Excerpt: TIn a memorable scene from "Fahrenheit 9/11,"
Rep. John Conyers explains how it was that Congress
passed the USA Patriot Act without knowing many
of its provisions. "Sit down, my son," the courtly
Michigan Democrat said. "We don't read most of
That reality does not appear to have changed much.
In back-to-back years, Congress rushed through
two sweeping pieces of legislation - the Military
Commissions Act of 2006 and the Protect America Act
of 2007 - without a full understanding of the
powers being granted to President George W. Bush.
Now, the U.S. Senate is expected to consider legislation
scrapping one part of the 2006 law,
its denial of habeas corpus - the ancient protection
against arbitrary arrests - to foreigners whom
Bush has designated "unlawful enemy combatants."
Congress seems to be extra-stupid.
They allow these laws to go into affect with language such as "any
person" when Bush
talks about "the tools we need to prevent al-AQaeda from attacking
The Patriots Acts, as written, give Bush absolute power
over everyone in all cases.
Bush also has the power to take total control of everything "in
a national emergency," which means what, a tsunami? A market correction? A power failure?
A UFO sighting?
Today, a plane crashed into a restaurant in Carolina - will Bush declare
How could congress give anyone such power, much less a crooked bastard
who stole power?
"Whatever happened, the police had a reason...
had made their decision that there was something they needed to
do. Then it's a law enforcement issue, not mine..." --
John Kerry, washing his hands of all involvement, Link
Did John Kerry just say that?
"Whatever happened, the police had a
John, what if the cops tasered people wearing,
did Kerry quit?" t-shirts?
Would that be a clear-cut case of "the
police had a reason?" Would cops zapping people wearing those t-shirts
be "something they needed to do?"
Excerpt: No matter how clamped down we as a culture become,
no matter how much misinterpreted Biblical dogma
we're forced to swallow, no matter how many insidious
laws are passed limiting behaviors and restricting
independent thought and repressing sexuality
and banning dildos in Texas, it will never be enough.
And why? Because the fundamentalist mind-set is
not so much a firm and rational set of beliefs based on
thoughtful interpretation of strict Biblical
screed as it is, well, a paranoid wallowing in fear. Fear of the Other,
fear of change, of progress, of the new and different
and young and the sexual and the truly spiritual.
And as we all know from almost seven years of
Bush, fear knows no reason. It knows no stability.
Fear is simply insatiable, voracious, and about
as un-Godlike as Jesus with a machine gun.
Excerpts: Robert Draper's Dead Certain, a
sympathetic portrait of the Bush disaster, reports that Bush had insisted
to his chief of staff Andrew Card up to the time
of Card's resignation in April 2006 that there were WMDs in Iraq.
The president does not give up easily on something
of which he is dead certain. He can't give up on it.
Therefore, the atmosphere and rhetoric last week
were the same as they had been through the whole war.
Victory in Iraq, Iraqi democracy, progress, fighting
terrorism, brave troops, stability in the Middle East
-- with Petraeus' name thrown in almost every
Draper effectively dismisses the notion that the
president is just plain dumb and that Cheney or Rove were
running the presidency. Yet, he adds, the questions
that some who served on Bush's staff had were whether
"a man [could be] all that secure with himself
if he felt compelled to assert over and over that he never wavered,
never lost a wink of sleep and harbored no regrets?
What bespoke his compulsive optimism, and was it,
in the end, worth the loss of credibility?"
It is a question about which many Americans wonder.
Why can't he change his mind?
Subject: Military Uniforms are
not a shield against criticism
If a general lies to Congress, the fact that he's
wearing a uniform is no shield against criticism.
Lying to Congress is a betrayal of the public
trust and a dishonor to to the military.
Criticism is free speech.
So I'm going to make a donation to MoveOn.org
because I support the truth.
Excerpt: Have we learnt nothing from the shameful and
shameless run-up to the invasion of Iraq?
Then, Mohammed ElBaradei, head of the International
Atomic Energy Agency, quietly but firmly said
that as far as he and his UN agency were concerned,
there was no evidence that Saddam Hussein had
nuclear weapons or the materials to make them.
His conclusion was simply swept aside as the US
and the British tore into the UN inspector, Hans Blix,
determined to show that their worst warnings
about Saddam were based on fact. ElBaradei and Blix
proved right in their denial. Jack Straw and
the hapless (in this case) Colin Powell were wrong.
So here we are, nearly five years later, and exactly
the same is happening over Iran.
Each time I see Hans Blix's name, I remember lazy comics like Jay Leno
doing jokes about him,
calling him "Mr Magoo" and protraying him as the bumbling idiot who
couldn't find any WMDs
even though "everyone knew" there were border-to-border alllll
I realize Leno is "just" a comedian, but when you have millions of viewers
or readers, mocking those
who say we have no reason to go to war just helps to form the opinions
and prejudices that have
caused many of the problems we have today.
Excerpt: A Kansas military cemetery has run out of space
after the burial of another casualty of the Iraq war.
"We are full," said Alison Kohler, spokeswoman
for the Fort Riley U.S. Army post, home of the 1st Infantry Division.
Fort Riley can bury bodies on top of other bodies
if family members want to share a plot, said Kohler.
Bush is killing so many soldiers they're stacking them up under the
Excerpt: Tuesday, Chris matthews spoke an important truth
for which he is now under attack. Appalled by the Tasering
of Andrew Meyer during an appearance by Sen.
John Kerry, Matthews said on "Hardball" that he regards that
incident as "an iconic moment" in the degradation
of free speech during the Bush years.
As a guest on that segment, along with Medea Benjamin
of Code Pink, who is regularly arrested for protesting
at public events, I had to agree.
The predictable reaction of the right wing, which had largely treated the
incident as an excuse to bash the wholly innocent
Kerry, was to denounce us for daring to broaden the discussion.
Bart, so Taserboy's a hero?! WTF...
I hate the way people are insinuating it was
the substance of his "questions" that got him tasered.
His insistence on getting an answer to those unanswered
questions is what got him tasered.
Sure, if he'd said, "John,
you're my hero and thanks for the great fight you waged," he wouldn't have been tasered because the tough
questions would have never come up.
If he'd been up there impugning or even praising
Kerry's Swift Boat adventures
in that same manner, the same thing would have
They would've tasered him for praising Kerry?
Remember, they charged him with "inciting a riot"
all they could think of since he didn't actually
break any laws.
Those Pinkertons don't know what Skull and Bones
Neither does NationalLedger.com's
political writer Debra Beste.
She says any talk of Skull & Bones is proof
that you're "a classic conspiracy nut."
Guy's no hero just for getting zapped. Heroism
requires knowing what you're getting into.
I see parallels to Rosa Parks.
When they ordered Taserboy to the back of the bus, he said, "No,
dammit, I want answers!"
That took guts and he paid for it with 50,000 volts and a night in jail
and a criminal record.
I hope the campus cops are fired and Meyer gets $100,000 in the civil
We just spoke with Greg Palast, whose Armed Madhouse
paperback (or "mysterious 'yellow book'",
as lazy Washington Post blogger, Emil Steiner
"reported" it) was being waved and alluded to by Taserboy
Andrew Meyer just prior to his being feloniously
assaulted by UF hired
Palast says he is offering the journalism student
a job as a paid intern. Meyer had described Palast,
in his question to Statue John Kerry, as "the
top investigate journalist in America."
"Did you notice he never let the book touch the
ground?," an impressed Palast wryly noted.
Excerpt: One of my pet peeves about political reporting
is the fact that some of my journalistic colleagues seem to
want to be in another business - namely, theater
criticism. Instead of telling us what candidates are actually
saying - and whether it's true or false, sensible
or silly - they tell us how it went over, and how they think it
affects the horse race. During the 2004 campaign
I went through two months' worth of TV news from the
major broadcast and cable networks to see what
voters had been told about the Bush and Kerry health
care plans; what I found, and wrote about, were
several stories on how the plans were playing, but not
one story about what was actually in the plans.
Excellent point, and Hillary's 1994 health care plan could be Exhibit
One. Nobody reading this
can tell me what her health care plan was about in 1994, but dozens
of readers can complain
about what a terrible plan it was because they heard somebody
else say it was a bad plan.
"If Hillary's health care plan becomes law,
unqualified black men will be doing surgery on you and your
children." - G Gordon Liddy, 1994, playing the Willie Horton card
to scare the racist bastards
Who fought hardest to hill health care for all of us?
Republicans and the bribe-givers at Big Pharm and the HMOs, and the
sold us out for 14 years because they're scared weenies and bitchy,
bitchy little girls.
Subject: My choice for first
Lady, Elizabeth Kucinich
I've changed my mind again and it is not just
because I am starting to suffer from Hilliary/Obama fatigue.
I am now supporting Dennis Kucinich not only
because I agree with him on the issues but because I want
his elegant wife to be our First Lady.
She will be an inspiration to the world.
Watch this short video and listen to this great
Also, keep one eye on Dennis and you will see
a man who is truly in love.
"Osama says he's going to invade Pakistan and
declare war on Musharraf which puts him on the same page
with Barack Ubama." -- the vulgar Pigboy
"I thank God every day I'm single." -- Rush the liar
Tell the truth, Rush.
You paid Marta millions if she would stay the full ten years.
The day that tenth year was up, she was outta there.
Why would you pay someone millions to put up with your Nazi ass
and then mock God with the lie that you're glad you're single?
"Some may see divorce as a threat.' Others
see it as the salvation." -- the syphilitic bastard, mocking God again.
Hey Rush, didn't you take a vow before God to stay with
your first wife, "until death we do part?" Didn't you take a vow before God to stay with your second
wife, "until death we do part?" Didn't you take a vow before God to stay with your third
wife, "until death we do part?" And now you mock that vow before God by praising divorce?
If taking a vow before God means nothing, why bother with
Excerpt: In praising Bush's new choice for Attorney General,
Cheney identified one freedom in particular
that retired Judge Michael Mukasey would protect:
"the freedom from fear of terrorist attacks."
The comment spoke volumes about Bush's priorities,
fitting with the President's oft-repeated
claim that the government has no more important
duty than to protect the American people.
That this claim goes unchallenged - despite the
fact that the oath administered to federal officials
demands that they defend the Constitution and
says nothing about public safety - has been a leading
indicator of how Bush and Cheney have exploited
the self-centeredness of many Americans to
amass unprecedented executive power.
Excerpt: "The whole celebrity thing is not magic. They're
real people proving they're sluttier than everybody else
because they don't even wear knickers. I'm not
going to get blind drunk and then stumble out and fall over
and puke up in front of people. I'm not saying
I don't do that on my own in private, but I try not to."
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