Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Go "F" Yerself

April 24, 2007 - 07:27.

Forget, if you can, the sad fact that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is an incompetent political hack.

And forget, if possible, the equally sad fact that President George W. Bush - Gonzales' boss and patron - is a lackluster leader who has lost the faith of the American people and the confidence of even his own party.

Put that aside because in a political world where perception is reality and illusion rules the roost, Bush and Gonzales still win.

Bush is a stubborn man. That is an irrefutable fact that both friends and foes accept as gospel. When he is pushed, he pushes back. Like any political animal he is most dangerous when cornered.

The Democratic opposition in Congress, however, is about as stalwart and brave as a lemming on the run. When Bush pushes them, they give…and then give some more. Oh sure, they talk a good game but when push comes to shove they back down.


The comments are good too!



DEN said...

This story highlights for me the bizzarro nature of this fascist goon squad called the Administration.

Does anyone beside a few Dems have the stones to put these goobers back in their cages?

micki said...

Dr. Cox-Foster and fellow scientists who are here at a two-day meeting to discuss early findings and future plans with government officials have been focusing on the most likely suspects: a virus, a fungus or a pesticide.

Meanwhile, samples were sent to an Agriculture Department laboratory in North Carolina this month to screen for 117 chemicals. Particular suspicion falls on a pesticide that France banned out of concern that it may have been decimating bee colonies. Concern has also mounted among public officials.

Dr. B Do you know this fellow?

“There could be a number of factors that are weakening the bees or speeding up things that shorten their lives,” said Dr. W. Steve Sheppard, a professor of entomology at Washington State University

.“The answer may already be with us.”

One such group of compounds is called neonicotinoids, commonly used pesticides that are used to treat corn and other seeds against pests. One of the neonicotinoids, imidacloprid, is commonly used in Europe and the United States to treat seeds, to protect residential foundations against termites and to help keep golf courses and home lawns green.

In the late 1990s, French beekeepers reported large losses of their bees and complained about the use of imidacloprid, sold under the brand name Gaucho. The chemical, while not killing the bees outright, was causing them to be disoriented and stay away from their hives, leading them to die of exposure to the cold, French researchers later found. The beekeepers labeled the syndrome “mad bee disease.”

The French government banned the pesticide in 1999 for use on sunflowers, and later for corn, despite protests by the German chemical giant Bayer, which has said its internal research showed the pesticide was not toxic to bees. Subsequent studies by independent French researchers have disagreed with Bayer. Alison Chalmers, an eco-toxicologist for Bayer CropScience, said at the meeting today that bee colonies had not recovered in France as beekeepers had expected. “These chemicals are not being used anymore,” she said of imidacloprid, “so they certainly were not the only cause.”

Among the pesticides being tested in the American bee investigation, the neonicotinoids group “is the number-one suspect,” Dr. Mullin said. He hoped results of the toxicology screening will be ready within a month.

micki said...

Den, I think the message being sent to us is that they intend to stay in charge, no matter what.

It's a great BIG F-U to the nation and the world.

DEN said...

Anyone that tolerates this Administrations' utter disregard for the will of the people does not deserve freedom and liberty,

they deserve what they get.

Thanks for the Bee update!
Serious stuff!

micki said...

I think Doug Thompson is full of shit when he claims this:

They swept into power in 2006 on a promise to change the way things are done in Congress. Like most political promises, the winds of change died when the polls closed.

They are trying to change things -- but there's so much to change! Thompson feeds the false message that the Dems are doing nothing. Are they doing enough? Apparently not. But, I get sick and tired of the incessant bitching. Why can't people become a part of the solution?

When you have an administration that is based on a "my way or the highway" attitude, the options for progress are limited from the git-go.

The bush goons would rather throw up roadblocks than seek consensus, compromise, or work for the American people.

micki said...

Furthermore, I get really tired of this ridiculous LIE!

The Democrats don't have the guts to impeach him or even force his hand on Iraq. He holds all the cards and any good gambler knows you can't win when you bet against the house.

Don't have the guts? No, they don't have the votes.

Can't Thompson get it through his thick skull that you have to have a 2/3 vote in the Senate to convict on impeacement?

Thompson, and others like him, conveniently leave out that important FACT.

Now, if the Repugs would cross over the aisle and agree to vote to convict, we would see real progress.

But, the Repugs won't...so I wish people like Thompson would STFU about impeachment.

It won't work.

Regarding Iraq....Thompson loses his argument against the Dems because he admits that bush holds all the cards.

And, for those who think I'm defending the Dems, I'm not.

I'm defending REALITY.

DEN said...

I believe the pesticide involved with bees would have been sprayed onto the plants before or during flowering, that way it would come in contact with the bees directly, could even be a herbicide.

Direct contact with the bees through close proximity contact has to be the method of transference.

micki said...

Hey, Carey!

I meant to thank you for your comment about my Earth Day limerick.

So, thank you!

DEN said...

They may not have the votes to impeach outright but this voter fraud stuff will blow up in the Repugs faces and they will have to boot the goons.

Forced impeachment, (fingers crossed).

micki said...

One reason bush is giving us the F finger is that he knows that General Rove has the machine in place, and continues to fine tune it, for "bush" Repugs to control the U.S. government for the foreseeable future (as Rove has boasted, maybe a 100 years or longer).**

It won't be because they receive the most votes, it will be because they SUPPRESS the most votes.

**If the Earth doesn't die first, I supppose.

DEN said...

On second thought if they have not done enough damage already to warrant getting their azzes kicked out that probably won't help either.

micki said...

I think someome should tell Barbara Bush to shut her mouth! ( On the other hand, keep it up, Barbara...you make Repugs looks even worse, if possible!

On Larry King Monday:

Asked if voters should be weary of Romney being a Mormon, the former president's wife, Barbara, said "not at all," noting there are "wild people" in many religions.

"I mean it was in 1897 that bigamy was outlawed in that church," she said. "You know we have a lot of Christian wild people too, and a lot of Jewish wild people and a lot of Muslim wild people. The Mormon religion takes care of its own, they don't have people on welfare.

DEN said...

Campaign against alleged voter fraud fuels political tempest
By Greg Gordon
McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON - For six years, the Bush administration, aided by Justice Department political appointees, has pursued an aggressive legal effort to restrict voter turnout in key battleground states in ways that favor Republican political candidates.

The administration intensified its efforts last year as President Bush's popularity and Republican support eroded heading into a midterm battle for control of Congress, which the Democrats won.

Facing nationwide voter registration drives by Democratic-leaning groups, the administration alleged widespread election fraud and endorsed proposals for tougher state and federal voter identification laws. Presidential political adviser Karl Rove alluded to the strategy in April 2006 when he railed about voter fraud in a speech to the Republican National Lawyers Association.

Questions about the administration's campaign against alleged voter fraud have helped fuel the political tempest over the firings last year of eight U.S. attorneys, several of whom were ousted in part because they failed to bring voter fraud cases important to Republican politicians. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales could shed more light on the reasons for those firings when he appears Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Civil rights advocates charge that the administration's policies were intended to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of poor and minority voters who tend to support Democrats, and by filing state and federal lawsuits, civil rights groups have won court rulings blocking some of its actions.

Justice Department spokesperson Cynthia Magnuson called any allegation that the department has rolled back minority voting rights "fundamentally flawed."

She said the department has "a completely robust record when it comes to enforcing federal voting rights laws," citing its support last year for reauthorization of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the filing of at least 20 suits to ensure that language services are available to non-English speaking voters.

The administration, however, has repeatedly invoked allegations of widespread voter fraud to justify tougher voter ID measures and other steps to restrict access to the ballot, even though research suggests that voter fraud is rare.

Since President Bush's first attorney general, John Ashcroft, a former Republican senator from Missouri, launched a "Ballot Access and Voter Integrity Initiative" in 2001, Justice Department political appointees have exhorted U.S. attorneys to prosecute voter fraud cases, and the department's Civil Rights Division has sought to roll back policies to protect minority voting rights.

On virtually every significant decision affecting election balloting since 2001, the division's Voting Rights Section has come down on the side of Republicans, notably in Florida, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Washington and other states where recent elections have been decided by narrow margins.

@ McLatchy

This could very well be the straw.

DEN said...

Your tax dollars at work building laser weapons and microwave weapons.

How many could be cared for medically or simply fed for the price it cost to build even one of these weapons?

DEN said...

The Doo-doo principle in action:

Hail the deserter-in-chief
Ian Williams

April 18, 2007 11:00 AM


A working definition of chutzpah: a Bush administration prosecuting deserters.

Bill Clinton spent two terms of his presidency on the defensive because he had, in typical Clintonian fashion, prevaricated between his ethics and his political future on whether or not to register for the draft during Vietnam. In the end, he registered but was not called up.

It is interesting that people like the newly recess-appointed US Ambassador to Belgium, Sam Fox, spent so much time and money examining the military careers of people like Kerry, but are so uninterested in the eloquent lack of a military career for George Bush. But he won his ambassadorship the same way that Bush won his exemption - with cash and connections.

Back in the day, during the Vietnam war that he supported, young George Bush, "Googen" to his family, abused his family ties to join the Texas Air National Guard, which in those halcyon days guaranteed a free pass from the draft and deployment to Indo-China. He had to do that because President Lyndon Baines Johnson had abolished the graduate student deferment that so many other members of the Bush cabinet had already abused.

Towards the end of his five-year term, young W went missing, and failed to turn up for the occasional duties demanded. The technical term for someone absent without leave for such an extended period is desertion. But Texans are great believers in redemption - at least for sons of important political families - and the local establishment covered up his desertion.

He is now commander-in-chief of the most disastrous war since, well ... Vietnam. Things have changed. Congressmen's sons do not get protection any more. They do not need it since none of them are in the forces. National Guards are posted overseas in Iraq - over and over again. They and regular army recruits have discovered the small print in their contracts that says that they can't leave when they thought they could.

Now George Bush rarely misses a chance to turn up at a military base or a veterans gathering donning some item of military attire. Thankfully, he has not been seen in his Navy fliers outfit since the day he landed on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln to proclaim "Mission Accomplished" - four years ago.

The Pentagon, struggling to cope with neocon dreams of global military hegemony, has steadily reduced its recruitment standards. It has tried to recycle the medically unfit back into the war.

But while many of the military seemed to accept that a war-dodging hawk deserved their loyalty, increasing numbers of them are discovering that they have been lied to about the war - and about the gratitude of the government that sent them as the war wounded discovered in the Walter Reed hospital. It will not help that this week Washington announced that it was lengthening tours of duty in Iraq from 12 months to 15 months.

Consequently desertions are rising - as are prosecutions. In the last five years desertions trebled compared with the previous five years - and they are still rising.

Last year the army reported 3,196 soldiers deserted, compared with 2,357 in 2004. It may be more. Some units reportedly try to cover up as much as possible so the figures may be under-reported.

@ The Guardian

carey said...

It's a great BIG F-U to the nation and the world.

Micki, I don't think we can say that enough. Who and why do they hate so? Recall the revealing moment at the Correspondents dinner.

My God. "Don't touch me" to Sheryl Crow?! That is sick. It's downright pathological. Rover knew many people were watching. The drooling, physical hatred, wow.

I very much enjoyed the opening post Den.

carey said...

Shh, don't tell anyone. I don't think we're going into Iran!

Shh, don't rock the boat. Whisper softly. The surge isn't going well.

I don't think it's going to happen.

Shh. Say hooray softly.

carey said...


I think Doug Thompson is full of shit when he claims this...

Same here. Dems are fighting a lack of votes on their own side. There is not enough to override the asshole. Same is true of impeachment. As Micksters says, it's a nonstarter. It's nice to hear that people have stopped fauning over the naked emperor. It's another thing to vote impeachment. That's what Thompson is angry about and we all have every right to be.

Hey, that's not to say that Doug Thompson isn't on target 99% of the time and positively insightful.

carey said...

Interesting update on the bees. Boy, is this a big dilemma!

David B. Benson said...

Micki --- No. That's all the way across campus...

carey said...

I see Micki already addressed the Doug Thompson quarrel.

When you realize that the damage began during the Reagan administration, that civil rights have been taken away, that we are experiencing a radical presidency, in essense what a huge obstacle they've created, the realization grows that it's going to take some baby steps first. That's being optimistic.

All in all, the whole problem is money in politics. It energizes the current corrupt system, it's the reason for being to all of the involved.

carey said...

Micki is steaming today. All systems are firing aren't they?

Good, good stuff.

carey said...

I caught a glimpse of Barbara and George last night on Larry King. The way she was sitting, she brought to mind one of those grand Southern ladies of wealth who hold predudices against everything.

They lost a daughter to leukemia and they are against stem cell research. Go figure.

Every day I despair over the loss of Molly Ivins and Ann Richards. Those two, probably soul sisters, would have something so wickedly delightful to say about Barbara right about now.

We would be rolling with satisfying laughter. They've left a gigantic hole.

carey said...

This could very well be the straw.

You would think. But then again, Alfredo is still there...It takes forever with these lowlife criminals.

One would have thought the nonreaction to Katrina would have brought Bush down. Think about it. Bushco is letting one of the most magnificent cities in the world die (never been there believe it or not--Brandon has though).

carey said...

You're on fire too Den

DEN said...

Should have said, this MIGHT be the straw,(that breaks the camels back).

Aw hell I can't stop hoping the next scandal sends them to the graybar motel.

DEN said...

Time to go play in traffic!

micki said...

No. That's all the way across campus...

Well, couldn't you take the bus? ;-))

BTW, if I am not being too nosey, did you give up driving because of global warming?

micki said...

WASHINGTON (April 24) - An Army Ranger who was with Pat Tillman when the former football star died by friendly fire said Tuesday he was told by a higher-up to conceal that information from Tillman's brother.

Makes ya sick, doesn't it?

micki said...

Army Specialist Bryan O'Neal — an eyewitness to Tillman's death — testified that he was commanded to keep that information quiet from Tillman's family. "I was ordered not to tell [them] what happened," O'Neal said.

And the Tillmans wondered today how high up the misinformation campaign went.

A week after Tillman died — and a month before his family learned the truth — an urgent P4 military memo was sent to three top generals, warning them it was "highly possible … Tillman was killed by friendly fire."

Maj. Gen. Stanley McChrystal sent the memo after hearing the president might mention Tillman in a speech, "which might cause public embarrassment if the circumstances of Cpl. Tillman's death become public."

Noting a Pentagon e-mail from April 28 about White House speech writer John Currin seeking information about Tillman for the president's speech at the White House Correspondents' Dinner a few days later, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., suggested that it was more than just a coincidence that when "the president spoke at the Correspondents' Dinner, he was careful in his wording.

"[President Bush] praised Pat Tillman's courage but carefully avoided describing how he was killed," said Cummings. "It seems possible that the P4 memo was a direct response to the White House's inquiry. And if that is true, it means that the White House knew the true facts about Cpl. Tillman's death before the memorial service and weeks before the Tillman family was told."

micki said...

Those lying, no-good, creepy, good for nothing, low-down, despicable, dishonest, sick, disgraceful, shameful, disgusting, evil, wicked, heinous, atrocious, execrable, damnable bastards in the White House and the Pentagon!

Kevin Tillman added, "It's a bit disingenuous to think that the administration did not know about what was going on, something so politically sensitive."

The White House today said it could find no evidence to suggest that the president was informed of that memo at the time. The Pentagon has yet to discipline anyone for spreading any of this false information.

Give me time...and I'll think of more words to describe the dark, monstrous, scandalous, icky, callous, immoral SOBs.

micki said...

"...could find no evidence..."

No kidding. They couldn't find it because they destroyed the evidence. The creeps.

micki said...

We've just received word from ABC's Nightline that they've moved the Billy Ray Johnson trial episode to tonight - Tuesday at 11:35 EDT.

I hope you can tune in and see how your support helped strike a blow against hate and bigotry.

-Morris Dees

micki said...

So, Scott Bloch himself is being investigated.

Go over to AR and see what David Corn wrote.

More Orwellian ooze from the busheviks.

Cue, Carol..."we are doomed." :-(

micki said...

Rove Investigator Himself Under Investigation -- Incredible!

David B. Benson said...

In Pullman it has always been possible for me to walk to work and also for most shopping. Upon retirement I quit driving mostly because I then became to busy to do any...

Alan said...

Hey, that's not to say that Doug Thompson isn't on target 99% of the time and positively insightful.

I agree Carey, especially when he gave hell in two articles to the "government did 9/11" wackos. If I remember correctly, he was at the Pentagon, or close by and then went to the Pentagon. Saw alot of the evidence first-hand and such.

Gerald said...

I believe that the posters are starting to agree that Bush will not leave office in 2008. Hitler Bush will be declared king. If by some miracle Jeb is elected, it will be through rigged elections. These rigged voting machines will NEVER go away.

Gerald said...

Praying Each Day: April 25

Gerald said...

Every American soldier's death in Iraq is POLITICALLY MOTIVATED MURDER. Our soldiers are nothing more than CANNON FODDER.

Gerald said...

Fascist America, In 10 Easy Steps

Gerald said...

As Americans turn away quite leisurely, keeping tuned to internet shopping and American Idol, the foundations of democracy are being fatally corroded. Something has changed profoundly that weakens us unprecedentedly: our democratic traditions, independent judiciary and free press do their work today in a context in which we are "at war" in a "long war" - a war without end, on a battlefield described as the globe, in a context that gives the president - without US citizens realising it yet - the power over US citizens of freedom or long solitary incarceration, on his say-so alone.

That means a hollowness has been expanding under the foundation of all these still- free-looking institutions - and this foundation can give way under certain kinds of pressure. To prevent such an outcome, we have to think about the "what ifs".

What if, in a year and a half, there is another attack - say, God forbid, a dirty bomb? The executive can declare a state of emergency. History shows that any leader, of any party, will be tempted to maintain emergency powers after the crisis has passed. With the gutting of traditional checks and balances, we are no less endangered by a President Hillary than by a President Giuliani - because any executive will be tempted to enforce his or her will through edict rather than the arduous, uncertain process of democratic negotiation and compromise.

What if the publisher of a major US newspaper were charged with treason or espionage, as a rightwing effort seemed to threaten Keller with last year? What if he or she got 10 years in jail? What would the newspapers look like the next day? Judging from history, they would not cease publishing; but they would suddenly be very polite.

Right now, only a handful of patriots are trying to hold back the tide of tyranny for the rest of us - staff at the Center for Constitutional Rights, who faced death threats for representing the detainees yet persisted all the way to the Supreme Court; activists at the American Civil Liberties Union; and prominent conservatives trying to roll back the corrosive new laws, under the banner of a new group called the American Freedom Agenda. This small, disparate collection of people needs everybody's help, including that of Europeans and others internationally who are willing to put pressure on the administration because they can see what a US unrestrained by real democracy at home can mean for the rest of the world.

We need to look at history and face the "what ifs". For if we keep going down this road, the "end of America" could come for each of us in a different way, at a different moment; each of us might have a different moment when we feel forced to look back and think: that is how it was before - and this is the way it is now.

"The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands ... is the definition of tyranny," wrote James Madison. We still have the choice to stop going down this road; we can stand our ground and fight for our nation, and take up the banner the founders asked us to carry.