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Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Just to pump Bush up.

Schwarzenegger at the Rcon said:

"That's what I admire most about the president. He's a man of perseverance. He's a man of inner strength. He is a leader who doesn't flinch, who doesn't waiver, and does not back down."

Has the Governator not been paying attention? Not been keeping up with events that shape our country? Not reading the news?

Let's review this that and the other thing, shall we.

Was he shooting a movie when this flinching happened?
Bush Backs Independent 9/11 Commission

WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 2002 — Reversing course, President Bush said today he now supports establishing an independent commission to investigate the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Missed the Rice back down?
Bush relents -- Rice to testify to 9/11 panel

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2004-- President Bush, changing course after more than a week on the receiving end of intense political pressure, agreed Tuesday to allow his national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, to testify publicly before the commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
SF Gate
And didn't see the waivering on the other?
Bush Backs Away From His Claims About Iraq Arms

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 2004 — President Bush declined Tuesday to repeat his claims that evidence that Saddam Hussein had illicit weapons would eventually be found in Iraq, but he insisted that the war was nonetheless justified because Mr. Hussein posed "a grave and gathering
threat to America and the world."
New York Times

Kudos to the Governator for his inattention thus allowing him to make his statement with a clear conscience.

Puppet Problem

Do I really need to comment?

"We have a clear vision on how to win the war on terror and bring peace to the world."
George W. Bush,July 30th 2004.

"I don't think you can win it (i.e., the war on terror). But I think you can create conditions so that the those who use terror as a tool are less acceptable in parts of the world."
George W. Bush, August 28th, 2004

"We meet today in a time of war for our country, a war (i.e., the war on terror) we did not start yet one that we will win."
George W. Bush, August 31st, 2004
Maybe a little comment .
It would be no problem with this position changing if Bush would just admit to changing positions. However, this Administration claims it never changes positions.

Let's see:
First we can win. Then we can't and in 3 days we can again.

How could Bush have such a change in just 3 days? Good Intel? Military Victory? Political Strategy? Puppet Problem?

Simple, when he said we couldn't win, Karl Rove's hand was not up his ass as it was an un-scripted one on one interview(I know, I'm stretching giving Bush a full "one" status) .
When he said we can win he was reading what he was suppose to read - saying the scripted lines.

Bonzo just got off message a bit.

PUpdate: Puppet Reparsing (note bold text and Italics)-

"I don't think you can win it (i.e., Matt Lauer
can't win the war on terror).
But I think you (i.e., Matt Lauer who can't win the war on terror) can create conditions (with the Today show) so that the those who use terror as a tool are less acceptable in parts of the world." (meaning more acceptable in other parts and somewhat acceptable in others. This a scale of acceptability.)
George W. Bush, August 28th, 2004

"I don't think ( end of thought------ start new thought) you can win it...."
George W. Bush, August 28th, 2004

Monday, August 30, 2004

Some collected links

There you go again or where did we put our WMD related materials? :
Radioactive fuel rods missing from a former reactor near Eureka.

Stem cell progress - chew on this:
Man grows jaw bone replacement in back

Time off or less wages:
Jaguar Cars Cuts Production Because of Poor US Sales

Watch your safety?:
Little-known police force surveillance at RNC

A video by Howard Bloom (not so sure of this one, but it's interesting):
Why they Hate us

Toys and games:
2nd Toy Found In Candy Appears To Depict Osama

There is still a WAR by the way:
In Western Iraq, Fundamentalists Hold U.S. at Bay

Sunday, August 29, 2004

Slip of the tongue? Did he really admit to it?

Bush Says to Time Magazine (via drudge -- ugh) regarding the Not so Swift, Not so on the Boat, for Not much Truth smear.

“His service was honorable, as far as I’m concerned. This debate ought to be about who can lead the war on terror. And that’s where I’ll conduct it. I can understand why Senator Kerry is upset with us. I wasn’t so pleased with the ads that were run about me. And my call is get rid of them all, now.”
Now. Isn’t that nice. He understands. He even says he understands why “Kerry is upset with us”.


US !

Did he say, “us”?

BUSH: “I can understand why Senator Kerry is upset with us.”

(We hear the sound of my jaw hitting the floor. Far off in his dark evil lair, Karl Rove’s hand smacks the forehead we dare not speak of…Thunk.)

Yup it’s right there clear as day I’m liberally picking my jaw up from the floor.

Ok, maybe he misspoke. He says all kinds of things that don’t make a heck of a lotta sense.


This was a classic Freudian slip.
Bush doesn’t do interviews very well. He has a hard time when unscripted. He also has a hard time when he’s totally under pressure. (Witness: “Tribal Sovereignty.”Come on People, a Presidential nervous breakdown.)

But I suppose when you have Rove’s hand up your ass, it has to be bloody uncomfortable. And you just might let it slip that you and your guys were behind the Not So Swift Not On the Boaters ...


You gotta be kidding me. How could anyone with half a brain (I mean that in the kindest way, really) make that mistake? If you don’t have anything to do with it, uh, don’t say “us.” And especially if you are trying to say that you aren’t involved in any way. but folks keep dropping like flies

Saturday, August 28, 2004

Crossfire - Weiner on Cowards

On Crossfire Friday we had Carville (brilliant man, won’t back down at all. Ya gotta love that.) Novak (a man who’s name sounds like a Star Trek Villain), Charlie Black (A Preprogrammed Republican automaton strategist, just read the transcript and you’ll see) and Congressman Anthony Weiner (who’s name is, at the very least, very unfortunate)

We’ll take up the conversation with Sybok NOvak

NOVAK: Congressman, I just wonder. Just as a straight political question, do you think -- Senator John Glenn was interviewed on CNN today. And he suggested -- he hinted that perhaps Senator Kerry made a mistake in bringing up the question of his war record, which is highly questionable. Do you think, as a fellow candidate, Senator Kerry made a mistake both in bringing it up and then not in reacting fast enough?

WEINER: Let me just see if I understand the question.

Was it a mistake at the convention where he was made the candidate and introduced to the country to talk about the fact that he was a war hero and have people testify to that, especially when juxtaposed against the cowards Cheney and Bush, who did not serve?

NOVAK: Cowards? You call them cowards?


WEINER: Yes, I think that was exactly the right thing to have said, exactly the right thing.
Novak then pulls out the military card to change the direction of the discussion and Wiener then resorts to sarcasm, but it is here he missed the opportunity to craft the next attack.
And how could he miss it - he was prepared for the talking point earlier in the fight:

WEINER: …He miscalculated how many more people in poverty. He miscalculated the events in Iraq, which he freely admits…
Once the “coward” was out of the bag Weiner needed to hit it with a stick lest it not jump up and bite us all in the ass.

The talkback at Novak should have been

It’s not simply about Bush and Cheney not serving Bob,
Bush is has continued to act cowardly.

Cowardly in the way he has dealt with the poor.
Cowardly in his actions towards minorities.
Cowardly in his refusal and subsequent embrace of the 911 commission.
Cowardly in his refusal to testify alone in front of the commission.
Cowardly in his failure to fund No Child Left Behind.
A Cowardly policy of Preemptive War against any "perceived" enemy.

And Cowardly spent 7 minutes fiddling with "My Pet Goat" whilst New York burned.

Shall I continue? Both you and I know the list is quite long.
Or will you defend your Presidents record, his decisions and his actions.

At this point Novak’s head would have exploded.

A little bit of humor

Just a couple small chuckles for Saturday morning.

Bush Like Churchill and FDR

And a Fire alarm in Bob Dole's Pants

Friday, August 27, 2004

The Epitome of a Problem.

A letter to the editor in the San Diego Union Tribune on 8/13/2004 says alot.
The letter contained the following:

John Edwards was so successful as a trial lawyer that it is now almost impossible to find a gynecologist in Alabama.

The problem here should be obvious. See it? Not yet eh?
Look again at the bold text and it's not the trial lawyer part.

John Edwards was so successful as a trial lawyer that it is now almost impossible to find a gynecologist in Alabama.

See it now?

Point one: Richard is a MAN. Why does he need a gynecologist?

Point two: Richard lives in Santee California. Why is he looking for a gynecologist in Alabama?

Ok so maybe he’s trying to make a point, his point.
But why Alabama? Don’t know.

But that’s not the real problem nor my point. The deal is that he’s a man, and that’s whole the problem with the Pro-life/Pro-Choice debate. We have too many dogs in the fight that really don’t have a stake in it. It should be up to the women and the women only.

Why just women? Because this is a question of what women can or cannot do to their own bodies. This shouldn’t be a question of what men think women should do with women’s bodies.

Haven’t we come farther than that? Have we not risen above the subjugation of women as a “second class” object? May be not.

If we think that women are smart and can think for themselves then this decision should be left up to them. Men can talk and talk and talk about the subject, but they have no real reference point. They are not women.

As men, this only affects them in a “moral” sense. In other words – how it affects their personal beliefs. Pretty weak reason since men won’t have morally based decisions about their bodies decided upon for them – hence no truly personal reasons – just ambiguous moral feelings inside that get projected upon others .

By the way, I’m a man, if you were wondering, so I best just shut up now.

Thursday, August 26, 2004

Oh for Bush to find Sophrosyne

Webster’s defines this ancient Greek term as: "moderation; discretion; prudence,".

But that doesn’t really get to the essence nor the importance of this ancient Greek idea. The absence of this idea in today’s’ world, particularly in politics today, seeds our downward spiral to a rigid thoughtless society of lemmings.

To give a better sense of the gravity of this “idea loss” let me quote the editors of The Collected Dialogues of Plato (Princeton University Press, 1989),

The truth is that this quality, this sophrosyne, which to the Greeks was an ideal second to none in importance, is not among our ideals. We have lost the conception of it. Enough is said about it in Greek literature for us to be able to describe it in some fashion, but we cannot give it a name. It was the spirit behind the two great Delphic sayings, "Know thyself" and "Nothing in excess." Arrogance, insolent self-assertion, was the quality most despised by the Greeks. Sophrosyne was the exact opposite. It meant accepting the bounds which excellence lays down for human nature, restraining impulses to unrestricted freedom, to all excess, obeying the inner laws of harmony and proportion.

Can we find this again?
Is anyone even looking for it?

Ignorance is Strength in 2004

We have already been fed and have simply swallowed the first two of the Party slogans.

War is Peace: We know have a Perpetual war against Terrorism. A War that can't end because the enemies will keep changing. In this case we don't fight a single or multiple enemy, but rather an obscure idea that can include anyone who is not with us. As this is the case, and as it is the case that we now will wage preemptive War to keep us safe, we can continue this War ad infinitum.

Freedom is Slavery: With the Patriot Act we give up Freedom because we simply must do so to protect ourselves from those who wish to "take it from us". As such, the "freedom" we protect is what enslaves us - It is the thing that we need to regulate and control so we can be safe.

Now with the 527 / smear boat ad issue we reach the 3rd pillar of Big Brother.

Ignorance is Strength: BushCo to take legal action against ALL 527 groups - clearly attempting to limit speech. Then on the other face they say they are out defending free speach - hmm wanting to have it both ways much ? - classic Doublethink. In essence BushCo is saying only government controlled speech will be allowed in the political process cuz the other kind of speech is all doubleplusungood. As such, individual opinion is silenced. Sure this takes care of the false and negative admakers but it also muzzles legitimate groups (on all sides) who wish to present statements of documented fact. We, the public, get less but more controlled information and according to BushCo this is doubleplusgood because it makes the process stronger. So, less information gives us stronger opinions and beliefs - Ignorance is Strength.

Everyone belly up to the table and open wide, the 3rd course is on the way.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Daily Show Hits Target Again

Eschaton has the particualr arrow of which I speak.

Krugman -The Rambo Coalition

Paul Krugman writes a great Op-Ed in the NY Times

As a domestic political strategy, Mr. Bush's posturing worked brilliantly. As a strategy against terrorism, it has played right into Al Qaeda's hands. Thirty years after Vietnam, American soldiers are again dying in a war that was sold on false pretenses and creates more enemies than it kills.

It should come as no surprise, then, that Mr. Bush - who must defend the indefensible - has turned to those who still refuse to face the truth about Vietnam.

All the credible evidence, from military records to the testimony of those who served with Mr. Kerry, confirms his wartime heroism. Why, then, are some veterans willing to join the smear campaign? Because they are angry about his later statements against the war. Yet making those statements was itself a heroic act - and what he said then rings truer than ever.


Why No Numbers?

Can't find the swift boat vets book? How come?

It very well may be the suppliers are creating their very own shortage.

Its publisher, Regnery Publishing Inc., won't have more books available until later this week, and that order also will not be able to meet demand,
Barnes & Noble CEO Steve Riggio said in a release.
Riggio said Barnes & Noble has no political agenda.
"The fact is Regnery has not been able to keep up with customer demand for this title," he said. "Further, the publisher cut our original order for the book in half. We've been put in the
difficult position of having to defend ourselves over a title we can't seem to get enough copies of from the publisher."

Classic way to create a fake shortage, and totally guarantee a news story about the lack of availability.
Notice that we see no numbers in the story. If I ship 5 books and 6 people want them then I have shortage. Just keep the supply less than the demand and the story will have legs....8 creepy hairy legs

Sunday, August 22, 2004

Let's go to the Extremes


Tonight we are pleased to bring you two Extreme positions and the correct extreme conclusion.

Let's get ready to RUMMMMmmmBLE...

First in the Red corner on the right - The Not so Swift Not so on the Boat Veterans for Not much Truth.

Swiftees have remarked that, if Kerry faked even one of these awards, he owes the Navy 243 additional days in Vietnam before he runs for anything.... Indeed, many share the feelings of Admiral Roy Hoffmann, to whom all Swiftees reported: Kerry simply ''bugged out'' when the heat was on.
Copyright © 2004 by John E. O'Neill and Jerome L. Corsi

And on the Left in the blue corner is's well documented that George W. Bush never showed up for National Guard duty for a period of approximately one year, possibly more, in 1972-1973.

Ok, now that we have both extreme sides, what is the extreme

Well, if we accept either side as true we'll surely need to accept the other as true ( we are using extremes remember) there is only one thing we can say.

Both Men owe this country more time.
Send both men back to War. And, Hey! we got one going right this moment.

Yes, that's what I said. Make them fight, it would make a good test. Of coarse both would have to suck it up and do the grunt work, just like the young men who keep dying each and everyday. No deferments, and no easy duty.

History tells me if he had to go back, John Kerry would and could do it.

George Bush on the other hand, I'm not so sure.

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

The emperor has no clothes

so many films this election year that show BushCo as they really are.
Some Now playing and Some coming Soon to a theater near you.

Make sure to check out the Team America trailer.
It looks like the South Park guys have outdone themsleves .

God of War

A very clever bit of thought about the attacks on Kerry.

How in God's name will they spin this?

Bush wants an amendment to the constitution Banning gay marriage.

So how does he deal with this WMD (wedding of mass destruction)?

Look the other way?? Call another Terror Alert?

remember, as Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa said
" I would argue that the future of America hangs in the balance, because the future of the family hangs in the balance..."

Condi - Master Fabricator

This really puts the point across about our National inSecurity Advisor and her ability to twist the facts.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

gotta love that old time religion

Eat it or go to hell.

Olympic Security with Michael Mouse and Robert bin Laden

Ok,, this first one is real, or claims to be real. If it is then --- EEKK!!!

This other one is Satire.........

Friday, August 13, 2004

Test Them both Now

We test our children in school to see what they know. We test them again and again to gauge where they are at and what they retain. We continue to give more complex tests to see how they think and how they express themselves. In Short, we test and test and test. Even after schoool many jobs require a kind of test for hire.

With that said, I have a question.

Why don't we test the knowledge our Presidential Candidates?

These guys are suppose to be smart enough to think on their feet, be clear with their positions and ideas, and be able to make decisions, so why not a little test?

It should be required. An Essay test. Each Man gets a pen, a blue book, and the test questions. They complete the test BY THEMSELVES < ALONE in a room > WITHOUT ANY HELP.

Let the media create the test. General policy questions, requiring complex answers. But with questions that won't require either right or wrong answers but would allow the men to articulate their positions and arguments on the main issues regarding the US and the world.

Would the candidates do it? Don't know....
Should they be required to do it? Heck yeah...

It's really simple, let's see what THEY know, not what their "people" know, but the candidates themselves, thinking on their feet, by themselves.

If someone can't do an essay test on what they claim to be experts at, then they have no place being the President.

Monday, August 09, 2004

A Gaffe From the Present..

Bush does it again.
Another Classic show of stupidity . (linked from the Daily Kos.)

Saturday, August 07, 2004

A gaffe from the past

It's still funny and deserves a reprise
"fool me once...."
A special thanx to John Stewart and the guys at the daily show.

Friday, August 06, 2004

Tee Hee

Just go and see it..

Bush vs. Bush

Tee Hee

Thursday, August 05, 2004

Classic Bush form

A bit historical and a bit hysterical,,,but still why doesn't this happen at the US Presidential press conferences,,,
oh yeah we don't really have them

Bush Speaks the Truth,, no really

Note the last 4 words,,,

“Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we,” Bush said. “They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.” -- President Bush


Vampira Conservitia

I knew it,, I just knew it,,

What the @#$%?

either she's a Liar or she's giving up classified secrets,,,,0,7701258.story?coll=sfla-news-florida

I pick Liar.,..

raising the level of discourse

Well the Bush cam-pain is at it again,, and this time they pissed off Mcain,.,,,,

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

The people are insane

like I said ,,,
and these folks should be put in rubber room.