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Thursday   Jan 5, 2006   Volume 1684 - Brokeback Monkey 

Quote of the Day

"The truly amazing thing about this is that he's 
  had to do this to get past a Senate where his party 
  has a 6 seat majority. God, this guy is a tyrant."
     -- falcone1204, on Dubya's 17 recess appointments,  Link

In Today's Tequila Treehouse...
The Hariri Hit
What Torture Ban? 
Sharon near Death 
The Corrupt GOP 
Bush vs Amanpour
CIA-Iran Trickery
Mine Warnings? 
College Football
Olivia Wilde in 'Skin' 




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Breaking News

Another five U.S. soldiers killed by roadside bomb in Baghdad.


"The enemy that struck on 9/11 is weakened and fractured yet it is still lethal and 
  planning to hit us again. Either we are serious about fighting this war or we are not."
       -- Dick Cheney, on why they went after Saddam's oil instead of Osama,   Link


Elusive Truth Behind the Hariri Hit
  by Robert Parry   as seen on consortiumnews.com


A rushed United Nations probe  of the Feb. 14, 2005, assassination of Lebanon's former
Prime Minister Rafik Hariri sacrificed accuracy for speed, leaving the mystery in such disarray
that the truth may never be known. But encouraging progress has been made in tracking the 
bomb-laden truck, which was reported stolen in Japan before winding its way through the Middle East.

Note: consortiumnews.com  is the most important site on the Internet.


Bypassing the Torture Ban 


When Bush signed the bill outlawing the torture of detainees, he quietly reserved the right 
to bypass the law under his powers as commander in chief.

After approving the bill last Friday, Bush issued a "signing statement" - an official document in which 
a president lays out his interpretation of a new law - declaring that he will view the interrogation limits 
in the context of his broader powers to protect national security. This means Bush believes he can 
waive the restrictions, the White House and legal specialists said.

"The executive branch shall construe [the law] in a manner consistent with the constitutional authority 
of the President . . . as Commander in Chief," Bush wrote, adding that this approach "will assist in 
achieving the shared objective of the Congress and the President . . . of protecting the American 
people from further terrorist attacks."

Some legal specialists said yesterday that the president's signing statement, which was posted on the 
White House website but had gone unnoticed over the New Year's weekend, raises serious questions 
about whether he intends to follow the law.

A senior administration official, who spoke to a Globe reporter about the statement on condition of 
anonymity because he is not an official spokesman, said the president intended to reserve the right 
to use harsher methods in special situations involving national security. 

So - like the Fourth Amendment and the Constitution in general, 
if Bush decides the law doesn't apply to him - he just breaks it.

                                   "That's OK with us!"


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Sharon near Death
 History is changing before our eyes


Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered a massive, life-threatening stroke Wednesday
and underwent lengthy surgery to drain blood from his brain after falling ill at his ranch. 
Powers were transferred to his deputy, Ehud Olmert.   Israel Radio quoted an unidentified 
Israeli health official as saying that Sharon's prospects of a full recovery were slim.

Doctors placed Sharon on a respirator and were trying to save his life only hours before he 
was to undergo a procedure to seal a hole in his heart that contributed to a mild stroke on Dec. 18.

Arafat died what, 16 months ago?
Now Sharon is dying.

Who will replace the radicals?
Will they be more or less radical?


Subject: I've had it

Hi Bart
I've supported your website - I totally agree with your political outlook - but I am ready to just say 
FUCK these morons who keep electing Republicans. Tomorrow I am going to go select my new 
Mercedes Benz - but I see assholes driving 20 year old pick-up trucks with Bush Stickers!  

If the idiots that should be supporting the Democrats won't do so--I have to question why I do 
since their ignorance only hurts them and gives me bigger tax deductions!  I have a lot of friends 
who do well and are thinking the same way!  I know I could never EVER vote for a RETHUG
--but I just had to vent!


It's amazing how people refuse to vote their wallet.
People in the poorest states support Bush's tax cut for the super-rich the most.

If only we could get a Democrat to explain it to them...



"I find that the outrage I should feel at the many and various lies of Bush, the GOP in general 
  and their lapdog poodle Tony Blur, instead is a dull and generalised ache of discontent. I am so 
  overloaded by scandal, lies and totalitarianism that my outrage has been burned out. I have 
  Lying Bastard Fatigue...Lying Bastard Fatigue - it's insidious, pernicious and dulls the senses. 
  I resolve, this New Year, to fight back and to beat it."  
       -- Cernig,   Link


Gates vs Jobs

In Vegas, for the big electronics show, Bill Gates had Justin whatshisname 
drop by to give his new online music downloading service "Urge" some publicity.

On a different stage nearby, Steve Jobs had Bono stop by to give iPod a boost.

By the way, is Timberwood still in the music business?

How chivalrous it was for him to stick Janet Jackson with all that blame
in the almost-destroyed-America breast-baring "debacle" at the Super Bowl.


Abramoff Exposes Corrupt GOP
Be sure and get Tom DeLay, too


The biggest corruption scandal to infect Congress in a generation took down one of the best-connected 
lobbyists in Washington yesterday. The questions echoing around the capital were what other careers
-- and what other familiar ways of doing business -- are endangered. Jack Abramoff represented the 
most flamboyant and extreme example of a brand of influence trading that flourished after the Republican 
takeover of the House of Representatives 11 years ago. Now, some GOP strategists fear that the fallout 
from his case could affect the party's efforts to keep control in the November midterm elections.

Frog march, frog march, frog march, frog march, frog march, frog march, frog march... 


Subject: Dick Clark

Bart, darling,

If Dick wanted to be on Times Square, for whatever reason, I say: "Go For It Dick!"  
Kids need to know that people do survive a stroke, they don't have to be sent to an 
old age home, and they can still be an object of respect and admiration.
What guts it must have taken to get out there - I was very impressed by his bravado as a matter of fact.

That's what it's all about Bart, respect.  
Sally P
(Love you :)

Sally, you say that was about courage and respect?
He could've done an interview with Diane Sawyer or Barbara Walters and explained what
happened and how he came back and done a lot more to educate people about strokes.

As long as you realize he made millions of dollars from his bravery, I'm cool.


 Chapter Thirteen

Today: Tom Bishop

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"What should we wish for 2006? Courage. Courage for each and every one of us to stand up 
  and take our country back, either with or without the Democratic leaders whose appeasement 
  of Republican Evil has led us our country to the precipice where we stand today. In fact, our 
  country's current sad state of affairs can be laid squarely not at the feet of the Republicans 
  who have led us down this path, but at the feet of the Democrats who have not stood up and 
  stopped the destruction of our country."  
    -- James Boyce,  sounding like Bartcop circa 2003   Link


Random Thought...

 Is it safe to assume the Democrats will cave on Alito?


Will Marc Perkel run for Congress?


Did Castro kill JFK?


A new documentary slated to run on German TV this Friday uncovers new evidence that Lee Harvey Oswald 
murdered President Kennedy on behalf of Fidel Castro. The film also claims that the KGB recommended Oswald 
to Havana as the man for the job.

A second documentary provides what its producers believe is the strongest evidence yet linking Castro. 
It also provides a motive -- sources claim that retaliation for several foiled assassination attempts plotted 
by JFK's brother, then-attorney general Robert Kennedy, against Castro.


Subject: BFEE Poker

Dude, you got A-10 suited against 2-7 unsuited, so you decide to go all in.

But this admin is one who would call you and get 2-2-A on the flop, 
get another 10 on the turn courtesy of MSGOP and CNN, then have another ace 
on the river only to have FOX News tell everyone it was a 7 and before you can 
do anything about it, everyone is saying you lost and it's time to move on. 

We ain't up against the player across from us.
We are up against the crooked dealer too.

Dude, good point.
It wouldn't hurt for ther Democrats to address the Diebold problem,
but that would require planning and a desire to win, so don't look for it.

And yes, the networks will do all they can to prop up the evil bastard.

Yesterday, MSGOP kept saying that WVA mine had "several" safety violations.
The number I'm hearing is over 200 - is over 200 "several?"

They'll do anything to help Bush.



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Tulsa Pastor Gay Sex Scandal


An executive committee member of the Southern Baptist Convention was arrested on a lewdness charge 
for propositioning a plainclothes policeMAN outside a hotel, police said.   Lonnie Latham, senior pastor at 
South Tulsa Baptist Church, was booked into Oklahoma County Jail Tuesday night on a misdemeanor charge 
of offering to engage in an act of lewdness.  Latham, who has spoken out against homosexuality, asked the officer 
to join him in his hotel room for oral sex...When he left jail, he said: 'I was set up. I was in the area pastoring to police.'"


Subject: Dick Clark

I have no doubts about it. Dick Clark exploited...himself.

Think about it. Clark's been in TV for ages.  Remember when he was called 
"the world's oldest teenager" when he had hosted "American Bandstand" for decades? 
He knows hype, and he was perfectly willing to hype himself.

Did everyone forget the logo at the end of the broadcast - Dick Clark Productions? 
Who was supposed to be exploiting him, if not himself? 

I agree, assuming he's in command.
He was maximizing shock to maximize profits.
That's not a nice way to treat his fans.

A surgeon wrote and said:  "I saw Dick Clark on New Year's Eve and he sounded 
awful and looked off.  Kudos to him for coming back from a stroke, but I really 
don't want to see him next year.  When did 'retire' get to be a bad thing?" 

Frankly, I was less disappointed in Clark's appearance than in Hillary Duff's. 
She was wearing these tight, strapless dresses in order to say, 
"Hey, look, I'm not a teenager any more. Give me some adult roles, already. 
What do I have to do, get naked and do Brian Seacrest on that ABC News desk?"

(Hint to Hillary; if you want to be considered an adult, try getting something better 
to sing than those bland bubble-gum ballads. Do anything else; learn how to belt a 
Broadway show-stopper, sing some low-down blues, play a psycho killer in a TV.

Again, you are correct.
I get a weird Jon Benet vibe from The Duffster.
Her target audience seems to be very young girls, maybe 9 years old or so.
Why can't she sing songs about her age own group?

A few weeks ago, she and Lindsay Lohan sang on the same awards show.
Duff did her "I'm only ten years old" impression but at least Lohan aimed for adults.

Besides, Duff's a big Bush fan, so she's a loser in my book, anyway.




"Bartcop's always been a littlw wacky.  My theory is he's been sniffing glue or he's been bought off.  
  The open hypocrisy of his position on Mrs Clinton who I really don't find all so intolerable, is so 
  completely off the mark that I gotta wonder if someone hasn't agreed to pay for his chemo in exchange 
  for a little hammer service.  Of course, a more realistic assesment is (Wonder why he didn't start with 
  the realistic assesment instead of the cheap shot?)  that he's a surly curmudgeon who's just damn tired 
  of losing and is willing to try a Hail Mary pass."
         -- "Bucky" on a Democratic Underground Forum   Link

 They really, really hate Hillary on the DU Forums.
 Reading the glee in their hate speech makes me think they'd sooner vote for Rush or Bush
 They also can't believe my "idiocy" about Hillary being the front-runner.
 They want to know "in which alternative universe is that true?"

 Gee, I'm so old, I remember when being 30 points ahead of your nearest challenger (43-14 for Kerry) 
 made you the favorite, but I guess the rules are different on the Democratic Underground Forums

 Too bad they're not able to find their way over here - to bartcop.com 


CIA Gave Iran Bomb Plans, Book Says


In a clumsy effort to sabotage Iran's nuclear program, the CIA in 2004 intentionally handed Tehran 
some top-secret bomb designs laced with a hidden flaw that U.S. officials hoped would doom any weapon 
made from them, according to a new book about the U.S. intelligence agency.

But the Iranians were tipped to the scheme by the Russian defector hired by the CIA to deliver the plans 
and may have gleaned scientific information useful for designing a bomb, writes New York Times reporter 
James Risen in "State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration."

The clandestine CIA effort was just one of many alleged intelligence failures during Bush II, according to the book.

Risen also cites intelligence gaffes that fueled the Bush administration's case for war against Saddam, 
spawned a culture of torture throughout the U.S. military and encouraged the rise of heroin cultivation 
and trafficking in postwar Afghanistan.


Subject: Comedy Central vs Catholics

I detect a double standard here.  
If NBC broadcast a satirical show which denigrated gays, the GLBT army 
would be mobilized, and NBC would be bashed for "hate speech".  

And yet, Catholics and Christians in general are not allowed (by liberals, anyway) 
to defend their dignity and preserve the sanctity of our beliefs.


Dude, that was a decent e-mail.
No screaming, no cursing - I didn't even use the Monkey Mail sign this time.
Good for you.

You might even have a point - I don't have time to think about it.
My point is, if you cave for the Catholics on Monday, then you might cave for the Arabs 
on Tuesday, then cave for the blind on Wednesday and pretty soon everything's off limits.

Plus, it might've been smarter to leave it alone.
I don't regularly watch South Park, but now I want to see that episode.


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Bush blew off Mine Warnings
 It's cheaper to ignore the health and safety issues


The tragic news about the death of 12 mine workers this week has brought up questions about the Bush 
administration's record protecting mine workers. Back in 2002, I was working for the House Appropriations 
Committee. At the time, you may recall there was a big mining accident in Western Pennsylvania. Bush held a 
big photo-op to pretend like he cared - but he never responded to the fact sheet that House Democrats put out 
questioning why he had made so many cuts to mine safety programs.  It was released to the media and the 
administration on August 5, 2002 - the same day Bush did his big photo-op.

If I heard Randi Rhodes correctly, Bush's people fired the Mining Safety expert with 20 year's experiance 
afterclaiming he was off $28 on his expense vouncher and in his place, they put a friendly coal lobbyist.
So the rules got relaxed enough that thisparticular mine had 205 safety violations in 2005.

Just like Katrine - deny all funding for safety and back-up systems, then act surprised when it crashes.
That's how the BFEE works.
Dismantle all safety precautions and then warn, "Don't play the blame game" when the people die. 

If only the Democrats could make a issue out of the blatantly obvious crimes here.



I'm flying out of Knuckledrag today to visit some doctors who believe in science.
Oklahoma doctors seem to be exclusively "Trust in God" doctors, and I don't.

Back soon.


College Football

Yesterday she calls from work, and says, "What about dinner?"
I said, "It's the middle of summer, why don't we cook out?"

So I got some ground chuck and some wheat buns and fired up the $12 grill from Wal-Mart
and I stood on the patio in our backyard, in a t-shirt, shorts and no shoes - in f-ing January
and I grilled some fine, fine burgers that we could munch on while watching the big game.
(Lord, did you decide to skip winter this year?)

This was the BIG game, for all the marbles, Southern Cal vs Texas.
As a general rule, I'm a big fan of whatever team is playing any team from Texas.
So we decided we'd root for Southern Cal.

Keith Jackson and Dan Fouts kept whining about how "super" and "spectacular" and "unreal," and 
"magical" and "machinelike-precision" and too-perfect-for-words" SoCal was, and it pissed me off.

Again and again, time after time,
over and over, again and again, 
time after time, over and over,
they kept insisting, 
again and again, time after time, 
over and over that SoCal as a team was the "Tiger Woods of College Football," 
...and it was making me sick ...so I did something ...wrong.

In the second quarter, I started rooting for Texas.

You gotta understand - I HATE Texas, but Jackson and Fouts were 
going on and on, again and again, 
time after time, over and over, on and on, 
again and again, timer after time, over and over about SoCal 
and how impossibly perfect and invincible they were.

It reminded me of today's talk radio - they were so blantantly unfair.
The SoCal back would "barrel thru the line for three," while the Texas back, "somehow, came up with twelve."

The Texas back "got caught," while the SoCal back, "just missed out on lightning!"
Just quessing - does Keith Jackson call all the games for SoCal?

Every story was about the sainted history of SoCal's greatness, and how they deserved it,
and the whole time, I'm looking at the damn TV and the damn score is just 7 to damn 3.

The Texas quarterback, Vince Young, had a good game. 
I think he ran for 200 yards.
Repeat: I think the Texas quarterback ran for 200 yards.
I'm old, and I've never seen that before.

He might've had the best game a college quarterback ever had in a modern championship game.
He was Michael Jordan - tall praise, indeed - he just refused to be denied this victory.

Once, early in the game, he dropped back to pass, right?
A linebacker was barreling toward him at light speed and I'm thinking "He's cooked," but at the last second, 
he sidestepped the guy like way a damn matador would a bull - I never saw that move before, either.
Besides his Jordanesque skills, you know what really impressed me?
He ran for three touchdowns, (467 total yards!) and each time, he politely tossed the ball to the ref.

He gave a clinic on how to win the national championship with class.

...but that's the last nice thing I'll say about an athlete from Texas.



"I'd like to put this personally, if I can. You're a grandfather. I'm a father. When we look at those girls 
and we think that the country we're about to pass to them is a country where the Vice President can't say 
whether or not we have secret prisons around the world, whether water-boarding and mock executions is 
consistent with our values, and a country where the government is surveilling Americans without the 
warrant of a court - is that the country we want to pass on to them?"  
     --Terry Moran, to Dick Cheney on ABC's Nightline, "Ashamed of Cheney's America", 

I wonder where Moran works now...?


Subject: Alito

The Alito vote is as big as it gets-corporatism for decades is on the line. 

So how is Hillary going to vote (as if we didn't know)? 
Oh, I forgot-the world could be under water, 
but the most important thing is to let Hillary run in 2008. 

Do you believe in Tinkerbell?

John, I detect a whif of sarcasm in your question.

I predict Hillary will vote against the woman-hating, choice-killing bastard,
but some other senator needs to filibuster his ass back to where he came from.

Of course I believe in Tinkerbell.
I have no logical choice but to believe in all beings who exist. 


"I'm rich, bee-yotch!"

 Iraq pumps 2,000,000 barrels a day,
(and that was before the 2002 Halliburton Upgrade)
 times today's oil price which is  $63.42 a barrel
makes $126,840,000 Bush stole just yesterday

2182 2187 have died for Halliburton

Five more  coffins circling the luggage carousel

Bush's gusher of blood.


Subject: Ed Shultz going after Murtha

Up in the top-right corner of Ed's website right now is a poll: 
"Do you agree or disagree with Big Eddie's take on Rep. Murtha's 
comment from "Nightline" stating he would not join the U.S. military today?"

Helpfully, he has a link to the audio where he goes after Murtha:

I'm listening to it now, and Ed's pissed about Murtha stating that Murtha wouldn't join the military today.  
He says the statement is going to draw fire on Democrats--more GOP ammo to say we're against the troops.

I think there's room for debate here on whether what Murtha said is right or wrong, and whether it hurts Dems 
more than it helps us.  Reasonable people can differ on this--I don't think it's black & white.  

Calling Ed a Republican plant for this one position is akin to abandoning Bartcop 
because we disagree with one thing you say.  And that neeeeever happens.

Jayson, *I* didn't call Ed Schultz anything.
I agree with Murtha - joining today is semi-suicidal.

From what I understand, Murtha's not leading the "Don't join," parade.
They just asked him if he'd join today and he said no.

I'll bet Big Ed's mail is blistering.


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Bush spied on CNN's Christiane Amanpour?


This is quite big. Note exactly what NBC said. - NBC did not say it pulled the references to Bush spying 
on Amanpour because it was inappropriate conjecture about something which Andrea Mitchell had no evidence.

No, NBC said it pulled the references because it was still investigating the accusation and didn't want to scoop 
itself before it was finished investigating. And make no mistake, NBC is 'continuing their inquiry.'"


Olivia Wilde returns in 'Skin'



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