Prelude to the new Kent State
It sounds like a story he should be in, but does not involve Dick Cheney.
Angst filled missives on the fate of American Democracy -- half-hearted or completely botched attempts at humor and constant, unadulterated whining!
I am just curious about something. If all of the media outlets assume that the Democrats are going to lose and lose big in a super smashing utterly devastating soul crushing way without any possible hope of a smidge of dignity because the public is so angry about the economy:
Why do they never mention that Bush created this stupendous clusterfuck?!
Failure on the cultural front serves to magnify the outrage felt by conservative true believers; it mobilizes the base. Failure sharpens the distinctions between conservatives and liberals. Failure allows for endless grandstanding without any real-world consequences that might upset more moderate Republicans or the party's all-important corporate wing. You might even say that grand and garish defeat — especially if accompanied by the ridicule of the sophisticated — is the culture warrior's very object.So let me completely satisfy the nutjobs by holding up my end of the bargain with ridicule (although my sophistication is definitely in question). While Jerry does his best to flaunt the laws regarding tax-free status, I wonder if he thinks about the Hobsian Dilemma in which God has clearly put the United States according to his own logic train. Jerry infamously said, shortly after 9/11 (like two days) that the attack occurred in large part because God had withdrawn his protection over the United States because of those damned sodomites. Does Jerry ever think that maybe God won't allow the anti-Gay Marriage amendment to pass ... because of all the ass-fucking? Maybe he is punishing us for the sodomy by making sodomy legal? That would really show us who's the boss. "Who is the pitcher and who is the catcher now biatches?" Or, is it the alternative? Maybe God has no problem with the sodomy. "Plug away my randy little creations -- God just wants you to be happy, and if that trips your trigger, enema away!" A real conundrum.
Iyad Allawi, the new Prime Minister of Iraq, pulled a pistol and executed as many as six suspected insurgents at a Baghdad police station, just days before Washington handed control of the country to his interim government, according to two people who allege they witnessed the killings. They say the prisoners - handcuffed and blindfolded - were lined up against a wall in a courtyard adjacent to the maximum-security cell block in which they were held at the Al-Amariyah security centre, in the city's south-western suburbs. They say Dr Allawi told onlookers the victims had each killed as many as 50 Iraqis and they "deserved worse than death".Now, in fairness, Allawi denied this story in its entirety just like Saddam denied possessing WMD's.But the informants told the Herald that Dr Allawi shot each young man in the head as about a dozen Iraqi policemen and four Americans from the Prime Minister's personal security team watched in stunned silence.Wow, now it's getting even better isn't it?
R. James Woolsey's role as a go-between was detailed in a classified Defense Department report chronicling how the defector's assertion came to be included in the Bush administration's case for war even after the defector was determined to be a fabricator.Again, remember the Bush Administration's contention that "we went to war because we all thought this stuff was true" (which they knew to be false) and how the GOP is trying to cover for them. For example, Pat Robert's statement yesterday:
Mr. Roberts said he was "not too sure" that the administration would have invaded if it had known how flimsy the intelligence was on Iraq and illicit weapons. Instead, the senator said, Mr. Bush might well have advocated efforts to maintain sanctions against Iraq and to continue to try to unearth the truth through the work of United Nations inspectors. "I don't think the president would have said that military action is justified right now," Mr. Roberts said. If the administration had been given "accurate intelligence," he said, Mr. Bush "might have said, 'Saddam's a bad guy, and we've got to continue with the no-fly zones and with inspections.' "This notion that Bush would NOT have invaded is, of course, all unadulterated crap. An apologia from Roberts for that which Bush himself is pathologically unable to offer in any fashion. Hell, Cheney is still leading the charge, which Bush has to follow that all the things disproven are still true -- and Woolsey is one of the more prominent foot soldiers. It all comes down to this: THEY KNEW THEIR PRIME PIECE OF INFO, PUSHED FOR PUBLIC CONSUMPTION WAS WRONG, BUT THEY PUSHED IT ANYWAY!! Colin Powell before the United Nations, February 5, 2003:
By this time, Curveball's information was being used not only by Powell, but by others, including the President.
One of the most worrisome things that emerges from the thick intelligence file we have on Iraq's biological weapons is the existence of mobile production facilities used to make biological agents. Let me take you inside that intelligence file and share with you what we know from eyewitness accounts. We have first-hand descriptions of biological weapons factories on wheels and on rails. The trucks and train cars are easily moved and are designed to evade detection by inspectors. In a matter of months, they can produce a quantity of biological poison equal to the entire amount that Iraq claimed to have produced in the years prior to the Gulf War.
Although Iraq's mobile production program began in the mid-1990s, UN inspectors at the time only had vague hints of such programs. Confirmation came later, in the year 2000. The source was an eyewitness, an Iraqi chemical engineer who supervised one of these facilities. He actually was present during biological agent production runs. He was also at the site when an accident occurred in 1998. 12 technicians died from exposure to biological agents.
After several meetings, a DIA debriefer concluded that some of Harith's information "seemed accurate, but much of it appeared embellished" and he apparently "had been coached on what information to provide." ...
However, further intelligence assessments in April, May and July 2002 questioned his credibility - including a "fabricator notice" issued by the DIA. Nevertheless, Harith's claim was included in an October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate and cited by Bush in his January 2003 State of the Union message.
Yep, another lie in the Bush State of the Union -- unrelated to the Yellow Cake Lie (and it is a lie Rethuglicans). In January 2003, the "Codpieced Crusader" said the following:
Two of the three, were Harith & Curveball, the other likely an Iraqi from the Iraqi National Congress (Chalabi's organization, maybe the great Conman himself) nodding enthusiastically to Curveball's story. Yeh, real credible.
From three Iraqi defectors we know that Iraq, in the late 1990s, had several mobile biological weapons labs. These are designed to produce germ warfare agents, and can be moved from place to a place to evade inspectors. Saddam Hussein has not disclosed these facilities. He's given no evidence that he has destroyed them.
So there you have it. It's plain for all to see (though some will refuse -- "it's all too complicated" for Professor Reynold's I presume). Remember what Dick Clarke said (never really contradicted) that on September 12, 2001, Bush came up to him and made it clear he wanted whatever evidence he could get to connect Iraq to the attack of September 11th? Well, that seems especially damning in light of this newest evidence.
-- We want to invade Iraq.
-- We need some evidence to invade Iraq.
-- Let's throw out whatever we can now and then hope we get lucky.
-- I'm a War President.
No, You are a:
Jacuzzi Lawyer Earlier today over at uberblog Atrios, currently being run, while the master is on vacation, by the Four Guest Bloggers of the Apocalypse (War, Pestillence, Famine, and Pie)[actually they are doing great] we saw bits of a transcript of John Edwards being a recently reformed "Jacuzzi Lawyer". This accusation came from odious bowtie fetishist Tucker Carlson. As the post went on to say, Edwards involvement with Jacuzzi's was focused on representing a young girl and her parents after the former's guts had been sucked out by a defective drain. The Odious Carlson undoubtedly snarled this line with the full blown preppy derision that can only come from those who are from old money toward rich by merit. But what Carlson apparently either forgot or didn't know is that a certain Republican compadre of Chimpy McFlightsuit may have a different impression of "Jacuzzi Lawyers":
Wonder what James Baker thinks of somebody who represents victims of such a measure. You know very well his grandaughters death is being litigated or has been settled. So Tucker -- you are an Ass.By Josh White Washington Post Staff WriterWednesday, June 19, 2002; Page B02The 7-year-old granddaughter of former secretary of state James A. Baker III died when she became trapped in a whirlpool and drowned in McLean, Fairfax County police said yesterday. Virginia Graham Baker of McLean was playing with other children in a friend's whirlpool on Alps Drive during a graduation party Saturday when she accidentally got caught in the pool's drain. She was stuck underwater and was unable to free herself, police said. A family member found her, and it took two adults to dislodge her, authorities said. Several people who were at the party then tried to revive the girl, who was taken by helicopter to Inova Fairfax Hospital and pronounced dead. Virginia was the daughter of James A. Baker IV, who is the son of the former cabinet secretary.-- Washington Post, June 19, 2002, Page B02
Seymour Hersh says the US government has videotapes of boys being sodomized at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. "The worst is the soundtrack of the boys shrieking," the reporter told an ACLU convention last week. Hersh says there was "a massive amount of criminal wrongdoing that was covered up at the highest command out there, and higher." ... "The disaffecion inside the Pentagon is extremeley accute," Hersh says. He tells the story of an officer telling Rumsfeld how bad things are, and Rummy turning to a ranking general yes-man who reassured him that things are just fine. Says Hersh, "The Secretary of Defense is simply incapable of hearing what he doesn’t want to hear." The Iraqi insurgency, he says,was operating in 1-to-3 man cells a year ago, now in 10-15 man cells, and despite the harsh questioning, "we still know nothing about them...we have no tactical information.”There is video of the entirety of this speech here. Kos has this story too, so does Oliver Willis, undoubtedly more do as well. Criminy I thought posting before 6:00 a.m. would occassionally give me a leg up. Apparently, I'm a lazy bastard. If this is true, all I've got left in regard to Bush is SHAME and ANGER.
Opponents of John Kerry have hired a Dallas-area private investigator to gather information aimed at discrediting his military service, say several veterans who served with the Massachusetts Democrat in Vietnam. Several veterans who have been contacted in recent days accused the private investigator, Tom Rupprath of Rockwall, of twisting their words to produce misleading and inaccurate accounts that call into doubt the medals Mr. Kerry received for his service. "They're just distorting things," said Jim Wasser, who served with Mr. Kerry. "They have nothing to go after John Kerry for, so now they're trying to discredit him." Mr. Rupprath was hired by Swift Boat Veterans for Truth on the recommendation of Merrie Spaeth, a Dallas public relations executive assisting the anti-Kerry group.What great guys. Of course, as Kos further says, I guess its easier to try to attack Kerry's war record than defend Bush and Cheney's complete and utter lack of one.
U.S. retail sales slumped in June, dropping 1.1 percent on lower auto sales, the Commerce Department estimated Wednesday. It was the biggest decline in 16 months. Retail sales thus fell in two of the three months making up in the second quarter. Read the full release. Excluding a 4.3 percent drop in auto sales, retail sales fell 0.2 percent in June, matching April's decline. Economists had been expecting overall sales to fall 0.7 percent, with ex-autos anticipated to rise 0.2 percent, according to a CBS MarketWatch survey. See Economic Calendar.
Fukuyama began to distance himself from the administration during the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. The tension between the two came to a head prior to the invasion of Iraq. Fukuyama opposed the war. Fukuyama is still angry at the Bush administration since they refuse to admit to the mistakes they have made. Fukuyama had warned that after the war, Iraq would be dragged into an internal conflict and would export terror to the world. Fukuyama said that because of those reasons he could not vote for Bush in the upcoming elections. He added that he has an important place among the right wing and could affect the outcome of the elections; however, he explained that he would not carry out any studies in that direction because he is not eager to fight with 'old friends'. In his well-known work of political philosophy 'The End of History and the Last Man', Fukuyama argues that history is directional and that its endpoint is capitalist liberal democracy.
The White House and the Central Intelligence Agency have refused to give the Senate Intelligence Committee a one-page summary of prewar intelligence in Iraq prepared for President Bush that contains few of the qualifiers and none of the dissents spelled out in longer intelligence reviews, according to Congressional officials. Senate Democrats claim that the document could help clear up exactly what intelligence agencies told Mr. Bush about Iraq's illicit weapons. The administration and the C.I.A. say the White House is protected by executive privilege, and Republicans on the committee dismissed the Democrats' argument that the summary was significant.Now, is it more disturbing they won't hand it over, or that Bush makes WAR DECISIONS by PAMPHLET? What's next? The Wisconsin Dells? -- Damn You, Tommy Bartlett's Watershow! In other news, Bush doesn't like Gay Marriage because he read a Jack Chick cartoon.
BUY HITCH A DRINK: I'm not sure this is the best idea, but who am I to object? Instead of paying our favorite writers, why not reward them with Johnny Walker Red?UPDATE: Commenter Rob at Pandagon had a line I will put here because I wish I had thought of it:
So when does the fundraiser to buy Chris Hitchen's a liver start?
It didn't take long for the Burrs to antagonize the Hamiltons. "Honestly, when I started this, I really had no ill will towards the Burr family," said Doug Hamilton, the great, great, great, great, great grandson of the former Treasury Secretary, who participated in the reenactment. "But the Burr people wanted to bring Hamilton down. At one forum, a Burr person said, 'Well, we all know that Hamilton was gay.' I mean, what is that? They said their guy wasn't at fault. Obviously, this whole thing is about making their guy look good. It's gotten really intense."
When Melissa Zech walked out of her house to post a sign welcoming President Bush to Kutztown, she was dismayed at the messages protesters had already put up near a soldiers memorial across Main Street — ''Indict Bush.'' ''Outsource Bush.'' ''Kerry, take us out of the Bush Leagues.'' ''To say, 'Get rid of Bush' when he's coming to your hometown is obnoxious,'' said Zech, who teaches fifth grade in Reading.As opposed to starting a war on false pretenses...that isn't obnoxious at all Ms. Zech.
Andrea Torcivia, 22, who made a sign saying ''We Luvya Dubya,'' said the president was a role model for her generation. Her grandfather, a World War II veteran, had a deep sense of America. Her generation, Torcivia said, needed someone to look up to. ''President Bush is a man who taught my generation what it means to be an American,'' said Torcivia, a recent Kutztown University graduate. ''He understands the price of freedom, and now, watching him as a leader, I do, too.''...taught us what is means to be an American? Um, no.
''He's doing a great job,'' declared Donna Lutz, Lebanon County's recorder of deeds. ''Even though no one wants war, we have to finish the job in Iraq.''As to the second half, perhaps...but for somebody who is supposedly included in "no one wants war", Bush certainly managed to get there soon enough didn't he?
''For the president to come through a town like ours, it's a real special treat,'' said McGonigle, 55, as Lee Greenwood's ''God Bless the USA'' played in Watt's living room. ''I don't really think people in Kutztown really appreciate it.''Actually Mr. McGonigle -- playing Lee Greenwood repeatedly over a loud speaker would cause me to really appreciate the possibility of living in Canada...well that and the health care coverage. I've heard John Phillip Sousa my whole life and NEVER gotten sick of it, why must our ears be inflicted with Lee Greenwood?
''They're idiots,'' declared Ryan Anthony, 12, in line with his parents from Reading. ''They think they can change people's minds, even though they can't.''The real Bush constituency...the 12 year old vote. Later Mr. Anthony went home and burned ants to a crisp with a magnifiying glass. Meanwhile the lovely respect for freedom of thought continued from outside:
After Bush went into the hall, Jim Wright, one of the protesters, returned to his car and found it had a broken window. Glass littered the back seat, and various items inside were shuffled around. An officer told him the Secret Service broke into the vehicle because two metal military ammunition containers made it look suspicious. Wright said he uses the containers to carry camping gear.Sweet.