Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Here's a fucking great idea for our idiot president

Hey Bush,

You are a bumbling, stumbling, braindead idiot. I know, you're not really good at suffering and death, so I am here to help you. Listen to me and I will tell you how to fix things in the Gulf Coast.

This isn't going to be easy. The people who could help are busy pissing their lives away in Iraq, so we'll need another plan.

Now, understand that some sacrifice will be required here. For my plan to work, you will be unable to send the profiteers into the Gulf Coast. Let them stay in Iraq.

Years ago, Presidents were not braindead idiots. I know, it's hard to believe, but it's true. Here's your chance to be just like them. All you need to do is shut the fuck up and pay attention.

Ready?

Here's the plan. The answer is Public Works Projects. I know. The concept of not sending in profiteers is a hard one to grasp, but try to keep up for a minute. I know you would rather send in the likes of Halliburton. Then your local boys could send in more profiteers.

The devastation in the Gulf Coast is complete. Entire regions are not functional, people are cut off from banks anc commerce. People are out of work, and will stay out of work for months. Instead of selling contracts to the highest bidder, why not put those people affected by the disaster to work rebuilding areas devastated by Katrina?

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Katrina: 1,600 Guardsmen
Iraq: 140,000 Troops

Well, the GOP has been waiting for the "Far Left" to politicize the disaster down south. Here I am, eager to oblige them.

1600 Miss. Guardsmen have been deployed to the disaster area. 1600 men. Katrina has turned hudreds of square miles of the United States into Bangledesh. Nowhere to live, no water to drink, no electricity or sanitation. Widespread looting. Death and disease. The worst disaster in the history of the United States.

And we send 1600 men. 1600. Enough to secure a single neighborhood. To put the scope of this disaster in perspective, Bush has cut his vacation short by 2 days, something a fucking war couldn't get him to do.

Meanwhile, there are 140,000 troops in Iraq, along with tons of hardware. Hardware like amphibious vehicles, communication systems, medical care facilities, housing, power, food and shelter for 140,000 people.

Am I missing something here?

Monday, August 29, 2005

Katrina: What will the gov't do?

Katrina will leave many people homeless, many more will be left with nothing at all. Property damage will be in the billions. What will our "Disaster President" do to help?

The United States is hemorrhaging money. We are papering the world with blank checks. Our current battlefield in the "War on Terror" is Iraq. We spend 1.2 billion dollars a week over there, because liberating a country is an expensive affair.

The United States shown it's eagerness to piss away money throughout the world, just like drunken sailors. Now, it's time to take care of our own. How deep will Bush dig to help the victims of Katrina?

There are differnt levels of need.

The oil industry isn't very needy. The oil industry will use this as a opportunity to rape America once again. The Transportation Bill dishes out another 7 billion in corporate welfare to the oil industry. The oil industry will be fine.

Lets talk about people who barely survive.

Load the family in the SUV and camp out in a hotel? If you can afford it. If you cant, then you might find yourself in a dark, hot and uncomfortable Superdome, hoping the roof doesn't fall in on you.

What happens to the less fortunate now? The under-insured and the uninsured? Those out of work or otherwise displaced?

1.2 Billion (with a capital "B") dollars a week in Iraq. The most affluent 1% of the United States getting billions in tax breaks. Oil companies getting Billions in corporate welfare.

I wonder how much will be left for the neediest Americans?

Friday, August 26, 2005

It must be something in the water

Take a look at what chimpys neighbors are saying about Cindy Sheehan.

If all these assholes are so pro-war, what the fuck are they doing here? They should be in Iraq, fighting for Bushs' "Noble cause".

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Did you hug a Republican today?

"Democracy is on the March!"

Or so Bush was saying. But not lately. "Democracy is on the march" has been replaced with "The tides of Democracy ebb and flow". And this, my friends, is why our macho President is making speeches from the safety of a VFW in Utah. Bush likes his scripted media events. Bush likes a supportive, enthusiastic crowd. The problem for Bush is that it is becoming almost impossible for him to find an supportive, enthusiastic crowd.

The picture is grim, mounting casualties in Iraq with no end in sight. It would appear that the insurgency is far from being in it's "last throes", as the ever optimistic Cheney proclaimed a few months ago. Bushs' simplistic world view caused him to see something most of us didn't. A peaceful, democratic, Iraq. Using our constitution as a template, the Iraqis were going to be the shining beacon of democracy in the Mideast.

Muslim Clerics running the show over there. That was my vision. Was it yours too? How about the Religious Right that Bush is constantly pandering to. Do you thing the Far-Right zealots who are running the United States are happy with the notion of a fundamentalist Iraq? Christians in Iraq are having a much harder go now that Iraq has been liberated. No, I don't think the zealots will be very happy about this.

With approval ratings tanked for the GOP, it would be nice if the Dems would step up with some options. The GOP has melted down. Nobody needs to Swift Boat anyone in the GOP. Bush has done more to ruin his party than any Liberal or Democrat could have ever done. And with Iraq looking more and more like a fundamentalist State, the failure of the Bush Doctrine soon will be complete.

Nature abhors a vacuum. And a vacuum is what will remain in Washington. Bush-Bashing will not fill the vacuum. The country now realizes they were sold a bill of goods. America is feeling the pain of buyers remorse. What America needs from us is a real alternative to Bush and the Neocons.

I can imagine how hard it would be for a diehard Republican to vote for a Dem. I find the thought of voting for a GOP candidate repulsive. It would be difficult for me to go with the GOP, even if I have a very good reason. And it will be difficult for a voter who has gone with the GOP their entire lifetime to vote for a Democratic candidate . Even it they know that the GOP does not share their values anymore. If Jesus Christ was a Democrat, they would still have a hard time voting for him.

Now is not the time for Bush Bashing. Now is the time to embrace those republicans who are feeling the guilt and sorrow of "Four More Years". They may also be embarrased at how they were so effortlessly manipulated. If we can help these people feel good about themselves, it may make it easier for them to vote Democratic when the time comes. Now is not the time for "Nyah Nyah, I told you so!"

Did you hug a Republican today?

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Todays humor...

On CBS, no less...

It's all so far away


I took a ride out into the country last night, to the fairgrounds. I had a ball watching kids jumping frogs. I was struck with the understanding that, for many of us, politics and world affairs are so far away.

I could never understand how people could care so little, or be so willing to be (mis)led. Right up until the moment I was watching kids and their frogs. Walking through the fairgrounds on a beautiful summer evening, the big picture was obscured by lifes' simple pleasures.

My point? I suppose I don't have one, sorry.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Ohio Gov. Taft: Convicted criminal vows to stay in office.

Bob Taft, Ohio Governor and convicted criminal, vows to remain in office. "There is more work to be done", Taft was quoted as saying after pleading no contest to ethics violations.

Another poster child for the GOP?

OK, you can't blame Taft. Not really. How can you blame him? He sees Bush rape Social Security, putting billions in the hands of Americas richest 1%. He sees Bush lie his way into a war that nobody really wanted. He sees DeLay...

OK, so how can you blame Taft? I'm sure he figured, "What have I done compared to those guys?".

Honestly, Tatf's corrupt activity pales in comparison that Bush, Cheney and DeLay have been getting away with for years.

San Diego: Citizens asking for recount. Diebold? Of course

"Enron by the Sea" shows strange electoral anomalies - a 4 percent shift - ODDS OF SUCH A DISCREPANCY OCCURRING BY CHANCE ALONE ARE LESS THAN 7/100 OF 1%, STATISTICIANS REVEAL.

And so it goes in San Diego, where the GOP did great. One problem with this. It looks like the GOP did better than they were supposed to. Much better. Citizens have demanded a recount.

And what's at the center of this? If you said DIEBOLD "Accu-Vote", then you guessed right.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Ohio Gov. pleads No Contest.

Taft says he "accepts responsibility". Then he pleads "no contest". Shouldn't accepting responsibility include admitting guilt?

More here.

OHIO: Far reaching tentacles of corruption

Well, it looks like the shit is going to hit the fan in Ohio. Oh happy day. And guess what. It's all Clintons fault:

"We expect [criticism] from the Democrats," said Jason Mauk, of the Ohio Republican Party. "It's unfortunate that they're not providing proactive, positive leadership ideas for moving Ohio forward. They're engaged in political partisanship."These are some of the same people who just a few years ago were defending President Clinton against charges of obstruction of justice and perjury, and now they're suggesting a governor who failed to report some golf outings should step down or be impeached. I don’t think those two are on the same level."

Uhhh, Jason, there were 20 Congressional investigations into Whitewater. Yet there has not been a single investigation into a CIA leak. I would say the GOP has been doing a wonderful job taking care of it's own.

Yeah, it's a bitch that Taft got caught, but don't worry, Jason. He may still find a way to spit the hook. Either that, or the investigation will reveal the depth of corruption in Ohio.

Go ahead, blame that on Clinton.

From the "Strange but True" department...

An interesting day so far, and it's not even lunchtime yet.

I agree with Pat Buchanan (of all people). Over the years, I have taken pleasure in despising Buchanan. We have never seen eye-to-eye.

Until now. I find myself in agreement (for the most part) with Buchanan on Bushs' lack of response to Cindy Sheehan, and how Cindy's Vigel may be part of the reason the bottom is dropping out of the Bush presidency.

Read the article. Buchanan actually makes sense (for a change).

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Mission Accomplished

Mission accomplished?



What a dick

New allegations: Rove and Ascroft


The plot thickens...

"The new information, that Ashcroft had not only refused to recuse himself over a period of months, but also was insisting on being personally briefed about a matter implicating his friend, Karl Rove, represents a stunning ethical breach that cries out for an immediate investigation by the Department's Office of Professional Responsibility and Inspector General."

More here.

Ohio GOP Governor charged with crimes

So fucking corrupt.

I'm still waiting for DeLay to get his. But for now, this will do.

Rush: Cindy story "not real"

Hey Rush, did you adjust your medication yourself? Did you forget to take your pills? Did you take too many pills? Did you take the wrong pills?

Just when I thought Rush could sink no lower.

LIMBAUGH: I mean, Cindy Sheehan is just Bill Burkett. Her story is nothing more than forged documents. There's nothing about it that's real, including the mainstream media's glomming onto it. It's not real. It's nothing more than an attempt. It's the latest effort made by the coordinated left.

Worth 1000 words...

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Don't look for these names among the dead


A coalition of over 120 member organizations dedicated to demanding accountability and honesty in government is preparing to launch a series of scathing ads aimed at what it describes as the Bush administration's "lies, corruption, fear, incompetence, indifference, and arrogance," Raw Story has learned.

Velvet Revolution(VR), an umbrella group made up of a diverse collection of such high profile organizations as Progressive Democrats of America (PDA); Take Back the Media; and Democrats.com, is preparing to launch a long-term advertising campaign, starting Wednesday, August 17.

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These advertisements will appear appear in the Icinoclast, the local Crawford, Tx. newspaper, and should find it's way into the Lazy W Ranch mailbox.

Bushs' neighbor shooting off shotguns, getting ready for "dove season". Assholes in pickup trucks trampling memorials to the dead.

Low-life bastards. I hope they enjoy reading these advertisements in the paper while they sip their morning coffee .

Monday, August 15, 2005

God Bless America!

How else can I say it? Here is everything that is wrong with this country. Why not simply chuck the Constitution and Bill of Rights?

How did these guys end up in charge? (They didn't always make their own voting machines)

Gas prices set new record, jump 7 cents a gallon over weekend

Gasoline prices jump 7 cents a gallon over the weekend, set (yet another) record.

Does anyone remember the President vowing that there would be no price gouging of gasoline prices?

I guess that only applies to blue-collar America, to Apu in the Quickee Mart, and not to ExxonMobil, who continue to record record profits.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Bush lowers the bar again...

First, Bush lowered the bar to protect Rove. Now, the bar has been lowered for Iraq. What Bush hoped for, and what Iraq will eventually become, were always two different things. Most of us already knew this.

Now, suddenly, they "get it" too.

So what's to do? Why lower the bar, of course.

More here

Saturday, August 13, 2005

9/11 audio

Audio of 9/11 emergency communications at the WTC has been released, and can be found here.

Listen. Then imagine this tragedy being used by our President to promote his own agenda, to finish his daddy's war.

A fundamental difference between "us" and "them"



AAR was pre-empted last night, our local affiliate chose to air a ballgame instead. Disappointed, I scanned the dial, and stumbled upon Lars Larsen.

This guy is something else, but it wasn't Lars' venom that I found interesting. It was the comments made by his listeners.

Perhaps (most likely) his calls were screened carefully to get the type of caller he can work with, but all his callers shared a common belief. A belief that defined all their other beliefs.

Ever caller dismissed liberals as unpatriotic.

One guy was enraged, having recently seen an American Flag bumper sticker alongside a Kerry sticker. And this went on and on. One caller after another said exactly the same thing.

Curious if this was due to calls being screened, I checked out Rush and some conservative sites. It's all the same. Or at least a lot of it is. They dismiss what we say because we are "unpatriotic".

What a marvelous mechanism. For them, it's about the messenger, not the message. Because of this, they can easily dismiss facts. Fact can never be a component of their belief system. If they saw things for what they are, their worlds would shake. It is much easier to blindly trust, and follow, than it is to think and consider. Being reactive comes more naturally than being mindful.


Liberals, for the most part, are exactly the opposite.

We are immersed in facts. What we don't know, we want to know. We fight for information that is withheld from us. We meticulously dissect events that transpire, attempting as best we can to discover what is real, and what is not. We don't brand conservatives as unpatriotic (or worse). To us, the message, the facts, are what is important. Not the messenger.


Of course not all conservatives are mindless drones, far from it. But they do seem fixated on us, and not what we stand for.

They stick "Support the Troops" stickers on their SUV's, and they fly the flag proudly. They support their President, because that's what patriotic Americans are supposed to do.

Someone should remind them that without the efforts of American Patriots who rebelled for freedom, there would be no United States.

I wonder how Fox News would have covered the American Revolution?

Friday, August 12, 2005

Is your child Gay? (Want to find out?)

From the "Can't make this shit up" Department:

Does little Nunzio play with sisters Barbie Doll?. Does little Johnny cry frequently? Did you know your kids may be turning Gay?

Homosexuality can be prevented by parential intervention. But before you set your kids "straight", you must first recognize the signs.

FEC investigating DeLay, $300,000 "error"

Tom DeLay. Living proof that the bigger the lie, the easier it is to believe. To find a greedier, more dishonest politician, you would have to go straight to the White House.

More "accounting errors" from DeLay? It's not like this is the first time DeLay has been investigated. If memory serves me, this is the 4th investigation of Mr. DeLay.

Read more

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Indictment expected for Abramoff..

A step in the right direction.

A shame DeLay managed to spit the hook, but Abramoff will look great in stripes.

Read more

Todays hate mail...

The pathetic Mrs. Cindy Sheehan has now taken sides with the jihadists who killed her son.

If he could come back from beyond the grave, he'd curse his mother. Where is Mr. Patrick Sheehan? Why doesn't he assert authority over his insane wife and tell her to shut up, or just divorce her? There's no excuse for this sort of behavior. It's not surprising that she is being used by Michael Moore, who is the #1 American traitor of the present. The war we're fighting against fundamentalist Islam isn't just over there--it's here, too, and the Legacy Media has become, by and large, a Fifth Column of traitors who neither know nor care why America is the last, best hope of mankind, striving for a peaceful and free world.

People like you make me sick!


This is patriotism?. Thank God I make him sick

My Sweet Neo-Con

First it was the Dixie Chicks, Then it was Bruce. Now it's Mick Jagger. Some choice lyrics from Mick's latest:

"You call yourself a Christian,
I call you a hypocrite.
You call yourself a patriot.
Well, I think your are full of shit!
How come you're so wrong,
My sweet neo-con."

The group that brought us all free speech is now recommending a boycott of Mick Jagger. I wonder why? I don't see any names mentioned, do you?

GOP paying legal bills for Bush official

Yep, Bush guy caught fucking around with Democratic votes in N.H. Thank God Bush takes care of his own.

Read more here

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

37 have died while Bush vacations

37 Soldiers Have Died While Bush Vacations

August 2, 2005 to August 9, 200509-Aug-2005
US NAME NOT RELEASED YET
US NAME NOT RELEASED YET
US Nathaniel "Nate" DeTample
US John Kulick
US Gennaro Pellegrini Jr.
US NAME NOT RELEASED YET
08-Aug-2005US
NAME NOT RELEASED YET
07-Aug-2005
US Private 1st Class Seferino J. Reyna
6-Aug-2005
US Lance Corporal Chase Johnson Cromley
US Sergeant Brahim J. Jeffcoat
US Specialist Kurt E. Krout
05-Aug-2005
US Sergeant 1st Class Brett E. Walden
US Gunnery Sergeant Terry W. Ball Jr.
US Sergeant 1st Class Robert V. Derenda
04-Aug-2005
US Private 1st Class Nils George Thompson
US Staff Sergeant Chad J. Simon
03-Aug-2005
US Lance Corporal Adam J. Strain
US Specialist Mathew V. Gibbs
US Sergeant 1st Class Charles Houghton Warren
US Specialist Jerry Lewis Ganey Jr.
US Lance Corporal Nicholas William B. Bloem
US Corporal David S. Stewart
US Sergeant Bradley J. Harper
US Lance Corporal Kevin G. Waruinge
US Lance Corporal Grant B. Fraser
US Sergeant Justin F. Hoffman
US Lance Corporal Eric J. Bernholtz
US Lance Corporal Aaron H. Reed
US Corporal David Kenneth J. Kreuter
US Lance Corporal William Brett Wightman
US Lance Corporal Christopher Jenkins Dyer
US Lance Corporal Michael J. Cifuentes
US Lance Corporal Timothy Michael Bell Jr.
US Lance Corporal Edward August Schroeder II
02-Aug-2005
US Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas C. Hull
US Staff Sergeant James D. McNaughton

Enjoy your vacation.

You go, Dolores

O'Reilly had a Gold-Star Mom on todays show. You know why, right? Because of Cindy Sheehan, that's why. Cindy blew off Bill. Bill was going to get even.

So he found a Gold Star Mom who would dirty herself by appearing on the "No Spin Zone".

Bill tried everything to bulldoze this poor woman, while at the same time slamming Cindy. Yep, Bill was going to make this Gold Star Mom look foolish and weak. He was going to "set her straight", and show her how she has allowed herself to be used by the"far-left". Bill was going to chew up and spit out Dolores. Bill was going to show the strength of his position. Bill was going to comfort Dolores by letting her know her son died a noble death. Bill was going to explain to her why what we are doing is decent and noble. Bill was going to make Dolores look lost.

Dolores took all Bills shit. She stood her ground, and stood up for Cindy. Dolores did great.

Bill actually asked her "If you had to choose, would you stand beside Michael Moore or George Bush."

Dolores replied in a heartbeat- "Michael Moore never killed anyone"

Bill O'Reilly sank to a new low. Just like his butt-buddy the chimp, Bill tried to chew up a mother who sacrificed the most precious thing she had. Cindy is showing the chimp for what he is, and Dolores showed O'Reilly for the gutless, spineless miserable bastard he is.

You Go, Girls...

Only on Fox, Special 2 hour Natalee Holloway Investigation

I think Greta found half a tuna sandwich in the landfill, and suspects that Natalee may have eaten it.

Only on Fox. Serious journalism? You tell me...

Imus just called Rumsfeld a "Son of a bitch"

I can't play the video now, but this must be good.

Rumsfeld planning big 4th anniversary 9/11 celebration

You can't make this stuff up.

Question: What do 9/11 and Iraq have in common?

Answer: Quite a bit, apparently. Let's connect 9/11 and Iraq together, celebrate our stunning successes, and disrespect the Dead and their families, all in one, swift stroke.

Nice going, guys.


Rumsfeld announced a wonderful gala celebrating the 4th anniversary of 9/11. Music and fun for one and all.

We all know how happy chimpCo is, how they bask in the glow of Iraq success, how they managed to decieve the entire world, and how eager they are to do the same thing in Iran.

We know all that. And that's a great reason for them to celebrate their successes.

We know. We know. But they really should put a damper on their enthusiasm. Out of respect for the Dead, and for people like Cindy Sheehan. Parents who have lost their kids probably don't feel much like celebrating.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

bush appointed as president for life?

How about this?

Bush appointed "President for Life"? To dismal to consider, huh?

Impossible, you say? Before 2000, what would you say the odds of rigging the outcome of a national election were?

Consider this...
  • All three branches of Government are firmly under GOP control.
  • Neocons like Wally O'Dell manufacture electronic voting machines without providing a paper trail
  • Loyal stooges have been placed at every level of government.
  • The next loyal stooge appointment may be Fitz' new boss, chimpys college buddy
  • Thanks to Industry, the neocons have a virtually unlimited supply of money and essential resources

What would be better than appointing the chimp president for life. Then, finally, the pretense of democracy can be discarded.

Why wont Scooter Libby grant Judy Miller a personal waiver?

huffingtonpost.com
Rep. John Conyers

The President has, of course, directed his staff to "fully cooperate" with the Fitzgerald probe. If Waas's sources are right, Libby is not cooperating. In fact, while right wing pundits continually claim that the White House has not obstructed the Fitzgerald investigation, these new disclosures indicate that a top White House staffer is essentially directing a reporter to invoke a privilege on his behalf to keep the Special Prosecutor from learning the truth.

Monday, August 08, 2005

Time to lighten up a bit

Are you ready for a good laugh?

Sunday, August 07, 2005

msm coverage of Cindy's vigel

The story of Cindy Sheehan may finally be capturing the attention of the mainstream media, now that she is camped out in front of the Presidents ranch in Texas. Cindy grabbed a few minutes on NBC Nightly News tonight, during primetime.

Given a choice, chimpCo would probably rather not see images of Cindy Sheehan camped out in front of the old hacienda, asking why her son is dead.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Don't blame me, I voted for Kerry..

(Salon)

A new AP-Ipsos poll puts George W. Bush's approval rating at its lowest point yet.

Only 42 percent of the public approve of the president's job performance; 55 percent don't. The same poll shows that, by a 50-48 percent margin, Americans now believe that their president is dishonest. Only 38 percent of them approve of the way in which he's handling the war in Iraq.
As bad as those numbers are, it's important to keep them in perspective. Things could be worse. Iraq could be, say, Plamegate. According to the latest CBS News poll, 77 percent of the American public believe that the Bush administration is either lying or hiding something about the outing of Valerie Plame. Only 12 percent say the White House is telling "the entire truth."

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Novak: Says "Bullshit" on CNN, storms off set.

I suppose the pressure is getting to Novak. That's understandable. Still, it's hard to respect a man who can dish it out but can't take it.

I know, but I can only stand happiness in small doses.

Watch the video, have a chuckle, then email the FCC and CNN with your complaints.

Godspeed, Cindy

Cindy Sheehan lost her son in Iraq, and she wanted to know why, and how, he died. Rumsfeld wouldn't see her, nor would anyone from his staff. The White House refused to answer any of her questions. She got nowhere.

I have seen Cindy. She is a remarkable person, and considering the sacrifice she made, she is asking very little in return.

Cindy is on her way to Crawford, Texas, where our overworked president is enjoying a 5 week vacation. Cindy is there to get answers from Bush.

Please say a prayer for Cindy. She really is there for all of us.

You can read more here

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

An Essay on Death

I fault this president (George W. Bush) for not knowing what death is. He does not suffer the death of our twenty-one year olds who wanted to be what they could be. On the eve of D-day in 1944 General Eisenhower prayed to God for the lives of the young soldiers he knew were going to die. He knew what death was.

Even in a justifiable war, a war not of choice but of necessity, a war of survival, the cost was almost more than Eisenhower could bear. But this president does not know what death is. He hasn't the mind for it.

You see him joking with the press, peering under the table for the WMDs he can't seem to find, you see him at rallies strutting up to the stage in shirt sleeves to the roar of the carefully screened crowd, smiling and waving, triumphal, a he-man.

He does not mourn. He doesn't understand why he should mourn. He is satisfied during the course of a speech written for him to look solemn for a moment and speak of the brave young Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. But you study him, you look into his eyes and know he dissembles an emotion which he does not feel in the depths of his being because he has no capacity for it.

He does not feel a personal responsibility for the thousand dead young men and women who wanted to be what they could be. They come to his desk not as youngsters with mothers and fathers or wives and children who will suffer to the end of their days a terribly torn fabric of familial relationships and the inconsolable remembrance of aborted life.... They come to his desk as a political liability which is why the press is not permitted to photograph the arrival of their coffins from Iraq.

How then can he mourn? To mourn is to express regret and he regrets nothing. He does not regret that his reason for going to war was, as he knew, unsubstantiated by the facts. He does not regret that his bungled plan for the war's aftermath has made of his mission-accomplished a disaster. He does not regret that rather than controlling terrorism his war in Iraq has licensed it.

So he never mourns for the dead and crippled youngsters who have fought this war of his choice. He wanted to go to war and he did. He had not the mind to perceive the costs of war, or to listen to those who knew those costs. He did not understand that you do not go to war when it is one of the options, but when it is the only option; you go not because you want to but because you have to.

This president knew it would be difficult for Americans not to cheer the overthrow of a foreign dictator. He knew that much. This president and his supporters would seem to have a mind for only one thing -- to take power, to remain in power, and to use that power for the sake of themselves and their friends. A war will do that as well as anything. You become a wartime leader. The country gets behind you. Dissent becomes inappropriate.

And so he does not drop to his knees, he is not contrite, he does not sit in the church with the grieving parents and wives and children. He is the President who does not feel. He does not feel for the families of the dead; he does not feel for the thirty five million of us who live in poverty; he does not feel for the forty percent who cannot afford health insurance; he does not feel for the miners whose lungs are turning black or for the working people he has deprived of the chance to work overtime at time-and-a-half to pay their bills -- it is amazing for how many people in this country this President does not feel. But he will dissemble feeling. He will say in all sincerity he is relieving the wealthiest one percent of the population of their tax burden for the sake of the rest of us, and that he is polluting the air we breathe for the sake of our economy, and that he is decreasing the safety regulations for coal mines to save the coal miners' jobs, and that he is depriving workers of their time-and-a-half benefits for overtime because this is actually a way to honor them by raising them into the professional class.

And this litany of lies he will versify with reverences for God and the flag and democracy, when just what he and his party are doing to our democracy is choking the life out of it. But there is one more terribly sad thing about all of this. I remember the millions of people here and around the world who marched against the war. It was extraordinary, that spontaneously aroused over soul of alarm and protest that transcended national borders.

Why did it happen? After all, this was not the only war anyone had ever seen coming. There are little wars all over the world most of the time.But the cry of protest was the appalled understanding of millions of people that America was ceding its role as the last best hope of mankind. It was their perception that the classic archetype of democracy was morphing into a rogue nation.

The greatest democratic republic in history was turning its back on the future,using its extraordinary power and standing not to advance the ideal of a concordance of nations but to endorse the kind of tribal combat that originated with the Neanderthals, a people, now extinct, who could imagine ensuring their survival by no other means than pre-emptive war. The president we get is the country we get.

With each president the nation is conformed spiritually. He is the artificer of our malleable national soul. He proposes not only the laws but the kinds of lawlessness that govern our lives and invoke our responses. The people he appoints are cast in his image. The trouble they get into and get us into, is his characteristic trouble.Finally the media amplify his character into our moral weather report. He becomes the face of our sky, the conditions that prevail: How can we sustain ourselves as the United States of America given the stupid and ineffective war making, the constitutionally insensitive lawgiving, and the monarchal economics of this president? He cannot mourn but is a figure of such moral vacancy as to make us mourn for ourselves.

E.L. Doctorow

The CIA and the death of Maj. Gen. Abed Hamed Mowhoush

Tim Grieve @ Salon writes:

When former Iraqi Maj. Gen. Abed Hamed Mowhoush died in U.S. custody on Nov. 26, 2003, American military officials issued a press release saying that he had passed away of natural causes after complaining of feeling sick.

That wasn't exactly the truth.

As Josh White explains in today's Washington Post, Mowhoush died while stuffed in a sleeping bag, wrapped in an electrical cord, after a CIA-sponsored group of Iraqi paramilitaries, working with Army interrogators, had beaten him severely with their fists, a club and a rubber hose.

Do you recognize your country now?

As White writes, Mowhoush's interrogation and death "paint a vivid example of how the pressure to produce intelligence for anti-terrorism efforts and the war in Iraq led U.S. military interrogators to improvise and develop abusive measures, not just at Abu Ghraib but in detention centers elsewhere in Iraq, in Afghanistan and at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba." And the aftermath of Mowhoush's ordeal, White says, sheds light on the extent to which the United States has tried to conceal abusive interrogation techniques and hide the very existence of small teams of CIA-sponsored Iraqi paramilitary squads used to rough up -- and that's the polite term

-- uncooperative detainees.

Two Army soldiers from Fort Carson, Colo., have been charged in Mowhoush's death, and two more who allegedly played a role face other military punishment. As for the CIA's role? The agency's inspector general has launched an investigation, White says, but the agency itself won't comment.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Milestone: 2000 dead

Nice job, W.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Classroom Bible study? Texas, of course

From the N.Y Times. An interesting read .

Ahh, Texas. Neocon Central. A nice, safe place to see what can fly, and what can't.

Who's paying for our patriotism?

A Washington Post editorial worth reading

More trouble for Rove

Time Magazine reports Rove learned of Valerie Plame from a Administration source. Rove testified that he was told of Plame by the media.

One would think (and hope) that a prosecutor would find this type of inconsistancy interesting.

John Bolton

Last Friday Scott McClellan told reporters that "We do need a permanent representative at the United Nations. This is a critical time and it's important to continue moving forward on comprehensive reform." McClellan was strongly hinting that George W. Bush will bypass the Senate and make John Bolton ambassador to the U.N. via a recess appointment.

But last week the State Department admitted that Bolton lied to the Senate on a questionnaire during his confirmation hearings. It turns out that when Bolton was asked if he had been interviewed for or testified to a grand jury in any investigation during the past five years, and he checked the box marked "no," he actually meant to check the box marked "yes."
Bolton had in fact been interviewed by the State Department's inspector general, who was looking into the Bush administration's screw-up over the false claim that Saddam Hussein was attempting to buy uranium from Niger.

Which brings us, somewhat unsurprisingly, to the Valerie Plame affair, in which Bolton appears to be deeply involved. There was widespread speculation last week that Bolton may not only have testified before the grand jury, but may in fact be Judith Miller's source - the source she's in jail for refusing to reveal. At the very least, Bolton was up to his neck in the Niger story.
So I say go ahead, Dubya, appoint this guy against all the objections and disturbing evidence against him, and let the chips fall where they may. Best of luck - you might need it.

Another Valerie Plame?

In all the "what did he know and when did he know it" intrigue of the Valerie Plame investigation, it's easy to lose sight of the larger significance of the case. Leaking the identity of a CIA agent -- whether it turns out to have been a criminal act or not -- was a slimy, shameful and at least small-t treasonous thing to do. But it's a forest-for-the-trees deal. The leak was unforgivable, but what's worse is the context in which it came. The Bush administration, having sold a war to the American people based on facts that weren't facts at all, was trying to discredit its critics and cover its tracks.


Today's New York Times brings it all back into sharp focus. In a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in Washington, the Times says, a former CIA officer claims he was fired in 2004 because he questioned the agency's assumptions on a series of weapons-related matters -- including its conclusion that Saddam Hussein was actively working to develop nuclear weapons.
The former officer, whose identity remains secret, says in his lawsuit that an informant told him in the spring of 2001 that Iraq had abandoned its uranium enrichment program, the Times says. The officer passed along the information to his superiors, he says, but his report was ignored. The CIA was already building the case -- a false one, it turned out -- that Hussein was reconstituting Iraq's nuclear program, and the informant's report didn't fit in with the agency's plans.


While the officer didn't find himself outed in Robert Novak's column, he says he has suffered other forms of retribution from those above him. As the Times reports, he says in his lawsuit that he became the subject of a counterintelligence investigation and was accused of having sex with a female contact and keeping for himself money that was supposed to have been used to pay informants. He denies those allegations, the Times says.


The CIA won't comment on the case. The officer's lawyer will, and he draws parallels between his client's plight and the one Valerie Plame and Joseph Wilson have faced. "In both cases," attorney Roy Krieger tells the Times, "officials brought unwelcome information on WMD in the period of the Iraq invasion, and retribution followed."