Saturday, September 30, 2006
"We had to manoeuvre across open ground for 200 metres. The scene was like a human abattoir. We fought off the Taliban, but were too late to save the French guys. All of us were shaking when we were flown back to base. One of the Afghan survivors said the French had been tied up, then gutted alive by the Taliban. It was one of the most shocking things I had ever heard."
Are you anxious to blur the separation of church and state?
Do you really believe in Jesus' teachings?
Do you really care about preventing abortion and allowing people to have as many children as they want?
Do you really support our troops?
Do you really think the War on Terror should involve Iraq?
Do you believe government should act in our interests and protect us?
Do you think the economy is doing well because of tax cuts for the rich?
Do you really believe what is being told to you? Really?
"I think there's a long post, if not a book, to be written about this particular truth, which is the Jeckyll-and-Hyde split between appearances and reality in 21st century America -- the America where prostitutes pose as journalists (or vice versa), "Christian" activists lobby for legalized torture, generals swagger like Rambo in front of the cameras but cringe before their civilian masters in private, libertarian law professors write secret memos justifying the creation of a police state, sworn enemies of big government gorge themselves on pork, vomit, then gorge some more, and U.S. Senators with the racial values of a klavern leader masquerade as "compassionate conservatives."
And then, of course, there's our president, who preaches democracy and freedom by day and rewrites the Geneva Conventions by night."
Nancy Pelosi is booed by Republicans as she asks for a recorded vote on the investigation resolution. Boehner blocks Pelosi and also tries to amend his earlier statements to the press.
Attaturk takes us down memory lane to show us Foley's revulsion at Clinton:
"It's vile," said Rep. Mark Foley, R-West Palm Beach. "It's more sad than anything else, to see someone with such potential throw it all down the drain because of a sexual addiction."
Update: a list of indiscretions by Republicans.
Update: Via Watertiger, a better list.
Friday, September 29, 2006
The thing that is breathtaking is that other congresspeople knew about Foley's ... problem a year ago. And let him continue ... as ... Co-Chair, Congressional Missing and Exploited Children's Caucus!
Geeeez!! Fox meet Henhouse, Henhouse, Fox.
Update: Josh Marshall connects the dots.
Ignore that man behind the curtain!
Bush is a modern day cowboy leading his party with a "No plan" towards victory. He continues to preach "Stay the course and be humiliated." The boy king now asserts the party of FDR has become a bunch of cut and runners. If he's so anxious to compare the trials of our own time to the challenges of World War II and others on the right equate what we're now facing with the greatest dangers of the past, it only seems appropriate that we see how GWB stacks up against the man who successfully led America through those darkest days towards victory and peace.
George W. Bush vs. Franklin Delano Roosevelt
FDR comes in with an enormous depression that left the economy in ruins. Foreclosures outstripped new home construction as businesses closed, factories were boarded up and millions left without work or homes.
GWB slipped into office with some of the most prosperous and productive years in the nation's history. He had a record government surplus. Unemployment and interest rates were both at historic lows, causing a huge surge in home construction and consumer spending.
FDR inherited a military that was the 17th largest in the world. Every weapon system in the army was either outdated, or simply non-functional. There were very few experienced officers and most of the men were poorly trained and equipped.
GWB is gifted with a
FDR faced off simultaneously with two superior militaries in the world, both of whom had more soldiers under arms, more ships, more tanks and more planes.
GWB's enemy is a small, irregular force of less than 10,000 men, most of them poorly armed. They don't have a single plane in their air force, not one ship in their navy and barely a handful of artillery. The most modern equipment they could boast were cast-offs from our own forces that were two decades or more out of date. Their training was erratic. They were outcasts, even among their own people, with little support and no ability to make or repair their equipment.
FDR swiftly pulled the nation together with a combination of skillful planning, he turned the tide of the fight into bold positive action. Soon, new ships were rolling out of the shipyards to replace the damaged fleet. Newly designed planes and tanks were replacing the outdated models. American forces were on the move making big gains in the Pacific and in
GWB started out well tackling Al Qaeda and the Taliban in
While fighting the war, FDR not only held the economy steady, he made gains as great as those of the soldiers in the field. He put in place programs that created jobs and turned the nation into an industrial powerhouse that produced decades of good wages and rising standards of living and he capped it all with Social Security, protecting the country from another depression.
During the first five years of his war, GWB racked up flat income growth, a stagnant economy causing the crumbling of the American infrastructure and industrial sector. His record surplus turned into even larger record deficits. A rising consumer debt and a growing trade deficit has made the economy less stable. Meanwhile, GWB funneled funds to his pals, while weakening the same safety measures FDR had put in place to protect the public.
Results of the War:
In less than four years between
At the end of five years, GWB's forces are worn down, stretched thin and facing one hit and run attack after another. The enemy is still on the march, stronger than ever. The insurgency in
Five years since September 11th, GWB hasn't even managed to defeat an enemy two hundred times smaller than the one FDR faced. An enemy with no factories to make weapons, no economy to keep them going, not even a country to call their own - an enemy so small they couldn't fill a basketball arena. With billions of dollars spent, GWB through his boneheaded tactics has let this ragtag militant non-army run circles around the greatest military ever created.
Compared to FDR, GWB is a dismal failure. GWB doesn't even come close to FDR's leadership qualities. Good thing GWB wasn't President during World War II. Bottom line, if
Thursday, September 28, 2006
So, while all are distracted by the torture bill and all that it means, the House pushes forward on the isolation and containment of Iran. That should piss off China, Russia,.....and Halliburton. Halliburton, who has been selling nuclear equipment to Iran.
"It is probably unrealistic to expect bright lines to be obvious at the moment they are crossed. But they don’t get much brighter than this: Congressional leaders have agreed to suspend habeus corpus, grant the President of the United States the power to torture, and allow the executive branch to operate beyond judicial review. The Administration will be free to dispense with the pretense that Abu Ghraib was a rogue operation of unsupervised underlings. Like a black hole, an Administration exercising unprecedented power accretes still more, with the blessings of those who cede it."
Update: Tristero thinks this bizarre vote in Congress was an attempt to show the world there still was a functioning government in the United States.
"Since the day after the 2000 election, Bush and his goons have been playing chicken with the very structure of the United States Government, double-daring anyone to try and stop them. If Congress does try - and I'm not talking little things like wrecking Social Security, that'll happen and a dictator can afford to let things like that wait a while, I'm talking atomic bang bang and thumbscrews - he will force the private Constitutional crisis into the open. And there is no guarantee that Bush will lose.
And that is the truth. The Congress has been given an awful choice: Vote to approve torture and the suspension of habeas or show the world that yes, you really do have no genuine power to check Bush."
A reminder from the past:
When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.
When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.
When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.
When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.
"In essence, it means that the entire criminal justice system in this country becomes discretionary in the hands of the president."
Kos asks us to rebuild the Democratic party with a spine.
Bush plans to party:
"With George W. Bush eager for a star-spangled signing ceremony as Congress adjourns this week for the election season, the House approved the administration bill by a 253-168 margin, while the Senate was expected Thursday to reject the last four amendments standing in the way of passage."
Update: I'm the King of you! by Jelly Pizza.
"The Bush administration’s original rationale for war, of course, was that invading Iraq would calm the Middle East and thereby eliminate terrorists. Instead, the occupation of Iraq provided a staging-ground for what have now become daily terrorist attacks against U.S. soldiers and Iraqi civilians alike. Worse still, it has become a place where terrorists are developing skills and contacts that they will likely use to attack other targets in places such as Europe and the United States. "
"If the Democrats do not stand up to the President on this [Bush Administration's executive detention and military commissions] bill, if they refuse to filibuster it or even threaten to filibuster it, they do not deserve to win any additional seats in the House or in the Senate. They will have delivered a grievous blow to our system of checks and balances, stained America's reputation around the world, and allowed an obscenity to disfigure the American system of law and justice. Far worse than a misguided zealot is the moral coward who says nothing and allows that zealotry to do real harm."
"Anti-U.S. and anti-globalization sentiment is on the rise and fueling other radical ideologies. This could prompt some leftist, nationalist, or separatist groups to adopt terrorist methods to attack US interests. The radicalization process is occurring more quickly, more widely, and more anonymously in the Internet age, raising the likelihood of surprise attacks by unknown groups whose members and supporters may be difficult to pinpoint." It continues: "We judge that groups of all stripes will increasingly use the Internet to communicate, propagandize, recruit, train and obtain logistical and financial support."
Glen proceeds to ask,"This NIE finding gives rise to this critical question: Are "leftist" groups one of the principal targets on the anti-terrorism agenda of the Bush administration, and if so, aren't the implications rather disturbing?"
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
"Clark thinks a strike on Iran will be a two week bombing, typical of the start to any modern conflict, targeting power, command and control, mobility, etc. Since our ground forces are stretched too thin to invade, there will probably be some special forces teams sent in, but not much else on the ground. Clark does not think BushCo has the guts or political clout to start the draft at this time. Interestingly, Clark is not anti-draft. He feels there is a time and place for the draft, and when the American public is in agreement about that time and place, America will use the draft again. But Iran will not be that time and place."
Update via Kevin Drum: Some in the "Bush administration are pushing for a more confrontational policy toward Iran."
How on earth did we get so low so fast?
"Mr. President I'm no damn COMMA!!
I am an American soldier and if you have no more respect for me than that, then I say to you sir that your words and indeed your deeds can only lead me to believe you are ignorant at best and a coward at worst and certainly not deserving of my respect and since you are in fact the President of the United States I must say I tend to believe you must be the later."
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Should you wear tin foil to keep the rays off, or will they make you bake faster?
I wonder what Bush will do with his time after he's done prezniting.....
Monday, September 25, 2006
"Dorfman concludes: "Can't the United States see that when we allow someone to be tortured by our agents, it is not only the victim and the perpetrator who are corrupted, not only the 'intelligence' that is contaminated, but also everyone who looked away and said they did not know, everyone who consented tacitly to that outrage so they could sleep a little safer at night, all the citizens who did not march in the streets by the millions to demand the resignation of whoever suggested, even whispered, that torture is inevitable in our day and age, that we must embrace its darkness?"
It smears us all and takes us down to the lowest denominator of ugliness and hate. We do not have to put up with those who are okay with torture because that is not who we are. Americans are better than that.
"The "free pass" has been withdrawn, Mr. Bush…
You did not act to prevent 9/11.
We do not know what you have done, to prevent another 9/11.
You have failed us — then leveraged that failure, to justify a purposeless war in Iraq which will have, all too soon, claimed more American lives than did 9/11.
You have failed us anew in Afghanistan.
And you have now tried to hide your failures, by blaming your predecessor.
And now you exploit your failure, to rationalize brazen torture — which doesn’t work anyway; which only condemns our soldiers to water-boarding; which only humiliates our country further in the world; and which no true American would ever condone, let alone advocate.And there it is, sir:
Are yours the actions of a true American?"
Messy attempts to shift the statements made by Clinton during the interview by Wallace to make Clinton look bad. And then modifying one's statements to fit the 'surprise' at the nasty attack.
And then, the internet tubes:
Trying to present oneself as a liberal commentor on the blogs and casting doubt on recent polls.
Basically lying and denigrating the power of the blogs and their activist readers.
Selling information obtained by illegally spying on internet activity, although NTodd shows how to not have your communications tracked.
First military action Bush does when he becomes preznit? Bomb Iraq.
Sunday, September 24, 2006
SPIEGEL: United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice thanked Syria for its role in preventing the attack. In return, however, you sharply criticized America's Middle East policies. Why didn't you take advantage of this rare gesture of goodwill?
Assad: Ms. Rice didn't thank us for our policies, only for our response to the attack. But this attack happened precisely because of American policies in our region.
SPIEGEL: Why should the Americans be at fault?
Assad: Because they contribute to hopelessness in our country, and to silencing the dialogue between cultures. And then there is the condescending language -- the expression "islamofascism," which President Bush used, is a prime example. The pope's recent comments are also part of it. Such statements complicate the situation and create this need for revenge.
Crooks and Liars has more.
British troops in Afghanistan are exhausted.
US military families speak out.
Saturday, September 23, 2006
More news. Osama is very ill in this one.
The Dead Collector: Bring out yer dead.
[a man puts a body on the cart]
Large Man with Dead Body: Here's one.
The Dead Collector: That'll be ninepence.
The Dead Body That Claims It Isn't: I'm not dead.
The Dead Collector: What?
Large Man with Dead Body: Nothing. There's your ninepence.
The Dead Body That Claims It Isn't: I'm not dead.
The Dead Collector: 'Ere, he says he's not dead.
Large Man with Dead Body: Yes he is.
The Dead Body That Claims It Isn't: I'm not.
The Dead Collector: He isn't.
Large Man with Dead Body: Well, he will be soon, he's very ill.
The Dead Body That Claims It Isn't: I'm getting better.
Update: Watertiger shows off her excellent photoshopping skills.
Friday, September 22, 2006
We were appreciated as the world's only superpower, but look what Bush did with it.
We were beginning to reduce the gap between the poor and rich, but look what Bush did with it.
We were able to keep lobbyists and corporations from setting up camp inside the White House, but look what Bush did with that.
We were protecting the environment and the national lands, but look what Bush did with it.
We were a country that supported science and education, but look what Bush did with them.
We were able to function peacefully with many religions and not let government interfer with individual civil rights, but look what Bush did with them.
We were able to act maturely and diplomatically on the world stage, but look what Bush did with it.
We were able to honor our many treaties and keep the peace with other nations, but look at what Bush did with it.
What on earth could possibly be wrong with the NSA partisan activities resisting the fight about the warrantless wiretapping?
What on earth could possibly be wrong with breaking the Geneva Convention?
What on earth could possibly be wrong with the American people that we aren't loudly protesting this? What on earth are we thinking? Why is this acceptable in any shape or form?
And what will it take to wake people up?
Thursday, September 21, 2006
On Wednesday, a Justice Department spokesman said Mr. Gonzales had intended to make only a narrow point: that deportations are now handled by the Department of Homeland Security, not the Department of Justice.
The spokesman, Charles Miller, said the attorney general forgot that at the time of Mr. Arar’s deportation, such matters were still handled by the Immigration and Naturalization Service, which was part of the Department of Justice.[snip]
The attorney general’s refusal to take responsibility for the government’s conduct in the case comes when the treatment of people detained in the campaign against terrorism is again at the center of public debate.
The CIA runs away from its secret prisons.
What will it be? A conveniently timed terrorist attack? A sadly necessary bombing of Iran's nuclear facilities? A deadly virus that prevents people from voting?
What will it be, Karl?
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Bush gives the same type of speech directed at the Iranians as he did to the Iraqis before he started a war with Iraq.
In short, the Democrats do well when everyone votes. The Republicans do well when fewer people vote. The one man one vote is a Democratic ideal. The property owner voter is the Republican ideal.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Monday, September 18, 2006
Bush doesn't care about the morale nor dignity of the United States. He's trying to save his ass. So support torture so he can stop being afraid of the Hague. Quick! Time is running out!
Just a reminder of what a real president can do.
Update: Dan Froomkin describes Friday's press conference and Bush's explanations as to why he wants to 'clarify' the Geneva Convention's definition of torture and what questions were NOT asked.
Update: Okaying Bush's torture modification will put Congress in trouble. "Jordan Paust, Professor of Law at the University of Houston warns Congress that to write legislation that tampers with due process rights of prisoners would subject members of Congress itself to a violation of the Hague Convention, which is itself a war crime."
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Saturday, September 16, 2006
25 stories you won't read/ hear about from the mainstream media.
10 reasons John Bolton is so angry.
The 10 worst people in the Bush Administration. (The writer had a hard time deciding.)
Only 10 years to get our act together before we melt the planet.
No brains and zero options.
Folks, many people have made the mistake of misunderestimating Bush again and again. He can't be that stupid. He can't be that vindictive or violent. He can't be that immature. He can't be that incapable of remorse or that messianic and delusionally religious.
It's time to face the fact that Bush is all these things and many more. He has been consistent from the earliest days of his regime - consistently incompetent, delusional, and violent. He does not bluff. He does exactly what he wants to do. And there is nothing he wants more right now than to use nukes on Iran. It's not merely because he's a kid with a cool popgun, but one shouldn't misunderestimate his impulsiveness and immaturity. It's also because he, and the other rightwing lunatics genuinely believe that since 1945, liberals have severely crippled America by making such a big deal out of nukes.
Friday, September 15, 2006
Bush's press conference illustrates the vagueness of the language in the Geneva Convention about torture because we apparently need to torture except we don't torture unless it's terrorists who know about the nuke and you have only 15 minutes to find out and you luckily have a waterboard and a car battery on hand even though it's been proved that information gathered under torture is unreliable and it makes us lose our moral high ground and threatens our soldiers but Bush doesn't care because he really really wants to torture and wants his people to back him up.... except when they don't.
It will always be the grunts not the brass that take the fall anyway.
Update: excellent work on the specifics of torture. "..the question must be placed in its historical and international context -- namely, whether Congress should grant the Executive branch a fairly unbounded discretion to use such techniques where such conduct would place the United States in breach of the Geneva Conventions. And that, of course, changes the calculus considerably. Does Congress really want to make the United States the first nation on earth to specifically provide domestic legal sanction for what would properly and universally be seen as a transparent breach of the minimum, baseline standards for civilized treatment of prisoners established by Common Article 3 -- thereby dealing a grevious blow to the prospect of international adherence to the Geneva Conventions in the future?"
If the Pope is Catholic why is he pissing off Muslims?
Al Qaeda opens a branch in Algeria.
Why we pump oil explained by Don Young (R-AK).
Bush poll and oil prices graphic.
Rep. Bob Ney 's (R-OH) statements of innocence before he pled guilty.
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
He also links to a Princeton report on Diebold system.
Voting problems in Maryland.
Lou Dobbs discusses.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
We apparently have lost Anbar province which is a third of Iraq, even though some pundits cannot admit it.
The Best War Ever!
How did we get from 9/11 to Iraq?
K, when we are done destroying stability in the Middle East, we will set our sights on Africa!
Update: Senator Rockefeller states the obvious. We'd be better off if Saddam was still in power and we had concentrated on weeding out al-Qaeda.
Monday, September 11, 2006
Greg Palast, an investigative reporter, faces charges from Homeland Security. (Who the hell talks about America as the Homeland, anyway? This term just reeks of a bad WWII movie.)
Iraq going dark?
Buying them off, getting them fired, being indifferent to them being killed or held hostage, wanting to bomb their buildings, rewriting history ignoring facts, the neocons show their hatred of the truth.
"How are nations ruled and led into war? Politicians lie to journalists and then believe those lies when they see them in print."
-Austrian journalist Karl Wiegand, explaining the causes of the First World War. Quote taken from Crooks and Liars.
Sunday, September 10, 2006
Given a different president with a more worldly perspective, we could have taken the generous support and understanding we were given on that day and fought against terrorism. But instead .... here we are.
Here are some photographers who were there.
Watertiger was there.
Bush pretends to be interested in what Iranian President Mohammed Khatami has to say, even though he has worked hard against any real diplomatic connections.
Saturday, September 09, 2006
Rightwing evangelical behind the making of the 9/11 movie. Reason was to circumvent the 'Hollywood' types and make more pro-American movies. ABC ignored an FBI consultant and ignores the outrage today.
Besides Clinton, apparently American Airlines and Sandy Berger are to blame for 9/11 as well.
Torches and pitchforks time.
Update: Americablog's John Aravosis is liveblogging the New Zealand issue of 9/11. It's bad.
The neocons do not own the memory of 9/11 even though they try. It is in the fabric of this country's history and what makes us American.
Rumsfeld was going to have a short war, so shut up!
Friday, September 08, 2006
ABC is staggering under the outraged reactions of those who want the truth not a propaganda movie, who want to honor the dead and the day without politicizing it. ABC tried to say it wasn't yet completely edited (although copies had been sent out to rightwing bloggers and pundits), now they are apparently thinking of pulling it. Scholastic is now backing away from the massively biased student program.
Update: Remember what really happened pre-9/11.
ThinkProgress shows conservatives as well as liberals calling for the 9/11 film to be corrected or pulled.
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Speaking of tvs, tell ABC to tell the truth about 9/11. They have only let rightwing bloggers have a copy, they didn't send a copy to Clinton or any of the Democrats involved. This is as blatant a piece of propaganda as we will ever see. They're even sending information packets to school for the kids! They attempt to explain themselves. It's Blame Clinton for everything!
Update: an hilarious post illustrating the ties between ABC and Disney.
Further update 9/7: Here come the lawyers.
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Remember when we have our next terrorist attack just who it is who has been at the helm since 2001. Just who it is shifting focus away from al Qaeda and Osama. Remember this quote, " So I don't know where he (Osama) is. You know, I just don't spend that much time on him, Kelly, to be honest with you." George Bush in a press conference.
Monday, September 04, 2006
If we had bombs going off and 50 to 60 people were dying daily in the United States, would we be considering how well our schools were painted?
If we had been suddenly invaded to remove our leaders and then had a civil war break out, would we listen to the hand-picked politicians put in place in the rickety puppet government?
If we were being threatened with death because we were the wrong religion in the wrong neighborhood, would we keep working? Would we even stay?
If policemen were being targeted or were targeting civilians themselves, would we rely on them to protect us?
If the occupying forces shot at us on a whim, lied constantly, gave us no jobs, and ignored our desperation, would we not fight them?
This woman as big and loving as her heart may be will not be swayed by facts. She will not listen to the truth. She has decided her stand and will not shift.
She is one of the 33% that will never question her support of Bush.
Update: Nicole Belle points out the difficulties in talking to those who will not be swayed by facts.
Bracewell discusses intellectual impairment of those who support authoritarian power.
Update 9/7. Another example of a non-thinking voter.
Sunday, September 03, 2006
Saturday, September 02, 2006
Nobody could have anticipated a civil war in Iraq? Oops, look at what Poppy said,
"We would have been forced to occupy Baghdad and, in effect, rule Iraq. The coalition would instantly have collapsed, the Arabs deserting it in anger and other allies pulling out as well. Under those circumstances, furthermore, we had been self-consciously trying to set a pattern for handling aggression in the post-cold war world. Going in and occupying Iraq, thus unilaterally exceeding the U.N.'s mandate, would have destroyed the precedent of international response to aggression we hoped to establish. Had we gone the invasion route, the U.S. could conceivably still be an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land. It would have been a dramatically different — and perhaps barren — outcome."
Nobody could have anticipated the economy would tank.
Nobody could have anticipated that racism doesn't win votes. Could Rove be losing his touch?
Nobody could have anticipated Bush's death spiral in the polls.
Nobody could have anticipated the shit hitting the fan. (via Atrios)
Friday, September 01, 2006
Bush the reader of three Shakespeares. I wonder if he passed his SATs?
Student wins the right to wear an anti-Bush t-shirt. Learning first hand the freedom of speech.
(But Bush, Clinton didn't fall as low as you in the polls....even when he was being impeached he was at 73%, higher than Ronald Reagan ever got. That must smart.)