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A tribute to Condoleeza Rice and George W. Bush who, despite voluminious evidence to the contrary, said, "I don't think anybody could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center, take another one and slam it into the Pentagon, that they would try to use an airplane as a missile," adding that "even in retrospect" there was "nothing" to suggest that" and "I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees," respectively.
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Have you ever been in a situtation where your life or physical well-being was threatened and how did you respond?
Have you ever risked your own life to save someone else?
How have you personally come the aid of any victims of a disaster?
You denigrated the military service of Max Cleland and John Kerrry. What rank did you achieve in the military? Were you ever wounded? Did the government think your service to your country was worthy of a medal?
Can you please give us all the details of your sex life like you demanded from Bill Clinton?
Are you on any medication? If no, why not?
Monday, August 29, 2005
Saturday, August 27, 2005
Thursday, August 25, 2005
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Remember when Joe Scarborough was outraged that American troops were using vehicles in Iraq without the adequate armor plating to protect them from IED's and was disgusted to the point of needing a shower?
Remember when Move America Forward started a much publicized caravan to the Crawford Compound Green Zone because of their anger over troops being served tainted food by Halliburton.
Remember when the Veterans of Foreign Wars lobbied hard against cuts to the Veterans administration and the cuts to troops in the combat zone?
Remember when, based on the principle of shared sacrificed, the use of "stop loss" orders was decried by Fox News as a back door draft.
Remember when you could criticize something that was obviously FUBAR without be called a traitor, a communist, or part of the "blame America first" crowd?
1. Funny how this follows up on the blatantly partisan, Move America Forward "You don't speak for me, Cindy" caravan on its way to Crawford.
2. Has she ever claimed to speak for anyone but herself?
3. Neither do you, George.
BTW, what's up with the photo-op with George and some other doofus standing in tall grass?
BTW, do you suppose the backdrops used at the Veterans of Foreign Wars' convention were supplied by the White House propaganda department?
Monday, August 22, 2005
Nobody Could Have Predicted that KFBK is owned by Clear Channel, a blatantly partisan Bush supporter. Remember, it was Clear Channel that held rallies in support of the war under the guise of supporting the troops.
Sunday, August 21, 2005
Listen Up Limbaugh, O'Reilly, Hannity, Drudge, Coulter, et al We've had it with your McCarthy-like Tactics
June 9, 1954"Have You No Sense of Decency?"
Wisconsin Republican Senator Joseph R. McCarthy rocketed to public attention in 1950 with his allegations that hundreds of Communists had infiltrated the State Department and other federal agencies. These charges struck a particularly responsive note at a time of deepening national anxiety about the spread of world communism.
McCarthy relentlessly continued his anticommunist campaign into 1953, when he gained a new platform as chairman of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. He quickly put his imprint on that subcommittee, shifting its focus from investigating fraud and waste in the executive branch to hunting for Communists. He conducted scores of hearings, calling hundreds of witnesses in both public and closed sessions.
A dispute over his hiring of staff without consulting other committee members prompted the panel's three Democrats to resign in mid 1953. Republican senators also stopped attending, in part because so many of the hearings were called on short notice or held away from the nation's capital. As a result, McCarthy and his chief counsel Roy Cohn largely ran the show by themselves, relentlessly grilling and insulting witnesses. Harvard law dean Ervin Griswold described McCarthy's role as "judge, jury, prosecutor, castigator, and press agent, all in one."
In the spring of 1954, McCarthy picked a fight with the U.S. Army, charging lax security at a top-secret army facility. The army responded that the senator had sought preferential treatment for a recently drafted subcommittee aide. Amidst this controversy, McCarthy temporarily stepped down as chairman for the duration of the three-month nationally televised spectacle known to history as the Army-McCarthy hearings.
The army hired Boston lawyer Joseph Welch to make its case. At a session on June 9, 1954, McCarthy charged that one of Welch's attorneys had ties to a Communist organization. As an amazed television audience looked on, Welch responded with the immortal lines that ultimately ended McCarthy's career: "Until this moment, Senator, I think I never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness." When McCarthy tried to continue his attack, but Welch angrily interrupted, "Let us not assassinate this lad further, senator. You have done enough. Have you no sense of decency?"
Overnight, McCarthy's immense national popularity evaporated. Censured by his Senate colleagues, ostracized by his party, and ignored by the press, McCarthy died three years later, forty-eight years old and a broken man.
HAVE YOU NO SENSE OF DECENCY?
Friday, August 19, 2005
Cynical Observation: All the media attention given to Cindy Sheehan is keeping the attention off the Plame scandal. Who benefits?
Thursday, August 18, 2005
So O'Reilly has on Collen Rowley, the FBI agent who blew the whistle on incompetence at the FBI. He said he didn't want her to go to Crawford to support Cindy Sheehan because he was looking out for her (Rowley's) best interests. More likely, the motive for his feigned concern was a thinly veiled attempt to keep her from supporting Sheehan because someone with Rowley's creds will be much harder to vilify, the right-wing extremists' first line of defense.
In the space of the 5 minutes of video I saw, O'Reilly managed to:
Blame Clinton for the 3000 deaths on 9/11
Try to preemptively paint George Soros, Michael Moore and MoveOn.org as left-wing, radical extremists.
Admit that part of the right-wing attack menu is to use "guilt by association" and that Cowley could expect to be the victim of such an attack.
Interrupt Cowley numerous times evidencing his status as an arrogant dipwad.
Act like McCarthy by holding up two pieces of paper which he purported to be a list of the "extreme left" organizations which have rallied behind Sheehan.
Continue to make a fool of himself. What a tall bag of shit!
Anyway, how can one trust a right-wing extremist liar like Bill O'Reilly. I say liar because didn't he deny any wrong-doing with his female staffer until it became apparent by her court filings that she had recorded falafel-boy. Funny how a settlement was reached soon thereafter.
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
From Crooks and Liars
Hey Bill, what do you call it when your actions make the troops more vulnerable? Treason perhaps. When war profiteers take limited resources away from supporting the troops, I'd call that treason. How about you coming down as hard on Halliburton as you have on Cindy Sheehan? What a vile, disgusting piece of shit you are!
The Jeff Gannon/Jim Guckert access to the White House had actually been questioned by members of the elite White House Press Corp before he brought scrutiny upon himself.
The 911 Commission Report had been aired in its entirety, especially the part about ignoring all the warnings prior to the attack.
The abject failure of the press to discuss the Plame scandal, its implications to national security, and the connection to Karl Rove.
The media's whole treatment of the Swift Boat Liars.
The Downing Street Memos had been leaked sooner.
The Bush National Guard story wasn't purposefully FUBARed by CBS.
It the votes had been counted in the same way they had been cast.
Monday, August 15, 2005
Remember when paying someone to not reveal a secret was called a "bribe" and not an "exclusive contract."
Sunday, August 14, 2005
Rooting out evil, one devilish shrub at a time.
Saturday, August 13, 2005
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Franklin could never have envisioned the political landscape of the 21st century or else he would have added to this list, 'Any criticism of the Bush administration will result in a malicious, vicious, personal attack by slimy, partisan scumbags.'
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
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Saturday, August 06, 2005
Novak Leak Column Has Familiar Sound
By Dana Milbank
Tuesday, October 7, 2003; Page A23
Let's review: Syndicated columnist Robert D. Novak gets a leak of classified information from foreign-policy hardliners. The column he writes causes a huge embarrassment for the Republican White House and moderates throughout the administration. Capitol Hill erupts with protests about the leak.Sound familiar? Actually, this occurred in December 1975.
Novak, with his late partner Rowland Evans, got the classified leak -- that President Gerald R. Ford and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger were ready to make concessions to the Soviet Union to save the SALT II treaty. Donald H. Rumsfeld, then, as now, the secretary of defense, intervened to block Kissinger.
The main leak suspect: Richard Perle, then an influential aide to Sen. Henry "Scoop" Jackson (D-Wash.) and now a member of the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board and a confidant of neoconservatives in the Bush administration. The account was described in a 1977 article in The Washington Post, noting Perle's "special access" to Evans and Novak.
Read More: http://www.apfn.org/leak-gate/bush.htm
As usual, Dave's audience laughed it up. What could be funnier than ignoring warnings about an attack that forever changed our great country for the worse. 3000 dead, billions in damage, an excuse for preemptive war, previous high approval ratings for a bungling incompetent and his re-election (even if fixed). I just don't see the humor!
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
The next story was about the recess appointment of John Bolton as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. They mentioned the complaints leveled against him regarding his treatment of subordinates, the possible misuse of prewar intelligence and his disdain for the institution to which he is going to be our chief diplomat. It seemed odd, however, after talking about Palmeiro's potential perjury, that they did not mention Bolton's apparent lack of candor in the questionnaire he filled out regarding interviews with prosecutors involved in the Plame outing. Why was this omitted. Either Bolton was purposefully lying or he has a defective memory. You choose.
Monday, August 01, 2005
"This will be one of, I believe, the first time we've ever used taxpayer money to pay for the intentional destruction of human life and that's what this does."
Okay, stem cell research is a hot-button issue with many people on both sides of the debate. How are you supposed to have a reasoned discussion when you have people like Pence and Brownback making such exceedingly stupid arguments.
More money is spent on the means of "intentional destruction of human life" than on anything else.