Friday, June 29, 2007


The top cartoon says it all about these doofuss double standard lawbreakers!

Winding down the week here on Friday, was an interesting one don't you think?

Remains to be seen what Congress will do after the July 4th recess, could waffle and fold or stand up.

Their political futures are on the line, the whole country is watching.

Oh yea, thanks Alan!


micki said...

How your brain makes political decisions

Screwed. Again.

DEN said...

Not MY brain, just uniformed folks.

Anyone that follows the current goings on closely can make an educated decision but the ones not paying attention follow the carrot.

Once again, civics education would help a bit.

Nobody cares until something blows up in their back yard, metaphorically speaking.


DEN said...

Mark Fiore

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Gerald said...

Hitler Cheney is a genius

Gerald said...

It has long been apparent that Cheney's genius is that he lets George W. Bush get out of bed every morning actually believing he is the President. In fact, his presidency is run by the President of the Senate, for Cheney is its true center of gravity. That fact has become more apparent with every passing year of this presidency, and anyone who thinks otherwise has truly "misunderestimated" our nominal president and his vice president.

DEN said...

Neo-fascists is the quaziest peoples!

Go f#*k yourself Mr. Chainy! and your little lapdog too!

DEN said...

It's the NEW and IMPROVED Fascism, specifically tailored for the 21st Century, by and for the rich to make them even richer and more powerful.

Badges? We don't need no stinking badges.

(Blazing Saddles)

Gerald said...

Why is my dog's health care better than mine?

ยบ¿carol said...

The Jib Jab Star Spangled Banner was cool. Some people have lot of time on their hands and I for one appreciate that. Had to send that to a few people. :)

Gerald said...

From Howard Zinn's article, "Put away the flag!"

How many times have we heard President Bush tell the troops that if they die, if they return without arms or legs, or blinded, it is for "liberty," for "democracy"?

One of the effects of nationalist thinking is a loss of a sense of proportion. The killing of 2,300 people at Pearl Harbor becomes the justification for killing 240,000 in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The killing of 3,000 people on Sept. 11 becomes the justification for killing tens of thousands of people in Afghanistan and Iraq.

And nationalism is given a special virulence when it is said to be blessed by Providence. Today we have a president, invading two countries in four years, who announced on the campaign trail in 2004 that God speaks through him.

We need to refute the idea that our nation is different from, morally superior to, the other imperial powers of world history.

We need to assert our allegiance to the human race, and not to any one nation.

Howard Zinn, a World War II bombardier, is the author of the best-
selling "A People's History of the United States" (Perennial
Classics, 2003, latest edition). This piece was distributed by the Progressive Media Project. Email to: Progressive Media Project using our contact form.




Gerald said...

When will this crap end???

Bush Plays al Qaida Card to Bolster Support for Iraq Policy
By Jonathan S. Landay
McClatchy Newspapers

Thursday 28 June 2007

Washington - Facing eroding support for his Iraq policy, even among Republicans, President Bush on Thursday called al Qaida "the main enemy" in Iraq, an assertion rejected by his administration's senior intelligence analysts.

The reference, in a major speech at the Naval War College that referred to al Qaida at least 27 times, seemed calculated to use lingering outrage over the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, to bolster support for the current buildup of U.S. troops in Iraq, despite evidence that sending more troops hasn't reduced the violence or sped Iraqi government action on key issues.

Bush called al Qaida in Iraq the perpetrator of the worst violence racking that country and said it was the same group that had carried out the Sept. 11 attacks in New York and Washington.

"Al Qaida is the main enemy for Shia, Sunni and Kurds alike," Bush asserted. "Al Qaida's responsible for the most sensational killings in Iraq. They're responsible for the sensational killings on U.S. soil."

U.S. military and intelligence officials, however, say that Iraqis with ties to al Qaida are only a small fraction of the threat to American troops. The group known as al Qaida in Iraq didn't exist before the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, didn't pledge its loyalty to al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden until October 2004 and isn't controlled by bin Laden or his top aides.

Bush's references to al Qaida came just days after Republican Sens. Richard Lugar of Indiana, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and George Voinovich of Ohio broke with Bush over his Iraq strategy and joined calls to begin an American withdrawal.

"The only way they think they can rally people is by blaming al Qaida," said Vincent Cannistraro, a former chief of the CIA's Counter-Terrorism Center who's critical of the administration's strategy.

Next month, the Senate is expected to debate the Iraq issue as it considers a Pentagon spending bill. Democrats are planning to offer at least three amendments that seek to change Iraq strategy, including revoking the 2002 resolution that authorized Bush to use force in Iraq and mandating that a withdrawal of troops begin within 120 days.

Bush's use of al Qaida in his speech had strong echoes of the strategy the administration had used to whip up public support for the Iraq invasion by accusing the late Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein of cooperating with bin Laden and implying that he'd played a role in the Sept. 11 attacks. Administration officials have since acknowledged that Saddam had no ties to bin Laden or 9-11.

A similar pattern has developed in Iraq, where the U.S. military has cited al Qaida 33 times in a barrage of news releases in the last seven days, and some news organizations have echoed the drumbeat. Last month, al Qaida was mentioned only nine times in U.S. military news releases.

In his speech, Bush referred only fleetingly to the sectarian violence that pits Sunni Muslim insurgents against Shiite Muslim militias in bloody tit-for-tat attacks, bombings, atrocities and forced mass evictions from contested areas of Baghdad and other cities and towns.

U.S. intelligence agencies and military commanders say the Sunni-Shiite conflict is the greatest source of violence and insecurity in Iraq.

"Extremists - most notably the Sunni jihadist group al Qaida in Iraq and Shia oppositionist Jaysh al-Mahdi - continue to act as very effective accelerators for what has become a self-sustaining struggle between Shia and Sunnis," the National Intelligence Council wrote in the unclassified key judgments of a National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq (PDF) published in January. Jaysh al Mahdi is Arabic for the Mahdi Army militia of anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al Sadr.

The council comprises the top U.S. intelligence analysts, and a National Intelligence Estimate is the most comprehensive assessment it produces for the president and a small number of his senior aides. It reflects the consensus of all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies.

In his speech, Bush made other questionable assertions.

He claimed that U.S. troops were fighting "block by block" in Baqouba, a city northeast of Baghdad, as part of an offensive to clear out al Qaida fighters.

But Gen. Raymond Odierno, the U.S. ground commander in Iraq, said earlier this month that 80 percent of the insurgents American troops expected to encounter in Baqouba had fled before the operation began, including much of the insurgent leadership.

There was little heavy fighting. Out of 10,000 U.S. troops involved, only one has been killed.

Bush categorically blamed al Qaida for the Feb. 22, 2006, bombing of the Askariya mosque, a sacred Shiite shrine in Samarra whose destruction accelerated sectarian bloodshed.

But no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, and U.S. officials say there's no proof that al Qaida in Iraq was responsible, only strong suspicions.

Critics of the war are questioning the administration's increasing references to al Qaida.

"We cannot attribute all the violence in Iraq to al Qaida," retired Army Maj. Gen. John Batiste, who commanded the 1st Infantry Division in Iraq before becoming an opponent of Bush's strategy there, told the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday. "Al Qaida is certainly a component, but there's larger components."


DEN said...

Gotta have a boogey man doncha know!

Keep him out front to scare the witless among us.

Be scared!

Be very scared!

Elevate the TERROR level to scared shytless!


micki said...

The Misunderestimated Mr. Cheney: The Vice President's Record of Willfully Violating the Law, And Wrongly Claiming Authority to Do So

I have noticed that more and more writers, with the depth of experience, wisdom, and moxie such as John Dean possesses in spades, are insinuating (between the lines) that Darth Cheney may have plans to maintain his amassed powers -- no matter what it takes.

Gerald may be prescient.

micki said...

RE John Deans article I posted above:

...under the Twenty-Fifth Amendment, the Vice President, when acting with a majority of the Cabinet, can also declare the president is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”

This is worrisome, to say the least.

Carey said...

I'm going to read the John Dean article later when I have time. I saw him last night on Olbermann. A voice of sanity through the dark night.

I'm sure everyone knows by now my husband died recently from a massive heart attack. I want to relay several important things I've experienced in the last month and a half while they're still fresh in my mind.

Yes, of course, you feel like you've been hit by a train: A combination of shock, trauma, fear, physical pain, the list goes on. You absolutely cannot think at all properly. Thoughts stream furiously at a maximum pace. Total self-monitoring is essential. You have to constantly direct your brain where it should go but it can't cooperate. The body becomes just as confused. The thought processes are so intense they become noisy, like static--a high level static and frequency. The best way to describe it is a feeling you've been drugged with a hallucinogenic. You physically don't see things correctly. Your vision is blurred somewhat and making up things by itself. The noise level in your head is so intense. It's not like voices, but many thoughts streaming. All accompanied by a feeling of being loved, warmed and hugged. A feeling of okayness.

This physical and psychological reaction is, I feel, critical to understanding the metaphysics of it all. Yes, you're not going to avoid the feeling of abandonment and lonliness. I am now absolutely assured that in a traumatic and life-changing event like this a person receives spiritual help.. This would be your relatives and friends on the other side. It felt clearly to be a group effort. How do I know this? The question for me is how do you not know it? How could one avoid this kind of spiritual awakening and guidance. This was brought to me. I was in no shape to know anything. It came to me. This I know. You don't have a say in it. It's there, period. After this experience I have no doubt, absolutely, whatsoever that we are helped during the huge crises in our lives.

Once you experience it, you know it. I've experienced some of this phenomena when my parents died, but nothing like this. When it's your life partner that's making the departure, everything comes to the fore spiritually. Life is a continuous ongoing state. The physicality of it changes. This is true for animals, for all of nature.

We are all one. I write this with utter confidence infused with actual experience. This event has strongly reinforced things you know deep in your heart, but have trouble keeping the faith about. (Gee, in Bush's America?) Ken's death has resulted in a reaffirmation of spiritual faith. I don't mean religious faith. I mean faith in the goodness of things.

You feel it. There's no denying it. Absolutely, we are never alone on this planet. Life is so difficult here, we need all the spiritual friencs we can find.

Everyone, I believe, in all realms, is gathering strength to fight the big one--global warming. We may loose this fight. As Dr. B. constantly warns us, it's not looking good for the human species on this planet.

One other thing. I'm not the only one who feels that spiritual realms are in a state of flux. You've all sensed it too. Something big is going to happen sooner, rather than later. The universe has decided homo sapiens are just too stupid and selfish to maintain a wondrous place like Earth.

The human race is about to receive one massive lesson.

I want to add that it's not just spirits, it's angels lovingly surrounding you too. I don't know positvely but it sure kind of feels like it.

Carey said...

Oh gee, I pressed publish instead of preview. Well, please excuse the typos.

DEN said...

I'll forgive your typos if you forgive my punctuationing and math skills.

Poignant description of your mental trauma Carey.

Shows real inner strength and sensitivity.


Carey said...

Capt brought up the "i" word. You can't avoid it. They're making it impossible.

I will say this. We may actually be forced into this, not that is a bad resolution. Pelosi's stand on impeachment is flexible, believe me. She just can't show it.

How can you not impeach Cheney????? He's shoved the whole thing into a corner.

David B. Benson said...

Carey --- Thanks. (I was so caught up in it I didn't notice the typos.)

Doesn't look good for lots of other species as well...

DEN said...

Funny jokes from funny people:

"Elizabeth Edwards called Ann Coulter on Chris Matthews' 'Hardball' yesterday to complain about the attacks on her husband. See, it's a good thing Coulter hadn't attacked Rudy Giuliani, or she would have had three angry wives calling" --Jay Leno

"This week they had the annual congressional baseball game. The House Republicans beat the House Democrats 5-2. Typical of both parties -- the Republicans kept stealing, and then after the game, the Democrats demanded a recount." --Jay Leno

"Ralph Nader talking about running for president again. He's been accused of being a spoiler. You know what that is? A spoiler is a politician who ruins the chances of another candidate. For example, Al Gore's spoiler was Ralph Nader. George Bush Sr.'s spoiler was H. Ross Perot. John Kerry's spoiler was John Kerry." --Jay Leno

"British Prime Minister Tony Blair left office after 10 years today. President Bush was pretty upset. Although they told President Bush that Blair just went to live on a farm." --Jay Leno

"Earlier this week President Bush took part in the taping of the Ford's Theatre gala that will air this December on ABC. It's a Christmas show and they tape it in June. It's always awkward taping six months in advance. For example, right now President Bush is still without a clear cut strategy for Iraq. But come December ... no, I guess we'll be okay." --Jay Leno

"Tonight we reveal another Dick-nugget with Part II of our classified number of parts series, 'You Don't Know Dick.' ... What did the vice president of the United States recently have removed? Is it A) blood clots in his legs -- by the way, the vice president's blood type: B-extremely negative. Did he have his tramp stamp removed? ... Or, C) himself from the visible world. Believe it or not, the answer is C. While the White House and the Capitol appear crystal clear on Google Earth, the Naval Observatory, the vice president's official residence, appears only as an obscured mass of pixels. That's a shrewd move on Cheney's part, aimed to protect him from evil-doers savvy enough to know how to use Google Earth but too dumb to realize they can still find him on MapQuest. " --Jon Stewart

micki said...

An evolutionary process, examined and eloquently explained!

Thanks, Carey.

Waht tpyos?!

carey said...


Gerald may be prescient.

I believe Gerald's proclamations, though harsh sounding, are closer on the mark than alot of people's. More and more we see his nightmare visions coming true.

It appears Gerald has some sort of proclivity for clairvoyance.

micki said...


Whatever it is, he has expressed his anticipation of the course of events and it's beginning to look more and more likely that he's on the mark. Unfortunately. (...she said with sadness.)

BUT! Never lose hope!