"In a stealth maneuver, President Bush has signed into law a provision which, according to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), will actually encourage the President to declare federal martial law (1). It does so by revising the Insurrection Act, a set of laws that limits the President's ability to deploy troops within the
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
"In a stealth maneuver, President Bush has signed into law a provision which, according to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), will actually encourage the President to declare federal martial law (1). It does so by revising the Insurrection Act, a set of laws that limits the President's ability to deploy troops within the
"In the meantime, there are societies where people are so hopeless that they're desperate for, you know, something. In other words, imagine the type of society in which a 16-year-old kid agrees that maybe the best thing for him is to listen to an elder and strap a suicide — you know, conduct a suicide operation."
"Right now, there's an ideological conflict going on and — but freedom will end up doing is preventing the totalitarian point of view from gaining even more traction than it has."
Read the link, there's more!
Update: sockeye over at DailyKos takes it further.
Update: Steve Bates finds more evidence at Needlenose of the complications and tangles of meaning this has:
(from WaPo) "U.S. forces ended a five-day-old military blockade of Baghdad's impoverished Sadr City section Tuesday, meeting a deadline set by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki amid tensions between U.S. and Iraqi officials and pressure from the anti-American cleric whose militia controls the sprawling Shiite slum.
"Maliki ordered that the security cordon be lifted hours after cleric Moqtada al-Sadr called for a civil disobedience campaign in Sadr City to protest the blockade, which the U.S. military launched Wednesday in an effort to find an abducted U.S. soldier and capture a purported Iraqi death squad leader.
"It was the Maliki government's greatest demonstration of independence from the occupying U.S. military forces, following two weeks of increasingly pointed exchanges between Iraqi and U.S. officials. But it was also a reminder of the degree to which Maliki must cooperate with Sadr, who leads the political party that comprises one of the biggest blocs in the governing alliance and who effectively runs the Shiite Muslim stronghold named for his deceased father."
Take a look at the sea of outrage in the photos Needlenose has posted. This is more than complicated, it is impossible.
only addresses the copyright issues with entertainment.
It does not address the fantastic capabilities in the political arena. More than downloaded movies and tv shows, look at the immediate archive searching of Bush's speeches for the phrase "stay the course", the experiences of the US soldiers in Iraq, or like today, the beating up of an aggressive reporter trying to address George Allen. A politician's blunders are now immediate and irretrievable.
The 'common man' now has the ability to circumvent the mainstream media to get news, see it up close and personal, and relay it to others.
No wonder it is a threat.
"Somewhere along the road to a "permanent majority," the Republican Revolution of 1994 went off track. For several years, we had confidence in our convictions and trusted that the American people would reward our efforts. And they did.
But today, my Republican friends in Congress stand on the precipice of an electoral rout. Even the best-case scenarios suggest wafer-thin majorities and a legislative agenda in disarray. With eight days before the election, House speaker-in-waiting Nancy Pelosi has already begun her transition planning.
Where did the revolution go astray? How did we go from the big ideas and vision of 1994 to the cheap political point-scoring on meaningless wedge issues of today -- from passing welfare reform and limited government to banning horsemeat and same-sex marriage?
The answer is simple: Republican lawmakers forgot the party's principles, became enamored with power and position, and began putting politics over policy. Now, the Democrats are reaping the rewards of our neglect -- and we have no one to blame but ourselves."
Monday, October 30, 2006
1) fire Rumsfeld
2) think of an actual ... you know... plan
3) fire Cheney
4) think of doing something different than stay the course until the military is absolutely broken or driven insane and you have no more options
5) fire Bush
but is to think of better and faster ways to spread propaganda .... on the war we cannot win in a place we shouldn't be with the leaders that cannot lead.
Propaganda. No plan, no work ... just cheap words.
The Bush administration: Can't govern, can't protect.
On her popular Stephanie Miller Show this morning, the radio host telephoned "Sock" — who included his address and phone number with the letter — to confront him live and on air about the letter.
– You can now listen to this morning's phone call here [MP3].
– The video of Miller's H&C appearance that began the whole "kerfuffle" as producer Chris Lavoie just described it to us is here via Youtube. BTW, in this appearance Miller brilliantly says to Colmes: "It's called journalism, Fox News should try it sometime.""
"A senior Bush political appointee at the Interior Department has rejected staff scientists' recommendations to protect imperiled animals and plants under the Endangered Species Act at least six times in the past three years, documents show.
"In addition, staff complaints that their scientific findings were frequently overruled or disparaged at the behest of landowners or industry have led the agency's inspector general to look into the role of Julie MacDonald, who has been deputy assistant secretary of the interior for fish and wildlife and parks since 2004, in decisions on protecting endangered species.
"…In several instances, MacDonald wrote sarcastic comments in the margins of the documents, questioning why scientists were portraying a species' condition as so bleak. When scientists raised the possibility that a proposed road might degrade the greater sage grouse's habitat, which is scattered through 11 Western states, MacDonald wrote: "Has nothing to do with sage grouse. This belongs in a treatise on 'Why roads are bad'?""
What the PNAC wants to do by using nukes:
"There have been many voices across the political spectrum calling for Rumsfeld's resignation for the botched Iraq war , , , , , , , yet he "retains the full confidence" of Bush. Why? Because Rumsfeld cannot be fired until he demolishes the "nuclear taboo" barrier, by detonating a small tactical nuclear weapon against a US enemy. The US military is reluctant to even consider the use of nuclear weapons against Iran, because it would provoke "an outcry over what would be the first use of a nuclear weapon in a conflict since Nagasaki". Only after a small tactical nuclear weapons strike against Natanz or another Iranian facility will such a barrier no longer exist for future US nuclear threats and uses, and Rumsfeld's transformation will be a fait accompli. Why is "downsizing" the military so important to the PNAC crowd? Because the American public has no stomach for a draft nor large losses of American military personnel. If it becomes possible to wage war "on the cheap", without loss of American life, and in the process we can lower the price of oil and spread "liberty" across the world, opposition will be muted. Public opinion on the Iraq war was not turned by the enormous number of Iraqi lives lost (of which there isn't even an effort to keep a count), it is only affected by the number of American lives lost"
"The special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction found that Halliburton's Kellogg, Brown & Root Services routinely marked all information it gave to the government as proprietary, whether it actually was or not....
"In effect, Kellogg, Brown & Root turned the regulations "into a mechanism to prevent the government from releasing normally transparent information, thus potentially hindering competition and oversight." ..."
"The commissioner of internal revenue has ordered his agency to delay collecting back taxes from Hurricane Katrina victims until after the Nov. 7 elections and the holiday season, saying he did so in part to avoid negative publicity.
"The commissioner, Mark W. Everson, who has close ties to the White House, said in an interview that postponing collections until after the midterm elections, along with postponing notices to people who failed to file tax returns, was a routine effort to avoid casting the Internal Revenue Service in a bad light."
I hope we know exactly who we are training:
"Members of the Afghan National Army and Police arrived at the Joint Readiness Training Center, at Fort Polk, La., Oct. 23. The 42 soldiers and policemen have been working side by side with the newest edition to the 82nd Airborne Division family, the 4th Brigade Combat Team, from Fort Bragg, N.C. They have been conducting combat patrols and convoys as part of a training exercise. The exercises allow them to rehearse their mission in a simulated combat environment by test their skills under stressful conditions. The Afghan soldiers and police officers have been doing this training by embedding in groups of 10 with each of the brigade’s battalions. "
Sunday, October 29, 2006
This bizarre claim exposes the fact that Diebold electronic voting machines are not safe. Gee. Who'd a thunk?
Update 10/30: the company Smartmatic Corp denies the connection. "'We are definitely concerned about the allegations that have been published, which are utterly false,'' Antonio Mugica, one of the company's founders and a Venezuelan-Spanish citizen, told a news conference.
Mugica and other company officers offered information on the Boca Raton-based firm to dispute any notion that the left-wing Chávez government is linked to Smartmatic, which in 2005 purchased Sequoia Voting Systems Co."
They deserve to lose both the House and the Senate on Nov. 7, and the White House in 2008. They bullied their way into a war that they thought would be a slam-dunk and then so bungled things that the only superpower left in the world has been humbled and hobbled in a world that they've made more dangerous for us.
Thanks, guys. You've done a heckuva job. We won't forget it."
"Rove is giving a virtuoso performance designed to prevent the Democrats from taking control of the House and Senate or, if that is no longer possible, to hold down the size of the Democratic victory to make it easier for the GOP to come back in 2008. His plan is three-pronged: to reenergize any conservatives who may be flagging; to make sure the GOP's carefully constructed campaign apparatus is functioning at peak efficiency; and to put the resources of the federal government to use for political gain."
Maybe even making some to ask for what noble cause we are fighting and dying in Iraq.
Update: Yahoo News: "A Virginia-based operation, the Army Web Risk Assessment Cell, monitors official and unofficial blogs and other Web sites for anything that may compromise security. The team scans for official documents, personal contact information and pictures of weapons or entrances to camps."
"One birch plank from China, bought at a Home Depot store in Portland, gave off 100 times more formaldehyde than legal in Japan and 30 times more than allowed in Europe and China, according to July tests conducted by a lab hired by an Oregon-based wood products manufacturer. Formaldehyde exposure has been shown in human studies to cause nose and throat cancer and possibly leukemia, as well as allergic reactions, asthma attacks, headaches and sore throats
-- Herman Goering at the Nuremberg trials
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Sarah Meyers did the research:
The Guardian has this: "``With the help of God, the mortar and rocket squads of the Islamic Army have shelled a U.S. Army base with two rockets and three mortar shells,'' the group said in a statement posted on a Web site known to be used by insurgents. ``The rockets and shells fell on ammunition dumps causing them to explode. Sounds of explosions were heard in Baghdad.''
The authenticity of the statement could not be immediately verified, but the U.S. military did confirm that the base's ammunition depot had been hit at 10:40 p.m. Tuesday by an 82mm mortar round fired by insurgents from a nearby residential area.
``Intelligence indicates that civilians aligned with a militia organization were responsible for last night's mortar attack,'' base spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Withington said.
There were no injuries reported, and Withington said the attack had no strategic effect."
The BBC has this: "The US military has said that a huge fire at an army base's ammunitions store in the Iraqi capital was caused by a mortar fired by insurgents.
The fire, which set off a series of blasts and explosions at the base, caused no casualties or injuries."
"The economy has slowed to a snail's pace, growing in the just-finished quarter at the slowest rate in more than three years and stirring fresh debate about the country's financial health heading into the elections.
"The Commerce Department reported Friday that economic growth during the July-to-September period clocked in at an annual rate of just 1.6 percent — a subpar performance that mostly reflected the deepening housing slump. Investment in homebuilding was cut by the largest amount in 15 years."
Friday, October 27, 2006
"Five pound snail emerges from Bayou Blue pond."
"From a distance, it looked like a football-like object hanging from a shrub near the pond’s edge. Once she got closer, Arnold realized that what was hanging from the branch was one of the snails she purchased three years ago.
"It was gigantic," she said. "I thought it was a wasp’s nest when I saw it.""
( Toni Arnold of Bayou Blue snapped a shot of Moses the 5-pound snail as it hung from a shrub in her pond Tuesday.)"
Yep. That last disaster worked out real well.
"This country doesn't torture. We're not going to torture," he told reporters at the White House.
"The CIA programme began after the US-led invasion of Afghanistan, but Bush acknowledged its existence only last month. He says the questioning yielded valuable intelligence and prevented terror strikes after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the US.
"But initial media reports last year that the US intelligence agency had kept and interrogated captured terrorist suspects at secret sites abroad caused an international outcry and investigations in Europe."
Update: A reminder of what waterboarding actually entails. No coward in this administration could take 5 minutes of this and not agree this is torture.
Update: General Casey is part of the problem.
"Casey foolishly and ignorantly takes comfort in the fact that most of the provinces do not have daily sectarian strife. Shows how little this crazy General knows about Iraq. The majority of the Iraqi population lives in the provinces that are wracked by sectarian violence.
So, here's the bottomline--since U.S. troops beefed up their presence in Baghdad Iraqis are dying in greater numbers. But Iraqis are not the only ones paying a terrible price. U.S. troops are dying at escalating rates, with October marking the largest loss of life by U.S. soldiers and Marines in 2006.
This kind of rah-rah bullshit from a ground commander is criminal. Unfortunately, he is gladly carrying water for a Commander-in-Chief who insists we must stay the course but denies saying that we must stay the course. I guess Casey believes he must behave like President Bush and endorse deception, delusion, and lies. But in making this Faustian bargain, Casey seems oblivious to the price being paid in blood by our men and women serving in Iraq. This may explain in part why some U.S. soldiers and Marines are petitioning their members of Congress to end the war in Iraq."
The answer: It's becoming increasingly clear that Bush sees the war in Iraq in very simple terms. As he himself said, he believes that the only way to lose is to leave. Therefore anything else is winning -- anything else at all.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
This bill is only to activate the right-wing base.
In the beginning, POGO (which was then known as Project on Military Procurement) worked to expose outrageously overpriced military spending such as the $7,600 coffee maker and the $436 hammer. After many successes reforming the military, POGO expanded its mandate to investigate systemic waste, fraud, and abuse in all federal agencies.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Oh, sorry.. I misheard. "Cheney indicated that the Bush administration doesn't regard water-boarding as torture and allows the CIA to use it. "It's a no-brainer for me," Cheney said at one point in an interview."
So...did Cheney just give away torture techniques that will help the terrorists prepare? Bush said he wouldn't tell, now Cheney just did. Isn't that treason? And what do we now get to do with treasonisters? Gitmo! Waterboarding! Wheeee!
"An IDF spokesman said after the meeting that the security establishment assessment was grim. “Only a military strike by the U.S. and its allies will stop Iran attaining nuclear weapons,” said the spokesman."
"The Washington Post reports that despite fact U.S. intelligence sources believe that Iran needs another 10 years before having nuclear weapons, Israel believes critical breakthrough will happen within months, and is therefore pressuring the Americans"
William Polk: "After careful study of recent moves and statements by the Bush Administration, I have concluded that there is at least a 10% chance of an American attack on Iran before the November 7 Congressional elections and about a 90% chance before the administration’s end in 2008."
William Polk, part 2.
And Rush does NOT apologize, even though the media was saying so.
Update: Crooks and Liars has the video of Rush which has got to be seen. Olbermann and Sam Seder talk about it.
1. “The Long Shot to Overcome Ethnic and Sectarian Politics” (most optimistic scenario): “This is an Iraq that slowly, in fits and starts, trudges down the difficult road of creating a functioning state.”
2. “Lebanonization” (militias wage a civil war in the capital): “Unable to maintain control, the United States is itself a target when it becomes involved. … U.S. troops largely retreat behind fortifications, distant from population centers, and head north to Kurdistan.”
3. “Descent Into Hell” (worst-case scenario): Most of Iraq’s neighbors are drawn into open regional warfare, and it ends with Iran conducting strikes against Saudi Arabia’s oil industry.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Although the problem creates some voter confusion, it will not cause votes to be cast incorrectly, election officials emphasized. The error shows up only on the summary page, where voters are asked to review their selections before hitting the button to cast their votes. Webb's full name appears on the page where voters choose for whom to vote."
--AZ-01: Rick Renzi
--AZ-05: J.D. Hayworth
--CA-04: John Doolittle
--CA-11: Richard Pombo
--CA-50: Brian Bilbray
--CO-04: Marilyn Musgrave
--CO-05: Doug Lamborn
--CO-07: Rick O'Donnell
--CT-04: Christopher Shays
--FL-13: Vernon Buchanan
--FL-16: Joe Negron
--FL-22: Clay Shaw
--ID-01: Bill Sali
--IL-06: Peter Roskam
--IL-10: Mark Kirk
--IL-14: Dennis Hastert
--IN-02: Chris Chocola
--IN-08: John Hostettler
--IA-01: Mike Whalen
--KS-02: Jim Ryun
--KY-03: Anne Northup
--KY-04: Geoff Davis
--MD-Sen: Michael Steele
--MN-01: Gil Gutknecht
--MN-06: Michele Bachmann
--MO-Sen: Jim Talent
--MT-Sen: Conrad Burns
--NV-03: Jon Porter
--NH-02: Charlie Bass
--NJ-07: Mike Ferguson
--NM-01: Heather Wilson
--NY-03: Peter King
--NY-20: John Sweeney
--NY-26: Tom Reynolds
--NY-29: Randy Kuhl
--NC-08: Robin Hayes
--NC-11: Charles Taylor
--OH-01: Steve Chabot
--OH-02: Jean Schmidt
--OH-15: Deborah Pryce
--OH-18: Joy Padgett
--PA-04: Melissa Hart
--PA-07: Curt Weldon
--PA-08: Mike Fitzpatrick
--PA-10: Don Sherwood
--RI-Sen: Lincoln Chafee
--TN-Sen: Bob Corker
--VA-Sen: George Allen
--VA-10: Frank Wolf
--WA-Sen: Mike McGavick
--WA-08: Dave Reichert
Emboldening terrorists by not staying the course without dawdling over non-existent benchmarks and timetables.
Dan Bartlett says no to a timeline but yes to benchmarks and milestones.
Rumsfeld thinks it's nonsense. Who knew?
Bush's stratergery apparently is now to stay the course while talking about extraneous shit like timetables while actually doing absolutely nothing different because by changing course he is admitting he's wrong which is against the will of God because God said stay the course although God's voice sounded suspiciously like Cheney's voice in an empty gift wrapping tube....
"Late on the evening of October 10, 2006, Iraqi resistance groups lobbed mortar and rocket rounds into the immense ‘Forward Base Falcon,’ the largest American military base in Iraq, located 13 km south of the Green Zone in Baghdad. In addition to accurate mortar fire, Grad and Katyusha rockets were also used."
Over 300 American troops, including U.S. Army and Marines, CIA agents and U.S. translators were casualties and there also were 165 seriously injured requiring major medical attention and 39 suffering lesser injuries 122 members of the Iraqi armed forces were killed and 90 seriously injured members of same, were also evacuated to the U.S. military hospital at al-Habbaniyah located some 70km west of Baghdad.
Satellite pictures and aerial photographs from neutral sources showed that Camp Falcon suffered major structural damage and almost all the U.S. military’s supply of small arms ammunition, artillery and rocket rounds, tons of fuel, six Apache helicopters, an uncounted but large number of soft-skinned vehicles such as Humvees and supply trucks were damaged or totally destroyed. Foreign press observers noted “an endless parade” of military vehicle recovery units dragging burnt-out heavy tanks and armored personnel carriers to another base outside Baghdad.
Many of the walls and towers of the camp were damaged or leveled as were many of the barracks, maintenance depots, and there was considerable damage to the huge mess halls that could hold 3000 soldiers, the huge recreation center with its basketball courts and indoor swimming pools and all the administration buildings
Although official U.S. DoD statements indicated that there were no deaths; that only a hundred men were inside the base guarding billions of dollars of vital military equipment and that there were “only two minor injuries to personnel,” passes belief and certainly reality is more painful than propaganda.
Not only has the U.S. military machine lost much of its armor and transport, and its entire reserves of ammunition and special fuel, but the casualty list for only the first day is over 300.."
Update: I notice this post getting a lot of activity. Here is more information.
Bush: All we have is fear. Vote Republican because you can't be afraid enough!
"THE war in Iraq is unlikely to be resolved by a US Administration committed to a fundamentalist Christian viewpoint, according to Gerhard Schröder, the former German Chancellor, whose newly published memoirs stoke his four-year feud with President Bush.
"“We rightly criticise that in most Islamic states there is no clear separation between religion and the rule of law,” he says. “But we fail to recognise that, in the US, the Christian fundamentalists and their interpretation of the Bible have similar tendencies.
“If both sides claim to be in possession of the only valid truth, then there is no room for manoeuvre.”"
Monday, October 23, 2006
"The revelation that some officials secretly wanted North Korea to test their nuclear weapons is evidence of how the administration’s national security policy has become completely divorced from reality."
But Kim Jong-il has said he was sorry and won't do it again. Condi Rice casts doubt on the apology: "
Rice looked clearly exasperated over repeated questions about the reports, which overshadowed her tour of Asia aimed at rallying support for strong UN sanctions against Pyongyang.
She accused North Korea of seeking to "escalate" the crisis."
Shorter Condi: L'il Kimmie, just shut up and be the bad guy, okay? You're gonna help us win this next election!
"Make no mistake: the advocacy of torture, no matter how "limited" or how narrowly drawn, is the advocacy of evil."
"Part of me thinks it's all being driven by the need of beltway journalists and think tankers alike to have something new to say about Iraq, something that isn't a variation on: "Yep. We're still fucked." But there's obviously a hard edge of real desperation -- if not despair -- behind this. America's ruling elites have had things largely their own way for the past couple of decades. But now they're looking at a bottomless quagimire that may have a much bigger disaster (like loss of access to Persian Gulf oil) hidden somewhere in the mud. And they don't have a clue about what to do. They've lost control, which is the last thing any ruling elite can afford to admit.
Small wonder then, that the policy "debate" has now crossed the line into complete fantasy -- like a long piece of dialogue pulled from Waiting for Godot. The realists have turned into surrealists. Baker now sounds almost as naive and deluded as Bush."
"I'm trying to understand their message on national security. They want to scare Americans by showing pictures of the terrorists who attacked America. But, those are the terrorists still on the loose because Bush never captured them. Instead, he went to war in Iraq. According to the National Intelligence Estimate, that war in Iraq has strengthened the terrorists. Every time the GOP focuses on Bin Laden, they are highlighting their failures."
Sunday, October 22, 2006
"Bush is a bully and a coward at heart. Iraq was chosen because Iraq would be easy, and then the rest of the Middle East would follow. It was the easy way to solve our problems, not our real problems, but our emotional pain, the unresolved conflict over being attacked. And Bush would resolve his lifelong lack of success.
Bush will not leave Iraq, not because he thinks we can win, or he thinks it's part of the war on terror. But because he cannot face another failure. Which is why Scowcroft and Baker have had no influence on him. They are his father's men, veterans, despite their politics, realists. Bush is not and never has been. When he wasn't hiding from his failure with booze and coke, he hid from it with Jesus. Now he has Henry Kissinger whispering in his ear, telling him what he wants to hear. He doesn't want advice, he wants support and only support. Those who do not support him, are diminished, then banished.
This is a man who has never honestly looked himself in the face and said I have failed. He has always been protected from failure."
Saturday, October 21, 2006
"Right-wing members of Congress and state legislators have been passing onerous laws that make it harder for citizens to vote. Despite erecting barriers to the ballot box and disenfranchising voters, they've claimed these laws are necessary to stop rampant voter fraud.
Thanks to a press leak, it is now public that the US Elections Assistance Commission (EAC) commissioned a report to find out about voter fraud. According to USA Today, the EAC's report shows that there is no evidence that significant numbers of voters are lying about their identity at the polls, voting twice, or voting in the name of dead people. Let me repeat that: NO EVIDENCE."
Demand they release the report.
"Somehow we were sent to invade a nation because it was a direct threat to the American people, or to the world, or harbored terrorists, or was involved in the September 11 attacks, or received weapons-grade uranium from Niger, or had mobile weapons labs, or WMD, or had a need to be liberated, or we needed to establish a democracy, or stop an insurgency, or stop a civil war we created that can’t be called a civil war even though it is. Something like that.
"Somehow our elected leaders were subverting international law and humanity by setting up secret prisons around the world, secretly kidnapping people, secretly holding them indefinitely, secretly not charging them with anything, secretly torturing them. Somehow that overt policy of torture became the fault of a few “bad apples” in the military.
"Somehow back at home, support for the soldiers meant having a five-year-old kindergartener scribble a picture with crayons and send it overseas, or slapping stickers on cars, or lobbying Congress for an extra pad in a helmet. It’s interesting that a soldier on his third or fourth tour should care about a drawing from a five-year-old; or a faded sticker on a car as his friends die around him; or an extra pad in a helmet, as if it will protect him when an IED throws his vehicle 50 feet into the air as his body comes apart and his skin melts to the seat.
" Somehow the more soldiers that die, the more legitimate the illegal invasion becomes."
Friday, October 20, 2006
Steve Bates quotes an NY Times editorial:
"Once President Bush signed the new law on military tribunals, administration officials and Republican leaders in Congress wasted no time giving Americans a taste of the new order created by this unconstitutional act.
"Within hours, Justice Department lawyers notified the federal courts that they no longer had the authority to hear pending lawsuits filed by attorneys on behalf of inmates of the penal camp at Guantánamo Bay. They cited passages in the bill that suspend the fundamental principle of habeas corpus, making Mr. Bush the first president since the Civil War to take that undemocratic step.
Not satisfied with having won the vote, Dennis Hastert, the speaker of the House, quickly issued a statement accusing Democrats who opposed the Military Commissions Act of 2006 of putting “their liberal agenda ahead of the security of America.” He said the Democrats “would gingerly pamper the terrorists who plan to destroy innocent Americans’ lives” and create “new rights for terrorists.”
"Thousands of U.S. troops are being barred from overseas duty because they are so deep in debt they are considered security risks, according to an Associated Press review of military record."
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Via First Draft, slim of No Fish No Nuts makes an excellent comparison. Look at the loss of this 53 year old US soldier in Iraq and then compare to the ending of WWII and then to the Civil War:
History of Germany during World War II:
[A]fter over five and a half years of conflict, the German Army was a shadow of its former self. Overwhelmed on all sides and suffering from severe shortages, the casualty had grown tremendously. In the final years of the war, the Nazi forces had to resort to old men and boys.
Conscription by the Confederacy:
The first Confederate conscription law also applied to men between 18 and 35, providing for substitution (repealed Dec. 1863) and exemptions. A revision, approved 27 Sept. 1862, raised the age to 45; 5 days later the legislators passed the expanded Exemption Act. The Conscription Act of Feb. 1864 called all men between 17 and 50.
"Because the bill was adopted with lightning speed, barely anyone noticed that it empowers Bush to declare not just aliens, but also U.S. citizens, "unlawful enemy combatants."
"Anyone who donates money to a charity that turns up on Bush's list of "terrorist" organizations, or who speaks out against the government's policies could be declared an "unlawful enemy combatant" and imprisoned indefinitely. That includes American citizens.
"The bill also strips habeas corpus rights from detained aliens who have been declared enemy combatants. Congress has the constitutional power to suspend habeas corpus only in times of rebellion or invasion. The habeas-stripping provision in the new bill is unconstitutional and the Supreme Court will likely say so when the issue comes before it.
"Although more insidious, this law follows in the footsteps of other unnecessarily repressive legislation. In times of war and national crisis, the government has targeted immigrants and dissidents."
Extraordinary level of fraud....Take a good look. That's the Republicans let loose in the trough for six years.
- The right to register to vote.
- The right to vote.
- The right to vote in a tamper-proof election.
- The right to vote on paper.
- The right to have each vote counted accurately.
- The right to have election results properly audited.
- The right to an open, transparent, public process.
- The right to elections officials who operate free of partisan influence.
- The right to know that elected officials are free from the influence of campaign contributions from voting machine vendors.
- The right to find out how money is being raised and spent in the political process.
Via Watertiger, Attaturk warns us what the loss of Habeas Corpus does to our civil rights.
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
NTodd: The GOP strategery must be to let the Dems win this November, take the blame for all the shit single-party rule is responsible for, then gloriously take back Congress and put Jeb in the WH in 2008, ushering in a grand new era of GOP dominance for a thousand years. Crepes suzette, that's sheer genius. We're doomed.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Schwarzenegger campaign manager Steve Schmidt is known as "Karl Rove's lieutenant," he's a White House aide to Dick Cheney, and ran George W. Bush's reelection "war room" in 2004. He was also "point man" for Bush on Judge Alito's nomination to the Supreme CourtThen there's Communications Director Adam Mendelsohn, from DCI Group, elite GOP lobbyists who do global warming denial for EXXON and "tobacco doesn't cause cancer" work for JR Reynolds. In the PR world, they're particularly known for setting up fake, bought-and-paid-for citizens groups to undermine workplace smoking bans in the name of "Citizens for Freedom to Smoke" or whatever. via astroturf letters to the editor and press conferences, etc.
"Schwarzenegger is a George Bush Republican, in that he puts Big Money interests first, whether the policies those Big Money interests want are good for everyday people or good for the country as a whole."
The bastards who stood by as Bush signed.
Update: Watertiger has the appropriate picture.
Update II: Crooks and Liars has an excellent take and links to the outrage real Americans feel.
Monday, October 16, 2006
So, by blowing themselves up to kill masses of people or being bombed flat by us, the terrorists are saving others from dying.. because by being blown up they can't kill anybody else by ... blowing themselves up again.
I think I've got it! So with that logic, think of all the bombs that we didn't drop that didn't explode in school yards thereby saving innocent children! Think of the countries we haven't invaded thereby saving our soldiers' lives!
Actually, Bush and Cheney could actually go completely around the bend and declare war on Iran and then start WWIII by pushing all those little red buttons! But they haven't! So that's a whole world saved!
So, in reality, we have saved Iraq from itself by killing all the inhabitants to make it safe for the Iraqis to live in peace and democracy and purple fingers and voting and selling all the oil to Halliburton.....
Update 10/17: Via Atrios, Robert Farley passes judgement on Hitchens.
Digby points out: "This is not to say that only a rightwing Christian would do such a thing. It could be anyone who had a vested interest in the outcome --- which is exactly why people like this woman should not have been making such decisions. But how can you say that committed religious people should not be involved in such things? You can't even ask the question. The only way to deal with this is for religion not to be involved in such things.
Kuo's message is actually very interesting in this regard. He's seen the intersection of politics and Christianity up close and he came away believing that his religion was becoming tainted by politics."
"Mehlman was asked about the LAT story in his appearance today on CNN. It is a model of saying nothing while seeming to deny everything, yet still managing to stick a few shivs in your opponents, so I'm going to post the entire exchange".
...and how Mehlman makes shit up.
...and via the Daily Muck, how Mehlman fires people because Abramoff says so.
Glenn Greenwald goes in depth.
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Recounts in several races by ousted Republicans, costing time and money.
Any attempt at investigations into anything will be met with cries about misplaced revenge and payback time.
Bush could actively ignore or defy laws passed by the new Congress.
"Congress wouldn't dare to substantively repeal the "Patriot" Act or the Torture Act or anything else that central to Bushism. I believe that Bush will, as he has done since the beginning, continue to play chicken with the US Constitution, daring Congress to force the constitutional crisis he's created, which has been going on since before he took office, into a full-blown public meltdown. And I believe, just as they did with the filibuster, that Congress will back down to prevent a public meltdown from happening. Congress, either Dem-controlled or not, will prefer to avoid a very frightening confrontation with a rogue presidency - that could lead who knows where - in the hopes that Bush's insane challenge to the very structure of the US government simply will end when Bush leaves office in 2009."
This scenario conjectures that we are just going to hang on and try to survive the last two years. Even if Bush goes batshit crazy. Even if we attack Iran. Even if we turn into the rogue superpower that uses nukes in preemptive strikes.
Even when we become a terrorist nation.
Even though all recent actions taken by Congress fit nicely into this hypothesis, I do hope he is wrong.
Saturday, October 14, 2006
"A paralegal and a military lawyer who brought forward allegations about prisoner abuse at the Guantanamo Bay detention center have been ordered not to speak with the press, lawyers and a military spokeswoman said Saturday."
But the truth will out.
Here is a petition:
"We, the undersigned, demand the immediate declassification and release of all transcripts and documents relating to the July 10, 2001 meeting that took place between former CIA Director George Tenet and then National Security Advisor, Condoleezza Rice. It has been alleged that this urgent and out-of-the-ordinary meeting was called to discuss the increasingly dire warnings of an imminent al Qaeda attack within the U.S.
Given that much of the July 10, 2001 meeting has already been made public in Bob Woodward’s newly released book, “State of Denial”, it is unacceptable to continue to keep these documents and transcripts hidden from the American public’s view.
In addition, we again call for the declassification and release of both the redacted 28 pages of the Joint Inquiry Into The Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001 (JICI) and the CIA Inspector General’s report, “CIA Accountability With Respect To The 9/11 Attacks”.
The disastrous nature of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks warrant the release of all of this information so that the American public may learn what its government did or did not do to protect them. Had this nation been properly warned of the looming and imminent terrorist threat, life saving choices could have been made that day."
I don't think sticking a label on a week does shit, Mr. President.
So what do they stand for now?
Bloated government, deficit spending and tax cuts for corporations and the rich, misuse of the military in a vanity war and to threaten other countries while stretching it too thin, and indifference to religion, the poor, the gays, humanity in general unless it can be manipulated to gain votes.
How on earth could anyone vote Republican now that the truth is so obvious?
Friday, October 13, 2006
Wolcott passes judgement.
Via Atrios, Digby:
"What in the hell is wrong with these people? That's not torture? That stuff is over and above the things we've all seen with the forced masturbation, simulated fellatio, smearing feces on prisoners and forcing them to wear women's underwear while chained in stress positions to their cells or beds.
Characterizing what happened at Abu Ghraib as a "sex ring" is bizarre enough but he defends his comment the next day which means it wasn't a slip of the tongue or a badly worded phrase. He's thought about this and he believes it.
He said he looked at all those pictures and saw sex. Did you? I sure didn't. But then we libertine lefties base our belief that people should be able to do whatever they like in their private lives on the bedrock principle of individual freedom, agency and rights. It's the coercion that makes all this stuff so wrong. When somebody is coerced or forced into doing "sexual" things against their will, it can most certainly be torture. (I can't believe I even have to make that argument.)"
Chris Shays tries to explain and makes it worse.
Chris Wallace is interviewing Condi for Fox News Sunday.
Email Wallace and ask him to ask Condi why they didn't respond to the USS Cole attack pre-9/11. They had eight months where they could have done it.
Email is here.