Saturday, June 05, 2004

Trailer for "Fahrenheit 9/11" 

Since everybody else's doing it...

Right HERE.



For about seventeen years or so, I've promised myself I would one day dance on the grave of Ronald Reagan. To me, as a teenager, he stood for the Cold War, for criminal military and espionage activities, for deception and indoctrination of the populace.

Now, even though I've learned more and more terrible things about his presidency, he doesn't look so bad.

At the moment, CNN and the New York Times don't even have stories on the death, just headlines. Dancing seems premature. There is, after all, no grave. I don't want to celebrate the passing of another human being. Not yet, anyway. Not yet.


Just heard on the radio that Reagan has died.

My sympathies to his family. And to the families of every single victim of the Contras, too, while I'm at it...


Friday, June 04, 2004

Kerry over Bush 49 - 41 

Although this fact is buried way down low in this story about veterans' versus civilians' political beliefs and trends.

Abu Ghraib is beginning to fade. The Iraqi turnover has some actual positives about it (al-Sistani's approval of the interim government is KEY--and GOOD). Bush is in Rome, out of our hair.

But he's trailing by a margin nearly large enough to call a LANDSLIDE. That's just incredible.

Holy fucking shit.


Wednesday, June 02, 2004

The perfect end to the perfect day 

Man, Bush had an onslaught of bad news today. Chalabi and his drunken leak; military retirements canceled; Republican Senator John Warner is hot on the Abu Ghraib trail; brand spanking new South Dakota Democratic Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth.

Until they put Bush in jail, where he belongs, this next story below here will have to do as the perfect ending to an almost perfect day.

Bush Consults Lawyer in CIA Leak Case

For any other President, this story would make FRONT PAGE NEWS. A President, consulting a lawyer about a criminal case, a TREASON case, no less. Apparently we've lowered our standards as Americans. It's not too surprising, really.

I mean, look at the guy's rapsheet.


If this was a sitcom instead of international intelligence, I'd be crying with laughter 

Even so, I'm having a hard time not laughing as it is.

Chalabi Reportedly Told Iran That U.S. Had Code


American officials reported that in the cable to Tehran, the Iranian official recounted how Mr. Chalabi had said that one of "them" — a reference to an American — had revealed the code-breaking operation, the officials said. The Iranian reported that Mr. Chalabi said the American was drunk.

atrios' flawless response:

Last night I had a dream that I got an 'FYI' email from Byron York of the National Review informing me that according to his sources Don Rumsfeld was the one who told Chalabi about the Iranian codes and that Rumsfeld had been declared an enemy combatant and was currently sitting in a cell in Gitmo.

Okay, okay, this IS funny!


ha ha ha ha ha 

'I Was Never Angry with the French,' Says Bush

Mark this one down, kids. A red-letter day.


Monday, May 31, 2004

Bwana Bush keeps Saddam's cock--er, gun--mounted on the wall 

A trophy presented to him by the troops. The rudest man on the Internet, the Rude Pundit, comments:

It'd Only Be Cooler If Saddam's Lifeless Hand Was Attached To It:

In the realm of the "Ya gotta be fuckin' kiddin' me" is this: apparently our President keeps Saddam Hussein's gun, the one he had when he was captured from the "spider hole," in a study off the side of the Oval Office. Bush shows it to visitors; he is "proud of it" because, it seems, or so it is said, it reminds the President of how "proud" he is of the troops.

Oh, sweet castration image, Bush brandishing Saddam's gun, his trophy, his medal that he'll never toss over a wall, the unloaded cock of the dictator. Oh, how Bush must caress that burnished metal, polishing it over and over and simmering in primal vengeful bloodlust. Goddamn, Bush must think, how he he'd love to shove that pistol up Saddam's ass, smiling at Hussein, making him wonder if he's gonna fire it. "Try to kill my Daddy, shithead? Is it loaded, motherfucker? Does this feel like a weapon of mass destruction?" Yeah, it's good to be the President so you can pretend you've got heads mounted on the wall, like the great white hunter.

One does wonder if Bush is following D.C. laws in reference to the ownership of a working handgun - Does Bush get around registration laws? You know, it's illegal to own a handgun in D.C. unless it was registered prior to 1976. Licensing laws? And if he's breaking the law, isn't this like Capone and tax evasion, and we can finally, at last, jail this petty tyrant?

[followed by this post:]

And What About Those Other Little Firearm Laws?

See previous post for more about President Bush's ownership of Saddam Hussein's handgun - a gift from the troops, allegedly. Exactly how may laws, federal and D.C., might the President be breaking with his possession of that firearm? Did he receive a background check for the transfer of ownership? Is Bush licensed to possess a firearm in a federal facility? The District of Columbia prohibits firearms to be gifts. How many people are implicated in Bush's firearm possession?

And, of course, ignorance of the law does not excuse the potential crimes.

Sunday, May 30, 2004

E.J. Dionne nails it 

E.J. is a moderate Democrat. I find him mostly bland, playing it safe, and not very interesting. But he is consistent.

If you're a Bush supporter, and you find yourself wondering how the hell he could find himself trailing Kerry in the polls...read this.

You will find enlightenment.

The President: Paying the Price . . .


Spin City 

From the Daily Kos:

Quick Quiz

by Tom Schaller
Sun May 30th, 2004 at 14:26:42 EDT

Which of the following three claims are true?

1. John Kerry is one of the if not the most consistently liberal Senators, even more consistently liberal than (nasty music here) Hillary Clinton and Ted Kennedy.

2. John Kerry is a major flip-flopper who changes his positions 180 degrees faster than the Car Talk hosts can change a flat tire.

3. I dunno about Nos. 1 or 2, but I do know that they both can't be true.

Answer, of course: #3.

And yet, folks, aren't these the two versions of spin the Bush-Cheney WMD (Wistful for Major Distortions) campaign against the Senator?

Spin away if you must, fellas. But at least try to make sure the spin itself is something more than the most consistently conservative flip-flop of all time. It's insulting.


Cheney has ties to Halliburton, all right. BIG TIME ties 

From Time, via atrios. Why is this story in the BUSINESS section? It belongs, like every other lie and crime from the Bush administration, on the fucking FRONT PAGE. Not enough room, I guess.

The Paper Trail

Did Cheney Okay a Deal?

Vice President Dick Cheney was a guest on NBC's Meet the Press last September when host Tim Russert brought up Halliburton. Citing the company's role in rebuilding Iraq as well as Cheney's prior service as Halliburton's CEO, Russert asked, "Were you involved in any way in the awarding of those contracts?" Cheney's reply: "Of course not, Tim ... And as Vice President, I have absolutely no influence of, involvement of, knowledge of in any way, shape or form of contracts led by the [Army] Corps of Engineers or anybody else in the Federal Government."

Cheney's relationship with Halliburton has been nothing but trouble since he left the company in 2000. Both he and the company say they have no ongoing connections. But TIME has obtained an internal Pentagon e-mail sent by an Army Corps of Engineers official—whose name was blacked out by the Pentagon—that raises questions about Cheney's arm's-length policy toward his old employer. Dated March 5, 2003, the e-mail says "action" on a multibillion-dollar Halliburton contract was "coordinated" with Cheney's office. The e-mail says Douglas Feith, a high-ranking Pentagon hawk, got the "authority to execute RIO," or Restore Iraqi Oil, from his boss, who is Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz. RIO is one of several large contracts the U.S. awarded to Halliburton last year.

The e-mail says Feith approved arrangements for the contract "contingent on informing WH [White House] tomorrow. We anticipate no issues since action has been coordinated w VP's [Vice President's] office." Three days later, the Army Corps of Engineers gave Halliburton the contract, without seeking other bids. TIME located the e-mail among documents provided by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group.

Take them all out now. Frog-march them straight to the nearest U.S. Marshal's office. Cuff them. Print them. Return indictments on them. All of them.

Arraign them, postpone bail, set a trial date, prosecute, and rest the prosecution. Let them plea bargain, if they want. And see what a jury of their peers decides.

Every person in this administration has committed some sort of crime, comfortable in the knowledge of who the Attorney General is, and who holds the majority in Congress.

But they can't get away with this shit forever...unless we let them.


Sources who lie 

Inspired by atrios' and others' thoughts on the matter:

Sources who lie to journalists should be outed by those journalists. Journalists owe confidentiality and protection to sources who DON'T lie.

If you don't out sources who lie...

...they'll just keep lying. And the rest of us suffer.

The NY Times knows this. The WaPo knows this. A seven-year-old first-grader knows this.

So why do they keep reporting lies from anonymous sources, without punishing them by outing them?

It can't be because they're "protecting" their sources. By outing liars, it would scare sources who LIE, and ENCOURAGE sources who DON'T.

Ergo: They must not care if their sources are lying or not.

Why not just make shit up, then, if their lying sources will never be revealed?

Indeed--have they been making shit up all along?


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