Thursday, May 24, 2007


"Loyal Bushies"

Senate Judiciary Chairman Pat Leahy:

"It is curious that yet another senior Justice Department official claims to have limited involvement in compiling the list that led to the firings of several well-performing federal prosecutors. What we have heard today seems to reinforce the mounting evidence that the White House was pulling the strings on this project to target certain prosecutors in different parts of the country.

"It is deeply troubling that the crisis of leadership at the Department allowed the White House to wield undue political influence over key law enforcement decisions and policies. It is unacceptable that a senior Justice Department official was allowed to screen career employees for political loyalty, and it confirms our worst fears about the unprecedented and improper reach of politics into the Department’s professional ranks.

"As Congress continues its oversight to pull back the curtain on the politicization of the Justice Department, it is abundantly clear that we must do all we can to get to the truth behind this matter and the role White House played in it."


Cheerleaders do not make good leaders.

"I know I crossed the line of civil service rules."

"I don’t believe that I intended to commit a crime,"

"I believe I crossed the line, but I didn’t mean to,"

I'm sorry officer I was speeding but did not mean to?

The pathetic display of the repugs and their fawning over this bimbo was one of the most vile in my recollection, even exceeded the enabling of gonzo's bad memory.

When questioned on her hiring practices biased toward hiring loyal "bushies";"I can't think that I could have done it more than 50 times, but I don't know."


Quote from Cristy Harden Smith at FDL made me laugh;
"I was student council president in college, so I'm highly qualified to judge career professionals who have dedicated their lives to the Constitution and the rule of law and fire their asses if they aren't Republican enough."

This whole thing stinks to high heaven. "Loyal bushies" need to be rounded up, extrordinary renditioned to a gulag somewhere in Belarus and tortured until they forfeit their loyalties to bush and back to THE CONSTITUTION.

Knock! Knock! Anybody home?


DEN said...

Keith Olbermann last night for anyone that missed it:

You, the men and women elected with the simplest of directions—Stop The War—have traded your strength, your bargaining position, and the uniform support of those who elected you... for a handful of magic beans.

You may trot out every political cliché from the soft-soap, inside-the-beltway dictionary of boilerplate sound bites, about how this is the "beginning of the end" of Mr. Bush’s "carte blanche" in Iraq, about how this is a "first step."

Well, Senator Reid, the only end at its beginning... is our collective hope that you and your colleagues would do what is right, what is essential, what you were each elected and re-elected to do.

Because this "first step"... is a step right off a cliff.

And this President!

How shameful it would be to watch an adult... hold his breath, and threaten to continue to do so, until he turned blue.

But how horrifying it is... to watch a President hold his breath and threaten to continue to do so, until innocent and patriotic Americans in harm’s way, are bled white.

You lead this country, sir? You claim to defend it?

And yet when faced with the prospect of someone calling you on your stubbornness—your stubbornness which has cost 3,431 Americans their lives and thousands more their limbs—you, Mr. Bush, imply that if the Democrats don’t give you the money and give it to you entirely on your terms, the troops in Iraq will be stranded, or forced to serve longer, or have to throw bullets at the enemy with their bare hands.

How transcendentally, how historically, pathetic.

Any other president from any other moment in the panorama of our history would have, at the outset of this tawdry game of political chicken, declared that no matter what the other political side did, he would insure personally—first, last and always—that the troops would not suffer.

A President, Mr. Bush, uses the carte blanche he has already, not to manipulate an overlap of arriving and departing Brigades into a ‘second surge,’ but to say in unequivocal terms that if it takes every last dime of the monies already allocated, if it takes reneging on government contracts with Halliburton, he will make sure the troops are safe—even if the only safety to be found, is in getting them the hell out of there.

Well, any true President would have done that, Sir.
You instead, used our troops as political pawns, then blamed the Democrats when you did so.

Not that these Democrats, who had this country’s support and sympathy up until 48 hours ago, have not since earned all the blame they can carry home.

The video is here

DEN said...

Democrats rolled over like little doggies and let chimpy scratch their fuzzy little bellies; oh good doggies, such good doggies!


{ò,ó}arol said...

I am SOOOO upset that the dems backed down. Now what. There is no one else to fix things. No one. We're doomed. The killing will go on and on.

Then that prick had a news conference this morning. Could only listen for a half hour before I turned him off. His opening statements were too much. All full of himself, he is. Prick.

micki said...

I don't know, Carol, the Dems are in a hell of a place, knowing that bush will veto any bill with a timeline attached, they know that the American Sheeple will turn on them in a minute if it is perceived they are "not supporting the troops."

If the people turn on them, we are in for four more years of a Repug Presidency, which means more wars -- like Iran, Syria, possibly Venezuela (yes, in our hemisphere), and perhaps even a "regime change" in Cuba. Other 'hot' spots, too, for the neocon hawks to stir up trouble.

So, what do we want, a chance to end the Iraqi OCCUPATION, when a Dem president wins the White House -- or endless wars with a Repug Unitary Executive in office?

Besides, as much as I hate this goddamned war, I'm also interested in domestic policy. The Repugs are tearing apart our domestic programs, ignoring the environment, ruining our infrastructure, and wasting lives -- through neglect and indifference -- right here at home. Military men and women deserve support, but so do Americans right here!

I'd like to see someone in the WH who gives a shit about climate change. Name one Repug who does.

Frankly, I don't think there is any good strategy for the Dems on this one -- it's a roll of the dice.

But, I sure wish the Dems would figure out how to frame a message the way that damned General Rove does.

DEN said...

The dems need to stand up to the dictator-in-chief and refuse to fund this stupid war, period!

Go here and listen to Ron Paul (RINO) spill his guts about the current goings on.

It is not always easy to be popular while being patriotic, but the alternative is beyond comprehension.

We must stand up to those that would take our civil liberties away in the name of fighting an illegal war for the corporatists.

Alan said...

Y'all need to see this new video/song, "Sixteen Words". *note- you won't have any trouble recognizing the 16 words
In the last 30-seconds, the words are being said by a wooden dummy bush, sitting on chaineee's lap. haha

16 Words

micki said...

Ron Paul may hate this war, but he's not an example of a person I'd want in the Oval Office.


And, if he's so bold and strong and moral and crap, why doesn't he introduce Articles of Impeachment?

He's all talk and no action, IMO.

micki said...

Yeah, he is a RINO -- he's a far-right, super conservative, me-me-me Libertarian.

Good for him for being against the Iraqi War of Choice. Other than that...

•¿•arol said...

Monday, May 21, 2007
Posted by Jim Hightower

No wonder George W's approval rating has fallen below that for Mad Cow disease – he keeps treating the public like we have the cognitive ability of turnips!

He recently insulted the public's intelligence with two blatantly false claims about his disastrous Iraq policy. First was Bush's comical assertion that he's the agent of change in this war. He declared that voters last November said they "wanted change in our strategy in Iraq. I listened. Today, General David Petraeus is carrying out a strategy that is dramatically different from our previous course."

Hoo boy! Bush previously told us he was "The Decider," then "The Commander Guy," but now he's reinvented himself as "The Listener." Well, listen up, George – we were born at night, but it wasn't last night! Your so-called "surge" strategy is the same old failure with a new coat of PR on it. People were voting last November to bring the troops home, not to send more to Iraq. Two-thirds of Americans oppose your surge.

Then, when congressional Democrats dared to express the will of the people by setting deadlines for withdrawal from Iraq, Bush shamefully tried to wrap his bad policy in a military cloak. The Democrats' bill, he wailed, would mean that "America’s commanders in the middle of a combat zone would have to take fighting directions from politicians 6,000 miles away in Washington, DC."

Yoo-hoo, George... You're a politician! Everyone knows that you and your neo-con political cohorts designed every aspect of this war – against the best advice of the commanders. You chose to go there, you fumbled the planning, you bumbled the occupation, you got America’s military stuck in Iraq's vicious civil war – and now you want to dump responsibility for this mess on the military commanders?

While the time of Bush's presidency is dwindling, Bush himself is shrinking in front of our very eyes.

"Waiting for a happy ending," The Oregonian, May 5, 2007
"Newslweek Poll: Bush Hits All-Time Low,", May 7, 2007

DEN said...

Jeez Micki, why so vicious with Ron?

I am no fan of repugs but at least he is old school repug not neo-fascist repug.

Did you listen to what he said?

I am in no hurry to condemn those that would have the guts to speak up against the regime, even repugs.

Ain't nothing wrong with being a libertarian either, I AM!

DEN said...

Petition to oppose building "new and improved" nukes, HERE

Gerald said...

Maybe if the Dems had higher numbers elected in the House and Senate, this would make a difference. I doubt it!!! Both parties are the same. The only difference is that they are different wings of the same bird.

Suspense in my life keeps me going! I can't wait from one day to the next to know what kind of shit will be dumped on our heads by Nazi Americans.

There are different kinds of shit. Some shit is firm and some shit is more liquid in form.

DEN said...

Gerald, as long as it is NOT NUCLEAR.

Atomic farts produce fallout.

DEN said...

Having a Bad Day????

The average cost of rehabilitating a seal after the Exxon Valdez Oil
spill in Alaska was
$80,000.00. At a special ceremony, two of the most expensively saved
animals were being released back into the wild amid cheers and applause from onlookers.

A minute later, in full view, a killer whale ate them both.

Still think you are having a Bad Day????

A woman came home to find her husband in the kitchen shaking
frantically, almost in a
dancing frenzy, with some kind of wire running from his waist towards
the electric kettle. Intending to jolt him away from the deadly current, she whacked him with a handy plank of wood, breaking his arm two places. Up to that moment, he had been happily listening to his Walkman.

STILL think you're having Bad Day????
Two animal rights defenders were protesting the cruelty of sending
pigs to a slaughter house in Bonn, Germany. Suddenly, all two thousand
pigs broke loose and escaped through a broken fence, stampeding madly.

The two helpless protesters were trampled to death.

What?? STILL having a Bad Day????

Iraqi terrorist Khay Rahnajet didn't pay enough postage on a letter bomb. It came back
with "Return to Sender" stamped on it. Forgetting it was the bomb, he
opened it and was blown to bits.

There now, feeling better????

David B. Benson said...

The Incredible Shrinking Bush

Just a shrub now...

Gerald said...

DEN, our heads would like mushroom clouds!

DEN, I have been working hard for copyrights once I can bottle my farts to help our country ease her dependency on foreign energy sources. Right now, my farts are considered a weapon of mass destruction by the Department of Homeland Security.

David B. Benson said...

Drought ---

Murray-Darling River basin (Australia)

Gansu (PRC)
Sichuan (PRC)


DEN said...

Mr Leahy checks in:

Dear Den,

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy

Later today, the Senate is expected to vote on the 2007 Emergency Supplemental -- the Iraq War funding bill -- and I wanted to take a moment to explain to you why I will be voting against this flawed bill.

There is much that I support in this bill -- including assistance for Afghanistan and funding we added to help the National Guard address equipment shortages -- but it contains a serious flaw that I simply cannot vote for: It does not begin the withdrawal of our troops from Iraq.

The original supplemental bill that passed the Senate and was sent to President Bush's desk last month paralleled the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group, recommendations that would have fundamentally changed the course of our military mission in Iraq.

Unfortunately, the President vetoed the original supplemental bill and has refused any meaningful compromise that would give us a clear path toward ending of our military involvement in Iraq.

This brings us to the current version of the supplemental bill. In short, the Iraq War funding provisions in this bill represent little more than a continuation of the failed status quo -- a continuation that I find unacceptable. The current bill will not begin to redeploy our troops from Iraq, it does not put adequate pressure on the Iraqis to stand up both politically and militarily, and it does not put a stop to President Bush's escalation plan.

While the legislation sets benchmarks for the Iraqi government to follow toward reconciling the country's various political factions, these benchmarks can be waived by the President at his discretion. These benchmarks are a move in the right direction but they are far from adequate.

As long as the Iraqi government believes American troops will always be there, they'll have little reason to make the tough choices that need to be made. And this supplemental bill does little to change this dynamic.

Our engagement in Iraq has been a foreign policy failure of epic proportions. Not only have thousands of Americans lost their lives, tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis have as well. Our standing in the world has been diminished, and our weakened influence in the region has compromised our ability to fight terrorism throughout the world.

Clearly, it is time to bring our troops home, and I am disappointed that President Bush vetoed the first bill that would have done just that. Since this new supplemental does not begin the withdrawal of our troops -- while providing tens of billions more dollars in taxpayer money for the President's failed policy -- I cannot in good conscience vote for it.

Good for you Pat!

Some have their heads on semi- straight.

Pat, never trust a proven liar.

Call him on it or suffer under him, your choice.

Alan said...


A bird shit on bush at the presser today. Go to Crooks and see it. The still pic of the video is there, plus the video is only 22-seconds anyway.

{ò,ó}arol said...

Bush: be prepared for more bloodshed in Iraq

By Rupert Cornwell
Published: 25 May 2007

As Congress prepared for a crucial war-funding vote, President George Bush warned that Americans should prepare for a bloody summer of heavy fighting and more loss of life in Iraq in the run-up to September, the month that is now set to be a watershed for US policy in the country.

"August could be tough," the President conceded at a White House press conference......

Aren't you sick of this? I am so fed up with this country I could spit. That dictator in the WH gets his way again and turns around and warns everyone about a bloody summer! What kind of shit is that anyway? IT WOULDN'T BE BLOODY IF HE WOULD PULL THE TROOPS OUT! This country has turned into Bizarro World. Not a goddamn thing makes sense anymore. Not a goddamn thing. I could make lists of things that don't make any sense in this shit hole of a country. CAN YOU TELL I'M PISSED???

I'm going to play a game and quit reading about the senseless shit in this country then hit the sack. All the nonsense will still be there tomorrow along with new Bizarro things to amaze me, to make me want, forget it! Goodnight.

DEN said...

Carol, there is only one logical conclusion.

We are being taken over by aliens!

Shape shifting lizard people like David Icke had theorized.

Where have all the Americans gone?

It IS bizarro as hell!

micki said...

Den... better look up the definition of libertarian, as a political philosophy. I sure wouldn't want to claim to be one.

Vicious? I call it like I see it.

Ron Paul is no panacea. That's one of the problems. People 'glom' onto ONE issue and then think the person espousing that ONE issue is the answer to all of our problems.

Nope. It doesn't work that way.

I have been called a lot of things, but never vicious.

Main Entry: vi·cious
Pronunciation: 'vi-sh&s
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French vicieus, from Latin vitiosus full of faults, corrupt, from vitium vice
Date: 14th century
1 : having the nature or quality of vice or immorality : DEPRAVED
4 a : dangerously aggressive : SAVAGE b : marked by violence or ferocity : FIERCE 5 : MALICIOUS, SPITEFUL
6 : worsened by internal causes that reciprocally augment each other - vi·cious·ly adverb
- vi·cious·ness noun

Such is life.

DEN said...

Was it something I said?

I was not inferring anything more than a well placed adjective.

Seemed to me we need to stick together as many pieces of a puzzle, and any good contribution toward the diseminating information about the current political turmoil would be welcomed, user specific or not.

DEN said...

User specific = Whether it is your particular belief.

micki said...

Yes, it was something you said!

Inferring? No you were IMPLYING!


micki said...

I said good for him (Ron Paul) for being against this stupid what's your beef with me anyway?

No response required. In fact, please....don't reespond.

DEN said...


Al Gore is on the Daily Show!


DEN said...

WOO HOO! Good appearance Al!!!

Kos and Crooks are spooling up as we speak.

He came across open and friendly, something we do not see much of.

They played well off each other too, he will be back I bet.

Al recommended Jon's show as "the "place to go for real news".

Awesome! Go Al!

Alan said...

Judge Told Leak Was Part of 'Policy Dispute'

The lawyers said any conversations Cheney and the officials had about Plame with one another or with reporters were part of their normal duties because they were discussing foreign policy and engaging in an appropriate "policy dispute." Cheney's attorney went further, arguing that Cheney is legally akin to the president because of his unique government role and has absolute immunity from any lawsuit.

U.S. District Judge John D. Bates asked: "So you're arguing there is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- these officials could have said to reporters that would have been beyond the scope of their employment," whether the statements were true or false?

"That's true, Your Honor. Mr. Wilson was criticizing government policy," said Jeffrey S. Bucholtz, deputy assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's civil division. "These officials were responding to that criticism."

Erwin Chemerinsky, a Duke University law professor who is representing Wilson and Plame, said the leak was no typical policy debate. President Bush himself said that revealing Plame's identity could be illegal conduct and a firing offense, he told Bates.
That was on the 18th. I haven't seen anything on the case since then.

Alan said...

K, I didn't see Gore on TDS, but I seen 'im on Letterman. He was great. Got the audience clapping at his statements several times. Apparently there were a bunch of Marines and Navy folks in the crowd too.