Caught in Blatant Lie
John Stewert covered this very well last night and I will of course be putting that link into the Daily Show corner when it is available but here is the low down:
June 17, 2004. Vice President Cheney talking to CNBC's Gloria Borger.
Borger: "Well, let's go to MohamedAtta for a minute, because you mentioned him as well. You have said in the past that it was, quote, 'pretty well confirmed.' "
Cheney: "No, I never said that."
Cheney: "Never said that."
Borger: "I think that is "
Cheney: "Absolutely not. What I said was the Czech intelligence service reported after 9/11 that Atta had been in Prague on April 9th of 2001, where he allegedly met with an Iraqi intelligence official. We have never been able to confirm that nor have we been able to knock it down."
On Dec. 9, 2001. Cheney talking to NBC's Tim Russert.
Cheney: "Well, what we now have that's developed since you and I last talked, Tim, of course, was that report that it's been pretty well confirmed that he did go to Prague and he did meet with a senior official of the Iraqi intelligence service in Czechoslovakia last April, several months before the attack. Now, what the purpose of that was, what transpired between them, we simply don't know at this point, but that's clearly an avenue that we want to pursue."
This is the man who to this day swears an Iraq and Al Queda link but seems unable to offer any shread of evidence to support such a claim.
Partisan Jab video
Dont miss the new partisan jab video. Very good and very worth creating an account just to view this video.
Loses Advantage in War on Terrorism
We already know that Kerry leads in on the topic of education. We know Kerry is leading on the jobs issue.We also know that people said that the number oneissue for them this year is the Economy, so Kerry's lead there is significant indeed. But lurking just below the jobs issue is of course the terrorism issue. The eternal war on terror. We assume a Bush lead here. But a poll released today shows that the increasing casualty count and the endless stream of bad news out of Iraq is taking a toll:
This is the first time that I am aware of that Kerry has pulled ahead on this issue. Could it be a sign of things to come? The Washington post has the story:
Public anxiety over mounting casualties in Iraq and doubts about long-term consequences of the war continue to rise and have helped to erase President Bush's once-formidable advantage over Sen. John F. Kerry concerning who is best able to deal with terrorist threats, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Exactly half the country now approves of the way Bush is managing the U.S. war on terrorism, down 13 percentage points since April, according to the poll. Barely two months ago, Bush comfortably led Kerry, the presumptive Democratic nominee, by 21 points when voters were asked which man they trusted to deal with the terrorist threat. Today the country is evenly divided, with 48 percent preferring Kerry and 47 percent favoring Bush.
There is a new battleground states Zogby poll out. Be sure to check it out.
Blast from the past
Man the GOP just can't seem to catch a break. A dozen scandals all brewing at once, Michael Moore's new film about to create quite the stir and as if that was not enough, the scandal that just wouldn't go away is ... well, not going away. The spinmeisters on the right must rue the day they decided to try to use military records to proves Bush was an honorable and courageous man compared to Kerry. Well it didn't work then and it aint working now:
AP Sues for Access to Bush Guard Records
The Associated Press sued the Pentagon and the Air Force on Tuesday, seeking access to all records of George W. Bush's military service during the Vietnam War. Filed in federal court in New York, where The AP is headquartered, the lawsuit seeks access to a copy of Bush's microfilmed personnel file from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission in Austin.
I spend some time in various political discussion forums (usualy the political discussion forum on Craigslist) and every now and then I come across a post that has a brilliant idea. I have been saving this little gem for a rainy day and although there isn't any rain yet I felt I should whip this one out:
How to vote Bush out Today
- Written by "puro" 06/02 15:39:55 in Cragslist Political Forum
When retail sales numbers rise Bush uses them in his campaign. If they fall it hurts him. So save every discretionary dollar that you comfortably can until the election to lower the numbers. See analysis on the importance of this to W.H. at end.
I dissuaded a friend from buying a new car for this reason. Some anons responded "keep people out of a job?-that's sneaky and underhanded, great,destroy the economy",etc." Hardly.
The overall harm to the Working Class caused by a Bush 're'-election would be so massive compared to the temporary effects of a Buyer's Strike postponing purchases and emptying out of cabinets that the comparison is laughable.
Buy, sell, trade donate to / from individuals-this will hurt corporations, Wall St. and The Bush campaign. Good Americans continue to buy essentials from small businesses.
Here's the value to the Middle Class in what my friend did when he opted to spend $2.000 on rebuilding the old car instead of $22,000 on a new one:
Rather than give several thousand dollars in profits to a millionaire car dealer and a foreign-owned corporation and maybe (regrettably) a few hundred to a salesman in commission, he is instead keeping the following people working:
A guy at the radiator rebuilding shop, the family owned tire store-U.S. made of course, an auto upholsterer who has been in business for 35 years, the mechanic who put a new head gasket on the engine and installed the rebuilt radiator and a car detailer.
All these folks worked and he saved $20,000 or so plus savings in higher registration, insurance and most of all, the depreciation that would happen when he drove the car off the lot. These savings can be spent on paying off his mortgage and helping out some poor long- term senior neighbors with some assistance.
He's richer, his community gets helped, small craftsmen and mechanics are kept working, the money stays in town, his debt level drops and Bush has one less thing to point at as an indicator of "success" in his policies-one less player in the New Economic Charade.
The same kind of benefits can come from your carefully tuned spending decisions as well as the erosion of support for Bush's election. Just postpone your discretionary spending until election day.
e-mail a friend?
Republican controlled Congress today backed the media ban on flag draped
caskets returning to Dover Air Force Base. So while the number of U.S.
soars ever higher, the Republicans have made it obvious that they don't
want the cost of the war in Iraq to be seen. These are people in the
prime of life who have made the ultimate sacrifice for a country they
love and died defending, and we repay them be sweeping them under the
carpet. Shhhhh, move along, nothing to see here...
Lawmakers Back Media Ban on War Dead at Air Base
The U.S. Senate on Monday backed the Bush administration's ban on media coverage of the flag-draped caskets of dead soldiers being received at Dover Air Base, despite complaints that the policy was an attempt to mask the rising death toll in Iraq.
Republicans who control a Senate majority defeated an amendment pushed by Democrats to make the Pentagon write new rules to allow media coverage of the return of the remains of soldiers to the United States [...]
As a result, "The over 830 service men and women who died in Iraq passed through a politically imposed void hiding the truth," Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a New Jersey Democrat, said in floor debate on the issue last week.
Instead of protecting the soldiers' families, Lautenberg said, "This policy has everything to do with keeping the country from facing the realities of war, shielding Americans from the high price our young service people are paying."
word to all the nader supporters
So today Ralph Nader chose his running mate, or ruining mate, as I like to call it in this case. Peter Camejo agreed to join Nader as his VP and thus increased Nader's chances of getting back on the Green Party ticket.
If he does indeed get the Green Part endorsement it would get him on the ballot in Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Wisconsin and Washington, D.C.
What nader supporters DON'T realize is that if they actually, seriously would like to see a nader in the whitehouse they should vote for kerry.
Because right now things have gone so far off track that Nader looks just crazy. But give kerry 4-8 years to get things back to a semblance of normalcy and then a nader doesn't look so bad. In fact he might look dam good!
Think of voting in Kerry as a baby step to getting Nader.
The possibility of Nader right now is just so unreallistic. Nader supporters must know this. There is no way at all nader will get elected. Get Kerry in there, let him pass liberal laws and get more Democratic senators in place, then, and only then, it will be time for a nader. It will be a logical move forward at that time. Right now it's like redecorating when the house is burning down around you.
Think of nader as step 10 in a chain of events... Electing kerry is step 1!
all about baby steps......
Kerry pulls ahead in ABC Poll:
For the first time in ABC News/Washington Post polls, more than half of Americans, 52 percent, say the Iraq war was not worth fighting. Seven in 10 call U.S. casualties there "unacceptable," a new high. And there's been a steady slide in belief that the war has enhanced long-term U.S. security; 51 percent now say so, down 11 points this year.
Bush, moreover, has weakened in his once-strongest area. Approval of his handling of the U.S. campaign against terrorism has fallen to 50 percent, its lowest yet down eight points in the last month and 29 points below its immediate postwar peak. In a hazardous turn of fortune for Bush, Democrat John Kerry now runs evenly with him in trust to handle terrorism; Bush had led by 13 points on this issue a month ago, and by 21 points the month before.
Troops seen as occupiers by Iraqis
So it seems 'operation they will bestow us with flowers and open arms and kiss our feet and we will win the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people as we liberate the hell out of them' has failed. Chris Bowers over at /www.mydd.com/ has this:
1,093 adults who were selected randomly in Baghdad, Basra, Mosul, Diwaniyah, Hillah and Baquba between 14 and 23 May.
Todays juicy story is that Putin has for some reason chosen this moment to come forward and say that he warned the United States several times that Saddam Hussein was planning terrorism in the United States. Here is a snippet from CNN:
Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country warned the United States several times that Saddam Hussein's regime was planning terror attacks on the United States and its overseas interests.
Putin's comments in Kazakhstan came amid a new debate in the United States about the extent of ties between Saddam and the al Qaeda terrorist network triggered by a preliminary report from the commission investigating the September 11 attacks.
The Russian leader did not elaborate on any details of the warnings of terror plots or mention whether they were tied to the al Qaeda terror network.
Putin, one of the strongest critics of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, said the warnings were provided after the September 11 attacks and before the start of the Iraq war in 2003.
obviously this story is unfolding so I will reserve judgment until this
comes out into the light. But a few things do jump right out at you
when one ponders this. Bush has given literally dozens of reasons fro
attacking Iraq. We all know the trouble he had selling this war to congress.
There were of course those terrible WMD's. Bush sold this lie to the
people countless times.
"Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised." (link)
That wasn't working so he super sized the lie
"The Iraqi regime . . . is seeking nuclear weapons." (link)
That didn't do the trick either so we moved into Al Queda and 911 territory
"This is a person who has had contacts with al Qaeda." (link)
He even wrote a letter to Congress and listed his reasons for going to war and one of them was
"to take the necessary actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001" (link)
Then of course once these justifications fizzled out he found his compassion and decided it was to free the Iraqi people and liberate Iraq, throw in a dash of regime change and rinse and repeat. His reasons for the invasion changes almost weekly. Now, the question begs to be asked, if Putin had some kind of evidence way back after sept. 11th that Saddam was going to attack us, why wouldn't Bush have just cited this fact and gotten total global support? Something is amiss here. If what Putin claims is true then almost everyone would have supported the war. In fact Pution himself would have. But alas he didn't. The very person who now comes forward with this evidence, voted AGAINST the war! Hello? What's going on here?
"Russian President Vladimir Putin called Thursday on the United States to stop its war against Iraq and rejected US claims that President Saddam Hussein's regime posed a danger to other countries" (link)
"Nothing today justifies a war," he said. "This region really does not need another war." (link)
what is going on here? Is Putin taken a lesson from our flip-flopper
in chief? Hopefully we get some more information soon and when we do,
Ill post it here.
As usual Boondocks nails it
commssion wraps up
There is more new 9/11 information coming out than you can shake a stick at. The last september 11 commission session is taking place and nuggets of information are beginning to come out revealing more than ever how unprepared we were for such an attack on that day. Audio tapes have been made public that are chilling to listen to. Audio of confusion between Air traffic controllers and military personal was also made public. There are so many stories to get to so I will just jump right to it. I will also post them under big issues under the 911 commission section on the left. Here we go:
Laden overruled Taliban leader to order assault'
Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader, overruled objections from many of his senior advisers and from Mullah Mohammad Omar, the Taliban leader, in ordering the September 11 attacks against the US, the commission investigating the attacks said yesterday.
Qaeda Had 10-Plane Plot for U.S., Report Says
The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were a scaled-down version of a more audacious plot that involved the hijacking of 10 planes to strike targets on both coasts, including the tallest buildings in California and Washington state, according to a report released Wednesday by the staff of the commission investigating the attacks.
Final 9/11 Date Was Chosen Because Congress Was In SessionAs late as two days before Sept.11, 2001, the target had not been fixed. But the report said Atta chose the second week of September so that the Congress would be in session.
improvisation marked scheme hatched in '99
Described in vivid detail by two captured al-Qaida operatives who helped plan the attacks, the plot was more troubled and improvisational than had been previously understood.
Reportedly Ordered Planes Shot Down
Vice President Dick Cheney repeatedly authorized U.S. fighters to shoot down hijacked airliners as the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks unfolded but his orders did not reach military pilots until the last of the four planes had already crashed, the commission investigating the terrorist attacks said Thursday.
Was Bypassed in 9/11 'Shoot-Down' Order
The White House bypassed Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in confusion during the 2001 attack on America and directly ordered U.S. fighter jets to shoot down hijacked airliners used in the strikes, the commission studying the event said on Thursday.
Connects Iraq to 911 in this letter to congress
Bush used very careful language when implying links and connections between Osama and Saddam. So this letter is a rare find. In it he is giving Congress reasons for his pre-emptive strike against Iraq and reason number 2 is:
"to take the necessary actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001."
to bookmark indeed....
war on terror, you can't distinguish between al Qaeda and Saddam when you
talk about the war on terror," he said. "They're both equally
as bad, and equally as evil, and equally as destructive."
- George W. Bush September, 2002
was a patron of terrorism ... He had long established ties with al Qaeda."
- Cheney June, 2004
Which is a nice segue into:
11 Commission Report Says Iraq Rebuffed Al Qaeda
Score another one for independant internet news media. Today is a perfect example of how some of the American media has lost it's zest. Internet sites have been reporting for months and months the fact that there was no connection between Saddam Hussein and Al Queda, yet just today the story broke onto headlines in the New York Times, CNN and countless other outlets. Most internet news pages are headlining this story. Fox news of course is headlining a story about Bush speaking to troops today with the story about the war Bush is thanking the troops for fighting, being based on lies and deceit, tucked in a far corner. No surprise there.
Heres a snippet from the NY Times article:
Bluntly contradicting the Bush administration, the commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks reported Wednesday there was "no credible evidence" that Saddam Hussein helped al-Qaida target the United States.
In a chilling report that sketched the history of Osama bin Laden's network, the commission said his far-flung training camps were "apparently quite good." Terrorists-to-be were encouraged to "think creatively about ways to commit mass murder," it added.
Bin Laden made overtures to Saddam for assistance, the commission said in the staff report, as he did with leaders in Sudan, Iran, Afghanistan and elsewhere as he sought to build an Islamic army.
While Saddam dispatched a senior Iraqi intelligence official to Sudan to meet with bin Laden in 1994, the commission said it had not turned up evidence of a "collaborative relationship." [...]
"Bin Laden is said to have requested space to establish training camps, as well as assistance in procuring weapons, but Iraq apparently never responded," the report said. "There have been reports that contacts between Iraq and al-Qaida also occurred'' after bin Laden moved his operations to Afghanistan in 1996, "but they do not appear to have resulted in a collaborative relationship," it said.
All this after Cheney just the other day was continuing to spread the lie that Saddam Did in fact have long standing ties with AL Queda. Man that guy just can't catch a break.
Secretary of State Colin Powell said yesterday that a State Department report claiming a global decline in terrorist incidents last year was a "big mistake," but he said there was no intent to "cook the books" for political purposes.
Again and Again Powell is made the fool by this administration. In front of the world he has again and again made statements only to be forced to backtrack quickly when truth comes to light. How much longer can he stand this before he steps down and resigns for "family reasons."
Fool me once... shame on... shame on.. on you... Fool me... You can't get fooled again.
"If you tell a lie long enough, it becomes the truth."
- Joseph Goebbels, Minister of Propaganda for the Nazi regime
The vice president on Monday offered no details backing up his claim of a link between Saddam and al Qaida. "He was a patron of terrorism," Cheney said of Hussein during a speech before The James Madison Institute, a conservative think-tank based in Florida. "He had long established ties with al Qaida."
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell conceded Thursday that despite his assertions to the United Nations last year, he had no "smoking gun" proof of a link between the government of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and terrorists of Al Qaeda.
"I have not seen smoking-gun, concrete evidence about the connection," Mr. Powell said, in response to a question at a news conference. "But I think the possibility of such connections did exist, and it was prudent to consider them at the time that we did."
Mr. Powell's remarks on Thursday were a stark admission that there is no definitive evidence to back up administration statements and insinuations that Saddam Hussein had ties to Al Qaeda, the acknowledged authors of the Sept. 11 attacks. Although President Bush finally acknowledged in September that there was no known connection between Mr. Hussein and the attacks, the impression of a link in the public mind has become widely accepted and something administration officials have done little to discourage.
You know things are going bad for the Shrubmeister when all that can be done is to have the same old tired lies repeated oiver and over.
a great site: Electoral Vote Predictor 2004
Current Electoral Votes Predictor 2004: Kerry 285 Bush 249
Nader Arizona ballot problems
Consider as rumour until verified, but this has been a solid source in the past.
42 Democratic volunteers in Phoenix are currently checking Nader's Arizona petition signatures. Nader needs a 32 percent bad signature rate to be knocked off the ballot, and so far, after 2,000 checked, the rate is 37 percent.
Of those 2,000 signatures, 5 percent have been Democrats, 3 percent "other" or independent, and 92 percent Republican. If this number is verified, and if it holds up over the full 22,000 petition signatures, it will be a clear indication from where Nader's "support" comes.
You should be checking the KOS site daily. After all it is the daily Kos....
<sarcasm>... Any doubts I might have had that the GAY AGENDA is ruining the sanctity of marriage were just erased ...</sarcasm>
As the administration continues to try to convince people this torture was done by a few bad apples, more and more reports are surfacing showing the truth of the matter. The torture was permitted by a few bad apples. And those apples are rotting in washington. Bush said "What I've authorized is that we stay within U.S. law ... Look, I'm going to say it one more time. ... The instructions went out to our people to adhere to law. That ought to comfort you." Thats the flip. Heres the flop, the Pentagon Torture Memo (PDF). Here is a tidbit of the article:
U.S. intelligence personnel ordered military dog handlers at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq to use unmuzzled dogs to frighten and intimidate detainees during interrogations late last year, a plan approved by the highest-ranking military intelligence officer at the facility, according to sworn statements the handlers provided to military investigators.
A military intelligence interrogator also told investigators that two dog handlers at Abu Ghraib were "having a contest" to see how many detainees they could make involuntarily urinate out of fear of the dogs, according to the previously undisclosed statements obtained by The Washington Post.
I am trying to keep this 100% Reagan free. But it is very hard. Can we handle 99.2% Reagan free?
Go see the Official George W. Bush Campaign web page right now. Bring the barf bag. Could it be any more obvious the Bush has nothing positive to run on?
Get you poll on:
to hate Bush # 291,095
Did you know that every day hundreds of thousands of stem cells are thrown away by couples who no longer need them for fertility reasons? These stem cells could help cure Alzheimer's disease, Diabetes, cancer, spinal cord regeneration if scientist were able to use them.... But Bush stands firm.
Feelin' the love?
832 and counting. Could the mission GET any more accomplished?
film documents the lies that led up to the war as well as the intertwined
business relations between Bush and the royal Saudi families. The majority
of the hijackers on 9/11 were from Saudi Arabia. The film also documents
what many already know, that in the days after 911 Bush authorized a plane
to fly around the country, when all other flights were grounded, and fly
relatives of Osama Bin Laden out of the United states without even a question.
fact has recently been verified by the Tampa International Airport,
much to BushCo's chagrin.
When this movie comes out go see it on the opening weekend. See it twice. Bring friends. If the movie gets huge numbers the media will have to cover it and we want this message out there!
If you haven't already done so, go see the movies trailer online now. This 2 minute spot by Moore is far better than any campaign commercial I have ever seen. Mostly because he cleverly uses real footage of Bush acting the fool to make his point.
Go check it out HERE or HERE.
latest Baghdad blas raises the U.S. death toll
Man, this mission just keeps getting more and more accomplished every day!
Holy cow! If this turns out to be true there should be some serious rolling of heads on this. Interesting that this came out the day AFTER tenet left for "family reasons." The article says the man passed not one but TWO FBI lie detector tests!
500,000 protestors march in Rome against Bush, war
Protesters swarmed the streets of central Rome after Bush met with Pope John Paul II, one of the strongest critics of the war. Police estimated the number of demonstrators at 500,000. Authorities deployed 10,000 police in strategic sites in anticipation of violence. The crowd was boisterous but relatively peaceful.Now thats free speech! No locking these people in "Free Speech Zones!" This is how a protest should be done!
Gore speech casualty number number one. Only five more to go....
I just got my first look at Michael Moore's new film Fahrenheit 9/11. And from what I saw it lives up to everything I have come to expect from Moore. Great impact, great truth, great footage, all wrapped up in humor.
Go.... Run do not walk.... do not pass go and collect $200..... Go and take a look for yourself!
Down 5 More to Go
At last the cracks begin to show. The teflon administration has lost one of it's own. George Tenet, head of the CIA has "resigned." I don't buy that for a second. Remember this is the guy who told Bush that the case for war on Iraq was a "slam dunk." Add to that the failure to track down the man responsible for 911 (thats Osama Bin Laden NOT Saddam for those of you still paying attention) and you have a whole heap of trouble. Trouble that Bush just distanced himself from quite a bit. Also pointing to the fact that this was not just a resignation for 'personal reasons' is the bizzare way it was announced. The Times has that little tidbit. Bush, being true to form, had this to say about Tenet;
" He has been a strong and able leader at the agency. He's been a, he's been a strong leader in the war on terror, and I will miss him."
Well Tenet... its was a long climb up...
Hope you enjoy the fall....guy.
Four years after California's disastrous experiment with energy deregulation, Enron energy traders can be heard - on audiotapes obtained by CBS News - gloating and praising each other as they helped bring on, and cash-in on, the Western power crisis.
"He just fucks California," says one Enron employee. "He steals money from California to the tune of about a million."
"Will you rephrase that?" asks a second employee.
"OK, he, um, he arbitrages the California market to the tune of a million bucks or two a day," replies the first [...]
Officials with the Snohomish Public Utility District near Seattle received the tapes from the Justice Department.
"This is the evidence we've all been waiting for. This proves they manipulated the market," said Eric Christensen, a spokesman for the utility.
California took a hard hit because of this nonsense and now we hope some heads will roll.
hires lawyers to defend him as the Plame Investigation heats back up
Of course Bush isn't worried. Nothing ever sticksto him anyway. Whats a little treason between friends? Well they seem worried enough to get a defence ready. As they should. Lying about sex with young interns isn't the only way to betray your country.
"I'd like to know who leaked," Bush said in October. "And if anybody's got information inside our government or outside our government who leaked, you ought to take it to the Justice Department, so we can find the leaker."
Oh the irony.....
Highlight the answer here --> Paul Bremer, 6 months BEFORE 9/11
From the amazing folks at The center For American Progress:
Free Speech Zone Exclusive:
THE BIG LIE (updated)
When clinton lied, nobody died...
Moore Film Nears Release as Disney Sells
Michael Moore's controversial documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11" moved a step closer to U.S. theaters on Friday as Miramax film studio founders Harvey and Bob Weinstein personally bought rights to the picture from Walt Disney Co. After more than three weeks of talks, the Weinsteins bought rights to the film for costs to date, estimated at about $6 million, and will arrange for theatrical and home video distribution, both sides said in a statement issued on Friday.
are the numbers the Republicans fear most
The WORST Democrat created more jobs than the BEST Republican!
much longer until we are at code Elmo?
of wisdom from George Bush (Real Video)
We have a saying in our town as well George...
It goes like this:
"how the hell did this bumbling idiot get to be our president!"
George W. Bush promised us a foreign policy with humility. Instead, he has brought us humiliation in the eyes of the world.
He promised to "restore honor and integrity to the White House." Instead, he has brought deep dishonor to our country and built a durable reputation as the most dishonest President since Richard Nixon.
Honor? He decided not to honor the Geneva Convention. Just as he would not honor the United Nations, international treaties, the opinions of our allies, the role of Congress and the courts, or what Jefferson described as "a decent respect for the opinion of mankind." He did not honor the advice, experience and judgment of our military leaders in designing his invasion of Iraq. And now he will not honor our fallen dead by attending any funerals or even by permitting photos of their flag-draped coffins.
To understand the boo! Factor we must first attempt to understand the effect a terrorist event has on this country. George Bush enjoyed the highest approval ratings in his carreer right after the election. (see the graph below).
Even I stood behind him in those dark days of uncertainty. Now as george Bush is experiencing the lowest numbers he has ever seen we notice an increase in the "boo factor" We are constantly reminded to live in fear. I have very little doubt that sometime before the election, most likely between the national conventions and the month before the election, we will experience a terrorist event. There have been hints of it in the media for months and here I compile a group of such headlines. Are you scared yet?
NEWS: Summer terror attack fears grow
US Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller are to hold a joint press conference amid fears that a new US terror attack is looming.
NEWS: Ridge: Several 'Credible' Summer Terror Threats
U.S. intelligence officials received "several" credible reports that terrorist groups like Al Qaeda may be planning an attack during one of the major events scheduled for this summer, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge (search) said Wednesday.
NEWS: Feds Seek Possible Terror Plotters
The Justice Department and FBI were expected on Wednesday to identify individuals sought in connection with intelligence pointing to a possible terrorist attack on the United States this summer.
NEWS: New Information Indicates Attacks in U.S.
Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Wednesday new information indicates terrorists are planning an attack on America, possibly connected to high-profile upcoming events such as the dedication of a new World War II monument, economic summit and political conventions.
NEWS: Officials plan 'lookout' alerts for 7
FBI Director Robert Mueller and Attorney General John Ashcroft plan to announce "be on the lookout" alerts on Wednesday for seven people in connection with terrorism investigations, federal law enforcement sources told CNN.
NEWS: U.S. Warns Of Al Qaeda Threat This Summer
Federal officials have information suggesting that al Qaeda has people in the United States preparing to mount a large-scale terrorist attack this summer, sources familiar with the information said yesterday.
NEWS: US says al-Qaeda ready to hit "hard"
Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda is poised to stage a new strike on the United States, Attorney General John Ashcroft said as authorities launched a public hunt for seven "armed and dangerous" suspects.
Today on "Fox News Live," former FBI Special Agent Harold Copus said that the summer of 2004 will be remembered as the "Summer of Terror."
have broke the 800 mark for U.S. casualties in Iraq.
How many more will it take before we decide the cost of exporting Democracy to nations is no longer worth it? Click here for larger view.
vows to "stay the course"
I say please do....
Because things are looking pretty good! And Bush is speaking in public tonight which can only help.
gives Bush the smackdown!
It's time for more of this. We need to stop being defensive and bring the attack straight to them. I hope we see more of this kind of actions from Democrats:
Graphic Concept: Joel Sandler
on a mission from God
An interesting, if not a bit scary, read about bush getting a bit cozy like with Christian Fundamentalists. It reads like fiction but sadly it is'nt. Remember this is the same president who said during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Sharon: "God told me to strike at al-Queda, and I struck them, and then He instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did, and now I am determined to solve the problem in the Middle East."
Heres a tatse of the article:
Bush has raised record sums of money for his re-election efforts and has spent an astounding 70 million on misleading ads, attempting to paint Kerry in a bad light. Thats almost twice as much as Kerry has spent on his positive message. And with all that what does George Bush have to show for it?
Kerry 51% ........Bush 46%
The prison Scandal, and about 10 other scandals Bush is drowning in, are beginning to take a toll:
News Headlines as of 11:35 am
BBC News: US reaffirms Iraq handover plans
ABC News: Deadly Iraq Bombing A Blow To U.S.
CNN News: Iraqi Governing Council chief sworn in after killing
then there is this:
FOX News: Chemical Weapons Found in Iraq
.....But you knew that was coming didn't you?
in a related story:
Two former weapons inspectors -- Hans Blix and David Kay -- said the shell was likely a stray weapon that had been scavenged by militants and did not signify that Iraq had large stockpiles of such weapons. Kimmitt said he believed that insurgents who planted the explosive didn't know it contained the nerve agent.
Michael Moore Heats things up at Cannes
Apparently Michael Moore's new film was greeted with a 20 minute standing ovation after it aired at the festival. The film which still does not have backing here in the U.S. is already scheduled for release before the election all over the world. I have little doubt that the film will be seen in the U.S. as well.
'This is the longest stading ovation in the history of the festival! Unbelievable!' declared Cannes stalwart Thierry Fremaux.
More on Moore's new film
It Focuses on how America and the White House reacted to the Sept. 11, 2001, hijacking attacks and traces links between the Bush family and prominent Saudis, including the family of Osama bin Laden
Words can't describe the pain I feel in my heart as the violence to justify violence starts to snowball. Todays brutal execution just goes to show that the current 'strategy' or lack therof, is not working. The PA family of the civilian shown killed on an Islamic militant Web site are upset with the Bush administration:
I couldn't agree more. My heart goes out to this family, and the the families of the other 773 American casualties, as well as the thousand of Iraqis who have died while we attempt to show the wonders of Democracy to this small corner of the world.
A few quotes from our leader George W. Bush, which concidering recent events, take on new meaning:
Thanks to August Pollock for that one...
This from Senator Lieberman during Friday's hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee:
Whoa! Did he just say what I think he said? Enough people have been using the killing and burning of Americans in Falujah as justification for the torture of Iraqis without this far fetched justification. Of course those that attempt to use Falujah as justification for the torture of Iraqi's NEVER MENTION the small fact that the Falujah incident happened months AFTER the torture of Iraqis in Abu Ghraib Prison began.
this connection of Iraqi's to 9/11 is unbelievable! This is how they get 60%
of polled americans to believe Iraq was behind 9/11, by simply making small
statements such as the one above. Even though not one single scrap of proof
has been provided, they perpetuate the blatant lie that Iraq was some way involved
in the september 11th attacks. Shame on you Lieberman! Doesn't Mr. responsibility
and morality, Joe Lieberman, have some battle to fight to keep violent video
games out of kids hands?
So about a year ago Bush stood on that carrier and declared the end of major combat operations in Iraq. The torture prisons of Iraq were a thing of the past, or so he thought. Well Mr. Bush, this last month was the bloodyest month yet.
Mission Accomplished indeed.
Former Envoy Talks in Book About Source of C.I.A. Leak
April 29 Former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV says in a new book that he believes the White House official behind the disclosure of his wife's identity as an undercover C.I.A. officer was "quite possibly" I. Lewis Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff.
I am outraged at what has been going on in these prisons in Iraq. We can't go in there on the premise of freeing these people from the atrocities of Saddam Hussein if we are going to commit the same crimes. The torture and rape of prisoners is not only a war crime, but is sickening. The military should be ashamed and indeed outraged at this kind of behavior. It truly undermines what little support we enjoy in Iraq.
And in a related story, Bush spoke today, and proved how out of touch he is on current events by stating "A year ago I did give the speech from the carrier saying we had achieved an important objective, accomplished a mission, which was the removal of Saddam Hussein. And as a result, there are no longer torture chambers or rape rooms or mass graves in Iraq.'' (empahasis mine)
Oh the irony...