Thursday, August 31, 2006

though, of course, he has no idea HOW to win

Bush says U.S. must win in Iraq
SALT LAKE CITY - President Bush said Thursday the war against Islamic militants was like last century's fight against Nazis and communists and that a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq would lead to its conquest by America's worst enemies.

"The security of the civilized world depends on victory in the war on terror, and that depends on victory in Iraq," Bush said in a speech to rally support for his unpopular war strategy two months before congressional elections. The Democrats responded by accusing Bush of pursuing failed policies that have weakened the war on terrorism.

Wow - so, bush is admitting that because of his failed policies in Iraq, we are going to lose his self-proclaimed "war on terror". And, by doing so, he will enable the "conquest" of America by the terrorists!!
Does he really, truly think that anyone believes that America will be conquered by the terrorist boogeymen?
Life just gets more surreal every day that this madman is in office....

but bush says we can't leave or we'll "lose"

Barrage of attacks kill 47 in Baghdad
but we know that bush could care less about human lives....

just wow....

more on bush's economy

The Bush Record: More Poverty, More Uninsured

President Bush says “the foundation of our economy is solid, and it’s strong.” That’s true, for some: corporate profits have now climbed to their highest share of GDP since the 1960’s.

But new Census Bureau data show the real state of the current economy. The Bush record on combating poverty and insuring more Americans is an undisputed failure.

(Think Progress)

Fox's Katrina experts

where would we get that idea?

White House ‘Cuts And Runs’ on ‘Stay the Course’

In today’s Washington Post, the White House complains that its critics use the term “stay the course” to describe President Bush’s strategy in Iraq:

Many Democrats accuse the president of advocating “stay the course” in Iraq, but the White House rejects the phrase and regularly emphasizes that it is adapting tactics to changing circumstances, such as moving more U.S. troops into Baghdad recently after a previous security strategy appeared to fail.

“Strategically, we are staying committed to the fact that this is an important mission and one that should be accomplished,” said a senior administration official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Democrats, this adviser said, say “we’re ‘doing the same thing over and over’ when that’s not the case.”

Where did anyone get the idea that the White House supports a “stay the course” strategy?

White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, 8/17/06: “[Y]ou…cannot be a President in a wartime and not realize that you’ve got to stay the course.”

Snow, 8/16/06: “[T]hat’s why the President is determined to stay the course.”

President Bush, 7/11/06: “As a matter of fact, we will win in Iraq so long as we stay the course.”

Vice President Cheney, 6/6/06: “[W]e have to stay the course.”

People who say the Bush administration wants to “stay the course” in Iraq are not making an accusation, as today’s Washington Post suggests. They are telling the truth.

(Think Progress)

how does this lunatic keep her job? (damn "liberal media"!)

Suggesting your political opponents be murdered.

Just another day at work for mainstream media darling Ann Coulter.

(Think Progress)


Bush tells low-income students they don't need to learn about evolution

Classic move from the incompetent idiot-in-chief.

Evolutionary biology has vanished from the list of acceptable fields of study for recipients of a federal education grant for low-income college students.

But to be fair, I understand they added "speaking in tongues."

More from Jon Swift.


this would be unreal under any other administration

Bush's FBI again harasses environmental activist while leaving Pat Robertson and Ann Coulter alone

If an environmental activist endorsing one of the options the Army Corps presents for dealing with a dam is a potential terrorist, then why aren't Ann Coulter, Pat Robertson, and other far-right conservatives investigated when their comments seem to endorse terrorism against Americans?

Oh that's right, in George Bush's Republican America the federal government only harasses Democrats and it never actually investigates the real terrorists.

Speaking of which, where is Osama?


and still more repug bigotry

GOP Senate candidate once said gays' eyes are "devoid of life"

Ah, the party of God keeps on giving and giving.

All the homosexuals I've seen are sickly and decrepit, their eyes devoid of life."


and was this supposed to be a good thing?

In early American public schools, there was no separation between church and state

From the Wall Street Journal

In early American public schools, there was no separation between church and state. Tenets of Christianity were embedded in almost every lesson and book, including spelling, reading, history, grammar, arithmetic and science.

Yeah, and we had slaves. And women couldn't vote. And no one would hire the Irish. And children made great factory labor.Oh yeah, we also burned witches.

Your point would be?

I read the article and I'm not sure what the WSJ writer was trying to say, other than stating that we didn't have the separation of church and state back then.
It certainly doesn't sound like this was a good thing in any way. The article makes it sound like children were poorly educated because of this.
Very odd....

surprise - Frist lied!

"land of the free"

Arabic T-shirt sparks airport row
An architect of Iraqi descent has said he was forced to remove a T-shirt that bore the words "We will not be silent" before boarding a flight at New York.

Raed Jarrar said security officials warned him his clothing was offensive after he checked in for a JetBlue flight to California on 12 August.

Mr Jarrar said he was shocked such an action could be taken in the US. US transport officials are conducting an inquiry after a complaint from the US Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

JetBlue said it was also investigating the incident but a spokeswoman said: "We're not clear exactly what happened."

'Authoritarian regimes'

Mr Jarrar's black cotton T-shirt bore the slogan in both Arabic and English.

He said he had cleared security at John F Kennedy airport for a flight back to his home in California when he was approached by two men who wanted to check his ID and boarding pass.

Mr Jarrar said he was told a number of passengers had complained about his T-shirt - apparently concerned at what the Arabic phrase meant - and asked him to remove it.

He refused, arguing that the slogan was not offensive and citing his constitutional rights to free expression.

Mr Jarrar later told a New York radio station: "I grew up and spent all my life living under authoritarian regimes and I know that these things happen.

"But I'm shocked that they happened to me here, in the US."

After a difficult exchange with airline staff, Mr Jarrar was persuaded to wear another T-shirt bought for him at the airport shop.

"We Will Not Be Silent" is a slogan adopted by opponents of the war in Iraq and other conflicts in the Middle East.

It is said to derive from the White Rose dissident group which opposed Nazi rule in Germany.

I guess our freedoms that we are supposed to be fighting for are a thing of the past.
Pretty ironic last sentence.....

(First seen at Americablog)

overhyping terror plots

The boys who continue to cry wolf and the 10 August arrests
More on the latest terror story, which, again, seems to mostly just be a story and nothing else.

protecting our citizens means nothing to bush

good question from Americablog

Why do I need an ad campaign to remind me about September 11?
Does anyone believe that any of us have forgotten about this?
We are reminded every day of how bush let this happen and how he has done nothing to make us safer since it happened and has, in fact, made our world considerably less safe.
And yet, the repugs think that 9/11 is something of an accomplishment for them - that allowing the worst terrorist attack on our soil is somehow something to be proud of! Still, for some reason, they will never let us forget this horrific event, as they feel it somehow justifies taking away our civil liberites.
Anyway, a very strange campaign.....

does he really think that anyone believes this bs?

Bush gives "not political" speech at political rally
C'mon - bush politicizes everything! Does he actually think that we will believe that he's not politicizing something just cuz he says so?
Damn, the repugs think that we're idiots!

more repug bigotry

Burns says terrorists drive taxis by day
BELGRADE, Mont. - Republican Sen. Conrad Burns, whose recent comments have stirred controversy, says the United States is up against a faceless enemy of terrorists who "drive taxi cabs in the daytime and kill at night."

And this person is actually trying to get re-elected this year!
That's a winning strategy - be a bigot!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006


Tuesday, August 29, 2006

from nutcase Katherine Harris

Congresswoman: Elect Christians or "legislate sin"
ORLANDO, Fla. — Rep. Katherine Harris, a Florida Republican who is seeking a U.S. Senate seat, said this week that God did not intend for the United States to be a "nation of secular laws" and that a failure to elect Christians to political office will allow lawmaking bodies to "legislate sin."

Thankfully, even repugs are distancing themselves from this lunatic.
This from the mind of the woman who helped bush to override the will of the people and become president.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

an update on what I've always said...

...though better written:
Osama would vote Republican

another corrupt repug escapes punishment

Charges against Ky. governor dismissed
FRANKFORT, Ky. - A judge dismissed all charges against Gov. Ernie Fletcher in a state hiring scandal Thursday after the governor and attorney general agreed to a settlement that involves zero punishment for Fletcher personally.
Fletcher's administration was accused of illegally giving protected state jobs to political supporters. Several current and former state employees testified before a grand jury investigating the scandal that they were passed over for promotions, transferred, demoted or fired because of their political leanings.

Apparently, you can get away with anything, as long as you're a repug!

revamp the message, not the plan

Bush revamps fighting terrorism message
And actually, the message is still the same and its still not true.
Maybe someday, the repugs will actually create a plan for Iraq, instead of meaningless slogans. Maybe someday they will try to fights terrorists instead of create them. Maybe someday they will work in agreement with the will of the people, instead of against it.
But, i'm not holding my breath.....

at least its headed in the right direction!

FDA eases limits on morning-after pill
WASHINGTON - Women can buy the morning-after pill without a prescription, the government declared Thursday, a major step that nevertheless failed to quell the politically charged debate over access to emergency contraception.


damn activist astronomers!

Astronomers say Pluto is not a planet
This has been a planet since i was a kid!
I want my planet back!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

but this won't stop bush from starting another war for political reasons!

Iraq War Debilitating U.S. Marine Corps

The President has called up 2,500 inactive Marine reservists for involuntary duty to make up for manpower shortages. Even though many Marines have already served three tours in Iraq, the Marine Corps came up 1,200 volunteers short of its requirements. Defense commentator Fred Kagan from the conservative American Enterprise Institute put it bluntly:

It is one of an avalanche of symptoms that the ground forces are overstretched by operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. … This administration needs to understand this is not a short-term problem, and it really needs a systemic fix in the size of the ground forces.

But the Marines are not just short manpower. A report released today by the Center for American Progress shows that the war in Iraq is increasingly taking its toll on the equipment of the Marine Corps. Vehicles like the Humvee and M1A1 tanks built to last for 15 years or more are wearing out in less than five. The cost to replace and repair the equipment damaged and destroyed is enormous – more than $5 billion a year.

To make up for the equipment shortfalls, the Marines have been taking equipment from units outside of Iraq and from their strategic reserves. Unable to train with the equipment that they will be using in combat, the readiness of Marine Corps units outside of Iraq are suffering.

(Think Progress)

here we go again!

U.S. says Iran proposal falls short
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration said Wednesday a proposal by Iran for nuclear negotiations falls short of U.N. demands that it cease uranium enrichment, and the U.S. began plotting unspecified "next moves" with other governments.

Ready for another war right before the elections?

Monday, August 21, 2006

super-duper spin

Apparently, the repugs are trying to say that exposing bush's law-breaking in regards to domestic surveillence is somehow bad for the Dems!
The Horse's Mouth reports.

the US considers 20 killed and 300 wounded "relatively little"

Iraqi Insurgents Kill 20 Pilgrims
Hundreds Hurt in Capital on Shiite Holiday

BAGHDAD, Aug. 20 -- Sunni Arab insurgents armed with rifles and mortars killed 20 pilgrims and wounded 300 others who thronged the capital Sunday for one of Shiite Islam's most important holidays, authorities said.

But in a sign of just how routine the intense sectarian bloodshed in the capital has become, the U.S. military reported "relatively little violence." Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki touted the "success" of Iraqi security forces "in preventing the terrorists from killing innocents."


because he has no plan for winning the war

will he deny saying this?

Bush Now Says What He Wouldn’t Say Before War: Iraq Had ‘Nothing’ To Do With 9/11
(Think Progress)
Well, should we receive some kind of perverse satisfaction that he has now had to admit this, after the countless assertions by bush, cheney and his administration that Iraq was tied to 9/11?
Of course, it is a little late now....

oh that "liberal media"!


Number of words the current issue of TIME magazine devotes to Judge Anna Diggs Taylor’s ruling that President Bush’s warrantless domestic wiretapping program is unconstitutional.

1,109. The number of words in the same issue on the extradition of John Mark Karr.

(Think Progress)
I should be amazed, though nothing surprises me anymore, how little coverage the fact that the president has broken the law has received.
And yet, Clinton was impeached over lying about a bj.
What a world we live in....

how long has it taken them to realize this?

Attack of the Right wing pundits

Funny thing is that they're attacking Bush:

For 10 minutes, the talk show host grilled his guests about whether "George Bush's mental weakness is damaging America's credibility at home and abroad." For 10 minutes, the caption across the bottom of the television screen read, "IS BUSH AN 'IDIOT'?"

But the host was no liberal media elitist. It was Joe Scarborough, a former Republican congressman turned MSNBC political pundit. And his answer to the captioned question was hardly "no." While other presidents have been called stupid, Scarborough said: "I think George Bush is in a league by himself. I don't think he has the intellectual depth as these other people."....

These have been tough days politically for President Bush, what with his popularity numbers mired in the 30s and Republican candidates distancing themselves as elections near. He can no longer even rely as much on once-friendly voices in the conservative media to stand by his side, as some columnists and television commentators lose faith in his leadership and lose heart in the war in Iraq.

While most conservative media figures have not abandoned Bush, influential opinion-makers increasingly have raised questions, expressed doubts or attacked the president outright, particularly on foreign policy, on which he has long enjoyed their strongest support. In some cases, they have complained that Bush has drifted away from their shared principles; in
other cases, they think it is the implementation that has fallen short. In most instances, Iraq figures prominently.

Love it when they turn on each other.

Maybe some day the repugs will catch up to the rest of us and understand that bush has done nothing to help America in any way and that uncritical support of an "idiot" is not good for our country!

increase in crime under bush

Another Bush legacy: increased crime and violence

Great work:

In a shift from trends of the past decade, violent crime is on the rise, fueling criticism of Bush administration policies as a wave of murders and shootings hits smaller cities and states with little experience with serious urban violence.

From Kansas City, Missouri, to Indianapolis, Indiana, places that rarely attract notice on annual FBI crime surveys are seeing significant increases in murder. Boston, once a model city in America's battle against gun violence, is poised to eclipse last year's homicide tally, which was the worst in a decade.

Explanations vary -- from softer gun laws to budget cuts, fewer police on the beat, more people in poverty and simple complacency. But many blame a national preoccupation with potential threats from abroad.

Being terrorized in our own cities and neighborhoods never fazed Bush.


charging suspects - what a novel idea!

UK airline bomb plot suspects charged
I guess there are still countries that believe in people's rights....

Saturday, August 19, 2006

damn that "liberal media"!

NY Times, CNN, Fox News uncritically reported GOP suggestion that unwarranted surveillance helped foil U.K. terror plot
Summary: Despite several reports that the recently foiled London terrorist plot had no connections to the United States, The New York Times, CNN, and Fox News uncritically repeated Republican assertions that the Bush administration's warrantless domestic wiretapping program played a role in the plot's breakup.

(Media Matters)
How many times a day do I imagine what this country would be if even one media outlet didn't simply pander to the repugs.....

Maureen Dowd - Bushworld

Yes, I am way behind in my political reading, but my finances are such that I usually need to wait for a book to go to the discount dection before I can purchase it!

This book, like Tom Tomorrow's "Hell in a Handbasket" (also great!), is both reaffirming and extremely depressing. Depressing because, yet again, we see that we were right all these years and yet we still have the idiot-in-chief doing his damnest to bring about the end of the world, despite our best efforts.

Maureen follows bush from his days as the govenor of Texas through to the campaign of 2004. While I think that Dowd is very well-informed and insightful, in hindsight we see that she was far too lenient and trusting in bush. We now know that he has been far, far worse that she ever imagined him to be. He has committed far more crimes than anyone knew about in 2004. But, the catalog of atrocities that he had already committed at that time would have astounded anyone living under any other president.

I think that Dowd has a great style and these articles are informative, entertaining and easy to digest.

I only wish that they had more impact on the American public in 2004, because then we wouldn't be in the horrible state that we are now. Hopefully, people have learned not to trust the repugs in the last couple of years - especially considering their horrible record on security - and that 2006 will be a start of a new direction!

Friday, August 18, 2006

the dramatic return of Friday Beagle Blogging!

A sun-light Harley poses!

What conservatives see....

when they read the NY Times
(Huffington Post)
Funny stuff!
(First seen at Eschaton)


"stay the course" or "a different direction"

See the DSCC video

more on the Conservative News Network from the Daily Show

(via Americablog)

bush does not understand the nature of this country

Bush defends surveillance program
CAMP DAVID, Md. - President Bush said those who agree with a federal judge that his warrantless surveillance program is unconstitutional "simply do not understand the nature of the world in which we live."

The president is supposed to uphold the constitution, not shit all over it. He oculd very easily have obeyed the law and this would never have been an issue. But he believes that he is above the law and finally - FINALLY - he is being told that he is not.
But, will this stop him from breaking the laws of this country? I certainly doubt it.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

the Daily Show

TDS: GOP’s Ministry of Truth
Check out this clip from Crooks and Liars regarding Mehlman saying that the repug strategy is "adapt and win" (repeated endlessly), even though every other repug says that it is "stay the course".

repugs pushing for Lieberman, not a repug candidate

as far from "hip" and "rock star" as humanly possible

President Bush goes hog wild.
While at a Harley-Davidson plant in Pennsylvania today, Bush jumped on top of a motorcycle. After he was finished, “he ripped off blue-tinted safety glasses that he insisted made him look like rock star Bono and jokingly struck a pose intended to show a hip side.”

UPDATE: Alternet has the video.

(Think Progress)
Check out the video - he looks more like a mentally-challenged 6 year old than a hip rock star!

the cost of "staying the course"

as usual, bush ignores those in need, other than to make empty promises

wha....?! JonBenet Ramsey killer a terrorist?

WH keeps themselves safe, but we're on our own!

more discoveries to drive IDiots crazy

Scientists find brain evolution gene
WASHINGTON - Scientists believe they have found a key gene that helped the human brain evolve from our chimp-like ancestors. In just a few million years, one area of the human genome seems to have evolved about 70 times faster than the rest of our genetic code. It appears to have a role in a rapid tripling of the size of the brain's crucial cerebral cortex, according to an article published Thursday in the journal Nature.

There is literally mountains of evidence for evolution these days. Amazing how some people still believe in the silly "intelligent design", innit?

well duh, ya think?

Troops express worries about Iraq
I would think that the troops would be the most worried of all, especially those who can see that there is no plan at all and that they are basically just cannon fodder for the administration.

I hope that no one is pretending that this was a terrorist plot!

Woman faces charges in flight scare
BOSTON - A woman on a trans-Atlantic flight diverted to Boston for security concerns passed several notes to crew members, urinated on the cabin floor and made comments the crew believed were references to al-Qaida and the Sept. 11 attacks, according to an affidavit filed Thursday.


protecting our constitutional rights! how unusual!

Judge nixes warrantless surveillance
DETROIT - A federal judge ruled Thursday that the government's warrantless wiretapping program is unconstitutional and ordered an immediate halt to it.

U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor in Detroit became the first judge to strike down the National Security Agency's program, which she says violates the rights to free speech and privacy.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit on behalf of journalists, scholars and lawyers who say the program has made it difficult for them to do their jobs.

They believe many of their overseas contacts are likely targets of the program, which involves secretly taping conversations between people in the U.S. and people in other countries.

The government argued that the program is well within the president's authority, but said proving that would require revealing state secrets.

The ACLU said the state-secrets argument was irrelevant because the Bush administration already had publicly revealed enough information about the program for Taylor to rule.

Amazing - a judge ruling in favor of the people and against illegal activity by the administration!
If only this was a trend!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

repugs ignoring reality again (this happens a lot, apparently!)

delay lying again

9/11 commissioner says that bush has made us less safe

wow - go Hillary!

Sen. Clinton blasts Cheney.

I don’t take anything he says seriously anymore,” Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) said yesterday. “I think that he has been a very counterproductive, even destructive, force in our country and I am very disheartened by the failure of leadership from the president and vice president.”

(Think Progress)

not surprising

Bush Officials Admit Playing Little Role In Foiling British Terror Plot
(Think Progress)
This administration doesn't do anything to help foil terrorist plots, simply to politicize them!

Americans are superstitious idiots

U.S. lags behind world in evolution acceptance. “A comparison of peoples’ views in 34 countries finds that the United States ranks near the bottom when it comes to public acceptance of evolution. Only Turkey ranked lower.” One major factor: politics. “Major political parties in the United States are more willing to make opposition to evolution a prominent part of their campaigns to garner conservative votes—something that does not happen in Europe or Japan.”

(Think Progress)
I don't suppose that anyone wonders why we are lagging behind other parts of the world in scientific advancements....

repugs terrified of Ned Lamont

See evidence here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and many, many more instances....
Really incredibly reprehensible comments. They are scared to death!
I'll try to link more....

this is truly incredible

Ken Mehlman Falsely Claims Conservatives Aren’t Advocating ‘Stay The Course’ In Iraq
(Think Progress)
Talk about denying reality!!!
Think Progress lists bush, tony snow and bill frist saying this exact thing within the last week!
Does anyone believe these lying assholes anymore?


More Iraqi civilians were killed in July than in apparently any other month of the war. “An average of more than 110 Iraqis were killed per day in July, according to figures from the Health Ministry and the Baghdad morgue. At least 3,438 civilians died violently that month, a 9 percent increase over the tally in June and nearly twice as many as in January.”

(Think Progress)
and bush is "frustrated"....

another repug racist

interesting turn of events

Paula Jones' case could force Cheney, Scooter and Karl to testify in Plame's case
This could be fun:

Cotchett, who took over as trial counsel in Plame's case on Tuesday, said legal precedent for whether Cheney and the others could claim legal immunity in the case comes, in part, from Paula Jones' sexual harassment case against Clinton.

In 1997, the U.S. Supreme Court said in a unanimous ruling that neither Clinton "or any other official has an immunity that extends beyond the scope of any action taken in an official capacity."

In order to be dismissed from the case or avoid testifying, Cotchett said, lawyers for Cheney and the other men would have to argue that they were acting on government business if they are found to have leaked Plame's name to the media.

Federal law makes it a crime to knowingly reveal the identity of a covert agent.

Sounds like Dick and Karl may be in a bit of a legal conundrum here. Either they testify or they admit that outing an undercover CIA agent was done in their official capacities as members of the Bush White House. If they admit that, doesn't that mean Bush will fire them?

The right-wingers sure loved the Supreme Court decision when it worked against

As we noted earlier, the Plame Wilsons also retained CREW as part of their legal team. This sounds like one tough legal team. No wonder Cheney lawyered up.


just... wow....

President Bush miffed that Iraqis aren't thanking him enough
This "man" truly is psychotic!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

smart move by Dems

Dems. won't let GOP own the security issue this year -- and won't let voters forget Iraq
We need more of this! Check out the video!
This is exactly what the Dems need to be doing - hammering the fact that the repugs have made us less safe and are terrible on security.

their plan is not working

No terror bump for Bush

The Bush team was in overdrive last week trying to spin the latest terror scare to their political advantage. But, so far, it hasn't worked according to the latest CBS poll:

The arrests in Britain have not helped President Bush's popularity so far, the CBS poll finds. His job approval remains exactly at 36 percent, where it was a month ago. Even the president's rating for handling terrorism – his strongest suit – remains unchanged at 51 percent.

The only thing that boggles me is how 51% approve of bush's handling of terrorism - how can anyone actually think that what bush is doing is helping us?!

the Conservative News Network strikes again

CNN anchor Chuck Roberts calls Ned Lamont "the al Qaeda candidate"

Based on absolutely nothing, zero evidence, no sources, he referred to Lamont as "the al Qaeda candidate."

Arianna has a scathing report on the entire thing, and she's absolutely right. What Roberts did was despicable. He used Bush's old canard of quoting the omnipresent "some people" when in reality NOBODY has said any such thing. It's what you say when you simply want to make shit up.

Media Matters is demanding that Roberts be disciplined.

Man, I really wish that there actually was a "liberal media" so that there would be another side to this bullshit on the airwaves.
Incredibly disgusting....How can these people keep their jobs?

more bad ideas making us less safe

bush making us less safe regarding liquid explosives

Nice going, NASA!

NASA can't find original tape of moon landing
This is sure to get the conspiracy theorists going again!

wow, anyone remember freedom of expression?

Prosecutors to monitor Madonna act
BERLIN - Prosecutors plan to keep an eye on Madonna's weekend concert in Duesseldorf to see if the pop diva repeats the mock crucifixion scene that has drawn fire from religious leaders.

Johannes Mocken, a spokesman for prosecutors in Duesseldorf, said Tuesday that a repeat of that scene during Sunday's concert could be construed as insulting religious beliefs.

Madonna, who is known for her theatrical, action-packed shows, wears a crown of fake thorns while performing on a mirrored cross.

The stunt, which has been included from the outset of her worldwide "Confessions" tour, has been criticized as an act of hostility toward the Roman Catholic Church.

Representatives for the singer, who will be 48 on Wednesday, have said the scene is not disrespectful toward the church.

Mocken said authorities would rely on media reports rather than sending observers to the concert and that the show might be covered by laws protecting artistic freedoms.

Earlier this month, religious leaders in Rome condemned the concert stunt. Some 70,000 fans attended Madonna's performance at Olympic Stadium, some two miles from the Vatican.

I don't know what Germany's laws are regarding free expression, but considering the number of bands and artists that have done something similar, I find it hard to believe that this is a big deal in this day & age.

and why would anyone believe this?

Bush says U.S. safer, but not yet safe
WASHINGTON - President Bush cautioned Tuesday that the foiled plot in Britain to blow up jetliners over the Atlantic is evidence the U.S. could be fighting terrorists for years to come.

Of course, the "not safe" part is completely true - mostly due to bush - but the "safer" is patently false, as anyone with a brain knows. We are far less safe due to bush and his policies and due to the fact that he has done nothing to actually fight terrorists and plenty to create new ones.

Monday, August 14, 2006

to the 1/2 dozen or so people who look at this site

I have been crazy busy with work and real life, so I have not been keeping up with this blog. I will attempt to do better, but I have no idea when I'll be back on a regular basis.
Just keep checking the blogs that I link to for more up-to-date info!


the repugs continue to fail at the "war on terror"

The ever-so-conveniently timed foiled terrorist plot is yet another example of how the repugs will politicize any and everything in order to win elections, but also makes me wonder why any sane person would think that the repugs have done anything to help the US in their self-proclaimed "war on terror".
The worst terror attack on our soil happened under bush's watch, he let the ringleader of that attack go scot-free, he invaded an unrelated country and in doing so has created a huge number of new terrorists, he has done nothing to make our borders, ports, airports, subways, train stations, etc etc etc, any safer and on & on.
If the public wants to actually do something regarding this war on terror, then the obvious answer is to elect a new team!

For much more, see Americablog here , here, here, here, here, here, and throughout their site.