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1690 - Tiddles
"The American taxpayer can't afford it."
-- Bush's answer to congress when they asked for another
to track down Al Qaeda's financial
dealings around the world
We can afford trillions for tax cuts for the super-rich but we
can't afford another $6M to track down Osama?
Bush doesn't want Osama caught.
of Preemption (Revisited)
by Sam Parry as seen on consortiumnews.com
On Martin Luther King Day 2006, Former VP Al
Gore warned against the authoritarianism of George W. Bush's
administration and called on Americans to rally
to protect their constitutional freedoms. In reaction, the RNC
mocked Gore as a showboat. The exchange reminded
us of a story we wrote in 2002 when Gore warned
against a "preemptive" invasion of Iraq and was
ridiculed. First published October 8, 2002
Note: consortiumnews.com is the most important site on
Changes May Squeeze Pensions
BFEE finds a new way to steal trillions
from the little guy
It may sound arcane, but a planned overhaul of
the way companies keep their books on pensions
and retiree health care plans could come at a
very real cost to workers counting on those benefits.
The changes — likely to begin by year's end —
come as a growing number of companies freeze pensions
and cut retiree health benefits, shifting risks
and costs to workers. In recent weeks, IBM and Verizon have
joined the list of those announcing they will
freeze their pension plans.
But some experts say new regulations requiring
companies to more accurately calculate and show the cost of
their retirement promises could speed up the
move by employers away from guaranteed pensions and other benefits.
It's only been a few months, but remember the
bartcop.com review of Cruise's War of the Worlds?
> F-ing please!
> How many "Rs"
are there in "super-retarded?"
> This movie is
the worst date movie of all time.
> ...who wants to
spend two hours in a hellhole of "all is screwed" with no chance to survive?
Doesn't Bush's Amerikkka seem a little like a never-ending War
of the Worlds movie?
Monsters steal our money,
monsters kill our kids,
monsters take away hope of things getting better?
Bush is a monster.
What if we refused to stand for that?
What if we refused to lie back and enjoy the rape they're putting on
What if we insisted that the Democrats do their damn jobs?
I hesitate to do this, and I'm speaking
"off the record," if you know what I mean,
but what if we didn't contribute
to the Democrtic Party until they showed some courage?
What if 100,000 people sent the Democrats an e-mail message, in one
day, that said,
"We won't contribute until you stand up."
(Here's where the anti-Bart's tell you I'm working for Bush.
Next monf, we celebrate ten years of busting fascist ass.
If I'm a GOP plant, that'd mean I have patience, right?
Have you ever known me to have patience?)
Bush is always talking about, "We'll stand
down, as the Iraqi Army stands up."
When, if ever, will the Democrats stand up?
In their fundraisers, Democrats say, "We need
your help to stop Bush,"
And then after they cash your check, they bend over and ask
George how he wants it this time.
I'm fed up - are you?
Court Upholds Oregon Suicide Law
Whore court rejects their master, and gets one right
The Supreme Court upheld Oregon's one-of-a-kind
physician-assisted suicide law Tuesday,
rejecting a Bush administration attempt to punish
doctors who help terminally ill patients die.
Justices, on a 6-3 vote, said that a federal drug
law does not override the 1997 Oregon law
used to end the lives of more than 200 seriously
ill people. Bush's new puppy, John Roberts
backed the Bush administration, dissenting for
the first time.
The administration improperly tried to use a drug
law to punish Oregon doctors who prescribe
lethal doses of prescription medicines, the court
The ruling was a reprimand to former Field Marshall
Otto Von Ashcroft, who in 2001 said that
doctor-assisted suicide is not a "legitimate
medical purpose" and that Oregon physicians would
be punished for helping people die under the
This is good news.
One never knows when one might need to take his/her
future into his/her own hands.
Subject: your new computer
How do you wear out so many computers?
I wear out mice and keyboards, not computers.
It's just that my old computer can't keep up with me.
The new computer was expensive, but I figured I was losing
too much time and money staring at the hourglass all day.
I got one of those do-two-things-at-a-time chips - I hope they work.
Of course, the tech guy didn't show up again.
He says he might make it tomorrow - it's driving me crazy.
I underestimated the viciousness of the right
wing. Last November, Rep. John Murtha came out for a
rapid American withdrawal from Iraq. At the time,
I wrote: "It will be difficult for Bush's acolytes to cast
Murtha as some kind of extreme partisan or hippie
protester."...No, the conservative hit squad didn't
accuse Murtha of being a hippie. But a crowd
that regularly defends Bush for serving in the Texas Air
National Guard instead of going to Vietnam has
continued its war on actual Vietnam veterans."
Yet some people want Hillary to set her hair on fire and risk her victory
Can you forget his collegial demeanor as he ushered
Clarence Thomas onto the Supreme Court?
Remember he said to Thomas, "The presumption
[of charges by Anita Hill] is with you?"
And this guy wants to be president?
"We have a culture of corruption, we have cronyism,
we have incompetence.
This administration will go down as
one of the worst that has ever governed our country."
Hillary Clinton, warming up her campaign,
Isn't it amazing that Americans can quickly spot
religious insanity in every other country but our own?
at Ground Zero
James Zadroga, the 34-year-old Manhattan homicide
detective buried this week, is believed to be
the first member of the NYPD who worked on the
Ground Zero cleanup to die. But the Daily News
has learned that an additional 22 men, mostly
in their 30s and 40s, have died from causes their families
say were accelerated by the toxic mix of chemicals
that lodged in their bodies as they searched for
survivors or participated in the cleanup after
the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
Can you spell s-p-e-c-i-o-u-s?
I knew you could.
LST, I hear you, but you failed to say anything.
An elite Republican cabal, led by the Vice
to steal the 2008 presidential election.
Confronted with devastating
poll numbers from the disasterous Islamic
War, it sets in motion
the ultimate October Surprise, a terrorist
attack upon the nation.
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"We still have much to learn about the NSA's
domestic surveillance. What we do know compels
the conclusion that the President has been
breaking the law repeatedly and persistently. If the
President has the inherent authority to eavesdrop,
imprison citizens on his own declaration,
kidnap and torture, then what can't he do?"
-- Al Gore, showing the fire that was missing in his half-hearted 2000
Kos of course is right, but it goes beyond that.
Lieberman was the accounting industry's
cabana boy in the Senate and was one of the prime
legislative movers behind the effective end
of regulatory oversight over audit firms that
led to Andersen and Enron.
Joe thought it was a great idea to have "independent"
audit firms serve as freewheeling
business partners rather than as responsible
gatekeepers. I despise that man.
wishing I got as much value for everything I
spend as I do on my bartcop subscription!
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Barely twenty percent of Tom DeLay's constituents
would vote for him
if the election were held now, according to a
newspaper poll released Saturday.
The bastard, who lost his leadership post because
he laundered money, trailed Nick Lampson
in his district, according to the poll by the
Lampson's campaign manager, Mike Malaise, said
the poll suggests that "people in the district
want a congressman who will make headlines for
the right reasons."
Subject: enough of this bullshit
Bart, you wrote:
> "If the CIA told Pandora that Saddam was
preparing to launch, I'd like to think Pandora
> would vote to stop Saddam's launch, and
keep the East Coast safe from a chem/bio attack.
> To suggest Hillary knew Bush's claims were
false is Mother's Milk to Bush's lie
> that Congress had the very same intelligence
that Bush had - which just isn't true. "
It is time to face facts and remember that MILLIONS
of people around the world saw those LIES
for what they were, and marched against the start
of the War on Iraq.
You knew they were lying, I knew, and MILLIONS
of others knew.
It was obvious. So, Hillary does NOT get a pass
on that one.
So, it is pure bullshit to say that Hillary and
the other Dems could not know.
You are rapidly losing credibility with your readers,
and coming off as a whore,
because you are so blind about Clinton.
And the more I see it, the less I am reading the
page. I'm migrating to blogs that, while maybe less entertaining,
are more insightful, thoughtful and honest.
And the really good truth telling blogs see Hillary for what she is.
You say R. Parry's web site is the most important
on the Internet. I'd like to know what he thinks of the Clintons.
I have a strong feeling it would cause you great
Your defense of Hillary is dishonest.
You are deluded about the Clintons.
Neil in Vermont
Neil, where the beef?
Show me a pre-war guarantee that Saddam had no WMDs.
Sure, we suspected Bush was lying, but a liar can
sometimes tell the truth.
Would you really be so eager to gamble with 100 million lives?
All your huffing and puffing about migrating to a better blog is horse
You're upset because I see things differently than you.
Unless you can show me a pre-war guarantee that Saddam had no
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Do you REALLY believe that the CIA told Bush about
the 'possible mushroom cloud' streaking
towards the U.S. from Iraq? OR, did the Bushites
tell the CIA exactly what script they were to report?
Seriously. You keep using the example of the danger
from those 'handjob-strangers' if we didn't invade a
sovereign nation and kick some Arab-ass (as per
the CIA reports) to excuse those people really in place,
to be in-the-know who should have known
better (like Mrs. HRC). Could it just be that Bush is a liar
and that most of the remainder of the money/power-grubs
in Congress are basically worthless hacks?
Do you truly believe that Hillary or any of the
others REALLY give a shit about you or me?
What do YOU have that she, or any of the others
Do any of them actually smell clean to you?
Do any of them inspire you to be or behave-like
a better human being?
If you say so, m'friend. I'm so tired of
Worthlessly, yer pal,
I think Bush wanted this war because it gave them opportunity to steal
When you tell the senate, "Our crazy enemy
could hit us at any moment,"
the responsible thing to do is to protect yourself.
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"There's a cost to this corruption, and you're
paying the bill. This comes at
a cost to you - in the form of an $800
billion prescription drug bill, and an
energy bill where your taxpayer dollars
are subsidizing the energy industry.'"
-- Rahm Emanuel, turning up the heat on the Bush bastards,
Hitchens, one of biggest defenders of the illegal
Bush administration, is complaining that Bush is listening to his
and that his overseas sources have been compromised.
Hey Hitchens, your hero is betraying you like he betrayed the Constituion.
Suck on that, Hitchens.
"Clinton was activity regarding physical searches
-- Tortureboy Gonzales, excusing their crimes by claiming "others did it"
- which he knows is a lie
Poser 'JT Leroy'
JT Leroy actually appears to be the brainchild
of San Francisco couple Geoffrey Knoop and Laura Albert.
The Times speculated that the latter is the author
of the works published under the Leroy name.
Knoop's half-sister Savannah Knoop, according
to the Times, appeared as Leroy in public.
Da Capo Press senior editor Ben Schafer described
working with Leroy as an enjoyable experience and
says the 2005 collection "accurately reflects
the persona of JT Leroy, his interests, taste and particular style.
He also wrote a solid introduction. And on a
personal level, I always enjoyed talking with him—or her.
JT is funny, disarmingly candid, an endearing
Schafer met Leroy, or thought he met Leroy, once,
when he had dinner with the supposed author.
Schafer remembers noting that Leroy "didn't seem
to know anything we'd discussed over the phone."
Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson wrote a song,
"Cherry Lips," about the author.
I think Shirley owes her fans an explanation.
When you write a song about the way a person
you're claiming you've seen that person, right?
When you write a second song about a person getting
drunk and singing in a bar, you're claiming you
were a witness to that, right?
Subject: pot laws
I'm 100 per cent with former Seattle Chief of
Police Stampers. Legalize them all, even the worst of them.
What it will cost in lives, rehab, hospitialization
and the like will only be a fraction of what it costs now.
The war on drugs only does two things well.
It puts ordinary people in jail for unconscionable
amounts of time.
It puts tons of public money into the hands of
arms dealers and drug detecting technogadget
John Not A. Toker
John, there's just no room for sanity when it comes to drug laws.
Got a message you want others to see?
Just months before moving into the White House,
Bush harshly criticized the policies of Clinton toward
Latin America, putting forward a breathtaking
vision of how he planned to shape a new U.S. relationship
with that continent. "Should I become president,
I will look south, not as an afterthought, but as a fundamental
commitment of my presidency," he declared. "Just
as we ended the great divide between East and West,
so today we can overcome the North-South divide."
Well, I just spent two weeks in Argentina, and it's clear
that relations with the southern continent are
in the toilet. They're perhaps worse than they have ever been."
contribute to the Dems?
I've done exactly that at least a couple of times
over the phone, and many times
when they've mailed me stuff or sent e-mail asking
In fact, I chewed them out and told them exactly
why I wasn't contributing twice over the phone.
Both times I got lip from the staffer or fund-raiser
I was talking to, yelled a bit more for awhile, and then hung up.
It's useless. They simply don't care. They know
they have us over a barrel, because who else is there?
It's either the fascists or the quislings. The
only hope is to put up real challengers in all the primaries, i.e.,
either retake the Dem party from the traitors
or start a real third party. But how realistic is that in today's world?
I really don't know what to do.
Unfortunately, all our traditional remedies depend
on believing that
(i) anybody in power gives a rat's ass about
us or what we want,
(ii) the Dems think we won't vote for them if
they don't do what we want (i.e., that we have a choice), and, most important,
(iii) that it matters anyway because our votes
actually count (i.e., elections aren't rigged).
Since none of those assumptions are true, we're
"Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Don't worry, white people, you only
be nice to black folks for another
-- Chris Rock, at the Golden Globes
"I'd like to thank Jack Abramoff..."
-- Clooney, winning a Golden Globe for Syriana,
f-ing with the fascist bastards
DailyKos readers voted in yesterday's Presidential
Raw Rating Summation
I do not want a fight with Daily Kos, but that's
not what bigger polls say.
National Democratic polls show Hillary waaaaaaaaaaaaaay ahead
of whoever's Number Two.
If Kos has a "vote of you want" poll, that's the opposite of
a scientific poll.
Hillary haters will chew thru steel to prevent her from being
Some would rather have more BFEE, because "Winning
without 'honor' is losing."
Okay, Mr. Sarcasm. We get your ham handed
dig at people who don't condone torture.
There's no reason to blame me if
Sirhan is firing a gun.
Anti-torture has become your bete-noire and now
you seem to have to make connections between
unrelated events to get your digs in. I
don't see how forcefully removing a gun from the man who
just shot another man can be equated with Abu
Ghraib, Bagram and the glories of the Inquisition.
I don't speak that fancy French crap, but my relationship
is with reality and the truth. I never said
I liked what happened at Abu Graib, put you apparently
feel better pretending that's my position.
You're free to twist things any way you like.
Maybe if we had just put a leash on Sirhan Sirhan
(preemptively, of course) and threw him onto
the naked mullah pile we could have saved RFK...
One of us is avoiding the subject.
One of us is afraid to speak the truth.
One of us has a problem with common sense.
One of us can't stay on point because our position
is a loser.
I'm sorry if the facts got in the way of your
What I remember about Rosey Greer is that he went
into O.J.'s cell and listened to his confession.
Rosey is wandering around as we speak with full
knowledge that his football buddy got away with murder.
That's okay, though... Rosey's a minister and
doesn't really have to concern himself with the truth anyway.
Your memories of Rosey are hardly the subject of this "debate."
Does it make you feel better to avoid that which is true?
"Surely God is mad at America. He sent us hurricane
after hurricane, and it's destroyed
and put stress on this country..."
-- New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin
I didn't know Ray Nagin was religiously
Subject: Murtha on Hillary
"Victory versus defeat
is not a policy at all. What is the definition of victory?" Murtha questions.
"There's two policies.
The one policy is you stay with an open-ended policy and Iraqis determine
when we leave.
And the other policy,
is my recommendation, where we redeploy as quickly as possible."
Why has his policy
not been endorsed by potential Hillary, Biden or Kerry?
"Because," says Murtha
laughing, "they're afraid. They're afraid. They don't understand it.
They think there's
a safe way to work their way through this. And they're afraid to get out
and make a statement
that later on might come back to haunt 'em."
She will not get my vote. She is a coward.
Crazy Chris in Boca
I agree - Biden and Kerry are cowards. (Hillary is exempt.)
Even Gore, in his firey speech Monday said, "Some
people believe Bush is breaking the law."
Gee, Al, do YOU have an opinion on the subject?
Or did you make that speech to summarize the opinions of others?
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Subject: Dumb ass
Bart, you wrote:
> Breaking the thumb of a never-convicted suspect?
> To prevent him from firing his gun into
a crowd of people?
> Why, ...that'd be wrong - wouldn't it?
> Hurting a never-convicted suspect in an
emergency is never OK, right?
> Wouldn't it be better to let Sirhan get a
few more shots off?
(lots of cursing and insults.)
You still haven't
(lots of cursing and insults.)
Or you are being
(lots of cursing and insults.)
Go Democrat Dumbass!
Rob, I understand your dilemma.
If we do things your way, people die.
If we do things my way, people live.
You're hell-bent on disagreeing with me and the physical facts,
so you resort to screaming insults instead of answering the very simple
That's gotta hurt.
Lots of people write about this, and they were very, very, very
angry with me
for pointing out that they had two options when the shooting started.
Was it Bart that was firing at Bobby Kennedy?
No, but for some people, it's easier to attack the innocent than face
The facts peed in your cereal and you need someone to blame.
You're lucky I'm in a good mood today.
Once again, supposed to get the new computer installed today,
make money off dead soldiers!"
Iraq pumps 2,000,000 barrels a day,
(and that was before the 2002 Halliburton Upgrade)
times today's oil price which is
$66.94 a barrel
Bush stole just yesterday
2220 have died for Halliburton
Bush is more than willing to pay that price.
Bush's gusher of blood.
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