Friday, May 11, 2007

The Weekly Rewind

It’s that time again.. time for the official, unadulterated TBWA’s “Weekly Rewind.”

You may all gasp with awe and amazement as we get under way… enjoy!

Too much???

Nevermind, here ya go:

Applaud: to telling it like it is. Larry Wilkerson, one of Colin Powell’s aides during his time as Secretary of State, said in a radio interview this past week that the “high crimes and misdemeanors” of the Bush(whacked) Administration make all of the offenses for which President Clinton was impeached “pale in comparison.” (Nicely said Larry… thank you.)

Heckle: to throwing your “boss” under the bus… even if it is “President” Bush. In an interview with Fox “News”, Bret Baier told Dick Cheney, “You are portrayed by your opponents and some in the media as this sinister figure, as this cold-blooded warmonger who doesn’t care about the number of body bags going back.” Cheney’s responded that, while he regrets the casualties, “Obviously, the President bears the major part of the burden. He’s the man with the authority to commit the force.” (While that is true – the President bears the burden – for Cheney to say that the same week that the Iraqi Eleven ® went to the White House and criticized Bush’s policies about Iraq, it’s amazing that Bush hasn’t started drinking again…)

Applaud: to knowing when to exit. British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced earlier this week that he will step down on June 27 after 10 years in office. Unfortunately, his legacy is tarnished and his decade of achievements now lie in “the shadows of the Iraq war.” Like Bush, as the war in Iraq went from a “military cakewalk” to its current state, his popularity ratings plunged and currently sit at 28%… coindicentally, the same as his BFF Bush. (Mr. Blair was a brilliant statesman and did for his country in his career… unfortunately, when he got into bed with Bush over the Iraq war his political fate was sealed. If he knew then what he knows now…)

Heckle: to spanking members of your own party (Not that kind Scott). A few Bush(whacked) administration officials lashed out at two House republicans after they gave details to the media about the contentious meeting between Bush and the Iraqi Eleven ®. Illinois Reps. Ray LaHood (R) and Mark Kirk (R) attracted the Wrath of Kahn ire of Karl “President” Rove and Dan Meyer, Bush's liaison to the House, for allegedly speaking to reporters about a Tuesday meeting between Bush and a few “centrist” Republicans about the Iraq war. Senator Trent Lott also chastised the men for talking about their meeting, which is interesting since Lott made headlines this past week when he disagreed with Bush and his Iraq policies.

Applaud: to sweet, sweet irony. Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) will be speaking at an upcoming political training seminar that will be offering “explicit discussions of ethics.” (Smart-ass comment overload… smart-ass comment overload! Danger! Danger!)

Heckle: to Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) for attaching a so-called “poison pill” amendment that killed a measure that would have allowed Americans to buy prescription medicines from foreign suppliers, despite the fact that it would have possibly saved U.S. consumers billions of dollars. The vote gave a major victory to the pharmaceutical industry and smackedown the average American citizen. (Nice… way to look out for the American people there)

Applaud: to leaving office and still doing more than our current Commander in Chief. Former President Bill Clinton announced this past week agreements with drug companies that will “lower the price in the developing world of AIDS drugs resistant to initial treatments and to make a once-a-day AIDS pill available for less than $1 a day.” (See there Mr. Bush… that’s what a President is supposed to do. Help people… not joke around amid devastation as you tour a tornado-ravaged Greensburg, Kansas… schmuck…)

Heckle: to the news that some of the levee repairs by the Army Corps of Engineers after Hurricane Katrina are already starting to show signs of “serious flaws,” meaning that heavy storms may cause more breaching of the levees… (I honestly can’t think of anything else to say here because this news is so fucking pathetic… what would it take for this administration to care about this region???)

Applaud: to the plethora of European leaders who told the Bush(whacked) administration this week that World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz must resign in order to avoid a vote by the bank’s board that would declare that he “no longer has its confidence to function as the bank’s leader.” The board did giveWolfowitz until Friday evening to make his case in writing against charges of misconduct. (You add to that the offer that the U.S. would be able to select the next WB President if Wolfowitz stepped down have to wonder what the HELL is taking so long for him to resign…)

Heckle: to Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue (R). While a guest on the radio show of Bill “Asshat” Bennett this morning, he lashed out at the Republicans who have been using their own brains, I mean, criticizing “President” Bush on the Iraq war. Mr. Perdue said “until you’ve got a better idea, keep your mouth shut. The president did not choose war. The president chose to protect the United States of America, and he did.” (It’s the ‘president chose to protect the United States of America’ line that makes it art – yes that was sarcasm. Oh, and plenty of people have had better ideas about the war in Iraq there Sonny, so might I suggest YOU ‘keep your mouth shut’… Putz…)

Applaud: to more inner-party strife regarding the war. Earlier this week, one of the staunches republicans (ever) who has “always voted with the president on Iraq issues,” went in the opposite direction. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said that he will draft a bill that would “implement(s) the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group Report…which included benchmarks and a timeline for troop withdrawal.” (And the dominoes continue to fall… whoo-hoo!!)

Heckle: to the Iraqi Eleven ®, whom I may start calling the Hypocritical Iraqi Eleven ®. All eleven of them voted against the bills presented earlier this week in the house that could have forced Bush to change his war policy, the roll calls for those votes are HERE and HERE. (So… in private they lambast Bush about this strategies in Iraq but in public they follow the rest of the lemmings… their mothers must be so proud…)

Applaud: to finally seeing a glimmer of common sense from the MOST uncommon sense thinker out there (What? It makes sense…). Seeing that he was facing a coup (I also considered mutiny, revolt & rebellion) from members of his own party, "President" Bush was giving in to some concessions about funding the Iraq war. Bush has (in principle only mind you, this is Bush, he could change his mind again easily) to set some “benchmarks” to gauge the Iraqi government's progress toward ending violence and establishing independence. Having criticizing the concept of benchmarks in the past, Bush has miraculously decided that; “It makes sense to have benchmarks as a part of our discussion on how to go forward.” (All together now: ABOUT. EFFIN’. TIME.)

Heckle: to B-Movie dialog as a means to inspire and incite. Vice President Dick “Dick” Cheney made an unannounced visit to Baghdad this past week and his “message” was , his second visit to Iraq as vice president. The Swamp reports on his “message” there: “We’ve all got challenges together. We’ve got to pull together. We’ve got to get this work done. It’s game time.” (Uh, sure… but I have to ask; who wrote this dialog? Michael Bay? George Lucas?

Applaud: to news that could mean more problems in the White House and the DOJ. A federal judge approved an immunity deal this week that would allow former Justice Department aide Monica Goodling to testify before Congress about the firing of eight federal prosecutors with a guarantee that she will not be prosecuted (One has to think that AG Gonzales is quaking in his boots… if he can remember who Ms. Goodling is…)

Applaud: to getting it. 54% of Americans disapproved of “President” Bush’s decision to veto the Iraq funding bill that would have called for U.S. troops to leave Iraq by 2008. More good news in the ‘common sense is making a comeback’ front; 57% of Americans said they wanted Congress to send another spending bill with a timetable for withdrawal back to the White House. (Again, as I’ve said on this blog many, many times… if the plurality of Americans can understand this – why the hell can’t Bush??)

And finally…

Heckle: to Bush being, once again, incrediblly un-professional and un-Presidential. From The Sun

“BUNGLING George Bush made one of his great verbal blunders yesterday - as he welcomed the Queen. He said Her Majesty had joined in America's bicentennial celebrations of 1776 - before quickly correcting himself and saying 1976. As a crowd of 7,000 guests at the President's "gaff" laughed, Mr Bush WINKED at the Queen.”
The Queen, btw, was not amused but did smack Bush around a little at dinner later that week. Following up on his gaffe, she began her toast at the British Embassy dinner with a sarcastic poke at the president:
“Mr. President, I wondered whether I should start this toast saying, ‘When I was here in 1776’”
Nice one your Majesty…

All I have, take ‘em as you will.

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