Friday, August 31, 2007

The Increasingly Crowded Repignican Closet

With his typically silver tongue and pointed pen, Joe Conason discusses the increasingly populated closet in the Repignican party.

Larry Craig Still Convincing Himself He's Not Gay

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Living Proof of the Need for Mandatory Sterilization

Christ!!! Lets pray she NEVER reproduces. If she does she'll be pumping out Repignicans. I just know it!

Brokeback Bathroom

Glenn Greenwald thoroughly and methodically destroys inconsistent moron right wing nutcakes like Larry Craig. He essentially grabs them by the collar and rubs their snouts in their own Cheney.

Executive Position Wanted - Available January 21, 2009

Help this Person Find a Job

This individual seeks an executive position. He will be available in January 2009, and is willing to relocate.


1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20520


Law Enforcement:

I was arrested in Kennebunkport, Maine, in 1976 for driving under the influence of alcohol. I pled guilty, paid a fine, and had my driver's license suspended for 30 days. My Texas driving record has been "lost" and is not available.

I joined the Texas Air National Guard and went AWOL. I refused to take a drug test or answer any questions about my drug use. By joining the Texas Air National Guard, I was able to avoid combat duty in Vietnam.

I graduated from Yale University with a low C average. I was a cheerleader.


I ran for U.S. Congress and lost. I began my career in the oil business in Midland, Texas, in 1975. I bought an oil company, but couldn't find any oil in Texas. The company went bankrupt shortly after I sold all my stock. I bought the Texas Rangers baseball team in a sweetheart deal that took land using taxpayer money. With the help of my father and our friends in the oil industry (including Enron CEO Ken Lay), I was elected governor of Texas.


I changed Texas pollution laws to favor power and oil companies, making Texas the most polluted state in the Union. During my tenure, Houston replaced Los Angeles as the most smog-ridden city in America.

I cut taxes and bankrupted the Texas treasury to the tune of billions in borrowed money.

I set the record for the most executions by any governor in American history.

With the help of my brother, the governor of Florida, and my father's appointments to the Supreme Court, I became President after losing by over 500,000 votes.


I am the first President in U.S. history to enter office with a criminal record.

I invaded and occupied two countries at a continuing cost of over two billion dollars per week.

I spent the U.S. surplus and effectively bankrupted the U.S. Treasury.

I shattered the record for the largest annual deficit in U.S. history.

I set an economic record for most private bankruptcies filed in any 12-month period.

I set the all-time record for most foreclosures in a 12-month period.

I set the all-time record for the biggest drop in the history of the U.S. stock market. In my first year in office, over 2 million Americans lost their jobs and that trend continues every month.

I'm proud that the members of my cabinet are the richest of any administration in U.S. history. My "poorest millionaire," Condoleeza Rice, has a Chevron oil tanker named after her.

I set the record for most campaign fund-raising trips by a U.S. President.

I am the all-time U.S. and world record-holder for receiving the most corporate campaign donations.

My largest lifetime campaign contributor, and one of my best friends, Kenneth Lay presided over the largest corporate bankruptcy fraud in U.S. History, Enron.

My political party used Enron private jets and corporate attorneys to ensure my success with the U.S. Supreme Court during my election decision.

I have protected my friends at Enron and Halliburton against investigation or prosecution. More time and money was spent investigating the Monica Lewinsky affair than has been spent investigating one of the biggest corporate rip-offs in history. I presided over the biggest energy crisis in U.S. history and refused to intervene when corruption involving the oil industry was revealed.

I presided over the highest gasoline prices in U.S. history.

I changed the U.S. policy to allow convicted criminals to be awarded government contracts.

I appointed more convicted criminals to administration than any President in U.S. history.

I created the Ministry of Homeland Security, the largest bureaucracy in the history of the United States government.

I've broken more international treaties than any President in U.S. history.

I am the first President in U.S. history to have the United Nations remove the U.S. from the Human Rights Commission.

I withdrew the U.S. from the World Court of Law.

I refused to allow inspector's access to U.S. "prisoners of war" detainees and thereby have refused to abide by the Geneva Convention.

I am the first President in history to refuse United Nations election inspectors (during the 2002 U.S. election).

I set the record for fewest numbers of press conferences of any President since the advent of television.

I set the all-time record for most days on vacation in any one-year period. After taking off the entire month of August, I presided over the worst security failure in U.S. history.

I garnered the most sympathy ever for the U.S. after the World Trade Center attacks and less than a year later made the U.S. the most hated country in the world, the largest failure of diplomacy in world history.

I have set the all-time record for most people worldwide to simultaneously protest me in public venues (15 million people), shattering the record for protests against any person in the history of mankind.

I am the first President in U.S. history to order an unprovoked, pre-emptive attack and the military occupation of a sovereign nation. I did so against the will of the United Nations, the majority of U.S.citizens and the world community.

I have cut health care benefits for war veterans and support a cut in duty benefits for active duty troops and their families in wartime.

In my State of the Union Address, I lied about our reasons for attacking Iraq and then blamed the lies on our British friends.

I am the first President in history to have a majority of Europeans (71%) view my presidency as the biggest threat to world peace and security.

I am supporting development of a nuclear "Tactical Bunker Buster," a Weapon of Mass Destruction.

I have so far failed to fulfill my pledge to bring Osama Bin Laden to justice.


All records of my tenure as governor of Texas are now in my father's library, sealed and unavailable for public view.

All records of SEC investigations into my insider trading and my bankrupt companies are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.

All records or minutes from meetings that I, or my Vice-President, attended regarding public energy policy are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public review.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Larry Craig - Pot Calling the Kettle Black Edition

The MacArthur Lunch

Sure as shit. Another classic. The Decider decided. No consultation with anybody. Fucking criminal moron.

“Unfortunately, yes, the way that decision was taken was typical,” Powell said. “Done! No full deliberations.

August 27, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
The MacArthur Lunch
United Nations

Zalmay Khalilzad, the American ambassador to the United Nations, is a twinkle-eyed hawk. The defeat of Soviet imperialism in Afghanistan, the unfinished business of the 1991 Persian Gulf war and his own liberating odyssey from an Afghan childhood to the University of Chicago convinced him the world needs the transformational power of the United States.

Since 9/11, he has fared better than most of the Bush brigade. As a Beirut-educated, Farsi-speaking Sunni Muslim, he actually has a clue about the Islamic world. He was prepared to sip tea rather than set edicts.

In his shepherding of Hamid Karzai to power in Kabul, his forging of Sunni cooperation now bearing fruit in Iraq’s Anbar Province, and in his recent prodding of the U.N. to a fuller Iraqi role, “Zal,” as he’s known, has suggested shrewdness explains the twinkle.

So, as the September storm clouds gather over America-in-Iraq, I was intrigued to find Zal looking back in anguish. President Bush now alludes to “the mistakes that have been made,” but is unspecific. There’s such an array, everyone has a favorite: a nonexistent casus belli, skimpy troop levels, the end of the Iraqi army, aberrant planning.

Khalilzad’s anguish centers on May 6, 2003. That’s the day he expected Bush to announce his return to Iraq to convene a grand assembly — something like an Afghan loya jirga — that would fast-forward a provisional Iraqi government.

Instead, the appointment of L. Paul Bremer III to head a Coalition Provisional Authority was announced. Khalilzad, incredulous, went elsewhere. In the place of an Afghan-American Muslim on a mission to empower Iraqis, we got the former ambassador to the Netherlands for a one-year proconsul gig.

“We had cleared both announcements, with Bremer to run things and me to convene the loya jirga, both as presidential envoys,” Khalilzad told me. “We were just playing with a few final words. Then the game plan suddenly changed: we would run the country ourselves.”

Alluding to former Secretary of State Colin Powell and his successor, Condoleezza Rice, who was then national security adviser, Khalilzad continued: “Powell and Condi were incredulous. Powell called me and asked: ‘What happened?’ And I said, ‘You’re secretary of state and you’re asking me what happened!’ ”

Powell confirmed his astonishment. “The plan was for Zal to go back,” he said. “He was the one guy who knew this place better than anyone. I thought this was part of the deal with Bremer. But with no discussion, no debate, things changed. I was stunned.”

The volte-face came at a Bush- Bremer lunch that day where Bremer made a unity of command argument to the Decider. “I put it very directly to the president: you can’t have two presidential envoys running around Iraq,” Bremer told me.

A MacArthur-Karzai debate had raged within the administration for months: should the United States run Iraq like Gen. Douglas MacArthur in postwar Japan or seek a local Karzai-like leader and operate behind the scenes?

Bremer still believes the MacArthur route was imperative. An exile-dominated Iraqi government would have had no legitimacy or competence. Nor would it have changed the legal fact of the U.S. occupation.

“The way we did it gave Iraqis the best chance of a sustainable political process,” he argued.

Nonsense, Khalilzad believes. “I feel strongly that the U.S. ruling was wrong. We could have had an interim Iraqi government. I argued, based on Afghanistan, that with forces, diplomacy and money, nothing can happen anyway without your support.”

Powell agrees. “Everything was Bremer, the suit, the boots, the whole nine yards.” It was a mistake not to move “more rapidly to putting an Iraqi face on it.”

Khalilzad and Powell are right. The insurgency that took hold after Bremer’s arrival had a clear target: the guy in Timberlands. Given the extent of its post-cold-war power, the United States must wield it with subtlety. This was the sledgehammer approach.

And chosen over lunch. “Unfortunately, yes, the way that decision was taken was typical,” Powell said. “Done! No full deliberations. And you suddenly discover, gee, maybe that wasn’t so great, we should have thought about it a little longer.”

Do such mistakes redouble American responsibility in Iraq or demonstrate the hopelessness of the task? I say the former. The little miracle of Khalilzad’s free-thinking life is just one example of the positive transformations this country can fashion when resolve and coordination shape policy, not precipitous whim.

You are invited to comment at my blog:

Nicholas D. Kristof is on book leave.

Copyright 2007 The New York Times Company

Monday, August 27, 2007

Police Officer Dies in Bush Motorcade Crash

The wrong person and the wrong vehicle crashed.

Maybe next time.

Fear and Self-Loathing Exposed in the Minneapolis Airport

Is this priceless or what??

Roll Call reports today that Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) was arrested in June at a Minnesota airport for “lewd conduct” in a men’s public restroom. On Aug. 8, he pleaded guilty to “misdemeanor disorderly conduct. He “paid more than $500 in fines and fees, and a 10-day jail sentence was stayed. He also was given one year of probation.” The arresting officer’s report explains:

My experience has shown that individuals engaging in lewd conduct use their bags to block the view from the front of their stall. From my seated position, I could observe the shoes and ankles of Craig seated to the left of me. […]

At 1216 hours, Craig tapped his right foot. I recognized this as a signal used by persons wishing to engage in lewd conduct. Craig tapped his toes several times and moves his foot closer to my foot. I moved my foot up and down slowly. While this was occurring, the male in the stall to my right was still present. I could hear several unknown persons in the restroom that appeared to use the restroom for its intended use. The presence of others did not seem to deter Craig as he moved his right foot so that it touched the side of my left foot which was within my stall area
This is so priceless I can hardly stand it! Everyone of these sanctimonious assholes is a closeted homosexual. Every one of them. Were they not then they wouldn't be so hateful in their staged disdain for people who are gay.

The list of these fools is almost endless, beginning with Ted Haggard, Congressman Mark Foley, Jeff Gannon and onward and onward. I just wish that some how someone would spill the beans on former Senator Rick Santorum.

The hypocrisy of these fools is almost bottomless. Repignicans continually talk about how liberals are destroying the fabric of America. They make a big freaking deal out of the ability of straight liberals to accept others regardless of their sexual orientation. They collect gobs of money in campaign contributions by bashing gay people and it turns out the bulk of them are themselves!!

What I enjoy the most in all of this is good old openly gay Congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass). Do you EVER hear about Barney sending text messages to underaged kids? Do you ever hear about Barney and some gay minister? Do you ever hear about ANY gay liberal politician being caught trying to get a knob job in the Minneapolis airport or any other airport? Nope. Because those liberals who are gay are open and frank and honest about it and don't have to slink around in bathrooms trying to get blown between flights.

These assholes are absolutely ludicrous. And I love it. Bring 'em on Dubya.

And check out this run down of the family values Senator, courtesy of

* Rated 100% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-family voting record. (Dec 2003)

* Voted NO on implementing the 9/11 Commission report. (Mar 2007)

* Voted NO on preserving habeus corpus for Guantanamo detainees. (Sep 2006)

* Voted NO on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods. (Sep 2006)

* Voted YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act. (Mar 2006)

* Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex basic training. (Jun 1998)

* Voted YES on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice. (Jan 2006)

* Voted YES on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. (Sep 2005)

* Voted NO on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Apr 2007)

* Voted YES on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions. (Jul 2006)

* Voted NO on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives. (Mar 2005)

* Voted YES on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime. (Mar 2004)

* Voted YES on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life. (Mar 2003)

* Voted YES on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions. (Jun 2000)

* Voted YES on banning partial birth abortions. (Oct 1999)

* Voted YES on banning human cloning. (Feb 1998)

* Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)

* Voted YES on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)

* Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)

* Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)

* Voted YES on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Oct 2001)

* Voted NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)

* Voted NO on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women. (Mar 1998)

* Voted YES on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business. (Oct 1997)

* Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)

* Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)

* Voted YES on Amendment to prohibit flag burning. (Dec 1995)

* Voted YES on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds. (Jul 1995)

* Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)

* Rated 25% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)

Gitmo Gonzales Resigns and We Get This Idiot as a Replacement

I guess there are some advantages to being a loyal Bushie.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Ted Haggard's Cash for Heaven Offer

Have some extra cash? Feel like going to heaven? Then you might consider sending Ted Haggard and his family some monthly checks for the next two years while they move into a halfway house and get psychology and counseling degrees from the University of Phoenix.

If you haven't had enough of the Haggard/New Life Church saga, this week KRDO Channel 13 in Colorado Springs aired a story about a letter that Haggard sent to consumer reporter Tak Landrock, letting him know of the Haggard family plans to move into the Phoenix Dream Center to minister to ex-cons, recovering alcoholics, drug addicts, prostitutes, and "other broken people," Haggard writes. "I identify."
I wonder when Teddy Boy is going to start his own chapter of Buttfuckers for Jesus?

Its simply amazing how when a Repugnican swine gets caught doing exactly what they vilify the rest of us for doing they go on about their business as if nothing happened. However when a Democrat gets a blow job its a national scandal.

For When Crawford's Village Idiot Returns Home

Saturday, August 25, 2007

It Doesn't Get More Succinct Than This!

Bush's Middle East Legacy - As a Bumper Sticker

This Says It All

The Smash Bush Doll

The Smush Bush Doll is made in the likeness of George W Bush. Squeeze this squishy toy and lower your stress level. Why not throw it against the wall a couple times?You'll feel better knowing you've had a hand in shaping the political process.Doll is 4" tall.

If you want to feel the relief, order one here.

Conditions Continue to Improve in Iraqnam

BAGHDAD - A car bomb exploded in northern Baghdad on Saturday, killing seven passers-by and wounding dozens of others in an apparent sectarian attack near the capital's most important Shiite shrine.

The attack in Kazimiyah came even as parts of Baghdad were shut down to vehicular traffic in an effort to protect Shiite pilgrims leaving for an annual religious commemoration in the southern city of Karbala next week.
Well, at least that is what the loyal Bushies want us to believe. Sometimes, however, reality has a tendency to reach up and bite us, as it has with the continuing debacle in Iraqnam.

Heckuva job, Dubya.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Senate to Hold Hearings on Mine Safety

As rescuers drilled a final hole into a Utah mountain Thursday to search for six missing coal miners, the U.S. Senate added its voice to a growing chorus of questions raised over the safety of the mine.

The Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees labor issues announced plans for a hearing on the mine collapse when Congress returns from its summer break Sept. 5.
I’m all for hearings if they result in any action being taken. Thus far, however, we have had a zillion hearings into the wrong doing of the Bushies but not one of those bastards has paid a fine or spent a second in jail. So whats the point?

The owner of this mine is well known for not caring an iota for worker safety. And the slob who is in charge of the Mine Safety agency managed mines that had 2 times the normal number of safety violations. Just what exactly will come out of the hearings? More evidence of how corrupt and inept the Bush Administration is and remains, yet not a damned thing will change. So what is the point?

Senator John Warner (R-VA) Calls For Troop Drawdown

In a move that must be totally related to his upcoming attempt to be re-elected in 2008, Virginia Senator John Warner today called for the re-deployment of up to 5,000 troops from Iraqnam. The Senator, obviously scared shitless about his political future, sheepishly stated to the 'president' that it should be at his discretion.
WASHINGTON - Virginia Sen. John Warner, a pivotal voice in the Senate on military affairs, plans to hold a news conference this afternoon to talk about his recent trip to Iraq.

The Republican centrist, who spent two days in Iraq last week, offered a gloomy assessment of the war in a written statement, saying he was ``not optimistic" that the Iraqi government could reach a political settlement to end the conflict. But he has declined interview requests.

Warner planned to meet with White House officials this morning before speaking publicly about the war at an afternoon press conference at the Capitol.

Frustrated with the lack of political progress in Iraq, Warner said it is time to put some “meaningful teeth” into Bush’s claim that the U.S. commitment to Iraq “is not open-ended.” Warner said he is calling on President Bush to announce on Sept. 15 that he will “initiate the first step in a withdrawal”:

I say to the President, respectfully, pick whatever number you wish. You do not want to lose the momentum. But certainly, in the 160,000 plus — say 5,000 — could begin to redeploy and be home to their families and loved ones no later than Christmas of this year.

Note to Senator Warner from Craig:
Bush is not going to draw down troops until next spring when deployment realities absolutely force him into it. But don’t worry about it Senator, several thousand troops will be sent home before Christmas. Unfortunetly, some of them will be missing limbs, or be suffering brain truama; the rest will land at Dover Air Force Base Delaware and they will be riding in a casket.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

If Only It Could Have Been

The September 2000 issue of Rolling Stone has as its cover a picture of Al Gore. This is a lead into a very long and wide ranging interview with him in the run-up to his election in November 2000 as the legitimate president of the United States.

Among the many profound things that Al says in the interview, there is an endorsement of Gore by Rolling Stone. I have retyped it verbatim here. Read it and weep. This is how it was supposed to be. Notice also how Rolling Stone predicted much of what is currently out of kilter in the country today because of Bush and his policies.

Al Gore For President

An Editorial by Jann S. Wenner. Rolling Stone, September 2000 issue.

It is with hope and confidence and excitement that we endorse Albert S. Gore, Jr. for President. Al Gore has all the tools – the vision, the energy, the experience – to be a truly great president.

Al Gore is the environment’s most visible champion since Theodore Roosevelt. On this issue, the differences between the two candidates are fundamental and reach deep into their records and philosophies. One candidate, Gore, has gone to Kyoto, Japan, and forced an international agreement that provides a framework for addressing the threat of global warming. The other candidate, George W. Bush, has dealt with his state’s mounting air-pollution problems by asking oil companies to agree to voluntary controls. In response to rising oil prices, Gore talks about investing in new technologies and curtailing our extravagances; Bush advocates expanding drilling in the Alaskan wilderness.

Gov. Bush is pushing a backward-looking agenda, in great part shaped by extremists, that is deeply at odds with the values of mainstream modern America . At least three seats are likely to open up on the Supreme Court during the next four years. Should Bush become president, he will put the court in the hands of social conservatives, who will be interpreting our laws for the next twenty-five years, and they will most certainly overturn Roe vs. Wade.

That’s the potential cost – the recriminalization of abortion – of a protest vote for Ralph Nader. Nader has been a friend of this magazine, and one of our heroes, for many years. His candidacy has caught the imagination of many disenchanted young voters. But “Mr. Nader’s misguided crusade” as the New York Times labels it, is a self-indulgent exercise that is distracting voters from the clear-cut choices.

Taxes: Bush proposes a tax cut that will chiefly benefit the wealthy. Forty-three percent of his proposed reductions would benefit the richest one percent of taxpayers. Gore’s plan will make it easier for middle-class Americans to pay for college and give the breaks to single mothers and others who need it now. Million-dollar-a-year income earners don’t’ need tax cuts now.

Education: The regrettable fact is that failing big-city schools can only be fixed through massive influxes of tax money. Schools need to be repaired and rebuilt, class sizes must be reduced, and teachers need to be hired and paid top-notch salaries. No voucher plan – Bush’s solution – will ever help a parent deal with these problems.

Campaign Finance Reform:
Gore promised that sending the McCain – Feingold bill to Congress will be his first act as president. Starting to eliminate soft money is essential to major progress on important new legislation. Bush will give us the same masquerade on the subject as Newt Gingrich did: a mouthful of yes and a handful of no.

Gun Control:
Gore would require registration of new handguns and that gun owners carry licenses. Bush has been and will be the willing tool of the National Rifle Association.

There are a few policy areas where we would like to see Gore’s position evolve. As we have pointed out many times in the past eight years, the War on Drugs is a travesty – a cruel and ineffective multibillion dollar sinkhole. Gore has so far toed the line on drug warriors; he opposes any relaxation of drug laws. But he has also spoken sensibly about the need to shift more federal drug dollars toward treatment programs and away from prisons. So, for now at least, we will give him the benefit of the doubt.

This one’s a no-brainer. We are living in an era of profound and rapid change. Al Gore understands the implications of these changes – from global warming to exploding population growth, the human genome to the fuel-cell engine. With huge government surpluses piling up in Washington, the federal government will have the resources to launch major programs that will better the lives of millions. Gore’s eight years as vice president have not only tested his loyalty but have also given him truly unparalleled knowledge and experience. As president, he will at last have the opportunity to carry out his own vision. I urge you to vote for him.

Bush: History to Prove Iraqnam Debacle "Worth It"

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - President Bush wants a nation running short on patience with the Iraq war to take a long view, comparing it to U.S. involvements in Asia that lost popular backing but eventually proved their worth and led to lasting peace.

"The ideals and interests that led America to help the Japanese turn defeat into democracy are the same that lead us to remain engaged in Afghanistan and Iraq," Bush said in advance excerpts of a Wednesday speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Wow! This sick bastard is more delusional than we ever thought possible. Simply astounding. Black is white. Up is down. Good is bad. And we will all view Bush as a wizard of geopolitics. I'm surprised the VFW didn't throw the lying bastard out of their convention.

Bush Admin Broke Law Withholding Global Warming Report

Aug. 21 (Bloomberg) -- The Bush administration violated U.S. law by failing to produce a study on the impact of global warming and must issue a summary by March, a federal judge ruled.

District Judge Saundra Armstrong in Oakland, California, said the U.S. government ``unlawfully withheld action'' required under the Global Change Research Act of 1990 to update a research plan and scientific assessment of climate change.
In any other Administration there would be serious repercussions for violating the law. In the Bush Administration its noteworthy when they don't violate the law. Unfortunately Bush has the courts so thoroughly stacked with loyal Bushies that even if his underlings were taken to court they wouldn't be punished nearly as severely as needed.

Heckuva job, Dubya.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Meet Some Of the Children Bush Keeps Leaving Behind

The Bush administration, continuing its fight to stop states from expanding the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program, has adopted new standards that would make it much more difficult for New York, California and others to extend coverage to children in middle-income families.

Administration officials outlined the new standards in a letter sent to state health officials on Friday evening, in the middle of a monthlong Congressional recess. In interviews, they said the changes were intended to return the Children’s Health Insurance Program to its original focus on low-income children and to make sure the program did not become a substitute for private health coverage.
There is simply no end to the depths of hypocrisy these bastards will take us.

Wake up sheeple.

Consumer Confidence Nose-Dives

Consumer comfort plummeted this week amid turbulence in the stock market and a seemingly infectious crisis in the home mortgage market.

The Washington Post-ABC News consumer comfort index (CCI), a barometer of the public's assessment of current economic conditions, plunged nine points this week, the biggest ever one-week drop since the poll started in late 1985.

The CCI now stands at -20 on its scale of --100 to +100, well off its high for the year, +2 in March, and near its post-Hurricane Katrina lows. After that storm devastated the Gulf Coast two years ago, consumer confidence quickly dropped by 11 points before recovering several months later
This is but another example of how George Nero has fiddled while his nation has burned.

I never took a single course in economics in college but I can tell from this and other information that the Bush economy is far from healthy. For the last 6 years we have been blind-sided and bullshitted and told all was well because of the tax cuts enjoyed by the top 1 percent of salary earners in the country. Right on cue the drones who parrot everything the Fox Opinion Network spews out have been telling us all is well.

But the data say something different. Last week the stock market dropped precipitously. This week its plunging consumer confidence. What will it be next week? And what will it be when China demands their money for the American debt they are holding?

I'm sure the Reich-wing nuts are gearing up to tell us "but there hasn't been a terrorist attack in 6 years." Wrong. We have been attacked by the terrorist in the White House nearly every day since 9/11. Unfortunately too many were unwilling to open their eyes and see what was happening.

Wake up sheeple.

Agriculture Under Secretary May Be in Contempt

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- A federal judge in Montana has ordered the Bush administration's top forestry official to explain why he should not be held in contempt of court for the U.S. Forest Service's failure to analyze the environmental impact of dropping fish-killing fire retardant on wildfires.

If found in contempt, Agriculture Undersecretary Mark Rey, who oversees the U.S. Forest Service, could go to jail until the Forest Service complies with the court order to do the environmental review.
This bastard is the epitome of scum and a true loyal Bushie - no doubt how he got his job.

As part of a training program I was in during 1991 and 1992, I interviewed him when he was a forest industry lobbyist. He had nothing but contempt for anyone and anything that stood up for the protection of natural resources. After listening to him belittle me for who I was employed by I reached my tipping point. I politely stood up, looked Mark Rey in the eye and said "you, sir, are a sonofabitch." I then took my brief case and left his office.

I hope this disgusting waste of protoplasm winds up in jail and stays there for a very long time. It would be such sweet payback to have every political appointee in the Bush Abomination having to spend time behind bars just on general principles. However if we can't get all of them in jail, then start with this piece of flotsam.

Mary Chapin Carpenter on Contemporary America and the Chimp

The song is "On with the Song". The Lyrics are below. Check out the ones in bold. I wonder who they refer to....Duh! You can order the CD here.

"This isn't for the ones who blindly follow
Jingoistic bumper stickers telling you
To love it or leave it, and you'd better love Jesus
And get out of the way of the red, white and blue

This isn't for the ones who buy their six packs
At the 7-Eleven where the clerk makes change
Whose accent makes clear he sure ain't from here
They call him a camel jockey instead of his name

No this is for the ones who stand their ground
When the lines in the sand get deeper
When the whole world seems to be upside down
And the shots being taken get cheaper

This isn't for the ones who would gladly swallow
Everything their leader would have them know
Bowing and kissing, while the truth goes missing
Bring it on he crows, putting on his big show

This isn't for the man who can't count the bodies
Can't comfort the families, can't say when he's wrong
Claiming I'm the decider, like some sort of messiah
While another day passes and a hundred souls gone


This is for the ones that I see above me
Three little stars in a great big sky
Light for the world and hope for the weary
They try

This isn't for the ones with their radio signal
Calling for bonfires and boycotts they rave
Exhorting their listeners to spit on the sinners
While counting the bucks of advertising they'll save

This isn't for you and you know who you are
So do what you want 'cuz I know that you can
But I've got to be true to myself and to you
So on with the song, I don't give a damn!"

(For the Dixie Chicks)

Monday, August 20, 2007

Still More Bush Administration Incompetence

It simply does not end. Ever.

Also coming to light, is the fact that Stickler's nomination to head the mine administration was twice rejected by congress and rejected when republicans were still in charge.

Rejected reportedly by senators who were concerned about Stickler's safety record when he operated mines.

After his nomination was twice rejected by the Senate, President Bush gave Richard Stickler the mine safety job with a recess appointment.
Of course recess appointments are how we got John Bolten for the UN Ambassador and wasn't Samuel Alito brought into the Supreme Court that way?

Anyone now who doesn't believe Bush is the most horrific mistake ever foisted on the nation is as out of touch as the fools on the Fox Opinion Network.

Wake up Sheeple.

The Rove Legacy

Welcome Once Again to Nazi America

I guess after reading this tale its safe to assume that the liberals in Asheville, North Carolina, are not police department employees.

Wake up Sheeple.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Bush Continues to Support the Troops

The Navy tells a wounded veteran from Korea to buy his own Purple Heart. Can you believe this crap?

John McCain's Bullshit Express Officially Derailed

Senator John "Straight Talk" McCain has been one of the strongest and most loyal supporters of Bush's folly in Iraqnam since before it began. He figured long ago that if he kissed Bush's ass and said what Bush said he would walk into the White House in 2008. Well check out this delusional story from Think Progress:

Then check out this short synopsis of all the "criticism" McCain has heaped on the failure that is the Iraqnam war.

“But I believe, Katie, that the Iraqi people will greet us as liberators.” [NBC, 3/20/03]

“It’s clear that the end is very much in sight.” [ABC, 4/9/03]

“There’s not a history of clashes that are violent between Sunnis and Shiahs. So I think they can probably get along.” [MSNBC, 4/23/03]

“This is a mission accomplished. They know how much influence Saddam Hussein had on the Iraqi people, how much more difficult it made to get their cooperation.” [This Week, ABC, 12/14/03]

“I’m confident we’re on the right course.” [ABC News, 3/7/04]

“I think the initial phases of it were so spectacularly successful that it took us all by surprise.” [CBS, 10/31/04]

“I do think that progress is being made in a lot of Iraq. Overall, I think a year from now, we will have made a fair amount of progress if we stay the course. If I thought we weren’t making progress, I’d be despondent.” [The Hill, 12/8/05]
Who does this idiot think he's going to kid?? Well, I know, other than viewers of the Fox Opinion Network.

Utah Mine Disaster

Its another day and yet again another disasterous fuck up on the part of the Bush Abomination.

Thursday night, three rescue workers died while trying to rescue six men trapped in the Crandall Canyon mine since a massive cave-in on Aug. 6. This second cave-in injured six other rescue workers. Many experts are now questioning why the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) allowed “anyone, including rescuers, into the still-dangerous mine.”

Yesterday, Rep. George Miller (D-CA), the Chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, and U.S. Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), the Chairwoman of the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, signaled that they will conduct hearings into the administration’s response to this recent mine tragedy:
It just seems to never end with these bastards. They love to win elections but don't know about and more importantly don't care about governing once elected. To them its all about bringing home the bacon to their campaign contributors.

Heckuva job, Dubya.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Texans Dont Want Bush's Border Fence

Texas activists, politicians and local law enforcement are uniting to oppose Bush's plans for a border fence in their backyard.

These people, each of whom must hate our freedom, will be transported to Guantanamo Bay tomorrow (after bamboo shoots have been slid under their fingernails) where they will await Al Gore's inauguration on January 20, 2009 when they will be released as will the United States Constitution.

The Horror Of Jenna Reproducing

Dear Dubya

Now that First Bimbo Jenna is engaged to some hapless Repignican creep from Richmond who just happened to work for Karl Rove, there is a very real danger of her reproducing at some stage. After all, if she has been listening to daddy and the other extremists in the Reich-wing she's remained chaste all these years (and I used to believe in the tooth fairy also).

Even if she hasn't been as chaste as we've been led to believe once she gets in the sack with Henry on their wedding night she's going to want to make up for lost time. And since you Reich-wing nitwits are opposed to birth control that means Jenna will be in a daily (probably more like hourly) situation where she could become pregnant.

Dubya, I'm writing as a loyal 'Merikan like you to beg you to ensure that Jenna has been sterilized before she can reproduce. The world is in such horrible shape right now because of the money-grubbing Bush dynasty it simply cannot stomach the idea of one more little Bush spawn creeping around causing disasters.

So, please, if you love this country as much as you claim to (which we all know now is a lie to garner votes) why not haul Jenna down to the White House doctor's office and have him spay her. Please? Do us all a favor and make it impossible for the little twirp to spread her spawn on an already beleagured country.

Thanks Dubya. You're a real 'Merikan.

Craig Faanes

Guliani Caught in More Lying

Giuliani said he spent as much time at ground zero as many rescue workers. Where was he really? Much of the time, at baseball games.
It appears that "America's Mayor" would turn out to be a perfectly seemless replacement for Bush. Neither of them would recognize the truth if it sat up and slapped them in the mouth.

Heckuva job, Rudy.

More Evidence of Gonzo's Lying

Friday, August 17, 2007

America - The Human Rights Abuse Leader

UNDER Bush, the United States, the country that most utilizes the human rights issue for propaganda purposes, currently maintains more than 7 million of its own citizens in its prison system, both state and federal, without including citizens held in city or county jails.
Isn't it ironic as hell that to obtain a report on American human rights abuses we have to look to a newspaper from Havana Cuba? Who would have ever thought?

Well, we wouldn't have had to consider it had we not been given the Failure-in-Chief and his disdain for the First Amendment. Thanks Cuba, for telling us about ourselves. At least someone somewhere is.

Tired of Lying, Tony Snow Quits

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- White House press secretary Tony Snow will step down from his position as early as next month, sources inside and outside the Bush administration told CNN on Friday.
The only problem is he'll return to the Fox Opinion Network where he will be paid considerably more to tell the same lies.

Daily Show to Report from Iraqnam

NEW YORK - "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," whose phony news coverage has long included phony "remotes" from war-torn Iraq, will be reporting from Iraq for real next week.
Finally we will receive some honest, uncensored, reporting from Iraqnam. What does it say about the state of this country when we have to rely on Comedy Central to actually tell us what's going on?

Karl's Farewell Speech

Feds Pay $80,000 Over Anti-Bush T-shirts

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A couple arrested at a rally after refusing to cover T-shirts that bore anti-President Bush slogans settled their lawsuit against the federal government for $80,000, the American Civil Liberties Union announced Thursday.

Nicole and Jeffery Rank of Corpus Christi, Texas, were handcuffed and removed from the July 4, 2004, rally at the state Capitol, where Bush gave a speech. A judge dismissed trespassing charges against them, and an order closing the case was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Charleston
This is PRICELESS!!! Maybe we still have a Constitution and the concept of Free Speech in this country? Its too bad the fine wasn't $800 million and Bush was personally liable for it.

Guess Who's Editing Wikipedia??

Heckuva Job on Mine Safety, Dubya

On Olbermann's show, Keith discusses the incredible way Stickler (heading up the "rescue" and in charge of mine safety in the U.S.) landed his position. He points out coal mining deaths declined from 1926 until last year when 48 coal miners died(largest percentage increase in 107 years). "Shafting Miners" indeed. Arianna Huffington points out the shoddy, one-dimensional work by the media. "Can't the media cover two stories at once," she asks, referring to the rescue and oversight failure.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Senator Biden's Son To Deploy in Iraqnam

WASHINGTON - The son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is preparing for deployment to Iraq next year. Capt. Beau Biden, a Judge Advocate General in the Delaware National Guard and the state's attorney general, is part of the 261st Signal Brigade that has been told to prepare for duty in Iraq in 2008. They have not been given a date of deployment yet.
I wonder if this means that, being the patriots they are, both Barbie and Jenna Bush will likewise be deploying to fight for daddy's noble cause?

Kos on the Colbert Report

The ACLU Speaks Out Against the Chimp

This is an email from the ACLU.

Ever since a new Congress got elected last November, we've been waiting for it to end the violations of the Constitution and lawless behavior of the Bush administration.

Well, Members of Congress acted. And instead of restoring our freedoms,they actually handed the Bush administration vast new powers to invade our privacy with no meaningful oversight from the courts or Congress.

Why did Congress cower to George Bush? Fear -- not of terrorists -- but of being labeled "soft on terrorism." It's time to show House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that Americans want them to protect our Constitution.

When our leaders behave like sheep, their constituents need to know it.

That's why we are going to run an ad in Nancy Pelosi's and Harry Reid's hometown newspapers. Help us run our "Congress as Sheep" ad now:

It's bad enough that our Congressional leaders have failed to act to restore habeas corpus, end torture and rendition, and close the Guantanamo Bay prison. But now Congress, led by Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, have caved in to Bush fear-mongering and expanded a warrantless spying program they should be investigating and ending.

It's gone from bad to intolerable. And we must let Congressional leaders know -- in no uncertain terms -- that it's time to start standing tall and stop caving in. These ads are only the beginning of our campaign to educate the public and force Congress to fix this misguided legislation.

The more money we raise, the more ads we can run and the more people we can inform about how their rights are at risk from a sheepish Congress. Help us run our "Congress as Sheep" ad now.

We must make it clear we won't let Congress fail freedom any longer,and that we hold Congress, especially Democrats, accountable for this egregious violation of our constitutional rights. Help us educate the public and demand immediate action to fix the domestic spying mess Congress just created and to take other crucial steps to
restore our constitutional rights. Help us run our "Congress as Sheep" ad now:

Please don't hesitate to act. If we are going to succeed we've got to keep the pressure on.

Anthony D. Romero
Executive Director

P.S. Please share this ad with as many people as possible by forwarding this email. And, if you haven't done so already, I urge you to immediately sign our "Don't Fail Freedom" petition to Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid:

First Bimbo Jenna is Engaged

CRAWFORD, Texas - Is a White House wedding in the works?

Jenna Bush, one of President Bush's twin daughters, is engaged to be married to her longtime boyfriend, Henry Hager, the White House announced Thursday.
I really hope the little twirp is pregnant. I really really do. That would do so much to upset the repignican paradigm about no sex before marriage.

I also hope that this nitwit from Richmond who wants to get divorced from Jenna in about 12 years has asked her about her fuckathon with the unemployed Argentine guy last Christmas - back when the First Twins were asked by the US Ambassador to Argentina to leave the country because of the problems they were creating.

Judge: Bush Admin’s Case On Spying Tantamount To ‘The King Can Do No Wrong’

Yesterday, a federal appeals court “appeared skeptical of and sometimes hostile” towards the Bush administration’s argument that legal challenges to the NSA’s surveillance programs should be dismissed on “state secrets” and national security grounds, with one judge saying the government’s argument was tantamount to “the king can do no wrong.”
This is priceless. And the "activist" judge who stood up for the Constitution over Bush loyalty deserves the Medal of Freedom from the Chimp.

Experts: Spotted Owl Recovery Plan Doesn't Make It

GRANTS PASS, Ore. - The Bush administration's plans for saving the northern spotted owl from extinction have flunked a peer review by scientists.

Under a contract with the administration, the Society for Conservation Biology and the American Ornithologists' Union said the government did not consider all the best available science, a requirement of the Endangered Species Act, before making room for more logging in old-growth forests.
This story is especially enlightening from several aspects. First, note that the group who made the pronouncement that the recovery plan is not good is a "peer review" panel made up of actual scientists. The Bush Administration, in its attempts to blow smoke up the anal pore of the public since the day it took office, has bewailed and bemoaned the topic of peer review. If its not peer reviewed then its no good. Anyone who has published more than one scientific paper knows that peer review is how you keep science honest. They bitch and complain about how things that are not peer reviewed have no standing.

Now we have an august group of ornithological peer reviewers saying the spotted owl plan sucks. I'm sure the Bushies will agree since this is exactly what they harp about. I used to believe in the tooth fairy also.

The second interesting and aggrevating part of this story is this. In the early 1990s when the spotted owl issue was at its zenith this worthless blowjob getting guy named Bill Clinton came up with a plan to resolve the issue. It was called "Jobs in the Woods" and it was designed to help retrain loggers who had lost their jobs because of spotted owl protection so they could get jobs in the tech industry and elsewhere. The Jobs in the Woods Program was wildly successful. It was axed when the Bushies came to town.

Now all we have is a horses ass in the White House who wanted to curry favor with the logging industry (no doubt to get their campaign contributions) by raping and pillaging the old growth forest for short term economic gains.

There are two kinds of people who go into wildlife biology. There is one kind who puts the earth above all else and won't bend for political will. There is the other kind who won't rest until they get a GS-15 or SES position and they will kiss every higher ranking ass along the way to get there. I hope the latter all rot in hell for selling out the nation's resources, things like Spotted Owls, just for a higher grade level.

Progressiveism Is Not Dead - But Its On Life Support

This blogger offers "my kingdom for a real progressive candidate."

So far there is only one - Kucinich - and he doesn't stand a chance. Read on.

Toppling the Dick

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

The Mississippi Squirrel Revival

This gives an entirely new meaning to Jimmy Buffett's song "Pascagoula Run"

Fox Opinion Networks "Half Hour News Hour" Is Toast

Think Progress has a delightful story this evening about the timely demise of the "Half Hour News Hour" produced by the Fox Opinion Network. Read about it here.

Developed as the Reich-wing alternative to Jon Stewart's hugely successful "The Daily Show", this piece of garbage show never made it out of the gutter. In fact its very first show featured Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter. Enough said.

Think Progress summarizes the reasons HHNH died by saying:
What the right-wing failed to grasp is Jon Stewart is funny not because he spins falsehoods but because he tells the truth.
How very true.

The Decider Guy and Vacations

DETROIT -- Wake up, world! Cling to your children and loved ones. Prepare for the worst. Be vigilant. Don't relax. Bush at rest is terrifying -- often worse than Bush at war. The most rested and relaxed president in U.S. history is also our most dangerous and reckless, incapable of reflection or remorse.

Bush gives little thought to grave matters, won't tolerate dissension and surrounds himself with his "nanny corps" of enablers and protectors. His decisions flow almost exclusively from visceral vision -- his "gut" -- and, of course, his regular conversations with God.

Read the rest of this piece here.

Jon Stewart on Turdblossom's Resignation

Four Suicide Bombings Kill At Least 175 in Iraq

Just another day of "progress" in Iraqnam.
BAGHDAD - Four suicide bombers hit a Kurdish Yazidi community in northwest Iraq on Tuesday, killing at least 175 people and wounding 200 others, the Iraqi military said.

The bombs tore through communities near Qahataniya, 75 miles west of Mosul, Iraq's third-largest city, according to Iraq Army Capt. Mohammed Ahmed and Abdul-Rahman al-Shimiri, the top government official in the area.