So Texas, which choice will you make?
* Are you comfortable with the status quo? Happy with the incumbent who's concerned about illegal immigration while selling off millions of acres and right of way to Spain and is in bed with all those unregulated gougers? Tickled at the over administrated and underfunded schools?
* How 'bout someone who's a true progressive, concerned about the needs of *all* Texans and hasn't either worked for or hired a former GWB staffer?
Texas, the future's in your hands. Use discretion and wisdom when choosing.
It's costing us $2 Billion to ensure they can't stand up?
WASHINGTON -- A new congressional analysis shows the Iraq war is now costing taxpayers almost $2 billion a week -- nearly twice as much as in the first year of the conflict three years ago and 20 percent more than last year -- as the Pentagon spends more on establishing regional bases to support the extended deployment and scrambles to fix or replace equipment damaged in combat.
The upsurge occurs as the total cost of military operations at home and abroad since 2001, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, will top half a trillion dollars, according to an internal assessment by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service completed last week.
The spike in operating costs -- including a 20 percent increase over last year in Afghanistan, where the mission now costs about $370 million a week -- comes even though troop levels in both countries have remained stable. The reports attribute the rising costs in part to a higher pace of fighting in both countries, where insurgents and terrorists have increased their attacks on US and coalition troops and civilians.
WASHINGTON - About six in 10 Iraqis say they approve of attacks on U.S.-led forces, and slightly more than that want their government to ask U.S. troops to leave within a year, according to a poll in that country.
The Iraqis also have negative views of Osama bin Laden, according to the early September poll of 1,150.
Well, you know Bush doesn't listen to the court of public opinion. How much more likely is he to listen to the people he invaded?
I really am as petulant as you perceive me to be.
Someone's ignoring the finger pointing Bush did in both the Matt Lauer and the Brian Williams interviews?
It's easy to see from this display that Clinton is a pampered peacock, a prima donna who expects the media elite to love him, and explodes like a spoiled child when anyone dares challenge him. He only expects a challenge from the radical right-wingers at Fox. That's what he calls anyone who would ruffle a fine feather of his glorious legacy-building project.
* How can you lose with "Free Sword Fridays"?
* Surprising this hasn't come up before now. Bush's peppered his speeches, especially the SOTUs, with subtle biblical references.
* Rumsfeld, best squash player in the world.
* Much more water in the Kool-Aid being served to the Americans.
* We have met the enemy and he is us.
* Anything to win?
* Winning the peace one casualty at a time.
* When the referee doesn't comprehend the rules of engagement, the game is lost.
After a day travelling across the fly-over states listening to Jefferson vs. Adams on CD, followed by 3 days on a river bank in a tent, I've had an almost complete news blackout. How refreshing to turn on the TV, cue up TIVO and get this.
MR. RUSSERT: As we sit here in September of 2006, what do you think is the biggest problem confronting our world? The biggest?
MR. CLINTON: In the short term it is the illusion that our differences matter more than our common humanity. That’s what’s driving the terrorism. It’s not just that there’s an unresolved Arab/Israeli conflict. Osama bin Laden and Dr. al-Zawahiri can convince young Sunni-Arab men who have—and some women—who have despairing conditions in their lives that they get a one-way ticket to heaven in a hurry if they kill a lot of innocent people who don’t share their reality. That means they—by definition, everything about them is, the differences are more important. And that’s driving the terror, that’s driving the attempt to acquire for terrorist groups small-scale chemical and biological and maybe even someday nuclear stuff.
In the longer term, climate change is the biggest threat, because if it’s allowed to come to fruition—and particularly if we’re, at the same time, running out of affordable, recoverable oil—you’re going to have a—almost over night—a dramatic change in the way we live, and it will cause millions of food refugees, it’ll cause probably food and water wars, and it could change the underlying conditions on which our civilization rests. So I’d say terror, based on human difference today, climate change over the long run.
MR. RUSSERT: What did you think when Colin Powell said, “The world is beginning to doubt the moral basis of our fight against terrorism”?
MR. CLINTON: I think he was referring to the, the questions that have been raised about the original evidence, which plagues him and in which he was, I think, unwittingly complicit. I don’t think—I think it’s pretty clear, based on what all the people that worked for him have said. I think he was most worried about the question of torture and the conduct of the prisons at Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib. And of course, he weighed in in this debate about the extent to which the CIA or others could engage in conduct which clearly violates the Geneva Convention.
Now, we—as you and I talk, and we hear that they’ve reached an agreement, the senators and the White House, and I hope they have. But Colin pointed out that, you know, we’ve got soldiers all over the world. If we get a reputation for torturing people, the following bad things are going to happen: We’re as likely going to get bad information is good, just for people to just quit getting beat on; two, we’re likely to create two or three or five enemies for every one we break; and three, we make our own soldiers much more vulnerable to conduct which violates the Geneva Convention. That is, we can’t expect our friends, much less our enemies, to accept the fact that because we’re the good guys, we get to have a different standard of conduct. And most people think the definition of a good guy is someone who voluntarily observes a different standard of conduct, not someone who claims the right to do things others can’t do.
I'd have a beer with him.
"The problem with the way he's talked about democracy in the Middle East is not that people see it as undesirable," Alterman said, "it's that people see it as naive. He needs to persuade cynical people that not only is he sincere, but it's achievable, and here's what they need to do to make it so."
Bush is not misunderstood, he's misguided.
A loss in 2006 will not be a loss at all, but a theft of democracy.
Elections workers in what is one of Maryland's largest and most prosperous counties this week gave opponents of touch-screen voting systems more ammunition when an e-voting "fiasco" prevented an unknown number of voters from casting ballots. The problem, however, wasn't so much with the machines themselves; it was caused by a human error.
On Tuesday, a procedural error temporarily left would-be primary voters in 238 precincts in Montgomery County without the ballot cards required to operate the e-voting hardware, according to elections officials. The machines used by the state are from Diebold Elections Systems Inc.
As a result of the snafu, poll workers were left scrambling to provide enough paper-based provisional ballots to voters. And in some cases, even those ran out.
Diebold has responded to the criticism aimed at it by researchers at Princeton by attacking their professionalism and testing methods. That's great, Diebold, but how about answering some of the actual concerns raise, rather than telling us what the Princeton researchers did wrong? Professor Felten has a good reputation in general and is well-known in the security community. Attacking him and his students isn't likely to win any points. It also makes you look foolish, since people like me will draw attention to the fact you haven't answered the real question: Why haven't the Diebold machines been designed securely?
The access panel door on a Diebold AccuVote-TS voting machine — the door that protects the memory card that stores the votes, and is the main barrier to the injection of a virus — can be opened with a standard key that is widely available on the Internet.
In addition to the synthetic scene here in South Florida, the metrosexual madness down here is so sassy and solid it leaves a redneck refugee like me shaking like a junkie for a testosterone reality fix away from the weapons-grade foolishness that unfortunately inundates one of the most beautiful spots on the planet.
I know more rednecks than I know metrosexuals and Doug, hunting a wild animal doesn't make you a redneck but makeup and a coif, definitely makes you a metrosexual.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House and Senate Republicans who revolted against the president's proposal on tough CIA interrogations of terrorism suspects said on Sunday a compromise was possible to heal a party rift over treatment of prisoners.
The White House wants Congress to pass a law that would give the CIA a legal foundation for tough questioning methods which it says have protected the country from attack, but which critics say are tantamount to torture.
New 'Compromised' Rules:
From the "My God speaks to me club", Bush looks into the Pope's soul and determines he's a man in need of a crusade too.
"The president noted that the pope had made some apologies for his remarks. The president believed the pope was sincere in those remarks," Dennis Wilder, White House senior director for East Asian affairs, told reporters. "And that's where the discussion was left."
It's guilty people who need to keep looking over their shoulders.
* Celebrating a hole in the ground with a temporary wading pool does not honor the dead.
* Oligarchies can be toppled.
* Bush reallly meant it when he said crusade.
* The GOP would never politicize the war, right?
* Is it possible to win by advertising all your worst qualities?
Via the penultimate virgin we find out all kinds of neato yet unknown science facts. Like, pollution causes homosexuality.
This is biology, after all. Fish will be fish -- and they will be the kind of fish they're born to be. So what if the environment we create for them determines the sexuality of our fish? There's nothing wrong with variety, is there? How can we say that distinct male and female fish are better than queer fish, fish that move where the river takes them? Isn't tolerance better than rigidity? Only a Bible-thumping, gun-rack-on-the-truck, Confederate flag waver would claim that God created fish male and female, or that they have to stay that way.
So let's change our textbooks. Let's teach our kids to learn to live together with intersex fish in peace and harmony. And let's teach our kids that our society can be just like the society of the Potomac largemouth bass. We can learn a lot from nature -- free will is basically an illusion, so we are just as much products of our biology as the Elton Johns of the deep.
Bloody Bush Derangement Syndrome isn't new. But September 11 and the campaign season do seem to have exacerbated the symptoms. And the commercial success and social acceptability of "Kill Bush" literature, talk radio rhetoric and art on the Left is on the rise. From Sarah Vowell's best-selling murder travelogue of assassinated Republican presidents, "Assassination Vacation,"...
"The multiplication of public offices, increase of expense beyond income, growth and entailment of a public debt, are indications soliciting the employment of the pruning knife."
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Former Gov. Ann Richards, the witty and flamboyant Democrat who went from homemaker to national political celebrity, died Wednesday night after a battle with cancer, a family spokeswoman said. She was 73.
She died at home surrounded by her family, the spokeswoman said. Richards was found to have esophageal cancer in March and underwent chemotherapy treatments.
The silver-haired, silver-tongued Richards said she entered politics to help others -- especially women and minorities who were often ignored by Texas' male-dominated establishment.
"I did not want my tombstone to read, 'She kept a really clean house.' I think I'd like them to remember me by saying, 'She opened government to everyone,"' Richards said shortly before leaving office in January 1995.
* Let's not forgive him.
* Someone, quick, send the Secretary of State an irony meter.
* We do though, have to credit his role as PR'er in Chief... plenty are willing to swallow.
* Success vs. Failure of Neocons. Would you want your job review to read like this?
* As long as our behavior mirrors the accusations be used against us by our enemies, we'll continue to lose moral ground.
* Wankers Anonymous members usually don't provide their last names.
* Saddam is a Kids in the Hall fan. (thx Todd)
Before the president's remarks, White House spokesman Tony Snow said that Bush's address would not be political.
This struck some in Washington as questionable, because any president, particularly one this close to a national election, cannot so much as tie his shoes without it being seen as political.
Bush said as much himself last week in an interview.
Across the broader Middle East, the extremists are fighting to prevent such a future. Yet America has confronted evil before, and we have defeated it -- sometimes at the cost of thousands of good men in a single battle. When Franklin Roosevelt vowed to defeat two enemies across two oceans, he could not have foreseen D-Day and Iwo Jima -- but he would not have been surprised at the outcome. When Harry Truman promised American support for free peoples resisting Soviet aggression, he could not have foreseen the rise of the Berlin Wall -- but he would not have been surprised to see it brought down. Throughout our history, America has seen liberty challenged, and every time, we have seen liberty triumph with sacrifice and determination.
Nothing political about pulling in a comparison or two to the War in Iraq or bring up Democrat ex-presidents is there? Not when you're slinging the memories of thousands of dead civilians and troops around the room like a dead cat. That'd be rude.
"I advise Mr. Bush to safeguard the United States' national interests by not leaving a heritage of errors and wrong policies to the next US president, and to abide by logic, refrain from unilateralism and end the medieval policies of the incumbent US administration and stop aggravating the present world instability and chaos," The diplomat said.
* Was Bush just getting OBL out of his system so he didn't have to bring him up in tonight's speech?
* Who's really blamin' America?
* The futue's so bright the glacier's are going to need shades.
* What a tangled web... anyone miss Condit yet?
* Ain't they cute?
* Why is Perry still polling so high?
Sometimes things are best boiled down to the simplest facts.
ABC's mockudrama posits the following;
If in fact this is the case, would the blame not lay more with those who incessently barraged the Clinton White House with baseless accusations, the culmination of which amount to jack shit? If in fact 9/11's blame is due to a lack of focus from the previously incumbent administration, all of the petty little fucks who thought it more important to focus on a presidential hummer than international terrorism should be strung up as the more appropriate scapegoats.
We do know though, that Condi Rice ignored all of Sandy Berger's warnings and instructions. Wilfull ignorance is not just punitive, it's downright dangerous. The American people have suffered at the hands of planned incompetence from those on the right and ever single citizen willing to swallow the lies, deserve the government they elected.
With 99.999% of the parties still alive today, how hard is it to tell the truth and moreover, how hard is it to manufacture lies and inconsistencies? The mouse, hates America.
When posts, just write themselves.
Bush: "One of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror"
Senate: Saddam saw al-Qaida as threat
WASHINGTON - Saddam Hussein regarded al-Qaida as a threat rather than a possible ally, a Senate report says, contradicting assertions President Bush has used to build support for the war in Iraq.
When did Islamo-fundamentalism morph into Islamo-fascism?
fundamentalism \fundamentalism\ n.
1. A system of beliefs based on the interpretation of every word in the Bible, both old and new testaments, as literal truth. It is primarily held by a branch of American Protestants.
2. The beliefs or practises based on a rigid adherence to some traditional doctrine; extreme conservatism; as, Moslem fundamentalism; the political fundamentalism of the Christian right.
fascism \fasc"ism\ (f[a^]sh"[i^]z'm) n.
1. a political theory advocating an authoritarian hierarchical government; -- opposed to democracy and liberalism.
2. an authoritarian system of government under absolute control of a single dictator, allowing no political opposition, forcibly suppressing dissent, and rigidly controlling most industrial and economic activities. Such regimes usually try to achieve popularity by a strongly nationalistic appeal, often mixed with racism.
So was it pressure on Karl "talking points" Rove from the Christian Right here in the States that changed the rhetoric or were they just so desperate to paint everyone with the same brush while appearing ironic they went with a term even those with a 10th grade education would reject?
* Revisionist history starts at home.
* Until a mile's been walked in another's shoes, STFU.
* Attack what you fear the most.
* Fighting Hydra's a slow slog.
* The Onion's missed prediction.
* Jesus was tougher than the scriptures portrayed... now get out there and whoop some ass in his name.
* Yeah, how can an adminstration be expected to be fully alert and ready in only 9 months?
* How big of a net could we build with $234 billion?
* The signal to noise ratio is going to overwhelm intelligence agencies making it harder to pinpoint real threats.... that and it's unconstitutional.
Bush demonstrates the aerodynamics of pig flight while assuring the nation we're on the right track in Iraq.
* Pot. Kettle. Black. Moral Bankruptcy is supporting a war but not the troops, ignoring the populace while funding corporate welfare and manipulating fear to maintain power.
* When the terrorists follow us home, and they will eventually... can we keep them as pets?
* Why is this, news?
* Maybe Katie Couric needs Rush Limbaugh as a visual balance so she can fire her photoshoppers.
* The question still must be asked "Is our children learning?". The answer is, of course, no.
* Who said "'I change constitutions, I put churches in schools.'"? ... and why do so few care?
As loathe as I am to admit it, I believe in retrospect, having a President you can share a beer with is a good thing. The best thing about your friends with whom you can chug a few brews, fritter the night away and potentially hurl socially stigmatizing chunks... is brutal honesty.
Thing about the people who you can have a beer with: there are no talking points, the bubble doesn't exist, you can call bullshit on shenanigans and most importantly when the topics become controversial, there's debate. Sometimes incomprehensible and slurred, but discussion occurs nevertheless.
The best part is when they get too belligerent and begin using ad hominem attacks or start slinging without comprehension, the terms Nazi, Hitler or Fascism (see: below), you can invoke Godwin's Law and shut them the hell up.
Now, I know some of our country hear the terrorists' words, and hope that they will not, or cannot, do what they say. History teaches that underestimating the words of evil and ambitious men is a terrible mistake. In the early 1900s, an exiled lawyer in Europe published a pamphlet called "What Is To Be Done?" -- in which he laid out his plan to launch a communist revolution in Russia. The world did not heed Lenin's words, and paid a terrible price. The Soviet Empire he established killed tens of millions, and brought the world to the brink of thermonuclear war. In the 1920s, a failed Austrian painter published a book in which he explained his intention to build an Aryan super-state in Germany and take revenge on Europe and eradicate the Jews. The world ignored Hitler's words, and paid a terrible price. His Nazi regime killed millions in the gas chambers, and set the world aflame in war, before it was finally defeated at a terrible cost in lives.
Bin Laden and his terrorist allies have made their intentions as clear as Lenin and Hitler before them. The question is: Will we listen? Will we pay attention to what these evil men say? America and our coalition partners have made our choice. We're taking the words of the enemy seriously. We're on the offensive, and we will not rest, we will not retreat, and we will not withdraw from the fight, until this threat to civilization has been removed. (Applause.)
Wouldn't it be nice if Godwin's Law worked in the political arena as well instead of the apparent reverse? When Hitler et al was used as a last resort scare tactic we could shut up these imbeciles, who wouldn't know an appropriate analogy if it jumped up and bit them, and instead of allowing this to continue we collectively screamed, stopped the rhetoric and forced real debate on the subject matter?
(via) Bush bristled last week when, during a brief question session with reporters at a restaurant in Little Rock where he had just bought "fried pie," he was asked about the impact he thought the speech series would have on midterm elections. "They're not political speeches," he said. "They're speeches about the future of this country, and they're speeches to make it clear that if we retreat before the job is done, this nation would become even more in jeopardy. These are important times, and I seriously hope people wouldn't politicize these issues that I'm going to talk about."
Someone forgot to notify the VP and SecDef the war isn't "supposed' to be politicial. Just like terror alerts, captures of 4th in command types and full body cavity searches.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Police found the tortured, blindfolded bodies of 33 men scattered across the capital Monday and the U.S.-led coalition reported combat deaths of seven servicemen, a day after Iraqi leaders said the capture of a top terror suspect would reduce violence.
Kidnappers also dragged off a popular soccer star in Baghdad, while a security crackdown in the city expanded into the upscale Mansour neighborhood.
Police said the 33 bullet-riddled bodies all showed signs of torture and had their hands and feet bound. The men had been dumped around several neighborhoods, police said.
Two other bodies were found dumped on a highway in Kut, 100 miles southeast of Baghdad. Both had been shot in the head and chest, said Maamoun Ajil al-Robaiei at Kut hospital's morgue.
The Mujahedeen Shura Council's statement also said insurgents have been inflicting heavy losses on U.S. troops in western Anbar province and in Baghdad.
The U.S.-led coalition said seven of its personnel had been killed the past two days — five Americans and two Britons.
33 less people who can follow us home and more troops who died for those who died before who died before to ensure those who died first's deaths aren't in vain. This in Bush's little mind, equal success.
WASHINGTON - Republicans who were once cozy with President Bush are distancing themselves from both the president and their party in campaign ads.
With the election in about two months and Bush's approval ratings still low — 33 percent in the most recent Associated Press-Ipsos poll — Republicans involved in tight races are avoiding party labels and playing down their ties to the president. On issues from the Iraq war to Amtrak spending, GOP candidates are trying to argue that they don't follow in lockstep.
Among some of the ads:
_In Pennsylvania, Republican Rep. Jim Gerlach tells voters: "When I believe President Bush is right, I'm behind him. But when I think he's wrong, I let him know that, too," Gerlach is in a close contest with Democrat Lois Murphy, who nearly beat him in 2004.
Until they're saying they believe he was wrong on Iraq and still wrong with Katrina... it's all still moot.
Lying takes a lot outta ya and only Jack Daniels can put it back.
Isn't it amazing how the neocons so blindly associate the GWOT with Iraq they're forced to use desperate language and create false impression to continue justifying creating a war of choice over a war of necessity.
Our enemies in Iraq have employed ruthless tactics to achieve those goals. They've targeted American and coalition troops with ambushes and roadside bombs. They've taken hostage and beheaded civilians on camera. They've blown up Iraqi army posts and assassinated government leaders. (...)
Only since our invasion when we shocked and awed them
Now these enemies have launched a new effort. They have embarked on a bloody campaign of sectarian violence, which they hope will plunge Iraq into a civil war. The outbreak of sectarian violence was encouraged by the terrorist Zarqawi, al Qaeda's man in Iraq who called for an "all-out war" on Iraqi Shia. The Shia community resisted the impulse to seek revenge for a while. But after this February bombing of the Shia Golden Dome Mosque in Samarra, extremist groups mobilized and sectarian death squads formed on the streets of Baghdad and other areas. Our Ambassador reports that thousands of Iraqis were murdered in Baghdad last month, and large numbers of them were victims of sectarian violence. (...)
Only since our invasion when we shocked and awed them
Instead of engaging in intelligent discourse on the merits of the decsion to go to war, strategy of the war, plan for withdrawl (gradual or otherwise) and the overall costs the Secretary of Defense can simply dismiss opposition as Communists and Fascists and the President can just glaze over facts and spin.
Their lackies however, cater to the lowest common denominator and drop the bar below the line of visibility with ad hominem sound bites like;
All this because there's an argument for stopping the fiscal hemorrhaging, reducing the number of unnecessary deaths and refocusing on the real goal of reducing the threat of terrorism. What are they really frightened of?
* The thin veneer cracks.
* Speaking truth.
* Art appreciation just ain't what it used to be.
* Shining the high beam of logic through the dust cloud of fear.
* There's still Home Ec.
* Wouldn't a loving god prefer the saving of a life by any means necessary?