"Bush has operated on an entirely different
concept of power that relies on minimal deliberation, unilateral action and legalistic defense.
This approach largely eschews politics: the need to explain, to justify, to convince, to get people
on board, to compromise."
-- Jack Goldsmith, The
Excerpt: Colin Powell is again again raking in big bucks
as a motivational speaker. Given Powell's role in marketing
the Iraq War through a deceptive speech at the
UN in 2003, one might have thought that a chastened Powell
would be devoting his skills and energy to stopping
the carnage he helped start.
But to expect that would be mis-reading who Colin
Powell really is. He was always less a true leader
and patriot than a carefully crafted image of
leadership and patriotism.
During his public life - from the Vietnam War
(when he helped cover up My Lai) through his bureaucratic
strivings in the Reagan-Bush era (when he pulled
strings to ship U.S. missiles to Iran in the Iran-Contra scandal)
to his stardom as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
and Secretary of State - his career came first.
Excerpts: Patrick McHenry is allegedly another hypocritical
closet queen waiting nervously for his moment on the national stage.
And yesterday BlueNC gave Rep. McHenry's closet
door a nice, loud jolt. In a scandal that will prove to be far
bigger than South Park's outing of Tom Cruise
(covered in great depth and detail by Wikipedia), it looks like
there is a connection between McHenry and a murderous
Republican homosexual love triangle/escort service.
The murdered gay Republicans include Ralph Reed's
purported ex-lover, Ralph Gonzalez (former head of the rabidly
homophobic Georgia Republican Party), David Abrami
and McHenry guy-pal Robert Drake, the shooter. All three
were found last week in a murder-suicide in an
According to right-wing website, the North Carolina
Conservative "All three men were active in Republican politics."
They mention that Drake is "an associate" of
McHenry's but don't define that. He is alleged to be an associate of
quite a few younger men, some of whom are gay
and some of whom are just gay-for-pay.
I think we're being reminded why tapping a man's
shoe is just a misdemeanor.
Excerpt: Republican support for Bush's quagmire remained
on shaky ground in Congress but wasn't lost after
a four-star general recommended keeping some
130,000 U.S. troops in the country through next summer.
With Gen. David Petraeus scheduled to testify,
many up-for-reelection Republicans said they still were uneasy
about the lack of political progress in Iraq.
But they also remained reluctant cross Bush, no matter how lame he is
or home many thousands of soldiers must die to
prop up his failed legacy.
"I think people recognize the surge (in U.S. troops)
has made a difference," lied Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Ill.,
among the nearly dozen House Republicans who
would rather stepo down and retire than tell their
war-mongering president to stop the daily drip,
drip, drip of lost and squandered American lives.
"There's going to continue to be endless funerals,"
he would've said if he were honest, adding that he would like
to see a more drastic drawdown of troops, but
he hates timetables so he'll just let those troops die..
Democrats had anticipated that a larger number
of Republicans by now would have come to their senses and turned
against Bush on the war because of grim poll
numbers and the upcoming 2008 elections. Without their support,
Democrats repeatedly have fallen short of enough
votes to pass legislation ordering troop withdrawals because
there's not a Democrat on the f-ing Hill who's
ever heard of the word "filibuster."
I watched his testomony (after they finally figured
out how to hook up the mic) even though I knew
it would be nothing but lies. Instead of starting
out by telling us what we wanted to know, Patraeus copied
the style of that idiot at the most recent mining
disaster and he went off on a long-ass history of the Middle East.
He was never going to tell the truth, the Democrats
were fools to allow Bush to say,
"Let's give the surge a few hundred lives
to work and see what happens."
Then Petraeus shows up and says, "Trust
me, we just need more timedead soldiers.
If you stick with us for enough time,...dead
soldiers (January 20, 2009) we'll win
By the way, don't take this to the bank, because
I've been wrong...
(I accidentally slandered Frank Rich last week
- sorry Frank, I got confused)
But I think I saw a report on TV about how THREE
star General Petraeus was so gung-ho
on Bush's quagmire that he was made a FOUR star
general as other generals retired.
Then FOUR star General Petraeus was so gung-ho
on Bush's quagmire that he was
made a FIVE star general as other generals retired.
It appears that fucking up and backing the boss's
failed ideas are the keys to success.
I heard 20 times how Petraeus was "the man" and
"the soldier's soldier," and it pissed me off
because it seems he got to be so "respected"
just because he agreed with Bush.
job Brownie" in a uniform, but you can't
criticize a soldier in wartime
so Bush's latest crony gets a free pass and,
no doubt, the Medal of Freedom for fucking up.
Where are the military families?
What's keeping the families of the dead soldiers
Is Cindy Sheehan the only grieving parent who
wants to stop the carnage?
Obviously, you feel you've been treated unfairly
about being told it's objectifying women
by putting up the article about "men staring
Treated unfairly? No, maybe "misunderstood."
All these young women in beauty contests are encouraged
to wear low, plunging necklines
and invite stares, so they'll win the contest!
From the day women are born, they are told that
they'll get further if they are sexy. They
are not encouraged to be "intellectuals".
But women will go farther if they're
sexy, or at least professional.
That's why attractive women read the news to
us and get the office promotions.
I don't want to devolve into the way men are or
what social norms they have been exposed to.
The truth can get ugly.
I also understand that men may not "realize" what
they say or how they say it may be taken as offensive.
But if someone points out that it is offensive,
then that needs to be looked at and acknowledged,
not only by the person who said it by but others
in the community as well.
What if we disagree?
Can a man be honest without being a pig?
BTW, when Fabio was on the cover of 300 romance
did millions of women owe us men an apology for
objectifying the male form?
...and how does Tom Cruise get work?
Intention or reason is not the focus. Sexism is
harmful whether someone meant it to be or not
and that is what needs to be addressed. Excusing
sexist behavior will not help it go away but
acknowledging it and being more aware of it in
our interactions with others will minimize it and
that is a good thing for everyone involved.
That would depend on how you define your terms. American Heritage Dictionary
sexism as: The belief that one sex (usually the male) is naturally superior
to the other and should dominate most important areas of political, economic, and social
You didn't see anything like that on this page. Men and women
like to look at pretty girls.
People who want to denigrate that bit of human nature should expect
to meet resistance.
Excerpt: For the next sixteen months, his Administration
the executive branch. It still runs the occupation of Iraq,
approves or vetoes laws and budgets, makes political
appointments, issues federal regulations,
treaties and trade agreements and controls a network of surveillance and
agencies. Indeed, thanks to the implementation
of the "unitary executive"I-am-king
theory and the unprecedented
use of signing statements, Bush may be the most
powerful and dangerous President in history."
So, Bush "may be" the most powerful and dangerous
President in history?"
Are you sure you want to go that far out on the limb?
"Despite talk of a possible bipartisan compromise
in the Senate, the decision on how and when to disengage from Iraq will
almost certainly fall to the next president." -- Neil King, "Democratic
The Democrats were too gutless to throw any punches
when Bush was hurt and on the ropes.
Instead, they stood there and waited for Bush
to fall - and he didn't.
How many more thousands of soldiers will die because
the cowardly Democrats
refused to stop the blood-thirsty Monster in
the White House?
Excerpt: Instead of breaking up the fight, he tries to
soothe his low self-esteem by dividing people.
When one group tires and can't fight anymore,
he finds some other play group to divide
and he smiles as they assuage his bruised ego.
I see a pattern. George encourages people to fight
for his pleasure, make bets of political
capital on the outcome, and then euthanizes them
when he gets bored.
Now that I see it, it's all clear. George is the
Michael Vick of politics.
Excerpt: The Iraqi government said it was revoking the
license of an American security firm accused of involvement in
the deaths of eight civilians in a firefight
that followed a car bomb explosion near a State Department motorcade.
The Interior Ministry said it would prosecute
any foreign contractors found to have used excessive force in the
Sunday shooting. It was the latest accusation
against the U.S.-contracted firms that operate with little or no
supervision and are widely disliked by Iraqis
who resent their speeding motorcades and forceful behavior.
Underscoring the seriousness of the matter, Kinda
Sleazy Rice planned to call Maliki to express regret and
assure him that the U.S. has launched an investigation
into the matter to ensure nothing like it happens again.
ha ha Make her stop!
We invaded their country, raped their women and
stole their assets,
so count on us for a fair and legal investigation
of who is responsible?
Interior Ministry spokesman Abdul-Karim Khalaf
said eight civilians were killed and 13 were wounded when
Blackwater bastards opened fire in a predominantly
Sunni neighborhood of western Baghdad.
Today, I am proud to announce my endorsement of
Hillary Clinton as President of the United States.
She has earned the support of millions of Americans
in her campaign for president -- and today
I am pleased to count myself among them.
The world has reached a critical point, and we
need a leader in the White House with the courage, intelligence
and humility to navigate through many troubling
challenges to our security at home and abroad. I believe Senator
Clinton is that leader, and I whole-heartedly
endorse her for President. Senator Clinton and I share a worldview
in which diplomacy is the best first-strike tool
in our arsenal; in today's complicated global system, the United States
should be making more friends than enemies.
I hope you'll join me in supporting Hillary Clinton.
And I hope you'll continue to be active here at WesPAC
as we support many candidates up and down the
ballot in 2008, and continue to speak out on the issues.
I'm proud to endorse Hillary Clinton for President
of the United States. But I'm not going anywhere,
and I hope you're not either. We have a lot of
work to do in the months and years ahead to get America
moving forward again -- and I need you with me.
I don't know of any Westerners who stroll the streets of Baghdad, and unless
you do have a convoy of Humvees or choppers to back you up for protection, then I think
it would be suicidal.
Cenk Uygur: You
think it would be suicidal? So, if you're a Westerner, the idea of going
out for a stroll
in Baghdad, your chances of getting killed or kidnapped is incredibly high?
I would say it's a hundred percent.
--Newsweek's correspondent Babak Dehghanpisheh, telling the truth about
Bush's Paradise- Link
Excerpt: Give the president credit for this: As he laid
out his strategy for Iraq Thursday night, he managed
to avoid accusing Democrats of undercutting the
troops, and he invoked memories of 9/11 only once.
The rest of our report card: Not so good.
From the start to the finish of his live-from-the-Oval
Office, "Can we all just get along" presentation,
George W. Bush cherry-picked and then sugarcoated
many of the "facts" he presented about the state
of affairs in Iraq. Maybe the president didn't
lie, exactly, but he didn't really tell the full truth, either.
bart, the march was my 3rd protest in my 47 years
(all under the same moran president
who is always out of town and does not listen
to "we the people ").
I got there 3 hrs early to take pics and soak
up the atmosphere
it was great
i talked to people from all over the country who
had driven long hrs to express their dissaproval of TWPE
i did get interviwed by Japanese and French media
in both i did complain about the lack of reporting
by our US media.
i said when i get back to Ohio there will be
NOTHING about this march in the newspapers or on t.v. and i was right
C-span was actually showing the measly 50-100
counter protesters which really made me sick
we had over 100,000 marching for peace (most people
said between 100,000-300,000
they had a single file line for 3 blocks and
i saw the washington paper gave equal coverage to both the next day.
i got to hug cindy sheehan and i told her we are
glad you are back
she let me get my pic taken with her and the
man who took the pic
i guess did something wrong cause no pic was
there when i looked
(thanks to her for being so nice though and thanks
to him for nothing!)
it was a great protest
even if it is like it never happened with our
Excerpt: I do think there is something to the fact that,
in general terms, members of the press tend to be more liberal.
That's just the way it is. If you doubt it, just
look around and think how many people in this room voted for
a Republican the last time around. On the other
hand, it is not something where reporters get into the business
to be anti-Republican crusaders. I don't think
that is true at all. I just think that sometimes there is, to quote
Cool Hand Luke, 'a failure to communicate.'
Is Tony Snow lying or crazy or both?
the case can be made that reporters are more liberal
(That case has NOT been made.
did a survey and "discovered" that 4 of 5 reporters were liberals and
the lazy-ass whore
press took that as gospel, like Gore saying he invented the Internet)
wouldn't it be because the reporter graduated
college and has more brains? People with brains
tend to be liberal, while anti-science, anti-fact
knuckledraggers tend to vote for Republicans.
That's how Rush got so big - by saying the "pointy-headed
know-it-all elitists from Harvard"
keep making mistakes and that the uneducated,
man of the Earth knows better.
Take ADD, for example: Get a medical doctor and
a Harvard-trained Teacher with a PhD and they'll
both say ADD is real. But the vulgar Pigboy says,
those kids need is a good slap in the head."
Why bother to get an education and learn the facts
from experts when you can sit behind a microphone
and scream insults at the experts and make $30M
"At times, bin Laden comes off like an angry
blogger chastising Americans for electing President Bush twice and the Democrats for
not doing more to stop the Iraq war." --CNN Justice Correspondent
Kelli Arena comparing bin Laden to an 'angry blogger',Link
Excerpt: The man once regarded as the world's most powerful
banker has bluntly declared that the Iraq war was 'largely' about oil.
In his long-awaited memoir, Greenspan, who served
as chairman of the US Federal Reserve for almost two decades, writes:
'I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient
to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil.'
Greenspan's damning comments about the war come
as a survey of Iraqis, which was released last week,
claims that up to 1.2 million people may have
died because of Bush's hardon for other peoples' oil
So, the smartest Republican in the world figured it out?.
Excerpt: Reading his "Letter From Baghdad" column in the
New York Times this week, you'd never know
that Thomas Friedman has a history of enthusiasm
Now he laments that Iraq is bad for the United
States -- "everyone loves seeing us tied down here"
-- stuck in the "madness that is Iraq." And he
concludes that the good Americans who have been sent
to Iraq will not be deserved by Iraqis "if they
continue to hate each other more than they love their own kids."
The column, under a Baghdad dateline, is boilerplate
Friedman: sprinkled with I-am-here anecdotes and
breezy geopolitical nostrums. For years now,
the man widely touted as America's most influential journalist
has indicated that his patience with the war
in Iraq might soon run out.
But, like the media establishment he embodies,
Friedman can't bring himself to renounce a war that he
helped to launch and then blessed as the incarnation
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