November 30, 2006

Bubble Blowback

* Iraq: Multiple Choice test for the Deciderer. Will he choose correctly?

* Iraq: We will stay the course until the mission is completed. Please ignore the facts that we have neither a proper course mapped nor an idea of what successful completion looks like.

* Iraq: Bush's new talking points cheat sheet for his weekly radio address. Wouldn't it be cool to have to hear him read off the list of casualties?

* Iraq: Bush hears James Baker's assessment the same way TV viewers hear Charlie Brown's teacher. Wa wa wawawa wa wa wa wa wa. Acts accordingly.

* King powers thwarted, temporarily by activist judges.

* Cutting & Running: Now up; Italy, Poland, South Korea and the UK.

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Required Reading

By SHATHA AL AWSY McClatchy Newspapers

BAGHDAD, Iraq – I left my home Monday.

As my family fled the fighting that's engulfed our neighborhood in Baghdad, I gazed out the car window, thinking that I might never again see the fruit stand off our street, the shops where my sisters and I bought soft drinks, the turquoise-domed mosque where we prayed in the holy month of Ramadan.

And to think I'd spent Sunday in my garden, using the forced free time of a curfew to plant geraniums for spring. Later that night, Shiite militiamen encroached on our Sunni enclave; the reverse had happened in so many other neighborhoods, and now it was our turn. Any thoughts of the future were overshadowed by the need to survive the night.

A year ago, I was a newlywed excited about finally having a place of my own. I filled it with what we call baghdadiyat, the artifacts of a bygone time in Iraq's history: an Ottoman trunk, Persian carpets, copper spoons and silver vases finely etched with designs of birds and flowers.

When it became too dangerous to dine at restaurants, my husband and I would sometimes set a table in the garden and eat together under a floodlight – if there was electricity. This was my sanctuary from war.

With the birth of our daughter last September, I became even more grateful for a safe place where I could play with her and momentarily forget the sad stories I hear all day in my job as a journalist.

But the violence in Baghdad worsened over the summer. Strangers crept into the Jihad district, our middle-class neighborhood of Sunnis and Shiites. Were they there to protect us? Nobody knew for sure.

Now, go read the rest.

Glad we're on course and winning... would hate to see what failure looks like.

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November 29, 2006

Condi to the rescue

Damn... always have to pee at the worst time. Get me a cup honey.


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Amalgamated Quotes

Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose. ... Janis Joplin

The man who trades freedom for security does not deserve nor will he ever receive either. ...Benjamin Franklin

There are those who would say that without security, freedom and liberty mean nothing. I would argue that without the reality of freedom and liberty, the concepts of freedom and liberty mean nothing. We need to be very careful about rushing to give up some of our liberties in exchange for security. If the price of security is fundamentally altering the principles of freedom and liberty we believe in, then the terrorists will have done more than just destroy buildings and kill innocent Americans. They will have changed the way we live and achieved an enduring victory. We can rebuild our buildings and our lives. Once taken away, our freedom and liberty cannot be regained.

... Charles V. Peña, Senior Defense Policy Analyst, Cato Institute 9.17.2001

MANCHESTER – Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich yesterday said the country will be forced to reexamine freedom of speech to meet the threat of terrorism.

Gingrich, speaking at a Manchester awards banquet, said a "different set of rules" may be needed to reduce terrorists' ability to use the Internet and free speech to recruit and get out their message.

"We need to get ahead of the curve before we actually lose a city, which I think could happen in the next decade," said Gingrich, a Republican who helped engineer the GOP's takeover of Congress in 1994.

There ought to be limits to freedom. ...George W Bush May 21, 1999

So the theory goes, "They Hate Us For Our Freedom". The unfortunate but apparent logic that followed was not to fight for freedom but to erradicate it so they hate us less, right? Want to truly make each and every life and limb lost in Iraq *completely* wasted, the continue to let this government to erode all of your rights.

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Hallow Loogia

One of the bloodiest months on record, we had a plane shot down, thousands of civilians dying, oil fires burning, a weak national government and raging Sunni and Shiite violence... all indications would point to this being more than just the the cusp of a civil war.

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Mortar rounds crashed into an oil processing facility near the northern city of Kirkuk on Monday, igniting a huge blaze, and a U.S. Air Force jet with one pilot crashed while supporting American soldiers fighting in Anbar province, a hotbed of Iraq's Arab Sunni insurgency.

Sectarian violence continued across the country, with 91 people killed or found dead.


Al-Jazeera satellite television showed videotape pictures of the wreckage in a field and what looked to be portions of a tangled parachute nearby.

The broadcaster said that the video included scenes of the dead pilot but that they were too graphic to air.

The U.S. command also said three of its soldiers were killed and two wounded during combat operations in Baghdad on Sunday. At least 2,878 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

Also Monday, Iraq's Parliament speaker implemented rules banning reporters from the legislative building and imposed a 30-minute delay on broadcast of sessions, an apparent bid to squelch information reaching the public about the increasingly bitter debates between Shiite and Sunni lawmakers.

Not according to President Bubble-Boy.

The bombings that took place recently was a part of a pattern that has been going on for about nine months. I'm going to bring this subject up, of course, with Prime Minister Maliki when I visit with him in Jordan on Thursday. My questions to him will be: What do we need to do to succeed? What is your strategy in dealing with the sectarian violence? I will assure him that we will continue to pursue al Qaeda to make sure that they do not establish a safe haven in Iraq.

I will ask him: What is required and what is your strategy to be a country which can govern itself and sustain itself? And it's going to be an important meeting, and I'm looking forward to it.

Why is a staged pullout failure but staying with these types of results not?

But wait... there's more.... apparently the White House isn't nearly as confident in their puppet as they claim.

While there does seem to be an aggressive push to consolidate Shia power and influence, it is less clear whether Maliki is a witting participant. The information he receives is undoubtedly skewed by his small circle of Dawa advisers, coloring his actions and interpretation of reality. His intentions seem good when he talks with Americans, and sensitive reporting suggests he is trying to stand up to the Shia hierarchy and force positive change. But the reality on the streets of Baghdad suggests Maliki is either ignorant of what is going on, misrepresenting his intentions, or that his capabilities are not yet sufficient to turn his good intentions into action.

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November 28, 2006

2nd Amendment

What's with the either or approach to the Second Amendment from the right?

I agree with this approach

Where I grew up, I was so close to nature that I once leaned out my kitchen window to take aim at a deer that had stepped into the backyard (the animal bolted before I could shoot). Now I am a city dweller, too busy and too far away from the country to do much hunting. But I have a son and daughter of my own now, and I would like the chance to pass on some of what my father taught me. It's hard to write this without sounding a little mawkish, but what I learned from hunting is that things in life aren't always black and white, and that they're not always easy, but the effort put in has a direct correlation to your success. You have to do it right. You respect the gun, you respect the animal and you respect the rules, and that translates to real life. It's hard to kill something, but you develop deep appreciation of animals and the outdoors when you do it regularly. I know nonhunters think that's absurd logic, and I understand why. But if it's part of your culture and part of the road to being a man, you find a way to face up to the hard parts and the raw emotions of it and you do it honorably. Shooting an animal is often a gut-wrenching act, and not one that's taken lightly by anyone I know. You respect it, you honor it and you never waste it. Most of all, you just give thanks for it.

But yet, find this repulsive...

There’s about a 50% chance that a gun-less person will go buy a firearm if you take him out to the range for an afternoon of shooting. But there’s about a 100% chance he’ll go buy a firearm if you hand him a check for that express purpose. Just make sure you pick someone who is at least slightly to the left of you politically – I prefer moderates and those who “vote for the best person” – and you will soon have a fellow right-wing, gun-toting friend.

Just imagine what America would look like if we all did the same thing this Christmas. Before long there would be no more Democratic Congress, no more Speaker Pelosi, and no more Internal Revenue Service. Individual freedom would win out over collectivism one gun owner at a time.

You may say that I’m a dreamer. But I’m not the only one. I hope some day you’ll join me. And the whole Islamic world will know we live with guns.

Maybe it's the failure to comprehend why no one talks about how important the 2nd Amendment is to keeping the 1st and the loudest "gun advocates" rail against control while staying mum on the loss off freedom, civil rights and little things like Habeus Corpus.

C'est la Guerre.

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November 27, 2006

Staying Power

Mission Accomplished

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US involvement in Iraq will pass another sad milestone on Sunday, when it overtakes the length of America's engagement in World War II.

While the two wars are far apart in character -- and in their death tolls -- the Iraq campaign has become a symbol of the pitfalls of the new style of conflict.

World War II ended for Americans after 1,348 days. US soldiers facing a still largely unknown enemy in Iraq do not know when their country will leave, more than three years after the US-led invasion.

American politicians have not failed to note the symbolism.

"I remember the (World War II) period well," Senator John Warner, Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services committee, who served as a sailor during the war, said at a hearing last week on Iraq.

"I note that on November 26, 2006 this year, but a few days away, our involvement in Iraq will surpass the length of this historic World War II period," Warner said.

From Worst President Ever to Longest Unilaterally Funded War Ever, Bush has managed to surpass all expectations.

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Intercepted Presidential Correspondence

Yo, Pooty Poot,

How's a guy to go 'bout gittin' some ah that there nukular polonium 210? I've got me some gum-flappin' traitors in my midst too. Seems pretty effective.

Meet me in Latvia ;-)

The Preznit.

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November 23, 2006

Thanksgiving Thoughts


But CNN was just getting started. With about 150,000 American forces in the theater, there will of course be all sorts of ordinary non-combat-related accidents resulting in death and injury: automobile accidents, slips and falls, and all the contusions and abrasions associated with the inevitable difficulties of living. And beyond that, people will fall ill, with everything from heart attacks to appendicitis. So CNN added to its mix every disabling accident and illness sustained by members of our armed forces in Iraq since the invasion began in March 2003.

Never mind that such casualties could, and in many cases would, have been sustained by these people even if they had stayed in the United States and never laid eyes on Iraq. No such consideration fazed CNN. By adding non-combat injuries and illnesses to its total, CNN managed to inflate it astronomically. The figures "50,000" loomed on the screen.

So, the war's not the tragic result of misused intelligence and a catalyst for further animosity and violence throughout the Middle East but beyond that, the men and women wounded and dying aren't regretable casualties, they're just accelerated situations of enevitability. Makes sense, with all the shot down Black Hawks we've been seeing in Georgia to the IEDs in Idaho, they were bound to lose a leg or an eye sooner or later.


*this overlooks the whining about CNN being on the cruise ship's TVs instead of Fox, for balance.

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November 22, 2006

Mucho Gracias-iving

Thank You

Thanks for Abramoff and
the corruption he spread.

For Enron, Skilling,
and Lay, though he's dead.

Thanks for the hubris,
the lies and dissention.

Terry Shiavo, gay marriage
and misdirected attention.

Thanks for DeLay, Foley,
Cunningham and Noe.

All them sonsabitches just
had to go.

Thank you for George, Laura
and their two tramps.

The chemical infused turkey
that'll give me the cramps.


Apologies to WSB.

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Progress Through Eradication

I'm all for change and expansion but not at the expense of history and especially not regional icons. I've got a little soft spot in my heart for much of the iconography of the Route 66 era architecture as well as the highway itself and was lucky enough to grow up just off the old beaten path in Tulsa.

This weekend they're tearing down another landmark in which many memories reside, the Metro Diner. Best Monte Cristos in the world, the only place I know of where you could get spicy fries drowned in white pepper gravy and milkshakes that took an hour to consume. I spent a vast... VAST amount of my twenties, cozied up in the big corner booth with groupings of my closest friends trying to solve the world's problems. Spent so much time there I wound up even dating one of the waitresses for a period (the free food wasn't the only perk).

Next trip home will seem weird without being able to go back to an old haunt with so much history.


Here's to arterial damaging mom & pop diners across the nation, may you thrive to infinity and may your regulars never decrease in numbers.

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November 21, 2006

Diet Buster 1

Pulled forward from a 2002 entry

all good holiday dinner parties should include:

Spinach Cheese Casserole

- 1 package (10oz) frozen chopped spinach, cooked and drained
- 1/4 cup of flour
- 1 tsp of salt
- 1/4 tsp of pepper ( I use 1/2)
- 2 cups (1 lb) large curd cottage cheese
- 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
- 3 eggs, well beaten

Blend spinach, flour, salt and pepper(mixer works best). Stir in remaining ingredients. Turn into buttured 11 x 7 x 1 1/2 inch casserole. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until set.

eat vigorously.

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Honest Skulduggery

* Just what the GOP needs, a leader who's focused on missed opportunities in the past and not so much on the future.

* Will Bush eventually start talking to the White House paintings like Nixon?

* What's Romney thinking? If he keeps constricting marriage laws, how's he ever going to continue his family's legacy.

* What's a girl to do? All this decidering and no more council.

* The Bush Doctrine, 2007 redacted for plausible deniability.

* Bush's iPod, continuous loop of the Clash's "Should I Stay or Should I Go?".

* Makes sense... doesn't do any good to undermine your base.

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November 20, 2006

Apparently, With Out Laura

Bush, fully versed on Asian travel via Neil's adventures, finds himself oddly uncomfortable and questions the possibility of a bait and switch. Having been told, he'd get time with a Ho later he suspects he may have been the butt of a joke at his expense.


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Back to Biblical Basics

1 Corinthians 13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.


Why would Warren marry the moral equivalency of his pulpit - a sacred place of honor in evangelical tradition - to the inhumane, sick, and sinister evil that Obama has worked for as a legislator?

According to press reports, it is because of a mutual respect that each feels towards the other over the AIDS/HIV pandemic on the African continent. That rationale however is not only dishonest, but not even logical given the two distinct positions that the men come to on the matter. Because of this supposed shared concern, Warren is ready to turn over the spiritual mantle to a man who represents the views of Satan at worst or progressive anti-God liberals at best in most of his public positions on the greatest moral tests of our time.


WIngnuts. Reason #85095123 why the Democrats' attempt at bipartisanship will fail.

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Givin' Thanks & Stuff.

* Interesting, the divergent take-aways you get from an election like this last one. (e.g. 1) (e.g. 2)

* Republican Family Values isn't just limited to smoking meth with a gay hooker.

* But you know Jimeny Cricket was there to add sound effects.

* Hey, McCain... when you wrestle pigs, you're going to get dirty.

* No matter how much squabbling may have occured, the other guys still have Trent Lott.

* Probe? Oh what a great headline.

* Of course Carville's irrelevant. Failure to notice this fact should be punitive.

* The future's trend, economically speaking (thx Adam)

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November 19, 2006


Headline: Some say immigrants help economy

Illegal immigration has roiled and rallied communities around the nation, from Farmers Branch, Texas, to Farmingville, New York.

But what role do immigrants – both legal and illegal – play in the Texas and national economies?

In June, 500-plus economists, including some from Dallas-area universities, sent a letter to President Bush and Congress. They said they were concerned that some of the "fundamental economics of immigration are too often obscured by misguided commentary."

Thank you Dianne, hate to see you propagate the notion of a liberal media.

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November 17, 2006

A pinch of snark and a dash of irony

* ...and here I thought it was because love was under restriction.

* They don't call it Faux News for nothing. Townhall got the memo too.

* Yabbut, Jefferson had $90K in his freezer.

* How well does asparagus grow in tundra?

* Is this why McCain's tune's changed?

* Bush in Vietnam, the gag writes itself.

* How cool would it be to be able to dismiss your own bad behavior?

* The 'Where's Waldo' of the Bush Cabinet?

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An Awakening: What Happens When the Blinders Come Off

Polemic Presidential Piety Precludes Pensive Ponderance.

President Bush said yesterday that he senses a "Third Awakening" of religious devotion in the United States that has coincided with the nation's struggle with international terrorists, a war that he depicted as "a confrontation between good and evil."

Oh, we're awake alright.


In disgrace, Haggard joins a growing list of conservatives who exemplify the moral hypocrisy that distinguishes the Bush era. Much has been made of the sex scandals involving Mark Foley (R-FL) and Don Sherwood (R-PA). Foley, following an allegation that he sent improper messages to adolescent pages (if not engaging in worse behavior), had been safely secluded in an alcohol recovery program to keep him out of sight until after the election; his House seat went to a Democrat. Don Sherwood (R-PA), swept up in a five-year long adulterous relation with a woman half his age, and who he allegedly tried to strangle, lost his seat to Democratic challenger Chris Carney, a Navy Reserve officer.

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November 16, 2006

QOTD - Refusal to Let Go

Water boys find water brackish.

The president has two years to turn things around and leave a viable Iraq to the next president. It should be obvious that "staying the course" is a recipe for failure. So are politically driven exit strategies. The president is left with the choice: quit, or do what is necessary to succeed. We trust the president understands that the task before him in Iraq is to find a strategy for success.

We trust the president has neither the will nor the ability to deviate in a manner that benefits America, let alone the world. Bill Kristol is like an offensive coach who's plays are consistently undermined by the cheerleaders.

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November 15, 2006

Spending Trends

Bush started off 2005 with "Political Capital" after garnering 51% of the votes cast. He's been burning through this political capital with gusto. Over here, we'd estimated he'd be down to just about half way through and it seems he's really holding his own now at a little over 30%. What gives? Time to either start another conflict or go on the attack against citizens again.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush's popularity has dipped to 35 percent, according to a new CNN poll, with 41 percent of likely voters saying their disapproval of his performance will affect their vote in Tuesday's elections for control of Congress.

Sixty-one percent of the 1,008 adult Americans who responded to the Opinion Research Corp. poll said they disapproved of the way Bush is handling his job as president, according to the survey. The poll was conducted by telephone Friday through Sunday.

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metastasized metamorphosis

* When the going gets tough, the weak call daddy.

* Katrina, the crushing catastrophe that keeps on giving.

* Quack, quack, quack.

* Red state American, now Seeing Red, State America.

* Doesn't bi-partisanship mean, drag the oppostion kicking & screaming?

* For a man who's managed to screw up each "fight" he's started... why would he want to start a third?

* Feeling safer?

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November 14, 2006

Lord, Deliver Me...

Hi, you've reached the answering machine of God, I'm away addressing the needs of the truly needy. Please leave a message or call back when you have concerns larger than simply the loss of one branch of government to the oppostion due to blowback from your own hubris.


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Mirror Images

Methinks the lady doeth protest too much. Harken thee back to the dark ages of 2000 where the candidate ran on his job as a uniter not a decider, when compassion was used to bolster the conservative monniker, a time in which the unborn's needs outweighed that of the mother or the child post-birth.

Not enough introspective navel gazing going on on the red side of the aisle. The reality that no one party owns all the answers or all the right perspectives on any single issue, wedge or not, has got to be a crushing blow to the GOP weenies.

Look at how the candidates described themselves: "pro-marriage", "pro-life", "pro-gun", "born-again Christian", "pro-business", "anti-tax,” and in one case "former member of the Reagan administration."

And understand this clearly, it wasn't important that any of them demonstrate these beliefs - merely campaign on them. And in doing so, they campaigned only enough to make the point that in pulling the lever for them - the "common sense" voter wouldn't lose on certain, and vitally important "values" issues.

They invoked Jesus, God, the Bible, marriage, and faith in decibel and volume that would have earned Soros-sized scorn, and Kos-site mockery - were the party to actually let them demonstrate any of it.

But in doing so, they tricked the masses into believing that their positions on such matters would stand as strong as the true-believers that some of them displaced.

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November 13, 2006

Bad Boys Bad Boys

Whacha gonna do when they come for you?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration said on Monday that Guantanamo prisoners have no constitutional right to challenge their detention before U.S. federal judges, and the lawsuits by hundreds of detainees must be dismissed.

In papers filed with a U.S. appeals court in Washington, Justice Department attorneys gave their most detailed argument yet that the cases must be dismissed because of the tough anti-terrorism law signed by President George W. Bush last month.

Lawyers for the prisoners have argued the new law does not give the U.S. government the power to arrest suspects overseas and imprison them indefinitely without any charges and without allowing them to challenge their detention in U.S. court.

They say a provision of the law unconstitutionally suspends the right under habeas corpus, a long-standing principle of American law, for detainees to contest their imprisonment.

Justice Department attorneys disagreed. "There is no constitutional habeas right for an enemy alien held outside the United States to challenge his detention," they said. "No actual habeas rights have been suspended."

After Bush signed the Military Commissions Act of 2006 into law, the Justice Department told federal district court judges they no longer have jurisdiction over some 200 cases covering more than 400 prisoners at the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

Sounds like some vague wording that could be left to interpretation depending on circumstances.
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Blowing Dust Off Some Old News

* If you can't beat em, be em.

* How long can Karl sustain the hand over the ears "na na na na" pose?

* This, is why we need oversight. Sic em.

* Wow. The opposite of a stream of conscience.

* Sounds oddly familiar.

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Fly Consistent Airways

If it wasn't for the TSA, how would we know how inconsistent and arbitrary their rules were?

  • Leaving DFW, a coffee purchased in the airport can be taken onto the plane. Leaving KCI, you must throw your piping hot Starbucks into the trash.
  • After removing laptop, backpack at DFW sails through the scan. In the KCI airport, Tiger Balm is a "threat".
  • At the DFW airport, no one blinks at .67oz of contact re-wetting drops. The KCI team believe you should "declare" it so as to eliminate the possibility you're trying to hide it.
  • Following customer shoe removal, one can pretty much sail through the metal detector in DFW. In KCI, zippered sweaters and belts are a no no.

Wouldn't we all feel safer if we knew one set of rules an standards were being applied? Arbitrary stupidity and decisions being left to the whim of the average TSA employee isn't going to do anything to protect us from real threats.

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November 12, 2006

Makes Sense

The rest of us are pleased on your behalf...

Now they were being told by an Iraqi whose house they occupied that Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, one of the principal architects of the policies that had them here, had resigned. "Rumsfeld is gone?" the sergeant asked. "Really?"

Al-Menti nodded. "This is better for Iraq," he said. "Iraqi people say thank you."

The sergeant went upstairs to tell his Marines, just as he had informed them the day before that the Republican Party had lost control of the House of Representatives and that Congress was in the midst of sweeping change. Al-Menti had told them that, too.

"Rumsfeld's out," he said to five Marines sprawled with rifles on the cold floor.

Lance Cpl. James L. Davis Jr. looked up from his cigarette. "Who's Rumsfeld?" he asked.

If history is any guide, many of the young men who endure the severest hardships and assume the greatest risks in the war in Iraq will become interested in politics and politicians later, when they are older and look back on their combat tours.

Iraqis, more informed than our troops?

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Makes Sense

The rest of us are pleased on your behalf...

Now they were being told by an Iraqi whose house they occupied that Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, one of the principal architects of the policies that had them here, had resigned. "Rumsfeld is gone?" the sergeant asked. "Really?"

Al-Menti nodded. "This is better for Iraq," he said. "Iraqi people say thank you."

The sergeant went upstairs to tell his Marines, just as he had informed them the day before that the Republican Party had lost control of the House of Representatives and that Congress was in the midst of sweeping change. Al-Menti had told them that, too.

"Rumsfeld's out," he said to five Marines sprawled with rifles on the cold floor.

Lance Cpl. James L. Davis Jr. looked up from his cigarette. "Who's Rumsfeld?" he asked.

If history is any guide, many of the young men who endure the severest hardships and assume the greatest risks in the war in Iraq will become interested in politics and politicians later, when they are older and look back on their combat tours.

Iraqis, more informed than our troops?

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November 11, 2006

Crippled Waterfowl

Dear Democratic Leaders,

In the case of John Bolton's nomination and unwarranted eavesdropping on American citizens, capitulation is not... bi-partisanship.

thank you for your time.

the monkeys.

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November 09, 2006

New Guard, Same as the Old Guard?

Here's hoping with age and time, comes change as well as wisdom.

Bush still owns the war as does the Pentagon. Time will tell.

Gates was investigated during the late 1980s and 1990s by independent counsel Lawrence Walsh over whether Gates had told the truth about the Iran-contra affair, which occurred during his tenure as deputy to Ronald Reagan’s CIA director, William Casey. Questions about Gates's knowledge of secret arms sales to Iran—and the diversion of proceeds to support the Nicaraguan contras—caused Gates to withdraw his nomination to succeed Casey as CIA director in 1987.

Gates was again nominated by President George H.W. Bush to be CIA chief in 1991, setting off an intense and spirited confirmation hearing in which charges and countercharges about Iran-contra flared anew. Gates also was publicly accused by former CIA subordinates of slanting intelligence about the Soviet threat—a criticism that evokes an eerie parallel to accusations hurled against the current Bush administration over its handling of pre-war intelligence about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and alleged ties to Al Qaeda.

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QTOD - Huffers for Bush

Someone needs to take a vacation...

Jon Tester, Bob Casey Jr., Heath Shuler, possibly Jim Webb -- I've never seen so much raw testosterone in my life. The smell of sweaty jockstraps from the "new Democrats" is overwhelming.

Beats the Feminazi quotes, I guess and not nearly as wacked as this.

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November 08, 2006

Yo Harry!

Congratulations on being the new Senate Majority Leader.

AP & MSNBC just called Virginia for Webb.

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Nice Petard You Got There, Karl

Pure Geenus.

KR: Well, for the past six weeks or so, I’ve been looking at as many as 68 polls every week, for as many as 68 races for the House, the Senate and governorships. And so I see the national polls, like everybody else does, but I get a chance to look at the data all across the country, and I see in these individual races that candidates have been able to create it as a choice between them and their opponent. Not just on local issues, but on big national issues as well. And as a result, it gives me a sense of optimism that we’ll have a Republican Senate and a Republican House

HH: All right. There are eight Senate races, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey and Missouri, Tennessee, Michigan, Minnesota and Washington State, which I’ll be following tomorrow night. I don’t want to walk you through all eight. We don’t have enough time to do that. But what’s your sense of those races? Which ones are you going to be following as the bellwether?

KR: Well, first of all, there will be a Republican Senate. I feel very good about Arizona, I feel very good about Tennessee. Feel very good about Missouri. Feel very good about Virginia. That gets us to 51. The question is do we pick up beyond that, and obviously, Rhode Island is a good opportunity, Pennsylvania, Santorum is a fighter. Montana, Conrad Burns has now moved into a dead heat, and because that data was towards the end of last week, I suspect he’s now moved ahead. And then there’s something odd going on in Michigan. There has been, over the last week, a strong push for the Republicans in Michigan. (...)

It's like watching Nostradamus work real-time...

Posted by kerry at 07:00 PM | Comments (1)

Best FlipFlop Ever

Yo, George, good timing!!!!

WASHINGTON — President Bush gave Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld an unequivocal vote of confidence Wednesday, saying he would remain in the job until the end of Bush's presidency, a pointed response to Democrats — and Republicans — who have called for Rumsfeld's resignation.

Bush made the comment during an interview in which he also said Vice President Dick Cheney, whose name has been tossed about in the discussion of possible 2008 Republican presidential contenders, will remain on the job through the end of Bush's second four-year term in January 2009. Cheney has repeatedly said he will not be a candidate in 2008.

"Both men are doing fantastic in their jobs," Bush told reporters.

Many Democrats and some Republicans have called for Rumsfeld's resignation, arguing he has mishandled the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"I'm pleased with the progress we're making," Bush said.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush introduced Robert Gates on Wednesday afternoon as his nominee to replace Donald Rumsfeld as secretary of defense, saying the country needs a "fresh perspective" on Iraq.

Gates, a former CIA chief, was a member of the Iraq Study Group, a bipartisan panel that is making recommendations to Bush on how to proceed in Iraq.

Gates traveled with the panel to Iraq earlier this year, an experience, Bush said, that will enable Gates to come up with "new ideas on how America can achieve our goals in Iraq."

Gates, 63, said Wednesday he accepted the nomination because "the United States is at war" and the president called.

"I believe the outcome of these conflicts will shape our world for decades to come," Gates said.

Bush announced Rumsfeld's departure earlier Wednesday.

"The timing is right for new leadership at the Pentagon," Bush said in announcing the resignation.

Bush said Rumsfeld "understands that Iraq is not working well enough, fast enough."

Posted by kerry at 12:06 PM | Comments (0)

Walking on Air

Congratulations all!!! Those who ran a good race and lost and most importantly to those who won, time to get to work.

Congratulations to the House.

Congratulations pending to the Senate.

Congratulations to the county of Dallas TX who came in blue in over 90% of the local contested races.

As a pessimist, all of this comes as a pleasant surprise.

Enjoy the final returns and here's hoping in Virginia and in Montana. May the best Democrat win.

*travelling remainder of the week... posting will probably be slow.

Posted by kerry at 04:42 AM | Comments (1)

November 07, 2006

How Simple?

How hard would it be to add (I) Incumbent to the names on the ballot? Really.

Posted by kerry at 01:00 PM | Comments (2)

It gets better, really

* How's that first war we declared accomplished going?

* Dobson and crew... to de-gay Haggard? More like circle the wagons.

* Does the Pottery Barn rule apply when you own it from manufacture to final sale?

* Oh, boo-friggin-hoo. If you sketch out a design for a fantastic building and then let Chance the Gardner oversee and control construction, the building's collapse is your fault too.

* The 109th, worst Congressional class ever.

* Ranting articulately.

Posted by kerry at 04:45 AM | Comments (0)


The Republicans have screwed up every single thing they've done in the past six years. They can't run on their record, so all they have left is vote suppression. From fraudulent harrassing robocalls by the NRCC to the quackings of America's most reactionary duck, the Reublican message is: stay at home, don't vote.


They don't even pretend to respect democracy anymore. Throw the bums out -- vote blue.

Posted by dave at 03:25 AM | Comments (0)

Just Say No... Thank You

Texas, it's a winner take all vote today. Don't waste what little voice you have.


Posted by kerry at 02:34 AM | Comments (0)

Final Destination

SAN ANTONIOGov. Rick Perry, after a God and country sermon attended by dozens of political candidates Sunday, said that he agreed with the minister that non-Christians will be condemned to hell.

"In my faith, that's what it says, and I'm a believer of that," the governor said.

Throughout much of the 90-minute service at Cornerstone Church, Mr. Perry sat on the red-carpeted stage next to the Rev. John Hagee. Mr. Perry was among about 60 mostly Republican candidates who accepted the invitation to be introduced to the megachurch's congregation of about 1,500, plus a radio and TV audience.

"If you live your life and don't confess your sins to God almighty through the authority of Christ and his blood, I'm going to say this very plainly, you're going straight to hell with a nonstop ticket," Mr. Hagee said during a service interspersed with religious and patriotic videos.

Asked afterward at a political rally whether he agreed with Mr. Hagee, the governor said he didn't hear anything that he would take exception to.

He said that he believes in the inerrancy of the Bible and that those who don't accept Jesus as their savior will go to hell.

One heck of a 'get out of jail free' card for the man who's done more to set Texas back in education, the environment, property rights, energy and tax appropriations.

Vote for Chris Bell, he's not looking to condemn your mortal soul on Christ's behalf.

Posted by kerry at 02:11 AM | Comments (4)

November 06, 2006

Rethinking Church v. State

Ok, maybe separating church and state isn't such a good idea after all. If we use the leading evangelical's methodologies combined with the behavior of those currently controlling all three branches of government, it might be quite a hoot around here.

1. You get to argue blind support for others an never have to retract anything.

"It is unconscionable that the legitimate news media would report a rumor like this based on nothing but one man's accusation. Ted Haggard is a friend of mine and it appears someone is trying to damage his reputation as a way of influencing the outcome of Tuesday's election -- especially the vote on Colorado's marriage-protection amendment -- which Ted strongly supports.

2. Gay sex with paid hookers is a gateway drug to methamphetamines and cool as long as you're not looking to marry the hooker.

Haggard resigned last week as president of the National Association of Evangelicals, where he held sway in Washington and condemned homosexuality, after a man claimed to have had drug-fueled homosexual trysts with him. Haggard also placed himself on administrative leave from the New Life Church, which has 14,000 members, but its independent Overseer Board fired him on Saturday.

In his letter, Haggard said "the accusations made against me are not all true but enough of them are that I was appropriately removed from his church leadership position."

3. No matter how bad the crime or how deep the corruption, you still get to keep your pension.

Ney had said in August he would not seek re-election to a seventh two-year term in the November 7 elections.

By staying on for a bit longer, he remained eligible to receive his paycheck and benefits, which drew widespread criticism.

Ney was the first lawmaker convicted in the Abramoff influence-peddling scandal, and the fourth House Republican to step down under pressure in the 109th Congress.

Their cases have rocked Republicans as they seek to retain control of the House on Tuesday. Democrats have accused Republicans of "a culture of corruption."

4. Use of the Jesus factor gives you a free ride on all the other behavior that contradicts Jesus' message, an inability to spot irony and overlook decisions that favor the few over the many.

Particularly with regard to President Bush, I was praying this morning, asking, “Lord, if you will not help this kind of a courageous President who earnestly seeks to follow you, and continually seeks to walk in paths of righteousness, then what kind of President will you ever help?” He has been frustrated by a wayward and timid Congress, and especially by a foolish Senate rule that effectively requires 60 votes to pass anything, but he himself has steadfastly done just what I (at least) had hoped he would do with regard to:


(a) appointing two excellent Supreme Court justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito,

(b) appointing dozens and dozens of Circuit Court and District Court judges who are committed to just interpreting laws, not making new laws from the bench,


(i) wise use of the environment, resisting the immense pressure to bring us onboard with the foolish Kyoto Protocol that is now harming European economies and helping nothing, and wisely supporting more domestic production of energy (especially ANWR in Alaska),


o) racial justice and reconciliation, appointing prominent African-American and Hispanic citizens to high government posts, and pushing for education reform, which would do more than perhaps anything to overcome persistent Black poverty (but the Democrats and the public school lobby have fought this tooth and nail),

(p) seeking to repeal the wrongful “death tax” on personal estates (but the Democrats blocked it in the Senate, because of the foolish rule needing 60 votes to pass anything, never intended by our Constitution),

(q) appointment of wise, tough diplomats to key posts, like John Bolton at the UN, Condoleezza Rice as Sec. of State, and Paul Wolfowitz at the World Bank,

(r) personal conduct that is “above reproach,” giving moral leadership to the nation by example of life and by kindness that amazes me toward those in politics and in the press who continue relentlessly to attack him,

5. Selling your soul for soulessness is reward enough.

The Nation -- PLEASANTON, CA. -- Pity Laura Lane Welch Bush. A solid Democrat who placed her ideological values in a blind trust when she married into the Republican royal family, she now has been forced by the collapse of her husband's political fortunes into the most sordid of circumstances. The bookish Bush, who has devoted her tenure as First Lady to the gentle pursuits of promoting literacy and trying to smooth the jagged edges of her beau's administration, has now been put to the task of retaining Republican control of the House of Representatives. As the sole person closely associated with the Bush presidency who is still approved by a majority of Americans, she alone can be dispatched to states like California by the most political White House in American history. She alone can try to execute the most serious electoral repair job a presidential administration has had to engage in since newly-minted President Gerald Ford ventured onto the campaign trail in the Watergate year of 1974.

Plus, if you base everything on blind faith, no matter how bad you screw up, misread intelligence or simply ignore reality... it's blessed and therefore right. You can't fail. That and it'll add millions if not billions to the tax roll.

Posted by kerry at 05:56 AM | Comments (0)

True Democracy

THE PRESIDENT: Today, Saddam Hussein was convicted and sentenced to death by the Iraqi High Tribunal for the massacres committed by his regime in the town of Dujayl. Saddam Hussein's trial is a milestone in the Iraqi people's efforts to replace the rule of a tyrant with the rule of law -- it's a major achievement for Iraq's young democracy and its constitutional government.

During Saddam Hussein's trial, the court received evidence from 130 witnesses. The man who once struck fear in the hearts of Iraqis had to listen to free Iraqis recount the acts of torture and murder that he ordered against their families and against them. Today, the victims of this regime have received a measure of the justice which many thought would never come.

Saddam Hussein will have an automatic right to appeal his sentence; he will continue to receive the due process and the legal rights that he denied the Iraqi people. Iraq has a lot of work ahead as it builds its society that delivers equal justice and protects all its citizens. Yet history will record today's judgment as an important achievement on the path to a free and just and unified society.

It truly is a sign of a growing and flourishing democracy when a nation can arrest, prosecute and ultimately execute it's former leader for crimes committed while in office.

Whatta message... what a democracy.

Posted by kerry at 02:39 AM | Comments (2)


No Liddy, not only are we not content with losing, we're chomping at the bit to get those in power out of office so we can start winning. Winning the hearts and minds of Iraqis, winning at funding education, winning at balancing the budget, winning at taking back our debt from China, winning at ensuring everyone has health care and winning at erradicating the myopic acceptance of the status quo.

SEN. DOLE: The Democrats appear to be content with losing because they’re to...

REP. EMANUEL: I really...

SEN. DOLE: No, no, I, I want to finish what I’m saying here because...

REP. EMANUEL: I, I, I, no, no, you made yourself—Senator, wait a little sec, Senator...

SEN. DOLE: No, I, I’m going to finish this.

MR. RUSSERT: That’s a very strong statement.

SEN. DOLE: It is a strong statement.

REP. EMANUEL: Yeah, senator, senator, you, you...

MR. RUSSERT: Senator, that’s a very strong statement. I think he, he deserves a right to respond, no, no, no.

REP. EMANUEL: Senator, that is not fair.

SEN. DOLE: Yeah, it is, but I would like to finish why...

MR. RUSSERT: You—I’ll let you back, but I’ll tell you, when you make a statement like that...

REP. EMANUEL: Senator, senator, senator.

SEN. DOLE: ...why, why they appear to be content to lose.

MR. RUSSERT: Excuse me. When you make a comment like that, I got to give the other side a chance to respond.

SEN. DOLE: But I do need to explain what I mean by that.

REP. EMANUEL: Senator. Senator, you, you, you said something that’s wrong.

SEN. DOLE: Osama bin Laden and, and, and they...

REP. EMANUEL: Democrats, Democrats have provided—wait a second, Senator.

I’ve—I understand some. I will not sit si...

SEN. DOLE: No. Rahm, I want to finish what I said.

REP. EMANUEL: ...I will not sit idly by with an accusation that Democrats are content with losing.

SEN. DOLE: They appear to be content to lose...

REP. EMANUEL: We want to win and we want a new direction to Iraq because after three, three years—I’m—Tim...

SEN. DOLE: ...because when you pull out, this is losing. That we know that it becomes a breeding ground...

MR. RUSSERT: All right, hold on. Hold on. Time out, time out, time out.

REP. EMANUEL: Forget about it.

MR. RUSSERT: Time out. Time—time out. Time out, please.

SEN. DOLE: ...a breeding ground for terrorists. We’ve got Iran and Syria sitting there on each side of Iraq...

REP. EMANUEL: That, that’s wrong. You should take that back, Senator.

We’ll have differences, but we do not disparage you like that, Senator.

MR. RUSSERT: You’ve made your point. You’ve made your point, Senator.

SEN. DOLE: ...taking, taking over a vacuum.

Posted by kerry at 02:35 AM | Comments (0)

November 03, 2006

Merry Maids Needed

You don't shit on someone's carpet, spend hours grinding it into the fibers with your boot heel and then complain when the owners of the house aren't immediately ready to clean up the mess you made. It's also hard to assess damage when the auditors have been fired.

Bush said Democrats are taking a "calculated gamble" by attacking him on Iraq without offering their own plan for what they would do if they win control of either the House of Representatives or the Senate or both.

"They believe the only way they can win this election is to criticize us and offer no specific plan of their own," Bush said.

He said Democrats still have four more days to do so and urged Republicans to ask them to.

Posted by kerry at 09:45 AM | Comments (1)

Rew Nules

* You want no more coffins, end the war, end the issue. How's that for a campaign slogan?

* People who run on fear are frightened themselves. Ponder please.

* In politics as in elementary school, the one who smelt it, dealt it.

* If a law invades one's personal choice it's not a value.

* Loud protestation of other's behavior is usually a red herring. Continue digging.

* As goes Kansas, so goes the nation.

* One should not attempt to export what one does not posess in great quantity. See: Democracy.

* The more vociferous a Republican is against an issue the more likely it is that he/she is a participant in some way.

Posted by kerry at 09:09 AM | Comments (0)

Hey Sweet Cheeks

No sense of irony whatsoever.

Bush - 11.02.06

We got a lot to do. We're going to continue to work to make sure this country is less dependent on foreign oil. (Applause.) So we worked together to pass good energy legislation that supports conservation, expands domestic production, and invests in cutting-edge technologies. You got a lot of coal in this state. It's very important for us to be able to use your coal in environmentally friendly ways. That's why Conrad Burns promotes clean coal technology. (Applause.) And we're also investing to bring alternative sources of fuel, like ethanol and biodiesel, to the markets quicker. Here's what I want. I want Montana farmers growing crops that fuel our automobiles so I can tell the American people we're less dependent on oil from parts of the world where people don't like us. (Applause.)

Posted by kerry at 02:43 AM | Comments (0)


Bush says he's happy with the progress being made in Iraq.

Are you?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force is asking the Pentagon's leadership for a staggering $50 billion in emergency funding for fiscal 2007 -- an amount equal to nearly half its annual budget, defense analyst Loren Thompson of the Lexington Institute said on Tuesday.

The request is expected to draw criticism on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers are increasingly worried about the huge sums being sought "off budget" to fund wars, escaping the more rigorous congressional oversight of regular budgets.

Another source familiar with the Air Force plans said the extra funds would help pay to transport growing numbers of U.S. soldiers being killed and wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Posted by kerry at 02:19 AM | Comments (0)

November 02, 2006

Raze the Roof

* It's truly beautiful how when, no matter how ugly the behavior of the GOP gets, there's still plenty of voices out there willing to support and justify it.

* Why vote for George Allen? He champions issues head on.

* Republians: no longer in favor of smaller, less intrusive government and fans of monitoring your sex life... that and random beatings. Time to change.

* In case you've forgotten, bad jokes that have the potential to insult the military on the ground dying in a unnecssary war aren't limited to the minority party.

* Rush Limbaugh, drug addled darling of the powers that be.

Posted by kerry at 03:04 AM | Comments (0)

Standards, Doubled for the Occasion

Which is worse?

A botched joke that at its core, was based in truth....

Speaking in California on Monday, Kerry said: ``Education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. And if you don't, you get stuck in Iraq.''

Kerry said Wednesday he meant it as a dig at Bush, and his office released a copy of the remarks he was supposed to deliver: ``I can't overstress the importance of a great education. Do you know where you end up if you don't study, if you aren't smart, if you're intellectually lazy? You end up getting us stuck in a war in Iraq. Just ask President Bush.''

Asked why not apologize for the misunderstanding, Kerry said on Don Imus' radio show: ``Of course, I'm sorry about a botched joke. You think I love botched jokes? I mean, it's pretty stupid.''

Or the real tragedy

Total Dead: As of Nov. 1, 2006, 2,817 Americans have died in Iraq of all causes; 239 military personnel have been killed from other countries (U.K.: 120; “other:” 119), for a grand total of 3,055 casualties from the coalition forces. (See these and more data at

The data at for American military fatalities include:

2,268 deaths from hostile fire, which occurs in many forms; and
550 non-combat deaths.

Among the deaths resulting from hostile fire:

improvised explosive devices (IEDs) caused at least 998, or 35 percent of all deaths, which exceeds all other causes.

Although the other subcategories at includes some causes listed more than once and other poorly organized or unexplained entries (from what DOD appears to have provided), other hostile fire causes attributed in the data include:

unspecified hostile fire: 425, or 15 percent;
small arms fire: 272, or 10 percent;
mortar attacks: 85, or 3 percent;
rocket propelled grenades (RPGs): 104, or 4 percent;
cars bombs: 76, or 3 percent;
suicide car bombs: 54, or 2 percent;
other suicide bombers: 30, or 1 percent.

The leading cause of non-hostile deaths were vehicle accidents (201 deaths, or 7 percent of the total). Other causes included:

helicopter accidents: 74, or 3 percent;
weapon accidents: 76, or 3 percent.
“friendly fire:” 8, or 0.3 percent;
homicides: 7, or 0.2 percent; and
suicides: 3, or 0.1 percent.

Wounded: Contrary to the approximate 20,000 wounded that the press typically reports, the website reports the following:

14,414 wounded – no medical air transport required;
6,273 wounded – medical air transport required;
6,430 non-hostile injuries – medical air transport required;
17,662 diseases – medical air transport required.

Assuming medical air transport is an indicator of serious wounds, injuries, or sickness, these data can also be described as follows:

6,273 seriously wounded;
6,430 seriously injured in non-hostile events (e.g. vehicle accidents)
17,662 seriously ill (e.g. serious heat prostration)
A total of 30,365 seriously wounded, injured, or sick – all causes.

For those not receiving medical air transport:

14,414 wounded who could be treated without air evacuation.

Grand Total: 44,779.

Thus, counting all forms of wounds, injuries, and illness, the total “casualties” are more than twice the number typically reported in the press.

UPDATE: When a verbal attack on military leadership isn't a flubbed joke, is it still as damaging to the troops?

Boehner, however, does not appear to be budging.

“Good try,” he said when asked about demands for an apology.

In a Wednesday appearance on CNN, Boehner was asked for his view on Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and the U.S. policy in Iraq.

“There are a lot of people who want to blame what’s happening in Iraq on Donald Rumsfeld, but when you look at the transformation that our military has been through, it’s nothing short of remarkable,” Boehner said. “The fact is, the generals on the ground are in charge.”

Boehner acknowledged that “there have been mistakes along the way,” but did not blame Rumsfeld.

“We’re fighting an enemy that’s unconventional, and this has become the central front in our war with al-Qaida,” Boehner said. “Al-Qaida continues to bring people into Iraq to let off these bombs, to stir up sectarian violence and we’re always having to adapt on the ground.”

Rumsfeld, Boehner said, has been pushing the military to transform, but the uniformed military leaders have resisted.

Posted by kerry at 02:22 AM | Comments (0)

November 01, 2006

On the trail again


Posted by kerry at 06:16 AM | Comments (0)

QOTD - Qualifier Mode

Who do you think is being discussed below?

He is a bright, personable and articulate young man but what has he ever actually accomplished that would qualify him for the highest office in the nation and the leadership of the free world?

Would it have hurt the Republicans to have asked similar questions in 2000?

Posted by kerry at 03:52 AM | Comments (0)

Insuring Domestic Tranquility

* Working for the common good.

* Beats wondering where he stands, don't it?

* Few thoughts to keep in mind next Tuesday.

* Indicative of the entire administration's policies.

* If we stay in Iraq long enough... today's kindergartners old might get to serve over there too.

* Skin's thin on the other side of the aisle.

* Isn't it refreshing to know that no matter how bad domestic policy or international relations get, the GOP can always turn to red herring wedge issues to incite the masses?

Posted by kerry at 02:12 AM | Comments (0)