"Three hundred and sixty-five days a year,
in the wind and snow of winter and the heat of summer, let him tend to the graves of the almost 4,000
men and women who have given their lives in the debacle of Iraq. They honored their oaths,
obeyed their commander-in-chief and sacrificed their lives of promise to a lying, unprincipled
warmonger. He can begin at the grave of my grandson, Lcpl Jonathan W. Collins, killed in action
-- Alice Collins, on what Dubya can do post-White House, Link
Excerpt: Washington power centers -- from the White House
to the Washington Post's editorial board -- have
misrepresented key facts in the "Plame-gate"
affair from the beginning. Now, with publication of Valerie Plame
Wilson's memoir, it's even clearer how wrong
the powerful were and how much they have to apologize for.
Excerpt: Last month, near the end of the Democratic presidential
debate in New Hampshire, moderator Tim Russert
-- known as "Washington's toughest interviewer"
and "biggest whore" and perhaps the most influential journalist
in America -- had one last chance to pin the
candidates down with his legendary common sense, persistence,
and no-bull style. This is what he asked, first
to Barack Obama:
"Senator Obama, what is your favorite Bible verse?"
When Obama finished his answer, Russert said to
the other candidates, "I want to give everyone a chance in this.
You just take 10 seconds." Predictable banality
ensued. A foreign visitor unfamiliar with our presidential campaigns
might have scratched her head and said, "This
is how you decide who will lead your country?"
Russert's Bible question encapsulates everything
wrong with him, and with our political coverage more generally.
It seeks to make candidates look bad rather than
finding out something important about them (if you want to
explore a candidate's religious beliefs, you
don't do it in pop-quiz form and give them just ten seconds to answer).
It substitutes the personal anecdote for the
policy position, the sound-bite for the substantive answer.
Poor Timmy, he tries to concentrate, but he has only one thing
on his mind.
Excerpt: Bush sought to save Michael Mukasey's troubled
nomination for attorney general Thursday,
defending the retired judge's refusal to say
whether he considers waterboarding torture and
warning of a leaderless Justice Department if
Democrats do not confirm him.
"If the Senate Judiciary Committee were to block
Judge Mukasey on these grounds, they would set
a new standard for confirmation that could not
be met by any responsible nominee for attorney general,"
Bush said in a speech at the Heritage Foundation,
a conservative think tank.
"That would guarantee that America would have
no attorney general during this time of war," the president said.
"because I'm a nine year-old, snot-nosed, spoiled little brat who's
going to stomp and spit and hold my breath if I don't get exactly what I want when
I want it."
Let's make this torture issue our line in the sand. Let's make
the next nominee declare, "America doesn't
waterboard because it's torture and torture is illegal..."
And if Bush doesn't like it he can go straight to hell.
But, of course, Reid and Leahy and the others will cave-in
because that's who they are.
I watched the Democratic debate Tuesday and I'm
not impressed with candidates
who use personal and phony attacks. I think Edwards
in particular and Obama to a
lesser extent are behaving more like Republicans
If a candidate can't win on the merits of their
position and their record then they shouldn't win.
When candidates go negative and do it in a dishonest
way all you get is a dishonest politician.
I used to like Edwards and Obama. Now,
not so much.
A very old/good friend of mine named Jay told me a sad story, and I
say that because I don't want you
to think this is one of those my-neighbor's-gardner's-cousin's-friend-knows-a-guy
type of deals.
Jay is 53, his dad is 80 and in bad health. Jay's Mom can't give her
husband the proper care he needs,
so he has no choice but to live in a nursing home in rural Arkansas.
He was in the Air Force for 23
years - shouldn't that count for something?
You'd think 23
years serving your country for minimum f-ing wage
would get you
some retirement health care, and in this case he is getting
it - but it comes with a catch:
Since the government is paying the $4,000 a month it takes to care for
him, when his wife
eventually dies, the government takes
possession of their paid for home.
I told Jay I'd never heard of this before, and he said this was a new
back-stabbing "we love the troops"
Republicans passed when they controlled everything.
I've known Jay 35 years, and talking to him yesterday was the first
time I ever heard his voice
crack with emotion. It's not easy to watch the Bush bastards steal
your family home.
Does anyone know about this?
What's this "Screw the Troops" program called?
Bush keeps whining that he needs all these extra hundreds of billions
"for the troops," but where's that money going if not for their health care?
And which Bush crony oversees this "We Steal Your Assets" program?
This isn't right - that house belong to Jay and his brothers after his
but the Bush bastards are going to
steal their property and they have no choice.
Can we help my friend Jay in any way?
Who knows about this program?
Who wrote this "Screw the Troops" legislation?
Can we shed some light on this?
Are there any Democratic ex-soldiers who can help?
Why are our elected Democrats silent about this outrage?
If we get some grounded-in-fact info, maybe I could ask you to
send some letters of outrage
to your favorite web sites and columnists so maybe we can get the ball
rolling to stop this outrage.
We're the richest country in the world, (or we were before Bush raped
but it's wrong to steal a soldier's house because he needed health
care - don't you agree?
So first, let's look around and talk to our military friends get try
to come up with some info
and accumulate some links on this viscious "We Steal Your Assets"
Do today's soldiers know that the Bush bastards will steal their assets,
If you know a military family, warn them that Bush is coming to steal
Maybe your parents should put their house in YOUR NAME so when the
run an asset check they'll find out the former soldier is techinically
Help bartcop.com alert the country about those billionaire
Bush bastards stealing soldiers' homes.
I think it's a fucking outrage and you should be angry, too.
"After all that has happened in Iraq, why are
the neocons not on the defensive? Given current public opinion polling,
the neocons should be hiding under a rock, and the Democratic candidates for president
should be the ones who put them there."
-- Josh Marshall, Link
The GOP acts like they're proud of Der Schimpanse.
They should be turning away from that Fascist
Ass in droves.
A smart Democrat would pour cement on their
so they can't move to another position
after the primaries.
Excerpt: Five years ago, Senator Paul Wellstone (D-MN)
died when his plane went down in Minnesota.
Wellstone's first months in office were defined
by his opposition to George H. W. Bush's 1991 "Gulf War"
against Iraq, and some twelve years later, his
last weeks in office were defined by his vote against another
Bush administration, and against another push
for war in Iraq. On October 11, 2002, Wellstone was one of
only twenty-three senators to cast a vote against
the fateful Iraq War Resolution.
The week before, on October 3, Wellstone addressed
the proposed attack and occupation of Iraq.
"The United States could send tens of thousands
of US troops to fight in Iraq," he said, "and in so doing,
we could risk countless lives of US soldiers
and innocent Iraqis."
"The United States could face soaring oil prices,"
he said, "and could spend billions, both on a war
and on a years-long effort to stabilize Iraq
after an invasion."
"Authorizing the pre-emptive, go-it-alone use
of force now," he said, "right in the midst of continuing efforts
to enlist the world community to back a tough
new disarmament resolution on Iraq, could be a costly mistake for our country."
A week and a day later, the IWR passed in the
Senate. Five days after that vote, it was signed into law.
Nine days after that signature, five years ago,
Paul Wellstone was gone.
Excerpts: A well-connected media person told me that "everyone
knows" The LA Times is sitting on a story,
all wrapped up and ready to go about what is
a potentially devastating sexual scandal involving a
leading Presidential candidate.
"Everyone knows" meaning everyone in the DC mainstream
media political reporting world.
"Sitting on it" because the paper couldn't decide
the complex ethics of whether and when to run it.
They've had it for a while but don't know what
Why are well wired media elite keeping silent
about it? Because they think we can't handle the truth?
Because they think it's substantively irrelevant?
What standards of judgment are they using?
What standards are they using? The same
tired standards they've used all along.
I say the guilty guy is Rudy and the whore press
wants him to stay in the race.
Remember, during impeachment, "everyone in Washington"
knew Snoot was banging that girl
and Schippers brought his girlfriend to the hearings
and Livingston was getting leather-whipped,
but the whore media kept silent about all that
to protect the GOP like they always do.
printed false rumors about Clinton because it sold more papers
You are now sounding a bit deranged with Clinton
Let's say you're a NASCAR fan.
Let's say it takes 30 points to win the Sprint/Nextel
Cup - whatever.
Let's say Jeff Gordon has 25 points and Dale
Jr has 18.
If someone asks you "Who's
going to win the Nextel Cup?" would your answer be
"Jeff Gordon" because you love him?
What he hell is up with this Mohammed Ali analogy?
I honestly don't remember making a Hillary/Ali
but then, I drink a lot.
She didn't do too well with the attacks last debate.
She supported Spitzer's plan but wouldn't endorse it.
Besides that looney Lou Dobbs screaming at Spitzer
every night, I know nothing about that.
I heard a "debate" between two screamers, and
someone said five other states are already doing this,
but of course since they were screaming, everybody
pretended that sentence didn't exist, so I just assume
Dobbs is being the demagoging asshole he always
Care to straighten me out?
What's the "good Democrat" position on that issue?
She supported Rangel's tax plan but wouldn't endorse
She supported the Kyl-Lieberman resolution, but
she really didn't mean it. (You made
She needs to cut the shit. Stop the
friggin two step and tell us what the hell she does stand for.
I'm using my legendary poker skills to determine if you have any "tells."
Yes, I'm getting something now - you don't like Hillary!
I didn't see the debate, just saw the clips from it, but whore CNN is
calling Hillary's performance
"the worst debating disaster in the history
of Planet Earth" because they want Dobbs to be in the news.
Excerpt: A grieving father won a nearly $11 million verdict
Wednesday against a fundamentalist Kansas church that
pickets military funerals in the belief that
the war in Iraq is a punishment for the nation's tolerance of homosexuality.
Albert Snyder sued the Westboro Baptist Church
for unspecified damages after members demonstrated
at the March 2006 funeral of his son, Lance Cpl.
Matthew Snyder, who was killed in Iraq.
The jury first awarded $2.9 million in compensatory
damages and $6 million in punitive damages
for invasion of privacy and $2 million for causing
U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett noted the
size of the award for compensating damages
"far exceeds the net worth of the defendants,"
according to financial statements filed with the court.ere i
Fine - hound them 24/7 for every nickle the way Fred Goldman hounds
One other thing?
I can't see this happening in Oklahoma or Texas.
Koresh, you have emotional military dudes putting one of their own
in the ground and these assholes
are there to disrupt the service and scream fag insults at a grieving
family on their very worst day?
I give you my Nancy Grace Guarantee that no Oklahoma jury
would find the family/soldiers guilty
if they assaulted the "God Hates Fags" assholes and extracted some
teeth, maybe some broken bones...
It would also give Phelps a reason to stop being such a religiously-insane
"An FBI memo sent out said that an al-Qaeda
detainee had given them some information that the next wave of terrorism could
be in the form of setting wildfires." --
Fox News, on the cause of the California wildfires,Link
"Or perhaps al-Qaeda is planning to infiltrate
a cable news channel and staff it with morons." -- Jon Stewart,
> "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."
In other words, when Hillary had a chance in 2002
to PREVENT the deaths of nearly 4,000 American troops and
1,000,000 Iraqis, you believe that her voting
to give a known liar with a known agenda a blank check to pursue that
agenda was well worth it because it would enable
her, 6 years later, to avoid being labeled "soft on terrorism"?
-- 1,400,000 needlessly dead so Hillary couldn't
be called "soft on terrorism" in her presidential run?
I'd expect that sort of thinking from the Bush
people, but not from you.
You're upset - I think you need a hug.
You seem to be pretending it was a tie vote to
go to war with Iraq,
and it fell to Hillary to decide this issue for
America and the world.
That's not what happened.
She voted with 77 other senators,
so how did Hillary have a chance to save all
You also wrote,
"'I've never heard anyone I respect say Hillary
was "just like" Bush. And as far as dangerous, you would
risk Giuliani's finger on the button?'"
No, actually I genuinely fear the prospect of
either a Hillary or Giuliani presidency -- both are obedient
errand runners for the Israeli lobby who will
wage any war that Israel's Likud handjobs want (and they
want a few more). Hillary, in particular,
I fear because she's very likely to be anxious to prove she isn't
soft on terrorism and can be as tough as any
man. If Bush (with Hillary's acquiescence) hasn't started
one already, one can expect a preemptive war
and draft soon after either a Hillary or Giuliani election.
You don't have the luxury of treating them the same.
You don't get to say, "Charlie Manson and
my ex-wife are both monsters."
Event One year before voters go to the polls to select
the next president, the Republican Party is as
weak as it has been in a generation, a detailed
new poll suggests. In a hypothetical match-up
between Hillaryand Rudy, bloc after bloc of traditionally
Republican voters break for Clinton:
She wins the South.
She polls evenly with voters who attend church
at least once a week.
She splits families with a household income above
She loses rural voters and men - but only by
a narrow margin.
All are constituencies Republicans have dominated
George W. Bush won each by double-digit margins.
"Fred Thompson's wife said, 'They
wanted me to come on the campaign bus, and they
said there wasn't any room for the changing table. And I'm
not going unless you figure out how to get a changing table.'] And that's how the world first learned
that Fred Thompson wears a diaper."
-- Jon Stewart
Bush is an uber-rich frat boy who has never had
to deal with real consequences for his actions.
Everything in his life has been handed to him
on a golden platter without having to compromise
or actually earn anything. In Bush's World, the
game is always fixed.
It was like this for him through his days as a
sub-par, delinquent "student" who enjoyed preferential
treatment that would have warranted expulsion
for others to the days he skipped out of serving in
Viet-Nam with a cushy appointment in The Champagne
Division, then going AWOL, to the days
he ran the businesses in which he was involved
into the ground - yet, pocketed millions for himself
along with his cronies. It was the
same story even with the 2000 election.
People like Bush tend to believe that The World
will adjust to their visions of reality, unlike most
people who have been raised to conform or face
the reality based consequences of errant behavior.
Bush sees other people - especially those of lower
socio-economic castes - as nothing but cardboard
cutouts that are put here for his personal amusement.
It's obvious to notice how he uses the troops for
props to stand in front of during one of his
many semi-coherent rambling diatribes for the media's cameras.
He's a truly dangerous socio-path of the worse
You notice I'm not interrupting you...
When you mix this with undiluted power sans oversight,
accountability and a cabal of ideological
fanatic criminal crazies like The Neo-Cons, Cheney
and nefarious opportunistic con artists like Chalabi,
it's easy to see how Bush could be convinced
that they could pull it off .....one way or another.
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