I love the new Press Secretary.
Q But if Congress remains dissatisfied, both Republicans and Democrats, with the competency and credibility of his Attorney General, are you saying today that the President will continue to stand behind him?
MS. PERINO: Yes, the President has confidence in the Attorney General. And if that changes for any of us that serve at the pleasure of the President, if we fail to continue to keep the President's pleasure, then we no longer work here.
Hysterical, on so many levels.
It's surprising sometimes how the tiniest things can trip you up.
* So, if Bush fails, can we blame God?
* Having lost a friend to the precise movement of cancer from colon to the liver, I wish Tony Snow all the best.
* Time to start giving points for GOP hypocrisy.
* Which is the greater fraud, voter suppression or the manipulation of the DOJ to undermine real investigations?
* Does the American public do itself a disservice by not acting against abuse of power?
* Boycott Circuit City and bring back unions.
* When the misuse of external email addresses by the White House in the DOJ scandal overlap into the Abramoff nightmare, we're one-off from a trifecta.
* A jew and an atheist walk into a bar...
The local saga of who hates immigrants more moves now from Famers Branch, TX to Irving Tx. Interesting approach to proselytizing.
Instead he urged residents to vote politicians out of office if they don't share their stance on the issue. Voters in Farmers Branch will decide in May whether to ban apartment owners from renting to most illegal immigrants.
Mr. O'Hare addressed about 100 residents at a Greater Irving Republican Club meeting at the First Church of the Nazarene.
"I think it's important for communities to stand in solidarity with one another on issues of national security," said Sue Richardson, the club's vice president, who extended the invitation.
Inside, the meeting opened with a prayer led by resident Lucia Rottenberg, who praised Mr. O'Hare for his courage, and the singing of "The Star-Spangled Banner." Many in attendance wore clothing depicting American flags.
"I do feel you can be a Christian and feel this way about this issue," Mr. O'Hare said.
Nothing brings people together quite like the GOP, the church and a mutual dislike of brown people.
After four years of abject failure, Bush is still campaigning on the Saddam was a threat with ties to Al Qaeda "theories" and through loosely associated language that Iraq was responsible for 9/11.
Who the hell is still buying this? ...besides applauding cattlemen.
And then we went into Iraq. And we removed the dictator who was a threat to the United States and to the world. And now we're undertaking the difficult and dangerous work of helping the Iraqi people establish a functioning democracy that can protect their own people and serve as an ally in this global war against those who would do America harm.
Well, I weighed the options, and the military commanders and I concluded that the consequences of withdrawal would be disastrous for the United States of America. And let me tell you why. If we were to step back from Baghdad before it was more secure, before the government could secure its own capital, it would leave a security vacuum. And into that vacuum could quickly come Sunni and Shia extremists, bolstered by outside forces. A contagion of violence could spill out across the country, and in time, the violence of these emboldened extremists could affect the entire region. The terrorists could emerge from chaos -- see, they benefit when the situation is chaotic -- with new safe havens to replace the one they had lost in Afghanistan.
There's no doubt in my mind that their intention is to try to strike us again, and they need the resources and the safe haven to do so. If we were to abandon this young democracy to chaos, it would embolden these extremists. It would enable them to be able to recruit more. It would give them new resources from which to plot and plan. I believe the consequences of failure in Iraq affect the security of the United States of America, and that's why I made the decision I made. (Applause.)
The inmates are running the asylum.
White House staff are using non-governmental e-mail addresses to avoid leaving a paper trail of their communications, a senior congressman charged Monday.
The use of e-mail addresses from domains like "gwb43.com" by White House aides surfaced in the news earlier this month when the Justice Department released hundreds of e-mails between political appointees discussing the firing of several U.S. attorneys. E-mails from Scott Jennings, a deputy to White House political adviser Karl Rove, came from an address featuring the gwb43.com domain.
But Waxman also pointed to e-mails his committee received last year in connection to convicted superlobbyist Jack Abramoff, which show White House aides sending and receiving work-related e-mails from domains like "georgewbush.com" and "rnchq.org".
What about gwb43.com?
Republican National Committee
310 First Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
Domain Name: GWB43.COM
Administrative Contact, Technical Contact:
Republican National Committee
310 First Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
999 999 9999 fax: 999 999 9999
Record expires on 16-Jan-2008.
Record created on 16-Jan-2004.
Domain servers in listed order:
Wow, so the party provides "external" email accounts so the White House staff can circumvent internal mail and still attempt to claim executive privilege? This pegs a 100 on the 1 to 10 hubrisometer.
Four years into the GOP's manufactured cluster fuck in Iraq, the Democrats get to begin the slow machinations required to move both our war plans and international policies in a direction away from the ad hoc approach used to date. Anything different than the status quo of 'stay the course' and 'stand up/stand down' makes some individuals nervous. Makes sense though to some degree as it's spooky when light is used to expose ineptitude and failure.
Who's protesting loudly this week?
Please explain something to me. What is this obsession that liberals have with seeing America destroyed?
Why are they so intent on humiliating their fellow citizens? And why don't they have at least some modicum of pride about the greatest nation the world has ever produced?
In other words, why are they so insistent on seeing America pummeled?
We don't. We actually believe it's important that ALL of America succeed which is why we'd like to see Bush plan his war, fund NCLB, bring in some revenue to offset the war costs and actually show a whit of accountability. It'd also be refreshing to see the level of discourse raised so high Rush and O'Reilly can't reach it. Our pride in America is so strong, we're appalled to see how tarnished the last 6 years has made our reputation. Who's pummelling America, really?
It is clear from the way they recoil when someone refers to them as "anti-American" or "unpatriotic" that there is a piece of them (however insignificantly tiny) that does not wish to be classified as such.
But I cannot for the life of me comprehend why they are so offended. It seems to me that if you love your country, that you love it most when it faces its toughest challenges. But this is not the case with John Murtha, Nancy Pelosi, Rahm Emmanuel, and the other 215 that first authored, then voted for, the bill that would hand over victory to the terrorists we have been battling so hard to defeat since 9/11.
When you classify behavior as anti-anything, one naturally recoils... being against the war in Iraq is not anti-American nor is the desire to see us stop throwing money at a fuck-up we created and have no clue how to solve, unpatriotic. In case you weren't paying attention when they listed the country of origin for those who attacked us on 9/11... IRAQ WAS NOT LISTED!!!!
In their own echo-chamber vanity Murtha, Pelosi and company believe themselves to be smarter than the commanders of the operations in the war on terror. And they believe that we will sit mesmerized, like sheep, while they single-handedly attempt to give the terrorists a date for victory - August 31, 2008.
But they didn't just author defeat - they campaigned for it.
In his own echo-chamber Bush and company believed himself smarter than the commanders in the field, giving them less than effective protection, less than required numbers of troops and no plan for success. The American public sat mesmerized by the audacity and hubris while being referred to as unpatriotic when they dared question the piss poor planning.
And that is when the $96 million dollar supplement began to expand like Murtha's waistline. When it was finally passed it had ballooned to nearly $124 million.
Now don't get me wrong - I think that spending more on defense is nearly always a good thing. The problem with this evolving spending measure was that it was all about the pork. The additional $28 million added to the bill was the price of all the "gimmes" that Democrat leadership was forced to pony up just to bribe, er... buy, scratch that... secure the reluctant congressional members’ votes. And by increasing the price tag by more than an additional one fourth of the monies of the original supplement, they were only able to get 218 votes - the barest of bare minimums to get the measure passed.
We're ~$500 billion into this boondoggle and there's consternation over $28 million? We've seen absolutely no fiscal oversight of expenditures, no accountability whatsoever and now that a bill gets a 25% increase bump, the Democrats become tax&spenders again?
So not only did the Democrats author a resolution that called for the terrorists to claim victory on August 31, 2008, not only did they twist arms of lower ranking members to get them on board, now they were willing to spend the money that you and I are sending them by way of our tax bill - to fund the effort to buy congressional members' loyalty to the concept of the terrorists winning.
Am I the only one in America that thinks this is truly, dastardly, diabolically - sick?
Yes, yes you are. The rest of use believe Paul Bremer's receipt of the Congressional Medal of Freedom to be dastardly, diabolical and sick. Where was the GOP's shill's outrage over the previous "emergency" spending measures?
Personally I believe I work far too many hours, for not nearly enough money, to be paying the exorbitant amount of taxes - to only have them be used against the safety and welfare of my family.
How do these people sleep at night?
Please tell me your many hours invested didn't result in this screed. By spending the previously allotted funds in Iraq, your precious leader did a faboo job of making you less safe.
We sleep comfortably at night because we're not wrestling with the void left by the loss of integrity that comes with being a shill for such unredeemable behavior.
It is one thing to attempt to a have a philosophical position that spouts platitudes about the violence of our world. It's another to be against war as a general principle and long for the day when conflicts can truly be decided by judgment and fair play.
But when we have sinister forces on earth that seek our destruction and we have members of Congress who instead of representing the safety, security, and freedoms of America - decide instead to take our own income and bankroll our future destruction, then somebody, somewhere has to say something!
What if the war enhances the violence of our world? What if the ultimate solution in many situations doesn't involve bombing people back to the stone age and we're too myopic to realize it?
Our income HAS been used to bankroll destruction or do you not watch the news? Six years the President and his rubber-stamping cabal of thugs have been wiping their asses with the Constitution, ignoring those they disagree with and bombing the rest. We said something and voted them out last November. Pay Attention!
Fortunately we have a President who will have the judgment to veto this measure. But I am still greatly disturbed by the fact that the "People's House" of those who represent us, are so eager to wave the flag of surrender. They could not telegraph any more precisely how they would like to see us lose, and the terrorists win, than by putting a date on a piece of legislation for total terrorist victory… And they did it before our watching eyes.
Ah yes, Preznit "stay the course" Bush... who's completely and totally unwilling to waver from his initial plan not to plan. When the alternative is to place goals around the "stand up vs. standing down" approach they scurry like roaches in light. It is horrific, the degree to which we've already lost. It's appalling to see how we set ourselves up for failure while blindly declaring success. We should be ashamed at the overwhelming loss of civil liberties we've lost in the name of freedom and the terror we ourselves have inflicted in the name of democracy. Don't waggle fingers in mock righteous indignation until the Geneva Convention's no longer referred to by the administration as quaint.
It is unwise to believe that 218 congressional members know more about the situation on the ground than the commanders who serve us without political bias or corruption.
It is unsafe to surrender the type of staging ground Iraq would become if we were to leave the terrorists there unmolested and undefeated.
It is un-American to act in the interest of our enemies.
It is unpatriotic (against one’s love for one’s own country) to legislate, campaign in favor of, and bribe representatives to vote for defeat.
And it is unacceptable that Democrats spit on “We The People” in this fashion.
Un-American is cutting funding for troop recovery and under-providing for the casualties of war. It is unpatriotic not to earmark funds for and demand from manufacturers, Humvee replacements. It is unfair to the troops to use them as props while refusing to provide them with a plan for success. In the interest of our enemies... includes skipping through the bluebonnets with Saudis while declaring Iraqis terrorists. it was unsafe to not secure Baghdad and truly work to win the hearts and minds rather than focus on the Ministry of Oil and bales of unaccounted for $100 bills while delivering all rebuilding contracts to non-Iraqis.
It is patriotic to demand accountability and planning from the CEO in Chief. Us 'We's the People' voted the Democrats in to do precisely what they are doing and their actions aren't saliva related, figuratively or realistically. Failure to question the questionable leadership is unpatriotic and un-American as is the loss of liberties and freedom under the guise of protection.
Your bucket of water is slopping out on our floor... set it down.
A refreshing use of common sense combined with an understanding of the freedoms we claim to possess.
"Perhaps we do the minors of this country harm if First Amendment protections, which they will with age inherit fully, are chipped away in the name of their protection," wrote Senior U.S. District Judge Lowell Reed Jr., who presided over a four-week trial last fall.
* Iran to US: Neener Neener Neener... yeah.. you and who's army?
* History to Bush Administration: Manufactured martyrs are part of the "do not do" piece of dictator removal.
* From the South to Christ to Evangelicals: We'll all rise again. Amen.
* Nation to Bush: We'd rather have high taxes than burdened children.
* Mother Earth to Enlightened Inhabitants: When I decide to blow, it will be non-partisan.
* Hens to Foxes: Eventually, you will run out of chickens.
Nixon's spectre reacts to the news that Fred Fielding is negotiating executive privilege with Congress on behalf of the Bush administration's overreach.
Dear Senator Inhofe.
Could I interest you in some beach front property?
HOBART (Reuters) - Rising sea levels and melting polar ice-sheets are at upper limits of projections, leaving some human population centers already unable to cope, top world scientists say as they analyze latest satellite data.
A United Nations report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in February projected sea level gains of 18-59 centimeters (7-23 inches) this century from temperature rises of 1.8-4.0 Celsius (3.2-7.8 Fahrenheit).
"Observations are in the very upper edge of the projections," leading Australian marine scientist John Church told Reuters.
"I feel that we're getting uncomfortably close to threshold," said Church, of Australia's CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research said.
The break-up of ice in Antarctica to create icebergs is also opening pathways for accelerated flows to the sea by glaciers.
Church pointed out that sea levels were 4-6 meters higher more than 100,000 years ago when temperatures were at levels expected to be reached at the end of this century.
Dynamic ice-flows could add 25 percent to IPCC forecasts of sea level rise, van Ommen said.
Australian scientist John Hunter, who has focused on historical sea level information, said that to keep the sea water out, communities would need to begin raising sea walls.
"There's lots of places where you can't do that and where you'll have to put up with actual flooding," he said.
"The purpose of the emergency war spending bill I requested was to provide our troops with vital funding. Instead, Democrats in the House, in an act of political theater, voted to substitute their judgment for that of our military commanders on the ground in Iraq."
With no sense of irony whatsoever.
Oh Mike.. this almost beats your fat chick vs. gay analogy. But not quite.
"Enlightened" lefties long to embrace and exalt all those who claim to have suffered from hard luck or oppression: the homeless, single mothers, "people of color," homosexuals, AIDS patients, feminists, convicted criminals, Native Americans, atheists, immigrants and many more. Recent Democratic Conventions have resembled festivals of fine whines, with countless testimonials from one victim group or another expressing hopelessness and helplessness unless the Donkey Party returned to power.
yeah, who the hell wants a party's convention to look like a real cross section of America? When you can have, well... this.
...and FWIW, without the Donkey's kickin' ass right now, you think the GOP would be focused on abuse of power, the undermining of citizen rights and the lack of fiscal responsibility regarding the manufactured war that's killing our troops morale and numbers?
Please, take 5 minutes and help Pat Boone enforce decency. It's important to Townhall that they compensate for parents unable to wrench control of the TV from their children.
Only you can prevent Pat from covering more heavy metal songs.
Trouble with Google Ads, they can contradict your message.
Marriage... still a hard fast rule to be debated?
The more you conceptualize marriage as about adults and our rights, the more sense same-sex marriage makes. The more you see marriage as a necessary social institution for bringing men and women together to make and raise the next generation, the less sense gay marriage makes.
Simply put... unless you plan on breeding... don't bother with marriage.
Snowjob's view of the future on 3.19.07
MR. SNOW: No, he hasn't. Let me -- a couple of things. And the President has not spoken to him since he spoke to him in Mexico. What I was trying to do is, you ask a hypothetical question about things that are going to happen over the next two years. None of us knows what's going to happen to us over the next 21 months, and that's why it's an impossible question to answer: Will somebody stay throughout? However, the reason I said, we hope so, is we hope so. He has the confidence of the President. But I do not -- as a pure and simple matter, nobody is prophetic enough to know what the next 21 months hold.
Q And there's backing away from him?
MR. SNOW: No.
Q There's full confidence?
MR. SNOW: Yes.
Snowjob, day 2, (3.20.07)
Q Is the President determined to insist that Gonzales stay on, even as his support on Capitol Hill erodes even among Republicans?
MR. SNOW: Well, I think you need to take a look at what happens over the rest of the day. You're asking yesterday's question, not tomorrow's question. And the point is, you've had two Republicans who have spoken publicly, but now you also have data available. You have evidence available. You have people who have an opportunity to take a good, hard look at the documentary record. Let's see where it goes from there.
Update: Classic Snow.
"Evidently, Mr. Clinton wants to shield virtually any communications that take place within the White House compound on the theory that all such talk contributes in some way, shape or form to the continuing success and harmony of an administration. Taken to its logical extreme, that position would make it impossible for citizens to hold a chief executive accountable for anything. He would have a constitutional right to cover up.
"Chances are that the courts will hurl such a claim out, but it will take time.
"One gets the impression that Team Clinton values its survival more than most people want justice and thus will delay without qualm. But as the clock ticks, the public's faith in Mr. Clinton will ebb away for a simple reason: Most of us want no part of a president who is cynical enough to use the majesty of his office to evade the one thing he is sworn to uphold -- the rule of law."
Inside Bush's *other* brain
* The state of our union is strong... from here inside the bubble.
* The surge is working... and by working, I mean 8 to 5, Monday through Friday.
* My conservitudeness outshines Reagan's legacy... and I have Cheney's experience to thank.
* I am loved and respected by all... especially back home.
* Talk to anyone you'd like... as long as it's super-dee-duper-dee secret-like.
* Transparency's important... in shower stalls and eye glasses.
* Hearts and minds... those'll just getcha into trouble.
Supporting the Troops isn't a short-term investment, it's a commitment the US Government makes to each and every man and woman in uniform. Not too dissimilar to the commitment they make to the government when they commit themselves to the branch of service in which they enlist.
Platitudes and dismissive statements, whether used as political jabs or further justification from those who claim to support the troops' cause, are as detrimental as they claim cutting funding is. Cessation of further deployments in an effort to remove the troops from the theater of battle would be much less of an impact to the troops morale than their knowledge that post-op, they're doomed to spending recovery, forgotten in a shit-hole.
Cheerleader in Chief
Four years after this war began, the fight is difficult, but it can be won. It will be won if we have the courage and resolve to see it through. I'm grateful to our servicemen and women for all they've done and for the honor they brought to their uniform and their country. I'm grateful to our military families for all the sacrifices they have made for our country. We also hold in our hearts the good men and women who've given their lives in this struggle. We pray for the loved ones they have left behind.
The United States military is the most capable and courageous fighting force in the world. And whatever our differences in Washington, our troops and their families deserve the appreciation and the support of our entire nation.
While I found the situation at Walter Reed to be overblown by both politicians and the media, I hope that future accounts will bring more light to the real issues...
To the contrary, the problems at Walter Reed are further proof of the Democrats' failed domestic policies - to wit, the civil service rules that prevent government employees from ever being fired.
Instead of an investigative report on the problems at Walter Reed, how about an investigative report on what happens when the head of janitorial services at Walter Reed is told about the dirt, mold and rats at the facility? If it's before 2:30 in the afternoon and he's still at work and he hasn't taken a sick day, a vacation day, a personal day or a mental health day, I predict the answer will be: "I'm on my break."
One of the fine evolved and literate responses to the KC Star's reporting on the lesbians evicted from IHOP for...kissing.
Wouldn't you like to enjoy your pancakes for once, without lesbians kissing? I for one, am for the pro-lesbianless pancake eatery.
Texas, where the free market mandates predatory behavior.
Empowered by having successfully influenced a major Wall Street deal, the energy pimps will undoubtedly continue their hustle. For shareholders, the costs are beginning to add up. According to its recent report to the Securities and Exchange Commission, TXU expects a loss of $ 1.1 billion due to the plant cancellations. In addition, bank shareholders lost revenue from the proposed financing of the now-cancelled energy plants.
The biggest loser, however, will be consumers who will pay higher utility bills because access to cheap energy supplies was denied. This victory also puts a target on the proposed construction of approximately 150 coal plants nationwide.
But there’s still time on the clock. The TXU buy-out must still gain the approval of the Texas legislature. These elected officials need to assert their authority and recognize the danger of allowing utility prices and economic growth to be hustled by special interests.
For the sake of consumers and the free market, the Texas legislature must stand tall and throw both the TXU deal and the energy pimps out of the game.
Texans will not be the biggest losers in the energy game... they are the biggest losers. Since the pseudo deregulation of energy in Texas the rates have skyrocketed for the taxpayers while the same companies bilking the locals export cheaper energy to neighboring states... the same companies (Reliant/Enron) who were instrumental in the manipulation of California's 'energy crisis'.
While demanding new plants were needed to compensate for rising demand, TXU continues to refuse requests to be a good corporate citizens and pollutes populated areas with impunity. They've got most of Austin in their pockets or their payroll and ownership of the large majority of Texas' transport lines.. a deregulated monopoly. If the buyout keeps additional plants from being built close to or in smaller metropolitan areas, then it's a success, albeit interim.
A unit of Dallas-based TXU Corp. manipulated the state's wholesale power market two years ago to the tune of nearly $70 million during the summer of 2005, an independent market monitor investigation claims.
The market monitor, hired by the state Public Utility Commission to look into the matter last year, said in a report released today that TXU's wholesale arm made a profit of about $19.6 million through bidding behavior that was not competitive.
The commission had earlier said there were signs that an unnamed utility company had withheld electricity from the market during several peak usage hours in the summer of 2005 to tighten supply and therefore boost prices. The higher prices show up later in customers' electricity bills
However, until the state begins to support the residents over big business, focuses their efforts on accountability, pushes for alternatives and truly enacts legislation that frees the market to allow for energy to be purchased out of state, the declaration of a deregulated market is nothing more than a ploy built around an intent to enable predatory business practice.
Looking for a bottom line here, let's simply check the price of electricity in Texas and in our neighboring states. According to the latest federal figures, these are average residential rates (per kilowatt-hour).
•Oklahoma – 7.73 cents
•Arkansas – 8.59 cents
•New Mexico – 8.69 cents
•Louisiana – 8.78 cents
•Texas – 12.15 cents
That puts our electric bills 57 percent higher than in Oklahoma and 44 percent higher than our four neighbors' average.
Very "business-friendly," wouldn't you say, suckers?
It's up to the state to approve or deny and up to our legislators to ensure that their constituents have equal access to affordable options. They also have a responsibility to demand credibility, accountability and see to it that major deals impacting the voters that eliminate shareholders in infrastructure commodities are protected. Failure to institute such provisions should be punitive.
Sometimes its hard to be a woman
Giving all your love to just one man
You'll have bad times
And he'll have good times
Doing things that you don't understand
But if you love him you'll forgive him
Even though he's hard to understand
And if you love him
Oh be proud of him
'Cause after all he's just a man
Stand by your man
Give him two arms to cling to
And something warm to come to
When nights are cold and lonely
Stand by your man
And tell the world you love him
Keep giving all the love you can
Stand by your man
Stand by your man
And show the world you love him
Keep giving all the love you can
Stand by your man
Dear George "Staying the Course" Bush,
Want to thank you for the completion of your fourth year in increasing international goodwill. Congratulations on a job well done... while draining the nation's influx of revenue through tax cuts and the expenditure of ~500 billion in unregulated and mismanaged dollars in a war zone, you've managed to create an environment that not only strengthens the position of those justifying 9/11 through our behavior, but come close to surpassing the civilian death count number you used to go after Saddam.
In keeping with tradition, I believe you're entitled to either linens or the more modern approach, appliances. Can we request that you translate the gifting of linen into Kevlar or the appliances into armor plating for Humvees?
On the 1460th day of your war of choice, let's see how things are going... last throe-ish maybe? Still working to be greeted as liberators?
BAGHDAD - Sunni insurgents, resilient despite the five-week security crackdown in the capital, killed at least six more U.S. troops over the weekend. A Sunni car bomber hit a largely Shiite district in the capital Sunday, killing at least eight people.
The American military said four U.S. soldiers died and one was wounded when the unit was struck by a roadside bomb in western Baghdad. During the ongoing security sweep in the capital and surrounding regions, the battalion had found eight weapons caches and two roadside bombs and helped rescue a kidnap victim, the military said.
A fifth soldier was killed in an explosion in Diyala, an increasingly volatile province just northeast of the capital. A Marine died in fighting the same day in Anbar province, the vast, largely desert region that sprawls west of Baghdad to the Saudi Arabian, Jordanian and Syrian borders. The regions are controlled by the Sunni insurgency.
mmmm, not so well.
(via) A Nation in Ruins
2,000,000 Iraqis now live outside Iraq, according to UNHCR
12,000 doctors have fled Iraq since the war began. Another 2,000 are said to have been killed, and at least 250 kidnapped
50% Average inflation in 2006, according to the World Bank
6.3 hours of electricity daily in Baghdad in December 2006. In May 2003 there were 16-24 hours
32 percentage of people in Iraq with drinkable water
3,700,000 Iraqis now receive food aid from the UN World Food Programme
16% Proportion of Iraqis who said in January that their income meets their basic needs
Hearts and Minds, lost.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Army said on Friday it was sending some 2,600 soldiers to Iraq earlier than planned, raising the number of extra U.S. troops being deployed in a new effort to stabilize the country to nearly 30,000.
News of the latest deployment came as Democrats who now control Congress pushed legislation to end a war that is increasingly unpopular in the United States.
The combat aviation brigade from the U.S. Army's Third Infantry Division would deploy in early May, some 45 days sooner than previously envisaged, the Army said.
The brigade is the third element to be announced in a package of support units being deployed to assist 21,500 extra combat troops ordered to Iraq under a plan unveiled by President George W. Bush in January.
Goodness Shrub, you getting caught in a lie again or is this an augmentation of truthiness? All this measure of success and you're still perplexed as to why your approval ratings have tanked and the American voters no longer take you seriously? Why has the credibility gap issue spread to the DOJ, DOD, your cabinet and most of the rubber stampers you have buffaloed in Congress?
Your inability to figure this out makes you out to be the buffoon we thought you were.
* When you run out of viable options... there's always the lowest common denominator.
* Open letter to Petraeus: Truth to Power.
* Stroke me, stroke.me. Stroke!
* Just in case facts fail you and you're confronted by those who believe treasonous acts are more excusable than blowjobs.
* Democrats want America to lose? Really? As demonstrated by their resistance to planning, timetables, troop count appropriation or unwillingness to learn about the region? Oh, no... that's the architects and executors of the war who've placed us on the path to failure. Pulling out and resisting the urge to throw pearls to swine (in a word) is the best path now... after 4 years of ineptitude.
What I did not expect was a concerted effort to destroy me legally, financially, and personally. I have now spent millions of dollars in lawyers’ fees to answer the lies of the left. I have taken hours away from doing the nation’s business to work through the laborious process of responding to legal charges that my liberal opponents knew were untrue and frivolous when they first filed them. I have watched my family suffer under the burden of not just my political misfortunes—an expected reality in a politician’s family—but of the threat of material destruction, imprisonment, and ruin. This should not be what happens to someone who has defended his political ideals, aggressively, yes, but honorably. A congressman serves his nation by serving his values with passion, and the nation only suffers when partisanship is punished with personal destruction.
oh, the pity we must feel on his behalf.
"I AM the federal government." –Tom DeLay, to the owner of Ruth's Chris Steak House, after being told to put out his cigar because of federal government regulations banning smoking in the building, May 14, 2003
“This whole thing about not kicking someone when they are down is BS – not only do you kick him – you kick him until he passes out – then beat him over the head with a baseball bat – then roll him up in an old rug – and throw him off a cliff into the pounding surf below!!!!” – DeLay right-hand Michael Scanlon
As we leave First Baptist, I ask DeLay about the many citizens who would be quite uncomfortable with the idea that he would mold the government in the belief that his religion – fundamentalist Christianity – had the only answers to society's problems.
DeLay looks me squarely in the eye and shakes his head sadly. "When faced with the truth, the truth hurts. It is human nature not to face that . . . People hate the messenger. That's why they killed Christ."
It's hard to combat a Messianic complex. Odds DeLay will rise from the dead are???
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Preznit of these here United States.
What Al did was -- and what the Justice Department did was appropriate. U.S. attorneys serve at the pleasure of the President. In other words, they're appointed by the President. They can be removed by the President. What was mishandled was the explanation of the cases to the Congress. And Al has got work to do up there. And the thing I appreciate about the Attorney General was, he said publicly he could have handled it better, mistakes were made, and took action. And, obviously, more action needs to be taken. That's what I discussed with him on the phone today.
aaaaaaaaaaand the henchmen...
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- An e-mail from the Justice Department's Kyle Sampson in March 2005 laid out a simple formula for evaluating whether the 93 U.S. attorneys should stay or go.
On a chart given to then-White House Counsel Harriet Miers, Sampson -- chief of staff to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales -- listed attorneys in three categories:
"Bold = Recommend retaining; strong U.S. attorneys who have managed well, and exhibited loyalty to the president and attorney general.
"Strikeout = Recommend removing; weak U.S. attorneys who have been ineffectual managers and prosecutors, chafed against administration initiatives, etc.
"Nothing = No recommendation; have not distinguished themselves either positively or negatively."
Spectacular handling. Let's see that "more action".
WASHINGTON - President Bush said Wednesday he is troubled by the Justice Department's misleading explanations to Congress of why it fired eight U.S. attorneys and expected his attorney general to fix them.
Bush said he stood by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales amid calls for his ouster.
"Mistakes were made. And I'm frankly not happy about them," Bush told reporters at a news conference in Mexico, where he is wrapping up a weeklong trip to Latin America.
"Any time anybody goes up to Capitol Hill, they've got to make sure they fully understand the facts and how they characterize the issue to members of Congress," Bush said. "And the fact that both Republicans and Democrats feel like that there was not straightforward communication troubles me and it troubles the attorney general. So he took action, and he needs to continue to take action."
The president called the actual firings "entirely appropriate" and noted that U.S attorneys serve at his pleasure. "Past administrations have removed U.S. attorneys. It's their right to do so," Bush said.
What he meant to say was; "I can't believe those bumbling ass-sucking folks from Texas I brought up here to cover my mismanagement have left such a monsterous paper trail, so as to lead this investigation to my doorstep. How dare they expose my vast well of hubris while I'm vacationing in countries I'm looking to surpress.
"Who will rid me of these meddlesome attorneys?"
* The Army Surgeon General displays a cut & run attitude.
* When we declare freedom for others, we mean it in the most narrowly vague and selective way possible.
* One of thousands of reasons why the words Compassionate and Conservative haven't been used together in sentences lately.
* Nothing says democracy like having the justice department under the control of an unelected official.
* Smart, agile and cunning... we're fighting an enemy more competant that our president.
* Ignore scientists... leading voices on the right have a better handle on Global Warming. Like Pat Sajak. All that guided letter turning has amounted to something.
* We never mocked Bush for being a "god fearer"... it's the talks they've had and how he's chosen to act on the voices he heard.
* Pardon, heck... he's due for a Congressional Medal of Freedom..
* It's not like the nation and congress didn't have all the fact about Gonzales in advance. They rolled and now we all pay.
* Bush is committed to fighting poverty in Guatemala... New Orleans cocks head in amazement.
Brilliant move. They can continue to profit from the war without having to pay high taxes in-country.
This is what Bush means when he touts our strong economy, right?
DUBAI: Halliburton moving headquarters to Dubai
Halliburton, the oil services company, said Sunday that it would soon move its corporate headquarters here from Houston, according to the chief executive, David Lesar.
Lesar said that he would relocate to Dubai from Texas to oversee Halliburton's intensified focus on business in the Mideast and energy- hungry Asia, home to some of the world's top oil and gas markets.
Lesar's announcement appears to signal one of the highest-profile moves by a U.S. corporate leader to Dubai, an Arab boomtown where free-market capitalism has been paired with some of the world's most liberal tax, investment and residency laws
Failed war policy, inept VA, corruption rampant throughout the adminstration in policies and practices, fiscal policies that would make Reagan wince and yet... it's blame the liberal day.
* Liberals are less compassionate, more racists and less concerned about the environment than conservatives... complete with proof and stuff.
* Scooter's verdict was the result of a liberal cabal hell bent on underming the authority of Lord Vader. Facts, be gone!
* The war is completely justified because everybody believed the bullshit they were fed.
...and in other news.
* Ain't hypocrisy grand?
* Evolution.. sometimes, it's a choice.
* Bush, he's the ring around the international tub.
In the right lighting, you can't see the strings.
Roy on why The Half Hour Comedy Show sucks. Essentially it's because conservatives are unable to understand the difference between art and propaganda. Propaganda is all they know how to create, and to the extent that people like David Frum understand that they are two different concepts, they still don't quite grasp the distinction.
* The flipside is, from here it's only looking up.
* What does it mean to be a 'like-minded' man working for Concerned Women for America supporting Ann's use of the word "fa**ot"? I'm just sayin'.
* Flickr, it's the new front in the GWOT.
* What beneficial things could New Orleans or even the alternative energy researchers do with $118 million in 2007?
Which blowhard you want covering your back, George W. Bush or Joseph Wilson?
from the non-Katherine Graham WaPo
Mr. Wilson's case has besmirched nearly everyone it touched. The former ambassador will be remembered as a blowhard. Mr. Cheney and Mr. Libby were overbearing in their zeal to rebut Mr. Wilson and careless in their handling of classified information. Mr. Libby's subsequent false statements were reprehensible. And Mr. Fitzgerald has shown again why handing a Washington political case to a federal special prosecutor is a prescription for excess.
From 1988 to 1991, he was the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. He was praised by George H. W. Bush after sheltering more than one hundred Americans at the embassy, despite Saddam Hussein's threats to execute anyone who refused to hand over foreigners. As a result, in 1990, he also became the last American diplomat to meet with Saddam Hussein. When Hussein sent a note to Wilson (along with other embassy heads in Iraq) threatening to execute anyone sheltering foreigners in Iraq, Wilson publicly repudiated the dictator by appearing at a press conference wearing a homemade noose around his neck and saying "If the choice is to allow American citizens to be taken hostage or to be executed, I will bring my own fucking rope," a flair for public appearance that has become a trademark of Wilson.
As a self-identified non-partisan career diplomat, Wilson later served as U.S. ambassador to Gabon and São Tomé and Príncipe during the administration of President George H. W. Bush and helped direct Africa policy for the National Security Council during the administration of President Bill Clinton.
At an event at the University of Chicago on September 30, 2003, President Bush was asked about the investigation into the CIA leak. He answered:
Let me just say something about leaks in Washington. There are too many leaks of classified information in Washington. And if there is a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is. And if the person has violated law, the person will be taken care of... I want to know the truth. If anybody has got any information inside our administration or outside our administration, it would be helpful if they came forward with the information so we can find out whether or not these allegations are true and get on about the business.
Again, in June 2004, Bush was asked by a reporter, "[D]o you stand by your pledge to fire anyone found to have [who leaked the agent's name]?"
Bush replied, "Yes. And that's up to the U.S. Attorney to find the facts."
Either they believe in the rule of law or they don't. The proverbial jury's still out on this one.
When will America start collectively calling bullshit on the falsification of details?
The number of US troops needed to carry out President George Bush's Iraq security plan could approach 30,000, significantly more than he projected in January.
In testimony to the House of Representatives Budget Committee, Deputy Secretary of Defence Gordon England said US military commanders in Iraq were requesting varying numbers of support troops to augment the additional 21,500 soldiers Bush has ordered into combat.
"At this point, our expectation is the number of ... troops could go above 21,500 by about 4,000, maybe as many as 7,000," England said.
There are nearly 140,000 US troops already fighting in Iraq, where sectarian violence has thwarted American efforts to bring the 4-year-old war to a close.
In a speech to the American Legion veterans organisation, Bush insisted the new Iraq security plan he announced was making gradual progress, despite new violence.
We're Winning. Mission Accomplished. Stay the Course. We're at war with the army we have not the one we want. Support the Troops. Thinking differently emboldens the enemy. Wash Rinse Repeat.
Living a lie is the hardest thing to do. Propagating its evolution is a full time job.
Scooter lied kids. He lied to cover a lie which mandated discrediting an opposing voice expressing dissent against the build up to a war, built on a lie (or series of lies).
Dismissing his conviction(s) as a by-product of the liberal media, the left and the anti-war cabal is both incorrect and disingenuous. As one of the primaries in the PNAC team responsible for early planning of the war and complicit in the falsification of its subsequent justifications he wasn't just the White House's patsy... his fingerprints are all over this cluster.
Pardoning him would though, give Bush the long-term legacy he so desperately seeks.
Update: When the single response to any discussion surrounding the findings of the jury in the Libby case rhymes with Clenis, assume your conversation's ended.
* Ann Coulter is the typhoid Mary of meme viruses. A dedicated lightning rod attempting to make a non-viable point. The more air time she gets the more powerful she appears. That appearance is the ultimate goal. Cutting off the power source is the key.
* We may need to redefine success as it relates to rewriting recent history. Afghans aren't going to buy our announcements as we undermine ourselves.
* Ms Rice, the busiest ineffective government official since Brownie.
* Evangelical in-fighting over positions on global warming... man they want the rapture bad, don't they?
* Get well soon lady liberty.
Oklahoma truly deserves what they vote for.
Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) got the crowd cheering early in the day. "I have been called -- my kids are all aware of this -- dumb, crazy man, science abuser, Holocaust denier, villain of the month, hate-filled, warmonger, Neanderthal, Genghis Khan and Attila the Hun," he announced. "And I can just tell you that I wear some of those titles proudly."
Inhofe repeated his view that man-made global warming is "the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people," and he quarreled with a Bush administration proposal to list polar bears as a threatened species. "They're overpopulated," he declared. "Don't worry about it: The polar bear is fine." His staff handed out supporting documentation, including the claim that "MARS HAS GLOBAL WARMING DESPITE ABSENCE OF SUVs."
Time to strap the elder to an ice flow? It is the honorable thing.
Ethanol??? That's the kind I cain't drink, right?
The Republicans are so far fielding Hunter, Brownback, McCain, Giuliani, Romney and some other guys. I so wish Condoleezza Rice would run! I personally believe she’s the best thing America has going for it other than the President and Vice President at the moment.
Nothing says success like ignoring looming international issues and declaring the inevitable eruptions the fault of others to lend credence to one's lack of action. That and she's become the queen of Godwin's law. Trump that, Obama!
It's not fair that Muslims get to have theocratic rule and if we were stricter and had less secularists and atheists they'd hate us less... or something to that effect.
...it is necessary to maintain our Christian heritage in order to sustain our democracy
But in the meantime, atheists should not be allowed to impose their atheistic views on us and exclude all other, theistic, views as they are intent on doing. If they succeed they will eliminate democracy. They need to be reminded of the source of their own freedoms. They should be thanking God that they live in a Christian-based culture that believes in the separation of church and state and does not persecute them, and instead knows that it is through reason and the grace of God that they will be converted.
But that is not to say that we should remain silent and not counter their ignorance with facts and remind them of the Christian basis of democracy. We also need to tell them that, in spite of what they believe, they are not the wisest and they will not rule the world.
Putting aside the a prior statement that all atheist are stupid and devoid of philosophical reasoning, thus rendering them incapable of understanding the significant difference between basic concepts of right and wrong without the aid of man's interpretations of the legends of an unseen god.
Let us ponder for a moment the argument that without Christianity, democracy would not exist. Using the either or approach to a theocratic influence over a secular one, what significant justifications have arisen out of biblical interpretations in this nation? Gay marriage (homosexuality in general), slavery, the right of women and minorities to vote, the erradication of Native American languages, Native American traditions, scientific advances, research methods and theories, evolution and global warming... to name a few minor grievances.
And yet, missing such glaring irony, this point is made.
Yes, the Greeks had a democracy, but it was not a democracy for women and slaves. It was the radical Christian notion of equality--that there was neither “Jew nor Gentile,” and that even prostitutes could repent--that forms the basis of our democratic values.
Right, similar to the way which this nation was founded, calling all men equal and then enacting laws that denied the vote and rights to many.
So what makes the Atheist stupid? Their desire to continue to question? Their unwillingness to bow to the 'God said it, I believe it, that settles it' mindset? A fear that rational thought might overwhelm fantasy? The inability to accept ownership of the original "sin"?
Christians, it make come as a suprise to you and your millions of believers, who are free to worship and believe in whatever manner you choose, you are not martyrs. You are not under attack and for all the Sam Harris' out there, there are many who'd just prefer you pray quietly as Christ instructed and hold your belief system as just that and make it between you and the god you believe in. Your direct influence and involvement in politics (see: faith-based initiatives in Iraq & New Orleans) are not an improvement here just as they aren't in Iran or Lebanon... atheists are not the problem and despite the writings of Dawkins et al.. not nearly as intolerant.
... and BTW;
More interesting is that as Christians have risen to influence within the GOP, so too have corruption and hypocrisy combined to bring the party to the brink of ruin. This is nothing new; The Roman Empire collapsed in large part after Constantine named Christianity the official religion and pagan practices took the veneer of Christian labels; the Reformation brought down the dominance of the Roman Catholic Church in Europe out of protest against corruption and abuses of the clergy; a goodly number of Christian Germans in the late 1920's gravitated toward a political movement that promised restore moral standards and pro-family policies to a nation devastated by a decade of depression after World War I—that political movement later became known to the world as the Nazi Party.
This far from an exhaustive list of historical events which occurred due to the perversion Christian principles and practices. Nor is this recognition intended to discredit the Christian faith. This is only offered to point out that we do not become perfected in our perspectives of the world simply because we call ourselves “Christian”. I consider this brief history to suggest nothing more than the idea that Calvin was right about human nature.
Not all believers are as subscribed to the GOP to Jesus, blood and rhetoric relationship theory...
All that hubris in such a small, small man.
In the words of Hollywood mogul David Geffen, "Everybody in politics lies" But when some politicians tell lies that damage a person's character in the eyes of voters and ultimately lead to his defeat, those are damnable lies that need to be corrected.
(rah rah rah... George Allen... rah rah rah)
This saga is important for a number of reasons. First, it cost a good man an important job. Second, it significantly contributed to a change in the balance of power in the Senate. Third, it again exposed an unholy alliance between liberal politicians and the leftist big media who are quick to attack someone whose policies and party they don't like, but rarely correct errors of their own making, or investigate bogus charges when they help the policies and party the media prefer.
Anybody remember Swift Boat Veterans for Truth? Saxby Chambliss' attacks on Max Cleland? How's Willie Horton? John McCain's child of a different color for godsakes? Hell, just research the Arkansas Project and STFU.
George Allen exposed his inner-bigot and lost deservedly. Sorry Cal... blaming the media and liberals is lame scapegoating.
* Think Al Gore's electric bill's high? Imagine if he moved to Texas and got "renewable resource" energy. He's paying approximately $.075 per kwh... if he had my provider his average bill would be $2736.32, not $1,359. God bless deregulation and how much bigger everything is here.
* Daylight's being saved to conserve... but the level of effort being expended to implement is guaranteed to surpass the planned savings. Idiots.
* Could someone start sending updates to the Office of the First Botoxed Lady?
* How we treat countries with nukes vs. countries obtaining nukes... we talk with one of em.
* What if we're *forced* into another war on another front?
* Libby's merely the outer layer of a very dirty onion.
* Notices that the White House ignored Iranian overtures should be posted everywhere.
* If WaPo hadn't outed Walter Reed's systemic issues, would they have still have declared Weightman incompetent or would they be staying the course?
* Oh right, because people of faith are the most tolerant people on the planet. sheyah.
Helpful hint. When you're complaining about the education your child is getting, you might want to employ an editor and or relational spellcheck.
Before critiquing me with… “you should talk to the principle,” we have. We have talked to the teachers, the counselor, the principle, etc. and et al. I graced the Athletic Director with a four page complaint about the conditions on the Cheerleading squad, when my daughter and three other girls resigned. I was given a gracious… “we’re working with the coach.” The program is an abject failure at over 50% attrition since March of last year.
To date we have not seen an iota of progress on any issue that we have brought to the attention of the School District. We have not seen any interest in working to resolve even one minor issue…the complex issues are ignored, as are we. We are the parents that the School Districts ask for…involved parents with sound critiques, but our efforts have largely been ignored and the district proudly plows ahead on its crooked row.
My suggestions to all districts…
Hire leaders as principles, not school administrators…you can have as many curriculum advisors as you want, but districts rarely make good leadership decisions…you don’t need a link here, wait a day, an example will show up in the paper.
He's standing up for his Principals.
Sign of things to come?
Sunnis: Hate em in Iraq, Love em in Saudi Arabia, Hate em in Afghanistan, Love em in Pakistan. Hate em in theory.
Shiites: Hate em in Lebanon, Love em in Iraq, Hate em in Iran, Love em when it's convenient.
If you can't keep up... how can we expect the Middle Eastern countries we're currently, planning to or threatening to bomb, to decipher our nuanced mixed messages?
Reprising her starring role in "I'm So Short-Sighted, I Need Tri-focals", Annie eschews reality and attacks the partisan mother earth who's all hell-bent at getting back at conservatives through liberal trickery.
Even right-wingers who know that "global warming" is a crock do not seem to grasp what the tree-huggers are demanding. Liberals want mass starvation and human devastation.
Honey, what you do to your own body cannot be projected onto those you oppose simply because you're unhappy with what you're seeing in the mirror.
Liberals are already comfortably ensconced in their beachfront estates, which they expect to be unaffected by their negative growth prescriptions for the rest of us.
The rest of who? Besides the inevitable impact beachfront property's going to feel as the seas rise... who's the mis-voting resident of sunny Florida now?
Liberals haven't the foggiest idea how the industrial world works. They act as if America could reduce its vast energy consumption by using fluorescent bulbs and driving hybrid cars rather than SUVs. They have no idea how light miraculously appears when they flick a switch or what allows them to go to the bathroom indoors in winter...
Ah, gross ignorance... elegant in its simplistic form. We know how technology works and we are also, much to your chagrin, aware of how using small incremental steps we can work towards addressing waste. Conserving if you will.
"Global warming" is the left's pagan rage against mankind. If we can't produce industrial waste, then we can't produce. Some of us -- not the ones with mansions in Malibu and Nashville is my guess -- are going to have to die. To say we need to reduce our energy consumption is like saying we need to reduce our oxygen consumption.
Are alternatives that hard for conservatives to understand. Does the overwhelming delicate balance of this tiny marble in a teeny galaxy in a vast universe not make it a primary goal to ensure it can continue to support life and that the best way of assisting the planet is to be stewards, not gluttons?
Willingness to ignore the obvious environmental impacts and then wield them as a partisan attacks rather than submit constructive alternatives seems like a significant waste of personal energy and time.
Oh and Ann... no one's going to try and "kill" agriculture with changes, lack of changes are going to kill agricultural processes by themselves. Course, you're jingoistically myopic and could give a shit about the rest of the planet.
In a cruel twist of fate, most of the hunger resulting from global warming is likely to be felt by those who haven't caused the problem: the people in developing countries. At the same time, it may be a boon to agriculture in richer northern countries more responsible for the greenhouse gas emissions driving climate instability.
"With climate change, the agricultural areas in Canada, Russia and Europe will expand, while the areas suited for agriculture in the tropics will decline," Dr. Verchot says. "Basically, the situation is that those who are well off now will be better off in the future, and those who are in problems will have greater problems."
Agriculture is vulnerable to global warming because the world's most widely eaten grains - corn, wheat, and rice - are exquisitely sensitive to higher temperatures. In the tropics and subtropics, many crops are already being grown just under the maximum temperatures they can tolerate.
Over the 10,000 years that humans have farmed, temperatures have been remarkably stable, at current levels or slightly cooler, and plants are finely attuned to this climate regimen.
Although it doesn't work exactly the same for each crop, a rough rule of thumb developed by crop scientists is that, for every 1-degree Celsius increase in temperatures above the mid-30s during key stages in the growing season, such as pollination, yields fall about 10 per cent.