Saturday, February 04, 2006

Uh-oh... Another One of the Bush Boys In Trouble?

First it was Neil, who got buried in the S&L scandal during the 80's.

Then it was Dubya, who was being beaten down over the false statements that led the U.S. into a war with Iraq. The second phase of a congressional investigation into this has been delayed over and over again by congressional Republicans.

Next, it was Dubya again, whose staff appeared to be involved in outing a CIA operative in an attempt to smear her spouse. One indictment has already been made. More may be coming. Stay tuned on this one.

Once more, Dubya was the problem child, being accused of ineptitude and cronyism for putting Michael Brown into a position as the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, whose qualifications spoke for themselves. He had previously been raising horses. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Dubya continued to put his foot firmly in his mouth by telling him, "Brownie, you're doin' a heck of a job" as thousands of people stood outside the Superdome in New Orleans, surrounded by flood waters, dead bodies, and human filth. The one thing that they didn't have plenty of in New Orleans was food and drinkable water. A heck of a job, indeed.

Again, Dubya's misfortune hit the spotlight when it was leaked to the press that he had been allowing the NSA to conduct wiretaps without getting warrants from the FISA (Foreign Intelligence surveillance Act) court, contravening a 1978 law that required obtaining warrants within 72 hours after the wiretaps were started. In an attempt to clear his name, Dubya came forward and admitted to it, and then insisted that there was nothing illegal about his activities. He also launched an investigation - not into the legality of his actions, though. Instead, he launched an investigation into finding out where the press had gotten the information about his illegal wiretapping program.

In the latest edition of Dubya's "Operation: Bungle", new documents have come to light concerning his actions and proposed plans in the lead-up to the war in Iraq. These plans included painting an unmanned spy plane to look like a U.N. plane in an attempt to get Saddam to fire on it, thereby justifying the invasion.

However... Lest we forget, there is...Another.

Some of you may recall Jeb. He's the governor of Florida. You do remember Florida, don't you? If not, think back to about, oh, six years or so, in November of 2000. Still nothing? What about Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris? I bet it's starting to sound familiar now. Here are a few more hints: voter fraud, voter intimidation, incorrectly scrubbed voter rolls. If you can't figure it out on your own by now, you'll just have to look it up.

Anyway, Jeb is in the news again, this time with a possible connection to that Republican favorite, convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

According to an article in the (Rockford, Illinois) Rock River Times, Jeb has ordered the shredding of documents and public records, bringing in a team from Texas to replace key members of his Tallahassee staff and oversee the shredding of the documents.

A source at the FBI confirmed that the records were being destroyed, and added that it might be in response to the ongoing probe into Abramoff's activities, as well as a federal investigation of a 2001 gangland-style murder in Miami of a casino boat owner.

Recently, while reading Al Franken's book, Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right, I saw a short description of the time Franken met Barbara Bush on an airplane. During their brief conversation, Mrs. Bush told Franken that she was proud of all of her sons. (I have heard no mention of Melvin, who appears to be the Steven Baldwin of the Bush family.) Apparently, she is also very proud of her daughter, Dorothy, who has yet to be indicted for anything as of yet.

Stay tuned to see who will be the next Bush spawn to be connected with some sort of illegal activities!

All the best,

(Author's Note: There was also a second Bush daughter, Robin, who passed away at the age of three from leukemia in 1953. Since I spent a good part of this article - pretty much all of it, really - making fun of the Bush brothers, I thought it would be in poor taste to mention this in the article and I didn't want anyone to think I was making light of her death.)

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Time For A Pop Quiz!

I was over at Newshounds, reading about the Cindy Sheehan arrest - by the way, the Capitol Police want to drop the charges (more on this later) - and I ran across this quote:

"But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”

Sound familiar at all?

More importantly, who do you think said that? (Answer at the bottom of this post.)

Concerning the arrest of Sheehan, a war protester whose son, Casey, was killed in Iraq: Sheehan was invited by a California congresswoman and arrived at the House, where she was directed to her seat by a Capitol Policeman. As she was sitting down and taking off her coat (she only had her left arm out of its sleeve), the same person who seated her came running down the steps, grabbed her arms and put them behind her, and rushed her back up the stairs and out of the chamber. She was handcuffed in the hall. She did not say a word, other than to ask the policeman why he was being so rough.

Why did this happen? Because of the t-shirt she was wearing, which said "2245 Dead. How many more?". See, there are supposedly no protests allowed in the chamber during the State of the Union speech. During a similar incident at one of former president Clinton's SOTU speeches, a guy named Dave Delp was removed from the chamber for wearing a shirt that said "Clinton doesn't inhale. He sucks." The difference, however, is that Delp wasn't arrested.

Another person who wasn't arrested was Beverly Young, the wife of Representative C.W. Bill Young (R-FL). Mrs. Young was asked to leave the chamber for wearing a shirt that said "Support the Troops -- Defending Our Freedom."

Unlike Cindy Sheehan, Mrs. Young did cause a fuss, but she was not arrested or handcuffed or charged. Mrs. Young asked Capitol Police why she had to leave the chamber and was told that there were no protests allowed.

“They said I was protesting,” Young told the St. Petersburg Times. “I said, ‘Read my shirt, it is not a protest.’ They said, ‘We consider that a protest.’ I said, ‘Then you are an idiot.”’

Representative Young this morning made a speech on the floor of the House, holding up his wife's shirt, apparently milking his fellow representatives for some sympathy. While this probably didn't get him any sympathy, it did draw attention to the fact that Mrs. Sheehan's shirt could hardly be called a "protest", and now the Capitol Police are scrambling to get the message out that they've dropped the charges against her. As well, apologies have been issued from the Capitol to Mrs. Young and Mrs. Sheehan.

Now, back to the pop quiz at the beginning of this article. Once more, here's the quote:

"But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”

Did you figure it out? If not, here's the answer for you:

It was Hermann Goering, President of the Reichstag, Nazi Party.

Think about it.

All the best,

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Thanks, Folks!

Well, this was fun. I want to thank Jeff and Bobbie for stopping by and commenting, as well as anyone else who hung out to read while listening.

Wait till the November congressional elections... That'll be a fun one...

See ya later!

All the best,

And that's all folks...

This post is the one to discuss everything you heard tonight. I'll be there in a second...


Zell Miller: Not A Fan Of AIDS Legislation

They just panned the crowd after Dubya's comments about getting more medication quicker for AIDS patients, and the camera landed on Zell Miller, a supposed Democrat who challenged a network reporter to a duel during the Republican National Convention.

Zell doesn't look to happy about that...


Human Life...Should Not Be Put Up For Sale

You just know that Clarence Thomas is wondering whether that includes the $50 he got for donating at all the sperm banks around D.C.


Our Children...Who Need Direction In Love..."

Well, let's see. In Red States, where only abstinence is taught, the teen birth average is higher than those of Blue States, where sex education actually happens. Which do you choose?


The Abortion Thing...

I don't really want to get into this issue, because everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Let me just go on record as saying that a woman's body is exactly that. I have no say over it.



ThatBobbieGirl says:




"Make Our Dependence On Middle Eastern Oil A Thing Of The Past...", until we get around to that whole "clean energy sources' thing going, we're gonna drill in ANWR. Gotta do it... If you're against ANWR drillin', you're with the "terrists"...


Might As Well Face It, You're Addicted To Oil...

I can quit any time I want to... I swear it...


Hold On...Here Comes The Medical Insurance Account B.S.

I wonder who he keeps leering at when he looks over at the Dem side of the room...


Wait A Minute...

A few minutes ago, Dubya was going on and on about how America needs immigrants to help keep us going, but now he wants to tighten up the border?


Finally, A Standing 'O' From The Dems!

Dubya finally got 'em to cheer by saying "Congress didn't act on my social security reform..."

Whaddaya suppose that was about? Could it be that they though his reform plan was complete and utter B.S.? That's where my money is...


"Two Of My Dad's Favorite People"

Senator Clinton didn't look too amused by the Clinton joke...


The Dems Don't Look Too Pleased

And he just keeps smirking away at them... I'd love to see someone just slap that smirk off his face...


"Make The Tax Cuts Permanent..."

...because all those rich white guys need a third home...


4.6 Million New Jobs...

And how many of those match the jobs that have been lost? What's the average wage for the new ones compared to the old ones that were lost by allowing corporations to move their business to foreign countries?


"Appropriate Members of Congress"?

I wonder who he meant by that. Certainly not Seantor Clinton, who is looking pretty amused by these comments...


Did I Just Hear Some Boos?

The folks on the Democratic side of the House certainly didn't jump out of their seats to applaud the Patriot Act thing, did they?


Poverty, Corruption, Despair...

Hey, I know where some of that is, and it's WAY easier to get to than some country across the Atlantic!


"A Free And Democratic Iran..."

Loosely translated, that means "watch your butts, Iran... We're eyeballin' y'all already..."


Workin' the Crowd!

Yes, evil Iran...

Who was it that sold them arms to fund an illegal, undeclared war in Nicaragua?

Oh! Wait! That was us, wasn't it? Just like we supplied Saddam with the gas he used on the Kurds?


Accountable Institutions?!?

What does this monkey-boy know about accountability?


Scanning The Crowd...

I note that Samuel Alito and his wife are in the crowd. Who was that person standing next to her? Daughter? Au pair? British nanny?



I just got this e-mail from Jeff (see his blog link on the right). Here's what he says:

"the United States will continue to lead..."

Leading the world in debt,
job loss,

Good one, Jeff!


"Hindsight is not wisdom..."

"..and second-guessing is not a straegy..."

Nor is pretending everything is fine, but I guess nobody told him that...


"The Road of Victory is The Road to Bring Our Troops Home..."

But we've apparently lost the map... One o' them "terrists" musta stole it!


All right... Back To Business...

Thank goodness has video of it going on...


What the..?!?

Well... Here's a problem I didn't expect... The radio station just interrupted to GO TO A COMMERCIAL!!!

Trying to find the speech again... Hold tight...


First mention of 9/11!

Wow. Not even two minutes in, and he's already mentioned 9/11 and tried to tie it in with Iraq with the "weapons of mass destruction" comment. Pretty slick.


Aaaaand...We're Off!

"Tonight the state of our union is strong..."

...if you're a rich white guy!



A big howdy to Bobbie and anyone else checking in... Hope you can stick around for a bit!

Still waiting for Dubya to start up. They're just now getting everyone seated. Not very organized, are they?


Hail to the Thief...

They're saying on ABC Radio that "this isn't going to be a 'rearview' speech... The president will be looking forward."

Of course he won't be looking back! He doesn't want to see the mess he left back there!


More on Sheehan...

Apparently, she opened up an anti-war banner in the House chamber, which is against the law.

She will be held for one hour. (Just long enough for the speech to end.)


This Just in...

The excitement has already started!

Apparently, Cindy Sheehan was invited to the SOTU speech. She has just been arrested!

More on this as it continues...



The radio is working again. Apparently, the radio station was broadcasting what sounded like someone's cell phone that had been left on. I kept hearing car doors opening and closing, engines running, and voices speaking very quietly in the background. Weird.

But everything's up and running. I'm surrounded by munchies and Coke. I have settled into my comfortable computer chair. There are bratwursts filled with cheese and wrapped in croissants warming up in the oven as a post-speech snack.

To quote the Chimp-in-Chief: "Bring 'em on..."

Back in ten minutes!


15 Minutes And Counting!

In fifteen minutes, the State of the Union speech will take place. Currently, though, I'm a bit concerned, as I just turned on my radio to listen, and all I get is dead air. What's the dea with that?

Stay tuned...

All the best,

Monday, January 30, 2006

We're Going Real-Time!

Tomorrow evening, "President" Bush will be giving his State of the Union speech.

I'm going to be here, blogging in real-time, for you folks. I had such a good time doing this during the 2004 debates that I've decided to do it again.

Make sure to come by and check it out! Leave a comment or two.

All the best,

"Your Honor, We Was Hyp-mo-tized!"

They spotted their target.

They lined up their shots.

They squeezed the trigger...

And 19 - I said NINETEEN - Democratic senators shot themselves squarely in the foot.

Senators Akaka (HI), Baucus (MT), Bingaman (NM), Byrd (WV), Cantwell (WA), Carper (DE), Conrad (ND), Dorgan (ND), Inouye (HI), Johnson (SD), Kohl (WI), Landrieu (LA), Lieberman (CT), Lincoln (AR), Nelson (FL), Nelson (NE), Pryor (AR), Rockefeller (WV), and Salazar (CO) turned their backs on the people who put them in office, not to mention the rest of the people of the country who loved the freedom they had.

By voting against a filibuster, and joining the ranks of the 55 goose-stepping Republicans who want to confirm Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court for a 74-25 vote, the 19 Democrats listed above have thrown in the towel and offered up a free pass to the "president" so he could finish destroying the Constitution at his own leisure.

Senators Kennedy and Kerry of Massachusettes both went through the motions to get a vote to continue debate, according to the Washington Post, but were well aware that the odds were against them. That didn't stop Senator Kennedy from making a passionate speech on the floor of the Senate this morning.

"Judge Alito's long record as both a Justice Department official and appellate judge leaves no doubt that he would expand executive power at the expense of basic individual liberties, limit constitutional protections for privacy, and restrict the ability of Congress to protect civil and individual rights," Senator Kennedy's prepared statement said. (I wasn't able to catch his speech on C-SPAN.)

Senator Kennedy also said, "Judge Alito's record strongly suggests he will not be the kind of Justice who will tell even the President that he has gone too far. He's been a longstanding advocate for expanding executive power, even at the expense of core individual liberties. He has been a strong supporter of the extreme theory of the 'unitary executive,' which would produce a major shift in the traditional balance of power from Congress to the President. This theory has been repeatedly cited by the Bush Administration as the legal rationale for its truly extraordinary claims of authority to ignore statutory limitations on its power and even to deny the right of judicial review of some of its actions. Judge Alito's statements show that he would expand Presidential power far beyond its current Constitutional boundaries."

Also speaking on the floor was Kennedy's fellow Massachusettes Senator John F. Kerry.

"[I]n this case, Judge Alito comes to the floor in a straight party line, particularly divided vote," Senator Kerry said. "In a divided country, at a time of heightened partisan tensions, at a time of ideology often trumping common sense or broad public interest, the President has chosen to send a Supreme Court nominee who comes directly out of a revolt by the ideological wing of his party in order to satisfy their demand for ideological orthodoxy."

He added, “Some people obviously delight in that. We’ve read about that today in the New York Times. And that is their right. But most don’t. Most don’t think that is the way to pick a Supreme Court Justice. It doesn’t mean it’s good for the country. It doesn’t mean it fills our current needs, and it doesn’t mean it is even the right thing to do."

He also pointed out that Alito was not the president's "first pick," saying that Harriet Myers' opposition came not from the Democrats, but from hard right Republicans. "They challenged her ideological purity with such conviction that the President capitulated to their demands and gave them Judge Alito instead—a nominee who they received with gleeful excitement."

Unfortunately, all was for naught. As it stands, from an update I just heard on Air America Radio, Alito now has a total of seventy-four votes in his favor. I hope those Democrats who have decided that their political gains are more important than the people the represent are busy packing their offices. Many are already calling for their resignations. If they don't resign, the voters will push them out in the midterm elections this fall, possibly with a Democrat who actually posesses a spine, or an Independent. I wouldn't hold my breath to see them replaced with Republicans, though. A recent ABC/Wahington Post Poll shows that 54% of voters would prefer a Democrat-controlled congress over Republican (38%) congress.

Speaking of polls, here are some other fun numbers to look at:

Dubya's job rating: 41% approve, 55% disapprove.

The Current, Republican-controlled Congress: 43% approve, 53% disapprove.

The Direction of the country: 33% think it's the right direction, 63% think it's the wrong direction.

Iraq: 39% approve, 60% disapprove.

Sounds to me like Dubya and his pals have their own feet in their sights, what with the Abramoff scandal, the Plame scandal, the NSA wiretapping scandal... So many more to choose from.

Hey, that reminds me... What ever happened to that "mandate" of Dubya's? You know...that (questionable) 51% of Americans who thought he was the right man for the job? What happened to them?

Oh, right! They woke up.

All the best,