Friday, March 31, 2006

It Has Gotten So Bad...

...even the Conservatives can't stand the asshole.
From the Barnstable Patriot - click here to

George W. Bush should outrage any Conservative worth his salt.
GW began his presidency speaking the rhetoric of limited-government and professing the values of traditional Conservatism. He came into office promising not to undertake the “nation building” of Bill Clinton, while vowing never to commit troops without a clear “exit strategy.”

He was going to be the “compassionate conservative.” He sold himself as a leader who would be able to unite Americans and not divide them. Instead, the country’s now more divided than anytime since the Civil War, and true conservatives are finally seeing Bush, not as the inheritor of Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan, but as the radical right wing neo-con ideologue he truly is.

With double-speak that would make George Orwell blush, Bush has proposed policies based not on what was best for the country, but rather on what the polls suggested people wanted to hear. A forest policy designed to give more access to loggers was called the “Healthy Forests” bill, while his effort to reduce air quality standards was titled the “Clear Skies” act.

In fact, while Bush tries to talk the talk of conservative values, the walk he has walked, with the policies he and his Republican Congress have implemented, has completely contradicted his phony professed values.

Denying our Freedom... large step at a time.
From - click here to

Hope Marston, of the Lane County Bill of Rights Defense Committee, spoke on the panel on "Surveillance, Infiltration, and Harassment of Environmental Organizations" at the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference ( held March 2-5, 2006, in Eugene, Oregon.

"We have just heard a litany of horrible things that we are all dealing with all the time now and we've been dealing with for the last four years, and I don't know how many of you feel overwhelmed with it, but I do every day. I feel overwhelmed with all that's happening. The executive branch is now so far out of control that I'm really not sure how long it is going to take before we can restore our liberties, our Bill of Rights and our fundamental freedoms. The house cleaning that must take place, the dismantling of the repressive system that has now permeated our society, will be enormous."

Is President Bush a Fascist?

Wikipedia has this to say about Fascism...

Fascism is also typified by totalitarian attempts to impose state control over all aspects of life: political, social, cultural, and economic. The fascist state regulates and controls (as opposed to nationalizing) the means of production. Fascism exalts the nation, state, or race as superior to the individuals, institutions, or groups composing it. Fascism uses explicit populist rhetoric; calls for a heroic mass effort to restore past greatness; and demands loyalty to a single leader, often to the point of a cult of personality.

Project for the Old American Century draws parallels between American President George W. Bush and other Fascist leaders (e.g. Mussolini, Franco, Suharto, and Pinochet). I suppose one needs to admit that there is a matter of the degree to which each of these leaders ascribes to each of the practices, but still - there is a great deal of similarity.

And from the blog Bush Out (by Gandhi) comes this comparison (click here to read more)...

It's the Fascism, stupid. Michael Schwartz challenges a few media stereotypes:
We do not remember much of this now, but just after Saddam was toppled the American victors announced that a sweeping reform of Iraqi society would take place. The only part of this still much mentioned today -- the now widely regretted dismantling of the Iraqi military -- was but one aspect of a far larger effort to dismantle the entire Baathist state apparatus, most notably the government-owned factories and other enterprises that constituted just about 40% of the Iraqi economy. This process of dismantling included attempts,
still ongoing, to remove various food, product, and fuel subsidies that guaranteed low-income Iraqis basic staples, even when they had no gainful employment.

What do you think?

Thursday, March 30, 2006

The Abortion Hypocrits

So many who protest abortion rights only want to control other people - it's always different when it's their OWN family. From PRWeb - click here to read more...

A new study by The Center For Reason ( finds that Christians have just as many abortions as their non-Christian counterparts. The study concludes that in the year 2000, Christians were responsible for 570,000 abortions. Catholics were found to be the worst offenders, with abortion rates higher than the national average.

More Anti-War News

From the Pueblo Chieftan - click here to

Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., and other legislators just back from Iraq met with President Bush and his senior advisers Tuesday to give their opinions on the success of U.S. efforts to establish a democratic government there. Salazar said he was "hopeful" for Iraq's future, but said the country is facing many daunting challenges.

He said the most significant sign of progress has been the U.S. military's ability to train a new Iraqi army. The new elected government, the police force, and Iraq's economy are all stalled or suffering setbacks, Salazar said in a telephone press conference.

"The Sunnis (Muslims) that we talked to already believe Iraq is in a civil war (with Shiite Muslims)," Salazar said. "The American military commanders do not believe it has reached that point yet. But the fact of the matter is that for the past three months, Iraq has been struggling with the central question of how to put their government together and they still haven't come to a conclusion."


...the President is so simple minded. He sees everything as black or white. We need a leader in the White House who sees the world in shades of gray, with varying degrees of responsibility.

From CBS News - click here to

(CBS/AP) President Bush said Wednesday that Saddam Hussein, not continued U.S. involvement in Iraq, is responsible for ongoing sectarian violence that is threatening the formation of a democratic government.

In his third speech this month to bolster public support for the war, Mr. Bush worked to counter critics who say the U.S. presence in the war-torn nation is fueling the insurgency. Mr. Bush said that Saddam was a tyrant and used violence to exacerbate sectarian divisions to keep himself in power, and that as a result, deep tensions persist to this day.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Now Here's a Guy...

...who's really pissed off! From the American Politics Journal - click here to read more...

No one in the media or executive branch is telling you the truth, but today Shiites are murdering Sunnis and Sunnis are murdering Shiites at the rate of more than 50 -- perhaps 100 or more -- per day as our propaganda teams in the US and Iraq continue to tell us that these are "just skirmishes." The dead are not simply men -- they include a hefty load of body bags and cheap coffins filled with women and children as well.

Things are so appalling in Iraq that our troops are now arresting the very police and military that were supposedly trained to defend Iraq and its citizens against terror.

Where We Stand Today

From That's Going Too Far - click here to read more...

It’s an interesting phenomenon that those who most vociferously proclaim their love for America are the ones most responsible for this country’s fall from greatness. It’s certainly not a new situation historically.

Something very similar is happening in early twenty-first century America. We now live in a state of perpetual war with an enemy that we only see after they have blown up something. Prisoners of terror, the American people are cowered into waiting for instructions under the government's shadow. To question the direction in which our country is moving, we are told, is to spit on Old Glory. Military worship is the new religion, replete with ever increasing send-off ceremonies and yellow car magnets to demonstrate the depth of one’s faith. We don’t see our dead. We don’t see our wounded. We aren’t told how many thousands of innocent Iraqis have been killed.

Meanwhile, our country slides into mediocrity at every level, from education to health care to science, we lose ground daily at the hands of pre-Enlightenment political minds and a bottom-line media.

Wow! We Were in Trouble!

From the Telegraph News - click here to

Saddam Hussein planned to use "camels of mass destruction" as weapons to defend Iraq, loading them with bombs and directing them towards invading forces.

The animals were part of a plan to arm and equip foreign insurgents drawn up by the dictator shortly before the American-led invasion three years ago, reveals a 37-page report, captured after the fall of Baghdad and just released by the Pentagon. It is part of a cache of thousands of documents that the United States Department of Defence says it does not have the resources to translate.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

GOP Disease

J-Walk Blog published this summary of this article in the Huffington Post...

Bob Burnett describes the Ten Telltale Signs of GOP Disease. Here's a summary (details are in the article):

You keep lying, even when it's apparent to everyone that you're lying.

No matter how bad things get, assert that President Bush is doing a great job.

Keep repeating that the situation in Iraq is getting better.

Don't accept any criticism, no matter how non-partisan or well intended.

Stay on offense. No matter what happens, keep pushing your agenda.

Insist that you are pro-women and pro-family.

Tell everyone that you're the Party of peace, the Party that wants to spread democracy throughout the world. Then create the largest peacetime standing army in US history.

Maintain the economy is going great. No matter how bad things get, how large the national debt, or how huge the gap between America's haves and have-nots, push for more tax cuts.

Manipulate the truth. Whenever there is bad news, blame it on the press.

Above all, never admit a mistake. Remember Karl Rove's first commandment: Never show weakness.

Mr. President, Please Obey the Law!

From the Boston Globe - click here to

Two senior Democratic House members yesterday demanded that President Bush withdraw his assertion that he can ignore portions of the USA Patriot Act calling on him to provide periodic reports to Congress on how new law-enforcement tactics are being used.

Representatives Jane Harman of California and John Conyers of Michigan -- the ranking Democrats on the Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, respectively -- sent a letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales asking that Bush follow the law.

''We ask that the administration immediately rescind this statement and abide by the law," the lawmakers wrote. ''Many members who supported the final law did so based upon the guarantee of additional reporting and oversight. The administration cannot, after the fact, unilaterally repeal provisions of the law implementing such oversight."

Monday, March 27, 2006

The Violence Escalates

From the Daily Kos Blog - click here to read more...

On the security front, what is occuring in Iraq is nothing short of "sectarian cleansing," as one Kurdish member of the Iraqi Parliament put it. The New York Times reports "security is deteriorating by the hour." Thirty beheaded Iraqis were found today. Bodies are being found by the dozens and car bombs continue to explode. The leading Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr narrowly escaped getting killed in a mortar attack on his camp. American forces clashed with members of his militia today in/near a mosque (reports differ), killing 17 or 20 "insurgents." The police claim 22 bystanders died and al-Sadr's aides claim 18 innocent men were killed (after allegedly being tied up and shot). More on this story from the New York Times here. As the confusion and chaos escalates, Shiite politicians are accusing the U.S. of a "massacre." The incident, according to one source, has "injured the whole political process."

American forces also found a secret prison where prisoners were secretly held and apparently tortured by the Iraqi Interior Ministry. They arrested 40 policemen in the raid. An Iraqi police major was also arrested for heading up a death squad. The militias are out of control. Ambassador Khalilzad stated that "[m]ore Iraqis are dying today from the militia violence than from the terrorists."

Bow Before the King!

From History News Network - click here to

George W. Bush and his most trusted advisers, Richard B. Cheney and Donald H. Rumsfeld, entered office determined to restore the authority of the presidency. Five years and many decisions later, they've pushed the expansion of presidential power so far that we now confront a constitutional crisis.
President Bush has given Commander-in-Chief Bush unlimited wartime authority. But the "war on terror" is more a metaphor than a fact. Terrorism is a method, not an ideology; terrorists are criminals, not warriors. No peace treaty can possibly bring an end to the fight against far-flung terrorists. The emergency powers of the president during this "war" can now extend indefinitely, at the pleasure of the president and at great threat to the liberties and rights guaranteed us under the Constitution.

The Bush Defense of the War

From The Palm Beach Post - click here to read more...

President Bush's defense of his Iraq policy amounts to this:
"Al-Qaeda has declared Iraq to be the central front' in the war on terror. That happened because I miscalculated and invaded. Before I invaded, Iraq did not pose a terrorist threat. Now that it does, because of my administration's mistakes, we can't leave until we make sure we win that.' I'm not sure how we will win that, or how we eventually will define win, but it will be up to the next president. Or the one after that."

Obviously, you won't hear this president say that, because Mr. Bush never admits to mistakes. He doesn't even like to call Iraq a "war." But if you want to understand why there are few hopeful answers for what to do about Iraq, it's because Mr. Bush's blunders and mistaken assumptions have placed this country where everyone said after Vietnam we never again should be: in a prolonged, inconclusive, expensive war.

Lipstick on a Pig

From the Sun News - click here to read a good article...

The Bush administration spin patrol was out in force for the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq last weekend, in essence applying lipstick to a pig, calling it lovely and trying to sell kisses for $2 apiece.

The president declared that he has a plan for victory in Iraq but didn't say what it was or when it might be achieved. The vice president was following his old game plan of twisting reality over and over and over in the vain hope that somebody might be fooled. The secretary of defense wrote a commentary declaring that for the U.S. to leave Iraq today "would be the modern-day equivalent of handing postwar Germany back to the Nazis."

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Was Bush Thinking?

From the Pittsburgh Tribune Review - click here to reaf the article...

Fast on the heels of the scuttled Dubai Ports World deal, the Bush administration is finalizing a no-bid contract with Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. of Hong Kong to help operate sophisticated port radiation detection equipment in the Bahamas, sans any on-site U.S. oversight.

This would be the same Hutchison Whampoa, the world's largest operator of ports, whose president, Li Ka-Shing, is so close to Communist China's leaders and the People's Liberation Army that intelligence sources are convinced the company is a front to aid China's strategy of world hegemony.

Torching the Constitution

From the New York Times - click here to read more...

TAKE a good look at the prosecution of Zacarias Moussaoui, an admitted member of Al Qaeda who may soon be sentenced to death, after pleading guilty to conspiracy in connection with the Sept. 11 attacks. It may be the last time a suspected terrorist will enjoy the full panoply of rights — a jury of civilians, an independent judge, the guarantee of an open trial — accorded to criminal defendants in the United States.

What are the implications of an unending war with no geographical boundaries? Instead, the government plans to try accused terrorists before special tribunals in which the judge is appointed by the Pentagon, the jurors are military officers and certain canonical rights in our civil system — like the right to be present at all sessions of the trial — are absent. The future of the tribunals will be up to the Supreme Court, which will rule on their legality in Salim Hamdan v. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, which is to be argued on Tuesday.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

President Bush is Thinking...

...about you and how he can get your money into the pockets of his best friends.

From People's Weekly World - click here to

The Bush budget includes $700 billion to privatize Social Security and $6.3 billion in immediate Social Security benefit cuts, $13.7 billion in cuts to Medicaid, the largest cuts in federal aid to education in history, and termination of child care benefits for 400,000 children. It contains $900 billion in tax cuts for the richest 1 percent of taxpayers over the next 10 years.

Friday, March 24, 2006

What Else is...

...there to say - President Bush continues to defy the law. He is nothing short of being a criminal.

From - click here to

President Bush shuns Patriot Act requirement

Bush signed the bill with fanfare at a White House ceremony March 9. But after the reporters and guests had left, the White House quietly issued a "signing statement," an official document in which a president lays out his interpretation of a new law.

In the statement, Bush said he did not consider himself bound to tell Congress how the Patriot Act powers were being used and that, despite the law's requirements, he could withhold the information if he decided that disclosure would "impair foreign relations, national security, the deliberative process of the executive, or the performance of the executive's constitutional duties."

Thursday, Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., said Bush's statement represented "nothing short of a radical effort to manipulate the constitutional separation of powers and evade accountability and responsibility for following the law."

Secret Agent Man

[Secret Agent Maxwell Smart (played by Don Adams) speaks to his boss on his super-secret shoe-phone.]

From The - click here to

During his news conference Wednesday, President Bush seriously distorted the position of critics of his program of wiretapping — without a court warrant — international telephone calls and e-mail that end or begin in the United States.

Here's what the president said: "I did notice that nobody from the Democratic Party has actually stood up and called for getting rid of the terrorist surveillance program. You know, if that's what they believe, if people in the party believe that, then they ought to stand up and say it. They ought to stand up and say, 'The tools we're using to protect the American people shouldn't be used.' "

But most Democrats, a number of Republicans and others, including this page, have never said to stop trying to listen or read the words of suspected terrorists. Their objection — as the president well knows — is to wiretapping without a warrant from a federal court. No president, regardless of party, should ever have the power to decide who should be wiretapped without being subject to judicial scrutiny.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Why I'm here...

Click on the title to this post or click on the image to view a powerful video on why I, and so many others, are so troubled by the current government. There's more that bothers me, so much more - but this is a very good start.

Humor: Political funnies

Although Karl Rove is still President Bush's idea man, it looks like his "bright ideas" are dimming in the light of day.Vice President Dick Cheney also appears to be in great disfavor - both in the White House and with the public.
Saddam Hussein and his henchmen show their frear of the "sham" judicial system put in place by the fearsome Iraqis.

A Right-Wing View of Media Math

Media Math

Six right-wing conservative pundits = 1 moderate liberal pundit

Lying us into an unnecessary war <>

Overlooking Bush lies + laughing at his jokes = job security

Fires + police car chases + medical marvels + murders – controversy = news

Presidential interview – tough questions = primetime feature story

Embedded with troops – questions = access

If George Bush lies five times during every speech, and he speaks three times a day, how many times would his lies go around the earth over a one-year period?

If reporter A writes fifty editorials praising the Bush administration and reporter B writes one article criticizing the Bush administration, how many more unfavorable editorials will reporter B have to write to get fired?

Ann Coulter + Bill O’Reilly + Sean Hannity = voices of the right

Michael Moore + Al Franken + anyone from Hollywood = left-wing extremists

$ >Everything

From "That's Going Too Far!"

The GOP Budget is...

...out of control!

From West Texas A&M University web page - click here to read more...

First, if the government is going to spend money, it needs to spend it appropriately. In the 2007 budget, President Bush calls for $3 billion in federal subsidies for U.S. oil companies. In that same budget, he also calls for a $12-billion cut in Medicaid.

Thus, the Bush plan takes money earmarked for indigent healthcare, and gives it to oil companies that currently are raking in record profits.

The federal budget is full of these misappropriations. But what do you expect? Bush has proven again that his interests do not lie with the American people; they lie with American (and even foreign) corporate interests.

Second, Bush could repeal his tax cuts. I know you probably think you already pay too much in taxes—and you're right, you do. But, Bush's tax cuts save the average American only about $800 come tax season whilesaving the wealthy thousands, if not millions, of dollars annually.

If Bush repealed his tax cuts on the wealthy 0.3 percent, all Americans earning over $1 million dollars annually, the government would save more money than all of this year's proposed tax cuts combined. Republicans tend to think tax cuts pay for themselves. They say tax cuts lead to more consumer spending, which in turn boosts the economy and allows the government to take a smaller percentage of a much larger economic pie. If this is true, the tax rate should be 1 percent and we should all be billionaires.

President Bush... just too stupid to know that it's not going to work out in Iraq.

From Sign On San Diego - click here to read the article...

LAS VEGAS – Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid called President Bush “dangerously incompetent” on Wednesday and said the administration ought to be doing more to prevent increasing sectarian violence in Iraq.

Reid said the U.S. was “failing three different ways in Iraq.” Military efforts have lagged, the economy is crippled by decreased oil and electricity production, and attempts to form a representative government are behind schedule, he said.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Our President...

...designates himself King!

From Time Magaine (Andrew Sullivan) - 1/23/2006...

A SOMEWHAT LEGAL LAW IS A LITTLE LIKE A SOMEWHAT pregnant woman. At first blush, it seems like an absur­dity but President Bush disagrees. In the past five years, quietly but systematically, he has been arguing that the law doesn’t always apply to him. How has he done this? By at­taching "signing statements" that spell out his own attitude to bills he signs.

In five years, President Bush has already challenged up to 500 provi­sions [of Congressional bills], according to one tally - far, far more than any predecessor. But more important than the number under Bush has been the systematic use of the statements and the scope of their content, asserting a very broad legal loophole for the Executive. Last December, for example, after a year of debate, the Presi­dent signed the McCain amendment into law. In the wake of Abu Ghraib, the amendment banned all "cruel, inhuman and degrading" treatment of U.S. military detainees. For months, the President threatened a veto. Then the Senate passed it 90 to 9. The House chimed in with a veto-proof majority. So Bush backed down, embraced McCain and signed it. The debate was over; right? That's how our democracy works, right?

Not according to this President. Although the meaning of the law was crystal clear and the Constitution says Congress has the exclusive power to "make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water)' Bush demurred.

He issued a signing statement that read, "The executive branch shall construe Title X in Division A of the Act, relating to detainees, in a manner consistent with the constitutional authority of tbe President to supervise the unitary executive branch and as Commander in Chief and consistent with tbe constitutional limitations on the judicial power.

Translation: If the President believes torture is warranted to protect the country, he'll violate the law and authorize tor­ture. If the courts try to stop him, he'll ignore them too. This wasn't quibbling or spinning. Like the old English kings who insisted that Parliament could not tell them what to do, Bush all but declared himself above a law he signed. One professor who specializes in this constitutional area, Phillip J. Cooper of Portland State University in Oregon, has described the power grabs as "breathtaking."

The GOP is working...

...hard for your money.

From J-Walk Blog - click here for the link...

The seats of Congress are empty this week, with the nation's lawmakers out of town for the St. Patrick's Day recess.

The empty seats are a sight that is becoming more common in the Capitol with Congress on track to set a modern-day record for the least amount of time in session. The House plans to be in Washington 97 days this year...

The average American has worked more than 50 days in 2006, but, so far, the House has worked in Washington just 19 days, a total of 118 hours. The Senate is not far behind with 33 days at the Capitol.

Humor:Political Funnies

Click any image for a larger view...

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Humor: Funny Politics

Alito and his Conservative Cronies help work to nail the lid shut on American Freedoms. Next up - repeal of the Bill of Rights!
The American Queen Mother shows her disdain for her subjects.

The "Compassionate Conservatives" prove, nearly every day, that they are neither compassionate nor conservative.

Monday, March 20, 2006

I Really Love... of the comments in the post below. Can you spot it?

From the Houston Chronicle - click here to read the article...

Not only did 61 percent of Journal-NBC respondents disapprove of how Bush is "handling the situation in Iraq," as against 35 percent who approve, but also 58 percent see Bush's position as a longer-term setback unlikely to get better, versus 26 percent who see his standing as a short-term problem that is likely to improve. Eleven percent saw no setback at all, which raises a whole other set of questions about some of our fellow citizens.

Uh Oh! Better Hope... don't get sick. Now President Bush is going to screw with health insurance the way he screwed with Social Security and Medicare Part D. If his new plan takes effect, it will virtually wipe out health care for all Americans except his wealthy friends.

If the President's health care intitiative is adopted, only those making enough money to sock away thousands in a health-care savings account will be able to afford medical treatment. I still can't decide whether the man is a blithering idiot or if he really just doesn't care about people. Asshole!

From - click here for the article...

At the center of the Bush plan is a proposal to move toward a super-charged version of health savings accounts, or HSAs, that Congress first authorized in 2003. If you are not familiar with HSAs they allow you to save tax-free dollars in accounts to pay for health care expenses. These accounts are accompanied by high-deductible comprehensive insurance policies that cover preventive care and larger medical bills. Since January 2004, more than 3 million Americans have enrolled in HSAs.

Those in a HSA today pay the first $1,500 (individuals) or $2,100 (families) "out of pocket" and then are eligible to make tax-deductible contributions up to $5,450 a year (in a family plan) to the HSA and later use that money to pay uncovered medical expenses. Bush's plan would let that same family contribute $10,500 per year tax-free.

In addition, they could claim a tax credit equal to 15.3 percent of the amount they deposited. Not only that, but if the worker buys their own high-deductible insurance policy, rather than the one offered at work, the premiums paid would be fully tax-deductible and eligible for the 15.3 percent tax credit.

President Bush Continues... lose support among middle class Americans.
From - click here to continue...

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The third anniversary of the Iraq invasion unleashed a surge of pessimism at a local farmers' market here, where stalwart Republicans, standing amid aisles of produce and miracle cures, said President Bush has messed up a war that looks more like Vietnam every day

''It's chaos," said Roger Madaras, who voted twice for Bush. ''How many more people are going to be killed? We were going in to free the people of Iraq, but as far as I'm concerned, a lot of them are worse off today than they were under the dictatorship."

Friday, March 17, 2006

GOP Wants Amendment...

...banning the burning of the American Flag, but they're fine with trashing the U.S. Constitution.

Most importantly, the 4th Amendment to the constitution requires COURT supervision over all invasive searches of American citizens.

From the Washington Post - click here to read the article...

The Bush administration could continue its policy of spying on targeted Americans without obtaining warrants, but only if it justifies the action to a small group of lawmakers, under legislation introduced yesterday by key Republican senators.

The four senators hope to settle the debate over National Security Agency eavesdropping on international communications involving Americans when one of the parties is suspected of terrorist ties. President Bush prompted a months-long uproar when he said that constitutional powers absolve him of the need to seek warrants in such cases, even though the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act requires warrants for domestic wiretaps.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Just How crooked...

...can the Bush Administration get?

After tossing out frightening threats day in and day out, the Bush Administration has nearly everyone in the world afraid of the Avian Flu, even though there are only one or two reports of it spreading from person-to-person. Now it has become obvious why the scare tactics have been employed...

From The Independent, passing through

Donald Rumsfeld has made a killing out of bird flu. The US Defence Secretary has made more than $5m (£2.9m) in capital gains from selling shares in the biotechnology firm that discovered and developed Tamiflu, the drug being bought in massive amounts by Governments to treat a possible human pandemic of the disease.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

When Bill Frist Speaks...

...don't believe a word he says.

From Brian Flemings Weblog .... click here to

Frist supports impeachment of the President

Republican Senator Bill Frist made this remarkable statement: I will have no part in the creation of a constitutional double-standard to benefit the President. He is not above the law. If an ordinary citizen committed these crimes, he would go to jail.

That's true. Both the President and private citizens are clearly prohibited by statute from wiretapping anyone without a warrant, no matter what their claimed motivation is.

But, of course, Bill Frist was not speaking about President Bush in the above statement. Rather, he made that public statement as President Bill Clinton was about to go to war in Kosovo. What was important then was prosecuting the President for his false statements about his private sexual behavior, not supporting the nation's commander in chief at a critical time.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Bush wants... nickle-and-dime us back to a balanced budget? Maybe...

From the Baltimore - click here to

CHICAGO // In the last five years, the federal budget has done a good impression of major-league sluggers, bulking up to such frightful proportions as to be almost unrecognizable. Baseball responded to the excess girth by cracking down on steroids. President Bush, however, wants to try stomach-stapling. Last week, he urged Congress to give him a line-item veto so he can "reduce wasteful spending."

In reality, he's about as likely to cut spending as he is to give the next State of the Union address in Aramaic. Since he took office in 2001, federal outlays have increased by $845 billion a year - a 27 percent jump after adjusting for inflation. Says budget analyst Brian Riedl of the conservative Heritage Foundation: "He's expanded government more than any president since Franklin Roosevelt."

Are the Democrats...

...finally getting their shit together?

From - click here to

March 13 (Bloomberg) -- Washington was abuzz last week when former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin turned down a personal appeal from President George W. Bush for help with a bipartisan commission to reduce entitlement costs.

In an interview with Bloomberg that aired March 4, Rubin urged Democrats not to play ball unless the whole budget, including the Bush tax cuts, was also on the table.

For Bush, reeling from the Dubai ports fiasco, being rebuffed by Rubin wasn't exactly what the doctor ordered. Conservative columnist Robert Novak took Bill Clinton's Treasury chief from 1995 to 1999 to task, accusing him of being ``intensely partisan.''

But on this one, Rubin is correct and Bush is wrong.

Monday, March 13, 2006

President Bush Disguises...

...his intent to turn over the world to huge, multi-national corporations by suggesting that we're looking to become isolationists.

Read between the lines in these two paragraphs from the Washington Post and you will see that GWB is not talking about warming up to our allies in NATO - nor is he talking about trying to defrost relationships with Iran, North Korea or most of Central and South America. What he's talking about is giving more power to the international corporations that are beginning to take over the governments of many nations and the lives of many people around the world.

WASHINGTON, March 12 — The president who made pre-emption and going it alone the watchwords of his first term is quietly turning in a new direction, warning at every opportunity of the dangers of turning the nation inward and isolationist, and making the case for international engagement on issues from national security to global economics.

President Bush's cautions on the dangers of pulling back behind American borders — in trade and investment, in immigration and in his effort to make the spread of democracy the signature of his second term — first cropped up in his State of the Union address six weeks ago.

President Bush and His Staff...

...need a rest. Let's impeach them now!

From the Washington Post - click here to read the article...

Of all the reasons that President Bush is in trouble these days, not to be overlooked are inadequate REM cycles. Like chief of staff Card, many of the president's top aides have been by his side nonstop for more than five years, not including the first campaign, recount and transition. This is a White House, according to insiders, that is physically and emotionally exhausted, battered by scandal and drained by political setbacks.

Increasing the Rush...

...toward bankrupting the nation, Republicans lead the charge for more tax cuts for the wealthy.

Republicans, and conservatives specifically, have always sought a larger role for the private sector in controlling the lives of Americans, putting us at the complete mercy of the Robber Barons once again. Diminishing the government to just the military (with huge contracts for those Robber Barons) would suit them just fine.

Do you suppose the new plan is to bankrupt the federal government into non-existance? Sure seems like it. From the Arkansas News Bureau - click here to read the article...

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Senate Republicans at a GOP rally hailed President Bush's economic agenda Saturday and renewed their commitment to repealing the estate tax and making tax cuts permanent.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Here's a break...

...from the more morbid stuff I usually post.

Click here to view a Google video of an American WWII propaganda cartoon starring Donald Duck.

The Threat of Impeachment...

...may be getting a lot more serious!

From - click here to

(APN) ATLANTA – 30 US House Representatives have signed on as sponsors or co-sponsors of H. Res 635, which would create a Select Committee to look into the grounds for recommending President Bush’s impeachment, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.

“There has been massive support for House Resolution 635 from a very vigorous network of grassroots activists and people committed to holding the Bush Administration accountable for its widespread abuses of power,” US Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) said in a statement prepared for Atlanta Progressive News.

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) also released a book, Articles of Impeachment Against President Bush. The Center is extremely influential in high-profile court fights over issues such as wiretapping, the treatment of detainees by the US, and felon voting rights.