"Its going to be hard for any president to step away from the Bush Doctrine: If you arm a terrorist, train a terrorist, host a terrorist, youre just as bad as a terrorist.
-- Karl Rove, who knows the BFEE worked with Hitler, Osama and Noriega, Link
Hey Karl, who sold Saddam the poison gas that he used on the Kurds?
You guys hung Saddam for that - why is Rummy still at large?
Karl Rove just called The Bush Family Evil Empire a terrorist organization
Bush who asserts his unlimited personal authority to kill, kidnap, torture and spy on anyone, anywhere in
the world opened his annual speech to the United Nations by hailing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Bush must assume that no one in the American press will bother to even check what those rights entail.
If U.S. journalists did pull up a copy of the Declaration, they would find that among its 30 proclaimed rights are these:
--Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
--No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
--Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.
--No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.
Though Bush and his war on terror arguably have violated these rights, he still cites the Declaration as
the foundation for his international policies and remains confident that the U.S. press corps wont challenge him.
BCR 127 should be up later today, and the primary topic is this subject.
Most of the show is a beatdown of CNN and their endless panels of right-wingers.
Do you wonder why they got rid of Crossfire and Capital Gang? It was to get the few remaining lefties and centrists off the air - permanently.
The American whore media will not call a spade a spade, they won't even call a kettle black.
Instead, reporters hand their stories to their corporate bosses who then decide what the public needs to know.
Invariably, those corporate bosses decide that Bush is our King, and only a traitor would challenge that "fact."
Bart, the Tawana Brawley controversy just will not die, and I cannot figure it out. Sharpton took on the job
of advocating for justice for a girl he believed and still believes was raped. He did not call for violence,
he called for justice. Sharpton was sued and was hit with a $345,000 libel award in a civil case.
He was judged wrong in a civil court for advocacy he adopted. This implies less culpability than a DUI,
a criminal offense, like George and Dick have. Even if you disagree with Sharptons cause here, believing
Brawley (and I disagree), I hardly think that it reflects poorly on his character except in the slightest of manners.
The poison people spit out is nothing more than an ad hominem argument that reflects and underlying racism.
Every time I hear about Sharpton, I hear this crap. Most major media did much worse to Richard Jewel and
Wen Ho Lee, yet you dont see these libels brought up everytime they report something.
The leading Democratic White House hopefuls conceded Wednesday night they cannot guarantee
to pull all U.S. combat troops from Iraq by the end of the next presidential term in 2013.
"I think it's hard to project four years from now," said Obama in New Hampshire.
"It is very difficult to know what we're going to be inheriting," added Hillary of New York.
"I cannot make that commitment," said John Edwards of North Carolina.
Comment: I am no longer confident that the Dems will beat the Repubs in 2008.
Sure we will.
The GOP is going to be pro-war until they win their primaries.
Then they'll all turn into doves for the general election.
Every death between now and then is on the Republicans
who put their careers before the lives of the troops.
I know someone who'll exploit that by a factor of 535.
We'll beat them like Oklahoma playing football against William and Mary.
The sight and sound of someone screaming in pain as a cop shoots 50,000 volts into him, well, it Tasers my soul.
Now I have a new trauma: the sight and silence of hundreds of students sitting quietly and obediently last week as
a young man was wrestled to the floor by a gang of cops, handcuffed and then repeatedly given agonizing zaps.
The student had no gun, only a loud voice. For this, he was tortured with a hand-held cattle prod?
Only one young woman approached the lynching and screamed at the police to stop. I don't know who she is,
but I salute her. In fact, I'll adopt her if it turns out she's orphaned and having trouble paying her tuition fees.
I can cope with the speaker, John Kerry, not racing down from the podium to rescue the young man.
That's Kerry. In a statement he hoped that neither the student nor any of the police were injured.
What a coward.
"This week, Bush asked for $190 billion more for his war in Iraq. In the same week, Bush said the plan to give 10 million children health care included 'excessive spending' and threatened a veto. For Bush, who helped rack up three trillion dollars in new debt, it is not about the spending, it is about priorities and the President has made his clear." -- Rahm Emanuel, on Bush choosing blood over milk,Link
According to Randi Rhodes, (wish I could get attribution) over 40% of that $200 billion
will go to Blackwater and Halliburton crooks - that's about $85 billion.
That $85 billion Bush is stealing would pay for health care for those kids.
I agree completely with you. The nomination is hers to lose. A scandal (maybe Bill's, not hers)
or an unexpected event (oooooo, terrorist attack - imagine that!). But she's much too savvy
a politician to watch it get pissed away by actions of hers or someone in her camp.
And, as someone on the ground in Iowa I say she's NOT going to lose Iowa.
Edwards has a lot of sympathy, and we like Barak here, but most of all the Dems want to WIN in 2008,
and Hillary smells like a winner. I'm not thrilled with her, but I'll hold my nose and vote for her
(or WHOMEVER WINS THE DEM NOMINATION!!!) just to get rid of these crazy-assed Republicans.
Then I wash my hands of the party, win or lose.
But you keep swingin' that hammer, Bart. If my car's transmission didn't need work right now
(and I depend on driving - I'm a professional musician) I'd send you money.
Mike in Des Moines
"Speaking at the UN, Bush called for renewed efforts to enforce the U.N.'s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Bush didn't mention the U.S. prisons in Afghanistan or at Abu Ghraib and Gitmo, the U.S. practice of holding detainees for years without legal charges or access to lawyers, or the CIA's kidnappings of suspects, all issues of concern to human rights activists around the world." -- William Douglas,Link
A year ago, it was easy and fashionable to forecast imminent peril for Hillary Clinton.
There were her intractably high unfavorable ratings which would surely scare off pragmatic Democrats hungry for
the winning formula that eluded thembarelyin 2000 and 2004. Moreover, the primary calendar seemed
custom-made for John Edwards, who had reinvented himself as a populist and as Hillarys chief rival.
But now the Iowa caucuses are less than four months away, and Hillary has lapped the field. Polls now have her
leading in all of the early states, and the past few weeks have brought a surfeit of news stories touting her inevitability
and marveling at how deftly shes marginalized her rivals. The coverage itself threatens to create a self-fulfilling
prophecy that would seal the nomination for her, with undecided Democrats shrugging and jumping on the
Hillary bandwagon, figuring that shes going to win anyway.
"The Whore Post says NPR turned down Bush's offer to do an interview with whore Juan Williams to mark the 50th anniversary of school desegregation in Little Rock. NPR said the White House shouldn't be selecting the correspondent." -- Political Wire, Link
The White House wanted a pushover like Juan Williams so Bush wouldn't get any tough questions.
I'm so old, I remember when Juan Williams had integrity, but that was in the earrly nineties.
Juan Williams is nothing more than Hannity in a skirt.
Juan Williams: Sir, you hired Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Elaine Chao, Alberto Gonzales, etc. Were they the best people for the job, or did you select them for racial diversity?
Bunnypants: I've always tried to be an inclusive person without sacrificing excellence.
Sure, that's how we got Brownie, Rice, Gonzales, Harriet Myers, Cheney, Rummy, etc.
Bush hires on loyalty first, and if that person can actually do the job, that's a bonus.
El Pais published a transcript (reprinted at this link) of the conversation between Bush, Jose Aznar of Spain,
and Condi Rice held at Crawford before the Iraq War. Bush is typically bullheaded, impatient, conspiratorial,
bullying, arrogant, ill-informed and way over-optimistic. The transcript shows the true colors of the man
-- a sort of thuggish, ignorant Mafia don-- who destroyed the United States and destroyed Iraq.
At one point Aznar prophetically says, "The thing that worries me is your optimism."
The transcript provides a whole rack of smoking guns that could be a basis for impeaching Bush.
It proves Bush consciously intended to go to war without a United Nations Security Council resolution.
The spectacle Tuesday of 151 House Republicans voting in lock step with the White House against
State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) was one of the more remarkable sights of the year.
Rarely do you see so many politicians putting their careers in jeopardy.
The bill they opposed, at the urging of Bush, commands healthy majorities in both the House and Senate
but is headed for a veto because Bush objects to a safety net for the children of the working poor. He has
staked out that ground on his own, rejecting the pleas of conservative senators such as Chuck Grassley and
Orrin Hatch (R-Foot-Tapper), who helped shape the compromise that the Senate endorsed.
We just cant stop being nice to Iran.
First, we break Iraq and hand it over to the Shiites, putting in a puppet who leans toward Iran and is aligned with
the Shiite militias bankrolled by Iran. Then, as Peter Galbraith writes in The New York Review of Books, Bush
facilitates the takeover of a large part of the country by an Iranian-backed militia, with the ironic twist that
there is now substantially more personal freedom in Iran than in Southern Iraq.
And on top of all that, we help build up the self-serving doofus Iranian president, a frontman with a Ph.D.
in traffic management, into the sort of larger-than-life demon that the real powers in Iran - the mullahs - can love.
Among the assertions in his suit, Rather claims CBS failed to provide him sufficient time and support to
defend the veracity of his report, that the network essentially folded like sodden newsprint under pressure
from right-wing advocates of the Bush administration, and that the entire matter permanently ravaged his
The danger to the mainstream news industry in general, however, is not in the allegations themselves, but in
the context surrounding them provided by a long-time insider who knows where all the bodies are buried.
Consider the first paragraph on the fourth page of the complaint. According to Rather, CBS chose to jettison
both himself and the Texas Air National Guard story because, "CBS's parent company, Viacom, and it CEO,
Sumner Redstone, considered it to be in its corporate interest to curry favor with the Bush administration."
Consider CBS's handling of a far more serious Bush administration scandal, the torture at Abu Ghraib prison,
as described on pages 11 and 12 of the complaint. According to Rather, "Despite the story's importance,
and because of the negative impact the story would have on the Bush administration, with which Viacom
and CBS wished to curry favor, CBS management attempted to bury it."
When asked if the war in Iraq made America safer, Gen. David Petraeus said he didn't know.
Now Congress is being asked to give Bush another $190,000,000,000.00 to fund the occupation.
We should turn the question around and ask Congress, "Does giving Bush $190 billion dollars make America safer?"
Why should we spend more dollars and waste more lives when it's hurting, not helping, America?
Thanks for your humor and adulterated news you've provided to us over these Bush-whacked years.
I've sure needed your comic relief.
Sometimes, though, I'm bothered by your dissing of DailyKos, a site which I also enjoy.
Not everyone there is a Hillary-hater, and to prove that point, here's an entry from today's diaries,
written in response to an anti-Hillary (she's just like the Republicans, etc.) diary posted yesterday.
Why, "Reviser" is almost as brilliant as you, Mr. Bartcop!
I don't think I said they were "bad," but when "I don't know" beats our clear front-runner,
I felt something needed to be said.
I've been asking someone to explain that craziness for a year - still no good answers.
How does Kos command such obedience?
I can't get 80 percent of my readers to agree that grass is green...
Harry Reid needs a new job - one that doesn't affect our future.
He's a nice guy, but he's weak and he's stupid and this is life and death.
We need a wartime consiglieri if we want to win this war.
Heres what you can do:
E-mail MoveOn.org and ask that they initiate a call for Reid to step down.
Write letters to the editor that call for Harry Reid to step down.
Post messages on high traffic sites like Daily Kos and Demo Underground to dump Reid.
Call your senator and demand that Reid step down. Get phone #s at http://www.senate.gov Permalink to this from your blog and/or copy it to your blog
Call members of the news media about this.
Make a donation to MoveOn or bartcop.com (donate to firstname.lastname@example.org)
When we elect a Democratic president, she'll need 67 senators on her side to get stuff done.
With Reid in charge, the senate could lose members because they refuse to fight back
A prison inmate who had implicated a former LAPD officer in the shooting death of rap star Biggie Smalls
has renounced his story, tying a new knot in the tangle of intrigue that surrounds the still-unsolved killing.
Waymond Anderson, who is serving a life term for murder, said in a recent deposition that he lied in a
previous deposition about LAPD involvement in the Smalls slaying as part of a "scam" concocted by
two other convicts to squeeze a large monetary settlement out of the city.
Smalls' family has filed a wrongful death suit seeking damages from the city. In a surprising twist,
Anderson accused the rapper's family and its lawyer of participating in the scheme and offering to
pay him for false testimony implicating the LAPD.
Anderson charged that the Biggie family's lawyer, Perry R. Sanders Jr., offered to pay him to lie
in court about Perez and Mack. Sanders said Anderson's allegations were "100%, demonstrably false."
"This is wholesale, made-up-out-of-whole-cloth perjury," he said in an interview.
Sanders said Anderson appeared to have been acting at the behest of an LA Times reporter, Chuck Philips.
You're right - every media outlet used the Betrayus issue as a litmus test for Democrats,
no matter if the subject was agricultural subsidies the interviewer would ask the Democratic
congressperson how they felt about Move On ad.
I don't recall them asking the repugs about the sliming of John Kerry or Max Cleland.
There was one good moment on MSNBC when David Shuster blind-sided the idiot
congressperson from TN Marsha Balckburn.
After Vietnam and Watergate, leaders of the Right and the Left made fateful choices that have shaped
todays political world. Though both sides had access to similar amounts of money from wealthy individuals
and like-minded foundations, the two sides chose to invest that money in very different ways.
The Right concentrated on gaining control of the information flows in Washington and on building a media
infrastructure that would put out a consistent conservative message across the country. As part of this strategy,
the Right also funded attack groups to target mainstream journalists who got in the way of the conservative agenda.
So, while the Right waged what it called the war of ideas and expanded the reach of conservative media
to every corner of the nation, the Left trusted that local political action would reenergize American democracy.
Put more simply, I think they just want it more than we do.
They have more of that drive where the gazillionaire stays up late at night
to plot the best way to gouge an extra dime out of some poor guy's pocket.
The right is never satisfied - they have the same greed as the oil companies.
Ohio and Florida, which provided the decisive electoral votes for Bush's election triumphs, have enacted
laws that election experts say will help Republicans impede Democratic-leaning minorities from voting in 2008.
Backers of the new laws say they're aimed at curbing vote fraud. But the statutes also could facilitate a
controversial Republican tactic known as ``vote caging,'' which the GOP attempted in Ohio and Florida
in 2004 before public disclosures foiled the efforts, said Joseph Rich, a former Justice Department voting
rights chief in the Bush administration who's now with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights.
Caging, used in the past to target poor minorities in heavily Democratic precincts, entails sending mass mailings
to certain voters and then using the undelivered letters to compile lists of voters to be denied their rights.
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