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Tuesday-Weekend  Feb 6-11, 2007  Vol 1923 - Quagmire addict

Quote of the Day

"Voters basically fired Bush in the last election. 
  Now we're watching him clean out his desk." 
      -- Tom Friedman   Link

In Today's Tequila Treehouse...
Still No Habeas Rights 
Iranian envoy seized 
Doubts on Strategery
Hillary's Good news 
Fascists block debate 
Libby's Cheney's Trial 
Stance Echoes Iraq
Bush's Gulf of Tonkin 
Lacey Chabert's 'God' 



"The Iraqi people cannot flourish under a dictator that oppresses them--threatens them."
"Our struggle is not with the Iranian people. As a matter of fact, we want them to flourish." 
"Iraq is land rich in culture and resources and talent.
"Iranian people are proud people, and they've got a great history and tradition." 
    -- Bush, talking about Iran using the same phrases he used for Iraq, via Olbermann  Link

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Still No Habeas Rights for You
  by Robert Parry

Despite assurances from the major U.S. news media that American citizens retain their habeas corpus rights
to a fair trial - even if non-citizens don't - Justice Department lawyers have reasserted their claim that Bush
has the power to lock up anyone he chooses as an "enemy combatant" and effectively throw away the key.

"A citizen, no less than an alien, can be an enemy combatant," administration lawyer David B. Salmons told
a federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, on Feb. 1, adding that on such issues, the courts cannot
interfere with the President's wartime judgments.

Salmons did pledge that the Executive Branch will use care in deciding who is designated an "enemy combatant."
In response to one judge's question about the President applying the tag to an activist from PETA, Salmons joked,
"the representative of PETA can sleep well at night."

Nevertheless, Salmons argued that the judgment on who is deemed an "enemy combatant"
is solely the discretion of President Bush.

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"On the whole over the last two weeks, 
  some of the news for Iraq is slightly optimistic." 
     -- Bill Kristol, clearly insane, Link

"The Iraqi Interior Ministry estimates that about 1,000 people have been killed 
  in the past week due to gunbattles, drive-by shootings and bomb attacks." 
     -- Whore CNN,     Link

"Iraqi officials said on Thursday that nearly 2,000 civilians
  had died in January, a new monthly high." 
      -- Steve Negus,    Link

 Hey Bill, if Iraq is doing better, why don't you pay a visit?

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Iranian envoy seized in Iraq 
 Anything to increase tensions with Iran...


Gunmen wearing Iraqi army uniforms seized an Iranian diplomat as he drove through Baghdad. 
Tehran blamed Bush, which threatened to raise already sharp tensions between the two rivals. 

One official said the diplomat was detained by a special Iraqi army unit that reports to the U.S. military. 
But a military spokesman denied any U.S. troops or Iraqis that report to them were involved.

"We've checked with our units and it was not an MNF-I (Multi-National Forces - Iraq) unit 
that participated in that event," military spokesman Lt. Col. Christopher Garver said.

Why was an Iranian diplomat driving around Baghdad as tho there was no civil war going on?.

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"Why was the White House so nervous in the summer of 2003 about the CIA's reporting on 
alleged Iraqi attempts to buy uranium from Niger to build a nuclear bomb? The trial record 
suggests a simple answer: The White House was worried that the CIA would reveal that it had 
been pressured to support Bush claims about Iraqi WMDs. This trial is about a cover-up that failed." 
    -- David Ignatius,    Link

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Fascists block Senate debate on Iraq


Republicans blocked a full-fledged Senate debate over Iraq on Monday, but Democrats vowed
they still would find a way to force Bush to change course in his bloody, senseless quagmire.

"We must heed the results of the November elections and the wishes of the American people,"
whined the pitifull and helpless Harry Reid.

Reid, whined moments before a vote that sidetracked a nonbinding measure expressing
disagreement with Bush's plan to deploy an additional 21,500-50,000 troops to Iraq.

The vote was 49-47, or 11 short of the 60 needed to go ahead with debate,
and left the fate of the measure uncertain.

For YEARS, the Democrats whined, "We're powerless, they control everything, 
there's nothing we can do to stop them because they are the majority."

Now that we have power, we hear the same damn thing.

If the Democrats were so powerless then, why are the Republicans so powerful now?
Why aren't the Fascist bastards powerless top stop the Democrats in the majority?

Can somebody explain that to me?

Democrats asked for our money to stop Bush, we gave and they won the election,
but what has changed if the Fascist bastards still call the shots?


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Subject: Hi from Jakarta

Dear Bart-

Two weeks ago I was leaving my place in Jakarta for a two week job assignment in East Java
and watching Fox News which was "reporting" with apparent glee a story about Barrack Obama's
ties with radical Islamic fundamentalism when he was a school boy.

I missed the subsequent debunking of the story in the USA and the whole non-HRC connection
since I was on the road - but anyway the point is, when I returned yesterday I discovered that
the Jakarta Post had also looked into the issue.

Here's a Link

While sitting in a bar in Surabaya, I was asked by an Irishman and a German guy to explain how
America had been so stupid to have not once but twice elected a man so stupid as president.
I could only state my belief that he is without a doubt the worst president ever and that his
being in office had much to my current status as a man without a country.

The Irish guy told me that Fox News was currently the most hilarious programming on television
and gave hope to the world that comedy in America is not dead.

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Doubts on Bush's Strategery


A pessimistic new National Intelligence Estimate released Friday described the Iraqi government as 
"hard-pressed" to achieve sectarian reconciliation, even in the unlikely event that violence diminishes. 
Without directly mentioning Maliki, it noted that "the absence of unifying leaders among the Arab Sunni 
or Shia with the capacity to speak for or exert control over their confessional groups limits prospects."

Several senior officials involved in formulating the political and economic aspects of Bush's strategy, 
along with a number of informed outsiders who refused to be identified by name. Other sources refused 
to be even anonymously quoted, describing the administration as standing on the brink of an intricate 
combination of maneuvers whose outcome is far from assured.

The foundation of the strategy is not new -- U.S. policy since the March 2003 invasion has been to use 
American military might, money and know-how to foster a peaceful Iraq with a unified government and 
a solid economy. The strategy incorporates major elements of last year's "clear, hold and build" plan, 
whose "hold and build" parts never got off the ground.

While Bush is floundering from one sure-to-fail attempt to the next, our soldiers are dying.
Not only that, but Bush wants another war with Iran.

What's keeping the senior GOP senators from visiting the White House?
How can they face the 2008 elections with things getting worse by the day?

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"Took us a long time to get in the situation we're in, and to somehow assume that 
  in a few months, that things are going to get all better I think is not realistic." 
   -- McCain (R-Torture Happy) snuggling ever closer to Bush Link

"In the case of the Iraqi government cooperating and doing what's necessary, 
  we can know fairly well in a few months." 
   -- McCain (R-Torture Happy) flip-flopping 47 seconds later,   Link

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Subject: Rudy, Molly and Nader 

When you say Guiliani is a "gun grabber"  I hope you're being facetious. 
A supporter of common sense gun laws is NOT a jack booted thug that will 
beat down your door and confiscate your dick, I mean gun. 
Don't like Rudy much, but not because he's a "gun-grabber".

That's what THEY will call Rudy, once they learn what he stands for.
Do you think the NRA will allow a "common sense" gun supporter to be the Republican nominee?

Also re Molly Ivins.  Loved her. 
And, for the record, I too voted for Nader in 2000 and am pretty tired of hearing how I elected Bush. 
If Gore (or someone else) had been a candidate America could rally behind, Nader wouldn't have 
made a bit of difference.  Fact is, Gore didn't kick it and Nader did for many progressive voters. 

Well, Gore won the popular vote if nothing else, but yes, he made a lot of mistakes like
dissing Clinton, teaming with Kissyface and refusing to fight back when his country needed him.

Hindsight being 20/20, I probably wouldn't do it again, but folks should quit blaming Molly and me
for this whole flippin' mess.  I held my nose and voted for Kerry in 2004 because Bush & Co.  had 
become such maniacs (which was not yet apparent in 2000).  But that didn't work either. 

According to some, I've been "throwing my vote away" for decades -- maybe it's because 
the Dems can't field a candidate I can believe in. 

Rebecca, our opinions differ.
Nader had no chance to win, but he was able to screw up everything for everyone.

Do you think it's ironic that Nader and the Greens killed the Greenest administration in history?


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Libby's Cheney's Trial
  by  Brent Budowsky

Prediction: major plea bargaining either has begun, or will begin, before the verdict
and watch out if Libby sings in a plea deal.

Prediction: the original defense argument that Libby was a fall guy for others will only anger
and inflame the judge and jury. It is no defense to say that others might have committed similar
or related crimes and that is the impression this argument created.

Watch this: the sequence of events that could be explosive includes a) the original Cheney
deposition to Fitzgerald, then b) testimony on the record of extensive and absurd involvement
by the Vice President to the micro-level on the attack against Wilson, leading to c) Cheney's
testimony in the trial if it happens.

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Subject: GOP bastards

Why does congress have the right to stop blow jobs in the White House 
but not stupid surges costing the country 1000's of lives and billions of dollars?

There are two answers:
Since America is run by the religiously insane, sex is 'of the Devil' and war is Godly.
Republicans fight for their beliefs while the Democrats cry and wet their pants in fear.

When Democrats were in the minority, we were powerless.
Now that the GOP is the minority, they still push us around.

Democrats are unwilling to fight.

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Hillary's Good news, bad news
  by Joe in Japan


1) She's a political novice.
2) Her success has largely been due to the failures of her opponents.
3) She showed appallingly bad judgment
4) She showed poor political judgment 
5) She has become increasingly mush-mouthed about her positions after every failure.

Can such charges be refuted?

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Subject: the next GOP nominee

I suspect that after the "regulars" kill themselves off....
there could be an attempt to unite the party behind........JEB BUSH....

By coincidence the Nominating Convention is being held in Florida. 

Phil, that won't happen.
America is so sick of anything Bush.
Even Pee Bush has no chance in 2024.

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"There is a picture of two polar bears on some ice out in the ocean, which happens all the time. 
They're just having a good time. The deception, the deceit, the misleading tendencies of this. 
They're just out there. You know, just like your cat goes to its litter box. When's the last time 
your cat got stranded in its litter box?" 
    -- Rush Limbaugh, proving that global warming is just a hoax

So if your cat ever gets stranded in the litter box, we'll know global warming is real.

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Bush's Iran Stance Echoes Iraq

Bush's tough new stance on Iran and his military buildup in the Persian Gulf recall some of 
the drumbeats that preceded the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

As then, Bush is making allegations about Iran without providing proof.   It is suggesting Iran is sending 
weapons to Iraq, yet offering no evidence the supplies can be traced to Tehran. There are whispers, too, 
that Iranian intelligence agents were behind the recent abduction and execution of five U.S. soldiers.

Iran is the "axis of evil" country whose nuclear ambitions must be stopped. Iran's president, 
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is now Bush's primary Mideast nemesis, replacing Saddam.

Bush's efforts to rally public support behind his harder line on Iran have many lawmakers and 
some from the intelligence and defense world wondering if it is a prelude to military activity. 

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Subject: Texas Governor

The HPV vaccine initiative is one of "broken clock" cases.  Perry (I  never thought I would say this) 
did the right thing.  There's been an  interesting discussion going on today at Pandagon.

By making the vaccine mandatory (with an opt-out instead of an opt- in), Texas will protect (many of) their
future women from getting cervical cancer.  And the right wing fundies will have to go out of  their way to 
screw up their daughters' futures (rather than the good parents having to go out of their way to protect their daughters).

It's not about sex--it's about cancer, and its prevention. 
Certain strains of HPV cause not only cervical, but also vulvar and vaginal cancers in women. 
They are nasty cancers, and cause horrible deaths. I've seen young women die of these, and it's not pretty. 
The  surgery can be disfiguring, and death is often by renal failure. 
Some, but not all, can be caught with Pap smears.  Some, but not all,  can be treated and cured.

Only evil bastards would try to force their daughters to remain  "virtuous" by threatening them with cancer. 
But the catch is that  many women get the cancer IN marriage; virtue is no protection. 
If a man has screwed around, he can transmit the disease to all his future  partners.


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No Monkey Zone Mug for your desk at work

When your office monkey starts praising Bush,
remind him your desk is a 'No Monkey' zone.

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 Iraq pumped 3.5M barrels daily before Bush invaded
 and then they got their 2003 Halliburton upgrade

Bush is stealing $220,000,000 every day.

No wonder they were so eager to start a war,

stealing  $220,000,000 every day.

It's the biggest theft in Earth's history.

Exxon made $10B profit in 90 days
 $100M a day - all profit - because Bush started a fake war


Bush's "Bring 'em on" death taunt is up to...

3,097....3,103 American victims

We lost 6 more since last issue
while the Little Dictator plays with himself.

...and how much did BIG OIL make yesterday?
Exxon makes $108M - every day

(And that's just ONE oil company)

6 more soldiers dead,
but Exxon makes $75,000 profit per minute

Bush can live with that.

Bush has killed more Americans than Osama.


"Rush consistently targets dead people, little girls, and the homeless - none of whom are in a good 
position to answer back. Satire is a weapon, and it can be quite cruel.  It has historically been the 
weapon of powerless people aimed at the powerful. When you use satire against powerless people, 
as Limbaugh does, it is not only cruel, it's profoundly vulgar. It is like kicking a cripple.
   -- Molly Ivins, from 1995    Link.

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America's Green Zone
 by Paul Krugman

A new executive order requires that each agency contain a "regulatory policy office run by
a political appointee," a change that "strengthens the hand of the White House in shaping rules
that have, in the past, often been generated by civil servants and scientific experts." Yesterday,
The Times turned to the rapid growth of federal contracting, fed "by a philosophy that encourages
outsourcing almost everything government does."

These are two different pieces of the same story: under the guise of promoting a conservative agenda,
the Bush administration has created a supersized version of the 19th-century spoils system.

The blueprint for Bush-era governance was laid out in a January 2001 manifesto from the Heritage
Foundation, titled "Taking Charge of Federal Personnel." The manifesto's message, in brief, was that
the professional civil service should be regarded as the enemy of the new administration's conservative
agenda. And there's no question that Heritage's thinking reflected that of many people on the Bush team.

How should the civil service be defeated? First and foremost, Heritage demanded that politics take
precedence over know-how: the new administration "must make appointment decisions based on
loyalty first and expertise second."  Note: That's how Brownie got to be head of FEMA.

Second, Heritage called for a big increase in outsourcing - "contracting out as a management strategy."
This would supposedly reduce costs, but it would also reduce the total number of civil servants.

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Subject: The Clinton betrayal

Hi Bart,

The reason I feel betrayed by the Clintons is because they among others ( Reagan and Bush sr) presided over 
the death of the greatest country this world had ever known. When Clinton was made aware of of Chief Justice 
Rehnquist's extensive FBI file and his addiction to a pain killer whose side effects are among other things 
paranoia and schizophrenia Clinton should have immediately demanded Rehnquist's resignation.. 

He could have called for that resignation, but what would that accomplish?

He or a member of his staff should have been informed of the FBI file of every Senator congressman and justice
because of the repercusions of possible blackmail. If he had not known of Rehnquists FBI file the bells still should 
have gone off in his head when the decision in BUSH vs GORE came down and Rehnquist's decision which seemed 
to deviate completely from his judicial philosphy and his fundamental belief in upholding State courts should have led 
the President to question the decision and bring the anomolous decision before the American public. 

This probably would have led to his assassination but I would have hoped your hero 
would have loved his country to make the sacrifice.

<much snippage>

My country is dead. Hillary and Bill are selling us Norwregian Blue Parrots and until we recognize 
how dead it is, we will be susceptable to their pitch. America has no institutions that can be trusted 
but it has the best people on Earth in its cities, towns and villages this is a good place to start.

M Muttley

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Bush's Gulf of Tonkin
  by Daniel Patrick Welch

Just look at Cheney's smug Untouchable smirking face as he tells Wolf Blitzer that Congress "won't stop us,"
even as Scooter Libby is throwing everyone in his Blackberry under the bus. Do pay attention, too,
to Blitzer's complete inability to perform his function as a journalist. That is a very bad sign.

Also notice the $10 billion joint project announced today between Iran and a Spanish concern for development
of energy resources, and the multi-billion dollar arms and energy agreements Iran already has with Russia and China.
Are the neocons completely crazy? Never mind--we already know the answer.

And what the hell is wrong with us? Are we really going to let ourselves be lied into yet another war,
a much bigger one, with a much more dangerous opponent and with even farther reaching consequences?
The answer seems to be yes.

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