Wednesday, August 31, 2005
HOUSTON (AP) — At least 25,000 of Hurricane Katrina's refugees, a majority of them at the New Orleans Superdome, will travel in a bus convoy to Houston starting Wednesday and will be sheltered at the 40-year-old Astrodome, which hasn't been used for professional sporting events in years.
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
What a piece of work our President is. While New Orleans drowns Bush does what he always does...vacation and hide.
What Bush saw: At El Pueblo Mirage, the waterfront brushes up against the 12th hole.
What Bush missed: In New Orleans, the waterfront brushes up against the front door.
See more side by sides at Think Progress.
Yes, Bush will cut his vacation short by two days to fly back to Washington, but not after one more night of vacation in Crawford.
AmericaBlog put Bush hard working day in perspective.
Bush laughs and eats cake while American citizens run for their lives. Bush now says he underestimated the damage in Iraq, I mean from Katrina.
Finally, Greg Saunders explains why Shrub is AWOL again.
The Bring Them Home Now Tour is sponsored by Gold Star Families for Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Military Families Speak Out, and Veterans For Peace. For further information on the tour including a schedule of cities and dates, go to: http://www.bringthemhomenowtour.org/
Rally location: Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church http://www.resurrectionmcc.org/
2025 W. 11th Street Houston TX 77008-6320
when: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Their website states they will visit Tom Delay's office. It's unsure just which office. I am waiting on a repoonse from them. I'll keep you posted. In the meantime, get your signs ready.
"Pat Buchanan, a leading conservative pundit and former presidential adviser, quietly suggested House Republicans mull impeaching President Bush -- though not for the liberals' cause celebre, Iraq -- but rather for what he sees as Bush's 'criminal' failure to stem the tide of illegal immigrants,..."
Read the rest of the story.
Whether you agree with him or not, Pat is always one to speak his mind. I just wonder which Republican will be the first to call for the impeachment of this Miserable Failure.
Monday, August 29, 2005
Yesterday, President Bush said “I want to thank all the folks at the federal level and the state level and the local level who have taken this storm seriously.” He’s not one of them. Bush has sought to slash funds that would help New Orleans prepare for a major hurricane. From the 6/6/05 New Orleans CityBusiness:
In fiscal year 2006, the New Orleans district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is bracing for a record $71.2 million reduction in federal funding…The cuts mean major hurricane and flood protection projects will not be awarded to local engineering firms. Also, a study to determine ways to protect the region from a Category 5 hurricane has been shelved for now.
Landrieu said the Bush administration is not making Corps of Engineers funding a priority. “I think it’s extremely shortsighted,” Landrieu said. “When the Corps of Engineers’ budget is cut, Louisiana bleeds. These projects are literally life-and-death projects to the people of south Louisiana.”
To deepen the pockets of Haliburton and all buddies!
It would have been nice to have seen a presidential debate between a man with a vision vs. a man with oil friends. It would have been a battle between reason vs. greed. It would have been Truth Serum.
Update: Houtopia discusses why Wesley Clark should be our presidential choice in 08.
Friday, August 26, 2005
Iraq is in the brink of civil war, the draft constitution is delayed and deaths mounting. How in the f*ck did we get in the middle of this f*cked up mess?
Thursday, August 25, 2005
Move America Forward ( the Hate crowd ) was outed today by Keith Olbermann as having been launched by a Sacramento P.R. firm which has strong ties to the Republican party. Later in the segment Dana Milbank said that they were part of the Orin Hatch for President campaign. lol That's grassroots for you. This diary at Kos was the first one that I found which uncovered the scam.
The Swift boating of Cindy is led by Sal Russo and Mr. Puke himself Mark Williams. These people are bottom feeding scum suckers of the lowest kind. Their Creepy Caravan is nothing more than Republican operatives trying to combat a powerful message by Sheehan in the only way they know how to respond. S-M-E-A-R. Here's much more information about MAF's antics from the Center for Media and Democracy.
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Via Think Progress:
President Bush has faced intense criticism for his insensitivity in taking a leisurely, 5-week vacation while the country is locked in an increasingly violent war in Iraq. His initial response was to defensively defend his right to relax, stating indignantly, “I’ve got a life to live.”
That didn’t go over so well with the American public, so the White House spin machine game up with a new line: Despite what it looks like, President Bush isn’t actually on vacation.
According to the San Bernardino Sun, White House spokesperson David Almacy “said the reason that Bush is in Crawford, Texas, is due to the renovation of the West Wing of the White House.” Almacy stated:
He’s operating on a full schedule; he’s just doing it from the ranch instead of from the White House. The only week he had officially off was this last week.
Keep in mind, President Bush has spent the entire month of August at his ranch every year of his presidency. It’s time this White House stopped renovating the truth.
Responding on the August 24 broadcast of The 700 Club to the outcry over his August 22 comments calling for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Pat Robertson falsely denied that he used the word "assassination" and claimed that he was "misinterpreted" by the Associated Press, which first reported the story following Media Matters for America's posting of the transcript and video clip of his comments. Robertson claimed that what he had said on August 22 was that the U.S. should "take him [Chavez] out," adding that "there are a number of ways to take out a dictator from power besides killing him." In fact, Robertson did use the word "assassination" in the August 22 broadcast and said, "[I]f he thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it."
Due to hard work hiding from protesters while vacationing in Crawford, Bush takes a vacation from his record setting vacation for a few days of resort biking and fishing. Can you say 30% approval rating?
"I'm kind of hanging loose, as they say," Bush said earlier outside of his lodge at the 9-month-old Tamarack Resort, where he was spending two nights away from his Texas ranch.
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
These caring remarks should help vacation boy sink even lower in the polls. If he would just read a paper every now and then he may just realize that the majority of Americans do not agree with his Iraq policy and even more so think he is just a shitty president.
President Bush suggested Tuesday that anti-war protesters such as Cindy Sheehan, who want the troops brought home immediately, do not represent the views of most U.S. military families and are "advocating a policy that would weaken the United States."
In brief remarks outside the exclusive resort where he is vacationing, Bush gave no indication that he would change his mind and meet with Sheehan, who lost a son in Iraq and has emerged as a harsh critic of the war there, when he returns to his Texas ranch Wednesday evening.
Sheehan has been maintaining a vigil outside Bush's ranch, a demonstration that has been joined by more and more other anti-war protesters. (Related story.)
Bush said two high-ranking member of his staff already have met with her.
Bush said most military families have a different viewpoint than Sheehan. "She doesn't represent the view of a lot of families," he told reporters.
Monday, August 22, 2005
George W. Bush's overall job approval ratings have dropped from a month ago even as Americans who approve of the way Bush is handling his job as president are turning more optimistic about their personal financial situations according to the latest survey from the American Research Group. Among all Americans, 36% approve of the way Bush is handling his job as president and 58% disapprove. When it comes to Bush's handling of the economy, 33% approve and 62% disapprove.
Bill Frist has decided to endorse intelligent design and the theory the earth is flat. How much further right can they go? The religious fanatics have now officially brainwashed these people. Next, Benny Hinn Joins Bush team in newly created Department of Faith Healing.
Sunday, August 21, 2005
From Houston Democrats:
Tom DeLay was the speaker for a townhall meeting held at the Nassau Bay City Hall across from NASA in Houston. The most telling event of the entire evening was the single round of applause he was given......when he left!
Since Our Great Leader is apparently too cowardly to come out of his hidey-hole, this week we're going to take a look at George W. Bush by the numbers (numbers are accurate at time of writing).
Number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq since the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq since Bush went on vacation earlier this month.
Approximate price of a barrel of oil (in U.S. dollars) in 2000 when Bush said, "What I think the president ought to do is he ought to get on the phone with the OPEC cartel and say we expect you to open your spigots. ... if in fact there is collusion amongst big oil, he ought to intercede there as well. I used to be in the oil business. ... And so I understand what can happen in the marketplace."
Price of a barrel of oil (in U.S. dollars) last Thursday.
Average price for a gallon of gasoline in September 2000.
Average price for a gallon of gasoline in the U.S. last week.
Bush's overall approval rating on August 2 (Rasmussen)
Bush's overall approval rating on August 18 (Rasmussen)
Number of days Bush has spent on vacation during his presidency, a new record. The previous record was held by Ronald Reagan, who spent 335 days on vacation during his eight-year presidency. Bush has topped that in just four-and-a-half years.
With stats like this, Bush will be lucky if he's still on the team by the end of the season.
Saturday, August 20, 2005
You foolish pro-war crowd.
The pro-war pundits who continue to defend the occupation of Iraq are freaked out by the fact that a grieving mother is calling into question their claim that the only way to "support the troops" is by keeping them in the frontlines of George W. Bush's failed experiment. Bush backers are horrified that Sheehan's sincere and patriotic anti-war voice has captured the nation's attention.
What the pro-war crowd does not understand is that Cindy Sheehan is not inspiring opposition to the occupation. She is merely putting a face on the mainstream sentiments of a country that has stopped believing the president's promises with regard to Iraq. According to the latest Newsweek poll, 61 percent of Americans disapprove of Bush's handling of the war, while just 26 percent support the president's argument that large numbers of U.S. military personnel should remain in Iraq for as long as it takes to achieve the administration's goals there.
The supporters of this war have run out of convincing lies and effective emotional appeals. Now they are reduced to attacking the grieving mothers of dead soldiers. Samuel Johnson suggested that patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel. But, with their attacks on Cindy Sheehan, the apologists for Bush's infamy have found a new and darker refuge.
John Nichols is associate editor of The Capital Times.
Friday, August 19, 2005
Wednesday night, Fox News talking head Bill O’Reilly demanded retractions from newspapers which reported he’d implied American war veteran mother Cindy Sheehan was acting in a treasonous manner, indignantly saying:
That is absolutely false. I never said or implied Ms. Sheehan was treasonous. LISTEN HERE
Unfortunately for him, Mr. O’Reilly may not have counted on the fact that his statement about Ms. Sheehan was recorded :
I think Mrs. Sheehan bears some responsibility for this [publicity] and also for the responsibility for the other American families who lost sons and daughters in Iraq who feel this kind of behavior borders on treasonous. LISTEN HERE
As they say, we report, you decide. As they say, we report, you decide.
From Think Progress
Thursday, August 18, 2005
This president is in a truly scary place in Iraq. Americans can't get out, or they risk turning the country into a terrorist haven that will make the old Afghanistan look like Cipriani's. Yet his war, which has not accomplished any of its purposes, swallows ever more American lives and inflames ever more Muslim hearts as W. reads a book about the history of salt and looks forward to his biking date with Lance Armstrong on Saturday.
The son wanted to go into Iraq to best his daddy in the history books, by finishing what Bush senior started. He swept aside the warnings of Brent Scowcroft and Colin Powell and didn't bother to ask his father's advice. Now he is caught in the very trap his father said he feared: that America would get bogged down as "an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land," facing a possibly "barren" outcome.
They had better start absorbing and shedding a lot faster, before many more American kids die to create a pawn of Iran. And they had better tell the Boy in the Bubble, who continues to dwell in delusion, hailing the fights and delays on the Iraqi constitution as "a tribute to democracy."
The president's pedaling as fast as he can, but he's going nowhere.
"Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes that you can do these things. Among them are a few Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or businessman from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid." -- President Dwight Eisenhower, Republican, November 8, 1954
Thanks to DailyKos for rounding up these devastating quotes on the war:
"You can support the troops but not the president."
--Rep Tom Delay (R-TX)
"Well, I just think it's a bad idea. What's going to happen is they're going to be over there for 10, 15, maybe 20 years."
--Joe Scarborough (R-FL)
"Explain to the mothers and fathers of American servicemen that may come home in body bags why their son or daughter have to give up their life?"
--Sean Hannity, Fox News,
"[The] President . . . is once again releasing American military might on a foreign country with an ill-defined objective and no exit strategy. He has yet to tell the Congress how much this operation will cost. And he has not informed our nation's armed forces about how long they will be away from home. These strikes do not make for a sound foreign policy."
--Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA)
"If we are going to commit American troops, we must be certain they have a clear mission, an achievable goal and an exit strategy."
--Karen Hughes, speaking on behalf of George W Bush
"I had doubts about the bombing campaign from the beginning . . I didn't think we had done enough in the diplomatic area."
--Senator Trent Lott (R-MS)
"I cannot support a failed foreign policy. History teaches us that it is often easier to make war than peace. This administration is just learning that lesson right now. The President began this mission with very vague objectives and lots of unanswered questions. A month later, these questions are still unanswered. There are no clarified rules of engagement. There is no timetable. There is no legitimate definition of victory. There is no contingency plan for mission creep. There is no clear funding program. There is no agenda to bolster our over-extended military. There is no explanation defining what vital national interests are at stake. There was no strategic plan for war when the President started this thing, and there still is no plan today"
--Rep Tom Delay (R-TX)
"Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the President to explain to us what the exit strategy is."
--Governor George W. Bush (R-TX)
Oh, wait, did I mention these were Republicans denouncing Clinton for committing troops to Bosnia? Every reporter in the country should quote these very words back to those yahoos and force them to comment. (Thanks to threader sans-culotte for pointing us to this.)
Bush is on track to be the laziest president ever.
We misunderestimated George Walker Bush, a man with the heart of a champion and the work ethic of a French civil servant.
Sunday marked the 335th day, or part of a day, that Bush has spent at his ranch in Texas since becoming president. According to figures compiled by Mark Knoller, CBS Radio's veteran White House correspondent, this ties a record previously thought to be unassailable: Ronald Reagan's 335 presidential ranch days.
More amazingly, it took President Reagan 2,922 days - two full terms - to amass his record. Bush caught him on only the 1,667th day of his presidency. Put another way, Reagan spent 11.4 percent of his presidency at his Rancho del Cielo near Santa Barbara, Calif. To date, Bush has spent a full 20 percent of his presidency at his place near Crawford, Texas.
As a connoisseur of the leisure arts, I find Bush's achievement to be far more remarkable than Reagan's:
No. 1 - McLennan County, Texas, is a much less hospitable venue than Santa Barbara, Calif.
No. 2 - At 59, Bush is 15 years younger than Reagan was in the fifth year of his presidency and, presumably, should need less rest.
No. 3 - Bush also overcame the rest-and-recuperation advantage Reagan endured as a consequence of being wounded in a 1981 assassination attempt.
Bush is now on pace to shatter Reagan's all-time, all-locale presidential vacation record of 436 days, a mark that no one thought would ever be broken. At the pace he's loafing, by the time Jan. 20, 2009, comes along, Bush will be alone in his greatness and can devote himself full-time to goofing off at the ranch.
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
The mouthpiece of the right steps to a new low.
"I mean, Cindy Sheehan is just Bill Burkett. Her story is nothing more than forged documents. There's nothing about it that's real, including the mainstream media's glomming onto it. It's not real. It's nothing more than an attempt. It's the latest effort made by the coordinated left."From guess who? Media Matters has audio.
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
How does Bush feel about his neighbors? Does he support or condemn trashing of memorials devoted to the soldiers who died in Iraq? He couldn't be bothered to go to a single funeral or even the mass memorial in Ohio. Bush didn't even bother to send a representative. And now his neighbors are running over crosses placed in remembrance of those soldiers. If he doesn't get angry and condemn these despicable acts, isn't he telling his neighbors to keep it up? And any paper that downplays this as some sort of prank is crazy. If Cindy weren't on the left, Fox News would lead with this every hour on the hour for days. Imagine someone on the left RUNNING OVER CROSSES. Where is the outrage?
cross-posted from America Blog.
Nutty post of the day. Chris Elam of Saftey With Dummies is now comparing Bush to Jesus (No kidding!) amongst other whacked out comments.
You, Mr. Bush... arguably the second most powerful man to ever walk the face of this earth... can use this opportunity to tell Mrs. Sheehan, and indeed the world, of the MOST powerful man who has ever walked the face of this earth.I first read this as a silly joke, but this guy is Fort Bend County nutty serious. He agrees, I guess, that Bush should meet with Cindy but his characterization of Cindy and Bush is just plain wrong and actually despicable. But what can you expect from an attendee of the Church of Tom Delay. Jesus forgives all but he is probably not all to happy with the chronic liar comically compared to him.
The answer is simple. I have always argued that Shrub lost it years ago during his alcohol binging coke snorting days. Brad Blog agrees.
Buy White House aides enough drinks and they tell a sordid tale of an administration under siege, beset by bitter staff infighting and led by a man whose mood swings suggest paranoia bordering on schizophrenia. They describe an angry, obscenity-spouting man who berates staff, unleashes tirades and ends meetings with “get out of here!”
Bush’s mood swings have become so drastic that White House emails often contain “weather reports” to warn of the President’s demeanor. “There’s real concern in the West Wing that the President is losing it,” a high-level aide told me.
All in the name of Sir George. Sick.
I have to admit, I was always skeptical about the stories of soldiers being spit on. I was in college during the anti-war protests of the 60's and 70's, and everyone I knew in the "movement", still honored the soldiers.read on...
A lot of people I knew in the movement wanted to spit on the POLITICIANS that supported letting our soldiers DIE. But everyone I came in contact with felt deep compassion for our soldiers, who were having to give up their youth and innocence in Vietnam. After all, they were our classmates in school, our brothers, our boyfriends, our cousins, our husbands, or our friends. We knew those guys!
But running over CROSSES, put there to HONOR our fallen soldiers, happened last night. It was real. It was recorded.
Crosses honoring dead Republican soldiers, and crosses honoring dead Democratic soldiers...crosses honoring AMERICAN soldiers, got mowed down by a partisan REPUBLICAN-supporting fanatic.
Monday, August 15, 2005
Ok, I just has to post this as it is one of the Yahoo most emailed photos of the day and from probably the stupidest roast ever. What can I say, I needed a break from politics and Justice Sunday II needed a little compitition.
Actress Pamela Anderson speaks at the podium during a August 7, 2005 taping of 'The Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson' in Los Angeles, California. Jimmy Kimmel, host of ABC's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live', served as Roast Master for the television special.
Via Huffington Post
“When People Are Not Truthful … [Fitzgerald] Believes Those People Should Be Punished”...
He looking at you Karl and Scooter and he's pissed!
Bush Idiotic comment of the minute. They really do come by the minute.
"But I think it's also important for me to go on with my life, to keep a balanced life."
Sunday, August 14, 2005
Well the circus that is Justice Sunday II has completed their latest meeting. All your favorites were there : James Dobson, Perkins, Zell Miller and Phyllis Schlafly. But a Justice Sunday could not be complete without a sermon on morality from our own Tom Delay.
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) said "activist courts" are imposing "state-sanctioned same-sex marriage" and "partial-birth abortion" and are "ridding the public square of any mention of our nation's religious heritage" in what amounts to "judicial supremacy, judicial autocracy."Is this guy serious talking about moral values? Delay has a very stormy cloud over his head and the one thing he should really be worried about is the lightning bolt from the heavens that may just send him to a four by four cell with his pal Karl.
In Supreme Court rulings, DeLay said, "rights are invented out of whole cloth. Long-standing traditions are found to be unconstitutional. Moral values that have defined the progress of human civilization for millennia are cast aside in favor of those espoused by a handful of unelected, lifetime-appointed judges."
Dobson also called the Supreme Court an "Oligarchy". See, I always knew the 2000 Bush selection was a sham.
Saturday, August 13, 2005
Well, he did run as the war president. Halliburton and his oil cronies must be salivating at the thought of attacking Iran.
US President George W Bush refused to rule out the use of force against Iran over the Islamic republic's resumption of nuclear activities, in an interview with Israeli television.
When asked if the use of force was an alternative to faltering diplomatic efforts, Bush said: "All options are on the table."
"The use of force is the last option for any president. You know we have used force in the recent past to secure our country," he said in a clear reference to Iraq.
Friday, August 12, 2005
Karl Rove , I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby , Condoleezza Rice Stephen Hadley , Andrew Card , Alberto Gonzales , Mary Matalin , Ari Fleischer , Susan Ralston , Israel Hernandez , John Hannah , Scott McClellan , Dan Bartlett , Claire Buchan , Catherine Martin , Colin Powell , Karen Hughes , Adam Levine , Bob Joseph , Vice President Dick Cheney , President George W. Bush
Now this is getting interesting. See the ad here.
For further information, go to http://www.gsfp.org/.
Gold Star Families for Peace / AD TRANSCRIPT:
Cindy Sheehan speaking to President Bush
Mr. President, My name is Cindy Sheehan. On April 24, 2004 my son was killed in Iraq.
He was only 24 and he died in his best friend’s arms. Casey was so good and so honest why can’t you be honest with us?
You were wrong about the weapons of mass destruction-you were wrong about the link between Iraq and Al Queda—you lied to us and because of your lies my son died.
Mr. President I want to tell you face to face how much this hurts. I love my country, but how many more of our loved ones need to die in this senseless war? How many more soldiers have to die before we say enough?
I know you can’t bring Casey back, but it’s time to admit mistakes and bring out troops home now.