Dear George Bush,
Sir, develop some appropriate posture and behave like a world leader... college is over. We know you've surpassed the Peter Principle, just try and mask it some.
Why faith is required to be a red-stater
* 41's pool boy speaks.
* How do you avoid fraud, eliminate investigations.
* We're a bullet or two away from being a shining example for Myanmar.
* Maybe while we're hyper-focused on being scared of islamoweeniefascimeanies we should be practicing our Mandarin.
* If it is (and we know it is) all about the oil, we've failed on multiple fronts simultaneously.
* Time to ratchet up the K-Street teams.
* Contractors... will be the Achilles heel for the US in Iraq.
WASHINGTON (BP)--Compromise legislation on a health insurance program for children would move the United States nearer socialized medicine if approved, the Southern Baptist Convention's ethics entity has warned.
"I appreciate the efforts of the conferees to address pro-life concerns in the reauthorization," said Barrett Duke, the ERLC's vice president for public policy and research. "Nevertheless, the bill still represents a significant movement toward socialized medicine that I do not believe most Americans want."
"I am convinced that thousands of people die every year in Britain who would not die if they were being treated under the American health system," Land said. "The bottom line is that a government-run health system would mean significantly worse health care for 80 percent of our population, with only marginally better care for the bottom 20 percent."
You know it's got to be spot on if the Baptists are hating it.
Nice Salute Ya Got There...
* Ahmadinejad channels the right wingsters: "In Iran we don't have homosexuals like in your country," Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said at Columbia University on Monday. "In Iran we do not have this phenomenon," he continued. "I do not know who has told you we have it." Cheney has the solution for the sideways swipe at his daughter.
* The simple discussion over Iran is going to be interesting if only to see how those on the right react to it. Buchanan has a moment of amazing lucidity while David Limbaugh goes non-linear at even the thought of Ahmadinejad's presence on US soil... Scott Adams has to resort to explaning satire and there's still some debate as whether some nuance may have been lost in translation.
* The world is coming to an end... the sun is dimming, the seas warming, the ozone depleting and worst of all, there are accounts of bikini underwear in Gitmo.
* There's an easy explanation. Those who are above the law are also beyond the reach of criticism.
* The chickens from the Arkansas Project may, finally, come home to roost.
* We may find, more and more... a need to return to Mencken for solace.
Isn't it cool when contradictions are separated by breaths rather than days?
Q Do you think there's a risk of a recession? How do you rate that?
THE PRESIDENT: You know, you need to talk to economists. I think I got a B in Econ 101. I got an A, however, in keeping taxes low -- (laughter) -- and being fiscally responsible with the people's money. We've submitted a plan that will enable this budget to become balanced by 2012, so long as Congress learns to set priorities. And we can balance the budget without raising taxes.
Q Alan Greenspan has come out with a book, a recent book, criticizing you for being fiscally irresponsible. And they're not the first former government officials to come out and be critical of you. And I'm wondering two things. First, do you feel betrayed by some of these people who have served you and then have come out and criticized you? And then, more particularly, can you respond to Greenspan's criticism?
THE PRESIDENT: My feelings are not hurt. You might have been a little selective in quoting Donald Rumsfeld, which I know you didn't mean to be, you know. I respect Secretary Rumsfeld, I believe he did a fine job. And I respect Alan Greenspan. I respectfully disagree with Alan Greenspan when it comes to saying that this administration didn't handle the fiscal issues we faced in good fashion. As a matter of fact, we did.
The deficit, as a percent of GDP, is low. It's lower than the 30-year average. We have submitted a plan to balance the budget. We dealt with a recession, a terrorist attack and corporate scandals. And we did it by cutting taxes. The tax cuts worked. The economy recovered. People are working. Interest rates are low.
I'm a supply-sider. I believe supply-side economics, when properly instituted, enables us to achieve certain objectives. One, people find work and there's hope in the economy. Two, that supply-side economics yields additional tax revenues. And if we're smart about how we manage the fiscal budget, it leads to balance, and that's what we have done. We are fighting a war at the same time that we're headed toward balance. In other words, we're making sure our troops get the money they need and veterans get the benefits they need.
Name one.... just one... spending bill the Republicans put in front of him that he vetoed. ONE!
WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush plans to to cite expensive new gear and the troop buildup in his request for $200 billion to fund the Iraq war in 2008.
If approved, the massive spending request would make 2008 the most expensive year of the war yet, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.
Bush's request, to be presented to Congress this Wednesday, will detail the growing cost of maintaining combat forces in Iraq and the expense of new technology, such as mine-resistant trucks which cost three to six times as much as an armored Humvee, the Times said.
The war in Iraq currently costs taxpayers about $12 billion a month, said Winslow T. Wheeler, a senior fellow at the Center for Defense Information in Washington.
"Thus far it has continued to get bloodier and more expensive," Wheeler said. "Everyone says we are going to turn the corner here, but the corner has not been turned."
Mission Accomplished. The CEO President needs Economists to answer questions but needs no basis in reality to talk to the points he was handed. If you don't budget for the war it's already underfunded. Supplementary funding is emergency measures required to compensate for that which is unexpected. Could we get at a minimum, one WH Press Corps member to call him on his bullshit? ONE?!
* Mitt Romney. The GOP's Mighty Mouse.
* Arizona beaches, get em while they're hot.
* George W. Bush, top MoveOn fundraiser. Pioneer+ status.
* The military used to plan for the ability and agility needed to fight wars on two fronts simultaneously. In support of the troops, Lieberman wants to go for three. I imagine with the same level of planning and expertise applied in Iraq.
* Abbreviated Bill Maher, it sent chills up the place where the Democrats' spine used to be.
The South, not much left anymore, just a few dusty memories, some latent bigots and deep wells of animosity. The beating(s) was bad and those responsible, should be punished. Putting aside the legal nightmare and its glaring imbalance in favor of those with less color. The overly dismissive attitude, that placing nooses over the limb of a "white" tree isn't a distinctive sign of inherent bigotry is more than just deluded it's dangerous. What if it was your city?
3 white men/boys out of a town of 3500. That's .09% Excluding the parents/aunts/uncles/cousins/barbers/teachers who 'raised' these kids.
Take that same percentage and apply it to the population of a much larger area and then assign 3 men/boys to each school ground to perform the same act. Stir gently and wait. What would happen? Race riots. Pure and simple.
DFW, approx. 5 million. Thats 4285 kids. Divided by 3, 1428 schools.
If you work up the math against the percentage of the local school population alone, the number grows astronomically.
We're all floating around on a small blue marble in an infinite universe and if we still can't get past skin color, we don't deserve to survive global warming.
Insurance for kids
Nah, let's keep funding the war
Draft, remove the need
Ad hominem days
Clusterfuck in the desert
With heads in the sand
The first amendment
Protection from tasering
Time for the second
The Bush recession
The Loonie is now on par
On December 7th, 1941 America suffered the worst attack on its soil. From the ashes rose one man to lead the city and ultimately the nation to greatness, Lester Petrie. As the mayor of Honolulu, Lester worked to renew the spirit of the community and encourage the purchasing of war bonds as an example of the resilience of the men and women in uniform as well as the American populace as a whole.
Vote Petrie! - Because, simply being there is qualifying enough.
In other News.
* File under, "I'm just sayin'".
* Vote GOP, because ensuring basic rights is soooo 1776.
* Unlimited funding and no laws to govern behavior. Under what pretense can this rationale be supported and how does it align with the "installation of democracy"?
* Wow.. if we went in specifically for oil, we've really failed.
* Arms to the Saudis... when are we going to start equating that to supporting terorism?
(via) If we were to be driven out of Iraq, extremists of all strains would be emboldened. check Al Qaeda could gain new recruits and new sanctuaries. check Iran would benefit from the chaos and would be encouraged in its efforts to gain nuclear weapons and dominate the region. check Extremists could control a key part of the global energy supply. check Iraq could face a humanitarian nightmare. check Democracy movements would be violently reversed. check We would leave our children to face a far more dangerous world. check And as we saw on September the 11th, 2001, those dangers can reach our cities and kill our people. check... depending on who you believe attacked us
Simon says, "You stand up so we can stand down".
* Congressional Bake Sale: The old fashioned way to ensure justice.
* Iran: Talking about nuking makes us feel good.
* Crusades: Not just for the Catholics and since Jesus really wants us to win...
* Supplemental: adj. "added to complete or make up a deficiency". Because, who saw this war coming... again in this fiscal year?
* Republicans win: Yay! 83% to 16%.
* Iraq: They're bound to forgive and forget eventually.
* $9 billion missing: and Republicans still bring up Travelgate?
From the Oxycontin-free brother.
Just think of the decent people whose characters it has attempted to savage: President George Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Attorneys General John Ashcroft and Alberto Gonzalez, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Judge Samuel Alito and scores of others, including most high-profile Bush judicial nominees. I can just hear the derisive laughter now from those allergic to my suggestion that these people are indeed honorable public servants. Such derision demonstrates the effectiveness of the left's relentless propaganda efforts.
Thinned skinned GOP these days. This is the party of Scaife who spent millions and millions tearing down the last president. David's next column ought to be a listing of accomplishments and examples of the decency of those listed above. All the pom-pom waving in the world cannot erase Iraq, the Patriot Act, the removal of Habeas Corpus, ignoring PDBs, waging war on the middle class, and using the judiciary as a political arm of the party. No one administration has done more to eradicate the dreams of the founding fathers than this one.
They're indefensible and the arguments fall flat. Decency doesn't even register.
WASHINGTON - Rudolph Giuliani's membership on an elite Iraq study panel came to an abrupt end last spring after he failed to show up for a single official meeting of the group, causing the panel's top Republican to give him a stark choice: either attend the meetings or quit, several sources said.
Giuliani left the Iraq Study Group last May after just two months, walking away from a chance to make up for his lack of foreign policy credentials on the top issue in the 2008 race, the Iraq war.
He cited "previous time commitments" in a letter explaining his decision to quit, and a look at his schedule suggests why -- the sessions at times conflicted with Giuliani's lucrative speaking tour that garnered him $11.4 million in 14 months.
Giuliani failed to show up for a pair of two-day sessions that occurred during his tenure, the sources said -- and both times, they conflicted with paid public appearances shown on his recent financial disclosure. Giuliani quit the group during his busiest stretch in 2006, when he gave 20 speeches in a single month that brought in $1.7 million.
On one day the panel gathered in Washington -- May 18, 2006 -- Giuliani delivered a $100,000 speech on leadership at an Atlanta business awards breakfast. Later that day, he attended a $100-a-ticket Atlanta political fundraiser for conservative ally Ralph Reed, whom Giuliani hoped would provide a major boost to his presidential campaign.
The candidate running on 9/11, fear, the war and his flavor of terror... couldn't be bothered when called to serve.
* Patriots keep their mouths shut. It takes a true defender of liberty to be quiet during the swiftboating of candidates. Either Petraeus is a shill or the circumstances in Iraq are worse now than May of 2003, which is it?
* Let's see, Osama needs to a reason to be opposed to the US. He's educated and savvy. He knows that as long as the GOP are in control and focused on intervention and meddling in the Middle East he has a cause. He knows what rhetoric to use to spark the fuel in their tank. How can they be so incredibly blind so as to not see the degree to which he manipulates them via videotape? He plays on their fears and they play to his base.
* It's not the Bible per se we have an issue with... it's the manipulation of it to justify everthing from war, to genocide, to bigotry and the suppression of others. Looking into ancient texts loosely based on myths for guidance on living your life today is close to checking alchemist's texts on how best to address HIV. Not safe or recommended.
* Please help Kevin McCullough in his campaign to save unwanted babies so he can rail against them suckling on the teat of welfare and breaking the backs of the healthcare facilities in five years. (*hint. we'll need em when the GWOT draft comes)
The Articulate and Elegant Ms. Coulter
Democrats yearn for America to be defeated on the battlefield and oppose any use of the military -- except when they can find individual malcontents in the military willing to denounce the war and call for a humiliating retreat.
It may take a Democrat to oppose a war but you really need the Republicans to fuck it all up all proper like so the point's driven home.
My Fellow Americans.
It is my goal as war president, commander in chief and allied ruler of all I've invaded... that as the twighlight days of my regime near I will ensure that troop levels in Iraq are back to where they were when we invaded. I promise to stay the course. Fight the good fight here, on the ground, against those who say we can't win. The winning begins now and again in six months or so. I am committed to infusing my remaining speeches with references to 9/11 and tying it to Iraq, now that our sieve has ensured their presence on our battleground. Mission continues to be Accomplished despite what the critics on the other side of the aisle say. Accomplishments are in the eye of the beholder and as the decider I can also designate myself as the beholder. Behold!
Osama is yesterday's news (literally) but will be referenced occasionally to ensure you're still scared enough to keep the war funding flowing without complaint. Our seas can no longer protect us and as I told Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi, whoda thunk that after the nuclear strafing we inflicted on them in '45 that we'd be holding hands and posing like runway models together today? We stayed the course then (albeit shorter) and will now.
If we retreat and allow the Iraqis the right as an independent country to rise up on their own, rebuild, unshock and unawe their landscape, return public services to the people, reinstitute healthcare, open their schools and take control of their natural resources, we all lose. More importantly we as a nation do not get the credit for building a nation as this one crumbles from the inside and if our contractors in Iraq are usurped by the locals, it could have a negative impact on not only the building of but the legacy within, my pResidential Library.
Happy Ramadan, Rosh Hashanah and have yourselves a swell election season
May my god bless.
Amazing how hard this administration works at shutting down anything that appears to be both informational and in any way, critical. The military blog witchhunt is a fine example of saying rather than doing on the ole freedom front. Tis a shame that the boots on the ground are so much more careful and cautious about shared information than the military itself.
DENVER — With the world being bombarded by all factions on their side on the war in Iraq, U.S. soldiers Internet blogs provided the kind of public relations Madison Avenue would drool over.
Soldiers told of helping Iraqi families, the loss of friends and their dangerous daily missions.
In the past year, as soldiers and Marines return for the second, third or even fourth deployments, and the death toll approaches 4,000, some soldiers began questioning the war.
At the very least they risk administrative punishments, called Article 15s, though if it has happened it has been kept quiet.
The military is so petrified it will lose information control screensavers were installed on military computers warning blogs could jeopardize security, said Schatman, who runs Wired’s Danger Room blog and has tracked the unofficial use of the Internet by soldiers.
For years, the military has been warning that soldiers' blogs could pose a security threat by leaking sensitive wartime information. But a series of online audits, conducted by the Army, suggests that official Defense Department websites post material far more potentially harmful than anything found on a individual's blog.
The audits, performed by the Army Web Risk Assessment Cell between January 2006 and January 2007, found at least 1,813 violations of operational security policy on 878 official military websites. In contrast, the 10-man, Manassas, Virginia, unit discovered 28 breaches, at most, on 594 individual blogs during the same period.
The results were obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, after the digital rights group filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act.
"It's clear that official Army websites are the real security problem, not blogs," said EFF staff attorney Marcia Hofmann. "Bloggers, on the whole, have been very careful and conscientious. It's a pretty major disparity."
How will you commemorate 9/11?
* 85% of Americans believe the Bush Tax Cuts to be the best defense against Terrorism.
* Osama believed to be next nominee for GWOT czar. Bush noted both "experience and popularity" as key traits required.
* Iraqis encouraged to go shopping to aid and bolster surge activities of American troops. Method for strengthening the government still pending.
Nice thing about megaphones... they say precisely what you want them to... and louder.
In need of T.P.
With my hand under the wall
I have been slighted
I shall overcome
Guilt is quite reversible
Cast a vote for me
There once was a Senator named Larry
Who behaved not at all like a fairy
His stance was so wide
His feet he could not hide
But some toe tappin' got him a guy named Gary
Finally, something more accurate than "Mission Accomplished" to describe Bush's impact on the region.
* If Ethanol production means an end to the glut of corn syrup in the nations food supply, go for it. If we're cheating our bellies and raping the land to fill SUVs we might want to rethink our approach.
* Little late for the celebration of the American worker on whose backs this nation rests... but nevertheless.
* Domino effect. Failure to engage Iran in anything other than dialogue will pull this country into a series of seemingly infinite Middle Eastern conflicts. It's wilfully myopic to believe otherwise.
* 16% of goals met. Yay Iraqi government. Honestly though, doesn't this put them ahead of the Bush administration and their goals?
* Welcome back Congress... I see your break was fruitfull.
The Leader, of the Free World
This was obviously apparent to Bush, who arrived in Australia in a chipper mood.
"We're kicking ass," he told Mark Vaile on the tarmac after the Deputy Prime Minister inquired politely of the President's stopover in Iraq en route to Sydney.
Bush backed Howard's argument that nuclear power must be contemplated if climate change were to be taken seriously.
Apart from his introductory remarks, Howard never spoke during the press conference. It was the George W.Bush show.
His defiance on Iraq is growing. He implied that those who argued against the war in the first place had no role in the current debate.
Kickin' ass and pavin' the planet... YEEE HAW!
I have though, missed the ferrus-aginus rhetoric... good to see it's back.
But but but... he's the WAR President.
At a key juncture in the Iraq war, the military chiefs conveyed to President Bush on Friday their concern about a growing strain on troops and their families from long and repeated combat tours.
Bush met privately at the Pentagon with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Defense Secretary Robert Gates in preparation for decisions about how long to sustain the U.S. troop buildup in Iraq, whether to change course this fall and how to save the health of a heavily stressed Army and Marine Corps.
Indications are that Bush intends to stick with his current approach, at least into 2008, despite persistent pressure from the Democrat-led Congress - including some prominent Republicans - to find a new course.
PRESIDENT BUSH: There are two theaters in this war on terror; they're evident. One is Afghanistan, the other is Iraq. These are both theaters of the same war. And the fundamental question is, is it worth it to be there, and can we succeed? And the definition of success are countries that can govern themselves, sustain themselves, defend themselves, listen to the people, and serve as allies in this war against extremists and murderers. And if I didn't think we could succeed, I wouldn't have our troops there. As the Commander-in-Chief of our military, I cannot commit U.S. troops into combat unless I'm convinced it's worth it, important to the security of the United States, and we can meet our objectives.
Baghdad - Civilian deaths from violence in Iraq rose in August, with 1,773 people killed, government data showed on Saturday, just days before the U.S. Congress gets a slew of reports on President George W. Bush's war strategy.
The civilian death toll was up 7 percent from 1,653 people killed in July, according to figures from various ministries.
Nearly a quarter of the August total comprised 411 people killed in massive truck bombings against the minority Yazidi community in northern Iraq on August 14.
Without the Yazidi attack, the death toll would still be higher than the June number of 1,227, which had been the lowest monthly total since a U.S.-backed crackdown began in February.
The bubble must break, some day...
The wingnut reactions to the Larry Craig "scandal" have been much more amusing and somewhat disturbing than the act/admission itself.
Take the Motel 6's ministry maven's knee-jerking for instance.
I have a question for the homosexual community: is this a normal gay thing…the…uh…toilet sex? Help me out, those in the know, are the urges that crazy and intense? Can’t they just wait until they get back to their Miata or a Motel 6 and resist the urge to do the funky monkey in a nasty public lavatory?
You know, as much as this situation sucks for Craig, he had better thank God that he hit on a cop and not a redneck. If someone tried to rub my foot and give me elaborate Boy George hand signals while I’m bilging in the stall next door, I would:
A). crush his metatarsals like Queen Latifah on a live cockroach,
B). drain my bladder in the shoe housing his newly-crushed foot,
C). proceed to stuff his balding head in the toilet he was using, and…
D). call the cops to haul his near-drowned, lesson-learned, badly-beaten body to the nearest police department.
From this we can surmise that Doug is a confirmed homo-phobe and if qualified to speak for his peers, they believe Larry Craig to be gay. Doug, just so as you know... as long as something's taboo, those who seek to participate will have to do it in secrecy. That level of clandestine behavior might cause them to do things in places they might rather not play in. No excuses... it just is.
The disturbing part of Reverend Giles article is his desire to participate in gay bashing while touting inter-stall water sports. I'm not a therapist nor do I claim to be one... but wow Dougie, that's quite the series of well thought out reactions. How'd that go over with your congregation this Sunday?