Friday Oct 26, 2007 Vol
2062 - Electric blue badness
"I don't have to prove myself to anybody. I've done pretty well being me. And me is all they're going to get."
-- Fraud Thompson, saying if he wins,
trophy wife won't run the
like she runs his campaign,Link
"In the months before the March 2003 Iraq invasion,
the lying Bush bastards estimated Bush's quagmire would cost
no more than $50 billion."
-- Ken Dilanian, "War costs may total $2.4 trillion", Link
"It's just a ton of speculation. It's a hypothetical
What I can tell you is I'm not worried
about the number."
-- WH Press Whore Dana Purina, who will be dead 50 years
before her grandchildren finish paying off Bush's quagmire,Link
Did you know Bush's quagmire has added $8,000
person to our debt?
If you're a family of four, you owe $32,000
and that needs to be paid back.
Think that doesn't directly affect you?
Try borrowing money while competing with Uncle Sam for China's
"CBO officials were asked this afternoon whether
the $2.4 trillion figure represents their 'worst-case' scenario. No, they
said: It represents only the worst of two different scenarios the CBO priced
out. The real costs could actually be higher." -- Tim Grieve, Link
In the old days, pre-Bush, to get the real cost of a government
boondoggle, you had
to multiply what they said it would cost by three to get the
Since Bush is giving 40% of all Iran money to his oil buddies,
Halliburton and Blackwater,
you have to multiply the latest figures by TEN to get a reasonably
Besides, this war will be costing us billions for decades, even
if we pull out today.
How do you put a price on eternity?
Excerpt: When the Senate passed a resolution declaring
a faction of the Iranian government a terrorist organization,
the faction is led by a commander in chief, the
Supreme Ayatollah of Iran, who is declared, inherently, a terrorist himself.
Did senators realize the implications of this?
Senators had forgotten, again, that the
Gulf of Tonkin resolution in Congress was distorted into an effective declaration
of war in Vietnam.
Senators had forgotten, again, that the
Iraq resolution in 2002 was distorted into an effective declaration of
war in Iraq.
It is ominous to note the eerie parallels between
the debate about Iraq in 2002 and the debate about Iran in 2007.
The president who used fear of mushroom clouds
to frighten the country to war in Iraq now escalates his promotion
of fear to World War III, quoting some of the
most unwise voices in the history of American national security.
Our military faces extreme disruption, yet the
president considers a new war with Iran, and speaks in terms
of World War III, with an election-year debate
that is fearful, shallow and largely uninformed.
What, no personification to label this as "Hillary's
Is Budowsky looking at this without the "hate
He seems to be guessing at what the senators "forgot,"
but he's certain that Bush is crazy.
Who knows - maybe attacking Iran is the only
thing that could get Bush impeached.
Maybe Bush wants to be impeached so he
can blame his troubles on the "witch hunt" Democrats.
I also think if Bush attacks Iran, history will
judge him to be an insane warmonger, if it hasn't already.
Something tells me we're not going
to attack, but everybody else seems to think we will.
Excerpt: The Transportation Security Administration and
the Department of Homeland Security are quietly pushing
for a set of crazy new rules. All travellers
in the U.S. will be required to get government-issued credentials
and official clearance before every flight, both
within the United States as well as internationally.
And Monday we received a new political action
alert from Edward Hasbrouk, The Practical Nomad blogger
who's been fighting the plan (and who testified
about it at a TSA hearing). "The international Advance Passenger
Information System rules were published, as 'final'
effective February 19,2008, with no further opportunity for
public comment even on the changes from the original
Excerpt: It's watching the Republicans in Congress and
on the presidential campaign trail that makes me pose those
big-picture questions. I'm just suggesting a
context for assessing the actions and rhetoric of a party that seems
to be in the throes of andropause. That's the
popularly accepted term for "male menopause..."
Just listen to the Republican's rhetoric about
our place in the world. With the exception of Ron Paul, every one of them
agrees that America is under siege, molested
not only by dangerous bands of Islamic terrorists -- which is true -- but
also by sovereign nations such as Iran, China
and Russia that have had the temerity to pursue what they see as their
national interests. Which is a bizarre way of
looking at foreign relations.
The solution, according to them, is chest-thumping.
"It was then that I knew that the TV news business
had changed and so had I. I called NBC News and told them I'm
not coming back."
-- Maria Shriver, saying the Anna Nicole Smith media circus made her quit
the news biz, Link
Maria Shriver thinks the news business turned
Maybe she should change her name to "Tommy"
because you'd have to be
deaf, dumb and blind to think that we had
news until February 2007.
Hey Maria, have you ever heard the name Monica Lewsinsky?
That was 1998 - where the hell has your Kennedy brain been for
the last ten years?
Can you be that out-of-touch?
Does marrying a Republican make you that stupid?
"We will not be a safer country, we will not
be a safer America if the whole world watches us being defeated by a bunch
of kids with improvised explosive devices." -- Fraud Thompson, who may have gotten
that line from reading bartcop.com,
Excerpt: You know things are bad when it takes former
FEMA Director Michael "Heckuva Job Brownie" Brown
to point out that the National Guard is stretched
too thin to help the California firefighters.
But on Wednesday, he did just that:
"The White House needs to recognize that we are
overstretched. They need to increase the size
of the regular Army and stop relying so much
on the National Guard."
Brown also said, "FEMA's job is to pick
up the phone and call another Governor and say 'Hey, California is short on
National Guard, can you spare a few?' but you can call any Governor in the country
and everybody is stretched."
I caught part of his interview with Lynne Cheney
today about her book and how liberals
ruined the values of the country, etc. etc or
whatever it's about. The good old days were
so much nicer, wholesome and full of family value
Made me think in what year of the good old days
did a wholesome male pack a bottle of Viagra,
hop a plane and land in the Dominican Republic
while not being in a stable, monogomous relationship
with a wife or for that matter even with a wife.
Lyn, not to mention Rush was on the prowl for little boys - or maybe
Excerpts: As wildfires were charging across Southern California,
nearly two dozen water-dropping helicopters
and two massive cargo planes sat idly by, grounded
by government rules and bureaucracy.
How much the aircraft would have helped will never
be known, but their inability to provide quick assistance
raises troubling questions about California's
preparations for a fire season that was widely expected to be
among the worst on record.
It took as long as a day for Navy, Marine and
California National Guard helicopters to get clearance early
this week, in part because state rules require
all firefighting choppers to be accompanied by state forestry
"fire spotters" who coordinate water or retardant
drops. By the time those spotters arrived, the powerful
Santa Ana winds stoking the fires had made it
too dangerous to fly.
The National Guard's C-130 cargo planes, among
the most powerful aerial firefighting weapons, never were slated to help. The reason: They've
yet to be outfitted with tanks needed to carry thousands of gallons of fire retardant, though
that was promised four years ago.
"The weight of bureaucracy kept these planes from
flying, not the heavy winds," Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Whore)
told The Whore APs. "It's disgusting, inexcusable
foot-dragging that's put tens of thousands of people in danger."
No, the author of the poorly-written law is to
blame - go after that one
guy. The chopper law should read, "Unless
the Governor declares an emergency." Or maybe some brave pilot could've said, "Screw
the rules, let's fly - I'll take the heat."
As far as that paragraph in green, sounds like
somebody needs to be fired - maybe Gov. Musclehead..
"I'm here to tell you that the American people
stand with our troops. No matter what you might read in the newspapers, people
do appreciate the gift of freedom."
-- Pickles, laying to rest the rumor that America hates our freedom, Link
> We must assume Pelosi browbeat him into this
apology. > Why do we always apologize when we're right?
I completely agree with you that that _itch
Pelosi ordered Rep. Starke to apologize for saying
the election-thief gets enjoyment from
playing od-king, including sending American men & boys
to pay the full cost for his wars, while the
SOB smirked his way through the Vietnam war on a constant high.
But I've got to disagree with you about Her Highness...
Her "I didn't know that the Lieberthug-Kyle bill was about war. I thought it was about
diplomacy!" act is wearing thin.
I haven't had a chance to follow that, but I heard a radio report that,
because of that bill,
Bush haz frozen Iran's bank accounts and (guessing) they have told
every worldwide bank
that if they do business with Iran, they can't do business with us.
Isn't that what we wanted?
Diplomatic and economic pressure on Iran instead of war?
If the Neocons attack Iran, Hillary will take a hit, a BIG one, for
voting the way she did, But if diplomacy wins and there's no war, will you give her credit
for the victory?
Or will you just shift to other, different reasons to hate her?
Maybe, just maybe Hillary got a guarantee for her vote.
Look close, you'll see Bobby, MLK, Crooks & Liars, TPM, Bush Monkeys, Randi Rhodes, Mike Malloy and more...
One fella wrote and said watching this video gave him some
pride in America, and that he'd forgotten what that felt like.
Thanks to Jeffko for a fine video.
"What is not yet settled is the history of
the Clintons--their use and
abuse of power. That's important because, if Hillary
wins, 'we're talking about a restoration.'" -- Carl Bernstein, (R-Groin
Pull) looking past Bush felonies to investigate Clinton's sex life, Link
I wonder what "abuses of power" Bernstein is so worked up about?
Could it be Clinton's fake war that killed 4,000 soldiers?
Could it be Clinton saber-rattling a barrel of oil all the way
up to $90?
Could be it the outing of a CIA agent, then pardoning the guilty
Could it be the secret spying and phone taps and e-mail abuses?
Maybe he's talking about when Clinton suspended habeus corpus?
Or could it be the kidnapping and renditions that's got him so
Or the secret torture prisons Clinton set up in the Baltics?
Excerpt: Echoing Mukasey, Giuliani claimed Wednesday that
he doesn't know whether waterboarding is torture.
Having become accustomed long ago to making the
most absurd declarations without fear of challenge,
Giuliani went further than Mukasey's hesitant
"I don't know what is involved in the technique,"
Mukasey testified. Perhaps Mukasey (and Giuliani)
should be subjected to the technique for strictly
educational purposes so that they will become aware
that it involves reclining the victim on a bench
or table, covering his face with a cloth and then pouring
water over his nose and mouth to make him feel
as if he is drowning.
I've heard waterboarding described in a different way.
I heard they just flat-out drown the poor bastard, then bring him back,
like on 24,
just so they can torture and drown him again, so they can bring him
Reminder: They're "fishing" for information while they do this.
This is done in our
name using our
money, but we're not supposed to worry about it.
We're supposed to "go shopping" and let Bush worry about "keeping us
Subject: Top Ten Ways San Diego
is different from Katrina
Yes Bart, there ARE 10 reasons....
#9 The people of San Diego actually have
a higher level of EDUCATION.
So, education would've stopped 30-foot
waves from drowning San Diego?
#8 The people of San Diego dont blame government/society
for their problems..
That sounds like "New Orleans got what it
#7 The people of San Diego have a Governor
with a CLUE.
- Did you really say that?
What would Governor Clueful have done to
save New Orleans in 2005?
#6 The folks in San Diego actually
live on property that has value.
People who can afford $750,000 homes rarely
live in slums, that's true.
#5 White people dont live in known
White people generally aren't born in flood
Do you really think the Katrina victims
to live below sea level?
#4 California has known about fire
disasters for years and actually has a practiced PLAN for it...
is also the richest state in the richest country on Earth.
#3 California has a postive economy,
not a negative 1, sucking from the Federal coffers.
Damn, how Republican can you get?
I guess you want the super-poor in Louisiana
to "knock it off?"
#2 Folks actually want to VIST
California, ALL of California.
Not sure where
you're going with that, but it may be your truest statement yet.
#1 Folks in San Diego have INSURANCE.
There you go Bart.
Robert in Seattle...
Robert, seriously? You think the insurance companies
are going to pay?
You and I saw thousands of homes destroyed or burned. The
of God" that aren't covered if you read the policy verrrrrrrrrrrrry
If they balked at paying the super-poor $20,000 for their junked-out
what makes you think they'll get in a check-writing mood when
it comes time
to rebuild thousands of estates that cost upwards of one million
Of course, I could be wrong - maybe the insurance companies aren't
Maybe the insurance comapnies who operate in Cali really care
(Bart does a shot of Patron Anejo...)
By the way, would you like to buy a slightly-scortched bridge?
Is it wrong to attach electrodes to
the testicles of a hooded man who is duct-taped to a chair at Gitmo, then
connecting a battery to those electrodes that would then send powerful and painful
electric shocks to that suspect's genitals? Is that a bad thing for America to
"I'm not sure it is. I'm not sure it is. It
depends on how it's done. It depends on the circumstances. It depends on who does it. I think the way
it's been defined in the media, it shouldn't be done. The way in which they have described it, particularly
in the liberal media. So I would say, if that's the description of it, then I can agree, that
it shouldn't be done. But I have to see what the real description of it is. Because I've learned
something being in public life as long as I have. And I hate to shock anybody with this, but the newspapers
don't always describe it accurately. If I can't figure out that there's been a significant media
bias against this war, then I shouldn't be running for president of the United States." -- Rudy Giuliani, on torture, Link
So, torture is OK with Rudy depending on
how it's done.
Torture is OK with Rudy depending on the
Torture is OK with Rudy depending on who
Torture is OK with Rudy depending on how
the "liberal media" describes it.
Torture is OK with Rudy depending on "the
And didn't you love his line, "I
hate to shock anybody with this?"
Excerpt: "I followed Craig up the alley and through
the back door of a house, with him repeating several times,
'You were never here. You don't know me. Right?'
and me responding, 'Right!' in boyish submission.
As we tiptoed to the stairs to the upper floor,
as if somebody else was home, he turned to grope my crotch
and brush my face with his hand." The house's
decor led me to believe that this was a married man:
"The bric-a-brac with family pictures didn't
scream 'old queen' to me; it announced a woman's influence.
Still, we made our way upstairs. "When we got
to what reminded me of a rarely used guest room,
he stripped me down, and the man's hands and
mouth were all over me."
(When we were done, ) he took a $20 bill from
his wallet, shoved in my front pocket, adding
'Remember, I can buy and sell your ass ten
thousand times over. You were never here. Don't try to come back here. You don't
Bart, I got to meet Mr. Clinton about two weeks
ago. It was a big WV Democratic Party hootenanny.
For a grand (I had a donated ticket) you could
get into a "reception" for Mr. Clinton.
They had him roped off tighter than Bugs Bunny
on the first day of "Wabbit Season."
I got some giggles in the crush at the rope-line
when I said "If I hear Who music, I'm outta here."
I managed to get some photos and an autograph
for my son.
My best piece of advice for Perkel? Be VERY
alert of the SS. They're REAL nervous.
My camera has a little red rangefinder light.
Every time it hit Mr. Clinton, all the SS guys started talking
to their wrists and giving me dirty looks.
It was only after I got home that I figured out why a little red light
on his face might creep them out. Oops.
Guess I'm lucky I'm not writing this to you from Gitmo.
As it turned out, the SS determined that my broadcast
partner and I (we were slated to webcast
the whole event) were threats to National Security.
We watched from the nosebleed section instead.
Bob, you pointed a laser at the president?
I think you are lucky :)
Barry wrote this in 2003, and it has GAINED relevance
"While we spend $400 billion to inflict carnage
upon the rest of the world, our streets are filled with the homeless veterans of previous wars.
The problem with this country is it would rather create veterans than care for them. I say not another
dime for the military until it provides for the people it has used as cannon fodder in the past. All
recruiting offices for the armed services should be on the top floors of Veterans Administration Hospitals.
All potential recruits should have to walk through the entire facility before they can sign their
lives away to Uncle Sam."
Excerpt: Tthe Anti-Defamation League expressed displeasure
with Huckabee's use of the term "holocaust"
in conjunction with abortions in the United States.
While I agree with the League that using "holocaust"
in conjunction with anything other than the Holocaust
is insensitive and should be discouraged, this issue
is larger than one speech by a conservative Presidential
But the bottom line is Huckabee's selective use of the term.
He won't refer to the 400,000 killed by cigarettes because he takes
money from BIG Tobacco.
He won't refer to the 4,000 killed in Iraq because he wants to be president.
He won't refer to the thousands killed by gun vioelnce because he takes
money from the NRA.
I think that proves he just uses "holocaust" to stir the emotions of
the mostly-stupid Republicans.
Does Huckabee want to force all raped woman to have their rapist's
I'd hate to live in a country where women had to subject themselves
especially if that law was written to please the Invisible Cloud Being.
Even though you know that if I do not absolutely
abhor Hillary, I at least consider her as less of
the kind of Democrat I admire -- see Edwards,
Richardson, Kucinich, et al. I realize that I may have to,
in fact, end up voting for her. Even though I
may hate it, concessions must be made to avoid any
Republican President (after all, the Supreme
Court alone dictates that a Democratic President must be elected).
You're making sense - keep going.
I know that you, in a low I.Q. state like
Oklahoma, have to keep with the Hillary propaganda,
Three yellow flags just flew onto the field.
but please don't assume that others, in more progressive
states like California, will go along with this Clinton bullshit.
Assumes facts not in evidence.
You may be right when you say that Hillary is
the most electable, but that still doesn't make her the most desirable.
So, you want a pony, even tho you realize you
can't have a pony?
Will this be your first disappointment?
She's Bill without the charisma or the personality.
What does that give us?
It gives us a Democrat in the White House instead
of Rudy the Impaler.
Is that worth anything to you?
A candidate of the Money Party - Big Insurance,
Big Pharma, Big Wall Street.
And you think that's a good thing?
I wish I had ten million dollars, good health and a 14 inch pianist.
I also wish broke unknowns could become president.
How do our wishes change or affect the real world?
When you go in the voting booth, your choices won't be "Good
"Bad thing." Your choices will he "Hillary" and
"Nazi scumbag thug."
Russ Feingold was the only Senator to vote against
the Patriot act on Oct 25, 2001.
Russ Feingold was of the 23 vote against the
Iraq war resolution.
He has been a vocal critic of the BushCo from
the very beginning.
I think he would make a good president.
Just want to make sure you understand were Feingold
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