Tuesday, November 04, 2008

President Barack Hussein Obama

If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.

It's the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen; by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the very first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different; that their voice could be that difference.

It's the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled - Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been a collection of Red States and Blue States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America.

It's the answer that led those who have been told for so long by so many to be cynical, and fearful, and doubtful of what we can achieve to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day.

It's been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America.

I just received a very gracious call from Senator McCain. He fought long and hard in this campaign, and he's fought even longer and harder for the country he loves. He has endured sacrifices for America that most of us cannot begin to imagine, and we are better off for the service rendered by this brave and selfless leader. I congratulate him and Governor Palin for all they have achieved, and I look forward to working with them to renew this nation's promise in the months ahead.

I want to thank my partner in this journey, a man who campaigned from his heart and spoke for the men and women he grew up with on the streets of Scranton and rode with on that train home to Delaware, the Vice President-elect of the United States, Joe Biden.

I would not be standing here tonight without the unyielding support of my best friend for the last sixteen years, the rock of our family and the love of my life, our nation's next First Lady, Michelle Obama. Sasha and Malia, I love you both so much, and you have earned the new puppy that's coming with us to the White House. And while she's no longer with us, I know my grandmother is watching, along with the family that made me who I am. I miss them tonight, and know that my debt to them is beyond measure.

To my campaign manager David Plouffe, my chief strategist David Axelrod, and the best campaign team ever assembled in the history of politics - you made this happen, and I am forever grateful for what you've sacrificed to get it done.

But above all, I will never forget who this victory truly belongs to - it belongs to you.

I was never the likeliest candidate for this office. We didn't start with much money or many endorsements. Our campaign was not hatched in the halls of Washington - it began in the backyards of Des Moines and the living rooms of Concord and the front porches of Charleston.

It was built by working men and women who dug into what little savings they had to give five dollars and ten dollars and twenty dollars to this cause. It grew strength from the young people who rejected the myth of their generation's apathy; who left their homes and their families for jobs that offered little pay and less sleep; from the not-so-young people who braved the bitter cold and scorching heat to knock on the doors of perfect strangers; from the millions of Americans who volunteered, and organized, and proved that more than two centuries later, a government of the people, by the people and for the people has not perished from this Earth. This is your victory.

I know you didn't do this just to win an election and I know you didn't do it for me. You did it because you understand the enormity of the task that lies ahead. For even as we celebrate tonight, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime - two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century. Even as we stand here tonight, we know there are brave Americans waking up in the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan to risk their lives for us. There are mothers and fathers who will lie awake after their children fall asleep and wonder how they'll make the mortgage, or pay their doctor's bills, or save enough for college. There is new energy to harness and new jobs to be created; new schools to build and threats to meet and alliances to repair.

The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America - I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you - we as a people will get there.

There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won't agree with every decision or policy I make as President, and we know that government can't solve every problem. But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree. And above all, I will ask you join in the work of remaking this nation the only way it's been done in America for two-hundred and twenty-one years - block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand.

What began twenty-one months ago in the depths of winter must not end on this autumn night. This victory alone is not the change we seek - it is only the chance for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were. It cannot happen without you.

So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism; of service and responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves, but each other. Let us remember that if this financial crisis taught us anything, it's that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers - in this country, we rise or fall as one nation; as one people

Let us resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long. Let us remember that it was a man from this state who first carried the banner of the Republican Party to the White House - a party founded on the values of self-reliance, individual liberty, and national unity. Those are values we all share, and while the Democratic Party has won a great victory tonight, we do so with a measure of humility and determination to heal the divides that have held back our progress. As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, "We are not enemies, but friends...though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection." And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn - I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your President too.

And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of our world - our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand. To those who would tear this world down - we will defeat you. To those who seek peace and security - we support you. And to all those who have wondered if America's beacon still burns as bright - tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from our the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity, and unyielding hope.

For that is the true genius of America - that America can change. Our union can be perfected. And what we have already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.

This election had many firsts and many stories that will be told for generations. But one that's on my mind tonight is about a woman who cast her ballot in Atlanta. She's a lot like the millions of others who stood in line to make their voice heard in this election except for one thing - Ann Nixon Cooper is 106 years old.

She was born just a generation past slavery; a time when there were no cars on the road or planes in the sky; when someone like her couldn't vote for two reasons - because she was a woman and because of the color of her skin.

And tonight, I think about all that she's seen throughout her century in America - the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress; the times we were told that we can't, and the people who pressed on with that American creed: Yes we can.

At a time when women's voices were silenced and their hopes dismissed, she lived to see them stand up and speak out and reach for the ballot. Yes we can.

When there was despair in the dust bowl and depression across the land, she saw a nation conquer fear itself with a New Deal, new jobs and a new sense of common purpose. Yes we can.

When the bombs fell on our harbor and tyranny threatened the world, she was there to witness a generation rise to greatness and a democracy was saved. Yes we can.

She was there for the buses in Montgomery, the hoses in Birmingham, a bridge in Selma, and a preacher from Atlanta who told a people that "We Shall Overcome." Yes we can.

A man touched down on the moon, a wall came down in Berlin, a world was connected by our own science and imagination. And this year, in this election, she touched her finger to a screen, and cast her vote, because after 106 years in America, through the best of times and the darkest of hours, she knows how America can change. Yes we can.

America, we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so much more to do. So tonight, let us ask ourselves - if our children should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see? What progress will we have made?

This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment. This is our time - to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth - that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we can't, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people:

Yes We Can. Thank you, God bless you, and may God Bless the United States of America.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Bush has "nothing else to offer"

Where's Laura now?
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia: A Saudi court sentenced a 19-year-old woman victim of gang rape to six months in jail and 200 lashes — more than double than in her initial sentence for being in the car of a man who was not her relative, a newspaper reported Thursday.
UPDATE - 11/23: State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said on Monday that the administration was "astonished," but had "nothing else to offer".

Where's Laura Bush and her old man now? We all certainly know of the Bush's close, and long-lasting, friendship with the Saudis, so of course, we are surprised they have 'nothing else to offer'.

And in the meantime, while Bush fiddles -- Democrats speak up;
Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) states, "I urge President Bush to call on King Abdullah to cancel the ruling and drop all charges against this woman." In a letter to Condoleezza Rice, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) wrote, "I strongly urge the Department of State to condemn this ruling." Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) and John Edwards released statements expressing their outrage.

Saturday, September 24, 2005


Frist, DeLay Fend Off Probes Into Ethics

"Heading into a midterm election year, Republicans find themselves with not one, but two congressional leaders — Bill Frist in the Senate and Tom DeLay in the House —fending off questions of ethical improprieties.

The news that federal prosecutors and the Securities and Exchange Commission are looking into Frist's sale of stock in HCA Inc., the hospital operating company founded by his family, comes as a criminal investigation continues of Jack Abramoff, a high-powered Republican lobbyist, and his ties to DeLay of Texas.

Less than a week ago, a former White House official was arrested in the Abramoff investigation.

For Republicans, the timing couldn't be worse".


Palestinians killed in Gaza Blast

"At least 15 Palestinians have been killed and scores injured in a blast during a parade by the militant Hamas group in the Gaza Strip.
A truck carrying gunmen and home-made weapons blew up during the rally in the Jabaliya refugee camp in northern Gaza.

Israel has denied involvement, while the ruling Palestinian Fatah faction said it held Hamas responsible".

Friday, September 23, 2005


Iraq coming apart, Saudi official warns

...Hey 'Alfie', the 'liberal' press found out about me giving you that waiver on that child-sex stuff..it's gonna take two oil wells now...sure George, give me five, bro...

I keep hearing the Bush administration, Fox News and other rightwing ass-kissing propagandists tell us how great things are going in Iraq. According to them everything is wonderful and if we could only get the 'liberal media' (sic) to just report the truth, everything would be OK. Poor babies.

Those same sheep are surprised now when Bush's buddy, Saud ('Alfie') al-Faisal say's the "main problem is the split between Sunnis and Shiites"! Well goddamn, 'a split between the Sunnis and Shiites'? Who the hell could have ever imagined such a thing happening??!!??

"Iraq is moving toward disintegration, and war there could spread to its neighbors, Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal said Thursday.

All the dynamics there are pushing people away from each other," said Saud, whose nation is predominantly Sunni.

The main problem, Saud told a small group of reporters here, is the split between Sunnis and Shiites in central and southern Iraq. Continued autonomy for non-Arab Kurds in northern Iraq is less of a concern", he said.


Republicans are once again trying to put the screws to the 'troops' while they lie about their support.

Do the country a favor this weekend. When you see a car with a 'W' sticker and 'support the troops' decal, pull the driver out of their car and pummel the shit out of them. It's called justifiable homicide. Do your part!

Protecting tax cuts, GOP proposes cuts to military health care

"In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, President Bush and Republicans in Congress have refused to consider rolling back the $336 billion in new tax cuts that the richest 1 percent are slated to get over the next five years. They say we need to pay for reconstruction not by asking the wealthiest to sacrifice just a little bit, but by massive cuts to spending. And now we see what that means: The Navy Times today reports that those cuts "include trimming military quality-of-life programs, including health care." This, while troops are in battle.

The Republicans have put their cutting efforts in military terms, calling it "Operation Offset" - a further insult to the men and women in uniform they are now trying to screw over. The specifics are ugly. They are, for instance, asking troops to "accept reduced health care benefits for their families." Additionally, "the stateside system of elementary and secondary schools for military family members could be closed." In the past, this idea "has faced strong opposition from parents of children attending the schools because public schools [in and around bases] are seen as offering lower-quality education."

None of this, I suppose, is all that surprising. In the past, we've seen tax cuts put before making sure troops have adequate body armor heading into war - a tax/budget decision that very likely increased U.S. casualties. We've also seen Republicans vote down efforts to reduce tax cuts for the very wealthy in order to restore cuts to military family housing. And we've seen tax cuts come as the White House has refused to adequately fund a variety of other programs for troops. The truth is, the GOP has in moments of candor admitted that they care about cutting taxes for the wealthy far more than they care about the troops.

As you may recall, it was Tom DeLay who said before the Iraq invasion "Nothing is more important in the face of a war than cutting taxes." Apparently to the Republicans, nothing is more important in the face of a war AND massive destruction to the homefront than cutting taxes either".

Republicans are shameless..


You cannot give federal tax dollars to organizations that discriminate based on religion.

And furthermore, religious organizations that do NOT pay taxes, should NOT be receiving federal tax dollars. That's called the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

It's unfortunate for this country that the Supreme Court is now being filled with more Republican judges that do not have the constitutional integrity needed to overturn this narrow-minded Congress's anti-Constitutional laws.

House OKs Faith As Head Start Hiring Issue
By BEN FELLER, AP Education Writer
Thu Sep 22, 6:09 PM ET

WASHINGTON - The House voted Thursday to let Head Start centers consider religion when hiring workers, overshadowing its moves to strengthen the preschool program's academics and finances.

The Republican-led House approved a bill that lets churches and other faith-based preschool centers hire only people who share their religion, yet still receive federal tax dollars.

The House passed the bill 231-184; only 23 Democrats voted for it.

GOP lawmakers, with backing from the White House, contend that preschool centers should not have to give up their religious autonomy in order to receive federal grants.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Bush's Butt Buddies

Bush waives Saudi child sex-slave trafficking sanctions

WASHINGTON - President Bush decided Wednesday to waive any financial sanctions on Saudi Arabia, Washington's closest Arab ally in the war on terrorism, for failing to do enough to stop the modern-day slave trade in prostitutes, child sex workers and forced laborers.

Just one more example of just how hypocritical George Bush truly is. What kind of man would allow Saudi Arabia to continue child 'sex-slave' prostitution so that we don't interrupt our economic relationship?


Do you remember 'Blackwater' from the dog days of Fallujah? Why were mercenaries sent into New Orleans?

"The men from Blackwater USA arrived in New Orleans right after Katrina hit. The company known for its private security work guarding senior US diplomats in Iraq beat the federal government and most aid organizations to the scene in another devastated Gulf. About 150 heavily armed Blackwater troops dressed in full battle gear spread out into the chaos of New Orleans. Officially, the company boasted of its forces "join[ing] the hurricane relief effort." But its men on the ground told a different story.

Some patrolled the streets in SUVs with tinted windows and the Blackwater logo splashed on the back; others sped around the French Quarter in an unmarked car with no license plates. They congregated on the corner of St. James and Bourbon in front of a bar called 711, where Blackwater was establishing a makeshift headquarters. From the balcony above the bar, several Blackwater guys cleared out what had apparently been someone's apartment. They threw mattresses, clothes, shoes and other household items from the balcony to the street below. They draped an American flag from the balcony's railing. More than a dozen troops from the 82nd Airborne Division stood in formation on the street watching the action.

Armed men shuffled in and out of the building as a handful told stories of their past experiences in Iraq. "I worked the security detail of both Bremer and Negroponte," said one of the Blackwater guys, referring to the former head of the US occupation, L. Paul Bremer, and former US Ambassador to Iraq John Negroponte. Another complained, while talking on his cell phone, that he was getting only $350 a day plus his per diem. "When they told me New Orleans, I said, 'What country is that in?'" he said. He wore his company ID around his neck in a case with the phrase Operation Iraqi Freedom printed on it.

The men from Blackwater USA arrived in New Orleans right after Katrina hit. The company known for its private security work guarding senior US diplomats in Iraq beat the federal government and most aid organizations to the scene in another devastated Gulf. About 150 heavily armed Blackwater troops dressed in full battle gear spread out into the chaos of New Orleans. Officially, the company boasted of its forces "join[ing] the hurricane relief effort." But its men on the ground told a different story".

...One might ask, given the enormous presence in New Orleans of National Guard, US Army, US Border Patrol, local police from around the country and practically every other government agency with badges, why private security companies are needed, particularly to guard federal projects. "It strikes me...that that may not be the best use of money," said Illinois Senator Barack Obama.

Blackwater's success in procuring federal contracts could well be explained by major-league contributions and family connections to the GOP. According to election records, Blackwater's CEO and co-founder, billionaire Erik Prince, has given tens of thousands to Republicans, including more than $80,000 to the Republican National Committee the month before Bush's victory in 2000. This past June, he gave $2,100 to Senator Rick Santorum's re-election campaign. He has also given to House majority leader Tom DeLay and a slew of other Republican candidates, including Bush/Cheney in 2004. As a young man, Prince interned with President George H.W. Bush, though he complained at the time that he "saw a lot of things I didn't agree with--homosexual groups being invited in, the budget agreement, the Clean Air Act, those kind of bills. I think the Administration has been indifferent to a lot of conservative concerns."

Prince, a staunch right-wing Christian, comes from a powerful Michigan Republican family, and his father, Edgar, was a close friend of former Republican presidential candidate and antichoice leader Gary Bauer. In 1988 the elder Prince helped Bauer start the Family Research Council. Erik Prince's sister, Betsy, once chaired the Michigan Republican Party and is married to Dick DeVos, whose father, billionaire Richard DeVos, is co-founder of the major Republican benefactor Amway. Dick DeVos is also a big-time contributor to the Republican Party and will likely be the GOP candidate for Michigan governor in 2006. Another Blackwater founder, president Gary Jackson, is also a major contributor to Republican campaigns.

After the killing of four Blackwater mercenaries in Falluja in March 2004, Erik Prince hired the Alexander Strategy Group, a PR firm with close ties to GOPers like DeLay. By mid-November the company was reporting 600 percent growth. In February 2005 the company hired Ambassador Cofer Black, former coordinator for counterterrorism at the State Department and former director of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center, as vice chairman. Just as the hurricane was hitting, Blackwater's parent company, the Prince Group, named Joseph Schmitz, who had just resigned as the Pentagon's Inspector General, as the group's chief operating officer and general counsel.

While juicing up the firm's political connections, Prince has been advocating greater use of private security in international operations, arguing at a symposium at the National Defense Industrial Association earlier this year that firms like his are more efficient than the military. In May Blackwater's Jackson testified before Congress in an effort to gain lucrative Homeland Security contracts to train 2,000 new Border Patrol agents, saying Blackwater understands "the value to the government of one-stop shopping." With President Bush using the Katrina disaster to try to repeal Posse Comitatus (the ban on using US troops in domestic law enforcement) and Blackwater and other security firms clearly initiating a push to install their paramilitaries on US soil, the war is coming home in yet another ominous way.

As one Blackwater mercenary said, "This is a trend. You're going to see a lot more guys like us in these situations."
...You had better hope not...

Wednesday, September 21, 2005


"… whether they know it or not, the Washington Post is reporting here that we’re winning in Iraq..."

...Limbaugh once again making himself look stupid...

I heard this piece of audio of Rush Limbaugh yesterday on Al Franken's show and it's absolutely hilarious. Franken picked it up from Crooks and Liars.

Limbaugh starts reading an article from the Washington Post that he thinks is written as proof that the U.S. is winning the war in Iraq, only to realize half way through the article that it actually states the opposite.

It's funny as hell to hear him when he get's to the quote above.

For Franken
It's never too late, dittoheads-(and you might even learn the difference between the 'debt' and the 'deficit' someday by listening to Franken instead of Limbaugh)

For the audio, Crook and Liars
audio from Hillbilly Heroin Boy (listen at the end as Limbaugh describes an 'insignificant day of violence' in Afghanistan, too.) The audio is priceless!


61-meter (200-foot) high bridge over the west channel to Gravina Island

"Alaska's Gravina Island is home to 50 people and more than 350 Sitka black-tailed deer. Under the U.S. highway bill passed last month, this group will get a $223 million bridge taller than the Brooklyn Bridge in New York.

The funding is among $1.04 billion that Alaska lawmakers secured for transportation projects, making the state the envy of its neighbors in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. The states of Washington and Oregon, with a combined population 15 times that of Alaska's 650,000, each received about $500 million sought by lawmakers for transportation projects in their home states under the bill signed by President George W. Bush on Aug. 10.

Alaska owes its bounty to Congressman Donald Young, a Republican who heads the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation Committee and has told voters he used his position to enhance Alaska's share. A second bridge, spanning 2 miles in Anchorage, to be called ``Don Young's Way,'' got $229 million".

Republicans are excellent at spending and wasting your tax money and telling you it's the Democrats who did it. The only wasteful spending to a Republican is what’s not being spent in his district or state.

Hell, instead of paying $223 million for the bridge that leads, not to 'nowhere', but to 50 poor Eskimos stuck on some God forbidden island, couldn't we give each of them $1 million, have them move off the island and use the remaining $173 million for hurricane Katrina recovery?

Of course, $173 million is chickenfeed. What we should go after is the $300 billion that Bush and the Republicans kicked-back to the pharmaceutical companies when they rammed through their prescription drug program or we could also go after the $15 billion those same criminals kicked-back to the oil industry with their new energy policy. But, best of all, we should tell Iraq to stand on their own two feet and save the $5 billion we're wasting there each month.

There's a lot of room to cut spending and it's on welfare all right-corporate welfare that is. Corporate welfare, the raiding our our treasury to pay off corporate donors to republican criminals. Now, there's where we need to look when Congress talks about cutting spending. That's where the pigs feed.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

$tem cell ‘U’

University of Michigan Slaps Narrow-Minded Republican State Legislature

Tired of losing successful scientists and of listening to narrow-minded, phony religious conservatives in the state, the University of Michigan will do things its way.

You can be an ignorant republican all you want but when your ignorance get's in the way of scientific progress, you need to get your stupid asses the fuck out of the way!

Michigan is a solid Blue state. It needs to start acting like it.

"The University struck back against stringent state regulation of stem-cell research and the brain drain of top scientists in the field with yesterday’s announcement of the creation of the new Center for Stem Cell Biology, to be headed by researcher Sean Morrison.

In the face of growing competition from universities in states such as California, Wisconsin and New Jersey — all with their own stem-cell funding initiatives — the University has been attempting to keep its own star stem-cell researchers from being lured away. Researcher Michael Clark is relocating to Stanford.

The fact that the state of Michigan has some of the most restrictive laws governing stem-cell research has not helped. Current state law prohibits the derivation of new stem cell lines from frozen embryos slated to be discarded by in-vitro fertilization clinics or from a technique that places material from the nuclei of stem-cells into an egg cell to induce division.

“The legislative environment in Michigan restricts our ability to derive new (embryonic stem cell) lines,” Morrison said. “It’s a problem I hope we’ll change.”

With the departure of Clark for Stanford, Morrison himself had been approached with offers from several research universities across the country.

“Not to say that things here are perfect — it would be nice if the state laws were changed — but I looked at other (universities), and I didn’t find the same combination of advantages that we have here,” Morrison said.

Stem cells — which can be transformed into specialized cells such as neurons or bile-producing islet cells in the liver — have recently become the new cutting edge of biology research. The hope is that they can be used for therapeutic purposes — for instance, for growing replacement organs — or to help researchers learn about the development of diseases. The most malleable stem cells, however, are currently derived from embryos, a fact that has sparked a national ethical debate.

Several states, responding to federal reluctance to support stem-cell research, have come forward with their own initiatives to fund stem cell investigation. The University’s new Center for Stem Cell Biology is a part of this growing trend".

Up to 9 Americans killed in Iraq

A British soldier climbs out of a burning armored vehicle Monday.

"Nine Americans, including five troops, have been killed by bombs in Iraq during the past two days, U.S. officials in Baghdad said Tuesday.

Four troops, assigned to the 2nd Marine Division, were killed Monday in Ramadi, the U.S. military said. The deaths bring to 1,904 the number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq.

A soldier with the 18th Military Police Brigade died Tuesday when his vehicle was struck by a bomb about 75 miles north of Baghdad, the U.S. military said.

A State Department employee and three security contractors were killed Monday by a suicide car bomber in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, a U.S. official in Baghdad said".



You know why Karl Rove had Dubya give his speech at Jackson Square? He couldn't pull the aircraft carrier up any closer...

"President Bush's vow to rebuild the Gulf Coast did little to help his standing with the public, only 40 percent of whom now approve of his performance in office, according to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll released Monday.

Just 41 percent of the 818 adults polled between Friday and Monday said they approved of Bush's handling of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, while 57 percent disapproved.

And support for his management of the war in Iraq has dropped to 32 percent, with 67 percent telling pollsters they disapproved of how Bush is prosecuting the conflict.

The survey had a sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Fifty-nine percent said they considered the 2003 invasion of Iraq a mistake. That figure is the highest recorded in a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll".


I'm sure republicans are back to saying 'polls don't matter', but I think George and Karl got the memo. ..Actually... Karl wrote the memo.


A top Bush Administration official, David Hossein Safavian, who has ties to Tom Delay's criminal buddy, Jack Abramoff, was arrested yesterday; drawing the line of corruption closer to a complete circle around Republicans in the White House and Congress.

"David Hossein Safavian, the Bush administration’s top federal procurement officer in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), was arrested yesterday based on a three-count criminal complaint filed in federal court, according to a Justice Department statement.

The government alleges that Safavian, as chief of staff at the General Services Administration (GSA), helped an unnamed lobbyist acquire GSA-controlled property in and around Washington, D.C.

Sources say the lobbyist is likely Jack Abramoff, who has been indicted by a grand jury in Florida. Safavian and Abramoff worked together at Preston, Gates and the two traveled with Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) and others on a golf trip to Scotland in 2002.

Safavian allegedly told a GSA ethics officer and GSA’s inspector general that the lobbyist had no business with GSA before the August 2002 golf trip, the Justice Department statement said.

A spokesperson for Abramoff declined to comment.

Government Executive magazine reported that Safavian resigned last Friday as the head of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy at OMB".

The Hill

Monday, September 19, 2005


Katrina Bush, 81, of Plano, Texas was forced to lay-off 12 employees at her small orthodonic supply company this past week - which added to the 'biggest one-week surge in jobless claims in nearly a decade'.

"Hurricane Katrina triggered the biggest one-week surge in jobless claims in nearly a decade, and analysts warn that's probably just the beginning of the bad economic news ahead as the nation starts paying for the most expensive natural disaster in U.S. history".


Hey, he's the one who fucked everything up...!

"Clinton launches withering attack on Bush"

Clinton said the Bush administration had decided to invade Iraq "virtually alone and before UN inspections were completed, with no real urgency, no evidence that there were weapons of mass destruction."

"What Americans need to understand is that ... every single day of the year, our government goes into the market and borrows money from other countries to finance Iraq, Afghanistan, Katrina, and our tax cuts," he said.

"We have never done this before. Never in the history of our republic have we ever financed a conflict, military conflict, by borrowing money from somewhere else."

Clinton added: "We depend on Japan, China, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, and Korea primarily to basically loan us money every day of the year to cover my tax cut and these conflicts and Katrina. I don't think it makes any sense."

Ah, Come on, Mr. President, uh, I mean, Bill...let me go first this time...

Sunday, September 18, 2005

“They’re Just Birds”

US Christian Right misfires again

. . . 'the penguin is only one'

“If ever the world needed reminding about the oddities of America's Christian Right, its espousal of the film March of the Penguins provides us with a perfect example”.

“...this French nature documentary - with its images of birds blinded by blizzards but still battling to protect their young affirms decent, traditional norms like monogamy, sacrifice and child-rearing...but, "Earth also has Bonobo chimps, whose jaw-dropping sexual athleticism would make Hugh Hefner blush; well-fed cats that cruelly toy with their prey; and praying mantises that eat their spouses”.

"surely the penguin is only one of God's works"



Why wouldn't they feel cocky and confident? They just gained a huge Shiite dominate ally just to their west...

“In an unyielding address before the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday afternoon, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran rebuffed attempts to rein in his country's nuclear program, railing against the United States as an aggressor and restating a compromise proposal that had already been rejected.

Mr. Ahmadinejad repeatedly stressed that Iran would not relinquish its "right to pursue peaceful nuclear energy" and accused the United States of bullying others and attempting to divide the world into "light and dark countries," repeatedly clenching his fist and jabbing his finger in the air for emphasis”.

"Every day they are threatening other nations with nuclear weapons, and they are never inspected," he said. He added that Western countries were "relying on their power and wealth to try to impose a climate of intimidation and injustice over the world," even while portraying themselves as defenders of freedom, democracy and human rights.”

"Mr. Ahmadinejad’s remarks during a visit to Turkey on Thursday caught Washington's attention. There he suggested Iran might share its nuclear technology with other Muslim nations.

Mr. Ahmadinejad said, "Iran is ready to transfer nuclear know-how to the Islamic countries due to their need." On Saturday, he asserted that "the quote was incomplete," but did not explain further".


Very good editorial by Frank Rich. Exposes Bush as "Professor Marvel".

George Bush's agenda on Tuesday, 8/30/05, the day after Katrina's landfall, tells me all I need to know about the guy.

"The worst storm in our history proved perfect for exposing this president because in one big blast it illuminated all his failings: the rampant cronyism, the empty sloganeering of "compassionate conservatism," the lack of concern for the "underprivileged" his mother condescended to at the Astrodome, the reckless lack of planning for all government operations except tax cuts, the use of spin and photo-ops to camouflage failure and to substitute for action".

"If the era of Great Society big government is over, the era of big government for special interests is proving a fiasco. Especially when it's presided over by a self-styled C.E.O. with a consistent three-decade record of running private and public enterprises alike into a ditch".


Rod Paige, His Former Top Aides at Education Department Leaders Reunite As Consultants

The Associated Press

Sep. 17, 2005 - Rod Paige and his former top aides at the Education Department have organized a consulting group to offer high-dollar advice on policies they helped create and later enforced, including the controversial No Child Left Behind Act.

Paige, who resigned as education secretary 10 months ago, has agreed to be chairman of New York-based Chartwell Education Group.

The firm, which has begun soliciting business, is seeking clients ranging from state school chiefs to foreign leaders.

It is not unusual for Washington officials to become consultants after leaving government. But this venture involves virtually an entire leadership team from President Bush's first term.

Cartoon Editorials

Saturday, September 17, 2005


“more than 8 in 10 Americans are very or somewhat concerned that the $5 billion being spent each month on the war in Iraq is draining away money that could be used in the United States”

...Started out 8 out of 10 fell for it...now 8 out of 10 know better. For those 6 out of 10 of you who have jumped from one band wagon to the other,the 2 out of 10 of us who were right the whole time are not going to say, we told you so...but we did


"deeply marred by cronyism and corruption".

"It's a given that the Bush administration, which tried to turn Iraq into a laboratory for conservative economic policies, will try the same thing on the Gulf Coast. The Heritage Foundation, which has surely been helping Karl Rove develop the administration's recovery plan, has already published a manifesto on post-Katrina policy".

Having that $300 billion Bush wasted in Iraq wouldn't be bad right about now.

Friday, September 16, 2005


Oh man, I love this stuff! Clinton just can't give it up (hey, $300 million in 3 days why should he?) and all the Clinton-haters just can't go on. You gotta love it!

Clinton Global Initiative

“So there he was, on a hotel ballroom stage that had been made over to look something like the set of a daytime talk show, with deep-cushioned chairs that he and his guests - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain and King Abdullah II of Jordan - could sink into. As the host, Mr. Clinton concentrated on the four topics of the Clinton Global Initiative, as the conference was called: poverty, religious conflict, climate change and governing”.


If 1 million people lost their homes in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, and it's not that many people, probably less than half that but we'll use 1 million for this example, can't we take the $200 billion George Bush has now promised and just give each of them $200,000 cash? Everyone could just go to Las Vegas or Los Angeles and put a $100,000 down on a condo and party like hell for a couple of years (and of course, look for a new job in the meantime) on the other 100 grand. And, as I said, it's probably closer to half that number of people, so you could party, and look for a job, for about 4 or 5 years.

I want in on that deal...

Thursday, September 15, 2005


"Prepare Them For Their Rest"

Does George W. Bush inspire you when he reads someone else's speech to you?

If so, "build higher"...

At least it was nice to hear that he will have his cabinet do a "comprehensive review" of itself.

...He really isn't very good at reading.. ...He's damn good at throwing big sums of money at things that aren't going well, though...


U.S. President George W. Bush writes a note to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during a Security Council meeting at the 2005 World Summit and 60th General Assembly of the United Nations in New York September 14, 2005

Bush "thinks" he needs a "bathroom break"? How stupid can one person possibly be?

Actually, I think he wants to meet Condi in the bathroom. Maybe we do have to have an investigation after all! (see previous post)


Investigate the Katrina reponse? Come on, it's not like Bush was getting a blowjob or something!


With all the devastation and bad news coming out of Louisiana and Mississippi we can at least feel confident that Bush and his cronies have finally got Iraq under control.

Looks like Dubya has his girls under control, too, huh?

"Come on Daddy! Me and Jenna couldn't party like this in combat fatigues"!

Wednesday, September 14, 2005


You call this leadership?

Republicans Just Keep Stepping In it!

Asked if that meant the government was running at peak efficiency, Mr. DeLay said, "Yes, after 11 years of Republican majority we've pared it down pretty good."

Well, there’s the quote from the criminal, Tom ‘the bug man’ Delay, (I hope he likes how he looks in bright orange) about how wonderful republican leadership is. Now, I’ll give you the facts.

When Bill Clinton left office in 2001 federal spending was $1,863,000,000,000 (that’s 1.863 trillion for you republicans) and now, for FY05 which ends at the end of this month it will be $2,473,000,000,000 (2.473 trillion). That’s a 33% increase in four short years! What’s changed since that time? Fiscal conservative Democrat President Bill Clinton isn’t running the show anymore, that’s what!

We have a Republican Senate, a Republican House and a Republican president and spending has increased 33% in four years. That’s what phony conservatives (Republicans) consider ‘pared down’.

Of course no one should be surprised that Bush has sent federal spending skyrocketing; Reagan and Bush’s old man did the exact same thing. Bill Clinton on the other hand held federal spending to a mere 3.55% average annual increase over his entire 8 years in office. Oh, and did I mention that he had four HUGE consecutive budget surpluses?

Be careful to what and who you listen to and know your facts. Republicans don’t want you know the facts. They like the people to be ignorant; like their base.


Here (starting at paragraph 3) is a "repost" of mine from August 12.

After reading a newspaper editorial the day before yesterday and hearing Alan Dershowitz say the exact same thing last night on Hardball, I will gladly take credit for being at the forefront of this ingenious political maneuver.

With the Senate Judiciary Committee now hearing testimony from 'Mannequin Man’, John Roberts, and with Sandra Day O’Connor’s seat soon to be filled, I say once again, let it go, do not stop Bush from filling the Supreme Court vacancies with people who will overturn Roe v. Wade. In fact, welcome it, steer the Republicans toward it, because with 65% of the country clearly against the overturning of a woman’s right to choose, we can finally get Republicans out of power and this country can get back to being great once again. LET IT GO!

From August 12th-Kool Aid Subliminal



So the NARAL Pro-Choice America group gave in to pressure and is withdrawing its television ad that linked John Roberts to violent anti-abortion activists? That’s good.

We, the progressive, clear thinking segment of the population need to use our heads a little on this Supreme Court nominee of Bush’s. We need Roberts to be selected to take the place of Sandra Day-O’Connor and hope that he is that final vote in overturning Roe v. Wade.

Most people are under the mistaken assumption that overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade case would make abortion illegal in this country. It would not. Overturning Roe v. Wade would merely give the decision back to the states and that’s when Democrats and Independents can finally rid themselves of Republican control of government. State and federal.

Polls consistently show that Americans, by a 2 to 1 margin, support Roe v. Wade but you would never know that by what you hear on TV or radio or by reading the newspaper. The general impression is that the country is evenly divided on woman’s constitutional right to choose an abortion. That is a lie.

Please confirm John Roberts and please let him finally be that 5th vote in overturning Roe v. Wade.

Sure, Republicans will always have Mississippi, Alabama, Utah and probably Indiana, but who cares?

When the people of those purple states realize that ‘sis’ could go to prison (or worse) for something they currently feel should be a woman’s right, they will be forced to vote Republicans out of office and then the country can get back to prosperity and freedom.

So, let’s hope John Roberts gets selected to the Supreme Court and let’s hope he’s lying when he say’s he would respect the precedent of Roe v. Wade.

Go ahead, overturn it. Make my day!



Oklahoma Senator is your typical Republican

Republican Senator Tom Coburn epitomizes what the Republican Party stands for in this country. He’s a goddamn phony hypocrite and by far one of the most divisive members of Congress!

At the opening of the confirmation hearings for John Roberts on Monday, Coburn became choked up and whimpered like baby when he said;

"A super-legislator body is not what the court was intended to be," Coburn said. "When I ponder our country and its greatness, its weakness, its potential, my heart aches for less divisiveness, less polarization, less finger-pointing, less bitterness, less mindless partisanship."

In reading his comments you obviously don't see the emotion he showed but as I said, he was whimpering like a baby. This man, Coburn, sounds like a compassionate man who has grown weary of all the divisiveness in government but he is the same man who has made the following public statements;

“I favor the death penalty for abortionists and other people who take life.”

“… The gay community has infiltrated the very centers of power in every area across this country, and they wield extreme power. ... That agenda is the greatest threat to our freedom that we face today. Why do you think we see the rationalization for abortion and multiple sexual partners? That’s a gay agenda.”

And the ‘kicker’ to all this? Oklahoma Republican Senator Tom Coburn, an MD, sterilized a woman in 1990 without her consent. He admitted to sterilizing her without her 'written' permission and lied about having her ‘oral’ permission. He also admitted to performing 'lot’s' of these sterilizations, even on minors. His stated reason, ‘Reducing the rolls of welfare queens’

Tom Coburn epitomizes Republicans; The Party of pathetic, shameless goddamn hypocrites!

Tuesday, September 13, 2005


Another 'Family Values' republican,(you know, the phone-sex pervert) Bill O'Reilly, today on his radio program lied about poverty going down under Bush

The fact of the matter is, poverty has gone UP every year under George Bush while it went DOWN every year under Bill Clinton.

Republicans are liars and they can't win the arguments on their record so they lie to their sheep and the sheep are too ignorant to know better.

You learn the facts, and only the facts here.

Another lying republican, Rev. Joe Watkins, a Bush-Cheney '04 campaign adviser, appeared on CNN comparing poverty levels under Clinton and Bush and he totally misrepresented the facts. There is no comparison. In fact, there is no comparison in any statistic that has do with the economic well being of this country when it comes to Bush and Clinton. Bush is a miserable failure while things have NEVER been better economically than when Bill Clinton was leading this country.

Republicans have no shame. The vast majority of them are liars and you have to know your stuff (or read Kool Aid Subliminal)and call them on it when they repeat their bullshit. It's very easy to make fools of them when you know the facts.

"CNN contributor, talk radio host, and Bush-Cheney '04 campaign adviser Rev. Joe Watkins falsely claimed that the United States has experienced a "reduction" in poverty under President Bush. Misleadingly citing poverty statistics on the September 12 edition of CNN's Paula Zahn Now, Watkins stated that "under Bill Clinton, 15.1 percent of the population was poor; under President Bush, 12.7 percent of the population is poor. That's a reduction, that's a good thing." But the poverty rate declined every year Clinton was in office, from 15.1 percent when he took office in 1993 to a low of 11.3 percent in 2000; it has risen every year that Bush has been in office, from 11.7 percent in 2001 to 12.7 percent in 2004".

David Brock sure knows how to make them look like the lying fools they are!