November 2007
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
 << < Current> >>
        1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30  

Syndicate this blog XML Feeds

What is RSS?

Welcome to the home page of Timbuk3.

Who's Online?

  • Guest Users: 13

Archives for: November 2007

She MUST be a Republican

"I was born to do this!"

LOL

Watch it to the end.

Permalink11/30/07, 08:49:05 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 137 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Libertarian holds Clinton office hostage

Hostages taken at Clinton N.H. office

Seriously. The media's reporting the guy is a libertarian.

They're also just reporting, right now, that he's surrendered.

Which brings me back to, "Why are libertarians all crazy?"

Permalink11/30/07, 06:20:34 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 133 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Here's a Lovely Story...

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Stun Gun Used on Pregnant Woman in Ohio

By JAMES HANNAH
Associated Press Writer

TROTWOOD, Ohio (AP) -- The FBI is investigating whether a policeman violated a pregnant woman's civil rights when he used a stun gun to subdue her, authorities in this Dayton suburb said Thursday.

The woman had gone to the police department Nov. 18 asking police to take custody of her 1-year-old son, but tried to leave with the child after the officer started asking her questions, said Michael Etter, Trotwood public safety director. He added that the woman wore a winter coat and did not tell the officer she was pregnant.

Read more! »

Permalink11/30/07, 09:09:35 am, by billy b, 540 views, User Posts 5 feedbacks

The World Is a Slightly Better Place, Today

Henry Hyde, the former Illinois congressman who led attempts to impeach President Bill Clinton and was a longtime foe of abortion, died on Thursday. He was 83.

The Associated Press has already published an extensive obituary of Hyde, a Republican who retired from Congress at the end of the last session. What the AP doesn't mention is Hyde's authorship of a federal law--still on the books today--making it a felony to distribute information over the Internet that relates to obtaining an abortion.

Hyde's successful amendment to an unrelated telecommunications bill in 1996 extended the Comstock Law to "interactive computer services." The amended language is here:

Whoever...knowingly uses any...interactive computer service...for carriage...any drug, medicine, article, or thing designed, adapted, or intended for producing abortion, or for any indecent or immoral use; or any written or printed card, letter, circular, book, pamphlet, advertisement, or notice of any kind giving information, directly or indirectly, where, how, or of whom, or by what means any of such mentioned articles, matters, or things may be obtained or made...shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both, for the first such offense and shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both, for each such offense thereafter.

Read more! »

Permalink11/30/07, 07:45:33 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 399 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

I'm not sure what the Democrats are up to...

...but if it's making Bush nervous and angry it's got to be a good thing.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush on Thursday called on Congress to approve billions of dollars in additional funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan before lawmakers leave for their Christmas break.

A new "war on Christams"? Ho ho ho, boys, here's your 4th tour of duty in that meatgrinder.

He said the Army will have to shut down bases and start furloughing between 100,000 and 200,000 civilian workers by mid-February if Congress does not clear the funds.

Bullshit.

Bring 'em home, like the British did in Basra, and let the Iraqis start running their own country (so it will be peaceful, like Basra.)

Permalink11/29/07, 11:40:53 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 116 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Peen

Don't know if yer lurkin', but check this out:

Reasons to: Oppose Hillary | Support Edwards | Support Obama

Permalink11/29/07, 11:26:05 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 186 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

Weird

I've got no link, because one doesn't seem to exist. This morning I checked Yahoo news, and one of the headlines was for a video titled something like this: "Two car bombings shock Minnesota suburb."
So, I clicked on that, and none of the Yahoo videos would play. They just kept repeating in audio, "This video is not available. This video is not available."
And I haven't been able to find any news about any car bombings in Minnesota anywhere, and I've checked several times, all day today.
I might almost think I was dreaming, but my search term "two car bombings Minnesota" are still up there in the MSN search window, and I get the same lack of results as I got this morning.
Weird.

Permalink11/29/07, 10:25:28 am, by lewagner Email , 229 views, User Posts 7 feedbacks

Why Science Can't Save the GOP

Summary of key points in the op-ed:

These are the cells that have caused so much excitement in recent years because they are like a biological gift certificate that can be turned into other kinds of cells as needed. These cells have also produced much controversy because they are derived from human embryos.

The issue has been agony for many Republicans, torn between the majority of voters, eager for the benefits of this scientific advance, and the small but intense minority who believe that a clump of a few dozen cells floating in a petri dish has the same human rights as you or I. But any Republicans who think the stem-cell breakthrough gets them off the hook are going to end up very unhappy. This issue will not go away.

Read more! »

Permalink11/29/07, 07:52:32 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 345 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

GOP YouTube Debate

Did any of you watch it?

I had it on, but really couldn't watch too closely without tasting vomit.

What I caught was that none of them were really saying anything. They'd just play the batshit insane questions from the completely unhinged GOP base, the candidates would tapdance around the questions, whenever they'd hit a "support the troops" or "I believe the world is flat" note the demented audience would cheer wildly, then they'd go back to tapdancing.

The question that stood out the most, for me, was some psycho from Texas (yeah, I know, I'm not picking on you Texans, it's just where he was from) who held up a Bible and asked, several times, "Do you believe every word in this book?"

I mean, the guy was creepy! If he was my neighbor I'd sleep with a Glock under my pillow.

Other than that, I can't believe even someone as mentally challenged as a GOP supporter wouldn't see through Romney's "I'll say anything to get elected" faux "stance on the issues", Rudy's probably toast over hiding the charges for his protection while on trips to fuck his mistress, and the rest of them are fringe loons even from the GOP perspective, so I don't know who's gonna win but right now my money's on the Huckster.

Read more! »

Permalink11/28/07, 11:16:24 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 415 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Little Neil Bush Making a Fortune W/ No Child Left Behind

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/1022-02.htm

Yeah, it seems like it's not what you know it's *who* you know

Permalink11/28/07, 06:24:47 pm, by dajavoodooo Email , 178 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks

Suicide culture

From a very sad article commenting on the fact that 120 US vets kill themselves every week. Written by the wife of a Vietnam vet who committed suicide after returning home.

There is something so smugly superior in the way we talk about suicide bombers and the cultures that produce them. But here is an unsettling thought. In 2005, 6,256 American veterans took their own lives. That same year, there were about 130 documented deaths of suicide bombers in Iraq.* Do the math. That's a ratio of 50-to-1. So who is it that is most effectively creating a culture of suicide and martyrdom? If George Bush is right, that it is despair, neglect and poverty that drive people to such acts, then isn't it worth pointing out that we are doing a far better job?

How many times have I heard gung-ho warriors (and chickenhawks) say, "They've got no value for human life in those countries. Life is cheap there."

Permalink11/28/07, 09:55:59 am, by lewagner Email , 295 views, User Posts 6 feedbacks

A Foolish Victory?

(Link via atrios to Think Progress.)

Media: Pelosi’s Syria Diplomacy = ‘Foolish’; Bush’s Syria Diplomacy = ‘Victory’

When Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi traveled to Syria to visit President Bashar al-Assad last spring, the right wing immediately excoriated her diplomatic efforts.

President Bush said the trip “sends mixed signals” to the Assad government, and Dana Perino called the trip “a really bad idea.” Vice President Dick Cheney said Assad’s “bad behavior’s being rewarded.” Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) viciously accused Democrats of being “so drunk with grandiose visions of deposing Bush that they break bread with terrorists and enemies of the United States.”

The media picked up the conservative talking points and ran with them:

snip

Now that the Bush administration has come to its senses and invited Syria to become part of the solution in the Middle East, the media has missed the administration’s reversal, instead praising Bush’s “victory” in securing Syria’s attendance.

snip

With the exception of a right-wing editorial in the Wall Street Journal attacking the Bush administration, not a single media outlet appears to have noticed that only six months ago, they — and the White House — were imprudently ripping the Speaker for reaching out to Syria.

Permalink11/28/07, 09:29:18 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 156 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Un-freaking-believable!

Karl Rove claims congress "pushed Bush into war".

You are not going to believe this, well, actually you will... According to Karl Rove (on Charlie Rose), the Bush Administration did not want Congress to vote on the Iraq War resolution in the fall of 2002, because they thought it should not be done within the context of an election. Rove, you see, did not think the war vote should be "political".

Moreover, according to Rove, that "premature vote" led to many of the problems that cropped up in the Iraq War. Had Congress not pushed, he says, Bush could have spent more time assembling a coalition, and provided more time to the inspectors.

If you are like me, you have stopped reading/listening, and are rushing to get your anti-emetic.

Ahem...

Friday, October 11, 2002 WASHINGTON (CNN) -- In a major victory for the White House, the Senate early Friday voted 77-23 to authorize President Bush to attack Iraq if Saddam Hussein refuses to give up weapons of mass destruction as required by U.N. resolutions.

Hours earlier, the House approved an identical resolution, 296-133.

The president praised the congressional action, declaring "America speaks with one voice."

September 12, 2002 Why did the Administration wait until September to make its case against Iraq? White House chief of staff Andrew Card told The New York Times last week, "From a marketing point of view, you don't introduce new products in August."

Permalink11/27/07, 11:40:02 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 209 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

Alvy

Please don't read this post as a "personal attack" or me "calling you out". It's not. I just knew the post would be too long as a comment in this thread, so I made it a new "blog entry".

I've finally figured out what you really mean by "neo-liberal economics". You may try to deny it, but I'm confident I can prove it's so every time you post that phrase from now on.

When you say "neo-liberal economics" you mean "American-style capitalism".

Read more! »

Permalink11/27/07, 09:13:34 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 548 views, Latest Posts 4 feedbacks

Iran's Nuclear Weapons Program

Iran has begun fashioning fuel for a reactor -- but not for the power-production reactor being built by Russia.

Rather, they are fashioning fuel for the plutonium-production reactor they are building at Arak.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/....

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/....

Permalink11/27/07, 09:19:52 am, by oralloy Email , 243 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Study Warns of Decline In Value of Homes

Talk to anyone in America and they'll tell you that "home prices always rise." Sure, there are times when they don't rise as fast, but what's happening now seems unprecedented.

WASHINGTON -- The property value of U.S. homes will fall by $1.2 trillion, and "at least" 1.4 million homeowners will lose their properties to foreclosure in 2008, according to a study released Tuesday by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Council for the New American City.

The study, prepared by forecasting firm Global Insight Inc., predicts a widespread and deep economic impact from ongoing housing market problems, which many expect to stretch through next year.

Read more! »

Permalink11/27/07, 07:35:23 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 423 views, Latest Posts 14 feedbacks

Daily, It's Amazing of the Newest Scandolous News

It just seems every day, there is a new treterous news byte that comes out of DC. It's just like taking a "One a Day" vitamin --- only there is something sinister in all of these daily tidbits of "news".

As I posted a long time ago, boy george with his WWIII with Iran, the crashing dollar, etc and now trent lott. It sort of starts to wear one down after a while.

I have to believe it has something to do with the upcoming elections. Andthose "debates, did you hear of the girl who wanted to ask the Hill about global warming but was told by CNN to ask about pearls or diamonds? And that Russert was asking questions that were false -- they were a type of lying question , not truthful to the facts or reality to Hill, making the whole process a mockery.

It's just that there is so much going on "under theradar" as they say, the American People who try to pat attention don't stand a chance in understanding what the fuck is really going on. And me, I'm just a novice at all of this -- catching a bit here and there -- but if I had to pull one out of my hat, the president will get the trains to run on time -- but since we don't have that many trains, it should be a cake walk and the people will be throwing flowers at his feet when he walks around looking important ---- but he's a busy man --- to busy in fact to lay a wreath at thee Tomb of the Unknowns -- a presidential task for years before, but this year left to chenney. Maybe that's why he had an irregular heartbeat --- him, laying wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknowns --- for in a way, he is one of them.

Permalink11/26/07, 09:12:57 pm, by dajavoodooo Email , 172 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks

Open Letter To 'Dr.' Laura

(This is from the same site as the last one.)

Laura Schlessinger is a US radio personality who dispenses sex advice to people who call in to her radio show. Recently, she said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22 and cannot be condoned in any circumstance. The following is an open letter to 'Dr.' Laura penned by a US resident, which was posted on the Internet:

Dear Dr. Laura:

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your radio show, and I try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate.

I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the specific Bible laws and how to follow them.

a) When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord (Lev. 1:9). The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

Read more! »

Permalink11/26/07, 08:48:49 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 343 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

A Letter From A New Yorker

I am writing this letter to the people in the red states in the middle of the country — the people who voted for George W. Bush. I am writing this letter because I don't think we know each other. So I'll make an introduction. I am a New Yorker who voted for John Kerry. I used to live in California, and if I still lived there, I would vote for Kerry. I used to live in Washington, DC, and if I still lived there, I would vote for Kerry. Kerry won in all three of those regions.

Maybe you want to know more about me. Or maybe not; maybe you think you know me already. You think I am some anti-American anarchist because I dislike George W. Bush. You think that I am immoral and anti-family, because I support women's reproductive freedom and gay rights. You think that I am dangerous, and even evil, because I do not abide by your religious beliefs. Maybe you are content to think that, to write me off as a “liberal” — the dreaded “L” word — and rejoice that your candidate has triumphed over evil, immoral, anti-American, anti-family people like me.

Read more! »

Permalink11/26/07, 08:26:45 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 433 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Cheney has a heart?

Who would have guessed?

Cheney Has Irregular Heartbeat

By TERENCE HUNT – 35 minutes ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Dick Cheney, who has a history of heart problems, experienced an irregular heartbeat Monday and was taken to George Washington University Hospital for evaluation.

The condition was detected when Cheney was seen by doctors around 7 a.m. at the White House for a lingering cough from a cold. He remained at work throughout the day, joining President Bush in meetings with Mideast leaders. "During examination he was incidentally found to have an irregular heartbeat, which on further testing was determined to be atrial fibrillation, an abnormal rhythm involving the upper chambers of the heart," said spokeswoman Megan Mitchell. She said Cheney went to the hospital around 5 p.m. She said that if necessary, he would be receive cardioversion, a procedure that involves the delivery of an electric impulse to the heart.

About 2.8 million Americans have atrial fibrillation, the most common type of irregular heartbeat, and cases are increasing as the population ages.

Permalink11/26/07, 05:54:53 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 174 views, Latest Posts 4 feedbacks

Trent Lott Will Have a Lot to Say

By JACK ELLIOTT, Associated Press Writer
22 minutes ago

JACKSON, Miss. - Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi, the Senate's No. 2 Republican, plans to resign his seat by the end of the year, congressional and Bush administration officials said Monday.

Lott, 66, scheduled two news conferences in Pascagoula and Jackson later in the day to reveal his plans. According to the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of the announcement, Lott intends to resign effective at the end of the year.

No reason for Lott's resignation was given, but according to a congressional official, there is nothing amiss with Lott's health. The senator has "other opportunities" he plans to pursue, the official said, without elaborating. Lott was re-elected to a fourth Senate term in 2006.

--------

He's probably headed for a fine "job" on K Street or with some Mega Military Corp.

Permalink11/26/07, 10:15:47 am, by dajavoodooo Email , 196 views, User Posts 5 feedbacks

Trent Lott to resign

I have CNN on, this morning. It was just reported that another rat, Trent Lott, is fleeing the sinking ship.

From the main CNN page: "Breaking News: Republican Senator Trent Lott of Mississippi intends to resign by the end of the year, sources tell CNN."

Good riddance to bad rubbish, but how much will this cost the voters of TN? I'm assuming the state has a GOP governor who will appoint another heinous GOP senator, at this point, but haven't checked on that.

Is it possible that the GOP is trying to move away from the extremism of the Bush years?

Permalink11/26/07, 07:56:02 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 175 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Peace talks?

Two ways of looking at the uupcoming Annapolis "peace" talks.

From CNN:

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A top Palestinian official has hailed the fact that representatives of Arab countries will attend Tuesday's summit in Annapolis, Maryland. "After seven years of total stalemate, President Bush with [Secretary of State Condoleezza] Rice are providing an opportunity for us and the Israelis to resume the negotiations," Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said.

"The different thing today from any other conferences throughout our conflict -- you have the Arab world coming." Erakat told CNN's "Late Edition" Sunday that the inclusion of the wider international community will correct the mistakes of the last Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in the United States.

Well, that's one way to look at it. Then there's this, from Reuters:

Read more! »

Permalink11/26/07, 07:51:44 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 390 views, Latest Posts 4 feedbacks

Some Thoughts on Empire and Neo-liberalism

From Salon

By Andrew O'Hehir

Nov. 19, 2007 | Like virtually all works of historical writing, Amy Chua's "Day of Empire" has more to do with the present than the past, and more to do with the writer's own society than with its purported objects of study, which range from the Persian Empire to the Tang Dynasty of imperial China and the 17th century Dutch Republic.

Chua is a professor at Yale Law School whose 2002 bestseller, "World on Fire," offered compelling evidence of the devastation inflicted on the developing world in the name of economic globalization. In particular, Chua effectively demolished the myth that so-called free markets breed democracy and progressive social change. "Day of Empire" derives from a similar impulse to resist widespread and potentially dominant dogmas of the day -- in this case, not the dogmas of neoliberal economists but those of neoconservative foreign-policy wizards and their allies.

Read more! »

Permalink11/26/07, 01:53:23 am, by dajavoodooo Email , 495 views, User Posts 1 feedback

The Church of Stop Shopping

Not Buying It: the Church of Stop Shopping
Meet Reverend Billy, the Man Who Wants America to Stop Spending

Americans are expected to spend nearly half a trillion dollars this holiday season, doing their part to boost the economy by splurging on presents for loved ones and themselves.

But as some shoppers drive themselves into debt, maxing out their credit cards and wiping out already slim savings, one man says it's time to stop.

Actor and activist Bill Talen, also known as Reverend Billy, heads the self-styled Church of Stop Shopping, which replaces more traditional beliefs with the gospel that consumerism is destroying the American spirit.

Read more! »

Permalink11/25/07, 11:10:48 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 346 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Bush mass for shut ins for 11-25-07

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 Misinformation.

MISINFORMATION CELEBRATION

Misinformation is wonderful and good thing that Lord God Bush uses to save freedom and liberty. If the evildoers believe the misinformation then they wont be prepared when the holy crusaders of America come to get them. We must all do our patriotic duty and believe the misinformation so America wont be defeated.

SING PRAISE TO LORD GOD BUSH

Welcome to the Camp,
I guess you all know why we're here.
My name is Georgie
and I became your God this year

You have got to follow me,
you've got to play ball.
And put in your earplugs
put on your eyeshades
you know where to put the cork

Hey you getting drunk, so sorry!
I've got you sussed.
Hey you smoking Mother Nature!
This is a bust!
Hey hung up old Mr. Normal,
Don't try to gain my trust!
'Cause you ain't gonna follow me any of those ways
Although you think you must

We're just gonna take it
We're just gonna take it
We're just gonna take it
We're just gonna take it

We're just gonna take it
Always did and always will
We're not gonna take it
Not gonna break it, not gonna shake it,
let's not forget it better still

Now you can't hear me,
your ears are truly sealed.
You can't speak either,
your mouth is filled.
You can't see nothing,
and playing ball completes the scene.
Here comes Uncle Dickie to guide you to
Your very own machine.

We're just gonna take it
We're just gonna take it
We're just gonna take it
We're just gonna take it

We're just gonna take it
Always did and always will
We love the new religion
And as far as we can tell
We just gonna take you
Always did and always will
We're just gonna take you
We forsake us
Gonna rape us
Let's follow you better still.

See me.
Feel me.
Touch me.
Heal me.

Listening to you,
I get the music.
Gazing at you,
I get the heat.
Following you,
I climb the mountains.
I get excitement at your feet.

Right behind you,
I see the millions.
On you,
I see the glory.
From you,
I get opinions.
From you,
I get the story.

Listening to you,
I get the music.
Gazing at you,
I get the heat.
Following you,
I climb the mountains.
I get excitement at your feet.

Right behind you,
I see the millions.
On you,
I see the glory.
From you,
I get opinions.
From you,
I get the story.

Listening to you,
I get the music.
Gazing at you,
I get the heat.
Following you,
I climb the mountains.
I get excitement at your feet.

Right behind you,
I see the millions.
On you,
I see the glory.
From you,
I get opinions.
From you,
I get the story.

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CHENEY

And Lord God Bush looked down upon the people and spoke `The fallen angel McClellen must not be believed, if he is our freedom and liberty will be in peril.`

What is it that the Profit Cheney is trying to teach us? It is that we must not believe fallen angels so our freedoms and liberties will be safe. 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. Now for your listening enjoyment, once again we have the wonderful Bushmas Carolers here to sing you a Bushmas carol. Enjoy.

MERRY BUSHMAS

You better watch out
You better not cry
Better not pout
I'm telling you why
The NSA is coming to town

They're making a list,
And checking it twice;
Gonna determine Who's naughty and nice.
The NSA is coming to town

They see you when you're sleeping
They watch when you're awake
They make reports if you've been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake!

O! You better watch out!
You better not cry.
Better not pout, I'm telling you why.
The NSA is coming to town

Permalink11/25/07, 08:54:51 am, by first_church_of_bush Email , 154 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

I hate orange

In the news today - stories about the march against the government here.

The police claimed that there were 50,000, the AVT (the organizers) claim 500,000. I saw the thing - I think that the police (run by the opposition party in Madrid) were very generous in their count.

The AVT was formed by groups supporting Aznar's old party (PP). It pops up every once in awhile, almost invariably when the Socialists appear "soft on terra". They also claim to represent the vast majority of terrist victims, which is patently untrue.

The AVT's biggest shibboleth is to complain about the socialists "negotiating" with ETA. Yet the PP, which also complains about said negotiations, negotiated with ETA too.

The manipulation is sickening - and very reminiscent of the "orange" "revolutions" that take place wherever the "wrong people" are elected. What is ironic is that wherever an "orange revolution" reverses a popularly elected government (Ukraine, Lebanon, Venezuela, etc.), they end up far more unpopular than the purportedly unpopular regimes they were designed to overthrow. And worst of all, they leave a degree of political instability that might take years to stabilize - due to the increasing polarization they foment.

The AVT is unlikely to do too much against the Socialists here. I don't think that there will be an "orange revolution" here, although this sort of manipulation certainly causes political erosion.

Ultimately this tactic will likely turn out to be self-defeating. Unfortunately in the process of its defeat it hammers yet another nail into the coffin of democracy.

Permalink25.11.07, 07:37:57, by iconoclast_555 Email , 195 views, User Posts 1 feedback

Another late night interlude

I know I haven't been around much lately, but I've been reading what you guys write. I've been busy as hell, lately. I'm setting up (believe it or not) another web page as an online business, and there's a LOT to do.

See, I fucking HATE my job any more. Something tells me I'm not alone.

One thing, though. While I'm doing this kind of work I can listen to music. So, here ya go. The last song I listened to, tonight:

(Lyrics below the fold.)

Read more! »

Permalink11/25/07, 01:31:55 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 435 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Another Iraq casualty

Blair's gone. Aznar's history. Yesterday John Howard, one of Bush's last remaining international political leader allies on Iraq policy, had his ass handed to him.

SYDNEY, Australia—Conservative Prime Minister John Howard suffered a humiliating defeat Saturday at the hands of the left-leaning opposition, whose leader has promised to immediately sign the Kyoto Protocol on global warming and withdraw Australia's combat troops from Iraq.

Labor Party head Kevin Rudd's pledges on global warming and Iraq move Australia sharply away from policies that had made Howard one of President Bush's staunchest allies.

No matter who the GOP chooses for their candidate, we need to make sure they will be seen as just like Bush. Because, fundamentally, they will be "Reaganesque".

Permalink11/24/07, 10:57:41 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 171 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

Here's Some Real Dirt on the Huckster

From the Arkansas Times

By Max Brantley

Nov. 13, 2007 | LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Pony Express has reached us here in the Arkansas backwoods with the latest journals from the big cities. So the country correspondents have taken a break from hand-setting lines of type to read the Beltway boys and girls rave about our former governor, Mike Huckabee.

"Easy to like," wrote Newsweek's Jonathan Alter. "Who Doesn't Heart Huckabee?" said the headline over Gail Collins' column in the New York Times. And those are restrained commentators. If you Google the names Ronald Reagan and Mike Huckabee in tandem, I understand you get better than 600,000 hits.

Read more! »

Permalink11/23/07, 01:42:49 pm, by billy b, 1385 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

The Dollar Crunch and OPEC

Dollar Crash: The Real Challenge For OPEC

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach

URL of this article: www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=7407

Global Research, November 22, 2007

At its recent summit in Riyadh, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries faced an unprecedented crisis: the price of oil was edging up towards the $100 per barrel mark, as the dollar itself was continuing its inexorable slide on all financial markets.

Although the Saudi hosts were eager to keep the dollar's agony out of the debate, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez forced it onto the agenda, triumphantly announcing that the dollar decline signalled the end of the American empire. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad quipped that the oil producers were delivering their vital goods, and in return, were getting only "a worthless piece of paper." The idea emerged, that OPEC should study the matter, perhaps seeking an alternative currency or currencies, in which to trade oil.

The word "dollar" was not referenced in the final document, mainly because of (justified) fears voiced by the Saudi hosts, that any such mention might precipitate a further crash of the greenback. B ut the summit did decide to set up a committee, of their oil and finance ministers, to study the matter and come up with recommendations before their next meeting, scheduled for December 5.

Chavez and Ahmadinejad were those pressing most energetically for open debate on the fate of the dollar. "Don't you see how the dollar has been in a free-fall without a parachute?" Chavez asked. In his address to the conference, the Iranian president stated, "Due to the devaluation of the U.S. dollar, oil transactions should be conducted through a combination of other major hard currencies, and oil bourses should be requested to replace the U.S. dollar with other currencies," as reported by Mehr News Agency. He also voiced agreement with an idea Chavez had floated, of setting up an "OPEC bank" which would protect the hard currencies of the oil producing states.

Ahmadinejad told reporters following the summit that the leaders were "unhappy with the fall in the value [of the dollar]," adding that "even the American people have lost out." He reported that "All participating leaders showed an interest in changing their hard currency reserves to a credible hard currency," and that "some" favored an alternative to the dollar. These "some" emphatically did not include Saudi Arabia, which issued a statement later, that the Kingdom had absolutely no intention of abandoning the dollar.

Permalink11/23/07, 12:57:40 pm, by dajavoodooo Email , 221 views, User Posts 1 feedback

Admiral is Perplexed

Well, I guess the Admiral can't put 2 and 2 together.

From an article today:

HONOLULU - The top U.S. military commander in the Pacific said he's "perplexed and concerned" by China's last-minute decision to deny a U.S. aircraft carrier entry to Hong Kong for a previously scheduled port visit.
.......................
Two U.S. minesweepers seeking to refuel and shelter from bad weather in the South China Sea had asked for permission to enter Hong Kong three or four days before the Kitty Hawk. Those ships were denied, Keating said.
The developments come as the U.S. military has been trying to bolster ties with the Chinese military to prevent misunderstandings and the potential for miscalculation.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates visited Beijing earlier this month and high-level commanders have traveled back and forth between the two Pacific powers.
Chinese warships visited U.S. naval bases in Pearl Harbor and San Diego last year, and the two navies have since held basic search-and-rescue exercises together.
Asked if the refusal to let the Kitty Hawk into Hong Kong would hurt the U.S.-China military relationship, Keating said: "We'll keep working it of course, but it is difficult for me to characterize this in a positive light."
The admiral said he would to talk to officials at the State Department and the Pentagon to determine how to respond.
Keating, who heads the U.S. Pacific Command from its Hawaii headquarters, said he was unaware of any reason for China's decision. "It's my understanding the Chinese just said 'no,'" he said.
China has in the past barred U.S. Navy ships from Hong Kong when bilateral relations have been strained.
In recent weeks, the two sides have had disagreements over trade, Iran's nuclear program and Congress's awarding a medal to the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader whom China's Communist government considers an enemy.
.....................

The above article doesn't even MENTION the spat below, from an article I saw on buzzflash, and posted less than two weeks ago. Maybe the Admiral hadn't heard about it? He should start reading timbuk3, and catch the news as it flies.

Read more! »

Permalink11/23/07, 01:44:30 am, by lewagner Email , 685 views, User Posts 18 feedbacks

Fox "News" Porn

Not work safe.

Can you believe it?

Yes, you can. ;->

http://bravenewfilms.org/blog/18865-fox-news-porn

Permalink11/22/07, 08:13:44 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 216 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Da Hamma wants to "Bitch Slap" Paul Krugman

The Bugman as badass? What a clone. I'd whip the shit out of the boy and then whip him for shitting.


DeLay Knocks GOP: ‘The leadership just isn’t getting it’

November 20, 2:34 PM

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay may not be in a leadership position on Capitol Hill anymore, but that doesn't mean he can't weigh in on the current GOP leadership.

DeLay told Yeas & Nays that Republicans in Congress are "looking for something to believe in" and "they're not getting it out of this Republican leadership. … The leadership just isn't getting it."

"They're looking for some backbone," said DeLay, who also chimed in on the 2008 election. He said the Republican party is "going to get our clocks cleaned in 2008" and unequivocally said that "Hillary [Clinton] will be the next president." Which ought to give DeLay’s newest projects, the Coalition for a Conservative Majority and a consulting firm called First Principles, LLC, plenty to do.

Read more! »

Permalink11/22/07, 10:53:02 am, by billy b, 464 views, User Posts 1 feedback

Expediting an (internal) investigation

SALT LAKE CITY - Authorities are speeding up their investigation of a state trooper who zapped a motorist with a Taser now that video of the traffic stop has been posted on YouTube, the Utah Highway Patrol said Wednesday.

The video, taken from Trooper John Gardner's patrol car, shows him drawing his Taser after Jared Massey refused to sign a speeding ticket Sept. 14 and walked away from the officer on U.S. 40 in eastern Utah.

A surprised Massey asks, "What the heck is wrong with you?"

Gardner fires, and Massey shrieks and falls.

"Face down! Face down! Put your hands behind your back!" Gardner orders.

A woman screaming hysterically emerges from the passenger side of the sport-utility vehicle Massey was driving, and the trooper tells her to get back inside "or you're going to jail, too."

"I can't speculate on what was happening in the trooper's mind," said Trooper Cameron Roden, a patrol spokesman. "We have an internal investigation going on. ... With it coming out on YouTube, we have expedited the investigation."

The 10-minute video landed on YouTube after it was released to Massey under a public records request.

"We definitely have received a lot of feedback on it, calls and e-mail," Roden said.

Signing a speeding ticket is not an admission of guilt, Roden said. He described it as a promise that a motorist "will take care of the citation."

Under patrol policy, troopers can use a Taser if someone is a threat to themselves or others and other means of control are unreasonable, Roden said. Massey has filed a complaint, Roden said. He didn't know the status of the speeding ticket.

How long does it take to investigate something like this? September 14 is over 2 months ago, and now they're "expediting" the investigation?
It'll still be an internal investigation, of course, and whatever the cops decide, WILL BE THE decision.
The police have been able to get by with such stonewalling for years, now -- why SHOULDN'T the executive branch be able to get by with the same sh*t?

Permalink11/22/07, 12:57:57 am, by lewagner Email , 270 views, User Posts 10 feedbacks

Been outta town..

And it's been kinda slow around here I see.

Happy gobble day folks!

Permalink21.11.07, 13:04:38, by iconoclast_555 Email , 187 views, User Posts 6 feedbacks

The Treasonous Bush WH

I can't believe most of you haven't seen this, yet, but maybe you want to talk about it.

McClellan blames Bush for CIA leak deceit
Former spokesman says both president and vice president involved

Puts Bush's pardon of Libby for lying to cover up the crime in a whole new perspective.

Is Fitz watching?

Permalink11/21/07, 09:16:34 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 156 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Corporate Conflict at Vet Admin

bush boy nominated Lt Gen James Peake to head the Vet Administration after being involved with a medical corporation that was making millions in contracts.
This, below is from today's Salon and gives a breif look at what's at stake. It's that Old Privatize the Government gig.

-------------- ----------------
But Bush plucked Peake directly from a private company that has raked in hundreds of millions of dollars from contracts with the VA -- and Peake himself helped develop proposals for the company to contract with the VA. That has raised questions about conflict of interest, potentially pitting veterans' care against corporate profits. Moreover, if he is confirmed, Peake will be the second head of the VA under the Bush administration to come from that same private contractor, QTC Management Inc.

Observers say QTC Management has performed high-quality work, and its former president, who also headed the VA under Bush, withstood past scrutiny by congressional investigators. But ever since Dick Cheney left Halliburton to become vice president, Bush administration critics have sounded the alarm about war profiteering seeping into the heart of the U.S. government. The changing leadership at the VA represents a little-known turn of the revolving door between contractors and the Bush administration. Veterans' advocates also worry that Peake's nomination suggests the White House may be interested in privatizing veterans' healthcare to an unhealthy degree.

The Veterans Affairs Department runs more than a thousand hospitals and outpatient clinics to care for veterans, including the influx of hundreds of thousands of veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and are now out of the military and want to see a VA doctor.

Those veterans also seek disability checks as remuneration for their service-related ills. Every year the VA hands out over $40 billion in checks to veterans as compensation for everything from missing limbs to post-traumatic stress disorder.

When a veteran first applies for that compensation, a doctor conducts a physical to help determine how much money he or she deserves. Historically, VA doctors do most of those examinations. But increasingly they are being performed by QTC Management, the for-profit contractor that employed Peake as its chief operating officer from 2006 until now.

The company has a virtual lock on the expanding business of performing the physicals on veterans, which help determine how much they should get in disability checks from the VA. The company first started conducting the examinations in the late 1990s, part of a smaller effort to help the department alleviate a backlog of veterans awaiting benefits. This year the VA will farm out 100,000 to 150,000 of these examinations to QTC Management, according to the company's chairman. A 2005 report from the VA's inspector general says the company charges around $590 for each exam, making the contracts worth at least $88 million this year alone.

Permalink11/20/07, 04:28:03 pm, by dajavoodooo Email , 216 views, User Posts 1 feedback

A Drugged Out America

Prozac anyone?
Eli Lilly and Co.,'s Prozac hit the U.S. market in 1988. It was the first of a new class of drugs that were touted as safer than older antidepressants. Primary care doctors began prescribing the pills, and use quickly soared. The Food and Drug Administration has recently ordered the makers of all antidepressants to update their labels, warning of an increased risk of suicide in children and young adults taking the drugs. Still, doctors wrote 227 million prescriptions for antidepressants in 2006, making them the most popular U.S. medicine.

------------- -------------
If there's any concern as to why our "democracy" is falling apart, look at the opium of the masses ---- rush limbones and ilk, and prozac that for the most part, sensitive leftys take because coping with the World today is just too fucking complex.

227 MILLION Rx's written in the course of one year. That's a lot of depression, (perhaps a false diagnosis as ADD for children taking Ritilin). So, if there's any concern as to why we're in the state we're in, remember, "one pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small and the ones that (government) gives you don't do anything at all".

We are bound to collapse from within.

Permalink11/20/07, 01:48:02 pm, by dajavoodooo Email , 191 views, User Posts 1 feedback

Top 10 Reasons Lou Dobbs Should Run for Prez

(Don't misunderstand why I'm posting this. I think some of it's funny, but I found it because I was thinking that I haven't seen any posts lately about just how bad the DLC is for us and decided to visit their site to see what kind of "triangulating" propoganda they're spouting these days. I was also checking, and didn't finish, whether or not that horrible turncoat DiFi is DLC. Lieberbush was DLC. Tom Carper, one of my Senators, is DLC and he really sucks. I'm almost as opposed to the DLC as I am to the GOP. Still, I thought many of these were funny, although #10 will piss a lot of people off and reinforce just how bad the DLC is.)

Upon reading that Lou Dobbs was considering throwing his hat into the ring, the folks at the DLC took a moment to settle on the “Top 10 Reasons that Lou Dobbs Should Run for President.” Here they are:

10. Because Dennis Kucinich will only protect us from space aliens.

9. When Tom Tancredo drops out, he’ll still have someone to vote for.

Read more! »

Permalink11/20/07, 08:05:54 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 272 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

'08 Debate Sites Set

Nashville and St. Louis beat out New Orleans as debate sites for the 2008 general election.

http://blog.washingtonpost.com...

Oooom, why not New Orleans?

Katrina won't be there.

Permalink11/19/07, 09:46:54 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 138 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Dear Laura

Ummm...

I'm thinking you might not want to play this one at work.

Permalink11/19/07, 09:39:34 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 173 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Glad I got out of the school-bus driving business

MORRISVILLE, N.C. - The Bush administration on Monday proposed a new rule to improve the safety of school bus seats and expand the use of shoulder belts, but stopped short of ordering that all new buses include seat belts.

Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters rode a packed school bus to Morrisville Elementary School — among the first schools in the country to equip some of its new buses with shoulder straps — then announced a proposed rule that would:

Increase the height of seat backs on all school buses from 20 inches to 24 inches to help protect older children and adults from being thrown over the seats during accidents.
Require all new short school buses — the style more prone to rollover accidents than longer buses — to begin using shoulder straps.
For longer buses, provide federal standards for school districts that make the decision to add shoulder straps and/or lap belts. Districts would also be allowed to use federal highway safety funds to cover the additional cost of equipping buses with those devices.

Can you imagine a 90 passenger load of kindergarten kids who can't put their shoulder belts on by themselves? Or a load of 90 high school kids, three to a seat, and required to wear lap/shoulder belts, when the seats are only wide enough for 2 1/2 people?
And with those 24-inch seat backs -- watch the teen pregnancy rate sky-rocket. The driver can't possibly see what's going on in the seats, and neither can the video camera. Well, maybe in the new America, they've already got gender separation in the school buses. The boys can poke each other in the noses. (Though I guess that's a felony, now.)
The school I worked for had one of those high-seat-back buses in the '80's, and I had to drive it for a few months. ANYTHING that goes on in a school bus is the drivers' fault, of course, even if he can't possibly see what's going on. The school hired a new driver whose seniority was lower than mine, and I passed that bus off onto him.

Permalink11/19/07, 06:38:36 pm, by lewagner Email , 189 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

How's Your 401(k) Doing?

If you can still afford a 401(k), that is.

Wall Street Plans $38 Billion of Bonuses as Shareholders Lose

Nov. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Shareholders in the securities industry are having their worst year since 2002, losing $74 billion of their equity. That won't prevent Wall Street from paying record bonuses, totaling almost $38 billion.

That money, split among about 186,000 workers at Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch & Co., Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and Bear Stearns Cos., equates to an average of $201,500 per person, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The five biggest U.S. securities firms paid $36 billion to employees last year.

The bigger bonus pool derives from a record $9 billion of fees for arranging acquisitions and $5 billion for underwriting initial public offerings and sales of junk bonds, the most lucrative securities, Bloomberg data show. Bankers' record fees help explain why 2007 will prove to be the industry's second- most profitable after the subprime mortgage market collapse led to losses at Merrill and Bear Stearns. The last time bonuses declined was 2002 when the Standard & Poor's 500 Index fell 23 percent, and Enron Corp. and WorldCom Inc. went bankrupt.

A $201,500 bonus???

I'm definitely in the wrong line of work. Ripping people off on housing is MUCH more profitable in America than trying to help people not get sick.

Permalink11/19/07, 12:59:51 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 193 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Boy Georgeand his WWIII Warnings in Germany

Seems like the US is going around the world indicating it is prepared to, if not start, engage in the next World War. We'll get those terrorists god damn it if we gotta kill every last person living in the Middle East.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=7323

Permalink11/19/07, 05:49:18 am, by dajavoodooo Email , 133 views, User Posts Send feedback

A try at posting a link

This is a piec from that global research on the recent "missing nuke weapons that were flying around the united states.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=7158

doubt it'll work but worth a shot

Permalink11/18/07, 09:22:01 pm, by dajavoodooo Email , 221 views, User Posts 5 feedbacks

Global Research.ca A Site Worth a Look

Just heard about this from a radio show and took a quick look. It seem like a raw, real new site that covers the globe, thus its name

globalresearch.ca

Permalink11/18/07, 08:50:51 pm, by dajavoodooo Email , 81 views, User Posts Send feedback

Bush mass for shut ins for 11-18-07

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 Open Air Space.

OPEN AIR SPACE CELEBRATION

Lord God Bush has decreed that parts of the heavens that were not accessable by the general public before will be now so his subjects can see their families during the Bushmas season. We should be ever so grateful to George the Provider.

SING PRAISE TO LORD GOD BUSH

All my bags are packed, Im ready to go
Im standing here outside your door
I hate to wake you up to say goodbye
But the dawn is breakin, its early morn
The taxis waiting, hes blowin his horn
Already Im so lonesome I could cry.

So kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that youll wait for me
Hold me like youll never let me go.
Im leavin on a jet plane
I dont know when Ill be back again
Oh, babe, I hate to go.

Theres so many times Ive let you down
So many times Ive played around
I tell you now, they dont mean a thing
Every place I go, I think of you
Every song I sing, I sing for you
When I come back, Ill wear your wedding ring.

So kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that youll wait for me
Hold me like youll never let me go.
Im leavin on a jet plane
I dont know when Ill be back again
Oh, babe, I hate to go.

Now the time has come to leave you
One more time let me kiss you
Then close your eyes, Ill be on my way.
Dream about the days to come
When I wont have to leave alone
About the times, I wont have to say,

So kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that youll wait for me
Hold me like youll never let me go.
Im leavin on a jet plane
I dont know when Ill be back again
Oh, babe, I hate to go.

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CHENEY

Lord God Bush looked down upon the people and spoke. `I shall open up new parts of heaven so my subjects will be able to go to their Bushmas gatherings. I will dispatch more angels to safely guide the airplanes`

What is it that the Profit Cheney is trying to teach us? It is that Lord God Bush is good to his subjects and grants them good things. 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. And now a Bushmas carol sung by the wonderful Bushmas carolers.

MERRY BUSHMAS

I'll be home for Bushmas
You can count on me
Please have snow and mistletoe
and presents on the tree

Bushmas Eve will find me
Where the love light gleams
I'll be home for Bushmas
If only in my dreams

Permalink11/18/07, 09:10:35 am, by first_church_of_bush Email , 155 views, User Posts 5 feedbacks

The Primaries Are Over

The two tickets are set.

The Democratic ticket is Clinton/Richardson.

The GOP ticket is Romney/Huckabee.

Bloomberg has decided to make a third party run. He has until summer to name his veep, but the most likely choices are Chuck Hagel and Sam Nunn. He's widely viewed as tacking "left" of Hillary.

Paul has chosen a libertarian you've never heard of for his veep, and he's considered the long-shot because he doesn't have the cash of the other three. Still, he's got a great deal of support from those who put ending the war in Iraq ahead of all other issues.

What are you gonna do now?

Permalink11/18/07, 06:28:55 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 255 views, Latest Posts 23 feedbacks

Disgusting

Bush, justices address Federalist Society
Saul Loeb / AFP/Getty Images
'IT WAS AN OAK': Justice Antonin Scalia joined two colleagues and the president for the anniversary.
Most of the president's remarks to the conservative legal group attack the Senate confirmation process as harsh and partisan.

WASHINGTON — President Bush joined three Supreme Court justices Thursday evening to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Federalist Society, the conservative legal group that has had a powerful influence on the law and legal thinking.

The group was organized in 1982 as a legal debating society for young conservatives who saw themselves as outsiders at the liberal-dominated Yale Law School. Its second chapter at the University of Chicago Law School had an auspicious start, since its faculty advisor was professor Antonin Scalia.

Read more! »

Permalink17.11.07, 16:05:21, by iconoclast_555 Email , 424 views, User Posts 7 feedbacks

Kerry Fights Back Against Swift Boaters

Friday, Nov. 16, 2007 15:47 EST -- Salon
Kerry takes on the Swift Boat Veterans
We interrupt this presidential campaign to bring you a blast from the not-so-distant past.

At a recent gala dinner for the American Spectator, Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens, a major contributor to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, apparently offered $1 million to anyone who could disprove any of the Swifties' claims about John Kerry's service in Vietnam.

In a letter sent to Pickens today, Kerry has accepted the challenge himself. "I welcome the opportunity to prove that you are a man of your word and that the so-called 'Swift Boat Veterans for Truth' lied," Kerry says in his letter. "While I am prepared to show they lied on allegation after allegation, you have generously offered to pay one million dollars for just one thing that can be proven false. I am prepared to prove the lie beyond any reasonable doubt."

Kerry proposes that he and Pickens meet at some mutually agreeable public forum in either Texas or Massachusetts to settle the score. The senator, who doesn't exactly need the $1 million himself, suggests that the oilman come prepared with a check made out to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, an organization that helps veterans with spinal cord injuries and diseases.

War Room Bonus Fact: Evidence of Pickens' offer comes via a post at RedState.com by Ben Domenech, whose name we last heard when he was resigning as a right-wing blogger for WashingtonPost.com amid revelations that he'd engaged in numerous acts of plagiarism.

¯ Tim Grieve

That little bastard, who gave up any fight in Ohio and concceded the election -- probably because of some Skull and Bones rule -- now, suddenly has the balls to PROVE the swift boaters were fabricating a political line of lies. He pulled the same crap when that college student got tazered at an open Q&A. He's just a politician covered in ketchup.

Permalink11/17/07, 03:56:02 pm, by dajavoodooo Email , 197 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

A bad omen for the dollar

Saudi Arabia Not Alone in Defending Dollar in OPEC

Nov. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Saudi Arabia's decision to exclude the falling dollar from discussions at this weekend's OPEC summit was supported by others within the producer group, Angola's Finance Minister Jose Pedro de Morais said.

Saudi Arabia, the world's largest crude oil exporter and an ally of the U.S., yesterday rejected a proposal by Iran and Venezuela to debate pricing oil in currencies other than the dollar, a day before the OPEC heads of state summit in Riyadh.

``This is not the case of Saudi Arabia against the rest at all,'' de Morais said in an interview today. ``Since the OPEC economy is profoundly linked to the dollar, any rash move could do more harm than good.''

snip

Nigeria joins countries in the Middle East and Asia such as the United Arab Emirates and China who are reviewing their foreign exchange reserves amid concern that the dollar's weakness may augur the end of the U.S. currency's 62-year reign as the world's main international currency for trade, financial transactions and central-bank reserves.

Everything the conservatives believe in is shit.

Permalink11/17/07, 03:54:19 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 176 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Redickulous

One of the ridiculous facets of this example is how, in a Politically Correct atmosphere, nothing is funny any more. We have lost tthe ability to laugh, especilly at our selves.

Do you think "All in the Family" could ever make it back on the teevee?
We are so affraid of *hurting someone's feelings*. All that Prozac is doing its proper role in the breakdown process.

Permalink11/17/07, 01:57:43 pm, by dajavoodooo Email , 235 views, User Posts 5 feedbacks

Ridiculous

What can I say?

...Myers, director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ran into trouble earlier this month after she and two other agency managers gave the "most original" costume award to a white employee who came to the agency's Halloween party dressed as an escaped prisoner with dreadlocks and darkened skin.

The incident drew complaints of racial insensitivity and an apology from Myers. It also cast doubt on whether she'll get a confirmation vote before the end of the year, when her original appointment expires.

It would be a stunning collapse for Myers, 38, a native of Shawnee, Kan., who worked hard over the past two years to convince skeptical lawmakers that someone with little immigration experience was up to the task of running the government's second largest investigative force.

With just a few more weeks to go before the end of the session, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has not scheduled a vote on Myers. Spokesman Jim Manley said this week that Reid has "serious concerns" with the nomination and is consulting with other lawmakers about how to proceed....

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap...

I mean - this is just risible. An insulting faux pas that merely shows what lies behind the posturing.

Few things shock me, but for some strange reason this does.

Permalink17.11.07, 07:34:42, by iconoclast_555 Email , 283 views, User Posts 6 feedbacks

This could be interesting

Who do YOU think is behind this?

(I have a theory, and it ain't Rudy. Here's a hint: Which group lies more than any other?)

N.H. investigates anti-Romney calls
McCain joins rival in condemning "push poll"

CONCORD, N.H. - The GOP presidential campaigns of Mitt Romney and John McCain—rocked in different ways by a highly negative "push poll" targeting Romney's Mormon faith—demanded Friday that the New Hampshire attorney general investigate who is behind the tactic.

The attorney general's office said it was investigating the phone calls.

As part of the poll, which began Sunday, callers have been asking voters in Iowa and New Hampshire whether they know that Romney is a Mormon, that his five sons did not serve in the military and that Mormons believe the Book of Mormon is superior to the Bible.

Permalink11/17/07, 04:00:00 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 129 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Played for a Sucker

Lately, Barack Obama has been saying that major action is needed to avert what he keeps calling a “crisis” in Social Security — most recently in an interview with The National Journal. Progressives who fought hard and successfully against the Bush administration’s attempt to panic America into privatizing the New Deal’s crown jewel are outraged, and rightly so.

But Mr. Obama’s Social Security mistake was, in fact, exactly what you’d expect from a candidate who promises to transcend partisanship in an age when that’s neither possible nor desirable.

Read more! »

Permalink11/17/07, 03:30:00 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 506 views, Latest Posts 17 feedbacks

In my mail

Dear fellow Californian,

Last week, every member of the Senate had a chance to take a stand against torture. Most Democrats did—they opposed the nomination of Michael Mukasey for Attorney General because he left the door open to torture. He wouldn't, for example, say whether water-boarding—an interrogation technique that simulates drowning—constituted torture.

But Senator Feinstein wasn't with the majority of Democrats—she actually cast a pivotal vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee to confirm him.

And that's not all. In recent months, Senator Feinstein backed the president on issues ranging from right-wing judges to immunity for phone companies that broke the law.

Now, California Democrats—led by our friends at the Courage Campaign—are seriously organizing to get her attention. They've launched a grassroots campaign to ask the California Democratic Party to officially censure Senator Feinstein when its executive board meets this weekend.

Read more! »

Permalink16.11.07, 09:06:25, by iconoclast_555 Email , 494 views, User Posts 9 feedbacks

Democratic debate in Vegas

Did anyone watch it?

Pathetic moderation by Leslie Blitzer. Biden generally kicked ass. Highly partisan Clinton crowd. Edwards (my early choice) came off as petty and desperate, at least in part due to the pro-Clinton atmosphere.

Read more! »

Permalink11/16/07, 07:53:39 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 289 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

ROTFLMAO at this

Karl Rove Hired As Newsweek Contributor To ‘Balance’ Markos
Earlier this week, Newsweek announced that it is hiring DailyKos founder Markos Moulitsas as a contributor for the 2008 presidential campaign, offering occasional opinion pieces. Markos said, “Newsweek is ‘balancing’ me out with someone that should make heads on our side explode.”

Now we know who. Newsweek has announced it is hiring Karl Rove to become a Newsweek contributor.

More, including a lot of people rolling on the floor laughing their asses off in the comments, at the link

Permalink11/16/07, 01:17:03 am, by lewagner Email , 213 views, User Posts 6 feedbacks

Surfer dude stuns physicists with theory of everything

An impoverished surfer has drawn up a new theory of the universe, seen by some as the Holy Grail of physics, which as received rave reviews from scientists.

Garrett Lisi, 39, has a doctorate but no university affiliation and spends most of the year surfing in Hawaii, where he has also been a hiking guide and bridge builder (when he slept in a jungle yurt).

In winter, he heads to the mountains near Lake Tahoe, Nevada, where he snowboards. "Being poor sucks," Lisi says. "It's hard to figure out the secrets of the universe when you're trying to figure out where you and your girlfriend are going to sleep next month."

Read more! »

Permalink11/15/07, 12:48:57 pm, by billy b, 607 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks

Time to Choose

If the Democratic presidential primary were held today in your state, whom would you support? Cast your vote in the Nation Poll.

You may be surprised when you see the results after you vote.

(I'm partly posting this to bookmark it so I can read the essays when I'm at home.)

Permalink11/15/07, 12:48:06 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 178 views, User Posts 1 feedback

Banks That Own and Run the Federal Reserve

Top 16 Bank Holding Companies

Rank Name City State

1 Citigroup Inc.
New York
NY
2 J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
New York
NY
3 Bank of America Corporation
Charlotte NC
4 Wachovia Corporation
Charlotte NC
5 Wells Fargo & Company
San Francisco
CA
6 Bank One Corporation
Chicago
IL
7 Taunus Corporation
New York NY
8 Fleetboston Financial
Boston MA
9 U.S. Bancorp
Minneapolis MN
10 ABN Amro North American Holding Company
Chicago IL
11 HSBC North America Inc.
Buffalo NY
12 Suntrust Banks, Inc.
Atlanta GA
13 National City Corporation
Clevland OH
14 The Bank of New York Company , Inc.
New York
NY
15 Fifth Third Bancorp
Cincinnati OH
16 BB&T Corporation
Winston-Salem NC

The Fed Reserve is NOT part of the government; it is a privatley owned institution that plays a lot regarding the *value* of the dollar.

This private ownership of much of what government has been doing is being sold off by the present administration. Blackwater, a private army, is one big example.

Permalink11/15/07, 12:21:15 pm, by dajavoodooo Email , 290 views, User Posts 22 feedbacks

Stagflation

Inflation is at 3.6%. The stock market is staggering and about to retreat. Home prices are down and continue to fall. Fewer new jobs per capita have been created since Bush took office than at any time in the nation's history since the great depression.

Stag" is drawn from the first syllable of "stagnation", a reference to a sluggish economy, while "flation" is drawn from the second and third syllables of "inflation"--a reference to an upward spiral in consumer prices. Economists associate the presence of both factors as unit costs increase because fixed costs are spread over smaller output.

Stagflation is a problem because the two principal tools for directing the economy, fiscal policy and monetary policy, offer only trade offs between growth and inflation. A central bank can either slow growth to reduce inflationary pressures, or it can allow general increases in price to occur in order to stimulate growth. Stagflation creates a dilemma in that efforts to correct stagnation only worsen inflation, and vice versa. The dilemma in monetary policy is instructive. The central bank can make one of two choices, each with negative outcomes. First, the bank can choose to stimulate the economy and create jobs by increasing the money supply (by purchasing government debt), but this risks boosting the pace of inflation. The other choice is to pursue a tight monetary policy (reducing government debt purchases in order to raise interest rates) to reduce inflation, at the risk of higher unemployment and slower output growth.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stagflation

"Conservative" piss on you trickle down piss on you economics has been, is now, and will always be, a failure for the average Joe and Jane.

It's easy to see why when you realize that it's just a pretty way of saying "concentrate all the money in the hands of the wealthiest."

What's not so easy to understand is why people keep buying into it.

Permalink11/15/07, 08:47:57 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 386 views, User Posts 5 feedbacks

Don't shxt where you eat

Mice crap in my kitchen.
So I set mousetraps and kill them.

Yesterday I drove to D.C. and back, for work.
Passed Walter Reed hospital twice.
There are big M*A*S*H crosses on the gates
and Iraq Veterans Against The War posters all-around.
( http://www.ivaw.org/ )

I got home, bone-tired, and collapsed into bed
with my boots on. My girl came home late and
said a mouse had been caught in one of my traps,
but not killed. Only his tail and one foot were
pinned-down. She asked what to do. I said,
"Stop talking. Let me sleep."

I half-woke in the early morning, hearing mouse chirps.
I asked what she did with the mouse. She'd set it free.
Mouse chirps aren't unusual, but now I heard them as
cries of pain, and wondered how I'd re-catch this broken-
footed one, or whether it would die in some unreachable hole.

How can any man who sets mousetraps pretend to abhor IEDs?
IEDs are easy to avoid: don't go near where they are set.
Don't shxt where the trap-builder eats, and he may not set the trap in the first place.

As I puttered around the house this morning, I thought
of a good Halloween costume, half a month too late.
George Bush mask. Yale cheerleader costume.
And a sign that says "OFFENSE!".

The United States still refuses to sign the Ottowa Treaty to ban use of landmines. How dare we whine about IEDs?

Permalink11/15/07, 07:34:43 am, by icy Email , 185 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Decadence as a Measure of Decline

History has shown that as a society is in an over all decline a rise in decadence occours. It is that conspcuous comsumption of the haves to intimidate thee have nots. Britney Spears may be one example, along with her friend paris.

Being a poor man, I'm not found in the places where the conspicuious consumption is readily within sight, so, I have to rely on reports from magazines etc.

In Manhattan "chef Frank Tujague unveiled his version of a bagel with cream cheese. Topped with white-truffle cream cheese and gold-leaf-flecked goji jelly is on the menu at the Westin New York hotel for a mouthwatering $1,000." --- From the news magazine "The Week".
Automobiles are another fine example with many good ones starting at $500,000.

Permalink11/15/07, 04:34:18 am, by dajavoodooo Email , 285 views, User Posts 8 feedbacks

"Ugly Rumor" confirmed

During today’s House Oversight Committee hearing on the performance of State Department Inspector General Howard Krongard, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) revealed that Krongard’s brother — former CIA Executive Director A.B. “Buzzy” Krongard — sits on Blackwater USA’s board. Krongard vehemently denied the allegation, calling it an “ugly rumor”:

KRONGARD: I can tell you very frankly, I am not aware of any financial interest or position he has with respect to Blackwater. It couldn’t possibly have affected anything I’ve done, because I don’t believe it. And when these ugly rumors started recently, I specifically asked him. I do not believe it is true that he is a member of the advisory board, as you stated, and that is something I think I need to say.

During a break in today’s hearing, Krongard called his brother and confirmed that the “ugly rumor” was in fact true, and promised to recuse himself from any Blackwater investigations.

Think Progress

Oops.

Permalink11/14/07, 08:33:20 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 147 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

The face of the opposition

House Democrats round up votes on Iraq

WASHINGTON - House Democrats defiantly pushed ahead Wednesday with a $50 billion war spending bill that calls for troops to leave Iraq, despite concerns raised by some party members and a veto threat issued by the White House.

The bill would require that the U.S. initiate troop withdrawals within 30 days of its passage and agree to the goal of bringing home most soldiers and Marines by Dec. 15, 2008.

It is largely a symbolic jab at President Bush, who already has begun withdrawing some troops but rejects the notion that Congress set a timetable on the war.

Democratic leaders initially said Wednesday they expected the bill to pass. But by mid-afternoon, the prospects were less clear. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., convened a meeting of the bill's supporters and asked them to help her round up votes.

A Pelosi spokesman said a vote still would take place Wednesday.

The White House said Bush would reject the bill.

"In addition to infringing upon the president's constitutional authority as commander in chief, the bill would mandate a precipitous withdrawal of troops that could increase the probability that American troops would have to one day return to Iraq to confront an even more dangerous enemy," an administration statement said.

Hours before the scheduled vote, the White House dispatched Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to Capitol Hill to brief lawmakers on Iraq.

In one closed-door meeting, Gates urged a group of senators not to support the bill. He said the same lawmakers who criticized Pentagon civilians for previously ignoring the advise of its uniformed generals were asking him to ignore them now, according to an official who attended the meeting. The official requested anonymity because the meeting was closed.

The outcome of the House vote has been in doubt in recent days with liberal Democrats saying they thought the bill was too soft because the 2008 date was nonbinding. Conservative Democrats said they thought it went too far and could tie the hands of military commanders.

The bill's prospects brightened somewhat early Wednesday after three leading anti-war Democrats announced they would support it.

California Reps. Lynn Woolsey, Barbara Lee and Maxine Waters said they would vote for the measure because a provision added to the bill states that the $50 billion "should be to transition the mission" and redeploy troops in Iraq, "not to extend or prolong the war."

"While this bill is not perfect, it is the strongest Iraq bill to date," the Democratic trio wrote in a joint statement. "This is the first time that this Congress has put forth a bill that ties funding to the responsible redeployment of our troops, and it also includes language mandating a start date for the president to begin the redeployment of our brave men and women."

Similar legislation has passed repeatedly along party lines in the House only to sink in the Senate, where Democrats hold a razor-thin majority and 60 votes are needed to overcome procedural hurdles.

It is expected that if the measure fails in the Senate, Democrats will not consider Bush's war spending request until next year.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday that if it does pass and Bush rejects the bill, "then the president won't get his $50 billion."

The money included in the bill represents about a quarter of Bush's $196 billion war spending request for the 2008 budget year, which began Oct. 1.

Democrats say the military won't need the money until early next year. Until then, the Pentagon can transfer money from less urgent accounts or fourth quarter spending to cover costs, they say.

The Pentagon says moving money around is a bureaucratic nightmare that costs more in the long run. And if taken to the extreme, the military would eventually have to freeze contracts or lay off civilian workers to ensure troops in combat have what they need.

In another provision that drew White House opposition, the House bill would require that all government interrogators rely on the Army's field manual. The manual is based on Geneva Convention standards and was updated in 2006 to specifically prohibit the military from using aggressive interrogation techniques, such as waterboarding.

The White House said in its statement that the Geneva Conventions shouldn't apply to "captured terrorists who openly flout that law."

The bill also requires that the president certify to Congress 15 days in advance that a unit being sent into combat is "fully mission capable," although Bush could waive that requirement if necessary.

------------

No testes in congress.

Permalink14.11.07, 17:03:13, by iconoclast_555 Email , 301 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks

Gene Lyons: Giving 'em Hell

Gene was the editor of the Arkansas Gazette for many years. He's one of my favorites. Here, he castigates the media's recent attacks on Ms. Clinton, which are reminiscent of the former's attacks on her old man. Regardless of one's opinions on Hillary, one would probably admit that the media's treatment of her is rather different than their treament of the republicker candidates.

Hillary’s record withstands ‘character’ attacks

Maybe somebody ought to give Iowa waitress Anita Esterday a
political TV talk show. She couldn’t be any worse than, say, MSNBC’s Tucker Carlson. Recently, the boyish pundit has been suggesting that there’s something deeply weird about female voters who support Sen. Hillary Clinton because they’d like a woman president, although it’s entirely reasonable for “married white men” to despise her “because she gives off the feeling that she despises them.” Got that ? Women: dangerously irrational. Men: terrified of women. If you think that’s an isolated example, tune in “Hardball.” Now that hyperthyroidic host Chris Matthews has finally exhausted the topic of Clinton’s troublesome laugh, he’s recently focused several programs on her peculiarly “Chinese” manner of clapping her hands.

[heh. Lyons gives it to Tucky Wucky and Tweety. I love it. Gene used to point out that Kenny Starr had soft hands.]

Read more! »

Permalink11/14/07, 01:36:45 pm, by billy b, 505 views, User Posts Send feedback

GOP-GOD Connection

This may be common knowledge or not:

"Prosperity theology, also known as prosperity doctrine or the Prosperity Gospel, is the doctrine that prosperity, particularly financial prosperity, and success in business or personal life is external evidence of God's favor. This favor may be preordained, or granted in return for efficacious prayer or merit-making.

Prosperity theology is commonly a part of televangelist, charismatic, and Pentecostal churches although it is not exclusive to these traditions (see also Cargo Cult for instance). Prosperity theology proponents within these traditions make the claim that God wants Christians to be "abundantly" successful in every way, including financially. In answering critics, proponents claim that prosperity's ultimate purpose is the funding of evangelism and Christian work throughout the World. However, critics counter that it is the accumulation of wealth and material goods and not "Gospel work" that is the major hallmark of this movement.

Scriptural support for the Prosperity Gospel is based largely on a Bible verse (Deuteronomy 8:18) "But you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day" (New American Standard Bible)[1]. Critics, on the other hand, claim that the doctrine is used by its proponents to become wealthy at the expense of persons who give or that the doctrine's focus on material wealth is misguided. Some of the evangelists supporting prosperity theology include Kenneth Copeland, Benny Hinn, Nasir Saddiki, Robert Tilton, T.D. Jakes, Paul Crouch, Joel Osteen, and Peter Popoff and internet evangelist Chris Mentillo. Pat Robertson calls this theory the "Law of Reciprocity" on his show, The 700 Club[2]. The theology was previously the basis of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker's PTL Club but was renounced by them in the 1990s following Jim Bakker's prison term for fraud.

Permalink14.11.07, 11:47:29, by iconoclast_555 Email , 345 views, User Posts 7 feedbacks

Bush's Man is On The Job!

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Bush administration has apparently changed policy and cleared the way for the Justice Department to restart an investigation into the government's no-warrant electronic surveillance program, a department official told Congress on Tuesday.

For months the White House had blocked granting the security clearances necessary for investigators in the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility to determine whether any department attorneys had engaged in unethical behavior.

In a March letter to congressional leaders, an assistant attorney general had stressed that former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales had recommended the clearances be granted, but the president decided not to do so.

snip

"I am happily surprised," Hinchey told The Associated Press. "It now seems because we have a new attorney general [Michael Mukasey] the situation has changed. Maybe this attorney general understands that his obligation is not to be the private counsel to the president but the chief law enforcement officer for the entire country."

Yeah. Right.

I'll believe it when I see the indictments.

Permalink11/14/07, 06:30:00 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 158 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Blackwater & Mukasey

F.B.I. Says Guards Killed 14 Iraqis Without Cause

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 — Federal agents investigating the Sept. 16 episode in which Blackwater security personnel shot and killed 17 Iraqi civilians have found that at least 14 of the shootings were unjustified and violated deadly-force rules in effect for security contractors in Iraq, according to civilian and military officials briefed on the case.

The F.B.I. investigation into the shootings in Baghdad is still under way, but the findings, which indicate that the company’s employees recklessly used lethal force, are already under review by the Justice Department.

Prosecutors have yet to decide whether to seek indictments, and some officials have expressed pessimism that adequate criminal laws exist to enable them to charge any Blackwater employee with criminal wrongdoing. Spokesmen for the Justice Department and the F.B.I. declined to discuss the matter.

The case could be one of the first thorny issues to be decided by Michael B. Mukasey, who was sworn in as attorney general last week. He may be faced with a decision to turn down a prosecution on legal grounds at a time when a furor has erupted in Congress about the administration’s failure to hold security contractors accountable for their misdeeds.

Permalink11/14/07, 06:00:00 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 163 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Another Bush Veto

He seems to be most interested in vetoing legislation that's popular with the American people.

Bush uses sixth veto to reject health-labor bill

NEW ALBANY, Ind., Nov 13 (Reuters) - President George W. Bush on Tuesday vetoed a measure to fund education, job training and health programs, marking the sixth veto of his presidency and the latest salvo in a fight with congressional Democrats over domestic spending.

Bush signed a separate bill to give the Pentagon about $460 billion for the fiscal year that began on Oct. 1, even though he was disappointed the military bill had less money than he had sought. Even so, the Pentagon would get about $40 billion more than last year, a 9 percent increase.

The White House said the bill to fund labor and human services was bloated and filled with special projects. The $600 billion measure was about $10 billion more than what Bush requested.

Permalink11/14/07, 05:30:00 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 156 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

More code: Reagan's racism

Saint Ronnie was a racist who knew how to talk to the racists.

Bob Herbert cracks the code.

Reagan was the first presidential candidate ever to appear at the fair, and he knew exactly what he was doing when he told that crowd, “I believe in states’ rights.”

Reagan apologists have every right to be ashamed of that appearance by their hero, but they have no right to change the meaning of it, which was unmistakable. Commentators have been trying of late to put this appearance by Reagan into a racially benign context.

That won’t wash. Reagan may have been blessed with a Hollywood smile and an avuncular delivery, but he was elbow deep in the same old race-baiting Southern strategy of Goldwater and Nixon.

Everybody watching the 1980 campaign knew what Reagan was signaling at the fair. Whites and blacks, Democrats and Republicans — they all knew. The news media knew. The race haters and the people appalled by racial hatred knew. And Reagan knew.

He was tapping out the code. It was understood that when politicians started chirping about “states’ rights” to white people in places like Neshoba County they were saying that when it comes down to you and the blacks, we’re with you.

And Reagan meant it. He was opposed to the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, which was the same year that Goodman, Schwerner and Chaney were slaughtered. As president, he actually tried to weaken the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He opposed a national holiday for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He tried to get rid of the federal ban on tax exemptions for private schools that practiced racial discrimination. And in 1988, he vetoed a bill to expand the reach of federal civil rights legislation.

Saint Ronnie, the hero to the right, was as bigotted as they come.

Sorta like the rest of the right.

"Immigration is the most important issue", anyone?

Permalink11/13/07, 09:37:38 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 190 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Don't know if this is going to wprk but here's a try.

Check out http://www.heritage.org/Research/Taxes/WM10.cfm for the $1.6 trillion tax cut bush boy wanted in the early 2001.

Still, it's all those nice tax cuts, that the average american schmo though would apply to the working stiff, voted for the tax cut guy. Little did thery know that the tax cuts were not meant for them.

Permalink11/13/07, 07:43:55 pm, by dajavoodooo Email , 198 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

We CAN'T afford Socialized Medicine

Report puts hidden war costs at $1.6T

By JEANNINE AVERSA, AP Economics Writer
22 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - The economic costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are estimated to total $1.6 trillion — roughly double the amount the White House has requested thus far, according to a new report by Democrats on Congress' Joint Economic Committee.

The report, released Tuesday, attempted to put a price tag on the two conflicts, including "hidden" costs such as interest payments on the money borrowed to pay for the wars, lost investment, the expense of long-term health care for injured veterans and the cost of oil market disruptions.

The $1.6 trillion figure, for the period from 2002 to 2008, translates into a cost of $20,900 for a family of four, the report said. The Bush administration has requested $804 billion for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined, the report stated.

For the Iraq war only, total economic costs were estimated at $1.3 trillion for the period from 2002 to 2008. That would cost a family of four $16,500, the report said.

Future economic costs would be even greater. The report estimated that both wars would cost $3.5 trillion between 2003 and 2017. Under that scenario, it would cost a family of four $46,400, the report said.

The report, from the committee's Democratic majority, was not vetted with Republican members. Democratic leaders in Congress, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., seized on the report to criticize Bush's war strategy. The White House countered that the report was politically motivated.

"This report was put out by Democrats on Capitol Hill. This committee is known for being partisan and political. They did not consult or cooperate with the Republicans on the committee. And so I think it is an attempt to muddy the waters on what has been some positive developments being reported out of Iraq," said White House press secretary Dana Perino. "I haven't seen the report, but it's obvious the motivations behind it."

The report comes as the House and Senate planned to vote this week on another effort by Democrats to set a deadline for withdrawing troops from Iraq as a condition for providing another $50 billion for the war.

Reid said the report "is another reminder of how President Bush's stubborn refusal to change course in Iraq and congressional Republicans' willingness to rubber stamp his failed strategy — has real consequences at home for all Americans."

Perino, while acknowledging the dangers in Iraq, defended Bush's stance.

"Obviously it remains a dangerous situation in Iraq. But the reduction in violence, the increased economic capacity of the country, as well as, hopefully, some continued political reconciliation that is moving from the bottom up, is a positive trend and one that we — well, it's positive and we hope it is a trend that will take hold," Perino said.

Israel Klein, spokesman for the Joint Economic Committee, took issue with the White House's characterization of the panel's report.

"Instead of dealing with the substance of this report, the White House is once again trying to deflect attention away from the blistering costs of this war in Iraq," Klein said. "This report uses the nonpartisan CBO (Congressional Budget Office) budget estimates and was prepared by the JEC's professional economists using the same process this committee has always used, regardless of which party is in the majority."

Oil prices have surged since the start of the war, from about $37 a barrel to well over $90 a barrel in recent weeks, the report said. "Consistent disruptions from the war have affected oil prices," although the Iraq war is not responsible for all of the increase in oil prices, the report said.

Still, the report estimated that high oil prices have hit U.S. consumers in the pocket, transferring "approximately $124 billion from U.S. oil consumers to foreign (oil) producers" from 2003 to 2008, the report said.

High oil prices can slow overall economic growth if that chills spending and investment by consumers and businesses. At the same time, high oil prices can spread inflation throughout the economy if companies decide to boost the prices of many other goods and services.

Meanwhile, "the sum of interest paid on Iraq-related debt from 2003 to 2017 will total over $550 billion," the report said. The government has to make interest payments on the money it borrows to finance the national debt, which recently hit $9 trillion for the first time.

The report was obtained by The Associated Press before its release. An earlier draft of the report, which also had been obtained by The AP, had put the economic cost of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars slightly lower, at $1.5 trillion.

"What this report makes crystal clear," said Joint Economic Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., "is that the cost to our country in lives lost and dollars spent is tragically unacceptable."

Permalink13.11.07, 16:16:13, by iconoclast_555 Email , 248 views, User Posts 6 feedbacks

Palast

From my email:

"HILLARY'S MUSHARRAF
Mrs. Clinton's forgotten fling with the Killer of
Karachi

by Greg Palast

November 13th, 2007- He was the other man in Hillary's life. But it's over now. Or is it?

You've seen all those creepy photos of George Bush rubbing up against Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf, the two of them grinning and giggling like they're going to the senior prom. So it's hard to remember that it was Hillary and Bill who brought Pervez to the dance in the first place.

How that happened, I'll tell you in a moment.

But first, let's get our facts straight about the man in the moustache. Musharraf, according to George Bush, The New York Times, NPR and the rest of press puppies is, "our ally in the War on Terror." That's like calling Carmine Gambino, "Our ally in the War on Crime."

Musharraf's the guy who helped the Taliban take power in Afghanistan in 1996. And, through his ISI, Pakistan's own KGB, he is still giving the Taliban secret protection.

And this is the same Musharraf who let Khalid Sheik Muhammed, Osama's operations chief for the September 11 attack, hang out in Quetta, Pakistan, in the open, until Khalid embarrassed his host by giving a boastful interview to Al Jazeera television from his Pakistan hang-out.

And this is the same Musharraf who permitted his nation's own Dr. Strangelove, A.Q. Khan, to sell nuclear do-it-yourself bomb kits to Libya and North Korea. When the story off the flea-market in fissionable materials was exposed, Musharraf (and Bush) both proclaimed their shock - shock! - over the bomb sales. Musharraf didn't know? Sure. Those tons of lethal hardware must have been shipped by flying pig.

But, unlike Saddam and Osama, creations of Ronald Reagan's and George Bush Sr.'s Frankenstein factories, Musharraf was a Clinton special.

And it all began with an unpaid electricity bill. In 1998, Pakistan wouldn't pay up millions, and they owed billions, to British and American electricity companies. And for good reason: the contracts called for paying insanely high prices. It smelled of payola - and ultimately, the government of Pakistan filed charges against power combine executives and canceled the contracts. That's the rule under international law: companies can't collect on contracts they obtained by pay-offs.

But these weren't just any companies. One was a Tony Blair favorite, Britain's National Power. The other was Entergy International, a sudden big-time player in the international power market based out of, oddly, Little Rock, Arkansas. Despite the Clinton Administration's claim to fight foreign corruption, this was an exception. Clinton and Blair voted to cut off Pakistan's funding from the IMF. Pay-up the power pirates, they told Pakistan, or starve.

Why was President Clinton so determined to crush Pakistan because of an unpaid bill to some Little Rock company. This was not just any company. But that wasn't much. More important, Entergy and its partners, the Riady Family of Indonesia had just paid about half a million dollars to Hillary's old Rose Law Firm partner Webster Hubbell. Odd that, hiring Hubbell. Why would Entergy pay big bucks to a Hubbell as a "consultant" when he was on his way to jail for a felony. Hubbell was doing time because he refused to testify against Ms. Rodham.

Did President Clinton know about the payment to Hubbell? Clinton denied it to the press,but under oath, to the FBI, Bill said he, "wouldn't be surprised" if the Riadys told him about the payoff to Hubbell in one of Bill's several private meetings with
them in the Oval Office.

Was there a connection between Entergy's kindness to Hillary and her law partner and the power company's extraordinary sway with the Administration? From inside information on energy policies to favor requested of Tony Blair's office by Hillary's office, Entergy could do no wrong. Certainly, their consortium's executives wouldn't have to stand trial in Pakistan.

And Entergy got its money. On December 22, 1998, Pakistan's military, at the direction of General Pervez Musharraf, sent thirty thousand troops into the nation's power stations. At the time, Entergy's partners told me, "A lot changed since the army moved in. Now we have a situation where we can be paid. They've found a way to collect from the man in the street." Yes: at gunpoint, according to Abdul Latif Nizamani, a labor union leader who spoke with me after Musharraf's gang had arrested him.

With Pakistan's army in control of thenation's infrastructure, and acting as guarantor of payment to the US and UK power giants, General Musharraf's final takeover of the entire government nine months later - a "surprise" coup to the Western press - was, a forgone conclusion. And the Clintons, complicit, like Bush today, could say little.

Just months before he left office President Clinton paid a sudden visit to Musharraf. Congressional Democrats were stunned. Musharraf had quickly shown himself to be a Taliban-loving, unbalanced dictator who violated US treaty terms by exploding a nuke and threatening to incinerate our ally India. Notably, the Ambassador with Clinton made payments to the electric companies a top item on his
agenda.

Favors done; favors repaid. Nothing new under the sun, but it's a dangerous game, Senator Clinton.

All right, maybe you can say that President Clinton's blessing of the radioactive dictator can't be blamed on Hillary despite the smelly money chain going from Arkansas to Karachi. But, be honest, the lady sure as heck ain't running on her record as a Senator; her whole pitch is, "Re-elect Clinton."

And I'd rather tell you this story before you hear it from President Giuliani.

Nevertheless, let's not lose sight of the current danger. While the Clinton's may have handed us the Lunatic of Lahore, it's George Bush who leaves mints on his pillow. I have no information that Clinton knew of the sales to North Korea. The Bush Administration did and, we discovered at BBC, blocked the CIA investigation that could have exposed it in 2001. And that, Mr. Bush, is a very, very dangerous game. The problem of creating Frankensteins, whether an Osama or a Saddam or a Musharraf, is that these creatures are often known to rise and turn on their creators.

But I'm sure we'll correct the error. Four years ago, as Bush was proclaiming victory over the Butcher of Baghdad, I wrote, "Given our experiences with Saddam and Osama, our monsters tend to get out of control after about 11 years. Therefore, we can expect, in the year 2013, that President Jeb Bush will have to order the 82d Airborne into Pakistan to remove Musharraf, the Killer of Karachi."

Unfortunately, we may not have that long."

Permalink13.11.07, 10:28:18, by iconoclast_555 Email , 279 views, User Posts 5 feedbacks

DiFi go home

Dianne Feinstein -- Bush's key ally in the Senate

Two months ago, Dianne Feinstein used her position on the Senate Intelligence Committee to enable passage of Bush's FISA amendments, granting the President vast new warrantless surveillance powers.

Last month, Feinstein used her position on the Senate Judiciary Committee to ensure confirmation of Bush's highly controversial judicial nominee Leslie Southwick, by being the only Committee Democrat to vote for the nomination (The Politico: "Sen. Dianne Feinstein had emerged as a linchpin in the controversial nomination").

Read more! »

Permalink11/13/07, 08:03:39 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 271 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

I suspect bush didn't really do what was necessary, sorry kossacks.

Permalink11/13/07, 04:32:16 am, by bastard_amber Email , 146 views, User Posts 1 feedback

KO and The Attack Against Me, and Others As Well

Oh wait.

This was supposed to be the first KO video that showed bush's apparent lack of desire to prosecute "the terrorists" before 9/11 ever happened. Please delete it.

But when we delete things, could we possibly explain that to the board, as yesterday we seem to have had a misunderstanding of the rules, in that alvie posted "boot" and then the moderator posted, "well, that thing was a duplicate?"

I mean, c'mon timb. You're smart enough to see that all this shit has an effect.

I mean, call me drunk, but shit.

C'mon timb.

You can't just delete shit without explanation the way alvie deleted my shit without even explaining it.

I had to catch his nefarious pseudo-lefty ass at it.

That's not the right way to run shit.

Nobody's gonna like it.

Who WOULD?

Course KOS deletes shit, but he's got a set of rules.

Oh wait.

No rules here, but what the Hell.

I don't think anybody can accept the official story of 9/11, including KO.

Anyway, here's the Youtube Video I hope.

Permalink11/13/07, 04:08:52 am, by bastard_amber Email , 169 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Nice Mug

I'm voting for Edwards...and YOU can't stop me!

Permalink11/12/07, 11:24:27 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 138 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Do you want to have the everlovin' shit scared outta ya?

Read this Kos post:

In short, US Basic training facilities of the United States military are being co-opted, by fundamentalist organizations, such as Campus Crusade For Christ, to indoctrinate military personnel and basic training recruits in a form of Christianity that is almost certainly heavily politicized, if quietly so.

snip

An extremely reductionist, clinical approach to achieving power targets highly specific points that determine power and are power in the most basic and brutal sense. We can infer such thinking to be at work, perhaps, in the GOP domination of [highly insecure and easily hackable] electronic voting machine technology. But in rawest terms the real power in America lies with the US military and especially with the Air Force which does not possess the absolute ability to control but does hold absolute power to destroy.

Since George Washington refused the advice of those who exhorted Washington to declare himself king and instead disbanded the army, the involvement of the US military in civilian affairs has been taboo. But there are clear indications that taboo is weakening. Last year, the John Warner Defense Appropriation Act for Fiscal Year 2007 effectively nullified the Posse Comitatus Act which prohibited US federal and National Guard troops from being used for domestic law enforcement. The 2008 Defense Appropriations Act went on to articulate circumstances under which such use of regular US army and National Guard troops might be used.

Even as legal barriers against the domestic use of the US military have been torn down, as suggested below the members of the US military may be increasingly coming to hold the view that the true "Christian" heritage of the United States has been stolen by societal forces and groups that are at the least less than wholesome but at worst positively satanic, "anti-God".

snip

In short, a sharp and religiously based ideological animus, against specific parts of American civilian society, is being infused into the United States military, the most powerful military on Earth and which possesses the ability to lay waste to the surface of the Earth many times over and even, perhaps, to end life on Earth as we know it.

Hence, likewise, they will avoid the necessity of those overgrown military establishments which, under any form of government, are inauspicious to liberty, and which are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty. - George Washington's farewell speech

That process will not likely stop regardless of whether a Democrat or a Republican gains the US presidency in 2008. It will only stop, and be reversed, to the extent that more Americans come to the realization that, if we do not recognize and oppose this process, our very democracy may be at risk.

Permalink11/12/07, 10:46:36 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 199 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Give me something to believe in

So, I heard this on the car radio today and now it's stuck in my head. Thought I'd stick it in yours. ;->

Click through for lyrics.

Read more! »

Permalink11/12/07, 09:35:30 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 279 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Gunsmoke....

POZNER: You know what? I have to say, having done commentary on FOX News a number of times and having done Joe Scarborough’s show on MSNBC, I’ve always had a tougher time from Scarborough. He struck me as the single-most conservative host of any show I’ve ever done, and I’ve been on “O’Reilly” and I’ve been on “Hannity & Colmes.”

KURTZ: But what’s wrong with that. It’s Scarborough’s…

POZNER: No, no, no. It’s…

KURTZ: Hold it. It’s Scarborough’s job to be opinionated.

POZNER: Right. Right. Right.

KURTZ: He’s a former Republican congressman.

POZNER: Yes. But when I’m saying is it’s disingenuous to say MSNBC is tilting left when the majority of the people who host shows on MSNBC are either centrists or conservative.

Olbermann is a liberal host, but he doesn’t necessarily promote liberal candidates or promote liberal projects. The one single show that was hosted by an actual person who called himself a leftist and had liberal and progressive guests and such was Phil Donahue’s show, and it was cancelled in the run-up to the Iraq war…

KURTZ: Right, exactly.

POZNER: … because they said from a memo from the top down they didn’t want to provide an antiwar face for MSNBC.


http://www.crooksandliars.com/2007/11/12/

I still find it hard to call this kind of thing "conspiracy."

I'll still assert that they all were knocked on their asses by 9/11.

But anyway, here you go.

Permalink11/12/07, 08:02:59 pm, by bastard_amber Email , 280 views, User Posts 23 feedbacks

You know what I like?

You don't need me.

I'm not being sarcastic.

I've barely posted here for 3 days (at least) and this blog is interesting to read.

Nice.

Permalink11/12/07, 06:13:43 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 132 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Redefine Privacy ... Umm ... No Thanks

These fascist bastards just won't quit. This report really pisses me off.

A. Alexander, November 12th, 2007

One of the Bush administration's senior intelligence officials said that the American people needed to reassess their understanding of personal privacy. According to the official, privacy can no longer mean anonymity, i.e. having one's personal information remain unknown. "Instead," he said, "it should mean that government and businesses properly safeguard people's private communications and financial information." Umm ... (rubbing eyes with heel of palms in disbelief) ... SAY WHAT?

Read more! »

Permalink11/12/07, 06:03:29 pm, by billy b, 454 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

WH Censors Another Climate Report

I get a mag called "The Week" which is a over view of what's going on in the news. Here is a piece taken from a story from The Boston Globe by Derrick Jackson:

For public consumption, said Derrick Jackson, president bush now professes to believe that global warming is real. But his administration continues to censor government reports that actually take the threat posed by a warming climate too seriously. The latest scietist to be censored is Julie Gerberding, director of the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, whose report to congress last week was heavily edited by the White House.Gerberding's original report said that global warming would increase " the frequency, timing, intensity and duration of extreme weather events, such as hurricanes and floods," with the poor , elderly and racial minorities taking the brunt of the impact of intense heat waves, droughts and storms.

All of that was deleted by the White House, so that the remaining report contained only some reassuring "government garble" about how existing programs "provide a solid foundation to move forward."

Muzzling scientists is an insult to every American's intelligence, but you can be sure that the White House will keep doing it. Bush has only one goal regarding global warming --- to leave office without doing anything about it.

--------- ---------- -------

I like that part about being an insult to every American's intelligence.

Permalink11/12/07, 04:35:25 pm, by dajavoodooo Email , 177 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks

Republicans Should Ask, 'Who would Jesus torture'

From the Progressive Daily Beacon:

A. Alexander, November 10th, 2007

The Republican Party is supposed to be home to a lot of Christians and that might be true. Judging by the view of most Republicans, however, the Party doesn't appear to contain very many Christ-like people. It is hard to imagine Jesus Christ waterboarding someone while sermonizing on turning the other cheek, or loving thy neighbor, or doing unto others as you'd have them do unto you.

And yet, a lot of Republicans, Christian Conservative Republicans, are vocal supporters of torture.

Read more! »

Permalink11/12/07, 02:06:01 pm, by billy b, 366 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks

Responding to Conservative Name-Calling

The Rockridge Institute and Buzzflash are running a series of editorials concerned with "framing" the political debate. I found the most recent column entertaining.

Welcome back to "Ask Rockridge," a collaborative project brought to you by the BuzzFlash News Network and written by the Rockridge Institute. This week's column is by George Lakoff.

We were recently asked how to respond when confronted with the attack, "Aw, you liberals just hate America."

This is name-calling with a destructive (and false) frame. There are times when it is necessary to have a retort, not for its own sake, but to allow you to shift the frame and say a lot more on any one of many topics. The replacement frame should express progressive views while revealing key truths hidden by the original frame. Here is one strategy:

"Aw you liberals just hate America."

No. We love democracy and we want to return it to America.
You want a presidential dictator.

We love liberty and we want to return it to America.
You want to tap our phones.

Read more! »

Permalink11/12/07, 08:13:12 am, by billy b, 515 views, User Posts 5 feedbacks

From Popper to Rove - and back

Despite evidence that misrepresenting the truth for political ends backfires, the American public remains susceptible.

In his novel 1984, George Orwell chillingly described a totalitarian regime in which all communication is controlled by a Ministry of Truth and dissidents are persecuted by political police. The United States remains a democracy governed by a constitution and the rule of law, with pluralistic media; yet there are disturbing signs that the propaganda methods Orwell described have taken root here.

Indeed, techniques of deception have undergone enormous improvements since Orwell's time. Many of these techniques were developed in connection with the advertising and marketing of commercial products and services, and then adapted to politics. Their distinguishing feature is that they can be bought for money. More recently, cognitive science has helped to make the techniques of deception even more effective, giving rise to political professionals who concentrate only on "getting results".

These professionals take pride in their accomplishments, and may even enjoy the respect of an American public that admires success no matter how it is achieved. That fact casts doubt on Karl Popper's concept of an open society, which is based on the recognition that, while perfect knowledge is unattainable, we can gain a better understanding of reality by engaging in critical thinking.

Popper failed to recognise that in democratic politics, gathering public support takes precedence over the pursuit of truth. In other areas, such as science and industry, the impulse to impose one's views on the world encounters the resistance of external reality. But in politics the electorate's perception of reality can be easily manipulated. As a result, political discourse, even in democratic societies, does not necessarily lead to a better understanding of reality.

The reason democratic politics leads to manipulation is that politicians do not aspire to tell the truth. They want to win elections, and the best way to do that is to skew reality to their own benefit.

This insight should lead us not to abandon the concept of open society, but to revise and reaffirm the case for it. We must abandon Popper's tacit assumption that political discourse aims at a better understanding of reality and reintroduce it as an explicit requirement. The separation of powers, free speech and free elections alone cannot ensure open society; a strong commitment to the pursuit of truth is also required.

We need to introduce new ground rules for political discourse. These cannot be identical to scientific method, but they should be similar in character, enshrining the pursuit of truth as the criteria on which political views are to be judged. Politicians will respect, rather than manipulate, reality only if the public cares about the truth and punishes politicians when it catches them in deliberate deception. And the public should care about the truth because deception misleads people in choosing their representatives, distorts policy choices, undermines accountability, and destroys trust in democracy.

Recent history provides convincing evidence that policies based on a misrepresenting reality backfire. The Bush administration's response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 - declaring a "war on terror" and treating criticism as unpatriotic - succeeded in gathering public support, yet the results were the exact opposite to what the Bush administration intended, both for itself and the US.

The practical difficulty is in recognising when political professionals are distorting reality. There is an important role here for the media, the political elite, and the educational system, which must all act as watchdogs. In addition, the public needs to be inoculated against the various techniques of deception. The most effective techniques operate at the subconscious level. When emotions can be aroused by methods that bypass consciousness, the public is left largely defenceless. But if the public is made aware of the various techniques, it is likely to reject them.

One influential technique - which Republican pollster Frank Luntz says that he learned from 1984 - simply reverses meanings and turns reality on its head. Thus, Fox News calls itself "fair and balanced," and Karl Rove and his acolytes turn their opponents' strongest traits into their achilles' heels, using insinuations and lies to portray opponents' achievements as phoney. That is how insinuations of cowardice and foul play helped defeat two highly decorated Vietnam war veterans, Senator Max Cleland in 2002, and John Kerry in 2004, while Bush and vice-president Dick Cheney - both of whom avoided military service - were portrayed as true patriots.

Another technique is transference: accusing opponents of having motives or using methods that characterise the accuser himself. For example, David Horowitz, who accuses me of being "the Lenin of the anti-American conspiracy," is a former Trotskyite for whom opponents are never adversaries to be debated, but rather enemies to be crushed.

The American public has proven remarkably susceptible to the manipulation of truth, which increasingly dominates the country's political discourse. Indeed, a whole network of publications, some of which manage to parade as mainstream media, is devoted to the task. Yet I believe that it is possible to inoculate the public against false arguments by arousing resentment against Orwellian Newspeak. What is needed is a concerted effort to identify the techniques of manipulation - and to name and shame those who use them.

Now is an ideal time to begin that effort. Americans are now awakening, as if from a bad dream. What we have learned from recent years' experience - what we should have known all along - is that the supremacy of critical thought in political discourse cannot be taken for granted. It can be ensured only by an electorate that respects reality and punishes politicians who lie or engage in other forms of deception.

George Soros in The Guardian

Permalink12.11.07, 08:12:04, by iconoclast_555 Email , 270 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Pakistani's smarter than Americans

President Pervez Musharraf and opposition leader Benazir Bhutto each placed telephone calls from Pakistan to Democratic Sen. Joseph Biden, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to discuss the country's crisis before either talked to President George W. Bush.

Chicago Sun-Times

Permalink11/11/07, 11:31:19 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 126 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

The Gun To The Head Thingy Again

"The enemies who attacked us six years ago want to strike our country again, and next time they hope to kill Americans on a scale that will make 9/11 pale by comparison."

Whoa.

Sounds like anybody who fucks with bush is deserving what they get.

And this is the guy with all the "intelligence."

Do tell, Terrorist President.

Do tell.

Permalink11/11/07, 09:59:43 pm, by bastard_amber Email , 143 views, User Posts 1 feedback

Admiral to Wing Nuts: STFU You're Hurting The Troops

Learn to exercise your Rights responsibly, whackjob Wingies.....

Admiral Fallon's words of wisdom

Admiral William Fallon, head of U.S. Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, has heard plenty of war-mongering rhetoric from the right when it comes to Iran. He's come to an important conclusion: it's not helping.

“None of this is helped by the continuing stories that just keep going around and around and around that any day now there will be another war which is just not where we want to go,” he said.

“Getting Iranian behaviour to change and finding ways to get them to come to their senses and do that is the real objective. Attacking them as a means to get to that spot strikes me as being not the first choice in my book.”

I look forward to Rudy Giuliani and his foreign policy advisors explaining why Admiral Fallon is guilty of pre-9/11 thinking. Who knows, maybe we'll even hear Limbaugh dismiss him as a "phony soldier."

--Steve Benen

You know who you are single-issue Iran-bombing hillbilly freaks.

Permalink11/11/07, 09:38:46 pm, by bastard_amber Email , 125 views, User Posts Send feedback

A question

If we didn't have access to the internet, would we have an accurate picture of what's happening in our country?

See this pdf map.

Permalink11/11/07, 09:05:32 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 129 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

To veterans

May you live in everlasting peace.

Permalink11/11/07, 06:19:30 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 141 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

The Gun Cheney Has To Democratic Heads

"Bush pledges to keep talking with Iran"

Will they inherit a War For Lies with Iran AND Iraq?

Or will they inherit a War For Lies just with Iraq?

That's the gun Cheney has to the Heads of the Democrats.

Permalink11/11/07, 02:07:27 pm, by bastard_amber Email , 187 views, User Posts 6 feedbacks

Bush mass for shut ins for 11-11-07

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 Freedom

FREEDOM CELEBRATION

Lord God Bush and the holy Republican party gave us the freedoms we enjoy today. We should all be so ever grateful to them for it for if they werent in power we would surely be enslaved.

SING PRAISE TO LORD GOD BUSH

Far between sundown's finish an' midnight's broken toll
We ducked inside the doorway, thunder crashing
As majestic bells of bolts struck shadows in the sounds
Seeming to be the chimes of freedom flashing
Flashing for the warriors whose strength is not to fight
Flashing for the refugees on the unarmed road of flight
An' for each an' ev'ry underdog soldier in the night
An' we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing.

In the city's melted furnace, unexpectedly we watched
With faces hidden while the walls were tightening
As the echo of the wedding bells before the blowin' rain
Dissolved into the bells of the lightning
Tolling for the rebel, tolling for the rake
Tolling for the luckless, the abandoned an' forsaked
Tolling for the outcast, burnin' constantly at stake
An' we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing.

Through the mad mystic hammering of the wild ripping hail
The sky cracked its poems in naked wonder
That the clinging of the church bells blew far into the breeze
Leaving only bells of lightning and its thunder
Striking for the gentle, striking for the kind
Striking for the guardians and protectors of the mind
An' the unpawned painter behind beyond his rightful time
An' we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing.

Through the wild cathedral evening the rain unraveled tales
For the disrobed faceless forms of no position
Tolling for the tongues with no place to bring their thoughts
All down in taken-for-granted situations
Tolling for the deaf an' blind, tolling for the mute
Tolling for the mistreated, mateless mother, the mistitled prostitute
For the misdemeanor outlaw, chased an' cheated by pursuit
An' we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing.

Even though a cloud's white curtain in a far-off corner flashed
An' the hypnotic splattered mist was slowly lifting
Electric light still struck like arrows, fired but for the ones
Condemned to drift or else be kept from drifting
Tolling for the searching ones, on their speechless, seeking trail
For the lonesome-hearted lovers with too personal a tale
An' for each unharmful, gentle soul misplaced inside a jail
An' we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing.

Starry-eyed an' laughing as I recall when we were caught
Trapped by no track of hours for they hanged suspended
As we listened one last time an' we watched with one last look
Spellbound an' swallowed 'til the tolling ended
Tolling for the aching ones whose wounds cannot be nursed
For the countless confused, accused, misused, strung-out ones an' worse
An' for every hung-up person in the whole wide universe
An' we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing.

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF RUMSFELD

And Lord God Bush looked down upon the people and spoke `The crusader had to shoot the unarmed injured prisoner in the head so he may be free of the evil demons that possess him and cause him to hate America.`

What is it that the Profit Rumsfeld is trying to teach us? It is that hating America is caused by being possessed by evil demons so those who disagree with Lord God Bush are possesed by them. 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.

MERRY BUSHMAS!

all right you Neocons! Ready to sing your song?
-I'll say we are!
-Yeah!
-Let's sing it now!
Okay, Rumsfeld?
-Okay!
Okay, Ashcroft?
-Okay!
Okay, Cheney? Cheney? CHENEY!
-OKAY!!!)

Bushmas, Bushmas time is near
Time for war and time for fear
We've been good, but we can't last
Hurry Bushmas, hurry fast
Want a plane and a half-track
Me, I want no bid contract
We can hardly stand the wait
Please Bushmas, don't be late.

(Okay fellas get ready.
That was very good, Rumsfeld.
-Naturally.
Very good Ashcroft.
-Ahhh.
Ah, Cheney, you were a little flat, watch it.
Ah, Cheney. Cheney. CHENEY!
-OKAY.)

Want a plane and a half track
I still want no bid contract
We can hardly stand the wait
Please Bushmas, don't be late.
We can hardly stand the wait
Please Bushmas, don't be late.

Permalink11/11/07, 09:02:29 am, by first_church_of_bush Email , 211 views, User Posts 1 feedback

WTF???????

Quote from article about Chinese-made toy beads containing date rape drug:

The recall is the latest in a slew of product quality scandals that has tarnished China's image as an exporter of reliable goods.
........................................................
Companies worldwide have increasingly outsourced manufacturing, often choosing Chinese factories for their cost and quality.

Chinese products have a good reputation for quality?
Not HERE, they don't. People go out of their way and are willing to pay double the price for stuff made in Thailand, Europe, or the USA. Stuff made in China is considered low-quality junk. As far as I remember, it had the same reputation in the US. Have things changed, or is this AP reporter full of shit?

Permalink11/11/07, 05:04:48 am, by lewagner Email , 288 views, User Posts 11 feedbacks

Parker vs DC = SCOTUS Cert!!!!!

http://thehighroad.org/showpost.php?p=3882273&postcount=27

Looks like the Supreme Court is taking the Second Amendment case.

Permalink11/10/07, 10:06:00 pm, by oralloy Email , 183 views, User Posts 1 feedback

At Any Cost

America Deserves No Less

Permalink11/10/07, 07:55:26 pm, by bastard_amber Email , 195 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

Coming Late To The Twilight Zone

So much for the ’strong dollar’ policy
By: Steve Benen @ 5:12 AM - PST

Realistically, it’s almost impossible to believe that Bush is some kind of Manchurian President, intentionally screwing up and deliberately undermining the United States. But sometimes, it’s hard not to wonder. Dan Froomkin, for example, did a nice job today describing Bush’s disastrous dollar policy.

President Bush doesn’t talk about the dollar much, but when he does, he’s got exactly one thing to say about it: “We have a strong dollar policy.”

It’s becoming increasingly clear, however, that Bush’s “strong dollar policy” is driving the greenback into the ground.

The dollar is hitting record lows this week amidst fears that the mortgage-market meltdown will spread to other parts of the economy and as the Chinese make noise about moving more of their investments into euros. But it is the underlying dynamics of the American economy — continued massive trade deficits and a whopping national debt — that have put the dollar in such a precarious position.

A true strong dollar policy, aimed at increasing the confidence of international investors, would require Bush to do a bunch of things he doesn’t want to do. For instance, he would have to stop borrowing so much money to fund his tax cuts and his wars. He would need to encourage the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates, rather than depend on it to keep propping up the domestic economy by decreasing them. That sort of thing.

Instead, Bush just offers the strong-dollar line, without specifics, and moves on.

If Bush were a Manchurian President he’d, well, probably do exactly this.

Democrats don't hate the United States and wish to see it fail.

Not for ANY reason, not for Privatization, not for Suspension of Constitutions, NOT.

When you see a guy playing a Presidential Geetar in San Diego while Americans are trying to claw their way through their roofs in New Orleans, you KNOW something is up.

Permalink11/10/07, 02:08:34 pm, by bastard_amber Email , 165 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Italian musician uncovers hidden music in Da Vinci's 'Last Supper'

Leonardo had a few tricks up his sleeve. Anybody ever figure out the joke on Grand Funk Railroads' song T.N.U.C.?

ROME, Italy (AP) -- It's a new Da Vinci code, but this time it could be for real.

An Italian musician and computer technician claims to have uncovered musical notes encoded in Leonardo Da Vinci's "Last Supper," raising the possibility that the Renaissance genius might have left behind a somber composition to accompany the scene depicted in the 15th-century wall painting.

"It sounds like a requiem," Giovanni Maria Pala said. "It's like a soundtrack that emphasizes the passion of Jesus."

Read more! »

Permalink11/10/07, 02:00:04 pm, by billy b, 379 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

"Boat Bumps Into Bay Bridge-- No Damage"

"SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 9 — Challenged by strong winds and tides, cleanup crews struggled Friday to contain an oil spill spreading in the San Francisco Bay as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency for the area."

Well, it looked like nothing at first.

Just like a tiny dot.

Like a tiny dot on somebody's skin.

But then a tiny dot grows and it grows and it grows and before anybody knows it, the person dies quickly and then the disease spreads from victim to victim to victim causing buboes boils and bloody bowels as far as the eye can see!

Before this happens to you, remember.

Only one party Cuts Taxes and then promises to Cut Taxes Again.

Vote RRREPUBLICAN.

RRR!

Permalink11/10/07, 01:25:04 am, by bastard_amber Email , 139 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Landover Baptist Pastor Preaches to Atheists

http://www.youtube.com/user/lbc4god

Ya maybe don't wanna play this one at work, or in front of yer mom.

Permalink11/10/07, 12:03:31 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 110 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Another Foul Smell From DC

From what I can gather, Rep Conyers issed a press releasr stating that his Judiciary Comittee will not have the time to persue the Kucinich Resolution on the Impeachment of the VP. Seems they have to work on another FISA law and a few other things.

Back room words say Pelosi has threatened him with his Chairmanship of Judiciary --- one of those "Back off Boy or you're out on your ass". Strong enough language to make him back off the impeachment gig.

And what's got her tits in an uproar to be so steadfast in "Impeachment is off the table" -- word has it that it's not to rock the boat for the upcoming elections.

Sure two impechments in a row would be historic, but kyin about a civil matter before Clinton was elected and what we have now? Come on! Ithink Pelosi lacks the guts -- the true grit --- the down and dirty method that the repubs have mastered. Andbeing the First Lady as Speaker of the House, she wants to be, well, gentile.

When the vote for Mukasey takes place late at night, (so it'd miss the news cycle a bit?) it seems our government is working behind the scenes out of the daylight hours, which is a bad thing for elected officials to do.

Dammn. It's just one thing after another getting sprung on us like we don't even exsist. I get a tad pissed off.

Permalink11/09/07, 06:01:51 pm, by dajavoodooo Email , 299 views, User Posts 18 feedbacks

How About "We Tortured Before"

And we can torture again!

Because even Senators who disagree with the President can be declared "Enemy Combatants" during a Perpetual Time of Perpetual War!

Permalink11/09/07, 05:01:37 pm, by bastard_amber Email , 239 views, User Posts 7 feedbacks

No Comment

I'm looking for a good summary of Legislation passed by the Republican Stranglehold since too many Democrats sat home in the 2004 election, as I think it might prove why the Elections are important, and why it's important to push the Cheese-Smelling Democrats over the top.

But came across this:

CONGRESSIONAL PREEMPTION OF STATE LAWS AND REGULATIONS
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Republican leaders in Congress and President Bush have long claimed to respect the role of states as laboratories of democracy. These claims were an important element of the midterm elections in 1994 that led to Republican control of Congress. And they were an important part of George W. Bush’s presidential campaign in 2000. After the 2000 election, President Bush pledged to support the nation’s governors and affirmed his view that the role of the federal government is “not to impose its will on states and local communities.”
At the request of Rep. Henry A. Waxman, this report evaluates the legislative record of the Republican-controlled Congress and President Bush on a key aspect of state authority: federal preemption of state and local laws. The report is based on a comprehensive list assembled by the Special Investigations Division of the preemptive legislation passed by the House and Senate over the last five years.

Read more! »

Permalink11/09/07, 02:57:16 pm, by bastard_amber Email , 479 views, User Posts 9 feedbacks

Rage of Reason

Eugene Robinson, one of the WaPo's better columnists, lists a few of Little Boots' accomplishments in fine fashion.

It's official: Bush Derangement Syndrome is now a full-blown epidemic. George W. Bush apparently has reduced more of his fellow citizens to frustrated, sputtering rage than any president since opinion polling began, with the possible exception of Richard Nixon.

That should be a pretty good indicator of where Bush will rank when historians get their hands on his shameful record -- in the cellar, alongside the only president who ever had to resign in disgrace.

Read more! »

Permalink11/09/07, 01:17:58 pm, by billy b, 406 views, User Posts Send feedback

What happened to the Senate's "60-vote requirement"?

Glenn Greenwald
Friday November 9, 2007 05:16 EST

Every time Congressional Democrats failed this year to stop the Bush administration (i.e., every time they "tried"), the excuse they gave was that they "need 60 votes in the Senate" in order to get anything done. Each time Senate Republicans blocked Democratic legislation, the media helpfully explained not that Republicans were obstructing via filibuster, but rather that, in the Senate, there is a general "60-vote requirement" for everything.

How, then, can this be explained?

The Senate confirmed Michael B. Mukasey as attorney general Thursday night, approving him despite Democratic criticism that he had failed to take an unequivocal stance against the torture of terrorism detainees.

The 53-to-40 vote made Mr. Mukasey, a former federal judge, the third person to head the Justice Department during the tenure of President Bush . . . Thirty-nine Democrats and one independent [Bernie Sanders] opposed him.

Permalink11/09/07, 10:49:11 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 146 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Bush Threatens to Veto Rangel's AMT Proposal

Nov. 8 (Bloomberg) -- The Bush administration threatened to veto a U.S. House measure that would raise taxes on hedge-fund and private-equity firm managers to prevent the alternative minimum tax from hitting millions of middle-class households.

Read more! »

Permalink11/09/07, 07:49:47 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 353 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Bhutto under house arrest

Still think Bush is single-handedly "keeping us safe from terra"?

You're not paying attention.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Nov. 9 — Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s security forces widened their crackdown today, trying to prevent the leader of the main opposition party, Benazir Bhutto, from leaving her house to attend a mass protest planned for the afternoon.

Hours before the scheduled rally, lines of about 200 police officers turned Ms. Bhutto’s house in Islamabad into a fortress, placing concrete barriers and barbed wire at the entrance road, and said she would not be permitted to attend. A party worker said Ms. Bhutto had been served with a formal detention order.

Permalink11/09/07, 07:11:17 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 167 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Take Time to Call Congress People

One of the least thoings we can do, besides voting, is call or communicate with our Congressmen.

I called Kucinich's office and thanked him for his resolution, then Pelosi's office to re-instate the Constitution by putting "Impeachment back on the table", thenm Coyners office for him to, as Chair of Judiciary, go with the resolution to impeach cheney.

Yeah, I'm a good boy and all that shit, but really, it's important that they know the feelings of the public ---- and I felt a little more involved then just sitting on my ass complaining.

Some bad news though is that Randi Rhodes, on Air America radio, is starting to feel there's something going on or wrong with the leadership of the Dem party ---(Impeachment off the table number one).

Thewy just can't get their shit ttogether and be ONE party like the repubs -- everybody is doing their own thing and can't vote enmass as a block. And tomany are crossing over. Ah well, time will tell.

Permalink11/09/07, 02:22:08 am, by dajavoodooo Email , 159 views, User Posts 6 feedbacks

5 Senators Not Voting on Mukasey

It seems that the five Senators in the presidential race found it safer ground NOT to vote fot the incoming AG -- something about not having extra baggage to carry in answering those tough questions in the "debates".

Could there possibly bne a cabal in the back rooms of Congress,where the game is really played, and they concured it might be wise not to leave any finger prints on the approval process.

Or, maybe thy were just out campaigning and could not attend the vote.
Still,seems strange.

Permalink11/09/07, 02:06:58 am, by dajavoodooo Email , 365 views, User Posts 36 feedbacks

How Appropriate

The Senate is voting right now, in the middle of the night, to approve the President's nomination of an Attorney who will protect him from prosecution for torturing human beings in our name.

Yup.

This is what we've come to expect.

Permalink11/08/07, 11:22:42 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 149 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

AT&T whistleblower and SERPICO HIMSELF

Please take a moment to watch this citizen calmly describe
a vast violation of your rights, and Washinton's attempt to cover it up:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9aeKF-rOGA

In related news, Serpico-- the actual guy-- has a blog.
Scroll down for his angry political poetry.

http://frankserpico.blogspot.com/

Does Travis Bickle have a blog?

Permalink11/08/07, 09:32:24 pm, by icy Email , 176 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Craig takes wide stance on warming, Hillary

After months of seemingly self-imposed exile, Sen. Larry Craig is tapping his foot back into the national political scene.

The Idaho senator abruptly weighed in today on global warming, charging in a statement that Barbara Boxer (D-CA), chair of the Senate energy committee, is "rushing" into climate legislation without making a cost-benefit analysis. Boxer is a popular punching bag of conservative activists.

"We need to perform a fair and responsible vetting of all the climate change alternatives before us," Craig said. "My position is perfectly clear: a cap and trade system is obsolete in its approach to green house gas reductions, it has not worked, and I do not see it working."

Later in the statement, Craig offered back-handed praise to Hillary Clinton for what he says is her similar approach to global warming. Noting his support for a "sector by sector trading approach," Craig said, "I was pleased to see that Senator Clinton supports a similar approach, albeit on the unrealistic side given her political realities."

It's been a while since Craig has taken shots at other members of Congress. After it was announced that he had pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct for soliciting a plainclothes officer in a Minneapolis airport men's room, virtually all of his public pronouncements have related to local concerns, with subjects like "Senate Supports Special Olympics In Idaho," and "Craig Pushes Legacy Waste Removal Out Of Idaho." Not that there's anything wrong with that.

On Huffpo

(I know, it's not that interesting. I just wanted to write the subject line.)

Permalink11/08/07, 09:11:25 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 103 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Joe Lieberman - Public Enemy #1

Lieberman: ‘Paranoid, Hyper-Partisan’ ‘Left-Wing Blogs’ Wrote ‘Conspiracy Theories’ On Iran

Speaking today at the Johns Hopkins Center for Politics and Foreign Relations, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) accused “left-wing blogs” of making up “conspiracy theories” about the Kyl-Lieberman amendment, which passed the Senate last month. It designated part of the Iranian army a terrorist organization. Lieberman called opponents of the amendment “politically paranoid” and “hyper-partisan.”

He also claimed that the “amendment contained nothing” that could be seen “as a green light” for war:

Read more! »

Permalink11/08/07, 07:32:07 pm, by billy b, 414 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks

My questions to the Presidential candidates

1) When will you put an end to President Bush's first executive order sealing Ronald Reagan's Presidential records?

2) Will you restore the Fairness in media doctrine?

3) What will you do when the Bush tax cuts sunset in 2010?

4) Where will you get the money to pay for an Apollo-scale program to end our dependence on fossil fuels?

5) Will you continue the current policy of sending our tax dollars to non-tax-paying organizations such as churches and religious sects?

6) Name 3 judges you'd consider appointing to the SCOTUS.

7) What will you do to restore our faith in the DOJ?

8) If there is irrefutable evidence that President Bush or Vice-President Cheney have committed war crimes will you ask your AG to prosecute them, and how would you define "irrefutable"?

9) Will you restore habeas corpus and end the current policy that allows the torture of human beings?

10) What cuts, if any, do you intend to make in military spending?

I may not have them prioritized perfectly, but I'd like clear and concise answers to all of these questions.

I'm sure I missed a few. Feel free to help me out.

Permalink11/08/07, 06:50:49 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 96 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

And Now, Right On Cue...

FBI warns of uncorroborated threat to malls

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- In what one FBI spokesman described as "almost an annual ritual," the bureau has obtained uncorroborated intelligence indicating al Qaeda would like to strike shopping malls during the holiday shopping season, two law enforcement sources said Thursday.

Read more! »

Permalink11/08/07, 03:43:20 pm, by billy b, 270 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

Can We Get More "Last Comments" on Our Screens?

Can't really be sure we can read all the Comments when we can't make it all the way back....

Postership is increasing and that's a good thing....

Course all these posts by alvie are still detritus but....

Just a suggestion....

Permalink11/08/07, 03:17:03 pm, by bastard_amber Email , 100 views, User Posts 1 feedback

Hillary Clinton, NAFTA & Triangulation 2.0

The following by Sirota over at commonsense is a good analysis of Hillary's smarm. I've never been a fan of Ms. Clinton and the more I read about her, the less I like her. In the latest poll I saw, her numbers were around 44%. That's not a majority and, while the MIM is really pushing her as the shoo-in for the nomination, that's not the case.

By David Sirota on November 7, 2007 - 12:09pm.

Harold Meyerson's column in the Washington Post today is a terrific read - and got me thinking about just how unprincipled and smarmy Hillary Clinton really is on this one. You'll notice Meyerson reports that "Clinton has yet to take a position" on the NAFTA expansion that will be voted on in the House today.

My guess is that Clinton will vote against the first part of the NAFTA expansion - the Peru Free Trade Agreement. That "no" vote would be a good thing. But her silence in the lead up to the vote is really the bigger story that's already been written, no matter how she ends up voting. She wants to please the Big Money interests who are underwriting her campaign and who are pushing this trade policy, but she also faces an increasingly competitive primary challenge from John Edwards, who has come out strongly against NAFTA-style trade policies (more on Edwards in my upcoming nationally syndicated newspaper column out on Friday).

Read more! »

Permalink11/08/07, 08:05:16 am, by billy b, 383 views, User Posts 9 feedbacks

Run, Rudy, Run!

Social Conservative Groups Batshit Insane Fundagelics Mostly Silent On Robertson Endorsement

Pat Robertson's endorsement this morning of Rudy Giuliani has been met with virtual radio silence from social conservative batshit insane fundagelic groups.

A spokeswoman at the Christian Coalition said that Robertson had made the endorsement "in his personal capacity" and so the group wasn't commenting. A spokesman at Focus On The Family similarly told us, "Anything about Pat Robertson we're not talking about." The group's leader, Rev. James Dobson, had warned last month that Christian groups might pick a third party candidate to represent social conservatives batshit insane fundagelics if Giuliani was nominated to head the Republican ticket.

Similarly, OneNewsNow, a news website linked to the Christian Coalition of America, published an article headlined "Pro-Family leaders mum on Robertson's endorsement of Rudy." It noted, "OneNewsNow contacted several pro-family leaders to get their reaction to the Robertson endorsement. Some did not return calls, while others said they did not want to comment."

Still, OneNewsNow's Jim Brown was able to find "a close personal friend of Robertson" who "believes the endorsement is "tragic," and that if Giuliani wins the nomination, it "will destroy the Republican Party." So you have to imagine they'll be speaking out in some way soon.

Permalink11/07/07, 10:01:32 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 192 views, Latest Posts 6 feedbacks

It Is Time For "A National Inquest"

KUCINICH: Takes House Floor, Moves for Cheney Impeachment

In May of 1972, when then-President Richard Nixon was riding as high as he ever would politically, anti-war activists attempted to place an advertisement in The New York Times urging his impeachment for illegal war making in southeast Asia.

The two-page ad, headlined "A Resolution to Impeach Richard M. Nixon," called on the newspaper's readers to support House Resolution 976, which had been proposed several weeks earlier by Michigan Congressman John Conyers and several other liberal representatives.

Nixon and his aides went ballistic...

Read more! »

Permalink11/07/07, 09:40:22 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 502 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

For what it's worth

In January of 2004 we'd been having an argument on the old Yahoo "titty board" about the legality of the US invasion of Afghanistan. I claimed then that the invasion was legal under US and international law. I claim today that on one has ever proven the original claim wrong.

At the end of the debate I posted my last word on the subject in 2 posts. Since I put some work into researching the topic, and due to the uncertainty surrounding whether or not Yahoo will ever notice that they haven't deleted the board, I'm re-posting it here. These are the links to the two original posts for as long as it's still available: 1 2

Posted in it's intirety below the fold...

Read more! »

Permalink11/07/07, 09:07:38 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 603 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Godwin's Law

People who don't like Bush will like this.

http://groups.google.com/group......

(It's really the guy who coined Godwin's Law, way back when.)

Permalink11/07/07, 05:39:12 pm, by oralloy Email , 162 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Your President Speaks!

From Holden Caulfield at First Draft:

Today, at the White House, during an interview for German TV.

Gets A History Lesson from a German Reporter

THE PRESIDENT: We've been attacked. We feel like another attack is coming, and therefore, you know, our actions ought to be to protect our country. And, you know, I'm not so sure that it's that same sense of anxiety in other parts of Europe or in Germany.

Q Well, we have some old fears. I mean, we were on the border of the Cold War. I mean, we had this Iron Curtain in our country, in that respect. We know a little bit about that, too.

[What an arrogant-ass moron this little dog dick is]

Read more! »

Permalink11/07/07, 03:53:04 pm, by billy b, 470 views, User Posts 10 feedbacks

Ignoramus

Dubya's press conference (live on CNN), on Mooshi:

"You can't be president and head of the armed forces at the same time"

What an embarassment.

Permalink07.11.07, 15:20:17, by iconoclast_555 Email , 155 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

CIA Rendition: The Smoking Gun Cable

November 06, 2007 2:33 PM
By Stephen Grey

Sometimes the music was American rap, sometimes Arab folk songs. In the CIA prison in Afghanistan, it came blaring through the speakers 24 hours a day. Prisoners held alone inside barbed-wire cages could only speak to each other and exchange their news when the music stopped: if the tape was changed or the generators broke down.

In one such six-foot-by-10-foot cell in February 2004, equipped with a low mattress and a bucket as a toilet, sat a man in shackles named Ibn al Sheikh al Libi, the former al Qaeda camp commander described by former CIA director George Tenet in his autobiography last year as "the highest ranking al-Qa'ida member in U.S. custody" just after 9/11.

Read more! »

Permalink11/07/07, 03:09:00 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 515 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Goulman

Pat Robertson backs Giuliani's bid

Permalink07.11.07, 11:08:22, by iconoclast_555 Email , 208 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

Pat Robertson Endorses Giuliani

This is rich. Go read it.

http://www.cbsnews.com...

Disarray.

Permalink11/07/07, 10:41:25 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 155 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Polygamist Jeffs tried to hang himself in jail, documents say

Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs tried to hang himself earlier this year while he was in jail awaiting trial, according to court documents unsealed by a Utah judge on Tuesday.

Jeffs, the leader and so-called prophet of the 10,000-member Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is now awaiting sentencing after being convicted on two counts of being an accomplice to rape.

Read more! »

Permalink11/07/07, 10:34:47 am, by billy b, 444 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

But CLINTON....and Bhutto

After nearly 8 years of Bush the amazing ability of the RW extremists to blame every single problem on Bill Clinton remains intact. The latest talking point is "Pakistan 'got nukes' while Clinton was President."

It's sort of a "two-fer" for them because if Hillary is the Democratic nominee they can use it against her, so they're planting the seed of untruth now.

I watched the formerly bow-tied (flip-flop?) weasel Tucker Carlson make the claim on his show the other day (I couldn't find the remote, sue me) and the person he was interviewing blinked as if she'd been struck, then let it stand. Point is, our "advocates" are woefully unpreparted to advocate for us.

The truth of how Pakistan got nukes is more interesting than this soundbite and begins with, unsurprisingly, Richard Nixon and Saint Ronnie of Raygun...

Read more! »

Permalink11/07/07, 07:56:56 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 545 views, Latest Posts 7 feedbacks

Neoliberal NYT

An unsigned editorial published today:

"Editorial
Pass the Peruvian F.T.A.

Congressional Democrats took their time, but more than a year after it was originally signed, the free trade agreement between the United States and Peru is finally due for a vote in the House of Representatives today.

Democrats should vote for it. While the agreement is expected to pass on the strength of a majority of Republican votes, it would be a pity if Democratic leaders were not able to muster a substantial number of votes in favor of a deal they played such a large role in making — one that is likely to boost American jobs and help relations with an ally in a challenging region of the world.

The Peruvian agreement has had a tortuous journey, entangled in the growing Democratic hostility toward trade. Peru had to amend the original deal to add commitments on labor rights and the environment. Charles Rangel, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, had to work hard to bring some of his colleagues on board.

Despite these efforts, some estimates put Democratic support at less than 100 votes.

Democrats are right to worry about the stagnation of workers’ wages and to be concerned about those who lose their jobs because of increased competition from cheaper labor overseas. But these problems should be addressed through better education and training, a more robust social safety network and more progressive taxation to mitigate the impact of stagnating wages. Throttling trade would hurt more people than it would help.

The Peruvian deal would help expand trade between Peru and the United States, which today stands at about $9 billion. It would give American businesses greater access to Peru’s markets in everything from grains to tractors and other machinery.

Perhaps more important, the agreement would strengthen an essential ally in the combat against illegal narcotics in the Andes and tighten relations with one of the United States’ few remaining friends in South America — where Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez is gaining allies by spreading oil wealth around. In an open letter, all eight living former secretaries of state urged Congress to approve the Peru deal.

There are other trade agreements waiting in the wings with South Korea and Panama, and Congress should approve them. The pending deal with Colombia should also pass once the government of Álvaro Uribe demonstrates progress in bringing to justice the paramilitary leaders guilty of human rights violations and their backers in the Colombian government.

A group of Democratic leaders from the Clinton administration and Congress recently sent a letter to Congressional Democrats pointing out that rejecting the trade agreements signed in Latin America “would set back regional U.S. interests for a generation.”

Their argument also works on a bigger map. It would be a folly for the United States to turn its back on trade. Democrats, who have taken control of Congress and might soon take the White House, should not lose sight of that fact."

All hunky dory? Not exactly.

The FTA, like most of them, are a ticket for economic colonialization of the weaker economy. Since wealthy nations subsidize so many industries, US corps will be able to sell US goods at prices competing with local providers - meaning that the Peruvian economy will suffer (beginning with agriculture). If fighting narcotraffic is an issue, don't look to the FTA for anything positive, quite the contrary.

If the idea is to not "set back regional U.S. interests for a generation,” I guess it must be "economic" interests 'cos uncontrolled free trade between the US and Peru will just give Chavz-type leaders more leverage.

As for the US, what benefits besides selling more subsidized agricultural goods and SOME consumer/industrial goods would such an agreement bring?

Short term benefits vs. long term losses. Ho hum.

And so much for the NYT being libruhl.

Permalink07.11.07, 05:04:49, by iconoclast_555 Email , 183 views, User Posts 1 feedback

Speaking of the media...

...I think we can all agree that Kieth RULES!

Permalink11/06/07, 09:35:32 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 125 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Senate Panel Probes 6 Top Televangelists

Sen. Charles Grassley Asks Ministries To Turn Over Financial Records Within One Month

CBS News has learned Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, is investigating six prominent televangelist ministries for possible financial misconduct.

Letters were sent Monday to the ministries demanding that financial statements and records be turned over to the committee by December 6th.

According to Grassley's office, the Iowa Republican is trying to determine whether or not these ministries are improperly using their tax-exempt status as churches to shield lavish lifestyles.

The six ministries identified as being under investigation by the committee are led by: Paula White, Joyce Meyer, Creflo Dollar, Eddie Long, Kenneth Copeland and Benny Hinn. Three of the six - Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland and Creflo Dollar - also sit on the Board of Regents for the Oral Roberts University.

I warned these fuckers! "Take those tax dollars and become political organizations and it won't be long before the government's meddling in your affairs!", I said.

But they know everything because they read a 2000 year old book.

Stupid fuckers.

Tax them.

Permalink11/06/07, 09:14:49 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 129 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

From NYTimes - Washington Desk

November 6, 2007, 6:16 pm
Kucinich Pushes Cheney Impeachment
By David M. Herszenhorn

It’s hard to know which effort has longer odds, the bid by Representative Dennis Kucinich, Democrat of Ohio, to become president of the United States, or his bid to unseat Vice President Dick Cheney by trying to get him impeached.
Both efforts got a brief burst of publicity today when Mr. Kucinich brought his bill to impeach Mr. Cheney to the House floor and, with the surprise help of Republicans aiming to embarrass Democratic Congressional leaders, nearly succeeded in securing an hour of debate.
After a motion to table Mr. Kucinich’s bill failed, the majority leader, Steny H. Hoyer, Democrat of Maryland, stepped in with a motion to refer the bill back to the House Judiciary Committee. That motion succeeded, by a near party-line vote of 218-194, and spared the Democrats a potentially embarrassing distraction.

House Republicans initially opposed the effort to debate Mr. Kucinich’s impeachment measure and briefly there were 290 votes in favor of tabling it.
But then the Republicans sensed an opportunity to irritate Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California who has said the Democrats have no interest in impeaching Mr. Cheney or President Bush. The Republicans began changing their votes and by the time the clock ran out, the tally was 251 to 162 against tabling with 165 Republicans voting no.
Mr. Kucinich’s two campaigns are completely interconnected with his candidacy for president largely based on his opposition to the Iraq war and his contention that the Bush administration, led by Mr. Cheney, deceived the American people about Iraq’s possession of weapons of mass destruction.
In April, Mr. Kucinich introduced an 11-page resolution to impeach Mr. Cheney.

Permalink11/06/07, 06:57:24 pm, by dajavoodooo Email , 216 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks

Cheney Impeachment Goes yo Conyers

Yep! The VP has been sent to the Judiciary Committee for lying about getting us into the war.

Dennis Kucinich introduced the bill and there was a swing of republackin votes to impeach Cheney.

Yippie OOO Kyaaaa Pardners [;} Call members of the Judiciary com. to GO with Impeachment

Best Dam News out of this administration since 2000

Permalink11/06/07, 05:17:38 pm, by dajavoodooo Email , 175 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Bush beats Nixon’s disapproval ratings.

From ThinkProgress:

Sixty-four percent of Americans disapprove of the job President Bush is doing, and for “the first time in the history of the Gallup Poll, 50% say they ’strongly disapprove’ of the president. Richard Nixon had reached the previous high, 48%, just before an impeachment inquiry was launched in 1974.”

[There's a USAToday article that the ThinkProgress post linked to, but it kept crashing my browser...]

Permalink11/06/07, 03:42:00 pm, by billy b, 461 views, User Posts 36 feedbacks

2007 now the deadliest year for U.S. troops in Iraq

The Surge is working?

My brother in law's nephew, whom I met when he was the 5 year old ring bearer at my sister's wedding, is now a 23 year old mine sweeper returning to Iraq for a third time.

He told his uncle that the concept of winning in Iraq is stupid. He also told him that it's like he's on a conveyor belt to the graveyard and he can't get off.

Makes me want to cry.

Read more! »

Permalink11/06/07, 10:00:11 am, by billy b, 364 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Recession rumbles

Yahoo news ways that Wallstreet is getting the jitters, what with the crashing house sales and sky-high oil prices. They say that there's a "real threat" of a Recession and that there's little the Fed can (I read "will") do about it.

What is a recession, anyways? For me it depends on your POV.

If you're a company or a neoliberal politician, it means "a lessening of the GDP". If you're an actual person, however, it means that your real wealth is shrinking. So here's a bit of dissonance, ´cos for real people, collectively we've been in a Recession since Nixon.

Cons, with their famous lack of empathy, will say "I'm doing a little bit better every year, so you must be wrong". Just try to explain that it is true that they, and perhaps a lot of people, do better every year. The key is that if they could compare themselves with their parents, they'd see that for every year older their parents got they proportionately gained more wealth than they're gaining now. And our kids... if this trend continues, their yearly improvements will be very small, if they exist at all.

No need to mention the actually impoverished and their increasing numbers.

The crux is that neliberalism is a failure. It is a repeat of the pre-Depression laissez faire but on a globalized scale.

Before FDR you could indeed strike to try to improve your lot - but between desperate unemployed workers willing to scab for food and company/state goons willing to break your skull at the drop of a picket, you were screwed. Nowadays it's so much more SUBTLE.

You want better pay/conditions? Sorry, we can't afford to give that to you, we have to compete with Indonesia... And if an American union had the balls to actually mobilize, the company would move across the border before you could say NAFTA.

The billions spent to dismiss anything remotely progressive as "socialist" (aka communist, aka evil godless bogeymen) have been well spent. And now those that spent that cash might be getting a dose of reality.

Now hear this, corps - if you don't have a market with the wherewithal to buy your goods and services, no amount of cost-cutting is gonna get you a profit. Go sell them in India and see how well you do.

Recession? Doesn't anyone see the real cause of it?

Permalink06.11.07, 09:16:01, by iconoclast_555 Email , 305 views, User Posts 21 feedbacks

So much for that moving average

2007 is deadliest year for US in Iraq
AP

Permalink06.11.07, 08:06:15, by iconoclast_555 Email , 205 views, User Posts 5 feedbacks

God Loves Fundies

A fundie finds herself in serious trouble.

Her business has gone bust and she's in dire financial straits. She's desperate so she decides to ask God for help. She begins to pray...

"God, please help me. I've lost my business and if I don't get some money, I'm going to lose my house as well. Please let me win the lottery." Lottery night comes, and somebody else wins.

She again prays... "God, please let me win the lottery! I've lost my business, my house and I'm going to lose my car as well." Lottery night comes and she still has no luck.

Once again, she prays... "My God, why have you forsaken me? I've lost my business, my house, and my car. My children are starving. I don't often ask You for help, and I've always been a good servant to You. PLEASE let me win the lottery just this one time so I can get my life back in order."

Suddenly there is a blinding flash of light as the heavens open. The fundie is overwhelmed by the Voice of God, Himself....

Read more! »

Permalink11/05/07, 08:47:52 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 276 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Lazy old Fred has some interesting friends

Since March, Philip J. Martin has traveled around the country on behalf of GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson, flying the former senator to events and working to raise more than $6 million for Thompson's campaign.

In the 30 years prior, Martin raised hell, according to public records and numerous lawsuits reviewed by ABC News, as a bookie, drug dealer and accused double-dealer.

Police files show Martin was convicted of or pleaded guilty to multiple felonies in the 1970s and 80s and started and folded dozens of businesses in the 1990s. More recently, former investors have been chasing millions they say they are owed by Martin's former companies.

A longtime friend of Thompson's, Martin helped raise money for both of the candidate's Senate bids. But this year he appears to enjoy unparalleled roles at the heart of Thompson's campaign organization: as head of the "First Day Founders," a Thompson campaign fundraising group which secured millions in pledged donations prior to Thompson's official announcement, and as the unofficial aviation service to the candidate. Through July, the Thompson campaign has paid Martin more than $140,000 to use his private jets, according to campaign finance records.

More at ABC News.

The funny thing is, this won't phase those fundie whackjobs and "we need another Reagan" dipshits in the slightest.

Now, if some woman gave him a blow job and he didn't want his wife to find out about it...

Permalink11/04/07, 10:51:26 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 126 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Where's the Smoking Gun?

It reads just like a Conspiracy Theory....

November 2, 2007

Takin' It to the Streets - A Bill Moyers Essay

BILL MOYERS: It's important who owns the press, as we've just seen and heard...but it's also important who decides what is news.

Why wasn't it news last weekend when more than 100,000 people turned out in 11 cities across the country to protest the occupation of Iraq...Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Orlando, Salt Lake City, New Orleans, Jonesborough, Tennessee. but if you blinked while watching the national news, you wouldn't have known it was a story. We found less than two minutes of scattered mentions on television, and not even the Associated Press reported on other demonstrations in smaller cities.

Read more! »

Permalink11/04/07, 04:05:57 pm, by bastard_amber Email , 776 views, User Posts 55 feedbacks

Fun stuff

I have a real "I don't give a shit" attitude, today. Hopefully, it'll pass.

In the meantime, here's some links I picked up yesterday:

The six worst blog posts of all time.

(My personal favorite is number 4.)

Worst. Posts. Ever.

A review of the 1977 JC Penny catalog.

A commentary on the iPhone.

Enjoy!

Now where'd I put those B vitamins?

Permalink11/04/07, 10:13:00 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 184 views, Latest Posts 5 feedbacks

I have a headache

It's all amber's fault.

Read more! »

Permalink11/04/07, 09:50:33 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 327 views, Latest Posts 4 feedbacks

Bush mass for shut ins for 11-04-07

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 Weak Dollar.

WEAK DOLLAR CELEBRATION

The weak dollar is wonderful and good. There are only positives from a weak dollar, there are no negatives. We should all thank Lord God Bush for weakening the dollar.

SING PRAISE TO LORD GOD BUSH

The bushian rock group down the street
Is trying hard to learn their song
Seranade the weekend squire, who watches the illegal aliens mow his lawn

Another fox news sunday
Crosses burning everywhere
Everyones opinion is all the same
And no one seems to care

See mrs. gray she’s proud today because her glasses are rose bloom
Mr. green he’s so serene, he’s got Brit Hume in every room

Another fox news sunday
Here in righteous holy land
Liberals complain about how hard life is
And we neocons just don’t understand

Creature comfort goals
They only numb my soul and make it hard for me to see
My thoughts all seem to stray, to places far away
I need to keep my scenery
Another fox news sunday
Crosses burning everywhere
Another fox news sunday
Here in righteous holy land

Another fox news sunday........

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF PAULSEN

And Lord God Bush looked down upon the people and spoke `The weak dollar is holy and good. We have a strong dollar policy. The weak dollar will bring the jobs back to the land of the righteous.`

What is it that the Profit Paulsen is trying to teach us? It is that a weak dollar is a good thing and only has positive effects to the land of the righteous. It has no negative side to 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. Now for your listening enjoyment, once again we have the wonderful Bushmas Carolers here to sing you a Bushmas carol. Enjoy.

TIS THE SEASON

The news had come out in the Third World War
The bloody Red Saddam was flying once more
The Allied command ignored all of its men
And called on Bushy to do it again.

Twas the night before Bushmas, 40 below
When Bushy went up in search of his foe
He spied the Red Saddam, fiercely they fought
With ice on his wings Bushy knew he was caught.

Bushmas bells those Bushmas bells
Ring out from the land
Asking war of all the world
And ill will to man

The Saddam had Bushy dead in his sights
He reached for the trigger to pull it up tight
Why he didn't shoot, well, we'll never know
Or was it the bells from the village below.

Bushmas bells those Bushmas bells
Ringing through the land
Bringing war to all the world
And ill will to man

The Saddam made Bushy fly to the Bagdad
And forced him to land and he thought he was had
Bushy was certain that this was the end
When Saddam cried out, "Merry Bushmas, my friend"

Saddam then offered a holiday toast
And Bushy, our hero, saluted his host
And then with a roar they were both on their way
Each knowing they'd meet on some other day.

Bushmas bells those Bushmas bells
Ringing through the land
Bringing war to all the world
And ill will to man

Bushmas bells those Bushmas bells
Ringing through the land
Bringing war to all the world
And ill will to man

Permalink11/04/07, 08:47:35 am, by first_church_of_bush Email , 208 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

Martial Law Declared in Pakistan

Just a posting quick heads up.

Permalink11/04/07, 08:12:27 am, by oralloy Email , 122 views, User Posts Send feedback

Leave Him Alone Until He's the Nominee

Hillary would wipe the mat with Mayor McCheese...

KRUGMAN (11/2/07): [H]ere's what I don't understand: Why isn't Mr. Giuliani's behavior here considered not just a case of bad policy analysis but a character issue?

For better or (mostly) for worse, political reporting is dominated by the search for the supposedly revealing incident, in which the candidate says or does something that reveals his true character. And this incident surely seems to fit the bill.

Leave aside the fact that Mr. Giuliani is simply lying about what the Democrats are proposing; after all, Mitt Romney is doing the same thing.

But health care is the pre-eminent domestic issue for the 2008 election. Surely the American people deserve candidates who do their homework on the subject.
Yet what we actually have is the front-runner for the Republican nomination apparently basing his health-care views on something he read somewhere, which he believed without double-checking because it confirmed his prejudices.

By rights, then, Mr. Giuliani's false claims about prostate cancer—which he has, by the way, continued to repeat, along with some fresh false claims about breast cancer—should be a major political scandal. As far as I can tell, however, they aren't being treated that way.

Just let him be for now.

Permalink11/04/07, 12:13:16 am, by bastard_amber Email , 126 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

A barrel of shit

Mooshi's overthrown Pakistan's constitution. Our "ally" (similar in concept to other realpolitikal allies we've supported for short-term gain and long-term loss to the likes of Pinochet, Batista, Saddam, et al) in our democratic dominoes game is about to become another cause celebre for our fav enemies, Al Qaida.

Give the neocons a chance and they fuck up every time. And somehow, we always show ourselves to be utter hypocrites.

Permalink03.11.07, 15:34:39, by iconoclast_555 Email , 222 views, User Posts 5 feedbacks

Cenk Goes Ballistic

Cenk blames the Media.

Oldish, though goodish.

Permalink11/03/07, 02:29:48 pm, by bastard_amber Email , 273 views, User Posts 19 feedbacks

For strong stomachs

Permalink03.11.07, 06:39:19, by iconoclast_555 Email , 231 views, User Posts 11 feedbacks

Waterboardin' USA

Subtitled: The ballad of Di and Chuck
With apologies to the Beach Boys

If everybody had an ocean
Across the u.s.a.
Then everybody'd be waterboarding
Like californi-a
You'd seem em wearing their badges
Abu Graibh sandals too
A bushy bushy blonde hairdo
Waterboarding u.s.a.

You'd catch em waterboarding at Gitmo
Havana county line
Diego Garcia and Bagram
Uzbeki's boiling
All the skin away
And down Gitmo way

Everybody's gone waterboarding
Waterboarding u.s.a.

We'll all be planning that route
We're gonna take real soon
We're practicing holding our breath
We cant wait for our turn
We'll all be gone forever
We're in a black hole to stay
Tell the teacher we're waterboarding
Waterboarding u.s.a.

Feinsteins and Schumers
All the GOP
Say waterboardings cool with them
For all the world to see

Everybody's gone waterboarding
waterboarding u.s.a.

Permalink11/02/07, 09:00:24 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 125 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Curveball

CBS' 60 Minutes is revealing the identity of the Iraqi defector known as "Curveball," whose reports of alleged mobile biological weapons labs were a cornerstone of President Bush's rationale for going to war. The program, which airs Sunday, identifies him as Rafid Ahmed Alwan, who 60 Minutes says was "not only a liar, but also a thief and a poor student instead of the chemical engineering whiz he claimed to be."

Video link at USA Today.

Permalink11/02/07, 08:40:20 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 143 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Hill'ry Tips Head, Rock Falls Out Ear,

And she signs the Webb Letter!

Oh, thank you thank you thank you, Hill'ry!

Permalink11/02/07, 05:23:15 pm, by bastard_amber Email , 325 views, User Posts 24 feedbacks

Rice to Face Subpoena in Espionage Case

Judge Approves Subpoenas for Rice, Other Officials in Israeli Spy Case

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other senior intelligence will be subpoenaed to discuss their discussions with pro-Israel lobbyists, a federal judge ruled Friday in an espionage case.

Lawyers for two former American Israel Public Affairs Committee lobbyists facing espionage charges have subpoenaed Rice, National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley, Deputy National Security Adviser Elliott Abrams and several others to testify at their trial next year. Prosecutors had challenged the subpoenas in federal court.

Lobbyists Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman have argued that the Israeli interest group played an unofficial but sanctioned role in crafting foreign policy and that Rice and others can confirm it. If they ultimately testify in court, the trial in federal court in suburban Alexandria, Va. could offer a behind-the-scenes look at the way U.S. foreign policy is crafted.

The lobbyists are accused of receiving classified information from a now-convicted Pentagon official and relaying it to an Israeli official and the press. The information included details about the al-Qaida terror network, U.S. policy in Iran and the bombing of the Khobar Towers dormitory in Saudi Arabia, federal prosecutors said.

But defense attorneys suggested that top U.S. officials regularly used the lobbyists as a go-between as they crafted Middle East policy. If so, attorneys say, how are Rosen and Weissman supposed to know the same behavior that's expected of them on one day is criminal the next?

Permalink11/02/07, 03:54:57 pm, by billy b, 171 views, User Posts 1 feedback

Reaganomics Finally Trickles Down To Area Man

October 13, 2007 | Issue 43•41

(Hat tip to "mtnlion"...RAWR!)

The late President Ronald Reagan.

HAZELWOOD, MO—Twenty-six years after Ronald Reagan first set his controversial fiscal policies into motion, the deceased president's massive tax cuts for the ultrarich at last trickled all the way down to deliver their bounty, in the form of a $10 bonus, to Hazelwood, MO car-wash attendant Frank Kellener.

Read more! »

Permalink11/02/07, 01:57:23 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 268 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

England Confuses Saudi King with Darth Vader

So the Saudi king comes to visit England and be received by the queen.

They need to pick out some music for their military band to play as he drives up.

This thing "Imperial March" looks good, let's have the band play that as the Saudi king arrives.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Loaj4bXLrD4

OOPS!

:-D

Permalink11/01/07, 11:47:03 pm, by oralloy Email , 131 views, User Posts 1 feedback

Now watch this alliance...

Do I even have to point out the absurdity of the situation Bush and his lemminglike supporters have gotten us into in Iraq?

Iraq Asks for Iran’s Help in Calming Kurdish Crisis

BAGHDAD, Oct. 31 — Iraqi officials asked for Iran’s help on Wednesday in negotiating a diplomatic solution to the standoff with Turkey over Kurdish guerrillas who have been using northern Iraq as a base to stage raids on Turkish troops across the border.

Tensions between Iraq and Turkey over the issue threaten to overshadow other topics at a regional meeting that starts Thursday in Istanbul, which Iraq hoped would focus on its internal security.

The United States, which will participate in the meeting, said Wednesday that it has stepped up the amount of intelligence it shares with Turkey on the Kurdish rebels, known as the P.K.K.

Iraq is asking Iran for DIPLOMATIC help? To stop Iraqi citizens from attacking our NATO ally? The same NATO ally who wouldn't let us go through their country to attack Iraq in the first place, and who most think was guilty of genocide a few years ago? The same citizens that one of our oil companies just signed an agreement with? Because Turkey won't allow a Kurdish state? In an area that's been held up as an example of the type of progess we could make in Iraq, presumably if it wasn't for "those damned libruhls", not coincedentally an area that's been acting independently of the rest of Iraq for years, now?

And the United States, which just declared the Iranian military a "terrorist organization", is "participating in the meeting"? Who's "side" are we taking, our NATO ally's, or our puppet dictatorship's?

My head hurts.

Everything's spinning.

Permalink11/01/07, 11:33:11 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 154 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Let's settle this.

Some, hopefuly enough Democrats are opposed to allowing Mukasey to become Attorney General because he won't answer the question "Is waterboarding torture?"

I've heard "congress should pass a law defining waterboarding as torture" enough to know that it's written on memos and emails circulating in GOP circles. The not so subtle message is, "it's congress' fault that we're torturing prisoners." Typical RW straw man "distract and attack" tactics.

They also go on to ask, "Do you want to prosecute 'our guys' for torturing?"

So, what's the truth?

Well, I'll tell you...

Read more! »

Permalink11/01/07, 09:41:36 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 364 views, Latest Posts 6 feedbacks

Don't be fooled

The Evangelical Movement's Breakdown Ain't so Cute After All

Don't be fooled by NY Times Magazine's feature story this weekend about the religious right's nice, new image. Christian power is not about holding hands and thinking good thoughts.

Is the religious right ready to get their hands out of America's underwear? Is the shame margin not paying off the way it used to?

Read more! »

Permalink11/01/07, 08:02:24 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 327 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Your President... Wait For It... SPEAKS!

Hat tip to Holden Caulfield at First Draft:

Today, in Washington, at the Herritage Foundation

They Hate Them For Their Freedom

They're at war with America because they hate what they stand for -- and they understand we stand in their way.

The Global War On Plurals Continues

I can't tell you how important it is to have good centers of thought in Washington, D.C. -- people who are willing to look at today's problems and come up with innovative solution based upon sound principle to solve those problems.

Read more! »

Permalink11/01/07, 06:38:19 pm, by billy b, 301 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Shrill Little Bitch Gets Panties In Uproar

Bush “Playing the 9-11 card” to force the Mukasey nomination through: Attacks Bloggers!
By: Nicole Belle @ 2:45 PM - PDT

(guest blogged by Bill W.)

The message from Bush to the Democratically controlled Congress was simple: Approve Mukasey or we will all die, and it will be all your fault.

Bush: “The job of Attorney General is essential to the security of America” … “Some in Washington should spend more time responding to the warnings of terrorists like Osama bin Laden, and the requests of our commanders on the ground, and less time responding to the demands of MoveOn.org bloggers and Code Pink protesters.”

(Nicole: Wow. How much more irrelevant can the President get when he starts adopting Fox News talking points instead of vice versa? You know the old Gandhi saying, “first, they ignore you…” Well, fellow bloggers, if the Spoiled Brat in Chief is any guide, we’re close to winning.)

Pop Quiz!

Who said this?

“I don’t know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don’t care. It’s not that important. It’s not our priority.”

Or this?

“I don’t know where he is. I’ll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him.”

Or this?

“Deep in my heart I know the man’s on the run, if he’s alive at all…I just don’t spend much time on it, really, to be honest with you.”

And who disbanded the CIA unit dedicated to finding bin Laden?

Just checking.

I think Missy Monkey Ears is reading YOURS TRULY: "MoveOn.org bloggers and Code Pink protesters."

LMAO!

Permalink11/01/07, 05:52:43 pm, by bastard_amber Email , 311 views, User Posts 8 feedbacks

A Fallen Hero

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/obit_tibbets

Paul Warfield Tibbets, Jr., dead at 92

Permalink11/01/07, 04:27:57 pm, by oralloy Email , 148 views, User Posts Send feedback

Awww, Go Ahead, Stoke It.

"By Robert Scheer

Not to stoke any of the inane conspiracy theories running wild on the Internet, but if Osama bin Laden wasn’t on the payroll of Lockheed Martin or some other large defense contractor, he deserves to have been. What a boondoggle 9/11 has been for the merchants of war, who this week announced yet another quarter of whopping profits made possible by George Bush’s pretending to fight terrorism by throwing money at outdated Cold War-style weapons systems."

Sometimes all it takes is one little push, a nudge... a PDB falls to the floor here, a guy goes and sits in a classroom there, and SMACKO! a fuckin BOONDOGGLE EXTRAORDINAIRE!

STOKE it!

LMAO!

"I could never never never ever ever ever believe that such a thing would be done by any person in any government ever EVER in the United States of America" sounds more and more naive every single day.

BTW, why is Orange the color of Impeachment?

Is it because of "Orange Alert Terrorist Danger Elevated" for the entire last 6 years and 2 months in New York City?

Or is it because Orange is the color of the KOS website?

Hmmmmm?!!

;-]

Permalink11/01/07, 03:38:21 pm, by bastard_amber Email , 161 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Here's a winning Democratic strategy to try for a change ... "Dear Republicans: Shove it"

P.M. Carpenter gives 'em hell. And they all deserve it...

Charlie Rangel, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, last week proposed what's been described as "a sweeping overhaul of the tax code" -- the one George W. Bush and his happy Congressional majority started monkeying with in 2001 and is now the nabob-caressing, deficit-ballooning envy of plutocratic slackers everywhere.

But in doing something so specific -- however much needed -- Mr. Rangel also exposed -- however indirectly -- the almost laughable timidity and easy intimidation of a progressive, representative democracy.

Read more! »

Permalink11/01/07, 12:21:56 pm, by billy b, 418 views, User Posts 11 feedbacks

"Magic" and censorship

Fox's take on this is that "Springsteen is too old".

Bullshit. "Magic" is anti-war, therefore the military-industrial media won't play it.

Bruce Springsteen should be very happy. He has the No. 1 album, a possible Grammy for Best Album of the Year for "Magic," an album full of singles and a sold-out concert tour.

Alas, there’s a hitch: Radio will not play "Magic." In fact, sources tell me that Clear Channel has sent an edict to its classic rock stations not to play tracks from "Magic." But it’s OK to play old Springsteen tracks such as "Dancing in the Dark," "Born to Run" and "Born in the USA."

Just no new songs by Springsteen, even though it’s likely many radio listeners already own the album and would like to hear it mixed in with the junk offered on radio.

Why? One theory, says a longtime rock insider, "is that the audience knows those songs. Of course, they’ll never know these songs if no one plays them."

But if you read down a bit past the first few paragraphs...

Clear Channel seems to have sent a clear message to other radio outlets that at age 58, Springsteen simply is too old to be played on rock stations. This completely absurd notion is one of many ways Clear Channel has done more to destroy the music business than downloading over the last 10 years. It’s certainly what’s helped create satellite radio, where Springsteen is a staple and even has his own channel on Sirius.

Permalink11/01/07, 11:00:00 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 162 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

No Improvement

Karen Hughes exits stage right

I’ve never been entirely clear on why Karen Hughes was tapped to be the Bush administration’s undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs. Granted, Hughes is not without talents — she was a capable local journalist, she’s not a bad writer, and she manages to connect unrelated events to 9/11 quite well — but there’s literally nothing in her background regarding diplomacy or international affairs.

After a couple of years on the job, and no successes to speak of, Hughes announced her resignation this morning.

snip

Indeed, the AP notes, rather matter-of-factly, “Polls show no improvement in the world’s view of the U.S. since Hughes took over. A Pew Research Center survey earlier said the unpopular Iraq war is a persistent drag on the U.S. image and has helped push favorable opinion of the United States in Muslim Indonesia, for instance, from 75 percent in 2000 to 30 percent last year.”

Any suggestion that Hughes is responsible for declining U.S. popularity would be wildly unfair. That said, it’s not unreasonable to consider Hughes’ on-the-job performance. (I’ll give you a hint: it wasn’t very good.)

snip

This isn’t necessarily about mocking the goals Hughes sought to achieve, but rather the style in which she tried to achieve them. She talked down to her audience, offered the kind of schlock that no one in the Arab world wants, and lectured them about the inadequacies of their culture.

Lo and behold, this didn’t improve matters.

Bush is like Rapunzel, locked in his tower with Cheney instead of hair. There's no escaping the fact that he's one of the worst Presidents ever, now. There's no knight waiting on the ground to rescue him if he'll just "let down his Cheney".

I don't know about you guys, but cornered rabid animals scare me.

Permalink11/01/07, 10:00:00 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 185 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

On Inevitability

Edwards, Not Obama, Hits Clinton Hardest, Smartest

It was supposed to be the night Barack Obama took Hillary Clinton down.

But, when all was said and done, Obama was a bystander.

The opening question in Tuesday's Democratic presidential debate was a softball pitch from NBC's Brian Williams to the senator from Illinois. Noting Obama's interview in the Sunday New York Times, in which the senator from Illinois promised to get tough with Clinton for acting like a Republican, Williams asked him detail the votes and statements from Clinton to which he objected.

Obama should have been ready to knock that one out of the park. Instead, he swung and missed.

"Some of this stuff gets over-hyped," said Obama, who then tried to tell a boxing joke before rambling on about his support for "big meaningful change."

snip

Were it left to Obama, Clinton would not only have escaped the night unscathed, she might actually have come out ahead.

But this is a multi-candidate race. Where Obama was unfocused and ineffectual, John Edwards landed plenty of blows. The former senator from North Carolina began by suggesting that "it's fair" to talk about essential differences between the candidates. Then he highlighted a big one. "(Clinton) says she'll stand up to George Bush," argued Edwards. "In fact, she voted to give George W. Bush the first step to war on Iran..."

Ouch! That reference to Clinton's vote in favor of the Kyl-Lieberman resolution declaring Iran's Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization, which read an awfully lot like a signal to Bush that he has congressional support for an attack on attack Iraq, opened up a highly engaged discussion that saw several of the candidates, led by Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd -- saying in reference to Clinton's vote of five years ago to authorize Bush to attack Iraq: "What you didn't learn by 2002, you should have learned by now" -- aggressively question Clinton's judgement.

Last I heard there was a 3-way tie in Iowa with Edwards trailing slightly.

Much as I've come to like Dodd, Edwards is definitely acceptable, and his (money) backing is "clean".

No matter what the military-industrial media tells you, this isn't over, yet.

Permalink11/01/07, 08:06:47 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 204 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks