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Monday Dec 27, 2004 ................................................................Marc
Perkel on Mike Malloy on AAR Wed,
"Christmastime reminds each of us that we have a
duty to our fellow citizens, that we are
called to love our neighbor just as we would
like to be loved ourselves. By volunteering
our time and talents where they are needed
most, we help heal the sick, comfort those
who suffer, and bring hope to those who despair,
one heart and one soul at a time."
--Dubya, who never did anything that
wasn't for self-enrichment besides community service
that possession of cocaine with intent to distribute charge his daddy fixed
for him. Attribution
says Yushchenko wins in Ukraine
Exit polls are reliable everywhere except Diebold elections
Oppositon candidate Viktor Yushchenko led in
all three exit polls tracking Sunday's re-run
of the presidential election in Ukraine. Exit
polls released just after the close of polling indicate
that current prime minister Viktor Yanukovich has
lost to Mr Yushchenko by a margin of approximately 15%.
Mr Yushchenko confidently predicted his victory
shortly after voting this morning, telling reporters,
"I will win. That's 100%. I'm absolutely certain". "Today,
we will at last have a new president,"
opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko told reporters. "It
will be a beginning of a new era in Ukraine."
Note: In Russia when the government rigs the voting, people take
to the streets and demand justice.
In America, when
the government rigs the voting, the loser tells the people who got screwed
to get over it and
rally around the crooked bastard who stole the election. We allow ourselves
to be screwed because
the pink panty Democrats have given up on doing their damn jobs.
Dubya and your government - they'd never lie to us!"
Happening in Iraq
If you want to know why public opinion in Western
Europe has been so overwhelmingly against Bush's war,
there's one obvious answer: the difference in television
news between theirs and ours. You can easily determine
this for yourself: Spend a week watching the news
broadcasts and TV magazines of the BBC, France2 and
Deutsche Welle, all available on many U.S. cable
systems. The footage of dead Iraqi babies and children - victims
of U.S. attacks on "terrorists" - that you will
regularly see on European public television is rarely aired on U.S.
networks. The regular interviews in Iraqi hospitals
with doctors recounting the slaughter of the innocents that show up
on European news broadcasts aren't often seen on
the all-news cable networks here, let alone on the Big Three
broadcast nets' newscasts. Iraqis, of course, know
this daily reality all too well - which explains their
overwhelming hostility to the U.S. occupation."
We don't have free and legal elections and the networks have gone from
trying to hound a legally elected president
from office to helping a illegal usurper steal power, and cheering his
bloody, illegal invasions and mass murders.
What happened to the America we all grew up in?
Why does nobody care that America has turned into a sour bully that
steals what it wants
and kills who it wants - all without sufficient explanation or justification?
"And I think all of us have a sense if we imagine
the kind of world we would face if the people
who bombed the mess hall in Mosul, or the people
who did the bombing in Spain, or the people
who attacked the United States in New York, shot
down the plane over Pennsylvania and attacked
the Pentagon, the people who cut off peoples'
heads on television to intimidate, to frighten -- indeed
the word "terrorized" is just that. Its purpose
is to terrorize, to alter behavior, to make people be
something other than that which they want to
-- Donald Rumsfeld, premiering
his new language where noun and verb are ...just neighbors Attribution
...and Unka Donny, who "shot down" the
plane over Pennsylvania?
Subject: Rummy's Christmas Eve
visit to Iraq
Did you see the clip on CNN about Rummy's surprise
visit to Iraq?
Among other "photo ops", it showed him talking
to a wounded soldier, lying in his hospital bed.
That soldier did not look like a happy camper.
He couldn't even look Rummy in the eye and I think
if he did, he would have jumped out of bed and
put his hands around Rummy's fat, lying-sack-of-shit throat.
I'm surprised the media whores allowed that one
to be on public TV!
Rummy proved he's every bit as brave as David Letterman.
"It's a fine thing to volunteer to help the sick
and poor, but I'd rather live in
a country where everyone has access to health
care and the poor can find jobs
that pay a living wage. And if Bush's
destablizing policies are allowed to go forward,
the day will come when we'll have more sick
and poor than we have volunteers."
... the view from Iowa
by Mike Palecek
A Legacy of Giuliani Years:
Suits Against New York City
Late Tuesday, a federal magistrate released testimony
by Bernard B. Kerik and a former girlfriend
in an employment discrimination case, one of the
legal tangles from his years as a senior aide to Giuliani
that surfaced while his nomination as secretary
of homeland security was collapsing.
For the Bloomberg administration, the case was
just one more in an unusual collection of city lawsuits
that grind along, regardless of national politics:
dealing with the civil rights damages people claim to have
suffered at the hands of Mr. Giuliani or his senior
In the three years since Michael R. Bloomberg
succeeded Mr. Giuliani, the city has spent close to
$2 million to settle lawsuits brought by residents
and city workers who accused the Giuliani administration
of retaliating against them for exercising free
speech or other constitutional rights.
Among them is a limousine driver, James Schillaci,
who had complained in a newspaper article about a
red-light sting set up by the police in the Bronx.
The same day, police came to his home to arrest him for
a 13-year-old unpaid ticket. The next day, the
mayor obtained - illegally, Mr. Schillaci said - the record
of his arrests from decades earlier and discussed
it, inaccurately, at a news conference. The city settled
with him for $290,000 in 2002.
Subject: Iraq elections I'd like
I'd like to see Saddam Hussein on the ballot for
the Iraqi presidential election.
If monkey boy wants real democracy there a truly
free election is required - open to all comers.
I bet Saddam would not only get a significant
percentage he might even win.
People would vote for him just to end the fascist
Besides it would be so much fun to watch.
Keep swinging the big hammer, dude!
Steve in Seattle
"We face two gigantic national challenges today: One
is the challenge to protect America in the wake
of the new terrorist threats, which has involved
us in three huge military commitments - Afghanistan,
Iraq and missile defense. And the other is the
challenge to strengthen American competitiveness in the
wake of an expanding global economy, where more
and more good jobs require higher levels of
education, and those good jobs will increasingly
migrate to those countries with the brainpower to
do them. In the face of these two national challenges,
we have an administration committed to
radical tax cuts, which, one can already see,
are starting to affect everything from the number of
troops we can deploy in Iraq to the number of
students we can properly educate at our universities.
And if we stay on this course, the trade-offs are
only going to get worse. Something has to give."
Things certainly will get worse before they get
The biggest problem is Bush, Kerry and the networks
keep saying the elections are fair.
Why do all the exit polls say Kerry won?
And why was Kerry so eager to give the victory to Bush?
Subject: BCR Show 62 feedback
and "ghost popping"
I was thinking about the bricks you said were
making loud popping noises.
I live in a 150ish year old house and have heard
the same type of popping.
Normally associate it with temperature changes. I
can hear it in the morning
when the sun breaks and at night when the sun
Tonight, it is very cold, and I noticed the wall
behind my stove doing it
when I started cooking my dinner.
L, thanks for that.
Ordinarily, I can either explain some oddity - or - I just don't care.
But this was 2-3 feet away from my face and there was nothing to explain
I'll go with the temperature theory because the ghost story has no science.
"And so during these holiday seasons, we thank our
--the stupidest president in
outperforms the Dow
For 45 years, Stanley Logue paid into the system
until his retirement in 1994. But with all the recent
hoopla over reform, Mr. Logue, a Massachusetts
Institute of Technology graduate, decided to go back
and check his own records. Would he have done better
investing his money than the bureaucrats at the
Social Security Administration?
He recorded all the payroll taxes he paid into
the system (including the matching amount from his employer),
tracked down the return the Social Security Trust
Fund earned for each of the 45 years, and then compared
the result with what he would have gotten had he
been able to invest the same amount of payroll tax money
over the same period in the Dow Jones Industrial
Average (including dividends).
To his surprise, the Social Security investment
won out: $261,372 versus $255,499, a difference of $5,873.
For sure, Bush wants to monkey with Social Security because someone
figured out a way
for the BFEE to get their hands on everyone's retirement money - that they
intend to steal.
Lokk at everything Bush has ever done - it's always been to enrich his
family and contributors.
We've got the best books by the best authors.
Moore on the hunt for Big Pharm?
The Los Angeles Times says that at least six
drug companies have released
internal communications telling employees to be
wary of Michael Moore.
"We ran a story in our online newspaper saying Moore
is embarking on a
documentary and if you see a scruffy guy in a baseball
cap, you'll know who it is,"
said Stephen Lederer, a spokesman for Pfizer Global
Research and Development.
Hey Steve, there's a tiny cult TV, king-of-rating
show called "The Tonight Show,"
and about a month ago, Jay had the new, clean-shaven,
suit-wearing Michael Moore.
"Stop all scruffy
dudes in ball caps, give the
suits whatever they want.
Remember Tony Montana's first rule?
Do not sample your own merchandise!
"Death has a tendency to encourage a depressing
view of war."
-- Rumsfeld, who must be eating Bush's stupid pills Attribution
Subject: you got beat in that
BBH's point was that the military is now composed
of people who no longer value
our democratic institutions. They fight from
a dedication to America as a tribe, not a way of life.
As such, they are not trustworthy guardians of
freedom because they do not understand (or experience) it.
A military that contains a higher percentage of
conscripts, temporary citizen-soldiers,
would be more likely to support democratic institutions.
I think the "soldiers are evil" crowd has decided to see what they want
And before you throw the military away, could you suggest a replacement?
Saying "I like the soldiers we had in 1945" isn't a solution to anything.
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched,
every rocket fired signifies a theft from
those who hunger and are not fed, those who
are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms
is not spending money alone. It is spending
the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists,
the hopes of its children. This is not a way
of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war,
it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron."
--President Dwight Eisenhower, Attribution
Bush election plans
Iraq's election body has rejected a suggestion
in Washington it adjust the results of next month's vote to
benefit the Sunni minority if low turnout in Sunni
areas means Shi'ites win an exaggerated majority in the
new assembly. Speaking of ''unacceptable'' interference,
Electoral Commission spokesman Farid Ayar
said on Sunday: 'Who wins, wins. That is the way
it is. That is the way it will be in the election.'"
Bush doesn't do "Who
All Bush knows is what he wants he gets - because nobody dares
to stand up to him.
Where are our modern day Washingtons and Jeffersons?
Why should we have to settle for losers and whiners like Kerry and Daschle?
saw it on freewayblogger.com
"I was obviously concerned that issues like Abu Ghraib
could hurt our standing and
our ability to support our values abroad. But
I found that the American experience
and American ideals still were very powerful
almost everywhere I went. People
realized we are not perfect, but it did
not undermine our credibility."
--Lorne Craner, president of
the International Republican Institute, whoring lies for Bush,
world has forgiven him for invading Iraq and killing 100,000 civilians Attribution
Subject: I subscribed as soon
as I could
Well, Bart -- I could honestly say that your latest
edition was so powerful
that i could no longer resist subscribing -- and
it would be true.
But -- even truer is that the only reason I have
not done so up to now is
because I haven't been able to pay for it, because
money is so very tight.
The minute I had cash that didn't have an immediate
purpose, I sent it to you.
Ka-ching ka-ching -- I am smiling broadly because
I know it's gone to a place
that matters, and that my small contribution is
going to yield the most excellent
dividends possible. What a small price to
pay for truth!....
Again, dear Bart, from a longtime reader -- I
waited ONLY until I had the cash.
I hope with it I can buy a tiny bit of steel to
help build the HAMMER!
Sorry to go gooey on you, Bart, but, by golly,
you're the guy who has always
given stuff to me STRAIGHT up. And when we
disagree -- you make me THINK!
I like that.
Your pal always -- and hoping you will feel free
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if you enjoy them --
Chookie, thanks - and you do great work.
I'm going to be running Bush-chimp pictures for a long time :)
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to break promise of Social Security
by Helen Thomas, the last honest reporter in Washington DC
Bush has been fixated on Social Security since
he first took office and has been determined to chip away
at the government role. His re-election and the
Republican majority in Congress have galvanized him into action.
Republicans have tried to scare young people by
telling them that their Social Security checks won't be there
when they become eligible to collect benefits.
Now Bush is falsely proclaiming that there is a financial "crisis"
in Social Security. If he repeats that often enough,
he may convince people that the program is on the rocks
-- just as he successfully led the nation into
war under the fallacy that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction
and ties to the al-Qaida terrorist network."
"God or Darwin? I definitely would prefer to believe
that God created me than
that I'm 50th cousin to a silverback ape. What's
wrong with wanting our children
to hear about all the holes in the theory of
Myers, fighting science and logic with fear, ignorance and superstition, Attribution
soldier body count in Iraq
1306, 1321, 1324,
1325, dead heroes under Bush
Bush and his friends are getting rich off
That bothers me.
It would bother the GOP - if they had hearts.
Kill 23,700 in Nine Countries
It's the first non-Bush disaster in a long time
Hundreds of children were buried in mass graves
in India, and morgues and hospitals struggled
to cope with the catastrophe. Somalia reported
hundreds of deaths, some 3,000 miles away from
the earthquake that sent tsunamis raging across
the Indian Ocean.
The International Red Cross reported 23,700 deaths
and expressed concern about waterborne
diseases like malaria and cholera. Jan Egeland,
the U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator, said millions
of people were effected - by lost homes, polluted
drinking water, destroyed sanitation - and that
the cost of the damage would "probably be many
billions of dollars."
"We cannot fathom the cost of these poor societies and
the nameless fishermen and fishing villages
and so on that have just been wiped out. Hundreds
of thousands of livelihoods have gone," he told reporters.
...and we can't help much because Bush has bankrupted America by giving
everything to the super-rich.
You have two minutes to record your message.
Subject: Further proof the US
cares squat about the Darkies (WaHoPo)
Could this story be any more disgusting? My
fave lines: "U.S. officials said that they wanted to warn
the countries but that there was no mechanism
to do so." "If authorities had had the opportunity to move
people even a few hundred yards inland, many people
would have been saved, Bernard said."
S o, at 8 PM Saturday night, the US knew that moving
people a couple hundred yards inland would have
saved many lives, but had no way to tell anyone.
Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India, etc. all have ambassadors
in the US. What, they couldn't find the phone number?
Was Google broken? *sigh* I hate this place.
Please keep swinging the hammer, Bart.
Tsunamis' Toll Might Have Been
Experts Cite Lack of Warning System
Annika, warning southern Asia of those tsunamis wouldn't put a single
dollar in Bush's pocket
and there's no oil he can steal from those countries...so why should he
Christmas Eve, I made a list of 25-30 friends and pillars to call
and wish a Merry Christmas.
I only made it 1/3 way thru, because sometimes
conversations can go on...
I talked to Cathy in Ely, MN. I asked about
the weather - she said it was 35 below zero the night before.
We talked for a bit, then I called Dean in West
Palm Beach. He seemed really glad to hear from me.
I asked him about the weather and he said it was
a cool 70 degrees and raining. I told him I just talked
to a lady where it was 105 degrees colder, so he
shouldn't complain :)
We talked about meeting last April when we did
BartCop Pokerfest Palm Beach.
Dean offered to be our guide to the mansions on
Palm Beach, which included Rush's home,
and I was looking forward to that, but by the time
I figured out the West Palm Beach map
while they were under highway construction in the
rain, it was too late for the tour, so Dean
met me at the motel pool where we had a Pepsi and
a Dr. Pepper and talked politics.
Dean knew the history of West Palm Beach and it
was fascinating to hear his stories.
Then, the clouds thickened and it began to rain.
I said goodbye to Dean and it was off to the Pokerfest
on the Palm Beach Princess.
We talked a time or two since, and then I called
him Christmas Eve,
We talked for 20 minutes about Randi Rhodes and
Kerry and a dozen other topics.
He said he couldn't talk longer, because he was
getting dressed for an evening event at his church.
I wished him a Merry Christmas and continued with
Well, Dean never made it to church, and his friends
and family became concerned and
they went to his place and found him. The doctors
guessed he died between 6 and 9 PM.
It's possible that ours was the last conversation
His family sent me an e-mail, and my heart just
The first thing I wanted to do was get on a plane
and fly to Las Vegas and have a good time,
because none of us knows when our last day will
arrive. I fought off that temptation.
And while we're on this subject, have you told
anyone in your family to contact others if
something were to happen to you? Most of
us only know each other thru e-mails or the chat room.
You wouldn't want to just disappear one day and
leave us all wondering, would you?
I'm very grateful to Dean's family contacting me
with the sad news.
From his family:
Dean's service will be on Saturday, we think
at about 1:00pm.
The funeral home is Quattlebaum in West Palm
Beach and there will be a wake for him on Friday.
Dean was not married, and never had been. He
is survived by his father, mother, his younger sister Amy
and her new fiance Erik. Amy got engaged
on December 18 and Dean helped throw a big Christmas party
so that her fiance could propose in front of all
their family and friends. Dean was SO HAPPY that night.
He was planning on giving her away.
He was 36 years old. He suffered from gout, severe
back problems, and he had a heart condition.
In his early 20's he had countless seizures with
no etiology, and then they just stopped.
Amy, his sister, believes his health troubles were
because he was conceived during a short leave his father had
during the Vietnam war and his father was heavily
exposed to agent orange, and suffers from it to this day.
So remember, it's important to have a good time every
day, and if there's something important that you
need to do, or something important that you need
to say to somebody, do it right now - while you have the chance.
Dean, here's a shot of Chinaco to you, Dude.
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