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1711 - Certain Damage
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"Is there any aspect of Bush's miserable record
on intelligence that Senator Pat Roberts,
chairman of the Senate Intelligence
Committee, is not willing to excuse and help to cover up?
For more than a year, Mr. Roberts has
been dragging out an investigation into why Bush
presented old, dubious and just plain
wrong intelligence on Iraq. It was supposed to start
after the 2004 election, but Mr. Roberts
was letting it die of neglect until the Democrats
protested by forcing the Senate into
an unusual closed session last November. Now Roberts
is trying to stop an investigation
into Bush's domestic spying."
-- NYW Times Editorial, "Doing
the President's Dirty Work",
by Robert Parry as seen on consortiumnews.com
As Sherlock Holmes famously observed, sometimes
it's the dog that didn't bark that is most instructive.
In the United States, that rule could be applied
to a national news media that goes about its daily routine
without treating George W. Bush's extraordinary
seizure of constitutional power as a major story. It is a grave
indictment of the U.S. press that Bush could
replace America's two-century-old democratic Republic with
his personal authoritarian rule and that earth-shattering
development would barely be noticed.
Note: consortiumnews.com is the most important site on
How many lied have been caught?
In the first days after, blame was placed on
the victim for not announcing his presence to fellow hunter Cheney.
The about-face came Wednesday when Cheney made
his first public comment on the accident.
"It was not Harry's fault," he said.
"No one was drinking," Cheney's new spokeswomen
Armstrong said at the outset. "No, zero, zippo."
Authorities did not investigate the accident
until the next day. Four days later, Cheney said, "I had a beer at
In the rush to assure everyone Whittington was
"just fine," some important details were left out. The truth?
After being taken to a small hospital ER, he
was flown to the intensive care unit of a larger hospital in Corpus Christi.
Whittington had one eye open and did not respond.
He was, however, conscious.
Many, many more lies are exposed in BCR
89, up soon.
"They will come up with excuse after excuse
as to how and why he did not know me.
I could have spent four months alone
with him in Bolivia and he would not know me."
-- Jack Abramoff, on Dubya,
Sounds like a thinly veiled threat.
Did Jack and Der Monkey take a private,
four-month cocaine vacation?
Does Jack have evidence that Bush did a
little "experimenting" in his younger days?
That'd make Jack the Top, right?
Subject: my lying eyes
With the new Abu Ghraib torture pictures that
you have to wonder when Bush tells us, "We
do not torture."
What am I to do?
Am I supposed to believe him or my own lying
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Dudes, welcome to the club.
Democrats are broke.
All we can do is hang on until the season heats up.
"Who needs sophomoric cartoons to inflame the
Muslim world when you've got Bush's prison system?
One reason the White House is so helpless
against the violence spawned by those Danish cartoons
is that it has squandered so
much of its moral standing at Guantánamo Bay and Abu Ghraib."
-- NYW Times Editorial, in a rare critical look at their Boy George,
We've only scratched the surface, but the more
we learn about the Armstrong Ranch,
the more it feels like the GOP equivalent of
Tony Soprano's joint, the Bada Bing.
CNN described the remote 50,000-acre Armstrong
ranch as "a private getaway."
It's the kind of place the goodfellas of the
Republican crew can go to kick back,
put their feet up, have a beer (or two) with
lunch, talk a little business, raise a little money,
make a few deals, maybe meet a girl.
Of course, at the Bada Bing the girls are strippers;
at Armstrong they're the ambassadors
to Switzerland and Liechtenstein. But both hot
spots feature quite a bit of gunplay.
"I look at the assets Hillary brings to bear,
and the conventional wisdom.
Do I need $40 million, like they're
saying? How do I get there?
And if the mood of the party is so
far left, then possibly that's death for me."
-- Bush's best friend (behind
Joe Lieberman) Joe Biden in the upcoming GQ.
Hillary, vilified by the far left as "Bush's
"so far left" by the Biden Monkey.
Cheney - Rifleman
Subject: 9-11 conspiracies
When a right wing-nut sends you a foam-flecked
e-mail full of wild accusations,
you put it under a "Monkey Mail" icon, and sometimes
include helpful facts about
our simian brethren or the bananas they love
So when you get e-mail from a left wing-nut who
can't understand that crashing a plane
into a tall building can make it fall down without
government intervention, or thinks Hillary
is secretly an agent of Karl Rove, why doesn't
he get an icon?
Joe, is there an "accepted" view of why the towers fell?
Is there some version that most Democrats believe?
I hate being the last one to know...
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Mainstream reporters tend to see both liberal
and right-wing critics as a bunch of whiners who "just don't get it."
And in many cases, they're right. But being mainstream
reporters, they tend to believe--nay, know--that they are
always right. In fact, journalism is just about
the only field whose practitioners routinely justify themselves on the
basis of the fact that they receive criticism
from "both sides." The possibility that they might be screwing up in two
(or more) ways simultaneously appears to be beyond
their imaginative capabilities. During the past generation,
these same mainstream journalists have lurched
to the right, thanks in large measure to an extremely well-funded,
well-organized and well-disciplined conservative
political assault comprising, essentially, two tactics: a willingness
(and ability) to make life miserable for those
who don't go along, and a determination to shape the zeitgeist in such
a way that those who do go along may not even
know they're doing so. In other words, what Tony Soprano
cannot accomplish, leave to Antonio Gramsci."
Subject: Tom Cruise
Tom is waiting until after the baby is born to
marry Katie so she can
look good in the wedding dress HE PICKED OUT
My gay friends know how über-gay that is.
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"Cheney is violating the basic "first do no
harm" commandment for Vice Presidents.
This shooting incident, the Libby indictment,
and the Libby admission that he leaked
classified documents at the VP's instructions
are all unnecessarily embarrassing to Bush.
Cheney is getting to be a liability."
-- Dick Morris, sucker of prostitutes' toes,
Unka Dick Huntz
Subject: Scottie the Underbear
Bart, you said
> Scottie the Underbear, who knew Cheney's
victim suffered a heart attack,
> but, as always, he witheld that info from
the White House Press,
More to the point: Why did he make jokes about
at the same time he withheld the information
about the heart attack?
Why hasn't one reporter asked that?
Subject: required reading
You have to read Carville and Begala's new book,
Take It Back.
It's like they've been reading Bartcop.com
for a few years.
These two have a moral obligation to come out
of retirement and be the campaign managers
for the next Democratic presidential candidate.
Let's not forget they are the last ones to win
a presidential election (1996), and it's
been long overdue.
This week, the issue of which side of the political
spectrum is more hateful is back. Andrew Sullivan
and Marshall Wittman both tut-tut the barbaric
behavior of the left today, saying that it is actually
much worse than the unpleasantness they sometimes
hear from the right. Hatefulness is not confined
to any particular political persuasion -- but
there is only one side that makes a fucking profit at it.
Subject: Bart's Libertarianism
Followed with interest the latest example of you
inadvertantly pissing off a contingent of readers -- gambling.
Like Prohibitionists, the anti-gambling people
don't realize that people WILL gamble. Gaming is as old as humankind.
Humans have been tossing rocks and flipping cards
longer than they've been farming. Deny folks mind altering substances,
such as alcohol, and they'll spin like dervishes
or even hold their breath til they see stars.
That said, Bart, Gretzsky's wife should not have
betting on hockey, any more than a football official's wife should bet
on a game hubby is calling. I think you know
this -- you are just letting your liberitarian streak get the best of you.
Thanks for hammering!
Dave, it's my understanding she bet on football, but I haven't kept
up with that.
But remember, you're gambling when you go into business for yourself
- or even ask for a raise.
You gamble each time you pick a doctor, a realtor, a spouse or a cute
doggie at the pound.
You gamble when you buy a car, pick a restaurant, a running mate, or
take a check from a customer.
Gambling is something everybody does 25 times a day, so why not
try to get good at it?
Libby lawyers "graymailing"
Patrick Fitzgerald accuses lawyers for Scooter
Libby of trying to "graymail" the government by demanding
access to thousands of pages of classified documents
that Fitzgerald says are irrelevant to his defense.
"Graymailing" -- a tactic used by defendants
in Iran-Contra -- occurs when a government official charged
with a crime demands access to large quantities
of classified material in an attempt to force prosecutors
either to put national security at risk by producing
the material or put the prosecution at risk by allowing
the defendant to argue that he can't get a fair
trial without it.
Subject: VP shooting
I have been all on the Cheney shooting, crying
fowl, but I see the millionaire lawyer from Texas
has been released, and in a first time ever about
face in Cheney's favor, 26 tequillas too many
or straight shooting sober, I may have shot the
man too, he looks a whole lot like a bird here
the way you hammer you must have been sword maker
in a past life.
No way that guy should be going home this early, but the doctor is no
doubt getting pressure
from the White House to make this look like he was barely scratched
by Dead Eye Dick.
It reminds me of the Challenger explosion.
girlfriend's nose in Tulsa
It's a great place to raise your kids
After police arrived, they had to use pepper
spray on Hill, 45, while trying to arrest him, Edwards said.
Hill denied having bitten off Bennett's nose,
Detective Demita Kinard said.
Before police took him to jail, Hill sat handcuffed
under a porch light while firefighters
cleaned orange pepper spray and blood off his
He was booked on complaints of aggravated assault
and battery, resisting arrest and destroying evidence.
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Girls Gone Wild
You know Bart, I think the Dems treatment of Paul
Hackett is tantamount to admitting
they don't want real fighters in the party for
fear of making them into an effective opposition.
I don't think thats the role they are required
It seems to be a common theme in the English speaking
former Democracies of the USA, England
and Australia: oppositions that cannot pull together
coherent opposition. One has to ask when watching
their internal bickering and stupid decision
making, that this is by bad management and not by design.
How many in the Democrats ( and the Tories in
the UK and Labour in Australia) are provocateurs secretly
working to keep those parties weak and divided.
They should all be electoral shoe-ins against the
Governments they oppose but instead they flounder,
looking weak and inept.
Why? Who benefits?
Paul in Australia
We don't know the whole truth about what happened to Hackett.
Maybe they really saw Brown as a better candidate - who knows? - but
we don't know
because the Democrats don't have a clue how to form a message to tell
their side of this.
Think of our Democrats as scared stupid bunglers, not evil and scheming.
has good stuff.
Subject: Cheney lying his ass
Any hunter who has used No. 8 birdshot will tell
you that, unless a human is fired at point-blank
from six inches away, No. 8 will hardly penetrate
a person's clothing, let alone his or her chest.
No. 8 is very light so that there's something
of your pheasant, quail or grouse left for eating once you've hit it.
Anything bigger blows your game to smithereens.
It's very unlikely that this episode unfolded
the way the official report says it did.
Speaking of animal torture, this won't make national
news, so thought I'd share:
There is currently a bill before the Utah state
legislature to ban the torture of animals after a cockfighting ring
was recently busted in Utah County. I saw
the first billboard supporting the bill today in Salt Lake City.
It reads: "Ted Bundy started out torturing
After wiping Diet Pepsi from my dashboard, I turned
to my husband and said, "So
But Bundy didn't have rich influential family
members to paper over his screwups.
Or a Congress full of sheep giving him carte
blanche to authorize torture of humans.
Love the site.
Keep up the good work!
saw it on democratsforum.com
When Paul Hackett was forced out of the Democratic
primary in Ohio, the vugar Pigboy criticized
The New York Whore Times for not saying that
the Democrats' preferred candidate is black.
Limbaugh later found out from e-mails to his
Nazi radio show that Rep. Sherrod Brown is white.
"Uh, Sherrod Brown's a white guy? Then I'm confusing
him with somebody. OK, I'm sorry," Limbaugh said.
Later in his show, Limbaugh said "I'm not
gonna apologize because I don't think it's an insult to be black."
Subject: Paul Hackett
Makes me sick! They screwed Hackett, probably
because he would, in their view, "come on too strong".
Bullshit! Or bullfeathers --or whatever's
considered "appropriate" to say these days. I see on other sites
that Richard Dreyfuss at least has the balls
to say that our current office-holder President should be impeached!
Way to go, Richard!
There was also something about Alec Baldwin fingering
Dick "Boom-Boom" Cheney as a terrorist. Way to go, Alec!
I'm not even in Ohio, but I was watching the
progress of Paul Hackett as a candidate, believing he might be the antidote
to these Sunday-morning-talk-show accommodationist
type Democrats. I'm not sad. I'm very, very angry.
And I am definitely going to find a way to let
Harry Reid and other key Dems know my views.
Hell, they're always sending me fund raising
letters. Maybe that's a good way to let them know my disgust?
Just send back their postage pre-paid envelopes
with a note inside saying that they're a bunch of back-stabbing sons-of-bitches?
Rich in Dairyland
trade young men for oil."
Iraq pumps 2,000,000 barrels a day,
(and that was before the 2002 Halliburton Upgrade)
times today's oil price which is
$61.29 a barrel
Bush stole just yesterday
2274 have died for his oil hardon
Bush's gusher of blood.
"I have to admit that I turned away from the
Fox had a more exciting event: Softball
with Dick Cheney and Britt Hume.
I don't want to say Fox News was lenient,
but the first question they asked was,
'Who do you like on American Idol?'"
Subject: still no courage
I have a question for you. Do you have the courage
to answer it?
Please stop scaring me...
Can the U.S. afford another $2 trillion down the
toilet, and thousands more American lives,
tens of thousands more wounded, the hatred of
the Middle East (where our oil comes from),
creating thousands of new terrorists, simply
because we're afraid of what will happen
once we leave the disaster we've created?
The one-word answer is "yes," because your question
assumed things can't get any worse.
Things have been steadily getting worse every
year that Bush has been in office.
More money and thousands more lives may end up
being cheap compared to the alternative.
Tell me yes or no, and publish and stand by your
You want me to repeat it?
Yes, you would like to flush another $2 trillion
and see thousands more Americans die
or come back with missing limbs, and a war that
will never end, simply because
the terrorists we're creating might wind up better
financed than they are now.
Betting on the Middle East to get worse is always
Betting on the Middle East to get worse is
always a guarantee.
That's a great reason for Bush not to have started
this endless, bloody quagmire..
Or no, you're willing to take our changes now
instead of 5, 10, 15, 20 years later.
Which is it?
Please don't hurt me.
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"Cheney sat down for a one-on-one with Fox
News. Very bold. Cheney sitting down
with Fox News is like Mrs. Butterworth
sitting down with the Pancake Channel."
-- Jimmy Kimmel
The photos purporting to show George Bush with disgraced lobbyist Jack
Abramoff hit the net last week
and were in extremely wide circulation. We also received them...and
from a generally extremely reliable source
who assured us the photos were indeed of Abramoff. The photos are actually
of Congressman Rick Renzi.
the all new, toll-free
callers Welcome (snicker)
by Alex Sabbeth as seen on consortiumnews.com
With the rush of daily scandals, it's easy to
concentrate on each complicated tree and miss
the full scariness of the forest. It's also hard
to believe that millions of Americans still don't "get"
the underlying reality of the Bush administration
-- its endless deceptions, its arrogance,
its incompetence. This guest essay from longtime
reader Alex Sabbeth turns a wide lens
on the panorama of what George W. Bush has wrought.
You missed a great chance to out Melhman!
I would bet 85% of the fundies don't know how
many gays represent them.
Sure, there's Ken (I'm gay, I'm a Jew, what's it to you?) Mehlman,
the RNC "head,"
and there's Bush's cheif mouthpiece Scottie the Underbear.
David Dreier is Under-speaker of the House, something like that,
there's Bob Barr - no wait, he aborted his baby and he passes for white
- my bad
there's Jeff Gannon Dick Gukkert whatever, Bush's favorite reporter
with four names,
there's Dick Stone, a Bob Dole senior campaign advidor with the "hard
and deep" wife,
...and some people say "Brownie" was a pretty sharp dresser.
phoney Bush constitution
Influential Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said
he rejects Bush's phoney constitution,
threatening to reignite one of the country's
most explosive issues.
"I reject this constitution which calls for sectarianism
and there is nothing good
in this constitution at all," he told Al Jazeera
television late on Saturday.
Sadr, a rebel leader turned political kingmaker,
said the charter was unacceptable,
complicating efforts to form a government more
than two months after parliamentary elections.
"If there is a democratic government in Iraq,
nobody has the right to call for the establishment
of federalism anywhere in Iraq whether it is
the south, north, middle or any other part of Iraq," said Sadr.
from West Wing
Tulsa native Kristen Chenoweth
The West Wing writers were going to put John Spencer's
"Leo McGarry" character into an affair
with Kristen Chenoweth, his sexy little assistant on the show. I'll
bet he would've liked that - the old guy
with heart trouble trying to keep up with the young hottie teammate
who kills in a bikini.
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