What would keep me from caring about American Politics?*
*two weeks with this view.
Why we love FDL.
MG I would interview them as if they were political. People would tell me flat out that the person was a Republican. Some people would just self-disclose they were Republicans. There were times I crossed the line in reference calls by asking. I'm not going to sit here and tell the Committee that it didn't play a factor. Sometimes it helped them.
Feeny: You've been a huge disappointment to those hoping to find a grand conspiracy. You've said only a few people knew you personally. You described yourself as a quiet girl. Millions of Americans are proud to have someone like you serving in government. I hope Congress can stop with this circus.
Paying attention, not a requirement in government any more. Geeezus.
By ROBERT H. REID - Iraq's military is drawing up plans to cope with any quick U.S. military pullout, the defense minister said Monday, as a senior American official warned that the Bush administration may reconsider its support if Iraqi leaders don't make major reforms by fall.
The U.S. official did not say what actions could be taken by the White House, but his comments reflected the administration's need to show results in Iraq - as an answer to pressure by the Democrats in Congress seeking to set timetables on the U.S. military presence.
On Monday, Defense Minister Abdul-Qader al-Obeidi told reporters Iraq's military was drawing up plans in case U.S.-led forces left the country quickly.
'The army plans on the basis of a worst case scenario so as not to allow any security vacuum,' al-Obeidi said. 'There are meetings with political leaders on how we can deal with a sudden pullout.'
It was unclear whether al-Obeidi's comment referred to routine contingency planning or reflected a feeling among Iraqi leaders that the days of U.S. support may be numbered even though President Bush blocked an effort by Congress to set a withdrawal timetable.
Hello!!! Democrat Leadership!!! Hello!!! Iraq's standing up with the expectation you're going to regrow testicles. Get back in there and fight for dates, timelines/tables and benchmarks. They're rising to the first benchmark... how many more do we need?
* And the best candidate is....?
* From the man who believes the troops to be props... it must be hard to comprehend governmental overreach as wrong and how investigation isn't political theater. 'Spect he's not the constitutional scholar he's claimed to be.
* Didn't the US pride itself at one time in being international leaders? Why did we stop?
* Atheists for president... we don't react to the voices in our heads.
* When all else fails... have Brownie's mentor possess god-like powers.
* Odds this bites Hillary in the butt soon?
* Honor and dignity restored. Mission accomplished.
* See. See what happens when you don't listen?
* Pat Robertson's got some big shoes to fill by himself.
Stop undermining your message folks... it's hard enough for the American people to keep up as it is.
Troops don’t need bigger pay raises, White House budget officials said Wednesday in a statement of administration policy laying out objections to the House version of the 2008 defense authorization bill.
The Bush administration had asked for a 3 percent military raise for Jan. 1, 2008, enough to match last year’s average pay increase in the private sector. The House Armed Services Committee recommends a 3.5 percent pay increase for 2008, and increases in 2009 through 2012 that also are 0.5 percentage point greater than private-sector pay raises.
The slightly bigger military raises are intended to reduce the gap between military and civilian pay that stands at about 3.9 percent today. Under the bill, HR 1585, the pay gap would be reduced to 1.4 percent after the Jan. 1, 2012, pay increase.
Here's a tip for any candidate running. Yes, any. Once elected, remove all income/salary tax for serving military men and women. Commissioned officers, not so much unless they're deployed internationally in a war zone. Make all of their income tax free. It "reduces taxes" and shows true support for those willing to fight and to die for even the dumbest of causes.
pR0N!!!!! It's spooky and corrupty... it's dangerous and ookey... it's the devils playground and the source of all of society's ills.
But liberal politicians are the worst! They walk into "churches" with big Bibles under their arms, and the next day they take campaign contributions from companies that publish the unseemly graphic nature of the exploitation of women that leaves no other impression but that women can (and should) be degraded.
When liberals ease up on prosecuting porn cases, they bear down on the oppression of women.
When a rapist has been fueling his mind with the details of how to gratify himself while objectifying a woman, and then he acts on such an urge and causes actual mental, emotional, and physical trauma to an innocent woman - the liberals look the other way. Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and any other candidate from any political party that would take money from this industry are complicit in these crimes.
They share the guilt.
And if we elect them... then so will we!
Using this logic... if a crime is committed by someone carrying a handgun, the manufacturer as well as the lobbyist (see NRA), and those who take campaign contributions from them are complicit in these crimes. They share the guilt.
Remember, the goose and the gander are supposed to share equally... which is why the GOP too, takes from the industry they so desperately need to scapegoat. Not that there's anything wrong with either the donations, the industry... it's the hypocrisy we can't stand.
By Wednesday, these are going to be talking points that somehow support the White House's belief that the "surge" is working.
BAGHDAD, May 18 -- Five U.S. soldiers were killed and nine wounded in separate attacks in Baghdad and the restive province of Diyala northeast of the capital, the U.S. military said Friday, and ABC News reported that two Iraqi journalists working for the network's Baghdad bureau were killed by gunmen while on their way home from work Thursday night.
Meanwhile, the U.S. military reported that three soldiers were killed Friday in Diyala when an explosion occurred near their vehicle. Two other soldiers were killed and nine were injured Thursday in separate attacks in southern Baghdad, where the Army has been conducting raids against weapons
BAGHDAD - Bombings killed seven U.S. soldiers in Baghdad and a southern city, the U.S. military said Sunday, and the country's Sunni vice president spoke out against a proposed oil law, clouding the future of a key benchmark for assuring continued U.S. support for the government.
Six of the soldiers were killed Saturday in a bombing in western Baghdad, the military said in a statement. Their interpreter was also killed.
The other soldier died in a blast Saturday in Diwaniyah, a mostly Shiite city 80 miles south of the capital where radical Shiite militias operate. Two soldiers were wounded in that attack, the military said.
For those keeping track on your fingers at home... grab a friend, that's 12 troops dead from Friday through Sunday, two journalists and an interpreter. Those are just the ones the MSM's allowed to care about.
In case you're not following the push/pull negotiations of staying the course vs. learning from experience going on between the White House and Congressional Democrats, Bush wants this to continue unabated although the primary goals (all of them) have been accomplished while the Democrats want our men and women pulled back out of a conflict we are no longer a party to.
* Mornin'... best time a day to go f*ck yerself.
* In God We Trust... now part of Texas' motto. Makes sense, can't trust the legislature or governor.
* When are women going to rise up and start legislating testicular use? Subjugation under any other should sound so sweet.
* Making John Kerry's flops and flips look like decisive stances... it's Rudy!!!
* Hey, MSM... IT'S NOT A FRIGGIN' SURPRISE THAT GONZALEZ IS A CREEP!!! Pay some attention.
* Pot.Kettle.Black there lil shave tail.
* We want to be wrong... an eternity of wrong with out you trumps forever in your midst.
* Those throes are lasting, ain't they?
* America needs Bush to be tough now, more than ever... not smart. not decisive. not nuanced. not aware... just tough.
* Bye Jerry. Miss us.
* Screwing with National Security... policy.
Oh the Eulogies for Falwell, just keep comin'.
No man in the last century better illustrated Jesus' warning that "All men will hate you because of me" than the Rev. Jerry Falwell, who left this world on Tuesday. Separately, no man better illustrates my warning that it doesn't pay to be nice to liberals. (ed. unfortunately here... Christ was talking specifically to the disciples, had instructed them to only go among the jews and was not prophesizing on the future but speaking of the present.
Falwell was a perfected Christian. He exuded Christian love for all men, hating sin while loving sinners. This is as opposed to liberals, who just love sinners. Like Christ ministering to prostitutes, Falwell regularly left the safe confines of his church to show up in such benighted venues as CNN.
Even Falwell's fans, such as evangelist Billy Graham and former President Bush, kept throwing in the "We didn't always agree" disclaimer. Did Betty Friedan or Molly Ivins get this many "I didn't always agree with" qualifiers on their deaths? And when I die, if you didn't always agree with me, would you mind keeping it to yourself?
Let me be the first to say: I ALWAYS agreed with the Rev. Falwell.
“The true Negro does not want integration. He realizes his potential is far better among his own race. Who then is propagating this terrible thing? First of all, we see the hand of Moscow in the background . . .” - 1958 sermon
August 1980: After Southern Baptist Convention President Bailey Smith tells a Dallas Religious Right gathering that “God Almighty does not hear the prayer of a Jew,” Falwell gives a similar view. “I do not believe,” he told reporters, “that God answers the prayer of any unredeemed Gentile or Jew.” After a meeting with an American Jewish Committee rabbi, he changed course, telling an interviewer on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that “God hears the
prayers of all persons….God hears everything.”
“Christians, like slaves and soldiers, ask no questions”
No! It's the Freedomses.
The chairman of the Michigan Republican Party said Wednesday he will try to bar presidential candidate Ron Paul from future GOP debates because of remarks the Texas congressman made that suggested the Sept. 11 attacks were the fault of U.S. foreign policy.
Michigan party chairman Saul Anuzis said he will circulate a petition among Republican National Committee members to ban Paul from other debates. At a GOP candidates’ debate Tuesday night, Paul drew attacks from all sides, most forcefully from former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, when he linked the terror attacks to U.S. bombings.
“Have you ever read about the reasons they attacked us? They attack us because we’ve been over there. We’ve been bombing Iraq for 10 years,” Paul said.
Anuzis called the comments “off the wall and out of whack.”
How wilfully naive does one have to be to miss the point that it's not our domestic policies that piss of Islamic radicals... those policies piss off the our local radicals. It's our overreach and unrequested involvement in the affairs of other nations that inflames them.
Entrance criteria for high rank in the GOP must be really lax these days.
These. These are the hands we use to feel your pain.
* Today doesn't matter, what's in the history books generations from now does.
* The Iraqi Government only wants what's best for the media.
* The US leads by example and Abu Ghraib was the best. Quaint, they called it, right?
* The surge is working better than expected. As soon as Iraq has a higher percentage of civilians in prison that the we do here at home. We win.
* Humans do NOT impact the environment.
(CNN) -- Evangelist Jerry Falwell died Tuesday after he was found unresponsive in his office, an official at Liberty University told CNN.
Falwell, 73, was rushed to a Lynchburg, Virginia, hospital, where he was given CPR.
I blame the gays.
Oh Paul, the righteous indignation becomes you.
Paul Wolfowitz's handling of his girlfriend's promotion violated the terms of his contract and constituted a conflict of interest, precipitating a "crisis in the leadership" at the World Bank, a panel has said.
It recommended that the bank's board consider whether its president could "provide the leadership needed" to fulfil the bank's mandate.
Wolfowitz described the report as "unfair and unwarranted".
(via) Career civil servants who had helped plan U.S. peacekeeping operations in Haiti, Bosnia and Kosovo said it was imperative to maintain a military force large enough to stamp out challenges to its authority right away. Gen. Eric K. Shinseki, then-Army chief of staff, thought several hundred thousand soldiers would be needed.
Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz rebutted him sharply and publicly.
"It's hard to conceive that it would take more forces to provide stability in post-Saddam Iraq than it would take to conduct the war itself and to secure the surrender of Saddam's security forces and his army," Wolfowitz told the House Budget Committee on Feb. 27. "Hard to imagine."
Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz: “There’s a lot of money to pay for this that doesn’t have to be U.S. taxpayer money, and it starts with the assets of the Iraqi people…and on a rough recollection, the oil revenues of that country could bring between $50 and $100 billion over the course of the next two or three years…We’re dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon.”
[Source: House Committee on Appropriations Hearing on a Supplemental War Regulation, 3/27/03]
Closest thing Feith has to being tied for dumbest fucking man on the planet.
It just doesn't get any more visual and creepy
Alberto Gonzales is in his happy place. He enters the hearing room in the Rayburn Building for his testimony before the House judiciary committee smiling the smile of a man who sleeps well each night, in the warm glow of the president's love. Gone is the testy, defensive Gonzales who testified last month before the Senate. Today's attorney general breezes into the chamber with the certain knowledge that having bottomed out in April, he has nothing left to prove. His only role in this scandal is as decoy: He's the guy who runs out in front of the hunters and draws their fire so nobody pays any attention to what's happening at the White House.
* Did you know that discussing, debating and considering alternatives is emboldening our enemies? Prior to January '07, the "followushomers" had been shy, demure and resistant to pushing back on our presence in Iraq. Durn Democrats.
* Six retards who thought a frontal attack on a US military base would work... make us think of what a fantastic job Rudy Guliani did protecting the infrastructure of NYC on 9/11 and how well he'd do against terror across the nation... or not.
* How much, if any of our success in Iraq is measured by the number of civilians still left in country when we leave? If ~15% of the population has evacuated or are refugees, is this a win or a Darfur-type situation?
* When the Department of Justice obstructs Justice has the snake official consumed its own tail?
* Just cut off the war funding until all breached contracts are investigated, the Geneva Convention is once again recognized, profiteering is erradicated, the rebuilding is being done locally, New Orleans is rebuilt and we've convinced NATO and or the UN that we want/need assistance.
* It's good to be the King..... 's mistress/other wife.
Oh come on... make your minds up already.
WASHINGTON - Worried Congress' support for Iraq is deteriorating rapidly, Baghdad dispatched senior officials to Capitol Hill this week to warn members one-on-one that pulling out U.S. troops would have disastrous consequences.
The lobbying push targeted Republicans and Democrats alike, but focused primarily on those considered influential on the war debate. On Thursday, hours before the House voted to limit funds for the war, Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Barham Saleh met with more than 30 House Republicans and more than a half-dozen senators, including Sens. Harry Reid, D-Nev., John Warner, R-Va., and Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y.
"He understands that American patience is waning," said Sen. Norm Coleman (news, bio, voting record), after eating lunch with Saleh, Iraqi Ambassador Samir Shakir al-Sumaidaie and Sen. Saxby Chambliss (news, bio, voting record).
But the lobbying by the Iraqis isn't the only pressure-point being applied in Washington.
With the clock ticking, Saleh — a Kurdish politician highly regarded by U.S. officials and who speaks impeccable English — said he came to Capitol Hill to convey the "imperative of success" in Iraq.
"Iraq is a central battleground in this historic conflict" against terrorism, he said in a brief interview after meeting with Reid, the Senate majority leader.
His trip came on the heels of a visit by Mowaffak al-Rubaie, the national security adviser to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, along with three other senior advisers, according to the Iraqi embassy. The New York Times first reported al-Rubaie's visit on Tuesday.
The timing of these meetings is no mistake. This month, Congress is expected to send Bush legislation that funds the war in Iraq but requires the Baghdad government meet certain political and security reforms. In question is what consequences the Iraqis should face if they fail. Democrats want U.S. troops to leave, Republicans say they don't want to force redeployments, but some say they would be open to withholding more than $5 billion in foreign aid.
First the knee jerks and then the head... like a puppet perhaps.
While the testimony doesn't change and additional facts continue to bubble to the surface, the rubberstamp committee continues to deliver for their dear leader.
Republican members of Congress on Thursday leapt to the defence of Alberto Gonzales, the embattled US attorney-general, as Democratic efforts to oust him appeared to lose momentum.
Mr Gonzales faced a fresh barrage of question from Democrats over the controversial firing of several US attorneys when he appeared before the House judiciary committee.
But Republican committee members largely supported Mr Gonzales and called for an end to the investigation, easing pressure on one of President George W. Bush's closest political allies.
For those seeking higher office, a return to the one they currently occupy or a simply to maintain their credibility why are they seeking to simply ignore such egregious misuse of the DOJ?
During this recent debate, what defenses have Bush and his supporters used?
They frequently claim that all presidents fire U.S. attorneys and that they "serve at the pleasure" of the president, and have added that Clinton was even worse because he fired all 93 U.S. attorneys when he took office.
As indicated above, this claim does not fit the facts or the law.
They, including Attorney General Alberto Gonzales himself during his recent testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, frequently claim that "there is no evidence whatever that we have done anything wrong" or "that we dismissed the attorneys for political reasons."
To the contrary, nearly all the evidence points in the opposite direction. We still don't know why the prosecutors were dismissed because no one has produced any reason for the firings other than the president has the power to do it.
Gonzales seems unaware of the definition of evidence. It was evidence when several of the fired prosecutors testified that they had been the subject of strong political pressure to act contrary to conscience. It was evidence when e-mails demonstrated that White House presidential adviser Karl Rove was involved in the firing decisions. That is alarming. The political arm of the Bush administration, knowing nothing about law or the Constitution, was allowed to give orders to the Department of Justice. There is a good deal more evidence from witnesses as well as documents, many of which the administration claims are lost.
Many have attempted to make this an issue about the lying and incompetence of Gonzales.
This approach is an effort to direct the public away from the essential problem. The question is not whether he lied, but what he lied about. He can be forgiven for lying or even only fired for it, but to admit that the entire Bush administration was in the act of eroding the rule of law is a matter for posterity and can lead to prosecutions and impeachment.
This was not just a clumsy failure of Gonzales to adequately explain the firings. If it were, he could have acquitted himself thoroughly during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings at the end of the week of April 15. His testimony was a clear demonstration that the firings involved an abuse of power.
Whether Gonzales is fired or resigns his office is of little significance. Congress must pursue its investigations to determine the roots of these nearly unbridled attacks on the rule of law and the Constitution.
There you have it America... the ultimate end goal in this pursuit. The rule of law in which we all put our faith. Questioning or demeaning this pursuit is as unpatriotic as the White House says questioning their motives is.
From the Occupied Territory.
BAGHDAD -- A majority of Iraqi lawmakers endorsed a draft bill calling for a timetable for the withdrawal of foreign troops and demanding a freeze on the number already in the country, lawmakers said Thursday.
The legislation was being discussed even as U.S. lawmakers were locked in a dispute with the White House over their call to start reducing the size of the U.S. force in the coming months.
The proposed Iraqi legislation, drafted by the parliamentary bloc loyal to anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, was signed by 144 members of the 275-member house, said Nassar al-Rubaie, the leader of the Sadrist bloc.
The Sadrist bloc, which holds 30 parliamentary seats and sees the U.S.-led forces as an occupying army, has pushed similar bills before, but this was the first time it garnered the support of a majority of lawmakers.
The bill would require the Iraqi government to seek approval from parliament before it requests an extension of the U.N. mandate for foreign forces to be in Iraq, al-Rubaie said. It also calls for a timetable for the troop withdrawal and a freeze on the size of the foreign forces.
The Deciderer Commander Guy... doesn't so much see this as standing up, apparently.
For Iraqi leaders to succeed in all these efforts their people must have security. That's why I made the decision I made. That's why we sent additional troops into Baghdad. But we need to give General Petraeus's plan time to work. There's a debate waging in Washington here about how long we're going to be there -- we haven't even got all our troops there. I still find it interesting that General Petraeus was given a unanimous confirmation vote by the United States Senate after he made clear his plan, and before the plan has been fully implemented some in Washington are saying, you need to leave. My attitude is, General Petraeus's plan ought to be given a chance to work, and we need to give the troops under his command the resources they need to prevail.
And the second part of your question was about benchmarks. Look, let me talk about this recent effort by Congress to fund our troops. The idea that the House of Representatives put forward is one that we will fund our troops by piecemeal. Secretary Gates was very strong about why that's a bad idea. And the American people must understand that if you fund our troops every two months, you're in a -- put in a position where we have to delay certain procurement, or that military contracts must be delayed -- there's a lot of uncertainty in funding when it comes to two-month cycles. So we reject that idea. It won't work.
As I told people, that decisions about the posture in Iraq needs to be based upon conditions on the ground. And no better person to report about the conditions on the ground than somebody who was there, and that would be General Petraeus. And at that point in time, upon the recommendation of the Secretary and the Joint Chiefs and General Petraeus, we will respond to what he says. So I said, why don't we wait and see what happens? Let's give this plan a chance to work. Let's stop playing politics. It's one thing to have a good, honest debate about the way forward in Iraq; it's another thing to put our troops right in the middle of that debate.
These troops deserve the money necessary to do the job. And our commanders need the flexibility necessary to do the job. And I believe this cause is necessary and it's noble. That's why I put those young men and women out there in the first place. It's necessary for the peace and security of our country. It's noble to have such amazing citizens volunteer to go into harm's way. And our Congress needs to support him. It's one thing to have a political debate or a debate about strategies; it's another thing to make sure that money gets sent to them on a timely basis. I repeat: This idea of funding our troops every two months is not -- is not adequate, and I, frankly, don't think it's right. They need to give these troops what they -- what the military has asked for them.
We can debate Iraq -- and should. There should be no debate about making sure that money gets there on a timely basis so our kids can do the job we've asked them to do.
1. Alternatives to his failed policies, won't work without proof.
2. It's about the military contracts.
3. It's not political.
4. Debate is "my way or the highway".
5. Our troops to Bush, are kids.
For a man with a vision he sure can't see past his own hubris, can he?
* Fascinating... Lileks' opinion no longer matters... facts only.
* In real banking, how long would Wolfowitz last?
* Serving the president? I thought she worked for the DOJ?
* When the foreclosures overwhelm comps and all housing values begin to slide due to faux depreciation, we're all going to feel the pop of the housing bubble.
* You can only lie for so long before they start to catch up with you.
* Who's going to care more that Romney's wife donated to Planned Parenthood, the GOP or real people?
Congratulations are in order. America was saved from imminent danger by Randal Graves.
The unidentified clerk is being credited with tipping off authorities in January 2006 after one of the suspects asked him to transfer a video to DVD that showed 10 men shooting weapons at a firing range and calling for jihad, prosecutors said.
"If we didn't get that tip," said U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie, "I couldn't be sure what would happen." FBI agent J.P. Weis called the clerk the "unsung hero" of the case.
Question here though is, did these guys follow us home?
Even in Iraq, reality can be viewed through spin filters.
"For the Iraqi parliament to take a two-month vacation in the middle of summer is impossible to understand," said Crocker, who traveled with Cheney from Washington. He has only been on the job since March.
Nobody tell Boy George... he still believes it to be compulsory.
Cheney's message with Iraqi leaders, according to a senior administration official who briefed reporters, was to be: "We've all got challenges together. We've got to pull together. We've got to get this work done. It's game time."
It's been game time since we diverted funds from Afghanistan and started the shock and awe campaign. Who's he cheerleading here?
Bush, on the tornado's impact to Greensburg KS.
I declared a major disaster for that community, and I hope that helps. It's going to take a long time for the community to recover. And so we will help in any way we can. There's a certain spirit in the Midwest of our country, a pioneer spirit that still exists, and I'm confident this community will be rebuilt. To the extent that we can help, we will. The most important thing now, though, is for our citizens to ask for the good Lord to comfort those who hurt.
Shorter: You're on your own. Seen southern Louisiana lately? You're going to get quicker response from your God.
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius says the war in Iraq has exposed holes in domestic disaster response like the one currently under way in tornado-ravaged Kansas.
The governor said about half the state's National Guard trucks are in Iraq, equipment that would be helpful in removing debris. Sebelius, who asked the Pentagon in December to replenish lost resources, said the state also is missing a number of well-trained personnel.
"I don't think there is any question if you are missing trucks, Humvees and helicopters that the response is going to be slower," Sebelius said. "The real victims here will be the residents of Greensburg, because the recovery will be at a slower pace."
White House spokesman Tony Snow said the National Guard has equipment positioned around the country to respond to disasters when requested by the states.
The war is making us safer and the more we hear it, the more true it becomes.
Number 56478 in the Bush Blunder series of faux pas collector cards.
In there, somewhere... is where all my best decidering happens.
The Islam-O-Fascists must be happier than a pig in fresh mud as they watch our nation become more cleaved than Pam Anderson’s hooters. I’m certain the terrorists, both here and abroad, are having a good jihadic giggle over a smoldering hookah as they view our wilting will to war.
Yeah, I bet Bin Laden is blowing blond Lebanese smoke rings right now, as his group regroups with fresh enthusiasm regarding how they can kill us while we’re embroiled in a divisive, political whizzing match over what to do with people who want to kill us.
They are probably sharpening their scimitars on their whet stone even as I write this, while some of their thicker ones try on their new suicide bomber jackets and still others wait for FedEx to deliver a fresh supply of plutonium to their Afghani bat cave.
Ignoring the Islamic pig insult... the easy pickings are:
1. We built the pig pen in Iraq.
2. We supplied them with fresh mud.
3. We whetted their swords and trained them in defensive and offensive tactics.
4. We promised them freedom then pissed on their potential.
5. The real wilting came when we started jettisoning funds from Afghanistan into Iraq.
6. There is no way Fascisim fits into Islamic culture, moderate or fundamental.
7. Failure here has nothing to do with the Democrats... 'cept their inability to override the White House's ignorance.
8. Turning Iraq over is not an act of wilting but fulfilling Bush's goal of allowing them to stand up.
Ignorance of facts is not, in and of itself contemptable... unless it is wilfull.
* If you don't want or are unwilling to simply sit back, relax and enjoy a moment of escape into comic book fantasy, don't spend the money.
* Someone's wistfull for the yesteryear 'barefoot and pregnant' approach to equality.
* Corners are being turned in Iraq... unfortunately there are car bombings around each of them.
* Text of Bush's memoir: I chose to ignore both facts and logic... you knew that when you elected me.
* Now we know what the LAPD was prepared for... thuggery. They need an obudsman... wonder what Furman's up to?
* I need to start a band, call it the Left Wing Culture of Death and sing songs about, the death penalty, lack of healthcare for the born, subjugation of minorities and lack of civilian body counts in manufactured pre-emptive wars. Our logo would be a tongue in a cheek.
Dr Claw spins in his chair and menaces threateningly at the general Middle Eastishness of it all.
Oh no Mitt... you dinunt.
ROMNEY: I don't say anything to Roman Catholic bishops. They can do whatever the heck they want.
ROMNEY: Roman Catholic bishops are in a private institution, a religion. And they can do whatever they want in a religion. America doesn't...
It's this type of thinking exactly that got those priests into trouble in the first place. Cardinal Law... mmmm Boston MA... mmmm abuse... interesting... no?
* ABC catches a big fish... consultants are not part of We the People. Political influence means you're not a real citizen.
* When oil impacts our ability to fight for it... then what?
* When the LAPD says they're prepared... one might ask, "for what"?
* We're using the stay the course method with New Orleans too, aren't we?
* Gag order.
* Now for something completely different... an example of Bush's memos. (h/t CB)
Thank you for the laughter, the charm, the memories, the stories and most of all, your daughter.
I miss you already.
Some days random quotes heard on NPR create great risk and can impact one's ability to maintain speed and trajectory.
Today's special comes from the artist formerly known as the "decider".
By the way, in the report it said, it is -- the government may have to put in more troops to be able to get to that position. And that's what we do. We put in more troops to get to a position where we can be in some other place. The question is, who ought to make that decision? The Congress or the commanders? And as you know, my position is clear -- I'm the commander guy.
Four years of failed policy and planning and a change in course will be the downfall of the war?
In arriving at their decision that America should withdraw its forces from Iraq, the Democratic Party and the Left around the world regularly make reference to what they regard as America's initial error -- invading Iraq.
Perhaps the Left is correct in its contentions that bringing freedom to a Muslim Arab country at this time in history is impossible and that an Iraq under Saddam Hussein would be better for American and world security.
But even if the war was a major blunder and even if everything the Left charges -- including "Bush lied" -- were true, none of these contentions has any bearing on the question of what should be done now.
The preoccupation of the Left with the alleged wrongness of the war and the alleged deceit of President Bush is another example of passion rather than reason determining a leftist position on a major issue.
The entire WMD issue has been a Democratic diversion from the get-go. It has allowed Democrats immeasurable cover for their irresponsible absence of policy on Iraq and has provided endless fodder for their libelous claims against the administration.
The premise that Bush lied is paramount to the discussion. How are we, the American people to believe his approaches/changes will work or have even been well researched and aren't gut responses based on his lies and the manipulation of intelligence in the run up.
What if pulling out troops forces Iraqis to stand up and fight for their own survival rather than cow-towing to the insurgency?
What if the democracy we're attempting to install through surging isn't the best approach and our myopic view is the largest obstacle standing between the Iraqi populace and peace and cause for the brain drain due to the emmigration/refugee situation out of Iraq
What if the misappropriated dollars thrown at the reconstruction had been provided to the citizens and local contractors rather than politically tied lackeys of the occupation's administration? Are we willing to change this or continue calling the funding for this planned war, as an emergency?
Ignoring the options provided and the independant reports/recommendations doesn't mean they don't exist or are not viable. Yammering on using pre-allocated talking points do not an argument make.
Dear Troops (see: props I pretend to support)
Enjoy your extended tours. See, what I've done is to block funding for addtional equipment, armor and other essentials the Republicans failed to take care of last year and the Democrats have now used to try and bring you home. It's important that I, as a war president, maintain my war-ness and thus, despite your success in overthrowing Saddam (plan A), ridding Iraq of WMDs (plan B), and installing a democracy (plan C)... I need you to quell the uprising and civil war our piss-poor planning has caused ad infinitum.
Your Decider in Chief, George W. Bush
* We got Osama! No we didn't. Yes we did. No, we didn't. *sigh*.
* Intolerance is insufferable even when it's the GOP eating its own.
* The US, now one of the largest sponsors of terror. Mission Accomplished?
* Why in the world would Iraqis want to follow us home. Oh yeah, we blew up theirs.
* Where's Kenneth Starr? We have sex happening in DC again...
* There is no way we will regain the international goodwill ground lost if we continue this war using hired mercenaries funded by the American people.