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1682 - Mxyzptlk
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"As you can probably see I was injured myself,
at the hospital but in combat with
a cedar. I eventually won."
-- Dubya, joking about getting wounded clearing brush on his fake ranch
with amputee soldiers, Link
by Anthony Fenton & Dennis Bernstein as seen on consortiumnews.com
The independence of American journalism -- how
free it is from government influence and control
-- has emerged as a troubling issue in recent
years. The Bush administration has admitted to paying
some commentators, such as Armstrong Williams,
to promote government policies. In other cases,
pro-Republican groups have planted "journalists,"
such as Jeff Gannon, inside the press corps to pose
friendly questions to Republicans.
Major U.S. news organizations, including the New
York Times, also have had to grapple with star
reporters, like Judith Miller, who shed professional
skepticism and parroted administration propaganda
as news. A similar issue has now arisen in Haiti,
where a stringer for the Times and the Associated Press
appears to have done work for the U.S.-funded
National Endowment for Democracy. After the story
broke, the AP severed its relationship with the
stringer and the Times is investigating.
Note: consortiumnews.com is the most important site on
Named Iraq Oil Minister
He's back in the BFEE saddle again
As a fuel crisis deepened in Iraq, the government
mean Cheney) sacked its oil minister for Ahmed
whose poor performance in the Dec. 15 elections
was a setback in his recent attempt at political rehabilitation.
The previous oil minister, Ibrahim Uloom, was
shot in the head and buried in a shallow grave just outside Mazul.
He had previously threatened to resign over the
government's recent decision to increase gasoline prices sharply,
a move that outraged Cheney and Der Monkey and
sparked attacks on gas stations and fuel convoys.
I guess they figured they could steal more with Chalabi.
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back to opium
We grow it there so we don't have to grow it here
For three years Gulam Gul has been growing wheat,
rice, radishes and cauliflower -- anything but the opium
that his family once depended on. The work
is hard (It's hard work!) and his income too low to support his
13 dependents, and he is planning a career change
-- to merchant in a bazaar.
"When I was growing opium, for one season I was
earning 200,000 rupees (3,345 dollars). Now I get 60,000
rupees for one season," Gul says in his field
on the outskirts of Jalalabad, where the Pakistani rupee is commonly used.
He and other farmers ripped up their opium poppies
because the government ordered a halt to growing opium,
which makes up more than 85 percent of the world's
total and is used to make heroin.
by long-time Bush lover Andrew Sullivan
The wiretaps were restricted — or at least we
are told they are restricted — to domestic recipients of
foreign phone calls, and so could be viewed as
falling within the remit of the president's foreign policy,
rather than his domestic one. They are also unobjectionable
to most Americans. A recent poll showed
64% were fine with wiretapping Americans if they
might have contacts with terrorists abroad.
When the news broke before Christmas, the administration
quickly explained that it avoided the court
because speed was of the essence in fighting
terrorism. But the court was set up to examine such taps
retroactively if necessary and presented no impediment
to quick monitoring of possible terrorist communication.
So what was going on? Why not simply ask Congress
in the days after 9/11 to adjust the law?
Or use the same court previous presidents had?
The answer has to do with the Vietnam syndrome.
No, I don't mean the idea that the Vietnam war
traumatised America so deeply that it deterred
the use of military force for a generation. I mean the
other Vietnam syndrome: the one held by conservatives
who were outraged by the way in which
Congress challenged the president in that previous
war and are determined to restore presidential
power to its pre-Vietnam
Wow! If Andrew Sullivan leaves Bush, the president's in real trouble.
Bush's never had a Top as loyal as Andrew.
Subject: USA won't elect a woman
I hate to say it but USA! ain't gonna elect a
I can still remember Geraldine Ferraro in '84.
All the shit about PMS, blah, blah, blah.
The good old boys in the red states just won't
I hope you save this and forward it back to me,
Jan 20, 2009.
With regards to your two stipulations, I think
our most "electable" candidate has yet to emerge
(Think Bill Clinton circa 1990) and, no, I have
never taken money from the Republican Party.
RW, if the GOP goes with Kinda Sleazy, America won't have a choice.
"We must never tolerate one law for the Ruler,
and another for the Ruled."
-- Henry Hyde, back when the president was Democrat
Henry, where are you?
Isn't it time to speak up?
It was a dark & dreary Christmas, because the Dallas Cowboys won.
But it's a bright and sunny New Year because the Rams had Cowboy Soup.
Info Iraq Had No WMD
A new book describes how the CIA recruited an
Iraqi-American anesthesiologist in 2002 to
obtain information from her brother, who was
a figure in Saddam Hussein's nuclear program.
Dr. Sawsan Alhaddad of Cleveland made the dangerous
trip to Iraq on the CIA's behalf. The book said her
brother was stunned by her questions about the
nuclear program because — he said — it had been dead for a decade.
New York Whore Times reporter James Risen uses
the anecdote to illustrate how the CIA ignored information
that Iraq no longer had WMDs. His book,
"State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration"
describes secret operations of the Bush administration's
war on terrorism.
Gee - we're all so shocked.
You mean Bush took us to war just so he could steal Saddam's oil?
The cat said "meow" and the cow said "moo?"
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"I don't know of any legal basis to go around
the FISA court. There may be some, but I'm not
aware of it. And here's the concern
I have. We can't become an outcome-based democracy.
Even in a time of war, you have to
follow the process, because democracy is about a process."
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-Whore),
Lindsey, you impeached the last president who you thought broke
What's stopping you this time?
Will anybody hold Bush accountable when he brings
a lot of troops home just before the 2006 elections?
If he can bring them home right before an election,
doesn't that mean they don't need to be there now?
Note: I just realized how stupid that first sentence was - sorry.
Caught in gratuitous and illegal spying on American
citizens, the Bush administration has defended its illegal activity
and set the Justice (sic) Department on the trail
of the person or persons who informed the New York Times of
Bush's violation of law. Note the astounding
paradox: The Bush administration is caught red-handed in blatant
illegality and responds by trying to arrest the
patriot who exposed the administration's illegal behavior.
Bush has actually declared it treasonous to reveal
his illegal behavior! His propagandists, who masquerade as news
organizations, have taken up the line: To reveal
wrong-doing by the Bush administration is to give aid and comfort to the
Compared to Spygate, Watergate was a kindergarden
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caves to Catholics
Did Comedy Central grant the Catholic League
its Christmas wish?
Following the Dec. 7 season finale of South Park,
titled "Bloody Mary," the Catholic League
for Religious and Civil Rights slammed the network
for its irreverent portrayal of church icons
and sought to block the episode from being rebroadcast.
It appears the group may have met with success.
A repeat of the finale was scheduled to air
Wednesday night, but was pulled from the Comedy
Central lineup without explanation.
Once you cave in, you cave in again and again.
What's next - Jon Stewart has to be nice to Bush?
Bart, I thought you would enjoy my letter that
was printed in the Press Democrat,
which is essentially the only daily paper in
Unfettered by law
EDITOR: Apparently, I missed the coronation,
for surely we are now ruled by
King George Bush, a monarch, unfettered by the
rules of law that govern the rest of us.
When Bill Clinton was being impeached, the right
thundered that it wasn't about sex at all
but about lying, and no one could be allowed
to be above the law, especially not the president.
I mean, what would we tell the children?
Where are those voices now that the president
has declared that he can ignore any laws that he does not like?
"This is a limited program designed to prevent
attacks. It seems logical to me that if we know
there's a phone number associated with
al Qaeda or an al Qaeda affiliate, and they're making
phone calls, it makes sense to find
-- Der Monkey, Link
"Isn't it inappropriate for the administration
to be talking about this while there's
an ongoing investigation? Seems I heard
-- Digby, Link
Off The Legs Till You're Sure
Are Past Regenerating Age
It's a stretch, but say Hillary is Jesse Owens
& Gdub is Hitler.
Make it farther fetched, put JC on the sideline
100 meters out
and Der Fuhrer in the blocks.
On your mark? Set.
Subject: Serious question
Do you think you will ever do a page that is fair
If not, why not?
Carson, Monkey Master General
I don't know how I could be more fair.
I print some news, my opinion of it and as much challenge-mail as I
You've probably had a dozen letters printed here, maybe more,
but there's no
right-wing site where the boss will print MY e-mail and then respond
The difference is I'm not afraid of the truth. Republicans can't do
a web site like
bartcop.com because their beliefs can't stand any
sunlight. That's why Bush pays
people to agree with him - because they won't do it unless they get
paid to do it.
How many guys run GOP web sites out there - a few thousand?
Why do none of them have the courage to defend their beliefs?
Der Monkey won't appear anywhere unless he gets to hand-pick the audience.
His policies are so flawed, he can only take questions from Bush-lovers.
My policies are rock-solid and can stand any assault from anybody.
It's easy when the truth is on your side.
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Loses Job for Talking about Peace
I want to share my story with you. It has been
gaining more and more attention
as the judge decides whether to grant a jury
trial in federal court March 6, 2006.
My case is important not just to me but to classroom
teachers and professors
across the country. At stake here is freedom
of speech in the classroom.
Seems like we hardly ever hear the words "New Orleans" anymore.
Bush doesn't care.
The networks have moved on...
Yet we still have over 6,000 people missing or dead, but a truthful
accounting of Katrina might make Bush look bad, so the media drops
There's what, 100,000 people still homeless?
To me, the big event of '05 was George Bush demonstrating
that the Era of Small Lies is over.
But not small thinking. Isn't it stupid that he
always has to try to appoint a Texan to everything?
Attorney General, Supreme Court, education...is
Texas where the great minds all are now and I missed it?
I would take some pride in saying "I told you
so" to the people who just this year realized
what a bonehead he is, but it was so fucking
obvious from the beginning that I just can't!
Maybe next election, people will start to think,
who gives a damn if I want to have a beer with this guy?
Year of Revelation?
In last year's New Year's column, I wrote:
"If 2003 was the year of the liar, and 2004
the year of the war criminal,
then let 2005 be the year of justice. That
is not a prediction, but only a hope."
It is a hope that, if not yet fulfilled, is at
least now well within sight: the indictment of Scooter Libby,
signals a sea change in the political atmosphere
in this country, one that has put the War Party on the
defensive, albeit not yet thrown them into total
retreat. The gang that lied us into war is getting its
comeuppance, and all I can say to that is: how
sweet it is!
Today, the smoking gun we're looking for is one
connecting this administration to any number
of crimes committed by public officials as they
dragged us down the road to war.
"This needs to be investigated, because whoever
leaked this information
has done the U.S. and its national
security a great disservice."
-- Mitch McConnell (R-Whore) pretending Osama had no idea Bush could listen
to phone calls Link
Subject: Dick Clark
Someone should tell these geezers who have been
on TV for 100 years that *it's ok to retire*,
especially if you've had a stroke that left you
looking and sounding like crap.
You know, you've had a great life, made millions,
entertained people for three generations,
it's time to bow out with whatever grace and
dignity you've got left! Don't linger, don't hold on
with your grubby paws, trying to squeeze that
last bit of adulation out of the crowd and that last
paycheck, you're rich enough already.
If your ego is so massive that you've just gotta
have that one last hurrah, just ask yourself if it will
matter once you're six feet under. And
by all means, don't try to ram your trembling, dribbling
tongue down the throat of the poor unsuspecting
woman while the camera's rolling!!
Do stroke victims hear themselves as they really
Did Dick Clark's friends and relatives tell him,
Iraq pumps 2,000,000 barrels a day,
(and that was before the 2002 Halliburton Upgrade)
times today's oil price which is
$61.04 a barrel
Bush stole just yesterday
2180 have died for Halliburton
'cargo shipments' since last issue.
Bush's gusher of blood.
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"If leaking classified info is such a big deal,
then when is Karl Rove being fired?
Seriously. When is Karl being fired?
Or is it only a crime to leak when
it proves that Bush is committing a felony?"
-- John Aravosis, Link
If Times editors hoped the brief mention of the
one-year delay and the omitted sensitive information
would assure readers that great caution had been
exercised in publishing the article, I think they miscalculated.
The mention of a one-year delay, almost in passing,
cried out for a fuller explanation. And the gaps left by the
explanation hardly matched the paper's recent
bold commitments to readers to explain how news decisions are made.
At the very least, The Times should have told
readers in the article why it could not address specific issues.
At least some realization of this kicked in rather
quickly after publication. When queried by reporters for other
news media on Dec. 16, Mr. Keller offered two
prepared statements that shed some additional light on the
timing and handling of the article.
almost killed U2
Bono said Saturday that his commitment to campaigning
against poverty caused tensions within U2.
He said that at one point he feared his commitment
to the anti-poverty cause might force him out of the band.
"They are hugely supportive spiritually and financially,
but they are in a rock 'n 'roll band, and the first job of a
rock 'n 'roll band is not to be dull," Bono said,
"So we have to be very careful about just letting me go too far."
"There was one point when I thought, 'I'm going
to be thrown out of the band for this stuff.'"
Yeah, if U2 could get a front man with charisma,
they could be big.
hotter than Charlize?
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