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May 1st, 2007

Attention Jenna and Not Jenna:  Time to Pony Up

Prince Harry is definately going to Iraq.

Why is it that our royalty’s offspring aren’t doing the same if this mission was so critical?

They are of age, no?
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May 1st, 2007

What Famous Leader Are You?

It’s just another of those kooky on-line quizzes, but what the hey?


What Famous Leader Are You?
personality tests by similarminds.com

I’m Abe Lincoln if I do the 45 question test and Ghandi if I do the shorter 18 question test. Either way…I’m good with those results.

So… who are you?

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April 30th, 2007

”Are We Winning The War?”  V. “The Only Way To Lose The War Is To Walk Away From It.” - Subtitle: Substantial Bets Laid Out On The Iraqi Craps Table

The United States has a huge stake on the Iraqi Craps Table. Any one who plays the game knows that it’s expensive to wager on the craps table. Before you know it, you have a massive outlay and sooner than later, some one will toss the 7 or 11 and Craps, you’ve lost by staying in. Being a good craps player means that you have to know when to take your bets off the table and walk away. Are the members of the W, Rove and Co so virtuous to not know this fact of gambling life?

Today, Tony the Snow job stepped back into the political fray as W’s spokesmodel. And, he’s back up to true obfuscation form. We can tell right from the outset that the W, Rove and Co have no clue about how to win in a situation which is an extreme gamble. And unfortunately, like the addicted gambler, they are likely to bet it all in a last ditch effort to win big. And we have all seen what happens to the addicted gambler, now haven’t we? Destitute, strung out to dry, and some times killed by the mob for borrowing too much against the losses.

Let’s start with the original premise laid bare for all to see. Yes, the fundamental question is honestly asked, “Are we winning the war?” Tony suggests, “the only way to lose the war is to walk away from it.” Well, now, that seems to me like a rather myopic view on a very complex situation. Moreover, the successful gambler, if there ever was one, “knows when to hold ‘em, knows when to fold ‘em, knows when to walk away, knows when to run….”
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April 30th, 2007

Tony’s Back - Subtitle:  “You’ve Got The Gift of Life, So Make The Most Of It.”

Just when I was getting used to Dana Perino, Tony the Snow job got back on the Whitehouse spokesmodel podium today.

In the odd event that you haven’t been paying much attention to the Whitehouse spokesmodel corps, Tony has been undergoing cancer treatment.

He had this to say about his cancer situation:
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April 30th, 2007

Quote of the Day 4/30/07


Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts. – Daniel Patrick Moynihan

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April 27th, 2007

Is Bush’s Dream (”Reforming the Iraq Whore”) Your Dream?

Sometimes, another blogger sums up the sentiment of most thinking Americans much better that I can.

Joshua Marshall over at the Talking Points Memo does just that.

Have a look:
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April 27th, 2007

Non-Political Quote of the Day

Hot or not, online dating isn’t about you. It’s about who you want to be, and who you want Imaginary You to date. Just like offline dating. Except in the real world, you can’t use Photoshop. — Helen A.S. Popkin
Having been happily married the past 13 years, I’ve missed the whole online dating thing. I’m curious tho, does it work? Have any of you had lasting success? And, inquiring minds want to know, have you ever pulled a Couric?

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April 26th, 2007

”We Are There At The INVITATION Of The Iraqi Government:” The Biggest Joke I’ve Heard From A Whitehouse Spokesmodel

Dana Perino was in rare form and getting hit continually over the head by Helen Thomas’ cast iron skillet. In the process, she tells the biggest joke I have ever heard from a Whitehouse Spokesmodel

Have a look:

Q Who is the enemy you speak of? Are these Iraqis?

MS. PERINO: We have different folks that we’re considering the enemy. Obviously, al Qaeda is in Iraq, and they say that this is the battle. And then there are insurgents –

Q Are there Iraqis that you speak of, when you speak of the enemy?

MS. PERINO: I think they are definitely — obviously, there are Iraqis who are engaging in criminal activity and in sectarian violence.

Q Criminal? To defend their own country?

MS. PERINO: I think when anyone is killing innocent men, women and children that they –

Q Against an invader and occupier?

MS. PERINO: Helen, we are there at the invitation of the Iraqi government, and we are there under the U.N. Security Council resolution.

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April 25th, 2007

Q.E.D. The W, Rove And Co. Are Equally Guilty Of Playing Politcs With Our Troops In Iraq, Trotting Out The Surrender Monkey Claims

There is no such thing as being a little bit pregnant, now is there? But we are not talkin about and abortion when it comes to Iraq and introducing a time line to get out.

It’s always black and white for the W, Rove and Co and if that doesn’t worry you, I don’t know what will. Things are much more complicated than simply stating there is only one way to extinquish the Iraq Conflagration.

Springsteen’s tune sticks with me here - “Bobby said he’d pull out Bobby stayed in
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April 25th, 2007

Leaving Iraq:  The W, Rove and Co Is Clearly Not Thinking  Beyond The Politics of The Timeline

I had this epiphany early today on my morning run. Iraq has never really been about some kind off “noble,” “ideological” fight to the finish. Nor has it been truly about oil. The trouble for us (meaning America and all Citizens of the World) is that the US involvement in Iraq has never been about liberating an enslaved people either. Truly, it’s always been about politics and winning or losing elections.

The use of Military as a political arm of the US Government, we will learn in the long run, is nothing but pure folly, foolishness, and a downright inhuman administration of lethal might over large swaths of earth and her people. At the very least, the ignition of the war machine in the Iraq case is an indication of a true failure of diplomacy, and a hand full of other disastrous overt and cover ploys (read “The Confessions of An Economic Hit Man).

If you have read Sun Tzu, or even the milder Machiavelli, you would realize that there is nothing good about war. As a last resort, you should be in it to win. Losing is not an option, which makes the rightwing mantra so compelling. You know the one, “if you set some kind of deadline we will have lost the war.” But really, what’s wrong with that argument is that they almost always follow that up with a discussion of how if we pull out, they will follow us here.
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April 25th, 2007

Quote of the Day 4/25/07

A reminder of what freedom actually means…

Liberty cannot be sacrificed for the sake of temperance, for the sake of morality, or for the sake of anything. It is of more value than everything else. Yet some people would destroy the sun to prevent the growth of weeds. – Col. Robert Ingersoll

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April 25th, 2007

Thou Shall Not Lie. But If You Do, These Guys Have Your Back

Okay, the actual biblical commandment is “Thou shall not bear false witness” but most interpretations of this particular commandment include a prohibition on lying and deception.

Yet we all lie at one time or another. Even those in the majority who consider themselves to be ‘good Christian folks.’ And frankly, in this age of constant spin, whether political or personal, many have decided that lying is really just a subjective thing with no real consequences to the liar and no real concern for those who have been lied to. Our politicians are the ultimate masters of this craft, but from schoolrooms to boardrooms, lying has become as much a part of the American experience as, well, baseball and apple pie. So I guess it should be no big surprise to find that someone figured out a way to make money by helping other people lie, and lie convincingly.

Enter The Alibi Network. From their website:
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April 25th, 2007

Why Good People Do Bad Things

A new book called “The Lucifer Effect” has hit the shelves. The book was written by a man who pioneered research in the 1970’s by turning the basement of the Psych Dept. into a mock prison. The experiment quickly went south as the “guards” began to abuse the the “prisoners”, a la Abu Ghraib. Zimbardo, the author has reached a conclusion that will certainly make the right-wing nut uncomfortable; evil isn’t a character flaw as much as it is driven by circumstance. Why did all of those Germans aid in the Holocaust? Why did ordinary people start killing so many rivals in Rwanda? It’s not because the Hutus and Germans are all evil, but because the ingredients were there for men to hold absolute power over other men who were deemed subhuman…

A review of the book is here…

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April 25th, 2007

”…If I Never Get Shot Ever Again, I’ll Be Happy…”

Self explanitory…have a look.

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April 23rd, 2007

Rove Should Eat Crow - Sub Title - Come On People, Uncle Karl “Just Wanted To Have Some Fun.”

Proving that Rove is nuts, he blew his lid at Sheryl Crow, for no good reason other than that he wanted to display his true plumage. Why Rove shows such disdain for the American People is beyond me, but symptomatic of all that is wrong with the current administration.

In his attempt to dismiss us, Mr. Rove turned to head toward his table, but as soon as he did so, Sheryl reached out to touch his arm. Karl swung around and spat, “Don’t touch me.” How hardened and removed from reality must a person be to refuse to be touched by Sheryl Crow? Unfazed, Sheryl abruptly responded, “You can’t speak to us like that, you work for us.” Karl then quipped, “I don’t work for you, I work for the American people.” To which Sheryl promptly reminded him, “We are the American people.“

Let’s have a look at Dana Perino’s interpretation of the event:

Q Dana, can I ask you, there’s been a lot of chatter over the last couple days about this confrontation that Karl Rove allegedly had with a couple of celebrities about global warming, climate change. What was Karl Rove’s reaction to being confronted at the dinner in this way?

MS. PERINO: I think Karl Rove just wanted to have some fun on Saturday night. And I think he wasn’t the only one.

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April 23rd, 2007

Simple, Elegant, and Wrong

For every problem there is a solution that is simple, elegant, and wrong. – H.L. Mencken

This is in response to several articles in the newspapers over the last couple of days about the Virginia Tech mass murder and about other things, and a still-ongoing argument on another string about the best way to prevent future mass murders.

I’ve read of at least four responses to the tragedy in Virginia. First and foremost, of course, can be summed up as “Take away the guns!” Next most popular seems to be “Lock up all the crazy people!” The other two are, “Poverty is the root of all evil, so get rid of poverty,” and “By golly, we just need to be quicker to confront bad behavior and then we’d nip this kind of thing in the bud.” They’re all, on the surface at least, simple and elegant, and they’re all wrong, or at least incomplete. But we humans do have an unfortunate tendency to be too lazy to want to study complicated things, so we want quick sound-bite fixes, and if someone tries to tell us, “it’s not that simple,” too many of us don’t stop and consider the possibility that – gasp! – they might be right. No, we just screech that they are villains or fools, and if they try to say anything else, we just screech louder. Sometimes we cite polls of people whose opinions are no more based on fact or expertise than are our own (democracy is a beautiful thing, but the fact that we’re all created equal doesn’t mean we all equally know what we’re talking about.)
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April 22nd, 2007

Meanwhile, With The Presidentail Propaganda Catapult Fully Loaded, Grand Rapids Gets A Full Dose Of Whitewash From The Whitehouse

I haven’t been clicking on presidential speeches as of late as W has not been forthcoming with the Q & A. I don’t necessarily enjoy reading the scripted portions of his PR junket speechifying as it’s usually more of the same.

Unscripted, W continuously reveals himself for who he really is. Fortunately for us, on his weekend gallivant to Grand Rapids, MI sponsored by your taxpayer dollars, he exposes himself again, albeit to a very friendly audience.

Really, have a look at these softballs (Q’s only as the As only serve to further the W, Rove and Co Agenda):
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April 21st, 2007

USMC Creates Wounded Warrior Regiment

This is far from the only such effort by the services, but this is the one that is covered in this week’s Marine Corps Times: the Commandant of the Marine Corps has ordered the creation of a Wounded Warrior Regiment to help wounded Marines (and Sailors serving in Marine units) who have been wounded and are now negotiating the red tape of the military and VA health care system. The headquarters of the new unit will be at the Marine base at Quantico, Virginia, and it will assign the wounded warriors to either Camp Pendleton near San Diego or Camp LeJeune in North Carolina, one battalion at each of those bases (they won’t have to be physically located there; they can be treated wherever their families live, but those battalions will take care of their paperwork, pay, and so on.) The commanding officer has already been assigned and is putting together the staff, and the regiment will be up and running sometime this summer. There are already “wounded warrior” barracks at both Pendleton and LeJeune, but this will unify tracking of the treatment of those service members and give it a more powerful advocate and greater accountability.

As the story says, the regiment will ensure people get a satisfactory level of care, help them cope with evaluation boards and insurance claims, and will oversee case management for them, no matter where in the country they live. It will act as a clearinghouse for charitable donations, and will also take care of Marines and Sailors who are being transferred to the VA system, including staying in touch with them after they leave the military medical system and periodically checking to see whether their needs are still being met.

This is right and good. This is how it should be. This is supporting the troops.
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April 20th, 2007

Will History Be Kind To The President?

When the President is engaged in the full tilt process of trying to assuage his own conscience, he bathes himself in the same manure he’s been using for a great long while. Have a look:

“Let me put it to you this way,” Mr. Bush said. “When it’s all said and done, when Laura and I head back home — which at this moment will be Crawford, Tex. — I will get there and look in the mirror, and I will say, ‘I came with a set of principles and I didn’t try to change my principles to make me popular.’ ”

He was responding to a question from an audience member who had said he admired the president’s “stay-to-itiveness,” but wondered “when you go to bed at night, and you see these polls — everybody and their brother does a poll now — how does it make you feel?”

Polls are not asked about the President’s principles, are they? I don’t know about you, but the kinds of history I read, review, and understand is based primarily on fact and actions perpetrated by historical figures, not the principles that drove them to action. Although principles, if you can gather what they were, do add a layer of texture and context to the historical record. It’s the actions that count most.
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April 20th, 2007

Truth, Justice And The American Way

The last few days, I’ve been sidetracked by jury duty. It’s been an education. I have served on one civil case a long while back, but this is a criminal case. Thus, I find myself ensconced in an environment riddled with criminal trial lawyers, police, thieves, and other nefarious characters. Oh, and not to mention your ordinary innocent American citizen doing his or her civic duty.

I do apologize for not being on top of it, but I have to squeeze in the work around the edges. As usual things at the office don’t stop because I have been summoned.

One thing that strikes me as odd is the opportunity costs involved in our judicial process. If you add up the number of salaries collected in the room, all gathered to prove or disprove a person’s innocence, it seems like a costly endeavor. On the other hand, it’s a small price to pay for truth, justice and the American way. Part of what separates our society from others is this judicial process. And if I can sit and do my part, I’ve added value.
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April 20th, 2007

Quoute of the Day 4/20/07


If a truth is real, shouldn’t it be able to be verified? Once a truth is verified shouldn’t it become a fact? Once a fact is verified as the truth, shouldn’t it stand up to scrutiny and always be found to be true?
If we can’t verify a fact, should it be a truth? If we can’t verify a truth can it really be considered a truth? – Lee Randolph

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April 20th, 2007

Shameful - or Shameless - Exploitation

Yesterday our doorbell rang, and when I answered it, I found a couple of Jehovah’s Witnesses standing there. The one in the lead gave me a brilliant smile, shoved a pamphlet my way, and announced that they had the explanation for the mass murder in Virginia right there.

I wasn’t thinking fast enough to respond appropriately, so I just snapped, “I’m not interested,” and closed the door in their faces. The more I thought about it, the more angry and disgusted I got; a few minutes later I was wishing I had verbally blasted them, told them how evil I think it is for them to be exploiting this tragedy this way.

Well, they’ll probably be back. Maybe I’ll hold off on posting that “Evangelists Will Be Killed and Eaten” sign on the door until I’ve had another chance to talk to them.
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April 19th, 2007

Senate Judiciary hearing is at lunch.

The first round of questioning by the Senators of AG Alberto Gonzales has taken a break for lunch. They will return at 2 eastern time. My thoughts on the first round Q&A is this:

If I had a buck for every time Gonzo said “I do not recall” or “I wasn’t involved in that” or when Uncle Al contradicted himself–I could go to a very expensive restaurant for dinner tonight and take my entire family.

TPMmuckraker is live-blogging the hearing and putting up videos of specfic questioning. I suggest for those that want to say on top of what’s being said, you check them out. I did enjoy the line of questioning right before the lunch break by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY). The video is now up for that exchange, I have included it here.
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April 18th, 2007

Whoa! It’s Not just for Stopping Anymore

I’m sure I’m opening the gate for the hounds of PETA hell on this one, but I really don’t see a big problem with this:

A plan to sedate more than 300 horses stabled at Belgrade’s racecourse to keep them calm during a Rolling Stones concert there has enraged Serb animal lovers who are lobbying to have the gig moved to another venue. — Rueters
I mean, how is that any different than the experience of the average concert attendee? Especially when you consider this:
The sedative would be diazepam. In Serbia it trades under the name Bensedin, a very popular drug during the 78 days of NATO air strikes in 1999, when much of Belgrade’s adult population was on tranquillizers. — Rueters

Party on, Belgrade. If it’s good enough for a Blitz, it’s good enough for Mick and Company.
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April 17th, 2007

Quote of the Day 4/17/07

Megachurches, really?!

And when you pray, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily, I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father in secret. Jesus, Matthew 6:5 - 6:6

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April 14th, 2007

Ten Minutes With The Great White American Shills - Sub Title: Where Do They Dredge Up The Whitehouse Friendly Interviewers?

This “interview” of The Big Dick Cheney fit’s squarely in the holy shit category. As in, holy shit, where do they find such friendly interviewers to respond to.

If you thought last week’s “interview” by Rush was appauling, hold on to your hats, sit down, grab the vomit bag you saved from your last airline trek, and be ready to hurl.

As usual, I’m only including the Q in the Q & A becuase the A only serves to help the presidential propaganda catupult to reach a broader audiance. The link is there if you want to follow up and here the same spiel that the Big Dick usual and faithfully delivers on command.
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April 13th, 2007

One Million Six Hundred Fourteen Thousand Eight Hundred Sixty Two:  Subtitle - Did you Know Lynne Cheney Works for the American Enterprise Institute?

Do you think the Cheney’s are worth slightly over 1.6 million this year for the way they are operating?

Vice President and Mrs. Cheney filed their federal income tax return for 2006 today. The income tax return shows that the Cheneys owe federal taxes for 2006 of $413,326 on taxable income of $1,614,862. During the course of 2006 the Cheneys paid $464,789 in taxes through withholding and estimated tax payments. The Cheneys elected to apply the resulting $51,463 tax overpayment to their 2007 estimated tax payments. The wage and salary income reported on the tax return includes the Vice President’s $208,575 government salary. In addition, the tax return reports a pension benefit of $27,500, which the Vice President received as a former director of Union Pacific Corporation. The Vice President became eligible for this benefit in 2006 when he turned 65. The tax return also reports Mrs. Cheney’s book royalty income, which includes a partial royalty advance on a book she is writing about growing up in Wyoming. It also reports wage and salary income from her continuing work at the American Enterprise Institute and a pension benefit of $32,000, which she received as a former director of Reader’s Digest. The amounts of the pension benefits received by the Vice President and by Mrs. Cheney are fixed and will not increase or decrease based on changes in the earnings or revenues of either company.

By the way, what the bleep is Mrs. Big Dick Cheney doing working for the AEI? In case you are wondering, the AEI purposes

are to defend the principles and improve the institutions of American freedom and democratic capitalism–limited government, private enterprise, individual liberty and responsibility, vigilant and effective defense and foreign policies, political accountability, and open debate.

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April 13th, 2007

Meanwhile, Uncle Karl’s Busy Deleting More Email

Really, there is no such thing as a permanent delete for email these days. The traces bounce to so many servers, they can be found fairly quickly by a savvy tech person. You have to wonder why they are not forthcoming with the email, rather than spend time on the pointless question as to intent. Surely, Uncle Karl knows full well what he is politically doing. That’s his job. Do believe otherwise is to be in complete denial about Uncle Karl’s position in the W, Rove and Co.

Karl Rove’s lawyer on Friday dismissed the notion that President Bush’s chief political adviser intentionally deleted his own e-mails from a Republican-sponsored server, saying Rove believed the communications were being preserved in accordance with the law.

Who cares what Rove believed here. A better question for these nuts is why are you not delivering them? We know they are out there some where. What are they hiding?

Of course, the Whitehouse press pool decided to pusue the same line of query today. Dana had her mitts full trying to deflect questions about Uncle Karl today. Mainly, she doesn’t know a lot, admitedly. Here’s a slice, of which I wonder what the double-delete function is and why was Uncle Karl’s account change this Jan? Any one out there know?
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April 13th, 2007

F Iraq, It’s “Cheeper To Kill ‘Em All” Than To Continue the War

A friend of mine pointed me to an article that indicates the US Taxpayer is paying Iraqi families $2K, on average, per civilian unjustly killed by US Forces in Iraq.

Interesting way to soothe the pro-life soul, don’tchya think? Or, is this whole Iraqi extravaganza worth the investment. My friend said,

At $2000 per dead Iraqi it would be cheaper to kill them all (25m Iraqis * $2k = $50b) than to continue the war. But to whom would we pay the money? Check my math for yourself.

Really, I’m not advocating genocide here. This is yet one more piece of proof that the W, Rove and Co has no justification at this time for all the mayhem they have caused the Iraqi people. Have a look at a slice of this report.
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April 12th, 2007

Quote of the Day 4/12/07


“There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences.” – PJ O’Rourke

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April 11th, 2007

Obfuscation: Whitehouse Style - Subtitle: Gonzales Still Pleasuring The President

Dana Perino must have or be taking obfuscation lessons from Scotty McMessage McClellan. Have a look at this slice of today’s Whitehouse press briefing and see if you think Dana’s being forthcoming with the truth regarding how some folk (perhaps Uncle Karl) are working to prep the AG for his forthcoming Congressional grilling:

Q Is the White House — anyone in the White House helping Gonzales prepare for his testimony next week?

MS. PERINO: Not the I’m aware. You mean somebody being over there at the department?

The press secretary using the plausible deniability ploy first identified by republican icon Ronald Reagan? Go figure! Let’s see, how many times does a reporter have to ask a questions before they get an straight answer…
Q Yes. Sure.

MS. PERINO: Of course, we’re in close contact with the Justice Department, but I don’t know of any White House official who’s been at the Justice Department in preparation for testimony.

Q No White House involvement?

MS. PERINO: Not that I’m aware of.

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April 11th, 2007

The Sick And Twisted Logic Of The Bush Administration

The following exchange proves that the W, Rove and Co has dug itself such a giant grave, that they cannot see a clear way out of the lies and political tangled web they’ve woven over the top of it. Trouble is, they are dragging the American people into the grave with them.

Let’s break down the logic here. First, the president is threatening a veto of the Democrat sponsored “emergency” funding bill for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is purely political.

Q The bottom line is, is that it’s a take-it-or-leave-it deal from this administration; there’s no room for negotiation?

MS. PERINO: The President will not accept a timetable for withdrawal that forces retreat and forces failure. And he will not accept micromanagement from Capitol Hill on his generals. And it is unconscionable that they would have pork barrel spending added to it that is — for tours of the Capitol and other such “emergencies” in an emergency spending bill when there is a budget process that’s going forward in Congress on a parallel track. I think that those are principled stands that the President has had. If we can get beyond that, and talk about funding for the troops, we should. We are interested in how they think that we can improve in Iraq. If they have other ideas beyond what General David Petraeus is going, by all means, let’s hear them.

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April 10th, 2007

”Stalinist Behavior” And Other Democrat Shenanigans:  Fifteen More Minutes of Rush Limbaugh’s Crap

In my busy work week, I nearly missed this interview conducted by Rush Limbaugh last week. Did you catch it?

Of course, by its very nature, a Rush interview is never fair and balanced. Even so, you have to wonder about how desperate the W, Rove and Co. are given their inability and unwillingness to participate in interviews that are in front of less than friendly audiences (outside of the usual suspects in the Whitehouse press pool).

Have a look at the softballs that Rush slow pitched at the Big Dick Cheney on the Fifth of April. My grandmother could have hit these out of the park when she was alive. As usual, I’m only giving you the Q of the Q & A as the A only serves to dish up the standardized political rhetoric delivered by the Big Dick and his loaded presidential propaganda catapult.
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April 10th, 2007

The Pragmatic Party: Proactive Beyond Left or Right

There are desirable changes that nearly all of us agree on, whether we call ourselves red or blue, liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat. We may disagree passionately about exactly what the problems are or what the solutions should look like, but almost all Americans want to see our country and people safe from terrorism and other threats; the current wars brought to conclusions that are good for our own country and for the peoples of Iraq and Afghanistan; our society dealing with less homelessness and poverty; our budget deficit and balance of trade cleaned up; and our kids growing up safe, healthy, literate, clean, sober, and non-pregnant. Although people have intense convictions all over the spectrum about how to achieve these things, and about whether or how much we should be worried about a slew of other things, most of us share the sincere belief that we are speaking out in the best interests of America and Americans – we almost all have sincere good intentions.

So how do we get past the party-line dogmas and arguments and find ways to work together to make things better? The next two or three decades are going to be critical. A lot of things are changing faster and faster, another fact we can probably agree on, and we need to quit fighting over the steering wheel and collaborate to direct our own collective fate, or go over a cliff. To continue the metaphor, one of the most important parts of driving competently is to drive defensively, to look down the road and all around, spot threats coming before they get too close, and outmaneuver them. In other words, to be proactive. Our current mode of operation as a society and a nation is more often for all sides of a disagreement to refuse to let go of the wheel even if it means wrecking the car – in other words, we’d rather go into the ditch than in the direction the other guy wants – and then to argue about whose fault it was.

It’s time for the reasonable people of all parties and philosophies to start acknowledging that it’s possible for intelligent, thoughtful people to disagree with us without that making them villains or idiots. We need to re-combine and re-divide along different lines – I would propose the formation of a new party, we could call it the Pragmatic party. The key of the Pragmatics’ platform would be that loyalty to our nation’s best interests trumps concerns of left versus right, trumps differences of religious or spiritual values, trumps the kind of politicking that sees it as a reasonable thing to cause or allow bad things to happen as long as the other guys get the blame.
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April 9th, 2007

Weary: And Looking For Good News - Subtitle:  Windspike’s Monday Morning Right Winger Good News Challenge

I don’t know about you all, but I grow weary of pointing out the flaws, foibles, illegal, and downright FUBAR situations caused by the W, Rove and Co. It’s been easy pickings for folks who are anti-reichwing in the blogisphere. Even so, with news like this:

“We got rid of a tyrant and tyranny. But we were surprised that after one thief had left, another 40 replaced him,” said Jubouri, who is a Shiite Muslim. “Now, we regret that Saddam Hussein is gone, no matter how much we hated him.”
How are we supposed to stay positive as a Nation?

While sifting through the rhetoric, I honestly am trying to find good news burried deep into the evil perpetrated by the W, Rove and Co and honestly can’t and haven’t found any. This leads to…drum roll please…

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April 7th, 2007

W Desperately Seeking New GWoT Military Recruits

Okay, I just found the Onion News Network. Here’s your satirical diversion for the weekend:

In The Know: Our Troops In Iraq

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April 1st, 2007

BREAKING NEWS:  Bush Says “Mea Culpa: Can I Get A Do-Over?”

BREAKING NEWS: DATELINE 1 APRIL 2007….

President George W. Bush wakes this morning having been visited by three ghosts: the Pre-1776, the post-1776, and the post-Nine-Eleven specters. Each one had thus to say about their trial for W.

Pre-1776 Specter - in knickers, tights and a white powdered wig - “Methinks, Mr. Bush would have been right at home as a Wig in the Colonies. He retains a deep commitment to the ideals of imperialism. He greatly enjoyed the Salem Witch trails.”
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March 31st, 2007

See How Your Legislators Scored on Supporting Veterans

The DAV (Disabled American Veterans), an organization loathed by the Bushies for standing up to them about really supporting the troops and veterans, has a scoring system rating legislators on their support for veterans via votes on legislation affecting those vets. The most recent year for which they’ve tabulated scores – see how your state’s Congresscritters did. Here’s the link: In the case of my state, New Mexico, the three Republicans scored 42, 40, and 0 out of a possible 100 points. The two Democrats scored 92 and 100. ‘Nuff said.

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March 30th, 2007

Gonzales Going The Way Of Rummy?

Dana Perino gets slamed upside the head with Victoria’s Helen Thomas Special Cast Iron Skillet today at the Whitehouse press briefing. I love these kinds of questions that point out the W, Rove and Co. hypocrisy very obviously:

Victoria.

Q How can we have confidence in the President’s 100 percent support for Secretary Gonzales, the Attorney General, when he also had support for Mr. Rumsfeld, 100 percent, right up to the time that he was fired or resigned?

MS. PERINO: What I can tell you is I spoke to the President this morning and he has — the Attorney General has the President’s full confidence.

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March 30th, 2007

Shallow Presidential Apologies

W was busy trying to divert media attention from his falling house of cards by “apologizing” for the situation at Walter Reed Hospital. Trouble is, this apology seems to be ringing a bit shallow. Have a look and see what you think:

I met some of the soldiers who had been housed in Building 18. I was disturbed by their accounts of what went wrong. It is not right to have someone volunteer to wear our uniform and not get the best possible care. I apologize for what they went through, and we’re going to fix the problem.
“I apologize for what they went through,” is not enough of an apology if you ask me. Where’s the mea culpa? Where’s the admonition of staff? Where does the buck stop?

This leads me to to…drum roll please…

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