Just ask the troops on their 3rd or 4th tour if they feel stuck... or holler into one of those caskets we keep bringing back.
Kerry's correct on many levels.
But Kerry refused to relent, calling the criticism part of the "classic GOP playbook."
"I'm not going to be lectured by a stuffed-suit White House mouthpiece standing behind a podium, or doughy Rush Limbaugh, who no doubt today will take a break from belittling Michael J. Fox's Parkinson's disease to start lying about me just as they have lied about Iraq."
He further expressed disgust with "Republican hacks, who have never worn the uniform of our country."
Kerry added that President Bush and Vice President Cheney "owe our troops an apology" because they "misled America into war."
Bush and Cheney "have given us a Katrina foreign policy that has betrayed our ideals, killed and maimed our soldiers, and widened the terrorist threat instead of defeating it," the senator said.
You know why we're in this fight in Iraq? The end goal is to ensure that in 40 years Jenna and Barbara Bush can escort the future leader of Iraq to Kurt Cobain's house.
You know I -- recently I had an interesting experience. I share this with people all around our country because I want to bring to life that which we are now accomplishing. I went to Elvis' place -- (laughter) -- with the former Prime Minister of Japan. He was the sitting Prime Minister of Japan then. I went. I had never been there. (Laughter.) The Prime Minister wanted to go there. (Laughter.) See, he was an Elvis fan. (Laughter.)
But I wanted to tell an interesting story. It's the story about a family -- my family -- and a story about liberty. My dad fought the Japanese. You've had relatives -- I know people here whose families fought the Japanese. They were the sworn enemy of the United States. It was a bloody conflict. Thousands of people lost their lives. Young kids volunteered to defend their country, just like people are volunteering today to defend our country, and a lot didn't come home.
As a matter of fact, it took us a while to get Japanese -- slurs of Japanese people out of our vocabulary the hate was so bad. I find it interesting that I'm on the airplane flying down to Elvis' place with the Prime Minister of a former enemy talking about the peace, talking about bringing peace to the world. (Applause.) For some of you young ones out there, 60 may seem like a long time. For those of us who are 60, it just seemed like a snap of the fingers. (Laughter.)
Something happened between 18-year-old Navy fighter pilot George H. W. Bush and his President -- and his son, the President, talking about keeping the peace with the Prime Minister of a former enemy. And what happened was, Japan adopted a Japanese-style democracy. Liberty has got the capacity to change hate into hope. Liberty has got the capacity to help change an enemy into an ally. Some day, some day an American President will be sitting down with duly-elected leaders from the Middle East talking about the peace, and a generation of Americans will be better off.
The stakes in this election are high. (Applause.) I ask you to vote for Vern Buchanan. He'll be an ally in making sure your taxes stay low so the economy grows, and an ally in making sure the United States government does everything in our power to protect the American people, and to make sure that a generation of Americans can grow up in peace.
We've got another powerful tool at our disposal, and it's called freedom. I would like to share a story with you about a recent experience I had. Well, it's when I went down to Elvis's place. (Laughter.)
You might remember my guest was the then sitting Prime Minister of Japan. Laura said, why you going down there? I said, because I never been. (Laughter.) By the way, she decided to come, too. Prime minister Koizumi wanted to go because he loved Elvis.
But I wanted to tell a story to the American people about the power of liberty, and I want to share it with you right quick. You see, after the Japanese attacked America, where more people -- by the way, more people died on September the 11th than the attack of Pearl Harbor. When they attacked, a lot of brave Americans, including one George H.W. Bush, volunteered to defend America. (Applause.)
I bet a lot of folks out here had relatives who did the same thing. They said, I volunteer -- I volunteer to protect this country against a mortal enemy. I'm flying down on Air Force One with the Prime Minister of the sworn -- the country that used to be our sworn enemy, talking about keeping the peace. I was talking to him about the fact that Iraq had a thousand troops -- I mean, Japan had a thousand troops in Iraq because he knows what I know: In this ideological struggle, when we find young democracies, which will serve as a major defeat for ideologues who hate, that we got to support them. We talked about convincing the leader of North Korea to give up his nuclear weapon for the sake of peace.
In other words, we were talking about peace. Isn't it interesting, my dad fought the Japanese as a sworn enemy; his son is sitting down with the leader of that country talking about peace. (Applause.) Let me tell you something, liberty -- liberty has got the capacity to change an enemy into an ally. And liberty has got the capacity to change a region of the world that is so desperate for freedom into a place of peace. Some day an American President will be sitting down with duly elected leaders from the Middle East talking about the peace. And a generation of Americans will be better off. (Applause.)
So these are the stakes in this election, and I thank you for giving me a chance to come out and urge you on, to urge you to go to the polls and to take your friends. Find Republicans, discerning Democrats, discerning independents and remind them, if you want more money in your pocket, vote Republican. And if you want a party who will take the steps necessary to protect you today and to protect a generation of Americans coming up, vote for Shelley and vote for Republicans.
I want to share with you right quick a history lesson -- at least, I see it as history; after all, we're on a college campus. (Laughter.) It's the power of freedom. You know, recently, I went to -- with the former Prime Minister of Japan -- he was sitting Prime Minister of Japan then -- down to Elvis's place. Memphis, Tennessee -- I don't know if you've ever been there or not, but -- (applause) -- you have? Well, I like going there. It was interesting. And he really wanted to go there because he liked Elvis. (Laughter.)
But I wanted to tell an interesting story. It's a story about a Navy fighter pilot who, at the age of 18, volunteered, and he said, I want to serve my country because the Japanese have just attacked us. You've got relatives who did the same thing. You've got a grandfather or a father, like I got, who said, I want to fight the Japanese. They were the sworn enemy. Thousands of people lost their lives. This country went to war against an enemy which attacked us.
You know, what's interesting, on the way down from Washington to Memphis, Tennessee, right there on Air Force One, Prime Minister Koizumi -- the Prime Minister of the former enemy of the United States of America -- and I discussed the peace. We talked about the fact that this country had a thousand troops in Iraq to defend the young democracy. He knows what I know. We're in an ideological struggle between people who hate and people who have hope. We've been through ideological struggles before. Freedom wins every time if we -- if we don't lose our nerve.
And that's the lesson I learned from my friend, Prime Minister Koizumi. It's amazing what has happened between when 18-year-old fighter pilot George H.W. Bush fought this -- fought the enemy, and his son is talking about keeping the peace with the same country. And the lesson is liberty has got the capacity to change enemies into allies. And my citizens, liberty has got the capacity to turn regions of hate to regions of hope. Liberty has got the capacity to yield the peace we want.
Someday, an American President will be sitting down with duly elected leaders talking about the -- duly elected leaders from the Middle East talking about the peace, and a generation of Americans will be better off for it. (Applause.)
And so these are the stakes in this election. It's an important election year. And I know Max Burns joins me in saying, thanks for coming out. Thanks for giving me a chance to share what's on my heart and where I want to lead this country. And I thank you for getting ready -- for doing what you're fixing to do, which is to go out of this hall and find fellow Republicans, and discerning Democrats, and reasonable independents, and remind them that if they want more money in their pocket, you vote Republican. And if you want -- and if you want this country to do everything we can to protect you from further attack and lay the foundations for peace, you vote Republican. (Applause.)
I want to share a story with you. I want to share -- if you can stand it, I want to share a story with you. (Applause.) I want to talk about something really powerful that we've got at our disposal. It's called liberty. I don't know if you remember, but recently, I flew down to Elvis' place -- (applause) -- with the then sitting Prime Minister of Japan. People said, why did you go down there? And I said, well, one, I've never been there. (Laughter.) Secondly, he wanted to go there. (Laughter.)
But I also want to tell a story about the power of liberty, and here it is. In the late 1940s, we got attacked. And by the way, more people died on September the 11th than died at Pearl Harbor. And a lot of young Americans -- many of them probably your relatives -- volunteered to fight the sworn enemy, the Japanese. One of them was Navy fighter pilot George H.W. Bush, who at the age -- (applause.) And he fought them with all he had, just like a lot of other brave Americans. Thousands and thousands didn't come home from that war.
And yet, on Air Force One was the Prime Minister of the former enemy and this Navy fighter pilot's son talking about peace. (Applause.) We were talking about the fact that 1,000 Japanese troops were in Iraq helping this young democracy. See, the Prime Minister knows what I know; that the radicals and extremists want to overturn democracy. They want to spread their vision across what's called a caliphate, a vision opposite of what we believe. That's their ambitions. That's their goals. And yet, when we find young democracies, those of us who live in freedom have a duty to support that democracy because democracies yield the peace. (Applause.)
But I find it interesting that my dad fought the Japanese, and his son is talking about the peace with the Japanese. Something happened, and what happened is Japan adopted a Japanese-style democracy. And the lesson for our fellow citizens is, liberty has got the capacity to transform enemies into allies. Liberty has got the capacity to transform regions of hate to regions of hope. I firmly believe that some day, an American President will be sitting down with duly elected leaders in the Middle East talking about the peace, and a generation of Americans will be better off. (Applause.)
You know that crazy uncle who's got one story he repeats ad nauseum at every family gathering? America Elected him.
Halloween's not spooky enough.
* Bush, not in charge enough... provides for fast-tracking martial law.
* Legacies can actually be negative as well as positive.
* Lieberman needs to understand, who you used to be is nowhere near as important as who you are now.
* It stops being hypocrisy if you're consistent.
For two individuals who claim to want nothing more than to unseat Perry, Kinky and the former Republicrat of four last names are doing everything in their power to ensure his incubency.
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(via) For instance a woman who engages in lesbianism will never know the joy of love-making that creates within her the product of that union - an actual human life. She will never know the security of a true man protecting her from the dragons of the world and providing for her an environment where she can nurture and give love and life to that little life once it arrives, or the stamp of approval that God puts on such an experience. And because she and her partner know this, they must defy reason, biology, and sexual function to create children and experiences that serve as faulty substitutes for that God ordained picture.
Likewise a man who seeks his perverse kicks by depositing the seed of life in, shall we say, non-life giving cavities - may know orgasm, but never complete union using anatomy in ways the Creator did not create it for.
Any of you heteros out there engaging in cunnilingus or any extra-curricular booty lovin' without the sole purpose of breeding are, like gay marriage, undermining the institution of marriage as a whole. Simply put, sex should not be, just for fun.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S. military death toll in Iraq for October climbed to 100 on Monday, a week before U.S. elections in which President George W. Bush's Republicans could lose control of Congress over his policies in Iraq.
Blasts killed at least 35 people and wounded scores in Baghdad in one of bloodiest days in the capital in weeks.
The U.S. military said a Marine was killed in combat in western Anbar province on Sunday, bringing the monthly death toll to 100 -- the fourth deadliest for U.S. troops since the March 2003 U.S.-led invasion.
October was already the deadliest month since January 2005 when 107 U.S. troops were killed. The highest monthly toll was in November 2004 when 137 deaths were recorded.
You'll be swell! You'll be great!
Gonna have the whole world on the plate!
Starting here, starting now,
honey, everything's coming up roses!
Clear the decks! Clear the tracks!
You've got nothing to do but relax.
Blow a kiss. Take a bow.
Honey, everything's coming up roses!
Q What if there is a civil war?
THE PRESIDENT: You're asking me hypotheticals. Our job is to make sure there's not one, see. You been around here five-and-a-half years, you know I won't answer hypotheticals. Occasionally slip up, but --
Considering alternative outcomes is not entertaining hypotheticals, it's called planning
Good governmental policies do not have to be justified.
Bush in 2004
"I don't think we should deny people rights to a civil union, a legal arrangement, if that's what a state chooses to do so," Bush said in an interview aired Tuesday on ABC. Bush acknowledged that his position put him at odds with the Republican platform, which opposes civil unions.
"I view the definition of marriage different from legal arrangements that enable people to have rights," said Bush, who has pressed for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage (search). "States ought to be able to have the right to pass laws that enable people to be able to have rights like others."
Bush just yesterday
Yesterday in New Jersey, we had another activist court issue a ruling that raises doubts about the institution of marriage. I believe that marriage is a union between a man and a woman, and I believe -- (applause) -- and I believe it's a sacred institution that is critical to the health of our society and the well-being of families, and it must be defended. And I'm looking forward to working with Jeff Lamberti to do just that. (Applause.)
The New Jersey Supreme Court has recognized the impropriety in denying civil rights and benefits on the basis of sexual orientation. The ruling came on the same day the Washington Supreme Court confirmed its failure to recognize that civil rights disparity.
To be fair, the New Jersey high court was not constrained, as was Washington's, by a state law expressly banning gay marriage. But the principle upon which the New Jersey ruling was founded seems to have universal application.
"Although we cannot find a fundamental right to same-sex marriage exists in this state," the 4-3 majority ruling reads, "the unequal dispensation of rights and benefits to committed same-sex partners can no longer be tolerated under our state constitution."
So which is it George? You support the right of states to clarify their constitution to ensure equal access to rights for all or not? You're not flip-flopping from the stump in an election year just to rally the base are you?
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Thursday that anyone demanding deadlines for progress in Iraq should "just back off," because it is too difficult to predict when Iraqis will resume control of their country.
During an often-combative Pentagon news conference, Rumsfeld said that while benchmarks for security, political and economic progress are valuable, "it's difficult. We're looking out into the future. No one can predict the future with absolute certainty."
Noting that this is the political season, Rumsfeld also complained that critics and the media are trying to "make a little mischief" by trying to "find a little daylight between what the Iraqis say or someone in the United States says."
Well, fuck me with the big black nightstick of unfettered delusional hubris. It's called accountability you sniveling bag of insane saggy elderflesh. You work for us. Your department's spending our money and killing our men, women as well as our international good will... answer the damn questions.
Tony Snow's planned replacement, Lesley Stahl speaks to Nancy Pelois and on behalf of the GOP and Whitehouse.
Pelosi has called her Republican colleagues “immoral" and "corrupt,” and has said they're running a criminal enterprise.
"I mean, you're one of the reasons we have to restore civility in the first place," Stahl remarks.
"Well actually, when I called them those names, I was being gentle," Pelosi says. "There are much worse things I could've said about them."
"It sounds personal," Stahl remarks.
"This isn't personal," Pelosi says.
"He's "incompetent", he's…," Stahl continues.
"Well, I think he is," Pelosi states.
"Well, that's personal," Stahl points out.
"Well, I'm sorry, that's his problem," Pelosi replies.
"How does this raise the level of civility?" Stahl asks.
Lesley, as a professional, when you're being assessed on your job performance, the term incompetent isn't personal. It's business. Bush was hired to do a job he was vastly unqualified for and gone way out of his way to prove his incapability to grasp even the most obvious clue. The restoration of civility is going to be an uphill battle given the damage done to date. The civility of the 2006 election has seen the GOP attack both directly and indirectly; African-Americans, Gays (ironically), Hispanics, and the disabled. This doesn't include the fast number of scandals, corruption, and outright cover-ups.
You want to restore civility, stop stoking the fires with your kerosene soaked rags.
Texas' Politics never ceases to amaze.
The one organization who's done more to stop the TTC's evolution and shed some sunshine on a highly cloaked land grab, gives high marks to the candidate in this year's gubernatorial race whose behavior is a very close second to the damage inflicting incumbent.
How does this happen? Are the winds of change so strong that they blow the recent past out to sea or can one little comment, blown way out of proportion by an opposition blog actually have such enormous an impact?
Chris' position on the TTC at this point, which may be the reason he received a mediocre grade, can only be just that, a position. Until such time as we the voters elect him to serve us (and not large corporations & foreign conglomerates) we can only go by what he's said and committed to.
I don't think his position could be any clearer than Carole's unless she changes her mind and switches to another party or decides to give her direct donations back, renounces all her bad accounting and apologizes for Scott.
We're barely two weeks away from one of the most important elections in Texas' recent history. Don't let the noise impact your focus.
This week on NPR, a segment we call "This I Believe". Where people from all walks of life submit their essays on the subjects they hold most dear and those that drive their day to day goals. This week on "This I Believe", the President of the United States, George W. Bush, shares with us his personal vision and beliefs.
I am confident we will succeed. I am confident we'll succeed in Iraq. And the reason I'm confident we'll succeed in Iraq is because the Iraqis want to succeed in Iraq. The ultimate victory in Iraq, which is a government that can sustain itself, govern itself, and defend itself, depends upon the Iraqi citizens and the Iraqi government doing the hard work necessary to protect their country. And our job is to help them achieve that objective. As a matter of fact, my view is the only way we lose in Iraq is if we leave before the job is done.
And I'm confident we can succeed in the broader war on terror, this ideological conflict. I'm confident because I believe the power of liberty will defeat the ideology of hate every time, if given a chance. I believe that the radicals represent the few in the Middle East. I believe the majority of people want to live in a peaceful world. That's what I believe.
I believe he needs a Thesaurus.
Talking Point A: We're in a Global War on Terror
Talking Point B: The Republicans are the only party capable of winning the GWOT.
Talking Point C: Iraq is at the forefront in the GWOT.
Therefore, the following must be true:
1. We have the troops, resources and adequate managed funding to succeed and have made great strides in controlling the region.
Recently, American and Iraqi forces have launched some of the most aggressive operations on enemy forces in Baghdad since the war began. They've cleared neighborhoods of terrorists and death squads, and uncovered large caches of weapons, including sniper scopes and mortars and powerful bombs. There has been heavy fighting. Many enemy fighters have been killed or captured, and we've suffered casualties of our own. This month we've lost 93 American service members in Iraq, the most since October of 2005. During roughly the same period, more than 300 Iraqi security personnel have given their lives in battle. Iraqi civilians have suffered unspeakable violence at the hands of the terrorists, insurgents, illegal militias, armed groups, and criminals.
I will send more troops to Iraq if General Casey says, I need more troops in Iraq to achieve victory. And that's the way I've been running this war. I have great faith in General Casey. I have great faith in Ambassador Khalilzad. I trust our commanders on the ground to give the best advice about how to achieve victory. I want to remind you, victory is a government that can sustain itself, govern itself -- a country that can govern itself, sustain itself and defend itself, and serves as an ally in the war on terror -- which stands in stark contrast to a government that would be chaotic, that would be a safe haven for the enemy to launch attacks on us.
2. Being the party with a singular stranglehold on the nation, they've got the war under control.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The military said on Thursday five more American troops were killed in Iraq, bringing the U.S. death toll for October to 96, as President George W. Bush sought to deflect mounting election-year pressure over the war.
With less than two weeks before November 7 polls in which his Republican party risks losing control of Congress, Bush said on Wednesday American patience over Iraq had its limits but pledged not to put unbearable pressure on Iraqi leaders.
"We're pressing Iraq's leaders to take bold measures to save their country. We're making it clear that American patience is not unlimited," Bush told a White House news conference.
3. Our focus is on ensuring we've won both the hearts and minds of the Iraqis to ensure violence does not impede the rebuilding.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki distanced himself on Wednesday from a U.S.-announced "timeline" to end sectarian violence and criticized a raid on a Shi'ite militia stronghold aimed at a death squad leader. Maliki, himself a Shi'ite Muslim, spoke a day after the top U.S. civilian and military officials in Iraq said his government had agreed to a series of steps to end the bloodshed over the next year that would allow U.S. troops to start going home.
"The Americans have the right to review their policies but we do not believe in a timetable and no one will impose one on us," Maliki told a news conference in remarks that seemed aimed at dispelling any perception he is a pawn of the White House.
He also contradicted a U.S. military statement which said Wednesday's Iraqi-U.S. ground and air assault on the crowded Sadr City slum district of Baghdad, in which four people were killed, had been authorized by his government.
"We will be seeking an explanation from the multinational forces to avoid a repetition of what happened without our cooperation in advance," Maliki said.
Not so much then?
From the "Put Em All In Camps" advocate...
For all the White House's faults, however, there is no doubt in my mind that Republicans as a group are better informed, better equipped and better able to lead this country in a time of war than the Democrats. The donkey party is led by thumb-sucking demagogues in prominent positions who equate Bush with Hitler and Jim Crow, call him a liar in front of high school students and the world, fantasize about impeachment and fetishize the human rights of terrorists who want to kill me.
Put simply: There are no grown-ups in the Democrat Party.
oooh, touché Ms Malkin, Touché.
* Maybe it's just an issue with the word value. Make it meatier, call it ideology.
* Homeland Security joins forces with Reading is Fundamental.
* The measure of success is equally measured by the measure of success applied to measuring success and without a clear pticture of the size of the measure by which success is measured the measuring could appear arbitrary and possibly even skewed.
* Republicans have nothing to fear but the fear of their loss of absolute power.
* If thou layest with dogs, thou shalt arise with fleas. Even Santorum knows that.
"Well gooooolllly Don, that grip's strong enough to choke an ox".
Eloquence, thy name is Limbaugh the Lesser.
The real question facing voters in November is whether Democrats will be able to do to the entire legislative branch what they've done to their party. The agenda-less party has become infected with a paralyzing negativity born of its singular hatred for President Bush. Will that mindset be permitted to seize control of our legislative branch? Will disgruntled conservatives collude to make this happen?
How many times have you heard Democrats decrying the Bush administration for having no plan to win the peace in Iraq? We might have executed the initial phase of the war masterfully by removing Saddam, they now grudgingly concede, but we didn't anticipate and plan for the problems that would arise after his removal.
Putting aside a debate over that assertion, let's apply the same standard to their agenda for America today. Shouldn't we ask: "Democrats have a potentially masterful plan for removing Republicans from majority control, but what is their plan for action if they win?
*dig dig dig... oh yeah... here it is!
Democrats offer a New Direction, putting the common good of all Americans first for a change and will:
- Make Health Care More Affordable: Fix the prescription drug program by putting people ahead of drug companies and HMO's, eliminating wasteful subsidies, negotiating lower drug prices and ensuring the program works for all seniors; invest in stem cell and other medical research.
- Lower Gas Prices and Achieve Energy Independence: Crack down on price gouging; eliminate billions in subsidies for oil and gas companies and use the savings to provide consumer relief and develop American alternatives, including biofuels; promote energy efficient technology.
- Help Working Families: Raise the minimum wage; repeal tax giveaways that encourage companies to move jobs overseas.
- Cut College Costs: Make college tuition deductible from taxes; expand Pell grants and slash student loan costs.
- Ensure Dignified Retirement: Prevent the privatization of Social Security; expand savings incentives; and ensure pension fairness.
- Require Fiscal Responsibility: Restore the budget discipline of the 1990s that helped eliminate deficits and spur record economic growth.
Don't you hate having to do *ALL* the opposition's research for them?
Finally, a flip flop we can all agree on.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 — The Bush administration is drafting a timetable for the Iraqi government to address sectarian divisions and assume a larger role in securing the country, senior American officials said.
Details of the blueprint, which is to be presented to Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki before the end of the year and would be carried out over the next year and beyond, are still being devised. But the officials said that for the first time Iraq was likely to be asked to agree to a schedule of specific milestones, like disarming sectarian militias, and to a broad set of other political, economic and military benchmarks intended to stabilize the country.
Although the plan would not threaten Mr. Maliki with a withdrawal of American troops, several officials said the Bush administration would consider changes in military strategy and other penalties if Iraq balked at adopting it or failed to meet critical benchmarks within it.
The President Explains Why Timetables For Withdrawal Are Bad Strategy. PRES. BUSH: "Setting an artificial deadline to withdraw would send a message across the world that America is a weak and an unreliable ally. Setting an artificial deadline to withdraw would send a signal to our enemies - that if they wait long enough, America will cut and run and abandon its friends. And setting an artificial deadline to withdraw would vindicate the terrorists' tactics of beheadings and suicide bombings and mass murder - and invite new attacks on America." (President Bush, Remarks On The War On Terror, Annapolis, MD, 11/30/05)
I recognize that Americans want our troops to come home as quickly as possible. So do I. Some contend that we should set a deadline for withdrawing U.S. forces. Let me explain why that would be a serious mistake. Setting an artificial timetable would send the wrong message to the Iraqis, who need to know that America will not leave before the job is done. It would send the wrong message to our troops, who need to know that we are serious about completing the mission they are risking their lives to achieve. And it would send the wrong message to the enemy, who would know that all they have to do is to wait us out. We will stay in Iraq as long as we are needed, and not a day longer.
So has the gravity of the situation, now that we're in October finally rung his bell? As recently as March, Bush was committed to passing the Iraq legacy on to future Presidents (and or Barney). Seems almost criminal watching a man who critcized Vietnam as a "political war" use Iraq and the GWOT as a tool to manipulate not just the nation but the men and women dying for his cause.
What, besides a mid-term election where the party in power stands to lose much could cause Bush to cease to use "Stay the Course"? Too much stupidity and arrogance, perhaps? Maybe it's the potential for a Congressional audit. Could be the Republican tendency to eat their young and their weak. Visions of a hobbled waterfowl?
“Because it left the wrong impression about what was going on.’’ Snow said today. “And it allowed critics to say, well, here's an administration that's just embarked upon a policy and not looking at what the situation is, when, in fact, it's just the opposite. The president is determined not to leave Iraq short of victory, but he also understands that it's important to capture the dynamism of the efforts that have been ongoing to try to make Iraq more secure.’’ In other words, the president is committed to adjusting his tactics as necessary.
So what is the president saying about the war these days?
“We will stay in Iraq’’ – which is what he said as recently as Friday.
C'est la guerre.
What are 140,000 U.S. forces achieving in Iraq that could not be achieved by 40,000? If the answer is "creating Iraqi security forces," a second question is: Is there an Iraqi government? In "State of Denial," Bob Woodward quotes Colin Powell, after leaving the administration, telling the president that strengthening Iraq's military and police forces is crucial, but that "if you don't have a government that you can connect these forces to, then, Mr. President, you're not building up forces, you're building up militias." And making matters worse.
On Sept. 19, Hamilton said "the next three months are critical." On Oct. 5, Sen. John Warner, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said that the next "two or three months" are critical. If only the worsening insurgency were, as the president suggested Wednesday, akin to North Vietnam's 1968 Tet Offensive. The insurgency is worse: Tet was a military defeat for North Vietnam. The president says the war in Iraq will be "just a comma" in history books, but by Nov. 26, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, with the Study Group's recommendations due, the comma will have lasted as long as U.S. involvement in World War II.
* Fingers remain crossed into the home stretch.
* Are we creeped out by electronic voting yet?
* Inbred infigting. Keep it up kids.
* Emotional rollercoaster, these polls are.
How bad is it when the majority party candidates are resorting to dirty tricks and unethical behavior 3 weeks out from the election. Some one's spooked.
They're gay baiting.
They're disenfranchising hispanics.
They're racially stereotyping blacks.
If these are just the examples we're aware of. How many more instances nationally are going undetected?
* Rocket scientists.
* It's the Dems' to lose.
* Indictments, new resume padding.
* Nepotism, it's what's for dinner.
* Under the big tent, it's a prize match.
* Paging Dr. Freud.
* The unknown enemy.
* Contract with America's Family Values.
Being a pessimistic realist, all this hopeful news is really messing with my psyche.
* Chris Bell, endorsed by Esquire magazine.
* Chris Bell whistle stops in the rain with record attendence.
* Texas Republicans changing their minds.
* Rick Perry's finally *looking* as corrupt as we all knew he was.
* All the things you might need to know about the solution, the hair, the hat and the lady of 4 names.
Disrespect for Texas' land, people, air, water, resources, commerce, roads, infrastructure and parks are one thing... but the flag?
How many are applicable?
8. Respect for flag
- No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America; the flag should not be dipped to any person or thing. Regimental colors, State flags, and organization or institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honor.
- The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.
- The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.
- The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free.
- The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free. Bunting of blue, white, and red, always arranged with the blue above, the white in the middle, and the red below, should be used for covering a speaker's desk, draping the front of the platform, and for decoration in general.
- The flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit it to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way.
- The flag should never be used as a covering for a ceiling.
- The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature.
- The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
- The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever.
- It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard. Advertising signs should not be fastened to a staff or halyard from which the flag is flown.
- No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations. The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing. Therefore, the lapel flag pin being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the heart.
- The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning
What do Republicans most fear about a Democratic surge in November?
Gays might start being committed to each other.
If Rick Santorum loses, nobody in Washington will ever want to lead on the gay marriage issue again.
Gay marriage advocates know this. The people of Pennsylvania deserve to know it too.
Nancy Pelosi's going to take your guns away
Before the recent poll numbers indicating a possible change in leadership - in both the House and Senate - I was focusing strictly on gun purchases designed to improve my versatility as a hunter. Since people often call from around the country to invite me hunting I always have to be prepared to take anything from the smallest squirrel to the largest grizzly bear. Now, I’m thinking a lot more about tactical and self-defense models.
Harry Reid's going to get a free ride.
This week, another little story erupted, again featuring Reid. He was paying a few thousand dollars in Christmas bonuses to employees of his condominium at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington out of his campaign funds, not his own wallet. That's a clear violation of campaign laws. And besides, isn't this a juicy story by today's TV standards? The Senate Democratic leader, living at the Ritz-Carlton? And tipping the hired help with someone else's money at Christmas time?
We might lose in Iraq and North Korea might get more nukes.
But I am convinced the Democrats (including moderates, the blame-Bush crowd, the cut-and-runners, and the extreme Left) would fail miserably in the leadership of this current fight as they have time-and-again since President Jimmy Carter’s micromanaged debacle at Desert One in 1980. There are several reasons why
The bill I sign today helps secure this country, and it sends a clear message: This nation is patient and decent and fair, and we will never back down from the threats to our freedom.
AUSTIN - Saying "there ought to be limits to freedom," Gov. George W. Bush has filed a legal complaint against the owners of a Web site that lampoons his White House bid.
Think the loss of Habeas Corpus was bad....
(via) But better times aren't coming back soon. The newest front in the war on the courts is being fought in South Dakota, where, in the shadow of Mt. Rushmore, a group called "J.A.I.L. 4 Judges" is promoting one of the most radical threats to justice this side of the Spanish Inquisition. It's extreme and it's incoherent, but it's got more than 40,000 petition signatures—and it will go to the state's voters as a constitutional amendment in November. A national network of supporters is waiting in the wings, threatening to export the revolution to other states if they do well this fall.
The group's proposed measure would wipe out a basic doctrine called judicial immunity that dates back to the 13th century, protecting judges from personal liability for doing their job ruling on the cases before them. A special grand jury—essentially a fourth branch of government—would be created to indict judges for a string of bizarre offenses that include "deliberate disregard of material facts," "judicial acts without jurisdiction," and "blocking of a lawful conclusion of a case," along with judicial failure to impanel a jury for infractions as minor as a dog-license violation. After three such "convictions," the judge would be fired and docked half of his or her retirement benefits for good measure.
Don't like the outcome of your trial, sue the Judge. Don't like the outcome of your Judicial Grand Jury, sue the Grand Jury. Don't like your life, state or condition and need to place the blame on others, please see Second Amendment.
Short-sighted little buggers. South Dakota, please don't mess this up.
* By separation of church and state we mean... if you aren't going to pay taxes, STFU.
* Status, not so Kuo.
* Imagine how we treat others if this is an example of how we treat our own.
* Bush should gauge his success on the Buchanan weathervane.
* How desperate does one have to be for article fodder that you wind up stretching links from Muslim taxi drivers to 'Abortionists'?
* The Democrat's tent is larger... we've got the room.
* Congress is really starting to appear super-creepy.
* Comedic irony is not dead.
* The battle for democracy rages on.... in the 49th state.
* Give me money or give me death! -- Mitch McConnell
* We would not have gone to war had only the WTC fallen.
* Iran, the next front in the GWOT.
* Thank goodness this is 2006. In 2004, this would have been a flip-flop.
* Democrats should have no opinion on Foley because they're cut-n-runners on Iraq... that and the Kennedy factor.
* Legalized abortion causes a culture that breeds school shooters.
(via) Q Thank you, Mr. President. You spoke of the troubles in Iraq. And as you know, we have Woodward and we have a shelf full of books about Iraq, and many of them claim that administration policies contributed to the difficulties there. So I'm wondering, is there anything you wish you would have done differently with regard to Iraq?
THE PRESIDENT: Speaking about books, somebody ought to add up the number of pages that have been written about my administration. There's a lot of books out there -- a lot. I don't know if I've set the record, or not, but I guess it means that I've made some hard decisions and will continue to make hard decisions.
And, David, this is the -- this is about the fifth time I've been asked this type of question. And as you know, there are some things that I wish had happened differently -- Abu Ghraib. I believe that really hurt us. It hurt us internationally. It kind of eased us off the moral high ground. In other words, we weren't a country that was capable of, on the one hand, promoting democracy, and then treating people decently. Now the world has seen that we've held those to account who are -- who did this.
You know, there's just a lot of look-backs. Presidents don't get to look back, but I will tell you, the decision to remove Saddam was the right decision. And I would look forward to the debate where people debate whether or not Saddam should still be in power.
As you know, a leader in the Senate Intel Committee on -- I think it was CBS News, Axelrod, I'm not sure -- you follow your news closely, you can verify this -- said that the world would be better if Saddam were in power. I strongly disagree. So when it comes to that decision, which is a decision to cause a lot of people to write books, it's the right decision.
And now the fundamental question is, will this country help this young democracy succeed? And the answer is, we will. We'll change tactics when we need to change tactics to help this young democracy succeed. But the stakes are high if we were to leave. It means that we would hand over a part of the region to extremists and radicals who would glorify a victory over the United States, and use it to become -- use it to recruit. It would give these people a chance to plot and plan and attack. It would give them resources from which to continue their efforts to spread their caliphate. The stakes are really high.
First, you overwhelmingly self-absorbed public servant... it's not called a "look back", it's introspection and reflection and subsequent "deciderering" needs to be performed using it. Second, convincing Iraq that your style of Democracy has their best interest at heart's going to be a vertical climb given the degree to which you've eroded the tenets here at home. Lastly, whether or not they'd be better off with Saddam in charge or not... isn't for you to say. It is in doubt whether the Iraqi people even feel they need you as their spokesmodel at this point.
Successes in Staying the Course
BAGHDAD, Iraq - The death toll in a surge of sectarian killings in Balad swelled to at least 91 on Monday, police and army officials said, while bombings in and near Baghdad killed as many as up to 10 people. Eleven more bodies were found dumped in the capital.
Two Marines and a soldier were killed in fighting Sunday, bringing to ten the number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq over the past three days.
Each day in Baghdad brings the discovery of up to scores of such victims, most believed to have been pulled off the street or abducted from their homes by roving sectarian death squads.
Those killings have steadily worsened over recent months as Iraq's Shiite majority battles to assert its authority over the Sunni minority who held power under Saddam Hussein's former regime.
Successes in Democracy's Course
<via> Matthews: David, do you believe the President is looking for an out from his doctrinaire policy of staying the course?
Brooks: Not really, no I don't. I think they're looking at policy options. One of those options is trying to replace the current government which seems to be doing nothing. The second option is some sort of federation which–Joe Biden has suggested as separating Iraq. A third option and by far the least likely is going in with more troops, So there's all different three options…We have much less control over Iraq than we did two or three years ago…
Bush to Iraq: "I done brung you into this world... and I can take you out!"
Support for Republican ethics and leadership eroding fast in those polls, approval of Congress plunging to its lowest level in more than a decade, three in 10 registered voters telling Gallup for “USA Today” that their representative does not deserve reelection, the highest that number has been since 1994, in “The Washington Post” poll, 54 percent saying they trust Democrats more than Republicans to deal with the biggest problems the nation is facing, including terrorism, 47 percent saying they trust the Democrats to do a better job of handling terrorism, 41 percent choosing Republicans.
A month ago, Republicans had a 7-point lead on that signature issue, and in “The New York Times,” 47 percent also believing that the Democrats come closer to sharing their moral values than do the Republicans.
And then there is Iraq, compromising not only White House efforts to keep this election focused squarely on national security, but also for President Bush even to be seen as being strong on national security, in “The New York Times,” approval of President Bush‘s handling of counterterrorism dropping to 46 percent from 54 percent in just the last two weeks, Baghdad itself burning tonight, literally, a fire breaking out at an ammunitions depot at a U.S. base in southern Baghdad, setting off a series of explosions from detonating shells that lit up the night sky in that extraordinary fashion, the U.S. military saying there were no immediate reports of casualties.
So, approximately 51% of Americans are slow learners?
* Which other group categorizes those who disagree as terrorists? Oh yeah, Republicans. Nice job... Kinky.
* Someone neglected to include Rummy.
* Our men, our women... in their own words -- up to their necks in our mess.
* Integrity is job #1.
* When the Religious Right decides to eat their own... do they use their own recipe?
GWB: Kim? KIM!?
KJI: 여보세요, 그것은 누구 이는가?
GWB: It's George... 'bout all this noo-kular nonsense, jes want ya ta know everythin's on the table 'cept tawkin'.
KJI: 나는 너의 주의를 얻었는가?
WASHINGTON – A team of American and Iraqi researchers estimates that 655,000 more people have died in Iraq since coalition forces arrived in March 2003 than would have died if the invasion had not occurred.
The estimate, produced by interviewing residents during a random sampling of households throughout the country, is far higher than ones produced by other groups, including Iraq's government.
It is more than 20 times the estimate of 30,000 civilian deaths that President Bush gave in a speech in December. It is more than 10 times the estimate of roughly 50,000 civilian deaths made by the British-based Iraq Body Count research group.
The surveyors said they found a steady increase in mortality since the invasion, with a steeper rise in the last year that appears to reflect a worsening of violence as reported by the U.S. military, the news media and civilian groups. In the year ending in June, the team calculated Iraq's mortality rate to be roughly four times what it was the year before the war.
Of the total 655,000 estimated "excess deaths," 601,000 resulted from violence and the rest from disease and other causes, according to the study. This is about 500 unexpected violent deaths per day throughout the country.
That, plus unlimited freedoms and gunpoint democracy and they've got a quorum of successes.
Last night I was privileged to both listen and speak to Chris Bell at a private fundraiser. Simply put, any Texan not voting for Chris for Governor isn't voting with the future of all Texans in mind.
Once upon a time there was a President who, although bland in personality and not exceptionally effective, was quite qualified for the job and possessed the presence of mind to focus on the big picture when making decisions, both internationally and domestically. We'll call him 41. He had a son who grew up (some) and also became President and although was swept into the office amid scandal, was touted as a great leader. We'll call him 43.
41's experiences include such roles as; a military commander, vice president, head of the CIA as well as a term as President. His understanding, not only of politics and government in general but his first hand experience in the military as well as his comprehension of the laws of the land allowed him to govern in such a way so as to not instigate scandal, polarize the nation or cause international incidences (minus the Japanese cookie tossing). 43 however, is the proverbial bull in the china closet.
43's ability to piss off those he needs the most and piss on those who can affect change around the globe have become legendary. Flagrant abuses of the law and disregard for humanity in general will fill history books for generations as examples of how not to behave. The political landscape has been paved over and the culture corrupted absolutely. 41 can see this and knows how badly his number one son has behaved. As a former leader and one not called on so much for consultation, he's powerless to enact change or influence behavior.
His fear though, appears to be focused on his son and not the health of the nation. On the party rather than the political process established by the founding fathers. The vision has become clouded and the view, myopic.
"I would hate to think what Arlen's life would be like, what Rick's life would be like, and what my son's life would be like if we lose control of the Congress," said former President George Bush in a reference to Pennsylvania's two Republican Senators. "If we have some of these wild Democrats in charge of these committees, it will be a ghastly thing for our country."
"They'd be pushing through all kinds of crazy legislation," he added, "And they would be issuing the subpoenas, dragging people in just to be getting headlines."
41 knows the era of corruption has a finite lifespan and fears for the legacy of his son more than the rule of law, congressional oversight and the bill of rights.
Democrats, America and all thinking people have a duty to ensure his fears are well founded.
* With a success record of 100% how can you go wrong?
* SwiftBoating pages. Class act, these compassionate conservatives.
* Without an official transcript of Friday night's Texas Gubernatorial Debate it's hard to effectively show how well Chris Bell did. This comes close. If Chris wins, I'm for him adding Kinky to his cabinet.
* Like Jesus with the moneychangers, Bush is righteously indignant. or not.
* Still on course.
The Importance of Focusing on Real Threats
"The problem here is that there will always be some uncertainty about how quickly he can acquire nuclear weapons. But we don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud."
Condoleezza Rice - 2002
Was she talking about:
Could we appear more incompetent, under informed and unwilling to confront the real threats?
* Staying (through the first) Course. Still a bad idea.
* Pathetic ethics.
* Do not question Dear Leader's puppet master.
* Bill Frist, the anchor around the neck of progress.
* Loose lips, do sink ships.
* Hastert should not resign... that level of leadership is important to have going into November's elections.
We're still staying the course.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Bomb attacks in Baghdad have hit an all-time high, the U.S. military said on Wednesday, as one of the capital's frontline police units was pulled off the streets on suspicion of involvement with sectarian death squads.
Thousands of police face criminal vetting and lie detectors as part of a "retraining" process designed to weed out militia killers who have used the cover of their uniforms to kidnap, torture and commit mass murder, U.S. officials have said.
For the second time in two days, four U.S. soldiers were killed in a single incident around Baghdad, this time in what appears to have been a substantial skirmish involving mortars or rockets and gunfire to the northwest. It took the death toll in four days of the month to 15 around Baghdad and 22 in total.
Foley represented parts of Palm Beach County for 12 years until he abruptly resigned Friday after being accused of sending lurid Internet messages to teenage boys who served as pages on Capitol Hill. The FBI and Florida law enforcement officials are investigating whether he violated any laws.
The lawyer said Foley, who is now in treatment for alcohol abuse and mental illness, never had any inappropriate sexual contact with a minor. He said Foley was under the influence of alcohol when he sent the e-mails and instant messages.
The exchange continues in which Foley and the teen both appear to describe having sexual orgasms.
Maf54: ok..i better go vote..did you know you would have this effect on me
Teen: lol I guessed
Teen: ya go vote…I don't want to keep you from doing our job
Maf54: can I have a good kiss goodnight
The House voted that evening on HR 1559, Emergency War Time supplemental appropriations.
From the party that brought us the Contract with America, Compassionate Conservativism, Restoration of Honor and Dignity, Shock & Awe and Staying the Course, the most logical next step is, Drunken Predatory Congressional Voting.
From the Land of Apologists comes the mother of all comparison attempts.
The Virgin weighs in...
Democrats cannot condemn Foley for his proclivity for 16-year-old boys; they are the party that supports both homosexuality and reduced age of consent. Democrats cannot condemn Foley for his exploitation of Capitol Hill employees; they are the party that calls such exploitative imbalance-of-power situations "matters of personal choice."
On what moral basis do Democrats condemn Foley? They have no basis for moral outrage, since they have championed the destruction of traditional morality for decades. Instead, they condemn Foley and the Republicans for hypocrisy. Foley, when he wasn't spending his time molesting teenage boys, pushed for legislation to crack down on child pornography. House Republicans, when they weren't busy ignoring Foley's scummy behavior, pushed for legislation to uphold traditional values. The big sin here, according to the social left, is that Foley and the Republicans tried to bolster antiquated sexual mores while simultaneously bucking them in personal life. Were Mark Foley a liberal Democrat from San Francisco, liberals would be hard-pressed to spot a problem with his behavior.
Mr. Family Values himself participates.
Did Democrats -- the party of feminism, the party that hates sexual harassers -- demand accountability when President Clinton was accused of putting Kathleen Willey's hand on his crotch as she asked for a job? Or demand accountability when President Clinton was accused of dropping his pants in front of Paula Jones and asking that state employee to kiss his genitalia?
You know the answers. Let's continue.
And we hear from the $200 face.
Unlike his predatory predecessors, Foley now faces a criminal probe into his behavior. If the Republican leaders were slow to react to the initial allegations against Foley -- and they were -- it is clear they're serious now about punishing the offender, which is more than can be said of the Democratic leaders who were in charge of Congress a generation ago.
However... due to Foley's uncovered behavior, every news channel has stopped discussing the deficit, Iraq, Iran, falling home prices, unemployment, torture, rendition and all the other significant contributing factors in this year's mid-terms. It's a shit-storm informational white-out and other than Hastert, it's a one ring show.
Between discussions of his alleged homosexuality, molestation, priests and a drinking problem the only thing left in this seemingly planned blog-clog is a full blown country song the Republicans can point to as an example of moral highground.
Only when the public realizes that the significant differences between Republicans and Democrats are; real morals vs. espoused morality and a willingness to investigate their own vs. sweeping *everything* under the rug, will any of this make a difference in November's electorate.
"If you listen closely to some of the leaders of the Democratic Party, it sounds like — it sounds like — they think the best way to protect the American people is, wait until we're attacked again," Bush said Monday at a $360,000 fundraiser in Reno, Nev., for state Secretary of State Dean Heller's congressional campaign.
What he really means is, the best way to protect the American people is to attack the Democrats. The minority party that can't get a bill out of committee, hold a hearing, issue a subpoena and is willing for the most part to roll over and piss themselves when threatened.
What a uniter.
BURIED IN THE complex Senate compromise on detainee treatment is a real shocker, reaching far beyond the legal struggles about foreign terrorist suspects in the Guantanamo Bay fortress. The compromise legislation, which is racing toward the White House, authorizes the president to seize American citizens as enemy combatants, even if they have never left the United States. And once thrown into military prison, they cannot expect a trial by their peers or any other of the normal protections of the Bill of Rights.
This dangerous compromise not only authorizes the president to seize and hold terrorists who have fought against our troops "during an armed conflict," it also allows him to seize anybody who has "purposefully and materially supported hostilities against the United States." This grants the president enormous power over citizens and legal residents. They can be designated as enemy combatants if they have contributed money to a Middle Eastern charity, and they can be held indefinitely in a military prison.
Why does George W Bush hate Americans?
* Building opposition = winning.
* Combining Compassionate Conservativism and Trickle-Down Economics ensures no one gets help.
* The nice thing about knowing Kissinger's involved in the Iraq War decisions, we now know, approximately, how long the war will last.
* I miss Monica.
* Facts you need: It takes $200 to make Linda Chavez purty.
* The louder Bush lauds something as a success the more scrutiny needs to be applied to the details.