Making Conservatives Cringe Since 1977

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31 May 2006

 

Happy Birthday, to me...

Born, Memorial Day, May 31st 1977

Indicted, Memorial Day, May 30th 2006

The Charges:

Treason, and violation of Article 134:

(1) That the accused made a certain statement;

(2) That the statement was communicated to another person;

(3) That the statement was disloyal to the United States;

(4) That the statement was made with the intent to promote disloyalty or disaffection toward the United States by any member of the armed forces or to interfere with or impair the loyalty to the United States or good order and discipline of any member of the armed forces; and

(5) That, under the circumstances, the conduct of the accused was to the prejudice of good order and discipline in the armed forces or was of a nature to bring discredit upon the armed forces.

Explanation.

Certain disloyal statements by military personnel may not constitute an offense under 18 U.S.C.

§§ 2385, 2387, and 2388, but may, under the circumstances, be punishable under this article. Examples include praising the enemy, attacking the war aims of the United States, or denouncing our form of government with the intent to promote disloyalty or disaffection among members of the armed services. A declaration of personal belief can amount to a disloyal statement if it disavows allegiance owed to the United States by the declarant. The disloyalty involved for this offense must be to the United States.

-Pictures coming soon


30 May 2006

 

Dispatch from Wingnutia

A short list of "Conventional Wisdom" from Right Blogsylvania: Franklin D. Roosevelt was a communist and a terrible president. Jimmy Carter used to be a waffler, now he's a traitor. Walter Mondale is a flip-flopper. Michael Dukakis is a waffler. Ronald Reagan was the best president in history. The media is liberal. Bill Clinton is a flip-flopper. Hillary Clinton murdered Vince Foster. Bill & Hillary Clinton are radical leftists. Al Gore is a waffler. Al Gore claimed he invented the internet. Al Gore is boring, stiff and wonky. George W. Bush is a great guy to have a beer with. George W. Bush is a Texan. George Bush was a successful businessman. Bush won Florida in 2000. Losing by 2 million votes in 2000 is a mandate. This administration will hold itself accountable. Bush will restore honor and integrity to the White House. The Clinton administration trashed the White House before the Bush administration took over. Bush will make health insurance affordable for low-income families. The Healthy Forests Initiative will help forests. No Child Left Behind will help children. The Clear Skies Initiative will reduce air pollution. Republicans are compassionate conservatives. It is executive privilege not to reveal the members of the energy task force. Vice President Cheney no longer has ties with Halliburton. Bush is not that familiar with Ken “Kenny Boy” Lay. There is no global warming. There is global warming, but humans aren't causing it. If there is global warming, it's actually good for us. There are legitimate scientists who dispute the "liberal" theories about global warming. Sex education causes STDs and increases pregnancy rates. HPV vaccine will cause teen sex cults. Unemployment numbers have never been so low. Outsourcing will create more jobs. The vast majority of Bush's tax cuts go to the bottom end of the spectrum. Tax breaks for Hummers are good for the economy. Tax cuts increase federal revenue. The estate tax hurts family farms. Privatizing Social Security will save Social Security. Citizens will earn more money for retirement with “private accounts.” Republican proposals to change Social Security are not plans to “privatize.” They are not “private accounts,” they are “personal accounts.” The budget deficit will be cut in half in four years. The economy is doing great. Nothing is more important in a time of war than cutting taxes. Bill Clinton is responsible for 9/11. Bill Clinton was offered Bin Laden on a silver platter and turned it down. No one could have anticipated airplanes flying into buildings. We have removed the Taliban from Afghanistan. Pat Tillman was killed by enemy fire. They hate us for our freedom. The creation of a department specializing in Domestic Security isn’t necessary. Refusing to support the creation of a new Department of Homeland Security is anti-American. The Patriot Act is needed to protect Americans. Giving up some freedoms is necessary to defend freedom. "Bin Laden Determined to Strike within the U.S." was a historical document. You're either with us or against us. We don’t want the smoking gun to be in the form of a mushroom cloud. The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa. Anyone who leaks information will no longer be a part of this administration. There can be no doubt that Saddam has reconstituted his WMD program. The only way to get Zarqawi is to invade Iraq. Saddam Hussein attacked us on 9/11. We're fighting them over there so we don't have to fight them here. Critics of the war are liberal, left-wing radicals. Opposition to the war gives aid and comfort to the enemy. Democrats hate America. Dissent is unpatriotic. The Iraqis will welcome us with open arms and flowers. It could take six days, six weeks - I doubt six months. Several hundred thousand troops is wildly off the mark. Democrats voted for the war too. Iraq is the central front on the war on terrorism. Yellow ribbon magnets on your car mean you support the troops. Iraqi oil will pay for the war and the reconstruction. US liability for the war shouldn’t be more than a billion dollars. Saddam would not let the weapons inspectors in the country. Saddam would not let the weapons inspectors do their jobs. There is a large international coalition participating in “Operation Iraqi Freedom.” We know where the WMD are. They’re in the area around Baghdad and Tikrit and north, south, west and east somewhat. Those trucks we found in Iraq were mobile biological weapons labs. Iraq sent its WMDs to Syria. Mission accomplished. The violence is the result of a few Baathist dead-enders. The insurgency is in its last throes. Bring It On. No one could have anticipated the Iraqi insurgency. There is no civil war in Iraq. We've turned a corner in Iraq. A spike in violence in Iraq is a sign of American success as insurgents resist positive changes. A decline in violence in Iraq is indicative of American success in getting a handle on Iraqi security. If our military commanders need more troops, all they have to do is ask for them. Abu Ghraib was the result of “a few bad apples.” There is no need for a bill banning the use of torture. We do not torture. A “signing statement” freeing the executive branch from having to follow a law is necessary during a time of war. Progress as a result of the “historic” pass of sovereignty, formation of government, election in Iraq will be seen in the next 6 to 8 months. When they stand up, we'll stand down. A plan to withdraw troops is defeatist. U.S. beliefs that Iraq had WMD was an intelligence lapse. The WMD mistakes were made in good faith. Congress had access to the same intelligence on Iraq. The Founding Fathers were Christians. George W. Bush is a Christian man. America is a Christian nation. There is a war on Christmas. There is a war on Easter. Democrats and the ACLU want to ban the bible. Democrats and the ACLU want to make it illegal to pray. Bush was elected by “values voters.” Dems struggle to attract “values voters.” Jesus would have voted for Bush. Gay marriage threatens the sanctity of marriage. Republicans are pro-life. Democrats are the party of death. Evolution isn't supported by the facts. There are legitimate scientists who dispute the "liberal" theories about evolution. Man existed alongside the dinosaurs. The earth is 6,000 years old. Terry Schiavo wanted to live. Michael Schiavo wanted to murder his wife. Michael Schiavo abused his wife. Terry Schiavo can laugh, smile & communicate. Terry Schiavo can recover. The country is 'bitterly divided' over the Schiavo controversy. George W. Bush is a war hero. John Kerry isn't. John Kerry shot himself in the leg to earn his medals. Max Cleeland blew off his own limbs. Bush is a war president. Bush is a popular president. The Democrats are weak on national security Bush critics are 'shrill,' 'angry,' 'bitter’ John Kerry was against the $87 million before he was for it. John Kerry is a flip-flopper. John Kerry outed Mary Cheney. Howard Dean is insane. Diebold voting machines are secure. Fox News is fair and balanced. Jeff Gannon is a journalist. Bill O’Reilly looks out for you by cutting through the spin to get to the truth. Chris Matthews will not let anything get by him. Tim Russert asks the tough questions. Dan Rather got what was coming to him. No one could have anticipated the breech of the levies. Kathleen Blanco never asked for federal help. Ray Nagin should have used the buses. All of the president’s nominations should be given an “up or down vote.” John Roberts would be a great Supreme Court justice. Harriet Miers would be a great Supreme Court justice. Harriet Miers is the best candidate to fill the Supreme Court vacancy. It is not necessary to give Harriet Miers an immediate “up or down vote.” Sam Alito is the best candidate to fill the Supreme Court vacancy. It is the duty of Congress to approve the President’s nominations. Tom DeLay is decent Christian businessman. The Delay investigation is the result of a rabidly partisan prosecutor. Nobody at the White House knows Jack Abramoff. Democrats took money from Jack Abramoff too. The Corruption scandals are bipartisan. The 9/11 plot would have been discovered with the NSA domestic spying program. Press reports about warrantless wire tapping undermines American national security. Bill Clinton did it too. Democrats don't want to wiretap terrorists. Whenever we say "wiretap," that means we're going to get a court order. The government is tapping your phone to protect you. Leaks of classified information authorized by the President are ok because he can de-classify anything at will. Leaks of classified information to the press by a whistleblower to expose illegal activity are treasonous and will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. You cannot have Civil Liberties if you are dead. Anyone who thinks Dubai shouldn't control our ports is racist. No one who thinks we should build a wall along the Mexican border is racist. The national anthem should only be sung in English. Mexicans must be stopped from taking jobs Americans won't do. George W. Bush is a decider. Dick Cheney is a sober shooter. Joe Wilson admitted that Valerie Plame wasn't covert. Valerie Plame is a traitor. Joseph Wilson is a traitor. Patrick Fitzgerald is going to indict Joe Wilson. Karl Rove has a faulty memory. Scooter Libby has a faulty memory. Gas prices are high because of liberal environmentalists. Gas prices are high because of taxes. Drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge will lower the price of oil. High gas prices are the result of increased global demand. Capping gas prices interferes with the free market. Gas is still cheaper in America than in Europe. Windfall taxes on high oil company profits is socialism. It’s surprising that Bush’s poll numbers are so low since people like him so much. Basically everybody likes the president except for a few wackos on the left. George Bush doesn't read the polls. The Democrats are in disarray. The Democrats are struggling to take advantage of opportunities even with a weakened GOP. Some Democrat party insiders are concerned the party is too liberal. Some Democrat party insiders say Howard Dean is destroying the party. Howard Dean can't raise money. The Republican Party is the party of ideas. Democrats lack new ideas. Democrats are struggling to articulate ideas. Democrats take a political hit criticizing Bush when he has strong poll numbers. Democrats look like they are “piling on” if they criticize Bush when he has weak poll numbers. Al Gore is an angry madman. John McCain is a maverick. John McCain is a straight shooter. Hillary Clinton will be the Democrat nominee in 2008. -You really must read the whole post. Update, Election results for 2000

28 May 2006

 

Every once in a while you stop to look around.

For the most part, what I see in my day to day life isn’t that bad. I don’t see any hoards of (illegal) immigrants coming to take my, or anyone else’s, jobs. Although I don’t see that many jobs to be had by anyone. I don’t see the institution of marriage breaking down any quicker than it was yesterday, or the day before, or last decade either. I do see crime and drug use at historic lows. Abortions too. I do see a lot more SUV’s and trucks in front lawns with “for sale” signs on them. I don’t find much to watch on the T.V. these days beyond “The Sopranos,” and the season finale is next Sunday anyways. I get what I need from the internet. Maybe these are the calm and fair last few days of the Empire. The, “before the storm,” type deal. Maybe there hasn’t been a real Empire since the last President to wear a top hat to his inauguration was shot a few short years thereafter. Maybe America still lurks under all the trappings of nostalgia, and is just waiting for a storm shake the trees, pound the roof, and batter the shutters. Suns out, have a beer. Here's to the memory, and here's to what we have to show for it. Oh, and thanks, Carl, you Krazy Katzen, for reminding me of this:
"I've always been amazed that the very people forced to live in the worst parts of town, go to the worst schools, and who have it the hardest are always the first to step up, to defend us. They serve so that we don't have to. They offer to give up their lives so that we can be free. It is remarkably their gift to us. And all they ask for in return is that we never send them into harm's way unless it is absolutely necessary." - Michael Moore, Farenheit 9/11

27 May 2006

 

Ed, Edd n' Eddy


26 May 2006

 

For your weekend reading.

The NSA Surveillance Program is Illegal
(H/T) Moonbatty
 

Official Business

Thank you for contacting my Washington, DC office. The concerns of my New York constituents are very important to me and I appreciate that you took the time to share yours with me. Please know that as I participate in discussions on the issues before the United States Senate, the thoughts and the opinions of all New Yorkers who write or call are given careful consideration. Please check my website for updates on the issues being considered by the Senate.
This is what I recieve in the mail after months of calling Senator Clinton's regional office in Syracuse and her offices in DC. All I wanted was an answer as to the Senators position on Senator Feingold's resolution to censure President Bush. Looks like I'm not going to get one other than her silence.

25 May 2006

 

Boo Hoo Hastert

- Hastert is demanding a retraction from ABC. Now they think the power of the Executive Branch is geating too strong...after it effects them. Convenient. (H/T)Crooks and Lairs.

24 May 2006

 

Happy Birthday Bob.

Robert Allen Zimmerman, born 24 May 1941
-Where is this Generations Dylan? Where is this generation's Pete Seeger for that matter?

 

This kinda stuff makes sense, that's why it'll never see the light of day.

Hawks for Withdrawal

by TOM HAYDEN

[posted online on May 17, 2006]

Democrats are slowly but surely uniting around a plan for military withdrawal designed by the Center for American Progress, a think tank linked to Clinton-era Democrats and headed by former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta.

§ Immediately reduce our troop presence at a rate of 9,000 per month to a total of 60,000 by the end of 2006, and to "virtually zero" by the end of 2007.

§ Bring home all National Guard units this year.

§ Double the number of US troops in Afghanistan, place an Army division in Kuwait, an expeditionary force in the Persian Gulf and an additional 1,000 special forces in Africa and Asia.

§ Shift the central paradigm of Iraq policy "from nation-building to conflict resolution."

§ Appoint a presidential peace envoy to organize a Geneva conference under United Nations auspices to "broker a deal" on security, militias and the division of power and oil resources.

§ Obtain international funds for Iraqi reconstruction with a greater emphasis placed on Iraqi jobs. Use the assistance to leverage power-sharing agreements on provincial levels.

§ Make key policy shifts, declaring that the United States seeks no permanent bases in Iraq and "intensifying its efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."


23 May 2006

 

War, what is it good for?

Amid War, Troops See Safety in Reenlisting The military offers steady wages, housing and a health plan -- benefits that many service members find scarce in civilian life. By Faye Fiore, Times Staff Writer May 21, 2006
TACOMA, Wash. — The first time Staff Sgt. Matthew Kruger came home from Iraq, he and his wife, Maggie, went straight into marriage counseling. The second time, she threatened to divorce him if he didn't get out of the Army. The separations were tearing them apart. So in July, to save his seven-year marriage, Kruger quit the service. Then he looked around the job market, and it didn't take long to figure out that leaving the Army held its own perils. Nothing offered him the financial security of his military job — especially the generous health coverage for his wife and three small children. And so, 29 years old and with no other place to turn, Kruger spent his first full day of freedom at a military processing center, signing up for four more years.
I can relate, sounds about like my own story. I'm about to re-up for 6 years in the National Guard when I get back from MOS school later this summer. Just five more to go until retirement after that. I thought I was smart when I got out, after the many deployments and everything, going into the National Guard. That was in the begining of 2004, right when they really started ramping up the deployment of Guard units. In fact, they deployed the very unit I was headed to before I even got home to New York. So I guess I wasn't smart, I just had good timing. Oh, and New York . . . nothing but minimum wage jobs. That's one reason I can't seem to sever myself from the military life. Like the article above says:
For many service members, it's a matter of balancing risk: Within the military, multiple deployments are commonplace, and more than 2,400 U.S. troops have been killed in Iraq and 18,000 have been wounded. Outside the military, 46 million people in the U.S. have no health insurance, and those who do pay increasingly higher prices for it.
Now that the Guard has been broken by so many deployments it is unlikely I'll be sent overseas for awhile. A National Guard soldier can't be deployed for more than two years in a five year time period without signing a voluntary waiver. This creates gaps in units that preclude them from being deployed in the first place. Of course that doesn't mean that the day wont come eventually, there is always the chance of being swept up as back fill for one of these units that is under-manned. That's brings up issues on how these units that have never trained together are suppose to function effectivly, along with all the other issues a deployment brings on the home front with a soldiers family having no support group and not even knowing the other families from the unit (families that may even live hundreds of miles across the state).
You wonder why so many people, having come out of the military, having been Conservative, end up Liberal. It's seems natural to me. I think put it best when Markos Moulitsas described why he's a Democrat:

There's a reason most vets running for office this year are running as Democrats. The military is perhaps the ideal society -- we worked hard but the Army took care of us in return. All our basic needs were met -- housing, food, and medical care. It was as close to a color-blind society as I have ever seen. We looked out for one another. The Army invested in us. I took heavily subsidized college courses and learned to speak German on the Army's dime. I served with people from every corner of the country. I got to party at the Berlin Wall after it fell and explored Prague in those heady post-communism days. I wasn't just a tourist; I was a witness to history.

The Army taught me the very values that make us progressives -- community, opportunity, and investment in people and the future. Returning to Bush Senior's America, I was increasingly disillusioned by the selfishness, lack of community, and sense of entitlement inherent in the Republican philosophy. The Christian Coalition scared the heck out of me. And I was offended by the lip service paid to national service when most Republicans couldn't be bothered to wear combat boots. I voted for Bush in 1992, but that was the last time I voted Republican.


22 May 2006

 

BAGHDAD ER

God damn. The soldiers of the 86th Combat Support Hospital are just amazing people. I hope I never have to meet them, or one of their brethern, though. If you watched last nights show and the tears didn't flow, I don't know what to say. I couldn't imagine going through that day in, and day out, for a years tour.

'Baghdad ER': Saluting Valor On the Medical Front Lines

By Tom Shales
Washington Post
Staff Writer
Saturday, May 20, 2006; C01

To read political motives into "Baghdad ER," a poignant and powerful documentary about military medical personnel working in Iraq, would be to insult and diminish not only the film but also its subjects. Even so, the right wing has started flapping already, and the Pentagon reputedly finds the movie worrisome.

Truth is always worrisome to those with vested interests. Those who would denigrate the film --which is a lesson in humanity, not politics--presumably have chosen to ignore the printed prologue on the screen: "This film is a tribute to the heroism and sacrifice of the soldiers who are the patients and staff of the 86th Combat Support Hospital" -- men and women working feverishly and around the clock to put wounded soldiers back together amid the horror of a bedeviling war.


21 May 2006

 

See me through, Waterfall

Well, a change has been overdue. It would suck to be one of the bigger blogs that suffers from Scooby Doo syndrome, having to wear the same clothes episode after episode just so the children feel comfortable and identify. I’m hoping to also change the format somewhat, I’ve tried the epistle approach in the past, but that became just one big shout fest I didn’t have time to moderate. The “Document the Atrocities” style will always be around in a pinch, but what I’d like to lean toward more in the future is something along the lines of actual journalism. The picture to the left is of the waterfalls at Fillmore Glen State Park, in my old home town of Moravia, New York. I’ve spent many a hot summer day lounging around in the pool up at the top. Summer 2004 I worked at the Park. Good memories. That’s the point though; I want to have more pictures of real people and places, and stories to accompany them. The battles that my favorite big leaguers wage--Kos, Crooks and Lairs, Atrios—need to be fought, but I want to make people real. So much of what has led to the current situation here in America is the dehumanizing tactics of the pundits and prophet of the Right. As always, if you have any suggestions on the format, more padding here, font is too small, let me know. I hope to be adding Java Script that will change the main picture for every refresh. I’m also trying to fit in a menu that will slide in from the left and cover the area where the picture is and display my links.

20 May 2006

 

Sometimes you don't want to be right. But you know that you are.

"Military officials told NBC News that the Marine Corps' own evidence appears to show Murtha is right."

19 May 2006

 

See any of them Varmints?

Captions please... Blog round up: The Lie Lives On ... and On ... and On

NSA, turning America into a War Zone!

DOG BITES MAN, PART 587

18 May 2006

 

The Battle of Evermore

This is the kind of thing that makes it hard to stop blogging:
Bush Supporting Somali Warlords Responsible for Downing U.S. Black Hawk
Today, the Washington Post reported that the U.S. has been “secretly supporting secular warlords who have been waging fierce battles against Islamic groups for control of the capital, Mogadishu.”
The Bush administration is “backing the warlords as part of its global war against terrorism,” even though some of these warlords “reportedly fought against the United States in 1993 during street battles that culminated in an attack that downed two U.S. Black Hawk helicopters and left 18 Army Rangers dead.”
-I wonder if these soldiers in the picture below ever could ever imagine...
Photos taken by former medic and Battle of Mogadishu veteran Mark Jackson while stationed in Mogadishu, Somalia with the 10th Mountain Division from Aug - Dec 1993. Jackson caption for the photo, "Shocked members of TF 2-14 stare blankly at helicopters evacuating wounded and dead soldiers from the stadium."

17 May 2006

 

aMERICAN mUSIC

- My "American Music" final project for Web Design is done. Last one. No more school for a while. Plus in a couple of weeks I'll be done with my time at the Task Force in anticipation of leaving for El Paso in June. My readership has dwindled to a few loyal friends and I want to thank you all for your patients. I'm going to take a little break. When I come back I'll tell you about the little West Texas town of El Paso.

 

I'll see your Melvins and raise you some Mudhoney.

-I couldn't find "Touch Me, I'm Sick" -So, Here Comes Sickness...

15 May 2006

 

Oh, shit...the cameras are on?!

lol... - O.k., not bad, not bad. 6,000 troops, one year. I was with him untill he had the nerve to say that the reason so many employers had problems avoiding hiring illegal immigrants was because of document fraud. What a cop out. Otherwise, not bad. Which means only one thing...the Conservative base probably didn't get the red meat it was looking for.

-Update, The Morning After Edition

There's no morning after pill to solve this mess for the right

Michelle Malkin

Powerline

Hugh Hewitt

Confederate Yankee

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL...


 

Deploy guns and badges

Bush to Propose Guard Troops for Border

WASHINGTON — In a move designed to win support for immigration reform from get-tough conservatives, President Bush plans to send thousands of National Guard troops to help secure the Mexican border.

Bush, in a speech to the nation Monday, will propose using the troops as a stopgap measure while the Border Patrol builds up its resources to more effectively secure the 2,000-mile line between the U.S. and Mexico, said two White House officials speaking on a condition of anonymity before the president is scheduled to speak at 8 p.m. EDT.

---

-Hey, I don't care, I'll go down there and collect some special duty pay for sitting around sweating my ass off on the border. More money in my pocket. I'm just wondering why, if this is such a priority, why we can't fully fund the Border Patrol in the first place. Probably the same reason we can't fully fund the Veterans Administration, and everything else. The Iraq War is sucking our coffers dry. It's always cheaper to have a soldier do what a State or Federal agency does anyways. Seems I heard something of this , "deploy Guns and Badges" strategery somewhere before...

P.S. Click on the Shamrock for a fast-forward Flashback.


14 May 2006

 

Waste is not moral.

oxygen - willie mason I wanna be better than oxygen So you can breath when you're drowning and weak in the knees I wanna speak louder than Ritalin for all the children who think they've got a disease I wanna be cooler than TV for all the kids that are wondering what they're going to be We can be stronger than bombs if you're singing along and you know that you really believe We can be richer than industry as long as we know there's things we don't really need We can speak louder than ignorance coz we speak in silence every time our eyes meet On and on and on it goes The world it just keeps spinning Until I'm dizzy Time to breathe So close my eyes and start again anew I wanna see through all the lies of society, to the reality, happiness is at stake I wanna hold up my head with dignity, proud of a life where to give means more than to take I wanna live beyond the modern mentality where paper is all that you're really taught to create Do you remember the forgotten America? Justice, equality, freedom to every race Just need to get past all the lies and hypocrisy, make up and hair, to the truth beyond every face Then look around to all the people you see How many of them are happy and free? I know it sounds like a dream but it's the only thing that can get me to sleep at night I know it's hard to believe but it's easy to see something here isn't right I know the future looks dark but it's there that the kids of today must carry the light On and on and on it goes The world it just keeps spinning Until I'm dizzy Time to breathe So close my eyes and start again anew If I'm afraid to catch a dream I weave you baskets and I float them down the river stream Each one I weave with words I speak To carry love to your relief I wanna be better than oxygen So you can breath when you're drowning and weak in the knees I wanna speak louder than Ritalin for all the children who think they've got a disease I wanna be cooler than TV for all the kids that are wondering what they're going to be We can be stronger than bombs if you're singing along and you know that you really believe We can be richer than industry as long as we know there's things we don't really need We can speak louder than ignorance coz we speak in silence every time our eyes meet On and on and on it goes The world it just keeps spinning Until I'm dizzy Time to breathe So close my eyes and start again anew

12 May 2006

 

Weekend at Cheney's

U.S. President George W. Bush speaks during a meeting about the situation in Iraq with current and former U.S. secretaries of state and defense at the White House in Washington May 12, 2006. From left are Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Vice President Dick Cheney, Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque -I know, I know...it's an old joke, but WTF?! Does this guy have an Ambien problem or something?

 

Bush hiring policy: Always replace one criminal with another.

Hayden, President Bush's pick to replace Porter Goss as head of the CIA, contracted with MZM Inc. for the services of Lt. Gen. James C. King, then a senior vice president of the company, the sources say. MZM was owned and operated by Mitchell Wade, who has admitted to bribing former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham with $1.4 million in money and gifts. Wade has also reportedly told investigators he helped arrange for prostitutes to entertain the disgraced lawmaker, and he continues to cooperate with a federal inquiry into the matter.
-a Drunk always needs an Enabler...

11 May 2006

 

We know everything about you, and this will go down on your permanent record...

Update: Bush Claims Program That Monitors Tens of Millions of Americans ‘Strictly Targets Al Qaeda’ -Fool me once...
Unable to get comfortable with what NSA was proposing, Qwest's lawyers asked NSA to take its proposal to the FISA court. According to the sources, the agency refused The NSA's explanation did little to satisfy Qwest's lawyers. "They told (Qwest) they didn't want to do that because FISA might not agree with them," one person recalled. For similar reasons, this person said, NSA rejected Qwest's suggestion of getting a letter of authorization from the U.S. attorney general's office. A second person confirmed this version of events.
-Only one company willing to stand up for America?

10 May 2006

 

Another Gem

"Turnover" Layafette Park, Washington D.C. 01/12/91

 

It's in the Republican dictionary, look it up

This is how Republicans define loyalty -->
"This is much bigger and wider than just Randy 'Duke' Cunningham. All that has just not come out yet, but it won't be much longer and then you will know just how widespread this is."

 

Ain't it a Shame

-Some things will never change...

08 May 2006

 

ROFL

Fish tales, or a Shit sandwich, take your pick... (H/T) The Green Knight

07 May 2006

 

We are Citizens too.

May is National Military Appreciation Month, and I'm not going to let Michelle Malkin have a monopoly on it. We always hear the old adage that, "freedom is not free," and how America's soldiers are on the frontlines today, as they've been through the ages, defending our freedom of speech (so you'd better shut up about the War), yet as we've seen before with the case of Daniel Goetzit and Leonard Clark, sometimes the freedoms we are told our soldiers are fighting for don't always apply to them, especially when they dare to offer dissent.

Being in the military, I understand there are natural limits to what you can say on a blog about military operations, or things that might effect the "good order and discipline" of a unit, but I don't understand what honest political discourse has to do with either of these areas. I do understand what happens when the military suppresses this kind of speech. It certainly doesn't help retention efforts. There are, however, more positive side effects.

Meet Leonard Clark less than a year latter.

Leonard Clark - Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate I support impeachment of President Bush and the entire administration! The undeclared war in Iraq was a bad idea, based on lies, and our continued presence there is a mistake. We should end our occupation as soon as possible. The undeclared war in Iraq is not only costing lives, but money that would be better spent elsewhere. We need to bring fiscal responsibility back to government. As much as possible, I am an environmentalist, and support positive environmental legislation. April 22nd is Earth Day, but in my view, every day should be Earth Day!
Leonard Clark http://www.thedamnliberal.com/ Grassroots Democrats for Leonard Clark 6230 W Echo Ln Glendale, AZ 85302 Phone: 623-205-2832 Email: leonardclark385@hotmail.com

You want to support the military? Really? Support this guy. Support these Veterans, as well. If you can find a Republican Veteran running for office, let me know. I'm not completely partisan about the whole thing, it's just a rare thing these days to find an Elephant in uniform unless there's a photo-op on an Aircraft carrier involved. We in the military need to find our voice. It's our duty.

(H/T) Democratic Vet


06 May 2006

 

He's lost it.

World War III.

05 May 2006

 

Liberal Media Myth exposed once again.

Rep. Kennedy Crashes Into Security Barrier Officers Suspect Intoxication, Congressman Blames Prescription Drugs By Del Quentin Wilber, Allan Lengel and Bill Brubaker Washington Post Staff Writer Friday, May 5, 2006; 1:18 PM

Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy had "red and watery" eyes, "slightly slurred" speech and unsteady balance after his car crashed into a security barrier near the Capitol early yesterday, a police report said.

The Democratic congressman from Rhode Island has been charged with three infractions, the report said.

Capitol Hill Police officers at the scene suspected Kennedy might have been intoxicated, a police union official had said yesterday.

You absolutely gotta be fucking kidding me. It's on every channel. Patrick Kennedy scrapes the right rear quarter-panel of his Mustang, receives three tickets, and afterward annouces he's seeking treatment for addiction to prescription drugs. All of a sudden it's like Rush Limbaugh meets Dicky Cheney shooting a guy. All this attention on Kennedy while elsewhere in the world Darfur peace talks are moving forward, and Blair removes Jack Straw as foreign secretary. Oh, that's right, he is a Kennedy. This will be an excellent chance to reair footage of Chappaquiddick for the thousandth time.
Of course this ain't even shit when you consider the real biggest story of the day, or the one the so called "Liberal Media," has bobbled: Porter Goss resigns as CIA chief 'I honestly believe that we have improved dramatically,' he says
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- CIA Director Porter Goss is resigning, President Bush announced Friday. "Porter's tenure at the CIA was one of transition, where he's helped this agency become integrated into the intelligence community, and that was a tough job," Bush said in a photo session with Goss at the Oval Office.
Think Progress has the real story about Goss that Bush's lapdogs in the Press have failed to report:
For more than a decade, Cunningham-linked defense contractor Brent Wilkes curried favor with lawmakers and CIA officials by hosting weekly parties at lavish hospitality suites at the Watergate and Westin hotels in Washington. Guests would gamble, socialize, and sometimes receive prostitutes; according to Harper’s magazine, the festivities “began early with poker games and degenerated” into what one source described “as a ‘frat party’ scene — real bacchanals.”

GOSS’ NO. 3 ADMITS ATTENDING PARTIES: The highest-ranking CIA official to admit he attended the poker parties thrown by Wilkes is Executive Director Kyle “Dusty” Foggo, the agency’s third-ranking official. (Foggo even “occasionally hosted the poker parties at his house in northern Virginia,” though he denies ever seeing prostitutes at the gatherings.) Foggo’s connections to Wilkes and fellow contractor Mitchell Wade are now the focus of an investigation into CIA contracts by the agency’s inspector general, first made public in March. One of Wilkes’ companies, Archer Logistics, won a contract to provide supplies to CIA agents in Afghanistan and Iraq despite having “no previous experience with such work, having been founded a few months before the contract was granted.”

GOSS CONNECTED? Last week, Harper’s magazine reported that party-goers “under intense scrutiny by the FBI are current and former lawmakers on Defense and Intelligence committees — including one person who now holds a powerful intelligence post.” CIA Director Porter Goss is perhaps the only individual who fits such a description. (Goss denied the accusations through a spokesperson.) But the alleged links between Goss, Foggo, and Wilkes led some to return to questions raised when Goss initially selected Foggo to be executive director in November 2004. At the time, the decision was viewed with skepticism since Foggo’s previous position was as a “midlevel procurement supervisor,” and because following his unexpected selection, “Porter Goss lieutenant Patrick Murray went to then-Associate Deputy Director of Operations for Counterintelligence Mary Margaret Graham and informed her that if anything leaked about other Goss appointments — in particular, Foggo’s — she would be held responsible.”

Project on Government Oversight fellow Jason Vest reported last week that much of Foggo’s counterintelligence file “has to do with various social encounters over the years, none of which he’s been deceptive about when polygraphed, and all of which have been deemed to be of no threat to operational security — but are still the types of things that could be embarrassing for Goss and the Agency.” Vest suggests the latest reports raise important questions about the “relationship between Foggo and Wilkes, and the relationship of each with Goss.”
-Although I do wonder when Rep McKinney is going to hold a news conference to inquire if Kennedy was wearing his Congressional Pin during the incident.

04 May 2006

 

The Jig is up...

Via Think Progress:
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- To bad the guy didn't have time to call Rummy on the fact that the U.S. knew where Zarqawi was and let him go so they could have their little war...

03 May 2006

 

This concludes our broadcasting day...

I'll be out of the office today. It's a longish read, but take a look at the press release by Russ Feingold below. Enjoy it while I'm out on the road in a Government Ford Expidition burning Dinosaurs. You also might want to check out this.
 

Russ 08'

Via Commen Dreams:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAY 2, 20069:15 AM CONTACT: Senator Russ Feingold
Zach Lowe (202) 224-8657
Statement of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold On the Redeployment of U.S. Troops from Iraq by December 31, 2006
As prepared for delivery from the Senate floor

WASHINGTON - May 2 - Mr. President, our country desperately needs a new vision for strengthening our national security, and it starts by redeploying U.S. forces from Iraq and refocusing our attention on the global terrorist threats that face us. I have filed an amendment that requires the redeployment of U.S. forces from Iraq by December 31st, 2006.

Unfortunately, Mr. President, the Senate will not be given the opportunity to vote on this amendment if we invoke cloture on the emergency supplemental bill that we will be considering shortly.

This body has failed time and again to debate the direction of our country’s policy in Iraq. Three years ago the President landed on an aircraft carrier and declared “Mission Accomplished” in Iraq. Today, with thousands of lives lost and billions of dollars spent, we are still no closer to a policy that lifts the burden from our troops and taxpayers, and that actually makes our country safer from the terrorist networks that seek to hurt us.

By failing to discuss alternatives to the Administration’s failed Iraq policy, we have let down this institution and our constituents. We simply cannot continue to avoid asking the tough questions about Iraq. We should not be appropriating billions of dollars for Iraq without debating – and demanding -- a strategy to complete our military mission there. Not when the lives of our soldiers and the safety of our country are at risk, Mr. President.

Mr. President, our military has performed heroically in Iraq, but the continued and indefinite presence of large numbers of U.S. forces there significantly weakens our ability to fight the global terrorist networks that threaten us today.

That is why I filed an amendment requiring the Pentagon to draw up a flexible timeline for redeployment of U.S. forces from Iraq by the end of this year. The President has repeatedly failed to spell out for the American people when we can expect our troops to redeploy from Iraq. He has refused to provide a vision for ending our military mission in Iraq, and as a result a growing majority of Americans have lost confidence in our purpose, our direction, and our presence in Iraq.

Last August, I proposed a target date for withdrawal when I suggested U.S. troops leave Iraq by the end of 2006. This amendment in part reflects the fact that the Administration has made no progress – no progress whatsoever – in developing a clear vision for ending our military mission, redeploying U.S. troops from Iraq, and refocusing on the real national security threats that face our country.

My amendment spells out what an increasing number of military, intelligence, and diplomatic officials have been saying for some time – that a massive and seemingly indefinite U.S. presence in Iraq is destabilizing and potentially damaging to Iraqi efforts to rebuild their government and their country. Our presence is generating instability in Iraq, and unless we make it clear that our intent is to leave, and to leave now, our presence is more harmful than it is helpful.

More important, though, is the fact that our current Iraq policy is making the United States weaker, not stronger. We need to redeployU.S. forces from Iraq because, as a result of our current costly and burdensome presence in Iraq, we are unable to direct our resources worldwide to defeat the wide and growing network of terrorist organizations that seek to harm Americans. This Administration has compounded its misguided decision to wage war in Iraq by refusing to recognize the consequences of its actions – the tremendous cost to our brave troops and their loved ones, the drain on our financial resources, and the burden on our nation’s national security resources and infrastructure, which are unable to focus on new and emerging threats to our country.

I don’t have to point very far, Mr. President, to show how imbalanced and burdensome our policies in Iraq are. While we have spent, according to the Congressional Research Service, upwards of $6 billion dollars per week during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and $1.3 billion per week during Operation Enduring Freedom, we are spending a little more than $2 million annually – not weekly -- in Somalia, a known haven for terrorists and criminals and a true threat to our national security. This supplemental appropriation, if passed, will increase the cost of this war to $320 billion and rising. Mr. President, this is simply unsustainable, and because the President has failed to provide us with any semblance of a vision for when our troops will be redeployed, we can expect more of the same for years to come. That is, unless the Congress finally requires the Administration to develop an Iraq strategy that includes a flexible timeline for redeploying our troops by the end of 2006.

Mr. President, my amendment recognizes the need to maintain a minimal level of U.S. forces in Iraq beyond 2006. Those forces will be needed for engaging directly in targeted counter-terrorism activities, training Iraqi security forces, and protecting essential U.S. infrastructure and personnel.

Mr. President, it is time for Members of Congress to stand up to an Administration that continues to lead us astray in what has become an extremely costly and mistaken war. We need to hold this Administration accountable for its neglect of urgent national security priorities in favor of staying a flawed policy course in Iraq. And we need to tell the Administration that they it can’t continue to send our men and women in uniform into harm’s way without a clear and convincing strategy for success.

Some have suggested that we should tie our military presence in Iraq to whether or not Iraqis are able to form a unity government. While I share their frustration with the status quo, decisions about our troop presence should be based on what is best for our country’s national security. Making decisions about our troop levels contingent on a political solution in Iraq doesn’t make sense – our troops should not be held hostage to the failure to bring about a political solution in Iraq.

Here’s the bottom line: We need to refocus on fighting and defeating the terrorist network that attacked this country on September 11, 2001, and that means placing our Iraq policy in the context of a global effort, rather than letting it dominate our security strategy and drain vital security resources for an unlimited amount of time. The President’s Iraq-centric policies are preventing us from effectively engaging serious threats around the world, including Iran, global terrorist networks, and other emerging threats. We must change course in Iraq, and we must change course now, Mr. President. It is in this spirit that I filed this amendment to this supplemental spending bill. And, if I am not allowed a vote on my amendment to the supplemental, I can assure my colleagues that I will be looking for the next opportunity to bring this amendment to the floor for debate and a vote.

My colleagues are entitled to disagree with my approach. I welcome their suggestions and their advice. But what I really want is for the Senate to live up to its responsibility and engage in a serious debate about the topic that’s on the mind of every American – how to put our Iraq policy right and our national security policy right.


02 May 2006

 

'Nough Said

- Click on the picture for some hard hitting news...
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- Meanwhile that wacky Moonbat filled, angery Leftist blogosphere gets hung up on the truth thing again, The Raw Story:
According to current and former intelligence officials, Plame Wilson, who worked on the clandestine side of the CIA in the Directorate of Operations as a non-official cover (NOC) officer, was part of an operation tracking distribution and acquisition of weapons of mass destruction technology to and from Iran.
Reports Shuster in this rush transcript:
"INTELLIGENCE SOURCES SAY VALERIE WILSON WAS PART OF AN OPERATION THREE YEARS AGO TRACKING THE PROLIFERATION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS MATERIAL INTO IRAN. AND THE SOURCES ALLEGE THAT WHEN MRS. WILSON'S COVER WAS BLOWN, THE ADMINISTRATION'S ABILITY TO TRACK IRAN'S NUCLEAR AMBITIONS WAS DAMAGED AS WELL."

01 May 2006

 

bin Forgotten, Abu Musab Zarqawi

-I don't want to hear anymore shit about, "Clinton had bin Laden in his sights, and could have prevented 911." Not after this...

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