Excerpt: Condoleeza Rice is at her mushroom-cloud hyperbolic
best, and this time Iran is the target.
Her claim last week that "the policies of Iran
constitute perhaps the single greatest challenge to
American security interests in the Middle East
and around the world" is simply too much of a stretch.
To gauge someone's reliability, one depends largely
on prior experience. Sadly, Rice's credibility suffers
in comparison with that of the head of the International
Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mohammed
ElBaradei, who insists there is no evidence of
an active nuclear weapons program in Iran.
If this sounds familiar, ElBaradei said the same
thing about Iraq before it was attacked. But three days
before the invasion, nuclear expert Cheney told
Tim Russert, "I think Mr. ElBaradei is, frankly, wrong."
Here we go again.
As in the case of Iraq, U.S. intelligence has
been assiduously looking for evidence of a nuclear weapons
program in Iran; but, alas, in vain. Burned
by the bogus "proof" adduced for Iraq - the uranium from Africa,
the aluminum tubes - the administration has shied
away from fabricating nuclear-related "evidence."
Are Bush and Cheney again relying on the Rumsfeld
dictum, that "the absence of evidence
is not evidence of absence?" There is a simpler
Excerpt: "Islamic terrorists killed Americans. Slaughtered
Americans. Bombed the World Trade Center. Bombed it,"
he said in a typical speech last summer. "You
know what the reaction of the Clinton administration at the time was?
It was a crime. It was another group of murders.
Well, it wasn't just another group of murders."
Note: Clinton caught the guilty and they
are now rotting in prison.
Can Rudy or Der Schimpanse make the same claim
about the 9-11 bombing?
While that description of Clinton's response
to the February 1993 bombing is hardly fair or accurate, the tone
of curt disdain serves a specific partisan purpose,
by warning that a Clinton restoration in the White House will
endanger America. His unrelenting attacks are
aimed at portraying Hillary as too weak to serve as commander
in chief. But his biting words also invite closer
scrutiny of Mr. Giuliani's claims about himself.
Unfortunately very few mainstream media outlets
will take up that invitation. Although cable channels and newspapers
devote endless amounts of space and time to consider
the authenticity of Mrs. Clinton's laughter,
(and her cleavage) they seem unable to cover an extraordinary scoop
that raises questions about Mr. Giuliani's authenticity.
Excerpt: The time has come for Condoleezza Rice to hand
in her resignation. The latest revelation that the
Blackwater personnel involved in the recent Baghdad
shooting were given immunity by the State
Department for giving statements about the incident
should be the final straw for America's patience
with Rice to come to an abrupt end.
Of course, the real time for Condi to have handed
in her resignation in an honorable administration
should have been September 12, 2001. Remember,
at this time Rice was National Security Advisor
to the president. The NSA's job description is
to "take all the intelligence from the various intelligence
agencies in the U.S. government and put it all
together for the president to act upon." Her spectacular
failure to perform this job would have meant
disgrace and a shameful resignation in virtually any other
administration in history.
But not in Bush's White House.
She didn't get a medal for her incompetence (unlike
some other spectacular failures within the administration),
but she did eventually get a promotion to Secretary
of State. Bush values loyalty over competence to
the detriment of our nation, and nowhere is this
more obvious than Rice's elevation to Cabinet status.
What are Condi's accomplishments since becoming
Secretary of State?
Well World War III hasn't broken out but that's
about all that comes to mind.
It's impossible to name any other success she's
had at doing her job.
To hate Ron Paul means you don't like his idea
of small government.
He will make government too small. He would
elminated social security.
He would stop the FDA from testing food for Ecoli.
He would stop government regulation of operations.
He would overturn Roe V Wade.
While I agree with getting rid of the IRS and
the Federal Reserve,
I don't agree with his other ideas.
"I'm doing what I can, but apparently I'm alone
out here." -- Keith Olbermann, to Arianna when
she asked, "Why isn't the media doing more
to take Bush and people like Giuliani into account for what they say and
Hey Arianna, you have one of the biggest political web sites in
could be doing more to fight the Fascist bastards
too busy attacking the leading Democrat.
Have you tried writing a column without throwing slurs at Hillary?
Sidebar: Who gave Arianna the $7,000,000
to start her anti-Hillary website?
What do they expect from Arianna in return for their $7,000,000
Did everybody forget to follow the money?
Excerpt: One of the fundamental reasons I prefer Obama
to Clinton is that he still seems like a human being.
Does it get any lower than that?
I've watched and listened to him as closely as
I can these past few months and he still answers questions as if
he genuinely wants to figure out the right answer.
She reflexively gives the political response -- without even pausing.
Everything is calculated. Nothing is
real -- from her laugh to her finely honed policy positions,
Excerpts: Both the annual and total cost of the wars in
Iraq and Afghanistan are growing rapidly.
Bush has requested $190bn, approximately 1.3%
of national output, to finance the wars in 2008,
which would bring the total cost by the end of
the year to more than $800bn.
Opponents of the war have highlighted the budgetary
impact of this spending. For example, advocates
of increased spending on the State Children's
Health Insurance Programme pointed out that the sum in
dispute isless than two weeks of war funding
at the 2008 rate. However, there has been almost no
public discussion of the economic impact of war
This is striking because standard economic models
project that such a large increase in military spending
would slow economic growth and reduce the number
of jobs. The basic story is that military spending pulls
resources away from economically productive uses
such as investment and consumption. This is apparent
when a war is paid for with a tax increase, in
which case the money is directly sucked out of people's pockets.
However, the war must be paid for even if we don't
I'm guessing she'll be a lot like Bill, maybe 80/85 percent like him.
Less war, better economy, a government that works, fewer dead, tons
more worldwide respect.
We'll no longer be the nation that tortures, the bully nation, a nation
that is to be feared, but maybe the biggest thing is our next president will likely pick two Supreme
"I want to see if John Edwards will say to
Hillary Clinton in front of everyone: 'You're
not electable, and you know it, you're going to hurt people on the ballot.' It's time to stop whispering. It's
getting to be midnight." -- Donna Brazille,
Did Obama and Edwards take too long to attack?
Sidebar: She's now ahead by ten in Iowa (David Dirota, I told you six
She's ahead by 18 in New Hamster and ahead by 22 in South Carolina.
Now, when they attack, they come off as desperate.
Excerpt: There is a dire need in the Saudi kingdom to
raise public awareness of breast cancer and its treatments.
Due to social taboos, some 70 percent of breast
cancer cases in Saudi Arabia are not reported until the
late stages of the disease. It is possible that
the local media attention that Mrs. Bush's visit aroused may
work to save the lives of women whose husbands
will now permit them to be screened for the disease
and receive proper medical treatment for it in
its early stages.
And this is where the disturbing aspect of Mrs.
Bush's visit enters the picture. During her public appearances,
Pickles limited her remarks to the issue of breast
cancer awareness. Yet in the Persian Gulf, it is impossible
to separate the issue of breast cancer or for
that matter the very fact of her visit from the issue of the systematic
mistreatment and oppression of women throughout
the Arab and Islamic worlds.
In the context of the regional degradation of
women, while the consequences of Pickles's visit
remain mixed, the overall effect of her mission
"It's a sad day in America when the nominee
for attorney general cannot flatly declare that waterboarding is unconstitutional.
Waterboarding has been prosecuted in U.S. courts since the late 1800s and was regarded
by every U.S. administration before this one as torture."
-- The WaHoPo, a whore paper that helped this monster get elected, Link
"If Mukasey does not believe that waterboarding
is illegal, then that would really put doubts in my own mind because I don't think you have
to have a lot of knowledge about the law to understand this technique violates the Geneva
Convention and other statutes." -- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-Gay),
former (?) JAG-off, on Bush's nominee for Inquisitor General,
Now that we have finally gotten rid of Alberto
Gonzales the last thing we need is
a new Attorney General who doesn't know if the
President has to obey the law
and doesn't know if waterboarding is torture.
If you are going to be the nation's top law enforcement
official you have to have
a basic understanding of the American legal system.
In America, no one, including
the President, is above the law. We are also
a nation who not only doesn't torture,
we know what torture is. Clearly Bush's new nominee
is unqualified to hold this
position and should be rejected.
For those of you right wingers out there who disagree
ask yourself this question.
Suppose President Hillary Clinton declared she
was above the law.
"Dick Cheney went pheasant hunting in Upstate
New York today. We've made jokes about Cheney but he really is a great sportsman.
Before he shoots a pheasant, he makes it dig its own grave"
-- David Letterman,
Event News consumers are told by the Whore press that
what the Swift Boat Vets did to Kerry is what
the New York Fire Fighters is trying to do with
Giuliani's much-touted 9-11 resumé.
The problem with that analogy is that it completely
ignores what set the Swift Boat Vets apart:
They manufactured nearly every claim they
made about Kerry. They lied about documents; they lied about eyewitnesses. And they lied
about their partisan leanings and connections.
And they also played the press for fools. At every
turn in 2004, military records proved the Swift Boat
veterans to be fakes. At every turn, each new
inconsistency proved the Swift Boat veterans to be charlatans.
But Beltway reporters and pundits for the most
part remained hesitant, too timid to speak up,
as they propped up the veterans as serious men.
I can't wait for this fight - but there's a downside.
They'll attack, Bill & Hill will counter-attack.
They'll attack again, Bill & Hill will counter-attack again.
They'll attack a third time, Bill & Hill will counter-attack a
third time, then Osama will make
a video on behalf of the GOP, and Cheney will get real pissed off and
blow up New York City.
First of all Bart, let me say this: I'm voting
for Hillary because she's the best candidate,
and she will win because despite what anyone
says, she's most electable.
Second, you are absolutely right. Hillary
in charge of this county is a MUCH better option
than that freak Rudy or Fraud Thomspon.
But I have a major problem with your critique
of Russ Feingold.
You've questioned what he's done, and the fact
is this: he voted against this war while Hilary voted for it.
I don't believe Hilary should be denied the Presidency
soley on this mistake, but the flipside of that is that
those Senators who voted against this war deserve
But Feingold, apparently, had the power to stop the war but chose not
to use it.
So how dufferent from Hillary is he?
In addition, you said:
"It's important to America and the world that we get rid of our
crazies so I don't mind if she voted in such a way so as not to be labeled
"soft on terrorism."
Even if it means starting this war which you
have so vehemently been against?
I believe Hilary will make a good President,
but her first order of business
should be to stop the war that she voted to start.
David in York
But - her vote didn't start anything.
She voted with the other 77, with the vast majority.
Second, she explained the Iran vote this way:
challenged Clinton's claim that she stands up to Bush. "So (you voted)
yes on a resolution that looks like it was written by the neocons?"
"Rushing to war
- we should not be doing that - but we shouldn't be doing nothing," Clinton said.
"And that means we should not let them acquire nuclear weapons, and the best
way to prevent that is a full court press on the diplomatic front."
You can choose to believe her or not, but the crazed left calls that
"a vote for war." Only in politics could "We should not be doing
that" be considered affirmation.
Who remembers 2000?
I kinda do, but this is the way I remember it:
Bush won Iowa and McCain won New Hamster.
Then Bush slurred McCain like crazy, saying "He
votes against breast camcer and has a black baby and his wife is hooked on pills and - oh yeah
- he betrayed his fellow POWs in that Vietnam prison."
Then it was onto New York, which was considered tie-breaker, but Bush
was low on money, so the
Wiley Brothers of Texas (BIG OIL) ran (I think) 2 millions dollars
worth of negative ads against McCain
McCain lost New York and Bush went on to rape the world, kill 4000-6000
soldiers, ruin our reputation worldwide, he lost New Orleans and $19
oil went to $94.
I tried to find out what happened to Wiley Brothers Oil stock prices,
but I can't locate them.
Can anybody help?
I want to see what the Wiley Brothers got for their 2 millions dollar
investment in George the Rapist.
"The Republican base, which lapped up Bush's
rhetoric about the axis of evil and the war on terror, remains infected by the fear the Bushies stirred
up -- perhaps because fear of terrorists maps so easily into the base's older fears, including
fear of dark-skinned people in general." -- Paul Krugman,
"Mosul Dam is the most dangerous dam in the
world." -- US Army Corps of Engineers
report on Iraq's largest dam, at risk of an imminent collapse
unleash a 65-foot wave of water on Mosul, a city of 1.7 million
I'm surprised the announcer didn't have a heart attack.
Subject: I love Hillary
Why are the Repubs so afraid of Hillary?
Because Repubs know she is going to win unless
they can stop it by demonizing, i.e. swiftboating her.
They know Bill (their sworn enemy) will be back
in the White House.
After Bush, the Repubs know in their heart of
hearts that she will be an amazing "Democratic" president.
They merely hate to lose. They know they can't
compete against her.
She is a woman; she is a Senator; she is really
really smart; she is right on all the issues;
she has a US president as a husband. How can
anyone compete with that?
Why are the supposed Dems so afraid of Hillary?
It seems the only answer is that they think she
isn't electable. If it is anything else, they should change parties.
Maybe then ( as Repubs) they will see that she
is the Dems' best candidate and the next president.
Then they can switch back to being Dems.
Bottom Line (literally):
The only people left to convince that Hillary
is a demon, are the Democrats.
And they seem to be falling for it.
OMG. How fucked up is that?
I'm tired of voting for losers.
It'll be great to vote for a winner again.
Excerpt: Hughes said she plans to quit her job as undersecretary
of state and return to Texas,
although improving the world's view of Bush the
Invader is a "long-term challenge" that will outlast her.
Bush had picked Hughes two years ago to retool
the way the United States sells its love for Arabs.
A former prostitute and media adviser, Hughes'
focus has been to change the way Der Schimpanse
engages and responds to complaints and criticism
when we torture ragheads for Bush's amusement.
"Negative events never help," Hughes said when
asked how events like last month's shooting of Iraqi
civilians by Blackwater guards in Iraq affects
the way the world sees the once-great United States.
often, Arianna will be there. Maybe I can convince her to debate :)
I can't believe nobody got the Oscar winner with impossibly long legs.
The clues were clear as Lake Concha.
It's a great photo, so you know
it's a recent shot, not from the eighties or seventies.
It's not an older woman, so
count out Mirren, Hunt, McDormand and Sarandon (sorry, Susan)
She's white, so that leaves
out Halle Berry.
She's tall (obviously) so that
leaves out Witherspoon, Swank, Paltrow and Julia Roberts
That only leaves two possible winners - and it's not
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