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Curse & Doom

Save this picture, or the link to this picture, and post it everywhere.

If the media won't end the double standard, it's up to us.

Permalink04/30/08, 08:07:55 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 3164 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

President Bush gets heated with Martha Raddatz over Afghanistan

Wow. Just wow. The stupid jackass that doubles as the president really showed what a petulant, immature, asshole he is for the umpteenth time. You have to read the transcript.

From Crooks and Liars:


President Bush got hit with a curveball today as Martha Raddatz opted to ask about the deteriorating conditions in Afghanistan instead of the economy. A visually agitated Bush went into an impassioned diatribe of how important it is to stick to our guns in Afghanistan and help secure the country. I have to say that I agree fully with the President on this one. It’s just too bad he’s virtually forgotten about the effort there, diverting vital resources to Iraq instead.

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Permalink04/30/08, 03:27:17 pm, by billy b, 261 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

18 Cents a Gallon

That's how much the federal gas tax costs you, if you drive.

It also costs about 300,000 people their jobs, as well as costing the rest of us the repairs needed to prevent another bridge collapse like happened in the Twin Cities not so long ago, if we get rid of it.

Let's do some math...

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Permalink04/30/08, 02:58:04 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 287 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Mr. Obama and Rev. Wright

NY Times Editorial

It took more time than it should have, but on Tuesday Barack Obama firmly rejected the racism and paranoia of his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., and he made it clear that the preacher does not represent him, his politics or his campaign.

snip

It is an injustice, a legacy of the racist threads of this nation’s history, but prominent African-Americans are regularly called upon to explain or repudiate what other black Americans have to say, while white public figures are rarely, if ever, handed that burden.

Senator John McCain has continued to embrace a prominent white supporter, Pastor John Hagee, whose bigotry matches that of Mr. Wright. Mr. McCain has not tried hard enough to stop a race-baiting commercial — complete with video of Mr. Wright — that is being run against Mr. Obama in North Carolina.

If Mr. Obama is the Democratic presidential nominee, we fear that there will be many more such commercials. And Mr. Obama will have to repudiate Mr. Wright’s outbursts many more times.

This country needs a healthy and open discussion of race. Mr. Obama’s repudiation of Mr. Wright is part of that. His opponents also have a responsibilityto repudiate the race-baiting and make sure it stops.

Permalink04/30/08, 03:30:00 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 291 views, Latest Posts 12 feedbacks

Hard numbers:

The economy is worse than you know

Ever since the 1960s, Washington has gulled its citizens and creditors by debasing official statistics, the vital instruments with which the vigor and muscle of the American economy are measured.

The effect has been to create a false sense of economic achievement and rectitude, allowing us to maintain artificially low interest rates, massive government borrowing, and a dangerous reliance on mortgage and financial debt even as real economic growth has been slower than claimed.

The corruption has tainted the very measures that most shape public perception of the economy:

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Permalink04/29/08, 11:05:00 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 375 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Not that you needed it, but...

...here's even more proof that religious fanatics are insanely out of touch with reality:

Pray-in at S.F. gas station asks God to lower prices

Rocky Twyman has a radical solution for surging gasoline prices: prayer.

Twyman - a community organizer, church choir director and public relations consultant from the Washington, D.C., suburbs - staged a pray-in at a San Francisco Chevron station on Friday, asking God for cheaper gas. He did the same thing in the nation's Capitol on Wednesday, with volunteers from a soup kitchen joining in. Today he will lead members of an Oakland church in prayer.

Permalink04/29/08, 10:05:06 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 127 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Minnesota: Obama 52% McCain 38%

From an Assmussen Poll.

rasmussenreports.com
Thu Apr 24, 9:22 AM ET

While Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton still struggling for the nomination, both Democrats have gained ground on John McCain in Minnesota. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state shows that Barack Obama leads McCain by double-digits, 52% to 38%. A month ago, the Democratic frontrunner's lead over McCain was just four points. However, the current results for an Obama-McCain are virtually identical to results from February.

Clinton now leads McCain by five percentage points, 47% to 42%. A month ago, they were essentially even. Two months ago, McCain had a five-point lead over Clinton.

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Permalink04/29/08, 02:17:45 pm, by billy b, 297 views, User Posts 1 feedback

(Oops, forgot a subject line)

(Updated at 11:08AM I also see that Billy found the same "conservatives only hear what they want to hear" article. I posted this with a time delay, so I'll leave it in, but "good find, Billy!" ;-> It's not so much that "wingers are stupid" as that they're so stubborn they refuse to acccept facts that contradict their twisted world view. And it is twisted.)

The Pentagon confirms that it's suspending "a public affairs program" with retired "military analysts," and Jeff Cohen contends that "The biggest villain here is not Rumsfeld or the Pentagon. It's the TV networks."

Plus, "Conservatives Increasingly Tuned Out Everything Except Fox News Between 1998-2006" and "Peggy Noonan's Bizarre Litmus Test".

"Forget the gossipy stuff," a Los Angeles Times editorial offers up questions for the candidates, and "Pink Floyd's flying pig at Coachella 2008 endorses Obama".

Permalink04/29/08, 09:00:00 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 146 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

Conservatives Increasingly Tuned Out Everything Except Fox News Between 1998-2006

I guess this comes as no surprise - wingers are stupid.

A new analysis by University of Georgia associate professor Barry Hollander finds that between 1998 and 2006, Americans became increasingly polarized in their news-gathering habits. After examining five national Pew Center for the People and the Press during that time period, Hollander concluded that the public now lives in “a huge echo chamber of attitudes and ideas.”

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Permalink04/29/08, 08:23:52 am, by billy b, 176 views, User Posts Send feedback

The Wright prism

By Paul Woodward, War in Context, April 28, 2008

...no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States. - Article VI, section 3 of the US Constitution.

Isn’t it curious that so much attention can focus on one man and the manner in which he expresses himself, yet at the same time so little attention is paid to what he says.

Anyone who is not already aware of the depth and subtlety of Rev Jeremiah’s thought should take the time to listen to him being interviewed by Bill Moyers. As for today, all the hubbub is around Wright’s performance at the National Press Club where he committed a cardinal sin: he mocked the media.

The media itself is now implicitly laying down a challenge to the American people: Will you pick your next president on the basis of how you feel about his pastor?

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Permalink04/29/08, 07:42:05 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 324 views, Latest Posts 5 feedbacks

You Can't Make Stuff Like This Up

John McCain spent much of last week emphasizing how he's a different kind of Republican. This week, he focuses on his plans for health care, which are more aligned with President Bush and other Republicans.

USA Today

Pump your little fist, John W. That'll help.

Permalink04/28/08, 10:49:00 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 100 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Looking Back

Knowing what I know today, and eliminating "electability" from consideration, here's how I'd rank the choices we had at the beginning of the 2008 primaries. A ranking of "100" would be my "perfect" candidate. (I have never seen, much less voted for, "the perfect candidate" and I don't expect I ever will.) Anyone below "50" is largely unacceptable, to me, and would definitely be a "lesser of two evils" candidate. A ranking of "1" is absolutely unacceptable, the worst possible candidate, someone who would make me ashamed to admit I'm an American.

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Permalink04/28/08, 04:50:30 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 225 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Triangulation

Nuff said

As if neolib Chicago Boyz economists weren't enough.

I'd vote for Hitler before Obama. Which means never.

Permalink27.04.08, 21:08:47, by iconoclast_555 Email , 98 views, User Posts Send feedback

What do Cindy and Kenny-Boy Have in Common?

A) They both supplied company jets to bankroll sleazy Presidential candidates.

McCain Used Wife’s Jet for Little Cost

Given Senator John McCain’s signature stance on campaign finance reform, it was not surprising that he backed legislation last year requiring presidential candidates to pay the actual cost of flying on corporate jets. The law, which requires campaigns to pay charter rates when using such jets rather than cheaper first-class fares, was intended to reduce the influence of lobbyists and create a level financial playing field.

But over a seven-month period beginning last summer, Mr. McCain’s cash-short campaign gave itself an advantage by using a corporate jet owned by a company headed by his wife, Cindy McCain, according to public records. For five of those months, the plane was used almost exclusively for campaign-related purposes, those records show.

I suppose the "I vote for the candidate with the 'R' after their name" crowd won't notice any similarities between John W and any previous Presidential candidates with rich wives who "flip-flopped" on anything.

Tonight, when you go to bed, if you're the type that says a nightly prayer, thank God you're not a Republican.

Permalink04/27/08, 09:04:18 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 76 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Joseph Stiglitz

In case you haven't already read about it, Joseph Stiglitz said in an interview that of the three candidates, he thinks Obama offers the best economic vision. He went beyond that -- not only saying his was the best of the three -- but that he believes Obama will work for smart policies. That was several days ago. I've been reading some of Stiglitz' articles, papers (many a bit too technical for me) and past interviews. I don't understand everything he says in his papers well enough to offer any opinion -- but I'm wowed by the interviews and articles I've read so far.

I know, now, why some more well left of center Democrats sing his praises. The guy got ignored by Clinton when he forewarned about some policies that led to the mess some of us like to lay totally at *bush's door. He got kicked out of the World Bank because he refused to stop criticizing IMF policies. He says the neoliberals don't care about the social consequences of their policies and they can't see why their failure to address them leads to poor results and won't work. He definitely doesn't agree with the silly notion that unregulated markets will result in the best outcomes and believes the government should exert a controlling influence to prevent the extreme injustices that can arise if we don't have regulated capitalism.

Now, on the other hand, we have Paul Krugman recently essentially asking us didn't we like the Clinton years and don't we want to restore them -- when even economic ignoramuses like me know that Clinton takes credit for positive things he had nothing to do with and doesn't take credit for the negative results of policies he pushed and passed -- some of which didn't become apparent until *bush was in office and things the Clintons are perfectly willing to let *bush take blame for (as if what *bush actually did do isn't bad enough). I was already of the opinion that Krugman has some personal stuff going on regarding Obama -- and seeing him give unqualified praise for "Clinton's economy" solidified it.

No link -- as I've read so many things I wouldn't know where to begin -- but if you're not already familiar with Stiglitz -- check him out.

Permalink04/27/08, 08:07:07 pm, by pnh Email , 187 views, User Posts 7 feedbacks

Bush mass for shut ins for 04-27-08

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 Bipartisanship.

BIPARTISANSHIP CELEBRATION

Lord God Bush is going to act in a bipartisan way. This involves telling the evil liberals what he wants and if they dont give in to his demands, they are not acting in a bipartisan way. They would also be hating America and helping the terrorists.

SING PRAISE TO LORD GOD BUSH

I remember to this day
The bright red Georgia clay
And how it stuck to the tires
After the summer rain
Will power made that old car go
A woman's mind told me that so
Oh how I wish
We were back on the road again

Me and you and a dog named boo
Travellin' and livin' off the land
Me and you and a dog named boo
How I love being a free man

I can still recall
The wheat fields of St. Paul
And the morning we got caught
Robbing from an old hen
Old McDonald he made us work
But then he paid us for what it was worth
Another tank of gas
And back on the road again
Me and you and a dog named boo
Travellin' and livin' off the land
Me and you and a dog named boo
How I love being a free man

I'll never forget the day
We motored stately into big L.A.
The lights of the city put settlin'
Down in my brain
Though it's only been a month or so
That old car's buggin' us to go
We've gotta get away and get back on
The road again

Me and you and a dog named boo
Travellin' and livin' off the land
Me and you and a dog named boo
How I love being a free man

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CHENEY

And Lord God Bush looked down upon the liberals and said,` You liberals must enact my demands or the economic doom America faces is all your fault.`.

What is it that the Profit Cheney is trying to teach us? It is that if Lord God Bushs demands arent made law, what happens is all the fault of the evil liberals. 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.

Permalink04/27/08, 08:47:34 am, by first_church_of_bush Email , 117 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

Attack in Afghanistan

Afghan president escapes deadly parade attack, two killed

1 hour ago

KABUL (AFP) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai escaped unharmed Sunday after militants attacked a high-profile military parade with rockets and gunfire, killing two people and wounding a dozen including legislators.

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Permalink04/27/08, 08:46:56 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 245 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

Speaking of Colliding Galaxies

Dick and Balls Galaxies

Cool pic from Shakesville

Galaxy Fuck

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Permalink04/26/08, 06:42:46 pm, by billy b, 280 views, User Posts 5 feedbacks

The essence...

... of neoliberalism.

Don't worry about using your brain, it's humour.

Permalink26.04.08, 13:45:05, by iconoclast_555 Email , 86 views, User Posts Send feedback

November

A friend went to this play in NY the other day and told me it was great.

Check out a couple of clips, here.

I think I'm gonna have to find me some tickets...

Permalink04/26/08, 08:28:05 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 113 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

Police State

NEW YORK - Three detectives were acquitted of all charges Friday in the 50-shot killing of an unarmed groom-to-be on his wedding day, a case that put the New York Police Department at the center of another dispute involving allegations of excessive firepower.

Justice Arthur Cooperman delivered the verdict in a Queens courtroom packed with spectators, including victim Sean Bell's fiancee and parents, as at least 200 people gathered outside the building.

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Permalink04/25/08, 11:15:00 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 264 views, Latest Posts 4 feedbacks

Galaxies go wild

The Hubble Space Telescope has captured stunning images of colliding galaxies, which have been released to mark the 18th anniversary of the telescope's launch.

The dramatic collisions trigger bursts of star formation and sometimes result in new galaxies.

Cool movie, here.

If everything is flying away from an original central explosion, and if intergalactic space makes up most (99% near vacuum?) of the known universe, we're going to need to understand gravity better to explain how there can be so many collisions. Of course, with "billions and billions" of galaxies, a few collisions is far from impossible...

Permalink04/25/08, 09:45:00 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 115 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

The World's Hunger -- A Crisis?

WalMart and Sam's Club just put limits on the amount of rice any given customer can buy at one time. Sure, rice is not known as a stap;e food here, but the significance of this move may have unintended and unexpected consequences.

Almost everything in the supermarkets has gone up in price, and that trend will continue as long as diesel fuel hovers around $5 per gallon. It appears, in this early stage, that we are in for some hard times, and there's still nine months to go with bush-boy at the helm.

The following is from Global Research and gives an over view of the world food crisis:

URL of this article: www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=8754

Global Research, April 21, 2008

Consumers in rich countries feel it in supermarkets but in the world's poorest ones people are starving. The reason - soaring food prices, and it's triggered riots around the world in places like Mexico, Indonesia, Yemen, the Philippines, Cambodia, Morocco, Senegal, Uzbekistan, Guinea, Mauritania, Egypt, Cameroon, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Peru, Bolivia and Haiti that was once nearly food self-sufficient but now relies on imports for most of its supply and (like other food-importing countries) is at the mercy of agribusiness.

Wheat shortages in Peru are acute enough to have the military make bread with potato flour (a native crop). In Pakistan, thousands of troops guard trucks carrying wheat and flour. In Thailand, rice farmers take shifts staying awake nights guarding their fields from thieves. The crop's price has about doubled in recent months, it's the staple for half or more of the world's population, but rising prices and fearing scarcity have prompted some of the world's largest producers to export less - Thailand (the world's largest exporter), Vietnam, India, Egypt, Cambodia with others likely to follow as world output lags demand. Producers of other grains are doing the same like Argentina, Kazakhstan and China. The less they export, the higher prices go.

Other factors are high oil prices and transportation costs, growing demand, commodity speculation, pests in southeast Asia, a 10 year Australian drought, floods in Bangladesh and elsewhere, a 45 day cold snap in China, and other natural but mostly manipulated factors like crop diversion for biofuels have combined to create a growing world crisis with more on this below. It's at the same time millions of Chinese and Indians have higher incomes, are changing their eating habits, and are consuming more meat, chicken and other animal products that place huge demands on grains to produce.

Permalink04/25/08, 09:12:23 am, by dajavoodooo Email , 118 views, User Posts Send feedback

Petraeus Promotion Frees Cheney to Threaten Iran

WASHINGTON, Apr 23 (IPS) - The nomination of Gen. David Petraeus to be the new head of the Central Command not only ensures that he will be available to defend the George W. Bush administration's policies toward Iran and Iraq at least through the end of Bush's term and possibly even beyond.

It also gives Vice President Dick Cheney greater freedom of action to exploit the option of an air attack against Iran during the administration's final months.

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Permalink04/25/08, 07:35:43 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 172 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Puttin' The "Surge" in "Insurgency"

President Addresses Nation on the Way Forward to Surging Back Towards Desperately Spinning the Clusterfuck That is Vietraq

THE PRESIDENT: Good evening. In the life of all imperialistic military empires, there come brief, fleeting moments that decide the direction of a multinational corporation masquerading as a democratic nation, and reveal the character of its blue-blooded aristocrats, conniving religious hucksters and corrupt, back-slapping robber barons. We have now been suspended in such a moment for over six calendar years.

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Permalink04/24/08, 08:18:01 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 259 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Questions the pundits won't ask

I didn't even know the GOP had a primary in PA, much less that Paul got 15% of the vote...

In hour after hour of frequently repetitive punditry, not a single one raised this question:

How can John McCain expect to win Pennsylvania in the fall when he was roundly rejected by a whopping 27 percent of his own Republicans in the state, including 11 percent who voted for a guy who dropped out weeks ago?

McCain: 575,543 72.7 percent

Paul: 125,705 15,9 percent

Huckabee 89,957 11.4 percent

It's not that silly. Ron Paul's voters are against the war and for the Constitution which could steer them to a fall Democrat, while Mike Huckabee's backers are evangelicals who tend to stay home when they don't like a candidate. You don't think 215,000 voters could decide Pennsylvania?

Can anyone pinpoint the exact time that the media in this country ceased to exist?

Permalink04/24/08, 06:28:05 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 147 views, Latest Posts 5 feedbacks

A BIG difference

I've been monitoring the McCadaver campaign of late, and I have to say that I'm impressed.

Certainly not because he represents anything of value or because I agree with anything he says. But his managers are doing a damned good job.

A day or two ago he was on the trail of LBJ, hitting some of the poorest areas of the US. Of course, he said that LBJ's war on poverty was a failure and neglected to say that it was a failure because of Vietnam and the application of policies that he (McAble) would support, but he called for action against poverty.

He sees the vein - and stabs. And what does he call for? Something that Billary and Obama would call for in their neoliberal ways - training and such.

Today? "Katerina was mismanaged". Of course it was mismanaged because of an ideological allergy against government, and McAble's "solutions" are materially indistinguishable from Dubya's (or Obama's or Billary's).

But he's triangulating, he's learning how to use rhetoric to pull the American populass through any hoop. And he's doing it "moderately" (that is to say, he's pushing extremist policies with soft words).

It remains to be seen if McAble will keep his cool once he becomes the target of opposing (in a subjective sense) rhetoric, but his managers seem to have their shite together.

He has one big advantage - he actually believes his own rhetoric, something he shares with Dubya. DLC Billary and ex-DLC Obama believe as McAble believes, but have chosen to couch (or, better said, HIDE) their beliefs in populistic rhetoric because their potential voter bases do not necessary believe in what THEY believe in. So chalk one up for McAble for sincerity.

I prophesied a minor Dem victory in congress and a McCain victory by a 52-48% margin on the popular vote.

And all the politicos will be happy - and the rest of us can squirm.

Permalink24.04.08, 16:27:56, by iconoclast_555 Email , 184 views, User Posts 8 feedbacks

Lawyer fears 9/11 mastermind trial will be 'insanity'

Wow. Here is some good news. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's military lawyer refers to waterboarding as torture and that evidence obtained by the 'technique' should not be admissable in a court.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Prescott Prince is a small-town lawyer who has never taken a death penalty case to trial. Yet he finds himself involved in one of the biggest capital punishment cases this century: He's defending the alleged mastermind of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

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Permalink04/24/08, 03:58:11 pm, by billy b, 279 views, User Posts 5 feedbacks

Disapproval of Bush breaks record

Looks like the Bush Boy is a record setter as he has the highest disapproval rating in the 70 years that the Gallup Poll has been in existence. You go, boy. heh...heh...heh...

Also, check out the pretty graph that tracks the moron's historical approval ratings. Ironically, Gallup has always been a high outlier with respect to the ass's approval ratings. Here's another graph that tracks several polls - one can see that Gallup is way above the average. I'm sure the boy is proud of hisself...

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Permalink04/24/08, 08:16:14 am, by billy b, 282 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

"Luxury" Purchasing Ending?

I'm less inclined to believe that "we're running out of food" than I am to believe that the world's money supply is being concentrated in the hands of a few. The top hedge fund manager made $3.7 billion last year, most of it coming from shorting subprime loans, effectively making successful bets on people's misery increasing.

World food crisis hits home
Costco seeing higher demand for staples

P-I STAFF AND NEWS SERVICES

As the world faces its first global food crisis since World War II, even American consumers are starting to fret.

Media reports are starting to trickle in about grocers limiting some food purchases, while Costco Wholesale Corp. is seeing higher-than-usual demand for staple foods such as rice and flour as consumers appear to be stocking up.

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Permalink04/24/08, 07:19:03 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 228 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

The Low Road to Victory

I admit that I've pretty much turned on Hillary since the debate. I mean, it was possible to overlook her vote to give Bush the sole power to decide whether or not to go to war in Iraq, but she's never apologized for it. Then there was her vote on Kyl-Lieberman, calling one branch of the Iranian government a "terrorist organization", opening up the same path to war Bush used in Iraq. But that "umbrella of protection" over the middle east thing, tying our hands to a "massive retaliation" if war breaks out in the middle east, was a bit much. Especially when the real answer is "let 'em blow the hell out of each other if they want to, we're going to launch an Apollo-scale program to get off fossil fuels", the "Apollo-scale program" being something Obama alluded to in that pathetic debate.

Well, she won PA by 8 to 10 pints points so the agony continues.

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Permalink04/23/08, 08:02:36 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 340 views, Latest Posts 12 feedbacks

Funny

This is a blatant word-for-word ripoff of a DU post by "Gato Moteado".

i'm sorry....i just can't vote for a guy whose name sounds like a terrorist

(Ya gotta read the rest.)

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Permalink04/22/08, 09:03:56 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 236 views, Latest Posts 6 feedbacks

One for Alvy ;->

I did not vote for Obama!

and I did not for for Clinton either (nor for McCain, should that require mention) - I'm French!

but sometimes (often), I wonder whether it matters.

McCain deserves to be the next president - the one who is going to be hit by the combination of the financial crash, peak oil and the destruction of the US Army in Iraq.

I know all the arguments about actually having someone competent in the White House, as opposed to a hack, to face these problems, and I understand the importance of Supreme Court nominations over the next 4 years. And I know the arguments against Naderist relativism ("they are all the same") - it's quite possible (if not certain) that Al Gore would have reacted in a smart way to 9/11

But, but, but.

The next president will inherit a horrible mess. He/she we will be blamed for the unfolding disaster, it's human nature, even if he/she actually helps soften the blows.

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Permalink04/22/08, 08:42:45 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 197 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

One for Timbuk

This link was published over here in "El Mundo" and reads as "in some areas women's life expectency getting shorter".

Any significance?

Permalink22.04.08, 14:05:55, by iconoclast_555 Email , 127 views, User Posts 1 feedback

This is why Americans

Vote Republican, think Billary is liberal, consider Obama an "agent of change" and will likely elect McCadaver.

This is also why a $billion/year, every year, election or no election, spent on indoctrinating neoliberalism has been successful.

This also explains the cogdis brigade from Sours, now at CHT.

Ike is spinning in his grave and George Washington has moved to the British ghetto in Heaven.

Permalink22.04.08, 04:22:07, by iconoclast_555 Email , 278 views, User Posts 24 feedbacks

When Laser Pointers are Outlawed...

...only outlaws will have laser pointers?

Laser pointers banned after attacks

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A major Australian state has banned laser pointers after a spate of incidents in which aircraft pilots have been temporarily blinded, the government said on Monday.

High-powered hand lasers, including so-called "star pointers" used by astronomers, would be listed as prohibited weapons in New South Wales state with jail terms of up to 14 years for anyone carrying them without a permit.

snip

The ban will build on planned national importation controls announce by the federal government earlier this month, treating laser pointers like firearms.

"It's destructive, dangerous behavior which needs a coordinated response across Australia," said Home Affairs Minister Bob Debus.

Permalink04/21/08, 10:15:53 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 88 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Behind TV Analysts, Pentagon’s Hidden Hand

Read this to understand how the Bush misadministration has been using a propaganda team to brainwash Americans for years.

The effort, which began with the buildup to the Iraq war and continues to this day, has sought to exploit ideological and military allegiances, and also a powerful financial dynamic: Most of the analysts have ties to military contractors vested in the very war policies they are asked to assess on air.

Permalink04/21/08, 08:50:32 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 280 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Gas Prices, etc.

My daughter told me it's $3.45 a gallon in Duluth, and it really hits hard, there.
Here, it's a little over $5 a gallon, now, and if you're out in the sticks somewhere and run out, you'll pay over $7.
(Diesel is cheaper, which is the way it always USED to be in the US, too. I read once what the reason was for diesel getting more expensive than gasoline in the US, but it didn't make no fvcking sense to me, and I forgot.)
But, just about all vehicles move slowly here, and they're loaded FULL of people, and most people aren't going far, anyway. People's shops are in their homes, so they don't have to drive to work. There are people who buy extra things at the market, and sell them off a table in their yard to other neighbors who don't want to drive to the market. There are people who cook extra food at their house and sell it to hungry neighbors and passers-by. There are people who push carts out to the street corners and sell BBQ and other homemade snacks until around 11:00 every night. You can buy beer from 2 or three places in every block, everywhere in the country. And you can buy gasoline from 2 or three places in every block, everywhere in the country. (Or I should say, everywhere that I'VE been. I haven't been everywhere in the country, but it's what I've heard.)
And these people who are doing all this vending are not necessarily poor people, either. A lot of people here have BIG honking houses -- partially being supported by a shop in the front, selling anything from soup to stationery to computer parts to nuts and bolts, because the government doesn't prohibit that.
Since there are no laws here which force people to waste gasoline, the average person here doesn't have to use a hell of a lot of gasoline, and the price increases don't seem to be a major worry.
It's almost like, if the price of rubbing alcohol should suddenly double, well, so? I don't use much rubbing alcohol. I never got addicted to the stuff.
Similarly, the people here seem to be much less addicted to gasoline than they are in the US. It's not a major part of most people's budgets.

Permalink04/21/08, 11:48:00 am, by lewagner Email , 133 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

http://www.prwatch.org/node/7225

Source: Associated Press, April 19, 2008
The Associated Press reports, "Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are walking a delicate line as they promise to aggressively tackle global warming while trying to assure voters that they continue to believe in the future of coal," the energy source responsible for "nearly 2 billion tons of carbon dioxide, the leading greenhouse gas, each year. ... 'They keep using the term clean coal. They absolutely are pandering the coal industry's propaganda; there's no such animal as clean coal," said Brent Blackwelder, president of the environmental group Friends of the Earth. AP notes that Obama and Clinton's love affair with Big Coal pleases the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, a coal industry front group formed on April 17 by the merger of Americans for Balanced Energy Choices and the Center for Energy and Economic Development.

Permalink21.04.08, 11:23:22, by iconoclast_555 Email , 108 views, User Posts Send feedback

Three States Subjected To “Martial Law Sweeps”

Steve Watson
Infowars.net
Friday, April 18, 2008

Federal law enforcement agencies co-opted sheriffs offices as well state and local police forces in three states last weekend for a vast round up operation that one sheriff’s deputy has described as "martial law training".

Law-enforcement agencies in Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas took part in what was described by local media as "an anti-crime and anti-terrorism initiative" involving officers from more than 50 federal, state and local agencies.

Given the military style name "Operation Sudden Impact", the initiative saw officers from six counties rounding up fugitives, conducting traffic checkpoints, climbing on boats on the Mississippi River and doing other "crime-abatement" programs all under the label of "anti-terrorism".

WREG Memphis news channel 3 reported that the Sheriff’s Department arrested 332 people, 142 of whom were fugitives, or "terrorists" as they now seem to be known.

Hundreds of dollars were seized and drugs recovered, and 1,292 traffic violations were handed out to speeding terrorists and illegally parked terrorists.

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Permalink04/21/08, 10:36:00 am, by lewagner Email , 270 views, User Posts 5 feedbacks

http://news.yahoo.com/page/election-2008-political-pulse-economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The economy has soared past Iraq as the top problem on the minds of voters.

But do the growing economic worries give a particular edge to any presidential candidate? Not so far, according to an Associated Press-Yahoo News poll released Monday.

The survey's findings echo exit polls of voters in more than two dozen Democratic and GOP presidential primaries — the economy is the top problem, but so far it's not driving votes.

"That's not going to be a deal-breaker for me," Robert Michael, 62, a Republican from Fort Collins, Colo., said of how economic issues will affect his presidential vote. "I'm not sure what any candidate can do to improve the job situation."

An informed electorate is the lifeblood of democracy, the ultimate check on despotic ambitions....

Good luck folks.

Permalink21.04.08, 10:14:04, by iconoclast_555 Email , 138 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

John W: Bush with an anger management problem

The similarities to Bush continue to roll in. Like Bush, John W has a "tell".

McCain: A Question of Temperament

John McCain cupped a fist and began pumping it, up and down, along the side of his body. It was a gesture familiar to a participant in the closed-door meeting of the Senate committee who hoped that it merely signaled, as it sometimes had in the past, McCain's mounting frustration with one of his colleagues.

But when McCain leaned toward Charles E. Grassley and slowly said, "My friend . . ." it seemed clear that ugliness was looming: While the plural "my friends" was usually a warm salutation from McCain, "my friend" was often a prelude to his most caustic attacks. Grassley, an Iowa Republican with a reputation as an unwavering legislator, calmly held his ground. McCain became angrier, his fist pumping even faster.

snip

Grassley stood and, according to two participants at the meeting, told McCain, "I don't have to take this. I think you should apologize."

McCain refused and stood to face Grassley. "There was some shouting and shoving between them, but no punches," recalls a spectator, who said that Nebraska Democrat Bob Kerrey helped break up the altercation.

Grassley said recently that "it was a very long period of time" before he and McCain spoke to each other again, though he declined, through a spokesman, to discuss the specifics of the incident.

I've seen him do this. It's sort of comical, now, but thinking about this rage-a-holic with "the football" is truly frightening.

No word on whether or not he called Grassley a "cunt" or a "trollop".

I'm a complete convert, now. Between Hillary's "umbrella" over the middle-east and John W's alliance with neocon Joe, Obama (imperfect or not) is our only hope to avoid WWIII and/or worldwide economic collapse. I wish to Christ that the voters would have been smarter in weeding out Edwards, Richardson, Biden, and (dare I say it?) Ron Paul, but of the remaining choices only one isn't a neocon with ties to far-right religious cults.

Permalink04/20/08, 04:17:28 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 106 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

Bush mass for shut ins for 04-20-08

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 Crying Wolf.

CRYING WOLF CELEBRATION

Crying Wolf is something that George the Shepard does when his flock are in danger of leaving him. If the flock leaves him, they will surely be eaten by wolves. Good sheep always stay by George the Shepards side.

SING PRAISE TO LORD GOD BUSH

Harmlessly passing your time in the grassland away;
Only dimly aware of a certain unease in the air.
You better watch out,
There may be dogs about
I’ve looked over jordan, and I have seen
Things are not what they seem.

What do you get for pretending the danger’s not real.
Meek and obedient you follow the leader
Down well trodden corridors into the valley of steel.
What a surprise!
A look of terminal shock in your eyes.
Now things are really what they seem.
No, this is no bad dream.

George is my shepherd, I shall not want
He makes me down to lie
Through pastures green he leadeth me the silent waters by.
With bright knives he releaseth my soul.
He maketh me to hang on hooks in high places.
He converteth me to lamb cutlets,
For lo, he hath great power, and great hunger.
When cometh the day we lowly ones,
Through quiet reflection, and great dedication
Master the art of karate,
Lo, we shall rise up,
And then we’ll make the bugger’s eyes water.

Bleating and babbling I fell on his neck with a scream.
Wave upon wave of demented avengers
March cheerfully out of obscurity into the dream.

Have you heard the news?
The dogs are dead!
You better stay home
And do as you’re told.
Get out of the road if you want to grow old.

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CHENEY

Doubting Thomas was sure he heard enough. This was the last straw he said and he decided he would go to the democrat rally and see what they had to say. On the way he was eaten by wolves.

What is it that the Profit Cheney is trying to teach us? That if we stray from the holy republican line and our worship of Lord God Bush we shall be eaten by wolves. They are out there waiting for you. 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.

Permalink04/20/08, 08:50:50 am, by first_church_of_bush Email , 99 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Big Trouble in Little Baghdad

Moqtada al-Sadr issues 'all-out-war' ultimatum

The head of the most powerful Shia militia in Iraq has threatened all-out war in a final ultimatum unless Iraqi and US forces halt operations against his fighters.

The prospect of a showdown with the al-Mahdi Army of cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who launched two uprisings against US forces in 2004, comes as fears mount of a renewed campaign of bloodletting by Sunni Islamist al-Qaeda.

An upsurge in violence on these two, key fronts could unravel a raft of security gains made by the US military over the past year, at a time when more than 20,000 US troops are withdrawing from the country.

The real reason violence has been down has decided he's pissed off. I have no doubt he and his followers have the will to stand us down, and they're fighting on their home turf so they have some definite tactical advantages.

As long as story is "the world's sole remaining hyperpower" needs to find a way to claim "victory" in Iraq the place will remain a meat grinder and a money pit. Pride and salvaging some semblance of credibility are the only reasons we remain entangled in another nation's power struggle. It doesn't seem possible we can leave with honor when we didn't go in with honor. Is the same end the Soviets faced in Afghanistan the only way out?

Zell Miller and Joe Lieberman can go fuck themselves, we are occupiers and they want us to leave. We should do so. It's the only honorable thing to do.

Permalink04/20/08, 08:40:49 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 116 views, Latest Posts 4 feedbacks

'Bin Laden Determined To Strike In U.S.' Pt. 2

By Spencer Ackerman 04/17/2008 02:16PM

Everyone remembers that on Aug. 6, 2001, while President George W. Bush was clearing brush in Texas, he received an intelligence brief warning about Al Qaeda's strategic intent to attack the U.S. homeland. After three years of denying this occurred, the 9/11 Commission's Richard Ben Veniste treated us to this dramatic moment with Condoleezza Rice:

BEN-VENISTE: Isn't it a fact, Dr. Rice, that the August 6 PDB warned against possible attacks in this country? And I ask you whether you recall the title of that PDB [President's Daily Brief]?

RICE: I believe the title was, "Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States."

Today we have a second round of the PDB. It's a General Accountability Office report titled "The United States Lacks a Comprehensive Plan to Destroy the Terrorist Threat and Close the Safe Haven in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas." (pdf) Via Max Bergmann at Democracy Arsenal, take a look at this system-blinking-red passage, drawing off an assessment from the director of national intelligence:

al Qaeda is now using the Pakistani safe haven to put the last element necessary to launch another attack against America into place, including the identification, training, and positioning of Western operatives for an attack. It stated that al Qaeda is most likely using the FATA to plot terrorist attacks against political, economic, and infrastructure targets in America “designed to produce mass casualties, visually dramatic destruction, significant economic aftershocks, and/or fear among the population."

This is what Iraq stops us from dealing with. If, God forbid, something happens, the blood will be bin Laden's fault, but it will be on the Bush administration's hands.

Permalink04/18/08, 08:24:51 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 128 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

RW Media Attack Backfiring?

It's clear enough that the military-industrial media favors a Clinton-McCain election. McCain is a "national hero" who can do no wrong, while Clinton is a "ridiculous figure" for throwing back a shot and a beer and Obama is a murderous muslim who tortures kittens because he served on the board with someone who we know nothing about, yet we're supposed to hate as "a terrorist" because of that person's associations with anti-war groups 40 years ago.

The last is a "double-winner" for the MIM, because it portrays opposition to the war at home as "terrorism", and fits nicely with the MIM portrayal of Iraqis who want us to stop killing them as "insurgents".

It's become clear that the election will be "John W. 'Maverick' McCain, American Hero" against that "uppity ni@@er" Obama. I'm confident that we can show America what a hypocritical, spineless, rage-aholic McCain is. What I fear is that the "he's too far left" line of relentless attack will work on Obama, who could be the next McGovern. Many of us see some of his positions as "too RW", but rest assured he's a left-wing extremist from the POV of companies that own both the media and our war machine.

I'm not optimistic that McCain won't continue the disaster that has been the Bush administration because I'm not confident that the American people can see beyond what O'Reilly tells them, but there is reason to hope.

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a dramatic reversal, an Associated Press-Yahoo! News poll found that a clear majority of Democratic voters now say Sen. Barack Obama has a better chance of defeating Republican Sen. John McCain in November than Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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Permalink04/18/08, 08:02:40 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 249 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Bill Ayer's Blog

See for yourself what he says and thinks.

http://billayers.wordpress.com/

Whatever you do don't trust the media, those "truth-seekers" who helped lead us to war, to tell you the truth. About anything.

Seeing the truth is easy. Finding it isn't, these days.

Thank God for the internet or we'd all be voting for McCain this year.

Permalink04/18/08, 06:00:00 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 126 views, Latest Posts 4 feedbacks

This horrible "debate"

After the jump, a passage from my 1996 Atlantic article "Why Americans Hate the Media," itself excerpted from my book Breaking the News, which bears on exactly this kind of mindless "what about the flag pin?" haranguing. To summarize what this passage says: Political reporters think they are being "tough" when they take a borderline-impolite (or worse) tone and try to trap people in some provable if ultimately-meaningless contradiction. But while members of the electorate often find these gaffes diverting in a pro-wrestling sense, whenever they have their own chance to ask "tough" questions they ask the candidates about things that will affect the voters' lives. These are generally questions of war, peace, economics, etc. Again, George S. lived through the phenomenon the excerpt below describes, though he was on the other side. That he would now be in gotcha mode is depressing, to put it mildly.

Whatever else happens the next time we choose a president, there has got to be a better way to see candidates operate under pressure than the grotesque system that has metastasized during this electoral cycle.
It makes candidates into mere props for bullying anchormen-narcissists. It does no one except the anchormen any good. I mentioned earlier the oddity of Jimmy Carter and GW Bush finding common cause about China policy. Maybe the RNC and the DNC can join hands in freeing political debate from the destructive grip of the networks. And if they can't do that, maybe we should just go all the way and have the candidates compete eating pails full of maggots on Fear Factor. That's the logical extension of where we're headed.

James Fallows

Permalink04/17/08, 10:27:58 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 123 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Dictionary of Republicanisms

habeas corpus n. Archaic. (Lat.) Legal term no longer in use (See Patriot Act)

Miller, Zell n. The man who shot and killed Alexander Hamilton after a particularly tough interview on Hardball

Many more accurate GOP definitions may be found here.

Permalink04/17/08, 12:48:17 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 113 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

An open letter to Charlie Gibson and George Stephanapoulos

Will Bunch over at Attytood weighs in on the pitiful Democratic debate last night. He's severly pissed at Charlie Gibson and George Stuffinenvelopes for the silliness of their questions. Good rant.

Dear Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos,

It's hard to know where to begin with this, less than an hour after you signed off from your Democratic presidential debate here in my hometown of Philadelphia, a televised train wreck that my friend and colleague Greg Mitchell has already called, quite accurately, "a shameful night for the U.S. media." It's hard because -- like many other Americans -- I am still angry at what I just witnesses, so angry that it's hard to even type accurately because my hands are shaking. Look, I know that "media criticism" -- especially when it's one journalist speaking to another -- tends to be a genteel, colleagial thing, but there's no genteel way to say this.

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Permalink04/17/08, 09:42:58 am, by billy b, 271 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

I finally reached the tipping point

Hillary W. McCain, the DLC gun-grabber who wants to "extend an umbrella of protection" over the middle east, lost me on the gas prices question. Her answer was OK, because she realizes that ending the gas tax won't bring down gas prices, it just puts more money in Exxon's bank account that could be better used to rebuild roads and bridges. But that's when Obama said he wants to initiate an Apollo-scale program to get us off fossil fuels.

If I had to pick the one thing I hope we'll (finally) start doing, it's "an Apollo-scale program to get us off fossil fuels."

I don't have the visceral hatred of HIllary that I see from far too many Obama supporters. I hope she's an effective senator for many years to come.

I've been on the fence between them since Edwards dropped out of the race, and I agree with someone who said that "other than Kucinich and Gravel, we ended up with the two least electable candidates."

But as of tonight I hope that Obama does well, or even wins, in PA.

I think he can win, and will prevent another 4 years of Bush. I'd like to see him win the nomination.

Permalink04/16/08, 09:52:26 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 78 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

AHSA Endorses Obama

Obama: He "gets it"

Today, as President of the American Hunters and Shooters Association (AHSA), I announced our endorsement of Senator Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. Because the gun issue has recently become a factor in the Democratic primary in Pennsylvania, I want to share the remarks I made today:

As a gun rights organization we have not come to this decision lightly. We were formed two years ago because our research shows that millions of gun owners wanted a change. They not only wanted an organization that would protect their gun rights but an organization that was also committed to the protection of their communities as well as the protection of our lands. We reached out to the Obama campaign several weeks ago to offer our support and approval as was reported by Paul Bedard of US News and World Report. We believe recent attacks on Senator Obama's stand on the 2nd Amendment and his commitment to our hunting and shooting heritage are unfair and American Hunters and Shooters Association is stepping up to set the record straight.

Senator Obama has clearly demonstrated his commitment to the 2nd Amendment by his vote in support of the Vitter amendment to HR 5441, the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill of 2007. This amendment prevents the Government from confiscating guns in a time of crisis or emergency. Imagine how the citizens felt during Hurricane Katrina when government agents kicked in doors to confiscate law abiding citizens' guns at a time when they needed them the most. We know Senator Obama "gets it." To say that he is an elitist is patently ridiculous. To hunters and shooters everywhere, Senator Obama's vote demonstrated a fundamental understanding of the meaning of the 2nd Amendment which means he recognizes the individual right of all citizens to keep and bear arms. Senator Clinton, on the hand, failed to grasp the importance of this critical issue to hunters and shooters and voted against this Amendment. She turned her back on America's gun owners. In addition, Senator Obama's commitment to conservation and protection of our natural resources and access to public lands demonstrates to us his commitment to America's hunting and shooting heritage. Senator Obama will be a strong and authentic voice for America's hunters and shooters and it is with great pleasure that we endorse his candidacy.

Ray Schoenke
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Permalink04/16/08, 06:28:26 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 182 views, Latest Posts 11 feedbacks

McCain Addresses Economy

"I don't understand economics." - John W. McCain

Plan focuses on tax cuts.

VILLANOVA, Pa. - Sen. John McCain offered the broadest look yet at his economic policies during appearances Tuesday in Pennsylvania, proposing tax reductions and backing away from his pledge to balance the budget by the end of his first term.

When you can only see one button you keep pushing it, hoping something better will happen, next time.

Elitist McCain who married into money (Gadzooks! Will the GOP faithful recall their criticism of Kerry marrying into money? I think not.) is trying so hard to look like an ordinary guy he approved plagiarizing "family recipes" from Rachel Ray. When he got busted, did he call his wife a "cunt" again? No, he threw an unpaid staffer under the bus for getting caught.

Cindy doesn't cook. She has "the staff" cook.

Permalink04/16/08, 07:44:30 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 90 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

McCain Proposes Special Summer Tax Break for Exxon

That is what the headlines on Senator McCain's proposal to remove the gas tax for the summer driving season should have read, since that would be the predicted effect of his plan.

According to the oil industry, they have their refineries running flat out, producing all the gas they can. This means that the price is determined on the demand side.

We have a fixed amount of gas entering the market, the question is simply what price clears the market. In this context, if we reduce or eliminate the gas tax, the price doesn't change, the lower tax will simply allow Exxon and other oil companies to keep more profits (unless of course they were lying about running their refineries at capacity).

Since most people do not have much familiarity with economics, the media should be informing the public about the impact of Senator McCain's proposal.

Permalink04/15/08, 10:49:46 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 115 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

tWins

Permalink04/15/08, 10:06:58 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 95 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

I'm not bitter

But I think a lot of Americans are, and the more I watch, the more I hope Obama wins the nomination.

As ever, I will "vote for the Democrat" in November.

See, I decided to look at that "bitter" comment in context, and I'll be damned if it isn't exactly right.

People vote against their own economic self-interest because they've grown so used to being shit on by the Federal government when it comes to their jobs and the economy that they vote on things they think they can still have an influence on.

"Are you better off now than you were 4 years ago?" isn't being asked for the fist time.

I've actually started to have hope that he "gets it".

"The truth is that these traditions that are passed on from generation to generation, those are important. That's what sustains us. But what is absolutely true is that people don't feel like they are being listened to.

"And so they pray and they count on each other and they count on their families. You know this in your own lives, and what we need is a government that is actually paying attention. Government that is fighting for working people day in and day out making sure that we are trying to allow them to live out the American dream."

It's abundantly clear that John W. McCain doesn't "get it".

Unfortunately, I still don't see any way out of the impending worldwide economic collapse.

Permalink04/15/08, 09:30:25 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 212 views, Latest Posts 6 feedbacks

Campaign Coverage Is Really Stupid

Posted by Ilan Goldenberg

We've had a fascinating media window for the past few weeks. We go from two straight weeks of relatively comprehensive Iraq coverage with the Petraeus-Crocker hearings and the situation in Basra back to the final stretch of the Pennsylvania primary.

Last week we were debating Iran's role in Iraq, what the Basra offensive means, the pressure that Iraq is putting on our military, and how it is harming our overall national security. This week we're debating bitterness and orange juice.

The contrast really puts into stark relief how absolutely moronic campaign coverage has become. I was totally fixated by this crap between January 1 and March 4. But I'm done. The campaign has jumped the shark. Can we just take a few months off and get back to it in late August?

BTW, it's now apparent that Obama is unfit to be President.

On Hardball, while remarking on Sen. Barack Obama's reported request for orange juice after being offered coffee at an Indiana diner, David Shuster asserted: "[I]t's just one of those sort of weird things. You know, when the owner of the diner says, 'Here, have some coffee,' you say, 'Yes, thank you,' and, 'Oh, can I also please have some orange juice, in addition to this?' You don't just say, 'No, I'll take orange juice,' and then turn away and start shaking hands." Host Chris Matthews agreed, "You don't ask for a substitute on the menu."

And some people think this man's fit to be President...

Permalink04/15/08, 07:12:40 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 94 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Out of Sight, Out of Our Minds

Tet Happened, and No One Cared
By FRANK RICH

The media wants John W. McCain to win so the war in Iraq can continue.

Permalink04/15/08, 08:01:48 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 156 views, Latest Posts 4 feedbacks

The Daily Show Takes Down Fox News

Faux News Channel produces glowing hagiography of Bush, John Oliver puts it through the shredder.

Videos at the link.

Permalink04/14/08, 10:13:20 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 80 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Please Condi, Run!

Let's have that discussion.

Both the Washington Post's Dana Priest and former terrorism czar Richard Clarke slam Condi Rice repeatedly -- both saying that she was one of the worst National Security Advisor's ever and that she is well on her way to becoming the worst Secretary of State ever. Oh, and then there is her involvement in approving torture and failures surrounding 9/11. Oh, please please please pick her John McCain!

Permalink04/14/08, 08:36:34 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 118 views, Latest Posts 4 feedbacks

Eat some sludge, it's good for you!

BALTIMORE - Scientists using federal grants spread fertilizer made from human and industrial wastes on yards in poor, black neighborhoods to test whether it might protect children from lead poisoning in the soil. Families were assured the sludge was safe and were never told about any harmful ingredients.

Nine low-income families in Baltimore row houses agreed to let researchers till the sewage sludge into their yards and plant new grass. In exchange, they were given food coupons as well as the free lawns as part of a study published in 2005 and funded by the Housing and Urban Development Department.

The Associated Press reviewed grant documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act and interviewed researchers. No one involved with the $446,231 grant for the two-year study would identify the participants, citing privacy concerns. There is no evidence there was ever any medical follow-up.

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Permalink04/14/08, 01:10:15 am, by lewagner Email , 404 views, User Posts 22 feedbacks

Bush mass for shut ins for 04-13-08

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 Saying Terrible Things.

SAYING TERRIBLE THINGS CELEBRATION

Saying terrible things are is something the evil liberals do. Even if they werent terrible, they must be misunderstood as being terrible and repeated over and over so we know that they were.

SING PRAISE TO LORD GOD BUSH

You broke his heart and made him cry,
And he's been blue since then.
Now he's
Found somebody new and you want him
back again".

Foolish little girl, fickle little girl
You didn't want him when he wanted you
He's found another love, it's her he's dreaming of
And there's not a single thing that you can do

But I love him
No you don't it's just your pride that's hurt
I still love him
If you got him back again,you'd go right out and do him dirt

Foolish little girl, fickle little girl
You didn't want him when he wanted you
He's found another love, it's her he's dreaming of
And there's not a single thing that you can do

But I love him
It's too late to have a change of heart
I still love him
Tomorrow is his wedding day and you'll keep quiet if you're smart!

Foolish little girl, fickle little girl
You didn't want him when he wanted you
He's found another love, it's her he's dreaming of
And there's not a single thing that you can do

Forget him cause he don't belong to you
It's too late he's found somebody new
There's not a single thing that you can do

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CHENEY

Then Lord God Bush looked down upon the people and spoke `Obama said terrible things. They were terrible. Dont vote for him."

What is the Profit Cheney trying to say to us? It is that Obama said terrible things. We dont know what the word were but they were terrible. Dont vote for him . 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.

Permalink04/13/08, 09:04:38 am, by first_church_of_bush Email , 99 views, User Posts 1 feedback

Obama Shares His Thoughts on Gun Ownership

"...like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them," Obama said. "And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ mayhill-fowler/ obama-no-surprise-that-ha_b_96188.html

Permalink04/12/08, 12:35:13 pm, by oralloy Email , 215 views, User Posts 13 feedbacks

Duration of US Wars and "Police Actions"

Source: "HistoryGuy"

Vietnam War--August, 1964 to April, 1975= 116 months (American involvement began in the late 1950s, but major U.S. combat forces began taking part in large unit combat in 1964)

American Revolution--April, 1775 to September, 1783= 100 months

Afghanistan-- October, 2001 to Present (as of March, 2008)= 77 months

Iraq War--March, 2003 to Present (as of March, 2008)= 60 months

U.S. Civil War--April, 1861 to April, 1865= 48 months

World War II--December, 1941 to September, 1945= 45 months

World War I--April, 1917 to November, 1918= 19 months

Korean War-- June, 1950 to July, 1953= 37 months

War of 1812--June, 1812 to February, 1815= 32 months

U.S.-Mexican War-- May, 1846 to February, 1848= 21 months

Spanish-American War--April, 1898 to August, 1898= 5 months

Gulf War--January, 1991 to March, 1991= 3 months

Permalink04/12/08, 10:35:47 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 279 views, Latest Posts 15 feedbacks

Rice, Cheney had direct control over torture procedure, Ashcroft troubled

http://www.abcnews.go.com/ TheLaw/ LawPolitics/ story?id=4583256

Highly placed sources said a handful of top advisers signed off on how the CIA would interrogate top al Qaeda suspects -- whether they would be slapped, pushed, deprived of sleep or subjected to simulated drowning, called waterboarding.

The high-level discussions about these "enhanced interrogation techniques" were so detailed, these sources said, some of the interrogation sessions were almost choreographed -- down to the number of times CIA agents could use a specific tactic.

The advisers were members of the National Security Council's Principals Committee, a select group of senior officials who met frequently to advise President Bush on issues of national security policy.

At the time, the Principals Committee included Vice President Cheney, former National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Colin Powell, as well as CIA Director George Tenet and Attorney General John Ashcroft.

As the national security adviser, Rice chaired the meetings, which took place in the White House Situation Room and were typically attended by most of the principals or their deputies.

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Permalink04/11/08, 11:30:35 am, by oralloy Email , 260 views, User Posts 1 feedback

Man claims CIA tortured him, goes to international court

The following is from USA Today.

This torture thing is getting more attention in the press. Vanity Fair has a lengthy article this month concerning the Assministration's policy to allow torture. While I don't see much chance of a politician in the US doing anything about it, I expect to see more investigations and indictments from other governments.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A German citizen thwarted in the U.S. courts is taking his allegations of abduction and torture at the hands of the CIA to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
On Wednesday, the American Civil Liberties Union petitioned the commission on behalf of Khaled el-Masri, saying the U.S. government should be called on to apologize for its treatment of el-Masri and that the CIA's anti-terrorism rendition program should be found unlawful.

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Permalink04/11/08, 08:06:23 am, by billy b, 274 views, User Posts 5 feedbacks

Bush Approved Torture

In case you haven't seen it, Bush signed a memo approving breaking the law.

Shades of Iran/Contra, eh?

This is what happens when we fall so deeply into fear and hero-worship that we place some people above the law; those people stop respecting the law.

Telcom immunity is all about his promise to them that they wouldn't be held accountable for breaking the law on his behalf. Blackwater's slaughter of innocent Iraqis has been covered up. The US attorney firings was a cover up, probably for many, many things. Fallujah was a war crime. I'd argue that the invasion of Iraq itself was both unconstitutional and in violation of international law. God, the list of crimes these anti-American monsters have committed and successfully covered up has gotten so long I can't even remember them all.

If we don't hold Bush and his thugs accountable, and it looks like we won't, the abuse will continue.

America as a nation of laws has ceased to exist.

Permalink04/11/08, 07:58:10 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 155 views, Latest Posts 16 feedbacks

Lindsey Graham: McCain's 'little jerk'

I don't know if any of you guys saw Lindsey Graham's "questioning" of Petraeus, but "butt-kissing little sycophant" is probably too kind to describe it.

I checked YouTube for a clip, but didn't find it. All the same, check any random clip and you'll see that sobriety tests should be mandatory before voting in South Carolina.

Anyhoo...

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Permalink04/10/08, 10:11:33 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 229 views, Latest Posts 4 feedbacks

Strategic Assets

As Congress gets an update next week on the Iraq war, lawmakers are personally invested in companies reaping billions of dollars from defense contracts.

You won't believe who tops the list.

Or, maybe you will.

Bonus post (check this one out second): Please Shut Your Mouth

Two more related / supporting links: 1 2

Permalink04/09/08, 10:47:47 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 82 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

Cheney Gets Kissed Off

A 'surge' of smooching diplomacy?

Sens. Chuck Hagel, Nebraska Republican, cited Amb. Ryan Crocker's testimony calling for a surge of diplomacy in Iraq and said he didn't see that happening.

"I don't see Secretary Rice doing any Kissingeresque flying around," Hagel said. "Where is the diplomatic surge, in my opinion, the one core issue that in the end is going to make the difference as to the outcome of Iraq and will certainly have an awful lot to do with how we come out of this? So where is the surge? What are you talking about?"

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Permalink04/09/08, 09:35:00 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 189 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Andrew Sullivan: Bush Administration Officials Will Be 'Indicted For War Crimes'

I'm no fan of Andrew Sullivan, but I sure got a kick out of what he said on Tweetie's show the other day (video at link):

Media coverage of the disclosure of the "torture memo" authored by Bush Justice Department official John C. Yoo has been mostly a deafening silence. But on this morning's Chris Matthews' show, someone finally fired a shot. As we mentioned in this morning's liveblog, credit goes to The Atlantic's Andrew Sullivan, for taking the opportunity to ensure that this matter got out into the televised discourse somehow.

SULLIVAN: The latest revelations on the torture front show the memo from John Yoo...means that Don Rumsfeld, David Addington and John Yoo should not leave the United States any time soon. They will be, at some point, indicted for war crimes.

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Permalink04/09/08, 08:23:06 am, by billy b, 332 views, User Posts 13 feedbacks

"It's difficult living under the Republicans"

CNN's Kyra Phillips speaks to some Iraqi soldiers about the U.S. presidential election and democracy in Iraq.

Americans are dumber than Iraqis.

Permalink04/08/08, 11:03:35 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 72 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Sorry folks

Been sick as a dawg since this weekend, with a fever ranging from 101-103º.

I'll try to catch up when I get my work back in order...

Permalink08.04.08, 20:20:53, by iconoclast_555 Email , 104 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks

Letter to the IRS

Dear Internal Revenue Service:

Enclosed you will find my 2008 tax return showing that I owe $3,407.00 in taxes. Please note the attached article from the USA Today newspaper; dated November 12th, wherein you will see the Pentagon (Department of Defense) is paying $171.50 per hammer and NASA has paid $600.00 per toilet seat. I am enclosing four (4) toilet seats (valued @ $2,400) and six (6) hammers valued @ $1,029), which I secured at Home Depot, bringing my tot al remittance to $3,429.00.

Please apply the overpayment of $22.00 to the "Presidential Election Fund," as noted on my return. You can do this inexpensively by sending them one (1) 1.5" Phillips Head screw (see aforementioned article from USA Today newspaper detailing how H.U.D. pays $22.00 each for 1.5" Phillips Head Screws). One screw is enclosed for your convenience. It has been a pleasure to pay my tax bill this year, and I look forward to paying it again next year.

Sincerely,

A Satisfied Taxpayer

Permalink04/08/08, 02:35:55 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 124 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Another Test for Habeas Corpus

The following editorial was in the Gray Lady yesterday.

One of the dismal hallmarks of the Bush administration’s conduct of the war on terror has been its obsession with avoiding outside scrutiny of its actions, including by the federal courts. In particular, it has attacked habeas corpus, the guarantee that prisoners can challenge their confinement before a judge. The administration is doing so again in an important Supreme Court case concerning the habeas rights of American citizens held abroad. The justices should rule that the detainees have a right to review by a United States court.

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Permalink04/08/08, 08:07:37 am, by billy b, 224 views, User Posts 1 feedback

Lather, rinse, repeat ad nauseum...

"At least I don't plaster on the makeup like a trollop, you cunt."

Report: McCain's Profane Tirade At His Wife

John McCain's temper is well documented. He's called opponents and colleagues "shitheads," "assholes" and in at least one case "a fucking jerk."...

Three reporters from Arizona, on the condition of anonymity, also let me in on another incident involving McCain's intemperateness. In his 1992 Senate bid, McCain was joined on the campaign trail by his wife, Cindy, as well as campaign aide Doug Cole and consultant Wes Gullett. At one point, Cindy playfully twirled McCain's hair and said, "You're getting a little thin up there." McCain's face reddened, and he responded, "At least I don't plaster on the makeup like a trollop, you cunt." McCain's excuse was that it had been a long day. If elected president of the United States, McCain would have many long days.

Such language for a wannabee Bush the third! Crash W. McCain needs to go to anger management.

Permalink04/07/08, 11:36:03 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 169 views, Latest Posts 4 feedbacks

The General and the Trap

They came, they saw, they… deserted.

1. The situation in Iraq is getting worse.
2. The Bush administration has no learning curve.
3. The "success" of the surge was always an expensive illusion for which payment will someday come due.
4. A second hidden surge, not likely to be discussed in the hearings this week, is now under way.
5. A reasonably undertaken but speedy total withdrawal from Iraq is the only way out of this morass
(and, at this late date, it won't be pretty).

Since April 2003, each Bush administration misstep in Iraq has only led to ever worse missteps. Unfortunately, little of this is likely to be apparent in the shadowboxing about to take place among Washington's "best and brightest," who will again plunge into a "debate" filled with coded words, peppered with absurd fantasies, and rife with American mythology and symbolism of a sort only an expert like professor of religion and Tomdispatch regular Ira Chernus is likely to be able to decipher.

General Entrap-Us or General Entrapped?
Democrats Should Treat Petraeus and His Surge as Irrelevant
By Ira Chernus

Permalink04/07/08, 08:20:20 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 127 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

The US Establishment Media in a Nutshell

by Glenn Greenwald

In the past two weeks, the following events transpired. A Department of Justice memo, authored by John Yoo, was released which authorized torture and presidential lawbreaking. It was revealed that the Bush administration declared the Fourth Amendment of the Bill of Rights to be inapplicable to “domestic military operations” within the U.S. The U.S. Attorney General appears to have fabricated a key event leading to the 9/11 attacks and made patently false statements about surveillance laws and related lawsuits. Barack Obama went bowling in Pennsylvania and had a low score.

Here are the number of times, according to NEXIS, that various topics have been mentioned in the media over the past thirty days:

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Permalink04/07/08, 07:34:21 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 174 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

The Iraq war, for $100 month

SUMMARY: Sen. Barack Obama says the war costs each household about $100 per month. We do the math and find he's right.

In The St. Pete Times

There's an error in the story. It says, "The war costs are included in government spending that is paid for by taxes." We're actually borrowing the money from other countries, and most of the funding is "off budget" so we can continue to be in denial about the monetary costs, just like we stay in denial about the human costs by not showing the daily deaths and grievous wounds.

Permalink04/07/08, 07:19:53 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 96 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

State Department Renews Blackwater's Iraq Contract

Permalink04/07/08, 07:16:01 am, by oralloy Email , 111 views, User Posts 5 feedbacks

The Myth of GOP "Fiscal Responsibility"

70% of the national debt ($9 trillion) was created by 3 GOP Presidents.

Doonesbury

Permalink04/06/08, 05:10:12 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 78 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

CNN finally covers prep school student's question producing McCain's "awkward moment"

Heh...heh...heh...

I hadn't heard this one yet - McCadaver got made a fool of by a student at his high school alma mater, Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va.

Two days after Sen. John McCain delivered a speech at his alma mater, Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia, CNN finally reported on student Katelyn Halldorson's question challenging McCain to clarify why he was visiting the school if not for political reasons. On the April 3 edition of The Situation Room, congressional correspondent Dana Bash reported that "McCain's return to his old high school Tuesday was not welcomed by all" and aired a video clip from the April 1 event showing Halldorson asking McCain: "We were told that this isn't a political event. So, what exactly is your purpose in being here?" On April 2, Media Matters for America documented CNN's and MSNBC's failure to report on the exchange with Halldorson, despite both cable networks' having extensively covered and discussed questions about Monica Lewinsky posed to Chelsea Clinton at two campaign events.

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Permalink04/06/08, 04:26:11 pm, by billy b, 376 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks

American Grand Delusions

Why the Testimony of General Petraeus Will Be Delusional

Also, don't miss the link to "We Own the World" at the end of Tom's piece.

Both will give you a good feel for why it's clear that America hasn't learned the value of humility, and (if you're smart) how it's unavoidable that we will, one way or another.

BTW, you can't see the latest NIE. It's classified. You're expected to "take it on faith" that "the surge is working". It's not, but the President (in his infinite and proven wisdom) thinks you're too stupid to decide for yourself. Democrats disagree.

Permalink04/06/08, 11:18:29 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 131 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

Bush mass for shut ins for 04-06-08

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 War.

WAR CELEBRATION

War is a good holy thing. It cleanses Lord God Bushs planet from evil doers and beings that make you go ewww. We should all be happy about the war and back Lord God Bushs efforts 123%.

SING PRAISE TO LORD GOD BUSH

He blesses the boys as they stand in line
The smell of gun grease and the bayonets they shine
He's there to help himself all that he can
To make them feel wanted he's a good holy man
Sky pilot.....sky pilot How much can you lie
You'll never, never, never reach the sky
He smiles at the young soldiers Tells them its all right
He knows of their fear in the forthcoming fight
Soon there'll be blood and many will die
Mothers and fathers back home they will cry
Sky pilot.....sky pilot How much can you lie
You'll never, never, never reach the sky
He mumbles a prayer and it ends with a smile
The order is given They move down the line
But he's still behind and he'll meditate
But it won't stop the bleeding or ease the hate
As the young men move out into the battle zone
They'll feel good, with God you're never alone
He feels tired and he lays on his bed
Hopes the men will find courage in the words that he said
Sky pilot.....sky Pilot How much can you lie
You'll never, never, never reach the sky
You're soldiers of God you must understand
The fate of your country is in your young hands
May God give you strength Do your job real well
If it all was worth it Only time it will tell
In the morning they return With tears in their eyes
The stench of death drifts up to the skies
A soldier so ill looks at the sky pilot
Remembers the words "Thou shalt not kill"
Sky pilot.....sky pilot How much can you lie
You never, never, never reach the sky

A READING FROM THE BOOK OF RUMSFELD

And George the Blessed looked down upon the people and spoke `Blessed are those who serve me in the holy oil crusade. They shall earn a special place in heaven.`

What is it that the Profit Rumsfeld is trying to teach us? It is that we all must say positive things about the holy oil crusade or we hate America. 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.

Permalink04/06/08, 08:59:35 am, by first_church_of_bush Email , 113 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

John McCain's Democratic Deliverance?

p m carpenter, now posting daily at Buzzflash as 'The Fifth Columnist', jots down a few thoughts about McCadaver.

Polls, I guess, are like that oft-cited bullet that concentrates the mind.

For seven years we've watched fiscal sanity, global responsibility and anything even remotely recognizable as presidential accountability go the way of the horse and buggy, but only now -- after the release of one poll showing that four out of five Americans may finally stop getting out of bed -- do the media huddle and pronounce things not so good. Washington, we have a problem.

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Permalink04/05/08, 01:00:08 pm, by billy b, 286 views, User Posts 5 feedbacks

Our Confusing Economy, Explained

Perplexed by the U.S. economy? You're not alone. Law professor Michael Greenberger joins Fresh Air to explain the sub-prime mortgage crisis, credit defaults, the shaky future of other types of loans and what we can expect from the U.S. financial markets.

On NPR.

Permalink04/04/08, 11:44:58 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 123 views, Latest Posts 4 feedbacks

Can Iraq's soldiers fight?

President Bush says the Iraqi government's crackdown on Shiite militants in Basra is "a defining moment in the history of a free Iraq. The decision to move troops, Iraqi troops, into Basra talks about Prime Minister Maliki's leadership. This is a test and a moment for the Iraqi government, which strongly has supported Prime Minister Maliki's actions, and it is an interesting moment for the people of Iraq, because in order for this democracy to survive, they must have confidence in their government's ability to protect them and to be even-handed."


More Than 1,000 in Iraq’s Forces Quit Basra Fight

BAGHDAD — More than 1,000 Iraqi soldiers and policemen either refused to fight or simply abandoned their posts during the inconclusive assault against Shiite militias in Basra last week, a senior Iraqi government official said Thursday. Iraqi military officials said the group included dozens of officers, including at least two senior field commanders in the battle.

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Permalink04/03/08, 10:57:20 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 253 views, Latest Posts 5 feedbacks

Ya Think You're Payin' A Lot For Gas?

You don't know the half of it.

Military Feels Fuel-Cost Gouge in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) — Think you're being gouged by Big Oil? U.S. troops in Iraq are paying almost as much as Americans back home, despite burning fuel at staggering rates in a war to stabilize a country known for its oil reserves.

Military units pay an average of $3.23 a gallon for gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, some $88 a day per service member in Iraq, according to an Associated Press review and interviews with defense officials. A penny or two increase in the price of fuel can add millions of dollars to U.S. costs.

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Permalink04/03/08, 07:56:59 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 258 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

The Bush Boy Throws a Tantrum

Bush ‘abruptly’ leaves NATO meeting.»

Yesterday, President Bush tried to prematurely cut off a joint press conference in Romania with the country’s president Traian Basescu, even though “as a matter of courtesy and protocol, the host decides when such an event is over.” Today, the Washington Post’s Peter Baker reports that Bush also left a NATO summit meeting early:

Enough is enough, it seems. With the NATO summit meetings consistently running two hours over schedule most of the day, President Bush abruptly got up and left the last formal session of the day, not bothering to wait for an official summit photograph of all the leaders.

Bush is no fan of windy meetings and evidently had had his fill. He left behind Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates to represent him for the rest of the session, which concerned NATO operations in Afghanistan, but his departure was so sudden and unexpected that he left some of his motorcade behind, inculding his press pool, when he got into his car and headed back to his hotel.

Permalink04/03/08, 07:46:32 pm, by billy b, 121 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Not on Hardballs...

...or ABC (home of the world's most evil mouse), or CBS, or NBC, or Faux "News" the GOP Propaganda Channel, or any radio station I've heard, or the WH Web Site, or in John W. McCain's latest "the surge is working" commercial, or any place you'd expect to be informed about the latest in America's most expensive black hole...

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Permalink04/03/08, 07:38:24 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 195 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Presidential Politics

I admit I haven't been good about staying away from Presidential politics, but for the life of me I can't figure out why.

1) Our primary is over. I have no say in who will be the nominee for either party.

2) I will vote against this guy in the general election. Period.

So there's not really much to discuss, from my POV.

But then I read things like this, and I realize there's still a lot to be decided...

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Permalink04/03/08, 07:35:00 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 270 views, Latest Posts 5 feedbacks

Yoo's Utter Glib Certainty

By Emily Bazelon

What takes my breath away about the Yoo memos, now that we can finally read them, is their air of uttery certainty. One after another, complex questions of constitutional law are dispatched as if there's no cause for any debate. The president has all the war-making power. Congress has none. The president's commander in chief powers extend to interrogations (no matter how far from the battlefield in space and time they take place). Guantanamo Bay detainees and enemy aliens enjoy no constitutional protections. And then the pages Jack points us to, which include "Congress can no more interfere with the President's conduct of the interrogation of enemy combatants than it can dictate strategic or tactical decisions on the battlefield." In other words, Congress cannot prohibit any sort of treatment that the president chooses to allow. No wonder Jack Goldsmith thought Yoo was reaching far beyond where he needed to go, not to mention what the state of the law would actually support. And yet he brooks no doubt. It's as if he's writing as a Supreme Court justice, not a government lawyer. Which is understandable in one sense, since the Office of Legal Counsel functions like the government's internal Supreme Court—but also exhibits the terrifying results of dishonest, glib analysis by lawyers drunk on that very power.

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Permalink04/02/08, 11:46:00 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 302 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

A Brief Hummer of Thanks

The Rude Pundit recounts his experiences at EschaCon08. Eschaton is Atrios' (Duncan Black) blog and one I've spent a lot of time at since late 2002. I was in attendance this year and got to meet a lot of folks that I 'knew' from their posting on the board. Turns out the Rude Boy went to SW LA Univ, a school that is in the same athletic conference as my college, Ark St U is. Also got to meet my favorite rock music critic, Steve Simels.

The Rude Pundit returned from Philadelphia once again without Benjamin Franklin's skull, perfect for soup and fun with ocular cavities. However, he does have fond memories of EschaCon08, a sort of Star Trek convention for Left Blogsylvania. Hell, it even featured a panel with our Shatner, Paul Krugman.

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Permalink04/02/08, 04:04:52 pm, by billy b, 231 views, User Posts 6 feedbacks

Economic Meltdown Continues

Auto sector feels pinch of credit crunch

Rising loan delinquencies could have affect on overall economy

Driving a sporty car was nice, but with high gas prices and inflation pinching at his pocketbook, Jorge Valdes decided last October to get rid of his white BMW 525i sedan when the $700-a-month lease payments became too much to bear.

Valdes turned to LeaseTrader.com, an online service that allows one car lease owner to transfer it to another before it expires. He passed on the remaining 16 months of his 36-month lease to another driver, allowing him to lease a new, cheaper car and lower his monthly car payments.

“With gas and insurance I was paying over $1,000 a month to drive a vehicle and it didn’t make any sense,” said the 27-year-old firefighter who lives in Miami, Fla.

“The economy was one of my main reasons for getting rid of the lease,” he continued. “Gas prices are going through the roof and the economy isn’t getting any better; everyone hopes it will, but I don’t see it getting any better any time soon. There’s nothing out there that’s going to pick us up.”

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Permalink04/02/08, 09:34:21 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 273 views, Latest Posts 6 feedbacks

Key phrase

"Finally, even if the criminal prohibitions outlined above applied, and an interrogation method might violate those prohibitions, necessity or self-defense could provide justifications for any criminal liability,"

The above, of course, is with regards to torture. But the implications of this piece go much further afield.

Remember, our government is prone to lie in order to get its way (WMD's, Iraq, Afghanistan, Tonkin and a long etc.). This philosophy basically sets the government above the law and reverses the entire Nuremburg concepts of responsibility, accountability, etc.

Treaties now mean nothing under this doctrine. Laws mean nothing. It's "realpolitik" pre-WW I style again, a roadmap to destruction.

Not that we haven't gone down that road before... luckily the Kremlin tended to be more level-headed than our politicos or we wouldn't be here now.

Permalink02.04.08, 04:28:13, by iconoclast_555 Email , 152 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

USofA, MIC and EuropeanOpinion

This is from a magazine called "The Week" and is an editorial from the German press.

A Hot Spot That Needs No More Weapons
Roland Heine --- Berliner Zeitung ----Germany

The US won't let a pesky detail like international law get in the way of selling weapons. Last week, the US authorized arms sales to Kosovo, the tiny nation that recently declared its independence from Serbia, even though Kosovo is still under a UN weapons embargo. President Bush claimed, preposterously, that the arming of Kosovio would "promote world peace." That's easy for him to say, sitting across the ocean in the United States. Here in Europe, intelligence agencies are well aware that more than a few top officials in the Kosovar government "double as agents of the Albanian mafia."

Giving weapons to the Kosovar government, then, is tantamount to arming the drug dealers and human-traffickers who have made the little Balkan nation a nexus of criminality whose tentacles can easily reach into the E.U. Many Europeans wondered why Bush was so insistent on recognizing the independence of Kosovo, even though the hasty move incensed Serbia and Russia and made life difficult for European diplomats. Suddenly, it's "not so surprizing." The American arms indusrty has a new client --- and Europe will ultimately pay the price.

Permalink04/02/08, 12:31:13 am, by dajavoodooo Email , 195 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks

Mike Gravel's Latest Video

Permalink04/01/08, 10:35:48 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 85 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Alabama Changes the Value of Pi

The Alabama state legislature has voted to change the value of the mathematical constant pi from 3.14159 to the 'Biblical value' of 3.0.

Link

Link to the link

Permalink04/01/08, 03:49:07 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 117 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

Congress questions Big Oil’s big profits

OK, so I got this email, today. I'll get to that in a minute, but first:

Executives deflect blame for skyrocketing fuel costs

WASHINGTON - Top executives of the five biggest U.S. oil companies were pressed Tuesday to explain the soaring fuel prices amid huge industry profits and why they weren’t investing more to develop renewable energy source such as wind and solar.

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Permalink04/01/08, 03:27:48 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 214 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

The Tall Tale of Tuzla

By Christopher Hitchens

When Hitchens is "on", he's "on" (and when he's a warmongering drunken asshole, he's a...)

Hillary Clinton's Bosnian misadventure should disqualify her from the presidency, but the airport landing is the least of it.

The punishment visited on Sen. Hillary Clinton for her flagrant, hysterical, repetitive, pathological lying about her visit to Bosnia should be much heavier than it has yet been and should be exacted for much more than just the lying itself. There are two kinds of deliberate and premeditated deceit, commonly known as suggestio falsi and suppressio veri. (Neither of them is covered by the additionally lying claim of having "misspoken.") The first involves what seems to be most obvious in the present case: the putting forward of a bogus or misleading account of events. But the second, and often the more serious, means that the liar in question has also attempted to bury or to obscure something that actually is true. Let us examine how Sen. Clinton has managed to commit both of these offenses to veracity and decency and how in doing so she has rivaled, if not indeed surpassed, the disbarred and perjured hack who is her husband and tutor.

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Permalink04/01/08, 02:44:12 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 401 views, Latest Posts 4 feedbacks

Another Reason to Hate KBR

WASHINGTON — At least a dozen soldiers and Marines have been electrocuted in Iraq over the five years of the war, and investigators now are trying to learn what role improper grounding of electrical wires played in those deaths.

And Houston-based KBR — which builds bases and maintains housing for U.S. troops in Iraq — is at the center of the probe, with questions being raised about its responsibility to repair known wiring problems.

The investigation was prompted by the death of Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Maseth, 24, of Pennsylvania, who was electrocuted Jan. 2 while taking a shower in his living quarters in the Radwaniyah Palace Complex in Baghdad.

Initially, Maseth's mother, Cheryl Harris, was told her son — serving in the Army's Special Forces — had a small, electrical appliance with him in the shower.

Waxman, in his letter to Gates, said investigators blamed Maseth's death on improper grounding of the water pump.

"The circuit breaker was, in fact, bypassed," said Patrick Cavanaugh, an attorney hired by Harris and Maseth's father, Douglas Maseth.

KBR's contract, the memo said, "only required KBR to fix the building (plumbing and electricity) as things broke. KBR did an initial survey of the building upon assuming responsibility and noted several safety issues concerning the improper grounding of electrical devices.

"The contract did not cover fixing potential hazards so those issues were never addressed," the memo said.

Permalink04/01/08, 11:35:46 am, by bsa Email , 1061 views, User Posts 28 feedbacks

‘With a Few More Brains ...’

By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF

Ten days ago, I noted the reckless assertion of Barack Obama’s former pastor that the United States government had deliberately engineered AIDS to kill blacks, but I tried to put it in context by citing a poll showing that 30 percent of African-Americans believe such a plot is at least plausible.

My point was that the Rev. Jeremiah Wright is not the far-out fringe figure that many whites assume. But I had a deluge of e-mail from incredulous whites saying, in effect: If 30 percent of blacks believe such bunk, then that’s a worse scandal than anything Mr. Wright said.

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Permalink04/01/08, 07:20:15 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 322 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback