Rove Was Behind It All Along

March 15, 2007 at 5:17 pm | Posted in American politics, Bush Administration, Cheney, George W Bush, Republicans | 2 Comments

Well well well, new emails have come out showing that Rove was behind the purge of US attorneys all along. This directly contradicts everything the White House and the Attorney General have said.

Has it come to a point yet where Americans will finally agree that Bush, Cheney, Rove, Gonzales, etc are liars and that not a word that comes out of their mouths can be trusted? I mean, how many times should they lie to you before you see this?

Sand Thrown in Our Eyes

March 15, 2007 at 10:02 am | Posted in American politics, Bush Administration, Democracy, Iraq, Republicans, Torture, War on Terror | 3 Comments

I hope you had eye protection, because you just had sand thrown in your eyes, America. With so much bad news coming out these past few weeks undermining the Bush administration’s credibility, Bush just threw some sand in your eyes to keep you occupied. What is this sand? Why nothing less than the signed confession of the 9/11 mastermind himself!

Politics is all about timing. This is why on Fridays this administration releases damning reports that it is forced to release. Why Fridays? Because that day offers the softest impact such bad news will have on public opinion. They know quite well that America has an extremely short attention span, especially when it comes to politics.

(Raise your cyber-hand if you recall Colin Powell in February 2001 saying that Iraq was not a threat and that sanctions were working)

So we’ve got reports galore that the FBI abused NSLs and gathered lots of information about normal ordinary Americans last week (on Friday). We’ve got the continually unfolding US attorney scandal and calls for Gonzales to resign. Iraq continues to be violent (though the administration touts any little bit of good news they can out of the country—for example, they say, “look the surge is working” with evidence that violence is down. That is correct, violence is down, but that’s because one side of the civil war said they were going to lay low while the US did its surge. The Bush administration unsurprisingly fails to mention this).

Further, because KSM was tortured, there will be lots of talk about whether his confession is forced, real, etc. But make no mistake, this is sand thrown in our eyes, America, so the heat will get off Gonzales. Don’t pay attention.

Barack Obama Speaking to U.S.

March 14, 2007 at 3:07 pm | Posted in American politics, Barack Obama, Democrats | 2 Comments

I hear you, Mr. Obama. Well said.

Senate Votes To Debate Iraq Pullout

March 14, 2007 at 12:21 pm | Posted in American politics, Bush Administration, Congress, Democrats, Iraq, Republicans | 2 Comments

Well well well, the Senate voted 89-9 to have a debate on a pullout of Iraq after all. I wonder why Republicans suddenly let go all their opposition to this debate. I wonder if it is meant as a distraction from all the bad news coming out of the Justice Department. I wonder if this is their way of “throwing Democrats a bone” as a way for them to not focus as strongly on Gonzales……after all, they still have veto power, because Democrats do not have 60 votes to overturn a veto, so let Democrats have their debate, energize the base, and change the subject. Sounds like pretty normal Republican tactic.

The Profiling of Elected Democratic Officials

March 13, 2007 at 5:00 pm | Posted in Abramoff Scandal, American politics, Democrats, Republicans | 3 Comments

Donald Shields and John Cragan completed a study showing the disproportionate profiling of elected Democratic officials by the Justice department. Their study shows that Democrats have been targeted at a ratio of seven to one over Republican officials. That’s 80% to 18%. 80% of the investigations were of Democratic officials while 18% of the investigations were of Republican officials. We know from our current scandal about the US attorneys being fired that attorneys who pressed into high profile Republican scandals were removed from office, such as Attorney Carol Lam of San Diego who was investigating deeply into the Duke Cunningham bribery mess.

I could add my own views here, but they would be considered hyperbolic by some.

Ronald Reagan, Republican Hero, Was a Liar

March 13, 2007 at 3:46 pm | Posted in American politics, Ronald Reagan | 9 Comments

I’m removing the content of this post. Overnight I kept thinking that this kind of post is not becoming of someone like me. As such I have removed the content. It was too strong, too offensive.

FoxNews The Fair and the Balanced Propaganda Machine

March 12, 2007 at 12:56 pm | Posted in conservatives, Foxnews | 5 Comments

Fox News at its finest

Note the subtle and devious ways that FoxNews doesn’t report news, but tries to direct attention to what they want viewers to think. O’Brien would have been proud. I wonder if conservatives yet realize just how badly their ideology is being corrupted by this station…my guess is that they are still oblivious.

The Pentagon’s Plan B in Iraq

March 12, 2007 at 9:28 am | Posted in American politics, Iraq, Military, War | 2 Comments

The military is preparing plan B in case plan A fails. This is good and wise. At least the military is smart where the political leaders are not. I remind my readers of Ms. Rice’s comments regarding a plan B:

“It’s bad policy to speculate on what you’ll do if a plan fails when you’re trying to make a plan work.”

The military disagrees, thankfully, and wisely. Continue Reading The Pentagon’s Plan B in Iraq…

Fighting Against Illegal Immigrants, Hurting Regular Citizens

March 12, 2007 at 9:17 am | Posted in America, American politics | 68 Comments

In their fight against illegal immigrants, Republicans have hurt regular citizens, like this boy,

who, because his parents cannot find proper paperwork, was denied Medicaid coverage for a needed surgery. Continue Reading Fighting Against Illegal Immigrants, Hurting Regular Citizens…

Photo Caption Contest – Non-political

March 9, 2007 at 11:30 pm | Posted in Romania | 5 Comments

Yes, I actually will talk about other things besides politics here. 🙂

So I was scrummaging through old family photos when I came across this photo, and I chuckled. I don’t know who these people are, but they’re related to me in some way. They are from Romania, and it looks from the picture that they are from the small village where my grandparents on my mom’s side lived. So, a photo caption contest. What do you think they are thinking?

Love Eternal

Don’t You Dare Talk About Polar Bears!

March 9, 2007 at 9:28 am | Posted in Bush Administration, global warming | 2 Comments

The United States government is warning US scientists going abroad to various conferences not to talk about polar bears.

Listed as a “new requirement” for foreign travelers on U.S. government business, the memo says that requests for foreign travel “involving or potentially involving climate change, sea ice, and/or polar bears” require special handling, including notice of who will be the official spokesman for the trip.

The Fish and Wildlife Service top officials need assurance that the spokesman, “the one responding to questions on these issues, particularly polar bears” understands the administration’s position on these topics.

Two accompanying memos were offered as examples of these kinds of assurance. Both included the line that the traveler “understands the administration’s position on climate change, polar bears, and sea ice and will not be speaking on or responding to these issues.”

Polar bears are a hot topic for the Bush administration, which decided in December to consider whether to list the white-furred behemoths as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act, because of scientific reports that the bears’ icy habitat is melting due to global warming.

Hall said a decision is expected in January 2008. A “threatened” listing would bar the government from taking any action that jeopardizes the animal’s existence, and might spur debate about tougher measures to cut the greenhouse gas emissions that spur global warming.

Hall defended the policy laid out in the memos, saying it was meant to keep scientists from straying from a set agenda at meetings in countries like Russia, Norway and Canada.

Heh, t’would be funny if it weren’t tragic. So let’s get this straight, the Bush administration wants to muzzle American scientists from talking about polar bears, because polar bears will soon be going on the endangered species list because their habitat is melting around them, and if the United States were to place them on the endangered species list, it would be a sign that the Administration believes they are endangered because their habitat is melting around them. The melting is due to global warming, and as such, this action would in turn show that this administration is doing something about global warming. But because this administration doesn’t want to do anything else about global warming, it fears just what might happen if American scientists told the truth (and not the administration’s position) about polar bears and their melting habitat.

Could this administration get anymore ridiculous?

The Military’s Gitmo Script

March 9, 2007 at 7:22 am | Posted in Gitmo, Military | Leave a comment

The military’s Gitmo script.

George Orwell would be proud.

Gonzales Might Be Gone Soon

March 8, 2007 at 3:46 pm | Posted in American politics | 5 Comments

Oh please let it be so, Mr. Specter. Highly disappointed in Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ answers regarding the removal of eight US attorneys, Mr. Specter commented that Mr. Gonzales might not last the rest of Bush’s term.

Senior Senate Republicans today delivered scathing criticism of Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales for his handling of the firing of eight U.S. attorneys, joining Democrats in chagrin that the prosecutors were dismissed without adequate explanation.

Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, suggested that Gonzales’s status as the nation’s leading law enforcement officer might not last through the remainder of President Bush’s term, pointedly disputing the attorney general’s public rationale for the mass firings.

“One day there will be a new attorney general, maybe sooner rather than later,” Specter said at a committee hearing where a new round of subpoenas to the Justice Department was considered.

After the meeting, Specter declined to elaborate on that remark, but told reporters that most of the blame for the ongoing controversy rests with the attorney general. “It’s snowballing, mostly with the help of the Department of Justice,” he said.

Please, let it be so. Remove him now. The worst Attorney General America has yet seen.

An Iranian Defection

March 8, 2007 at 1:07 pm | Posted in America, American politics, Cheney, Iran, Israel, War | 3 Comments

Well, well, well, look at that, a former Iranian deputy minister, who commanded the Revolutionary Guard has defected to the United States.

A former Iranian deputy defense minister who once commanded the Revolutionary Guard has left his country and is cooperating with Western intelligence agencies, providing information on Hezbollah and Iran’s ties to the organization, according to a senior U.S. official.

Ali Rez Asgari disappeared last month during a visit to Turkey. Iranian officials suggested yesterday that he may have been kidnapped by Israel or the United States. The U.S. official said Asgari is willingly cooperating. He did not divulge Asgari’s whereabouts or specify who is questioning him, but made clear that the information Asgari is offering is fully available to U.S. intelligence.

The key important point about Ali Rez Asgari is that he did not work for Ahmadinejad. He worked for Khatami, the previous Iranian president, a moderate, and as such, Mr. Asgari probably left Iran because he did not like what Ahmadinejad was doing to his country. Now, Khatami, the moderate, was the one who attempted to make peace with the United States back in 2003, an offer rudely and stupidly rebuffed by the idiot Cheney.

We can only hope that this new twist leads to a peaceful resolution between the United States, Israel, and Iran. There’s no need for war.

Quote of the Day – Sherlock Holmes

March 8, 2007 at 9:41 am | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.”

By Sherlock Holmes in A Scandal in Bohemia.

The American Civil War, Fought Over Slavery, Begun by South Carolina

March 7, 2007 at 1:30 pm | Posted in America, American politics, Civil War | 146 Comments

With that shot on the Union ship “Star of the West” the Civil War officially began. The causes of the Civil War are complex and deep, however one word describes the heart of the division of America that led to actual fighting: slavery. Continue Reading The American Civil War, Fought Over Slavery, Begun by South Carolina…

Why Conservative Christians REALLY “support” Israel

March 7, 2007 at 7:59 am | Posted in Christianity, conservatives, Iran, Israel, Middle East, War | 14 Comments

Pastor John Hagee on just how the Rapture and Armageddon will play out

Bottom line, they “support” Israel because they know that the destruction of Israel will bring about their own “Rapture.”

Hagee seems intent on a catastrophic war that will trigger “The Rapture” :

Russia with Arab allies will plot and plan Israel’s destruction. That’s happening right now. It has been happening for 10 years. Iran’s nuclear weapons have been produced with Russian scientists. The Islamic Arabs are using the Roadmap to Peace to get all of the land of Israel they can get. And when Israel finally says, `Enough!’ you’re going to see the beginning of the implementation of Ezekial’s war in 38:39. The critical point is the church is raptured before this war begins. I am telling you that makes this message one of the most thrilling prophetic messages you’ve ever heard in your life. You could get raptured out of this building before I get through finished preaching. We are that close to the coming of the Son of Man. – Pastor John Hagee, from a September 18, 2006 interview in WHYY’s “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross

What John Hagee leaves out of his “thrilling” apocalyptic narrative, is that he believes, subsequent to the “Rapture”, that most Jews in Israel, who by definition are not a part of the ones who will get “raptured” to Heaven, will die in the apocalyptic conflict Hagee and his fellow apocalyptic Christian zionists yearn for. IN “Jerusalem Countdown”, Hagee does not specify what percentage of world Jewry would be killed in the apocalyptic global conflict he has described as “thrilling”, but he gives a general sense. In reference to passages from the Bibles Book Of Isaiah 10:22, 22, Hagee writes :

“Who is this remnant [those who will survive] ?

First, it’s obvious that all of that remnant is Jewish…..

God promises that by his sovereign grace a “remnant” would be saved by the grace of God, a group of survivors who have the opportunity to receive Messiah, who is a rabbi known to the world as Jesus Christ.” ( Jerusalem Countdown, paperback edition, pages 192 and 194 )

Many Christian Premillenial Dispensationalists — the theological persuasion Pastor John Hagee belongs to — believe that the majority of the Jews currently living in Israel will be killed in the period of warfare that follows the “Rapture,” when “believing” Christians ( fundamentalist Christians, that is ) are bodily transported up to safety in heaven. The standard interpretation is that 2/3 or more of Israeli Jews will be slaughtered during this period but that a righteous “remnant”, who have realized the error of their ways and converted to Christianity, will survive what Christian Zionists often call the “final Holocaust” or the “second Holocaust.” Writings and statements made by CUFI board members Jerry Falwell and George Morrison sum up such views:

Millions of Jews will be slaughtered at this time but a remnant will escape and God will supernaturally hide them for Himself for the last three and a half years of the Tribulation, some feel in the rose-red city of Petra. I don’t know how, but God will keep them because the Jews and the Chosen People of God.” ( CUFI Executive Board Member Jerry Falwell, in a December 2, 1984 sermon)

As recounted by Terje Langeland, reporting for the Colorado Springs Independent in 2003, one of Pastor John Hagee’s CUFI board members, George Morrison, expresses his sense of how Israeli and Israeli Jews will fare in the apocalytpic scenario Hagee and others long for:

“Morrison, whose casual, folksy manner belies his apocalyptic beliefs, already sees signs that the End is approaching. The European Union, he says, might be the alliance of nations that according to prophecy will join the Arabs to wage war against Israel during the final days.

“Great wars will begin to take place” Morrison says in a matter-of-fact voice. “Those wars are going to involve nukes.”

The extent of the destruction will prompt Jesus to return in order to stop it, Morrison believes. Unfortunately, he says, many Jews will be killed.

“It’s another Holocaust, if you will” Morrison says. ”

When talking to many Jews and Israelis, Hagee seems stress the need to protect Israel and promises his group’s unwavering support for what Hagee calls God’s historic covenant with Jews to whom, Hagee believes, God gave the historical lands of Israel for perpetuity.

When talking to the Christian Zionists of CUFI, however, Hagee speaks of other matters : the need for an apocalyptic war in the Mideast that will trigger the “Rapture” of fundamentalist Christians into Heaven but also kill, Hagee believes, most Jews now living. That “necessary” war ( necessary to trigger the “Rapture”: of Christians, that is ) may even lead, Hagee speculates in “Jerusalem Countdown”, to massive nuclear strikes that will destroy America’s East and West coasts and kill hundreds of millions and which would amount to, Hagee feels, divine punishment visited, via ICBM, on liberal Americans for insufficient support for the sort of far right, even fringe, Israeli politics Hagee promotes.

They were giddy and gleeful last summer when Israel bombed Lebanon. They thought that that was going to bring about their Rapture. They’re giddy about Israel’s threat of attacking Iran. They’re giddy about a possible attack against Israel by any number of nations. They’re giddy about nuclear bombs going off on America’s coasts (because of course liberals live on the coastlines and conservatives live in the heartland). Why are they giddy? Because it will bring about THEIR salvation.

Barack Obama in Selma, Alabama on the March

March 6, 2007 at 1:08 pm | Posted in Barack Obama | 15 Comments

Barack Obama on the march in Selma and on standing on the shoulders of giants:

Continue Reading Barack Obama in Selma, Alabama on the March…

Scooter Libby Guilty of Obstruction of Justice

March 6, 2007 at 12:31 pm | Posted in Cheney | 3 Comments

He is guilty of four of five counts of obstruction of justice.:

Libby was convicted of:

# obstruction of justice when he intentionally deceived a grand jury investigating the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame;

# making a false statement by intentionally lying to FBI agents about a conversation with NBC newsman Tim Russert;

# perjury when he lied in court about his conversation with Russert;

# a second count of perjury when he lied in court about conversations with other reporters.

Jurors cleared him of a second count of making a false statement relating to a conversation he had with Matt Cooper of Time magazine.

Just one question left: When will the Presidential Pardon come? After all, Libby fell on his sword for Cheney, not taking the stand and not requesting Cheney take the stand. Any bets on when he will be pardoned?

Anne Coulter is Very Popular Among Conservatives

March 6, 2007 at 10:07 am | Posted in American politics, Bush Administration, conservatives, George W Bush, Massachusetts, Military, Mit Romney, Mitt Romney, neo-conservatives, Republicans | 8 Comments

That’s why she’s just getting a slap on the hand and will continue her crude childish ways. Glenn Greenwald delves further into this cult of contrived masculinity so prevalent in her writings and in conservatives’ beliefs. See, Republicans are pushing an image: “values voters.” This image is that Republicans are macho, masculine, and tough (which might be why in the end Republicans will elect Rudy Giuliani—who better exudes the “tough, masculine” man among Republicans right now?), while Democrats are weak, sniveling, wimpish, feminist cowards. This is the image Republicans want to portray, and in their hearts believe. And this is what Coulter gives them. Continue Reading Anne Coulter is Very Popular Among Conservatives…

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