All Numbers include some human error and are subject to viewer's channel selection. margin of error +/- 4 give or take.
Silence denotes consent.
Yesterday, when Democrats in the Senate failed to act as a unit, they failed their constituents, their party and the nation as a whole. Their conscious decision to roll over rather than make a stand on principle will result in aftershocks. One of the more palpable ramifications may very well be a widespread loss of confidence and support from the base they've counted on for years.
Disappointment has turned to disgust, sadness to anger and acceptance to refusal. Excerpted below is a fragment of a much larger letter to the guilty Senators, reflecting these emotions. Read. Link. Share.
You knew Alito had boasted of his membership in the Concerned Alumni of Princeton, a racist, sexist, homophobic, elitist alumni organization, when applying for a job in the Reagan administration. He claimed now not to know anything about the group or to have had any involvement with them, which offered only two possibilities, either of which was sufficient to instantly disqualify him--that he had lied to get the job then, or that he was lying to get the job now. You knew he had vigorously advocated a fight to reverse Roe v. Wade in his Reagan years, that the Supreme Court had explicitly rejected his dissenting opinion in Planned Parenthood v. Casey where he argued in favor of requiring spousal notification--thus, in effect, giving men veto power over their wives' medical decisions and ownership of their uteruses. You knew of his failures to recuse himself from cases in which he had a financial conflict of interest. You saw his ruling allowing a warrantless strip search of a 10-year-old girl, just the most outrageous of many data points illustrating his contempt for individual rights. You knew of his support for the notion of an omnipotent "unitary executive" unconstrained by Supreme Court precedents, by the laws passed by Congress, even by the Constitution itself (that "goddamned piece of paper" as Bush calls it)--a grotesque concept utterly alien to American jurisprudence. You knew that most of his most important rulings were overturned by higher courts, that he usually dissented from the majority opinion in cases he heard, and was often the lone dissenter, indicating that his legal views were not mainstream and were often at odds with long-established precedents. Christ, he wouldn't even state that it was unconstitutional for Congress to pass a law stripping American-born children of illegal immigrants of their citizenship because he might have to rule on it in the future, in spite of the plain, unambiguous text of the Fourteenth Amendment.
In short, you've undermined everything the Democratic party supposedly stands for and crippled your ability to revive your moribund policy goals. The death rattle may not come this year, or next, or five years from now, but as long as Alito is on the Supreme Court, the bloodletting will continue until nothing remains of the Democratic agenda. And so-called Democrats like you are responsible. As Edmund Burke wrote, "the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." And at the moment when decisive action was most desperately needed, YOU. DID. NOTHING.
This November, it's not enough to just vote for the removal of the corrupt GOP leadership. Replacement of the DO NOTHING Democrats should be equally as important. Apathetic complacency is not leadership.
The trouble with exporting democracy is that its inherent underpinning is the free choice aspect. Unfortunately for the shortsightedness of the Bush administration, they didn't really get all they'd hoped for with the Palestinians. On MTP Sunday, Bill Frist made some very interesting statements that required multiple Tivo rewinds.
Could Bill be using a Hamas as a parallel reference to Democrats in 2006? Bush has already begun the 'ferus againus' rhetoric in preparation for November, can they really be trying to subtly associate change with terrorism?
MR. RUSSERT: Let me show you something from The Washington Post. “Elections in Iran, Iraq, Egypt and now the Palestinian territories have resulted in the defeat of secular and moderate parties and the rise of Islamic parties hostile to U.S. interests.” The president says democracy’s sweeping the world. And yet, when you look at the result of that democracy, those free votes, we are sometimes very unhappy with the results. What does that mean to you?
SEN. FRIST: We are very unhappy with the results, very disappointed in the results. But the beauty of democracy is that it reflects the reality of what is on the ground. It reflects the reality of those grassroots, of what people are feeling. Now the Hamas election, was it more a vote for or against cronyism and corruption in the existing government in the Palestinian authority or was it to promote terrorism? We don’t know that yet. But what democracy allows is, you like to be shown, transparency. And that’s the reality. That’s the reality that we, as a free people, who export freedom and opportunity need to recognize that there is this rise of radical Islamic terrorism around the world. And it is being reflected in elections. We may not like the results, but it’s the reality that we’ve got to address. We can shift, and that shift, I think, is going to be a shift to require an investment in support of civil structure and civil institutions and people who believe like we believe.
MR. RUSSERT: Do you believe that the U.S. occupation in Iraq may have been a factor in radicalizing the Palestinians and bringing about their vote for Hamas?
SEN. FRIST: No. Well, I don’t believe that. I believe that election as I implied a few seconds ago was more about the corruption and cronyism that the Palestinian people saw in their existing government and were voting for an alternative. I don’t believe it’s because they want to promote terrorism or destroy Israel. I don’t know that for a fact, but we’ll wait and see as the analysis comes forward over the next several days.
Maybe Senator Frist is just talking off the top of his head and wouldn't think of comparing those on the Left in the US to Hamas... that's Dennis Prager's job.
It is a sad day for humanity when a people choose to elect terrorists as their leaders.
So the Palestinian vote reveals the falsity of the worldwide Left's view of the Palestinians as committed to peace. It likewise reveals the falsity of the Left's belief that Palestinian terror is supported by a small minority of the Palestinian population.
On just about every issue, the Left lives in a childlike fantasy realm. Their views are expressions of what they wish for, not what actually is.
Here is a small sample:
-- Support for terror represents a tiny sliver of the Muslim world.
-- All cultures are essentially morally equivalent.
-- The United Nations is a wonderful institution and the best hope of mankind.
-- Men and women are basically the same.
-- It makes no difference whether children are raised by a loving man and woman or by two loving parents of the same sex.
-- Violent criminals in our society are pushed into crime by socioeconomic circumstances, not because of their own flawed characters and values.
-- War is not the answer.
The list of leftist positions based on a rejection of reality is as long as a list of leftist positions.
Speaking only for one of us over here on the left, the choice of Hamas as the ruling party in the Palestinian Parliament was a surprise and very disconcerting. However, a.) that was their choice b.) that is what democracy is all about c.) I (unfortunately) don't expect immediate ideological change and d.) it's hard to maintain "radical" status when you've become the ones in charge. Just ask any baby-boomer.
Right now, in support of true democracy, the Bush administration should send envoys to meet with PA leaders as soon as is humanly possible and lay out the terms by which we would be willing to work with them as a recognized international government. Stop ignoring countries and governments you don't like... you wind up with North Korea, remember?
Oh, and Dennis... Hamas, Israel, abortions, women's right to make their own decisions, and monogamous gay couples are not intrisically tied issues simply because you have a difference of opinion on one or more of them.
* Don't you hate when completely screwed up logic makes the most sense. It's like Occam's Razor for the simple minded.
* What did you do this year to celebrate Robert E Lee's birthday? Bush apparently provided his audience with one-liners like; "By the way, one of the things that surprised me about the Abramoff scandal is how much money some of the Indian tribes have. In fact, it wasn't until tonight that I learned that Warren Buffett and David Rockefeller are Chippewas."
* Wouldn't it be nice to live in a world where you could just dismiss everything you didn't agree with?
* What's with these Canadians? Don't they know they're supposed to provide us with a puppet?
* Oh, like this is going to help voting demographics in Ohio. Solidifies theories though.
* Be careful what you ask for... you may get more. Once again ask, why are men making decisions for women?
* Crushing disappointments, cowering weasels or incompetent boobs? I'll take D. All of the above.
The roomful of testicle free unherdable cats is in full swing this week, thus guaranteeing the confirmation of Alito to the Supreme Court. Where he'll join the erosion of our civil rights already in progress.
Kerry & Kennedy want to filibuster and all the other Democrats want to be re-elected. Scratch that. The Democrats are so out of touch with their constituents that they believe a show of force, even one based on solid principles, would undermine the support of their voters in November. The failure of the Democratic Senators to effectively gauge the pulse of their pubic, forces them to guess our desires and since the majority swing toward timidity in the face of a challenge, we'll get precisely what the religious right wants us to have. A theocratic judiciary.
Even on the blogs the filibuster delta swings between bad idea and make up for your last fucking mistake. Democrats/Liberals are, if nothing else, independent in thought, action & prioritization. Ironic how the one characteristic that makes us strong as individuals, weakens us at the core as a group.
In the absence of a filibuster, 44 votes (not counting possible GOP thinkers), should be loud and boisterous NOs. Failure to vote as a unit on something this pivotal, crucial, significant (pick one), should have more of an effect on primary races for those in play than a filibuster any day.
Voters, pay attention to how your interests are being represented. Is it time for a change on both sides of the aisle?
* Katie Couric. Overpayed and horribly underinformed.
* Whip it out for the white chicks. They dig it.
* It's called selective memory.
* Who's doing more to hurt the war on terror, the US Treasury Dept or investigative journalists?
* Wait'll Dobson & Falwell get wind of this. (thx Steve)
* Because spying isn't enough. Enforcement is required.
* Rove, spoon feeding pablum into the mouths of brain-dead reporters since '00.
* All Hail the Republican Overlords.
* How in the world could Medicare reform slipped so quickly into disarray? Oh, well... that makes sense.
The 9/11 Commission made clear, in this era of new dangers we must be able to connect the dots before the terrorists strike so we can stop new attacks. And this NSA program is doing just that. General Hayden has confirmed that America has gained information from this program that would not otherwise have been available. This information has helped prevent attacks and save American lives. This terrorist surveillance program includes multiple safeguards to protect civil liberties, and it is fully consistent with our nation's laws and Constitution. Federal courts have consistently ruled that a President has authority under the Constitution to conduct foreign intelligence surveillance against our enemies.
My predecessors have used the same constitutional authority on numerous occasions. And the Supreme Court has ruled that Congress gave the President additional authority to use the traditional tools -- or "fundamental incidents" -- of war in the fight against terror when Congress passed the authorization for the use of military force in 2001. These tools include surveillance to detect and prevent further attacks by our enemies. I have the authority, both from the Constitution and the Congress, to undertake this vital program. The American people expect me to protect their lives and their civil liberties, and that's exactly what we're doing with this program.
-- Bush 1.25.06
I'm not a lawyer, but I can tell you what it means. It means Congress gave me the authority to use necessary force to protect the American people, but it didn't prescribe the tactics. It's an -- you've got the power to protect us, but we're not going to tell you how.
-- Bush 1.23.06
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
WASHINGTON - President Bush again defended his program of warrantless surveillance Thursday, saying "there's no doubt in my mind it is legal." He suggested that he might resist congressional efforts to change or expressly endorse it.
Democrats have accused the president of breaking the law in allowing eavesdropping on overseas communications to and from U.S. residents, and even some members of his own party have questioned the practice.
Me thinks thou doth protest too loudly. Something this legal shouldn't have to be defended this vigorously.
Rummy demostrates the awesome power of the force and the ease at which it's used on the press corps.
* For a man with a bully pulpit, Billy's sure against free speech. Irony Factor(y), week nights at 7.
* Why is President Bush so Awesome? thx CB
* Following orders is the job of the men and women who volunteered to protect our nation. Being a voluntary putz, is much less noble.
* The 50 most misunderstood people in need of a hug.
* When you're falling the best thing you can do is grab the coat tails of the one who pushed ya.
* Impeachment. Stuff fantasies are made of until you start doing succession math.
* Strong man, great leader, man of god, strategic thinker...
Gonzales, a major architect of the surveillance program, said that the operation was "both necessary and lawful" and that he believed any president would have taken the steps Bush did. "I think it would be irresponsible to do otherwise," he said in a speech at Georgetown University Law Center
With polls showing the public evenly split about the eavesdropping program, Gonzales - like Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney before him - said in his speech that he welcomed a "worthy debate" over the limits of presidential power.
More than two dozen students in the audience turned their backs on Gonzales and stood stone-faced before live television cameras for the duration of his half-hour speech. Five protesters in the group donned black hoods and unfurled a banner that quoted Benjamin Franklin. It read, "Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither."
Gonzales, who had been White House counsel when the eavesdropping program was approved after the Sept. 11 attacks, appeared unbothered by the protest. Aides said he planned more public events before his testimony at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the program, scheduled for Feb. 6.
It's our job to protest.
* We might be able to solve our energy issues if we could harness the power of Tip O'Neill as he spins in his grave.
* Lilttle Jack Horner & Less than Curious George, it's only a matter of time.
* Instead of asking whether the spying is beneficial to the WOT, ask whether the full resources of the government have been as focused on the real threat or not.
* Biggest balls in the land.
* Durn those PDBs. You have to read them?
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush on Monday told opponents of abortion their views would eventually prevail and urged them to work to convince more Americans of "the rightness of our cause."
As he has in past years, the president phoned in his support rather than attend in person.
Love from a distance. Guess he can't afford that photo-op.
The justification of the President's "right to spy".
Bush speaks to God --> God is omniscient --> Bush is the highest power in the land --> God is the highest power in the universe --> Bush wants to be like his buddy --> artificial means is the closest he can get.
wash, rinse, repeat.
In defense of Peek Week, our Lawbreaker in Chief justified his decision to circumvent existing FISA laws due to the monodirectional nature of the calls monitored.
This is a -- I repeat to you, even though you hear words, "domestic spying," these are not phone calls within the United States. It's a phone call of an al Qaeda, known al Qaeda suspect, making a phone call into the United States. I'm mindful of your civil liberties, and so I had all kinds of lawyers review the process. We briefed members of the United States Congress, one of whom was Senator Pat Roberts, about this program. You know, it's amazing, when people say to me, well, he was just breaking the law -- if I wanted to break the law, why was I briefing Congress? (Laughter and applause.)
*giggle* *giggle* *whoop* *whoop*.... you briefed Congress? All members? Allowed further investigation? Provided results?
The flat earth society still has members.
We once depended on religion and laws of the spirit to determine how we put science and technology to use. That's difficult today when secularism has been elevated to the status of religion, reality has become virtual, and technology drives our sensibilities about what it means to be human.
We once thought the sun revolved around the earth, leprosy was contagious, the planet was 6K years old and that babies came from storks.
Remember, as Bush tours the nation this week;
Q Scott, I have a two-part question. Apparently, no one in the White House will challenge Al Gore with now public information that he led the Clinton administration's clipper chip project back in the 1990s to effectively tap every phone, fax machine and computer in the country. And my question: Isn't that worth pointing out to the American people, after he accused President Bush of breaking the law and violating the Constitution by --
MR. McCLELLAN: I think you just did. This is an administration that is forward-looking, Les. We're focused on the priorities of the American people.
Q Well, how about Gore? You mean you're going to say nothing about Gore and the clipper chip project?
MR. McCLELLAN: I think you already have. No, I'm not going to get into that.
Q Since there has been a wide coverage of what seems to be the First Lady's unprecedentedly outspoken statement that Senator Hilary Clinton's claim that Republicans run the White House like a plantation was, in Mrs. Bush's own words, "I think it's ridiculous. It is a ridiculous comment, that's what I think." So my question is will the President and First Lady be happy for her to speak to the next Republican Convention and in the next presidential campaign?
MR. McCLELLAN: Hilary Clinton? (Laughter.)
Q I think she'll be there --
MR. McCLELLAN: -- Mrs. Bush?
Q I think she'll be there, but I'm talking about Mrs. Bush -- they will be happy to have her active in the next --
MR. McCLELLAN: It's a long way to the next convention, but Mrs. Bush is a tremendous asset to this administration. I commented on those comments earlier this week and talked about how inappropriate they were
Oh and Scott, that warm sensation in your crotch, that's my velvet glove.
* War creates strange bedfellows.
* "How to Lose Votes" by the RNC.
* Lipstick looks fantastic on most pigs.
* Now, is not the time for us to lose our nerve.
* Liberals, even the most extreme and vocal of us, are not insane theocrats. Those people are the ones in the Majority.
* Odd, Osama's still threatening us and Bushco's going after Google search logs over "child pornography"? Why don't they just go ahead and set up camp in my living room? While they're at it, they can pick up all my kid's toys too.
We're days away from Bush's favorite day of the year (no not his vacation(s)), the SOTU. Expect much from this year's speech. He's going to ratchet up language on Iran, tout the success in Iraq, laud the strength of the economy and tell us how unpatriotic it is to question his decisions. Before the lies become talking points and are believed by the unwashed masses, remember, the DJIA isn't the measure of our economy, more war casualties isn't a way to honor the dead and saying you have broad sweeping authority, doesn't make it so.
* Boy, supporting the troops sure has taken a bizarre turn.
* Tip-Toeing through the bluebonnets apparently doesn't buy any favors.
* This is the opposition.
* America's most wanted is still making home videos.
* Medicare, please file under "fucked". Maybe it's a states' rights thing.
* You know that unique squeal a pig makes when you've got him pinned down? No?
So goes the nation... or so they say.
* David Van Os (for Attorney General) has a piece up on the "New Revolution". He's right, it is our government and it's our job to take it back.
* The degrees of separation for Abramoff get fewer and fewer the deeper you get into Texas politics. More fodder for the "Everyone Against Mr. Good Hair" race.
* It's way past time to fortce the opposition to have to spend money in every single race. Whether it's won or lost, each and every race must be just that, a race. SH-51 is now being contested by Dot Nelson-Turnier, one serious red and previously uncontested district.
* My God the corruption runs deep. It's no wonder we can't afford to fund schools in this state, we're too busy funneling the money into the pockets of Quid Pro Quo inc.
* Loss of focus creates an inevitable return to the status quo. Maybe the Bush administration will send them another $43 million prior to them attacking us again.
* Since when did the Legislative Branch of the Government start reporting to the Executive Branch? Democracy's so upside down in this country it's becoming harder to export.
In recent years, the lies and mythmaking have become perhaps even more egregious. Tawana Brawley was lying, but Al Sharpton didn't care because he was "building a movement." Mumia Abu-Jamal is guilty, but don't say that in a faculty lounge. Stanley Tookie Williams was guilty. Matthew Shepherd did not die "because he was gay" but because he was a drug addict caught up with other drug addicts. The "Hollywood Ten" were a complicated bunch, but they were Communists, even Stalinists. "It matters not," quoth the liberals. "Print the legend."
Pretty bold words coming from such a pudgy little momma's boy.
Oh Al, why could you not have possessed this level of charisma in 2000? Imagine how much further ahead we'd be, governed by a man with a conscience.
During the period when this eavesdropping was still secret, the President went out of his way to reassure the American people on more than one occasion that, of course, judicial permission is required for any government spying on American citizens and that, of course, these constitutional safeguards were still in place.
But surprisingly, the President's soothing statements turned out to be false. Moreover, as soon as this massive domestic spying program was uncovered by the press, the President not only confirmed that the story was true, but also declared that he has no intention of bringing these wholesale invasions of privacy to an end.
At present, we still have much to learn about the NSA's domestic surveillance. What we do know about this pervasive wiretapping virtually compels the conclusion that the President of the United States has been breaking the law repeatedly and persistently.
A president who breaks the law is a threat to the very structure of our government. Our Founding Fathers were adamant that they had established a government of laws and not men. Indeed, they recognized that the structure of government they had enshrined in our Constitution - our system of checks and balances - was designed with a central purpose of ensuring that it would govern through the rule of law. As John Adams said: "The executive shall never exercise the legislative and judicial powers, or either of them, to the end that it may be a government of laws and not of men."
Once violated, the rule of law is in danger. Unless stopped, lawlessness grows. The greater the power of the executive grows, the more difficult it becomes for the other branches to perform their constitutional roles. As the executive acts outside its constitutionally prescribed role and is able to control access to information that would expose its actions, it becomes increasingly difficult for the other branches to police it. Once that ability is lost, democracy itself is threatened and we become a government of men and not laws.
This is not a a partisan issue. This is not an us vs. them issue. This is an all-encompassing encroachment on the basic life, liberty and pursuit of happiness guaranteed to each and everyone of us. The true patriots are angered by this invasion. Those justifying it, well... I just don't think they've created an appropriate adjective for them yet.
The First Lady of Botox spoke out this week in defense of her husband's controversial spying methods.
Seems as though, the belief is, that prior to the revelation that our government's been 'self-authorized' to spy on its citizens, terrorists had been unaware we were spying on them. Now that they're empowered with the knowledge that American citizens are fair game, they've been emboldened. Imagine what they could do if they found out how easy it is to corrupt the GOP...
* The chickens are coming home to roost in Sugarland. DeLay will be forced this year to spend more and focus more on campaigning than ever before. Nick Lampson is polling higher and higher and I would bet that DeLay's constituents these days are going to be looking for a Congressman who won't be spending all his money to combat indictments.
* When all your buddies in Congress are being investigated for campaign fraud, mismanagement, corruption etc, wouldn't it be wiser to keep a low profile? Not if you're Smokey Joe Barton... you don't give a shit what anyone thinks or how badly your donors pollute your district. It's all about the money. Keep it up sunshine, you're next.
* With all the focus on the Governor's race in Texas, it's time for a little reminder, "The Governor is not the most powerful or influential elected politician in Texas". When you vote this year, pay the same amount or more attention to all the other races as well. Yes, Kinky seems like an amusing alternative and Carol of many husbands appears to be what's needed to pull votes from Perry. I would encourage you to vote in the primaries despite the new alternatives for November's ballot.
* Dallas County's list of candidates.
More as it all heats up.................
* All Democrats now serving in Iraq, you are officially on notice. Should you ever in the future question the misdirection of the country, the incompetence of a puppet president or perceive yourself as qualified to speak on military tactics or procedure... they will attempt to bury you. It won't come from your peers, it will come from people louder but yet much less qualified than you.
* Are the American voters so completely deluded that NostrAtrios can actually predict within a few pundit points, the future of the nation as it becomes fully governed through fear?
* Filibuster or not, Alito will be confirmed. Get your abortions now before they become a state's rights issue. If you don't believe it will ever happen, just keep sitting on your hands, doing nothing. Instead of slowly enacting our own Taliban here... let's just giterdone. I for one, can't wait for our own version of the vice police.
I loved history, and pursued a diversified course of study. I like to think of it as the academic road less traveled. For example, I took a class that studied Japanese Haiku. Haiku, for the uninitiated, is a 15th century form of poetry, each poem having 17 syllables. Haiku is fully understood only by the Zen masters. As I recall, one of my academic advisers was worried about my selection of such a specialized course. He said I should focus on English. I still hear that quite often. But my critics don't realize I don't make verbal gaffes. I'm speaking in the perfect forms and rhythms of ancient Haiku.
-- Bush Yale University, May 21, 2001
PRESIDENT BUSH: I have no idea about the latter. (Laughter.) You did say, secret intelligence, right? (Laughter.) I understand. I really -- the truth of the matter is, the Chancellor brought this up this morning. I had no idea what she was talking about. The first I heard of it was this morning, truthfully.
Secondly, the first part of your question was Iran.
Q Iran, sir.
PRESIDENT BUSH: Okay, good. Sometimes when you mix them up, it throws us off balance, you know?
I'm not going to prejudge what the United Nations Security Council should do. But I recognize that it's logical that a country which has rejected diplomatic entreaties be sent to the United Nations Security Council. I want to put it in this perspective: The U.N. Security Council is part of the diplomatic process, started by Germany, France, and Great Britain representing the interests of a lot of countries like ourself, which made it abundantly clear to the Iranians that the development of the know-how and our -- a nuclear weapon was unacceptable. And the reason it's unacceptable is because Iran, armed with a nuclear weapon, poses a grave threat to the security of the world.
The Security Council held its first session on January 17, 1946 at Church House, London.
The Council has five permanent members:
People's Republic of China
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
United States of America
The permanent members were originally drawn from the victorious powers after World War II: the Republic of China, France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
The most volitile combination known to man; a dumb-as-a-post president and a press that can't/won't ask pointed follow-up questions.
All telling, is the articulate manner in which Bush circles around to truth
PRESIDENT BUSH: We've got something in common, we both didn't exactly landslide our way into office. (Laughter.)
And how! At least someone's aware of their lacking mandate, right?
* Billmon's history lesson for the month. Mandatory reading.
* "He who shall be confirmed" has quite the tight legacy with those in power.
* Forgotten about New Orleans yet? You're in good company with the administration if you have. Bush's photo-op yesterday doesn't count.
* Wouldn't a 'vote of no confidence' be nice?
* It's still 1955 in Georgia.
* In summary, why the Democrats (herded cats) can't focus well, on a single point message.
* The Oscars have hit their pinnacle and will, from here on out be thought of as 'old hat'. Ben Shapiro's boycotting them. Too much queerness for the virgin.
History will judge this administration's failures as unprecedented. Searching for a presidency that combines greater failure in both foreign and domestic policy, one finds nothing that even comes close. The history of the Bush years is a history of stupidity, failure, corruption, favoritism, cronyism, debt and war.
Next week Ann will be speaking for and personalizing, the subtle differences between the Hutus and the Tutusis, juxtaposing their ethnic differences with the history of the Albanian and Serbian conflict as justification for the "free blanket" program used on the Native Americans.
This week however, she sticks with her ad hominem schtick to define the "enemy".
Having won that one, today's Republican Party stands for life, limited government and national defense. And today's Democratic Party stands for ... the right of women to have unprotected sex with men they don't especially like. We're the Blacks-Aren't-Property/Don't-Kill-Babies party. They're the Hook-Up party.
"Let's say I go out every night, I meet a guy and have sex with him. Good for me. I'm not married." -- Ann Coulter, Rivera Live, June 7, 2000
Hook-Em up baaaaby, you're a Democrat.
THIS JUST IN.... Alito has stated that, under no circumstances would he ever seek an abortion.
We now return you to the other stories, now in progress.
* The Swift Boat Veterns for Random Smear and Slander need to get their engines idling. It's going to be a busy year. With the number of Democratic Veterans running this year it's going to be tricky balancing the military vote and questioning the patriotism of so many simultaneously.
* Remember, if you question the blundering dumbfuckedness of Bush's plans, the horrible planning and complete absence of effective follow-through, it gives the enemy strength. Just stop it. Stroke the prez, you know he wants it.
* Republican majority leadership. Same as it ever was, same as it ever was.
* Rule of Thumb. Ensure you get your Congressional Medal of Freedom before your book comes out.
* No thanks, I'd like someone who can craft a message, stay on it and then, well, win.
* Mrs. Alito, those better be tears of joy over the guarantee the GOP majority's given your husband on his nomination. If they're not, and you can't handle your husband undergoing a little tough questioning for a lifetime appointment, please leave the room.
* Eason Jordan... you keeping notes on this? I say you've got enough anectdotes for a book by now. Just another of the many freedoms we offer.
When Missy dons Annies thinking cap, slaps on a fake adams apple and starts in on Ted, Mary Jo, Chappaquiddick and jokes about swimming, you know the thinking train took off without a passenger.
and.... straight from the studios of Short Attention Span Theatre, the quick assumption is made that it's got to be the workings of a "leftie" who left a bomb in a SF Starbucks. Yeah, cause it's our spokespeople recommending violence against the city by the bay.
With credibility like this, she should write a book or something...
Watch me placate your long-winded lame Democrat asses while I bob and weave to the tune of ""Shoed in by the Majority".
Time to begin revoking some tax-exempt status. The first cheerleading session was annoying, the second was disconcerting... this last theocratic push, deplorable.
Lusk warned adversaries: "My friends, don't fool with the church because the church has buried a million critics. And those the church has not buried, the church has made funeral arrangement for."
Folks, this is REPRESENTATION WITHOUT TAXATION. Don't for a minute believe this to be an idle threat. Sounds a bit like the "Death to the Unbeliever" you hear so much in arguments against Islam, doesn't it?
The SCSM (So Called Stupid Media), doesn't need supporting data. They don't require their writers to provide the details required to make an article truly "investigative". Just accusations. Linked, does not equal direct payments with the expectation of favors. Buying Exxon gas doesn't make you guilty for the Valdez accident, just a lazy consumer. Taking campaign contributions from Abramoff's clients does not warrant a guilty verdict. Being directly involved in the K-Street Project, bilking Native Americans, buying access to the White House and porking the shit out of every spending bill, does. If Rich Lowry can parse this, why can't the rest of the party loyalists?
Remember, it's always easier in the long run, to clean your own house than to have it cleaned for you..
November's very very close.
Bet he's not questioning the validity of medals in this room. That only works on the campaign trail.
Bush, imagines himself to be an example.
"Compromise and consensus and power-sharing are the only path to national unity and lasting democracy," Bush said in a speech to a gathering of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. It was the latest in a series of addresses, begun in December, aimed at talking to Americans in more detail and more candidly about the situation in Iraq.
Really? Cite please... examples of how that's working at home.
* Success apparently comes in many flavors. The Bush administration appears to believe everything's always sunnyside up and sounds better with a sprinkling of 9/11.
* Troubled teens. Florida provides the same finesse they used in 2000 with voting recounts.
* Something to keep in mind when shopping ethically.
* Jesusland. Every night at dusk, they'll recreate the crucifiction.
* Utah, where no one is gay. Who would be if you could have multiple wives?
* Is there just no way to tie Abramoff to Alito? Darn.
* A dictator isn't elected... usually.
* If Pat Robertson was struck by lightning, would it prove God's existence? (question posed by a reader.)
* Bush, longing for pre 1214 in a post 9/11 world.
* Going it alone while borrowing abroad.
* Holy oil for nominees, KY for the rest of us.
* Dear IRS, please remove tax exempt status.
* Anyone missing the 1st amendment yet?
* Investing in the future, conservative style.
It's good to be the king
Apparently, though, the explanation is much simpler. Bush doesn’t veto bills because in his view, he doesn’t have to; he can simply ignore the ones he doesn’t like.
The struggle against terrorism will not end soon, and the choices we make in fighting it will help define us as a nation for decades. To allow any president to invent the law as he goes along is to invite contempt for the law for many presidencies to come.
Cunningham : Wire
DeLay : Fire
Reed : Crier
Bush : Liar
Iraq : Dire
Citizens : Inquire
Troop Safety : Mire
GOP : Conspire
* Never underestimate the power of a scorned woman. 6 degrees of "God, you fucked up".
* Sit at home and scratch your head wondering about the behavior of the people elected to represent you? Confused about what makes them tick? Insight here. not for the weak stomached.
* One of the creepier "what ifs" on the Domestic Spying issue. Makes the Manchurian Candidate seem as innocuous as a National Lampoon romp.
* Welcome to the United States of Bush where the boy-king decides what's best for you. Do not taunt, happy fun Bush.
* Family Values means, it's better to deny gays adoption rights and have a child remain parentless, than to place them in a loving family we violently frown upon.
* The fine line between clever and dumbfuck has become more articulated.
* Bush is operating within the letter of the law. No, no, no, no and hell no.
Who needs Congress when they're always on recess? Arguing and debating silly confirmation hearings interrupts the boy king's nap time and you know how fussy and cranky he gets when he's tired. It's just easier to skip procedure and process. Remember, he does know what's best for us. After all, with a 95% success rate on nominations he already knows what the results will be.
President George W. Bush today recess appointed the following individuals:
Floyd Hall, of New Jersey, to be a Member of the AMTRAK Reform Board.
Enrique J. Sosa, of Florida, to be a Member of the AMTRAK Reform Board.
Nadine Hogan, of Florida, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Inter-American Foundation (Private Representative).
Roger W. Wallace, of Texas, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Inter-American Foundation (Private Representative).
Gordon England, of Texas, to be Deputy Secretary of Defense.
Benjamin A. Powell, of Florida, to be General Counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Ronald E. Meisburg, of Virginia, to be General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board.
Julie L. Myers, of Kansas, to be Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement).
Tracy A. Henke, of Missouri, to be Executive Director of the Office of State and Local Government Coordination and Preparedness at the Department of Homeland Security.
Arthur F. Rosenfeld, of Virginia, to be Federal Mediation and Conciliation Director at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.
Ellen R. Sauerbrey, of Maryland, to be Assistant Secretary of State (Population, Refugees, and Migration).
Dorrance Smith, of Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs).
Robert D. Lenhard, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Federal Election Commission.
Steven T. Walther, of Nevada, to be a Member of the Federal Election Commission.
Hans Von Spakovsky, of Georgia, to be a Member of the Federal Election Commission.
Peter N. Kirsanow, of Ohio, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board.
Stephen Goldsmith, of Indiana, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service.
From David Brooks, a moment of lucid clarity.
Finally, today before noon, fire Bob Ney as chairman of the House Administration Committee. For God's sake, Republicans, show a little moral revulsion.
Elsewhere in blindheroworshipland.
The nation took some heavy blows in 2005, but withstood the punches remarkably well. Chalk it up to the resiliency of the American people and the optimism of George Bush. Never underestimate the role of the president as a national cheerleader or grief counselor. The right president can help the nation get through the toughest of times. Imagine where we’d be if John "Doom and Gloom" Kerry had been sitting in the White House. We’d still be filing sandbags in New Orleans.
Ah yes, the optimism of George. Allows us to shrug off the 50 people killed in Iraq yesterday and the 80+ today with a "well, at least they have their freedom". Lucky lucky us.
Our Leader, for all his incompetent bumblings in his role as puppet is widely renowned for being a spectacular people person. One of the "knows everyone and never forgets a name" type. There is no way he doesn't know personally, every single Bush Pioneer who raised $100K or more for both of his presidential campaigns. Especially ones who are intrinsically tied to the Texas GOP heavyweights, DeLay and Cornyn.
Q Scott, Abramoff raised more than $100,000 for the Bush-Cheney campaign, and the campaign has given back, like, $6,000. Why aren't they giving back more?
MR. McCLELLAN: Well, you might want to talk to the RNC to get the specifics. That's my understanding, is that Mr. Abramoff and his wife, and a tribal interest that he represented had contributed that money. And this is keeping -- consistent with past practice of the campaign. If people are involved in wrongdoing, they return that money that that person contributed, or donate it to a specific charity. In this case, I understand that they're going to be donating that money to the American Heart Association.
Q But you don't think the rest of the money that he brought in --
MR. McCLELLAN: Are you suggesting that there are others that were involved in wrongdoing? If you want to bring that to my attention, and I'll refer it to the RNC.
Q I'm asking if the money that he gave --
MR. McCLELLAN: I think it's our past practice, or the past practice of the campaign has been what I described. If people are involved in wrongdoing -- I think there's been very few instances of that, one or two maybe where money has been donated to a charity that that individual gave to the campaign.
Q Well, I guess, the question is, though, since he raised the money and you don't know what was involved in raising that money, does that not put a taint or a cloud over it?
MR. McCLELLAN: I think that it's keeping with past practice, and they took the appropriate step.
Q But Hastert is giving all of it back.
MR. McCLELLAN: Go ahead, John.
Q But have you been able to more clearly determine whether the President ever met Abramoff at any of these White House --
MR. McCLELLAN: Actually, I talked about this earlier today, maybe you weren't here earlier this morning, but -- when I talked to some of your colleagues.
Q I thought you said he might have been, but I'm just wondering --
MR. McCLELLAN: Yes, I said it's possible that they would have met at a holiday reception or some other widely attended gathering. The President does not know him, nor does the President recall ever meeting him.
Q But he has the special designation as a Pioneer, as Terry was alluding to, raising more than $100,000. And he attended, as you told us, three events, holiday receptions at the White House. How likely is it that the President would not have met him --
MR. McCLELLAN: That's why I said it's possible. But I just told you what I know at this point, and the President doesn't recall meeting him and he certainly doesn't know him.
How many more times is Bush going to make Scotty eat his words?
Check out this gem from "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson."
If your goal is to appear contrite, don't show up looking like Boris from Bullwinkle.
"Words will not ever be able to express my sorrow and my profound regret for all my actions and mistakes," he said. "I hope I can merit forgiveness from the Almighty and those I've wronged or caused to suffer."
* Jack Abramoff's influence makes pandemic viruses jealous. All this money, all this access, all this effort and virtually none of it benefits the public to which it's recipients are answerable. Oh the pious irony.
* Can George Bush lose the confidence of his troops and still win his war(s)? Eventually, even the most cowed battered wife leaves her abuser.
* Overreacted? What if the guy *had* been a terrorist and possessed information that could have led us to a local sleeper cell and instead of wounding him, allowing for further interrogation, we just offed him? Short-sighted approach.
* How about that Iraqi reconstruction plan? Gangbusters, ain't it?
* When you're the leader of the United States of Bush, consistency and integrity aren't nearly as important as they appeared when during the campaign. Spying on citizens and peace groups over focusing on terrorists is sorta like attacking Iraq after terrorists from Saudi Arabia (via Afghanistan) blow up your buildings.
Repeat after me;
There's no way this war could have anything to do with oil. It may be taking place on top of the world's largest untapped reserves and we may have guarded the oil ministry while the nation's archeological treasures and archives were looted but it has to be a mere coincidence. If this was really about oil, would it make sense for the occupying force to permit a known embezzler and serial liar to become the Oil Minister after he dramatically lost a seat in the recent election?
That'd smack of cronyism and purchased influence.
And women's emotionality, when unchecked, can wreak havoc on those closest to these women and on society as a whole -- when emotions and compassion dominate in making public policy.
And that is what the Judeo-Christian value system ultimately yearns for -- the elevation of human conduct to the God-like, rather than allowing us to behave like fellow animals.
Holy and profane: A major separation in the Judeo-Christian values system is between the holy and the profane. Applied to speech, this means, for example, that cursing is regarded far less seriously in those parts of society estranged from Judeo-Christian values. Applied to sex, this means that sexual intercourse has a dimension of holiness unknown to the Left, which regards it as a volitional and health issue.
We find out his snake oil must not have been selling well at home.
"I have a sad personal announcement to make. After seventeen years of marriage, my wife Fran and I are divorcing. This is sad first and foremost for Fran and for me. We've known each other nineteen years, have raised three children, and assumed we would be together forever. It was not only our hope. This is a value that we shared.
For the rest of you who do not necessarily morally judge those who divorce, my divorcing can still be shocking. As one prominent individual said to me, “My God, if Dennis Prager is divorcing, it can happen to any of us.” Well, the truth is it can happen to almost anybody, and that is why I work so hard on my radio show to help men and women better understand each other, and to never take a spouse for granted. [ed. like Dennis did?]
We're keeping an eye on you, because we don't trust you to fully trust us to trust your safety with anyone else. Plus we love you and just need to keep the nation on one real short "for safety's sake", leash. 9/11!! 9/11!! 9/11!!
THE PRESIDENT: First of all, the NSA program is an important program in protecting America. We're at war, and as Commander-in-Chief, I've got to use the resources at my disposal, within the law, to protect the American people. And that's what we're doing.
Feel safe yet? If not, you're not doing it right.
Campaign slogans for 2006 are going to be fantastic!
Mr. Abramoff, 46, pleaded guilty to conspiracy, fraud, and tax evasion, setting the stage for prosecutors to begin using him as a cooperating witness against his former business and political colleagues. In exchange, Mr. Abramoff faces a maximum of about 10 years in prison in the Washington case. The conspiracy charge included Mr. Abramoff's effort to influence at least one member of Congress and a Congressional staff member.
After entering his guilty plea in United States District Court in Washington, Mr. Abramoff was expected to announce a plea agreement in a related Florida case, in which he was indicted last year. In that case, he is expected to plead guilty to fraud and conspiracy in connection with his purchase of the SunCruz casino boat line, and will face a maximum of about seven years' prison time.
Each and every one of those who've dipped in and out of Jackie's little pockets should be hit hard, fast and repeatedly until November.
Remember back to the days of Vince Foster, the Arkansas Project, and pin the tail on the Clenis. Guilt by association is a non-partisan tool. Use it.