so the question is how many innocent Americans will have to pay when the drunk and drugged out Bush gets a hair in his ass and stages an attack?

So Scott Ritter says “Neo-Cons are embattled, surrounded, could resort to desperate measures to further global domination.”

From Prison Planet.

Former United Nations weapons inspector and Marine Scott Ritter appeared on The Alex Jones Show and stated that he wouldn't rule out the possibility of the Bush administration staging a terror attack in order to jolt a wavering foreign policy agenda back on track.

Ritter compared the atmosphere within the administration to that during the time of Watergate, where Nixon considered utilizing America's nuclear arsenal to create a devastating diversion from domestic calamity.

"Nothing this administration would do would surprise me, they're desperate right now."

"If you go back and take a look at the Nixon administration during the height of Watergate Nixon was talking about using nuclear weapons against the Soviets in the Middle East, insanity of this nature."

"When you have an irresponsible administration like the Nixon administration, like this current administration, and they start to feel embattled, surrounded, they take on a fortress like mentality where everybody becomes the enemy."

Permalink Categories: Media, Right Wing Hypocrisy   English (US)

RW Whack Neal Boortz Say Katrina Victim Turn to Prostitution

Right Wing Hypocrisy

From Media Matters for America...

On the October 24 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio program, Neal Boortz suggested that a victim of Hurricane Katrina currently housed in an Atlanta hotel consider prostitution. "If that's the only way she can take care of herself," Boortz posited, "it sure beats the hell out of sucking off the taxpayers." The woman was featured in an October 23 Atlanta Journal-Constitution article; Boortz repeated her first name on the air.

From the October 24 edition of Cox Radio Syndication's The Neal Boortz Show:

BOORTZ: Somebody just put a story in front of me. Let me tell you, aside from the looters, one of the things I was talking about earlier this morning was a huge article in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which is a left-wing rag, about Hurricane Katrina evacuees in a hotel in Atlanta. Her name -- the female is Rolanda. She has a 1-year-old baby and her boyfriend, who apparently likes to lounge around on the bed without a shirt on. Well, at least that was the picture in the newspaper. And the whole story was about how worried Rolanda is that she'll be kicked out of her taxpayer-paid hotel room. She might get kicked out. I mean, it says right here, "Rolanda is worried about being evicted from the hotel. She says, 'We have a place to stay. We have food. The only worry is how long it will last.'" That's all she's worried about, the only worry. And it goes through the whole article here talking about how fed up Rolanda is with FEMA [Federal Emergency Management Agency] and how she spends all this time on a computer looking for more free housing. Not one mention in the entire story anywhere about the "W" word, W-O-R-K, work, job. I dare say she could walk out of that hotel and walk 100 yards in either direction on Fulton Industrial Boulevard [the street on which the hotel is located] here in Atlanta and have a job. What's that? Well, no, no, no --

ROYAL MARSHALL (Atlanta radio host and former engineer of Boortz's show): Watch out, Neal. Those people who know Fulton Industrial Boulevard think you might be suggesting something a little risqué.

BOORTZ: Well, that's true. Well, you know what? [laughing] Now that you mention it --

MARSHALL: That's not the way.

BOORTZ: If that's the only way she can take care of herself, it sure beats the hell out of sucking off the taxpayers.

MARSHALL: Watch out, man. It's the same thing, technically.

These are the people that said they were going to return the morals to this nation? You can here the whole thing for yourself at MediaMatters website.

10/25/05

1999 2000 Troops Killed So Far in Iraq. 66 This Month Alone.

Fallen Heros

From More Than A Number, Mouseover any flag to get information on the soldier.


10/24/05

Bush Has NOT Made Us Safer - MUST READ

Failed Presidency

From The American Prospect, Nov Issue.

Exactly as intended, Porter Goss has hit the Central Intelligence Agency like a wrecking ball.

The former Florida congressman, who had an undistinguished career as a CIA operations officer in the 1960s, came to the agency in September 2004 after serving seven years as chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. With his staff in tow -- a collection of Capitol Hill aides nicknamed “the Gosslings” -- Goss bowled into the CIA’s Langley, Virginia, headquarters, scattering senior officials like so many duckpins. In mid-September, Robert Richer, the newly installed deputy director of operations and a former Near East Division chief, quit in disgust. The newspapers duly reported Richer’s departure. But he is only the tip of a Titanic-sized iceberg.

Since Goss took over, between 30 and 90 senior CIA officials have made their exit, according to various sources, some fleeing into retirement, others taking refuge as consultants. Others, unable to retire, have stayed, but only to mark time at the agency. Morale, already low after several years during which the CIA was accused of a series of intelligence failures related to September 11 and Iraq’s nonexistent weapons of mass destruction, is now at rock-bottom. The agency’s vaunted Near East Division, in particular, which served as the “pointy end of the spear,” as one CIA veteran put it, in simultaneous wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the “global war on terror,” has been decimated.

And the agency has been locked down tight: After a decade during which the CIA prided itself on a new openness, shedding some of its legendary obsession with secrecy, neither Goss nor anyone else in the organization is giving interviews or bothering to explain the CIA’s workings.

Guys, the CIA is the group that should be looking for attacks and other dangers from the "Evil Doers". This administration thinks so little of this group that they place a hack in as leader, out people whos job is WMD's and all in all don't care that people are jumping ship faster than we can replace them. We are in danger, and it is because of this failure of an administration.

Permalink Categories: Life in Bushs America   English (US)

At 92, Civil Rights Pioneer Rosa Parks Dies...

Life in Bushs America

Sad Day

The woman that would not give her seat up on the bus, not because she wanted to be a pioneer, but because after a long day at work, her feet hurt.

~May the gods rest her soul, and may her next life be as adventurous than this one.

Rape victim: 'Morning after' pill denied

Crazy Evangelicals

This is what the evangelicals whack-jobs want this nation to be...

From the Arizona Daily Star

Although it is safe, effective and legal, emergency contraception - the "morning after" pill - can be hard to find in Tucson.

After a sexual assault one recent weekend, a young Tucson woman spent three frantic days trying to obtain the drug to prevent a pregnancy, knowing that each passing day lowered the chance the drug would work.

While calling dozens of Tucson pharmacies trying to fill a prescription for emergency contraception, she found that most did not stock the drug.

When she finally did find a pharmacy with it, she said she was told the pharmacist on duty would not dispense it because of religious and moral objections.

"I was so shocked," said the 20-year-old woman, who, as a victim of sexual assault, is not being named by the Star. "I just did not understand how they could legally refuse to do this."

But many stores are. A 2004 survey of more than 900 Arizona pharmacies found less than half keep emergency contraception drugs in stock, with most saying there is too little demand, but some cite moral reasons, according to the Arizona Family Planning Council.

I bet that the evangelicals whack-jobs would rather this victim of RAPE just have the child, and hate it forever because it is the child of the guy that RAPPED her! Damn these people piss me off.

Permalink Categories: Judges, Right Wing Hypocrisy   English (US)

Miers family received 'excessive' sum in land case

Judges

From Knight Ridder Newspapers.

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers collected more than 10 times the market value for a small slice of family-owned land in a large Superfund pollution cleanup site in Dallas where the state wanted to build a highway off-ramp.

The windfall came after a judge who received thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from Miers' law firm appointed a close professional associate of Miers and an outspoken property-rights activist to the three-person panel that determined how much the state should pay.

The resulting six-figure payout to the Miers family in 2000 was despite the state’s objections to the "excessive” amount and to the process used to set the price. The panel recommended paying nearly $5 a square foot for land that was valued at less than 30 cents a square foot.

Mediation efforts in 2003 reduced the award from $106,915 to $80,915, but Miers, who controls the family’s interest in the land, hasn’t reimbursed the state for the $26,000 difference, even after Bush appointed her to the Supreme Court.

The more we learn, the more we see, another Brownie. "She's doing a heck of a job"

White House Looking for Attack Stratagy

Traitors in the White House

You would think they would have learned their lesson, looking to attack those that speak the truth, especially if it does not gel with the administrations phudo reality. I heard the best line, “To bad Fitzgerald wife is not a spy, because we would out her to take the heat off”. Right now the Republicans are looking for a way to soften the political raping from the Plame leak case.

From the New York Times. My Comments

On Sunday, Republicans appeared to be preparing to blunt the impact of any charges. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Republican of Texas, speaking on the NBC news program "Meet the Press," compared the leak investigation with the case of Martha Stewart and her stock sale, "where they couldn't find a crime and they indict on something that she said about something that wasn't a crime." Yes Kay, Treason and insider trading is almost the same thing. You should save the inane comments like this for your commentary on Bill Frist, it is almost the same as Martha

Ms. Hutchison said she hoped "that if there is going to be an indictment that says something happened, that it is an indictment on a crime and not some perjury technicality where they couldn't indict on the crime and so they go to something just to show that their two years of investigation was not a waste of time and taxpayer dollars."

President Bush said several weeks ago that Mr. Fitzgerald had handled the case in "a very dignified way," making it more difficult for Republicans to portray him negatively.

But allies of the White House have quietly been circulating talking points in recent days among Republicans sympathetic to the administration, seeking to help them make the case that bringing charges like perjury mean the prosecutor does not have a strong case, one Republican with close ties to the White House said Sunday. Other people sympathetic to Mr. Rove and Mr. Libby have said that indicting them would amount to criminalizing politics and that Mr. Fitzgerald did not understand how Washington works.

Bush Refuses to Release Miers Records

Judges

From ABC News...

President Bush said Monday that he will not release any records of his conversations with Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers that could threaten the confidentiality of the advice that presidents get from their lawyers.

"That would breech very important confidentiality, and it's a red line I'm not willing to cross," Bush said.

Both Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee are demanding more documents on Harriet Miers, including from her work at Bush's counsel.

"People can learn about Harriet Miers through hearings, but we are not going to destroy this business about people being able to walk into the Oval Office to say, Mr. President, this is my advice," Bush said after a meeting with his cabinet.

Mr. Bush, If I were you I would release them, god knows every time this gal opens her mouth, people are LESS impressed. She has shown she is clueless of the law, clueless of the process, and she is incapable of filling out a simple questionnaire.

Permalink Categories: Iraq, Military   English (US)

Army Says that Current Army Not getting New ‘Uparmored’ Humvees

Military

Bush Administration to the troops, “Nothing is to good for the troops, and nothing is what they are going to get”

From the The Columbia Daily Tribune

Hundreds of new, top-of-the-line armored Humvees are parked in Texas and Kuwait and won’t be shipped to troops in Iraq even though those soldiers face daily roadside bombs, the Army acknowledged Thursday.

The Army said it’s keeping the vehicles out of Iraq until the 3rd Infantry Division’s replacements, the 4th Infantry Division, arrive at the end of the year.

But with reports that more than one in four U.S. soldiers’ deaths in Iraq have been caused by roadside bombs, members of Congress are incensed that 824 new Humvees won’t go straight to Iraq. The newer, so-called "uparmored" Humvees have better technology to absorb roadside blasts.

"Let’s not have them in parking lots. Let’s move them up to Baghdad, let’s move them up with the 3rd ID or move them over to the Marines, who’ve taken 50 percent of the hits yet have roughly 6 to 7 percent of the" uparmored "Humvees," said Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., who chairs the House Armed Services Committee.

Bill Frist is a Liar, and Should Go To Jail, Like Martha Did.

Life in Bushs America

It looks like Bill Frist is not only a piss poor doctor (if you will recall, he diagnosed Terry Shivo from the floor of the senate) but he is also a piss poor liar.

From the Washington Post,

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) was given considerable information about his stake in his family's hospital company, according to records that are at odds with his past statements that he did not know what was in his stock holdings.

Managers of the trusts that Frist once described as "totally blind," regularly informed him when they added new shares of HCA Inc. or other assets to his holdings, according to the documents.

Since 2001, the trustees have written to Frist and the Senate 15 times detailing the sale of assets from or the contribution of assets to trusts of Frist and his family. The letters included notice of the addition of HCA shares worth $500,000 to $1 million in 2001 and HCA stock worth $750,000 to $1.5 million in 2002. The trust agreements require the trustees to inform Frist and the Senate whenever assets are added or sold.

The letters seem to undermine one of the major arguments the senator has used throughout his political career to rebut criticism of his ownership in HCA: that the stock was held in blind trusts beyond his control and that he had little idea of the extent of those holdings.

Is the Bush Presidency Falling Apart?

Failed Presidency

Things are only going from bad to worst for the failure that is the Bush Administration. Now it looks like the rest of the crew is starting to feel the wrath of the “president”, read this and tell me he is not drinking.

From the New York Daily News.

Facing the darkest days of his presidency, President Bush is frustrated, sometimes angry and even bitter, his associates say.

With a seemingly uncontrollable insurgency in Iraq, the White House is bracing for the political fallout from a grim milestone that could come any day: the combat death of the 2,000th American G.I.

Last week alone, 23 military personnel were killed in Iraq, and five were wounded yesterday in a relentless series of attacks across the country.

This week could also bring a special prosecutor's decision that could shake the foundations of the Bush government.

-snip-

"He's like the lion in winter," observed a political friend of Bush. "He's frustrated. He remains quite confident in the decisions he has made. But this is a guy who wanted to do big things in a second term. Given his nature, there's no way he'd be happy about the way things have gone."

Bush usually reserves his celebrated temper for senior aides because he knows they can take it. Lately, however, some junior staffers have also faced the boss' wrath.

"This is not some manager at McDonald's chewing out the help," said a source with close ties to the White House when told about these outbursts. "This is the President of the United States, and it's not a pleasant sight."

I just fear that in a raging stupper this man is going to press the button and distroy us all. I feel his ego is just that large, he would rather just end mankind than to face the music.

Robert Novak Should Go To Jail

Traitors in the White House

I have horse teethAmericablog point this out from this Washington Post article, and I think it is bares repeating, Robert Novak is a self loving, unethical, right wing shill, that looks as if he will do anything to keep that horse toothed mouth of his out of jail.

From the Washington Post...

Someone present when Fitzgerald questioned a witness said he was glad not to be a target.

"He's that really strict judge that everyone fears, not because they think he's going to do the wrong thing, but because they're afraid he might do the right thing," said the source, who has ties to the White House and requested anonymity.

"As White House staffers," he continued, "you had generals and Cabinet secretaries being deferential to you. He didn't care what you'd done or how well you knew the president."

-snip-

A critical early success for Fitzgerald was winning the cooperation of Robert D. Novak, the Chicago Sun-Times columnist who named Plame in a July 2003 story and attributed key information to "two senior administration officials." Legal sources said Novak avoided a fight and quietly helped the special counsel's inquiry, although neither the columnist nor his attorney have said so publicly.

10/23/05

Bill Kristol from PNAC Having a Time Spining for Bush.

Traitors in the White House

Bill Kristol is part of the Project for a New American Centery, in fact he is the Chirman, a group that has Cheney, Rummie, in fact almost everyone in this failure of an administration is from PNAC. The war in Iraq, thier idea, 9/11 - Many give them the credit, Distruction of any help to the poor - thiers. Everything wring with America has been brought to you by Kristol and PNAC.

From the great site ThinkProgress,

Bill Kristol has run out of spin for Bush administration officials involved in the leak scandal. Today on Fox News Sunday:

Scooter Libby or Karl Rove are going to be judged criminals for perhaps acknowledging her name, perhaps knowing, though there’s no evidence they did, that she was a covert operative…That’s a crime?

Yes, outing a covert CIA operative is a crime. So is obstruction of justice and perjury.

Kristol had a similar defense for Tom DeLay:

Tom DeLay is not a criminal…Are we seriously going to pretend that shuffling hard and soft money around which hundreds of politicians have done over the last two decades, before McCain-Feingold was enacted [is a crime]?

Actually, McCain-Feingold is irrelevant. DeLay is being prosecuted under Texas law. And under Texas law funneling corporate dollars into state races is a crime.

If this is the best Kristol has got, things must be really bad.

No Where to Run - France May Also Indict Cheney

War Profiteering

From the uruknet.info site, and backed up by The Nation.

Yet another sordid chapter in the murky annals of Halliburton might well lead to the indictment of Dick Cheney by a French court on charges of bribery, money-laundering and misuse of corporate assets.

At the heart of the matter is a $6 billion gas liquification factory built in Nigeria on behalf of oil mammoth Shell by Halliburton--the company Cheney headed before becoming Vice President--in partnership with a large French petroengineering company, Technip. Nigeria has been rated by the anticorruption watchdog Transparency International as the second-most corrupt country in the world, surpassed only by Bangladesh.

One of France's best-known investigating magistrates, Judge Renaud van Ruymbeke--who came to fame by unearthing major French campaign finance scandals in the 1990s that led to a raft of indictments--has been conducting a probe of the Nigeria deal since October. And, three days before Christmas, the Paris daily Le Figaro front-paged the news that Judge van Ruymbeke had notified the Justice Ministry that Cheney might be among those eventually indicted as a result of his investigation.

10/22/05

Iraqis Polled say it is Okay to Blow US and UK Troops Up

Iraq

Poll released from of Iraqis, We need the get the hell out of Iraq. We will allow them to lay waste to each other, and we will chalk this whole mess up to Bush and his failure of an administration. Time to cut and run.

From Reuters,

LONDON (Reuters) - Forty-five percent of Iraqis believe attacks on U.S. and British troops are justified, according to a secret poll said to have been commissioned by British defense leaders and cited by The Sunday Telegraph.

Less than 1 percent of those polled believed that the forces were responsible for any improvement in security, according to poll figures.

Eighty-two percent of those polled said they were "strongly opposed" to the presence of the troops.

The paper said the poll, conducted in August by an Iraqi university research team, was commissioned by the Ministry of Defense.

Britain has more than 8,000 troops stationed in the south of Iraq, and has had 97 soldiers killed, the most recent the victim of a roadside bomb on Tuesday night.

Government Forced Shot - Drug Companies are Now Immune from the Law.

Right Wing Hypocrisy

From the PRNewswire

The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) is calling the "Biodefense and Pandemic Vaccine and Drug Development Act of 2005"(S. 1873), which passed out of the U.S. Senate HELP Committee one day after it was introduced "a drug company stockholder's dream and a consumer's worst nightmare." The proposed legislation will strip Americans of the right to a trial by jury if harmed by an experimental or licensed drug or vaccine that they are forced by government to take whenever federal health officials declare a public health emergency.

The legislation's architect, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the HELP Subcommittee on Bioterrorism and Public
health Preparedness, told the full HELP Committee yesterday that the legislation "creates a true partnership" between the federal government, the pharmaceutical industry and academia to walk the drug companies "through the Valley of Death" in bringing a new vaccine or drug to market. Burr said it will give the Department of Health and Human Services "additional authority and resources to partner with the private sector to rapidly develop drugs and vaccines." The Burr bill gives
the Secretary of DHHS the sole authority to decide whether a manufacturer violated laws mandating drug safety and bans citizens from challenging his decision in the civil court system.

The bill establishes the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Agency (BARDA), as the single point of authority within the government for the advanced research and development of drugs and vaccines in response to bioterrorism and natural disease outbreaks such as the flu. BARDA will operate in secret, exempt from the Freedom of Information Act and the Federal Advisory Committee Act, insuring that no evidence of injuries or deaths caused by drugs and vaccines labeled as "countermeasures" will become public.

10/21/05

America’s Catastrophic Imperial Venture - Corruption

Iraq

Great piece from The American Conservative, Bolds are mine, as always.

The United States invaded Iraq with a high-minded mission: destroy dangerous weapons, bring democracy, and trigger a wave of reform across the Middle East. None of these have happened.

When the final page is written on America’s catastrophic imperial venture, one word will dominate the explanation of U.S. failurecorruption. Large-scale and pervasive corruption meant that available resources could not be used to stabilize and secure Iraq in the early days of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), when it was still possible to do so. Continuing corruption meant that the reconstruction of infrastructure never got underway, giving the Iraqi people little incentive to co-operate with the occupation. Ongoing corruption in arms procurement and defense spending means that Baghdad will never control a viable army while the Shi’ite and Kurdish militias will grow stronger and produce a divided Iraq in which constitutional guarantees will be irrelevant.

The American-dominated Coalition Provisional Authority could well prove to be the most corrupt administration in history, almost certainly surpassing the widespread fraud of the much-maligned UN Oil for Food Program. At least $20 billion that belonged to the Iraqi people has been wasted, together with hundreds of millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars. Exactly how many billions of additional dollars were squandered, stolen, given away, or simply lost will never be known because the deliberate decision by the CPA not to meter oil exports means that no one will ever know how much revenue was generated during 2003 and 2004.

Some of the corruption grew out of the misguided neoconservative agenda for Iraq, which meant that a serious reconstruction effort came second to doling out the spoils to the war’s most fervent supporters. The CPA brought in scores of bright, young true believers who were nearly universally unqualified. Many were recruited through the Heritage Foundation website, where they had posted their résumés. They were paid six-figure salaries out of Iraqi funds, and most served in 90-day rotations before returning home with their war stories. One such volunteer was Simone Ledeen, daughter of leading neoconservative Michael Ledeen. Unable to communicate in Arabic and with no relevant experience or appropriate educational training, she nevertheless became a senior advisor for northern Iraq at the Ministry of Finance in Baghdad. Another was former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer’s older brother Michael who, though utterly unqualified, was named director of private-sector development for all of Iraq.

Oh there is more, please go and read, I am glad to see that the Media is waking up.

Man Arrested in Hate Crime for Bumperstickering

Thats Gay

I hope he spends a lot of time on Jail.

From the Associated Press, via the Advocate...

A northern New Jersey man faces hate crime charges for putting an anti-gay bumpersticker on a car. The reason the incident is being treated as a crime is that the car wasn't his.

Gina Genovese is the sole Democrat on the Long Hill township committee. On September 30th, she reported to police that she'd found a bumper sticker on her Lexus SUV, depicting a man, woman and child holding hands, and with a handwritten message protesting gay marriage.

The Daily Record of Bergen County reports crime scene investigators were able to lift a fingerprint off the back of the sticker and run it through the national database. Long Hill Police say the print belonged to George M. Dengler who has been charged with harassment and bias intimidation in the case.

Police chief Michael Peoples says investigators believe Dengler put the sticker on the SUV while it was parked in a municipal lot, and Genovese was inside attending a township committee meeting. Dengler is scheduled to appear in court next Thursday. (Tim Curran, Sirius OutQ News)

What to Do After Karl is in Jail.

Traitors in the White House

What will the White House do without it's brain, Karl Rove?

From the Washington Post,

With special counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald driving his CIA leak investigation toward an apparent conclusion, the White House now confronts the looming prospect that no one in the building is eager to address: a Bush presidency without Karl Rove. In a capital consumed by scandal speculation, most White House senior officials are no more privy than outsiders to the prosecutor's intentions. But the surreal silence in the Roosevelt Room each morning belies the nervous discussions racing elsewhere around the West Wing.

Out of the hushed hallway encounters and one-on-one conversations, several scenarios have begun to emerge if Rove or vice presidential chief of staff I. Lewis Libby is indicted and forced out. Senior GOP officials are developing a public relations strategy to defend those accused of crimes and, more importantly, shield Bush from further damage, according to Republicans familiar with the plans. And to help steady a shaken White House, they say, the president might bring in trusted advisers such as budget director Joshua B. Bolten, lobbyist Ed Gillespie or party chairman Ken Mehlman.

These tentative discussions come at a time when White House senior officials are exploring staff changes to address broader structural problems that have bedeviled Bush's second term, according to Republicans who said they could speak candidly about internal deliberations only if they are not named. But it remains unclear whether Bush agrees that changes are needed and the uncertainty has unsettled his team.

Permalink Categories: Failed Presidency, Judges   English (US)

Bush's Miers is Doing So Bad, The Stratefy is to Shut Her Up.

Judges

Bush’s pick for Supreme Court of the United States is doing so poorly, is so poorly qualified that strategists are working on damage control, and the decision, stop putting her in front of senators, because after the meetings, senators have a bad taste in their mouth.

From the NATIONAL REVIEW

Strategists working with the White House in support of the Supreme Court nomination of Harriet Miers are becoming increasingly demoralized and pessimistic about the nomination's prospects on Capitol Hill in the wake of Miers's meetings with several Republican and Democratic senators. On a conference call held this morning, they even discussed whether Miers should simply stop visiting with lawmakers, lest any further damage be done — and so that time spent in such get-acquainted sessions will not cut into Miers's intensive preparation for her confirmation hearing.

The strategists discuss issues on a twice-weekly conference call led by Leonard Leo, the executive vice president of the Federalist Society who has taken leave to help the White House shepherd the nomination through the Senate. A number of people who have taken part in the calls described the conversations to National Review Online. None wanted to be identified, because they do not want to openly oppose the White House or defy loyalists like Leo who are trying hard to defend Miers. Nevertheless, they paint a grim portrait of morale among those close to the nomination.

"The number of participants is declining," says one knowledgeable source. "With Roberts, these calls occurred five or six or seven times a week. Pretty early on, the calls on Miers were scaled back to twice a week. That says something in and of itself."

Wow, the only way to push this shill into the SCOTUS is to hide her, because all she does is open her mouth and sticks her foot in it!

And we get this from the Washington Post.

Two months after engineering a nearly flawless confirmation process for Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., the Bush administration's bid to add Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court has been so riddled with errors, stumbles and embarrassing revelations that some lawmakers and other observers find it hard to believe it emanates from the same White House.

At one key juncture after another, Miers has faltered where Roberts glided. Her courtesy calls on the Judiciary Committee's top two senators prompted conflicting tales of curious comments that she may or may not have made. Her answers to the committee's questionnaire included a misinterpretation of constitutional law and were deemed so inadequate that the panel asked her to redo it. She revealed one day that her D.C. law license had been temporarily suspended -- and said the next day that the same thing had happened in Texas -- because of unpaid dues.

10/20/05

While Rome Burns, Brown Needed more Time for Dinner.

Failed Leadership

Yep, as people were in a living hell down in the Superdome in NO, Brown needed more time for Dinner.

From (Dare I say it) Fox News...

In e-mails to various FEMA officials, including one to Brown, Bahamonde described a chaotic situation at the Superdome, where many of the evacuees were sheltered. Bahamonde e-mailed FEMA officials and noted also that local officials were asking for toilet paper, a sign that supplies were lacking at the shelter.

"Issues developing at the Superdome. The medical staff at the dome says they will run out of oxygen in about two hours and are looking for alternative oxygen," Bahamonde wrote in an e-mail to David Passey, an assistant to Brown, in late afternoon on Aug. 28.

Less than an hour later, Bahamonde wrote: "Everyone is soaked. This is going to get ugly real fast."

Bahamonde said he was stunned that FEMA officials responded by sending truckloads of evacuees to the Superdome on that day even though they knew supplies were in short supply.

"I thought it amazing," he said. "I believed at the time and still do today, that I was confirming the worst-case scenario that everyone had always talked about regarding New Orleans."

Later, on Aug. 31, Bahamonde frantically e-mailed Brown to tell him that thousands are evacuees were gathering in the streets with no food or water and that "estimates are many will die within hours."

"Sir, I know that you know the situation is past critical," Bahamonde wrote.

Less than three hours later, however, Brown's press secretary wrote colleagues to complain that the FEMA director needed more time to eat dinner at a Baton Rouge restaurant that evening. "He needs much more that 20 or 30 minutes," wrote Brown aide Sharon Worthy.

"We now have traffic to encounter to go to and from a location of his choise, followed by wait service from the restaurant staff, eating, etc. Thank you."

Permalink Categories: Democrats, Failed Leadership   English (US)

Dems Grow a Set of Nuts. Making Congress Vote on Davis-Bacon

Democrats

From the House website.

Representative George Miller (D-CA) and other House Democrats today employed an unprecedented parliamentary procedure that will force the House to vote by November 4 on whether or not to overturn President Bush’s Gulf Coast wage cut.

In September, the President issued a proclamation suspending the 1931 Davis-Bacon Act for workers in areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. Davis-Bacon requires federal contractors to pay construction workers the locally prevailing wage for their job function. Suspending the law, as Bush has done at the request of 35 House Republicans and Republican activist Grover Norquist, means that federal contractors can pay workers less than they would usually have to pay for the same work and with no obligation to pass any savings on to federal taxpayers.

Miller introduced legislation in September to overturn the President’s proclamation. Every single Democratic lawmaker in the House (as well as one independent) has co-sponsored the bill but not one Republican has done so.

Now, Miller is finally able to force a vote in the House on the wage cut issue. Miller today introduced a Joint Resolution under the 1976 National Emergencies Act, which provides for fast track action by Congress when the President unilaterally suspends a law, as he did with Davis-Bacon. Although the National Emergencies Act is nearly 30 years old, this is the first time that a lawmaker has ever invoked its fast track procedures. By law, Congress must act on Miller’s Joint Resolution within 15 calendar days – in this case, by November 4.

“This extraordinary action is necessary because the Republican leadership is failing to fulfill its responsibility to investigate the wages being paid in the Gulf and to honor the will of at least half of the members of the House that oppose the President’s wage cut to hard-working Americans helping to rebuild roads, bridges, schools and hospitals,” said Miller, the senior Democrat on the House Education and the Workforce Committee that oversees the nation’s wage and labor laws. Miller noted that 37 Republicans have written to the President opposing his suspension of the Act.

“The President has exploited a national tragedy to cut workers’ wages, a long-sought goal among his right-wing cronies,” Miller said. “The prevailing wages along the Gulf Coast were already among the lowest in the country. How does the President think that $11.01 per hour is too much to pay a dump truck driver in New Orleans or that $7.45 an hour is too much to pay a pipe layer in Mississippi? It is amazing that the President and Republicans in Congress see no problem with awarding billion-dollar no-bid contracts to cronies like Halliburton, but think that local workers in the Gulf struggling to get back on their feet after Katrina are being overpaid.”

Miller’s resolution applies only to the President’s Davis-Bacon suspension, and has no effect on any other Katrina-related disaster relief actions undertaken by the Bush Administration. The resolution must also be introduced in the Senate. If the House and Senate pass the resolution, it would be sent to the President for his consideration.

Powell Aid Puts a Slap Down on BushCo.

War Profiteering

Please read this... from the Financial Times

Vice-President Dick Cheney and a handful of others had hijacked the government's foreign policy apparatus, deciding in secret to carry out policies that had left the US weaker and more isolated in the world, the top aide to former Secretary of State Colin Powell claimed on Wednesday.

In a scathing attack on the record of President George W. Bush, Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, chief of staff to Mr Powell until last January, said: “What I saw was a cabal between the vice-president of the United States, Richard Cheney, and the secretary of defense, Donald Rumsfeld, on critical issues that made decisions that the bureaucracy did not know were being made.

“Now it is paying the consequences of making those decisions in secret, but far more telling to me is America is paying the consequences.”

Mr Wilkerson said such secret decision-making was responsible for mistakes such as the long refusal to engage with North Korea or to back European efforts on Iran.

It also resulted in bitter battles in the administration among those excluded from the decisions

There is more, go read!

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

Your Forgiven.

Life in Bushs America

Permalink Categories: Crazy Evangelicals, Humor   English (US)

Funny Stuff, Mark Morford Speaks about the Birth of the 16th Child.

Crazy Evangelicals

Oh my, this is some funny stuff. Michelle and dare I say it Jim Bob Duggar from the great state of Arkansas want more, if "God blesses us with more"

So I read this from Mark Morford, SF Gate Columnist, and almost fell out of my chair.

ho are you to judge? Who are you to say that the more than slightly creepy 39-year-old woman from Arkansas who just gave birth to her 16th child yes that's right 16 kids and try not to cringe in phantom vaginal pain when you say it, who are you to say Michelle Duggar is not more than a little unhinged and sad and lost?

And furthermore, who are you to suggest that her equally troubling husband -- whose name is, of course, Jim Bob and he's hankerin' to be a Republican senator and try not to wince in sociopolitical pain when you say that -- isn't more than a little numb to the real world, and that bringing 16 hungry mewling attention-deprived kids (and she wants more! Yay!) into this exhausted world zips right by "touching" and races right past "disturbing" and lurches its way, heaving and gasping and sweating from the karmic armpits, straight into "Oh my God, what the hell is wrong with you people?"

But that would be, you know, mean. Mean and callous to suggest that this might be the most disquieting photo you see all year, this bizarre Duggar family of 18 spotless white hyperreligious interchangeable people with alarmingly bad hair, the kids ranging in ages from 1 to 17, worse than those nuked Smurfs in that UNICEF commercial and worse than all the horrific rubble in Pakistan and worse than the cluster-bomb nightmare that is Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise having a child as they suck the skin from each other's Scientological faces and even worse than that huge 13-foot python which ate that six-foot alligator and then exploded.

It's wrong to be this judgmental. Wrong to suggest that it is exactly this kind of weird pathological protofamily breeding-happy gluttony that's making the world groan and cry and recoil, contributing to vicious overpopulation rates and unrepentant economic strain and a bitter moral warpage resulting from a massive viral outbreak of homophobic neo-Christians across our troubled and Bush-ravaged land. Or is it?

Is it wrong to notice how all the Duggar kids' names start with the letter J (Jeremiah and Josiah and Jedediah and Jesus, someone please stop them), and that if you study the above photo (or the even more disturbing family Web site) too closely you will become rashy and depressed and you will crave large quantities of alcohol and loud aggressive music to deflect the creeping feeling that this planet is devolving faster than you can suck the contents from a large bong? But I'm not judging.

Oh there is a lot more, go and read and smile!

Some Are Waking Up. 2004 Election Stolen in PA?

Failed Presidency

We know that the BushCo made sure that Ohio's fix was in, what about PA?

From the Bucks County Courier Times

Sen. John Kerry won Bucks County by two points and took Pennsylvania by three, but lost the national race to George W. Bush.

Like me, you probably thought this was old news and that Election '04 was settled.

Not Stephen Freeman, a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, whose soon-to-be-published book will make a case that the Bush/Kerry election was riddled with "corrupted counts" that deserve high scrutiny, perhaps a recount.

Freeman stops short of saying Bush stole the race, but he comes close. His case is this. On the afternoon of Election Day, exit polling - which Freeman said is quite accurate - showed Kerry was winning with 51 percent of the vote, to Bush's 49 percent.

When the polls closed, however, the numbers reversed. Bush won.

The reversal is highly improbable, Freeman claims. He wants to review national exit polling data.

That's unlikely, since private firms whose voter questionnaires are confidential conducted the polling.

When did We Start the War on Syria?

War on Terror

Please take a read... from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

U.S. forces have started fighting Syrians at Iraq's border. Can anybody say 'Cambodia'?

As I suspected six months ago, U.S. military and Bush administration civilian officials confirmed last week that U.S. forces have invaded Syria and engaged in combat with Syrian forces.

An unknown number of Syrians are acknowledged to have been killed; the number of Americans -- if any -- who have died in Syria so far has not yet been revealed by the U.S. sources, who by the way insist on remaining faceless and nameless.

The parallel with the Vietnam War, where a Nixon administration deeply involved in a losing war expanded the conflict -- fruitlessly in the event -- to neighboring Cambodia, is obvious. The end result was not changed in Vietnam; Cambodia itself was plunged into dangerous chaos, which climaxed in the killing fields, where an estimated 1 million Cambodians died as a result of internal conflict.

No Honor Among Thieves

Traitors in the White House

I learned long ago that there is no honor among thieves, and this administration is pack of thieves if ever an administration was. It looks like Karl “Jeff Gannon’s Bitch” Rove is tiring to save his ass from jail (I mean save his ass) by throwing Dick Cheney’s own I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby under the bus.

From the AP, via Yahoo.

Prosecutors have gathered evidence that top White House aides Karl Rove and I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby exchanged information about their contacts with reporters regarding Valerie Plame in the days just before the CIA officer's cover was blown.

Rove told grand jurors it was even possible he first learned inside the White House from Libby that Bush administration critic Joe Wilson's wife worked for the CIA, according to people directly familiar with the testimony of President Bush's closest political adviser.

The disclosure is the first known intersection between two central figures in the criminal investigation into the leak of Plame's identity.

Rove testified that his discussions with Libby before Plame's identity was made public were limited to information reporters had passed them, the people said. Some evidence prosecutors have gathered conflicts with Libby's account of dealings with reporters.

10/19/05

Vice President Cheney is in the Hot Seat, Let's Make a Deal.

Traitors in the White House

Read this, and see what you think...

From OneGoodMove

What follows is some extremely sensitive information about the impending conclusion of the Valerie Plame investigations. The sources include two senior members of senate and key staffers; counsel for individuals that have been called before the grand jury; and two journalists taking a lead position in investigating the case. the following represents a composite of the information from those sources.

Plamegate coming to conclusion. The investigation has focused mostly closely on Vice President Cheney and his staff, as well as US Ambassador to the UN (and former undersecretary of state for arms control) John Bolton and his staff. We are told that eight indictments have already prepared, with the possibility of another ten. These indictments include senior white house staff, most notably Vice President Cheney's Chief of Staff Scooter Libby, Fred Flights (special assistant to John Bolton), and--very surprisingly--national security adviser Steve Hadley. apparently, Libby and Hadley have both been told by their lawyers to expect indictments. the indictment of senior bush political advisor Karl Rove seems highly probable.

Most critically, a plea bargain process has evidently been opened with Vice President Cheney's lawyer. that does not mean that an indictment is coming. but i've some critical background around the issue.

Permalink Categories: Life in Bushs America   English (US)

Bumper Sticker of the Week.

Life in Bushs America

In order to support this site, I sell stickers and stuff. It is how I pay for bandwidth and such.



You can see all of them here
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Permalink Categories: Tom DeLay   English (US)

Here is the First of Many Warrents for the Republicans.

Tom DeLay

Tom Delay going to jail

Arrest Warrent for Thomas Dale Delay


You can see it for yourself, here (PDF). Thank you House Dems for posting this.

Oh my, this is a great thing to see, I my gut tells me we are going to see a lot more here real soon.

The Troops that are in Iraq Get Screwed Again.

Military

This just shows how sick and disgusting this administration is. They are screwing the troops over, the ones that are in Iraq.

From Tacoma News,

The Pentagon has reneged on its offer to pay a $15,000 bonus to members of the National Guard and Army Reserve who agree to extend their enlistments by six years, according to Sen. Patty Murray (D-Seattle).

The bonuses were offered in January to Active Guard and Reserve and military technician soldiers who were serving overseas. In April, the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs ordered the bonuses stopped, Murray said.

“This is outrageous,” the senator said in a telephone interview. “It makes me angry that this administration has broken another promise to our troops.”

A Pentagon spokeswoman, Lt. Col. Ellen Krenke, confirmed the bonuses had been canceled, saying they violated Pentagon policies because they duplicated other programs. She said Guard and Reserve members would be eligible for other bonuses.

Krenke said some soldiers had been paid the re-enlistment bonuses, but she was unsure how many or whether the money would have to be repaid. Murray’s office said that as far as it knew, no active Guard or Reserve members had received the bonuses.

Permalink Categories: Humor   English (US)

UPDATED: The Fundies do it, why can't I - Jesus Hates Bush.

Humor

Let us look at the evidence and you decide.

We have burned through the Alphabet names for storms, and we have had how many cat 4 and 5 storms?

Take a look at this photo of Wilma taken this morning, you can see the face of Bush in it

This is a clear sign from god that Bush is a destructive force. I also conclude from this that Jesus hates baked beans (As you can plainly see in the circle, a pile of beans). You will also notice that god is sending us a clear sign that we should fear evil cartoon moose, and that they may come from Italy, or this could be a tube sock, gods message is a little unclear.

UPDATE: Me and my team of Religious scholars (My cat Java (Rev Javicus the Dark) and my dog Duffy (Arch Bishop Duffy the Vampire Slayer) notice something else. Follow Bush’s eyes in the image. Notice that they cast toward the island of Jamaica. Do you know what Jamaica is known for. RUM, and POT! Dear Jesus, are you telling us that Bush is drinking and drugging again? Please send us a sign.

Now, take a look at this photo of the flooding in New Jersey, unless you are a godless heathen, you can clearly see the words “Bush Sucks” in the water. God must really thing Bush Sucks.

Also, see that SUV there? Well that is the same type of car that Cheney’s housekeeper’s son’s collage roommate drives, coincidence, I think not!

You have Hurricane Rita, that slammed into Texas, and rural Louisiana, both RED states. You did not see any hurricanes crashing into Maryland did you? It also shut down OIL in both Katrina and Rita, Bush loves oil, and these storms stopped it, coincidence, I think not!

Here you can see a Oil Rig smash into a bridge, do I have to spell it out people? A bridge is seen as a symbol of “bringing things together” so the message is clear, Bush is using oil to tear us apart, God is showing his distain for the war in Iraq!

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The forest fires in southern California right now, started in Mexico, god is clearly showing that our boarders are so pourus that a fire can sneak across in the middle of the night.

I could go on and on, but the conclusion is clear, Jesus is punishing America for electing this wasteful moron as president. Listen people, the evidence is clear, and if you don’t see it then you are going to hell, or Detroit, one of the two.

10/18/05

7 Weeks, and Still They Wait For Water, Power and Food.

Hurricane Katrina

Well I guess that living in a red state does not love from this administration. This just goes to show that the only type of relief that this administration cares about is the ones it can use as a photo-op.

From the Dallas Morning News.

It has been almost two months since Hurricane Katrina pulverized this tiny town, its storm surge pushing the Pearl River through the piney woods and slopping marsh grass onto treetops.

Then, an estimated 37 tornadoes came through the area. The town where fewer than 2,000 souls lived was flattened.

Today, Pearlington is dry. The two roads leading in are clear of debris, though wreckage abounds everywhere else – a headless Madonna stands at the entrance to St. Joseph's Catholic Church, which was swept away.

And yet, Pearlington waits.

There has been plenty of help, mostly from volunteer nurses, law enforcement and other relief workers who have poured in from around the country. However, the town near the Gulf Coast still has no power, running water, sewer system or phone service. Hancock County officials say about half the drinking water wells were contaminated by flooding.

While many residents have moved out, scores of others – some elderly – continue to sleep in tents by their ruined homes as they wait for coveted mobile homes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. They dine on hot meals delivered by the Red Cross. For sanitation, they use portable toilets, but they have used buckets or "gone in the woods" when the blue portables were unavailable.

Case Against Cheney

War Profiteering

If you are not a subscriber to The Nation, I would highly recommend that you take them up on their 4 week free issues thing. I love this magazine.

From The Nation

Well, of course, the investigation of who leaked CIA agent Valerie Plame's name -- violating the federal law that bars the "outing" of intelligence operatives -- has come around to Vice President Dick Cheney's office. While it may be news to the Washington Post -- which headlined a breathless report on Tuesday: "Cheney's Office Is A Focus in Leak Case" -- the fact is that Cheney and his aides have been likely suspects from day one.

No prominent member of the administration had more to lose as a result of the 2003 revelation by Plame's husband, former Ambassador Joe Wilson, that the White House's pre-war claims regarding Iraq's weapons of mass destruction had been inflated than did Cheney -- who, to a far greater extent than George Bush, had a hand in shaping the arguments for going to war, plugged them in media appearances and defended them after all evidence suggested his pronouncements had been wrong. It is important to recall that, while Bush may have deliberately fuzzed the facts in his 2003 State of the Union address, it was Cheney who leapt off the cliff of speculation with the pre-war declaration that, "We know Saddam Hussein's been absolutely devoted to trying to acquire nuclear weapons, and we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons."

No key player in the administration was more at odds with the Central Intelligence Agency than Cheney. Indeed, Cheney's badgering of the agency to come up with "evidence" of Iraqi WMDs and al-Qaeda connections was so aggressive -- he regularly stormed into the CIA headquarters to demand a briefing and then, when the information did not fit his biases, demanded that someone else brief him -- that members of the House Intelligence Committee complained in a reprimanding letter, "These visits are unprecedented. Normally, vice presidents, including yourself, receive regular briefings from (the) CIA in your office and have a CIA officer on permanent detail. There is no reason to make personal visits to the CIA."

Fitzgerald Has No Plans for A Final Report, Maining He Will Bring indictments

Traitors in the White House

The New York Times is releasing a story in the Wednesday NYT,

The special counsel in the C.I.A. leak case has told associates he has no plans to issue a final report about the results of the investigation, heightening the expectation that he intends to bring indictments, lawyers in the case and law enforcement officials said yesterday.

The prosecutor, Patrick J. Fitzgerald, is not expected to take any action in the case this week, government officials said. A spokesman for Mr. Fitzgerald, Randall Samborn, declined to comment.

A final report had long been considered an option for Mr. Fitzgerald if he decided not to accuse anyone of wrongdoing, although Justice Department officials have been dubious about his legal authority to issue such a report.

By signaling that he had no plans to issue the grand jury's findings in such detail, Mr. Fitzgerald appeared to narrow his options either to indictments or closing his investigation with no public disclosure of his findings, a choice that would set off a political firestorm.

With the term of the grand jury expiring Oct. 28, lawyers in the case said they assumed Mr. Fitzgerald was in the final stages of his inquiry.

So, How Many in the White House are Traitors?

Traitors in the White House

My grandma always said, "Your lies will catch up with you."

From the National Journal

As federal prosecutors in the CIA leak investigation reach the critical stage of deciding whether to bring criminal charges, they are zeroing in on contradictions between the testimony of I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby, the chief of staff to Vice President Cheney, and that of New York Times reporter Judith Miller, according to sources close to the investigation and attorneys for individuals enmeshed in the probe.

The prosecutors and the federal grand jury are also scrutinizing whether Libby, or his attorney, tried to discourage Miller from giving testimony to the grand jury, or tried to improperly influence what Miller would say if she testified, according to the same sources.

The grand jury has heard testimony from Miller and other witnesses that is at odds with Libby's testimony, according to the same sources. One crucial contradiction between Miller and Libby, the sources say, involves a July 8, 2003, breakfast meeting during which the two discussed Valerie Plame, the covert CIA operative whose identity was revealed a week later in a newspaper column and whose husband, Joe Wilson, was a critic of the Bush administration's Iraq policy.

We also have this from NO QUARTER

Had lunch today with a person who has a direct tie to one of the folks facing indictment in the Plame affair. There are 22 files that Fitzgerald is looking at for potential indictment . These include Stephen Hadley, Karl Rove, Lewis Libby, Dick Cheney, and Mary Matalin (there are others of course). Hadley has told friends he expects to be indicted. No wonder folks are nervous at the White House.

Is Cheney in Hot Water, Looks

Traitors in the White House

Well according to RawStory, the White House Flipper is John Hannah, a senior national security aide on loan to Vice President Dick Cheney. Right now the Washington Rumor Mill is in full steam, and the Rumor? That Dick Cheney is going to resign. This would be a huge blow to the Bush Administration, a far bigger blow then Monica ever gave Bill (That’s for you Tony)

A senior aide to Vice President Dick Cheney is cooperating with special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald in the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson, sources close to the investigation say.

Individuals familiar with Fitzgerald’s case tell RAW STORY that John Hannah, a senior national security aide on loan to Vice President Dick Cheney from the offices of then-Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs, John Bolton, was named as a target of Fitzgerald’s probe. They say he was told in recent weeks that he could face imminent indictment for his role in leaking Plame-Wilson’s name to reporters unless he cooperated with the investigation.

Others close to the probe say that if Hannah is cooperating with the special prosecutor then he was likely going to be charged as a co-conspirator and may have cut a deal.

From USNEWS

Sparked by today's Washington Post story that suggests Vice President Cheney's office is involved in the Plame-CIA spy link investigation, government officials and advisers passed around rumors that the vice president might step aside and that President Bush would elevate Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

"It's certainly an interesting but I still think highly doubtful scenario," said a Bush insider. "And if that should happen," added the official, "there will undoubtedly be those who believe the whole thing was orchestrated – another brilliant Machiavellian move by the VP."

Said another Bush associate of the rumor, "Yes. This is not good." The rumor spread so fast that some Republicans by late morning were already drawing up reasons why Rice couldn't get the job or run for president in 2008.

"Isn't she pro-choice?" asked a key Senate Republican aide. Many White House insiders, however, said the Post story and reports that the investigation was coming to a close had officials instead more focused on who would be dragged into the affair and if top aides would be indicted and forced to resign.

Permalink Categories: Failed Presidency, Oil   English (US)

Inflation soars largest am't in 15 years

Oil

Thank to Bush’s fantastic pro-oil energy policy inflation is at a all time high.

If you will recall, gas prices were very high before the Katrina and Rita storms, so don’t believe the right-wing talking point that this is all storm related. Oil was at record highs before hurricane season even started.

From the AP.

Inflation at the wholesale level last month soared by the largest amount in more than 15 years, reflecting the surge in energy prices that occurred following the Gulf Coast hurricanes.

The Labor Department reported that wholesale prices jumped 1.9 percent in September, led by surging prices for gasoline, natural gas and home heating oil after the widespread shutdowns of refineries and oil platforms along the Gulf Coast. Food prices, which had been declining, posted the biggest increase in 11 months as the price of eggs shot up by a record amount.

Excluding the volatile energy and food sectors, the so-called core rate of inflation also posted a worrisome increase of 0.3 percent after showing no increase at all in August.

The news on wholesale prices followed a report Friday that consumer prices had risen by 1.2 percent in September, the biggest one-month increase in a quarter-century as gasoline prices at the pump climbed by a record 17.9 percent.

While the core rate of inflation at the consumer level was well-behaved, rising by a tiny 0.1 percent, the worry is that the sizable increases in energy will soon begin to spill over into more widespread inflation pressures.

Permalink Categories: Media, Right Wing Hypocrisy   English (US)

Bill "Falafal" O'Reilly is a Giant Coward

Right Wing Hypocrisy

I just love reporting on the musing of Bill “Falafal” O’Reilly.

If you have ever been forced to listen to his failing radio show, The O’Reilly Factor, you have heard him go on and on about “left-wing websites” are runing the good Republican Message with pesky facts. They have no place in the right-wing agenda! His arch numinous is David Brock, creator of Media Matters for America. I am not sure why O’Reilly is so mad, maybe it is because it reports about all the BS that spews from Bill’s big mouth, maybe it is because Media Matter the website reaches far more people than Bill wishes he could.

Anyway, From Media Matters.

On the October 14 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly called Media Matters for America "paid assassins" and claimed that despite our repeated requests to debate him on the air "[t]hey will never set foot, not only in my program, but at Fox News Channel."

After a caller agreed with O'Reilly about the bias of "smear merchants" but defended Media Matters' willingness to "defend themselves," O'Reilly immediately cut the caller off and renewed his assault on Media Matters, labeling us "paid assassins" and calling us "inherently dishonest." O'Reilly also accused us of taking "stuff out of context."

Media Matters has repeatedly requested the opportunity to respond to O'Reilly's attacks on his program, but these requests have been either denied or ignored.

O'Reilly previously has stated that "[i]f you attack someone publicly, as these men did to me, you have an obligation to face the person you are smearing. If you don't, you are a coward."

So Bill, is it safe to add "Coward" to the list of words to describe you?

10/17/05

BREAKING - Someone in the White House has Flipped.

Traitors in the White House

And is working with the prosecutor

From RawStory

The case of outed CIA agent Valerie Plame is set to explode.

The New York Daily News is set to report in Tuesday editions that a well-placed source interviewed by the newspaper believes a senior White House official has flipped and may be helping the prosecutor in the case, RAW STORY has learned.

The Daily News will reveal that a top source believes that based on the questioning of Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald and his other contacts with the investigation, someone in the White House has turned.

All eyes are on Dick Cheney, the News says, as the investigation wraps up.

Republicans Still Hate Poor and Old People.

Life in Bushs America

From the Washington Post.

House Republican leaders have moved from balking at big cuts in Medicaid and other programs to embracing them, driven by pent-up anger from fiscal conservatives concerned about runaway spending and the leadership's own weakening hold on power.

Beginning this week, the House GOP lawmakers will take steps to cut as much as $50 billion from the fiscal 2006 budget for health care for the poor, food stamps and farm supports, as well as considering across-the-board cuts in other programs. Only last month, then-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) and other GOP leaders quashed demands within their party for budget cuts to pay for the soaring cost of hurricane relief.

Welcome to more of Bush's America. Adapt or die.

They should read this...

Matthew 5:3
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

10/16/05

Breaking News - Memo alleges plan to fight beyond Iraq

War on Terror

From United Press International

LONDON, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- A secret memo just released alleges President Bush planned the Iraq war as just a first step in a crusade against weapons of mass destruction.

The Independent reports the memo was written in January 2003 by Michael Rycroft, British Prime Minister Tony Blair's personal secretary, and sent to Simon McDonald, the secretary for British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw.

The memo alleges in a phone call between the U.S. and British leaders, Bush said he "wanted to go beyond Iraq in dealing with WMD proliferation" and named Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran and North Korea as objectives.

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are U.S. allies, and there has been no suggestion the United States planned to invade those countries, just deal with arms proliferation.

The memo is published in the U.S. edition of the book, Lawless World, a critique of Bush and Blair's foreign policies written by Britain-based international lawyer Phillipe Sands.

More to come? Or will the American Right-Wing Owned Media not even cover this?

UPDATE: The Left Coaster has a pile of Details on this. I learned...

George Bush told Tony Blair shortly before the invasion of Iraq that he intended to target other countries, including Saudi Arabia, which, he implied, planned to acquire weapons of mass destruction.

Mr Bush said he "wanted to go beyond Iraq in dealing with WMD proliferation, mentioning in particular Saudi Arabia, Iran, North Korea, and Pakistan," according to a note of a telephone conversation between the two men on January 30 2003.

The note is quoted in the US edition, published next week, of Lawless World, America and the Making and Breaking of Global Rules, by the British international lawyer Philippe Sands. The memo was drawn up by one of the prime minister's foreign policy advisers in Downing Street and passed to the Foreign Office, according to Mr Sands.

Go check this out.

My Visit to Dallas, Something is Missing.

Life in Bushs America

It has been a few days for a post, and here is why. I find myself in the motherland of BushCo. I am here to say my good byes to my ill grandmother (I was born here in Dallas, and did not leave the state until age 14). I was here about a year ago to visit with her and I wanted to share with you some of the observations.

If you have never been to Texas, I will give you a look into the place that bore us the Bush Crime Family.

There are more SUV’s and pick-up trucks then you can shake a stick at. I am not kidding, I would say it is 2:1 Trucks to cars. People really do wear cowboy hats, everywhere, and they love meat.

Well a year ago, you could not pass more than 2 cars without seeing some sort of BUSH Sticker of some sort. My favorite, “I Support President Bush, And Our Troops” (Odd how they feel they have to tie the t together, what did the troops ever do to them). This weekend, I can say, I have not seen ANY Pro-Bush stickers. I have not seen any anti-Bush stickers, but I have not seen any Pro ones. I also noticed a lot of “Sticky Spots” on cars, where once a sticker of some sort lived.

It was surreal , maybe the south is waking up and realizing this failure of a man, Bush, does not care for them...

10/14/05

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

Fake Meeting, Fake President.

Failed Presidency

A lot like the rest of the Bush Administration, the “Meeting with the Troops” that he staged yesterday was a total sham. The Soldiers were told what the questions would be, were told how to answer the questions and so on.

The other thing I noticed is that Bush was to much of a pussy to go and have this “Meeting” face to face, but went to Iraq via teleconference. Hey it is his pet war, he is more than happy to send out boys over there, yet he won’t go himself. Well I guess things never change, when it comes to danger, Bush is a no show.

From the AP

It was billed as a conversation with U.S. troops, but the questions President Bush asked on a teleconference call Thursday were choreographed to match his goals for the war in Iraq and Saturday's vote on a new Iraqi constitution.

"This is an important time," Allison Barber, deputy assistant defense secretary, said, coaching the soldiers before Bush arrived. "The president is looking forward to having just a conversation with you."

Barber said the president was interested in three topics: the overall security situation in Iraq, security preparations for the weekend vote and efforts to train Iraqi troops.

-snip-

"I'm going to ask somebody to grab those two water bottles against the wall and move them out of the camera shot for me," Barber said.

A brief rehearsal ensued.

"OK, so let's just walk through this," Barber said. "Captain Kennedy, you answer the first question and you hand the mike to whom?"

"Captain Smith," Kennedy said.

"Captain. Smith? You take the mike and you hand it to whom?" she asked.

"Captain Kennedy," the soldier replied.

And so it went.

Cut, that's a wrap, another propaganda film is in the can.

Rove is Off to See the Grand Jury, 4th Times a Charm?

Traitors in the White House

I wish him luck, He may want to start pleading the 5th...

From the AP.

Karl Rove walked into the federal courthouse Friday for a fourth grand jury appearance in the CIA leak probe, following public disclosure of his conversations with two reporters about the identity of a covert officer at the spy agency.

It was likely the White House aide's final chance to convince grand jurors he did nothing criminal in the leak case. Prosecutors have warned Rove, a top adviser and architect of President Bush's 2004 re-election campaign, that there is no guarantee he will not be indicted. The grand jury's term is due to expire Oct. 28.

The White House has shifted from categorical denials two years ago that Rove or Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, were involved in the leak of a covert CIA officer's identity to "no comment" today.

White House press secretary Scott McClellan on Friday rejected suggestions that the investigation was distracting the White House.

10/12/05

Bush's Approval Rating Still in Freefall, Officialy, Bird Flu More Popular

Failed Leadership

Ha ha, I was right; Bird Flu is more popular as George W. Bush. These days he spends a third of his time pretending to care about those on the Gulf Coast, a third of his time, he is hoping him and half of his stall is not indicted, the remaining third is spent finding ways to screw over the middle class, making sure that his rich buddies are happy, getting drunk, and sleeping.

Bush's Approval Rating is now at 39% NBC/WSJ

From Reuters.

President George W. Bush's job approval rating has fallen to a new low of 39 percent in an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released on Wednesday.

Bush's approval rating dipped in the poll below a mid-September ranking of 40 percent. The survey also found only 28 percent of respondents believed the country was headed in the right direction, NBC reported.

Bush's political challenges have been piling up in recent weeks, from criticism over his handling of Hurricane Katrina, to growing unease over rising gas prices to conservative discord over the nomination of Harriet Miers to the
U.S. Supreme Court.

Many conservatives are outraged that Bush picked the White House insider with no judicial experience instead of a judge with clear-cut conservative credentials who could be counted on to move the high court firmly to the right.

Twenty-nine percent of people surveyed said Miers was qualified to serve on the highest court in the United States, while 24 percent thought she was not qualified and 46 percent said they did not know enough about her, NBC said.

The poll also found that strong majorities did not believe that recent charges against former House Republican leader
Tom DeLay? of Texas or a federal investigation of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a Tennessee Republican, were politically motivated, NBC said.

And Good News for Democrats

NBC wrote...

In addition, with 13 months until the 2006 congressional elections, 48 percent say they prefer a Democratic-controlled Congress, compared with 39 percent who want the Republicans to control Capitol Hill. In fact, that nine-point difference is the largest margin between the parties in the 11 years the NBC/Journal poll has been tracking this question.

But Hart argues that Democrats aren’t necessarily responsible for this margin. "It is not that Democrats have done so well," he said. "It is that people are disgusted." McInturff? puts it this way: "People are very turned off and unhappy with the state of play in American politics."

Odd, No Change in Terror Alert After Election, So it was a Propaganda Tool?

War on Terror

Keith Olbermann does a great story on the "Polotics of Terror", you can watch it here, it is LONG. Thank you to Can-O-fun.

You can also read it, here...

Number One:

May 18th, 2002. The first details of the President’s Daily Briefing of August 6th, 2001, are revealed, including its title - “Bin Laden Determined To Strike In U.S.” The same day another memo is discovered - revealing the FBI knew of men with links to Al Qaeda training at an Arizona flight school. The memo was never acted upon. Questions about 9/11 Intelligence failures are swirling.

May 20th, 2002. Two days later, FBI Director Mueller declares another terrorist attack “inevitable.” The next day, the Department of Homeland Security issues warnings of attacks against railroads nationwide, and against New York City landmarks like the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty.

Number Two:

June 6th, 2002. Colleen Rowley, the FBI agent who tried to alert her superiors to the specialized flight training taken by Zacarias Moussaoui, whose information suggests the government missed a chance to break up the 9/11 plot, testifies before Congress. Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Graham says Rowley’s testimony has inspired similar pre-9/11 whistle-blowers.

June 10th, 2002. Four days later, speaking from Russia, Attorney General John Ashcroft reveals that an American named Jose Padilla is under arrest, accused of plotting a radiation bomb attack in this country. Padilla had, by this time, already been detained for more than a month.

Number Three:

February 5th, 2003. Secretary of State Powell tells the United Nations Security Council of Iraq’s concealment of weapons, including 18 mobile biological weapons laboratories, justifying a U.N. or U.S. first strike. Many in the UN are doubtful. Months later, much of the information proves untrue.

February 7th, 2003. Two days later, as anti-war demonstrations continue to take place around the globe, Homeland Security Secretary Ridge cites “credible threats” by Al Qaeda, and raises the terror alert level to orange. Three days after that, Fire Administrator David Paulison - who would become the acting head of FEMA after the Hurricane Katrina disaster - advises Americans to stock up on plastic sheeting and duct tape to protect themselves against radiological or biological attack.

Number Four:

July 23rd, 2003: The White House admits the CIA -- months before the President's State of the Union Address -- expressed "strong doubts" about the claim that Iraq had attempted to buy uranium from Niger. On the 24th, the Congressional report on the 9/11 attacks is issued; it criticizes government at all levels; it reveals an FBI informant had been living with two of the future hijackers; and it concludes that Iraq had no link to Al-Qaeda. 28 pages of the report are redacted. On the 26th, American troops are accused of beating Iraqi prisoners.

July 29th, 2003. Three days later, amid all of those negative headlines, Homeland Security issues warnings of further terrorist attempts to use airplanes for suicide attacks.

He has 13 in all, I would go read, it shows that this administration used the tragic event os 9/11 to toy with our emotions, get reelected, and spend all our money.

Bush, keep the Tax Cuts, Screw the Middle-Class.

Failed Presidency

I am glad to see Bush is doing his best to guarantee the Republicans loose every election from here to the end of says.

As our nation’s treasury is drained dry Bush is scrambling to pay for his personal war in Iraq, the huge tax cuts to the rich, the oil companies and huge corporations. Now even the dumbest of Presidents would come to the American people and say something to the effect,

When we signed the tax cut legislation a few years ago, we were running surpluses, but things have changed and we need to start bring more money into the government coffers, so I am urging congress to allow the tax cuts to expire and if things change in the future, we will address it then.

Not this failure of an administration. Hell no, lets go after the middle class home owner. The Presidential panel of tax reform has recommended slashing the amount that homeowners can take as a tax deduction from mortgage interest by 70%.

They have also recommended that a cap be placed on the tax deduction allowed for health insurance premiums, to $11,000. This year this will effect only a few, because the national health care cost is about $10,880 but given that health care premiums are going up at about 20% a year, this will be a huge loss for the American middle class within a year or so. Once these numbers are capped, it takes years to be adjusted, just look at the AMT (Alternative minimum Tax)

So while Bush is looking for ways to fuck over the middle class while protecting the tax cuts to the rich.

I personally blame those dumbasses in the Red States, Bush does not care about you, have you learned that yet?

President's plans to reduce deductions on mortgage interest could raise bill for many area homeowners

America's war criminals pass the buck to underlings

Failed Presidency

From The Japan Times

Who is ultimately to blame for wartime abuses and crimes? How far down the line does one go to pin down responsibility? In the case of England, is her boyfriend, Pvt. Charles Graner, Jr., the de facto leader of that prison section, to blame for egging her on? What about Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski, the officer in charge of military prisons in Iraq, who had the chutzpah, putting it mildly, to say that living conditions for detainees at Abu Ghraib "are now better in prison than at home. At one point we were concerned that [the prisoners] wouldn't want to leave." On April 8, 2005, Karpinski was formally relieved of her command, and on May 5, President George W. Bush approved her demotion to colonel: a rap on the knuckles and she was sent out to recess by the principal.

-snip-

The Eichmanns, Calleys and Englands of this world must surely take responsibility for their individual actions. "Only following orders" is not an excuse that is acceptable in the courtroom.

But when an entire government, such as the present one in Washington, is permeated by a culture of avoidance of truth and the shifting of blame -- be it for abuses in a prison or for crude finger-pointing in the aftermath of natural disasters -- and when leaders of a country blatantly flaunt international treaties, universally honored conventions and fair legal practice, we are obliged to ask, "What has happened to justice?"

An administration that can so unashamedly avoid responsibility will try its hand at anything. In a courtroom where the criminals act as judge, even the defense of "I was only giving orders" is bound to prevail.

Image Says it All, Bush is No Republican.

Failed Presidency

I was told that the Republicans were for smaller government, and were fiscally responsible; picture is worth a thousand words, or in this case, 480 Billion in cash. All I am say is failure.

Umm, I will go ahead and say it...

Tax and Spend Republican

Oh and lets not forget

Where has all the money gone? Oh there it is...

CIA Leak Case Widens.

Traitors in the White House

Let the facts be known. This administration used safety and September 11th to get reelected. Out of one site of their mouth they screamed that John Kerry, or any Democrat for that matter wanted to blow up your child’s school bus, and from the other side, they out-ed a CIA agent. By doing so, they also out-ed the “Cover Company” that she worked for, and everyone who “worked” for that company. They out-ed a CIA agent who’s job it was to stop the spread of the very weapons that they said John was going to use to blow-up the school bus. Am I the only one who sees the whole “keeping you safe” crap as just that, crap?

Keep in mind, they did this because Joe Wilson formal Ambassador to Niger said the claims the Bush Administration made that Iraq was looking for yellow-cake was not true, dare I say, a lie. Guess what, he was right, it was a lie, and the Bush Administration knew it.

Well this lie may stick, and the net is widening, who is going to get caught in it?

From the WSJ

The New York Times reporter who went to jail to avoid testifying in the CIA leak case was quizzed by the special prosecutor again yesterday and has agreed to return to the grand jury today.

Judith Miller's additional testimony comes as the endgame is intensifying in the legal chess match that threatens to damage the Bush administration.

There are signs that prosecutors now are looking into contacts between administration officials and journalists that took place much earlier than previously thought. Earlier conversations are potentially significant, because that suggests the special prosecutor leading the investigation is exploring whether there was an effort within the administration at an early stage to develop and disseminate confidential information to the press that could undercut former Ambassador Joseph Wilson and his wife, Central Intelligence Agency official Valerie Plame.

Mr. Wilson had become a thorn in the Bush administration's side, as he sought to undermine the administration's claims that Iraq had sought to buy materials for building nuclear weapons from other countries, such as uranium "yellowcake" from Niger. Ultimately, his wife's name and identity were disclosed in a newspaper column, prompting the investigation into whether someone in the administration broke the law by revealing the identity of an undercover agent.

Ms. Miller, the Times reporter, was interviewed again yesterday to discuss conversations she had with I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the vice president's chief of staff. She testified on Sept. 30 before a grand jury about conversations she had with Mr. Libby in July 2003.

10/11/05

Playing with Fire?

Tom DeLay

Tom Delay, the indicted former House Majority Leader, and his gaggle of lawyers have subpoenaed Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle.

From the Dallas Morning News.

Lawyers for indicted Rep. Tom DeLay on Tuesday subpoenaed the prosecuting Texas district attorney in an effort to show he acted improperly with grand jurors.

The subpoena for Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle, filed in Austin, asked that the prosecutor and two of his assistants appear in court to explain their conduct.

The lawyers previously had filed a motion asking for dismissal of the conspiracy and money-laundering charges against DeLay, who stepped aside as House majority leader because of the indictment.

Dick DeGuerin, DeLay's attorney, also asked that grand jurors be released from their secrecy oath so they could answer questions about the prosecutor's conduct.

Earle had no immediate comment on the subpoena.

Shocker, A Bush Administration Member Lied.

Traitors in the White House

From National Journal

Libby Did Not Tell Grand Jury About Key Conversation

In two appearances before the federal grand jury investigating the leak of a covert CIA operative's name, Lewis (Scooter) Libby, the chief of staff to Vice President Cheney, did not disclose a crucial conversation that he had with New York Times reporter Judith Miller in June 2003 about the operative, Valerie Plame, according to sources with firsthand knowledge of his sworn testimony.

Libby also did not disclose the June 23 conversation when he was twice interviewed by FBI agents working on the Plame leak investigation, the sources said.

Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald apparently learned about the June 23 conversation for the first time just days ago, after attorneys for Miller and The New York Times informed prosecutors that Miller had discovered a set of notes on the conversation.

Miller had spent 85 days in jail for contempt of court for refusing to testify before the grand jury about her conversations with Libby and other Bush administration officials regarding Plame. She was released from jail after she agreed to cooperate with Fitzgerald's investigation. Miller testified before the grand jury on September 30, and attorneys familiar with the matter said that she agreed to be questioned further by Fitzgerald today.

Can anyone on this administration go a week without being a damn liar?

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50% Of Americans Say, Let's Impeach Bush.

Failed Presidency

This is from the website AfterDowningStreet.org

Poll: Americans Favor Bush's Impeachment If He Lied about Iraq

By a margin of 50% to 44%, Americans want Congress to consider impeaching President Bush if he lied about the war in Iraq, according to a new poll commissioned by AfterDowningStreet.org, a grassroots coalition that supports a Congressional investigation of President Bush's decision to invade Iraq in 2003.

The poll was conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs, the highly-regarded non-partisan polling company. The poll interviewed 1,001 U.S. adults on October 6-9.

The poll found that 50% agreed with the statement:

"If President Bush did not tell the truth about his reasons for going to war with Iraq, Congress should consider holding him accountable by impeaching him."

44% disagreed, and 6% said they didn't know or declined to answer. The poll has a +/- 3.1% margin of error.

Of those who agreed with the statement, more agreed strongly: 39% strongly agreed, while 30% strongly disagreed.

"The results of this poll are truly astonishing," said AfterDowningStreet.org co-founder Bob Fertik. "Bush's record-low approval ratings tell just half of the story, which is how much Americans oppose Bush's policies on Iraq and other issues. But this poll tells the other half of the story - that a solid plurality of Americans want Congress to consider removing Bush from the White House."

Impeachment Supported by Majorities of Many Groups

Responses varied by political party affiliation: 72% of Democrats favored impeachment, compared to 56% of Independents and 20% of Republicans.

Responses also varied by age and income. Solid majorities of those under age 55 (54%), as well as those with household incomes below $50,000 (57%), support impeachment.

Majorities favored impeachment in the Northeast (53%), West (51%), and even the South (50%).

Support for Impeachment Surged Since June

The Ipsos poll shows a dramatic transformation in support for Bush's impeachment since late June. (This is only the second poll that has asked Americans about their support for impeaching Bush in 2005, despite his record-low approval ratings.) The Zogby poll conducted June 27-29 of 905 likely voters found that 42% agreed and 50% disagreed with a statement virtually identical to the one used by Ipsos Public Affairs. (see footnote below)

  Ipsos 10/8-9 Zogby 6/27-29 Net Change
Support Impeachment
50% 42% +8%
Oppose Impeachment
44% 50% +6%
Impeachment Margin
+6% -8% +14%

After the June poll, pollster John Zogby told the Washington Post that support for impeachment "was much higher than I expected." At the time, impeachment supporters trailed opponents by 8%. Now supporters outnumber opponents by 6%, a remarkable shift of 14%.

Support for Clinton Impeachment Was Much Lower

In August and September of 1998, 16 major polls asked about impeaching President Clinton (Link). Only 36% supported hearings to consider impeachment, and only 26% supported actual impeachment and removal. Even so, the impeachment debate dominated the news for months, and the Republican Congress impeached Clinton despite overwhelming public opposition.

Impeachment Support is Closely Related to Belief that Bush Lied about Iraq

Both the Ipsos and Zogby polls asked about support for impeachment if Bush lied about the reasons for war, rather than asking simply about support for impeachment. Pollsters predict that asking simply about impeachment without any context would produce a large number of "I don't know" responses. However, this may understate the percentage of Americans who favor Bush's impeachment for other reasons, such as his slow response to Hurricane Katrina, his policy on torture, soaring gasoline prices, or other concerns.

Other polls show a majority of U.S. adults believe that Bush did in fact lie about the reasons for war. A June 23-26 ABC/Washington Post poll found 52% of Americans believe the Bush administration "deliberately misled the public before the war," and 57% say the Bush administration "intentionally exaggerated its evidence that pre-war Iraq possessed nuclear, chemical or biological weapons."

Support for the war has dropped significantly since June, which suggests that the percentage of Americans who believe Bush lied about the war has increased.

Read the rest Here...

Cheney's Stock Options Rose 3281% Last Year.

War Profiteering

Nice! The average America is getting corn holed at the pump. Out treasury is being sucked dry even as I type this, and you read it. So how is Cheney doing? Will I can honestly say, Dick Cheney could care less about the price at the pump.

Now if you don’t find this a little hincky, then you must be Dick Cheney, because every American should be a little concerned that the Vice President of the United States’ old company is getting BILLIONS in NO BID contracts, and that we are somehow un-American to think that there may be a link? VP = CEO / CEO = VP ?

From Raw Story

An analysis released by a Democratic senator found that Vice President Dick Cheney's Halliburton stock options have risen 3,281 percent in the last year, RAW STORY can reveal.

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) asserts that Cheney's options -- worth $241,498 a year ago -- are now valued at more than $8 million. The former CEO of the oil and gas services juggernaut, Cheney has pledged to give proceeds to charity.

“Halliburton has already raked in more than $10 billion from the Bush-Cheney Administration for work in Iraq, and they were awarded some of the first Katrina contracts," Lautenberg said in a statement. "It is unseemly for the Vice President to continue to benefit from this company at the same time his Administration funnels billions of dollars to it. The Vice President should sever his financial ties to Halliburton once and for all.”

Cheney continues to hold 433,333 Halliburton stock options. The company has been criticized by auditors for its handling of a no-bid contact in Iraq. Auditors found the firm marked up meal prices for troops and inflated gas prices in a deal with a Kuwaiti supplier. The company built the American prison at Guantanamo Bay.

The Vice President has sought to stem criticism by signing an agreement to donate the after-tax profits from these stock options to charities of his choice, and his lawyer has said he will not take any tax deduction for the donations.

Oh, can I guess the lucky charities?

    • Scooter Libby Defense Fund
    • Karl Rove Legal Defense Fund
    • Tom Delay Legal Defense Fund
    • Dick Cheney Legal Defense Fund
    • Project for a New American Century
    • Republican National Committee Kickback Fund
    • Halliburton Old CEO Society
    • Dick Cheney Heart-Attack Fund
    • Wife of Dick Cheney Club
    • Cick Dheney Fund For Rich Ogers
    • PFLAG

Bush is a failure, Cheney is a failure, the Republican Revolution is a failure, and Iraq is a failure. Thanks Bush!

Iraqi Reconstruction is Broke, US Next?

Iraq

Here are some facts you need to know. Believe it or not, Iraq was a fairly peaceful place to live before we got there. The trains ran, the power was on, and the water was clean. The average Iraqis woke-up, went to work, came home, just like you, just like me.

Now I am not saying for a second that Saddam was a saint, he has his enemies, and he dealt with then with swift death, but for most, it was just a place like most places around the world.

Before we got there, people went to masque without out the fear of being blown up. They went to school, even college with little fear of being blown up. All of that has changed.

We broke it, and we had to buy it, but it looks like we don’t have the cash.

From the UPI

The insurgency in Iraq has dramatically increased building costs, and U.S. money is running out, USA Today reported Monday.

The newspaper said that security measures to protect workers now account for about one-quarter of the cost of construction.

The results can often be dramatic. An Iraqi army barracks in Nasiriyah that was planned as a two-story building with amenities like basketball courts, movie theater officer's club and shooting range is now a modest one-story dormitory.

Many large projects have been cancelled.

American money has dried up, Brent Rose, chief of program/project management for the Army Corps of Engineers in southern Iraq, told USA Today.

Almost $5 billion of the $18.4 billion appropriated by Congress for Iraqi reconstruction has been spent on security.

The slow pace of reconstruction means that many Iraqis have no or erratic electricity, with Baghdad getting power for only 10 hours or so a day. About half the country has no access to clean water.

Another Fine Republican, This Time, DUI.

Right Wing Hypocrisy

For some reason, I get great joy in reporting how the “Do as I say, not as I do” moral majority. So the Republican Congressman Kevin Brady of Texas was arrested for DUI while driving around the South Dakota countryside.

From CNN

U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady was arrested and charged with driving under the influence while in South Dakota, according to a published report.

The Texas Republican was pulled over by a state trooper Friday night for a problem with the tail lights of his vehicle, The Dallas Morning News reported.

Authorities were waiting for results of a blood test to determine Brady's blood-alcohol level at the time of the arrest. The legal limit in South Dakota is 0.08.

If convicted of the misdemeanor charge, Brady faces a fine up to $1,000 and a year in jail, Clay County Sheriff Andy Howe said.

Brady could not be reached for comment.

10/10/05

More "Christians" Caught Molesting People.

Crazy Evangelicals

When are real Christians gaing to take their faith back?

The Uber right wing would like you to think that it is the gays that are the cause of all of the child molestation that goes on in this nation. Now we have this, and I think the next time I here this crap, I am going to point to this story (among many many).

From the great E&P

Local Christian Coalition Official Did Molest, Family Members Tell 'The Oregonian'

After news broke that local law enforcement officials were investigating complaints that Louis Beres, longtime chairman of the Christian Coalition of Oregon, had molested three female family members when they were pre-teens, The Oregonian in Portland went out and interviewed Beres' family members.

Two told reporters that Beres, indeed, had molested them. All three said they have been interviewed for several hours by detectives.

"I was molested," said one of the women, now in her early 50s. "I was victimized, and I've suffered all my life for it. I'm still afraid to be in the same room with [Beres]."

The coalition led by Beres, 70, champions socially conservative candidates and causes. Its Web site describes the group as "Oregon's leading grassroots organization defending our Godly heritage." The group opposes abortion, gay rights, and stem cell research. It is affiliated with the national Christian Coalition, which was founded in 1989 by television evangelist Pat Robertson.

Sickos!

Remind me Never to Hire a "Republican" Lawyer.

Traitors in the White House

The Republicans need to do a better job at hiring lawyers, First we have Tom Delay going on Faux News and confessing to the crimes he was there to dispute, now we have Karl Rove’s lawyer doing his best to re-write history, and fast.

From the great ThinkProgress.com

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Rove’s Attorney Lies About White House Briefings

CNN records the latest spin from Karl Rove’s attorney, Robert Luskin:

“He’s told everyone who’s asked him, including the federal prosecutor, that he’s not part of any scheme,” Luskin said.

He said that’s the allegation the president and White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan? were commenting on when they received assurances from Rove that he did nothing wrong.

According to the transcripts, that’s not true. McClellan? was not assured by Rove that he was “not part of any scheme.” McClellan? was categorically assured by Rove that he wasn’t involved. Period. From the 9/29/03 briefing:

Q All right. Let me just follow up. You said this morning, “The President knows” that Karl Rove wasn’t involved. How does he know that?

MR. McCLELLAN?: Well, I’ve made it very clear that it was a ridiculous suggestion in the first place. I saw some comments this morning from the person who made that suggestion, backing away from that. And I said it is simply not true. So, I mean, it’s public knowledge. I’ve said that it’s not true. And I have spoken with Karl Rove

There was more of the same at that morning’s press gaggle.

As Stephen Colbert notes, mainstream sources like CNN appear unwilling to fact check statements from people like Luskin because there is a “fear of looking too aggressive.” So it’s up to the Daily Show and blogs sort out the spin from the truth.

U2, the Band, Doing Fundraiser for Rick "Man on Dog" Santorum

Life in Bushs America

Bono, U2 in Fundraiser for uber right-wing nut Senator Rick "Man on Dog" Santorum (the guy that broght a fetus home for his kids to play with). I have always loved U2, but I can no longer support a band that supports this hate-filled Senator.

UPDATE: Reader "Mike" pointed out that NewsMax may have spun the story a little. It looks like Rick's people bought all the skyboxes for the Philly concert, and are scalping the tickets for $1000 bucks each, Bono has nothing to do with it directly. Hey, can some one tell me, is it legal to buy tickets at $300, and sell them at $1000?

From NewsMax

On Sunday, October 16, a truly unique political event will take place.

Teaming up with the legendary rock group U2 for a one-night only appearance will be Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Penn.).

The thousand-dollar-a-seat concert has been put together by Sean and Ana Wolfington and will take place at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia in support of Santorum’s reelection, reports NewsMax's James Hirsen.

U2 front man Bono is no stranger to Washington, D.C. He has come often to the nation’s capital to network with politicians on behalf of his many causes.

U2 is dead to me, I will no longer buy another album, song on iTunes, or anything U2. DEAD TO ME.

10/09/05

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Red vs Blue, the Difference, Knowledge of the facts..

Life in Bushs America

Randi Rhodes on CSPAN with Right Wing Shill Janet Parshall. Janet is showing what I have suspected for years, facts hurt their ears. (BTW, Real Screen Shoot People)

CSPAN is celebrating 25 years of no one watching it, and I think that is great. In the last 25 years I have logged about 50 hours of CSPAN, now that by NO means makes me an avid viewer, but I can say, it makes me about 49 hours and 56 minuets ahead of the average American.

Well CSPAN was doing a 25 hour call in show, and had Janet Parshall and Randi Rhodes taking calls. During the course of the segment one thing became very clear. Janet’s only new source is FOX news, and her ass.

Janet would not even concede that this administration used executive privilege to suspend the Davids-Bacon Act (This act says that if Government money is used to reconstruct an area, you have to play the prevailing wage for that task, Bush suspended this, because he did not want to pay the prevailing wage ($9 and hour in New Orleans for heave construction) instead, he wants to only pay say $5, meaning more profits for Halliburton). A caller even called in and said that she read this in the Washington Post, so there was not excuse...

You should watch this segment (wmv), it is a very fun watch, I thank "CanOFun Political Video clips" for hosting it.

10/08/05

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Political Cartoon Round Up.

Humor

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Knight-Ridder: GOP Losing Hold Over Talk Radio.

Media

66% of Americans think that the Republicans are moving this nation in the wrong direction, and the the GOP dominated talk radio is taking a hit...

From Knight-Ridder, via Yahoo.

When the White House wanted to talk to its political base about a Supreme Court nominee this week, there was no doubt where to go: talk radio.

-snip-

A decade after Republicans credited Limbaugh with helping them win control of Congress - they called him the Majority Maker - they still look to his conservative-dominated medium for a lopsided communications edge over Democrats. Today, they count on talk radio to rally support for President Bush, attack those who criticize or question him, and stir passions leading into the 2006 midterm congressional elections.

There are signs that the Republicans could be losing some of their overwhelming edge, however. Ratings for Limbaugh and Hannity slipped this spring in some markets. Liberals such as Ed Schultz, Stephanie Miller and Al Franken are carving out their own radio niche. And Democrats argue that they have an edge on the Internet, where explosive growth could dwarf the political impact of radio.

-snip-

Limbaugh lost 30 percent of his audience in Minneapolis-St. Paul this spring from a year earlier. He also lost 9 percent in Miami and 7 percent in Kansas City, Mo. He did have gains in some smaller markets, however, including Charlotte, N.C., and Fort Wayne, Ind.

Some of the loss can be attributed to listeners tuning out after an election year. But they also might be growing weary of the Limbaugh and Hannity format.

"They're pretty much talking about the same thing every day," said Holland Cooke, a Cleveland-based radio industry consultant who said the hosts tend to talk about the same subjects and interview the same guests over and over.

"Last week, Sean Hannity had Newt Gingrich coming on. I've already heard that show. Then he said he had Ann Coulter coming on. I've already heard that show. It's a rerun. You already know what he's going to say."

10/07/05

Even the White Southern Evangelical Nut-Bags see Bush for what he is.

Failed Presidency

A Total Failure

The new AP-Ipsos poll has hit the press, and what do we learn from it. Almost everyone hates Bush.

Approval Rating = 39% Lowest point in this polls history.

From the poll...

Sentiment about the nation's direction has sunk to new depths at a time people are anxious about Iraq, the economy, gas prices and the management of billions of dollars being spent for recovery from the nation's worst natural disaster.

Only 28 percent say the country is headed in the right direction while two-thirds, 66 percent, say it is on the wrong track, the poll found.

"There is a growing, deep-seated discontentment and pessimism about the direction of the country," said Republican strategist Tony Fabrizio, who believes the reasons for their pessimism differ for those in one political party or another.

Among those most likely to have lost confidence about the nation's direction over the past year are white evangelicals, down 30 percentage points since November, Republican women, down 28 points, Southerners, down 26 points, and suburban men, down 20 points.

-snip-

The president's job approval is mired at the lowest level of his presidency — 39 percent

Well they get what they deserve, I hope they all go broke buying gas to hear their homes, and then try to file for bankrupts, where they will be screwed again by Bush, and just as they are thrown out of their home, their son gets a letter from the draft board. You get what you asked for, and this is what you asked for.

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10/06/05

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More on Bush Drinking...

Failed Leadership

Well looks like more are starting to see Bush as the drink he is.

From the Salt Lake City Weekly

doesn’t explain everything, but it explains a lot: George Bush, our president, is hitting the bottle again. The drinking rumors have been making the rounds for months, and even before that people speculated that Bush’s “accidents”—choking on a pretzel, dropping his dog, crashing his bicycle—were “alcohol-related.” For someone who makes such a point of flaunting his physical prowess, his habitual clumsiness is somewhat suspicious. After all, Bushie (his wife Laura’s pet name for him, just as it’s his pet name for her, which is a bit creepy) first gained prominence as a high-kicking, back-flipping sis-boom-bah male cheerleader at Yale.

Of course, we are all familiar with Bush’s epic battle with the bottle: He boozes his way through college; he is persistently liquored up through his 20s (failing to show up for National Guard duty, but never missing booze-drenched weekend barbecues with his Texas buddies); into his 30s, he is so continuously sloshed that he screws up every sure-thing business venture his daddy sets up for him; at 40, so the story goes, his wife gives him the made-for-the-movies sound-bite ultimatum, “Bushie, it’s me or Jim Beam,” and the chastened former cheerleader renounces alcohol forever. (In a medium shot, we see Bushie mournfully pouring out the last of a fifth of bourbon onto the patio pavement, while Laura witnesses the act with a wifely look of affection, relief, and secret triumph.)

Bushie’s renunciation of booze has gained such mythic status that many people (Republican true believers) conveniently overlook the fact that his renunciation of adult beverages was hardly a redemptive turn of fortune. All that happened was that Bush the obnoxious drunk became Bush the obnoxious teetotaler, proclaiming that his life was now in the hands of Jesus Christ, not Jim Beam.

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Bill "Tickle my Ass" O'Reilly says the Dumbest thing Ever

Media

Bill O'Reilly said on his poorly rated radio show said the dumbest thing ever spoken on the air.

CALLER: Because of slavery. If you take someone's language, someone's history, and someone's culture, and then you just release them out into the world, you think they're going to be successful as a people?

O'REILLY: All right. But let me counter that, [caller], and you can comment on my comment. That's the prevailing wisdom in a lot of the precincts, is that because blacks were in slavery in the United States, they were never able to develop an infrastructure of education and culture to compete with the white majority. That is the prevailing wisdom in lots and lots of places. Let me submit this to you, and then you can comment on it.

My people came from County Cavan in Ireland. All right? And the British Crown marched in there with their henchman, Oliver Cromwell, and they seized all of my ancestors' lands, everything. And they threw them into slavery, pretty much indentured servitude on the land. And then the land collapsed, all right? And everybody was starving in Ireland. They had to leave the country, just as Africans had to leave -- African-Americans had to leave Africa and come over on a boat and try to make in the New World with nothing. Nothing. And succeeded, succeeded. As did Italians, as did -- and I'll submit to you, African-Americans are succeeding as well. So all of these things can be overcome I think, [caller]. Go ahead.

Yes you pompous ass, the African Americans just leapt on the boats when they saw them, man the boats were standing room only. They were not forced, so don’t believe what you have read in those damn history books.

Just like the Irish, when they were tired of working the land, they just left, the slave owners did not mind, they just waved and said, “Hey thanks for your hard work, see ya later”

Wow, Bill, you wish you dumb ass. You can hear the comment for yourself here from Media Matters for America.

Karl Rove is Going before the Grand Jury.

Traitors in the White House

From the AP

Federal prosecutors have accepted an offer from presidential adviser Karl Rove to give 11th-hour testimony in the case of a CIA officer's leaked identity and have warned they cannot guarantee he won't be indicted, according to people directly familiar with the investigation.

The people, who spoke only on condition of anonymity because of grand jury secrecy, said Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has not made any decision yet on whether to file criminal charges against the longtime confidant of President Bush or anyone else.

The U.S. attorney's manual requires that prosecutors not bring witnesses before a grand jury if there is a possibility of future criminal charges unless the witnesses are notified in advance that their testimony can be used against them in a later indictment.

Rove has already made at least three grand jury appearances and his return at this late stage in the investigation is unusual.

Bush to America, I have a Bridge to Sell ya...

Failed Presidency

Bush has attempted to raise support for his personal war in Iraq, by attempting to link Iraq and 9/11, again.

Here is some words from the failure in chief

Evil men, obsessed with ambition and unburdened by conscience, must be taken very seriously -- and we must stop them before their crimes can multiply.

Really, We must stop them? So the fact that terrorism has gone up 3 fold, mainly because you are a total failure in your “War on Terror” means nothing?

Instead of attending faraway training camps, recruits can now access online training libraries to learn how to build a roadside bomb, or fire a rocket-propelled grenade -- and this further spreads the threat of violence, even within peaceful democratic societies.

So what do you advocate Mr. Bush, shutting down the internet? We should outlaw it, and why stop there you moron, I saw a guy once sketch a drawing of a bomb, it was a circle and it has a fuse, we should outlaw paper and pens as well.

The influence of Islamic radicalism is also magnified by helpers and enablers. They have been sheltered by authoritarian regimes, allies of convenience like Syria and Iran, that share the goal of hurting America and moderate Muslim governments, and use terrorist propaganda to blame their own failures on the West and America, and on the Jews.

Helpers and enablers, you mean like us? You did not put the number of people that were needed on the ground, and Iraq is a sieve, and it is all because of you. Oh, and please don’t overlook the list of those next on the “liberation” list, Syria, Iran, your next.

Some have also argued that extremism has been strengthened by the actions of our coalition in Iraq, claiming that our presence in that country has somehow caused or triggered the rage of radicals. I would remind them that we were not in Iraq on September the 11th, 2001 -- and al Qaeda attacked us anyway. The hatred of the radicals existed before Iraq was an issue, and it will exist after Iraq is no longer an excuse.

*Yawn* What the hell? That is some very twisted ass logic. We were not in Iraq, because al Qaeda and Iraq have nothing to do with each other. We have never been attacked by Iraq. Iraq is in the shape it is in because YOU ALLOWED IT.

The government of Russia did not support Operation Iraqi Freedom, and yet the militants killed more than 180 Russian schoolchildren in Beslan.

So look out France, Germany and the rest of you, if you get attacked we are going to point and giggle at you.

Overall, the United States and our partners have disrupted at least ten serious al Qaeda terrorist plots since September the 11th, including three al Qaeda plots to attack inside the United States. We've stopped at least five more al Qaeda efforts to case targets in the United States,

And while we did foil those 10, the terrorist attacks have risen 300%, we stopped 10, and allowed 640, Hazaa we rock!

At the time of our Fallujah operations 11 months ago, there were only a few Iraqi army battalions in combat. Today there are more than 80 Iraqi army battalions fighting the insurgency alongside our forces.

Liar liar pants on fire. Your own General said under oath that that number is 1, a single unit is ready, not 80, but 1.

We've heard it suggested that Iraq's democracy must be on shaky ground because Iraqis are arguing with each other. But that's the essence of democracy: making your case, debating with those who you disagree –

Again, because of your inability to stabilize that nation, they are arguing with bombs, not words, the blood of every death is on your hands Bush.

Would the United States and other free nations be more safe, or less safe, with Zarqawi and bin Laden in control of Iraq, its people, and its resources?

The real question is would this nation be more safe if YOU were removed from power. Katrina proved to all of us, you, Mr. Bush, have sold our national security to cronies and corporations, you have shown us that if we were attacked again that we would be on our own, because your administration is a failure and is not capable of helping us.

We're standing with dissidents and exiles against oppressive regimes, because we know that the dissidents of today will be the democratic leaders of tomorrow

Umm, Saddam is gone, that make us the oppressive regime, you can not keep using Saddam as a scapegoat Mr. Bush

Bush's Speech, "Please Love me Again"

Failed Presidency

Bush said,

"America would be less safe with bin Laden in control of Iraq"

and he is right.

Bush failed to catch Osama in Afghanistan, in fact we knew where he was, and we sent warlords to get him.

Iraq was in the firm grip of Saddam Husain, he would have never allowed anyone control over Iraq, the only reason this is even an option is because we went there. There was ZERO, NONE, NADA, ZIP chance that Osama would have gained control of Iraq with Saddam in power. This is in fact our doing.

You did not catch him when you had a chance, and you flung the doors of Iraq open for the terrorist to get in.

Mr. Bush, your words ring hollow when it is because of your failures that this is even possible. You are the reason Iraq is a disaster, You are the reason we did not catch Osama, and You are the reason why your poll numbers suck.

The lies have worn thin, You are a failure, as a leader, as a president, as a man.

9 Senate Republicans Think Torture is Cool, Oh, and Bush.

War on Terror

John McCain’s Anti-Torture Amendment Passes.

John McCain?, a person who knows torture first hand, placed an amendment in the 2006 DOD Appropriations Bill Passed. This Amendment says American troops can not torture people, and that we have to abide by treaties that we signed a long time ago.

From Reuters...

Defying President George W. Bush, the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to regulate the Pentagon's treatment of military detainees in the wake of abuse scandals at Abu Ghraib prison and elsewhere.

The Senate voted 90-9 for a bipartisan amendment to establish rules for detainee interrogation and treatment, even though the Republican administration said the measure would tie its hands as it fights terrorism and threatened to veto a $440 billion bill to fund the Pentagon if it contained them.

The amendment from Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain?, a prisoner of war in Vietnam, would establish the U.S. Army field manual as the standard for interrogations and bar degrading and inhumane treatment of anyone in U.S. military custody.

Bush said he will VETO this bill if this amendment passes, and it did, Bush is no longer allowed to torture people in Americans name. The First VETO from him ever, and it is about torture, how sad, how telling.

So you want to know who is so pro-torture, besides Bush…

    • Allard (R-CO)
    • Bond (R-MO)
    • Coburn (R-OK)
    • Cochran (R-MS)
    • Cornyn (R-TX)
    • Inhofe (R-OK)
    • Roberts (R-KS)
    • Sessions (R-AL)
    • Stevens (R-AK)

Shock, they are all Republicans...

Is Thursday the Day of the Indictments

Traitors in the White House

Editor & Publisher has just reported that the indictments from the Plame case should see the light of day tommorow.

From E&P

Is it the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning? Whatever way you look at it, it seems clear to many in Washington right now that indictments in the Valerie Plame affair will likely be announced soon, possibly on Thursday.

Note to editors and reporters: As the aspens turn, don't stray too far from your desks, cells or Blackberries.

Rumors surged all day Wednesday, though reports of 22 indictments did seem a bit farfetched. But late Wednesday, Reuters suggested that indeed the end--or beginning--was near, "within days," and added one major clue: Karl Rove's lawyer, who has always stated that his client was not a target in the probe, now refused to comment on that one way or the other.

Reuters said it got all this from "legal sources close to the investigation."

The Autumn is Upon Us, and the Indictments are in the Air

Traitors in the White House

Well it looks like this may be the season for indictments, we have Delay, soon I am sure Frist and now it looks like that the Special Counsel is about to hand out some indictments about the Plame case.

Reuters has published a story, US officials brace for decisions in CIA leak case...

The federal prosecutor investigating who leaked the identity of a CIA operative is expected to signal within days whether he intends to bring indictments in the case, legal sources close to the investigation said on Wednesday.

As a first step, prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald was expected to notify officials by letter if they have become targets, said the lawyers, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

Fitzgerald could announce plea agreements, bring indictments, or conclude that no crime was committed. By the end of this month he is expected to wrap up his nearly two-year-old investigation into who leaked CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity.

AmericaBlog notices that Karl Rove’s lawyer has changed his tune from last week.

Last week

"Not quite a year ago, I received oral and written assurances from the counsel that Karl is not a target of the investigation," Rove attorney Robert Luskin said Friday. "There is nothing I am aware of in the matters that have come to light since then that would change that.

"

Today

Rove's attorney, Robert Luskin, declined to say whether his client had been contacted by Fitzgerald. In the past, Luskin has said that Rove was assured that he was not a target.

Did Karl get a letter? The Rawstory has noticed that Karl is missing in action in and around the White House. There are some rumors that the Grand Jury is has at least 22 indictments, and at least seven people. This will be a great season for indictments.

10/05/05

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DOD Wants to Cure Breast Cancer, or Kill People, I Forget.

Military

I know I am late to this, but why is the Department of Defence getting 30% of the money raised from the sale of the Breast Cancer Stamp?

When did the DOD get into the whole cancer research business? These guys are here to fight the war, protect us if we are attacked by another nation, the last time that happened was December 7, 1941.

Yesterday, Bush said that is the bird flu broke out he would turn the guns of the US Military on American people; I guess that is some sort of Asian cure to this flu. Anyway, when did the DOD get into the civilian healthcare field?

The US Army fact sheet shows the breakdown.

James Dobson Changes Mind on Miers, It’s a Secret to Know Why.

Judges

We should be worried, Dobson, who was up in arms over the nomination of Miers to the Supreme Court of the United States has reversed course and when asked why by the New York Times he said,

“Some of what I know I am not at liberty to talk about”.

So let me get this straight, Dobson now welcomes her with open arms, but won’t tell us why? Who in the White House did he speak to? What was said.

This should worry you, this should worry the Dems, and this should worry real Americans. Why is it that this religious zealot is privy to information the American public, and I am sure many Senators are not?

I can only speculate that he got a call from the White House, and was told, “James, relax, Bush still loves you, and if you support him on this one, you may find a huge check in your collection plate next week” or “James, this is Karl, remember those photos we have of you going down on Gannon while I watched in the corner, it would be a shame if those got out.”

Hey until James lets us know what the part he is “not at liberty to talk about” is, I can have the liberty to speculate.

From the New York Times

In each call and in a series of teleconferences throughout the day, representatives of the White House promised their conservative supporters that as White House counsel, Ms. Miers had played a central role in picking the many exemplars of conservatism among Mr. Bush's previous nominees.

Some of the efforts evidently bore fruit. By day's end, Mr. Dobson, one of the most influential evangelical conservatives, welcomed the nomination. "Some of what I know I am not at liberty to talk about," he said in an interview, explaining his decision to speak out in support of Ms. Miers. He declined to discuss his conversations with the White House.

10/04/05

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Bill "Phone Sex" O'Reilly Called for the Assassination of Syria's Leader

Media

As the rating for the O'Reilly Factor continue to free fall O’Reilly is hoping to get some of that Pat Robertson media coverage. So what does he do, he calls for the assassination of the Leader of Syria.

From MediaMatters.

O'REILLY: And joining us now from Little Rock, Arkansas, is Fox News military analyst General Wesley Clark, who has been thinking about Iraq policy. OK, General, go. What would you do if you were in charge?

CLARK: Bill, it's always taken a three-legged stool to succeed in Iraq. Leg one is the military, leg two is the politics inside Iraq, and leg three is the diplomacy in the region and especially with Iraq's neighbors.

Now, for the first year we were in Iraq, we only had leg one, the military. Then we added the political. The political is bringing a constitution to be voted on later this month that's going to really anger 20 percent of the population. And when it passes, which it probably will, we'll have deeper animosities inside Iraq.

So the mission is in trouble. You're right; it's a big mess. The reason is the Bush administration has never really grasped the diplomatic problem in the region. If we want to fix Iraq, we've got to work the diplomacy of the region. Now, how do we do it? We meet individually, we send emissaries in, we talk to Iraq's neighbors. Turkey, Jordan -- no problem. Kuwait -- no problem. Syria and Iran -- that's really tough. This administration doesn't want to talk to either one of them directly. And yet, they're part of the problem in Iraq. When we invaded Iraq, we let Syria and Iran know they were next.

We're putting the squeeze on Syria right now. We'd like to run -- the administration would like to run -- Bashar Assad out of town and get rid of this government in Syria. So he's got no incentive right now to try to help us work in Iraq. And as far as Iran is concerned, we've got a looming nuclear crisis with Iran, and we're not talking to them. So our military people, our mission in Iraq is being held hostage by the neighbors. We're going to have to talk to the neighbors if we want to make this mission work.

O'REILLY: All right. Well, Syria, I think you can probably make a deal -- is you spare Bashar's life if he cooperates with us. I agree with you.

[...]

O'REILLY: All right. So let's sum up. So you want to -- you want to --

CLARK: Take that common interest, and build out of it a regional dialogue, and let the United States then train the Iraqi forces, step back as the guarantor of regional security in the region, and then let each of these countries guarantee Iraq's border, and let their --

O'REILLY: All right. It's an optimistic viewpoint that they would do that.

CLARK: It's a possible viewpoint, Bill.

O'REILLY: North Korea proves that, although we don't know if North Korea is going to do what they say they're going to do. So it's a dangerous world. But look, I'm not opposed to having conversations with Syria and Iran to try to help us out over there, but I don't -- Syria, I think you could do it, because as you said, you know, it's Bashar's life. I mean, we could take his life, and we should take his life if he doesn't help us out. Iran -- different nut.

You should have asked the General if he has stuck a vibrator up his ass like you do? You should of asked him if he has forced phone sex with a co-worker?

Bush Lies Again, And when Questioned About it, He Lies More.

Failed Leadership

Bush stood in the beloved White House Rose Garden, and lied to the American People to day.

QUESTION: A couple of weeks ago, you stood in the Rose Garden with Generals Abizaid and Casey and you cited the accomplishments regarding standing up of Iraqi troops there and said that there were 12 battalions that were working on Fallujah in the western part, 20 in Baghdad, 100 across the nation.

QUESTION: And that afternoon, Abizaid and Casey went up to Capitol Hill and said, "Well, there's one battle-ready battalion," which led some Republican senators to say, "Well, the situation is getting worse."
So, the questions is, sir: It appears that between what you said and what they said, something's not adding up here.

BUSH: Well, what is happening in Iraq is the following: More and more Iraqi are able to take the fight to the enemy.
BUSH: And that's important to achieve our goal. And the goal is for a stable, democratic Iraq that is an ally in the war on terror.

Right now, there are over 80 army battalions fighting alongside coalition troops. When I say army battalions, Iraqi army battalions. There are over 30 Iraqi battalions in the lead. And that is substantial progress from the way the world was a year ago.

Success in Iraq is really important for our future. And to succeed in Iraq, we have a dual-track strategy.

Wake up people, 3 seconds before he said this he was told that the same people said UNDER OATH that there was ONE, UNO, 1, I battalion, yet he still said, "over 80 army battalions...."

This man is so out of touch with the reality on the ground of Iraq, and America. We are boned, and I blame you morons that voted him in.

Message to Bush: I Want My Flags Back.

Failed Presidency

Do you think that if you use more flags we will like you more? You are a mockery to those flags.

Those flags drape the coffins of our brave dead, dead because you lied.
Those flags are being loathed in places that they were once welcomed because you have alienated this nation.
Those flags fly over every military base of ours all over the war, and yet you do nothing but abuse them.

No amount of flags Mr. Bush will make us love you. We tire of you wearing it while you lie to us, we see your patriotism for what it is, hollow, old, and nothing more than a tool.

Today, Mr. Bush, I reclaim the flag I have fought for. I ask that you respectful stop spitting on it, to please leave, before it stands for nothing more than a once great nation.

Think Progress - Traitors in the White House - The Facts and Details.

Traitors in the White House

Warning: Right Wing Talking Point Debunked

The right would like you to think that Plame was NOT under cover. Fact: The CIA is the one who requested the Justice Department to look into the leak. Why would they make such a request if she was not under-cover?

ThinkProgress
has a great page with all the people that have thier hands dirty in the traitorist act of outing an undercover CIA agent.

    • Karl Rove
    • I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby
    • Condoleezza Rice
    • Stephen Hadley
    • Andrew Card
    • Alberto Gonzales
    • Mary Matalin
    • Ari Fleischer
    • Susan Ralston
    • Israel Hernandez
    • John Hannah
    • Scott McClellan?
    • Dan Bartlett
    • Claire Buchan
    • Catherine Martin
    • Colin Powell
    • Karen Hughes
    • Adam Levine
    • Bob Joseph
    • Vice President Dick Cheney
    • President George W. Bush

I would take some time and go read this, it is great.

Bush to use Military to Fight Avian Flu, Cuts CDC Budget.

Failed Presidency

Our beloved leader was asked about avian flu, said that if you, or your neighborhood get the flu, he will use military force to keep you home. I would hope that this would be a job for the CDC, which stands for Centers for Disease CONTROL. It is not, in Bush’s America, he will turn the guns of our already over worked military on it’s citizenry. Here is what was said, via the AP.

The president was asked if his recent talk of giving the military the lead in responding to large natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and other catastrophes was in part the result of his concerns that state and local personnel aren't up to the task of a flu outbreak.

"Yes," he replied.

After the bungled initial federal response to Katrina, Bush suggested putting the Pentagon in charge of search-and-rescue efforts in times of a major terrorist attack or similarly catastrophic natural disaster. He has argued that the armed forces have the ability to quickly mobilize the equipment, manpower and communications capabilities needed in times of crisis.

But such a shift could require a change in law, and some in Congress and the states worry it would increase the power of the federal government at the expense of local control.

In the great wisdom of our Moron in Chief, the very organization that is to take care of things like this has seen its budget slashed by this administration.

From the New York Times

President Bush's budget for 2006 cuts spending for a wide range of public health programs, including several to protect the nation against bioterrorist attacks and to respond to medical emergencies, budget documents show.

Faced with constraints on spending caused by record budget deficits and the demands of the war in Iraq, administration officials said on Friday that they had increased the budget for some health programs but cut many others, including some that address urgent health care needs.

The documents show, for example, that Mr. Bush would cut spending for several programs that deal with epidemics, chronic diseases and obesity. His plan would also cut the budget of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by 9 percent, to $6.9 billion, the documents show.

Hey, thanks Bush, you and your corrupt Republican party are not going to be happy until we are all scared of our government, we all behave at the barrel of a gun. Thanks Bush.

Here is a recommendation, why not just dissolve the military, and hire Halliburton to protect us, I think that we could just rename the country United States for Halliburton.

10/03/05

How Corrupt are the Republicans, Second Charge Against Tom Delay

Tom DeLay

The Texas Grand Jury has levied another charge against Tom Delay. I want to get this out from the start, Ronnie Earle did not hand this down, the RED state grand jury did. They looked at the evidence that was presented to them, and was asked, “Is there enough information here for you to think a crime has been committed?”, the RED state grand jury said, “Yes”.

What was the charge, Money Laundering!

From Reuters.

A Texas grand jury has indicted U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay on a charge of money laundering, the second indictment against the Texan who stepped aside last week as the second-ranking Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Delay's office confirmed the indictment on Monday. It released a statement in which DeLay accused Travis County, Texas, District Attorney Ronnie Earle of "prosecutorial abuse" and denied all charges.

The comment from Tom's office.

"He is trying to pull the legal equivalent of a 'do-over,' since he knows very well that the charges he brought against me last week are totally manufactured and illegitimate," said the Texas Republican. "This is an abomination of justice."

10/02/05

Whose in Charge are Cowards, Almost All of Them.

Right Wing Hypocrisy

Those that support this Administration, and claim to support the troops, yet all the people thay love and worship are cowards, let us take a moment to look at who has served and who has not...

Prominent Democrats

    • Representative Richard Gephardt, former House Minority Leader - Missouri Air National Guard, 1965-71.
    • Representative David Bonior - Staff Sgt., United States Air Force 1968-72
    • Former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle - 1st Lt., U.S. Air Force SAC 1969-72
    • Former Vice President Al Gore - enlisted August 1969; sent to Vietnam January 1971 as an army journalist, assigned to the 20th Engineer Brigade headquartered at Bien Hoa, an airbase twenty miles northeast of Saigon. More facts about Gore's Service
    • Former Senator Bob Kerrey... Democrat... Lt. j.g., U.S. Navy 1966-69; Medal of Honor, Vietnam
    • Senator Daniel Inouye, US Army 1943-'47; Medal of Honor, World War Two
    • Senator John Kerry, Lt., U.S. Navy 1966-70; Silver Star, Bronze Star with Combat V, and three awards of the Purple Heart for his service in combat
    • Representative Charles Rangel, Staff Sgt., U.S. Army 1948-52; Bronze Star, Korea
    • Former Senator Max Cleland, Captain, U.S. Army 1965-68; Silver Star & Bronze Star, Vietnam
    • Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) - U.S. Army, 1951-1953.
    • Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) - Lt., U.S. Navy, 1962-67; Naval Reserve, 1968-74.
    • Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) - U.S. Army Ranger, 1971-1979; Captain, Army Reserve 1979-91
    • Senator Fritz Hollings (D-SC) - served as a U.S. Army officer in World War II, receiving the Bronze Star and seven campaign ribbons.
    • Representative Leonard Boswell (D-IA) - Lt. Col., U.S. Army 1956-76; two tours in Vietnam, two Distinguished Flying Crosses as a helicopter pilot, two Bronze Stars, and the Soldier's Medal.
    • Former Representative "Pete" Peterson, Air Force Captain, POW, Ambassador to Viet Nam, and recipient of the Purple Heart, the Silver Star and the Legion of Merit.
    • Rep. Mike Thompson, D-CA: Staff sergeant/platoon leader with the 173rd Airborne Brigade, U.S. Army; was wounded and received a Purple Heart.
    • Bill McBride, Democratic Candidate for Florida Governor - volunteered and served as a U.S. Marine in Vietnam; awarded Bronze Star with a combat "V."
    • Pete Stark, D-CA, served in the Air Force 1955-57
    • Wesley Clark, Democratic Presidential Candidate - lengthy military career.

Prominent Republicans

    • Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert - avoided the draft, did not serve.
    • Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey - avoided the draft, did not serve.
    • House Majority Leader Tom Delay - avoided the draft, did not serve. "So many minority youths had volunteered ... that there was literally no room for patriotic folks like himself."
    • House Majority Whip Roy Blunt - did not serve
    • Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist - did not serve.
    • Majority Whip Mitch McConnell?, R-KY - did not serve
    • Rick Santorum, R-PA, third ranking Republican in the Senate - did not serve.
    • Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott - avoided the draft, did not serve.
    • Secretary of Defense Don Rumsfeld - served in the U.S. Navy (1954-57) as an aviator and flight instructor.
    • GW Bush - decided that a six-year Nat'l Guard commitment really means four years. Still says that he's "been to war." Huh?
    • VP Cheney - several deferments, the last by marriage
    • Former AG John Ashcroft - did not serve; received seven deferment to teach business ed at SW Missouri State
    • Jeb Bush, Florida Governor - did not serve.
    • Karl Rove - avoided the draft, did not serve, too busy being a Republican.
    • Former Speaker Newt Gingrich - avoided the draft, did not serve
    • Former President Ronald Reagan - due to poor eyesight, served in a noncombat role making movies for the Army in southern California during WWII.
    • "B-1" Bob Dornan - avoided Korean War combat duty by enrolling in college acting classes (Orange County Weekly article). Enlisted only after the fighting was over in Korea.
    • Phil Gramm - avoided the draft, did not serve
    • Senator John McCain - McCain's naval honors include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross.
    • Former Senator Bob Dole - an honorable man. Served in WWII
    • Chuck Hagel - two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star, Vietnam.
    • Duke Cunningham - nominated for the Medal of Honor, received the Navy Cross, two Silver Stars, fifteen Air Medals, the Purple Heart, and several other decorations.
    • Senator Jeff Sessions U.S. Army Reserves, 1973-1986
    • Colin Powell Served in Army for a long time,
    • Representative Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD), served in USMC in Vietnam; wounded in action.

Talking Heads

    • George Will, did not serve
    • Chris Matthews, Mediawhore, did not serve (Update: Did Serve in Peace Corps).
    • Bill O'Reilly, did not serve
    • Paul Gigot, did not serve.
    • Bill Bennett, did not serve
    • Pat Buchanan, did not serve
    • Rush Limbaugh, did not serve (4-F with a 'pilonidal cyst' [see "The Rush Limbaugh Story" by Paul D. Colford, St. Martin's Press, 1993, Chapter 2: Beating the Draft.])
    • Michael Savage (aka Michael Alan Weiner) - did not serve, too busy chasing herbs and botany degrees in Hawaii and Fiji
    • Pat Robertson - claimed during 1986 campaign to be a "combat veteran." In reality, was a "Liquor Officer."
    • Bill Kristol, did not serve
    • Sean Hannity, did not serve.
    • Kenneth Starr, did not serve
    • Antonin Scalia, did not serve
    • Clarence Thomas, did not serve
    • Ralph Reed, did not serve
    • Michael Medved, did not serve
    • Charlie Daniels, did not serve
    • Ted Nugent, did not serve
    • Radio Host Phil Hendrie, did not serve.
    • Chris Matthews, Mediawhore, did not serve.
    • Bill O'Reilly, did not serve
    • Paul Gigot, did not serve.
    • Bill Bennett, did not serve
    • Pat Buchanan, did not serve
    • Rush Limbaugh, did not serve (4-F with a 'pilonidal cyst' [see "The Rush Limbaugh Story" by Paul D. Colford, St. Martin's Press, 1993, Chapter 2: Beating the Draft.])
    • Michael Savage (aka Michael Alan Weiner) - did not serve, too busy chasing herbs and botany degrees in Hawaii and Fiji
    • Pat Robertson - claimed during 1986 campaign to be a "combat veteran." In reality, was a "Liquor Officer."
    • Bill Kristol, did not serve
    • Sean Hannity, did not serve.
    • Kenneth Starr, did not serve
    • Antonin Scalia, did not serve
    • Clarence Thomas, did not serve
    • Ralph Reed, did not serve
    • Michael Medved, did not serve
    • Charlie Daniels, did not serve
    • Ted Nugent, did not serve
    • Radio Host Phil Hendrie, did not serve.

America is a laughing stock – because of the Evangelical “Christians”.

Crazy Evangelicals

While the rest of the world moves on with life, and the real world, the newly empowered right wing evangelical nuts are tiring to use the US Court system to force religion into the public school system. This very “detached from reality” group has single handedly made the United States a laughing stock in the rest of the world.

From the Observer (Guardian UK)

The American Museum of Natural History in New York will open the most far-reaching exhibition in its history on Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, next month. In most countries such a display by one of the world's top museums would not be the stuff of heated controversy.

But not in America. Not in 2005.

As the rest of the world looks on in amazement at a debate that seemed to have been settled long ago, America is now gripped by a raging battle between evolution and creationism. The museum's Darwin exhibition will be just the latest battle in the continuing fight.

At the centre of it is the concept of intelligent design, which critics call 'creationism lite'. This theory holds that evolution is not a proven fact and nature is so complex that it betrays the existence of 'a designer'. Without being explicit there is little doubt the designer is intended to be God.

The exhibition will tackle this theory head on by trying to point out the difference between science and religion. Intelligent design will be explicitly mentioned. 'We expect that in some corners the show will be controversial. We are prepared for that,' said Michael Novacek, provost of the museum.

Promoting evolution to the American public, however, is not always easy, even in the 21st century. Religious think-tanks and other bodies are seeking to push intelligent design into American public life. In particular they want it taught in school science classes. Advocates of the theory say they do not want to stop evolution being taught - they just want other theories mentioned too. Critics say this approach gives the illusion of a scientific debate between evolution and rival theories when in reality there is no genuine argument left to have.

The battle is fierce. In several US states intelligent design advocates have succeeded in inserting their texts or statements into science textbooks, though these have often been thrown out later. In Kansas, the state school board, which is sceptical about evolution, even held public hearings on the merits of including intelligent design in the science syllabus. Mainstream scientists boycotted the hearings, claiming the meetings had been rigged in favour of the creationists.

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IT'S OFFICIAL: Too much religion may be a dangerous thing.

Crazy Evangelicals

Murder rates are higher in red states, teen pregnancy, higher in red states, abortion rates, higher in red states, Infant mortality rates, higher in red states. This can only mean one of two things, Jesus hates those god fearing red staters, or, and this is what I think, most of those that call themselves Christians are in fact massive hypocrites.

From the LA Times

This is the implication of a study reported in the current issue of the Journal of Religion and Society, a publication of Creighton University's Center for the Study of Religion. The study, by evolutionary scientist Gregory S. Paul, looks at the correlation between levels of "popular religiosity" and various "quantifiable societal health" indicators in 18 prosperous democracies, including the United States.

-snip-

This conclusion will come as no surprise to those who have long gnashed their teeth in frustration while listening to right-wing evangelical claims that secular liberals are weak on "values." Paul's study confirms globally what is already evident in the U.S.: When it comes to "values," if you look at facts rather than mere rhetoric, the substantially more secular blue states routinely leave the Bible Belt red states in the dust.

Murder rates? Six of the seven states with the highest 2003 homicide rates were "red" in the 2004 elections (Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Arizona, Georgia, South Carolina), while the deep blue Northeastern states had murder rates well below the national average. Infant mortality rates? Highest in the South and Southwest; lowest in New England. Divorce rates? Marriages break up far more in red states than in blue. Teen pregnancy rates? The same.

Of course, the red/blue divide is only an imperfect proxy for levels of religiosity. And while Paul's study found that the correlation between high degrees of religiosity and high degrees of social dysfunction appears robust, it could be that high levels of social dysfunction fuel religiosity, rather than the other way around.

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The Bush Administration Violates the Law (again)

Failed Leadership

If you recall, this administration paid $250,000 to get Armstrong Williams to sing the praises of No Child Left Behind, because lets be honest, the $250,000 to this shill was much cheaper than actually funding the program. Well, that payment was a violation of the law!

From the New York Times.

Federal auditors said on Friday that the Bush administration violated the law by buying favorable news coverage of President Bush's education policies, by making payments to the conservative commentator Armstrong Williams and by hiring a public relations company to analyze media perceptions of the Republican Party.

In a blistering report, the investigators, from the Government Accountability Office, said the administration had disseminated "covert propaganda" in the United States, in violation of a statutory ban.

The contract with Mr. Williams and the general contours of the public relations campaign had been known for months. The report Friday provided the first definitive ruling on the legality of the activities.

Lawyers from the accountability office, an independent nonpartisan arm of Congress, found that the administration systematically analyzed news articles to see if they carried the message, "The Bush administration/the G.O.P. is committed to education."

The auditors declared: "We see no use for such information except for partisan political purposes. Engaging in a purely political activity such as this is not a proper use of appropriated funds."

The report also sharply criticized the Education Department for telling Ketchum Inc., a public relations company, to pay Mr. Williams for newspaper columns and television appearances praising Mr. Bush's education initiative, the No Child Left Behind Act.

When that arrangement became public, it set off widespread criticism. At a news conference in January, Mr. Bush said: "We will not be paying commentators to advance our agenda. Our agenda ought to be able to stand on its own two feet."

But the Education Department has since defended its payments to Mr. Williams, saying his commentaries were "no more than the legitimate dissemination of information to the public."

The G.A.O. said the Education Department had no money or authority to "procure favorable commentary in violation of the publicity or propaganda prohibition" in federal law.

10/01/05

Should those at the RNC Also be Charged in Delay Case?

Tom DeLay

Unless you live under a rock you know that Tom Delay has been indicted, he is being charged with criminal conspiracy charges. Here is what the deal is, Tom’s political Action Committee get money from corporations all over Texas. In Texas, you can not use corporate money to elect anyone; you can only use it for “administrative” reasons. SO what does Delay’s PAC do? They send a check to the RNC, and the RNC turns around and sends Delay’s PAC the same amount. This is classic money laundering.

So we know Tom’s fate, but what about the RNC, don’t they play a part in this?

Boston Globe

At the same time that House majority leader Tom DeLay? allegedly conspired to send $190,000 in corporate money through the Republican National Committee to candidates for the Texas Legislature, one of DeLay's former aides was making an even larger donation to the Republican Party. It was a donation of $500,000, and the GOP promptly wrote a check for a similar amount to the Republican candidate for Alabama governor.

This second case suggests that the funneling of large amounts of money through national committees to bypass state campaign-finance laws may be more widespread, raising questions about whether federal officials have monitored such transfers as closely as is now being done by a Texas prosecutor in the DeLay? case, according to watchdog groups.

-snip-

DeLay's defenders say funneling money through various committees is common. Charles Spies, a lawyer representing the RNC, testified in a lawsuit earlier this year that it was legal for DeLay's political action committee to give $190,000 in corporate funds to the RNC, and for the RNC then to give that same amount to candidates for the Texas Legislature, even though such candidates are not allowed to receive corporate funds directly.

-snip-

But it's not the only instance of a donation being funneled to the Republican Party, after which a similar-sized donation is made to a state candidate

First DeLay, Should Cheney be Worried?

Traitors in the White House

The New York Times has penned a story about the Judith Miller Appearance in front of the grand jury.

Should Cheney be scared?

Three recent letters from people involved in the case and the experiences of other reporters suggest that a similar deal may have been available for some time, raising questions about why Ms. Miller decided to testify now. (Read the Letters)

A lawyer who knows Mr. Libby's account said the administration efforts to limit the damage from Mr. Wilson's criticism extended as high as Mr. Cheney. This lawyer and others who spoke about the case asked that they not be identified because of grand jury secrecy rules.

On July 12, 2003, four days after his initial conversation with Ms. Miller, Mr. Libby consulted with Mr. Cheney about how to handle inquiries from journalists about the vice president's role in sending Mr. Wilson to Africa in early 2002 to investigate reports that Iraq was trying acquire nuclear material there for its weapons program, the person said.

In that account, Mr. Cheney told Mr. Libby to direct reporters to a statement released the previous day by George J. Tenet, director of central intelligence. His statement said Mr. Wilson had been sent on the mission by C.I.A. counter-proliferation officers "on their own initiative."

See Also
ThinkProgress.org

Where Did the Real Republican Party Go, and Who are These People?

Tom DeLay

Eugene Robinson, writes, Immoral Majority in the Washington Post.

What's the difference between the Republican Party then and the Republican Party now ? Here's an illustration: Richard Nixon was the president who established the Environmental Protection Agency. Tom "The Hammer" DeLay is the congressman who called the EPA a latter-day "Gestapo."

So pardon me for going way beyond schadenfreude to outright giddiness at the prospect that the Hammer will finally get nailed.

It may be too much to hope that the former House majority leader -- and how good it feels to write "former" -- will actually be convicted and do jail time. The indictment for criminal conspiracy returned by a Texas grand jury on Wednesday is for alleged campaign finance violations that are the rough equivalent of money laundering, which is not the easiest crime to prove in court.

But DeLay's problems are bigger than Texas. His golf-buddy relationship with Jack Abramoff, a fat-cat lobbyist under federal indictment, will face months of scrutiny. DeLay's resignation from the House leadership is supposed to be temporary, but Republicans ignored his wishes and picked a strong successor who could serve out the rest of this Congress if necessary. Clearly they believe their former leader will be distracted for some time.

Which makes me feel like it's morning again in America.

Go and read the whole thing, it is great.

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