"Bush has it backward. In announcing Gonzales'
resignation, Bush complained his 'good name' was dragged through the mud for political
reasons.' Actually, it was Gonzales who tarnished the reputation of the Justice Department by subordinating
the interests of justice to the service of politics. Bush is a lame duck president with an inner
circle that is emptying out."
-- St. Petersburg Times Opinion,Link
Excerpt: One of the surprising twists of our new book,
Neck Deep, is how often Al Gore emerged from his
semi-seclusion over the past six years to issue
prescient warnings about George W. Bush's course
of action. Again and again, his alarms were ignored
or mocked by the major news media and the
powers-that-be. He was less the "Goracle," as
his admirers call him, than a modern-day Cassandra.
"I'm not a trained interrogator, and there
was one time I'm yelling a lot at this guy who's a chicken farmer, and that set up moral
alarms for me. I thought, when did fighting for democracy come down to yelling
at chicken farmers? I ended up doing things that were pointless and unconsciously
malicious. That scared me." -- Evan
Knappenberger, 22, an Iraq War Veteran, Link
Excerpt: Millions of homeowners around the nation are now getting the news in
The interest rate on their home loans is going
up, possibly to double-digit levels.
The hardest hit are expected to be people who
have less-than-stellar credit and cannot afford
to make the new payments. An increase of several
hundred dollars a month will force them either
to get relief or to default. The prospect of
significant and growing losses has already rocked Wall
Street and shaken up the broader mortgage markets.
And, concerned about the human suffering,
policymakers are already searching for ways to
help people out.
"The meltdown in the subprime market is the biggest
threat to the housing market and the broader economy,"
says Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Economy.
com. "It is at the vortex of the problem."
Will the banks be surprised when people snap after losing their homes?
They need to beef up security becauee when you have very little and
super-rich bank takes that from you, you might as well go postal.
"He pled guilty, so I think he should resign.
When you plead guilty to a crime, you shouldn't serve. I's just a factual situation. I don't
try to judge people, but this was disgraceful."
-- John McCain, (R-No Chance), Link
"Craig pled guilty to a crime involving conduct
unbecoming a senator. He should resign."
-- Norm Coleman (R-AboutToGetHisAssKickedByAlFranken), Link
"We're disappointed in what's going on.
We hope that it will be resolved quickly..."
-- Wite House spokesliar Scott Stanzel, Link
"I talked to Republicans today -- they just
want Craig to leave."
-- Tim the Whore, who has something in common with Craig,Link
It seems to me that the Senator was arrested while
attempting to pick-up the undercover agent.
He didn't engage in any illegal activities in
the bathroom. If he is a homosexual he should out himself.
Then there would be no story and he could challenge
this type of police activity that is directed only
at the homosexual community.
I see Teacher's point, but what are the police
supposed to do if they get reports
that men are blowing each other in the stalls
at the airport?
Straight people don't have to hide, so they can meet out in the open.
If gay Republicans would just come out and ask their party to stop the
there'd be no need for gay Republicans to marry staffers to cover their
Excerpt: Romney has driven home his support for American-made
cars during his White House bid
but his top staffers and even his five sons motor
around in imports. The parking lot at Romney's
headquarters could be mistaken for a high-end
foreign car dealership as staffers drive Lexus SUVs,
Mercedes-Benzes, BMWs, Audis and Saabs, many
adorned with Mitt Romney campaign stickers.
Records show Romney owned a 1985 BMW and a 1996
Saab Turbo 9000. One GOP insider
said Romney treated the classic BMW - his favorite
- "like his baby."
Romney's five sons appeared with their dad when
he announced his presidential bid in Dearborn, Mich.,
at the Henry Ford Museum, father of the American
auto assembly line. But all of Romney's boys are
foreign car owners, and most have never owned
an American vehicle, records show.
David Vitter (R-LA) admitted to having an extramarital
affair with a prostitute.
Larry Craig (R-ID) did not admit to anything.
Mark Foley (R-FL) admitted to having gay sex
with underage pages.
Why do the Republicans support David Vitter but
not Craig or Foley?
C'mon all these guys are "Moral Majority-Family
It seems to me you either support all of them
or none of them.
Could it be that Craig has made the homophobes
in the Republican Party weep?
Joseph in Michigan
Excerpt: "They wanted them poor niggers out of there and
they ain't had no intention to allow it
to be reopened to no poor niggers, you know?
And that's just the bottom line."
It wasn't a pretty statement. But I wasn't looking
for pretty. I'd taken my investigative team
to New Orleans to meet with Malik Rahim. Pretty
isn't Malik's concern.
We needed an answer to a weird, puzzling and horrific
discovery. Among the miles and miles
of devastated houses, rubble still there today
in New Orleans, we found dry, beautiful homes.
But their residents were told by guys dressed
like Ninjas wearing "Blackwater" badges:
"Try to go into your home and we'll arrest you."
Bush is using our taxpayer money to fund his own private army.
Those Blackwater bastards had no authority to arrest people.
How much are WE paying for Bush's private army?
These are the same thugs roaming Iraq with no laws and no rules.
"Government at all levels was forewarned of
the catastrophic nature of the approaching storm and did painfully little to be ready
to evacuate, search, rescue and relieve."
-- Kissyface, on proof that W and Brownie were warned of New Orleans' vulnerable
Notice how Kissyface blames "government" for the problem,
instead of Bush.
Also, Pat Buchanan says Chertoff is the one who told Bush, "No
need to go to New Orleans, I have everything under control, don't
you worry about a thing."
So, naturally, since Chetroff fucked that up so badly, Bush elevates
him to Attorney General?
Excerpt: As the Army's suicide rate hits record levels
in the Iraq war, there's small wonder practically everyone in
Congress wants to deal with the parallel emerging
crisis of depressed veterans tempted to take their own lives.
Everyone, that is, except Okie Senator Tom Coburn.
He stands alone in blocking final passage of a suicide
prevention bill in fear that record-keeping on
troubled vets might somehow crimp their ability to purchase handguns.
Even the craven gun lobby should manage some shame
over this absurd example of Second Amendment idolatry.
Excerpt: Iraq has failed to meet all but three of 18 congressionally
mandated benchmarks for political and
military progress, according to a draft of a
Government Accountability Office report. The document
questions whether some aspects of a more positive
assessment by the White House last month
adequately reflected the range of views the GAO
found within the administration.
The strikingly negative GAO draft, which will
be delivered to Congress in final form on Tuesday,
comes as the White House prepares to deliver
its own new benchmark report in the second week
of September, along with congressional testimony
from Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top U.S.
commander in Iraq, and Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker.
They are expected to describe significant
security improvements and offer at least some
promise for political reconciliation in Iraq.
The draft provides a stark assessment of the tactical
effects of the current U.S.-led counteroffensive
to secure Baghdad. "While the Baghdad security
plan was intended to reduce sectarian violence,
U.S. agencies differ on whether such violence
has been reduced," it states. While there have been
fewer attacks against U.S. forces, it notes,
the number of attacks against Iraqi civilians remains
unchanged. It also finds that "the capabilities
of Iraqi security forces have not improved.
Excerpt: Richard Jewell, the former security guard once
suspected of the Centennial Olympic Park bombing
- then cleared - has died at his home.
Jewell was lauded as a hero after a bomb went off on July 27, 1996,
during an Olympic celebration in Atlanta. He
called attention to the suspicious knapsack that held a bomb
and helped evacuate the area.
Days later, he became the FBI's chief suspect,
as media outlets reported. The FBI cleared Jewell of any
wrongdoing. He was never charged with a crime.
After he was cleared, Jewell sued several media outlets
for libel, arguing that their reports defamed
him. Several news organizations settled, including NBC and CNN.
Excerpt: Kerry botched the joke about "getting stuck in
One hour later, a popular conservative talk show
host in Los Angeles played the clip on his show,
complete with the absurd yet predictable allegation
that Kerry was intentionally maligning America's
brave troops. At 2:34 a.m. Eastern time the next
morning, a link to the clip appeared on Drudge.
At noon that day, Rush Limbaugh led his show
with a discussion of the botched joke. That evening,
ABC, NBC, and CBS all led their national newscasts
with the story. The next day, Kerry announced
that he wouldn't be doing any more campaign appearances
before the midterm elections. Whatever slim
chance he had at becoming his party's presidential
nominee a second time had vanished completely.
From a local radio host to Drudge to Limbaugh
to 30 million viewers of the national news, the alacrity
with which the botched joke went when from meaningless
remark to national story was no accident.
The problem was Kerry, even now, has no clue how
to refute lies told about him.
Is Bob Shrum STILL giving hm bad advice?
Every Democratic candidate could buy a copy of The War
Room and learn how to fight..
Excerpt: Bush's behavior gets more baffling every day.
Most leaders in his predicament would be recalibrating
their rhetoric, seeking to alter expectations,
so that the inevitable drawdown of U.S. troops from Iraq
won't appear to be a defeat. Instead, Bush is
doing the opposite. Twice this past week, he has appeared
before his most bedrock base (the American Legion
and the Veterans of Foreign Wars), promised to give
his commanders whatever they need for victory,
and lambasted Congress for so much as contemplating
withdrawal, a step, he warned, that would imperil
civilization and free peoples everywhere.
He is willfully ignoring two facts. First, almost
nobody in a position of power or much influence is advocating
a complete withdrawal from Iraq. Second, a partial
withdrawal is certain to take place in the next nine months,
and this has nothing to do with Congress.
Excerpt: The disclosure that the Pentagon's Joint Chiefs
of Staff favor a sharp drawdown in U.S. forces in Iraq
next year puts Defense Secretary Robert Gates
on the hot seat. Either he must side with the top brass
-- and Iraq War critics in Congress -- or he
must stand with Bush and the "continue-the-surge" advocates.
In this latest Vietnam War analogy, Gates must
decide if he wants to play the role of Defense Secretary
Clark Clifford, who persuaded President Lyndon
Johnson to begin the painful withdrawal from Vietnam.
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