Saturday, July 17, 2004


Thanks to Holden at Eschaton for posting a link to THIS PHOTO of new Iraqi PM Iyad Allawi with three of his American bodyguards -- who allegedly witnessed America's puppet leader when he grabbed a gun and summarily executed half a dozen Iraqi prisoners just a few days before taking office.

If you know one of these guys, perhaps you can help put them in touch with an American investigative reporter with a nose for news -- if such a beast exists anymore. Speaking of which: WHERE IS THE AMERICAN MAINSTREAM PRESS ON THIS STORY?!!! Or this one?!!!

Talk about complacent.

Friday, July 16, 2004


Here's a good way to lose thinking people on the left. From the AP: Kerry Backs Much of Bush's Pre-Emption Doctrine


JK Galbraith argues that "corporate power is the driving force behind US foreign policy - and the slaughter in Iraq," and gets no argument here.

Building democracy, one bullet at a time... 

From the Sydney Morning Herald, courtesy of Common Dreams: Did our chosen leader in Baghdad execute six insurgents by shooting them in the head just days before taking control of the country?

Perhaps Ambassador John Negroponte should look into it. After all, we know we can count on him.

Thursday, July 15, 2004


Is the Bush administration holding videotape footage of American soldiers sodomizing Iraqi children? Perhaps that would be enough to erode some of Bush's support from the rabid Christian right...


The BushWhackedUSA ONLINE STORE is now open! 

Yes, friend, you now have the golden, irresistible opportunity to make an anti-Bush fashion statement by shopping at the BushWhackedUSA online store!

We've got a few choice items posted (love those bibs!), with more to come in the days and weeks ahead. T-shirts, tank-tops, mugs, bumper stickers, gifts for the ones you love...

Happy shopping! And let us know if there's a product you'd like to see in our store.

Wednesday, July 14, 2004


Greg Palast offers an excellent background report on the situation in Venezuela, where the rich and poor are battling over control of that country's oil wells.

SEE ALSO: Chavez Warns Andean Nations Against Trade Deal with US
SEE ALSO: Venezuelan President Chavez again accuses US of backing campaign to unseat him

(Thanks go to Information Clearing House for these!)

Anybody see the All-Star Game last night? 

Anybody notice...the large sections of empty seats from time to time? That slipped by the Fox Sports producers, and onto the live camera shots?

Hell, there were huge swaths of empty seats for the opening ceremonies, too. I've never seen anything more embarrassing for a community. It never would have happened here in St. Louis. Every seat would have long been sold out, and every seat would have been filled with cheering fans from long before the broadcast.

I daresay that would have been the case for just about any other MLB town--except Montreal. There, as what probably happened in Houston, anxious production assistants would have been desperately hawking FREE tickets in order to put butts in the seats for the cameras.

That fairly anemic crowd must have been embarrassing not only for the poor stepchild community of Houston...but for Poppy Bush and "Beautiful Mind" Babs, sitting in the front row behind the plate. And we all know how kindly they take to being embarrassed.

I guess when Enron collapsed, it took so many jobs, no one can afford to go to the baseball game any more. And, folks, remember: When that brand-spanking new cookie-cutter retro-cool stadium first opened, its name was--


ha ha

Tuesday, July 13, 2004


An alert reader (thanks, Gerhard!) sent this one along: Army post candidate has ties to Carlyle.

Who is this Francis Harvey, Bush's apparent choice to be the next secretary of the Army? Well...

EXCERPT: Harvey is former chief operating officer for a division of Westinghouse Electric, a leading defense contractor, and serves on the boards of two Carlyle-affiliated firms. Most prominently, he's vice chairman of Maryland's Duratek, which specializes in the handling and disposing of radioactive materials. Duratek, which reported sales of $286 million last year, has contracts with both the U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of Energy, which is itself one of the nation's top defense contractors. Carlyle owns about 23 percent of the company and appointed Harvey to Duratek's board in 1998. He has been re-elected by shareholders every year since then. Diane Brown, Duratek's vice president of investor relations, said about 3 percent of the company's revenue comes from the Army. About 10 percent is from the Department of Defense and 65 percent from the Energy Department. The rest comes from commercial contracts.

Read the rest here.

If you've got a story you'd like us to see here at the blog or on our main page, please send it along to either Eric or Roger.

THE END (of democracy) IS NIGH! 

...or not, it's had to tell, but if Lou Dubose and Molly Ivins are right, things don't look good for the good guys. Both of those Texas journalists are interviewed on today's Democracy Now! Dubose talks about the sinister political manipulations of Tom Delay. And Ivins gives a great interview about the character, skills and methods of the Shrub himself. If you've got an hour to spare, this is a great way to use it up.

By the way, has anyone seen any negative political fallout from Ashcroft's June 8 refusal to hand over torture-scandal related documents to the Senate Judiciary Committee? Any at all?!!

Monday, July 12, 2004

Circa 1983 

Whenever I need to make a particularly poignant point, one with subtlety and grace, about war and death and such, my first natural
instinct is to quote...

80s pop band Huey Lewis and the News' Sports.

Walking On A Thin Line

Sometimes in my bed at night
I curse the dark and pray for the light
And sometimes the light's no consolation
Blinded by a memory
Afraid of what it might do to me
And the tears and the sweat only mock my desperation

Don't you know me, I'm the boy next door
The one you found so easy to ignore
Is that what I was fighting for?

Walking On A Thin Line
Straight off the front line
Labeled as freaks, loose on the streets of the city
Walking On A Thin Line
Angry all the time
Take a look at my face, see what it's doing to me

Taught me how to shoot to kill
A specialist with a deadly skill
A skill I needed to have to be a survivor
It's over now, or so they say
Well, sometimes, it don't turn out that way
Cause you're never the same when you've been under fire

Don't you know me, I'm the boy next door
The one you find so easy to ignore
Is that what I was fighting for?

Walking On A Thin Line
Straight off the front line
Labeled as freaks loose on the streets of the city
Walking On A Thin Line
Angry all the time
Take a look at my face, see what it's doing to me


Sunday, July 11, 2004

Ladies and gentlemen...we have a Troll! 

You can find him in the Haloscan Comments. And he's one SERIOUS fucking troll, too. Threatens to shoot us between the eyes...threatens us with serious assault and battery...and he calls US fascists...

There's nothing like the Internet to make a true American hero out of an anonymous coward. Just one of those little miracles that happens each and every day on the Internet. Thank God Al Gore invented it!

ha ha

Keep Coming Back, A. Verlo; it works when you work it, and YOU'RE WORTH IT!

ha ha


What are they smoking? 

I want some.

Democrats give Ron Reagan prime time speaking slot

(CNN) -- Ron Reagan will speak in prime time at the Democratic National Convention on the importance of stem cell research, a senior adviser to presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. John Kerry told CNN on Sunday.


The [Kerry] adviser also said Reagan's speech would have "big appeal" to independents.

But the Bush campaign official predicted that the remarks by [Democratic Senator from Georgia Zell] Miller -- who supported key parts of Bush's agenda -- would resonate
more with independents.

Now THAT'S rich--the Bush campaign official predicts that Miller will impress independents more than RONALD REAGAN'S SON.

Most independents will probably say: "Who the hell is Zell Miller? What the hell is a Zell Miller? What the hell kind of a name is Zell?"

ha ha


Taking steps to secure the election in November 

If this doesn't scare you, nothing will.

American counterterrorism officials, citing what they call "alarming" intelligence about a possible Qaeda strike inside the United States this fall, are reviewing a proposal that could allow for the postponement of the November presidential election in the event of such an attack, NEWSWEEK has learned.

The same geniuses at Justice that determined Bush could conveniently ignore the Geneva Convention are now furiously working on interfering with the Presidential election. This will make November/December 2000 look like a pre-teen shoplifting charge.

Time to sign up for that firearms class. I've put that off for far too long. Coup d'etat just around the corner, folks, and this time the Democrats better not take it lying down.


Always glad to spread yet another unproven rumor about my President 

It's my DUTY. Although unproven by the photo, does this NOT strike you as perfectly in character for the Commander-in-Thief? We've come a long way, baby.

Via Blah3.com:

The single greatest event of my life

After waiting around for about 45 minutes, the motorcade passed by us again. A few police cars, followed by a van or two, drove by. Then, a Bush/Cheney bus passed, followed by a second one going slower. At the front of this second bus was The W himself, waving cheerily at his supporters on the other side of the highway. Adam, Brendan, and I rose our banner (the More Trees, Less Bush one) and he turned to wave to our side of the road. His smile faded, and he raised his left arm in our direction. And then, George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States of America, extended his middle finger.

It's a memory this young man will certainly cherish forever, tell his grandkids about. Maybe he'll even get on some talk shows or the college lecture circuit.

I'm reminded of a story from my trusty copy of "The People's Almanac", vintage 1976, about Richard M. Nixon:

From page 330:

"Occasionally, Nixon found it necessary to lash out physically at hecklers. During his trip to Peru as Vice-President, a man in the crowd spat on him. 'As I saw his legs go by,' Nixon remembers, 'at least I had the satisfaction of planting a healthy kick on his shins...Nothing I did all day made me feel better.' "


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