Saturday, March 11, 2006

A little thing we like to call, The Weekly Rewind

Hello sports fans! March madness is under way! While we are waiting for the final 4, how about a look at our favorite sport…politics. If the week in Washington had been a game there would not be many points on the board for either side, but there would be a lot of tired players from all the back and forth down the court.

So without any further ado, here is your home team…..The “Bush”-Whacked Administration with the Weekly Rewind….

Applaud: DP World announced that they would be voluntarily transferring operations of U.S. ports that were the subject of growing concern to a U.S. Entity.

Heckle: to the fact that it took so long for this action to take place.

Heckle: to being a lame duck... and just plain lame. Following the announcement, in typical clueless fashion, Clueless George commented "I'm concerned about a broader message this issue could send to our friends and allies around the world, particularly in the Middle East". Hey George, how about the broader message that you were sending to your own citizens when you were staunchly supporting an action that completely undermines the Department of Homeland Security, the Patriot Act and all the safeguards that your cronies have forced upon us as necessary to protect us from the evils beyond our shores. Every time he opens his mouth it is evident that he just has no clue of how things work in the real world. Ok, I am done using any form of Clue or Clueless….at least in this paragraph.

Applaud: to the damage to Clueless George's credibility (as if he still had any left). Remember the statement "political capital, and now I intend to spend it" ?? Ah, George the creditor is calling it seems you're badly overdrawn on your political capital account.

Heckle: to talking out of both sides of your mouth. Clueless George signed the renewal of the Patriot Act on Wednesday saying that "The Patriot Act has accomplished exactly what it was designed to do…..It has helped us detect terrorist cells, disrupt terrorist plots and save American lives." Oh, I almost forgot, one of the provisions of the act is designed to strengthen port security. Wouldn’t that have been counter to the Dubai port deal that you were so strongly supportive of??

Heckle: to crossed communications. First, the administration says Iraq Civil War won't happen... now... they have a plan in place for when it does... make up your feeble mind, would ya please? We all know it's gonna happen, they all know it's gonna happen... it the administration that can't make up its mind...

Applaud: to Senate power potential. Democrats have a good chance to take control of the Senate this fall as a number of seats will be up for grabs. Some due to resignations and others due to contested races where the Republican incumbents have fallen out of favor. Man of these seats would appear to be the Democrats to lose, however if they remain focused and avoid the pitfall of infighting….. Howard Dean are you paying attention?

Heckle: to wishful thinking. According to Defense Secretary Donald ‘War Monger’ Rumsfeld, if civil war breaks out in Iraq the U.S. military would depend on Iraq’s own security forces to deal with it “to the extent they are able to”. Yeah, we can see that, after all the Iraq security forces are on top of the current insurgent issue….

Heckle: to CYA legislation. (It’s so hard to convey sarcasm in the written form..) As early as next week House Republican leaders will unveil legislation seeking to guarantee congressional oversight of the purchase or “acquisition of U.S. businesses by foreign buyers“. (The legislation deserves an Applaud, but the timing is what gives it the Heckle) If the Republicans keep backpedaling away from the administration they may be able to regain credibility by the 2016 elections.

Heckle: to the continual eroding of the Constitution by this administration. The federal government gave more than $2.1 billion in grants to religious charities last year (a 7% increase from last year) and the administration is proud that it has made it easier for faith-based groups to obtain taxpayer funds. Three words: Separation. Church. State.

Applaud: to GOP discord. Heh heh heh... gotta love it. Seems that some Republicans are a tad nervous about following Bush in an election year. Mid-term fever... catch it

Heckle: to the 22nd District of Texas. What the hell is wrong with you people? Hopefully these people can get a Sylvan Learning Center opened up soon. The written word (newspapers, news magazines) is a wonderful thing. Until then turn on a radio or watch a TV station that has news from outside of Sugar Land. I am scared to think what else you are oblivious to?

Applaud: to good riddance. Interior Secretary Gale Norton announced that she will resign by the end of March. Among her “resume building” accomplishments (once again…sarcasm) during her tenure, she allowed snowmobiles back into Yellowstone National Park which effectively chased the parks endanger caribou into Canada, fought for increased energy development (translate- oil and gas drilling) on public lands, and failed to reduce the backlog of maintenance (translate - safety and upkeep) in the National Park Service. Her department is also under scrutiny tied to the criminal investigation surrounding lobbyist Jack Abramoff. I’m sure she won’t have any problem getting a nice cushy job in the energy industry! Hey Gale, let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

Heckle: to an Orwellian Society. On Monday, South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds signed into law a bill that effectively bans all abortions in the state. Supporters of the legislation are hoping that this will be thrown up to the SCOTUS and give the court a chance to overturn Roe V Wade. If we are going to start telling people what they can and can't do with thier bodies what's next, forced organ donations? Euthanasia of the Elderly?

Whew, the week may have started off slow, but as we predicted here it definitely picked up after Wednesday. Looks like a 3 pointer from the top of the key !

Politics...what a game...

Be good, stay informed…later.

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