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Tuesday March 14, 2006 Volume
1725 - Thief
"The president authorized an illegal program
to spy on American citizens on American soil,
and then misled Congress and the public
about the existence and legality of that program.
It is up to this body to ...condemn
the President's actions...The president has done wrong."
-- Russ Feingold, saying stuff I like hearing,
by Ivan Eland as seen on Consortiumnews.com
Editor's Note: Nearing the third anniversary
of the invasion of Iraq, George W. Bush has attached a new label to the critics of his costly military adventure
-- "isolationists." At least, it's less insulting than some of the earlier epithets hurled by Bush loyalists against Americans
who didn't favor invading Iraq -- "traitors," "cowards," "America haters," "Saddam sympathizers," and
But there is an irony in Bush accusing his critics
of "isolationism" since he himself was a leading critic of what many Republicans viewed as Bill Clinton's over-eagerness
to intervene in complex political crises abroad. In this guest essay, Independent Institute's
Ivan Eland examines Bush's metamorphosis on foreign policy:
Note: Consortiumnews.com is the most important site on
Joe the Fellater may be on his way out
"I love Bush!"
A telecommunications executive announced plans
Monday to challenge Lieberman (R-Sellout)
for the Democratic nomination, hoping to win
over voters turned off by Lieberman's love for Bush.
Ned Lamont represents the first opposition Lieberman
has faced within his party during his 18 years in office.
Lamont hopes to win the support of those who hate
seeing Lieberman's hands in Bush's pants all the time.
I Am a Liberal
by a very angry George Clooney
The fear of been criticized can be paralyzing.
Just look at the way so many Democrats caved
in the run up to the war.
In 2003, a lot of us were saying, where is the
link between Saddam and bin Laden?
What does Iraq have to do with 9/11? We knew
it was bullshit.
Which is why it drives me crazy to hear all these
"We were misled." It makes me want to
"Fuck you, you weren't misled. You were afraid
of being called unpatriotic."
I like Clooney, but I wish he would answer the
same questions I've asked of others:
When the CIA says, "Saddam
can hit us in less than an hour," how
do you ignore that
warning and put tens of millions of Americans
at risk? It's easy to look backwards and judge.
More on this near the bottom of the page.
not a Moderate
by Paul Krugman
When it comes to foreign policy, Mr. McCain was
never moderate. During the 2000 campaign he called for
a policy of "rogue state rollback," anticipating
the "Bush doctrine" of pre-emptive war unveiled two years later.
McCain called for a systematic effort to overthrow
nasty regimes even if they posed no imminent threat to the
United States; he singled out Iraq, Libya and
North Korea. Mr. McCain's aggressive views on foreign policy,
and his expressed willingness, almost eagerness,
to commit U.S. ground forces overseas, explain why he,
not Bush, was the favored candidate of neoconservative
pundits such as William Kristol of The Weekly Standard.
Would Mr. McCain, like Mr. Bush, have found some
pretext for invading Iraq?
Subject: Hillary vs Molly
How many anti Hillary pieces does she need to
I think she should use Bartcop as a guide for
Once you've been convinced that you are wrong,
there will be no more need to trash Hillary.
Or, when Bush's pardoner is sworn in, she could stop...
"I'd prefer to bring this very important program
of surveillance of potential terrorists here in
the United States under the law.
...this is a critically important program to the prevention of
terrorist acts here in the United States."
-- Joe Lieberman, hinting he'd vote no on the Feingold resolution to censure
Hey Ass, why not change to a Republican? At least that would
Subject: wisdom at last
On March 1st, 2006, in Annapolis at a hearing
on the proposed Maryland Constitutional Amendment
to prohibit gay marriage, Jamie Raskin, professor
of law at Amercan University, was requested to testify.
At the end of his testimony, Republican Senator
Nancy Jacobs said: "Mr. Raskin, my Bible says
marriage is only between a man and a woman.
What do you have to say about that?"
Raskin replied: "Senator, when you took your
oath of office, you swore to uphold
the Constitution. You did not swear to uphold
The room erupted into applause.
An angry federal judge considered dismissing
the government's death penalty case against Moussaoui after
a federal attorney coached witnesses in violation
of her rules. "I do not want to act precipitously," the judge said,
but she said that it was "very difficult for
this case to go forward". Brinkema said a lawyer for the Transportation
Security Administration sent e-mail to seven
FAA officials outlining the prosecution's opening statements and
providing commentary on government witnesses
from the first day of testimony. That was in violation of her
pretrial order barring witnesses from exposure
to any opening statements or trial testimony.
When has the Bush administration ever played by the rules?
Subject: Bush's Medicare Part
Specifically, the president's Part D disaster:
Medicare from negotiating with drug companies to get lower prices for seniors,
coverage to millions of seniors who will still pay monthly premiums this
big insurance companies to take drugs off their coverage list during the
patients are locked in and can't
change their plans.
The Republican prescription drug plan "will cost
New York taxpayers $52.7 billion over the next ten years"
and "deliberately includes waste and inefficiency,"
according to a new report released today by the Campaign
for America's Future. (The report is available
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Subject: The worst day - for
Nobody seems to have picked up on the fact that
Deadeye Dick actually said
the day he shot his friend was, "The worst
day of my life .... for that moment".
So, even his worst day only lasts a moment, and
then it's back to bidness as usual
- you know, like pouring another drink
and covering up stuff.
Must be nice.
a part of Bartcop Radio
"If Democratics are going to be attacking the
president in a time of war, then we are ready to vote.
If they support censuring Bush then
I want them to all be on the record."
-- Bill Frist, Link
All those in favor of the United States Constitution, stand and
All those in favor of dumping Democracy for King Bush, stand
and be counted.
Subject: set up!
And once again the U.S. citizen has been set up
by the Carlyle group and their Arab allies' will we ever learn!!!
Shaking head in disgust at this deal.
Hey Bartcop what does hosting a Pokerfest
involve let me know!!!!
With respect and best wishes to all.
If we had a large home or a clubhouse, we wouldn't have to charge for
We just need someone on the ground to handle the room.
My take on the whole thing goes like this: Milosevic
wanted to be treated for his ilness at the
Bakunin center in Russia. From what I know of
him (I live in Slovenia and have seen some of
his hitleresque politics firsthand), he would
NEVER EVER return to Hague to finish his trial.
A Dutch toxicologist has said months ago that
Milosevic is taking drugs to counter the drugs he has
been given in jail. In my opinion, he did this
to force his release for treatment to Bakunin center in Russia.
In short, he has gambled with his health and
Anyway, the only problem here is they didn't have
time to find the bastard guilty.
His trial seemed a fairytale ending to all the
bloodshed - the international law seemed to prevail at last.
Carla Delponte may be an opportinistic bureaucrat,
but you take the heroes you can find...
Milosevic was one of the monsters of the 20th
century (he's directly responsible for killing more people
than Saddam, relative to the size of his country)
and dying in his sleep seems way too good for him.
Too bad I don't believe in Hell.
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Iraq a Mess
Senior British diplomatic and military staff
gave Tony Blair explicit warnings three years ago that the US
was disastrously mishandling the occupation of
Iraq, according to leaked memos. John Sawers, Blair's
envoy in Baghdad in the aftermath of the invasion,
sent a series of confidential memos to Downing Street
in May and June 2003 cataloguing US failures.
With unusual frankness, he described the US postwar
administration, led by the retired general Jay
Garner, as "an unbelievable mess" and said "Garner and
his top team of 60-year-old retired generals"
were 'well-meaning but out of their depth'."
Subject: Presidential IQ thing
is an Urban legend
Just thought I would let you know.
Buck on MildlyBrilliant.com
I choose to believe it, ...but yeah, 91 seems a little high for Der
has good stuff.
of the Press
by Helen Thomas
Of all the unhappy trends I have witnessed -
nothing is more troubling to me than the obsequious press
during the run-up to the invasion of Iraq. They
lapped up everything the Pentagon and White House
could dish out- no questions asked.
Reporters and editors like to think of themselves
as watchdogs for the public good. But in recent years
both individual reporters and their corporate
ownership have defaulted on that role. Ted Stannard said:
"When watchdogs, bird dogs, and bull dogs morph
into lap dogs, lazy dogs, or yellow dogs, the nation is in trouble."
The naive complicity of the press and the government
was never more pronounced than in the prelude to the invasions.
The media became an echo chamber for White House
pronouncements. One example: At Bush's March 6, 2003, news
conference, in which he made it eminently clear
that the United States was going to war, one reporter pleased the
"born again" Bush when she asked him if he prayed
about going to war. And so it went.
After all, two of the nation's most prestigious
newspapers, the New York Times and the Washington Post, had kept up
a drumbeat for war with Iraq to bring down Saddam.
They accepted almost unquestioningly the bogus WMD evidence
the dubious White House rationale that proved
to be so costly on a human scale, not to mention a drain on the Treasury.
The Post was much more hawkish than the Times
- running many editorials pumping up the need to wage war against
Saddam - but both newspapers played into the
hands of the Administration.
When Powell delivered his "boffo" U.N. statement
on Saddam's WMDs, the Times said he left "little question that Saddam
had tried hard to conceal" his WMDs. After
weapons inspector David Kay came up empty in the scouring of Iraq for WMD,
did you hear any apologies from the Bush Administration?
Of course not. It simply changed its rationale for the war - several times.
Nor did the media say much about the failed weapons
search. Several newspapers made it a front-page story but only gave it
one-day coverage. As for Powell, he simply lost
his halo. The papers played his back-pedaling on the back pages.
My concern is why the nation's media were so gullible.
Did they really think it was all going to
be so easy, a "cakewalk?"
Why did the Washington press corps forgo its
Why did reporters become cheerleaders for
a deceptive Administration?
Could it be that no one wanted to stand alone
outside Washington's pack journalism?
Have you ever heard it said better?
A shot of Chinaco to Helen Thomas for speaking the straight
Subject: Fox News
Hey Bart, how's things in Okla.?
Hot as hell and bone-dry.
It's up to 86 degrees AGAIN - and it's winter.
just happened to see Fox news report on that critical
review of port security,
which concluded that there are many weak points.
the Fox-man spun it this way- this is not
a Republican problem,
or an Democratic problem, but an American problem.
where's the buck stop?
It's Bill Clinton's fault, just ask any of the TV networks
the GOP / god's own party/ has been running the
show for the past 5 yrs,
so when do they begin to take responsibility
for this failure to beef up security?
For some reason, the idiot Americans want to hear that
Bush is smart, wise and humble,
so the whore press keeps selling what the market forces say is the
most profitable stories.
imagine if this report had come out under Clinton.
Fox news would be screaming "weak on security,
weak on security..."
what a pot of shitty hypocrites running the USA
cheers from Sweden
You are correct.
When Clinton had a girlfriend, it was a "Constitutional crisis" and
they pre-empted regular TV
programming here so the nation could follow the investigation and eventual
Bill "the criminal" Clinton "for all his crimes" that made Henry Hyde
scream, "The flag is falling."
Now we have a certified madman going Medieval on the Constitution, the
poor, the military and
the world's oil supplies ...but the networks still want to talk about
Clinton, and what a bad man he was.
You're right - what a pot of shitty hypocrites
running the USA today....
"The signal that it sends, that there is in
any way a lack of support for our commander in chief
who is leading us with a bold vision
in a way that is making our homeland safer, is wrong."
-- Bill Frist, on Dubya being censored,
Would somebody remind this prick he leads the party that impeached
a popular president during wartime?
Bart, I read her article & it could have easily
been written by you.
Thank you, ... or how dare you, depending where you're going...:)
Except for that determination of yours to put
Hillary as the best of the Dems.
You mean my "Hillary worship?"
Some people fault me for:
a) disagreeing with Molly Ivins,
b) playing the favorite to win in a contest we can't afford to lose.
I don't ask Molly how I should think.
Myself & many others will vote for whoever
has the nomination, but we are sick of the Dems & so are you.
I agree, but every time Molly attacks Hillary,
she disagrees with me and you.
Maybe some letters addressed to Ol' Bart could
be put to better use asking Molly
if she'll eventually support the Demo nominee
- or is she just here to stop Hillary?
That's a fair question.
I tend to weary of your putting down the Dems
on a regular basis (they are our only choice)
but you are right & so is Molly. The
more we look & learn the more Dems & Repugs look alike.
I don't know that you can make that case.
I see knuckledragging bullies terrorizing the
pink tutu Democrats.
There's no "teamwork" here - geez, did we all
forget Clinton's impeachment?
Did that look like two teams playing for the
same owner to you?
I'm very disapointed in Hillary, Feinstein, Boxer
& many more
that I thought were the good guys, they voted
for the Patriot Act.
Rio, I get that, and Russ gets major points with me for that - but can
be beat the BFEE?
When they get done with Feingold, he'll be the biggest monster in all
of American history,
right after Clinton, Kerry and Gore.
If we run a nice guy against these wolves, he'll get eaten by
them - worse than Kerry/Gore.
Do you think they're going to do that to Hillary?
Sure, ...they'll try, ...but Hillary ain't no bandleader.
Like the Blues Brothers, they could get the old band back together again.
Remember the Clinton War Room?
Remember the 15-Minutes-later responses to every BFEE lie and
Damn, I wish I could play some hard ball with those bastards in a big
I suggest everyone stopping looking at the tiny details and ask themselves,
"Should we pick Bush's successor or
Damn, that might be a good campaign slogan.
Our next president will either be Bush's pawn - or she won't.
Iraq pumps 2,000,000 barrels a day,
(and that was before the 2002 Halliburton Upgrade)
times today's oil price which is
$63.67 a barrel
Bush stole just yesterday
2309 have died for Halliburton
"The White House has a transmitter but not
a listening device.
There's denial going on, and it starts
at the top."
-- A well-known Republican with close ties to Bush,
Too bad the Democrats don't understand that when the oppositon has an
approval rating of 36 percent,
THAT is when you attack, but they're too scared to act,
the poor gutless bastards.
Subject: Bartcop - The Best Damn
Your blog should be required reading for Democrats
Your blend of common sense and satire is the
best on the net.
Reading it is like shooting the bull with an
old friend over beer and shots.
I am sending a donation via snail mail.
Keep the truth coming,
Doug in Space City
Dude, thanks for that.
Cops find 87 Bodies in One Day
But things are getting better, just like Condi says...
Police found at least 87 bodies killed by gunfire
in Baghdad in the past 24 hours. The bloodshed followed
explosions in a teeming Shiite slum on Sunday
in which 58 people died and more than 200 were wounded.
The attacks marked the second wave of mass killings
in Iraq since Feb. 22, when bombers loyal
destroyed an important Shiite Muslim shrine in
Samarra, north of the capital.
Two people gain when there is a wave of murders in Iraq - Bush and Zarqawi.
Subject: Guitar greatness
You can't talk about guitar greatness without
mentioning David Gilmour.
Pink Floyd Rocks!!!!
So does bartcop.com.
Don, you're right.
The solo on Comfortably Numb is extra good.
When Del Castillo played my Hard Rock Island in 1987, he closed
leaving the Marines
As I sit here I am still shaking. I can't take
much more of this shit. I am a Marine Pilot.
Not that it means anything anymore. Today was
another safety stand down put on by the mother fuckers in DOSS.
Why? Cause another one of my friends is dead
and gone. Why? Cause he flew his shit into the water that's why.
Why'd he do that?
Cause the mother fuckers that "be" i.e. the boys
at the top, have lost their fucking minds and can't say no.
Subject: Hillary or no one?
Just because Hillary is the best known Democrat
now, it doesn't make sense to promote her and not even
consider any other Democrat. Any number
of good candidates may be out there waiting to be discovered
who do not have the high negatives of Hillary.
It's a long time before 2008. After all,
who had ever heard of Bill Clinton until 8 months before the election ?
I know that I hadn't ...
So I'm not in the "Hillary is the only Democrat
who can be elected" camp. I'd like to look at Russ Feingold,
Mark Warner, and any number of other Democrats
before deciding who can win in 2008.
Franz, I just want to hear you say, "I'll support
the demo nominee."
...bet we won't hear that from Molly Ivins.
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Subject: Sadr may be a religious
krazy, but makes a point here...
Sadr also criticised Rumsfeld who had said last
week that Iraqi troops,
not U.S. forces, would intervene if civil war
broke out in Iraq, JTW said.
"May God damn you," Sadr said of Rumsfeld.
"You said in the past that civil war would break
out if you were to withdraw,
and now you say that in case of civil war
you won't interfere."
Never trust a Republican.
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the baloney quarantee
Bart, you said,
> "Apparently, when the CIA gives you a guarantee that Saddam can
> in less than an hour, Senator Chuck would vote against protecting
the East Coast?"
Have you got a link for this "guarantee" you're
always falling back on?
Not at my fingertips, but the briefing did take place.
Does the report note whether Tenant was actually
able to deliver this whopper with a straight face?
It's easy to look back and make fun of it.
Did you know in 1994 that OJ would murder his wife in 1995, too?
Look, even if there was a "guarantee" given that
Saddam (could attack)
it would still not be a legitimate
cover to vote for the Iraq attack.
Congress KNEW that Iraq was not a military threat.
Actually, they assumed it wasn't - until they got the briefing.
It was just obvious.
Yeah, hindsight always is. I can look at baseball
scores and say,
"Everybody knew Florida would beat
Arizona 6-2 yesterday."
Iraq wasn't even a military threat to Turkey.
Hillary knew it too.
So now, you're guaranteeing what Hillary knew?
By any chance, do you play high stakes poker? I want to see the
your bet when you guarantee me that I can't have an Ace
in my hand.
The way you've set it up, the Congress is permanently
at the mercy of any political hack
from the Executive who comes to them telling
any kind of "classified" lie.
I think the assumption was that Bush/the CIA would not lie us into a
You can scream, "I knew it all along,"
until you're blue in the face, but unless you
can show me in writing where you said that before that
war, you're just barking.
That's not the way it's supposed to work.
You're supposed to tell the Commander in Chief
Any member of Congress who voted (to
defend America) was derelict in their Constitutional
I changed that to show you how crazy you sound.
The vote for the Iraq Attack was never either
for dead soldiers in Iraq or "against protecting the East Coast."
It was always either for dead soldiers in Iraq
or against dead soldiers in Iraq.
The whole world voted overwhelmingly against,
but the US Congress voted for it.
The "whole world" wasn't the alleged target, the East Coast was.
Your theory is that our politicians are just more
prone to wet-your-pants panic than everywhere else?
Could you be any more hysterical?
Let me ask you a question: If a real policeman, in a real police car,
knocks on your door and says,
"The damn is about to break, we're evacuating
your neighborhood," ...would you call him a liar?
I think most people would grab the kids and get in their car, but you,
with your ability to read minds
and see into the future, would immediately know the cop was lying,
I think the truth is worse.
They gave Bush a blank check without any fear
of Saddam at all -- because their idiot consultants
told them to worry about their next election,
not dead soldiers and national fiscal and moral bankruptcy.
I admit it's possible that Democrats threw thousands of soldier's
lives away for no reason.
Will you admit it's possible that they believed the CIA's life-and-death
We're either going to be honest with each other or we're not.
Keep hammering. You're a great American.
Just because Hillary voted for Bush's bloody
Iraqmire doesn't mean you have to
defend her vote in order to vote for her in '08.
She was wrong, that's all.
Neal in Batavia
I think, in time, Hillary will admit she fell for the Bush-CIA lies.
And be sure to get back with me about the cops and the dam breaking,
Nude in Basic 2
Tired of seeing middle-aged women stuck in unsexy
roles, Stone, who will be 48 when the Basic Instinct 2
is released, is making sure her Catherine Trammell
is not going to fit into that mold.
"By the time the film is released, I will be 48
and I wanted to do the nudity in a way that's quite brazen.
I wanted her to be very masculine, like a man
in a steam room, and I wanted the audience to have a moment where
they realize she's naked and then realize that
she's a fortysomething woman and naked. Because we're not used to
seeing that in movies. We're used to seeing Sean
Connery and his granddaughter, you know what I mean?"
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