Thurs-Friday May 21-22, 2009 Vol
2339 - Snake Charmer
"Iíve dealt with our intelligence professionals for the last three-and-a-half years
on an almost daily basis, and itís hard for me to
imagine that they would ever mislead a member of
-- John Boehner, with a straight face, Link
Yeah, it's almost impossible for a spy to mislead.
Today's Tequila Treehouse...
Illegal Torture Crimes
the Pelosi card
Race to the Bottom
Beaten for Decades
Thiessen back on TV
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"Limbaugh hasn't had a natural erection since
the Nixon Administration; think he's compensating for something? Now, I wouldn't pick on him for any of this
stuff, not his blubbiness, not his man-boobs, not his inability to have
a natural erection -- none of that stuff -- to me, off
limits until! until! -- Mr. Limbaugh, you turn that sort of gun on somebody
else -- once you start doing that, you're fair
game, fat boy. Absolutely, you jiggly pile of mess. You're just fair game,
and you're going to get it, too. You'd better watch what
you say, Limbaugh, because it can come back the other way."
-- Ron Reagan Jr., after the Pigboy said Pelosi was shaking from Botox
Excerpt: It is clear that increasingly abusive interrogation
techniques were used on Abu Zubaydah, the first high-value detainee,
in the months between his capture and the first
Justice Department memo authorizing harsh interrogations. But the legal
guidance that authorized those early interrogations
remains shrouded in secrecy.
Zubaydah was picked up on March 28, 2002. The
Justice Department issued its first memo on torture four months later on
Zubaydah's lawyer, Brent Mickum, believes documents
and testimony in the public record establish 'beyond question
that Abu Zubaydah was subjected to torture before
the issuance of the Aug. 1 memorandum.'
So even if the Bush bastards made torture legal, it wasn't legal when
they tortured Zubaydah.
If only we could get Reid & Pelosi to do
"The CIA has a very bad record when it comes
to honesty. It goes back a long time. During my tenure as chairman of the Intelligence Committee during the 104th
Congress, there were repeated instances where we didnít get information that was there. It's a real problem as to
how you get the information. The current controversy involving Speaker
Pelosi and the CIA is very unfortunate in my view
because it politicizes the issue and takes away attention from what ought
to be the focus Ė and that is how does the Congress
get accurate information from the CIA." -- Arlen Specter, backing
Excerpt: Less high-minded GOP savants went to work on
Pelosi's makeup, hair and clothing. That dashing babe-magnet Limbaugh
made Botox jokes. On CNN, chivalric Republican
consultant Alex Castellanos quipped, "If Speaker Pelosi were still capable
of human facial expression, we'd see she'd be
embarrassed, because, right now, she is in a very Nixon-like position."
Evidence for the latter proposition is surprisingly
thin. Pelosi's attackers cite an allegedly dispositive rebuke by Obama's
Leon Panetta. Viewed with even minimal skepticism,
however, Panetta's remarks look like a carefully lawyered nondenial denial.
"Let me be clear," Panetta said. "It is not our
policy or practice to mislead Congress. That is against our laws and our
The day a CIA director of either party admits
otherwise will be a memorable one indeed.
Erik has been advertising on bartcom.com since 2002.
Subject: buy American?
My grandson likes Hershey's candy. It is
marked Made in Mexico now. I do not buy it any more.
Colgate toothpaste is made in Mexico now. I switched
to Crest. You have to read the labels on everything.
I went to Kroger for 6 light bulbs and Bounce
dryer sheets. I was in the light bulb aisle and right next to the GE brand
I normally buy was an off brand labeled, "Everyday
Value." I picked up both types of bulbs and compared the stats - they were
the same except for the price. The GE bulbs were
more money than the Everyday Value brand but the GE bulbs were
made in MEXICO and the Everyday Value brand was
made in Cleveland , Ohio .
So throw out the myth that you cannot find products
you use every day that are made right here.
So on to another aisle - Bounce Dryer Sheets....Bounce
cost more money and is made in Canada . The Everyday Value brand
was less money and MADE IN THE USA ! I did laundry
yesterday and the dryer sheets performed just like the Bounce Free
I have been using for years and at almost half
So my challenge to you is to start reading the
labels when you shop for everyday things and see what
you can find that is made in the USA - the job
you save may be your own or your neighbors!
We can all start buying American, one light bulb
at a time! Stop buying from China ...........
Let's help our fellow Americans keep their jobs
and create more jobs here in the U.S.A.!!!`
Excerpt: It's actually been a pretty good week for Steele.
On Meet the Whore, he generally got the better of the DNC chairman,
Gov. Tim Kaine, who doesn't have the temperament
for those type of he-said, he-said encounters. Steele's speech to the
National Rifle Association convention was very
well recieved. And the RNC announced another banner fundraising month.
Still, about half of the RNC membership seems
to have their daggers drawn for the guy. A good number of long-time members
can't accept the fact that Steele,
a Black man, controls the party. They
don't like the people he's put in place, but they can't find
any egregious internal missteps, aside from perhaps
the faux pas of paying some of his aides a generous salary. Steele has
many RNC contracts to competitive bidding, even
though he has been criticized for smaller financial decisions.
Plainly, Steele's biggest hurdle has been his
skin color and his inability to figure
out his place in the universe. He is no longer a
spokesman for the party; he's the spokesman
for the party, and that responsibility carries with it a series of internal
what he should say. And despite intense
counseling from his aides, Steele is the type of guy who warms to his audience
goes white-hot, telling people in front of them
what he thinks they want to hear. It's a great quality for a back-slapping
but it's a potentially fatal fault for a guy
in charge of a party that hasn't figured out what its core problem is.
"Wal-Mart's become the biggest retail outlet
in the country, but they won't carry our record because they wanted us to censor it,
but there's nothing dirty about our record." -- Green Day's Billy Armstrong,
Wal-Mart is as power hungry as Dick Cheney.
This is a real problem and I'm not talking about just selling
Wal-Mart is a big, bad bully and if you don't jump thru all their
just like Dick Cheney, they'll tell you to go fuck yourself.
The members of Green Day are all multi-millionaires so they'll
do just fine
without having to deal with the big bad bully, but there are
who have no choice but to knuckle under.
And once Wal-Mart succeeds in killing every small business in
then they'll turn on us like a damn oil company and their
allow them to sell us a quart of milk for $50 if they want.
And if you
don't like it, go buy yourself a cow and get your milk that
F-ing Wal-Mart - they could put an "Explicit Lyrics" label on
the Green Day CD
but nooooooooo. It's a lot more fun to make
the product producers jump thru hoops.
Or maybe it's not the lyrics.
Maybe they think Armstong should be playing in G minor instead
It is time we remind Obama who elected him and
why. His U-turns on the very issues we hated the
BFEE for are cause for us be very concerned.
The reversals amount to 'friendly-fire' and it sucks.
"Meet the new boss.. same as the old boss" is
starting to be gaining a lot of validity lately.
Fortunately for the Demmies the repugs are worse-er,
but it sucks watching the Party of Hope
become another Repug-Lite party.
Screw the moderates and bipartisanship - how is
that anything near change? I am with you 100%
on how stupid and pathetic the Demmies are. If
Ubama had balls ... (should I finish this?) he'd pick
a flaming liberal for his SCOTUS pick because
it would be fun to watch the repugs' heads explode again.
Steve in PA, which seems to have
correctly picked Hillary.
Excerpt: Critics say that the vulgar Pigboy likes to talk
out of his ass. But that's only half the story: Rush can't stop talking
about butt, either.
It's too bad that Sigmund Freud's long dead,
because Rush is his dream patient, with an obvious diagnosis: Limbaugh
has an anal fixation.
Rush is riding high; on Wednesday he made headlines
with a faux-resignation as head of the Republican Party, handing the reins
to nemesis Colin Powell. But even as his power
in the party grows, El Rushbo remains fixated on political humiliation
-- his, and other
people's -- and it's amazing how frequently such
humiliation focuses on the hind quarters.
Last week, Limbaugh lamented that Obama will likely
destroy the economy, because "he's being followed around by a bunch of
who are going to die of anal poisoning" -- a
disease that Google suggests Limbaugh himself invented. Most notoriously,
the Pigboy complained
in January: 'We are being told that we have to
hope (Obama) succeeds, that we have to bend over, grab the ankles, bend
backward, whichever, because his father was black,
because this is the first black president."
Longtime readers know Rush got out of going to Vietnam because his "personal
wasn't acceptable to the army at a time when they used the draft to
Excerpt: After a nine-year investigation, a commission
published a damning report Wednesday on decades of rapes,
humiliation and beatings at Catholic Church-run
reform schools for Ireland's castaway children.
The 2,600-page report painted the most detailed
and damning portrait yet of church-administered abuse
in a country grown weary of revelations about
child molestation by priests. (They
mean Ireland, not the US)
The investigation uncovered previously secret
Vatican records that demonstrated
church knowledge of pedophiles in their ranks
all the way back to the 1930s. The probe ó which was resisted by Catholic
religious orders ó concluded the rapists shielded their orders' pedophiles from arrest
amid a culture of self-serving secrecy.
And it's still going on today - are you still
sending them money?
"Here's one thing that hasn't changed in the
Obama era: Republicans are still able to come up with scare tactics that turn Senate Democrats into a terrified
and incoherent bunch of mewling babies...Ah well. Old habits die hard,
I guess. And Senate Democrats apparently remain an
easily frightened bunch, after eight years of faint-hearted submission."
-- Dan Froomkin, who sounds like he's been reading bartcop.com,
"Obama's own party won't support him against
even the most transparent and insipid demagoguery coming from the conservative noise machine. The GOP's
brain trust isn't offering even a hint of a substantive case that the U.S. Army can't safely keep a few dozen detainees
behind bars in a military prison, but Dems are caving anyway. Because they're scared. And then they wonder
why voters continue to think that a party that can be bitch slapped so easily might be viewed as weak on national
-- Kevin Drum, who sounds like he's been reading bartcop.com,
Excerpt: "No, the only fault here lies with the majority
Senate Democrats, who are redefining not only the contemporary meaning
of majority, but easy intimidation. All
it takes from the Republican side is a muffled Boo! and the Dems -- in
with the honorable exceptions of Durbin, Carl
Levin, Jack Reed, Pat Leahy, Tom Harkin and Sheldon Whitehouse -- scurry
hither and yon to the political safety of awed
Leading the charge of retreat? But of course:
the habitually retreating Harry Reid, who actually said
"Guantanamo makes us less safe," so it logically
follows that "this is neither the time nor the bill to deal with this."
The writer sounds like he's been reading
For what itís worth, I sent an email to Obama
pleading with him not to let the torturers go free. I have a son serving
and this issue means a lot to me. I will send
a daily email to him until he either shits or gets off the pot. I am sick
incessant bleating and the antics of cowards
like Joe Scarborough and others. Just sick of the lot of them and the influence
these losers have on the people currently in
I know my email will be probably be meaningless
but what the hell else can I do?
The fear factor no longer works for me. I know
life is finite, and that someday, I will die, so why worry about Al Qaeda?
Iíd rather die knowing our Constitution was still
in one piece than live to be old knowing we didnít do a fucking thing
about guys like Bush and Cheney.
We canít let Obama slide on this issue. We just
canít. Keep it swinging bro.
Nancy in VA
Bart, I'd like to say I think you are wrong about
Nancy Pelosi and the issue of impeachment. While I can't read her
I think it's fair to say that she's shown
herself to be a very smart politician who knows how to navigate the
Congress - and to
stay on top once she gets on top.
Now, impeachment is a political act that has no
real consequences other than loss of status. Even if convicted, there
are no fines,
no jail sentence - you just leave town and after
a short period of being shunned, you write a book and hit the talk
to continue to make your case. Bill Clinton was
impeached, after all, and it hasn't hurt him one bit. Do you think
if he had been
convicted by the Senate that he would be in a
much different place than he is right now? Unlikely. Hillary may
more than he, but that's a discussion for
What Pelosi has never done to my knowledge is
take criminal indictment off the table. A criminal indictment would be
impossible if Bush,
Cheney, et al. had been impeached and/or removed
from office. The public would believe that they had already been
Pelosi is a smart cookie - don't underestimate
her. Like Obama, I believe she takes a very long term strategic view
of these matters.
There's a reason she is being so vigorously attacked
by the right. They may not be good at much, but self-preservation
has been their
strong suit. They may have met their match in
Nancy Pelosi. It's clear that panic is setting in and the Republicans
do not have a leader
that enough people will follow. Contrast
this with the Democrats and President Obama.
Let's just wait and see what happens as a result
of this witch hunt. I think Nancy Pelosi is fully capable of
and willing to make short term sacrifices
and endure some harassment if there is a worthwhile end goal.
Just my opinion.
Joanne from Wisconsin
The threat of impeachment is almost the same as impeachment.
A mugger doesn't have to stab you - showing you the knife is enough
to make you give up the wallet.
Keeping her mouth shut wouldve been better than announcing "off the
All season, the judges declared Adam Lambert the
winner and I think that doomed him.
The constant fawning, "You're
the greatest ever!!" probably turned off
a lot of people.
Since nobody watched TV's highest rated show,
you missed performances by:
Keith Urban, Carlos Santana, The Black Eyed
Peas, Cindy Lauper, Nicole Richie's dad, Rod Stewart, Kiss, who I don't remember
seeing on TV before, and Queen.
The new law reforming credit card laws is a big
step forward in a new America where the people come before the banks.
However the banks had enough control over both
Democrats and Republicans to delay the law for 9 months while the banks
rip use off as much as they possibly can with
interest rates in excess of 30% and retroactive fees.
Although the people got Obama elected we have
to keep the pressure on the Congress and make then feel the people's wrath.
We Americans have to take this country back from
those who devastated the economy.
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