Odd that this is the tagline that follows the "Mission Accomplished" banner by two and a half years.
Did you know, that in these 'end times' with God's Own Party in control of the White House, both houses of Congress and 5 of the 9 Supremes, christian are under attack? So much so, they've gone subterranean.
The persecution's just horrible. These poor loving people. It makes no sense why anyone would be against them. Just look at the love and tolerance exhibited on their website. (which btw, when you're on the web, you're not underground)
Excerpted Greatest Hits.
In the liberal worldview, sex is a civil right not to be infringed upon.
Bingo. See Amendment IV.
Study says new 'unauthorized immigrants' have more high school, college education What do you think about that...
Exhibits irrational fears.
I have grown up in the midst of evangelical Republicanism. Born in Oklahoma City, I was in church from the time of infancy and was raised on Southern Baptist preaching. Except for one unremarkable semester, I have been homeschooled from age 4 until now, and I was brought up listening to James Dobson and Rush Limbaugh on a minivan radio.
Pretty much takes the metaphor aspect out of "underground".
Unsure how I, a former homosexual, received an invitation to speak two consecutive weeks to a gay/lesbian organization at a major university, I readily accepted. I arrived well ahead of time to mingle with the students, shake hands, and get to know them.
We call this "Window Shopping".
Forget three major wars. Forget 60 years of Arab terrorism against Israel. President Bush has declared a do-over. It's back to the beginning. For Israel, he has declared, it's back to 1949 and borders that were indefensible then and even more indefensible today. what do you think?
War's not golf.
Dear Moderate Muslims,
What’s up? I see that you guys have been in the news a lot lately. I thought I’d write you a letter and ask you some questions because it seems as if some Muslims are involved in some very bad stuff around the globe, i.e. targeting and killing innocent people and all in the name of your god.
And the hits just keep on coming...
Failing to recall that he works for and is accountable to the American people, Bush attempts to take questions from the press. Anyone remember follow-ups?
Q Is there going to be investigating the allegations that there are U.S.-run terrorist detention centers abroad? Don't the American people deserve an accounting of why these places exist and what's being done there?
THE PRESIDENT: The United States of America does not torture. And that's important for people around the world to understand.
Odd, the question didn't refer to torture. In his avoidance, he allowed us to glimpse what's really on his mind. Those nanoseconds out of the bubble have to be really taking a toll on him.
Every company in America should be on its knees thanking Jesus for being born. Without Christmas, most American businesses would be far less profitable; more than enough reason for businesses to be screaming Merry Christmas.
This is wrong on just so many levels. Somehow non-Christian countries such as Japan manage to have non-Jesus-related gift celebrations. And somehow even Americans who have no interest in Jesus manage to buy gifts for each other.
Anybody who tries to tell you that the real reason that Jesus was born was something other than to inflate the profits of American corporations, well, that person hates Jesus. And Christmas. And kittens.
With Biden tossing his investigative hat into the 2008 ring, some additional scrutiny is required.
From Meet the Press on Sunday
Joe at his best.
MR. RUSSERT: And, in fact, he did say exactly that March 16, 2003. Later that year, September 14, he said he "misspoke"...
SEN. BIDEN: Well, there it is.
MR. RUSSERT: ...that he meant nuclear capability.
SEN. BIDEN: Well, even nuclear capability, you--we did not have access to the same stuff that the president gets every morning, as John will acknowledge. We didn't realize that--how discredited the sources were that were being quoted to us about the reconstitution of a nuclear capability. There was no evidence of that. Look, you had phrases like "mushroom cloud," "much graver threat than grave threat," "mortal threat," "the threat is urgent," "grave and gathering danger," "urgent threat," "immediate threat," "serious and growing threat," "real threat," "significant threat." These are all phrases these guys used.
Joe at his worst.
MR. RUSSERT: You saw that information and you still voted for the war.
SEN. BIDEN: But remember--no, remember what I voted for was for the president to be able to go to war, if, if--I've got the resolution here--if, in fact, it was to enforce the existing breaches that existed in the U.N. resolution and if he could show there were weapons of mass destruction.
MR. RUSSERT: Do you believe the Democrats and you were diligent enough in reading that National Intelligence Estimate and all the caveats and calling the president to task as to whether or not he was being candid about the intelligence and his interpretation?
SEN. BIDEN: Yes. And if I--I'll leave with you because there's no time here all the statements I made at the time laying out my doubts about their assertions. But remember what the resolution said, Tim, it didn't say "go to war." It said, "Mr. President, if you can show these things, then you can use force."
Joe, the answer here was, NO. The appropriate due dilligence was not applied on the part of the Democrats. That's why it's so easy now for the Republicans to use your words and actions against you. Grow a set, sunshine.
Oh, and Joe... your hair's going south. Cut it. Let the people get accustomed to seeing it short.
ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Conservative U.S. evangelist Jerry Falwell has announced he will sue any group that alters or forbids traditional Christmas events.
Nothing says Happy Holidays like justification for sweeping tort reform. Going after Boston for using "Holiday Tree" and Target for using "Holiday Season" would appear on the surface as though the religious right are more focused on commerce and superficial gee-gaws of the season than the spirit, no?
Jerry, Mithras called... he'd like his holiday back.
Who elected Jerry Falwell as the seasonal arbitrator of linguistics and interpretation? Even he, has competition for Christmas celebration interpretational wackiness.
The tree is a symbol. As are the star, stockings, yule logs, manger scenes, lights, hot apple cider, ornaments, wreaths, the big bows people attach to the grills of their SUVs, Santa, Rudolph, Frosty and the entire island of Misfit Toys. The more emphasis that's placed on these items of representation, the close they come to idolatry. Which, theoretically, should be verboten to those who want to sue to control them.
Each time someone trys to state what Christmas is or isn't about... remind them, Christmas is about... PRESENTS!
* Holiday shopping ideas. It's like bumper insurance.
* The talking points will be, "it's only a slump".
* $4,745. It's the tax payers money right? Didn't Bush say we're smart enough to manage it ourselves. Is this how you saw it spent?
* Evolution, is slow. After 40 years we're still trying to remove these stereotypes.
* ...and call it "Brains not Bombs".
* Ah, privitization. Just think, it being Florida, when they get out... they'll be converted non-voters.
Shhhh, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. He's assured us he has only your best interests at heart. How does he know, your best interests? Well he's watching you, of course.
The Defense Department has expanded its programs aimed at gathering and analyzing intelligence within the United States, creating new agencies, adding personnel and seeking additional legal authority for domestic security activities in the post-9/11 world.
The moves have taken place on several fronts. The White House is considering expanding the power of a little-known Pentagon agency called the Counterintelligence Field Activity, or CIFA, which was created three years ago. The proposal, made by a presidential commission, would transform CIFA from an office that coordinates Pentagon security efforts -- including protecting military facilities from attack -- to one that also has authority to investigate crimes within the United States such as treason, foreign or terrorist sabotage or even economic espionage.
Kate Martin, director of the Center for National Security Studies, said the data-sharing amendment would still give the Pentagon much greater access to the FBI's massive collection of data, including information on citizens not connected to terrorism or espionage.
The measure, she said, "removes one of the few existing privacy protections against the creation of secret dossiers on Americans by government intelligence agencies." She said the Pentagon's "intelligence agencies are quietly expanding their domestic presence without any public debate."
CIFA's abilities would increase considerably under the proposal being reviewed by the White House, which was made by a presidential commission on intelligence chaired by retired appellate court judge Laurence H. Silberman and former senator Charles S. Robb (D-Va.). The commission urged that CIFA be given authority to carry out domestic criminal investigations and clandestine operations against potential threats inside the United States.
Do not be alarmed, until such time as watching 'Desperate Housewives' is deemed subversive, you are safe. Thinking people however, are increasingly wary.
I want rose colored glasses like the kool-aiders have.
The White House is, well, less than.
WASHINGTON - Embattled White House aides have begun to believe President Bush must take the reins personally if his evaporating agenda and credibility are to be salvaged. "We're just plodding along," admitted a senior Bush aide from deep within the West Wing bunker. "It's up to the President to turn things around now."
Even as his poll numbers tank, however, Bush is described by aides as still determined to stay the course. He resists advice from Republicans who fear disaster in next year's congressional elections, and rejects criticism from a media establishment he disdains.
"The President has always been willing to make changes," the senior aide said, "but not because someone in this town tells him to - NEVER!"
Bush is exhibiting Nixonian qualities as he violently blunders through term two.
'The president is more determined than ever to stay the course,' the former defense official said. 'He doesn't feel any pain. Bush is a believer in the adage, "People may suffer and die, but the Church advances." ' He said that the president had become more detached, leaving more issues to Karl Rove and Vice President Cheney. 'They keep him in the gray world of religious idealism, where he wants to be anyway,' the former defense official said."
They're beginning to talk about some of the things the president said to him about his feelings about manifest destiny, about a higher calling that he was talking about three, four years ago.
I don't want to sound like I'm off the wall here. But the issue is, is this president going to be capable of responding to reality? Is he going to be able -- is he going to be capable if he going to get a bad assessment, is he going to accept it as a bad assessment or is he simply going to see it as something else that is just a little bit in the way as he marches on in his crusade that may not be judged for 10 or 20 years.
But I'm talking about sort of a crisis of management. That you have a management that's seen by some of the people closely involved as not being able to function in terms of getting information it doesn't want to receive.
So, what could be on the minds of the idealistic conservative voices crying in the wilderness this week?
Dennis Prager recently argued that the Left values equality more than it hates evil. He is absolutely right. But I can go Dennis Prager one better: the Left hates sex. Not sexual activity, mind you. No, the Left is hyper-active sexually. I mean something much deeper: the Left is war with the fact that we are sexual beings.
Let me explain. The Left can not accept that we are born as either male or female. You might expect me to say that the Left hates gender. But to say that is to accept their terms for the debate. Gender is for nouns. We come in two sexes: male and female.
The Left hates sex because men and women are so different that they can never be made equal in the way that the Left demands. Radical egalitarians regard sex as a cosmic injustice. The Left demands that we wipe out all sex differences from our social and legal lives. If we trace this imperative through the different policies advocated by the Left, we will see how truly destructive this mentality has been for relationships between men and women, for the protection of marriage, and for the protection of the family.
Sex and gays. Good thing we're not at war or on the cusp of a financial crisis, huh?
Human rights abuses in Iraq are now as bad as they were under Saddam Hussein and are even in danger of eclipsing his record, according to the country's first Prime Minister after the fall of Saddam's regime. 'People are doing the same as [in] Saddam's time and worse,' Ayad Allawi told The Observer. 'It is an appropriate comparison. People are remembering the days of Saddam. These were the precise reasons that we fought Saddam and now we are seeing the same things.'
In a damning and wide-ranging indictment of Iraq's escalating human rights catastrophe, Allawi accused fellow Shias in the government of being responsible for death squads and secret torture centres. The brutality of elements in the new security forces rivals that of Saddam's secret police, he said.
'We are hearing about secret police, secret bunkers where people are being interrogated,' he added. 'A lot of Iraqis are being tortured or killed in the course of interrogations. We are even witnessing Sharia courts based on Islamic law that are trying people and executing them.'
Additional commentary's just not required on this, is it? Guess our flavor of democracy is flourishing.
Turkey Casserole anyone? Some good stuff, some funny stuff and some icky stuff. Here ya go.....
Something good happened last week in D.C. thanks to Barack Obama and a crew of bipartisan colleagues.
More good stuff. Giving Thanks.
Scenes From A Bush Thanksgiving. Dubya pouts, Cheney scowls, no one brings pie -- and why is Rove looking at Barb that way? From my fave SF Gate journalist, Mark Morford.
Sam, we hardly knew ye.
Ladies, is it just me of does this sound like a bad idea?
Tomorrow as you sit around with friends and family consuming mass quantities of life sustaining vittles, some topics of conversation for your festivities could be:
* Does torture work or is it possible the impacts are even greater, long term, for the one torturing?
* Playing six degrees of Jack Abramoff *is* more fun than that tired old Kevin Bacon.
* Does Saudi Arabia deserve the love and affection this administration shows toward it?
* Has there been a more concise and profound statement on Iraq? "Countless pundits and politicians continue to decry the Bush administration's failure to come up with an effective strategy in Iraq. But the war has not gone wrong. It was always wrong. And the basic problem with the current US war effort is that it exists."
* Is it past time to put Bob "Douchebag" Novak out to pasture?
* Could it be that the failed businessman turned CEO president cooked the books on Iraq?
Now, eat your genetically modified veggies and antibiotic infused turkey and give some thanks.
Pardon a fucking turkey?
The 35-pound Marshmallow was raised on a farm in Henning, Minn. Bush says the bird's probably going to feel pretty good ''strutting around sunny California.''
Bush leaned over and whispered to the turkey, "Bet this would really piss off Karla Faye Tucker" and then turned to Rove and winked.
Thank you for congressmen and women who are wise enough to value tax cuts over social welfare and spending over restraint
Thank you for giving us enemies we can kill elsewhere so we don't have to fight each other at home.
Thank you for your people without which, we'd never know the wonder of hating people different than ourselves.
Thank you for giving us your son, in who's name we can overrule personal choice and invade privacy.
Thank you for the word dominion which gives us the right to eat, drill, mine and blast anything we please.
Thank you for the 3 parallel religions; Judaism, Islam & Christianity. We'd have no Fox News without them.
Thank you most of all for helping all the right teams win on the football field each week.
Oh my, now what? A timetable? This just will not do.
Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Iraqi leaders, meeting at a reconciliation conference in Cairo, urged an end to violence in the country and demanded a timetable for the withdrawal of coalition troops from Iraq.
In a final statement, read by Arab League chief Amre Moussa, host of the three-day summit, they called for "the withdrawal of foreign troops according to a timetable, through putting in place an immediate national program to rebuild the armed forces." No date was specified.
"The Iraqi people look forward to the day when the foreign forces leave Iraq, when it's armed and security forces will be rebuilt and when they can enjoy peace and stability and get rid of terrorism," the leaders said in the statement. The session was broadcast live from the Egyptian capital by al-Jazeera.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney denied on Monday that he was trying to stifle Iraq war dissent by attacking the administration's critics, but he said Democratic charges that the president intentionally twisted prewar intelligence crossed the line.
"This is revisionism of the most corrupt and shameless variety. It has no place anywhere in American politics, much less in the United States Senate," said Cheney.
He also dismissed a call for a rapid U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq, calling it a dangerous illusion that would threaten the future security of the United States.
Gotta hand it to him, he's got GIGANTIC testicles.
Bob Graham on Sunday...
In the early fall of 2002, a joint House-Senate intelligence inquiry committee, which I co-chaired, was in the final stages of its investigation of what happened before Sept. 11. As the unclassified final report of the inquiry documented, several failures of intelligence contributed to the tragedy. But as of October 2002, 13 months later, the administration was resisting initiating any substantial action to understand, much less fix, those problems.
At a meeting of the Senate intelligence committee on Sept. 5, 2002, CIA Director George Tenet was asked what the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) provided as the rationale for a preemptive war in Iraq. An NIE is the product of the entire intelligence community, and its most comprehensive assessment. I was stunned when Tenet said that no NIE had been requested by the White House and none had been prepared. Invoking our rarely used senatorial authority, I directed the completion of an NIE.
Tenet objected, saying that his people were too committed to other assignments to analyze Saddam Hussein's capabilities and will to use chemical, biological and possibly nuclear weapons. We insisted, and three weeks later the community produced a classified NIE.
There were troubling aspects to this 90-page document. While slanted toward the conclusion that Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction stored or produced at 550 sites, it contained vigorous dissents on key parts of the information, especially by the departments of State and Energy. Particular skepticism was raised about aluminum tubes that were offered as evidence Iraq was reconstituting its nuclear program. As to Hussein's will to use whatever weapons he might have, the estimate indicated he would not do so unless he was first attacked.
Under questioning, Tenet added that the information in the NIE had not been independently verified by an operative responsible to the United States. In fact, no such person was inside Iraq. Most of the alleged intelligence came from Iraqi exiles or third countries, all of which had an interest in the United States' removing Hussein, by force if necessary.
The American people needed to know these reservations, and I requested that an unclassified, public version of the NIE be prepared. On Oct. 4, Tenet presented a 25-page document titled "Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction Programs." It represented an unqualified case that Hussein possessed them, avoided a discussion of whether he had the will to use them and omitted the dissenting opinions contained in the classified version. Its conclusions, such as "If Baghdad acquired sufficient weapons-grade fissile material from abroad, it could make a nuclear weapon within a year," underscored the White House's claim that exactly such material was being provided from Africa to Iraq.
From my advantaged position, I had earlier concluded that a war with Iraq would be a distraction from the successful and expeditious completion of our aims in Afghanistan. Now I had come to question whether the White House was telling the truth -- or even had an interest in knowing the truth.
...and the protestation rhetoric proceeds
"Any suggestion that prewar information was distorted, hyped, fabricated by the leader of the nation is utterly false," Cheney said, decrying what he called the "self-defeating pessimism" of Democrats.
Those who advocate a sudden withdrawal should ask themselves, Cheney said: "Would the United States and other free nations be better off or worse off with Zarqawi, bin Laden and Zawahri in control of Iraq?"
Aside from the fact that had we not invaded Iraq and spent 300 billion trying to find Osama, neither Zarqawi nor Osama would be an issue now, continuing to defend the decision to occupy Iraq would seem almost comical if it wasn't so sad.
The Republicans who are lock-step in behind this administration might want to look up 'lemming' and 'demise' in the encyclopedia.
"What is not legitimate -- and what I will again say is dishonest and reprehensible -- is the suggestion by some U.S. senators that the president of the United States or any member of his administration purposely misled the American people on prewar intelligence," Cheney said.
Well Dick... given the amount of lying we've seen thus far on domestic issues, why the hell would you expect the public to cut you some slack as we watch our men and women die for what appears to be a manufactured cause.
And I know I'm not alone.
* Maybe all the legal defense funds for Scooter, Rove and DeLay will drain the 2006 coffers.
* Do not taunt Happy Fun GOP.
* Now that the argument is that BushCo went to war on faulty intelligence and not a lie, shouldn't we ask *why* they're still so sold on defending their decision? One doesn't solve stupid with bullheaded.
* CWA congratulates 76% of the 16% of registered voters who took the time to support constitutional bigotry in Texas. You know Jesus is proud.
* I couldn't agree more. Bush should stump vigorously for all of 2006's candidates.
* Try this, each time a chicken-hawk uses the cut & run phrase, donate to a 2006 candidate.
* If it wasn't for the existence of al-Zarqawi, more Iraqi civilians would be alive today. No, really. It's got nothing to do with us.
* Exhalted High Poohbah Leader. Ass != Hole in Ground. Chuckle to yourself and then remember, he represents all of us to the rest of the world.
What is it about the state of Texas and their desire to race every other state to the bottom in education?
Austin, TX - Ignoring Texas taxpayers' values and their official responsibilities, the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) voted Thursday to withdraw from the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) in order to pursue an out-of-step radical agenda.
The NASBE is the only national group that helps strengthen state board leadership in education policymaking. The SBOE voted to give up Texas' seat in America's boardroom for education because they could not get along.
Putting the board's opinion before Texas school children, SBOE member Terri Leo stated, "They're (NASBE) taking policy decisions that I believe the majority of our board members here don't agree with." Leo was referring to a NASBE seminar on bullying and violence prevention that included a presentation about students being bullied because of their sexual orientation.
In another act of failed leadership, the Texas SBOE followed the example of Governor Perry and Speaker Tom Craddick and just quit on Texas children because they cannot get along or find an easy solution.
"Making our schools safe environments for learning should be the goal of all school boards, all school districts, and all school administrators", said Chuck Smith, Equality Texas Deputy Director. "Making our schools safe environments for learning is everyone's agenda", Smith said.
"It is a reality that students are harassed and bullied based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. It is also a reality that students are harassed and bullied based on other characteristics, such as physical appearance, weight and socioeconomic status. If we truly care about making our schools a safe learning environment, then any and all characteristics that are the source of harassment and bullying should be included in safe schools policy."
"Responsible leaders know how to find consensus and solutions when our children are at stake," Smith said.
* Truth is patriotic.
* How to fix the bloated spending and growing deficit issue.
* Uh oh. Seems the Pajamas Media team left that little flap open in the back when they changed their name.
* Irresponsible, redefined by myopic neocons. Blaming others for your failure is NOT leadership.
* What were y'all expecting from an administration who believes the world was created in 6 days? Bad data's bad data.
* Ah, the waters continue to swirl with mud.
You're supposed to report the news, not be the news.
Washington Post Assistant Managing Editor Bob Woodward testified under oath Monday in the CIA leak case that a senior administration official told him about CIA operative Valerie Plame and her position at the agency nearly a month before her identity was disclosed.
Shark has been leapt. Retire now. Write a book on what it's like to be a trusted insider who's willing to carry water for war criminals.
Wow, sorta solves the "Why was Ted Stevens' head spinning when asked to swear in the Oil Execs" question last week, don't it?
A White House document shows that executives from big oil companies met with Vice President Cheney's energy task force in 2001 -- something long suspected by environmentalists but denied as recently as last week by industry officials testifying before Congress.
The document, obtained this week by The Washington Post, shows that officials from Exxon Mobil Corp., Conoco (before its merger with Phillips), Shell Oil Co. and BP America Inc. met in the White House complex with the Cheney aides who were developing a national energy policy, parts of which became law and parts of which are still being debated.
The executives were not under oath when they testified, so they are not vulnerable to charges of perjury; committee Democrats had protested the decision by Commerce Chairman Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) not to swear in the executives. But a person can be fined or imprisoned for up to five years for making "any materially false, fictitious or fraudulent statement or representation" to Congress.
Dear America, Lube up.
* Roe v Wade is at risk, there's no doubt. However, the right to choose is already under attack and women's rights have already eroded.
* Hip ideological theme music for neocons. All that's missing is a Dennis Miller voice-over.
* Wanna fix the hunger strike? Charge em with a crime. They've got nothing to hope for now...
* What, no mention of torture? Narrow view of sanctity of life, he has.
* George, maybe it's just that the GOP sucks as a majority *everything*.
* Consumer confidence? Creepy.
* Go get a little Johnny Cash fix. Good tribute band and are friends of mine.
Which is worse, that America's been found to have tortured prisoners in Iraq, Afghanistan, Gitmo and possibly even in secret former Soviet camps?
That our elected officials are even having to debate this topic.
As the self-proclaimed paragon of all that is democratic and the world's leader in human rights a vote of 90 to 9 in the Senate over banning torture is still embarassing.
Now, from the White House that brought us pre-emptive strikes on non-threatening nations and abdication when taxpaying citizens needed help the most, comes what could possibly be, the first veto in 5 years. Bush is, theoretically threatening to veto legislation that limits his ability to hurt people. Don't you miss compassionate conservativism?
It'd do the Jesus lovin' administration some good to re-read his teachings. Especially Matthew 25.
Matthew 25:40 - And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
The religious right, truly is, neither.
* When you have a leader like this, it just makes you *want* to be a follower, don't it?
* International perspective on our approach to ignoring our war dead. Powerful.
* We should just take microchips and combustible engines away from these folks. If they can't appreciate science, they shouldn't benefit from it.
* Are their priorities, really our priorities? What if evangelical christians were treated in the same manner they treat gays today?
* CPB slated to change the "P" from Public to Partisan.
* Why is our president spending part of his time in China talking about printing bibles?
Two elementary school bus drivers were sitting in a bar after work one evening kvetching over their jobs, the kids and life in general. Driver A blurts out that he'd once, just once, like to get really plowed, take a bus load of screaming kids, run it through a full playground at lunch and over a cliff killing every single rugrat inside.
Years later, driver B, either on a lark or out of some freakish malevolence, drinks himself into a stupor and after filling his bus with kids one morning, plows through a crowded mall and plunges the entire bus over a cliff.
In his defense, driver B claimed it wasn't his fault. The concept didn't come from him, it came from driver A. Didn't matter that driver A was just talking out loud after a couple of beers. He had to be,... logically, the culpable party.
Makes sense, don't it?
WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Tuesday joined the Bush administration's attack on Iraq war critics, quoting Clinton administration officials who contended in the late 1990s that former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was a security threat to the United States and its allies.
At a Pentagon news conference, Rumsfeld noted that the Iraq Liberation Act, passed by Congress in 1998, said it should be U.S. government policy to support efforts to remove the Saddam regime from power. He noted that President Bill Clinton signed the act and ordered four days of bombing in December 1998.
With Democrats accusing President Bush of having misled the American public about the urgency of the Iraqi threat prior to his order to invade in March 2003, Bush on Monday threw back at Democratic critics the worries they once expressed about Saddam.
"They spoke the truth then and they're speaking politics now," Bush charged.
* The other alternative is that Bill O'Reilly could serve as a fine example of how *not* to behave like a knuckle-dragging cretin.
* May history treat her in the precise manner she so rightfully deserves.
* To the Federal Agent in charge of monitoring this website, if you're not careful... I could become more boring.
* Durn us liberals. We're tarnishing America's image. It's got nothing to do with any of the House, Senate or White House leadership. The underdogs wield all the power. Fear us.
* Reed, Cornyn & Abramoff, using the church to increase lobbying funds. What a brilliant idea. Too bad it's not legal or ethical.
* Slightly schnocked? Bit tipsy? One too many? Muy cervezas?
* Regurgitated justifications.
Oh, this is going to get good.
But Bush and his aides had access to much more voluminous intelligence information than did lawmakers, who were dependent on the administration to provide the material. And the commissions cited by officials, though concluding that the administration did not pressure intelligence analysts to change their conclusions, were not authorized to determine whether the administration exaggerated or distorted those conclusions.
But Bush does not share his most sensitive intelligence, such as the President's Daily Brief, with lawmakers. Also, the National Intelligence Estimate summarizing the intelligence community's views about the threat from Iraq was given to Congress just days before the vote to authorize the use of force in that country.
In addition, there were doubts within the intelligence community not included in the NIE. And even the doubts expressed in the NIE could not be used publicly by members of Congress because the classified information had not been cleared for release. For example, the NIE view that Hussein would not use weapons of mass destruction against the United States or turn them over to terrorists unless backed into a corner was cleared for public use only a day before the Senate vote.
Bush, in his speech Friday, said that "it is deeply irresponsible to rewrite the history of how that war began." But in trying to set the record straight, he asserted: "When I made the decision to remove Saddam Hussein from power, Congress approved it with strong bipartisan support."
The October 2002 joint resolution authorized the use of force in Iraq, but it did not directly mention the removal of Hussein from power.
Time to remind them again, they work for us?
Don't make me come down there and pre-emptively manufacture intelligence on your ass.
I like your Christ. I don't like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ.
News Flash: Irony is not dead.
But, he added, "It is deeply irresponsible to rewrite the history of how that war began."
Yes, Mr. Lying Sack of Bush... it is deeply irresponsible. Americablog captured the top 24 fluctuating (see flip:flop) reasons you and your administration's used thus far. Yeah, everyone believed the intelligence (if you can use that word) but no one else, DECLARED WAR. Just you.
A confidential memo circulating among senior Republican leaders suggests that a new attack by terrorists on U.S. soil could reverse the sagging fortunes of President George W. Bush as well as the GOP and "restore his image as a leader of the American people."
The closely-guarded memo lays out a list of scenarios to bring the Republican party back from the political brink, including a devastating attack by terrorists that could “validate” the President’s war on terror and allow Bush to “unite the country” in a “time of national shock and sorrow.”
The memo says such a reversal in the President's fortunes could keep the party from losing control of Congress in the 2006 midterm elections.
Restoring honor & dignity since never.
Happy Veterans Day, now go away.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 /U.S. Newswire/ -- A proposal to end the long-standing practice of veterans groups addressing a joint session of the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs Committees is an insult to all who have fought, sacrificed and died to defend the Constitution, according to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). And in a strongly worded letter to House Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Steve Buyer (R-Ind.), the DAV has urged him to continue the joint hearings as an invaluable tool in formulating public policy toward America's veterans.
Chairman Buyer recently announced that veterans service organizations will no longer have the opportunity to present testimony before a joint hearing of the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs Committees.
It's bad that the churches drove Prop 2 into the Texas voters' laps and then insulted those of us who chose not to vote bigotry into the constitution.
He acknowledged that most younger voters probably opposed the amendment.
"That's just a part of being young and immature," Mr. Shackelford said. He said that as young people "gain life experience," they'll "realize the importance" of traditional, heterosexual marriage.
It's really bad that our Governor is now pandering to the far right church leaders behind closed doors and that the supporters of Prop 2's vote monitoring was done in churches.
But now, riding the crest of their subjugation win... they want to invade "real" marriages.
Supporters of Proposition 2 said that during debates, they regularly heard gay rights activists cite Texas' divorce rate. Texas had about 3.9 divorces for every 1,000 residents in 2002, a higher rate than New York (3.4) or Massachusetts (2.5), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Mr. Chisum said he planned to ask House Speaker Tom Craddick, R-Midland, to convene a panel to examine no-fault divorce, longer waiting periods for marriage applicants and "covenant marriage," an idea tried in three other states.
A covenant marriage provides an alternative to the traditional marriage contract for couples who oppose no-fault divorce or who want to demonstrate a stronger commitment. Couples selecting a covenant marriage must get premarital counseling and may divorce only after a separation of two years or after proving adultery or domestic abuse.
Give em an inch.... they're going to take the entire interstate.
* Where were articles like this in early 2000? Journalists who had this level of detail and refused to publish have done the nation a disservice.
* Dallas, growing it's own baby Ohio from within.
* GOP suffers losses across the nation on Tuesday... down at the Corner, Klo's talking about toasting her tits. Priorities.
* Ann Coulter, joining the ranks of uptight conservatives who can review a movie while refusing to go see it. ESP for the GOP.
* Bush, at his best when he's throwin' balls.
Woo Hoo Texas. Boy howdy y'all. 16% of all you registered voters got out there, did your civic duty and really stuck it to those queers. Now, in the evenings, when you and your spouse sit quietly in your dark living rooms watching Survivor reruns on the tube, you can rest comfortably in the knowledge that your marriage is safe once more.
Congratulations on a job well done. Nothing beats the opportunity to insert disenfranchising language into a document designed to serve the people. Tis a cap feather if there's ever been one.
Ah, righteous indignation. What a powerful weapon... like the mace, when wielded by the well trained it's a true force to be reckoned with... in the hands of a novice though, you can take out an entire room of friendlies.
The GOP is just that indiscriminate. Out a CIA agent, they'll defend ya... out CIA prison camps, they'll come for ya.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top Republicans in Congress are considering a investigation into leaks of information used by The Washington Post in an article on a covert global CIA prison system, congressional sources said on Tuesday.
And then -- BOOM!!! Lott just said, Tuesday afternoon, that he thinks it was a GOP Senator who leaked the info to the Washington Post last week. He says the details had been discussed at a GOP Senators-only meeting last week, and that many of those details made it into the WaPo story.
Money quote from Lott; "We can not remain silent. We have met the enemy, and it is us."
* ...Bush would skip a two-hour Saturday lunch with the leaders because of "time served" at dinner the night before. ed. he was bushed.
* ...Cheney's office ran an "alternate national security staff" that spied on and undermined the president's formal National Security Council. ed. miss the KGB much?
* ...The Internal Revenue Service has warned one of Southern California's largest and most liberal churches that it is at risk of losing its tax-exempt status because of an antiwar sermon. ed. churches are supposed to be pro-war and anti-gay.
* ...In his judgment, “asphyxia is what he died from—as in a crucifixion.” ed. history, the greatest teacher.
* ...we found people dead with strange wounds, the bodies burned but the clothes intact." ed. it ain't torture if they die quickly.
* ...It is not right to assume that any current problems in Iraq can be attributed to poor planning. ed. Lies and the lying liars...
Buck up folks, it's your moral obligation to be happy. If you're not happy, you've got to be a terroristor.
Polls consistently show Republicans and religiously active Jews and Christians to be happier than Democrats and secular Americans. In light of the above, what does the preceding tell us about the good each group is likely to achieve?
Nothing. It could be though, that; reducing Medicare, eliminating VA benefits, rampant government spending, massive national debt, manufactured wars, raping the environmnent, stomping on international relations and ignoring natural disasters might not give Democrats quite the same sense of satisfaction it does for Republicans and Christians.
So rather than aprehend Osama it's important now that our government be able to pry into our lives... just in case?
Senior FBI officials acknowledged in interviews that the proliferation of national security letters results primarily from the bureau's new authority to collect intimate facts about people who are not suspected of any wrongdoing. Criticized for failure to detect the Sept. 11 plot, the bureau now casts a much wider net, using national security letters to generate leads as well as to pursue them. Casual or unwitting contact with a suspect -- a single telephone call, for example -- may attract the attention of investigators and subject a person to scrutiny about which he never learns.
A national security letter cannot be used to authorize eavesdropping or to read the contents of e-mail. But it does permit investigators to trace revealing paths through the private affairs of a modern digital citizen. The records it yields describe where a person makes and spends money, with whom he lives and lived before, how much he gambles, what he buys online, what he pawns and borrows, where he travels, how he invests, what he searches for and reads on the Web, and who telephones or e-mails him at home and at work.
Sleep well my child.
It's good to be the owner, coach and player while still being allowed to bet on the game.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 - The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee strongly hinted today that a coming draft report on prewar intelligence on Iraq would find no evidence of the sort of political manipulation that some Democrats have alleged. He also said the report would be presented to members of his panel this week.
The committee chairman, Senator Pat Roberts, Republican of Kansas, spoke five days after Democrats forced the Senate into closed session to protest what they said was 20 months of delay by the Republican-controlled panel on the phase of its inquiry into accusations that intelligence on Iraq had been manipulated to expedite the Bush administration's decision to take the country to war.
When do the American people get to respond? November 2006?
A poll taken by Zogby International found that 51% of likely voters would support an impeachment of president Bush if it is proven that Bush lied about why the US invaded Iraq.
The great divider becomes the uniter.
WASHINGTON - Vice President Dick Cheney made an unusual personal appeal to Republican senators this week to allow CIA exemptions to a proposed ban on the torture of terror suspects in U.S. custody, according to participants in a closed-door session.
Cheney told his audience the United States doesn’t engage in torture, these participants added, even though he said the administration needed an exemption from any legislation banning “cruel, inhuman or degrading” treatment in case the president decided one was necessary to prevent a terrorist attack.
"We do not torture and therefore we're working with Congress to make sure that as we go forward, we make it more possible to do our job," Bush said.
He said he was confident that when "people see the facts, that they'll recognize that we've got more work to do and that we've got to protect ourselves in a way that is lawful."
Someone somewhere's not reading their talking points memo.
Tomorrow, Texans go to the polls to elevate bigotry beyond its current legal status and make it a permanent part of the state's constitution. Rick Perry's running all over the state strengthening his base, uniting the myopic religious right with the KKK and blurring the already fuzzy lines between church and our state.
The church and select elected leaders seem bent on returning us to a golden age of marriage... since they've not clarified what age is the most golden, let's go back to the world they like to spend most of their time in, the Old Testament. Surely we can learn a lot about traditional marriage and how we should live our lives, no?
Genesis 19:30-32 And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters. And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth: Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.
After God takes your wife in a violent sodium incident, revert to incest.
Genesis 29:30-31 And he went in also unto Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven other years. And when the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren.
More than one wife is cool, just don't play favorites or God's going to toy with her uterus.
2 Samuel 11::2-3 And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king's house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon. And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?
15 And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die.
27 And when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched her to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son.
Spot a rooftop hottie? Need a wife? In charge of her husband's army? Have him slain. ta da!
Whoopsie, maybe they're all thinking more along the lines of Ozzie and Harriet/Ward and June. The fantasy marriage that involves a TV set, black & white images, and single beds.
* Jesus vs the Moneychangers circa 2005. Moneychangers win.
* na na na na nineteen. nineteen. percent.
* They wouldn't be such sloppy seconds if they'd paused long enough to wipe the musical chair.
* Warm fucking fuzzies from the ice queen.
* Texas laments the loss of the 18th century like Dear Leader misses his scotch.
* The anti-gay marriage advocates missed the point about wrestling a pig... bigotry creates unique, yet unavoidable bedfellows.
* And now... if Italy pulls out, the ultimate ironic loop has been closed.
* They missed. Ungh, baby!
52% bought it and now 65% don't trust it. What percentage would like to throw it back?
Could it happen? Guess when you're down to 35% approval, what's left to lose?
On Friday, the current Oval Office occupant sounded a similar refrain. "Today, I accept the resignation of Scooter Libby. Scooter has worked tirelessly on behalf of the American people and sacrificed much in the service to this country. He served the vice president and me through extraordinary times in our nation's history," Bush said.
Now the question is whether Bush will follow in the footsteps of other GOP presidents and repay Libby for his service — and possibly shut down a criminal investigation of his administration — by granting him a pardon.
Calling it "Accuracy in Media", doesn't make it so. At least there's no semen involved.
Libby, the chief of staff to the elected Vice President of the United States, was extremely concerned by the actions of a CIA bureaucracy that seemed to be operating independently of the Bush Administration. This is the blockbuster story that has been lost in the media feeding frenzy over the Libby indictment.
The fox bought the farm, slaughtered the chickens and razed the hen house... now the wolves are worried about the sheep.
Well, with "bridges to nowhere" and other needless pork projects in the news, our federal government's overspending seems to have reached a tipping point.
Last year, Washington spent almost $22,000 per household. And to make matters worse, it collected "only" about $19,000 per household in taxes, leading to a massive $317 billion budget deficit.
That's almost $3,000 per household in deficit spending -- enough for the average family to make two months' mortgage payments. Overall spending increased by 8 percent last year and is one-third higher than it was when President Bush took office.
This spending is stirring the ire of ordinary Americans. And it has inspired a broad coalition of conservative groups to work together to bring the federal budget under control.
Unfortunately the new solution is to shred social safety nets and inact more tax cuts.
To those who thought some of the cronyism might decrease after Harriet and Brownie...... think again.
President Bush last week appointed nine campaign contributors, including three longtime fund-raisers, to his Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, a 16-member panel of individuals from the private sector who advise the president on the quality and effectiveness of U.S. intelligence efforts. After watching the fate of Michael Brown as head of FEMA and Harriet Miers as Supreme Court nominee, you might think the president would be wary about the appearance of cronyism-especially with a critical national-security issue such as intelligence. Instead, Bush reappointed William DeWitt, an Ohio businessman who has raised more than $300,000 for the president's campaigns, for a third two-year term on the panel. Originally appointed in 2001, just a few weeks after the 9/11 attacks, DeWitt, who was also a top fund-raiser for Bush's 2004 Inaugural committee, was a partner with Bush in the Texas Rangers baseball team.
Other appointees included former Commerce secretary Don Evans, a longtime Bush friend; Texas oilman Ray Hunt; Netscape founder Jim Barksdale, and former congressman and 9/11 Commission vice chairman Lee Hamilton. Like DeWitt, Evans and Hunt have also been longtime Bush fund-raisers, raising more than $100,000 apiece for the president's campaigns. Barksdale and five other appointees-incoming chairman Stephen Friedman, former Reagan adviser Arthur Culvahouse, retired admiral David Jeremiah, Martin Faga and John L. Morrison-were contributors to the president's 2004 re-election effort.
At least we can now foresee the quality of the results.
* Ain't it amusing when the right's rhetoric blaming all of society's ills on the "left" begins to sound like the Taliban in an echo chamber?
* Goose vs Gander, now on PPV. What does this administration think this is... a youthful indiscretion?
* Folks, Ann Coulter is asexual.
* Stay tuned, Doug Giles has an ACLU sized bug up his butt.
* An inside look at Dear Leader's thoughts.
* Bush's brain... Bush's brain on a power trip.
* First Tang, then Nestle's Quik and Lipton Instant Tea... Now, instant Jesus via film and fear.
As long as you're big tobacco, Exxon or Haliburton, this should come as relief. For the rest of us... there will be no protection.
In the 800-plus opinions he has penned during his 15 years as a federal judge, Alito consistently has come down on the side of limiting corporate liability, limiting employee rights, and limiting federal regulation. "He would be a liability restrainer," says Stan Anderson, legal-affairs lobbyist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Don't you miss the days when government at least advertised concern for the little guy?
Well, it ain't root clustered aspens, but you get the idea. Wonder if Mrs. Cheney was his inspiration?
At age ten the madam put the child in a cage with a bear trained to couple with young girls so the girls would be frigid and not fall in love with their patrons. They fed her through the bars and aroused the bear with a stick when it seemed to lose interest.
So GOP logic is... no one can have sex, except in books?
The Emperor's new slip is showing.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Breaking with the White House and fellow conservatives, Republican Sen. Trent Lott (news, bio, voting record) and the head of the Cato Institute questioned on Tuesday whether top White House adviser Karl Rove, who remains in legal jeopardy in a CIA-leak probe, should keep his policy-making job.
Niskanen, who served as a top economic adviser to former President Ronald Reagan, said, "Bush is going to have to sacrifice people who have worked with him to regain some initiative."
Niskanen said any White House shake-up should "start" with Rove because of his association with the leak case.
A Republican strategist with ties to the White House said any personnel changes would be gradual to avoid the appearance that the White House was panicking.
Given the state's collective proclivity for voting against their own best interest, by dawn on November 9th a large number of us may have the option to file our taxes as single.
Article I, Texas Constitution, (The Bill of Rights) is amended by adding Section 32 to read as follows: Sec. 32. (a) MARRIAGE in this state shall consist only of the union of one man and one woman.
(b) THIS STATE or a political subdivision of THIS STATE MAY NOT CREATE OR RECOGNIZE ANY LEGAL STATUS IDENTICAL or similar to MARRIAGE.
Texas, do us all a favor and vote no... as worded, this is going to be tied up in the courts for friggin' ever. At, of course, the expense of the taxpayers. The same taxpayers whose children were short-changed by the incompetent legislative dorks that created this superfluous nonsense.
Apparently Captain Ethnicity is absolutely sure that the fight over the next nomination to the Supreme Court is about race.
They] think they own the Italian-American vote all up and down the East Coast. They don’t, but they think they do. If they become offensive against somebody with the qualifications of Sam Alito, Judge Alito, then I think it’s going to be held against them. They’re going to have to be very careful how they handle this...
Funny, I don't recall a backlash of racial indignation during the Clarence Thomas hearings. Let's all just wait and see if our fellow Americans who happen to be of Italian heritage are opposed to having their privacy rights eroded first.