Friday, November 03, 2006

Bush owes troops an apology, not Kerry

On the 22nd of May, 1856, as the deteriorating American political system veered toward the edge of the cliff, U.S. Rep. Preston Brooks of South Carolina shuffled into the Senate of this nation, his leg stiff from an old dueling injury, supported by a cane. And he looked for the familiar figure of the prominent senator from Massachusetts, Charles Sumner.

Brooks found Sumner at his desk, mailing out copies of a speech he had delivered three days earlier — a speech against slavery.

The congressman matter-of-factly raised his walking stick in midair and smashed its metal point across the senator’s head.

Congressman Brooks hit his victim repeatedly. Sen. Sumner somehow got to his feet and tried to flee. Brooks chased him and delivered untold blows to Sumner’s head. Even though Sumner lay unconscious and bleeding on the Senate floor, Brooks finally stopped beating him only because his cane finally broke.

Others will cite John Brown’s attack on the arsenal at Harper’s Ferry as the exact point after which the Civil War became inevitable.
In point of fact, it might have been the moment, not when Brooks broke his cane over the prostrate body of Sen. Sumner — but when voters in Brooks’ district started sending him new canes.

Tonight, we almost wonder to whom President Bush will send the next new cane.
There is tonight no political division in this country that he and his party will not exploit, nor have not exploited; no anxiety that he and his party will not inflame.
There is no line this president has not crossed — nor will not cross — to keep one political party in power.

He has spread any and every fear among us in a desperate effort to avoid that which he most fears — some check, some balance against what has become not an imperial, but a unilateral presidency.

And now it is evident that it no longer matters to him whether that effort to avoid the judgment of the people is subtle and nuanced or laughably transparent.

Sen. John Kerry called him out Monday.

He did it two years too late.

He had been too cordial — just as Vice President Gore had been too cordial in 2000, just as millions of us have been too cordial ever since.

Sen. Kerry, as you well know, spoke at a college in Southern California. With bitter humor he told the students that he had been in Texas the day before, that President Bush used to live in that state, but that now he lives in the state of denial.

He said the trip had reminded him about the value of education — that “if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”

The senator, in essence, called Mr. Bush stupid.

The context was unmistakable: Texas; the state of denial; stuck in Iraq. No interpretation required.

And Mr. Bush and his minions responded by appearing to be too stupid to realize that they had been called stupid.

They demanded Kerry apologize to the troops in Iraq.

And so he now has.

That phrase — “appearing to be too stupid” — is used deliberately, Mr. Bush.

Because there are only three possibilities here.

One, sir, is that you are far more stupid than the worst of your critics have suggested; that you could not follow the construction of a simple sentence; that you could not recognize your own life story when it was deftly summarized; that you could not perceive it was the sad ledger of your presidency that was being recounted.

This, of course, compliments you, Mr. Bush, because even those who do not “make the most of it,” who do not “study hard,” who do not “do their homework,” and who do not “make an effort to be smart” might still just be stupid, but honest.

No, the first option, sir, is, at best, improbable. You are not honest.

The second option is that you and those who work for you deliberately twisted what Sen. Kerry said to fit your political template; that you decided to take advantage of it, to once again pretend that the attacks, solely about your own incompetence, were in fact attacks on the troops or even on the nation itself.

The third possibility is, obviously, the nightmare scenario: that the first two options are in some way conflated.

That it is both politically convenient for you and personally satisfying to you, to confuse yourself with the country for which, sir, you work.

A brief reminder, Mr. Bush: You are not the United States of America.

You are merely a politician whose entire legacy will have been a willingness to make anything political; to have, in this case, refused to acknowledge that the insult wasn’t about the troops, and that the insult was not even truly about you either, that the insult, in fact, is you.
So now John Kerry has apologized to the troops; apologized for the Republicans’ deliberate distortions.

Thus, the president will now begin the apologies he owes our troops, right?
This president must apologize to the troops for having suggested, six weeks ago, that the chaos in Iraq, the death and the carnage, the slaughtered Iraqi civilians and the dead American service personnel, will, to history, “look like just a comma.”

This president must apologize to the troops because the intelligence he claims led us into Iraq proved to be undeniably and irredeemably wrong.

This president must apologize to the troops for having laughed about the failure of that intelligence at a banquet while our troops were in harm’s way.

This president must apologize to the troops because the streets of Iraq were not strewn with flowers and its residents did not greet them as liberators.

This president must apologize to the troops because his administration ran out of “plan” after barely two months.

This president must apologize to the troops for getting 2,815 of them killed.

This president must apologize to the troops for getting this country into a war without a clue.

And Mr. Bush owes us an apology for this destructive and omnivorous presidency.

We will not receive them, of course.

This president never apologizes.

Not to the troops.

Not to the people.

Nor will those henchmen who have echoed him.

In calling him a “stuffed suit,” Sen. Kerry was wrong about the press secretary.
Mr. Snow’s words and conduct, falsely earnest and earnestly false, suggest he is not “stuffed,” he is inflated.

And in leaving him out of the equation, Sen. Kerry gave an unwarranted pass to his old friend Sen. John McCain, who should be ashamed of himself tonight.

He rolled over and pretended Kerry had said what he obviously had not.

Only, the symbolic stick he broke over Kerry’s head came in a context even more disturbing.
Mr. McCain demanded the apology while electioneering for a Republican congressional candidate in Illinois.

He was speaking of how often he had been to Walter Reed Hospital to see the wounded Iraq veterans, of how “many of them have lost limbs.”

He said all this while demanding that the voters of Illinois reject a candidate who is not only a wounded Iraq veteran, but who lost two limbs there, Tammy Duckworth.

Support some of the wounded veterans. But bad-mouth the Democratic one.

And exploit all the veterans and all the still-serving personnel in a cheap and tawdry political trick to try to bury the truth: that John Kerry said the president had been stupid.

And to continue this slander as late as this morning — as biased or gullible or lazy newscasters nodded in sleep-walking assent.

Sen. McCain became a front man in a collective lie to break sticks over the heads of Democrats — one of them his friend, another his fellow veteran, legless, for whom he should weep and applaud or at minimum about whom he should stay quiet.

That was beneath the senator from Arizona.

And it was all because of an imaginary insult to the troops that his party cynically manufactured out of a desperation and a futility as deep as that of Congressman Brooks, when he went hunting for Sen. Sumner.

This is our beloved country now as you have redefined it, Mr. Bush.

Get a tortured Vietnam veteran to attack a decorated Vietnam veteran in defense of military personnel whom that decorated veteran did not insult.

Or, get your henchmen to take advantage of the evil lingering dregs of the fear of miscegenation in Tennessee, in your party’s advertisements against Harold Ford.

Or, get the satellites who orbit around you, like Rush Limbaugh, to exploit the illness — and the bipartisanship — of Michael J. Fox. Yes, get someone to make fun of the cripple.

Oh, and sir, don’t forget to drag your own wife into it.

“It’s always easy,” she said of Mr. Fox’s commercials — and she used this phrase twice — “to manipulate people’s feelings.”

Where on earth might the first lady have gotten that idea, Mr. President?

From your endless manipulation of people’s feelings about terrorism?

“However they put it,” you said Monday of the Democrats, on the subject of Iraq, “their approach comes down to this: The terrorists win, and America loses.”

No manipulation of feelings there.

No manipulation of the charlatans of your administration into the only truth-tellers.
No shocked outrage at the Kerry insult that wasn’t; no subtle smile as the first lady silently sticks the knife in Michael J. Fox’s back; no attempt on the campaign trail to bury the reality that you have already assured that the terrorists are winning.

Winning in Iraq, sir.

Winning in America, sir.

There we have chaos — joint U.S.-Iraqi checkpoints at Sadr City, the base of the radical Shiite militias, and the Americans have been ordered out by the prime minister of Iraq … and our secretary of defense doesn’t even know about it!

And here we have deliberate, systematic, institutionalized lying and smearing and terrorizing — a code of deceit that somehow permits a president to say, “If you listen carefully for a Democrat plan for success, they don’t have one.”

Permits him to say this while his plan in Iraq has amounted to a twisted version of the advice once offered to Lyndon Johnson about his Iraq, called Vietnam.

Instead of “declare victory and get out” we now have “declare victory and stay indefinitely.”
And also here — we have institutionalized the terrorizing of the opposition.

True domestic terror:

Critics of your administration in the media receive letters filled with fake anthrax.
Braying newspapers applaud or laugh or reveal details the FBI wished kept quiet, and thus impede or ruin the investigation.

A series of reactionary columnists encourages treason charges against a newspaper that published “national security information” that was openly available on the Internet.

One radio critic receives a letter threatening the revelation of as much personal information about her as can be obtained and expressing the hope that someone will then shoot her with an AK-47 machine gun.

And finally, a critic of an incumbent Republican senator, a critic armed with nothing but words, is attacked by the senator’s supporters and thrown to the floor in full view of television cameras as if someone really did want to re-enact the intent — and the rage — of the day Preston Brooks found Sen. Charles Sumner.

Of course, Mr. President, you did none of these things.

You instructed no one to mail the fake anthrax, nor undermine the FBI’s case, nor call for the execution of the editors of the New York Times, nor threaten to assassinate Stephanie Miller, nor beat up a man yelling at Sen. George Allen, nor have the first lady knife Michael J. Fox, nor tell John McCain to lie about John Kerry.

No, you did not.

And the genius of the thing is the same as in King Henry’s rhetorical question about Archbishop Thomas Becket: “Who will rid me of this meddlesome priest?”

All you have to do, sir, is hand out enough new canes.

© 2006 MSNBC Interactive
By Keith Olbermann
Anchor, 'Countdown'

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Take the Republican Challenge!

The Challenge:

I challenge all Republicans who are willing to respond with a sane and civil arguement to the following:

I'd like for someone, anyone, to come up with a list of Democrats holding a government office or are popular in the defense of, since Bush was elected in 2000, that have ties to corruption and ethics issues. I'll even give you a head start since I can actually admit when my party makes mistakes.

The Democratic Corruption list:

William Jefferson:
Allegations came last August that Jefferson had orchestrated a corruption scheme. Federal investigators are targeting the Democratic congressman, 58, for allegedly demanding cash and other favors for himself and relatives, in exchange for using his congressional clout to arrange African business deals. A former aide recently pleaded guilty to bribing Jefferson and is cooperating with authorities, and sources familiar with the case say a plea agreement with the lawmaker is being explored.

Jim Traficant:
(D-OH) financial corruption conviction and expulsion from House (2002)

Robert Torricelli:
(D-NJ) bribery scandal (2002)

Sandy Berger:
Sandy Berger, former Clinton administration National Security pleads guilty to unlawfully removing classified documents from the National Archives in October 2003.

The Republican Corruption list:

Mark Foley:
The Mark Foley scandal centers on e-mails and sexually explicit instant messages allegedly sent by Republican Congressman Mark Foley to teenage male Congressional pages. The questionable conversations, which took place between 2002 and 2005, are under investigation by the FBI and Florida officials for possible criminal violations. Foley has since resigned, and his lawyer issued a statement saying that "There was absolutely no inappropriate sexual contact with any minor... and any suggestion that Mark Foley is a pedophile is false." Foley also announced that he was himself molested as a teenager, that he is gay, and that he is an alcoholic.
The Republican congressional leadership has been criticized for not investigating Foley's emails, which were known to them three years before the story broke. It has also contributed to conflict within the Republican Party, as some prominent members blame the leadership, including calls for the resignation of the Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert.

Brian Doyle:
Department of Homeland Security Assistant Press Secretary Brian Doyle facing arrest on 23 charges related to soliciting sex from a 14 year-old minor in a police sting operation.

Trent Lott:
Republican Senator from Mississippi forced to relinquish his position as Senate Majority Leader after he stated that the United States would have been better off if segregationist candidate Strom Thurmond had won the presidency in 1948. Speaking at a 100th birthday party and retirement celebration for Republican Senator Thurmond, Lott said, "I want to say this about my state: When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We're proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years, either." On July 17, 1948, delegates from 13 southern states gathered in Birmingham to nominate Thurmond and adopt a platform that said, "We stand for the segregation of the races and the racial integrity of each race."

Tom Delay:
Participated in a conspiracy to funnel corporate donations to state political candidates through the Republican National Committee. Forced in shame to step down as House Republican leader after he was indicted by a Texas grand jury on charges of conspiracy. He is the first House leader to be indicted while in office in more than a century. On 3/31/06, DeLay's former chief of staff, Tony Rudy, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and promised to help with a federal investigation of bribery and lobbying fraud relating to Abramoff. Rudy admitted conspiring with Abramoff — both while Rudy worked for the Texas congressman and after he left the lawmaker's staff to become a lobbyist himself. He is the second former DeLay staffer to plead guilty to federal charges in connection with the lobbying probe. Delay announced at the beginning of April 2006 that he will resign from Congress by June.

Corruption by DeLay's staff:
Ed Buckham, former chief of staff to Tom DeLay and later Chairman of the lobbying firm Alexander Strategy Group, appeared in Tony Rudy's guilty plea as "Lobbyist B." According to the plea, Buckham helped in routing $50,000 in payments to Rudy's wife's consulting firm - the money was to bribe Rudy for his help defeating a bill on behalf of Jack Abramoff's client.

John Colyandro was Executive Director of Tom DeLay's PAC Texans for a Republican Majority. He, along with Jim Ellis, was indicted for Money Laundering in 2004 alleging an illegal money swap with the Republican National State Elections Committee, an arm of the Republican National Committee. Colyandro also faces a charge for Unlawful Acceptance of a Contribution from a Corporation.

Jim Ellis was Executive Director of DeLay's PAC Americans for a Republican Majority. He, along with John Colyandro, was indicted for Money Laundering in 2004 alleging an illegal money swap with the Republican National State Elections Committee, an arm of the Republican National Committee.

Warren RoBold was a fundraiser for Tom DeLay's PACs (TRMPAC and ARMPAC) and was indicted in 2004 for taking illegal corporate money for TRMPAC - nine counts of Unlawful Acceptance of a Political Contribution from a Corporation. RoBold is charged with nine separate third-degree felonies, each of which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

John Negroponte:
Recently appointed by the Bush administration as Director of National Intelligence for the United States. Ambassador to Honduras from 1981-1985 during which time he supported and carried out an extreme US-sponsored policy of severe violations to human rights and international law. Supervised the creation of the El Aguacate air base, where the US trained the far-right murderous Nicaraguan Contras during the 1980's. The base was used as a secret detention and torture center, and in August 2001, excavations at the base discovered the first of the corpses of the 185 people, including two Americans, who are thought to have been killed and buried at this base. During his ambassadorship, human rights violations in Honduras became systematic. The infamous Battalion 316, trained by the CIA and Argentine military, kidnapped, tortured and killed hundreds of people. Negroponte knew about these human rights violations and yet continued to collaborate with them, while lying to Congress. Instead of spending the rest of his life in a federal prison to pay for his crimes, he is now US Director of National Intelligence.

John Boehner:
Newly-elected Republican House leader. Elevated to this position to replace disgraced former leader Tom Delay. Boehner himself is a prime example of congressional corruption. His political action committee collected nearly $300,000 from private student lending companies and for-profit academic institutions from 2003-2004. He has taken more than $157,000 in free trips, placing him in 7th place for such questionable activity. More than 20 of his staff members have taken jobs in the private sector as lobbyists or corporate public affairs specialists. He handed out checks to his colleagues from tobacco company political action committees on the floor of Congress in 1995. He will undoubtedly use this key position to undercut ethics and lobbying reforms in the House of Representatives.
In September 2006, shortly after the five-year anniversary of the World Trade Center destruction, he stated to the disbelief of everyone that Democrats "are more interested in protecting the terrorists than protecting the American people." Just another corrupt Republican extremist who shortly will be out on the street without a job.

Rick "man on dog" Santorum:
Junior senator from Pennsylvania. An anti-gay bigot who dishonors family values by spreading false and inflammatory rhetoric against gays and lesbians. He encountered controversy over disclosures that Pennsylvania taxpayers paid for his children's schooling while they lived in Virginia. Santorum maintained he did nothing wrong, and has pulled his children out of the school, according to reports.

Randy "Duke" Cunningham:
I'll let his own words speak for themselves:
"The truth is I broke the law, concealed my conduct and disgraced my office," he told reporters, his voice strained with emotion. "I know I will forfeit my reputation, my worldly possessions -- most importantly the trust of my friends and family."
Asked by U.S. District Judge Larry Burns if he had accepted cash and gifts and then tried to influence the Defense Department on behalf of the donors, Cunningham said, "Yes, your honor."

Conrad Burns:
Questions arose over $3 million in appropriations he earmarked for an Indian tribe in Michigan that was a client of lobbyist Abramoff. The senator received substantial campaign contributions from Abramoff and various clients.

Roy Blunt:
For trying to insert provisions into bills that would have benefited, in one case, a client of his lobbyist son and in another case, the employer of his lobbyist girlfriend, now his wife.

Dick Cheney:
Dick Cheney is surrounded by some very substantial conflicts of interest. As Secretary of Defense under George H. Bush, Dick Cheney spear headed an effort to privatize a number of parts of the military. In 1992, Cheney worked with Halliburton to draw up the plans and contracts. After leaving government, Cheney joined Halliburton and profited from the very arrangements he helped to engineer. Cheney still owns over 400,000 Halliburton stock options and a series of no bid contracts for work in Iraq and hurricane Katrina flow to Halliburton. A conflict of interest is blatant and undeniable.

Bob Ney:
Rep. Ney's ethics violations arise from campaign contributions and travel he has accepted from those who sought his legislative assistance, as well as from the misuse of his office to influence a private, commercial transaction.

Bill Frist:
Bill Frist of Tennessee made a fortune through the family business, Hospital Corporation of America. HCA has profited mightily, even beyond what is allowed by law. HCA was fined $840 million in criminal fines, civil penalties and damages for unlawful billing practices. These infractions came in the form of over-billing Medicare, Medicaid and the Defense Department's health care system. Frist's latest ethical problems arise from violating the spirit of the blind trust and insider trading, for which he is being investigated by the SEC. He also went to a pound while he was in med school and adopted cats to take home and dissect to further his medical knowledge. Horrible!

Bob Taft:
In August of 2005 Republican Gov. Bob Taft pleaded no contest to four criminal ethics charges for his failure to disclose golf outings paid for by lobbyists, as well as undisclosed gifts worth $5,800, he was fined $4,000 plus court costs.

Scooter Libby:
Scooter Libby has been instrumental in a number of plots which most people of ethics would avoid. Scooter was a key player in the awarding of no-bid contracts to Halliburton for work in Iraq. The VP's office vehemently denied having involvement in the contracts but it turns our Libby had been meeting with the Pentagon about Halliburton and the contracts. Libby is up to his eyeballs in the leaking of classified information, the identity of Valerie Plame. Judith Miller will testify that Scooter Libby compromised the classified information over coffee.

John Ashcroft:
Former US Attorney General who helped draft the presidential order creating secret military tribunals which bypasses the US court system and contains significant due process violations and allows for the imposition of the death penalty. Appointed individuals who have poor civil rights/liberties records to high-level DOJ positions. Eliminated a pilot program that provided federal money to pay for DNA testing to exonerate innocent inmates. Has blurred the line between church and state by conducting daily sessions of prayer and Bible study at the DOJ. Rounded up and imprisoned over 1200 men of Middle Eastern descent based largely on pretextual immigration violations and refused to disclose their identity and location and the reason for their detention.

Jack Abramoff:
Jack Abramoff has been ordered to report to prison by June 29th, 2006. There are two separate prosecutions against Jack Abramoff.

The first is focused on Abramoff's defrauding of investors in his purchase, along with Adam Kidan, of SunCruz, a fleet of casino boats. That investigation is being handled by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Florida. Abramoff was indicted for his involvement in the SunCruz fraud case August 11th, 2005 and pled guilty January 4th, 2006 to two counts (Conspiracy to Defraud the United States and Wire Fraud). He, along with Kidan, was sentenced March 29th to five years, 10 months in prison. Abramoff's yet to be sentenced in the other case.

The other case relates to bribing public officials and defrauding his Indian clients - it's being led by Justice Department prosecutors and is proceeding in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Jack Abramoff pled guilty January 3rd, 2006 to three counts (Conspiracy to Defraud the United States, Mail Fraud, and Tax Evasion). A status conference is scheduled for June 6th.

On November 21st, 2005, Michael Scanlon, Jack Abramoff's partner in the Indian fraud and bribery schemes, pled guilty to Conspiracy to Defraud the United States.

David Safavian:
The Bush Administration's chief contracting and procurement official at OMB, David Safavian was arrested on charges of making false statements to an ethics official, making false statements to the General Services Agency's Inspector General, and obstruction of a GSA-IG investigation.

George Ryan:
Republican George Ryan was the Governor of Illinois from 1999 until 2003. Ryan's term in office was marked by a scandal involving the illegal sale of government licenses, contracts and leases by state employees during his prior service as Secretary of State; in the wake of numerous convictions of former aides, he chose not to run for reelection in 2002. In December 2003 he was indicted on 18 federal racketeering, fraud and conspiracy charges. His trial got underway in September 2005.

Rush Limbaugh:
Rush has long elevated himself above all those "lowly liberals and democrats". He identifies himself as someone who lives by and fights for ethical behavior. Except Rush was abusing prescription drugs for a period of over 5 years. The amount of pills consumed by Rush necessarily requires him to have obtained them illegally through a practice known as "doctor shopping". His housekeeper has admitted to providing Rush with illegal OxyContin pills.

Ralph Reed:
Ralph Reed is the face of the Christian right. Ascribing to himself deep, religious virtue, Reed has a long history of questionable activities. Reed is quite close to Jack Abramoff who with Reed, engaged in unfortunate quid-pro-quo lobbying efforts, most notably extorting money from Indian Casinos for campaign contributions.

Kenneth Tomlinson:
Republican Chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Kenneth Tomlinson, investigated for violating the Public Broadcasting Act, resigned after the results of the investigation were published.


Now there are a ton more than this but I'm just giving the highlights as this has become entirely too time consuming. I had no idea there was this much corruption in the Republican party until beginning this investigation. Want to know more? Click the below link.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

20 Reasons not to trust the election system.

It's a sad day when you can list so many reasons NOT to vote when there are so many reasons we should. One thing is for sure, though...we should ALL be receiving a receipt for our vote that shows everyone we voted for so that we can report errors IMMEDIATELY.

And for those of you who still insist Bush won the 2000 election...kindly explain why EVERY SINGLE vote that ended up in error went FOR Bush. Why did not one single errored vote go towards Kerry? See #18-20.

Interesting Bull Mucaca indead... read on...

1. 80% of all votes in America are counted by only two companies: Diebold and ES&S.

2. There is no federal agency with regulatory authority or oversight of the U.S. voting machine industry.

3. The vice-president of Diebold and the president of ES&S are brothers.

4. The chairman and CEO of Diebold is a major Bush campaign organizer and donor who wrote in 2003 that he was "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year."

5. Republican Senator Chuck Hagel used to be chairman of ES&S. He became Senator based on votes counted by ES&S machines.

6. Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, long-connected with the Bush family, was recently caught lying about his ownership of ES&S by the Senate Ethics Committee.

7. Senator Chuck Hagel was on a short list of George W. Bush's vice-presidential candidates.

8. ES&S is the largest voting machine manufacturer in the U.S. and counts almost 60% of all U.S. votes.

9. Diebold's new touch screen voting machines have no paper trail of any votes. In other words, there is no way to verify that the data coming out of the machine is the same as what was legitimately put in by voters.

10. Diebold also makes ATMs, checkout scanners, and ticket machines, all of which log each transaction and can generate a paper trail.

11. Diebold is based in Ohio.

12. Diebold employed 5 convicted felons as consultants and developers to help write the central compiler computer code that counted 50% of the votes in 30 states.,2645,61640,00.html

13. Jeff Dean was Senior Vice-President of Global Election Systems when it was bought by Diebold. Even though he had been convicted of 23 counts of felony theft in the first degree, Jeff Dean was retained as a consultant by Diebold and was largely responsible for programming the optical scanning software now used in most of the United States.

14. Diebold consultant Jeff Dean was convicted of planting back doors in his software and using a "high degree of sophistication" to evade detection over a period of 2 years.

15. None of the international election observers were allowed in the polls in Ohio.

16. California banned the use of Diebold machines because the security was so bad. Despite Diebold's claims that the audit logs could not be hacked, a chimpanzee was able to do it! (See the movie here:,2645,63298,00.html

17. 30% of all U.S. votes are carried out on unverifiable touch screen voting machines with no paper trail.

18. All -- not some -- but all the voting machine errors detected and reported in Florida went in favor of Bush or Republican candidates.,2645,65757,00.html

19. The governor of the state of Florida, Jeb Bush, is the President's brother.

20. Serious voting anomalies in Florida -- again always favoring Bush -- have been mathematically demonstrated and experts are recommending further investigation.,10801,97614,00.html

Friday, August 11, 2006

Lieberman politics a sore spot for Democrats.

With friends like this...who needs enemies?

So as of today it appears that Lieberman's loss in the primary has fueled many of the right wing ideopundits to quickly jump on the Independant bandwagon. You heard me right! As soon as the opporunity to lay another smack down on democrats happened, they were on top of it!

You won't BELIEVE who's now supporting Joe Lieberman.

Bully O'Reilly and Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter, Tom DeLay, Bill Kristol

That's right! Even before his primary loss they were spouting out how the Democrats were going to be heading to the "far left" if they elected Lamont. Does anyone else think this is total bullsh*t?

Lieberman a sore loser...

Does anyone out there think Lieberman is simply a sore loser by running again? Surely he doesn't believe the filth he spouts about how him losing is bad for ALL democrats ALL over the country? I mean aren't politicians put in office to represent their constituency? So wouldn't this mean that the Connecticut voters are the ones he's speaking out against? His OWN constituency? WOW.

When Lamont receives 39% of the Jewish know things needed to be shaken up.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Something EVERYONE should read.

We're at War All Right - Right Here at Home

"There never has been a state that has benefited from an extended war." From Master Sun-Tzu's "The Art of War."

President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair of the United Kingdom meet one-on-one during the G8 Summit in Strelna, Russia, Sunday, July 16, 2006. "We just had a wide-ranging discussion: we talked about the Middle East, we talked about Iraq, we talked about Iran," said President Bush to the press. "I was pleased to inform and thank Tony for the good work in the United Nations on a unanimous resolution regarding North Korea."

John Walsh's recent article, "Flunking the Art of War," contained the above quote and I couldn't help but see it in a completely different context from what Walsh had intended. Walsh was obviously and appropriately applying the ancient wisdom of Sun-Tzu in comparison to our modern day U.S. President of War- and his complete failure in Iraq- and the results of our leaving Israel and Lebanon to "duke it out" amongst themselves since nobody ever really read his "Roadmap to Peace." As I read passages from the sixth century B.C., while at the same time wishing that Bush could have mastered literacy beyond the likes of "My Pet Goat," a stark and disturbing thought came forth- America may not survive the war within its own borders let alone the international blunders Bush has duct-taped to his legacy.

Here we are in a situation where we should admire and support a leader in a time of true crisis: said leader was caught with a mouthful of muffin blurting his potty mouth simply because he thought the microphone was off. As snarky as that may sound to some, I think it's important to look beyond the words that came from Lord W's mouth, and recognize what those words really signify.

I don't believe that America has ever been held in such a low regard as it is now. America's image is no longer that "shining city on the hill" that Reagan described. In its place, we have the Bush regime that is circumventing the judicial system (and the Supreme Court, the folks responsible for this whole mess in the first place) in order to decriminalize torture, endless imprisonment without charge, kangaroo courts and other policies which laugh in the face of not only international laws, but the very Constitution itself. The very foundations of this country, for which so many have fought and died, are being systematically dismantled.

We have lost almost as many innocent American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan as we did innocent civilians on 9/11, and yet we are no safer here at home while there is still no plan to end the occupation in either country. Literally uncounted thousands of innocent Iraqi and Afghani citizens have perished for nothing more than an empty promise of "democracy"- over one hundred Iraqi deaths a day at last count. And to top it off, the rest of the region has erupted into such a state of chaos that the religious right is in a frenzy over the coming "Rapture" - however, one disciple is hoping that it doesn't come too soon as she plans on having her hair and nails done next Friday. No, I'm not kidding.

Meanwhile, American cities are still suffering and waiting to rebuild after a series of natural disasters that found Lord W strumming guitars and eating birthday cake with an Arizona senator while thousands of people cried out in despair. In fact, just a few weeks ago here in upstate New York, we watched Lord W enjoy bad Elvis imitations at Graceland while our own flood waters washed away homes and businesses.

I could go on, y'know. . . Gas prices, jobs overseas, Abramhoff and Co., the stem cell veto etc but I think we all get the picture. America is not only worse off than it was six very long years ago, but it's worse off every single day that these inept bozos are allowed to call the shots on our behalf.

Which brings us back to Bush's comments and behavior at the recent G8 Dog and Pony Show. Not only is he devoid of any sense of mutual respect for other world leaders (how come Pooty Poot didn't get one of those back rubs?), but his comments to Blair show his ignorance of the world community and its workings. The fact that the Leader of the Free World believes that the solution to the latest Middle East crisis is to get Syria on the phone and tell them to get Hezbollah to "stop all this sh*t" shows the world that America is being led by arrogance and ignorance.

But there is still a small minority of. . . Okay, Americans. . . That still believe that everything is simply fine. Well, okay, things would be a lot better if everybody would just back off and shut up and let Bush do what Bush wants to do. Hey, New York Times! Are you listening?

These are the same people who think that the terrorists are dumb enough not to have known that their money trails and phone calls were being monitored until the NY Times opened their big yap and yet; those terrorists were smart enough to pull off 9/11 without any "help."

These folks also believe that the deaths of innocents in Iraq and Afghanistan are an unpleasant but necessary sacrifice for the greater good, but the "deaths" of a conglomeration of embryonic cells for medical research is murder. Apparently, the "moral" thing to do is to throw these cells in the garbage rather than use them for the greater good.

This is just a small sample of the delusional level that allows the Bush Gang to maintain what little support they have left. These Bush-Bots are simply too subservient to realize that their fearless leader has declared war on them by manipulating their fears. This is what's left of Lord W's base, along with the Halliburtons of the world and a smattering of PNAC disciples.

Speaking of the PNAC. . .

One glaring example of the disintegration taking place within the Bush regime was a recent publication by Francis Fukuyama, one of the founders of the Project for a New American Century.

The PNAC is, of course, the neo-conservative "think tank" whose wild ideology was the basis for most of the policies adopted by the Bush administration. Their goal is to implement a series of strategies and policies which would guarantee geo-political supremacy for America in a post Cold War world. They had originally lamented that the only thing that stood in their way was the absence of a "new Pearl Harbor", however, as Fukuyama points out in his book, the mix of both poor planning and blind ideology on the part of the Bush administration has all but destroyed the possibility of the PNAC from realizing their goals. In other words, behind every dark cloud. . .

But the efforts to protect and preserve this blind ideology which guides Lord W and his counsel have left this country divided to a point where we as a people are at war not only with those with opposing ideals, but within our own ranks - and for very good reason.

Just as those on the Left have tossed folks like Joe Lieberman into the same pile as Wacky Zell Miller, true conservatives are distancing themselves from the neo-conservatives. While the Left has concluded that folks like Lieberman, and even Hillary, are little more than "Republican Lites" undeserving of any support, those on the Right are waking up to the fact that the wrong element in their party is in charge and has made a complete mess of everything. Both sides may be returning to their roots in an effort to return America to what it once was not so long ago. But there's only one problem: that rabid minority and those who continue to feed it.

There is a cancer in this country and it has many symptoms: Coulter, Savage, Beck, Limbaugh, et al, and their supporters make up one symptom. A pathetic and compliant corporate media is another. The fact that many Democrats know who won "American Idol" last time, but can't name the Attorney General and why he should be behind bars is yet another.

Probably worst of all, is the spineless lack of a real opposition party in this country. With all that is known - or should be known by those folks - they are still afraid to use the words "perjury" and "criminal" and "impeach." And as long as they refuse to stand up and say what the majority of Americans already know, then Lord W will continue to wage war on the world, against those who oppose him and against his very supporters.

Tzu and Lord W are right. This country cannot benefit from an extended war whether it's in some foreign country or right here at home. And somebody needs to get on the phone and tell them to "stop this sh*t.”

By W. David Jenkins III

Go Lamont Go!

Ned Lamont's primary win will NOT spell doom for the Democratic Party.

First and foremost... Woohoo!!!

Lieberman may have had some big names root for him but he won't even accept a simple, and what I think is a smart, challenge from Stephen Colbert on his show. Lamont, however, has some big names rooting for him as well.

The biggest reason that Ned Lamont's primary victory will not phase us democrats is because Joe Lieberman is NOT a Democrat! Want proof? Here is a letter from a Princeton republican to all Connecticut republicans asking them to campaign for LIEberman!!! It's pretty sad when Lieberman's campaign fund will pay for accomodations to REPUBLICANS who plan on campaigning for him!

If you didn't click on the link above...then you really need to. Joe has GOT TO GO. He may have served us well in the past...but so did Zell Miller and we all know what happened to him.

He had me at "This isn't Fox News, sir..."

Ned Lamont had a great debate with Joe Lieberman. Lieberman is a supreme debator and is extremely experienced in everything politics. It was very surprising that Lamont did so well against him.

Monday, July 31, 2006

Proper education can save Iraq

The key to a new beginning...

Iraq is in turmoil as can be seen here and here. Wondering what to do about situations such as this will boggle historians for many years to come. The problem should NOT boggle anyone! The reason for the secterian violence in Iraq is simple. Lack of education.

Some of you will think I'm crazy for labeling such a complicated problem with such an easy solution. However, I would like you to bare with me on this and let me know your thoughts in the 'Comments' section below.

First, let's take a look back to our own 'secterian violence' during the American Civil War. I call it this because, in reality, the violence in Iraq today is the same as the violence between our own people. People who chose to disagree strongly enough, that instead of debating the topic in a free open forum, they would rather kill the side that disagrees with them.

Religion or Slavery?

Iraq has two main religious sects in their country. The Sunni and the Shi'a make up most of the country's religious acolytes & followers. Shi'a Islam's followers currently make up a vast majority in Iraq over the Sunni version of Islam. It is in this majority & religious differences that the problem lies.

Much like the Hutu and Tutsi of the Rwanda genocide in the mid 90's, the violence today is being generated by the same part of the brain. One 'tribe' feels they are superior to the other 'tribe' OR feels that their religous doctrine should be the only one followed or even ALLOWED to be followed. This is craziness right?

This sounds an awful lot like how the South felt about slavery. They felt passionately enough about something that could have been discussed and resolved in a non-violent manner...but instead chose violence as the only course of action. So when it comes to countryman versus countryman...which is a more nobler cause? Religion or Slavery?

Education helps create Peace...

Neither of those are worth killing my fellow countryman in my opinion. So what would make people do it? I can sum it up in one simple phrase: Lack of a proper education. Now we all know that even with proper education a serial killer can be born. However, some are finding out that with proper education, you can ease racial tension. Should it not be said that a proper neutral education can help ease religious tensions as well? I think it should!

A proper education for all children could solve 90%-99% of all the world's problems. That's a statement I stand by and will continue to stand by until it is proven wrong. This most likely means I will be taking this stance to my grave...considering we, as a superpower, can't even educate all our own children properly.

A proper education across the world can accomplish a higher learning initiative that will trickle down for an entire generation. We can save this planet by saving our children. We can grow tolerence by destroying stupidity. We can start by investigating all the kindergarten through middle school teachers in Iraq for any hate-filled teachings. We can start by helping to ensure the proper education about the teachings of Islam through the Qur'an.

To battle!

The best way to battle racial and religious tension is to battle the lack of education in our rural and inner city schools. Everyone needs to go to their local PTA...contribute to their local charity that helps unfortunate children receive good educations.

I can only imagine how this country would be if it were more educated. For one, we would not have allowed a president we could 'drink a beer with' as the leader of our nation. We would want someone who could represent us respectfully no matter where he is or what he is doing. I cannot stress how important a good education is. I will be sending my children to the best school I can afford at the time. My wife and I are even willing to move if it means a better school district and a better education for our child.

I suggest we all begin making a positive influence on every child around us. Preach the good of a proper sideless education. Have a problem with evolution? That's fine...teach Creationism. But at least teach them BOTH so that tolerance is built.

It is okay to disagree with someone. It is NOT okay to kill them for it.

Friday, July 28, 2006

They've created a ninny...

We're stuck with a terrible war and a worse president, and all the GOP can do is scream, "Pelosi and her Nancy boys are coming"? This is pathetic.

This about sums it up:

By Garrison Keillor

People who live in mud huts should not throw mud, especially if it comes from their own roofs. As Scripture says, don't point to the speck in your neighbor's eye when you have a piece of kindling in your own.

I see by the papers that the Republicans want to make an issue of Nancy Pelosi in the congressional races this fall: Would you want a San Francisco woman to be Speaker of the House? Will the podium be repainted in lavender stripes with a disco ball overhead? Will she be borne into the chamber by male dancers with glistening torsos and wearing pink tutus? After all, in the unique worldview of old elephants, San Francisco is a code word for g-a-y, and after assembling a record of government lies, incompetence and disaster, the party in power hopes that the fear of g-a-y-s will pull it through in November.

Running against Nancy Pelosi, a woman who comes from a district where there are known gay persons, is a nice trick, but it does draw attention to the large shambling galoot who is speaker now, Tom DeLay's enabler for years, a man who, judging by his public mutterances, is about as smart as most high school wrestling coaches. For the past year, Dennis Hastert has been two heartbeats from the presidency. He is a man who seems content just to have a car and driver and three square meals a day. He has no apparent vision beyond the urge to hang onto power. He has succeeded in turning Congress into a branch of the executive branch. If Mr. Hastert becomes the poster boy for the Republican Party, this does not speak well for them as the Party of Ideas.

People who want to take a swing at San Francisco should think twice. Yes, the Irish coffee at Fisherman's Wharf is overpriced, and the bus tour of Haight-Ashbury is disappointing (where are the hippies?), but the Bay Area is the cradle of the computer and software industry, which continues to create jobs for our children. The iPod was not developed by Baptists in Waco, Texas. There may be a reason for this. Creative people thrive in a climate of openness and tolerance, since some great ideas start out sounding ridiculous. Creativity is a key to economic progress. Authoritarianism is stifling. I don't believe that Mr. Hewlett and Mr. Packard were gay, but what's important is: In San Francisco, it doesn't matter so much. When the cultural Sturmbannfuhrers try to marshal everyone into straight lines, it has consequences for the economic future of this country.

Meanwhile, the Current Occupant goes on impersonating a president. Somewhere in the quiet leafy recesses of the Bush family, somebody is thinking, "Wrong son. Should've tried the smart one." This one's eyes don't quite focus. Five years in office and he doesn't have a grip on it yet. You stand him up next to Tony Blair at a press conference and the comparison is not kind to Our Guy. Historians are starting to place him at or near the bottom of the list. And one of the basic assumptions of American culture is falling apart: the competence of Republicans.
You might not have always liked Republicans, but you could count on them to manage the bank. They might be lousy tippers, act snooty, talk through their noses, wear spats and splash mud on you as they race their Pierce-Arrows through the village, but you knew they could do the math. To see them produce a ninny and then follow him loyally into the swamp for five years is disconcerting, like seeing the Rolling Stones take up lite jazz. So here we are at an uneasy point in our history, mired in a costly war and getting nowhere, a supine Congress granting absolute power to a president who seems to get smaller and dimmer, and the best the Republicans can offer is San Franciscophobia? This is beyond pitiful. This is violently stupid.

It is painful to look at your father and realize the old man should not be allowed to manage his own money anymore. This is the discovery the country has made about the party in power. They are inept. The checkbook needs to be taken away. They will rant, they will screech, they will wave their canes at you and call you all sorts of names, but you have to do what you have to do.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Thank God for Keith Olbermann

The One Hour 'Daily Show'

Keith Olbermann, host of MSNBC's "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" has become my new John Stewart.

For quite some time now I have admired the way John Stewart has handled his 'news' program. Using his almost sophomoric wit and appropriate empty sarcastic stares at the screen. I would always look forward to watching him every night. Now, with the implementation of DVR, I can watch him ANY time and have continued to do so. But then a new show caught my eye...

I've never been a fan of MSNBC. From that horrific blonde with the male voice (Rita Cosby) the argumentative liberal who can't get enough of his own voice (Chris Matthews). Even the cocky 'youngling' who seems to be playing Anderson Cooper for MSNBC (Dan Abrams) brings swift headaches. I can't, of course, leave out the pissy & intolerable, yet somewhat sincere conservative (Joe Scarborough). Every time I see any one of them, after a few minutes, my blood begins to boil and I turn the channel in what could only be described as 'disgust.'

But then I happened to actually make it through one of their 8 o'clock shows one night...and the reason was, plain and simple, a brilliant satirist & best news story picker, Keith Olbermann. He starts the show with a claim that "these will be the top 5 stories you're talking about tomorrow." And you know what? He's right!

Olbermann doesn't just pick the stories that are popular (although he does usually put those as the 5th and 4th story), but he also picks heartwarming and even funny stories from across the nation. It is in those stories that lies the genius to his show. Every other news show (you can't REALLY call Daily Show a 'news' show) is about nothing but news news news. Because of this, you usually end up with either a boring, a depressing or a downright horrific newscast. Olbermann solves this with wit, satire & a long standing feud with Bill O'Reilly that has to be seen to be believed.

The O'Reilly Factor

The feud between Olbermann and O'Reilly has been going on for quite sometime (longer than I've been watching the show, unfortunately). The interesting thing about this feud is that the two have never met! The closest they have ever come was being in the same room 20 feet from each other, but never speaking.

O'Reilly, with his snide attitude and extreme temper, has done nothing but make an ass of himself over and over when it comes to Olbermann. It has gotten to the point where O'Reilly actually considers the word 'Olbermann' to be a curse word worthy of sending "Fox Security" after anyone who calls in on his radio show to use it. Yes you heard me right. Want proof? Click here: (if you have trouble loading it, please copy/paste it into your browser's Address bar)


If you are reading this and have NOT watched that video, I encourage you to do so.

Olbermann has a great segment on his show called "Worst persons in the world" where he runs over 3 people he feels have doing something to deserve the segment's title. O'Reilly is a regular (well deserved) on this list. The sad thing is...O'Reilly has probably created many more 'Countdown' viewers than he has taken away.

Let's play Oddball

Perhaps the most entertaining aspect of the show is his segment called 'Oddball.' This segment is dedicated to all the crazy things going on in the world. One particularly entertaining piece about the 'Running of the Bulls' brought us great video from the event itself. Olbermann actually goes for the bulls (rightfully so) and always has great words of encouragement for the doomed fodder.

Many years or many tears?

I do hope Keith's show has many years of success. However, the rising tide of 'conservative values' could possibly eliminate humor or satire from the air.

I applaud Mr. Olbermann. I applaud him a thousand times for having the guts to stand up to the biggest bully on TV (O'Reilly). I also applaud him for having such a great show. I wish him many years of success.

To quote Rachel Maddow...

Keith...please continue to 'poke that sharp stick at the soft underbelly of the r-r-right wing scheme machine'.

RedWing out...

Monday, July 24, 2006

Republican Comments vs. Reality Based Comments

The article in question:

Animal House Summit
Published: July 19, 2006

Reporters who covered W.'s 2000 campaign often wondered whether the Bush scion would give up acting the fool if he got to be the king. Would he stop playing peekaboo with his pre-meal moist towels during airplane interviews? Would he quit scrunching up his face and wiggling his eyebrows at memorial services? Would he replace levity and inanity with gravity?
"In many regards, the Bush I knew did not seem to be built for what lay ahead," wrote Frank Bruni, the Times writer who covered W.'s ascent, in his book "Ambling Into History." "The Bush I knew was part scamp and part bumbler, a timeless fraternity boy and heedless cutup, a weekday gym rat and weekend napster, an adult with an inner child that often brimmed to the surface or burst through.

The open-microphone incident at the G-8 lunch in St. Petersburg on Monday illustrated once more that W. never made any effort to adapt. The president has enshrined his immaturity and insularity, turning every environment he inhabits - no matter how decorous or serious - into a comfortable frat house.
No matter what the trappings or the ceremonies require of the leader of the free world, he brings the same DKE diction, bearing and cadences, the same insouciance and smart-alecky attitude, the same simplistic approach - swearing, swaggering, talking to Tony Blair with his mouth full of buttered roll, and giving a startled Angela Merkel an impromptu shoulder rub. He can make even a global summit meeting seem like a kegger.
Catching W. off-guard, the really weird thing is his sense of victimization. He's strangely resentful about the actual core of his job. Even after the debacles of Iraq and Katrina, he continues to treat the presidency as a colossal interference with his desire to mountain bike and clear brush.
In snippets of overheard conversation, Mr. Bush says he has not bothered to prepare any closing remarks and grouses about having to listen to other world leaders talk too long. What did he think being president was about?
The world may be blowing up, and the president may have a rare opportunity to jaw-jaw about bang-bang with his peers, but that pales in comparison with his burning desire to return to his feather pillow and gym back at the White House.
"Gotta go home,"’ he tells the guy next to him. "Got something to do tonight. Go to the airport, get on the airplane and go home." A White House spokesman said Mr. Bush had nothing on his schedule after he returned to Washington on Monday about 4 p.m.
When he began meandering about how big Russia was, you expected him to yell, "Yo, Condi!" and ask his secretary of state: "Hey, what’s the name of that other big country that has more people than any other country in the world? It begins with a 'C.' Dad spent some time there."
Perhaps it's that anti-patrician chip on his shoulder, his rebellion against a family that prized manners and diplomacy above all. But when bored or frustrated, W. reserves the right to be boorish - no matter if the setting is a gilded palace or a Texas gorge.
He treated Tony "As It Were" Blair like the servant in "The Remains of the Day," blowing off his offer to help with the Israel-Lebanon crisis, and changing the subject from substance to fluff at one point, noting about his 60th-birthday Burberry gift: "Thanks for the sweater. Awfully thoughtful of you." Then he razzed the British prime minister, who was hovering and wheedling like an abused wife: "I know you picked it out yourself."
After doing his best to undermine the U.N. and Kofi Annan, W. talked about the secretary general like a fraternity pledge he wanted to send out for more beer or a keg of Diet Coke: "I felt like telling Kofi to get on the phone with Assad and make something happen."
His loosey-goosey confidence that everything could be fixed with a phone call - and not even a phone call made by him, and not even a phone call made to the Iranians, who have more control over Hezbollah - was striking. He seems to have no clue that his own headlong, heedless actions in the Middle East have contributed to the deepening chaos there, and to Iran's growing influence and America's diminished leverage.
Mr. Bush may resent the sophistication required of a president. But when the world is going to hell, he should stop chewing and start thinking.

Republican Comments to the article:
:: Courtesy ::

From: Arec Barrwin
MD....When you spread you legs do maggots crawl out? Have you stopped smiling because your teeth are all gray and green? When your braless breasts sag, does your back ache?

From: SeanOGuano
"an adult with an inner child that often brimmed to the surface or burst through"Not at all like our Bubba, the most perfect Prez in American history.

From: crazyhorse691
Pathetic attempts at Journalism will be Dodos legacy to the world. Pity the fool; she is not worthy of anything more or less.

From: FormerACLUmember
Humorless washed up hag/drunk Dowd needs to get a clue. Who on earth reads her sewer bilge anyway?

From: RushCrush
She has HUGE FEET!!! yikes!

From: pissant
What a squalid, ignorant See You Next Tuesday

From: conservative in nyc (posted a picture of Michael Dougless (ex-husband to Maureen Dowd & Katherine Zeta Jones whispering to each other)
Here's another. You know, for Maureen Dowd's sake. This one definitely shows why Dowd is a man-hating shrew. One look at CZJ, and Michael Douglas dumped Dowd for a much better woman. And she had his baby.

From: geezerwheezer
Speaking of "Animal House", is Maureen Doud still the lead bitc*, or is she just still a dog? I saw the picture of her at the bar and wondered if she has varicose veins or are those just cheap hose she's wearing? Whatever, her legs look like they could hold up 960 lbs. of crap, which I hope is enough to support her. ( her feet look like she could water ski without skis)

And the most intelligent comment of the day has the most ignorant statement of them all!

From: Niuhuru
Y'know, with all that Bush keeps getting shoved onto his plate, they just never let up. It's sickening. They never give him a single break or show any sympathy. It's not his fault the Middle East has erupted in a war, it's not his fault 9/11 happened, and the immigration issue was ignored by Clintoon and in my opinion it's why it's built up to this. Bush is also battling embryonic stem stell research (which is disgusting and demonic, using children as spare parts) and he's also trying to get things passed that he wanted to do as President. Furthermore, the reason the idiot left is bashing him about Iraq, it's because Iraq isn't one of their trendy causes.

Progressive Comments to the article:
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From: other lisa
He's a psychopath/sociopath check out The Sociopath Next Door for a description of a person who will portray himself as a victim while showing no empathy for others.

Recall Bush's behavior in re those on death row when he was governor.

Posted by: zeldon
Ole Bush showed he could chew buttered rolls and settle world affairs at the same time

Posted by: darby1936
He'd better not try doing that with a pretzel.

Posted by: 937-325-9136
Taylor Marsh and Crooks and Liars both have still shots from a video of Bush groping Angele Merkel, the chancellor of Germany, much to her surprise and chagrin.
The look on Bush's face when Chancellor Merkel reacts to his importuning oafishness is priceless. It shows what a clod this guy really is, much to our embarassment.

From: davesgonechina
Merkel's face when he started givin' the shoulder rub just screams "get your hands off me, you dirty sob". He reminded me of some old expat guys in China I know who are always using backrubs to try and get in the panties of women a third their age.

From: pastor
Bush showed his true colours. Bored and uninterested.


Thursday, July 20, 2006

Doesn't anyone NOTICE these things?

Is there no shame??

Has anyone (with the exception of a blurb from John Stewart) noticed how extremely awful President Bush looked while chewing with his mouth open? The G8 summit has some of the (supposed) top minds of leadership throughout the free world and THIS is what we have to see from our leadership? A gaping wide mouth full of food while talking to the prime minister of England?

Etiquette Much??

Forget the fact that he used a curse word. This is unrelevant to my point. I'm talking about the eating habits of the person we elected into office. Check this link about halfway through and watch Bush BEFORE he begins talking to Tony Blair. This is the person we elected? A common twit with an etiquette problem? Click this link to check it out.

Mommy problems??

We've all seen Barbara Bush and her pretentious attitude towards the victims of Katrina. Now we learn she didn't even teach her son the most common of ALL social graces? I mean HOW HARD IS IT to chew with your mouth CLOSED? We saw the Prime Minister of Germany handle it quite nicely when the camera is focused on her. I do believe Barbara needs to take her GROWN son back and teach the basics of social circumstances.

I figured it out...

It seems that Bush has ZERO contempt for the leadership of the world. He is more interested in stuffing his face than making us look good. He feels that he is SO powerful that he can just sit around and eat like he wants, talk like he wants and get anything he wants done. I suppose we can be thankful that he is right about the first two...but not the last.

War, War and more War...

The neo-conservative movement is the scariest thing to hit politics in my 31 years. We actually have a percentage of the population that WANT to have WWIII! Is this not insane? Should we really have 30-40% of the population thinking this is OKAY? This president is no more couth than Kim Jong Il in terms of what makes us think he will be any better towards any other social circumstanes? NOTHING.

Spidey says...

One thing that rings true about America is the advice that SpiderMan took from his late Uncle Ben. Words we should all live by and push for our leaders to consider: With great power comes great responsibility.

Government responsibility is what we lack and the first step in getting it is to win as many seats in the House & Senate as we can this November.

D-man out...