Tuesday, August 31, 2004
On Monday, the Family Steering Committee issued a statement saying, "This administration has not fully cooperated with the 9/11 commission. ... President Bush opposed the creation of the 9/11 commission and his administration has set up roadblocks that have inhibited the commission's progress.''
When Republicans chose to hold their presidential nominating convention in New York City this summer, the idea of Ground Zero as a backdrop could not have been far from their minds.
Now they have to worry about protests from the victims' families.
"President Bush promised in a speech he gave in 2002 that he would not use the site for political reasons," said Lasar. "We believed him. We trusted him. He has broken his promise to us. To say that we're outraged is the truth."
So how's the 911 fest? I mean, the con convention. Oh, and I particularly like when the speakers said Osama is wanted dead or alive and we can win the war on terror. Oh shit, they didn't say anything like that? My bad; must've been the cold medicine.
Then there's this:
The U.S. ambassador to Iraq, John Negroponte, has recommended to State Department officials that the $3.34 billion be reallocated from water, sewage and electricity projects. If security is improved, oil production could be increased, eventually making more money available for reconstruction, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Then there's this:
A militant Iraqi group said it had killed 12 Nepali hostages and showed pictures of one being beheaded and others being gunned down in the worst violence against captives since a wave of kidnappings erupted in April.
Then there's the con's convention. Headlines like this from the AP "Republicans Assail Kerry at Convention" or this from Rueters "Republicans Show Compassionate Side in New York" makes my head spin. I saw a lot of vitriol, a lot of snide swipes, a lot of arrogance, and a lot of misrepresentation of both Kerry and the reasons we went to war. The band aids of purple hearts were truly telling of their attitudes. not only does it depict their feelings towards vets in general (you may or may have not earned that purple heart -- we'll decide; and if we don't think you beld enough, we reserve the right to make fun of you accordingly) and they won't hesitate to sink to any depths to make a dig, nudge each other in the ribs, and laugh at anyone who is not them --
Democrats need to highlight the bandaids, we can't win, and my pet goat at every freakin' stop.
I have always been on the fence with McCain. I respected him. No more. To not call out the despicible display by the congregation is dishonourable and weak. He also earns the "just shut up award". No particular reason -- just shut up.
Oh well, at least there's the violence of the protesters we can focus on.
Sunday, August 29, 2004
"Vice President Dick Cheney (news - web sites) campaigned his way into the convention city three days ahead of the president, praising him as "calm in a crisis, comfortable with responsibility and determined to do everything needed to protect our people."
uh, an f-14 can travel 200 miles in 7 minutes -- i don't know if i want bush's kind of calm.
""Had we to do it over again, we would look at the consequences of catastrophic success, being so successful so fast that an enemy that should have surrendered or been done in escaped and lived to fight another day," Bush said."
Catastrophic success? oh shit. That's funny. At least he's half right.
Meanwhile "Several protesters carried flag-draped, coffin-shaped boxes through the streets, meant to draw attention to the U.S. death toll in Iraq. "
Yep, those 3 freaking people with those coffins. crazy kids.
Where are the pictures of this?
In a smaller protest, police used clubs briefly to disperse a handful of demonstrators holding a kiss-in not far from Times Square. There were no immediate details about injuries or arrests.
Um, yeah, read my lips -- they are dangerous. And used clubs briefly, as in only slamming a few blows to the heads of protestors or what? Isn't this supposed to be headline material and not buried; especially buried in an article on how the protests are peaceful for a crowd of 250-400 thousand people? Dole should be out there -- but those kissers didn't bleed, well, not that much, so no soup for them. CNN's homepage has the "burning dragon" picture. Like I said, front page stuff.
So far 53 people were arrested out of a low ball estimate of 125 thousand, but that may well be the lead in tomorrow's paper. Radical protestors. Violence. The horror. The horror.
What makes me most upset about this whole situation is that protestors are once again couched as freaks of nature -- something to be abhorred or at least shunned. Kos has some great info up on it and people are checking in with their stories of nonviolence protest.
Note to media do not marginalize these hundreds of thousands of people as merely "bush haters". It's simplistic. It's too important. It's too demonstrably false.
Friday, August 27, 2004
Let's put Rove and Gore on this thing -- blow the machine up.
Wednesday, August 25, 2004
I also like the timing -- perhaps it may get as much free play as the "so called" swift vets. Likewise, by using to raise money for a number of candidates across the nation, it offers an opportunity for local papers to pick up the story in these pivotal areas.
"Democrat John Kerry will dispatch two fellow Vietnam veterans to President Bush's secluded Texas ranch on Wednesday to press him to condemn television advertisements accusing Kerry of lying about his wartime service.
The move comes one day after it was disclosed that a top lawyer for Bush's re-election campaign has been providing legal advice to the group behind the ads, the so-called Swift Boat Veterans for Truth."
Maybe a quick stroll down memory lane -- this what the cons affectionately call the jecuzzi case:
Via Myrtle Beach Online
Edwards labored for 15 years on behalf of clients who had been injured by corporate or medical malfeasance.
You may have heard about one of those cases, derided by some TV pundits as Edwards' "Jacuzzi case."
Actually, it involved 5-year-old Valerie Lakey, who in 1993 was sucked into a wading pool drain when the cover came loose.
By the time her parents and friends were able to pry her loose, the drain had sucked out 80 percent of her small intestine and 50 percent of her large intestine.
Her life would never be the same.
During a trial against the drain manufacturer, Edwards brought out that two screws would have kept the drain cover intact.
He also revealed that the manufacturer, a Wisconsin company, knew of 13 other incidents since 1987 in which children had been seriously hurt - and yet it refused to alter the design of the cover, recall the product or issue warnings.
Ultimately, the jury awarded the child $25 million. It remains the largest personal injury award in North Carolina.
Detractors note that Edwards probably received one-third of the settlement and that if he really cared for Valerie he would have taken less.
I asked a friend, Myrtle Beach lawyer George Cox, about that. He noted that juries often factor the lawyer's fee into the total award.
He added that since such cases are usually done on a contingency basis, the lawyer takes nothing if he loses. "One-third of nothing is nothing," he said.
And let's set this straight. The company did try to settle. 20 grand. yep. 20 fucking grand for a defective product that ripped out a girl's intestines. Many lawyers would be unwilling to take the risk associated with trail and take the offer. Edwards refused. Go look it up. And this is why business does not want Edwards in any position of power.
Now if that were your daughter, would you want Cheney or Edwards as yer lawyer? Thought so.
Carry on this discussion long enough, and voters will figure out who deserves respect and who doesn't. So, if the Republicans are smart, they'll change the subject and get back to friendly terrain - making the case that President Bush has acted heroically in leading the country and the world after Sept. 11, 2001.
That's a debate Republicans can win. The one they're engaged in at the moment will, sooner or later, blow up in their face.
Don't get me wrong. I'm still sick of hearing about Vietnam. As someone born in 1967, I consider it a blessing to not have to carry around that baggage. And I still think this is an absolutely insane way to go about picking a president, or even a vice president.
But that doesn't mean I'm anxious to rewrite history so that the valiant are painted as cowards and the cowardly as valiant.
And what we see already is that move my friends. Kos and the rest of the libs who may be sighing with relief are going to see just a continuation of crap -- and crap from vietnam. Kiowa's shitfield.
Last night on Harball, Rollins, an con strategist, was already trying to move to the debate to what Kerry did after the war and his voting on/for military since his service. The shifties already put a commercial out with his winter soldiers testimony. I sure hope the Kerry campaign has a few commercials outlying his votes on the military in his hip pocket, cause it's coming, and it's coming sooner rather than later. What disgusts me the most is the media will go along with that crap too.
BTW Kerry on the Daily Show -- excellent.
Tuesday, August 24, 2004
Look, sooner or later the media will have to stop treating the shifties to airtime -- they don't have a defensible position. As it becomes more and more clear that the shifties are merely a wing of Bush's campaign, they should not be treated like the actually have something to say.
Only when it's right and it feels good -- kinda like these two new blogs: Chepooka and thatcoloredfellasweblog (no, it's not a swipe, nor a joke -- pretty damn insightful, dare I say, righteous, writing).
"They have obviously decided that some people will believe anything, no matter how fictional or how far-fetched, if they just repeat it often enough," Kerry said with a smile in response to the applause of his accusations. "That's how they have run their administration; that's how they're running their campaign and that's how they're going to run their convention. I believe that the American people are smarter than that. You can't cover up reality with a few empty slogans. You can't lead America by misleading the American people."
Unfortunately a few empty slogans and a barrel full of hate and you got yerself a country. God Bless America.
Several Vietnam veterans are calling for an assistant district attorney to resign after questions were raised about his statement in a recent ad criticizing Democrat John Kerry's military service.
Alfred French of the Clackamas County district attorney's office appears in the ad sponsored by the group Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. In the spot, French says: "I served with John Kerry. ... He is lying about his record."
Before recording the ad, French signed an affidavit that said: "I am able to swear, as I do hereby swear, that all facts and statements contained in this affidavit are true and correct and within my personal knowledge and belief."
It goes on to say that "Kerry has wildly exaggerated and lied about his record in Vietnam" and that he received his Purple Heart medals "in the absence of hostile fire."
District Attorney John Foote released a statement Monday chiding French for bringing unwanted publicity to the suburban county's office, but stood by his employee.
"I do not personally share the opinions expressed by our prosecutor," Foote wrote. "However, all of our employees have the right to their own opinions on these subjects and to express their opinions on their own time."
OK. The stupid bastard is in trouble not for being a stupid bastard, not for having a completely indefesible position, and not for having a moronic opinion, rather he's in hot water because HE LIED on an affidavit and is a PROSECUTOR who is suppossed to uphold the law.
Um, do you think he could get fired like the graphic designer who protested at a Dear Leader worshipfest? Or how about like one of these educators who actually had their students think about the dumbass war we were thinking about getting into before we got into it?
Hitchens buys a happy meal minus the happy and minus the meal, but we do get the empty plastic bottle of scotch. Digby's got more.
They don't call 'em fat cats cause they're hungry:
Monday, August 23, 2004
MR. McCLELLAN: The President has condemned -- well, first of all, the President has called on Senator Kerry to join him in calling for all of these ads and activity by these shadowy groups to stop, and he renewed that call today. The President has condemned all of these ads. And when he says he condemns them all, he means it. He wants Senator Kerry to join him in calling for a stop to all of these ads and activity.
Q But does he condemn the actual charge within the ad?
MR. McCLELLAN: That's why I said --
Q Can I assume that, then?
MR. McCLELLAN: He condemns all of these ads --
Q So I can assume he condemns the content.
MR. McCLELLAN: Deb, he condemns all of these ads --
Q -- and the content?
MR. McCLELLAN: Let me answer your question. The President condemns all of these ads. And he's been very clear in that. When he says he condemns all of the ads, he means all of the ads. And Senator Kerry should join us --
Q He's condemning the content of the ad, as well?
MR. McCLELLAN: He's calling for a stop to all of these ads. That's what he's -- he's renewed his call today to Senator Kerry: Join us in calling for a stop to all of these ads.
Q So let me just ask you --
MR. McCLELLAN: And activity by these unregulated soft-money groups.
Q You're not making a difference -- you're not distinguishing between the fact that they are 527s --
MR. McCLELLAN: I mean -- go ahead.
Q You're not separating, then, the fact that these are 527s getting unregulated money and the actual content of the ad, that Kerry might have fraudulently obtained his medals, he might have falsified records? You're lumping that all in. When he says he condemns them, he condemns everything.
MR. McCLELLAN: Senator Kerry wants to have it both ways. Let's call for an end to all of these ads by these shadowy groups that receive unregulated soft money. That's what the President has previously called on Senator Kerry to join us in doing, and we renew that call today. He should call for a stop to all of these ads. We thought we got rid of this when we signed -- when the President signed the campaign finance reforms into law.
(uh, no he didn't. As Atrios notes, he was worried the bill was too stringent.)
The President has been on the receiving end of more than $63 million in negative attacks from these shadowy groups, these 527s that exist. And that's why he believes that we should stop all of this activity that is going on by these unregulated -- soft money activity. And so I -- let's go and look at all that has happened over the last year, and all the negative attacks that have been aimed at the President, and all the false attacks that have been aired against the President out there.
Q So the content of all of them, he condemns that as well?
Q So can we assume that he's also denouncing the content of the ads?
MR. McCLELLAN: You've heard what he said -- he condemns all of the ads, Deb. He could not be more clear in saying that -- and when he says something, he means it. Senator Kerry can put an end to all of this by -- help put an end to all of this by oining us in calling for a stop to all of these ads. That's what he ought to do.
Q -- charge in the ad.
MR. McCLELLAN: That's what he ought to do. Why has the Kerry campaign been silent for more than a year, and then actually been fueling some of these very false
and negative attacks that have been airing against the President of the United
States for the last year?
Q But this one was against them.
MR. McCLELLAN: Right, they want to have it both ways. The President has been
consistent from the very beginning. When he signed the campaign finance reforms
into law, he thought he got rid of all of this activity and these ads. And he believes --
Q So you're condemning these ads, but not --
MR. McCLELLAN: Well, he believes we should get rid of all of this activity and ads by these shadowy groups.
Q But he's not denouncing the specific charge within the ds?
MR. McCLELLAN: How many times are you going to ask the same question, Deb?
Q You didn't answer.
(Classic -- what a convaluted script he must read from -- uh, shadowy, groups, shadow, dark, the horror, the horror -- shadowy figures in the shadows -- all ninjas must be banned from financing political ads -- tarantino too -- he shady -- not slim shady, just shady, like shadowy, and shadowy is bad. -- Again, check out Atrios.)
MR. McCLELLAN: That is the answer: Senator Kerry should join us in calling for an end to all of this unregulated soft-money activity by these shadowy groups. And we call on Senator Kerry again today to join us in calling for a stop to all of these activities. The President condemns all of the ads. That's what he said, just again a minute ago, and that's what he has said previously.
Q Okay, so he would -- in terms of the question that I asked, he would discourage Republicans from supporting --
MR. McCLELLAN: -- we've never questioned Senator Kerry's service, and we won't. This race should be about the future. This race should be about how -- who is in the best position to lead the country, going forward, for the next four years. The
President has a proven record of results, and he's laying out an agenda that
builds upon that record of results. And we should be talking about how we lead
and win the war on terrorism. We should be talking about how we -- the best way
to create jobs and keep our economy moving forward. We should be talking about
ways to reduce rising health care costs and make health care more affordable and
accessible. That's what this election should be about, and instead you have
Senator Kerry continuing to engage in false and negative attacks against the
President of the United States.
Q Can I ask you a sort of unrelated question, which Dick wanted me to ask for another story?
MR. McCLELLAN: And I would remind you also, Deb, that the false and negative attacks being launched by the Kerry campaign have no basis in fact. They have presented no evidence. But there has been a revolving door between these Democratic front groups and the campaign strategist and the personnel and the strategies.
Q Okay, so you say these have no --
MR. McCLELLAN: That's why we need to --
Q -- they're false and baseless, but are the Swift Boat ads false and baseless as
MR. McCLELLAN: Deb, this goes to your whole question. These ads are another example of the problem with these shadowy groups, and that receive unregulated soft money activity. And so the President condemns all of these ads. The President, as you heard him say again today, has called Senator Kerry's service "noble."
Q So Republican or Democrat, they're all false and baseless.
MR. McCLELLAN: We should condemn all of these ads, and put a stop to all these ads.
MR. McCLELLAN: No, what I was talking about was the claim that the Kerry campaign has now made, which is, all of a sudden -- I think his campaign, the other day, said that Senator Kerry had reached the boiling point. Well, reaching the boiling point shouldn't be excuse to launch into false and baseless attacks against the President. Yet they continue to do so.
Q Can I ask you a separate question about something else? Basically -- I don't know if you saw the University of Maryland poll that shows one in seven people think we went to war under false pretenses. That poll and others --
MR. McCLELLAN: Haven't seen the poll.
Q Ask the campaign.
(What's so disturbing about this is that the press poodles know they have to get spun from the spinmeisters and they laugh about it -- sad)
Now just to get a sense of how wacked out this all is, you have to read this -- here's multiple takes.
Note the last paragraph:
"Last month, Charleston City Council apologized to two protesters arrested for wearing anti-Bush T-shirts to the president's July 4 rally. The pair were taken from the event in restraints after revealing T-shirts with Bush's name crossed out on the front and the words "Love America, Hate Bush" on the back. Trespassing charges were ultimately dismissed. "
I think Asher says it all:
"Here in Ohio, you can point to one-party control at the state level and one-party control at the national level, so if you are a voter who is not happy and you want someone to point the finger at, there's just not that many Democrats to blame," said Herbert B. Asher, a political scientist who follows Ohio politics at Ohio State University."
Meanwhile Kos has another angle on the swift boat crap -- an editorial by the Col. Dispatch (Ohio) which sports this poignant last line:
"If the tactic works, none of the men and women now fighting in Iraq can trust that the medals they earn won't someday be used against them."
Perhaps Ohioans will wake up. You never know.
You know, Digby, Atrios, and Daily Kos have been all over the swift boat stories and it's pretty damn clear that those ads are utter crap. Now we have that old has been sheep bugger Dole coming out supporting the ads. You have to be kidding me. Dole, you know what you can do with those 4 inch thumbs of yours.
Where are the dem talking heads attacking Bush on everything? And everytime the media whores try to talk about the crap stories, they need to dismiss it in a sentence, and move in for an attack on the economy, on Iraq, on healthcare, on osama, on the seven minutes. Don't let them shape the debate. Of course, the trick is to make it juicy for them. They can't just present the facts, they can't just go on a rational tangent, they have to ties it to Bush's personal choices/life. Cocaine. Osama "dead or alive" to "I'm just not interested". My fucking pet goat. pictures of 6800 wounded from Iraq. "Some call you elite, I call you my base." Osama. Osama. 8 bfuckin billion missing from Iraq. I wonder what schools nationally could have done with 8 billion. I wonder where it went? How about to Bush's base.
I can just see the Greek secrurity forces--"aw shit".
I wonder which part of our national media will pick this story up -- faux news?
Friday, August 20, 2004
Beyond sadness and extreeme disgrace is how I feel for the innocents who have been and will be killed, mained, and/or psychologically and emotionally destroyed because of Dear Leader and our ignorant populace.
Thursday, August 19, 2004
Why the hell would they, mid-investigation, replace the 2 star general heading it saying he couldn't do the job because it was higher than his rank, then come out with this crap?
Another official said the report found there were two kinds of abuse: violent or
sexual abuse that was intentional and abuse that was a result of
misinterpretation of changing procedures.
Yeah, I do that kind of shit in my workplace all the time -- misinterpret basic fucking rights of people and torture the hell out them. Oops. Cover up, whitewash, election year crap. A riot at the prison was put down with deadly force yesterday and it will only get worse as news of this bunk spreads.
And while I'm at it, I'd like to say that I was wrong about chastizing dear leader's intelligence and preemptive war because as Scotty boy explains below, we are at war and this war will last for-fucking-ever -- the win part is purely for morale -- there is no, win in this, unless you call being able to test new weapons systems out as a win --
Q Scott, was Secretary Rumsfeld speaking for the administration when he
said that it should be a go slow approach to the 9/11 recommendations?
MR. McCLELLAN: Well, I think you've heard the President's and Secretary Rumsfeld -- that's not all he said. He talked -- he put it in the context of the current situation. We are a nation at war, and we have to -- we have to move forward recognizing that we are -- we are continuing to fight and win the war on terrorism.
I am not sure why Kerry defenders are not out in droves and showing a bit of righteous indignation concerning the media treatment of the shit boat fuckers. It will get a little play and show people there's some passion in a party that believes in what they're doing. Also, Kerry won't get his hands dirty.
I'd like to see a little more wolverine mentality coming from the dems. They should be attacking from a hundred different directions, seeing what sticks in the public mind, and hammering them every fucking day. Keep Bush in this position of defending himself -- WMD's, Plame, national guard, iraq, economy -- cause he sucks at defending himself. And our talking heads can't be freakin' automatons when they do it. If they are, the media yawns, the cons smile and change the subject. Meanwhile Kerry should be out there highlighting new proposals. And they don't have to be detailed! Kerry's health care proposal is a great example -- keep going, Kerry campaign.
When Kerry is forced to respond to what Bush is doing, he looks and, more importantly, sounds negative. I'm thinking the troop rotation. Even if it is a bad idea, the way Kerry responded sounded like an ten year old whiner. "But it's not the right way." He's very rational. He's very boring. He's very opposite what he purports to be on his website.
What happened to Dean? Where's he at? After he called the terror level political games crap out and how the media got hustled, he's been incognito. I think we need more "YEAGHHH" and people who aren't afraid to do it.
Wednesday, August 18, 2004
Chavez, who is seen as a hero by Venezuela's majority poor but as authoritarian
by his critics, particularly among the wealthy, vowed to continue his
"revolution for the poor."
And what does this "revolution" consist of? Well, if you're looking in the mainstream press it will be hard to find, however, the Greg Palast has a piece that tells us, at least in part, what the opposition is so afraid of: sharing the wealth. And I don't mean sharing in the sense that Ken Lay, Fastow or Ebbers shares the wealth.
It looks like the experiment that is Venezuela is just beginning.
Tuesday, August 17, 2004
Via DD, pictures of pro-Chavez rally from American Leftist. Can I just say, holy crap. Every story I see is couched in the "opposition" and their viewpoint of the referendum or how it affects them -- I'd love to see a few stories or pictures like this, in our mainstream media -- you know, for some balance.
Digby. Just read.
Who gets it? Bubba does.
Sideshow has more.
Don't use my family's name. Don't say it in a speech. Don't utter it in a conversation. Don't (insert explecative here) my name. You ain't got the right to use my family's name to help you push your fucked up agenda.
Monday, August 16, 2004
Of course, the spin that's spun is horribly vexing:
"Any increase in the number of complaints is a concern to us," said Fred Juarbe Jr., assistant secretary of labor for veterans employment and training. "At the same time, we're pleased by the fact that the increase in complaints is not at the level that would have been expected."
Yeah -- great. Break open the bubbly.
I guess they can always re-enlist in this morally defunct excursion into the Middle East.
State police officers have gone into the homes of elderly black voters in Orlando and interrogated them as part of an odd "investigation" that has frightened many voters, intimidated elderly volunteers and thrown a chill over efforts to get out the black vote in November.
The officers, from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which reports to Gov. Jeb Bush, say they are investigating allegations of voter fraud that came up during the Orlando mayoral election in March.
Officials refused to discuss details of the investigation, other than to say that absentee ballots are involved. They said they had no idea when the investigation might end, and acknowledged that it may continue right through the presidential election.
Anyone remember that many in Florida have been pushing blacks and liberals to vot by absentee ballot because of the electroonic voting machines and concerns of possible tampering without a paper trail. Is this Jeb's way of covering his bases and making sure the African American vote is not counted-- again?
If his victory is confirmed, it will be the eighth time Mr Chavez has won public
approval of his rule and his policies, after two presidential elections and six
referendums. Observers say this referendum is unlikely to put an end to
the conflict. They warn that in fevered Venezuela violence is never far away.
Dear Leader has, I'm sure, a Chilean styled coup plan on the drawing board. It is, after all, the only major western, democratic government that verbally supported the first failed coup.
Saturday, August 14, 2004
Friday, August 13, 2004
Thursday, August 12, 2004
To date, more than 4,300 private security officers have been put to work at 50
Army installations in the United States, according to Army documents obtained by
Are you kidding me? We're so stretched that we can't even protect our own bases without rent-a-cops? Nice.
"Some of these installations house chemical weapons and intelligence materials
and should not be compromised with questionable contracting processes and
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
Q Are you satisfied with Senator Kerry's explanation that he would have voted
for the war?
MR. McCLELLAN: I'll tell you, I think it is an intriguing
new nuance. First, the Senator voted for the war in Iraq. Then during the
Democratic primary, he switches positions and declares he is the anti-war
candidate. Then, just yesterday, with less than 90 days to go before the
election, the Senator now says -- or now agrees it was the right decision to go
So, you know, I think we appreciate him finally clearing
things up with less than 90 days before the election to go. This is after all
this time, and after months of questioning the President's motives, the Senator
now agrees with the President that knowing what we know now, it was right to go
into Iraq and remove Saddam Hussein's regime from power -- even though we
haven't found the stockpiles of weapons that we all believed were there.
Q That's not what he said. He said he would have voted to give the
President the authority.
MR. McCLELLAN: He said, I'll answer the
President's question directly: yes. And so now he has finally come up and
cleared things up with a new nuance, with less than 90 days to go before the
election and he now agrees that it was the right decision to go into Iraq.
Q That's not what he said, though.
MR. McCLELLAN: No, knowing
what we know now, that it was the right decision to go into Iraq.
What he said be damned -- this is how I'm spinning it. Write it down. Thanks.
Of course, his diddy on Goss is just as interesting.
MR. McCLELLAN: Well, make hay in what sense? I think Chairman Goss is someone
who enjoys broad bipartisan respect. He is someone who enjoys respect on both
sides of the aisle, and I think that his nomination will be warmly received by
bipartisan leaders in Congress.
Q Well, the 9/11 report, though, said
that congressional oversight was dysfunctional. He's been responsible for
congressional oversight for a considerable period of time. I mean, won't that be
a problem for him?
MR. McCLELLAN: No, he is someone -- like I said --
like the President said, he is someone that is a reformer and someone who has
been dedicated to positive change within the intelligence community. He's
someone who is committed to expanding our human intelligence capacity. He's
someone committed to investing in the kinds of technologies we need to stay
ahead of the terrorists and continue to -- so we can continue to defeat them and
disrupt their plans.
So I think he is someone that has the kind of
experience and expertise needed to do an outstanding job in this position, and
so does the President.
Q Jay Rockefeller had already raised some
questions about him earlier, before this happened. Do you think that's going to
be a problem?
MR. McCLELLAN: I think, as I said, he's someone who has
broad bipartisan respect and is someone who brings unique and broad experience
to the position. And so we expect he will be well-received within Congress.
Bipartisan in that "fuck everyone who disagrees with me" way.
Friday, August 06, 2004
Britain aside, the response in Europe to the latest announcement of terror threats in the United States has ranged from official calm to unofficial cynicism.As a matter of of fact, it goes on to say:
In a measure of how little the latest alerts raised concern in Europe, theSo, it's not only the American people who are weary and skeptical of these chicken little proclamations.
European Union's counterterrorism director, Gijs de Vries, remained on vacation.
Thursday, August 05, 2004
Q Scott, going back to Kerry at the Unity Convention. Evidently, it seems to be
the first time that he's actually criticized the President's handling on the
morning of 9/11, when he was at that school in Florida and took those five to
seven minutes to finish his reading to those children there. Kerry said how he
would have handled it would have been to excuse himself, and said, I have
matters to attend to. Is that a fair criticism of the President by Senator
MR. McCLELLAN: Like I said, I haven't seen this conference. I would
want to take a look at what he said, but it sounds just more like -- it sounds
like more of the same kind of political attacks he's been engaging in, rather
than trying to defend his record and discuss the issues, and the differences on
Now, I'm not sure how that particular criticism is a political attack. It's more like, what, laying out a situation and depicting how it would have been handled differently if he were in that situation -- or more succinctly, one specific way he differs from dear leader. Too bad there weren't any follow ups. Is it too early for Bushmills?
President Bush told a roomful of top Pentagon brass on Thursday that hisBushism or Freudian slip? I guess the latter.
administration would never stop looking for ways to harm the United States.
"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never
stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do
we," Bush said.
And I swear shaving cream actually grows hair. Ever since I used Edge gel, I have to shave twice as much and have hair growing out my ears like never before -- cripes, I'm turning into one of the guys I used to make fun of -- a yeti.
Last time I bought a can of shaving gel, it included a mach 3, you know the razors that take off the first two layers of skin -- it was packaged with a gel that is supposed to "protect against nicks and cuts" -- yeah, great packaging of products. Those guys takin notes from Haliburton or what -- we pay to have them take care of a problem, then have to pay to protect ourselves from their sister product.
Parents might be listening to bad advice from doctors ("South park's episode depicting a kickback scheme on ritalin was classic), or from teachers who don't want to deal with anyone who is not a good little listener (read Gotti's "Dumbing Us Down"), or as the tin foil hats say,
"it's the TV", or they just don't know any better, or don't want to or can't take the time to teach their kids. I have a hard time believing that more affluent kids are naturally so biologically/neurologically different that they don't have ADD and aren't prescribed these dangerous drugs in equal numbers.
Wednesday, August 04, 2004
Tuesday, August 03, 2004
Of course, Ridge came out and it's all terror all the time. Believers in Dear Leader must tire of this bogus terror crap, don't they? I mean, Dean (Atrios is all over this one -- scroll down) got hammered for saying everytime Kerry started to pull away, a terror warning comes out and then we find it's 3-4 year old info he based his warning on.
Warfloggers should be pissed. Using the terror heartening system for political gain not only depicts the level of manipulation being employed, but also makes people less safe. People are already jaded to the system, already ignoring it, and now the administration seems hell bent on obsfucatinig the purpose ultimately making it obsolete.
One of the new ads we're hearing around here in NW Ohio is Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Evil, no not these guys, are protecting "your freedom" -- my step-father, a 40 something Mexican American adds, "with your blood" everytime he hears the ad.
Meanwhile another member of the coalition is pulling it's troops (1700 of them) and Turkish truck drivers are saying "hell no we won't go" stopping all shipments to the coalition -- about 300 trucks a day. What a coalition we got going. Oh, and 6 more of our troops were killed.
If you'd like to, a place you can send a box of goodies -- my father in law sent a box and it's a great idea. Read for yourself -- this part grabbed my attention: There are not as many people or organizations supporting our troops as there were this time last year, but the need still remains just asmuch so if not more.
I wanted to let you know that I received your box on Thursday of last
weekand was able to deliver it to the Chapel staff Friday morning. They werevery
appreciative of the thoughtfulness and generosity of your family, aswas I. The
items you have donated will be well received and I do not expectthat there will
be anything left of the items you sent when I go back thisWed night. There are not as many people or organizations supporting ourtroops as there were this time last year, but the need still remains just asmuch so if not more.
I was told that the cigars would probably not be set out for people to justtake to ensure that one person does not take them all. I think they will behanded out, but was unsure as the person that handles all donations toJack's Place was not in when I
delivered the package. I do not know if youwant to send more or not, but if so I
would suggest sending suggestions asto whom you would like the cigars to go to.
I cannot begin to thank you enough for your support and patriotism. Supportfrom
families like yours reminds us how lucky we are to be living in anddefending our
Please accept my sincerest gratitude andrespect for your unselfish donation of support to the people stationed hereat Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. I hope that the chaplain's office takes amoment to send you a letter of appreciation for your support.Thank you again.
P.S. If you would like to continue sending the boxes through me that isfine, however if you would like to send them directly to the chapel place anote inside like the one in your last package and mail to the address as follows:
Jack's PlaceATTN: Al Udeid
Chapel379 AEW/HCAPO, AE 09309MICHAEL J. KROHNE, TSgt, USAFACCC Senior Enterprise ControllerDSN: 318-436-4224