"Can someone tell me what controversial procedures
have been used at Guantanamo Bay? As far as I'm aware there is not a shred of
hard evidence - and certainly no proof - that torture or even enhanced interrogation methods have
been employed there. You can argue that it's unfair to hold unlawful enemy combatants indefinitely
(but then you really need to suggest what else should be done with them) but I don't see
how you can simply say: 'Well, bad things happened at Abu Ghraib therefore let's assume that
bad things have been happening at Guantanamo, too.'"
-- Cliff May, Bush butt-licker,Link
Obviously they're being held at Gitmo so no American judge can
If they were housed in Florida, it would be illegal to torture
them, so they use Cuba.
Excerpt: The fear factor is non-partisan, you might say,
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee brags
that it is the most influential foreign policy
lobbying organization on Capitol Hill, and has
demonstrated that time and again, and not only on Capitol Hill.
Nowhere is the Lobby's power more clearly demonstrated
than in its ability to suppress the awful truth
that on June 8, 1967 during the Six Day War:
Israel deliberately attacked the intelligence
collection ship USS Liberty, in full awareness
it was a U.S. Navy ship, and did its best to
sink it and leave no survivors;
Scores of intelligence analysts and senior officials
have known this for years. That virtually all of them
have kept a 40-year frightened silence is testament
to the widespread fear of touching this live wire.
On Sept. 26, 2006, I gave a talk on Iraq to an
overflow crowd of 400 in Springfield, Missouri.
When I mentioned The USS Liberty, I found myself
looking out at 400 blank stares. The USS Liberty?
I asked how many had heard of the Liberty attack.
Three hands went up; I called on the gentleman nearest me.
Ramrod straight he stood:
"Sir, Sergeant Bryce Lockwood, United States Marine
Corps, retired. I am a member of the USS Liberty crew, Sir."
You could hear a pin drop for the next 15 minutes,
as Lockwood gave us his personal account
of what happened to him, his colleagues and his
ship on the afternoon of June 8, 1967.
Excerpt: George, listen up. Concentrate. Even your idol,
Abe, would now call it quits. He would conclude that
though he once had virtually no hope of winning
this war, he now has absolutely no hope of winning this war.
That, at least, is what he'd conclude after ripping
this morning's headline from the wire: "Top Iraqis Pull Back
from Key U.S. Goal" -- followed by a lead that
confirms the worst: "For much of this year, the U.S. military
strategy in Iraq has sought to reduce violence
so that politicians could bring about national reconciliation,
but several top Iraqi leaders say they have lost
faith in that broad goal."
That's it, George. That's the ballgame."
Watch TV on a Sunday morning and every pundit will tell you that Bush
is just running out the clock,
that he's going to dump his bloody quagmire into the lap of the next
president - but that's 15 months away.
We're going to lose 2-3 soldiers a day for the next 15 months - and
If our military doesn't mind making that sacrifice for Bush's pocketbook
- why should we?
If they want to continue to worship this braindead monkey - should
we stand in their way?
If the military families line their 17-year olds up and say, "It's
all for you, George," should we worry about them if they're not going to worry about themselves?
It's like a perverted fraternity hazing - each time Bush sends five
Marines to their deaths,
I'm hearing them say, "Thank you, Sir, may
we have another five deaths?"
"Hillary would be president of a major college
or a candidate for the Supreme Court if she hadn't mortgaged her principles
to follow her husband to Arkansas and beyond." -- Andrew Sullivan, who (apparently) has never been in
I followed Mrs. Bart to (...choke) Oklahoma...
Does that mean I mortgaged my principles?
Why do supposedly intelligent writers like Bareback Andy write
such shitty crap?
Is it because they can't challence Hillary on her political positions?
Isn't there anybody who can attack her fairly?
"Sullivan's anti-Hillary rants are getting
old. He finally admits he was wrong about the war, but it never seems to occur to him that the
same bozos who sold him on that also sold him on hating Hillary. And I've seen enough "Barack Hussein Obama"
comments to know that they will savage him just as they did Hillary. We've got to ask
which candidate has the balls to fight back and I've got to say that I think Hillary does."
-- Teresa, Link
"I am addicted to prescription pain medication." -- Rush, always the victim,
"Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive
women easier access to the mainstream of
-- Rush, who paid his last wife to stay longer,
"She comes to me when she wants to be fed.
She's smart enough to know she can't feed herself. This cat has taught me more about women,
than anything my whole life."
-- Rush, on the uselessness of women,
"Hillary sounds like a screeching ex-wife."
-- Rush, an expert on scheeching ex-wives with three of them,
Excerpt: So what happened when a Blackwater goon fatally
shot a bodyguard of Iraqi VPl Abdul-Mahdi?
The goon, who had been drinking heavily, had
left a Christmas party in the Green Zone last year
when he was confronted by the Iraqi guards. According
to reports, he opened fire, killing an Iraqi.
The goon was spirited out of the country, with
the help of the State Department. He has so far faced
no criminal proceedings. He was not subject to
any Iraqi laws or to U.S. military jurisdiction.
If Americans are still puzzled by the hostility
with which so many Iraqis - indeed, so many Muslims -
view the U.S. occupation, this one episode ought
to go a long way toward explaining the resentment.
While Bush continues to justify its invasion
by pretending to a deep concern for the Iraqi people,
the lives of average Iraqis haven't counted for
much. Blackwater paid the family of the slain Iraqi.
Iraq is demanding $8M for each murdered Iraqi.
Will Bush remind them whose country it is?
Excerpts: When James Dobson warns that he will lead evangelical
conservatives and other "values voters" in a
third-party revolt if the GOP nominates Rudy
-- as the Focus on the Family president warned in
Thursday's New York Times -- it is hard to suppress
a cynical smirk. Such rumblings from the
religious right seem ritualistic, issued predictably
in election years or whenever Republican politicians
show signs of straying from the fold. Many analysts
listen, shrug and then predict that the party
leadership will somehow accommodate the restive
theocrats long before Election Day -- and that
the imperatives of power will prevail, as usual,
But this time could be different for the increasingly
disgruntled Dobson and his theocratic cohort.
This time they may follow through and support
a "minor party" candidate. Consider their dilemma.
"Giuliani is polarizing because he actively
chooses to be. He wants people to hate him. Hillary is polarizing because the right-wing
attack machine made her that way. By this standard, Carter is polarizing. Clinton
is polarizing. Gore is polarizing. Kerry is polarizing. Do you see the trend
-- Kevin Drum, Link
Excerpt: Those who recall the indignity of Nixon having
to declare, in response to a question from the press,
"I am not a crook," must have winced yesterday
when President Mein Fuhrer, also talking to the press,
was forced to avow, "This government does not
That the questions had to be asked speaks volumes
in itself. That the answers from both presidents
were thoroughly unconvincing says just as much.
Or perhaps Bush was only suggesting that our military
and our private contractors may torture people
but "this government" does not."
Isn't that why Bush hired Blackwater - to do the dirty workl and give
Why else would you say, "We don't need that
many soldiers," then hire 160,00 private soldiers?
Excerpt: Home prices were going up faster than the houses
By the time the family's new home -- a two-story
model called The Starling with a cathedral ceiling
in the living room -- was completed the next
spring, the $179,000 base price had climbed to $220,000.
"We were making money while we were waiting,"
By late 2004, the Phoenix real estate market was
The euphoria reached Queen Creek, so far out the
freeway hadn't arrived yet.
The town's population almost quadrupled to 17,000
in just five years.
Buyers lined up for the chance to make a downpayment
in the new subdivisions.
Rowberry joined 200 people one Saturday morning
for a chance at 15 lots.
He snapped up builders' price lists. Every week,
the homes cost $1,000 to $5,000 more.
Meanwhile, skyrocketing prices in California and
Nevada sent investors to greater Phoenix
in search of the next great deal.
This was always a pyramid scheme and nothing more.
We have to blame Bush, the Republicans and their "Rules are bad" mentality.
I doubt this would have happened under a Democrat.
When banks loan money to people who can't pay it back, the fix is
in. As always, the billionaires made their money early and got out.
The suckers got in (with their life savings) and they were taken for
The best part?
After the crash, the billionaires can buy a $300,000 house that
they sold for $600,000 for a bargain price of $150,000.
They invest 300K, double that in profits, then re-buy the carcass at
Like the crimes of the Bush Family Evil Empire, you make money both
It's easy when: You have billions of stolen
dollars to start with.
Your crooked partner runs the
country with a "no rules" approach,
You don't have a conscience
that can bother you.
The little people who get hurt?
The families who are wiped out?
The divorces it caused?...and the soldiers who die?
Even worse, ...they do it in the name of Jesus Christ and that
stupid voter I keep talking about, falls for it every damn time.
Excerpt: Thousands of walrus have appeared on Alaska's
northwest coast in what conservationists
are calling a dramatic consequence of global
warming melting the Arctic sea ice.
Alaska's walrus, especially breeding females,
in summer and fall are usually found on the Arctic ice pack.
But the lowest summer ice cap on record put sea
ice far north of the outer continental shelf, the shallow,
life-rich shelf of ocean bottom in the Bering
and Chukchi seas.
Walrus feed on clams, snails and other bottom
dwellers. Given the choice between an ice platform over water
beyond their 630-foot diving range or gathering
spots on shore, thousands of walrus picked Alaska's rocky beaches.
"It looks to me like animals are shifting their
distribution to find prey," said Tim Ragen, of the federal Marine
Mammal Commission. "But will they be able to
find sufficient prey in areas where they are looking?"
And why is it that we in the military fight for
your right to be a total jackhole l
ike every other jackhole that if they truly WERE
smarter than the president..
First, how do you start a conversation
Second, I didn't ask you to join the military.
Third, fuck you for bringing my wife into
Permission to lick my balls is granted, soldier.
Fourth, It's not that I'm smarter than
The fact is, your president is more stupid than
...or had half the backbone and conviction, you
YOURSELF would be running for the office of president.
But that's not going to happen because its hard
enough for you to be president of your local bar where you belong.
I was president of both my corporations when I
owned bars, does that count?
Currently, I am president of the Bartcop Empire,
but if my daddy was a super-rich crook,
maybe I could be installed as president by his
crooked judge friends.
The reason you are NOT president of anything is
because you enjoy a false image that you ARE someone
that makes a difference in the world around you,
when in fact you are as inane, inept and insignificant as a
million other people who find comfort in being
a jackhole to whoever the media doesnt like.
How many minutes can you go without typing the
Your own insecurity prevents you from doing anything
REAL about our country and would rather
jump on the bandwagon in hopes of gleaning some
fame off the backs of others.
If I'm looking for fame, why isn't my name and
picture aren't plastered all over the place?
If you and your cat were actually smarter than
the president, (There's no "if" about that...)
you wouldnt be on your couch doing nothing but
complaining about other people.
We can hear you: "How come people are so stupid,
are we there yet?"
I have no idea what you're trying to say.
Get off your ass and SHOW us someone else is more
qualified for the job by doing it yourself, you lame jackhole.
Scott the Rocket
Excerpt: Bush has no better friends than the spineless
Democrats when it comes to Iraq.
Last week, the leading Democratic candidates sang
from the same songbook:
Hillary, Obama and Edwards refused to promise
to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq by 2013,
at the end of the first term of their hypothetical
presidencies. Can you believe it?
I believe it - their answer was the only honest answer they could possibly
No intelligent politician gives a guarantee five years out - nobody
should expect them to.
On the other hand, Richardson, Kucinich and Biden
called for quick troop withdrawals.
Well sure, they have no chance of winning so they can promise everyone
a pony if they want.
Longtime readers know I have total respect for Helen Thomas, but what
does she want here?
She wants to be lied to? She wants a guarantee that no honest
person can give her?
I like and respect Obama and Edwards, even more so now because they
refused to be a whore.
Both of them could've said, "Hillary's crazy,
I'll have those troops home right away" and probably
would've gained ten
points in the polls overnight - but they chose
to be honest, instead.
So what are the leading Democratic White House
Where do the voters go who are sick of
the Iraqi debacle?
Voters go to the polls next November and elect a filibuster-proof
congress of Democrats
so the drawdown in troops can begin and we wind outselves out of Bush's
If anybody else has an idea, like John Lennon said, "We'd
all love to see the plan."
A shot of Chinaco for our top three candidates being honest
with their answers.
Sure, they're breaking Bart's Law Number
One, but they're doing it as a team.
"The Fred Thompson presidential juggernaut
keeps creaking forward. I originally thought Thompson's trademark laziness was an
asset in a campaign. After all, if slow and steady wins the race, then imagine what stationary
and half-asleep could do..." -- Stephen Colbert
Your post on Ariana Huffington's
stupid comment was on the money.
I put it more this way in the HuffPost comments
Bush and Cheney hand out billions to born again
campaign donors in no bid contracts; Hillary has a
flack who works at the same law firm where they are representing
Blackwater. And you are saying Hillary is much worse?
Please take note of moronic
Hillary/Gore hater Marc Cooper being given the job
as Campaign 08 honcho at The Huffington
Post. This guy wrote on his blog that he
"wished Hillary a miserable experience" when
She entered the race.
So yes, your taking notice
of the Huffington's Post inability to give The Hillary Clinton
Campaign a fair shake is right on. Even
some fine writers have recently been tapped to
write "get Hillary" pieces.
To an extent, this is fine. It will
help toughen up Clinton, and the Axe these writers grind
is apparent enough. But what happens when and
if Clinton takes the nomination.
Will these "liberal" writers once again tell
us that there is no difference between the
Democrat and the Republican, and they did so
foolishly in 2000?
THAT is when we need to come down on them like
a ton of bricks.
-Still Ben Pike
Excerpt: St. Bernard Parish Councilman Joey DiFatta, who
on Thursday withdrew from the 1st Senate District campaign,
has been stopped twice since 1996 for suspicion
of engaging in lewd behavior in public restrooms in Jefferson Parish,
records obtained by The Times-Picayune show.
DiFatta, 53, acknowledged that reports he had
been stopped are true, but he denied any wrongdoing in both cases.
He said he was not prosecuted in either case
and has no arrest record.
Hmmm, maybe Councilman DiFatta "settled out of
court" with the arresting officer.
I know you hate Arianna, but this column by Jane
Smiley is a must-read.
I've been explaining to friends, family, and
acquaintances for YEARS these two things:
why we invaded Iraq depends on whose motives
you scrutinize, and the current troubles
boiled to the surface with Reagan. This rot at
the core was there, but it took the Reagan/Bush crew
to bring it out in the open and give it a patina
of respectability. We may never be able to clean that off.
Here's a quote from Jane, followed by the link.
In order to gain power, the Republicans long
ago (and knowingly, thanks, Mr. Atwater and others) handed the citizenry, and themselves, a bill
of goods, a set of philosophical and economic ideas that were bankrupt. The citizenry, suckers that
we were, bought it because it appealed to their worst selves. The price we have paid and will continue to
pay in Iraq for this bad bargain is a steep one, and could break the bank. But if we don't understand
how we got here, we could buy it again, because the politicians and the pundits still have it
Excerpt: The Dems should really thank Sen. Larry Craig,
now stalling again following his original promise he'd quit Sept. 30th,
and then altering that vow to after he got the
verdict from on whether he could withdraw his guilty plea. The verdict's
and the judge told Larry no, you can't change
your guilty plea just to keep your soft Senate gig. (Hint: If you moan
"Noooooooo!" when a cop shows his badge, it's
a pretty good indication of guilt. Innocent people don't say things
like that to the police.) But the Toe-Tapping
Idaho Potatohead is made of sterner stuff and has now refused to resign
despite the judge's decision. While Craig's family
may need some rehab at the Helen Keller Institute, the rest of us,
and even many Idahoans, have most of our faculties
working and can easily size-up this puff-adder hypocrite:
"I have gay sex in public restrooms" might as
well be indelibly tattooed on his forehead. Seems Craig's decided to
take a page from the Neocon Handbook and is willing
to selfishly watch his party go down the drain to preserve
his job and possibly revamp his future reputation.
Great idea - handle this like Bush handles torture - just say it doesn't
exist! Craig should just say,
"I was never arrested for anything, that's
my political enemies lying again," and let the
whore networks and the Talk Radio Nazis convince everyone their eyes
and ears have been lying to them.
It's worked for Bush for 7-8 years, why can't Craig fling the same horseshit?
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