Saturday, March 20, 2004

What would it take to convince you about Bush? 

I understand. It's as if the worst criticism that has been heaped upon Bush is just too...too...too terrible to actually be true. It just CAN'T be. Men wouldn't or couldn't be so incompetent, or even so evil, at such tragic cost.

If this doesn't change your mind...nothing will. Read it. It includes yet ANOTHER Bush administration official caught redhanded in an out-and-out lie, while attempting to deflect more criticism of Bush.



Jaw-dropping time AGAIN 

I knew Rumsfeld was calling for an invasion and bombing campaign against IRAQ on 9-11. I already knew that. It's common knowledge.

But I didn't know THIS:

Richard Clarke, who headed a cybersecurity board that gleaned intelligence from the Internet, told CBS ``60 Minutes'' in an interview to be aired on Sunday he was surprised administration officials turned immediately toward Iraq instead of al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.

``They were talking about Iraq on 9/11. They were talking about it on 9/12,'' Clarke says.

Clarke said he was briefing President Bush and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld among other top officials in the aftermath of the devastating attacks.

``Rumsfeld was saying we needed to bomb Iraq. ... We all said, 'but no, no. Al Qaeda is in Afghanistan,''' recounts Clarke, ``and Rumsfeld said, 'There aren't any good targets in Afghanistan and there are lots of good targets in Iraq.'''


He was senile back then, too...


Much, much more 

A lot more. At present rates of revenue, Bush & CO will have paid Vance International $1.5 million by Election Day.

For what?

More at Kos.


Nuclear proliferation 

From Jesse at pandagon:


We've had a healthy debate the past few years over weapons of mass destruction. Some of us want to stop the proliferation of nuclear weapons, and others want to proliferate nuclear weapons. And that's just one ex-governor from Texas.

At a time when President Bush has made nuclear nonproliferation a major goal, the administration is seeking $27.6 million to continue a study next year of a possible new nuclear weapon and projecting that it could cost $485 million over the next five years if it goes into development.

Of course, we need not worry about any message this sends to the world around us. Why?

Continued U.S. efforts to modernize thousands of warheads and develop new ones come not only as the Bush administration has made nonproliferation a goal, but also as international efforts are underway to get North Korea and Iran to back away from alleged new nuclear weapons programs.

The administration has said that its development of weapons does not affect what other nations do.

BECAUSE. Now shut up and focus on John Kerry - he fell over while snowboarding!

Daddy-O here: We all know how Bush feels about Pakistan's nuclear proliferation. It's been well-documented. Inaction speaks louder than any words to deny it, especially when it comes to nukes in the hands of the religiously insane.

This just proves it all over again.


Freedom Summer and 2004 

This is one of the most inspiring stories I've ever read on a blog. It's a reminder of not only how far we've come--but what we are up against.

I can't imagine a much better memory from a lifetime than spending two days in a jail cell with Abbie Hoffman. He made them laugh the entire time. I will remember that the next time I'm neurotically thinking I make people laugh too much...

From the Daily Kos, a post by the incomparable Meteor Blades. Go read it.

What--you're still here?


The Very Thought Of You... 

The very thought of Clinton administration officials testifying before the 9-11 Commission should be enough to keep Karl Rove from sleeping for the next six months.

The very thought of it.

Clinton Aides Plan to Tell Panel of Warning Bush Team on Qaeda


Friday, March 19, 2004

You can never have enough guns. 

I never would have guessed it, but it looks like Bush wants to privatize the Secret Service...! His campaign has paid $200K to a company called Vance International. For what, you may ask?

You may ask, but do you expect an answer? ha ha

From Kos, via atrios:

So, here's the question to the Bush campaign: What possible legitimate use do you have for a firm that specializes in high-tech surveillance, personal investigations, and paramilitary protection?

Tsk, tsk...WWND?*

*What Would Nixon Do?


Cheney tries to diss Kerry on terror defense 

And gets it rubbed right back in his fucking FACE. Don't be talkin' shit, now, Unka Dick. From TBogg, a very humorous blog:

Compare and discuss

Dick Cheney:

If John Kerry had been in charge during last year's Iraq war and the 1991 Gulf War, Saddam Hussein would still be in control of Iraq and Kuwait, Vice President Dick Cheney said on Wednesday.

John Kerry's military record.

Dick Cheney's record.

...and since the Republicans are getting all snippy about fighting terror:

House Speaker Rep. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., said Spain was "a nation who succumbed ... to threats of terrorism, changed their government."

"Here's a country who stood against terrorism and had a huge terrorist act within their country, and they chose to change their government and to, in a sense, appease terrorists," Hastert said.

Added GOP Rep. Henry Hyde of Illinois, chairman of the House International Relations Committee: "The vote in Spain was a great victory for al-Qaida."

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, expressed his condolences to the people of Spain, particularly to the victims of last week's deadly railway bombings in Madrid. But DeLay said he hoped Zapatero will come to believe in the U.S. position — "that Iraq is central to winning" the fight against terrorism.

...see if you can match up the correct Republican name with their "What did you do in the war, Daddy?" story:

1. Dennis Hastert
2. Tom DeLay
3. Henry Hyde

A. Too busy wrecking homes
B. Teaching wrestling
C. The negroes took all the good military jobs

No peeking...


Arab journalists don't take no shit 

Via blah3.com:

Arab journalists walk out on Powell over US shootings

Arab journalists walked out of a news conference held by American Secretary of State Colin Powell today in protest against the shooting deaths of two Iraqi reporters by US troops.

One Arab journalist stood up as soon as Mr Powell walked into the room at the Baghdad convention center and read a statement saying that after one year of "US occupation," Americans cannot provide security in Iraq.

"We demand an open investigation in front of the mass media," the Arab journalist said. "We also demand that security be guaranteed to journalists" working in Iraq, he said.

Seconds later, more than 20 journalists walked out of the room.

Hey, White House Press Corps--TAKE SOME NOTES!


The real "appeasers" 

Don't you just love that word? It's so convenient a label for anyone who disagrees with Bush and his policies.

This is the absolute latest story in this scandal. It's hard for even me to believe Aznar would try this stunt in order to win an election...but then again, it's what I regulary accuse Bush of, on a nearly daily basis. Via Atrios:

More Spain

The blogger formerly known as Calpundit lets us know that the Aznar government wasn't just misleading the press, they were also misleading the German equivalent of the FBI in an attempt to maintain their [blame-the-ETA-instead-of-al Qaeda] story. Perhaps one of the right wing trolls can explain to me how impeding an investigation of a massive terrorist attack is, actually, being strong on terrorism.

Who are the real appeasers?

[from the Financial Times:]

Germany was reminded of this last weekend. Its federal criminal bureau said the Spanish authorities intentionally withheld information and misled German officials over the explosives used in the Madrid bombings. The Spanish conservative government had insisted the Goma 2 Eco dynamite for the explosives had been frequently used by Eta, the Basque separatist movement. On Monday, it admitted that was not the case.

How are you strong on terrorism by lying to investigators? How do you get to the truth and protect your people by lying to the folks trying to get to the truth?

By perfectly legitimate extrapolation, how does Bush get to the truth by 1) impeding the 9-11 investigation by opposing its creation and then 2) funding it less than the Shuttle explosion investigation, and 3) trying to shut it down prematurely and 4) reserving ONE HOUR of Bush's time to answer questions?

How can you possibly trust this man to tell you the truth about ANYTHING at this point?


Validation can feel SO GOOD sometimes... 

I've been quoting the strangest of sources for literally YEARS now...The Back Page is a humorous last laugh in each issue of The New Yorker, which I have subscribed to now for several years--and long before the 2000 election or 9-11.

One Back Page--I forget which one and have long since committed that issue to the stacks in the basement--was called "The First Hundred Days". It was a hilarious quiz, multiple choice, of course, about the first hundred days of the Bush administration. One of the questions went something like this:

During a photo-op in Pennsylvania, a man told President Bush he was unsatisfied with his performance so far. What was President Bush's response?

A. "If you'll just give me a chance, I sure hope to change your mind with the rest of my term."

B. "If you don't like it so far, just wait 'til we steal the NEXT election."

C. "I'm real disappointed to hear that, and I hope you'll keep an open mind about my policies."

D. "Who cares what you think?"

The answer is: D.

This story was never reported in mainstream journalistic sources, but The New Yorker is impeccable in its fact-checking. It was true. The person to whom that happened has never before gone on the record--

--until TODAY. Go read it--NOW.



Thursday, March 18, 2004

US rewards Pakistan with elite military status 

Story HERE.

Maybe one of you Bush supporters could explain this to me. I just don't get it.

After decades of UN and American sanctions for simply HAVING a nuclear bomb, Pakistan is no longer a pariah nation. This is despite:

The fact that not only did Pakistan's nuclear founding father sell and give away bomb information, technology and hardware; not only did he put it in the hands of "rogue" nations like Libya, Iran and North Korea; not only did he receive a pardon for these crimes by President Musharraf; he did it with Musharraf's knowledge and blessing, too.

WHOSE SIDE IS MUSHARRAF ON? Certainly not MY side!

But he's Bush's friend.

We can pretty much assume al Qaeda has some sort of nuclear technology. What we can't assume is that they have the capacity to deliver it. That's the hard part. Or maybe not.

Since we've spent only $46 MILLION on port security, and our homeland security is nothing but a JOKE, perhaps FedEx-ing a nuke to Oakland CA or Newark NJ would be on the drawing board for al Qaeda. Perhaps a contingency plan for them, if and when Osama is captured.

And we have our "allies" in Pakistan to thank for this, more than likely.

What do YOU think?


McCain stabs Bush in the back and twists sloooowly, very sloooowly... 

It's just what Bush deserves, and McCain is the perfect man for the job. Payback's a bitch.

McCain says Kerry not weak on defense nor is his election a threat to national security

WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Thursday he did not believe Democratic candidate John Kerry, a friend and Senate colleague, was weak on defense or would compromise national security if elected president.

"This kind of rhetoric, I think, is not helpful in educating and helping the American people make a choice," McCain said on "The Early Show" on CBS. "You know, it's the most bitter and partisan campaign that I've ever observed. I think it's because both parties are going to their bases rather than going to the middle. I regret it."

Beautiful, beautiful.


I love reading bartcop 

I read it every day. It's funny, and wilder than hell. But as I scroll down through his primitive single-page template, laughing at this, that and the other, I always come to a dead halt at one point. The laughs stop instantly when I come to this:

Bush's American soldier body count in Iraq

Bush lied, and caused 571 Americans their lives - and counting.

It's an updated number, different nearly every day. When I see that it's changed, even when I've heard the news on the radio, it still takes my breath away. Thinking about the lives snuffed out--for what?

For what? A last resort war? To stifle a genuine threat to our country?

For what?


Freedom sausage 

WARSAW (AFP) - In a first sign of official criticism in Poland of the US-led invasion of Iraq, President Aleksander Kwasniewski said that his country had been "taken for a ride" about the alleged existence of weapons of mass destruction in the strife-torn country.

"That they deceived us about the weapons of mass destruction, that's true. We were taken for a ride," Kwasniewski said Thursday.

He argued however that it made no sense to pull US-led coalition troops out of Iraq.

His comments marked the first time Poland has publicly criticized Washington's argument for invading Iraq and for winning support from Poland and other European allies such as Britain and Spain.

This guy talks like he learned English from watching old James Cagney movies. Maybe he did. As good a way as any...


It's funny...and it's not 

In a convoluted path from atrios, TNR and the NYT:

"In a morning meeting on Wednesday, Mr. Bremer warned the Iraqi leaders that they risked isolating themselves and their country if they continued to snub the United Nations."


Spring is just around the corner 

The tulips are racing the hyacinths, under the mailbox...the buttercups were quicker. Hope it doesn't freeze again. The lilacs might not bloom.

Nothing like a delicate, colorful fragrant blossom in early spring. Nothing at all.


God Hates Shrimp 

Via atrios.

When you can't tell the satire from the headlines, we must be near the Apocalypse. Urged and ushered in by your favorite religiously insane President. Maybe THAT'S why Bush had no post-invasion planning; Jesus was a no-show!


Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Saw it on bartcop 

Since Spain has now capitulated, and has joined the ranks of the surrender monkeys, can we refer to it as "Freedom Fly"?

ha ha


al Qaeda announces its U.S. Presidential endorsement 

George W. Bush.

Apparently, al Qaeda prefers a dolt for an adversary, one that willingly accedes to its wishes--removing infidel U.S. troops from Saudi Arabia, removing a secular and corrupt Saddam Hussein from power, and invading Iraq, thus providing the perfect incentive for recruitment.

George W. Bush, dupe of al Qaeda. I've been saying it for years, and I'm finally redeemed.


The statement said it supported President Bush in his reelection campaign, and would prefer him to win in November rather than the Democratic candidate John Kerry, as it was not possible to find a leader "more foolish than you (Bush), who deals with matters by force rather than with wisdom."

[Amen to that...]

In comments addressed to Bush, the group said:

"Kerry will kill our nation while it sleeps because he and the Democrats have the cunning to embellish blasphemy and present it to the Arab and Muslim nation as civilization."

Nothing like two religiously insane sides of the same coin supporting each other. Where the hell would Bush be WITHOUT al Qaeda, and Osama bin Laden?


Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Comment (0) 

I'm really tired of seeing that.

Is anyone there?


Where do you get YOUR news? 

Once a week, I check on Harper's Weekly Review.

It is written in a style that is both informative and tongue-in-cheek. One sentence is in-depth reportage exceeding any text I have seen in the previous week on the subject; the next sentence is about a woman being arrested for trying to pass a $1 million dollar bill at a Wal-Mart.

It's wonderful. It's the only poetic journalism I know of. Bookmark it. They update every Tuesday.


Kerry lied! Stop the presses! Stop the nomination! 

Bring back Howard Dean! Rove knows he can beat him!

Oops! Never mind...

Kerry never bragged about "foreign leaders"

by kos
Tue Mar 16th, 2004 at 01:19:39 GMT

Well, well...Kerry never talked about "foreign leaders" supporting him. Drudge has the mea culpa email from the pool reporter who wrote the original piece:


KERRY: "I've been hearing it, I'll tell ya. The news, the coverage in other countries, the news in other places. I've met more leaders who can't go out and say it all publicly, but boy they look at you and say, you gotta win this, you gotta beat this guy, we need a new policy, things like that. So there is enormous energy out there. Tell them, whereever they can find an American abroad, they can contribute," a reference to donations, prompting laughter from the crowd.

Transcribing on the bus in Florida, and again on the plane ride to Tampa, I heard "foreign leaders" rather than "more leaders." Listening to the audio recorder now, in the quiet of my house, I hear "more leaders" and I am certian that "more leaders" is what Senator Kerry said. I am very sorry for this screw-up, and please feel free to hold me accountable to your editors and higher-ups.

Patrick Healy, political reporter, The Boston Globe

So what did Kerry mean by "more leaders"? Who cares? It was all a stupid issue anyway, and this should defuse it.

In 2000, this would never be defused. But this isn't 2000 any more.

p.s. That email took balls to write. Kudos to Patrick Healy.

We need more of that--people, politicians, bloggers AND reporters, who can admit they made a mistake, own up to it, and fix it. Only THEN can you "move on"...


Bush's White House: Motel 6 for his biggest contributors 

They wanted blood because Clinton did it. And, granted, Bush's number of guests is about a third of Clinton's overall. So FAR.

But the hypocrisy astounds and amazes.

Bush Fund-Raisers Among Overnight Guests

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush opened the White House and Camp David to dozens of overnight guests last year, including foreign dignitaries, family friends and at least nine of his biggest campaign fund-raisers, documents show.

In all, Bush and first lady Laura Bush have invited at least 270 people to stay at the White House and at least the same number to overnight at the Camp David retreat since moving to Washington in January 2001, according to lists the White House provided The Associated Press.

Some guests spent a night in the Lincoln Bedroom, historic quarters that gained new fame in the Clinton administration amid allegations that Democrats rewarded major donors like Hollywood heavyweights Steven Spielberg and Barbra Streisand with accommodations there.

That scandal and Bush's criticism of it is one of the reasons the White House identifies guests. In a debate with Vice President Al Gore in October 2000, Bush said: "I believe they've moved that sign, 'The buck stops here,' from the Oval Office desk to 'The buck stops here' on the Lincoln Bedroom. And that's not good for the country."


Bush's overnight guest roster is virtually free of celebrities - pro golfer Ben Crenshaw is the biggest name - but not of campaign supporters.

At least nine of Bush's biggest fund-raisers appear on the latest list of White House overnight guests, covering June 2002 through December 2003, and-or on the Camp David list, which covers last year.

What hypocritical, two-faced, opportunistic scum we have for a President. How does he get away with it? Simple--IOKIYAR.

It's OKay If You're A Republican.


Bush plans to use Homeland Security Department for campaign photo ops 

Isn't this...illegal?

Of COURSE it is. But how can we stay outraged at Bush, when Kerry lied?

Via August:

This article from next week's Time is in itself a well-detailed examination of the campaign strategies for both sides in the 2004 race, but Jesse among others have caught a disturbing paragraph in the middle of the article:

As the Bush team sorts out its internal mechanics, it will press the advantage of incumbency. Administration sources tell TIME that employees at the Department of Homeland Security have been asked to keep their eyes open for opportunities to pose the President in settings that might highlight the Administration's efforts to make the nation safer.

The goal, they are being told, is to provide Bush with one homeland-security photo-op a month.

The operative word here, of course, is POSE.

And to think they called for a Special Prosecutor for Whitewater...


600 soldiers AWOL 

That's a LOT.

Why have we heard not a peep about this until now?

Story here.


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