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I see Obama is still trying to disenfranchise me


Permalink05/31/08, 04:48:42 pm, by oralloy Email , 103 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Tax Them

There's a new "controversy" around yet another pastor at "Obama's church" that's making the rounds.

I have only one comment that really matters, to me: I don't care which party a church is supporting, when they become a political organization they should be stripped of their tax-exempt status, immediately and irrevocably.

"Preaching" about politics in church should be absolutely unacceptable to any American who believes in the constitution.

Another pastor complicates Obama’s campaign
Priest mocks Clinton as feeling entitled to nomination because she is white


Catholic League slams priest, Obama
The Catholic League - a group dedicated to protecting the free-speech rights of Catholics "whenever and wherever they are threatened" - criticized Barack Obama sharply today for his ties to a Catholic priest who stirred controversy at Obama's home church last weekend.

I might think it's interesting that The Catholic League is demonstrating, once again, that they are a GOP front group. You may or may not agree that since Obama wasn't even there he can hardly be responsible for what this man said, and later apologized for. You may even be in agreement with me that religion is playing far too big a role in the 2008 Presidential elections.

But I will not compromise on this: Churches that are involved in politics are no longer churches, they are political organizations and should be legally recognized as such.

This does not deny individual members the opportunity to "vote their values". It denies the leaders of the churches the ability to dictate how the congregation should vote.

If churches don't want the government involved in their affairs, they should stay the hell out of government.

Tax them.


They bring in millions billions.

Permalink05/31/08, 11:50:53 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 167 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

This is what happens

when you don't point out the other side's failings and offer a tangible and differentiating alternative:

Permalink30.05.08, 11:44:12, by iconoclast555 Email , 116 views, User Posts 5 feedbacks

One Of The Falsest Statements Ever Uttered

Greenwald analyzes the media's reaction to McClellan's book.

Even shorter version: "What do you mean, we didn't question the President's drive to go to war in Iraq?"

It's not a surprise that the media disagrees with McClellan that they could have been more adversarial in questioning the facts that led us to war.

I've gotta go with McClellan on that one.

Permalink05/30/08, 07:38:36 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 141 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Calling a spade a spade

"It could act where the U.N. fails to act," he said last month, and pressure tyrants "with or without Moscow's and Beijing's approval."

This "league of democracies" (I wonder how many would actually BE democracies anyways) is, in reality, a way to ensure that the US has a pliant rubber-stamp to do whatever it wants without contravening international law. It is also a way to kill the UN, something that most GOPers and not a few Dems would love to do.


Barack Obama, who has a lead in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, has not taken a stand. But Anthony Lake, one of Obama's policy advisers, has spoken in favor of the idea.

Of course, Lake is part of the PSA gang, seeking "bipartisan foreign policies"... we wouldn't want to have divergent opinions would we?

Permalink30.05.08, 05:42:12, by iconoclast555 Email , 173 views, User Posts 7 feedbacks

Did Bush kill a hooker decades ago?

"We had some pretty wild parties back in the day,
and I just don't remember." --George W. Bush

Permalink05/29/08, 08:12:18 am, by icy Email , 196 views, User Posts 14 feedbacks

Hard-faced lying manipulators

Chief among those reasons was the belief, shared widely before the war, that Saddam Hussein had or was developing weapons of mass destruction, Rice recalled, suggesting the international community shouldn't have backed harsh sanctions against Iraq if it doubted the threat.

The US was BLACKMAILING, BROWBEATING and otherwise FORCING the international community to approve sanctions... and the sanctions that the US coerced did not include an authorization to go to war.

"The story is there for everyone to see, you can't now transplant yourself into the present and say we should have know what we in fact did not know in 2001 and 2002,"


He has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction. He is unable to project conventional power against his neighbours.
Colin Powell in February 2001

And from the horse's mouth (never better said):

We are able to keep arms from him. His military forces have not been rebuilt.
Condoleezza Rice in July 2001

Our press? Hello? The brains of our electorate? Our "opposition"?Echo echo echo...

We have the gubmint we deserve.

Permalink29.05.08, 07:29:48, by iconoclast555 Email , 249 views, User Posts 21 feedbacks

Onward Christian Soldiers

This is obscenely stupid. Fundies are gonna kill us all.

Marines pass out Gospel verse to Iraqi Muslims, Iraqis say

FALLUJAH, Iraq — At the western entrance to the Iraqi city of Fallujah Tuesday, Muamar Anad handed his residence badge to the U.S. Marines guarding the city. They checked to be sure that he was a city resident, and when they were done, Anad said, a Marine slipped a coin out of his pocket and put it in his hand.

Out of fear, he accepted it, Anad said. When he was inside the city, the college student said, he looked at one side of the coin. "Where will you spend eternity?" it asked.
He flipped it over, and on the other side it read, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16."

"They are trying to convert us to Christianity," said Anad, a Sunni Muslim like most residents of this city in Anbar province. At home, he told his story, and his relatives echoed their disapproval: They'd been given the coins, too, he said.

Permalink05/28/08, 10:54:50 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 186 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

Can't Make This Stuff Up

For months, John McCain has been bragging on the fact that he's got fmr. Sen. Phil Gramm as his key economics advisor. That's scary enough as it is, if you're familiar with Gramm's policy predilections and legislative history. But now it turns out that Gramm, who advised McCain on his mortgage relief policy and speech, was also a registered lobbyist for the Swiss bank UBS, which is obviously heavily concerned with the mortgage crisis. According to MSNBC, which has just broken the story, UBS only deregistered Gramm on April 18th of this year, which I'm pretty certain was after McCain rolled out the policy that Gramm had a hand in crafting.

Foreclosures in Military Towns Surge at Four Times U.S. Rate

May 27 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Air Force Technical Sergeant Jeffrey VerSteegh, who repairs F-16 jets for the 132nd Fighter Wing, departed Des Moines, Iowa, in April for his third tour in Iraq. The father of four may lose his home when he returns.


Permalink05/28/08, 08:20:43 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 260 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Your President Mugs for the Camera

Here's the leader of the free world after delivering the commencement speech at the Air Force Academy today. What a childish fool this clown is.

And even better, this is an encore performance as he did a similar move at the Air Force Academy back in 2004:


Permalink05/28/08, 04:08:03 pm, by billy b, 272 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

You gotta wonder...

... what the former Sores boarders think about this.

Well, "think" is a bit of a reach since denial and congnitive dissonance has always been their MO, but still.

Anyhow, it's pretty strange to see a man we used to make fun of come out and show us that we (as usual) were right all along.


Sorry about not posting, been out of town giving some courses. Hope to catch up one of these days.

Permalink28.05.08, 13:52:03, by iconoclast_555 Email , 116 views, User Posts 1 feedback

An Unnecessary War

It's hard to imagine a more innocuous phrase to describe taking the option of last resort before it's necessary, inflicting horror and death on a population of millions, for ever-shifting reasons that may forever remain obscure.

I'm glad that former members of the Bush inner circle are recording for posterity just how evil this regime has been. The latest is little Scotty "Snotty" McClellan, who's book is to be published on Monday.

Still, I remember the reaction to George Tenet's book. Same story, the Bush administration lied us into war, but the reaction to Tenet was not "Thank you for telling us the truth." (We already knew the truth.) It was "Why didn't you do more to stop this?", and I greet li'l Scotty's "revelations" the same way.

There is no redemption for any of these men. Not in my eyes.

But, like I said, it's a good thing that the inner circle is telling the future just how evil this administration has been, and how they took advantage of a frightened population to lead us into a useless, senseless, unwinnable war, and enrich their "base" in the process. Halliburton and Blackwater alone have made billions. The Bush administration may complain about what he's said, but the books will last far longer than their whining about being exposed.

May Bush and Cheney return to drinking and suffer a miserable rest of their lives, alone and hated.

Permalink05/28/08, 07:36:32 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 251 views, Latest Posts 10 feedbacks

"I Will Never Surrender"

John W "I'm like Bush, only crazier" McSame gave a speech on nuclear weapons, today.

Before I say anything else, I have to give him credit for one thing: At least he can fucking PRONOUNCE the word "new-klee-er", unlike the idiot we're stuck with until January.

Anyhoo, the speech was interrupted by pro-peace activists no less than 4 times. After one of the interruptions, the presumptive batshit crazy party nominee said the above, "I will never surrender in Iraq. Our American troops will come home with victory and honor."

Which begs a question or three:


Permalink05/27/08, 07:36:12 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 459 views, Latest Posts 7 feedbacks

Israeli Nukes

Not that we didn't already know, but...

LONDON (Reuters) - Former President Jimmy Carter has said Israel holds at least 150 nuclear weapons, the first time a U.S. president has publicly acknowledged the Jewish state's atomic arsenal.

Asked at a news conference at Wales's Hay literary festival on Sunday how a future U.S. president should deal with the Iranian nuclear threat, Carter put the risk in context by listing atomic weapons held globally.

"The U.S. has more than 12,000 nuclear weapons, the Soviet Union (Russia) has about the same, Great Britain and France have several hundred, and Israel has 150 or more. We have a phalanx of enormous weaponry ... not only of enormous weaponry but of rockets to deliver those missiles on a pinpoint accuracy target," he said, according to a transcript of his remarks.

Still looking for that "religion of peace"? Best to look elsewhere, I guess.

Permalink05/27/08, 07:44:37 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 158 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

Mars/Phoenix Follow-Up

This is pretty cool.

NASA's Mars Phoenix Lander can be seen parachuting down to Mars, in (these images) captured by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. This is the first time that a spacecraft has imaged the final descent of another spacecraft onto a planetary body.

Image 1.

Image 2.

Permalink05/27/08, 07:26:09 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 176 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

3-Day Weekend

I had a nice one. How 'bout ya'all?


Permalink05/26/08, 10:11:14 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 388 views, Latest Posts 8 feedbacks

Mars Probe Successful Landing!

Permalink05/25/08, 07:54:09 pm, by oralloy Email , 152 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

Bush mass for shut ins for 05-25-08

Bush mass for shut ins is on the air!


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 Heroics.


We should all be as brave as George the Ever Blessed was during wartime. He is a shining example to all to what we should all be doing during wartime. We all should strive to be as brave as Lord God Bush.


Every time I look at you
I don't understand
Why you let the things you did
Get so out of hand
You'd have managed better
If you'd had it planned
Now why'd you choose such a backward time
And such a strange land?

If you'd come today
You could have reached the whole nation
Israel in 4 BC had no mass communication

Don't you get me wrong Don't you get me wrong
Don't you get me wrong Don't you get me wrong
Don't you get me wrong Don't you get me wrong
Don't you get me wrong Don't you get me wrong

Only want to know Only want to know
Only want to know Only want to know
Only want to know Only want to know
Only want to know Only want to know

Dubya Christ, Dubya Christ
Who are you? What have you sacrificed?
Dubya Christ, Dubya Christ
Who are you? What have you sacrificed?
Dubya Christ, Superstar
Do you think you're what they say you are?
Dubya Christ, Superstar
Do you think you're what they say you are?

Tell me what you think
About your friends at the top
Now who d'you think besides yourself
Was the pick of the crop?
Buddah was he where it's at?
Is he where you are?
Could Muhammmed move a mountain
Or was that just PR?
Did you mean to die like that?
Was that a mistake or
Did you know your messy death
Would be a record breaker?

Don't you get me wrong Don't you get me wrong
Don't you get me wrong, now Don't you get me wrong
Don't you get me wrong Don't you get me wrong
Don't you get me wrong, now Don't you get me wrong

Only want to know Only want to know
Only want to know, now Only want to know
Only want to know Only want to know
Only want to know, now I only want to know

Dubya Christ, Dubya Christ
Who are you? What have you sacrificed?
Dubya Christ, Dubya Christ
Who are you? What have you sacrificed?
Dubya Christ, Superstar
Do you think you're what they say you are?
Dubya Christ, Superstar


So George the Brave took on the evildoers. With mighty lasers from the palms of his hands, he vanquished them one by one. Thus freedom was saved.

What is it that the Profit Rumsfeld is trying to teach us? It is that George the Blessed was very brave and saved freedom and we owe him everything. This 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.

Permalink05/25/08, 09:06:12 am, by first_church_of_bush Email , 104 views, User Posts 1 feedback

Chinese Government Allowed to Participate in the Torture of Chinese Detainees at Guantanamo

Permalink05/24/08, 09:14:44 pm, by oralloy Email , 115 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

Mars Probe update

Landing set for this Sunday evening:

Atmospheric entry: 7:46 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Landing: 7:53 PM Eastern Daylight Time

First images from probe: 9:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Permalink05/24/08, 09:07:54 pm, by oralloy Email , 130 views, User Posts Send feedback

Obama's HS 1st in SI survey

Barack Obama's high school, Punahou of Hawaii, was recently chosen as the school with the top athletic program in the nation by Sports Illustrated. This angered Hillary Clinton, who attended Maine East High in Parkridge, Ill., and John McCain, who was educated through oral tradition and cave drawings.

Click the link and check out Barry's 'Fro and his funky leisure suit.

Permalink05/24/08, 10:02:26 am, by bsa Email , 135 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Basic Civics

Anyone who argues that a court is acting improperly solely by virtue of the fact that it is striking down a popular law is someone who doesn't believe in the American system of government created by the Founders.

Read this if you don't understand this.

Permalink05/24/08, 12:09:04 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 202 views, Latest Posts 8 feedbacks

Remind me

We're the good guys, right?

Permalink23.05.08, 14:09:54, by iconoclast_555 Email , 137 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks

Something to Keep an Eye On

Senate vote overrides Bush veto of farm bill

WASHINGTON — With an 82-13 vote, the Senate Thursday completed the override of President Bush's veto of a comprehensive farm bill, shrugging off Republican concerns about an embarrassing legislative glitch and making the $290 billion bill the law of the land.

House GOP leaders continued to grumble that Democrats had violated the Constitution by pressing forward with the veto override after they discovered a section of the bill on trade policy had been inadvertently dropped from the version vetoed Wednesday.

But Democratic leaders said they had court precedent and constitutional scholars on their side. "The veto override will have the force of law," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Washington Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, both Democrats, voted to override the veto.

Lawmakers said they would take up the farm law's trade section as a separate bill and pass it after their Memorial Day break.

Why do I have the feeling that whatever happens to this "trade bill", or what is in it, won't be making the front pages?

Permalink05/23/08, 07:59:22 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 269 views, Latest Posts 15 feedbacks

John W's Religion Problem

No, not that one. This one:

McCain Pastor: Islam Is a 'Conspiracy of Spiritual Evil'

Despite his call for the U.S. to win the "hearts and minds of the Islamic world," Sen. John McCain recruited the support of an evangelical minister who describes Islam as "anti-Christ" and Mohammed as "the mouthpiece of a conspiracy of spiritual evil."

McCain sought the support of Pastor Rod Parsley of the World Harvest Church of Columbus, Ohio at a critical time in his campaign in February, when former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was continuing to draw substantial support from the Christian right. At a campaign appearance in Cincinnati, McCain introduced Parsley as "one of the truly great leaders in America, a moral compass, a spiritual guide."


Permalink05/22/08, 10:59:59 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 394 views, Latest Posts 4 feedbacks

We Hate to Bring Up the Nazis, but They Fled to Paraguay, too


From Wonkette, on the Bush land purchase in Paraguay.

Our paranoid friends over at Bring It On have put together a story that hasn’t exactly made Washington Whispers. It’s real short and real simple:

- The Cuban news service reports that George W. Bush has purchased 98,840 acres in Paraguay, near the Bolivian/Brazilian border.

- Jenna Bush paid a secret diplomatic visit to Paraguayan President Nicanor Duarte and U.S. Ambassador James Cason. There were no press conferences, no public sightings and no official confirmation of her 10-day trip which apparently ended this week.

- The Paraguayan Senate voted last summer to “grant U.S. troops immunity from national and International Criminal Court (ICC) jurisdiction.”

- Immediately afterwards, 500 heavily armed U.S. troops arrived with various planes, choppers and land vehicles at Mariscal Estigarribia air base, which happens to be at the northern tip of Paraguay near the Bolivian/Brazilian border. More have reportedly arrived since then.


Permalink05/22/08, 06:40:01 pm, by billy b, 594 views, User Posts 7 feedbacks

God Sent Hitler to Chase Down The Jews

So says the preacher who's endorsement John W worked for a year to gain.

On an "offensive scale" of 1 to 10, Ryan Lizza called this one a 20.

People go to church to be part of "the church", the body of people who attend, and don't agree with their pastor 100% of the time. Obama didn't have to agree with Wright 100% of the time to go to that church. He was finally pushed so far by Wright he had no choice but to separate himself from him, after first defending his right to speak.

McSame sought out this endorsement, and has never denounced it. He did so to pander to the whacked out religious right, without who's support he will struggle to be elected.

Wingers may howl all they want to, but Hagee's endorsement of McCain is far more frightening than which church Obama attended.

Which do you prefer? Talking to our enemies, in the hope that we can avoid war, or "helping God" to bring on an unavoidable world-ending war?

Sometimes "the lesser of two evils" is the best choice we have available.

Permalink05/22/08, 07:48:58 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 168 views, Latest Posts 7 feedbacks

Paper Training

Digby talks about weeding out the Blue Dogs.

Permalink05/21/08, 07:47:37 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 133 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

See the electoral map lately?

For the most part Billary's been successful in the traditionally "liberal" states, Obama in states that usually vote conservative. The exceptions are the Northwest, Mass. and Illinois, the latter with the caveat of being the home state of Obama.

While I won't try to analyze what this might mean (especially with the ridiculous caucus system that is used in some states), when comparing the primary map with the last two potus elections the similarities are quite striking.

Perhaps someone else might like to take a stab at interpreting this phenomenon - and its potential impact on the general elections?

A side note, if anyone peruses the recent senatorial elections in Wikipedia, the popular vote for both parties shows an interesting trend...

Oh! If only politicos eschewed issue-based platforms and presented long-term ideas! The GOP would be toast if someone showed that their ideology is at fault for many of our woes...

Permalink21.05.08, 06:03:48, by iconoclast555 Email , 307 views, User Posts 12 feedbacks

One of Those Days

What a day. If I didn't have links to some of this stuff, I wouldn't believe it, myself.

Walter Pincus reports on the new designation of "Controlled Unclassified Information" (CUI), Radar reveals the existence of "Main Core," described as "a database of Americans, who ... are considered unfriendly, and who, in a time of panic, might be incarcerated."

In "Report: U.S. Soldiers Did 'Dirty Work' for Chinese Interrogators" we learn that China has actually been outsourcing torture to US!

So, I guess it should come as no surprise that the United States and Russia are in the bottom half of an annual study ranking nations on how peaceful they are, surveyors said Tuesday.

Not to be left behind when there's dirty deeds to be done, the McCain camp wants to recruit online supporters and activists to serve as comment trolls.

Then, just to put the icing on the cake, I visited a blog that's "frequented by old acquaintances" and read some of the vilest things imaginable in response to the news that Ted Kennedy has been diagnosed with brain cancer.

One bit of good news in all this: A CONSERVATIVE court has struck down an assault on a woman's right to life.

Does anyone really care who wins the primaries, tonight?

Permalink05/20/08, 08:36:56 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 176 views, Latest Posts 6 feedbacks

No Winger Can Understand This

McCain Confronted With New Iran Gaffe, Gets Facts Wrong Again

Yesterday, Time's Joe Klein noted that he could find no evidence that Sen. Barack Obama had ever specifically said he would negotiate with Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad:

On Friday, I promised to check into whether Obama had ever said that he would negotiate--specifically, by name -- with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Indeed, according to the crack Time Magazine research department and the Obama campaign, he never has. He did say that he would negotiate with the Iranian leadership -- but, on matters of foreign policy and Iran's nuclear program, the guy in charge is the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. As of today, John McCain was still accusing Obama of wanting to negotiate with Ahmadinejad. Why doesn't the McCain campaign and other assorted Republicans ever accuse Obama of wanting to negotiate with Khamenei? Well, because Khamenei isn't quite the flagrant anti-Semite Ahmadinejad is...and, as we keep hearing, Obama has a Jewish problem.

Permalink05/20/08, 07:46:18 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 151 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

The Amazing Life of Our President (ca 2036)

John Billama McBush was born in a small Nebraska town, son of an Air Force lieutenant and a registered nurse. John quickly rose to fame by finding and saving a young boy who had fallen down an abandoned well. Due to national media coverage of this event and his rugged-yet-ordinary-looking good looks, John was soon offered numerous roles by the Walt Disney organization.

At this point John's father, despite a lifetime as a fighter pilot, found out his true calling. Managing his son's career and finances he rose to become one of the top financial men in the nation, sitting on the boards of numerous corporations.

Upon reaching 18 John suddenly left the public stage in order to attend Yale. Yet John was never an outstanding student and despite his childhood popularity he was ever "one of the boys". After a lackluster student career he briefly returned to the public eye during the inauguration of the McBush Library at Yale. He liked this new and different aspect of being in the public eye. He was always fondly remembered for his childhood heroism and his series of successful movies about the all-American boy who invariably trumped Islamic fundamentalist terrorists. The world was his oyster.

Unfortunately the Iranian War was at his height at the time and he decided to follow in his father's footsteps and defend his country as a cargo pilot for the Nebraska Nat'l Guard. He served bravely for 2 years, flying much needed supplies from Omaha to Cleveland, earning a silver star for bravery by confronting a drunk colonel armed with what was thought of as a bomb but turned out to be an aluminum-wrapped bagette sandwich. His fame for bravery was reinforced.

Returning from his gruelling war service he divided his time between the family business, managing an arena football team and the rough-and-tumble world of Nebraska politics. His father, meantime, had become VP for president Schwartzenegger.

Soon it was to be Jr.'s time...

Permalink20.05.08, 12:09:10, by iconoclast555 Email , 99 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

The Cult of the Presidency

Who can we blame for the radical expansion of executive power? Look no further than you and me.

“I ain’t running for preacher,” Republican presidential candidate Phil Gramm snarled to religious right activists in 1995 when they urged him to run a campaign stressing moral themes. Several months later, despite Gramm’s fund raising prowess, the Texas conservative finished a desultory fifth place in the Iowa caucuses and quickly dropped out of the race. Since then, few candidates have made Gramm’s mistake. Serious contenders for the office recognize that the role and scope of the modern presidency cannot be so narrowly confined. Today’s candidates are running enthusiastically for national preacher—and much else besides.


Permalink05/20/08, 07:28:27 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 400 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

The Real McCain

2,000,000 People Have Watched This Video on the Real McCain.

Permalink05/19/08, 08:49:47 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 123 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Bush mass for shut ins for 05-18-08

Bush mass for shut ins is on the air!


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 Diplomacy.


Today we celebrate diplomacy. Lord God Bush is using diplomacy to achieve middle east peace. It will be achieved because he is so great.


You took a current rhythm from out of the sky,
and taught me how to use it as the years went by.
To tie up all your problems and make them believe.
And then to sell them to the people in the street.

It's a strange, strange world we live in, Master Jack.
You taught me all I know and I never looked back.
It's a very strange world and I thank you, Master Jack.

I saw right thru the way you started teaching me now.
So someday soon you could get to use me somehow.
I thank you very much and though you've been very kind.
I'd better move along before you change my mind/

It's a strange, strange world we live in, Master Jack.
You taught me all I know and I never looked back.
It's a very strange world and I thank you, Master Jack

You taught me all the things the way you'd like 'em to be.
But I'd like to see whether people agree.
It's all very interesting the way you disguies.
But I'd like to see the world thru my own eyes.

It's a strange, strange world we live in, Master Jack.
You taught me all I know and I never looked back.
You're a very strange man and I thank you, Master Jack.
You're a very strange man and I thank you, Master Jack.
You're a very strange man, aren't you, Master Jack?


And George the Blessed said to the warring factions "Would not peace make more sense? Would it not be more sensible to make peace?". And so the warring factions made peace and lived happily ever after.

What is it that the Profit Cheney is trying to teach us? It is that the peace makes sense and if we obey Lord God Bush we will live happily ever after. 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.

Permalink05/18/08, 09:03:12 am, by first_church_of_bush Email , 93 views, User Posts 1 feedback

Bill O'Reilly and his Producer

Permalink05/16/08, 09:33:13 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 216 views, Latest Posts 7 feedbacks

Do You Remember How You Felt?

After the election of 2004?

Transcript is here.

Permalink05/16/08, 08:40:22 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 148 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks


(I haven't written a long one in a long time.)

There's a persistent rumor that George W. Bush, and congress' response to him, is no worse than what's gone before him, and that "Democrats are just as bad as Republcians". Perhaps it's time for some recent historical perspective.

First, a bit of background.

If Richard Nixon had not resigned, he would have been impeached for committing or ordering criminal acts. Articles of impeachment had been drawn up, the House Judiciary Committee voted to recommend articles of impeachment against the President: obstruction of justice, abuse of power, and contempt of Congress. A group of GOP congressmen informed Mr. Nixon that if he didn't resign the papers would be served.


Permalink05/15/08, 11:07:25 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 441 views, Latest Posts 11 feedbacks

Something You Don't See Every Day

Tweety just totally handed this key-phrase screaming wing-nut his ass:

"Why are you screaming?"

"I'm not gonna continue this interview unless you answer the question."

"What did he DO???"

"You don't know, do you?" *giggle*


Permalink05/15/08, 09:28:54 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 110 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

One of those nights

It's a holiday here, San Isidro. As it falls on a Thursday I practiced one of Spain's national sports, "puenting"... that is, to make a bridge between a midweek holiday and the weekend. In fact, our office won't be open on Friday despite the fact that it isn't a holiday.

It's the third "puente" (bridge) in as many months, it's tough to live over here.

Well, tonight I went out on my own for a change. Had an Argentinian dinner (21€, chorizo criollo, steak, wine, coffee and liqueur), and detected some American voices at the bar after paying my bill.

I'd seen one of the Americans before, a blues/country musician that's played for the American Club and Democrats Abroad. The other was a new face, but I dove right in as I heard that they were talking politics.

The "new face" was from... Montana, of all places. The musical acquaintance is an army brat, perhaps in his early 60's. Both are long-term ex-pats. The conversation turned on the current election...

...and to Democrats abroad. Having played music for DA events, the musician had participated in a meal or two with democratic aparatchik that had crossed the pond to organazize (sic) the org in Spain. He'd also set up the sound equipment for bigwigs that had come to visit us 40K+ Americans living in Iberia.

The expats have not been too happy with Democrats Abroad. Discussions, debates, q&a with visiting dem dignataries - have all gone awry in one way or another. It seems that living abroad makes a dem into a progressive, as opposed to letter-following voters as seem to be the norm over thereabouts. The fact that most DA members over here are university students also seems to be of some import. The musician mirthfully recounted an organizational event where, when confronted with "ideological" opposition from some ex-pats, the dem boss said "well, that's the way it is and that's the way it's gonna be".

The answer was... a graphic hand gesture representing the male anatomy, saying "FVCK the way it's gonna be, and FVCK YOU".

DA is an interesting initiative but I'm afraid that it's going to be counterproductive. Billary is despised, Obama is seen for what he is. After all the effort that the DNC has expended on DA, I think that it will be an engine for abstention or write-ins.

When you've seen and lived the New Deal squared, the DNC just ain't gonna cut it.

Well, it was an interesting evening that didn't stop with a casual meeting of progressive ex-pats. Politically it reinforced some of my views, gave me some insight into the LBJ generation, and seriously depressed me with regards to the political future of our great nation.

PS the Montana fellow left when Reagan was elected, the musician during Carter's admin. Talking about a time-warp!

Permalink15.05.08, 20:25:12, by iconoclast_555 Email , 118 views, User Posts Send feedback

President Bush committed political treason today

Everyone that's not a republic is shitting his or her pants today over Little Boots' act at the Knesset today...

Me, I think it's hilarious. The little pussy is stamping his widdle feet.

Will Bunch at Attytood rips the puss-pie a new one.

I've seen a lot of sad things in American politics in my lifetime -- the resignation of a president who became a national disgrace after he oversaw a campaign of break-ins and cover-ups, another who circumvented the Constitution to trade arms for hostages, and yet is now hailed as national hero. And those paled to what we have seen in the last seven years -- flagrant disregard for the Constitution, the launching of a "pre-emptive" war on false pretenses, and discussions about torture and other shocking abuses inside the White House inner sanctum.

But now it's come to this: A new low that I never imagined was even possible.


Permalink05/15/08, 07:00:40 pm, by billy b, 372 views, User Posts 6 feedbacks

Winter Soldier on the Hill

Winter Soldier congressional testimony will be broadcast live beginning at 8 a.m. ET on Thursday.

I'll be at work. If anyone sees any of it, let us know what you think.

Permalink05/15/08, 07:37:16 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 145 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

latest Mars probe about to touch down

Permalink05/14/08, 11:10:26 pm, by oralloy Email , 104 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

Bush's Sacrifice

Bush has indeed made a personal sacrifice on account of the war. According to the president yesterday, his decision to stop playing golf five years ago wasn't just an exercise in image control or a function of his bum knee -- it was an act of solidarity with the families of the dead and wounded.

In the right wing Washington Post.

You want to show your "solidarity with the familes", Mr. Bush?

Sign up Jenna and Babs for the infantry.

Permalink05/14/08, 09:12:16 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 150 views, Latest Posts 4 feedbacks

Polar Bear is Made a Protected Species

Look for good news when and where you can find it.

Permalink05/14/08, 08:06:17 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 128 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Farm Bill Passes by Large Margin

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House passed and sent to the Senate a compromise $289 billion, five-year farm bill on Wednesday that expands nutrition and biofuel programs in the face of President George W. Bush's promise to veto it.

Backers said a large vote in favor of the bill, which passed 318-106, would be a sign that Congress could override a veto. Bush says the bill spends too much and fails to reform farm subsidies.

The farm bill would boost food-stamp benefits by $7.9 billion over 10 years and encourage land stewardship and development of biofuels. It would deny subsidies to a small number of high-income Americans.


Permalink05/14/08, 07:54:32 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 267 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Back to basics

While we're fed various bait and switch hotbutton issues and seemingly our liberties are being eroded, let's not forget one very important, indeed primordial, issue at the core of the development of democracy.

Democracy did not come about because of some abstract idea that government should be run by people, it came about because the people were given the short end of the economic stick and democracy was a means for attaining social equality.

This was true in Ancient Greece, in Republican Rome, during the French Revolution, the various struggles for universal suffrage, during the Revolutions of 1848... And when it was clear that democracy wasn't doing the trick, alternatives such as fascism and communism came about.

I have endeavoured to make my point ad nauseum, here and elsewhere, that economics is perhaps the most important issue in this and any other body politic. This is partly with the above in mind, and also because the liberties we are being deprived of are ultimately luxuries compared to this core issue.

Unfortunately, here, there and elsewhere there is only one reigning economic ideology, precisely the one that made democracy desireably in Ancient Greece, in Republican Rome, during the French Revolution, the various struggles for universal suffrage, during the Revolutions of 1848... Laissez faire capitalism, aka freemarketism aka neoliberalism. This is almost universally true, regardless of which party (Tory or Labour, PP or Socialist, DNC or GOP) is in power or in opposition.

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Permalink14.05.08, 14:40:55, by iconoclast_555 Email , 577 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Jimmy Carter's Right! Presidents Should Not Be Liars.

From The Smirking Chimp, Jay Diamond's post concerning the reason for the war in Iraq. It's a different take, but makes sense.

Jay Diamond
May 13, 2008

This morning, Jimmy Carter has written a post on the Washington Post's "On Faith" blog entitled "Presidents Should Not be Liars".

The most glaring, destructive, and disgusting lie invented and maintained by the handlers of George W. Bush is their manifestly false insistence that the attack on, and occupation of Iraq is of material importance to the security of the United States.

As in every other instance with this administration, the prime consideration...or the ONLY consideration with respect to policy has been the calculation of the political potential in any situation.

Why this is not written or spoken about more in the press and on radio and television is an enduring mystery and a monumental failure of "commentators".

Mark me well....Bush et al did Iraq for no other reason than to bring about an historic 2004 landslide for Dubya.


Permalink05/14/08, 08:44:37 am, by billy b, 470 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Last Night's Primary

I didn't care enough to watch the latest installment of the ongoing no-painkiller root canal that is the Democratic primary, but it's hard to avoid it completely. The talking heads keep referring to the "uneducated white voters" who vote for Clinton, as does Clinton, herself.

For chrissakes, we're letting Bush (one of the stupidest white men available) by proxy pick our Democratic nominee.

Heaven forbid we'd have intelligent people running the country. That'd be "elitist", don'tchaknow. The RW meme is, we need morons to run God's chosen country, the greatest country in the history of mankind.

The insanity of it starts to boggle the mind, after a while.

Oh well. At least Obama wears a flag pin, once in a while. We should be safe, now.

Who needs a job, or peace, or respect for the government, when you have flag pins?

Permalink05/14/08, 07:53:38 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 138 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

In Case You Missed It

The video's been yanked from YouTube, but here's another link with the Bill-O meltdown. If you haven't seen it, take a look. It's Fox's number one personality, showing his true colors.

Edit to add: Don't play this one at work.

Permalink05/13/08, 10:20:55 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 147 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

A McCain Court

If John McCain wins the presidency – and gets to appoint one or more U.S. Supreme Court justices – America’s 220-year experiment as a democratic Republic living under the principle that “no man is above the law” may come to an end.

Robert Parry

It's true — whomever is elected president will almost certainly change the makeup of the court.

Jeffrey Toobin

I may not be all that fond of Obama, but I'm not ready to let the GOP finish shredding the constitution.

Permalink05/13/08, 10:16:33 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 140 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

The Incompetence and Corruption is STILL Stunning

One wonders if the Bush administration can do ANYTHING right. In a story that the military-industrial media is avoiding like the plague, right now (seriously, this should be on the front page of every paper in America, and leading EVERY nightly news broadcast tonight):

Charges dropped against '20th' hijacker

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The Pentagon has dropped charges against a Saudi at Guantanamo who was alleged to have been the so-called "20th hijacker" in the Sept. 11 attacks, his U.S. military defense lawyer said Monday.


Permalink05/13/08, 10:46:18 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 322 views, Latest Posts 4 feedbacks

The Neural Buddhists

Here's some 'food for thought' on a Tuesday morning. Anyone familiar with David Brooks, columnist for the NYTimes? He's also known as Bobo.

In 1996, Tom Wolfe wrote a brilliant essay called “Sorry, but Your Soul Just Died,” in which he captured the militant materialism of some modern scientists.

To these self-confident researchers, the idea that the spirit might exist apart from the body is just ridiculous. Instead, everything arises from atoms. Genes shape temperament. Brain chemicals shape behavior. Assemblies of neurons create consciousness. Free will is an illusion. Human beings are “hard-wired” to do this or that. Religion is an accident.


Permalink05/13/08, 08:42:06 am, by billy b, 662 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks

election year stunt shatters hundreds of lives

Iowa meatpacking plant raided in ID theft investigation
--USA Today - 4 hours ago

POSTVILLE, Iowa - At least 300 people were arrested Monday on immigration and identity theft charges at Agriprocessors, one of the USA's largest packing plants for kosher meats.

Hundreds Are Arrested in US Sweep of Meat Plant
--New York Times

Illegal immigration raid strikes heartland
--Kansas City Star

Permalink05/13/08, 01:24:22 am, by icy Email , 226 views, User Posts 5 feedbacks

Academy Award For Acting

Permalink05/12/08, 10:41:25 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 131 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Conspiratorially Speaking: United Flight 93 and 9/11

Good Buzzflash editorial:

by Mark Karlin
Editor and Publisher

May 12, 2008

As we take a reprieve from the 2008 elections for a day, we wanted to take note of a Chicago Tribune editorial that repeats the story of how Dick Cheney approved the shooting down of United Flight 93 on 9/11:

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, after planes had crashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Vice President Dick Cheney was in the White House bunker and had to make a momentous recommendation to President Bush, who was in flight aboard Air Force One: that Bush authorize the military to shoot down any civilian airliners that might be hijacked and headed for other targets.


Permalink05/12/08, 07:01:02 pm, by billy b, 488 views, User Posts 5 feedbacks

Timbuk's Travel Tips

If you're on a commercial flight and you notice that Jack, an old friend from high school who you haven't seen in years, is sitting in the back of the plane ... don't yell "Hi, Jack!"

Permalink05/12/08, 01:15:19 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 163 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

John W pledges to combat climate change

Not that I believe him, but, there goes "the base"...

PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) - Republican John McCain pledged to take the lead in combating global climate change if elected president in a speech that set him apart from the policies of U.S. President George W. Bush.

In remarks he prepared to give at a wind technology firm in Portland, Oregon, on Monday, the Arizona senator said he would seek international accords to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and would offer an incentive system to make businesses in the United States cleaner.

"The facts of global warming demand our urgent attention, especially in Washington," McCain said in remarks he planned to give at the Vestas Wind Technology plant.


The speech set McCain apart from fellow Republican Bush, who has been skeptical about global warming throughout his eight-year term, and was calibrated to win support from independents and centrist Democrats he will need to convince to win office in the November election.

You'll have to excuse me if I don't comment more. That puke Lieberbush is on CNN, talking about how wonderful (and different from Bush) McSame is. I think I need to vomit.

Permalink05/12/08, 07:57:01 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 150 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Concentration Camp?

Permalink05/11/08, 06:09:24 pm, by icy Email , 349 views, User Posts 14 feedbacks

"Maverick" No More

Republicans forced to turn to their nemesis: John McCain

As honest, and filled with facts, as this article is, it doesn't explicitly state one important thing: It's not Bush that failed us. It's the GOP platform that has us on the verge of collapse.

It does point out, however, that John W is promising more of the same.

Permalink05/11/08, 09:28:26 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 157 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Bush mass for shut ins for 05-11-08

Bush mass for shut ins is on the air!


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 Look the other way.


Looking the other way at any indiscretions of holy republicans is holy righteous and pure. For democrats, if you cant find anything, make up ridiculous stuff. The more ridiculous, the more credible you make yourself look.


Oh don't it hurt deep inside
To see someone do something to her
Oh don't it pain to see someone cry
How especially if that someone is her
Silence is golden, but my eyes still see
Silence is golden, golden, but my eyes still see
Talking is cheap people follow like sheep
Even though there is no where to go
How could she tell he decieved her so well
Pity she'll be the last one to know
How many times will she fall for his lines
Should I tell her or should I be cool
And if I tried I know she'd say I lied
Mind your business don't hurt her you fool
Silence is golden, but my eyes still see
Silence is golden, golden, but my eyes still see


And so the movie was relesed that was made by the evil Hollywood liberals. It was evil with much Bush bashing. The people who heeded the warning of the holy Foxnews reportbots were spared the torture and kept their sanity.

What is it that the Profit Cheney is trying to teach us? It is that the evil liberals will try to make us insane with the evil concept of reality. They can only succeed if we allow it. This 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.

Permalink05/11/08, 08:49:07 am, by first_church_of_bush Email , 92 views, User Posts 1 feedback

Touching Them All

These players are obviously not young Republicans.

Permalink05/10/08, 12:00:00 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 151 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Closing Time

Permalink05/10/08, 08:31:31 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 130 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

John W: "Screw State's Rights"

More of the same from the party of corruption.

PRESCOTT, Ariz. - Sen. John McCain championed legislation that will let an Arizona rancher trade remote grassland and ponderosa pine forest here for acres of valuable federally owned property that is ready for development, a land swap that now stands to directly benefit one of his top presidential campaign fundraisers.

Initially reluctant to support the swap, the Arizona Republican became a key figure in pushing the deal through Congress after the rancher and his partners hired lobbyists that included McCain's 1992 Senate campaign manager, two of his former Senate staff members (one of whom has returned as his chief of staff), and an Arizona insider who was a major McCain donor and is now bundling campaign checks.

When McCain's legislation passed in November 2005, the ranch owner gave the job of building as many as 12,000 homes to SunCor Development, a firm in Tempe, Ariz., run by Steven A. Betts, a longtime McCain supporter who has raised more than $100,000 for the presumptive Republican nominee. Betts said he and McCain never discussed the deal.

The Audubon Society described the exchange as the largest in Arizona history. The swap involved more than 55,000 acres of land in all, including rare expanses of desert woodland and pronghorn antelope habitat. The deal had support from many local officials and the Arizona Republic newspaper for its expansion of the Prescott National Forest. But it brought an outcry from some Arizona environmentalists when it was proposed in 2002, partly because it went through Congress rather than a process that allowed more citizen input.

Although the bill called for the two parcels to be of equal value, a federal forestry official told a congressional committee that he was concerned that "the public would not receive fair value" for its land. A formal appraisal has not yet begun. A town official opposed to the swap said other Yavapai Ranch land sold nine years ago for about $2,000 per acre, while some of the prime commercial land near a parcel that the developers will get has brought as much as $120,000 per acre.

Permalink05/09/08, 11:28:28 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 163 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Now what?

Obama looks to take the nomination.

He's taken it on the basis of policies that are somewhere between GOP and DNC values, on rhetoric that is akin to vaporware. He's done it on the basis of "embracing the folks across the aisle". And he's done it on the basis of "being someone for everyone", denying the DLC while being a de facto "centrist", claiming to be a progressive while pushing for an insurance company bonanza, railing against free-trade to the voters while whispering to neighboring nations that it was just electoral rhetoric. And he's done it with a team that, with a couple of exceptions, might have been McCain's.

It's also quite an achievement. He did this in the PRIMARY, against a DLC candidate.

It is remarkable that in a PRIMARY, running against a "Dem", he should embrace sectors of the GOP.

But now that he will be running against the "real thing", will Obama's rhetoric change? Will it move even further to the right as he competes with an unabashed conservative?

I've seen a few posters say, with what might be called "wishful thinking", that once in office Obama will shed off his electoral clothing and a progressive potus for change. I wonder if this faith will remain strong if his rhetoric moves to the right to capture voters from the McCain camp.

I make these comments in light of the now perpetual (and worldwide) fight between two parties to capture the putative center.

Example? Across the pond the Tories are having their Obama moment or DLC moment. And a brief perusal of the British example shows... vaporware and rhetoric.

The tories' "new approach" is, basically, the old one with a new sugarcoating. Economically they are still Thatcherite neolibs, but they wan't to paint it with "sociological" values. NO ideological shift, just new packaging.

Food for thought.

Permalink09.05.08, 04:53:07, by iconoclast555 Email , 201 views, User Posts 6 feedbacks

Don't Worry, Your Kids Will Pay For It

Permalink05/08/08, 09:56:14 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 130 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Zawahiri endorses McCain

Zawahiri endorses McCain Plan to Bomb Iran;
McCain seeks Endorsement of Catholic-Haters;

Senator John McCain, who seeks endorsements from haters of Roman Catholics, is alleging that Hamas has "endorsed" Barack Obama. He darkly suggests that this means something.

It is a despicable, dirty campaign trick. Who do you think the Ku Klux Klan will be endorsing? And if the Grand Dragons plump for McCain, does that tell us anything about McCain except that he is pasty faced? You can't logically read off anything at all from an unsolicited endorsement.

Actually it occurred to me to ask who is endorsing McCain in the Muslim world.

Well, it turns out that al-Qaeda No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahiri has declared that he is actually on McCain's side in wanting to destroy Iran. Al-Zawahiri is hurt that McCain keeps confusing hyper-Sunni al-Qaeda with radical Shiism: "Ayman al-Zawahiri said al-Qaeda wants to see the destruction of Iran - a Shiite nation battling the terrorists . . . "The dispute between America and Iran is a genuine struggle, and the possibility of the US striking Iran is real," al-Zawahiri said. . ." Al-Zawahiri hopes that the US struggle with Iran will destroy the latter and weaken the former, putting al-Qaeda in a position to administer the coup de grace.

In essence, al-Zawahiri is endorsing McCain's plan to "bomb, bomb, bomb/ bomb, bomb Iran."

Permalink05/08/08, 08:49:45 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 143 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Farewell to "Get Your War"

Thanx for making even MY stomach stronger.

Permalink08.05.08, 14:31:59, by iconoclast_555 Email , 164 views, User Posts 5 feedbacks

Working to Restore the Constitution

House Judiciary Asks Former Administration Advisers to Testify on Torture

A House Judiciary subcommittee opened a new offensive against the Bush administration Tuesday, by authorizing a subpoena for the vice president’s chief of staff and holding the first in a series of hearings on Justice Department legal opinions regarding harsh interrogation techniques.

The panel’s Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee voted to authorize a subpoena for David Addington, who served as Vice President Dick Cheney ’s legal adviser before becoming chief of staff in 2005, in an effort to have him appear at a future hearing, perhaps before the full committee.



Permalink05/08/08, 07:59:56 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 361 views, Latest Posts 7 feedbacks

Restoring The Balance (It's All About The Courts)

It's hard to add anything to a Greenwald piece, which I'm quoting in it's entirety here (sans embedded links, so go to the link for those), but I would like to point out that having control of the DOJ has ensured that Bush & Cheney won't be prosecuted for their crimes. At least not this year. We'll have to see if congress holds the line on "retroactive immunity" for violations of the 4th amendment on orders of the Cheney administration.

McCain embraces Bush's radical views of executive power

John McCain yesterday delivered a speech in which he hailed the inspiring constitutional principles of Government on which our country was founded, including the central goal of avoiding excessive, unlimited power in any one branch, secured by checks and balances from the other two branches:

In America, the constitutional restraint on power is as fundamental as the exercise of power, and often more so. Yet the framers knew that these restraints would not always be observed. They were idealists, but they were worldly men as well, and they knew that abuses of power would arise and need to be firmly checked. Their design for democracy was drawn from their experience with tyranny. A suspicion of power is ingrained in both the letter and spirit of the American Constitution. . . .

The executive, legislative, and judicial branches are often wary of one another's excesses, and they should be. They seek to keep each other within bounds, and they are supposed to. And though you wouldn't always know it from watching the day-to-day affairs of modern Washington, the framers knew exactly what they were doing, and the system of checks and balances rarely disappoints.

Sadly, though, McCain lamented that "there is one great exception in our day" to these principles. Surely "the exception" to which McCain refers must be the fact that we've lived for the last eight years under a President who literally has claimed powers greater than those possessed by the British King; whose underlings have promulgated radical and un-American theories literally vesting him with the power to rule outside of the law, who has exploited a political and media culture devoid of "suspicion of power" when exercised by the White House, and who has acted with no meaningful constraints or checks from Congress and virtually none from the judiciary? No, actually, that isn't the "exception" to which McCain was referring at all. Instead:


Permalink05/07/08, 10:37:08 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 446 views, Latest Posts 4 feedbacks

Voter tells McCain his temper is 'something of concern'

heh...heh...heh... This one is great.

ROCHESTER HILLS, Michigan (CNN) – What temper? John McCain parried away a question Wednesday about his supposedly hot-headed demeanor by talking up his long bipartisan record in the United States Senate.

“If I had some problem as such has been described, my friends, I would not have been able to work with Joe Lieberman and Russ Feingold and Ted Kennedy and all the other members on the other side of the aisle,” McCain said, responding to a Republican voter who described McCain’s temper as “something of concern.”


Permalink05/07/08, 03:56:02 pm, by billy b, 256 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

McGovern, former Clinton backer, endorses Obama

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Former Sen. George McGovern, an early supporter of Hillary Rodham Clinton, urged her to drop out of the Democratic presidential race and endorsed her rival, Barack Obama.

After watching the returns from the North Carolina and Indiana primaries Tuesday night, McGovern said Wednesday it's virtually impossible for Clinton to win the nomination. The 1972 Democratic presidential nominee said he had a call in to former President Clinton to tell him of the decision, adding that he remains close friends with the Clintons.

"I will hold them in affection and admiration all of my days," he said of the Clintons.

McGovern's announcement comes a day before Clinton was scheduled to travel to South Dakota to campaign. The state holds its primary June 3 with 15 pledged delegates at stake.

After all the years I drove around SD with a "Don't blame me, I voted for McGovern" bumper sticker, perhaps I'm biased, but could there be a more poignant symbol for the long-awaited victory of "liberals" over the America-haters on the right than to have the candidate who's endorsed by McGovern win the election in November?

Permalink05/07/08, 03:51:00 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 116 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Wright issue will haunt conservative media elite

We need to get religion out of our government.

Permalink05/07/08, 02:00:00 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 110 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

No Video?

'McCain finds his own radical friend,' and in explaining 'Why No HageeGate?', Tim Russert said that "If there was video of Hagee, it makes all the difference in the world..."

Is Russert the biggest idiot on television?

Permalink05/07/08, 01:00:00 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 145 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

Cogdis Cons

Wishful thinking strikes again.

Permalink07.05.08, 11:33:00, by iconoclast555 Email , 164 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks

What the Race is Really About

Permalink05/07/08, 11:00:00 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 121 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

White House Threatens Swiss Over $42b Iran Gas Deal

As the Japanese are wont to say, "business is war." Apparrently, that is how the Bush White House sees the recently-announced deal between Switzerland and Iran over a $42 billion natural gas contract. And, living up to the their own dysfunctional war planning record, the White House is now considering a retaliation against Switzerland where it hurts the United States most: by ending the Swiss sponsorship of the U.S. and Cuban Interests Sections. That will teach them not to mess with us.

Of all the pathetic evidence that the Bush Administration had degraded U.S. influence in the world, this is up there. Rarely have we seen how weak the man behind the curtain really is.


Permalink05/07/08, 09:37:52 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 308 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Foot and Mouth Disease

WASHINGTON - Lawmakers are debating legislation to give national security officials full control over whether to move research of highly contagious foot-and-mouth disease from an isolated island laboratory to the U.S. mainland near herds of livestock.

The Bush administration requested the change, which would erode the role of the Agriculture Department in deciding the safest location to conduct research involving one of the world's most contagious animal viruses. The virus does not infect humans.

Under current law, the secretary of agriculture would issue a permit to move the research from a lab on isolated Plum Island, N.Y., only if he determined the move to be necessary and in the public's interest. The Senate's version of a farm bill would direct the secretary to approve the permit, so the Homeland Security Department could move ahead with its plans to build a new research facility on the mainland.

The House version of the same legislation would leave in place the agriculture secretary's discretion.

The Senate proposal was jointly requested by the departments of Agriculture and Homeland Security, said Erin Hamm, spokeswoman for Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga. The Senate plan would prevent the agriculture secretary under the next presidential administration from easily interfering with the lab's relocation to the mainland.

Permalink05/07/08, 09:00:34 am, by oralloy Email , 137 views, User Posts Send feedback


Want to know if a celebrity is playing both sides of the fence? Whether that new guy you're seeing is actually a Republican or just dresses like one?

FundRace makes it easy to search by name or address to see which presidential candidates your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors are contributing to. Or you can see if your favorite celebrity is putting money where their mouth is.


Permalink05/07/08, 07:33:18 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 202 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

"The Presumptive Nominee" losing votes to Beagle Eyes, Bunny Ears, Oily, and even "No Preference".

Indiana (86% reporting)

McCain 78%
Huckabee 10%
Paul 7%
Romney 5%

North Carolina (87% reporting)

McCain 74%
Huckabee 12%
Paul 7%
No Preference 4%

That's nearly 25% of John W's "base" that can't stand the thought of voting for him (along with everyone who's sane the rest of us).

Update: It's official. John W got less than 80% of the vote of his own party in both NC (73%) and IN (77%).

Permalink05/06/08, 08:29:48 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 116 views, User Posts 1 feedback

Peak Oil

"...the situation when the amount of oil that can be extracted from the earth in a given year begins to decline, because geological limitations are reached. Extracting oil becomes more and more difficult, so that costs escalate and the amount of oil produced begins to decline. The term peak oil generally relates to worldwide production, but a similar phenomenon exists for individual countries and other smaller areas."

Analyst: $200 oil could happen this year
Murti: ‘Lack of adequate supply growth is becoming apparent’

NEW YORK - A Goldman Sachs analyst on Tuesday predicted that oil prices could reach $150 to $200 a barrel over the next 6 months to two years, but said that how far prices could climb still “remains a major uncertainty. We believe the current energy crisis may be coming to a head, as the lack of adequate supply growth is becoming apparent,” analyst Arjun N. Murti wrote in a client note.

Oil for June delivery hit a record $120.93 a barrel Tuesday in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. He forecasts that prices will still continue to gradually increase, but for a longer period that previously predicted.

He raised his 2008 prediction for benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude oil spot prices to $108 per barrel from $96, and his 2009 estimate to $110 from $105. He lifted his prediction for 2010 and 2011 to $120 from $110. But he also said it was possible that oil could hit $125 this year and $200 in 2009 before coming down to $150 in 2010.

Permalink05/06/08, 04:10:58 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 136 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Hillary Clinton's Powerful Lack of Conviction

The Fifth Columnist, pm carpenter, has another go at Hillary today. His take that Hill is ruthless in the Nixonian/McCarthy manner is a good one.

Even my dear wife commented this morning whilst we were watching Hillary on the early morning news that Hillary has an irritating voice. One of my wife's favorite movies is "Primary Colors", a book/movie written by the mangy cur Joke Line loosely based on Bill's first campaign. The wife mention a comment Betsey Wright (played by Kathy Bates), Bill's Chief of Staff while he was governor of Arkansas, made concerning Hillary's voice. Kathy Bates/Betsey Wright said, "Hillary has a Voice from Hell."


"She has learned how to be ruthless."

Thus spoke Robert Reich of Hillary Clinton, and I don't think he meant it in a complimentary way -- the way, for instance, in which friends and colleagues of Robert Kennedy spoke of him as being ruthless.


Permalink05/06/08, 09:34:52 am, by billy b, 446 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Michael Lives!

End in sight for Democratic fight

There was a time in the early spring when Democratic primaries were looming on America's horizon and then receding from its rear-view mirror without exciting much comment - remember Maine or Vermont anybody?

But with a less than a month to go before the last of the states votes in early June, every battle counts.


The primaries in Indiana and North Carolina are the last two really significant electoral prizes on offer.

With a 60% Hillary win in both states today, Obama's lead will still be 100 delegates, 1820 to 1714. If Obama wins both by 60%, his lead is 180 delegates, 1857 to 1677, still short of the 2025 he needs. It looks like this nastiest primary I've ever seen will end in early June, when the super delegates feel comfortable that "the people have spoken".

It looks like the blackout on all other news won't end for another month.


Permalink05/06/08, 07:42:30 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 280 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

The 28/48 Disconnect

...only a die-hard 28 percent of voters still approve of Bush, but 48 percent say they'd vote for McCain.

What John McCain Told Me, and What it Says About How Far He's Fallen

"I didn't vote for George Bush."

The fact that this man was so angry at what George Bush had done to him, and at what Bush represented for their party, that he did not even vote for him in 2000 shows just how far he has fallen since then in his hunger for the presidency. By abandoning his core principles and embracing Bush -- both literally and metaphorically -- he has morphed into an older and crankier version of the man he couldn't stomach voting for in 2000.


Permalink05/05/08, 09:42:36 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 323 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Military Intelligence

The McClinton/McSame Iran/Iraq strategy explained:

Permalink05/05/08, 08:06:46 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 127 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

The Right's America-Hating Preacher

Lest we forget about Moon...’s not news that a viciously anti-American religious figure has invested billions of dollars in financing the U.S. conservative movement and put fat wads of cash into the pockets of many prominent Republicans, including members of President George W. Bush’s own family.


Permalink05/05/08, 04:50:18 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 277 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

New Orleans Floodwall Rebuilt Using Old Newspapers instead of Rubber Seals

Permalink05/05/08, 11:21:00 am, by oralloy Email , 115 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

"The White Elephant In The Room"

In the 21st century, the so-called party of Lincoln does not have a single African-American among its collective 247 senators and representatives in Washington.

From a larger piece on John W's Pastor

Permalink05/05/08, 10:00:00 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 144 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Obama's Boffo Performance on "Meet the Press"

My old buddy pm carpenter was impressed by Obama's performance on Press the Meat yestiddy. I didn't see it, but sounds like he did a good job. That's no mean feat given the propensity of the MIM to jam all Democrats.

If the last couple weeks rattled Barack Obama, he sure didn't show it yesterday morning on "Meet the Press." If anything, he looked more poised than ever.

In the past, even when he was riding highest, his answers to questions posed in television interviews were not altogether impressive; they were halting in delivery and lawyerly in wording. More than once, as a victimized viewer, I had wanted to seize him forcibly by the neck, vigorously shake and shout, "Spit it out, man. For God's sake, just spit it out." Yesterday he did, fluidly and self-assuredly. Given all the tangible troubles that plague the world, that may seem like a minor advancement. But it isn't -- for this is television, where it's the sizzle that most often sells.


Permalink05/05/08, 08:22:40 am, by billy b, 436 views, User Posts 1 feedback

"She is acting like one of our own."

Andrew Sullivan in "The Atlantic", 04 May 2008 07:34 pm

The Weekly Standard bows down before the new right-wing Clinton. My own view is that the neocons now see her as the main way to defeat Obama and the possibility of real change in the occupation of the Middle East. They know how vulnerable McCain is - and fear Obama, because they have not gotten into his head. But Clinton's politics have been forged in the crucible of far right attacks, and while, in the past, her liberalism was reactive, it now seems she has utterly internalized the Rove dynamic:

She's running a right-wing campaign. She's running the classic Republican race against her opponent, running on toughness and use-of-force issues, the campaign that the elder George Bush ran against Michael Dukakis, that the younger George Bush waged in 2000 and then again against John Kerry, and that Ronald Reagan--"The Bear in the Forest"--ran against Jimmy Carter and Walter F. Mondale. And she's doing it with much the same symbols.


Permalink05/05/08, 04:17:04 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 280 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Just An Average Jane

Rich People. God Bless Us!


Permalink05/04/08, 08:57:08 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 222 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Bush mass for shut ins for 05-04-08

Bush mass for shut ins is on the air!


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 Slumping Economy.


A slumping economy is going to help the holy republicans gain back the house and senate in the elections this year. Ever since the liberals took control, bad things have been happening with the economy. Lord God Bush stated this week that it was their fault so it must be true.


I was eight years old and running with a dime in my hand
into the busstop
to pick up a paper for my old man
I'd sit on his lap in that big old Buick and steer as we drove through town
He'd tousle my hair and say son take a good look around this is your hometown
This is your hometown
This is your hometown
This is your hometown

In '65 tension was running high, at my high-school
There was a lot of fights between the black and white
There was nothing you could do
Two cars at a light on a Saturday night, in the back seat there was a gun
Words were passed, in a shotgun blast
Troubled times had come, to my hometown
My hometown
My hometown
My hometown

Now Main Street's white washed windows
and vacant stores
seems like there ain't nobody
wants to come down here no more
They're closing down the textile mill across the railroad tracks
Foreman says these jobs are going boys and they ain't coming back to your hometown
Your hometown
Your hometown
Your hometown

Last night me and Kate we laid in bed talking about getting out
Packing up our bags maybe heading south
I'm 35, we got a boy of our own now
Last night I sat him up, behind the wheel and said son take a good look around, this is your hometown


And Lord God Bush looked down upon the liberals and said,` Its the liberals fault the economy is slumping. Had they made all my demands into law, everything would be fine.`.

What is it that the Profit Cheney is trying to teach us? It is that Lord God Bushs demands werent made law, the economy slumped so it is 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.

Permalink05/04/08, 08:51:19 am, by first_church_of_bush Email , 101 views, User Posts 1 feedback

'91 war, not Iraq war, was over oil, McCain clarifies

McCentury keeps stepping on his dick. heh...heh...heh...

He had said that his energy policy would eliminate U.S. dependence on Middle East oil and prevent the need to again send troops to the region.

From Associated Press
May 3, 2008

PHOENIX -- Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) clarified his comments Friday after suggesting the Iraq war was motivated by U.S. reliance on foreign oil.

His explanation: He was talking about the 1991 Persian Gulf War, not the current conflict.

It was the second time in as many days that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee had to clear up his comments. On Thursday, he backed off his assertion that pork-barrel spending led to last year's deadly bridge collapse in Minneapolis.

At issue Friday was a comment at a morning town hall meeting in Denver, when he said his energy policy would eliminate U.S. dependence on Middle East oil and would "prevent us from having ever to send our young men and women into conflict again in the Middle East."

He sought to clarify his comments after his campaign plane landed in Phoenix. He said he didn't mean the U.S. went to war in Iraq five years ago over oil.

"No, no, I was talking about that we had fought the Gulf War for several reasons," McCain told reporters.


Permalink05/04/08, 08:24:55 am, by billy b, 517 views, User Posts 16 feedbacks

One Ring to Rule Them All -- but not at Guantanamo

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) -- Guards have confiscated a "Lord of the Rings" movie screenplay from a former child soldier awaiting trial at Guantanamo, his lawyer and U.S. officials said Thursday.

Navy Lt. Cmdr. William Kuebler, the military-appointed attorney for Canadian Omar Khadr, told reporters he gave the detainee the script to build trust.

In addition to seizing the screenplay, the military said he could no longer play dominos and chess during visits with Khadr, who was 15 when he was captured by the U.S. military in 2002.

Kuebler said the games and the screenplay are essential to his ability to defend his client: "There is an enormous challenge to building a rapport." ALeqM5hnVEuCQ78_0e1-_j1c97qkuZh1_QD8VVACCO4

Permalink05/03/08, 12:04:38 am, by oralloy Email , 228 views, User Posts 8 feedbacks

On CNN's Glenn Beck, Coulter asked if Obama is "a Manchurian candidate"

From Media Matters:

On the April 30 edition of CNN Headline News' Glenn Beck program, conservative pundit Ann Coulter asked of Sen. Barack Obama: "Is Obama a Manchurian candidate to normal Americans who love their country? ... Or is he being the Manchurian candidate to the traitor wing of the Democratic Party?" Host Glenn Beck did not challenge Coulter's remarks.

Coulter has previously referred to Obama as "B. Hussein Obama" in the past and called him "President Hussein." She has also compared Obama to Adolf Hitler, calling Obama's book, Dreams from My Father, a "dimestore Mein Kampf."


Permalink05/02/08, 02:00:14 pm, by billy b, 266 views, User Posts 5 feedbacks

An aggressive toldja so

OK, I was wrong about wmd's in Iraq (I thought they had them but didn't think that it was a causus belli). But I was right about Kerry and Gore, right most of the time in fact (modesty aside).

So, who supported "alternative fuels" such as those produced by corn, sugar cane and rice? C'mon, raise your hands... and remember my comments on "commodity-based alternatives".

Now - don't look at who is supporting COAL these days. Wouldn't want to dent a "progressive's" armour, would I?

Gawd, American politics are so bloody predictable. Bring on a conservative calling for change and everybody bends over. Listen to a corp-driven PR campaign (alternative fuels, nukes) and it becomes a progressive cause celebre.



Pardon me - it's the bicentennial of the local "independence day" over here, a grass-roots revolt against Napoleon's takeover of Spain. Party time and I'm worse-for-wear....

A curiosity - some of the newspapers here did a "simulation", dedicating some pages to what "they would have covered if they were around in 1808". An interesting concept, history as news.

FWIW, I live around 20 yards from what used to be called "la Calle Ancha de San Bernardo", maybe 1/4 mile from where Daoiz & Co. took over the artillery barracks and tried to fight off Napoleon's war machine.

Perhaps Baghdad and Kabul should become sister cities of Madrid... or perhaps Kent State?

Permalink02.05.08, 13:22:36, by iconoclast_555 Email , 147 views, User Posts 1 feedback

The 'Wright problem' belongs to America

By Charles Derber and Yale Magrass
May 1, 2008

THE MAINSTREAM media has been nearly unrelenting in its condemnation of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, forcing Senator Barack Obama to distance himself from someone he considered a mentor. But Obama's "Wright problem" reveals a largely ignored national problem: the narrowing of public debate to exclude the possibility of speaking truthfully about the US role in the world.


Permalink05/02/08, 07:53:00 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 364 views, User Posts 8 feedbacks

Twisting "God Bless Us"

Slate's Trailhead blog has a report on Hillary on billo lielly's BS show.

By Christopher Beam

On today’s “state of the race” conference call, a reporter asked about an exchange between Hillary Clinton and Bill O’Reilly on yesterday’s show in which Clinton uttered the words, “Rich people—God bless us.”

Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson denied that’s what she said: “She said ‘God blessed us.’ B-L-E-S-S-E-D.”


Permalink05/02/08, 07:52:40 am, by billy b, 559 views, User Posts 14 feedbacks

"I Should Have Told Edwards To Stay In Race"

Joe Trippi writes about what he wishes he would have told John Edwards:

I didn't tell him what I should have told him: That I had this feeling that if he stayed in the race he would win 300 or so delegates by Super Tuesday and have maybe a one-in-five chance of forcing a brokered convention. That there was a path ahead that would be extremely painful, but could very well put him and his causes at the top of the Democratic agenda. And that in politics anything can happen-even the possibility that in an open convention with multiple ballots an embattled and exhausted party would turn to him as their nominee. I should have closed my eyes to the pain I saw around me on the campaign bus, including my own. I should have told him emphatically that he should stay in. My regret that I did not do so-that I let John Edwards down-grows with every day that the fight between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama continues.

Yeah, I've been feeling more than a little let down lately, too. You might even say "bitter".

Gee, the "bitch" has been helping in the "attack on black churches". Gosh, who could have seen that coming? Besides everyone, I mean...

If there's a way to poll 30 points higher than the other party and still lose the election, leave it to Democrats to find it.

Permalink05/02/08, 04:05:06 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 190 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

Buh-Bye, Bushie

Methodists reject SMU Bush Presidential Library 844-20

This rejection passed on Wednesday morning, 30-April-08, at the quadrennial General Conference of the United Methodist Church that is still meeting in Fort Worth, Texas.

This body is the highest authority of the denomination and cannot be over-ruled by any other body within the denomination.

Permalink05/02/08, 02:35:22 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 135 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

Happy Anniversay!

Perino Rewrites Banner: ‘Mission Accomplished For These Sailors Who Are On This Ship On Their Mission’

Exactly five years ago tomorrow, President Bush landed aboard the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln, stood under a banner proclaiming “Mission Accomplished,” and declared, “major combat operations in Iraq have ended.” Since that day, more than 3,900 U.S. soldiers have died in Iraq, representing more than 97 percent of total troop deaths there.


Permalink05/01/08, 11:59:56 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 367 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Did John McCain Call His Wife A C**t?

Baptist Minister Asks John W The Question We All Want Answered. (He ducks.)

Permalink05/01/08, 10:53:48 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 105 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Cheney Sez: "Not Enough Blood on my Hands, Yet"

White House Blocked Rule Issued to Shield Whales

White House officials for more than a year have blocked a rule aimed at protecting endangered North Atlantic right whales by challenging the findings of government scientists, according to documents obtained by the Union of Concerned Scientists.

The documents, which were mailed to the environmental group by an unidentified National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration official, illuminate a struggle that has raged between the White House and NOAA for more than a year. In February 2007, NOAA issued a final rule aimed at slowing ships traversing some East Coast waters to 10 knots or less during parts of the year to protect the right whales, but the White House has blocked the rule from taking effect.

North Atlantic right whales, whose surviving population numbers fewer than 400, are one of the most endangered species on Earth, and scientists have warned that the loss of just one more pregnant female could doom the species. Some shipping companies have opposed the NOAA proposal, saying slowing their vessels will cost the industry money.

The documents, which House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) released yesterday, show that the White House Council of Economic Advisers and Vice President Cheney's office repeatedly questioned whether the rule was needed. Waxman, who sent a letter to the White House asking for an explanation, said the exchange "appears to be the latest instance of the White House ignoring scientists and other experts."

More in the Washington Post.

That'd be the same Cheney who's so trigger happy he shot his friend on a tame bird hunt, "forgot" to tell his boss (until, presumably, he sobered up), then made the friend apologize to the nation for getting his face in the way of the Vice President's bird shot.

This heartless fucker has been in and out of the WH since Nixon.

I bet he'll have a powerful post in John W's administration, too...

Permalink05/01/08, 10:26:39 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 122 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Neolibs and thinnktank intellectuals


Permalink01.05.08, 17:49:04, by iconoclast_555 Email , 105 views, User Posts Send feedback

Sorry folks

Been giving management courses over the past few weeks, have more lined up. Also I have a couple of new Russian room mates, tons of work at the office, and next to no time of late to post much.

As for politics: I've found the answer.

I DARE anyone to disagree with that solution.

Permalink01.05.08, 17:11:12, by iconoclast_555 Email , 156 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

GOOD LORD!!!!!!!!!

'D.C. Madam' Believed Dead

From CNN:

A woman whom police believe to be Deborah Jeane Palfrey, known as the "D.C. Madam," was found dead in Florida Thursday, according to Tarpon Springs police.

The body has not been positively identified.

"Detectives are investigating an apparent suicide of a (white female) that appears to be in her early 50s," Tarpon Springs police said in a news release.


Permalink05/01/08, 03:40:00 pm, by billy b, 278 views, User Posts Send feedback

IRS Rebate

The federal government is sending each of us a $600 - $1200 rebate.

If we spend that money at Wal-Mart, the money will go to China.

If we spend it on gasoline it will go to the Middle East.

If we buy a computer it will go to India.

If we purchase fruit and vegetables it will go to Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala.

If we purchase a good car it will go to Japan.

If we purchase useless crap it will go to Taiwan.

None of this will help the American economy.

The only way to keep that money here at home is to spend it on prostitutes and beer, since these are the only products still produced in the US.

Please try to do your part and I thank you for your patriotism.

Permalink05/01/08, 01:20:42 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 149 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

Just Between Us

Telecoms and the Bush administration talked about how to keep their surveillance program under wraps.

The Bush administration is refusing to disclose internal e-mails, letters and notes showing contacts with major telecommunications companies over how to persuade Congress to back a controversial surveillance bill, according to recently disclosed court documents. The existence of these documents surfaced only in recent days as a result of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by a privacy group called the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Read the rest.

When the President shits on the constitution, why don't we hold him criminally responsible?

And when are those Reagan/Iran/Contra records going to be made public, so that precedent for Presidentical fecality toward the supreme law of the land doesn't remain unpunished?

Permalink05/01/08, 10:38:48 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 192 views, Latest Posts 5 feedbacks

On the Importance of Fundie Nutbags to the GOP

As McCain targets center can he hold the right?

DALLAS, May 1 (Reuters) - Sen. John McCain is aiming for America's political center in the hopes of hitting a political bulls-eye in the November U.S. presidential election.

Departing from the strategy of focusing on the right-wing and evangelical Christian base that won fellow Republican George W. Bush two elections, McCain is reaching out more to independents and encroaching on traditional Democratic territory.

OK, lets stop right there. "Aiming at the center"? Yeah, with a nuclear weapon.

Luntz inspired manipulation of the language made Bush appear to be "reaching out" to independents. "No Child Left Behind" (a program designed to leave kids AND schools behind), the "Clear Skies Initiative" (a program designed to make it easier to pollute the skies), "Operation Iraqi Liberation" (the actual original name for the illegal invasion of Iraq, "OIL", designed to make Iraq the 51st state or, if you're extremely gullible, so we can "fight them there so we don't have to fight them here"), and so on.

John W isn't "reaching out". He's spouting the same old tired "privatise it" meme.


Permalink05/01/08, 07:51:17 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 443 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks