Friday, July 28, 2006

in case you had any doubts

“We’re for staying the course in Iraq and the war on terror.” — Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) shares the conservative national security message for 2006.

(Think Progress)
So, if you are in the vast minority that thinks that the repugs have done a good job in Iraq and you think our troops should stay there indefinitely, then continue to vote repug.
If you think that we should change our failed policies, then you know what to do!

a "New Direction"

Ready for a "New Direction"?

There are just over 100 days left til Election Day. The Democrats have released their agenda and message:

The document, which carries the title "A New Direction for America," is a brief compilation of six themes Democrats have been pushing in various ways all year:

# National security

# Jobs and wages

# Energy independence

# Affordable health care

# Retirement security

# College access for all"

This 100 days is about drilling in the different direction we as Democrats will take this country," said Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

The House version of the plan is here. America desperately needs a new direction. The GOP "stay the course" strategy is a disaster -- it's literally killing people.


Friday Beagle Blogging

Harley ponders the meaning of life with Buddha.

the never-ending "liberal media" saga

Americablog reports.
Once again, it's ok if you're a repug....

and another record oil profit

Chevron 2Q profit hits record high
It marks the company's largest three-month profit in its 127- year history, eclipsing earnings of $4.14 billion registered in last year's final quarter after energy prices spiked in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Sure makes me feel good about paying over $3 a gallon! Wouldn't want to hurt the oil companies profits!

bolton nomination

Bolton's U.N. post sparks partisan debate
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration and GOP leaders on Thursday renewed their push for Senate approval of John Bolton as U.N. ambassador. Democrats maintained he is too brash and ineffective to be confirmed.
Several Democrats said during the nomination hearing Thursday that their views had not changed, citing reports that Bolton has alienated other ambassadors and failed to make progress on U.N. reform efforts.

"My concern is that at the moment of the greatest need for diplomacy in our recent history, we are not particularly effective at it," said Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware, top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Obviously, he has been ineffective and was a terrible choice for this position.
I have read that some people think that it would be good politically not to fight this nomination because then we can still point to bolton as another bush failure.
But we shouldn't let politics get in the way of what is best for the country - that's what the repugs have done and see where that has gotten us!

And from Think Progress:

Why Bolton’s First Year Was A Failure

more new dinosaurs!

Scientists identify 2 ancient reptiles
BANGKOK, Thailand - Scientists have identified two ancient reptiles which swam in ice-cold waters off Australia 115 million years ago and are among the first of their kind to be found from the period soon after the Jurassic era, researchers said Friday.


bush's economy

Economy slows sharply, inflation heats up
WASHINGTON - The economy's growth in the second quarter was less than half that of the prior three months as consumers tightened their belts and spending on home building nose-dived. Inflation, however, shot up.


minimum wage debate

House slates vote on raising minimum wage
WASHINGTON - Bowing to moderates and seeking to defuse a campaign issue before leaving for vacation, House GOP leaders Friday slated a vote to increase the minimum wage to $7.25 per hour within three years.

The vote comes after almost 50 rank-and-file Republican lawmakers pressed House leaders — who strongly oppose the wage hike and have thus far prevented a vote — to schedule the measure for debate. Democrats have been hammering away on the wage hike issue and have public opinion behind them.
It was a decade ago, during the hotly contested campaign year of 1996, that Congress voted to increase the minimum wage. A person working 40 hours per week at minimum wage makes $10,700, which is below the poverty line for workers with families.
Democrats have made increasing the wage a pillar of their campaign platform and are pushing to raise the wage to $7.25 per hour over two years. In June, the Republican-controlled Senate refused to raise the minimum wage, rejecting a proposal from Democrats.

It's long been clear that there is wide support for the wage increase in the House, but Republican leaders have a general policy of bringing legislation to the floor only if it has support from a majority of Republicans. Perhaps one-fourth of House Republicans support the wage increase.

Inflation has eroded the minimum wage's buying power to the lowest level in about 50 years. Yet lawmakers have won cost-of-living wage increases totaling about $35,000 for themselves over that time.

Lawmakers fear being pounded with 30-second campaign ads over the August recess that would tie Congress' upcoming $3,300 pay increase with Republicans' refusal to raise the minimum wage.

For the billionth time, proving that the Dems care about the people and the repugs only care about the ultra-rich. It really is sickening how little the repugs care for the people they are supposed to be serving.

Yet, they have given themselves raises that equal more than 3 times what a minimum wage earner makes!

I honestly don't know how these slimeballs sleep at night.

Here's Think Progress on the "poison pills" that the repugs want to attach to the bill to screw over more people or simply to defeat the bill.

staying the course & staying in Iraq

U.S. extends Iraq tour for 3,500 soldiers
It looks like "staying the course" means soldiers staying in Iraq long after their tour of duty is officially finished.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

contrived photo ops

First Draft reports on bush's "spontaneous" stop at a lemonade stand that the secret service made certain was moved so that it was in the path of the motorcade.

repug logic

From Orcinus

will the Dems run with their advantage or snatch defeat out of the mouth of victory again

Smart Republicans

They know the dynamic:

The White House sees the risk but is banking, in part, on the Democrats' history of not capitalizing on such moments.

As long as we continue taking the sage advice from Christian Coalition-Heritage Foundation-McCain Staffer Marshall Wittman they can continue their restful sleep.


celebrating the energy bill that gave the oil companies the huge profits and us the high gas prices

White House Holds One-Year ‘Celebration’ of Energy Bill With Industry Reps

One year ago today, Congress finalized the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which lavished $14.5 billion in tax breaks on energy firms, nearly 60 percent of which went to “oil, natural gas, coal, electric utilities and nuclear power.”

One year ago, the average national gas price was $2.14. Today, it’s $3.00. The country is no closer to ending its addiction to oil, and fuel economy standards are still stuck at 27.5 miles per gallon (where they’ve been for 20 years). Meanwhile, “five of the world’s largest energy companies are expected to report combined second-quarter profits next week of more than $30 billion.”

For most Americans, this is no reason to celebrate. But most Americans aren’t “Representatives of industries who are benefiting from tax incentives available through the Energy Policy Act of 2005.” Those industry reps are holding a “celebration” of the bill on Capitol Hill today with Energy Secretary Bodman, according to a press release obtained by ThinkProgress.

(Think Progress)
damn, these guys are ballsy!
Celebrating their huge profits to the detriment of the American public.

bush kills the American dream

Another Bush legacy - loss of confidence for the nation

Crushing the American spirit and dreams for the future: Mission Accomplished.

According to the poll, 65 percent say they feel less confident that life for their children's generation will be better than it was for them. In December 2001, the last time this question was asked, respondents — by a 49-42 percent margin — said they were confident life would be better for their children.

In addition, only 27 percent think the country is headed in the right direction, while 58 percent say they are less confident the Iraq war will come to a successful conclusion.

And among those who believe that the nation is headed on the wrong track, a whopping 81 percent believe it's part of a longer-term decline and that things won't get better for some time. Just 12 percent think the problems are short-term blips.

If the Democrats are unable to capitalize on this in the fall, the party might as well just pack their bags and disappear.

Sure, this is a long-term decline. No matter who takes over in the next couple of elections, their main job will be trying to fix the disasters that bush created.
But nothing will be done unless we get the "do-nothing" repugs out of control! They have proven that they will help no one except the ultra-rich and they do not care what happens to the country and the world.
And, once again, how does bush still have a 36% approval rating? Who do they think has caused these problems? Clinton?

more huge oil profits

Shell 2Q profit up 40 pct. on oil prices
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Europe's second-largest oil company, said Thursday its second-quarter earnings jumped 40 percent as high oil prices offset production difficulties in Nigeria and the Gulf of Mexico.

That was in line with other major oil companies reporting results this week. BP PLC said its second-quarter profit rose 30 percent to $7.3 billion, while ConocoPhillips reported a 65 percent increase to $5.18 billion. Exxon Mobil Corp., the world's largest publicly traded oil company, is due to report its earnings later Thursday.

Is there any other business that can make huge profits while costs are rising dramatically? Doesn't increased costs usually affect the bottom line negatively?
Guess not when the prez is your friend!

no one likes the repugs

Almost everyone hates Congress

28% approval rating for Congress. Bush is at 36. And by the GOP's definition, most Americans hate America:

More than twice as many respondents — 63 percent versus 30 percent — said the Iraq war had not been worth the American lives and dollars lost.

No one likes the repug-run congress because they can see that they are doing nothing of important because the repugs refuse to discuss any issue that the public cares about. Nothing is going to happen unless we change the make-up of this congress.
And how is it possible that 36% STILL approve of bush?! I think that he could eat a living baby while fucking a 12 year old boy live on tv and he would still have this approval rating.

our troops speak

"Waiting to get blown up"

US troops speak out about Iraq, and they're not happy:

"It sucks. Honestly, it just feels like we're driving around waiting to get blown up. That's the most honest answer I could give you," said Spec. Tim Ivey, 28, of San Antonio, a muscular former backup fullback for Baylor University....

Spec. Joshua Steffey, 24, of Asheville, N.C... said he wished "somebody would explain to us, 'Hey, this is what we're working for.' " With a stream of expletives, he said he could not care less "if Iraq's free" or "if they're a democracy."

Just remember. You're there because George Bush lied to the country and now is putting his ego above your well-being and the mission. He won't withdraw you, no matter how bad things get, no matter how lost the mission really is, because that would mean admitting a mistake. So, some of you will die - a lot of you will die - to save George Bush's face.

This is what you get when you vote Republican.


but isn't the earth only 6000 years old?

Greek researchers find prehistoric skull
KRIOPIGI, Greece - Greek researchers said Wednesday they had discovered a well-preserved skull of 5 million-year-old primate.

The remains of the Mesopithecus Pentelicus — a monkey-like animal, a little more than 3 feet long — were found in the northern Halkidiki peninsula, outside the city of Thessaloniki.

"It's an important find because it's in such good condition," Evangelia Tsoukala, a professor of geology at Thessaloniki University who is heading the excavation, told state-run NET television.

"It had a tail ... it was herbivorous, and the skull is intact as well as the teeth," she said.

Local officials said they hope to build a museum in the area to put the skull and other prehistoric animal remains found at the site on display.

It seems like every day there is a new historical find! What a thrilling time to be an archeologist/geologist!

because why would we need an Arabic linguist these days?

Army dismisses gay Arabic linguist
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - A decorated sergeant and Arabic language specialist was dismissed from the U.S. Army under the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, though he says he never told his superiors he was gay and his accuser was never identified.

It really seems like the US is actively trying to lose this war, sometimes!

very cool!

Uncensored 'On the Road' to be published
LOWELL, Mass. - Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" will be published in its unedited original scroll version by Viking Press, which published the Beat Generation classic in September 1957.

John Sampas, executor of the writer's literary estate and brother of Stella Sampas, Kerouac's third wife, said he has signed a contract with Viking, an imprint of Penguin Group USA. He hopes the work will be out by the end of next year, the 50th anniversary of the publication.

"Incidents in the original were edited out of the published version because of the censorship of the time," said Sampas, who noted that some of the edited sections refer to drugs and sex.

"On the scroll, entire paragraphs are crossed out and not included in the published version."

Sampras said the new version will be in book form, but taken from the original scroll. Any sections Kerouac had crossed out before turning it into the publisher will be excluded in the new edition.

In 1951, Kerouac, hopped up on coffee and Benzedrine, sat at a typewriter and began retelling the tale of an aimless trek he made across America. In a spontaneous, stream-of-consciousness burst, he typed on long sheets of tracing paper, taping each finished page to the previous one to form one continuous, rolling text.

Published six years later, "On the Road" won critical praise and became
an icon of the post-World War II subculture of intellectuals, writers, musicians and rebels who identified with the freedom of Kerouac's cross-country odyssey and embraced his disdain for 1950s conformity.

The original, 120-foot, coffee-stained scroll that is yellowing with age was purchased in 2001 by James Irsay, owner of the Indianapolis Colts, for $2.43 million. The scroll is touring U.S. museums and libraries.

Is there anyone who hasn't been influenced by this book?
I saw the scroll at our local library and that is pretty impressive!
Very exciting to see an unedited version!

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

McCain on the Daily Show

The Third Path has the transcript
McCain actually does appear to be sane, though he is very much a bush apologist and very much a right-wing repug. But he is a lot more charming and charismatic than most repugs. That doesn't mean that you should trust him though, as he is a proven liar:
McCain Falsely Claims the Iraqi Prime Minister Has ‘Condemned Hezbollah’
(Think Progress)

caving to the far right

bush's economy

Reckless tax cuts and wild spending creating problem for Treasury

The credit card congress strikes again. Hacking at tax revenue for the richest Americans and spend-now-think-later policies are putting the pinch on Treasury who has to find a way to make it all work. The Bush-era GOP magic economic formula sounds a lot like Reagan era voodoo economics except Reagan didn't have the black hole of spending for Iraq to contend with and even so, climbing out of that hole was hard enough.

The report acknowledged the debate delicately, saying "the issue of how, or even if, these policies need to be financed remains a source of discussion among economists."

But the Treasury's view reflects "a recognition the federal government has to finance the tax relief" to avoid a rise in government debt, Robert Carroll, deputy assistant secretary for tax analysis, said in an interview.

The report stressed that the economic effects of extending the tax cuts "depend crucially on whether they are financed by lower spending or higher taxes in the future."


it pays to be a bush friend!

ConocoPhillips profit leaps 65 pct. in 2Q
And yet we're paying record-breaking prices at the pump?
I guess that none of those profits are going to "trickle down", are they?

coulter loses all touch with reality!

Coulter Comes Out Against Gay Clinton Marriage
Read the whole thing - just boggling! I literally did a double-take when i saw this one!
I'll say one thing for coulter - she's got a wild imagination! But, i guess you have to have one in order to be a repug apologist these days!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

ignorance is growing


Percentage of Americans who believe that Iraq had WMDs when the United States invaded, up 14% since February 2005.

(Think Progress)
How in the hell is this possible? It has been shown over & over & over & over (etc) that Iraq hadn't had any WMDs for decades. Did anyone actually believe those wacky, far-fetched stories that were on Fox about some decades-old containers being current WMDs? Can anyone really be that gullible?

TBogg shows me that, yes, they can!
Of course, the "defense" in the article that TBogg links to is that once upon a time Saddam had something, so even if that had been decades ago, he was still a bad man, so that means that we should believe that he had WMDs when we invaded!

our "liberal media" on stem cell research

even Sports Illustrated is talking about global warming

Think Progress explains.
Odd, but glad that people are trying to get the word out, even in unusual venues.

only in bush-bizarro-land

the "liberal media" continuing to kiss bush's ass


It's been kind of interesting to watch the big news orgs struggle and strain to portray President Bush as an active, hands-on participant in resolving the mideast crisis. As I noted below, Newsweek got extraordinary access to Bush for days on end, and somehow managed to portray him as a decisive crisis manager without capturing him in the act of making a meaningful decision. Now check out this extraordinary paragraph on CNN's politics page:

The Middle East crisis is giving President Bush a second chance to be a peacemaker and, however counterintuitive, an unexpected new chance to make headway on his grand goal of leaving the Middle East more democratic than he found it.

That one belongs in the time capsule, doesn't it? Anyone by chance recall Bush's first effort to be a "peacemaker"? Me either. I do, however, vaguely recall him initiating a war of choice on false pretenses that has left over 2,500 Americans dead and many tens of thousands severely wounded. Maybe in the world of CNN war is peace, as the Orwellian phrase has it. It's also worth pointing out that the Bush administration has actually rebuffed calls for the U.S. to push for a cease-fire.

The CNN paragraph links to this article in Time magazine which, while not as favorable as CNN's billing of it, doesn't even mention that the United States is speeding precision bombs to Israel, an act which is kind of at odds with Bush's alleged bid to be a "peacemaker." Meanwhile, the Time article takes readers through the usual things which are supposed to portray an active crisis manager at work, saying that Bush "initiated a series of phone calls from Air Force One and the Oval Office to leaders around the region." Yes, that's right, the President made some calls. And the article concludes on the following note:

Aides say he is content for now to take steps toward transforming the region in less obvious but, they believe, more fundamental and lasting ways.

It's impossible to know what this actually means, or whether any aides actually said this, but accepting it for the moment at face value, it's reassuring to know that Bush is "content" with the impact his administration is having on the Middle East. For a moment there one might have thought things weren't going all that well over in that part of the world.

(The Horse's Mouth)

(first seen at Eschaton)

bizarre, repug anti-Semitism

leaving the US in the dust

EU to continue stem-cell research funding
Thanks to our anti-science president, we will fall behind yet again....

more anti-choice repug measures

Democrats seek changes to abortion bill
WASHINGTON - Confidants like grandparents or ministers who help pregnant teens should be protected from prosecution under a bill headed for Senate passage that would punish anyone who takes girls across state lines to end their pregnancies, Democrats said Tuesday.
Opponents of the bill say it would cut off an escape route for pregnant teens with abusive parents who live in the states with parental consent or notification laws.

Democrats also will propose additional exceptions for those who help pregnant teens get abortions in other states in cases of rape or incest.

Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill, complained that the bill is the latest on a list of measures Republican leaders are bringing up for votes in an effort to appeal to the GOP's base of social conservatives. No one in his state has raised the practice of interstate abortions as a major source of concern, he said.

Still another restrictive repug election year issue aimed at their conservative base. And how is this party the party of "small government" again?
I don't understand how any woman could ever vote for a repug....

And from Americablog:

Anti-abortion Republicans want to jail your priest

Dems trying to stop them. Good. The Republicans have launched a war on America's bedroom and it needs to stop. Justice Scalia thinks the government regulating masturbation is a fine idea (for real). A lead spokesman for the religious right said he was in favor of outlawing all oral sex, even between married heterosexual couples. We already know the Republicans are trying to get rid of condoms and other forms of birth control. And then there's divorce. How long do you think that will stay legal?

It's high time we kicked the Republicans out of our bedroom.


another oh-so-important repug issue

Bush frees up flag displays
WASHINGTON - President Bush on Monday signed a bill that would bar condominium and homeowner associations from restricting how the American flag can be displayed.

Wow, I know that everyone in America was unbelievably worried about this issue!
Damn, does this administration even understand that the public cares about real issues, not this type of nonsense?

Monday, July 24, 2006

this week's Top Ten Conservative Idiots

because throwing them away is more respectful than using them for research


Number of embryos that have been “adopted” out of 400,000 that are stored in fertility clinics, according to Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA). President Bush vetoed a bill last week that would have expanded federal funding for stem cell research using embryos that would otherwise be discarded.

(Think Progress)

everyone is a nazi to the repugs

Sen. Inhofe Compares People Who Believe In Global Warming To ‘The Third Reich’
(Think Progress)
At least everyone who disagrees with their myopic view of the world and actually believes in verifiable reality.

repug lies re: minimum wage

Ohio Right Wing Spreads Minimum Wage Jobs Myth
In Ohio and other states, progressives are pushing ballot initiatives to raise state minimum wages above the federal minimum of $5.15 an hour, where it’s been stuck since 1997.

The right wing in Ohio is fighting against the initiative with the old argument that a minimum wage increase would lead to fewer jobs:

“This is economics 101. When you raise the minimum wage, you cost young people and low-income people their jobs,” [the conservative Buckeye Institute’s Matthew] Carr said. Businesses don’t create as many of them, because they cost more now.”

But here are the facts:

1. A higher minimum wage does not mean higher unemployment. One comprehensive study found increases in the minimum wage in various states in the late 1980s and early 1990s did not result in increased unemployment. It found a minimum wage increase in New Jersey did not cause a descrease in lower-wage jobs.

2. Small business growth has been greater in states with minimum wage levels above the federal level. A report by the Center for American Progress and Policy Matters Ohio found that the “11 states with a minimum wage above the federal minimum of $5.15 per hour had higher rates of small business growth between 1997 and 2003.”

3. State minimum wage hikes have increased payroll and revenue without creating job loss. “A recent report from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development said last year’s increase in the state’s hourly rate — to $5.70 from $5.15 — produced $175 million in additional payroll and a $3 million boost in state tax revenue.”

(Think Progress)

Friday, July 21, 2006

more on the frat boy prez

Bush, Merkel slice into roast pig at German barbecue
The barbecue was a much-anticipated highlight of Bush's visit to Merkel's political home base in northeastern Germany, a grilling he had been looking forward to all day.
They walked past a red-coated band playing a medley of songs like "Hooray for the Red, White and Blue," and Bush plucked the conductor's wand from his hand and led the band for a few notes.

Then he and Merkel posed for pictures with the band as its members played on, Bush startling a woman playing a flute by poking her on the shoulder.
At a joint news conference with Merkel earlier in Stralsund, Bush kept mentioning a wild boar, slaughtered and roasted the traditional way, that he planned to share at the dinner.

"I'm looking forward to the feast you're going to have tonight. I understand I may have the honor of slicing the pig," Bush told Merkel.

A few minutes later -- after discussing Iran, the Middle East, the merits of press freedoms in Russia and progress on the Doha round of free trade talks -- Bush returned to the boar.

"Thank you for having me," he told Merkel. "Looking forward to that pig tonight."

Bush answered a few more questions but kept coming back to the boar for a third, then a fourth time.

The Daily Show had the video of the conference where bush couldn't stop talking about the pig, no matter what the subject of the question was.

And now we find out that he just kept groping people the entire time he was there.

Does he sound like a 6 year old with ADD? Has any country ever had a more embarassing leader?!

the endless saga of the "liberal media"

from Media Matters:
Hitchens baselessly claimed Novak's recent statements "dissolved any remaining doubt about the mad theory that the Bush administration 'outed' Ms. Valerie Plame"
Apparently, by saying that the administration told him about Plame, it somehow absolves them of guilt in this bizarro world.
Predicting Media Matters would flag his Cindy Sheehan attacks, Boortz also declared Islam a religion of "violent, bloodthirsty cretins" and called Prophet Muhammad a "phony rag-picker"
Limbaugh claimed "you need abortions to get" embryonic stem cells, "we need to re-examine" notion of "scientist" because "science has been so wrong about so many things"
Cavuto guest compared stem cell research to Nazi genocide
O'Reilly: "[A] lot of Jewish liberals" think "terrorists ... have the right to do whatever they want," such as "behead people on camera"
O'Reilly's memory lapse: claimed he has "never said liberal America wants the USA to lose in Iraq"
Man, if these looney-toons actually told the truth just once, would the world stop spinning?!
Wouldn't it be amazing and such a breath of fresh air if they based their arguments on reality? But, if they did that, then they would be liberals!!!

The Daily Show on the stem cell "debate"

via Crooks and Liars

Watch the part with Sen. Brownback - he is completely batshit insane!
Is this what really goes on on the Seante floor?
How do these lunatics get elected? How do they even dress themselves?

tony snow - sarcastic and snippy

Tony Snow on Minorities In The White House: ‘Every Group Raise Your Hand, We Want You’
(Think Progress)
Read the whole thing - I think that this job is already getting to him!
Being on Fox TV, he never had anyone who disagreed with this administration. Now, just the occasional logical question pisses him off!
And he outright lies:
Snow Falsely Claims Racial Income Gap Is ‘Not Widening Anymore’
(Think Progress)

insulting, arrogant and lying (an average repug)

Sen. Inhofe: ‘Gore Is Full of Crap,’ ‘All Recent Science…Confirms This Thing Is A Hoax’
(Think Progress)
Do they really think that others still believe them when they deny reality?
This is just getting bizarre.

thanks to bush, al-Qaida stronger than ever

Al-Qaida regrouping, on the march

WASHINGTON, July 19 (UPI) -- Conventional wisdom -- and the Bush administration -- holds that the United States' attack on Afghanistan dislodged and weakened the al-Qaida terrorist organization.

It's back, a top terrorism expert told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday.

"Today, al-Qaida has not only regrouped, but it is on the march," said Bruce Hoffman, a terrorism expert at the Rand Corp. "Al-Qaida is now functioning exactly as its founder and leader, Osama bin Laden, envisioned it."


Friday Beagle Blogging

Harley reacting to the news that bush thinks that Iraq is a model for the Middle East

Reid right again

Reid: Iraq is a "civil war"

Harry Reid is calling Iraq what it is:

Declaring that he believes the situation in Iraq has devolved into a civil war, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday he plans to try to bring the war back up for debate on the Senate floor.

The Nevada Democrat said he has been "somewhat gingerly approaching this.... No longer. There is a civil war going on in Iraq. In the last two months, more than 6,000 Iraqis have been killed. That's averaging more than 100 a day being killed in Iraq and we need to make sure there is a debate on this."

Bill Frist's spokesperson said talking about Iraq is a "bad summer rerun." The GOP loves to play politics with Iraq. They hate doing policy on Iraq because they have no policy besides "stay the course." Their course continues to be a disaster of epic proportions.


bush completely divorced from reality

Bush thinks his Iraq policy is model for Middle East conflicts. Uh-oh.

According to an analysis in today's Washington Post, our great foreign policy leader believes that the current conflict in Lebanon is a step toward peace -- apparently using Iraq as a model:

In the administration's view, the new conflict is not just a crisis to be managed. It is also an opportunity to seriously degrade a big threat in the region, just as Bush believes he is doing in Iraq.

Bush believes he's doing that in Iraq, but no one else does. He's created new threats in the region -- and emboldened the very people he set out to vanquish. This is a disaster.

There is no way in hell that any thinking human being could possibly believe that the threat in Iraq has been "degraded"! bush seriously has to be trying to start the end of the world - there is no other explanation for his rhetoric and his actions.
Gawd help us all if what has been going on in Iraq over the last 3 years spreads throughout the region!

Thursday, July 20, 2006

kid telling it like it is


“Dogs aren’t born mooing, and people aren’t born gay.” Some scientific insight from James Dobson’s Focus on the Family, in response to a new campaign called BornDifferent. Dobson has launched a counter-campaign.

(Think Progress)
wow - these "arguements" just get weirder and weirder!
Where do they come up with this utter nonsense?

to bush, only the ultra-rich matter - regardless of the audience

Bush Uses NAACP Speech To Promote Estate Tax Repeal, Doesn’t Utter The Word ‘Poverty’

President Bush’s “death tax” pitch demonstrates his stunning disconnect from the African-American community. According to an American Progress analysis, just 59 African-Americans will pay the estate tax this year, and that number will drop to 33 in 2009.

Meanwhile, as of 2004, 24.7 percent of African-Americans lived under the poverty line (up from 22.7 in 2001) — that’s more than 9 million people. The number of times Bush mentioned “poverty” in his speech: 0.


ann coulter - terrorist

Conservative pundit Ann Coulter admits to recent fake-Anthrax mailing to NYT

If any of us admitted publicly to having committed a recent act of terrorism, we'd be locked up immediately. But when lead Republicans admit to such things, the Bush administration does nothing. Pat Robertson suggests that the State Department should be nuked (he really did), and no one bats an eye. Ann Coulter first suggests that Timothy McVeigh should have considered blowing up the New York Times, that the NYT executive editor should be executed, and this week, according to published reports, Coulter says she sent fake Anthrax to the New York Times (they received an envelope with white powder last week).

Did Coulter send the fake Anthrax? She says she did.

Will she or any other conservative voicing support for terrorist acts against Americans ever be held accountable by this administration? Or at least by their own party? Or will Pat Robertson continue to be the religious darling of the Republican party and the Bush White House, and will Ann Coulter continue to receive her tens of thousands of dollars in speaking fees at Republican conferences and events?

Unlikely. After all, we do have stem cells, gay marriage, and the flag to worry about. Who can expect the Bush administration to be actually worried about terrorism, especially when it comes from the mouths of their biggest supporters.


because apparently 1% is too much

USDA scales back mad-cow testing

WASHINGTON - The Agriculture Department is scaling back its testing program for mad cow disease to one-tenth of what it has been since the discovery of an infected cow in the U.S.

Our current level is 1% and they want to cut that to 1/10th of 1%!
I guess that shows how much this administration cares about the American public.
Good thing I don't eat beef!!

is this winning?

more DeLay cooruption

PAC tied to DeLay is fined, shutting down
WASHINGTON - The fundraising organization that helped vault former Rep. Tom DeLay to Republican leadership ranks in the House and distributed election money to numerous Republicans has been fined for campaign finance violations and is shutting down.
The agreement resulted from an audit by the FEC of the committee's records for Jan. 1, 2001 to Dec. 31, 2002. The audit found DeLay's committee had not properly reported contributions, disbursements and cash on hand.


and when is DeLay going to jail....?

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

thanks to the Dems for looking out for our people

American evacuees from Lebanon won’t have to pay.
Earlier today, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) criticized the Bush adminstration for telling American evacuees from Lebanon they would have to repay their transportation costs. “A nation that can provide more than $300 billion for a war in Iraq can provide the money to get its people out of Lebanon.” CNN reports that the White House has reversed its position and will be waiving the costs.

(Think Progress)

anti-science bush

Bush on Stem Cell Veto: ‘These Boys and Girls Are Not Spare Parts’

Moments ago, Bush made a statement at the White House discussing why he vetoed a bill expanding funding for embryonic stem cell research. (The media was barred from covering the veto itself.) Bush explained, “these boys and girls are not spare parts.”

An embryo is not a boy or a girl. It’s a cluster of about 150 cells smaller than the period at the end of this sentence. The embryos funded by the bill Bush vetoed were “created for the purposes of in vitro fertilization…which are spare or in excess of clinical need and in every single case are slated for medical waste.”

Only about 10 percent of embryos are adopted — the rest are disposed of. Had Bush signed the bill into law, they could instead be used to develop potentially live-saving cures for millions of people.

(Think Progress)
Apparently, now bush is only catering to the loony-toon 30% of the population that doesn't want him impeached. I guess that he feels that no one else likes him, so screw them!
Gawd forbid that he do anything that would help further science and medicine.

as usual, the administration's view of Iraq not based on reality

Energy Secretary in Baghdad: ‘Far More Stable’ Than In 2003, ‘People Are More Relaxed’
“The condition there is worse than I expected,” according to Rep. Gil Gutknecht (R-MN), who just returned from a visit to Iraq. “Baghdad is worse today than it was three years ago,” he said. Gutknecht was critical of some of the “spin” from Bush administration officials. “We learned it’s not safe to go anywhere outside of the Green Zone any part of the day.” He added, “What I think we need to do more is withdraw more Americans.”

(Both from Think Progress)

the repug's bigoted god

House Conservatives Reveal What God Thinks About Gay Marriage Amendment

The constitutional ban on gay marriage was defeated yesterday in the House. During the debate, several right-wing congressmen revealed what God thinks about the gay marriage amendment:

Rep. John Carter (R-TX): “It’s part of God’s plan for the future of mankind.”

Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN): “It wasn’t our idea, it was God’s.”

Rep. Bob Beauprez (R-CO): “We best not be messing with His plan.”

Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA): “I think God has spoken very clearly on this issue.”

(Think Progress)
Personally, I don't think that it is very nice to blame your bad ideas on god!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

sickening government lies

Government misleading pregnant teens.
“Federally funded pregnancy resource centers often mislead pregnant teens about the medical risks of abortion, telling investigators who posed as pregnant 17-year-olds that abortion leads to breast cancer, infertility, and mental illness,” a new report by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) shows. “87 percent of the centers reached by investigators provided false or misleading information about abortion.”

(Think Progress)

at least he's consistent

Congressman: We Should ‘Prevent Those Who Commit Adultery or Get a Divorce From Running for Office’
Davis said it was important to “go after the other threats to the institution” not just the threat from homosexuals.

There are currently at least 29 divorced members of Congress. There is no official data on how many members have committed adultery.

(Think Progress)

more repug hypocrisy

rewarding torture

Bush rewards Abu Ghraib military lawyer with federal judgeship

Because there is nothing you can do that is a big enough screw-up in the Bush administration that you won't be praised for it. At a time when the Middle East is in flames, rewarding one of the architects of Abu Ghraib is more than a little stupid. Message: Bush doesn't care.

William Haynes II, the Pentagon’s general counsel, has been closely involved in shaping some of the Bush administration’s most legally and morally objectionable policies, notably on the use of torture. The last thing he is suited to be is a federal judge, but that is just what President Bush wants to make him. The Senate has been far too willing to rubber-stamp the president’s extreme judicial nominees. But there is reason to hope that strong opposition to Mr. Haynes, including from the military, may block this thoroughly inappropriate choice.


bush sexually harassing German Chancellor?

Bush gives female German Chancellor uninvited neck massage at summit
At first I thought this was just weird. Then I looked at the photos and the video. The chancellor looks rather surprised at someone suddenly touching her neck from behind. This is sexual harassment in any other workplace, isn't it? And it's rather inappropriate behavior for any man, let alone the president of the United States at a summit with foreign leaders.

(Americablog - see Americablog for photos)

Taliban reclaiming Afghanistan

Coalition vows to oust Taliban from Afghan towns
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- U.S.-led forces will launch "decisive operations" to reclaim two southern Afghan towns captured in recent days by the Taliban, the military said Tuesday.

Didn't bush say that the Taliban was dead?
Guess he was wrong once again....

bush still staunchly anti-science

Senate stem cell bill to prompt Bush veto
WASHINGTON - Debating science, ethics, morality and humanity, the Senate prepared Tuesday to send a bill expanding federal funding of embryonic stem cell research to an unreceptive President Bush.
"There has been an upsurge of demand," said Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y. "It has crossed every line we could imagine, certainly partisan lines, ethnic, racial, geographic lines."
It would be the first veto for Bush during his 5 1/2 years in office.


deadly chaos in Iraq

At least 53 dead in latest Iraq bombing
BAGHDAD, Iraq - A suicide car bomber detonated explosives in a crowd of laborers gathered across the street from a major Shiite shrine in southern Iraq Tuesday, killing at least 53 people and wounding 105, officials and witnesses said.
The blast occurred one day after gunmen killed at least 50 people in a major assault on a market in Mahmoudiya, 75 miles north of Kufa. Witnesses said the assault began with an attack on mourners at a funeral for one of al-Sadr's militiamen.
In the first 17 days of July, at least 617 Iraqis have been killed in war-related violence, at least 527 civilians and 90 police and security forces, according to an AP count. In the nearly two months since the unity government took office on May 20, more than 1,850 Iraqis have been killed, including at least 1,585 civilians and 267 security forces. The figures do not include insurgents.

It just gets worse and worse every day. Apparently, this is what "staying the course" accomplishes.
Isn't it about time that someone in the administration came up with an actual plan for Iraq?

Monday even worse day in Iraq (Americablog)

Another deadly day in Iraq on Sunday (Americablog)

because bush knows he broke the law

Gonzales: Bush blocked eavesdropping probe
WASHINGTON - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Tuesday that President Bush personally blocked Justice Department lawyers from pursuing an internal probe of the warrantless eavesdropping program that monitors Americans' international calls and e-mails when terrorism is suspected.

Not the least bit surprising, since bush knows that what he did was illegal and he doesn't want any more attention drawn to his illegal activities.

More from Americablog

Friday, July 14, 2006


Thursday, July 13, 2006

the return of beagle blogging!

Life has been crazy and will be getting crazier for me,
but we all need to take a lesson from Harley and
learn to rest our weary heads where we can!

it's about time!

Former CIA officer sues Cheney over leak
WASHINGTON - The CIA' officer whose identity was leaked to reporters sued Vice President Dick Cheney, his former top aide and presidential adviser Karl Rove on Thursday, accusing them and other White House officials of conspiring to destroy her career.

Will we FINALLY see some justice?
Not holding my breath, but I am glad that they are doing this.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Indiana a terrorist target?

U.S. Terror Targets: Petting Zoo and Flea Market?

WASHINGTON, July 11 — It reads like a tally of terrorist targets that a child might have written: Old MacDonald’s Petting Zoo, the Amish Country Popcorn factory, the Mule Day Parade, the Sweetwater Flea Market and an unspecified “Beach at End of a Street.”
The National Asset Database, as it is known, is so flawed, the inspector general found, that as of January, Indiana, with 8,591 potential terrorist targets, had 50 percent more listed sites than New York (5,687) and more than twice as many as California (3,212), ranking the state the most target-rich place in the nation.
In addition to the petting zoo, in Woodville, Ala., and the Mule Day Parade in Columbia, Tenn., the auditors questioned many entries, including “Nix’s Check Cashing,” “Mall at Sears,” “Ice Cream Parlor,” “Tackle Shop,” “Donut Shop,” “Anti-Cruelty Society” and “Bean Fest.”

I grew up in Indiana and the only reason that terrorists would want to target any part of that state is if they wanted to hit the most boring places in America!
I mean, its a nice, quiet state to relax in, but why would anyone target it for any reason?

the scariest thing i've heard in a long while

Justice Department Lawyer To Congress: ‘The President Is Always Right’

The Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday heard testimony from Steven Bradbury, head of the Justice Department’s office of legal counsel. When questioned by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) on whether the President’s interpretation of the Hamdan case was right or wrong, Bradbury replied, “The President is always right.”

(Think Progress)
This is one of the most anti-American statements I have ever heard, and this is by a head of the Justice Department!

few people deserve it more!

Rove heckled.
In an address to the National Council of La Raza’s annual conference yesterday, Karl Rove “drew scattered boos when he highlighted Bush’s recent approval of $1.9 billion in funding for more border security, including deployment of National Guard troops, and was disrupted twice by hecklers who unfurled antiwar and anti-Bush banners.”

(Think Progress)

bush only likes you if you have money

Rove was the leaker

Novak: Rove was a source in outing Plame
WASHINGTON - Now that Karl Rove won't be indicted, now that the president won't fire him, now that it really doesn't matter anymore, more details of the Valerie Plame leak investigation trickle out.

In his latest syndicated column released Wednesday, columnist Robert Novak revealed his side of the story in the Plame affair, saying Rove was a confirming source for Novak's story outing the CIA officer, underscoring Rove's role in a leak President Bush once promised to punish.

From Americablog:
GOP columnist Bob Novak confirms that White House staffer Karl Rove leaked CIA agents name

So when is Bush planning on firing Karl as he promised? There's no longer any investigating dealing with Karl, so why doesn't he speak? Why doesn't Bush speak? Why does this guy still have a security clearance in a time of war? Are our war secrets of so little value to George Bush that a major security leak is now no big deal? Or is it only no big deal when it's Bush's own people doing the leaking?

As usual, there is no accountability in this administration and bush's word means nothing at all....

cheney's verbal "hunting shot"

Putin smacks Cheney

Bush's soul mate dissed Bush's running mate during his interview with Matt Lauer:

Cheney, in a May speech in the ex-Soviet republic of Lithuania, accused Russia of cracking down on religious and political rights and of using its energy reserves as “tools of intimidation or blackmail.”

In response, Putin said, “I think the statements of your vice president of this sort are the same as an unsuccessful hunting shot. It’s pretty much the same.”


this is good

White House paying $100,000 salary to "Director of Lessons Learned"

Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) offers a few more lessons learned:

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the President said we continue to be wise about how we spend the people's money.

"Then why are we paying over $100,000 for a 'White House Director of Lessons Learned'?

"Maybe I can save the taxpayers $100,000 by running through a few of the lessons this White House should have learned by now.

"Lesson 1: When the Army Chief of Staff and the Secretary of State say you are going to war without enough troops, you're going to war without enough troops.

"Lesson 2: When 8.8 billion dollars of reconstruction funding disappears from Iraq, and 2 billion dollars disappears from Katrina relief, it's time to demand a little accountability.

"Lesson 3: When you've 'turned the corner' in Iraq more times than Danica Patrick at the Indy 500, it means you are going in circles.

"Lesson 4: When the national weather service tells you a category 5 hurricane is heading for New Orleans, a category 5 hurricane is heading to New Orleans.

"I would also ask the President why we're paying for two 'Ethics Advisors' and a 'Director of Fact Checking.'

"They must be the only people in Washington who get more vacation time than the President.

"Maybe the White House could consolidate these positions into a Director of Irony."

related: from Think Progress


Scientists: Mastodon bones found in Mich.
ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. - Scientists have confirmed that road crews unearthed the remains of a mastodon, an elephant-like mammal that became extinct shortly after humans arrived in the Great Lakes region between 10,000 and 12,000 years ago.


Tuesday, July 11, 2006

has to be read to be believed

Anti Choice Idiots - PROOF
Go to the articles linked. Absolutely unbelievable! This moron believes an outlandish article from the Onion and then defends his insane gullibility!

I really have a hard time believing that people this stupid exist.

bush celebrates failure

Bush Celebrates Fourth Largest Deficit In History

Today, the Office of Management Budget projected a $296 billion federal deficit for fiscal year 2006. Bush held a press conference arguing that this is a vindication of his economic policies.

Actually, it would be the fourth largest deficit of all time. Here’s the top five:

1. 2004 (George W. Bush) $413 billion

2. 2003 (George W. Bush) $378 billion

3. 2005 (George W. Bush) $318 billion

4. 2006 (George W. Bush) $296 billion (projected)

5. 1992 (George H. W. Bush) $290 billion

When President Bush came into office, he inherited a surplus of $284 Billion. At that time, the Bush administration predicted a $516 billion surplus for 2006.

The fact that Bush now considers a $296 billion deficit an occasion to celebrate shows how far we’ve fallen.

(Think Progress)

And from the LA Times:

But the apparent good news will not strike some economists as surprising: This will be the third year in a row that the administration put forth relatively gloomy deficit forecasts early on, only to announce months later that things had turned out better than expected. To some skeptics, it's beginning to look like an economic version of the old "expectations" game.


but did they ever claim to be consistent?

bush first veto would be anti-science

Bush's first veto will be on stem cell legislation
According to Rove, Bush is "emphatic" about vetoing the stem cell bill -- which means he's emphatic about making sure that science doesn't advance, that diseases aren't cured and that lives aren't saved. That should help the GOP in November.


repugs love abramoff

too funny!

"progress" in Fallujah

Clean water, Internet coming to Fallujah
FALLUJAH, Iraq - Clean water should flow to 80 percent of Fallujah's homes this fall, and by summer's end a planned wireless network will provide phone service and Internet access to thousands, a technological leap unimaginable just months ago.

But mounds of rubble litter the city, electricity is available only four hours a day, and an estimated 50,000 people still have not returned 18 months after Fallujah was destroyed in an American assault to wrest control from insurgents.


winning the hearts and minds

Group: Soldiers killed over rape-slaying
BAGHDAD, Iraq - An al-Qaida-linked group posted a Web video Tuesday purporting to show the mutilated bodies of two U.S. soldiers, claiming it killed them in revenge for the rape-slaying of a young Iraqi woman by American troops from the same unit.


too, too sad

Syd Barrett, founder of Pink Floyd, dies
Truly a mad genius, and truly the man behind the best music that this band made.
A real tragedy...

Monday, July 10, 2006

bush doesn't tip

Your millionaire president is a cheap-ass bastard.

For a 23-year Lou Mitchell's veteran, Sheri Wassberg, it was just another day, and the president was just another customer who only ordered coffee and juice.

"We've waited on different movie actors and actresses," Sheri said.

When asked if he wasn't all that special, Sheri laughed.

"Well, he's the president, but, yes," she replied.

She might feel differently if only he had left her a tip.

(First Draft)
Why does this not surprise me?

Top Ten Conservative Idiots

from Democratic Underground
Gotta check out the pic in entry #3!

Blame Clinton! (the never-ending saga)

White House Accuses Clinton of Sending ‘Flowers and Chocolates’ To Kim Jong-il

Facing increasing criticism of their North Korea policy from the right and left, White House Press Secretary Tony Snow lashed out at the Clinton administration. Snow accused the Clinton administration of going to North Korea with “flowers and chocolates.” He said the Clinton strategy “failed” and President Bush had “learned from that mistake.”

Let’s review the progress of North Korea’s nuclear program during the last three administrations:

1. George H. W. Bush: one to two bombs’ worth of plutonium

2. Bill Clinton: zero plutonium

3. George W. Bush: 4-6 nuclear weapons’ worth of plutonium

(Think Progress)

they are going to have to boycott a helluva lotta people!

Right-Wing Mayor Calls for McDonald’s Boycott Over Spanish-Language Ads
Mayor Steve Lonegan (R) of Bogota, New Jersey is “calling for a McDonald’s boycott if the fast-food chain does not take down a Spanish-language billboard advertising iced coffee.”

Lonegan said the advertisement is “offensive” and “divisive” because it sends a message that Hispanic immigrants do not need to learn English.

“The true things that bind us together as neighbors and community is our belief in the American flag and our common language,” Lonegan said. “And when McDonald’s sends a different message, that we’re going to be different now, that causes resentment.”

Lonegan’s remarks must come as quite a surprise to the U.S. Army, which launched a major Spanish-language ad campaign in 2001. The tagline is “Yo Soy El Army” (I Am The Army)

(Think Progress)
Good luck doing that in LA, or any southern city! They would have to boycott nearly every business in the city!

"you forgot Poland"

rove re: Plame

Rove: Plame leaker should be fired

If Rove thinks the person who leaked Plame's name should be fired, it would indicate that the leaker still works at the White House. The only staff person besides Scooter Libby implicated in the leak is Karl Rove. Libby doesn't work there anymore. Can he fire himself?:

As for the Plame affair, Rove stumbled and then refused to answer.

Valerie Plame was an undercover CIA agent whose identity administration sources revealed to conservative columnist Robert Novak after her husband, Ambassador Joseph Wilson, publicly challenged the administration's claims about Iraq's nuclear program. Her career with the CIA ended, and some of her sources may have been in jeopardy as a result of the leak.

Isaacson posed the question in the same way [President Bill] Clinton had Friday night. Issacson, parroting Clinton, pointed out that if a member of the Clinton administration had outed a CIA officer, "You'd be sending people to demand impeachment. You'd be playing it better than the Democrats can play it against you."

Rove then said that after a "careful, thoughtful, aggressive investigation," then the person responsible should be fired

."Have confidence in the process," he said.But Isaacson continued pressing on the issue asking, "Don't you have some regrets about that? That was [a] regrettable event."

"I'm going to respect the fact that there's an ongoing case," Rove said, again to hissing from the audience.

Clinton nailed it, as usual.


unbelievable violence

Baghdad Erupts in Mob Violence

BAGHDAD, July 9 — A mob of gunmen went on a brazen daytime rampage through a predominantly Sunni Arab district of western Baghdad on Sunday, pulling people from their cars and homes and killing them in what officials and residents called a spasm of revenge by Shiite militias for the bombing of a Shiite mosque on Saturday. Hours later, two car bombs exploded beside a Shiite mosque in another Baghdad neighborhood in a deadly act of what appeared to be retaliation.


the anti-ACLU

Lawyers for the theocrats

The Alliance Defense Fund. Scary:

Considering itself the antithesis of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Scottsdale-based organization has used money and moxie to become the leading player in a movement to tug the nation to the right by challenging decades of legal precedent. By stepping into the nation's most impassioned debates about religion in the public sphere, the group aims to bring law and society into alignment with conservative Christianity.

The group successfully challenged the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses in California and Oregon, and worked on statewide ballot initiatives prohibiting such unions. Its attorneys helped the Boy Scouts win approval of a policy barring gay Scout leaders.

The group has been battling embryonic stem cell research in Missouri and won a Supreme Court stay preventing the removal of California's 29-foot Mount Soledad cross. In Florida, where saving the life of brain-damaged Terri Schiavo became a crusade, the group supported efforts to nourish her.

What a coincidence. The Alliance Defense Fund has the same agenda as the GOP.

What a frightful, hateful group. What a horrible country this would be if we were forced to live under christian "ideals".

good analogy

Why no one should vote Republican again

From Talking Points Memo (and sure, they were talking about Lieberman vs. Lamont, but this really applies to the Republicans too, starting with George Bush):

If you need help getting your car out of a ditch, would you turn to the guy who just drove it in there or to the stranger who stops to help?


more soldiers in Iraqi rape & murder scandal

40 dead in Baghdad

Sunnis being ID'd and shot on sight today in Baghdad -40 dead

What happened to those 75,000 troops who were deployed in Baghdad as part of the White House PR campaign? We know that more troops aren't needed because they've told us so.

Gunmen are roaming a western Baghdad neighborhood Sunday and shooting unarmed Iraqis as soon as they have identified them as Sunnis, killing at least 40, Iraqi emergency police told CNN.

The gunmen are driving around the neighborhood of Hay al Jihad in several vehicles, checking Iraqis for their identification cards and shooting those who are Sunni, police said.


admitting that bush broke the law

Bush may be breaking law claims GOP member

Ok, for a Republican Member of Congress to realize that Bush is breaking the law, the Administration has to be doing something especially egregrious. Because, everyone knows the GOPers on the Hill are just Bush's lapdogs:

In a sharply worded letter to President Bush in May, an important Congressional ally charged that the administration might have violated the law by failing to inform Congress of some secret intelligence programs and risked losing Republican support on national security matters.

So, what the hell else has Bush been doing?:

"I have learned of some alleged intelligence community activities about which our committee has not been briefed," Mr. Hoesktra wrote. "If these allegations are true, they may represent a breach of responsibility by the administration, a violation of the law, and, just as importantly, a direct affront to me and the members of this committee who have so ardently supported efforts to collect information on our enemies."

He added: "The U.S. Congress simply should not have to play Twenty Questions to get the information that it deserves under our Constitution."

Even when Congress does play Twenty Questions, they don't get any answers. They're useless.


thanks to bush

Soldier who served in Iraq tackled by fliers after bizarre incident

Very sad. And I fear a sign of what George Bush and the Republicans have done, not only to our military preparedness, but to an entire generation of Americans preparing some day to come home and integrate back into society.

A frightening incident on a New York to Florida flight, where passengers tackled another flier they say rammed the cockpit door.

And it turns out the suspect is a U-S Army solider who served in Iraq.

This happened last night on a Delta flight to Tampa, where an airport spokeswoman says the soldier is in custody. Authorities are using a state law that lets them hold someone without charges if they pose a threat.

She says the soldier's brother told investigators he has mental problems related to his military service.


more WH & Abramoff connections

Six More Abramoff White House visits uncovered

BREAKING NEWS from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). Six more visits by Abramoff to the White House have been "unexpectedly discovered." CREW posted the letter from the Secret Service on their web site.

Talking Points Memo reminded us today of the close relationship between Abramoff and Mehlman (although Ken is in denial.)


Friday, July 07, 2006

WH involved in election tampering/phone jamming

NH Phone Jammer: The White House made me do it

This scandal just keeps getting closer and closer to the White House political team which was run by Ken Mehlman. Via the Senate Majority Project: According to a recent court filing, indicted phone jammer Shaun Hansen may offer an affirmative defense at his upcoming fall trial, arguing that the phone jamming scheme which his company carried out had the seal of approval of both the Republican National Committee and the White House.

Apparently, Hansen's defense strategy is not going to focus on whether or not he jammed Democratic phone lines on Election Day in 2002. Rather, his defense strategy will be to persuade a jury that he may have been persuaded not just that the phone jamming was legal, but that he would be carrying out the scheme on behalf of the United States government.

Unlike another defendant in this scandal, Mr. Hansen's legal expenses are not being paid by the RNC. But, seems like he is going to make them pay.


another stupid idea

Push for simpler spelling persists
WASHINGTON - When "say," "they" and "weigh" rhyme, but "bomb," "comb" and "tomb" don't, wuudn't it maek mor sens to spel wurdz the wae thae sound?

Those in favor of simplified spelling say children would learn faster and illiteracy rates would drop. Opponents say a new system would make spelling even more confusing.

So what, are we saying that today's children are dumber and can't learn as well as previous generations?
This is just ridiculous....

bush doesn't care about bin Laden - Kerry does

Kerry to Bush: Reopen CIA bin Laden Unit Now

Why do I have to go to the United States Senate to get reassurances that somebody in our government still wants to catch the #1 terrorist in the world who directed the killings of 2,986 Americans on September 11, 2001? Why don't we have a Commander in Chief who is focused on keeping us safe and finding Osama bin Laden?

(Daily Kos)
Can you imagine if we had a president that actually wanted to make our country safer and would do something to actually catch terrorists?
It almost makes me cry every time I think of what a difference the 2004 election could have made in our country and in the world if people hadn't believed in the lies told by this administration.

the "liberal media" continuing to kiss bush's ass

Larry King to Bush: ‘You Took The Lead on Iraq, the U.N. Went Along’

CNN’s Larry King started his interview with President Bush by asking him about North Korea: “You’re into taking the lead on these things. You took the lead on Iraq, the U.N. went along, you got other countries to go along, why not take the lead here?”

Actually, the U.N. did not “go along” with the invasion of Iraq. President Bush promised to take the issue to the U.N. Security Council “no matter what the whip count,” but never did. U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan described the invasion of Iraq as “not in conformity with the UN charter…from the charter point of view, it was illegal.”

(Think Progress)

recists sent to Iraq

Just a Thought
Sending a bunch of white supremacists off to Iraq might not be such a good idea.

A decade after the Pentagon declared a zero-tolerance policy for racist hate groups, recruiting shortfalls caused by the war in Iraq have allowed "large numbers of neo-Nazis and skinhead extremists" to infiltrate the military, according to a watchdog organization.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks racist and right-wing militia groups, estimated that the numbers could run into the thousands, citing interviews with Defense Department investigators and reports and postings on racist Web sites and magazines.

But, what do I know.



a brave man

be very afraid!

FBI disrupts New York City tunnel plot
Another U.S. official called the plot "largely aspirational" and described the Internet conversations as mostly extremists discussing and conceptualizing the plot. The official said no money had been transferred, nor had other similar operational steps been taken.

Once again, this was just in the talking stages and these people had no means to accomplish this "plot". Not to say that these people shouldn't be behind bars, but this is another case of obvious fear-mongering and exaggeration by our "liberal media".

More from Americablog

Thursday, July 06, 2006

what a sick freak!

Sheriff Requires Jailed Immigrants to Listen to ‘Patriotic Songs,’ Wear Pink Underwear

Yesterday on Fox’s The Big Story, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio described how he jails hundreds of immigrants and subjects them to degrading treatment. Arpaio says he dresses jailed immigrants in pink underwear, pink handcuffs and a stripped jumpsuit. He also forces them to listen to “patriotic songs” multiple times a day.

Arpaio’s prison has also been the site of multiple controversial inmate deaths.

(Think Progress)