Two years in Iraq
Take a look at this post on Philly about the two year anniversary of the Iraq War. When Albert says "Watch it." take his advice.
Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative. - Oscar Wilde
Take a look at this post on Philly about the two year anniversary of the Iraq War. When Albert says "Watch it." take his advice.
On the first day of the new Iraqi government, 12 car bombs killed 40 people, wounded 100, and drove 3 Sunni government officials resign. Countering George Bush's claims that the newly-formed government in Iraq is already bringing peace dividends comes this from the Detroit Free Press:
The horror of such violence in their neighborhoods has eroded many Iraqis' faith in the leaders they risked their lives to elect.Great start. Just as a reminder, 1,578 U.S. troops have been killed and 11,664 have been wounded since the start of the Iraq War. How many more will have to die, both Iraqi civilian and U.S. troops, before we as a nation get sick of this?
"We don't care about any government," said Mansour Ibrahim, 34, a car salesman who witnessed the attack Friday. "They will work on their parties' interests. And the Iraqi people are the victims."
Check out this post on Attytood called Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Opus Dei): Cracking a GOP senator's Da Vinci Code. So much for separation of church and state.
Anyone think it's strange how George Bush calls the Secretary of State by her first name all the time? And is it proper to call the leader of Russia by his first name like the president is on the ball field with Vladimir Putin? Very strange. And it really exposes George's (irony acknowledged) lack of global awareness.
Semidi has a piece about the new poll that reveals that a majority of Americans think George Bush actively lied about WMD in Iraq. Hmmm....didn't his mother tell him that lying catches up with the liar?
Hey, Republicans seem to have gotten a little dose of ethics. I'm not sure how that happened, but this story in the Washington Post says:
House Republican leaders, acknowledging that ethics disputes are taking a heavy toll on the party's image, decided yesterday to rescind a controversial rule change that led to the three-month shutdown of the ethics committee, according to officials who participated in the talks.I'm sure the Republican leadership isn't any more ethical than they were yesterday...but they're seeing their lives flash in front of their eyes. The midterm election should be fascinating.
Yep, even the top U.S. general in Iraq says insurgency is averaging about 50-60 a day, which is about the same level as last year. Hmmmm. So much for George Bush's "democracy on the march."
The les blogs conference is going on in Paris.
Remember why George Bush and the Republicans said we had to rush to war in Iraq? Weapons of mass destruction. WMD. They weren't there is the conclusion of the CIA. How do the Righties live with themselves? They are so much holier than thou. For people that invoke The Bible at every turn, I guess they forgot "thou shalt not bear false witness" in the 10 Commandments.
George Bush is showing his support for Tom 'The Scammer' DeLay by dragging the ethically-challenged House majority leader on the road to trump up the Social Security crisis. "Hey, who better to extend the lie than good ol' Tom DeLay?" said President Bush yesterday.
Paul Krugman writes today in NYT about The Oblivious Right and how George Bush is so upbeat because he talks only to his hand-selected people.
What's going on? Actually, it's quite simple: Mr. Bush and his party talk only to their base - corporate interests and the religious right - and are oblivious to everyone else's concerns.It's amazing how far out of touch the Republicans have become. They pretend to talk for "the people," but what they really mean is their people - rich, white, corporate and connected to their version of "god."
The administration's upbeat view of the economy is a case in point. Corporate interests are doing very well. As a recent report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities points out, over the last three years profits grew at an annual rate of 14.5 percent after inflation, the fastest growth since World War II.
The story is very different for the great majority of Americans, who live off their wages, not dividends or capital gains, and aren't doing well at all. Over the past three years, wage and salary income grew less than in any other postwar recovery - less than a tenth as fast as profits. But wage-earning Americans aren't part of the base.
I'm thinking that Jeff Guckert/Jim Gannon has a blue blazer that he's not taking to the cleaners based on this post by Will on Attytood. Hmmm...this might mean that someone in the White House is doing more than evangelizing about Sodom and Gomarrah.
This skydiver, Albert "Gus" Wing III, hit the wing of an airplane on the way down. Lost both his legs. And his life.
Our fake president, George Bush, has staged fake Social Security town halls with fake participants. Now the Washington Post has uncovered the story of Republican operatives acting like Secret Service agents. More fakery. Fake agents threw out real citizens from the fake Social Security town hall because the fake agents didn't like a bumper sticker on the car the real citizens arrived in.
Lambert posted a link on Corrente to a Christian site that had me laughing for...eternity.
Did anyone even notice that there wasn't a professional hockey season this year? To use Wired Magazine's approach:
To paraphrase The Wicked Witch of the West, Antarctic glaciers are yelling 'I'm melting.' This analysis of more than 2,000 photos from the 1940s shows the sad truth.
Oliver has a list of the outrageous statements Republicans have been making about the judiciary lately. The Rouge's Gallery includes threats to judges by Rep. Tom DeLay, Sen. John Cornyn, Sen. Bill Frist, and Dr. James Dobson.
That story about the finger in the Wendy's chili was a fake. The woman who reported it was arrested today and the rest of the story will come out. However, the damage is done to Wendy's. I hope if she's guilty of making this up that the judge pokes a finger in her eye.
Pope Benedict VXI (Papa Benedetto VXI in Italian) has an e-mail address. Look here.
Will has a very interesting report today on Attytood about the association of Rick Santorum and Outback Steakhouse. It's a good read. And don't overlook the headline. Classic.
Right. Condi Rice is some bigtime intellectual who speaks fluent Russian. She couldn't even answer a schoolgirl's question and flubbed another simple one. This really is the John Lovitz presidency, where they just get to make stuff up.
The Kossacks think so. I get Newsweek, so I don't get the chance to participate in the boycott. Honestly, I always thought Time was a rag anyway, so that Ann Coulter cover just reinforces that idea for me.
I haven't heard much about the Social Security 'crisis' from George Bush lately. Hmmm. Maybe there wasn't one.
Jack Cafferty on CNN this morning told a couple Pope jokes.
I just heard that they're going to change the name of the College of Cardinals to The Rat Pack.
Now that the Pope is the first German in over a thousand years, Lent will be called Oktoberfest.
In a delicious turn of irony that was totally lost on Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, she warned Russian politicians that they need to focus more on creating and preserving democracy. In a radio address, Rice said:
There should not be so much concentration of power just in the presidency, there needs to be an independent media ... so that the Russian people can debate and decide together the democratic future of Russia.Hmmm. Concentration of power in the presidency? Like George Bush threatening the judiciary and trying to override the Constitution in the Terri Schiavo case? Independent media. Like Fox News? Or Time magazine? So that people can debate and decide together. Like Tom 'The Hammer' DeLay does?
The Philadelphia Webloggers Meeting is tonight at Independence Brew Pub. The event starts at 7. I'll look forward to seeing you there. (Note to Blankbaby - I didn't RSVP, so I may need to be on double secret probation.) More info here.
I was going to write about pharmacists and the swirl around some of them moralizing, but then I read this piece on Philly. It's well done. All I can add is, read it.
Tell me that Bob Jones III, the president of the segregationist South Carolina university of the same name, has been nominated as chairman of the Civil Rights Commission.In no way can a bully and a belligerent fool become the United States' ambassador to the world. Incredible. Then again, George Bush is a little hard of hearing. Maybe it's all that brush clearing his does on his ranch in Crawford. Hard work. Being president's hard work.
Tell me that Father Dan Berrigan, the antiwar Jesuit priest, had just been named commandant of the Marine Corps or that Sir Elton John will be the new president of the Teamsters Union.
But don't tell me that the United States Senate, which likes to be called "the world's greatest deliberative body" will vote to confirm President Bush's pick of John Bolton to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
Worldwide terrorism is on the rise. So what does Condi Rice and George Bush do when faced with the facts that run in the face of their claim that "terrorism is on the run"? Just suppress the truth. That's right, Knight-Ridder reports:
The State Department decided to stop publishing an annual report on international terrorism after the government's top terrorism center concluded that there were more terrorist attacks in 2004 than in any year since 1985, the first year the publication covered.Lies, damn lies, and Bush statistics.
This one from The All Spin Zone really made me laugh this morning. It's an overview of the Papal Brackets, which are along the lines of the Final Four brackets. Along with the usual cardinals, you'll see that Duke makes a stealthy appearance.
The NYT editorial today has an analysis of the scariest man in America, Rep. Tom DeLay:
Mr. DeLay is not content with having a Republican president and majorities in both houses of Congress. He wants to control every aspect of government fully, and to deny the Democrats any role at all. The method is simple: when the game does not go his way, he changes the rules. If Republicans cannot win huge majorities in House races, he shifts the boundaries of their districts; if ethics rules start to catch up with his reckless behavior, he rewrites them. Most recently, when rulings by judges - the one branch of government still beyond his grasp - did not precisely suit him, Mr. DeLay resolved to impose his ideology on the judiciary.You can also read more here about the Ethics Scandal Monkey and his web of deceit.
BoingBoing exposes another of George Bush's hypocrisies: he's a lawbreaker. George Bush and Karl Rove have admitted to violating copyright infringement laws. Read more.
Etherealgirl points us to a powerful website titled Witness. And she quotes:
I have been a witness, and these pictures are my testimony. The events I have recorded should not be forgotten and must not be repeated.Have a look at the photography from the front lines of world strife. A picture is worth a thousand words, but a thousand words will never describe a picture.
John Bolton, who is George Bush's nominee for UN ambassador, is a "serial abuser" according to testimony in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. According to Der Spiegel:
Mr. Bolton tried, but failed, to explain away his long public record of attacking the United Nations. Senator Barbara Boxer dealt rather neatly with Mr. Bolton's lamentation that he was being misquoted by playing a videotape of a 1994 speech in which he said: "There is no United Nations. There is an international community that occasionally can be led by the only real power left in the world - that's the United States - when it suits our interests and when we can get others to go along."Watch out for the big lie coming. Bolton is using the "Who, me?" defense.
This little ditty might be Dick Cheney's new choice for the national anthem. WARNING: NSFW.
NYT has the lowdown on George Bush's musical tastes. What's on George Bush's iPod? I would think American Idiot by Green Day would be on there.
Check out Drop the Hammer, which says:
A network of large corporate backers have come, cash-in-hand, to DeLay's defense. American Airlines, Bacardi USA, Nissan USA, RJ Reynolds, and Verizon have all contributed thousands to Tom DeLay's Legal Defense Fund.Yep, it's time to drop the hammer. Even that dolt, Rick Santorum, says so.
Send a message to these corporations and tell them to stop enabling Tom DeLay's unethical behavior. Let these corporations know that unless they stop supporting Tom DeLay, you'll stop supporting them.
Uncle Horn Head has George Bush's Rorschach test. LOL.
Okay, Republican hypocrisy, blah, blah, blah. There's a lot of life going on in the world - here's some goings on to entertain your brain.
E&P has a piece called AP Calls Criticism of Pulitzer Win for Photos 'Deeply Offensive' that sticks it to Malkin and Powerline while giving kudos to Will Bunch at Attytood. Cheers, Will. Keep up the good fight.
Okay, since I already said I was doomed, what more could it hurt? I know I shouldn't, but LMAO. Look for yourself.
So much for the wingnut frenzy about the Terri Schiavo talking points memo being written by Dems (they were flogging the idea that they had another Rathergate on their hands). Nope. WaPo reports:
The legal counsel to Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) admitted yesterday that he was the author of a memo citing the political advantage to Republicans of intervening in the case of Terri Schiavo, the senator said in an interview last night.Guess the conspiracy idiots will have to move on to their next boogeyman. Anyone think they'll apologize or even be introspective about their wingnuttery?
Poor George Bush, his poll numbers show the lowest approval rating of any president at this point in his second term. With an approval rating so low, at 45%, E&P comments:
It's not uncommon to hear or read pundits referring to President George W. Bush as a "popular" leader or even a "very popular" one. Even some of his critics in the press refer to him this way. Perhaps they need to check the latest polls.Permission to ask the president hard questions, friends.
Here's an interview with a non-embedded reporter in Iraq. This is the stuff TV news doesn't have the time to show us in 90 seconds. Heck, I don't know if they even cover the war in Iraq anymore.
In some blogging circles this announcement of the Pulitzer Prize will set off a firestorm of criticism of the "MSM." In fact, to get cred, I was going to title this post something really clever like "Heh" or "MSM Masturbation." And then I was going to set up some strawman about bloggers being journalists. Yadda, yadda, yadda.
I'm not much into blogging's obsession with MSM. It's a lot of belly button gazing to me. But this situation in San Francisco, whose Board of Supervisors proposes to regulate bloggers, seems a bit much. This comment by rtfr on Personal Democracy Forum is in line with my thinking:
Would you regulate a person who, over the course of an election, happens to talk to five hundred people and make the case for her candidate to each one? Would you regulate a newspaper editorial that reaches thousands (maybe millions) in its endorsement of a particular candidate? Then why, Ms. Maxwell, are you trying to silence every day citizens? I wonder if perhaps you are afraid of what the people will say about you.
It's Abu Ghraib Day at iFF. Or maybe this information was there all along, but we just got swept up in the news about Brad and Jen, Terri Schiavo, and Michael Jackson (say, did anyone notice that Robert Blake was found not guilty of killing his wife? That guy just can't buy any publicity these days.) So, while we still focus on Kirstie Alley's weight loss on Fat Actress, we also notice out of the corner of our eye this little nugget from The Independent:
Documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) reveal that Lt General Ricardo Sanchez authorised techniques such as the use of dogs to intimidate prisoners, stress positions and disorientation. In the documents, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, Gen Sanchez admits that some of the techniques would not be tolerated by other countries.Maybe someday we'll have to use Sanchez's authorized techniques to get the truth out of George Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, and Karl Rove. Gentlemen, did any of you knowingly lead the Unites States of America into war under false pretenses? Yes or no. The clock's ticking, and Cujo is on a long leash.
At the link below is a 50 minute video from the BBC on U.S. prisons which is extremely upsetting and disturbing. As has been said before in a social justice context, but still holds true, "The world assaults us in many ways, but we cannot look away."Link. Thx Vin
I hope everyone gets a chance to watch the graphic video in its entirety, but be sure to have a box of Kleenex on hand.
The war in Iraq still rages on. Abu Grhraib prison was attacked yesterday and 44 U.S. soldiers and 12 Iraqi prisoners were injured. This article in Aljazeera is interesting. We swallow the word insurgent hook, line, and sinker from U.S. media. Interesting that they use the words anti-occupation fighters. Who's right? Both. As Anais Nin said, "We dont see things as they are; we see them as we are."
The Top 100 April Fools Day hoaxes are listed here. There are some pretty amazing ones. George Bush's WMD hoax isn't among them.
MyDD has an interesting Photoshopped picture of George Bush storming the hospice a la Terri Schiavo Gonzalez.
As much as George Bush would like to use smoke and mirrors to make us forget about the war in Iraq and the crushing national debt, that won't make them go away. A presidential commission reported that intelligence assessment were "dead wrong" about Iraq. From USA Today:
"The intelligence community was dead wrong in almost all of its prewar judgments" on Iraq's arsenal. The commission also warned in a scathing report that the CIA and other agencies may be equally blind now about nuclear threats posed by countries such as Iran and North Korea.George Bush and his administration are going to make Richard Nixon and Andrew Johnson look like saints. History will tell.
Attytood has a piece titled George Bush: That One in a Million You about the 2004 election. Will writes:
A team of university statisticians and experts from around the country -- including two from right here in Philadelphia -- has finished looking at why the major national exit poll appeared to show John Kerry winning last November by three percentage points, when the final tally showed that Bush won by 2.5 percent.See, the Republicans are screaming about Terri Schiavo and the Wingnut blogs are harping about the Terri Schiavo talking points memo. Meanwhile, George W. Bush stole two elections and considers it a mandate. I wish I could live long enough to read the history books on this era. It won't be pretty.
Their conclusion? That the odds of such a variation taking place are just under one-million-to-one. Unless, of course, one of two things happened. One of those things would be some factor that caused the exit polls to be inaccurate -- for example, Bush voters being less likely to tell survey takers whom they voted for (heh heh, we could understand that).
Or....the election was rigged.