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Americans are so Goddamn Stupid

We need special bushie translators to make us understand our own Goddamn Language.

President Bush named one of Snow's deputies, Dana Perino, his new press secretary -- the fourth person to hold the job during the nearly seven years of the Bush presidency.

The president, visiting the White House press room at the start of Snow's regular daily briefing for reporters, said of his spokesman: "He's smart. He's capable. He's witty. He's able to talk about issues in a way that the American people can understand.

Using similar language, he called Perino "a smart, capable person who is able to spell out the issues of the day in a way that people listening on TV can understand."

Looks like Mr. Monkey Ears is projecting his own sotted brain onto the Great Liberal Arts Graduates of America.

Sorry bush.

We can understand just about anything without needing to have your pieces of shit dumb it down for us.

Permalink08/31/07, 06:22:53 pm, by bastard_amber Email , 121 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Krugman On Breaking It So As Never To Fix It

Murderous Partisan Tyrants....

The question is whether any of this will change when Mr. Bush leaves office.

There’s a powerful political faction in this country that’s determined to draw exactly the wrong lesson from the Katrina debacle — namely, that the government always fails when it attempts to help people in need, so it shouldn’t even try. “I don’t want the people who ran the Katrina cleanup to manage our health care system,” says Mitt Romney, as if the Bush administration’s practice of appointing incompetent cronies to key positions and refusing to hold them accountable no matter how badly they perform — did I mention that Mr. Chertoff still has his job? — were the way government always works.

And I’m not sure that faction is losing the argument. The thing about conservative governance is that it can succeed by failing: when conservative politicians mess up, they foster a cynicism about government that may actually help their cause.

--via The Mahablog

Permalink08/31/07, 11:48:11 am, by bastard_amber Email , 96 views, User Posts 1 feedback

$9/gallon? I don't think so

WASHINGTON -- Gasoline prices could rise to about $9 per gallon if the United States withdraws troops from Iraq prematurely, Rep. Jon Porter said he was told on a trip to Iraq that ended this week.

The Nevada Republican, who returned Tuesday from his fourth trip to Iraq, met with U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus, U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker, Iraqi Deputy President Tariq al-Hashimi and Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Barham Saleh.

"To a person, they said there would be genocide, gas prices in the U.S. would rise to eight or nine dollars a gallon, al-Qaida would continue its expansion, and Iran would take over that portion of the world if we leave," Porter said Wednesday in a phone interview from Las Vegas.

Porter did not elaborate on the assessment that gasoline prices could spike. His spokesman, Matt Leffingwell, said afterward that the scenario "makes sense if Iran moves into Iraq."

Porter "can't speculate directly on what is going to happen with gas prices, but the market prices for oil reflect the stability in that region," Leffingwell said.

We get our oil primarily from the Western Hemisphere, some from Saudi Arabia. There is absolutely no basis for the statement that gas prices would rise to 8 or 9 dollars a gallon if we pull out of Iraq, yet he makes it anyway and yet another RW "news" source dutifully repeats it. More GOP fear-mongering.

As lawmakers warm up for a renewal of the Iraq war debate in the fall, Porter accused Democrats of failing to offer solutions to the war and avoiding a debate on the ramifications of withdrawal.

The place to START any conversation about Iraq is here: "The war was a mistake compounded by war crimes sanctioned at the highest levels of government."

Not by raising the false hope that gas prices will finally rise so high we'll be forced to do something about our dependence on foreign oil.

Every bad thing that was predicted prior to the invasion, from civil war to strengthening al Qaida, is happening and continues to happen.

Remaining in Iraq will not make the US strong, it will make al Qaida stronger.

It's time to let sane liberals take over the foreign policy of the United States. And domestic policy. And defending the constitution from "all enemies, foreign and domestic."

That won't happen until America admits the war was a mistake, and votes out the people who started it. (And no, the persistent misconception that Iraq had anything at all to do with al Qaida or 911 prior to the invasion isn't true. WE started this war, not bin Laden or al Qaida.)

Permalink08/31/07, 08:10:45 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 111 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

The Vitter-Craig Double Standard

I agree with Ross Douthat's larger point about social conservatives' double standards on sexual conduct, but I think he's missing the reasons that the senators are provoking different reactions from their colleagues. I can think of four considerations that have to be going through the minds of Republican senators. First, the fact that Craig is (currently) denying he did anything wrong creates more opportunities for continuing bad press than Vitter can get. Second, the two senators are in different political circumstances. Craig is up for re-election next year and has a Republican governor; Vitter has a Democratic governor and isn't up for re-election until 2010. Third, even if both states applied moral standards consistently, Idaho's would probably end up being tougher than Louisiana's. Fourth—and I think this may be the most important—Craig's colleagues probably think that his compulsion is so strong that he may well act up again. He was on notice, after all, when he went to the airport bathroom. I don't think they're as worried that Vitter will be frequenting prostitutes.

NRO

(The correct answer is "two".)

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Permalink08/30/07, 08:52:35 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 274 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

The Last US soldier killed in the Vietnam War...

...was Air Force Lt. Richard Van de Geer, a helicopter pilot assigned to assist in the evacuation of Saigon in 1975.

His name is listed last on the Vietnam War memorial in Washington.

He wrote this letter on 15 May 1975, the day he was killed:

"The aircraft that landed on the Midway - landed about 50 feet away from mine - and the man who got out of the aircraft had been quoted approximately a week earlier as saying that any South Vietnamese who had left the country was a coward and that everybody should stay in South Vietnam and fight to the bitter end. This very same man was the first man to arrive on the USS Midway and to my knowledge the first to be recovered by the 7th Fleet. The man was Gen. Nguyen Cao Ky, vice president of the Republic of South Vietnam. Now I really don't have any personal feelings about the war here. I really don't care one way or the other in regard to who is right and who is wrong because that is a waste of time, a waste of thinking. But I did find myself feeling that I wish he had been shot down."

The above history lesson comes courtesy of a column by Jimmy Breslin, urging for the impeachment of George W Bush: http://www.newsday.com/news/columnists/ny-nybres0826,0,6942248.column

All I have to add, is a reminder that George W Bush evaded service in Vietnam, and then had the gall to pose as a hero in a flightsuit-- and then insist that we send more Americans to die in Iraq.

Permalink08/30/07, 07:06:01 pm, by icy Email , 118 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Rockin:

This is the person for the job:

"John Edwards is betting that a strong showing in the Iowa caucuses will catapult him into national contention, and so far his strategy in the state is on track. A new TIME poll of likely Iowa caucus goers, taken a week after Edwards' seven-day, 31-stop bus tour of the state, gives Edwards 29% of the vote, five points ahead of Hillary Clinton and seven ahead of Barack Obama. This latest TIME Poll of 519 likely Iowa Democratic caucus goers finds that, among the so-called "second-tier" candidates, Bill Richardson has 11%, with Joe Biden at 5%, Dennis Kucinich with 2%, and Chris Dodd at 1%. (The Poll was conducted August 22 � 25, 2007. The margin of error is approximately +/- 5 percentage points.)"

Permalink08/30/07, 05:35:22 pm, by bastard_amber Email , 151 views, User Posts 7 feedbacks

Coming To A State Near You: Blackwater Air Force

I didn't have time to read this whole article but I will when I get home tonight. I apologize if I come off a little conspiracy-minded but this administration has done things I never would have thought possible in a free democracy. I am no longer surprise at the utter disregard of this administration for the Constitution and the American people.

"As if having them run around Iraq like loose cannons wasn't bad enough, Blackwater is building an Air Force. Via Scholars & Rogues:

Security company Blackwater U.S.A. is buying Super Tucano light combat aircraft from the Brazilian manufacturer Embraer. These five ton, single engine, single seat aircraft are built for pilot training, but also perform quite well for counter-insurgency work.... The bubble canopy provides excellent visibility. This, coupled with its slow speed (versus jets), makes it an excellent ground attack aircraft.

Now why would the good patriots at Blackwater need airplanes that "can carry up to 1.5 tons of weapons, including 12.7mm machine-guns, bombs and missiles"? For their missions in Iraq, of course. Because, you know, the world's largest military merely owning everything that flies over a third-world country isn't enough in the way of air superiority.

My first thought was that this had to do with the Administration's almost promised plans to invade Iran. (Please please please please please please please PLEASE don't do that! I can hope, can't I?) How else are we supposed to keep Iraq's friendly skies safe while we're shocking and aweing the mullahs? But there's an even more awful prospect for these "excellent ground attack aircrafts." Here's Jeremy Scahill, Blackwater expert and biographer: "

Permalink08/30/07, 12:44:24 pm, by calo12, 106 views, User Posts 1 feedback

"C" Student To Get Another Failing Grade

I've said this before, but let me remind you. A "C" in grad school is a "D" or an "F".

George "C-average in grad school" Bush is about to fail another "course", at the expense of 1000's of lives and TRILLIONS of dollars (that we've kicked the can down the road to make our children pay.)

First:

Congress report finds Iraq failing on goals
Thu Aug 30, 2007

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iraq has met only three out of 18 goals set by Washington for political and security progress, according to a draft of a key report being prepared for Congress, The Washington Post reported on Thursday.

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Permalink08/30/07, 07:55:54 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 245 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

AEI to Roll Out “The Iranian Time Bomb” Sep 10

Because things just aren't batshit crazy enough, yet.

Just four days after the American Enterprise Institute will launch its September 6 “All or Nothing” campaign to save the Surge, it will debut “Freedom Scholar” Michael Ledeen’s forthcoming book, “The Iranian Time Bomb: The Mullah Zealots’ Quest for Destruction” (St. Martin’s Press), a rehash of neo-con arguments for “regime change” – by military force, if necessary – in Tehran. Judging by the excerpts that have been released to date, Ledeen’s latest tract will be entirely predictable, although, in addition to emphasizing, as he has for much of the last several years, the urgent need to support and fund the regime’s domestic opposition, he concludes that “[t]his presidential administration or the next will likely face a terrible choice: appease a nuclear Iran, or bomb it before their atomic weapons are ready to go. While a sad exclamation point at the end of nearly thirty years of failed policy, confrontation may be virtually inescapable. Like other ideological wars of the twentieth century, this war will likely only end when one side has lost.”

Based on our experience in Iraq, I'm still trying to figure out why "one side has (to lose)" is such a great way to put this. Or is it possible that these great "scholars" are unware of the relative size, population, and military strength of Iran vs. Iraq?

Ahem...a little further down the article:

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Permalink08/29/07, 10:15:20 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 231 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Barney Frank on Bill Maher

October 20, 2006 (Note the date!)

Rep. Barney Frank and Bill Maher talk about Larry Craig, Barney's gaydar and gay hypocrites in the GOP.

"Compassionate Conservative" is code for "angry sexual freak who wants to pay to get in bathrooms what he pretends to be against in public".

The honorable Representative Frank makes reference to Scalia's ruling in "JOHN GEDDES LAWRENCE and TYRON GARNER, PETITIONERS v. TEXAS", a ruling in which Scalia proves that his only motivation is to turn the United States into a theocratic dictatorship to support overturning of "Roe v Wade" and once again proves that he is not worthy to be a SCOTUS judge, much less should he be the "mold" for future justices.

Unless by "mold" you mean "foot fungus".

Permalink08/29/07, 09:25:38 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 134 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Jet Man

(This is pretty cool.)

The first jet-powered flying man in the history of aviation

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Permalink08/29/07, 12:55:06 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 228 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Firefighters Endorse Dodd

Senator Christopher J. Dodd is set to accept the endorsement of the International Association of Fire Fighters tomorrow. The union’s decision — in choosing Mr. Dodd over the top tier of Democratic candidates — lends a little heft to the Connecticut lawmaker’s campaign, which emphasized how the organization’s support helped Senator John Kerry’s 2004 campaign in Iowa.

NY Times

Dodd is my second choice. An Edwards/Dodd ticket would get me excited, involved.

I'm still hoping I don't have to watch from the sidelines and vote in silence.

I'm afraid the media has already picked the Democratic candidate.

Permalink08/29/07, 05:58:49 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 111 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

"To Build One America, End the Game"

This election is unlike any we have faced before. The stakes are higher. And the challenges we face as a nation are greater than at any time in memory.

We as a nation must choose whether to do what America has always done in times like these -- change direction and move boldly into the future for the sake of our children, if not for ourselves, or wander in the same stale direction we have traveled in our recent past.

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Permalink08/28/07, 08:59:53 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 223 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Write-In Bush For President

A guy I work with deserves credit for this one:

He thinks the Iraqis should all write-in George W Bush for President of Iraq, in their next election.

And then demand that Bush come serve there.

Permalink08/28/07, 07:54:33 pm, by icy Email , 136 views, User Posts 1 feedback

Sen. Larry Craig ☼ Caught With His Pants Down

And just when you thought that the republics couldn't be any more hypocritical, out of the woodwork pops another hypocrite.

Republican Idaho Senator Larry Craig is the latest Conflicted Conservative in Crisis to be caught with his pants down. According to Roll Call , Craig was arrested in June at a Minnesota airport by a plainclothes police officer investigating lewd conduct complaints in a men's public restroom. He pled guilty to the misdemeanor crime he was charged with.

Craig, NRA board member and point man in the Senate for the gun industry, in addition to being a fierce homophobe (at least as relates to the way the boy votes), has a lot of 'splainin' to do.

Go read the story the title links to. Unbelievable.

Permalink08/28/07, 01:39:36 pm, by billy b, 214 views, User Posts 9 feedbacks

Stop the Iraq Oil Law

This is a petition to stop the Iraq Oil Law which gives multi-national oil companies the right to Iraq's oil.

Permalink08/28/07, 10:29:09 am, by calo12, 131 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

Dueling Economic Realities

(INTRO: Full text posted on DailyKos) Of all the cynical, deceitful things BushCo has done during W's five year Reign of Error, I think the blatant manipulation of and lying about the economy ranks high on the "egregious" list. Not because politicians aren't prone to spin the brightest face on any given situation, that's a given. Rather, because of the disastrous consequences such machinations are setting us up for.

I'm concerned because too many people really believe BushCo's bullshit, especially if they're currently doing well themselves. Maybe they successfully flipped a couple of houses before houses started flipping back and crushing their mortgage holders. Maybe they made a few bucks in the market. Contrary to what the cable propaganda machine tells us nearly every day, most "average Joes" are not in the markets, and a couple of record highs on the Dow don't mean squat to them. Certainly not directly, anyway, as is the case with the players who've made a killing off of the administration policies which are breaking the backs of individual "average Joes" and, many will say, the very nation itself.

Permalink08/28/07, 10:11:30 am, by atman Email , 127 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

Obama Names Republicans He'd Work With

Sen. Barack Obama today named the Republican senators he'd work closely with as President. Among the Republicans he would seek help from are Sens. Richard Lugar of Indiana, John Warner of Virginia and uber-conservative Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, who Obama says "has become a friend of mine."

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Permalink08/27/07, 09:07:39 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 210 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Yellow Alert!

Or is it Red Alert?

Ladies and Gentlemen, we're in for it now. Not even wrapping your house in duct tape can protect you...

NABE: Bad Credit Biggest Risk to Economy

August 27, 2007

NEW YORK -- Bad credit has supplanted terrorism as the gravest immediate risk threatening the economy, a key national research group reported Monday.

Borrowers' withering ability to pay their bills and the subsequent fallout in the credit markets this summer topped the list of short-term risks on peoples' minds, according to a survey of 258 members conducted by the National Association of Business Economics.

NABE, a Washington-based association, said 32 percent of its surveyed members cited loan defaults and excessive debt as their biggest near-term concern.

Only 20 percent of members cited defense and terrorism as their biggest immediate worry, down from 35 percent when the survey was last conducted in March. Credit risk also topped gas prices, inflation and government spending.

Permalink08/27/07, 07:19:07 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 144 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

War Profiteering: All Roads Lead to Cheney

Here's a nice post by Markos over at the Daily Kos on Pork Chop Halliburton (a.k.a. Dick Cheney) and war profiteering.

From the link:

A recent article in Rolling Stone (link) added new infuriating information to a theme already advanced by Robert Greenwald’s Iraq for Sale. The article stopped short of telling us something that Greenwald concluded: Cheney is behind most if not all of the war profiteering. Even before Greenwald advanced this theme, Jane Mayer, who recently exposed a network of secret CIA prisons (link) had written in the New Yorker about Cheney’s background and history and had one quote that seems to sum it all up: ‘One businessman with close ties to the Bush Administration told me, "Anything that has to do with Iraq policy, Cheney’s the man to see. He’s running it, the way that L.B.J. ran the space program."

I only hope that at some point, Pork Chop has to answer for his treasonous plunder. I am not holding my breath, tho.

Permalink08/27/07, 04:21:53 pm, by billy b, 153 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

Gonzales Resigns as Attorney General

Wow. Abu Gonzales calls it quits.

Wonder what's up with that? Rover a couple of weeks back and now Abu.

From the link:

We're watching a political exercise," Mr. Bush said at a news conference this month, dismissing accusations that the Attorney General had stonewalled or misled a congressional inquiry. "I mean, this is a man who has testified, he's sent thousands of papers up there. There's no proof of wrong."

Sure, assface. Testified? TestiLied is more like it.

And, more:

"The unfair treatment that he's been on the receiving end of has been a distraction for the department," the official said.

Unfair treatment? These people are unbelievable. Abu Gonzales, the enabler of torture, the champion of Guantanamo, getting unfair treatment?

As I type this, there's a frozen snowball in Hell.

(Reposted for Billy B, with his tacit permission as he apparently still has no clue which blog he's posting in. ;->

The post was seriously filling up the right hand sidebar...

3 comments combined into one to follow.)

Permalink08/27/07, 01:29:23 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 159 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks

Troops Cheer Call For Iraq Withdrawal

Governor's Call For U.S. Withdrawal From Iraq Greeted With Standing Ovation At National Guard Conference

Aug. 26, 2007

(AP) A call by Puerto Rico's governor for a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq earned a standing ovation from a conference of more than 4,000 National Guardsmen.

Gov. Anibal Acevedo Vila said Saturday that the U.S. administration has "no new strategy and no signs of success" and that prolonging the war would needlessly put guardsmen in harm's way.

AP

Did anyone see this on Faux News this weekend?

Permalink08/27/07, 07:36:05 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 103 views, User Posts Send feedback

On How to Respond to Nonsense

I'm tutoring three girls from about 10 to 15 years old. Part of the lesson today went like this:
There was a picture of the sun in the sky. The text beneath said,
"Is that the sun?"
"Yes, it is."
"Is it an egg?"
"No, it's not."
"What is it?"
"It's the sun."
Then there was a picture of a star in the sky. The text beneath said,
"Is that a star?"
"Yes, it is."
"Is it a bird?"
"No, it's not."
"What is it?"
"It's a star."
These girls seemed to think this was hilarious, and told me that in Laos, if someone asked questions like the above, they'd get a "Nyoy-Yai!!" for an answer, instead of a "Yes, it is", or "No, it isn't" answer. They asked me if people in foreign countries like the US really go around asking and answering questions like these.
I told them, "No, not really."
Then they asked me, "If someone did, what would people say, instead of 'Nyoy-Yai!!'?"
I told them, "People would probably just say, 'I think it is', or 'No, I don't think so.' There isn't really an English equivalent to "Nyoy-Yai!!".

But, actually, I lied. People such as rrb, wp_hamilton, coldheart, fudgie, cobrabob, et al, posted shit even more nonsensical, and got serious responses to it. Then, of course, there are the neocons, and there is George W. Bush, and HIS nonsensical blather, and HE'S the effin' PRESIDENT of the COUNTRY!
And there actually IS a perfectly good English expression that can be used to respond to utter nonsense: "WTF?????????"
But, I figured, a person can't possibly try to explain everything that goes on in the US, so I just left it with the lies.

Permalink08/27/07, 06:43:16 am, by lewagner Email , 99 views, User Posts Send feedback

Lunar Eclipse

Just an FYI, there will be a total lunar eclipse visible in most of the US, early Tuesday morning on the East coast.

More information from NASA.

Permalink08/26/07, 04:15:51 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 135 views, User Posts 1 feedback

THE TOP TEN DIFFERENCES BETWEEN VIETNAM AND IRAQ

On the lighter side. Because sometimes it's better to laugh than to cry.

THE TOP TEN DIFFERENCES BETWEEN VIETNAM AND IRAQ

By Don Davis

There are, no doubt, a number of disturbing parallels between the “quagmires” of Vietnam and Iraq. However, any objective observer would have to concede that the differences greatly outweigh the similarities. So, without further ado, from the home office in Baghdad’s “Green Zone,” here are the Top Ten distinctions between Vietnam and Iraq:

10. Vietnam: Battle between communists and corrupt dictatorship. Iraq: Battle between the 6th and 7th Centuries.

9. Guerilla tactics in both are a given — but at least in ‘Nam, our boys got to sleep with the local women.

8. Vietnam: Our troops had continuous access to dope. Iraq: only when Rumsfeld pays a visit.

7. Vietnam: Enemy tries to kill and maim us. Iraq: Enemy also flagellates themselves.

6. Vietnam: Huge anti-war rallies. Iraq: Cindy Sheehan in a pup tent.

5. Vietnam: “Best and the Brightest” rely on Domino Theory. Iraq: Neo-Cons rely on Fats Domino theory.

4. Vietnam: Jane Fonda on enemy tank. Iraq: Jane Fonda on Jesus’s flank.

3. Vietnam: McCain tortured by Reds. Iraq: McCain tortures the Blues.

2. Vietnam: SecDef with wire-rimmed glasses knew adventure was major fuck-up. Iraq: SecDef with wire-rimmed glasses is the major fuck-up.

1. Vietnam: Hard to tell which side Vietnamese civilians on. Iraq: Hard to tell which side we’re on.

BLOGWORTHIES

Permalink08/26/07, 03:23:43 pm, by billy b, 97 views, User Posts Send feedback

Speaking of Hillary

Over at Swampland, Karen Tumulty asks What Was She Thinking? She being Hillary, of course. Karen's referring to Hill's gaffe about any terrorist attack between now and the election as "But if certain things happen between now and the election, particularly with respect to terrorism that will automatically give the Republicans an advantage again, no matter how badly they have mishandled it, no matter how much more dangerous they have made the world."

She goes on to say "So I think I'm the best of the Democrats to deal with that."

No kidding? How so, Hill? Maybe you could elaborate on that.

Since you didn't, let's see what your fellow candidates have to say.

Chris Dodd:

"Frankly, I find it tasteless to discuss political implications when talking about a potential terrorist attack on the United States."

John Edwards:

"If we're talking about America being attacked the last thing we should do is be engaged in political calculation. What I would do is focus on uniting America and doing the things I need to do as president of the United States to keep this country safe."

and

"Well first of all, I strongly disagree with what [Senator Clinton] said. [Senator Clinton] has said she believes that we are safer under George Bush, I strongly disagree with that."

Once again, Hill shoots herself in the foot. She must enjoy the pain because she keeps on doing it.

Permalink08/26/07, 10:22:36 am, by billy b, 137 views, User Posts 1 feedback

Bush mass for shut ins for 08-26-07

BUSH MASS FOR SHUT INS IS ON THE AIR!

LIVE FROM THE ST GEORGE THE BLESSED CATHERDRAL IN CRAWFORD TEXAS ITS
BUSH MASS FOR SHUT INS!

Good morning Bush worshippers, those who are ill and those who it's
just best not to mix with society. May Lord God Bush bless you all for
coming. For it is he who brought us life and everything else. He is a
thousand points of light! He makes the sun rise in the morning, puts
the frost on our flakes and puts the fruit on the trees. All praise
the glory of Lord God Bush. Today we celebrate repeating.

REPEATING CELEBRATION

Repeating is a good holy thing republicans do to get their message
across. If the message is repeated often enough the sheep obey and
believe the message. Repeating is a good holy thing republicans do to
get their message across. If the message is repeated often enough the
sheep obey and believe the message. Repeating is a good holy thing
republicans do to get their message across. If the message is repeated
often enough the sheep obey and believe the message.

SING PRAISE TO LORD GOD BUSH

George, george, george, george, george, george, george, george,
george.
There's nothing he's says he can do that can't be done.
Nothing you he's says he sing that can't be sung.
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game It's easy.
There's nothing he's says he can make that can't be made.
No one he's says he can save that can't be saved.
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be in time It's easy.
All you need is george, all you need is george, All you need is
george, george, george is all you need.
George, george, george, george, george, george, george, george,
george.
All you need is george, all you need is george, All you need is
george, george, george is all you need.
There's nothing he's says he can know that isn't known.
Nothing he's says he can see that isn't shown.
Nowhere he's says he can be that isn't where you're meant to be. It's
easy.
All you need is george, all you need is george, All you need is
george, george, george is all you need.
All you need is george(all together now) All you need is
george(everybody) All you need is george, george, george is all you
need.

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CHENEY

Saddam and Al Quada have a link. There is a link there. Its just
common sense to believe it.
Saddam and Al Quada have a link. There is a link there. Its just
common sense to believe it.
Saddam and Al Quada have a link. There is a link there. Its just
common sense to believe it.
Saddam and Al Quada have a link. There is a link there. Its just
common sense to believe it.
Saddam and Al Quada have a link. There is a link there. Its just
common sense to believe it.
Saddam and Al Quada have a link. There is a link there. Its just
common sense to believe it.
Saddam and Al Quada have a link. There is a link there. Its just
common sense to believe it.
Saddam and Al Quada have a link. There is a link there. Its just
common sense to believe it.

What is it that the Profit Cheney is trying to teach us? It is that
Saddam and Al Quada have a link. There is a link there. Its just
common sense to believe it.
This is the word of George.

Bush mass is over

Your attendance has been recorded and will be sent to the proper
authorities. Go in arrogance, may the Lord God George W Bush be with
you.

Permalink08/26/07, 08:36:10 am, by first_church_of_bush Email , 90 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Meet The Press for idiots

Permalink08/25/07, 08:20:49 pm, by icy Email , 109 views, User Posts 1 feedback

Meet The Press for idiots

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Meet The Press for idiots

Permalink08/25/07, 08:19:45 pm, by icy Email , 88 views, User Posts Send feedback

USD Democrats

Permalink08/25/07, 07:45:31 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 849 views, Blogroll Send feedback

Clinton Wins Coveted Bill Kristol Endorsement

Link to Matthew Yglesias' Atlantic post.

I think Hillary's a great senator. Seriously. I hope she's a senator for a long time.

I may even end up voting for her for President.

But please don't do that to me, America.

Pretty please?

It was hard enough to support Kerry, last time.

Regardless of who the GOPper is, if Hillary gets the Democratic nomination, I'm just going to cast my ballot in secret, and not talk about the election.

I'll be too ashamed to let anyone know who I supported.

I guess, on the bright side, I won't have to send any cash this time around...

Check out this comment from the link: "...does that make her the Joe Lieberman candidate of 2008?"

I'd say, "Yup".

Informal poll:

If your choices are Clinton, Obama, Edwards, Rudy "911fear911scare911" Ghouliani, Fred "dumb and lazy" Thompson, or Mitt "what do you want me to say?" Romney...

Who, if anyone, will you vote for?

Permalink08/25/07, 03:21:41 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 96 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Michael O'Hanlon is a Dick

O'Hanlon's still the republics' go-to guy as the latest moron to opine that the Surge is working. As with all the other rationalizers, he's long on anecdotal evidence and real god damn short on actual facts to back up his contention.

Yglesias:

And it's on like that. Thousands of words have been spilled criticizing his New York Times op-ed and he hasn't responded to a single one of them. He's just re-iterating his views in a new venue, and though he says this "would be a sad time to conclude we have been defeated," he also concedes that "our strategy for Iraq probably cannot work absent major national political cooperation across sectarian lines." But if our strategy probably can't succeed, then this seems like an ideal time to conclude that we should abandon our strategy. There's no such thing as a non-sad time to admit you've failed, after all.

The US military was successful in defeating the Iraqi army. There's nothing "to win" and nothing "to lose". The problem is the last quote from O'Hanlon.

No way there's going to be national political cooperation among the Shia, the Sunni, and the Kurds.

It's ass out on that.

Permalink08/25/07, 01:49:13 pm, by billy b, 119 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Glenn Greenwald

Why is the Democratic Congress so unpopular?

Salon

Short version: Republicans hate congress because there is a Democratic majority. Democrats and Independents hate congress because there are still enough conservative Democrats that it acts like a Republican majority.

Bottom line: Republicans hate America and America hates Republicans.

Permalink08/24/07, 02:30:07 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 149 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Since timbuck3 Was Riffin' on Vietnam...

The Judy "I Was Proved Fucking Right" Miller Gazette has a good editorial on Little Boots' lame invocation of Vietnam in order to try and justify the continuation of the debacle that is Iraq:

If Mr. Bush, whose decision to inject Vietnam into the debate over Iraq was bizarre, took the time to study the real lessons of Vietnam, he would not be so eager to lead America still deeper into the 21st century quagmire he has created in Iraq. Following his path will not rectify the mistakes of Vietnam, it will simply repeat them.

The Grey Lady got this one fucking right.

Permalink08/24/07, 01:18:25 pm, by billy b, 113 views, User Posts 1 feedback

My Job Description

"Speech, Language, & Swallowing

The professionals who are educated to assess speech and language development and to treat speech and language disorders are called speech-language pathologists (sometimes informally referred to as speech therapists). Speech-language pathologists can also help people with swallowing disorders."

http://www.asha.org/public/speech/

(There's a lot of interesting reading on this site, which is about language education, particularly about bilingual education in the US.)

Permalink08/24/07, 11:47:01 am, by lewagner Email , 128 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

loyal-bushie-blakeman behind freedom watch pro-war campaign

You’ll find at least 11 American flags on the home page of FREEDOMSWATCH.ORG, the ultra-testosterone, mega-victory, ass-kicking website that warns agains “anti-victory groups” that are undermining the war on terror going on right now in Iraq — “eye-RACK.”

The ads assert that we are making progressing, winning on the ground, and that if we leave? Terrorists will show up in your underwear drawer at home and attack you and your family personally.

Freedom’s Watch is spending approximately $15 million on radio and television ads through mid-September and has partnered with a host of veterans organizations in an effort to ensure terrorism is confronted all over the world.

Freedom Watch’s President is Bradley A. Blakeman, a former Bush staff member from 2001 to 2003, former director of scheduling for President Bush’s transition team in 2000, senior coordinator for logistics for the Bush-Cheney recount in Florida, and senior lead advance representative for the Bush-Cheney 2000 election.

Even worse, Blakeman also served as the lead advance representative for the Bush-Quayle elections in 1988 and 1992.

Watch the videos. I'm still a novice at posting. If you dial the number listed in the advertisements, you will only be patched through to your senator or representative if you are in support of the war.

Permalink08/24/07, 10:35:45 am, by calo12, 114 views, User Posts 1 feedback

War analogy strikes nerve in Vietnam

Thu Aug 23

HANOI, Vietnam - President Bush touched a nerve among Vietnamese when he invoked the Vietnam War in a speech warning that death and chaos will envelop Iraq if U.S. troops leave too quickly. People in Vietnam, where opposition to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq is strong, said Thursday that Bush drew the wrong conclusions from the long, bloody Southeast Asian conflict.

"Doesn't he realize that if the U.S. had stayed in Vietnam longer, they would have killed more people?" said Vu Huy Trieu of Hanoi, a veteran of the communist forces that fought American troops in Vietnam. "Nobody regrets that the Vietnam War wasn't prolonged except Bush."

He said U.S. troops could never have prevailed here. "Does he think the U.S. could have won if they had stayed longer? No way," Trieu said.

Vietnam's official government spokesman offered a more measured response when asked at a regular media briefing to comment on Bush's speech to American veterans Wednesday.

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Permalink08/24/07, 09:15:39 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 417 views, Latest Posts 4 feedbacks

NIE on Iraq

Decrease in Baghdad violence due to sectarian cleansing.

Violence to remain high over next six to 12 months.

National government to become more “precarious” over next six to 12 months.

Refugee crisis will continue to spill over during “next six to 12 months”.

http://thinkprogress.org/2007/08/23/nie-august-07

I can't wait to hear the Petraeus Bush Petraeus report, now.

The new GOP talking point is "we don't want to talk about how we got in, we want to know what you want to do now."

IOW, they STILL won't admit they made a mistake.

Until it's driven home that MILLIONS of people around the world knew this was a mistake, that "pre-emptive war" doesn't prevent war, America is doomed to repeat the same mistake over and over again.

What we should "do now" is, ADMIT WE SHOULDN'T HAVE GONE IN, IN THE FIRST PLACE, acknowledge that you can't leave with dignity when you didn't go in with dignity, and admit that we can't fix it.

We need help, and we aren't going to get it until we understand the word "humility".

"Sole hyperpower" my ass.

We can't even control Iraq.

It's time we faced reality.

Permalink08/24/07, 04:30:00 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 114 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Forgotten Rights

First Amendment

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.

America is not a "christian nation" because the government is forbidden from establishing a state religion or enforcing laws based on a given religion. It is a nation that allows the individual to choose what religion they follow, if any. The myth of the "christian nation" is based on the fact that early settlers came here to worship as they chose BECAUSE THE KING OF ENGLAND REQUIRED THEM TO JOIN HIS RELIGION. It is not written this way in the constitution to enable people to worship as they choose, but to PREVENT the government from declaring itself a "(fill in religion)" nation.

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Permalink08/23/07, 10:43:25 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 211 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

People for the American Way

Permalink08/23/07, 07:30:43 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 994 views, Links Send feedback

Are the Guinness Guys Cliche Yet?

I don't know.

But this bit is BRILLIANT!

And it had me laughing out loud.

That's a one-two PUNCH.

Going on a trip here so see youse nex week.

August 23, 2007
The Power of (Right Wing) Myth
Filed under: Bush Administration, conservatism — maha @ 11:05 am

Regarding Bush’s Vietnam speech and other manglings of history — Glenn Greenwald wrote last week:

On a different note, is the curriculum for history classes in some American states restricted to learning about Hitler and the Nazis and 1938 and Hitler and Germany? It must be, because there are many right-wing fanatics whose entire understanding of the world is reduced in every instance to that sole historical event — as though the world began in 1937, ended in 1945, and we just re-live that moment in time over and over and over:

Love war? You are Churchill, a noble warrior. Oppose war? You’re Chamberlain, a vile appeaser. And everyone else is Hitler. That, more or less, composes the full scope of “thought” among this strain on the right.

These words gave me an epiphany: The key to understanding right-wing rhetoric can be found in an episode of the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation.

In “Darmok” (originally aired 1991) the crew of the Enterprise encounters the Tamarians, a people with an incomprehensible language. “We come in peace,” say the Enterprise crew. “Darmok and Jalad at Tenagra,” reply the Tamarians. “Temba, his arms wide.” The Next Generationers are baffled.

But then Captain Picard and Dathon the Tamarian have an adventure together battling an invisible beast, and during this adventure Picard has a “Helen Keller at the water pump” moment and realizes that Tamarians speak in metaphors taken from stories. For example, “Darmok and Jalad at Tenagra” refers to two enemies, Darmok and Jalad, who became allies at Tenagra. As a phrase, it means “Let’s put aside our differences and be friends.” So after much suspense and drama and the death of the unfortunate Dathon, by the end of the episode Picard knows enough Tamarian to say, “Bye. It’s been real.”

When I saw this episode I wondered how a people who speak only in metaphors could develop technology. I imagined them trying to fix plumbing, saying “Toona and the floods of Wippawop” to mean “who’s got the basin wrench?” It seems cumbersome. But let’s worry about that some other time. The point I want to make here is that when righties talk about history, they are not talking about what actually happened in the past. Instead, they are evoking historical persons and events as archetype and allegory.

Thus, when they speak of Winston Churchill, they are not speaking of the real Winston Churchill. They are speaking of what Winston Churchill represents in their minds, which is the stubborn refusal to back down from a fight. In fact, the real Winston Churchill wrote a letter to Prime Minister David Lloyd George in 1922 advising him that British troops should abandon Iraq.

I think we should now put definitely, not only to Feisal but to the Constituent Assembly, the position that unless they beg us to stay and to stay on our own terms in regard to efficient control, we shall actually evacuate before the close of the financial year. I would put this issue in the most brutal way, and if they are not prepared to urge us to stay and to co-operate in every manner I would actually clear out. That at any rate would be a solution. … At present we are paying eight millions a year for the privilege of living on an ungrateful volcano out of which we are in no circumstances to get anything worth having.

http://www.mahablog.com/2007/08/23/the-power-of-right-wing-myth/

And yes, Star Trek TNG IS the shit, and yes, Picard DOES kick ass and yes, I like it that the people can see what the link is before they click it.

;-)

Rock on Blog.

Permalink08/23/07, 02:28:19 pm, by bastard_amber Email , 133 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

White House: Wealth Inequality "Is Not A Very Interesting Story"

"Let Them Eat Cake"??????

This bullshit makes me madder than hell. I'm ready for some real Class Warfare.

"Growth in total incomes was concentrated among those making more than $1 million. The number of such taxpayers grew by more than 26 percent...These individuals, who constitute less than a quarter of 1 percent of all taxpayers, reaped almost 47 percent of the total income gains in 2005, compared with 2000. People with incomes of more than a million dollars also received 62 percent of the savings from the reduced tax rates on long-term capital gains and dividends that President Bush signed into law in 2003... The nearly 90 percent of Americans who make less than $100,000 a year saved on average $318 each on their investments. They collected 5.3 percent of the total savings from reduced tax rates on investment income...Tony Fratto, a White House spokesman, said the fact that nearly all of the growth in incomes was among those in the upper reaches of the income ladder and that the majority of investment tax breaks went to those making more than $1 million 'is not a very interesting story.'"

And:

What's particularly nauseating about the White House's class warfare is that it is being waged at the very same time the Bush administration is claiming a supposed shortage of workers means it's AOK to ignore how the H-1B program is being abused to drive down wages. They are also using this labor shortage claim to justify a push to enact a so-called "guest worker" program that deliberately creates a subclass of easily exploitable indentured servants with no basic labor or human rights (notice that the White House isn't pushing for more legal immigration because legal immigration would give new workers minimum economic rights).

Permalink08/23/07, 01:12:36 pm, by billy b, 131 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

An explanation of life

On the first day, God created the dog and said: "Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years."

The dog said: "That's a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I'll give you back the other ten?"

So God agreed.

On the second day, God created the monkey and said: "Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I'll give you a twenty-year life span."

The monkey said: "Monkey tricks for twenty years? That's a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the dog did?"

And God agreed.

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Permalink08/23/07, 01:06:18 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 229 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

The War as We Saw It

VIEWED from Iraq at the tail end of a 15-month deployment, the political debate in Washington is indeed surreal. Counterinsurgency is, by definition, a competition between insurgents and counterinsurgents for the control and support of a population. To believe that Americans, with an occupying force that long ago outlived its reluctant welcome, can win over a recalcitrant local population and win this counterinsurgency is far-fetched. As responsible infantrymen and noncommissioned officers with the 82nd Airborne Division soon heading back home, we are skeptical of recent press coverage portraying the conflict as increasingly manageable and feel it has neglected the mounting civil, political and social unrest we see every day. (Obviously, these are our personal views and should not be seen as official within our chain of command.)

Permalink08/23/07, 10:51:55 am, by calo12, 150 views, User Posts 1 feedback

Bill Maher on Falafel Bill's show

"For the democrats, the one sure winner would be John Edwards."

The Republican candidates? "Great for a comedian."

Watch it:

LOL

"How many times can you have Arianna Huffington on?"

"She wasn't on last year."

"Oh."

Loofah boy is such a dumbass.

Permalink08/22/07, 10:50:30 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 161 views, Latest Posts 5 feedbacks

Bolton: I ‘Absolutely’ Hope The U.S. Will Attack Iran In The Next ‘Six Months’

Good Grief. The insanos are at it again. John "Walrus" Bolton maintains we should bomb Iran.

HEMMER: One final step here, too, that I want to take with you. You told one of our producers earlier today that you don’t know if it’s true — and you’ve made that clear in our interview here, that you don’t know what the odds are or are not against that — but you hope it’s true. Why do you hope it’s true?

BOLTON: Absolutely. I hope Iran understands that we are very serious, that we are determined they are not going to get a nuclear weapon capability, and unless they change the strategic decision they’ve been pursuing for close to 20 years, that that’s something they better factor into their calculations.

The Eggman should factor into his calculations that Iran ain't Iraq.

Permalink08/22/07, 04:00:35 pm, by billy b, 125 views, User Posts 1 feedback

Speech

That Petraeus Bush Petraeus report must be worse than we can imagine. Commodore Bunnypants is on the road again, using every fear-inducing rhetorical device in the book to head it off.

First, instill that fear of death I posted about, last night:

...an enemy that attacked us on September the 11th, 2001...killed thousands on American soil, and seek to kill again on even a greater scale...as long as I'm Commander-in-Chief we will fight to win...because we have...the United States Armed Forces...

...helping the young democracies of the Middle East stand up to violent Islamic extremists is the only realistic path to a safer world for the American people...I want to open today's speech with a story that begins on a sunny morning, when thousands of Americans were murdered in a surprise attack -- and our nation was propelled into a conflict that would take us to every corner of the globe...

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Permalink08/22/07, 02:48:55 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 272 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

White-Haired Guy Gets Mad

I normally don't cite George Will as a reference but this link is to
an article he wrote in Newsweek about Christopher Dodd.

Permalink08/22/07, 10:09:38 am, by calo12, 112 views, User Posts 1 feedback

Not so fast, Christian soldiers

The Pentagon has a disturbing relationship with private evangelical groups.
August 22, 2007

Maybe what the war in Iraq needs is not more troops but more religion. At least that's the message the Department of Defense seems to be sending.

Last week, after an investigation spurred by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, the Pentagon abruptly announced that it would not be delivering "freedom packages" to our soldiers in Iraq, as it had originally intended.

What were the packages to contain? Not body armor or home-baked cookies. Rather, they held Bibles, proselytizing material in English and Arabic and the apocalyptic computer game "Left Behind: Eternal Forces" (derived from the series of post-Rapture novels), in which "soldiers for Christ" hunt down enemies who look suspiciously like U.N. peacekeepers.

The packages were put together by a fundamentalist Christian ministry called Operation Straight Up, or OSU. Headed by former kickboxer Jonathan Spinks, OSU is an official member of the Defense Department's "America Supports You" program. The group has staged a number of Christian-themed shows at military bases, featuring athletes, strongmen and actor-turned-evangelist Stephen Baldwin. But thanks in part to the support of the Pentagon, Operation Straight Up has now begun focusing on Iraq, where, according to its website (on pages taken down last week), it planned an entertainment tour called the "Military Crusade."

Apparently the wonks at the Pentagon forgot that Muslims tend to bristle at the word "crusade" and thought that what the Iraq war lacked was a dose of end-times theology.

In the end, the Defense Department realized the folly of participating in any Operation Straight Up crusade. But the episode is just another example of increasingly disturbing, and indeed unconstitutional, relationships being forged between the U.S. military and private evangelical groups.

Take, for instance, the recent scandal involving Christian Embassy, a group whose expressed purpose is to proselytize to military personnel, diplomats, Capitol Hill staffers and political appointees. In a shocking breach of security, Defense Department officials allowed a Christian Embassy film crew to roam the corridors of the Pentagon unescorted while making a promotional video featuring high-ranking officers and political appointees. (Christian Embassy, which holds prayer meetings weekly at the Pentagon, is so entrenched that Air Force Maj. Gen. John J. Catton Jr. said he'd assumed the organization was a "quasi-federal entity.")

The Pentagon's inspector general recently released a report recommending unspecified "corrective action" for those officers who appeared in the video for violating Defense Department regulations. But, in a telling gesture, the report avoided any discussion of how allowing an evangelical group to function within the Defense Department is an obvious violation of the establishment clause of the 1st Amendment.

The extent to which such relationships have damaged international goodwill toward the U.S. is beyond measure. As the inspector general noted, a leading Turkish newspaper, Sabah, published an article on Air Force Maj. Gen. Peter Sutton, who is the U.S. liaison to the Turkish military -- and who appeared in the Christian Embassy video. The article described Christian Embassy as a "radical fundamentalist sect," perhaps irreparably damaging Sutton's primary job objective of building closer ties to the Turkish General Staff, which has expressed alarm at the influence of fundamentalist Christian groups inside the U.S. military.

Our military personnel swear an oath to protect and defend the Constitution, not the Bible. Yet by turning a blind eye to OSU and Christian Embassy activities, the Pentagon is, in essence, endorsing their proselytizing. And sometimes it's more explicit than that.

That certainly was the case with Army Lt. Gen. William "Jerry" Boykin, deputy undersecretary of Defense for intelligence. The Pentagon put him in charge of the hunt for Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda in 2003. The same year, Boykin was found to be touring American churches, where he gave speeches -- in uniform -- casting the Iraq war in end-times terms. "We're in is a spiritual battle," he told one congregation in Oregon. "Satan wants to destroy this nation . . . and he wants to destroy us as a Christian army." The story wound up in newspapers, magazines and on "60 Minutes." And, of course, it was reported all over the Muslim world. The Pentagon reacted with a collective shrug.

American military and political officials must, at the very least, have the foresight not to promote crusade rhetoric in the midst of an already religion-tinged war. Many of our enemies in the Mideast already believe that the world is locked in a contest between Christianity and Islam. Why are our military officials validating this ludicrous claim with their own fiery religious rhetoric?

It's time to actively strip the so-called war on terror of its religious connotations, not add to them. Because religious wars are not just ugly, they are unwinnable. And despite what Operation Straight Up and its supporters in the Pentagon may think is taking place in Iraq, the Rapture is not a viable exit strategy.

Permalink08/22/07, 09:49:15 am, by calo12, 322 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Death Grip

How Political Psychology Explains Bush's Ghastly Success.

by John B. Judis

In June 2004, I went door to door in a white, working- class neighborhood of Martinsburg, West Virginia, a small blue-collar town in decline. There, I found voters disillusioned with both the Iraq war and the flagging economy. But, when I returned five months later-- the Sunday before the election--I had difficulty digging up anyone who didn't plan to vote for George W. Bush. As far as I could tell, Martinsburg voters were backing him for two reasons: first, because he opposed gay marriage and abortion ("There are two gays around the corner who are voting for Kerry," one fellow, with a Bush sign in his yard, advised me scornfully from his stoop); and, second, because he was leading the war on terrorism ("I feel more safe with Bush in there," an elderly disabled man explained). There was still grumbling over the war, the economy, and other topics--the same elderly man who praised Bush for making him feel safe also bemoaned America's lack of universal health insurance--but these issues were eclipsed by the threat of gay weddings and terrorist attacks.

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Permalink08/22/07, 04:00:00 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 286 views, User Posts 1 feedback

PEPFAR

PRESIDENT'S EMERGENCY PLAN FOR AIDS RELIEF (PEPFAR)

Health GAP Report: Between the Lines
GAO Report on PEPFAR Prevention Programs: U.S. Abstinence/Being Faithful-Only Programs Produce Stigma and Death

On April 4, 2006, the U.S. Government Accountability Office released a stinging indictment of U.S. prevention policies that prioritize sexual abstinence and being faithful to an HIV-negative partner over scientifically proven methods of reducing the tide of infections. Although the GAO Report on PEPFAR Prevention Programs documented the negative consequences of rigid guidelines requiring that 1/3 of the overall prevention budget (and 2/3 of the behavioral prevention budget) must be spent on abstinence/being faithful (A/B-only) programming, it failed to highlight the negative consequences of that ideologically narrow focus on the lives of people living with HIV and their sexual partners in terms of stigmatization and lost opportunities for risk reduction.

Download PDF of the entire report

The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) contains policies on prevention driven by ideological motivations which completely ignore scientifically proven methods. The Bush administration has tied PEPFAR funding to strict requirements such as mandating that 33% of prevention funds be spent on abstinence-until-marriage programs, limiting condom distribution to narrowly-defined "high risk" groups, and demanding grantees to explicitly condemn sex workers. These approaches all run counter to the establishment and continuation of comprehensive prevention programs which have demonstrated effectiveness in slowing the spread of HIV.

The harmful effects of Bush's PEPFAR prevention policies have most recently taken shape in Uganda where comprehensive prevention efforts were credited with dramatically reducing the HIV prevalence over the past decade. Pressures of PEPFAR funding requirements have caused a notable shift in the prevention approaches of the Ugandan government however as President Museveni and other leaders have strongly endorsed abstinence-only programs and increased anti-condom rhetoric over the past year. Some 32 million quality-approved condoms remain impounded in government warehouses while the U.S. government ramps up financing for abstinence-only approaches to HIV prevention. According to Ugandan AIDS activists, the government's actions will undermine community efforts to reduce HIV prevalence and HIV transmission. These trends away from scientifically sound, evidence-based prevention strategies are occurring in Uganda and in other countries hard-hit by the AIDS epidemic, such as Nigeria, South Africa, and Zambia.

Video:Uganda: Condom Controversy

Permalink08/22/07, 12:12:54 am, by timandcir Email , 240 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Worse than Minnesota "treatment"?

This is just horrible:

School of Shock
By Jennifer Gonnerman

Food deprivation. Isolation. Electric shocks. Inside the taxpayer-funded program that treats American kids like enemy combatants.

Permalink08/21/07, 10:10:11 pm, by lewagner Email , 171 views, User Posts 5 feedbacks

Star Ratings

What do you think?

Leave 'em in?

Leave 'em out?

The listing of highest rated posts only works on the blog the post is on, not the front page. (So far, anyway.) I also don't know how to fix the way they stack on top of each other. (Yet, anyway.)

They don't work on comments, either.

You have the option to enable or disable them, by post. If you want, you can go back and edit your old posts to add them, now. Just click the box in the lower right hand corner that says "star ratings" and re-save.

Permalink08/21/07, 08:25:21 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 137 views, Latest Posts 4 feedbacks

George W. Bush's Presidential Advance Manual

This manual was written by the Bush Administration as guidelines of what to do before the president arrived. Includes - how to hide protestors so the president doesn't have to see/hear them, and if that doesn't work, how to send your own people as a counter-protest to drown them out and block their view. This is real. Most of it is redacted.

Permalink08/21/07, 07:56:55 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 95 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Your President Speaks

One of my "friends" on another blog I spend way too much time on (Eschaton), summarizes Little Boots inarticulate (to understate) ramblings when he speaks off the cuff.

Click the link for the entire post.

A few nuggets:

- It's our people's interests that Canada and Mexico work closely together.

- Matter of fact, it's in the interests of our countries that we have these meetings on an annual basis and then have working groups follow through on the discussion items that -- during our meetings with the business leaders or our own Cabinet Secretaries.

Enjoy.

Permalink08/21/07, 04:38:06 pm, by billy b, 119 views, User Posts 1 feedback

Fourthbranch: make it up as you go along

Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) also attempted to ask questions about the legal justifications (for the National Security Agency’s eavesdropping programs.) But Vice President Cheney personally barred him from issuing subpoenas:

"In fact, we were about to issue subpoenas then and one of the senators came to our meeting and said that the vice president had met with the Republican senators and told them they were not allowed to issue subpoenas."

Watch it.

Permalink08/21/07, 08:02:46 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 108 views, User Posts Send feedback

Preview Of CNN’s New Series: God’s Warriors

CNN’s Christiane Amanpour has produced a new series of documentaries titled “God’s Warriors” which “examines the intersection between religion and politics and the effects of Christianity, Islam and Judaism on politics, culture and public life.” In this preview, Amanpour talks with the late Rev. Jerry Falwell shortly before his passing, about his fight against abortion and confronts him on his disgusting claim that 9/11 was caused by America’s tolerance of homosexuals. It also looks at other christian zealots who have bombed abortion clinics and murder doctors who perform them in the name of religion.

Watch a preview clip here.

Permalink08/20/07, 08:00:36 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 120 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Evidence Optional

Padilla Case Offers New Model of Terrorism Trial
By ADAM LIPTAK

There were two perfectly predictable schools of thought being expressed after the conviction of Jose Padilla on Thursday on terrorism-related charges. Supporters of the Bush administration said the conviction justified the more than three years Mr. Padilla spent in military detention before his criminal prosecution, while the administration’s opponents said the verdict proved that the criminal justice system should have handled the case in the first place.

But the real innovation in Mr. Padilla’s case, some legal experts said yesterday, was more subtle than those dueling talking points suggested. The Justice Department’s strategy in the trial itself, using a seldom-tested conspiracy law and relatively thin evidence, cemented a new prosecutorial model in terrorism cases.

The central charge against Mr. Padilla was that he conspired to murder, maim and kidnap people in a foreign country. The charge is a serious one, and it can carry a life sentence. But prosecutors needed to prove very little by way of concrete conduct to obtain a conviction under the law.

“There is no need to show any particular violent crime,” said Robert M. Chesney, a law professor at Wake Forest University and the author of a recent law review article on conspiracy charges in terrorism prosecutions. “You don’t have to specify the particular means used to carry out the crime.”...

The Jose Padilla Trial: Weak Evidence Vs. Fear Factor
By Macswain

I’ve followed the press reports of the case and, by all accounts, the evidence against Padilla is weak. The case almost completely relies on this (PDF file) “Mujahideen Data Form.”

The form, in and of itself, expresses no intent to commit murder, kidnapping or terrorist violence. While Padilla’s fingerprints are on the front and back of the form, they are nowhere else on it. His attorney argues Padilla handled it but that there is no evidence he even filled it out. Moreover, there’s a handprint by the signature line and the government didn’t even bother to test if it was Padilla’s (indicating that they know it is not).

There were no witnesses placing Padilla in Afghanistan much less attending a terrorist training camp. A government witness - one of the Lackawana Six - who attended a camp after filling out a similar form, backfired on the government when he testified on cross examination that the camp was a military boot camp and did not engage in terrorist training for acts of violence against civilians. This allowed Padilla’s attorney to argue that even if you believe Padilla went to such a camp, there is no evidence that all attendees went with an intent to murder, maim or kidnap civilians.

Of the government’s 300,000 wire taps, Padilla only appears on 7, uses no coded language and only says innocuous things consistent with his lawyers claim that he went overseas to study and make a pilgrimage to Mecca.

Remember also that the government’s “dirty bomb” allegations that were used to demonize Padilla and scare the American public have been dropped from the case.

You can see why the Bush administration never wanted him tried. The evidence shows Padilla was more a PR prop for false alarms of iminent terrorist attacks in America and they knew it. Best to lock him up in solitaire until he goes nuts or their sickening use of him for their personal gain is forgotten...

Did Tim Donaghy Preside Over Padilla Trial?
By Macswain

...I feel the Padilla case falls into both the notorious trial and demogoguery categories. I believe this not only because of the prosecutors’ over-the-top fear-mongering but also because of the prosecution-friendly rulings of the trial judge. In one jaw dropping episode the judge allowed the government to present one of the convicted wannabe terrorists from the Lackawana six as evidence of what the government believed Padilla wanted to be. The Judge also prevented the defense from putting on evidence of Padilla’s torture and lengthy incarceration without charge. To Padilla’s further detriment, he was tried jointly with codefendants who’s recorded statements were allowed before the jury though constituting hearsay to Padilla (he certainly wasn’t allowed to cross exam them or even call them as witnresses). I’m sure the judge issued a limiting order regarding the statements but given the massive amount of hearsay it’s sheer fantasy to believe the jury could distinguish between what evidence applied to which defendant.

Most troubling, however, was the court’s willingness to allow the government to present a witness with a hidden identity to authenticate the “Mujahideen Data Form.” The witness’ identity was kept secret not only from the public and the jury but from the defense as well. Moreover, the jury wasn’t even told the CIA agent was testifying anonymously but was misled into believing he was who he claimed to be (and believing the defense had an opportunity to fully vet him). To make matters worse, the trial court allowed the secret witness to testify about his conversations with an unidentified source from whom he allegedly received the documents as to where the document came from. The court then handcuffed the defense’s cross-exam because of a fear of revealing state secrets. It is important to remember that this wasn’t some side issue but was the evidence at the heart of the government’s case against Padilla. Of course, such an unprecedented evidentiary ruling throws out the Sixth Amendment right every American has to confront witnesses against him. (The Christian Science Monitor has a good breakdown of the whole sordid affair here).

Of course, you can probably guess the ending to this post. The judge involved in raining these rulings down upon Padilla - US District Judge Marcia Cooke - was appointed to the bench by probably the second most interested person in the Padilla verdict. That’s right - you guessed it - George W. Bush.

Permalink08/20/07, 11:38:02 am, by timandcir Email , 233 views, User Posts 7 feedbacks

LIfe Is Cheap

Beginning with 9/11, America didn't even bother to recover human remains any more.

Miners likely dead, may never be found, officials say
By Nick Riccardi, Times Staff Writer
1:12 PM PDT, August 19, 2007

HUNTINGTON, Utah -- Officials today all but declared dead six miners they have been trying to rescue for two weeks after a fourth hole found no breathable air in the area of the mine where the men were trapped after a cave-in.

"It's likely that these men will not be found," said Rob Moore, vice president of Murray Energy Corp., co-owner of the Crandall Canyon mine.

A day earlier, he had implored people to maintain hope, but today he told a midday news conference that the latest air samples indicated it was highly unlikely that the six men were alive.

Hope injured by lies over and over and over.

No wonder the American People are so numb to what we did to those Hundreds of Thousands of Innocent Iraqis.

Life is cheap...

Permalink08/20/07, 12:50:45 am, by bastard_amber Email , 337 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Will the last to leave please turn out the lights?

Some British officers believe they are facing a “humiliating” retreat under fire to Kuwait or the southern Iraqi port of Umm Qasr.

“I regret to say that the Basra experience is set to become a major blunder in terms of military history,” said a senior officer. “The insurgents are calling the shots . . . and in a worst-case scenario will chase us out of southern Iraq.”

Gordon Brown, the prime minister, has agreed with Bush that no decision will be made to withdraw until after General David Petraeus, the US commander, delivers a report to Congress next month on the progress of the Americans’ “troop surge”.

But the British are expected to pull back to a single base at Basra airport soon in preparation for withdrawal.

We'll leave Iraq like we left Viet Nam.

If we're lucky.

Link to entire article.

Permalink08/20/07, 12:30:00 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 262 views, Latest Posts 6 feedbacks

Kilometer Two Market

The market at KM 2 was a maze of hundreds of shops and stalls, -- I always took a couple of the neighbor kids with me when I went shopping there, because I knew my way into the market well enough, but could never find my way back out again, without help.
Last night the market burned to the ground. Fortunately, no one was killed. Though a lot of people lived in their shops, everyone got out in time -- but there was no time to save anything besides themselves.
There were two Vietnamese-owned shops right next to each other, selling dishes, plastic kitchen containers of all sizes, stackable plastic chairs, cheap radios and cassette players etc., etc. I used to get a kick out of the two women proprietors, both about the same age, around 30. The Vietnamese are very agressive salespeople, and these two were in competition with each other -- one would grab you by one arm, and the other by the other arm, and almost insist you buy something from their shop. And if you did buy something from one of the shops, the other proprietor would glare at you and at the other proprietor. They were probably the best of friends after the market closed, but they sure seemed to hate each other during business hours.
The kids next door went to see the fire last night, and the little girl about 9 years old was telling me how the Vietnamese lady from the one plastic-goods shop was crying with her husband, as they watched everything they owned in the world go up in black smoke.
Then the little girl was telling me she felt so sorry for these people. "A long time ago, there was this foreign country that sent a bunch of soldiers and airplanes to Thailand, and these soldiers were bombing Laos and killing people. The Vietnamese helped the Lao people chase these foreigners out, and so the Lao people are very grateful to the Vietnamese, who are our cousins and our friends." She didn't say it out loud, though it was implied, "Even though they're really different."
I'm guessing somewhere around 1000 families lost their goods and means of making a livelihood last night. It's sad. Not as sad as war, though.

Permalink08/19/07, 04:13:13 pm, by lewagner Email , 175 views, User Posts 1 feedback

Amen

The old priest lay dying in the hospital. For years he had faithfully served the people of the nation's capital. He motioned for his nurse to come near.

"Yes, Father?" said the nurse.

"I would really like to see George W. Bush and Dick Cheney before I die," whispered the priest.

"I'll see what I can do, Father," replied the nurse. The nurse sent the request to the White House and waited for a response. Soon the word arrived. Bush and Cheney would be delighted to visit the priest.

As they went to the hospital, Bush commented to Cheney "I don't know why the old priest wants to see us, but it will certainly help our images." Cheney couldn't help but agree.

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Permalink08/19/07, 03:14:38 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 191 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Rove's Thorough Electoral Mediocrity

by Bruce Morris

We are now debating whether Karl Rove will be remembered as a political boy genius, political prince of darkness, or political destroyer of the Republican Party. While I hope for the latter and suspect he will actually be remembered as, “Karl Who?”, he should be remembered mainly as someone with a mixed record at best, who managed only to be lucky enough to woo the Bushes at just the right time and amoral enough to cynically turn a massive tragedy into a worse tragedy and then spin the whole disaster into short-term political gain.

I have also read that some Democrats are secretly trying to emulate his methods to emulate his electoral record. This scares the hell out of me. Please, look at his actual record as it really is first, and then pretty please, do not copy this malicious loser.

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Permalink08/19/07, 11:40:59 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 212 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Coalition death toll in Iraq hits 4,000

I've been watching American "news", so I missed this until today. The story is dated Friday.

The war's supporters, I suppose, would add the qualifier "only" to the number.

Meanwhile, the majority of Americans don't trust the upcoming report by Petraeus someone chosen by the Bush administration on the progress of the war and even if they did, it wouldn't change their mind, according to a new poll.

"It does seem to indicate that anyone associated with the Bush administration may be a less than credible messenger for the message that there is progress being made in Iraq."

Americans should have a fair and frank assessment of war conditions by our top diplomat and military commander in Baghdad. Any doctored version of their assessment should be regarded as a betrayal of a public trust.

Permalink08/19/07, 10:05:29 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 77 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Bush mass for shut ins 08-19-07

Preacher,

I've updated your profile to "blogger" so you can post your weekly sermon here instead of on the old board.

The "Guide to Navigation" needs a bit of updating since I've changed the skins, but it may be of some use. Note that "Admin" is now on the left sidebar.

I'll delete this post if you cross-post today's sermon.

Permalink08/19/07, 09:30:01 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 93 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

The Bridges of Baghdad

The bridges in Iraq are under strategic attack by the resistance/Sunni insurgency/Shiite extremists/Mahdi Army/Badr Corps/Ba’athist dead- enders or the tools of the evil Iranians. There are most likely two different motivations stemming from this desire to limit road transportation around the country: inconveniencing the US occupation forces, or limiting the travel of Iraqis.

Almost all of the supplies consumed by the occupation forces are imported by truck, overland from Kuwait or Turkey. The need to protect these convoys is primary, and is in fact one of the major reasons why personnel from the Navy and Air Force have been drafted in to serve as convoy guards. Some of the estimated 40,000 armed contractors from Private Military companies perform the same service too. If the armed contingents of the 22 million or so Iraqis succeed in closing the roads it will not be pretty.

Link to original.

Permalink08/19/07, 09:26:01 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 108 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

The Worst House Speaker in American History

Dennis Hastert, who served eight years as the most lamentable Speaker of the House in the chamber's history, began a slow exit from the Congress Friday. It was on that day that the former wrestling coach, who attained the speakership not on the basis of any political skills or policy expertise but because he was willing to front for the unpalatable Tom DeLay, announced his decision not to seek reelection from the Illinois district that has elected him since 1986.

Among the fifty men and one woman who have held the speakership since a German-born pastor named Frederick Augustus Conrad Muhlenberg filled the position for the First Congress, there have been more than a few disappointments. Aside from the indicted, the disgraced and the disreputable, there have been the indefensible -- like Howell Cobb, who used his pre-Civil War speakership to promote the extension of slavery. Cobb would eventually find his true calling as the speaker of the Provisional Confederate Congress and the acting president of the southern states that seceded from the U.S. in treasonous defense of human bondage.

Could the shambling, ineffectual and frequently inarticulate Hastert really have been a worse Speaker of the House than a crude proponent of slavery, or a crook like Jim Wright or a conniving partisan like Newt Gingrich? Absolutely.

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Now This Is Scary!

Bush pushes agenda — without Congress

The door is closing rapidly on President Bush's opportunity to shape domestic policy.

His strength is sapped by an unpopular war, Democrats are running Congress and the 2008 presidential election is in full roar, distracting attention from the president's priorities. With dwindling options, Bush has decided he might get more done in his final months by going it alone.

Outgoing presidents often unleash a flurry of executive orders and regulations in last-minute attempts to leave their mark on U.S. policy. Frustrated by Congress' inability or unwillingness to pass the president's agenda, the administration already is taking steps to do it through executive action.

With his immigration bill dead, the administration rolled out a proposed rule to address some of the major issues in the failed legislation. It will tighten border security, streamline guest-worker programs and pressure employers to fire illegal immigrant workers.

Bush said it was an example of acting within the boundaries of existing law when Congress failed to act.

Energy is another area where Bush is ready to go solo.

In his State of the Union address in January, Bush urged Congress to expand the use of alternative fuels to cut U.S. dependence on foreign oil. The president's energy proposal — dubbed 20 in 10 — aims to cut gasoline use by 20 percent in 10 years.

With the House and Senate struggling to compromise on their own energy measures, the president asked the head of the Environmental Protection Agency and Cabinet secretaries to see how much of his energy proposal could be done through regulation — without congressional action.

"The president hopes Congress will return to Washington in September ready to work," said Joel Kaplan, Bush's deputy chief of staff for policy. "Now with that said, of course we're considering things that the president can do through his executive and administrative authorities. But, again, there's a long way to go in the legislative calendar."

Congress is on its August break, and the president is spending a working vacation at his Texas ranch.

With 17 months left in office, Bush has veto power and an arsenal of other executive powers to change policy. But his critics say he moved across a symbolic line toward lame duck status on Monday when his longtime political adviser, Karl Rove, announced he was leaving — the latest in a growing line of senior officials to head for the door in the closing months of the administration...

Permalink08/17/07, 03:38:02 pm, by timandcir Email , 168 views, User Posts 1 feedback

Release the ICRC Torture Report

A Citizen's Demand of His Government: Release the ICRC Torture Report

JURIST Guest Columnist Benjamin Davis of the University of Toledo College of Law says that the International Committee of the Red Cross report on US interrogations of prisoners held at secret so-called CIA "black sites" should be released to the American public...

"We look back to our greatest generation and we can see that they did not seek to operate like we are operating now. They sought to protect human dignity not destroy it. Justice Stevens, the sole exemplar of that time still on the court, wrote as much in his Hamdan opinion.

I can handle the truth. The American people can handle the truth. The question is whether our leaders can handle the truth and level with Americans on the torture they have done in our names. Let's make them, by demanding that we be let in on the unvarnished truth."

Permalink08/17/07, 01:44:46 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 123 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Another Bush Toadie to Retire

Dennis "Fat Bastard" Hastert is expect to announce his retirement today. It is not known whether or not he will demand that any of the "news" reporters covering this announcement "Get in muh belly!"

A mindless sycophant of the worst kind, Fat Bastard is best known for ditching his hydrogen car in favor of a gas-guzzling black SUV after exiting a news conference and photo opportunity addressing high gas prices, and for giving in to everything Bush (and by extension Rove and Cheney) demanded of him without pretending to put any further thought into it.

He will be missed by christofascists, tax-protesters, and chickenhawks across America, and virtually no one else.

Link to John Laesch, Fat Bastard's eventual replacement.

Permalink08/17/07, 07:44:25 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 137 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Open thread

Because I just like having this thing post itself at 3AM.

"The nature of two-party democracy is that elections are decided by the small minority of the public too confused or too ill-informed to realize that there are persistent, substantial differences between the two federal political parties. As a result, the issues (or, more likely, pseudo-issues) that are most important in deciding elections tend to be the issues that are least important in substantive terms."

Permalink08/17/07, 03:00:00 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 193 views, Latest Posts 6 feedbacks

Don't Expect the Government To Do Anything Right

Katrina makes me think these astronauts should be praying that a cynical government isn't setting them up for the inevitable in order to shift attention from the Space Station to the Mission to Mars.

Look it up.

I'm tired.

"NASA decides no shuttle repairs needed

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer 1 hour, 33 minutes ago

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA decided Thursday that no repairs are needed for a deep gouge in Endeavour's belly and that the space shuttle is safe to fly home. Mission Control notified the seven shuttle astronauts of the decision right before they went to sleep, putting an end to a week of engineering analyses and anxious uncertainty — both in orbit and on Earth."

Cross your fingers people.

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Not Banned Yet

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Source Watch

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Media Transparency

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My Left Wing

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Cursor

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Southern Poverty Law Center

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Americans United

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Real Climate: Climate Science from Climate Scientists

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Talk to Action

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Not Banned Yet

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Stephen Hayes Sits On Lemon Juicer

Stewart, Olbermann, Repeat.

On Crooks & Liars.

Permalink08/16/07, 04:42:21 pm, by bastard_amber Email , 127 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

Bodies Snatched

They took almost half the American People, and inside their skins, they left bushies:

"GOPer Drake: Iraqi Parliament Has "Better Track Record" Than Dem Congress
By Eric Kleefeld | bio

GOP Rep. Thelma Drake of Virginia has just returned from a bipartisan trip to Iraq — and her first-hand view of the war has left her with an interesting perspective. Not only is the surge working, Drake says, but the Iraqi Parliament is doing a better job than the United States Congress.

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Permalink08/16/07, 03:38:12 pm, by bastard_amber Email , 229 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

Jenna Bush engaged

Well, all of you missed your chance.

The "accomplished woman" is to be wed.

WASHINGTON (CNN) — President and Laura Bush's daughter, Jenna, is engaged to be married, the White House announced Thursday.

Jenna Bush, 25, is marrying Henry Hager, 28, a former White House aide who used to work with Karl Rove. His father, John Hager, is the chairman of the Virginia Republican Party.

The couple has been dating for over two years, according to the Washington Post.

The White House said no wedding date has been set.

Permalink08/16/07, 03:07:09 pm, by billy b, 178 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks

o/ Vacation, all I ever wanted... 0/

At Sen. Ron Wyden's town hall meeting on Iraq on Tuesday at Portland State, the audience members demanding impeachment were the moderates.

Here's a snackalicious excerpt:

When the senator noted that Iran was a sponsor of state-supported terrorism, people yelled out, "No!" and "You've been listening to Cheney!" When he noted that Iran was, in fact, trying to develop a nuclear weapon, some of the crowd just laughed derisively.

Here's hoping that all of our Senators and Congressmen are "enjoying" their August recess in similar fashion. (Thanks to calo12 for the tip.)

Meanwhile, Matthew Yglesias points out a growing problem for the GOP Presidential candidates:

"Bush's Base" still controls the GOP even while the rest of the country despises him.

Hmmm...distance yourself from Bush and lose the primary, or stand with Bush and lose the general election. Such a quandry for such a foul group of paranoid white men to be in. /snark

Thursdays are busy here at the hive. I'll be back later. Comment to your heart's content.

Permalink08/16/07, 02:26:12 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 129 views, Latest Posts 4 feedbacks

Remembering Karl's Vandalization of Politics

pm carpenter's latest column reprises a column he wrote in 2005 on the book Bush's Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential, and goes thru a step by step primer on how to run a winning campaign from the standpoint of the candidate.

Good stuff:

The title of this piece is not a joke. The subject of this piece is not a joke, either. What I offer here is merely a reader’s digest of Bush’s Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential, by James Moore and Wayne Slater.

First things first, even if a trifle fussy: Rove didn’t make Bush "presidential," as the book’s title suggests -- he made him president. That’s all. The road to becoming presidential rather than president would have had to start somewhere deep inside Bush years and years ago, and that just never happened. Too many parties, too little curiosity, way too much egotistical indulgence in royal entitlement....

While many of the steps are obvious and recognizable, the column is worth reading.

Permalink08/16/07, 10:00:42 am, by billy b, 115 views, User Posts 1 feedback

"Petraeus Report" to be written by WH

I don't know if you've seen this yet, but the much ballyhoo'd "Petraeus Report" will be written by the White House.

Not to worry, right? He's going to testify to congress, so the truth will come out there. Right?

Not so fast.

White House wants to block Petraeus, Crocker from open testimony

This, after months of hearing "I listen to my commanders on the ground."

Unless they disagree with commodore bunnypants.

Hubris is becoming outright paranoia.

Permalink08/16/07, 07:52:33 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 104 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Who's the worst candidate in 2008?

Which Presidential candidate scares you the most? Senator? Representative?

Hmmmm...?

Permalink08/16/07, 04:15:00 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 108 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Stirring Words from a Rare Patriot in Journalism

And you know what?

No Journalist who reports good news on bush is a Patriot any more.

Everything changed on 9/11, and everything is still changing, bushies.

Where ever your ass-eating asses are.

Permalink08/16/07, 02:17:43 am, by bastard_amber Email , 105 views, User Posts 1 feedback

The War on Terrorâ„¢, so far

How has a cave-dwelling trust-fund baby with a video camera and a chip on his shoulder managed to outfight the most powerful nation in the history of Earth?

The United States is losing the War on Terrorâ„¢. Badly.

So what happened?

Simple.

America is losing the War on Terrorâ„¢ because it put a feckless man-child in charge, then turned and watched "American Idol," "CSI: Miami" and YouTube videos of teenagers making rockets out of Diet Coke and Mentos.

-snip-

It's as if FDR walked into Congress the day after Pearl Harbor and said "Yesterday is a day that will live in infamy, but instead of declaring war on Japan, I've decided to declare war on infamy."

Read the whole thing here.

Whoops! Edit to add the video for the chickenhawk war supporters:

Permalink08/15/07, 07:22:54 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 134 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

General calls Iraq massacre 'trademark al Qaeda'

Good grief.

The bastards just won't quit:

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Truck bombings that killed and wounded hundreds in northern Iraq were a "trademark al Qaeda event" designed to sway U.S. public opinion against the war, a U.S. general said Wednesday.

The administration and the military use anecdotal evidence, innuendo, and plain old BS lies to support their contention that the "Surge" is working, without bothering to give any factual information other than "Because I said so" and "I was in Iraq" and the like.

The same thing goes with al QooQoo. They don't bother differentiating betwixt al QooQoo in Iraq which didn't exist before the invasion, and bin Laden's al QooQoo.

Mr. General, any massacre that happens at any time is also trademark Shiite and trademark Sunni, you idiot. It's a civil war, brainwave. A frapping civil war. That we started.

I hope you are proud of yourselves, you bastard war criminals.

Permalink08/15/07, 03:59:07 pm, by billy b, 135 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

U.S. Weighing Terrorist Label for Iran Guards

Apparently, the Little Boots Review featuring Pork Chop Halliburton are about to label the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps as an international terrorist organization.

The Corps is a part of the Iranian army.

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 — The Bush administration is preparing to declare that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps is a foreign terrorist organization, senior administration officials said Tuesday

If imposed, the declaration would signal a more confrontational turn in the administration’s approach to Iran and would be the first time that the United States has added the armed forces of any sovereign government to its list of terrorist organizations.

Good grief. The idiot warmongers in the administration have strapped the military with 2 wars so that it is strained to the breaking point and they want to open a 3rd front?

Words escape me.

Permalink08/15/07, 10:52:06 am, by billy b, 175 views, User Posts 10 feedbacks

Rove Resignation: "End of an Error"

John Dean on Olbermann.

This is an open thread.

Permalink08/15/07, 08:04:05 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 89 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

I'm Test

stretching it narrower....

Permalink08/14/07, 11:45:34 pm, by test Email , 1120 views, About the posters 6 feedbacks

I Especially Like The Kucinich Speech

However, I still think I have to vote Edwards.

Congress gets fiery with rhetoric, and so does the Chenguin.

Kucinich is showiNg GREAT Congressional Representation, but not so much in the way of Presidential Qualities.

Permalink08/14/07, 11:24:57 pm, by bastard_amber Email , 121 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

What IS a [shudder] Bastard Amber, Anyway?

Don't be scared....It's only a lighting filter.

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Permalink08/14/07, 11:11:32 pm, by bastard_amber Email , 3097 views, About the posters 5 feedbacks

The Rove Presidency - The Atlantic

The Atlantic Monthly | September 2007

The Rove Presidency

Karl Rove had the plan, the power, and the historic chance to remake American politics. What went wrong?

by Joshua Green

.....

With more than a year left in the fading Bush presidency, Karl Rove’s worst days in the White House may still lie ahead of him. I met Rove on one of his best days, a week after Bush’s reelection. The occasion was a reporters’ lunch hosted by The Christian Science Monitor at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, a customary stop for the winning and losing campaign teams to offer battle assessments and answer questions. Kerry’s team had glumly passed through a few days earlier. Afterward his chief strategist, Bob Shrum, boarded a plane and left the country. Rove had endured a heart-stopping Election Day (early exit polls indicated a Kerry landslide) but had prevailed, and plainly wasn’t hurrying off anywhere. “The Architect,” as Bush had just dubbed him, had spent the week collecting praise and had now arrived—vindicated, secure of his place in history—to hold court before the political press corps.

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2007 TBFL

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Guide to Navigation

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The Ultimate Political Sociopath

p m carpenter is one of my favorite bloggers. I've read him since the dark days of 2001. His current contribution has him opining on Rover's exit.

Excerpt:

Nor, to my mind, will [Roves's] greatest legacy be the engineering of the 2000 fraud, or the slicker 2002 fraud, or the all-time slickest of frauds, the 2004 election. Credit for those "accomplishments" lies more with the multitudes' insistence on exposing the risks of an ill-informed democracy through their equal insistence on staying ill informed.

and

Karl Rove had no such qualms, no such hang-ups, no such inhibitions -- no conscience. His cause was winning -- only winning -- and he was willing to do whatever it took. If it meant spreading career- or reputation-ruining innuendo about opponents, he spread it. If it meant violating the law, he violated it. If it meant using God, he used Him. If it meant maliciously splitting the nation into two, he split it.

Yeah, my boy pm can throw down with the best of them. He surely gets it right about KKKarl.

Permalink08/14/07, 03:21:03 pm, by billy b, 132 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Electorate Shifts Towards Democrats

In a new strategy memo, Stan Greenberg looks at four months of polling data and sees "big changes that have an enduring quality" that will shape the 2008 presidential race.

Key takeaways:
The "opinion elite" in the country -- those with a college education and earning more than $75,000 -- support a Democratic presidential candidate by an 11 point margin.
Independents have defected from Republican candidates and now support a Democrat for president by 19 points.
Young voters are breaking to Democrats with landslide margins.
Married women -- a key swing vote -- are breaking marginally for the Democrats this year after swinging strongly for the Republicans in 2004.
Unmarried women -- a key bloc of "base" voters for Democrats -- pick the Democratic candidate by two to one margin.

(Edit to add: Most of this post was blatantly ripped off from Cenk Uygur. I'm still practicing, and nobody's reading yet, anyway.)

Permalink08/14/07, 01:06:04 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 96 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Open Thread

I'm mostly just trying out the "delayed post" thing. I actually posted this at about 11:45, but it should show up at 5:15 tomorrow morning.

Don't miss this post. It'll give you the basics for how to post your own entry.

Or, comment in this one.

Permalink08/14/07, 05:15:00 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 84 views, User Posts Send feedback

This WILL Affect My Personal Life Negatively

Still, I can't decry it.

"U.S. Will Fund Plan to Charge Tolls In New York

Associated Press
Tuesday, August 14, 2007; Page A02

Transportation Secretary Mary Peters is scheduled to announce today that the federal government will fund New York's pilot plan to reduce traffic by charging tolls to drivers entering the busiest part of Manhattan, congressional aides said last night."

Car-pooling and Mass Transit are good for New York City and good for America.

That's what Patriotic People who live on major bus lines do.

Support the good ideas even when they themselves will be the ones out there on the sidewalk picking up the empty Starbucks Cups from the commuters who "park and ride" in our neighborhoods.

"Hey don't you know there's a War for Lies on, buddy?"

God Bless America bushies.

What do you have to say for yourselves?

Permalink08/14/07, 03:00:27 am, by bastard_amber Email , 144 views, Latest Posts 8 feedbacks

When Will It Ever Stop?

It seems every day we lose another one on this sad brown war-wracked planet....

" World's oldest person dies at age 114

By CARL FREIRE, Associated Press Writer 2 minutes ago

TOKYO - Yone Minagawa, who became the world's oldest person earlier this year, has died at a nursing home in southwestern Japan, an official said Tuesday. She was 114.

Minagawa, who raised four sons and a daughter on her own by peddling flowers and vegetables, died of old age Monday, said Toshiro Tachibana, an official at the nursing home in Fukuchi, 520 miles southwest of Tokyo.

"Her appetite had been declining recently and her energy fading," Tachibana said. "The death was not sudden.""

Permalink08/14/07, 01:48:32 am, by bastard_amber Email , 127 views, User Posts Send feedback

What an "Inside-Job Denier" Says on a [kack], 'turd' and its 'blossom'

Believe me, I read these deniers every single day, but Holy Crap.

" 08.13.07 -- 9:17PM // link
Like a Whisper

Is it me or is the most remarkable thing about Karl Rove's resignation that it seems almost like a non-event? I had the feeling as the day wore on that all of us in the news and commentary business were trying to make it a big event. But somehow it just wasn't there.

Rove has been one of the two or three central, polarizing figures of the decade -- an often feared and hated figure among Democrats, at the center of most of the major political scandals of the Bush era, the architect (or so it seemed) of a Republican dominance slated to last a generation. Little more than a year ago you could find a half dozen newly-minted books on the shelves explaining the perpetual motion machine of right-wing dominance he had created. And yet today, when he resigns, I sense that no one really has much to say about it.

Yes, every politics or hard news publication has at least a couple articles marking the moment. But not with much ooomph or much to say.

In part this must be because Rove's departure seems unequal to his billing. It fits no one's expectations. He's certainly not leaving in triumph. And, for the moment, not in handcuffs either.

As I wrote years ago now, Rove's whole model of political advocacy and organization was built on a confidence game. Say improbable things are true often enough, and confidently enough, and the believing of it by enough people will make it so. The pyramid scheme, borrow-against-tomorrow nature of their game now seems exposed for all to see -- whether it's in the agony of Iraq or more prosaically in low state in which he appears to be leaving the Republican party. But judged in purely amoral, functional terms, for three straight elections, it was quite a run. It was only because of that improbable string of successes that many people, deep into the 2006 election cycle, still refused to believe what the polls were manifestly showing them.

I continue to think that there's an unrevealed factor behind Rove departure. But at this point it almost doesn't matter. This feels like a non-event because the story is already played out. The question of Iraq remains bitter and intense. But on the cynicism of Bush-Rove rule, its damage to the country and its destructiveness to the Republican party, across a broad swath of the electorate, it's difficult to find much of an argument. So really what is there left to say?

--Josh Marshall"

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/016550.php

Yeah, Josh, it's just another career move for just another sleazy Joe con-man on the other side of the aisle.

It's a non-event because you don't care to face the abject depths to which America has been taken by "our fellow Americans."

Sorry Josh.

The handcuffs remark was cute, even though it was in a somewhat passive voice.

I'll be a little more shrill:

Investigate these America-Hating Traitors, Prosecute them for every UnAmerican Act, including their declaring that opposition to their Free fickin Speech is tantamount to TREASON, and then, for the good of Our Beloved United States of America, march them in front of the ultimate justice.

For AMERICA.

Then, turn to the rotten bastards who voted for them.

But especially the re-electors of these WMD-Lying Murderous Bastards.

Rove willing, we'll find the records.

And then, De-bushify THESE stinking traitors.

Harsh times of Tyranny demand harsh measures, there, Josh.

I'll keep reading you.

At least you have the balls to criticize them.

bushies are too cowed in their scared little shells to put out a word of criticism against the Tories du Jour.

I dare one bushie to post one criticism here on this thread.

Oh, and "He cares about the troops too much" won't get it either.

Permalink08/14/07, 12:44:57 am, by bastard_amber Email , 201 views, User Posts 9 feedbacks

Karl Rove looks like Ralph Wiggum

Yeah, I know, I'm posting too many YouTubes tonight.

Hey, I have a new toy and I want to play with it.

BTW, does this mean George Bush is really Bart Simpson?

Permalink08/13/07, 11:20:12 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 105 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Edwards' Statement on Rove Resignation

Chapel Hill, North Carolina – John Edwards today released the following statement in reaction to President Bush’s announcement that his senior advisor, Karl Rove, will resign at the end of the month:

"Goodbye, good riddance."

Link

Permalink08/13/07, 10:13:26 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 111 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

FYI, "bloggers" can use the YouTube insert, too.

Permalink08/13/07, 09:21:55 pm, by test Email , 83 views, User Posts Send feedback

YouTube

Cool.

I just installed a plug-in that allows YouTube links.

Permalink08/13/07, 09:07:45 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 86 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Followed "Test's" Instructions then wrote this.

I'm going to be at and away from the computer this evening.

But I'll stop by.

I guess I should log off while I'm away.

I'll try to do better at that in the future.

Nice work so far.

Permalink08/13/07, 07:17:28 pm, by bastard_amber Email , 82 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Navigation, part 1

Alrighty, then. First things first. (BTW, this is Timb using a "test" blogger level account that amber and I can access to verify functionality.) If you're a "blogger" you should see 4 tabs at the top marked "Timbuk3", "Blog", "Contributors", and "Links". If you toggle between the tabs, you'll see this post in "Contributors" and "Timbuk3". That's because anything posted in "Contributors" automatically shows up in "Timbuk3".

Now then...

If you want to start a new post, you need to scroll down and to the right to "Admin". Make sure you're in "Write" and "Contributors", then "Expert" and you'll get a post window, complete with html tag buttons.

That's it, for now. I'll put up more later, but if you want to just try a nonsense post for now go for it. We're not gonna get anything done here for a couple of days, anyway. Just put "delete" in the subject line if you can't delete it yourself (which is something I'll need to know, anyway.) OK, you can't delete as a blogger, but you can edit, as far as I can tell. So just put "delete" in the subject line when you want it removed.

Have fun.

Permalink08/13/07, 05:31:04 pm, by test Email , 180 views, User Posts 12 feedbacks

Yeah, OK, so...

The work week has begun. Putting this thing into any kind of appealing format could take a while, but feel free to register and post. I don't think that I'll have to do anything that will force me to delete anyone's post while I'm rearranging things.

Right now, I have to approve every comment. Hopefully, as I learn more about the software, I'll find a way to turn that off.

But, it's not likely it will happen while I'm at work...

(Edit: 2PM, fixed it. You should be able to comment more easily, now.)

Permalink08/13/07, 07:23:46 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 176 views, Latest Posts 6 feedbacks

Test Post

Testing blogger posting yellow red and green privileges.

Permalink08/12/07, 09:56:53 pm, by test Email , 185 views, User Posts 5 feedbacks

b2evolution

Project home
Permalink2007-08-12, 21:54:56, by Timbuk3 Email , 1421 views, Links Send feedback

Test post

Just checkin' things out.

If anyone signs up, consider this an open thread/test thread.

Permalink08/12/07, 08:42:18 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 274 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks