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Tuesday Aug 22, 2006 Vol
1823 - Deranged wacko
"I allowed Lamont to distort my position on
Iraq. He made me into
a cheerleader for George Bush on everything
-- Joe "Kiss me, George" Lieberman, Bush's top cheerleader,
Friedman Should Resign
by Robert Parry
New York Times foreign policy analyst Thomas
L. Friedman finally has come to the conclusion
that George W. Bush's invasion of Iraq - which
Friedman enthusiastically supported with the
clever slogan "give war a chance" - wasn't such
a good idea after all.
Noting that "it is now obvious that we are not
midwifing democracy in Iraq. We are babysitting
a civil war," Friedman wrote, "that means 'staying
the course' is pointless, and it's time to start
thinking about Plan B - how we might disengage
with the least damage possible." [NYT, Aug. 4, 2006]
Yet, despite this implicit admission that the
war has unnecessarily killed tens of thousands of Iraqis
and more than 2,600 U.S. soldiers, Friedman continues
to slight Americans who resisted the rush
to war in the first place.
Twelve days after his shift in position, Friedman
demeaned Americans who opposed the Iraq War
as "antiwar activists who haven't thought a whit
about the larger struggle we're in," presumably a
reference to the threat from Islamic extremism.
[NYT, Aug. 16, 2006]
Note: consortiumnews.com is the
most important site on the internet
Bush admit the obvious about Iraq?
by Helen Thomas
President Bush is confident of ultimate success
in Iraq, and he is patiently waiting
for its achievement. I'm certain that unicorns
exist, and I'm willing to hang around
till they show up in my yard. We may both be
deluded, but my delusion is a good
deal less costly than his.
Subject: support for Her
Help me understand your position on "her."
Are you for the Democratic frontrunner? or are
you for HRC?
Looks like Gore is trailing by just 5 points.
In a scientific poll?
Or a rigged poll at some super-big liberal website?
Will you throw your support to him if he becomes
Probably, if he's a clear front-runner (more than
2-3 points) but only if
he promises to fight this time. Wait, he promised
last time, too, so I dunno.
I for one will vote for him over my usual 3rd
party pick if he chooses to go for it.
Robert in Austin
So, *I* am voting Dem for sure and you're a maybe?
Why are you questioning me if I'm the only certain Demo vote in this
betrayed by Bush
The alliance between Bush and his pet Poodle
is in danger after it was revealed that the Poodle
believes his master has 'let him down badly'
over the Middle East crisis. A senior Downing Street
source said that, privately, Poodle broadly agrees
with John Prescott, who said Mr Bush's record
on the issue was 'crap'. The source said:
'We all feel badly let down by Bush. We thought we had
persuaded him to take the Israel-Palestine situation
seriously, but we were wrong. How can anyone
have faith in a man of such low intellect?'"
If you'd been reading bartcop.com you guys would've
known back in 2000
that Bush was more stupid than a bag of horseshit.
"Many Democrats want to leave Iraq before the
job is done.
I can't tell you exactly when it's
going to be done...
-- Der Monkey Link
Can you guess, within 3,000 lives, how much longer your
blundering quagmire will be killing our soldiers?
Subject: more Hillary info
It is not enough that YOU say she leads in every
List the polls with links, or news stories with
Dave, if you're insinuating that I'm lying, why not bet $100 on it?
If you're going to throw down the gaunlet, throw that mother down.
I'm too busy to locate the FACTS for you for free.
Vultures & JonBenet
The top story on TV news lately has not been
the Iraq war or Lebanon or oil prices
that affect millions of citizens. TV's top story
- JonBenet - affects very few people.
In a media system dominated by entertainment conglomerates,
we get stories saturated by sex,
violence and celebrity: OJ, Princess Di, JonBenet,
JFK Jr., Condit/Levy, child abductions (blonde girls),
Laci Peterson, the runaway bride, the missing
teen in Aruba, etc.
The Murdochs and Disneys and GEs that own our
media system much prefer a nation of mindless
consumers and spectators over a nation of informed
citizens. TV viewers know all the JonBenet or
OJ details - and almost nothing about how big
corporations lobby against us in Washington..
I agree with that, but isn't there some room for a bona fide mystery?
How did the killer get in the house without being seen or heard?
How did the killer know he had time to write three different drafts
of his ransom note?
If John was a gun owner and saw him, he'd be dead. Who gambles like
Early evidence (his wife, his lack of travel funds etc) suggests he's
not the guy, but that means
it's a coincidence that Karr and the killer both sign notes
with "SBTC?" Hard to buy that.
Same with OJ.
How did he take a shower, drive across town and get rid of the knife
and the wet suit
(he must have been wearing one or his hair would be caked in blood)
in 20-30 minutes?
And the others...
OJ made fools of the bungling/crooked
LA cops. Why would they draw OJ's blood,
then take it to the crime scene, then lose some
so Cochran could scream, "Planted evidence?"
OJ's case taught the bungling
Boulder cops nothing - they made all the same mistakes.
JFK Jr - Lots of motives, lots
of reasons to want him dead and very few answers
Condit/Levy - cops couldn't
find a cadaver if it sat on the detective's desk
Blondes - how hard it is to
hide a body on a tiny island? Nobody saw anything?
Laci Peterson - don't get me
The runaway bride - sure, that
was one nutty woman, not a national mystery or crooked cops.
Maybe if the cops could learn to do their damn jobs, the public could
get some answers
instead of endless speculation about today's biggest mysteries.
Subject: I need another WPE shirt
I already gave my WPE shirt away after one wearing
(I'm a bleeding heart).
The gal I gave it to wore it over in eastern
Montana (the supposed Republican
side of the state), and got free drinks all night.
Please send ASAP as I'm thirsty!
Connie in Montana
No sooner had bombing stopped last week than Hezbollah
busy clearing rubble, and Hezbollah social workers
Perhaps Bush should ask Hezbollah to take over
rebuilding New Orleans.
Another good point is:
Israel killed a lot of civilians and destroyed
much of Lebanon.
Hezbollah is there with food and medicine, helping
So who is a better friend to Lebanon?
of all walkbacks
Saw it on APJ.us
BUSH The terrorists killed 3,000 of
our citizens before we started
the freedom agenda in the Middle East.
Q: What did Iraqi have to do with that?
BUSH: What did Iraq have to do with what?
ha ha - he's so
Q: The attacks on the World Trade Center.
Bush: Nothing. Except for it's part of - and
nobody's ever suggested in this administration that
Saddam ordered the attack.
Boy, is Bush parsing his words, and not about
a blowjob, either.
No, they never did say Hussein "ordered the attack."
But they did justify the war
on Iraq by claiming "overwhelming evidence" that
the two were "connected."
"Iraqi insurgents killed 20 people and injured
300 over the weekend. But in a sign of
how routine the bloodshed has become,
the military reported 'relatively little violence.'"
--Think Progress, Link
The two-party system is hosed - two choices is
not really a choice...
What good does it do to talk about a situation
we're not in?
You might as well say, "If
this were China.." but we're not in China.
We're in the situation we're in. We should
deal with that.
Subject: aggressive war and the
You like to cite these well reasoned pieces from
pointing out that the Iraq
Attack was a world-historical crime of the first
order, and yet you insist on claiming that those in
Congress (Hilary) who voted to give the monkey
the go ahead for the attack did the only responsible thing.
Look, I'm not saying that they should be strung
up like the Chimp should be, but since I firmly believe that
they knew that Bush intended to use the
Army he'd massed in Kuwait no matter what the inspectors found
or what the Security Council decided, don't they
share some responsibility? It was obvious in Fall '02 that
the Congress was the only institution with a
chance of stopping the war -- but the "yes" voters chose not to do it.
You seem to be bending over backwards to say Bush didn't tell any lies.
You used to back up your defense of the "yes"
voters in Congress by claiming knowledge of a "Nancy Grace
guarantee," secret CIA Briefing which falsely
assured the senate that Bush wasn't lying about the smoking-gun
-mushroom-clouds. Recently, however, you
admitted that calling it a "guarantee briefing" was probably a bit
of an exaggeration. You now rest your case
on the following syllogism: if the senate vote for the Iraq Attack
based on what they heard at a secret CIA briefing,
then the fake "evidence" presented at the briefing must
have been convincing to the senate.
My words are my words.
If someone else exxaggerates my position, I tell them to scale it back.
That's not a retreat on my part.
Of course, by the same logic, if there were Representatives
who voted against the Iraq Attack
despite attending that CIA briefing, then it
follows that those Representatives found the fake
"evidence" unconvincing. Given that the
majority of Democrats in Congress voted against the
Iraq Attack, it would appear that the "evidence"
was none too persuasive.
I don't think the majority of senate Democrats voted against the resolution
to use for IF NECESSARY.
I know Feingold did, I can't name another, but there might be.
Now, voting for aggressive war based on less than
persuasive evidence is a bit of a crime in itself,
don't you think?
I think a poorly thought out argument is a crime.
We don't know what was said in the briefing, but you're cock-sure it
was less than persuasive?
I'd like to get you to a poker table so you can place large bets on
that which is unknown.
If you agree that W should be tried at the
Hague, how can you defend his enablers in Congress?
It's not a matter of charging them with complicity
in the conspiracy, it's just a matter of ceasing to pretend
that the "yes" voters were the responsible, patriotic
ones and that the "no" voters weren't.
My two cents.
Neal in Batavia
Oh, don't short-change yourself. I think your reasoning might be worth
a full four cents.
That bold statement is your whole position - that Bush could not
have had the CIA lie.
Bottom line: We don't know what was said in the briefing so it's hard
to say, but whatever it was,
it convinced them that action need to be taken.
My position is Bush lied to get the senate Democrats to vote to protect
A vote to protect the country is not always a bad thing..
It's reeeeeeeeeeal easy to look back and say,
"Why didn't they know in 2003 what we know
This is more like it.
I was really disappointed when Neil was on The
Daily Show - politics never came up.
I think Jon was so star-struck, he just wanted
to ask him what it's like being Neil Young.
Subject: dream scenario
Here's my dream scenario -- the Democrats take
over both houses of Congress in November,
impeach Bush and Cheney simultaneously and remove
them from office. That would make the
Speaker of the House the president (either Jack
Murtha or Nancy Pelosi would be fine with me).
Then Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld are shipped to
The Hague to stand trial for war crimes.
All Bush political appointees are fired and replaced
by the highest ranking career civil service employee
at the various agencies. Congress also re-institutes
the broadcasting fairness doctrine which would put
right wing radio and TV out of business but would
leave the internet untouched since we can compete
with them there because it doesn't take a gazillion
bucks to start a web site.
Of course this won't happen until the Democrats
get rid of their little pink tutus.
Gary, I love Jack Murtha for what he's doing, but they say he's waaaaaaay
to my right.
America would never stand for the BFEE bastards to be sent overseas
I suggest we repeal the tax breaks for the super-rich and grab the
these bastards made from the blood of our soldiers. That
would hurt them.
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I wore that great tee shirt you sent me at this
fest and I was treated like a celebrity.
With over 150,000 in attendance, it was definitely
an anti-bush, anti-police state crowd,
under the bluest skies you'll ever see. Enclosed
is a picture of Randi Rhodes addressing the crowd.
R K in Seattle
While Ann Coulter conquers
Ann Coulter saturates the entire hard core base
of the conservative and Republican machine.
She launches on talk radio, Sean and Rush, etc.
Then, she moves to conservative cable, with Fox,
MSNBC and CNBC, giving her the megaphone.
Meanwhile, conservative financed publishing,
conservative financed newsletters, and the conservative
financed magazines give her a publicity blast.
Then, finally, the networks.
Trust me: mark November on your calendar, for
the next fearmongering scare that will be broadcast
and rebroadcast, written and then re-written,
though the same conservative media machine, then the
same conservative cable channels, then the Fox-Lite
cable, then the networks will have an election eve
debate about whether liberals are dangerous to
Perhaps by then, Air America will put out a press
I heard Randi Rhodes say she had orders NOT to talk about the Ohio theft
Democrats still have the majority, but you wouldn't know it to turn
on a TV or a radio.
Why can't the majority get a word in? Why does Nazi hate
We won three popular vote elections in a row (before Kerry skull-boned
the popular point of view can't be found on America's airwaves?
There's money to be made by giving the majority what they want - why
can't we get it?
Phil Donahue had the biggest show on MSGOP and they took him off the
he said there was no reason to attack a defenseless, third world country
MSGOP lost money to please Der Boy Fuhrer - why?
Why does capitalism lose to Fascism?
Subject: war can be solved
Even though cultures and religions have been at
war for thousands of years the problem
of war can be solved. In order to have a war
there has to be an agreement to go to war.
This agreement comes from a Vocabulary
In the Middle East Muslims and Jews kill each
other, but in San Francisco Muslims and Jews
march together to protest for peace. The reason
San Francisco is different than the Middle East
is that San Francisco uses the Vocabulary of
Peace and the Middle East uses the Vocabulary of War.
We respect each other here. In San Francisco "we"
are all "us", fellow members of the human community.
Over there "they" are "terrorists" or "Infidels"
and "they" deserve to die.
The Vocabulary of Peace humanizes people. The
Vocabulary of War dehumanizes them.
The difference is in the vocabulary and I think
that if we change the vocabulary we can change the world.
It's harder to kill people when you see them
as individuals. And they have a harder time hating you
when you are being respectful and considerate.
San Francisco, CA.
to get real.
Bart's friend Ray
I had it taken at the Ft. Smith National Cemetery
-- to suggest
one reason WHY I think the giggling murderer
is the WPE.
I'm not very happy about the way things
are going in America.
It's hard for me to be happy in a place where
all I can think of
is the thousands of people the WORST PRESIDENT
is getting killed -- in my name and under my
That's why I look so sad in this picture.
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Bart's advice, somewhat...
Senseless for IA and NH to pick a president
Democrats agreed to shake up tradition by wedging
Nevada between Iowa and New Hampshire
in the 2008 presidential nominating calendar
and adding South Carolina soon afterward.
Advocates say it will force candidates to develop
a broader message that extends beyond
the concerns of voters in Iowa and New Hampshire.
But the altered schedule poses risks.
New Hampshire, for example, is threatening to
move its primary even earlier, despite the
possibility that Democrats would punish candidates
who campaign in states that cheat.
Hey, screw New Hampshire.
There's no reason why they get to pick our nominee every four years.
I've read quotes from Hamsterites like:
"I ain't voting for nobody unless I done shaked
Screw that ultra-elitist crap, and screw those stupid-ass traditions
The idea that Wesley Clark had to go to some handjob eatery in 2004
and put on an apron
and flip pancakes for Hamsterites is so stupid it's hard to believe
that idiotic ritual still exists.
I don't give a goddamn if Clark can flip pancakes - who the hell cares?
ALL that kissing babies and putting on a giant condom suit crappola
makes me sick.
I have an idea:
Maybe the candidate could act like a dignified citizen instead of a
If I ran a campaign, my
candidate wouldn't play the fool because "it's
Screw tradition - let's concentrate on winning.
Subject: BCR Show 96
Show 96 was super. I hope you can find some way
to streamline your radio production
so that it won't be such a hassle for you, because
every show is really a treat.
Clips, music, commentary -- even the fuck-ups
I now have the same opinion of the radio show
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You are really doing great work and I hope you...
Subject: Randi who?
Note: A dude named Richard went to Seattle's
He wrote and said, "Was
hot. was cool. was high. Randi who?"
I straightened him out, saying, in shorthand,
"Randi Rhodes is the best person on our side - bar none.
Listen to her on Air America weekday afternoons.
You won't believe it."
Richard didn't like my shorthand.
When you or anyone else says, "best person on
our side", my back goes up.
Can't help it.
Dude, neither can I.
You have to deal with your own problems - I can't
First of all, while I am far more inclined to
opt for Randi than, say, Pigboy, she's just one person.
Cindy Sheehan doesn't speak for me, nor does
anyone else on the left. And Bart, I am radical left.
Not proud of it, just the way it is, and always
has been for about forty years. I am not McCarthy
material, but I'm the next best thing that Bush
& CO. might seize upon immediately to call unpatriotic.
Dude, have a good time at Hempfest?
Thanks for acquiescing that Randi might
be a better person than the vulgar Pigboy.
I'm not really sure who Randi speaks for. You
and I are on the same side, with disagreements.
Randi Rhodes is no doubt there ...but she doesn't
speak for me.
I have lived for decades with the understanding
that only I speak for me.
Dude, trust me - Randi would be a severe
And I was far too stoned to listen to her anyway.
Her mic rang like Hendrix's feedback.
I never made out a word she said. At the end
of it, there was a segment of the crowd who cheered wildly.
It was only by reading Bartcop that I knew that
Randi Rhodes was the one giving the opening speech.
So - you were high and the local sound system
wasn't perfect, so you reject the messenger?
That's bad luck for you, because Randi is spectacular.
Randi Rhodes and Mike Malloy make me want to
forget doing BartCop Radio.
The 'best person on our side'?
That's a rather simplistic viewpoint, my friend.
It's shorthand, I'm a busy dude.
I mean no disrespect with that.
For years, people wrote and asked if I'd ever heard of Randi Rhodes
out of West Palm Beach.
I said no, but that I was sure she's good in her own little small time
Then she went to Air America and I heard four hours of her one Sunday
and I couldn't turn her off.
She can rattle off a dozen Bush crimes in a single breath. She remembers
names, dates and events
like she's part prosecutor and part encyclopedia and the best part?
She's like Bart with an IQ of 164 in a really bad mood.
Richard, you should hear her before you say she's not the best.
Iraq pumps 2,000,000 barrels
(and that was before the 2003 Halliburton Upgrade)
output up to 2.5M barrels per day
times today's oil price which is going
Bush will steal every day.
You heard it here first.
Oil is going to $100 a barrel, then to $200
No wonder they were so eager to start a war
Bush's "Bring 'em on"
death taunt is up to...
They got FOUR yesterday,
so Bush can claim he didn't cut & run.
Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween,
Bush will have killed
more Americans than his old partner Osama.
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I'm convinced that one or both of JonBenet's
parents are responsible for her murder.
This is my opinion, her parents never been charged
and there is no hard evidence to convict them.
But even if JonBenet's parents are not directly
responsible for her death, they are still indirectly
liable because they dressed their daughter like
a floozy and coached her to act like a temptress.
Dressing a 6-year old girl like a grown woman
may have won her many beauty contests,
but it also exposed her to the attention of dangerous
Have you noticed how creepy the pictures are on CNN?
They zoom in on JenBenet's face, so all you can see are her two eyes?
As if we're peering into the dead girl's soul?
CNN is run by pervs, but I guess you already knew that.
We already know the Republicans are running on
9/11. They are undoubtedly gearing up for a
five year anniversary commemoration in which
the subtext, as always, will be portrayal of Republicans
as being strong enough and tough enough to keep
the country safe compared to the vacuous and naive
Democratic ninnies. The Republicans are counting
on it to remind people of Bush's Bullhorn moment,
lying with a paid-for actor dressed as a fireman.
It was a stunt, while standing on
bodies of the dead, and then he lied. He promised to make "those
people pay," then he
Saddam's oil and John Coward Kerry refused to mention it at the New York
Do you think the BFEE made 9-11 a "September Surprise" because
another "October Surprise" would've been too obvious?
Do you think it's a coincidence that elections will always he held
soon after another 9-11 anniversary so they can use fear to
That brings us to the other big pageant this fall.
A few days before 9/11 we are going to
memorialize another day of national horror: the
death of a huge swathe of an American city,
while the president and John McCain shared a
few laughs over birthday cake.
Uh, Bart, you're the one claiming to know her
innermost thoughts and motivations
That's why you dismiss her every misstep.
I guess that's possible - OR - I have a half-sense
of politics in my blood,
and sometimes I can see the smart move and She's
all about making the smart move.
The last two lines of your retort to [that
hater] sound as if you're describing Joan
And the last line was
> If only people were willing to put their
money where their hatred is.
Why do they criticize her?
Because she's so transparent.
Everything is so calculated.
Dude, those are hard charges to refute.
Like everyone with a bitch against Her, there's
no meat to your accusation.
The Number One reason to reject our front-runner
is, "She's so transparent?"
is so calculated?"
That's why we're going to let the
BFEE continue to rape the world?
Because Hillary is "transparent" and "calculated?"
The Democratic Party as constituted today is doomed.
The Progressives have had enough.
Hilary will stick with the DLC/DNC.
John, ...take a deep breath.
You "Progressives" had enough in 2000, too, remember?
That threw America back 50 years - that's not progress.
The Bush bastards must be stopped.
Who can stop him?
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