2/24/2006: Frances Townsend, spokesliar for Homeland Security, said, "There was no need for an additional 45 day investigation." She was referring to the administration's decision to allow the sale of U.S. sea ports to government-owned businesses in the UAE, which has sponsored terrorists in the past, including the 9/11 hijackers.
Actually, Frances, the LAW states that you MUST conduct a 45 day investigation, doing due diligence to notify all interested parties.
And now that the president has broken the law AGAIN on such an emotion-bound subject, the Republicans are peeling off like naval acrobatic jets executing a star-burst maneuver. Callers to conservative radio shows -- yes, conservative -- have painted the presidents latest act of arrogance and disregard for our system of law as costing the Republican Party the next round of elected positions.
And y'know what I say? No problem. Let Bush keep on screwing up. I hope he gets that mule-headed, feet-planted, blinders-firmly-in-place act going full steam like he usually does when people criticize him. The more, the better....
2/24/2006: South Dakota hates its women, so its Congress invaded their medical privacy and outlawed all abortions unless it's necessary to save the mother's life. The governor has promised to sign the bill into law. It will then be summarily challenged and go to the Supreme Court, where Samuel Alito will get his first real chance to violate Supreme Court precedence and pay back the jerk-weed president that put him on the bench by upholding a law that violates women's right to privacy.
And if you don't think that's going to suck, ask a woman over the age of 50 if she ever knew someone that suffered or died due to an amateur abortion. If you don't think it will suck, imagine your daughter being beaten, brutalized, and raped repeatedly, only to be denied access to an abortion and having the rapist then turn around win visitation rights to the child. Imagine having to raise a child of incest. You could imagine a million different horrible scenarios that will have women scrambling for back-alley abortions, legal or not, and the percent of women dying horrible, agonizing deaths will skyrocket.
And when it affects you or someone you love, remember to thank George Bush.
2/22/2006: Karen Kwiatkowski retired as a USAF lieutenant colonel after spending her final four and a half years working at the Pentagon. She accelerated her retirement "because of the ethical difficulties brought on by witnessing the misuse of intelligence in order to support an agenda for an unnecessary, unwarranted war of choice against Iraq." She describes the current U.S. military and civilian leadership as "politicized, emasculated, obedient to the bureaucracy and ignorant of the Constitution."
Lawrence Wilkerson, a former colonel in the U.S. Army, a decorated Vietnam vet, and a life-long Republican who served as chief of staff to former Secretary of State Colin Powell, has recently stated that Powell’s February 2003 speech before the United Nations that sought to justify the impending war against Iraq was "a hoax on the American people, the international community, and the United Nations Security Council."
Lieutenant General William Odom (Ret.) calls the war in Iraq "the greatest strategic disaster in our history, not in terms of its present body count, but rather because of its radiating consequences for the region and the world.
Brigadier General Andrew Gatsis (Ret.), who was awarded numerous medals for bravery during the Korean and Vietnam Wars, says about the war: We invaded a country that posed no threat to us. What’s different about what we have done in Iraq and what Hitler did when he sent his forces into Czechoslovakia in 1939?. And look at the billions of dollars being poured into this flawed effort. It saddens me to see all of this happen to our troops – and all for an unjust cause.
Representative John Murtha (D-PA), a decorated Marine combat veteran and the first Vietnam veteran elected to Congress, has recently called for the withdrawal of American forces from Iraq, concluding that the war has increased both terrorism and instability in the Middle East. He now terms the war "a flawed policy wrapped in illusion."
The "father of the Constitution," James Madison, on how the state uses war to strip its citizens of their liberties: If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few.
Tim Goodrich, one of the founders of Iraq Veterans Against the War, charges the president with "deceit, lack of planning, and arrogance." He says that for a real victory plan, the best course of action would be an immediate withdrawal of our troops from Iraq. Our continued presence only serves to fuel terrorism, not defeat it. Not only would an immediate withdrawal prevent the unnecessary deaths of more of our country’s honorable military personnel, but it would also increase the security of our nation by allowing our troops to do what they signed up for; defending the country.
More to come...
2/22/2006: Rush Limbaugh, a man who has made a nice living off being a jackass, coined the phrase "politically correct." Or maybe he just made it famous, I don't know. But he colored it as a bad thing. He made his money telling people to screw each other over, offend each other at will, and generally disrespect each other with alacrity.
And the sheep followed.
The ignorant, poorly raised, jealous little people with no spine and no sense of community used the first excuse given to them to act out and declared "political correctness" the new sin.
What Rush calls "PC", I call respect. I call it getting along with people. Y'know, love your neighbor, the Golden Rule, that sort of thing? Come on people, you can be better than that. You can hear someone like Rush, be amused and entertained perhaps, and then go back to being yourself, can't you? Do you have to be sheep? Is it so easy to get you to be intolerant of others based solely on their race, religion, or creed?
Now some of you are going to point to my comments of late about Muslims and cartoon riots. I'm not actually knocking Islam. I'm knocking retards that will use the very first excuse to act like complete animals. There are plenty of intelligent, peaceful, thinking individuals that claim Islam as their religion of choice. It's the morons that are burning embassies and throwing shoes at each other that I have a problem with.
And the PC-hating morons over here are starting to react to it. Pretty soon, we'll have mosques here being burned. And we'll have stooped to the level of Rush Limbaugh. What a legacy he's created, huh?
What a jerk.
2/22/2006: Today I found a partial list of Bush's failures online. I didn't want to lose it, so I'm putting it here with thanks to Bill Mitchell for making it public. I'm also adding a few things to it. I'm sure this will be a living list through the end of Bush's tenure and quite probably beyond.
2/22/2006: Y'know it occurred to me this morning that Bush has spent every speech since 9/11 whipping the American people into a froth over the possibility of a terrorist attack, but now that his oil buddies are confronted with the fruit of Bush's labors, now that the American people are freaking out over the prospect of Arab control of our major sea ports, he just can't understand why.
Why the double standard? Why is it ok if a British company owns it, but not ok if the UAE owns it? He just doesn't see it. He can't understand what the big fuss is about. He's confused.
2/22/2006: The top half of the golden dome of the Al-Askariya "Golden Mosque" in Samarra disappeared in an explosion caused by devices set by attackers dressed as Iraqi police commandos. This is a big deal if you're a Shiite Muslim. It's also a big deal if you live in that town and you're not a Shiite. The Shiites in that area freaked completely out -- turns out that's one of their major holy sites -- and started attacking the mosques of the Sunni Muslims in that area.
This is weird. I guess it would be like Protestants torching a Catholic church where former popes were buried. I mean, it just doesn't happen, at least not in America, but if it did, I guess this is what it would be like. Maybe the Irish can understand it, but I don't.
Anyway, my point...
Back when Bush was first selling his pack of lies to get us into that country, the experts were saying that if we took out Saddam without a solid plan for preserving the infrastructure and placing an interim government in power immediately, the result would be civil war and the creation of a huge terrorist breeding ground. Now Iraq is teeming with terrorist groups, suicide bombs go off once a week, IEDs go off in scores every day, civil war is near full-tilt, and we're losing good people in a country we had no reason to invade.
Sometimes, being right just isn't as satisfying as you'd think. It's hard to gloat when what you were predicting was death, destruction, and the certain spread of evil. Not that I'm above saying, "I told you so," but it's just sort of piling on at this point, y'know?
2/21/2006: Alina Cho from CNN interviewed one of the newest leaders of a hate group recently. I won't validate them by mentioning their names. It wasn't particularly surprising to me, and I find it amusing that it's surprising to anyone that these groups are making new inroads in America. Scared, spineless, valueless people do stupid things, like putting value in hatred and division.
Racist groups have suffered huge losses since the 1960's, but in the last 4 years, their ranks have swelled. And with new recruits come new blood and new leaders who are bright enough to evolve the old slogans and propoganda. Will you see lynchings? Not from the smarter groups. No, they'll be into political power, not temporary gestures. They'll try the David Duke approach. They'll try the Hitler approach. They'll combine the two, throw in some new ideas, tighten the nuts and bolts and polish it up. Then they'll go further than David Duke did, and they'll obtain power where power can be had, and they'll expand their base. And they'll try their darndest to make a change in America.
An ugly, hateful, divisive change.
So why did Ms. Cho air the story, giving this group national exposure. Because it was just that: national exposure. Because to fight evil, you have to be aware of it, you have to expose it. And these people are evil. No matter the faces that grace the leadership roster, these people are ugly and must be put back down.
You can't erase evil. But you have to try, every time.
2/21/2006: Michael Morales brutalized, raped, and stabbed to death 17 year old Terri Winchell in 1982. Her beauty, intelligence, and vast potential were used, abused, and tossed aside, wasted on the scumbag, Michael Morales.
Now Morales' death sentence, the warrant for which expired tonight, has been postponed indefinitely. Seems he didn't want to feel any pain when he died. He wants to just drift pleasantly off to sleep. The thought that he might not be in a deep enough sleep when they chemically stop his heart just made him all fainty and such. This complete piece of crap is fighting for every last second of breath he can wring out of a system that is fraught with guilt over the slightest pang of discomfort in those that so richly deserve to have their breath taken from them.
See, we have this little phrase in the Constitution we unfortunately must honor, and it's, "cruel and unusual punishment."
But I don't think stopping his heart is cruel or unusual. In fact, I think we would best respect that standard if we let a huge, burly animal of a man brutalize, rape, and stab to death Michael Morales. I don't think that would be cruel at all, and certainly not unusual. I think it would be fair.
Ok, so that's not really a good way to handle it. But it would sure make me feel better to know that coward got as good as he gave.
No, we have to handle it in a civilized manner. But there has to be a point at which we decide that we have done enough to make the manner of death reasonably humane. I'm actually not a proponent of the death penalty. Not really. I've certainly wished it on enough people, but in principle I'm for life imprisonment in a dirty hole more than I'm for state sponsored killing.
But as long as it's the law....
I say we slap Morales hard and tell him to take it like a man. Then hold him down, put the needles in, and push the plunger hard. Hell, if they can use Ole Sparky to fry convicts in Florida, they can get their minds around a pin prick to put a man to eternal rest in California.
There are no WMDs in Iraq.
This is continued from last month.
1. I would put money back into social net programs like Social Security and Welfare. The people supported by these programs are American citizens too, and the social contract dictates that we must take care of everyone who is a citizen of our country.
2. I mentioned before that I would close the borders and enact temporary work visas that would require background checks, would be good for one person crossing into the States, and would be good for a very short period, after which, if the holder hadn't returned, they'd be treated as a potentially armed and dangerous terrorist. I would also make that visa a prerequisite for using our social net programs. You don't get medical care (unless the situation is life threatening), you don't get government funds or education, unless you're properly visa'ed and have that visa handy. Don't like it? Too bad. And if you do receive medical treatment, you have to show you're a citizen or that you have the proper documentation or, once you're on your feet again, you're arrested and deported. Period.
3. I would have a law passed that states that the permanent Congressional presidential review committee I would form would be tasked with taking information from people have information regarding laws the president has broken and protecting those individuals from prosecution for blowing the whistle. President Bush's openly declared vendetta against the individual that leaked his illegal wiretapping operation to the press should itself be illegal.
2/21/2006: Alito's first time at bat is going to be on the issue of abortion, specifically on a law prohibiting late-term abortions that the Supreme Court tossed out before on the grounds that it didn't allow for the health of the mother. Now Alito gets to change history. He gets to pay back the man that put him into office. He gets to go against 3 decades of decisions regarding personal rights, women's rights, and privacy rights, and toss all that back into the face of those that attempted to prevent him from getting onto the bench.
Here we go....
2/21/2006: Today the Monkey Faced Frat Boy promised to veto any bill that threatened a deal that would let a United Arab Emirates-based company run some key U.S. seaports. The MFFB, who hasn't vetoed a single bill the Republican infested Congress has farted out during his entire disgusting squat in the White House, has actually grunted, bared his teeth, and gestured as though he'd actually fling poo if Congress doesn't back down.
He had the temerity to say that lawmakers who have called for the deal to be blocked need to, "step up and explain why a Middle Eastern company is held to a different standard."
Oh, I don't know. Maybe because they're IN THE MIDDLE EAST?! Because every country in THE MIDDLE EAST is harboring and aiding TERRORISTS?! Because the UAE was key in the execution of the 9/11 attack, and they resisted efforts to track down the terrorist connections following 9/11. Granted, they've been more cooperative than other Arab nations with U.S. investigations into terrorist organizations and activities, but "more cooperative" is a relative scale, and by and large the population of UAE hate the U.S. and support terrorist actions against it.
Frist, himself a consummately corrupt NeoCon, has butted heads with Bushie. See, Frist doesn't get his money from Saudi princes. He gets his cash the old fashioned way: lobbyists. And the corporations that purchase favors from those lobbyists aren't based in the UAE. They're the uber-corp-congloms of the U.S. of A.
Doesn't this just make it all the more crystal clear? Isn't it more obvious than ever who the Bush family's true masters are? Cause, buddy, it ain't the American people. It's not even the core of the Republican Party. It's barely the NeoCons.
It's power, fueled by oil. Period.
2/21/2006: The U.N. has said that the prisoners at Gauntanamo Bay should be released or charged and tried by a court of law.
The de facto leader of the Democratic Party and the winner of the electorate's majority, Al Gore, stated that the Bush administration has been committing "terrible abuses, and it's wrong." The abuses involved Arabs who, after Sept. 11, have been "indiscriminately rounded up, often on minor charges of overstaying a visa ... and held in conditions that were just unforgivable." He went on to say that Bush is a "moral coward" (hear hear!) who is in alliance with "digital brown shirts." He refered to Abu Ghraib prison as "the Bush Gulag;" and he calls President George W. Bush "the most dishonest president since Richard Nixon."
Geez, I love this guy! Nothing hurts like the truth!
Holding the Guantanomo Bay prisoners indefinitely doesn't honor the letter or spirit of the Geneva Convention. I realize that Al Qaeda isn't a signatore of that Convention, but we, as the leader of the free world, have a duty to adhere to hold ourselves to the highest possible standard. As with all things, we must not stoop to the level of our antagonists. We have already besmirched ourselves with the Abu Ghraib scandal, and based on Pentagon memos, we have already stepped over the bounds of decent treatment of prisoners of war at Gitmo. I have been espousing the very stance the U.N. has taken for some time now. As a true American, I believe we need to show the courage of our convictions and be brave enough to give these men their day in court. We may not like what they have to say when they get there, but America means more to me than hearing ugly language and ugly stories of ugly treatment.
2/6/2006: This morning, U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales spent quite a bit of oxygen and a respectable amount of his audience's lives explaining that al Qaeda is dangerous and that the illegal domestic spying program that Bush authorized helped to stop terrorists.
Y'know, if we just killed everyone that committed a serious violation of the law, we'd have a crime free society and no more need for jails. But there's the legality of "cruel and unusual punishment" to be considered. The same can be said of violating any portion of our Constitution. I'm all for securing our borders and catching terrorists that are already here, but don't violate my rights to do it.
Y'know, I used to be one of those people that trusted my government to have my best interests at heart. I wouldn't have been so bothered by this violation of my Bill of Rights. I would have assumed that such a violation was temporary, and would only adversely affect those that had something to hide.
And then George Bush came along...
2/6/2006: Bin Laden killed around 2000 innocent people in two massive strokes. Terrorists kidnap innocent civilians and hack their heads off on international television. Suicide bombers blow up cafes, weddings, and buses so often that we're becoming numb to it. In the last couple of months, with most of the recent killings occurring in Arabic nations, the world-wide Muslim community has begun voicing concerns about how these killings reflect on Islam. They argue with each other about the killing of innocents, and whether Bin Laden and his ilk really represent the true Islam.
They frown. They are dismayed.
Then a Danish newspaper ran a cartoon that depicted Mohammed.
The Muslim community instantaneously lost its collective mind.
They're burning embassies, rioting in the streets, stoning people, and killing innocent bystanders.
Over a cartoon.
I'm just venting. I would expend energy lecturing Muslims about comparative ethics, but I would imagine that (A) the people who could use it the most don't have Internet access, and (B) they probably don't read English, but most of all, (C) they just wouldn't get it anyway. I'm not saying they don't possess basic reasoning skills, but they've clearly been so deeply indoctrinated that they are good and we are all bad that they would simply refuse to respect basic logic.
But I will say this: I'm sure glad I live in America. Well, what's left of it, anyway. And for as long as it takes for George Bush to coronate himself and throw all our freedoms in the toilet, I'm going to enjoy telling the Muslims of the world that think that killing, burning, looting, pillaging, and generally making an ass of yourself over a frikkin' cartoon should wake up, smell the propoganda, and buy themselves a sense of humor. For crying out loud. If you don't like the cartoon, write in to the paper, give a speech, organize a peaceful rally, but don't burn the dang embassy because we don't think like you do.
What a bunch of morons...
I think I'm going to write a coffee table book. Yeah, that's what I'll do. I'll publish a coffee table book of ... art. Yeah. Art. And that artwork will be.... hm.... funny. Yeah, y'know, I've always liked funny artwork. But I want it to make you think as well. Deep humor. Humor with a message. Yeah, I like that. Humor with a message. That's good. And the message should have to do with pointing out the ridiculous, the dumb, and where appropriate, the evil. Y'know, I think I even know what my main focus will be.
I think it will be about Mohammed.
He started a religion of violence. That's a tragically correct punchline by itself. Shoot, that book will just about draw itself. Y'think anyone will buy it? Do you think anyone will burn it? Do you think that the publishing house will be threatened? Do you suppose that Muslims the world over will burn everything within reach? Will it start riots, looting, burning, killing, and mass hysteria? Do you think there will be a series of suicide bombings in which individual crazed Muslims blow up dozens of not-so-crazed Muslims in various Arabic countries?
Wow. That would be cool! Well, actually, it would suck for them. But if Bin Laden can turn a $500,000 attack on the U.S. into a U.S. response costing $300 billion dollars, the deaths of thousands of U.S. troops, serious injuries to thousands more, and hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths, then me writing a book that costs extremist Muslims lives and property is nothing more than a slap back.
Bin Laden's 9/11: 2 years and $500,000.
(grumbling) Crazy-ass Muslim extremists.....
2/1/2006: Last night, George W. Bush stood before the American People and recycled the same crap he's been feeding everyone since he got into office.
53% specifically said they thought Bush had misled the nation on the subject of WMDs in Iraq. I'm WAY ahead of that curve. I knew it was a load of crap before we even went in. It wasn't tough to figure out. You just had to read the frikkin' newspaper to hear about CIA managers quitting in protest and lower members of the White House staff quitting or publicly denouncing the case for war.
And Bush is "looking forward to supporting Republicans in the 2006 elections." I think a lot of Republican candidates will be refusing to take his calls by then....
2/1/2006: Cindy Sheehan was arrested in the gallery of the House of Representatives prior to Georgie Lying-Sack-Of-Crap Bush gave his State of the Onion speech (no, I didn't mispell that) because she refused to cover up the t-shirt she was wearing that had an anti-war slogan on it.
The charge? Unlawful conduct.
(Reaching over and picking up my handy-dandy copy of the U.S. Constitution, which I keep close for just these types of situations...)
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."
What conduct did they deem unlawful? What excuse did they use to violate her First Amendment right to free speech?
To all the people that think that was ok, better get ready to kiss the ring of the new King George.
Jefferson is spinning in his grave...
2/1/2006: The following people voted in favor of the filibuster to block Alito's confirmation. These people are heroes, protectors of the Constitution, and they deserve our votes in the next election:
2/1/2006: The following people sold their vote on the Alito confirmation in return for political juice and thereby sold out the Constitution of the United States and your freedoms. Do not vote for them. If there's another Democrat, vote for that individual. If not, vote for an independent. If the only other candidate is a Republican.... VOTE DEMOCRAT! But try your best to get these traitors out of office:
Note that the first three are up for re-election this year. Tim damn-the-Constitution Johnson's current term ends in 2008.
Don't worry. When elections come around, I'll remind you all of who protected your country and who betrayed it.
2/1/2006: J.C. Watts is the Republican strategist (read "Bush girlfriend wannabe suck-up and propogandist for the party currently destroying the Constitution") for CNN. I won't repeat what he had to say because he's a damn moron. He rah-rah'ed the Monkey-Faced-Frat-Boy and rehashed the same political used-car-salesman BS the president has been whitewashing his presidency with for the last 6 years. I swear the president could pour kerosene on a blind two year old orphan and set him on fire, and Watts would proclaim it the best BBQ he'd ever been to.
Fortunately CNN also has Paul Begala, the Democratic strategist and apparently the only sane person on the panel. He targeted specific areas of the speech, gave clear, rational, and well considered reasons why those parts of the speech were complete b*****t, wadded the speech up and threw it right back in Bushie's face. Paul Begala is my frikkin' hero right about now.
(Disclaimer: Any sexual relationship, actual or desired, between Mr. Watts and Mr. Bush is purely speculation on my part, cannot be substantiated by me in any way, shape, or form at this time, and was only implied here because J.C. Watts is an elitist ass.)