Scott, how many times do I have to tell ya, the reach-around is an "in private" activity only.
For entertainment purposes only. Flush eyes with water if contact is made. Do not ingest, if ingested... seek immediate assistance from a physician.
Poor people are not poor because of low wages. For the most part, they're poor because of low productivity, and wages are connected to productivity. link
and empathy is overrated.
Even the most mentally limited amongst us will smell a rat when they see a Republican president suddenly start reciting such blatant Schumerisms. link
republicans, punished for not having original thoughts?
in 10 years there will be a network of inner-city churches offering scientifically validated programs that actually succeed in helping young people make and sustain decent, loving marriages. ... If this happens, it will not be because conservative public intellectuals exhorted them in urban journals to do so. It will be because George Bush decided in his stubborn way to do something good, even if it had no profound public constituency. link
W, saving marriage, one hetero at a time.
Such attitudes are infecting the whole population, as the organized advocates of the homosexual agenda synchronize and expand their efforts in the courts, in popular entertainment, and even in mainline Protestant churches, steadily eroding the traditional moral standards of our nation. link
with this much power, why don't homosexuals have more authority nationally?
Townhall's wordplay exercise for the week, "Write an article using the word Oily".
No one came up with Oily of Oilay?
* Shorter Hewitt: If you ain't myopic like Powerline, you ain't squat.
* Shorter Mr. Malkin: Looky looky...
I my wife has a new site!!!!
* Shorter Lieberman: I am a Democrat, damnit.. even if I have to run as an independant to prove it.
* Shorter Wingnut: Jesus loves you so we don't have to.
* McCain on Rumsfeld: I'm in favor of an investigation until I'm not... or get a call from George, whichever comes first.
* Bush to Congress: Fund the war no matter what.
Political appointments are unique, in that qualities and traits that wouldn't normally qualify you for a job in the private sector seem to be crucial for working in this White House.
One factor in Snow's decision to take the job was that he had his colon removed last year and underwent six months of chemotherapy after being diagnosed with cancer. He had a CAT scan last week and delayed a decision while he consulted with his doctors.
* Tony Snow's transferring from Fox News to the White House? So now the taxpayers have to fund his shilling skills instead of Rupert?
* Play "find the Democrat". Can't do it, can ya?
* The Mary McCarthy saga's going to become a twisted tale. It's funny how the rush to judgement and simultaneously attack fellow journalists is the sport of the week, while waiting for all the facts to unveil seems... well archaic in nature.
* It's comforting to know that Jesus and Karl Rove still love him.
* A house, built on sand...
* Illegal immigrants, cheating honest Americans out of criminal opportunities. Our serial killers should be home grown, like Gacy, Dahmer and Bundy.
Dear Leader's always at his best AFTER the meds kick in and before the day's poll numbers are delivered.*
*small time window
WASHINGTON - President Bush on Tuesday ordered a temporary suspension of environmental rules for gasoline, making it easier for refiners to meet demand and possibly dampen prices at the pump. He also halted for the summer the purchase of crude oil for the government's emergency reserve.
Easing the environment rules will allow refiners greater flexibility in providing oil supplies since they will not have to use certain additives such as ethanol to meet clean air standards. The suspension of oil purchases for the federal emergency oil reserve is likely to have only modest impact since relative little extra oil will be involved.
In order to address airline concerns over flight schedules, Bush has implemented a reduction in the number of air traffic controllers required in each air tower. To energize coal production all safety measures for ventilation have been lifted until further notice. American's need meat faster and to reduce production overhead, regular FDA inspections have been halted and for good measure, another tax cut ought to right the deficit within six months.
Am I the only one willing to pay the higher prices to keep regulation in place? Apparently the concern isn't over price gouging but a way to manipulate the system to eliminate any and all oversight. Windfall profit tax anyone?
* Nuke testing? How much of an environmental impact do we need to make to dicksize internationally?
* Isn't it wonderful how we exhibited our exported freedoms last week as the red state president welcomed the red army president with a clamp down on free speech followed by an arrest. Maybe the "them" don't hate us for our freedoms as much as they hate us for our hypocricies.
* A modern day parable for simple folk.
* Residual effects from 9/11 fallout? But a Bush appointee said it was all good. They've never lied before, right?
* It truly makes the most sense to hire from the inside.
* Alternatives to evolution are myopically singular in nature and must not involve levity.
* Failure is not an option... fuck-ups on the other hand will be excused.
* New definition of insanity; Voting in the same corrupt critters expecting change and growth.
* Bush, cutting our dependence on energy conservation speeches by 50% in 2006.
In case the new rules seem too confusing when Dear Leader speaks them to the populace or the message being delivered by the tube in your living room appears distorted, here's the distinction;
Leaks to settle scores, make a point, rally the base or undermine the opposition are good and fully excusable. Classification and declassification are binary traits and, at the whim of our elected leaders may be turned off and on like a light switch. Occurence of the declassification is irrelevant to the leak itself as it's covered under executive privilege.
Leaks that expose malevolent, illegal or corrupt behavior of the administration or its policies are bad, need to be pursued ad infinitum and mandatory minimums assigned to the traitors.
Thus ends your lesson in the New World Odor. It stinks.
The story of this nation has been collectively written by the immigrant pen. Titled "The American Dream," this wildly successful and popular tale is about to gain a new author. Yet instead of simply writing the next verse, this wave of immigrant authors seems intent on starting a new book. There is no longer satisfaction with building for the future; an entitlement culture has grown. This contemporary tale is to be authored by illegal immigrants, but the pen, paper, and publishing are paid for by the American taxpayer.
The original history of this country is British and Protestant (i.e., white). These great minds put forth the doctrines and institutions that form today's ultimate hegemony, the United States of America.
No such thing as illegal immigration when the immigrants have guns and the current residents are primarily focused on survival and living *with* the land. It's a shame the American Indians weren't clever enough to be rabid jingoistic republicans and push for immigration reform.
An Indiana mother recently accompanied her daughter and her daughter's boyfriend to one of Indiana's Planned Parenthood clinics, but they unwittingly walked into a "crisis pregnancy center" run by an anti-abortion group -- one that shared a parking lot with the real Planned Parenthood clinic, and was designed expressly to lure Planned Parenthood patients and deceive them.
The group took down the girl's confidential personal information and told her to come back for her appointment, which they said would be in their "other office" (the real Planned Parenthood office nearby). When she arrived for her appointment, not only did the Planned Parenthood staff have no record of her, but the police were there -- the "crisis pregnancy center" had called them, claiming that a minor was being forced to have an abortion against her will.
The "crisis pregnancy center" staff then proceeded to wage a campaign of intimidation and harassment over the following days, showing up at the girl's home and calling her father's workplace. Our clinic director reports that she was "scared to death to leave her house." They even went to her school and urged classmates to pressure her not to have an abortion.
Behind the Story: The anti-choice movement is setting up so-called "crisis pregnancy centers" across the country. Some of them have neutral-sounding names and run ads that falsely promise the full range of reproductive health services, but dispense anti-choice propaganda and intimidation instead. And according to The New York Times, there are currently more of these centers in the U.S. than there are actual abortion providers! What's more, these centers have received $60 million of government grants. They're being funded by our tax dollars.
Anti-Abortionists; protecting infants (only), until birth.
Has this administration done anything redeemable or worthy of praise?
I don't even know anymore. On the aggregate, tallying up the good against bad, no, it has not. It very much has not. It's impossible to say whether individual acts are good or bad, because of their context in the overarching tapestry of awful.
how we'll miss your chubby face
i hear mom's hiring
neutered the big brain
Oz hid behind a curtain
no more soft filters
Paula Zahn, you are aging
power is superfluous
build an embassy
* No David, critiquing Rumsfeld is patriotic. Staying quiet while incompentence rules the land is what's unpatriotic.
* From the people who brought you surgical precision bombing... we have infallible incarceration.
* White House staffing. Do not shake-up. Ineffectiveness under pressure.
* GWOT, security is job #1. State secrets Easter sale at a local Afghan bazaar near you.
* Oil & Lumber, sounds justifiable to me.
Johnny Hart should have retired years ago. He's long since given up on steam-era notions such as "wit" or "clever punchlines" and now it seems that he's fired his proofreader, too.
It goes without saying that the joke doesn't work, but even the author of Mallard Fillmore manages to keep track of who is in the scene from one panel to the next.
(Via rk in rl).
Everyone seems to hate the thought that the Commander in Chief is a liar and are willing to defend his honor despite all the evidence to the contrary. Let's cut em all some slack for a minute. Assume, going into Iraq was the right thing to do and all of the intelligence wasn't hand picked just to manipulate public opinion and Bush is not a liar.
Over the weekend Bush made a statement as did the Pentagon supporting the fine job Rumsfeld is doing as Secretary of Defense. Between this blindly loyal "rah rah'ing" and the 48 additional troops added to the casualty list thus far in April while Bush travels the nation touting his invasion as a success... *this, makes him a liar*.
Disingenous bald-face liar of the highest magnitude. One's who's so willingly blinded to his own incompetence he can't believe his own decisions have actual consequences. Poor kid. Wonder which set of family friends are going to fund this bailout?
Consider historical precedent.
Now he's rattling a sabre against Iran? Maybe somewhere, deep down inside, his goals are noble. However, his ineptitude at everything, minus rote memorization of talking points, makes this new objective more frightening than laying naked in a pit of rattlers. The joke is always, 'you can't solve world hunger'... now there's something he ought to shoot for. It'd rally the base, get the support of the world, Congress and most importantly his opposition. Instead, the boy just likes to blow stuff up and blowing up Iran isn't going to *fix* anything nor will he see it through.
Point being, unless a dramatic and unprecedented change in our law occurs, Bush cannot take us to war without the authorization of Congress. If this sitting Congress authorizes him to do so, every single 'yay' vote deserves a vote of no confidence from the constituency this November. If he attempts the 'UN approach' and declares it a righteous war to defend a resolution, would someone in a position of authority please remind him how much this administration hates the UN and fighting their "battles" is hypocritical? If he and the Attorney General weasel around all of the checks and balances and he, once again, misuses our military resources for more international dick-sizing, a censure is much too weak of an action.
Impeachment first, followed by a military tribunal for crimes against the nation. His ongoing abuse of power and misuse of national funds has weakened this nation security; militarily, economically, emotionally and spiritually.
It's been said before, but holds more true today with all the new intelligence made public, anyone who still fully supports the behavior of this administration is a myopic brainwashed nutjob.
Mmmmmm, purple Kool-Aid.
* Gentle Virgin Ben says: Americans may be unhappy with Republicans, but Republicans must make clear that the alternative is a country run by those who consistently side with enemies of the American people. ed: someone's incidentally dissin' his own peeps
* Ann says: As hardworking as illegal immigrants are when they come here, they are immediately demagogued by liberals into adopting the victimhood pose so popular on college campuses. Everybody wants to act like his ancestors were brought here on slave ships. ed: liberals broke work ethic
Short Bush skids to a halt
On May 29, 2003, 50 days after the fall of Baghdad, President Bush proclaimed a fresh victory for his administration in Iraq: Two small trailers captured by U.S. and Kurdish troops had turned out to be long-sought mobile "biological laboratories." He declared, "We have found the weapons of mass destruction."
The claim, repeated by top administration officials for months afterward, was hailed at the time as a vindication of the decision to go to war. But even as Bush spoke, U.S. intelligence officials possessed powerful evidence that it was not true.
A secret fact-finding mission to Iraq -- not made public until now -- had already concluded that the trailers had nothing to do with biological weapons. Leaders of the Pentagon-sponsored mission transmitted their unanimous findings to Washington in a field report on May 27, 2003, two days before the president's statement.
thank god it wasn't a blowjob, that would have been disasterous.
It becomes painfully obvious how pale the blue is in my blood red district when in the Democratic primary runoff, 9 precints are merged for voting and at 5:30pm, the total number of voters (including mine) was 45. Only 45 people bothered to show up. Not only are the Democrats hard to find... they're bloody friggin' lazy as well. Pitiful. Good news is that Barbara Ann Radnofsky won against "Mr. Soft Shoe".
* Old news, but it's a refreshing breath of air to read an Annie comeuppance.
* Did the rules change recently and Congress is officially neutered and it's now solely up to the President whether or not we go to war against Iran? Not one pundit I've seen counters Bush's swagger with a "well, he's going to need a vote from Congress to proceed"... just a vague assumption that his word is final. Fear this.
* New Word: Declassivenience: v. to change the status of government documents or intelligence just long enough to misuse them for political purpose but not long enough for a FOIA to get a copy.
* The SCLM again, Joe Klein episode.
* Republicans, a divided party?
* Agnew, Cheney.
It's tough these days to be blindly bigotted. What, with all that PC rhetoric and 'love your neighbor' talk being force fed through the living room thought box nightly. Taking a stand really means taking a risk and when it's an edgy unpopular topic you find yourself on the opposing side of, it's one thing to sit at home and complain and vastly different to take it to the front lines.
Today we profile, Michelle Dallacroce... a Lexus driving cowgirl so drawn in, by the plague of illegal immigrants she moved from Chicago to Phoenix so the restrictions now placed on her children would give her something to complain about and a cause celeb. She's also the Queen Bee over at Mothers Against Immigration where her love of country trumps her need to show love for her fellow man.
Mothers, Grandmothers and families throughout Phoenix, Arizona are fearful that with the 100,000 illegal aliens supporters and illegal aliens who will march on Monday, April 10, 2006 in Phoenix, Arizona could become dangerous.
Sound like the 'Reefer Madness' rhetoric from the '30s, much? So much anger, so few solutions. I'd bet that if instead of insulating herself inside her house, maybe she got to know an immigrant or two and endeared herself to the larger community, she'd feel less intimidated. That and if she's hadn't dedicated her life to clinging to the hottest new wedge issue.
It's comforting to know that although she's working to influence immigration policy, inflame her community and eliminate any possibility of getting a roofer or gardener, her champion Trivial Pursuit player skills are legendary.
One of the speakers is Michelle Dallacroce, who heads a group called Mothers Against Illegal Aliens.
When I introduce myself as a reporter from Colorado, she asks if I know John Denver. You can't make this stuff up.
Dallacroce begins to speak, and the protesters begin to, well, protest.
"As mothers, we fight to protect our children, and we will fight to protect our country," Dallacroce says. "We don't want to send our children into an America that has been mutated beyond recognition by massive illegal immigration."
"You don't speak for this mother!" a protester shouts.
Go, show her some love.
Q I was hoping your answer might be a little more specific. (Laughter.) Mr. Rumsfeld answered that Iraq has its own domestic laws which he assumed applied to those private military contractors. However, Iraq is clearly not currently capable of enforcing its laws, much less against -- over our American military contractors. I would submit to you that in this case, this is one case that privatization is not a solution. And, Mr. President, how do you propose to bring private military contractors under a system of law?
THE PRESIDENT: I appreciate that very much. I wasn't kidding -- (laughter.) I was going to -- I pick up the phone and say, Mr. Secretary, I've got an interesting question. (Laughter.) This is what delegation -- I don't mean to be dodging the question, although it's kind of convenient in this case, but never -- (laughter.) I really will -- I'm going to call the Secretary and say you brought up a very valid question, and what are we doing about it? That's how I work. I'm -- thanks. (Laughter.)
Willful ignorance on the part of our Commander in Chief, on chain of command, in the field, in a time of war.
The Shadow Knows... you really just wanna bomb something else.
Q Mr. President, thanks very much for your visit today. We're honored by your visit. You mentioned the confluence of terror and weapons of mass destruction as the greatest threat to American security. Will the United States allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons?
THE PRESIDENT: Ah. (Laughter.) We do not want the Iranians to have a nuclear weapon, the capacity to make a nuclear weapon, or the knowledge as to how to make a nuclear weapon. That's our stated goal. It's also the goal, fortunately, of other -- of friends and allies, starting with Great Britain, Germany, and France. jury's still out though on whether we're ready to use nukes to prove how bad nukes are.
One of the decisions I made early on was to have a multinational approach to sending messages -- clear messages to the Iranians that -- that if they want to be a part of the -- an accepted nation in the world, that they must give up their nuclear weapons ambitions. And we're making pretty good progress.
so much progress we really need the hated UN to make another resolution our taxpayers can fund to enforce.
By the way, if you're studying how to achieve diplomatic ends, it might be worthwhile noting -- I think at least -- with the United States being the sole interlocutor between Iran, it makes it more difficult to achieve the objective of having the Iranians give up their nuclear weapons ambitions.
odd ain't it, how I'm contradicting my normal 'go it alone' approach? called softpeddling.
It's amazing that when we're in a bilateral position, or kind of just negotiating one on one, somehow the world ends up turning the tables on us. And I'm not going to put my country in that position -- our country in that position. Also, I think it's more effective that the three of us -- the four of us work closely together.
the five of us... no one expects the Spanish inquisition.
We've also included Russia into the dialogue. A couple of months back, you might remember there was a discussion about whether or not the Russians should be allowed to build -- or encouraged to build a civilian nuclear power plant, but the fuel of which would be provided and collected by the Russians. I supported that initiative. I thought it was difficult, on the one hand, to say that civilian nuclear power is a sovereign right of a nation, and on the other hand, not to then support the Russian initiative. And I did so. I also did so because I want Russia to be a part of the -- part of the team, trying to convince the Iranians to give up its nuclear weapons program.
Putin's eyes, deep longing, sense to be free... yadda yadda
Now, I want to emphasize this point, and that is, is that we're not only making sure they don't have the means to develop the weapon, but the knowledge. And that's why I was very strong in saying that they should not have -- that there should not be a research component involved with the Russian deal that will enable the Iranians to learn how to better enriched -- enrich uranium.
'cept that CIA mule with doctored intelligence who was exposed by the Pakistani.. we might have showed an ace or two with that whoopsie.
But our objective is to prevent them from having a nuclear weapon. And the good news is, is that many in the world have come to that conclusion. I got out a little early on the issue by saying, axis of evil. (Laughter.) But I meant it. I saw it as a problem. And now, many others have -- have come to the conclusion that the Iranians should not have a nuclear weapon.
after the fall of the Shah, I sorta fell asleep until 9.11.01.
The doctrine of prevention is to work together to prevent the Iranians from having a nuclear weapon. I know -- I know here in Washington prevention means force. It doesn't mean force, necessarily. In this case, it means diplomacy. And by the way, I read the articles in the newspapers this weekend. It was just wild speculation, by the way. What you're reading is wild speculation, which is -- it's kind of a -- happens quite frequently here in the nation's capital.
what I'm sayin' here is, we could out spend em in a Nukular race like Reagan but... if we're gonna spend the money, something might as well be blowin' up
As Grandma used to say, "That boy ain't got the sense, God gave a goose".
When you're running after a screaming four year old with a spiked fever, an ear ache and mopping up puddles of sporadic vomit, odd how you're just not concerned as much with your own health. Funny how that doesn't come until after your laying fully clothed under four blankets and still shivering. Of course by that time, the rugrat's feeling better and just can't understand why you're not nearly as interested in playing as he is.
What a wasted weekend.
Well, not totally wasted... I got to clear off some TIVO backlog and learned the following;
* Losing Democratic Presidential candidates don't grow the appropriately sized set of testicles until approximately 1.5 to 2 years after their loss. John Kerry was great on MTP and Wolf Shitzer... where was that guy in October of 2004?
* Bill Maher's backhanded compliment to Joe Biden's long-windedness was hysterical and although the point that complicated topic require more dialogue... he should have added a "when appropriate".
* The Leaker in Chief took precious time out of his scheduled nap time to laud the NASCAR drivers, the 200,000 fans and holler "gentlemen, start your engines" via remote video at TMS yesterday while 500,000 people filled the streets in Dallas to protest anti-immigration legislation.
* No matter how many veins pop in Scotty's sloping little forehead, he's still not convincing when spinning the president's right declassify information on a whim and then declare righteous indignation over it's release while behaving in a manner inconsistent with Constitutional law then demanding, it's the administration's right to classify bad behavior.
* NARAL needs a new slogan. I'm thinking, "If it ain't yer uterus It ain't yer choice". Simple 'nuff, no?
* Bill Frist wants to be a gay cowboy.
* Tom DeLay is a martyr to the majority of Texans... or at least those who write opinion letters.
* Harry Reid is Superman. He alone stopped the Rethuglican trifecta machine's push for immigration reform. Now if he could summon the strength to bend small minds around him.
* When you hire foxes to watch the foxes watching the hen house, you sorta get what you pay for... and not surprisingly, some kinky fox on hen boinkin' to boot. Sick f*cks.
* It all goes back to the question, "When was the last time a blowjob cost us over 2,000 lives and inflicted ~15K casualties and emptied the nation's coffers? Silence and torpidity on the part of progressives, is seen as consent by neocons.
* Bush, a fascinating man who if pushed off a steep slope, would continue to fall without attempting to stop or slow down for fear that by not hitting the next rock or tree would insult the ones above he'd already hit. Staying the course is vastly more important than stopping for a second and assessing his position. DO.NOT, go hiking with this man.
* If I inherited $10 million dollars, the last thing I'd do is blow it on a high profile attempt to show the world how bat-shit crazy I was.
* Hope for 2006, you can't "swift-boat" *this* many veterans at once.
* Visual metaphors from Sugarland.
* Maybe it's that Bush isn't praying right.
I've been scolded recently for only posting information that serves to incite. My initial reaction of course was, "huh, uh, don't either". But I do. It generates a lot of traffic, some feedback and absolutely no hate mail to date. I'm either doing something right or not pissing off the right people.
The rest of the conversation was apparently more of a request to plug a website than a top to bottom critique of my screeds. I'm not usually one to just toss up a URL because someone else thinks something's cool... knowing that, the offer was made that if I wasn't blown away by the content, I'd get a free dinner. I'm not going to collect on the free meal.
It's been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. When you juxtapose an image with a powerful quote, the mathematical equation has to be (picture*1000)*(number of words), exponentially increasing the impact of the image and its message. Tom Lee has skillfully intertwined a strong, almost overpowering series of statements on war and politics in with some very quiet, serene and almost surreal, yet familiar, settings.
Prepare to be smacked gently with a velvet glove, lined lovingly with lead.
The 2006 GOP platform according to Pat Buchanan.
BUCHANAN: No, I don‘t think Scooter Libby does it either. I think his trial‘s going to be put over to afterwards. Not one in 50 Americans knows who he is. They probably think he‘s a running back for Grambling College or something.
But I do think this. The president‘s problem, Keith, is that he‘s a 35 percent president, and you‘ve got a party and a country that‘s divided 50-50. The Republicans have got to get off letting people vote on what they think of Bush and Cheney and get on to what the alternative is if you throw us out.
I mean, Charlie Rangel‘s head of Ways and Means. They‘re going to go to impeachment, they‘re going to go to censure, they‘re going to raise your taxes. There‘ll be no more John Roberts, there‘ll be an endless line, gray line of David Souters. All of these issues, Republicans have to got to change the subject, get it onto their strongest issues, and try to force the media and force the election onto at least the issues where they are winning. And that‘s taxes and judges.
Ok kids, you go ahead and run on taxes and judges. That means we can talk about John Cornyn's rhetoric on judicial activism and how the tax cuts aren't helping anyone. If though, all you have in your ammo belt is John Roberts and an almost indefensible tax cut during a manufactured war and a recession while raising the debt ceiling to compensate. Run on it, I say. Run.
* Jesus loves you, shares your hatred for the homosexual agenda and would like you to support Tom DeLay no matter how corrupt he may seem.
* The theory of trickle-down economics is not bound by artificial laws regarding the speed of the trickle. If when the source runs dry, you've not gotten yours... c'est la guerre.
* No man is completely useless. He can always serve as a bad example, thank you Tom.
* What it looks like when your Governor sells off access to your state to a foreign company. Rick Perry hates Texans.
* Glimmers of common sense sparks dampened hopes.... until next week.
* HSAS (his ass) is spooky.
* Despite the depth to which the SCLM's head is ensconsed in their collective asses, they still can't identify the source of the foul odors.
Confession is, truly good for the soul.
"I believe strongly it was the right strategic decision," Rice said Friday.
"I know we've made tactical errors, thousands of them, I'm sure," she said in a speech at Blackburn's Chatham House -- a center for independent research on global issues.
"I am quite certain there are going to be dissertations written about the mistakes of the Bush administration," she said.
"But when you look back in history what will be judged on is" whether the "right strategic decision" was made.
Well Condi, who was in charge of strategy?
WASHINGTON — President Bush is giving his national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, the authority to manage postwar Iraq and the rebuilding of Afghanistan.
While some saw it as a sign of frustration with the handling of postwar efforts, Bush and other officials said the move is a logical next step and reflected no dissatisfaction with progress.
Rice will head the Iraq Stabilization Group, which will have coordinating committees on counterterrorism, economic development, political affairs and media messages. Each committee will be headed by a Rice deputy and include representatives of the State, Defense and Treasury departments and the CIA.
The new structure will give Bush's top White House aides a stronger voice in decisions and will make the president more directly accountable. Because of their close relationship, many people will assume Bush signed off on Rice's decisions.
Rice "is going to make sure that the efforts continue to be coordinated so that we continue to make progress," Bush said at a news conference with President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya. "And listen, we're making good progress in Iraq. Sometimes it's hard to tell it when you listen to the filter" of the news media.
A successfully legacy like this would make anyone smile.
Dennis Prager, the lipstick wearing voice in the wilderness talks to us this week on hate. Not his hate, though. His perception of who hates who more based on his views on white-hot hate vs a general loathing. Missing of course the ironic cause and effect argument... does the hate (if it can actually be applied) orginate on its own or does it grow out of a response to an outside stimuli.
1. Where I live in liberal Los Angeles, drivers of most vehicles with Bush-Cheney bumper stickers have told me (and I have often seen) that their cars (and mine) were deliberately scratched. When I have asked about the fate of cars with Kerry-Edwards stickers in equally conservative areas in, for example, Orange County or even the Bible Belt, no Democrat has reported such intentional damage to his car. This does not mean it never happens, only that it is far more rare. I would bet a lot of money -- and I am not a gambler -- that cars displaying conservative messages in liberal areas are far more likely to be defaced than cars with liberal messages in conservative areas.
2. When Ann Coulter goes to college campuses, she is accompanied by a bodyguard. And colleges routinely bring in police to protect her and to guard against student violence. No bodyguard or police contingent is necessary for Al Franken. Another leftist, Noam Chomsky, a man who has devoted his life to attacking America, goes from campus to campus without worrying about having so much as a pie thrown at him, something regularly done to conservative David Horowitz.
3. Whenever I have debated representatives of the Left before politically mixed audiences, I have been hissed and booed far more than my opponent was. Others who debate leftists report identical experiences. Why? Because in general, conservative members of the audience are more civil and less angry.
But the biggest reason is the most obvious one: Liberals hate conservatives far more than conservatives hate liberals.
Ignoring #1... due to the sheer idiocy of hinging a one-sided study of scratch marks on the vehicle of a Republican is a red herring at best and until he's been run off the road and given the finger by a maniac screaming "traitor", the argument just don't hold no water.
Number #3.... personal experience, can't really speak to it but I'd warrant a guesstimation that the number of liberals willing to go to a conservative's speech is higher the reverse scenario occuring and depending on the subject matter and location one might experience a similar response.
Focus if you will on the faux martyrdom of the fanatics referenced in #2. Are David and Ann actually threatened or do they perceive threats due to their choice of inflammatory rhetoric? Don't they create the enviroment of vast negativity?
What if the analogy was, black men hate the klan more than the klan hates black men... yeah, no shit and it didn't occur in a vacuum. When there's abuse, verbal or physical... eventually you may find the level of disgust, rancor or even hate to be greater in the victim than the abuser.
Funny shit, that.
Dennis, you're criminally stupid and apparently don't spend much time reading the prose of your peers.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Rep. Tom DeLay of Texas, the House of Representatives' fallen majority leader, announced on Tuesday the end of a re-election fight he was in jeopardy of losing and said he would soon step down from the U.S. Congress. "It's time for me to go do something else," DeLay told Fox News.
"I feel kind of excited, frankly," DeLay said. "I'm looking forward to being liberated outside the House, doing whatever I can to unify the conservative cause." DeLay said he was acting to ensure Republicans held on to his seat.
What bookie's carrying the odds on how long it takes him to form DeLay & Associates, Lobbying and Money Laundering LLP? Not as much 'oversight' on the outside. Power and Corruption aren't vices one gives up easily.
As for the CD22 race. It's going to get weird quick.
* Dear Condi, Please refrain from bitching about the randomness of the bouncing balls when you're the one who dropped them.
* Dear GOP Congresscritters, Now that you're totally sold out... you feelin' like a high priced call-girl or a Bangkok whore?
* Dear Duplicitous Elected Officials, has it still not sunk in yet that a blowjob != erradication of civil rights/erosion of separate but equal branches of government/lying to Congress?
* Dear Scotty-boy, Mom's hiring.
* Dear Jeb, could you go to greater lengths to make your state less desirable to live in?
* Dear John McCain, while you're working to be all things to all people... what'd you tell your adopted daughter about your MLK holiday "NO" vote in the '80s?
2006 - The year the GOP pushes family/biblical values while completely missing the ironic void where theirs should be. The attacks are on and the thrust to convice the base that squandering international goodwill, the future of the nation and all levels of credibility aren't outside the norm. The theory, apparently is, as long as you're talkin' trash about your opposition, no one will spend any time investigation you. Ask Ken Lay how that worked out.
gasmail bag turned up a couple of compassionate conservative diamonds in the rough.
I go to a church that is filled with Mexicans. I love them. It is a privilege to worship with them. They are good, devout, family-oriented people. But after a few years of associating with the party of perjury, paganism and perversion, they won’t be.
So does sweet little Jennifer mean that she likes Mexicans as long as they're not Democrats or is she just concerned that maybe they might be missing out on the brass ring of Republican corruption that's currently in vogue? Sad to see such shortsightedness assuming the party makes the people rather than the people making the party... which explains so much.
We move on... there really is no end to the "anti" rhetoric. It's like they've run out of topics of substance.
Conservatives, as I stated above, are clear about this. Traditional values we learn from the Bible. We can simply point to the Ten Commandments. And liberal values? The absolute here is that there are no absolutes. Everything is relative, and the only absolute is to welcome and tolerate everything.
If conservatives learn values from the Bible, where do liberals learn theirs?
I guess you can call it this: Make it up as you go along, do what you feel like, and get grants to fund university research to justify what you want to be true. Materialism. Relativism. Hedonism. Life as grass-roots activism. Anything you can muster enough votes for must be true.
Wouldn't it be refreshing to see a vocal conservative not stop after the mis-quoting the decalogue and continue on into the New Testament where their Savior was inclusive, loving and gave us the sermon on the mount? One does not *have* to read the Bible to possess or exhibit moral and ethical behavior nor does reading it guarantee ethics. It might help some people but it's not mandatory or necessarily 100% effective.
... and it sure doesn't make for good government.
Lofton: Well then you are an anarchist. Every form of civil government is based on some kind of morality, Frank.
Zappa: Morality in terms of behavior-not in terms of theology
Who says being an integral part of the inner White House circle isn't glamorous?
No job was too small: "There are many times when I've walked up to his shoulder and brushed off his dandruff or pulled off a speck of food from his tie," Card told NEWSWEEK at the start of Bush's second term.
mmmmm, pickins for the glass case planned for the Bush Library entry way.