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"It's an absolute fallacy because they have
Can you say it any plainer than that?
"The similarities were when we were attacked
in an unprovoked fashion in World War II and on 9-11.
Another similarity is that there are people who have got this kind of distorted sense of the world,
trying to impose their will. Fascism on the one hand, and fanaticism on the other."
--Dubya, asked by Tom Brokaw to compare World War II with Iraq, Attribution
But Monkey, when Japan attacked us, did we invade Iraq?
No, we invaded the country that attacked us - Japan, not Iraq.
Faces Grilling Over Leak as Bush Election Hopes Slump
Plame scandal engulfs Unka Dick and puts pressure on White House
The growing sense of crisis within the Bush administration over the aftermath of the Iraq conflict deepened yesterday
after it emerged that Cheney has been questioned as part of the intelligence scandals engulfing American politics.
He has been interviewed as part of a probe into the leaking last year of the identity of Valerie Plame.
News of Cheney's grilling follows the resignation
of CIA chief George Tenet and will add to the pressure on a Republican
party already sinking in the polls. George Bush's approval ratings are at an all-time low of 42 per cent, dangerously close
to the 40 per cent level seen as the point beneath which victory is unlikely
Question: Was Cheney questioned under oath?
Or was he free to lie, as he was with the 9-11 Handjob Commission?
You see, in America, you only get put under oath when they ask you about possible girlfriends.
When your inattention (at best) kills 3,000 people, you don't bother with that oath nonsense.
Care to comment?
Tom Brokaw:...do you think that the Europeans are being unrealistic about the real nature of the war on terror?
Dubya: You know, I -- that's up to the
pundits and the scribes to figure out. My job is to continue to rally them,
is to say, 'Look. We are at war. And we're in danger. Attribution
No, Monkey - your job is to convince our allies to send troops
so our guys don't have to do all the dying for your bungling.
You're not as cheerleader at Yale anymore, you're the illegal president of the United States. F-ing act like it.
Meeting With Critics of Iraq War
That's pretty much every sane person on the planet
As America's killer plays host Tuesday to world leaders critical of his Iraq policies, White House officials
hope the Group of Eight summit helps the Chimp and his adversaries set aside their differences.
Bush stacked his meetings Tuesday with leaders
from countries critical of the Iraq war: Russia, Canada and Germany.
His first meeting, though, was with PM Koizumi of Japan, whose country sent troops to Iraq on a humanitarian mission.
Iraq and the broader Mideast have eclipsed
the official economic agenda of the annual gathering of powerful countries
- the United States, Japan, Germany, France, Britain, Italy, Canada and Russia.
But really - what can be said?
We're stuck there, and nobody wants to join Bush in his quagmire.
All they can do is tell him what a useless shit he is - but what good does that do?
Jobs Everywhere and Not a Job to Find
by Norma Sherry
If you've listened to Conservative Radio or Fox News lately then you already know the good news.
Jobs are aplenty! In fact, according to Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and President Bush, we are in
the midst of a huge boom! According to the spin, more than 650,000 American workers found
employment in the last two months. Mighty spectacular, wouldn't you say?
The problem with the numbers, however, is
what's wrong with nearly every pronouncement from this
administration. It's clothed in a semblance of truth, but it disguises the real facts. The truth is we have
more educated, specialized, articulate, unemployed workers than ever in our history. It doesn't consider
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that 80,000 to 90,000 unemployed become ineligible
for unemployment benefits every week and therefore, are no longer counted among the unemployed.
Care to comment?
Subject: if Snoop Dogg worked for bartcop.com
If you go to this site, http://www.asksnoop.com/
and type in any website, it will be rewritten in Snoop Dogg's style.
I typed in your site and the results were funny.
Ten views per penny.
Nobody gives you a better deal that that.
Dubya: I think it's fair to say that, you know, that the enemy didn't lay down its arms like we had hoped.
Tom Brokaw: And you were not greeted as liberators like Vice President Cheney said that you would be.
Dubya: Well, I think we've been -- let
me just -- I think we've been thanked by the people of Iraq.
And I think you'll hear more of that from people like (my puppet) Prime Minister Alawi and the
foreign minister, who both have repeatedly, 'Thank you for what you've done, and by the way, help us.'
--NBC's Tom Brokaw speaks with the never-elected deserter, Attribution
How embarrassing - the monkey is incapable of forming sentences
on his own.
Without the benefit of somebody else writing his script, he's just a clueless moron.
Everywhere (except at bartcop.com) Texas Hold 'em Poker is sweeping the nation like wildfire.
Last year, I think ESPN only broadcast 2-3 hours of the World
Series of Poker.
But since poker is white hot, everywhere but bartcop.com ESPN is broadcasting 22 hours
of the big (but not biggest) tournament - starting tonight.
So every Tuesday is World
Series of Poker and every Wednesday is World
Plus, on Thursdays, at least this week, we get Celebrity Poker, which mostly blows, but it's still better than
watching some dumbass reality dating show that's fixed from the start.
'Hunting of the President' Premier Postponed
The New York City premiere of "The Hunting of the President" has been moved from Wednesday, June 9
to Wednesday June 16 (Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at New York University at 7:00 p.m.).
The theatrical release has been moved from Friday, June 11th to Friday June 18th (Angelika Theater).
The film is still scheduled to open in Little Rock, Arkansas on June 18th, Washington, D.C. on June 25th
and then around the nation soon after.
"Is this about me?"
I just heard on MSGOP that the "Protest zone" for Smirk's summit is 80 miles away.
Bush is such a coward, hiding from regular Americans because he knows he's hated by the majority.
"One reason why America has been so slow to
react in opposition to this war is because of
misinformation and disinformation. Europeans have reacted with much greater reaction
opposing the war because they have more options in the media. Our media gets in bed
with the military in wartime. The whole media got suckered into Bush's disinformation
campaign and therefore was disseminating misinformation."
--Jesse Jackson, wishing we had a free press in America like they have in Europe Attribution
Some people can't read, like the Monkey president.
But if you can read, you'll find the right books here
and it's all just a click away.
Pokerfest in your town
There are many kinds of pillars.
There are the people who have been onboard since Moses wore short pants.
There are those who helped make the West 24 crisis disappear.
There are the financial pillars that have chunked us.
There are Pokerfesters who get extra points for validating my expenses to the IRS that enables us
to meet in exciting places and have a good time in a friendly setting, and there are the regular subscribers,
the backbones, who give Tequila Boy some enough sheckles to keep the page and BCR going.
Schedule: Pokerfest Chicago July 17, with an afterparty
on Chicago's famous Rush Street
Schedule: Pokerfest Seattle circa late September, early October?
Sidebar: Interacting with America's health care system is putting lots of miles on my SW VISA card.
by Paul Krugman
We're also sure to hear that Mr. Reagan presided over an unmatched economic boom. Again, not true:
the economy grew slightly faster under President Clinton, and, according to Congressional Budget Office
estimates, the after-tax income of a typical family, adjusted for inflation, rose more than twice as much from
1992 to 2000 as it did from 1980 to 1988.
But Ronald Reagan does hold a special place
in the annals of tax policy, and not just as the patron saint of tax cuts.
To his credit, he was more pragmatic and responsible than that; he followed his huge 1981 tax cut with two large
tax increases. In fact, no peacetime president has raised taxes so much on so many people. This is not a criticism:
the tale of those increases tells you a lot about what was right with President Reagan's leadership, and what's wrong
with the leadership of George W. Bush.
The first Reagan tax increase came in 1982.
By then it was clear that the budget projections used to justify the
1981 tax cut were wildly optimistic. In response, Mr. Reagan agreed to a sharp rollback of corporate tax cuts,
and a smaller rollback of individual income tax cuts. Over all, the 1982 tax increase undid about a third of the
1981 cut; as a share of G.D.P., the increase was substantially larger than Mr. Clinton's 1993 tax increase.
The contrast with Bush is obvious. President
Reagan, confronted with evidence that his tax cuts were fiscally
irresponsible, changed course. Bush, confronted with similar evidence, has pushed for even more tax cuts.
Bush fans often cite his "steadfast" courage and determination,
but the problem with staying the course, as Krugman
points out, is if you're going the wrong way, being steadfast hurts more than it helps. Whether it's the Bush disaster
with the economy or the Bush disaster in Iraq, he will not change course because he's a macho Texas cowboy.
I never thought I'd say this, but it would be great for America
if the president were more like Reagan.
Care to comment?
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Subject: Top ten signs you're a Christian Fundie
10 - You vigorously deny the existence of thousands of gods claimed
by other religions, but feel outraged when someone denies the existence of yours.
9 - You feel insulted and "dehumanized" when scientists say that
people evolved from other life forms, but you have no problem with
the Biblical claim that we were created from dirt.
8 - You laugh at polytheists, but you have no problem believing in a Triune God.
7 - Your face turns purple when you hear of the "atrocities"
attributed to Allah, but you don't even flinch when hearing about how
God/Jehovah slaughtered all the babies of Egypt in "Exodus" and
ordered the elimination of entire ethnic groups in "Joshua" --
including women, children, and trees!
6 - You laugh at Hindu beliefs that deify humans, and Greek claims
about gods sleeping with women, but you have no problem believing
that the Holy Spirit impregnated Mary, who then gave birth to a man-god
who got killed, came back to life and then ascended into the sky.
5 - You are willing to spend your life looking for little loopholes
in the scientifically established age of Earth (4.55 billion years),
but you find nothing wrong with believing dates recorded by Bronze
Age tribesmen sitting in their tents and guessing that Earth is a
couple of generations old.
4 - You believe that the entire population of this planet with the
exception of those who share your beliefs -- though excluding those
in all rival sects - will spend Eternity in an infinite Hell of Suffering.
And yet consider your religion the most "tolerant" and "loving."
3 - While modern science, history, geology, biology, and physics have
failed to convince you otherwise, some idiot rolling around on the floor speaking
in "tongues" may be all the evidence you need to "prove" Christianity.
2 - You define 0.01% as a "high success rate" when it comes to
answered prayers. You consider that to be
evidence that prayer works. And you think that the remaining 99.99%
FAILURE was simply the will of God.
1 - You actually know a lot less than many atheists and agnostics do
about the Bible, Christianity, and church history - but still call yourself a Christian.
"I think the network news outlets are
afraid. The timidity of the mainstream media has allowed
unprecedented growth of conservative media outlets. For a long time, the mainstream media
has not stood up. They've essentially allowed Fox News Channel to happen. They do not cover
Rush Limbaugh -- he is a serious political figure in this country -- they don't write about what he says,"
-- my good friend David Brock at the Washington "Take Back America" conference, Attribution
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Text Messages May Turn Up in Bryant Case
A few hours after NBA star Kobe Bryant had sex with a Vail-area hotel worker last summer, the woman
exchanged cell phone text messages with a former boyfriend and someone else. What's in those messages
could help determine whether the sex was consensual or whether Bryant is guilty of rape as charged.
The judge himself said the content may be "highly relevant" to the case.
That the judge could order the woman's cell
phone company to produce the messages so long after they
were sent shouldn't surprise anyone, analysts say. Texters beware. Like e-mail and Internet instant messages,
text messages tend to be saved on servers.
So, this he-said, she-said could turn on this evidence.
If she wrote, "I was just raped," he's in trouble.
But if she wrote, "I just had sex with Kobe the superstar," he's free.
This info should take only days to collect, but since America loves a circus,
they'll find a way to drag this out until next summer ...or the next summer.
Won't Confirm Marriage to J.Lo
Nothing like manufactured controversy to start a marriage
Bombs in Two Iraqi Cities Kill 15
But Bush still says they're plenty ready to assume control
Book Blitz Gets Set To Make Radio Waves
We're going to see/hear of lot of Clinton in the next few weeks
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It is not clear how the practice emerged and, if it was official policy, exactly who authorized it.
Col. Thomas M. Pappas, the military intelligence officer in charge of interrogations at the prison,
told Army investigators that detainees might be stripped and shackled for questioning, but not
without "good reason." When Red Cross monitors expressed alarm about prisoners being left
in their cells or forced to move about naked, they said military intelligence officials 'confirmed
that it was part of the military intelligence process.'"
The nudity irtself isn't the problem.
It's the forced oral sex that needs to be addressed.
Plus, Smnirky keeps saying, "Watch how
transparently we handle this in a democracy,"
but if they can't decide who was in charge, all they'll screw is the grunts following orders.
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Barely Legal, White House Style
"The Washington Post leads with, and New York Times off-leads, follow-up to yesterday's Wall Street Journal
bombshell that administration lawyers penned a brief last spring asserting that the president is allowed to order
torture and detailing how torture statutes and treaties purportedly don't apply. The Post says that memo appears
to be largely based on an August 2002 Justice Department briefing, which stated that torture "may be justified
...in order to prevent further attacks on the United States." That memo said that for torture to cross the line,
it 'must be equivalent in intensity to the pain accompanying serious physical injury, such as organ failure,
impairment of bodily function, or even death.'"
Assuming for argument's sake that sometimes, in extreme
circumstances, torture might be necessary,
how can we entrust that 'mandate' to a bloodthirsty man-child who giggles when he kills?
"Iraqis or frogs - what's the difference?"
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Antidote to 'Iraq is Vietnam'
America loves a good sequel, and seeing as it's summer, the standard crop of big-budget,
digitally enhanced retreads is arriving at the Cineplex, from "Shrek 2" to "Spider-Man 2."
The concept of the sequel is easy enough
to understand. The original was a hit, so filmmakers
hook the fans in with a promise of more of the same. Of course, it usually doesn't work out that way.
For every "Godfather II," there are 20 "Weekend at Bernie's 2"s.
And so it is with the Bush administration
and its new sequel "World War II 2." For the record,
they tested the title World War III, but found audiences were less than enthusiastic, many citing
Armageddon as a concern."
Yeah, a few of us don't want to gamble with Armageddon, but when
you're religiously insane
and taking orders directly from God Almighty, what could possibly go wrong? Care to comment?
Bush's American soldier body count in Iraq
832 dead American soldiers.
832 families destroyed forever - all for Bush's illegal war.
Soon it will be 900, and then 1000.
"I'm a huge fan of both the secular and the
rational, and I think both are in desperately short supply
these days - the hegemonic grim spirit of the age being incarnate in our thought-disordered bloody,
greedy, little plutocrat-slash-soulless-theocrat of an unelected President - (Damn - can I buy you a drink?)
but I don't know that only secular rationalism opposes religious fundamentalism. Living, intelligent faith,
believing in a genuinely merciful, compassionate and just God, opposes the murderous, unimaginative
verities of fundamentalists of all denominations and creeds..."
--Tony Kushner, playwright, Attribution
about Reagan's death
His "let 'em die - they're queers" attitude revisited
"As America mourned Ronald Reagan, gay activists struck a discordant note on Sunday, lamenting his
alleged insensitivity to Aids when it struck devastatingly during his presidency. Ironically, they noted,
Reagan died on Saturday aged 93 of Alzheimer's disease on the 21st anniversary of the first official report
of five gay men in Los Angeles who were suffering from a rare form of pneumonia - the first recognised cases
of what would later be called the deadly Aids virus. The report was issued on June 5, 1981 by the US Centres
for Disease Control. "That is ironic, it certainly will forever tie those two issues together," said Jeffrey Prang,
a city councillor in West Hollywood, a gay-dominated Los Angeles-area city."
Reagan as the friendly, likeable grandfather is what the GOP media
is trying to sell you,
but some of us are old enough to remember what an uncaring SOB Reagan really was.
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years later, the remaking of a president
by Howard Kurtz, whore with few peers
"The uplifting tone with which journalists are eulogizing Ronald Reagan is obscuring a central fact of his presidency:
He had a very contentious relationship with the press...The press, by its nature, tends to get down in the weeds of
day-to-day controversies that envelop any president. But when the protagonist is off the stage and the camera pulls
back, a brighter picture emerges and the setbacks tend to fade from memory. What is left are the big accomplishments
and the inspirational qualities that Reagan brought to the office.
In his 1988 book "On Bended Knee," author
Mark Hertsgaard complained that "news accounts generally failed to
make clear the real-world implications of Reagan's inability or unwillingness to distinguish fact from fiction." That so
many journalists seem to have changed their view in 2004 may represent Reagan's final triumph over the press."
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