Monday, October 31, 2005
Letter to the Editor - Southern Style II
Stephen King - Drive-by Truckers
White House Ethics, Honesty Questioned
Libbygate, Traitorgate, Treasongate.....
Samuel Alito’s America
6 U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq
Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.
WASHINGTON - The National Security Agency has been blocking the release of an article by one of its historians that says intelligence officers falsified documents about a disputed attack that was used to escalate the Vietnam War, according to a researcher who has requested the article.
Reconstruction Woes Continue In Iraq
Colonel is top-ranking officer killed in Iraq - Oct 31, 2005
But, really, it's going SUPER over in Iraq.
ALITO WOULD OVERTURN ROE V. WADE:
ALITO WOULD ALLOW RACE-BASED DISCRIMINATION:
ALITO WOULD ALLOW DISABILITY-BASED DISCRIMINATION:
ALITO WOULD STRIKE DOWN THE FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT:
ALITO SUPPORTS UNAUTHORIZED STRIP SEARCHES:
ALITO HOSTILE TOWARD IMMIGRANTS:
The showdown finally arrives:
"Rove knew that the myth of conservative ascendancy was just that -- a myth. An America that voted for Republicans out of fear of terrorists has little appetite for domestic conservative dogma. Bush's numbers didn't start coming down because of Iraq or Miers or Katrina. They came down during Bush's 'Let's Destroy Social Security' road show. Fact is, conservatives are most effective when they mask their true intentions ('healthy forrest initiative', not the 'let's cut down trees initiative').Bush's sagging numbers no excuse to reopen 'wounds in America'
Reid hits Bush pick: Not a woman, Not a Hispanic, appellate judge
In our current imperial presidency, as in its antecedent, what may look like a narrow case involving a second banana with a child's name contains the DNA of the White House, and that DNA offers a road map to the duplicitous culture of the whole. The coming prosecution of Lewis (Scooter) Libby in the Wilson affair is hardly the end of the story. That "Cheney's Cheney," as Mr. Libby is known, would allegedly go to such lengths to obscure his role in punishing a man who challenged the administration's W.M.D. propaganda is just one very big window into the genesis of the smoke screen (or, more accurately, mushroom cloud) that the White House used to sell the war in Iraq.TheStar.com - A case of the mean reds.
The indictment of one of George W. Bush's advisers last week is part of the pervasive rot in the modern Republican party.CNN.com - Reid: White House owes an explanation - Oct 30, 2005
"Everyone knows Karl Rove is involved," Reid said. "If the president is a man of his word, Rove should be history."Flying Blind - Newsweek National News - MSNBC.com
"There was not a word of apology, not a word of explanation to the American people," Reid said. "The president's going to have to get a touch of reality."
"This is a White House in turmoil right now," said a senior aide, one of many who declined to speak on the record at a time of peril and paranoia. As for Rove, the aide said, some insiders believed that he had "behaved, if not criminally, then certainly unethically."
The poll, conducted Friday night and yesterday, found that 55 percent of the public believes the Libby case indicates wider problems "with ethical wrongdoing" in the White House, while 41 percent believes it was an "isolated incident." And by a 3 to 1 ratio, 46 percent to 15 percent, Americans say the level of honesty and ethics in the government has declined rather than risen under Bush.
Stephen King has made mention of Slobberbone in the past so I wasn't that surprised when I came across an Entertainment Weekly article written by Mr. King regarding Halloween. Mr. King mentions the Drive-by Truckers and a song from Southern Rock Opera that doesn't get mentioned that often and also throws a shout-out to B-ham, AL. I've transcribed the beggining of the article through the mention of DBT:
Gosh. Zowie. It's almost Halloween again. Somebody peel me off the ceiling.While I was working on this post I received an email from a friend with the following article on Southern Rock in Slate. Of couse they mention DBT.
If you sense a certain lack of enthusiasm, you get an A for perceptiveness and win this week's first prize, a free ticket to see Venom, (second prize: two ticket to see Venom). Halloween has been my least favorite holiday ever since the mid-80's, when trick-or-treaters started showing up at my house in battalions, many dressed as Pennywise the Clown. That was when I realized I'd been elected America's Guru of Grue without even running for the position. Ever since, my family and I have taken to spending the last day of October elsewhere. Far, far elsewhere. Birmingham, Ala., is good; Birmingham, England-where Halloween is little more that the name of a John Carpenter movie--is even better. Still, I have no objection to you having the scariest Halloween possible. To that end, I offer the following suggestions to put you in a morbid mood and a frightened frame of mind:
Putrid Pop: There's no shortage of grim pop music, but let us push aside such chestnuts as "(Don't Fear) the Reaper" and "Thriller" in favor of the real sicko stuff. There's "Hey, Man, Nice Shot" by Filter (inspired by a politician's tasteful decision to commit suicide on live television), "Days of Graduation" by Driby-by Truckers (a car-wreck tune that makes "Last Kiss" seem like Mother Goose), the Pine Valley Cosmonauts' version of "Gary Gilmore's Eyes" (a transplant operation goes horribly wrong), and my favorite (and a brief top 20 hit in the '70s), "Timothy," the Buoy's rock ode to cannibalism......
Southern Rock - Even with an electric guitar, the past is never past. By Ethan Hauser
No band in this genre was so nakedly foisted upon us as throwback Southerners than Nashville's Kings of Leon, who have a marketer's dream of a bio (rural roots, sibling band members, an evangelist father). Too bad they're a very generic rock band, a Southern version of the Strokes: all hair, image, and carefully chosen vintage T-shirts. Their success has overshadowed a more talented old-fashioned Southern-rock band: the Drive-By Truckers. Hailing from Muscle Shoals, Ala., the Drive-By Truckers sing about officially sanctioned Southern themes like Wal-Mart and bar fights, complemented by accessible and unaffected guitar leads and basic rhythms. "We can't afford no insurance," frontman Patterson Hood complains in the song "Puttin People on the Moon," adding, "I been 10 years unemployed." Just in case you missed it from the album title (The Dirty South) or the "I been" locution, the way Hood drawls "insurance" ("inshur-nce") reveals his Southern pride. If this all sounds a little self-regarding, it is. But the band redeems their kitsch with solid musicianship. Hood has a muddy, emotive growl, an instrument so distinctive that it can overwhelm the guitar play underneath.
Stake of ignoranceTo the editor:
In reference to the Oct. 28 TimesDaily, page 2B, article titled "Panel rejects textbook on evolution," referring to a meeting of the state textbook committee.
Many people still support the proposition that the Earth is flat because of a quote in a certain book. " … go to the four corners of the Earth …" Copernicus, (and Galileo) a long time ago, proposed that the Earth was round because all rational evidence supported this truth. He was severely persecuted for this and some of his converts were tied to a stake -- because they refused to stand still while burning!
A pope forgave him in 1993, when it finally dawned on the religious leaders that Copernicus was not guilty of heresy -- the Earth really is spherical. But we still have many Flat Earth Societies exerting influence in the modern world.
Many agree that the theory of evolution is the most important and influential finding of mankind. It opens new fields of knowledge for the benefit of all life on this small planet floating in the vastness of space. We Homo sapiens are finally developing an identity.
's theory of evolution is accepted by all scientific disciplines, and new evidence has not contradicted this basic theory. Biology, geology, astronomy, paleontology, psychiatry, archeology and all the other scientific disciplines agree. The recent discovery -- and beginning of understanding -- of DNA bears overwhelming evidence favoring evolution. Darwin
The how and why, as in all scientific theories, remain open to any and all new discoveries/research.
To give teachers leeway to teach creationism, a disclaimer has been inserted in the fore part of biology texts, denigrating
's theory, labeling it "controversial." This begs the question: Who has a vested interest in today's status quo? Our students deserve a higher level of education and knowledge. We are in competition worldwide, and with often better educational systems. Darwin
Yet we, again, in
deny our students an understanding (evolution/change) of the processes that have made us what we are and, more importantly, our possibility of becoming. Alabama
Mankind is often destroyed by ignorance. We need not remain tied to this stake.
An embarrassmentPast Post on Roy Moore
I'm sure most people remember George Bush's aircraft landing on the U.S.S. Lincoln and his embarking from the plane wearing his leather flight jacket, proclaiming, "Mission accomplished!"
I think Roy Moore must be sitting back and saying the same thing. He has worked tirelessly from being an inconsequential political figure in Etowah County to become infamous for something, and he used religion and the Ten Commandments as his bait.
Electing someone like Roy Moore to be our governor won't make him a worthy governor, any more than locking him in a hen house will turn him into a rooster.
He has absolutely nothing to offer our citizens. If it is a replica of the Ten Commandments that people want, they can turn to their Bibles, in Exodus, Chapter 20, and have it available up close and personal.
Alabama needs leadership with a vision for leading us into the paths of prosperity and higher achievements. Hopefully, the candidates seeking this role will be people who have incorporated spirituality into their lives, people who have not used religion for their own personal gain and prosperity.
Roy Moore has earned millions of dollars as a result of his antics, and he will be an embarrassment to all Alabamians.
Larry * *****
Friday, October 28, 2005
Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff Libby indicted
"Vice President Cheney's Chief of Staff I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby has been indicted for five counts by the federal grand jury investigating the outing of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame for perjury, obstruction of justice and making false statements to the grand jury, RAW STORY can confirm."Scooter has been indicted
Sources close to the investigation say the probe will continue, and could expand to include other elements, including forged documents that purported to show Iraq had sought uranium from Niger.
Beginning in late May 2003, two months before actual column by Novak in July 2003, Libby began acquiring info about trip to Niger by Wilson. The CIA decided on its own initiative to send Wilson to Niger after an inquiry by the VP. Libby lied about conversations he had with Tim Russert, Matt Cooper and Judith Miller. Prior to July 14, 2003, Valerie Wilson's employment status was classified, her affiliatilon with CIA was not common knowledge. Revealing the agent's status has the potential to damage the national security, risk lives of that agent and other agents, damage national security.
Scooter Libby endangered national security.
"Without the truth our criminal justice system cannot serve the nation or our citizens." - Patrick Fitzgerald, today.
The Raw Story | Journal: Rove told he won't be indicted today
Cheney Aide Appears Likely to Be Indicted; Rove Under Scrutiny - New York Times
Rove, Libby Prepare for Possible Indictments - Washington Post
But the Radical christian Republican Party doesn't want you to worry your pretty little head about science. Science will lead to hating baby jesus and they just can't have that. They did it to Galileo and they are doing it again today. Shut up and pray to their god and quit thinkin'.
Is US becoming hostile to science? - Yahoo! News
President Bush's nomination of Harriet Miers on Oct. 3 was made from a position of weakness by a White House beset by political problems and eager to avoid a fight over the Supreme Court. Twenty-four excruciating days later, the supposed safe choice crashed, exposing the president as even weaker than before.
"'But what the Plame leak investigation has unveiled is what the press should have been focusing on long before and without let up--how we went to war, the dishonesty involved in that process in terms of what the president and vice-president told the American people and the Congress, and the routine smearing by members of the Bush administration of people who questioned their actions and motives.' "
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Vice President Cheney and his chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, overruling advice from some White House political staffers and lawyers, decided to withhold crucial documents from the Senate Intelligence Committee in 2004 when the panel was investigating the use of pre-war intelligence that erroneously concluded Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, according to Bush administration and congressional sources
However, intelligence officials and those familiar with the case have indicated that Fitzgerald could convene a new grand jury to investigate forged documents used by the Bush Administration that purported to show Iraq was seeking to buy uranium from Niger
But his office was contacted late Tuesday by attorneys representing figures outside the White House, lawyers said, who expressed interest in entering into plea talks with the prosecutor. Several have agreed to enter into last-minute plea negotiations with Fitzgerald in exchange for providing testimony that could result in criminal charges being brought against additional officials inside the White House, they added
An eleventh-hour deal could help Fitzgerald "build a strong case against some very senior officials in the office of the vice president," one attorney said.
1. The White House will be running a communications strategy, so beware of anything they say. In the past 24-hours, the President has given a series of speeches discussing every aspect of his presidency (e.g., business as usual). But they will go on the attack very soon.
2. Listen for magic words. Expect the White House to try to control debate by repeating keywords over and over again. So far, they have been quiet. But the specter of 9/11 is never far off. Beware of White House spokesmen who try to discuss 9/11.
3. Stay focused. The real issue tomorow is crimes committed by the White House to trick the American people into supporting a war. There is no other issue that comes close to this, tomorrow.
4. Do not talk about whether we should stay or pull out of Iraq. That is an important topic, but it will be a distraction tomorrow. The issue is crimes committed against the American people by top officials at the White House.
5. Read the White House website. This will help to understand what strategy they are launching.
6. Use only the President's name. This crisis is about the President of the United States, the people he hired, the decisions he made and the methods he used. Do not get distracted by too much talk about the names of aides.
7. Read a variety of news sources. Follow the story in a variety of media (e.g., print, TV, blogs) to get a full picture of what is going on. Don't become a CNN zombie.
8. Talk to co-workers and friends about what's happening. It is important that all Americans follow what is happening. Spread the news. Be the media.
9. Keep following the story. It is likely that the story will change several times before it is over.
"A new USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup poll reminded the White House of the damage the CIA leak case has already inflicted: Eight in ten people surveyed said that aides had either broken the law or acted unethically."
Danforth, a former Republican senator from Missouri and an Episcopal priest, met with students during a seminar and held a luncheon talk at the graduate school.
"I think that the Republican Party fairly recently has been taken over by the Christian conservatives, by the Christian right," he said in an interview after his talks. "I don't think that this is a permanent condition but I think this has happened, and that it's divisive for the country."
He also said the evangelical Christian influence would be bad for the party in the long run.
BREITBART.COM - Just The News
Filibuster ANYONE he puts up next, Dems.
CNN.com - Miers withdraws Supreme Court nomination - Oct 27, 2005
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL): “Karl Rove Is A Friend Who, By All Accounts, Is Fully Cooperating With The Investigation. He Has Been A Most Valuable Member Of President Bush’s Team And Has Always Conducted Himself According To High Standards. It’s Disappointing That Some Democrats Are Using An Ongoing Investigation To Try And Score Political Points. Instead Of Focusing On The People’s Business, Democrats Are Prejudging An Incomplete Investigation And Doing Nothing More Than Mounting Partisan Political Attacks.” (Sen. Jeff Sessions, “Statement Of U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions On Karl Rove,” 7/13/05)So, Dipshit, if Karl, your buddy, is indicted for perjury and obstruction will he still be fully cooperating with the investigation? Is lying a "High Standard"? It wasn't a high standard when you and your cabal were going after Clinton for lying. Are they "Partisan Political Attacks" if he's indicted? Perjury, Obstruction of Justice, Treason, putting his politics above the safety of the country... You talk the talk but you don't walk the walk and that makes you full of Dipshit.
"We do not need to send young Americans on search-and-destroy missions that invite alienation and deepen the risks they face ... Iraqis should stand up for Iraq."
"We must move aggressively to reduce popular support for the insurgency fed by the perception of American occupation"
CNN.com - Poll: Bush would lose an election if held this year
The federal grand jury investigating the leak of a covert CIA operative's identity met on Wednesday with special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald amid signs the prosecutor was preparing to seek criminal charges."
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
"Scowcrof, a close friend of former president George H.W. Bush, revealed in interviews with the New Yorker a deep disdain for the administration's foreign policy, according to an article published this week. He said he had once considered Vice President Cheney 'a good friend,' but 'Dick Cheney I don't know anymore.' When Scowcroft was asked whether he could name the issues on which he agreed with President Bush, he replied 'Afghanistan.' He then paused for 12 seconds before adding only, 'I think we're doing well on Europe.'"
Monday, October 24, 2005
If you think this is a cheap shot at religion, you’re wrong. This is actually a cheap shot at people who think that faith alone will get us to the finish line. Faith never invented life-saving drugs, electrical appliances, automobiles, computers, the Internet, or even the telephone that you call your mother with on Mother’s Day. Those were all invented, developed, and improved upon by people who took an interest in science and who didn’t let the unknown scare them from peering into it. Perhaps faith helped them along their illustrious roads, and perhaps God was the most important part of their lives. However, they never traded their faith for hard work, creativity, and hitting the books. There may be no substitute for God, but there’s no substitute for studying and getting good grades either. If you don’t trust me, just ask a teacher.
Ms. Hutchison said she hoped “that if there is going to be an indictment that says something happened, that it is an indictment on a crime and not some perjury technicality where they couldn’t indict on the crime and so they go to something just to show that their two years of investigation was not a waste of time and taxpayer dollars.Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in 1999 regarding Clinton:
[S]omething needs to be said that is a clear message that our rule of law is intact and the standards for perjury and obstruction of justice are not gray. And I think it is most important that we make that statement and that it be on the record for history.Goddamn opportunistic LYING fuckers
I very much worry that with the evidence that we have seen that grand juries across America are going to start asking questions about what is obstruction of justice, what is perjury. And I don’t want there to be any lessening of the standard. Because our system of criminal justice depends on people telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. That is the lynch pin of our criminal justice system and I don’t want it to be faded in any way.
"The FBI has conducted clandestine surveillance on some U.S. residents for as long as 18 months at a time without proper paperwork or oversight, according to previously classified documents to be released today."
The second LOR is a response I was hoping for after I read the first LOR and the "Good People" of Alabama didn't let me down. Enjoy the smackdown:
And here is the smack down:
Elect Roy MooreTo the editor:
"It is time that the American people awake to the true meaning of separation of church and state and our unique relationship to God as a nation," explains Roy Moore. "No longer can we afford to sit quietly by while the ACLU and others take away our right to publicly acknowledge God secured by the First Amendment to the United States-Constitution."
Those are the words of Judge Roy Moore, our infamous judge that stood up to the ACLU. It took courage to stand up to the ACLU the way he did, and it was more than honorable; it was heroic. He spoke for the majority in
over the Ten Commandments in the courtroom. And now, this voice for the people is running for a higher office: governor. Alabama
We need to elect him and send a clear message to the ACLU: Stop trampling on our rights to freedom of religion.
Oscar **** *
Just plain silly
To the editor:
Is the American Civil Liberties Union running for governor? That was the impression I got from reading Oscar ***** letter here Oct. 19.
I agree with Mr. **** about one thing: Roy Moore is certainly "infamous." After that, I would disagree with every word. The key phrase Mr. Broome wrote was: "We need to elect
and send a clear message to the ACLU: Stop trampling on our rights to freedom of-religion." Moore
This seems like an odd fixation to me. The ACLU is not responsible for ending the chronic shortfalls in
's education budgets, does not exercise leadership in the state Legislature and does not manage a single head of a single state agency. Alabama
Candidates for governor must demonstrate an ability to do these things. I have yet to see
demonstrate any abilities beyond self-promotion through religious rhetoric. Moore
This is in keeping with the strange history of the would-be governor.
Even now, long after
was elected chief justice, I am still waiting for someone to tell me what his qualifications were. What great decisions had he rendered? What extraordinary cases had he judged? Except for his campaign pledge to build an idol, what was he going to do for our state? Moore
I've waited in vain -- so, I won't hold my breath waiting for
's campaign platform to emerge. Indeed, I suspect it will go like this: "Ten Commandments … ACLU bad … Ten Commandments … ACLU bad …" It will only require repetition, not "courage." Nor will it be "heroic;" more likely, it'll just be plain silly. Moore
Friday, October 21, 2005
US Department of Justice, Office of Special Counsel
1. Some electronic voting systems did not encrypt cast ballots or system audit logs, thus making it possible to alter them without detection.
2. It is easy to alter a file defining how a ballot appears, making it possible for someone to vote for one candidate and actually be recorded as voting for an entirely different candidate.
3. Falsifying election results without leaving any evidence of such an action by using altered memory cards.
4. Access to the voting network was easily compromised because not all digital recording electronic voting systems (DREs) had supervisory functions password-protected, so access to one machine provided access to the whole network.
5. Supervisory across to the voting network was also compromised by repeated use of the same user IDs combined with easily guessed passwords.
6. The locks protecting access to the system were easily picked and keys were simple to copy.
7. One DRE model was shown to have been networked in such a rudimentary fashion that a power failure on one machine would cause the entire network to fail.
8. GAO identified further problems with the security protocols and background screening practices for vendor personnel.
...the White House now confronts the looming prospect that no one in the building is eager to address: a Bush presidency without Karl Rove. In a capital consumed by scandal speculation, most White House senior officials are no more privy than outsiders to the prosecutor's intentions. But the surreal silence in the Roosevelt Room each morning belies the nervous discussions racing elsewhere around the West Wing.
Thursday, October 20, 2005
Check out the article regarding MAnn Coulter and check out the video at the end of the article.
Conservative Group Denounces Ann Coulter
While the recent nomination of Hariet Miers for the Supreme Court by George W. Bush may have revealed more than a few cracks in the usually lockstepped Conservative Movement in America, Daniel Borchers has been calling out "fake Conservativism" -- as we refer here at The BRAD BLOG to those who use the tenets of the true Conservative Movement merely for cynical, opportunistic political gain -- for years.
Borchers' organization, Citizens for Principled Conservatism (CPC) is currently in-production of a documentary named The Truth About Ann which aims squarely at political and religious hypocrisy of Rightwing commentator and author, Ann Coulter.
There are innumerable anecdotes that could be presented here to make this case, but "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism," a brilliant documentary by director Robert Greenwald, does a wonderful job at chronicling how the network misrepresents facts, manufactures terror and slanders liberals and adulates the President, all with the sole purpose of advancing its right-wing agenda. The film uncovers daily internal memos that outline conservative talking points, nonconformists that are threatened with their jobs and correspondents that often do not even pretend to be impartial.
Bernie Sanders (I-VT) correctly accused Fox News of being "an adjunct of the Republican Party." As far as journalism is concerned, it is difficult to avoid remarking the obvious: that it is fake.
"We're at that point where we've cut enough songs, but I'm not quite sure where the final edit's gonna go," he says. "It could go three pretty radically different directions -- to me there's one that's probably a little more obvious, so most likely that's what'll happen. But things can always change when you have this many crazy, temperamental people in a room," he adds with a chuckle.
Patrick Fitzgerald has before him the most important criminal case in American history. Watergate, by comparison, was a random burglary in an age of innocence.
We may stand witness to a definitive American moment of democracy. The son of a New York doorman probably has in his hands, in many ways, the fate of the republic.
I have seen the spawn of Rove’s tortured mind and watched a hundred of his political scams unfold and I am confident I know how this one played out.
26 Iraqis and 5 G.I.'s Killed; Reporter Missing - New York Times
In a scathing attack on the record of President George W. Bush, Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, chief of staff to Mr Powell until last January, said: “What I saw was a cabal between the vice-president of the United States, Richard Cheney, and the secretary of defense, Donald Rumsfeld, on critical issues that made decisions that the bureaucracy did not know were being made.
“Now it is paying the consequences of making those decisions in secret, but far more telling to me is America is paying the consequences.”
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
If we had a higher collective self-worth, you wouldnt see us try and legislate our own morality on everybody else. I don't blame Southerners for wanting to keep their guns and for wanting to incorporate their religion into their daily lives, state facilities, and public schools. Religion is the way the truth and the life down here. Its all we know because RELIGION SPEAKS THE LOUDEST. That's why the "persecuted Christian" mentality is so widespread. We as a people don't know who we are, and we as a collective are extremely stubborn (OR you could say insecure ) and hence slow to want change. We are not policy wonks. We are not big business conservatives well versed in judicial history and economic theory. We are just good people who can be scared!
Southerners are inherently stubborn, honest, and GOOD. I believe that these traits can all be aligned with progressive policies, but New Englanders and left-wingers have to realize that it is going to be next to impossible for Barack Obama or Barbara Boxer to win the South. You need Barry Swietzer. You need Paul Hackett. You need Bill Clinton. You need the Vernacular. John Kerry was not. The next Democratic candidates need to be able to convince voters that they could rebuild an engine or fork some hay.
A Texas court issued a warrant Wednesday for former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay to appear for booking, where he is likely to face the fingerprinting and photo mug shot he had hoped to avoid.
Anybody who knows me knows that I am no fan of dictionaries or reference books. They're elitist for constantly telling us what is or isn't true, what did or didn't happen...Here's the video
I don't trust books. They're all fact and no heart. And that's exactly what's pulling our country apart today. Because face it, folks, we are a divided nation... We are divided by those who think with their head, and those who know with their heart.
"A year later, Goss is at loggerheads with the clandestine service he sought to embrace. At least a dozen senior officials -- several of whom were promoted under Goss -- have resigned, retired early or requested reassignment. The directorate's second-in-command walked out of Langley last month and then told senators in a closed-door hearing that he had lost confidence in Goss's leadership."
"WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 - The special counsel in the C.I.A. leak case has told associates he has no plans to issue a final report about the results of the investigation, heightening the expectation that he intends to bring indictments, lawyers in the case and law enforcement officials said yesterday."
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Candor has never exactly been the coin of the realm in Washington, where people who tell the truth are quarantined as "mavericks." The tightly scripted Bush administration has made matters worse, by putting the screws to any Republican who dared depart the party line – and by inspiring some Democrats to adopt the same logic. In such an atmosphere, talking points carry more weight than facts, and message discipline is prized over actual thought.
The coming weeks should bring more candor, not less. Truman used to say that if you want a friend in Washington, get a dog. Today, he might say: If you want an honest answer in Washington, get a subpoena.
Let's face it – the President is a lame duck. "Lamer" isn't quite fair; let's just say "less able than we're used to."
As the investigation into the leak of a CIA agent's name hurtles to an apparent conclusion, special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald has zeroed in on the role of Vice President Cheney's office, according to lawyers familiar with the case and government officials. The prosecutor has assembled evidence that suggests Cheney's long-standing tensions with the CIA contributed to the unmasking of operative Valerie Plame.But wait, there's more
The Flip with a BIG Flop
Cheney's name has come up amid indications Fitzgerald may be edging closer to a blockbuster conspiracy charge - with help from a secret snitch.
"They have got a senior cooperating witness - someone who is giving them all of that,"a source who has been questioned in the leak probe told the Daily News yesterday.
For the new record, which Hood said is tentatively named "A Blessing and a Curse," the Truckers used famed R.E.M. producer Mitch Easter's Fidelitorium studio near Winston-Salem, N.C. They've also been working with longtime Truckers producer David Barbe in his Athens studioMacon Telegraph | 10/14/2005 | Panic, Truckers join forces for Coliseum show
Monday, October 17, 2005
A New York Times editor confirmed "Miller had helped negotiate her own embedding agreement with the Pentagon—an agreement so sensitive that, according to one Times editor, Rumsfeld himself signed off on it
"The Education Department has acknowledged that it is working with the U.S. attorney's office in Washington to investigate the Bush administration's contract with commentator Armstrong Williams. That suggests civil or criminal charges could be filed, according to Sen. Frank Lautenberg (news, bio, voting record), D-N.J."
'NY Times' Publishes Devastating Article on Judith Miller Case, While Revealing Newsroom Controversy
Miller should still be in jail. Miller should still be in jail. Miller should still be in jail. Liar
Think Progress � 23 Administration Officials Involved In Plame Leak
If a senior White House staffer had intentionally outed an American spy during World War II, he'd have been shot.
"That stonewall may start to crumble in a Washington courtroom this week or next. In a sense it already has. Now, as always, what matters most in this case is not whether Mr. Rove and Lewis Libby engaged in a petty conspiracy to seek revenge on a whistle-blower, Joseph Wilson, by unmasking his wife, Valerie, a covert C.I.A. officer. What makes Patrick Fitzgerald's investigation compelling, whatever its outcome, is its illumination of a conspiracy that was not at all petty: the one that took us on false premises into a reckless and wasteful war in Iraq. That conspiracy was instigated by Mr. Rove's boss, George W. Bush, and Mr. Libby's boss, Dick Cheney."
"Based on your personal knowledge of her, if she had the opportunity, do you believe she would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade?"
"Absolutely," said Judge Kinkeade.
"I agree with that," said Justice Hecht. "I concur."
Filibuster her ass
'Hidden Scandal' in Miller Story, Charges Former CBS Newsman
Saturday, October 15, 2005
Friday, October 14, 2005
"Washington Post reported that when asked whether she would have invaded Iraq given the intelligence at the time, Lady Thatcher replied: 'I was a scientist before I was a politician. And as a scientist I know you need facts, evidence and proof - and then you check, recheck and check again.'But the article contains this line....:
She added: 'The fact was that there were no facts, there was no evidence, and there was no proof. As a politician the most serious decision you can take is to commit your armed services to war from which they may not return.'"
Although Lady Thatcher remains a strong supporter of the decision to topple Saddam by invading Iraq... which makes not a wit of sense. She still supports removing Saddam by invasion but not on the reasons that were used. Then what reasons would have justified this invasion, Maggie?
"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or anyone else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else." - Theodore Roosevelt
"Historians will write of this time that the U.S. was in a period of intellectual decline, a kind of anti-renaissance of thought. Simplicity, and brevity displaced thoughtful dialogue. Repetition passed as true conviction, cult-like adherence to shallow philosophies unseated consideration of creative alternatives and honesty gave way to spin.
This is not an era when thinking about anything for long is valued."
Thursday, October 13, 2005
Well, D'UH! When has he done anything that wasn't staged. Oh yeah, the debates when Kerry crushed him.
But Scotty McCellan had this to say today when asked if the event was staged:
"This is a back-and-forth"
Fitzgerald’s examination centers on a group of players charged with not only selling the war, but according to sources familiar with the case, to discredit anyone who openly “disagreed with the official Iraq war” story.
The group’s members included Deputy White House chief of staff Karl Rove, Bush advisor Karen Hughes, Senior Advisor to the Vice President Mary Matalin, Deputy Director of Communications James Wilkinson, Assistant to the President and Legislative Liaison Nicholas Calio, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley and I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby - Chief of Staff to the Vice President and co-author of the Administration's pre-emptive strike policy
"'It seems that for years, Frist may have misled his constituents and the American people about his health care industry stock holdings and the conflict of interest they created as he drafted our nation's health care policy,' said Democratic National Committee Communications Director Karen Finney. 'This deal raises even more questions about the Republican culture of corruption in Washington, D.C.'"
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
USATODAY.com - CIA review faults prewar plans
Bush: Miers' Religion Cited in Court Nod - Yahoo! News
You know - you know, Mr. President, when you got elected, we all figured you were no genius, but smart enough to hire qualified people. But it turns out you're just a dimwit who enjoys feeling superior. And the only way to accomplish that is to surround yourself with the likes of Mike Brown and Harriet Miers: Goober and Aunt Bea. Unspectacular souls who make you feel comfortable and unthreatened. Kind of like when Madonna used to hang out with Rosie O'Donnell.
"Mr. Fitzgerald's pursuit now suggests he might be investigating not a narrow case on the leaking of the agent's name, but perhaps a broader conspiracy".
Learn these words now because you'll be hearing and seeing them A LOT from now on:
WHITE HOUSE IRAQ GROUP - WHIG
"Psst! George! God here, taking a break from supervising the well-being of eight billion troubled souls along with infinite galaxies of unimaginable vastness to speak with you directly one more time because, well, you're special, aren't you, George? Yes you are! Yes you are! OK, stop giggling. I have more commands. Get off the damn hobbyhorse, George, and get a pen and a notepad. No, not a crayon. I don't care if blue is your favori-- George! Get a pen! OK? Good. Here we go:"
Jeff Sessions Looking for a Corpse
Time magazine reported he recently sought to use deceased wealthy business owner victims of Hurricane Katrina as pawns in his attempt to permanently eliminate tax responsibility for those who get money they do not earn. He's lost touch with
According to the Internal Revenue Service's Web site, estate taxes are only applicable to people who have died after 2002, with estates valued in excess of $1 million and $1.5 million in 2004 or 2005. Gift taxes are only applicable to those who have received gifts valued in excess of $10,000, and accounts for only about 2 percent of all estates. In 2004, less than 1 percent of those who died that year paid an estate tax, and half the money it brought in was from estates worth $10 million-plus.
Seventy percent of
Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne Jr. accurately named the Republican-led effort the "Paris Hilton Tax Cut" after the sex-flaunting young hotel heiress who neither earned the money that supports her excesses, nor has worked a day in her life.
Is it just to allow certain people to not pay taxes on money they did not work to earn? If they don't have to pay taxes on their windfall, why should lottery winners be required to pay for their winnings? Neither one worked to earn the money.
To hear Sessions or other congressional Republicans say otherwise is as if they are telling us to "get back to work, you poor working class slobs, and stop whining about your $3 per gallon gasoline, and go make some more money for your masters!"
Kevin * *****
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
"If President Bush did not tell the truth about his reasons for going to war with Iraq, Congress should consider holding him accountable by impeaching him."
By a margin of 50% to 44%, Americans want Congress to consider impeaching President Bush if he lied about the war in Iraq, according to a new poll commissioned by AfterDowningStreet.org, a grassroots coalition that supports a Congressional investigation of President Bush's decision to invade Iraq in 2003.
The poll was conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs, the highly-regarded non-partisan polling company. The poll interviewed 1,001 U.S. adults on October 6-9.
Stop voting for these lying crooks, Dixie.
AP: Frist Accumulated Stock Outside Trusts - Yahoo! News
GEORGE BUSH DOESN'T CARE ABOUT BLACK PEOPLE! Whew. Just had to get that out.
Oh yeah, and....
"Cheney told "Meet the Press" in 2003 that he didn't have any financial ties to the firm.
“Since I left Halliburton to become George Bush's vice president, I've severed all my ties with the company, gotten rid of all my financial interest," the Vice President said. "I have no financial interest in Halliburton of any kind and haven't had, now, for over three years.”
"Cheney has been getting tired of being called upon to fix Bush's mistakes. Cheney said Bush is almost incapable of making any decision. He waffles and waffles. Then, once he makes a decision, he refuses to change it. Because of his born-again faith, he says "It's in the hands of G-d now" and washes his hands of it. Then Cheney is called in to repair the damage.
If this story is even remotely true, this may have been the final straw for Cheney, and he decided to let Bush try to wiggle his way out of his Katrina inaction on his own."
Once again, I state that this is speculation with no hard evidence but....
The biggest story of 2005 is hiding in plain sight
Romney warns of theocracy danger
Monday, October 10, 2005
Should be a lovely pissing contest as to who loves baby jesus more. "I love baby jesus more... No I love baby jesus more. Here's a novel idea; Why don't you let the churches worry about baby jesus and why don't you freakin GOVERN for once. If you want a Theocracy, move to Iran.
"According to a Mobile Register-University of South Alabama poll of 400 registered voters around the state, Riley holds a 19-point lead over Moore. Of 400 polled, Riley has 44 percent of the vote to Moore's 25 percent."
The Crimson White Online - Riley announces bid for re-election:
CIA Leak: Karl Rove and the Case of the Missing E-mail
For GOP, Election Anxiety Mounts
Friday, October 07, 2005
RE: Oil Give away bill
"What you saw on the House floor this afternoon was a shameless display of the Republican culture of corruption, as it exists in the House of Representatives. It demonstrated once again that the Republican majority will go to any length to satisfy the greed of the energy companies over meeting the needs of the American people.
"A vote that was supposed to take five minutes took more than nine times that long because the indicted Republican leader of the House of Representatives needed extra time to twist the arms necessary to pass a bill that is against the interests of the American people, against consumers, against taxpayers, and against the environment."The fact that the Republicans are handmaidens of the special interests is nothing new. The fact that they would shamelessly display their servitude should come as no surprise. But today's extortion is an especially shameful display - a sad day for democracy. The people spoke and the vote was clearly against this bill.
"How long will the Republican caucus condone this behavior? Until the rank-and-file Members break with the culture of corruption, they are all complicit and they all enable. The American people must object.
"Our country's democracy is based upon every American having his or her voice heard on the floor of Congress. Republicans have shut down debate here. Now they are shutting down the reasonable outcome of a vote.
"Democrats have proposed guidelines for how we think the House of Representatives should operate, a Minority Bill of Rights. Included in this document is the declaration that 'No vote shall be held open in order to manipulate the outcome.' When we take back the People's House, we will heed that declaration.
How low with these Republican SOBs go to subvert democracy.
Right-Wing House Twists Arms, Thwarts Democracy To Pass Oil Industy Windfall
Bomb Blasts Kill Six Marines in Iraq - Yahoo! News
Ala. Church Youth Swallow Live Goldfish - Yahoo! News
"The Bush administration was accused Thursday by senators in both parties of minimizing health hazards from the toxic soup left by Hurricane Katrina, just as they said it did with air pollution in New York from the Sept. 11 attacks."
Thursday, October 06, 2005
"Only the atheist recognizes the boundless narcissism and self-deceit of the saved. Only the atheist realizes how morally objectionable it is for survivors of a catastrophe to believe themselves spared by a loving God, while this same God drowned infants in their cribs. Because he refuses to cloak the reality of the world’s suffering in a cloying fantasy of eternal life, the atheist feels in his bones just how precious life is -- and, indeed, how unfortunate it is that millions of human beings suffer the most harrowing abridgements of their happiness for no good reason at all.
Of course, people of faith regularly assure one another that God is not responsible for human suffering. But how else can we understand the claim that God is both omniscient and omnipotent? There is no other way, and it is time for sane human beings to own up to this. This is the age-old problem of theodicy, of course, and we should consider it solved. If God exists, either He can do nothing to stop the most egregious calamities, or He does not care to. God, therefore, is either impotent or evil. Pious readers will now execute the following pirouette: God cannot be judged by merely human standards of morality. But, of course, human standards of morality are precisely what the faithful use to establish God’s goodness in the first place. And any God who could concern himself with something as trivial as gay marriage, or the name by which he is addressed in prayer, is not as inscrutable as all that. If He exists, the God of Abraham is not merely unworthy of the immensity of creation; he is unworthy even of man."
Rove Said to Testify in CIA Leak Case - Yahoo! News
...the Bush State Department that issued a report in 2001stating al Qaeda was not operating in Iraq...
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, asked whether Iraq was a hotbed for insurgents by Newsweek last month, said, “The argument that I find rather bizarre is that somehow we created more of them by going after it, when, in fact, I think what had happened was that they had not been challenged… And now they’re being challenged.”
Feingold said her statement “makes absolutely no sense.”
“She is just literally making things up, saying that Iraq was a hotbed of terrorism before we went there,” he averred. “The recruiting is done because we are there.”
“The idea that you stay in a situation that isn’t going the right way just for the sake of saying that you’re staying the course is a potentially disastrous approach,” the senator said. “The idea that things would be much worse if we let Iraqis take over I think is questionable. A lot of the recruiting is based on the idea that it is a permanent American occupation.”
Feingold says Democrats will announce plan for Iraq
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Reid complained that Republicans scuttled the meeting -- which had been organized by Democrats -- as a way of "keeping the Congress and the American people in the dark."
"America deserves better than this pattern of avoiding the tough questions," Reid said, adding that there were at least 20 Democratic senators who had planned to attend the briefing with Negroponte.
"Blocking Senators from receiving vital national security information is wrong, unprecedented and irresponsible," he said.
Democrats demand accountability for setbacks in Iraq
We're sorry, but you can't have the American Flag....
We're sorry, but you can't have the Constitution....
We're sorry, but you can't own Family Values....
We're sorry, but you can't have September 11, 2001....
We're sorry, but you don't own Fiscal Responsibility....
We're sorry, but you can't own the concept of Limited Government....
We're sorry, but you can't have the media....
We're sorry, but you can't have our Troops....
We're sorry, but you don't own our National Security....
Finally, we're sorry, but you can't have the national profile....
With Sincere Regrets: An Open Letter to Our Conservative Leadership
Scott now believes that far from making America safer, the Iraq war is generating hatred of America around the globe."
The Raw Story | Anatomy of a peace movement: Military families increasingly
raising voices against war
The Raw Story | Wal-Mart developers turn in student photo of Bush to police
Supreme Court to Revisit Assisted Suicide
'I think the federal government does some things better than the private sector,' Carter said.
He said he is a social liberal with conservative Southern roots and a business background that taught him 'you pay for what you spend.'
Carter was born in 1947 in Portsmouth, Va., the eldest child of Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter. Raised in Georgia, he maintains a soft drawl and a close bond with his father, the 39th president, who served from 1977 to 1981.
'Yes, I talked to him about it,' Carter said of the Senate bid. 'He thinks I'd be good at it.'
Elizabeth Carter chimed in: 'So do I.'"
Son of former president to challenge Ensign in 2006: