Excerpt: Eager for recess, Congress handed Bush another
blank check on executive power, letting him spy
on a vast number of people, including Americans,
they are physically outside the United States.
The "Protect America Act of 2007" sets the standard
for a surveillance order - up to one year
- as simply that it be "directed at a person
reasonably believed to be located outside the United States."
The bill's language doesn't limit the surveillance
to "terrorists" or "enemy combatants" - indeed
those words are not mentioned in the legislation.
Nor does the bill specify what happens to a one-year
surveillance order against a target if the person
then enters - or returns - to the United States.
The vaguely worded act gives broad discretion to
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and Director
of National Intelligence Mike McConnell.
Excerpt: "The abuse - you can't imagine the abuse I get
in e-mails. People say things in e-mails that are absolutely dreadful.
Plamegate cost me financially, it cost me very
heavy legal fees - about $160,000. And beyond that, I wasn't on
'Meet the Whore' for a number of years, and it
helped poison my relationship with CNN They didn't want me
on the air if I couldn't talk about the Plame
case It was not a happy time for me Some people think,
'Gee, you got a lot of publicity.' Well, the
last thing I need is publicity."
Bob, are you saying betraying your country
has a dowenside?
"Congress needs to complete work on the comprehensive
reforms, including the important issue of providing meaningful liability protection
to those who are alleged to have assisted our Nation following the 9-11 attacks
and tortured for fun and profit ."
-- Dubya, who wants immunity from murderer and torture charges,Link
Excerpt: On Aug. 7, 1974, Sen. Hugh Scott of Pennsylvania
went to the White House with two other
Republicans to tell Nixon his position was hopeless.
Two days later, Nixon resigned.
The time has come for another Hugh Scott moment.
Republicans must say: "Mr. President, as the polls
show, the American public no longer believes in the Iraq war.
Our generals say the solution must be political,
and our goal is to hand over security to Iraqis. Yet the public can see
that the Iraqi government is divided by sect
and ethnicity, as are Iraqi security forces. If Iraqis can't get together,
voters ask, how can our military ever hand it
The Democrats don't have the balls to stand up
to Bush - but they have a rosey future.
Washington insiders are talking about a 10-20
year decline for the GOP because of Bush,
so it's in their best interest to fire the
Giggling Murderer and tell America they're ashamed of him.
Excerpt: To see the type of person who still backs him,
Bush need only look in the mirror.
The president fits the composite of today's Bush
supporter: a conservative, white,
Republican man, an evangelical Christian who
goes to church regularly.
Hammered by bad news in Iraq, congressional investigations
and recent failed domestic initiatives,
Bush's job approval rating has spiraled to record
lows for his presidency. Two-thirds of Republicans
and about one-third of independents still support
him, but virtually no Democrats.
Bush says he leads and is not led by popular opinion.
Yet the lower his polls go, the harder it is
for him to push his agenda.
Excerpt: The "understanding" is that Rethuglicans OWN
the state of Florida - the statehouse (both house & senate),
the Gov's mansion, all the muckety-muck
bureaucratic SOBs in high offices (uhh.. maybe the Treasurer and
a few other officials are Dems?) - and they can
STEAL VOTES, elections, and taxpayer funds carte-blanche,
with NO OVERSIGHT from the Florida WHORE newspapers,
except when a local official gets caught red handed.
(A Palm Beach County Commissioner just got sent
to prison for his efforts to get a fat check for his rural property
by giving developers a cozy county contract
on a 2nd or 3rd other property.)
I just found this short video that tell the story
of Philip Zelikow.
He is the man who created the phoney 911 report
that covers up the truth about it being an inside job.
Please watch this video because everyone needs
to know who this monster is and we need to stop
this absurd obsession with Bin Laden. He
is one of the main players in the Bush administration
who is deeply involved in the 911 attacks.
This is most important.
Excerpt: Two weeks ago, s Republican lawyer quietly filed
a ballot initiative that would end the practice of
granting all fifty-five of California's electoral
votes to the statewide winner. Instead, it would award two
of them to the statewide winner and the rest,
one by one, to the winner in each congressional district.
Nineteen of the fifty-three districts are represented
by Republicans, but Bush carried twenty-two
districts in 2004. The bottom line is that the
initiative, if passed, would spot the Republican ticket
something in the neighborhood of twenty electoral
votes - votes that it wouldn't get under the rules
prevailing in every other sizable state in the
They can't win unless they cheat.
Will the Democrats watch them do it three presidents in a row?
Brother hammerer! I have enjoyed your
site for quite some time .
You are one of the best when it comes to fearlessness
I feel that Hillary is Rupert's choice for the
election ..and that design of the interminably long 'election '
season is his doing ...in cahoots with both parties.....but
i feel that he and hillary have cut some sort of deal ....
Hillary, regardless of (any positive) you can
ascribe to her candidacy, is damaged goods.
We call that a "gratuitous assertion," meaning
a charge with no foundation.
I feel personally that she is Karl Rove's choice
for a devastating attack, if she is nominated,
as she has some very REAL issues in her past
.....I'm not talking about made up wingnut crap either.
I believe you live in close enough proximity
to Arkansas, to comprehend her past
Yeah, we locals know about the "double tap" Hillary
does to the back of the head.
Hillary Clinton is the kiss of death for the democratic
party's dream of winning back the presidency
Rob the tubthumper in Mass.
So, you're thinking we need someone with a clean past, someone they
I suggest Gore and Kerry would be perfect for the job.
I mean, what lies could they make up about those two?
Excerpt: When mainstream journalism goes tabloid (witness
what whore we are here at TIME),
what's left for the old scandal sheets? The Weekly
World News, paper of record for
Elvis sightings and space-alien updates, lost
nearly half its circulation between 2004 and 2006.
The paper version will be killed this month,
leaving just the website.
How can they compete with Today, CNN and Meet the Whore?
They no longer do news that matters - the mainstream media has
become one giant, "Bat Boy lusts for Jenna
Barry Bonds hits 756th career home run, surpassing
Hank Aaron's all-time record.
I'm going to say it again.
If the ball goes over the fence, it's a Home
If ten pins fall in bowling, it's a strike.
If you sink the 9-ball, you get paid.
If you drop the ball in the endzone, it's a touchdown.
If the ball falls in the cup, the putt counts,
even if it's Eldrick.
there's no scientific test that proves Bonds cheated, then he's
I'm not a doctor, (Surprising) but why is Lance
Armstong innocent but Barry's guilty?
Could the answer be - race?
Don't give me, "Oh,
please, everyone knows Bonds is a Roid Ranger!" Fine - Got science?
Excerpt: A 40-year-old bridge collapses in Minneapolis.
Levees give way in New Orleans. An 83-year-old
steam pipe produces an eruption that terrorizes
Manhattan. As our infrastructure literally crumbles
beneath our feet, America is building the largest
embassy compound in the world in Iraq -- an area
larger than the Pentagon -- to manage a war now
estimated to cost $1 trillion.
What happened at both ends of the Mississippi
and is happening in cities across the country are tragedies,
but they aren't random accidents. They are the
direct price of the right wing in power. Scornful of government,
intent on cutting taxes and slashing spending,
they systematically have shorted public investment in our basic
infrastructure -- in bridges and roads, in rail
lines and air systems, in parks and schools.
I figured out something about republicans that I haven't heard yet.
Their biggest problem is they don't think about tomorrow.
That's why they don't care about pollution or global warming.
They'll be dead in 50 years, so why worry?
Same for the infrastructure - a few bridges and levees will fail now,
but the rest won';t fail until they're gone or at least till Bush is
out of power.
Same for the war - screw the cost - we won't have to pay it.
Barb and Jenna are super-rich and set-up for a lifetime of luxury already,
why should Bush worry about handing down the cost of the war to his
But Democrats know there's a tomorrow, so they insist we go to the dentist
If only the Democrats had the brains of an Okie, they could spell this
out for the voters.
Well, the Democratic Party as just defined itself
as "not-quite" NeoCon Republican.
I guess they realy *do* want to loose the 2008
Only Kucinich will get any donations from me.
At this point how can it hurt to vote for an
Dave in Philadelphia
Dave, I feel your pain.
Nobody called them "pink tutus" quicker than me - but
- what if they're right this time?
In this baseball game, the Democrats have their foot firmly on second
As long as they don't take their foot off second base, they can't be
If they don't get tagged out, they'll win super-big in 2008.
If they do the "right thing" and take their foot off the base and get
people like you and me might end up screaming at them for blowing it
Note: This isn't a position I'm married to, but it's my position
until I see some rebuttal.
Question: Would you risk "certain" victory (with a veto-proof
Congress) to make Bush grovel now?
Excerpt: Bookkeeping deficiencies allowed thousands
of weapons issued to Iraqi security forces
in 2004 and 2005 to then go missing, Gen. David
Petraeus said yesterday.
"Some percentage" of weapons the U.S. military
provided to the Iraqi army and Iraqi police units
were not tracked by serial number because there
were no procedures to track them.
From a practical standpoint, Petraeus added, it
was more important to get the weapons to the Iraqis
as they started to enter the fight against a
strong insurgency than it was to keep meticulous records.
Bush sold those weapons to both sides to keep the bloody quagnire going
They can't make any money at peace - they need chaos so nobody asks
why Iraq's oil wells STILL don't have any meters on them - allowing Bush to steal 3-5M Barrels
Today's oil price is $73,
so Bush will steal between $219M
today, and he will steal between $219M
Why do you think they fabricated that story about Saddam's WMDs?
"The airwaves belong to the public, not to
Fox News. But having said all that, the editorial page of the Wall Street
Journal is even more right wing and irrational than Fox News. And completely
predictable...it's like Pavlov's dogs."
-- Bill Clinton, on Murdoch's takeover of the Whore Street Journal,wehateclintons.com
All that talk about "repairing
the infrastructure" last night in the
Chicago Demo debate,
why didn't a Democrat say, "Repairing
the infrastructure is the same as having a strong defense?"
It doesn't matter if you die in the WTC or some
broken bridge in Minnesota - you're still f-ing dead.
The logical question is, "Which is
more likely? An old bridge crumbling or an Al Qaeda attack?"
Bush has spent or stolen more than a trillion
dollars so far. A trillion dollars would give us universal
health care and a cure for cancer, but the Bush
bastards invested in guns instead of butter.
I'm all for a strong defense, but do I give a
fuck about defense if I can't afford health care?
Again - the logical question is, "Which
is more likely? Getting cancer or Al Qaeda?"
<Bart does a shot>
I think the Democrats will win in 2008.
I think the Democrats might even win if they
succeed in stabbing Hillary in the back.
I think the Democrats might win if they stab
Hillary and fail to list the goddamn facts,
but why take the chance?
When Ron Paul got his uproarious applause for
"Bring the troops home now. There was never
a reason for us to go to war in Iraq..." Romney, with his smug, entitled smile blurted
he FORGET about 9-11?" Like he was delivering some huge applause line.
That "9-11" line seems to paralyze all Republicans.
It's like, "Dude,
I need to have sex with with your wife!" And the husband says, "What?"
And the right-winger says, "Did
you FORGET about 9-11?" and the husband
"Oh OK, but please send her back when you're
done having sex with her."
Obviously, they're trying to resurrect the notion
that 9-11 was orchestrated by Saddam.
These people are scary. I have never been more
fearful for our country's future.
Gino, Ron Paul is all over BCR
124, you'll like it, but I refuse to vote for
Sometimes when I hear Ron Paul talk, it's like Ol' Bart breaking a
toe after a few drinks.
Hopefully he's the next election's Nader.
Excerpt: "It was bad enough when Katrina chased Carrie
Lewis out of her assisted-living home in New Orleans.
Now she fears the rest of her life may be spent
in the isolation of a federally sponsored trailer park.
Because Katrina destroyed so much affordable housing,
Lewis and thousands of others displaced
- mainly the poor, elderly and infirm - have
nowhere else to go.
"I want to go home," said Lewis, 79, who now lives
in the Renaissance Village trailer park.
'They don't have places for old people in New
Orleans yet. What am I supposed to do?
I don't want to die in a little trailer in the
middle of a field somewhere.'"
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