Fri - July 9, 2004

Oliver Points to Rice Testimony with 9/11 Commission


Oliver points out an interesting article in the New York Times. Should be required reading for anyone who admires this administration.

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Bush TANG Records Destroyed?


HOUSTON, July 8 - Military records that could help establish President Bush's whereabouts during his disputed service in the Texas Air National Guard more than 30 years ago have been inadvertently destroyed, according to the Pentagon.

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How convenient...

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Thu - July 8, 2004

We should All be So Lucky!


I haven't had a real vacations in the three years since I started my company. On the Other Hand... Our President has spent 40% of his time on vacation. Great job documenting this Taz!

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Wed - June 30, 2004

Want to Know why you should be concerned about civil liberties in the U.S.?


Read This Article:


"It took no more than a week for James P. Wynne, a veteran F.B.I. investigator, to confirm the harmless truth that only now, more than two years later, he is ready to talk about. The small foreign man he helped arrest for videotaping outside an office building in Queens on Oct. 25, 2001, was no terrorist. He was a Buddhist from Nepal planning to return there after five years of odd jobs at places like a Queens pizzeria and a Manhattan flower shop. He was taping New York street scenes to take back to his wife and sons in Katmandu. And he had no clue that the tall building that had drifted into his viewfinder happened to include an office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Yet by the time Mr. Wynne filed his F.B.I. report a few days later, the Nepalese man, who spoke almost no English, had been placed in solitary confinement at a federal detention center in Brooklyn just because of his videotaping. He was swallowed up in the government's new maximum security system of secret detention and secret hearings, and his only friend was the same F.B.I. agent who had helped decide to put him there."

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Does that scare the shit out of you? It should...

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Fri - June 25, 2004

Irish Reporter Has Bush for Lunch


In an excerpt from an interview with an Irish Television, a perky little reported handed the President his head by questioning his long held view that the world is a safer place since the invasion of Iraq.

In an interview Thursday with Ireland's RTE television, Bush defended his decision to invade Iraq and insisted most of Europe backed the move. He also disputed the interviewer's assertion that most Irish people thought the world was more dangerous today than before the Iraq invasion.

"What was it like September 11th, 2001?" he retorted. "I wouldn't have made the decisions I did if I didn't believe the world would be better. Why would I put people in harm's way if I didn't believe the world would be better?" he asked.

Read the Whole Interview HERE.
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Sorry Mr. President, what you THOUGHT and the reality are two different issues. Iraq is a mess, with more people dying every day, weekly beheadings and terrorist creating "Taliban Like," enclaves in major cities. Osama is running arround the hills of Afghanistan laughing his ass off at your stupidity and arrogance in attacking Iraq instead of finishing the job in Afghanistan and terrorist are plotting attacks all over the world. I know you dont read the papers, but whomever is telling you the world is a safer place has got you snowed chief. In fact, Iraq is not even a safer place...

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Fuck, Fuck, Fuck, Fuck!


If Cheney can say it , I can too. Fuckin' Eh!

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Fri - June 18, 2004

Hey George... Show another 9/11 Commercial...


You know, the one's that paint you as the Big Bad Hero! I dare ya!

This New York Times Report on the 9/11 commission report, that shows you paralyzed for five to seven minutes:






"In the studies, Mr. Bush in particular has come off as less certain and decisive than he has portrayed himself. The final report, issued on Wednesday, reminded Americans that Mr. Bush remained in a classroom in Florida for at least five minutes after the second jet struck the World Trade Center, in what he told the panel was an effort "to project calm" for a worried nation."

and

"But it was Mr. Bush and his top aides, particularly Mr. Cheney and Ms. Rice, who were most in the spotlight, particularly in this final week of the public hearings. On Thursday, it was Mr. Bush's self-image of being calm under fire that came under scrutiny, with a portrayal of a White House that was slow to respond as the attacks unfolded."


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What is completely ironic is how you milked 9/11, promoting yourself as some kind of hero, when the record now shows clearly that your administration was FUBARED that morning. Despite the spin attempts, it also appears that your claims about Saddam being involved with Al Qaeda are also falling apart. I would not run anymore of those Strong, Steady Leadership in a Time of Change ads. Not to Move On. New Ad.... Superimpose a clock over video of the planes hitting the twin towers, with a split screen showing ole Georgie sitting in the classroom pretending to read to the kids. Should make some compelling stuff, but it might be expensive, a 7 minute ad would be.

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Does Anyone Besides Me, Think This Smells Funny?


ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) - Russia gave the Bush administration intelligence after the September 11 attacks that suggested Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq was preparing attacks in the United States, President Vladimir Putin said Friday.

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So last week, Putin says the Democrats have no moral ground to criticize Bush going to war in Iraq. Now this.
It just smells funny to me. Sounds to me like our Russian Comrade is trying to influence the U.S. election. Some of the Other Blogs, most notably conservative ones are already spinning this one up to justify the war in Iraq.

Guys, I hate to burst your bubble, but this one smells fishy to me.

1. If Putin had such Intelligence, and passed it on to the Administration, WHY did Russia oppose the war so strenuously?
2. If The Administration had this since shortly after 9/11, why has it never been mentioned by the administration before?

This report strains the bounds of credibility considerably. A more likely scenario is that Bush brokered some kind of deal last week with Putin. For something so significant to have gone unmentioned during the last six months of debate over the debacle in Iraq strains defies logic. So keep grasping at straws guys, but this one will only further erode America's confidence in Bush, becuase I have no doubt that others will ask the same questions I have.

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Thu - June 17, 2004

The Psychology of The President


Look, I'm going to say it one more time. If I - maybe - maybe I can be more clear. The instructions went out to our people to adhere to law. That ought to comfort you. We're a nation of law. We adhere to laws. We have laws on the books. You might look at those laws, and that might provide comfort for you. And those were the instructions out of - from me to the government.

George W. Bush
Talking with The Press about Prisoner Abuse

Billmon Talks about the Psychology of GW , an awesome read.

Whiskey Bar is a place I go daily for a dose of sanity and intellectual justification for what I feel in my heart when I think about our current administration. Bilmon is much more capable of quantifying my impressions than I. I just think Bush is plain STUPID.



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Wed - June 16, 2004

Michael Moore's New Film Gets Great Review on CNN


For all my conservative friends who have been busy demonizing Michael Moore, his new Film Fahrenheit 9/11 got a great review on CNN this morning. I have a sneaking suspicion that this film is not going to go away. While the reviewer pointed out that there are few NEW facts in this movie, that the movie is powerful and moving in its presentation of Moore's stance against the war in Iraq. This is a movie I hope I get to see. It is questionable as to whether the film will make it to Costa Rica. Take a look at the trailer here. Michael is his usual hotdog self, but damn, the trailer alone will get you going.

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Tue - June 15, 2004

Bush... Nice to Clinton, Say it Aint So!


Yesterday, on the occasion of the hanging of the Clinton Presidential Portraits at the White House, Mr. Bush was apparently VERY Nice to the Clintons:

Graciousness oozed from all sides. Mr. Bush praised his predecessor - upon whom he bestowed the honorific nickname "42" to mark an eight-year interregnum between Bushes - as a man "with far-ranging knowledge of public policy, a great compassion for people in need, and the forward-looking spirit the Americans like in a president." He offered up an advance plug for Mr. Clinton's memoir.

With the way the polls are going for him right now, maybe Bush figures he can recruit Clinton to stump for HIM on the campaign trail. LOL!

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"My father crapped bigger ones than George Bush,"


says the former president's son, in a flame-throwing conversation about the war and the Bush administration's efforts to lay claim to the Reagan legacy.

Editor's note: As the Bush crowd worked shamelessly last week to wrap their man in the holy shroud of Ronald Reagan, the dead president's son, Ron Reagan, delivered an eloquent eulogy that discreetly signaled his conviction that Bush is no Reagan. "Dad was ... a deeply, unabashedly religious man. But he never made the fatal mistake of so many politicians wearing his faith on his sleeve to gain political advantage," said Reagan at the burial service for his father on Friday, and there was no mistaking the meaning of his words.

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Hehe... I guess Bush is going to have a hard time claiming the Reagan Legacy this fall huh?

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Mon - June 14, 2004

Maybe Some of Ronnie wore off on Him...


Via Wizbang:

The Bush administration has not generally been kind to Clinton since he left office, blaming him at various times for the troubled economy, the North Korean nuclear crisis, Middle East violence, and poor US defenses against terrorism. But in remarks that Clinton called "generous," Bush banished such acrimony and lavished praise on his predecessor as well as first-lady-turned Senator Hillary Clinton (news - web sites), whose portraits will hang forever in the White House.

"Bill Clinton showed incredible energy and great personal appeal. As chief executive, he showed a deep and far-ranging knowledge of public policy, a great compassion for people in need, and the forward-looking spirit that Americans like in a president,"

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I think it showed a lot of class... Maybe all the talk of Reagan's cordiality has done Mr. Bush some good.

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Can you say, "Corrupt to the Core?"


This is a story that must not be allowed to die.
It is an indication (Further Indication), of the arrogance of the Administration, and the Vice President in particular, that they thought they could get away with this.

WASHINGTON -- Pentagon officials have acknowledged that Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff and other Bush administration political appointees were involved in a controversial decision to pay Halliburton Inc. to plan for the postwar recovery of Iraq's oil sector, a Democratic lawmaker said yesterday.

The decision, overruling the recommendations of an Army lawyer, eventually resulted in the award of a $7 billion no-bid contract to Halliburton, which Cheney ran for five years before he was nominated for vice president.

Rep. Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif., who was briefed by Pentagon officials last week, issued a letter to the vice president yesterday demanding full disclosure of the top-secret process that led to awarding the contract to the Houston-based oil services company.

"To help clarify these important matters, I urge you to disclose all contacts between your office and the Defense Department relating to the Halliburton contracts," Waxman wrote in his letter.

Waxman's account of the Pentagon briefing - along with recently released internal Pentagon memos obtained by the nonprofit group Judicial Watch and a draft General Accounting Office report obtained by the Los Angeles Times - offers the most complete picture to date of the unusual procedures behind the decision to award the contract without the competitive bidding process usually required to protect taxpayer dollars.

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Thu - June 10, 2004

A Return to Honor and Dignity?


There are few things dignified about the Bush Administration. The recent revelations about secret machinations in the Justice Department and White House over the use of torture, only add to the argument that this is an administration on a power trip... This from Richard Cohen of the Washington Post... .

The recent revelations that the Justice Department prepared memos parsing what is and what is not torture brings to mind regimes that, well, I would rather not bring to mind. These are the torturers of the world, although they deny it, and to bolster their lie they produce copious laws against the practice. Attorney General John Ashcroft, whose Justice Department prepared the memos -- one of them running to 50 pages and signed by Jay S. Bybee, then head of the Office of Legal Counsel -- assured the Senate the other day that the memos are of no consequence. They were only internal Justice Department stuff, the scribblings of lawyers and -- most important -- the president has not "directed or ordered" torture, Ashcroft said. In another administration, such an assurance would be enough for me, but given this one's cavalier approach to civil liberties, I have to note that "directed" or "ordered" is not the same as condoned. That's what I wonder about. I wonder, too, why the much-pressed Justice Department -- all those news releases to get out extolling Ashcroft -- went to all the trouble of coming up with definitions of torture that might be permissible under U.S. law when no one was supposedly considering torturing al Qaeda prisoners in the first place. A 50-page memo is not an hour's work. It's clear someone had torture in mind. The Defense Department and the CIA were looking for guidance.

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From Corporate corruption scandals, to Energy policy, to no bid contracts for cronies, to outing CIA Agents for revenge and lying about the reasons for going to war...this White House has done nothing to "restore," honor and Dignity to the White House. Nor has it bought civility to the national debate, choosing instead the politics of divisiveness. The President has contracted with a private lawyer over the Valerie Plame (CIA Agent Outing) affair. The investigation into torture at Abu Gharib has gone from an investigation into a the actions of a few rogue soldiers, to possibly having implications that go as high as the White House itself. This White House has parlayed 9/11 into an incredible power grab that is unprecedented in American History. Only time will tell if the complete truth will ever come out.

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Tue - June 8, 2004

Perhaps Ashcroft ought to be Subjected to a Bit of the Abu Gharib Treatment


Check out this from Oliver. And then take a look at this.
The amount of secrecy, hypocrisy and arrogance of this administration is simply staggering.

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Fri - June 4, 2004

Just Out of Curiosity....


Just WHY does Bush need a lawyer?

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Thu - June 3, 2004

Let America Be America Again...


I love to debate the conservatives and republicans. Why, because frankly it does not take much to piss some of them off and get them into full insult mode, where to any rational person they look like school children who are pissed off because they cant win, or worse like idiots. Republicans love to talk about how ANGRY Democrats are, and maybe it is true. I know I get pretty angry when I think about 900 kids dead in Iraq because Bush wanted to get the, "man who tried to kill my Daddy." I know I get pissed off when I hear about the Enron Boys who laughed as California's Forrest burned. A lot off things make me angry about this administration. But it seems that the Republicans are the ones who express anger so well. Look at any open discussion in the blogsphere where Liberals are discussing politics with conservatives, and what do you see. People who call you an idiot because you don't agree with them. Insults, innuendo and smear campaigns... Interesting.

I always ask them the same question, which they invariably ignore... Are you better off today than you were four years ago? Not very original, but a legitimate question. One that I have no doubt Conservatives like Ken Lay will answer in the affirmative, but what about the average blue collar Republican. It is all well and good to talk about family values, and religious values, but you cant eat faith.


I found the comment below on MSNBC, via Corrente.


And do we really want America to be America again when part of the America we are remembering is the one in which terrorists were gathering strength and acting with what amounted to impunity through the decade? Yes, during the transition, the farsighted Sandy Berger wanted the incoming Bush crowd that Al Qaeda was the main threat. But why didn't the Clinton administration see that earlier, and do something about it? If Clintonites are so tight in the Kerry circle—and they are—is that a sign that the terrorism threat will be handled well?

Finally, if we want America to be America again, do we want to revive that part of America that contained Monica Lewinsky? Do we want to remember what happened in the off hours in the Oval Office in those days? Do we want to hear Clinton's explanation for why he shouldn't be blamed for allowing his presidency to be distracted? It wasn't just the "vast right-wing conspiracy" at work; it was Clinton's fault that he gave them the ammo they needed to paralyze the last two years of his time in office. No one's saying Kerry is Clinton, but in the next few months it could be Clinton—and not the nominee—who will be Mr. Democrat.

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The terrorist may have been gathering strength, but they did not attack America on Clinton's watch, at least not successfully. On the other hand, we now know the story of the sense of Urgency Bush had in dealing with terrorist before 9/11.

And sorry, but Yeah I would rather live in an America where in the darkness of night the President got a blowjob, than one where the President and Vice President conspired to fuck the nation. So lets let America be America Again.

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Having Trouble With iBlog again...


So if you click on "Read More," and get a fat cow hosting page, don't fret, I am working on fixing it. I think one of my post was corrupted. I deleted it. Will repost latter. This is getting very tired, very quickly. I wish I had started blogging with a differnt tool, but with over 1000 entries, redoing this thing is going to be too hard. Would love to move to another solution like MT, but it will have to wait. May have been my hosting service. They say they have been having problems today. Will try this again.


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Wed - June 2, 2004

The Bush Alternate Universe


This from the Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank:

For President Bush, this is the season of the straw man.

It is an ancient debating technique: Caricature your opponent's argument, then knock down the straw man you created. In the 2004 campaign, Bush has been knocking down such phantoms on subjects from Iraq to free trade.

In a speech on May 21 mentioning the importance of integrity in government, business and the military, Bush veered into a challenge to unidentified "people" who practice moral relativism. "It may seem generous and open-minded to say that everybody, on every moral issue, is equally right," Bush said, at Louisiana State University. "But that attitude can also be an excuse for sidestepping life's most important questions."

No doubt. But who's made such arguments? Hannibal Lecter? The White House declined to name names.

On May 19, Bush was asked about a plan by his Democratic opponent, Sen. John F. Kerry (Mass.), to halt shipments that are replenishing emergency petroleum reserves. Bush replied by saying we should not empty the reserves -- something nobody in a responsible position has proposed. "The idea of emptying the Strategic Petroleum Reserve would put America in a dangerous position in the war on terror," Bush said. "We're at war."

The president has used a similar technique on the stump, when explaining his decision to go to war in Iraq in light of the subsequent failure to find stockpiles of forbidden weapons. In the typical speech, Bush explains the prewar intelligence indicating Saddam Hussein had such weapons, and then presents in inarguable conclusion: "So I had a choice to make: either trust the word of a madman, or defend America. Given that choice, I will defend America every time."

Missing from that equation is the actual choice Bush confronted: support continued U.N. weapons inspections, or go to war.

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Its called LYING through implication folks, and it is happening every day...

What I, and a lot of other people want to know, is when will the media start calling him on this... More importantly perhaps, when will John Kerry start calling him on it? Thanks Oliver for the Heads up.

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