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Quote of the Day

"How the hell did things ever get so screwed up?
  How is it that some good-for-nothing frat boy who 
  failed upwards his entire life due to his family name 
  and fortune was given the reins of government? 
  Did we elect and RE-elect this failure of a man? 
  Really, did we DO that?" 
     -- Chuck,    Link

In Today's Tequila Treehouse...
Politics of Preemption
Squeezing Pensions 
Suicide is Painless
Murtha's Mudslingers 
Death at Ground Zero 
Losing a Continent 
Dumbass Bart 
Poser JT Leroy 
Brooke Burke Looking


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"The American taxpayer can't afford it."
   -- Bush's answer to congress when they asked for another $6M
       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.


Politics 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 the Internet.


Accounting 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?

Bart wrote:

>  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 us?
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?


Supreme 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 majority said..

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 law.

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.


Murtha's Mudslingers


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 in 2008.


Subject: Biden

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,   Link


Subject: Iran

Isn't it amazing that Americans can quickly spot religious insanity in every other country but our own?



More Death 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.


Subject: Sirhan

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.


 Chapter Fourteen

An elite Republican cabal, led by the Vice President, conspires
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.

Click to Enter


"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 campaign,  Link


Subject: LIEberman


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.

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DeLay Losing Support at Home


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 Houston Chronicle.

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.

<much snippage>

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 distress.
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 hockey.
You're upset because I see things differently than you.

Unless you can show me a pre-war guarantee that Saddam had no WMDs,
I'm right.


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Subject: haysoose

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 want?

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 this shit...

Worthlessly, yer pal,
Syn Nick

I think Bush wanted this war because it gave them opportunity to steal trillions.
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,   Link


Christopher Hitchens, one of biggest defenders of the illegal 
Bush administration, is complaining that Bush is listening to his phone calls
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 without warrants."
   -- Tortureboy Gonzales, excusing their crimes by claiming "others did it" - which he knows is a lie Link


Literary 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 oddball."

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 looks, 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 police forces,
arms dealers and drug detecting technogadget makers.

John Not A. Toker

John, there's just no room for sanity when it comes to drug laws.


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Losing a Continent


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."


Subject: don't 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 for money.

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 screwed.




"Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
  Don't worry, white people, you only have to
  be nice to black folks for another two hours."
    -- 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


Subject: chow Hillary

DailyKos readers voted in yesterday's Presidential straw poll

Name                        Raw Rating Summation
Wesley Clark               1126
Russ Feingold                 633
Al Gore                          591
Howard Dean                 348
Barak Obama                 344
Mark Warner                 325
Barbara Boxer               322


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 president.
Some would rather have more BFEE, because "Winning without 'honor' is losing."


Subject: Mr. Sarcasm

Bart mon,
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... Who knows?

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 one-dimensional thinking.

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
  after hurricane, and it's destroyed and put stress on this country..."
     -- New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin     Link

 I didn't know Ray Nagin was religiously insane...



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 there
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?

You are
(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 Mahon

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 question.
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.
The facts peed in your cereal and you need someone to blame.

You're lucky I'm in a good mood today.



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"I 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
makes $133,080,000 Bush stole just yesterday

2217   2220 have died for Halliburton

Bush is more than willing to pay that price.

Bush's gusher of blood.


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