"There does not appear to be much political
-- Adm. Michael Mullen, Bush's pick to become chairman
the Joint Chiefs, on political progress in Iraq, Link
Oh, there's progress, it's just going in the wrong direction.
"Iraq's largest Sunni Arab political bloc announced
its withdrawal from the government Wednesday, threatening Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's
efforts to reconcile the country's rival factions."
-- News item, Aug. 1, 2007, Link
Excerpt: A key element of the coming propaganda campaign
was previewed on the op-ed page of the New York Times
on July 30 as Michael O'Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack
of the Brookings Institution portrayed themselves as tough
critics of the Bush administration who, after
a visit to Iraq, now must face the facts: Bush's "surge" is working.
"As two analysts who have harshly criticized the
Bush administration's miserable handling of Iraq, we were surprised
by the gains we saw and the potential to produce
not necessarily 'victory' but a sustainable stability that both we and
the Iraqis could live with," O'Hanlon and Pollack
wrote in an article entitled "A War We Just Might Win."
Yet the authors - and the New York Times - failed
to tell readers the full story about these supposed skeptics: far from
grizzled peaceniks, O'Hanlon and Pollack have
been longtime cheerleaders for a larger U.S. military occupying force in
The New York Whore Times is good at following
Karl Rove's orders - they've done it for years.
But will the sick-of-war public buy into Bush's
fake happy news?
"Yeah, sectarian violence is down, but let's
have a look at that. More than two million people have fled this country. 50,000 are
still fleeing every month, according to the United Nations. So there's less people to be killed."
-- CNN's Michael Ware, Link
Thanks for the WPE shirt. I wore it today
to go to the Farmer's Market in Kensington, Maryland.
There's been publicity about a guy selling "Impeach
Him" buttons and yard signs. (They arrested him
last week and cancelled the Farmer's Market a
couple of weeks ago. It was in the WP.)
I really wanted a yard sign.
Imagine my surprise when the first person I met
there had on an identical WPE shirt!
I went out to breakfast after getting buttons
and a yard sign
and I got some nice comments about my shirt.
"If you take a look at what happened on 9-11,
it's estimated that the aftershocks of that could have
cost up to $1 trillion." -- Tony Snow, on why
it's OK to throw away a trillion dollars on Bush's quagmire, Link
Excerpt: For all its emotional appeal, this column has
always opposed wasting time and energy on the impeachment
of President Bush. That's not to say one couldn't
draw up a list of impeachable offenses, from taking the nation
to war on false premises to countenancing such
outrages against the Constitution as warrantless wiretaps, false
imprisonment and torture. The votes, however,
simply don't exist. Congressional Republicans remain committed
to Bush / Cheney, along with the party's hard-core
base. Dragging the nation through another fruitless, made-for-TV
spectacle like the Clinton impeachment would
look like cheap revenge. It would threaten to turn a grave constitutional
remedy into a commonplace political sideshow.
That said, Congress should quit pussyfooting around and impeach
Gonzales at once. Halfway measures like a special
prosecutor would only produce more of what Chuck Schumer,
characterizes as Gonzales' strategy of
"the half-truth, the partial truth and anything but the truth." For once,
with Gingrich. On "FOX News Sunday," he declined
to defend Gonzales against accusations of repeatedly lying to Congress.
"I have a political aversion to blue jeans.
I'm biased against them; I really am. They just are not comfortable!
They make me feel like I'm wearing burlap."
-- Rush, who had to wear discarded circus tent canvas in the 80s and 90s.
I minored in Latin American history at ASU, graduating
with a J-School Degree from the Cronkite School in December '96.
Pat Tillman was a classmate in Prof. Lew Tambs'
"Intellectual and Cultural History of Latin America, 461."*
He was a smart guy and he knew the score. Tillman
and Juan Rocque, (Who, last time I heard, played for the Detroit Tigers)
took the class together. They both changed my
opinion about "dumb jocks." Pat Tillman was always a free thinker.
I admired Tillman before his decision to serve
his country and even more after he enlisted.
He was a powerful rallying point for our country
during a "time of need."
He would have also been a powerful voice
against the war.
Needless to say, I am outraged the truth behind
his sacrifice hasn't been revealed to his family.
Bart, sign me an
"Earnest Will Vet"
Excerpt: Cutely buried in the 18th paragraph in a story
about Alberto Gonzales on Sunday was a slyly-worded updated
confession by the New York Times that, in 2004,
the Bush Administration leaned on its editors to spike a story
about illegal invasions of citizens' private
records ("data mining"). The Times editors smothered the story.
They finally ran it - a year later - after Bush
was safely re-elected.
As a journalist, this makes me want to throw up.
For two reasons: First, while The Times was covering
up Bush's KGB-style data-mining operation, the Palast team
was revealing its secrets. We published confidential
FBI memos detailing horrific schemes for illegal spying using
Bush's favored contractor, a company called ChoicePoint
The second reason The Times 'confession' makes
me ill: While the publishers at the Paper of Record were
counting their millions, the Palast Investigative
Fund was slowly going broke.
I agree - it makes me want to throw up, too.
The Whore Times, like the Whore Post and Whore CNN and FOX News will
do anything to protect Bush.
Bart, I have been reading about Tillman on Democratic
Several posts were by former soldiers that all
agreed that a M16 has a default setting for a three shot burst.
So it seems that maybe he wasn't shot three separate
times in the head, but by a close range, three shot burst
which would explain why the shots in his forehead
were so close together.
I don't know anything about M16s myself but thought
I would pass it of FYI.
I don't know what an M16 can do, but my bullshit detector is barking
like a chihuahua on Cuervo.
If it wasn't so tawdry, I'd bet against the odds that three bullets
entered his head by accident.
The fact that they lied to cover something up is really all the proof
Like with Scooter Libby, if you did nothing wrong, why
Excerpt: For the past year, as the impeachable crimes
of Bush and Cheney have mounted, Democratic members
of Congress have scrambled to present a whole
array of explanations for why they can't support impeachment.
Chief among these has been the argument that "we
don't have the votes to convict" in the Senate. This has been
closely followed by the argument that impeachment
would "take too much time" and that it would "divert attention
from the important legislative work" of the Democrats
in Congress. Right behind this, and linked to it, has been the
argument that "the important thing is ending
the Iraq War," and that "impeachment would interfere with that goal."
Then there has been the argument that impeachment
would be "divisive" and that the voters want the Congress to
"work constructively" on the nation's problems.
Finally, there has been the argument that impeachment is not
necessary because Congress under the Democrats
would be conducting "investigations" that would serve the
same purpose of impeachment in rooting out the
I expect to catch
hell for "holding some back" but that can't be right because that
would've required brains, planning and patience, three things that I'm not
known to possess, so I figured I'd offer them to you. I'd like to get
$25 for the pair.
Just loved Volume 2018 -
Tin Horn Dick. The reference pic is beautiful.
As soon as I saw it I started singing, "Call
Any Vegetable". Great Zappa reference.
If you had a higher IQ I would have thought it
The reason I'm writing today Bart, and I have
been meaning to for quite a while is to let you know
that I am still a big time supporter of yours.
I have been reading you since you were publishing every
couple of days back in '96/'97. Somewhere
around volume 40, if memory serves me. You have always
been a straight shooter and have always got it
exactly right when talking about both Repugs and Sac-less
Democrats. That is what I like about your
page. The fact that you were John Stewart before him, a political
page with humor or a humor page with politics.
I guess the thin-skinned whot follow you still don't get it.
Every time you lose a reader Bart just say, "Hey,
it's a joke, lighten up". Works for Mutt.
Keep hammering Bart. You may not always
be right in some eyes, but you are the best out there at what you do.
Still a proud supporter. I'm in it with
you for the long run. I'm sending $25 for of those Bartcop Chicaco shot
Keep it up Bart, no one is less whore than you.
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Excerpt: It is the inspiration for and intellectual wellspring
of the Yearly Kos convention, the second edition of which
opens in Chicago on Thursday. Featured speakers
will include Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
The convention should draw intense national media
I saw a PDF of the dozens if not hundreds
of speakers for this event, but I didn't see
anything about poker or gambling or fine tequila
- what kind of Fest is this?
Excerpt: Dennis and Jamie Winegar were driving across
the Mississippi River when they felt the bridge beneath them start to shake.
They were among the survivors of Wednesday's
collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge near downtown Minneapolis.
Their car landed on top of a smaller car.
Jamie said she suddenly started hearing "boom,
boom, boom and we were just dropping, dropping, dropping, dropping."
She said her nephew yelled, "'It's an earthquake!'
and then we realized the bridge was collapsing."
Behind the wheel, Dennis Winegar fought to keep
their car under control.
"I slammed on my brakes and saw something in front
of me disappear and then my car pointed straight down
and we fell." He estimated they dropped about
Bush threw away between $1 trillion and $2 trillion
on his Iraq debacle.
Think if we invested in America's infrastructure
instead of Bush's hardon for oil...
Bart, I wonder if those "Conservative" voters
realize that "less government" really means fewer bridge inspections
and less money for bridge repairs. I also
wonder if those Embryo Savers who prefer deregulation understand that
deregulated construction companies do bridge
maintenance. Infrastructure hasn't been a big priority for the BFEE
since stealing oil from brown people has
been such a distraction.
I'm hoping that all responsible members of the
current criminal administration will be brought to justice
and the next resident of the White House is an
Excerpt: Go figure: From the White House comes the news
that self-styled anti-terrorism crusader Bush wants
to sell $20 billion in high-tech military equipment
to Saudi Arabia, the source of most of the financing,
and 15 of the 19 hijackers on 9-11. The justification
can't be that this is yet another boondoggle for the
military-industrial complex-the big winner in
the war on terror-so we are told instead that the Sunni-dominated
Saudi kingdom needs this weaponry to withstand
a future challenge from those dastardly Shiite fellows in Iran.
Yes, the very same extremists whose surrogates
are now, as a consequence of the U.S. invasion, pretending
to be the indigenous government of Iraq. Recall
that the Shiite militants who rule Tehran, along with the Sunni
nuts around Osama bin Laden, were both the sworn
enemy of Saddam Hussein. Now both of those forces
are the main players, according to the Bush administration,
vying for power in "liberated" Iraq, and Bush is in
the inane position of playing one group of fanatics
against the other in the name of securing Iraq as a democratic haven.
> "Spears threatened to kill Deetz and said
he should get a restraining order > against her because she was going
to kill him or hire someone that would, it said."
No, not a felony Bart, maybe a misdemeanor "terrorist
threat" as it is labeled here in California.
I still think I'm right - it's gotta be a crime
to threaten murder and murder-for-hire, but if I'm wrong
it would figure that a "terrorist threat"
is a misdemeanor but passing a joint is a felony.
What a screwy world we live in...
Since she said "she was going" to kill him and
had no actual means to do so at the time of the statement
(unless ole Brit can kill men with her bare hands?).
As they teach in law school, WORDS ALONE = NOTHING.
She certainly has the means to hire a killer,
and she's certainly unbalanced right now..
As far as words = nothing, you're saying it's
legal to approach a woman in a park and say,
"Give me sex right now or I'll kill your baby?"
For sure it is really stupid, and if the guy
turns up dead, she is the first person I question!!!
No one has ever accused Brit of being smart.
"Just 13% of US adults surveyed in June and
July said the occupation of journalism had very great prestige. This was not
the case in 1988 when this program started."
-- Rush, apparently accepting blame for his part in the media turning whore
Tillman, according to his friends, had been receiving
death threats and so he'd been keeping
a jounal to record his thoughts if he did not
survive. The journal was not in his personal effects.
Until I know more, I'm not saying that Bush/Cheney
ordered it. Special forces personnel tend to be
fairly right wing, and fragging is a genuine
occurance in the military. I fully believe that someone in
Tillman's unit likely pulled the trigger.
But if it got out that Tillman had been fragged, questions would
be asked as to why. Tillman's beliefs would
have stepped up front and center, extremely damaging to
Bush's oil party. Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld
ordered the cover-up, not the murder.
Excerpt: McCain's slide in the presidential race shows
up everywhere on the campaign trail.
His staff drastically reduced and his organization
nearly broke, McCain now flies on commercial jets,
carries his own luggage and relies on supporters
to drive him to events, including one that pulled away
from a Rotary meeting last week with a flat rear
It's a far cry from the "Straight Talk Express"
tour bus that once was packed with reporters,
a staff and one other thing, ... I'm trying to
think what it is, ... Oh yeah - a chance of winning.
Johnny, we told you years ago you had no future in the GOP - and here's
Sticking your tongue in Bush's mouth might've seemed like a good
idea back in 2000,
but in 2007 it's exactly what voters don't want to see, John.
"It's a bad thing for the Journal and American
journalism that the Bancroft family could not resist Rupert
Murdoch's generous offer."
-- Former Dow Jones director Jim Ottaway Jr., who opposed Murdoch's takeover,
Just a couple of thoughts on religion. If
God is defined as existing outside of our physical universe,
do you deny the possibility of such a God?
How could you know for sure?
As a realist, I can't give you a Nancy Grace Guarantee
that there is no God.
One could consider Mother Nature a god, but certainly there's no tall
white dude with
a flowing beard and a booming voice who is surrounded by angels that
live in the clouds.
That makes as much sense as the Tooth Fairy.
If we accept, by definition, that God is the being
that created our physical universe,
how might we ever know if there aren't other
"Gods" that have created other universes?
Maybe there are other universes and other "Gods"
an Overgod who is the boss or creator of these
Would these other "Gods" even know if each other
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