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"He's not stupid, he's just drunk. All the
who voted for Bush are both on his cabinet."
-- Chris Rock, who was told to "knock it off" by studio suits
"We expect our boys to be treated nice."
An ugly theory popped up in Washington. Bush would wait until war began, and worry gripped
the homeland, to ram a staggering package of domestic security measures through a Congress
silenced by fears of seeming unpatriotic. Such measures would radically expand the executive
branch powers already inflated by the 2001 USA Patriot Act.
On Friday—Justice Department spokesperson
Mark Corallo confirmed that such measures were coming.
Exact details are confined to "internal deliberations," he said, but the proposals "will be filling in the
holes" of the Patriot Act, "refining things that will enable us to do our job."
But a new, comprehensive review of Bush's
growing presidential power hardly reveals any "holes."
Rather—using court positions, internal policy changes, and secret decisions as bricks—the
administration has built the executive branch into a fortress, nearly invulnerable to the checks
of the judiciary and Congress.
They've got the guns but we've got the numbers
by my good friend Alan Bisbort
My sense of Bush as a despot was confirmed when it was noted by a Knight Ridder
correspondent that, just prior to addressing the nation on March 20, he was pumping
his fist in the air, mugging for cameras and saying things like "Feels good."
This, my fellow Americans, is a sick man.
I can't prove it, of course, and my charge can easily
be dismissed as partisan demonizing (something the right wing does so much better than I do).
But I know this in my gut. It's just palpably, undeniably there, if you have the stomach to look for it.
CNN's Paula Zahn = partisan witch
Thursday morning, she was unable to hide
her disgust and contempt for anyone
with an opinion other than her "I-want-to-have-Bush's baby" hero worship.
They went to a live protest in New York,
and Paula sneered,
"It looks like there are more cops than protestors, is that right?"
And the local lady said, "No,
Paula. All you're seeing is the arrested people
who are in the streets. There are many more protestors on the sidewalks."
Paula let out a groan of disgust.
Geez, by comparison, she makes Candy Crowley (R-Butterqueen) look objective.
Paula, go back to FOX so you can wear your swastika on your sleeve.
"Democrats want to know the specific detailed
costs of the war.
Well, I would like to know how much these protests are costing this country.”
--Rush the vulgar Pigboy
Hey Pigboy, you're against protests now?
I remember when we had elected leaders, you gave out Hillary's schedule every day,
so your mindless ditto-monkeys would know where to show up and scream obscenities at her.
But when our young men are dying for no reason, protest is bad?
Delays Opening Secret Documents
Illegal "president" continues to cloak their actions
Bush today signed an order that will delay the release of millions of government documents
and make it easier for presidents and their administrations to keep historical records secret.
The White House disclosed a new policy that
has drawn criticism from historians in an e-mail
to reporters early this evening, at the end of a day of news about the war in Iraq.
Bush's order postpones that declassification for three more years, to Dec. 31, 2006.
...and the press says, "We're with you, Mr President."
In 2006, Bush will sign another order to delay it even longer, since the press doesn't care.
gang of thugs was already caught, tried and convicted, but Poppy
pardoned everyone to bury evidence of their global crimes forever.
Bush the Dim hired the same thugs to run Homeland Security. Unlimited
no oversight, the legal authority to murder any suspect and one more little bonus:
...all the billions they can steal as far as the eye can see.
doesn't anybody care?
Bart, it's only our freedom, our money and our Constitution!
Why do you sweat the small stuff?
Blah blah blah blah blah
Subject: The Shield
Have been reading and enjoying your site
daily since I discovered it a few months ago.
However, I'm afraid I have to take exception to your rather over-the-top raving over this
show and its glorification of civil rights-trampling fascist cops. I would guess, judging from
your unabashed affection for the series, that you have never spent any time in jail, or any
other penal institution, and, in fact have probably never been arrested or been the object of
any police investigation. These clowns would just as soon the people that they're after didn't
have any rights at all, and, while you might admire the show for its realism, you can't possibly
agree with this show's guilty-til-proven-otherwise premise.
Believe me, there is nothing "cool" about them or any show glorifying the worst of their behavior.
Doug, it's a TV show.
I'm trying to be nice here, but you're basically saying The Godfather, which most people say
is the best film of all time, is watched by people who are pro-mob - same for The Sopranos.
There's a reason why Michael Chiklis won the Emmy for Best Actor,
and why the show won a Golden Globe for Best Drama.
The Shield doesn't define who I am, it's just an exciting and well-done drama.
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"You can fight a war on terrorism and do it
legitimately and do it without sacrificing civil
liberties in the United States, but it requires a certain intelligence and sophistication be
brought to the table. So maybe we ought to start grading presidential candidates for an IQ."
--Gen. Merrill A. "Tony" McPeak, retired former chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force,
"What does he mean?
I have an I.Q...."
Trucker: I Did It To Support The Troops
A man arrested on charges that he drove his semi-trailer toward a small group
of antiwar protesters on the sidewalk of a highway overpass said he didn't intend to hurt anyone.
"My intent was to get people off the bridge,"
James Watters said after his release from jail Tuesday.
"I was doing it for the boys overseas."
Police charged Watters with aggravated menacing,
inducing panic and reckless operation of a vehicle.
He was released after relatives posted a $240 cash bond.
A $240 bond?
For aiming his giant truck as pedestrians on the sidewalk?
It's a good thing this wasn't a teenager with a joint at a concert.
That kid would get $5000 bond, because pot can kill!
"You know the world is going crazy when the
best rapper is a white guy, the best
golfer is a black guy, The Swiss hold the America's Cup, France is accusing the
U.S. of arrogance, and Germany doesn't want to go to war."
I meant every word, and most of us know you're a decent person with a strong conscience;
if you weren't you wouldn't be doing this, but you're not going to be nice on bartcop radio,
and I and many others I'm sure don't want you to be; I want you to truth-hammer the shit
out of each and every one of those dittomonkeys, nazis, etc. with no mercy.
It is long overdue, and I believe that you're
just the man to do it. That is what I look forward to
most of all, and you are doing a great job with your website. To me, your site is sort of an oasis
away from the insanity, and a place to laugh at the fools. The Rush Limbaugh's, Ann Coulters, etc.
have gotten away with too much for too damn long. I just want you to keep up the good work,
and I'll be here, doing what I can to help.
migs, you are correct - I will not be nice to the bastards
on the radio show.
The audio hammer pounds much harder than the written word.
I'm sure I'll lose subscribers when the big hammer falls the first few times.
But I can only say whats in my head and there's no time to dissect every
sentence to see if somebody, somewhere might get offended by it.
Hell, I might pick up a few subscribers - people who think I'm too soft now.
Only a whore could love this war.
"What does it matter to the dead, the orphans,
and the homeless
whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of
totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?"
"They should get out of the way
of the bombs we're dropping."
"I believe that religion, generally speaking,
has been a curse to mankind - that its
modest and greatly overestimated services on the ethical side have been more
than overcome by the damage it has done to clear and honest thinking.
-- Henry Louis Mencken
I'm unemployed right now and my wife and
I are expecting our first child soon.
I think that's all I need to say to indicate how much I value your voice.
While I've got your attention, I wanted to mention a few things.
First, I disagree with you over Michael Moore. His speech was not inappropriate at all.
Second, you urge people to contact Daschle,
et. al., but you never urge anyone to run for office themselves.
I still believe in this country and I try to contribute to the betterment of it. Do you know how we can get
rid of the Pink Tutus? By knocking them out at the fucking ballot box (well, if Chuck Nagel lets us, at least).
Lastly, you're probably going to use this
$10 for broadcasting equipment or a new motherboard
or something practical. Fine. Do what you need to.
However, I strongly urge you to drop that
silly tequila and try Knob Creek Bourbon.
Pour over ice with a bit of sweet vermouth and a splash of bitters. Stir, sip and enjoy.
Two or three of those (depending on the size of your pour and your liver) and you'll
almost forget how fucked up the current administration is.
You poor liberal bastards and bitches just
can't stand the fact that an overwhelming majority
of Americans want to forcibly remove Saddam from power. You'll just be beside yourselves
when the liberation of Iraq results in the de-stabilization of OPEC.
(Using the state's computer to spread hate)
Philip, "overwhelming majority?" Who told you that, Rush or Hannity?
...and even if it was true, (it's not) it would be because
people are working two jobs
to make up for their stock market losses under the Commander in Thief and don't have
time to get into politics, but since Bush has linked Saddam to 9-11, of course some people
want him toppled. They're just being lied to.
This war is a weapon of mass distraction while Bush empties the
Did you know $11 trillion was missing before the war started? How much
have you, personally, lost in the stock market since the illegal coup of 2000?
...and tell me, Philip, how big was your tax cut?
Oh, that's right, you and me didn't get a tax cut.
That only went to the richest one percent of the super-rich.
All you and I got was a $300 loan - what you do with yours?
You were right about one thing, ...the de-stabilization
The Bush Family is going to own the Middle East, no matter how many brave men must
be sacrificed to make that happen. Who's next, Iran? You ready for eternal war, Philip?
Philip, you're a monkey who's had your wallet stolen and your
bank account emptied
and your savings depleted, but you're screaming "What a nice guy that robber was!"
I've never seen someone enjoy a screwing as much as you.
A while back, I believe it was Julie RB in Duval came up with
the idea of
sending Helen Thomas a Valentine to say "Thank you" for being courageous.
Sam Dent of Tulsa and others collected money and coordinated this
I'll let Sam explain the rest of it:
Someone requested a list of what was bought.
I forget that not everyone
who gave is a Bartcop Forum regular reader so I apologize for not having
included this information earlier. Here are the details:
silver pen from Tiffany & Co engraved "HT".
An Elsa Peretti "Open Heart" platinum pendant from Tiffany & Co
Five bouquets of flowers (one of which was a potted peace lily)
A bottle of Chinaco Anejo Tequila
A godiva velvet heart box of chocolates (we wanted South's Finest, but they don't deliver)
Note: Possible communication breakdown here - I got some delivered via UPS two weeks ago
All being delivered via UPS/Fedex...unfortunately
no personal delivery.
It's arriving on Feb 13th and going to the attention of her assistant.
Helen will be in the office the morning of the 14th.
Here are some of the messages that were sent with the gifts:
"You are the last great hope for true journalism,
may a new generation follow in your footsteps."
"To the greatest woman in journalism history, we love you. - America"
"Happy Valentines Day! You are a national treasure."
"Helen, you're not alone!
And when you get up to speak, you remind us, that we're not either."
"With much love and gratitude, your friends at
and TakeBackTheMedia." (this message with the pendant).
Santhoshi from the BC Forum is also sending
some personal artwork of some pretty cool
cosmic hearts in space sorta stuff. She posted a picture of that to the forum so photo is available.
I'm sure others are sending her things directly to her office but I can't remember exactly what.
Sam, thanks for doing that.
Subject: Wanda Sykes
Thanks for the reminder about Wanda Sykes. Her show was hilarious!
I love your site, it helps me keep my spirits
up. I know everyone says this,
but I do plan to donate as soon as I can, but I'm just a po' lil' underpaid
grad student, so cash can be tight.
What do you think of Howard Dean's speech in California?
I missed Dean's California speech, but I wasn't
too happy with the last thing I heard from him.
The "we gotta get behind the president" quote I didn't appreciate was in
USA Today last Friday. I lost my dead trees copy, so I went to their website
to find the quote, punched in "Howard Dean," and of course it wasn't there.
Hell, USA Today could've been mistaken,
they could've been lying, but it was
on the same page as a Daschle cave in and I circled both quotes.
If only we had a media or government that
could tell the truth.
"His real problem is the behaviour of Blair's
friend in Washington, President Bush, who
recently held a press conference that was notable for its smirking, sneering arrogance.
He just can't stop that cocky little curl of his mouth that says: "We're the biggest,
we're the best, we're gonna beat everyone." This is a man who reacted to the war by
nipping off to Camp David and still insists on his eight hours' sleep, blissfully immune
to any stresses caused by the Shock and Awe bombing campaign he's unleashed...:"
-- Mirror.Co.Uk News, which is not owned by the B.F.E.E.
"I need my rest
...and my special pillow."
(I'll be brief)
Survivor was weird - one girl dropped her panties
just to show the others. Is that TV?
West Wing was good, but not great. Sometimes my not yet good friend Aaron Sorkin gets
stuck in a moment and he can't get out of it. Last night, Amy's framables kept falling off the walls.
I remember one episode when Rob Lowe spent the entire hour talking about pennies.
Wanda was laugh-out-loud funny, but the USA Today
reviewer was right when he said
her friends and her kid were just distractions between rants - she's a funny lady, tho.
I didn't catch The Shield because I've seen it 2-3 times already - did you see it?
Wasn't that border crossing a hoot?
The Law & Order was a liberal's nightmare -
a black kid shot a cop because he was angry
at the world, so the black members of the jury let him go. And what's with the blonde DA?
It looked like a different woman was playing her role - her face has changed since last week.
The biggest disappointment was the replay of Hagler vs Hearns
They MTV-ed us to death. I counted - that first, fantastic round was interrupted seven times
by interviews with the fighters, announcers and boxing affectionados. They'd throw a few punches
and then larry Merchant told us how he felt that night. I was looking forward to the original call
of the fight, but they never played it - that's cheating. It was a hack job. They took a great piece
of sports history and "fixed it" for us, the bastards. Usually HBO gets things right, but not this time.
I've seen better patchwork at the 4077th when it was below freezing.
Subject: I don't get a line
I agree the popular media is not at all
liberal -- that is a myth -- except ...
I don't like to think I'm terminally stupid, but could you explain the line below?
I just don't get it.
> Even you ditto-sheep have to admit that nobody on that list
> has EVER defended a fabricated lie against the president.
Bob, it makes sense to me because I know what I meant :)
Nobody on that ditto-monkey list has ever defended Clinton, even
when he was right.
Even if they know for a fact a charge isn't true, they're getting paid to lie. We can't get
unbiased opinions from anybody, and when the right-wing talking heads outnumber the
lefties who represent the majority 5-to-1, people hear Clinton attacks and nothing else.
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He was one of the last thinking senators
we had, its depressing....we're suffering serious
attrition....Wellstone's gone now him...I think the democratic party is ashamed to be liberal.
And that ***** sucks. Anyways, I apologise for the vent, just wanted to make sure you
mentioned it somewhere in the next edition.
Adi, I didn't want to give my opinion of Moynihan - out of respect.
Wanda Sykes on Conan
Erin Hart's birthday
Bill Maher is live in NYC
More naked women for peace
Warren Zevon albums to be re-issued
Martin Sheen's mouth taped shut
Billy Bob Thornton & Komodo Dragons
2 Phish concerts in Maine
Saddam Hussein & the key to Detroit
Reba picked up for year 3
Lisa Marie Presley spits a mouthful in Rolling Stone
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire
And, a statue in Caracas is crying tears o' blood
(ha ha, those Catholics know how to make a buck)
Iraq War Quiz
The anti-war movement supports our troops by urging that they be brought home
immediately so they neither kill nor get killed in a unjust war. How has the Bush
administration shown its support for our troops?
A. The Republican-controlled House Budget
Committee voted to cut $25 billion
in veterans benefits over the next 10 years.
B. The Bush administration proposed cutting
$172 million from impact aid programs
which provide school funding for children of military personnel.
C. The administration ordered the Dept.
of Veterans Affairs to stop publicizing
health benefits available to veterans.
D. All of the above.
"What can I say?
The rich need tax relief."
Subject: That's where it went!
Hey Bart... I was looking for yesterday's
issue to make a point, and looked real dumb,
cause your "Previous Issue" link on today's page linked to issue 1027, when it should link to 1028!
Tim, I try my best, but that often doesn't get the job done.
Someday I'll have a staff and I'll be dangerous.
"In a story that reads like the transcripts
of John Gotti talking to Sammy “the Bull,”
Time magazine reports that for more than year the Bush banter in the White House
has been spiced with vows to knock off Saddam. “Fuck him,” Bush snarled.
“We’re taking him out.” This murderous apostrophe was uttered more than a year
before his precious UN resolution. So this war has already lost its pretext. To all but
the most gullible, it must now be clear that this has nothing to do with WMD or liberation.
It’s a clumsily scripted revenge play. Bush is playing the role of the slightly mad and
half-witted son out to avenge his father. Indeed, this strange war pits a pair of lesser sons
against each other, each trying to rack up a bigger body count than their fathers."
--Jeffrey St. Clair, Life During Wartime, counterpunch.com
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"America, as the world's most far-flung military
power, has a strong interest in how captured
soldiers are treated. This means insisting that other governments honor the Geneva Convention's
requirements, and scrupulously following them itself. That applies not only to the handling of Iraqi
captives in this war, but also to Washington's highly irregular treatment of [the taliban in Cuba.]
Washington will obviously demand that Americans captured in Iraq be treated in full accordance
with all relevant Geneva Conventions. It should make sure that its own handling of battlefield
captives sets the desired example"
--N.Y. Times Editorial, Protecting Prisoners of War
"I don't have to obey the law.
I am Emporer Bush."
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