Saturday, September 23, 2006

Can you believe it's been one year?

We’ve written about WMD’s and bankruptcy reform bills, GOP corruption and the pathetic governmental response to Hurricane Katrina, the idiocy of Michael Brown’s position as head of FEMA and former Illinois Governor George Ryan (R-IL), disgraced House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) and this administration’s inane, failed and sad attempt at overhauling Medicare, the cronyism of “President” Bush and the stupidity of tying a so-so television show about a female president to the real-life presidential aspirations of Hillary Clinton, political ads we would have liked to have seen and an example (first of many) of the current administration censoring their own federal departments, an argument about discussing facts in a political campaign rather than focusing on one issue and asking who the hell in their right mind would vote for Tom DeLay, believing that Dumbya actually nominated someone qualified for Chairman of the Federal Reserve (the jury is still out on that one) and the sad saga of “Scooter” Libby, H.R. 1606 the Online Freedom of Speech Act and the sad state of affairs in this country while the GYP GOP is in charge, an important Gubernatorial race in Virginia and the sputtering PR machine of the Bush Administration, a shift in the political winds and a (all-to-premature) goodbye to the GOP, questioning if hell froze over after a Bush Administration official admitted to being wrong and asking if we dodged a bullet at the U.N. Technology Summit, asking (months before he actually stepped down) if White House spokesman Scott McClellan was losing his mind and marking a sad day in this country on the anniversary of JFK’s assassination, the Bush Administration’s plans to bomb the headquarters of Arab-language television channel al-Jazeera, questioning what makes people say something stupid – like Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH) calling Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.) a coward – and a guest post about pensions & unions, the narrow-mindedness of school administrators in Oak Ridge High School in Tennessee and the lemmings continual support of ousted House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX), the truth about job growth and the crass commercialization of Christmas, a remembrance of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the Democrats (at the time) early thoughts about adding additional primaries to the mix of Iowa and New Hampshire, the Bush Administration’s pathetic and ill-timed attempt to ban Cuba from playing in the World Baseball Classic and Bush admitting there were no WMD’s in Iraq that went largely unreported in the main stream media, Tom DeLay’s continued use of intimidation to get what he wants and a salute to a great American in Dr. Martin Luther King, the GOP’s defense of Bush’s “domestic eavesdropping program” and the SCOTUS nomination of Samuel ‘Sc’Alito, a recap of the state of the union address that didn’t really address the state of the union and a salute to the 1987 Challenger disaster, a solemn goodbye to Coretta Scott King and Attorney General Alberto “Liberties - Schmiberties” Gonzales’s pathetic defense of the administration's domestic eavesdropping program in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the misstep of the president’s budget and calling Bush on a handful of lies, a short post about secret courts and FISA judges and questioning the discovery of a new element; “Governmentium”, Michael Brown defending himself to the Senate and a re-appearance of “Scooter” Libby, the Dick Cheney shooting incident (does anything else really need to be said for this one) and wondering why did it take the White House so long to report that V.P. Cheney shot fellow quail hunter, Harry Whittington in the face, the fact that some smaller, yet still needed, health programs were on the budget chopping block and the sad state of FEMA a mere months after reforms were promised, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s request of $75 million to promote democracy in Iran and former Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge asking the Bush administration to come clean, the miracle of keeping your job after being fired from said job because the “President” was coming to visit your plant and the Dubai Ports World fiasco, a return of PlameGate and the continued exploits of Portgate, us at TBWA not being surprised that newly-minted SCOTUS Justice sent a letter of thanks to James Dobson and a question to former President Bill Clinton, the reauthorization of the Patriot Act and the start of the ever-dropping approval numbers for “President” Bush, Claude Allen and wondering if Sen. Russ Feingold’s (D-WI) pushing a censure of Bush was politically motivated or just the right thing to do, the U.S. Senate approving a bill that allowed the government to borrow another $781 billion to raise the national debt to close to $9 trillion and Russia questioning the motives of the U.S., the rock-star-like demand of Veep Cheney and the changing of the Chief of Staff at the White House, the news that Tom DeLay dropped out of his re-election race and the president’s continual drop in the polls, reports that the administration was considering nuclear strikes against Iranian nuclear sites and breaking news of a verdict in the corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. George Ryan, the stupidity of Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) and support for a life sentence for 9/11 co- conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, the pathetic attempt by France to get Moussaoui transferred to France so he could serve his sentence there, a new approval rating low of 31% and a request (read:demand!) that the Democratic party get united before the mid-terms, the dumbest thing ever written and the GOP-like behavior of Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA), the death of Al-Qaida co-leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi by a U.S.-led airstrike and asking if anyone gave a rats ass if he was alive when U.S. forces first found him after the bombing, a welcome to Bizarro World and the inanity of a flag-burning amendment when there are other, much more important things, to be worrying about, the SCOTUS smackdown of the President and questioning why the administration would be looking into taking out Cuba rather than a more-dangerous country and many, many, many other things.

All of us at TBWA (and by all I mean Scott and I and our occasional guest-posters) would like to thank you for reading us for the past year and hope you stay with us as we start our second year of doling out common sense in an un-common sense world.

Today, and over the next few days, we’ll be having a plethora of guest posts. One about the legacy of Ann Richards (D-TX), perhaps one about “Gay Marriage”… something that I’m sure will ignite some discussion, and who knows what else...

So stay tuned… while one year is down, as long as Commander Cuckoo-Bananas is President… we’ll be here, doling out our unique brand of views and news.

4 comments:

Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

Happy birthday guys!

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Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

(Um. I have no idea where that random "r" came from, but it is possible that it was from Ian repeatedly dropping Pablo on the keyboard- just like that dash.)

Scott said...

Thanks for the well wishes Sarah.

Hopefully Pablo is ok after the keyboard bashing.

Guest Poster said...

Maybe it's code for something??

Or... maybe the NSA put it in there while they were monitoring it...

I'm kidding. The NSA doesn't monitor anyone's blogs...no sirree...