Fair and balanced - just like Fox News
"Old monsters like Libya, North Korea and Iran
have proved — well,
not ephemeral, but at least changeable, less terrifying today than they used to be.
And the Iraqi threat, for which we're now prepared to sacrifice hundreds or
thousands of American casualties, just a few years ago was simply another
tinhorn dictatorship where C.E.O. Cheney was earning his bonus."
--Nicholas D. Kristof, Revolving-Door Monsters, nytimes.com
Jimmy Carter wins Nobel Peace Prize
Jimmy Carter today won the Nobel Peace Prize for his "decades of untiring effort
to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and
human rights and to promote economic and social development".
The Norwegian Nobel committee cited Mr Carter's
"vital contribution" to the
Camp David accords between Israel and Egypt, his efforts in conflict resolution
on several continents and the promotion of human rights after his presidency.
Send your personal note of congratulations:
The Carter Center
Atlanta, GA 30307
Tel (404) 420-5109
Fax (404) 688-1701
critics of questioning government
by Christian Livemore
We must do what needs to be done. But we must be sure it needs to be done before we do it.
What I am hoping is that we will exercise the good fear, the kind that tells us to be wary of
bloodshed, and use this fear to question a war in Iraq before we begin it, instead of giving in
to the fear that makes us afraid to ask questions to which we may not like the answers.
"Thirty eight years ago, I voted on the Tonkin
For all those spouting jingoes about the need to go to war with Iraq now,
go down on the capital mall and look at the Vietnam Memorial."
-- Senator Robert Byrd (D-Fighter)
I received an email from Terry McAuliffe this
morning informing me that I had not
contributed to the DNC in a while and would I please do so now as it was desperately need.
I sent him the following reply:
Dear Mr. McAuliffe,
I need to preface this note by telling you that I have been a Democrat all my life.
I come from generations of Democrats. My grandmother was vice chairwoman of the
Democratic Party in Indiana for many years. In our home, it was considered a sin to vote republican.
I never dreamed that I would one day be ashamed
to call myself a Democrat - but I am.
I am ashamed of every member of our party who rolled over and gave this administration
what it wanted at every turn, with the exception of Senator Byrd, that is.
In times of national distress we have always had
the Constitution to adhere to as the guiding light
when making difficult decisions. Now the Constitution is shredded and ignored because it is
inconvenient to this adminsitration's plans for total world domination and complete subservience
of the citizenry at home. How can you ask for my money? How can you expect me to support a
group of people with no spine? By refusing to perform their duty to stand up for the principles of
their own government, the Democrats have proven themselves to be a craven pack of cowards
unworthy of our votes or our money.
By abdicating their responsibilities to challenge
this administration at every turn, they have become
a frightened party of despicable wimps perfectly willing to follow an unelected moron straight to hell.
Pat, if we weren't both married I'd ask you out :)
Thanks, that was great.
"I've got a record that is conservative,
and a record that is compassionated."
-- too stupid to intern at a lemonade stand
No Friday issue? Not much to report
Bet it was dull (like your site lately) with liberals boring liberals with pure bulltwaddle.
Well, I hear your detractors have been abandoning you since it looks to be a clean sweep
by Republicans in November. Boy, you will be able to whine like a new puppy in a cage.
I find myself checking in now only about
once a week
and it sounds like the same complaining as the week before.
Doug, thanks for adding to the site counter.
I've been ...distracted the last few days,
but I am working on my BartFest Report.
"Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to this
resolution authorizing military force against Iraq.
I am deeply troubled that lives may be lost without a meaningful attempt to bring Iraq
into compliance with U.N. resolutions through careful and cautious diplomacy.
The bottom line is I don't trust this president and his advisors..."
--Rep. Pete Stark, (D-CA) on the House floor Wednesday
Hell, I'll vote for this guy right now.
"Let us not forget that our president -- our
commander in chief -- has no experience with,
or knowledge of, war. He skirted his own military service and then failed to serve out his time
in the National Guard. And, he reported years later that at the height of that conflict in 1968
he didn't notice 'any heavy stuff going on.' So we have a president who thinks foreign territory
is the opponent's dugout and Kashmir is a sweater."
-- Rep. Pete Stark, (D-CA) sounding like he reads bartcop.com
My good friend Joe
Conason got married yesterday in Nantucket.
I did not catch the name of his bride, but I understand she's a (gasp) Democrat!
Congrats to Joe!!
Julie and I have had a falling out and I can no longer support
Things have been said about me that aren't true so I was forced to
publish proof to defend myself and now I need to break away.
I gave her over $25,000 of your money, plus more behind the scenes,
but she remains disappointed with my performance regarding Juliefest.
It's unfortunate the way things have turned out, but I can no longer
be associated with her. I wish her the best of luck in the future.
Our country has been hijacked by a gang of thugs and I believe
is better spent trying to recover our right to have our votes counted.
click for details
Listen to Mike weekdays
"I hate Bush. I despise him and his entire
- not only because of its international policy, but also the national..."
-- Jessica Lange, receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at the
San Sebastian film festival in Madrid
Why don't you drum up a little controversy this weekend? I'm pretty bored.:)
I just wanted to drop you a note to let
you know that what has transpired does not take away
the accomplishment of putting JuliaFest together. A bunch of Bartcopper's came from all over,
had a great time and got to meet Carville, Conason and Brock. It was a damn successful evening.
Don't let anything that's happen take away the pride in what you and Christian accomplished.
His most sovereign majesty,
DA KING OF ISRAEL AND RIGHTFUL RULER OF ALL PALESTINE
vote against an imperial presidency
by Carla Binion
This is no time to hold grudges, because the stakes are too high. I hope Democrats
shock the GOP by turning up at polls in overwhelming numbers. This won't be a vote
for those who failed us on the war resolution, but a vote against Dick Cheney's effort to
eliminate all Congressional oversight of the Vice-President and President; a vote against
his effort to cripple Congress and to make George W. Bush emperor.
change? You bet.
Why I am a Compassionate Democrat
by Stephen Sacco
These stories add up to a frightening picture — the policies of George W. Bush are threatening
the peace and security of American citizens and the rest of the world. My opinion?
No, Nelson Mandela’s. The former South African president (and one of Time magazine’s
"persons of the century") stated in a Newsweek Web exclusive that he believed U.S. foreign
policy was "motivated by George W. Bush’s desire to please the arms and oil industries."
Subject: just wondering!
Does Haliburton have anything to do with the manufacturing
of body bags that will soon be in BIG demand??
Will the servicemen be required to carry their
own in a backpack??
"Ratio of the number of pardons George W. Bush
turkeys to those he has issued human beings: 2:1"
--Harper's Index, November 2002
"What has happened to the Democratic Party?
They are bowing down to this president.
They're not leading, they're following.
Now I understand why President Clinton had such a hard time.
It's a shameful time to be a Democrat.
An Ashamed Donkey in Texas."
--Crossfire e-mail, 10/10/02
From: Robert Cobi
Subject: Clarification of facts
First off let me say being an Oklahoman
I'm very happy your site is in existence,
and second I'm shocked it's in this state of (uninformed or uncaring) Republicans.
The reason for my email is twofold. First
your constant raving about your valuation of your
stocks and blaming it on the president is wrong. Don't misunderstand, I hate GWB as much as
the next guy, but this market would exist regardless of who was elected* (whatever) president.
Robert, before I strongly disagree, you should know I know nothing
But you seem to be saying it's a coincidence that the market goes up under Democrats
and goes down under Republicans.
Think back to Christmas of 1992. Economists said the Christmas
shopping season was
much better than predicted, and I believe that was because shoppers knew Clinton would
be in office soon and he promised to focus on the economy "like a laser beam."
If you remember, King George the First was playing on his cigarette
"Recession? What recession?" America had no confidence in Bush, so they
fired his incompetent ass for failing to properly to his job.
Clinton's actions sent Wall Street a clear signal that he was
dedicated to paying down the
Reagan/Bush debt, and that inspired confidence in the market and investors were more
willing to bet on Clinton's America than RR/Bush's America.
We enjoyed eight years of unprecedented prosperity, but then Bush
stole the election,
and promised to make the rich richer and returned us little people to trickle-down economics,
so the market got shaky and we've lost over 8 trillion dollars (so far).
But hey, Bush created "buying opportunities" for his mega-rich
so they will repay him with mountains of gold in the 2004 election cycle.
On the other hand, I wish I was wrong and you were right.
I can't wait until Jan 20, 2009 to start my economic recovery.
Carol's Las Vegas Diary
Back in my room, I was not at all ready to sleep, but desperately needed a change of situation.
Chinaco proved to be the gift that keeps giving; I was maintaining a nice buzz, and was not at all sleepy.
I ditched the undergarments, donned drawstring pants and tank top, loafed and mentally processed the
evening's events. Happily, my conflict whether to party or hibernate resolved, when the party came to me.
A desperately handsome man (who will remain herein unnamed) surprised me and presented himself at my door.
(Yes, invited.) We watched TV and talked into the night, and consummated the evening appropriately.
It was not possible to wipe the grin from my face thereafter. I felt lucky and blessed by the Gods of
Democracy and Liberalism (not to mention Libertine Behavior.)
"I've been a supporter of Senator Daschle since
he became majority leader - until now.
He sold out the Democratic Party by agreeing to this resolution. If he can't listen to the
opinion of Democratic voters, maybe we should have a majority leader who does."
--Frank Lankey, Crossfire e-mail, 10/10/02
Subject: BartCop at the Laundromat!
While at the laundromat this past week here
in beautiful Asheville, NC
(the Freak Capital of the World, says Rolling Stone), I met a guy named Adrian.
We started talking and he asked me what I do for a living.
Answer: unemployed, laid off from
a computer job, worthless stock
certificates next in line to be used as toilet paper, etc.
He says "that's what you get with the Bush
Family Evil Empire in charge."
I say "do you read BartCop or something?"
Conversation escalates into a Bush-bashing frenzy, and the world trembles.
BartCop has moved from the dark back-alleys
of the 'net to the local laundromat,
right in front of my face! What's next, the White House press room?
Keep it up,
“I could not host a talk show if I were a liberal,
because every day I'd
get a fax from somebody telling me what the message of the day is."
--Rush Limbaugh, wanting you to believe it's a coincidence that he, Laura, Hannity,
Harvey, O'Reilly, Savage, Hume, Beck, North et al lie about the same subjects
every day using the same lines and the same catch-phrases.
Attached is a pic from the DC rally. I'm holding the violence/retaliation sign.
I marched along with the beautiful people
in the pic and about 10,000 others
from Dupont Circle down Embassy Row where we were greeted by supportive
banners and shouts of approval from various embassies.
We wound up at Dick Cheney's house where
the chant was
"Dick Cheney dinosaur, we don't want your oil war!"
It was a great rally and one of the speakers
was the woman who unfurled the
banner behind Rumsfeld on Capitol Hill. We also heard from Damu Smith,
and heard some wonderful singers like David Rovics. We saw only three
pathetic Freepers waving a flag and holding a Bush (the chickenhawk) sign.
Another rally on Oct 26 sponsored by www.internationalanswer.org
begin at the Vietnam War Memorial in DC with a joint action in San Fransisco.
Hope to see some bartcoppers there.
"Bush said when it comes to Iraq, we can't
wait for final proof.
Which is the same thing he said about the Florida ballots."
i had an awesome time in vegas. i've
never gone to a party where i knew no one....
but I walked into a suite of 100 fine/kind people, each with a fabulous sense of humor,
outstanding wit and intellect (so glad Dick Armey wasn't there).... AND.....
from Pink Taco on, it seemed like they had been friends since high school.
another awesome treat, as well, was meeting you and mrs. bart (obviously a keeper).
i drank my share of chinaco saturday nite
and the food was quite tasty. i even got home with a
full box of chocolates at the end (when i heard you say you didn't think the Rio should get the
leftovers, I was on it). i also scored an autographed Political STRIKES.
i'm eagerly awaiting the slide show....
and i don't care if we do it again real soon........
i only want to live knowing we've got the option to do so if we choose.
thank you, bart.
"Bush has three reasons for going to war:
the Dow Jones, the Nasdaq, and the S&P 500."
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