Thursday, September 27, 2007

something positive for a change

Breaking: Senate passes hate crimes bill.

Moments ago, the Senate voted to expand the hate crimes law to include crimes motivated by gender, sexual orientation, or disability of the victims. The vote retained the 60 votes necessary to prevent a filibuster, and it will pass as an attachment to the defense authorization bill.

(Think Progress)
This is pretty much of a no-brainer. I don't know how anyone could justify voting against this...

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

what law hasn't this scumbag broken?!

Vick tests positive for marijuana, judge imposes tighter restrictions on freedom
This asshole sickens me...I can't believe that he got out of jail time.

WTF is wrong with the Dems?!

BREAKING: Senate Passes Lieberman/Kyl Amendment; House Vote to Condemn MoveOn
(Crooks and Liars)
F'king assholes passing this shit! I swear that we need to start all over again with a whole new government.
The repugs are scumbags and the Dems are wimps who still - STILL - do everything the freakin' repugs tell them to do!
This is absolutely ridiculous! WTF are they thinking?!

the truth that we always knew is coming out

more on this administration's version of "supporting the troops"

GAO: Wounded vets still getting shoddy treatment.

In February, the Washington Post’s Dana Priest and Anne Hull revealed that wounded veterans at Walter Reed were living in deplorable conditions of “neglect” and “indifference.” Following the reports, the Bush administration, Congress and the military promised to fix the problems. But a new report released by the Government Accountability Office concludes that “wounded warriors are still getting the runaround from the Pentagon and Department of Veterans Affairs”:

Delays for disability payments still average 177 days — nearly six months — with no indication that dramatic improvement is in the offing.

(Think Progress)

can't keep the family in line

Jenna distances herself from dad’s abstinence-only policy.

Asked if her new book’s advocacy of condoms and sex-ed contradicts the Bush administration’s abstinence-only policies, First Daughter Jenna Bush told ABC’s Diane Sawyer she refuses to endorse the views espoused by her father’s administration:

No, I mean, not at all, first, because I’m not part of the administration. You know, I’m just my father’s daughter. … I think that when we’re talking about keeping kids safe, and we’re talking about Ana and other kids that are living with HIV or other STDs … kids need to have education; they need to be educated in order to make the right decision for themselves.

In July, First Lady Laura Bush also rebuked her husband’s abstinence-only policies.

(Think Progress)
Sounds like someone can't keep his wimmin in line!

bush determined not to help children, even if he has to lie about it

House passes SCHIP funding with strong support.

An overwhelming bipartisan majority in the House voted 265-159 tonight to pass the popular and successful Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act. The support fell just short of the two-thirds majority needed to override Bush’s expected veto of the bill. Speaker Pelosi called on Bush to “dig deeply into his heart” before depriving millions of children of health insurance:

I’m reminded of the Bible tonight, and I speak with all of the sincerity and all of the hope to President Bush in the hope that he will change his mind. To dig deeply into his heart and think about the children in America who don’t have healthcare. Because if not, I think that the President is giving new meaning to the words, ’suffer, little children.’ Suffer, little children, if your parents can’t afford health insurance.

Bush’s $83,000 Lie About SCHIP
(Both from Think Progress)

o'reilly a hypocrite? no kidding?


bush's priorities - death over life

41 days in Iraq vs. insuring 10 million children.

President Bush has threatened to veto legislation renewing and expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). The legislation would extend health coverage to as many as 10 million children — four million of whom are currently uninsured. Bush has claimed the SCHIP bill contains “excessive spending,” but in fact, just 41 days of the war in Iraq would fully pay for the coverage.

(Think Progress)

another repug flip-flopper

Giuliani defends right to bear arms

NEW YORK - Rudy Giuliani, who sued firearms manufacturers and called for tough gun control as New York's mayor, said Tuesday the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and a recent court ruling framed his current defense of a right to own guns.

The Daily Show just did a good bit on this flip-flop, but goddam, i am sick of the "9/11 changed everything" mantra.
What about all of the school shootings that would not have happened if we had proper gun control and laws were actually obeyed?
What a bunch of bs....


Gates seeks $190 billion for wars

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert Gates will ask Congress Wednesday to approve nearly $190 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2008, increasing initial projections by more than a third.


the repug that keeps on giving

Sen. Craig to ask judge for 2nd chance

MINNEAPOLIS - Sen. Larry Craig said he hopes that his guilty plea in an airport sex sting will be rescinded by a court in Minneapolis on Wednesday.

I'm sure that the rest of the repugs are thrilled that Craig is keeping this case in the media!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

how's this for a ridiculous headline?

Bush urges U.N. to spread freedom
Because the UN has been a foe of freedom, haven't they...
I dunno, it sounds particularly absurd coming from bush...

Monday, September 24, 2007




Amount the war in Iraq costs per minute, according to a new analysis by Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz and Harvard’s Linda Bilmes, put out by the American Friends Service Committee. The study finds that this $720 million a day could buy homes for 6,500 families or health care for 423,529 children.

(Think Progress)

courting the looney-tunes

Bush invites Freepers to White House.

Last week, President Bush invited members of DC chapter of the right-wing website, along with other conservative groups, to the White House for a picnic. According to a posting about the event on Free Republic, “President spent what seemed like two hours meeting with everyone who wanted to speak with him.”

(Think Progress)
It must be tough when no one except for the crazies still support you...

why a decline?

does anyone actually care about his opinion, since he is always wrong?

why does this guy sound so much more reasonable (and intelligent) than our president?

Ahmadinejad: Iran, US not headed for war

NEW YORK - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in New York to protests Sunday and said in a television interview that Iran was neither building a nuclear bomb nor headed to war with the United States.

Iran's Ahmadinejad: No attack on Israel

NEW YORK - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday that Iran would not launch an attack on Israel or any other country, and he does not believe the U.S. is preparing for war against Iran.

I know that he could be lying, and i know that he's said some pretty reprehensible stuff in the past, but at least he doesn't sound crazy...

OK, I guess he is still a bit off-the-wall:

Iran president: "We don't have homosexuals in our country"


Friday, September 21, 2007

just when you think you've seen how low a repug can go...

Dirty Tricks in South Carolina State Primary
(Crooks and Liars)
Despite myself, I am amazed at the ballsy-ness of this!

utterly bizarre

more disasters in Iraq

More signs of progress in Iraq

Cholera is confirmed in Baghdad for the first time since 2003. What successful democracy is complete without a cholera outbreak that is due to people fleeing their homes to avoid sectarian violence and killings?

Al-Gasseer said health authorities were concerned the disease could spread because of the movement of people within Iraq's borders.

Hundreds of thousands of displaced people have been forced to flee their homes because of violence.A disease that would otherwise be easily treatable has been made all the more dangerous because of Iraq's precarious security situation following the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003.



more of bush's legacy

U.S. military cemetery running out of space

OVERLAND PARK, Kansas (Reuters) - A Kansas military cemetery has run out of space after two burials in the last week, including that of an Iraq war casualty, officials said on Thursday.


obstructionist repugs continue to block the will of the people

Democrats fail to pass anti-war bill

WASHINGTON - The Senate rejected legislation Friday that would have ordered most U.S. troops home from Iraq in nine months, culminating a losing week for Democrats who failed to push through any anti-war proposal.

The vote, 47-47, fell 13 votes short of the 60 needed to pass.


pounding the war drums for Iran

U.S. commander: Iran supplying Taliban

KABUL, Afghanistan - A top American commander on Friday accused Iran of supplying powerful roadside bombs to militants in Afghanistan and said the U.S. would "act decisively" if the cross-border flow continues.


Thursday, September 20, 2007

sickening, violent war mongers

wow - a republican doing the right thing!

Republican mayor of San Diego says daughter is gay, will support same-sex marriage
If only more Republicans with friends/relatives/etc who are gay (including themselves!) would do the right thing, as well...

because bush will always help the rich man

War means windfall for defense contractors.
Michael Brush writes, “CEOs at top defense contractors have reaped annual pay gains of 200% to 688% in the years since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.” Additionally, “The CEOs made an average of $12.4 million a year, easily more than the average corporate chief. Since the start of the war, CEOs at defense contractors such General Dynamics, Halliburton and Oshkosh Truck have made, on average, more in four days than what a top general makes in a whole year, or $187,390.”

(Think Progress)

obstructionist repugs

Senate conservatives’ successful effort to obstruct the Webb amendment yesterday mark the “the eighth time this year” that “Senate Republicans…blocked a Democratic move to challenge U.S. policy in Iraq.”

(Think Progress)

gawd, this man is an embarassment

Bush inartfully suggests Saddam killed Mandela.

In a press conference this morning, President Bush tried to assert that Saddam’s brutal rule over Iraq wiped the country clean of potential democratic reformers — individuals who may have possessed leadership skills like former South African President Nelson Mandela. In doing so, Bush inartfully suggested Saddam killed Mandela:

I thought an interesting comment was made — somebody said to me, I heard somebody say, “Now, where’s Mandela?” Well, Mandela’s dead because Saddam Hussein killed all the Mandelas.

For the record, Nelson Mandela is still alive while Saddam Hussein is dead.

Nelson Mandela was a strong opponent of the war in Iraq. Prior to the war, he condemned Bush as “a president who can’t think properly and wants to plunge the world into holocaust.” “Why does the United States behave so arrogantly?” he asked, adding, “They just want the oil. We must expose this as much as possible.”

(Think Progress)

proud of being dumb

Bush: Condi is smarter, but ‘look at who’s the president.’
(Think Progress)
It certainly helps to be a rich white man whose father had been president...

WTF does this have to do with being anti-war?

Malkin: Sally Field Is The Type Of Mom Who ‘Buys Her Teenager Beer And Condoms On Prom Night’
(Think Progress)
The repugs continue in their personal attacks since they cannot dispute the argument.

another bigoted repug

Giuliani adviser under fire for comments

WASHINGTON - A homeland security adviser to Rudy Giuliani came under fire Thursday for claiming there were "too many mosques" in the United States — and defended himself by saying his point was that not enough Muslim leaders cooperate with law enforcement.

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., the former chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and the top GOP member on the panel, said his comments to the Politico Web site were taken out of context. Democrats said Giuliani should drop him as a campaign adviser.



Iran leader denied on WTC wreath request

NEW YORK - A request by Iran's president to lay a wreath at the World Trade Center site next week has been turned down by police and blasted by U.S. diplomats as an attempt to turn ground zero into a "photo op."

I literally laughed out loud at the last line! Heaven forbid that anyone do that! (Other than repugs, of course!)

alternative reality

U.S. commander: Violence down in Baghdad

BAGHDAD - The No. 2 U.S. commander in Iraq said Thursday that a seven-month-old security operation has cut violence in Baghdad by half, but he acknowledged that civilians were still dying at too high a rate.


i'm sure that he is - he also thinks that Iraq is a success!

Bush optimistic about economy
Does anyone have any reason to believe him about anything anymore?
More from Think Progress:
Bush: Don’t Ask Me About The Economy, I Got A ‘B In Econ 101′
(Apparently, he actually got a "C-"...)

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

another perverted repug

Fla. Assistant U.S. Attorney Arrested In Child Sex Sting

Yet another sex scandal–this time, from a DoJ official. While this was a sting operation and there was no actual victim, the details released in this video make it clear that Atchison has had sexual contact with young children in the past.

(Crooks and Liars)

is it any surprise that 18 of them are repugs?

The 22 most corrupt members of Congress
Actually, it surprises me that there are Dems on the list, but I guess there needs to be some balance!

tired of bush's tired rhetoric

Sen. Reed’s Democratic Response Beats Bush Speech In Cable Ratings On Fox And CNN

In what was billed as a major televised address on Iraq, President Bush last week “recycled tired rhetoric” and “mumbo jumbo” about staying the course. Sen. Jack Reed delivered a direct response, pledging the Democratic leadership would “exercise our Constitutional duties and profoundly change our military involvement in Iraq.”

In case any more evidence was needed that the American public has tuned Bush out and is anxious to hear ideas for a responsible exit strategy from Iraq, we received it today. On both Fox and CNN, more viewers watched the Democratic response than they did the Bush speech. And on MSNBC, only a narrow sliver separate the viewership of the two speeches.

In January, in the lead-up to Bush’s speech announcing the escalation, Tony Snow claimed, “My sense is that the American people want to hear what the President has to say.” Bush decided not to listen to the public, so the public has increasingly decided not to listen to Bush.

(Think Progress)

WH version of cooperation

Leahy: No hearings until White House hands over records.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) is demanding the White House turn over information necessary to complete a number of Judiciary Committee investigations into Alberto Gonzales’ tenure at the DoJ. “All I want is the material we need to ask some questions about the former attorney general’s conduct, on torture and warrantless wiretapping, so we can legitimately ask, ‘Here’s what was done in the past, what will you do?”‘ Leahy said. The White House appears unwilling to compromise:

“No” was the answer one senior adviser gave when asked whether the White House is willing to tie the nomination to the production of such documents.

(Think Progress)


Court upholds Md. gay marriage ban

BALTIMORE - Maryland's highest court on Tuesday upheld a state law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman, ending a lawsuit filed by same-sex couples who claimed they were being denied fundamental rights.

Maryland's 1973 ban on gay marriage does not discriminate on the basis of gender and does not deny any fundamental rights, the Court of Appeals ruled. It also said the state has a legitimate interest in promoting opposite-sex marriage.

Wow! What kind of logic could they possibly be using to say that this discrimination "does not discriminate on the basis of gender and does not deny any fundamental rights"?! Am I living in Orwell's 1984?
And what "legitimate interest" could they have for "promoting opposite-sex marriage"?!

Everyone knows this is going to happen eventually. Why do they want to go down in history as bigots on par with the civil-rights opposers of the 50's and 60's?

Romney wants to make sure that we know that he's more of a bigot than the rest of the repug presidential candidates:

"As Republicans we must oppose discrimination and defend traditional marriage: one man, one woman," Romney says in the spot.

I don't know how he reconciles those two opposing positions, but the "logic" must be "interesting".

ugly shoes are dangerous!


Bush to lawmakers: Support troop levels
What possible reason does anyone have for supporting bush's failed policy of "staying the course no matter what"?
He's a proven failure and no cheerleading session will change that fact.
The majority of the world knows that he has failed - why would our lawmakers want to support that?

Monday, September 17, 2007

more of bush's legacy

Cradle of civilization being looted and destroyed

It was so much different back when it was the Taliban destroying the Buddhas of Bayan in Afghanistan. The world was outraged and Colin Powell even referred to it as a "crime against humankind. Now that centuries of history are being looted and damaged across Iraq, we hear so little. We can add this to the list of history sites that the US has destroyed such as My Son and Hue in Vietnam. Who needs history anyway?

"There are 10,000 archaeological sites in the country. In the Nassariyah area alone, there are about 840 Sumerian sites; they have all been systematically looted. Even when Alexander the Great destroyed a city, he would always build another. But now the robbers are destroying everything because they are going down to bedrock. What's new is that the looters are becoming more and more organised with, apparently, lots of money.

"Quite apart from this, military operations are damaging these sites forever. There's been a US base in Ur for five years and the walls are cracking because of the weight of military vehicles. It's like putting an archaeological site under a continuous earthquake."

Of all the ancient cities of present-day Iraq, Ur is regarded as the most important in the history of man-kind. Mentioned in the Old Testament – and believed by many to be the home of the Prophet Abraham – it also features in the works of Arab historians and geographers where its name is Qamirnah, The City of the Moon.



Arctic ice drops to record low levels.

AP reports:

Arctic ice has shrunk to the lowest level on record, new satellite images show, raising the possibility that the Northwest Passage that eluded famous explorers will become an open shipping lane.

The European Space Agency said nearly 200 satellite photos this month taken together showed an ice-free passage along northern Canada, Alaska and Greenland, and ice retreating to its lowest level since such images were first taken in 1978. […]

A U.N. panel on climate change has predicted that polar regions could be virtually free of ice by the summer of 2070 because of rising temperatures and sea ice decline, ESA noted.

(Think Progress)

if the repugs hate him, maybe he's ok

Right Wing ‘Deflated,’ Concerned Over Bush’s Attorney General Nominee

Earlier today, President Bush officially nominated retired federal judge Michael Mukasey to replace Alberto Gonzales as the nation’s Attorney General. Fearing an outcry on the right, the Bush administration first leaked word of Mukasey’s nomination to necon ally Bill Kristol, who cautioned conservatives to “hold their fire” and “support the president.”

(Think Progress)
But, i don't know anything about him yet, so this may all be a ploy. I can't imagine that bush would ever nominate anyone who wasn't a right-wing wackjob, so let's see what people find out about him...

Sunday, September 16, 2007

i guess prejudice against him and "his people" is worse than his prejudice against others

Another day, another homophobic, misogynistic rapper...

The latest bleating is from Ja Rule, who must be in need of some publicity. It's too bad that whatever meaningful message he was trying to get across about racism is polluted by his ignorance, and a ridiculous, sad, crotch-grabbing assertion of his manhood by blaming gays for the downfall of the country. The irony of that is quite stunning. (
C: Did you see that report about Congress preparing to hold hearings??
Ja: (interrupts) Yeah, they got my man Doug Morris under fire and shit, they got him going down to go speak to Congress about hip-hop lyrics, are you fucking serious? There's a fucking black kid right now about to get 25 years for having a fight with some white kids over hanging the nooses over the white tree, lets get to that. Let's get into shit like that, because that's what's tearing up America, not me calling a woman a bitch or a hoe on my rap songs. And if it is, then we need to go step to Paramount, and fucking MGM, and all of these other motherfuckers that's making all of these movies and we need to go step to MTV and Viacom, and lets talk about all these fucking shows that they have on MTV that is promoting homosexuality, that my kids can't watch this shit. Dating shows that's showing two guys or two girls in mid afternoon. Let's talk about shit like that! If that's not fucking up America, I don't know what is. There's a lot of issues we can address besides hip-hop, but they want to put everything on us like we're the problem. But see, and this is going to be a shameless fucking plug, but I said, "when everyone wants to point the finger, and ask why there's so much corruption, they only need to look in the mirror." It starts with themselves.
This "person" is a revolting piece of shit and no one should listen to his obnoxious bigotry. Yes, the case that he initially referred to before going off on his offensive nonsense is a terrible, terrible crime, but he is obviously as much of a scumbag bigot as those he was talking about.

This just sickens me....

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Saturday Beagle Blogging!

another lazy Saturday with Harley!

yet another self-hating repug?

Condi's "Closest Female Friend"
(The Gist)
OK, this is still circumstantial, but regardless of condi's orientation, how any gay person could be friends with this woman who works for a madman who is intent on criminalizing their way of life is beyond me.

As a lot of the comments on that post state, all bush cares about is money and power, but gaining that by promoting hate against people that you are supposedly "friends" with is reprehensible.

And people who want power at all costs - especially their self-respect - are pretty disgusting, as well.

more on "it's ok if you're a repug"

Fun Times: Let's Compare Coverage Of Kerry Troop Joke With That Of Boehner
(The Horses Mouth)
This is truly amazing when you think about it.
It was painfully obvious that Kerry was talking about bush, not the troops - any moron realized that. I mean, Kerry himself served in the military - was he calling himself dumb?! Gimme a break.

But, Boehner remark obviously and clearly said that he thought that our troops dying was a small sacrifice. Now whether that is what he meant is another thing, but that is absolutely what he said.

But our "liberal media" will tear into any Democrat but give any repug - no matter how heinous his remarks - a free ride.

Friday, September 14, 2007

who thinks that texting and driving could ever go together?

Cell phone use banned for teen drivers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A message from the state of California to its 16- and 17-year-olds: Dnt txt n drv — thx.

A law signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday will require those teens to put down all cell phones and other electronic devices while driving. Older drivers will be able to use hands-free devices but minors won't enjoy that luxury — in part because of the popularity of text-messaging among teens.

I know that some idiots do this, but what moron could possibly think that it was ok to text-message while driving?

I was going to make some smart-alek remark about driving and reading, but it is probably because our people don't read that they are stupid enough to try something this ridiculous.

media catching up with bush's lies - finally!

Troops may not shrink to pre-surge level

WASHINGTON - Even with cutbacks promised by President Bush, the United States may wind up with thousands more troops in Iraq next summer than before the buildup of forces he ordered in January.


they really count on Americans' short attention spans

Who said anything about benchmarks?

Sometimes, these guys make it too easy. White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, yesterday, in his final appearance:

“No, benchmarks were something that Congress wanted to use as a metric. And we’re going to produce a report. But the fact is that the situation is bigger and more complex, and you need to look at the whole picture.”

Reality, as reported last week:

It was the White House and the Iraqi government, not Congress, that first proposed the benchmarks for Iraq that are now producing failing grades, a provenance that raises questions about why the administration is declaring now that the government’s performance is not the best measure of change.

The administration presented a to-do list and said, “Judge us in September on these points.” They’ve successfully completed three of the 18 tasks. In response, the new line is, “To-do lists are stupid.”

(Crooks and Liars)

everyone is noticing the lying now

Wash. Post: Bush contradicted himself and "recent government reports"

So blatant that even the Washington Post picked it up:

In his speech last night, President Bush made a case for progress in Iraq by citing facts and statistics that at times contradicted recent government reports or his own words.

In other words, your President wasn't telling you the truth -- again.


does anyone really believe that the military is infallible?

Republicans simply do not believe in our democracy

Associated Press

"The president does not think that generals should be denigrated at all," White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said. If critics of the president "want to attack him, fine, but the generals, and by association the military, should be out of bounds from partisan attacks."

That's ridiculous, dangerous, and utterly un-American. And it's a notion that the Republicans have pushed for years. Namely, that the military in America is off-limits, above criticism, and always right. And it's absurd. And dangerous. In America, the military is under civilian rule. And there's a reason for that. The military, like any government entity, or any man, is not infallible. And worse, the military, unlike HUD or the Department of Labor, can throw its weight around in ways only dreamed of by other less-armed agencies (hard to imagine HUD waterboarding). It is a direct danger to our democracy, to any democracy, to give the military the right to trump the civilian.


offensive to the end

Snow Snipes At CNN’s Malveaux: ‘Your Credibility Ratings Are Lower Than The President’
(Think Progress)
It's Tony Snow's last day as press secretary, so he has to go out being as obnoxious as possible while avoiding any questions!


Kurtz: Fox News is ‘entitled’ to ‘misinform our society.’

On Wednesday, during an appearance on Glenn Beck’s CNN Headline News show, Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz said that Fox News is “entitled” to be “a cheerleader for the Bush administration” that is “misinforming our society.” Kurtz’s comments came in the context of dismissing the criticisms of MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, who routinely mocks the cable news network.

(Think Progress)
I guess that legally, Fox can say almost anything they want, but claiming that they are presenting "news" is certainly at the least, misleading, and in many cases, out-and-out lying.

But, I suppose it is legal to's just not moral...

someone is going to be looking for a new job!


2nd woman: Southwest made me cover up

DALLAS - Have airline employees replaced high school deans as the arbiters of appropriate dress, or have skimpily-clad passengers forced flight attendants to act like Mother? A second young woman has come forward to claim that Southwest Airlines Co. employees made her cover up on a recent flight.

Setara Qassim told KNBC-TV in Los Angeles that a flight attendant confronted her during the trip from Tucson, Ariz., to Burbank, Calif., and asked if she had a sweater to go over her green halter-style dress.

Qassim, 21, said she was forced to wrap a blanket around herself for the rest of the flight. She complained that if Southwest wants passengers to dress a certain way, it
should publish a dress code.

I thought last week's story on Southwest was just one repressed employee going way too far, but if this is Southwest's actual policy, they are going to lose a lot of customers!

I can (barely) understand if someone is wearing something with an explicit graphic on it or something of that sort, but something this mild is completely absurd.

More from Feministing, including a photo of the "offending" outfit.

well, isn't that big of them

Female airman won't face court-martial

RALEIGH, N.C. - The Air Force has dropped a criminal indecency charge filed against a female airman who refused to testify against another airman she accused of raping her, her lawyer said Friday.
The 20-year-old had been scheduled for a Sept. 24 court-martial, where she faced up to a year in prison and dismissal from the Air Force.

She instead pleaded guilty to underaged drinking and received a nonjudicial punishment, Eason said.

In May 2006, Hernandez reported she had been raped by three airmen during an alcohol-fueled barracks gathering. One of the airmen was charged with rape. But after initially helping prosecutors, Hernandez declined to cooperate further.

Hernandez's attorneys believe the Air Force charged her with underage drinking and committing an indecent act — having sex in the presence of others — in retaliation for her decision not to testify.

Three male airmen she accused of rape received nonjudicial punishment for indecent acts, and were granted immunity to testify at Hernandez's trial, according to Air Force legal documents.

OK, this literally makes me sick.
This woman was raped by 3 men and SHE was charged with an "indecent act"?!?!

I honestly hope that every male involved in this is killed viciously in the line of duty....

gosh, no kidding?

White House: Iraq lags on benchmarks
I guess even this administration can't deny reality that is this obvious any longer.

some scumbags can't stay out of trouble

Simpson named suspect in casino break-in

LAS VEGAS - Investigators questioned O.J. Simpson and named him a suspect Friday a break-in at a casino hotel room involving sports memorabilia.


Thursday, September 13, 2007

short answer - "no"

Politico's Martin: "Is Code Pink to the left what the Westboro Baptist Church is to the right?"
(Media Matters)
Longer answer - "how the f'k could you possibly come up with such an absurd comparison between two groups that are not even remotely alike in any way, shape or form?"

their hypocrisy knows no bounds

Hypocrisy, Thy Name Is Swift Boat

At the Petraeus hearing yesterday, the GOPers were up in arms about the's advertisement criticizing the General.

Democratic congressional leaders and the party's presidential candidates yesterday refused to repudiate a liberal group's ad questioning Gen. David H. Petraeus' character.


Republicans had hoped to force Democrats into the uncomfortable position of voting for a measure to officially denounce an organization that has helped raise millions for party candidates in recent elections.

"This smear campaign consisted of entirely unwarranted and fallacious attacks, and sought to impugn the name of a highly respected man of integrity," said Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican.

So Senator Cornyn believes it's unacceptable for an outside group to impugn the integrity of a war veteran with fallacious attacks. But why does this sound vaguely familiar? Oh yeah, that's right, like when the Swift Boat Veterans falsely attacked John Kerry's character.

Unlike the Swift Boat ads, Moveon doesn't lie, they just doubt the methodology and bias that Petraeus has shown. It's incredibly hypocritical for Republicans to suddenly be up in arms over attacks on military men, when they turned a blind eye in 2004. But shamelessness is the name of their game.

I gotta admit, the repugs are damn ballsy!
But thank goodness the Dems aren't falling for this obvious bs.

more lies

Petraues: A reduction of 30,000 troops from Iraq doesn't mean an actual reduction of 30,000 troops
So, the administration is making a big deal about reverting back to pre-surge numbers and calling that a "reduction" and now even that is a lie.
Not that anyone with 1/2 of a brain would believe anything that bush says at this point anyway.

because all repugs know how to do is lie

Reyes: McConnell Lied When He Claimed New FISA Law Stopped Terrorist Attack
DNI McConnell: I Lied To The Senate
(both from Think Progress)
He doesn't care that he lied to the Senate, only that he made his political point. These repugs know that if they told the truth, no one would support them. All they have is lies....


Boehner: Troop deaths in Iraq are ‘a small price.’

In an interview on CNN today, Wolf Blitzer asked House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) about “the Americans who are killed every month” in Iraq and how much longer” the “military commitment is going to require?” “The investment that we’re making today will be a small price if we’re able to stop al Qaeda here,” replied Boehner. As Atrios notes, the “small price” Boehner refers to is “3774 dead US troops and counting.”

(Think Progress)
I'm sure that he didn't mean to come across quite this callous, but that really is a heartless thing to say, especially since it is based on a lie and nothing that we do in Iraq will "stop al Qaeda".

Maybe if we were actually fighting al Qaeda, rather than the sectarian civil war in Iraq, his statement would make a little more sense, but as it is, it is simply cruel.

John Kerry responds to Boehner via Huffington Post

more on bush's "progress"

Police: Bomb kills sheik working with US

BAGHDAD - The most prominent figure in a U.S.-backed revolt of Sunni sheiks against al-Qaida in Iraq was killed Thursday by a bomb planted near his home in Anbar province, 10 days after he met with President Bush, police and tribal leaders said.

Abdul-Sattar Abu Risha was leader of the Anbar Salvation Council, also known as the Anbar Awakening — an alliance of clans backing the Iraqi government and U.S. forces.

Officials said his assassination would be a huge setback for U.S. efforts in Iraq, because it sends a message to others who are cooperating with coalition forces or thinking about cooperating against al-Qaida.


Wednesday, September 12, 2007

still more on the myth of a "liberal media"

The ‘conservative advantage in syndicated op-ed columns.’

New Media Matters study finds that in newspapers around the country, conservative syndicated columnists receive more space than their progressive counterparts:

– “Sixty percent of the nation’s daily newspapers print more conservative syndicated columnists every week than progressive syndicated columnists. Only 20 percent run more progressives than conservatives, while the remaining 20 percent are evenly balanced.”

– “In a given week, nationally syndicated progressive columnists are published in newspapers with a combined total circulation of 125 million. Conservative columnists, on the other hand, are published in newspapers with a combined total circulation of more than 153 million.”

– In 38 states, “conservative columns reach more readers in total than progressive columns.”

(Think Progress)
Hardly a surprise to anyone who reads a newspaper these days. The conservatives have had a strangle-hold on media for years, if not decades.

more on the "Clinton did it too" "defense"

Waxman agrees to investigate Clinton White House.

As part of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s investigation into the Bush White House’s potentially illegal partisan briefings at various government agencies, Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) has agreed to a request by Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA) to determine whether Clinton did it too. The Clinton White House was thoroughly investigated both during and after its term. Waxman said he believes most of the documents Davis is seeking are already in the committee’s archives:

“You have asked that the committee make a number of document requests of the National Archives for records of the Clinton administration,” Waxman wrote. “The Clinton administration was subject to vastly more scrutiny by this committee than the Bush administration has been, and many of the records you seek may already be in the committee archives.

“However,” Waxman continued, “I do agree that the committee would benefit from requesting copies of any political briefings that the Office of Political Affairs in the Clinton administration may have given to federal agencies.” […]

Waxman added that the committee’s “own archives of Clinton-era documents are so broad and voluminous that they should already contain” other documents Davis wanted, if they exist.

(Think Progress)
Is there actually a point to this, other than to waste time and money re-hashing an investigation that already took place?

horribly sad

common sense and reality prevails for a change

NJ court scraps trial on abortion data

NEWARK, N.J. - A doctor has no duty to tell a woman considering an abortion that her embryo is an "existing human being," a unanimous New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, averting a trial over when human life begins.

Gawd, were they really planning on lying to women by telling them that an embryo is an "existing human being"?! What the hell is that bs? It is something that could develop into a human being, but it certainly isn't one at that point!

sickening, inhuman monsters

Details emerge in W. Va. torture case

BIG CREEK, W.Va. - Inside a shed on a remote hillside of this coalfield community, authorities say a young black woman was tortured for days, sexually assaulted, beaten and forced to eat rat droppings.

Her captors, all of them white, choked her with a cable cord and stabbed her in the leg while calling her a racial slur, poured hot water over her and made her drink from a toilet, according to criminal complaints.
The FBI is now looking into possible civil rights violations, agency spokesman Bill Crowley said, authorities in West Virginia said they were investigating the case as a possible hate crime.

"Possible" hate crime?! This sounds like a textbook case!
These creatures have all had records for decades.
If there was ever a case for the death penalty, this sure is one! This world would be far better off without scum like this living here...

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

this is good!

Kathy Griffin is my new hero

We won't get to hear Kathy Griffin's Emmy award speech — it's being censored. Here's what she said:

In her speech, Griffin said that "a lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus."

She went on to hold up her Emmy, make an off-color remark about Christ and proclaim, "This award is my god now!"

The off-color remark was to say, "Suck it, Jesus."

This is freakin' hilarious! In fact, it gets funnier the more i think about it!
I'm going to have to start watching her show!
It just goes to show how backwards we are that something like this is being censored!

incredibly depressing

Chimpy Stuck At 30% in CBS News/NYT Poll; 33% Of Americans Don't Know Their Ass From Their Elbow

Chimpy is stuck at 30% job approval in the new CBS News/New York Times poll, but consider this stunning factoid:

Six in 10 Americans said in the poll that administration officials deliberately misled the public in making a case for the war; 33 percent of all Americans, including 40 percent of Republicans and 27 percent of Democrats, say Saddam Hussein was personally involved in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

(First Draft)
Seriously, how is that possible 6 years after the fact, with innumerable reports explicitly denying this, could anyone even remotely human believe this unbelievable nonsense?

Are Americans truly the most ill-informed people on the planet? Or at least 33% of them?


Tour of Baghdad shows progress uneven
Wow - is that the understatement of the century or what?

6th anniversary of bush's failure to catch a mass murderer

Bin Laden wants 'caravan' of martyrs
Still another year goes by without any attempt to catch the worst mass murderer in American history because bush is more concerned with his personal vendettas.
Obviously, there will be no justice as long as a republican is in control...

repugs finally catching up to the rest of us

Key Republican questions Iraq strategy
Now that they know that Iraq is a losing political strategy, the repugs are beginning to see what the rest of us have been saying for years.
I certainly hope that the American public is not stupid enough to fall for this transparent ploy for votes.
But, i lost hope in the public voting in their own best interest a long time ago.

Monday, September 10, 2007

hardly surprising

but will they do anything about it this time?

Deadline arrives for missing White House emails.

Today marks a key deadline set by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee for the White House to “turn over a report first requested three months ago about the White House’s problems with lost e-mail,” which was “generated by the still-unknown private contractor who claims to have ‘lost’ those 5 million White House e-mails.”

(Think Progress)
We know that this administration is not going to cooperate. Why even go through the charade?
Will the House do anything to reprimand these scumbags on their continued illegal activity?

more of bush's legacy

Thousands of GIs cope with brain damage

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The war in Iraq is not over, but one legacy is already here in this city and others across America: an epidemic of brain-damaged soldiers.

Thousands of troops have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury, or TBI. These blast-caused head injuries are so different from the ones doctors are used to seeing from falls and car crashes that treating them is as much faith as it is science.

"I've been in the field for 20-plus years dealing with TBI. I have a very experienced staff. And they're saying to me, 'We're seeing things we've never seen before,'" said Sandy Schneider, director of Vanderbilt University's brain injury rehabilitation program.


and "progress" in Afghanistan

Afghan suicide blast kills 28, wounds 60

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - A suicide bomber on a motorized rickshaw detonated explosives Monday in a marketplace in southern Afghanistan, killing 28 people in one of the deadliest bombings since the fall of the Taliban. Children selling chewing gum and cigarettes were among the victims of the blast.


And yet, Rumsfield has this to say:

Rumsfeld: Afghanistan Has ‘Been A Big Success!’

(Think Progress)

and yet more on bush's "progress"

Iraq: nine soldier deaths reported

BAGHDAD - The U.S. military reported the deaths of nine soldiers Monday —including seven killed in a vehicle accident — and Iraq's prime minister said the nation's armed forces were not ready to fight without American help.


this actually sounds about right

Homo politicus: brain function of liberals, conservatives differs

PARIS (AFP) - The brain neurons of liberals and conservatives fire differently when confronted with tough choices, suggesting that some political divides may be hard-wired, according a study released Sunday.

Aristotle may have been more on the mark than he realised when he said that man is by nature a political animal.

Dozens of previous studies have established a strong link between political persuasion and certain personality traits.

Conservatives tend to crave order and structure in their lives, and are more consistent in the way they make decisions. Liberals, by contrast, show a higher tolerance for ambiguity and complexity, and adapt more easily to unexpected circumstances.

The affinity between political views and "cognitive style" has also been shown to be heritable, handed down from parents to children, said the study, published in the British journal Nature Neuroscience.

Intrigued by these correlations, New York University political scientist David Amodio and colleagues decided to find out if the brains of liberals and conservatives reacted differently to the same stimuli.

A group of 43 right-handed subjects were asked to perform a series of computer tests designed to evaluate their unrehearsed response to cues urging them to break a well-established routine.

"People often drive home from work on the same route, day after day, such that it becomes habitual and doesn't involve much thinking," Amodio explained by way of comparison in an e-mail.

"But occasionally there is road work, or perhaps an animal crosses the road, and you need to break out of your habitual response in order to deal with this new information."

Using electroencephalographs, which measure neuronal impulses, the researchers examined activity in a part of the brain -- the anterior cingulate cortex -- that is strongly linked with the self-regulatory process of conflict monitoring.

The match-up was unmistakable: respondents who had described themselves as liberals showed "significantly greater conflict-related neural activity" when the hypothetical situation called for an unscheduled break in routine.

Conservatives, however, were less flexible, refusing to deviate from old habits "despite signals that this ... should be changed."

Whether that is good or bad, of course, depends on one's perspective: one could interpret the results to mean that liberals are nimble-minded and conservatives rigid and stubborn.

Or one could, with equal justice, conclude that wishy-washy liberals don't stick to their guns, while conservatives and steadfast and loyal.

As to the more intriguing question of which comes first, the patterns in neuron activity or the political orientation, Amodio is reluctant to hazard a guess.

"The neural mechanisms for conflict monitoring are formed early in childhood," and are probably rooted in part in our genetic heritage, he said.

"But even if genes may provide a blueprint for more liberal or conservative orientations, they are shaped substantially by one's environment over the course of development," he added.

Obscuring causal links even more is the fact that the brain is malleable and neural functions can change as a result of new experiences.

I think you would be hard-pressed to find anyone (except maybe bush) who would say that stubbornly refusing to process new information to adapt to a new situation is a good thing.

So, it looks like liberals are simply genetically better people!

the gift that keeps on giving

Craig files to withdraw guilty plea

MINNEAPOLIS - Sen. Larry Craig filed court papers Monday seeking to withdraw his guilty plea in an airport sex sting, arguing that he entered the plea under stress caused by media inquiries into his sexuality.

He is not going to let this go, is he? He is determined to be as much of an embarassment to the repug party as possible!
Too funny!

Friday, September 07, 2007

goddam our prez is an embarassment

WTF? Is this supposed to be a joke?

Rohrabacher claims China’s president is trying to kill Bush.

This week, President Bush met with China’s President Hu Jintao in Australia at the APEC summit. In “his usual understated way,” Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) issued a statement yesterday asking: “If this were 1936, would President Bush be anxious to sit next to Adolf?” “One bit of advice, Mr. President,” Rohrabacher said, “I wouldn’t be so anxious to use the toothpaste in your hotel room.”

(Think Progress)

standard operating procedure for this administration

because he is still free, because bush has ignored him for 6 years

Bin Laden plans to release new video

CAIRO, Egypt - The first new images of Osama bin Laden in nearly three years will be released ahead of the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, al-Qaida's media arm announced, a move that would end the terror mastermind's longest period without a message.


reporting that our president is a moron

Bush has bad day at theater
The story is listing some of bush's verbal gaffes in a speech. He does this every time he talks. Why is this any different?
See First Draft pretty much any day for a list of his idiocies when speaking...

is there really any reason whatsoever to believe this for a second?

Petraeus eyes troop drawdown in spring

WASHINGTON - The top U.S. commander in Iraq says he wants to continue the troop buildup there until next spring, amid divisions in the Bush administration over whether to bring some forces home months earlier than that.

When he delivers a much-anticipated report to Congress on Monday, Army Gen. David Petraeus said he expects to advise that there could be a gradual reduction of forces beginning in the spring because of some of the successes achieved so far with the escalation ordered by President Bush in January.


Thursday, September 06, 2007

more confirmation of what we already knew

‘Bush knew Saddam had no WMD.’

Sidney Blumenthal reports in Salon that President Bush ignored a 2002 Oval Office briefing in which CIA director George Tenet provided him with intelligence that Saddam Hussein did not possess weapons of mass destruction.

“Bush dismissed as worthless this information from the Iraqi foreign minister, a member of Saddam’s inner circle, although it turned out to be accurate in every detail.” “The president had no interest in the intelligence,” a CIA officer disclosed. “Bush didn’t give a f**k about the intelligence. He had his mind made up.”

(Think Progress)

pretty damn funny!

Raw Video: Fake Osama motorcade near Bush hotel
(Yahoo News)
I'll bet that bush couldn't even find this osama!


Climate Change Redraws World Maps

Drastic changes to land and water wrought by climate change are forcing cartographers to redraw their maps of the world.

Evidence of the effects of human activities on the Earth's features--through climate change and construction efforts, such as irrigation projects—can clearly be seen in the new edition of The Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World, its editors say. (The atlas is one of the world's oldest and most authoritative atlases; the new edition was published on Sept. 3.)


striking a blow for American freedom and rights

Judge strikes down part of Patriot Act

NEW YORK - A federal judge struck down parts of the revised USA Patriot Act on Thursday, saying investigators must have a court's approval before they can order Internet providers to turn over records without telling customers.

U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero said the government orders must be subject to meaningful judicial review and that the recently rewritten Patriot Act "offends the fundamental constitutional principles of checks and balances and separation of powers."

The American Civil Liberties Union had challenged the law, complaining that it allowed the FBI to demand records without the kind of court order required for other government searches.

The ACLU said it was improper to issue so-called national security letters, or NSLs — investigative tools used by the FBI to compel businesses to turn over customer information — without a judge's order or grand jury subpoena. Examples of such businesses include Internet service providers, telephone companies and public libraries.


Wednesday, September 05, 2007

more would-be fashion police

A truly bizarre story from Feministing about a woman who was nearly kicked off of a Southwest Airlines flight for wearing a miniskirt!

I can't even begin to express how offensive and crazed this is! See the post for a photo of the outfit the woman was wearing and ask yourself if you would think twice about anyone in that outift in any public place.

I have been refused entry to places due to the way I and/or my companions have looked, so this hits kinda close to home. To be asked to leave an airplane because of an extremely normal outift is outrageous!

Gore on the absurdity of this administration

Gore confirms VP is part of executive branch.

In June, House investigators learned that Vice President Cheney exempted his office from a presidential executive order, arguing that the Office of the Vice President is not an “entity within the executive branch.” In a recent interview with Harvard’s alumni magazine, former Vice President Al Gore confirmed that the Vice President is indeed part of the executive:

You were often referred to as the most powerful vice president.

GORE: That was before Dick Cheney.

Point taken. Cheney has made the argument that the vice presidency is not part of the executive branch. Is he right?

GORE: (Laughs) Of course the vice presidency is part of the executive branch! But I fear that I’m losing my objectivity where President Bush and Cheney are concerned. Not much surprises me anymore. I have a lot of friends who share the following problem with me: Our sense of outrage is so saturated that when a new outrage occurs, we have to download some existing outrage into an external hard drive in order to make room for a new outrage.

(Think Progress)

repug acting like a repug

Kingston refuses to correct reference to ‘Demoncrats.’

In a statement released over the summer recess, Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) referred to Democrats as “Demoncrats.” “Demoncrats and Republicans Split Over Government Healthcare,” the statement read. A Kingston spokeswoman called it a mistake and an “obvious typo,” but CQ reports:

Typo? Probably. But apparently not one Kingston’s office cares to correct. A month after its initial posting, the “typo” statement not only is still on Kingston’s House Web site, it’s been moved to a prominent spot on the opening page.

(Think Progress)

gee, ya think?

Study: Iraqi security forces not ready

WASHINGTON - Iraq's security forces have made "uneven progress" and will be unable to take over security on their own in the next 12 to 18 months, according to an independent assessment.

So, what is the progress that bush keeps saying that he is seeing? It doesn't seem obvious to anyone else!

for example:

Bush: ‘We’re kicking ass’ in Iraq.
Upon arriving in Iraq yesterday, President Bush told the Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Mark Vaile, “we’re kicking ass” in Iraq. His comments come in spite of a new Government Accountability Office report that finds the escalation has failed to improve the security situation.

(Think Progress)

republican congressman found dead

Ohio congressman found dead in apartment

WASHINGTON - Ohio Rep. Paul Gillmor, a Republican whose political career covered four decades, has died, party officials said.
The body of the 68-year-old congressman was found by staff members who went to his apartment Wednesday after he failed to show up for work, according to a Republican aide who spoke on condition of anonymity pending an official announcement.There was no immediate word on the cause of his death.


he's certainly caused his share

Book tells biographer: 'I do tears'

WASHINGTON - Under that famously self-confident exterior is a president who weeps — a lot.
"I've got God's shoulder to cry on. And I cry a lot. I do a lot of crying in this job. I'll bet I've shed more tears than you can count, as president. I'll shed some tomorrow."

I'm not sure how to take he just saying that he's an insecure pussy? I mean, compared to the horror he has inflicted on the rest of the world, what does he have to cry about?

We already know that he's a whiny baby, but now we find out he's a cry-baby, as well? Boy, what a leader!

Sunday, September 02, 2007

more on the endless repug corruption

Republican Culture of Corruption: 2007 So Far
(Senate 2008 Guru)
(First seen at Crooks and Liars)

he can't really think that there is a sane individual in this world who would say yes, can he?

Bush "the fundamental question is, is the world better off as a result of your leadership?”
My gawd, he is a sick and twisted f'k, innit he?

no reason to think that they have something to hide (an ongoing series)

White House ‘e-mail mystery deepens.’

ABC’s The Blotter reports:

The White House will not identify a private company which appears to be involved in the disappearance of millions of White House e-mails.

The company was responsible for reviewing and archiving White House e-mails, a White House official told congressional staff in May, according to a letter yesterday from House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif. Congressional investigators asked then for the name of the company and “have repeatedly requested” the information since then, according to Waxman. […]

According to the White House, at least five million e-mails were not properly archived and may be lost forever, in apparent violation of the Presidential Records Act. The post-Watergate law states that communications relating to official activity in the offices of the president and vice president are owned by the American public and cannot be destroyed.

(Think Progress)

oh you're freakin' kiddin' me!

more on bush's version of "progress"

Iraqi deaths rise for second month straight.

New Iraqi civilian death toll statistics contradict the Bush administration’s claims that the escalation is working. From the LA Times:

Bombings, sectarian slayings and other violence related to the war killed at least 1,773 Iraqi civilians in August, the second month in a row that civilian deaths have risen, according to government figures obtained Friday.

In July, the civilian death toll was 1,753, and in June it was 1,227. The numbers are based on morgue, hospital and police records and come from officials in the ministries of Health, Defense and the Interior. The statistics appear to indicate that President Bush’s increase in troops this year has done little to rein in civilian bloodshed, despite U.S. military statements to the contrary.

(Think Progress)

not surprising, but sickening

Government secrecy on the rise.

A new report by, a coalition of 67 organizations, finds that government secrecy “by almost any measure is expanding and little is being done to stop it.” Some highlights:

– In six years, President Bush has issued at least 151 signing statements, challenging 1149 provisions of laws. In the 211 years of our Republic to 2000, fewer than 600 signing statements that took issue with the bills were issued. Among recent presidents, Reagan issued 71 statements challenging provisions of laws before him; G.W.H. Bush issued 146; Clinton, 105.

– Since 2001, the “state secrets” privilege has been invoked a reported 39 times–an average in 6.5 years (6) that is more than double the previous 24 years (2.46).

– A 2007 Justice Department Office of the Inspector General report on secret wiretap warrants indicated that the government made 143,074 National Security Letter requests in the period 2003-2005. The number for 2006 remains classified.

Patrice McDermott, director for the coalition, said, “The executive branch seems to believe that something is kept under wraps solely on its say-so, whether it is legitimately so or not.”

(Think Progress)

good news - due to diplomacy

U.S.: NKorea offers nuclear timeframe

GENEVA - North Korea agreed Sunday to declare and disable all its nuclear facilities by the end of the year, the chief U.S. negotiator said — the first time the communist country has offered a timeline to end its secretive atomic program.

The North Korean envoy, in separate comments, told reporters his country was willing "to declare and dismantle" its nuclear program, but mentioned no dates.


continuing to take his cues from bush

Iraqi PM: Criticism 'signals' militants

BAGHDAD - Iraq's beleaguered prime minister accused his American critics on Sunday of underestimating how hard it is to rebuild his country and failing to appreciate his government's achievements "such as stopping the civil and sectarian war."
(In whose reality has this happened?)

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said told reporters that some of the criticism from Washington sends "signals to terrorists luring them into thinking that the security situation in the country is not good." He offered no specific examples.

(Again, I think that anyone in Iraq would just have to look out their windows to see that this is true.)

He also said U.S. critics may not know "the size of the destruction that Iraq passed through" and do not appreciate "the big role of the Iraqi government and its achievements, such as stopping the civil and sectarian war."

The Democratic-controlled Congress is growing increasingly frustrated with the slow pace of political reform in Iraq. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, have called for al-Maliki to be replaced.


A draft report by the Government Accountability Office concluded Iraq has satisfied only three of 18 benchmarks set by Congress for measuring progress and partially met two others.

None of those five benchmarks are the high-profile political issues such as passage of a national oil revenue sharing law that the U.S. has said are critical to Iraq's future.

It doesn't seem like anything that anyone in America says could possibly have a worse affect on the situation in Iraq than reality has on it already!
I think that our administration and Iraq's administration needs to stop looking for scapegoats and looking for solutions!
Easier said than done, of course, but there needs to be some progress!