I can't get the Louisiana and Mississippi coast tragedy out of my head. I celebrated my honeymoon here. Returned in 2002 and in 2003 and have wandered the streets in every one of the small towns we're all seeing on the news now. From Bay St Louis to Ocean Springs, the Gulf Shores truly are the crown jewel of Mississippi. New Orleans, is one of my most favorite cities in the nation. Hauled my kid down there twice before he was two. Have stayed often in the French Quarter and was even lucky enough to stay here over a long weekend. The thought of it all being washed away is painful.
Those being rescued. Those who couldn't get out. Those who we now see being pulled from roofs are the poorest of the poor. All the way along the coast, usually hidden from sight are those whose lives are now completely and totally devastated by loss. When the water's at chest level and there's someone wading through with Pampers over their head... they're not looters, they're desperate. Until you've experienced a flood or total loss, please withhold judgement. Yes, there is a criminal element at work in some cases, but yanking food off of shelves as waters rise is not.
There will be partisan flare ups over this disaster, the Corps of Engineers funding, Bush on his vacation, the miscommunications that impacted the levees, the shortage of National Guard troops... ignore it for now. Focus on contributing however you can to the people who's needs are vastly greater than political bickering.
reform n 1: a change for the better as a result of correcting abuses; "justice was for sale before the reform of the law courts" 2: a campaign aimed to correct abuses or malpractices; "the reforms he proposed were too radical for the politicians"
Is Chris Bell a "Reform Candidate"?
H.L. Mencken said "Under democracy, one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule -and both commonly succeed, and are right."
Chris Bell appears to be trying to prove Mencken wrong and Texas needs him to be successful. The upcoming election will be fraught with vitrolic rhetoric and empty promises. We need someone in Austin who's focused on the issues important to Texas more than a platform or a specific agenda of party talking points. We can't afford to remain complacent and expect Austin to heal itself on our behalf.
Mencken also said "I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time."
If our government was truly of the people and by the people, this wouldn't ring as true. Texas needs Texans focusing on the needs of Texans, not making sacrifices to the benefit of a party. Let the partisan bickering be white noise and pay attention to who's talking about your issues.
It's up to us, the voters. We get what we vote for.
* How do you keep news from the battle front fresh? Forced recycling of journalists, photographers and sound technicians.
* As women drop of the Iraqi priority list, they get to watch control over their own bodies at home erode as well. Can't argue with consistency in this administration's policies.
* Being corrupt in politics will not result in job loss. Exposing corruption will.
* Foreign policy makes so much more sense when discussed by someone who understands, foreign policy.
* Tolerance and the church? Say it ain't so.
* It truly is good to be the king. Even if your kingdom is Kentucky.
Thought for the Day
If the Iraqi
StruggleWar, can't be compared to Vietnam, the Iraqi Constitutional process can't be compared to The United States' efforts in the late 1700's.
* The longest "Jane You Ignorant Slut", ever.
* Gee Wally, meltdown don't sound good. You sure you're not talkin' 'bout s'mores?
* It's just that the Lord, he works in mysterious ways.
* Is it any coincidence that the largest town in close proximity to the Branch Davidian compound and Bush's Western White House is Waco? Pronounced with a short 'a' rather than a long one makes much more sense.
There may have been a difference in opinions but there was a distinct lack of administrative cheerleading on Meet the Press Sunday.
Gen. Meigs: Tim, it doesn't matter. We're there. We lanced the boil. We're there. We have Salafist penetration into this situation in a very-hard core Sunni insurgency and a critical point in the Middle East, for fit goes south, if we get a civil war between Sunnis and Shias, international markets will be affected. Our role as an international leader will be affected. We'll have a huge strategic problem. So having pushed Humpty Dumpty off the wall, which I would agree was untimely, the Pottery Barn rule applies. We have got to leave this as a stable situation. We cannot afford to pull out here prematurely.
Gen. McCaffrey: For God's sakes, Tim, you know, we have to have this argument set up in a respectful manner to the American people. We have had 16,000 killed and wounded, $200 billion. It's a very difficult situation. And I think some of the happy talk and spin coming out of the Pentagon leadership is part of the president's problem.
Gen. Clark: Tim, and if I could just--I just want to come in on one thing here. You got us here as military experts. But if you ask any of the top leaders, they will tell you that the country has a responsibility. The president has a responsibility. This administration has a responsibility diplomatically in the region. One of my greatest heartburns with this operation is we dumped the responsibility on our uniformed services over there for doing this. We haven't carried the load diplomatically in the region.
Gen. Downing: Well, that's a--that's a--that's a very controversial statement. The people that I know in the building, Tim, in the Pentagon say that Secretary Rumsfeld is a very aggressive, very, very tough leader, but you can talk to him. Certainly there were decisions made during the Iraq War, Tim, that were probably ones that we wish we could--we could relive. You know, when you--when you do a war plan, you probably make 50 assumptions, and if five of them go bad, that's OK, because--providing you recognize you made a bad assumption and you react to it. And I think there's a lot of truth in the fact that we probably wasted the first 12 months in Iraq because we didn't plan enough for post hostilities. But...
Dear Frank Luntz,
Stop calling it a war. The war ended on May 2, 2003 with the declaration of mission accomplished. We won the war, remember?
Continued use of the "Global War on Terrorism" or "Struggle Against Shit We Have Manufactured Evidence On" isn't working and people are no longer buying it. We're in the reconstruction phase. Reconstruction isn't something you win or lose, you are either managing it effectively or you aren't. Pulling out isn't cutting and running from a war, it's project cancellation due to lack of interest, scope creep or mismangement. The continued use of military to contain an insurgency is a result of poor planning and management. A failure to create and adhere to a critical path.
Managing a project of this scale requires (drumbeat) a timeline. An actual plan for the reconstruction of Iraq into a soverign, self governing nation. Planning for success and cessation of a project is not, aiding and abetting the opposition. Failing to establish a timeline is. Lack of appropriate managment opens the entire project up to graft, corruption, extended contracts with no accountability, overruns and mismanagment as indicated by the overwhelming finacial losses seen to date.
Tying the rebuilding of Iraq (or, Global Struggle Over Foreign Held Oil) to the War on Terrorism artificially inflates the public's expectations and unfortunately buries the other "rogue nations' " importance as we struggle in the quagmire of our own creation. Bogging an overtasked military down in a mismanaged post-war cluster fuck is not a success no matter what instrument you use to measure it and as far as the GWOT is concerned, as long as reconstruction is being conducted as a war, the real battle that needs our focus is being lost elsewhere.
Please take this under advisement for the next series of talking points for God's Own Party.
an assload of monkeys
(AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)
Bill Moyer, 73, wears a "Bullshit Protector" flap over his ear while President George W. Bush addresses the Veterans of Foreign Wars on Tuesday in Donnelly, Idaho.
* The American Legion is against freedom of expression.
"The American Legion will stand against anyone and any group that would demoralize our troops, or worse, endanger their lives by encouraging terrorists to continue their cowardly attacks against freedom-loving peoples," Thomas Cadmus, national commander, told delegates at the group's national convention in Honolulu.
The delegates voted to use whatever means necessary to "ensure the united backing of the American people to support our troops and the global war on terrorism."
* Queen Ann on the quality of the MSM.
Turning on TV and seeing Wolf Blitzer instead of Peter Arnett is not evidence of the media becoming more polarized. It's evidence of the media becoming more sane.
* Rick Perry believes the issue of gay marriage should be settled by state pastors.
Perry said by e-mail: "That marriage is the union between a man and a woman is a truth known to each one of us already, and any attempt to allow same-sex marriages is a detriment to the family unit and hurts our state and nation."
* Pat Boone weighs in on matters of National Security.
"This lady and the groups that have been demonstrating in front of the president's ranch in Crawford and following him around are the very same people that were the dropout, turn-on, anti-war peace activists back [in the Vietnam War era]," Boone said. "They still have this crazy notion that by just being peaceful and maybe toking up or something like that – it's like an ostrich with its head in the sand – maybe the danger and the bad guys will go away and leave you alone, which is not gonna happen."
Matthew 5:9 - Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Deuteronomy 5:17 - Thou shalt not kill.
Matthew 7:15 - Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Matthew 22:39 - And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Matthew 6:6 - But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
Luke 14:31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?
Dr. Mike Adams PhD, is angry again about sex discussions occuring within 50 miles of his comfort level. This time, it's all about a sex change film that doesn't seem to be required viewing for all students. Mikey's compiled his list of questions and although his ignorance and unwillingness to research the topic, the best part is his fear of body part names.
2. Is the Women’s Resource Center offended by the two women who wanted to become men? Will the two new men get their new hoo-hoo dillies from the two new women? How does that work, exactly?
3. When a woman has a hoo-hoo dilly surgically attached, does that not legitimize Freud’s sexist notion of penis envy? Is that something the Women’s Center really wants to touch - figuratively speaking?
Hoo-hoo dilly? This is *almost* as bad as Volokh's screed on the free toaster with every gay recruited theory. Almost.
Isn't it unhealthy to be this worried about *other people's* sex lives, especially when you can't even bring yourself to use the right words?
In Iraq I found out many things. I learned what pieces of glistening bone look like when they are still fresh. I found out what the inside of a brain looks like, and how much blood leaks out of dead human beings. There are other things too that I have learned over here, like what Depleted Uranium rounds look like and what a person smells like when they have burned to death. I learned a lot about death here, like all the different ways bullets can rip through a person and turn them into so much meat.
No loss is so great, no pain so unbearable and no memory so haunting that it's protected from being shat upon by Queen Ann.
As Republicans were saying repeatedly – captured on Lexis-Nexis for a year before it showed up in a Frank Luntz talking-points memo in 2004 – the savages have declared war, and it's far preferable to fight them in the streets of Baghdad than in the streets of New York (where the residents would immediately surrender). That strategy appears to be working. Then again, maybe it's just that it's so damnably hard to find parking in New York ...
Oh, lookie, something stupid dripped like pablum from the lips of Dear Leader's mouthpiece. Oh the shock. Oh the dismay. Oh STFU, it's policy folks. He outlined this in 1999 and is sticking to his guns like his goal to capture Osama... uh, wait... uh or something.
So he believes that people have a fundamental right to express their views. That's one of the reasons we're fighting this war on terrorism, to protect our fundamental rights. But at the same time, he disagrees strongly.
From the way back machine...
When asked at a news conference in May what he thought about the site, Bush let loose, saying it was produced by a "garbage man" and suggesting that "there ought to be limits to freedom"
He's definitely seeing to that... even in Iraq
Q If it's rooted in Islam, as it seems it will be, is that still -- is there still the possibility of honoring the rights of women?
THE PRESIDENT: I talked to Condi, and there is not -- as I understand it, the way the constitution is written is that women have got rights, inherent rights recognized in the constitution, and that the constitution talks about not "the religion," but "a religion." Twenty-five percent of the assembly is going to be women, which is a -- is embedded in the constitution.
We all know Condi's got it figgered out. What an asset.
For a country dedicated to freedom and democracy we have it *in* for others.
* We hate other world leaders and wish them and our justices dead.
* We hate our troops, especially when they come home needing us the most.
* We hate dissent.
We should be hating war, poverty, intolerance, job losses, water shortages, health care issues... instead of making up new stuff to attack.
Quickies, for partisans on the go.
* Nero, the hero.
* Utah justifies the 2nd Amendment.
* As these losses mount, the sounds of cheerleading will become more hollow.
* Admit it, we only want to legislate behavior in *other* people.
* Someone's just *begging* to be punk'd.
* Choices are hard. Being president is hard.
* We're giving the troops a clearer picture of what they're fighting for now. Theocracy.
Restoring honor and dignity to the White House one month a year through conspicuous absence.
After NewsMax et al, crowed about the Rush's legal coup, focusing only on the doctor's prescriptions... missed the thousands of pills that weren't purchased through legal channels, it's important to keep the focus on the hypocrisy.
"I bet you what, if I had been treated by Dr. Dean, I bet you Democrats in certain parts of this country would be demanding his records," Limbaugh said from his South Florida studio.
Palm Beach investigators recently obtained search warrants for the offices of Limbaugh's doctors and alleged Thursday that Limbaugh engaged in illegal drug use and went "doctor shopping" for prescription painkillers.
His brief reference to the investigation came during his three-hour broadcast, which he has used over past weeks to defend himself.
Earlier Friday, Limbaugh attorney Roy Black accused the Palm Beach state attorney of investigating Limbaugh only for political reasons. Black said Limbaugh was not a target of State Attorney Barry Krischer's investigation until the National Enquirer quoted Limbaugh's maid in October saying she had unlawfully sold Limbaugh such medications.
"Suddenly an elected public official could not ignore the name Rush Limbaugh," Black said on NBC's "Today" show. Black is also a paid NBC commentator. "They are looking to publicly embarrass him and affect his radio program. ... Why is Rush Limbaugh the only person treated like this in America?"
He's not. Look at the vast number of non-violent criminals in our prison system today. What's the dealer to user ratio? Maybe, just maybe, people would be more willing to cut him some slack if crap like this didn't ooze from his blowhole during his drug haze.
I want to let you read along with me a quote from Jerry Colangelo about substance abuse, and I think you'll find that he's very much right…"I know every expert in the world will disagree with me, but I don't buy into the disease part of it. The first time you reach for a substance you are making a choice. Every time you go back, you are making a personal choice. I feel very strongly about that."...
What he's saying is that if there's a line of cocaine here, I have to make the choice to go down and sniff it….And his point is that we are rationalizing all this irresponsibility and all the choices people are making and we're blaming not them, but society for it. All these Hollywood celebrities say the reason they're weird and bizarre is because they were abused by their parents. So we're going to pay for that kind of rehab, too, and we shouldn't. It's not our responsibility. It's up to the people who are doing it. And Colangelo is right.
--Rush Limbaugh TV show (9/23/93)
"What this says to me is that too many whites are getting away with drug use, too many whites are getting away with drug sales, too many whites are getting away with trafficking in this stuff. The answer to this disparity is not to start letting people out of jail because we're not putting others in jail who are breaking the law. The answer is to go out and find the ones who are getting away with it, convict them and send them up the river, too."
-- Rush Limbaugh. October 5, 1995 show transcript.
It seems no matter how much we shoot at their feet, they just won't dance fast enough.
Failing to finish by midnight on August 22 could provoke new elections and, effectively, a return to the drawing board for the entire constitutional process. But a further extension may be more likely, as Washington insists the charter is key to its strategy to undermine the Sunni revolt and leave a new Iraqi government largely to fend for itself after US troops go home.
Meanwhile, Ashraf Qazi, special Iraq representative of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, said he “deeply regrets” the decision of an Iraqi government “in the process of transition” to reinstate the death penalty.
At least we're not giving up on true democracy.
I expect that the constitution would be finished before Monday," Sunni negotiator Saleh al-Mutlaq said. "Negotiations are still under way and everybody is determined to finish it before the deadline."
He said American and British officials were pressing the Sunnis to compromise on the issues of federalism and other topics.
"Americans are more concerned about the sacred deadlines rather than the contents of the constitution," al-Mutlaq said.
However, both the Shiites and the Kurds again pointed to the Sunnis as the main holdouts because of their opposition to transforming Iraq into a federated state, which they fear would lead to the breakup of the nation.
The ever prevalent Bush administration approach "Gitterdun".
At least once their done with the constitution we'll get to bring the troops home...
WASHINGTON -- The Army is planning for the possibility of keeping the current number of soldiers in Iraq _ well over 100,000 _ for four more years, the Army's top general said Saturday.
In an Associated Press interview, Gen. Peter Schoomaker said the Army is prepared for the "worst case" in terms of the required level of troops in Iraq. He said the number could be adjusted lower if called for by slowing the force rotation or by shortening tours for soldiers.
or not... at least they're able to generate revenue through oil sales to rebuild their economy.
Pumping at Iraq's only functioning oil terminals in Basra halted at 0300 GMT on Monday morning after a power cut affected southern and central Iraq.
Iraqi officials said the blackouts were caused by an attack on a key power line between Baghdad and Beiji last week.
Iraq relies on oil exports from the south - where 1.5 million barrels are pumped daily - for much of its revenue.
Shorter Leah McLaren: I am officially beyond satire.
* Iraq, on the table since day one.
* Ann Coulter, single and childless since birth, now the leading authority how to grieve for a lost child.
* Someone's due for the Congressional Medal of Freedom here.
* Au Contraire. Dobson needs to be unapologetic and much louder. Crazy gets more attention and more people need to be aware of his ilk.
* Oh, come on... this administration can justify anything they want, even simultaneous wars.
Townhall never fails to deliver.
The rumbling, orange, ’69 Dodge Charger was in top form, and the director was smart enough to let the General steal almost every scene he was in. The writers even found a way to get the car’s Confederate-flag paint job past the political correctors. For not sacrificing the Stars and Bars on the altar of tolerance, the writers were rewarded with one of the funniest scenes in the movie—the Duke boys caught in stand-still, Atlanta traffic while, unbeknownst to them, the flag of the Confederacy flies on their roof. The gag did exactly what this movie was supposed to do. It brought Bo and Luke into the 21st century without sacrificing their Southernness, and it did it in a surprisingly clever way.
Where I come from, this is called, making do.
I expect very little out of the immigrant hating child of immigrant parents, the lovely Miss Malkin. However, her ongoing attack of Cindy Sheehan and her desire to role in Cindy's misfortunes like a dog in shit is truly reprehensible. In honor of Missy's misguided vitrol let's celebrate the anniversary of the above linked article. Where was she this time last year? Yummy, little slice of tolerance and understanding, ain't she?
George Bush's holiday reading list:
As well as brush cutting, mountain biking and fishing, the president will also be tucking into Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky during his five-week summer sojourn on his Texas ranch. The other tomes are reported to be Alexander II: the Last Great Tsar by Edvard Radzinsky and The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History by John M Barry.
This is the man, remember, who took over three months to get through I Am Charlotte Simmons.
I may never march in the Infantry, Ride in the Calvary, Shoot the artillery. I may never zoom o'er the enemy, But I'm in the Lord's Army.
* Ah, Rush Limbaugh. You can always count on him to embody all that is good and righteous about the United States. To be the front runner in compassionate conservativism and be the welcome wagon outside the "big tent" of the Republican Party.
* Please dress appropriately, we cannot guarantee your safety.
* Democracy and freedom are such slippery concepts.
* The TSA, keeping the nation safe from infants since '01.
From The American Prospect's TAPPED:
IF YOU PRICK THEM? From Winnepeg, Roberta Rampton of Reuters reports:Despite Canadian fears of contamination, North Dakota began pumping water on Monday from its Devils Lake floodlands into a system that leads eventually into a commercial fishery north of the U.S. border....
Just yesterday, Canadian International Trade Minister Jim Peterson warned that Ottowa may retaliate against America’s decision to continue to impose penalties on Canadian soft timber. A NAFTA arbitration panel ruled against the United States last week, but the United States decided to simply ignore the ruling and said that it would not pay the $5 billion in restitution that the panel ordered. This was scarcely noticed in Washington, obviously, but boy are they peeved up North.
First of all, you may recall that a few weeks ago when the Republicans pushed the pork-tastic Central American Free Trade Agreement through Congress the official talking point was to show that the GOP is "serious" about free trade. Two whole weeks later when the US government is shown to be in violation of the terms of the previous free trade agreement, the response is to tell Canada to piss up a rope.
Second, would it kill the editors of TAPPED to spell either "Winnipeg" or "Ottawa" correctly?
* The evil overlord grand high douchebag invites you to a night of revelry, debauchery and leaking that'll make a sieve look like the Hoover Dam.
* Even paid White House shills think we need to get out of Iraq.
* Point - Counterpoint courtesy of mediagirl. Deconstruction done well is refreshing.
* Brent Bozell's so bored these days, he's subscribing to Showtime *just* to have something to bitch about. Sad little soldier.
* It's one thing to have the nasty vision of Rush's undulating stomach flab slapping Daryn Kagan across the forehead as she services his Oxycontin-affected flacid member, but IM'ing during a broadcast... that's truly reprehensible.
* Cranial rectal inversion reversal planned for the Texas Legislature this week. Outlook uncertain.
* Budgeting in time for addressing his potential cuts, scrapes and bruising... Bush schedules a 2 hour bike ride and subtly suggests we all just get on with our lives.
New York-Family members of fallen U.S. soldiers tell Newsweek about their private meetings with President Bush. "It felt like he could have been my dad," says Crystal Owen, a third-grade schoolteacher, who lost her husband in Iraq, after meeting with Bush at Fort Bragg, N.C. She had told Bush that she didn't want her husband's death to be in vain. Bush apologized repeatedly for her husband's death and then grabbed Owen's hands when she began to cry. "Don't worry, don't worry," he said, though his choking voice suggested that he had worries of his own. "It was like we were old friends," Owen tells Newsweek. "It almost makes me sad. In a way, I wish he weren't the president, just so I could talk to him all the time."
*sigh* yeah, the dad that rushes you off to war; under funded, unprotected, cuts your benefits and refuses to listen to wide and varied counsel.
The Virgin Ben Ponders the Following;
What has happened in recent weeks to persuade the American public that the Iraq war is a disaster and President Bush is President Nixon?
Maybe it's the...
Delgaudio said then: "'Freedom' is not embracing perversion."
yes. it is. so is embracing the unregulated free speech that allows bigoted ideologues to spew hate under the guise of "concerned citizen".
myopia hurts my eyes.
All the latest news about the vigil in Crawford at meetwithcindy.org.
8-9-05 BuzzFlash interview with Cindy Sheehan.
8-9-05 UPDATES at The Lone Star Iconoclast
Show your support through The Crawford Peace House.
8-8-05 UPDATE: DailyKos reports Cindy Sheehan to be arrested Thursday.
Cindy Sheehan's diary. (Click on the "comments" link for more photos.)
A speech given by Cindy Sheehan.
The Gold Star Families for Peace website.
Shorter Leah McLaren: Chicks today are total sluts.
... according to Google News, at least.
A spokesman from Google refused to comment, but instead stood in the corner, his face obscured by shadows, smoking a cigarette.
* GWOT, a fresh perspective.
* Education through the absence of fact and logic, your tax dollars at rest. Nail hit squarely on head.
* At the pleasure of the President. What about a puppet president who's strings are pulled by those you are investigating?
* Dobson, given the opportunity would travel back in time to kill Galileo. What is it about science that spooks them so?
* Oh, that nasty nasty Pottery Barn effect. History's such a tough mistress.
* How bad could Roberts really be... Ann Coulter hates him.
Quickest way for NASA to lose funding under this administration, point out the visibility of man's destruction of the planet from space.
HOUSTON (Reuters) - Commander Eileen Collins said astronauts on shuttle Discovery had seen widespread environmental destruction on Earth and warned on Thursday that greater care was needed to protect natural resources.
Her comments came as NASA pondered whether to send astronauts out on an extra spacewalk to repair additional heat-protection damage on the first shuttle mission since the 2003 Columbia disaster.
Discovery is linked with the International Space Station and orbiting 220 miles above the Earth.
"Sometimes you can see how there is erosion, and you can see how there is deforestation. It's very widespread in some parts of the world," Collins said in a conversation from space with Japanese officials in Tokyo, including Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.
WaPo ...struggle against ideological extremists who do not believe in free societies who happen to use terror as a weapon to try to shake the conscience of the free world."
STRUGGLE, HUH! What is it good for?...
Needless to say, my employer does not provide me with free meals, and none of the meals I can buy there are even remotely like these ones. I consider it a triumph when the tomatoes in the salad aren't crunchy or the steamed vegetables aren't still frozen on the inside.
"From a marketing point of view, you don't introduce new products in August" - Andrew Card 8/03 -
* Cold Shoulder with white wine pear sauce.
* God says so.
* Troops schmoops. - Limbaugh.
All I ever wanted
Had to get away
Meant to be spent alone
This is going to be great. Melanie Morgan is a radio talk show from San Francisco's KSFL-AM 570. She's also chairwoman or chairman of Move America Forward. She recently returned from Iraq with a half-dozen other conservative radio talk show hosts, where they broadcast for a week in order to combat what she calls the mainstream media and liberals' attempt to undermine the war effort with negative news.
MORGAN: I think that many of the Iraqis, at least the ones with whom I spoke, felt very strongly that they appreciated the American presence there. They are obviously extremely concerned about the level of violence that is coming from the insurgency, but there's a reason for it. And you haven't heard this discussed in the mainstream media, because nobody has brought it up.
MORGAN: Well, that's exactly what I did.
I went out and visited with the troops. And I went outside the Green Zone, unlike what Mr. Rieckhoff has accused me of doing.
MATTHEWS: How do you get out there with the people?
MORGAN: Well, because you get out there with the troops. They take you in Humvees, in up-armored vehicles. And then you get out of the Humvees and you hand out soccer balls and you go to orphanages and you talk and hold babies and talk with the people who are taking care of them, all of these things that 14 members of our entourage did from Move America Forward.
MORGAN: What I want to say is that we took our microphones to the U.S. troops. And if you think that what we heard from them are lies, then you are accusing the troops of being liars, because we did not filter or editorialize or in any way try to massage their message.
They gave us the story as they see it. And if you don't believe it, then you are doing a disservice to your fellow troops.
Define disservice, Ms Morgan. Methinks you didn't talk to enough troops.
Patrick Lackatt, 20, sits on the bar stool, a glass of whisky in his hand, his foot tapping to the beat of the band. He is not what you would expect of an average soldier. He is thinly built, small, even sickly-looking.
Wearing a worn black leather jacket, polo shirt and khakis, he looks more like a struggling student than a United States Army Reserve Medic.
He and his brother, Chris, 20, from St Louis, Missouri, are on holiday here in Galway.
"I don't agree with Iraq," Patrick admits.
"I agreed with Afghanistan. We were fighting Al Qaeda there, but not in Iraq."
"America is never going to leave Iraq," he claims. "We're building permanent bases out there now."
The Iraqis don't want us there. They see us killing their brothers, sons and children, and that makes them resent us," he says.
"Even though we brought them freedom from the Iraqi regime, they still hate us."
Prostitution, he tells me, once illegal before the American occupation, is now rife in Iraq, and hundreds of girls throughout the country are being sold into the seedy world of brothels and sex slavery.
"For one dollar you can get a prostitute in Iraq for one hour," Patrick says. via blah3
Being a cheerleader for the war != "Supporting the Troops"(tm)
Sphincter says whaaaaa?
* God has commanded us to love the transexual and hate the transvestite. No skirt wearing if you're not an innie.
* When the far right begins quoting Aldous Huxley, the end is nigh.
* Ohio, giving Banana Republics a bad name.
* The War on (some) Drugs experiences blowback. Prohibition; guaranteed to succumb to supply and demand, every time.
* National Healthcare, brought to you by welfare reform and low wages. Is this approach the best solution?
* Sometimes, candidates themselves make the decisions easier.
* Why would anyone want a job in an organization they hate, are out-numbered 190 to 1, and have to be appointed only through a loophole? Uniting, not dividing since 01/20/01.
Genesis 1:1-31 / 2:1-3
God built it. It rocked. Gave man dominion (drilling rights), then rested.
What, you were expecting something sciencey... from the Bible?
G.Dub in a free fall. Silly fun! If his wittle hiney gets stuck you can help him along with your mouse.
Riding the Turd Blossom Special
Connecting the dots between Rovegate and The Downing Street Memo.
Think Globally. Act Locally.
It’s time to put our money where our mouth is, People. Be a conscientious consumer. Boycott Sam’s and Wal-mart. Instead, shop at Costco and Target. I cut up my Sam's card and mailed it to their corporate offices with a letter explaining exactly why. They may not give a shit but I feel better!
* Political humor is so subjective. The one positive thing about the DMN, is that on the back comics page, you get Mallard Fillmore followed by Bizarro and Doonesbury. It's like an evolution chart of humor rotated 90 degrees clockwise.
* Success! Sounds like it's time for the president to take a vacation.
* Anything for a price.
"Timken is the eighth $100,000-plus Bush fund-raiser to be nominated for an ambassadorship since January. On Wednesday, the White House nominated Al Hoffman, a Florida developer who has raised $300,000 for Bush's presidential campaigns, to be ambassador to Portugal. Last month, Bush appointed Robert Tuttle, a California car dealer, to be ambassador to the United Kingdom, while Ronald Spogli, a California financer who was Bush's classmate at Harvard Business School, was named the top diplomat in Rome. Both men were Bush Pioneers in 2004 -- having raised at least $100,000 for the campaign. In April, the White House named David Wilkins, a South Carolina state representative who raised $200,000 for the 2004 campaign, as the ambassador to Canada. That appointment raised concerns north of the border when Wilkins admitted that he'd only visited Canada once--more than 30 years ago on a trip to Niagara Falls--and that he didn't speak French (Canada is officially a bilingual country)."
* In the absence of church attendence, I look to the teachings of Motel 6's #1 soul saver for edification. How can you *NOT* be moved by such poetic wisdom?
Hunt for folks who are backstabbers, haters of good, insolent, proud, boastful and kids, who walk around holding their crotch. Yeah, try find those who are forever inventing new ways of screwing their lives up, while being disobedient to their parents, and disrespectful to our nation. Find the the miserables who treat their genitals like an amusement park, who lack understanding, who break their promises, and are heartless and unforgiving. It is them, my friend, who can help you; both directly and by osmosis, screw your life up in a beautiful way almost irretrievable way. (gives riding Zingo new meaning.)
* Why is this man still a free citizen?