Tuesday, January 31, 2006


Coretta Scott King, 78, Dies

Gonzales Lied to Congress

The Silliest Speech in the Union
"George Bush is being criticized for acting like a king as he asserts extraordinary new powers for his office. So it would be clever political theater if this week he delivered his State of the Union address on paper. He could emulate Thomas Jefferson, who in 1801 mailed his speech in, arguing that the ceremony smacked too much of the British monarchy."
Newspapers are dead. Blogs rule.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Stealin' Elections/Racist and Very Rich Republicans

Election Theft Emergency
For GOP voters, the 2004 presidential election was little short of miraculous: Behind in the Electoral College even on the afternoon of the vote, the Bush-Cheney ticket staged a stunning comeback. Usually reliable exit polls turned out to be wrong by an unprecedented 5 percent in swing states. Conservatives argued, and the media agreed, that "moral values" had made the difference.

In his latest book, Fooled Again: How The Right Stole The 2004 Election, And Why They'll Steal The Next One Too (Unless We Stop Them), Mark Crispin Miller argues that it wasn't moral values which swung the election -- it was theft.
Bush Backers = Racist... D'uh!
"That study found that supporters of President Bush and other conservatives had stronger self-admitted and implicit biases against blacks than liberals did."
Who said this was the "Oil Administration"?
Exxon Mobil Corp., the world's biggest oil company, said fourth-quarter profit rose 27 percent on surging energy prices to a record $10.7 billion, capping the most profitable year for any company in U.S. history.

Indelible Images of a Failed Presidency (A Photo Essay)

Indelible Images of a Failed Presidency (A Photo Essay)

Hangover Friday

At least he tried....Sigh...Democrats.....

58 percent say Bush Presidency is a Failure

K Street's New Ways Spawn More Pork

CIA Spying on Evil Vegans

Economy Grows at Slowest Pace in 3 Years

Sex calms nerves before public speaking

Study: New Orleans could lose 80 percent of black population

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Bush knows when you are sleeping. He knows....

...when you're awake. He knows when you've been bad or good so be good for goodness sake... or he'll throw your ass in Gitmo without charges and you'll never see a trial. But you are an American, you say! Are you a member of the Republican Nazi Party? No? Then off you go. But then you say, "Yes I am a member of the Republican Nazi Party". Doesn't matter. You didn't become a member quick enough. Off you go.

The Power-Madness of King George - Is Bush turning America into an elective dictatorship?

"This extremity of Bush's position emerges most clearly in a 42-page document issued by the Department of Justice last week. As Andrew Cohen, a CBS legal analyst, wrote in an online commentary, 'The first time you read the 'White Paper,' you feel like it is describing a foreign country guided by an unfamiliar constitution.' To develop this observation a bit further, the nation implied by the document would be an elective dictatorship, governed not by three counterpoised branches of government but by a secretive, possibly benign, awesomely powerful king."
Political opposites aligned against Bush wiretaps

White House Dismissed '02 Surveillance Proposal

Cool Science Story of the Day:
Freezing cold Earth-like planet is discovered

Ridiculous Story of the Day
Gettin' some of that "Good" Meth Sleep
Apparently you don't sleep "like a baby" when you're on Meth. You sleep "on a baby".
A man high on methamphetamine rolled over in his sleep and suffocated his 1-month-old twin daughters, police said.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

DBT on Turner South

Review :: Music Road - Private Taping :: 40 Watt Club, Athens, Ga. 1/23/06

At 10 p.m., after a long break and a tasty burger at Portland-style diner Clocked next door, I return to the 40 Watt just in time for Athens’ biggest success story of the last few years, the Drive-By Truckers, who have been slowly moving from big rock clubs to even larger concert halls. This band is stadium-bound; I’m convinced it’s inevitable. The only question is how long it’ll take, and if the band can avoid any tragic and/or stupid Behind the Music-style implosions. I’d like to think that, at this point, after years in the rock ’n’ roll trenches, with that loaded gun waiting in the closet back home, these guys have survived life’s myriad ass-whoopin’s long enough to have the wisdom to continue surviving. And I’d be a damn-dirty liar if I said I wasn’t cheering from the sidelines for a band like this to endure.

Here is a link to Turner South

Broken Army, Incompetence and Are We Winning?

Army Stretched to Breaking Point

What's left of the Navy
Andrew Krepinevich, a retired Army officer who wrote the report under a Pentagon contract, concluded that the Army cannot sustain the pace of troop deployments to Iraq long enough to break the back of the insurgency. He also suggested that the Pentagon's decision, announced in December, to begin reducing the force in Iraq this year was driven in part by a realization that the Army was overextended.
Bush the Incompetent

Booger Eatin' Dumb
How could a president get these things so wrong? Incompetence may describe this presidency, but it doesn't explain it. For that, historians may need to turn to the seven deadly sins: to greed, in understanding why Bush entrusted his new drug entitlement to a financial mainstay of modern Republicanism. To sloth, in understanding why Incurious George has repeatedly ignored the work of experts whose advice runs counter to his desires.
Daily Kos: We're Winning the Long Struggle
Like Gandhi said in the over-quoted line: "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you ... then you win."

Letter to the Editor - Southern Style

From the TimesDaily, Florence, AL
The Bible and death

A Gallop Poll found that Americans are woefully ignorant of Biblical content, yet the Bible is widely hailed as the underpinning of America's values.

In his letter (Pro-death crowd, Jan 19) Tony Shiflett tells us that Christianity and the teachings in the Bible celebrate life as a gift from God. The pro-death extremists celebrate "death."

While Shiflett no doubt knows there is a commandment against killing, he apparently is unaware that the Bible makes exceptions to this commandment that provide for killing just about anybody and everybody.

The Bible declares the following shall be killed: He that curseth his father and mother; witches; those who lie with beasts; worshipers of other gods; people who work on the Sabbath; adulterers; homosexuals; wizards; whores; blasphemers; stubborn and rebellious sons; thieves.

Notably absent from the Biblical hit-list are the practitioners of abortion. And today, Christ's most fervent followers crusade against abortion. Christ never mentioned the practice.

In Exodus 21:22, we find that an abortion has been induced through violence and this is not considered harmful, nor is it a capital offense or violation of "Thou shalt not kill."

Although Shiflett believes abortion is offensive to God, the prophet Hosea was comfortable asking God to induce abortions in the wives of his enemies.

"Give them, O Lord: what wilt thou give? Give them a miscarrying womb (an abortion) and dry breasts." Hosea 9:14. And from Hosea 9:16 we find, " ... yet will I slay even the beloved fruit of their womb."

While "pro-lifers" thump the Bible in their crusade against abortion, I don't see them thumping the Bible in protest against killing innocents in Iraq or campaigning against the death penalty. Hypocrites!

David N. ****

Orange Beach

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

White House Briefing

Bush Unplugged...kinda...ok not really

And simply by taking a baby step outside his protective bubble and fielding unscreened questions (most, but not all of them, softballs) from a starry-eyed, solidly red-state audience, he garnered buzz about being forthcoming.

But he wasn't.


Bush's DoubleSpeak - QuickTime Video:

Reid fires back at Bush: 'The president has been giving us doublespeak for years'

In that book, Orwell spoke of “doublespeak” - naming something just the opposite, in order to cover how unpleasant it is in reality.

As we saw in the video, the President has been giving us doublespeak for years. He utters platitudes about helping Americans, when he’s really helping his special interest friends.

When he wanted to let energy companies release more pollution into the air, he called it the “Clear Skies Initiative.”

When he wanted to give tax breaks to his special interest friends – even though it meant adding more than $50 billion to the deficit, he called it the “Deficit Reduction Act.”

His “Leave No Child Behind Act” is leaving children behind every day because he refuses to fund it. And his new Medicare drug benefit hardly resembles a “benefit” for seniors.

Tuesday night, it is time for President Bush to end to this pattern of deceit. In his State of the Union, it is not enough for him to declare that the “state of our union is strong.”

Tuesday Newsday

Impeachment hearings: The White House prepares for the worst
This article is from a conservative rag.

White House Got Early Warning on Katrina
"I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees" - G.W. Bush 9/1/05

And they contintue to die: Seven GIs Killed in Iraq

Photos of Bush With Abramoff Are Withheld
White House Calls Pictures Irrelevant to Ethics Inquiry

Defending Spy Program, General Reveals Shaky Grip on 4th Amendment
Reasonable Boundaries

"Here's the Fourth Amendment: 'The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. "

Monday, January 23, 2006

Heil Republicans!

The radical right has been puking new talking points, lately, describing Democrats as terrorist and that bin Laden says the same things the Democrat's say. I've decided to rebute this claim with my own talking points. Every single stinkin' Democrat in the land should be shouting this on every piss-ant, bullshit, worthless "news" talk show out there. The Rethugs have set the standard and we should follow it in full force. Here it is:

All Republicans are Nazis. Bush is Hitler. Bush makes statements that are exactly the same as those of Hitler.

So come along! Let's all get on the Repub=Nazi train. Belafonte ain't afraid to do it

Politics Alleged In Voting Cases

TIME.com: When George Met Jack -- Jan. 30, 2006 -- Page 1

Cheney's Halliburton Now Killing Soldiers with Water

Sympathy for al-Qaida Surges in Pakistan... because of the U.S.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Daily Kos: Real Hardball/Slings and Arrows

Daily Kos: Real Hardball

There's something that doesn't sit right with me when, on the day Osama Bin Laden resurfaced in a disturbing audio tape, cable television ends up in a game of name calling as a war protester is compared to Osama Bin Laden.

That's reason to be outraged - but even more outrageous is the fact that in a flurry of sound bites what was lost was a real discussion of the fact that more than four years after the devastating attacks of 9/11, more than four years after George Bush boasted we wanted Osama "dead or alive," more than a year after Osama Bin Laden showed his hateful face in yet another video, this barbarian is still very much alive and boasting of additional attacks against the United States.

by John Kerry

Daily Kos: Some Slings and Some Arrows:
I too am delighted by John Kerry's decision to post here on Daily Kos. It speaks volumes to the viability and importance of this community and the Netroots in general.
I am also aware that many here, including myself, believe it quite possible that Kerry actually won in 2004. This is irrelevant to my point. I am not claiming Kerry wasted his chance at victory in 2004. I am claiming that he wasted his chance to run a meaningful campaign.

It's the accountability stupid.

In all the banter back and forth about what went wrong in 2004, I've yet to hear anyone address the most obvious error of the Kerry campaign: failing to hold George Bush accountable.

What is it but a lack of accountability that allows George Bush to squander the commonwealth, blunder our foreign policy, repeatedly lie to the American people, and work tirelessly to enact policies that are not supported by the vast majority of Americans and still be re-elected to his office?

The essence of democracy is accountability. The idea is simple: unlike a monarchy, when our leaders fail to perform, or otherwise neglect or abuse their offices, they are challenged for those failures by their opponents and voted out. This system has been known to work well.

Friday, January 20, 2006

KIA in Alabama


"All is not okay or right for those of us who return home alive and supposedly well. What looks like normalcy and readjustment is only an illusion to be revealed by time and torment. Some soldiers come home missing limbs and other parts of their bodies. Still others will live with permanent scars from horrific events that no one other than those who served will ever understand."

- Douglas Barber, 2005

On January 16th, after having talked quite normally on the phone with at least two other people that same day, Douglas Barber, a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) living in Lee County, Alabama, changed the answer-message on his telephone.

"If you're looking for Doug," it said in his Alabama drawl, "I'm checking out of this world. I'll see you on the other side."


Liberals haven't failed to capture Bin Laden

Purple Heartbreakers

Breaking Ranks

Official US agency paints dire picture of 'out-of-control' Iraq

Ex-EPA Chiefs Blame Bush in Global Warming

Soul music pioneer Wilson Pickett dies
"Muscle Shoals musician David Hood played on several of Pickett's recordings, including 1971's 'Don't Knock My Love.'

'He was a very dynamic performer,' Hood said. 'He was like a steel spring, like it was going to pop all the time.

'He was very energetic and outgoing. It was always something special to play with him.'

Hood said Pickett was a leader in the Muscle Shoals music scene.

'He was part of the early history and the later history of Muscle Shoals music,'' Hood said. 'He cut here before Aretha (Franklin) came here. In fact, it was his recordings that Jerry Wexler heard that made him bring Aretha here to record."

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

The Suckiness of Republicans

Ralph Reed's Alabama Fuck You

Islamists gain ground under Bush

Bush is one sick fucker

Deferred futures / Why young adults can't hang on to what they earn

Hackett calls 'em like he sees 'em LOVE this guy!

Hackett said he opposes capital punishment – too much risk of executing an innocent person – for everybody except the fool who violates his family and home.

"Break into my house, we won’t have to worry about the application of the death penalty. It’s going to be a simple 911 call: Come pick up the body."

With succinct coherence, Hackett said: "I’m pro-choice, I’m pro-gayrights, I’m pro-gun-rights. Call me nuts, but I think they’re all based on the same principle and that is we don’t need government dictating to us how we live our private lives.

Gore's Speech

Read the entire text. It is worth it.

...One of the other ways the Administration has tried to control the flow of information is by consistently resorting to the language and politics of fear in order to short-circuit the debate and drive its agenda forward without regard to the evidence or the public interest. As President Eisenhower said, "Any who act as if freedom's defenses are to be found in suppression and suspicion and fear confess a doctrine that is alien to America."

Fear drives out reason. Fear suppresses the politics of discourse and opens the door to the politics of destruction. Justice Brandeis once wrote: "Men feared witches and burnt women."

The founders of our country faced dire threats. If they failed in their endeavors, they would have been hung as traitors. The very existence of our country was at risk.

Yet, in the teeth of those dangers, they insisted on establishing the Bill of Rights.

Is our Congress today in more danger than were their predecessors when the British army was marching on the Capitol? Is the world more dangerous than when we faced an ideological enemy with tens of thousands of missiles poised to be launched against us and annihilate our country at a moment's notice? Is America in more danger now than when we faced worldwide fascism on the march-when our fathers fought and won two World Wars simultaneously?

It is simply an insult to those who came before us and sacrificed so much on our behalf to imply that we have more to be fearful of than they. Yet they faithfully protected our freedoms and now it is up to us to do the same....

Here is a rebuttal to the LIES the Bush administration is putting for as a response.

Letter to the Editor - Alabama Style

TimesDaily: Florence, AL

The real corruption
Alabama House Republicans stood by in silence as GOP leadership purged the Ethics Committee.

The real congressional corruption scandal is the lack of outrage from members of what was once a Grand Old Party. It is a corruption of standards and decency -- yes, even a corruption of conservative values, including balanced budgets and safeguarding liberties.

And at the center of it is the moral, ethical and political bankruptcy of the House Republican leadership. Speaker Dennis Hastert and the old guard of the GOP countenanced a culture of corruption, claiming not to see it, in the hope that maybe the rest of us never would.

The Republican Party's slogan, "restoring morals" to the White House and Capitol Hill, was the big campaign issue in 2000 and 2004. So, what happened? This tops Clinton and his devil with a blue dress on.

I'm especially disappointed in our Alabama Republican representatives as they have yet to condemn Tom Delay and stand up for morals and ethics. I'm even disappointed with Bud Cramer and other Democrat representatives who remain silent.

In my research, this is what I've found about our Republican representatives:

  • Spencer Bachus has taken $1,166 from Tom DeLay's ARMPAC. No surprise that Bachus voted with DeLay 96 percent of the time between Jan. 1, 2004 and March 31, 2005.

  • Jo Bonner has taken $10,000 from ARMPAC. No surprise he voted with DeLay 97 percent of the time between Jan. 1, 2004 and March 31, 2005.

  • Robert Aderholt has taken $19,571 from ARMPAC. No surprise that he voted with DeLay 94 percent of the time between Jan. 1, 2004 and March 31, 2005.

  • Terry Everett has taken $6,020 from ARMPAC. No surprise that he voted with DeLay 93 percent of the time between Jan. 1 2004 and March 31 2005.

  • Michael Rogers has taken $30,000 from ARMPAC. No surprise that Rogers voted with DeLay 96 percent of the time between Jan. 1, 2004 and March 31, 2005.

    Is this the kind of government-for-hire that working families deserve?

    Rhonda B****

  • Friday, January 13, 2006

    Singer Tim McGraw Eyes Politics

    I'm not necessarily a fan of his music but this is exactly the type of Democrat we need.

    Singer Tim McGraw Eyes Politics
    "I think he's got it," Clinton says of McGraw in an Esquire magazine story that hits newsstands Monday. "The Democrats need candidates whom people can relate to in a personal way, people who understand their lives and their concerns and share their values. And I think that's something Tim can do without even pretending."

    He identified health care as his top issue, and said one of his main reasons for wanting to enter politics is Clinton, whom he calls
    "the best president we ever had."

    Too Cool Not to Post

    Researchers Develop Quantum Processor

    Friday News Blogging

    The Impeachment of George W. Bush

    Do we even care about freedom in this country anymore?

    Rep. John Murtha: Situation in Iraq Is Civil War

    If we can beat mob, we can fight DeLay-style politics
    Dirty Harry

    Truthiness via the Bush Administration
    "This administration has a history of overestimating the deficit early in the year, lowering expectations, then taking credit when it comes in below forecast," said Stanley E. Collender, a federal budget expert at Financial Dynamics Business Communications. "It's not just a history. It's almost an obsession."

    Noxious Fumes

    Thursday, January 12, 2006

    Drive-by Trucker News

    ......DBT’s 7th album, A Blessing and a Curse, takes in all the elements that make them great and condenses them into the tightest, hardest rocking set of songs they’ve yet to produce. Their influences in the past have been immortalized in song, but here we see them integrated into the songs. The opening track “Feb 14” sounds like the best, most poetic song the Replacements never released and Cooley’s devastatingly great rocker “Gravity’s Gone” does the same thing with a Creedence Clearwater Revival backwoods twang. Isbell chimes in with “Easy on Yourself” a subtler yet more biting warning fable in the vein of 2003’s “Outfit.” And just when you think that these former class clowns have moved on to the honor society, they kick in with the hilarious “Aftermath USA” - as good a train-wreck, surmise-the-damage classic as anything from Waylon or Merle........

    Hood discussed several aspects of the industry including touring, merchandising, negotiating record deals and booking shows.

    "“Warner Brothers doesn’t have an office on Clayton Street, and that was an attraction for me moving here,” Hood said. “I thought I could move to Athens and just record records myself. The longer you can do it yourself, the better."
    Jason Isbell - Whiskey Business

    When did you know that music was going to be part of your life forever?

    From the start. I didn’t think of it as something that could be a career, initially, because I was just five or six. I probably wanted to be an astronaut or a fireman. Music was just going to be something I always did. I figured out when I was a teenager that you could actually make money doing it, which is still strange to me.

    Kind of like getting paid to breathe?

    Right. Or even more like getting paid to masturbate.

    Drive-By Truckers Bring Musical 'Blessings'

    Here is the track list for "A Blessing and a Curse":

    "Feb. 14"
    "Gravity's Gone"
    "Easy on Yourself"
    "Aftermath USA"
    "Little Bonnie"
    "Space City"
    "A Blessing and a Curse"
    "A World of Hurt"

    Thanks to Jenn over at Drive-by Truckers for the articles.

    Today's News

    The Pol Who Drank Too Much - Can a lush run the country?

    Interior Department to Open Alaskan Land to Oil Drilling

    Irony at its Best

    Another Hurricane 'Brownie'

    A New Spine For The Media
    Sad that a media outlet that decides to publish facts has to defend itself.

    Alito Leaves Door Open to Reversing 'Roe'
    Men of America, this affects you too. Back to the future

    Letter to the Editor - Southern Style

    From the TimesDaily in Florence, Al:

    Don't Trust Alito
    As I write this, Judge Samuel Alito's confirmation hearings have begun. Regardless of their political affiliation, all Americans should be concerned about the possibility of Alito sitting on the highest court of the land. He is, like John Roberts, an evasive and fundamentally dishonest nominee who can't seem to recall his longstanding record of right-wing extremism.

    There is no question that Alito leaves a lot to be desired in the ethics department. During his confirmation to the Court of Appeals, he said he would recuse himself from cases involving his own investments -- and then went back on that promise.

    Even if you agree with Alito's basic politics, is he the type of nominee that you can be proud of? A man who dodges and evades and conceals his true agenda in order to occupy a position of power? Personally, I would have no confidence in a nominee who felt he had so much to hide.

    At this point, we all know that President Bush's policies endanger both our civil liberties and the very concept of truth. We also know that he does not choose nominees whose views are not in line with his own. The new Supreme Court justice should not be a right-wing radical like Samuel Alito, but rather a moderate who will represent the majority of the American people.

    Jonathan M.

    Wednesday, January 11, 2006

    I Swear to Tell the Truthiness, the Whole Truthiness...

    ...And Nothing But the Truthiness.

    So True..thy...Linguists vote 'truthiness' word of 2005:
    "A panel of linguists has decided the word that best reflects 2005 is 'truthiness,' defined as the quality of stating concepts one wishes or believes to be true, rather than the facts."
    "The national argument right now is, one, who's got the truth and, two, who's got the facts," he said. "Until we can manage to get the two of them back together again, we're not going make much progress.

    Alito's Truthiness

    "I promise to be 'Truthiness' at best"

    Is Alito Lying (or bringing 'Truthiness') About Concerned Alumni for Princeton?
    Durbin Exposes Alito On Abortion

    Tuesday, January 10, 2006

    Today's Something Something

    Today's Must Read:
    Did the NSA help Bush hack the vote?

    Judging Samuel Alito
    Lying, Bush, ideologue - an often blindly partisan advocate or adherent of a particular ideology.

    GOP & Jack Abramoff:
    "But this is, in its essence, a Republican scandal, and any attempt to portray it otherwise is a misdirection." - National Review Online

    How low can Army recruiters go?
    Who will fight the Chinese?
    What about Canada?

    They don't even want our money anymore!
    "The new policy reflects China's fears that too much of its savings is tied up in the dollar, a currency widely expected to drop in value as the U.S. trade and fiscal deficits climb".

    Monday, January 09, 2006

    Most-Educated Cities in the United States

    Blue means that that city's county voted for Kerry in 04, red means that city's county voted for Moron in Chief. Raleigh was close, San Diego is still in California, and we all know why Cincinatti OH went red.

    I'll let the chart speak for itself:

    Most-Educated Cities in the United States

    City, in order of education rank

    % population with college degree or higher

    Median household income & (rank)

    1. Seattle, WA


    $46,650 (8)

    2. San Francisco, CA


    $60,031 (2)

    3. Raleigh, NC


    $47,878 (7)

    4. Washington, DC


    $46,574 (9)

    5. Austin, TX


    $45,508 (15)

    6. Atlanta, GA


    $37,385 (50)

    7. Minneapolis, MN


    $44,116 (20)

    8. Boston, MA


    $45,892 (13)

    9. Lex.-Fayette, KY


    $38,322 (43)

    10. San Diego, CA


    $51,382 (5)

    11. Portland, OR


    $41,128 (28)

    12. Oakland, CA


    $46,190 (11)

    13. San Jose, CA


    $71,765 (1)

    14. Charlotte, NC


    $46,082 (12)

    15. Denver, CO


    $43,777 (21)

    16. Honolulu, HI


    $46,500 (10)

    17. CO. Springs, CO


    $45,388 (16)

    18. Pittsburgh, PA


    $31,910 (59)

    18. St. Paul, MN


    $38,731 (41)

    19. Cincinnati, OH


    $31,960 (58)

    19. VA. Beach, VA


    $55,781 (4)

    Daily Whatever

    Controversial lobbyist had close contact with Bush team - It is yet to be seen if we're talking "Jeff Gannon" close contact.

    Democrats will focus on Abramoff as keystone of 2006 efforts to retake Congress - My genius party at work.

    More Repub Corruption - It really is hard to keep up. Every day you wake up and every day a new Republican has been indicted. Death, Taxes and Republican Corruption.

    Va. bill would halt lesbian insemination
    - If I get the chance to inseminate a lesbian, I'm going for it, jail time be damned!

    Friday, January 06, 2006

    Friday Blogging

    Stupid is as Stupid does but this is just cruel:
    Missouri lawmaker seeks to ban sale of cold beer

    Don't DeLay.
    Prosecutor Broadens DeLay Inquiry

    Wal-Mart doesn't like black people
    Wal-Mart 'heartsick' over DVD grouping

    Worst... Politicians... Ever.
    Republican 2005 Scandal Review
    No, seriously, the Rethuglicans really do suck:
    Jack and the Republicans
    You can't even buy that beer you say you'd like to have with Shrub.
    The Bush Economy: Low Wages, Low Standards

    Wednesday, January 04, 2006

    The Pimping of the President - The Texas Observer

    The Pimping of the President - The Texas 'Freakin' Observer

    Four months after he took the oath of office in 2001, President George W. Bush was the attraction, and the White House the venue, for a fundraiser organized by the alleged perpetrator of the largest billing fraud in the history of corporate lobbying. In May 2001, Jack Abramoff’s lobbying client book was worth $4.1 million in annual billing for the Greenberg Traurig law firm. He was a friend of Bush advisor Karl Rove. He was a Bush “Pioneer,” delivering at least $100,000 in bundled contributions to the 2000 campaign. He had just concluded his work on the Bush Transition Team as an advisor to the Department of the Interior. He had sent his personal assistant Susan Ralston to the White House to work as Rove’s personal assistant. He was a close friend, advisor, and high-dollar fundraiser for the most powerful man in Congress, Tom DeLay. Abramoff was so closely tied to the Bush Administration that he could, and did, charge two of his clients $25,000 for a White House lunch date and a meeting with the President. From the same two clients he took to the White House in May 2001, Abramoff also obtained $2.5 million in contributions for a non-profit foundation he and his wife operated."

    "I have a feeling about 60% of what you say is CRAP"

    W. and the Coal Miners: Photo-op Cover for Anti-worker Policies
    ".... earlier this year when the Bush administration proposed cutting the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) by $7 million. The administration defended the 6-percent reduction by noting the number of coal mines has been decreasing. Yet coal mining fatalities have gone up for three years in a row. There were 42 mining fatalities in 2001, 29 in 1998. In March, Senator Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, maintained the funding cut would cause a 25 percent reduction in the government's mine-safety inspection workforce. As of March, 612 federal mine inspectors were responsible for enforcing safety regulations in 25 states, and there were signs the system has not been functioning well.
    Think Progress has more on Shrub's neglect

    Wall Street Journal - 70% would oppose Alito if he would overturn Roe
    However, nearly 70% of those surveyed in the online poll of 1,961 adults would oppose Judge Alito's confirmation if they thought he would vote to make abortion illegal.

    The biggest corruption scandal to infect Congress in a generation took down one of the best-connected lobbyists in Washington yesterday. The questions echoing around the capital were what other careers -- and what other familiar ways of doing business -- are endangered.

    "But Republicans worry about two possibilities. The first is that Abramoff, known for his close ties to DeLay, mostly implicates Republicans as a result of his plea agreement. That could shift public attitudes sharply against the GOP. 'People are uneasy about what else is out there,' said one GOP strategist who requested anonymity to speak more candidly about the possible political fallout."
    Talk about Must See TV. Letterman as you've never seen him before. You can actually feel the utter dislike Letterman has for O'Liely. You've gotta watch this:

    "I Have The Feeling About 60% Of What You Say Is Crap": Letterman To O'Reilly...

    What's even better is what Big O'Liely had to say about Letterman in 2001

    The late-night program hosted by David Letterman is the toughest interview show on television.

    That's because Mr. Letterman is a smart guy who can spot a phony with telescopic accuracy and expects his guests to bring something to the table. If a guest begins to sink on this show, the bottom is a long way down.

    Original FAME studios site being recognized with historical marker

    Florence Alabama Music Enterprises

    FLORENCE -- People aware of the history of Muscle Shoals music likely know the significance of the corner of Tennessee and Seminary streets.

    Today, there is nothing but a parking lot there, but for about two years in the early 1960s, it was the location of the original FAME recording studios.

    Some 45 years after FAME left Florence to relocate in Muscle Shoals, the site is being recognized with a historical marker.

    "This was the starting place of Muscle Shoals music," Rodney Hall said.

    "You can talk to people all over the world, in Europe, in England, they know about that drug store at the corner of Seminary and Tennessee streets," Hall said.

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