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Thursday, June 30, 2005

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Opinion: Vice-President George W. Bush? Margie Burns
Mr. Bush was looking awfully vice-presidential last night, in his televised address to the nation on Iraq. If Tuesday, June 28, 2005, goes down in history, it will be as the occasion that George Walker Bush came across looking maybe not blue but with more baby blue than ever in the picture. Entering before an absolutely silent audience of about 800 military personnel at Fort Bragg, coming quickly to a standstill at the podium before a pastel backdrop, placatory and ingratiating in expression -- he kept looking vice-presidential.

Info: Bush speech, a post-mortem
The speech in numbers, from the folks at ThinkProgress:
• References to “September 11″: 5
• References to “weapons of mass destruction”: 0
• References to “freedom”: 21
• References to “exit strategy”: 0
• References to “Saddam Hussein”: 2
• References to “Osama Bin Laden”: 2
• References to “a mistake”: 1 (setting a timetable for withdrawal)
• References to “mission”: 11
• References to “mission accomplished”: 0
Faked, from AmericaBlog: "ABC's Terry Moran just reported that the only time Bush got applause was in the middle of his speech when a White House advance team member started clapping all on [his] own in order to cajole the soldiers into clapping, which they dutifully did... So even the applause was fake."

Quote: Big Bush Lies Re-Visited, from a Walt Brasch letter
The latest polls say only abt 39% of Americans support President Bush's Iraq policy. So, where were they in November? Yep, they were still in denial that the war was mismanaged and started by lies. But, hey, it's PATRIOTIC to support Bush. So, we have health care crises, welfare crises, unemployment crises, environmental crises, wars, social security problems, and just about everything outlined in Big Bush Lies that people three years ago didn't want to believe, but may be understanding now.Nevertheless, we still want to go out and have a drink with millionaire good ole boy, Dubya. And, the spineless Democrats are fighting among themselves at the moment, acting even more like an establishment party that is out of touch with the reasons why it was fiorst formed, and so the leaders are attacking Howard Dean, who at least set a fire to their butts.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

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Opinion: Help Stop The Gutting Of The Whistle Blower Bill, W. David Jenkins
As important as the Downing Street Minutes and continued pressure on the mainstream media are to revealing the truth to the nation, there is another critically important  story that requires our attention and our action — and the clock is ticking away on this one. We have only until the end of July to make a difference and perhaps turn the course of history. Of course, I’m referring to Sibel Edmonds and, after my conversations with her, I felt I should make an effort before time runs out and her witness to significant governmental chicanery is suppressed by the government forever.

Letter: Marketing the Military to Our Children, Walter Purvis
We have truly entered the Orwellian Zone. Now the Pentagon is being allowed to expand on its database, just starting with our children. This is the same idea John Poindexter started and Congress stopped a couple of years ago. Are people so unaware they cannot see what our neocon government is doing? They are setting our children up to be marketed to, so they can use our sons and daughters for cannon fodder in illegal wars like Iraq, and, some sources say, the beginning war in Iran. For decades, young men registered for Selective Service when they turned 18. In the event of war and men were needed to defend our country, the system was in place to make the call.
With "No Child Left Behind" instituted in our schools, the military was granted permission to gather information on children before they turned 18. They could begin attempting to entice these children for military service earlier. Our family values administration has laid down restrictions on parents in that a parent can only opt out during certain periods to block this military brainwashing and recruitment effort.
Now, the Pentagon can retrieve and store all the information they want on your child. They can gather their email addresses, grade point averages, ethnicity, subjects studied, and interests so they can begin marketing campaigns. The same kind of marketing campaigns businesses do to sell you on purchasing a new car or a certain brand of toothpaste. But this is life and death, and they can wrap it up in such a pretty picture. This needs to be stopped. Our elected officials need to cut funding for these projects. -- Lake Worth, Florida

Bible School: (Actual test answers.)
Moses went up to Mount Cyanide to get the Ten Commandments

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

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Opinion: Tony Blair's Son To Intern With Closet-Case Rep. David Dreier, Doug Ireland
The Daily Telegraph reports today that Tony Blair's 21-year-old son, Euan, has snared a prestigious internship in Washington working under Republican Congressman David Dreier, the powerful conservative chairman of the House Rules Committee (and a hypocritical gay closet case who supports the Republicans' homophobic political agenda). And Democrats aren't happy about the internship, engineered by Daddy Blair, calling Dreier an "extremely surprising choice" to train Euan in the intricacies of American politics.

Quote: Bush Is Undermining Our National Security, Part II, Paul Krugman
Power usually ends up in the hands of those who hold the purse strings. America, which imports far more than it exports, has been living for years on borrowed funds, and lately China has been buying many of our I.O.U.'s. So it was predictable that, sooner or later, the Chinese would...demand the power that comes with ownership.Unocal sounds, in other words, like exactly the kind of company the Chinese government might want to control if it envisions a sort of "great game" in which major economic powers scramble for access to far-flung oil and natural gas reserves. (Buying a company is a lot cheaper, in lives and money, than invading an oil-producing country.) If it were up to me, I'd block the Chinese bid for Unocal. But it would be a lot easier to take that position if the United States weren't so dependent on China right now, not just to buy our I.O.U.'s, but to help us deal with North Korea now that our military is bogged down in Iraq.

Words: MORAL VALUES, n. Hatred of homosexuals dressed up in Biblical language. --Katrina vanden Heuvel

Monday, June 27, 2005

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Opinion: It's Not Patriotic to Violate the Constitution, Walter Brasch
 If politics makes strange bedfellows, then I'm at least fluffing Bob Barr's pillows.     Bob Barr?! The far-right self-righteous congressman who led what much of a nation saw as a vindictive impeachment of Bill Clinton? The NRA board of directors member who believes the Second Amendment is the one that guarantees the protection of all the other amendments?  The man who proposed eliminating federal funding to PBS and eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts? The author of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman-and yet may have committed adultery with his future third wife while married to his second wife. The vigorous opponent of pro-choice, who supported his second wife's abortion? The "family values" proponent who was photographed at what passed as a charity event licking whipped cream off the breasts of two women?     Yes, that Bob Barr.

Quote: Bush Is Undermining Our National Security, Nicholas Kristof
"I think the greatest threat to our future is our fiscal irresponsibility," warns David Walker, the comptroller general of the United States. I asked Mr. Walker about Paul Volcker's warning that within five years we face a 75 percent chance of a serious financial crisis. "If we don't get serious soon," Mr. Walker replied, "it's not a question of whether it'll come, but when and how serious."
Another issue is that three-fourths of our new debt is now being purchased by foreigners, with China the biggest buyer of all. That gives China leverage over us, and it undermines our national security. Critics have pounded the Bush administration for its faulty intelligence in the run-up to the war in Iraq. But President Bush peddled tax cuts with data that ultimately proved equally faulty - yet the tax cuts remain cemented in place. More than two centuries of American government produced a cumulative national debt of $5.7 trillion when Mr. Bush was elected in 2000. And now that is expected to almost double by 2010, to $10.8 trillion.

Verse: Cheney's "Last Throes," by Calvin Trillin
When rockets fly and battle smoke is thick,
It's good to hear from "Four Deferments Dick."
He's always sure. He knows what warfare is--
Enough to know it's not for him or his.
Insurgents somehow, though they're in the throes,
Kill more GIs-- but no one Cheney knows.

Mojotoons: Spin Weasels, by Tom Tomorrow

Sunday, June 26, 2005

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Opinion: No Time For Despair, Ernest Partridge
Please understand, I am not an irrepressible Pollyanna -- I am fully aware that we may be in the dusk before a long night of despotism.... Several recent developments suggest that our cause, far from being impossible, has in fact gained strength as opportunities now arise. We've suffered the burden of discouragement in the face of the formidable financial, political and propaganda advantages of Bush, Inc. All the more reason to take inventory of our assets and of hopeful trends.

Quote: Rove's War on Democrats, Ward Harkavy
As to Dick Durbin's ridiculous apology -- he just played right into Rove's hands. This isn't the first time someone has used Nazi-era imagery and words to describe the Bush regime's handling of prisoners. Apparently everybody's forgotten that during the runup to the Iraq war, Secretary of State Colin Powell referred to Pentagon neocon Doug Feith's cabal -- which later directed the handling of prisoners -- as the "Gestapo office." That morsel was reported by Bob Woodward in "Plan of Attack".

Bushlexia: "See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda." --George W. Bush, Greece, N.Y., May 24, 2005

We're Watching: Pappas' "Orwell Rolls In His Grave" (GoKart Films)

Saturday, June 25, 2005

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Opinion: Wounded, Cornered Animals Are Dangerous, Bernard Weiner
After Mark Felt unmasked himself as "Deep Throat," I immediately tried to contact our contemporary GOP mole, "Shallow Throat," inside the Bush Administration, the one who had fed us numerous tips many times before.* But I received no response from the former White House official, currently at another government agency. A few nights ago, we finally met again, in a Bethesda pub. Shallow Throat was wearing a new wig -- and, even in this dimly-lit location, wraparound shades -- and seemed more nervous than usual.

Quote: Impeaching George W. Bush, Mark Morford
Let's just say it outright: Of course Bush deserves to be impeached. But of course Bush will not be impeached, because impeachment requires a massive federal investigation and an act of Congress and the support of countless senators and representatives, and right now the GOP controls Congress with a little iron penis, and therefore any sort of uprising or scandal or suggestion of punishment gets immediately slammed down or scoffed away or buried under an avalanche of shrugs and yawns and neoconservative smugness. Isn't that right, Mr. Gannon? Mr. DeLay? Abu Ghraib? Gitmo? Saddam? Et al. BushCo survived the illegal sanctioning of inhumane torture. They survived a gay male prostitute acting as a journalist. They survived Enron and Diebold and the rigging of the first election and they will survive Downing Street simply because all the people who should be on the attack about these atrocities all work for the guys who committed them.

We're Listening: Uri Cane's "The Sidewalks of New York" (Winter and Winter)

friday, June 24, 2005

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Editorial: Less Than Half Dem Senators Have Passing Grades, Boxer Leads
Voting 60 to 38, lawmakers rejected an amendment to a major energy bill that would have forced reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases to 2000 levels by 2010 and created an emissions trading program. Eleven Democrats joined Republicans in opposing the measure....

Opinion: The Case for Impeaching George W. Bush, Walter C. Uhler
In my article "Democracy or dominion?" (recently republished in Annual Editions: World Politics 05/06), much attention was devoted to the severely impoverished civic education that impairs most Americans, and thus their democracy. Putting aside the thoughtless, often inbred, devotion of so many rightwing Republican Party stalwarts, such tenacious civic impairment constitutes the most formidable barrier preventing the impeachment of President George W. Bush.

We're Reading: Lee Child's "One Shot" (Delacorte)


Editorial

Less Than Half Dem Senators Have Passing Grades, Boxer Leads

"The Senate yesterday rejected a measure calling for mandatory limits on emissions linked to global warming, siding with the Bush administration's position that the restrictions would cost jobs, drive industry overseas and run up consumers' energy bills.

Voting 60 to 38, lawmakers rejected an amendment to a major energy bill that would have forced reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases to 2000 levels by 2010 and created an emissions trading program. Eleven Democrats joined Republicans in opposing the measure....

The Bush administration has repeatedly rejected calls for mandatory controls in favor of voluntary emissions limits, and says that program is working....Despite the growing body of evidence that industrial discharges of carbon dioxide and other so-called greenhouse gas emissions are a major cause of global warming, Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, once again argued 'there is no convincing scientific evidence.'" --Washington Post, 06.23.05

Inhofe's statement has been contradicted by a recent Bush EPA report acknowledging that global warming is caused by man-made pollution and that the voluntary emissions method of control is not working, since, as reported by the BBC it predicts a 43% increase in US greenhouse gas emissions from 2000 through 2020, which will likely destroy more fragile ecosystems "such as alpine meadows in the Rocky Mountains and some barrier islands."

For those who are keeping score, Senator Boxer has a score of 90% (10 approved votes), based upon 11 vote opportunities: the Ohio vote rejection, the Rice and Gonzales nominations, the consumer protections and bankruptcy votes, the ANWR vote, the medicare budget cut, the tax cut budget, the Bush budget, the greenhouse gas amendment, and the Schiavo vote.

4 Passing grades of 81% (9 approved votes) go to: Edward M. Kennedy , Richard Durbin of Illinois, Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey and Tom Harkin of Iowa.

11 Dems with passing grades of 72% (8 approved votes) are:

Daniel Akaka (D-HI) Robert Byrd (D-WV) Corzine (D-NJ) Feingold(D-WI), John Kerry of Massachusetts (no show) Leahy (D-VT) Carl Levin of Michigan (no) Reed (D-RI) Sarbanes (D-MD) Wyden (D-OR)

8 other partial Dems and the lone Independent now have failing scores of 63% (7 approved votes):

Biden (D-DE) Cantwell (D-WA) (no) Dodd (D-CT) Dorgan (D-ND) (no) Mikulski (D-MD) (no) Murray (D-WA) (no) Nelson (D-FL) Obama (D-IL)

Th 12 Half-Dems with a grade of 54% (6 approved votes) are:

Baucus (D-MT) (no) Bayh (D-IN) (no) Clinton (D-NY) (no) Dayton (D-MN) (no) Feinstein (D-CA) (no) Jeffords (I-VT) Liebrman (D-CT) (no show) Pryor (D-AR) (no) Reid (D-NV) (no) Rockefeller (D-WV) (no) Stabenow (D-MI) (no) Schumer (D-NY) (no)

2 Pretend Dems who now have a grade of 36% (4 approved votes) are:

Carper (D-DE) Inouye (D-HI) Kohl (D-WI)

The 6 DINO's (Democratic In Name Only) with a grade of 30% (3 approved votes)

Bingaman (D-NM) Johnson (D-SD) (no show) Lincoln (D-AR) (no) Nelson (D-NE) (no) Salazar (D-COL) (no) Mary Landrieu of Louisiana --Jerry Politex, 06.24.05


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