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 Friday  May 12, 2006   Volume 1763 - Olive Branch Friday


Quote of the Day

"I didn't want to start a movement. I just 
  wanted to be heard and have understand 
  that this war, preemptive war, torture, 
  holding people indefinitely without trial, 
  all have shocked my conscience. It's not 
  the way this country should be.  Giving them 
  up makes me cry for my beloved country"
     -- Joseph Durocher, returning the medals 
         he earned in the Vietnam War,  Link

In Today's Tequila Treehouse...
It Really Is Orwellian 
Bush: No NSA Denial
Bush Lied Once 
Father & Son Reunion
Bush at 29 Percent
FOX: Iraq Stagnant 
Why Bush can't Lead 
Colbert: New Hero 
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"I'm saddened to give up my hard-earned medals, but the hate, torture and death you have
  instrumented in this world tarnished the symbolism they carry. ...the whole thing is about betrayal."
      -- David Patterson, Vietnam Vet, in a letter to Dubya on why he was returning his medals,   Link
 

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It Really Is Orwellian
  by Robert Parry  as seen on  consortiumnews.com

 Link

 Excerpt:
Given Bush's history of outright lying, especially on national security matters, it may seem silly to dissect his words
about the new disclosure that his administration has collected phone records of some 200 million Americans.

For instance, would a journalist covering national security be regarded as an "ordinary American"?
What about a political opponent or an anti-war activist who has criticized administration policies in the Middle East?
Such "unordinary" people might number in the tens of thousands, but perhaps not into the millions.

Also, isn't it reasonable to suspect that the Bush administration would be tempted to tap into its huge database to, say,
check on who might have been calling reporters at the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Yorker
- or now USA Today - where significant national security stories have been published?

Or during Campaign 2004, wouldn't the White House have been eager to know whether, say, Kerry had been
in touch with foreign officials who might have been worried about Bush gaining a second term?
Or what about calls to and from Patrick Fitzgerald while he investigates Valerie Plame?
 
 

Note: Consortiumnews.com  is the most important site in the Internet

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Quotes

"The Canadian and U.S. leaders could not be more different. Stephen Harper is a
  genuine intellectual, brilliant in his understanding of issues. I think I'll leave it at that."
     -- Frank Luntz, Republican pollster   Link
 

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Bush Fails to Deny NSA Data Collection

 Link

 Excerpt:
Bush did not confirm or deny that the NSA was collecting records of tens of millions
of ordinary Americans' phone calls.

"Our intelligence activities strictly target al-Qaida and their known affiliates," Bush said.
"We're not mining or trolling through the personal lives of millions of innocent Americans."

Look at the words they prepared for him.
They "target" Al Qaeda, but he refuses to say no non-terrorists have been monitored.
And he also keeps saying they target "known Al Qaeda associates."
That means there are tens of millions of Al Qaeda inside the United States?
 

Bush said any domestic intelligence-gathering measures he's approved are "lawful,"
and he says "appropriate" members of Congress have been briefed.

The disclosure could complicate Bush's bid to confirm wiretapper Gen. Hayden as CIA director.

Sure, the action is legal because Bush said it was, and anything Bush says is legal in "wartime."
And maybe Congress was notified, but it's illegal for them to say what was said.

If Bush says, "I killed two of Gannon's hookers last night," they can't reveal that.
 

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Subject: Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck is the biggest douchebag I've ever, and I mean EVER, heard on the radio.
The fact he has a radio show makes one aware of the number of  morons in the USA.

I enjoy your site.
Dan in Miami
 

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"Facing a storm of criticism over a report that the NSA is seeking data on every phone call
  made in the United States, Bush stepped before the TV cameras to launch a defense.
  The short version: 9/11, 9/11, 9/11, and leaks are really bad things."
        --Tim Grieve,  Link
 

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Subject: Bill and Poppy

Bart, re: yesterday's consortiumnews.com article, I have thought this was true for a long time.

Bill Clinton gave Poppy Bush a pass on all the s*it he did and still does to this day.
  Bob B in Simi
 

As far as I know, this is the first time I've disagreed with Robert Parry.

Parry wrote:

> "He was going to try to work with these guys, compromise, build working relationships."

>  Clinton's relatively low regard for the value of truth and accountability...
 

I'm not sure those two sentences are the same thing, but I'm certainly not going to scream insults
at Robert Parry because he has that opinion and I don't share it.

Was it a mistake for Clinton to try to make nice with America's Republicans?
Yes, in hindsight it was, but that's easy to say now.

It's possible (Get in the Wabac Machine) that "letting it go" could have ushered in a new era
that was like the old days when Tip O'Neill had a beer with Howard Baker after work.
(Here's where people write to tell me how stupid I am, because I said that was possible.)

But no, the Fascist Dogs threw the rulebook away because Bill beat their brains in - twice.
Pre-Clinton, you never went after an opponent's sex life.  If you drove your hooker into the Tidal Basin,
the other side made you pay, but the pre-Clinton GOP never called the press on Wilbur Mills.

As far as Clinton fund-raising for tsunami victims with Bush - is that really a bad thing?
(I assume that's what "to this day" means.)
 

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'West Wing' Made TV History

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 Excerpt:
As The West Wing approaches Sunday's finale, it leaves a broadcast legacy presidents might envy:
The Bartlet administration saga won four straight best-drama Emmys early in its seven-season tenure,
averaging nearly 19 million viewers for new episodes at its 2001-02 peak. More important, it is seen
as groundbreaking in depicting politics and government on TV.

"Sorkin says he'll leave legacy talk for others. He notes, however, that perceptions changed after 9/11.

"Rooting for fictional heroes after the attacks was hard because there were so many real ones to root for," he said.
"And because the perception of Bartlet was that was he was liberal and the perception of George Bush is that he's
conservative, it became slightly un-American to like The West Wing."
 

That, and it became un-America to dislike murdering innocent Iraqis.
This show died because NBC wanted to go to war and Sheen didn't.
NBC, along with most of the American whore media shares Bush's bloody legacy.
 

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Why Bush can't Govern

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 Excerpt:
Recent personnel changes under Joshua Bolten have already begun to follow a pattern. An anonymous official
indicates that the time has come for a senior head to rollóbe it Scott McClellan, John Snow (still at Treasury)
or Porter Goss at the CIA. The unnamed official avers that we need someone competent and qualified in this
important position, as if this novel idea had just occurred to the president and his advisers.

Perhaps Bush is to be commended, even at this late stage, for attempting to place more capable people in
positions of authority in his administration. But for a presidency that has already entered its graveyard spiral,
this human-resources initiative comes too late.
 

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 Subject: Groundless lawsuits

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Quotes

"Republicans talk about cutting spending, but they increase it -- a lot.
  They stand for making government smaller, but they keep making it bigger.
  They say they're concerned about our borders, but they're not securing them.
  And they seem to think we're slobs for worrying."
     -- Peggy Noonan, turning on Der Monkey? Link
 

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Subject: can't trust Harvard

Two reasons:   First, they allowed junior to attend and graduate from their MBA program
which is as unlikely Cheney showing some compassion.

Secondly, there are economic ties with the Harvard Endowment and I surmise with the university itself.

Once Bush joined the firm, Harken began a tremendous period of growth. Barely a month after Bush came aboard,
the company received a huge capital infusion from Harvard Management Company, which manages Harvard's vast
endowment. Aeneas Venture Corp., the venture capital investment arm of Harvard Management, agreed to invest
$20 million in Harken and buy $2 million  in newly issued Harken stock.

http://www.publicintegrity.org/report.aspx?aid=196

So, it's no wonder that they would find that 60% of the malpractice suits are "frivolous,"
one of GWB's favorite phrases. Nor that the conclusion fits nicely into the insurance companies'
efforts to promote 'tort reform' of mandated caps on non-economic damages.

Like democracy, objectivity is taking a major beating.

Your friend,
Turk Meister
 

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Subject: Chocolate contest

Bart, just wanted to drop you a quick note letting you know
that the chocolate arrived today and its great!  Thanks again!
-Cory
 

This Week's South's Finest Chocolate Quiz:

Two female guests were on David Spade's The Showbiz Show last night.
What two TV shows made the two women famous?
One show has a one-word title, the other has a two-word title.


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The first person to answer that correctly wins a pound 
of South's Finest Chocolate, the best ever.

The correct answer will be just three words.

 I know that, Bart!



FOX News Poll: Stagnant in Iraq

 Link

 Excerpt:
Many adults in the United States believe the coalition effort has reached a point of stagnation, according to
a poll released by Fox News.    52 % think no real progress has been made in Iraq over the past year.

At least 2,425 American soldiers have died, and more than 17,900 troops have been wounded in action.
 

How can he keep a war going when even FOX News is against him?
 

 Comments


Subject: Malpractice Cases

Bart, you wrote:

> They're saying the billion-dollar insurance conglomerates are too eager to pay "victims?"
> I smell a rat.
 

I Agree. They're going to say again that we need tort reform 'cause it's too expensive on the system.
Well, the f-ing corporations/gov't & the insurance companies are stealing the damn system dry.
People forget that the cost of lawsuits is part of the cost for rights & democracy. The corp. arguement is a fallacy.
We should pay for those things. Like welfare, they aren't 1/10 of 1% of the budget. No real drain at all.
They want to deregulate to up the rape - of their own country no less!!
Corporations are the biggest welfare queens in the history of the world - the Secret-Handshake Fuckers

 Bob
 

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 Iraq pumps 2,000,000 barrels a day,
(and that was before the 2002 Halliburton Upgrade)
 times today's oil price which is $74.68 a barrel
makes $149,360,000 Bush stole just yesterday

...add to that, Iran pumps FOUR M barrels a day.

Once the sick bastard invades, that's 6 M barrels a day
times today's oil price which is  $72.13 a barrel
makes $448,800,000 dollars Bush will steal daily

No wonder they were so eager to start a war

...and what did it cost us?

2432  2436 soldiers
 


 

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Stephen Colbert: New American Hero

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 Excerpt:
Virtually overnight, Stephen Colbert became a hero to countless Americans, following his
April 30 performance at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner.

Since then, millions of people have either watched the video or read the transcript of his skewering
of both the president and the press corps, and have discussed it avidly. Tens of thousands of people
have gone to the website ThankYouStephenColbert.com and written letters of appreciation.

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It truly was one of those moments of media shock and delight.
 
 

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Instead of Vetoing Bills, Bush Disregards Them

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 Excerpt:
Bush signed a military spending bill in December that included an amendment banning the cruel, inhuman
or degrading treatment of foreign prisoners. Then he put a statement in the Federal Register asserting his
right to ignore the ban when necessary, in his judgment, to protect Americans from terrorism.ou k

Bush signed a new Patriot Act and said at a public ceremony that civil liberties would be protected. Then he quietly
inserted another statement in the Federal Register that virtually nullified one of those amendments, a requirement that
he report to Congress on the FBI's use of its powers under the Patriot Act to seize library, bookstore and business records.

Civics textbooks say presidents have two choices when Congress passes a bill that's not completely to their liking:
They can sign it into law, or they can veto it and let Congress try to override them.

Bush is resorting to a third option: signing a bill while reserving the right to disregard any part of it
that he considers an infringement on his executive authority or constitutional powers.
 

Our country is spinning out of control.
Who will step up and say, "Enough?"
 

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Subject: When the government breaks the law...

The NSA is breaking the law. They are illegally tracking every phone call you make.
When you cal your friends and family the government know who you are calling, when you called,
and how long you talked. And it's all illegal.

The under the law the NSA is required to go to a special court set up specifically to issue warrants
and to oversee the NSA.    The NSA refuses to obey the law.   The insist on acting outside the law.

They are asserting that no law applies to them and no court has authority over them.
When the government breaks the law then there is no law.

Marc Perkel
San Francisco, CA.
 

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Who Owns the Rights on Tamiflu?

 Link

 Excerpt:
The fundamental issue is who owns the intellectual property rights over  Tamiflu.
The media reports suggest that the Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche will make billions.

While the drug is produced by Roche, it was developed by Gilead Sciences Inc.which
owns the intellectual property rights. Gilead has outsourced the production to Roche.

Rumsfeld was appointed Chairman of Gilead  in 1997, before he became Bush's Sec of Defense.
Rumsfeld had been on the Board of Directors from the establishment of Gilead in 1987.
 

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Subject: Fed up

Bart:

I don't know if the accumulated weight of the Bush administration's lies and crimes have built up
to the extent that I just reached my breaking point, or this news of the government grabbing my
phone records just hit me on a bad day. Either way, I am truly outraged.

Fascism is creeping up on the American people and the majority of us just sit here, sucking our thumbs
and saying "Well, why worry if you have nothing to hide?". A shrinking percentage of cowards support
the loss of their constitutional rights because they want Bush to keep them "safe".

I called my reps to demand that they fight the confirmation of Michael Hayden.
I hope you encourage all your readers to do so.

Remember - in the long run, we will have the government we deserve.
Love the site.
 Jim
 

Jim, when a Republican says, "...if you have nothing to hide," Democrats should fight back with,
"Can we all listen to your calls and read your e-mails?  After all, if you have nothing to hide..."
 

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Subject: prescott bush, glenn beck and a good laugh

You mentioned Glenn Beck ("racist bastard") on CNN literally laughing off Prescott Bush's alleged "big crime"
of stealing Geronimo's skull...and thanks for your comments on the inherent and vicious racism in that...

Yes, they had a great time laughing at Native Americans over that one.
It reminded me of Savage tells a gay caller to"get AIDS and die!"
 

Did Beck mention that Senator Prescott Bush was censured by Congress in 1943  for continuing to dealing with Hitler?

No, that's never mentioned by people who depend on government approval and trust me,
all news organizations depend on Karl Rove for their talking points.
 

What tiny pretensions to credibility CNN ever had are totally dead.
 Billy J
 

One of the biggest problems Democrats have is that the GOP has a"news network" that tells stupid
and vicious lies about our side and they cheerlead for every unconstitutional crime Der Monkey pulls.

The Democrats got nothing, and CNN gets more Nazi every day.
 

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Veronica Mars Series? Finale

 Link

 Excerpt:
Beaver's suicide may have been one of the most chilling and poignant scenes I've seen on TV this season.
The moment when he asked Logan and Veronica what exactly he had to live for, followed by their silence,
and then Beaver nonchalantly stepping off the building, followed by the howl of car alarms and the looks
of shock, awe, and horror that passed across the faces of Veronica and Logan like dark clouds ó unforgettable.
I fully suspect that a deep-thinking pop culture analyst will soon write a book that will cite that moment as
some kind of profound statement about today's chew 'em up, spit 'em out youth culture, or at least the dramatic
embodiment of overstated adolescent drama. Which is all to say that the events on the hotel rooftop seemed to
transpire on an almost mythic level. It was, to use a Logan term, ''epic.''
 
 

I would've shot the little bastard in less than half-a-heartbeat.

He blew up a school bus full of kids - that'd be enough right there.
He blew a plane out of the sky because his molester was one of the passengers.
He "roofied" and raped the star of the show, and juries soooo love a good, clean ending.
 

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Victoria Beckham - Not on the List?

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