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Bush: I never said Saddam was involved in 9-11
And they impeached Clinton for lying about sex?
With a straight face and a smirk, President Bush now says there was no evidence that Saddam
was involved in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 — disputing an impression that critics say
the administration tried to foster to justify the war against Iraq. "There's no question that Saddam
had al-Qaida ties," the president said. But he also said, "We've had no evidence that Saddam
was involved with September the 11th."
do we have 140,000 soldiers in Iraq?
Why aren't they at the Afghan/Pakistan border
fighting terror and chasing your friend Osama?
"You must have shit in your ears cause I never
once said Saddam had anything to do with 9-11."
"The cowardly Democrats are so afraid
they'll never oppose us on anything."
"It's OK with us - we don't care how many American soldiers die.
As long as Dubya gives is nicknames, we're here for him!
Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, Go Dubya!!!!!!!"
In his press conference, which focused almost solely on Iraq, Bush mentioned Sept. 11 eight times.
He referred to Saddam many more times than that, often in the same breath with Sept. 11.
Bush never pinned blame for the attacks
directly on the Iraqi president. Still, the overall effect was to
reinforce an impression that persists among much of the American public: that Saddam played a direct
role in the attacks. A New York Times/CBS poll this week shows that 45 percent of Americans believe
Saddam was "personally involved" in Sept. 11, about the same figure as a month ago.
Sources knowledgeable about US intelligence
say there is no evidence that Hussein played a role in 9-11,
nor that he has been or is currently aiding Al Qaeda. Yet the White House appears to be encouraging this
false impression, as it seeks to maintain American support for a possible war against Iraq and demonstrate
seriousness of purpose to Hussein's regime.
"It’s time to HAMMER George Bush on the issues
vital to Americans:
jobs, security, education and the environment.
-- John Kerry, fund raising letter, talking about using the BIG hammer.
"I thought Tom Delay was the hammer..."
The commander of U.S. forces in Iraq said that U.S. forces, already under pressure from a
guerrilla-style resistance, now face revenge attacks from ordinary Iraqis angered by the occupation.
While U.S. forces increasingly patrol Iraqi
hotspots with American-trained local militiamen, citizens voice
growing anger with tactics that are seen as heavy-handed and insensitive to Iraqi social and religious customs.
"We have seen that when we have an incident in
the conduct of our operations, when we killed an innocent
civilian, based on their ethic, their values, their culture, they would seek revenge," Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez
was quoted as telling The Times newspaper in London.
Well, besides a senate Democrat, who wouldn't fight back when their family was killed?
"The more Republicans attack Clark now, the
it will become that he is the nominee of their nightmares.
The radio gabblers and the Internet nutcases will smear Clark
because they and their master Karl Rove fear him. "
-- Joe Conason's Journal
Does Hunter S. Thompson read bartcop.com?
Our dangerously goofy child President from Texas is a squalid example of trouble coming home to roost.
He is like a half-bright football coach who goes into a big game without a Game Plan. BOOM!
Shame and failure will follow you for all the days of your life. Selah.
The Bush family reeks of fraud and bad karma.
But even worse than our wretched, gibbling president are
the cowardly whores in Hollywood who are currently smearing film stars and music people like Johnny Depp
by calling them unpatriotic Americans who righteously question the wisdom of invading a whole nation of Islam
-- 1.8 billion worshipers -- which is a dangerously stupid idea.
Disagreeing with Donald Rumsfeld about bombing
anybody who gets in our way is not a crime in this country.
It is a wise and honorable idea that George Washington and Benjamin Franklin risked their lives for.
These thieves in the White House are so crazy with greed and power, and they are causing so much
drastic damage to the world we live in, that they are the ones who should be put on trial for treason.
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They go after Martha Stewart and Tommy Chong
while Bush buddies Osama, Kennyboy and Saddam are still free?
The U.S. news media may soon face a dilemma: Can pundits keep calling Bush "the popular war-time president"
– a favorite stock phrase – if his poll numbers sink much further? For two years, the phrase has been a media cliché
for Bush often delivered with a pleasing smile from an agreeable talking head.
ABC Evening News used the phase to describe
Bush when Dean and Kerry announced. To a degree, the "popular
war-time president" repetition has created a self-fulfilling reality, especially when reinforced by generally fawning news
coverage, laudatory books like "The Right Man," an action-figure doll in a flight suit, and even a hero-worshipful Sept. 11
docu-drama (which put brave words into Bush’s mouth though he spent most of that awful day sitting frozen in a Florida
classroom or fleeing to Louisiana and Nebraska).
II: Tragedy or farce? L. Jean Lewis Revisited
by Gene Lyons
After cashing in $30 million worth of Halliburton stock options upon assuming the vice-presidency,
Cheney says he has taken no further interest in the corporation's fortunes. He described as "political
cheap shots," any suggestions to the contrary. "Nobody has produced one single shred of evidence
that there's anything wrong or inappropriate here," he said.
What's more, and this is where the story
diverges into sheer slapstick, there's not much chance that
Pentagon investigators ever will. Newsweek reports that none other than L. Jean Lewis, the preposterous
GOP heroine of congressional Whitewater hearings, has been named chief-of-staff of the Defense
Department's inspector general--an agency with 1240 employees and $160 million budget whose task
is auditing Pentagon contracts for waste and fraud. It's a $118,000 a year job for a woman who once
peddled "Presidential BITCH" t-shirts and coffee mugs mocking Hillary Clinton out of her government
office at the now-defunct Resolution Trust Corporation.
Apparently Lucy Ricardo was unavailable for the job.
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There was an original political cartoon from the Jefferson era; pictures of negotiations with Indian tribes,
Woodrow Wilson at Versailles; Roosevelt and Churchill signing the Atlantic Charter; James Bakerand
Shevardnadze in cowboy boots at Jackson Hole; Ronald Reagan with a very young Colin Powell.
Then they were gone. And what was put up
in their place? What else?
A George W. Bush family album montage of 21 large photos of the president as diplomat. .
We've never had a president this arrogant
We've never had a president this stupid before.
We've never had a president this greedy before.
We've never had a president this warlike before.
We've never had a president with this much blood on his hands before.
We've never had a president get this rich off a fake war before.
We've never had a president appointed over the will of the voters before.
"I've not seen any indication that would lead
me to believe that I could say that," Rumsfeld said
in response to a question about a poll which indicated that nearly 70% of respondents believed
Saddam was personally involved in the 9/11 attacks. Associated Press, 9/17/03
"No, I think it's not surprising that people
make that connection."
-- Cheney, two days earlier on Meet the Whore. (9/14/03)
"Who is telling the truth? Our casualties and
costs are rising every day, while our reputation
and relationships abroad sink further into disrepair. So it is shocking that Runsfeld and Cheney
still cannot agree why we went to war.
"It is time for this administration to be honest
with the American people. 79% of them believe Saddam
was personally involved, and we know -- as Rummy admitted yesterday -- that that's not true.
"Yet Cheney, with the chance to set the record
straight on national television, took a pass on telling
the American people the truth, still choosing to imply that such a connection could exist.
"This administration has misled the country from
the very beginning on its reasons for the war,
the costs of the war, and its plans for the peace. It is time for the truth."
Marijuana Laws Struck Down in British Columbia
Last September 4, Provincial Court Judge P Chen made a landmark ruling regarding marijuana laws in BC.
In his decision, Judge Chen said parts of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) are "invalid"
and that "there is no offense known to law at this time for simple possession of marijuana" in the province.
Judge Chen's decision was based on a series
of court cases in Ontario that led a judge there to strike down
marijuana possession laws in January of this year. It all goes back to medpot user Terry Parker's case before
the Ontario Court of Appeal in July, 2000. In the Parker case, Judge Rosenberg ruled the CDSA's pot possession
laws unconstitutional, but delayed the section's repeal for one year, giving the government time to change the law.
Rather than change the law, however, the
Canadian government made medpot regulations, which it published
one day before the one-year deadline. In January, 2003, Ontario Provincial Court Judge Phillips decided that
regulations were not enough. Regulations can be changed easily by the cabinet, said the judge, unlike laws which
require a democratic vote by parliament. Thus possession laws were struck down in Ontario.
Oh, the Invisible Cloud Being isn't going to like this - not
How could Canada risk angering The Vengeful One?
Canada is a country with the brains to act logically on pot -
plus they have a free press and free elections, too.
In Canada, the guy who wins the election actually takes office, and it doesn't matter if the High Court
is friends with his rich daddy! What a country!
I can't see the movie clips in the members
When I click them I get a blank page with that little symbol in the uper right corner.
DYC, I wish
I knew what to tell you.
Those are MPGs, which should be playable by any Windows Media Player.
Any of you tech types have any suggestions?
'The Hollywood Hustle' by the Artful Dodger
Part IV of Nancy's Hurricane Isabel Blog
Bo Diddley & recording history
Al 'Grandpa Munster' Lewis
Andy Richter returning to NBC
Oprah censured in Sweden for war-mongering
Bill Gates gave away $51 million
A new book, the McClellan-clan & nepotism
And, the world's oldest genitals found in Scotland
"People in this country must understand that
we can have a pro-growth agenda, a pro-job agenda
and a pro-environment agenda at the same time," he said, "and Clear Skies legislation is just that."
-- The Crooked Pinhead, promising to do for clean air what he did to the economy Attribution
Bush makes U.S. government out to be biggest enemy
Here in our nation's capital, the political reporter from the boonies is most often asked,
"Is this Howard Dean thing for real?" Hey, THEY never heard of Howard Dean; Howard Dean
never did time on The Hill. How arethey supposed to have a read on him? Their provincialism is truly
charming. In politics, when people ask, "Is the guy serious?" it means, does he have money?
So, OK, Howard Dean is serious. Next question.
But Bush is SERIOUS is the next argument.
Have you looked at that money? Well yes, and I certainly
say that $200 million makes him serious as a stroke. But you tell me what he can run on. The economy
is in terrible shape, and I'm not just talking about lost jobs. People's lives go to hell in a lot of ways
beyond no jobs -- no unemployment insurance; no health insurance; cost of health insurance spiking
double, triple; lost pensions; Bush wants to take away overtime -- you start adding all this up, and even
out in the "red states" (it's so cute, the way they say things here), it's not looking so good for Bush.
I remember, all during impeachment, types like the vulgar Pigboy
and Laura the Unloved kept saying,
"What good is a great economy, peace and prosperity of the President is having sex?"
Molly nailed it.
Having a great economy means you get to keep your house and your car. It means you can afford
braces and clothes for the kids. It means you can take a vacation and unwind from the nit-picking
troubles of your job. It means you can actually go to the doctor when you feel bad and insurance
will soften the blow. It even means that Dad doesn't hit Mom anymore, because he's not cracking up
from the stress of trying to making ends meet, but they never do.
Now, we have a president who might be screwing interns,
we'll never know because the press gives
him a pass and refuses to investigate his major crimes. They believe every lie he feeds them.
BUT, we lost the house and the car and our insurance and we're living with our dumb-ass in-laws
who makes Dad really mad all the time, and Mom cries a lot because our brother lost a leg in Iraq.
Now, instead of paying half of the bills, Dad's back to drinking
and he hits mom a lot. Oh, if only
Al Gore had fought the way he promised to fight. If only we had a free press. If only the Supreme
Court didn't owe Bush a favor. If Moore hadn't helped Nader. If only Gore had picked a good
running mate, or carried Tennessee, or embraced Clinton instead of running away from him.
Where will you be when
your laxative kicks in?
saw it on http://www.spadehammer.blogspot.com
Mr. Cheney seems to prefer a mood of fear. The misdirection of gullible, scared citizens has long been
the method of this government, particularly with regard to Iraq. The need to mislead has only become
more urgent now that the public has begun to notice the administration’s stunning incompetence and
dishonesty. Ask Americans for an additional $87 billion and the lives of more children or parents or
friends, and they might at last begin to ask some hard questions.
Luck No 4: Western European countries, the most powerful economy rivals to the US, destroyed themselves
in World War I (1914-1918). Further to the carnage of the actual conflict, the post-war flu epidemic killed
approximately 36 million more Europeans. Russia, whose economy had not been significantly worse than that
of the United States prior to 1914, had been turned into a slave country by the Communist regime that followed
the Bolshevik uprising of 1917. Indeed, the Soviet Union removed itself from involvement in world economic competition.
Luck was a Lady for the United States.
Could Lady Luck be running out?
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"The estimable analysts at Donkey Rising note
today that Bush has fallen below 50 percent approval
in a Republican poll. Those numbers warn of serious danger for the incumbent. At this point, Rove
must worry about any of the Democrats who could plausibly win the nomination. And perhaps he
should be most worried about this general who isn't afraid to say that he's a liberal.
-- Smokin Joe Conason's Journal
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy had one of it's best shows ever Tuesday night.
I think the big star of this show is the unnamed, unseen film
It's my guess they shoot 30 hours of film and then the editor gets to whittlin'
The good news is the bad news.
You can catch this episode, the one with the really tall guy, a dozen times this week, on Bravo.
I predicted they'd wear out their welcome too soon by burning us out, but surprisingly, it's still damn funny,
and that's after seeing 8-10 episodes. I thought it would lose it's freshness sooner than that, but they have
a formula that words and it keeps working every week. Kinda like Law & Order.
Don't watch because the show has gay stars.
Watch because it's the funniest new show of the summer.
Bush Endorses Schwarzenegger
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I've been spending a lot of time in Washington.
Lots of stuff going on there.
Interesting that Cheney pushed Wesley Clark to run. That will keep everyone guessing.
Surprise you? It did me. Cheney must have his reasons.
At least publicly Clark appears to be far left, but you never know for sure, do you?
Hillary wants to run, but that may not happen after all with Clark entering the race.
Where did you hear the wild rumor that Cheney supports Clark?
What have you been up to lately?
Why not use those great cartoons I sent you last time?
Lanny Kiedrowski (R-Stalker)
Interesting world we live in.
My stalkers send me polite mail, and my friends call me a woman-hating pig.
Here's Lanny's cartoon.
Wait, there are web sites attacking me?
I've waited so long - can I get a list?
I'd pay real money for a real battle with a real web site.
Tuesday, Vail police balked at turning over 911 records to Kobe Bryant's attorneys,
saying it would be violating a court order issued in the sexual assault case against Kobe.
Earlier this month, a state judge rejected
a Vail Daily newspaper request to release the 911 records,
saying the "intensely personal" material would subject the 19-year-old accuser to harassment and abuse.
The Vail paper wanted any 911 records made from the accuser's home this year.
Wait, if the accuser calls 9-11 Emergency
as much as John Fund calls for phone sex,
why isn't Kobe's defense team allowed to know the facts about that?
This isn't a seven year old girl, this is
a could-be-in-Iraq adult, and she can't control herself
from calling 9-11 a lot? And if there's nothing there, what secret needs to be protected?
Since the last time we talked about this,
I've heard extra-disturbing news about white cops
pulling over people for driving-while-black and I didn't like what I heard. One report I saw,
this black guy had a nice car and he dared to drive thru Vail or Eagle County, and he got
pulled over and searched so tightly, he said the cops put their fingers in a pie in his car to see
if there were any hidden guns, explosives or bound white women in his goddamn peach pie.
I'm still not clear on the quick-charge
maneuver they put on Kobe, before the evidence came back.
I don't like this, I don't like it one bit. Some people think America doesn't have a race problem anymore.
Next to the Illegal Moron and religious insanity, race is America's biggest problem.
In the old days, they would just "hang the
nigger," but it's not that easy anymore.
I think the national spotlight needs to be on a case like this, same for Scott Peterson.
Wounded troops billed for hospital meals
Troops wounded in combat in the nation’s war on terrorism are being handed more than just
discharge papers when they leave military hospitals — some also are getting a bill.
At a daily rate of $8.10, hospitalized troops,
including those wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan,
are being charged for their meals.
“It’s not a good precedent to have when a servicemember,
having received wounds in Iraq,
to see the first correspondence from his government after he gets out is a bill to pay for the hospital stay,”
said a 16-year Army veteran, who asked his name not be used for fear of reprisal.
Tax cuts for the super rich, while the wounded soldiers are charged
for their food?
This has to be another Halliburton scam when Cheney and Bush get richer.
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Iraqis' Bitterness Is Called Bigger Threat Than Terror
New intelligence assessments are warning that the United States' most formidable foe in Iraq
may be the resentment of ordinary Iraqis increasingly hostile to the American military occupation
That picture, shared with American military
commanders in Iraq, is very different from the public view
currently being presented by Bush and Rumsfeld, who once again listed only "dead-enders, foreign terrorists
and criminal gangs" as opponents of the American occupation. The defense officials spoke on condition of
anonymity, saying they were concerned about retribution for straying from the official line.
Anyone who blows the whistle on the B.F.E.E. scam will be fired, disappeared or "shot by a burglar."
of Reality to seek non-profit status
For Immediate Release: Contact: Marc Perkel - Founder
Marc Perkel announces today that he is in
the process of applying for non-profit status
to turn the Church of Reality into a 501c3 tax exempt church. Perkel hopes to have his
application approved in the next 120 days.
The Church of Reality (http://www.churchofreality.org)
is a religion based on believing
in everything that is real. "But what is real?", you might ask. Well - that's the sacred question
of the Church of Reality. The Church doesn't attempt to define reality - but is dedicated to
the pursuit of reality the way it really is.
"What this church is about is to raise the status
of reality in our daily lives." says Marc Perkel.
"To many people are ignoring reality and living an illusion. We are here to try to get people to
challenge tradional beliefs on the basis of if it really is real or not." Members of the church are
called "Realist" practicing "Realism". The are "Explorers" rather than "Followers". The official
church greeting is "Welcome to the Real World." Perkel has even written the "Sacred Principles"
which is similar to the Ten Commandments.
"With non-profit status the Church of Reality
will be able to take donations just like every other church.
Once the funding starts coming in we well start promoting the concept of reality as a belief system.
We think we will be competitive with the other major religions." says Perkel. "When you raise the
question of which religion is real - you can't get any more real than reality."
I am a member of this church.
Matter of fact, I'm a Founding Father, the "Seventh One," of this church, because it's real.
No virgin births, no fishes and loaves silliness, no invisible ghosts and and no life after death.
It's real, that's why it's called The Church of Reality.
gets away with this is successful
in his attempt, I will found my own religion, and
Chinaco Anejo will be our wine. And instead of ten percent, like the other churches,
we ask for just $10 a month, a savings of hundreds of thousands of dollars over a lifetime.
The choir will sing Garbage songs and our holiest day will be May 5th.
From: ken wright
Subject: Lies and the Lying Liars that Tell Them
Bill Clinton is back in his natural habitat,
the campaign trail, thumping the tub for Democrats.
Slapping the backs of big donors.
Beating up on Bush's tax cuts, the now mega-wealthy
"I never had a nickel until I left the White House."
The Clintons' final financial disclosure
statement as they left the White House in January 2001
showed that they estimated their net worth at between $1 million and $5 million. And, in the
last year of his presidency, they accepted $190,027 in gifts. On her way out of the White House,
Hillary had an $8 million book deal.
And, the president's $200,000-a-year salary was hardly minimum wage.
Of course, compared to what he's making
now, the White House must seem like chump change.
In his first year as an ex-president, Clinton earned $9.5 million making speeches. That's a lot of nickels.
He is one of those Lying Liars, right?
Why didn't your buddy Al Franken mention him in his book?
Ken, in poker, you'd be "the fish."
Funny, I listened to Rush Tuesday, too.
You should never get your news from Rush - he lies more than FOX News.
You seem to have a big problem deciding what the meaning of the word, "is," is.
Clinton's been vastly underpaid by a factor of at least 1,000.
He was the best CEO
that the biggest organization in the world (The US) ever had. Those clowns on Wall Street
get $150M for running a once-solvent company in the ground, wheras Clinton took the
Reagan/Bush depression-economy into the stratosphere for the very first time.
Do you have any knowledge about the subjects you feel so strongly about?
When Clinton started as Governor, he made about $20,000 a year.
As time went by, I think, his salary rose to $35,000 a year.
He didn't mean he never actually had a nickle in his hands, you
poor, ugly carp.
He meant he never had GOP money, meaning millions to just throw away.
Have you ever heard someone say, perhaps at Thanksgiving, "I'm
According to you and the vulgar Pigboy, that person is LYING because he's
not really starving, not like North Korea and Ethiopia.
Can't you see that?
Have you lived in this country long?
Can you possibly be as stupid as you sound to dozens of
us reading your e-mail?
Bottom line: You and the Pigboy are angry that Clinton is saying,
"I'm rich, and I don't need a tax cut,
but Bush gave me one while your kids aren't getting their school lunches any more."
You guys hate it when a plain-speaking Democrat tells the truth.
Unka Dick - what does 'quagmire' mean?
Moore's Commandments offered to Congress
Anything to impose his will on others, Moore counts on elected ditto-monkeys
Seeking to move his battle over religion in government to a national stage, suspended Alabama
Chief Justice Roy Moore on Tuesday offered his Ten Commandments monument to Congress
for display in the U.S. Capitol.
Moore's doing everything he can to force his brand of nutty superstitions
Knowing the religio-crazy Republicans and the wimpy, spineless Democrats, this will work,
and the crooked Supreme Court will call Bush and ask him how he wants this one decided.
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Subject: Unka Dick
"I don't want to speculate... Sept. 11 is over
with now, it's done, its history and we can put it behind us."
- Whistle Dick Cheney, when asked about Saudi Arabia's ties to al Qaeda
What about the patriotism police jumping
all over those who had to get on with their lives last Thursday,
rather than stop to watch Smirk bask in the “glory” of the event that gave him his Trifecta?
Why is the war on “Terra” still costing
us money and our soldiers’ lives if we can simply move on?
Why is Rove (R – Pimp) holding the Rethug convention in NYC on a week that coincides with the anniversary of 9-11?
Should we just forget 9-11 like we should
forget about Smirk being an AWOL, cokehead, womanizing,
hypocritical, drunk driving liar? I think not! Quick, somebody call Charlie Daniels, tell him that smirk wants
to forget about the reason behind all of his and his cronies sickly morbid tribute songs.
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Eight more dead in Iraq ambush
U.S. troops were ambushed on the main road of this central Iraqi town Thursday, coming under
heavy gunfire that destroyed a truck. An Associated Press reporter who arrived on the scene saw
four U.S. tanks surrounding the smoldering truck as helicopters hovered above.
Al-Arabiya television reported eight Americans
were killed and one wounded. There was no
confirmation of any casualties, and initial casualty reports have proven incorrect in the past.
Shortly afterward a huge explosion rocked the area, and there were unconfirmed reports
from residents that U.S. Humvees had come under attack a few miles distant.
I assume the Never-Elected boy will enjoy a few rounds of golf today?
American soldier body count in Iraq
It now stands at
315 counting the injured
who have since died.
Soon, we'll be at 400.
How long before we hit 600? Or 1000?
Total deaths since President Frog-blaster said, "Bring 'em On": 93+
NOTE: These figures don't include the eight dead reported Thursday.
Perhaps 1,200 wounded - missing arms, legs and eyes.
How much more are we willing to tolerate?
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