Excerpt: Bush essentially wants to allow the Turks to
continue to deny a historical fact that preceded
even the existence of the current Turkish system
Similarly, the United States has never been too
enthusiastic about criticizing Japan's denial
of having used Chinese and South Korean women
as sex slaves (so-called "comfort women") during World War II.
More generally, the United States never really
says too much when the current Japanese government regularly
tries to whitewash in school textbooks the atrocious
conduct of the Imperial Japanese regime before and during
World War II. Again, a principal ally who does
not face up to important historical facts is not reproved.
Yet Bush is still repeatedly bringing up Ahmadinejad's
December, 2005 denial of the Jewish holocaust.
Excerpt: Dick Cheney's craziness used to influence foreign
policy. Now it is foreign policy.
He may have lost his buddy in belligerence, Rummy.
He may have tapped out the military in Iraq.
He may not be able to persuade Congress so easily
anymore - except for Hillary - to issue warlike resolutions.
He can't cow Condi into supporting his bullying
as he once did, and Bob Gates is doing his best to instill some common
Besides, Cheney is running out of time to wreak
global havoc; he's working for a president
who is spending his waning days on the job trying
to prevent children from getting health insurance.
Maureen Dowd - always the anti-Hillary lying whore.
According to Dowd, only Cheney and Hillary voted to label Iran's
extremists as evildoers.
Funny how a resolution can pass with only two votes...
Excerpt: I have this ongoing discussion with a longtime
reader who also just so happens to be a longtime Oakland
high school teacher, a wonderful guy who's seen
generations of teens come and generations go and who
has a delightful poetic sensibility and quirky
outlook on his life and his family and his beloved teaching career.
And he often writes to me in response to something
I might've written about the youth of today, anything where
I comment on the various nefarious factors shaping
their minds and their perspectives and whether or not, say,
EMFs and junk food and cell phones are melting
their brains and what can be done and just how bad it might all be.
His response: It is not bad at all. It's absolutely
Anyone who's ever watch "JayWalking" with Leno
knows how stupid Americans are.
Who fought in the Civil war?
"Japan and Russia?" Who is America's closest neighbor
to the South? "France?" How many Supreme Court judges
are there? "141?" Name a state that borders Canada.
"He took his deployment personally. He was
going after, and his team was going after, the men who planned, plotted against
and attacked not only the United States, but the city he loved, New York. He
knew what he was fighting for." -- The father of deceased
Medal of Honor recipient Michael Murphy, Link
But isn't it sad that the majority of our
soldiers are not going after those 9-11 bastards.
No, they're in Iraq securing the financial
futures of the Bush grandchildren.
"I do apologize, and for this reason, I think
that we have a serious issue before us, the issue of providing medical care
to children, the issue of what we do about a war that we are divided about how to end.
I hope that with this apology I will become as insignificant as I should be and blah,
-- Rep. Pete Stark, D-California, Link
We must assume Pelosi browbeat him into this apology.
Why do we always apologize when we're right?
Notice Howard Dean doesn't even speak anymore, probably because
there's no use in telling the truth if your own party calls on
you to apologize.
Let's get rid of Pelosi and Reid and see what happens.
We couldn't possibly do any worse - right?.
Excerpt: ...one of the things that might leave people
feeling somewhat disoriented is the president's seemingly
effortless high spirits. He's in a good mood.
There was the usual teasing, the partly aggressive, partly
joshing humor, the certitude. He doesn't seem
to be suffering, which is jarring. Presidents in great
enterprises that are going badly suffer: Lincoln,
LBJ with his head in his hands. Why doesn't Mr. Bush?
Every major domestic initiative of his second
term has been ill thought through and ended in failure.
His Iraq leadership has failed. His standing
is lower than any previous president's since polling began.
Is it defiance? Denial? Is it that he's right
and you're wrong, which is your problem? Is he faking a certain
steely good cheer to show his foes from Washington
to Baghdad that the American president is neither
beaten nor bowed? Fair enough: Presidents can't
sit around and moan. But it doesn't look like an act.
This is extremely irritating, and also unnatural.
Actually it's weird.
Dear Bartcop, I dropped by the Dixie Tavern
to meet you and pound back a few.
On Sunday, I met Sam (she's sweet) and today's
Wednesday. I have to head back
to Michigan tomorrow, so alas, we'll remain two
ships passing in the night.
Anyhow, I wanted to say how much I appreciate
your site - even though I'm
a) a catholic who b) intends to vote for Kucinich
in the primary.
Keep up the good work. I (and all your readers,
I'm sure) are faithfully reading every work.
All the best -
John in Saginaw
John, sorry about that, but I'm not there all the time :)
Maybe next time, shoot me an e-mail a day or two ahead of time.
Excerpts: What has recently - and startlingly - been revealed
are the eerie parallels between these CIA
"enhanced interrogation techniques" and the versch"rfte
vernehmung (German for "enhanced
interrogation") methods of persuasion used by
I'm not claiming that the CIA - which has indeed
studied the torture methods of the Soviet Union,
Saudi Arabia, and Syria - is the equivalent of
the Gestapo. Nor is George W. Bush the mirror image
of Hitler. The president is an ingenuous, too
often vacuous tool of such formidable advisers as Cheney
and Cheney's chief of staff, David Addington,
who fiercely believe that the American rule of law is far
too weak to deal with the growing epidemic of
terrorism. If I'd been German and had written what follows
about the versch"rfte vernehmung while Hitler
was in charge, I'd soon be on my way to the gas chamber.
Christ, 50% of the people that frequent your site
wouldn't vote for her, including myself, and they're solidly democratic.
Your only argument for supporting her is that
she can win, not she's the best candidate, the most qualified or has the
best ideas, just that she can win.............and
even that argument doesn't hold water.
The republicans can win in 2008 if Shillary is
the democratic candidate.
Her unelectability will make it close enough
for the rethuglicans to steal it again
and the dems will fold like the paper lions they
BUSHisLIAR, if only you had a big brain like I do.
Gore didn't get (credit
for) 50%. Kerry didn't get 50%. And you want to walk down that same losing road for the third time
and run a third, polite, timid "gentleman debater" like Gore and Kerry?
I say we run the other half of the team that already beat them twice,
someone who's not going to smile and say,
"Oh well, we tried" and then go on vacation with a bunch of Republicans.
Plus, I'll bet my testicles Hillary doesn't go windsurfing during the
and I'll send every reader $100 if she makes this incredibly
"Bush expects to be taken seriously when he
says we cannot afford $20 billion in investments in education, health, law enforcement and
science, which will make this country stronger over the long term. But he doesn't blink an eye
at asking to borrow $200 billion for a policy in Iraq that leaves us six months from now exactly
where we were six months ago." -- Rep. David R. Obey,
Note: I couldn't link that because the whore NYTimes's
link was about 200 characters long.
Excerpt: American-made Turkish warplanes and helicopter
gunships reportedly attacked Kurdish rebels just inside
Turkey along the border with Iraq on Wednesday,
as Turkey's military stepped up its anti-rebel operations.
As the military stepped up its anti-rebel operations,
civilian and military leaders discussed the scope and
duration of a possible cross-border offensive
- a move that Bush hopes will raise oil prices.
Several F-16s and helicopter gunships bombed mountain
paths used by Iraqi fighters, Anatolia reported.
On Sunday, Turkish helicopter gunships penetrated
into Iraqi territory and troops have shelled suspected
Kurdish rebel positions across the border in
Iraq, a government official said Wednesday.
U.S.-made Cobra and Super Cobra attack helicopters
chased Kurdish rebels three miles into Iraqi territory
on Sunday but returned to their bases in Turkey
after a rebel ambush killed 12 soldiers near the border.
Bush can sell weapons to both sides, just like he's doing in central
and southern Iraq.
Excerpt: After two days of wooing by all the Republican
presidential candidates, religious
conservatives appear no more in agreement on
whom to support than they did going in.
The strongest Republican in national polls, Giuliani,
is not with them on their core issues.
And if religious conservatives fail to coalesce
around one of the "anti-Giulianis," his chances of
getting the nomination rise dramatically - and
their issues, they fear, will be off the table.
With the next president likely to replace two
or more Supreme Court justices, including
some who support abortion rights, the opportunity
of a generation to overturn the
nationwide right to abortion, established in
Roe v. Wade, could be lost.
The next dilemma comes if Mr. Giuliani does get
Do they vote for him?
I beg to differ, I've been reading your page for
several years (and occasionally you've
used my graphics) and it's become obvious that
you're overestimating your intelligence.
You're not the first to suggest that.
Hillary Clinton is George Bush in a skirt - there
is no difference between the Democrats
and the Republicans, they have both been bought
and paid for by corporate interests.
Right ...and Hillary set the charges in WTC Building
Take a clue from your own rhetoric, when you castigate
the current leaders of Congress
for not bitch slapping Bu$hCo you are simply
verbalizing the fact that the two parties are
one and the same - two wings of the same bird
Ladies and gentlemen, it's Ralph Nader! Take a bow, Ralph.
So Ralph, if they're both the same, we should
vote GOP, right?
It's been almost one year since the Democrats
took over Congress and we are deeper than ever
in war and debt - Hillary will only exacerbate
the problems we are facing if elected.
Yeah, I know what Ralph thinks, but what do you
The only hope this country has of surviving as
a republic is Ron Paul.
Then we're in trouble, because Ron Paul is not going to
Every city kid who writes to me asks for a pony.
They know they live in the city, but they ask for a pony,
Anybody have a guess why people order steak in a fish house?
"With the Clintons, you always have to go back
later and read the transcript very, very closely. They reflexively lie, the way other
-- Andrew Sullivan, pretending the Clintons are the only politicians who
spin the facts,Link
When was the last time this pissy little
bitch spoke a sentence that didn't include a Hillary slur?
When was the last time Maureen Dowd spoke
a sentence that didn't include a Hillary slur?
When was the last time Arianna Huffington
spoke a sentence that didn't include a Hillary slur?
Excerpt: Fans of open access to government-funded research
have been pinning their hopes on an appropriations bill
currently under consideration by the Senate.
The bill, already passed by the House, would require that any
manuscripts by researchers funded by the National
Institutes of Health must be made publicly available
"no later than 12 months after the official date
Last Friday, a GOP senator introduced two amendments
aiming to sabotage the open access provision.
One would eliminate it entirely, the other would
simply gut it.
Who is this man who would deny Americans access
to the research that their tax dollars fund?
We watch every day as George W. Bush destroys
the Constitution. He usurps it.
This defining document set in place safeguards
against folks from King George to our current "George".
GWB owns 983 acres in Paraguay as a potential
"Escape Asylum" in case he is prosecuted after his exit from his Presidency.
He is headed towards being the steward of the
worst American Presidency in our history books.
He will, in my estimation be moving to Paraguay
to avoid the extradition that surely will follow the post-Presidency in
Let the coward reside there until his last days.
He certainly will go down in our history books
as the most destructive politician ever to grace our shores.
As you might know, I have been a subscriber for
I don't write in very often, but when I do, I
expect that occasionally the messages would get on the web page.
But apparently, what I have to say doesn't seem
to be good enough. That is your choice.
I, too, have a choice, and I choose to cancel
my subscription to your website.
I'll be directing that money to other places
where (I hope) it will make a difference.
Thanks for all you do.
G & S
G, I looked alphabetically and found your most
Subject: Colbert for pres
Steven Colbert's announcement to join in the race
reminds me of a similar situation about 40 years ago.
Remember Pat Paulson, the stoic comedian from
the Smothers Brothers show back in the late 60's?
He announced that he was going to run for president,
but soon dropped out - because he was winning!
Pat's campaign was based in comedy and he ran
it using outright lies, double talk and unfounded attacks
on his challengers. Who would have thought this
style would be the method of campaigns in the future?
His work on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
earned Pat an Emmy in 1968.
I saw a poll on C&L yesterday and Colbert
is the new craze with a whopping 62% saying they would vote for him.
Who knows, maybe it will get Colbert that Emmy
he wants so badly.
G & S
I wish I had seen your e-mail sooner, you might
still be a subscriber.
I need a staff.
Excerpt: Just when we had made our peace with "The Sopranos"
finale and moved on with our lives,
David Chase has stirred things up again.
Breaking his silence months after the HBO mob
drama ended its run, he is offering a belated explanation
for that blackout at the restaurant. He strongly
suggests that, no, Tony Soprano didn't get whacked moments
later as he munched onion rings with his family
at Holsten's. And mostly Chase wonders why so many viewers
got so worked up over the series' non-finish.
And while this unexpected finish left lots of
viewers thinking their cable service was on the fritz,
Chase insists it wasn't meant as a prank.
"Why would we want to do that?" he asks.
"Why would we entertain people for eight years
only to give them the finger?"
Great question, David - so how about answer?
It was a stupid finish to a great show that got worse every year it
I had an idea for a much better series-ender, it goes like this:
All thru the series, especially the final season, much was made of Tony's
suspicions that Paulie was disloyal.
It would've been great to play that up the whole last half of the season
- which they did - and then show Phil
making Paulie a deal to whack Tony and his family, but at the last
minute Paulie remembers the good times and
changes his mind, so he tells Tony he's about to get whacked and then
Tony sets a trap so when Phil shows up
to do the job himself, like he did with his gay brother-in-law, Tony
whacks him and then they close the show.
It was one of the greatest shows ever,
that's why it was so painful to see it go out like a senate Democrat.
John McCain says that the latest Osama bin Laden
message is "a clear sign that we are succeeding in Iraq".
I think the fact that Osama is still making
videos is a clear sign that we are focusing on the wrong enemy.
(Hint to Republicans - Osama isn't in Iraq.)
I would say the fact that Bush is asking for another
46 billion dollars to fund the occupation
is a clear sign that we are NOT succeeding in
The problem with Republicans like McCain is that
they no longer have any idea what success is anymore.
I remember when the "Republican wing of the Republican
Party" stood for less government, balanced budgets.
The word "surplus" never crosses the lips of
Republicans anymore and peace and prosperity are referred to
as using the "P" words. With oil approaching
$100 a barrel and the national debt approaching 10 trillion dollars
I think that we should be looking for a president
who at least understands what success is because what
Republican's call success is destroying America.
I know quite a few Roman Catholic priests who
do the same.
Humans unfortunately are far from perfect (sinners?)
and the churches have the same problems as society.
Rather than DIS believers in a deity why not
assume that there are good people that are members of religious groups?
You have a very important vocation here and a
little more tolerance and understanding could help you out.
Keep at it brother!
Bernie, you've been missing for years.
Last time you wrote, I wrote back but maybe I overlooked your reply.
As you know, I think religion is the problem.
In Tulsa, (maybe everywhere) they run TV commercials that say, "You
can't make it without God." That's stealing, and worse, it's stealing from those who are scared.
But a bigger problem is - when one says "Catholic priest," many people
laugh out loud
and it's not because of something Ol' Bart said. It's because
the Church has chosen the path of
paying millions of dollars to their victims of sexual abuse instead
of rooting out the serial rapists.
Sure, all segments of society have bad apples, but if a plumber rapes
a child, the Head Plumber
doesn't use his global influence to shuffle the rapist-plumber to a
new location where he can "surprise"
more families and do more unspeakable harm to innocent and vulnerable
The Catholic Church has a really, really big problem and it's not me.
Excerpt: Filmmaker and political satirist Jerry Vasilatos
recently distributed his new "Royal Flush: Impeach Bush Now"
playing cards, citing 54 reasons to impeach George
Bush, to every Democratic member of the U.S. Congress.
Using the example set forth by the Pentagon in
their "Iraqi Deck of Death," which was distributed to troops at
the beginning of the war and meant to assist
them in identifying Iraqi war criminals, Vasilatos has chosen 54 of
the most egregious misdeeds of the Bush administration
and assigned each one to a card, ranging from the
mishandling of Hurricane Katrina, to issues of
civil liberty abuse, torture, and the War in Iraq.
Note: He sent me some of these cards and they are TOP QUALITY.
He sent a deck
to each member of congress, which is expensive.
If you could
use a deck of cards that are also conversation starters,
not to mention
a great source of history (with sources) Click
Evangeline Lily would be eligible,
because Lost will be here in January,
but Jamie Lynn Sigler would not
be, because The Sopranos is in the past.
Kelly Ripa would be eligible, because
she's on TV every weekday,
but Alyssa Milano would not be,
because she's a guest star on Earl.
We have some unusual entries in the "Sexiest woman currently on
Of those nominated so far, Katherine Heigl is the only expected
Remaining unnominated are some of TVs most celebrated hotties.
Hayden Panetierre, Kristen Bell, Eva LaRue, Kelly Couco, Mariska
Kelly Ripa, every girl on Smallville, Jennifer Love Hewitt,
Jennifer Morrison, Vanessa Marcil, Poppy Montgomery, Eva Longoria
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